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Council MEETING

 

Monday, 4 July 2016

 

LATE ITEMS

 

Council Reports

CCL037-16       Establishment of the Georges River Council Economic Development Advisory Committee

(Report by Hurstville Place Manager, Mr C Edmondson)......................... 2

CCL038-16       Draft Georges River Council 2016-17 Operational Plan incorporating the Budget, Revenue Policy and Schedules of Fees and Charges

(Report by Manager Governance, Ms C Bush)........................................ 12   

 


Georges River Council - Ordinary Council Meeting – Monday, 4 July 2016

CCL037-16          Establishment of the Georges River Council Economic Development Advisory Committee

[Appendix 1]         Terms of Reference - Economic Development Committee 2017 - 4 July 2016

 

1.      Council Reports

Item:                   CCL037-16        Establishment of the Georges River Council Economic Development Advisory Committee 

Author:              Hurstville Place Manager, Mr C Edmondson

 

Recommendation

a)      That a Georges River Council Economic Development Advisory Committee be established 

b)      That the attached draft Terms of Reference for the Economic Development Advisory Committee be adopted.

c)      That the Committee be established by invitation of the Administrator and by an Expression of Interest process.

 

Executive Summary

Georges River Council recognises that the formation of an Economic Development Advisory Committee will provide the opportunity for Council to be pro-active and work collaboratively with the Georges River community to promote sustainable economic development and growth.

 

Background

The purpose of the Georges River Economic Development Advisory Committee is to advise on the development, implementation, monitoring and review of the Georges River Economic Development Strategy and other related projects and initiatives.  The Committee will work cooperatively with Council and with the Georges River Chamber of Commerce and other local business and economic development organisations.

 

The role of the Georges River Economic Development Advisory Committee will be to:

·    Assist with the commissioning and implementation of an Economic Development Strategy for the Georges River Council area;

·    Act as a link between Council and key industry sectors to encourage open communication to respond to issues that may impact on the business community;

·    Develop and promote partnerships and business networks in the local area;

·    Identify economic development projects, opportunities and actions;

·    Partner with Georges River Council to attract new businesses, investment and jobs to the local area.

It is recommended that the Georges River Economic Development Advisory Committee be established by invitation of the Council’s Administrator and also through Expressions of Interests.

 

Operational Plan Budget

Within budget allocation.

 

APPENDICES

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

1.    Introduction............................................................................................ 4

2.    Name...................................................................................................... 4

3.    Status of the Committee......................................................................... 4

4.    Delegations............................................................................................. 4

5.    Roles and Objectives.............................................................................. 4

6.    Membership........................................................................................... 5

7.    Council Staff............................................................................................ 5

8.    Term of Office......................................................................................... 5

9.    Chairperson............................................................................................ 5

10. Alternates............................................................................................... 6

11. Vacancies................................................................................................ 6

12. Meetings................................................................................................ 6

13. Voting..................................................................................................... 6

14. Quorum .................................................................................................. 6

15. Proxy....................................................................................................... 7

16. Communication and Reporting................................................................ 7

17. Code of Meeting Practice and Code of Conduct...................................... 7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Georges River Council - Ordinary Council Meeting – Monday, 4 July 2016

CCL037-16          Establishment of the Georges River Council Economic Development Advisory Committee

[Appendix 1]         Terms of Reference - Economic Development Committee 2017 - 4 July 2016

 

INTRODUCTION

On 12 May 2016 Hurstville City and Kogarah City Councils were amalgamated to form a new entity – Georges River Council. The new council area is 38 square kilometres and has a population of approximately 147,000 people. In 2014/15 the Gross Regional Product of the Georges River Council area was estimated to be $6.8 billion.  In order to support the local economy, Council has  identified the need to appoint an Economic Development Advisory Committee.

NAME

Georges River Council Economic Development Advisory Committee.

STATUS OF THE COMMITTEE

This Committee is an Advisory Committee of Council.

DELEGATIONS

The following delegations will apply to the Economic Development Advisory Committee:

·    The Committee does not have the authority to incur expenditure;

·    The Committee does not have the authority to bind Georges River Council without approval from Council;

·    The Committee may make recommendations to Council on all relevant business presented before it;

·    Such recommendations will be presented to Council in a report prepared by nominated Council Officers;

·    Recommendations made by the Committee may or may not be adopted by Council; and

·    Members of the Committee are not permitted to speak to the media or social media in the guise of a representative of Council unless approved by the General Manager.  

 

PURPOSE

 

The purpose of the Georges River Economic Development Advisory Committee is to advise on the development, implementation, monitoring and review of the Georges River Economic Development Strategy.

 

ROLE AND OBJECTIVES

The Georges River Economic Development Advisory Committee will provide a link between Council and key and emerging industry sectors, with the aim of encouraging economic growth in the region.  

 

The Committee’s role will be to:

·    Act as a link between Council and key industry sectors to encourage open communication to respond to issues that may impact on the business community;

·    Develop and promote partnerships and business networks in the local area;

·    Identify economic development projects, opportunities and actions;

·    Assist with the commissioning and implementation of an Economic Development Strategy and other relevant plans, policies or initiatives for the Georges River Council area;

·    Partner with Georges River Council to attract new businesses, investment and jobs to the local area.

 

 

MEMBERSHIP

Membership of the Georges River Economic Advisory Committee will be sought on the basis of broad interest, understanding and commitment to advancing economic growth in the local area and shall comprise the following membership structure:

·    The Administrator of Georges River Council or their authorised representatives;

·    Following election of the Council in 2017, no less than one (1) Councillor and one alternate Councillor appointed annually;

·    One representative and one alternate from the Georges River Chamber of Commerce;

·    One representative and one alternate from the Southern Sydney Chinese Business Association;

·    One representative from each key industry - Health, Manufacturing, Finance, Property, Education, Hospitality, and Retail;

·    One community representative; and

·    Other members who may be invited by the Administrator, from time to time, to assist the Committee to achieve its objectives, including former Councillors from the Hurstville and Kogarah Councils.

