Council Meeting

 

MINUTES OF MEETING

Monday, 23 July 2018

 Present

Council Members

The Mayor, Councillor Kevin Greene, Deputy Mayor, Councillor Kathryn Landsberry, Councillor Stephen Agius, Councillor Vince Badalati, Councillor Sam Elmir, Councillor Con Hindi, Councillor Rita Kastanias, Councillor Nick Katris, Councillor Lou Konjarski, Councillor Leesha Payor, Councillor Colleen Symington and 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, Acting Director Community and Culture - Ms Rebekah Schulz, Acting Chief Operating Officer - Mr David Tuxford, Director Transformation and Change - Ms Marissa Racomelara, Acting Executive Manager - Office of the General Manager - Ms Samantha Charlton, Acting Head of Executive Services - Ms Vicki Hewitt, Executive Services Officer – Mr Neil Treadwell

 

Opening

The Mayor, Councillor Kevin Greene, opened the meeting at 7.07pm.

 

National Anthem

All those present stood for the singing of the National Anthem.

 

Prayer

Pastor Mathew Waganavalu from the Revival Life Centre, Penshurst offered a prayer to the meeting.

Acknowledgement of Country

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

 

Notice of Webcasting

The Mayor advised all present that this meeting is being recorded 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 

Resolved: Councillor Hindi and Councillor Kastanias

That apologies for Councillor Grekas, Councillor Liu and Councillor Wu be accepted.

Record of Voting:
For the Motion: Unanimous

Disclosure of Interest

Councillor Agius declared a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary Interest in MM009-18: Successful application for Stronger Communities Grant Funds - $9.5m as his wife is an office bearer of Connells Point Rovers Soccer Club and there is a $3 million upgrade to Poulton Park included in the grant funds awarded to Council.

 

The Mayor, Councillor Greene declared a Non-Significant Non Pecuniary Interest in MM009-18: Successful application for Stronger Communities Grant Funds - $9.5m as he is an office bearer of St George District Cricket Club and there is an upgrade to Hurstville Oval included in the grant funds awarded to Council.

 

Public Addresses to the Meeting

 

Item

Speaker

NM063-18: – Support of the Australian Macedonian Cultural Association – Development of a Local History Documentary

Bebi Zekirovski

CCL036-18: env019-18 – Planning Proposal – 53-75 Forest Road, 108-126 Durham Street And 9 Roberts Lane, Hurstville

Greg Hynd (Aoyuan – Applicant)

CCL036-18: ENV020-18 Planning Proposal And Amendment No. 8 To DCP No 2, Hurstville City Centre for Nos 108, 112 And 124 Forest Road And 1 And 3 Wright Street, Hurstville

George El Khouri (representing George El Khouri Architects)

 

Minutes of Previous Meetings

Council Meeting - 25 June 2018

Resolved:  Councillor Badalati and Councillor Tegg

That the Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of Council held on 25 June 2018 be adopted.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

Mayoral Minute

MM009-18         Successful Application for Stronger Communities Grant Funds - $9.5 million

(Report by The Mayor, Councillor Greene)

Resolved: The Mayor, Councillor Greene and Councillor Agius

 

Note:  The Mayor, Councillor Greene and Councillor Agius declared a Non-Significant Non Pecuniary Interest in this item.

 

That Council accept the additional grant funds of $9.5 million offered by the NSW Government through the Stronger Communities Program.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

MM010-18         Resilient Sydney

(Report by The Mayor, Councillor Greene)

Resolved:  The Mayor, Councillor Greene and Councillor Elmir

That Council note the launch of the Resilient Sydney Strategy and incorporate the directions contained in the Strategy in the Georges River Community Strategic Plan and related documents, where appropriate.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

MM011-18         Zonta Club of Botany Bay - Appreciation of Georges River Council's Support

(Report by The Mayor, Councillor Greene)

Resolved:  The Mayor, Councillor Greene and Councillor Payor

That Council acknowledge the Zonta Club of Botany Bay for its donation to initiatives that support the Georges River community and thank Council officers for their support on the 2018 Vintage and Collectable Fair.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

MM012-18         General Manager Honoured in Inaugural NSW Top 50 Public Sector Women

(Report by The Mayor, Councillor Greene)

Resolved:  The Mayor, Councillor Greene and Councillor Kastanias

That Council acknowledge and congratulate the General Manager on her inclusion in the inaugural Top 50 Public Sector Women (NSW) List.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

Matters of Privilege

 

·           Condolences

The Mayor, Councillor Greene - Advised of the recent passing of Mr Alf Briscoe who was employed locally at Ausgrid Oatley until his retirement and was heavily involved in community events including coach and office bearer at Illawarra Catholic Cricket Club for over 33 years.  Mr Briscoe was also a Board member of Illawarra Catholic Club (Club Central) for 23 years.  The Mayor extended condolences to Mr Briscoe’s family including his wife, Carol, children and families.

