AGENDA


Council Meeting

 

Monday, 28 October 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

http://infoweb.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au/grinfocouncil/Open/2019/09/CCL_23092019_MIN.PDF

http://infoweb.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au/grinfocouncil/Open/2019/09/CCL_23092019_MIN_EXTRA.PDF

10.    Mayoral Minute

11.    Condolences

12.    Committee Reports

CCL065-19       Report of Assets and Infrastructure Committee Meeting held on 14 October 2019

(Report by Executive Services Officer)....................................................................... 1

CCL066-19       Report of Community and Culture Committee Meeting held on 14 October 2019

(Report by Executive Services Officer)....................................................................... 5

CCL067-19       Report of Environment and Planning Committee Meeting held on 14 October 2019

(Report by Executive Services Officer).................................................................... 13

CCL068-19       Report of Finance and Governance Committee Meeting held on 14 October 2019

(Report by Executive Services Officer).................................................................... 25

13.    Environment and Planning

Nil

14.    Finance and Governance

CCL069-19       Audited General Purpose Financial Statements and Auditors Report for the year ended 30 June 2019

(Report by Chief Financial Officer)........................................................................... 31

CCL070-19       Tabling of Disclosure of Interest Returns

(Report by Manager Governance and Risk)......................................................... 124

CCL071-19       Applications Pursuant to Councillor Ward Discretionary Fund Policy

(Report by Manager, Office of the General Manager)......................................... 126

15.    Assets and Infrastructure

Nil

16.    Community and Culture

Nil

17.    Notices of Rescission

Nil

18.    Notices of Motion

NM072-19          Encouraging Outdoor Dining in Georges River

(Report by Councillor Kastanias)............................................................................ 134

NM073-19          Construction of a Pedestrian Skybridge to Hurstville Civic Precinct

(Report by Councillor Kastanias)............................................................................ 135

NM074-19          Bus Shelters in Georges River Council Local Government Area

(Report by Councillor Kastanias)............................................................................ 136

NM075-19          Evatt Park Lugarno - Potential Improvements

(Report by Councillor Kastanias)............................................................................ 146

NM076-19          National Broadband Network (NBN) Reinstatement Construction Standards

(Report by Councillor Kastanias)............................................................................ 138

NM077-19          Removal of Car Parking Spaces, 385 Princes Highway, Carlton

(Report by Councillor Elmir).................................................................................... 139

NM078-19          Georges River Council's Commitment to End Domestic Violence

(Report by Councillor Symington).......................................................................... 140

NM079-19          Council Promotion of the "No Domestic Violence" Campaign and Walk

(Report by Councillor Liu)........................................................................................ 141

NM080-19          Inclusion of the Publication "Too Blue To Be True" in Georges River Library Collection

(Report by Councillor Liu)........................................................................................ 142

NM081-19          Replacement and Upgrading of No Smoking Signage at Georges River Parks and Sporting Fields

(Report by Councillor Landsberry)......................................................................... 143

NM082-19          Congratulations to Amelia Kirby and Kate Woosnam - Football NSW Metro East Rep Team

(Report by Councillor Grekas)................................................................................. 144

NM083-19          Sandringham to Brighton Community Pathway Association's Pilot Walk

(Report by Councillor Symington).......................................................................... 145

NM084-19          Reconstruction of Donnelly Park Wharf

(Report by Councillor Elmir).................................................................................... 146

NM085-19          Restoration of the Oatley to Como Walkway - NSW Government Lands

(Report by Councillor Grekas)................................................................................. 147

NM086-19          Sponsorship Support for Council's Major Events Program

(Report by Councillor Kastanias)............................................................................ 148

NM087-19          Oatley Village Festival - Congratulations to the Oatley Lions Club

(Report by Councillor Grekas)................................................................................. 149

NM088-19          Draft Building Practitioners Bill 2019

(Report by Councillor Katris)................................................................................... 150

19.    Questions with Notice

Nil   

 

 


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Committee Reports

Item:                   CCL065-19        Report of Assets and Infrastructure Committee Meeting held on 14 October 2019 

Author:              Executive Services Officer

Directorate:      Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:     Committee Reports

 

 

 

Recommendation:

That the Committee recommendations for items ASS033-19 and ASS034-19, detailed below, be adopted by Council.

 

ASS033-19        Georges River Traffic Advisory Committee Meeting - 1 October 2019

That the recommendations contained within the minutes of the Georges River Traffic Advisory Committee Meeting held on 1 October 2019 be adopted by Council.

 

ASS034-19        Netstrata Jubilee Stadium Security Management and Staff Services Tender - T19/020

(a)     That Council, in accordance with Section 178 of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 (NSW), accepts the Tender from Guardian Venue Management International Pty Ltd after having regard to all the circumstances, as the Tenderer that appears to be the most advantageous in providing Security Management and Staff Services at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium under the Contract Number T19/020 for a period of three years plus a two year option, subject to the satisfactory outcome of the financial assessment.

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

File Reference

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Attachment 1 - Minutes - Assets and Infrastructure Committee 14 October 2019

 


Georges River Council - Ordinary Meeting - Monday, 28 October 2019

CCL065-19             Report of Assets and Infrastructure Committee Meeting held on 14 October 2019

[Appendix 1]          Attachment 1 - Minutes - Assets and Infrastructure Committee 14 October 2019

 

 

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Item:                   CCL066-19        Report of Community and Culture Committee Meeting held on 14 October 2019 

Author:              Executive Services Officer and Executive Assistant to the Mayor

Directorate:      Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:     Committee Reports

 

 

Recommendation:

That the Committee recommendations for Items COM035-19 to COM040-19, as detailed below, be adopted by Council.

          COM035-19      Outgoing Sponsorship and Donations

          (a)     That Council approve a donation of $500 to support Sydney Legacy.

          (b)     That Council approve a donation of $200 for Raina Rush to attend the Under 16           National NSW Indoor Netball representative event in November/December 2019.

          (c)     That Council approve event sponsorship request of $1,796 ($1,247 and in-kind           support to the value of $549) to support ‘The Moore Reserve Dog Park Christmas           Party’ on Sunday 24 November 2019.

          (d)     That Council approve event sponsorship request of $1,354 ($806 financial value        and $548 in-kind value) to support ‘The Oatley Combined Church Association Carols in the Park 2019’ on Saturday 14 December 2019.

          (e)     That Council decline the event sponsorship request of $1,087 ($1,087 in-kind    support) to support “The Community Fundraiser for Heart Kids” on Sunday 20          October 2019.

          COM036-19      Adoption of Community Engagement Strategy

          (a)     That Council adopt the Community Engagement Strategy, as exhibited subject to        the following amendments:

i.    Footnotes of links to Local Government Act 1993 and Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, and International Association  for Public Participation(IAP2); and

ii.   Any editorial or administrative changes necessary to incorporate the above amendments.

          (b)     That, as recommended by the Department of Planning Industry and Environment,      the current notification provisions listed in the Development Control Plans below be         repealed in accordance with Clause 22(2) of the Environmental Planning and   Assessment Regulation 2000 by subsequent Development Control Plans:

i.    Section 2.2 of the Hurstville Development Control Plan 1 - Applies to land within the Peakhurst, Mortdale and Hurstville Wards.

ii.   Section 2.4 of the Hurstville Development Control Plan Number 2 - Amendment No. 9 - Applies to sites within the Hurstville City Centre excluding the 'deferred matters' on the Hurstville Local Environmental Plan 2012 Land Application Map.

iii.  Section 2.2 of the Hurstville Development Control Plan Number 2 - Amendment No. 5 - Applies to sites within the Hurstville City Centre identified as 'deferred matters' on the Hurstville Local Environmental Plan 2012 Land Application Map.

iv.  Part A2 of the Kogarah Development Control Plan 2013 - Applies to land within the Blakehurst and Kogarah Bay Wards.

          (c)     That Council resolve to place the draft Development Control Plans (which remove      the notification requirements listed in recommendations in part B above) on     community consultation in accordance with Clause 18 of the Environmental,        Planning & Assessment Regulation 2000 for a period of no less than 28 days.

