AGENDA


Council Meeting

 

Monday, 24 June 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.      Opening

2       National Anthem

3.      Prayer

4.      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.

5.      Apologies / Leave of Absence

6.      Notice of Webcasting

7.      Disclosures of Interest

8.      Public Forum

9.      Confirmation of Minutes of Previous Meeting

MINUTES: Council Meeting - 27 May 2019

10.    Mayoral Minutes

Nil  

11.    Condolences

12.    Committee Reports

CCL032-19       Report of the Assets and Infrastructure Committee Meeting held on 11 June 2019

(Report by Head of Executive Services).................................................................... 4

CCL033-19       Report of the Environment and Planning Committee Meeting held on11 June 2019

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

CCL034-19       Report of the Finance and Governance Committee Meeting held on11 June 2019

(Report by Head of Executive Services).................................................................. 29

CCL035-19       Report of the Community and Culture Committee Meeting held on 11 June 2019

(Report by Head of Executive Services).................................................................. 37

13.    Environment and Planning

Nil

 

14.    Finance and Governance

CCL036-19       2019/20 Operational Plan, 2018/19 - 2020/21 Delivery Program and Updated Resourcing Strategy

(Report by Senior Corporate Planner)..................................................................... 43

15.    Assets and Infrastructure

Nil

16.    Community and Culture

Nil

17.    Notices of Rescission

Nil

18.    Notices of Motion

NM039-19          Potential Construction of a Basketball Stadium within Georges River Local Government Area

(Councillor Elmir)......................................................................................................... 53

NM040-19          Georges River Council's Celebration of Diversity - Pride Month 2019

(Councillor Grekas)..................................................................................................... 54

NM041-19          Penshurst Long Day Care Centre - National Recognition of High Quality Child Care

(Councillor Tegg)......................................................................................................... 55

NM042-19          Masterplan for Hurstville Memorial Square

(Councillor Wu)............................................................................................................ 56

19.    Questions with Notice

QWN006-19      NSW Government - Commencement of Level 1 Water Restrictions in Georges River

(Councillor Liu)............................................................................................................ 57

QWN007-19      Heavy Vehicle Parking in Georges River Local Government Area

(Councillor Symington)............................................................................................... 59

20     Confidential Matters

Nil

21     Conclusion


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Committee Reports

Item:                   CCL032-19        Report of the Assets and Infrastructure Committee Meeting held on 11 June 2019 

Author:              Head of Executive Services

Directorate:      Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:     Committee Reports

 

 

Recommendation

That the Committee recommendations for items ASS014-19 to ASS018-19 inclusive, detailed below, be adopted by Council.

 

ASS014-19        Terms of Reference - Assets and Infrastructure Standing Committee

That the revised Terms of Reference for the Assets and Infrastructure Standing Committee be received and noted.

 

ASS015-19        Georges River Traffic Advisory Committee Meeting - 4 June 2019

That the recommendations contained within the minutes of the Georges River Traffic Advisory Committee Meeting held on 4 June 2019 be adopted by Council.

 

ASS016-19        Update on the Sydney Water, Waterways Improvement Program for Harold Fraser Oval / Parkside Drive Reserve.

a)      That Council provide support and approval for the use of Council land at Harold Fraser Reserve, Parkside Drive Reserve and Kogarah Bay Creek for the Sydney Water Waterway Health Improvement Program.

b)      That Council allocate Section 94 Contributions Plan No. 5 Open Space Embellishment funding towards the cost of Council requested components of the scheme (approximately $250,000 to $300,000 – final amount to be determined post Sydney Water tender process).

c)      That Council allocate an additional $5,000 per year from the appropriate operational maintenance budget towards the ongoing maintenance of the landscaped areas of site at the conclusion of construction.

 

ASS017-19        Tender for Locksmith Maintenance Services - T19/002 Operational Budget

(a)     The Tender Evaluation Committee (TEC), having completed the evaluation of tenders in compliance with the Tender Evaluation Plan (TEP), makes the following recommendation to Council in accordance with Section 178 of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 (NSW) to accept the tender from St George Locksmiths for the amount of $41,600.00 per year, for 3 years with two (2) x 2 year extension options for the Contract Number T19/002 subject to confirmation of satisfactory financial capability, ongoing performance reviews and ability to fulfil obligations under the proposed contract.

(b)     That Council resolves, in accordance with Section 178 of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 (NSW), to accept the Tender from St George Locksmiths with having regard to all the circumstances, as the tender that appears to be the most advantageous and to appoint St George Locksmiths as the Principal Contractor under the Contract Number T19/002, subject to satisfactory outcome of the financial assessment.

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

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

 

ASS018-19        Tender for the Construction of a new Public Amenities Building at Kempt                        Field, Allawah

(a)     That Council, in accordance with Section 178 of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 (NSW), accepts the Tender from Homann Constructions Pty Ltd, in the amount of $350,000 (excluding GST), after having regard to all the circumstances, as the tender that appears to be the most advantageous and appoint Homann Constructions Pty Ltd as the Principal Contractor under the Contract Number T19/003 Tender for the construction of new Public Amenities at Kempt Field, Allawah.

(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.

(d)     That the budgeted funding allocated towards this amenities building from the repealed Hurstville Section 94 Open Space Plan be refunded once Council receives the awarded $6 million grant for Kempt Field from the NSW Planning and Environment Strategic Open Space Program.

 

 

 

File Reference

D19/137777

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Assets and Infrastructure Committee Minutes 11 June 2019

 


Georges River Council - Ordinary Meeting - Monday, 24 June 2019

CCL032-19             Report of the Assets and Infrastructure Committee Meeting held on 11 June 2019

[Attachment 1]        Assets and Infrastructure Committee Minutes 11 June 2019

 

 

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Item:                   CCL033-19        Report of the Environment and Planning Committee Meeting held on11 June 2019 

Author:              Head of Executive Services

Directorate:      Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:     Committee Reports

 

 

Recommendation

That the Committee recommendations for items ENV015-19 to ENV022-19 inclusive, detailed below, be adopted by Council.

 

ENV015-19       Terms of Reference - Environment and Planning Standing Committee

That the revised Terms of Reference for the Environment and Planning Standing Committee be received and noted.

a)      That Clause 3 of the Terms of Reference be amended to include Summary of the actions and outcomes of the Land and Environment Court, the report to include information on current and determined planning matters.

b)      That the last dot point in  Clause 2  of the Terms of Reference be amended by replacing the  General Manager with the  Mayor in the last dot point.

 

ENV016-19       Interim Policy - Georges River Development Control Plan 2020

(a)     That Council endorse the contents of the Georges River Interim Policy DCP.

