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Council Meeting Highlights 11 May 2020

Friday 29 May 2020

Verbal reports

Cr Mayer gave a verbal report on:

  • The South East Councils Climate Change Alliance meeting held on 23 April 2020
  • The MAV Mayoral Forum held on Tuesday 5 May 2020

Planning applications

Application 432/2019/P - 159 Nepean Highway Seaford - To construct ten apartments in a three storey building, over seven metres in height, in a Design and Development Overlay, and alter road access.

Had the applicants not referred the matter to VCAT Council would have issued a Notice of Refusal to grant a permit.

A well governed city

Council endorsed the commencement of the statutory procedure for making the draft Community Local Law 2020 official, including giving notice in the Victoria Government Gazette and placing a public notice in the Herald Sun, following which a six week public consultation will commence. Submitters will also be offered the option to be heard at a future Council Meeting. This is anticipated to occur in August 2020.

Council received and/or noted the following reports:

  • March 2020 Planning and Environment Progress Report
  • Financial Report for the quarter ended 31 March 2020
  • Notices of Motion Report as at 11 May 2020, noting three motions had been completed and that since 20 April 2020, 26 resolutions have been completed
  • Capital Works Program Quarterly Progress Report for the third quarter (January 2020 to March 2020) of the 2019/20 Capital Works Program
  • Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19) - May 2020

Council noted that the current Foreshore Parking Permits expire in September 2020,    and adopted an online “by application” process whereby 2 permits are issued to rate payers and tenants, other than commercial property owners. Additional permits may be purchased to a maximum of five per property, dependant on the amount of vehicles at the property. Application forms will also be available at Council Customer Service Centres.

Miscellaneous Grant funding allocations were noted, along with community concessions and discounts at the Frankston Arts Centre for the period 1 January to 31 March 2020.

  • Miscellaneous Grants Program ($7,503)
  • Community Group Membership Drive $0 (No applications)
  • Neighbourhood Grants $0 (No applications)
  • Environmental Sustainability Grants $0 (No applications)
  • Youth Action Grants $0 (No applications)
  • Urgent Grants $0 (No applications)

Council further noted:

  • That $2,737 of unexpended funds within the Urgent Grants category will be reallocated to support grant applications within the general Miscellaneous Grants Program;
  • That $1,500 of unexpended funds within the Youth Action Grants category of the Miscellaneous Grants Program will be reallocated to the Rotary Club of Frankston Sunrise 2020 Charity Golf Day
  • That the 2019-2020 Miscellaneous Grants Program has underspent funds of $24,513 and approves repurposing the program in response to the impact and recovery of COVID-19
  • That year to date community concessions and discounts in the Frankston Arts Centre for the 2019-2020 financial year is $208,088.

Council renewed a lease agreement for an existing telecommunications facility at Lloyd   Park, noting six submissions were received in objection to the renewal. Council authorised the CEO to finalise lease arrangements.

Council noted that the draft Reconciliation Action Plan 2020-2022 will be placed on public exhibition for a period of six weeks, and that a report reflecting submission will be presented to the 20 July Ordinary Meeting, subject to delays as a result of COVID-19.

A well-managed city

Council noted the plan for proposed improvements to the Seaford Substation along with the outcomes of recent discussions with Metro and VicTrack regarding said    improvements. Council further noted that Metro has included the Seaford Substation in its new ongoing corridor based graffiti removal program, and removed more than 750 square metres of graffiti from the building in May 2019. A copy of the report and response required in relation to the station’s maintenance will be provided. Council will send a copy of the Council Report and a response required in relation to the maintenance to the State Member for Carrum, Sonya Kilkenny MP.

Council noted progress on the development of the Lighting Frankston Action Plan and supported the submission of a draft plan to the 31 August Council Meeting, pending no delays as a result of COVID-19.

A liveable city

It was noted that Hume City Council and Victoria Police do not recommend the use of coarse spray seal to reduce hoon driving, and that hoon driving is governed by legislation administered by Victoria Police who do not support a bounty type program to identify hoon drivers. A strong media campaign was endorsed encouraging residents to report hoon driving to Crime Stoppers. This will be complemented by the continued use of existing CCTV equipment to support Police investigations where requested.

Council received its six-monthly Progress Report on the organisation’s greenhouse gas emissions, energy and water usage and costs for July to December 2019, noting that between July to December 2019 Council’s electricity usage increased by 6.4%, whilst natural gas usage and water usage decreased by 8% and 23.9% respectively, when compared to the same period in 2018. Council’s total cost of utilities increased by 3% when compared to the same period in 2018. Council’s greenhouse gas emissions increased by 4%.

Council noted that further work is planned in the 2020–2021 Capital Works Program to complete the technical design and approvals for solar power for the Peninsula Aquatic Recreation Centre, and will continue the implementation of energy efficiency works on Council assets, as per Council’s Towards Zero Emissions Plan (2019-2023) and Long Term Infrastructure Plan.

Council endorsed a one-off enhanced COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Package comprising of 53 initiatives to support the Frankston City Community recover from the impacts of COVID-19 in the short, medium and long term. To offset the cost of delivering the package, Council endorsed the deferral of the following projects:

  • Young Street Public Toilet
  • Boulevard Tree planting
  • Belvedere Community Centre
  • Upgrade of lighting within the Frankston Visitor Information Centre
  • Upgrade of the Visitor Information Centre signage to incorporate variable LED messaging
  • Building Upgrade – Frankston Visitor Information Centre
  • Mountain Bike Track Design and Construction at Overport Park

Council endorsed the establishment of a Council-operated Native Vegetation Offset Program through the registration of Studio Park and Witternberg Bushland Reserves as Native Vegetation Offset sites, with sale of credits available for internal permit holders only.

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