          (d)     That following the public exhibition period referred to in part (c) of this           recommendation, a further report be presented to Council.

COM037-19      Establishment of a Football Museum for Georges River

(a)    That Council approve the establishment of a short-term football display at the     Johnny Warren Indoor Sports Centre at Penshurst Park Sporting Hub subject to     additional funding of $24,500 for the 2019/2020 financial year being sourced from           the Mortdale Ward Councillor Ward Discretionary Fund (minor capital works) and/or local football club donations;

(b)    That Council approve allocation of $35,000 from the existing Round 2 Stronger           Communities grant funding of $2.2 million to undertake a detailed report with           specifications for the establishment of a permanent, purpose-built sporting museum           within the new community pavilion consistent with the draft Masterplan for          Hurstville Oval and Timothy Reserve 2019; and

(c)     That Council seek grant funding to support the establishment of a sporting museum at Hurstville Oval.

COM038-19       Increasing Transparency and Accountability - Audited Statements        for Entities Receiving over $15,000 in Public Funding

(a)    That Council receive and note the report on the audited financial statements      submitted by organisations who receive funding totalling $15,000 or more in      financial assistance from Georges River Council.

(b)    That an extension be granted for organisations to submit audited financial           statements as detailed in this report.

(c)     That any organisation that fails to submit its audited financial statements by the           extended deadline period be ineligible for future funding from Council.

COM039-19      Minutes of the Economic Development Advisory Committee           Meeting Tuesday 3 September 2019

          That the Council adopt the recommendations as noted in the Minutes of the Economic           Development Advisory Committee Meeting held on Tuesday 3 September 2019.

          COM040-19       Amendments to the Georges River Council Place Naming Policy

          (a)     That the amended Georges River Council Place Naming Policy is placed on public           exhibition for 21 days.

          (b)     That a further report be tabled to a future meeting of Council for          consideration of           community feedback following the public exhibition period.

 

 

 

File Reference

D19/247269

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Attachment 1 - Minutes of Community and Culture Committee 14.10.19

 


Georges River Council - Ordinary Meeting - Monday, 28 October 2019

CCL066-19             Report of Community and Culture Committee Meeting held on 14 October 2019

[Appendix 1]          Attachment 1 - Minutes of Community and Culture Committee 14.10.19

 

 

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Item:                   CCL067-19        Report of Environment and Planning Committee Meeting held on 14 October 2019 

Author:              Executive Services Officer

Directorate:      Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:     Committee Reports

 

 

 

Recommendation

That the Committee recommendations for Items ENV033-19 to ENV037-19, as detailed below, be adopted by Council.

 

          ENV033-19        Planning Proposal for the reclassification of Part Lot 1 and whole of     Lot 2 DP1200078, Taylors Reserve, Lugarno

          (a)     That Council endorse the Planning Proposal (PP 2017/0003) to amend the Hurstville           Local Environmental Plan 2012 as it applies to the Council owned site known as the           Taylors Reserve, bounded by Lime Kiln Road and Woodlands Avenue, Lugarno         which seeks to:

      i.         Amend Part 2 to Schedule 4 of HLEP 2012 to include Lot 2 and part of Lot 1 in   Deposited Plan 1200178 and noting in Column 3 Any trusts etc not discharged            as Reservations to the Crown Grant and minerals;

      ii.        Add a new map to HLEP 2012 titled ‘Land Reclassification (Whole Lots) Map -   Sheet RPL_003’ which identifies Lot 2 in Deposited Plan 1200178 outlined in             red as ‘Operational Land’; and

      iii.       Add a new map to HLEP 2012 titled ‘Land Reclassification (Part Lots) Map -        Sheet RPL_003’ which identifies part of Lot 1 in Deposited Plan 1200178           outlined in red as ‘Operational Land’,

          be forwarded to the delegate of the Minister for Planning requesting an Alteration to   the Gateway Determination under Section 3.34 of the Environmental Planning and           Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act).

          (b)     That prior to being forwarded for a Gateway Determination, Council seek an       amendment of the Gateway Determination dated 17 July 2018 under section 3.34 (7)    of the EP&A Act, requesting Condition 4 be amended to “The time frame for          completing the LEP is 31 August 2020” and Council consider and determine the Planning Proposal prior to 30 June 2020.

          (c)     That should an Alteration to Gateway Determination be issued by DPIE to permit           exhibition of the Planning Proposal, a public hearing take place in accordance with   the provisions of the NSW Local Government Act 1993 and the DPIE’s Practice Note        PN 16-001 Classification and Reclassification of Public Land through a Local     Environmental Plan.

          (d)     That should an Alteration to Gateway Determination be issued by DPIE to permit           exhibition of the amended Planning Proposal, a post-exhibition report be provided to           Council, outlining any submissions received during the exhibition period, including   any submissions made at the public hearing.

          (e)     That Council note that the delivery of the public road will be a separate process.

 

          (f)      That Council consider maintaining the existing alignment of the informal accessway           in order to retain tree canopy and maximise the area available for public use of Taylors Reserve, noting that the low traffic volumes and low design speed on the   informal accessway offers the flexibility to do so.

          (g)     That should the Planning Proposal proceed to gazettal, Council commit to a       program to replace the mature trees that will be required to be removed with     plantings of appropriate species within Taylors Reserve.

          (h)     That should the Planning Proposal proceed to gazettal, Council consider the loss of           open space in Taylors Reserve in the implementation of the Council's Open Space,           Recreation and Community Facilities Strategy.

 

          ENV034-19        Heritage Building Grants Program 2019-20

          (a)     That the Heritage Building Grants Program 2019-20 offers be made to         successful applicants as outlined in Table 3 and in Attachment 1 of this report – ‘Summary table of submissions and recommendations for Heritage Grant Funding          2019-20’.

          (b)     That Council note the grants received from the NSW Office of Environment and                             Heritage:

a.    up to $7,000 (ex. GST) annually over a two year period for the Local Heritage Advisor Service; and

b.    up to $6,250 (ex. GST) annually over a two year period for the Small Heritage Grants Service (‘Georges River Council’s Local Heritage Grants’).

          (c)     That, if required, the General Manager allocates up to $7,241.50 from savings                        identified in the Environment and Planning Directorate to the Heritage Building                              Grants Program.

          (d)     That the variation to the 2019/20 Budget be made at the Quarter 2 budget review.

 

          ENV035-19       Adoption of the Local Strategic Planning Statement and         endorsement of the Housing Precincts for LEP 2020

          Note:         Councillor Hindi declared a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary interest in relation          to this item, for the reason that a relative of his owns a property impacted by                  the LSPS. Councillor Hindi remained in the meeting during discussion and                        voting on this item.

          (a)     That Council note the outcomes of the LSPS Stage 2 Community Engagement.

          (b)     That Council note the submissions received to the exhibition of the Draft Local Strategic Planning Statement.

          (c)     That Council endorse the Local Strategic Planning Statement, as amended in    response to the issues raised during the exhibition period, for submission to the        NSW State Government for the purpose of Assurance (due date for lodgement 30        October 2019).

          (d)     That Council provide delegation to the General Manager to approve any minor   and/or insignificant changes as required following the Greater Sydney          Commission’s final Health Check and Assurance of the Council’s Local Strategic    Planning Statement.

          (e)     That Council endorse the following staged approach to implementing actions of the           Local Strategic Planning Statement:

a. LEP 2020 to focus on Harmonisation and Housing,

b. LEP 2021 to focus on Housing Choice

c.  LEP 2022 to focus on Jobs and Activation,

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

          (f)      That Council place the final Local Strategic Planning Statement on its website.

          (g)     That Council include the following Precincts for rezoning under LEP 2020 and inclusion in the Council’s Housing Strategy:

a. Peakhurst (North and West of Peakhurst Park) Precinct

b. South Hurstville – Culwulla Street Precinct

c.  South Hurstville Hillcrest Avenue Precinct

d. Penshurst Apsley Estate Precinct.

