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Do we need Council?
InformationDejanTuesday, 13 October 2020 - 9:01am
There is an example on Central Coast of the community that has taken infrastructure in their own hands. Narara Ecovillage is on outskirts of Gosword. They have their own water/sewer license, their own water pond/dam - so they could be off-the-grid in that respect. They build their own roads as well. They are co-operative and membership fee is $30,000.
There are plenty of examples nowadays where individuals are living off-the-grid in terms of power supply. Western Australia has complete communities that live that way. Generated power is stored in communal batteries and shared on communal basis, reducing the cost for individual users. Advances in technology are providing opportunity for excess power to be sold to the market - power becoming point of income for the community, offsetting other costs (like NBN).
And what chances are for MCC to deliver any of that to North Arm Cove (accepting that they will outsource the service anyway)?
From MCC's meeting on June 27, 2018:
"The newly merged Council faced a multi-generational problem of $180M backlog of works on roads and bridges as well as an annual shortfall of $5M in renewal works."
and that lead to :
"The first significant step was to get legislation changed specifically for MCC allowing application for a special rate variation (SRV) outside of the proclamation conditions. The income generated by the SRV allowed Council to prepare a sound business case of $100M - $50M from Council and $50M from the State Government."
So, $180mil backlog patched by $100mil grant and increased in rates (Special Rate Variation) above NSW cap. Do you see MCC ever having NAC's needs on agenda?
Oh, and they plan to rezone those thousand lots in NAC "paper subdivision" into "environmental" losing potential hundreds of millions in income that could have paid for infrastructure of the whole area.
North Arm Cove is one of the largest rate-paying communities in MCC, yet it is treated with out-most disdain from Council. Therefore the question - do we really need Council? What for? Can we outsource the service ourselves, like others did?