THE REGIONAL COUNCIL


Extension of A Declared Fire Danger Period

Thursday, January 16, 2020


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Draft Plan of Management for Selwyn Reserve on Public Exhibition

Thursday, January 16, 2020


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Walking dogs in Norfolk Island Reserves

Thursday, January 16, 2020



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Have you visited the Public Library?

Thursday, January 16, 2020


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Plastic Free Drinking Water

Thursday, January 16, 2020


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Looking for Something to do on the School Holidays?

Thursday, January 16, 2020


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2021 Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations Conference

Thursday, January 16, 2020


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Mayors Update - Keeping the Community Informed

Thursday, January 16, 2020


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Cultural Agreement between the Isle of man and Norfolk Island

Thursday, January 16, 2020


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Communicating with Council

Friday, January 10, 2020


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Looking after Seabirds in Hundred Acres Reserve

Friday, January 10, 2020



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Private Water Suppliers Quality Assurance Program (QAP)

Friday, January 10, 2020


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Looking for something to do on the School Holidays?

Friday, January 10, 2020


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Mayor's Update - Keeping the Community Informed

Friday, January 10, 2020


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Future Proofing of Telecommunications - Update

Friday, January 10, 2020


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Walking Dogs in Norfolk Island Reserves

Friday, January 10, 2020



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Upcoming Extraordinary Council Meeting

Thursday, January 02, 2020


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News from the World of Norfolk

Thursday, January 02, 2020



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Tertiary Education Bursary Program

Thursday, January 02, 2020


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Island Wide Lighting Fires

Thursday, January 02, 2020


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Sea Freight Importation Opportunity Ex-Brisbane

Thursday, January 02, 2020


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Mayor's Update - Keeping the Community Informed

Friday, December 20, 2019



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Cancellation of Culvert replacement - Ferny Lane

Thursday, December 19, 2019


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Council Christmas Opening Hours

Thursday, December 19, 2019


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Draft Plans of Management on Public Exhibition

Thursday, December 19, 2019


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Applications for Pasturage rights 2020

Thursday, December 19, 2019


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Happy Holidays

Thursday, December 19, 2019


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Rates - Making a Payment Arrangement

Thursday, December 19, 2019


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Dog Registration

Thursday, December 19, 2019


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Overview of Council Meeting - 18 December 2019

Thursday, December 19, 2019


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Mayor's Update - Keeping the Community Informed

Friday, December 13, 2019


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Safety Barriers outside the School

Friday, December 13, 2019


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Products/Services Available on Island

Friday, December 13, 2019


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Norfolk Island Airport Inductions

Friday, December 13, 2019


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No Burning at Headstone

Friday, December 13, 2019


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Amnesty for - NIRC Roads Traffic Control Devices

Friday, December 13, 2019


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Safety Barriers Outside the School

Friday, December 13, 2019


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Upcoming Council Meeting - 18 December 2019

Friday, December 13, 2019



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News from the World of Norfolk

Friday, December 13, 2019



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Special Event Permits - Liquor Act 2005

Friday, December 13, 2019



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Applications for Pasturage rights 2020

Friday, December 13, 2019


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Christmas School Holiday Activity Program

Friday, December 13, 2019


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Road Repair Works - Harpers Road completed

Friday, December 13, 2019


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Council's Christmas Closure Times

Friday, December 13, 2019



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Argentine Ant Aerial Baiting Continues

Friday, December 13, 2019



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Declared Acute Fire Danger Period

Friday, December 13, 2019


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Road Repair Works - Harper Road

Friday, November 29, 2019


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Draft Plans of Management on Public Exhibition

Thursday, November 28, 2019


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News from the World of Norfolk

Thursday, November 28, 2019


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Remote Piloted Aircraft (RPA'S) or "Drones"

Thursday, November 28, 2019


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Business Case for the Upgrade of the Wastewater Treatment Plant

Thursday, November 28, 2019


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Appointment of New General Manager

Thursday, November 28, 2019


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Norfolk Island Airport Inductions

Thursday, November 28, 2019


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AICCM Conference

Friday, November 22, 2019


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Draft Plans of Management on Public Exhibition

Thursday, November 21, 2019


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Mayors update - Keeping the Community Informed

Thursday, November 21, 2019



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Updated Telecom Mail Certificate - Impact on Apple Device Owners

Thursday, November 21, 2019


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News from the World of Norfolk

Thursday, November 21, 2019



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Electricity Accounts

Thursday, November 21, 2019


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Interesting Items from the Collection

Thursday, November 21, 2019


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Mayor's Update - Keeping the Community Informed

Thursday, November 21, 2019



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Island Wide Lighting Fires

Thursday, November 21, 2019


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EMNI - Cyclone Season

Thursday, November 21, 2019


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Community Consultation

Thursday, November 21, 2019


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Culvet Replacement - New Farm Road - Culverts Number 1 & 2

Sunday, November 17, 2019


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Mayor's Update - Keeping the Community Informed

Friday, November 15, 2019



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Commissioning of Council's Composting Facility

Thursday, November 14, 2019


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Upcoming Council Meeting 15 November 2019

Thursday, November 14, 2019



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Public Swimming Pools and Spas Inspections

Thursday, November 14, 2019


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Compostable food packaging supplies

Thursday, November 14, 2019


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Red Parrots Eradication

Thursday, November 14, 2019


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Argentine Ant Aerial Baiting Continues

Thursday, November 14, 2019



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Unlicensed Electrical Wiring

Thursday, November 07, 2019


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Public Notice - Presentation of Financial Statement

Thursday, November 07, 2019


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News for the world of Norfolk

Thursday, November 07, 2019




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Electricity Solar Charges

Thursday, November 07, 2019


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Hotrot Composting System

Thursday, November 07, 2019


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Community Heritage Grants 2019 - Research Centre

Thursday, November 07, 2019


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Cats Killing Nesting Seabirds

Thursday, November 07, 2019



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Radio Serial - The Red Gardenia

Friday, November 01, 2019


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30th October 2019 Extraordinary Council Meeting

Friday, November 01, 2019


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Oral History Association of Australia Conference – Maree Evans

Friday, November 01, 2019



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Cancellation of Culvert Replacement Headstone Road

Friday, November 01, 2019


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Argentine Ant Eradication Program Update

Friday, November 01, 2019



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New Norfolk Island Ambassador

Friday, November 01, 2019



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General Purpose Financial Statements

Friday, November 01, 2019


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Overview of Council Meeting 16 October 2019

Friday, October 25, 2019



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Norfolk Island Workers Compensation

Friday, October 25, 2019


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Draft Plans of Management on Public Exhibition

Friday, October 25, 2019


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Extraordinary Council meeting 30 October 2019

Friday, October 25, 2019


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Tourism Update

Thursday, October 24, 2019



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Tourism Advisory Committee

Thursday, October 24, 2019



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Products and Services available on Island

Friday, October 18, 2019


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Products and Services available on Island

Friday, October 18, 2019


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Tourism and Economic Development Report

Friday, October 18, 2019




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The First Barge has arrived into Ball Bay

Friday, October 18, 2019


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Planning and Environmental Service Update

Friday, October 18, 2019




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Next Cruise Ship

Friday, October 18, 2019


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Community Feedback on the Draft Norfolk Island Wastewater Options Paper

Friday, October 18, 2019




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Commercial Service Update

Friday, October 18, 2019



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Land Rates report and Public Meeting

Friday, October 18, 2019



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Culvert Replacement - Headstone Road

Friday, October 11, 2019


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Headstone Fluorescent Green

Friday, October 11, 2019


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Come and See the Yamaha Fazer Drone!

Friday, October 11, 2019


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Argentine Ant Numbers Declining

Friday, October 11, 2019


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Community cultural Satisfaction Survey

Friday, October 11, 2019


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Upcoming Council Meeting 16 October 2019

Friday, October 11, 2019



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Mayor's Update - Keeping the community informed

Friday, October 04, 2019



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Culvert Replacement - New Farm Road and Captain Quintal Road

Thursday, October 03, 2019


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Museums and Research Centre

Thursday, October 03, 2019


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Grants Applicants Skill Development Workshop

Thursday, October 03, 2019


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Buy Local Campaign - Quirky Products

Thursday, October 03, 2019


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Tourism News

Thursday, October 03, 2019


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Council Accounts

Thursday, October 03, 2019


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Mayor's Update

Friday, September 27, 2019


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Future Proofing Telecommunications on Norfolk Island

Friday, September 27, 2019



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Seeking Community Feedback on the Upgrade of the Wastewater Treatment Plant

Friday, September 27, 2019



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Overdue Electricity Accounts

Friday, September 27, 2019


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Museums and Research Centre

Friday, September 27, 2019


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Internet Outage

Friday, September 27, 2019


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Aerial Baiting for Argentine Ants Continuing

Friday, September 27, 2019


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Overview of Council meeting 18 September 2019

Friday, September 27, 2019



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Tourism News

Friday, September 27, 2019



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Mayors Update - Keeping the Community Informed

Friday, September 20, 2019



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Community Cultural Satisfaction Survey

Friday, September 20, 2019



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Visitors Poem

Thursday, September 19, 2019


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Community Meeting to Discuss Options for the upgrade of the Wastewater Treatment Plant

Thursday, September 19, 2019


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Tourism Update

Thursday, September 19, 2019





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Seniors Motor Vehicle Registration

Thursday, September 19, 2019


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Repairs to Airport Runway

Thursday, September 19, 2019


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Planning and Environment Services Update

Thursday, September 19, 2019



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Museums and Research Centre

Thursday, September 19, 2019


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Infrastructure Services Update

Thursday, September 19, 2019



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Feral Chickens on Norfolk Island

Thursday, September 19, 2019


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Emergency Phone number in Power Outage

Thursday, September 19, 2019


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Norfolk Island Regional Council Election of Mayor and Deputy Mayor

Thursday, September 19, 2019


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Commercial Services Update

Thursday, September 19, 2019


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Weed Control and Reserve Management Update

Thursday, September 19, 2019


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Last Chance to Comment on Draft Plans of Management for six Public Reserves

Thursday, September 12, 2019


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Electricity Payment and Rebates

Thursday, September 12, 2019


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Aerial Baiting for Argentine Ants - Update 4

Thursday, September 12, 2019


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Upcoming Council Meeting

Thursday, September 12, 2019



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Tourism News

Thursday, September 12, 2019




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NIRC'S Smoking Cessation Clinic Program

Thursday, September 12, 2019


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Public Meeting to Discuss Environmental Study by University of NewCastle

Thursday, September 12, 2019


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No more Cars Accepted at the Waste Management Centre

Thursday, September 12, 2019


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Headstone Standpipe Open to Public

Thursday, September 12, 2019


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Culvert Replacement - Cutters Corn Road

Thursday, September 12, 2019


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This Week's Quirky Products available on Island

Thursday, September 12, 2019


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What is Sun Interference?

Friday, September 06, 2019


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Airport Emergency Exercise Tests Capability

Friday, September 06, 2019


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Mayor's Update

Friday, September 06, 2019



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Norfolk Island Airport Pavement Resurfacing Project Q & A

Friday, September 06, 2019



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Over 65 Electricity Rebate

Thursday, September 05, 2019


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Public Reserves on Norfolk Island

Thursday, September 05, 2019



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First Round of Aerial Baiting for Argentine Ants Successful

Thursday, September 05, 2019


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Museum Update

Thursday, September 05, 2019


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Culvert Replacement - Cascade Road and Youngs Road

Thursday, August 29, 2019


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Museums and Research Centre

Thursday, August 29, 2019



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Dark Sky Town

Thursday, August 29, 2019


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Public Reserves on Norfolk Island

Thursday, August 29, 2019



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Tourism News 29 August 2019

Thursday, August 29, 2019



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Aerial Baiting for Argentine Ants

Thursday, August 29, 2019


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Mayor's Update - Keeping the Community Informed

Thursday, August 29, 2019


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Tourism Report July 2019

Friday, August 23, 2019




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Waste and Environmental Management Update

Friday, August 23, 2019




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Overview of Council Meeting

Friday, August 23, 2019



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Infrastructure and Service Works Program

Friday, August 23, 2019



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Council Recruitment Update

Friday, August 23, 2019


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Commercial Services Update

Friday, August 23, 2019


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Airport Emergency Exercise

Friday, August 23, 2019


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Youngs Road and Cascade Reserve Rock Extraction

Friday, August 23, 2019


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Public Reserves on Norfolk Island

Friday, August 16, 2019



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Resignation of General Manager

Friday, August 16, 2019


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Overdue Rates Debt Recovery Policy

Friday, August 16, 2019


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Museum Update - The longest Paddock Exhibition

Friday, August 16, 2019


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Aerial Baiting for Argentine Ants

Friday, August 16, 2019



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Upcoming Council Meeting - 21 Aug 2019

Friday, August 16, 2019



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Trial of the Fifteen 20th Anniversary

Friday, August 16, 2019



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LEGAL PROFESSION BODY ESTABLISHED FOR NORFOLK ISLAND

Thursday, August 15, 2019



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DRAFT PLANS OF MANAGEMENT ON PUBLIC EXHIBITION

Thursday, August 08, 2019


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BUY LOCAL NEWS

Thursday, August 08, 2019


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TOURISM UPDATE

Thursday, August 08, 2019



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MAYOR’S UPDATE - KEEPING THE COMMUNITY INFORMED

Thursday, August 08, 2019



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Coulson B737 NSW Rural Fire Service Plane

Friday, August 02, 2019


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Museums and Research Centre

Friday, August 02, 2019



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Argentine Ant Program Update

Friday, August 02, 2019


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Apprenticeship Training - TAFE NSW Kingscliff

Friday, August 02, 2019


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Tourism Industry Presentation

Friday, August 02, 2019


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Let’s work together to say no to ‘day zero’ for our water on Norfolk Island

Thursday, August 01, 2019




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TOURISM INDUSTRY PRESENTATION

Friday, July 26, 2019


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TELECOM HOTSPOT SYSTEM REPLACEMENT

Friday, July 26, 2019


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JUNE QUARTER ELECTRICITY INVOICES

Friday, July 26, 2019


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DRINKING WATER QUALITY ASSURANCE PROGRAM

Friday, July 26, 2019


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DRAFT PLANS OF MANAGEMENT ON PUBLIC EXHIBITION

Friday, July 26, 2019



On Norfolk Island public reserves are managed in accordance with the Public Reserves Act 1997 (NI) and the Plans of Management for Public Reserves. 

The Norfolk Island Regional Council (NIRC) has conducted a review of the existing plans and is now seeking feedback from the community on six of its Draft Plans of Management for reserves located at:
 
Bumbora, Ball Bay, Stock, Middlegate, Anson Bay and Hundred Acres. To submit feedback, complete the online form available on Councils website at link http://www.norfolkisland.gov.nf/your-council/council-documents/documents-publicexhibition or collect a hardcopy form from Councils Customer Care offices on New Cascade Road. Hardcopy submissions can be returned in person to the Customer Care offices, mailed to PO Box 95 or, emailed to regionalcouncil@nirc.gov.nf. The public submission period is for 56 days and closes at 4:00pm on 20 September 2019. 

For more information, please contact Senior Environmental Officer Jim Castles by emailing jim.castles@nirc.gov.nf or telephone Customer Care on local free call 0100. 

Bruce Taylor 
GROUP MANAGER SERVICES 
27 July 2018

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CULVERT REPLACEMENT – CASCADE ROAD AND YOUNG’S ROAD

Thursday, July 25, 2019



Norfolk Island Regional Council would like to advise motorists that culvert replacement works will be commencing at the intersection of Young’s Road and Cascade Road. It is expected that this work will commence at a date between 30 July and 30 August, between 6am and 4pm, requiring a partial or full closure of the road during trenching works. 

The Council will keep the community informed via radio local notices, where and when work commences.
 
Motorist are asked to use Harpers Road to access Cascade Pier, however in the nature of safety for boat owners, access may still be available via Cascade Road. During this time please contact the Roads Supervisor on 50884 prior to transiting with your boat to or from the pier. 

All Motorist are asked to reduce speed on approach to the worksite area and to observe any direction or signage displayed. 

Council thanks all motorists for their co-operation and patience during the replacement program and apologises for any inconvenience caused. 

Allan McConnell 
SECTION LEADER – ROADS AND OPEN SPACES 25 July 2019

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CULVERT REPLACEMENT – CASCADE ROAD AND YOUNG’S ROAD

Thursday, July 25, 2019



Norfolk Island Regional Council would like to advise motorists that culvert replacement works will be commencing at the intersection of Young’s Road and Cascade Road. It is expected that this work will commence at a date between 30 July and 30 August, between 6am and 4pm, requiring a partial or full closure of the road during trenching works. 

The Council will keep the community informed via radio local notices, where and when work commences.
 
Motorist are asked to use Harpers Road to access Cascade Pier, however in the nature of safety for boat owners, access may still be available via Cascade Road. During this time please contact the Roads Supervisor on 50884 prior to transiting with your boat to or from the pier. 

All Motorist are asked to reduce speed on approach to the worksite area and to observe any direction or signage displayed. 

Council thanks all motorists for their co-operation and patience during the replacement program and apologises for any inconvenience caused. 

Allan McConnell 
SECTION LEADER – ROADS AND OPEN SPACES 25 July 2019

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Buy Local Survey

Thursday, July 25, 2019


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News from the World of Norfolk

Thursday, July 25, 2019


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MUSEUMS AND RESEARCH CENTRE

Thursday, July 25, 2019



Reminder – School Holiday Activity Program Colouring Competition As part of the school holiday activity program this last school holidays, children were encouraged to draw their best sailing boat and decorate it. These were collected and will be judged next week – if anyone is still working on their drawing, can you please drop it off to the Pier Store by 3:30pm Tuesday 30 July 2019. Winners will be announced in next week’s paper!!! 

Helen Brackin 
TEAM LEADER HERITAGE MANAGEMENT 24 July 2019

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State Delivery Agreement 2019-2020

Thursday, July 18, 2019


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Planning and Environmental Services Activities Update

Thursday, July 18, 2019


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Museums and Research Centre

Thursday, July 18, 2019



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Fire Service Activities April - June 2019

Thursday, July 18, 2019



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Tourism Report

Thursday, July 18, 2019




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BuyLocal Survey

Thursday, July 18, 2019


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Fire Service Activities April - June 2019

Thursday, July 18, 2019



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Customer Complaints Received 2018-2019 Financial Year

Thursday, July 18, 2019



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Commercial Service Update

Thursday, July 18, 2019


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Development and Building Activity Quarterly Report

Thursday, July 18, 2019



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Overview of Council Meeting 17 July 2019

Thursday, July 18, 2019



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Expressions of Interest are invited for Supply of Satellite Bandwidth Service

Thursday, July 18, 2019


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Mayor's Update - Keeping the Community Informed

Friday, July 12, 2019


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News from the World of Norfolk

Thursday, July 11, 2019



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Museums and Research Centre

Thursday, July 11, 2019


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How to Communicate with Council

Thursday, July 11, 2019


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Compostable Bags for Food Scraps

Thursday, July 11, 2019


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Community Grants Program

Thursday, July 11, 2019


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BuyLocal Survey

Thursday, July 11, 2019


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Argentine Ant Program Update

Thursday, July 11, 2019




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Upcoming Council Meeting - 12 July 2019

Thursday, July 11, 2019


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Mayor's Update

Friday, July 05, 2019



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Buy Local Survey

Friday, July 05, 2019


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July Spending Spree Competition

Friday, July 05, 2019


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Museums and Research Centre

Friday, July 05, 2019


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New Military Barracks Refurbishment

Friday, July 05, 2019


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Products/Services Available on Island

Friday, July 05, 2019


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Tourism Industry Gathering

Friday, June 28, 2019


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News from the World of Norfolk

Friday, June 28, 2019



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Rates Report - Instalment Four

Friday, June 28, 2019


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Planning and Environmental Services Activities Update

Friday, June 28, 2019



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Overview of Council Meeting

Friday, June 28, 2019



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Museums and Research Centre Update

Friday, June 28, 2019



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Mayor's Update - Keeping the Community Informed

Friday, June 28, 2019



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Infrastructure and Services Program

Friday, June 28, 2019



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Commercial Services Update

Friday, June 28, 2019



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Buy Local Survey

Friday, June 28, 2019


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Buy Local Spending Spree Competition

Friday, June 28, 2019


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Tourist Accommodation Legislation Update

Friday, June 28, 2019


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Replacement PABX System

Friday, June 21, 2019


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Norfolk Telecom - New Credit Card Bond Facility

Friday, June 21, 2019


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Community Meeting - Upgrade of the Wastewater treatment Plant

Friday, June 21, 2019


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Calling all Local Businesses

Friday, June 21, 2019


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Argentine Ant Program Aerial Mapping

Friday, June 21, 2019


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Upcoming Council Meeting 26 June 2019

Friday, June 21, 2019



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Interesting items from the Collection

Thursday, June 20, 2019



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News from the World of Norfolk Island

Thursday, June 13, 2019



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Museums and Research Centre Opening Hours for Queen's Birthday long weekend

Thursday, June 13, 2019


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Products/ Service Available on island

Thursday, June 13, 2019


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Radio Serial - The man in the mist

Friday, June 07, 2019


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Interesting Items from the Collection

Friday, June 07, 2019


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Milk Cartons are Non Recyclable

Friday, June 07, 2019


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Culvert Replacement

Friday, June 07, 2019


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Mayor's Update - Keeping the Community Informed

Friday, June 07, 2019



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Draft Operational Plan 2019

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Tourism Industry Gathering

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MAYOR’S UPDATE - KEEPING THE COMMUNITY INFORMED

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NORFOLK ISLAND REGIONAL COUNCIL’S DRAFT OPERATIONAL PLAN 2019

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Declaration in Relation to Significant Development Youngs Road Rock Extraction

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Airport Master Plan

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Ït's only one Straw"said 8 billion People

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Planning and Building Activity Quarterly Report

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Overview of Council Meeting 17th April 2019

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Interesting Items from the Collection

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Air Chathams Confirms Direct Norfolk Service from September

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Norfolk Island Tourism update

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Culvert Replacement Work - Ferny Lane

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How to use the Online Rating Calculator

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Norfolk Island Airport Pavement Repair and Resurfacing Design and Construct Project

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Tourism Update

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Norfolk Island Tourism Incubator

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Heritage and Culture Advisory Committee

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Rating Model 2019-2020

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Tourism News

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Tourism Industry Gathering

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What happens to your Waste?

