Council Meeting

 

MINUTES OF MEETING

Monday, 29 October 2018

 Present

Council Members

The Mayor, Councillor Kevin Greene, Deputy Mayor, Councillor Sam Elmir, Councillor Stephen Agius, Councillor Sandy Grekas, Councillor Con Hindi, Councillor Rita Kastanias, Councillor Nick Katris, Councillor Lou Konjarski, Councillor Kathryn Landsberry, Councillor Nancy Liu, Councillor Leesha Payor, Councillor Colleen Symington, Councillor Warren Tegg and Councillor Christina Wu.

Council Staff

General Manager - Ms Gail Connolly, Acting Director Assets and Infrastructure - Mr Andrew Latta, Director Environment and Planning - Ms Meryl Bishop, Director Community and Culture - Ms Rebekah Schulz, Director Business and Corporate Services - Mr David Tuxford, Director Transformation and Change - Ms Marissa Racomelara, Director Legal Services, General Counsel - Ms Jenny Ware, 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 7.04pm.

 

National Anthem

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

 

Prayer

The Reverend Dr Winston Gauder 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 staff and the public that the meeting is being recorded for minute-taking purposes and is also webcast live on Council’s website.  This recording will be made available on Council’s website.

 

 

Code of Meeting Practice

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

 

Apologies 

 

Resolved: Councillor Landsberry and Councillor Grekas

 

(a)     That the leave of absence for Councillor Badalati be confirmed.

 

(b)     That a leave of absence be granted for Councillor Tegg for the November and December 2018 Council Meetings.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

Disclosure of Interest

There were no disclosures of interest made.

 

Public Addresses to the Meeting

 

Item

Speaker

NM094-18: Small Cell Installations Throughout Georges River Local Government Area

Michael Mazza

 

Suspension of Standing Orders

 

Resolved:         Councillor Katris and Councillor Tegg

 

That Standing Orders be suspended to allow the presentation of a cheque to the McGrath Foundation (Mr Ryan Barlow) as Council’s $11,000 donation for the Pink Up Your Town fundraiser.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

Resumption of Standing Orders

 

Resolved:                   Councillor Katris and Councillor Elmir

 

That Standing Orders be resumed.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

Mayoral Minutes

MM021-18         St George & Sutherland Medical Research Foundation / Michael Tynan Memorial Challenge

Resolved: The Mayor, Councillor Greene and Councillor Elmir

1.      That in accordance with the Georges River Council Grants, Donations and Sponsorship Policy, Council donates $10,000 direct to the St George & Sutherland Medical Research Foundation.

2.      That the organisers of the “Charity Walk” and the “Challenge” be advised of the direct donation.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 

 

MM022-18         Recognition of Mr. Peter Doust

Resolved: The Mayor, Councillor Greene and Councillor Kastanias

That Council congratulate Peter Doust on his 18 year tenure as CEO of the St. George Illawarra Dragons and wish him well in retirement.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 

Matters of Privilege

Councillor Tegg – requested an update on two Development Applications: DA2017/0398 – 85-87 Railway Parade Mortdale and DA2017/0570 - 1 Ellen Subway Mortdale – The Director Environment and Planning advised:

·         DA2017/0398 – 85-87 Railway Parade relates to a six storey residential development containing 40 apartments and a small retail area on the ground floor.  The Local Planning Panel considered the Development Application on 16 August 2018 and granted a Deferred Commencement Consent to the development. The consent has since been activated.

·         DA2017/0570 - 1 Ellen Subway, Mortdale relates to a seven storey mixed use development and remains under assessment. The outstanding issues associated with the development relate to the issuance of concurrence from Sydney Trains and access to the site over Sydney Trains land.

Councillor Konjarski – advised that the Oztag National Championships were held in Coffs Harbour several weeks ago where teams from Queensland, NSW and ACT participated.  170 teams and 3,000 players were involved.  Our local team, the Wolves which is made up of players from St George, Liverpool, Fairfield, Bankstown and East Hills includes just over 150 players from our local area.  The Under 15 girls once again won the competition this year backing up from their win in the Under 14 girls competition last year.  In addition, 8 members of the Under 15 girls team from our area have been selected to represent Australia.

