Extraordinary Council Meeting 23.8.2011

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I hear that Newcastle City Council is holding an extraordinary council meeting this Thursday, 25.8.2011, at 530pm. I also hear that the business papers were to be available on Council’s website this afternoon (Tuesday).

Searching websites isn’t always easy so I’ll try to blame myself for not finding these rather than blame Council. Maybe an extraordinary meeting is made extraordinarily difficult. I’ve looked on the usual page (don’t waste your time clicking) and it’s not there. I’ve used the subtle little search box and remain none the wiser.

I just want to read the council officer report to elected councillors about what would be involved in proceeding to a third-party determination on the issue of the Laman Street figs. I hope this report will be their best work yet.

Cr Osborne, who wasn’t present at mediation last week [only two councillors were required to attend]was quoted in The Herald saying

To have an expert third-party look at all the reports from both sides was a good way of “cutting through the claims of both sides,” Cr Osborne said.

“Someone who springs to mind would be a land and environment court judge or a professor from the university who can be rational and dispassionate.”

I’ll look again tomorrow.

And just for fun, here are some numbers: at the time of writing, the before-and-after Treelogic ULE ratings of the Laman Street figs had been viewed 624 times since this was uploaded a couple of weeks ago. The photos of the underwhelming storm damage done in Laman Street in the 2007 storm have been viewed 11 181 times. And the modified version of the radar root-mapping report has been viewed 12 055 times.

Sadly, Orica, which recently released hexavalent chromium over Stockton and discharges arsenic into the Hunter River at legal levels (che?) regularly has, according to its website and The Herald ‘not met its environmental protection licence requirements for nine out of the past 10 years’.

And one lonely Lake Macquarie councillor voted not to cut down a Norfolk Island Pine in Swansea that council staff recommended preserving and entering on a significant tree register. You read that right: council staff recommended keeping the tree. Home

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