MINUTES


Council Meeting

 

Monday, 22 July 2019

 

 

Dragon Room, Civic Centre, Hurstville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Georges River Council – Minutes of Council Meeting - Monday, 22 July 2019

Page 1

 

Present

Council Members

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

 

Council Staff

General Manager - Ms Gail Connolly, Director Assets and Infrastructure - Mr Laurie O’Connor, Director Environment and Planning - Ms Meryl Bishop, Director Community and Culture - Ms Rebekah Schulz, Director Business and Corporate Services - Mr David Tuxford, Director City Strategy and Innovation - Ms Sue Weatherley, Manager Office of the General Manager - Ms Roxanne Thornton and Personal Assistant to Manager Office of the General Manager - Ann-Marie Svorinic.

 

Opening

The Mayor, Councillor Kevin Greene, opened the meeting at 7.03pm.

 

National Anthem

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

 

Prayer

Reverend Peter Greenwood, of St Mark’s Anglican Church South Hurstville, offered a prayer at the meeting.

 

Acknowledgement of Country

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

 

Apologies  

RESOLVED: Councillor Tegg and Councillor Kastanias

That apologies be accepted and leave of absence granted for Councillor Grekas and Councillor Symington.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

Notice of Webcasting

The Mayor advised staff and the public that the meeting is being recorded for minute-taking purposes and is also webcast live on Council’s website, in accordance with section 4 of Council’s Code of Meeting Practice. This recording will be made available on Council’s Website.

 

Code of Meeting Practice

The order of business is as shown in the agenda.

 

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

 

Disclosures of Interest

Councillor Badalati disclosed a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary interest on item CCL040-19 Report of the Environment and Planning Committee meeting held on 08 July 2019 (ENV026-19 – Planning Proposal 2017/0001- 84D Roberts Avenue Mortdale – Results of Public Exhibition) -  for the reason that he met with the Directors of the company a number of years ago.

 

The Mayor, Councillor Greene disclosed a Significant Non-Pecuniary interest on item CCL040-19 Report of the Environment and Planning Committee meeting held on 08 July 2019 (ENV025-19 - Hurstville Oval and Timothy Reserve Plan of Management and Masterplan) – for the reason that he is the President of the St George District Cricket Club, who is a significant user of the facility.

 

Councillor Hindi disclosed a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary interest on item CCL040-19 Report of the Environment and Planning Committee meeting held on 08 July 2019 (ENV024-19 Planning Proposal for Low Rise Medium Density Residential Code – Results of Community Consultation) – for the reason that he owns property within the Local Government Area, which may or may not be affected by this proposal. This disclosure was provided verbally.

 

Public Forum

There were no registered speakers.

 

Confirmation of Minutes of previous meetings

Council Meeting - 24 June 2019

RESOLVED:              Councillor Hindi and Councillor Agius

That the Minutes of the Council Meeting held on 24 June 2019 be adopted.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

  

 

 

Mayoral Minute

MM013-19         100th Anniversary of St Mark's Church, South Hurstville

(The Mayor, Councillor Greene)

RESOLVED:              The Mayor, Councillor Greene and Councillor Elmir

That Council acknowledges the 100th anniversary of St Mark’s Church, South Hurstville, and congratulates the current Rector, the Reverend Peter Greenwood and St Mark’s Church parish on this important milestone.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

 

 


MM014-19         National and International Representation by Members of St George District Athletic Club

(The Mayor, Councillor Greene)

RESOLVED:              The Mayor, Councillor Greene and Councillor Elmir

That Council congratulate Nicole Harris, Andrew Goschnik and Lauren Casey on their representation of Australia and approve a donation of $400 to the St George District Athletic Club to support young local athletes, in accordance with the Georges River Council Grants, Donations and Sponsorship Policy 2018.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

 

 

MM015-19         Georges River Council Charity and Pro Am Legends Golf Days - Funds Recipient

(The Mayor, Councillor Greene)

RESOLVED:              The Mayor, Councillor Greene and Councillor Elmir

That Council donate the funds raised from the November 2019 Pro Am Legends Golf Day and March 2020 Council Charity Golf Day to the St George and Sutherland Medical Research Foundation.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


MM016-19         Recognition of Service - Superintendent Julian Griffiths, St George Police Area Command

(The Mayor, Councillor Greene)

RESOLVED:              The Mayor, Councillor Greene and Councillor Kastanias

That Council recognise the outstanding service provided by Superintendent Julian Griffiths to the Georges River community and to the Council and wish him well in his new role at the Camden Police Area Command.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

 

MM017-19         NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption - Public Inquiry Into Lobbying Practices

(Report by The Mayor, Councillor Greene)

RESOLVED:              The Mayor, Councillor Greene and Councillor Elmir

That Councillors and Council officers be advised that they can assist LGNSW in its submission to the ICAC Public Inquiry into lobbying practices in NSW, by completing the LGNSW survey before 5pm on 2 August 2019.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

 

 Condolences

·         Councillor Badalati expressed condolences on the passing of Beverly Hills resident, Mrs Betty Evers, on 14 July 2019, aged 86.

