MINUTES


Council Meeting

 

Monday 28 October 2019

7.00pm

 

 

Dragon Room

Civic Centre, Hurstville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Georges River Council - Minutes of Council Meeting - Monday, 28 October 2019

Page 1

 

Present

Council Members

The Mayor, Councillor Kevin Greene, Deputy Mayor, Councillor Con Hindi, Councillor Stephen Agius, Councillor Vince Badalati, Councillor Sam Elmir, Councillor Sandy Grekas, Councillor Rita Kastanias, Councillor Nick Katris, Councillor Lou Konjarski, Councillor Kathryn Landsberry, Councillor Nancy Liu, Councillor Leesha Payor and  Councillor Colleen Symington.

Council Staff

General Manager - Ms Gail Connolly, Acting Director Assets and Infrastructure - Mr Andrew Latta, Director Environment and Planning - Ms Meryl Bishop, Director Community and Culture - Ms Rebekah Schulz, Director Business and Corporate Services - Mr David Tuxford, Director City Strategy and Innovation – Ms Sue Weatherley, Director Legal Services and General Counsel - Ms Jenny Ware, Manager, Office of the General Manager - Ms Roxanne Thornton, Executive Services Officer – Ms Marina Cavar and Research and Projects Officer – Ms Ann Marie Svorinic

 

Opening

The Mayor, Councillor Kevin Greene, opened the meeting at 7:17pm.

 

National Anthem

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

 

Prayer

 The Mayor, Councillor Greene offered a prayer to the meeting.

 

Acknowledgement of Country

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

 

Apologies/Leave of Absence  

Recommendation: Councillor Landsberry and Councillor Grekas

That apologies be accepted and leave of absence be granted for Councillor Tegg and Councillor Wu.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

Notice of Webcasting

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

 

Code of Meeting Practice

The order of business is as shown in the agenda.

 

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

 

Disclosures of Interest

Councillor Hindi declared a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary interest in relation to Item CCL067-19 (ENV035-19: Adoption of the Local Strategic Planning Statement and endorsement of the Housing Precincts for LEP 2020), for the reason that a relative of his lives in a residential property that might be impacted by the LSPS. Councillor Hindi remained in the meeting during discussion and voting on this item.

Councillor Badalati declared a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary interest in relation to Item CCL067-19 (ENV035-19: Adoption of the Local Strategic Planning Statement and endorsement of the Housing Precincts for LEP 2020), for the reason that he lives in Beverly Hills. Councillor Badalati remained in the meeting during discussion and voting on this item.

Note:      Councillor Hindi arrived at the meeting at 7:23pm

Public Forum

ITEM

SPEAKER

CCL067-19: Report of Environment and Planning Committee Meeting held on 14 October 2019 (ENV035-19 Adoption of Local Strategic Planning Statement and endorsement of the Housing Precincts for LEP 2020)

Sydney Kak

 

 

Confirmation of Minutes of previous meetings

Council Meeting - 23 September 2019

RECOMMENDATION: Councillor Grekas and Councillor Konjarski

That the Minutes of the Council Meeting held on 23 September 2019 be adopted.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

Mayoral Minute

MM021-19        Visit by Her Excellency, The Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC, Governor of NSW

(Report by The Mayor, Councillor Greene)

MOTION: The Mayor, Councillor Greene and Councillor Hindi

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.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

 

 

MM022-19        LGNSW Save Our Recycling Campaign

(Report by The Mayor, Councillor Greene)

MOTION: The Mayor, Councillor Greene and Councillor Elmir

(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 and our business, strata and residents information pack.

(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.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

 

 

MM023-19        Council's Cultural Events

(Report by The Mayor, Councillor Greene)

MOTION: The Mayor, Councillor Greene and Councillor Landsberry

That Council congratulate the Community and Culture team on the success of the many events they’ve brought to our community throughout October 2019.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

 

 

MM024-19        St George District Rugby League Football Club Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

(Report by The Mayor, Councillor Greene)

MOTION: The Mayor, Councillor Greene and Councillor Katris

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 the stadium precinct.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

   


 

Condolences

·       The Mayor, Councillor Greene expressed condolences on the passing of former Riverwood pharmacist and resident of Lugarno Mr Tony Galluzzo on 17 October 2019 aged 84.

 

The Mayor attended Tony’s funeral at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church Peakhurst last Wednesday 23 October 2019.  Tony was a Pharmacist at Riverwood for over 50 years.  He is recognised for his genorisity and philanthropy in the community.  He is survived by his 4 children and his wife Rosa of 66 years.

 

·       The Mayor, Councillor Greene expressed condolences on the passing of Peakhurst resident Mr John Hunter on 23 October 2019 aged 77.

 

John lived in Park St Peakhurst for the last 20 years and was a practicing solicitor. He was also a committee member of St George Cricket Club for 20 years for which his service was recognised.  He is survived by his children David, Brett and Kim as well as his wife Sue.

