MINUTES


Extraordinary Council Meeting

 

Monday, 20 April 2020

6.00pm

 

 

ONLINE MEETING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Georges River Council – Minutes of Extraordinary Council Meeting – Monday 20 April 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 Rita Kastanias, 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, 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, Executive Manager, Office of the General Manager - Ms Roxanne Thornton, Internal Auditor – Ms Juliette Hall, Manager Infrastructure – Mr Glen Moody, Manager Premium Facilities – Mr Luke Coleman, Manager Community and Cultural Development – Mr Scott Andrew, Manager Building and Development – Mr Ryan Cole, Chief Financial Officer – Ms Danielle Parker,  Executive Services Officer - Mrs Marina Cavar, Research and Project Officer – Mrs Ann-Marie Svorinic, Team Leader Technology Services – Mr Garuthman de Silva, Coordinator Technology – Mr Brendan Scott.

OPENING

The Mayor, Councillor Kevin Greene, opened the meeting at 6.09pm.

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY

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

 

APOLOGIES/LEAVE OF ABSENCE

There were no apologies or requests for leave of absence.

 

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.

 

DISCLOSURES OF INTEREST

Councillor Katris disclosed a non-significant non-pecuniary interest in Item CCL005A-20 / CCL081-19 / ENV047-19 (Appointment of Community Representatives to the Georges River Council Local Planning Panel for the Kogarah Bay and Hurstville Wards) for the reason that he knows some of the applicants. Councillor Katris will participate in discussion and voting of this item.

 

Councillor Payor disclosed a significant non-pecuniary interest in Item CCL005A-20 / CCL081-19 / ENV047-19 (Appointment of Community Representatives to the Georges River Council Local Planning Panel for the Kogarah Bay and Hurstville Wards) for the reason that she knows one of the applicants. Councillor Payor will not participate in discussion and voting of this item.

 

Councillor Agius disclosed a non-significant non-pecuniary interest in Item CCL005A-20 / CCL081-19 / ENV047-19 (Appointment of Community Representatives to the Georges River Council Local Planning Panel for the Kogarah Bay and Hurstville Wards) for the reason that he knows some of the applicants. Councillor Agius will participate in discussion and voting of this item.

 

Councillor Hindi disclosed a non-significant non-pecuniary interest in Item CCL005A-20 / CCL081-19 / ENV047-19 (Appointment of Community Representatives to the Georges River Council Local Planning Panel for the Kogarah Bay and Hurstville Wards) for the reason he knows some of the applicants.

 

Councillor Hindi disclosed a non-significant non-pecuniary interest in QWN015-20 DEFERRED REPORT FROM 16 DECEMBER 2019 (QWN025-19) - Statutory Processes and Indicative Time Line for the Development of a New Regional Aquatic Facility in Georges River for the reason that he lives in the area. Councillor Hindi will participate in discussion and voting of these items.

 

Councillor Badalati disclosed a non-significant non-pecuniary interest in Item CCL005A-20 / CCL081-19 / ENV047-19 (Appointment of Community Representatives to the Georges River Council Local Planning Panel for the Kogarah Bay and Hurstville Wards) for the reason that he knows some of the applicants. Councillor Badalati will participate in discussion and voting of this item.

 

The Mayor, Councillor Greene disclosed a significant non-pecuniary interest in Item NM018-20 Deferred Report from 23 March 2020 Local Business Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic for the reason that he is a director of a business in the Local Government Area. Councillor Greene will not participate in discussion and voting of this item.

 

The Mayor, Councillor Greene disclosed a non-significant non-pecuniary interest in Item CCL005A-20 / CCL081-19 / ENV047-19 (Appointment of Community Representatives to the Georges River Council Local Planning Panel for the Kogarah Bay and Hurstville Wards) for the reason that he knows some of the applicants. The Mayor Councillor Greene will participate in discussion and voting of this item.

 

Councillor Konjarski disclosed a significant pecuniary interest in Item NM018-20 Deferred Report from 23 March 2020 Local Business Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic for the reason that he owns a business in the Local Government Area. Councillor Konjarski will not participate in discussion and voting of this item.

 

Councillor Wu disclosed a significant pecuniary interest in Item NM018-20 Deferred Report from 23 March 2020 Local Business Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic for the reason that her partner has minor interest in a small business in Georges River Local Government Area. Councillor Wu will not participate in discussion and voting of this item.

 

Councillor Kastanias disclosed a significant pecuniary interest in Item NM018-20 Deferred Report from 23 March 2020 Local Business Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic for the reason that she owns a business in the Local Government Area. Councillor Kastanias will not participate in discussion and voting of this item.

 

Councillor Agius disclosed a significant, pecuniary interest in Item NM018-20 Deferred Report from 23 March 2020 Local Business Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic for the reason that he is a business owner in the Local Government Area. Councillor Agius will not participate in discussion and voting of this item.

