As your councillor, I want to contribute with intention and significance. 

On this page I will show records of how I have advocated on behalf of our community and what I have achieved

Achievements this month

WhenWhereWhatSupports our Policy
19 July 2022Council MeetingProposed that projections for population growth and housing needs in the Kiama LGA are to be provided as part of the dwelling approvals and completions in Quarterly Planning Update and Statistics (see p12 of minutes of 19 July Meeting). Council has ongoing challenges with infrastructure capacity (traffic, parking, stormwater, sewage..). Being informed of projected growth compared against new development will help with planning decisions, when advocating to NSW Government for sewer upgrades, and when Councillors are determining proposals to open green fields development.
19 July 2022 Council MeetingProposed that the Mayor and CEO jointly write to the Minister for Planning and Homes on Council’s behalf, requesting that the NSW Government overturn the Department of Planning’s decision to rezone South Kiama for urban development and seek advocacy from the Premier and Local Member on the same matter on several key aspects(p17 of minutes 19 July Meeting).
28 June 2022Council MeetingCollaborated with Clr Draisma, other Councillors and members of the Community which resulted in a resolution of Council to submit an application for state heritage listing of the Police Residence, the Police Station and the Courthouse, and for the adoption of the Heritage and Conservation Chapter of the Kiama Development Control plan (p22 of minutes 28 June Meeting).

All achievements

WhenWhereWhatSupports our Policy
24 May 2022KCP Meeting Presented at the Kiama Central Precinct meeting, providing updates and forward programmes for the Coastal Management Plan including information regarding The Australian Coastal Communities Association.
23 May 2022Extraordinary Council MeetingCollaborated with other Councillors to ensure rescind motion for Blue Haven was upheld allowing Council to pause and consult with the community, consider alternative options and to have more accurate & finalised financial data. Refer minutes of 23 May meeting, page 7.
12 April
2022
Council
Meeting
In relation to the intended sale of Council assets to relieve immediate financial pressures, I collaborated with Councillors Keast and Draisma to successfully pass a motion that Council will prepare a business case that defines the parameters and criteria (financial and non-financial) to use in considering divestment/retention of assets. The Financial Advisory Committee will review and comment on the business case. Progress against the Strategic Improvement Plan will be made public on the Council website. Refer to April 12 Minutes here. page 11 agenda item 11.5
12 April
2022
Council
Meeting
Collaborated with other Councillors to strengthen opportunities for rural and agricultural land by gaining agreement to establish a Rural Futures Reference Group and supporting a motion to develop a Rural and Agricultural Opportunities strategy. Refer to April 12 Minutes here.
12 April
2022
Council
Meeting
Gained unanimous agreement for the 2022-2023 budget to consider:
1. Alternative revenue sources from new clean technologies, rural and agricultural ventures and tourism initiatives that protect and preserve our natural habitats.
2. Systematically and progressively implementing the long outstanding actions required to preserve and protect the vulnerable land and marine species, ecological communities, and wildlife corridors throughout the municipality.
3. Systematically and progressively implementing work to rectify inadequacies in Councils road and storm water infrastructure network that are resulting in significant damage and escalating risks across the municipality
Refer to April 12 Minutes here.
12 April
2022
Council Meeting Gained unanimous agreement for the 2022-2023 budget to consider:
The introduction of new or strengthening existing capability (with additional suitably qualified people) to better manage our finances, and also our natural environment, rural lands, and critical infrastructure  Refer to April 12 Minutes here.
15 March 2022Council
Meeting
Regarding Blue Haven Kiama, I proposed that Council contact the Member for Gilmore Mrs Fiona Phillips MP, seeking a meeting with the local member and minister for aged care services: 
1. Highlighting, as detailed in the Royal Aged Care Commission report, the urgent need for increased federal funding across the aged care sector.
2. Seeking advice on all existing grant and other funding sources available to aged care providers.
3. Acknowledging the joint responsibility of aged care providers and the Federal Government to provide a duty of care for residents in aged care facilities and recipients of aged care services.
4. Acknowledging the joint responsibility providers and Federal Government to provide ongoing ageing in place options for residents who live in aged care facilities such as Bonaira and Terralong Street independent living units.
5. Acknowledging the broad ranging benefits that Blue Haven, under Council ownership and management, has brought to our community.
Proposal accepted.
15 March 2022Council
Meeting
I collaborated with Councillors to successfully pass a motion for Council to develop a policy to better manage conflicts of interest in line with ICAC guidelines. including preventing active property developers or other business entities from participating on groups or committees that can unduly influence land zonings, LEP controls and development standards. Amendment accepted. Refer 12 March Council Minutes click here – Item 17.4 page 20.
15 Feb to
Mar 15 2022
Council
Meeting
Voted in support of 11 Development Applications and infrastructure proposals, including the Woolworths upgrade, Gerringong SLSC, Hindmarsh Park refurbishment. All are proceeding.
In addition, voted in support of the following local business ventures, all of which have been adopted:
Agreement with Service NSW (to deliver the services within the Service NSW for Business program), Stoic Brewery, Jamberoo Road Farm stay, Commercial fitness and personal training activities use of public land policy & Jamberoo Croom Farm Stay.
24 Feb
2022
Council
Meeting
Proposed the establishment of a Grants Committee. Unanimously accepted
24 Feb
2022
Council
Meeting
Proposed the amendment (which was unanimously supported) to establish a reference group “Rural Futures” to determine future agri-business opportunities across the LGA. Unanimously accepted.
15 Feb
2022
Council
Meeting
During January worked cooperatively with Council staff and Councillors to advocate for the release of the State of the Organisation, that was subsequently tabled. Read the SOO report here, page 306 of the Agenda for 15 Feb 2022 Council Meeting. Read my response to the SOO report here.
10 Feb
2022
KiamaKaren Renkema-Lang appointed as a NSW representative to the Australian Coastal Councils Association (ACCA). With only 2 positions available per state, securing a seat with this national body representing the interests of coastal communities, is an important gain for Kiama Council.
22 Jan
2022
Hindmarsh
Park Kiama
Addressed the public rally to Save South Kiama from re zoning & development, More information here.
11 Jan
2022
Council
Meeting
Stood to uphold the Monday Public Access meeting and worked with other councillors to formulate amendment motion and voted in support.  Motion carried unanimously. More detail Council minutes https://www.kiama.nsw.gov.au/Council/Council-meetings/Agendas-Minutes