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Next Cruise Ship

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Tourist Accommodation Legislation Industry Consultation , 21 February

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Mayor's Update - Keeping the Community Informed

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Foundation Day 2019

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Declared Fire Danger Period

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Keeping the Community Informed

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Water Restrictions on Public Bores

Thursday, February 07, 2019


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News from the World of Norfolk

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Museums and Research Centre

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Grey Water Recycling

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Extraordinary Meeting - Crane Replacement

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Tourism Industry Gathering

Thursday, January 31, 2019


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Museums and Research Centre

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Fire Danger Period

Thursday, January 31, 2019


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Remote Piloted Aircraft (PRAs) or Drones

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Mayors Update - Keeping the Community Informed

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Filling and Registering Spas ans Swimming Pools

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Where can I find Council Forms?

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Did you know? Water Wise

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Waste Management Fees

Thursday, January 24, 2019



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Tourism Update

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Norfolk Island Youth Council and Junior Youth Council

Thursday, January 24, 2019



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Museums and Research Centre

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Did You know? - DIY Home Compost

Thursday, January 24, 2019



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Did you know? - Batteries

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Our Argentine Ant Detector Dog has arrived

Thursday, January 24, 2019



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Defacing Publich Infrastructure

Friday, January 18, 2019


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Did you Know?

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Fire Danger Period

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Culling Feral Chooks Survey

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Emergency Management Norfolk Island Committee Changes

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Museums and Research Centre

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Illegal Dumping of Waste in a Public Place

Friday, January 18, 2019


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Mayors Update - Keeping the community Informed

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Telecom Network Outage Notice

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Museums and Research Centre

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Tertiary Education Grant Program

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New Tickket Collection for Waste management

Thursday, January 10, 2019


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This week's Quirky Products Available on Island

Thursday, January 10, 2019


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How to deal with a stray Cow

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How can you communicate with Council?

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First Cruise Ship of 2019

Friday, January 04, 2019


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Overview of Council Meeting - 19 December 2018

Friday, December 21, 2018



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Mayors Update - Keeping the Community Informed

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Local Rock

Friday, December 21, 2018


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Happy Holiday

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Use of Electricity in a Public Place

Friday, December 21, 2018


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Radio Serial - The Scarlet Diary

Friday, December 21, 2018


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Norfolk Island Multipurpose Health Services Facility Project

Thursday, December 20, 2018



Last week (11 – 14 December) I had the opportunity to attend stakeholder consultations conducted by KPMG, on behalf of the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities.


These initial consultations have provided KPMG with important data to update the 2015 Norfolk Island Health Service Plan and will also help inform an initial business case for a new health and aged facility on Norfolk Island, including site options, master planning and cost estimation.


These workshops were a positive first step towards achieving a great result for the community and building the best possible case for significant Australian Government investment in Norfolk Island’s future. I would particularly like to thank the following community stakeholder groups for contributing their time and ideas at the workshops, and for respectfully listening to the range of perspectives put forward.

  • Norfolk Island Community and Clinical Consultative Committee
  • Norfolk Island Health and Residential Aged Care Service
  • Norfolk Assisting Those in Need
  • Care Norfolk
  • Council of Elders
  • Hettae Ucklun
  • BreastScreen Service Norfolk Island Inc.
  • Norfolk Island Central School
  • St Johns Ambulance NI.

The two key insights that I gained from the workshops were; the community would like health service models to focus more on promoting wellness and active ageing, the provision of a procedures room and ensuring the new facility is able to support visiting specialists from across a range of disciplines. I also understand the community is keen to find out more about what is required for birthing services to be provided on the island.

The Norfolk Island Regional Council also sought to promote the importance of focusing on body wellness and the need for the design of a new facility to be flexible and able to adapt and meet changing community needs.

I understand that the community is highly engaged in this project.  Further stakeholder consultations will be conducted in February 2019, which will include a facilitated community forum.  I will provide the community with further information about the planned forum in late January 2019.

Ends.

Eric Hutchinson

December 2018

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Mayors Update - Keeping the Community Informed

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Upcoming Council Meeting 14 December 2018

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Remote Piloted Aircraft (RPAS) or Drones

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Happy Holidays

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Extraordinary Meeting - Rock Extraction on Norfolk Island

Friday, December 14, 2018


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Customer Care Christmas Hours

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Cascade Pier Light

Friday, December 14, 2018


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Air Chathams Direct Auckland to Norfolk Island Service to Start in September 2019

Friday, December 14, 2018


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Mayors Update - Keeping the Communiy Informed

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Work Experience in Firefighting Operations

Friday, December 07, 2018


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Cattle in Burnt Pine

Friday, December 07, 2018


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Council's Christmas Closure Times

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Documents on Public Exhibietions Certified Fire safety Training Fees

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Tourist Accommodation Registration

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Work Experience Students

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Documents on Public Exhibition Certified Fire Safety Training Fees

Friday, November 30, 2018



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Tourism Industry Gathering

Friday, November 30, 2018


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Tourism Update

Friday, November 30, 2018


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Annual Report - General Manager's Message

Friday, November 30, 2018




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Mayor's Update - Keeping the Community Informed

Friday, November 30, 2018



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Annual Cyclone Briefing

Friday, November 30, 2018


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Overview of Council Meeting

Friday, November 23, 2018



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Metal Pontoon Moves from Lighterage to Cascade

Friday, November 23, 2018


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Upcoming Council Meeting 16th November 2018

Friday, November 16, 2018



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Quality Assurance Programs to be Sumitted to Council

Friday, November 16, 2018



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This Week's QuirkyProducts Available on Island

Friday, November 16, 2018


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Yamaha Fazer Drone to Conduct Follow up Baiting of Argentine Ants

Friday, November 16, 2018



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Mayor's Update - Keeping the Community Informed

Friday, November 16, 2018


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Separating Food Scraps from your General Household Waste

Friday, November 09, 2018


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Public Notice - Presentation of Financial Statement

Friday, November 09, 2018


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Mayor's Update - Keeping the Community Informed

Friday, November 09, 2018


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Island Wide Lighting Fires

Friday, November 09, 2018


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Launch of NI Tourism Branding Update

Friday, November 09, 2018


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Museums and Research Centre

Friday, November 02, 2018


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Tourist Accommodation Legislation Survey 2018

Friday, November 02, 2018


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Launch of Norfolk Island Tourism's Branding update

Friday, November 02, 2018


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Waste Management's Hotrot Composting System has Arrived

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Tourism Industry Gathering

Friday, November 02, 2018


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Museums and Research Centre

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News from the World of Norfolk

Thursday, October 25, 2018



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Yamaha Fazer Done for Argentine Ants

Thursday, October 25, 2018



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Tourism Industry Gathering

Thursday, October 25, 2018


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Applying for a Position with Council

Thursday, October 25, 2018


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Waste Management Centre Update

Friday, October 19, 2018


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What does A sorting line means for Waste Management?

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Mayor's Update - Keeping the community Informed

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Feral Chickens

Friday, October 19, 2018


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Planning Act changes to support Norfolk Island’s growth and sustainability

Friday, October 19, 2018


The Administrator of Norfolk Island, Mr Eric Hutchinson

Norfolk Island Regional Council


The Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities and the Council have been working together for some time to address barriers to the construction of important public infrastructure on Norfolk Island.

In response to a request from the Council, changes have been made to the Planning Act 2002 (NI) to support Norfolk Island’s growth and sustainability.

The main change is a new approval process for significant developments such as recreation centres, waste management facilities and roads.

Under the new process, projects will need to demonstrate that they will benefit the Norfolk Island community. They must also fit in with other plans for Norfolk Island including the Community Strategic Plan and Council’s Operational Plan.

Feedback during community consultation about the changes indicated you wanted more say in local planning decisions.

The community will be able to make submissions on any significant development proposal. Councillors will also have an active role and help decide which projects go through the new process.

During the approval process, the Commonwealth Minister responsible for Norfolk Island or their delegate will consider these submissions and can set conditions on the development to address any concerns.

To make sure the new process is working, and it meets Norfolk Island’s needs, it will be reviewed after two years.    


More information about the changes can be found on the Department’s website at

http://regional.gov.au/territories/norfolk_island/governance/legislation-updates.aspx

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Overview of Council Meeting

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Multipurpose Baler and Mini Sort line installation

Friday, October 12, 2018


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Upcoming Council Meeting

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Museums and Research Centre update

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Daylight Saving time in NSW and ViC

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This Weeks quirky products available on Island

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Island Wide Fire Panel

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First Cruise Ship of the Season

Friday, October 05, 2018


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Land Transfer Forms

Friday, September 28, 2018


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international Right to Know Day

Friday, September 28, 2018


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Have your say on Norfolk Island's Environment Strategy

Friday, September 28, 2018


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Invitation - Tourism Industry Gathering

Friday, September 28, 2018


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Documents on Public Exhibition

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Mayor's Update - Keeping the Community Informed

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Invitation - Tourism Industry Gathering

Saturday, September 22, 2018


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Mayor's Update - Keeping the Community Informed

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Documents on Public Exhibition

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Overview of Council Meeting

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Norfolk Telecom Internet Outage

Saturday, September 22, 2018


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Community Grants Program

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Friday, September 14, 2018



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Mayor's Update - Keeping the Community Informed

Thursday, September 13, 2018



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Free Marketing Workshops

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Breast Screening Clinic

Thursday, September 06, 2018


Dear Editor


I would like to personally thank all who were involved and instrumental in getting a Breast Screening clinic and a mammogram machine here on Norfolk Island.  To Tracy, Dale and the Alice Buffett Trust who for the past 20 years have been trying to have this for our Norfolk Women. Also thanks to the others in the past 3 years who have also assisted in getting the machine and breast clinic on Norfolk.


Its an amazing achievement and one that we all appreciate. I am so proud of your efforts, your persistance, support and vision. Thanks must also go to the donors over the years as well. 


I hope many of you ladies had your mammogram this week, or that you check your breasts yourself on a regular basis. Early detection is the best advantage, so get to know your breasts but any concerns see your GP immediately. 


Being a breast cancer survivor from 2012 I am so pleased for the women of Norfolk to now have access to a mammogram.


Yours sincerely

Tracey Sweeney

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Norfolk Island Health and Residential Aged Care Service - Update

Thursday, September 06, 2018



Breast Screening Clinic Norfolk Island

Jill and Angela from Sydney Breast Clinic, would like to thank those who attended the Breast Screening Clinic at NIHRACS.


The response has been amazing and they were delighted to meet you all.


Your results will be double read by specialist Radiologists at Sydney Breast Clinic, your results including your images on a USB stick will be returned to NIHRACS for you to pick up. (please allow 2-3 weeks).


Some women may be contacted for further imaging, which will be required to be performed off the Island. A GP Clinic staff member will contact you the week beginning 17th September 2018 to advise a follow-up with your GP at the GP Clinic if further investigation is needed.


Child Health Clinic (Drop in Clinic)

Commencing Wednesday 12th September 2018, NIHRACS will be holding Child Health Clinics at NI – Connect from  9am to12 noon.


The clinics will be drop-in clinics, so no appointments necessary and will be held every 3rd Wednesday of the month.  Our midwife will weigh baby and assist in completing baby book assessments.


GP Clinic

Health History Update Questionnaires

When you next visit the GP Clinic you will be asked to complete a Health History Update Questionnaire.  These are to us in maintaining accurate information on your medical record and therefore assist the GP with your consultation.  Please arrive for your appointment 5 minutes prior to your appointment to allow time to complete the questionnaire.  We thank you for your assistance in this important task

All patient information will be treated as confidential.


Hours of Operation

The GP Clinic is open from 8.30am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm - 4.30pm Monday to Friday.  Please note the clinic is closed for lunch from 12.30 – 1.30pm.  Please call for appointments only during opening hours.


When you next visit the Clinic you will be asked to complete this form which should only take a few minutes.  Please arrive a few minutes prior to your appointment time so that you can complete the form. 


How long should you book your appointment for?

Most appointments with your GP only require 15 minutes.  If you have multiple issues or you think they are complex and will require extensive discussion, please let our receptionist know that you would like a long appointment. This will ensure you have the time needed with your GP and will assist us in managing the GPs time and patient flow.


Appointments with the Nurse

On arrival at the clinic do not go directly to see the Nurse (to what was known as Outpatients), please make yourself known to our receptionist.   Appointments are required for all non-urgent visits to the Nurse.  In most cases you will also need an appointment with the GP.  This includes ear syringing, blood pressure readings and immunisations.


All emergencies will be reviewed by a Nurse prior to being seen by a GP.

Please notify us as soon as you can if you are unable to make your appointment time.  This allows us to offer the time to another patient.   A quick phone call if you are running late also allows for better management of our patient times.


Diabetes Clinic

These will now be held monthly.  Please call 24134 to book an appointment.


Women’s Wellness Clinic

The Women’s Wellness program continues. Interested women of all ages are encouraged to book an appointment (lasting forty minutes) with Dr Jenny Sexton on Monday, Wednesday or Friday.  Please mention ‘Women’s Wellness’ when making the appointment – phone 24134.


Men’s Health Checks (Spanner in the Works)

Men interested in a follow-up with a GP for a more extensive health check or a skin check are encouraged to book an appointment (lasting 30 mins) with Dr John.  Please mention ‘skin check’ or ‘men’s health’ when making an appointment phone – 24134.

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Disabled Parking Norfolk Island Airport

Thursday, September 06, 2018


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Emergency Management Volunteer Scholarships

Friday, August 31, 2018


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Mayors Update - Keeping the Community Informed

Friday, August 31, 2018



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Buy Local (BL) Spending Spree Competition - Wrap Up

Friday, August 31, 2018


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Retail Price Index (RPI)

Friday, August 24, 2018


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Recurrent Damage to Road Signage

Friday, August 24, 2018


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No More Cars to be accepted at the Waste Management Centre

Friday, August 24, 2018


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Remote Piloted Aircraft (RPAs) or Drones

Friday, August 24, 2018


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Liquor Bond Price Increase

Friday, August 24, 2018


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Overview of Council Meeting

Friday, August 17, 2018



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Cascade Pier Light

Friday, August 17, 2018


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Retail Price Index (RPI)

Friday, August 17, 2018


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Back yard Burning

Friday, August 17, 2018


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Tuesday Flights to Bribane in Late August

Friday, August 17, 2018


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Norfolk Island Museums and Research Centre

Friday, August 17, 2018



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Mayors Update - Keeping the Community Informed

Saturday, August 11, 2018



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Community Grants Program

Friday, August 10, 2018


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Upcoming Council Meeting

Friday, August 10, 2018


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Cascade Pier Light

Thursday, August 09, 2018


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Argentine Ant Facts - Waste Management

Thursday, August 09, 2018



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'It is only straw' said 8 Billion People

Thursday, August 09, 2018


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Templates for Private Water Suppliers on Council Website

Thursday, August 09, 2018



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Argentine Ant Facts - Recycling

Thursday, August 02, 2018



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Tree Trimming

Thursday, August 02, 2018


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Airport Car Park Closure Notification

Thursday, August 02, 2018


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Customer Service Survey

Thursday, August 02, 2018





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Extraordinary Meeting - Renewable Energy

Thursday, August 02, 2018


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No more plastic Bags at the Bond

Friday, July 27, 2018


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Generators

Friday, July 27, 2018


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Norfolk Island Public workers Compensation Scheme Employment Act 1988

Friday, July 27, 2018


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Back yard Burning

Friday, July 27, 2018



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Argentine Ant Facts - Green Waste

Friday, July 27, 2018



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This Week's Quirky Products Available on island

Friday, July 27, 2018


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Overiew of Council Meeting 18th July 2018

Friday, July 20, 2018



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Council's Progress - Thank you to all involved

Friday, July 20, 2018


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Mayors Update - Keeping the Community Informed

Friday, July 20, 2018



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Community Grants Program

Friday, July 20, 2018


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July spending Spree Competition

Friday, July 20, 2018


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Australian Privacy Principles

Friday, July 20, 2018


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Australian Airforce deliver Generators

Friday, July 20, 2018


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Argentine Ant Facts - Firewood

Friday, July 20, 2018



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Multi-Purpose baler and sort line arrives

Friday, July 20, 2018


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Mayors Update - Keeping the community Informed

Friday, July 13, 2018



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Upcoming Council Meeting

Friday, July 13, 2018


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July Spending Spree Competition

Friday, July 13, 2018


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Mayors Update - Keeping the Community Informed

Friday, July 06, 2018



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Museum Update

Friday, July 06, 2018


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THIS WEEK’S QUIRKY PRODUCTS AVAILABLE ON ISLAND

Friday, July 06, 2018


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#BuyLocal Survey

Friday, June 29, 2018


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July Spending Spree Competition

Friday, June 29, 2018


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Council Fees and Charges

Friday, June 29, 2018


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Overview of Council Meeting

Friday, June 29, 2018


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#BuyLocal Survey

Friday, June 22, 2018


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Calling all Local Businesses

Friday, June 22, 2018


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This Weeks Quirky Products Available on Island

Friday, June 22, 2018


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Upcoming Council Meeting

Friday, June 22, 2018



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Tourism News

Friday, June 15, 2018



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HOW CAN YOU COMMUNICATE WITH COUNCIL?

Friday, June 15, 2018



The Norfolk Island Regional Council welcomes feedback and correspondence from the community.

The Customer Care Office is open Monday to Friday 9:00am to 4:00pm and is located at 9 New Cascade Road to visit in person for any Council, account and general enquiries. Alternatively, you can telephone on free-call 0100 or email customercare@nirc.gov.nf. General enquiries include questions relating to Council’s services, the of hiring Council equipment, your bills, registrations and licensing as well as forms and applications.

For formal submissions and other formal correspondence to Council, please either email regionalcouncil@nirc.gov.nf or post to the attention of the General Manager or relevant Statutory Officer, PO Box 95, Norfolk Island, 2899. Formal submissions include formal letters to the General Manager on Council decisions, activities or policy, complaints, etc.

Council’s Customer Service Charter outlines the level of service that you can expect when communicating with Council. The Charter can be viewed at www.norfolkisland.gov.nf/your-council/about-council/customer-service-charter.

Lotta Jackson
GENERAL MANAGER
14 June 2018

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#BUYLOCAL SURVEY

Friday, June 15, 2018


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REMINDER FOR PRIVATE WATER SUPPLIERS

Friday, June 15, 2018



This is a reminder to all Norfolk Island businesses who supply drinking water to the public. Atom Consulting will be on island from 18 to 22 June. The purpose of this trip is to assist local businesses to meet their requirements under the Public Health Act 2010.

If your business is affected by the application of this legislation, Atom Consulting will be available to assist with developing your Quality Assurance Programs and answer any questions you have regarding the changes.

Atom Consulting will be at Governors Lodge between the following times:

• Tuesday 19 June between 9:00am -12noon
• Wednesday 20 June between 12:30pm and 4:00pm
• Thursday 21 June between 9:00am -12noon

No appointments are necessary and interested parties are invited to call in and have chat.

If your organisation has any questions relating to the changes, please do not hesitate to contact Customer Care on local freecall 0100 or by emailing customercare@nirc.gov.nf.

PJ Wilson
HEALTH AND WATER OFFICER
14 June 2018

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NEW TRAVELLING EXHIBITION COMING TO THE R.E.O.

Thursday, June 07, 2018



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Document on Public Exhibition

Thursday, June 07, 2018


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THIS WEEK’S QUIRKY PRODUCTS AVAILABLE ON ISLAND

Thursday, June 07, 2018


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ASSISTANCE FOR PRIVATE WATER SUPPLIERS

Thursday, June 07, 2018



As part of the application of the Public Health Act 2010 (NSW) (NI) (the Act), drinking water suppliers are expected to develop a drinking water Quality Assurance Program (QAP) by November 2018. To assist relevant businesses and the Council in drafting the QAP, the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities has engaged Atom Consulting who will be on island between 18 and 22 June 2018.

Atom Consulting have a strong background in developing QAPs for both businesses and local government. They will be working with the Council to develop the QAP templates and guidelines for Norfolk Island and will have time to meet with businesses to discuss the requirements of the QAPs.

Atom Consulting will be at Governors Lodge between the following times:
• Tuesday 19 June between 9:00am -12noon
• Wednesday 20 June between 12:30pm and 4:00pm
• Thursday 21 June between 9:00am -12noon

No appointments are necessary and interested parties are invited to call in and have a chat.

Atom Consulting will also be conducting targeted stakeholder meetings while they are on island. If you would like further information about the targeted meetings and wish to be involved, please register your interest at Customer Care.

In addition to the visit from Atom Consulting, the Council is also available to assist the following businesses who have responsibilities under the Act:

• Public Swimming Pools and Spas:
o To which the public is admitted as membership of a club
o Provided at a workplace for the use of employees
o Provided at a hotel, motel or guest house or at holiday units, or a similar facility, for the use of guests
o Provided at a school or hospital.
• Businesses offering Skin Penetration Procedures

If your organisation has any questions relating to the changes, please do not hesitate to contact Customer Care on local freecall 0100 or by emailing
 customercare@nirc.gov.nf.

PJ Wilson
HEALTH AND WATER OFFICER
7 June 2018

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Mayors Update - Keeping the Community Informed

Thursday, June 07, 2018




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Document on Public Exhibition

Thursday, May 31, 2018


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Councillors needs you input into the Operational Plan for 2018/2019

Thursday, May 31, 2018



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Prohibited Electrical Articles

Friday, May 25, 2018



The Council has been advised that the three new Cummins generators for the Powerhouse, ordered to replace the existing generators, will now not be ready for shipment before 30 June 2018. This delay will impact on the arrival date and ultimately the installation, testing and switch over from the old to the new generators. At this time a go-live date is not known but the Council is working with the suppliers to minimize further delays.

To ensure that the demand on the existing generators remains manageable and existing electrical supply can be maintained, new applications to install prohibited electrical articles will not be recommended for approval by the Minister, apart from Electrically Boosted Water Heaters. This measure is effective from Monday 28 May 2018 and will be reviewed once the new Powerhouse generators are fully operational.

