Record of Public Forum


Held on Wednesday 4 August 2021 – 12:00pm

Council Chambers, Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre Bega


Anthony McMahon

Chief Executive Officer





Public Forum Agenda

4 August 2021

Public Forum


1     Public Forum Submissions Received

4.1       Public Forum Submissions Received………………………………………………………………….3.





4.1Public Forum Submissions Recieved        

Deputations for the Public Forum of 4 August 2021 were received and circulated to Councillors.

Mayor, Russell Fitzpatrick  

Public Forum

Held on Wednesday 4 August 2021 at 12:00 noon

Council Chambers, Biamanga Room, Bega


Cr Russell Fitzpatrick, Mayor

Cr Liz Seckold, Deputy Mayor

Cr Tony Allen

Cr Robyn Bain

Cr Jo Dodds

Cr Cathy Griff

Cr Mitchell Nadin


In Attendance:

Chief Executive Officer, Mr Anthony McMahon

Director, Assets and Operations, Mr Ian Macfarlane

Director, Community, Environment and Planning, Dr Alice Howe

Director, Business and Governance, Ms Iliada Bolton

Manager, Communication and Events, Ms Emily Harrison

Minute Secretary, Mrs Jackie Grant


Statement of Commencement of Live Streaming

The Mayor made an announcement about live streaming requirements noting that:

Public Forums are recorded and live streamed to the Internet for public viewing.

The recording will be archived and made available on Council’s website

Acknowledgement of Traditional Custodians of Bega Valley Shire

The Mayor commenced by acknowledging, on behalf of Bega Valley Shire Council, the Traditional Custodians of the lands and waters of the Shire, the people of Yuin nation, to show respect to elders past and present.


There were no apologies.


Public Forum Addresses

A motion was moved by Crs Seckold and Bain

That item 16.1 Recognition of housing in the Bega Valley Shire be brought forward to the first item on the Public Forum Agenda.

In favour:             Crs Fitzpatrick, Bain, Nadin, Griff, Seckold, Dodds and Allen

Against:                  Nil


The following requests were heard regarding:

Item 8.1 Clay Target Shooting Range - Lot 101 DP 1172182, Murrah River Road - Additional Shoot Days








Mr Patrick Dickson

Murrah River Action Group

(Authority Received)

Face to Face

I will be speaking on behalf of the Murrah River Community and articulating

objections to the BSC DA Modification. We have already submitted a petition to

council with 125 signatures of residents who live within a 5km radius of the BSC

activities. The community want to have their voices heard with regard to intrusive

noise and the dangers of contamination from the accumulation of lead shot in the



Mr Gary Pearse

Murrah River Action group

(Authority Received)

Face to Face

I will be discussing the need for a more comprehensive and accurate site and adjoining land environmental impact study for both soil contamination and noise pollution (both Db and duration). Furthermore, I will comment on the inconsistencies by council in policing the Gun Club events Vs other activities in the Bega Valley Shire.


Mr Manfred Gegg


Face to Face

Once more we have to fight four our right for peace and quiet – to fight against being driven from our homes due to diabolical gun fires which are far over the permissible decibel levels.








Mr Neville Brady


Face to Face

We agree with Council’s recommendation to grant us the extra days shooting but disagree with the amendments.


Mr Tony Crome


Face to Face

I wish to outline the impacts that a denial will mean to my, a shooter who is pushing for representation in the NSW Sporting Clays squad.  I also wish to address the council on the complaints as while I don’t understand X number of decibels I attended the Winery, Murrah and Barraga Bay and 4 Winds three times - once NE breeze, once when it was still, and once when there was a 10-15 kph southerly breeze and what I experienced..

Item 16.1 Recognition of housing crisis in Bega Valley Shire








Mr Michael Brosnan


Face to Face

Wish to discuss the dire conditions of homelessness with factual data as at the

date of meeting.

Work of SJASC Inc.

Actions for BVSC.


Mr Michael Brosnan was granted a 2 minute extension.

Mr Patrick Dickson was granted a 2 minute extension.

Mr Gary Pearse was granted a 2 minute extension.

Mr Tony Crome was granted a 2 minute extension.

The Public Forum session closed at 1:22pm.

The recording of the Public Forum is available on Council’s website: