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And Now for Something Completely Different…

Posted by Pete on 12 May 2016
Filed under: Miscellaneous Ramblings

I guess it can’t be said to have come as a great surprise, but as I have said elsewhere, it was certainly a disappointing outcome, to say the least. With independent financial advice provided to both Councils indicating that a merger would be ill-advised, and in the face of the recommendation from the Independent Local Government Review Panel that mergers should proceed only where they can be shown to make, amongst other things, a “substantial contribution to addressing financial problems” the NSW Government went its own way. (more…)

2015/2016 Mayoral Election

Posted by Pete on 17 September 2015
Filed under: Election Commentary

At the September 17 Extraordinary Meeting of Palerang Council, councillor Pete Harrison was re-elected as Mayor.

Councillor Belinda Hogarth-Boyd was re-elected Deputy Mayor.

2014/2015 Mayoral Election

Posted by Pete on 18 September 2014
Filed under: Election Commentary

At the September 18 Extraordinary Meeting of Palerang Council, councillor Pete Harrison was re-elected as Mayor.

Councillor Belinda Hogarth-Boyd was re-elected Deputy Mayor.

2013/2014 Mayoral Election

Posted by Pete on 26 September 2013
Filed under: Election Commentary

At the September 26 Extraordinary Meeting of Palerang Council, councillor Pete Harrison was re-elected as Mayor.

Councillor Belinda Hogarth-Boyd was elected Deputy Mayor.

New Mayor for Palerang

Posted by Pete on 20 September 2012
Filed under: Election Commentary

At the first meeting of the new Palerang Council on 20 September 2012, returning councillor Pete Harrison was elected unopposed as Mayor.

Returning councillor Paul Cockram was elected Deputy Mayor.

The Results Are In

Posted by Pete on 11 September 2012
Filed under: Election Commentary

No real surprises. The result was declared at 16.30 this afternoon, and the new Council will comprise the following candidates, elected in the order listed:

  • Pete Harrison
  • Mark Schweikert
  • Belinda Hogarth-Boyd
  • Garth Morrison
  • Keith France
  • Trevor Hicks
  • Paul Cockram
  • Peter Marshall
  • Richard Graham

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Post Election Wash-up

Posted by Pete on 10 September 2012
Filed under: Election Commentary

The result from Saturday’s election appears to take the same format as the previous two elections—the first eight seats are pretty clear from the first preference votes, and the ninth seat will go to preferences. (more…)

Infrastructure

Posted by Pete on 26 August 2012
Filed under: Election Commentary

I started my professional career as a research chemist and tutor at the ANU, CCAE (now UC) and Duntroon (now ADFA). For pragmatic reasons, I moved into the services sector of the IT industry, working initially with scientific mainframe systems, then moving on to the design of data communications infrastructure and ultimately managing a team of engineers who delivered design and trouble-shooting services throughout the Asia/Pacific region. (more…)

What is an LEP anyway?

Posted by Pete on 23 August 2012
Filed under: Regulations

From the NSW Department of Planning & Infrastructure website:

“Local environmental plans (LEPs) guide planning decisions for local government areas. Through zoning and development controls, they allow councils and other consent authorities to manage the ways in which land is used.

LEPs are the primary planning tool to shape the future of communities and also oversee the estimated $20 billion worth of local development that is determined each year.”

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Engaging in Debate

Posted by Pete on 23 August 2012
Filed under: Miscellaneous Ramblings

While reading an article in the ANU Reporter (Spring 2012) last week, a comment from local resident Dr Ken Henry caught my eye. “There is an insufficient understanding of the issues that Australia confronts” he says. “There’s a role for deeper analysis, there’s a role for deeper thinking, and there’s a role for a much higher quality of public debate and all of this needs to happen before governments make and announce decisions.” (more…)

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