Thirroul Village Committee meeting was held at the Thirroul Railway Institute Hall at 4.00pm on Sunday 27th of November 2022.
Attendees: John Penhallow, Ray Smith, Kay Smith, Richard Martin, Cameron Walters, Neil Walker, Ken Clunas, Cath Phillips, Magaret Wall, Vickie Potter, Susannah Cavill, Paul Tuckerman, John Mebberson, Mary Durrance, Glenn Durrance,
Apologies: Tony Horneman, Ross Dearden, Judy Bourke, Annette Jones, Murray Jones, Lyne Parker, Stephen Young, Angela Penhallow, Barbara Mebberson.
- Secretaries written report (Murray absent with a cough)
- The proposed skate park is included in Councils infrastructure delivery program (2022/23 – 2025/26) As advised by council, the analysis & identification process will commence early in 2023 and construction 24/25 financial year. Murray attempted to contact previous protagonists. Most had moved away from the area. Three locals offered to help with forming a committee early next year. Please contact Murray directly for further details.
- Annette has advised council that the homeless person occupying Jackson Park had left the park for a couple of weeks but he has now returned. Council has advised that they will respond for the second time with the help of police, Wollongong Homeless Hub and NSW Mental health assessment team to relocate this man away from Jackson Park to a more appropriate living location.
- Treasurers Report
- John advised that the TVC had $2689.51 in the bank and that the TVC still needed to find ways to raise funds to assist in the general running of the TVC.
- Graffiti Report (Tony Horneman written report)
- Tony advised of the recent graffiti of and the vandalism of the toilet block at Thomas Gibson Park. Council has responded quickly by repairing the toilet bowls and painting over the graffiti. If anyone sees graffiti and vandalism on council property, they should report it by email to the council. Photos are also very helpful.
- Garden Report.
- Ray advised that the children’s park down at the beach had had its rubberised soft fall replaced which is great for the kids especially as the Christmas holidays are getting close. Unfortunately, council has not completed any improvements to the surrounding gardens at the park or at the beach Pavilion.
- Council member Cameron Walters advised that he would take the beach precinct garden issues up with council.
- Paul Tuckerman advised that there were gardens established along Station St between the Station St ramp and the railway station. This is where vehicles park nose in to the railway retaining wall. Unfortunately, some cars have been driven over the gardens. Could the TVC write to council requesting a border strip be placed in front of the gardens to stop vehicles parking on the gardens?
- John Mebberson & His wife Barbara have completed some extensive gardens work along the road way between the Waves and The Lookout Streets with mulch being supplied by Ben from Northern Tree Services.
- Update on Plaza
- Ray advised that since the announcement of the rejection by the LEC of the proposed redevelopment of Thirroul Plaza, the 28-day appeal period has passed with no-appeal being lodged by the developer. At this point we have had no indication of what the developers next move will be.
- Ray also said that the TVC would like to congratulate the “Save Thirroul Village” group for their excellent work on driving the campaign preventing the 77-unit plaza proposal from going ahead.
- Issue with the state of repair of the Plaza car park which is private car park – trip hazards/pot holes evident with potential legal responsibility. Cameron Walters (Councillor) committed to report to Council to ascertain possible solutions.
- TVC response to the WCC's Draft Retail and Business Centres Strategy
- Ray advised that the TVC response to the “Draft Retail & Business centres Strategy” was included as a link in the agenda that was sent to all. The only comments came from Neil Walker both at the meeting and by email. Neil’s comments were primarily to do with traffic issues in Thirroul. Refer to NW’s attached email.
- Annette to add NW’s comments to the TVC’s response to council.
- TVC response to the WCC's Draft Wollongong Housing Strategy
- Ray advised that the TVC response to the “Draft Housing Strategy” was included as a link in the agenda that was sent to all. The only comments came from Neil Walker both at the meeting and by email. Neil’s comments were primarily to do with traffic issues in Thirroul. Refer to NW’s attached email.
- Annette to add NW’s comments to the TVC’s response to council.
- Update on homeless man in Jackson Park.
- Draft of an article for the NRMA's "Open Road" on traffic issues
- Ray advised that some time ago Murray had been asked by the NRMA to prepare an article on Thirroul for its “Open Road “magazine. Murray has now completed this article and can send you the latest version. The comment from those who had read Murray’s article was that it is a very good document and should be kept for future references as required. It was also noted that the document is probably too long to be included in the NRMA magazine in its entirety as the magazine is quite small these days. Suggest Murray liaise with the NRMA on this so that any required editing could be done by Murray.
- Update on D.A. for Lot 101 Amy Street (Annette written report)
- This matter was heard on site before a Conciliation Commissioner on 12th October.The owner is to go back and amend the plans as per the discussions of the conciliation conference. The community was not involved in these negotiations. The applicant has submitted a response to matters discussed at the hearing and that Council is now reviewing. If Council is satisfied that its concerns have been addressed, the DA would be renotified to the community. At this stage we are still waiting for notification.
- There were no residents from either Amy St or Panmills Drive at this meeting.
- Paul Tuckerman requested that the TVC write to council requesting that they purchase the Amy St block so that proposed road access from Amy St to Panmills drive could be considered in the future.
- General business.
- Neil Walker advised that the residents of Tasman Parade were still very concerned re the proposed redevelopment of the McCauley Lodge complex and that the people living in the rented cottages on the south side of Tasman Parade will be asked to move out by late next year to allow extensive development on that side of the street.
- Ray asked if the councillors, Richard & Cameron could follow up with Steve Maidment with regard to the repositioning and repair works for the Amy Monument.
- Councillor Richard Martin asked to be added to the TVC mailing list.
Thirroul Village Committee.
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