Agenda


Council Meeting

 

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

 

Dragon Room

Level 1, Georges River Civic Centre

Corner Dora and MacMahon Streets, Hurstville

 

 


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Ordinary Meeting

 ORDER OF BUSINESS

 

1.      National Anthem

2.      Prayer

3.      Acknowledgement of Country

Council acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land on which this meeting is being held as the Biddegal people of the Eora Nation.

4.      Apologies  

5.      Notice of Webcasting

6.      Disclosures of Interest

7.      Public Addresses to the Meeting

8.      Confirmation of Minutes of Previous Meeting

MINUTES: Council Meeting - 25 March 2019

9.      Mayoral Minute

MM004-19         Premium Sporting Facilities

(Report by The Mayor, Councillor Greene)................................................................ 5

MM005-19         Congratulations to Mortdale RSL Sub Branch

(Report by The Mayor, Councillor Greene)................................................................ 6  

10.    Matters of Privilege

11.    Committee Reports

CCL015-19       Report of the Assets and Infrastructure Committee - Meeting held on 08 April 2019

(Report by Head of Executive Services).................................................................... 7

CCL016-19       Report of the Community and Culture Committee - Meeting held on 08 April 2019

(Report by Head of Executive Services).................................................................. 11

CCL017-19       Report of the Environment and Planning Committee - Meeting held on 08 April 2019

(Report by Head of Executive Services).................................................................. 18

CCL018-19       Report of the Finance and Governance Committee - Meeting held on 08 April 2019

(Report by Head of Executive Services).................................................................. 22

 

12.    Environment and Planning

CCL019-19       Draft Tree Management Policy

(Report by Senior Environment Officer).................................................................. 28

CCL020-19       Georges River Local Strategic Planning Statement -State Government signoff and Public Exhibition

(Report by Manager Strategic Planning)................................................................. 84

13.    Finance and Governance

CCL021-19       Applications Pursuant to Councillor Ward Discretionary Fund Policy

(Report by Manager, Office of the General Manager)......................................... 417

CCL022-19       Draft 2019-2020 Operational Plan, Draft 2019/20 to 2020/21 Delivery Program, and Updated Resourcing Strategy.

(Report by Senior Corporate Planner)................................................................... 432

14.    Assets and Infrastructure

Nil

15.    Community and Culture

Nil

16.    Notices of Rescission

Nil

17.    Notices of Motion

NM025-19          Confidential Information

(Report by Councillor Tegg)..................................................................................... 439

NM026-19          Independent Building Commissioner

(Report by Councillor Landsberry)......................................................................... 440

NM027-19          Hurstville Commuter Carpark

(Report by Councillor Hindi).................................................................................... 442

NM028-19          Amendment to Operational Procedures for all NSW Regional Planning Panels

(Report by Councillor Katris)................................................................................... 443

NM029-19          Dog Litter Bags

(Report by Councillor Kastanias)............................................................................ 444

NM030-19          Working Towards Net Zero Emissions in Georges River Local Government Area

(Report by Councillor Tegg)..................................................................................... 445

NM031-19          Preparation of a new Development Control Plan for the Kogarah Bay Precinct Princes Highway

(Report by Councillor Payor)................................................................................... 446

 

NM032-19          Procedures for the Lodgment and Processing of Development Applications

(Report by Councillor Katris)................................................................................... 447

NM033-19          Maintaining Public Confidence in Georges River Council

(Report by Councillor Grekas)................................................................................. 448

NM034-19          Dissolution of Council's Major Events Advisory Committee

(Report by Councillor Landsberry)......................................................................... 450

NM035-19          Preparation of Development Control Plan Provisions for Mechanical Parking Installations in Developments within the Georges River LGA

(Report by Councillor Payor)................................................................................... 451

18.    Questions with Notice

Nil  

19.    Confidential (Closed Session)

CCL008A-19     Waiver of Legal Professional Privilege over Confidential Legal Advices

(Report by Director Legal Services and General Counsel)  

 


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Mayoral Minute

Item:          MM004-19          Premium Sporting Facilities

Mayor:               The Mayor, Councillor Greene 

 

 

Background

The recent announcement that Hurstville Oval has again been awarded the N° 1 ground in NSW Premier Grade cricket is a significant honour for our community. Head Groundsman, Phillip Rainis and his team have been rewarded for their hard work and dedication. I have been advised that the winning margin is one of the largest in the thirty five year history of the Award. It is also pleasing that in only its second year of use, Olds Park finished fourth in the lower grade ground category, an outstanding achievement.

 

I also note the positive media comments in recent weeks on the condition of Netstrata Jubilee Stadium Television commentators have rightly praised the surface for both AFC, NRL and A League fixtures. The groundsmen have excelled. These examples highlight the quality of our Premium Facilities and the efforts of our staff.

 

 

 

MOTION:

THAT Council congratulates our Premium Facility staff on the public recognition of their work and in particular notes the success of Hurstville Oval in being named NSW Premier Cricket Ground of the Year.

 

 

  


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Item:          MM005-19          Congratulations to Mortdale RSL Sub Branch

Mayor:               The Mayor, Councillor Greene 

 

 

Background

This Thursday, Australians will gather at Memorials in cities, towns and villages to commemorate Anzac Day, remembering those who have fought for their country in theatres of war throughout the world. Many paying the ultimate sacrifice.

 

This year also marks the 100th Anniversary of the formation of the Mortdale RSL Sub Branch. On 13 March 1919, less than six months after the end of the Great War, Mortdale was given its charter to represent local returned sailors and soldiers.

 

Over 100 years, the Sub Branch has provided for its members, catering for the physical, emotional and social needs in a caring, compassionate environment.

 

The underlying principles of the charter have been maintained and indeed strengthened.

 

Our local RSL movement is highly regarded with passionate, committed members maintaining the traditions of service in the Australian tradition of camaraderie. Our community is grateful for their ongoing efforts and tonight we congratulate Mortdale RSL Sub Branch on this significant anniversary.

 

 

MOTION:

THAT Council note the 100th Anniversary of the formation of Mortdale RSL Sub Branch and congratulates its members on this important milestone.

 

 

    


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Committee Reports

Item:                   CCL015-19        Report of the Assets and Infrastructure Committee - Meeting held on 08 April 2019 

Author:              Head of Executive Services

Directorate:      Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:     Committee Reports

 

 

 

Recommendation:

That the Committee recommendations for items ASS007-19 to ASS009-19 inclusive, detailed below, be adopted by Council.

ASS007-19        Tender for the Construction of Poulton Park Public Amenities Building -                           Stronger Communities Fund and Domestic Waste Reserve

(a)     That Council, in accordance with Section 178 of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 (NSW), accepts the Tender from Sullivans Constructions, in the amount of $449,425 (excluding GST), after having regard to all the circumstances, as the tender that appears to be the most advantageous and appoint Sullivans Constructions as the Principal Contractor under the Contract Number T18/062 Tender for the Poulton Park Public Amenities Building.

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

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

 

ASS008-19        Georges River Traffic Advisory Committee Meeting - 2 April 2019

That the recommendations contained within the minutes of the Georges River Traffic Advisory Committee Meeting held on 2 April 2019 be adopted by Council.

 

ASS009-19        Public Amenities Building at Ruby Wing Reserve

That Council approves the reallocation of the funding for the construction of a public amenities building at Ruby Wing Reserve to Nicol Murray Reserve.

 

 

 

 

File Reference

D19/84754

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Minutes of Assets and Infrastructure Committee - 08 April 2019

 


Georges River Council - Ordinary Meeting - Tuesday, 23 April 2019

CCL015-19             Report of the Assets and Infrastructure Committee - Meeting held on 08 April 2019

[Attachment 1]        Minutes of Assets and Infrastructure Committee - 08 April 2019

 

 

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Item:                   CCL016-19        Report of the Community and Culture Committee - Meeting held on 08 April 2019 

Author:              Head of Executive Services

Directorate:      Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:     Committee Reports

 

 

 

Recommendation:

That the Committee recommendations for items COM009-19 to COM013-19 inclusive, detailed below, be adopted by Council.

 

COM009-19       Place Naming Requests

(a)     That Council endorses and submits an application to the Geographical Names Board to officially name:

i.        The currently unnamed road reserve informally known as Shunde Gardens on South Street, Kogarah to Edith Blake Reserve;

ii.       The currently unnamed road reserve informally known as Edgbaston Road Reserve in Beverly Hills to Merv Lynch Reserve;

iii.      The currently unnamed road reserve informally known as Gloucester Road Reserve in Beverly Hills to Gloucester Reserve;

iv.      The currently unnamed road reserve informally known as River Road Reserve No.1 in Oatley to Boorea Reserve;

v.       The currently unnamed park adjoining Anglo Square in Carlton to Nethery Park;

vi.      The currently unnamed lane between Hardwicke Street and Littleton Street in Riverwood to Lauricella Lane;

vii.     The currently unnamed lane between Edgbaston Road and Stoney Creek Road in Beverly Hills to Evans Lane;

viii.    The currently unnamed lane between King Georges Road and Hampden Street in Beverly Hills to St James Lane;

ix.      The currently unnamed lane between Hampden Street and Melvin Street in Beverly Hills to Cable Lane.

(b)     That the following name proposals be declined:

i.        To divide and define Mortdale Heights as a distinct suburb from Mortdale;

ii.       To name the currently unnamed rivulet in Peakhurst, Pename Rivulet;

iii.      To name the currently unnamed island in Lugarno, Future Island.

(c)     That the proposal to name the currently unnamed waterway in Oatley as Myles Dunphy Creek be endorsed to be placed on public exhibition in accordance with the Georges River Council Place Naming Policy;

(d)     That following endorsement and public exhibition period of the Myles Dunphy Creek proposal, final approval be sought from the Geographical Names Board, and a further report be submitted to Council.

 

COM010-19       Award of book vouchers to local schools during presentation ceremonies

That Council receive and note the allocation of book vouchers for presentation to local schools, in the event that councillors are invited to attend school awards ceremonies.

 

COM011-19       Public Art Project at Ellen Subway, Mortdale

(a)     That Council, following unsuccessful negotiations with Sydney Trains, receives and notes Council’s inability to proceed with the public art project at Ellen Subway, Mortdale;

(b)     That Council review the provision of future public art projects as part of the 2019/20 budget           process, following adoption of the Georges River Council Public Art Policy.

 

COM012-19       Minutes of the Major Events Advisory Committee 11 March 2019

That Council adopts the recommendations contained within the Minutes of the Major Events Advisory Committee meeting held on Monday 11 March 2019.

 

COM013-19       Outgoing Sponsorships and Donations

(a)     That Council approve the event sponsorship request of $2,000.00 ($2,000.00 of financial support) to hold the Riverwood 2019 Spring Fair presented by Riverwood Community Centre to be held 7 September 2019 at Salt Pan Creek Wetlands Park.

(b)     That Council not approve the event sponsorship request of various packages ranging from $500.00 to $3,000.00 to hold The Gowland Awards 2019 presented by Gowland Legal to be held in November 2019 at NSW Parliament House.

(c)     That Council receive and note the Quick Response Sponsorship granted to the amount of $250.00 for sponsorship of the St George Lions Annual Charity Golf Day 2019.

 

 

 

 

File Reference

D19/84852

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Minutes of Community and Culture Committee - 08 April 2019

 


Georges River Council - Ordinary Meeting - Tuesday, 23 April 2019

CCL016-19             Report of the Community and Culture Committee - Meeting held on 08 April 2019

[Attachment 1]        Minutes of Community and Culture Committee - 08 April 2019

 

 

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Item:                   CCL017-19        Report of the Environment and Planning Committee - Meeting held on 08 April 2019
  

Author:              Head of Executive Services

Directorate:      Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:     Committee Reports

 

 

 

Recommendation:

That the Committee recommendations for items ENV008-19 to ENV010-19 inclusive, detailed below, be adopted by Council.

 

ENV008-19       Beverly Hills Masterplan - Phase 1

(a)     That Council receives and notes the report, including the community vision report and technical studies undertaken in Phase 1 of the Beverly Hills Masterplan.

(b)     That Council endorses proceeding with Phase 2 to prepare a Masterplan of Beverly Hills Town Centre to develop a coordinated approach to the future development of the Centre.

 

ENV009-19       Planning Proposal 2017/0001 - No. 84D Roberts Avenue, Mortdale

(a)     That Council publicly exhibit the Planning Proposal PP2017/0001 for No. 84D Roberts Avenue, Mortdale 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.

 

ENV010-19       Hurstville Oval and Timothy Reserve Draft Plan of Management and Masterplan

That a further report be submitted to the Committee that undertakes a feasibility study examining the extension of the Booth Saunders Pavilion towards the entrance gate.

 

 

File Reference

D19/84903

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Minutes - Environment and Planning Committee 08 April 2019

 


Georges River Council - Ordinary Meeting - Tuesday, 23 April 2019

CCL017-19             Report of the Environment and Planning Committee - Meeting held on 08 April 2019

[Attachment 1]        Minutes - Environment and Planning Committee 11 March 2019

 

 

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Item:                   CCL018-19        Report of the Finance and Governance Committee - Meeting held on 08 April 2019 

Author:              Head of Executive Services

Directorate:      Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:     Committee Reports

 

 

 

Recommendation:

That the Committee recommendations for items FIN022-19 to FIN028-19 inclusive, detailed below, be adopted by Council.

 

FIN022-19         Draft 2019/20 Budget - Consideration of Upgrading Simpson Reserve Oatley

That Council considers the upgrading of the Simpson Reserve Oatley Playground when the 2019/20 draft budget is being formulated.

 

FIN023-19         Property Matter - Ellen Subway Mortdale - Licence Agreement and Road Dedication from Sydney Trains

(a) That the General Manager be authorised to sign all documentation to effect the dedication of land described as Lot 1 in DP1181159, Lot 1 in DP171156, Lot 1 in DP455333 and Lot 10 Section 1 in DP1884, known as Ellen Subway, Mortdale as public road, from RailCorp (Sydney Trains).

(b) That pending dedication, the General Manager be authorised to enter into licence with Sydney Trains or its nominated licensor, for the Ellen Subway, Mortdale, described as Lot 1 in DP1181159, Lot 1 in DP171156, Lot 1 in DP455333 and Lot 10 Section 1 in DP1884 on terms and conditions as generally detailed in this report.

 

FIN024-19         Property Matter - Lease of Commercial Office Space - Suite 4D, 34 MacMahon Street Hurstville

That the report “Property Matter – Lease of Commercial Office Space – Suite 4D, 34 MacMahon Street Hurstville” be received and noted.

 

FIN025-19         Investment Report as at 28 February 2019

That Council receive and note the contents of the Investment Report as at 28 February 2019.

 

FIN026-19         Advice on Costs and Status of Council's Court Proceedings - March 2019

That the report “Advice on Costs and Status of Council’s Court Proceedings – March 2019” be received and noted.

 

FIN027-19                   Councillor Meeting Attendance Record - September 2017 - February 2019

That the meeting attendance record of all Councillors for the period September 2017 to March 2019 inclusive, as detailed in Attachment 1 to this report, be received and noted.

 

FIN028-19         Tabling of Disclosure of Interest Returns

That the tabling of Disclosure of Interest Returns be noted.