Prohibited articles are as follows (as detailed in schedule 1 of the Electricity Supply Regulation 1986):

• Electrically-boosted solar heaters rated higher than 2.4 kilowatts
• Heaters for spa pools, swimming pools or saunas
• Domestic appliances rated higher than 2.4 kilowatts
• Cooking ranges
• Hot plates
• Ovens
• Washing machines fitted with electrical elements
• Electric welders
• Air conditioners
• Microwave ovens fitted with electrical elements

Prohibited articles unless prior approval (prior to 28 May) has been obtained (as detailed in schedule 2 of the Electricity Supply Regulation 1986) will not be approved by the Norfolk Electricity until further notice:

• Electrically-boosted solar heaters rated at 2.4 kilowatts or less (must be fitted with a quartz time clock)
• Water heaters (must be fitted with a quartz time clock)
• Electrical motors, including motors for pump (in some special cases special starters or time switches may be required)
• Electrical clothes dryers – approved design and rating (time switches may be required)
• Dish washers
• Sports area lights
• Electric radiators
Thank you for your cooperation.
Lotta Jackson
GENERAL MANAGER
25 May 2018

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Public Meeting: Draft Operational Plan - Including Budget, Fees and Charges - And Documents on Public Exhibition

Friday, May 25, 2018


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Norfolk Island Environment

Friday, May 25, 2018


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Remote Piloted Aircraft (RPA"S) or Drones

Friday, May 25, 2018


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This Week's Quirky Products Available on Island

Friday, May 25, 2018


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Mayors Update - Keeping the Community Informed

Friday, May 25, 2018



‘INTRODUCTION OF THE AUSTRALIAN AWARDS SYSTEM UNDER THE FAIR WORK ACT 2009 (CTH) IN ITS APPLICATION TO NORFOLK ISLAND
“As I advised in last week’s press the following motion was unanimously agreed by Council on 16 May 2018:

Council requests that the Mayor make Minister McVeigh aware of the many representations and serious concerns held by the Norfolk Island business community relating to the imminent introduction of the Australian Awards System under the Fair Work Act 2009 (CTH) in its application to Norfolk Island; and Council’s support for progression as a matter of urgency of the review and monitoring of the impact of Commonwealth reforms on Norfolk Island as foreshadowed by the Minister in his letter to the Mayor of 20 February 2018 and endorsed by Council at its March 2018 meeting.’

“In writing to Minister McVeigh this week I spoke of my responsibility as a leader in the community to bring issues of community concern to the Minister’s attention as they arise; and that the above motion of Council relates to just one of a number of community concerns at this time” Mayor Adams said. “I provided the following background information to assist the Minister in his consideration of Council’s motion.”

‘The transition year 2015/2016 saw many changes brought or to be brought to Norfolk Island; and I am confident that you appreciate that the culture and way of life of the Norfolk Island people has evolved over a very long time independently of the culture and way of life of elsewhere. This fact was taken into account by the Australian Government in respect of Capital Gains Tax with special dispensation being made in respect of timing of its application to Norfolk Island (media release Minister Paul Fletcher 23 October 2014).’

“I took the opportunity to bring to the Minister’s attention” the Mayor said, “that leading up to the transition year the then Minister Jamie Briggs established an Advisory Council; and that on the matter of consultation on changes to legislation applicable to Norfolk Island the Advisory Council in their final report to the Commonwealth in 2016 recommended –

“…that the Australian Government establish a community consultation process to be applied for changes to laws on Norfolk Island which includes an impact assessment, a set timeframe for responding to the Minister and involves the Administrator and Regional Council’.

“It was this motion of the Advisory Council that prompted Council’s earlier resolution of 15 February 2017 conveyed to former federal minister Fiona Nash that recommended transitional arrangements and impact assessment needing to be undertaken to ensure the extension of NSW legislation is seamless and harmonises with the culture and way of life of the Norfolk Island people that has evolved over time; and in that case, independently of the culture and way of life of the people of New South Wales.

“It was also important to bring to the Minister’s attention that as a consequence of Councilrepresentation the Commonwealth put in place a Legislation Consultation Framework to “guidethe Australian Government’s consultation on legislative changes, including amendments toexisting laws and the application or creation of new laws” Mayor Adams said “and to mentionthat notwithstanding that the Fair Work Act 2009 commenced on Norfolk Island in a modifiedform on 1 July 2016 with its full implementation on 1 July 2018, impact assessment andcommunity consultation as recommended by the Advisory Council in their 2016 Report to theCommonwealth did not occur.

I also thought it was important to mention that the recent community meetings conducted byofficers from the Fair Work Ombudsman Office did little to assist in the education/consultationprocess and certainly did not constitute impact assessment.”

“As we all know the Norfolk Island economy is almost solely based on tourism” the Mayor said,“and it remains an unknown at this time how the introduction of the Modern Awards System onNorfolk on 1 July 2018 will impact on this vital industry. I have sought the Minister’s thoughts onhow at this very late stage an impact assessment might occur.”

“I look forward to meeting Minister McVeigh in Canberra next month” the Mayor said.

Robin Adams JP

MAYOR
24 May 2018

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DRAFT OPERATIONAL PLAN AND COMMUNITY MEETING

Friday, May 18, 2018



At the 16 May Ordinary Council Meeting the Draft Operational Plan 2018-2019 was presented and Council resolved to adopt the draft and place the Plan on public exhibition for 28 days.

Public submissions can be made until 4:30pm on 13 June 2018, a separate media release has been issued with full details.

A public meeting will be held at 5.30pm-7pm on 28 May 2018 at the Paradise Hotel to inform the community of the draft Operational Plan 2018-2019 before public submissions close, and for an opportunity to answer related questions.

Council’s annual operational program is contained within the Operational Plan that is developed each year in line with the requirements under the Local Government Act 1993 (NSW) (NI). The Operational Plan contains the activities to be carried out during the year, the revenue policy, rating structure, fees and charges and the annual budget.

This is the third Operational Plan that has been developed for the Norfolk Island Regional Council, and therefore the third year of the Delivery Program which is the project plan that was developed by the Councillors for their term in Council.

The key projects that were planned for in the first year, and tendered for in the second year, will be progressed and/or executed in the third year. These key projects are:

• Waste - project to ensure the discontinuation of burning and dumping of waste into the sea
• Airport – apron, taxiway and runway rehabilitation
• Sewer treatment – develop a strategy and determine best solution
• Telecommunication – 3G/4G project
• Electricity – progress the Energy Solution project

Each of these government business areas are delivered on the premise of “fee for services” and they have been budgeted to break even, or with the aim of a surplus budget (any surplus will in the future pay for the upgrade of related assets).

The Waste Management budget was the most challenging to balance due to the cost of bailing and shipping legacy waste, such as asbestos, off the island. Therefore, the deficit in this fund had to be off-set by savings in other areas, supported by the general fund that is offset by the financial assistance grant.

Council was successful in obtaining a 50% contribution to the Tourism Marketing fund with$385,320.00 from the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Citieswhich means that Council can continue to deliver Tourism Marketing at the same levels asthe previous year. Tourism is the backbone of the Island’s economy and Council remainscommitted to supporting the industry. This commitment is further highlighted with theintroduction of negotiated rebates on the Regular Passenger Transport charges forcommencing air services on currently un-serviced routes.

The social and environmental areas of the Plan will address advocacy roles relating toeducation, training, health, and well-being; the completion of the Environment Strategy,and the focus on clean water and pests and noxious weed eradication. Heritage and Culturefeatures in its own chapter and governance and leadership includes the continuation of atransparent and accountable Local Government.

Council continues to focus on the objectives in the Community Strategic Plan with the aimto be the “Best Small Island in the World”.

Lotta Jackson
GENERAL MANAGER
18 May 2018

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OVERVIEW OF COUNCIL MEETING

Friday, May 18, 2018



The last Ordinary Council Meeting for 2018 was held on 16 May 2018, some of the matters discussed are detailed below.

The Draft Operational Plan 2018-2019 was presented to Council which includes the Rating Structure, Activities, Revenue Policy, the proposed fees and charges and the proposed budget for 2018-2019. For more information on the Plan, please see separate media release.

Council awarded the tender submission of the Unique Tourism Collection Pty Ltd for the contract as the Single Source supplier of Tourism/Marketing Services to Norfolk Island Regional Council for the period 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2021. Council also approved for Blue Arcus Technologies Incorporated, the preferred tenderer for the 3G/4G mobile phone system at a capital cost of $3.028 million, be contracted to provide 3G/4G services once funding for the project is finalised.
Council approved to write to Minister Dr John McVeigh to amend the Norfolk Island Standard Time Ordinance 2015, to include daylight saving time to commence on the first Sunday each October and end on the first Sunday 1 April.

The Quarterly Financial Review Report was presented (as at 31 March 2018) which shows an improvement in Councils projected financial performance to $1.396 million deficit from $1.996 million deficit year end 30 June 2018.

A Waste and Environment Status Report was provided, some of the items included were: The delivery of the multi-purpose baler has been further delayed and will be shipped together with the sorting line on 22 June 2018 unless there is a delay with the shipping schedule; Council has commenced inspections of sanitary facilities within the KAVHA catchment, approximately 30 properties have now been inspected. The data gathered from these inspections, and ongoing inspections in the KAVHA catchment, will feed into the Water Quality and Wastewater Management Strategy that will be prepared in the 2018-2019 year; Council has engaged SMEC Consulting to prepare an Environment Strategy for Norfolk Island. Work on the strategy is well underway. The SMEC team will be on island between 28 May and 4 June 2018, to conduct community consultation.

The Council Meeting Resolution Review and Quarterly Review of Activities were both presented to Council in full detail, the key activities being: The multiple tenders that have been progressed; the first value based rating models were created; Hindle Group progressed their Economic Development Activities and Professor Richard Bush presented on the Project Brief for the Green Economy Blueprint.

A Mayoral Minute regarding the introduction of the Australian Awards System and a Notice of Motion regarding a Community Strategic Plan - Preamble were submitted by the Mayor. For more information, be sure to check out the Mayor’s Update in this week’s media.

An Investment Report was provided and noted, with the interest accrued on investments during the month of April 2018 being $22,654.57 and the total deposits held being $13,976.951.

Three (3) Reports from Committees were presented:
• Minutes of the Tourism Advisory Committee Meeting held 3 May 2018
• Minutes of the Public Reserves Advisory Committee Meeting held 1 May 2018
• Minutes of the Heritage and Culture Advisory Committee Meeting held 27 April 2018.
This media release provides a brief overview of some of the matters that were addressed at the Council meeting. For full details visit Council’s website www.norfolkisland.gov.nf to view the meeting Agenda, Minutes or to listen to the recording of the meeting. Hardcopies are available to view at Customer Care or the Library.

Council’s values: Integrity, communication, accountability, respect and excellence

Lotta Jackson
GENERAL MANAGER
18 May 2018

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AMENDED RATING MODEL 2018-2019

Friday, May 18, 2018


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Norfolk Island power Design Project - Update from Hydro Tasmania

Friday, May 18, 2018


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MAYORS UPDATE KEEPING THE COMMUNITY INFORMED

Friday, May 18, 2018



“This week I am only reporting on the two matters that I brought to Council this week” Mayor Adams said. “Readers will recall that Council at its December 2017 meeting invited Minister McVeigh to commission an inquiry through the Australian Productivity Commission to determine –

a) The current financial capacity of the island; and
b) How to grow Norfolk Island economically, socially, culturally and environmentally, including building a diverse and vibrant business environment
In response Minister McVeigh has requested the Department of Infrastructure to advise him on how the reform process might be reviewed and monitored. Council supports the Minister’s suggestion. The below Mayoral Minute unanimously passed by Council on Wednesday expands on our earlier letter of support to the Minister”

‘Introduction of the Australian awards system under the fair work act 2009 (CTH) in its application to Norfolk island
“Council requests that the Mayor make Minister McVeigh aware of the many representations and serious concerns held by the Norfolk Island business community relating to the imminent introduction of the Australian Awards System under the Fair Work Act 2009 (CTH) in its application to Norfolk Island; and Council’s support for progression as a matter of urgency of the review and monitoring of the impact of Commonwealth reforms on Norfolk Island as foreshadowed by the Minister in his letter to the Mayor of 20 February 2018 and endorsed by Council at its March 2018 meeting.”

“The second motion unanimously agreed to is self-explanatory and I will provide details to the community in the coming weeks how the consultation process will be addressed” the Mayor said.

The Community Strategic Plan 2016-2026, objective 3 - advocate for preamble
Council by resolution of 19 July 2017 requested the Mayor in consultation with the General Manager and the President of the Council of Elders to report back to Council by December 2017 how best Council can fulfil its advocacy role under the Community Strategic Plan 2016-2026 for the re-instatement of a Preamble to the Norfolk Island Act that addresses the concerns of the Norfolk Island people.

At our meeting on 16 May Council unanimously agreed the following motion:
Council –
1. Notes –
a. the letter of 5 October 2017 from the Mayor to the President of the Council of Elders;
b. that the Mayor and the General Manager met on 22 November 2017 with the President and other representatives of the Council of Elders; and
c. the letter of response from the Council of Elders (attached) of 26 November 2017 in which the Council of Elders, quote, states –

“The Norfolk Island Council of Elders is yet to be satisfied with a response to the need to remove the Preamble from the Act when the Norfolk Island Act is still in force. And, until such time as a reasonable response is received and accepted; the full Council of Elders will maintain its ‘absolute position that OUR Preamble be reinstated verbatim and forthwith’.”

[NOTE: The letters referred to above can be accessed in the Council Business Agenda on www.norfolkisland.gov.nf under Your Council/Council Meetings]
2. Acknowledges the Mission at 2.2 in the Community Strategic Plan 2016-2026 (the Plan) that includes the statement that –

“We will protect and enhance our unique, culture, heritage, traditions and environment for the Norfolk Island People. We will do this through promoting a healthy and sustainable lifestyle, by looking after our community assets, and by fostering a prosperous economy”

3. To assist Council to further progress its advocacy role in respect of the reinstatement of the Preamble and to give further clarity on the Mission in the Plan, Council supports the Mayor undertaking a consultation process –

a. with the community that allows for lodgement of submissions; recorded public hearings with available Councillors; and a community meeting; and
b. also with the Commonwealth,
on how the unique culture, heritage, traditions and environment for the Norfolk Island People can be protected and enhanced as pledged in the core Mission of the Norfolk Island Community Strategic Plan 2016-2026.

Robin Adams JP
MAYOR

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UPDATE ON AUTOMATIC FIRE ALARMS

Friday, May 18, 2018



With the cooler weather approaching the community is reminded regarding the status of the Automatic Fire Alarms.

Following the lightning storm on 23 January 2018, the status of the island’s Fire Service pager system that notifies the Fire Service of an activated Automatic Fire Alarm on some island premises is still non-operational.

Therefore, all incidents that requires the Fire Service attendance please call 955 immediately. Do not rely on any automatic fire alarms.

Once Council has the problem rectified the community will be further advised.

Lotta Jackson
GENERAL MANAGER
18 May 2018

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Documents On Public Exhibition

Friday, May 18, 2018


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UPDATE ON WASTE MANAGEMENT INFRASTRUCTURE

Friday, May 18, 2018



The Norfolk Island Regional Council has undertaken significant planning and investment in upgrading the island’s waste management facilities with new infrastructure and equipment expected to be operational in 2018. The following items will be installed at the Waste Management Centre to manage our waste streams and bring our practices in line with contemporary best practice in waste management.

Multi-purpose high-density baler, sorting line and bale wrapper

The multi-purpose high-density baler, sorting line and bale wrapper was purchased in October 2017 with expected delivery date of April 2018 to meet the Operational Plan target of no waste disposal into the sea by June 2018. Shipping and freight packaging delays, as often experienced here on Norfolk Island, beyond the control of Council, has resulted in the equipment not expected to arrive until late June 2018. Once the equipment arrives at the Waste Management Centre it will require installation and commissioning therefore unfortunately our ability to meet this target will not be met, however, will be operational soon after.
The multi-purpose baler will be capable of compressing and baling our aluminum, steel cans, plastics, and residual waste streams for export for recycling or disposal.

Glass Crusher Surge Hopper

The surge hopper attachment for the Waste Management Centre’s glass crusher is expected to be delivered in late June 2018. This hopper will be retrofitted to the existing crusher and allow for automated and regulated feed of glass into the system to manage the island’s glass waste stream.
The crushed glass will be available to be used for aggregate alternatives such as driveways and paths and bedding for water tanks and laying piping.
Composting system and associated infrastructure

The composting system ‘HotRot’ and associated infrastructure is expected to be delivered to Norfolk Island in September 2018. As we move closer to this date further detail regarding exact delivery date will be provided the community.

The composting system will be capable of managing all of our organic waste streams including food scraps, butchers waste, cardboard and paper, green waste and untreated timber.

Metal baler

A metal baler has been identified as an essential piece of equipment for waste management and will be capable of compressing items such as sheet metal, car bodies, bike frames, bulky furniture and white goods ready for export. An application for funding for the metal baler under the Building Better Regions Fund was made in late 2017 and announcement is expected in mid-2018. It is expected that this infrastructure will be delivered to the island by the end of 2018.

Claire Quintal
TEAM LEADER WASTE AND ENVIRONMENT
18 May 2018

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Upcoming Council Meeting

Friday, May 11, 2018



There will be an Ordinary Council Meeting on Wednesday, 16 May 2018 at 2:00pm. The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers at the Bicentennial Complex and community members are welcome to attend. A reminder to the community that the meeting will be broadcast live and re-broadcast the following day at 9.30am on 91.9FM.

The following is included in the Business Paper for May 2018:

Status Reports
Question: Electricity Charge per Kilowatt
Question: Tanalith Plant
Question: Cascade Pier - Management Responsibility
Question: Transfer of Roads and Reserves to Norfolk Island
Identification of Heritage Assets and Council and Community Owned Culturally Significant Assets for Inclusion in Registers
Quarterly Update on Fire Service Activities January to March 2018
Waste and Environment
Economic Development

Reports from Committees
Minutes of the Heritage and Culture Advisory Committee Meeting held on 27 April 2018
Minutes of the Public Reserves Advisory Committee Meeting held on 1 May 2018
Minutes of the Tourism Advisory Committee Meeting held on 3 May 2018

Reports from General Manager
Quarterly Review of Activities - Operational Plan 2017-18
Council Meeting Resolution Review January 2018 - March 2018
Daylight Saving Time
Remuneration Fees for Councillors and the Mayor
Proposed Rating Model 2018-19
Draft Operational Plan 2018-2019

Reports from Group Manager Corporate / Chief Financial Officer
Quarterly Financial Review Report as at 31 March 2018
Investment Report

Notices of Motion
Notice of Motion - The Community Strategic Plan 2016-2026, Objective 3 - Advocate for Preamble

Confidential Matters for Consideration
Tender 8/18 Tourism Marketing Representation
Tender 3G/4G Mobile Phone System
Bulk Fuel Supply - Toll Remote Logistics Contract
Refuel Truck Fill Stand - Norfolk Island International Airport
Adjustment - Cancel Outstanding Invoice

In accordance with Council’s Code of Meeting Practice, section B5.1 ‘Public Access’, Residents, ratepayers, applicants, consultants or other persons may apply to address Council, in relation to any matter which is listed for consideration on a Council Business Paper. Speakers are limited to five minutes. Applications to speak need to be in writing to the General Manager by 5:00pm Monday prior to the meeting by emailing regionalcouncil@nirc.gov.nf. The General Manager and the Mayor will together determine whether or not the applicant will be entitled to speak at the meeting.

For the full agenda, including reports for the Council Meeting please visit www.norfolkisland.gov.nf or they are available to view in hardcopy at Customer Care or the Library.

Lotta Jackson
GENERAL MANAGER
11 May 2018

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This Week's Quirky Products Available on Island

Friday, May 11, 2018


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Hydro Tasmania

Friday, May 04, 2018



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News from the World of Norfolk

Friday, May 04, 2018




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Buy Local (BL) logo design winner

Friday, May 04, 2018


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MAYORS UPDATE KEEPING THE COMMUNITY INFORMED

Thursday, April 26, 2018



QUESTIONS FOR THE MAY MEETING OF COUNCIL
“Under Council’s Code of Meeting Practice there is provision for Councillors to lodge questions in writing for the next meeting with the General Manager at the commencement of a Council meeting. The questions must relate to the business of Council” Mayor Adams said. “At the April meeting of Council the following Questions for the Next Meeting were lodged:

Cr Lisle Snell:
a) Would the Responsible Officer please supply to Council a breakdown of the electricity charge per kilowatt of $0.62.
b) Can the Responsible Officer please advise the current position regarding the Tanalith Plant?
Cr Robin Adams
a) Who will have the management responsibility in respect of Cascade Pier when the upgrade is finished?
b) Can an update be provided on when all outstanding roads and reserves including but not limited to Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Cascade Reserve, Selwyn Reserve and Nepean Island will be transferred to Norfolk Island and when the future Port Management Plan for Norfolk Island will be completed.
The following background was provided to question b) by Cr Adams -
“Reference the letter of 11 October 2016 from the Executive Director Department Local Government and Territories Division to the Mayor that –
• ‘the transfer of Cascade Reserve, or part thereof, was agreed to be put on hold pending the finalisation of the Cascade Pier construction works and a future port management plan for Norfolk Island’; and
• that ‘the Department will also work with your General Manager Ms Lotta Jackson to determine if there are any other assets that need to be included in this instrument’.”

ANZAC DAY 2018

“Due to the inclement weather both the Dawn Service and the mid-morning service were held in All Saints Church at Kingston where I was honoured to deliver the mid-morning ANZAC Day Address this year on behalf of the Norfolk Island community; and to reflect on the courage and sacrifice of the ANZACS in World Wars I and II” Mayor Adams said. “I commenced by quoting from the Address to the Norfolk Island People by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth on the occasion of Her Royal Visit to Norfolk Island in 1974. In responding to the welcome and the expression of loyalty to Her Majesty by Cr Wilfred Randall OBE on behalf of the Norfolk Island People Her Majesty said –
‘I know this loyalty and affection you have expressed in your address is not just a figure of speech. It has been proven in practice. Norfolk Islanders volunteered and served with distinction in three wars in this century and I am glad to be able to pay tribute to them here in their own island’
“My closing remarks were not new” the Mayor said, “we have heard them at most ANZAC day services here at the Cenotaph but they are as relevant today as they were in former years and so I said –

“With us this morning are men and women who served their country in times of war – on the sea, on the land, and in the air. In almost every country, I am confident an Australian or New Zealander will pause today as we pause here on Norfolk Island to remember and honour those who have served and those who are still serving.

We honour the service and sacrifice of those who didn’t deploy but were in uniform; ready to answer the call should it come.

