Councillor’s Comment

Amanda Hay
Amanda Hay

By Amanda Hay

These are my own personal views. I do not purport to speak on behalf of Council. Decisions of Council are made only by majority vote, legislative authority or under authority delegated by Council. 

Welcome to a new term of your Council  it can only get better under a much-needed change of leadership and direction. Changes have already commenced, starting with the post-election meeting on 05 April 2024 where nominations for the positions of Deputy Mayor, Local Disaster Management Group Chair and Deputy Chair and Audit and Risk Committee members were made from the elected divisional Councillors not the Mayor, and similarly newly elected Mayor Tom Sharp did not feel the need to be the chair of every committee nor indeed to be a committee member. Good to see trust finally being placed in Councillors. The tone of the live-streamed meeting was far more up-beat and enthusiastic than any meeting in the past 4 years.

Weather events – trees continue to fall on adjoining properties following continued wet weather. Please conduct a self-audit of the trees on your property and seek advice from an arborist if trees appear to be unstable or dangerous. We all love our trees but not when they crush your neighbour’s roof, which can lead to a whole world of pain for both property owners. If you have not done so, consider reviewing your insurance policy to ensure you are across what is covered – don’t assume.

Knoll Rd and Eden Ct tree removal – following complaints from residents, I have requested better communication between Council and residents when tree removal is to be undertaken. A small amount of advance communication can prevent a large amount of angst, particularly when locals are still distressed from the Christmas/New Year events. A letterbox drop or advice to the local Councillor who can then communicate with residents is now being considered. Thankyou to the Friends of Knoll Road who alerted me to the removal of several trees (after the event) in an area under an Adopt a Road initiative. This resulted in 2 trees earmarked for removal being retained for wildlife habitat.

Unapproved uses – following numerous complaints from affected residents, I have made representations to Council re the blatant disregard for existing approvals for a property currently conducting large functions under the guise of an Air B’n’B. 

Draft Sport and Recreation Plan 2024-2034 – Have Your say and help shape the future of sport and recreation in the region. Drop-in sessions are planned locally where community members can meet Council’s project team, ask any questions they may have about the draft plan, and complete the consultation survey in-person:  Wednesday 17 April: 

  • Vonda Youngman Community Centre 9.00am to 12.00pm 
  • Tamborine Mountain Library 1.00pm to 3.00pm 
  • Long Road Sports Complex 3.15pm to 5.30pm 

Consultation is now open until 30 April 2024. 

Proposed development – 30 Kidd St. On 13 March 2024 LG Resorts No 1 Pty Ltd lodged a development application (MCU24/025) for a Retirement Facility. On 20 March, Council deemed the application not “properly made” and an action notice has been sent. Consequently, no documents are currently publicly available. This proposed development is likely to be far larger than any previous development on the Mountain.

“The key to success is to focus on goals not obstacles”.