October Meeting Wrap

Publish Date: 14 October 2019

Buloke Shire Council’s October Ordinary Meeting was highlighted by the induction of Cr Bronwyn Simpson. Council also endorsed its submission to the Victorian Local Government Rating System Review and noted the Annual Report 2018/19 and the progress of the Year 3 Annual Plan.

Council inducted Cr Bronwyn Simpson after she was elected by countback following the resignation of Cr John Shaw, which created a vacancy in the Lower Avoca Ward. The countback was conducted on 17 September 2019 and Cr Simpson took the oath of office and signed the declaration to abide by the Councillor Code of Conduct on Monday 23 September 2019.

Council will make a submission to the Victorian Local Government Rating System Review. In making submission, Council considered not only the consultation questions from the discussion paper but also the adequacy and fairness of the rating system.

Solid progress against the Year 3 Annual Plan has been noted. Amongst the projects completed is the construction of the Charlton Park facility. Other achievements include the implementation of a new finance reporting system, retrofitting of community buildings for better energy efficiency and the coordination of a Councillor professional development plan.

There is also significant progress on other projects within the plan such as the Sea Lake Silo Art project and partnering with the Birchip Cropping Group to host a climate change event later this month. The next update on the progress of the Year 3 Annual Plan will be presented in February 2020.

The Buloke Shire Council Annual Report 2018/19 has been received. The report, which was submitted to the Minister for Local Government in September, highlights the incredible amount of work that Council has undertaken on behalf of the Buloke community in the 2018/19 year. The report is available in hard copy from Council’s office or in digital form on Council’s website.

Council considered a Notice of Motion to develop a climate change policy and with that, a transition plan and a goal to get to zero net emissions by 2030.

Whilst this was defeated Council did pass a foreshadowed motion that acknowledges that the climate is in a state of change and to consider affordable methods of greenhouse gas reduction when opportunities arise.

Minutes and documents relating to the October Ordinary Meeting will be made available on Council’s website. The next Ordinary Meeting of Council will be held on Wednesday 13 November 2019.

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