(b)     That Council endorse the use of the Georges River Interim Policy DCP for assessing Development Applications until such a time as the Georges River Development Control Plan 2020 is adopted by Council.

(c)     That notification be provided to the community that the Georges River Interim Policy DCP will come into effect on 22 July 2019.

(d)     That the Georges River Interim Policy DCP be published on Council’s website upon it coming into effect.

(e      That prior to its implementation the Georges River Interim Policy DCP be amended as follows (amendments in italics):

 

Dwelling Houses

Section

Interim Policy Control

Building Setback (Front)

 

·      Minimum setback from the primary street boundary is:

 

a)   4.5m to the main building face

b)   5.5m to the front wall of garage, carport roof or onsite parking space

Or

a)   Within 20% of the average setback of dwellings on adjoining lots

b)   5.5m to the front wall of garage or carport roof

 

Building Setback (Side)

 

·      The minimum side setback outside the FSPA is 900mm (ground floor) and 1.2m (first floor)

 

·      The minimum side setback inside the FSPA is 900mm (ground floor) and 1.5m (first floor) with a minimum of 5.5m in front of any proposed new garage.

Basement/Land Modification

Basements are permitted where Council’s height controls are not exceeded, and it is demonstrated that there will be no adverse environmental impacts (e.g. affectation of watercourses and geological structure).

 

·      Basements for low grade sites (ie < 12.5% Grade front to rear):

 

a)   Basements on land where the average grade is less than 12.5% are permitted only where they are not considered a storey (see definition below) and the overall development presents as 2 storeys to the street.

 

b)   A basement is not considered a storey if it is:

 

situated partly below the finished ground and the underside of the ceiling is not more than 1m above the natural ground at the external wall for a maximum of 12m in length, with the exception of the façade in which the garage door is located.

 

 

Solar Access

Hurstville:

 

Development allows for at least 3 hours of sunlight on the windows of main living areas and adjoining principal private open space of adjacent dwellings between 9.00 am and 3.00 pm on 22 June.

 

Note 1: Development applications for development two storeys and over are to be supported by shadow diagrams demonstrating compliance with this design solution.

Note 2: Exemptions will be considered for developments that comply with all other requirements but are located on sites with an east-west orientation

Kogarah:

 

Where the neighbouring properties are affected by overshadowing, at least 50% of the neighbouring existing primary private open space or windows to main living areas must receive a minimum of 3 hours sunlight between 9am–3pm on the winter solstice (21 June).

Note 1: development applications for development two storeys and over are to be supported by shadow diagrams demonstrating compliance with this design solution.

 

Note 2: Exemptions will be considered for developments that comply with all other requirements but are located on sites with an east-west orientation

 

 

 

Dual Occupancies

Section

Interim Policy Control

Frontage (detached)

·      Minimum site width is:

 

a)   18m for a detached ‘front (maximum 2 storeys) and back’ (maximum single storey) dual occupancy with a dwelling at the rear with access to the street via an access handle or right of carriageway

b)   22m for a detached dual occupancy in a –side by side’ configuration where both dwellings have direct street frontage

 

Basement/Land Modification

Basements are permitted where Council’s height controls are not exceeded, and it is demonstrated that there will be no adverse environmental impacts (e.g. affectation of watercourses and geological structure).

 

·      Basements for low grade sites (ie < 12.5% Grade front to rear):

 

c)   Basements on land where the average grade is less than 12.5% are permitted only where they are not considered a storey (see definition below) and the overall development presents as 2 storeys to the street.

 

d)   A basement is not considered a storey if it is:

 

situated partly below the finished ground and the underside of the ceiling is not more than 1m above the natural ground at the external wall for a maximum of 12m in length, with the exception of the façade in which the garage door is located.

 

 

 

Solar Access

Hurstville:

 

Development allows for at least 3 hours of sunlight on the windows of main living areas and adjoining principal private open space of adjacent dwellings between 9.00 am and 3.00 pm on 22 June.

 

Note 1: development applications for development two storeys and over are to be supported by shadow diagrams demonstrating compliance with this design solution.

 

Note 2: Exemptions will be considered for developments that comply with all other requirements but are located on sites with an east-west orientation

Kogarah:

 

Where the neighbouring properties are affected by overshadowing, at least 50% of the neighbouring existing primary private open space or windows to main living areas must receive a minimum of 3 hours sunlight between 9am–3pm on the winter solstice (21 June).

 

Note 1: development applications for development two storeys and over are to be supported by shadow diagrams demonstrating compliance with this design solution.

 

Note 2: Exemptions will be considered for developments that comply with all other requirements but are located on sites with an east-west orientation

 

Multi Dwelling Housing

Section

Interim Policy Control

Site Frontage

Hurstville:

 

The minimum site frontage is 15m.

(minimum site area of 500m2 per dwelling under Area K on the Lot Size Map in Zone R2 Low Density Residential)

Kogarah:

 

20m.

(requires a minimum of 800m2)

 

 

Solar Access

Hurstville:

 

Development allows for at least 3 hours of sunlight on the windows of main living areas and adjoining principal private open space of adjacent dwellings between 9.00 am and 3.00 pm on 22 June.

Note 1: development applications for development two storeys and over are to be supported by shadow diagrams demonstrating compliance with this design solution.

Note 2: Exemptions will be considered for developments that comply with all other requirements but are located on sites with an east-west orientation

Kogarah:

 

Where the neighbouring properties are affected by overshadowing, at least 50% of the neighbouring existing primary private open space or windows to main living areas must receive a minimum of 3 hours sunlight between 9am–3pm on the winter solstice (21 June).

Note 1: development applications for development two storeys and over are to be supported by shadow diagrams demonstrating compliance with this design solution.

Note 2: Exemptions will be considered for developments that comply with all other requirements but are located on sites with an east-west orientation

 

 

 

 

Residential Flat Buildings

Section

Interim Policy Control

Site Frontage

Hurstville:

 

The minimum site frontage is 24m.

 

(Note: The 24m will not be reduced unless the development site is an isolated site).

 

Kogarah:

 

20m.

 

(Note: The 20m will not be reduced unless the development site is an isolated site).

