Council Meeting

 

MINUTES OF MEETING

Monday, 27 November 2017

 Present

Council Members

The Mayor, Councillor Kevin Greene

Deputy Mayor, Councillor Kathryn Landsberry

Councillor Stephen Agius

Councillor Vince Badalati

Councillor Sam Elmir

Councillor Sandy Grekas

Councillor Con Hindi

Councillor Rita Kastanias

Councillor Nick Katris

Councillor Lou Konjarski

Councillor Nancy Liu

Councillor Leesha Payor

Councillor Colleen Symington

Councillor Warren Tegg

Council Staff

General Manager, Ms Gail Connolly

Director Assets and Infrastructure, Mr Laurie O’Connor

Director Environment and Planning, Ms Meryl Bishop

Director Community and Culture, Mr David Tuxford

Chief Financial Officer, Mr Rob Owens

Director Transformation and Change, Ms Marissa Racomelara

Solicitor, Ms Amanda Berry

Head of Executive Services, Ms Jennifer Anderson

Executive Support Officer, Mr Tom Christophersen

Executive Assistant to the Mayor, Miss Nelly Freitas

 

 

Opening

The Mayor, Councillor Kevin Greene, opened the meeting at 7.06pm.

 

National Anthem

The National Anthem was sung at the commencement of the meeting.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Mayor acknowledged the traditional custodians of the land, the Biddegal people.


 

Procedural Motion

Resolved:         Councillor Katris and Councillor Elmir

That standing orders be suspended in order for the Mayor to offer a prayer to the meeting.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

Prayer

The Mayor offered a prayer to the meeting.

 

The Council asked the General Manager to make contact with various religious and secular groups throughout the Council area to ask them to make contributions to ongoing and future Council meetings.

 

Procedural Motion

Resolved:         Councillor Tegg and Councillor Kastanias

That standing orders be resumed.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

Apologies/Leave of Absence 

Resolved:         Councillor Hindi and Councillor Elmir

 

That a leave of absence be granted to Councillor Wu for the period 23 November 2017 to

30 November 2017 inclusive.

Disclosures of Interest

Councillor Katris declared a Pecuniary Interest in CCL229-17 – Adoption of the Development Control Plan for the Kogarah North Precinct and the Kogarah North Urban Design Strategy 2017 - for the reason that his firm has previously provided, or is currently providing, architectural services to a range of property developers and owners with interests located in the Kogarah North Precinct.  Councillor Katris left the Chamber for this item and did not participate in discussions or voting on this item.

Councillor Symington declared a Pecuniary Interest in CCL230-17 – Report of the Finance and Governance Committee Item FIN379-17 – Property Matter – 6 Allen Street, South Hurstville - for the reason that she owns and resides in a dwelling which is located in close proximity to 6 Allen Street, South Hurstville.  Councillor Symington left the Chamber for this item and did not participate in discussions or voting on this item.

Councillor Kastanias declared a Pecuniary Interest in Item NM017-17 - Chivers Hill Centre Public Domain Upgrade - for the reason that she is a shopkeeper in the Chivers Hill Shopping Centre.  Councillor Kastanias left the Chamber for this item and did not participate in discussions or voting on this item.

Councillor Tegg declared a Non-Pecuniary Interest in CCL230-17 Report of the Finance and Governance Committee Item FIN380 – Property Matter – Proposed Rental Reduction for Beverley Park Golf Club – for the reason that his father is a member of the Golf Club.  Councillor Tegg remained in the meeting during discussion and voting on this item.


 

Councillor Hindi declared a Pecuniary Interest in NM020-17 Preparation of Carss Park Sport and Recreation Precinct Masterplan – for the reason that he lives in close proximity to Carss Park.  Councillor Hindi left the meeting and did not participate in discussions and voting on this item.

 

Public Addresses to the Meeting

ITEM

SPEAKER

CCL229-17
Adoption of the Development Control Plan for the Kogarah North Precinct and the Kogarah North Precinct and the Kogarah North Urban Design Strategy 2017

Walter Glaser

Councillor Katris left the room, the time being 7.15pm, having declared an interest in item CCL229-17.

CCL229-17
Adoption of the Development Control Plan for the Kogarah North Precinct and the Kogarah North Precinct and the Kogarah North Urban Design Strategy 2017

Jocelyn Gooch

CCL229-17
Adoption of the Development Control Plan for the Kogarah North Precinct and the Kogarah North Precinct and the Kogarah North Urban Design Strategy 2017

Dallas Cairns

Councillor Katris returned to the meeting at 7.25pm.

COM030-17
Georges River Children’s Services Strategic Plan 2017-2020 and Childcare Services Overview

Rachael Hellyer

NM018-17

Georges River School Zone Safety Program

Peita Coady

 

Minutes of previous meetings

Council Meeting - 23 October 2017

Resolved:     Councillor Katris and Councillor Kastanias

That the Minutes of the Council Meeting held on 23 October 2017 be adopted.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:   Unanimous

Mayoral Minutes

MM03-17            The Inaugural Georges River Council White Ribbon Day Walk

On Friday 24 November 2017, Georges River Council held its inaugural White Ribbon Day Walk with participation of over 1,000 people, including local schools, businesses, community groups, members of NSW Police and Fire Brigade, Georges River Councillors and members of the St George Dragons. Also in attendance were local politicians such as Treasurer the Honourable Scott Morrison, Member for Oatley Mark Coure MP, Member for Kogarah Chris Minns MP, and Member for Rockdale Stephen Kamper MP to lend their support.