 

Council observed a moment’s silence.

 

Committee Reports

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

(Report by Executive Services Officer)

Recommendation: Councillor Grekas and Councillor Elmir

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.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

 

 

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

(Report by Executive Services Officer)

Recommendation: Councillor Landsberry and Councillor Hindi

That the Committee recommendations for Items COM035-19 to COM040-19 (with the exception of COM037-19), 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 an 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 an 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.

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 a period of 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.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

 

COM037-19     Establishment of a Football Museum for Georges River

Recommendation: Councillor Konjarski and Councillor Symington

(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 additional grant funding to support the establishment of a sporting museum at Hurstville Oval.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

 

 

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

(Report by Executive Services Officer)

Recommendation: Councillor Katris and Councillor Hindi

That the Committee recommendations for Items ENV033-19 to ENV037-19 (with the exception of ENV035-19), 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 (HLEP 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 Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (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 2019/2020

        (a)    That the Heritage Building Grants Program 2019/2020 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 2019/2020 Budget be made at the Quarter 2 budget review.

 

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).

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

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 lives in a residential property that might be impacted by the LSPS. Councillor Hindi remained in the meeting during discussion and voting on this item.

Note:      Councillor Badalati declared a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary interest in relation to this item, for the reason that he lives in Beverly Hills. Councillor Badalati remained in the meeting during discussion and voting on this item.

 

Recommendation: Councillor Elmir and Councillor Grekas

(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 Local Environment Plan 2020 (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, and

e.      Connell’s Point Rd Precinct.

(h)            That Council not proceed with further investigation of the Olds Park Precinct for rezoning under LEP 2020 due to traffic issues, its location outside a centre and distance from a train station.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: The Mayor, Councillor Greene and Councillors Agius, Elmir, Hindi, Grekas, Katris, Konjarski, Landsberry, Liu, Payor and Symington

Against the Motion:    Councillor Badalati and Councillor Kastanias (abstain)

 

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

 

 

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

(Report by Executive Services Officer)

Recommendation: Councillor Badalati and Councillor Konjarski

That the Committee recommendations for Items FIN069-19 to FIN073-19 (with the exception of FIN070), 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.

 

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.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

 

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

Recommendation: Councillor Hindi and Councillor Agius

(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.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

 


 

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)

Recommendation:     Councillor Badalati and Councillor Landsberry

(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.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

 

 

CCL070-19       Tabling of Disclosure of Interest Returns

(Report by Manager Governance and Risk)

Recommendation: Councillor Badalati and Councillor Payor

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

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

 

 

CCL071-19       Applications Pursuant to Councillor Ward Discretionary Fund Policy

(Report by Manager, Office of the General Manager)

Recommendation: Councillor Badalati and Councillor Konjarski

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

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

ii.   Application submitted by Mayor Kevin Greene, supported by Councillors Kastanias and Symington 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, supported by Councillors Kastanias and Symington or minor capital works at Lillian and Bennett in the amount of $82,000.00 (Peakhurst Ward Fund).

iv.  Application submitted by Mayor Kevin Greene, supported by Councillors Kastanias and Symington 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.

xi. Application submitted by Councillor Lou Konjarski, for minor capital works, for a football display at Johnny Warren Indoor Sports Centre in the amount of $24,500.00.

xii. Application submitted by Councillor Councillor Lou Konjarski, for ‘no domestic violence’ banners and promotional material in the amount of $6,000.00.

xiii .Application submitted by Councillor Colleen Symington for ‘no domestic violence’ banners and promotional material in the amount of $1,000.00.

xiv. Application submitted by Councillor Leesha Payor for ‘no domestic violence’ banners and promotional material in the amount of $1,500.00.

xv.  Application submitted by Councillor Nick Katris for ‘no domestic violence’ banners and promotional material in the amount of $1,000.00.

xvi.  Application submitted by Councillor Sandy Grekas, supported by Councillor Elmir and Councillor Landsberry, for ‘no domestic violence’ banners and promotional material in the amount of $6,000.00.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

Note:   Councilor Badalati left the meeting at 8:33pm and was not present for the consideration and voting on Item NM072-19.

 

 

Notices of Motion

NM072-19        Encouraging Outdoor Dining in Georges River

(Report by Councillor Kastanias)

MOTION:  Councillor Kastanias and Councillor Agius

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.

(c)    Renaming of the tiers according to prime, secondary and fringe retail.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: The Mayor Councillor Greene and Councillors Agius, Elmir, Hindi, Grekas,  Kastanias, Liu, Landsberry and Payor,

Against the Motion: Councillors Katris, Konjarski and Symington 

 

On being Put to the meeting voting was nine (9) votes FOR and three (3) AGAINST. The Motion was CARRIED.