          (h)     That Council not proceed with further investigation of the Olds Park Precinct for           rezoning under LEP2020 due to traffic issues, its location outside a centre and distance from a train station.

          (i)      That Council amend the LSPS to state that the investigation into rezoning the land    in the vicinity of Connells Point Road, Greenacre Road and Rowe Street, South    Hurstville from R2 to R3 occurs as part of the preparation of LEP 2025 or a future      LEP.

          AMENDMENT: Councillor Payor and Councillor Landsberry

          (a)     That Council note the outcomes of the LSPS Stage 2 Community Engagement.

          (b)     That Council note the submissions received to the exhibition of the Draft Local Strategic Planning Statement.

          (c)     That Council endorse the Local Strategic Planning Statement, as amended in    response to the issues raised during the exhibition period, for submission to the        NSW State Government for the purpose of Assurance (due date for lodgement 30        October 2019).

          (d)     That Council provide delegation to the General Manager to approve any minor   and/or insignificant changes as required following the Greater Sydney          Commission’s final Health Check and Assurance of the Council’s Local Strategic    Planning Statement.

          (e)     That Council endorse the following staged approach to implementing actions of the           Local Strategic Planning Statement:

a. LEP 2020 to focus on Harmonisation and Housing,

b. LEP 2021 to focus on Housing Choice

c.  LEP 2022 to focus on Jobs and Activation,

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

          (f)      That Council place the final Local Strategic Planning Statement on its website.

          (g)     That Council not proceed with the following Precincts for rezoning under LEP 2020   and amend the LSPS accordingly:

a. Peakhurst (North and West of Peakhurst Park) Precinct

b. South Hurstville – Culwulla Street Precinct

c.  South Hurstville Hillcrest Avenue Precinct

d. Penshurst Apsley Estate Precinct

e. Connells Point Road Precinct

          (h)     That Council not proceed with further investigation of the Olds Park Precinct for           rezoning under LEP2020 due to traffic issues, its location outside a centre and distance from a train station.

          (i)      That investigation for rezoning of precincts identified in (g) a to e above be carried     out as a part of LEP 2025 or future LEP.

          On being Put to the meeting, voting was three (3) votes FOR and five (5) votes   AGAINST. The Motion was LOST.

          RECOMMENDATION: Councillor Badalati and Councillor Kastanias

          (a)     That Council note the outcomes of the LSPS Stage 2 Community Engagement.

          (b)     That Council note the submissions received to the exhibition of the Draft Local Strategic Planning Statement.

          (c)     That Council endorse the Local Strategic Planning Statement, as amended in    response to the issues raised during the exhibition period, for submission to the        NSW State Government for the purpose of Assurance (due date for lodgement 30        October 2019).

          (d)     That Council provide delegation to the General Manager to approve any minor   and/or insignificant changes as required following the Greater Sydney          Commission’s final Health Check and Assurance of the Council’s Local Strategic    Planning Statement.

          (e)     That Council endorse the following staged approach to implementing actions of the           Local Strategic Planning Statement:

a. LEP 2020 to focus on Harmonisation and Housing

b. LEP 2021 to focus on Housing Choice

c.  LEP 2022 to focus on Jobs and Activation

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

          (f)      That Council place the final Local Strategic Planning Statement on its website.

          (g)     That Council include the following Precincts for rezoning under LEP 2020 and inclusion in the Council’s Housing Strategy:

a. Peakhurst (North and West of Peakhurst Park) Precinct

b. South Hurstville – Culwulla Street Precinct

c.  South Hurstville Hillcrest Avenue Precinct

d. Penshurst Apsley Estate Precinct

          (h)     That Council not proceed with further investigation of the Olds Park Precinct for           rezoning under LEP2020 due to traffic issues, its location outside a centre and distance from a train station.

          (i)      That Council amend the LSPS to state that the investigation into rezoning the land              in the vicinity of Connells Point Road, Greenacre Road and Rowe Street, South                             Hurstville from R2 to R3 occurs as part of the preparation of LEP 2025 or a future                  LEP.

ENV036-19       Establishment of a Trial Program - Smoke Free Zone

          (a)     That Council endorse the Smoke Free Zones at the Kogarah Town Square,        Hurstville Memorial Square and Hurstville Central Plaza.

          (b)     That improved signage be placed in the three locations to better notify the public         that smoking, spitting and littering is prohibited in the areas.

          (c)     That patrols continue to be undertaken in the three areas to assist with educating           members of the community and promote voluntary-compliance with the signage.

 

ENV037-19       Legal Services Report - September 2019

(a)     That the report “Legal Services Report – September 2019” be received and noted.

(b)     That the Legal Report to the Environment and Planning Committee provide detailed information on court matters (excluding costs).

 

 

 

File Reference

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Attachment 1 -  Minutes - Environment and Planning Committee 14 October 2019

 


Georges River Council - Ordinary Meeting - Monday, 28 October 2019

CCL067-19             Report of Environment and Planning Committee Meeting held on 14 October 2019

[Appendix 1]          Attachment 1 -  Minutes - Environment and Planning Committee 14 October 2019

 

 

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Item:                   CCL068-19        Report of Finance and Governance Committee Meeting held on 14 October 2019 

Author:              Executive Services Officer

Directorate:      Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:     Committee Reports

 

 

 

That the Committee recommendations for Items FIN069-19 to FIN073-19, as detailed below, be adopted by Council.

FIN069-19         Investment Report as at 31 August 19

That Council receives and notes the contents of the Investment Report as at 31 August 2019.

 

FIN070-19         Report on Outstanding Council Resolutions for the period 01 April 2019 - 30 September 2019

(a)     That the Outstanding Council Resolutions report for the period 01 April 2019 to 30   September 2019, be deferred for consideration at the November 2019 Finance and Governance Committee Meeting.

(b)     That prior to Council consideration of the deferred report, Councillors are to advise staff of any particular past resolution of Council of which they are seeking an update, and these additional resolutions are to be included in the November 2019 report.

 

(c)     That the Outstanding Council Resolution report be amended to include an estimated date  of completion for each resolution.

 

(d)     Councillors would like to thank staff for providing an electronic copy on the Councillor’s Portal, however, Council would like to see a similar copy provided for public viewing.

 

FIN071-19         Georges River Council - Inaugural Male Leadership Workshop

(a)   That Council resolve to proceed with the Inaugural Male Leadership Workshop.

(b)     That interested Councillors contribute funds from their Councillor Discretionary Ward Funding to fund this initiative.

(c)     That the General Manager allocates funding from Council’s operational budget for any shortfall of funding which may occur, for the development, management and delivery of the inaugural Workshop.

(d)     That Council receives a further report from the General Manager with the results and feedback of the success or otherwise of the inaugural event including the costs associated with the event.

 

FIN072-19         Membership of Southern Sydney Region Organisation of Councils (SSROC)

(a) That Council renew its membership for a further 12 months.

(b)  That Council informs SSROC that it is reviewing its ongoing membership and will require significant investment in improving Georges River Council specific advocacy and policy development work, and improved governance and management structures to continue with its membership. 

c)   That Council Officers provide a further report that outlines the following:

i)        all existing contracts that Council has entered into with SSROC and LGNSW since        amalgamation in May 2016;

ii)       estimated savings that were made through all contracts from both SSROC and LGNSW ;

iii)      net cost from both SSROC and LGNSW per year; and

iv)      advocacy undertaken by both SSROC and LGNSW that affects Georges River Council.

FIN073-19         Legal Services Report - September 2019

That the report “Legal Services Report – September 2019” be received and noted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Attachment 1 - Minutes - Finance and Governance Committee 14 October 2019

 


Georges River Council - Ordinary Meeting - Monday, 28 October 2019

CCL068-19             Report of Finance and Governance Committee Meeting held on 14 October 2019

[Appendix 1]          Attachment 1 - Minutes - Finance and Governance Committee 14 October 2019

 

 

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Finance and Governance

Item:                   CCL069-19        Audited General Purpose Financial Statements and Auditors Report for the year ended 30 June 2019 

Author:              Chief Financial Officer and Coordinator, Financial Management

Directorate:      Business and Corporate Services

Matter Type:     Finance and Governance

 

 

 

Recommendation

(a)     That Council, in accordance with Section 419 of the Local Government Act (NSW) 1993 (Act), receive and note the audited General Purpose Financial Statements and Auditors’ Report for the financial year ended 30 June 2019.

