Minutes for the Berry Forum Committee Meeting
Held at the School of Arts on Monday 8th August 2016 at 10.15am.

Present: David Carter (Chair), Stuart Coughlan, Margot Claringbold, Dorothy Hanbridge, Bill Rice, James Robinson, Hania Norman, Marilyn Kellett, John Underwood, John Cullity
Apologies: Laurie Watson, Mary Beare

Minutes of the Committee Meeting held on 11th July– Approved
Actions arising from the Minutes – None

Strategic Plan
The draft Strategic Plan document is almost ready for release. It will be emailed to members and posted on the website. The November Council meeting is being targeted for adoption of the Strategic Plan – this would work well as development of Council’s Operational Plan commences in January. The Theme leaders could commence a dialogue with department heads about budgets.

We will be seeking expressions of interest to participate in working groups/sub-committees that will be responsible for ongoing management of each of the key themes.

There may potentially be around $10-15,000 remaining from the overall budget.

Berry District Park – Proposed Sub-Committee
John Underwood was elected to chair the new sub-committee. Applicants will be advised of their successful nominations and given a copy of the draft scoping document.
Action: John U to request an extension of the date to respond to the plan on exhibition.

Topics for 11 August Forum meeting
Fulton Hogan update
Strategic Plan update
Berry District Park
Meeting with the Minister on the LEP loophole
13 Oct AGM – Expressions of interest for participating on committees/working groups
Special Forum meeting for Council election candidates (incl. Mayor).

LEP Loophole Update
David, Stuart and Will Armitage will meet with Gareth Ward and Rob Stokes on 11 August.

Council Defence of Mt Hay L&E Court Appeal

Council’s GM has criticized the accuracy in the TC of the date that Council was informed of the Forum’s concerns. However, he ignored the subject of the article which stated that he had not addressed any of the five major concerns the Forum had identified.

Other Business

  • Stuart to book SofA hall and invite candidates to special Forum meeting.
  • Town Crier article required by Wednesday 17 August.
  • We will consider venue for future Forum meetings at our next Committee meeting.

Future meetings
29 August and 26 Sept at 10.15am.

Meeting closed at 12:05