AGENDA


Council Meeting

 

Monday, 27 April 2020

 

 

Online Meeting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 27 April 2020                                                                                            Page 2

 

Ordinary Meeting

 ORDER OF BUSINESS

1.      OPENING

2.      NATIONAL ANTHEM

3.      PRAYER

4.      ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY

Council acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land on which this meeting is being held as the Biddegal people of the Eora Nation.

5.      APOLOGIES / LEAVE OF ABSENCE  

6.      NOTICE OF WEBCASTING

7.      DISCLOSURES OF INTEREST

8.      PUBLIC FORUM

9.      CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING

MINUTES: Council Meeting - 23 March 2020 (SF19/3551)

10.    MAYORAL MINUTE

Nil  

11.    CONDOLENCES

12.    COMMITTEE REPORTS

CCL020-20       Report of the Environment and Planning Committee Meeting held on 14 April 2020

(Report by Executive Services Officer)....................................................................... 4

CCL021-20       Report of the Finance and Governance Committee Meeting held on 14 April 2020

(Report by Executive Services Officer).................................................................... 12

CCL022-20       Report of the Assets and Infrastructure Committee Meeting held on 14 April 2020

(Report by Executive Services Officer).................................................................... 18

CCL023-20       Report of the Community and Culture Committee Meeting held 14 April 2020

(Report by Executive Services Officer).................................................................... 24


 

13.    FINANCE AND GOVERNANCE

CCL024-20       Draft 2020/21 Operational Plan, Draft 2018/19 to 2020/21 Delivery Program and Updated Resourcing Strategy

(Report by Integrated Planning and Reporting Officer)........................................ 28

CCL025-20       Tabling of Disclosure of Interest Returns

(Report by Manager Governance and Risk)........................................................... 36

CCL026-20       COVID-19: Instrument of Delegation to the Mayor (Emergency Administrative Provisions) - April 2020 Report

(Report by Manager, Office of the General Manager)........................................... 37

CCL027-20       Georges River Council Rate Harmonisation and Expiring Special Rate Variation

(Report by Chief Financial Officer)........................................................................... 38

CCL028-20       Applications Pursuant to Councillor Ward Discretionary Fund Policy - April 2020

(Report by Manager, Office of the General Manager)........................................... 43

14.    NOTICES OF MOTION

NM025-20          DEFERRED REPORT FROM 24 FEBRUARY 2020 (NM006-20) - Fuel Reduction in Georges River Local Government Area

(Report by Councillor Kastanias).............................................................................. 60

NM026-20          Ongoing Committment to Environment Sustainability - Carbon-Neutral Council Facilities

(Report by Councillor Landsberry)............................................................................ 61

NM027-20          Road Safety Issues at Mater Dei School - Heath Road, Blakehurst

(Report by Councillor Landsberry)............................................................................ 62

NM028-20          Thank You to St George Healthcare Workers (COVID-19)

(Report by Councillor Grekas)................................................................................... 63

NM029-20          Free Parking for St George Hospital Healthcare Workers

(Report by Councillor Hindi)...................................................................................... 64

NM030-20          Proposal for a Genuine Ban on Developers and Real Estate Agents from Serving as Councillors

(Report by Councillor Symington)............................................................................ 65

15.    QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE

QWN026-20      Status of the Amended Planning Proposal for Taylor Reserve, Lugarno

(Report by Councillor Symington)............................................................................ 67

QWN027-20      Former Oatley Bowling Club Site

(Report by Councillor Kastanias).............................................................................. 69

QWN028-20      Senior Staff - Leave Entitlements

(Report by Councillor Hindi)...................................................................................... 71    


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COMMITTEE REPORTS

Item:                   CCL020-20        Report of the Environment and Planning Committee Meeting held on 14 April 2020 

Author:              Executive Services Officer

Directorate:      Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:     Committee Reports

 

RECOMMENDATION:

That the Committee recommendation for Item ENV009-20 as detailed below be adopted by Council.

ENV009-20        Georges River Council Car Parking Strategy

 

(a)     That Council note the submissions received during the public exhibition of the Position Paper and the Georges River Council Car Parking Strategy (July 2018);

 

(b)     That Council endorse the Position Paper as a Strategic Planning document and the Georges River Council Car Parking Strategy (July 2018) with the following amendments:

 

i.       Amend the Position Paper to include the existing minimum parking rates for the Hurstville City Centre, the recommended (exhibited) minimum car parking rates for Hurstville and Kogarah strategic centres and the amended rates for restaurants/cafes as below:

 

Type of Development

Existing Minimum Parking Rate - Hurstville

Existing Minimum Parking Rate - Kogarah

 

Recommended Parking Rate for GR DCP 2020 (Minimum)

Business and Office Premises

 

1 per 200sqm. (B3 zone)

1 per 100sqm (in B4 zone)

1 per 40sqm. GFA

1 per 60sqm. GFA

Retail Premises (shops)

 

1 per 50sqm. GFA

1 per 40sqm. GFA

1 per 60sqm. GFA

Restaurants/ Cafes

 

1 per 50sqm. GFA

1 per 40sqm. GFA

1 per 40sqm. GFA

Medical Centre

 

1 space/practitioner + 1 space/consulting room

1 per 40sqm. GFA

1 per 50sqm. GFA

 

ii.      Amend the car parking rate for restaurants/cafes > 800m Walking Distance from Railway Station to reflect that in paragraph 38 of the Senior Strategic Planner’s report from 1/20 to 1/30m2 in the Position Paper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

iii.   Amend the Position Paper to include the following car parking rates for other centres as exhibited and amended rates for restaurants/cafes:

 

Type of Development

Existing Minimum Parking Rate – Hurstville (outside City Centre)

Existing Minimum Parking Rate – Kogarah (outside City Centre)

Recommended GR DCP 2020 Parking Rate (Minimum)

≤ 800m Walking Distance from Railway Station

Recommended GR DCP 2020 Parking Rate (Minimum)

> 800m Walking Distance from Railway Station

Business and Office Premises

 

1 per 60sqm. GFA

1 per 40sqm. GFA

1 per 60sqm. GFA

1 per 40sqm. GFA

Retail Premises (shops)

 

1 per 50sqm. GFA

1 per 33.3sqm. GFA

1 per 60sqm. GFA

1 per 40sqm. GFA

Restaurants/ Cafes

1 per 50sqm. GFA

1 per 5sqm. GFA

1 per 40sqm. GFA

1 per 30sqm. GFA

Medical Centre

1 space per practitioner + 1 space per consulting room

 

1 per 40sqm. GFA

1 per 40sqm. GFA

1 per 30sqm. GFA

 

iv.     Replace ‘disabled people’ with ‘people with a disability’ and ‘disabled spaces’ with ‘accessible spaces’ throughout the Position Paper and the Car Parking Strategy.

 

v.      Amendment to other recommendations in the Position Paper as detailed in the body of the Report and listed below:

 

a.      Add in Tables 2, 7 and 9 the following comment:

·        Council to also investigate mechanisms to provide more public parking that is accessible to special user groups, including older residents.

 

b.      Add in Table 7 the following comment:

·        Upload maps showing location of various parking areas on the GRC website in most spoken languages in addition to English.