(b)     That Council, in accordance with Section 420 of the Act, will continue to accept public submissions for the next 7 days and refer any submissions to the NSW Audit Office.

 

 

Executive Summary

1.      That in accordance with Section 418 and 419 of the Act, the General Purpose Financial Statements and Auditors’ Report for the financial year ended 30 June 2019, are presented to Council following the public notice period.

 

Background

2.      Following the resolution of Council at the 23 September 2019 meeting, Council referred the 2018/2019 General Purpose Financial Statements to Council’s External Auditors for audit. The Auditors' Report was subsequently received by Council.

3.      Council’s Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee met on 18 September 2019 to review the 2018/19 Draft Financial Statements and provide comment.

4.      The audited General Purpose Financial Statements and Auditors’ Report for the financial year ended 30 June 2019 have been available for public inspection at Council’s Libraries and website since 2 October 2019 and are now presented to Council in accordance with Section 419 of the Act.

5.      Council is required to submit the Auditors' Report to a public meeting during the public exhibition period.  Submissions on the Auditors' Report or the audited Financial Statements will close on 4 November 2019.

6.      These General Purpose Financial Statements and Special Schedules cover the period from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019. Comparative figures for the 2017/18 financial year cover the period from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018.

7.       A summary of the 2018/19 Annual Financial Statements was published in The Leader on 2 October 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overview of Results

8.      The table below is a summary of the financial results and key performance measures:

Summary of 2018/19 Financial Results

Income Statement

$'000

Revenue

Rates and annual charges

93,795

User charges and fees

14,654

Interest and investment revenue

5,891

Grants and contributions for operating purposes

10,141

Grants and contributions for capital purposes

36,304

Other Revenue

12,449

Total Income

173,234

Expenses

Employee Costs

56,508

Materials and Contracts

42,454

Depreciation

19,557

Other Expenses

21,680

Total Operating expenses

140,199

Net operating result for the period – surplus/(deficit)

33,035

Net Operating result for year before grants and

contributions provided for capital purposes

(3,269)

 

 

Statement of Financial Position

$’000

Assets

Cash and Investments

166,713

Receivables

10,169

Other Assets

1,972

Infrastructure, Property, Plant & Equipment

1,384,369

Total Assets

1,563,223

Liabilities

Payables

23,492

Borrowings

1,625

Other Liabilities

596

Provisions

14,693

Total Liabilities

40,406

Net Assets

1,522,817

Key Performance Measures

Operating Performance Ratio

(2.90)%

Unrestricted Current Ratio

3.65:1

Debt Service Cover Ratio

27.32x

Rates & annual charges outstanding

3.11%

Infrastructure renewal ratio

104.04%

9.      The net operating result for Council was a surplus of $33m for the financial year ended 30 June 2019.

10.    The result, excluding grants and contributions for capital purposes, was a deficit of $3.3m compared to a deficit of $0.8m in the previous year. This is an ongoing issue that was highlighted in Council’s Long Term Financial Plan when the financial outlook for Council was considered.

11.    Council’s Cash and Investments totalled $167m as at 30 June 2019. This comprised of $104m held in externally restricted reserves for services such as Domestic Waste and Developer Contributions, $61m internally restricted and $2m of funds unrestricted.

12.    As at 30 June 2019 the net cash generated from operating activities is positive, with and without the inflow of capital grants. The cash balance decreased from $182m at 30 June 2018 to $167m at 30 June 2019. This was largely due to the increase in spending on the capital works program in 2018/2019

13.    The Operating Performance Ratio for Council, which is a Local Government Industry Performance Indicator, is under benchmark. Council does not generate sufficient operating income to cover operating expenditure.

14.    The audited General Purpose Financial Statements and Auditors’ Report for the financial year ended 30 June 2019 are attached.

 

Financial Implications

15.    No budget impact for this report.

 

Risk Implications

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

17. Council’s enterprise risk identified was ‘poor financial management adversely impacts Council’s long term financial sustainability’. The preparation and consideration by Council of the Long Term Financial Plan during the 2020/21 budget process is an essential step to ensure Council decisions are focused on strengthening Council’s financial sustainability. Council has taken steps to address the financial sustainability challenges Council is facing, by currently presenting a number of options to the community to consider. 

 

Community Engagement

18. Community engagement has been conducted as per Section 418 and 420 of the Act, with the 2018/19 audited Financial Statements and Auditors’ report being placed on public exhibition.

19. Council invites public submissions until the 4 November 2019.

 

 

File Reference

D19/2332210

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Georges River Council - Audited Financial Statements and Auditors Report - 2018-19

 


Georges River Council - Ordinary Meeting - Monday, 28 October 2019

CCL069-19             Audited General Purpose Financial Statements and Auditors Report for the year ended 30 June 2019

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Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 28 October 2019                                                                           Page 125

Item:                   CCL070-19        Tabling of Disclosure of Interest Returns 

Author:              Manager Governance and Risk

Directorate:      Business and Corporate Services

Matter Type:     Finance and Governance

 

 

 

Recommendation

That Council receive and note the report regarding the tabling of Disclosure of Interest Returns for Councillors and designated persons.

 

 

Executive Summary

1.      The purpose of this report is to table those Returns lodged by Councillors and designated persons in accordance with Clause 4.21 of Council’s Code of Conduct.

2.      Additionally, this report confirms the method of availability of Councillor and designated person returns to the public.

Background

Annual Returns

3.      In accordance with Clause 4.21(b) of Council’s Code of Conduct, a Councillor or designated person holding that position at 30 June in any year, must lodge a Return with the General Manager within three months after that date.

4.      Under Clause 4.25, Returns for the period ending 30 June 2019 must be tabled at the first Council meeting held after the last day of lodgement.

5.      Annual Returns of all Councillors and designated persons holding that position as at 30 June 2019 were received by 30 September 2019, with the exception of one staff member, who was overseas on extended leave.  That staff member has now lodged their Return.

Returns of newly appointed designated persons

6.      Additionally, in accordance with Clause 4.21(a), a designated person must complete and lodge a Return within 3 months of attaining a position of designated person with Council.

7.      The following positions have submitted Returns in accordance with Clause 4.21(a):

·    Principal Planner

·    Solicitor

·    Coordinator Corporate Governance

8.      Completed Returns lodged in accordance with Clauses 4.21(a) and (b) of Council’s Code of Conduct are tabled accordingly.

Public availability of Returns

9.      Under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act) and Government Information (Public Access) Regulation 2009 (GIPA Regulation) Returns are considered “open access” information, and importantly must be made available to the public.  On 26 September 2019, the Information and Privacy Commission (IPC) finalised and issued Guideline 1: For Local Councils on the disclosure of information (returns disclosing the interest of councillors and designated persons (Guideline 1).  Guideline 1 states that Returns of Councillors and designated persons must be made publicly available free of charge on Council’s website.

10.    To ensure compliance with the GIPA Act, GIPA Regulations and IPC Guideline 1, Council will publish completed Returns of all Councillors and designated persons on its website. Returns will also continue to be available for inspection by the public at Council offices.

