Council Meeting

 

MINUTES OF MEETING

Monday, 25 June 2018

 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 and Councillor Christina Wu

 

Council Staff

 

General Manager - Ms Gail Connolly, Director Assets and Infrastructure - Mr Laurie O’Connor

Director Environment and Planning - Ms Meryl Bishop, Acting Director Community and Culture - Ms Rebekah Schulz, Acting Chief Operating Officer - Mr David Tuxford, Director Transformation and Change - Ms Marissa Racomelara, General Counsel - Ms Jenny Ware, Acting Executive Manager - Office of the General Manager - Ms Vicki Hewitt, Acting Head of Executive Services - Ms Neil Treadwell, Acting Executive Services Officer - Ms Daniella Youkhana

 

Opening

The Mayor, Councillor Kevin Greene, opened the meeting at 7.08pm

 

National Anthem

The national anthem was sung at the commencement of the meeting.

 

Prayer

Imam Ensar Cutahija from the Penshurst Mosque offered a prayer to the meeting.

 

Acknowledgement of Country

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

 

Notice of Live Steaming of Council Meeting

The Mayor advised all present that this meeting is being recorded on audio tape for minute-taking purposes and is also being webcast live on Council’s website. This recording will be made available on Council’s website.

 

Code of Meeting Practice

The order of business is as shown in the agenda.

 

Council’s Code of Meeting Practice prohibits the electronic recording of meetings without the express permission of Council.

Apologies 

There were no apologies.

 

Disclosure of Interest

Councillor Tegg declared a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary Interest in NM046-18: Georges River Council Voluntary Pensioner Rebate advising people donated to his campaign that are pensioners. He advised that he will not receive, nor would any immediate relative receive, any financial benefit.

 

Councillor Badalati declared a Pecuniary Interest in NM046-18: Georges River Council Voluntary Pensioner  Rebate.

 

Councillor Elmir  declared a Significant Non-Pecuniary Interest in NM046-18: Georges River Council Voluntary Pensioner Rebate as he advised he has relatives living the LGA who may be receiving the rebates.

 

Councillor Payor declared a Pecuniary Interest in NM046-18: Georges River Council Voluntary Pensioner Rebate as a close relative is a recipient of the Pensioner Rebates.

 

Councillor Hindi declared a Pecuniary Interest in NM046-18: Georges River Council Voluntary Pensioner Rebate as his father is a recipient of the Pensioner Rebates.

 

Councillor Konjarski declared a Pecuniary Interest in NM046-18: Georges River Council Voluntary Pensioner Rebate as his parents live in the LGA and are recipients of the Pensioner Rebates.

 

Councillor Hindi declared a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary Interest in FIN051-18: Future use of Kogarah War Memorial Swimming Pool as he resides nearby in Carss Park.

 

Public Addresses to the Meeting

Item

Speaker

FIN048-18 Draft 2018/19 Budget – Consideration Of Waratah Private Hospital Car Parking Rates

Matt Reilly – Waratah Private Hospital

NM044-18 National Broadband Rollout, Georges River LGA

Mark Hanna

NM047-18 Oatley To Como Walkway/Feasibility Study

Ben Hope – Georges River Active Transport Group

 

Mayoral Minutes

MM006-18         Georges River Council's Pink Up Your Town in partnership with the McGrath Foundation

Resolved: The Mayor, Councillor Greene and Councillor Kastanias

That Council utilise the remaining budget from the 2017 – 2018 financial year’s donations and grants budget of $22,200 to support a donation to the McGrath Foundation ($11,100) and cover the costs for the 2018 – 2019 ‘Pink Up Georges River’ program ($11,100).

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

MM007-18         Sydney Football Club to Play at Jubilee (Oval) Stadium

 

Resolved: The Mayor, Councillor Greene and Councillor Konjarski

 

That the General Manager be authorised to finalise a hire agreement between Council and Sydney Football Club to secure home games for a period of up to four years under terms and conditions consistent with those of other comparable hirers at Jubilee Oval.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 

MM008-18         Georgie the Dragon wins a Highly Commended Award at the Local Government Professionals Australia (NSW) Excellence Awards

 

Resolved: The Mayor, Councillor Greene and Councillor Symington

 

That the General Manager and staff involved in this project be congratulated for a job well done in promoting Georges River Council in a positive and friendly manner and in receiving this coveted award.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 

Matters of Privilege

·         Condolences

There were no matters of condolence.

 

·         Other

Councillor Hindi – advised that construction is set to begin on the Edgbaston car park, Beverly Hills. Councillor Hindi would like to thank the NSW Government and Mark Coure, MP for Oatley, for his assistance in securing funds for the commuter carpark construction in the State Government’s 2018/19 and 2019/20 budgets.  David Coleman, MP for Banks, has also pledged $2.5 Million in Federal funding towards the project’s first stage. Councillor Hindi requested that Council commence discussions to confirm the NSW governments funding for the project. 

 

Councillor Badalati - commented that in respect to the Edgbaston Street carpark, concerns over lack of consultation with the local residents had been raised. Local residents will have a high rise carpark constructed next to their homes. Councillor Badalati stated that he has always been against the idea of the construction of this carpark and feels that it will only benefit people driving from outside of the LGA to park at Beverly Hills to catch the train.

 

Councillor Landsberry - advised that she recently attended the 130th Anniversary of the Kogarah Concert  Band. Councillor Landsberry reported that both herself and Councillor  Payor attended the concert at Mortdale RSL. The event raised funds for a new program at the Calvary Hospital that creates personalised song lists for patients. This program was founded by Suzy Flynn, who is a Diversional Therapist at the hospital and greatly improves Palliative Care Patients outlooks at a difficult time.  The Concert  Band raised $1,500 for that initiative and hopes that Council will also support this cause. 

