Mayoral Column 6th May 2022

Published on 06 May 2022

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Council to trial creative place activation projects

Goulburn Mulwaree Council will trial innovative and creative projects within the Goulburn CBD, following a successful grant application to the NSW Government Streets as Shared Spaces program. $488,210 has been gained through the program which is 100% funded by the NSW Government.

The project will include shady tree seating at 27 locations in the CBD, as well as installation of parklets and chill out hubs, night time fairy lighting, a pedestrian crossing and further public art and street furniture installations.

Consultation with the Goulburn Chamber of Commerce was undertaken during development of the grant application. Business and community feedback will be part of the process prior and during the activation time.

Projects like this are just not achievable without grant funding, and this will allow Council to trial some innovative ideas such as a mobile library parklet, and chill out hub with solar charging for IT devices.

I am also very excited to see the improved utilisation of the trees we planted in our CBD around four years ago. Part of this funding will go towards 27 seats under these trees, as well as fairy lights which will look spectacular in the evening.

Look for work to begin on the roll out of these projects in September this year, with the trial to run across spring and summer before being evaluated in February 2023. 

Acting General Manager

At Tuesday evening’s Council meeting, we appointed Director of Operations Matt O’Rourke to fill in the role of Acting General Manager from 6th May until the new Chief Executive Officer is appointed. This decision was made in the interest of staff development, and Councillors publically thanked Brendan Hollands for his professionalism and excellent work whilst undertaking the Acting General Manager role.

Applications for the role of Chief Executive Officer of Goulburn Mulwaree (formerly ‘General Manager’) are open until Monday 9th May. We have received a large volume of applications of a high standard and these will be processed in due course by our consultant Blackadder and Associates.

We expect to begin the process of interviewing the leading candidates in late May/early June, and hope to have someone appointed to begin the new financial year.

Bulky waste disposal weekend

The Free Waste Disposal Weekend for bulky household recyclables is on this weekend – Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 May 2022.

Goulburn Mulwaree residents can dispose of up to 2 mattresses/sprung bases (any size), 2 fridges/freezers, 1 air-conditioner, up to 1m3 of e-waste (computers, televisions, printers, fax machines and computer accessories only), and/or up to 2m3 of clean steel items (including electrical appliances with an electrical lead) per property, free of charge at Council's waste centres.

A loads must be transported to one of Council's waste centres in Goulburn, Marulan & Tarago, which will be open from 7am – 4pm. Only domestic items will be accepted - no commercial waste.

At our meeting last week, Council discussed the current method for bulky waste disposal and decided to continue with the current 2 free bulky waste weekends during the 2022/23 financial year while the waste management centre upgrade works continue.

We have heard the communities feedback on the issues around this weekend, and will in the coming months be completing formal community consultation regarding bulky waste disposal options for the future.

Water main construction – Ellesmere Street

There will be some disruption to traffic and parking in Ellesmere Street on Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th May, when we will be working with contractors to undertake water main works.

These works involve excavation, trenching, pipe laying, and restoration works which have been scheduled on the following dates:                                                                                                                                           

  • Monday 16/05/2022 from 7pm to 5am. (Night works)
  • Tuesday 17/05/2022 from 7am to 5pm (Day works)
  • Tuesday 17/05/2022 from 7pm to 5am (Night works)

There will be impact on town water supply during these works. Residents who will be affected by the water outages will be notified by Killards Infrastructure.

Traffic control will be in place for any partial car park road closures and detours needed for the works as well as any pedestrian management requirements (where applicable). However if you require specific assistance please speak to the traffic control officer or the site supervisor for the works.


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