Record of Public Forum


Held on Wednesday, 19 October 2022 - 12:00pm

Council Chambers, Biamanga Room Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre, Bega


Anthony McMahon

Chief Executive Officer






Record of Public Forum Agenda

19 October 2022

Public Forum

Held on Wednesday 19 October 2022 at 12:00pm

Council Chambers, Biamanga Room Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre, Bega


Cr Russell Fitzpatrick , Mayor

Cr Liz Seckold, Deputy Mayor

Cr Tony Allen

Cr Cathy Griff

Cr Mitchell Nadin

Cr Helen O’Neil

Cr David Porter

Cr Joy Robin - Apology

Cr Karen Wright


Chief Executive Officer, Mr Anthony McMahon

Director, Assets and Operations, Mr Ian Macfarlane

Acting Director,  Community, Environment and Planning, Mr Anthony Payne

Director, Business and Governance, Mrs Iliada Bolton

Acting Manager Communications and Events, Ms Skye Owen

Executive Officer (Minute Secretary), Mrs Jackie Grant


Public Forum Submissions Received

Deputations for the Public Forum of 19 October 2022 were received and circulated to Councillors.

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.


That the apology from Cr Joy Robin for the 19 October 2022 Public Forum be noted.


Public Forum Addresses

.     Public Forum submissions received 









Ms Jo Dodds

Item 8.1 - Implementation of the BVSC Climate Resilience Strategy and BVSC Clean Energy Plan - Progress report

On behalf of Bushfire Survivors for Climate Action

Face to Face

I will address the report in light of the urgency of climate action by BVSC. I represent an organisation with several hundred members who have been impacted by climate disasters - bushfires and floods. Our members do not want to see other people go through what we have endured. We understand the urgency for action at every level of government. We urge BVSC to do more than note this report as many of the actions therein will not only save money for council but may also save lives.








Ms Elizabeth McIntyre

Item 9.1 – Occupation of Old Pambula Courthouse

On behalf of Bega Valley Genealogy Society

Face to Face

I'm speaking on the Bega Valley Genealogy Societies (BVGS) concerns about a BV Staff Report on the agenda for the Council Meeting 19th October 2022. - 9.1. Occupation of Old Pambula Courthouse, What this means to the local community and the BVGS.


Ms Jo Dodds was granted a 2 minute extension.

Ms Elizabeth McIntyre was granted a 2 minute extension.

The Public Forum session closed at 12:24 pm.

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