 

 

ENV017-19       9 Gloucester Road, Hurstville - Planning Proposal and draft DCP

(a)     That Council endorse the proposed amendments to DCP No. 2 – Hurstville City Centre for 9 Gloucester Road, Hurstville for public exhibition;

 

(b)     That Council endorse an amended Planning Proposal for 9 Gloucester Road, Hurstville (also known as 420-430 Forest Road, Hurstville) seeking an increase to the maximum building height applying to the site from 23m, to a range of heights of 23m, 30m, 40m, 55m and 60m, and increase the FSR from 3:1 to 4:1 (including a minimum non-residential FSR of 0.5:1) to be forwarded to the Department of Planning and Environment for consideration and approval to publicly exhibit;

 

(c)     That Council publicly exhibit the amended Planning Proposal and amendments to DCP No. 2 – Hurstville City Centre for 9 Gloucester Road, Hurstville concurrently in accordance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000;

 

(d)     That Council endorse that the General Manager may make minor modifications to any numerical, typographical, interpretation and formatting errors, if required, in preparation for the public exhibition of the amendments to DCP No. 2;

 

(e)     That Council advise the Department of Planning and Environment of its decision; and

 

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

 

(g)     The following amendments be undertaken to the draft Development Control Plan prior to it being placed on public exhibition:

i.    All figures are to be increased in size to A4 size and be clearly labelled.

ii.   Include in Section 8.3.3.1 – Surveyor’s Certificate in control (a) after the words “Surveyor’s Certificate” the words: including gross floor area diagrams to scale of each and every proposed level.

iii.  Amend Control (a) in Section 8.3.3.2 – Commercial Floor Space to read as follows: “Retail and community uses shall be provided on the whole of the ground floor.”

iv.  Figure 3 – Minimum Street Setbacks is to be clearly labelled with both the setback in metres and relate clearly to the controls (a) to (i) of Section 8.3.3.3 – Built Form and Setbacks.

v.   Add a new control in Section 8.3.3.4 – Façade Treatment and Street Corners to read as follows: The ground floor along the prominent corner and extending up both Forest and Gloucester Roads must have (as close as possible) level access to the footpath and pedestrian accessways without any proposed basement carpark extending above such levels.

vi.  Amend the last line in Section 8.3.3.8 – Tree Retention to read: It is a requirement of this DCP that a number of trees be retained and a tree replacement strategy be implemented.

vii. Add a new control (c) in Section 8.3.3.8 – Tree Retention as follows: Any trees that are located on public land will be subject to the payment of security in accordance with Council’s Tree Management Policy.

viii.       Add at the end of control (g) in Section 8.3.3.9 – On Site Parking the following: and must not be located above existing or proposed footpath levels along Forest Road and Gloucester Road.

 

ENV018-19       Revised offer to enter into a Voluntary Planning Agreement for 9 Gloucester Road and 420-430 Forest road, Hurstville

(a)     That Council accept and endorse the Letter of Offer to enter into a Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA) dated 23 April 2019 from Great Tang Brothers Hurstville Pty Ltd (GTB) (Attachment 1) and Heads of Agreement (HOA) signed by the GTB (Attachment 2) in relation to the amended Planning Proposal PP2015/0005 for 9 Gloucester Road and 420-430 Forest Road, Hurstville (May 2019) seeking to increase density and height of buildings on the land for a mixed use development. The VPA Offer and HOA provides for a total monetary contribution of $3,619,308 and includes the following:

·    the contribution value is based on the Hill PDA report residual land value rates of $1,073 per square metre of additional residential gross floor area and $349 per square metre of additional non-residential gross floor area.

·    the total contribution value is to be recalculated at the time of payment of the monetary contribution based on the actual final additional residential and non-residential GFA permissible by the LEP amendment;

·    the VPA Offer and final VPA will not exclude the application of s7.11, 7.12 and 7.24 development contributions (previously referred to as s94, s94A and S94EF contributions) to the Development.

 

(b)     That Council delegate authority to the General Manager to negotiate the final terms and enter into the Heads of Agreement referred to above.

 

 

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

 

(d)     That Council delegate authority to the General Manager to:

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

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

 

(e)     That GTB Hurstville Pty Ltd be informed of Council’s decision.

 

ENV019-19       Georges River Commercial Centres Strategy - Part 1 Centres Analysis for Public Exhibition

(a)     That Council endorses the draft Commercial Centres Strategy – Part 1 Centres Analysis.

(b)     That the draft Commercial Centres Strategy – Part 1 Centres Analysis be publicly exhibited with the draft Local Strategic Planning Statement 2040.

(c)     That Council endorses the preparation of Part 2 of the Strategy to inform the preparation of the future Georges River Local Environmental Plan 2022 and accompanying development control plan.

 

ENV020-19        Evidence Base for Local Housing Strategy

(a)     That Council endorse the Georges River Council Evidence Base for the Local Housing Strategy for public exhibition as a supporting document for the draft Local Strategic Planning Statement 2040.

(b)     That the Georges River Evidence Base for Local Housing Strategy be publicly exhibited for a minimum period of 28 days alongside the draft Local Strategic Planning Statement 2040.

 

ENV021-19       Georges River Inclusive Housing Strategy and Delivery Program

That Council endorse the Georges River Inclusive Housing Strategy - Stage 1 report: Assessment of housing needs for exhibition as a supporting document for the Local Strategic Planning Statement.

 

ENV022-19       Hurstville City Centre Transport Management and Accessibility Plan - TMAP 2018

(a)     That Council endorse the Hurstville City Centre Transport Management and Accessibility Plan 2018 as a strategic planning document, which will inform the preparation of development contributions plans, assessment of planning proposals / development applications and negotiations of Voluntary Planning Agreements.

(b)     That Council work with the transport authorities in relation to specific recommendations in the Hurstville City Centre Transport Management and Accessibility Plan 2018 Report.

(c)     That Council inform the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, Transport for NSW and Roads and Maritime Services of Council’s decision.

 

 

 

File Reference

D19/137779

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Environment and Planning Committee Minutes 11 June 2019

 


Georges River Council - Ordinary Meeting - Monday, 24 June 2019

CCL033-19             Report of the Environment and Planning Committee Meeting held on11 June 2019

[Attachment 1]        Environment and Planning Committee Minutes 11 June 2019

 

 

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Item:                   CCL034-19        Report of the Finance and Governance Committee Meeting held on11 June 2019 

Author:              Head of Executive Services

Directorate:      Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:     Committee Reports

 

 

Recommendation

That the Committee recommendations for items FIN040-19 to FIN047-19 inclusive, detailed below, be adopted by Council.

FIN040-19         Terms of Reference - Finance and Governance Standing Committee

That the revised Terms of Reference for the Finance and Governance Standing Committee be received and noted, with further clarification to be provided in regards to Part 2 of the Terms of Reference (Delegations).

 

FIN041-19         Advice on Costs and Status of Council's Court Proceedings - May 2019

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

 

FIN042-19         Investment Report as at 30 April 2019

That Council receive and note the contents of the Investment Report as at 30 April 2019.

 

FIN043-19         Councillor Ward Discretionary Fund - 2018/2019 Program Results

That this item be deferred to a Councillor Briefing for further discussion.

