MINUTES


Council Meeting

 

Monday, 24 February 2020

7.00pm

 

 

Dragon Room

Level 1, Georges River Civic Centre, Hurstville

 

 

 

 

 

 


Georges River Council – Minutes of Council Meeting - Monday, 24 February 2020

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 Nick Katris, Councillor Lou Konjarski, Councillor Kathryn Landsberry, Councillor Nancy Liu, Councillor Leesha Payor, Councillor Colleen Symington, Councillor Warren Tegg and Councillor Christina Wu.

 

Council Staff

General Manager - Ms Gail Connolly, Director Assets and Infrastructure - Mr Laurie O’Connor, 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 Executive Services Officer – Mr Neil Treadwell.

Opening

The Mayor, Councillor Kevin Greene, opened the meeting at 7.05pm.

National Anthem

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

Prayer

Senior Pastor Phillip Webb, representing Connect Church Hurstville, 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  

RESOLVED:               Councillor Symington / Councillor Tegg

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

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.

 

 

Note:        Councillor Hindi arrived to the meeting at 7.10pm.

 

Disclosures of Interest

Councillor Katris disclosed a Pecuniary Interest in relation to Item CCL007-20: Report of the Environment and Planning Committee (ENV001-20 Adoption of the Commercial Centres Strategy) for the reason that he is a part owner of a property in Ramsgate Village centre on Rocky Point Road and although it’s under the jurisdiction of Bayside Council, he is taking the precautionary measures of declaring this interest and not dealing with this matter. Councillor Katris will not participate in the consideration or voting on this Item.

Councillor Grekas disclosed a Non-Significant, Non-Pecuniary Interest in relation to Item NM006-20 Fuel Reduction in the Georges River Local Government Area for the reason that she is the Chair of the Canterbury Bankstown / Georges River Bush Fire Management Committee.

Councillor Greene disclosed a Pecuniary Interest in relation to Item CCL009-20: Report of the Assets and Infrastructure Committee (ASS001-20 Hurstville Oval Pavilion Feasibility Study) for the reason that he is the President of the St George Cricket Club. Councillor Greene will not participate in the consideration or voting on this Item.

Councillor Green disclosed a Pecuniary Interest in relation to Item NM008-20: Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Assistance to Georges River Businesses, as the motion was amended changing Part (b) point iii. "the establishment of a small business hardship grant, whereby businesses with less than $2 million annual turnover (i.e.: small businesses) can apply for small financial grants of up to $2,000 to financially assist them as a result of lower customer attendance" - the removal of the $2 million annual turnover would mean that I would have a potential conflict of interest due to my association with the Club Central Hurstville.

Councillor Greene disclosed a Pecuniary Interest in relation to Item NM010-20 General Manager’s Delegations for the reason that he is the President of the St George Cricket Club. Councillor Greene will not participate in the consideration or voting on this Item.

Councillor Landsberry disclosed a Significant Non-Pecuniary Interest in relation to Item  CCL010-20: Report of the Community and Culture Committee (COM001-20 2018/19 Donations, Grants and Sponsorship Audit Report) for the reason that her son is a coach with SGFA who have submitted an audited financial statement, included in this report. Councillor Landsberry will not participate in the consideration or voting on this Item.

Councillor Elmir disclosed a Significant Non-Pecuniary Interest in relation to Item  CCL007-20: Report of the Environment and Planning Committee (ENV003-20 Draft Georges River Local Housing Strategy and Draft Inclusive Housing Strategy) for the reason that whilst he does not own any property in the subject/study areas, he does own a home in the LGA. Councillor Elmir will not participate in the consideration or voting on this Item.

Councillor Hindi disclosed a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary Interest in relation to Item  CCL007-20: Report of the Environment and Planning Committee (ENV003-20 Draft Georges River Local Housing Strategy and Draft Inclusive Housing Strategy) for the reason that his property and maybe his relatives property maybe impacted. Clr Hindi will not participate in the consideration or voting on this Item.

Councillor Agius disclosed a verbal Pecuniary Interest in relation to Item NM008-20: Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Assistance to Georges River Businesses. Clr Agius did not participate in the consideration or voting on this Item.

Councillor Agius disclosed a Pecuniary Interest in relation to Item CCL007-20: Report of the Environment and Planning Committee (ENV003-20 Draft Georges River Local Housing Strategy and Draft Inclusive Housing Strategy) for the reason that he owns property in the LGA. Clr Agius will not participate in the consideration or voting on this Item.

Councillor Agius disclosed a Pecuniary Interest in relation to Item CCL007-20: Report of the Environment and Planning Committee (ENV001-20 Adoption of the Commercial Centres Strategy) for the reason that he owns property in a commercial centre in the LGA. Clr Agius will not participate in the consideration or voting on this Item.

Councillor Konjarski disclosed a Pecuniary Interest in relation to Item CCL007-20: Report of the Environment and Planning Committee (ENV001-20) Adoption of the Commercial Centres Strategy for the reason that he owns a commercial suite in Hurstville. Clr Konjarski will not participate in the consideration or voting on this Item.

