JULY’s council meeting was the second last meeting before the upcoming election on September 10 and it celebrated a few local wins and welcomed the Youth Mayor and Deputy Mayor into the chambers.
Mayor Karen McKeown announced the student winners of the 2016 Youth Mayor Competition. Cr McKeown said the award is a great opportunity for the students to learn more about local government.
“This will give them [the winners] a greater understanding of how council and local democracy works which has always been the main objective of this program,” she said.
Billie Kuczynski, from Cranebrook High, was named Youth Mayor after she submitted her poem, Dream To Fly. Niamh O’Keefe, from Emmaus Catholic College, was named one of the two Deputy Mayors.
In the same breathe Mayor McKeown announced all 26 council run child care centres across the LGA have been assesses against the national quality standard, with all 26 passing with flying colours.
There was a bit of a tiff between a few councillors when it came to the decision on a development on Reserve street in Penrith.
Currently the vacant lot on Reserve street is used as a temporary car park, with council saying there is room for 107 cars, but the area is set to be redeveloped as a “modern village for baby boomers”.
Cr Marcus Cornish, who is staunchly against any development that might upset the amount of car parks in Penrith opposed the development with the debate quickly turning into an argument about the development of car parks in Penrith’s CBD.
The next council sitting will be be the last before the election so I’m sure we’ll see some bold campaigning and some disgruntled disagreements during the next council meeting.
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