 

File Reference

D19/84937

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Minutes of Finance and Governance Committee - 08 April 2019

Attachment 2

Councillor Attendance - Summary Revised - Sept 2017 - March 2019 - published in separate document

 


Georges River Council - Ordinary Meeting - Tuesday, 23 April 2019

CCL018-19             Report of the Finance and Governance Committee - Meeting held on 08 April 2019

[Attachment 1]        Minutes of Finance and Governance Committee - 08 April 2019

 

 

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Environment and Planning

Item:                   CCL019-19        Draft Tree Management Policy 

Author:              Senior Environment Officer

Directorate:      Environment and Planning

Matter Type:     Environment and Planning

 

 

 

Recommendation

(a)     That Council endorse the Tree Management Policy contained in Attachment 1, as amended to address the resolutions of Council at its meeting dated 25 February 2019.

 

(b)     That Council publicly exhibit for a period of 28 days the following proposed amendments to the Schedule of Fees and Charges, under Section 1.11 Tree Management and Section 1.21 Deposit for Damage During Construction, respectively to read: 

 

·    Offset Fee for Tree Replacement (per tree) for trees on private land – As valued by Thyer (2011) Tree Valuation Method (fee range between $1,000 and $10,000); and

 

·    Security against compliance with tree preservation requirements/conditions (Street Tree) - As valued by Thyer (2011) Tree Valuation Method (deposit range between $1,000 and $10,000)

 

(c)     That a further report on the outcome of the public exhibition of the proposed fees only be submitted to Council where submissions are received that do not support the proposed fees. Should this occur the proposed fees will be endorsed as exhibited without the need for a further report.

 

(d)     That a further report be provided to Council after 6 months addressing:

          (i)      the operation of tree review panels;

          (ii)     the application of fees including the Offset Fee for Tree Replacement (per tree) for trees on private land and the Security against compliance with tree preservation requirements/conditions (street tree) fee and;

          (iii)    the development of Significant Tree Register.

 

 

Executive Summary

 

1.   The Canopy Enhancement Program was endorsed by Council on 7 August 2017 (CCL152-17) with the objective of a Program to:

 

·    Develop a broader tree management framework via a Tree Management Policy

·    Establish a baseline vegetation level via a Vegetation Mapping Project which would also:

o Identify an achievable canopy target

o Identify areas suitable for green web corridors.

 

2.   Since that time a number of key Council resolutions and presentations as listed below have led to the current Tree Management Policy which Council endorsed as an Interim Policy at its meeting dated 25 February 2019:

 

·    Council meeting dated 23 April 2018 – NM021-18 Tree Maintenance Bonds

·    Council Meeting dated 28 May 2018 – NM031-18 Street Tree Management in Georges River Local Government Area.

·    Council meeting dated 24 September 2018 – CCL052-18 Georges River Council Draft Tree Management Policy 2018.

·    Councillor briefing dated 2 October, 2018 – Vegetation Mapping Report.

·    Councillor briefing dated 11 December 2018 - Draft Tree Management Policy and Urban Forest Enhancement.

·    Council meeting dated 25 February 2019 – Tree Management Policy endorsed as an interim Policy with further matters to be addressed in a report in April 2019.

 

3.   The draft Tree Management Policy and associated fees and charges were placed on public exhibition between 17 October and 14 November 2018, with 31 submissions being received. Of these submissions, 27 supported the creation of the Policy and the increased protection of trees, three opposed greater protection of trees and one contained a mixed response.

 

4.   A review of the public submissions received was conducted with the majority of proposed suggestions and feedback received from Councillors in briefings on 2 October and 11 December 2018 being incorporated into an amended Tree Management Policy, presented to Council on 25 February 2019.

 

5.   The recommendations of the Vegetation Mapping Report were also incorporated into the Tree Management Policy through the addition of sections relating to:

 

·    Urban Canopy Enhancement

·    Role of Street Trees as Wildlife Corridors

·    Trees in Parks

·    Role of Community Engagement in Urban Canopy Enhancement; and

·    Protection of Trees within Development Sites in Identified Biodiversity Corridors.

 

6.   Council at its meeting on 25 February 2019 adopted the Interim Tree Management Policy and required further investigation in to a number of matters relating to the Policy. These matters have been addressed in the amended Tree Management Policy in Attachment 1 and listed as follows:

 

i.    A unified definition for a tree

 

ii.   The retention of the existing review panels as per the Interim Tree Management Policy, with a review to be conducted after 6 months of operation

 

iii.  The imposition of security payments for public (street) trees only, as per legal advice from Senior Counsel; and

 

iv.  The application of the Thyer Method of Valuation (2011) as the preferred formula for financially valuing a tree, to calculate the offset fee for trees removed on private land and the security payment for public (street) trees potentially impacted by construction, as a condition of development consent.

 

7.   To ensure consistency with the above recommendations, amendments to Council’s 2019/20 Schedule of Fees and Charges are additionally recommended to be publicly exhibited for 28 days as follows:

 

·    Section 1.11 Tree Management – Offset Fee for Tree Replacement (per tree) for trees on private land – As valued by Thyer (2011) Tree Valuation Method (fee range between $1,000 and $10,000); and

 

·    Section 1.21 Deposit for Damage during Construction - Security against compliance with tree preservation requirements/conditions (Street Tree) – As valued by Thyer (2011) Tree Valuation Method (deposit range between $1,000 and $10,000).

 

8.   A further report is recommended to be submitted to Council on the outcome of the public exhibition of the proposed fees only if submissions are received that do not support the proposed fees. Should this occur the proposed fees will be endorsed as exhibited without the need for a further report.

 

9.   The amended Tree Management Policy will put Council in a strong position to manage, protect and expand our urban canopy to achieve the 40% goal by 2038 adopted by Council at its meeting on 25 February 2019.

 

10. It is recommended that the amendments to the interim Tree Management Policy outlined in this report are adopted and that Council endorse the final Tree Management Policy in Attachment 1. The adoption of the final Policy will provide Georges River with a more comprehensive framework for the management of trees on both private and public land.

 

Background

 

11. Council at its meeting on 25 February 2019, resolved:

 

(a) That Council endorse the Tree Management Policy, as an Interim Policy, contained in Attachment 1, and as amended following the recent public exhibition.

 

(b) That Council endorse the exhibited Schedule of Fees & Charges, under Section 1.11 Tree Management:

 

·    Offset Fee or Tree Replacement (per tree) - $2,250

·    Review of Tree Removal and Pruning Application on Private Land:

-     Stage 1 Review - $70

-     Stage 2 Review - $140

 

(c)  That the application of the Offset Fee or Tree Replacement Fee be reviewed    within 6 months of the Policy’s adoption.

 

(c)  That Council adopt the Greater Sydney Region Plan’s target for canopy cover of 40% by 2038.

 

(d) That the General Manager provides an additional report to an April 2019 Council meeting with recommended amendments to the Interim Tree Management Policy on the following matters:

 

i.    The Tree Management Policy is to incorporate a unified definition for a tree, based on an appropriate definition that may be contained the most relevant Australian Standard, irrespective of what is contained any of the previous Councils DCPs. The relevant DCPs will be required to be amended to include the revised definition.

ii.   The review panels, for street tree matters and tree permit applications are to include the three ward Councillors in which the tree is located, along with the three senior staff that are indicated in the report.

 

iii.  The General Manager seek Senior Counsel advice proficient on tree management issues, in the Land and Environment Court, on mechanisms that are available to Council to enable Council to introduce Security Payments and Refundable Bonds on trees located on both private and public lands during the construction of any structure. The advice must include details on how these are to be implemented, how the refund process is to operate, suggested clauses that could be included in the Conditions of Development Approval that indicate that the Bonds will be totally or partially forfeited if there is any damage to an individual tree and the Certificate of Occupancy will not be issued unless an Arborist confirms, in writing, that the trees have been maintained in a healthy condition during construction. The Senior Counsel’s attention is to be drawn to the fact that other Councils such as the City of Sydney, North Sydney and Botany Bay, all impose Tree Preservation Bonds for trees that could be affected during the Construction Process.

 

iv.  The General Manager prepare a report for Council that outlines the most accepted methods of Tree Valuation (and details of these methods), undertakes an analysis of the methods in relation to the impacts on our community and recommends an appropriate tree value for incorporation in the Council’s Fees and Charges Schedule.

 

12. This report will expand and provide clarification on the points listed above within item (e) as well as providing a brief update on the implementation of the interim Policy. Updates on items (a) to (d) will also be discussed, including the recently approved Five Million Trees federal grant funding, which will help in attaining Council’s adopted goal of 40% canopy cover by 2038.

 

Report

 

1.   Interim Tree Management Policy

 

13. The four key matters resolved by Council at the 25 February meeting for recommended amendment to the Interim Tree Management Policy were:

 

·    A unified definition of a tree

·    The composition of review panels for public and private tree applications

·    The application, following legal advice from Senior Counsel, of returnable bonds for public and private trees that could be affected during construction; and

·    A single method of tree valuation.

 

14. In response to these matters, the following solutions are provided in respective order of appearance.

 

(a) Unified Tree Definition

 

15. In the current adopted Interim Tree Management Policy’s Scope, trees were given two separate definitions taken from the two former Development Control Plans of Hurstville and Kogarah Councils. These definitions were:

 

 

 

Former Hurstville:

 

·      Height of 3 metres or more, or

·      A circumference of 300mm (or greater) at 450mm above the ground; or

·      Branch spread of 3 metres or more.

 

Former Kogarah:

 

·      Height greater than 3.5m, or

·      Branch spread exceeding 3 metres.

 

16. A review of current Australian Standards to identify a suitable definition of a tree has been completed. However, due to the nature and scope of such standards no suitable definition could be identified to encompass the definition required for Council’s purpose.

 

17. From consultation with Council’s Tree Management team, Councils Consultant Arborist and senior Assets and Infrastructure staff, it was agreed that simplifying the Georges River tree definition to that of the former Hurstville Council definition was preferred. This is due to the presence of tree circumference measurements and simplified height and canopy specifications in the former Hurstville definition.

 

18. Further, a review of surrounding Council definitions for trees was conducted and this is summarised below:

 

 

Council

Definition of a tree

Sutherland Shire Council

·   A single or multi trunked tree with a diameter of 100mm or more measured at 500mm above ground level.

·   Any tree and/or riparian vegetation growing within 4 metres of a creek or watercourse.

 

Canterbury Bankstown

·   5 metres or more in height

·   All mangroves, regardless of size

·   All trees on heritage item properties or on properties in heritage conservation areas

·   trees listed as Vulnerable, Endangered or part of an EEC under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016

·   trees listed under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

 

Bayside Council

(1) Former Botany Bay:

·    At least 3m in height; or

·    A diameter of equal to or greater than 200mm at 1m above ground, or 600mm for multi-trunked trees.

(2) Former Rockdale:

·    Height of more than 3m; or

·    Girth of 300mm at 1m above ground.

 

 

Canada Bay

·    The tree has a height of, or greater than, four (4) metres;

·    The tree has a trunk girth of, or greater than, 500mm at any point; or

·    The tree is a cycad or mangrove, irrespective of its dimensions

City of Sydney

·    has a height of 5m or more; or

·    has a canopy spread of over 5m; or

·    has a trunk diameter of more than 300mm, measured at ground level; or

·    is listed in the Register of Significant Trees.

 

19. From analysis of these definitions it can be seen that the proposed former Hurstville Council definition reflects most neighbouring Council definitions. By including circumference measurements and recognising NSW legislative protection of threatened vegetation within the Policy, the proposed former Hurstville Council definition will provide a clearer definition for a tree.

 

Recommendation:

 

20. It is therefore recommended that Council endorse the following tree definition for the Georges River Local Government area, to be included in the final Tree Management Policy and the eventual comprehensive DCP 2020. In the interim period prior to the adoption of the DCP 2020 and to ensure consistency with the implementation of the Tree Management Policy, it is proposed that this single tree definition be included in the Interim DCP Policy, currently in development.

 

A tree is defined as having a:

 

·      Height of 3 metres or more, or

·      Circumference of 300mm (or greater) when measured at 450mm above the ground; or

·      Branch spread of 3 metres or more.

 

(b) Review Panels

 

21. Council has previously not had a formal framework in place to conduct a second review on applications for tree pruning or removal once they have been assessed by an alternative tree management officer.

 

22. With the implementation of the Tree Management Policy a costed two-stage process has been proposed for Tree Permit Applications to provide more transparency around the process.  The process is outlined below:

 

·    If a Tree Permit Application for tree pruning or removal is refused by Council staff, the applicant can request a review of the decision which will take the following stages:

 

Stage 1

First review is conducted by an alternative Tree Management Officer

Stage 2

Second review is conducted by a panel of three senior Council staff

 

23. Recommendation (e) ii. from the Council meeting on 25 February 2019 sought the required inclusion of the three relevant ward Councillors alongside three senior staff in the second stage review panels for street trees and private tree applications.

 

24. The previous report to Council outlined Canterbury-Bankstown’s current tree review process. For reference, their process involves:

 

·    A free initial review with no supporting documentation required, where the tree is assessed by an alternate Council tree officer.

·    A second review which costs 50% of the original Tree Permit fee, requires an AQF5 arborist report and is assessed by the Manager, Parks who then compiles a separate report and recommendation.

·    If the decision is still contested by the applicant, the manager will forward their report to a Council Committee for decision. It should be noted that, no decision in over three years of this process being in place has ever reached the third stage.

 

25. Canterbury Bankstown adheres to the Best Practice Manual (BPM) for Trees and Tree Roots by Statewide Mutual (2014), which is also Georges River Council’s insurer.  To achieve best practice, the BPM requires the following:

 

·    Decisions on reviews of tree decisions are to include the results of an inspection and resulting report from a qualified Council Officer.

·    A Tree Management Policy should provide a definition of the responsibilities and authority of Council officers and staff when dealing with arboriculture matters. The policy should reflect the Council’s responsibilities and its authority to apply the policy. 

 

26. It is recommended that Council continue to involve qualified staff from Assets and Infrastructure in all levels of decisions on reviews of tree decisions.

 

27. Sutherland Shire Council recently resolved to make minor amendments to their tree assessment and review process, including:

 

·    That determination notices and review determinations clearly outline the further options available to applicants, including the submission of an independently prepared Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) report, review applications and Court appeals; and

·    That the opportunity for Council, through a Notice of Motion, to elect to have any tree application or request brought to a Council meeting to be considered and determined by The Council be acknowledged.

 

28. Importantly, these applications for reviews in Sutherland Shire can only be addressed where the tree has been previously assessed by an alternate Tree Management Officer as a costed first review, then subsequently referred to the relevant ward Councillor and assessed by senior staff as a free, second review. If the applicant and Councillor remain dissatisfied with the tree decision, a third review can be initiated through a notice of motion then considered and determined at a Council meeting. For reference, this process is detailed in the below flowchart (Figure 1).

 

29. Senior staff at Sutherland Shire Council indicated that the endorsement of this review process was a reflection of what was already occurring, as in the very small case of applicants escalating third reviews of tree decisions to Council (measured at approximately 90 out of 10,086 applications per year, or 0.9% of total tree applications), Councillors were entitled to put forward notices of motion.

