MINUTES


Finance and Governance Committee

 

Monday, 14 October 2019

6.00pm

 

Level 1, Georges River Civic Centre

Hurstville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Present

Council Members

Councillor Vince Badalati (Chair), Councillor Stephen Agius, Councillor Sam Elmir,  Councillor Con Hindi, Councillor Nick Katris, Councillor Rita Kastanias (arrived at 6:18), Councillor Nancy Liu (arrived 6:11pm), and Councillor Colleen Symington.

Council Staff

Director Business and Corporate Services - Mr David Tuxford, Director,  Director Legal Services and General Council – Jenny Ware, Executive Manager, People and Culture – Fiona Campbell, Chief Financial Officer – Ms Danielle Parker,  Manager,  Director City Strategy and Innovation – Sue Weatherley, Office of the General Manager - Ms Roxanne Thornton, Executive Services Officer - Marina Cavar, Executive Assistant to Director Business and Corporate Services – Ms Nickie Paras.

 

 

Opening

Councillor Badalati, opened the meeting at 6:08pm.

Acknowledgement of Country

Councillor Badalati acknowledged the traditional custodians of the land, the Biddegal people of the Eora Nation.

Apologies/Leave of Absence  

There were no apologies or requests for leave of absence.

 

Notice of Webcasting

The Chairperson, Councillor Badalati, 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.

Disclosures of Interest

There were no disclosures of interest made.

Public Forum

There were no speakers registered.

Confirmation of Minutes of previous meetings

Finance and Governance Committee - 09 September 2019

RECOMMENDATION:  Councillor Hindi  and Councillor Agius

That the Minutes of the Finance and Governance Committee held on 09 September 2019, be confirmed.

Record of Voting

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

    

Committee Reports

FIN069-19         Investment Report as at 31 August 19

(Report by Senior Financial Accountant - Reporting)

Recommendation: Councillor Hindi and Councillor Agius

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

Record of Voting

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 

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

(Report by Manager, Office of the General Manager)

Recommendation:  Councillor Hindi and Councillor Symington

(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

 

 

FIN071-19         Georges River Council - Inaugural Male Leadership Workshop

(Report by People and Culture Projects Specialist)

Recommendation: Councillor Hindi and Councillor Kastanias

(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.

Record of Voting

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 

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

(Report by Director)

Recommendation: Councillor Hindi and Councillor Katris

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.

Record of Voting

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 

Note: Councillor Katris left the meeting at 6:49pm and returned at 6:51pm

 

Note:  Councillor Liu left the meeting at 6:53pm and returned at 6:54pm

 

FIN073-19         Legal Services Report - September 2019

(Report by Director Legal Services and General Counsel)

Recommendation: Councillor Hindi and Councillor Symington

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

Record of Voting

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

   

Conclusion

The Meeting was closed at 6:56pm

 

 

Chairperson