Summary of May 2014 Fremantle council meeting

It was a very long and full Council meeting last week with some big items on the agenda including ward boundaries, Freo schools and some tough planning issues. Below is a summarised version of key aspects of the most recent ordinary meeting of council by our proactive communications team

The full agenda and minutes of this and previous meetings can be found in the agendas and minutes section of the City’s website.

 

New ward boundaries recommended

Background

The current City of Fremantle is divided into six wards, with two councillors representing each ward and a popularly elected mayor.

The proposed extension to the City of Fremantle boundaries as part of Local Government reform will require a review of ward representation for the new entity.  Dividing a district into wards and fixing the number of elected members is determined by the Governor’s Order, on the recommendation of the Local Government Advisory Board (LGAB) to the Minister for Local Government.

 

In anticipation of the extension of City of Fremantle boundaries, the City looked at various possibilities and will make these recommendations to the Local Government Advisory Board.

 

New wards in an expanded City of Fremantle

Ward

Description

1

Bicton and most of East Fremantle.  Stirling Highway has been used as a boundary. 

2

Fremantle city centre and residential areas, the entire suburb of North Fremantle and the portion of East Fremantle west of Stirling Highway.

3

Palmyra, O’Connor, Hilton and the portion of Hamilton Hill bound by Carrington St, Winterfold Rd, Stock Rd and Healy Road. 

4

White Gum Valley, South Fremantle, Beaconsfield, and the portion of Hamilton Hill north of Healy Road and to Carrington Street.

5

The use of Carrington/Hamilton St, Spearwood Ave and Rockingham Road as a boundary enables a suitable distribution of electors that allows for the population increase along the Cockburn Coast.

6

Newer coastal suburbs together in one ward.  The use of Carrington/Hamilton St, Spearwood Ave and Rockingham Road as a boundary enables a suitable distribution of electors.

 

Community Gardens policy adopted

As part of Fremantle’s commitment to becoming a ‘One Planet’ council, a Community Gardens Policy has been adopted.

The policy will ensure all future community garden groups are assessed by the same set of criteria and that gardens are established on appropriate land.  The policy also outlines ways in which the City can assist community garden groups with advice and promotion.

In the coming months the City will determine preferred sites for the establishment of community gardens. Incorporated groups or entities will be able to apply for a non exclusive licence for a particular site to develop a community garden.

Background

Community gardensare not-for-profit, community based enterprises producing food primarily for the consumption of the gardeners. They are community managed, multifunctional garden spaces that when carefully designed and managed can provide a wide range of environmental, social and economic benefits.

The Department of Local Government and Communities is offering $400,000 over a four year period to assist with the establishment or development of community gardens. Community garden groups are able to apply for up to $20,000 for the establishment of new gardens and up to $10,000 for the development of existing gardens. Applications for 2014 round of funding are now closed and the dates for 2015 round are yet to be advised

Projects funded through these grants will allow residents to connect with the environment and other people, use their skills and give back to the community, allowing them to fully participate in community life.

As the popularity of community gardens increases and the 2015 round of community gardens grants open, the City expects to see a rise in applications for community garden licences.                                                                                                                                                                                                                

 

Long-term water conservation strategy endorsed

Council has endorsed a ten year strategy developed to address water conservation throughout the City of Fremantle.

The City of Fremantle 2013 Water Conservation Strategy will enable water to be conserved and water quality to be maintained or improved while preparing for future water challenges through policy development, effective communication and implementation of actions.

A copy of the draft strategy and associated action plan will soon be available on the City’s website for community comment.

Background

A key imperative of the City is to reduce water reliance by actions such as providing incentives for residents to reduce water consumption and to implement staged water management actions for all City of Fremantle properties and recreation areas.  As part of this the City has identified clear targets for reduced water usage and improved water health in accordance with the State Water Strategy.

The Water Conservation Strategy Report provides the evidence that the City will be facing significant challenges caused by a drying climate. The challenges include providing the necessary water supplies to maintain current assets to a level that is expected from ratepayers.  In addition to these pressures, the Department of Water has already placed restrictions on drawing sub-surface water supplies for City use and requested the City provide a strategy to meet these restrictions.

Completion of the action plan will enable the City to meet its’ commitments to:

·     ICLEI Water Campaign Milestones;

·     Department of Water Ground Water Targets

·     One Planet Action Goals. 

 

City to advocate open access secondary education options in Fremantle

Council has authorised the mayor to write to and seek a meeting with the Premier and the Minister for Education to support changes to public secondary education in Fremantle

The City will advocate for an outcome that results in Fremantle having open-access public high school options that meet the following key criteria:

1.   are comprehensive, with the full range of academic and vocational courses available to all students regardless of school size

2.   have a strong academic focus, with on-campus pathways to university from Year 7 to Year 12 regardless of school size

3.   have sufficient open-entry and non-selective options for Fremantle students

4.   have a large cohort from the Fremantle community

5.   have strong leadership and excellent teachers

6.   are safe with excellent pastoral care

7.   are close enough for most students to walk/ride.

Background

On 8 April 2014 the Minister for Education announced a consultation process about public secondary school options for students in the Fremantle area. The Minister and Premier in 2013 advised that they “wanted to make education more dynamic in the Fremantle area”.

The process reflects the demands of local parents for Government to review the current options to ensure access to a local, comprehensive, academic high school in the Fremantle area.

The Government will look at how it’s delivering secondary education currently and whether it is most effective. Factors to be considered include the size of schools, the number of students enrolled, the range of subjects that students can study, and pastoral care programs and support services for students.

Given the process is already underway and the importance of quality high schools to Fremantle’s reputation and revitalisation, Council believed it was appropriate to communicate its position to the Government, to encourage the best possible outcome for Fremantle.

 

Cultural Development Plan adopted

Council has adopted a new Cultural Development Strategy 2014–15 which builds on the achievements of the 2011–14 strategy for the next financial year.

The plan focuses on the action areas of infrastructure, public art, cultural capacity and engagement and includes an extra $100k for public art expenditure.

Background

The Cultural Development Strategy 2011-14 was adopted by Council in 2011 after a working group developed the strategies and community engagement on the strategy was undertaken.

The new plan focuses on a number of shorter-term actions and once local government boundaries are determined later in 2014, a broad community engagement process around a Cultural Development Plan for 2015- 2020 will be undertaken.

Fremantle has a reputation for its investment in Arts and Culture. It is a driver for business and tourism and it defines Fremantle as a place. It is important that the City continue its long tradition of investment in arts and culture and works to support organisations, individuals and businesses that are engaged in the sector.

  

DISCLAIMER – The above newsletter is a summarised version of council meetings designed to convey the key components of council decisions. For more detail and for exact wording on any of the above items the City strongly recommends readers download a full copy of the minutes of this meeting. Minutes can be found in the Agenda and Minutes section of the City’s website

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2 Responses to Summary of May 2014 Fremantle council meeting

  1. Louise Edmonds says:

    Hi Brad

    Thanks for the update.

    Can you please send me a copy of the community garden policy?

    Thanks

    Louise

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