 

30. Costing was additionally completed by Sutherland Shire staff which found that the 2017-18 cost for reviews of tree decisions brought to Council meetings came out at $74,856, with 90 applications, or eight per Council meeting. In their upper scenario of 300 applications per year, or 27 per Council meeting, the cost was $274,359. Additionally, staff time for preparing reports on tree matters called to Council via notices of motion would be in the range of $500 to $1000 per item. This costing was used to justify that the process of Councillor involvement in the escalating of tree review decisions remain as a third and final option once the first two formal review processes are complete.  As such, the amendments to their policy on tree management are focused on clarifying options to residents.

Figure 1:Flow Chart of Sutherland Shire Council’s Private Tree Assessment and Review Process

 

31. From this information, it is considered that Georges River Council has in place a robust two-stage costed review process in the Interim Tree Management Policy when compared to neighbouring Councils.

 

32. During the public exhibition, the community voiced consistent concerns regarding the involvement of Councillors on review panels and the resulting lack of expertise accompanying tree decisions that would follow.  Given the concerns raised by residents and the experiences of other Councils, in order to maintain transparency and avoid potential damage to public confidence in Council, it is proposed that the compositions of review panels not be changed at this time, but reviewed after 6 months.

 

Recommendation:

 

33. It is therefore recommended that the current composition of the tree review panels for street tree matters and Tree Permit Applications be retained, with the process further evaluated after 6 months in line with recommendation (c) of this report.

 

(c) Security Payments and Refundable Bonds on Trees

 

34. Council currently has a security payment for public trees to be applied during construction, listed within the 2018/19 Schedule of Fees and Charges as:

 

·    Item 1.21 - Deposit for Damage during Construction - Security against compliance with tree preservation requirements/conditions (Street Tree) - $2,250.

 

35. Concern over the inconsistency within local government with the application of bonds or security payments and how they apply to public and private trees resulted in Council requesting formal advice from Senior Counsel. A Memorandum of Advice was subsequently provided to Council from Ian Hemmings SC. Clarity was given that there is power under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act to impose a condition of consent requiring the provision of security (payment) to make good any damage caused to a public tree during construction, as the tree classifies as the “property of the consent authority”. The condition for the payment must also be for a reasonable amount and provide for repayment of any excess security.

 

36. To address Senior Counsel’s concern over the reasonableness of the security payment, it is proposed to use a standard tree valuation method in Thyer (2011) to determine the security payment. This is discussed in greater detail in the following section of this report.

 

37. Senior Counsel’s legal advice notes that there is no power to impose a condition of development consent requiring returnable payments to trees on private land. This is due to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act limiting requirement for payment of the cost of “property of the consent authority”.

 

38. Council currently has rigorous tree and landscape conditions of development consent to protect private and adjoining public trees, requiring certificates of compliance for tree protection measures to be forwarded to Council prior to the issuing of the occupation certificate, worded as follows:

 

·   The applicant shall engage a qualified Arborist who holds an AQF Level 5 or above in Arboriculture and who is a current financial member of Arboriculture Australia – AA and or Institute of Australian Consulting Arboriculturists – IACA.

·   A certificate of compliance for tree protection measures shall be completed and forwarded to the PCA – (Principal Certifying Authority), before works, during works and once all building works have been completed, that tree protection measures have been installed and maintained during the construction process.

 

39. A further condition of development consent has been drafted to accompany the above conditions. The condition will require the applicant to financially value any street trees that may be impacted by construction using the Thyer (2011) Tree Valuation Method to determine the resultant security to be provided. This draft condition of development consent will assist in Council’s abidance with the Tree Management Policy under Section 3.4.2. Development Activity, ‘Vehicle Access and Cross-Overs’.

 

40. The conditions of development consent also include requirements for street tree removal and replacement prior to the issuing of an occupation or subdivision certificate (whichever occurs first). The conditions have been recently updated to require replacement of removed trees at a 2:1 ratio, or, payment of the offset fee. The fees table in the conditions have also been updated to include:

 

·    Security against compliance with tree preservation requirements/conditions (Street Trees) - $2,250; and

·    Offset Fee – Fee for Tree Replacement (per tree) - $2,250.

 

41. For the above security payment, an amendment to the fee column in Council’s 2019/20 Schedule of Fees and Charges is recommended to instead read:

 

·    Security against compliance with tree preservation requirements/conditions (Street Trees) - As valued by Thyer (2011) Tree Valuation Method (deposit range between $1,000 and $10,000).

 

42. This amendment is recommended to replace the $2,250 amount, requiring valuing of the public tree by an appropriately qualified arborist consultant, as per the above condition of consent. The deposit range is recommended to not extend above $10,000 for capacity to pay reasons. The security payment may be wholly or partially forfeited if the tree is structurally damaged or removed during demolition or construction and the amount forfeited is proposed to be subject to further arborist assessment on the scale of damage to the tree. The security payment is recommended to remain at $2,250 until such time that its amendment can be exhibited and adopted. Currently, Inner West Council lists similar text in their fee column for their associated tree security payment.

 

43. Amendments will also be made to the current Development Application Checklist to include mention of the need for street trees to be included in the Site Plan. The requirements for the Site Plan will also be listed, including an Arboricultural Impact Assessment Report detailing impacts for the street tree as well as any private trees. This will assist applicants in abiding by the Policy, namely Section 5.1. ‘Site Plan and the Location of Trees’, where the need to include street trees in the Site Plan is stipulated.

 

44. To clarify how security bonds are being applied to trees by other Councils, contact was made with the City of Sydney and Bayside (including former Botany Bay) Councils. A summary of this information is presented below:

 

·    City of Sydney has tree bonds in place for public trees only, namely street trees in the central business district. To determine the value of the bond, a Tree Management Officer will assess the tree using a Visual Tree Assessment and determine a rounded dollar amount, usually in the tens of thousands. This visual valuation is based on experience using multiple methods of tree valuation such as the City of Melbourne’s Tree Valuation formula and the Burnley Method. These preservation bonds are in place for large-scale developers to pay for the retention of valuable street trees in commercial areas, due to the situational difficulty these trees face in reaching maturity. The bonds are paid as a condition of development consent and are returned following the completion of development and upon receipt of written confirmation of the tree’s health by a qualified arborist.

 

·    The former Botany Bay Council previously had street tree preservation bonds in place during large developments. The bonds were only applied to public (street) trees impacted by driveways. The bond was paid as a condition of development consent and was only returned upon receipt of an occupation certificate and if and when Council specifications of tree health were met. This assessment of specifications was conducted by dedicated Council officer with arborist qualifications.  Currently, Bayside Council no longer applies these bonds across its local government area.

 

Recommendation:

 

45. It is therefore recommended that Council only endorse the application of returnable security on public (street) trees in the form of the following security payment referenced in Section 3.4.2. of the Interim Tree Management Policy and contained in Georges River Council’s 2018/19 Schedule of Fees and Charges:

 

·    Security against compliance with tree preservation requirements/conditions (Street Trees) - $2,250

 

It is also recommended that the security payment remain at the amount of $2,250 until such time as the proposed amendment to Council’s Fees and Charges to include the Thyer (2011) Tree Valuation Method to determine security payments has been exhibited.

It is further recommended that Council publicly exhibit a proposed amendment to its Schedule of Fees and Charges under Section 1.21 – Deposit for Damage during Construction to incorporate the Thyer (2011) Tree Valuation Method for security payments to read as follows:

 

·    Security against compliance with tree preservation requirements/conditions (Street Trees) - As valued by Thyer (2011) Tree Valuation Method (deposit range between $1,000 and $10,000).

 

(d) Tree Valuation

 

46. The Interim Tree Management Policy currently addresses the valuation of a tree as difficult to define and subsequently suggests two valuation methods which are:

 

·   Thyer (1984) and

·   Burnley (1988).

 

47. Senior Counsel’s Memorandum of Advice regarding security payments identified difficulty in financially valuing a public tree and recommended an agreed upon approach to the valuing of trees. This section of the report will recommend such an approach.

 

48. As the local government area possesses important pockets of remnant vegetation and various significant trees on public land, an appropriate and consistent tree valuation method is required. Once in effect, a single tree valuation method will be used to determine the value of public trees potentially impacted by a development site through a condition of development consent, as well as assessing the value of public trees necessary for removal.

 

49. To determine which method of tree valuation is most suitable, the methods adopted by various Councils are summarised below:

 

Council

Tree Valuation Method Used

Sutherland Shire Council

No response.

City of Canterbury Bankstown Council

Updated Thyer Method

Bayside Council

No official form of financial tree valuation

Canada Bay

No official form of financial tree valuation

City of Sydney

·    City of Melbourne’s Tree Valuation Formula

·    Updated Thyer Method; and

·    The Burnley Method (1988)

 

50. Council staff currently use an updated Thyer Method of Valuation (Thyer Method 2011 (2000b formula)). This method was most recently utilised by an arboriculturist consultant to determine the monetary value of 21 Council trees scheduled to be removed by Roads and Maritime Services as part of the state-significant F6 upgrade at Todd Park, Blakehurst. By using the Thyer Method 2011 (2000b formula) the trees were valued at $112, 948, nearly double the amount that Roads and Maritime Services had quoted Council for the removal.

 

51. Prior to the valuation using the Thyer method, Visual Tree Assessments were carried out along with a Significance Rating - Significance of a Tree Assessment Rating System (S.T.A.R.S), IACA, (2010) and a Life Expectancy Rating - Safe Useful Life Expectancy, S.U.L.E. (Barell 1995). These rating methods complement the Thyer method of monetary valuation and give an indication of where values will be increased. For example, where a S.T.A.R.S. rating is given as high, the Thyer method will provide a higher dollar figure, as can be seen in Figure 2. An example Thyer Valuation Worksheet is provided in Figure 3.

 

Figure 2: Tree Species Data including Thyer Method of Valuation (2011)
Source: Todd Park Arboriculture Valuation Report

 

Figure 3: Thyer 2011 (2000b Formula) Example Worksheet
Source: Todd Park Arboriculture Valuation Report

 

52. In relation to private developments, the updated Thyer method of monetary valuation is recommended to apply to public (street) trees through the payment of the above refundable security payment and to private trees through the payment of the non-refundable Offset Fee, detailed in the following section. For private landowners, the range of the payments assessed using the updated Thyer method are to only range between $1,000 and $10,000, similar to what is done in Inner West Council. However, in the case of organisations or companies necessitating removal of public trees, such as the case of State Significant Infrastructure impacting on Council trees, the existing practice of applying the unhindered Thyer method of monetary valuation is recommended to be continued.

 

53. As such, the Interim Tree Management Policy has been amended in Section 4.3. to explicitly refer to the updated Thyer Method of Valuation when requesting the financial value of a tree. For reference, this amendment is found on Page 23 of Attachment 1. A condition of development consent under the tree and landscape conditions has also been drafted requiring the applicant to financially value any street trees associated with construction using the Thyer (2011) Tree Valuation Method and to ensure the tree’s survival throughout construction works in order to have the resulting security payment returned.

 

Recommendation:

 

54. It is therefore recommended that Council formally endorse the updated Thyer Method of Valuation (Thyer Method 2011 (2000b formula)) as the preferred method for determining the amount of both the Security against compliance with tree preservation requirements/conditions (Street Trees) for public trees and the Offset Fee for Tree Replacement (per tree) for trees on private land, found respectively in Sections 1.11 and 1.21 of the GRC Schedule of Fees and Charges and forming part of the final Tree Management Policy.

 

2.   Amendment to the Offset Fee – Fee for Tree Replacement (per tree)

 

55. The exhibited Offset Fee for Tree Replacement (per tree) for private trees was adopted by Council at its meeting on 25 February 2019 to accompany the Interim Tree Management Policy and is currently within the 2018/19 Schedule of Fees and Charges under Section 1.11 Tree Management as follows:

 

·    Offset Fee or Tree Replacement (per tree) - $2,250.

 

56. To ensure consistency in recognising a tree’s value and with the use of the Thyer Method of Valuation (2011) in the amendments to the security payment for street trees proposed above, it is recommended that Council also apply the Thyer Method (2011) in the calculation of the financial value of trees on private land. This would mean landholders will be required to engage a suitably qualified arborist consultant to value the tree using only the Thyer Method (2011) with payment being facilitated either by a condition of development consent or prior to approval of a Tree Permit Application. Should applicants wish to appeal Council’s decision on the implementation of the Offset Fee, it is recommended that the review process on tree review decisions outlined in Section 4 of the Policy be followed.

 

57. Due to limitations on a landowner’s capacity to pay the full non-returnable Offset Fee on a private tree valued with the Thyer Method (2011), it is further recommended that the fee column for the Offset Fee mirror that of the security payment for street trees, with a fee range between $1,000 and $10,000. Where a tree on private land is valued by the Thyer Method (2011) as being above $10,000, the $10,000 amount is proposed to be applied. The existing $2,250 amount is proposed to remain until such time that its amendment can be exhibited and adopted.

 

58. It is therefore recommended that Council publicly exhibit an amendment to its Schedule of Fees and Charges under Item 1.11 Tree Management to read:

 

·    Offset Fee for Tree Replacement (per tree) for trees on private land - As valued by Thyer (2011) Tree Valuation Method (fee range between $1,000 and $10,000).

 

3.   Other Proposed Changes to Tree Management Policy

 

59. In addition to the aforementioned amendments, a number of clarifications, grammatical and editorial changes have been made to the Interim Tree Management Policy and can be found in Attachment 1 shown in yellow highlight text.  A summary of these changes are as follows:

 

·    SCOPE

o Removed the Kogarah definition of a tree and amended the unified definition to reference branch spread as per the Hurstville Development Control Plan 2012.

 

·    POLICY STATEMENT

o 1.3. Aesthetic and Architectural Benefits – Removed an unnecessary paragraph containing information from Section 1.2.

o 1.5. Urban Canopy Enhancement – Included a brief description on why and where the urban canopy enhancement program will take place.

 

·    ASSESSMENT FRAMEWORK

o 2.2. Complying Development and Trees – Included a sentence specifying the need for approval for street tree works in relation to complying development.

o 2.7. c) Compliance – Amended wording from ‘will’ to ‘may’ to allow staff discretion when enforcing compliance. Included a sentence about requiring proof of the ongoing maintenance of replacement trees to avoid further penalty.

 

·    STREET TREES

o 3.3. ‘Request for Tree Pruning and Removal’ – Amended wording to clarify that only street tree removal requests are to come from adjoining residents.

o 3.4.2. ‘Development Activity, Vehicle Access and Cross-Overs’ - Amended the wording from street tree deposit to security payment to reflect legal advice from Senior Counsel and removed reference to the Offset Fee in relation to removal of street trees.

 

·    TREES ON PRIVATE LAND

o Amended a note to reflect that only the pruning of a neighbour’s tree beyond the boundary line will require a neighbour’s written consent.

o 4.2.1. ‘Information required with a Development Application or Tree Permit’ – Amended wording from ‘may’ to ‘must’ for the need for an arborist report. Specified the need for AQF5 qualifications.

 

o 4.3. ‘Tree Replacement Program’ – Included a line specifying the owner’s responsibility for maintaining and establishing the replacement tree(s). Referred to assessment using the Thyer Method (2011) in relation to the Offset Fee for Tree Replacement (per tree). Replaced the paragraph discussing the difficulty of financially valuing a tree with a statement on Council’s use of the Thyer Method (2011).

o 4.5. ‘Tree Disputes between Neighbours’ – Amended to reduce confusion regarding the need for permits and owner’s written consents on permits.


