Maitland Your Say

Welcome to Maitland Your Say. This is the place where you can tell us what you think about our proposed projects and plans.

We are committed to providing you with the information you need along with the opportunity to participate in the decision making that affects your lifestyle and environment.

Current consultations:

Also find out more information on recently closed consultations:

You are invited to register with Maitland Your Say to ensure you are kept informed and up to date with consultation results, advised of upcoming consultations and you can comment in our online discussions (forums), surveys and quick polls.

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'Together, we make Maitland'

 

Welcome to Maitland Your Say. This is the place where you can tell us what you think about our proposed projects and plans.

We are committed to providing you with the information you need along with the opportunity to participate in the decision making that affects your lifestyle and environment.

Current consultations:

Also find out more information on recently closed consultations:

You are invited to register with Maitland Your Say to ensure you are kept informed and up to date with consultation results, advised of upcoming consultations and you can comment in our online discussions (forums), surveys and quick polls.

You are also welcome to follow us and participate in Maitland Your Say's online community on Facebook

'Together, we make Maitland'

 

Consultation News

  • Council seeks feedback on draft Graffiti Management Plan

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    Maitland City Council’s draft Graffiti Management Plan was endorsed by Council on Tuesday 14 October and is out for public comment until Friday 14 November.

    The draft Graffiti Management Plan makes a commitment to reducing levels of graffiti vandalism across the City with the aim to minimise graffiti on both public and private property.

    The management plan sets out a strategic approach to graffiti reduction and prevention through a framework that outlines actions under six principles; stakeholder engagement, prompt reporting and removal and provision of education resources.

    The draft Graffiti Management Plan....Read more

    Maitland City Council’s draft Graffiti Management Plan was endorsed by Council on Tuesday 14 October and is out for public comment until Friday 14 November.

    The draft Graffiti Management Plan makes a commitment to reducing levels of graffiti vandalism across the City with the aim to minimise graffiti on both public and private property.

    The management plan sets out a strategic approach to graffiti reduction and prevention through a framework that outlines actions under six principles; stakeholder engagement, prompt reporting and removal and provision of education resources.

    The draft Graffiti Management Plan can be viewed using this link and full copies of the Plan are available at Maitland City Council’s administration building and library branches. Submissions must include the full details of the author and be addressed as follows:


    Draft Graffiti Management Plan

    The General Manager

    Maitland City Council

    PO Box 220

    Maitland NSW 2320

    Submissions can also be lodged by email to:

    yoursay@maitland.nsw.gov.au


    by Maitland Your Say 20 Oct 2014, 09:33 AM
  • Council exhibits Porter Place Plan of Management

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    Porter Place is a local reserve located on the New England Highway, Lochinvar. The site is made up of three separate parcels of land and contains an amenities building, playground, a small kick about area, sheltered table and chairs and fenced boundary onto New England Highway. The adjacent Council owned land is a Tennis Court that contains one hard tennis court with fencing, tennis net, lighting and umpires chair, and a grassed area.

    Maitland City Council has released a formal planning document known as a Plan of Management (PoM) outlining how Porter Place will be used,....Read more

    Porter Place is a local reserve located on the New England Highway, Lochinvar. The site is made up of three separate parcels of land and contains an amenities building, playground, a small kick about area, sheltered table and chairs and fenced boundary onto New England Highway. The adjacent Council owned land is a Tennis Court that contains one hard tennis court with fencing, tennis net, lighting and umpires chair, and a grassed area.

    Maitland City Council has released a formal planning document known as a Plan of Management (PoM) outlining how Porter Place will be used, managed and improved over the next 10 years. The core objective of the plan is to retain and enhance the cultural significance of the area for past, present and future generations by the active use of conservation methods. Council is seeking community input for what’s proposed.

    What are the key strategies and actions?