 

FIN044-19         Property Matter - Proposed Grant of Easement to Ausgrid - 1 Centre Street Penshurst

(a)     That Council resolve to grant an Easement for Electricity Purposes and Access over Lots 8 and 21 in Deposited Plan (DP) 11492 located at 1 Centre Street and 23 Railway Parade, Penshurst to Ausgrid as generally detailed in this report.

(b)     That the General Manager be authorised to execute all documentation required to create    the easement.

 

FIN045-19         Property Matter - Lease of Commercial Office Space - Suite 4B 34 MacMahon Street Hurstville

(a)     That Council receive and note the report “Property Matter - Lease of Commercial Office Space-Suite 4B 34 MacMahon Street Hurstville.”

(b)     That future matters relating to lease and licence agreements that are approved by the           General Manager under delegated authority be reported to Council on a quarterly basis as           part of the Quarterly Property Report.

 

 

 

FIN046-19         Property Matter - Classification of Land - Part 12-22 Woniora Road Hurstville

(a)     That Council resolves to classify Lot 1 in Deposited Plan (DP) 1242704, located at 12-22 Woniora Road, Hurstville as Operational Land in accordance with Part 2, Division 1 (Section 31) of the Local Government Act 1993 (the Act).

(b)     That Council advertise for a period of not less than 28 days inviting public submissions to be made on the proposed classification as per section 34 of the Act.

(c)     That a further report be presented to Council after the exhibition period to advise of any public submissions received.

(d)     That the General Manager be authorised to sign all documentation associated with the proposed classification of land.

 

FIN047-19         Georges River Boundaries, Wards and Number of Councillors

That this item be deferred to a Councillor Briefing for further discussion.

 

 

 

 

 

File Reference

D19/137783

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Finance and Governance Committee Minutes 11 June 2019

 


Georges River Council - Ordinary Meeting - Monday, 24 June 2019

CCL034-19             Report of the Finance and Governance Committee Meeting held on11 June 2019

[Attachment 1]        Finance and Governance Committee Minutes 11 June 2019

 

 

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Item:                   CCL035-19        Report of the Community and Culture Committee Meeting held on 11 June 2019 

Author:              Head of Executive Services

Directorate:      Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:     Committee Reports

 

 

Recommendation

That the Committee recommendations for items COM018-19 to COM021-19 inclusive, detailed below, be adopted by Council.

COM018-19       Terms of Reference - Community and Culture Standing Committee

That the revised Terms of Reference for the Community and Culture Standing Committee be received and noted.

 

COM019-19       Outgoing Sponsorships and Donations

(a)     That Council approve the event sponsorship request of $1,000 ($1,000 of financial support) to support the Annual Members Exhibition of Oatley 101 Society of Artists to be held at The Masonic Club on Thursday 10 October 2019.

(b)     That Council approve the event sponsorship request of $1,000 ($1,000 of financial support) to support the St George Football Association Allstars event to be held at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium on Saturday 17 August 2019.

(c)     That Council decline the event sponsorship request of $12,000 ($12,000 of financial support) to support the Peakhurst Foodies and Farmers Market to be held on the last Friday of each month over the next 12 months held at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church Peakhurst.

(d)     That future Outgoing Sponsorships and Donations approved by the General Manager under delegated authority continue to be published on Council’s website and be reported through the Councillor Information Bulletin.

 

COM020-19       Youth Literacy Program

That a Youth Literacy Program be launched in 2020 through Georges River Libraries and branded as GRYLA – Georges River Youth Literary Awards.

 

COM021-19       Draft Georges River Cultural Strategy for public exhibition

(a)     That Council approve the draft Georges River Cultural Strategy to be placed on public exhibition for 28 days to facilitate community consultation;

(b)     That a further report be submitted to Council detailing feedback from any public submissions made during the exhibition period, together with any recommended changes to the draft Georges River Cultural Strategy prior to adoption;

(c)     That Council approves the remaining funds of $298,000 are committed in the draft 2019-20 financial year budget for the implementation of the Georges River Cultural Strategy.

 

 

 

File Reference

D19/137786

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Community and Culture Committee Minutes 11 June 2019

 


Georges River Council - Ordinary Meeting - Monday, 24 June 2019

CCL035-19             Report of the Community and Culture Committee Meeting held on 11 June 2019

[Attachment 1]        Community and Culture Committee Minutes 11 June 2019

 

 

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Finance and Governance

Item:                   CCL036-19        2019/20 Operational Plan, 2018/19 - 2020/21 Delivery Program and Updated Resourcing Strategy 

Author:              Senior Corporate Planner and Chief Financial Officer

Directorate:      Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:     Finance and Governance

 

 

Recommendation

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

a.   Draft Delivery Program 2018/19 to 2020/21; and

b.   Draft 2019/20 Operational Plan including the budget, revenue policy and Schedule of Fees and Charges; and

c.   Draft Resourcing Strategy encompassing the Long Term Financial Plan, Workforce Management Plan, Asset Management Strategy and Plan.

          Annexed to this report as Attachments 1 and 2 have been amended as detailed in the         body of this report.

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

a.   Draft Delivery Program 2018/19 to 2020/21; and

b.   Draft 2019/20 Operational Plan including the budget, revenue policy and Schedule of Fees and Charges; and

c.   Draft Resourcing Strategy encompassing the Long Term Financial Plan, Workforce Management Plan, Asset Management Strategy and Plan.

Including the amendments referred to in (a) above, be adopted.

(c)     That subject to the approval of (b) above, the 2019/20 Schedule of Fees and Charges, become effective as at 1 July 2019.

(d)     That the General Manager be delegated authority to make minor editorial changes and enhancements prior to publishing these documents on Council’s website and providing a copy of the Delivery Program and Operational Plan to the Office of Local Government.

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

 

(f)      That Council adopt the proposed 2019/20 Budget strategies/directions outlined in the body of the report.

 

(g)     That, in accordance with Sections 534, 535 and 538 of the Local Government Act 1993, Council makes the following rates and charges for every parcel of rateable land within the Georges River Council Local Government Area for the year commencing 1 July 2019 as detailed in the 2019/20 Operational Plan.

 

 

(h)     That the former Kogarah City Council increase to general income of 2.7% for 2019/20 be adopted.

 

(i)      That in accordance with Section 548 of the Local Government Act 1993, Council make and levy the 2019/20 annual minimum amount of the former Kogarah City Council ordinary rates on each separate parcel of land or assessment to be $942.24.

 

(j)      That in accordance with Sections 493, 494 and 535 of the Local Government Act 1993, Council make and levy the 2019/20 Residential Rate based on the latest valuations (Base Date 1 July 2016) and any supplementary valuations applicable as at 1 July 2019. As such the former Kogarah City Council Residential Rate will be at 0.0012747 cents in the dollar and apply to all properties categorised as Residential.