 

·    TREES AND DEVELOPMENT SITES

o 5.1. ‘Site Plan and the Location of Trees’ – Amended wording to include street trees on site plans.

o 5.4. ‘Trees on Land Neighbouring a Development Site’ – Included explicit mention of street trees.

o 5.5. ‘Conditions of Consent for Trees’ - Amended the wording from street tree deposit to security payment to reflect legal advice from Senior Counsel. Referred to assessment using the Thyer Method (2011) instead of the $2,250 amount in relation to the Offset Fee for Tree Replacement (per tree).

 

·    APPENDIX 2 - GUIDE ON INFORMATION TO SUPPORT TREE PERMITS AND DEVELOPMENT APPLICATIONS

o Amended reference to industry accepted tree assessment methods with reference to the Thyer Method (2011).

 

60. This report recommends the endorsement of the above editions to the Interim Tree Management Policy.

 

4.   Previous Resolutions

(a) Policy Implementation and Education

 

61. To ensure the Policy is successful in attaining greater protection for trees and an expansion in urban canopy, an Implementation Plan with associated timeframe has been prepared to assist in the interim Policy’s implementation. This includes actions for training key internal staff as well as actions for internal and external community awareness. The Policy document, associated forms and Fact Sheets have been added to the website. The following steps have been or will be taken to ensure the Tree Management Policy is comprehensively implemented:

 

·    Promote the Interim Policy’s adoption on social media, Council’s website, the General Manager’s Newsletter and in The St. George and Sutherland Shire Leader via an official media release.

·    Distribute internally developed sustainable business cards informing the public of the endorsement of the interim Policy at Council pop-up stalls and events.

·    Develop and deliver business critical training to key identified staff through meetings, presentations and Council’s MyLearning portal.

·    Ensure that the conditions of development consent, Development Application checklist, Tree Fact Sheets and Frequently Asked Questions are all sufficiently updated.

·    Add the endorsed fees as part of the Interim Tree Management Policy to the 2018/19 Schedule of Fees and Charges.

·    Measure success of the Policy using criteria developed as part of the Implementation Plan, including a goal of 75% of tree applications meeting Policy requirements in the first attempt and auditing customer awareness through working with Customer Service representatives.

 

(b) Scheduling of Endorsed Fees and Charges

 

62. The previously endorsed Offset Fee for Tree Replacement (per tree) and stage one and two fees for review of tree decisions on private land have been added to Council’s 2018/19 Schedule of Fees and Charges. The tree review fees have been included in the imminent 2019/20 Schedule of Fees and Charges. The Offset Fee is recommended in this report to be amended in relation to its wording and amount and publicly exhibited for 28 days.

 

(c) Review of Application of Tree Management Policy

 

63. Resolution (c) endorsed by Council at its meeting on 25 February 2019 called for the application of the Policy’s associated fees to be reviewed in a report within six months of the Policy’s adoption. This report instead recommends such a review to take place after 6 months of the final Policy’s adoption, as to date there have been no applications requiring the payment of an Offset Fee and there are expected to only be a small number over the remaining four month timeframe.

 

(d) Greater Sydney Region Plan’s target for canopy cover of 40% by 2038.

 

64. Resolution (d) endorsed by Council at its meeting on 25 February 2019 officially adopted the Greater Sydney Region Plan’s target for canopy cover of 40% by 2038. Since that meeting, Council has received confirmation of the success of two separate applications totalling $215,000 in staged grant funding from the Office of Open Space and Parklands Five Million Trees for Greater Sydney Grant. Concept plans are currently being developed to guide the expenditure of the $215,000 in both grants and matched dollar-for-dollar Council funding. The projects will help to expand our recently mapped urban canopy from its 38% cover, including mangroves. One project will plant trees in public spaces within identified vegetation corridors while the other project will plant trees in urban centres, in conjunction with Council’s ‘Cool Spaces, Urban Oasis’ project.

 

Conclusion

 

65. Since the adoption of the Tree Management Policy as an Interim Policy, Council is now in a stronger position to monitor and enhance our urban canopy to achieve the 40% urban canopy goal by 2038.  The four recommendations resulting from the 25 February Council meeting have been explored and addressed in this report to provide a more comprehensive assessment and tree retention framework. The proposed solutions to these matters are included in the amended Tree Management Policy (Attachment 1).

 

66. The adoption of a single method to value trees for use in calculating the proposed amended fees including the Offset Fee for Tree Replacement (per tree) on private land and Security against compliance with tree preservation requirements/conditions (Street Trees), will also increase the importance placed on private and public trees. 

 

67. The Tree Management Policy is further proposed to be reviewed after 6 months to address the operation of tree review panels, the application of fees, the development of a Significant Tree Register and to allow for any matters which may arise to be addressed. Measurement of the Policy’s success will also be possible through comparing the outcomes of the Policy against the criteria identified in the Implementation Plan.

 

Financial Implications

 

68. Legal advice from Senior Counsel has been costed at $6,000.

 

69. The implications of the Policy outcomes are within Assets and Infrastructure’s budget allocation.

 

Risk Implications

 

70. The Tree Management Policy provides a framework for the management of trees on private and public and is therefore a risk mitigation measure.

 

71. Legal advice from Senior Counsel has been costed at $6,000.

 

72. The implications of the Policy outcomes are within Assets and Infrastructure’s budget allocation.

 

Community Engagement

 

Community engagement will be conducted during the public exhibition of the proposed amendments to the fees.

 

File Reference

17/396, D19/66264

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Draft - Georges River Council - Tree Management Policy

 


Georges River Council - Ordinary Meeting - Tuesday, 23 April 2019

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Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Tuesday, 23 April 2019                                                                                Page 92

Item:                   CCL020-19        Georges River Local Strategic Planning Statement -State Government signoff and Public Exhibition  

Author:              Manager Strategic Planning

Directorate:      Environment and Planning

Matter Type:     Environment and Planning

 

 

Recommendation

(a) That Council note outcomes of the LSPS Stage 1 Community Engagement.

 

(b) That Council note the revised draft LSPS 2040 framework comprising the Vision, Local Planning Priorities and criteria for determining future land use.

 

(c)  That Council note the requirement for the draft LSPS be submitted to State Government by 30th April for ‘sign-off’ prior to exhibition.

 

(d) That Council endorse the draft LSPS 2040 to proceed to public exhibition.

 

(e) That Council grant delegation to the Director Environment and Planning to approve any minor and/or insignificant changes to the LSPS coming out of State Government feedback.

 

(f)  That Council endorse the following staged approach to a new Georges River LEP:

a.   LEP 2020 to focus on Harmonisation and Housing,

b.   LEP 2022 to focus on Jobs and Activation,

c.   LEP 2025 to focus on land use changes beyond the next 5 years.

 

(g) That Council prepare a comprehensive Development Control Plan for the Georges River Local Government Area.

 

Executive Summary

1.      In March 2018, the State Government introduced legislation requiring councils to prepare local strategic planning statements (LSPS).

2.      The LSPS is a 20 year land use planning strategy for our local government area (LGA) that that plans for how the LGA will respond to meet the community’s needs in 20 years’ time.

3.      The LSPS will be the primary resource to express the desired land use future for the LGA and will guide and indicate what significant changes are planned for the Georges River Local Environmental Plan (LEP) and Georges River Development Control Plan (DCP) 2020 and beyond.

4.      Stage 1 Community Engagement has been undertaken to test the framework of the draft LSPS. The framework comprises a draft land use Vision, Local Planning Priority Outcomes and criteria for determining future land use. This engagement also included community surveys on preferences and priorities for housing and commercial centres.

5.      Following review of the findings of Stage 1 Community Engagement, and feedback from the NSW State Government on 29 March 2019 as part of the LSPS “Assurance” process, the LSPS framework has been refined and re-expressed to better reflect the key messages coming from the community and a complete draft LSPS 2040 been developed. Please note that the document is still yet to be designed and formatted – which will be done post the Council meeting.

6.      A staged approach to the preparation of the Georges River LEP is recommended in order to allow for detailed investigations particularly in the areas of employment and centres, to be completed prior to submitting the relevant draft LEP Planning Proposal to State Government.

7.      It is recommended that Council endorse the draft LSPS 2040 for the purpose of proceeding to public exhibition, noting that the draft is required to be submitted to State Government by 30th April for ‘sign-off.’

8.      Further community engagement (Stage 2) will take place by July 2019 as part of this public exhibition.

9.      The preparation of a Development Control Plan for Georges River is also required to ensure that this can be prepared alongside and be exhibited with the LEP 2020 Planning Proposal.

 

Background

10.    In March 2018, the State Government introduced legislation requiring councils to prepare a LSPS which will sets out:

a.   the 20 year vision for land use in the local area;

b.   the special characteristics which contribute to local identity;

c.   shared community values to be maintained and enhanced; and

d.   how growth and change will be managed into the future.

11.    Council is a ‘priority’ council under the State Government’s LEP Accelerated Review Program. Accordingly the LSPS needs to be finalised by 30th November 2019 and the LEP Planning Proposal for Gateway needs to be submitted to State Government by 30th September.

12.    At its meeting on 26 February 2018, Council considered a report on the new Georges River Local Environmental Plan. Council resolved: 

a.   The report on the Georges River Principal Local Environmental Plan be received and noted.

b.   Council endorse the preparation of a Housing Strategy, Community Participation Plan and Local Strategic Planning Statement for the Georges River local government area.

c.   Council endorse the preparation of a principal Local Environmental Plan for the Georges River local government area.

13.    In accordance with this resolution, a draft LSPS has been prepared. The LSPS is a ‘linking’ document between the Greater Sydney Commission’s South District Plan and new LEP(s).

14.    Implementation of the LSPS will be staged over a 20 year period via different mechanisms which include:

a.   LEPs (the first from 2020);

b.   Comprehensive Georges River DCP;

c.   A Community Participation Plan;

d.   Contributions Plans;

e.   A land acquisition program;

f.    Council works programs; and

g.   Council advocacy.

15.    Workshops with Councillors on the development of the LSPS were delivered by Council staff in December 2018, February 2019, March 2019 and April 2019.

16.    At its meeting dated 24 September 2018, Council resolved that:

a.   That Council note as a result of the 2016 Council amalgamation there are numerous Development Control Plans (DCP) that apply across the Local Government Area for similar development types, which contain inconsistent controls (for example: lot width and site area provisions for Dual Occupancy Developments and inconsistent storey (height) limits to overall Local Environmental Plan (LEP) Building Height Controls); and

b.   That the General Manager prepare a report to Council on the establishment of an Interim Policy on the application of key DCP provisions which are inconsistent across the Local Government Area (such as those mentioned above) including options for assessing development applications on a consistent basis until such time as a comprehensive DCP is prepared and implemented for the entire Local Government Area.

17.    An Interim Policy is being prepared to address inconsistencies in residential development controls across the LGA. It will be a supplementary document to the current DCPs. The current controls will continue to apply if a respective control is not specified in the Interim Policy.

18.    A comprehensive DCP for the Georges River LGA is required. The DCP will be prepared alongside and exhibited with the Local Environmental Plan 2020.

19.    At its meeting on 25 February 2019, Council considered a report on the preparation of the draft LSPS. Council resolved: 

a.   That Council endorse the principles and approach for community engagement as outlined in the report, including the draft vision, draft Local Planning Priority Outcomes and criteria for determining future land use.

b.   That Council endorse the community engagement program as outlined in the report.

20.    Council officers presented the draft LSPS and its key themes to the Greater Sydney Commission and other agencies as part of the State Government’s ‘Assurance’ check on 29 March 2019. The intent of the Assurance check was to check on progress and to identify any key impediments to delivery. Georges River Council was given a ‘green light’ to proceed (the highest rating available.) Council was also congratulated on the volume of work undertaken and for the clarity and specificity of the content within the draft LSPS. The extent of consultation and engagement both within Council and across the community was also acknowledged.

21.    The State Government requires the draft LSPS to be submitted for ‘sign-off’ by 30th April. Any State Government feedback on the draft is expected to be provided to Council by the end of May.

 

Stage 1 community engagement - March 2019.

22.    The initial (Stage 1) community engagement activities in March 2019 were the first in a two-staged consultation program for the LSPS, extending beyond the consultation requirements of the State Government. Further consultation (Stage 2) will occur on the complete draft LSPS as part of the public exhibition from 26th June to 7th August 2017.

23.    Stage 1 Community Engagement reached its target of 1% of the community being engaged. Over 400 community members took part in the workshops, with a clear majority of participants being satisfied with these. Additional to the workshops was engagement via ‘pop-ups’, targeted consultation with community and business groups and website engagement on the draft LSPS.

24.    Community members were generally supportive of the LSPS framework as presented but recommendations were made as to the specific words used. Council was briefed on the initial outcomes of Stage 1 Community Engagement on 18th March. The engagement consultant’s report, detailing full results and messaging is attached – refer to Attachment 1.

25.    Attachment 2 contains the results of the Business Workshop, Attachment 3 the results of the Youth Workshop, Attachment 4 the results of the interviews with real estate agents as requested by Council, and Attachment 5 is the post card summary results.

26.    Further feedback from the community has also been sought via two surveys. A Housing Survey and Commercial Centres Survey were also put to the community to better understand housing and centres preferences. 429 people completed the Housing Survey and 314 people completed the Commercial Centres Survey. The results of these surveys generally reinforced the community’s messaging from the workshops. The data collected will be a significant resource in the drafting of the LGA’s Housing Strategy and Commercial Centres Strategy. The summary of the survey results will be presented to the Committee when the draft Housing Strategy and draft Commercial Centres Strategy are reported to Council in June.

 

Revised Draft LSPS 2040 Framework – Vision, Local Planning Priorities & Criteria for Determining Future Land Use

27.    A framework for the draft LSPS comprising a Vision, Local Planning Priorities, messaging to the community and criteria for determining land use were developed and initially tested prior to Stage 1 Engagement at Councillor Ward Workshops (February 2019). Changes to the framework resulting from Stage 1 Community Engagement were presented to Council Briefing on 1st April and 15th April.

28.    The broad messaging of the framework remains unchanged, with adjustments proposed to better reflect significant community views, to provide clarity and/or to fulfil State Government requirements.

29.    Proposed changes to the framework are as per below with variations to, or options for change, shown in purple text and yellow highlight:

30.    Vision

Was: A unique lifestyle in diverse, active, green and well-connected places.  A City to live, work and invest


 

Revised for Council for consideration:

A productive place to live, work and enjoy - with diverse, active, green, well designed and connected places. 

31.    Planning Priorities

THEME: Access & Movement

1. The City has a range of transport options to connect people, goods, services and businesses

Revised to:

We have a range of frequent, efficient transport options to connect people, goods, services businesses and educational facilities

2. Everyone can navigate and experience the City in safety (LGA replaces City)

3. Roads, footpaths and cycleways are safe, accessible and free of congestion

 

THEME: Infrastructure & Community

4. Collaboration and investment so that infrastructure – including health, education, transport, community and cultural facilities are aligned to growth in housing and jobs

Revised to:

Collaboration supports innovation and delivers infrastructure, services and facilities

5.  The community helps to plan our future

Revised to:

The community is involved in planning our future

Collaboration and investment support and promote innovation (Delete this, covered by revised planning priority number 4.)