 

Councillor Liu disclosed a significant, pecuniary interest in Item NM018-20 Deferred Report from 23 March 2020 Local Business Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic for the reason that her husband owns and operates his business in Georges River LGA. Councillor Liu will not participate in discussion and voting of this item.

PUBLIC FORUM

Note:        In lieu of addressing the Council in person, written submissions were received by the following members of the public. The written submissions were read aloud to the meeting by Council staff.

 

ITEM

SPEAKER

CCL013-20  Deferred Report from 23 March 2020 Report of the Environment and Planning Committee Meeting held on 9 March 2020 (ENV006-20) Adoption of Georges River Keeping of Animals Policy

Trish Gerathy

CCL013-20  Deferred Report from 23 March 2020 Report of the Environment and Planning Committee Meeting held on 9 March 2020 (ENV006-20) Adoption of Georges River Keeping of Animals Policy

Ilknur Bayari

 

MAYORAL MINUTE

MM010-20        Vale Warwick Cary  

(Report by The Mayor, Councillor Greene)

RESOLVED:  The Mayor, Councillor Greene / Councillor Hindi

That Council recognise the significant contribution Mr Warwick Cary has made to the Georges River community. 

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous  

 

 

DEFERRED MATTERS FROM COUNCIL MEETING 16 DECEMBER 2019      

RESOLVED:            Councillor Tegg / Councillor Grekas

That the recommendations for items QWN009-20, QWN010-20,QWN011-20, QWN014-20 and QWN015-20, as detailed below, be adopted by Council.

  

 

QWN009-20     DEFERRED REPORT FROM 16 DECEMBER 2019 (QWN019-19) - NSW Government - Commencement of Level 2 Water Restrictions in Georges River Update

That the information be received and noted.

 

QWN010-20     DEFERRED REPORT FROM 16 DECEMBER 2019 (QWN020-19) - Former Oatley Bowling Site

That the information be received and noted.

 

QWN011-20     DEFERRED REPORT FROM 16 DECEMBER 2019 (QWN021-19) - Georges River Approach to Staff Safety - Elevated Air Pollution

That the information be received and noted.

 

 

QWN014-20     DEFERRED REPORT FROM 16 DECEMBER 2019 (QWN024-19) - Council's Code of Conduct – Clarification

That the information be received and noted.

 

QWN015-20     DEFERRED REPORT FROM 16 DECEMBER 2019 (QWN025-19) - Statutory Processes and Indicative Time Line for the Development of a New Regional Aquatic Facility in Georges River

That the information be received and noted.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

QWN012-20     DEFERRED REPORT FROM 16 DECEMBER 2019 (QWN022-19) - Consideration of Business at Council Meetings

(Report by Councillor Badalati)

RESOLVED:     Councillor Badalati / Councillor Hindi

That the information be received and noted.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

QWN013-20     DEFERRED REPORT FROM 16 DECEMBER 2019 (QWN023-19) - Georges River Council - Consultant Costs and Staff Establishment

(Report by Councillor Hindi)

RESOLVED:     Councillor Hindi / Councillor Kastanias

That the information be received and noted.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

DEFERRED MATTERS FROM COUNCIL MEETING 24 FEBRUARY 2020

RESOLVED:    Councillor Tegg/ Councillor Katris

That the recommendations for Items QWN016-20, QWN017-20, QWN020-20 and QWN023-20, as detailed below, be adopted by Council.

 

QWN016-20     DEFERRED REPORT FROM 24 FEBRUARY 2020 (QWN001-20) - Magic of Christmas Event 2019 - Carbon Credits

That the information be received and noted.

 

QWN017-20     DEFERRED REPORT FROM 24 FEBRUARY 2020 (QWN002-20) - Closure of Polytrade Recycling Plant, Rydalmere

That the information be received and noted.

 

QWN020-20     DEFERRED REPORT FROM 24 FEBRUARY 2020 (QWN005-20) - Netstrata Jubilee Stadium - Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

That the information be received and noted.

 

QWN023-20     DEFERRED REPORT FROM 24 FEBRUARY 2020 (QWN008-20) - Directorate Profit and Loss

That the information be received and noted.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

NM012-20        DEFERRED REPORT FROM 24 FEBRUARY 2020 (NM011-20) - Costs Associated with Catering for Staff at all Meetings

(Report by Councillor Badalati)

RESOLVED:  Councillor Badalati / Councillor Hindi

That the General Manager prepares a report informing Council how much is being spent on catering for staff at all meetings.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

DEFERRED MATTERS FROM COUNCIL MEETING 24 FEBRUARY 2020

RESOLVED:     Councillor Hindi / Councillor Badalati

That the recommendations for Items QWN18-20, QWN19-20, QWN21-20 and QWN022-20 as detailed below, be adopted by Council.

 

QWN 018-20 -  DEFERRED REPORT FROM 24 FEBRUARY 2020 (QWN003-20) - Senior Staff Positions at Georges River Council

That the information be received and noted.