 

COUNCIL STAFF

The following Georges River Council Staff will attend Committee meetings but are not considered members of the Committee:

·    Director of Environment and Planning (or their authorised representative);

·    Economic Development Officer

·    Committee Facilitator / Secretariat

The role of Council staff will be to provide professional advice, administrative and technical support. It must be noted that Council staff are not subject to the direction of the Committee Chairperson, or any Committee members thereof.

 

TERM OF OFFICE

Members of the Committee will be appointed for a two (2) year term with the option of a further two years at the discretion of Council or the Administrator.  The Administrator may also, from time to time, appoint additional members for a lesser period, to assist the Committee to achieve its objectives.

Membership of the Committee will be confirmed by a resolution of Council in the first instance and on an annual basis prior to September each year.  Membership of the Committee can be altered or withdrawn by a resolution of Council. Council staff will be appointed to the Committee by the General Manager.

 

CHAIRPERSON

The initial Chairperson may be appointed by the Administrator.  Thereafter the members of the Committee will elect the Chairperson. All remarks and recommendations made by the Committee will be made by the Chairperson. In the absence of the Chairperson, the Committee will elect a Chairperson.

 

ALTERNATES

The General Manager may from time to time appoint a person to be the alternative to a member and may revoke such an appointment. While acting in the place of a member the alternative member has all the functions of a member and is taken to be a member.

 

VACANCIES

The office of a member becomes vacant if the member:

·    Dies, or

·    Completes a term of office and is not reappointed, or;

·    Resigns from office in writing addressed to the General Manager, or;

·    Is removed by the General Manager from office for any or no reason and without notice.

 

MEETINGS

The following procedures will apply with regard to Committee meetings:

·    Meetings will be held on a Quarterly basis and will be open to the public;

·    Extraordinary meetings may be called by the Chairperson in consultation with the General Manager;

·    The agenda and meeting documents will be circulated to Committee Members at least one week prior to the meeting;

·    Each meeting shall be properly recorded by the taking of minutes;

·    Members of the public and the media may attend the meeting as observers;

·    Members of the public can not address the meeting unless prior arrangements are made with the meeting facilitator;

·    Presentations will be restricted to a maximum of five minutes. 

 

VOTING

As the Committee has an advisory role, its recommendations are made by consensus and no recommendation is deemed to be a decision of Council unless the matter is referred to Council for determination. If consensus is not achieved and is required, the matter will be referred to Council for determination. 

 

QUORUM

As the membership of the Committee operates in an advisory capacity only, no quorum is required however; the Chairperson will use their discretion to determine if any item should be deferred to a future meeting if it is considered that there are insufficient Committee members present to fully consider the item.

 

PROXY

No voting by proxy is permitted. Only members in attendance at the meeting shall be entitled to participate. If a member is unable to attend the meeting but wishes to be in attendance for discussion of a particular item, the member can notify the Chairperson to request a deferral of the item to a subsequent meeting.  Deferral of any item is at the discretion of the Chairperson.

 

COMMUNICATION AND REPORTING

The agendas and minutes of the Committee will be stored as a permanent record of Council as determined by the General Manager.  Meeting agendas and minutes will be placed on Council’s website. The minutes of each meeting will be circulated to Committee members within one week of the meeting. Any questions regarding the minutes will be referred to the Committee Facilitator. Where recommendations by the Committee exceed the delegations by Council officers, or if a resolution of Council is required with regards to the allocation of funds, resources or amendments to Council policy, a report will be prepared for the next available Council meeting.  

 

CODE OF CONDUCT AND CODE OF MEETING PRACTICE

Each Committee member shall be provided with the Georges River Code of Conduct and Code of Meeting Practice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Georges River Council – Ordinary Council Meeting - Monday, 4 July 2016                                                                  Page 11

 

Item:                   CCL038-16        Draft Georges River Council 2016-17 Operational Plan incorporating the Budget, Revenue Policy and Schedules of Fees and Charges 

Author:              Manager Governance, Ms C Bush

 

 

 

Recommendation

a)       That it be noted that following public exhibition, the draft Georges River Council 2016-17 Operational Plan including the Budget, Revenue Policy and Schedules of Fees and Charges, annexed to the report, has been amended as outlined in paragraph 8 and 9 of the report.

b)      That in accordance with Sections 405 of the Local Government Act 1993, the draft Georges River Council 2016-17 Operational Plan incorporating the Budget, Revenue Policy and Schedules of Fees and Charges including changes referred to in (a) above, be adopted.

c)       That the 2016-17 Schedule of Fees and Charges, subject to adoption of (b) above, be effective as at 5 July 2016.

d)      That the former Kogarah City Council variation increase to general income of 4.8% for 2016/17 be adopted.

e)       That the former Hurstville City Council variation increase to general income of 1.8% for 2016/17 be adopted.

f)       That in accordance with Sections 494 & 535 of the Local Government Act 1993, the Residential Rate for 2016/17 be made on the latest valuations (Base Date 1 July 2013) and any supplementary valuations applicable as at
1 July 2016 and such former Kogarah City Council Residential Rate will be 0.198 cents in the dollar and apply to all properties categorised as Residential.

g)         That in accordance with Sections 494 & 535 of the Local Government Act 1993, the Residential Rate for 2016/17 be made on the latest valuations (Base Date 1 July 2013) and any supplementary valuations applicable as at 1 July 2016 and such former Hurstville City Council Residential Rate will be 0.24046 cents in the dollar and apply to all properties categorised as Residential.

h)         That in accordance with Section 493 of the Local Government Act 1993, the former Kogarah City Council Business Differential Rate for 2016/17 be made on the latest valuations (Base Date 1 July 2013) and any supplementary valuations applicable as at 1 July 2016 and such Business Rate will be 0.42095 cents in the dollar and apply to all properties categorised as Business, except for the following subcategories –

(i)         Kogarah CBD Commercial Centre will be 0.49 cents in the dollar for 2016/17