6. Everyone has access to efficient digital connectivity (new planning priority)

 

THEME: Housing & Built Form

THEME: Housing and Neighbourhoods

7. The character of our residential suburbs is protected and retained

8.  Place based development, quality building design and public art deliver better liveability and public domain

Revised to:

Place based development, quality building design and public art deliver liveable places

9.  A mix of housing for all life stages reflects a range of needs and incomes

Revised to:

A mix of well-designed housing for all life stages caters for a range of needs and incomes

10. Homes are supported by safe, accessible, green, clean, creative and diverse facilities, services and spaces

11. Aboriginal and local heritage is protected and promoted

 

THEME: Economy & Centres

12.  Land is appropriately zoned and supported by infrastructure for on-going employment growth

Revised to:

Land is appropriately zoned for on-going employment growth

 

13. Planning, collaboration and investment delivers employment growth and attractive, lively and productive centres

14. Hurstville, Beverly Hills and Kogarah are supported to grow night-time entertainment, dining and other recreational opportunities

15. Key and emerging centres such as Kingsgrove and Ramsgate, as well as all local centres are supported for long-term viability

Revised to:

All centres are supported for long-term viability

 

THEME: Environment & Open Space

16. Our waterways are healthy and publically accessible

17. Tree canopy, bushland, landscaped settings and bio-diversity are protected, enhanced and promoted

18. Environmentally friendly development is applied to all new development

19.  Everyone has access to quality, useable open and green spaces and recreation facilities

Revised to:

Everyone has access to quality, clean, useable open and green spaces and recreation spaces

20. Development is managed to appropriately respond to hazards and risks

(New planning priority)

32.    Criteria for Land Use Changes

1. The LGA’s special characteristics are retained

2. The character of our residential suburbs is protected and retained (DELETE, OVERLAP with planning priority)

3. Growth is supported by green open space, social and physical infrastructure

4. Growth areas are linked to transport corridors and frequent services

5. Kogarah and Hurstville are enhanced as strategic centres

6. All centres have a role in jobs and housing growth

7. A hierarchy of residential zones is developed

8. Strategic Planning provides framework for evidence-based decisions.

Replace with:

Evidence and community consultation provide the framework for strategic planning and decision-making


 

 

Staged approach to preparing Georges River Comprehensive LEP

33.    The State Government’s LEP Accelerated Review Program, of which Council is a ‘Priority Council’, requires the new Georges River LEP 2020 Planning Proposal to be lodged for Gateway Determination with the Department of Planning and Environment by 30th September 2019.

 

34.    Considerable progress has been made in preparing the background studies and strategies to support the scope of initial land use changes proposed in the draft LSPS. However, the detailed investigations required for an LEP Planning Proposal for Gateway to be lodged for 30 September 2019 for the full suite of changes proposed in the draft LSPS will not be complete.

 

35.    Accordingly, the Draft LSPS includes references to a staged approach to LEPs as follows:

LEP 2020 – Harmonisation & Housing

·     Harmonises the 2 former LGAs’ planning instruments and deals with land use anomalies

·     Establishes a hierarchy of residential zones

·     Expands the Foreshore Scenic Protection Area

·     Includes mechanisms for delivery of housing targets and a broader range of housing types

·     Establishes inclusive housing targets and incentives

·     Ensures the allocation of non-residential floor space in business zones

·     Introduces mechanisms to enable tourist and visitor accommodation, medi-hotels and carer accommodation near medical precincts, and

·     Introduces a broader range of land uses in the IN2 Light Industrial Zone

 

LEP 2022 – Jobs and Activation

LEP informed by studies and investigations to ensure the on-going viability and activation of centres including:

·     Reviewing controls and exploring expansion of appropriate centres

·     Considering the role of the Kingsgrove Industrial Precinct

·     Exploring a broader range of employment uses in all industrial zones

 

LEP 2025 and beyond

LEP informed by studies and investigations to address the land use response to longer term housing and jobs forecasts and needs.

 

Draft LSPS 2040 – Next Steps

36.    A copy of the draft LSPS and Implementation Table (final draft text but subject to final formatting and design) are attached – refer to Attachments 6 and 7.

37.    A summary of next steps is provided in the table below:

Step

Timeframe

Council consideration of Draft LSPS

23 April 2019

Lodgement of Draft LSPS to State Government for sign-off

30 April 2019

Design of draft LSPS for public exhibition

May

Director Environment and Planning approves minor and/or insignificant changes to draft LSPS from State Government Sign off

June

Council reporting – draft Housing & Centres Strategies for exhibition

June

Public Exhibition and Stage 2 Community Engagement on:

·    draft LSPS

·    draft Housing Strategy

·    draft Centres Strategy

26th June to 7th August

Staff consideration of results of public exhibition and Stage 2 Community Engagement

August 2019

Council reporting – draft LEP 2020 Planning Proposal

August 2019

Council consideration of final LSPS

September 2019

Lodgement of draft LEP 2020 Planning Proposal for Gateway to State Government

By 30th September 2019

Submission of final LSPS to State Government

By 30th November 2019

Exhibition of LEP 2020 Planning Proposal with DCP and Contributions Plan

February/March 2020

 

Financial Implications

38.    Within budget allocation.

 

Risk Implications

39.    Enterprise risk/s identified and management process applied.

 

Community Engagement

40.    Stage 1 community engagement took place in March 2019.

41.    Further community consultation will occur on the complete draft LSPS as part of the public exhibition from 26th June 2019 to 7th August 2019.

42.    Exhibition of the LEP 2020, DCP and Contribution Plan is scheduled for February/March 2020

 

File Reference

18/2196

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Stage 1 Community Engagement report dated 17 March 2019

Attachment 2

Business Workshop Results

Attachment 3

Youth Workshop Results

Attachment 4

Post Card Summary Results

Attachment 5

Real Estate Agent Interviews

Attachment 6

Draft LSPS for referral for NSW State Government and community engagement

Attachment 7

Draft Implementation Table for LSPS for Exhibition

 


Georges River Council - Ordinary Meeting - Tuesday, 23 April 2019

CCL020-19             Georges River Local Strategic Planning Statement -State Government signoff and Public Exhibition

[Attachment 1]        Stage 1 Community Engagement report dated 17 March 2019

 

 

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Georges River Council - Ordinary Meeting - Tuesday, 23 April 2019

CCL020-19             Georges River Local Strategic Planning Statement -State Government signoff and Public Exhibition

[Attachment 2]        Business Workshop Results

 

 

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Georges River Council - Ordinary Meeting - Tuesday, 23 April 2019

CCL020-19             Georges River Local Strategic Planning Statement -State Government signoff and Public Exhibition

[Attachment 3]        Youth Workshop Results

 

 

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Georges River Council - Ordinary Meeting - Tuesday, 23 April 2019

CCL020-19             Georges River Local Strategic Planning Statement -State Government signoff and Public Exhibition

[Attachment 4]        Post Card Summary Results

 

 

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Georges River Council - Ordinary Meeting - Tuesday, 23 April 2019

CCL020-19             Georges River Local Strategic Planning Statement -State Government signoff and Public Exhibition

[Attachment 5]        Real Estate Agent Interviews

 

 

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Georges River Council - Ordinary Meeting - Tuesday, 23 April 2019

CCL020-19             Georges River Local Strategic Planning Statement -State Government signoff and Public Exhibition

[Attachment 6]        Draft LSPS for referral for NSW State Government and community engagement

 

 

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Georges River Council - Ordinary Meeting - Tuesday, 23 April 2019

CCL020-19             Georges River Local Strategic Planning Statement -State Government signoff and Public Exhibition

[Attachment 7]        Draft Implementation Table for LSPS for Exhibition

 

 

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Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Tuesday, 23 April 2019                                                                                Page 431

Finance and Governance

Item:                   CCL021-19        Applications Pursuant to Councillor Ward Discretionary Fund Policy  

Author:              Manager, Office of the General Manager

Directorate:      Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:     Finance and Governance

 

 

 

Recommendation;

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

 

i.        Application submitted by Councillor Liu on behalf of the CASS Care Limited in the amount of $1,500.00

 

ii.       Application submitted by Councillor Liu on behalf of the Asian Women at Work in the amount of $1,500.00

 

iii.      Application submitted by Councillor Grekas on behalf of the St George Zone of Playgroups in the amount of $500.00

 

iv.      Application submitted by Councillor Badalati on behalf of the Hurstville United Football Club in the amount of $1,500.00

 

v.       Application submitted by Councillor Konjarski on behalf of the Connell’s Point Netball Club in the amount of $500.00

 

vi.      Application submitted by Councillor Elmir on behalf of the Connell’s Point Netball Club in the amount of $1,250.00

 

vii.     Application submitted by Councillor Elmir on behalf of the Connell’s Point Rovers in the amount of $1,500.00

 

viii.    Application submitted by Councillor Elmir on behalf of the Oatley Lions in the amount of $1,500.00

 

ix.      Application submitted by Councillor Elmir on behalf of the Renown JRLFC in the amount of $1,500.00

 

x.       Application submitted by Councillor Wu on behalf of the Kids with Cancer Foundation Australia in the amount of $1,000.00

 

xi.      Application submitted by Councillor Wu on behalf of the Hurstville Community Garden in the amount of $500.00

 

xii.     Application submitted by Councillor Wu on behalf of the St George and Sutherland Medical Research Association in the amount of $1,500.00

 

xiii.    Application submitted by Councillor Wu on behalf of the Chinese Parents Association in the amount of $500.00

 

xiv.    Application submitted by Councillor Hindi on behalf of the Life Education in the amount of $500.00

 

xv.     Application submitted by Councillor Landsberry on behalf of the Carrs Park Community Garden in the amount of $1,000.00

 

xvi.    Application submitted by Councillor Landsberry on behalf of the Oatley RSL Youth Club in the amount of $1,000.00

 

xvii.   Application submitted by Councillor Konjarski on behalf of the St George Basketball Association in the amount of $1,000.00

 

xviii.  Application submitted by Councillor Konjarski on behalf of the St George Warriors in the amount of $1,500.00

 

xix.    Application submitted by Councillor Konjarski on behalf of Hurstville Zagreb Football Club in the amount of $1,000.00

 

xx.     Application submitted by Councillor Elmir on behalf of St George Basketball Association in the amount of $1,250.00

 

xxi.    Application submitted by Councillor Hindi on behalf of Kids with Cancer Foundation Australia in the amount of $1,500.00

 

 

Executive Summary

1.      Council at its meeting of the 28 May 2018, endorsed the Councillor Ward Discretionary Fund Policy (The Fund).

2.      The Policy provides a framework which enables Councillors to provide minor financial support to individuals, community groups or for the provisions of minor capital works within wards which will complement Council’s existing grants, sponsorship and donations framework.

3.      This report includes details of applications which have been assessed against the Funds eligibility criteria and determined to qualify for funding.

Background

4.      The Councillor Ward Discretionary Fund Policy stipulates three categories for applications of funds, those by an individual, community group and applications for minor capital works. 

5.      In keeping with ensuring accountability and transparency details have been included below in regards to applications that are now listed for consideration and their demonstrated ability to satisfy the eligibility criteria of the Fund.

6.      In addition to these measures, details of funds awarded are available on Council’s website and are included in Council’s Annual Report as is required in regards to the allocation of funds through section 356 of the Local Government Act.

 

 

 

 

 

CWF112 /18-19

Councillor Liu

Classification of

Application

Community Group

Reason for Request

 Funding for traditional festivals including Dragon Boat, Moon and Lunar New Year.

Applicant’s Details

CASS Care Limited

Amount of Funds

Requested

$ 1,500.00

Declaration of

Conflict of Interest

Councillor Liu has signed a declaration advising that there is no conflict of interest.

Eligibility Criteria

The provision of funds to CASS Care Limited aligns with Council’s Community Strategic Plan – Pillar 5.3.2 A Harmonious and Proud Community with Strong Social Services and Infrastructure. Develop, support and promote programs and activities that foster social participant and wellbeing of the diverse community, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, cultural or religious background.

Community Group

This community organisation established in 2002, and gained registration as a charity shortly after our formation. They provide a wide range of community services and activities for people residing in Metropolitan Sydney and Wollongong. Most clients come from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, in particular, people from the East Asian countries, including Chinese, Koreans, Indonesians and Vietnamese, amongst many other people in the community. Over 2,600 families access our services and activities weekly.

History of Previous Applications

No previous applications

Conformity to the

Councillor Ward

Fund Discretionary

Fund Policy

The application meets the Policy criteria to be considered by Council.

 

CWF113/18-19

Councillor Liu

Classification of

Application

Community Group

Reason for Request

2019 Leadership Development Program

Applicant’s Details

Asian Women at Work Hurstville Branch

Amount of Funds

Requested

$1,500.00

Declaration of

Conflict of Interest

Councillor Liu has signed a declaration advising that there is no conflict of interest.

Eligibility Criteria

The provision of funds to Asian Women at Work aligns with Council’s Community Strategic Plan – Pillar 5.3.2 A Harmonious and Proud Community with Strong Social Services and Infrastructure. Develop, support and promote programs and activities that foster social participant and wellbeing of the diverse community, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, cultural or religious background.

Community Group

Asian Women at Work Inc. (AWatW) is an active organisation that has been working to empower migrant women in low paid and precarious employment since our incorporation in 1995. INCY2181925

History of Previous Applications

No previous applications

Conformity to the

Councillor Ward

Fund Discretionary

Fund Policy

The application meets the Policy criteria to be considered by Council.

 

CWF114/18-19

Councillor Grekas

Classification of

Application

Community Group

 

Reason for Request

Purchase of new resources for toy library

Applicant’s Details

St George Zone of Playgroups

Amount of Funds

Requested

$500.00

Declaration of

Conflict of Interest

Councillor Grekas has signed a declaration advising that there is no conflict of interest.

Eligibility Criteria

The provision of funds to St George Zone of Playgrounds aligns with Council’s Community Strategic Plan – Pillar 5.3.2 A Harmonious and Proud Community with Strong Social Services and Infrastructure. Develop, support and promote programs and activities that foster social participant and wellbeing of the diverse community, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, cultural or religious background.

Community Group

St George Zone of Playgroups is a volunteer run non-for profit that promotes the benefits of over 40 playgroup sessions within the St George area. The Zone operates the only community run Toy Library in NSW and holds two free community events for children and families each year.

St George Zone operates under the umbrella of the non-for-profit Playgroup NSW.

History of Previous Applications

No

Conformity to the

Councillor Ward

Fund Discretionary

Fund Policy

The application meets the Policy criteria to be considered by Council.

 

CWF115/18-19

Councillor Badalati

Classification of

Application

Community Group

 

Reason for Request

Purchasing new equipment

Applicant’s Details

Hurstville United Football Club

Amount of Funds

Requested

$1,500.00

Declaration of

Conflict of Interest

Councillor Badalati has signed a declaration advising that there is no conflict of interest.

Eligibility Criteria

The provision of funds to Hurstville United Football Club aligns with Council’s Community Strategic Plan – Pillar 5.3.2 A Harmonious and Proud Community with Strong Social Services and Infrastructure. Develop, support and promote programs and activities that foster social participant and wellbeing of the diverse community, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, cultural or religious background.