    The draft PoM management strategies and actions include:

    • Two of the three parcels of land be retained as Community land and be re-categorised as ‘areas of cultural significance’. ‘Areas of cultural significance’ are those that may have important cultural or historic features on community land that have special meaning to the community such as memorials.

    • The reclassification of the Tennis Court and the remaining parcel of land from community land to operational land. The reclassification will be timely to the delivery of open space infrastructure north of the New England Highway.

    • The recognition of Porter Place as a rest area servicing the needs of travellers and tourists

    • Supporting the request from Greta RSL Sub Branch to relocate the WW1 Memorial Pillars and develop a memorial garden on the Porter Place site.

    • Retention and future upgrading of the public toilet and provision of new signage.

    • Removal and non-replacement of the playground equipment when due for renewal.

    How will the land be used into the future?

    Porter Place will be retained as a rest area including an amenities building, seating, shelter and fencing.  It is proposed that the playground not be replaced at the time of its renewal. Porter Place will generally be used as a travellers stop. The site will hold a proposed War Memorial garden consisting of landscaping and War Memorial Pillars and flag pole currently located on the adjacent Crown Land. Porter Place will hold a number of small scale memorial events for up to 200 people including the annual ANZAC Day ceremonies.

    How can I participate?

    Council is seeking community feedback on the draft plan and the recommendations it contains. You can share your thoughts in the form of a submission. Submissions must include details of the author and can be lodged online by emailing yoursay@maitland.nsw.gov.au or mailing to:

    Draft Porter Place Plan of Management

    The General Manager

    Maitland City council

    PO Box 220

    Maitland NSW 2320

    Attention: Lynn Morton

    All submission will be included in a report to Council and will be used to inform the Councillors when they review to the report for adoption.

    A full copy of the plan is available for viewing at Council libraries and Administration Building or can be viewed online using this link.


    by Maitland Your Say 14 Oct 2014, 03:57 PM
  • Council exhibits Conservation Mangement Plan for Glebe Cemetery

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    For a place of quiet contemplation, overlooking the flood plain of Wallis Creek, the East Maitland Glebe Cemetery continues to reveal secrets and surprises. Dating back to 1830, it is a place rich in real stories from the earliest days of Maitland’s European settlement.

    A  Conservation Management Plan for the Cemetery has been prepared to provide Maitland City Council with guidance for its conservation and care. Research for the Plan has uncovered a pocket of endangered dry rainforest species that existed prior to European settlement, along with indications of unmarked burials outside its boundaries.

    The Plan, now on public exhibition,....Read more

    For a place of quiet contemplation, overlooking the flood plain of Wallis Creek, the East Maitland Glebe Cemetery continues to reveal secrets and surprises. Dating back to 1830, it is a place rich in real stories from the earliest days of Maitland’s European settlement.

    A  Conservation Management Plan for the Cemetery has been prepared to provide Maitland City Council with guidance for its conservation and care. Research for the Plan has uncovered a pocket of endangered dry rainforest species that existed prior to European settlement, along with indications of unmarked burials outside its boundaries.

    The Plan, now on public exhibition, confirms why the site was recognised to have State value when listed in 2012 on the NSW State Heritage Register.

    Council’s Heritage Officer, Clare James says ‘It is a gem, which encapsulates so much of Maitland’s character - its colonial history, pastoral views across the floodplain, and exemplary stonework and detail. Many groups already recognise and value the place dearly. We now need to ensure that it receives sensitive and careful management’.

    The Plan was undertaken in accordance with recommendations from the NSW State Heritage Register listing, gazetted in August 2012. The preparation of the plan is also consistent with Council’s Cemetery Strategy 2013. Financial assistance under the NSW Heritage Grants Program was provided for the project.

    ‘There is a large amount of work to be done to stabilise perilous vaults, along with the conservation of individual monuments’, said Ms James.

    The Conservation Management Plan considered all elements of the site and its setting. This included the cemetery itself, a sandstone quarry which was first used prior to the establishment of the cemetery, the George Street unformed road access and the surrounding lands.