 

c.       Add in table 10 the following comments:

·          Council is in the process of preparing a Transport Strategy for the LGA that will produce a Strategic / Core Pedestrian and Bicycle Network Plan for the LGA via a desktop review. The Core Pedestrian and Bicycle Network will link town centres, transport hubs, significant health and education land uses, significant retirement and aged care facilities, major recreation facilities, parks and neighbouring LGAs. It is expected, no location in the LGA would be more than 400 metres from the Core Pedestrian and Bicycle Network.

·        Council to also consider behaviour change programs and mechanisms to promote community members adopting active lifestyles.

 

 

 

 

d.    Under Table 16 (p24 of the Position Paper) and at the end of Council   comments at paragraph 12 of the Position Paper the following note be inserted:

 

NOTE: Any carparking provided on site is to remain as carparking. Any excess parking is to be indicated on the Strata Plan and in the Strata by laws as carparking.

 

(c)     That Council notify the submitters and affected landowners of Council’s resolution.

 

(d)     That the amended Position Paper and the attached Georges River Council Car Parking Strategy be published on Council’s website.

 

 

 

FILE REFERENCE

19/2261

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Minutes - Environment and Planning Committee 14 April 2020

 


Georges River Council - Ordinary Meeting - Monday, 27 April 2020

CCL020-20             Report of the Environment and Planning Committee Meeting held on 14 April 2020

[Appendix 1]          Minutes - Environment and Planning Committee 14 April 2020

 

 

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Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 27 April 2020                                                                                          Page 12

Item:                   CCL021-20        Report of the Finance and Governance Committee Meeting held on 14 April 2020 

Author:              Executive Services Officer

Directorate:      Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:     Committee Reports

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION:

That the Committee recommendations for Items FIN013-20 and FIN006A-20, as detailed below be adopted by Council.

FIN013-20         Investment Report as at 29 February 2020

That Council receives and notes the contents of the Investment Report as at 29 February 2020.

FIN006A-20       Property Matter - Commercial Car Parks Review

That Council defer consideration of this matter until such time as the COVID-19 Pandemic has eased.

 

FILE REFERENCE

19/2261

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Minutes - Finance and Governance Committee 14 April 2020

 


Georges River Council - Ordinary Meeting - Monday, 27 April 2020

CCL021-20             Report of the Finance and Governance Committee Meeting held on 14 April 2020

[Appendix 1]          Minutes - Finance and Governance Committee 14 April 2020

 

 

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Item:                   CCL022-20        Report of the Assets and Infrastructure Committee Meeting held on 14 April 2020 

Author:              Executive Services Officer

Directorate:      Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:     Committee Reports

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION:

That the Committee recommendations for Items ASS006-20 and ASS007-20, as detailed below be adopted by Council.

ASS006-20        Georges River Traffic Advisory Committee Meeting - 7 April 2020

That the recommendations contained within the minutes of the Georges River Traffic Advisory Committee Meeting held on 7 April 2020 be adopted by Council.

ASS007-20        T19/013 Construction of Oatley Park Oval Sporting Amenities Building

(a)     That under Section 178 (1) (a) of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005, Council accepts the tender that is recommended for T19/013 Construction of Oatley Park Oval Sporting Amenities Building as outlined in the confidential attachment.

(b)     That the General Manager be authorised to sign the Contract with the preferred Contractor on behalf of Council.

(c)     That Council inform unsuccessful Tenderers of the resolution.

 

 

FILE REFERENCE

19/2261

 

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Minutes - Assets and Infrastructure Committee 14 April 2020

 


Georges River Council - Ordinary Meeting - Monday, 27 April 2020

CCL022-20             Report of the Assets and Infrastructure Committee Meeting held on 14 April 2020

[Appendix 1]          Minutes - Assets and Infrastructure Committee 14 April 2020

 

 

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Item:                   CCL023-20        Report of the Community and Culture Committee Meeting held 14 April 2020
 

Author:              Executive Services Officer

Directorate:      Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:     Committee Reports

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION:

That the Committee recommendations for Items COM015-20 and COM016-20, as detailed below be adopted by Council.

COM015-20       Renaming of the Kogarah Library and Service Centre

That Council approve the renaming of the Kogarah Library and Service Centre to the Clive James Library and Service Centre.

COM016-20       River Rail Advocacy Report

(a)     That Council endorse the River Rail Report (attached to this report) as a key document to help shape the future of Georges River.

(b)     That Council delegate authority to the General Manager to make further updates to the report as required.

 

 

FILE REFERENCE

19/2261

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Minutes - Community and Culture Committee 14 April 2020

 


Georges River Council - Ordinary Meeting - Monday, 27 April 2020

CCL023-20             Report of the Community and Culture Committee Meeting held 14 April 2020

[Appendix 1]          Minutes - Community and Culture Committee 14 April 2020

 

 

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Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 27 April 2020                                                                                          Page 35

FINANCE AND GOVERNANCE

 

Item:                   CCL024-20        Draft 2020/21 Operational Plan, Draft 2018/19 to 2020/21 Delivery Program and Updated Resourcing Strategy 

Author:              Integrated Planning and Reporting Officer

Directorate:      Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:     Finance and Governance

 

RECOMMENDATION:

(a)     That Council endorse for the purposes of public exhibition the attached Draft Integrated Planning and Reporting documents, being the Draft 2020/21 Operational Plan including the Draft Budget, Fees and Charges, Delivery Program and Resourcing Strategy taking note of the proposed changes to the Delivery Program.

(b)     That the Draft Integrated Planning and Reporting documents be approved for public exhibition for a period of 28 days allowing the community to comment on the content of these documents. 

(c)     That the General Manager be delegated authority to make formatting and minor editorial adjustments to the Draft Integrated Planning and Reporting documents during the public exhibition period.

(d)     That submissions received as part of the public exhibition of the Draft Integrated Planning and Reporting documents, including the 2020/21 Draft Budget and Fees and Charges be reported to the June 2020 Council meeting for consideration as part of the adoption of these documents.

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

1.      The Office of Local Government (OLG) has released Circular 20-12/17 April 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, identifying changes to the integrated planning and reporting statutory timetable and extending the deadline for adoption of Council’s Operational Plan 2020/21 from 1 July 2020 to 1 August 2020.  As Council has prepared its draft budget and Operational Plan 2020/21, Council officers do not need to utilise this additional time.

2.      Attachment 1 contains the draft 2020/21 Operational Plan including the 2018/19 to 2020/21 Delivery Program, the Draft Budget and Fees and Charges.

3.      Attachment 2 is the updated Resourcing Strategy which includes updates to the Long Term Financial Plan, Workforce Management Plan and Asset Management Plan.  Included in the Resourcing Strategy for the first time is the Digital Resourcing Strategy.

 

BACKGROUND

4.      Section 405 of the Local Government Act requires Council to adopt an Operational Plan before the beginning of each financial year, outlining the activities to be undertaken that year as part of the Delivery Program.

5.      The draft Operational Plan must be publicly exhibited for at least 28 days.

 

Changes to the Delivery Program

6.      A number of minor changes have been made to the Delivery Program to show projects completed in 2019/20, make corrections to project and position titles, remove duplicated items and improve descriptions of tasks and performance indicators. A number of ongoing tasks have also been omitted as they are carried out as part of normal Council operations.

