Economic Development Committee

 

MINUTES OF MEETING

Monday, 30 April 2018

 Present

Council Members

Councillor Con Hindi (Chair), Councillor Stephen Agius, Councillor Vince Badalati, Councillor Rita Kastanias, Councillor Nick Katris, Councillor Kathryn Landsberry Deputy Mayor (Guest), Councillor Leesha Payor (Guest) and Councillor Christina Wu (Guest).

 

Industry and Community Members

Ms Jacqui Attard (Realise Business), Mr Shane Coombs (Hurstville Private Hospital), Ms Tania Katsanis (community member), Ms Claire Zhang (Best Professional Finance) and Mr Allan Zreik (St George Business Chamber).

Council Staff

Director Environment and Planning, Ms Meryl Bishop, Manager Strategic Planning Ms Catherine McMahon, Community Engagement Coordinator Ms Simone Schwarz, Senior Project Officer Ms Lee Crane and Economic Development Officer Mr Craig Edmondson.

 

Opening – Welcome and Introductions - Ms Meryl Bishop

 

Apologies 

Apologies were received on behalf of Councillor Warren Tegg, Mr Frank Bates (President Beverley Park Golf Club), Ms Rosemary Bishop (CEO 3 Bridges), Ms Chantelle Chapman (Group Business and Marketing Manager – Club Central) and Mr Laurie Debono (Former CEO Emerdyn Manufacturing).

Appointment of the Chair 

Nominations for Chair of the Committee were put to the meeting. Councillor Badalati nominated Councillor Hindi as Chair and Councillor Kastanias as Alternate.

Recommendation:   Councillor Badalati and Councillor Kastanias

That Councillor Hindi be appointed as Chairperson and Councillor Kastanias be appointed as alternate Chairperson of the Economic Development Committee.

Record of Voting

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

Adoption of the Terms of Reference 

Councillor Kastanias asked for clarification regarding Conflicts of Interest. Council Hindi advised that any Conflicts of Interest must declared as per Council’s Code of Conduct and Code of Meeting Practice.

 

Recommendation:   Councillor Badalati and Councillor Kastanias

That the Terms of Reference as attached in Attachment 2, be adopted.

Record of Voting

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

Disclosure of Interest

There were no disclosures of interest made.

Being, the first meeting of the Economic Development Committee there were no previous minutes requiring confirmation.

 

Council Reports

EDC001-18       Economic Development Strategy and Place Making Works Program Update

(Report by Manager Strategic Planning)

Recommendation:   Councillor Hindi and Councillor Badalati

(a)     That the EDAC note the overview of the preparation of an Economic Development Strategy and the on-going rollout of a Place Making Works Program.

(b)     That the Committee be provided with a detailed map showing where the `Big Wash’ and Kogarah Clean with regards to the occurred in Hurstville and Kogarah Town Centres.

(c)     That cleaning of all town centres occurs equally at least four times per year with clear objectives, and key performance and sustainability indicators.

(d)     That Council investigates a humane method of removing the ibis from Kogarah Town Centre.

(e)     That the Council fund regular cleaning of the Hurstville Town Centre through the Hurstville Town Improvement Levy.

(f)      That Council continue to educate local businesses about shopfront signage.

(g)     That Council ensures that businesses comply with Council’s requirements regarding shopfront signage with particular reference to providing an accurate English translation.   

(h)     That Council consider utilising the services of multicultural business advisors to assist in the compliance phase. 

(i)      That Council investigates improving transport links between town centres that have rail and bus networks.

Record of Voting

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

 

 

EDC002-18       Economic Development Advisory Committee Vacancies

(Report by Economic Development Officer)

Recommendation:   Councillor Katris and Mr Shane Coombs

(a)     That due to the withdrawal of Ms Rita Boyle – Education Representative, the Committee recommend to Council that Mr Andrew Eldridge, Strategic Planner and Business Partner at TAFE NSW be appointed as the Education Representative on the Economic Development Advisory Committee as Ms Boyle’s replacement.

(b)     That due to the fact that the position of Retail Representative has not been filled through the Expressions of Interest process that the Committee suggest suitable candidates or organisations to be approached to fill the vacant position.

(c)     That Council officers approach a representative of S. Abelas and Co Real Estate and Business Brokers, a business broker and estate agent in Carlton in the first instance to take up the position of retail representative on the Committee in order to represent the interests of small businesses in the broader retail sector. If this representative is not available then Ace Business Brokers Hurstville are to be approached. 

Record of Voting

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

 

EDC003-18       Smart Cities Update

(Report by Economic Development Officer)

Recommendation:   Councillor Badalati and Councillor Agius

That the report be received and noted.

Record of Voting

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

 

EDC004-18       Inclusive Tourism- a new resource for Councils and local businesses

(Report by Economic Development Officer)

Recommendation:   Councillor Badalati and Councillor Agius

That the report be received and noted.

Record of Voting

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

 

EDC005-18       Economic Development Strategy Workshop  

(Report by Economic Development Officer)

Recommendation:   Councillor Hindi and Councillor Agius

(a)     That the Committee participate in a workshop in partnership with non-EDAC member Councillors in order to provide input into the Draft Economic Development Strategy.

(b)     That Council consider developing a Night Time Economy Discussion Paper focussing on investigating a gap analysis.

Record of Voting

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

 

Note:          Councillor Badalati, Councillor Katris, Councillor Kastanias and Councillor Wu (guest) left the meeting at 7.04pm.

 

The Committee then participated in an interactive workshop convened by Ms Simone Schwarz Community Engagement Coordinator aimed at developing the Key Guiding Principles of the Economic Development Strategy. Information gained from this workshop will be incorporated into the development of the Draft Strategy which will be presented to the Committee for comment at the next meeting.   

 

Conclusion

The Meeting was closed at 8.04pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chairperson