Councillor Konjarski disclosed a Pecuniary Interest in relation to Item CCL007-20: Report of the Environment and Planning Committee (ENV003-20) Draft Georges River Local Housing Strategy and Draft Inclusive Housing Strategy for the reason that he owns a home in the LGA, but as a precaution he will leave the meeting even though he does not own any other property in the study areas. Councillor Konjarski will not participate in the consideration or voting on this Item.

Councillor Konjarski disclosed a Pecuniary Interest in relation to Item NM008-20: Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Assistance to Georges River Businesses, for the reason that he owns a business in the Hurstville area. Councillor Konjarski will not participate in the consideration or voting of this Item.

Suspension of standing orders

RESOLVED:               Councillor Katris / Councillor Landsberry

That Council suspend standing orders, time being 7.11pm, to allow the Mayor an opportunity to present awards to the following recipients;

·   Ivan McKay: Georges River Council Citizen of the Year

·   Fox Chan: Georges River Council Arts and Cultural Award

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:            Unanimous

Note:      Each recipient was offered an opportunity to address Council, following the acceptance of their award.

RESUMPTION OF STANDING ORDERS

RESOLVED:               Councillor Liu / Councillor Wu

That Council resume standing orders, time being 7.24pm.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:            Unanimous

Public Forum

ITEM

SPEAKER

NM007-20: Creating More Green Spaces in Georges River

Peter Mahoney

CCL010-20: Report of the Community and Culture Committee Meeting (COM004-20: Kogarah Collaboration Area – Place Strategy)

Ilknur Bayari

Minutes – Extraordinary Council Meeting 10 February 2020

Joel Conomos – United Services Union

QWN006-20: Georges River Regional Aquatic Facility

Michelle Ford

 

Confirmation of Minutes of previous meetings

Note:        Councillor Christina Wu left the meeting at 8.14pm, during the discussion of this Item. Councillor Wu did not return to the meeting.

Extraordinary Council Meeting - 10 February 2020

RESOLVED:               Councillor Hindi / Councillor Agius

That the Minutes of the Extraordinary Council Meeting held on 10 February 2020 be adopted.

Record of Voting:

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

Against the Motion:     Councillor Landsberry.

  

Note:        Councillor Hindi and Councillor Badalati left the meeting at 8.18pm.

 


 

Mayoral MinuteS

MM001-20        Zonta Club of Botany Bay - 25th Anniversary

(Report by The Mayor, Councillor Greene)

RESOLVED:               The Mayor, Councillor Greene / Councillor Payor

That Council congratulate the Zonta Club of Botany Bay on their 25th anniversary and applaud their ongoing work to support and empower women in the Georges River community.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:            Unanimous

 

 

Note:        Councillor Hindi and Councillor Badalati returned to the meeting at 8.19pm.

 

 

MM002-20        Retirement of Council's Director Assets and Infrastructure, Mr Laurie O'Connor

(Report by The Mayor, Councillor Greene)

RESOLVED:               The Mayor, Councillor Greene / Councillor Elmir

That Mr Laurie O’Connor be congratulated and thanked for his dedicated service to Georges River Council and be provided with our best wishes for his retirement.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:            Unanimous

 

 

Note:        The Mayor presented Laurie O’Connor with a 25 Year Certificate of Service. An opportunity was provided for all Councillors to have a photo with Laurie O’Connor.

 

Note:        Councillor Hindi left the meeting at 8.30pm.

 

 

MM003-20        City Launch Event 2020

(Report by The Mayor, Councillor Greene)

RESOLVED:               The Mayor, Councillor Greene / Councillor Katris

That Council notes the City Launch (Leading for Change 2020) event on 20 March 2020.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:            Unanimous

 


 

 

MM004-20        Georges River Council's Response to NSW Bushfires and Drought Emergency

(Report by The Mayor, Councillor Greene)

RESOLVED:               The Mayor, Councillor Greene / Councillor Landsberry

(a)    That Council acknowledges the devastation across the nation occasioned by the bushfires season and extend our deepest sympathies to families who have lost loved ones and to those who have suffered injuries or loss.

(b)    That Council recognises the contribution of volunteer and career fire-fighters, emergency services personnel, Australian Defence Force personnel, as well as the generosity of individuals, families, schools, churches and religious groups, service clubs and businesses from across Australia and elsewhere in the world.

(c)    That Council continues to support affected areas to recover and rebuild, and donates community raised funds to the not-for profit-organisation GIVIT to directly support people in bushfire affected areas. 

(d)    That Council thanks the staff for their efforts to support community areas in need.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:            Unanimous

 

 

MM005-20        Georges River Council Assistance to Sutherland Shire Council (Storm Recovery)

(Report by The Mayor, Councillor Greene)

RESOLVED:               The Mayor, Councillor Greene / Councillor Symington

That Council congratulate and thank the Georges River Engineering Operations Tree Maintenance crews who provided support to Sutherland Shire Council following the recent severe storm activity.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:           Unanimous

Note:        Councillor Hindi returned to the meeting at 8.37pm.

