This week at Maitland council: October 23
Maitland City Council will meet again tonight. On the agenda:
- New Council administration building
Councillors will be asked to commit to the construction of a new administration building for the council, subject to development and Office of Local Government applications. The DA is expected to be lodged early next year for the building with plans to relocate staff by the end of 2021. The new building has been designed to have continued frontage to High Street to the corner of Devonshire Street, incorporating a shopfront that currently exists and connecting to the Town Hall. New public toilets for the Town Hall are also planned.
- Environmental Trust Grant
Council has received a $100,000 grant to protect the Lower Hunter Spotted Gum Ironbark Forest in three locations – off Magnetic Drive in Ashtonfield, Brooklyn Park at Green Hills, and a land parcel south of the Mount Vincent Waste Management Centre. Approximately 90 per cent of the forest has been destroyed since European settlement in the area, and the remaining is under threat from clearing and weed encroachment.
- Aboriginal Reference Group
The establishment of an Aboriginal Reference Group is moving forward, with councillors being asked to endorse an EOI process for community members to join. Having a group would provide a formal structure for Council and the Aboriginal community to communicate with each other, and provide information and guidance for Council policies and projects that impact on the Aboriginal community.
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.