Monday, 28 October 2019
Level 1, Georges River Civic Centre
Corner Dora and MacMahon Streets, Hurstville
MM021-19 Visit by Her Excellency, The Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC, Governor of NSW
(Report by The Mayor, Councillor Greene)................................................................ 1
MM022-19 LGNSW Save Our Recycling Campaign
(Report by The Mayor, Councillor Greene)................................................................ 2
MM023-19 Council's Cultural Events
(Report by The Mayor, Councillor Greene)................................................................ 5
MM024-19 St George District Rugby League Football Club Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
(Report by The Mayor, Councillor Greene)................................................................ 6
Mayor: The Mayor, Councillor Greene
Last Friday, 25 October, I had the privilege of representing Council at two local events in the presence of Her Excellency, The Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC, Governor of NSW. The first was at well known local charity, Learning Links, Peakhurst where the Governor spoke with staff, children and parents, briefly outlining her love of education and the need to provide educational opportunities for the disadvantaged in the community.
Next stop was St Declan’s Primary School, Penshurst where the full school assembly, also attended by a large group of parents and grandparents, heard the Governor outline her experiences when a student at the school. I’m sure everyone was impressed with her manner and ease of communicating with the students. This also carried over to the morning tea with parents and guests as she engaged in small group conversations.
Our community can be extremely proud that a young girl from Bassett Street Hurstville, educated locally, renowned for a distinguished legal career and now Governor of our State is so proud of her heritage and the opportunities afforded to her. My attendance at the functions on Friday strongly supported all the positive comments that I had heard regarding the Governor’s good character and ability to relate to people.
That Council notes the attendance of Her Excellency, The Honourable Margaret Beazley AO, QC at Learning Links, Peakhurst and St Declan’s Primary School, Penshurst.
Item: MM022-19 LGNSW Save Our Recycling Campaign
Mayor: The Mayor, Councillor Greene
I am calling on Councillors to support the local government sector’s Save Our Recycling campaign as outlined in the Local Government NSW report At the Crossroads: The State of Waste and Recycling in NSW.
The NSW Government collects revenue from a Waste Levy via licensed waste facilities in NSW to discourage the amount of waste being landfilled and to promote recycling and resource recovery. According to the latest NSW Budget papers, this totalled $772 million in 2018/19.
Revenue from the Waste Levy is expected to increase by about 70 percent from 2012/13 to 2022/23. By the end of this period the Waste Levy revenue is forecast to have increased to more than $800 million a year: $100 for every person in NSW. Yet, only a small portion – less than one fifth – of this revenue is invested back into waste and recycling programs.
The NSW Government promised a major education campaign to help support kerbside recycling in 2015. However, this has not been delivered. A Waste Infrastructure Plan and a new Waste Strategy are also overdue.
The Government is also likely to miss key targets in its existing Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2014-21. Its latest 2017/18 Progress Report shows that in NSW:
· household recycling rates are decreasing;
· less waste per person is being diverted from landfill; and
· the amount of waste being generated is expected to grow by 36% by 2036 – well above population growth.
Recent decisions by China and other countries to put in place measures to stop the importation of plastic and paper recycling from countries like Australia are also making it more challenging to find markets for recycled products.
This combination of a lack of funding, planning and action has left our state-wide waste and recycling systems in a poor state.
Local councils in NSW are calling on the NSW Government to reverse this downward slide: to invest the money it collects from the Waste Levy to help fix our state’s ailing waste and recycling, and help build a circular economy in NSW.
Local Government’s Save our Recycling campaign outlines ways the State Government can work with us to properly develop, fund and deliver the waste and recycling systems our communities deserve.
It is a blueprint for the NSW Government to invest the money it collects from the Waste Levy to help fix our ailing recycling services and build a circular economy in NSW.
The campaign focuses on the following key areas for NSW Government action:
· Education: Fund a large-scale, state-wide education campaign to support recycling and markets for recycled products in NSW. The NSW Government must fund and work with councils to activate this campaign; community by community.
· Innovation: Greater use of more recycled content by all tiers of government to help create scale, and then new markets, jobs and investment will follow.
· Investment: Reinvest the Waste Levy in council-led regional waste-and-recycling plans and fund councils to deliver the infrastructure and services our cities and regions need.
In 2018, delegates at the LGNSW 2018 Conference unanimously voted to call on the NSW Government to reinvest the Waste Levy in recycling and waste infrastructure and programs.
The 2019 Conference further supported this approach, outlining specific solutions to the waste and recycling crisis which could be delivered in partnership with local government. These steps are outlined in the wording of this Mayoral Minute, and include:
· Funded regional waste plans for the future of waste and resource recovery developed by councils for their regions.
· Funding for and delivery of the priority infrastructure and other local government projects necessary to deliver these regional-scale plans, particularly where market failure has been identified.
· Increased local and state government procurement of recycled goods made with domestic content, e.g.
o recycled content targets to help drive demand and provide incentives to deliver on these targets.
o funded research, development and delivery of recycling technologies and products generated from recyclables, particularly by local or regional councils.