Financial Implications

11.    No budget impact as a result of this report.

Risk Implications

12.    No risks were identified as a result of this report.

Community Engagement

13.    Community engagement is not required as a result of this report.

File Reference

D19/207806

 

 

 

  


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 28 October 2019                                                                           Page 133

Item:                   CCL071-19        Applications Pursuant to Councillor Ward Discretionary Fund Policy  

Author:              Manager, Office of the General Manager

Directorate:      Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:     Finance and Governance

 

 

 

Recommendation;

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

i.    Application submitted by Mayor Kevin Greene, for minor capital works at Peakhurst Park in the amount of $17,000.00 (Peakhurst Ward Fund).

ii.   Application submitted by Mayor Kevin Greene, for minor capital works at Henry Lawson Reserve in the amount of $30,000.00 (Peakhurst Ward Fund).

iii.  Application submitted by Mayor Kevin Greene, for minor capital works at Lillian and Bennett in the amount of $82,000.00 (Peakhurst Ward Fund).

iv.  Application submitted by Mayor Kevin Greene, for minor capital works at Evatt Park in the amount of $35,000.00 (Peakhurst Ward Fund).

v.   Application submitted by Councillor Vince Badalati for minor capital works at Edgbaston Reserve in the amount of $60,001.00 (Hurstville Ward Fund).

vi.  Application submitted by Councillor Lou Konjarski for minor capital works at Nichol Murray Reserve in the amount of $31,000.00 (Mortdale Ward Fund).

vii. Application submitted by Councillor Vince Badalati on behalf of St George & Sutherland Medical Research Foundation in the amount of $1,500.00.

viii.       Application submitted by Councillor Nancy Liu on behalf of St George Arts and Entertainment Centre in the amount of $1,500.00.

ix.  Application submitted by Councillor Warren Tegg on behalf of Georges River Life Care in the amount of $500.00.

x.   Application submitted by Councillor Con Hindi on behalf of St Rafqa Maronite Church in the amount of $1,000.00.

 

 

Executive Summary

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

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

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


 

Background

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

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

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

Minor Capital Works Applications

CWF40/19-20

Mayor Kevin Greene

Classification of Application

Minor Capital Works

Name of project/purpose of funding

Peakhurst Park – Construction Steel Awning in front of the canteen at the existing amenities building

Amount of Funds Requested

$17,000.00

Declaration of Conflict of Interest

Mayor Greene has signed a declaration advising that there is no conflict of interest.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for funding, works are to be of a minor capital nature and are to be assessed by the director Assets and Infrastructure for determination of eligibility, taking into consideration Council’s existing and future Capital Works Program, details of which will be included in a report to Council for consideration of funding.  The Director Assets and Infrastructure has advised that the application is consistent with Council’s future Capital Works Program in regard to providing safe and well-lit access to open space and recreational facilities.

Conformity to the Councillor Ward Fund Discretionary Fund Policy

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

 

CWF41/19-20

Mayor Kevin Greene

Classification of Application

Minor Capital Works

Name of project/purpose of funding

Henry Lawson Reserve – Installation of pathway lights along the newly constructed footpath

Amount of Funds Requested

$30,000.00

Declaration of Conflict of Interest

Mayor Greene has signed a declaration advising that there is no conflict of interest.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for funding, works are to be of a minor capital nature and are to be assessed by the director Assets and Infrastructure for determination of eligibility, taking into consideration Council’s existing and future Capital Works Program, details of which will be included in a report to Council for consideration of funding.  The Director Assets and Infrastructure has advised that the application is consistent with Council’s future Capital Works Program in regard to providing safe and well-lit access to open space and recreational facilities.

Conformity to the Councillor Ward Fund Discretionary Fund Policy

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

 

CWF42/19-20

Mayor Kevin Greene

Classification of Application

Minor Capital Works

Name of project/purpose of funding

Lillian and Bennett Road – Construction of New Footpath

Amount of Funds Requested

$82,000.00

Declaration of Conflict of Interest

Mayor Greene has signed a declaration advising that there is no conflict of interest.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for funding, works are to be of a minor capital nature and are to be assessed by the director Assets and Infrastructure for determination of eligibility, taking into consideration Council’s existing and future Capital Works Program, details of which will be included in a report to Council for consideration of funding.  The Director Assets and Infrastructure has advised that the application is consistent with Council’s future Capital Works Program in regard to providing safe and well-lit access to open space and recreational facilities.

Conformity to the Councillor Ward Fund Discretionary Fund Policy

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

 

CWF43/19-20

Mayor Kevin Greene

Classification of Application

Minor Capital Works

Name of project/purpose of funding

Evatt Park – Upgrade Existing Cricket Nets

Amount of Funds Requested

$35,000.00

Declaration of Conflict of Interest

Mayor Greene has signed a declaration advising that there is no conflict of interest.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for funding, works are to be of a minor capital nature and are to be assessed by the director Assets and Infrastructure for determination of eligibility, taking into consideration Council’s existing and future Capital Works Program, details of which will be included in a report to Council for consideration of funding.  The Director Assets and Infrastructure has advised that the application is consistent with Council’s future Capital Works Program in regard to providing safe and well-lit access to open space and recreational facilities.

Conformity to the Councillor Ward Fund Discretionary Fund Policy

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

 

CWF44/19-20

Councillor Vince Badalati

Supported by Councillor Christina Wu

Classification of Application

Minor Capital Works

Name of project/purpose of funding

Edgbaston Road Reserve Beverly Hills  – Playground Upgrade

Amount of Funds Requested

$60,001.00

Declaration of Conflict of Interest

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

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for funding, works are to be of a minor capital nature and are to be assessed by the director Assets and Infrastructure for determination of eligibility, taking into consideration Council’s existing and future Capital Works Program, details of which will be included in a report to Council for consideration of funding.  The Director Assets and Infrastructure has advised that the application is consistent with Council’s future Capital Works Program in regard to providing safe and well-lit access to open space and recreational facilities.

Conformity to the Councillor Ward Fund Discretionary Fund Policy

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

 

CWF45/19-20

Councillor Lou Konjarski

Classification of Application

Minor Capital Works

Name of project/purpose of funding

Nichol Murray Reserve – Installation of 3 New Picnic Shelters and Table and Chairs

Amount of Funds Requested

$31,000.00

Declaration of Conflict of Interest

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

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for funding, works are to be of a minor capital nature and are to be assessed by the director Assets and Infrastructure for determination of eligibility, taking into consideration Council’s existing and future Capital Works Program, details of which will be included in a report to Council for consideration of funding.  The Director Assets and Infrastructure has advised that the application is consistent with Council’s future Capital Works Program in regard to providing safe and well-lit access to open space and recreational facilities.

Conformity to the Councillor Ward Fund Discretionary Fund Policy

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

 

CWF46/19-20

Councillor Vince Badalati

Classification of

Application

Community Group

Reason for Request

SSMRF Care Community Charity Gala 1 November 2019

Applicant’s Details

St George and Sutherland Medical Research Foundation

Amount of Funds

Requested

$1,500.00

Declaration of

Conflict of Interest

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

Eligibility Criteria

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

Community Group

The St George and Sutherland Medical Research Foundation is an independent not-for-profit organisation. They began (as the St George Medical Research Foundation) on September 1 2007. For many years prior to 2007, a small but vocal group of senior doctors at St George Hospital had lobbied the local community for help in establishing an independent body to fund and promote the work of the research community within the hospital. ABN85127315931 

History of Previous Applications

There have been no previous applications.

Conformity to the

Councillor Ward

Fund Discretionary

Fund Policy

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

 

CWF46/19-20

Councillor Nancy Liu

Classification of

Application

Community Group

Reason for Request

Christmas and New Year 2020 Celebrations

Applicant’s Details

St George Arts and Entertainment Centre Incorporated

Amount of Funds

Requested

$1,500.00

Declaration of

Conflict of Interest

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

Eligibility Criteria

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

Community Group

St George Arts and Entertainment Centre Inc. are an incorporated association based in Penshurst - INC 9890602

History of Previous Applications

There have been no previous applications.

Conformity to the

Councillor Ward

Fund Discretionary

Fund Policy

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

 

CWF47/19-20

Councillor Warren Tegg

Classification of

Application

Community Group

Reason for Request

To support fundraising for disadvantaged families

Applicant’s Details

Georges River Life Care

Amount of Funds

Requested

$500.00

Declaration of

Conflict of Interest

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

Eligibility Criteria

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

Community Group

Georges River Life Care is a not for profit charity, providing services with a focus on disadvantaged individuals and families in the local Georges River community.

History of Previous Applications

There have been no previous applications.