    The Plan will be exhibited until Monday 3 November and can be viewed by visiting maitlandyoursay.com.au

    Submissions can be lodged by emailing yoursay@maitland.nsw.gov.au(External link)or mailed to:

    Glebe Cemetery

    The General Manager

    Maitland City Council

    PO Box 220

    Maitland NSW 2320


    by Maitland Your Say 07 Oct 2014, 04:10 PM
  • Proposed amendment to Citywide Development Control Plan 2011: draft Farley Urban Release Area chapter

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    Council is calling for public comment on the amendment to the Maitland Citywide Development Control Plan (DCP) 2011. A Development Control Plan provides detailed guidance and development controls for people wishing to carry out development. The amendment is to include a new chapter, that will specifically relate to the Farley Urban Release Area (URA).

    The Draft DCP chapter will be on public exhibition from Wednesday 1 October 2013 until Wednesday 29 October 2014. The Draft DCP chapter and supporting documents are available online at Council’s website using this link and also available to view....Read more

    Council is calling for public comment on the amendment to the Maitland Citywide Development Control Plan (DCP) 2011. A Development Control Plan provides detailed guidance and development controls for people wishing to carry out development. The amendment is to include a new chapter, that will specifically relate to the Farley Urban Release Area (URA).

    The Draft DCP chapter will be on public exhibition from Wednesday 1 October 2013 until Wednesday 29 October 2014. The Draft DCP chapter and supporting documents are available online at Council’s website using this link and also available to view in hard copy at the following locations:

    • Council’s Customer Service Centre, Administration Building, 285-287 High Street, Maitland, during normal office hours.

    • Rutherford Branch Library, Arthur Street, Rutherford, during ordinary library hours.

    Comments on the Draft DCP chapter should be provided in writing.

    Submissions should be addressed to:

    The General Manager

    Maitland City Council

    PO Box 220

    Maitland NSW 2320

    When making a submission quote reference number 103/152. Submissions should be received by Council no later than 5.00pm on Wednesday, 29 October 2014. Please ensure that the reasons for supporting or opposing the Draft DCP chapter are clearly stated.

    If you have any further enquiries regarding the Draft Farley URA DCP chapter, please contact Josh Ford (Strategic Town Planner) on Ph 02 4934 9729.


    by Maitland Your Say 01 Oct 2014, 10:11 AM
  • Community input sought for new customer service strategy for Council.

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    Council is working on new plans for customer service and is seeking community input.

    Council provides customer service at a range of facilities across the city, ranging from the administration building, pools, libraries, Visitors Information Centre, Art Gallery and the Mount Vincent Waste Management Facility.

    With the increasing availability of new technologies and changing community expectations, it is vital that Council keeps up-to-date and delivered services in a way that meets community needs. Historically, our customer service has ranked very highly in our annual community survey, and we are looking to build from this strong....Read more

    Council is working on new plans for customer service and is seeking community input.

    Council provides customer service at a range of facilities across the city, ranging from the administration building, pools, libraries, Visitors Information Centre, Art Gallery and the Mount Vincent Waste Management Facility.

    With the increasing availability of new technologies and changing community expectations, it is vital that Council keeps up-to-date and delivered services in a way that meets community needs. Historically, our customer service has ranked very highly in our annual community survey, and we are looking to build from this strong position. In last year’s survey the majority, 83%, said they were either satisfied or very satisfied with the way their contact was handled.

    We want to know what works, what could work better and the best ideas our community has for ensuring we provide excellent customer service. We are asking residents to share their thoughts.

    Complete a short survey online here.

    You can also talk to our Engagement Team on 49349896 or by emailing yoursay@maitland.nsw.gov.au .

    The feedback we receive will contribute to the development of a new customer service strategy for the consideration of Council early next year.

    Consultation closes Friday 10 October 2014.

