SUPPLEMENTARY AGENDA


Council Meeting

 

Monday, 22 July 2019

 

 

Dragon Room

Level 1, Georges River Civic Centre

Corner Dora and MacMahon Streets, Hurstville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Ordinary Meeting

 ORDER OF BUSINESS

 

Mayoral Minutes

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

(The Mayor, Councillor Greene).................................................................................. 3

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

(The Mayor, Councillor Greene).................................................................................. 4

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

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

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

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

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

(The Mayor, Councillor Greene).................................................................................. 7  


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Mayoral Minute

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

Mayor:               The Mayor, Councillor Greene 

 

 

Background

St Mark’s Church in South Hurstville celebrates its 100th Anniversary in August 2019.

 

On Sunday 4 August 2019, the church will hold its official Centenary event with a Choral Eucharist (a Communion with choir).  The event will be led by the Archbishop of Sydney, as well as other distinguished guests.

 

Prior to the construction of St Mark’s Church, the Anglican faith community of South Hurstville and surrounding area met at 7 Joffre Street, South Hurstville, the home of Mr and Mrs H Smith. The first St Mark’s Church of England was located at 4 The Mall, South Hurstville.  It was dedicated on 2 August 1919 by The Most Reverend John Wright, Archbishop of Sydney.

 

As the population of South Hurstville and surrounds grew, land at the corner of The Mall and Grosvenor Road was purchased in 1944 and was earmarked for a new church.

 

South Hurstville gained full parish status in 1954 under the leadership of The Reverend Noel Delbridge, who was appointed as Rector.  At this time, St Mark’s served the area of South Hurstville, Blakehurst, Connells Point and Kyle Bay.  In 1956, a vigorous campaign was launched at St Mark's to raise funds for building a larger church.  On 7 February 1960, this campaign came to fruition with the dedication of the new church building.

 

The first St Mark’s Church was sold to Kogarah Municipal Council.  The building today houses South Hurstville Kindergarten, operated by Georges River Council.

 

St Mark’s Hall, at 10 The Mall was built and dedicated in 1969.  As well as housing St Mark’s Pre-School Kindergarten in the lower floor, the upper level is used extensively by community and church groups through the week.

 

St Mark’s is distinguished by its style of worship and its musical tradition.  It engages with the community in various ways, including special choral services, ANZAC and Remembrance commemorations, concerts and a growing childrens’ ministry.

 

The current Rector, The Reverend Peter Greenwood commenced at St Mark’s in 2014, and contributes to the roster for opening prayers at Council Meetings.

 

 

MOTION:

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.

 

 

 

  


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

Mayor:               The Mayor, Councillor Greene 

 

 

Background

Council was recently contacted by the St George District Athletic Club, advising of representation and seeking support for a number of young athletes representing the Club at national and international sporting events as follows:

1.   Nicole Harris to represent Georges River and Australia at the International Federation for Athletes with Intellectual Impairments (INAS) Global Games to be held in Brisbane in October 2019;

 

2.   Andrew Goschnik who represented Georges River and Australia at the Oceania Athletics Championships in Townsville on 25 -28 June 2019; and

 

3.   Lauren Casey, who represented Georges River and Australia at the World Junior Cross Country Championships in Denmark in March 2019.

 

 

MOTION:

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.

 

 

 

  


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

Mayor:               The Mayor, Councillor Greene 

 

 

Background

On Saturday 17 August 2019, the Michael Tynan Memorial 2019 Drive and Scooter Challenge will be commencing from Carss Bush Park.  The Challenge raises much needed awareness and funds for local medical research at St George and Sutherland Medical Research Foundation and University of Wollongong Medicine.

 

The event has been running for four years and for the first time will be including the Georges River area. All participants will drive or ride from Carss Bush Park to Sutherland and Wollongong with the final destination being a fundraising luncheon at Kembla Grange Racecourse in Wollongong.

 

The St George and Sutherland Medical Research Foundation is an independent charity which proudly supports medical research in the Southern region of Sydney with global impact.  The Michael Tynan Memorial Challenge supports the foundation’s commitment to achieve better health outcomes for our local hospitals and community.

 

The Council Charity Golf Day and Pro Am Legends Golf Day are both held at Hurstville Golf Club in March and November each year.  Each day is attended by approximately 240 participants and the funds raised support local need. In the 2018/2019 financial year, over $35,000 was donated to the now completed St George Hospital Cancer Care Centre.