 

The Mayor, Clr Greene stated that there has been great advances in the area of music therapy and that Council does support the program and has previously provided grant funds to the Band.

 

Councillor Hindi - advised that he attended the Biaggio Signorelli Asbestos Foundation dinner that was held 3 weeks ago at Doltone House. The event was very well attended by over 2000 people and also almost $1million was raised for asbestos suffers, and that the Biaggio Signarelli Asbestos Foundation sends its thanks to Council for supporting their event.

 

Councillor Tegg - advised he was withdrawing his Notice of Motion: ‘NM049-18, Proposed Change of Name for Georges River Local Planning Panel’.

 

Councillor Konjarski - advised he was withdrawing his Notice of Motion: ‘NM053-18 Proposed Change in Name for the Local Government Area’ but challenged the Councillors to consider donating the increase in their allowance to a charity.

 

 

Minutes of previous meetings

Council Meeting - 28 May 2018

 

Resolved:  Councillor Badalati and Councillor Elmir

That the Minutes of the Council Meeting held on 28 May 2018, be adopted.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

Committee Reports

CCL027-18       Report of the Environment and Planning Committee - Meeting held on 12 June 2018

Resolved:  Councillor Katris and Councillor Kastanias

That the recommendations for items ENV013-18 to ENV016-18 (excluding ENV014), be adopted as follows:

 

ENV013-18       Planning Proposal for Landmark Square Precinct at 53-75 Forest Road 108-126 Durham Street and 9 Roberts Lane Hurstville

(a)       That Council not proceed with those aspects of Council resolution CCL146-17 (3) and (4)(iii) dated 7 August 2017 in relation to the provision of affordable housing at 53-75 Forest Road, 108-126 Durham Street and 9 Roberts Lane, Hurstville (PP2015/0001) due to the absence of an Affordable Housing Policy and any substantive provisions in the Hurstville Local Environmental Plan 2012 requiring affordable housing.

 

(b)       That Council endorse the preparation of a Planning Proposal to amend the Land Reservation Acquisition Map of the Hurstville Local Environmental Plan 2012 to include a 3 metre wide local road widening along the Roberts Lane boundary of the properties at 53 Forest Road, 9 Roberts Lane and 108 Durham Street, Hurstville.

 

(c)     That all owners of the properties at 53 Forest Road, 9 Roberts Lane and 108 Durham Street, Hurstville be notified by Council, in writing, of the proposed Planning Proposal to amend the Land Reservation Acquisition Map of the Hurstville Local Environmental Plan 2012 to include a 3 metre wide local road widening along the Roberts Lane boundary.

 

ENV015-18       Notification & Advertising Development Control Plans - Amended Plans

(a)     That Council endorse the draft amendments to Hurstville Development Control Plan No.1 Amendment No 6– Part 2.2, Hurstville Control Plan No.2 Amendment No. 7 – Part 2.4 and Kogarah Development Control Plan 2013 Amendment No. 3 – Part A2 relating to the notification of amended plans to undetermined applications and Class 1 development appeals in the Land and Environment Court.

(b)     That the draft Development Controls Plans be placed on public exhibition in accordance with the provision of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and Regulations.

(c)     That the information contained in Attachment 1 relating to Land & Environment Court matters be placed on Councils website.

(d)     That all Councillors be provided with copies of all neighbour notification that are pertinent to their wards at the same time they are sent to the residents.

 

ENV016-18        Economic Development Advisory Committee Minutes Monday 4 June 2018

That the recommendations contained within the Minutes of the Economic Development Advisory Committee held on Monday 4 June 2018 be adopted by Council.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

 

ENV014-18       Hurstville City Centre Urban Design Strategy

 

Resolved:  Councillor Badalati and Councillor Katris

(a)       That Council note the submissions received during the public exhibition of the Hurstville City Centre Urban Design Strategy (September 2017).

(b)       That Council endorse the Hurstville City Centre Urban Design Strategy (May 2018 – Attachment 1) as a Strategic Planning document that will inform the preparation of the LEP and DCP controls for the Hurstville City Centre excluding the additional capacity areas.

(c)       That Council pursuant to Section 3.33 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 resolve to prepare a Planning Proposal to amend the Hurstville LEP 2012 in accordance with the recommendations of the Hurstville City Centre Urban Design Strategy (May 2018).

(d)       That Council pursuant to Section 3.43 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 resolve to prepare DCP No. 2 - Hurstville City Centre (Amendment No. 9) in accordance with the recommendations of Hurstville City Centre Urban Design Strategy (May 2018).

(e)       That a further report to Council be provided on the preparation, costs and funding of the following documents for the Hurstville City Centre, including:

1.         Preparing a Place Management Strategy;

2.         Updating the Public Domain Plan;

3.         Investigating and implementing permanent and temporary open space solutions;

4.         Undertaking a feasibility study for the Hurstville City Centre within the study boundary, as outlined in the Hurstville City Centre Urban Design Strategy (May 2018); and

 

(f)        That the transition areas to the north of the existing CBD boundary and the area to the south of the railway line be considered as part of the Commercial Centres Strategy.

 

(g)       That Council resolve to prepare a new Development Contributions Plan for the Hurstville City Centre.

 

(h)      That the Hurstville City Centre Urban Design Strategy (May 2018) forms the basis for assessing site specific Planning Proposals and Development Applications within the Hurstville City Centre until such time as the Planning proposal for the Centre is gazetted.

 

(i)        That Council notify the submitters and affected landowners of Council’s resolution.

