Building regs reform

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The State Government has announced that it plans to lift building construction standards. The Government has declared that builders will owe a ‘duty of care’ to homeowners. It is hoped that this would make it better for home owners to sue builders. This is a retroactive approach (trying to close the stable door after the horse has bolted). Most people feel that proactive approach with a return to staged construction checks would be more appropriate,

 

The Government is talking about ensuring ‘transparency’ is achieved.This seems to mean that they are hoping that it will be clear who is actually responsible if something goes amiss – the architect, the draft-person, the builder, the subcontractor, the home owner?

Industry pundits are sceptical and have commented that the Government has to do far more to clean up the industry.

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Declaring that we are in a state of climate emergency

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After a protracted debate Willoughby Council adopted a resolution that ‘hidden’ deep within a six part resolution were the words “declaring that we are in a state of climate emergency”.

 

 

To get to this point it took:

  • an initial motion that was lost
  • a Council Officer’s draft motion that subsequently move as the amendment to the initial motion
  • an amendment (the officer’ draft) that was lost
  • a further amendment that was lost, and
  • finally a foreshadowed motion that was carried.

There original motion comprised 10 sections and was supported by seven pages of supporting background information.

The adopted resolution was in six parts. half of which were re-affirmations of related activities that Council has in progress.

The main differences  between the various versions seemed to centre on whether Council would declare a state of climate emergency.

It is difficult to find a definition of what constitutes a climate emergency, According to the BBC there is no single definition of what constitutes a climate emergency.

A recurring theme in all the motions was the focus on calling on governments to respond to the climate emergency. Perhaps a more holistic call including to the community and big business as well as government, working together might provide a more productive outcome. This has been the successful model previously used in response to other ’emergencies’ such as other natural disasters and during wartime.

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Private buses

FunBusThe State Government is proposing to privatise the public bus services on the North Shore. In other parts of Sydney where services have been privatised there has been variable outcomes -some positive, so not so.

Time will tell if we will benefit from this change.

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New library app

LibraryApp2You can now access Willoughby City Library from your mobile device with the new library app.

The app allows you to search the catalogue and manage your account to renew loans and reserve items. You can also scan the ISBN of any book and check to see if the library has it in its collection.

Use your phone to borrow items at the self check-outs while you’re in the library — you can even link your family’s library cards to your account.

The app is called Willoughby City Library.

The app is free and puts the library in the palm of your hand.

Full details of how to use app.

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Information session

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Join Willoughby City Council’s Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney and CEO Debra Just, along with the executive team,  as they take a deep dive into what makes Willoughby City unique, what Council delivers for the community and its achievements in the 2018-2019 financial year.

  • Discover Willoughby City’s distinct demographic, environmental and economic attributes.
  • Hear how Council has performed against its financial and operational targets.
  • Learn more about major upgrades including the $9.5 million Gore Hill oval and $1.4 million spent on streetscape projects.
  • Find out how improvements to local libraries and recreational facilities benefit the community.
  • Discover how robots are speeding up internal processing, saving time and money.
  • Take a whirlwind trip through a busy year of festivals, events, workshops and performances.
  • Unpack key projects, initiatives, reviews and policies Council has worked on over the last 12 months and hear about future priorities.
  • Meet your elected members and learn how they advocate on your behalf.

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Highway blackspot

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The Pacific Highway at Chatswood has been named as the 4th worst location for accidents in Sydney. This has deteriorated since 2016 when it was named the 5th worst location.

Yet after numerous approaches to the RMS they refuse to do anything about it.

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