 

QWN019-20 -   DEFERRED REPORT FROM 24 FEBRUARY 2020 (QWN004-20) - NSW Office of Local Government (OLG) Capital Expenditure Guidelines 2010

That the information be received and noted.

 

QWN021-20 -   DEFERRED REPORT FROM 24 FEBRUARY 2020 (QWN006-20) - Georges River Regional Aquatic Facility

That the information be received and noted.

 

QWN022-20 -   DEFERRED REPORT FROM 24 FEBRUARY 2020 (QWN007-20) - Operating Performance Ratio

That the information be received and noted.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

DEFERRED MATTTERS FROM COUNCIL MEETING 23 MARCH 2020

CCL013-20       DEFERRED REPORT FROM 23 MARCH 2020 - Report of the Environment and Planning Committee Meeting held on 9 March 2020

(Report by Executive Services Officer)

RESOLVED:    Councillor Katris / Councillor Kastanias

That the Committee recommendations for Items ENV007-20 and ENV008-20, as detailed below, be adopted by Council.

ENV007-20       Draft Georges River Planning Agreements Policy 2020

(a)    That Council endorse the Draft Georges River Planning Agreements Policy – Revision 2 (2020) for the purpose of public exhibition.

(b)    That Council provide delegation to the General Manager to approve changes to ensure the readability of the document.

(c)    That any submissions received on the Draft Georges River Planning Agreements Policy – Revision 2 (2020) be reported back to Council following public exhibition.

(d)    That the wording in clause 5.26 (Indexation of monetary contributions) in the draft VPA Policy be strengthened to state that the value of monetary contributions will only be increased over time by indexation, not decreased.

(e)    That the clauses 2.10-2.12 in the draft VPA Policy in relation to the ‘Provisions of planning agreement relating to s7.11 and s7.12 contributions’ include a point that Council will generally not support the exclusion of the application of s7.11 and s7.12 contributions of the Act to development that is subject of the planning agreement, unless the contributions that could have been required under those sections are provided for in the planning agreement in addition to any other benefits provided for in the planning agreement.

(f)     That the definition of ‘surplus value’ in the draft VPA Policy be amended to read:

        “The value of the developers contribution under a planning agreement for a category of facilities less the value of development contributions are or could have been required to be made under s7.11 or s7.12 of the Act for that category in respect of the development the subject of the agreement.”

 

ENV008-20       Legal Report

(a)         That Council no longer receive monthly reports on Court matters.

(b)         That the detailed monthly report on the status of current Court cases, including costs for the financial year, continue to be published on Council’s website.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

ENV006-20 Adoption of Georges River Keeping of Animals Policy (2020)

MOTION: Councillor Katris / The Mayor, Councillor Greene

(a)    That Council adopt the Georges River Keeping of Animals Policy (2020), contained in Attachment 3 to this report, subject to:

(i)     The removal of the maximum number of cats and dogs permitted to be kept on the property is to revert back to the numbers stipulated in Table 1, on page 5 ,of the report to the Environment and Planning on the 9 March 2020 which is limited to 2 of each.

(ii)    The addition of the following note under the keeping of bees section – ‘Beekeepers are encouraged to contact their immediate adjoining neighbours prior to establishing beehives to consider any impacts that may arise from persons vulnerable to bee stings.’

(iii)   Council is to be notified of the keeping of pigeons, construction of the loft of less than 10 sqm, and any activity not considered a hobby.

(b)    That Council write to each individual/organisation that made a submission on the Draft Keeping of Animals Policy to advise of the amendments made to the Draft Policy received.

(c)    That Council rescind the following policies:

(i)     Local Orders Policy – Keeping of Animals (former Hurstville Council).

(ii)    Local Orders Policy No. 18 – The Keeping of Birds and Animals (former Kogarah Council).

AMENDMENT: Councillor Kastanias / Councillor Landsberry

(a)    That Council adopt the Georges River Keeping of Animals Policy (2020), contained in Attachment 3 to this report, subject to:

(i)          The removal of the maximum number of cats and dogs permitted to be kept on the property.

(ii)         The addition of the following note under the keeping of bees section – ‘Beekeepers are encouraged to contact their immediate adjoining neighbours prior to establishing beehives to consider any impacts that may arise from persons vulnerable to bee stings.’

(iii)        That pigeons be kept to a maximum number of 20.

(b)    That Council write to each individual/organisation that made a submission on the Draft Keeping of Animals Policy to advise of the amendments made to the Draft Policy received.

(c)    That Council rescind the following policies:

(i)     Local Orders Policy – Keeping of Animals (former Hurstville Council).

(ii)    Local Orders Policy No. 18 – The Keeping of Birds and Animals (former Kogarah Council).

Record of Voting:

For the Amendment:          Councillors Badalati, Hindi, Kastanias, Landsberry and Payor.

Against the Amendment: The Mayor Councillor Greene and Councillors Agius, Elmir,      Grekas, Katris, Konjarski, Liu, Symington, Tegg and Wu.

On being put to the meeting, the voting on the Amendment was five (5) votes FOR and ten (10) votes AGAINST. The Amendment was LOST.