7.      Four new Delivery Program items are proposed and are outlined in Table 1.

8.      Proposed changes to performance indicators including the addition of nine new indicators are outlined in Table 2.

 

Table 1:  Proposed Additional Delivery Program items

Pillar

Goal

Strategy

Proposed DP Item

1 – A protected environment and green open spaces

1.3 Everyone has access to beautiful parks and open spaces.

1.3.1 Ensure all public parks and open spaces are accessible, well maintained and managed to meet the recreational needs of current and future residents.

(d) Implement scheduled cyclic mowing and gardening program across parks and open space.

5 - A harmonious and proud community with the right social services and infrastructure

5.1 We create and support events that celebrate community and cultural identity and benefit the economy.

5.1.1Initiate, facilitate and support inclusive and accessible events that meet the community’s aspirations and actively connect Council to individuals, community groups and businesses.

(f)   Review Georges River Council Event Strategy.

6 – Leadership and Transparency

6.3 Leadership focuses on innovation and improving the customer experience.

6.3.1 Meet customer service commitments that aim to make it easy to do business with Council and create systems and a culture that support positive customer experiences.

(a) Review Customer Experience Strategy.

6 - Leadership and Transparency

6.4 Council’s assets and resources are managed responsibly and wit accountability.

6.4.4 To strengthen Council’s reputation and maintain community confidence by delivering secure, efficient, easy to use services.  For our community, this means greater flexibility dealing with Council.

(a) Align and implement the Digital Resource strategy with the context of Council and Integrated and Planning and Reporting documents.

Table 2:  Proposed changes to Performance Indicators

Change

Pillar

Measure

New Content

Addition

1 – A protected environment and green open spaces

Kilometres of roads swept

 

Addition

1 – A protected environment and green open spaces

Number of potholes repaired

 

Remove

2- quality, well planned development

Community Participation in strategic land use planning

 

Remove

4- A Diverse and Productive Economy

Growth in GRP compared to growth to estimated residential population (ERP)

Data unavailable

Remove

4- A Diverse and Productive Economy

Level of employment self-contained

Data unavailable

Reassign

4- A Diverse and Productive Economy

Level of place satisfaction for key and emerging centres

Reassign CSI (Communications) – data not available until after wellness survey March 2020

Remove

4- A Diverse and Productive Economy

Strategic centres job targets

Data isn’t quarterly available

Remove

4- A Diverse and Productive Economy

Unemployment rate compared to Greater Sydney unemployment rate

Cannot be reported quarterly – related to census

Reassign

4- A Diverse and Productive Economy

Amount of commercial, retail and industrial zones/employment and capacity

Reassign to Manager Strategic Planning

Addition

4- A Diverse and Productive Economy

Increased strategic partnerships created

 

Addition

4- A Diverse and Productive Economy

Number of advocacy activities undertaken

 

Addition

4- A Diverse and Productive Economy

Innovation ideas realised

 

 

Addition

4- A Diverse and Productive Economy

Percent of procurement from local businesses

 

Remove

4- A Diverse and Productive Economy

Percentage of Planning Proposals meeting Gateway determination timeframes

 

Change target

5- A harmonious and proud community with the right social services and infrastructure

Number of annual visitors to Museum and Gallery

Update baseline; new target of 15,000

Change target

5- A harmonious and proud community with the right social services and infrastructure

Number of annual visitors to Hurstville Entertainment Centre

Update baseline; new target 120,000

Remove

5- A harmonious and proud community with the right social services and infrastructure

Number of attendees at major events

 

Remove

5- A harmonious and proud community with the right social services and infrastructure

Number of annual visitors to the library service – door count

 

Remove

5- A harmonious and proud community with the right social services and infrastructure

Number of annual visitors to the library service – outreach

 

Remove

5- A harmonious and proud community with the right social services and infrastructure

Number of annual visitors to the library services – eLibrary

 

Change Target

5- A harmonious and proud community with the right social services and infrastructure

 

Utilisation of Council’s Child Care Centres

Target 90%

Addition

5- A harmonious and proud community with the right social services and infrastructure

Customer satisfaction with events

Target 80%

Addition

5- A harmonious and proud community with the right social services and infrastructure

Customer satisfaction with community centres and performance venues

Target 80%

Addition

6- Leadership and Transparency

Council’s overall customer experience rating

 

Addition

6- Leadership and Transparency

Number of visits to Council’s website is increased by 10% annually

 

Change Target

6- Leadership and Transparency

Increased interaction with Council meetings including average number of speakers, public attendees and uptake of live streaming of council Meetings and Committees of Council

Open and transparent interaction at Council and Committee meetings (public participation)

Target >2

Baseline 10

Reassign

6- Leadership and Transparency

Percentage of satisfied Your Say Georges River Panel members with engagement on Council projects

Reassign to City Strategy and Innovation Directorate

Reassign

6- Leadership and Transparency

Increased income from Grants

Reassign to Chief Financial Officer

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

9.      The Georges River community, along with the rest of Australia, is facing extraordinary challenges due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Changes have been moving quickly and this is likely to impact our 2020/21 budget. Over the coming months, Council will better understand the longer-term impact of COVID-19 on our community and on our operations. If major changes are required, these will be factored into the final adoption of the 2020/21 budget and/or quarterly reviews.

10.    In light of the current events, Council has prepared a budget ready to deliver valued community services, projects and programs during the 2020/21 financial year.

11.    Council plays a significant role within the community as demonstrated within the Operational Plan 2020/21, which includes Council’s operational and capital expenditure budget of $180 million.

12.    Key aspects of the budget include:

·    New or renewed community assets to the value of $40 million, highlights include:

o Construction of Penshurst Park Sporting Hub Stage 2

o Road Re-sheeting Program

o Ormonde Parade Streetscape

o Poulton Park Remediation

o Hurstville Golf Course

o Hurstville Oval Players Pavilion

o Harold Fraser Oval (Parkside Drive) Waterway

o Mortdale Town Centre Upgrade

o Remediation of the former Oatley Bowling Club

o Oatley Park Sporting Amenities

o Playground and Building Critical Safety Program

o Storm water Drainage Critical Program

o Footpath Critical Safety Program

·    No reduction in grants or subsidies to community groups and not-for-profits

·    Ongoing preparation of the Georges River Council Local Environmental Plan

·    Application of the 2.6% Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) approved rate peg increase to rate income

·    Application of Council hardship payment support options

·    Segregation of funds to ensure footpaths, playgrounds, building, roads, stormwater and other key assets are repaired and renewed

·    No new loan borrowings

·    No increase to employee costs budget and removal of employee benefits

·    Reduction in consultancies

·    Strict application of the pricing methodology to fees and charges with an aim of cost recovery

·    Year 3 harmonisation of residential domestic waste charge

·    Depreciation increase due to the construction of new assets and rising cost of replacement

·    Continued obligation to repay the Mortdale Jubilee Community Centre external loan ($500,000 annual repayment from general revenue)

·    Election cost of $900,000 has been transferred to 2021/22

·    Sale of commercial properties consistent with the adopted Commercial Property Strategy

·    Ongoing implementation of productivity improvements and cost efficiencies (as identified in the draft IPART application)

13.    In preparing the draft 2020/21 Budget some difficult decisions have been required during this unpredictable time (COVID-19 pandemic).