Conformity to the

Councillor Ward

Fund Discretionary

Fund Policy

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

 

CWF48/19-20

Councillor Con Hindi

Classification of

Application

Community Group

Reason for Request

Financial assistance towards building a Hall/ Church

Applicant’s Details

St Rafqa Maronite Church

Amount of Funds

Requested

$1,000.00

Declaration of

Conflict of Interest

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

Eligibility Criteria

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

Community Group

St Rafqa is a newly established Maronite Church to serve the Maronite community and provide spiritual, social and pastoral services for members of the faithful in Sydney. Parishioners from the Georges River Area attend this Church.

St Rafqa Maronite Church is a not for profit charity

History of Previous Applications

There have been no previous applications.

Conformity to the

Councillor Ward

Fund Discretionary

Fund Policy

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

 

7.      Funds of $1,000,000 consisting of $150,000 of non-capital funds and $850,000 of capital funds have been allocated in the 2019/2020 Budget.

Non Capital Funds ($10,000/Councillor)

Funds Allocated to date including this report

Remaining Balance

The Mayor Councillor Greene

$2,600.00

$7,400.00

Councillor Agius

$300.00

$9,700.00

Councillor Badalati

$3,000.00

$7,000.00

Councillor Elmir

$3,300.00

$6,700.00

Councillor Grekas

$3,550.00

$6,450.00

Councillor Hindi

$1,000.00

$9,000.00

Councillor Katris

$300.00

$9,700.00

Councillor Kastanias

$2,700.00

$7,300.00

Councillor Konjarski

$1,800.00

$8,200.00

Councillor Landsberry

$3,550.00

$6,450.00

Councillor Liu

$2,500.00

$7,500.00

Councillor Payor

$1,800.00

$8,200.00

Councillor Symington

$2,700.00

$7,300.00

Councillor Tegg

$2,000.00

$8,000.00

Councillor Wu

$1,800.00

$8,200.00

 

 

 

Capital Funds ($170,000 per Ward)

Funds Allocated to date including this report

Remaining Balance

Blakehurst Ward

Nil

$170,000.00

Hurstville Ward

$150,000.00

NIL

Kogarah Ward

Nil

$170,000.00

Mortdale Ward

$31,000.00

$139,000.00

Peakhurst Ward

           $164,000.00

$1,000.00

 


 

 

Risk Implications

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

 

File Reference

D19/249990

 

 

 

   


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 28 October 2019                                                                           Page 135

Notices of Motion

Item:          NM072-19            Encouraging Outdoor Dining in Georges River

Councillor:       Councillor Kastanias 

 

MOTION:

That the General Manager prepare a report to Council that investigates:

(a)     Small business initiatives to encourage outdoor dining through the implementation of business zones/different tiers in the commercial centres within the Georges River local government area; and

(b)     Comparisons of what surrounding councils are currently charging in relation to outdoor dining and what incentives they may offer to businesses to encourage outdoor dining.

 

 

 

Director’s comment

Council currently has different tiers for footway dining in different business zones/commercial centres in the adopted Fees and Charges (2019/2020) as follows:

Installation of Permanent Structures on Footway (exclusive use of footway via a lease on a per square metre per annum basis)

7 year leases - market rates are determined by an independent qualified valuer for each site

Outdoor Dining Licence to Occupy Footway Hurstville & Kogarah CBD – Without Fixed Council Umbrellas (per square metre per annum)

 

$320.00

Outdoor Dining Licence to Occupy Footway Hurstville & Kogarah CBD – With Fixed Council Umbrellas (per square metre per annum)

 

$390.00

Outdoor Dining Licence to Occupy Footway  Oatley / Beverly Hills / Mortdale / Penshurst (per square metre per annum)

 

$250.00

Outdoor Dining Licence to Occupy Footway Other commercial areas (per square metre per annum)

 

$250.00

 

These fees are reviewed annually by Council consistent with the requirements of the Local Government Act 1993.

 

Financial Implications

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

 

File Reference

D19/223209

 

 

  Item:        NM073-19  Construction of a Pedestrian Skybridge to Hurstville Civic Precinct

Councillor:       Councillor Kastanias 

 

MOTION:

That the Master Plan for the Hurstville Civic Precinct be updated to include consideration of how to move pedestrians from the Hurstville train station to the Civic Precinct in a safe manner that also helps to activate the city centre, alleviate traffic congestion and is integrated with plans to improve walkability, way finding and connectivity within the city centre for pedestrians, including consideration of new pedestrian bridges and crossings.

 

 

 

Director’s Comment

The draft Hurstville Place Strategy contains a key priority: “A connected and walkable community” for the Hurstville City Centre.

 

Financial Implications

Should Council resolve to support this Motion and extend the scope of the Master Plan urban design work for the Civic Precinct, funds would need to be allocated as part of the 2020/2021 budget process.

it is estimated that additional funds of $80,000 will be required to fund an urban design investigation into the potential design and location of a pedestrian skybridge.

 

 

File Reference

D19/251989

 

 

 

  


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 28 October 2019                                                                           Page 136

Item:          NM074-19            Bus Shelters in Georges River Council Local Government Area

Councillor:       Councillor Kastanias 

 

MOTION:

(a)     That the General Manager prepares a report detailing the full inventory of all bus shelters within the Georges River Local Government Area outlining the location of each shelter, ownership status and current maintenance activities and obligations.

(b)     That the General Manager write to Transport for NSW to request confirmation that accurate timetable information is displayed for bus passengers at all bus shelters.

 

 

 

 

Director’s Comment

There are currently two contracts in place with oOh Media (formerly Adshel) for the provision of street furniture (being predominantly bus shelters).  One contract covers the former Kogarah Council local government area (LGA) and the other covers the former Hurstville Council LGA.

 

Council has a full inventory of bus shelters currently the subject of these contracts.

 

Financial Implications

No financial implications as a result of this report.

 

File Reference

D19/233244

 

 

 

  


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 28 October 2019                                                                           Page 137

Item:          NM075-19            Evatt Park Lugarno - Potential Improvements

Councillor:       Councillor Kastanias 

 

MOTION:

That the General Manager prepare a report on the feasibility and costing of works which will enhance the amenity and useability of Evatt Park, Lugarno consistent with the Master Plan and including, but not limited to:

(a) reinstating a boardwalk at Webbs Dam; and

(b) installation of an irrigation system for Evatt Park sports fields.

 

 

 

Director’s Comment

Webbs Dam within Evatt Park was upgraded in 2012 as part of Stage 1 of the Webbs Dam/Evatt Park Master Plan which involved the restoration and re-engineering of the dam to incorporate a stormwater treatment system.  One third of the dam was converted to a bio retention system and supporting infrastructure was installed within the dam to facilitate stormwater harvesting in the future. 

Stage 2 of the Webbs Dam/Evatt Park Project will involve the installation of a tertiary stormwater treatment system to further treat the harvested stormwater collected within the dam to enable it to be used to irrigate the Evatt Park Sports fields.  Stage 2 will also include the design and installation of an irrigation and drainage system and the resurfacing of the sport fields at Evatt Park.  

Council has allocated $2 million dollars towards Stage 2 of the Evatt Park Stormwater Harvesting and Irrigation Project within the Delivery Program which is scheduled to be delivered in the 2020/21 financial year. 

 

 

Financial Implications

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

 

File Reference

D19/223282

 

 

 

  


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 28 October 2019                                                                           Page 138

Item:          NM076-19  National Broadband Network (NBN) Reinstatement Construction Standards

Councillor:       Councillor Kastanias 

 

MOTION:

(a)  That Council write to The Hon. Paul Fletcher MP, Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts and Mr Stephen Rue, Chief Executive Officer of NBN Co requesting changes to the specification for NBN Reinstatement Construction Standards; and

(b)  That the letter specifically address the need to amend the turf restoration standards resulting from telecommunications works, to align with current standards of pavement restorations on a ‘like for like’ policy, which matches turf condition prior to disturbance.

 

 

 

Director’s Comment

The current specification requires only the spreading of soil and seed which is leaving frontages to many premises in a degraded condition that is unacceptable to Georges River Council residents.

The seeding of grassed areas rather than returfing is not an effective way to restore the nature strips and Council is left to pay for the repair. 