 

(j)         That Council write to the landowners of sites where the FSRs/heights have been amended following the exhibition of the draft Strategy advising of the changes and inviting comments which will be considered along with the preparation of the Planning Proposal.

 

(k)       That Council continue to receive submissions on the Strategy during the preparation of the Planning Proposal.

 

(l)        That the upcoming Commercial Centres Study relating to the Hurstville City Centre (to be prepared as part of the City-wide LEP) include a study area that comprises the additional capacity areas to the north and land south of the existing CBD (as identified in the Hurstville City Centre Urban Design Strategy).

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

 

CCL028-18       Report of the Assets and Infrastructure Committee - Meeting held on 12 June 2018

 

Resolved:  Councillor Grekas and Councillor Payor

 

That the recommendations for items ASS022-18 to ASS029-18 (excluding ASS028-18: TAC111 and TAC 112), be adopted as follows:

 

ASS022-18        Tender for Refurbishment of Olds Park Amenities Building - Infrastructure Plus Funds

 

a)        That in accordance with Section 178 (1) (a) of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005, Council accepts the Tender from Jag Building & Bricklaying Pty Ltd, in the amount of $444,900.00 (excluding GST), after having regard to all the circumstances, as the tender that appears to be the most advantageous and appoint Jag Building & Bricklaying Pty Ltd as the Principal Contractor under the Contract Number T17/029 Tender for Refurbishment of Olds Park Amenities Building.

 

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

 

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

 

ASS023-18        Tender for Construction of Stormwater Drainage Infrastructure - Collateralized Debt Obligation (CDO) Recovered Funds

 

a)        That in accordance with Section 178 (1) (a) of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005, Council accepts the Tender from KK Consultants Pty Ltd trading as KK Civil Engineering, in the amount of $487,350, after having regard to all the circumstances, as the tender that appears to be the most advantageous and appoint KK Consultants Pty Ltd trading as KK Civil Engineering as the Principal Contractor under the Contract Number T18/019 Tender for Construction of Stormwater Drainage Infrastructure.

 

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

 

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

 

ASS024-18        Tender for Construction of Peakhurst Amenities Building - Stronger Communities Fund

 

a)        That in accordance with Section 178 (1) (a) of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005, Council accepts the Tender from Sullivans Construction (Aust) Pty Ltd, in the amount of $1,075,547.43 (excluding GST), after having regard to all the circumstances, as the tender that appears to be the most advantageous and appoint Sullivans Construction (Aust) Pty Ltd as the Principal Contractor under the Contract Number T17/031 Tender for Construction of Peakhurst Park Amenities Building.

 

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

 

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

 

d)        That Council approves the allocation of $300,000 from the Asset Management Reserve Investment to fund this project.

 

ASS025-18        Pedestrian Crossings Review within Georges River Council

 

That the report be received and noted.

 

 

ASS026-18        Tender for Refurbishment of Amenities and Construction of Adult Change Facility at Carss Park - Stronger Communities Fund and Disability Inclusion Action Plan Implementation Funding

 

a)        That in accordance with Section 178 (1) (a) of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005, Council accepts the Tender from Sullivans Construction (Aust) Pty Ltd, in the amount of $373,901.35, after having regard to all the circumstances, as the tender that appears to be the most advantageous and appoint Sullivans Construction (Aust) Pty Ltd as the Principal Contractor under the Contract Number T17/034 Refurbishment of Amenities and Construction of Adult Change Facility at Carss Park.

 

b)        That Council allocate $100,000 from the Disability Inclusion Action Plan Implementation Fund to fund the new adult change facility.

 

c)         That the General Manager be authorised to sign the Contracts with the preferred Contractors on behalf of Council.

 

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

 

 

ASS027-18        Tender for Construction of New Amenities at Riverwood Park - Stronger Communities Fund

 

a)        That in accordance with Section 178 (1) (a) of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005, Council accepts the Tender from Jag Building & Bricklaying Pty Ltd, in the amount of $291,330.00 (excluding GST), after having regard to all the circumstances, as the tender that appears to be the most advantageous and appoint Jag Building & Bricklaying Pty Ltd as the Principal Contractor under the Contract Number T18/027 Tender for Construction of New Amenities Building at Riverwood Park.

 

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

 

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

 

 

ASS029-18        Tender for provision of an Overland Flow Risk Management Study and Plan for Hurstville, Mortdale and Peakhurst Wards (formerly Hurstville LGA) - NSW OEH Grant funded project under the Floodplain Management Program

 

a)        That in accordance with Section 178 (1) (a) of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005, Council accepts the Tender of WMA Water Pty Ltd for the amount of $140,184, that it is recommended as the most advantageous tender for Contract Number T17/049, ‘Provision of an Overland Flow Risk Management Study and Plan for Hurstville, Mortdale and Peakhurst Wards (formerly Hurstville LGA)’ 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 inform the unsuccessful Tenderers of the resolution.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

 

ASS028-18        Georges River Traffic Advisory Committee Meeting - 5 June 2018

Resolved:  Councillor Badalati and Councillor Hindi

 

That the recommendations contained within the minutes of the Georges River Traffic Advisory Committee Meeting held on 5 June 2018 be adopted by Council, except for traffic reports TAC111 and TAC112 which are to be referred back to the August 2018 Traffic Committee for further consideration.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

 

CCL029-18       Report of the Community and Culture Committee - Meeting held 12 June 2018

Resolved:  Councillor Landsberry and Councillor Liu

That the recommendations for items COM020-18  to COM022-18 (excluding COM019-18) be adopted as follows:

 

COM020-18       Sponsorship and Donation Requests

 

(a)     That Council retrospectively approves the in-kind sponsorship request of $300 for the Nicole Fitzsimons Foundation for the hire fee of the Marana Auditorium data projector for the Nicole Fitzsimons Foundation Senior Classical Ballet Scholarship at the St George Dance Eisteddfod event that was held on Friday 18 May 2018 at Marana Auditorium, Hurstville.