Councillor Landsberry – advised she had the honour of attending Georges River Writers’ Day held at Carss Park which was part of the Discovery Community Arts Festival.  Councillor Landsberry also launched the Local History Essay Project which offers three x $500 prizes and participants are required to write 1,000 words or more with a topic relating to Kogarah or Georges River LGA. The event is organised by the Kogarah Historical Society.

Councillor Greene – advised that he and Councillor Grekas recently attended the Council’s inaugural free Opera, La Bohéme, and thanked staff for organising the event.  The Mayor also thanked the Western Sydney Opera Company for participating in this successful community event, which was sold out.

Minutes of Previous Meetings

Council Meeting - 24 September 2018

Resolved:  Councillor Elmir and Councillor Katris

 

That the Minutes of the Council Meeting held on 24 September 2018 be adopted.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

Committee Reports

CCL057-18       Report of the Environment and Planning Committee - Meeting held on 8 October 2018
 

(Report by Executive Services Officer)

Resolved:  Councillor Hindi and Councillor Katris

 

That the Committee recommendations for items ENV036-18 to ENV038-18 (inclusive), detailed below, be adopted by Council.

 

ENV036-18       Amendment No.10 to Hurstville DCP No.2 for Landmark Square (53-75 Forest Road, 108-126 Durham Street and 9 Roberts Lane, Hurstville)

             

(a)  That Council endorse the proposed amendments (Amendment No.10) to Hurstville Development Control Plan No.2 – Hurstville City Centre for 53-75 Forest Road, 108-126 Durham Street and 9 Roberts Lane, Hurstville (the “Landmark Square Precinct”) for public exhibition.

 

(b)  That Council publicly exhibit the amendments (Amendment No.10) to Hurstville Development Control Plan No.2 – Hurstville City Centre for the Landmark Square Precinct concurrently with the associated Planning Proposal in accordance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000.

 

(c)  That Council endorse that the General Manager may make minor modifications to correct any numerical, typographical, interpretation and formatting errors, if required, in preparation for the public exhibition of the amendments (Amendment No.10) to Hurstville Development Control Plan No.2 – Hurstville City Centre.

 

(d)  That Council advise the NSW Department of Planning and Environment of its decision.

 

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

 

ENV037-18        Planning Proposal for Nos. 12-14 Pindari Road, Peakhurst Heights

(a)  That Council adopt the amendment to the Hurstville Local Environmental Plan 2012 as exhibited in relation to Nos. 12-14 Pindari Street, Peakhurst Heights to:

 

a.    Amend the Land Zoning Map – Sheet LZN_002 to rezone the site from SP2 Infrastructure (Church) to R2 Low Density Residential.

 

b.    Amend the Height of Buildings Map - Sheet HOB_002 to include a maximum height limit of 9m.

 

c.    Amend the Floor Space Ratio Map – Sheet FSR_002 to include a maximum FSR of 1:1.

 

d.    Amend the Lot Size Map – Sheet LSZ_002 to include a minimum lot size of 450m2.

 

e.    Amend Schedule 1 – Additional Permitted Uses to include the following:

 

Use of certain land at 12 and 14 Pindari Road, Peakhurst Heights

1)    This clause applies to land at 12 and 14 Pindari Road, Peakhurst Heights, being Lot 58 and Lot 59, DP 206906.

 

2)    Development for the purpose of an office premises, and restaurant or café is permitted with development consent.

 

(b)  That Council request the Parliamentary Counsel’s Office for an Opinion to finalise the Local Environmental Plan under Section 3.36 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and in accordance with Council’s delegation for the finalisation of the Planning Proposal.

 

(c)  That the Department of Planning and Environment and the Department of Education be advised of Council’s decision.

 

ENV038-18        Georges River Local Environmental Plan Review Report

(a)  That Council endorse the attached Georges River Local Environmental Plan Review Report, as contained in Attachment 1 of this Report.

 

(b)  That Council endorse that the General Manager may make minor modifications to correct any numerical, typographical, interpretation and formatting errors, if required, to improve clarity and readability.

 

(c)  That Council forward the Georges River Local Environmental Plan Review Report to the Greater Sydney Commission by 31 October.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 

CCL058-18       Report of the Finance and Governance Committee - Meeting held on 8 October 2018

(Report by Executive Services Officer)

Resolved:  Councillor Hindi and Councillor Kastanias

That the Committee recommendations for items FIN080-18 to FIN085-18 (inclusive) detailed below, be adopted by Council.