The participants walked to rally the community to stand up and speak out against domestic violence and in particular violence against women. Georges River Council had encouraged schools, businesses, clubs and sporting groups to lend their support and they did!

The event was also supported by Kogarah Community Services, 3Bridges, Moving Forward as well as Georges River Citizen of the Year 2017, Ms Natalie Esdaile-Watts, who were all a part of a working committee who worked with Council staff to see this event grow into the success that it was.

Wearing White Ribbon T-shirts, participants walked 2.7km from Kogarah Park; they marched up Jubilee Avenue, around the oval, Gray Street and into the heart of Kogarah. As the walkers marched into Belgrave Street, many started chanting “No more violence, no more violence,” before heading back down to Kogarah Park.

After the walk had concluded, the official part of the day commenced with Councillor Nick Katris speaking about the effects domestic violence has within the local area and the need for the local community to come together to create change.

White Ribbon Ambassador Chris Futcher-Coles was the MC for the day and spoke passionately about the need for change in order to end domestic violence not just within the local area, but nation-wide.

The overall success of the day was due to the exceptional contribution by the wider community and an exceptional effort by Council staff to organise such a massive event. Staff worked tirelessly to organise this event, which ran seamlessly on the day. I would like to thank the staff for their commitment to ensure the successful outcome that we witnessed last Friday and I look forward to this event continuing on Council’s events calendar for many years to come.

In closing I would also like to thank Gold Sponsors Ramsgate RSL, Silver Sponsors Greenfield Tea, and Bronze Sponsors Oatley Hotel, Club Rivers and Club Central for supporting this event.  I also would like to thank the St George Sutherland Shire Leader newspaper for their excellent news coverage of the event.

 

Resolved:         The Mayor, Councillor Greene and Councillor Katris

That Council staff be congratulated for a job well done for organising the successful inaugural White Ribbon Day Walk for Georges River.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

Matters of Privilege

Councillor Hindi passed on his congratulations to local Georges River Council business owner, Norman Sarraf of Sarraf Strata Management,, who recently raised $160,000 for young people suffering from terminal illnesses (donation to Camp Quality, a registered charity).

Councillor Katris concurred with The Mayor’s positive sentiments regarding the White Ribbon Day Walk. At the event, Councillor Katris saw many young people and children, which emphasised the event’s positive educative effects on the community.

Councillor Katris also passed on his congratulations to the organisers of the Tele Games at Kogarah Park, mentioning that the event celebrated the multicultural diversity of the LGA.

Councillor Liu commented that the White Ribbon Day event was an impressive initiative and offered her congratulations to The Mayor and the General Manager on the event’s success. Councillor Liu noticed local business owners getting involved in the walk, which she observed was a good sign for the Council’s first walk.

Other

Councillor Badalati proposed that Council should, as a sign of respect, stand for the Prayer.

Condolences

Passing of Tom Burney

That Council express its condolences to the Late Tom Burney’s mother, The Hon. Linda Burney MP.

Councillor Hindi offered his thoughts and prayers for the passing of the Late Tom Burney.

Resolved:         Councillor Hindi/Councillor Badalati

That in lieu of flowers, Council donate $200 to the Central Coast Drug Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

A minute’s silence was observed in memory of the Late Tom Burney.

Councillor Katris left the meeting at 7.43pm having declared an interest in Item CCL229.

Environment and Planning

CCL229-17       Adoption of the Development Control Plan for the Kogarah North Precinct and the Kogarah North Urban Design Strategy 2017

(Report by Director Environment and Planning)

Resolved:         Councillor Hindi and Councillor Kastanias

(a)     That Council endorse the Kogarah North Urban Design Strategy (November 2017) as a Strategic Planning document that has informed the preparation of the DCP controls for the Kogarah North Precinct.

(b)     That Council defer consideration of the Kogarah Development Control Plan 2012 (Kogarah North Amendment) to the December 2017 meeting of Council to enable a further workshop to be held with Councillors in the intervening period.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

Councillor Katris returned to the meeting at 7.55pm.

 

 Finance and Governance

CCL230-17       Report of the Finance and Governance Committee - Meeting held on 13 November 2017

(Report by Head of Executive Services)

Resolved:         Councillor Elmir and Councillor Hindi

That the Committee recommendations for items FIN371-17 to FIN378-17, and FIN380-17 – FIN385-17 detailed below, be adopted by Council in accordance with the delegations set out in the Terms of Reference for the Finance and Governance Standing Committee.

 

FIN371-17          Advice on Court Proceedings - October 2017

That the report ‘Advice on Court Proceedings – October 2017’ be received and noted.

 

FIN372-17 Investment Report as at 30 September 2017

That the Investment Report as at 30 September 2017 be received and noted.

