REPORT of OUTCOMES from CPCC meeting on 2.2.2019

The meetings noted: David Abrahams has decided to nominate as a Independent candidate for the electorate of Robertson in the scheduled May, 2019 Federal Elections. Further noted that Mr Abrahams has determined to run as a candidate who supports the contents of the ‘Community Plan Central Coast’ … he will be establishing his website which publishes the CPCC and indicates how he will pursue its contents.

The meeting decided:                                                                                                                                          

  1. To note that Van Davy, because of his electoral support for David Abrahams, will not be associated with the posting, collection, or tabulation of data associated with the prepared Questionnaire of Central Coast politicians. Mr Gary Blaschke will be asked to undertake these tasks. [Gary has subsequently agreed to do so]
  2. REVIEW OF THE CPCC: It was observed that the current CPCC is now 2 years old and that it should be reviewed regularly. It was decided that the CPCC should be ready for publication and wide distribution a good 6 months before each Council election. As the next Council election is likely to be in mid-2021, it was agreed that a series of policy-developing forums [fora?] should be held in the first half of 2020 with the goal of a finalised 2nd CPCC by mid 2020, thus leaving 6-12 months before the next Council election. It was also agreed that a period of 6 months PRIOR to the 6 month policy-development should be used to update and educate persons on current key documents and policies concerning the Governance of the Central Coast and key policy areas. Thus, the timeline CPCC is working to is:
    1. July – December, 2019 …            self-education/updates
    2. January – June, 2020 …            consultation + policy development
    3. July – December, 2020 …            finalisation + distribution of 2nd CPCC
    4. January – August, 2021 …            pre-election campaigning.
  3. KOALA SANCTUARY

A draft, divided into [a] public lands [b] private lands … was discussed.

The meeting adopted the section 1. relating to public lands as a starting point for CPCC, but referred the full document to the 2020 consultation process. In the meantime CPCC is advocating this:

JAKE’S KOALA SANCTUARY

KEY FEATURES:

  1. HUGE GEOGRAPHIC AREA COMPRISING PUBLIC LANDS:

[a] YENGO, DHARAG, POPRAN, BRISBANE WATER National Parks

[b] OLNEY, MacPHERSON, OURIMBAH AND STRICKLAND STATE FORESTS

[c] GLENNING VALLEY, RIDGEWAY, KINCUMBA MOUNTAIN, MACMASTERS FIRE TRAIL,

                                                 BOUDDI PENINSULA & BOUDDI NP

On these public lands there should be large [scores of square kilometres] areas in which experts advise and oversight:

[a] planting of koala-friendly trees and habitat

[b] fencing to protect native animals from ferals

[c] gating which permits Humans to enter and observe

[d] thorough and on-going culling/removal of feral cats and dogs

[e] signage containing historic and conservation information

[f] habitat ‘corridors’ linking each large area.

To provide the necessary labour, the work should be considered as appropriate for:

[a] rehabilitation purposes – low-risk and ‘community work’ prisoners

[b] those on unemployment or pension ‘benefits’ to be topped up to minimum

      per-hour wage

[c] university students as part of their enrolment fees

[d] other

 

  1. HUGE AREAS OF NEW SUBURBAN [PRIVATE] LANDS – ON ADVICE FROM KOALA EXPERTS – ZONED BY COUNCIL TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR COUNCIL HELP [machinery, advice, grants] TO REPLACE EXISTING TREES WITH KOALA-FRIENDLY TREES AND HABITAT. AREAS FOR CONSIDERATION TO INCLUDE:

[a] SPRINGFIELD                               [b] MacMASTERS                             [c] BOUDDI PENINSULA

[d] TERRIGAL                                     [e] AVOCA                                          [f] COPACABANA

                [g] KILLCARE.

                On these private lands there should be large [scores of square kilometres] areas in which experts                 advise and oversight:

                                [a] planting of koala-friendly trees and habitat

                                [b] fencing to protect native animals from ferals

                                [c] gating which permits Humans to enter and observe

                                [d] thorough and on-going culling/removal of feral cats and dogs

                                [e] signage containing historic and conservation information

                                [f] habitat ‘corridors’ linking each large area.

 

 

  1. CENTRAL COAST CLIMATE CHANGE POLICY

                The meeting was generally supportive of the Council’s initiatives, although several will be       attending the public consultations during February to seek clarity and further purpose.

                It was further agreed that a statement worthy of floating to the Council is, as follows:

               

                AN OMISSION – COUNCIL COULD CONSIDER ADOPTING THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT:

  • The economy can be, if we shape it, a political economy. That is, we don’t have to fatalistically accept that the economy as we know it need be that way ad infinitum. A Central Coast economy                 could be illuminated by modern Science-led understandings of wealth creation, wealth                 distribution, and environment protection and repair
  • The Central Coast economy could be:

                                * Driven by different industries … those which are environment-friendly, heritage-friendly,                       culturally regenerative, technologically advanced and innovative, entrepreneurial,                                       community-concerned, 50% agrarian, supporting levels of self-sufficiency, environment-                           repairing, energised by renewable energies, habitat regenerative, ferals-hostile, tourist                             attractive, performing arts and arts supportive, waterways and beach-oriented, National                         Parks supportive, and so on .

                                * The subject of continual action-research. Industries such as those listed above need to be                       researched continually for comprehensiveness, applicability, benefits. Their  expected &                            actual outcomes must be researched and analysed using an action-research methodology,                       continually.

                                * Informed by a supportive Central Coast University. The Central Coast needs its own                                   University … the Central Coast University … with a research and learning focus on the                                  Central Coast. The types of industries to be encouraged, and permitted on the Central                                  Coast, will make a huge contribution to the Central Coast’s participation in greenhouse gas                     emission decline.

                                * Supported by a strong TAFE. A strong Central Coast TAFE will be Central Coast-focussed                          and ‘owned’. This stronger and Central Coast-specific TAFE needs to be established out of                         the current privatised and out-of-Central-Coast-controlled wreckage of TAFE.

                                * Entirely free of polluting energies by 2??? And into the foreseeable future.

 

  • A Central Coast economy with the characteristics outlined above will be a significant contributor to reductions in greenhouse emissions.

 

  1. Youth Policy … it was noted that Van Davy will be travelling to Reykjavic, Iceland to attend a 4 day Conference on Youth Policy. The Central Coast Council has declined Van’s request to be credentialed as a CCC observer so as to facilitate entrée to various additional sites and experiences. Van will report back to CPCC on his return
  2. Governance on the Central Coast.

The meeting ran out of time, so the DRAFT statement will be referred to the latter half of 2019 when CPCC conducts some public education concerning this matter, and prior to adoption of new policy.

 

 

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