City of Launceston council spent about three hours at the table on Thursday with the meeting full of rigorous debate, mainly around development applications.
Councillors discussed a proposal to install a Combat Engineers Memorial at Kings Park, which eventually got approved.
Many councillors agreed with the representor that the site could become cluttered. However, they congratulated the representors for the respectful way they made submissions, raising issues with the location, more so than the memorial.
Councillor Tim Walker moved a motion to have the proposal laid on the table, but it did not gain enough support.
Councillors Paul Spencer and Walker voted against the proposal.
A plan for a gym on Charles street, near Elaia, did not pass.
Neighbours said the gym would be too loud and take up parking in an already busy area, with many councillors agreeing.
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A motion, by councillor Alan Harris, was proposed to restrict the business to certain hours, however, councillor Rob Soward said this would not work under any gym's business model.
Cr Harris said it was the wrong business model for the location. He said it was not what the building had originally been built for.
However, other councillors agreed that people trying to start businesses in the city should be supported.
Councillors Nick Dakin and Hugh McKenzie declared a conflict of interest in the agenda item.
The motion proposed to restrict personal training hours, and class times to reduce disruption to the surrounding neighbours.
The council approved the demolition of an existing site at South Launceston. It will be rebuilt and will house A2 kitchens and Anstie Constructions.
One representor spoke against the proposal and said it would impact her surround swim school business.
An application for six dwellings, across three titles, also got approved.
During councillor question time, councillor Andrea Dawkins asked when the council would start referring to the Tamar River by its Aboriginal name. General manager Michael Stretton said work on this was already progressing.
A special council meeting was then held for a subdivision which is covered by a covenant.
The motion sought to split one block of land, located at Youngtown, into two.
The proponents and neighbours put their views forward. A decision will be made on whether the proposal is allowed to progress within the next month.
Councillors McKenzie, Janie Finlay, Harris and Spencer were on the hearing committee.
It is only the second time in seven years that the council has had to hold a hearing of this sort.
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