 

The Mayor Councillor Greene - Advised of the recent passing of Ms Kelly Cassidy who until recently worked as Executive Assistant to Mr Peter Doust at St George Illawarra Dragons where she worked for over 17 years.  The Mayor noted a recent memorial where over 210 mourners attended including St George Illawarra Dragon’s players.  The Mayor extended condolences to all involved at the Dragons and Ms Cassidy’s family.

 

·           Other

Councillor Katris – would like to pay tribute to a long serving teacher, Mr Karim Hasanic, who has recently retired after teaching for 39 years at Kogarah High School.  Councillor Katris requested a letter be sent to Mr Hasanic expressing Council’s gratitude for his service to the local community.

 

Councillor Badalati – congratulated the NSW Government and local member, Mr Mark Coure MP on the announcement of the widening of King Georges Road, between Stoney Creek Road and Forest Road.

 

Councillor Tegg – expressed his gratitude to the St George Local Area Command, especially with the assistance provided directly to him during a recent robbery.

 

Councillor Hindi – would like to personally congratulate the General Manager on her recent award in the NSW Top 50 Public Sector Women and encouraged future nominations for upcoming years.

 

Councillor Hindi – congratulated the NSW Government, the Premier and local member, Mr Mark Coure MP, on the announcement of the widening of King Georges Road and advised he was looking forward to the announcement of the next stage of the project.

 

Committee Reports

CCL036-18       Report of the Environment and Planning Committee - Meeting held on 9 July 2018
 

(Report by Executive Services Officer)

Resolved: Councillor Katris and Councillor Badalati

That the Committee recommendations for items ENV017-18 to ENV021-18 (inclusive), detailed below, be adopted as follows:

 

ENV017-18        Asbestos Awareness Education program

That Council note the Asbestos Awareness Education program and strategies to improve knowledge, regulation and enforcement of asbestos related matters.

 

ENV018-18        Planning Proposal PP2017/0002 - 12-14 Pindari Road, Peakhurst Heights

(a)     That Council publicly exhibit the Planning Proposal PP2017/0002 for No. 12-14 Pindari Road, Peakhurst Heights, in accordance with the conditions of the Gateway Determination issued by the Department of Planning and Environment.

 

(b)     That a further report be submitted to Council following the public exhibition period.

 

 

 

ENV019-18       Planning Proposal - 53-75 Forest Road, 108-126 Durham Street and 9 Roberts Lane, Hurstville

(a)     That Council endorse the revised Planning Proposal to amend the Hurstville Local Environmental Plan 2012, as follows, in relation to the Landmark Square Precinct at 53-75 Forest Road, 108-126 Durham Street and 9 Roberts Lane, Hurstville:

 

a)      To amend the land zoning from IN2 Light Industrial and part R2 Low Density Residential to B4 Mixed Use;

b)      To amend the Floor Space Ratio Map to increase the FSR from 0.6 (R2) and 1:1 (IN2) to 2:1 along Roberts Lane and up to 3.5:1 for the remainder of the site (including a minimum non-residential FSR of 0.5:1);

c)      To amend the Height of Buildings Map to increase the maximum building height applying to the site from 9m (R2) and 10m (IN2) to a range of heights being 12m, 15m, 21m, 28m, 30m, 40m and 65m;

d)      To amend the Active Street Frontages Map to apply active street frontages along the Forest Road and Durham Street frontages of the Precinct; and

e)      To apply a bonus FSR incentive of 0.5:1 based on the total Precinct site area for the purpose of hotel accommodation only at the corner of Forest Road and Durham Street.

 

(b)     That Council endorse the revised Planning Proposal to be forwarded to the delegate of the Greater Sydney Commission for an Alteration to the Gateway Determination under Section 3.34 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

 

(c)     That the Planning Proposal be placed on public exhibition in accordance with the conditions of any Gateway Determination issued by the Department of Planning and Environment.

 

(d)     That the Development Application for the development of the hotel on the site (being the bonus floor area) is to be accompanied by a surveyor’s certificate that indicates the hotel floor area and the gross floor area for the purpose of calculating FSR.  The requirement for a surveyor’s certificate is to be included in the DCP for the site.