14.    Prior to the events of COVID-19, Council has an adopted forecast operating deficit for 2020/21 of $13 million. On 10 February 2020, Council considered whether to proceed with a Special Rate Variation (SRV) and Rate Harmonisation application. The SRV application was prepared to reduce Council’s operating deficit by $8 million. At the meeting, Council resolved to defer the SRV and Rate Harmonisation until 2021/22.

15.    Therefore, in order to minimise Council’s projected operating deficit, protect cash reserves and weather any adverse impact of COVID-19, programs, services and projects have been reduced, deferred or deleted. The approach to these decisions has been balanced, in that they have been made across all areas of Council’s operations, including employee costs, Councillor costs and community assets.

16.    In order to significantly reduce the adopted operating deficit and address financial sustainability, reductions include $9 million worth of operational programs project, services and $350 million in capital projects being deferred, reduced or deleted from the works program. Major items include:

 

·    Reduction in employee costs, i.e. no increase budgeted for the mandated annual Award increase, increased vacancy rate, extensions to vacancy holding periods

·    Removal of staff benefits such as the all-staff conference, Learning and Development program and removal of the Christmas period grant days

·    Removal of the Councillor Discretionary Ward fund

·    Removal of the additional voluntary Pensioner Rebate

·    Deferral of capital projects such as the new skate park, public art program, synthetic fields program, San Souci Bathers Pavilion construction, Hurstville Civic Precinct development, etc)

17.    Based on this approach, the adopted forecast deficit of $13 million has been reduced to a projected deficit of $2.4 million.

18.    The action to reduce Council’s adopted forecast operating deficit of $13 million, is to ensure Council’s financial position does not further deteriorate from potential impacts of COVID-19.  It is essential that Council manage any potential adverse impacts on Council’s operating result and protect cash reserves, so they remain available to fund essential operational activities and services, if required.

19.    Full details of Council’s 10 year Long Term Financial Plan (LTFP), which includes the new draft budget result, are outlined in the Resourcing Strategy.

20.    The LTFP of Council presents a financial projection of the next ten years based on the Community Strategic Plan, Delivery Program and Resourcing Strategy.

21.    The 10 year forecast illustrates the operating results and is based on projected events. These projections form a roadmap of the operating results, which provides Council an opportunity to:

·    Assess different courses of action and quantify the potential outcomes

·    Ensure sustainability through positive net results

·    Structure the operations and decision making based on affordability and financial sustainability

22.    Council’s LTFP highlights declining operating results, which informs Council’s need to take corrective action, to ensure financial sustainability.

23.    In summary, the LTFP illustrates that the current level of funding generated for Council through rates is insufficient to continue existing services into the future and meet the demands of our growing population.

24.    Should Council do nothing, we will inevitably face a declining financial position and a reduction in services.

 

RISK IMPLICATIONS

25.    Councillors have been appraised over the past two financial years of Council’s poor and deteriorating financial outlook over the 10 year period of the Long Term Financial Plan. Failure to address the unsustainable financial position places Council in contravention of section 8B of the Local Government Act 1993 and will compel Council to cut and/or reduce services to ease the unfavourable gap between income and expenditure.

26.    The elimination and/or reduction of services may involve reducing the number of hours libraries are open, the closure of child care centres, reduction of the frequency and extent of maintenance of open spaces, parks, sporting fields, reduced maintenance of council assets leading to their deterioration etc. These may, however, still be insufficient to address the problem to a meaningful extent.

 

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

27.    Following Council’s consideration and endorsement of the draft Integrated Planning and Reporting documents, they will be formatted for public review and exhibited for a period of at least 28 days.  The OLG’s circular has also modified the requirement for Councils to make certain documents available for physical inspection, now allowing access to be provided remotely only.  Appropriate media releases and on-line notifications will alert the community to the opportunity to comment on Council’s draft plans for the area, including guiding the community to the Your Say webpage

 

FILE REFERENCE

D20/86426, D20/84765

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

2020 21 Draft Delivery Program and Operational Plan incl Schedule Fees and Charges - published in separate document

Attachment 2

Resourcing Strategy - FINAL DRAFT FOR COUNCIL REPORT PDF - published in separate document

 


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 27 April 2020                                                                                          Page 36

Item:                   CCL025-20        Tabling of Disclosure of Interest Returns 

Author:              Manager Governance and Risk

Directorate:      Business and Corporate Services

Matter Type:     Finance and Governance

 

 

RECOMMENDATION:

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

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

1.      This report is presented for the purpose of tabling Disclosure of Interest Returns (Returns) recently lodged by Councillors and Designated Persons.

BACKGROUND

2.      In accordance with section 4.21(a) of Council’s Code of Conduct a designated person must complete and lodge a Return with the General Manager within 3 months of attaining a position of designated person.  Also, under section 4.21(c), a designated person or Councillor can lodge an updated Return at any time.

3.      The following Returns have been lodged in accordance with section 4.21(a) and 4.21(c) respectively for the following position holders and Councillors:

·    Coordinator Environmental Sustainability and Waste

·    Councillor Vince Badalati

·    Councillor Warren Tegg

4.      To ensure compliance with the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009, the Government Information (Public Access) Regulation 2009 and the Information and Privacy Commission’s Guideline 1: For Local Councils on the disclosure of information (returns disclosing the interest of councillors and designated persons), Council will publish these newly completed Returns on its website. These Returns will also continue to be available for inspection by the public at Council offices.

5.      Completed Returns lodged are tabled accordingly.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

6.      No budget impact for this report.

RISK IMPLICATIONS

7.      No risks identified.

FILE REFERENCE

19/677

 

 

  


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 27 April 2020                                                                                          Page 37

Item:                   CCL026-20        COVID-19: Instrument of Delegation to the Mayor (Emergency Administrative Provisions) - April 2020 Report 

Author:              Manager, Office of the General Manager

Directorate:      Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:     Finance and Governance

 

 

 

Recommendation:

That Council note the register of actions taken pursuant to the Instrument of Delegation to the Mayor (Emergency Administrative Provisions).

 

 

Executive Summary

1.      In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, at its meeting of 23 March 2020 Council resolved to adopt a revised Instrument of Delegation to the Mayor.

2.      The General Manager undertook to provide a consolidated report once a month to all Councillors specifying any actions taken under this delegation as adopted by Council.

 

REPORT

3.      In the period since 18 March 2020 Councillors have been provided with regular updates from the General Manager. These updates are provided approximately 2 to 3 times per week.

4.      A register of decisions and actions taken is attached to this report. For the purpose of completeness, all decisions and actions that have been taken are included on this register, not just decisions made under the instrument of delegation.

5.      The attachment to this report will be provided as a late attachment.

 

Financial Implications

6.      All financial implications have been included on the attached register.

 

Risk Implications

7.      All actions have been evaluated in accordance with Council’s Risk Management Framework.

 

File Reference

D20/80225

 

 

 

  


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Item:                   CCL027-20        Georges River Council Rate Harmonisation and Expiring Special Rate Variation 

Author:              Chief Financial Officer

Directorate:      Business and Corporate Services

Matter Type:     Finance and Governance

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION:

(a)     That Council notify the Minister for Local Government that Council will requests that it is permitted to opt into the rate path freeze extension until 1 July 2021.