 

Betty Evers and her husband Mervyn were very active in the local community since moving to Beverly Hills in 1973.  Mrs Evers was instrumental in the campaign for a pedestrian underpass at Kingsgrove and was also involved in trying to save the pedestrian crossing at Tooronga Terrace.

 

Betty’s funeral will be held on Friday 26 July 2019.  Councillor Badalati requested that the Mayor send a letter of condolences, on behalf of Council, to her family.

 

·         The Mayor, Councillor Greene expressed condolences on the passing of Mr Jack Haran, who was very well known in the Penshurst community.  The Mayor and Councillor Badalati attended his funeral, which was held on Monday 15 July 2019.

Mr Haran was a great servant of the community, particularly with the Penshurst RSL Youth Club over many years, and was a staunch member of the Penshurst branch of the Australian Labor Party.   Council extends its condolences to Mr Haran’s widow, Betty, and his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 

Council observed a moments silence as a mark of respect for those who have passed.

Committee Reports

CCL037-19       Report of the Assets and Infrastructure Committee Meeting held on 8 July 2019

(Report by Head of Executive Services)

RESOLVED:              Councillor Tegg and Councillor Konjarski

That the Committee recommendations for items ASS019-19 to ASS023-19 inclusive, detailed below, be adopted by Council.

 

ASS019-19        Georges River Traffic Advisory Committee Meeting - 2 July 2019

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

 

ASS020-19        Tender for Tree Removal, Pruning & Stump Grinding Services - T19/007

(a)     That Council resolves, in accordance with Section 178 of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 (NSW) to accept the Tenders from Tree Serve, All Australian Arbor Services Pty Ltd, Asplundh Tree Expert and Sydney Arbor Trees Pty Ltd as the Principal Contractors under the Contract Number T19/007, subject to satisfactory outcome of the financial assessment.

(b)     That Council inform the unsuccessful tenderers of the resolution.

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

 

ASS021-19        Tender for Cleaning and Inspection of Gross Pollutant Traps and Ancillary Services - SSROC 2018-02

(a)     That, under Section 178 (1) (a) of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005, Council endorses the recommendation by the SSROC to adopt a panel of contractors for the provision of Stormwater Management Services including Cleaning and Inspection of Gross Pollutant Traps and Ancillary Services.

(b)     That the General Manager be authorised to sign contracts on behalf of Council with the recommended primary contractor and with any of the other preferred contractors as required to meet the Council’s requirements.

 

ASS022-19        Catering and Hospitality Services Agreement - Netstrata Jubilee                                Stadium

(a)     That Council, in accordance with Section 178 of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 (NSW), accepts a Tender from Venues Live as agent for Venues New South Wales for the Netstrata Jubilee Stadium Catering and Hospitality Services contract for a period of 3 years with an option for a further 2 years commencing 4 August 2019.

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

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

 

ASS023-19        T18/063 Tender for the Refurbishment of the Riverwood Park Sports Amenities Building

(a)     That Council, in accordance with Section 178 of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 (NSW), accepts the Tender from Matrix Group Co Pty Ltd, in the amount of $809,915.00 (excluding GST), after having regard to all the circumstances, as the Tender that appears to be the most advantageous and appoint Matrix Group Co Pty Ltd as the Principal Contractor under the Contract Number T18/063 Tender for the Refurbishment Park Sports Amenities Buildings.

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

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

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

 


CCL038-19       Report of the Community and Culture Committee Meeting held on 8 July 2019

(Report by Head of Executive Services)

RESOLVED:              Councillor Katris and Councillor Badalati

That the Committee recommendations for items COM022-19 to COM028-19 inclusive, detailed below, be adopted by Council.

 

COM022-19       Minutes of the Economic Development Advisory Committee Meeting Tuesday 18 June 2019

That Council adopts the recommendations as noted in the Minutes of the Economic Development Advisory Committee Meeting held on Tuesday 18 June 2019, and:

1.   Noted the resignation of Councillor Warren Tegg from the committee and thanked him for his contribution (item EDC010-19).