 

(e)     That Council endorse the preparation of an amendment to the Hurstville Development Control Plan No.2 – Hurstville City Centre (“HDCP No.2”) to run concurrently with an amendment to the Hurstville Local Environmental Plan 2012 (if Alteration to the Gateway is given by the Department of Planning and Environment), to reflect detailed urban design considerations for any future development of the site including the provision of public access, built form, boundary setbacks, deep soil areas, site amalgamation, vehicular access and any other relevant issues. The DCP is to be prepared at the proponent’s cost.

 

ENV020-18       Planning Proposal and Amendment No. 8 to DCP No. 2 - Hurstville City Centre for Nos.108, 112 and 124 Forest Road and 1 and 3 Wright Street, Hurstville

 (a)    That Council note the submissions received during the public exhibition of the Planning Proposal PP2014/0004 and Amendment No. 8 to DCP No. 2 – Hurstville City Centre for 108, 112 and 124 Forest Road and 1 and 3 Wright Street, Hurstville.

 

(b)     That Council adopt the amendment to Hurstville Local Environmental Plan 2012 as exhibited in relation to 108, 112 and 124 Forest Road and 1 and 3 Wright Street, Hurstville to:

 

a)      Amend the Land Zoning Map (LZM ) to rezone Nos. 108 and 112 Forest Road, Hurstville from B2 - Local Centre Zone to B4 – Mixed Use Zone;

b)      Amend the Land Zoning Map (LZM) to rezone Nos. 1 and 3 Wright Street, Hurstville from R3 - Medium Density Residential Zone to B4 - Mixed Use Zone;

c)      Amend the Height of Buildings Map (HOB) to increase the height of buildings for Nos. 108 and 112 Forest Road and 1 and 3 Wright Street, Hurstville to 34.5m;

d)      Amend the Height of Buildings Map (HOB) to increase the height of buildings for No. 124 Forest Road, Hurstville to 46.5m;

e)      Amend the Floor Space Ratio Map (FSR) to increase the maximum floor space ratio for Nos. 108 and 112 Forest Road and Nos. 1 and 3 Wright Street, Hurstville to 4:1;

f)       Amend the Lot Size Map (Sheet LSZ_008) to remove Nos. 1 and 3 Wright Street, Hurstville from its application, consistent with the B4 - Mixed Use Zone; and

g)      Amend Clause 4.4A of Hurstville Local Environmental Plan 2012 to include a provision relating to the subject site stating that development consent must not be granted for development unless the non-residential floor space is at least 0.5:1.

 

(c)     That Council forward the Planning Proposal for gazettal to the Department of Planning and Environment in accordance with Section 3.36 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, 1979.

 

(d)     That the Development Application for the development on the site is to be accompanied by a surveyor’s certificate that indicates the break-up of the residential and non-residential floor area for the purpose of calculating the gross floor area.  The requirement for a surveyor’s certificate is to be included in the DCP for the site.

 

e)      That Council resolve in accordance with Clause 21(1) (b) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000, to approve Amendment No. 8 to DCP No. 2 – Hurstville City Centre, as exhibited with amendments to insert a new section relating to site amalgamation and amend the vehicle access requirements to enable flexibility of an additional access off Wright Street if supported by a traffic report.

 

(e)     That Council give public notice of the decision to approve the amendment to DCP No. 2 – Hurstville City Centre in the local paper in accordance with Clause 21(2) and (4) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000, stating that the amendment will commence upon the making of Hurstville Local Environmental Plan 2012 (Amendment No. 8).

 

(f)      That the Department of Planning and Environment be advised of Council’s decision to approve Amendment No. 8 to DCP No. 2 – Hurstville City Centre in accordance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

 

(g)     That Council endorse the Director of Environment and Planning to make minor modifications to any numerical, typographical, interpretation and formatting errors, if required, in the finalisation of the draft plans.

(h)     That all persons who made a submission to the Planning Proposal and Amendment No. 8 to DCP No. 2 – Hurstville City Centre be advised of Council’s decision.

 

ENV021-18        Draft Georges River Economic Development Strategy

 (a)    That the draft Georges River Economic Development Strategy be placed on public exhibition for a minimum period of two (2) months.

(b)     That a workshop be held with Councillors following the end of the exhibition period to provide feedback on the submissions received.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  The Mayor, Councillor Greene, Councillor Agius, Councillor Badalati, Councillor Elmir, Councillor Hindi, Councillor Kastanias, Councillor Katris, Councillor Konjarski, Councillor Symington, Councillor Tegg.