    Make sure you stay up to date with this project. Register here or like us at www.facebook.com/maitlandyoursay 



    by Maitland Your Say 17 Sep 2014, 12:03 PM
  • Consultation extended for draft Bicycle Plan and Strategy 2013

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    Due to the high level of interest received, the exhibition period for Maitland City Council’s draft Bicycle Plan and Strategy 2013 Bicycle Plan and Strategy 2013 has been extended until 5.00pm Monday 22 September.

    The draft Bicycle Plan and Strategy reviews the existing Bike Plan 2005 and provides updated mapping of the existing cycleway network across the Maitland Local Government Area (LGA). It also presents recommendations of potential improvements to the cycle network infrastructure, including connecting key points across the city.

    Council has been seeking comment about the strategy since 11 July and has received feedback through....Read more

    Due to the high level of interest received, the exhibition period for Maitland City Council’s draft Bicycle Plan and Strategy 2013 Bicycle Plan and Strategy 2013 has been extended until 5.00pm Monday 22 September.

    The draft Bicycle Plan and Strategy reviews the existing Bike Plan 2005 and provides updated mapping of the existing cycleway network across the Maitland Local Government Area (LGA). It also presents recommendations of potential improvements to the cycle network infrastructure, including connecting key points across the city.

    Council has been seeking comment about the strategy since 11 July and has received feedback through a range of forums, in particular during the Aroma Coffee and Chocolate Festival.

    Manager Infrastructure Strategy and Works Programming Chris McGrath says ‘The consultation was supposed to close three days after the Aroma festival. Given the interest in the strategy, a decision was made to give residents an extended opportunity in which they can share their thoughts about the strategy.

    ‘So far we have received some great feedback which supports the overall plan and strategy. The feedback received has also emphasised the need for an extended off route cycle way which is something that the plan identifies as part of the proposed routes and linkages’.

    The extended consultation period will also allow Council to hold a community drop in session at the Maitland Town Hall. Residents are encouraged to come along and view the plan, ask questions and share their thoughts on what is proposed.

    ‘The drop in session is a great opportunity for residents to view the plan and to discuss future proposed cycle routes throughout Maitland with Council staff,’ said Mr McGrath.

    Community Drop In Session

    Monday, 15 September 2014

    12.00 noon to 1.00pm

    Maitland Town Hall

    285-287 High Street Maitland.

    Residents unable to attend the drop in session can view the plan and strategy by visiting maitlandyoursay.com.au or at Council’s libraries and Administration Building.

    Submissions can be made by emailing yoursay@maitland.nsw.gov.au or by mail to

    The General Manager

    Maitland City Council

    PO Box 220

    Maitland NSW 2320

    Attention: Chris McGrath

    Residents can also register at maitlandyoursay.com.au or like the Facebook page facebook.com/maitlandyoursay to stay up to date with the outcomes of the consultation.


    by Maitland Your Say 09 Sep 2014, 02:06 PM
  • A pivotal plan for the heritage of Maitland goes on public exhibition

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    The Central Maitland Interpretation Master Plan, which brings the heritage of Maitland to life in the contexts of tourism, heritage and urban renewal has been placed on public exhibition today.

    The Master Plan aims to position Maitland at the forefront of innovative, creative and contemporary heritage interpretation, and will further promote Central Maitland as the vibrant heart of the City.

    A wide range of multisensory interpretive media from permanent installations to ‘pop ups’, soundscapes, tactile installations and heritage inspired public art are proposed as part of The Central Maitland Interpretation Master Plan.

    Stories from Maitland's important and fascinating past will....Read more

    The Central Maitland Interpretation Master Plan, which brings the heritage of Maitland to life in the contexts of tourism, heritage and urban renewal has been placed on public exhibition today.

    The Master Plan aims to position Maitland at the forefront of innovative, creative and contemporary heritage interpretation, and will further promote Central Maitland as the vibrant heart of the City.

