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by S Lowe 5THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow

Discussions at last nights Wattle Range Council meeting  included the Penola By-Pass, the Town Square and speed limits among other things.
Last October Stage one of the Penola By-Pass began with hopes that this stage will be complete in March this year at a cost of about $9 million
Stage 2 funding is still being sought from the Federal Government to the tune of about $11Million.
The Council met with Federal Member for Barker Tony Barker in July last year and will continue to seek funding. If Federal Funding is not successful, State funding will be sought.
Discussion about the development of a Town Square in Penola took place. Cr Burrows advocated strenuously on behalf of the Penola people but the motion was lost. It will be deferred until Stage 1 of the By-Pass is complete and it is clearer what priorities are in Penola. Some of Penola needs include storm water management and signage at the entrances of the By-Pass.
The concept plan for the Penola Town Square was funded by a grant and may have required physical work take place as part of the conditions of funding. Partial funds may have to be returned.
The people of Hatherleigh have presented a petition to Council, requesting that the speed limit through Hatherleigh be reduced from 110 to 80 kph. Council will seek consultation and they support the move.
The 80 kph speed limit on Belt Rd has been extended a further 150 meters.

In correspondence:-

The SA Ombudsman Wayne Lines has written to Council saying that personal emails should not be used between councilors and residents. Cr Price drew attention to the Local Govt Act 1999 that says it is not contrary to the Act or the State Records Act 1977 but under the State Records Act , the council ‘must ensure that official records of enduring evidential or informational value are preserved for future reference.’. Cr Dunnicliffe said that in his experience some residents do not want their queries on public record.
Cr Brown moved that a Records Management Policy be developed by Council

Premier Weatherill has written to council about Federal Budget cuts affecting Rate Payers who would normally receive a concession. Discussion took place about this. Federal Member for Marker Tony Pasin has written to councillors saying he disputes Premier Weatherills statement; we will be following this up on 5THE FM and wattlerangenow.

Cr McGrath moved that Council begin looking at what he termed the inevitable breakthrough of the ocean at the Salmon Hole/Post Office Rock area at Beachport.

Cr Muhovics asked that consideration be given to an upgrade of the area in Jubilee Park that he described as ‘not creating a good impression to visitors.’ He said the bbq’s are dirty, sinks dirty and taps not working. Director of Engineering Peter Halton said vandalism had been a major problem in the area and funds should be considered in the next budget for this work. Cr Muhovics also asked that consideration be given to providing seating in the area.

Cr Brown moved that official recognition be sent to the CFS and other groups who were involved in the recent Glencoe Fire.

Other points of discussions included the Regional Master Trails Plan and SELGA models for consideration, the Lake George Study and Rivoli Bay Study, Emergency Services Structural Reform and SELGA- Regional Planning Alliance Project.

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