 

Against the Motion: Councillor Landsberry and Councillor Payor (ENV019-18 and ENV020-18)

 

 

CCL037-18       Report of the Assets and Infrastructure Committee - Meeting held on 9 July 2018

(Report by Executive Services Officer)

Resolved: Councillor Symington and Councillor Hindi

That the Committee recommendations for items ASS030-18 to ASS036-18 (inclusive), detailed below, be adopted as follows:

 

ASS030-18        Georges River Traffic Advisory Committee Meeting - 3 July 2018

 

That the recommendations contained within the minutes of the Georges River Traffic Advisory Committee Meeting held on 3 July 2018 be adopted by Council.

 

ASS031-18        Public Amenities Building at Empress Reserve, South Hurstville

 

(a)       That Council considers funding of $100,000 for the construction of a public amenities building at Empress Reserve, South Hurstville to be funded from the Collateralised Debt Obligation (CDO) Reserve.

 

(b)       That the resident of No.10 George Street, South Hurstville be advised of Council’s decision.

 

ASS032-18        Tender for Design and Construction of Myles Dunphy Reserve Boardwalk - Federal Government Department of lndustry,  Innovation and Science Grant and Collaterised Debt Obligation (CDO) Recovered Funds

 

(a)       That in accordance with Section 178 of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 (NSW), Council accepts the Tender from Fleetwood Urban Pty Ltd, in the amount of $426,373.00 (excluding GST), after having regard to all the circumstances, as the tender that appears to be the most advantageous, and appoint Fleetwood Urban Pty Ltd as the Principal Contractor under the Contract Number T17/043 - Design and Construction of Myles Dunphy Reserve Boardwalk.

 

(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.

 

ASS033-18        Tender for Construction of New Sports Amenities at Claydon Reserve - Stronger Communities Fund

 

(a)       That in accordance with Section 178 of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 (NSW), Council accepts the Tender from Jag Building & Bricklaying Pty Ltd, in the amount of $930,610.00 (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 T18/026 Tender for Construction of New Sports Amenities at Claydon Reserve.

 

(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.

 

ASS034-18        Tender for Lift Services - T18/009 Operational Budget

 

(a)       That in accordance with Section 178 of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 (NSW), Council accepts the Tender from Kone Australia Pty Ltd, for the amount of $118,100 per annum including a 2.5% annual increase for 5 years, with two (2) x 2 year extension options, subject to confirmation of satisfactory financial capability, ongoing performance reviews and ability to fulfil obligations under the proposed contract and with having regard to all the circumstances, as the tender that appears to be the most advantageous and appoint Kone Australia Pty Ltd as the Principal Contractor under the Contract Number T18/009 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; Electra Lift, Liftronic Pty Ltd, United Lift Services Pty Ltd, of the resolution to decline to accept those tenders.

 

(d)       That Council Officers advise existing providers of intent to terminate existing services; Liftronic Pty Ltd and Brilliant Lifts Pty Ltd.

 

ASS035-18        Tender for Water Treatment - T18/031 Operational Budget

 

(a)       That in accordance with Section 178 of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 (NSW) Council accepts the tender from HydroChem Pty Ltd, with having regard to all the circumstances, as the tender that appears to be the most advantageous,  for the amount of $29,367 per annum, for 3 years, with two (2) x 1 year extension options and appoint HydroChem Pty Ltd as the Principal Contractor under the Contract Number T18/031 subject to confirmation of satisfactory financial capability, ongoing performance reviews and ability to fulfil obligations under the proposed contract.

 

(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 Tenderer; Hydraflow Pty Ltd of the resolution to decline to accept their tender.

 

ASS036-18        Tender for Hydraulic Services - T18/007 Operational Budget

 

(a)     That in accordance with Section 178 of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 (NSW) Council accepts the tender from JJ Coleman Plumbing Pty Ltd with having regard to all the circumstances, as the tender that appears to be the most advantageous, for the amount of $149,094.12 per annum, for 3 years, with two (2) x 1 year extension options and appoint JJ Coleman Plumbing Pty Ltd as the principal Contractor under  Contract Number T18/007, subject to confirmation of satisfactory financial capability, ongoing performance reviews and ability to fulfil obligations under the proposed contract.

 

(b)     That Council Officers engage two secondary approved panel members Watertight Group Pty Ltd and No. 1 Plumbing Pty Ltd on a schedule of rates to support in the delivery of reactive and rectification services when and as required with no guaranteed volume.