MM006-20        Congratulations to the Georges River Council People and Culture Team (Recognised as the Top 2020 Innovative HR Team)

(Report by The Mayor, Councillor Greene)

RESOLVED:               The Mayor, Councillor Greene / Councillor Grekas

That Council congratulate the People and Culture Team for being recognised as a top 2020 Innovative HR Team by the Australian Human Resources Director Publication.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:           Unanimous

 


 

 

MM007-20        Congratulations to Australia Day Honours Recipients in Georges River

(Report by The Mayor, Councillor Greene)

RESOLVED:               The Mayor, Councillor Greene / Councillor Grekas

That Council congratulate our Georges River Australia Day 2020 Honours Awards recipients.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:           Unanimous

 

 

Condolences

·             Councillor Landsberry expressed condolences in regard to Thelma Sylvia Colbran who passed away on 3 January 2020 aged 93 years. A longtime resident of Terry Street, South Hurstville, Thelma worked tirelessly for the community, at the school canteen for 30 years. She was active as a South Hurstville Ladies Auxiliary member organising fundraising and helping servicemen’s wives gain all their entitlements through Legacy. Thelma volunteered with Meals on Wheels in the Redfern area and made regular visits to Callum Park Psychiatric Hospital visiting patients. She was well known to the local State and Federal members of Parliament and Kogarah Municipal Councillors advocating for her local community.

·             Councillor Tegg expressed condolences in regard to Richard Orton who recently passed away. Mr. Orton was a pillar of the community in the local area for a number of years. His four great loves were his family, his church the Australian Labor Party and the St George Australian Rules Football Club. Mr. Orton helped to identify what Council services could be provided to improve the lifestyle of the local community and he was well respected in his role as the secretary of St George Australian Rules Football Club. In his working life, Mr. Orton had a distinguished career in the public service. Councillor Tegg passed on his condolences to his family and friends.

·             The Mayor, Councillor Kevin Greene expressed condolences in regard to the recent passing of  Patricia Derriman. The Mayor, Councillor Greene had attended the 100th birthday of Ms. Derriman in March 2018 which was held at the Hurstville Croquet Club where she was a long term member and was great supporter of the that organisation. Ms. Derriman recently passed away at the age of 101. Ms. Derriman was a great lover of croquet and supported the members and assisted the new members. In 2011 Ms. Derriman was nominated for Hurstville Citizen of the Year and was awarded an Outstanding Achievement Award. Ms. Derriman was a great contributor to the Wrap With Love knitting group at Penshurst library who are great contributors to the Red Cross Trauma Bears Program.

Note:        Council observed a minute’s silence.


 

Committee Reports

Note:        Councillors Agius, Elmir, Hindi, Konjarski and Liu left the meeting at 8.47pm.

 

CCL007-20       Report of the Environment and Planning Committee held on 10 February 2020

(Report by Executive Services Officer)

Note:        Councillor Elmir disclosed a Significant Non-Pecuniary Interest in relation to Item  CCL007-20 (ENV003-20). Councillor Elmir was not present during consideration or voting on this Item.

Note:        Councillor Hindi disclosed a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary Interest in relation to Item  CCL007-20 (ENV003-20). Clr Hindi was not present during consideration or voting on this Item.

Note:        Councillor Agius disclosed a Pecuniary Interest in relation to Item CCL007-20 (ENV003-20). Clr Agius was not present during consideration or voting on this Item.

Note:        Councillor Konjarski disclosed a Pecuniary Interest in relation to Item CCL007-20 (ENV003-20). Councillor Konjarski was not present during consideration or voting on this Item.

 

RESOLVED:               Councillor Katris / Councillor Tegg

That the Committee recommendations for Items ENV002-20, ENV003-20 and ENV004-20 as detailed below be adopted by Council.

 

ENV002-20       Heritage Building Grants Program 2019/20

(a)    That Council approve a Heritage Building Grant of $3,000 to the owners of No.55 Inverness Avenue, Penshurst.

(b)    That any unallocated funds under the Heritage Building Grants Program 2019/20 be placed In the Heritage Building Grant reserve.

ENV003-20       Draft Georges River Local Housing Strategy and Draft Inclusive Housing Strategy

 (a)   That Council endorses the draft Local Housing Strategy and draft Inclusive Housing Strategy and Delivery Plan which have informed the preparation of the Georges River Local Environmental Plan 2020 and accompanying Development Control Plan.

(b)    That the draft Local Housing Strategy and the draft Inclusive Housing Strategy and Delivery Plan be publicly exhibited for a minimum period of 60 days.

(c)    That Council refer the draft Local Housing Strategy to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment for approval.