 

FIN373-17          Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee Charter and Audit Charter

That Council adopt the updated Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee Charter attached as Attachment 1 to the report.

 

FIN374-17 Tender for the Design and Construction of Riverwood Wetlands Restoration

(a) That Council accept the Tender from Total Earth Care, in the amount of $166,874, after having regard to all the circumstances, as the tender that appears to be the most advantageous and appoint Total Earth Care as the Principal Contractor under the Contract Number T17/014, subject to satisfactory outcome of the financial assessment.

(b) That the General Manager be authorised to sign the Contracts with the preferred Contractor on behalf of Council.

(c)  That Council officers inform the unsuccessful Tenderers of the resolution to decline to accept those tenders.

 

FIN375-17 Tender for the Construction of a Roundabout at Belmore Road and Clarendon Road, Peakhurst

(a) That Council accepts the Tender from KK Consultants Pty Ltd, in the amount of $156,420, after having regard to all the circumstances, as the tender that appears to be the most advantageous and appoint KK Consultants Pty Ltd as the Principal Contractor under the Contract Number T17/022 subject to satisfactory outcome of the financial assessment.

(b) That the General Manager be authorised to sign the Contracts with the preferred Contractor on behalf of Council.

(c)  That Council Officers inform the unsuccessful Tenderers of the resolution to decline to accept those tenders.

 

FIN376-17  Tender for the Design and Construction of Drainage, Irrigation and Resurfacing of Harold Fraser Oval

(a) That Council accepts the Tender from Renworx Pty Ltd, in the amount of $669,695.74, after having regard to all the circumstances, as the tender that appears to be the most advantageous and appoint Renworx Pty Ltd as the Principal Contractor under the Contract Number T17/044 subject to satisfactory outcome of the financial assessment.

(b) That the General Manager be authorised to sign the Contracts with the preferred Contractor on behalf of Council.

(c)  That Council Officers inform the unsuccessful Tenderers of the resolution to decline to accept those tenders.

(d) That Council in addition to the allocated budget for the project allocates $75,000 for the Harold Fraser Oval practice cricket wickets from the Georges River Section 94A Contributions Plan and $375,000 for the Harold Fraser Oval embellishments works from the Kogarah Section 94 Contribution Plan No. 5 - Open Space 2007.

 

FIN377-17  Property Matter - Release and Extinguish Restrictive Covenant - 22 Stanley St Kogarah

(a) That Council release the Restrictive Covenant over land located at 22 Stanley Street, Kogarah described as Lots 64 and 65, Section B in Deposited Plan 1397.

(b) That the release and extinguishment of the Restrictive Covenant not be reliant on the submission of a Development Application for the site.

(c)  That delegation is given to the General Manager to execute the formal application and all other associated documentation on behalf of the Council, for the release and extinguishment of the Restrictive Covenant.

(d) That the applicant reimburse Council’s costs in the release and extinguishment of the Restrictive Covenant.

 

FIN378-17     Property Matter - Proposed Reclassification of Land at 4-6 Dora Street Hurstville

(a)     That Council, pursuant to Part 2 Division 1 Section 30 of the Local Government Act, 1993 reclassify Lots 13 and 14 in DP6510 located at 4-6 Dora Street, Hurstville from Community to Operational land.

(b)     That the General Manager be authorised to lodge a planning proposal and to execute all documentation to effect the reclassification of 4-6 Dora Street, Hurstville from Community to Operational.

 

FIN381-17  Tender for Georges River Council Car Parking Strategy for Business Zoned Land

(a) That Council accepts the Tender from Parking and Traffic Consultants Pty Ltd, in the amount of $179,170 (Excl. GST), after having regard to all the circumstances, as the tender that appears to be the most suitable and appoint Parking and Traffic Consultants Pty Ltd as the Principal Consultant under the Contract Number T17/023.

(b) That the General Manager be authorised to sign the Contracts with the preferred Contractor on behalf of Council.

(c)  That Council Officers Inform the unsuccessful Tenderers of the resolution to decline to accept those tenders.

 

FIN382-17  Property Matter - Proposed Grant of Easement to Drain Water over 41D Kingsway, Kingsgrove

(a) That Council resolve to grant an Easement to Drain Water over Lot 47 Section 4 in DP 11417 (41D Kingsway, Kingsgrove).

(b) That the General Manager and Mayor be authorised to execute the s.88B Instrument or Transfer Granting Easement and all associated documentation to create the easement, under the Common Seal of the Council, if required.

(c)  That all costs associated with the granting of the easement be met by the applicant.

 

FIN383-17  Telecommunications Facility, Redin Place Reserve Connells Point

(a) That the information contained in this report, including (confidential) legal advice be received and noted.

(b) That the Mayor write to the Carrier requesting removal of the facility and expressing disappointment at the process and manner in which the Carrier has installed the facility.

(c)  That the Mayor write to the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman to seek confirmation as to whether this facility is classified as low impact.

 

FIN384-17  SOORT Increase

That the report be received and noted.

 

 

FIN385-17         Payroll Consolidation Project

That the report be received and noted.