Due to inadequate standards, Council staff have difficulty in ensuring the proper restoration of Council’s assets following the NBN installation work throughout the city.

 

 

Financial Implications

No financial implications as a result of this report as NBN will either complete the work or refund Georges River Council for rectification. 

 

File Reference

D19/231089

 

 

 

  


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 28 October 2019                                                                           Page 139

Item:          NM077-19            Removal of Car Parking Spaces, 385 Princes Highway, Carlton

Councillor:       Councillor Elmir 

 

MOTION:

That the General Manager write to the NSW Roads and Maritime Services requesting an update on the removal of the on-street car parking spaces located immediately adjacent to the Officeworks building frontage at 385-395 Princes Highway, Carlton to alleviate traffic congestion and vehicle queuing across the intersection with Plant Street.

 

 

Director’s Comment

The Princes Highway is owned and maintained by the NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) and any decision to remove on-street parking is solely at its discretion.

The RMS has previously indicated an intention to remove the parking spaces adjacent to the Officeworks building at 385-395 Princes Highway.  However, it has not undertaken any community consultation and a final decision has not been made.

 

Financial Implications

No financial/budget impact for this recommendation.

 

File Reference

D19/252976

 

 

 

  


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 28 October 2019                                                                           Page 140

Item:          NM078-19  Georges River Council's Commitment to End Domestic Violence

Councillor:       Councillor Symington 

 

MOTION:

(a)  That Council notes the recent and unfortunate liquidation of the registered charity White Ribbon Australia Pty Ltd as announced on 4 October 2019; and

(b)  That Council reaffirms its commitment to end domestic violence in the Georges River local government area and continues to promote and support its “No Domestic Violence” campaign and Walk to be held on Friday 22 November 2019.

 

 

Director’s Comment

White Ribbon Australia Pty Ltd released a media statement on 4 October 2019 indicating that the charitable organisation had gone into liquidation.

 

Since proclamation Georges River Council has consistently supported initiatives to eliminate domestic violence including Council’s support for White Ribbon Walks since November 2017 and Council’s ongoing support to like-minded charitable organisations.

 

Should Council resolve to support this Motion, the continuation of the “No Domestic Violence” campaign and Walk is consistent with current resolutions of Council.

 

Financial Implications

The expenditure in relation to the “No Domestic Violence” campaign and walk is funded in the 2019/2020 financial year budget to the value of $17,000. The budget covers audio visual equipment, a videographer, security and traffic management.

 

File Reference

D19/143551

 

 

  


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 28 October 2019                                                                           Page 141

Item:          NM079-19            Council Promotion of the "No Domestic Violence" Campaign and Walk

Councillor:       Councillor Liu 

 

MOTION:

(a)  That, having regard to the recent liquidation of the registered charity White Ribbon Australia Pty Ltd, Council reaffirms its commitment to end domestic violence by re-branding the ‘White Ribbon’ campaign to the “No Domestic Violence” campaign utilising existing budget allocations;

(b)  That, in order to increase community awareness of Georges River Council’s commitment to the “No Domestic Violence” campaign and promote its rebranding, Councillors consider the allocation of Councillor Discretionary Ward Funds for the manufacture and distribution of reusable banners and promotional material across the City for the 2019 campaign and Walk event; and

(c)   That, as part of the 2020/21 budget process, Council considers the allocation of additional funding to support a broader campaign to promote the 2020 “No Domestic Violence” Walk.  

 

 

Director’s Comment

Since proclamation Georges River Council has consistently supported initiatives to eliminate domestic violence including Council’s support for White Ribbon Walks since November 2017 and Council’s ongoing support to like-minded charitable organisations.

Should Council resolve to support this Motion, the allocation of additional funds to support the rebranding of the ‘White Ribbon’ campaign to the “No Domestic Violence” campaign and walk would be consistent with Council’s current commitment to end domestic violence.

 

Financial Implications

The expenditure in relation to the “No Domestic Violence” campaign and walk is funded in the 2019/20 financial year budget to the value of $17,000. The existing budget covers audio visual equipment, a videographer, security and traffic management.

Currently the existing budget does not cover the need to rebrand the campaign to reflect Council’s leadership of its new “No Domestic Violence” campaign. The existing budget will only cover the essential rebranding of items such as marching banners.

Should Council resolve to support this Motion, any Councillor Discretionary Ward Funds approved at the Council Meeting will be allocated to the purchase of reusable “No Domestic Violence” banners and promotional material for distribution across the City.

 

 

File Reference

D19/143551

 

 

  


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 28 October 2019                                                                           Page 142

Item:          NM080-19 Inclusion of the Publication "Too Blue To Be True" in Georges River Library Collection

Councillor:       Councillor Liu 

 

MOTION:

(a)  That Council notes the recent launch and impending publication by Australia Chinese New Arts Society of the bilingual book “Too Blue To Be True”, detailing the Chinese migrant experience including the foreword written by the Mayor.

(b)  That, in recognition of the publication’s relevance to the history and culture of the Georges River community, Council considers the acquisition of the publication for the Local Studies collection of Georges River Libraries.

 

 

Director’s Comment

In accordance with Section 4.2 of the Library Collection Development Policy the Library may collect items that have “relevance and value to the local studies of Georges River including geographic, historical, cultural, sociological and political material”. The book “Too Blue to be True” is suitable for the Library’s Local Studies Collection as it contains stories of Chinese Australians that are relevant to the migration experience that is shared by a significant proportion of the Georges River community.

 

Financial Implications

Should Council resolve to support this Motion, the cost for the purchase of the publication is within the current Library’s operational budget. While the purchase price of the publication is currently unavailable, it is anticipated to be between $30.00 to $40.00.

 

File Reference

D19/143551

 

 

  


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 28 October 2019                                                                           Page 143

Item:          NM081-19            Replacement and Upgrading of No Smoking Signage at Georges River Parks and Sporting Fields

Councillor:       Councillor Landsberry 

 

MOTION:

That further to Council’s adoption of the Smoke Free Zones at the Kogarah Town Square, Hurstville Memorial Square and Hurstville Central Plaza, and with enhanced signage to be placed in these three locations advising the public that smoking is prohibited in these areas:

(a)     Council note that when the former Kogarah Council introduced a smoke free policy for outdoor areas in 2008, it was applicable within the vicinity of playgrounds, sports fields, alfresco dining areas, parks, pools, bus shelters, taxi ranks, council events, and within 10 metres of the entrance to public buildings.  Smoke free zone signage was installed at a number of playgrounds and parks within the Kogarah LGA to promote a smoke free environment;

(b)     That, as the Tobacco Legislation Amendment Act 2012 (NSW) bans smoking at the locations listed in part (a) above, and to assist with maintaining and enforcing smoke free outdoor areas, the General Manager prepare a report to Council on the design and cost of installing replacement signage at designated playgrounds and selected outdoor areas across the Georges River Local Government Area; and

(c)     That Council provide community leadership, improve public amenity and protect the health and well-being of the community by developing a new Smoke Free Policy for Outdoor Areas for the Georges River Local Government Area. 

 

 

 

Director’s Comment:

This Motion is consistent with Pillars 1 and 3 (A protected environment and green open spaces and Active and accessible places and spaces) of Council’s Community Strategic Plan 2018-2028.

 

Financial Implications

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

 

File Reference

D19/240510

 

 

 

  


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 28 October 2019                                                                           Page 144

Item:          NM082-19            Congratulations to Amelia Kirby and Kate Woosnam - Football NSW Metro East Rep Team

Councillor:       Councillor Grekas 

 

MOTION:

(a)     That Council congratulate local residents Amelia Kirby (formerly of Oatley Football Club) and Kate Woosnam (formerly of All Saints Oatley West) who were selected to play in the Football NSW Metro East team (comprising of teams from the St George, Canterbury and Eastern Suburbs areas) and recently won the U14 State Titles. Captained by Amelia, the team was undefeated over the 8 games, beating Metro North for the top spot. Congratulations to both girls on their achievement.

 

(b)    That the Mayor write a letter of congratulations to these local athletes for their achievements.