2.   Recommended the appointment of Ms Sonia Fenton as the hospitality representative and thanked the other candidate for his interest (item EDC011-19).

 

COM023-19       Stronger Communities Funding Update

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

(b)     That Council continue to receive regular reports on the remaining Stronger Communities Fund projects still in progress;

(c)     That Council note that the total interest accrued between 1 July 2018 and 31 May 2019, and remaining funds from completed projects, to a total of $349,640 is allocated to the Community Amenities Building, Peakhurst Park and Gannons Park Stage 3 works in accordance with the Stronger Community Fund Guidelines.

 

COM024-19       Amendments to the Christmas Lights Competition Policy

That Council note the updated Christmas Lights Competition Policy, following community consultation.

 

COM025-19       Outgoing Sponsorship and Donations

(a)     That consistent with the Georges River Council Events Strategy and determinations in previous years, Council approve event sponsorship of $20,000 ($6,570 financial value, $13,430 in-kind value) to support the Lugarno Lions Spring Festival to be held at Peakhurst Park on Sunday 15 September 2019.

(b)     That Council approve event sponsorship of $10,000 ($7,464 financial value, $2,536 in-kind value) to support the Love Local Artisan Market event to be held at Claydon Reserve Sans Souci on Saturday 12 October 2019.

(c)     That consistent with the Georges River Council Events Strategy and determinations in previous years, Council approve the event sponsorship request of $20,000 ($15,890 financial value, $4,110 in-kind value) to support the Oatley Village Festival to be held at Oatley Memorial Gardens on Saturday 19 October 2019.

 

COM026-19       Improvements to the Website for Our Diverse Community

(a)     That Council endorse the continued use of Google Translate as the preferred translation tool on Council’s website.

(b)     That Council’s key strategic documents be modified to include a summary presented in the top four community languages in the Georges River area.

(c)     That Council continues to modify the content of the website for continuous improvement to achieve greater accessibility.

(d)     That the General Manager investigates the feasibility of a website refresh which exceeds the AA accessibility rating, providing a more innovative and interactive digital presence, and offering our customers a seamless user experience that further strengthens Council’s brand.

 

COM027-19       Georges River Night Time Economy Strategy

That Council endorse the process, as outlined in this report, to develop the Georges River Night Time Economy Strategy.

 

COM028-19       Draft Georges River Community Engagement Strategy 2018-2028

(a)     That the Draft Georges River Community Engagement Strategy 2018-2028 be approved for public exhibition for a period of 28 days. 

(b)     That submissions received as part of the public exhibition of the Draft Georges River Community Engagement Strategy 2018-2028 be presented to Council for consideration as part of the adoption of this document.

 

 

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

 

CCL039-19       Report of the Finance and Governance Committee Meeting held on 8 July 2019

(Report by Head of Executive Services)

RESOLVED:              Councillor Badalati and Councillor Hindi

That the Committee recommendations for FIN048-19 to FIN050-19 inclusive, detailed below, be adopted by Council.

 

FIN048-19                   Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee Minutes from 18 February 2019

That the Minutes of the Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee Meeting held on the 18 February 2019 be noted.

 

FIN049-19                   Investment Report as at 31 May 2019

That Council receive and note the contents of the Investment Report as at 31 May 2019.

 

FIN050-19                   Local Government NSW (LGNSW) 2019 Annual Conference - Voting                         Delegates and Submission of Motions

 

(a)     That Councillors interested in attending the 2019 Local Government NSW Annual Conference, express their interest in an email to the General Manager before 09 September 2019.

(b)     That Council review and confirm motions, to be submitted for the LGNSW Conference, at the Council meeting of 26 August 2019.

(c)     That Council note that the General Manager will nominate staff to attend the Conference.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

 


 

 

CCL040-19       Report of the Environment and Planning Committee Meeting held on 8 July 2019

(Report by Head of Executive Services)

RESOLVED:              Councillor Hindi and Councillor Kastanias

That the Committee recommendations for items ENV023-19, ENV024-19 and ENV026-19 inclusive, detailed below, be adopted by Council.