(ii)        Blakehurst CBD Commercial Centre will be 0.49 cents in the dollar for 2016/17

(iii)       Hurstville CBD Commercial Centre will be 0.49 cents in the dollar for 2016/17

(iv)       Oatley CBD Commercial Centre will be 0.49 cents in the dollar for 2016/17

(v)        Ramsgate CBD Commercial Centre will be 0.49 cents in the dollar for 2016/17

(vi)       Blakehurst Industrial Area will be 0.55 cents in the dollar for 2016/17

(vii)      Carlton Industrial Area will be 0.55 cents in the dollar for 2016/17

(viii)     South Hurstville Industrial Area will be 0.55 cents in the dollar for 2016/17

 

i)          That in accordance with Section 493 of the Local Government Act 1993, the former Hurstville City Council Business Differential Rate for 2016/17 be made on the latest valuations (Base Date 1 July 2013) and any supplementary valuations applicable as at 1 July 2016 and such Business Rate will be 0.50285 cents in the dollar and apply to all properties categorised as Business, except for the following subcategories –

(i)        Hurstville Town Improvement District will be 0.075156 cents in the dollar for 2016/17

(ii)       Mortdale Town Improvement District will be 0.085977 cents in the dollar for 2016/17

(iii)      Riverwood Town Improvement District will be 0.091363 cents in the dollar for 2016/17

 

j)       That in accordance with Section 548 of the Local Government Act 1993, the annual minimum amount of the former Kogarah City Council ordinary rates for 2016/17 on each separate parcel of land or assessment be $883.59.

k)      That in accordance with Section 548 of the Local Government Act 1993, the annual minimum amount of former Hurstville City Council ordinary rates for 2016/17 on each separate parcel of land or assessment be $535.34.

l)       That interest charged on overdue rates for the year 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017, be the rate set by the Minister for Local Government of 8.0% per annum, calculated on a daily basis.

m)     That annual charges for the former Kogarah City Council Domestic Waste Management and other Waste Management Services be set as follows for 2016/17:-

Domestic (Residential) Waste Management Charge
(s496)                                                                                        $446.68 per annum

Additional Domestic Waste Service                                     $446.68 per annum

Special Additional Service (Domestic)                                $121.16 per annum

Additional Recycling Service (Domestic)                           $  99.32 per annum

Additional Garden Waste Service (Domestic)                    $131.04 per annum

Availability charge for vacant residential properties         $298.48 per annum

Boarding House Charge                                                       $223.60 per annum

n)      That annual charges for the former Hurstville City Council Domestic Waste Management and other Waste Management Services be set as follows for 2016/17:-

Domestic Waste Management Service (s496)                   $390.00 per annum

Domestic Waste for non-rateable properties and
additional full service (s496)                                                 $390.00 per annum

Additional “red lid” bin garbage only service (s496)         $255.00 per annum

Residential categorised properties (vacant land site)
(s496)                                                                                        $56.50 per annum

Availability charge (dwelling with private domestic
waste contractor) (s496)                                                         $56.50 per annum

Additional domestic recycling service                                 $ 82.00 per annum

Additional domestic recycling green service                      $148.00 per annum

Recycling green service strata complex sites                    $148.00 per annum

Clean-up services (private waste contractors)                   $23.00 per service

Non-residential commercial waste service (240L MGB)
(s501)                                                                                        $463.00 per annum

Non-residential commercial waste service (1100L
MGB) (s501)                                                                             $1,930.00 per annum

Non-residential commercial non-rateable waste service
(s502)                                                                                        $463.00 per annum

Non-residential commercial recycling service                   $232.00 per annum

o)      That waste removed on behalf of Georges River Council from non-rateable properties be classified as Domestic Waste or Trade Waste depending on the land category and the Annual Charges be set in accordance with parts (m) and (n) above.

Executive Summary

·    To consider the adoption of the draft Georges River Council 2016-17 Operational Plan including the Budget, Revenue Policy and Schedules of Fees and Charges as amended, following the public exhibition period.

 

·    To seek a resolution for the making of the required rates and charges for 2016-17 financial year in accordance with Section 535 of the Local Government Act 1993, Council must make each rate and charge by resolution of Council.

 

Background

1.         On 12 May 2016 the NSW Government proclaimed the amalgamation of Kogarah and Hurstville City Councils forming the new Georges River Council. 

The Local Government (Council Amalgamations) Proclamation 2016 under the Local Government Act 1993 dated 12 May 2016 required newly-amalgamated councils to have an Operational Plan, in place by 1 August 2016. A key priority was the preparation of a draft consolidated Operational Plan including 2016-17 Budget and Schedule of Fees and Charges.

 

2.         An integrated consolidated draft 2016-17 Operational Plan was prepared for Georges River Council on 30 May 2016 setting out the actions proposed to be undertaken to build organisational capacity for the newly amalgamated Council and detailing revenue and expenditure for services and infrastructure for the forthcoming year.  As transition plans will be implemented over the forthcoming year to integrate work, systems, processes and people the new Georges River Council will continue to deliver services and commitments to the community in a business as usual approach.

 

3.         Following at the Extraordinary Council meeting on 30 May 2016 the following was resolved: (Min No.10 /2016):-

 

“a)       That the draft Operational Plan 2016-17 including the Budget and Schedule of Fees and Charges, attached to the report, be approved for public exhibition for a period of 28 days between 31 May and 28 June 2016.

            b)         That following the exhibition period referred to in (a) above, a report be presented to a Council meeting prior to 1 July 2016 advising of any submissions received relating to the draft 2016-17 Operational Plan.”

 

4.         In order to give our new community opportunity to comment on the Operational Plan and in accordance with Council’s resolution and legislative requirements, the draft 2016/17 Operational Plan including the Budget, Revenue Policy and Schedules of Fees and Charges for 2016/17), were placed on public exhibition for a period of 28 days, which commenced on Tuesday, 31 May 2016 and concluded 5pm on Monday, 28 June 2016.