 

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

 

(d)     That Council Officers inform the unsuccessful Tenderer; Taren Point Plumbing Pty Ltd of the resolution to decline to accept their tender.

 

(e)     That Council Officers advise existing providers of intent to terminate existing services; Alco Pumps Pty Ltd, PJC Plumbing Pty Ltd and Answer Plumbing Pty Ltd.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

CCL038-18       Report of the Finance and Governance Committee - Meeting held on 9 July 2018

(Report by Executive Services Officer)

Resolved: Councillor Elmir and Councillor Hindi

That the Committee recommendations for items FIN056-18 to FIN059-18 (inclusive) detailed below, be adopted as follows:

 

FIN056-18                    Advice on Costs and Status of Council's Court Proceedings - June 2018

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

 

FIN057-18                    Use of Public Land - Local Approvals Policy

(a)       That the draft Use of Public Land – Local Approvals Policy be exhibited for a period of no less than 28 days.

(b)       That submissions received during the public exhibition period be reported to Council, together with recommended amendments for Council’s endorsement.

 

FIN058-18         Voting Delegates - 2018 Local Government NSW LGNSW Annual Conference - Entertainment Centre Albury - 21 - 23 October 2018

That this matter be referred to the next full meeting of Council on Monday 23 July 2018.

 

FIN059-18                    Investment Report as at 31 May 2018

That the Investment Report as at 31 May 2018 be received and noted.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

CCL039-18       Record of the Community and Culture Committee - Meeting held on 9 July 2018

(Report by Executive Services Officer)

Resolved: Councillor Landsberry and Councillor Hindi

That the Committee recommendations for items COM023-18 to COM026-18 (inclusive), detailed below, be adopted as follows:

 

COM023-18       Sponsorship and Donation Requests

(a)       That Council approve the sponsorship request of $10,479 ($7,021 financial support and $3,458 of in-kind support) for the Oatley Village Festival to be held on Saturday 20 October 2018, at Oatley Memorial Gardens.

(b)       That Council approve the sponsorship request of $3,808 ($3,214 financial support and $594 of in-kind support) for the Greek Orthodox Parish Annual Fete, to be held on Sunday 30 September 2018, at Kogarah Town Square.

(c)       That Council approve the additional financial support of $4,035 for the Lugarno Spring Fair for the cost of water barricades due to extenuating circumstances, funded through the anticipated savings within the Events Strategy budget.

 

COM024-18       Re-establishment of Alcohol Free Zones

That this matter be dealt with in conjunction with COM026-18. For the Recommendation of the Community and Culture Standing Committee refer to COM026-18

 

COM025-18       Community Development and Services Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes - 19 June 2018

 

That Council adopt the recommendations contained within the minutes of the Community Development and Services Advisory Committee meeting held on Tuesday 19 June 2018.

 

Note:       This matter was considered in conjunction with COM024-18; Re-establishment of Alcohol Free Zones

 

COM026-18       Re-establishment of Alcohol Free Zones - Amended

(a)       That Council endorse the re-establishment of the existing Alcohol Free Zones (AFZs) at Oatley Shopping Centre, Penshurst Shopping Centre, Kogarah CBD, Hurstville CBD and Riverwood Town Centre until 28 August 2022 with no changes, in accordance with sections 644, 644A and 644B of the Local Government Act 1993;

(b)       That Council undertake further public consultation to establish an AFZ in Mortdale Shopping Centre and to extend the current Hurstville CBD, Oatley Shopping Centre and Penshurst Shopping Centre AFZs as recommended by the St George Police Area Command, and in accordance with Section 644A of the Act, for a period of no less than 14 days.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

Finance and Governance

CCL040-18       Voting Delegates - 2018 Local Government NSW LGNSW Annual Conference - Entertainment Centre Albury - 21 - 23 October 2018

(Report by Acting Executive Manager, Office of the General Manager)

 

Resolved:  Councillor Elmir and Councillor Hindi

 

(a)     That Councillors Councillor Hindi, Councillor Elmir, Councillor Landsberry, Councillor Katris, Councillor Wu, Councillor Kastanias, Councillor Symington and Councillor Konjarski be appointed as voting delegates to the 2018 Local Government NSW Annual Conference as voting delegates.