    A wide range of multisensory interpretive media from permanent installations to ‘pop ups’, soundscapes, tactile installations and heritage inspired public art are proposed as part of The Central Maitland Interpretation Master Plan.

    Stories from Maitland's important and fascinating past will be used to diversify the visitor experience and engage residents with the city's proud history.

    It is intended that the interpretation strategies identified in the Master Plan will act as agents in the revitalisation of Central Maitland.
    Maitland City Council Heritage Officer Clare James says ‘Council is keen to identify community partners to work with and help bring the Master Plan to life. As projects begin to unfold, you can expect to see stories of Maitland around its architecture, the river, our heroes and villains, poverty and prosperity’.

    The Master Plan will remain on public exhibition until 29 August 2014.

    ‘Council is excited and interested to hear what really grabs people about presenting the heritage of the city,’ said Ms James.
    A booth and installations will be set up during next month’s Aroma Coffee and Chocolate Festival, offering people the opportunity to find out more information about the Master Plan.

    A copy of the Master Plan can be viewed at Council’s libraries and the Council Administration Building or by clicking here.

    by Maitland Your Say 24 Jul 2014, 12:26 PM
  • Let's talk less waste community workshops

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    Maitland City Council is encouraging residents and business owners to contribute to the development of a 20 year waste management strategy for the City, by attending a community workshop at Maitland Town Hall on Monday 28 July 2014.

    Council’s Manager Development and Environment David Simm says ‘During the workshops, Council will identify the values of residents and businesses when it comes to waste and identify key goals they would like to see included in the waste management strategy’.

    Afternoon and evening workshop sessions have been organised to allow as many residents as possible to attend.

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    Maitland City Council is encouraging residents and business owners to contribute to the development of a 20 year waste management strategy for the City, by attending a community workshop at Maitland Town Hall on Monday 28 July 2014.

    Council’s Manager Development and Environment David Simm says ‘During the workshops, Council will identify the values of residents and businesses when it comes to waste and identify key goals they would like to see included in the waste management strategy’.

    Afternoon and evening workshop sessions have been organised to allow as many residents as possible to attend.

    ‘Council encourages residents to come along, participate in the workshop and contribute to the overall vision and solutions for Maitland’s future waste management,’ said Mr Simm.

    The workshops form part of Council’s ‘Let’s talk less waste’ engagement program, which has been designed to further explore the community’s overall vision for future waste management and key drivers for decision making.

    Community Workshops
    Monday 28 July 2014
    1.00 pm and 5.30 pm
    Maitland Town Hall, 285-287 High Street Maitland

    Residents unable to attend a community workshop are invited to visit maitlandyoursay.com.au and share their views by participating in the survey, forums and social media posts or by contacting the Engagement Team on 4934 9896.

    The closing date for comments is 5.00 pm Friday 1 August.

    For more information and to stay up to date with this project as it progresses, register your interest at maitlandyoursay.com.au or like us on facebook.com/maitlandyoursay.

    by Maitland Your Say 24 Jul 2014, 04:16 PM
  • Draft Bicycle Plan and Strategy 2013

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    Maitland City Council’s draft Bicycle Plan and Strategy 2013 was endorsed during last night’s Council meeting and will be placed on public exhibition for 28 days from Friday 11 July.

    The draft Bicycle Plan and Strategy reviews the existing Bike Plan 2005 and provides updated mapping of the existing cycleway network across the Maitland Local Government Area (LGA). It also presents recommendations of potential improvements to the cycle network infrastructure.

    Council’s Manager Infrastructure Strategy and Works Programming Chris McGrath says ‘The draft strategy builds on the Bike Plan 2005, to continue, connect, modify and broaden recommended routes.

    Maitland City Council’s draft Bicycle Plan and Strategy 2013 was endorsed during last night’s Council meeting and will be placed on public exhibition for 28 days from Friday 11 July.

