Mayor's Wellington Column 20 February 2019
to be some confusion within the Wellington community regarding the Suntop Solar
Farm development and the role Council has played regarding it.
weeks there has been plenty of questions and possibly some misinformation going
around about the development.
reason, Council will host an information session on Wednesday, 27 February, to
try and provide some clarity around the way an assessment process works for
State Significant Developments.
talking directly about Suntop, Council will explain the limited role it plays
in any major project that is assessed by the State Government and the
Department of Planning and Environment.
chair the meeting and Dubbo Regional Council’s Director Planning and
Environment Stephen Wallace will talk about Council’s involvement.
hoped that the NSW Department of Planning and Environment would also be
involved in the meeting to give better insight but despite repeated attempts by
the Council to bring them in and a part of the information session, they refused
this meeting based on some feedback I received from Wellington residents and I
hope people take the chance to attend and get a better understanding.
is worth pointing out this meeting won’t be a forum to discuss the merits of
the Suntop project or for appeals to Council to find a way to stop it.
discussed at the meeting, Council has no way it can stop a decision by the Department
of Planning and Environment, and it is now important to work with the developers
to make sure the project is of benefit to the community.
If you want
to learn about how these decisions progress, I’d encourage you to come along
and here what Council has to say.
information session will be held on Wednesday, 27 February, at the Wellington
Civic Centre at 5.30pm.
like to thank everyone who took the opportunity to come and see me at two Meet
the Mayor opportunities last week. I had great turnouts at Mumbil and
Wellington and people came to see me about a broad range of issues.
having the chance to discuss what is worrying people. Some issues may be small
and easy to solve, or some might be big-picture projects that are important to
consider but can’t be completed straight away.
impresses me when it comes to these is that the majority of people who come to
see me show a real desire to improve their community. It’s not just about that
resident, but about improving the appeal of the region for both existing
residents and visitors.
recently that the large percentage of concerns that come to me are regarding
roads and while it isn’t possible to have someone’s road sealed because they
come to see me, it is still good to hear from people.
concerns such as potholes or general maintenance that may have been missed are
important, but it is also worth mentioning these can also be reported to
Council at any time by calling 6801 4000.
I also hope
everyone who came along felt the opportunity to have their concerns heard was
worthwhile and over the coming weeks I will get responses from staff and
certain issues and get answers back to residents.
Last Edited: 20 Feb 2019