Sutton Forest Quarry proposal
With plenty of public interest surrounding the proposed quarry at Sutton Forest, councillor Larry Whipper wants the public exhibition period extended. He has submitted a Notice of Motion for the June 13 meeting which seeks support to write to the Department of Planning and Environment asking for a one month extension of the exhibition period to allow submissions to be made and that this extension apply to the community as well as council.
Operational Plan and Budget
Councillors are expected to adopt the 2018/19 budget at the June 13 meeting as well as the revenue policy. The budget went on public exhibition in April and council received 27 submissions during that period. The three main concerns raised in these submissions were Station Street, the increase in fees at the Southern Regional Livestock Exchange and requests for rehabilitation to parts of the pavement on Merrigang Street to be brought forward.
Two petitions will be tabled at the next meeting. Eighteen people have signed a petition objecting to the increase in fees at the Southern Regional Livestock Exchange. The other petition will be in relation to the proposed 99-year lease to the Illawarra Local Aboriginal Land Council. It is a petition in support of the lease proposal which contains 176 names.
Ways in which council could assist farmers facing hardship during times of drought will be debated by councillors. Councillor Larry Whipper has put forward a Notice of Motion that council consider a policy where it could establish methods of offering practical assistance to local farmers. A Question with Notice was also submitted on this issue by councillor Peter Nelson who asked what council had done in the past and what it could do in the future. The response was that council had previously donated funds, hay and silage to other local government areas, with funds currently available in the Mayoral Relief Fund.