AMENDMENT: Councillor Elmir / Councillor Konjarski

(a)    That Council adopt the Georges River Keeping of Animals Policy (2020), contained in Attachment 3 to this report, subject to:

(i)          The removal of the maximum number of cats and dogs permitted to be kept on the property.

(ii)         The addition of the following note under the keeping of bees section – ‘Beekeepers are encouraged to contact their immediate adjoining neighbours prior to establishing beehives to consider any impacts that may arise from persons vulnerable to bee stings.’

(b)    That Council write to each individual/organisation that made a submission on the Draft Keeping of Animals Policy to advise of the amendments made to the Draft Policy received.

(c)    That Council rescind the following policies:

(i)          Local Orders Policy – Keeping of Animals (former Hurstville Council).

(ii)         Local Orders Policy No. 18 – The Keeping of Birds and Animals (former Kogarah Council).

Record of Voting

For the Amendment:         Councillors Agius, Badalati, Elmir, Hindi, Kastanias, Konjarski, Landsberry, Liu, Payor and Wu.

Against the Amendment: The Mayor Councillor Greene and Councillors Grekas, Katris,       Symington and Tegg.

On being put to the meeting, the voting on the Amendment was ten (10) votes FOR and five (5) votes AGAINST. The Amendment was CARRIED and therefore became the MOTION.

MOTION: Councillor Elmir / Councillor Konjarski

(a)    That Council adopt the Georges River Keeping of Animals Policy (2020), contained in Attachment 3 to this report, subject to:

(i)          The removal of the maximum number of cats and dogs permitted to be kept on the property.

(ii)         The addition of the following note under the keeping of bees section – ‘Beekeepers are encouraged to contact their immediate adjoining neighbours prior to establishing beehives to consider any impacts that may arise from persons vulnerable to bee stings.’

(b)    That Council write to each individual/organisation that made a submission on the Draft Keeping of Animals Policy to advise of the amendments made to the Draft Policy received.

(c)    That Council rescind the following policies:

(i)     Local Orders Policy – Keeping of Animals (former Hurstville Council).

(ii)    Local Orders Policy No. 18 – The Keeping of Birds and Animals (former Kogarah Council).

AMENDMENT : Councillor Payor / Councillor Landsberry

 

(a)    That Council adopt the Georges River Keeping of Animals Policy (2020), contained in Attachment 3 to this report, subject to: 

(i)          The removal of the maximum number of cats and dogs permitted to be kept on the property.

(ii)         The addition of the following note under the keeping of bees section – ‘Beekeepers are encouraged to contact their immediate adjoining neighbours prior to establishing beehives to consider any impacts that may arise from persons vulnerable to bee stings.’

(iii)       Council is to be notified of the keeping of pigeons, construction of the loft of greater than 10sqm, and any activity not considered a hobby.

(b)    That Council write to each individual/organisation that made a submission on the Draft Keeping of Animals Policy to advise of the amendments made to the Draft Policy received.

(c)    That Council rescind the following policies: 

(i)          Local Orders Policy – Keeping of Animals (former Hurstville Council).

(ii)         Local Orders Policy No. 18 – The Keeping of Birds and Animals (former Kogarah Council). 

Record of Voting

For the Amendment: Councillors Agius, Badalati, Elmir, Grekas, Hindi, Kastanias,  Konjarski, Landsberry, Liu, Payor and Wu.

Against the Amendment: The Mayor Councillor Greene and Councillors Katris,        Symington  and Tegg.

On being put to the meeting, the voting on the Amendment was ten (11) votes FOR and four (4) votes AGAINST. The Amendment was CARRIED and therefore became the MOTION.

 

ENV006-20 Adoption of Georges River Keeping of Animals Policy (2020)

 

RESOLVED : Councillor Payor / Councillor Landsberry

 

(a)    That Council adopt the Georges River Keeping of Animals Policy (2020), contained in Attachment 3 to this report, subject to: 

(i)          The removal of the maximum number of cats and dogs permitted to be kept on the property.

(ii)         The addition of the following note under the keeping of bees section – ‘Beekeepers are encouraged to contact their immediate adjoining neighbours prior to establishing beehives to consider any impacts that may arise from persons vulnerable to bee stings.’

(iii)       Council is to be notified of the keeping of pigeons, construction of the loft of greater than 10 sqm, and any activity not considered a hobby.

(b)        That Council write to each individual/organisation that made a submission on the Draft Keeping of Animals Policy to advise of the amendments made to the Draft Policy received.

(c)    That Council rescind the following policies: 

(iii)       Local Orders Policy – Keeping of Animals (former Hurstville Council).

(iv)       Local Orders Policy No. 18 – The Keeping of Birds and Animals (former Kogarah Council). 

Record of Voting

For the Amendment: Councillors Agius, Badalati, Elmir, Grekas, Hindi, Kastanias,    Konjarski, Landsberry, Liu, Payor and  Wu.