 

5.         Notification and publicity of the public exhibition occurred as follows:

 

§ Information and copies of the documents were placed on Council’s website under the ‘Currently on Public Exhibition’ and ‘Council Meetings’ tabs throughout the duration of the exhibition period.

§ Information and hard copies of the documents were placed in Council’s Customer Service Centres and in Council’s libraries throughout the duration of the exhibition period.

 

§ Advertisements were placed in the St George Leader under the Public Notices section on Wednesday, 1 June 2016 and Wednesday, 15 June 2016.

 

6.         Subject to the adoption of the draft 2016/17 Operational Plan including the Budget, Revenue Policy and Schedules of Fees and Charges, the new Schedule of Fees and Charges for 2016/17 will be effective from 5 July 2017.  Fees and Charges issued on 1 and 4 July 2016 will be at 2015/16 adopted Schedule of Fees and Charges rates.

 

The draft 2016/17 Operational Plan incorporating the Budget, Revenue Policy and Schedules of Fees and Charges – Submissions

 

7.         At the close of submissions, fourteen (14) formal submissions including two online petitions with one petition with 720 signatures and 260 comments and the other petition with 100 signatures had been received on the draft 2016/17 Operational Plan incorporating the Budget and Schedules of Fees and Charges as a result of the public exhibition.  All of these submissions except one either entirely or partially related to the reclassification, rezoning and sale of land within Myles Dunphy Reserve, Oatley (the former Oatley Bowling Club site). 

 

8.         In relation to Action 4.20 (former 4.26 in draft Operational plan as exhibited)Progress the planning proposal for the reclassification and re-zoning of 35 River Rd, Oatley (former Oatley Bowling Club site) to allow its use for an aged care facility.’ It should be noted that this action relates to reclassification and rezoning.  Council has not resolved to sell this land.  The next stage in this action is to go back to the community with a comprehensive planning proposal and undertake extensive consultation with the community before any decision is made to proceed with the reclassification and rezoning.

 

9.         It is noted that significant number of the submissions relate to the Myles Dunphy Reserve.  Council takes this opportunity to clarify that it is not proposed to reclassify, rezone, or sell any part of Myles Dunphy Reserve.  The proposal only relates to the land lots that the former Oatley Bowling Club was situated.

 

10.      Three of the submissions also raised issues to a number of services and projects which are detailed in the table below.  The other items raised in the submissions have been duly noted and as the Operational Plan provides overall actions there are further detailed actions that cascade down to the various departments. These actions from the former Kogarah and Hurstville operation plans have been captured in the various individual department plans. The issues raised have been provided to the relevant departments.

 

11.      It should also be noted that at Council’s previous meeting the organisation structure included an Internal Audit function and this position is currently being recruited.  At this meeting Council has prepared a report for the consideration of establishment of an Audit Committee.  

 

12.      In regard to the layout and format of the Operational Plan, specifically the budgets, this information can be made available in various formats by request.

 

13.      Where possible, a response has been generated to individuals addressing specific concerns, however no significant changes were required to be made to the Operational Plan as a result of these submissions. 

 

14.      It should be noted that there is opportunity and scope for Council to add additional information on specific projects in the update on progress reports.  Also that once the program of works is determined, a public listing of specific projects will be presented for Georges River Council. 

 

15.      In regard to the submissions that requested various capital works being new public toilets including disable toilet at the playground and stream roller section of the Oatley Park, Oatley Park, Lime Kiln Bay Wetlands Stormwater upgrade and  maintenance, Peakhurst Industrial Estate, bike paths and bike racks at Myles Dunphy Reserve, Sustainable Urban Community Garden and facility at Myles Dunphy Reserve.  All these items have been duly noted and there may be potential to utilise new capital from part of the Stronger Community and Implementation funds.

 

16.      All submissions have been forwarded to the Administrator and General Manager for their consideration prior to adoption of the draft 2016/17 Georges River Council Operational Plan including the Budget, Revenue Policy and Schedules of Fees and Charges.

 

17.      The summary of the submissions and issues raised are detailed in the table below.

 

No.

Date of Receipt

Submission Type

Subject/s Of Submission

Summary of Issues Raised

 

1

 

17 June 2016

 

Resident

Mortdale & Oatley

Letter

 

Oppose to reclassification,

rezoning and sale of the former Oatley Bowling Club site within Myles Dunphy Reserve, Oatley

 

·    Site has historical value local bushland and connection with late Myles Dunphy, conservationist.

·    The former Bowling Club site forms part of Myles Dunphy Reserve which is public parkland as also shown on road directories.

·    Former Hurstville Council both vaguely and incorrectly considered this item in the past.  No attention to the community concern.

 

 

2

 

24 June 2016

 

Residents Oatley

Letter

 

Oppose to reclassification,

rezoning and sale of the former Oatley Bowling Club site within Myles Dunphy Reserve, Oatley

 

·    Myles Dunphy Reserve is a natural native bush area - right next to the station with no parking and designed for train users.

·    The old Bowling Club site could be made into a picnic area without interfering with native bush.

·    It has been public land for so long the profit from sale would not be in the public interest. Council would be seen in a bad light.

·    The entranceway is narrow from Mulga Road to past the bowling green with resultant traffic problems no matter what type of housing development.

·    The main sewer line is underneath and Water Authorities have used the area extensively in the past for temporary buildings and equipment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

 

 

24 June 2016

 

Resident

Email

 

Oppose to reclassification,

rezoning and sale of the former Oatley Bowling Club site within Myles Dunphy Reserve, Oatley

 

 

·    Should turn the parkland into a universally accessible play area for the many families and children of Oatley.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

 

26 June 2016

 

Resident

Email

 

·   Internal Audit

·   Governance

·   Former Oatley Bowling Site. Oppose Rezoning and Sale of 35 River Rd, Oatley.

·   Oatley Park

·   Stormwater

·   Lime Kiln Bay Wetlands

·   Pollution

·   Peakhurst Industrial Estate

 

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·    Actual presentation of this plan – significant amount of information has been lost when consolidating both former Councils plans.