 

ENV023-19       Report on Submissions - Landmark Square Precinct Planning Proposal & Development Control Plan

(a)       That Council note the submissions received during the public exhibition of the Planning Proposal PP2015/0001;

 

(b)       That Council note the following amendments to the report – ENV023-19:

a.   Figure 6 in Paragraph 31 indicates two references AA1 and AA2 for the height of 65m – it should only reference AA1, and

b.   Paragraph 34 should reference “hotel accommodation” as per the exhibited Planning Proposal and not “tourist and visitor accommodation”;

 

(c)        That Council adopt the proposed amendments to Hurstville Local Environmental Plan 2012 as exhibited in relation to the Landmark Square Precinct at 53-75 Forest Road, 108-126 Durham Street and 9 Roberts Lane, Hurstville to:

 

a) To amend the Land Zoning Map to rezone the site from IN2 Light Industrial and part R2 Low Density Residential to B4 Mixed Use;

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

(e)       That Council resolve in accordance with Clause 21(1)(b) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000, to adopt Amendment No. 10 to DCP No. 2 – Hurstville City Centre, subject to amendments outlined in this report;

 

(f)        That Council give public notice of the decision to adopt Amendment No. 10 to DCP No. 2 – Hurstville City Centre in the local newspaper in accordance with Clause 21(2) and (4) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000;

 

(f)      That the Department of Planning and Environment be advised of Council’s decision to adopt Amendment No. 10 to DCP No. 2 – Hurstville City Centre in accordance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979;

 

(g)       That Council endorse the General Manager to make minor modifications to any numerical, typographical, interpretation and formatting errors, if required, in the finalisation of the draft plans;

 

(h)       That all persons who made a submission to the Planning Proposal and Amendment No. 10 to DCP No. 2 – Hurstville City Centre be advised of Council’s decision;

 

(i)         That Council withdraw the Planning Proposal known as the ‘Roberts Lane Road Widening Planning Proposal’ (PP2018/0002) which sought to amend the Hurstville Local Environmental Plan 2012 in relation to 53 Forest Road, 108 Durham Street and 9 Roberts Lane to:

a)   Amend the Land Reservation Acquisition Map to include a 3m wide local road widening along the Roberts Lane boundary; and

b)   Amend Clause 5.1 Relevant acquisition authority to nominate Council as the relevant acquisition authority to acquire the land for local road widening; and

 

(j)         That Council address the road widening of Roberts Lane through amendments to Amendment No. 10 to DCP No.        2 – Hurstville City Centre and inclusion in the future Georges River Local Environmental Plan 2020.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:            The Mayor, Councillor Greene and Councillors Agius, Badalati,                                                 Elmir, Hindi, Kastanias, Katris, Konjarski, Liu, Tegg and Wu

Against the Motion:   Councillors Landsberry and Payor

 

On being Put to the meeting, voting was eleven (11) votes FOR and two (2) votes AGAINST. The Motion was CARRIED.

 

ENV024-19       Planning Proposal for Low Rise Medium Density Residential Code - Results of Community Consultation

 

 

Note:     Councillor Hindi disclosed a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary interest on item CCL040-19 Report of the Environment and Planning Committee meeting held on 08 July 2019 (ENV024-19 Planning Proposal for Low Rise Medium Density Residential Code – Results of Community Consultation) – for the reason that he owns property within the Local Government Area, which may or may not be affected by this proposal. This disclosure was provided verbally.

 

(a)     That Council note the submissions received to the exhibition of the Planning Proposal PP2018/0001.

(b)     That Council vary the Planning Proposal as a result of Community Consultation (and as permitted by Section 3.35 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979) and resolve to retain Item 19 of Schedule 1 Additional Permitted Uses under KLEP 2012 which permits Dual Occupancy (detached) and Multi Dwelling Housing development on varies land.

(c)     That Council adopt the Planning Proposal PP2018/0001 as varied which seeks the following amendments to:

a.   The Kogarah Local Environmental Plan 2012:

i. The deletion of Items 17 and 18 of Schedule 1 Additional Permitted Uses to prevent manor houses, multi dwelling housing (terraces), villas and townhouses from being built through a development application under KLEP 2012 or through complying development under the Code, on land listed in the Items

ii.  The amendment to Clause 19(z) in Schedule 1 to add the correct Lot/DP for both sites 721A and 721B King Georges Road Penshurst:

(z) 721A and 721B King Georges Road Penshurst being Lot 32 DP.1010274 and Lot 12 DP.881035.

iii. The inclusion of a new savings provision to ensure that the proposed amendments do not affect any current development applications or appeal processes

b.   The Hurstville Local Environmental Plan 2012:

i. The prohibition of villas, townhouses, multi dwelling housing (terraces) and manor houses in the R2 Low Density Residential zone so that they cannot be built in the zone through a development application under HLEP 2012 or through complying development under the Code.

ii.  As a consequence of (i) above, the deletion of Clause 4.1A(3) which states: Development consent may be granted for development on a lot identified as “K” on the Lot Size Map in Zone R2 Low Density Residential for the purpose of multi dwelling housing, if an area of at least 500 square metres is provided for each dwelling.

iii. The increase the minimum lot size for dual occupancies under Area G of HLEP 2012 (630sqm) so that it mirrors the minimum lot size for dual occupancies under Area O of KLEP 2012 (650sqm).

iv. The inclusion of a new savings provision to ensure that the proposed amendments do not affect any current development applications or appeal processes.

