At tonight’s Special Meeting of Council, a unanimous decision was made to write to Metro and ask for them to agree in writing by 12pm next Wednesday not to remove the River Red Gum, and to work with Council on an engineering solution that enabled to retention of the tree.
Ward tensions are ongoing. The Council meetings seem to be going well until the tail-end where tensions seem to run high. Last night’s meeting was no exception.
Tonight’s Blog begins with data on rate revenue per ward obtained through Council’s very efficient FOI service.
Tonight’s blog of the Council meeting is going to be a little different. It has to be, because the meeting was astonishing – in a bad way.
I don’t even know how to describe what I saw.
So, I am going to transcribe sections of the meeting verbatim – and try to minimise my editorial descriptions. I will let it speak for itself.
Council will consider the 2019/2020 Budget this evening at their meeting.
A summary of tonight’s Council meeting …
I’ll be turning up tonight to ask a couple of questions about the Debney’s Park and Flemington HUB consultation. I understand quite a few other people have questions for Council tonight. The agenda items are listed below. I’ll be there to ‘blog’ how it all goes.
The highlights from this meeting include:
– MV Council agreeing (4/3) to the federal government’s stipulation that a Citizenship Ceremony be held on 26 January as an Australia Day event. Several councillors criticised the officer’s report for not providing details about this requirement;
– a 30 minute debate on an urgent motion to ensure MVCC’s International Women’s Day events have women speakers (6/1); and
– the seemingly common-place governance debates.
Happy new year! MVCC’s first meeting is this Tuesday, 29 January. Here’s the Agenda.
At the final Council meeting of the year, MVCC is prosing to defund two crossing supervisors in Flemington.