(d)    That Council refer the draft Inclusive Housing Strategy and Delivery Plan to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment for its information.

(e)    That the outcomes of the public exhibition be reported to Council at a future   meeting.

(f)     That Council provide delegation to the General Manager to approve changes to the readability of the document and to respond to issues raised by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s review of the Council’s Local Housing Strategy.

(g)    That an information report be presented to Council following the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s review of the Council’s Local Housing Strategy.

ENV004-20       Revocation of Georges River Determination of Development Applications Policy 2017

That Council:

(a)    Revoke the Georges River ‘Determination of Development Applications Policy 2017’ with immediate effect.

(b)    Require the Georges River ‘Determination of Development Applications Policy 2017’ be archived in accordance with Council’s Standard Business Practices.

(c)    Place a notice in the local paper notifying the public of the Council decision to revoke the Georges River ‘Determination of Development Applications Policy 2017’.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:           Unanimous

 

Note:        Councillor Katris left the meeting at 8.48pm.

Note:         Councillor Hindi returned to the meeting at 8.48pm.

 

ENV001-20       Adoption of the Commercial Centres Strategy - Part 1 Centres Analysis

Note:          Councillor Katris disclosed a Pecuniary Interest in relation to Item CCL007-20 (ENV001-20). Councillor Katris was not present during consideration or voting on this Item.

Note:          Councillor Agius disclosed a Pecuniary Interest in relation to Item CCL007-20  (ENV001-20). Clr Agius was not present during consideration or voting on this Item.

Note:          Councillor Konjarski disclosed a Pecuniary Interest in relation to Item CCL007-20 (ENV001-20). Clr Konjarski was not present during consideration or voting on this Item.

RESOLVED:              Councillor Hindi / Councillor Badalati

 

(a)    That Council adopt the Commercial Centres Strategy – Part 1 Centres Analysis as a Georges River strategic planning document to inform the preparation of the Georges River Local Environmental Plans, Development Control Plans, Part 2 of the Strategy and the assessment of planning proposals and development applications.

(b)    That Council provide delegation to the Director Environment and Planning to approve any minor modifications to correct any numerical, typographical, mapping, interpretation and formatting errors, if required, to improve clarity and readability.

(c)    That Council write to all those that made a submission advising them of the adoption of the Commercial Centres Strategy – Part 1 Centres Analysis.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:            Unanimous

Note:        Councillors Agius, Elmir, Katris and Konjarski returned to the meeting at 8.48pm.


CCL008-20       Report of the Finance and Governance Committee held on 10 February 2020

(Report by Executive Services Officer)

RESOLVED:                 Councillor Badalati / Councillor Agius

That the Committee recommendations for Items FIN001-20 to FIN006-20 as detailed below be adopted by Council.

FIN001-20        Investment Report as at 30 November 2019

That Council receives and notes the contents of the Investment Report as at 30 November 2019.

FIN002-20        Investment Report as at 31 December 2019

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

FIN003-20        Adoption of Draft Public Interest Disclosure Reporting Policy 2020

That Council defer the draft Public Interest Disclosure Reporting Policy 2020 to a future workshop.

FIN004-20        Report on Outstanding Council Resolutions for the period 01 October 2019 - 31 December 2019

That the report on Outstanding Council Resolutions for the period 01 October 2019 to 31 December 2019, be received and noted.

FIN005-20        Property Matter - Proposed Dedication of Land as Public Road - 75 Louis Terrace, Hurstville

That the Property Matter – Proposed Dedication of Land as Public Road – 75 Louis Terrace, Hurstville be deferred to a future workshop.

FIN006-20        Property Matter - 50 Lillian Road, Riverwood (Lillian Road Reserve) -   Grant of Easement to Drain Water for Benefit of Adjoining Property

(a)    That Council grant an Easement to Drain Water over Lot 13 in Deposited Plan (DP) 207755, being part of Lillian Road Reserve, Riverwood, as generally detailed in this report.

(b)    That the General Manager be authorised to execute the Section 88B Instrument or Transfer Granting Easement and all associated documentation to create the easement under Common Seal of the Council, if required.

(c)    That all costs associated with the granting of the easement be met by the  applicant.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:            Unanimous

Note:        Councillor Liu returned to the meeting at 8.50pm.

Note:        Due to the Mayor, Councillor Greene disclosing a Pecuniary Interest in the next Item (CCL009-20), The Mayor, Councillor Greene vacated the Chair and left the meeting at 8.50pm. Deputy Mayor, Councillor Hindi assumed the role as Chair in the absence of The Mayor, Councillor Greene.

CCL009-20       Report of the Assets and Infrastructure Committee Meeting held 10 February 2020

(Report by Executive Services Officer)

RESOLVED:               Councillor Grekas / Councillor Elmir

That the Committee recommendations for item ASS002-19, detailed below, be adopted by Council.