Community Group

Hurstville United Football Club is located within the St George District, and prides itself on its long standing commitment to developing Rugby League since the early 1900's.

No previous applications

No previous applications

Conformity to the

Councillor Ward

Fund Discretionary

Fund Policy

The application meets the Policy criteria to be considered by Council.

 

CWF116/18-19

Councillor Konjarski

Classification of

Application

Community Group

 

Reason for Request

Players Coaching Clinic

Applicant’s Details

Connell’s Point Netball Club

Amount of Funds

Requested

$500.00

Declaration of

Conflict of Interest

Councillor Konjarski has signed a declaration advising that there is no conflict of interest.

Eligibility Criteria

The provision of funds to Connell’s Point Netball Club aligns with Council’s Community Strategic Plan – Pillar 5.3.2 A Harmonious and Proud Community with Strong Social Services and Infrastructure. Develop, support and promote programs and activities that foster social participant and wellbeing of the diverse community, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, cultural or religious background.

Community Group

CPNC has been providing opportunities for girls and women in the local area for over 60 years, formerly affiliated with the St George District Netball Association; The CPNC has a long list of achievements as well as local and state representatives.   

History of Previous Applications

No previous applications

Conformity to the

Councillor Ward

Fund Discretionary

Fund Policy

The application meets the Policy criteria to be considered by Council.

 

CWF117/18-19

Councillor Elmir

Classification of

Application

Community Group

 

Reason for Request

Players Coaching Clinic

Applicant’s Details

Connell’s Point Netball Club

Amount of Funds

Requested

$1,250.00

Declaration of

Conflict of Interest

Councillor Elmir has signed a declaration advising that there is no conflict of interest.

Eligibility Criteria

The provision of funds to Connell’s Point Netball Club aligns with Council’s Community Strategic Plan – Pillar 5.3.2 A Harmonious and Proud Community with Strong Social Services and Infrastructure. Develop, support and promote programs and activities that foster social participant and wellbeing of the diverse community, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, cultural or religious background.

Community Group

CPNC has been providing opportunities for girls and women in the local area for over 60 years, formerly affiliated with the St George District Netball Association; The CPNC has a long list of achievements as well as local and state representatives.   

History of Previous Applications

No previous applications

Conformity to the

Councillor Ward

Fund Discretionary

Fund Policy

The application meets the Policy criteria to be considered by Council.

 

CWF118/18-19

Councillor Elmir

Classification of

Application

Community Group

Reason for Request

Seasonal Costs

Applicant’s Details

Connell’s Point Rovers

Amount of Funds

Requested

$1,500.00

Declaration of

Conflict of Interest

Councillor Elmir has signed a declaration advising that there is no conflict of interest.

Eligibility Criteria

The provision of funds to Connell’s Point Rovers aligns with Council’s Community Strategic Plan – Pillar 5.3.2 A Harmonious and Proud Community with Strong Social Services and Infrastructure. Develop, support and promote programs and activities that foster social participant and wellbeing of the diverse community, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, cultural or religious background.

Community Group

Connells Point Rovers Football club is a non for profit organization and community based club. It was established in 1966 and has grown to become the largest sporting club in the St George area with over 70 teams.

History of Previous Applications

No previous applications

Conformity to the

Councillor Ward

Fund Discretionary

Fund Policy

The application meets the Policy criteria to be considered by Council.

 

CWF119/18-19

Councillor Elmir

Classification of

Application

Community Group

 

Reason for Request

Operational Costs

Applicant’s Details

Oatley Lions Club

Amount of Funds

Requested

$1,500.00

Declaration of

Conflict of Interest

Councillor Elmir has signed a declaration advising that there is no conflict of interest.

Eligibility Criteria

The provision of funds to Oatley Lions Club aligns with Council’s Community Strategic Plan – Pillar 5.3.2 A Harmonious and Proud Community with Strong Social Services and Infrastructure. Develop, support and promote programs and activities that foster social participant and wellbeing of the diverse community, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, cultural or religious background.

Community Group

Oatley Lions is a group of enthusiastic volunteers that contribute to a range of local, national and international community projects.

Currently there are 25 volunteers in the club.

The main fund raiser is the popular Oatley Village Festival, which raises around $50,000 each year.

Other projects include the sale of Lions Mints, Christmas Cakes, raffles and the Lions barbecues.

History of Previous Applications

No previous applications

Conformity to the

Councillor Ward

Fund Discretionary

Fund Policy

The application meets the Policy criteria to be considered by Council.

 

CWF120/18-19

Councillor Elmir

Classification of

Application

Community Group

 

Reason for Request

Operational Costs

Applicant’s Details

Renown JRLFC

Amount of Funds

Requested

$1,500.00

Declaration of

Conflict of Interest

Councillor Elmir has signed a declaration advising that there is no conflict of interest.

Eligibility Criteria

The provision of funds to Renown JRLFC aligns with Council’s Community Strategic Plan – Pillar 5.3.2 A Harmonious and Proud Community with Strong Social Services and Infrastructure. Develop, support and promote programs and activities that foster social participant and wellbeing of the diverse community, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, cultural or religious background.

Community Group

Renown United has an impressive history. Renown the club, was formed in 1952, and has churned out a production line of talented players and has been a tremendous “feeder” outlet for the senior club. This insight to our club’s history has been all about achievements.

History of Previous Applications

No previous applications

Conformity to the

Councillor Ward

Fund Discretionary

Fund Policy

The application meets the Policy criteria to be considered by Council.

 

CWF121/18-19

Councillor Wu

Classification of

Application

Community Group

 

Reason for Request

Operational Costs

Applicant’s Details

Kids With Cancer Foundation Australia

Amount of Funds

Requested

$1,000.00

Declaration of

Conflict of Interest

Councillor Wu has signed a declaration advising that there is no conflict of interest.

Eligibility Criteria

The provision of funds to Kids With Cancer Foundation aligns with Council’s Community Strategic Plan – Pillar 5.3.2 A Harmonious and Proud Community with Strong Social Services and Infrastructure. Develop, support and promote programs and activities that foster social participant and wellbeing of the diverse community, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, cultural or religious background.

Community Group

Kids with Cancer Foundation commenced in December 1997 with the aim to provide funding for: childhood cancer sufferers, their families and other institutions that assist children with cancer. Over the nineteen years, they have provided over $22.4 million to 10 Australian children’s hospitals and families to date.

History of Previous Applications

No previous applications.

Conformity to the

Councillor Ward

Fund Discretionary

Fund Policy

The application meets the Policy criteria to be considered by Council.

 

CWF122/18-19

Councillor Wu

Classification of

Application

Community Group

 

Reason for Request

Operational Costs

Applicant’s Details

Hurstville Community Garden

Amount of Funds

Requested

$500.00

Declaration of

Conflict of Interest

Councillor Wu has signed a declaration advising that there is no conflict of interest.

Eligibility Criteria

The provision of funds to Hurstville Community Garden aligns with Council’s Community Strategic Plan – Pillar 5.3.2 A Harmonious and Proud Community with Strong Social Services and Infrastructure. Develop, support and promote programs and activities that foster social participant and wellbeing of the diverse community, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, cultural or religious background.

Community Group

Hurstville community garden is on the corner of Wright and Cross streets, Hurstville and opened in 2007.

Community gardens are spaces where local residents can gather to grow food, relax, learn and make new friends.

Hurstville City Council donated the land for the community garden, in a project initiated by former Hurstville Councillor Sandy Grekas.

History of Previous Applications

No previous applications.

Conformity to the

Councillor Ward

Fund Discretionary

Fund Policy

The application meets the Policy criteria to be considered by Council.

 

 

CWF123/18-19

Councillor Wu

Classification of

Application

Community Group

 

Reason for Request

Medical Research

Applicant’s Details

St George and Sutherland Medical Research Foundation

Amount of Funds

Requested

$1,500.00

Declaration of

Conflict of Interest

Councillor Wu has signed a declaration advising that there is no conflict of interest.

Eligibility Criteria

The provision of funds to St George and Sutherland Medical Research Foundation aligns with Council’s Community Strategic Plan – Pillar 5.3.2 A Harmonious and Proud Community with Strong Social Services and Infrastructure. Develop, support and promote programs and activities that foster social participant and wellbeing of the diverse community, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, cultural or religious background.

Community Group

The St George & Sutherland Medical Research Foundation is an independent not-for-profit organisation. They began (as the St George Medical Research Foundation) on September 1st, 2007. For many years prior to 2007, a small but vocal group of senior doctors at St George Hospital had lobbied the local community for help in establishing an independent body to fund and promote the work of the research community.

History of Previous Applications

No previous applications.

Conformity to the

Councillor Ward

Fund Discretionary

Fund Policy

The application meets the Policy criteria to be considered by Council.

 

CWF124/18-19

Councillor Wu

Classification of

Application

Community Group

 

Reason for Request

Financial Assistance for Children with Disabilities

Applicant’s Details

Chinese Parents Association Children with Disabilities

Amount of Funds

Requested

$500.00

Declaration of

Conflict of Interest

Councillor Wu has signed a declaration advising that there is no conflict of interest.

Eligibility Criteria

The provision of funds to Chinese Parents Association Children with Disabilities aligns with Council’s Community Strategic Plan – Pillar 5.3.2 A Harmonious and Proud Community with Strong Social Services and Infrastructure. Develop, support and promote programs and activities that foster social participant and wellbeing of the diverse community, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, cultural or religious background.

Community Group

The Chinese Parents Association – Children with Disabilities Incorporated (CPA) is a non-profit, non-religious, incorporated charities organisation established in 1988. It provides a range of services and support to people with disabilities, especially those with Chinese background, early intervention programs, sports, dancing, music therapy, singing and art classes.

 

History of Previous Applications

No previous applications.

Conformity to the

Councillor Ward

Fund Discretionary

Fund Policy

The application meets the Policy criteria to be considered by Council.

 

CWF125/18-19

Councillor Hindi

Classification of

Application

Community Group

 

Reason for Request

Funding towards Healthy Harold School Visit

Applicant’s Details

Life Education – Healthy Harold

Amount of Funds

Requested

$500.00

Declaration of

Conflict of Interest

Councillor Hindi has signed a declaration advising that there is no conflict of interest.

Eligibility Criteria

The provision of funds to Life Education – Healthy Harold aligns with Council’s Community Strategic Plan - Pillar 5.3.2 A Harmonious and Proud Community with Strong Social Services and Infrastructure. Develop, support and promote programs and activities that foster social participant and wellbeing of the diverse community, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, cultural or religious background.

Community Group

Life Education began in 1979 with Life Education founder and visionary Rev Ted Noffs. It wasn’t just supporters of Ted that saw such merit in his vision. Students were, and continue to be, galvanised by this simple yet powerful idea. Last year, they worked in over 4,200 schools and preschools and shared our program with more than 710,000 Australian students.

History of Previous Applications

No previous applications.

Conformity to the

Councillor Ward

Fund Discretionary

Fund Policy

The application meets the Policy criteria to be considered by Council.

 

CWF126/18-19

Councillor Landsberry

Classification of

Application

Community Group

 

Reason for Request

Carrs Park Community Garden

Applicant’s Details

Contributions Community Garden Compost Bays

Amount of Funds

Requested

$1,000.00

Declaration of

Conflict of Interest

Councillor Landsberry has signed a declaration advising that there is no conflict of interest.

Eligibility Criteria

The provision of funds to Carrs Park Community Garden - aligns with Council’s Community Strategic Plan - Pillar 5.3.2 A Harmonious and Proud Community with Strong Social Services and Infrastructure. Develop, support and promote programs and activities that foster social participant and wellbeing of the diverse community, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, cultural or religious background.

Community Group

This community garden has been flourishing since it was developed in 2008, transforming a former bowling green of the old Carss Park Bowling Club into a locally focused, green-thumb hub.

History of Previous Applications

No previous applications.

Conformity to the

Councillor Ward

Fund Discretionary

Fund Policy

The application meets the Policy criteria to be considered by Council.

 

CWF127/18-19

Councillor Landsberry

Classification of

Application

Community Group

 

Reason for Request

Oatley RSL Youth Club – Girls Gymnastics Club

Applicant’s Details

Financial Assistance towards equipment

Amount of Funds

Requested

$1,000.00

Declaration of

Conflict of Interest

Councillor Landsberry has signed a declaration advising that there is no conflict of interest.

Eligibility Criteria

The provision of funds to Oatley RSL Youth Club - aligns with Council’s Community Strategic Plan - Pillar 5.3.2 A Harmonious and Proud Community with Strong Social Services and Infrastructure. Develop, support and promote programs and activities that foster social participant and wellbeing of the diverse community, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, cultural or religious background.

Community Group

The Gym Sports Section of Oatley RSL Youth Club was established in the 1960’s as a boys’ Physical Training Group. In the 1970’s a girls section was introduced and the division was renamed the “Gymnastics” section.

Many children from Oatley have represented the Outer City region at State competitions since competitive artistic gymnastics was introduced.

History of Previous Applications

No previous applications.

Conformity to the

Councillor Ward

Fund Discretionary

Fund Policy

The application meets the Policy criteria to be considered by Council.

 

CWF128/18-19

Councillor Konjarski

Classification of

Application

Community Group

 

Reason for Request

St George Basketball Association

Applicant’s Details

Funding towards equipment upgrades

Amount of Funds

Requested

$1,000.00

Declaration of

Conflict of Interest

Councillor Konjarski has signed a declaration advising that there is no conflict of interest.

Eligibility Criteria

The provision of funds to St George Basketball Association - aligns with Council’s Community Strategic Plan - Pillar 5.3.2 A Harmonious and Proud Community with Strong Social Services and Infrastructure. Develop, support and promote programs and activities that foster social participant and wellbeing of the diverse community, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, cultural or religious background.

Community Group

The St George Saints are an integral part of the local St George population, which covers two local Council areas: Georges River Council and Bayside Council. They have a history of over 40 years of giving back to the local community and over the years have provided thousands of local youth the opportunity to play basketball and develop both their basketball skills and build their character.

History of Previous Applications

No previous applications.

Conformity to the

Councillor Ward

Fund Discretionary

Fund Policy

The application meets the Policy criteria to be considered by Council.

 

CWF129/18-19

Councillor Konjarski

Classification of

Application

Community Group

 

Reason for Request

The St George Warriors

Applicant’s Details

Funding towards equipment upgrades

Amount of Funds

Requested

$1,500.00

Declaration of

Conflict of Interest

Councillor Konjarski has signed a declaration advising that there is no conflict of interest.

Eligibility Criteria

The provision of funds to The St George Warriors - aligns with Council’s Community Strategic Plan - Pillar 5.3.2 A Harmonious and Proud Community with Strong Social Services and Infrastructure. Develop, support and promote programs and activities that foster social participant and wellbeing of the diverse community, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, cultural or religious background.

Community Group

The SGFA Special Needs Program, the St George Warriors, was established by Carss Park FC in acknowledgement to the passing of former president Darryl Hancock in 2014. His vision was to offer a football program catering for male and female players with development disabilities aged 5 to adult years.

The Program is an innovative, equal access community initiative which provides a fun, inclusive and social environment for players and their families to participate in a modified team format.

History of Previous Applications

No previous applications.

Conformity to the

Councillor Ward

Fund Discretionary

Fund Policy

The application meets the Policy criteria to be considered by Council.

