Special arrangements are in place for next Monday’s Council meeting, called to decide whether or not to remove 250 trees on the site of a proposed news sports precinct.
The decision on the trees is the only item on the agenda of the 28 June meeting, which starts at 7pm.
Orange Mayor Reg Kidd said it’s an important decision for the future of Orange.
“In line with the Council’s Code of Meeting Practice, the meeting will start with a 50 minute opportunity for speakers from the community,” Cr Reg Kidd said. “As usual, anyone wanting to speak at a meeting has to register before the meeting.”
“However, the bookings for the available ten speaking places have already been filled. We had people come to the Civic Centre first thing on Monday morning wanting to register to speak. We’ll be aiming to ensure there are balance of views from those speakers.
“Due to COVID-safe restrictions, there has to be a limit on the number of people in the public gallery on the night. On top of the ten speakers, that means there will only be room for 30 people to attend the meeting. It will be first-come, first-served, and the chamber will be open from 6pm. If more than thirty people turn up they’ll be able to watch the ‘Livestream’ of the meeting on a large screen downstairs in the theatre foyer. That space will be set up to seat 120 people.”
The Livestream of the meeting can be seen at: https://www.orange.nsw.gov.au/meetings/live-stream/
The agenda for the meeting, including the report on the proposed tree removal DA, can be found online at: https://www.orange.nsw.gov.au/meetings/meetings-and-minutes-archive/