During this, the final Centenary Year of ANZAC, we honour the service and sacrifice of the 103,000 ANZACS whose names are immortalised in the Commemorative Roll in the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, and the best way to remember and honour their sacrifice is to honour the service of the living.

To the men and women here with us this morning who would have been on parade if the sun had been shining - both Norfolk Islanders and visitors - and to those that could not make the parade today – we all want you to know that your service is sincerely valued and respected - today, and every day – and for our freedom, our values, our way of life; a way of life that is still denied to so many throughout our world – we can only say thank you. Thank you for your service. Thank you from all ucklun.

Lest we ever forget

“I very much look forward to attending the ANZAC Day Service at the Norfolk Island Central School on Tuesday 1 May when pupils return back to school for Term 2. This will be a first for me” the Mayor said.

COUNCIL’S MAY WORKSHOP
“It is hard to believe that it is 1 May next Tuesday and it looks like it is going to be a busy month. The first Wednesday of the month is usually scheduled for Councillors to meet and workshop matters for the Council meeting later in the month. This coming Wednesday prior to our workshop Councillors will meet over a light lunch with Labor Member for Canberra Ms Gai Brodtmann” Mayor Adams said. “That meeting will be followed by discussions with John Lloyd, Director Marine Parks Management South Parks Australia regarding the final Norfolk Marine Park zoning and other arrangements. John will be accompanied by another colleague and two Australian Fisheries Management Association (AFMA) colleagues including Brodie MacDonald (AFMA’s Norfolk inshore fishery manager) who is keen to discuss inshore fishery management for the ‘MOU Box’ area” the Mayor said. “The Marine Park Management Plan is due to come into effect from 1 July 2018.
I anticipate that Councillors will also be commencing discussion on the budget for 2018-19 during the afternoon.”

Robin Adams JP
MAYOR

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MAYORS UPDATE KEEPING THE COMMUNITY INFORMED

Thursday, April 26, 2018


QUESTIONS FOR THE MAY MEETING OF COUNCIL
“Under Council’s Code of Meeting Practice there is provision for Councillors to lodge questions in writing for the next meeting with the General Manager at the commencement of a Council meeting. The questions must relate to the business of Council” Mayor Adams said. “At the April meeting of Council the following Questions for the Next Meeting were lodged:


Cr Lisle Snell:
a) Would the Responsible Officer please supply to Council a breakdown of the electricity charge per kilowatt of $0.62.
b) Can the Responsible Officer please advise the current position regarding the Tanalith Plant?
Cr Robin Adams
a) Who will have the management responsibility in respect of Cascade Pier when the upgrade is finished?
b) Can an update be provided on when all outstanding roads and reserves including but not limited to Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Cascade Reserve, Selwyn Reserve and Nepean Island will be transferred to Norfolk Island and when the future Port Management Plan for Norfolk Island will be completed.
The following background was provided to question b) by Cr Adams -
“Reference the letter of 11 October 2016 from the Executive Director Department Local Government and Territories Division to the Mayor that –
• ‘the transfer of Cascade Reserve, or part thereof, was agreed to be put on hold pending the finalisation of the Cascade Pier construction works and a future port management plan for Norfolk Island’; and
• that ‘the Department will also work with your General Manager Ms Lotta Jackson to determine if there are any other assets that need to be included in this instrument’.”

ANZAC DAY 2018

“Due to the inclement weather both the Dawn Service and the mid-morning service were held in All Saints Church at Kingston where I was honoured to deliver the mid-morning ANZAC Day Address this year on behalf of the Norfolk Island community; and to reflect on the courage and sacrifice of the ANZACS in World Wars I and II” Mayor Adams said. “I commenced by quoting from the Address to the Norfolk Island People by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth on the occasion of Her Royal Visit to Norfolk Island in 1974. In responding to the welcome and the expression of loyalty to Her Majesty by Cr Wilfred Randall OBE on behalf of the Norfolk Island People Her Majesty said –
‘I know this loyalty and affection you have expressed in your address is not just a figure of speech. It has been proven in practice. Norfolk Islanders volunteered and served with distinction in three wars in this century and I am glad to be able to pay tribute to them here in their own island’
“My closing remarks were not new” the Mayor said, “we have heard them at most ANZAC day services here at the Cenotaph but they are as relevant today as they were in former years and so I said –

“With us this morning are men and women who served their country in times of war – on the sea, on the land, and in the air. In almost every country, I am confident an Australian or New Zealander will pause today as we pause here on Norfolk Island to remember and honour those who have served and those who are still serving.

We honour the service and sacrifice of those who didn’t deploy but were in uniform; ready to answer the call should it come.

During this, the final Centenary Year of ANZAC, we honour the service and sacrifice of the 103,000 ANZACS whose names are immortalised in the Commemorative Roll in the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, and the best way to remember and honour their sacrifice is to honour the service of the living.

To the men and women here with us this morning who would have been on parade if the sun had been shining - both Norfolk Islanders and visitors - and to those that could not make the parade today – we all want you to know that your service is sincerely valued and respected - today, and every day – and for our freedom, our values, our way of life; a way of life that is still denied to so many throughout our world – we can only say thank you. Thank you for your service. Thank you from all ucklun.

Lest we ever forget

“I very much look forward to attending the ANZAC Day Service at the Norfolk Island Central School on Tuesday 1 May when pupils return back to school for Term 2. This will be a first for me” the Mayor said.

COUNCIL’S MAY WORKSHOP
“It is hard to believe that it is 1 May next Tuesday and it looks like it is going to be a busy month. The first Wednesday of the month is usually scheduled for Councillors to meet and workshop matters for the Council meeting later in the month. This coming Wednesday prior to our workshop Councillors will meet over a light lunch with Labor Member for Canberra Ms Gai Brodtmann” Mayor Adams said. “That meeting will be followed by discussions with John Lloyd, Director Marine Parks Management South Parks Australia regarding the final Norfolk Marine Park zoning and other arrangements. John will be accompanied by another colleague and two Australian Fisheries Management Association (AFMA) colleagues including Brodie MacDonald (AFMA’s Norfolk inshore fishery manager) who is keen to discuss inshore fishery management for the ‘MOU Box’ area” the Mayor said. “The Marine Park Management Plan is due to come into effect from 1 July 2018.
I anticipate that Councillors will also be commencing discussion on the budget for 2018-19 during the afternoon.”

Robin Adams JP
MAYOR

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Buy Local

Thursday, April 26, 2018


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Advisory Committee Expressions of Interest

Friday, April 20, 2018



The community are reminded that the following Expressions of Interest are open until 4:00pm on 27 April 2018:

• A Tourism Operator representative on the Tourism Advisory Committee.
• A Community Member (aged 15 to 25 years) on the Heritage and Culture Advisory Committee.

Participation in Advisory Committees are an excellent way for community members to participate in Council’s processes and have a say on important community matters that the Advisory Committee addresses.

Further information, including how to put forward an expression of interest before the closing date, is available in this week’s Government Gazette on Council’s website www.norfolkisland.gov.nf/nirc-gazettes-2018

Lotta Jackson
GENERAL MANAGER
20 April 2018

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Overview of Council Meeting

Friday, April 20, 2018



The last Ordinary Council Meeting for 2017 was held on 18 April 2018, some of the matters discussed are detailed below.

Council approved the six (6) eligible applicants under the advertised Tertiary Education Bursary be awarded $1,100 per student towards the costs of one return airfare home and the annual cost of textbooks and course associated expenses. Congratulations and all the best in your further studies are extended to Mercedes Grant, Sophia Harris, Sophie Donohoe, Beau Magri, Seamus Donohoe and Tiaan Christian.

A Waste and Environment Status Report was provided, some of the items included were: A tank liner has arrived for the island’s largest pump station of the Water Assurance (Sewerage) Scheme and is expected to be installed in mid-2018; Monitoring of Argentine Ants has been conducted at the new ‘Zone 12’ within the Rocky Point area and the extent of the infestation area is larger than originally suspected. Some of the terrain is quite steep so monitoring has been difficult in some areas. Once a defined boundary is established a plan will be developed to eradicate this area. The community is reminded of the risk of spreading Argentine Ants including in transferring materials such as boulders, trees, soil, machinery and trailers.

The Kingston Cemetery Policy was adopted. Thank you to those in the community that provided feedback whilst it was on public exhibition – a total of eight responses were received.

Council approved the successful supplier for the ‘Develop an Environment Strategy for Norfolk Island’ request for quote. This environment strategy is able to be prepared thanks to the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) grant that Council received in September 2017.

An Investment Report was provided and noted, with the interest accrued on investments during the month of March being $22,528.08 and the total deposits held being $14,355,431.

Three (3) Reports from Committees were presented:
• Minutes of the Tourism Advisory Committee Meeting held 3 April 2018
• Minutes of the Public Reserves Advisory Committee Meeting held 3 April 2018
• Minutes of the Heritage and Culture Advisory Committee Meeting held 6 April 2018
Two matters were deferred – proposed changes to the Media Policy and a recommendation to allow permissions in certain circumstances for people to use Norfolk Island stamp images.

This media release provides a brief overview of some of the matters that were addressedat the Council meeting. For full details visit Council’s website www.norfolkisland.gov.nf toview the meeting Agenda, Minutes or to listen to the recording of the meeting. Hardcopiesof the Agenda and Minutes are available to view in hardcopy at Customer Care or theLibrary.

Council’s values: Integrity, communication, accountability, respect and excellence

Lotta Jackson
GENERAL MANAGER
20 April 2018

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Top 10 tips to live more sustainably

Friday, April 20, 2018



Are you interested in living a more sustainable lifestyle but don’t know where to start? Below are ten great tips to reducing your waste footprint. Individually these changes may not seem like much, but collectively these simple changes can make a significant impact to the amount of waste we generate.

1. Ditch the disposable coffee cup. This is an incredibly simple action to do. Purchase a reusable takeaway coffee cup and take it with you when you get your next coffee fix. Several coffee shops and cafes are offering a discount when you use your own cup.

2. Say ‘no’ to a plastic straw. A straw is not needed to consume your drink! Even better, if you are a drink provider – don’t supply straws. It will be a cost saving for your business and you are doing your bit for the environment plus influencing others to follow suit.

3. Invest in a good water bottle and take it with you wherever you go and fill up as needed. Purchasing plastic bottled water can become expensive and creates unnecessary waste.

4. Look into shampoo and conditioner bars. They look just like a soap bar but are designed especially for your hair and they often come package free! They work just as well as your bottled shampoo and conditioner and they last a long time. If you want to take the next step – go “no ‘poo”. Ditch the shampoo and conditioner completely. Did you know the oils from your scalp naturally self-clean therefore we do not actually need shampoo? If you would like to go “no ‘poo” make sure you google all the tips before you take the plunge.

5. Remember to take your reusable shopping bags wherever you go. Please say no to plastic bags. If you are a retailer show your customers how much you care about sustainability and ditch the plastic bag.

6. Use a washable dish cloth for your kitchen dishes rather than a disposable option. A washable dishcloth could be used from a cut up piece of absorbent material such as an old soft cotton t-shirt or even an old tea towel. Just throw it in your regular wash every couple of days to keep it fresh and you can use it over and over again.

7. Purchase reusable food wraps such as bees wax wraps to cover left over food as an alternative to cling wrap.

8. If you have children in nappies consider using cloth nappies. They often come in really cute designs, they are a lot cheaper than disposable options, they are kind to your child’s skin and they are easy to use.

9. Consider buying good quality second hand clothing, rather than purchasing new.

10. Always recycle. If an item can be recycled on Norfolk Island please ensure it is placed in the appropriate recycling area. By throwing a recyclable item, such as an aluminium can, into your general waste you are throwing away a very valuable resource!

Embrace sustainability. These actions are not hard to achieve – in fact – I do almost all of these things right now. It requires a change in your habits and some commitment to a more sustainable lifestyle.

Claire Quintal
TEAM LEADER WASTE AND ENVIRONMENT
20 April 2018

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Norfolk Island Time Zone Feedback Update

Friday, April 20, 2018



Council adopted to pursue daylight saving on Norfolk Island + 1 hour between October and April. Council has received a response from the Minister who provided support to the introduction of daylight saving following Council’ s engagement with stakeholders as per Council’s resolution (2017/169):

That Council requests the Minister to prepare an Ordinance to enable a change to the Norfolk Island Time to UTC +11.00 plus daylight saving time to commence on the first Sunday of October each year and ending first Sunday of April each year. In acknowledgement that the community and key tourism industry representatives would require a period to adjust to any time change, Council endorses the intention highlighted in the ‘Social Implications’ section of the Report to Council that well planned communication take place with key tourism industry representatives including travel providers and airlines to ensure that the change does not negatively impact travel to Norfolk Island.

A forum was publicized and the community asked to RSVP for the scheduled forum on Thursday 19 April at 5:30pm. However, due to insufficient attendee responses the forum did not go ahead.

Council invited written submissions and thanks those that have provided feedback. Submissions closed on 19 April 2018. These submissions will now be collated and the community will be advised of the outcome in due course.

Lotta Jackson
GENERAL MANAGER
20 April 2018

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Mayors Update - Keeping the Community Informed

Friday, April 20, 2018



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Business Workshops

Friday, April 13, 2018


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Documents on Public Exhibition

Friday, April 13, 2018


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UPCOMING COUNCIL MEETING

Friday, April 13, 2018



There will be an Ordinary Council Meeting on Wednesday, 18 April 2018 at 2:00pm. The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers at the Bicentennial Complex and community members are welcome to attend. A reminder to the community that the meeting will be broadcast live and re-broadcast the following day at 9.30am on 91.9FM.

The following is included in the Business Paper for February 2018:

Status Reports
Waste and Environment

Reports from Committees
Minutes of the Tourism Advisory Committee Meeting held on 3 April 2018
Minutes of the Public Reserves Advisory Committee Meeting held on 3 April 2018
Minutes of the Heritage and Culture Advisory Committee Meeting held on 6 April 2018

Reports from General Manager
Policy: Media Policy
Policy: Kingston Cemetery Policy

Reports from Executive Manager Governance and Human Resources
Community Grants - Tertiary Education Bursary Program 2017-2018
Permissions to use Norfolk Island stamp images

Reports from Group Manager Corporate / Chief Financial Officer
Investment Report

Confidential Matters for Consideration
Tender - Environment Strategy
MOU/Agreement - Air Chathams

In accordance with Council’s Code of Meeting Practice, section B5.1 ‘Public Access’, Residents, ratepayers, applicants, consultants or other persons may apply to address Council, in relation to any matter which is listed for consideration on a Council Business Paper. Speakers are limited to five minutes. Applications to speak need to be in writing to the General Manager by 5:00pm Monday prior to the meeting by emailing regionalcouncil@nirc.gov.nf. The General Manager and the Mayor will together determine whether or not the applicant will be entitled to speak at the meeting.

For the full agenda, including reports for the Council Meeting please visit www.norfolkisland.gov.nf or they are available to view in hardcopy at Customer Care or the Library.

Lotta Jackson
GENERAL MANAGER
13 April 2018

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NORFOLK ISLAND TIME ZONE

Friday, April 13, 2018



Council has adopted to pursue daylight saving on Norfolk Island + 1 hour between October and April. Council has received a response from the Minister who has provided support to the introduction of daylight saving following Council’ s engagement with stakeholders as per Council’s resolution (2017/169):

That Council requests the Minister to prepare an Ordinance to enable a change to the Norfolk Island Time to UTC +11.00 plus daylight saving time to commence on the first Sunday of October each year and ending first Sunday of April each year. In acknowledgement that the community and key tourism industry representatives would require a period to adjust to any time change, Council endorses the intention highlighted in the ‘Social Implications’ section of the Report to Council that well planned communication take place with key tourism industry representatives including travel providers and airlines to ensure that the change does not negatively impact travel to Norfolk Island.

In effect, the time zone is not changing for Norfolk Island, however daylight saving time would be introduced resulting in +1 hour Sydney time year around, +2 hours Brisbane time October to April, +1 hour April to October, and -1 hour New Zealand time year around.

Council is now interested to hear from your perspective if such an introduction of daylight saving would positively or negatively impact on your business. Please send your comments to regionalcouncil@nirc.gov.nf addressed to the General Manager by 19 April 2018.

In addition, you are invited to attend a stakeholder forum to be held at Paradise Hotel on Thursday 19 April at 5:30pm-6:30pm, for discussion on this topic.

Please RSVP to rose.evans@nirc.gov.nf by Monday 16 April.

We look forward to seeing you.

Lotta Jackson
GENERAL MANAGER
13 April 2018

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LOGO COMPETITION - #BUYLOCAL CAMPAIGN

Friday, April 13, 2018



TIME TO GET CREATIVE!

Competition

The Buy Local working group has organised a Buy Local logo design competition offered to all community members. The logo will help raise the awareness of buying local within the community.

We invite everyone to “Get Their Creative On” and enter the competition!

LOGO Requirements
Image (or design) relating to Norfolk Island specifically.

Wording such as “Buy Local” “Support Local Businesses” or “#BuyLocal” to be included in the design.

A copy of the entry form and terms and conditions can be found on the front page of the Council’s website. Or, alternatively, you can contact Tania Anderson (Buy Local working group member) for a copy. Email tania.anderson@nirc.gov.nf, phone 22147.

Background
The Norfolk Island Regional Council support a buy local campaign to create a strong voice for local business in media whilst guiding the community to buy local and also recognising that off-shore businesses have a place in the economy.

Definition of #buylocal
Buy Local is a preference to purchasing goods and services available on island over those off island.

What does Buy Local mean?
Each one of us has an important role to play in creating a vibrant community and healthy economy that works for all of us. Our everyday decisions have powerful impacts, especially when it comes to the businesses we support. There are many ways to be a localist but the simplest is to start with a commitment to buy local first. The ‘Buy Local’ campaign makes it easy to find what you need locally, celebrate the place we live, and put what matters most first. Keep the dollars supporting your community and build an economy that works for everyone by choosing buying local first.

Closing Date
5.00pm Friday 20 April 2018. Please email all submissions to tania.anderson@nirc.gov.nf.

Rose Evans
TEAM LEADER TOURISM AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
13 April 2018

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News from the World of Norfolk

Friday, April 06, 2018




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Documents on Public Exhibition

Friday, April 06, 2018


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Remote Piloted Aircraft (RPA's) or Drones

Friday, April 06, 2018


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This Week's Quirky Products Available on Island

Friday, April 06, 2018


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Norfolk Island Time Zone

Friday, April 06, 2018


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Norfolk Island Environment Strategy

Friday, March 30, 2018


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Norfolk Island Environment Strategy

Friday, March 30, 2018


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Logo Competition - Buy local Campaign

Friday, March 30, 2018


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Documents on Public Exhibition

Friday, March 30, 2018


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Online Rates Calculator Tool

Friday, March 30, 2018


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Norfolk Island Time Zone

Friday, March 30, 2018


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Buy L:ocal - ADSL Internet Plans

Friday, March 30, 2018


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Fulltime Position Vacant

Friday, March 30, 2018


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Mayors Update - Keeping teh Community Informed

Friday, March 30, 2018



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Overview of Council Meeting

Friday, March 23, 2018




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Mayors Update - Keeping the community Informed

Friday, March 23, 2018



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Documents on Public Exhibition

Friday, March 23, 2018


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ADSL Data Allowance Increase

Friday, March 23, 2018


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2018-19 Rating Model

Friday, March 23, 2018



The rating model for the 2018-19 financial year will be on public exhibition for 28 days from Friday 23 March until Friday 20 April. You can view this document on Councils website by visiting the link http://www.norfolkisland.gov.nf/your-council/council-documents/documents-public-exhibition.

To assist property owners in assessing the impact of the new model on their individual circumstances, Council has developed an online rates calculator tool. You can find this tool on Councils website by visiting the link http://www.norfolkisland.gov.nf/2018-2019-rates-calculator-tool.

In order to use the calculator, you will need the following information:
1. Your rating category: residential, business, farmland
2. Your land area
3. Your valuation

Please note: Tourist accommodation from next financial year 2018/19 is categorised as business.

Customers also have the option to telephone, or call into the Customer Care offices to receive this information.

Please note that in order for Council to meet its obligations under the Australian Privacy Principles (APP) Customer Care can only provide information to registered owners of the property.

For further information please contact customer care on local freecall 0100 or +6723 22244.

Lotta Jackson
GENERAL MANAGER
23 March 2018

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Eulogy - Basil Noel Vercoe - 1943-2018

Friday, March 23, 2018


READ BY LISLE SNELL

Brian Noel Vercoe or better known to us all on Norfolk as Basil was born in Te Puke New Zealandon 9th April 1943 he was 74 and only weeks away from his 75th birthday


Basil was the only son of Donald and Iris Vercoe, his only sister Lynette predeceased him in 1987.The Vercoe Name is well known in TE Puke due to his ancestors early settlement in the area andtheir integration and acceptance by the Maori people. His relatives and friends, in particular hismate “Carcass” (they loved their nicknames) in Te Puke sent through an emotional but amusingmemoir of Basil's early adult years and how they occupied there time – most of which I can't referto here but nicknames, place names and activities were highlighted – particularly a favouritemeeting spot they christened “Tickle belly Alley” I 'll leave you to ponder on that one. (See BrianO'Connor if you would like a full copy) -They expressed their great sadness at his passing and howhe will be missed, a wake in memory of Basil is being held at the TE Puke Citizens Club at 4pmthis afternoon.


Basil enjoyed life on their family farm and he used to related how he had to milk cows beforecatching his horse to ride to school. He said he clearly remembered his horse spooked at a largedust cloud on the road which eventually turned into a large stock transporter vehicle – the first hehad seen and certainly the first his horse had – he commented that he hated horses ever since. Basilwas later to go to one of NZ best boarding schools at Mt Albert Grammer in Auckland where hespent five years – Basil travelled extensively for work and sport gaining experience in both histrade as a carpenter/joiner and in particular as a accomplished clay target shooter, (which Andrewwill comment on shortly). Basil also had the dubious honour of being the only golfer on record tohit a ball out of bounds on every hole at the golf course – if you play golf you will understand thismust have been extraordinary, but he also played good golf, on one occasion winning the LordHowe Island Open. 