(b)     That Council seek guidance from the Minister for Local Government on the process required to maintain the expiring former Hurstville Special Rate Variation in the event that Council harmonises the rate structure in 2021/22.

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

1.      At the Extraordinary Council Meeting held on Monday 10 February 2020, Council considered whether to proceed with an application to Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) to introduce in 2020/21 a harmonised minimum rate, harmonised rate in the dollar and also a new Special Rate Variation (SRV) to improve Council’s financial sustainability and replace the expiration of the former Hurstville Council SRV.

2.      At that meeting, Council considered the results of the community consultation which outlined there were more than 6,000 responses received from residents.  The consultation found that 78% of respondents were supportive of introducing a consistent minimum rate across the city and 66% supported a minimum rate increase to $965.80.  Additionally, 54% of respondents were supportive of Council applying to IPART for a SRV of 8.1% plus a rate peg of 2.5%.

3.      Council resolved not to proceed with the application for the SRV or the harmonisation of rates in 2020/21 and instead to investigate staff reductions and salary savings as part of future cost saving measures.

4.      Current legislation requires Council to have a harmonised rating structure adopted for the financial year commencing 1 July 2021. Therefore, Council is legally obligated to commence the harmonisation process again and will undertake extensive new community consultation over the coming year. 

BACKGROUND

Rate Path Freeze Obligations

5.      The existing provisions of the Local Government Act 1993 limit the ability for metropolitan and urban councils to apply differential residential rates.

6.      Due to existing obligations for residential sub-categorisation options (refer to Section 529 of the Act), following the end of the rates path protection councils will be required to equalise residential rates by setting the same rate in the dollar (ad valorem rate), minimum and/or base.

7.      Per section 377(1)(s) of the Local Government Act 1993, any request to the Minister for Local Government by a council that wishes to opt back in to the rates path protection determination pursuant to Section 218CB of the Local Government Act 1993 needs to be supported by a council resolution as an application to the Minister is a non-delegable function of the council.

8.      As Council’s current position was to opt out of the extension (FIN057-19), as advised to the Minister for Local Government on 6 September 2019, Council would need to review the implications of the rates path protection to inform the decision as to whether to opt back in to the Determination under Section 218CB

Former Council’s Current Rating Systems

9.      The tables below highlight the disparity between the former council’s ordinary residential rate structures currently levied in the 2019-20 financial year:


2019/20 Rate Structure

Rate in

 $

No. of Properties

2019/20

Rate Revenue

 

 

 

($’000)

Residential

 

 

 

Former Kogarah - Ordinary Ad-valorem

0.0012747

11,386

16,277

Former Kogarah - Ordinary Minimum

942.24

10,220

9,629

Former Hurstville - Ordinary Ad-valorem

0.0015895

20,464

26,894

Former Hurstville - Ordinary Minimum

570.88

10,668

6,077

Subtotal Residential

 

52,738

$58,877

Business

 

 

 

Former Kogarah - Ordinary Ad-valorem

0.0031519

145

727

Former Kogarah - Ordinary Minimum

942.24

60

57

Former Kogarah - Commercial Ad-valorem

0.0042025

437

2,098

Former Kogarah - Commercial Minimum

942.24

410

386

Former Kogarah - Industrial Ad-valorem

0.0042025

110

342

Former Kogarah - Industrial Minimum

942.24

70

66

Former Hurstville - Ordinary Ad-valorem

0.0040559

1,691

6,406

Former Hurstville - Ordinary Minimum

570.88

621

355

Subtotal Business

 

3,544

$10,437

Special Rates

 

 

 

Former Hurstville - Hurstville Town Improvement

0.00056558

3,702

568

Former Hurstville - Mortdale Town Improvement

0.00071067

130

44

Former Hurstville - Riverwood Town Improvement

0.00068983

137

58

Subtotal Special Rates

 

3,969

$670

Total 

 

56,282

$69,984

 

                                                                     

10.    Council currently levies two different ordinary and special rates based on the former Council’s rating systems. Former Kogarah ratepayers pay a minimum rate of $371 more than the minimum rate for former Hurstville ratepayers.

11.    Council currently levies two different ordinary and special rates based on the former Councils’ rating system.

12.    Both councils’ rating systems currently operate under a minimum rate and a rate in the dollar (ad valorem) system of rating.

13.    At the time of proclamation Kogarah maintained only an ordinary rate structure, whereas Hurstville maintained an ordinary and special rate structure along with a time-bound special rate variation.

Timeframe

14.    Attachment 1 outlines the timeframe across the key stages of the rate restructure program. Note IPART is anticipating the release of the key dates for 2021/2022 applications in October 2020.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT FRAMEWORK

15.    Council will conduct the following community engagement to inform the community of Council’s proposal to set harmonised minimum rates.

16.    The changes as a result of the harmonised minimum rate will affect all rateable properties (including businesses) within the Georges River Council Local Government Area.

17.    To enable the full and effective engagement program it is proposed that the engagement be for a full 2 months and this should be completed by early December to avoid any concerns about impact on the Christmas period. 

18.    Community engagement is scheduled to commence mid-September 2020, with a community awareness campaign to target the whole community that formal community consultation will commence October and run through to mid-December 2020. 

19.    To meet this timetable work to prepare for the engagement must commence in July, including the recruitment of consultants and preparation of materials.

20.    The following community engagement methods will be used to capture community feedback/input.

Community Engagement Methods

1. A mail-out to all residents in a letter format to create awareness that community consultation is on its way for this project – distributed across local government area mid-September 2020.

2. A mail-out to all ratepayers (including businesses) with a reply-paid survey

3. Community Information Workshops across the local government area (each wards)

4. A random and representative telephone survey of 600 residents across the local government area

5. An online survey facilitated through Council’s Your Say platform

6. Council’s Your Say online panel members will be notified

7. Fact sheets in an easy to read format and translated into Council’s top four community languages which are: Chinese simplified, Greek, Arabic and Macedonian.

 


 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Long Term Financial Plan (LTFP)

21.    The LTFP of Council presents a financial projection of the next ten years based on the Community Strategic Plan, Delivery Program and Resourcing Strategy.

22.    Council’s LTFP highlights declining operating results, which informs Council’s need to take corrective action, to ensure financial sustainability.

23.    The expiring former Hurstville SRV accelerates Council’s declining financial sustainability.

24.    In summary, the LTFP illustrates that the current level of funding generated for Council through rates is insufficient to continue existing services into the future and meet the demands of our growing population.

Consultation Costs

25.    The consultation undertaken in 2019/20 cost approximately $250,000 for the community surveys and community consultation on the rates harmonisation proposal.

26.    Additional non-budgeted funds of $250,000 will be required in the draft Operating Budget 2020/21 in order to undertake the process in 2020/21.