I am recommending that Council support the Save Our Recycling campaign, which is being coordinated on behalf of the sector by LGNSW.
(a) That Council acknowledges the growing imperative to manage waste and recycling within NSW and calls for urgent action from the State Government to help build a circular economy in NSW.
(b) That Council recognises initiatives and projects taken within the local government area to help achieve this goal, including: working with businesses, community and schools through our public school litter reduction programme, our business, strata and residents information pack as well as our A-Z Recycling guide on Council’s website.
(c) That Council endorses Local Government NSW’s sector-wide Save our Recycling campaign and asks the NSW Government to reinvest the Waste Levy in:
i. Funding councils to collaboratively develop regional-scale plans for the future of waste and recycling in their regions.
ii. The delivery of the priority infrastructure and other local government projects needed to deliver regional-scale plans, particularly where a market failure has been identified.
iii. Support for the purchase of recycled content by all levels of government, to help create new markets.
iv. Funding and delivery of a State-wide education campaign on the importance of recycling, including the right way to recycle, the purchase of products with recycled content and the importance of waste avoidance.
(d) That Council write to local State Members Mr Steve Kamper MP, Mr Chris Minns MP, Mr Mark Coure MP, Mr Jihad Dib, Minister for Energy and Environment the Hon Matthew Kean MP, Local Government Minister the Hon Shelley Hancock MP, NSW Treasurer the Hon Dominic Perrottet MP, Premier of NSW the Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP, Opposition Leader Jodi McKay MP, Shadow Minister for Environment and Heritage Kate Washington MP, and Shadow Minister for Local Government Greg Warren MP to confirm its support for recycling and outline the urgent need to educate, innovate and invest in local waste and recycling services via the Waste Levy.
(e) That Council advise LGNSW President Linda Scott of the adoption of this Mayoral Minute.
(f) That Council shares and promotes the Save Our Recycling campaign via its digital and social media channels and via its networks.
Item: MM023-19 Council's Cultural Events
Mayor: The Mayor, Councillor Greene
Councillors are aware that October has seen a significant focus on events as part of our Cultural Strategy. The month long Discovery Festival has provided a diverse range of Community events using both indoor and outdoor venues. Music, dance and comedy have all featured and good crowds have been in attendance.
The Twilight Music series culminated last Friday week with the Opera Highlights program. With a 33 piece Concert Orchestra the Marana Auditorium again showed itself as the perfect venue for such an event. I was pleased to receive a letter last week from the Hon John Brown AO who was in attendance and lavished praise on Council for bringing such a wonderful event to the community.
Last week I was pleased to present the winners of the Georges River Art Prize. We again had three categories – Little Artists, Youth Prize with entries on display at Kogarah Library and announced last Thursday and the Senior Prize presented on Friday evening with entries in the Hurstville Museum and Gallery. The quality across all categories was outstanding with good crowds at both presentations.
The Community and Culture team can be very proud of a very successful month of Cultural events.
That we congratulate the Community and Culture team on the success of the many events they’ve brought to our community throughout October
Item: MM024-19 St George District Rugby League Football Club Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
Mayor: The Mayor, Councillor Greene
The St George District Rugby League Football Club was formed in 1921 and played its first games at was then Kogarah Oval (now Netstrata Jubilee Stadium) in the 1950’s.
The Club is still involved with rugby league at the elite level, having representation on the Board of the St George Illawarra NRL Club, in addition to having carriage of the various entities over the history of rugby league in the St George District.
Over the years the Club has established the “Legends Walk’ that is a series of structures individually depicting ‘player legends’ and their achievements in the history of the Club. These installations have been funded through donations from members and others that have their names inscribed on the structures.
Additionally there are plaques that commemorate various milestones for the Club at the venue and also dedicated to ‘immortals’ of the game from the Club in this area of the precinct.
Georges River Council recognises that the stadium and precinct is the spiritual home of the St George District Rugby League Club and the Club provides its support in retaining the venue as a home ground for the St George Illawarra NRL Club into the future.
District Junior Rugby League Finals have been played at the stadium and where possible this will continue to be the case.
In the future development of the stadium precinct, the intention is clear in the Memorandum of Understanding that there will be consultation and cooperation with the Club to include consideration of the Legends Walk and associated elements, in the planning of the precinct.
The Club has made it clear that it supports the development of the Stadium Precinct as a regional sporting hub.
In recognition of the above, the Club has requested that Council enter into a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) as a positive and mutually beneficial arrangement, that recognises the ongoing relationship between the St George District Rugby League fraternity and Georges River Council in regard to the Netstrata Jubilee Stadium and Stadium Precinct. I consider that the MOU will benefit not only the Council and the Club but the whole community in the local government area of Georges River Council.
That Council enter into a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding with St George District Rugby League Football Club for the purpose of establishing a commitment to consultation and cooperation between the Club and Georges River Council in relation to the historical association that the Club has with the Netstrata Jubilee Stadium and stadium precinct.