 

FIN080-18         Exhibition Outcome - Georges River Use Of Public Land - Local Approvals Policy

That the draft Georges River Council, Use of Public Land – Local Approvals Policy, as amended and attached to this report, be adopted by Council.

 

FIN081-18         Advice on Costs and Status of Council's Court Proceedings - September 2018

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

 

FIN082-18                    Investment Report as at 31 Aug 2018

That Council receive and note the contents of the Investment Report as at 31 August 2018.

 

FIN083-18                    Updated Fees and Charges for 2018/2019

(a)  That Council defer the inclusion of fees and charges for Penshurst Park Indoor Cricket Centre to allow the development of a policy for the management of the Centre.

(b)  That Council defer the inclusion of fees and charges for Peakhurst Park and Poulton Park Synthetic Fields to allow a further report to be presented to Council for further consideration regarding the fee structures of both sites.

(c)  That the proposed changes to the 2018/19 Fees and Charges Schedule, as contained in Attachment 1, excluding Penshurst Park Indoor Cricket Centre, and Peakhurst Park and Poulton Park Synthetic Fields Fees and Charges recommendations, be placed on public exhibition for a period of not less than 28 days in accordance with sections 610F (3) and 705 of the Local Government Act 1993(Act).

(d)  That Council receive a further report following the closure of the public exhibition period which will consider any submissions received during the period of public exhibition for adoption of the proposed changes as per section 610F(1) of the Act.

 

FIN084-18         Operational Changes Christmas Period 2018 - 2019 and Public Holidays 2019.

(a)  That the information pertaining to the operational hours for Council services and facilities over the Christmas/New Year holiday period, as detailed in the Attachment 1, which will provide an appropriate level of service to the Georges River community during the 2018/2019 festive period, be received and noted.

(b)  That the information pertaining to the opening of Hurstville and Kogarah Libraries on the Australia Day, Easter Monday, June and October Public Holidays in 2019, be received and noted.

(c)  That suitable notification is provided to the community of the operational hours for Council services and facilities during the 2018/2019 festive period as well as operational hours for the opening of Hurstville and Kogarah Libraries on the Australia Day, Easter Monday, June and October Public Holidays in 2019.

 

FIN085-18                    Property Matter - Sans Souci Bathers Pavilion

That the report Property Matter – Sans Souci Bathers Pavilion be received and noted.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 

CCL059-18       Record of the Community and Culture Committee - Meeting held on 8 October 2018

(Report by Executive Services Officer)

Resolved:  Councillor Katris and Councillor Symington

That the Committee recommendations for items COM038-18, COM039, COM041 and COM042-18 (excluding COM040-18), detailed below, be adopted by Council.

 

COM038-18       Major Events Advisory Committee - Community Representatives

That the matter be deferred for consideration at the next Council Meeting.

 

COM039-18       Sponsorship and Donation Requests

That Council approve the sponsorship request of $3,594 ($3,000 financial support and $594 of in-kind support) for the Potter’s House Christian Church Christmas Carols to be held on Saturday 22 December 2018, at Olds Park, Penshurst.

 

COM041-18       Establishment and Expansion of Alcohol Free Zones

That Council endorses the establishment of a new Alcohol Free Zone at Mortdale Shopping Centre and the expansion of the existing Alcohol Free Zones at Hurstville CBD, Oatley Shopping Centre and Penshurst Shopping Centre until 28 August 2022, in accordance with sections 644, 644A and 644B of the Local Government Act 1993, as show in Attachments 1, 2, 3 and 4 to this report.

 

COM042-18       Major Events Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes - 10 September 2018

That Council adopts the recommendations contained within the Minutes of the Major Events Advisory Committee meeting held on Monday 10 September 2018.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

COM040-18       Investigation of a Georges River Council Business Awards Event

Resolved:  Councillor Hindi and Councillor Katris

 

(a)  That Council continue its major sponsorship of the St George Leader Local Business Awards to the value of $10,000.