 

Consideration of Confidential Items

FIN380-17: Property Matter – Proposed Rental Reduction for Beverley Park Golf Club

(a) That a rent reduction of 50% for the golf course lease be granted to the Beverley Park Golf Club for the current financial year.

(b) That the rent reduction be conditional upon the re-establishment of the Steering Committee in accordance with the existing lease agreement.

(c)  That Council provides a briefing session in early 2018 for Councillors regarding the development of a sustainable business plan for the future of Beverley Park Golf Course.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

Councillor Symington left the meeting at 7.55pm having declared an interest in item FIN379-17.

 

Resolved:         Councillor Elmir and Councillor Hindi

That the Committee recommendation for item FIN379-17, be adopted by Council in accordance with the delegations set out in the Terms of Reference for the Finance and Governance Standing Committee.

FIN379-17     Property Matter - 6 Allen Street South Hurstville

(a) That the General Manager be delegated authority to renegotiate the terms of sale as generally detailed in this report and in accordance with the financial terms outlined in the attached confidential report to the former Kogarah City Council detailed 25 July 2015.

(b) That the Mayor and General Manager be authorised to execute all documentation relating to the disposal of 6 Allen Street, South Hurstville and under the common seal of Council if required.

(c)  That the General Manager continue to withhold Council’s consent as landowner to the development application described in this report unless and until the applicant reasonably satisfies Council in accordance with the terms of the existing Contract relating to this Property.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:            The Mayor, Councillor Greene and Councillors Kastanias, Katris, Agius,                                 Payor, Grekas, Landsberry, Elmir, Badalati, Liu, Hindi, Tegg and                                                Konjarski.

Against the Motion:   Nil.

 

Councillor Symington returned to the meeting at 7.57pm.


 

 

CCL231-17       Report of the Environment and Planning Committee - Meeting held on 13 November 2017

(Report by Head of Executive Services)

Resolved:         Councillor Katris and Councillor Kastanias

That the Committee recommendations for items ENV001-17 to ENV003-17 (inclusive), detailed below, be adopted by Council in accordance with the delegations set out in the Terms of Reference for the Environment and Planning Standing Committee:

 

ENV001-17       Economic Development Advisory Committee Expression of Interest for Members and Terms of Reference

 (a)    That Council endorse the Expression of Interest selection process and Terms of Reference for the Economic Development Advisory Committee.

(b)     That Council seek Expressions of Interest from suitably qualified members of the community to participate in the Economic Development Advisory Committee.

(c)     That the Terms of Reference for the Economic Development Advisory Committee be approved.

(d)     That the General Manager write to previous members of the Economic Advisory Committee thanking them for their participation and advising them of the Expressions of Interest process for membership of the 2018 Committee.

(e)     That Councillor Katris and Councillor Agius (who are the alternate members of the Economic Development Advisory Committee) be appointed permanent members of the Committee.

(f)      That Councillor Kastanias and Councillor Badalati be appointed permanent members of the Committee.

(g)     That any Expressions of Interest received from organisations and associations also include a copy of their Annual Report or audited Financial Statements or equivalent.

 

ENV002-17       Heritage Building Grants Program 2017-2018

 (a)    That the Heritage Building Grants Program 2017/18 offers be made to successful applicants as outlined in the table annexed to this report ‘Summary table of submissions and recommendations for Heritage Grant Funding 2017/18’.

(b)     That any unspent funds from the Heritage Building Grants Program and the Heritage Publication Grants Program be placed in a reserve to be allocated to the following year’s program.

 

ENV003-17       Kempt Field Plan of Management - Community Consultation Outcomes and Finalisation

 (a)    That Council adopt the draft Kempt Field Plan of Management and endorse forwarding the Plan to the Office of Strategic Lands (Department of Planning and Environment) for approval.

(b)     That Council authorise the General Manager to make minor modifications to any numerical, typographical, interpretation and formatting errors, if required, in the finalisation of the Kempt Field Plan of Management and Masterplan.

(c)     That all individuals who provided a submission during the public exhibition of the Kempt Field Plan of Management be notified of Council’s decision.

 

CCL232-17       Report of the Assets and Infrastructure Committee - Meeting held on 13 November 2017

(Report by Head of Executive Services)

Resolved:         Councillor Grekas and Councillor Kastanias

That the Committee recommendation for item ASS001-17, be adopted by Council in accordance with the delegations set out in the Terms of Reference for the Assets and Infrastructure Standing Committee.

 

That the Committee minutes be amended to reflect that Councillor Tegg was not present at the committee meeting and that his name be removed from the voting on item ASS002-17.

 

ASS01-17          Georges River Traffic Advisory Committee Meetings - 17 October 2017 and 7 November 2017

Resolved:         Councillor Grekas and Councillor Agius

That the recommendations contained within the minutes of the Georges River Traffic Advisory Committee Meetings held on 17 October 2017 and 7 November 2017 be adopted by Council.

 

Motion:     Councillor Badalati and Councillor Hindi

That Council resolve the following with regard to item ASS002-17:

(a)     That the existing pedestrian crossing in Tooronga Terrace, Beverly Hills, east of King Georges Road, be retained.