 

(b)     That the General Manager be delegated authority to liaise with the Mayor, Councillor Greene regarding the further appointment of voting delegates to ensure that all nine positions are filled and the attendance of any interested Councillors as observers.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

CCL041-18       Councillors' Ward Discretionary Fund

(Report by Acting Head of Executive Services)

 

Resolved:  Councillor Symington and Councillor Katris

That the request for funding from Councillor Symington (CWF001/18-19) from the Councillors’ Ward Discretionary Fund in the amount of $1500 be approved in accordance with the provisions of the Councillor Ward Discretionary Fund Policy.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

Notices of Motion

NM058-18          Proposed Ban on Single-Use Plastics at Council Venues and Functions

(Report by Councillor Hindi)

 

Resolved: Councillor Hindi and Councillor Kastanias

 

(a)       That Council note that every legislature in Australia, apart from NSW, has either banned single-use bags or has laws in place to ban thin, single-use plastic bags due to ocean pollution and threats to ocean wildlife.    More than 10 million bags permanently enter the NSW environment as litter each year. Single-use plastic bags do not break down. They break up into tiny pieces and more than 1 million seabirds and 100,000 mammals die every year as a result of plastic ingestion or entanglement.

 

(b)       That, as a leading Council in NSW, Council note the initial successful efforts of the plastic-free July education campaign developed by Georges River Council staff.

 

(c)        That the General Manager builds upon this success to implement an immediate ban on single-use plastic carry bags and drinking straws, from internal Council events and utilise recycling stations during the transition period.

 

(d)       That the General Manager prepare a report that investigates Council’s legal and contractual obligations in relation to the proposed introduction of a ban on single-use plastics at Council-owned and operated venues and facilities, including background research, timeframe and costs for the implementation of a single-use plastics ban.

 

(e)       That the report address, amongst other things:

 

i.     Relevant models or examples of venues and facilities where a ban on plastics is in place.

ii.    The range and type of plastic bans that could be implemented.               

iii.   The implications for the delivery of services within Council-run facilities such as child care centres and library services.

iv.   The implications for lessees/hirers of Council venues, including any legal and/or contractual implications for Council or external vendors/third party providers at Council premium facilities.

v.    The implications for storage of bulk bought items.

vi.   The feasibility of developing a Sustainable Event Management Guideline in line with the Georges River Council Events Strategy.

vii.  The potential development of an education program led by Council’s Environmental Sustainability and Waste team in key community languages.

viii. The financial implications of the single-use plastics ban and education program.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

NM059-18          Construction of New Childcare Centre, Mulga Road Oatley

(Report by Councillor Tegg)

 

Resolved:  Councillor Tegg and Councillor Kastanias

 

That the General Manager prepare a report on the next steps in the development of the newly acquired property at 66 Mulga Road, Oatley for a childcare centre and that the report be submitted to the Community and Culture Committee for consideration, in conjunction with a community engagement and communication plan for the new childcare service.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

NM060-18          Provision of Synthetic Surface for Olds Park No. 2 Field at Olds Park, Mortdale

(Report by Councillor Tegg)

 

Resolved: Councillor Tegg and Councillor Konjarski

 

That the General Manager prepare a report to Council to investigate a range of options for the provision of a synthetic surface for Olds Park No. 2 which could be considered in a future capital works program.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 

NM061-18          Establishment of a Fox Control/Eradication Program in the Georges River Local Government Area

(Report by Councillor Konjarski)

 

Resolved: Councillor Konjarski and Councillor Kastanias

 

That the General Manager prepare a report to Council on the establishment of a coordinated program with NSW Local Land Services (Greater Sydney Region) to control foxes on private and public lands within the local government area.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

NM062-18          Establishment of a Trial Program - Smoke Free Zones in Georges River Local Government Area

(Report by Councillor Konjarski)

Resolved:  Councillor Konjarski and Councillor Tegg

 

(a)    That the General Manager prepare a report to Council on conducting a trial program to introduce ‘Smoke Free Zones’ in key public open space areas and plazas in the Hurstville and Kogarah CBDs, such as Kogarah Town Square, Hurstville Memorial Square and Central Plaza.

 

(b)    That incorporated in the report is information that outlines the current NSW Legislation with regard to smoking in public places and further information on how Council will enforce compliance.

 

(c)    That included in the report is information on any enforcement actions, including fines that have been issued in regard to spitting and chewing gum litter in the CBD areas of the city.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

NM063-18          Support of the Australian Macedonian Cultural Association - Development of a Local History Documentary

(Report by Councillor Landsberry)

 

Resolved:  Councillor Landsberry and Councillor Tegg

 

(a) That the General Manager prepare a report to Council’s Community and Culture Committee in August to consider the allocation of $8,000 from the 2018/2019 budget to the Australian Macedonian Cultural Association for the production of a local history documentary film, ‘The Unworn Wedding Dress’.

