I would like to thank those that voted for me in the recent council election. I am sorry I was unable to be here to campaign.
Commiserations to Ken Maynard who only lost by five votes – I believe he put a lot of time and effort into his campaign.
Last Thursday the new council was sworn in and we had our first meeting, a long one.
We revoked a number of committees, including the assets and infrastructure committee which met once a year to inspect district roads, the volunteer award judging panel as there had been no nominations since 2016 and I think people put more credence into the Australia Day Awards, and the Oysterfest committee which has not formally met since March 2016.
When a new staff member is appointed, they will contact those that have traditionally run sections of Oysterfest. It is a waste of staff time advertising and organising a meeting when nobody turns up.
The most difficult item on the agenda was the variations of a number of packages for the Thevenard Marine Offloading Facility.
This included an extra $220,000 for Rock and Crete Crushing Services for the supply of rock and fill in package 1; $293,000 for Maritime Constructions’ for packages 4 and 5, the pontoon berths and navigation lights; and $110,143 for project management services to Wallbridge Gilbert Aztec.
These figures are manageable and are within our contingencies.
We recently had a visit from the chairman of A. Raptis and Sons George Shlahtych and two retired directors Con and Spero Raptis, who were planning on a fishing charter that was ruined by the weather.
Con and Spero were born in Ceduna Hospital and were amazed at what was now on offer in the area, especially Con who had not been back here for 70 years.
They were impressed with the progress of the Thevenard Marine Offloading Project and are hoping to be able to start unloading their trawlers in Thevenard again.
The best news is that Flinders Ports has submitted a development application to upgrade the wharf at Thevenard. They have applied to build a new apron and jetty on the north side of the concrete jetty to the sheet piled wharf head. This should give job security to the many families that rely on this facility.
Wishing everyone a merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year.
Ceduna District Council mayor