(b)     That Council approve the sponsorship request of $31,897 ($18,200 financial support, and $13,697 of in-kind support) for the 39th Lugarno Lions Spring Festival to be held on Sunday 16 September 2018 at Gannons Park, Peakhurst.

(c)     That Council approve the sponsorship request of $10,150 ($8,300 of in-kind support for the hire and installation and $1,850 financial support for cost of banners from Bannerconda supplier) for the promotion The St George and Sutherland Medical Research Foundation (SSMRF) fundraising event the “Beachside Dash” to held on Sunday 9 September 2018 in the Sans Souci and Brighton Le Sands area.

(d)     That Council retrospectively approve a donation request of $1,500 for the Angels with Grace Fundraiser dinner which was held on Friday 25 May 2018 at Conca Doro, Riverwood.

 

COM021-18       Review of Terms of Reference of Community Development and Services Advisory Committee

 

(a)     That the updated Community Development and Services Advisory Committee Terms of Reference are adopted.

(b)     That an Expression of Interest be advertised in July 2018 for nominations for community representatives on the Committee to commence in September 2018.

(c)     That the following outgoing members be thanked for their participation:

·                NGO Sector - Ms Rosemary Bishop, CEO 3 Bridges Community.

·                Education Sector - Ms Allison Sharpe, Outreach Coordinator TAFE NSW, St George College.

·                Health Sector - Ms Amanda Justice, Community Partnerships Manager, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District.

 

COM022-18       Tender for the Manufacture and Installation of Georges River Council Branded Signage - New Council Implementation Fund

 

(a)     That in accordance section 178 (1) (b) of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005, Council accept the tender from Cunneen Signs in the amount of $248,570.00, after having regard to all the circumstances, as the tender that appears to be the most advantageous and appoint Cunneen Signs as the Principal Contractor under Contract Number T18/024 - Manufacture and Installation of Georges River Council Branded Signage.

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

(c)     That Council inform the unsuccessful Tenderers of the resolution.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

 

COM019-18       Georges River Council Draft Place Naming Policy

Resolved:  Councillor Katris and Councillor Elmir

 

(a) That Council endorses the attached draft Place Naming Policy to be placed on public exhibition for a period of no less than 28 days.

(b) That a further report be submitted to Council detailing any public submissions made during the exhibition period, prior to adoption.

 

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

 

CCL030-18       Report of the Finance and Governance Committee - Meeting held 12 June 2018

 

Note:                   Councillor Hindi declared a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary Interest in this item (FIN051-18).

 

Resolved:  Councillor Elmir and Councillor Konjarski

 

That the recommendations for items FIN048-18 to FIN055-18 (excluding FIN051-18), be adopted as follows:

 

 

FIN048-18         Draft 2018/19 Budget - Consideration of Waratah Private Hospital Car Parking Rates

 

Resolved:  Councillor Wu and Councillor Hindi

 

(a)       That Council continue with 1 hour free parking (as per the 2018/19 exhibited Fees and Charges) to offset the operating loss currently incurred at the Waratah Private Hospital Car Park.

 

(b)  That the General Manager investigate the consolidation of all Council-owned car spaces onto discrete basement levels with a view to being able to install boom gates or other devices which would enable separate management of the Council car parking spaces and report back to Council on options.

 

 

FIN049-18         Container Deposit Scheme - Status of Reverse Vending Machines within Georges River Council

(a)     That the report be received and noted.

 

(b)     That the General Manager be authorised to sign the licence agreement for the Reverse Vending Machine located within Olds Park, Penshurst (off Olds Lane, Beverly Hills but known as 630 Forest Road, Penshurst) as generally detailed in this report.

 

(c)     That the General Manager be authorised to sign the licence agreement for the Reverse Vending Machine located within Carss Bush Park – Parking Area (on part of the land fronting Bunyala Street, Blakehurst but known as 74-78 Carwar Avenue, Carss Park) as generally detailed in this report.

 

FIN050-18         Open Space and Parklands Program Funding - Oatley Park Nature Based Inclusive Adventure Playground (NSW Department of Planning and Environment Grant)

 

(a)       That Council accept $1 million from the Department of Planning and Environment as part of their Open Space and Parklands Program for the construction a nature based inclusive adventure playground at Oatley Park and irrigation of the sports field.

 

(b)     That Council allocate $1 million from the Hurstville Section 94 Development Contributions Plan 2012 (Open Space) as part of the 2018-2019 budget to match the grant funding.

 

(c)     That the General Manager be authorised to sign all the necessary grant documentation.

 

FIN052-18         Advice on Costs and Status of Council's Court Proceedings - May 2018

 

That the report, Advice on Costs and Status of Council’s Court Proceedings – May 2018, be received and noted.

 

FIN053-18         Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee Minutes from 30 October, 2017

 

That Council note the Minutes of the Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee for 30 October 2017 provided as an attachment to this report.

 

 

FIN054-18         Stronger Communities Funding Update

 

(a)     That Council receive and note the Stronger Communities Fund projects as listed in this report.

 

(b)     That Council continue to receive regular reports, on a half-yearly basis, on the progress of the Stronger Communities Fund projects to ensure that both Council and the public are kept informed on the progress of each project until completed.

 

 

 

FIN055-18         Investment Report as at 30 April 2018

 

That Council receives and notes the Investment Reports as at 31 March 2018 and 30 April 2018.