 

(b) That this report outlines the cultural and historical significance to the local community of the proposed documentary film to be produced by the Australian Macedonian Cultural Association and any benefits to residents and Council from its production.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 

NM064-18          Upgrade and/or Replacement of the Existing Amenity Building – Olds Park

(Report by Councillor Hindi)

 

Resolved: Councillor Hindi and Councillor Kastanias

 

(a)     That the General Manager prepare a report to Council to investigate the upgrade and/or replacement of the existing amenities building next to the soccer fields in the north west section of Olds Park, adjacent to the Olds Park Sports Club car park, following consultation with the relevant sporting and user groups.

 

(b)     That correspondence be forwarded to the State Member for Oatley, Mr Mark Coure MP, requesting his support for a funding contribution towards the proposed amenities building.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

NM065-18          Food Diversion Trial for Georges River Local Government Area

(Report by Councillor Katris)

 

Resolved: Councillor Katris and Councillor Symington

 

(a)       That the General Manager prepare a report to Council on conducting a limited trial at residential premises/residential apartment buildings for food diversion including:

 

a)        Details of the trial methodology and the proposed locations in the LGA;

b)        Duration of the proposed trial;

c)         Potential funding sources;

d)        Measures for auditing the outcomes of the trial; and

e)        The community education and consultation campaign that will be conducted with affected residents.

 

(b)       That the report also include information on existing arrangements with local providers for rescuing left over food to be provided to the homeless/needy.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

NM066-18          Heavy Vehicle Parking in Georges River Local Government Area

(Report by Councillor Symington)

 

Resolved: Councillor Symington and Councillor Kastanias

 

(a)     That Council write to the Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, the Hon. Melinda Pavey MP and the Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Infrastructure, Member for Oatley, Mark Coure MP, requesting the urgent review of fines for heavy vehicles or long vehicles which park in built up areas beyond the one hour limit permitted by Road Rules 2014, with a view to introducing a tiered penalty system.

                       

(b)     That Council’s request to the Minister strongly emphasise that the current fine amount is a totally inadequate deterrent, which severely limits the effectiveness of Council to protect local residents from the impact of heavy vehicles illegally parking in residential areas.

 

(c)     That Council also write to the Minister for the Environment, Local Government and Heritage, the Hon. Gabrielle Upton MP and the Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Infrastructure, Member for Oatley, Mark Coure MP requesting that the Protection of the Environment Operations (Noise Control) Regulation 2017 be amended to include vehicles over 4.5 tonnes and that idle for a certain length of time.

 

(d)     That Council write to the Member for Kogarah, Chris Minns MP, Member for Lakemba, Mr Jihad Dib MP and the Member for Rockdale, Steve Kamper MP requesting their support in relation to both Ministerial representations.

 

(e)     That the General Manager distribute copies of all correspondence received from the Ministers and State Members to all Councillors once received.

 

(f)      That the General Manager prepare a report on the feasibility of Council providing, or facilitating the provision of heavy vehicle parking facilities in Georges River industrial areas and provide information on the current regulations relating to the parking of campervans, buses and boats in residential areas.                 

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous      

 

NM067-18          Commuter Car Park at Riverwood Railway Station

(Report by Councillor Symington)

Resolved: Councillor Symington and Councillor Kastanias

 

That Council support Ms. Lucy Mannering’s campaign and the lobbying of the local member Mr Mark Coure MP to have the NSW Government construct a commuter car park at Riverwood railway station.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

NM068-18          Georges River Public Amenities Strategy and Action Plan

(Report by Councillor Payor)

Resolved: Councillor Payor and Councillor Konjarski

 

(a)     That Council undertakes a detailed audit of all public amenities for the Georges River Council Local Government Area, for the continuous improvement of its network;

 

(b)     That Council uses this data for the development of a future strategy for the Local Government Area, to ensure that amenities are placed in locations that best meet the community’s needs, are of best practice standards in terms of design for access and mobility, address Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED), use Ecologically Sustainable Design principles, and incorporate other compatible uses for multi-purpose facilities;

 

(c)     That this data be used to actively pursue sources of external funding including Federal and State Government grants that may become available in the future; and

 

(d)     That Council publishes updated information regarding the location, facilities offered, level of accessibility, and opening hours for all public amenities on Council’s website in three locations: linked to each specific site, on an access and mobility page, and on a page dedicated to facilities in public open spaces.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

Questions with Notice

QWN001-18      Update on Incentives to Encourage Design Excellence in Developments in the Georges River Council Area

(Report by Councillor Katris)

Could the Director Environment and Planning provide an update on the progress of Council’s resolution of 18 December 2017 regarding the introduction of a range of incentives to encourage design excellence in developments/built form throughout the local government area including through VPAs and in high priority areas.

