On-line library

What resources can you now access from the library on-line.

The Library has contacted those suppliers to see whether external use may be possible.

The publishers of The Sydney Morning HeraldThe Age and Financial Review do not make their newspapers available outside of the Library. However you can access the Sydney Morning Herald from home with your Willoughby Library card via the  State Library NSW eResources. Click here for instructions, or contact library staff for help.

Ancestry.com will be available to library members later this week. Instructions to connect to Ancestry will be available online, or, contact the library for help.

The publishers of Choice have been contacted to see whether accessibility could be changed in the circumstances. If the library is able to offer this service outside the library, information will be posted online.

Many thanks
Rebecca

Rebecca Browning – Library Services Team Leader

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Business Support Plan

Willoughby City Council’s Business Support Plan, worth up to $1.66 million over six months, was approved at an extraordinary meeting last night. 

It offers relief on rents, fees and penalties to help support local businesses and community groups through the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Business Support Plan includes:

• Rent relief for Council’s restaurants and cafes tenants totalling $573,000 over six months.

• Waiving licences and fees for sporting organisations for up to six months, saving them $600,000.

• Relaxing some infringements that don’t impact on health or safety (eg overstaying a parking meter), valued around $55,000

• Fee concessions for 6 months equating to about $435,000, including:
o waiving some environmental health inspection fees (but not those that directly relate to food hygiene), fire safety fees, footway dining and advertising fees
o a 50% fee reduction for Chatswood Mall Market stallholders

Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney said the Business Support Plan was flexible so it can be revisited if there are further health orders, or benefit from other government assistance.

“We’re in tough times so we moved quickly to create a plan with maximum financial benefit to offset those impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak while ensuring continuation of critical functions and health and safety,” Mayor Giles-Gidney said.

“We recognise the deep and long term impacts of COVID-19 on local small businesses and the flow-on effects to our community.

“A report outlining what we are doing for vulnerable members in our community was also presented to Council.”

To ensure agility and to respond more quickly, the Mayor and Chief Executive Officer were delegated joint authority to make changes to the Business Support Plan as needed.

Councillors also a considered a financial strategy to understand the impacts on Willoughby City Council’s bottom line and manage risk, while supporting the community and maintaining major projects.

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Coolaroo Reserve Action Plan

The Draft Coolaroo Reserve Action Plan is open consultation. You can provide feedback through Council’s Have Your Say webpage using the link below:

To ensure you views are fully considered and reported to Council we recommend that you submit your views ro Council via email at: email@willoughby.nsw.gov.au rather than respond to ‘Have Your Say’.

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Extraordinary Council Meeting

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Willoughby Council has convened an Extraordinary Meeting for Monday night 30 March 2020.

The Minister for Health and Medical Research, the Hon. Brad Hazzard MP issued the Public Health (COVID-19 Gatherings) Order 2020 restricting gatherings in indoor spaces. For community and staff safety, you will no longer be able to attend chambers to watch the council meeting. However, the meeting will be live streamed and can be viewed on Council’s website. 

The Agenda for the meeting includes:

  • Council response to the business and community impacts of COVID-19 virus
  • Instrument of delegation to Mayor and CEO
  • Confidential business support plan
  • Confidential financial impacts and strategy

READ OFFICER’S REPORT

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Highway blackspot

BlackspotIn early December 2019 we wrote to the Premier:

The Chatswood West Ward Progress Association (CWWPA) via the Willoughby Council Traffic Committee (where you are represented by Mr Ken Rutherford) and Willoughby Council have been lobbying the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) over a number of years to get resolution of the problems that plague this stretch of Road. In a recent study, the road was judged to be the third worst section of road in Sydney from a safety and crash perspective. At the last meeting of CWWPA it was resolved that we write to the Local Member (Premier) advising that the Pacific Highway between Boundary Rd and Mowbray Rd and especially between Fullers Road and Albert Avenue is a known traffic black spot. We would appreciate advice from yourself on what your government is doing to address this issue.

We have received the following advice from the Minister for Transport and Roads. It appears that our lobbying has generated at least some changes to be implemented.

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From what we can make out a “changeable message sign” is some form of electronic sign such as the ones below:

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We are hoping for over the road gantries like along Military Rd.

Changeable Message Signs (CMS) are used in permanent positions above or adjacent to the roadway for lane designation or traffic management applications in New South Wales.

Whilst the Minister mentions some changes that have been made for city bound traffic on the Highway (traffic lights tilted down), nothing seems to be planned to control traffic exiting Albert Avenue approaching Centennial Ave.

Evidently, this is all the changes o be made as whilst an upgrade has been identified as being needed, there  is no funding available.

Sadly, state elections are not scheduled until March 2023.

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Schools redevelopment update

We are pleased to advise the State Significant Development application for the upgrades to Chatswood Public School and Chatswood High School has been lodged with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE).

We anticipate the application will be placed on public exhibition for 28 days on DPIE’s major project’s website from early-mid next week. All submissions can be made directly to DPIE during the 28 day exhibition period once it starts. In the meantime, you can find information and documentation previously lodged with DPIE here.

You can also find information on our project website. The NSW Department of Education is temporarily changing some of the ways we keep you informed about our project in your community to account for social distancing measures. In lieu of community information sessions, the information boards and information pack that would normally be available to view in person will be loaded onto our project website once the public exhibition starts.

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Council meetings ‘in camera’

VideoshootUsually when we talk about Council meeting ‘in camera’  we mean in closed session behind closed doors in a shroud of secrecy.

But no more (well sometimes).

The NSW Government has passed a Bill that amends the Local Government Act to allow councils to hold official meetings electronically instead of physically.

Virtual meetings will allow councils to continue to function and make decisions on behalf of their local communities while helping to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

Under previous legislation, councillors had to be physically present at meetings and residents allowed to attend in person to watch them deliberate and make important decisions on behalf of the community.

For the next six months, these attendance requirements will be satisfied if council meetings are held remotely using audio visual links such as Skype. If that method is not available, council meetings will be able to be held in any other manner approved by the Minister.

To ensure meetings are open to the public, councils will be required to webcast their meetings. All councils have been required to webcast their meetings since 14 December 2019 under existing requirements.

Use of electronic meetings can be extended to 12 months if required.