 

(k)     That in accordance with Section 493 of the Local Government Act 1993, Council make and levy the 2019/20 Business Differential Rate based on the latest valuations (Base Date 1 July 2016) and any supplementary valuations applicable as at 1 July 2019. As such the former Kogarah City Council Business Rate will be at 0.0031519 cents in the dollar and apply to all properties categorised as Business, except for the following subcategories:

(i)       Kogarah CBD Commercial Centre will be 0.0042025 cents in the dollar for 2019/20;

(ii)      Blakehurst CBD Commercial Centre will be 0.0042025 cents in the dollar for 2019/20;

(iii)     Hurstville CBD Commercial Centre will be 0.0042025 cents in the dollar for 2019/20;

(iv)     Oatley CBD Commercial Centre will be 0.0042025 cents in the dollar for 2019/20;

(v)      Ramsgate CBD Commercial Centre will be 0.0042025 cents in the dollar for 2019/20;

(vi)     Blakehurst Industrial Area will be 0.0042025 cents in the dollar for 2019/20;

(vii)    Carlton Industrial Area will be 0.0042025 cents in the dollar for 2019/20; and

(viii)   South Hurstville Industrial Area will be 0.0042025 cents in the dollar for 2019/20.

 

(l)      That the former Hurstville City Council increase to general income of 2.7% for 2019/20 be adopted.

 

(m)    That in accordance with Section 548 of the Local Government Act 1993, Council levy and make the 2019/20 annual minimum amount of the former Hurstville City Council ordinary rates on each separate parcel of land or assessment to be $570.88.

 

(n)     That in accordance with Sections 494 and 535 of the Local Government Act 1993, Council make and levy the 2019/20 Residential Rate based on the latest valuations (Base Date 1 July 2016) and any supplementary valuations applicable as at 1 July 2019. As such the former Hurstville City Council Residential Rate will be at 0.0015895 cents in the dollar and apply to all properties categorised as Residential.

 

 

(o)     That in accordance with Section 493, 494, 495, and 535 of the Local Government Act 1993, Council make and levy the 2019/20 Business Differential Rate based on the latest valuations (Base Data 1 July 2016) and any supplementary valuations applicable as at 1 July 2019. As such the former Hurstville City Council Business Rate will be at 0.0040559 cents in the dollar and apply to all properties categorised as Business. Special rates will be charged on properties in the below business districts, based on the following cents in the dollar:

(i)       Hurstville Town Improvement District will be 0.00056558 cents in the dollar for 2019/20;

(ii)      Mortdale Town Improvement District will be 0.00071067 cents in the dollar for 2019/20; and

(iii)     Riverwood Town Improvement District will be 0.00068983 cents in the dollar for 2019/20.

(p)     That interest charged on overdue rates for the year 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020, be the rate set by the Minister for Local Government of 7.5% per annum, calculated on a daily basis.

 

(q)     That in accordance with Section 496 of the Local Government Act 1993, the annual charges for the former Kogarah City Council Domestic Waste Management be set as $464.88 per annum for 2019/20.

 

(r)      That in accordance with Section 496 of the Local Government Act 1993, the annual charges for the former Hurstville City Council Domestic Waste Management be set as $443.68 per annum for 2019/20.

 

(s)     That Council provide an additional voluntary rebate to eligible pensioners, up to a maximum of $150, applied against the domestic waste management annual charge for the 2019/20 financial year at an approximate cost to Council of $1.2m.

 

 

Executive Summary

1.      This report requests Council’s consideration and adoption of its draft Integrated Planning and Reporting (IPR) documents being the:

a.   Draft Delivery Program 2018/19 to 2020/21;

b.   Draft 2019/20 Operational Plan including the budget, revenue policy and Schedule of Fees and Charges; and

c.   Draft Resourcing Strategy encompassing the Long Term Financial Plan, Workforce Management Plan, Asset Management Strategy and Plan.

    as amended, following the public exhibition period.

2.      The report provides an overview of the submissions received, copies of which have been provided to Councillors, and Council’s response.

 

Background

3.      Local councils in NSW undertake their planning and reporting activities in accordance with the Local Government Act 1993 and the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005.

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

5.      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.

6.      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.

Public Exhibition

7.      Public exhibition of the draft documents ran from 1 May 2019 to 5 June 2019 (35 days). Notification of the public exhibition including invitations to provide comment occurred as follows:

·    Information and copies of the documents were placed on Council’s website under the ‘Have Your Say’ and ‘Public Exhibitions’ pages.

·    Advertisements were placed in the St George Leader under the Public Exhibitions section on 8 May 2019, 15 May 2019 and 22 May 2019.

·    Information and hard copies of all documents were available for viewing in Council’s Service Centres and Council’s libraries.

·    Members of Council’s ‘Your Say’ site were notified of the public exhibition through – two eNewsletters – 14 and 28 May.

·    Promoted at the Community Open Day - Meet Your Ward Councillors at Mortdale Community Centre on Saturday 4 May 2019.

·    Three social media posts.

8.      17 unique submissions were received from 14 individuals and community groups. 4 of these submissions were received from the same individual.

9.      Councillors were provided with a full copy of the submissions following the 13 June 2019 Councillor Briefing.

 

Summary of Issues Raised – Public Exhibition

·    Former Oatley Bowling Club/Skate Park creation - 9 submissions related to the former Oatley Bowling Club site in Myles Dunphy Reserve with 8 of these submissions in support of the $1.3m budget allocation for creation of a skate park at one of two proposed sites – former Oatley Bowling Club or Olds Park. The remaining submission on this topic queried the progress of remediation works at the site.

Response – Council has acknowledged the submissions it received in support of the skate park creation. Council is currently developing a brief for a contamination management plan, specifications, review of environmental factors and cost estimates in order to remediate Lot 100 at the Oatley Bowling Club site. It is intended to issue the Request for Quote for the contamination plan and specifications in early July 2019 and hold a site visit for prospective contractors the following week. The contamination plan and specifications will then be utilised to go out to tender for the works to remediate the site. The project should be completed in the 2019/20 financial year.

 

 

·    Tree Planting – 3 submissions were received related to tree planting with 2 of these indicating support of Councils performance indicators relating to tree planting and bush regeneration. 1 submission specifically related to the tree canopy and the interference of power lines, which are a state government issue.

Response –
Council has noted the support for its changes to performance indicators relating to tree planting. Council is not responsible for the electricity supply network and the interference of power lines with the tree canopy rests with the NSW government and the local energy authority Ausgrid. Council has, however been proactive in increasing ‘undergrounding’ of power lines where this can be achieved as part of large scale urban redevelopment in our town centres. Among a number of benefits, this has allowed Council to plant suitable tree species in these areas which will provide improved canopy cover and reduce the heat island effect.  