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

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

(f)      That all persons who made a submission to the Planning Proposal be advised of Council’s decision.

 

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

ENV026-19       Planning Proposal 2017/0001 - 84D Roberts Avenue Mortdale - results of public exhibition

 

          Note:          Councillor Badalati disclosed a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary interest on item                             CCL040-19 Report of the Environment and Planning Committee meeting held                      on 08 July 2019 (ENV026-19 – Planning Proposal 2017/0001- 84D Roberts                           Avenue Mortdale – Results of Public Exhibition) -  for the reason that he met                         with the Directors of the company a number of years ago. Councillor Badalati                       remained in the meeting and participated in discussion and voting on this item.

 

(a)     That Council note the five submissions received in response to the community consultation of the revised Planning Proposal to amend the Hurstville Local Environmental Plan 2012 by way of a Schedule 1 amendment to permit the additional uses of retail premises, bulky goods premises and centre-based child care facility at 84D Roberts Avenue (legally known as Lot 21 DP 542051).

(b)     That Council endorse the revised Planning Proposal to amend the Hurstville Local Environmental Plan 2012 by way of a Schedule 1 amendment to permit the additional uses of retail premises, bulky goods premises and centre-based child care facility at 84D Roberts Avenue (legally known as Lot 21 DP 542051).

(c)     That Council, being the authorised local plan making authority to exercise the functions under section 3.36(2) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, resolve to make the plan to amend the Hurstville Local Environmental Plan 2012 by way of a Schedule 1 amendment to permit the additional uses of retail premises, bulky goods premises and centre-based child care facility at 84D Roberts Avenue (legally known as Lot 21 DP 542051).

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

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

(f)      That all persons who made a submission to the Planning Proposal be advised of Council’s decision.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

Note:          The Mayor, Councillor Greene vacated the Chair and left the meeting at 7.32pm,                   having disclosed a Significant Non-Pecuniary Interest in item ENV025-19.  The                              Mayor, Councillor Greene did not participate in discussion or voting on item

                   ENV025-19.

 

                    In the absence of the Mayor, the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Elmir, took the Chair at                7.32pm.

 

ENV025-19        Hurstville Oval & Timothy Reserve Plan of Management and                                        Masterplan

Note:     The Mayor, Councillor Greene disclosed a Significant Non-Pecuniary interest on item CCL040-19 Report of the Environment and Planning Committee meeting held on 08 July 2019 (ENV025-19 - Hurstville Oval and Timothy Reserve Plan of Management and Masterplan) – for the reason that he is the President of the St George District Cricket Club, who is a significant user of the facility.

 

RESOLVED:              Councillor Hindi and Councillor Katris

(a)     That Council endorse the categorisation of Community Land known as Hurstville Oval as Sportsground and Park.

(b)     That Council amend the draft plan of management and master plan to include the two options for the location of the pavilion in order to allow further investigation on the suitable location and community consultation on the two options:

(i)   Option 1 -  as shown in figure 2 of this report

(ii)   Option 2 - Adjoining the existing Pavilion towards the entrance gate

(c)     That Council forward the draft Hurstville Oval and Timothy Reserve Plan of Management to the Department of Industry (landowners) for consent.

(d)     That Council delegate the General Manager to make amendments to the draft Hurstville Oval and Timothy Reserve Plan of Management to address points raised by the Department of Industry.

(e)     That Council endorse the draft Hurstville Oval and Timothy Reserve Plan of Management and Draft Masterplan (with any amendments resulting from the issuing of the consent from the landowner) for public exhibition.

(f)      That Council hold a public hearing for the Hurstville Oval and Timothy Reserve Plan of Management as the proposed plan would be altering the categorisation of, community land from park to park and sportsground.

(g)     That information on the costings of the Plan of Management of the two Pavilion options be presented to a Councillor workshop during the exhibition period.

          Record of Voting:

          For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

 

Note:          The Mayor, Councillor Greene, returned to the meeting at 7.44pm.