·    A detailed budget has not been provided. The budget in this plan is a summary, and is in a picture format which is not searchable and not user-friendly.

·    No references to internal audit or an audit committee. Tender and Contracts register and S94 Contributions register queries.

·    Former Oatley Bowling Club site - land is public land and as such should remain in public hands. Former Hurstville report acknowledged community wanted the site restored for community uses.

·    No reference to Oatley Park, which is one of the largest native bush reserves in St George.

·    No money allocated for Oatley Park.

·    Request money to be allocated for public toilets including disable toilet at the playground and stream roller section of the Oatley Park.

·    Couldn’t find information on income from Stormwater charges or the proposed stormwater program of works. Requested additional information to be supplied.

·     Needs high priority urgent funds needed for effectiveness of Lime Kiln Bay Wetlands.  Significant stormwater and natural asset.

·    Requests more specific actions regarding pollution and a complete environment audit on Peakhurst Industrial Estate and implementation of findings.

 

 

 

 

5

 

26 June 2016

 

Resident

Oatley

Letter

 

Oppose to reclassification,

rezoning and sale of the former Oatley Bowling Club site within Myles Dunphy Reserve, Oatley

 

·     No widespread community support for the site to be used for aged care.

·     The former Hurstville Council continually discussed the site in Committee of the Whole, without giving a valid reason and, in doing so, hid the process from public scrutiny.

·     Site forms part of Myles Dunphy Reserve which is public parkland.

·     Development would risk pollution of the creeks bordering the site which drain to the Georges River.

·     Any development of the site would present serious road safety issues.

·     Site is unsuitable for aged care. It is located in a bushfire zone and residents will encounter numerous obstacles accessing local services. One lane for entry and exit.

·     Change in use is insult to Myles Dunphy conservationist who convinced Council to have it as a reserve.

·     Disgraceful that the site has been left with no maintenance by Council since 2011 looks like a waste land.

·     Descriptor former Oatley Bowling Club no good for new people to the area since building demolished in 2011.

·     The former Hurstville Council in s430 report issued by Minister was severely criticised on both development and governance practices.

·     The new Georges River Council has restored faith in local administration. Keeping the former Oatley Bowling Club site in pubic hands will ensure trust has been acknowledged.

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

 

27 June 2016

 

Resident

Oatley

Letter

 

Oppose to reclassification,

rezoning and sale of the former Oatley Bowling Club site within Myles Dunphy Reserve, Oatley

 

·     Oppose to reclassification, rezoning and sale of the former Oatley Bowling Club site within Myles Dunphy Reserve, Oatley.

·     Site has significant natural, historical and cultural value.

·     Myles Dunphy Reserve provides sanctuary and habitat for wildlife and a significant bushland.

·     Wide variety of bird and animal life exists within the Reserve, and the mangrove forest provides a habitat for spawned fish and fingerlings. Preservation of these environments should be mandatory.

·     Natural watercourse flows through the reserve, directly downstream from the proposed development site. Any attempt to prevent contamination of this creek and erosion due to construction activity would be expensive and unlikely to be effective given the scale and development.

·     The removal of trees as a result of development would cause destabilization of the ground adjacent to the railway line and station, and would lead to overall reduced water quality flowing into that creek.

·     Reserve buffer to railway line makes Oatley pleasant viewing from train line.

·     Impact on the water quality in the Georges River.

·     River Keeper Program water course flows through the reserve directly to river. Construction would cause erosion and may cause contamination to the river.

·     Aged care facility is not suited to this site.  Trains too noisy for aged residents.  Bushfire zone.

·     Additional traffic caused by this development.

·     Mortdale Community Centre not a good development does not want same to happen on this site.

 

 

7

  

27 June 2016

 

Resident

Oatley

Letter

 

More comprehensive report.

 

·   Oatley Park Management Plan

 

·   Internal Audit

 

·   Former Oatley Bowling Site. Rezoning of 35 River Rd, Oatley.

 

 

·   Oatley Park

 

·   Stormwater

 

·   Lime Kiln Bay Wetlands

 

·   Pollution

 

·   Peakhurst Industrial Estate

 

·     Few targets against performance indicators and actions nor any timeframes. Difficult to report on and judge Council’s performance without this information.

·     Theme 1 - Specific action should to be included regarding the outstanding recommendations Oatley Park Plan of Management.

·     Actions should be included which commit to funding not only the capital cost of facilities but the required ongoing maintenance.

·     The Lime Kiln Bay Wetland would be an example of both a significant stormwater, as well as natural asset however it needs regular maintenance to keep functioning effectively as well remaining aesthetically attractive. 

·     Needs high priority urgent funds needed for effectiveness of Lime Kiln Bay Wetlands.

·     Actions should be included to establish and resource an internal audit function and to establish an internal audit committee which fully complies with the Office of Local Government’s Internal Audit Guidelines.

·     Oatley Bowling Club site, at Myles Dunphy Reserve is publicly owned community land and should remain this way. Should not be sold or even leased on a long term basis for residential purposes.

·     Used for recreational purposes.  Not be rezoned for private use as aged care facility.

·     Believe it is inappropriate for planning proposal to be progressed at a time when Council is under the stewardship of an administrator.

·     Should wait to new Council elected.

 

 

 

8

 

27 June 2016

 

100 Signatures and comments – Online Petition

 

Oppose to reclassification,

Rezoning and sale of the former Oatley Bowling Club site within Myles Dunphy Reserve, Oatley

 

·     Numerous comments

·     Need more community space where all members can connect and interact.

·     Need more green spaces for community to enjoy.

·     Fire hazard for the elderly.

·     Better sites for aged care development.

·     Valuable recreational area to learn about flora and fauna.

·     Site has significant natural, historical and cultural value.

·     Myles Dunphy Reserve provides sanctuary and habitat for wildlife and a significant bushland.

·     Use for other community uses recreational area, picnic area, bike path, learning centre, bush walks, urban farm.

·    Should turn the parkland into a universally accessible play area for the many families and children of Oatley.