(b)  That a further report be brought back to the Community and Culture Committee providing further costs and timing of the Georges River Small Business Awards relating to overlapping with the St George Leader Local Business Awards.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

              

 

CCL060-18       Report of the Assets and Infrastructure Committee - Meeting held on 8 October 2018

(Report by Executive Services Officer)

Resolved:  Councillor Grekas and Councillor Konjarski

That the Committee recommendations for items ASS047-18 to ASS048-18 (inclusive), detailed below, be adopted by Council.

 

ASS047-18        Tender for the Design, Construction and Installation of Drainage and Irrigation at Oatley Park Oval - Department of Planning and Environment Open Space and Parklands Program Grant and s94Funds

 

(a)  That Council, in accordance with Section 178 of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 (NSW) accepts the Tender from Neverstop Irrigation Pty Ltd, in the amount of $196,976.36 (excluding GST), after having regard to all the circumstances, as the Tender that appears to be the most advantageous and appoint Neverstop Irrigation Pty Ltd as the Principal Contractor under Contract Number T18/041 Tender for Design, Construction and Installation of Drainage and Irrigation at Oatley Park Oval.

(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.

 

ASS048-18        Georges River Traffic Advisory Committee Meeting - 2 October 2018

That the recommendations contained within the minutes of the Georges River Traffic Advisory Committee Meeting held on 2 October 2018 be adopted by Council.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

Finance and Governance

CCL061-18       2017/18 Annual Financial Statements

(Report by Acting Chief Financial Officer)

Resolved:  Councillor Katris and Councillor Kastanias

 

(a) That in accordance with clause 215 of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 and Section 413(2)(c) of the Local Government Act (NSW) 1993 (Act), it is the opinion of Council that:

 

a.   The General Purpose Financial Statements of the Council for the year ended 30 June 2018 have been drawn up in accordance with:

i. the Local Government Act 1993 and the Regulations

ii.  the Local Government Code of Accounting Practice and Asset Accounting Manual

iii. the Australian Accounting Standards.

b.   The reports present fairly the Council's financial position and operating result for the year.

c.   The reports are in accord with the Council's accounting and other records.

d.   The Council is unaware of anything that would make the financial reports false or misleading in any way.

 

(b) That in accordance with clause 215 of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 and Section 413(2)(c) of the Act, Council authorises the Mayor, Deputy Mayor, General Manager and Responsible Accounting Officer to sign Council’s General Purpose Financial Statements  for the year ended 30 June 2018.

 

(c)  That in accordance with Section 418(1)(a) of the Act, Council will present the Council’s audited financial reports, together with the auditor’s report for the year ended 30 June 2018 at a Meeting of Council to be held on 26 November 2018 and public notice be given in accordance with Section 418(1)(b), 418(2) & (3) of the Act.

 

(d) That Council’s audited financial reports, together with the auditor’s reports are placed on public exhibition as per Section 418(4) of the Act and the necessary notice in the required form be published on Council’s website and in the local newspapers and any such submissions are dealt with as per Section 420 of the Act.

 

(e) That Council delegate to the General Manager the authority to authorise the year end accounts for issue immediately upon receipt of the auditor’s report, a copy of the audited financial reports and auditor’s report to the Office of Local Government, subject to there being no material audit changes or audit issues, in accordance with AASB 110.

 

(f)  That the General Manager be delegated authority to make formatting and minor editorial adjustments to the Financial Statements.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous 

 

CCL062-18       Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee Chairperson's Annual Report 2018

(Report by Internal Auditor)

Resolved:  Councillor Elmir and Councillor Katris

That the Annual Report to Council of the Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee and Internal Audit be received and noted.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 

CCL063-18       Tabling of Section 449 Disclosure of Interest Returns

(Report by Manager Governance and Risk)

Resolved:  Councillor Hindi and Councillor Katris

(a)     That Council receive and note the report regarding the tabling of Section 449 Disclosure of Interest Returns for Councillors and designated persons (staff).

(b)     That Council adopt the standard of the soon to be prescribed Model Code of Conduct that availability of Section 449 Disclosure of Interest Returns for Councillors and staff as designated persons, be consistent with the requirement of the Government Information (Public Access) (GIPA) Act, the GIPA Regulation and any guidelines issued by the Information Commissioner; therefore publication on Council’s website of Councillor Returns should be voluntary, and expressed in writing to the General Manager.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 

CCL064-18       Applications Pursuant to Councillor Ward Discretionary Fund Policy

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

Resolved:    Councillor Grekas and Councillor Liu

That the following applications for funding, pursuant to the Councillors Ward Discretionary Fund Policy, be approved:

 

(i)        Application submitted by Councillor Katris on behalf of the Kogarah Storehouse in the amount of $1500.