(b)     That the existing crossing be designed to comply with the “Australian Standards 1742.10 2009 - Pedestrian Control and Protection” and the RMS Technical Directions “Use of Traffic Calming Devices As Pedestrian Crossings TDT2001/04b” document.

(c)     That the detailed design of the crossing be submitted to the February 2018 Traffic Advisory Committee meeting for consideration.

(d)     Should the Traffic Advisory Committee approve the newly designed crossing, then the funding for the upgrade of this crossing be allocated from the Council Local Area Traffic Management (LATM)  Budget.

The Motion was put and voting was as follows:

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:            Councillors Badalati, Liu, Hindi, Konjarski and Kastanias

Against the Motion:   The Mayor, Councillor Greene and Councillors Tegg, Elmir, Landsberry,                                 Grekas, Payor, Agius, Katris and Symington

The Motion was LOST.

Motion:     Councillor Grekas and Councillor Elmir

That Council resolve the following with regard to item ASS002-17:

(a)     That Council remove the pedestrian crossing and undertake the associated safety works in accordance with the resolution of Council dated 3 July 2017.

(b)     That Council request the RMS to increase the time and frequency of the pedestrian lights at the intersection of Tooronga Terrace and King Georges Road.

(c)     That Council refer the following matters to the Traffic Committee for a thorough investigation and report back to a subsequent Council meeting:

1.   Installation of speed humps and traffic calming devices along Tooronga Terrace to slow down traffic;

2.   Improved and additional disabled parking places; and

3.   A dedicated drop off zone in the vicinity of the removed crossing.

Amendment:    Councillor Hindi and Councillor Badalati

That Council resolve the following with regard to item ASS002-17:

(a)     That Council remove the pedestrian crossing and undertake the associated safety works in accordance with the resolution of Council dated 3 July 2017.

(b)     That Council request the RMS to increase the time and frequency of the pedestrian lights at the intersection of Tooronga Terrace and King Georges Road.

(c)     That Council refer the following matters to the Traffic Committee for a thorough investigation and report back to a subsequent Council meeting:

1.  Installation of speed humps and traffic calming devices along Tooronga Terrace to slow down traffic;

2.  Improved and additional disabled parking places; and

3.  A dedicated drop off zone in the vicinity of the removed crossing.

(d)     That Council carries out an assessment of all four lane pedestrian crossings in the LGA to determine compliance or otherwise with current Australian Road Rules and RMS Traffic Guidelines.

 

The Amendment was put to the meeting and CARRIED.  The Amendment therefore became the Motion. 

 

ASS02-17          Tooronga Terrace - Request for Contacts for CCTV and RMS feedback in regards to install "keep Clear" line marking

Resolved:         Councillor Hindi and Councillor Badalati

That Council resolve the following with regard to item ASS002-17:

(a)     That Council remove the pedestrian crossing and undertake the associated safety works in accordance with the resolution of Council dated 3 July 2017.

(b)     That Council request the RMS to increase the time and frequency of the pedestrian lights at the intersection of Tooronga Terrace and King Georges Road.

(c)     That Council refer the following matters to the Traffic Committee for a thorough investigation and report back to a subsequent Council meeting:

1.  Installation of speed humps and traffic calming devices along Tooronga Terrace to slow down traffic;

2.  Improved and additional disabled parking places; and

3.  A dedicated drop off zone in the vicinity of the removed crossing.

(d)     That Council carries out an assessment of all four lane pedestrian crossings in the LGA to           determine compliance or otherwise with current Australian Road Rules and RMS Traffic           Guidelines.

 


 

 

CCL233-17       Report of the Community and Culture Committee - Meeting held on 13 November 2017

(Report by Head of Executive Services)

Resolved:         Councillor Landsberry and Councillor Hindi

That the Committee recommendations for items COM031 to COM039-17 (inclusive), detailed below, be adopted by Council in accordance with the delegations set out in the Terms of Reference for the Community and Culture Standing Committee.

 

COM031-17       Georges River Telematch Night

That Council provide in-kind sponsorship support of $2,056.56 for the annual Georges River Telematch Night Event at Kogarah Park on 25 November 2017, being held by the Buddha’s Light International Association (BLIA) Sydney, International Buddhist Association Australia (IBAA) - Nan Tien Buddhist Temple at Carlton.

 

COM032-17       St George Art Society Members' Annual Art Awards and Exhibition

That Council note the financial sponsorship provided to the St George Art Society for its Members’ Annual Art Awards and Exhibition for the total value of $100 that was held at the Kogarah School of Arts on Friday evening 3 November 2017.

 

COM033-17       Oatley Combined Churches Carols in the Park

That Council provide in-kind sponsorship to Mortdale – Oatley Baptist Church of $1,384 for its annual Oatley Combined Churches Carols in the Park to be held on Saturday evening 9 December 2017 at Oatley Memorial Gardens.

 

COM034-17       International Community Fellowship Inc - Hurstville City Carols

That Council provide $600 financial and $3,046.56 in-kind sponsorship support to the International Community Fellowship Inc. to hold its annual Hurstville City Carols on Saturday 9 December 2017 at Woodville Park, Hurstville.

