Those wanting to attend Council's meeting tomorrow (or watch it via live streaming) will need to pack a few sandwiches and a thermos of coffee as there will be two speakers attending for the Public Access at 9:30am and then SIXTEEN presenters for the Public Forum that starts at 10am. With an limit of five minutes per speaker with a possible 3 minute extension the minimum we can expect will be 16 x 5 = 80 mins however with a minute to change over between speakers this will blow out by another 15 minutes which will take it to 11:30am .... and if each speaker needs and extra three minutes then 16 x 8 Plus 16 x 1 = 2 hours and 20 mins before a single Agenda item is discussed. No doubt there will have to be a well deserved pee break sometime. The speakers will mainly be presenting on the Recreational Strategy that is being put up by staff for adoption. Instead of a single issue to vote on the Strategy has a string of Actions and each is open to community opinion which is why there are so many speakers. The Councillors will have to listen attentively to each and every presentation as they will all be different and will be specifically directed to a single action that has raised the ire of the presenter. In all, it is a terrific document and a vast improvement on the pigs breakfast of the first draft that was basically sent packing as it was riddled with stupid and needless errors. The revised edition has been bought together hoping that the original errors have been removed, and many have. Can't make the meeting? Then Live Stream it or watch it a few days later when it is uploaded to the Council website archives
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