(ii)       Application submitted by Councillor Grekas on behalf of Hurstville Zagreb Football Club in the amount of $500.

(iii)      Application submitted by Councillor Elmir on behalf of Hurstville Zagreb Football Club in the amount of $500.

(iv)      Application submitted by Councillor Landsberry on behalf of Hurstville Zagreb Football Club in the amount of $500.

(v)       Application submitted by the Mayor, Councillor Greene, on behalf of Lorenzo Rositano in the amount of $1500.

(vi)      Application submitted by Councillor Grekas on behalf of Oatley Flora and Fauna Conservation Society Incorporated in the amount of $750.

(vii)     Application submitted by Councillor Liu for minor capital works - provision of shelter and picnic table at Woodville Park in the amount of $21,500.

(viii)    Application submitted by Councillor Grekas, supported by Councillor Elmir and Councillor Landsberry for minor capital works – solar lights at Moore Reserve in the amount of $20,000.

(ix)      Application submitted by Councillor Grekas, supported by Councillor Elmir and Councillor Landsberry for minor capital works – bubblers and water stations – Carss Bush Park in the amount of $40,000.

(x)       Application submitted by Councillor Grekas, supported by Councillor Elmir and Councillor Landsberry for minor capital works – resurfacing of basketball court, Stuart Park in the amount of $30,000.

(xi)      Application submitted by Councillor Grekas, supported by Councillor Elmir and Councillor Landsberry for minor capital works – BBQ – Connells Point Reserve in the amount of $13,000.

(xii)     Application submitted by Councillor Grekas, supported by Councillor Elmir and Councillor Landsberry for minor capital works – half court basketball court – Connells Point Reserve in the amount of $30,000.

(xiii)    Application submitted by Councillor Grekas, supported by Councillor Elmir and Councillor Landsberry for minor capital works – fairy lights – Oatley Clocktower in the amount of $10,000.

(xiv)    Application submitted by Councillor Grekas, supported by Councillor Elmir and Councillor Landsberry for minor capital works – BBQ – the Green, Kyle Bay in the amount of $13,000.

(xv)     Application submitted by Councillor Grekas, supported by Councillor Elmir and Councillor Landsberry for minor capital works – new seating – the Green, Kyle Bay in the amount of $3,750.

(xvi)    Application submitted by Councillor Grekas, supported by Councillor Elmir and Councillor Landsberry for minor capital works – new seating near basketball court – Stuart Park in the amount of $3,750.

(xvii)   Application submitted by Councillor Grekas, supported by Councillor Elmir and Councillor Landsberry for minor capital works – water station – Oatley (playground, near train station and shops in the amount of $5,000.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 


 

Community and Culture

CCL065-18       Major Events Advisory Committee - Community Representatives

(Report by Events Specialist)

Resolved: Councillor Elmir and Councillor Grekas

(a)  That Cathy Nisbet, Man Hang Bosco Chang and Divesh Narayan be appointed to the Major Events Advisory Committee as community representatives.

 

(b)  That the former community members be thanked for their efforts.

 

Record of Voting:

 

For the Motion: The Mayor, Councillor Greene, Councillor Elmir, Councillor Grekas, Councillor Konjarski, Councillor Landsberry, Councillor Liu, Councillor Payor and Councillor Tegg.

Against the Motion: Councillor Agius, Councillor Hindi, Councillor Kastanias, Councillor Katris, Councillor Symington and Councillor Wu.

Councillor Hindi notified Council of his intention to lodge a rescission motion in relation to this item.