·     Excellent urban garden site, urban farm, sustainable community garden.

·     There is nowhere in the Georges River Council area that residents can go to learn about conservation and sustainability. This site would make a brilliant hub for this type of learning to occur.

·     Excellent bike track for kids and adult to learn to ride bicycles.  Bike racks could be installed near station. 

·     Multi community uses.

·     Centre for bush walk tours.

 

 

 

 

9

 

27 June 2016

 

Resident

Oatley

Letter

 

Oppose to reclassification,

Rezoning and sale of the former Oatley Bowling Club site within Myles Dunphy Reserve, Oatley

 

·     Site is community land.  Aware that once reclassified and rezoned “Operational" land will remove restrictions on the community land.

·     Council will be able to sell off without community consultation.

·     Higher proportion of couples with children then elderly. Need more recreational space.

·     Elderly people prefer to stay in their own home.

·     Site is inappropriate for aged care facility. The one lane access on to Mulga road is a hazard with limited visibility.

 

·     A bushfire zone would make it unsuitable for elderly people.

·     Once the land is sold, Council and the community could lose control over the purpose to which the land is used.

·     The reserve is home to various wildlife and endangered plant species. The high density development would also threaten the bordering bushland and increase the risk of pollution.

·     Preservation of the land.

 

 

10

 

27 June 2016

 

Resident

Email

 

Oppose to reclassification,

Rezoning and sale of the former Oatley Bowling Club site within Myles Dunphy Reserve, Oatley

 

·     Will lead to unsafe traffic conditions for cars and pedestrians onto Mulga Road.

·     This will only add to the pollution of the bush area and the river.

·     Nothing came from previous community discussions at a special meeting held to look at proposed plan by former Hurstville Council.

·     Preserve the trees, bushland and native flora and fauna for generations to come.

 

 

11

 

27 June 2016

 

Resident

Email

 

Excellent site for other community uses.

 

Oppose to reclassification,

Rezoning and sale of the former Oatley Bowling Club site within Myles Dunphy Reserve, Oatley

 

 

·     Excellent urban garden site, urban farm, sustainable community garden.

·     There is nowhere in the Georges River Council area that residents can go to learn about conservation and sustainability. This site would make a brilliant hub for this type of learning to occur.

·     Excellent bike track for kids and adult to learn to ride bicycles.  Bike racks could be installed near station.  Multi community uses.

·     Centre for bush walk tours.

 

 

12

 

28 June 2016

 

Resident

Oatley

Letter

 

Oppose to reclassification and rezoning of the former Oatley Bowling Club site within Myles Dunphy Reserve, Oatley

 

·    Protest against the reclassification and rezoning of the former Oatley Bowling Club site as described in Section 4.26 of the above Plan. 

·    Changing the use betrays the efforts of Myles Dunphy, the environmentalist who lobbied Hurstville Council to retain the entire area as a reserve.

·    Development will endanger the fragile local ecology including native flora and fauna as well as polluting the Georges River, which is already under threat from increased population density and a Sydney Water sewerage system which presently cannot cope after heavy rain.

·    An aged care facility is unsuitable as the site is located in a bush fire zone.

·    Aged care operators are free to, and should be encouraged by Council, to establish facilities on private land and follow the normal processes.

·    Former Hurstville Council's 2010 survey found a majority wanted the club building restored.  However Council left the building vacant without security measures. It became derelict and unusable so it was demolished in 2011.  Councils, Hurstville, and now St George, have failed to canvass the community about options for the club site, e.g. playground, bike track, community garden or restored as bushland.

·    Georges River Council has no mandate to privatise this section of public parkland.

·    The sale of a public reserve throws up probity questions.

·    Please consider petition (currently circulating) and which contains the names of 720 protesters who are opposed to the reclassification and rezoning of the former Oatley Bowling Club site.

 

13

 

 

720 Signatures and 260 comments – Online Petition

 

Oppose to reclassification and rezoning of the former Oatley Bowling Club site within Myles Dunphy Reserve, Oatley

 

·    720 protesters who are opposed to the reclassification and rezoning of the former Oatley Bowling Club site, as per link "Stop the sale of public parkland in Oatley NSW."

 

·    Georges River Council proposes to progress the planning proposal for the reclassification and rezoning of 35 River Road, Oatley (former Oatley Bowling Club site) to allow its use for an aged care facility (as per Section 4.26 of its Operational Plan 2016-17).

 

Subscribers object and below is           summary of some of the reasons:-

 

·    The site forms part of the Myles Dunphy Reserve, named after one of Australia's first environmentalists who lived here in Oatley. Myles helped pioneer the foundation of national parks and urged the council to spare the reserve from housing development.

·    The reserve is home to various native wildlife and endangered plant species.  The high-density development would also threaten the bordering bushland and increase the risk of pollution of the nearby Georges River.

·    The one-lane access and the hazardous exit onto Mulga Rd with limited visibility would cause traffic chaos.  

·    It's also in a bushfire zone!  

·    Even the Council report admits "the natural areas within Myles Dunphy Reserve are one of the most highly valued environmental assets within the Hurstville LGA."

·    The old club site should be replanted as bushland or put to another valuable community use, such as a recreation area.

·    With so much development going on in the Hurstville and Kogarah areas, we should be keeping our parks, not selling them off!

·    The former Hurstville Council has never explained why it has always discussed this matter in secret meetings, away from the public eye.  

 

 

 

14

 

 

Resident

Oatley

Letter

 

More comprehensive

Operational Plan with more performance indicators.

 

 

 

Review of the Draft Operational Plan for the newly formed Georges River Council:-

·    In terms of Environmental Sustainability, Biodiversity Protection and Regulatory Compliance it sets itself underwhelming modest goals, and ensures a lack-lustre performance with its minimal number, poorly targeted and non-specific performance indicators.

 

·    Both of the previous Operational Plans for Hurstville and Kogarah Councils were more detailed and targeted, and arguably better.

