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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

STOP ARMS FAIRS IN EUROBODALLA meeting in Dalmeny Apr 30th

STOP ARMS FAIRS IN EUROBODALLA INC. (SAFE) invites like–minded residents and ratepayers of Eurobodalla Shire to discuss ‘Firearms - a public health issue’.Sunday 30 April at 2pmDalmeny Community Hall, Mort Avenue, Dalmeny With continued spotlights being placed on the processes Eurobodalla Shire Council adopted to approve the Hunt Fest annual festival in Narooma for the next five years and the fact that Council is presently defending itself and its decision in a tribunal has led many in the community to request that the new councillors revisit their decision and the legality of their determination. Also at hand is the request that Council recognise and support the AMA report regarding the health risks associated with gun ownership. In regards to the legality of the HuntFest application won under a tendering process. On March 28th Councillor McGinlay put up the following Notice of Motion that was seconded by Councillor Mayne THAT 1. Council’s Code of Practice, Licensing of Council-controlled public reserves and associated buildings, be amended by: Deleting in its entirety the existing section 2.4 sub-heading being ‘Selective Tendering’, and substituting the following prelude to the section: 2.4 Multiple Applicants Process “Where a venue is requested by more than one party for the same date and time, the applicants would each need to submit additional information to address four selection criteria, each based on the ‘Vision’ Categories as outlined in the current Eurobodalla Community Strategic Plan. “ 2. Council officers, as a matter of urgency, assist Councillors in redrafting the remainder of section 2.4 to allow for the following conditions; a. that the process for applicants seeking the same date/s and venue be relatively simple and not onerous or requiring specialist drafting such that any member of the community or community group could readily comply with it b. that the selection process will be undertaken by Councillors using, as equally weighted criteria, an agreed point score system in line with the four vision statements within the Eurobodalla Community Strategic Plan c. that the process will be open and transparent and if required can be discussed in public during council meetings. (The Motion was declared LOST) However the following motion was then voted on and carried: 17/55 MOTION Councillor Mayne - seconded by Councillor Nathan THAT a briefing be held to facilitate discussion with Councillors on a review of the licence application and selective tendering process. (The Motion on being put was declared CARRIED)

NOTE: Comments were TRIALED - in the end it failed as humans will be humans and it turned into a pile of merde; only contributed to by just a handful who did little to add to the conversation of the issue at hand. Anyone who would like to contribute an opinion are encouraged to send in a Letter to the Editor where it might be considered for publication

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