 

 


 

 

CWF130/18-19

Councillor Konjarski

Classification of

Application

Community Group

 

Reason for Request

Hurstville Zagreb Football Club

Applicant’s Details

Funding towards replacement canteen equipment

Amount of Funds

Requested

$1,000.00

Declaration of

Conflict of Interest

Councillor Konjarski has signed a declaration advising that there is no conflict of interest.

Eligibility Criteria

The provision of funds to Hurstville Zagreb Football Club - aligns with Council’s Community Strategic Plan - Pillar 5.3.2 A Harmonious and Proud Community with Strong Social Services and Infrastructure. Develop, support and promote programs and activities that foster social participant and wellbeing of the diverse community, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, cultural or religious background.

Community Group

Hurstville Zagreb football and social club based in the Southern Suburbs of Sydney formed in 1970 as Zagreb Hurstville Social and Soccer Club.

They currently have 3 teams playing in the NSW State League Division 1 competition (1st Grade, Under 20’s and Under 18’s) and 18 teams (Juniors and Seniors) playing in the St George Football Association.

History of Previous Applications

No previous applications.

Conformity to the

Councillor Ward

Fund Discretionary

Fund Policy

The application meets the Policy criteria to be considered by Council.

 

CWF131/18-19

Councillor Elmir

Classification of

Application

Community Group

 

Reason for Request

St George Basketball Association

Applicant’s Details

Funding towards backboard replacements

Amount of Funds

Requested

$1,250.00

Declaration of

Conflict of Interest

Councillor Elmir has signed a declaration advising that there is no conflict of interest.

Eligibility Criteria

The provision of funds to St George Basketball Association - aligns with Council’s Community Strategic Plan - Pillar 5.3.2 A Harmonious and Proud Community with Strong Social Services and Infrastructure. Develop, support and promote programs and activities that foster social participant and wellbeing of the diverse community, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, cultural or religious background.

Community Group

The St George Saints are an integral part of the local St George population, which covers two local Council areas: Georges River Council and Bayside Council. They have a history of over 40 years of giving back to the local community, and over the years have provided thousands of local youth the opportunity to play basketball and develop both their basketball skills and build their character.

History of Previous Applications

No previous applications.

Conformity to the

Councillor Ward

Fund Discretionary

Fund Policy

The application meets the Policy criteria to be considered by Council.

 

CWF132/18-19

Councillor Hindi

Classification of

Application

Community Group

 

Reason for Request

Kids with Cancer Foundation Australia

Applicant’s Details

Funding towards backboard replacements

Amount of Funds

Requested

$1,500.00

Declaration of

Conflict of Interest

Councillor Hindi has signed a declaration advising that there is no conflict of interest.

Eligibility Criteria

The provision of funds to Kids with Cancer Foundation Australia - aligns with Council’s Community Strategic Plan - Pillar 5.3.2 A Harmonious and Proud Community with Strong Social Services and Infrastructure. Develop, support and promote programs and activities that foster social participant and wellbeing of the diverse community, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, cultural or religious background.

Community Group

Kids with Cancer Foundation commenced in December 1997 with the aim to provide funding for: childhood cancer sufferers, their families and other institutions that assist children with cancer. Over the nineteen years, they have provided over $22.4 million to 10 Australian children’s hospitals and families to date.

History of Previous Applications

No previous applications.

Conformity to the

Councillor Ward

Fund Discretionary

Fund Policy

The application meets the Policy criteria to be considered by Council.

 

7.      Funds of $1,000,000 consisting of $150,000 of non-capital funds and $850,000 of capital funds have been allocated in the 2018/19 Budget.

Non Capital Funds ($10,000/Councillor)

Funds Allocated to date including this report

Remaining Balance

The Mayor Councillor Greene

$7,770.00

$2,230.00

Deputy Mayor, Councillor Elmir

$10,000.00

NIL

Councillor Agius

$2,270.00

$7,730.00

Councillor Badalati

$6,000.00

$4,000.00

Councillor Grekas

$10,000.00

NIL

Councillor Hindi

$7,000.00

$3,000.00

Councillor Katris

$5,270.00

$4,730.00

Councillor Kastanias

$9,270.00

$730.00

Councillor Konjarski

$6,650.00

$3,350.00

Councillor Landsberry

$9,000.00

$1,000.00

Councillor Liu

$9,500.00

$500.00

Councillor Payor

$3,370.00

$6,630.00

Councillor Symington

$8,570.00

$1,430.00

Councillor Tegg

$4,537.50

$5,462.50

Councillor Wu

$9,500.00

$500.00

Ward Funds for minor capital works have been fully allocated for the financial year across all Wards.

 

Risk Implications

8.      The Enterprise Risk Management Strategy contains two relevant actions in regards to the provision of an open, accessible and transparent decision making and meeting process.  The adopted process for the allocation of funds through the Councillor Ward Discretionary Fund Policy is one of many strategies that have been implemented to ensure that these actions are achieved.  

Community Engagement

9.      Community engagement regarding the allocation of funds $1,000,000 consisting of $150,000 of non-capital funds and $850,000 of capital funds allocated in the Draft 2018/19 Budget was undertaken as part of the 2018/19 budget process.

 

File Reference

D18/174786

 

 

 

  


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Tuesday, 23 April 2019                                                                                Page 437

Item:                   CCL022-19        Draft 2019-2020 Operational Plan, Draft 2019/20 to 2020/21 Delivery Program, and Updated Resourcing Strategy. 

Author:              Senior Corporate Planner

Directorate:      Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:     Finance and Governance

 

 

 

Recommendation

(a)     That Council endorse for the purposes of public exhibition the attached Draft Integrated Planning and Reporting documents, being the Draft 2019/20 Operational Plan including the Draft Budget, Fees and Charges, Delivery Program and Resourcing Strategy taking note of the proposed changes to the Delivery Program.

(b)     That the Draft Integrated Planning and Reporting documents be approved for public exhibition for a period of 28 days allowing the community to comment on the content of these documents. 

(c)     That the General Manager be delegated authority to make formatting and minor editorial adjustments to the Draft Integrated Planning and Reporting documents during the public exhibition period.

(d)     That submissions received as part of the public exhibition of the Draft Integrated Planning and Reporting documents, including the 2019/20 Draft Budget and Fees and Charges be reported to the June 2019 Council meeting for consideration as part of the adoption of these documents.

(e)     That Council replace the redundant Voluntary Pensioner Rebate Scale with a flat rate rebate of $150, at an approximate cost to Council of $1.2m. The rebate is to be applied against the domestic waste management annual charge for all eligible pensioners during the 2019/20 financial year, commencing 1 July 2019.

(f)      That the Voluntary Pensioner Rebate is reviewed annually during the budget process and long term financial plan review, considering external factors attributable to rise in costs associated with the Domestic Waste Services; these factors may include tipping fees, waste contract costs and international policies on waste management.

 

Executive Summary

1.      Council is required to adopt its new Operational Plan before 30 June 2019.

2.      Attachment 1 contains the draft 2019-2020 Operational Plan including the 2019/20 to 2020/21 Delivery Program, the Draft Budget and Fees and Charges.

3.      Attachment 2 is the updated Resourcing Strategy which includes updates to the Long Term Financial Plan and Workforce Management Plan. The Asset Management Plan and Strategy remain unchanged.

Background

4.      Section 405 of the Local Government Act requires Council to adopt an Operational Plan before the beginning of each financial year, outlining the activities to be undertaken that year as part of the Delivery Program.

5.      The draft Operational Plan must be publicly exhibited for at least 28 days.

Changes to the Delivery Program

6.      A number of minor changes have been made to the Delivery Program to show projects completed in 2018/19, make corrections to project and position titles, remove duplicated items and improve descriptions of tasks and performance indicators. A small number of ongoing tasks have also been omitted as they are carried out as part of normal Council operations.

7.      Six new Delivery Program items are proposed and are outlined in Table 1.

8.      Proposed changes to performance indicators including the addition of 12 new indicators are outlined in Table 2.

                                                           

Table 1: Proposed additional Delivery Program items

Pillar

Goal

Strategy

Proposed DP Item

1 - A protected environment and green open spaces

1.3 Everyone has access to beautiful parks and open spaces.

1.3.1 Ensure all public parks and open spaces are accessible, well maintained and managed to meet the recreational needs of current and future residents.

c. Implement scheduled cyclic painting program across parks and open space, including buildings, furniture and murals to prevent graffiti.

3 – Active and accessible places and spaces

3.2 Roads, footpaths and cycleways are safe, accessible and free of congestion.

3.2.1 Implement a program of capital and maintenance to meet the needs of current and future users of Council’s infrastructure assets.

b. Use the findings from the Footpath Condition Audit to implement the planned footpath maintenance schedule.

5 – A harmonious and proud community with strong social services and infrastructure

5.4 Diverse, vibrant community facilities and spaces are connected, well maintained and accessible.

5.4.1 Expand the role of libraries as welcoming and inclusive spaces with services, collections and programs that inspire and engage with the community.

b. Deliver improvements to library services and facilities to ensure appropriate and effective use of collections and resources.

6 – Leadership and transparency

6.2 Open, informed and transparent decision-making supports the interests of the community.

6.2.1 Make all reports to Council Meetings public wherever possible under the Local Government Act 1993 or provide open and closed reports where necessary.

b. Utilise webcasting to improve access to information from Council meetings.

6 – Leadership and transparency

6.3 Leadership focuses on innovation and improving the customer experience.

6.3.2 Demonstrate a culture of continuous improvement and effective governance throughout Council services.

d. Implement the GRC Digital Strategy.

6 – Leadership and transparency

6.3 Leadership focuses on innovation and improving the customer experience.

6.3.2 Demonstrate a culture of continuous improvement and effective governance throughout Council services.

e. Raise awareness for cyber security.

 

 

 

Table 2: Proposed changes to Performance Indicators

Change

Pillar

Measure

New content

Remove and replace with two new KPIs

1 - A protected environment and green open spaces

Number of hectares of active bush regeneration.

1.   Number of trees planted as part of bush regeneration (or other community tree planting) activities.

2.   Number of volunteer hours associated with Bushcare activities.

Change target

1 - A protected environment and green open spaces

Percentage of waste customer requests responded to within 48 hours

Change target from >98% to >90%.

Addition

3 – Active and accessible places and spaces

Percentage of depot jobs completed against work scheduled.

 

Addition

4 – A diverse and productive economy

Growth in GRP compared to growth to estimated residential population (ERP).

 

Addition

4 – A diverse and productive economy

Level of employment self-contained.

 

Addition

4 – A diverse and productive economy

Level of ‘place satisfaction’ for key and emerging centres.

 

Addition

4 – A diverse and productive economy

Strategic centres job targets.

 

Addition

4 – A diverse and productive economy

Unemployment rate compared to Greater Sydney unemployment rate.

 

Addition

4 – A diverse and productive economy

Amount of commercial, retail and industrial zoned/employment land capacity.

 

Change target

5 – A harmonious and proud community with strong social services and infrastructure

Number of annual visitors to Hurstville Entertainment Centre

Increase target from 100,000 to 120,000.

Remove and replace

5 – A harmonious and proud community with strong social services and infrastructure

Number of library members

Number of annual visitors to the Library Services.

Addition

5 – A harmonious and proud community with strong social services and infrastructure

Customer satisfaction with Library Services

 

Addition

5 – A harmonious and proud community with strong social services and infrastructure

Customer satisfaction with Children’s Services

 

Addition

5 – A harmonious and proud community with strong social services and infrastructure

Customer satisfaction with Museum & Gallery

 

Remove and replace

6 – Leadership and transparency

1.   Actual year to date income is no more than 5% under the year to date approved budget

2.   Actual year to date expenditure is no more than 5% over the year to date approved budget

3.   Investment portfolio returns for the past 12 months exceeding industry benchmark as disclosed by CPG.

4.   Percentage outstanding rates, annual charges, interest and extra charges.

1. Budget Management - Actual year to date income is within 5% variance of the year to date approved budget.

2. Budget Management - Actual year to date expenditure is within 5% variance of the year to date approved budget.

3. Operating Performance – operating expenditure is contained within operating revenue.

4. Own Source Operating Revenue[1] -  % of self funding.

5. Unrestricted Current Ratio[2]

6. Rates and Annual Charges Outstanding Ratio[3]

Addition

6 – Leadership and transparency

Percentage of WHS Incident Management Corrective Actions finalised within agreed times.

 

Addition

6 – Leadership and transparency

Increased income from grants.

 

 

Pensioner Rebate

Background Domestic Waste Charge

9.      The 2019/20 budget for domestic waste services results in a surplus of funds being transferred to the reserve. Based on the current surplus, Council will be able to offset the cost of providing the new voluntary pensioner rebate.

10.    Based on the introduction of a flat rate pensioner rebate of $150 the 2019/20 domestic waste service will have a forecast surplus of $4.6m transferred to the reserve. The surplus also consists of $580,000 in forecast interest income generated from the investment of funds from the reserve.

11.    The forecast closing balance for the Domestic Waste Management reserve for 30 June 2020 is $24m.

12.    The Domestic Waste Charge is a volatile service in terms of cost management for Council as there are factors outside our control; these include tipping fees, waste contract costs and international policies on waste management. This reinforces the need for an annual review of the charge and the pensioner rebate during the budget process.

13.    The 2019/20 domestic waste management charge for former Kogarah City Council is $464.88 and for former Hurstville City Council is $443.68. The new voluntary pensioner rebate will be deducted from this charge.

Background Pensioner Rebates

14.    Under the Local Government Act (1993), Council must provide a mandatory rebate to eligible pensioners on their annual rates of up to $250. Council receives a 55% subsidy from the State Government to minimise the financial burden on Council. Council’s income reduction from the mandatory rebate rate equates to approximately $900,000 (45%). 

15.    In addition to the mandatory pensioner rebate Council resolved to expand the former Hurstville Council Voluntary Pensioner Rebate of up to $75 across the entire Local Government Area (LGA), which equates to approximately $600,000.

 

16.    In August 2018, Council resolved:

a)   That Council increase the Voluntary Pensioner Rebate up to a Maximum of $150.00 from 1 July 2019 based on a sliding scale of rates paid by eligible pensioners.

b)   That Council officers provide a range of scales of rates paid by eligible pensioners as part of the 2019/20 budget process.

c)   That, if approved, this change to the Voluntary Pensioner Rebate will be trialled for a period of two (2) years to the next election and the new Council can determine if it is to continue.

 

17.    During the 2019/20 budget process it was evident that the current scale had become redundant with no review or amendment for over 20 years, in line with rate and charges increases.

18.    To introduce a new scale would disadvantage pensioners currently receiving the higher portion of that rebate. Therefore, it was recommended to Council to retire the 20 year old voluntary rebate scale and introduce a flat rate voluntary rebate against the annual Domestic Waste Management Charge.

Service Provision

19.    Council resolved, in November 2018, to undertake construction and fit out of the Oatley West Childcare Service located at 66 Mulga Road, Oatley. Construction is now underway. The 2019/20 budget includes the operational costs and salaries required for the launch of the new service from March 2020.