·    Accessibility and Translation Services - 1 submission was received highlighting the need for interpreter/translation services in Council communications and at major engagement activities. 

Response - Council’s website offers a content translation service using Google Translate and promotes Council’s Translation and Interpreter Telephone Service on the footer of every webpage across the platform. Community members are welcome to request a translator be present when they RSVP to council community engagement events. Council is also embarking on redesigning its key strategic documents to include a brief summary translated into the top 4 community languages spoken with the local government area.

·    Urban Forest Strategy and Canopy Enhancement Program – 2 submissions were received querying the implementation timeframes for these projects given an Urban Forest Strategy could not be located on the Council website.

Response - Council adopted a Tree Management Policy on 23 April 2019 which included a target for urban tree canopy of 40% by 2038. The Tree Management Policy also included key outcomes from the Vegetation Mapping Report including the identification of parks/reserves suitable for additional tree planting and street networks for tree planning to create biodiversity corridors linking existing areas of public open space to achieve the urban canopy target. In effect the Tree Management Policy is the Urban Forest Strategy and the implementation of the 40% urban tree canopy target will be achieved via the Canopy Enhancement Program.

·    Circular economy and environmental initiatives - 1 submission was received concerning the Asset Management Plan in the Resourcing Strategy, querying Council’s plan for embedding the circular economy and Council’s recycling, waste management and energy use aspirations.

 

Response – Since amalgamation, Council has tendered many of its regular contract works. In assessment of tenders, local area economic outcomes are part of the assessment process and examples of this are now in place. This is providing savings in overall distance travelled and positive impacts on the local economy. Council’s current waste processing contracts contain requirements for general waste to be processed using alternate waste technology to increase resource recovery and reduce reusable materials being deposited in landfill. Funding has been included in the 2019/20 budget to develop a Waste Minimisation Strategy which will guide future actions to achieve waste diversion targets set by the NSW Government. The practicalities and feasibility of suggestions such as recycling collection bins for libraries, batteries, mobiles etc will be considered as part of the Waste Minimisation Strategy. Council currently uses up to 30% recycled materials in road base and base course construction. Council has recently trialled the use of up to 15% recycled material in asphalt wearing course. There is considerable research being undertaken in the road construction industry on the use of recycled materials and Georges River Council will continue to take part in trials to allow advancements in this industry overtime.

 

·    Environmental pollution complaints - 1 submission was received suggesting Council exceeded its performance target for percentage of environmental pollution complaints responded to within two (2) business days.

Response – Whilst Council has exceeded its target by the end of last year; the current target of 75% is achievable with the existing resources available and any increase in the performance indicator would require a commensurate increased in resources. The staff responsible for investigating environmental pollution incidents are also responsible for food and public health regulation which are experiencing an increase in the number of premises required to be inspected, which adds further demands on time.

 

·    Renewable energy - 1 submission was received requesting a new performance indicator - % Council’s operational energy from renewable sources including onsite solar generation.

 

Response -  A report is currently being prepared following Council’s consideration of on a Notice of Motion from its meeting on 23 April 2019 “Working Towards Net Zero Emissions in Georges River Local Government Area”, which will address a number of options to use renewable energy and reduce emissions. The Notice of Motion requested a report be prepared 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.

The outcome of this report will lead to the creation of performance indicators for renewable energy and carbon emissions for the 2020/2021 Operational Plan.

·    Peakhurst Industrial Estate - 1 submission was received asking for an environmental audit of the Peakhurst Industrial Estate.

 

Response - Council at its meeting on 13 August 2018 considered a report (ENV029-18) on this matter and resolved:

“That council not commence an environmental audit program of the Peakhurst Industrial Estate (PIA) until funding and resourcing of the program is identified through grant funding or via an approved business case to be considered as part of the 2019/20 budget process.”

Since the report was presented to Council, staff have attempted to seek grant funding opportunities to fund the program, however no suitable grant funding has been identified. There is insufficient information available at present to prepare a business case to be considered as part of the 2019/20 budget process.

·    Georges River 2050 Vision – 1 submission was received querying Council’s ability to implement key projects from the Georges River 2050 Vision in 2019/20 given the development of the vision is scheduled for the same year as the development of the key projects.

Response – The information in the draft Operational Plan is correct. In 2019/20 Council will continue to develop the Georges River 2050 Vision and will commence the implementation of foundational projects from the vision.


· Long Term Financial Plan – 1 submission was received on the Long Term Financial Plan and Budget covering a wide range of queries.

Response – Given the detailed enquiries relating to the budget this submission has been responded to individually.

· Workforce Management Plan – 1 submission was received querying the lack of a plan for facilitating continued employment of mature aged workers.

Response - Council recently developed, and is implementing, our Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Diversity and Inclusion Plan 2019-2021.  We are committed to building, maintaining and valuing a diverse workforce that includes mature aged workers.  Council embraces the diversity of our employees, such as different cultural backgrounds, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, age, gender identity or sexual orientation. The EEO, Diversity and Inclusion Plan comprises of various Action Plans for different demographics to demonstrate our commitment to having diversity and inclusion through: Recruitment, Including, Developing and Leadership activities. This includes a specific Action Plan for the mature aged workforce, developing ways to further encourage mature aged workers to apply to work at Council and retain the existing mature aged workforce.

· Budget - 2 submissions were received from the same individual requesting a more detailed budget in the Operational Plan. One of these submissions requested financial information be reformatted from the current 6 pillar approach into 57 different service/activity based sections in the Operational Plan.

Response –the Integrated Planning and Reporting Manual allows Council the flexibility to develop their Operational Plans to best suit the existing business systems they operate. Based on current systems and processes, Council has prepared a comprehensive corporate operational budget and detailed listing on the four year Capital Program contained on pages 61-79. In addition, Council has provided a detailed split of the budget by strategic pillars within the draft Operational Plan.

 

 

Financial Report

2019/20 Budget Development

10.    The development of the 2019/20 Budget commenced with Councillors in March 2019. After 5 briefings and public exhibition from 1 May 2019 to 5 June 2019, the 2019/20 Budget, Fees and Charges and other relevant financial information is presented for adoption based on (but not limited to) the following strategies/directions:

·    Employee costs budget frozen at 2018/19 level, with the Award increase absorbed

·    Materials, contracts and consultants reduced by $3.8m

·    Eligible Fees and Charges frozen at 2018/19 increase of 3%

·    Structuring of the Capital Works Program expenditure consistent with the 4 year program and aligned to grant and reserve funding sources

·    Continuation of the Councillor Discretionary Ward Fund

·    The additional voluntary pensioner rebate up to a maximum of $150, to be applied against the domestic waste management annual charge for the 2019/20 financial year (increased from a maximum of $75 for previous financial years).