 

                   The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Elmir, vacated the Chair and the Mayor resumed the Chair.

 

 

 

Finance and Governance

CCL041-19       Applications Pursuant to Councillor Ward Discretionary Fund Policy

(Report by Manager, Office of the General Manager)

RESOLVED:              Councillor Wu and Councillor Tegg

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

i.    Application submitted by Councillor Elmir on behalf of Southern Sydney Swim Team in the amount of $1,500.00

ii.   Application submitted by Councillor Kastanias on behalf of IRT Peakhurst Residents in the amount of $1,500.00

iii.  Application submitted by Councillor Grekas on behalf of Oatley FC in the amount of $1,000.00

iv.  Application submitted by Councillor Konjarski on behalf of Georges River College in the amount of $1,500.00

v.   Application submitted by Councillor Landsberry on behalf of Georges River College in the amount of $1,500.00

vi.  Application submitted by Councillor Kastanias on behalf of Georges River College in the amount of $900.00

vii. Application submitted by Councillor Symington on behalf of Georges River College in the amount of $600.00

viii.       Application submitted by Councillor Wu on behalf of Georges River Council – Library Services in the amount of $1,500.00

ix.  Application submitted by Councillor Wu, for minor capital works purchase of LED Walk through Present Box, for the amount of $16,999.00 (Hurstville Ward Fund)

x.   Application submitted by Councillor Wu for minor capital works installation of CCTV Humphries Lane and Cross St Hurstville for the amount of $27,000.00 (Hurstville Ward Fund)

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notices of Motion

NM043-19          Establishment of a Volunteer Credit Bank/Barter System in the Georges River Local Government Area

(Councillor Liu)

RESOLVED:              Councillor Liu and Councillor Konjarski

That the General Manager prepare a report on the opportunities to establish a service credit bank or service exchange system similar to Timebanking in the United Kingdom or Pollinators in Western Australia, which operate  to support start-up businesses in the Local Government Area (allowing businesses to exchange services, rather than make direct payment for services).

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:           The Mayor, Councillor Greene and Councillors Agius, Elmir, Konjarski, Liu,                                     Payor and Tegg

Against the Motion:   Councillors Badalati, Hindi (abstain), Kastanias, Katris, Landsberry and                                  Wu

On being Put to the meeting, voting was seven (7) votes FOR and six (6) votes AGAINST. The Motion was CARRIED.

 

 

NM044-19          Activation of Community Spaces Through Public Art Initiatives

(Councillor Liu)

RESOLVED:              Councillor Liu and Councillor Landsberry

That Council acknowledges the positive impact that the installation of public art has made in Hurstville Plaza and the Interchange Open Air Gallery, and congratulates Council officers on their efforts to implement short terms strategies in support of the draft Create Georges River Cultural Strategy 2019.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

 

NM045-19          Weed Management Practices at NSW Councils - Reducing the Risks

(Councillor Tegg)

RESOLVED:              Councillor Tegg and Councillor Kastanias

That arising from recent public concern regarding the health implications linked to the use of the active ingredient glyphosate in ‘Roundup’, Council:

a)      Acknowledge the leadership and proactive approach of Georges River staff on this important environmental and workplace safety issue;

b)      Acknowledge the safety and environmental issues that exist at councils and other workplaces that have responsibility for weed management;

c)      Write to the Minister for Energy and Environment, the Hon. Matthew Kean MP, the Minister for Local Government, the Hon. Shelley Hancock MP and Local Government NSW to:

i.    Share Council’s findings on research into other weed control methods; and

ii.   Request that a formal investigation be undertaken into the use of ‘Round Up’ at NSW councils to ensure that all NSW councils offer safe workplaces for workers.

d)      Submit the following motion to the LGNSW annual conference in October 2019:

“That the Local Government NSW Policy Platform be amended by inserting a new section 14.6 in the Health and Safety Policy Statement as follows:

14.6    For the NSW Government, in consultation with councils, to undertake a formal study of the long term health impacts on weed management chemicals used in NSW and develop appropriate elimination and mitigation strategies”

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

 

NM046-19          Affirmative Action Policy for Elections/Appointments Undertaken at Georges River Council

(Report by Councillor Tegg)

MOTION:           Councillor Tegg and Councillor Landsberry

That the General Manager provide a report to the August 2019 meeting of Council on the implementation of an Affirmative Action Policy for the election of the Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Committee Chairpersons, Councillor delegates and Panel members that generally provides for a minimum of 50% of Councillors/persons elected or appointed to those positions to be women. The report should include (amongst other things) independent legal advice to ascertain whether the Policy would be binding on future Georges River Councils.