His nickname at golf was “Bent Arm” due to his unusual swing. He was also akeen Rugby Union player and was a member of a number of clubs in NZ. He had a good eye fordetail both at work and sports, was good at maths and was blessed with a photographic memory.Together with his good mate Ken Salt he organised numerous inter club and hotel competitions inDarts and pool - Basil had a kind heart and would assist charities and members of the communitywhenever he could and it was not uncommon for his right hand man of 7years, Brentt Jones to learnthat the job they were doing was no pay especially common on weekends so long as it did notinterrupt his sports, this apparently stems from his early years in NZ where generally you helpedout on weekends free of charge, if I recall correctly it was also practised here however he alwayskept a close eye on his pennies – was never one to waste his money – Basil came to this islandnearly fifty years ago and met up with many friends from NZ - Nobby and Gumboot -Boc and manyothers – he felt at home here, he made friends easily, he connected with us and shared our islandervalues – he became godfather to many of our children - he helped build many of Norfolk's maininfrastructures. Basil was a man of habit and did not vary much his weekly routine – he hadnicknames for special people and his tools also had names so Brentt knew exactly what to fetch andcarry for him, a task he performed frequently as Basil's health deteriorated – he loved gossip butwould not spread any – his views on politics were brief however his favourite saying was “Theyknew the government was going backwards so they turned the clocks back!” he was described as aclosed book, not sharing his inner feelings – he loved his family and was especially proud of hisdaughter Susie, he was deeply saddened when he lost his beloved wife Eunice several years ago. – Ihave known Baz for nearly fifty years I will miss him as I am sure a lot of you will – to end mymessage I will finish be quoting from his NZ eulogy – Goodbye Basil, farewell and God bless youand may you be at peace


READ BY CLINTON JUDD

Basil was the heart and soul of the Norfolk Island gun club. His role as president and club champion ran for an unequalled 30 years.


Basil was an excellent ambassador for NI Clay Target Association and the sport in general.  He has competed in   Japan, Scotland, Samoa, Canada,   Fiji,   New Zealand,   New Caledonia  and Australia.  He was far and away the most successful clay target shooter that Norfolk has ever had.


If I was going to list all of his achievements it would take hours and hours, you would need a semi trailer to hold all of his medals and awards.


We think that the story that most reflects Basils skills, happened at the world Champs at Christ church New Zealand, when he shot 462 targets in a row and finished 5th in the World.


 Before he walked out to shoot, Bas was told that he was driving the team home, so that the other members could drink while they watched the shoot off.  When the shooting finished Basil promptly disappeared, he was finally located hidden in the corner of the bar drinking like a 3 phase pump.


Basil was instrumental in the development of shooting in the pacific region. His idea to Donate traps to Fiji and Nuie ,  allowed Clay Target shooting to be included in the south pacific games for the first time.  He regularly competed with the Pacific’s best and held his own every time.  He was one of Oceana’s top shooters.


He loved the culture of the South Pacific Games and he loved his own version of the Parkia Haka. Which was always supported by his proud and ever-present sponsor VB.  


There is not a single member of our club that doesn’t owe him for training and support.


He was always happy to help others learn and enjoy his sport.


Bas was dearly loved by every one of us at the club, and we are going to miss you so much mate.


See ya Bas.  Pull………. Bang………….. Arh Shit.

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HOW CAN YOU COMMUNICATE WITH COUNCIL?

Friday, March 23, 2018



The Norfolk Island Regional Council welcomes feedback and correspondence from the community.

The Customer Care Office is open Monday to Friday 9:00am to 4:00pm and is located at 9 New Cascade Road to visit in person for any Council or account enquiries. Alternatively, you can telephone on free-call 0100 or email customercare@nirc.gov.nf. General enquiries include questions relating to Council’s services, the of hiring Council equipment, your bills, registrations and licensing as well as forms and applications.

For formal submissions and other formal correspondence to Council, please either email regionalcouncil@nirc.gov.nf or post to the attention of the General Manager or relevant Statutory Officer, PO Box 95, Norfolk Island, 2899. Formal submissions include formal letters to the General Manager on Council decisions, activities or policy, complaints, etc.

Council’s Customer Service Charter outlines the level of service that you can expect when communicating with Council. The Charter can be viewed at www.norfolkisland.gov.nf/your-council/about-council/customer-service-charter.

Lotta Jackson
GENERAL MANAGER
23 March 2018

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LOGO COMPETITION - #BUYLOCAL CAMPAIGN

Friday, March 23, 2018



TIME TO GET CREATIVE!
Competition

The Buy Local working group has organised a Buy Local logo design competition offered to all community members. The logo will help raise the awareness of buying local within the community.

We invite everyone to “Get Their Creative On” and enter the competition!

LOGO Requirements

Image (or design) relating to Norfolk Island specifically.

Wording such as “Buy Local” “Support Local Businesses” or “#BuyLocal” to be included in the design.

A copy of the entry form and terms and conditions can be found on the front page of the Council’s website. Or, alternatively, you can contact Tania Anderson (Buy Local working group member) for a copy. Email tania.anderson@nirc.gov.nf, phone 22147.

Background
The Norfolk Island Regional Council support a buy local campaign to create a strong voice for local business in media whilst guiding the community to buy local and also recognising that off-shore businesses have a place in the economy.

Definition of #buylocal
Buy Local is a preference to purchasing goods and services available on island over those off island.

What does Buy Local mean?
Each one of us has an important role to play in creating a vibrant community and healthy economy that works for all of us. Our everyday decisions have powerful impacts, especially when it comes to the businesses we support. There are many ways to be a localist but the simplest is to start with a commitment to buy local first. The ‘Buy Local’ campaign makes it easy to find what you need locally, celebrate the place we live, and put what matters most first. Keep the dollars supporting your community and build an economy that works for everyone by choosing buying local first.

Closing Date

5.00pm Friday 20 April 2018. Please email all submissions to tania.anderson@nirc.gov.nf.

Rose Evans
TEAM LEADER TOURISM AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
23 March 2018

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LOGO COMPETITION - #BUYLOCAL CAMPAIGN

Friday, March 23, 2018



TIME TO GET CREATIVE!
Competition

The Buy Local working group has organised a Buy Local logo design competition offered to all community members. The logo will help raise the awareness of buying local within the community.

We invite everyone to “Get Their Creative On” and enter the competition!

LOGO Requirements

Image (or design) relating to Norfolk Island specifically.

Wording such as “Buy Local” “Support Local Businesses” or “#BuyLocal” to be included in the design.

A copy of the entry form and terms and conditions can be found on the front page of the Council’s website. Or, alternatively, you can contact Tania Anderson (Buy Local working group member) for a copy. Email tania.anderson@nirc.gov.nf, phone 22147.

Background
The Norfolk Island Regional Council support a buy local campaign to create a strong voice for local business in media whilst guiding the community to buy local and also recognising that off-shore businesses have a place in the economy.

Definition of #buylocal
Buy Local is a preference to purchasing goods and services available on island over those off island.

What does Buy Local mean?
Each one of us has an important role to play in creating a vibrant community and healthy economy that works for all of us. Our everyday decisions have powerful impacts, especially when it comes to the businesses we support. There are many ways to be a localist but the simplest is to start with a commitment to buy local first. The ‘Buy Local’ campaign makes it easy to find what you need locally, celebrate the place we live, and put what matters most first. Keep the dollars supporting your community and build an economy that works for everyone by choosing buying local first.

Closing Date

5.00pm Friday 20 April 2018. Please email all submissions to tania.anderson@nirc.gov.nf.

Rose Evans
TEAM LEADER TOURISM AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
23 March 2018

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Air Chathams Visit

Friday, March 23, 2018



Privately owned Air Chathams, established in 1984 is based on Chatham Island, New Zealand. They have specialised in transportation of freight, charters and passengers within New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific.

A management team from Air Chathams plan to visit Norfolk Island 26-28 March and meet with relevant industry stakeholders. This is a due diligence exercise to decide if the airline could provide a service from Auckland to Norfolk Island. The team will be arriving on a commander 690A – which is owned by the company.
Air Chathams have a diverse fleet of aircraft available for group charter with the Convair 580 being the most suitable for Norfolk Island. The Convair 580 was designed when passenger comfort was a priority, with very generous seat pitch and leg room and large viewing windows. It is the fastest multi-engine turbo-prop aircraft in operation in NZ. This aircraft is extremely versatile with an excellent payload range, meaning you can carry more passengers/freight further and to more isolated destinations Air Chathams has three Convair 580’s, one with full freight and combination freight and passenger ability, and the other two are a 50 seat passenger configuration with large cargo holds for passenger luggage and freight. All aircraft have toilets on board, and a flight galley for preparing food and beverage service to meet customer requirements.

We will keep the community informed of the outcome of the visit and are confident you will make them feel welcome during their brief stay.

Lotta Jackson
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23 March 2018

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WORKERS COMPENSATION

Friday, March 23, 2018



Employment Act 1988 and Employment Regulations 1991 (as amended)

The Workers Compensation office has noted that a number of Employers are in arrears in the lodging of their monthly Employer’s Monthly Certificate and Payment for Workers Compensation insurance cover under the Norfolk Island Public Scheme.

Employers are requested to attend to the lodging of all Employer’s Monthly Certificate and the Payment of the prescribed levy, otherwise in the event of an accident, employees may not be covered for medical treatment and/or loss of wages.

The Workers Compensation office has also noted that a number of businesses, contractors, companies, associations are not registered with the Workers Compensation Public Scheme and therefore any employee who may have a workplace accident or incident may not be covered for any resultant medical treatment and/or loss of wages.

If you have employees or are self-employed you must be registered for Workers Compensation.

Application forms to become a member of the Public Scheme are available from the Workers Compensation Office, New Cascade Road, Norfolk Island.

Catherine O’Sullivan
EMPLOYMENT LIAISON OFFICER
23 March 2018

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ROAD MAINTENANCE

Friday, March 16, 2018



The Norfolk Island Regional Council Road Section is continuing the road maintenance program work systematically throughout Norfolk Island in the following areas:

• Drains: Road surface open relief drains are being regenerated currently in the Kingston and Middlegate regions.
• Culverts: Clearing is continuing around the entry and exits of culverts around town and close by areas.
• Roads: Road maintenance is being conducted on Bumboras and Crystal Pool Roads.
• Potholes: Continuing repairs are on the high traffic roads.

Council wish to advise all road users to take additional care when approaching these signed road maintenance work areas on all occasions specially when machinery is in use.

Council thank you for understanding and consideration when there may any interruption with traffic flow as we strive to maintain a high standard of safety and wellbeing for all community and staff.

Lotta Jackson
GENERAL MANAGER
16 March 2018

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CUSTOMER CARE

Friday, March 16, 2018



Council wishes to advise the community that the Customer Care offices will be closed from 3pm next Wednesday 21 March 2018 for staff operational training. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Lotta Jackson
GENERAL MANAGER
16 March 2018

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UPCOMING COUNCIL MEETING 21 MARCH 2018

Friday, March 16, 2018



There will be an Ordinary Council Meeting on Wednesday, 21 March 2018 at 2:00pm. The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers at the Bicentennial Complex and community members are welcome to attend. A reminder to the community that the meeting will be broadcast live and re-broadcast the following day at 9.30am on 91.9FM.

The following is included in the Business Paper for February 2018:

Status Reports
Status of the Norfolk Island Planning and Environment Board
Response to Notice of Motion – Disposal of Offal at Headstone
Waste and Environment
Commercial Services Project Update
Roads – Local Government Engineering Services

Reports from Committees
Minutes of the Rock Feed Source Advisory Committee Meeting held on 22 February 2018
Minutes of the Heritage and Culture Advisory Committee Meeting held on 23 February 2018
Minutes of the Audit Committee Meeting held on 28 February 2018
Minutes of the Tourism Advisory Committee Meeting held on 08 March 2018

Reports from General Manager
Sustainable Development Research Project
National General Assemble of Local Government 2018
Value Based Rating Model for Financial Year 2018-2019
Manager Community and Economic Development
Daylight Saving Time – Industry Engagement

Reports from Executive Manager Governance and Human Resources
Policy: Human Resources Policies
Emergency Management Norfolk Island Budget Request
Reports from Group Manager Corporate / Chief Financial Officer
Investment Report
Presentation of Financial Statements

Notices of Motion
Notice of Motion – Australian Productivity Commission
Notice of Motion – Use of Marquee for School Sporting Events

Confidential Matters for Consideration
ADSL Data Allowance Increase

In accordance with Council’s Code of Meeting Practice, section B5.1 ‘Public Access’, Residents, ratepayers, applicants, consultants or other persons may apply to address Council, in relation to any matter which is listed for consideration on a Council Business Paper. Speakers are limited to five minutes. Applications to speak need to be in writing to the General Manager by 5:00pm Monday prior to the meeting by emailing regionalcouncil@nirc.gov.nf. The General Manager and the Mayor will together determine whether or not the applicant will be entitled to speak at the meeting.

For the full agenda, including reports for the Council Meeting please visit www.norfolkisland.gov.nf or they are available to view in hardcopy at Customer Care or the Library.

Lotta Jackson
GENERAL MANAGER
16 March 2018

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How to build a Community

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Mayors Update - Keeping the Community informed

Friday, March 16, 2018



AIR NEW ZEALAND SERVICES AUSTRALIA TO NORFOLK ISLAND – REQUEST FOR ADDITIONAL SERVICES
“I have on an earlier occasion advised (16.2.2018) that I had written on behalf of Council to the Administrator requesting that there be ‘round table’ discussion to address Council’s concerns that three flights per week in the low season is not sufficient to build the Norfolk Island economy to a sustainable level; and to reach Council’s stated target of 35,000 visitors per annum by 2020” Mayor Adams said.

“I have been advised that two additional flights will operate ex Brisbane on Tuesday 21 and 28 August 2018. This is good news and we will continue to press for further additional flights in the low season; as well as continuing discussion with carriers to service the Auckland/Norfolk route” the Mayor said.

MEETING WITH REPRESENTATIVES FROM PHN CENTRAL AND EASTERN SYDNEY
“This week the General Manager and I again met with Lesley Pullen, Youth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Manager with PHN (Primary Health Network) who was accompanied by Catherine Scardilli, Program Lead with PHN and Liam Shanahan. Catherine and Liam are on island to support the GP practice, in particular Tracy Hicks the new Practice Manager, and to meet with Dr Alex John to discuss training and education needs” Mayor Adams said. “During her visit Lesley was to meet community groups that have received funding from PHN to do some small health awareness projects as part of Stage 1 of the Norfolk Island Health Promotion Plan - Enhancing Health and Wellbeing Knowledge and Awareness August 2017. This Plan will be posted on Council’s website for ease of access by the community.”

“It was nice to have the opportunity to meet the new Health and Wellbeing Coordinator Karen Innes-Walker who joined us at the meeting. Karen has close family ties with Norfolk and is joined on Island by her husband Alistair Ines-Walker who assumed in February this year the position of Manager Commercial Services in the Norfolk Island Regional Council” the Mayor said.

Robin Adams
MAYOR 16 March 2018

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Thursday, March 15, 2018


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INTERMITTENT ROAD CLOSURES – DOUGLAS DRIVE

Thursday, March 15, 2018



Commencing Monday 19 March 2018, weather permitting, the Norfolk Island Airport will be felling three large pine trees in the area of Douglas Drive near the Chapel. It is expected that this work will take most of the week and at short intervals, the road will be closed to traffic.

To head to the Anson Bay/Puppy’s Point Area, please take the Grassy Road route from town, to head to the Headstone area, please take the Ferny Lane/New Farm Road route. This will ensure there is no inconvenience to your trip or holdups to traffic.

Norfolk Island Airport apologises for any inconvenience.

Lotta Jackson
GENERAL MANAGER
15 March 2018

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Museum Update - Foundation Day 2018

Friday, March 09, 2018



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Public Notice - Presentation of Financial Statement

Friday, March 09, 2018



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Why Buy Local

Friday, March 09, 2018


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Museum Update

Friday, March 02, 2018



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Public Health Act 2010 Commencement from March 2018

Friday, March 02, 2018



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Mayors Update - Keeping the Community Informed

Friday, March 02, 2018



‘A HEALTHY AND SAFE COMMUNITY - WE PROVIDE A SAFE AND HEALTHY PLACE TO LIVE, WORK AND VISIT’
(Strategic Direction 06 Community Strategic Plan 2016-2026)

“I’ve been talking on the radio this week about the Community Strategic Plan 2016-2026 (our Community Plan) adopted by Council on 21 September 2016 and in particular, Strategic Direction 06 - A Healthy and Safe Community” the Mayor said. ”It has been most helpful to have broad ranging conversations recently in a number of forums on health issues –

• With South East Sydney Local Health District representatives - Gerry Marr (Chief Executive), Trish Bradd and Jocelyn Hickson - and Departmental officers from Infrastructure - Karen Willett and Christian Van Dam; and
• With Jo Campbell Director of the NSW Education Centre against Violence; Pia Van De Zandt from Prime Minister & Cabinet Department and Dale Tolliday, Clinical Adviser with The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network.
“Strategic Direction 06, Objective 12 of our Community Plan focuses on a coordinated approach to health care and requires Council to advocate in a number of health related areas one of these being –

‘TO ADVOCATE FOR COORDINATION OF HEALTH CARE SERVICES ON NORFOLK ISLAND’
“I am advised that NIHRACS will soon be establishing an Australian Government funded Child and Family Wellbeing Team on Norfolk to support and foster healthy, informed and empowered families, children and young people; a goal which our Community Plan fosters and the Norfolk community supports as we strive to be a healthy and safe community in today’s challenging world” Mayor Adams said.

The existing Child Welfare Officer will form part of the team and will be joined by a Health and Wellbeing Coordinator and a counsellor for children and young people. The Team will be managed by Tanya Smith who is the Team’s Manager. The Team will also train members of the community to provide education for school students about respectful relationships, delivering a program called ‘Love Bites’ which is widely available in schools on the mainland. There will also be professional development forums held over the next few months for nurses and doctors, teachers, police, counsellors and other service providers as well as church and community leaders. These forums will be delivered by the NSW Education Centre Against Violence and aim to bring the community together to respond to family violence and child welfare concerns.

“Our goal is to be recognised globally as The Best Small Island in the World. Global recognition that Norfolk Island is a safe and healthy place to live, work and visit is part of achieving that goal. Our strength lies in working together to achieve that recognition” the Mayor said.

Robin Adams
MAYOR
2 March 2018

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Mental health Literacy - Understanding Suicide

Thursday, March 01, 2018


Of all the issues in mental health, suicide is the one we least want to talk about. Whether you’re struggling alone with suicidal thoughts, coping with someone at risk, or whether you’re trying to piece together your life after losing someone to suicide, the overwhelming sense of helplessness when the mind goes awry is not something that many people feel willing to discuss, and even fewer are confident discussing it constructively.


Having recently lost a very dear and highly respected colleague who took his own life following a tragic set of circumstances, this week’s topic is particularly personal. I’m not alone when I struggle to find answers to why this happened, and what any of us who cared so much could have done to prevent it. My colleague had a huge community of people around him who were inspired by his wisdom and expertise, yet he must have felt completely alone in those final moments. So as a legacy of sorts, I want us, in our community, to become more open about discussing all aspects of mental health, particularly suicide. Knowing how to recognise the risk factors and working together to strengthen the protective factors so none of our own need take that same path involves every one of us, and the starting point is bringing this issue out of the closet.

In 2016, an average of 7.85 people died by suicide in Australia each day - that’s 1.81% of all deaths . For men, the highest age-specific suicide rate was in the 85+ age group (34.0 per 100,000). For women, the highest age-specific suicide rate was in the 50-54 age group with 10.4 per 100,000. Over the past 10 years, the number of suicide deaths was approximately 3 times higher in males than females - 75.1% of people who died by suicide were male. Globally, suicide rates have increased 60% in the past 45 years, and few countries in the world have succeeded in dramatically lowering the death rates by suicide.

Numbers aside, the human side of suicide is very complex. There’s no doubt that people choose to take their own lives for many different reasons, and even at the individual level, there’s rarely only one trigger for suicide. Mental health problems such as depression remain the most common risk factor. When this is mixed with other problems such as drug or alcohol abuse (often to “self-medicate”), traumatic life events, financial problems, loss of loved ones to suicide or sudden death, feeling alone and unsupported or disconnected, and having made previous attempts, people’s coping capacity often runs dry. Once this happens, hopelessness can set in and with it a downward spiral where there seems to be no possible future, until the tipping point is reached. This might be actually quite a small event, but it trips the switch that makes life seem not worth living.

The other side of the complex factors related to suicide is the personal experience of thoughts and emotions that can spiral out of control when too many bad things happen. It’s common when faced with difficulties to have negative thoughts, but mostly when this happens we shake ourselves up and find some light at the end of the tunnel. However, if this doesn’t happen, it can be scary, we may isolate ourselves even more and feel flooded with shame or guilt, or even feel foolish and weak. Irrational thoughts can take root, and the more we focus on these (rather than better alternatives), the more we develop a faulty thinking habit that seems to take over. Telling someone about these troubling thoughts often doesn’t go down well, which then just makes us feel even more isolated and hopeless.

Finland is one country that has tackled this issue with resounding success. Their   male suicide rate has declined every year for the past 27 years. So what’s their secret? Mainly, it’s been long-term comprehensive national programs tackling stigma and raising public awareness, as well as training health workers, school staff, police and other gatekeepers in good crisis responding. This involves making sure everyone has basic skills for recognising risk factors and knowing how to respond calmly and constructively whilst making it as easy as possible to get help when needed.

Like basic first aid, knowing the warning signs, being confident enough to start the conversation with someone we may be concerned about, recognising if our thinking patterns are going off track and feeling safe enough to ask for help, and creating a community where every one of us is valued and supported are simple building blocks for tackling this problem. If you’d like to find out more and start weaving together a whole-community response to building our resilience against these types of tragedies, come along to the next free community forum.

FREE INFORMATION SESSION – Wednesday 7 March 6.00 – 7.30 PM: Understanding Suicide – Risk and Prevention. Bookings essential please.


Dr Kate Lemerle, Psychologist
Chrysalis Counselling & Coaching, Norfolk Island
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Changes To Waste management in 2018

Thursday, March 01, 2018


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Overview of Council Meeting

Friday, February 23, 2018




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Norfolk Island Regional Council Annual Report 2016-2017

Friday, February 23, 2018



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Foundation Day 2018 - 6th March 2018

Friday, February 23, 2018


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Extension to Objection Period - Land Valuations

Friday, February 23, 2018


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Documents on Public Exhibition

Friday, February 23, 2018


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This Weeks Quirky Products - Available on Island!