·    2019/20 festive period annual close down for non-essential services

·    Seeking an increase to Council’s rate revenue

·    Closing the gap between expenditure and income.

 

11.    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 the 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.

 

2019/20 Budget Changes Post Public Exhibition

12.    During the public exhibition period, Council was notified of a number of mandatory changes required from regulatory authorities. These changes included:

·    Significant increase of $227,000 to a total of $2.341m for Council’s Emergency Service Levy contribution. This increase has been offset by a reduction to Council’s consultancy budget.

·    Section 603 certificate fee increased by $5 to $85

·    Companion animal registrations fees had various increases:

o Desexed animal increased by $1 to $58

o Breeder (Recognised) concession increased by $1 to $58

o Pensioner concession (desexed animal only) increased by $1 to $25

o Pound/Shelter animal 50% discount (desexed) increased by 50c to $29

o Late fee increased by $1 to $16

o Non desexed by the relevant desexing age and is not kept by a recognised breeder for breeding purposes, an additional fee of $152 (increased from $150).

 

Background Pensioner Rate Rebate and Domestic Waste Management Charge

13.    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 of this rebate on Council. Council’s income reduction from the mandatory rebate rate equates to approximately $900,000 (45% of the total). 

14.    In addition to the mandatory pensioner rebate, Council resolved in July 2016 to expand the former Hurstville Council Voluntary Pensioner Rebate of up to $75 across the entire Local Government Area (LGA), which equates to an approximate cost to Council of $600,000.

15.    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.”

 

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

17.    As a result, an additional voluntary pensioner rebate up to a maximum of $150, to be applied against the domestic waste management annual charge for the 2019/20 financial year (increased from a maximum of $75 for previous financial years) has been proposed, at an approximate cost to Council of $1.2m.

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

19.    Based on the changes to the voluntary pensioner rebate, the 2019/20 domestic waste service will have a forecast surplus of $4.6m transferred to the Domestic Waste Management Reserve. The surplus also consists of $580,000 in forecast interest income generated from the investment of funds from the Domestic Waste Management Reserve.

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

21.    The Domestic Waste Management Charge is a volatile service in terms of cost management for Council as there are factors outside our control. These include, but are not limited to, tipping fees, waste contract costs and international policies on waste management. This reinforces the need for an annual review of the charge and the voluntary pensioner rebate during the budget process.

22.    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 additional voluntary pensioner rebate will be deducted from this charge, based on pensioner eligibility.

 

Financial Implications

 

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

 

Risk Implications

 

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

Community Engagement

25.   Community engagement was conducted which is listed under the sub-heading of ‘Public Exhibition’ in the body of this report.

 

 

File Reference

SF19/660

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Attachment 1 - Draft Delivery Program and Operational Plan - published in separate document

Attachment 2

Attachment 2 - Draft Resourcing Strategy - published in separate document

  


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Notices of Motion

Item:          NM039-19            Potential Construction of a Basketball Stadium within Georges                       River Local Government Area

Councillor:       Councillor Elmir 

 

MOTION:

That, following consideration of the recommendations arising from the draft Georges River Open Space, Recreation and Community Facilities Strategy 2019, the General Manager prepare a report to Council which addresses, amongst other things:

(i)         The current and future demand for indoor court facilities within the Georges River area;

(ii)        The range of indoor sport and recreation activities that currently occur within the Local Government Area (LGA);

(iii)       The existing demand for indoor court hire and availability within the LGA;

(iv)       Potential future locations and site requirements to accommodate a new basketball stadium for use as the headquarters of the St George Basketball Association;

(v)        The estimated land acquisition and construction costs for any new basketball stadium;

(vi)       The level of financial assistance that the St George Basketball Association would be willing to contribute towards the cost of construction of any new stadium facility; and

(vii)      Potential grant funding opportunities that may be available from the State and/or Federal government.

 

 

 

Director’s Comment

The draft Georges River Open Space, Recreation and Community Facilities Strategy 2019 currently recommends that when the additional courts at the Penshurst Sporting Hub (Johnny Warren Indoor Sports Centre) reach peak capacity, Council undertake a feasibility study for an additional multi-court indoor facility at another location, with a minimum of three courts. The study should determine the facility mix, use, location, capital and operational cost, and management arrangements.  This Strategy has not yet been adopted by Council.

 

 

Financial Implications

Should Council resolve to support this Motion, the financial implications for any potential construction of a basketball stadium will be provided in a future report to Council.

 

File Reference

D19/136853

 

 

 

  


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Item:          NM040-19  Georges River Council's Celebration of Diversity - Pride Month 2019

Councillor:       Councillor Grekas 

 

MOTION:

a)   That, in support of our diverse community, Council acknowledge the success of the 2019 Pride Month program and congratulate Council officers on their efforts in delivering the program.

 

b)   That, to build upon the achievements of the Pride Month program, the General Manager prepares a report that investigates the delivery of an expanded program of annual events focused on promoting and celebrating the diversity of the Georges River community.

 

c)   That the report address, amongst other things:

 

i.    The range of annual events and programs that currently support the demographics of the Georges River local government area;               

ii.   The implications for the promotion and marketing of an expanded Diversity Program;

iii.  The feasibility of creating strong community partnerships for the delivery of an expanded Diversity Program; and

iv.  The financial implications of an expanded Diversity Program.

 

 

 

Director’s Comment

Council’s adopted Community Strategic Plan 2018 - 2028, Events Strategy 2018, Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2017 and the corporate Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan 2019 currently recognise diversity within the Georges River community.  Funding for the implementation of those strategies (such as activities, events and promotions) is allocated annually in Council’s budget.

 

 

Financial Implications

Should Council resolve to support this Motion, the financial implications for the potential expansion of the program will be provided in a future report.

 

File Reference

D19/137169

 

 

 

  


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Item:          NM041-19  Penshurst Long Day Care Centre - National Recognition of High                    Quality Child Care

Councillor:       Councillor Tegg 

 

MOTION:

 

(a)     That Council acknowledge and congratulate the Penshurst Long Day Care and Children’s Services team.  The team achieved an overall rating of ‘Exceeding Industry Standards’ in Council’s first early childhood Assessment and Rating for 2019 when measured against the new National Quality Standards through the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority.

 

(b)     That the ‘Exceeding Industry Standards’ rating be included in all promotional collateral for Penshurst Long Day Care Centre.

