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Council Update - 15 May 2017


At last week’s General Meeting, a total of 29 reports were considered by Councillors. Below are a number of highlights from the Meeting.

Community Consultation – Roma Dog Park

Council recently sought community feedback to gauge support for an off leash dog park in Roma. With 127 pieces of feedback received (93% of those who completed the feedback form in favour of the dog park), Council resolved to receive and note the collated community feedback and include the project in future budget deliberations.

Councillor David Schefe spoke in favour of the motion, saying that there had been a very good response from the community.

Community Consultation – Roma Saleyards Multi-Purpose Facility

Council also sought community feedback for a proposed new Multi-Purpose Facility at the Roma Saleyards. Feedback was sought on a concept floor plan, building finish and elevations. Council has submitted funding applications for the Roma Saleyard Multi-Purpose Facility under the Federal Government Building Better Regions program and the State Government Building our Regions program and is currently awaiting advice of successful projects under both programs. At last week’s meeting, Council resolved to receive and note the detailed community feedback, and consider the feedback as part of a detailed design (if Council is successful in its application for external funding). Council also resolved to undertake further community consultation regarding the project, responding to the questions raised during the feedback period, incorporating the broader opportunities and benefits the project is anticipated to provide for the region.

Rotary Club of Roma Inc. and Roma Tourism Association – Fundraising and Advertising Materials – Roma Airport

Council has received requests from Rotary Club of Roma Inc. and Roma Tourism Association for the installation of fundraising and advertising materials at the Roma Airport. Council resolved to endorse the request from Rotary Club of Roma Inc. to place two small wall mounted displays and a ‘money spinner’ in the check-in or arrivals area of the terminal. The Rotary Club of Roma Inc. will purchase, install and maintain the two items. Council also resolved to endorse the request from Roma Tourism Association for the purchase, installation and maintenance of new brochure stands in the terminal.

Councillor Puddy Chandler spoke in favour of the motion, indicating that this was a good initiative making more tourism material available at the Roma Airport.

Warroo Sporting Complex Advisory Group

Council recently engaged the services of a consultant to facilitate the development of a master plan for the Warroo Sporting Complex, formerly referred to as Surat Racecourse reserve. This area hosts campdrafts, clay target shooting, pony club, horse racing and rodeos. During consultation, feedback was sought on the proposed formation of an advisory group similar to others operating within Council. All five clubs agreed that a Council endorsed and managed advisory group would be extremely beneficial and productive for the site. This group would replace the current operational structure of the Racecourse User Group. Last Wednesday, Council adopted the formation of the ‘Warroo Sporting Complex Advisory Group’ to act as a consultative committee to assist Council with its decision making about the current and future developments at the site.

Ivy Street Drainage Easement

Council has allocated funds in the Capital Works Budget to complete stormwater mitigation works in Ivy Street, Roma. Before construction can commence on site, it is necessary for an easement to be gazetted to accommodate the planned work. Council authorised the Easement Acquisition Agreement for the purpose of undertaking the drainage works.

Young Endeavour Youth Scheme Scholarship

Maranoa Regional Council offers a Young Endeavour Youth Scheme Scholarship to one young person from the Maranoa each year. The Young Endeavour Youth Scheme is a not-for profit organisation which provides young Australians ages 16-23 with a unique, challenging and inspirational experience at sea abroad the national sail training ship Young Endeavour. Last week, Council endorsed the applicant Callum Napier from Injune for the 2017 round.