 

Notices of Motion

NM091-18          Membership of the Major Events Advisory Committee

(Report by Councillor Kastanias)

Resolved:  Councillor Kastanias and Councillor Symington

 

That Council endorse the inclusion of Councillor Rita Kastanias on the Major Events Advisory Committee.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 

NM092-18          Request Separate Postcodes for Peakhurst, Riverwood and Lugarno

(Report by Councillor Kastanias)

Resolved: Councillor Kastanias and Councillor Katris

 

That Council write to the Hon David Coleman MP, seeking his support in requesting Australia Post review the postcodes of Peakhurst, Riverwood and Lugarno with a view to moving towards allocating individual postcodes for each suburb.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 

 NM093-18         Increasing Transparency and Accountability for Council Funded Entities

(Report by Councillor Konjarski)

Resolved:  Councillor Konjarski and Councillor Kastanias

 

(a) That the GM prepare a report to the November 2018 meeting of the Finance and Governance Committee which details the operational procedures and processes that can be established to ensure that local entities provide a sufficiently transparent account of expenditure of public monies.

 

(b) That the report address the following matters:

 

(i)   That all entities in the Georges River LGA that receive Council funding or subsidies be required to provide Council with an audited set of financial statements during any year in which they receive such funding or subsidies;

(ii)  That the requirement only apply to entities that receive Council community grant funding, venue hire grants, rental subsidies, heritage grants, event sponsorship or donations totalling $15,000 or more in any financial year and excludes legislated funding and memberships such as SES funding;

(iii) That the audited financial statements be required to be submitted by 1 September each year;

(iv) The preparation of a standard template/guidelines for use by local entities which details the minimum level of information to be audited and provided to Council;

(v)  The reporting of the submitted information by the GM to Council on an annual basis, including the extent of expenditure and public benefit arising from the subsidies; and

(vi) Any other relevant operational or procedural matters that will increase transparency and accountability on the reporting on the expenditure of public funds.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 

Note:          During the discussion of the following item Councillor Hindi left the Chamber.

 

NM094-18          Small Cell Installations Throughout Georges River Local Government Area

(Report by Councillor Payor)

Resolved:  Councillor Payor and Councillor Liu

 

(a) That Council note Australia’s radiation safety government body, the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA), has referenced reviews identifying that the radiation dosimetry for new and emerging technologies operating at higher frequencies, is still developing and further research is required in examining the health effects of exposure. ARPANSA recommends further research to include investigating potential hazards and the adequacy of the current limits in the Australian Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Energy Standard (June 2017).

 

(b) That Council write to the Federal Minister for Communications, the Member for Cook, and the Member for Banks, requesting that the Australian government immediately impose a moratorium on the installation of any small cell infrastructure in the Georges River local government area until such time as the following matters are satisfactorily addressed:

 

i.             Compliance with the Deployment of Mobile Phone Network Infrastructure C564:2004 (the Code) in regard to community consultation, given that the extent and level of consultation and notification of the proposed installations to date is completely inappropriate and does not comply with the Code. 

  

ii.            That the Telecommunications Act be amended to prevent the installation of any further small cell infrastructure until such time as research has investigated potential hazards, the adequacy of current limits, and any long-term cumulative health effects of exposure to 4G and 5G network operations have been established. 

 

iii.           Provision of a written guarantee from TPG and all other telecommunication providers of the suspension of works to modify 4G small cell infrastructure to enable 5G operations, pending the review of the relevance of recommended research for the health and safety of the population of Australia and the environment.

 

iv.           Amendments be undertaken to the Code to require more thorough community consultation including extensive direct notification to owners and occupiers of all properties within 240m of any proposed new facilities in the future.

                          

(c)  That Council provide a submission to TPG and all other telecommunication providers on behalf of the Georges River community that requests, amongst other things, only installing small cell infrastructure in non-residential and non-sensitive areas, full compliance with applicable industry codes and all relevant planning and telecommunications legislation and policy, and an immediate analysis be undertaken of the potential cumulative health and safety impacts of 4G and 5G electromagnetic energy generated as a consequence of the installations.

 

(d) That Ausgrid (as the owner of the light poles) be requested to decline to provide owner’s consent to the installation of new facilities on its infrastructure until such time as TPG and all other telecommunication providers issue a written guarantee that its infrastructure will not be modified to 5G operations in the future.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

Councillor Hindi was not present during the vote.

 

 

NM095-18          Jubilee Stadium Masterplan Strategy

(Report by Councillor Katris)

Resolved: Councillor Katris and Councillor Agius

 

That the General Manager schedule a Council Workshop to provide Councillors with an update on the progress of the draft Jubilee Stadium Masterplan and the Expression of Interest for Naming Rights. 