ASS002-20       Georges River Traffic Advisory Committee Meeting - 4 February 2020

That the recommendations contained within the minutes of the Georges River Traffic Advisory Committee Meeting held on 4 February 2020 be adopted by Council.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:           Unanimous


ASS001-20       Hurstville Oval Pavilion Feasibility Study

 

Note:        The Mayor, Councillor Greene disclosed a Pecuniary Interest in relation to Item CCL009-20 (ASS001-20). Councillor Greene was not present during consideration or voting on this Item.

 

MOTION:                    Councillor Badalati / Councillor Hindi

(a)    That Council receive and note the Hurstville Oval Pavilion Feasibility Study prepared by Webber Architects who has been engaged to prepare the designs for the pavilion.

(b)    That Council approves the location of Option 1B as the site for the new Hurstville Oval Pavilion.

(c)    That the Feasibility Study be made available to the public with the Minutes of this Meeting.

 

 

 

AMENDMENT:           Councillor Tegg / Councillor Grekas

(a)    That Council receive and note the Hurstville Oval Pavilion Feasibility Study prepared by Webber Architects who has been engaged to prepare the designs for the pavilion.

(b)    That Council approves the location of Option 2 as the site for the new Hurstville Oval Pavilion.

(c)    That the Feasibility Study be made available to the public with the Minutes of this Meeting.

Record of Voting:

For the Amendment:   Councillors Agius, Elmir, Grekas, Hindi, Konjarski, Liu, Payor,                               Symington and Tegg.

Against the Amendment:     Councillors  Badalati, Katris and Landsberry.

 

On being put to the meeting, the voting on the Amendment was nine (9) votes FOR and three (3) votes AGAINST. The Amendment was CARRIED and therefore became the MOTION.

 

RESOLVED:               Councillor Tegg / Councillor Grekas

(a)    That Council receive and note the Hurstville Oval Pavilion Feasibility Study prepared by Webber Architects who has been engaged to prepare the designs for the pavilion.

(b)    That Council approves the location of Option 2 as the site for the new Hurstville Oval Pavilion.

(c)    That the Feasibility Study be made available to the public with the Minutes of this Meeting.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:   Councillors Agius, Elmir, Grekas, Konjarski, Liu, Payor, Symington,                                        and Tegg.

Against the Motion:     Councillors Badalati, Hindi, Katris, and Landsberry.

On being put to the meeting, the voting on the Motion was eight (8) votes FOR and four (4) votes AGAINST. The Motion was CARRIED.

 

 

Note:        The Mayor, Councillor Greene returned to the meeting at 9.12pm and resumed the position of Chair. The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Hindi vacated the Chair.

COM004-20     Kogarah Collaboration Area - Place Strategy

 

RESOLVED:               Councillor Landsberry / Councillor Payor

(a)    That Council receive and note the Kogarah Collaboration Area Place Strategy in its current form, as endorsed by the Greater Sydney Commission’s Full Board on 10 December 2019.

(b)    That Council refer to a Councillor workshop the implementation and governance of the Kogarah Collaboration Area Place Strategy.

(c)    That the Greater Sydney Commission be thanked for its commitment to the future of Kogarah.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:            Unanimous

Note:        Councillor Landsberry left the meeting at 9.18pm.

 

COM001-20     2018/19 Donations, Grants and Sponsorship Audit Report

 

Note:     Councillor Landsberry disclosed a Significant Non-Pecuniary Interest in relation to        Item CCL010-20  (COM001-20). Clr Landsberry was not present during consideration or voting on this Item.

 

RESOLVED:               Councillor Tegg / Councillor Katris

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

(b)    That audited financial statements are required from organisations that receive Council funding totalling $15,000 or more in financial assistance from Georges River Council by 30 December each year following the previous financial year.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:            Unanimous

Note:        Councillor Landsberry returned to the meeting at 9.18pm.

 


CCL010-20       Report of the Community and Culture Committee held on 10 February 2020.

(Report by Executive Services Officer)

RESOLVED:               Councillor Landsberry / Councillor Payor

That the Committee recommendations for Items COM002-20, COM003-20, COM005-20, COM006-20, COM007-20 and COM008-20 as detailed below, be adopted by Council.

 

COM002-20     Outgoing Sponsorship and Donations

That Council approve the event sponsorship request of $10,000 for major sponsorship of the St George Local Business Awards.

 

COM003-20     Draft Georges River Library Strategy for Public Exhibition

(a)    That Council approve the draft Georges River Library Strategy to be placed on public exhibition for 28 days to facilitate community consultation.

(b)    That a further report be submitted to Council detailing feedback from any public submissions made during the exhibition period, together with any recommended    changes to the draft Georges River Library Strategy prior to adoption.

COM005-20     Adoption of Georges River 2050 - Leading for Change

(a)    That Council notes the outcome of the exhibition of the Draft Georges River 2050 – Leading for Change.

(b)    That Council adopts the attached Georges River 2050 – Leading for Change as amended in accordance with the details in this report.

