Council Decided – 2 March 2021
Child Safety Code of Conduct
Following its adoption of a new Child Safety Policy in August 2020, Council resolved to also adopt a Child Safety Code of Conduct. The new Code will apply to all staff, Councillors, volunteers and contractors. The Code sets expectations for how adults should behave around children when undertaking responsibilities for or on behalf of Council, identifying positive child safe behaviours as well as behaviours that are considered unacceptable.
An update report was provided to Council on the issue of occasional care, following closure of the Mosman Occasional Childcare Centre (MOCC) in December 2019. The report noted minimal enquiries to Council regarding care and limited take-up of occasional/casual care offerings at five local childcare centres since the MOCC closure, also acknowledging the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on take-up of places. A further update will be provided to Council in 12 months’ time. Council is currently recruiting a Children and Families Community Development Officer to work with both local providers and families to help deliver high quality outcomes for Mosman children.
Festival of Mosman
Council endorsed a draft program for the next Festival of Mosman, scheduled to be held from Friday 15 October to Sunday 24 October 2021. The ten day festival program will include a variety of events coordinated by Council, as well as events delivered by local community groups, organisations and businesses. Council events during the festival will include regular favourites such as Pet’s Day Out, the return of popular 2019 events including Dinner on the Green and a Traditional Sunset Ceremony on Balmoral Beach. Other activities include a street party at Mosman Junction, a Freedom of Entry parade for HMAS Penguin, and outdoor movie and concert performances. The full festival program will be finalised in coming months.
Scenic Protection Area
It was agreed by Council that, pending State Government approval to move forward with Council’s current planning proposal for the Mosman Scenic Protection Area, associated changes to the Mosman Residential DCP 2012 also be exhibited for public comment. Council also resolved to hold a workshop on options and implications for the scenic protection area and for the Mayor and the General Manager to pursue a reasonable and satisfactory solution to this matter with the Minister for Planning and State Member for North Shore.
Beach and Reserve Cleaning
Council considered specifications for a new Beach and Reserve Cleaning Contract for the period commencing 1 October 2021. Subject to a number of minor amendments, it was resolved by Council that the specifications presented by staff be endorsed and that tenders be called. A further report on this matter will be submitted to Council at the conclusion of the tender process.