 

COM035-17       Salvation Army Hurstville Community Carols

That Council provide $3,155.40 in-kind sponsorship support to the Salvation Army – Hurstville for its annual Hurstville City Carols on Community Carols on Sunday evening 10 December 2017 at Penshurst Park.

 

COM036-17       St George Local Area Command - Emergency Services Big Bash

Councillor Hindi and Councillor Wu

That Council provide financial sponsorship support of $2,000 and in-kind sponsorship support of $3,029.70 to the St George Local Area Command for its annual Emergency Services Big Bash, which will be held on Saturday 20 January 2017 at Gannons Park.

 

COM037-17       Potters House Christian Church Hurstville - Christmas Carols

(Councillor Hindi and Councillor Wu)

That Council provide $1,738.42 in-kind sponsorship support to the Potters House Christian Church Hurstville to hold its annual Christmas Carols on Saturday evening 23 December 2017 at Olds Park, Penshurst.

 

 

 

COM038-17       Community Development and Services Advisory Committee meeting minutes - 1 November 2017

That Council adopt the recommendations contained within the Minutes of the Community Development and Services Advisory Committee meeting held on Wednesday 1 November 2017.

 

COM039-17       Major Events Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes - 1 November 2017

That Council adopt the recommendations contained within the Minutes of the Major Events Advisory Committee meeting held on Wednesday 1 November 2017.

 

COM030-17       Georges River Children's Services Strategic Plan 2017-2020 and Childcare Services Overview

 Resolved:        Councillor Tegg and Councillor Kastanias

That Council resolve the following with regard to item COM030-17 Georges River Children's Services Strategic Plan 2017-2020 and Childcare Services Overview:

(a)     That Council adopt the draft Georges River Council Children’s Services Strategic Plan 2017-2020.

(b)     That Council consider capping the current attendance fees at Penshurst Long Day Care Centre, Hurstville Early Learning Centre and Jack High Long Day Care Centre as part of the 2018/2019 budget process (fees and charges) and review such capping annually.

(c)     That Council temporarily convert five (5) vacant childcare positions (250 hours/month) at Penshurst Long Day Care Centre and 10 vacant childcare positions (500 hours/month) at Jack High Long Day Care Centre for the purpose of establishing a temporary occasional care service, commencing 2 July 2018 until 31 December 2018, with a view to commencing a permanent service in January 2019.

(d)     That the General Manager investigate ways to accelerate the provision of new childcare services, including a permanent occasional care service, a 24 hour service and a flexible-day service, with a report to be presented to Council in early 2018 detailing the business case and options for the establishment of such services in a financially sustainable manner.

 

CCL234-17       Georges River Council Draft Annual Report 2016-17

(Report by Corporate Support Officer)

Resolved:         Councillor Katris and Councillor Hindi

(a)     That the Georges River Council Draft Annual Report 2016-2017 be approved and forwarded to the Minister of Local Government and an electronic version published on the Council Website.

(b)     That the General Manager be delegated authority to undertake any necessary minor administrative or editorial changes to the Draft Annual Report 2016-2017. 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 


 

 

CCL235-17       Councillors submission to Office of Local Government on the draft Model Code of Conduct and associated Procedures

(Report by Manager Governance and Risk)

Resolved:         Councillor Hindi and Councillor Kastanias

That Council’s submission on the draft Model Code of Conduct for Local Councils in NSW and associated Procedures (as provided under separate cover) be provided to the Office of Local Government.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

CCL236-17       Audited 2016/17 Financial Statements

(Report by Coordinator Financial Reporting)

Resolved:         Councillor Katris and Councillor Elmir

(a) That in accordance with Section 419 (1) of the Local Government Act 1993, the audited Financial Statements and the Auditors’ Report for 2016/2017 are hereby received and noted.

(b) That a report to Council be presented to a subsequent Council Meeting detailing any submissions received in respect of Council’s audited Financial Statements, if applicable.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

CCL237-17       Alternative Councillor Delegates for Southern Sydney Region of Council (SSROC)

(Report by Program Coordinator)

Resolved:         Councillor Hindi and Councillor Elmir

That Councillor Hindi and Councillor Kastanias be appointed as the two alternative Councillor Delegates to the Southern Sydney Region of Councils (SSROC) Committee in the event the Mayor and/or Deputy Mayor are unable to attend.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

 Notices of Motion

NM013-17          Notice of Motion 13: Georges River Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel (IHAP) - Community Members

(Councillor Hindi)

Resolved:         Councillor Hindi and Councillor Katris

 

(a) That the General Manager immediately commence the process for the recruitment and appointment of the community members for the Georges River IHAP to ensure that members are appointed prior to the 1 March 2018 commencement date for mandatory IHAPs in the Sydney metropolitan area.

 

(b) That the existing community members of the Georges River IHAP be thanked for their service to date and be invited to apply for membership of the new IHAP in 2018.

