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MEETING BWM PROGRESS ASSOCIATION/COUNCIL OFFICERS 11.30AM 1/7/2016
AGENDA AND OUTCOMES

1. TREES ON HODDLE STREET

The Council has agreed to remove Acers under the power lines and replace a few of them with Photinias. It would be helpful to know when this work will be done so we can advise residents in advance.

This work will be done in September or October.

2. SURFACE OF HODDLE STREET IN BURRAWANG VILLAGE

The Council has advised that the work done by the original contractor was deficient and the road will need to be completely resurfaced. It would be helpful to have an indicative date for this work.

Your committee reminded the Council that this problem had been ongoing for some years and residents were not looking forward to the next hot weather which would again melt the surface. The Council said it understood residents' concerns and was still working with the contractor to find a sustainable solution. Further work would however have to wait until the winter had ended.

3. SURFACE OF CHURCH STREET BY THE CEMETERY

The road surface near the turnoff to the Illawarra Highway is so badly potholed there is a serious risk of accident, particularly given the proximity to the turn off to the Highway. We have advised the Council of this and they have responded by saying that the road needs completely resurfacing but there are currently no funds. In the meantime the holes will be filled as necessary. The holes are not being filled and it is highly likely that at some point there will be an accident.

Your committee stressed that there were serious concerns about the possibility of an accident and something needed to be done. The Council advised that this section of the road needed complete reconstruction. No funds had been allocated but the Council is scoping the work needed and this will be prioritised against other unfunded projects. There were standard measures that set priorities such as volume and speed of traffic,the risk of accident, the cost of the work. Pending reconstruction the Council said it would repair the potholes, and put in place a temporary 40kph speed restriction and rough surface signs. This has now been done.

4. TURN OFF FROM CHURCH STREET TO ILLAWARRA HIGHWAY

We appreciate that the Highway is administered by the RTA but we assume there is liaison with the Council. Residents continue to be concerned that this turning is dangerous, particularly when vehicles on the Highway are overtaking near the turnoff to Burrawang as vehicles from Burrawang are turning on to the Highway. A solution to this would be to change the line marking on the Highway either side of the turnoff to double no-overtaking lines.

The Council was sympathetic to the committee's suggestion and said the responsible officer would be instructed to table the proposal to the Traffic Committee.

5. PLAYGROUND BY SCHOOL IN BURRAWANG

We have met several times with council officers who have promised a plan to upgrade this playground for local consultation. It would be helpful to have confirmation of when we will receive this plan and a timetable for the work to be done.

Your committee stressed that the officers it had met had promised to prepare an initial brief for the Association's review, before preparing a draft plan which would also be subject to consultation. The Council agreed to this process, and promised the brief would be forwarded as soon as possible, and hopefully the plan could be sent by the end of July for finalisation in August/September.

6. NATIONAL BROADBAND

We understand the Council has received one objection to the DA for the proposed new tower. We have consulted all of our 87 members and they are without exception in favour of NBN's plans. Internet connectivity in the community as a whole is patchy and in some cases very poor. The livelihoods of some residents are dependent on good quality Internet. We seek the Council's confirmation that there will be no delays to NBN implementation which we have been promised before the end of this year.

Five formal responses to the DA had been received, three in favour and two against. The Council advised that the DA was going through due process and it would advise the Association of the timeline. It noted that all members of the Association supported the proposal but pointed out that the Association's views were not formally included at this stage as part of the approval process.

7. APPRECIATION OF THE SUPPORT OF THE COUNCIL TO THE ASSOCIATION

The BWMPA would like to express its appreciation of the support given to it by Council officers, and the good relationship between the Council and the Association.

The Council said it appreciated the positive feedback which would be passed on.

8. COUNCIL UPDATE

We would appreciate a briefing from the Council on any other matters that may affect our community. Also if the Council requires our support or assistance this is an opportunity to ask for it. It would also be helpful for the Council to brief us on the implications for our community of the recent rate increase. What actions is the Council now able to take that without the increase would have been impossible?

The Council advised that following the approval of its proposed Special Rate Variation it had adopted its budget and operational plan. These were available on the Council website and all residents were encouraged to review them. As a result of the SRV approval the Council could now start on its backlog of assets requiring work. One consequence of the SRV approval is that work will now go ahead on constructing a handicapped toilet at the Burrawang tennis courts/ park. The Council promised to advise the Association of other significant projects which will now go ahead and benefit the community generally.

9. ANY OTHER BUSINESS

The committee advised the Council that as a result of recent exceptional rainfall the underpinning of the new road surface towards the lower end of Barrett Street/Bensons Lane had been washed away creating a risk of subsidence, particularly when driven over by agricultural vehicles. The Council promised to examine the lane and take appropriate action.

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