Against the Amendment: The Mayor Councillor Greene and Councillors  Katris,  Symington and Tegg.

On being put to the meeting, the voting on the Motion was eleven (11) votes FOR and four (4) votes AGAINST. The Motion was CARRIED.

 

 

Note:        Councillor Kastanias left the meeting at 8.26pm

 

 

CCL014-20       DEFERRED REPORT FROM 23 MARCH 2020 - Report of the Finance and Governance Committee Meeting held on 9 March 2020

(Report by Executive Services Officer)

RESOLVED:     Councillor Badalati / Councillor Agius

That the Committee recommendations for Items FIN008-20, FIN009-20, FIN010-20 and FIN012-20, as detailed below, be adopted by Council.

FIN008-20        Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee Minutes from 19 August 2019 and 18 September 2019

That the Minutes of the Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee meetings held on the 19 August 2019 and 18 September 2019 (Special Financial Statements) be noted.

 

FIN009-20        Investment Report as at 31 January 2020

That Council receives and notes the contents of the Investment Report as at 31 January 2020.

 

FIN010-20        Quarterly Commercial Property Portfolio Report

That Council receives and notes the Quarterly Commercial Property Portfolio Report for the quarter ending 31 December 2019.

 

FIN012-20        Legal Report

(a)  That Council no longer receive monthly reports on Court matters.

(b)  That the detailed monthly report on the status of current Court cases, including costs for the financial year, continue to be published on Council’s website.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous     

 

 

Note:        Councillor Kastanias returned to the meeting at 8.29pm

 

 

CCL015-20       DEFERRED REPORT FROM 23 MARCH 2020 - Report of the Assets and Infrastructure Committee Meeting held 9 March 2020

(Report by Executive Services Officer)

RESOLVED:     Councillor Grekas / Councillor Konjarski

That the Committee recommendation for Confidential Item ASS004A-20, as detailed below, be adopted by Council.

ASS004A-20     Quarterly Report for Premium Facilities Portfolio

That Council receives and notes the Quarterly Report for Premium Facilities Portfolio Report for the quarter ending 31 December 2019.

Record of Voting:

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

Against the Motion: Councillors Badalati, Elmir, Hindi, Katris, Kastanias, Liu, and Wu.

On being put to the meeting, the voting on the Motion  was eight (8) votes FOR and seven (7) votes AGAINST. Therefore the  Motion was CARRIED.


 

 

CCL016-20       DEFERRED REPORT FROM 23 MARCH 2020 - Report of the Community and Culture Committee Meeting held on 9 March 2020

(Report by Executive Services Officer)

RESOLVED:  Councillor Tegg  /  Councillor Konjarski

That the Committee recommendations for Items COM009-20 to COM014-20 (with the exception of COM010-20 as this matter has been withdrawn), as detailed below, be adopted by Council.

COM009-20      Adoption of Georges River Council Public Art Policy 2020

That Council adopts the Georges River Council Public Art Policy (2020).

 

COM010-20      Outgoing Sponsorship and Donations

This item was not considered as the matter was withdrawn.

 

COM011-20      Adoption of Georges River Council Grants, Donations and Sponsorship Policy 2020

That Council adopts the Georges River Council Grants, Donations and Sponsorship Policy 2020.

 

COM012-20      Draft Georges River Innovation Strategy 2020

(a)        That Council endorse the attached draft Georges River Innovation Strategy 2020 for public exhibition for not less than 28 days to facilitate community consultation.

(b)        That a further report be submitted to Council detailing any public submissions made during the exhibition period, together with any recommended changes to the draft Georges River Innovation Strategy 2020.

(c)        That a further report be prepared which investigates the potential establishment of an Innovation Standing Committee to drive implementation of the Strategy, including the innovation strategies that would achieve productivity savings as identified in the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) application reported to Council on 10 February 2020.

 

COM013-20      Leading for Change - Event Series

That Council receive and note the ‘Leading for Change’ event series as a precursor to future advocacy work.

 

COM014-20      Georges River Reputation Strategy

That Council endorse the Georges River Reputation Strategy which is attached to this report.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

 

CCL017-20       DEFERRED REPORT FROM 23 MARCH 2020 - Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee and Internal Audit Annual Report to Council 2019

(Report by Internal Auditor)

RESOLVED:     Councillor Tegg /   Councillor Wu

That the Annual Report to Council of the Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee and Internal Audit 2019 be received and noted.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

 

NM013-20        DEFERRED REPORT FROM 23 MARCH 2020 - Development of a Domestic Violence Brochure for Georges River Local Government Area

(Report by Councillor Symington)

RESOLVED:     Councillor Symington / Councillor Grekas

That Council work with local Family and Domestic Violence service providers through the St George Domestic Violence Committee to develop a brochure for the Georges River area that addresses Family and Domestic Violence and coercive control.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

 

NM014-20        DEFERRED REPORT FROM 23 MARCH 2020 - Removal of Items from Kerbside Recycling Bins

(Report by Councillor Katris)

This item was not considered as the matter was withdrawn.