 

(c)  That the General Manager submit a report to Council in February 2018 detailing the recruitment process and recommendations for appointment of the community members.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

NM014-17          Notice of Motion 14: Frequency of Bus Services to Peakhurst, Riverwood and Mortdale Town Centres

(Councillor Kastanias)

Resolved:         Councillor Kastanias and Councillor Hindi

 

(a)     That Council officers consult with the relevant bus companies at the next Local Traffic Advisory Committee meeting regarding increasing the frequency of bus services in the Riverwood, Mortdale and Hurstville, Lugarno and Oatley areas to improve services to those town centres, and report the outcome of the consultation to the next available meeting of Council.

(b)     That Council officers investigate ways to increase parking for patrons and visitors to the Riverwood, Mortdale, Hurstville, Lugarno and Oatley town centres during the preparation of the Georges River Car Parking Strategy.

(c)     That Council write to the State Member for Oatley, Mr Mark Coure and the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, the Hon. Andrew Constance MP, requesting funding for increased bus services on these suburbs.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:            The Mayor, Councillor Greene and Councillors Kastanias, Symington,                                    Katris, Agius, Payor, Grekas, Landsberry, Elmir, Liu, Hindi, Tegg and                               Konjarski

Against the Motion:   Councillor Badalati

 

NM015-17          Notice of Motion 15: Preparation of a New (City-Wide) Local Environmental Plan for Georges River

(Councillor Katris)

Resolved:         Councillor Katris and Councillor Hindi

(a)     That Council commence the preparation of a new Local Environmental Plan (LEP) for the Georges River local government area in early 2018.

(b)     That the General Manager prepare a report detailing the proposed program for preparation of the LEP, including the necessary strategic studies, community consultation framework, timeframes and costs for preparation of the LEP.

(c)     That the General Manager investigate the scheduling of additional Councillor Workshop sessions during 2018 for the purposes of formulating the draft LEP.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

Councillor Hindi left the meeting at 8.33pm, and returned at 8.36pm.

 


 

NM016-17          Notice of Motion 16: Preparation of a New (City-Wide) Transport Strategy for Georges River

(Councillor Agius)

Resolved:         Councillor Agius and Councillor Katris

(a)     That Council commence the preparation of a new city-wide Transport Strategy for the Georges River local government area in 2018.

(b)     That the Transport Strategy address all modes of transport including public transport, private vehicles, freight movements, active transport (walking and cycling), car sharing services and non-government transport services.

(c)     That the General Manager prepare a report detailing the proposed program for preparation of the Transport Strategy including the tender timeframe, background research, community consultation program, and costs for preparation of the Strategy.

(d)     That funding for the commencement of the preparation of the Transport Strategy be considered as part of the Q3 quarterly budget reviews.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

Councillor Kastanias left the meeting at 8.39pm having declared an interest in item NM17-17.

 


NM017-17          Notice of Motion 17: Chivers Hill Centre Public Domain Upgrade

(Councillor Hindi)

Resolved:         Councillor Hindi and Councillor Symington

(a) That Council host a free community event at Chivers Hill shopping centre in December 2017 to celebrate the completion of the public domain works and launch the revitalisation of the shopping precinct.

(b) That Georgie the Dragon make a special appearance and the event include a range of Council and local retailer promotions and children’s activities to help celebrate the completion of the works within this vibrant shopping area.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

Councillor Kastanias returned to the meeting at 8.45pm.

 

NM018-17          Notice of Motion 18: Georges River School Zone Safety Program

(Councillor Grekas)

Note:                   Councillor Grekas tabled a letter dated 27 November 2017 from Albert Pastura    in relation to this item and a copy is on file.

Note:                   Councillor Grekas tabled an email dated 27 November 2017 from Angie      Szczepanik in relation to this item and a copy is on file.

Resolved:         Councillor Grekas and Councillor Elmir

(a)     That Council introduce an annual School Zone Safety program for all primary and special schools located within the Georges River area in 2018, and high schools by request.

 

 

(b)     That the program incorporate ongoing community engagement, including intensive engagement at the commencement of each school term with school Principals and staff, students, parents and carers to inform the community of the purpose, rules and regulations relating to school zones and the management of school drop-off/pick-up zones.

(c)     That the program include various components such as educational, community advertising/engagement, minor traffic works (where approved by the Local Traffic Committee) and enforcement components.

(d)     That the General Manager be authorised to fund the full annual cost of the program (including any additional staffing costs) from the program’s enforcement revenue.

(e)     That the General Manager provide a report detailing the progress, achievements and community response to the program following the first six months of operation.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

NM019-17          Notice of Motion 19: Construction of a Commuter and Local Car Park at Beverly Hills

(Councillor Hindi)

Resolved:         Councillor Hindi and Councillor Katris

(a)     That Council oppose the introduction of a 24 hour/7 day clearway along King Georges Road, Beverly Hills and the removal of 62 local on-street car parking spaces until such time as dedicated off-street parking spaces are constructed in the vicinity of the Beverly Hills shopping centre to benefit the NSW State Government’s Sydney Metro Sydenham to Bankstown train line upgrade, local residents and motorists; being a win/win for all concerned.

(b)     That Council write again to the State Member for Oatley, Mr Mark Coure and the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, the Hon. Andrew Constance MP, offering to provide Council-owned land in Edgbaston Road (valued at $12 million) free of charge to the NSW government to facilitate the construction of a combined commuter/local car park to service train commuters and visitors to the local centre.