 

Note:   Councillor Badalati returned to the meeting at 8:46pm

 

 

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

(Report by Councillor Kastanias)

MOTION: Councillor Kastanias and Councillor Hindi

That the General Manager prepare a report to be referred to a future Traffic Committee Meeting, regarding the Master Plan for the Hurstville Civic Precinct being 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

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Councillors Agius, Badalati, Hindi and Kastanias

Against the Motion: The Mayor Councillor Greene and Councillors Elmir, Grekas, Katris, Konjarski, Landsberry, Liu, Payor, and Symington

 

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

 

Note:   Councillor Liu left the meeting at 9:11pm and was not present for the consideration and voting for Item NM074-19

 

 

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

(Report by Councillor Kastanias)

MOTION: Councillor Kastanias and Councillor Payor

(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.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: The Mayor Councillor Greene and Councillors Agius, Grekas, Hindi, Kastanias, Katris, Konjarski, Landsberry Payor, and Symington

Against the Motion:  Councillors Elmir and Councillor Badalati (abstain)

 

On being Put to the meeting voting was ten (10) votes FOR two (2) votes AGAINST.  The Motion was CARRIED.

 

Note:   Councillor Liu returned to the meeting at 9:13pm.

 

Note:   Councillor Hindi left the meeting at 9:14pm and was not present for the voting on Item NM075-19.

 

 

 

NM075-19        Evatt Park Lugarno - Potential Improvements

(Report by Councillor Kastanias)

MOTION: Councillor Kastanias and Councillor Symington

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.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

Note:   Councillor Hindi returned to the meeting at 9:14pm.

 

 

 

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

(Report by Councillor Kastanias)

MOTION: Councillor Kastanias and Councillor Symington

(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.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

 

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

(Report by Councillor Elmir)

MOTION: Councillor Elmir and Councillor Katris

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.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

Note:   Councillor Kastanias left the meeting at 9:28pm and was not present for the consideration and voting for Item NM078-19

 

 

 

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

(Report by Councillor Symington)

MOTION: Councillor Symington and Councillor Grekas

(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.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:   Unanimous

 

Note:   Councillor Kastanias returned to the meeting at 9:35pm

 

 

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

(Report by Councillor Liu)

 

Note:     Councillor Liu tabled a photo showing an artist’s impression of the indicative branding that could be designed for the waste trucks. A copy of this is ON FILE.

 

MOTION:  Councillor Liu and Councillor Grekas

(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 2020/2021 budget process, Council considers the allocation of additional funding to support a broader campaign to promote the 2020 ‘No Domestic Violence’ Walk.  

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

 

 

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

(Report by Councillor Liu)

MOTION: Councillor Liu and Councillor Konjarski

(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.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

Note:   Councillor Hindi left the meeting at 9:38pm and was not present for the consideration and voting on Items NM081-19, NM082-19 and NM083-19.

 

Note:   Councillor Badalati left the meeting at 9:39pm and was not present for the consideration and voting on Items NM081-19, NM082-19 and NM083-19.

 

 

 

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

(Report by Councillor Landsberry)

MOTION:  Councillor Landsberry and Councillor Konjarski

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. 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

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

(Report by Councillor Grekas)

MOTION: Councillor Grekas and Councillor Elmir

(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.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

 

 

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

(Report by Councillor Symington)

MOTION: Councillor Symington and Councillor Kastanias

(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.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

Note:   Councillor Hindi returned to the meeting at 9:46pm

 

Note:   Councillor Badalati returned to the meeting at 9:47pm

 

 

NM084-19        Reconstruction of Donnelly Park Wharf

(Report by Councillor Elmir)

MOTION: Councillor Elmir and Councillor Grekas

(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.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:   Unanimous

 

 

 

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

(Report by Councillor Grekas)

MOTION: Councillor Grekas and Councillor Symington

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.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

 

 

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

(Report by Councillor Kastanias)

MOTION: Councillor Kastanias and Councillor Symington

(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.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

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

(Report by Councillor Grekas)

MOTION: Councillor Grekas and Councillor Konjarski

(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.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

Note:   Councillor Agius left the meeting at 10:07pm and did not return to the meeting.

 

Note:   Councillor Kastanias left the meeting at 10:08pm and did not return to the meeting.

 

Note:   Councillor Hindi left the meeting at 10:14pm and  did not return to the meeting.

 

 

NM088-19        Draft Building Practitioners Bill 2019

(Report by Councillor Katris)

MOTION: Councillor Katris and Councillor Payor

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 ‘shelf 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.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  The Mayor, Councillor Greene and Councillors Grekas, Katris, Konjarski, Landsberry, Liu, Payor and Symington

Against the Motion: Councillors Badalati and Elmir

 

On being put to the meeting voting was eight (8) votes FOR and two (2) votes AGAINST. The Motion was CARRIED.

 

 

  

Conclusion

The Meeting was closed at 10.15pm

 

 

 

Chairperson

Mayor, Clr Kevin Greene

 

Minutes confirmed: 25 November 2019