 

·    Assets and the Natural Environment. 1.9   It is appropriate that council endorses ESD principles, but regrettably past performance is poor. For example there has been continual development consent for ugly private monolithic blocks of masonry with vast areas of pavement surrounding it with no apparent green offsets.

 

·    Set-backs and deep planting zones on blocks should be enforced to enable trees plantings and gardens that will survive.

 

·    Council should lead by example, why not install ‘Living Green-walls" in the public domain in the very 'green deprived' CBD of Hurstville.  

 

·    No demonstrated commitment to ESD energy measures, non-fossil fuel initiatives. Council should install solar panels in or on a piece of publicly owned infrastructure or building that visibly demonstrates its commitment.

 

·    1.10 Water Sensitive Urban Development and floodplain risk management should be a top priority. Need more specific performance indicators for this field.

 

·    1.12 There needs to be specific programs and performance indicators for the protection and extension of habitat to support such species on both public and private lands within the council’s area of responsibility.

 

·    1.15 Improving the aesthetic, environmental and recreational quality of the foreshore and waterways.  Hurstville City Council's performance has been abysmal in the past. An outstanding example of this is the west facing foreshore of Jewfish Bay.; Council should enforce a standard of 2 for 1 tree replacement.

 

·    New Operational Plan, no performance indicator that will address the concern to maintain the scenic bushy quality of the foreshores, and ensuring a standard of urban design. This also reflects concern for waterway health, inadequate range of performance indicators related to it. 

 

·    1.16 Council's bush regeneration and maintenance program is brilliant, however extra resources need to be made available to enable areas to be further extended and enhanced habitats and bushland and wetlands.

 

·    1.25 Council should see footpath and public domain spaces as an opportunity to re-green the local government area. The 'old' Hurstville LGA,  that even existing street trees are continuously and unnecessarily sacrificed Furthermore council (in the past) has not acted with any real determination to respond the poisoning of trees, even when on public footpaths and reserves. Should adopt a policy of signage on such trees, and public advertising on websites and in council newsletters that show a culture in our new council of wanting to protect rather than eliminate trees, in recognition of their provision of ecosystem services. (eg. Climate and carbon amelioration, stormwater bio-retention and filtration, privacy and amenity.)

 

·    Performance Indicators for Assets and the Natural Environment. A total of 5 modest performance indicators. 

·    Giving away a lot of free ’trees’... There is no performance indicator of  what tree loss in terms of canopy trees  is occurring, and a tree give-away, doesn't compensate for this.

·    Another example is the number of tonnes of rubbish being removed from GPT's; it is great that council does this as it does improve the appearance of the downstream waterway as the visible floating litter is reduced. However, GPT's do nothing to remove invisible sources of water pollution, and may in fact just be attending to the 'cosmetics' of the problem only. Its failure in stopping residents and developers from overloading the streets and stormwater systems with litter. Need measure in place to achieve waste minimization.

 

 

Proposed amendments to the draft 2016/17 Operational Plan

18.      During the exhibition period of the draft 216/17 Operational Plan, including the Budget, Revenue Policy and Schedules of Fees and Charges amendments were made as a result of statutory and administrative changes.  These are as follows.

 

19.                Since the exhibition of the draft Georges River Council 2016-17 Operational Plan including the Budget, Revenue Policy and Schedules of Fees and Charges, the Senior Organisation Structure was adopted at the Regular Council meeting of 6 July 2016.   This has been reflected on Page 9 of the document with the previous Organisational Structure being removed and replaced with the revised Organisation structure.

 

20.      Senior staff directorates were established from the adopted Organisational Structure therefore the Integrated Planning document the draft 2016-17 Operational Plan including the Budget, Revenue Policy and Schedules of Fees and Charges has been updated throughout the document to reflect these changes.

 

21.      The amended integrated document now outlines Council’s actions under the following five themes:

 

·     Assets and Infrastructure

·     Environment and Planning

·     Community and Culture

·     Corporate Services and Support

·     Transformation and Change

 

            Previously show in the integrated document under the following five themes:

 

·     Assets and the Natural Environment

·     Planning, Regulatory and Environmental

·     Community and Culture

·     Governance and Corporate Services

·     Building Organisational Capacity

 

22.      There were a number of administrative/ textural changes made to content and formatting from further internal review during the exhibition period to ensure content and language is consistent.   These do not result in substantive or significant changes.

 

23.      The following changes were made to the fees and charges for consistency, removal of duplication and legislative requirements as identified in the table below. 

 

24.      It should be noted that no submissions were received from the public regarding the draft Schedule of Fees and Charges 2016/17.

 

 

Old Fee
Number

New Fee 
Number        

Description of Fee

Old Amount

 New Amount

3.7       

3.7       

Photocopies/Printing/Laminating

A4  Colour

$          1.10

 $   0.20

A3 Colour

$          2.20

 $   0.40

Lamination - A4 or smaller

$          2.50

 $  1.00

Lamination - A3

$          5.00

 $  2.00

4.1

4.1

General Photocopy Fee (Per Page)

 by Customer Service Staff

A4 B&W

$          0.70

 $  0.10

A3 B&W

$          0.90

 $  0.20

A4 Colour

$          1.60

 $  0.10

A3 Colour

$          2.70

 $  0.20

1.47

4.27

Map & Plan Copying

A0 size sheet

$        20.00

 $      10.00

A1 size sheet

$        20.00

 $      10.00

A2 size sheet

$        20.00

 $      10.00

A3 size sheet

$          6.00

 $        0.20

A4 size sheet

$          3.00

 $        0.10

1.55

1.35

Miscellaneous  Services

First Hour

$     163.00

 $     170.00

Per hour or part thereof after First Hour

$     163.00

 $     170.00

2.65

Deleted

Section 68 LGA Approvals

(12 months maximum)

Deleted replaced with item 2.84

 

Place a Waste Container on a Footpath (C3)

 

Application fee

$     215.00

 Deleted

Footpath Rental Fee - per week

$        15.00

 Deleted

4.18

4.18

Subpoenas

First Hour or part there of

$     140.00

 $        30.00

Per hour or part thereof after First Hour

$     140.00

 $        30.00

1.44

Deleted

Property Information

Access fee to property information

$        11.00

 Deleted

Deposited Plans

$        23.00

 Deleted

Strata Plans

$        23.00

 Deleted

Certificate titles

$        23.00

 Deleted

Property Water Board Sewer Diagrams

$        42.00

 Deleted

2.14

Deleted

Copies of plans & administration fee

A4

$          5.50

 Deleted

A3

$        11.00

 Deleted

A1 or bigger

$        27.50

 Deleted

2.27

2.26

Building, Entertainment Venue and Miscellaneous

Inspection fees (where not critical stage inspections

under a PCA Service Agreement or subject to other

statutory fee scales)

d) Section 96(AA) Designated Develop.