(c)    That Council delegate authority to the General Manager to make further updates to the Hero Images’ contained within the document.  

(d)    That Council thank the staff who were instrumental in the development of this strategy.

COM006-20     Adult Learn to Swim and Water Safety Program

(a)    That Council develops a partnership between Royal Life Saving NSW and Council’s aquatic facilities’ operators to deliver a cultural competency program.

(b)    That Council facilitate community consultation through the South East Sydney Multicultural Water Safety committee to determine priorities for the provision of learn to swim programs in Council’s aquatic facilities targeting recently arrived migrants.

COM007-20      Outcomes of the Share the Dignity ‘#Pinkbox Dignity Vending Machine’ Trial

(a)    That Council acknowledge the successful trial of the partnership with Share the Dignity and continue to provide free menstrual hygiene products to support women in need through Hurstville Library.

(b)    That Council extend the partnership with Share the Dignity to provide free ‘#Pinkbox Dignity Vending Machine’ in Kogarah Library and Service Centre, at no cost to Council.

COM008-20     Quarterly Community Property Council Report Q2 2019/20

That Council receives and notes the Community Property Quarterly Report for the period ending 31 December 2019.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:           Unanimous

 

Finance and Governance

CCL011-20       Applications Pursuant to Councillor Ward Discretionary Fund Policy - February 2020

(Report by Manager, Office of the General Manager)

RESOLVED:               Councillor Badalati / Councillor Agius

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

i.   Application submitted by Mayor Kevin Greene on behalf of Oatley Lions in the amount of $700.00.

ii.   Application submitted by Mayor Kevin Greene on behalf of Leo Huang in the amount of $400.00.

iii.  Application submitted by Councillor Colleen Symington on behalf of Leo Huang in the amount of $400.00.

iv.  Application submitted by Councillor Nancy Liu on behalf of Cass Care Limited in the amount of $1,000.00.

v.  Application submitted by Councillor Sandy Grekas on behalf of Early Years Intercultural Association Ltd in the amount of $500.00.

vi.  Application submitted by Councillor Sam Elmir on behalf of Early Years Intercultural Association Ltd in the amount of $500.00.

vii. Application submitted by Councillor Kathryn Landsberry on behalf of Early Years Intercultural Association Ltd in the amount of $500.00.

vii. Application submitted by Councillor Hindi on behalf of Grigoria Dounias in the amount of $1,387.00.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:           Unanimous

 

Notices of Motion

NM001-20        Draft 2020/21 Budget - Consideration of Site Suitability and Feasibility Study for New District Library (Western Catchment)

(Report by Councillor Tegg)

RESOLVED:               Councillor Tegg / Councillor Grekas

That Council consider the allocation of $75,000 towards the preparation of a Site Suitability and Feasibility Study on the development of a new 2,500sqm district library (to serve the western half of the local government area) when the 2020/21 draft budget is being formulated.

Record of Voting:

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

Against the Motion:   Councillors Agius, Badalati, Elmir, Hindi, Konjarski and Liu.

 

On being put to the meeting, the voting on the Motion was seven (7) votes FOR and six (6) votes AGAINST. The Motion was CARRIED.

 

NM002-20        Australia Day Festival and Awards 2020

(Report by Councillor Grekas)

RESOLVED:              Councillor Grekas / Councillor Symington

That Council congratulates Council Officers for the delivery of the Australia Day Festival, Citizenship Ceremony, and the Australia Day Awards on Sunday 26 January 2020 at Carss Bush Park.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:           Unanimous

 

 

NM003-20        Congratulations to Georges River Sporting Clubs - Recognition of Fire Affected Communities

(Report by Councillor Grekas)

RESOLVED:               Councillor Grekas / Councillor Landsberry

That Council congratulate the local Georges River sporting clubs who have recognised the fire affected communities, by organising their trial games in these regional areas.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:           Unanimous

 


NM004-20        Georges River Lunar New Year Festival 2020

(Report by Councillor Liu)

RESOLVED:               Councillor Liu / Councillor Konjarski

That Council congratulates Council officers for their outstanding efforts in delivering the Lunar New Year Festival on Saturday, 18 February 2020.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:           Unanimous

 

NM005-20        National Open Water Swimming Championships

(Report by Councillor Grekas)

RESOLVED:               Councillor Grekas / Councillor Konjarski

(a)    That Council congratulate the following swimmers from the Georges River Council area, who recently competed in the National Open Water Swimming Championships in Adelaide:

·        Scarlet Cameron of Mortdale - Revesby Workers Swim Club

·        Isabella Cox of Blakehurst - Sans Souci Swim Club

·        Liam Davis of Mortdale - Revesby Workers Swim Club

·        Mitchell Langley of Oatley - Revesby Workers Swim Club

·        Fletcher Warn of Hurstville - Revesby Workers Swim Club

·        Kiera Warn of Hurstville - Revesby Workers Swim Club

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

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:           Unanimous

 

NM006-20        Fuel Reduction in Georges River Local Government Area

(Report by Councillor Kastanias)

Note:        Councillor Grekas disclosed a Non-Significant, Non-Pecuniary Interest in relation to Item NM006-20. Councillor Grekas remained in the meeting during discussion and voting on this item.

