Minutes of the general meeting held on Sunday 24th August, 2014

PRESENT:  Paul Tuckerman, John Mebberson, Barbara Mebberson, Lyn Dark, Sam Girgenti, Peter Spencer, Murray Jones, Gary Chapman, Linda Cortie, Ron Hutchings, Kerrie Anne Christian, Ray Smith, Kay Smith.

APOLOGIES: Annette Jones, Anne Price, Sylvia Wishart, Ross Dearden, Chris Quine
The general meeting commenced at 4.15 pm., immediately after the AGM.

The minutes of the previous meeting of the 29th of June as previously distributed to members via email and were accepted as read.  

Secretary’s Report

Minutes of the last NIRAG meeting.
The main news from the minutes was on the Willkie’s Walk refurbishment project connecting the McCauley Beach Estate to the Cycleway -  DA – 2013/1321 was commencing shortly.

Email from Ross Dearden
The listed train timetables issues were presented during discussions.

Discussion items

Rail timetable changes and impact on traffic and parking
Changes to the timetable and their impact were discussed.  It was agreed that

Helensburgh was not suitable as a transport node because of its remote location presents difficulties.  
Wait times for express services at Thirroul need to return to being under five minutes for both in and outbound express services
The Sydney bound express trains should stop alternately at Bulli & Thirroul, then Thirroul & Austinmer.  The reverse should occur for the return stops.
Opal Card data at this stage should be ignored because the data will not contain information from School Children and Concession holders, thus these groups could be disadvantaged.

Graffiti Group
Barbara reported on a recent meeting with WCC regarding Graffiti. The time delay between reporting and removing Graffiti from council assets in Gibson Park was of concern.  Council promised to do better. Over six litres of paint has been applied to cover Graffiti in Thirroul.

Beach Committee
Ray reported on the new traffic control on the esplanade and improvements to the sea wall near the pump house.  A DA for beach exercising was reported.  This was described as a validation step in a source of revenue for the Council.

Centenary of WW1.
Kerrie Christian spoke of the forthcoming commemorations for the anniversary and asked to hear from who has photos of servicemen from that era, especially in relation to arrival or departure from a railway station.

Dogs on Beaches
A wide ranging discussion was held, but no consensus was reached.

The next meeting was set down for Sunday 2nd November at 4.00pm. The meeting then closed at 5.15 pm.

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