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Chamber dull? Not
so, say our councillors
the hot topic
A FUNCTION in Wakefeld Regional Council chamber, showing stone walls.– File picture.
ROADS were again a topic of de-
bate at last week’s Wakefeld Regional
Council meeting, questions asked on
the condition of Salter Springs Road
and whether grading programs are
progressing on schedule.
Central Ward councillor, Owen
Chapmen, frstly quizzed WRC in-
frastructure services manager, David
Hassett, on the patrol grading program
as a number of people in the com-
munity observed a perceived lack of
action on that front in recent weeks.
Cr Chapman suggested there was
little action in the eastern side of
council's Central Ward.
Mr Hassett explained council's four
graders were in separate areas of the
district, two near Hamley Bridge and
two near Bowmans.
He said the grading program was
on schedule and when conditions
suit following rain periods, council's
graders were working 10-hour days.
Fellow Central Ward councillor,
David Lamond, also raised the matter
of the Salter Springs Road, based on
an agreement between council and
private contractor, Leed, to reinstate
the road to its earlier condition before
the contractor used the road at length
during recent construction work.
Mr Hassett said there were some
issues with the condition of other
nearby roads also being affected by
Leed but following discussions, they
were remediated, along with Salter
Cr Chapman then asked if Mr Has-
sett was satisfed with the condition
of the road now, suggesting council's
works managers should personally
drive out the following morning to
It was that comment that raised the
temperature in the council chamber,
or at least it felt that way.
Mr Hassett led with the fact there
is a huge amount of reports coming
in about road conditions on the back
of extensive heavy vehicle transport
usage, due to harvest.
"We have an $8 million back log
of works, which is why we’re doing
the accelerated works program, which
remains on track," he said.
"There are a lot of trucks on the
roads at the moment but we always
endeavour to bring roads back up
to speed after harvest, when there is
moisture around and optimal condi-
tions to fx them.
“If you want, we can have more
graders and a water cart put into the
next Budget but it will bring about a
substantial increase to rates as a result."
A PROPOSED refurbish-
ment of Phil Barry Chamber,
the meeting room of Wakefeld
Regional Council, will not go
ahead after council opted against
The refurbishment was foat-
ed in a report by WRC chief
executive offcer, CateAtkinson,
given the room is a community
space and has remained predom-
inantly untouched for 35 years.
Gyprocking over the exposed
grey brickwork and painting
the chamber were amongst the
suggested improvements, along
with decorating the walls with
artwork, totalling about $6,200.
WRC chief executive offcer,
Cate Atkinson, said the room is
often used for community func-
tions outside of council meetings
and an improved ambience
could attract more bookings and
provide a great space to display
However, some elected mem-
bers took exception to the cost of
the upgrade and the fact it was
introduced without consultation
Southern Ward councillor,
Rodney Reid, spoke in favour
of the renovations.
"We do need to improve the
sound in the chamber as it has
been an issue for some time
now," he said.
“The gyprock over the brick-
work should improve it.
"I also agree, the room is drab
Western Ward councillors,
Darryl and Richard Pain, both
opposed the proposal, Darryl
suggesting other community
groups in the district operate in
buildings far more deteriorated
than the council chamber.
"I can understand doing it
if council was more fnancially
sound, yes,” Richard added.
All three Central Ward coun-
cillors, Maurice Tiller, David
Lamond and Owen Chapman,
also spoke against the renova-
tions, believing refurbishment
to be a waste of money and the
chamber was fne in its current
Cr Chapman said the brick
walls were "a feature of the
building" and Cr Lamond had
become accustomed to them
over a long period of time.
Southern Ward councillor,
Barry Smith, felt the refurbish-
ment should be looked at in the
next council budget.
“I can see what everyone is
saying but maybe it’s something
we could look at for the next
budget in the next financial
year,” Cr Smith said. “I think the
room does need refurbishing."
A motion was moved that
the improvements not go ahead,
which was subsequently carried.
NO decision was made on whether
Wakefeld Regional Council would
partner chicken farm developer, South-
ern Free Range, on sealing a stretch
of Saints Station road at last week's
Western Ward councillor, Richard
Pain, requested detailed costings on the
proposal be tabled at the meeting, which
were unavailable at the time.
This meant the matter would remain
on the table until the requested details
Southern Free Range, which is build-
ing a fve-shed free range chicken farm
on Saints Station road, was requested
to contribute towards upgrading the
junctions at three access points to the
farm to prevent excessive deterioration.
As a result of further negotiations
between the company and council, a
proposal to spray seal the entire distance
of the farm frontage, about 1.2km, was
The project would require a 50/50
contribution between council and the
developer, the total estimated cost of
the road sealing estimated at $300,000.
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OUT – THE ‘MAN CAVE’ WILL STAY!
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Delay on sealing plan
NEVER mess with a bloke's
shed! No matter how much disar-
ray or “organised mayhem” there
might be, the shed always, until the
end of time, remains sacrosanct.
Women don't seem to get that.
They will demand a clean out,
usually made following one of
their rare excursions within the
inner sanctum, probably looking
for that box of Christmas decora-
tions you bought at the neighbour’s
Of course they wouldn’t fnd it,
stowed as it was beneath a pile of
handy half full paint tins of mixed
colours bought cheap from Guthy
at Thrifty Link.
And so it was our Wakefeld
Regional Council CEO, Cate At-
kinson, proffered the suggestion
a bit of redecoration wouldn't go
astray in the Phil Barry Chamber.
She wanted to mess with
“man cave” – the comfy, cosseted
"blokesworld" at Scotland Place.
The shed, where few women have
dared to tread in the past. Until now.
And this one carries a bit of clout.
Oh dear Cate – what were you
thinking? Nice idea – and you even
received some support from coun-
cil's creative thinker in residence,
Rodney Reid, and his Southern
ward partner, the straight-shooter,
But the old boys club pulled
the roller shutter down on that idea
quicker than a wall on “The Block”
TV show. Look, we all know sheds
are a great idea. Our own Com-
munity Shed does many wonder-
ful things (even allowing women
inside!), as does the WRC shed.
And yes, I’m a bloke, so I should
be siding with the team -- but a bit
of a tidy up is necessary at times.
I suppose that might happen
more prominently in the chamber
when local government elections
are held in November next year.
So Cate might have another
opportunity to table the matter in
a year or so. Time enough to save
a few shekels or pinch a bit from
the all-consuming roads budget.
Yes, councillors, the Budget is
a bit grim -- but there needs to be
much more pride in the facilities of
all our towns. Not just roads. A lick
of paint in the "man cave" would
be a good place to start.
Dare to mess with 'the shed'
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