 

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 

FIN051-18         Draft 2018/19 Budget - Consideration for the Future Use of the Kogarah War Memorial Swimming Pool

 

Resolved: Councillor Hindi and Councillor Elmir

 

That Council defer this matter until the recommendations of the Open Space, Recreation and Community Facilities Strategy are presented to Council, as well as the Regional Aquatic Facility Feasibility Study.

 

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 

Council Reports

CCL031-18       Planning Proposal to address the impact of the new Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code in the Georges River LGA

(Report by Manager Strategic Planning)

 

Resolved:  Councillor  Landsberry  and Councillor Hindi

 

(a)     That the Planning Proposal – Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code be forwarded to the delegate of the Greater Sydney Commission for a Gateway Determination under Section 3.34 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

(b)     That Council be advised of the conditions of the Gateway Determination when received.

(c)     That Council endorse the recommendations of the Local Planning Panel in respect to the Planning Proposal – Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 

CCL032-18       Offer to Enter Into a Voluntary Planning Agreement in Association with DA2017/0205 - 1-5 Treacy Street, Hurstville

(Report by Executive Strategic Planner)

 

Resolved : Councillor Hindi and Councillor Katris

(a)     That Council accept and endorse the written offer dated 18 May 2018 from GR Capital Group Pty Ltd (Developer) to enter into a Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA) (Attachment 1) for 1-5 Treacy Street, Hurstville, accompanying Development Application DA2017/0205 for construction of two and half additional levels of residential units above the mixed use development approved by Development Consent DA2014/0183, which provides the following:

i.    the Developer provide a monetary contribution of $799,200 based on a residual land value rate of $1,350 per square metre and additional gross floor area of 1,184m2 (noting that the approved gross floor area is to be confirmed as part of drafting the VPA);

ii.   the final VPA is in addition to section 7.11, 7.12 and 7.24 contributions (previously section 94, s94A and s94EF contributions) applicable in the development consent;

iii.  the final VPA will contain provisions necessary to ensure compliance with the provisions of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and Council’s Policy on Planning Agreements.

(b)     That Council delegate authority to the General Manager to negotiate the specific terms of the Voluntary Planning Agreement and to subsequently exhibit a draft of the Voluntary Planning Agreement in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act and Regulation.

(c)     That Council delegate authority to General Manager to:

i.    Authorise any minor changes to the draft Voluntary Planning Agreement following public exhibition, provided that those changes do not diminish the value or nature of the public benefits to be delivered as identified in (a) above; and

ii.   Subsequently enter into the Voluntary Planning Agreement on behalf of Council.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 

 

CCL033-18       Confirmation of Georges River Council Organisational Structure 2018

(Report by Executive Manager People and Culture)

 

Resolved : Councillor Symington and Councillor Katris

That Council:

(a)     Re-determine the organisation structure as detailed in this report.

(b)     Approve the staged removal of the Transformation and Change Directorate and associated Senior Staff position from the organisation structure.

(c)     Approve the establishment of a temporary (2 year) Senior Staff position in the organisation structure being the Director City Strategy and Innovation to advance the portfolio and priorities of the new City Strategy and Innovation Directorate.

(d)     Approve the draft budget for the financial year 2018-19 that includes the implementation of the changes to the staffing establishment and the necessary funding required for the creation of the City Strategy and Innovation Directorate as outlined in this report.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 

CCL034-18       Approval of Integrated Planning and Reporting Documents

(Report by Senior Corporate Planner)

 

Resolved : Councillor Elmir and Councillor Badalati

 (a)    That Council note that following the public exhibition period, the:

a.   Draft Community Strategic Plan 2028

b.   Draft Delivery Program 2018 – 2019 to 2020 – 2021

c.   Draft Operational Plan 2018 – 2019 including the budget, revenue policy and Schedule of Fees and Charges, and

d.   Draft Resourcing Strategy

          annexed to this report as Attachments 2 ,3 ,4 and 5 have been amended as detailed            in the body of this report.

(b)     That in accordance with Sections 402, 403, 404 and 405 of the Local Government Act 1993, the:

a.   Draft Community Strategic Plan 2028

b.   Draft Delivery Program 2018 – 2019 to 2020 – 2021

c.   Draft Operational Plan 2018 – 2019 including the budget, revenue policy and Schedule of Fees and Charges, and

d.   Draft Resourcing Strategy

          including amendments referred to in (a) above be adopted.

(c)     That Council note the Long Term Financial Plan as an essential decision making tool that is to be updated in line with decisions that may impact and effect the sustainability of Council.

(d)     That Council adopt the reduction of $1 million in employee costs in the 2018-19 Budget, resulting in a change from the exhibited 2018-19 budget of $59.73m to $58.73m.

(e)     That the 2018 - 2019 Schedule of Fees and Charges, subject to approval of (b) above, become effective as at 1 July 2018.

(f)      That the General Manager be delegated authority to make minor editorial changes and enhancements prior to publishing the Integrated Planning and Reporting documents on Council’s website and providing a copy of the Community Strategic Plan to the Office of Local Government.

(g)     That, in accordance with Sections 534, 535 and 538 of the Local Government Act, 1993, Council makes the following rates and charges for every parcel of rateable land within the Georges River Council Local Government Area for the year commencing 1 July 2018 as detailed in the Three Year Delivery Plan 2018-19 to 2020-21 including One Year Operational Plan 2018-19.

(h)     That the former Kogarah City Council variation increase to general income of 2.3% for 2018-2019 be adopted.

(i)      That in accordance with Sections 493, 494 and 535 of the Local Government Act 1993, Council make and levy the 2018-19 Residential Rate based on the latest valuations (Base Date 1 July 2016) and any supplementary valuations applicable as at 1 July 2018. As such the former Kogarah City Council Residential Rate will be at 0.0012411 cents in the dollar and apply to all properties categorised as Residential.