Financial Report

20.    Financial implications are as outlined in the attached IP&R documents.

21.    Council’s revised Long Term Financial Plan indicates a number of challenges that may impact long term sustainability and require corrective action. To strengthen our position and ensure delivery of our community aspirations, Council will be consulting with its community over the 2019/20 financial year to seek feedback on a proposed rate revenue increase and a new Georges River Council rate structure aimed at ensuring equity across the Local Government Area. In conjunction with this and to reduce the longer term reliance on rate revenue, Council has established a Georges River Council Financial Sustainability Working Group. The purpose of the Working Group is to explore options available to Council to strengthen its long term financial sustainability. This may include reviewing service efficiencies, user fees and charges and rationalisation of assets.

 

Risk Implications

22.    Strategic risks relating to the Draft Operational Plan have been identified and management processes applied.

 

Community Engagement

23.    Following Council’s consideration and endorsement of the Draft IP&R documents they will be formatted for public review and exhibited for a period of at least 28 days.  Appropriate media releases and on-line notifications will alert the community to the opportunity to comment on Council’s draft plans for the area, including guiding the community to the Your Say web site or to view a hard copy of the documents at Council’s customer service centres or public libraries.

 

 

File Reference

D19/78032

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Draft Delivery and Operational Plan 2019/20 - published in separate document

Attachment 2

Draft Resourcing Strategy 2019/20 - published in separate document

  


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Tuesday, 23 April 2019                                                                                Page 438

Assets and Infrastructure

Nil

Community and Culture

Nil

Notices of Rescission

Nil


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Tuesday, 23 April 2019                                                                                Page 439

Notices of Motion

Item:          NM025-19          Confidential Information

Councillor:       Councillor Tegg 

 

MOTION:

That the General Manager prepare a report to Council providing details of the measures currently in place to ensure the security and maintenance of confidential information provided to Councillors at Councillor Workshops, Committee Meetings and Council Meetings and to identify further improvements that can be made to prevent any breaches of the Local Government Act 1993 and Council’s Code of Conduct.

 

 

 

Financial Implications

No financial/budget impact for this recommendation.

 

File Reference

D19/28582

 

 

 

  


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Tuesday, 23 April 2019                                                                                Page 440

Item:          NM026-19          Independent Building Commissioner

Councillor:       Councillor Landsberry 

MOTION:

 

That Council write to the Hon. Rob Stokes MP, Minister for Planning and Public Spaces and to the Hon. Shelley Hancock MP, Minister for Local Government;

a)   outlining Georges River Council’s support for an independent commissioner to be appointed to oversee building construction in NSW, the certification scheme, safety and the quality of construction;

b)   requesting a response to the issues raised by Council on 13 September 2018, being:

i. clarify certifiers’ roles and responsibilities, especially in relation to reporting non-compliance to the appropriate authority, compliance with the certifiers’ code of conduct and the requirement to act in the public interest at all times;

ii.    providing the Building Professionals Board with the authority to order building work to cease or unauthorised work to be rectified, when a complaint is proven against a private certifier;

iii.   improve the independence of certifiers;

iv.   tighten licensee probity requirements;

v.    improve complaint handling and disciplinary procedures for certifiers;

vi.   increase the penalties available to councils for breaches of the Act by certifiers;

vii.  require certifiers to obtain a compliance clearance from the relevant council prior to the issue of any occupation certificate; and

viii. other reforms to streamline, modernise and update the structure and administration of the Act.

c)   encouraging that the list of action identified by the Association of Accredited Certifiers is introduced to ensure:

i.     All professionals involved in the design, installation and approvals process must be accredited and insured;

ii.    All key personnel in the process who are not accredited must be licensed and be required to prove their competency at regular intervals;

iii.   All documents related to the certification of a building should be in a standard form developed by industry and Government;

iv.   All persons involved in the certification of any engineering design or technical aspect of construction must issue a certificate on a standard form;

v.    Comprehensive auditing of all accredited or licensed persons;

vi.   All parties involved in the building product supply chain need to be accountable for the products they prescribe, specify, purchase and use;

vii.  Amend the BASIX scheme to allow applicants to design buildings based on predetermined standards; and

viii. Strengthen the administration of building regulation in NSW by bringing building regulations and control functions into one portfolio, reporting to one Minister.

 

Financial Implications

No financial/budget impact for this recommendation.

 

File Reference

D19/35311

 

 

 

  


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Tuesday, 23 April 2019                                                                                Page 442

Item:          NM027-19            Hurstville Commuter Carpark

Councillor:       Councillor Hindi 

 

MOTION:

That following the recent announcement from the Prime Minister The Hon Scott Morrison MP, and The Hon David Coleman Member for Banks for an amount of $7.5 million towards commuter car park at Hurstville CBD , I move that the General Manager prepare a report to Council, investigating potential locations for a commuter car park in the Hurstville CBD.

 

 

 

 

Financial Implications

Should Council resolve to support this Motion, the financial implications will be provided in a future report.

 

 

File Reference

D19/69208

 

 

 

  


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Tuesday, 23 April 2019                                                                                Page 443

Item:          NM028-19  Amendment to Operational Procedures for all NSW Regional Planning Panels

Councillor:       Councillor Katris 

 

MOTION:

 

That Council request the Minister for Planning, the Hon Rob Stokes MP to amend the operating procedures for all Regional Planning Panels in New South Wales to require the provision of a company search with every relevant development application or planning proposal that is submitted to a Panel for consideration, in order to assist members with managing conflicts of interest.

 

 

 

 

 

Financial Implications

No financial/budget impact for this recommendation.

 

 

File Reference

D19/72311

 

 

 

  


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Tuesday, 23 April 2019                                                                                Page 444

Item:          NM029-19            Dog Litter Bags

Councillor:       Councillor Kastanias 

 

MOTION:

(a)     That the General Manager prepare a report on the cost and practicality of providing 'dog poo' [or 'Dog tidy'] bag dispensers in all parks with Georges River Council.

(b)     That the report include;

·    the location of all existing bag dispensers within the Council area

·    a prioritized list of parks most frequently used by dog walkers

·    comment on the types of bags available to minimize environmental impact

·    Investigation of other options that Council can explore to educate and promote the environmentally friendly removal and disposal of dog waste deposited in our public areas 

 

 

Financial Implications

Should Council resolve to support this Motion, the financial implications will be provided in a future report.

 

File Reference

D19/73534

 

 

 

  


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Tuesday, 23 April 2019                                                                                Page 445

Item:          NM030-19            Working Towards Net Zero Emissions in Georges River Local Government Area

Councillor:       Councillor Tegg 

 

MOTION:

(a)     That the General Manager prepare a report which investigates the impact on Council should it adopt the following targets:

·    obtaining 100% of its energy from renewable sources by 2025;

·    achieve net zero emissions by 2030; and

·    zero carbon emissions by 2050

 

(b)     That as part of the report, the General Manager investigate:

·    The method of quantifying Council’s current emissions

·    The proposed methods for reducing/offsetting emissions

·    An indicative timeframe with key performance indicators for the targets set out above

·    Relevant collaborative work being conducted by the 100 Resilient Cities network and SSROC

·    Any financial implications associated with achieving the targets set out above

·    The likely financial support and expert assistance Council may need to achieve the targets set out above.

 

 

Financial Implications

Should Council resolve to support this Motion, the financial implications will be provided in a future report.

 

File Reference

D19/73916

 

 

 

  


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Tuesday, 23 April 2019                                                                                Page 446

Item:          NM031-19            Preparation of a new Development Control Plan for the Kogarah Bay Precinct Princes Highway

Councillor:       Councillor Payor 

 

MOTION:

(a)     That arising from the significant increase in development activity as a result of the New City Plan (Amendment No. 2) to the Kogarah Local Environmental Plan gazetted in May 2017 which permitted greater density (2:1) and height (21m), Council immediately proceed to prepare an amendment to Part C of the Kogarah Development Control Plan for the area generally bounded by the Princes Highway, Stubbs Street/Poulton Avenue and Wyuna Street, Beverley Park, and Park Road and John Street, Kogarah Bay. The report is to address, but is not limited to the following matters: 

i.     Site isolation and amalgamation

ii.    Vehicular access, parking and circulation

iii.   Traffic impact

iv.   Landscape character

v.    Transition/interface to the land zoned R2 in John and Wyuna Streets

vi.   Impact on Heritage Item I3 “Sunnyside” at 186-188 Princes Highway

 

(b)     That prior to the report being presented to Council that a briefing be provided to Councillors.

 

(c)     That the General Manager prepare a report on the outcomes of the traffic assessment that is currently underway for the areas that were up-zoned under the New City Plan (Amendment No 2) to the Kogarah Local Environmental Plan gazetted in May 2017.

 

 

 

Financial Implications

Should Council resolve to support this Motion, the financial implications will be provided in a future report.

 

File Reference

D19/82156

 

 

 

  


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Tuesday, 23 April 2019                                                                                Page 447

Item:          NM032-19          Procedures for the Lodgment and Processing of Development Applications

Councillor:       Councillor Katris 

 

MOTION:

That it order to improve the efficient processing of development applications for developments valued at $5 million and above and/or are subject to SEPP 65 requirements, Council introduce the following requirements for the lodgement and processing of development applications in the Georges River local government area as follows:

·      Modification of the relevant development application forms to require the submission of diagrams and calculations, prepared and certified by a registered land surveyor, that certify the gross floor area, resultant floor space ratio and maximum heights of the development;

·      The inclusion of a condition of consent that requires all new mixed residential and commercial developments in the Kogarah CBD, Kogarah North and the Hurstville CBD to underground all power and similar utility lines servicing the development and all relevant street frontages;

·      The inclusion of a condition of consent that requires all new developments in the Kogarah CBD, Kogarah North and the Hurstville CBD to contribute towards the cost of works contained within any approved public domain plan, where such works have not already been captured by an existing development contributions plan; and

·      Independent certification and a report submission by a registered architect, or other appropriately qualified consultant, that confirms that any solar penetration diagrams provided in a development application (that is subject to SEPP 65 requirements) comply with (or otherwise) the adopted solar access requirements for developments of this type, utilising solar penetration software acceptable to Council. 

 

 

 

 

Financial Implications

Should Council resolve to support this Motion, the financial implications will be provided in a future report.

 

File Reference

D19/82173

 

 

 

  


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Tuesday, 23 April 2019                                                                                Page 449

Item:          NM033-19          Maintaining Public Confidence in Georges River Council

Councillor:       Councillor Grekas 

 

MOTION:

Since the proclamation of Georges River Council on 12 May 2016, most Councillors and staff have been working to ensure that the new Council upholds the highest standards of conduct and probity and that all decisions are made impartially and in the best interests of the community.

The recent publication of stories in the Sydney Morning Herald and on the ABC (4 Corners) has cast a shadow over the performance of Council and its strict approach to good governance.  Extensive feedback from the community has revealed a loss of public confidence in the governance and integrity of Council’s decision making process.

In order to reassure the Georges River community that Council will not tolerate conduct that is considered inappropriate, and to demonstrate that we take our statutory duty to act honestly and exercise care and diligence seriously, I move the following:

(a)     That Council request the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption, and the NSW Office of Local Government to immediately commence an investigation into recent claims published in the Sydney Morning Herald on 2, 4 and 6 April 2019 regarding the actions of Councillors Hindi and Badalati, to determine whether the Local Government Act 1993 and Council’s Code of Conduct were complied with in terms of the following:

i.     Failure to declare any conflicts of interest arising from attendance at a Chinatown restaurant for a signing ceremony in March 2016 with the property developer and the investor for the Landmark Square planning proposal and the 1-5 Treacy Street development application;

ii.    Failure to declare any conflicts of interest arising from international travel to China with the property developer and the investor for the Landmark Square planning proposal and the 1-5 Treacy Street Development Application in April 2016;

iii.   Failure to declare any conflicts of interest when dealing with the Landmark Square planning proposal at 53-75 Forest Road, 108-126 Durham Street and 9 Roberts Lane, Hurstville on all occasions when the matter was presented to a Councillor Workshop, Standing Committee or Council Meeting throughout 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

iv.   Failure to declare any conflicts of interest when dealing with the Landmark Square Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA) at 53-75 Forest Road, 108-126 Durham Street and 9 Roberts Lane, Hurstville on all occasions when the matter was presented to a Councillor Workshop, Standing Committee or Council Meeting throughout 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

v.    Failure to declare any conflicts of interest when dealing with all of the development applications and the related Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA) for 1-5 Treacy Street, Hurstville during the period 2014 to 2019;

vi.   Failure to declare any conflicts of interest at the Sydney East Joint Regional Planning Panel on 4 May 2016; and

vii.  Failure to declare any conflicts of interest when considering the matter of the Netstrata Jubilee Stadium naming rights report at the Finance and Governance Committee meeting on 12 March 2018 and 3 December 2018 , the confidential Councillor workshop on 11 December 2018 and at the Council meetings of 26 March 2018, 11 February 2019 and 25 February 2019.

 

(b)     That Council commence an investigation into the claims as detailed in (a) above should the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption or the NSW Office of Local Government decline to commence any investigation.

 

 

 

 

 

Financial Implications

No financial/budget impact for this recommendation.

 

File Reference

D19/73594

 

 

  


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Tuesday, 23 April 2019                                                                                Page 450

Item:          NM034-19          Dissolution of Council's Major Events Advisory Committee

Councillor:       Councillor Landsberry 

 

MOTION:

(a)     That having regard to the Major Events Advisory Committee’s role in the cancellation of a media sponsor during the 2018 Lunar New Year Event, Council dissolve the Advisory Committee, effective immediately.

(b)     That strategic matters related to Georges River Council major events be reported to the Community and Culture Committee.

(c)     That the community representatives on the Major Events Advisory Committee be thanked for their service.

 

 

 

Financial Implications

No financial/budget impact for this recommendation.

 

 

File Reference

D19/80664

 

 

 

  


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Tuesday, 23 April 2019                                                                                Page 451

Item:          NM035-19          Preparation of Development Control Plan Provisions for Mechanical Parking Installations in Developments within the Georges River LGA

Councillor:       Councillor Payor 

 

MOTION:

(a)     That the General Manager prepare a report to Council which considers the necessary requirements for the installation of mechanical parking installations (car lifts) in developments within the Georges River LGA, for future inclusion into Council’s Development Control Plan.

(b)     That prior to the report being presented to Council a briefing be provided to Councillors.

 

 

 

Financial Implications

Should Council resolve to support this Motion, the financial implications will be provided in a future report.

 

File Reference

D19/88096

 

 

 

   


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Tuesday, 23 April 2019                                                                                Page 452

Questions with Notice

Nil

Confidential (Closed Session)  

Council's Code of Meeting Practice allows members of the public present to indicate whether they wish to make representations to the meeting, before it is closed to the public, as to whether that part of the meeting dealing with any or all of the matters listed should or should not be considered in closed session.

 

Recommendation

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 Meeting at which the press and public are excluded.

 

CCL008A-19     Waiver of Legal Professional Privilege over Confidential Legal Advices

(Report by Director Legal Services and General Counsel)

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) (g) it is considered the matter contains advice concerning litigation, or advice that would otherwise be privileged from production in legal proceedings on the ground of legal professional privilege.

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 contains advice concerning litigation, or advice that would otherwise be privileged from production in legal proceedings on the ground of legal professional privilege.

 

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.

 

 

Open Council

Consideration of Closed Council Recommendations



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