Budget Split 

Value  ($’000)

Modelling and system implementation

50

Community Engagement

200

 

RISK IMPLICATIONS

27.    Councillors have been appraised over the past two financial years, of Council’s poor and deteriorating financial outlook over the 10 year period of the Long Term Financial Plan. Failure to address the unsustainable financial position places Council in contravention of S.8b of the Local Government Act 1993 and will compel Council to cut and/or reduce services to ease the unfavourable gap between income and expenditure.

28.    The elimination and/or reduction of services may involve reducing the number of hours libraries are open, the closure of child care centres, reduction of the frequency and extent of maintenance of open spaces, parks, sporting fields, reduced maintenance of council assets leading to their deterioration etc. These may however still be insufficient to address the problem to a meaningful extent.

 

FILE REFERENCE

19/754 and D20/91538

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Rate Harmonisation Time Frame April 2020

 


Georges River Council - Ordinary Meeting - Monday, 27 April 2020

CCL027-20             Georges River Council Rate Harmonisation and Expiring Special Rate Variation

[Appendix 1]          Rate Harmonisation Time Frame April 2020

 

 

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Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 27 April 2020                                                                                          Page 48

Item:                   CCL028-20        Applications Pursuant to Councillor Ward Discretionary Fund Policy - April 2020 

Author:              Manager, Office of the General Manager

Directorate:      Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:     Finance and Governance

 

 

RECOMMENDATION:

(a)     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 St Georges Meals on Wheels Services in the amount of $1,500.00.

                       ii.        Application submitted by Mayor Kevin Greene on behalf of Kingsgrove Community Aid in the amount of $1,500.00.

                      iii.        Application submitted by Mayor Kevin Greene on behalf of 3Bridges in the amount of $1,500.00.

                      iv.        Application submitted by Mayor Kevin Greene on behalf of Kingsway Community Care in the amount of $1,200.00.

                       v.        Application submitted by Councillor Nick Katris on behalf of Park Road Anglican Church in the amount of $1,500.00.

                      vi.        Application submitted by Councillor Stephen Agius on behalf of Park Road Anglican Church in the amount of $800.00.

                     vii.        Application submitted by Councillor Colleen Symington on behalf of Moving Forward in the amount of $1,500.00.

                   viii.        Application submitted by Councillor Colleen Symington on behalf of Project Youth in the amount of $1,500.00.

                      ix.        Application submitted by Councillor Sandy Grekas on behalf of Project Youth in the amount of $1,500.00.

                       x.        Application submitted by Councillor Sandy Grekas on behalf of Headspace Hurstville in the amount of $1,500.00.

                      xi.        Application submitted by Councillor Sandy Grekas on behalf of Advance Diversity Services in the amount of $450.00.

                     xii.        Application submitted by Councillor Kathryn Landsberry on behalf of Tess Mehonoshen in the amount of $1,000.00.

                   xiii.        Application submitted by Councillor Kathryn Landsberry on behalf of Sofie Dieu in the amount of $1,000.00.

                   xiv.        Application submitted by Councillor Kathryn Landsberry on behalf of Becky Gibson in the amount of $1,000.00.

                     xv.        Application submitted by Councillor Kathryn Landsberry on behalf of Liz Walker in the amount of $1,000.00.

                   xvi.        Application submitted by Councillor Kathryn Landsberry on behalf of Venessa Starzynski (Venessa Possum) in the amount of $1,000.00.

 

                  xvii.        Application submitted by Councillor Kathryn Landsberry on behalf of The Crateful Group in the amount of $960.00.

                 xviii.        Application submitted by Councillor Warren Tegg on behalf of Moving Forward in the amount of $1,500.00.

                   xix.        Application submitted by Councillor Warren Tegg on behalf of Kingsgrove Community Aid in the amount of $1,500.00.

                     xx.        Application submitted by Councillor Warren Tegg on behalf of Advance Diversity Services in the amount of $1,500.00.

(b)     That the following applications funded by Council resolution on 24 February 2020 not proceed as the event has been cancelled:

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

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

 

Executive Summary

1.      Council at its meeting of 28 May 2018, endorsed the Councillor Ward Discretionary Fund Policy (The Fund).

2.      The Policy provides a framework which enables Councillors to provide minor financial support to individuals and community groups or for the provisions of minor capital works within wards which will complement Council’s existing grants, sponsorship and donations framework.

3.      This report includes details of applications which have been assessed against the funds eligibility criteria and determined to qualify for funding.

Background

4.      The Councillor Ward Discretionary Fund Policy stipulates three categories for applications of funds, those by an individual, community group and applications for minor capital works.

5.      In keeping with ensuring accountability and transparency details have been included below in regards to applications that are now listed for consideration and their demonstrated ability to satisfy the eligibility criteria of the Fund.

6.      In addition to these measures, details of funds awarded are available on Council’s website and are included in Council’s Annual Report as is required in regards to the allocation of funds through Section 356 of the Local Government Act.

NEW APPLICATIONS

 

CWF 58/19-20

Mayor Kevin Greene

Classification of

Application

Community Group

Reason for Request

Contributions towards Technology upgrades to better connect with clients online, support staff working in the field and develop new approaches to service delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Applicant’s Details

St George Meals on Wheels

Amount of Funds

Requested

$1,500.00

Declaration of

Conflict of Interest

Kevin Greene has signed a declaration advising that there is no conflict of interest.

Eligibility Criteria

The provision of funds to St George Meals on Wheels aligns with Council’s Community Strategic Plan – Pillar 5.3.2 A Harmonious and Proud Community with Strong Social Services and Infrastructure. Develop, support and promote programs and activities that foster social participant and wellbeing of the diverse community, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, cultural or religious background.

Community Group

St George Meals on Wheels (NSW) Inc. has a long history of service and care, having been a part of the community for more than 50 years. They are a community-based organisation, managed by a local committee who are elected annually from our St George Meals on Wheels membership. Registered charity. ABN 54661105533

History of Previous Applications

No

Conformity to the

Councillor Ward

Fund Discretionary

Fund Policy

The application meets the Policy criteria to be considered by Council.

 

CWF 59/19-20

Mayor Kevin Greene

Classification of

Application

Community Group

Reason for Request

Contributions towards Technology upgrades to better connect with clients online, support staff working in the field and develop new approaches to service delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Applicant’s Details

Kingsgrove Community Aid

Amount of Funds

Requested

$1,500.00

Declaration of

Conflict of Interest

Kevin Greene has signed a declaration advising that there is no conflict of interest.

Eligibility Criteria

The provision of funds to Kingsgrove Community Aid aligns with Council’s Community Strategic Plan – Pillar 5.3.2 A Harmonious and Proud Community with Strong Social Services and Infrastructure. Develop, support and promote programs and activities that foster social participant and wellbeing of the diverse community, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, cultural or religious background.

Community Group

Kingsgrove Community Aid support seniors who are living alone and isolated by providing assistance with recreational activities and outings. They support Mothers of Young Children who have mental challenges by providing specialty supported playgroups. Registered Charity ABN 77897124722

History of Previous Applications

Yes - Councillor Nancy Liu $1,500.00 November 2019

Conformity to the

Councillor Ward

Fund Discretionary

Fund Policy

The application meets the Policy criteria to be considered by Council.

 

 

CWF 60/19-20

Mayor Kevin Greene

Classification of

Application

Community Group

Reason for Request

Contributions towards Support of local families doing it tough due to the COVID-19 pandemic by providing emergency relief packages, including food, hygiene/sanitary products and essentials.