RESOLVED:               Councillor Badalati / Councillor Hindi

That Council defer consideration of this Motion, to the next ordinary meeting of Council.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:            Unanimous

 

NM007-20        Creating More Green Spaces In Georges River

(Report by Councillor Tegg)

RESOLVED:               Councillor Tegg / Councillor Katris

That the General Manager prepare a report to Council which investigates options to create more green/open space within the local government area (LGA), with a focus on those precincts where density has increased in recent years and addresses, amongst other things, the following:

·             Identification of the areas within the LGA where residents do not have access to open space in accordance with the new standards identified in the South District Plan;

 

·             Outlines the strategies and actions that Council has undertaken to improve the quality and increase the supply of green/open space within the LGA;

 

·             An overview of models and approaches other councils and government agencies have implemented to increase the supply of green space/open space and investigate international examples of creative and cost effective solutions to increasing the amount of green space / open space in areas where land is very expensive and scarce, as is the case in the Kogarah North Precinct;

 

·             Options that Council could explore for acquiring green/open space or gaining access to privately owned open space; and

 

·             An estimation of the costs associated with increasing the supply of green/open space in the LGA and the funding models available to Council to secure open space for the future.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:     The Mayor, Councillor Greene and Councillors Elmir, Grekas, Katris, Landsberry, Payor, Symington and Tegg.

Against the Motion:     Councillors Agius, Badalati, Hindi, Konjarski and Liu.

 

On being put to the meeting, the voting on the Motion was eight (8) votes FOR and five (5) votes AGAINST. The Motion was CARRIED.

Note:        Councillor Konjarski left the meeting at 10.09pm and did not participate in the voting

NM008-20        Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Assistance to Georges River Businesses

(Report by Councillor Tegg)

Note:        Councillor Konjarski disclosed a Pecuniary Interest in relation to Item                                             NM008/20  Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Assistance to Georges River Businesses. Councillor Konjarski was not present during consideration and voting on this item.

MOTION:                    Councillor Tegg / Councillor Liu

(a)        That the General Manager be authorised to take appropriate action within the current Economic Development budget of the City Strategy and Innovation Directorate to introduce a business support program for businesses that may have been affected by the outbreak of COVID-19 either as a result of a decline in customers or an interruption to their supply chain. This action could include an information campaign to businesses regarding Council’s Debt Management and Hardship Policy, also advising how shoppers and diners can safely shop/dine at their favourite locations.

(b)        That the General Manager prepare a report to Council regarding support for local businesses affected by the outbreak of COVID-19 either as a result of a decline in customers or an interruption to their supply chain, and this report should include options for the establishment a Small Business Hardship Fund, to be funded from an appropriate reserve to be used for:

                 i.            a marketing campaign to support the local economy and community including but not limited to a subsidised shopping loyalty scheme;

               ii.            on-going training to encourage businesses to diversify and deal with business disruption;  and

              iii.            the establishment of a small business hardship grant, whereby businesses with less than $2 million annual turnover (i.e.: small businesses) can apply for small financial grants of up to $2,000 to financially assist them as a result of lower customer attendance.

(c)        That the report required by part (b) include monitoring and reporting mechanisms to advise Council of the impact of the actions taken by Council.

Note:     Councillor Agius verbally disclosed a pecuniary interest in this matter and left the meeting at 10.20pm.

Note:      Due to the change in circumstances with the proposed wording of the Amendment, The Mayor, Councillor Greene declared a Pecuniary interest in this matter and vacated the Chair and left the meeting at 10.22pm.   

Note:     Deputy Mayor Councillor Hindi assumed the Chair in the absence of The Mayor, Councillor Greene.

AMENDMENT:           Councillor Hindi / Councillor Liu

(a)    That the General Manager be authorised to take appropriate action within the current Economic Development budget of the City Strategy and Innovation Directorate to introduce a business support program for businesses that may have been affected by the outbreak of COVID-19 either as a result of a decline in customers or an interruption to their supply chain. This action could include an information campaign to businesses regarding Council’s Debt Management and Hardship Policy, also advising how shoppers and diners can safely shop/dine at their favourite locations.

(b)    That the General Manager prepare a report to Council regarding support for local businesses affected by the outbreak of COVID-19 either as a result of a decline in customers or an interruption to their supply chain, and this report should include options;

i.      a marketing campaign to support the local economy and community including but not limited to a subsidised shopping loyalty scheme;

ii.      on-going training to encourage businesses to diversify and deal with business disruption;  and

iii.     that Councillors and Local Members attend a dinner at their own cost, arranged by Council staff, at a restaurant in Hurstville, where Council can promote that Hurstville is ‘Open for Business’.