 

With the Cancer Care Centre project now finalised, I believe this is a good opportunity for Council to support St George and Sutherland Medical Research Foundation. Georges River has a number of health facilities in the area that benefit from the Foundation’s medical research.

 

 

 

MOTION:

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.

 

 

  


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

Mayor:               The Mayor, Councillor Greene 

 

 

Background

I table this Mayoral Minute in recognition and appreciation of Superintendent, Julian Griffiths for his contribution to the Georges River community since his appointment to the position of Superintendent and Commander, St George Police Area Command.

 

Recognised for his professionalism in policing, Superintendent Griffiths has recently been transferred to the Camden Police Area Command.

 

Superintendent Griffiths’ final day at the St George Command was Friday 12 July 2019.

 

Superintendent Griffiths was instrumental in establishing an excellent working relationship with Council on matters such as crime prevention programs including the installation of CCTV, traffic management and road safety issues, a number of regulatory public safety issues and the management of vexatious customers.

 

In addition, Superintendent Griffiths was the catalyst for the development of a draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Council and the St George Police Area Command which is in its final stages of preparation.

 

The MOU formalises the positive relationship between Council and the St George Police Area Command, focusing on interagency cooperation and information and resource sharing.

 

Taking over as Commander St George Police Area Command is Superintendent Tony Cooke, from the State Crime Command, who is due to commence on 5 August 2019.

 

 

 

MOTION:

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.

 

 

 

  


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

Mayor:               The Mayor, Councillor Greene 

 

 

Background 

In April 2019 the ICAC published a discussion paper entitled The Regulation of Lobbying, Access and Influence in NSW: A chance to have your say.  The discussion paper asks a series of questions designed to generate feedback to enable the ICAC to develop practical recommendations to the NSW Government aimed at improving standards of transparency and accountability in Government and public administration.

 

The Lobbying of Government Officials Act 2011 (LOGO Act) primarily places obligations on persons carrying out lobbying to comply with the Lobbyists Code of Conduct, which has the status of a regulation made under the LOGO Act. 

 

Third-party lobbyists, being an individual or body who is paid to lobby on behalf of someone else, are required to be registered on the Lobbyists Register, which is maintained by the NSW Electoral Commission. 

 

If the LOGO Act were to be more broadly applied to local councils it could mean that councils would need to have procedures in place to mitigate any possibility or perception of misconduct, including ensuring that records are made of any contact with third-party and other lobbyists who may influence or be perceived to influence policy, local government approvals and planning approvals or procurement decisions. 

 

A possible implication for councils if the LOGO Act is amended it might impose an additional administrative burden on councillors to ensure for example, that meetings with lobbyists are properly recorded. 

 

In 2010 the ICAC recommended that the NSW Government amend the Model Code of Conduct to regulate contact between council staff and applicants for development, including persons acting on behalf of applicants for development and that planning applications include provision for a declaration by applicants of affiliation with any council officer, with criminal sanctions for false declarations. 

 

These recommendations were not implemented by the NSW Government.  It is possible that the ICAC may re-enliven these recommendations should it determine as a result of its current investigation into the regulation of lobbying that local government requires greater scrutiny and regulation in respect of lobbying activity.

 

Public Inquiry

The Chief Commissioner of the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has now announced that a Public Inquiry into lobbying practices in NSW will commence on 5 August 2019

 

The ICAC has asked LGNSW to seek the views of its members regarding whether or not the Lobbying of Government Officials Act 2011 (LOGO Act), which currently largely excludes local government, should apply to local councils. 

  


 

 

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In particular, councils have been asked to consider whether:

 

1.   The LOGO Act should apply to local councils generally, being the Mayor, councillors and council staff;

2.   The LOGO Act should be expanded to cover other classes of lobbyist, such as town planning consultants, architects or lawyers who make representations to local councils on behalf of individual clients;

3.   Other approaches should be taken to reduce the risk of improper lobbying practices in local government; and

4.   Any other enhancements should be made to the way that lobbying in local government is regulated.

 

To assist in representing the views of its members, LGNSW has prepared a short survey for councillors and staff to complete.  Responses will be treated confidentially and neither individuals nor councils will be identified in LGNSW’s submission.  Surveys are available online or via Council’s Manager, Office of the General Manager.

 

In light of the timing of the Public Inquiry and the likelihood that LGNSW will give evidence to the Inquiry, it has requested survey responses or emails on the matter by no later than Friday 2 August 2019.  

 

  

 

MOTION:

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.