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Council community meeting reminder – Monday 2 November

Great Lakes Council will hold community update meetings across the Great Lakes from Monday 2 – Monday 9 November to keep ratepayers informed about how it is meeting community priorities for the region.

“We invite anyone who is interested in hearing about our progress in addressing the concerns raised by the community in the 2014 community survey and also how we can ensure we meet the priorities that our ratepayers have asked us to achieve” said Council’s General Manager, Mr Glenn Handford.

“We will be talking about the options to ensure we can continue to provide adequate maintenance on our existing assets – including roads, parks, playgrounds, footpaths, buildings and public swimming pools.”

“We will also discuss the implications of the NSW Government’s recent assessment of Great Lakes as a ‘fit for the future’ Council” said Mr Handford.

The meetings will take place as follows:

  • Stroud School of Arts Hall, Monday 2 November at 6pm
  • Forster Council Chambers Friday 6 November at 10am
  • Tea Gardens Baptist Church, Thursday 5 November at 6pm
  • Bulahdelah School of Arts Hall Monday 9 November 6pm.

We look forward to your participation in these important meetings.


One Comment on “Council community meeting reminder – Monday 2 November”

  1. Amanda Albury November 1, 2015 at 10:25 pm #

    what about Great Lakes Council mowing Council Reserves? such as the regular mowing in line with the footpath and other parks in the Stroud Road area of Mammy Johnsons River Reserve Stroud Road. A reserve that ONLY is slashed one/two times per year regardless of how long the grass and weeds get.

    The Council is NOT mowing and maintaining their asset at Mammy Johnsons River Reserve Stroud Road, making it impossible for people to kick a ball or hit a ball around with their children or grandchildren, putt their golf ball around OR walk and admire the Mammy Johnsons River and look at the Rivercare & Landcare weed removal..

    Some weeds are now higher than the average height person. We have been waiting since last year 2014 for the Council to mow the Reserve in line with the footpath, the slasher I was advised by Council staff on Friday had some unscheduled slashing requests in this reserve. Which I had requested through a slashing request through Admin Staff at Forster. The tractor/slasher is too heavy and leaves ruts in the reserve that people fall over. The Council Ride-on is lighter and as they are already mowing the footpath, the staff can mow the Reserve at the sametime and/or as required. However this does not happen todate!

    The lack of Council slashing (mowing is better), where weeds are taller than a person as stated, has also stopped us being able to gain access as Rivercare and Landcare Volunteers. I am also sorry to say this has STOPPED us taking out the project to the wider community,, though Stroud Road Township has been letterbox delivered last year and this year 2015 of the approval to operate as Volunteers on Council land and our progress. Lack of mowing means that Mammy Johnsons River Reserve is untidy, unsafe and remains unmown and will again this year be a fire threat.

    The time has come regardless of Council not mowing the reserve todate is to spread the news into the community about this landcare/rivercare project at Mammy Johnsons River Reserve Stroud Road.

    We need help in other people to volunteer with us in any capacity of weed removal, tree planting or join as a support member. The Wards River-Mammy Johnsons River Rivercare and Landcare Project is insured through Karuah and Great Lakes Landcare Inc. to work on the Mammy Johnsons River Reserve Stroud Road, which is a Council owned Reserve. Membership is directly to Karuah and Great Lakes Landcare Inc.at $10 p.p.

    We meet on Monday currently 9am to 12pm.

    I was advised on Friday that Mammy Johnsons River Reserve did not warrant a budget for mowing as no one used the Reserve. I responded:- mow the Reserve a Council asset of Mammy Johnsons River Reserve Stroud Road and the people, both local and tourists/visitors will use the above Reserve.

    Please contact Amanda Albury for further details on the above project and how you can assist us and become involved and also help us with Council to have Mammy Johnsons River Reserve mowed regularly which can then be used and appreciated by all. PH: 4997-5979.

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