Friday, February 23, 2018


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Foundation Day 2018

Friday, February 23, 2018


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2018 Telephone Directory

Friday, February 23, 2018


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Mayors Update

Friday, February 23, 2018



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Upcoming Council Meeting 21 February 2018

Friday, February 16, 2018



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Mayors Update - Keeping the Community Informed

Friday, February 16, 2018



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News from the World of Norfolk

Friday, February 16, 2018


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Thanks to Acting Chief Fire Officers

Friday, February 16, 2018


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How Small local Shops can compete with Large Retail Stores

Thursday, February 15, 2018





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Cyclone Preparation

Thursday, February 15, 2018


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News From the World of Norfolk

Friday, February 09, 2018




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This Week's Quirky Products - Available on Island!

Friday, February 09, 2018


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The Need to Register Tourist Accommodation

Friday, February 09, 2018


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Remote Piloted Aircraft (PRA'S) or Drones

Friday, February 09, 2018


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Remote Piloted Aircraft (PRA'S) or Drones

Friday, February 09, 2018


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Last Three Cruise Ships for the Season

Friday, February 09, 2018



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Contacting Council if you have an Electricity Problem

Friday, February 09, 2018


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Automatic Fire Alarms

Friday, February 09, 2018


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ADSL Data Allowance Increase

Friday, February 09, 2018


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2018-19 Rating Model

Friday, February 09, 2018


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ADSL Data Allowance Increase

Thursday, February 08, 2018


As announced in December, Norfolk Telecom internet customers are enjoying the New Year Special, from 1 January 2018 until 31 March 2018.


From January 1, all customers on the ADSL 30, ADSL 50, ADSL 90 and ADSL 180 plans automatically received new data limits of at least 100%, as per the below schedule.

Any customer wishing to change their ADSL Plan for March will need to pop into Norfolk Telecom prior to 28 February 2018, to fill out the necessary paperwork.


A review of the plans will be made in March with recommendation being put to Council at the meeting of 21 March.


The Unlimited Off Peak component of every plan will remain intact, providing free Internet for all between midnight and 5:00am.


ADSL PLANS:

ADSL PLAN

2017 monthly Allowance

January- March monthly

Allowance

$30

3 Gig

6 Gig

$50

20 Gig

40 Gig

$90

35 Gig

90 Gig

$180

60 Gig

180 Gig

Lotta Jackson

GENERAL MANAGER

21 December 2017

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Buy Local Campaign - Quirky Products

Friday, February 02, 2018


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Mayors Update - Keeping the Community Informed

Friday, February 02, 2018


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Buying Local Benefits

Friday, February 02, 2018


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Hindle Enterprise Group Visit

Friday, February 02, 2018


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Group Manager Corporate Services/CFO

Friday, February 02, 2018


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Remote Piloted Aircraft (PRA'S) or Drones

Friday, January 26, 2018


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Remote Piloted Aircraft (PRA'S) or Drones

Friday, January 26, 2018


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Illegal Dumping of Waste in Public Place

Friday, January 26, 2018


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Automatic Fire Alarms

Friday, January 26, 2018


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Water Quality in KAVHA

Friday, January 26, 2018


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Tertiary Education Bursary Program

Friday, January 26, 2018


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Land Valuations

Friday, January 26, 2018


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100% Norfolk Grown Food Challenge Interview with Lilli King & Matt Pennycuick

Friday, January 26, 2018


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Queensland Fire and Emergency Service

Friday, January 19, 2018


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Argentine Ant Detector Dog

Friday, January 19, 2018


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Did you know - Petitions to Council

Friday, January 19, 2018


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Sorting Waste at the Waste Management Centre

Friday, January 19, 2018




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Advantages of Eating Local Food

Friday, January 19, 2018


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Mayors Update - Keeping the Community Informed

Friday, January 19, 2018


CHANGE TO NORFOLK’S TIME ZONE 

‘As mentioned on radio this week I have been asked where are we up to with the changes to the time zone and at this time am only able to advised that the motion of Council passed at its 18 October meeting last year along with the report provided to Council have been on-forwarded for making of an Ordinance by the Commonwealth Minister. 

To refresh people’s minds the following is the motion passed: 

“That Council requests the Minister to prepare an Ordinance to enable a change to the Norfolk Island Time to UTC +11.00 plus daylight saving time to commence on the first Sunday of October each year and ending first Sunday of April each year. In acknowledgement that the community and key tourism industry representatives would require a period to adjust to any time change, Council endorses the intention highlighted in the ‘Social Implications’ section of the Report to Council that well planned communication take place with key tourism industry representatives including travel providers and airlines ‘to ensure that the change does not negatively impact travel to Norfolk Island” 

This motion flowed from the results of a community survey where 40% of the 577 respondents supported UTC + 11 plus daylight saving; 28% supported GMT + 11.30 minutes and 17% supported UTC + 12.’ ‘The results of the survey showed that 85% of the respondents strongly supported a change to the current Norfolk Island time zone. Of the 85% who indicated a preference for a change, the most common reason was the distribution of daylight hours to enable more hours of daylight in the evening after work for recreation, health and well-being as well as more time for tourist activities. In real terms the motion as agreed leaves the time zone as it currently stands plus daylight saving from the beginning of October to the end of April each year’, Mayor Adams said. 

ELECTRICITY – THE WAY FORWARD 
‘Under the Community Strategic Plan 2016-2026 Council is required to investigate the viability of solar generation and battery storage options and other renewable energy generation sources. Under the Delivery Programme 2016-2020 Council is to develop a clean energy future where solar battery storage, or an alternative option, is installed to capture excess electricity production and distribution needs to achieve the possible key outcomes in the report to Council on 15 February 2017; key outcomes which could include though not limited to:
 • Redesigned power station with PV storage capacity and digital telemetry; 
• Development of zero emissions position or significant carbon offsets for Norfolk Island; 
• Reduction in dependence on diesel and imported reticulated gas’, the Mayor said. 

‘Council is conscious that our energy policy for the future should align with Norfolk Island’s Vision in the Community Strategic Plan of being “The Best Small Island in the World”. ‘Consistent with this goal Council at its meeting on 20 December 2017 agreed: “That Council approves the engagement of Hydro Electric Commission t/a Entura and t/a Hydro Tasmania as the single source supplier to develop an energy policy and technical design solutions, including assisting with grant funding applications, for power generation on Norfolk Island, at a price of $232,920..”.’ 
 
Robin Adams 
MAYOR 
19 January 2018

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Friday, January 12, 2018



THE NORFOLK/AUCKLAND SERVICE
‘Regrettably last weekend Norfolk Island Airlines ceased to operate weekly flights between Norfolk and Auckland and I wish to offer sincere thanks to Greg Prechelt for his efforts to service this route after Air New Zealand pulled out in May last year’, Mayor Adams said.

For the record Council has spent just under $200,000 in destination marketing in NZ since July 2017; and is currently waiting on changes to legislation by the Commonwealth that will allow Council to put in place incentives for airlines to fly here. We trust this legislation will be passed before April.
‘I have also made representation on the matter of the Australian passenger movement charge which has been applied to Norfolk since 1 July 2016; this is an additional charge incurred by airlines on the Auckland/Norfolk route’, the Mayor said.

The Passenger Movement Charge (PMC) is a $60 cost for the departure of a person from Australia for another country, whether or not the person returns to Australia. The PMC was introduced in July 1995 replacing Departure Tax, and is administered by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (the Department) under the Passenger Movement Charge Act 1978 and collected under the Passenger Movement Charge Collection Act 1978.

REINSTATEMENT OF PASSPORTS
‘Back in August Council agreed representation be made to the Commonwealth for the re-instatement of passports to travel to Norfolk’, Mayor Adams said. The main driver behind Council seeking re-instatement of passports is the comfort and wellbeing of our visitors and the inconvenience to visitors if their flight is diverted say to New Zealand and their not being able to go through border control on arrival if they are not in possession of a valid passport as was the case on two occasions last year. A further problem was visitors being denied travel by some regional airlines at check in unless they are able to produce a current passport.

‘In advising me that it was not intended to re-instate passports the then Acting Federal Minister Darren Chester reminded Council that “the Norfolk Island Government; the Norfolk Island Tourism Bureau and the Tourist Action Group advocated for the removal of passport requirements for visitors to Norfolk Island” in submissions made to the 2014 JSC Inquiry. I thank the Department for writing to airlines requesting their regional staff be reminded of the new entry requirements to the Island’, the Mayor said.

MEDICINAL CANNABIS
At its November 2017 meeting Council considered economic development projects as suggested by the Hindle Enterprise Group through their work on the island with various stakeholders. In particular Council supported the Hindle Enterprise Group to further investigate the pilot project titled Medicinal Cannabis in line with the Community Ownership model, provided that there is no cost to Council.

‘As part of Council’s support for investigation of the medicinal cannabis pilot project I have this week sought clarity through the office of the Administrator as to whether there are any barriers today in respect of a medicinal cannabis industry being established on Norfolk Island; both for growing and exporting medicinal cannabis as well as producing the medicine on Island for use by doctors at NIHRACS.’

CHANGES TO BIOSECURITY CONDITIONS FOR GOODS IMPORTED INTO NORFOLK ISLAND

‘In response to the December motion of Council acknowledging community concern about the importation of “some fresh produce commodities into Norfolk Island” I continue to have discussion with the Commonwealth and local growers on this matter. A number of key issues have been raised, not the least of which is how the protections offered under the Plant and Fruit Diseases Act 1959 (Norfolk Island) can align with the Biosecurity Act 2015 (Commonwealth) for the overall benefit of the Norfolk Island community’, Mayor Adams said.

Robin Adams
MAYOR
12 January 2018

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Random Checks of Waste at Waste Management Centre

Friday, January 12, 2018



The Waste Management Centre staff would like to thank the community for their efforts in sorting their waste streams before entering the Waste Management Centre. As new waste management infrastructure is implemented at the Centre in 2018, more sorting will be required by the community and this will be communicated to the community in the coming months.

There are still wastes that are being delivered to the Waste Management Centre that have not been sorted appropriately. The Centre does not currently have the equipment or resources to manually remove all recyclables from the non-recyclable wastes therefore the staff rely on the community’s diligence to undertake this task.

Under the Waste Management Act 2003 authorised officers have the power to direct members of the public to sort and place waste in a specific location. Over the coming months the staff at the Waste Management Centre will be performing random checks of waste that is delivered to the Centre and if required, may direct members of the community to sort their waste appropriately before it is accepted.

It is requested that you separate out your recyclable waste streams before you enter the Waste Management Centre. Without the assistance of the community in sorting waste, achieving best practice waste management services will not be achieved.

A friendly reminder that no cardboard boxes or plastic bags are to be placed in the glass, aluminum and steel chutes. There are dedicated chutes for aluminum cans, steel cans, glass, general waste and aerosol cans. In addition, dedicated bins for batteries and food scraps are located adjacent to the drop off chutes. If you are unsure where an item is to be placed please ask the staff member at the ticket collection booth before you enter the Centre.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Customer Care via email customercare@nirc.gov.nf or by telephone on local free call 0100.

Claire Quintal
TEAM LEADER WASTE AND ENVIRONMENT
12 January 2018

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Buy Local Campaign - How can you help

Thursday, January 11, 2018


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Remote Piloted Aircraft (RPS's) or Drones

Thursday, January 11, 2018


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Electricity Charges

Thursday, January 11, 2018


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Ten Reasons to buy Local

Friday, January 05, 2018


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Public Heath Warning

Friday, January 05, 2018


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Cruising into the New Year!

Friday, January 05, 2018


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Queen's Baton Relay

Friday, December 22, 2017


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How to register and safely operate your drone

Friday, December 22, 2017


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How to register and safely operate your drone

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ADSL Date Allowance Increase

Friday, December 22, 2017


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Overview of Council Meeting

Friday, December 22, 2017



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Buy Local Campaign

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Mayors Update - Keeping the Community Informed

Friday, December 22, 2017



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Pest and Noxious Week Control

Friday, December 22, 2017


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Firefighter Recruit Course

Friday, December 22, 2017


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Customer Care Christmas Hours

Friday, December 22, 2017


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Cruise ship Update

Friday, December 22, 2017


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Upcoming Council Meeting

Friday, December 15, 2017



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Upcoming Council Meeting 20 December 2017

Friday, December 15, 2017



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Mayors Update - Keeping the Community Informed

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How can you Communicate with Council?

Friday, December 15, 2017


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Happy Holidays

Friday, December 15, 2017


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Waste Management Community Meetin - Q & A's

Friday, December 08, 2017


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Telecom Customers

Friday, December 08, 2017


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Council Christmas Closure

Friday, December 08, 2017


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Norfolk Island Museum Update

Friday, December 08, 2017



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Sewage Overflow - Cascade Creek

Friday, December 08, 2017


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Did you know - Council Media Release

Friday, December 01, 2017


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Local Government NSW Annual Conference 2017

Friday, December 01, 2017


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Document on Public Exhibition

Friday, December 01, 2017


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Mayors Update - Keeping the Community Informed

Friday, November 24, 2017


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Waste Management Community Meeting - Q&A's

Friday, November 24, 2017



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Norfolk Island Airport Car Park Safety

Friday, November 24, 2017


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Document on Public Exhibition

Friday, November 24, 2017


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Bureau of Meteorology Visit

Friday, November 17, 2017


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Schedule of Fees and Charges Updated

Friday, November 17, 2017


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Did you Know - Water Wise

Friday, November 17, 2017



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Museum Update

Friday, November 17, 2017



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Friday, November 17, 2017



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Economic Development - Hindle Enterprise Group Visits

Friday, November 17, 2017


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First Cruise Ship of the Season

Friday, November 17, 2017


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Waste Management Community Meeting - Q&Q's

Friday, November 17, 2017



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Overview of Council Meeting

Friday, November 17, 2017



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Documents on Public Exhibition

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Emergency Management Australia Workshop

Friday, November 10, 2017



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Upcoming Council Meeting 15th November 2017

Friday, November 10, 2017


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News from the World of Norfolk

Friday, November 10, 2017



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Waste Management Community Meeting

Friday, November 10, 2017



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Telecom Customers

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Documents on Public Exhibition

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Documents on Public Exhibition

Friday, November 03, 2017


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Economic Development - Hindle enterprise Group visits

Friday, November 03, 2017


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Certificate 11 in Public Safety

Friday, November 03, 2017


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Australian Regional Tourism Network Convention

Friday, November 03, 2017


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New Electricity Charges

Friday, October 27, 2017


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Regular Passenger Movement Fees

Wednesday, October 25, 2017


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Fire Service Update - Certificate 11 in public Safety

Friday, October 20, 2017


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Workers Compensation Complaints Employment Conciliation Board

Friday, October 20, 2017


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Absentee Landowners Levy

Friday, October 20, 2017


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Did you know - DIY Home Compost

Friday, October 20, 2017



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Council Adopts a Plastic Bag Policy for Norfolk Island

Friday, October 20, 2017




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Documents on Public Exhibition or open for input

Friday, October 20, 2017


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Development Assessment Pathway for Significant Development - Outcomes of Invitation for community Comment on Proposed Planning ACT 2002

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Reminder for Community Input Developing a Norfolk Island Pest Management Plan

Friday, October 20, 2017


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Overview of Council Meeting

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General Manager's Performance Review and the Roles of Councillors, The Mayor and the General Manager

Friday, October 20, 2017




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Time Zone Survey Results

Friday, October 20, 2017



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Upcoming Council Meeting

Friday, October 13, 2017


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Mayors Update - Keeping the Community Informed 13 Oct 17

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Community Meeting - Waste Management

Friday, October 13, 2017


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Community Grants Programs

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Business Workshop

Thursday, October 12, 2017


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Economic Development - Hindle Enterprise Group Visit

Thursday, October 12, 2017


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Norfolk Island Public Workers Compensation Scheme

Friday, October 06, 2017


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Developing A Norfolk island Pest Management Plan

Friday, October 06, 2017


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Donation of Prints

Thursday, October 05, 2017



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Did you know - DIY Bucket Worm Farm

Thursday, October 05, 2017


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How can you Communicate with Council

Friday, September 29, 2017


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Did you know - Aerosol Cans

Friday, September 29, 2017


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Council Meeting Schedule

Friday, September 29, 2017


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Council Election

Friday, September 22, 2017


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Mayors Update - Community Information

Friday, September 22, 2017



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Community Feedback Reminder

Friday, September 22, 2017


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Results Snapshot - Cats on Norfolk Island Survey

Friday, September 22, 2017



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Advanced Heritage Conservation Workshop

Friday, September 22, 2017


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Advanced Heritage Conservation Workshop

Friday, September 22, 2017


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Overview of Council Meeting

Friday, September 22, 2017



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Community Grants Programs

Friday, September 22, 2017



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New Laws for Public Swimming Pools and Spas

Friday, September 22, 2017



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Did you know - Less than 100 sleeps until Christmas Day!

Friday, September 22, 2017


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News from the World of Norfolk

Friday, September 22, 2017




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Upcoming Council Meeting

Friday, September 15, 2017



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Invitation for Community Comment

Friday, September 15, 2017




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Mayors Update, Keeping the community Informed

Friday, September 15, 2017



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Council Questionnaires

Friday, September 15, 2017


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Did you know - Reuse area at Waste Management Centre

Friday, September 08, 2017


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International Phone Call Outage

Friday, September 08, 2017


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Customer Service Survey

Friday, September 08, 2017


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Road Network Assessment Questionnaire

Friday, September 08, 2017


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Artwork Competition Winners Telephone Directory 2018

Friday, September 08, 2017


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Community Title on Norfolk Island

Friday, September 01, 2017


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Change to Credit Card Surcharge

Friday, September 01, 2017


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Internships at the Australian National Maritime Museum

Friday, September 01, 2017


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Police Report 26 August 2017

Friday, August 25, 2017


Drink Driver summonsed

 

A man in his forties will soon be appearing at court for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol, refusing to supply a breath test and resist arrest following a collision with two other vehicles, including a police vehicle, at a carpark about 12.20am on Saturday 19 August 2017.

 

Police would like to remind the public that driving under the influence of alcohol is a serious offence which can result in serious consequences to the community, to the driver personally as well as at court. If you plan on having a big night, make another plan as to how you will get home.

 

 

Man charged with assault

 

A man in his twenties has been charged with assault following an alleged assault of another man in the bathroom of the RSL about 11.30pm on Friday 18 August 2017.

 

Police are requesting assistance from the public with this matter. If you were at the RSL on at the time of this incident and believe you have information that can assist police, please contact us or visit the station.

 

 

Man charged with Damaging Police car

 

A man in his twenties will soon be appearing in court for damaging property and offensive conduct after allegedly causing damage to a police vehicle and being verbally abusive and threatening to police about 12.30am on Saturday 19 August 2017.

 

This is a particularly disappointing incident, given the good relationship that the Norfolk Island community has with its Police Force. 

 

Heavy penalties can apply to offences against the police.

 

P-Plater summonsed

 

A young lady will soon be appearing at court for driving outside the hours of her licence conditions. This serves as yet another reminder to our provisional drivers of their obligations – your licence is a privilege, not a right. For those that continue to ignore the conditions, please feel free to drop into the police station to collect your very own summons or infringement. We Police are tired of nagging!   

 

No P-Plate displayed - $50 fine

Excess Passengers (more than 1) = $120 Fine

Driving between 10.00pm and 6.00am – Suspension of licence for up to 6 months

 

 

Contact

Phone 22222 or 000 for enquiries, attendance and emergencies. If the station is unattended, please use the courtesy telephone located near the front door to contact on duty or on-call Police officers 24/7.

 

Norfolk Island Police Force                           

PO Box 470                                        Email:           enquiries@police.gov.nf

Norfolk Island 2899

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The perfect golfing long-weekend: The Castaway Bounty Open

Friday, August 25, 2017


The Norfolk Island Golf Club was thrilled to welcome new sponsor Castaway Norfolk Island in 2016 and introduce the option of a weekend tournament open to visiting golfers and locals alike with the Castaway Bounty Open.  Especially suited to social golfers this tournament is also conveniently timed to coincide with the Islands annual Bounty Day celebrations in June.


Castaway Hotel is a perfect fit for this comp. The new Proprietors are Sarah and Tony Watts, a young local couple who refurbished the accommodation and bar, and introduced an la carte restaurant that has quickly gained an enviable reputation among locals and visitors alike.  You’ll feel welcome and relaxed from the moment you arrive and being centrally located to all cafes, shops and restaurants, accessing after-golf activities is easy.


Newer golfers who may be wondering what it’s like to take part in a Tournament away from home will be particularly interested in this event. On Norfolk Island you’ll find a genuinely welcoming, relaxed and exceptionally friendly Club. Of all the Tournaments on the Club’s annual calendar this one will appeal to those who like their golf and after-golf socialising to be relaxed and easy.


With the competition dates for 2018 to be the weekend of 9 - 10 June, it’s a great weekend getaway from Sydney (with flights on Fridays and Mondays).

 

However, there’s always the temptation to stay for the week and enjoy the 8 June Bounty Day celebrations marking the 1856 anniversary of the arrival of the Pitcairn Islanders on Norfolk Island – it’s a highlight of the year and the locals National Day. Travelling direct from Brisbane you’ll arrive and depart on Tuesday flights – so will be here to enjoy all the festivities.


For details of our Holiday Packages please contact kelly@travelcentre.nf or call on 1800 1400 66.

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Judith Dunn Group visits Norfolk Island

Friday, August 25, 2017


It was wonderful to welcome Historian Judith Dunn to the Island again this week escorting members of the Royal Australian Historical Society on her Norfolk Island tour.  Judith is known to many on Norfolk having led numerous RAHS groups engaging with many in the local community and especially our own Historical Society.


This year was no exception as Judith gave a very well received presentation on corrugated iron to the Norfolk Island Historical Society. This meeting also offered the opportunity for our local and RAHS members to meet and exchange stories, ideas and historical connections. Another opportunity for local exchange also occurred during a fish fry hosted by the Lions Club, organised by Judith’s husband Greg, a long term Lions member.


Tours the group have enjoyed included visiting the Norfolk Island Museums and also a special Government House tour. The group were especially appreciative of visiting Government House and thank the Administrator and Maurge Jowett for arranging this. Other tours enjoyed by the group have included History in the Making, Cyclorama, Pitcairn Settlers Village and the Trial of the Fifteen.  


Jannise and all the team at the Norfolk Island Travel Centre wished Judith and her RAHS group well at the end of a fabulous week immersing themselves in the amazing history of our Island. We look forward to welcoming Judith back to Norfolk next year and hope many in her group may also decide to return for another week on beautiful Norfolk Island.

