Gosford City Council is seeking community feedback on the operation and provision of cultural facilities across the Local Government Area (LGA).
The survey, available for completion between Tuesday 3 March and Wednesday 25 March 2015, aims to capture information on user satisfaction, service quality and value for money. There will also be specific questions relating to individual facilities and an opportunity for customers to provide general feedback on council’s cultural services.
Gosford City Council’s Manager Culture, Phil Cantillon said that the survey is a chance for residents to give a strong, clear message on what’s good, what’s bad and what can be improved across our cultural facilities. “We’re really lucky to enjoy wide ranging cultural facilities in our LGA and this is an opportunity for us to connect with our residents to gauge what we’re doing well, and where we can improve.
“Currently we’re responsible for over 90 sporting ovals, 400 parks and foreshores and 106 playgrounds. “In addition, we manage flagship venues including Laycock Street Community Theatre, Gosford Regional Gallery and the Peninsula Leisure Centre.
“This survey is about us striving for continuous improvement to better serve our residents,” said Mr Cantillon. The surveys will be available to complete through council’s website, www.gosford.nsw.gov.au, and on our Facebook page; hard copies will also be available at cultural facilities across the LGA.
Mr Cantillon encouraged all users to get involved to help shape the future provision of culture in Gosford City. “We want to hear from individuals, families, community groups and sporting teams – every voice is important in helping us create a plan for cultural and recreational services moving forward. “We will review the suggested improvements and action those that the community commonly feel is important with a ‘you said, we did’ approach,” Mr Cantillon added.
Residents who complete the survey will also go into the draw to win a three month gym membership or a 12 month membership to Laycock Street or the Regional Gallery.
The consultation process will also feed into performance objectives for council’s 2015/16 Delivery Plan for Culture and will be part of a regular and ongoing program of community engagement.
Link for Culture Survey: Open Space
Link for Culture Survey: Theatres and Gallery
Link for Culture Survey: Pools and Leisure
Date: Sunday, 22 March, 2015
Time: 9:00am to 12 noon
Where: Ourimbah Scout Hall, 6 Ourimbah Creek Road, Ourimbah
Come along to CEN's Wildlife Wonders Workshop. Carla from Wildlife ARC (Animal Rescue and Care Society) will be talking about native animals and their habitat requirements - as well as a presentation on Wombats and Tawny Frog mouths. Following morning tea Andrew Lee will demonstrate the construction of a wildlife nest box.
Cost: Free to LFW / HFW members/ CEN members; $5 others (pay on the day, cash only)
Bookings are essential. For more information phone 4349 4756 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here to register
Under the Rural Fires Amendment (Vegetation Clearing) Act 2014, new laws are now in place allowing certain vegetation clearing near residential homes or high-risk facilities. These laws now allow landowners within a 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Entitlement Area to clear or prune trees on their property within 10 metres of a home and to clear or prune underlying vegetation such as shrubs (but not trees) on their property within 50 metres of a home, without seeking approval.
It is important to note that any clearing or pruning can only be carried out by the landowner or with the landowner’s consent, ie vegetation on neighbouring properties cannot be cleared or pruned without the consent of the neighbouring landowner. All clearing must also be undertaken in accordance with the 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Code of Practice prepared by the Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service.
For more information and to find out whether your property is in a designated 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Entitlement Area head to the Rural Fire Service website at: www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/plan-and-prepare/1050-vegetation-clearing
There are a number of items we need to let you know about tonight.
Update on the NSW Crown Lands Review
It appears that the NSW Government has decided to shelve its NSW Crown Lands review - for now at least. See Media Release at http://www.johnrobertson.com.au/crown_lands_act_review .
Independent Biodiversity Review Panel – Issues Paper
The NSW Government is reviewing our biodiversity legislation, including native vegetation and threatened species legislation.
As part of this review, the Government has set up a panel that has released an Issues Paper- attached.
Submissions on this Issues paper can be made until 5 September 2014.
Just a quick reminder that the Warrah Trig Wildflower Walk is on this Friday 15 August 2014 from 9.00am -1.00pm.
Once again the native plant guru, Mark Snell will lead us and sharing his knowledge and experience on this specialised heathland area.
Don’t forget to bring morning tea to share, water bottle and protective clothing.
Red bloodwood - Corymbia gummifera (near bell outside Maitland Bay Centre)
Bangalay - Eucalyptus botryoides
Swamp Mahogany - Eucalyptus robusta
Crowea saligna - a small shrub with pink flowers often confused with Wax Flowers Eriostemon australasius
Banksia (B. ericifolia, B. oblongifolia, B. spinulosa)
YOKOHAMA, Japan, 31 March – The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a report that says the effects of climate change are already occurring on all continents and across the oceans. The world, in many cases, is ill-prepared for risks from a changing climate. The report also concludes that there are opportunities to respond to such risks, though the risks will be difficult to manage with high levels of warming. The report, titled Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability, from Working Group II of the IPCC, details the impacts of climate change to date, the future risks from a changing climate, and the opportunities for effective action to reduce risks. A total of 309 coordinating lead authors, lead authors, and review editors, drawn from 70 countries, were selected to produce the report. They enlisted the help of 436 contributing authors, and a total of 1,729 expert and government reviewers. The Working Group II contribution to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (WGII AR5) is available at www.ipcc-wg2.gov/AR5 and www.ipcc.ch
As many of you will be aware, the NSW Government has completed a comprehensive review into the management of Crown Land in NSW (the Review). The Government’s response to this Review is now available, as well as a White Paper (sounds familiar?). This White Paper contains proposals to develop one new piece of legislation that will replace eight existing Acts and will have very important implications for who manages Crown Land and how Crown Land is managed.
Submissions to the Government’s White Paper are open until 20 June 2014 and we encourage you to read the relevant documents and consider the potential implications of the proposals on Crown Land in your area.
Crown Lands Management Review Report 2013 (PDF 1.1MB)
Crown Lands Management Review Summary and Government response (PDF 1.22MB)
Crown Lands Legislation White Paper (PDF 920kb)
For more information about how to make a submsision, go to White Paper consultation.
National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will give native wildlife a fighting chance by commencing their annual fox and wild dog control program on the Central Coast.
The program will begin on 1st May and continue through until 31st October 2014 in Bouddi, Brisbane Water, Popran and Dharug National Parks and Palm Grove Nature Reserves.
NPWS Regional Manager, Geoff Luscombe said pest control programs are carried out on a regular basis to reduce the risk to native wildlife from the predation of wild dogs and foxes.
“Foxes and wild dogs have been shown as a major factor in the decline of many species of Australian wildlife including birds, small mammals and reptiles. “They can also carry diseases which can be harmful to domestic animals and contribute to the spread of weeds, such as bitou bush and asparagus.”
Mr Luscombe warned that the baits used in the program can be harmful to carnivorous animals, such as domestic dogs. “Warning signs will be placed to advise people about the program and the area to be baited.
“However park visitors and neighbours are reminded that domestic dogs are not permitted in a national park or nature reserve at any time. It is important that people keep their pets under control and not allow them to stray into the park.”
If landholders wish to participate in control programs or report wild dog incidents they can contact LLS officer Steve Parker on 0408 168 809.