Michael Tucak is a Town of Councillor (East Ward) until 2021.
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Two Special Council Meetings over the weekend – to select a new CEO after final interviews, and to progress the Foreshore detailed design and “minor” works. New CEO This process is still in motion, however on Saturday, Council met to appoint its preferred candidate as our new CEO from final interviews. Negotiations on salary and […]
Tonight’s meeting took place back in the War Memorial Hall with social distancing in place – making it easier for the public and media to attend, which they were not being offered the chance to do online. Whilst it is debatable whether residents would prefer to have to attend in person in current times (rather […]
This was Council’s first Ordinary meeting under public health restrictions. It took place in the larger War Memorial Hall, to allow Councillors to be a suitable distance apart. It was a small agenda, which didn’t (despite the urgently called Special Council Meeting one week before) contain any items relating to the public health crisis. The […]
Tonight’s Special Council Meeting was called on a day’s notice to address COVID-19 issues, a few days after the pandemic was formally declared. At this “SCM”, the Town’s first response to COVID-19 was a recommendation to delegate to the CEO all power to “make any lawful decision” deal with the health crisis. Such a delegation […]
At tonight’s meeting, I had a ‘win-win’ for artists and event at ‘Sculpture by the Sea’ funding, which I’ve set out in my note on the related Special Council Meeting two days later. I was also able to ensure tonight’s “SxS” item was taken out of ‘confidential discussion’, given its importance to the community, who […]
In this post I’ll summarise both of Council’s steps to support ‘Sculpture by the Sea‘. These occured both at this ‘SCM’ called for that purpose, and the February “OCM”. In summary, Council approved $70,000 in direct support to “SxS” in 2020, and the procurement of traffic management and provision of extra toilets . The key […]
At tonight’s meeting (my first with 4 newly elected Councillors, all of whom I’ve now met with for good discussions on our future work together), I learnt an important lesson, and had some more disappointments on positive improvements I hoped to make. However, the new Council seems to be working effectively, and I am hopeful […]
At this month’s Council meeting I had three key objectives – and failed at 3 out of 3: To encourage “good design” as a preferred solution to planning issues To avoid potential bias and increase accuracy in public consultations To find the right balance of “public good and individual rights” Design Solutions I believe strongly […]
Tonight I moved a Motion to give a group of residents their chance to be heard on an issue dear to them (new Street Trees in a section that has been kept free of plantings since 1905), and as a result, to also allow Council to clearly outline on its intent on new Street Tree […]
I took a few hits in my effort to make what I see as positive change at Cottesloe in May. Council legalised dogs in theatres & public pools just because we don’t currently have either, despite my urging to leave that ‘as is’ (ie “not broke”). More importantly, Council took a step backwards (in my […]
I was an apology for this month’s Council meeting, but I was very pleased to hear on the next morning’s RTRFM 92.1 radio news that the no-smoking ban had been applied to all beaches. I’m hopeful that this will lead to a greater understanding of the impact cigarette butts have on marine life, and also […]
A lot has been said and written about last month’s contentious meeting – and in my view, rightly so – but there is a clear silver lining we risk missing out on. In my opinion, Council should simply accept responsibility for a meeting that was not as ideal as it could have been – yes, […]
Another packed Council meeting – but sadly one that ended with what I consider to be an ongoing issue with the culture at Cottesloe, singling-out one Councillor with targetted restrictions that seem undemocratic, when other solutions do exist. I spoke of my strong concerns about this cultural and democratic issue at the meeting, despite some […]
This post summarises the outcome of the first (and ‘early’) Council meeting for 2019. The full agenda and attachments can be found at the Town’s site. Item 9.1 (“Swanbourne Village“) concerned the Town’s Report to the Joint Development Assessment Panel, which had been submitted by the Town prior to this Special Council Meeting in order […]