(c)     That Council write again to the State Member for Oatley, Mr Mark Coure, and to the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, the Hon. Andrew Constance MP, requesting the NSW Government commit the balance of the required funding for the construction of a commuter/local car park on Council’s land at Edgbaston Road, Beverly Hills.

(d)     That Council write to the Federal Member for Banks, Mr David Coleman MP thanking him for obtaining $2.5 million in grant funding for the construction of a commuter car park at Beverly Hills and advise that Council continues to pursue the balance of the funding from the NSW government to construct the car park.


Councillor Hindi left the meeting at 8.54pm having declared an interest in item NM020-17.

 

NM020-17          Notice of Motion 20: Preparation of Carss Park Sport and Recreation    Precinct Masterplan

(Councillor Agius)

Resolved:         Councillor Agius and Councillor Elmir

(a)     That Council officers commence preparation of a scoping brief for the development of a Precinct Masterplan and comprehensive Plan of Management for the Carss Park Sport and Recreation Precinct comprising Todd Park, Carss Bush Park, Kogarah War Memorial Pool, Carss Point Cottage and Carrs Park flats (sporting fields).

(b)     That the scoping brief have regard to current Council strategic initiatives that are under development including the Sport and Recreation Strategy, the Aquatic Facilities Strategy and the Synthetic Surfaces Action Plan.

(c)     That funding for commencement of the preparation of the Precinct Masterplan be considered as part of the Q3 quarterly budget review process.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

Councillor Hindi returned to the meeting at 8.57pm.

 

NM021-17          Notice of Motion 21: Georges River Council Affordable Rental Housing Policy
(Councillor Katris)

Note:          Councillor Katris tabled Issue 120, NSW Government Rent and Sales                                      Report dated July 2017, in relation to this item and a copy is on file.

Resolved:         Councillor Katris and Councillor Tegg

That the General Manager prepare a report for Council that provides information on:

(a)  The process that Council will need to follow to prepare an Affordable Rental Housing Policy for the Georges River Local Government Area taking into consideration the actions from the Draft Greater Sydney region Plan and the Revised Draft South District Plan.

(a) That Council commence the preparation of Affordable Rental Housing Policy and associated implementation plan for the Georges River Local Government Area taking into consideration the actions of the Draft Greater Sydney Region Plan and the Revised Draft South District Plan requiring the preparation of Affordable Rental Housing Target Schemes.

(b) That the Policy identify and assess the housing issues within the City and identify mechanisms to increase the supply of affordable housing for households on low to moderate incomes in housing stress.

(c)  That the outcomes of the strategic research and the resultant Policy provisions be implemented via Council’s planning framework (such as LEPs, DCPs, VPAs, Section 94 Contributions Plans, etc) to increase the supply of affordable rental housing in the city.

(d) That Council allocate funds as part of the 2018/2019 budget process to fund the cost of preparing the Policy.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

NM022-17          Notice of Motion 22: Asbestos Education Program

(Councillor Tegg)

Resolved:         Councillor Tegg and Councillor Landsberry

(a)     That the General Manager prepare a report to Council on the introduction of an Asbestos Management and Education Program within the Local Government Area in early 2018.

(b)     That the report include options for improving community awareness and strategies to improve the regulation, enforcement and coordination of asbestos handling across the various levels of Government and relevant agencies.

(c)     That the report identify potential sources of funding and timeframes for implementation of the Program during 2018.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

NM023-17          Notice of Motion 23: Investigation into the Installation of a Boom Gate in the Vicinity of Kogarah High School

(Councillor Katris)

Resolved:         Councillor Katris and Councillor Grekas

That the General Manager prepare a report to Council investigating the traffic implications and costs of installing boom gates in Gladstone Street, Kogarah to improve the safety of children crossing the road from Kogarah High School to their playing fields between 10am and 2pm on school days.  The gates would be similar to those successfully installed and operated in Neville Street, Oatley adjacent to Oatley Public School.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

NM024-17          Notice of Motion 24: Blakehurst Area Traffic Study
(Councillor Grekas)

Councillor Hindi left the meeting at 9.11pm and did not return.

Resolved:         Councillor Grekas and Councillor Elmir

(a)     That Council conduct a comprehensive traffic study in the Blakehurst area, taking into account the cumulative effects of increased density along the Princes Highway as a result of the new Kogarah LEP and the NSW Roads and Maritime Services’ impending changes to traffic conditions in the vicinity of Stuart Street.

(b)     That the traffic study examine current road network capacity (including existing entry/exit points), anticipated traffic movements with the increase in residents and cars, and suggested changes to improve traffic issues to pre-empt subsequent developments along the Princes Highway.

(c)     That the cost of the traffic study be included for consideration in the 2018-2019 budget process.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:            The Mayor, Councillor Greene and Councillors Badalati, Elmir, Grekas,                                   Kastanias, Katris, Konjarski, Liu, Payor, Symington, Tegg

Against the Motion:   Councillor Hindi

 

Conclusion

The Meeting was closed at 9.12pm.

 

 

 

 

 

Chairperson