(c)    That the report required by part (b) include monitoring and reporting mechanisms to advise Council of the impact of the actions taken by Council.

Record of Voting:

For the Amendment:         Councillors Badalati, Elmir, Hindi, Katris, Liu and Payor.

Against the Amendment:  Councillors Grekas, Landsberry, Symington and Tegg.

 

On being put to the meeting, voting on the Amendment was six (6) votes FOR and four (4) votes AGAINST. The Amendment was CARRIED and therefore became the MOTION.

 

MOTION:                     Councillor Hindi / Councillor Liu

(a)    That the General Manager be authorised to take appropriate action within the current Economic Development budget of the City Strategy and Innovation Directorate to introduce a business support program for businesses that may have been affected by the outbreak of COVID-19 either as a result of a decline in customers or an interruption to their supply chain. This action could include an information campaign to businesses regarding Council’s Debt Management and Hardship Policy, also advising how shoppers and diners can safely shop/dine at their favourite locations.

(b)    That the General Manager prepare a report to Council regarding support for local businesses affected by the outbreak of COVID-19 either as a result of a decline in customers or an interruption to their supply chain, and this report should include options;

i.      a marketing campaign to support the local economy and community including but not limited to a subsidised shopping loyalty scheme;

ii.      on-going training to encourage businesses to diversify and deal with business disruption;  and

iii.     that Councillors and Local Members attend a dinner at their own cost, arranged by Council staff, at a restaurant in Hurstville, where Council can promote that Hurstville is ‘Open for Business’.

(c)    That the report required by part (b) include monitoring and reporting mechanisms to advise Council of the impact of the actions taken by Council.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:            Councillors  Badalati, Hindi, Katris and Liu.

Against the Motion:     Councillors Elmir (Abstain: Councillor Grekas, Landsberry, Payor,                  Symington and Tegg).

On being put to the meeting, voting on the Motion was four (4) votes FOR and six (6) votes AGAINST. The Motion was LOST.

 

Note:        The Mayor, Councillor Greene returned to the meeting at 10.39pm and resumed the position of Chair. Councillor Hindi vacated the position of Chair.

Note:        Councillor Konjarski returned to the meeting at 10.39pm.

Note:        Councillor Grekas left the meeting at 10.40pm.

NM009-20        Establishment of a Georges River Economic Development Forum

(Report by Councillor Hindi)

RESOLVED:              Councillor Hindi / Councillor Badalati

(a)    That the General Manager prepare a report on the possible establishment of a forum or leadership group to advise Council on how to shape a better, more prosperous and sustainable future for the Georges River Local Government Area, to assist Council in the advocacy for the area and to attract public and private investment.

(b)    This report should include consideration of membership, terms of reference and the role of the Economic Development Advisory Committee.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:           Unanimous

 

Note:        Councillor Grekas returned to the meeting at 10.44pm.

Note:         Due to The Mayor, Councillor Greene disclosing a Pecuniary Interest in the next Item (NM010-20) The Mayor, Councillor Greene vacated the Chair and left the meeting at 10.42pm. The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Hindi assumed the Chair.

 

EXTENSION OF TIME

 

RESOLVED:               Councillor Badalati / Councillor Elmir

With the time being 11.02pm, that Council extend the meeting until Council has considered item NM010-20.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:            Unanimous

 

 

NM010-20        General Manager's Delegations

(Report by Councillor Badalati)

Note:        The Mayor, Councillor Greene disclosed a Pecuniary Interest in relation to Item NM010-20. The Mayor, Councillor Greene did not participate in the consideration or voting on this Item.

RESOLVED:               Councillor Badalati / Councillor Hindi

(a)        A report to come to Council detailing all the General Manager’s delegations.

(b)        Any lease, contract or hire agreement (excluding staff contracts) executed by the General Manager under delegation, are to be reported back to Council at the next ordinary meeting.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:           Councillors  Agius, Badalati, Hindi, Katris, Landsberry, Payor, Symington and Tegg.

Against the Motion:     Councillors Elmir, Grekas, Konjarski and Liu.

 

On being put to the meeting, voting on the Motion was eight (8) votes FOR and four (4) votes AGAINST. The Motion was CARRIED.

 

Note:        The Mayor, Councillor Greene returned to the meeting at 11.05pm and resumed the position of Chair. The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Hindi vacated the Chair.

 

ADJOURMENT OF MEETING

 

The Mayor, Councillor Greene adjourned the meeting, deferring all remaining items of business from this Council meeting and from the previous Council meeting, to the March 2020 Council

 

Note:         At the time of the Adjournment, the following Councillors were present; The Mayor Councillor Greene, Councillors Agius, Badalati, Elmir, Grekas, Hindi, Katris, Konjarski, Landsberry, Liu, Payor, Symington and Tegg.

 

Note:        Council adjourned at 11.06pm.

 

 

 

 

Chairperson

Mayor, Clr Kevin Greene

 

Minutes confirmed: 23 March 2020