 

FORESHADOWED MOTION:    Councillor Badalati

That the General Manager provide a report to the August 2019 meeting of Council on the implementation of an Affirmative Action Policy for the election of the Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Committee Chairpersons, Councillor delegates and Panel members that generally provides for;

(a)     a minimum of 50% of Councillors/persons elected or appointed to those positions to be persons who were born overseas. The report should include (amongst other things) independent legal advice to ascertain whether the Policy would be binding on future Georges River Councils.

 

A Motion foreshadowed by Councillor Badalati LAPSED for want of a seconder.

 

PROCEDURAL MOTION

Councillor Elmir moved that the Motion be put.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:            The Mayor, Councillor Greene and Councillors Agius, Badalati, Elmir,                                     Hindi, Kastanias, Konjarski, Landsberry, Liu, Payor, Tegg and Wu

Against the Motion:   Councillor Katris

 

On being Put to the meeting, voting was twelve (12) votes FOR and one (1) votes AGAINST. The Motion was CARRIED.

 

The MOTION was then put to the meeting.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:            Councillors Kastanias, Landsberry, Payor and Tegg

Against the Motion:   The Mayor, Councillor Greene and Councillors Agius, Badalati, Elmir,                                     Hindi, Katris, Konjarski, Liu and Wu

 

On being Put to the meeting, voting was for (4) votes FOR and nine (9) votes AGAINST. The Motion was LOST.

 

 

Note:          Councillor Kastanias left the meeting at 8.33pm and was not present for the consideration and voting of Items NM047-19, NM048-19 and NM049-19.

 

 

NM047-19          All-Inclusive Adventure Playground at Meade Park, Allawah

(Councillor Katris)

RESOLVED:              Councillor Katris and Councillor Hindi

That Council acknowledge and congratulate Council staff on the design and construction of the All-Inclusive Adventure Playground at Meade Park, Allawah that was officially opened by the Mayor on 9 July 2019.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

 

Note:          Councillor Hindi left the meeting at 8.34pm and was not present for the consideration and voting of Items NM048-19 and NM049-19.

 

 

NM048-19          Public Amenities Building at Meade Park Adventure Playground, Allawah

(Councillor Katris)

RESOLVED:     Councillor Katris and Councillor Agius

That Council considers the allocation of $135,000 towards the construction of a public amenities building at Meade Park Adventure Playground, Woids Avenue, Allawah as part of the first quarterly review of the 2019/2020 budget.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

NM049-19          Installation of Scoreboards at Various Sporting Fields

(Councillor Elmir)

RESOLVED:              Councillor Elmir and Councillor Konjarski

a)      That Council pursue the installation of electronic scoreboards at newly constructed sports amenities buildings, in consultation with local sporting and recreational groups, at various parks within the Local Government Area.

b)      That the General Manager prepare a report to Council on the cost of installing scoreboards, including their suitability at various sporting fields and options for locations.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

 

Note:          Councillor Kastanias returned to the meeting at 8.35pm.

 

Note:          Councillor Hindi returned to the meeting at 8.36pm.

 

 

NM050-19          State Government's Building Stronger Foundations Discussion Paper

(Report by Councillor Katris)

RESOLVED:              Councillor Katris and Councillor Badalati

a)      That Council acknowledge the release of the NSW Government discussion paper entitled "Building Stronger Foundations" dated June 2019 (‘the discussion paper’) and note the following:

i.   The discussion paper has been prepared in response to the Shergold Weir Building Confidence Report and recognises the following building regulations reforms:

·    A requirement for all buildings to be designed and constructed in full compliance with the Building Code of Australia.

·    All Building Practitioners and Building Designers are to be registered to ensure that they have appropriate skills and insurance.

·    Introduction of a new industry-wide duty of care enabling home owners to seek compensation if a Building Practitioner has been negligent; and

·    Appointment of a Building Commissioner to regulate all aspects of the NSW Building Industry including having powers to investigate and take disciplinary action.

ii.  The general focus of the discussion paper is to consult with industry and community stakeholders on the potential and subsequent implementation of reforms associated with the safety of buildings through regulation, certification and enforcement.