 

 

 

Director’s Comment

This rating and assessment was undertaken in accordance with the Education and Care Services National Regulations and results from Council’s commitment to the provision of high quality programming for children as adopted in our Children’s Services Strategic Plan 2017-2020 and the National Quality Standards.  

 

 

Financial Implications

No financial/budget impact for this recommendation.

 

File Reference

D19/138037

 

 

  


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Item:          NM042-19            Masterplan for Hurstville Memorial Square

Councillor:       Councillor Wu 

 

MOTION:

 

That the General Manager provide a report to Council on the estimated cost to fund the preparation of a Masterplan for Hurstville Memorial Square in Forest Road, Hurstville to facilitate a future upgrade of the existing Square.

 

 

 

Director’s Comment

There is currently no Plan of Management or Masterplan for Hurstville Memorial Square and the Square has not been upgraded since 2002.  Council is advised that it is an opportune time to re-design the Square having regard to the current trial of smart city technology and the recently opened Hurstville Plaza (to ensure it meets the current and future needs of the community and does not detract from the improvement to the public domain created by the newly constructed Plaza).

 

Financial Implications

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

 

File Reference

D19/139274

 

 

 

   


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Questions with Notice

Item:                   QWN006-19  NSW Government - Commencement of Level 1 Water Restrictions in Georges River  

Councillor:       Councillor Liu

 

COUNCILLOR QUESTIONS

The NSW government recently introduced water restrictions (Water Wise Rules) to all Sydney Water customers in Sydney, the Illawarra and Blue Mountains. This includes residents, businesses, local councils and government agencies.

1.      How do the level 1 water restrictions apply to Georges River Council?  Is Council restricted in water usage similar to residents or are our facilities exempt (e.g.: watering of turf at Gannons and other sports fields)?  Does Council enjoy exemptions?

 

2.      What is Council’s role in enforcing the restrictions?  Do our rangers work with Sydney Water, the Police, etc?

 

3.      Can Council participate in the public education campaign, and if so, how can we assist the NSW government in that campaign?

OFFICER RESPONSE

1.      The current level 1 water restrictions apply to everyone in Sydney, the Blue Mountains and the Illawarra. This includes local councils.

 

Certain non-residential customers (such as councils), who use water outdoors, may be able to qualify for an exemption to the restrictions.

 

Council has applied for and received exemptions on the following facilities;

 

Tier 1 Premium Sports

·    Netstrata Jubilee Stadium

·    Hurstville Oval

·    Hurstville Golf Course

·    Gannons Park

·    Harold Fraser Oval

·    Olds Park

·    Oatley Park

·    Kyle Bay Bowling Club

 

Tier 2 Sporting Fields

·    Claydon Reserve

·    Parkside Reserve

·    Carss Park Flats

·    Todd Park

·    Merriman ‘The Green’ Reserve

·    Hurstville Rd Reserve (Quarry Reserve)

·    Renown Park

·    Poulton Park (the one remaining turf field)

 

2.      Water Restrictions are declared under the Sydney Water Regulation, 2017 by the Minister for Water, Property and Housing and only authorised officers appointed by the Minister under the Sydney Water Act, 1994 may enforce water restrictions.

          Currently only staff employed by Sydney Water Corporation are authorised by the Minister and therefore Council has no power to enforce the restrictions.

 

3.      The Council has a key role to play in disseminating information and helping residents and businesses to understand how the restrictions apply to them and what action they can take to not waste water.  Council can do this through all our current communication channels, including the website, community magazine, e-news, Facebook, twitter, WeChat, rates notices, etc.  Council can also offer translation assistance if required. 

All action taken will support the work of Sydney Water and therefore it is recommended that Council commence a community information campaign in consultation with Sydney Water to assist in the broader dissemination of information.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That the information be received and noted.

 

 

 


Questions with Notice

Item:                   QWN007-19  Heavy Vehicle Parking in Georges River Local Government Area  

Councillor:       Councillor Symington

 

 

COUNCILLOR QUESTION

 

In July 2018 Council resolved to write to the Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, the Hon. Melinda Pavey MP and the Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Infrastructure, Member for Oatley, Mark Coure MP, requesting the urgent review of fines for heavy vehicles or long vehicles which park in built up areas beyond the one hour limit permitted by Road Rules 2014, with a view to introducing a tiered penalty system.

 

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

 

Council also wrote to the Minister for the Environment, Local Government and Heritage, the Hon. Gabrielle Upton MP and the Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Infrastructure, Member for Oatley, Mark Coure MP requesting that the Protection of the Environment Operations (Noise Control) Regulation 2017 be amended to include vehicles over 4.5 tonnes and that idle for a certain length of time.  All local members were also requested to support Council in relation to both Ministerial representations.

 

Could I be provided with an update on the status of these matters and the NSW government’s response?

 

OFFICER RESPONSE

In March and June 2019 Council received responses from the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) on behalf of the Minister for the Environment and also from the Member for Oatley (refer Attachment 1).

 

The correspondence from the EPA indicates a lack of understanding of the issues faced by local councils when implementing the relevant road rules and indicates no interest in pursuing any further reforms.  The position of the EPA is that the current legislative framework provides a sufficient basis for councils to deal with parking and noise issues associated with heavy vehicles in residential areas and suggests that Council should consider applying parking restrictions on local roads as a method to manage these issues.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That the information be received and noted.

 

 


ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Representation - EPA obo Gabrielle Upton MP - Response to Gail Connolly - Penalty Notices for Heavy Vehicles

Attachment 2

Representation - Mark Coure MP - Response to Gail Connolly - Penalty Notices for Heavy Vehicles - Referred to Hon. Damien Tudehope MLC

Attachment 3

Representation - Mark Coure MP - Response to Gail Connolly - Penalty Notices for Heavy Vehicles - Referred to Hon. Matt Kean MP


Georges River Council – Ordinary Council Meeting - Monday, 24 June 2019

QWN007-19           Heavy Vehicle Parking in Georges River Local Government Area

[Attachment 1]        Representation - EPA obo Gabrielle Upton MP - Response to Gail Connolly - Penalty Notices for Heavy Vehicles

 

 

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Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting - Monday, 24 June 2019

QWN007-19           Heavy Vehicle Parking in Georges River Local Government Area

[Attachment 2]        Representation - Mark Coure MP - Response to Gail Connolly - Penalty Notices for Heavy Vehicles - Referred to Hon. Damien Tudehope MLC

 

 

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Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting - Monday, 24 June 2019

QWN007-19           Heavy Vehicle Parking in Georges River Local Government Area

[Attachment 3]        Representation - Mark Coure MP - Response to Gail Connolly - Penalty Notices for Heavy Vehicles - Referred to Hon. Matt Kean MP

 

 

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