 

 

 

Director’s Comment

Consistent with Pillars 1, 3 and 5 of the Community Strategic Plan 2018-2028.

 

Financial Implications

No financial/budget impact for this recommendation.

 

File Reference

D19/240530

 

 

 

  


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 28 October 2019                                                                           Page 145

Item:          NM083-19            Sandringham to Brighton Community Pathway Association's Pilot Walk

Councillor:       Councillor Symington 

 

MOTION:

(a)  That Council congratulates the Sandringham to Brighton Community Pathway Association on a successful pilot walk and acknowledges the Association’s contribution to protect community green space.

(b)  That the General Manager investigate the delivery of events along the Georges River foreshore to improve connectivity to and between our riverside parks as part of the feasibility study into the establishment of a destination event, and consistent with Council’s Events Strategy 2018-2020 and the Open Space, Recreation and Community Facilities Strategy 2019-2036.

 

 

 

Director’s Comment

Sandringham to Brighton Community Pathway Association Pilot Walk took place on 15 September 2019 in the Bayside local government area and was attended by residents of Georges River.

 

The development of a riverside event(s) is consistent with Council’s Events Strategy 2018-2020 as well as the Open Space, Recreation and Community Facilities Strategy 2019-2036 to improve the connectivity to and between riverside parks situated in the bays of the Georges River.

 

Financial Implications

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

 

File Reference

D19/244119

 

 

  


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 28 October 2019                                                                           Page 146

Item:          NM084-19            Reconstruction of Donnelly Park Wharf

Councillor:       Councillor Elmir 

 

MOTION:

(a)  That Council apply for grant funding under the NSW Government’s Boating Now Program   for reconstruction of the Donnelly Park wharf.

(b)  That Council write to the Member for Oatley, Mark Coure MP to request his support for the grant funding application.

 

 

 

Director’s Comment

Donnelly Park Wharf has reached the end on its useful life. The wharf has undergone regular maintenance to deck boards, railing and pile replacements over many years however a recent structural assessment of the wharf has found that more significant repairs are required and it is more cost effective to reconstruct the wharf.

A new extended gangway and pontoon was added to the wharf in 2015. The gangway and pontoon located at the end of the wharf are in good condition and can be reused as part of the project.

 

Financial Implications

A cost estimate of $200,000 was provided with the recent structural assessment to reconstruct the wharf.

 

 

File Reference

D19/244420

 

 

 

  


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 28 October 2019                                                                           Page 147

Item:          NM085-19 Restoration of the Oatley to Como Walkway - NSW Government Lands

Councillor:       Councillor Grekas 

 

MOTION:

That Council write to the Minister for Transport, The Hon. Andrew Constance MP, the Member for Oatley, Mark Coure MP and the Secretary of Transport NSW, Mr Rod Staples to request that Transport NSW and Sydney Trains immediately undertake the necessary embankment stabilisation works required to NSW government (railway) lands to enable Council to restore sections of the Oatley to Como walkway.

 

 

 

Director’s Comment

The condition of the Oatley to Como Walkway has deteriorated over time and sections are structurally impacted by subsidence and instability of the adjacent embankment. In order for corrective works to be effective and structurally sound, immediate rectification works are required to provide an adequate foundation for the walkway.

 

The restoration works to sections of the Oatley to Como Walkway is consistent with Pillar 1 (A protected environment and green open spaces) and Pillar 3 (Active and accessible places and spaces) of Council’s Community Strategic Plan 2018-2028.

 

Financial Implications

No financial implications as a result of this report.

 

File Reference

D19/244758

 

 

 

  


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 28 October 2019                                                                           Page 148

Item:          NM086-19 Sponsorship Support for Council's Major Events Program

Councillor:       Councillor Kastanias 

 

MOTION:

(a)     That to ensure the financial sustainability of Georges River Council, Council encourages local businesses to sponsor Georges River Council’s major events

(b)     That the Major Events Sponsorship Prospectus 2019/2020 be more widely distributed to local businesses and that opportunities to form positive partnerships with Council are encouraged.

 

 

Director’s Comment

Each year the Major Events Sponsorship Prospectus 2019/2020 is distributed to businesses across the Council area and beyond.  The Prospectus is also distributed to past and potential sponsors for the events program which includes: Magic of Christmas in Carss Bush Park, Australia Day Festival, Lunar New Year Festival, Starlight Cinema, the Eat Art Night Markets and the Councillors Charity Ball.

 

Financial Implications

The annual budget for sponsorship of major events is $90,000. There is no budget impact for this report.

 

File Reference

D19/143551

 

 

  


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 28 October 2019                                                                           Page 149

Item:          NM087-19 Oatley Village Festival - Congratulations to the Oatley Lions Club

Councillor:       Councillor Grekas 

 

MOTION:

(a)     That the Oatley Lions Club be congratulated on the successful delivery of its 42nd annual           Village Festival held on Saturday 19 October 2019 which raised $50,000 for local schools,           community groups, charities, and the Farmer's Drought Appeal.

(b)     Further, that Council also congratulate both the events staff and the outdoor staff for their           logistical support on the day.

 

 

 

Director’s Comment

This Motion is consistent with Pillar 5 (A harmonious and proud community with strong social services and infrastructure) of Council’s Community Strategic Plan.

 

Financial Implications

No financial/budget impact for this recommendation.

 

File Reference

D19/250044

 

 

 

  


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 28 October 2019                                                                           Page 151

Item:          NM088-19            Draft Building Practitioners Bill 2019

Councillor:       Councillor Katris 

 

MOTION:

THAT Council:

(a)       Acknowledge the release of the NSW Government’s Draft Design and Building Practitioners Bill 2019 (‘the Bill’);

(b)       Note that NSW Fair Trading has advised that that draft Bill introduces a suite of new reforms to improve the quality and compliance of design documentation and to strengthen accountability across the design, building and construction sector. The draft Bill proposes the following key reforms, including:

i.    Introducing the concept of ‘regulated designs’, which include designs for a building element and performance solutions for prescribed classes of building work or a building element;

ii.    Requiring that design practitioners who prepare regulated designs issue a compliance declaration to declare that the designs comply with the Building Code of Australia;

iii.   Requiring that building practitioners obtain, rely upon and build in accordance with declared designs, and issue a compliance declaration to declare they have complied with the Building Code of Australia;

iv.   Requiring that any variations to declared designs are reprepared and declared by a design practitioner if they are in a building element or performance solution, or in any other case, documented by the building practitioner;

v.   Introducing the optional role of a ‘principal design practitioner’;

vi.   Requiring any design, principal design or building practitioner who intends on making a compliance declaration to be registered under a new registration scheme set out under the draft Bill; and

vii.  Clarifying the common law to ensure that a duty of care is owed for construction work to certain categories of ‘owner’.

(c)        Write to the Premier of NSW, the Leader of the Opposition, the Minister for Fair Trading and the Minister for Better Regulation in relation to the following matters:

i.     Council supports the Release of the Draft Bill which is intended to improve the quality and compliance of design documentation and to strengthen accountability across the design and building construction industry.

ii.    Council does not believe that the Bill goes far enough to address all the industry issues, and raises further matters for consideration and inclusion in any regulatory changes including:

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

·          Requiring 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;

·          Investigating 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;

·          Investigating 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;

·          Investigating 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; and

·          Amending the Draft Bill to ensure that existing professional bodies that already provide accreditation to design professionals are recognised in any registration scheme that is proposed by the Bill and that the levels of qualifications that are accredited by such professional bodies are conducive to the qualifications, experience and skill levels required for the scale and size of any proposed residential project.

Director’s Comment

The proposed Motion is consistent with the approach Council is undertaking in the preparation of the Draft LEP to ensure quality design outcomes of development in the city and ensuring construction techniques and built form outcomes are of a superior quality.

 

The proposed Motion is also consistent with Council’s Community Strategic Plan 2018 – 2028, Pillar 2 to provide “quality, well planned development”.

 

Financial Implications

No financial/budget impact for this recommendation.

 

File Reference

 D19/252721