First meeting of Warrnambool City’s new council lasted just 30 minutes on Monday night

THE first meeting of Warrnambool City’s new council lasted just 30 minutes on Monday night.

Four fresh faces and three returning councillors didn’t waste time debating many of the 10 items listed on the agenda.

Nine out of the 10 items were passed without fanfare 7-0.

Several matters were procedural including the setting of meeting dates for the next 12 months and appointing councillors to various advisory boards and committees.

Councillors unanimously supported a proposal to rezone a strip of land fronting Raglan Parade that opens up the possibility of major developments, including a new hotel or motel.

The land, located on the south side of Raglan Parade, between Henna and Ryot streets sits between Red Rooster and Fiesta Pizza.

The majority of the property is currently zoned industrial three, with the land fronting Raglan Parade zoned commercial two.

Myers Planning Group lodged the request to rezone the land to a mixed use zone.

In the request the group stated the amendment was required to facilitate the future development of the site for a mixture of uses, including commercial, accommodation and warehouse.

Councillor Peter Hulin asked whether all adjacent land owners had been notified of any amendments.

Council’s director of city growth Andrew Paton said the final use of the site was subject to a planning permit and all abutting land owners had been informed.

An individual heritage overlay applies to the part of the site that is zoned industrial three.

Currently the land is used for a retail warehouse and storage facility.

No submissions for or against the changes were received during the public exhibition period. 

The amendment will be forwarded to the state planning minister for approval.

Council also voted to sign up the state government’s Take 2 Pledge.

Councillor David Owen moved the motion, seconded by councillor Sue Cassidy

It is a collective climate change pledge initiative to reach net zero emissions by the year 2050, and keep the global temperature rise to under two degrees.

Cr Owen said he “very strongly” supported the pledge.

More than 15 other local governments across the state have signed up to the Take 2 initiative.

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