HUNTERS HILL HAPPENINGS
with Deputy Mayor Mark Bennett

HUNTERS HILL Mayor Richard Quinn has recently written in this column about Council’s concerns regarding the lack of action by successive NSW Governments to resolve this serious environmental issue.

Council at its most recent meeting resolved:

1.That due to Property NSW’s failure to comply with the Management Order 20141403 issued by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) in November 2014, Council seeks leave to institute enforcement proceedings by exercising its legal authority under s95 of the Contaminated Land Management Act 1997 (NSW). This action demonstrates Council’s commitment to ensuring the clean-up of the contaminated lots in Nelson Parade, Hunters Hill as specified within its Community Strategic Plan 2030.

2.Council acknowledges the efforts of Philippa Clark and the members of the Nelson Parade Action Group in their continuing quest to have the land in Nelson Parade remediated.

3.Council takes appropriate action to inform the community of its position.

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LOCAL COUNCIL elections will be held for Hunters Hill Council on Saturday September 9.

Voting is compulsory. It’s a good time to check your enrolment details are up to date and sign up for an election reminder so you never miss an election: www.votensw.info

You can also phone 1300 135 736.

Registration of candidates, groups and third-party campaigners has already begun.

There are important laws and steps for people who wish to: run as a candidate, group, or party; campaign to promote or oppose a candidate, group or party; make or accept political donations (donation caps were updated on July 1).

Read about these important rules, and find out how to register and nominate for election, at www.votensw.info/political_participants

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FOR ANYONE interested in running for Council an Information Session will be held on Wednesday July 26 in the Town Hall, 22 Alexandra Street Hunters Hill at 7pm.

This session will assist prospective candidates gain a better understanding of the role and responsibilities of an elected member of Council.

A representative from Local Government NSW will present on a range of topics. Attendance at the seminar is free but RSVPs are essential and should be forwarded to Wendy McGuirk 98799457 or email mcguirkw@huntershill.nsw.gov.au by Monday July 24 2017.

Nominations for the election open on Monday July 31 and close at 12 noon on Wednesday August 9, 2017.

Elections will take place on Saturday September 9. For more information on becoming a candidate please visit the NSW Electoral Commission’s website for Local Council elections www.votensw.info/political_participants/forcandidates

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HAVE YOU applied for your dinghy storage permit and applied the sticker?

The Council provides 21 approved sites for dinghy storage on our foreshore. All dinghies need to be registered with the Council and the permit sticker attached to the dinghy.

Council has extended the deadline for dinghy registration to July 31. Any dinghies that have not been registered by then will be removed. Make sure your dinghy is registered and the registration sticker is attached before July 31. For more information contact Council on 9879 9400 or visit Council’s website.

The Moocooboola Festival returns on Sunday August 6 from 9.30am – 4pm featuring music, comedy, dance, rides, dog show, food and wine, a market bazaar, community information stalls, 9D cinema, rock climbing wall, circus playground, walk in animal farm and much more.

Make sure you keep the date free for a day of fun filled family entertainment.

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WE ARE seeking enthusiastic volunteers to help run the festival.

No experience needed, all you need is passion for community our festival and we will provide you with a Certificate of Achievement, personal reference as required, a limited edition festival shirt and lunch on event day. Contact Esther on 02 9879 9400

Fire & Rescue NSW have asked Council to promote their campaign “Keep Looking When Cooking”.

Did you know almost half of all house fires in Australia start in the kitchen – all because cooking was left unattended? To help prevent kitchen fires, Fire & Rescue NSW has released Keep Looking When Cooking mini mag which is available in cafes, bars, community centres and from Council and other locations all over NSW.

It features a great collection of recipes from Firefighters that will give you the answer to that perennial question – “What’s for Dinner tonight?”. You can also visit the Fire & Rescue website www.fire.nsw.gov.au to download the mini mag recipes.