(j)      That in accordance with Section 493 of the Local Government Act 1993, Council make and levy the 2018-19 Business Differential Rate based on the latest valuations (Base Date 1 July 2016) and any supplementary valuations applicable as at 1 July 2018. As such the former Kogarah City Council Business Rate will be at 0.0030690 cents in the dollar and apply to all properties categorised as Business, except for the following subcategories:

(i)       Kogarah CBD Commercial Centre will be 0.0040920 cents in the dollar for 2018-19;

(ii)      Blakehurst CBD Commercial Centre will be 0.0040920 cents in the dollar for 2018-19;

(iii)     Hurstville CBD Commercial Centre will be 0.0040920 cents in the dollar for 2018-19;

(iv)     Oatley CBD Commercial Centre will be 0.0040920  cents in the dollar for 2018-19;

(v)      Ramsgate CBD Commercial Centre will be 0.0040920  cents in the dollar for 2018-19;

(vi)     Blakehurst Industrial Area will be 0.0040920  cents in the dollar for 2018-19;

(vii)    Carlton Industrial Area will be 0.0040920  cents in the dollar for 2018-19; and

(viii)   South Hurstville Industrial Area will be 0.0040920 cents in the dollar for 2018-19.

(k)     That in accordance with Section 548 of the Local Government Act 1993, Council levy and make the 2018-19 annual minimum amount of the former Kogarah City Council ordinary rates on each separate parcel of land or assessment to be $917.47.

(l)      That the former Hurstville City Council variation increase to general income of 2.3% for 2018-19 be adopted.

(m)    That in accordance with Sections 494 and 535 of the Local Government Act 1993, Council make and levy the 2018-19 Residential Rate based on the latest valuations (Base Date 1 July 2016) and any supplementary valuations applicable as at 1 July 2018. As such the former Hurstville City Council Residential Rate will be at 0.0015374 cents in the dollar and apply to all properties categorised as Residential.

(n)     That in accordance with Section 493, 494, 495, and 535 of the Local Government Act 1993, Council make and levy the 2018-2019 Business Differential Rate based on the latest valuations (Base Data 1 July 2016) and any supplementary valuations applicable as at 1 July 2018. As such the former Hurstville City Council Business Rate will be at 0.0038851 cents in the dollar and apply to all properties categorised as Business. Special rates will be charged on properties in the below business districts, based on the following cents in the dollar:

(i)       Hurstville Town Improvement District will be 0.00054742 cents in the dollar for 2018-19;

(ii)      Mortdale Town Improvement District will be 0.00068785 cents in the dollar for 2018-19; and

(iii)     Riverwood Town Improvement District will be 0.00066768 cents in the dollar for 2018-19.

(o)     That in accordance with Section 548 of the Local Government Act 1993, Council levy and make the 2018-19 annual minimum amount of the former Hurstville City Council ordinary rates on each separate parcel of land or assessment to be $555.87.

(p)     That interest charged on overdue rates for the year 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019, be the rate set by the Minister for Local Government of 7.5% per annum, calculated on a daily basis.

(q)     That in accordance with Section 496 of the Local Government Act 1993, the annual charges for the former Kogarah City Council Domestic Waste Management be set as $464.88 per annum for 2018-19.

 

(r)      That in accordance with Section 496 of the Local Government Act 1993, the annual charges for the former Hurstville City Council Domestic Waste Management be set as $433.68 per annum for 2018-19.

(s)     That in accordance with Section 496A of the Local Government Act 1993, the annual charges for Stormwater Management for 2018-19 be set as:

(i)       Residential Stormwater $25.00 per rateable property

(ii)      Residential Strata lot Stormwater $12.50 per rateable property

(iii)     Business Stormwater $25.00 per 350 square meters or part thereof to a maximum of $1,500 per rateable property

(iv)     Business Strata lot Stormwater $5.00 per rateable property.

(t)      That the annual charges for Georges River Council other Waste Management Services be set as follows for 2018-19:

Charge Description

Charge Per Annum

Additional “red lid” bin garbage only service

$267.80

Residential categorised properties (vacant land site)

$59.28

Availability charge (dwellings with private waste contractor)

$59.28

Each Additional Domestic Recycling Service

$104.00

Each Additional Domestic Recycling Green Service

$137.80

Recycling Green Waste Service Strata Complex Sites

$137.80

Non-Residential Commercial Waste Service (240L MGB)

$491.00

Non-Residential Commercial Waste Service (1,100L MGB)

$2,050.00

Non-Residential Commercial Non-Rateable Waste Service

$491.00

Non-Residential Commercial Recycling Service

$246.00

Special Additional Waste Service

$123.76

Charge for Boarding Houses

$210.08

Non-Rateable Property

$491.00

 

Record of Voting:

 

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

 

Against the Motion: Councillor Hindi

 

 

 

CCL035-18       Major Events Advisory Committee - Community Representatives

(Report by Manager Communications, Customer Service and Events)

 

Resolved : Councillor Landsberry and Councillor Grekas

 

a)    That Council postpones consideration of the Major Events Advisory Committee (MEAC) Expressions of Interest (EOI) from Community Representatives until such time as Councillor membership to the Committee is renewed.

 

b)    That applicants of the MEAC EOI are notified of the above.

 

c)    That Council reinstates the three former 2017-2018 Community Representatives on the Major Events Advisory Committee until such time as the Councillor membership is renewed in 2018.

 

d)    That the MEAC Terms of Reference be amended to reflect the following change to Section 4. Regularity of meetings: Every 2 months on the 2nd Monday of the month at 4.30pm (March, May, July, September, November).

