Minutes of the Council Bushcare Representative Group

 

 

Meeting Date:     Monday, 4 September 2017

Location:            Jervis Bay Rooms, City Administrative Centre, Bridge Road, Nowra

Time:                   4.06 pm

 

 

The following members were present:

 

Clr Patricia White - Chairperson

Clr Amanda Findley

Clr John Levett

Mr Bill Pigott

Ms Frances Bray

Mr Mike Clear

Mr Tony Jennings

Mr Jason Carson

Mr Bryan Lenne

 

Others Present:

 

Kelie Clarke – Environmental Services Manager

Alasdair Stratton – Acting Natural Resources and Floodplain Manager

 

 

 

  

 

Apologies / Leave of Absence

 

An apology was received from Clr Gartner.  Phil Costello

 

 

Confirmation of the Minutes

RESOLVED (Mike Clear / Frances Bray)

 

That the Minutes of the Council Bushcare Representative Group held on Friday 09 December 2016 be confirmed.

 

CARRIED

 

Business arising from previous minutes:

·         Frances Bray – BR16.3 - point 8 – Would like an update as to where it is at?

o   Alasdair Statton advised that – the first 4 parts of the recommendation have been completed. We held a workshop in February 2017 and passed around the summary of the workshop findings. Parts of items 5 and 6 haven’t been undertaken as training as there has been some staffing movements. Have met with Margaret Simoes – Aboriginal Community Development Officer in relation to consultation with Aboriginal organisations and Bushcare Plans.

·         Clr White – how many people attended the workshop?

o   Alasdair Statton advised – 12 attendees which included, 2 staff members and 3 Clrs.

·         Frances Bray – question relating to crown land zoning and management

o   Kelie Clarke advised that - deciding if it is a natural area or park land, it will be referring to the strategic planning section for identification of the classification of the land

o   Kelie will send out a copy of the plan to all members

 

 

 

Declarations of Interest

 

Mike Clear – BR17.2 - Three Bushcare Group Action Plans - Cudmirrah-Berrara , William Mulligan Reserve, Sussex Inlet & Dyball Reserve, Swan Haven - New and Review – less than significant non pecuniary interest declaration – he is a member of the Berrara – Cudmirrah Bushcare Group – will remain in the room and will take part in discussion and vote.

 

 

Reports

 

BR17.1       Resignation - Annie Boutland - Council Bushcare Representative Group

HPERM Ref: D17/279211

The Committee acknowledged the contribution from Annie to the Committee and the wider community.

Recommendation

That

1.      The Council accept the resignation of Ms Annie Boutland

2.      Council acknowledges the great contribution that Annie has made to the CBRG and her local area

3.      Council call for nominations from Local Bushcare Groups

 

Recommendation (By consent)

That Council:

1.      Accept the resignation of Ms Annie Boutland

2.      Acknowledges the great contribution that Annie has made to the CBRG and her local area

3.      Call for nominations from Local Bushcare Groups

 

CARRIED

 

BR17.2       Three Bushcare Group Action Plans - Cudmirrah-Berrara , William Mulligan Reserve, Sussex Inlet & Dyball Reserve, Swan Haven - New and Review

HPERM Ref: D17/264124

Mike Clear – BR17.2 – less than significant non pecuniary interest declaration – he is a member of the Berrara – Cudmirrah Bushcare Group – will remain in the room and will take part in discussion and vote.

 

Note: Alasdair Stratton provided 3 presentations in relation to each plan.

Action – Alasdair Stratton - Note: Frances suggested that the actions need to reflect the objectives in the plan, relating to public awareness raising and education.

Action – Alasdair Stratton – Note: Rebecca Rudd to be acknowledged as part of the plan as Sam Dunnett mentor

 

Recommendation

That Council adopt the following two (2) new Bushcare Group Action Plans and the one (1) reviewed Bushcare Action Group Plan:

1.    Dyball Reserve Bushcare Group Action Plan  – Swan Haven

2.    William Mulligan Reserve Group Action Plan  – Sussex Inlet

3.    Berrara – Cudmirrah Bushcare Group Action Plan 

 

Recommendation (By consent)

That Council adopt the following two (2) new Bushcare Group Action Plans and the one (1) reviewed Bushcare Action Group Plan:

1.    Dyball Reserve Bushcare Group Action Plan  – Swan Haven

2.    William Mulligan Reserve Group Action Plan  – Sussex Inlet

3.    Berrara – Cudmirrah Bushcare Group Action Plan 

CARRIED

 

 

GENERAL BUSINESS

 

BR17.3       Additional Item - Expiring Buschare Grant Funding

Recommendation (By consent)

 

That the Council Bushcare Representative Group:

 

1.      Wishes to alert Council to the ending of the grant funding for the two positions of Bush Regenerator Ganger and skilled labourers will cease from 22 December 2017 and the group advocates for council to consider further funding.

2.      Recognises the superior contribution that Ronald Carberry and Edward Farrell have brought to the Bushcare movement by imparting their indigenous cultural heritage their work ethic and their technical bush regeneration skills over an 8 year period

3.      Calls for a further report back to council on the future resources for maintaining these two positions within Council.

 

CARRIED

 

 

 

BR17.4       Additional Item - Bushcare Awards

 

The Committee was advised that the NSW Landcare awards are open for nominations, and that many of the Shoalhaven Bushcare Groups would be worthy of a nomination for an award.

 

On hearing the excellence of the work of Sam Dunnett and the Cudmirrah-Berrara Bushcare Group, we are aware that groups can nominate for awards.

 

Recommendation (By consent)

That Council consider nominating Bushcare Group achievements for appropriate awards including Samuel Dunnett and the Cudmirrah-Berrara Bushcare Group for the 2017 NSW Landcare Awards.

CARRIED

 

 

BR17.5       Additional Item - Inclusion of Biodiversity Overlay in the LEP

 

In the Berry corridor there are three very active bushcare groups, there is a request to council from the project to have the corridor recognised in the LEP.

 

Recommendation (By consent)

That the Council Bushcare Representative Group support the inclusion in biodiversity overlay for work completed, as part of the Berry Corridor in the LEP.

CARRIED

 

 

BR17.6       Additional Item - Current Grants

 

Jason Carson – Local Land Services, Senior Lands Officer, advised that Mountain to the Sea grants are open for application, with the closing date being 5.00pm Friday 22 September 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There being no further business, the meeting concluded, the time being 5.43pm.

 

 

Clr Patricia White

CHAIRPERSON