    The draft Bicycle Plan and Strategy reviews the existing Bike Plan 2005 and provides updated mapping of the existing cycleway network across the Maitland Local Government Area (LGA). It also presents recommendations of potential improvements to the cycle network infrastructure.

    Council’s Manager Infrastructure Strategy and Works Programming Chris McGrath says ‘The draft strategy builds on the Bike Plan 2005, to continue, connect, modify and broaden recommended routes.

    The Plan will form the basis of development requirements in new subdivisions and assist in the design considerations of current and future works programing’.

    The vision of the Maitland Bicycle Plan and Strategy is Inclusive + Connected + Integrated.

    The eight objectives outlined, which support the strategies and vision and provide a consistent standard of facilities within in LGA include:

    1. Provide an overarching strategy for provision of cycle facilities within the LGA.
    2. Increase the use of the bicycles within the community.
    3. Encourage alternative methods of transport.
    4. Improve community health and provide safer routes to school.
    5. Reduce the number of missing links and severance within the existing bicycle network.
    6. Reduce the number of bicycle accidents.
    7. Improve connectivity of the cycle network and other transport modes, primarily bus, car, train and pedestrians.
    8. Complement existing and planned cycleways.

    The draft Bicycle Plan and Strategy 2013 can be viewed online by clicking here. Hard copies of the draft strategy will also be made available at Maitland City Council’s administration building and library branches.

    Submission must include the full details of the author and be addressed as follows:

    Draft Bicycle Plan and Strategy 2013

    The General Manager

    Maitland City Council

    PO Box 220

    Maitland NSW 2320

    Attention : Chris McGarth

    Submissions can also be lodged by email to:

    yoursay@maitland.nsw.gov.au  


    by Maitland Your Say 10 Jul 2014, 03:59 PM
  • Let's talk less waste

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    Maitland City Council is seeking community input into the development of a 20 year waste management strategy for the City.

    With each resident of Maitland generating on average over 600 kg of waste every year and the city’s only landfill site expected to be full in less than five years, managing Maitland’s waste into the future is big challenge.

    Maitland City Council Manager Development and Environment David Simm says ‘The development of a 20 year strategy for waste management will set a clear direction for the community of Maitland, with the strategy establishing a vision for the future, accompanied by....Read more

    Maitland City Council is seeking community input into the development of a 20 year waste management strategy for the City.

    With each resident of Maitland generating on average over 600 kg of waste every year and the city’s only landfill site expected to be full in less than five years, managing Maitland’s waste into the future is big challenge.

    Maitland City Council Manager Development and Environment David Simm says ‘The development of a 20 year strategy for waste management will set a clear direction for the community of Maitland, with the strategy establishing a vision for the future, accompanied by a number of high level goals.

    Once in place Council can identify the steps that will need to be taken to reach these goals’.

    The strategy will also guide Council’s decision making on waste management services into the future.

    ‘Council will be able to better plan and dedicate resources and identify priorities for accessing grant funding.’

    Council has spent considerable time investigating options for future waste management, in line with regional, national and global trends.

    A report prepared by consultants Hyder explored 12 options for the treatment and disposal of the city’s waste, and possibly commercial and industrial waste until 2030. These options found varying social, environmental and financial impacts associated with each scenario, and recommended that these impacts should be discussed with the community to determine priorities.

    Council’s ‘Let’s talk less waste’ engagement program has been designed to further explore the community’s overall vision for future waste management and key drivers for decision making.

    ‘Council is inviting residents and businesses to discuss different waste management options and explore potential solutions together , by participating in the online survey, online forums, social media comment and face to face workshops,’ said Mr Simm.

    The online survey and discussion forums are available by visiting maitlandyoursay.com.au. A hard copy of the information can be viewed at Council’s Administration Building or libraries. Community workshops will be held on Monday 28 July at 1.00pm and 5.30pm in the Maitland Town Hall.

    Consultation closes 1 August 2014.

    by Maitland Your Say 08 Jul 2014, 10:11 AM