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Stephen Goode to Step in as Interim CEO at Town of Mosman Park

The Town of Mosman Park has engaged the services of a highly-experienced professional to guide the administration through its transitionary period in the lead up to the departure of current CEO, Mark Goodlet.

Stephen Goode, former CEO at the Town of Claremont, has accepted a temporary assignment to lead the organisation, commencing on 25 February 2019, and staying on until the new CEO is appointed, which is expected to take place in May 2019.

Mayor Pollock said he was very pleased to have the expertise and experience of Mr Goode to draw upon as the Town plans a busy year ahead.  Mayor Pollock explained that Mr Goode was well known to Council through his prior leadership role at the Town of Claremont, remarking that the Town would be in safe hands as the search for the new CEO begins.

“Stephen has decades of leadership and management experience and is very familiar with region-wide issues we face here in Mosman Park, including waste management and recycling, transport, roads and infrastructure and service delivery,” Mayor Pollock said.

He said that Mr Goode would be supported by the Town’s experienced and capable management team, and that he expected the management transition at the Town to be seamless.

Mr Goode retired in May 2018 from his role as CEO at the Town of Claremont, but said he was pleased to accept the assignment in Mosman Park to continue a happy and constructive relationship forged over many years.

Mr Goodlet will take up his new role as CEO at the City of Nedlands in late February 2019.
 

Leighton Battery Gets Important Funding from State Government and Town of Mosman Park

Important works that are much needed at the Leighton Battery in Mosman Park can now go ahead thanks to joint funding by LotteryWest and the Town of Mosman Park.

The Town of Mosman Park applied for the funding with the assistance of the team at the Royal Australian Artillery Historical Society of Western Australia (Inc.) (Leighton Battery) and today the announcement came through that the grant application was successful.

“This now means that the hard-working and dedicated team at this important historical site can do important works to preserve the site, and the Town can proceed with works to maintain the physical surrounds,” Mayor Pollock said.

The announcement was made today that the Town of Mosman Park in partnership with the Royal Australian Artillery Historical Society of Western Australia (Inc.) would receive the sum of $99,755 in the form of a grant from LotteryWest with a further $33,000 contributed directly by the Town of Mosman Park.

Mayor Pollock said Council was delighted to support the work of the Leighton Battery team, who are a dedicated band of volunteers who have worked ceaselessly to preserve the site and to share it with the local community.

The Leighton Battery run tours of the facility each month and the visits are very popular with tourists from the local area, the Perth region and beyond, particularly with military history buffs.

Mayor Pollock advised that the works on the site would begin shortly, and was pleased that the Town was able to partner with the local volunteers to deliver this result.

Mayor Pollock explained that the site is unquestionably the richest combination of aesthetic, historic, scientific and social values in the area, and one the Town is very keen to preserve and protect. The funding requested from Lotterywest will enable both the Town and the RAAHS volunteers at the Leighton Battery to continue to provide: access to rare and significant artefacts; access to local, state and national historical research; a physical experience of the war years; volunteer opportunities for the community; and simply, a safe and enjoyable environment for the local and broader community to visit in years to come.

Background

About the Leighton Battery

The Leighton Battery tunnels were constructed, circa 1942 and after decommissioning as a military site, the tunnels were blocked in 1979 by bulldozing the entrances and filling with rubble. Following gazettal as an "A Class Reserve" the Royal Australian Artillery Historical Society of Western Australia was granted permissive occupancy of the Battery area and authorised to develop the facility as a militaria museum.

Works Now Made Possible by the Grant

With the funding now available, the Town of Mosman Park intends to undertake two project components –

1.         Development of a Conservation Management Plan incorporating both the Cultural/Heritage and Environmental Values of the Buckland Hill Reserve which includes both the Royal Australian Artillery Historical Society of WA’s [RAAHS] ‘Leighton Battery’ gun site and war tunnels and surrounding natural environment.