 

 

NM015-20        DEFERRED REPORT FROM 23 MARCH 2020 - Commercial Use of Public Parks in Georges River Local Government Area

(Report by Councillor Tegg)

RESOLVED:     Councillor Tegg / Councillor Grekas

That the General Manager prepare a report detailing the current policies and practices of Council in regard to the commercial use of public parks and spaces in Georges River.  That the report address (amongst other things):

(a)    The adequacy of the existing Council policies that regulate these activities, particularly in terms of noise and other amenity impacts;

(b)    Whether the existing fees and charges that apply to these activities are appropriate;

(c)    Whether the utilisation of public parks and spaces for these activities is adversely restricting access by the broader community; and

(d)    The additional costs involved should Council commence the pro-active policing of these activities.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:         Unanimous

 

 

NM016-20        DEFERRED REPORT FROM 23 MARCH 2020 - Draft 2020/2021 Budget - Consideration of Employee Costs

(Report by Councillor Katris)

RESOLVED:     Councillor Katris / Councillor Symington

(a)    That Council not proceed with any:

i.  Staff budgetary reductions in the 2020/2021 budget; and

ii.  Reduction in staff numbers prior to or during the 2020/2021 budgetary period.

(b)    That Council reduce expenditure and increase income as outlined in the IPART application Part B, Section 5 and Appendix A (Productivity improvements and cost containment strategies).

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

 

NM017-20        DEFERRED REPORT FROM 23 MARCH 2020 - Business Continuity Plan and Contingencies in Respect to COVID-19

(Report by Councillor Tegg)

RESOLVED:     Councillor Tegg /   Councillor Symington

(a)    That the General Manager prepare a report that:

i.  informs Council on the number of staff (permanent, temporary and casual) engaged by Council that may not have sufficient paid leave to cover a 14 day exclusion from work;

ii.  requests that the above information be provided by contractors of Council provided services (eg. pools, construction work, etc) and information about their plans for the provision of those services in the event of staff shortages due to exclusions;

iii. details Council’s plans to continue delivering services, while protecting staff and the public, in the event of a public health emergency and our plans to communicate that information to residents;

iv. provides a summary of the costs/losses to Council arising from COVID-19 in the 2019/20 and 2020/21 financial years;

v. recommends any changes to Council policies based on our experience of COVID-19 to improve our response to future serious events; and

vi. investigates options for the delivery of Council services and any other assistance to at-risk groups, including the elderly and infirm, during the crisis.

(b)    That the General Manager write to LGNSW and the Minister for Local Government to:

i.  support an agreement between LGNSW, the Minister for Local Government and the representatives of Council workers to provide special leave for all Council employees, regardless of their method of employment, to ensure that they are no worse off if they are required to self-isolate or seek treatment due to exposure to COVID-19;

ii.  seek funding from the NSW government to assist with the cost of providing special leave as set out above; and

iii. highlight the public health benefits of providing special leave to all Council workers so that they do not have to come to work when sick in order to pay their bills and keep food on the table.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

 

Note:        The Mayor, Councillor Greene disclosed a pecuniary interest in regard to Item NM018-20 and therefore vacated the Chair and left the meeting at 9.16pm. Deputy Mayor, Councillor Hindi assumed the role as Chair in the absence of The Mayor, Councillor Greene. 

Note:        Councillors Agius, Kastanias, Konjarski, Liu and Wu disclosed a pecuniary interest in relation to Item NM018-20 and left the meeting at 9.16pm and did not participate in the consideration and voting of this item.

 

NM018-20        DEFERRED REPORT FROM 23 MARCH 2020 - Local Business Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic

(Report by Councillor Tegg)

RESOLVED:     Councillor Tegg / Councillor Elmir

(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 existing policies that may assist them and advising how shoppers and diners can safely visit their favourite locations while complying with social-distancing guidelines.

(b)    That the General Manager prepare a report to Council on a program to support local business recovery once the medical advice means that the current social-distancing rules and the restrictions on the size of gatherings are repealed.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

Note:          The Mayor, Councillor Greene returned to the meeting at 9.22pm and resumed the position of Chair. The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Hindi vacated the Chair.

 

Note:          Councillors Agius, Konjarski, Liu and Wu returned to the meeting at 9.22pm.

