CLOSURE OF SHIRE OFFICE AND OTHER SHIRE SERVICES AND FACILITIES FOR CHINESE NEW YEAR
Members of the public are advised that the Shire Office will be closed on the days listed below. The Rubbish Collection Service and Rubbish Tip services are available on some days over the Chinese New Year period as listed below:
Thu 11/2/21 Open 7.30am to 12 noon
Fri 12/2/21 to Mon 15/2/21 CLOSED
Thursday 11 Feb 21 to Monday 15 Feb 21 CLOSED
Thursday 11 Feb 21 to Monday 15 Feb 21 Normal
Thu 11/2/21 Open 7.00am to 12 noon
Fri 12/2/21 to Sat 13/2/21 CLOSED
Sun 14/2/21 Open 3.00pm to 5.00pm
Mon 15/2/21 CLOSED
The Shire office and other services and facilities will be back to their normal hours from Tuesday 16 February 2021.
The Shire of Christmas Island would like to wish the Community a Happy Chinese New Year.
COMMUNITY CONSULTATIONS ABOUT THE REGULATIONS OF THE CHRISTMAS ISLAND FISHERY
The 1st meeting of the Shire of Christmas Island Fishery Management Committee was held 16th December 2020 at which the committee passed the following resolution.
“1.The Fishery Management Committee shall conduct community consultations about the regulations of the Christmas Island Fishery for the purpose of providing an alternative set of regulations to the Commonwealth’s Fishery Management Ordinance 2020.
2. Written submissions are invited from individuals and organisations to be received by the CEO by close of Business Friday 26 February 2021.
3. Further consultations shall include oral submissions to the committee during March 2021.
4. A written statement summarising the submissions is to be prepared for publication in the Islander to be followed by community consultation meetings.”
In accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act 1995 (WA) (CI), notice is hereby given that the Elector’s Meeting will be held at the George Fam Chambers on Tuesday 2 February 2021 commencing at 6.30pm.
The matters to be discussed at the Electors Meeting are the contents of the 2020 Annual Report and any other general business related to the Shire.
The annual report is available at the George Fam Main Office and Public Library during office hours or the Shire’s website www.shire.gov.cx.
Members of the public are advised that at the Ordinary Council Meeting on 17 November 2020, Council determined the schedule of Council meetings for 2021.
The Local Government Act 1995 (WA) (CI) requires the Council to decide meeting dates for the year and to publicly notify these dates at least once.
Meetings will be held approximately every four weeks on Tuesday evenings commencing at 7.00pm in the Council Chambers at the George Fam Centre on the following dates:
9 February 2021
23 March 2021
27 April 2021
25 May 2021
15 June 2021
27 July 2021
24 August 2021
28 September 2021
26 October 2021
16 November 2021
7 December 2021
All meetings are open to the public and public question time will be provided at the beginning of each meeting allowing members of the public an opportunity to ask questions relating to the operations of the Shire of Christmas Island.
The Shire of Christmas Island resolved at its 22 September 2020 Ordinary Council Meeting to initiate a formal dialogue with the Kampong residents to collaboratively explore a future sustainable planning and social approach in response to on-going rock fall threats and recognised coastal risks affecting the ageing Kampong housing stock and amenities.
Coastal Risks affecting the Kampong
Coastal hazards such as shoreline erosion and inundation associated with storm surges and rock fall triggered by torrential rains are recognised risks having the potential to exercise significant pressure on the integrity of the Kampong built form and infrastructure with predictable impacts affecting residents.
There is scientific consensus within Australia and internationally that the effects of Climate Change such as bushfires and cyclones are increasing in frequency, scale and severity with considerable physical, economic and social impacts on the communities involved. This is relevant to the Kampong and has been documented in the 2009 and 2012 Climate Change Risk Assessment for the AustralianIndian Ocean Territories.
This issue is also identified in the SoCI 2015 Local Planning Strategy that specifically stipulates: “Develop a long term residential transition plan (20-30 years) for the Kampong towards safer existing and new urban areas”
Need to be prepared
This dialogue between the Shire and the Kampong community aim at identification or reserved areas in advance of any catastrophic event, which will provide the Kampong residents with agreed options and pathways to assist and timely protect the socio-economic interests of the Kampong residents.
The Commonwealth is currently preparing a 30 years land use plan as part of the Christmas Island Strategic Assessment (CISA) dealing with environmental constraints and ultimately the opening-up ofnew Crown Land area for development. As part of this process the Shire wants to ensure that theKampong residents will ultimately be provided with suitable choices in location and housing types inagreed reserved areas should a future relocation be necessary.
Finally, the Shire is reviewing its Local Planning Strategy which, when endorsed, will identify agreed reserved residential areas for Kampong residents.
Manager of Governance, Research, Policy and Grants