GREENS councillor Keith Hughes will put forward a recommendation Bega Valley Shire Council support equal marriage laws at its meeting on Wednesday.
His official notice of motion asks that BVSC “write to NSW and Commonwealth parliamentarians to support the legalisation of same-sex marriage”.
“While a local council has no direct power over marriage laws, it is important for our gay residents to know that their local council supports them and is advocating on their behalf,” Cr Hughes said.
“It's about dignity and respect, valuing diversity and enjoying an inclusive society.”
Also on the agenda for Wednesday's meeting is the proposed usage for the Tura Beach Tavern, acquired by the BVSC in June (BDN 18/6).
The public submission process has been completed and the future uses of the site are now proposed in line with BVSC intention to utilise the building for community purposes.
The recommended uses for the space include branch library, community meeting room, café and reception space for the upper level; multi-use community meeting spaces and community exhibition space for the lower level; and installation of Sapphire Coast Tourism, South East Art offices or ICT business incubator in the residence.
Floor plans for the proposed uses have been drawn up and will be part of the recommendation.
Other items on the agenda include:
* The implementation of “Scores on Doors”, a NSW Food Authority scheme that rates food retail establishments on food safety compliance.
* Reporting on outcomes of discussions with the proponent to incorporate recommendations of the council’s heritage advisor into redevelopment of the Hotel Australasia in Eden.
* Proposed cancellation of existing council tender on weed management and call for new expressions of interest.