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 

 Notices of Motion

 

NM044-18          National Broadband Network (NBN) Rollout in Georges River Local Government Area

(Councillor Symington)

 

Resolved : Councillor Symington and Councillor Grekas

 

Note: Councillor Symington tabled photos in regard to NM044-18

 

(a)     That correspondence be forwarded to the Federal Senator, the Hon Mitch Fifield MP, Minister for Communications, the Chief Executive Officer of NBN Co Limited, the Federal Member for Barton, Linda Burney MP, Member for Banks, David Coleman MP, and the Hon Scott Morrison MP, Member for Cook expressing Council’s concern in regard to the poor quality of workmanship being undertaken through the rollout of the Hybrid Fibre Cable by the National Broadband Network (NBN) in the Georges River area.

 

(b)     That Council also express significant concern regarding the NBN formal complaints management system, as when affected persons seek to lodge a complaint, gaining access to a complaints team is so inefficient and complex that it is almost impossible to get anyone to deal with issues including unsightly and substandard workmanship.

 

(c)     That Council request that these matters be immediately investigated to determine whether the works represent a safety hazard due to the poor quality of installation and to provide a more efficient and more accessible process for dealing with complaints from the community.

 

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

NM045-18          De-amalgamation of Georges River Council

(Councillor Badalati)

 

Motion: Councillor Badalati and Councillor Katris

 

That the General Manager prepare a report on the options for de-amalgamation of Georges River Council, including:

 

(a)     The options for undertaking a survey (or poll) to ascertain the community’s appetite to return to the former councils of Hurstville and Kogarah, including estimated costs of same;

 

(b)     The implications for the $20 million merger funding provided by the NSW Government; and

 

(c)     The current NSW government policy in relation to de-amalgamation of merged councils.

 

Procedural Motion;

 

Procedural Motion: Councillor Elmir and Councillor Grekas

 

That the Motion be put.

 

Point of Order:

 

Councillor Badalati raised a Point of Order regarding the number of speakers who had spoken ‘for’ and the number of speakers ‘against’ the motion.

 

The Mayor, Councillor Greene, ruled in favour of Councillor Badalati’s Point of Order agreeing there had been a misunderstanding on the Procedural Motion and that there had not been 2 speakers for and 2 speakers against the Motion.

 

The Mayor, Councillor Green ruled the Procedural Motion out of order and allowed debate on the Motion to continue.

 

 

The Motion of Councillor Badalati and Councillor Katris on being put to the meeting was declared LOST.

 

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:

Councillor Badalati and Councillor Katris

 

Against the Motion:

The Mayor, Councillor Greene, Councillor Agius, Councillor Elmir, Councillor Grekas, Councillor Hindi, Councillor Kastanias, Councillor Konjarski, Councillor Landsberry, Councillor Liu, Councillor Payor, Councillor Symington, Councillor Tegg and Councillor Wu.

 

 

NM046-18          Georges River Council Voluntary Pensioner Rebate

(Councillor Badalati)

 

Note:                   Councillor Badalati declared a Pecuniary Interest in NM046-18, but remained in the room and debated this item.

Note:                   Councillor Elmir declared a Pecuniary Interest in NM046-18, left the room at 9.10pm and took no part in the debate on this item.

 

Note:                   Councillor Hindi declared a Pecuniary Interest in NM046-18, left the room at 9.10pm and took no part in the debate on this item.

 

Note:                   Councillor Konjarski declared a Pecuniary Interest in NM046-18, left the room at 9.10pm and took no part in the debate on this item.

 

Note:                   Councillor Payor declared a Pecuniary Interest in NM046-18, left the room at 9.10pm and took no part in the debate on this item.

 

 

Resolved:        Councillor Badalati and Councillor Kastanias

 

That the General Manager prepare a report to Council that investigates options for enhancing the existing voluntary pensioner rebate of $75.00, including:

 

(i)        increasing the amount of the voluntary rebate;

 

(ii)       introducing a monthly instalment payment plan in lieu of quarterly instalments;

 

(iii)      offering a financial incentive (discount) for early or on-time payment of the annual rates amount;

 

(iv)    any other enhancements which could assist pensioners with cost of living expenses; and

 

(v)     the financial implications to Council associated with introducing any of the above enhancements.

 

Councillor Elmir, Councillor Hindi, Councillor Konjarski and Councillor Payor re-joined the meeting at 9.17pm.

 

 

NM047-18          Oatley to Como Walkway/Cycleway Feasibility Report

(Councillor Grekas)

 

Resolved : Councillor Grekas  and Councillor Kastanias

 

(a)     That the General Manager provide a report on the feasibility of creating a pathway/cycleway along the existing pipeline which would link the Oatley to Como pathway/cycleway with Neville Street.

 

(b)     That the report address the following matters:

 

(i)      options for the path construction style;

(ii)     indicative cost estimates;

(iii)    preparation of a community engagement program that provides for consultation with the local community and community groups;

(iv)    the cost of providing lights across the existing Como railway bridge and, the proposed new walkway.

 

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 

NM048-18          Development Control Plans - Establishment of a Variations Register for Delegated Approvals

(Councillor Hindi)

 

Resolved : Councillor Hindi and Councillor Katris

 

(a)     That the General Manager create a register which details all the variations granted pursuant to Council’s adopted Development Control Plans which are approved by staff under delegated authority.

 

(b)     That the register be placed on Council’s website and be maintained on a monthly basis.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 

 

NM049-18          Proposed Change of Name for Georges River Local Planning Panel

(Councillor Tegg)

 

MOTION:         This Motion was withdrawn by Councillor Tegg.