Applicant’s Details

3Bridges

Amount of Funds

Requested

$1,500.00

Declaration of

Conflict of Interest

Kevin Greene has signed a declaration advising that there is no conflict of interest.

Eligibility Criteria

The provision of funds to 3Bridges aligns with Council’s Community Strategic Plan – Pillar 5.3.2 A Harmonious and Proud Community with Strong Social Services and Infrastructure. Develop, support and promote programs and activities that foster social participant and wellbeing of the diverse community, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, cultural or religious background.

Community Group

3Bridges aims to give the community voice by:

Walking alongside you during family transitions and helping when a new baby arrives, with before and after school care, and as parent’s age.

Making Connections through our youth workers at schools, connecting through the Yarning Circles and supporting in our meeting centers. Registered Charity ABN 96039601269

History of Previous Applications

No

Conformity to the

Councillor Ward

Fund Discretionary

Fund Policy

The application meets the Policy criteria to be considered by Council.

 

CWF 61/19-20

Mayor Kevin Greene

Classification of

Application

Community Group

Reason for Request

Contributions towards Equipment and resources for crisis accommodation facility in the Georges River Council Local Government Area.

Applicant’s Details

Kingsway Community Care

Amount of Funds

Requested

$1,200.00

Declaration of

Conflict of Interest

Kevin Greene has signed a declaration advising that there is no conflict of interest.

Eligibility Criteria

The provision of funds to Kingsway Community Care aligns with Council’s Community Strategic Plan – Pillar 5.3.2 A Harmonious and Proud Community with Strong Social Services and Infrastructure. Develop, support and promote programs and activities that foster social participant and wellbeing of the diverse community, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, cultural or religious background.

Community Group

 Kingsway Care officially opened its first adult crisis accommodation service in the Georges River Region. This venture is the first of its kind and will serve as a platform to pioneer further homelessness services in the area. Registered Charity.

History of Previous Applications

No

Conformity to the

Councillor Ward

Fund Discretionary

Fund Policy

The application meets the Policy criteria to be considered by Council.

 

 

CWF 62/19-20

Councillor Nick Katris

Classification of

Application

Community Group

Reason for Request

Contribution towards purchase of equipment to improve live streaming.

Applicant’s Details

Park Road Anglican Church

Amount of Funds

Requested

$1,500.00

Declaration of

Conflict of Interest

Nick Katris has signed a declaration advising that there is no conflict of interest.

Eligibility Criteria

The provision of funds to Park Road Anglican Church aligns with Council’s Community Strategic Plan – Pillar 5.3.2 A Harmonious and Proud Community with Strong Social Services and Infrastructure. Develop, support and promote programs and activities that foster social participant and wellbeing of the diverse community, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, cultural or religious background.

Community Group

Supporting Christian mission, conducting small group, youth and children’s ministries, providing pastoral support to members of the parish and the broader community, and engaging with the broader community through playgroups, ESL, youth group, SRE in local schools and other activities of this kind. Registered charity. ABN 14071669622.

History of Previous Applications

No

Conformity to the

Councillor Ward

Fund Discretionary

Fund Policy

The application meets the Policy criteria to be considered by Council.

 

CWF 63/19-20

Councillor Stephen Agius

Classification of

Application

Community Group

Reason for Request

Contribution towards purchase of equipment to improve live streaming.

Applicant’s Details

Park Road Anglican Church

Amount of Funds

Requested

$800.00

Declaration of

Conflict of Interest

Stephen Agius has signed a declaration advising that there is no conflict of interest.

Eligibility Criteria

The provision of funds to Park Road Anglican Church aligns with Council’s Community Strategic Plan – Pillar 5.3.2 A Harmonious and Proud Community with Strong Social Services and Infrastructure. Develop, support and promote programs and activities that foster social participant and wellbeing of the diverse community, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, cultural or religious background.

Community Group

Supporting Christian mission, conducting small group, youth and children’s ministries, providing pastoral support to members of the parish and the broader community, and engaging with the broader community through playgroups, ESL, youth group, SRE in local schools and other activities of this kind. Registered charity. ABN 14071669622

History of Previous Applications

No previous application

Conformity to the

Councillor Ward

Fund Discretionary

Fund Policy

The application meets the Policy criteria to be considered by Council.

 

CWF 64/19-20

Councillor Colleen Symington

Classification of

Application

Community Group

Reason for Request

Contribution towards Technology upgrades to better connect with clients online.

Applicant’s Details

Moving Forward

Amount of Funds

Requested

$1,500.00

Declaration of

Conflict of Interest

Colleen Symington has signed a declaration advising that there is no conflict of interest.

Eligibility Criteria

The provision of funds to Moving Forward aligns with Council’s Community Strategic Plan – Pillar 5.3.2 A Harmonious and Proud Community with Strong Social Services and Infrastructure. Develop, support and promote programs and activities that foster social participant and wellbeing of the diverse community, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, cultural or religious background.

Community Group

Moving Forward is a specialist case management service for children and women who are experiencing, escaping or have left domestic and family violence. Moving Forward assists them in living safe and fulfilling lives, and always operates our case management through trauma informed and strength-based practices. ABN 74944819123

History of Previous Applications

No previous application

Conformity to the

Councillor Ward

Fund Discretionary

Fund Policy

The application meets the Policy criteria to be considered by Council.

 

CWF 65/19-20

Councillor Colleen Symington

Classification of

Application

Community Group

Reason for Request

Contribution towards supporting local families doing it tough by providing emergency relief packages, including food, hygiene/sanitary products and essentials.

Applicant’s Details

Project Youth

Amount of Funds

Requested

$1,500.00

Declaration of

Conflict of Interest

Colleen Symington has signed a declaration advising that there is no conflict of interest.

Eligibility Criteria

The provision of funds to Project Youth aligns with Council’s Community Strategic Plan – Pillar 5.3.2 A Harmonious and Proud Community with Strong Social Services and Infrastructure. Develop, support and promote programs and activities that foster social participant and wellbeing of the diverse community, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, cultural or religious background.

Community Group

Project Youth provides accommodation and support services to homeless and disadvantaged young people, including brokerage and other financial support. They provide family support, family therapy and other early intervention programs including mentoring and outreach. We assisted young people through supported employment, chaplaincy services and other school based programs. ABN 74717061265

History of Previous Applications

No previous application

Conformity to the

Councillor Ward

Fund Discretionary

Fund Policy

The application meets the Policy criteria to be considered by Council.

 

CWF 66/19-20

Councillor Sandy Grekas

Classification of

Application

Community Group

Reason for Request

Contribution towards supporting local families doing it tough by providing emergency relief packages, including food, hygiene/sanitary products and essentials.

Applicant’s Details

Project Youth

Amount of Funds

Requested

$1,500.00

Declaration of

Conflict of Interest

Sandy Grekas has signed a declaration advising that there is no conflict of interest.

Eligibility Criteria

The provision of funds to Project Youth aligns with Council’s Community Strategic Plan – Pillar 5.3.2 A Harmonious and Proud Community with Strong Social Services and Infrastructure. Develop, support and promote programs and activities that foster social participant and wellbeing of the diverse community, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, cultural or religious background.

