Mayoral Minute with Cr Bob Kirk

Performing Arts Centre DA deferred

Last Thursday the Southern Joint Regional Planning Panel deferred its decision on the Performing Arts Centre DA pending some further information from the council.

The JRPP has asked us to address car parking and access to the centre, heritage impacts, potential for any impact on nearby buildings, the height of the buildings and disabled access.

I believe the JRPP was very positive about the project as a whole, especially as an adaptive re-use of a heritage building. We have some work to do to alleviate their concerns, but we will go away and do this before going back to them for a decision.

Council meeting

At Tuesday night’s Council meeting we made a number of recommendations:

Council will sign a memorandum of understanding showing support for CLARA’s high speed rail proposal. I will also now be appointed as the Council delegate on the Coalition of Councils for High Speed Rail with Cr O’Neill as an alternate delegate.

We gave approval for the proponents of Goulburn Marketplace to use part of Clinton Lane in their car park upgrade.

A grant application will be made to the NSW Government Stronger Communities Fund. Council will put forward the Wollondilly Walking Track and implementation of the Victoria Park Master Plan as an application, with the Walking Track as our priority.

The life of Frances Jackson

The Rocky Hill War Memorial Museum is now the proud owner of a donated milk jug and sugar bowl received by the aviator (and Tasmania’s first woman to receive her pilot’s licence), Frances Jackson. The items were given to Frances as either souvenirs or part of her prize during an air race held in Goulburn during the 1930s.

This interesting story came about when our museums officer, Claire Baddeley, was contacted to donate these items to our Museum. Frances was known to be a fearless, skilful pilot; she exhibited excellent control of her machine, and won races all around Australia. She also proved herself to be incredibly daring, with reports that at one stage she flew under a bridge and had her licence suspended.

HIGH FLYER: Pioneering aviator Frances Jackson and (inset)  the milk jug and sugar bowl she received after winning a flying event in Gouburn.

HIGH FLYER: Pioneering aviator Frances Jackson and (inset) the milk jug and sugar bowl she received after winning a flying event in Gouburn.

The items are now on display at the Rocky Hill War Memorial Museum, which is open to the public from 10am to 3pm on Wednesdays and 10am to 4pm on weekends, public holidays and school holidays. 

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