 $     920.00

 

 

Proposed amendments to the draft budget included in draft 2016/17 Operational Plan

25.       Following the exhibition period,  Council’s 2016-17 has largely remained the same to that presented as part of the draft Operational Plan,  with exception of the following items:-

           

Expenditure

 Increased $250,000 due to the proposed introduction of voluntary pensioner rebate for Kogarah ratepayers (subject to adoption of a further report to Council on 4 July 2016).

 

Increased $100,000 – Independent Hearing Assessment Panel committee – operating costs including remuneration to panel members.

 

Increased $6,500,000 – Stronger Communities Funding – capital expenditure – projects still to be determined.

 

Increased $1,000,000 -  Stronger Communities Funding – operational expenditure – Community grants.

 

New Council Implementation Fund - $2,500,000 expenditure moved from operational to capital expenditure.

  

Income

 Decrease $10,000,000 New Council implementation grant received in June so has been removed from 16/17 Budget.

 

Decrease $4,000,000 CDO Recovery dividend received in June so has been removed from 16/17 Budget.

 

 

Reserve Movements

 

$7,500,000 transferred from Stronger Communities Fund Reserve to fund above expenditure.

 

$7,500,000 transferred from New Council Implementation Fund Reserve to fund various expenditure.

 

$4,000,000 transferred from CDO Recovery Reserve to fund Drainage expenditure.

 

Recommendation

 

26.       It is recommended that in accordance with section 405 of  the Local Government Act 1993, Council formally adopt the 2016/17 Operational Plan, including the Statement of Council’s Revenue Policy (including the Schedule of Fees and Charges) as amended, annexed to the report.

 

 

 

 

 

Operational Plan Budget

27.       Since public exhibition net operating surplus for 2016/17 has reduced by $10.35M, primarily due to the early receipt of the $10M New Council implementation grant received in June 2015, which was previously included in the draft 16/17 Budget. 

 

 

 

APPENDICES

Appendix View1

Draft Georges River Council 2016/17 Operational Plan incorporating the Budget, Revenue Policy and Schedules of Fees and Charges

 


Georges River Council - Ordinary Council Meeting - Monday, 4 July 2016

CCL038-16          Draft Georges River Council 2016-17 Operational Plan incorporating the Budget, Revenue Policy and Schedules of Fees and Charges

[Appendix 1]         2016/17 Draft Operational Plan

 




































Georges River Council Ordinary Meeting  Monday, 4 July 2016

CCL038-16             Draft Georges River Council 2016-17 Operational Plan incorporating the Budget, Revenue Policy and Schedules of Fees and Charges

[Appendix 1]           2016/17 Draft Operational Plan


 


 


 


 


 


 


Georges River Council Ordinary Meeting  Monday, 4 July 2016

CCL038-16             Draft Georges River Council 2016-17 Operational Plan incorporating the Budget, Revenue Policy and Schedules of Fees and Charges

[Appendix 1]           2016/17 Draft Operational Plan


 


 


 


Georges River Council Ordinary Meeting  Monday, 4 July 2016

CCL038-16             Draft Georges River Council 2016-17 Operational Plan incorporating the Budget, Revenue Policy and Schedules of Fees and Charges

[Appendix 1]           2016/17 Draft Operational Plan


Georges River Council Ordinary Meeting  Monday, 4 July 2016

CCL038-16             Draft Georges River Council 2016-17 Operational Plan incorporating the Budget, Revenue Policy and Schedules of Fees and Charges

[Appendix 1]           2016/17 Draft Operational Plan


 


 


Georges River Council Ordinary Meeting  Monday, 4 July 2016

CCL038-16             Draft Georges River Council 2016-17 Operational Plan incorporating the Budget, Revenue Policy and Schedules of Fees and Charges

[Appendix 1]           2016/17 Draft Operational Plan


 


Georges River Council Ordinary Meeting  Monday, 4 July 2016

CCL038-16             Draft Georges River Council 2016-17 Operational Plan incorporating the Budget, Revenue Policy and Schedules of Fees and Charges

[Appendix 1]           2016/17 Draft Operational Plan


Georges River Council Ordinary Meeting  Monday, 4 July 2016

CCL038-16             Draft Georges River Council 2016-17 Operational Plan incorporating the Budget, Revenue Policy and Schedules of Fees and Charges

[Appendix 1]           2016/17 Draft Operational Plan


Georges River Council Ordinary Meeting  Monday, 4 July 2016

CCL038-16             Draft Georges River Council 2016-17 Operational Plan incorporating the Budget, Revenue Policy and Schedules of Fees and Charges

[Appendix 1]           2016/17 Draft Operational Plan


 


 


 


 


 


 


Georges River Council - Ordinary Council Meeting - Monday, 4 July 2016

CCL038-16          Draft Georges River Council 2016-17 Operational Plan incorporating the Budget, Revenue Policy and Schedules of Fees and Charges

[Appendix 1]         2016/17 Draft Operational Plan


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Georges River Council Ordinary Meeting  Monday, 4 July 2016

CCL038-16             Draft Georges River Council 2016-17 Operational Plan incorporating the Budget, Revenue Policy and Schedules of Fees and Charges

[Appendix 1]           2016/17 Draft Operational Plan