Norfolk Island Regional Council

MAYORS UPDATE KEEPING THE COMMUNITY INFORMED



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


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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Advisory Committee Expressions of Interest



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



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



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



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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