 

 

NM019-20        DEFERRED REPORT FROM 23 MARCH 2020 - Draft 2020/2021 Budget - Suspension of the Councillor Ward Discretionary Fund

(Report by Councillor Tegg)

RESOLVED:     Councillor Tegg / Councillor Katris

That arising from Council’s deferral of the rates harmonisation, minimum rate harmonisation and Special Rate Variation application and after considering the forecast operating deficit of $13 million for 2020/2021, Council not proceed with the annual budget allocation of $1 million for the Councillor Ward Discretionary Fund in the draft 2020/21 budget.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

 

Note:                Councillor Kastanias returned to the meeting at 9.26pm

 

 

NM020-20        DEFERRED REPORT FROM 23 MARCH 2020 - Draft 2020/2021 Budget - Amendment to Mayor and Councillors Expenses and Facilities Policy

(Report by Councillor Tegg)

RESOLVED:     Councillor Tegg / Councillor Elmir

(a)    That the General Manager makes appropriate amendments to the Mayor and Councillors’ Expenses and Facilities Policy 2018 to provide pro-rata expense allocations for any financial year that contains a gazetted NSW local government election;

(b)    That the General Manager be authorised to amend the Policy and proceed to immediately publicly exhibit the revised Policy to enable the changes to be enacted by Council prior to the September 2021 local government elections; and

(c)    That Council’s Audit Risk and Improvement Committee be requested to provide feedback on the draft amendments during public exhibition of the amended Policy.

Record of Voting:

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

Against the Motion:        Councillor Kastanias.

On being put to the meeting, the voting on the Motion was fourteen (14) votes FOR and one (1) vote AGAINST. The Motion was CARRIED.

 

 

NM021-20        DEFERRED REPORT FROM 23 MARCH 2020 - Draft 2020/2021 Budget - Consideration of Internal Borrowing for Georges River Aquatic Facility

(Report by Councillor Hindi)

RESOLVED:     Councillor Hindi / Councillor Katris

(a)    That Council investigate the possibility of borrowing money from Council’s internal or external reserves to fund the design and construction of an aquatic facility on the existing Carss Park site or in the Carss Park precinct.

(b)    That the General Manager prepares a report outlining whether it is feasible to borrow the money from internal reserves and prepare a business case to establish an indicative payback period.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous     

 

NM022-20        DEFERRED REPORT FROM 23 MARCH 2020 - Honouring Veterans at Georges River Council Meetings

(Report by Councillor Konjarski)

RESOLVED:     Councillor Konjarski / Councillor Elmir

That Council honour the brave Australians who have served and those who have died as a result of war with an acknowledgement at the April and November Council meeting.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

NM023-20        DEFERRED REPORT FROM 23 MARCH 2020 - Georges River Off-Leash Dog Area Strategy

(Report by Councillor Payor)

MOTION:          Councillor Payor / Councillor Landsberry

(a)    That Council undertakes a detailed audit of all dog parks within the Georges River Council Local Government Area to identify sites where additional amenities are required, to improve access using inclusive design principles, and include site lighting where appropriate;

(b)    That Council publishes updated information including the location and characteristics of each off-leash area on Council’s website;

(c)    That Council prepares a future strategy for the Local Government Area with the objective of households to be within 10 minutes (800m) of a dog exercise area, and to investigate additional off-leash dog exercise areas with temporary trials in conjunction with community consultation; and

(d)    That Council provide community consultation via Your Say Georges River, for the potential establishment of a dedicated dog park within the Local Government Area. 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:          Councillors Landsberry, Payor and Tegg.

Against the Motion:   The Mayor, Councillor Greene and Councillors Agius, Badalati, Elmir, Hindi, Grekas, Katris, Kastanias, Konjarski, Liu, Symington and Wu. 

On being put to the meeting, the voting on the Motion was three (3) votes FOR and twelve (12) vote AGAINST. The Motion was LOST.

 

 

 

 

 

 

NM024-20        DEFERRED REPORT FROM 23 MARCH 2020 - Banning Developers and Real Estate Agents from Serving as Councillors

(Report by Councillor Hindi)

RESOLVED:     Councillor Hindi / Councillor Kastanias

I call on the NSW state government and the opposition to ban developers and real estate agents, or a close associate of a developer or real estate agent from serving on council. I ask Council to write to the state Government and the opposition leader advising them that Georges River Council support the concept of banning developers and real estate agents or a close associate of a developer or real estate agent from serving on Council.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous     

 

QWN024-20     DEFERRED REPORT FROM 23 MARCH 2020 - Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Council Preparations and Continuity Planning

(Report by Councillor Liu)

RESOLVED:     Councillor Liu / Councillor Grekas

That the information be received and noted.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous     

 

QWN025-20     DEFERRED REPORT FROM 23 MARCH 2020 - Draft 2020/2021 Budget - Consideration of Accelerated Implementation of LED Street Lighting Replacement Program

(Report by Councillor Hindi)

RESOLVED:     Councillor Hindi / Councillor Kastanias

That the information be received and noted.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

CONSIDERATION OF BUSINESS IN CLOSED SESSION

RESOLVED:      Councillor Elmir / Councillor Grekas

At this stage of the meeting being 10.41pm the Mayor advised that the meeting would move into a Committee of the Whole to allow consideration of a matter in Closed Session in accordance with Section 10A(2) of The Local Government Act 1993. Accordingly, members of the press and public are excluded from the closed session and access to the correspondence and reports relating to the items considered during the course of the closed session will be withheld.

