This week at Maitland council: February 12
Maitland City Council will meet again tomorrow night. On the agenda:
- Citizenship ceremonies
Council has indicated that it will support the Federal Government’s changes to Australian citizenship ceremonies. Major changes to the ceremony code include ensuring that ceremonies are not scheduled on parliament sitting days and that a dress code of ‘smart casual’ or cultural dress be implemented, both of which are already part of Council’s standard. Under the code changes an additional ceremony will be held on Australian Citizenship Day in September. In the past Council had moved this ceremony so it could be held at the Riverlights Multicultural Festival.
- Abbot Street widening
Councillors will be asked to commit almost $1.2 million to allow works to widen Central Maitland’s Abbot Street to begin. Federal Government and Transport for NSW money has been used for the planning, property acquisitions and nearby roadworks required so far as part of the larger project, however the remaining funds will not cover this estimated $3.65 million component. Abbot Street has been identified as a key inner-city road connection. The works would see the street widened to 15 metres to accommodate two lanes, cycleways and 50 car parks.
- Woodberry wastewater station upgrade
Council will discuss a proposal from Hunter Water to take 134 square metres of Council land by compulsory acquisition. Hunter Water is looking to upgrade its wastewater pumping station on Redbill Drive, and requires additional land to create an easement in order to protect its asset.
Maitland City Council meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month. Meetings begin at 5:30pm and are open to the public. They are also live streamed through maitland.nsw.gov.au.