The site has been entered in the Register of the National Estate as a significant World War Two Coastal Defence Facility, is State Heritage listed, is listed on the Town of Mosman Park’s Municipal Heritage Inventory, and has also received the Engineering Heritage National Landmark award. Through the Sunday tours alone, the site now has more than 5,000 visitors per annum participate in tours of the facility, which is entirely run by volunteers. The area is also of high regional environmental value, and was recently designated as a Threatened Ecological Community by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions. The document will identify conflicts between ecological and heritage values and provide rationale behind a series of thoughtful and duly considered actions developed to maintain a consistent management approach for the Site, with the overarching goal to conserve the history entwined within the built and natural attributes.

2.         Removal of link mesh fencing that enclose the 5.25-inch gun pit and stairwell leading to the complex and replacement with a concrete roof over the pit and suitable enclosure covering the stairwell.

Immediate action to enclose the 5.25-inch CD/AA gun pit as identified in a plan drawn up by the Leighton Battery in 2015 to ensure that elements within the emplacement are maintained and protected from the elements. Enclosing the pit has been identified as a priority for safety and conservation reasons and as the first step to undertaking restoration and interpretive works to the gun emplacement thereby providing an additional experience for visitors to the site, especially those that are less comfortable with the more extensive tunnel network. The pit is currently surrounded by a link mesh fence for safety reasons which deters from the overall amenity of the site and visitor experience.

For more information about the RASHA visit their website at http://www.artillerywa.org.au/raahs/leighton.htm or call 9269 4544.  Tours of the site are held every Sunday from 10am - 3pm.

Summer Roadworks - update

Residents are advised that the Town will be conducting road improvements over the Summer, including:

  • Victoria Street – complete
  • Whittaker Mews – complete
  • Johnson Parade – complete
  • Buckland Avenue and The Rope Walk (eastern end) – 8-31 January 

While these works are carried out, we encourage residents to avoid these areas where possible and make safe transit around our road workers. 

If you experience any issues, please call 9384 1633.

Online Survey on Fremantle Railway Principal Shared Path

The WA Government is completing the Fremantle Railway Principal Shared Path (PSP) between North Fremantle (Swan River / Tydeman Road) and Grant Street rail station between 2018 – 2021, with construction of Stage 1 (Grant Street to Victoria Street) commencing in early 2019.

As part of this project, the Department of Transport is keen to hear from the community who live, work or travel in the areas surrounding the Fremantle Railway corridor between Swan River (North Fremantle) and Grant Street rail station.

We are keen to hear from all the community - people who walk and cycle through this area, as well as those who haven’t for a while, or don’t currently walk or cycle.  

The anonymous survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete and your input will help guide future cycle and walking network improvements, with the survey closing on 30 December 2018.

We appreciate your time and all those who participate in the survey can enter the chance to win one of 2 x $250 Load and Go pre-paid VISA cards.

Complete the survey at www.FREOPSPCommunitysurvey.com.au

More information on the Fremantle Railway PSP project is available on the following links:

https://www.transport.wa.gov.au/activetransport/principal-shared-path-expansion-program.asp

https://project.mainroads.wa.gov.au/home/cottesloe/Pages/default.aspx

Please contact the Department of Transport team if you have any further queries on the project or survey – cycling@transport.wa.gov.au

Message posted on behalf of the WA Department of Transport on 13 December 2018.

Council Meeting Schedule for 2019

Please note the following dates for Council meetings for 2019.

Note: there are no scheduled meetings in January.

To find out how to make a deputation or ask a question, and to read the agenda prior to each meeting, click here

 

AUDIT COMMITTEE
5.30pm

AGENDA FORUM
6pm

COUNCIL MEETING
6pm

January

No meeting

No meeting

No meeting

February

 

19.2.2019

26.2.2019

March

12.3.2019

19.3.2019

26.3.2019

April

 

16.4.2019

23.4.2019

May

 

14.5.2019

21.5.2019

June

 

18.6.2019

25.6.2019

July

9.7.2019

16.7.2019

23.7.2019

August

 

20.8.2019

27.8.2019

September

 

17.9.2019

24.9.2019

October

 

15.10.2019

23.10.2019

November

12.11.2019

19.11.2019

26.11.2019

December

 

10.12.2019

17.12.2019

 

 

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