This action was taken to allow discussion of the following item:

 

CCL005A-20     DEFERRED REPORT FROM 16 DECEMBER 2019 (CCL081-19 / ENV047-19) - Report of Environment and Planning Committee held on 9 December 2019

(Report by Executive Services Officer)

THAT in accordance with the provisions of Part 1 of Chapter 4 of the Local Government Act 1993, the matters dealt with in this report be considered in closed Council Meeting at which the press and public are excluded. In accordance with Section 10A(2) (a) it is considered the matter deals with personnel matters concerning particular individuals (other than Councillors).

THAT in accordance with Section 10D it is considered that if the matter were discussed in an open Council Meeting, it would on balance, be contrary to the public interest as it deals with personnel matters concerning particular individuals (other than Councillors).

 

This matter will be considered in closed session in accordance with Section 10A(2) (c)  of the Local Government Act 1993 as it contains information that would , if disclosed, confer a commercial advantage on a person with whom council is conducting (or proposes to conduct) business. 

The Mayor asked the General Manager if any representations had been received from the public that the item should not be discussed in closed session.

The General Manager replied that no representations had been received to the item in closed session.

Given the current circumstances and with this meeting being held as an online meeting, Council was not able to seek any additional representations from the public.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous     

 

 

 

Note:        Council moved to Closed Session at 10.41pm.

 

CONSIDERATION OF CONFIDENTIAL RECOMMENDATIONS

CCL005A-20     DEFERRED REPORT FROM 16 DECEMBER 2019 (CCL081-19 / ENV047-19) - Report of Environment and Planning Committee held on 9 December 2019

(Report by Executive Services Officer)

Note: The Mayor Councillor Greene disclosed a non-significant non-pecuniary interest in     relation to this item for the reason that he knows some of the applicants. Councillor Greene will participate in consideration and voting of this item.

Note:  Councillor Katris disclosed a non-significant non-pecuniary interest in relation to this item for the reason that he knows some of the applicants. Councillor Katris will participate in consideration and voting of this item.

Note:  Councillor Hindi disclosed a non-significant non-pecuniary interest in relation to this item for the reason that he knows some of the applicants. Councillor Hindi will participate in consideration and voting of this item.

Note:  Councillor Badalati disclosed a non-significant non-pecuniary interest in relation to this item for the reason that he knows some of the applicants. Councillor Badalati will consideration in discussion and voting of this item.

Note:  Councillor Agius disclosed a non-significant non-pecuniary interest in relation to this item for the reason that he knows some of the applicants. Councillor Agius will participate in consideration and voting of this item.

Note:  Councillor Payor disclosed a significant non-pecuniary interest in relation to this item for the reason that she knows one of the applicants. Councillor Payor did not participate in the consideration and voting of this item.

 

RECOMMENDATION: Councillor Katris/ Councillor Kastanias

That the Committee recommendations for Item ENV047-19 as detailed below be adopted by Council.

ENV047-19        Appointment of Community Representatives to the Georges River Council Local Planning Panel for the Kogarah Bay and Hurstville Wards 

(a)    That Council appoint Fiona Prodromou as the community representative for Kogarah Bay Ward and Saravan Sekar as the community representative for the Hurstville Ward, to the Georges River Local Planning Panel.

(b)    That all community representatives are appointed for all Georges River Council wards so that they can operate on a rotational basis throughout the year to allow flexibility and efficiency for the operation of the Georges River Local Planning Panel.

(c)    Each member is to be appointed in accordance with the terms and conditions identified by the Minister for Planning and the NSW Department of Planning and Environment.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous      

 

 

OPEN COUNCIL

RESOLVED:     Councillor Tegg   /  Councillor Grekas

That the meeting revert to Open Council, time being 10.47pm.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous     

 

 

Note:        The meeting reverted to Open Council time being 10:50pm.

 

 

CONSIDERATION OF RECOMMENDATIONS FROM CLOSED SESSION

CCL005A-20     DEFERRED REPORT FROM 16 DECEMBER 2019 (CCL081-19 / ENV047-19) - Report of Environment and Planning Committee held on 9 December 2019

RESOLVED:     Councillor Katris / Councillor Hindi

That the recommendations of the Closed Session for item ENV047-19 (Appointment of Community Representatives to the Georges River Council Local Planning Panel for the Kogarah Bay and Hurstville Wards), as read aloud by the Mayor to the open session of Council, be adopted as resolutions of Council.

 (a)   That Council appoint Fiona Prodromou as the community representative for Kogarah Bay Ward and Saravan Sekar as the community representative for the Hurstville Ward, to the Georges River Local Planning Panel.

(b)    That all community representatives are appointed for all Georges River Council wards so that they can operate on a rotational basis throughout the year to allow flexibility and efficiency for the operation of the Georges River Local Planning Panel.

(c)    Each member is to be appointed in accordance with the terms and conditions identified by the Minister for Planning and the NSW Department of Planning and Environment.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

CONCLUSION

The Meeting was closed at 11.00pm.

 

 

 

Chairperson

Mayor, Clr Kevin Greene

 

Minutes confirmed: 25 May 2020