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Mayors Update - Keeping the Community informed

Friday, August 25, 2017



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Radio Serial - The Silent Witness

Friday, August 25, 2017


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Did you Know - Your Septic System

Friday, August 25, 2017


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Mayors Update

Friday, August 18, 2017



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Scholarships for Volunteers from the Australian Institute for disaster Resilience

Friday, August 18, 2017


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Overview of Council Meeting

Friday, August 18, 2017



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Did you know - Paper, Cardboard and Plastic

Friday, August 18, 2017


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Reminder - Time Zone Survey

Friday, August 18, 2017


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Heritage and Culture Strategy

Friday, August 18, 2017


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Change to Norfolk Island Prosecutions

Friday, August 18, 2017


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Norfolk Island Tourism - Marketing Presentation

Friday, August 18, 2017


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Norfolk Island Tourism - Marketing Presentation

Friday, August 11, 2017


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Sale of Food ACT 1950

Friday, August 11, 2017


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Waste Management Centre - Frequently Asked Questions

Friday, August 11, 2017



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Did you Know - Aluminium Foil

Friday, August 11, 2017



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Mayors Update - Keeping the Community Informed

Friday, August 11, 2017




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Farewell to Shane Nankivell

Friday, August 11, 2017


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Upcoming Council Meeting

Friday, August 11, 2017


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Information Session

Friday, August 04, 2017


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Recent Grant Applications

Friday, August 04, 2017


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Norfolk Island Time Zone Survey

Friday, August 04, 2017


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Waste Management Centre Update

Friday, August 04, 2017



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Proposed Amendments to the Planning ACT

Friday, July 28, 2017




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Marine Park Draft Plans and the Norfolk Marine Park

Friday, July 28, 2017


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Community Title Update

Friday, July 28, 2017



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Discount Beer at the Liquor Bond

Friday, July 28, 2017


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Community Title Update

Friday, July 28, 2017



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Waste Management Centre - Changes as of 1 August 2017

Thursday, July 27, 2017



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Attention all Budding Graphic Designers!

Thursday, July 27, 2017


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Economic Development - Information Session

Thursday, July 27, 2017


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Council's Feedback and Complaints Process

Thursday, July 27, 2017


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Reinstatement of the Preamble to the Norfolk Island Act

Friday, July 21, 2017



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Overview of Council Meeting 19 July 2017

Friday, July 21, 2017



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What does ratepayers money contribute towards in council services?

Friday, July 21, 2017



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Update on new Waste management disposal charges

Friday, July 21, 2017


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Trees around the Airport Precinct

Friday, July 21, 2017


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Telephone Directory 2018

Friday, July 21, 2017


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New Group Manager for Council

Friday, July 21, 2017


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Economic Development Strategic Direction for Council

Friday, July 21, 2017


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Did you Know?

Friday, July 21, 2017


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Farewell to Blake Hunton

Friday, July 14, 2017


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Rate Notices

Friday, July 14, 2017



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2018 Telephone Directory

Friday, July 14, 2017


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Update from the World of Norfolk

Friday, July 14, 2017



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Upcoming Council Meeting

Friday, July 14, 2017


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Did you know? Water Assurance Scheme

Friday, July 14, 2017


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Keeping the Community Informed

Friday, July 14, 2017



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Mayors Update - Keeping the community Informed

Friday, July 07, 2017



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Fee and Charges for Waste Management

Friday, July 07, 2017



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Fact Sheets - Plastic Bags

Friday, July 07, 2017



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Outdoor Public Areas

Friday, July 07, 2017


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Successful Sports Grants Funding Applications

Friday, July 07, 2017


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New Laws for Private Drinking Water Providers

Friday, July 07, 2017



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Census Data for Norfolk Island

Friday, July 07, 2017


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Thinking of moving Solar Panels? Let Customer Care help!

Friday, July 07, 2017


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$200,000 Tourism Marketing Campaign in New Zealand

Friday, July 07, 2017


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Overview of Council Meeting

Friday, June 30, 2017



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Keeping the Community Informed

Friday, June 30, 2017



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Dumping of Contaminated Waste

Friday, June 30, 2017


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Council Fees and Charges

Friday, June 30, 2017


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Customer Care

Friday, June 30, 2017



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Illegal Downloads

Friday, June 30, 2017


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Artwork Competition Telephone Directory 2018

Friday, June 30, 2017


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Did you Know? Waste Management Centre

Thursday, June 29, 2017


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Rates

Friday, June 23, 2017


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Upcoming Council Meeting

Friday, June 23, 2017


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Illegal Downloads

Friday, June 23, 2017


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Did you know?

Friday, June 23, 2017


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Airport Emergency Planning Exercise

Friday, June 23, 2017


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Norfolk Island Telephone Directory 2018

Friday, June 16, 2017


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Inaugural Flight of Norfolk Island Airlines

Friday, June 16, 2017


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Illegal Downloads

Friday, June 16, 2017


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Changes to the Fuel Supply System

Friday, June 16, 2017


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Mayors Update - Keeping the Community Informed

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Norfolk Island Public Workers Compensation Scheme

Friday, June 16, 2017


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Argentine Ants

Friday, June 16, 2017



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Reminder - Airport Emergency Planning Exercise

Friday, June 16, 2017


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Council Meeting

Friday, June 16, 2017


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Reusable Coffee Cups

Friday, June 09, 2017


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Airport and Fire Services Audit

Friday, June 09, 2017



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1300 and 1800 Numbers

Friday, June 09, 2017


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Mayors Update - Keeping the Community Informed

Friday, June 09, 2017



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Airport Emergency Planning Exercise

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Mayors Update - Keeping the Community informed

Friday, June 02, 2017


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Port Arthur Historic site study tour

Friday, June 02, 2017


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Aluminium Cans

Friday, May 26, 2017


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Mayors Update - Keeping the Community informed

Friday, May 26, 2017



‘WETLS (MEALS) ON WHEELS’
“On Wednesday I attended a very informative meeting organised by the men and women who volunteer their time to deliver Meals on Wheels to members of our community. The meeting was convened to discuss how best the service might operate going forward into the future; and it was valuable to have the Hospital Director Ms Kath Bowman and former Hospital Director Mr. David McCowan there,” Mayor Adams said. “This community service which commenced in 1995 under the Directorship of David McCowan was designed, and remains the case today, to provide the island’s elderly with regular nutritious meals at a nominal cost; provide social contact with the volunteers; and allow our senior citizens to remain in their homes. The service was subsidized both by the Hospital and the Norfolk Island Government. Following positive discussion today across the range of issues needing to be addressed, I believe we all left the meeting confident that when the meeting reconvenes on Friday 2 June a detailed Plan on how ‘Wetls on Wheels’ will operate and be funded in the future will be on the table for agreement. All present were committed to ensuring that this valuable service will continue”

REMOVAL OF MEDICAL RECORDS

“In response to community concerns re the recent removal off island of medical records, I have contacted Ms Karen Heldon, Director Norfolk Island Capital Works with the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, who advises that as soon as appropriate file storage is identified on Norfolk Island the archived hospital records will be returned”, Mayor Adams said. “The records were removed from the Old Bakery Building to allow for extensive demolition due to the removal of Asbestos. The Department will be issuing a public statement on the matter”.

DRAFT HEALTH PROMOTION ACTION PLAN ENHANCING HEALTH LITERACY AND COMMUNITY CAPACITY ON NORFOLK ISLAND
Central and Eastern Sydney PHN (CESPHN) have released for community consideration and comment a draft Health Promotion Action Plan designed to enhance health literacy and community capacity on Norfolk Island. The draft Plan is based on the findings of the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD); Central and Eastern Sydney PHN (CESPHN); the Norfolk Island ‘Needs Assessment’ (Carramar Consulting, 2016), and local consultation. These studies have provided guidance to CESPHN on the needs of the community and opportunities available to promote and implement the Health Promotion Action Plan for the people of Norfolk Island and their visitors. To assist the community with accessing the draft Action Plan Council has placed a copy on its website at www.norfolkisland.gov.nf. Community comment is to be emailed to o.khalaf@cesphn.com.au no later than 9 June 2017. A copy is also available at the Library. More information about CESPHN is available at www.cesphn.org.au.

Robin Adams
MAYOR
26 May 2017

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Requirements to conduct a Tourist Accommodations Establishment in Norfolk Island

Friday, May 19, 2017



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Plastic Bags

Friday, May 19, 2017


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Overview of Council Meeting

Friday, May 19, 2017



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Mayors Update

Friday, May 19, 2017



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Wrap up of Property Valuations Community Meetings

Friday, May 19, 2017


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C Wise Visit

Friday, May 12, 2017


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Upcoming Council Meeting

Friday, May 12, 2017


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Community Meeting 17 and 18 May 2017 - Property Valuations

Friday, May 12, 2017


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Archiving Norfolk Island Stamps

Friday, May 12, 2017



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ABC Classic 93.3FM Transmitter

Friday, May 12, 2017


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Removal of Norfolk Island pine trees

Friday, May 12, 2017


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Reminder when burning off

Friday, May 12, 2017


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National Volunteer Week

Friday, May 12, 2017


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Household worm farms

Friday, May 12, 2017


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Farewell to John Van Galeen

Friday, April 28, 2017



Due to personal reasons Mr John van Galeen, Group Manager Commercial Hub/CFO, has resigned and his last day with Council is 5 May 2017.

‘I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank John for his hard work and dedication to the role. John commenced with Council in July 2016 and had an immense task before him which he undertook with professionalism, diligence and a dose of good humour. I understand his reasons for needing to leave the island at this time and wish him well for his future. He will be missed’, Ms Lotta Jackson said.

The Group Manager Commercial Hub/CFO role will have a name change to Group Manager Corporate/CFO and is currently being advertised, details are in the Government Gazette.

Mr Shane Nankivell, Council’s Finance Manager, will be acting in the role until it is filled. ‘Shane has a wealth of knowledge and he has worked closely with John over the year and I have full confidence in his abilities to step into the role of Group Manager, Ms Jackson concluded’.

Lotta Jackson
GENERAL MANAGER
28 April 2017

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Mayors Update - Keeping the Community Informed

Friday, April 28, 2017



AIR NEW ZEALAND SERVICES TO NORFOLK ISLAND – REQUEST FOR ADDITIONAL SERVICES
‘As I have previously reported to the community on 6 March 2017, at the invitation of Air New Zealand, the General Manager Ms Lotta Jackson and I, accompanied by Ms Jonica Paramor (Unique Tourism/Norfolk Island Tourism), met in Sydney with representatives from Air New Zealand – Mr. Richard Thomson, (Group General Manager, Commercial), Ms Cath O’Brien (Manager Regulatory Affairs), Ms Kathryn Robertson (Regional General Manager) and Ms Amanda Swallow (Product and Pricing Manager). Mr. Thomson and Ms O’Brien joined us from New Zealand.’ Mayor Adams said.

The following matters were placed on the table by ‘the Norfolk team’ for discussion:

a) Withdrawal of the Auckland service;
b) Re-instatement of the Brisbane Tuesday service in the low season;
c) Look at adding a third Brisbane service in the high season;
d) Permanently lock in the Sydney Sunday service in 2018; and
e) The Norfolk Island Tourism Strategy which includes the following objectives:
i. Increase visitor arrivals by 8% in 2017;
ii. Achieve 8% annual growth for the next five years;
iii. Reach a target of 35,000 visitors by 2020;
iv. Promote the destination to new audiences in Australia and New Zealand; and
v. Improve visitor arrivals in the low season.

At our meeting Air New Zealand acknowledged and would continue discussion with us on achieving Norfolk Island’s tourism priorities and recommendations to continue to grow tourism at a conservative rate of 8% growth annually, including –

a. Re-instating the Tuesday service ex-BRISBANE year round;
b. Considering the current Sunday service – ex-SYDNEY - year round rather than seasonal; and
c. Permanently locking in the Sydney Sunday service in 2018

‘I have this week written to the Hon. Senator Fiona Nash pointing out the current challenges for Norfolk Island that include -

• Passengers and freight are being consistently off loaded when weather forecasts necessitate aircraft carry extra fuel as diversion to Noumea is no longer an option as passengers are not required to carry passports. This is not in the best interests of our tourism industry.
• Ongoing backlog of freight has reached an unacceptable level and is impacting negatively on businesses and any incentive for new business start-ups (we do acknowledge that there will be an additional cargo flight sometime in May – and thank DIRD for arranging for this).
• Forward bookings are heavy; in fact there is already zero capacity on a number of flights later in the year.
• Airfares for last minute bookings are unreasonably high; this impacts particularly on residents
requiring urgent offshore medical attention and needing to book at the last minute.
• Our destination marketing campaign, funded through Council, has been successful to the point
of tourists being turned away due to lack of seats,
and I have requested open dialogue to immediately address -
• The reinstatement of Tuesday flights x-Brisbane in July and August;
• To make permanent the Sunday Flight x-Sydney year around;
• Address the Cargo situation so that businesses can operate successfully and so that new businesses can commence,’ the Mayor said.

‘A positive outcome from the above discussions together with the most welcome commencementof Norfolk Island Airlines weekly service Brisbane-Norfolk-Auckland-Norfolk-Brisbane in June will seeNorfolk well placed in the visitor market to achieve Council’s target of 8% annual growth for the nextfive years; and to reach a target of 35,000 visitors by 2020’, the Mayor said.

Robin Adams
MAYOR
28 April 2017

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Mobile Coverage

Friday, April 28, 2017


Due to a vehicle accident the mobile telecommunications remote base station has been damaged near Henny’s Lake on Cascade Road.

Remote base stations (RBS) remove or reduce mobile black spots on the island.

Norfolk Telecom Team are working hard to restore this RBS, this will take a few weeks to complete. In the meantime, mobile coverage towards Mill Road and the back of the Mountain will be poor.

Council thanks the community for their co-operation and understanding during this time and we are working as quickly as possible to restore the RBS in this area.

Lotta Jackson
GENERAL MANAGER
28 April 2017

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Public Exhibition Draft Heritage and Culture Strategy

Friday, April 28, 2017



The community is invited to make comment and submissions on the Draft Heritage and Culture Strategy now on public exhibition until 18 May 2017.

Submissions towards the development of this Draft were sought from the community through a mix of radio, online and print mediums. These submissions were reviewed and presented to the Heritage and Culture Advisory Committee (HCAC) for comment and review followed by further assessment and discussion during an informal HCAC workshop. The community submissions and advice from the HCAC together with desktop research and investigation by the Team Leader Heritage Management forms the first draft of the Heritage and Culture Strategy 2017 – 2020.

The Community Strategic Plan 2016 – 2026 (CSP) identified that Culture and Community are key aspects of Norfolk Island that we currently love and are proud of. Community consultation throughout the development of the CSP identified priorities based on community expectations and aspirations; these were used to develop the strategic direction and objective underpinning this Heritage and Culture Strategy:

Strategic direction – A proud, diverse and inclusive community – we showcase our unique histories, cultures and people

Objective – Cultural expression is maintained and built heritage is protected

The Strategy presents actions under the headings of – ‘What the Community Said’ and ‘Council’s Role’ with measures/outcomes.

‘What the Community Said” will be measured by a community cultural satisfaction survey developed and issued twice within this Council’s term of office with the results collated and reviewed and necessary actions incorporated into a review of the Heritage and Culture Strategy for 2020 – 2023.

Documents on Public Exhibition are made available online for download on www.norfolkisland.gov.nf, follow the link to Documents on Public Exhibition and refer to the documents section at the bottom of the page. Otherwise a hard copy format is available at the Customer Care Office in the Telecom building or at the Public Library next to the radio station on New Cascade Road.

To submit your feedback, simply complete the online form available from: https://goo.gl/forms/cDmU67L42S2bT4TP2

Hardcopy forms are available from Customer Care and Norfolk Island Museum

SUBMISSIONS CLOSE – 18 MAY 2017 4:00pm

The support received from the community and various groups towards the development of the Draft Heritage and Culture Strategy is greatly appreciated. I look forward to receiving further submissions.

Janelle Blucher 
TEAM LEADER HERITAGE MANAGEMENT
21 April 2017

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Composting at Home

Friday, April 28, 2017



Did you know?

In addition to fruit and vegetable waste and vegetation, the following can be composted in your home composting system: tea bags, coffee grounds, used napkins and paper towels, paper and cardboard, corks, cotton balls, lint, hair clippings and the list goes on!

A home composting system is easy to set up and easy to maintain. It is a great way to put some of your wastes to good use and as a result you are rewarded with a beautiful rich organic soil to use on your gardens!

Claire Quintal
TEAM LEADER – WASTE AND ENVIRONMENT
28 April 2017

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Anzac Day

Friday, April 28, 2017



Attending the Kapyong Day Service at the RSL on Monday; the ANZAC Dawn Service at Emily Bay; and the mid-morning ANZAC service at the Cenotaph where I laid a wreath on behalf of the Norfolk Island Regional Council, were for me personally very moving and emotional experiences,’ Mayor Adams said. ‘The ANZAC DAY addresses by the Administrator Eric Hutchinson, RSL President Warren Finch; and Haydn White from the Department of Veteran Affairs; made one pause and reflect on what ANZAC Day is all about. All mentioned the sacrifice made by so many Norfolk Islanders in World Wars 1 and 2 and in Korea. All talked about the freedom and democracy we enjoy today because of the human courage of men and women who were prepared to stand up and fight, many of whom made the supreme sacrifice for what they believed in. ANZAC Day is the day that we remember them - LEST WE FORGET. And let us not forget to give thanks to the men and women at our RSL for the professional way each year they bring the ANZAC commemoration together for locals and visitors to take part in. Thanks yorlyi from all ucklun – you do us proud.’

DRAFT HERITAGE AND CULTURE STRATEGY 2017 – 2020 - NORF’K AILEN RIIGENL KAUNSL HERITIJ EN KALCHA STRATEJIBE 2017-2020
‘As Chair of the Heritage and Culture Advisory Committee I again encourage the community, and particularly the cultural groups on the Island, to access a copy of the draft and make a submission if you feel moved to do so. Please contact the team at Customer Care (Telecom building) if you are having difficulty accessing the draft.’ Mayor Adams said. As I said on radio this week the timing of its release seems somewhat synchronistic as this week Friday 28 April marks the 228th Anniversary of the famous Mutiny on the Bounty, that day in history from which the Pitcairners and the Norfolk Islanders of Pitcairn descent trace their origins’.

COMMUNITY MEETING TO CONSIDER THE DRAFT OPERATIONAL PLAN 2017-2018
A reminder that a community meeting is being held next Monday 1 May at The Paradise Hotel at 5:45pm to allow the General Manager and I to discuss with the community the draft Operational Plan for the next financial year and give the community the opportunity to ask questions. The Plan which deals with next year’s Council activities, budget, rating structure and fees and charges is out on public exhibition until 19 May. The draft Plan is available on Council’s website norfolkisland.gov.nf - just click on Your Council then Council documents and then on documents on public exhibition. A hard copy of the draft plan is also available at Customer Care at Telecom or at the Library.

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Documents on Public Exhibition for Community Feedback

Friday, April 28, 2017


Community feedback is vital as projects develop. The following items are currently out on Public Exhibition for community feedback:

Draft Operational Plan 2017-2018
Closing - Friday 19 May 2017

Submission form - https://goo.gl/EoEl9g

Draft Heritage and Culture Strategy 2017-2020
Closing - Thursday 18 May 2017

Submission form - https://goo.gl/YEvBk0

Cats on Norfolk Island
Closing - Friday 19 May 2017

Submission form - https://goo.gl/qqmoUS

Public Reserves Plans of Management
Closing – Friday 19 May 2017

Submission form - https://goo.gl/kqo0Ph

Supporting documents can be viewed at www.norfolkisland.gov.nf under the ‘Public Exhibition Documents’ link on ‘Quick Links’ or with hardcopies of forms available from the Library or Customer Care.

For further information, please contact Customer Care on 22244 or email customercare@nirc.gov.nf

Lotta Jackson
GENERAL MANAGER
28 April 2017

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Cats on Norfolk Island

Friday, April 21, 2017





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Documents on Public Exhibition

Friday, April 21, 2017


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Overview of Council Meeting

Friday, April 21, 2017



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Operational Plan and Community Meeting

Friday, April 21, 2017






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A Valuation based Rating System for Norfolk Island - Consulting with the Community

Friday, April 21, 2017



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Fire Services Update

Friday, April 21, 2017


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Operational Plan and Community Meeting

Friday, April 21, 2017






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Community Feedback - Public Reserves and Cats on Norfolk Island

Friday, April 21, 2017


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Upcoming Council Meeting

Friday, April 14, 2017


There will be an Ordinary Council Meeting on Wednesday, 19 April 2017 at 2:00pm.  The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers at the Bicentennial Complex and community members are welcome to attend.  A reminder to the community that the meeting will be broadcast live and re-broadcast the following day at 9.30am on 91.9FM.

The following will be discussed at the Council Meeting: Mayoral Minute in regards to Rates and Valuations; Draft Operational Plan for 2017-2018 (includes budget, fees and charges, and the rating model for next financial year), Norfolk Island Fishery Zone, National General Assembly of Local Government 2017, Adoption of a Council Seal, Investment Report March 2017, Tourist Accommodation Act and Regulations, a number of Council policies, Minutes of the Audit Committee, Minutes of the Tourism, Heritage and Culture, Waste Management and Public Reserves Advisory Committees; and a notice of motion relating to Low Impact Mounting  Biking.

In accordance with Council’s Code of Meeting Practice, section B5.1 ‘Public Access’, residents, ratepayers, applicants, consultants or other persons may apply to address Council, in relation to any matter which is listed for consideration on a Council Business Paper.  Speakers are limited to five minutes.  Applications to speak need to be in writing to the General Manager by 5:00pm Monday prior to the meeting by emailing regionalcouncil@nirc.gov.nf.  The General Manager and the Mayor will together determine whether or not the applicant will be entitled to speak at the meeting. 

For the full agenda, including reports for the Council Meeting please visit www.norfolkisland.gov.nf or they are available to view in hardcopy at Customer Care or the Library.