 

Response by Director Environment and Planning:

A presentation on Design Excellence incentives will occur at the Councillor briefing on 6 August 2018. The presentation, which aims to seek Councillor feedback, will explore the following approaches to encourage design excellence in developments:

 

  1. Review the design review panel process and establish a new design excellence panel.

Council’s existing design review panel has been operating since 2008. The charter of the new panel will focus on improving the visual quality of proposals and the context of the development to strengthen, enhance and integrate into the existing character of neighbourhoods and the streetscape.

 

  1. Introduction of design competition for specific areas or sites to enhance or reinforce the high visual and public domain quality.

 

  1. Incorporate a Design Excellence clause into the LEPs relating to:

(a)  all types of developments e.g. Design Excellence for residential and non-residential developments.

 

(b)  The use of bonus provision to allow extra FSR or height if the development is of a high quality and  delivers superior design outcomes  such as usable public open space, landscaping, facade treatments.

 

  1. Design Excellence Chapter in the DCPs

The design excellence principles (e.g. scale, built form, density, landscape, aesthetics etc.) can be applied to all developments to increase the visual quality and amenity of new developments, including mixed use and commercial developments.

   

  1. Design solutions for sites that are considered compromised - this would include sites such as those located in areas where there is a mis-match of the height and FSR controls or sites with an interface with another zone.

 

 

QWN002-18      Update on Council's Requirements to have a Registered Surveyor Certify and Calculate Proposed Floor Space Ratios for Buildings Over Three Storeys in Height

(Report by Councillor Katris)

Could the Director Environment and Planning advise on the status of the recent suggested inclusion, in Council’s standard requirements of the development application form and development application check list, for the new supplementary addition, that requires buildings over 3 storeys in height, to have their gross floor areas for the purpose of calculating proposed floor space ratio being certified and calculated (supplemented with actual drawings) by a registered surveyor.

I  would also like to know if it is a requirement for the registered and /or the nominated Architects name and registration number to appear on all the Architectural drawings (captured by the requirements of SEPP 65) and if this is the case, are we actually requesting this for such Development Applications?

 

Response by Director Environment and Planning:

In response to the first part of this question and the above proposed changes -

Council planning staff in conjunction with the Customer service team is currently reviewing the development and building application checklists and forms.  The update of the forms will include:

 

o   A requirement for  gross floor area calculations are to be certified by a registered surveyor for residential flat buildings and mixed developments.

o   A requirement that the nominated architect and registration number be included on the architectural drawings.

 

 In response to the second part of this question -  

 

·         It is a requirement under the Architect Regulation 2000 - NSW Code of Professional Conduct provisions that a nominated architect and their registration number is to be included on the construction drawings. This process is administered by the NSW Architects Registration Board. 

 

·         Whilst the Architect Regulation provides a requirement on an Architect’s professional conduct, there is no stipulated requirement for any application lodged for assessment and determination by Council to require nor regulate this professional conduct requirement.

 

·         Specifically, under Schedule 1 (enacted by (Clauses 50, 56 126 and 139) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 the provisions provide that an applicant must provide:

 

o   a site plan of the land,

o   a sketch of the development and

o   in the case of development that involves the erection of a building, an A4 plan of the building that indicates its height and external configuration, as erected, in relation to its site.

 

·         Each of these plans must provide the location of works, vegetation, building layout and subsequent use.

 

·         As a result of the statutory provisions Council works within, Council will update the DA checklist to provide a reminder to applicants of an architect’s obligation to place registration details on construction drawings, however as the EPA Regulations do not mandate this requirement, it will have no determinative weight in the consideration of any application before Council.  

 

Resolved:  Councillor Katris and Councillor Hindi

That the responses to QWN001-18 and QWN002-18 be received and noted.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

At the conclusion of the meeting, the Mayor, Councillor Greene advised of the upcoming Councillors’ Charity Ball being held on Friday, 27 July 2018 and thanked Council’s Events team, including Samantha Glanville as Events Specialist, for their tireless efforts in organising the event.

 

Conclusion

The Meeting was closed at 8.45pm

 

 

 

 

 

Chairperson