 

 

NM050-18          Construction of Public Amenities Building at Ruby Wing Reserve, Mortdale

(Councillor Hindi)

Resolved:  Councillor Hindi and Councillor Tegg

 

(a)     That the General Manager prepare a report to Council to investigate options for the construction of a small public amenities building at Ruby Wing Reserve in Universal Street, Mortdale including the provision of additional picnic tables, an upgraded fence and potential funding sources in the 2018/19 budget.

 

(b)     That correspondence be forwarded to the State Member for Oatley, Mr Mark Coure MP and the Federal Member for Banks, Mr David Coleman MP, requesting their support and a funding contribution towards the construction of new public facilities at Ruby Wing Reserve.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 

NM051-18          Georges River Council Annual Business Awards Event

(Councillor Hindi)

Resolved:  Councillor Hindi  and Councillor Kastanias

 

That the General Manager prepare a report on the options for hosting an annual Georges River Council Business Awards event, including consideration of:

(a)     The benefits to Council and the business community of Council hosting an annual Business Awards event;

 

(b)     Feasible venues for hosting of the event and award presentations;

 

(c)     Award categories;

 

(d)     Potential implications or conflict with The St George and Sutherland Shire Leader’s Local Business Awards;

 

(e)     Sponsorship opportunities;

 

(f)      An evaluation of previous Council-run local business awards events; and

 

(g)     The financial implications of hosting an annual event and any impact on Council’s sponsorship of the St George Leader Local Business Awards.

 

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 

NM052-18          Call for Councillors to Donate 2018/19 Remuneration Increase to Local Charities

(Councillor Konjarski)

MOTION:          This Motion was withdrawn by Councillor Konjarski.

 

 

NM053-18          Proposed Change in Name for the Local Government Area

(Councillor Konjarski)

Motion:  Councillor Konjarski  and Councillor Wu

 

That the General Manager prepare a report to Council to investigate a potential change in the name of the Local Government Area including:

 

(a)     exploring two potential options for a new city name including ‘City of St George’ or

‘St George City’;

 

(b)     the process that would be required to be undertaken in accordance with Section 207 of the Local Government Act 1993;

 

(c)     methods that would be utilised to consult the community in regard to the proposed name change; and

 

(d)    any budgetary implications in regard to the consultation process and, if supported, the implementation of the name change.

 

The Motion on being put to the meeting was declared LOST.

 

A Division was requested on the Motion and the following votes were recorded:

 

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:

Councillor Agius, Councillor Badalati, Councillor Elmir, Councillor Hindi, Councillor Konjarski and Councillor Liu.

 

Against the Motion:

The Mayor, Councillor Greene, Councillor Grekas, Councillor Kastanias, Councillor Katris, Councillor Payor, Councillor Landsberry, Councillor Symington, Councillor Tegg and Councillor Wu.

 

 

 

 

NM054-18          Proposed Public Amenities Building at Empress Reserve, South Hurstville

(Councillor Katris)

Resolved:  Councillor Katris and Councillor Agius

 

Note: Councillor Katris tabled a petition in regard to NM054-18

 

(a)     That the General Manager prepare a report to the next ordinary Council meeting to investigate options for the construction of a small public amenities building in Empress Reserve, South Hurstville including any potential funding sources in the 2018/19 budget.

 

(b)     That correspondence be forwarded to the State Member for Kogarah, Mr Chris Minns MP and the Federal Member for Banks, Mr David Coleman MP, requesting their support and a funding contribution towards the construction of new public amenities in Empress Reserve, South Hurstville.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 

 

NM055-18          Review of Public Parking Provisions - Waratah Private Hospital Car Parking

(Councillor Wu)

Resolved:  Councillor Wu  and Councillor Hindi

 

That the General Manager investigate, as part of the preparation of the draft Georges River Car Parking Strategy, short and long term options for the potential relocation of the 150 public car parking spaces in Waratah Private Hospital Car Park, to an alternate location within the Hurstville CBD to facilitate the provision of 3 hour-free parking.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 

 

NM056-18          Widening of King Georges Road, Beverly Hills to Connells Point

(Councillor Badalati)

Resolved:  Councillor Badalati and Councillor Katris

 

(a)  That Council notes the introduction of new and extended clearways by NSW Roads and Maritime Services along significant sections of King Georges Road between Beverly Hills and Blakehurst and the removal of a substantial number of on-street car parking spaces as a result of that action.

 

(b)  That Council write to the NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, the Hon Melinda Pavey MP, requesting the NSW Government to immediately honour its 30-year old promise to widen King Georges Road between Stoney Creek Road, Beverly Hills and Connells Point Road, Connells Point to reduce congestion along the road corridor.

 

(c)  That Council write to the State Member for Kogarah, Mr. Chris Minns MP and the State Member for Oatley, Mr. Mark Coure MP, requesting their support for the immediate widening of King Georges Road, between Stoney Creek Road, Beverly Hills and Connells Point Road, Connells Point.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 

NM057-18          Car Parking - The Mall, South Hurstville

(Councillor Landsberry)

Resolved:  Councillor Landsberry and Councillor  Elmir

 

(a) That Council Officers investigate the current parking demand and availability at The Mall and Grosvenor Road, South Hurstville near St Mark's Anglican Church, and provide a report to the Local Traffic Advisory Committee with options to improve the provision and availability of parking at this location.

 

(b) That the report include the investigation of rear-to-kerb parking configurations, dedicated disabled parking, wedding/funeral vehicle parking and short stay parking restrictions to facilitate drop-off and pick-up at St Marks Pre-school Kindergarten, South Hurstville.

 

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 

 

Conclusion

The Meeting was closed at 9.44pm

 

 

 

 

 

Chairperson