date of meeting:
Wednesday 21 February 2018
17 Burrawan Street
Community Mission Building the future together
People Place Health Education Technology
Council’s Corporate Values é Sustainability
é Excellence in Service Delivery
é Consultation and Communication
é Openness and Accountability
é Community Advocacy
Community Themes é Leadership and Governance
é Your Community Life
é Your Business and Industry
é Your Natural and Built Environment
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Wednesday, 21 February 2018
Items of Business
Your Community Life..................................................................................................... 5
What we are trying to achieve
A healthy, inclusive and vibrant community.
We will have:
• Community hubs that provide access to services and social connections
• A safe, caring and connected community
• A healthy and active community that is supported by recreational infrastructure
• A strong community that is able to identify and address social issues
• Community participation in events, programs, festivals and activities
How we will get there
2.1 Create a community that feels safe
2.2 Advocate for social inclusion and fairness
2.3 Provide quality programs, community facilities and public spaces, for example, community halls, parks and vibrant town centres
2.4 Empower the community through encouraging active involvement in projects, volunteering and events
2.5 Promote a creative and culturally rich community
Subject: John Oxley Memorial
Presented by: Strategy and Growth, Jeffery Sharp
Alignment with Delivery Program
2.4.1 Work with the community to identify and address community needs, to inform Council processes, services and projects.
1. Note the information and program of works, for the development of a new John Oxley memorial to commemorate 200 years since his exploration, contained within the Report
2. Note that the John Oxley memorial that was removed in November 2017 will be reinstated to its original position with improved pedestrian access.
3. Following the engagement, request the General Manager table a report as soon as practicable on the concept design and proposed location for the new John Oxley Memorial.
2018 marks 200 years since John Oxley and his team of 15 explorers traversed the mountains from the west and surveyed our region for early European settlement. 1818 was an important year in our local and Australian history, as Oxley’s expedition had far reaching consequences not only on white settlement but on the lives of our first inhabitants.
In 2017 discussions commenced with a small number of community groups around reinvigorating the existing John Oxley Memorial and how to best commemorate the historic 200 year milestone.
It is proposed that the 1929 John Oxley Memorial, which was unveiled by the then Mayor, Alban Elliot be reinstated into its original Town Beach location with some additional works to provide better amenity and access.
Further to this, a new memorial is proposed to be developed to commemorate this historic time in our community as a recognition of Oxley’s travels, and how Port Macquarie and the region where put on the map.
At the December 2017 Council meeting in Council resolved the following:
1. Provide in principle support to projects that mark the 2018 John Oxley Bicentenary.
2. Set up a Bicentenary Working Group of the Cultural Steering Group (BWG) to assist with the strategy, the organisation and the implementation of the Bicentenary program.
3. Enable the ad hoc participation of suitably qualified persons (relevant experience and expertise) onto the BWG.
4. Request the BWG provides regular reporting to Council through updates via the Cultural Steering Group.
5. Workshop alternative wording for the draft Bicentenary logo with the BWG.
6. Establish a new line item in both the 2017/18 and 2018/19 Operational Plans – Bicentenary Activities.
7. Re-allocate GL 41433 ‘WW1 and ANZAC Commemoration’ with a current budget of $43,856 to ‘Bicentenary Activities’.
8. Transfer $80,000 from the Cultural reserve to Bicentenary Activities.
9. Approve a dedicated Bicentenary Grants stream from the current Community Grant budget.
10. Note that the John Oxley Memorial previously located at Town Beach is currently being rejuvenated for the John Oxley Bicentenary, and once complete, will be relocated in early 2018 to a new site in the vicinity that has significantly better pedestrian access.
FOR: Alley, Cusato, Griffiths, Hawkins, Intemann, Levido, Pinson and Turner
In response to resolution 10 above, Council staff propose to reinstate the 1929 John Oxley memorial following its rejuvenation in its original position in May 2018 to mark the commencement of our Bicentenary Program.
The 1929 John Oxley Memorial has historically been located on the headland near Town Beach, marking the landing site of John Oxley in 1818. Over the years due to its location, the 1929 John Oxley Memorial has become disconnected from the main pedestrian and community connections, and was not highly engaged with by the community. The 1929 John Oxley Memorial was in a poor state of repair and is in fact a commemoration of a number of historical events including the compass related to the Navy and John Oxley, with the memorial unveiled by the then Mayor Alban Elliot.
It should be noted that the 1929 memorial is not heritage listed. Council’s Heritage Officer has confirmed that an application to list the item has never been received by Council.
Through the planning for the Bicentenary program, opportunities around the 1929 John Oxley Memorial have been considered and discussed at the Cultural Steering Group (CSG). The CSG recognised the importance in commemorating the Bicentenary of John Oxley’s arrival and that we also remember our first local people, the Birpai, and ensure that our commemorations are respectful of the impact that white settlement had and still has on our First Nations Peoples.
In light of the upcoming 2018 Bicentenary, there was also feedback from a number of community groups including the Maritime Museum, Charles Sturt University and general community groups working on bicentennial projects that there was an opportunity to potentially redevelop or create a new John Oxley Memorial in a more community inclusive manner and to have this memorial solely dedicated to John Oxley to mark the historic occasion.
Accordingly it is proposed to develop a program to deliver a new additional 2018 John Oxley Memorial that would be launched as part of the 2018 Bicentenary in October 2018.
Council staff now propose to commence work on the development of a new 2018 John Oxley Memorial and this program of works will include:
· Development of a draft concept plan for the memorial including the most appropriate and inclusive site March/April 2018;
· Engagement with the Cultural Steering group regarding the memorial;
· Community engagement on the draft concept for the memorial;
· Review of community feedback;
· Finalise concept and detailed design for the 2018 John Oxley Memorial May 2018;
· Present to Council for consideration June 2018;
· Place on public exhibition;
· Resend to Council for further consideration August 2018;
· Commence construction/implementation of the 2018 John Oxley Memorial;
· Launch/unveil the memorial during the key weekend of the 2018 Bicentenary, 8 October 2018 in commemoration of the John Oxley and his team’s expedition.
Council has the option of not developing a new 2018 John Oxley Memorial to mark 200 years since the expedition.
Council has the option of relocating the 1929 John Oxley memorial to a new location.
Community Engagement & Internal Consultation
· Mid North Coast Maritime Museum
· Charles Sturt University
· Bicentenary Community groups
· Director Strategy & Growth
· General Manager
· Group Manager Community Place
· Group Manager Recreation and Buildings
Planning & Policy Implications
There are no planning and policy implications in relation to this report.
Financial & Economic Implications
An allowance for the new 2018 John Oxley Memorial has been identified through the Bicentennial Project process and funds have been allocated in this financial year.
Works associated with the rejuvenation and access for the 1929 memorial will be funded from the working capital reserve.
1View. Images - John Oxley Memorial
2View. Historic News articles 1929