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

Councillor Hindi was not present during the vote.

 

 

Note:          At this point of the meeting Councillor Hindi returned to the Chamber.

Note:          During the discussion of the following item Councillor Liu left the Chamber.

 

NM096-18          Recycling of Film and X-Ray Waste in the Georges River Local Government Area

(Report by Councillor Kastanias)

Resolved: Councillor Kastanias and Councillor Symington

 

(a) That Council increase its current x-ray and film recycling service offered through the twice yearly household chemical collection at Mortdale Depot to provide the service at both the Carlton and Mortdale Depots at a minimum of four times per year, with the increased service to be funded from Council’s waste reserve.

(b) That the General Manager prepare a report on the commencement of an education campaign to all relevant health ministers, local members (Federal and State) and all health service providers who currently produce x-rays to:

(i)   educate all relevant health services on the hazards of disposing of x-rays and films into land fill;

(ii)  encourage in the first instance, that x-ray films be provided in digital copy only with patients only being offered hard copies if they specifically request same; and

(iii) investigate opportunities to advise local residents of the options for recycling x-ray and film through Council’s household chemical collections each year.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

Councillor Liu was not present during the vote.

 

Note:  During the discussion of the following item Councillor Kastanias left the Chamber.

Questions with Notice

QWN003-18      849 King Georges Road, South Hurstville

(Report by Councillor Landsberry)

Resolved:  Councillor Landsberry and Councillor Grekas

That the response provided by the Director Environment and Planning be received and noted.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

Councillor Kastanias and Councillor Liu were not present during the vote.

 

 

Confidential items (Closed Council Meeting)

The Mayor asked the General Manager if any representations had been received from the public that the item should not be discussed in closed session.

The General Manager replied that no representations had been received to the item in closed session.

The Mayor asked if there were any members of the public gallery who would like to speak on the reasons Council proposes to consider the items in closed session, there were none.

At this point of the meeting Councillor Kastanias returned to the Chamber.

 

Resolved: Councillor Elmir and Councillor Katris

That in accordance with the provisions of Part 1 of Chapter 4 of the Local Government Act 1993, the following matters be considered in closed Council at which the press and public are excluded.

 

CCL005A-18     General Manager's Performance Review

(Report by Executive Manager People and Culture)

THAT in accordance with the provisions of Part 1 of Chapter 4 of the Local Government Act 1993, the matters dealt with in this report be considered in closed Council Meeting at which the press and public are excluded. In accordance with Section 10A(2) (a) it is considered the matter deals with personnel matters concerning a particular individual (other than Councillors).

THAT in accordance with Section 10D it is considered that if the matter were discussed in an open Council Meeting, it would on balance, be contrary to the public interest as it deals with personnel matters concerning a particular individual (other than Councillors).

 

That in accordance with the provisions of Section 11(2) of the Act, the reports and correspondence relating to these matters be withheld from the press and public.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 At this point in the meeting Councillor Liu returned to the Chamber.

 

Consideration of Confidential Recommendations

CCL005A-18     General Manager's Performance Review

(Report by Executive Manager People and Culture)

Resolved: Councillor Hindi and Councillor Kastanias

(a)       That Council note the report of the performance review panel 16 October 2018  (CCL005A - 18) facilitated by McArthur, which rates the General Manager’s performance for period  August  2017 – August 2018 as excellent. 

(b)       That Council approves the performance agreement for the General Manager for the period August  2018 – August 2019 (attached).

(c)       That consistent with Clause 8.5 of the General Manager’s contract Council authorises the Mayor to negotiate and implement a new total remuneration package for the General Manager consistent with the performance outcome rating and Council’s discretionary performance increase structure.

(d)       That Council authorise the relevant Council Officer to prepare the new Schedule C for the General Manager’s current contract.

 

 Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

Open Council

Resolved: Councillor Agius and Councillor Elmir

That the meeting revert to Open Council.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

Consideration of Recommendations from Closed Session

CCL005A-18     General Manager's Performance Review

                             (Report by Executive Manager People and Culture)

Resolved:  Councillor Hindi and Councillor Kastanias

That the Report of the Closed session recommendations be adopted.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 Conclusion

The Meeting was closed at 8.43pm

 

 

 

Chairperson