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Mayors Update - Keeping the Community Informed

Friday, April 07, 2017



ARRIVAL OF OUR NEW ADMINISTRATOR

‘As I said on radio on Wednesday, last Sunday saw the arrival of our new Administrator Mr Eric Hutchinson and on behalf of the Norfolk Island community I extended a very warm welcome to him’, Mayor Adams said, ‘Councillors and the General Manager met with Mr Hutchinson on Monday and from the free flowing conversation that took place it is obvious that the Administrator brings an open mind and a willing ear to listen and to learn about how we do business on Norfolk Island. Mr Hutchinson is committed to working with Council and with all members of the community and stakeholders; and to share information and receive feedback on priority needs and possible solutions. Mr Hutchinson brings considerable business experience to the position following a long career in agribusiness and regional branding. I look forward to working with the Administrator to achieve Council’s and the community’s goals and aspirations, including those documented in the Norfolk Island Community Strategic Plan 2016-2026 adopted by Council in September 2016.’

WOULD NORFOLK BE THE SUCCESS IT IS WITHOUT OUR VOLUNTEERS?

The success of tourism on Norfolk Island is undoubtedly due in a very large part to our volunteers who give their time and their passion to organising events that bring sports participants and their supporters to Norfolk Island year after year - for golf, football, tennis, squash, bowls, archery to mention a few - and last week was no exception with a very successful week of ‘NOC on the Rock’. ‘It gave me great pleasure watching the skill of the paddlers in their outriggers speeding up and down Emily and Slaughter Bays and just saying thank you doesn’t seem quite enough recognition for what the small band of volunteers for NOC achieved but I say it anyway – thanks yorlyi fe ucklun’, the Mayor said.


WASTE MANAGEMENT

NORFOLK MUST CEASE THE PRACTICE OF BURNING AND DUMPING WASTE AT HEADSTONE BEFORE

1 JULY 2018 OR HEAVY PENALTIES WILL APPLY

The manner in which we currently manage our waste/garbage is this community’s Achilles heel to us being recognised as “The Best Small Island in the World”; and if we are serious as a community that we want to market ourselves as the best small island in the world we must tackle the problem of our waste – and there is a cost to do so.


Council’s Waste Management Advisory Committee was tasked by Council back in September to review and advise Council on the 2015 Waste Management Strategy prepared by A Prince Consulting. In November Council requested the General Manager to investigate grant funding options for an incinerator and baling stations and equipment for recycling.  An application under the Building Better Regions Fund has been submitted requesting $2.1 million dollars grant funding to assist with the purchase of infrastructure needed to deal with the disposal and recycling of our waste in a sustainable and responsible manner. The Waste Management Advisory Committee is currently grappling with what it should recommend to Council as the fees and charges that need to be put in place going forward into the future.


‘I, like many in the community, have held the view that we should just increase the waste management levy to assist with costs to responsibly deal with this problem’, the Mayor said, ‘however as it was pointed out in a report to the Advisory Committee the current waste management levy only provides for dealing with waste that has been recently imported to the island.  The levy does not cover the cost of disposal of old waste, in particular builders waste, that was imported to the island before the waste management levy was introduced in 2003.  A clear demonstration to me of this fact was the recent demolition of the old Health and Quarantine Building at the airport near the Waste Management Centre. It was built many years ago and so all the waste created by that demolition now has to be dealt with completely free of charge.’


WE CAN’T ACHIEVE RECOGNITION AS BEING THE BEST SMALL ISLAND IN THE WORLD UNTIL WE DEMONSTRATE TO THE WORLD THAT WE MANAGE OUR WASTE IN A RESPONSIBLE, SUSTAINABLE AND ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY MANNER!


‘So to wrap up on waste I would like to extend a welcome firstly to Mrs Claire Quintal who on Monday took up the position of Team Leader Waste and Environment with Council.  Claire who did part of her schooling on Norfolk is joined by her husband James and their young family.  I also extend Council’s thanks to P.J. Wilson who has acted so ably in this position and assisted the Waste Advisory Council in its work up until now’ Mayor Adams said. ‘I would also like to welcome Mr Phil Klepzig, Manager Commercial Services with Lismore City Council who is holidaying here with friends.  Mr Klepzig was my guide at the Lismore Waste Management Centre when I spent time there end of November and he has kindly agreed to look over our Waste Management Centre and share his expertise with us in managing waste streams while he is here.’

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Council Website Tips

Friday, April 07, 2017



Council’s new website is live and if you were a regular visitor to the old site you may have noticed that things have moved around a little. We understand that this can be a little frustrating whilst you get used to the new layout, below are some helpful tips for navigating the new site.


Can’t find what you are looking for?

At the top right hand corner of the home page there is a search bar which can be used to search for documents and content. If you are having trouble locating a document by navigating the site, try the search option. Remember, to return the most results, less is more when entering search criteria into web sites. If you still are unable to find what you are looking for email customercare@nirc.gov.nf for assistance or select the ‘contact us’ link in the box under the slide show to go directly to an online form to submit your enquiry.


How do I get home?

To return to the homepage select the logo in the top left hand corner of the screen.


How to I provide feedback?

A Quick Links section is located on the right-hand side of the homepage which has a link to a website feedback form (last item in Quick Links). To provide feedback, select the link and fill in the survey.


Where do I find Forms?

Forms are located under the Policy and Governance section of the website, also many pages within the site have forms attached to them. For example, if you wanted to apply for a Liquor License you could look under the Services>Local Services>Registry Courts and Lands and find the link within the page that refers to Liquor Licensing or you could look under Policy and Governance>Forms>Liquor Licensing.


We hope that you find this information useful. If you require further assistance in navigating the new site, please contact the friendly Customer Care Team on +6723 22244 or email customercare@nirc.gov.nf.

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Sports Promotion Grants Program

Friday, April 07, 2017



Council has allocated $5,000 in the 2016-2017 Budget to provide financial assistance through the Sports Promotion Grants Program.  Assistance will enable individual athletes / teams who reside on Norfolk Island to participate in sporting events, advance skills and / or enhance existing events.  The intent of this program is to expand Norfolk Island’s sporting identity.


This funding is the first Sports Promotion Grants Program conducted through Norfolk Island Regional Council and through this program, Council is keen to foster partnerships with individuals and organisations to ease the financial burden and enable similar opportunities for residents as those on the mainland.  Costs associated with attending events or training off island continue to rise; however, this assistance is available to reduce these costs due to our remote location.  Norfolk Island residents should not be disadvantaged due to our location and this funding has been provided with this vision.


Council values and encourages participation in sporting activities and programs and is proud to ensure this strong cultural element is maintained especially for our future generations. 


The Sports Promotion Grants Program is now open with applications closing on  Monday 24 April 2017.  Guidelines and application forms are available from Council’s website 

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New Website Launch

Friday, March 31, 2017



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Mayors Update

Friday, March 31, 2017



COMMUNITY MEETING ON 21 MARCH 2017 – QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
‘As I mentioned last week it was clear by the number of questions asked that those present appreciated the opportunity to share their concerns and/or get clarity on matters addressed in the presentations, or on Council activities in general’ the Mayor said. ‘And I undertook this week to provide responses to some of the key questions asked at the meeting.

Q. Are we part of NSW?
A. No.

Q. Are we part of Canberra?
A. We are part of the electorate of Canberra for Federal elections.

Q. Is Council taking on contractors on higher wages?
A. The Workforce Management Plan 2016-2020 adopted by Council identifies a number of contracted positions. These positions which were formerly services and funded by the Norfolk Island Government before the transition to a local government model are now funded by the Commonwealth under service delivery agreements. For example officers dealing with workers compensation, stock, port and lighterage; and in KAVHA painters, plasterers carpenter and contract labourers when needed. Some of these staff are on Council staff wages and others that are called in when needed, are contracted for services at the rate that is inclusive of on-cost and supply of equipment and materials.

Q. Council’s budget deficit?

A: Projected to be $5.273M (for 2016/17) at 31 December 2016 as reported to Council at its February 2017 meeting.

Q. Is there cultural awareness training for current staff?
A. The draft Heritage & Culture Strategy includes an action that ‘Council incorporates information and learning of Norfolk’s culture and heritage in staff induction programs.’

Q. Forward strategy to raise money; and future plans to increase airport viability?
A. First steps is to get ‘our house in order’ and have Government Business Enterprises on a sustainable footing before we look at new businesses. Council of course welcomes innovative suggestions.

Q. Why land rates not GST?

A. Ability to raise revenue through GST removed by Commonwealth legislation. Revenue through land rates is a requirement under the NSW Local Government Act 1993 which was applied to Norfolk Island by the Commonwealth under Commonwealth legislation.

Q. Removal of airport security bond – progress?
A. Mayor continues to press Commonwealth for a decision.

Q. Electricity deficit – possible funding from Clean Energy Finance Corporation?
A. Council staff are investigating the suggestion as a source of loan funding.

Q. Importation of rock – where at?
A. Rock at this time continues to be sourced locally for the Cascade Pier Upgrade. Long term need is for 30 to 50 thousand tonnes of rock to re-sheet runway at airport.

Q. Council rates in NSW cover electricity, waste collection, mail delivery.
A. Not correct. Charges for garbage collection, waste and water are charged over and above land rates; similarly provision of electricity and the mail service are independent of land rates

Q. What happens to the fuel levy?
A. A fuel levy of 20 cents per liter is charged on fuel used in road vehicles, under the Fuel Levy Act 1987 (NI).The fuel levy contributes to the maintenance of our roads.

Q. What are sustainability strategies for new businesses/enterprises who are struggling at this time?
A. Tourism is a core function of Council and goal is to return annual tourist figures to 35,000 by 2020 and our tourism strategy is focused on achieving that goal. Economic Development Coordinator position is yet to be filled. The role of that officer includes to coordinate, facilitate and promote economic development in order to secure opportunities for economic and business development by attracting and retaining investment on Norfolk Island; to attract and facilitate training for potential staff and back packers; and to encourage the development of tourism and economic products to meet changes in consumer demand.

FAIR WORK ACT 2009 (CTH) AND THE FAIR WORK (NI) RULE 2016
‘Last week I attended by invitation a seminar at the Paradise Hotel organised by Employsure, who are an Australia wide workplace relations company specialising in providing employers with knowledge, strategies and solutions for workplace compliance under the Commonwealth Fair Work Act and Regulations.’ Mayor Adams said, ‘The Seminar was very informative and, for me, enlightening. I certainly encourage every employer on Norfolk Island who hasn’t done so already, to make him or herself aware of the implications of the Fair Work Act and Regulations for their business. Employsure can assist Norfolk employers in navigating this new world on Norfolk.’

By way of background, the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) and Regulations were extended to Norfolk Island on 1 July 2016. However the Commonwealth, using the Fair Work (Norfolk Island) Rule 2016 (the Rule) has prescribed transitional arrangements to allow Norfolk Island employers and employees to transition to the national workplace relations system. The Rule, which took effect on 1 July 2016, deals with at least 12 transitional measures. The Explanatory Statement to the Rule can be found on https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2016L01129/Download. Of particular note is the increase to minimum wages for Norfolk Island award/agreement free employees to the national level through a stepped transition by, namely:

• Increasing the minimum wage to 85% of the national minimum wage or applicable special minimum wage on 1 July 2016; and
• Increasing the minimum wage to 100% of the national minimum wage or applicable special minimum wage on 1 July 2017. The national minimum wage is currently $17.70.

The second transitional measure provides that modern awards will apply on Norfolk Island from 1 July 2018 (but can cover employers and employees and organisations from 1 July 2016).

Robin Adams
MAYOR
24 March 2017

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Electricity Disconnection Notices

Friday, March 24, 2017



In the past two weeks Norfolk Electricity staff have delivered 180 disconnection notices, one of their least favourite jobs. They are following the legal framework of Norfolk Island law so please respect their situation.


These disconnection notices are for non-payment of accounts for electricity consumed in October, November and December 2016.


The disconnection notice is a courtesy, advising consumers who have not paid their account after receipt of the invoice in mid-January 2017; nor after receipt of the 14-day reminder letter and then a further seven-day reminder letter.


Bpay details are on the bottom of the invoice and payment can also be made at the Customer Care Office in the Telecom Building.


The community is asked to please pay their bills on time as processing letters and issuing disconnection notices is very time consuming and costs the community money. 


Your cooperation is much appreciated.

Lotta Jackson

GENERAL MANAGER

24 March 2017


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Liquor Bond - Winter Opening Hours

Friday, March 24, 2017


The Liquor Bond has traditionally changed and extended their retail opening hours during thesummer months. As summer is unfortunately soon to leave us, the Liquor Bond will change itsretail opening hours from 3 April 2017 as follows:


Monday to Thursday 9.30am – 5.30pm

Friday to Saturday 9.30am – 6:00pm

Sunday Closed


Bruce Taylor
GROUP MANAGER - SERVICES

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Community Feedback - Public Reserves Plans of Management Review

Friday, March 24, 2017



The Public Reserves Advisory Committee was formed with the purpose of reviewing the Public Reserves Plans of Management to reflect today’s environment.

Part A, is an overarching Plan with individual plans developed for each Public Reserve. As these Plans were developed in 2003 there is a need to update these resources.

Public Reserves Act 1997 outlines measures to ensure that the Public Reserves on Norfolk Island are managed to:
• Promote the conservation of the natural environment and landscape beauty of Norfolk Island;
• Promote the conservation of the heritage of Norfolk Island; and
• Preserves the way of life and quality of life of the people for Norfolk Island.
To ensure these objectives are met, all Plans of Management need reviewing.
Current Plans are available from the Norfolk Island Regional Council website: norfolkisland.gov.nf/NIRC/CouncilAdvisoryCommittees/Public_Reserves/

Your feedback is vital. To submit your feedback, simply complete the online form available on the link above or for a direct path scan the QR code or from: https://goo.gl/forms/tnivh2FIdxY0iASn2

SUBMISSIONS CLOSE – 28 APRIL 2017
For further information, please contact Mike Johnston, Team Leader Public Works / KAVHA / Conservator on 50271 or email mike.johnston@nirc.gov.nf

Bruce Taylor
GROUP MANAGER - SERVICES
24 March 2017

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Community Feedback - Cats on Norfolk Island

Friday, March 24, 2017


At a recent Public Reserves Advisory Committee meeting the matter of Cats on Norfolk Island wasraised. It was agreed community input into the future for cats on Norfolk Island would be gatheredduring a consultation period.

It is clear that the issue of wild/feral cats is causing increasing impact on the natural wildlife,particularly ground-nesting birds. Council has engaged a contractor to eradicate feral cats with 67cats trapped so far this year; however a long term plan is required.

A detailed report has been compiled showcasing the pros and cons for each three options. Thisreport can be obtained from the Norfolk Island Regional Council website:

norfolkisland.gov.nf/NIRC/CouncilAdvisoryCommittees/Public_Reserves/

Your feedback is vital. We are asking you to identify your option regardingthe future of Cats on Norfolk Island. To submit your feedback, simplycomplete the online form available on the link above or for a direct path scanthe QR code:

https://goo.gl/forms/cb3ddpCmt0xLpR233 


SUBMISSIONS CLOSE – 28 APRIL 2017
For further information, please contact Mike Johnston, Team Leader Public Works / KAVHA /
Conservator on 50271 or email mike.johnston@nirc.gov.nf

Bruce Taylor
GROUP MANAGER - SERVICES
24 March 2017

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Watermill Dam

Friday, March 24, 2017



The Norfolk Island Regional Council Delivery Program 2016-2020 sets out the actions the Councillors have committed to undertake in their four-year term of office. ‘Support threatened species and minimize invasive species’ is one such commitment.


Feral chook culling has been undertaken by Council to reduce the large numbers of chooks that have been growing over the past six months. Feral chook culling has been undertaken Island wide but particularly at Watermill Dam and Kingston Common areas. Accordingly the public is advised that there are no longer any chickens/roosters at the Watermill Dam and therefore Council asksthe community to please no longer leave food scraps in this area and thanks the community for their co-operation.

Bruce Taylor
GROUP MANAGER - SERVICES

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Mayors Update - Keeping the Community Informed

Friday, March 24, 2017



COMMUNITY MEETING WRAP UP - 21 MARCH 2017
‘It was my pleasure on behalf of Council and the General Manager to lead the community meeting held on Tuesday evening at the South Pacific Resort Hotel’, Mayor Adams said, ‘and to give context to the meeting I explained that under the Community Strategic Plan 2016-2026 adopted by Council last September, one of the roles and responsibilities of Councillors as the community’s elected representatives is to ensure the Council reports to the community bi-annually. To this end Council at its February meeting recommended that the General Manager arrange for a public meeting to inform and report to the Community of the progress in the first six months of this term of Council commencing 1 July 2016.’

In opening the meeting the Mayor acknowledged the Council of Elders as the recognised authority on Norfolk Island’s traditional knowledge and expressions of culture and as is Council’s practice in its Statement of Respect, ‘acknowledged the Norfolk Island people, the traditional custodians of this island.’
The meeting covered the following:

• The role of the Council;
• Council’s achievements from 1 July to 31 December 2016;
• The advocacy role of Council;
• Mayoral Minutes;
• Additional Council Activities; and
• Question and Answer segment.

THE ROLE OF THE COUNCIL
‘In acknowledgement that there can be confusion around ‘who the Council actually is’, I proposed to the meeting that it can be explained this way. That the Norfolk Island Regional Council could be said to have two arms – one arm being the Governing Body made up of the five Councillors meeting as Council and the other being the Operational arm led by the General Manager who must advise and work with the Mayor and Councillors in performing his or her functions’, Mayor Adams said.

‘The Governing Body can be summed up in a few words - it levies local rates and it plans, it regulates, it protects, it represents, it advocates and it invests; and it directs and controls the affairs of the Council in consultation with the General Manager under the framework of the NSW Local Government Act 1993.
‘As Mayor I sincerely thank the General Manager and her team of staff for what they have achieved for the Council in a very tight time frame thereby assisting Council to meet its onerous obligations under the NSW Local Government Act 1993; an Act which has brought to Norfolk a very new way of doing business and which we continue to work to understand’, Mayor Adams said.

The Mayor touched briefly on the role of the Mayor and how those roles are being met in the community.

COUNCIL’S ACHIEVEMENTS FROM 1 JULY TO 31 DECEMBER 2016
The General Manager, Ms Lotta Jackson, provided an in depth report on the progress of Council’sOperational Plan 2016/17 during the second quarter October to December 2016, together withCouncil’s progress over the first six months of the Norfolk Island Regional Council which commencedon 1 July 2016. Group Manager Commercial Hub, Mr John van Gaalen, gave a powerpointpresentation detailing our financial position at the December 2016 budget review.

THE ADVOCACY ROLE OF COUNCIL
The Community Strategic Plan 2016-2026 adopted by Council on 21 September 2016 spells out areasin which the Council is to advocate for outcomes on behalf of the community. The Mayor providedan update on some of the areas where she and/or the General Manager have advocated on behalfof the community in the first six months of Council -
• Upgrading of mobile and internet services. Discussions continue with Minister Nash and
grant applications have been made.
• Teaching of Norf’k Studies and the Norfolk Island language under LOTE at the Norfolk Island
Central School. The Mayor has brought this to the attention of the School principal and just
yesterday has asked the principal for a briefing on holding the Year 9 Language Camp this
year.
• That the standard of education at Norfolk Island Central School continue to be delivered at
the highest standard; and to advocate for access to vocational and further education.
• Advocate for a Preamble to the Norfolk Island Act. The Advisory Council has recommended
that this be a matter for Council to pursue and I will be raising this as part of my ongoing
conversation with Minister Nash on the Applied Legislation regime.
• Access to funded early education and childcare and vacation care programs. Raised with
Minister Nash both during her September and December visit to the Island.
• Need for coordination of health care services on Norfolk Island. This matter has been raised
with the Chief Executive of the South East Sydney Local Health District during his two
meetings with Council.

MAYORAL MINUTES
The Mayor spoke of the advocacy role used in the Council framework through the Mayoral Minuteand mentioned the outcome from three of the Mayoral Minute motions proposed and agreed byCouncil.

The Airport loan - 20 July 2016
Council agreed that the Mayor and the General Manager enter into discussion with theCommonwealth Government that the Airport Loan from the Commonwealth be deemed fullydischarged with effect 1 September 2016 as a gesture of goodwill to the Norfolk Island communityas part of the transition to a sustainable Regional Council. I continue in discussion re the waiver withMinister Nash; in the meantime the terms of the loan repayment have been favorably amended.

Funding for the Hawaiki Cable - 21 September 2016
Council requested the General Manager to request the Commonwealth Government to take aleading role in creating a commercial partnership between itself and the Norfolk Island RegionalCouncil to connect to the Hawaiki submarine cable. Despite Council’s best intentions/effortsregrettably connection to the Hawaiki cable did not proceed.

Management Plans for Commonwealth Marine Reserves - 19 October 2016
Resolved that Council provides a submission which includes the following points:
• That the current traditional fishing activities remain legal in waters surrounding Norfolk
Island up to the limits of the 40nm x 67nm ‘box';
• That the recommendation to rezone a large part of Norfolk Islands ‘box’ be amended to be
the same size as our current ‘box'.
No response received to date.

ADDITIONAL COUNCIL ACTIVITIES
The Mayor reported that Councillors and senior staff met on two occasions with Minister Nash andon two occasions with Gai Brodtman MP. Topics discussed at these meetings included the FinancialAssistance Grant, telecommunications, waste management, sustainable energy, airport and childcare amongst other matters.

‘We continue to advocate to the Commonwealth that funding for Council’s activities, in particularfunding for the core Council functions of tourism and waste management,’ the Mayor said, ‘and wecontinue to press that the Financial Assistance Grants (FAGS) for Norfolk Island should be no lessthan that awarded by the Western Australia State Grant Commission to Christmas Island which in2015/16 received $4,084,455 compared to $1,893,690 grant awarded to Norfolk Island by the NSWState Grant Commission.’

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
‘It was clear by the number of questions asked that those present appreciated the opportunity toshare their concerns and/or get clarity on matters addressed in the presentations, or on Councilactivities in general,’ the Mayor said, ‘and whilst discussion on answers provided was robust attimes, the discussions at all times were respectful and I thank the community for their courtesy tome as Chair.’

The following were just some of the questions asked. Responses to these and other questions asked will be provided in next week’s media.
• Are we part of NSW?
• Is Council taking on contractors on higher wages?
• Council’s budget deficit?
• Is there cultural awareness training for current staff?
• Forward strategy to raise money; and future plans to increase airport viability?
• Why land rates not GST?
• Removal of airport security bond – progress?
• Electricity deficit – possible funding from Clean Energy Finance Corporation?
• Importation of rock – where at?

Robin Adams
MAYOR
24 March 2017

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