b)      That the General Manager prepare a submission in response to the discussion paper to the Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation, the Hon Kevin Anderson MP and NSW Fair Trading. The submission shall include (but not be limited to) the following matters:

i.        A requirement for all buildings to be designed and constructed in full compliance with the National Construction Code (Building Code of Australia);

ii.       The introduction of stronger provisions and restrictions with regard to ‘Alternative Solutions’ with relevant peer review systems to the NCC Deemed to Satisfy Provisions;

iii.      All Building Practitioners and Building Designers are to be registered to ensure that they have appropriate skills and insurance with ongoing accreditation reviews and training;

iv.      Introduce a new industry-wide duty of care enabling home owners to seek compensation if a Building Practitioner has been negligent;

v.       Appointment of a Building Commissioner to regulate all aspects of the NSW Building Industry including having powers to investigate and take disciplinary action;

vi.      Establishing a further body or division of the Building Professional's Board (BPB) that directly administers the appointment of Private Certifiers to all projects depending on work load and classifications.  Alternatively the Government investigates returning full responsibility for carrying out building inspections and issue of approval certificates to local government and dispense with the system of private certification;

vii.     Require professional consultants, builders, owners, developers, contractors and tradespersons who provide any form of certificate of compliance with any legislation to be personally and directly responsible for any matter or works that they certify.  Furthermore that they be liable/responsible for any defects on all buildings for up to 10 years.  Liability should be registered against the responsible person’s licence/accreditation number and the company’s;

viii.    Investigate the establishment of a Defects Liability Bond System for every building, whereby the builder, owner or developer submits a Defects Liability Bond to a Government Body, which could range from 2% - 5% of the cost of construction. This Bond is to be paid prior to the issue of the construction certificate and held for a period of 10 years.  Bond funds not claimed are to be consolidated into a reserve and used to rectify building defects;

ix.      Investigate legislation to prevent “shell companies” being created and closed for specific developments.  Provisions should include pre-conditions on the creation of development/construction companies to ensure adequate capital/insurance exists (commensurate to the scale of development) to cover costs associated with potential rectification works from the commencement of construction through to the defect/liability period; and

x.       Investigate the possibility of establishing a NSW government interest free loan fund administered by the NSW government for buildings that suffer from excessive defects (that will cost more than the Defects Liability Bond to rectify) that was originally submitted by the builder, owner or developer for those buildings. 

c)      That a copy of the submission be provided to all Councillors via the Councillor Information Bulletin.

d)      That a copy of the submission be provided to all local State Members of Parliament for Kogarah, Oatley, Rockdale and Lakemba and also to the Leader of the Opposition Ms Jodi McKay MP.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

 

NM051-19          Salon Bibliothèque - Georges River Council's Pop Up Library

(Councillor Konjarski)

RESOLVED:              Councillor Konjarski and Councillor Landsberry

That Council acknowledges the success of the “Salon Bibliothèque” pop up library in Hurstville Westfield and congratulates Council officers in their efforts to deliver this service to the wider community.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

 

NM052-19          Donation of Legal Costs for Lease Preparation - Women’s Crisis Accommodation Facility

(Councillor Payor)

RESOLVED:     Councillor Payor and Councillor Landsberry

That Council donate $5,000 towards the legal costs for Kingsway Community Care to cover the cost of preparation of lease documentation for the women’s crisis accommodation facility in Hurstville.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

         

Note:          Councillor Agius left the meeting at 8.46pm and was not present for discussion and voting on Items QWN008-19, QWN009-19 and QWN010-19.

 

Questions with Notice

QWN008-19      World Environment Day "Beat Plastic Pollution"

(Councillor Katris)

RESOLVED:              Councillor Katris and Councillor Hindi

That the information be received and noted.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

QWN009-19      Council's Implementation of e-Planning Initiatives

(Councillor Liu)

RESOLVED:     Councillor Liu and Councillor Kastanias

That the information be received and noted.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

 

QWN010-19      Cromdale Street, Mortdale - Dairy Creek Sewage Overflow

(Councillor Tegg)

RESOLVED:              Councillor Tegg and Councillor Hindi

That Council write to the Hon. Melinda Pavey MP, Minister for Water, Property and Housing and Mr Kevin Young, Managing Director of Sydney Water requesting immediate replacement of Sydney Water infrastructure at locations where pollution incidents (sewage overflow) are known to occur on a frequent basis within the Georges River Local Government Area.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

 

Note: Councillor Agius returned to the meeting at 8.49pm.

 

 

QWN011-19      Everyone Can Play (Inclusive Playspaces Guideline)

(Councillor Katris)

RESOLVED: Councillor Katris and Councillor Hindi

That the information be received and noted.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

  

Conclusion

The Meeting was closed at 8.50pm

 

 

 

 

Chairperson