Community Group

Project Youth provides accommodation and support services to homeless and disadvantaged young people, including brokerage and other financial support. They provide family support, family therapy and other early intervention programs including mentoring and outreach. We assisted young people through supported employment, chaplaincy services and other school based programs. ABN 74717061265

History of Previous Applications

No previous application

Conformity to the

Councillor Ward

Fund Discretionary

Fund Policy

The application meets the Policy criteria to be considered by Council.

 

CWF 67/19-20

Councillor Sandy Grekas

Classification of

Application

Community Group

Reason for Request

Contribution towards Technology upgrades to better connect with clients online.

Applicant’s Details

Headspace Hurstville

Amount of Funds

Requested

$1,500.00

Declaration of

Conflict of Interest

Sandy Grekas has signed a declaration advising that there is no conflict of interest.

Eligibility Criteria

The provision of funds to Headspace Hurstville aligns with Council’s Community Strategic Plan – Pillar 5.3.2 A Harmonious and Proud Community with Strong Social Services and Infrastructure. Develop, support and promote programs and activities that foster social participant and wellbeing of the diverse community, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, cultural or religious background.

Community Group

Headspace provides tailored and holistic mental health support to 12-25 year olds. With a focus on early intervention, they work with young people to provide support at a crucial time in their lives to help get them back on track and strengthen their ability to manage their mental health in the future. ABN 26 137 533 843

History of Previous Applications

No previous application

Conformity to the

Councillor Ward

Fund Discretionary

Fund Policy

The application meets the Policy criteria to be considered by Council.

 

CWF 68/19-20

Councillor Sandy Grekas

Classification of

Application

Community Group

Reason for Request

Contribution towards Technology upgrades to better connect with clients online.

Applicant’s Details

Advance Diversity Services

Amount of Funds

Requested

$450.00

Declaration of

Conflict of Interest

Sandy Grekas has signed a declaration advising that there is no conflict of interest.

Eligibility Criteria

The provision of funds to Advance Diversity Services aligns with Council’s Community Strategic Plan – Pillar 5.3.2 A Harmonious and Proud Community with Strong Social Services and Infrastructure. Develop, support and promote programs and activities that foster social participant and wellbeing of the diverse community, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, cultural or religious background.

Community Group

Advance Diversity Services (ADS) has been continued to develop and deliver services for older people, migrants, refugees and people in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities in accordance with their particular needs and to ensure the relief from suffering, poverty, distress, misfortune and disability. ABN 29664017338

History of Previous Applications

No previous application

Conformity to the

Councillor Ward

Fund Discretionary

Fund Policy

The application meets the Policy criteria to be considered by Council.

 

 

CWF069/19-20

Councillor Landsberry

Classification of

Application

Individual

Reason for Request

Artist in Residence – Introductory Program

 

The Artist in Residence program provides a studio space and accommodation for one artist. The Residence is located in Carss Bush Park and is open to local, regional and international artists across a wide range of art forms. Currently, distinguished local artists have been selected to undertake an interim residency program. The program aims to create opportunities for artists' professional development, and to contribute to Georges River Council's collection and cultural programs. The Artist in Residence Program will foster connections and interactions between people, introducing new artists, experiences and opportunities to the Georges River community. 

 

Applicant’s Details

Tess Mehonoshen

Amount of Funds

Requested

$1,000.00.

Declaration of

Conflict of Interest

Kathryn Landsberry has signed a declaration advising that there is no conflict of interest.

Eligibility Criteria

The provision of funds in support of the Artist in Residence aligns with Council’s Community Strategic Plan – Pillar 5.3.2 A Harmonious and Proud Community with Strong Social Services and Infrastructure. Develop, support and promote programs and activities that foster social participant and wellbeing of the diverse community, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, cultural or religious background.

 

Pillar 5.4.4 (1) Encourage and promote the arts through Councils cultural facilities including Hurstville Museum and Gallery, Hurstville Entertainment Centre and Carss Park Artists College. (a) Implement an annual program of community and cultural programs and events. (i) Develop and deliver the Georges River Art Prize, Artist in Residence Program and Delivery Festival.

 

Council support of the Artist in Residence affords Council the opportunity to demonstrate to the community that we actively support activities which contribute positively to the community.

Individuals Details

Tess Mehonoshen

History of Previous Applications

There have been no previous applications.

Conformity to the

Councillor Ward

Fund Discretionary

Fund Policy

The application meets the Policy criteria to be considered by Council.

 

CWF070/19-20

Councillor Landsberry

Classification of

Application

Individual

Reason for Request

Artist in Residence – Introductory Program

 

The Artist in Residence program provides a studio space and accommodation for one artist. The Residence is located in Carss Bush Park and is open to local, regional and international artists across a wide range of art forms. Currently, distinguished local artists have been selected to undertake an interim residency program. The program aims to create opportunities for artists' professional development, and to contribute to Georges River Council's collection and cultural programs. The Artist in Residence Program will foster connections and interactions between people, introducing new artists, experiences and opportunities to the Georges River community. 

Applicant’s Details

Sofie Dieu

Amount of Funds

Requested

$1,000.00.

Declaration of

Conflict of Interest

Kathryn Landsberry has signed a declaration advising that there is no conflict of interest.

Eligibility Criteria

The provision of funds in support of the Artist in Residence aligns with Council’s Community Strategic Plan – Pillar 5.3.2 A Harmonious and Proud Community with Strong Social Services and Infrastructure. Develop, support and promote programs and activities that foster social participant and wellbeing of the diverse community, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, cultural or religious background.

 

Pillar 5.4.4 (1) Encourage and promote the arts through Councils cultural facilities including Hurstville Museum and Gallery, Hurstville Entertainment Centre and Carss Park Artists College. (a) Implement an annual program of community and cultural programs and events. (i) Develop and deliver the Georges River Art Prize, Artist in Residence Program and Delivery Festival.

 

Council support of the Artist in Residence affords Council the opportunity to demonstrate to the community that we actively support activities which contribute positively to the community.

Individuals Details

Sofie Dieu

History of Previous Applications

There have been no previous applications.

Conformity to the

Councillor Ward

Fund Discretionary

Fund Policy

The application meets the Policy criteria to be considered by Council.

 


 

 

CWF071/19-20

Councillor Landsberry

Classification of

Application

Individual

Reason for Request

Artist in Residence – Introductory Program

 

The Artist in Residence program provides a studio space and accommodation for one artist. The Residence is located in Carss Bush Park and is open to local, regional and international artists across a wide range of art forms. Currently, distinguished local artists have been selected to undertake an interim residency program. The program aims to create opportunities for artists' professional development, and to contribute to Georges River Council's collection and cultural programs. The Artist in Residence Program will foster connections and interactions between people, introducing new artists, experiences and opportunities to the Georges River community. 

Applicant’s Details

Becky Gibson

Amount of Funds

Requested

$1,000.00.

Declaration of

Conflict of Interest

Kathryn Landsberry has signed a declaration advising that there is no conflict of interest.

Eligibility Criteria

The provision of funds in support of the Artist in Residence aligns with Council’s Community Strategic Plan – Pillar 5.3.2 A Harmonious and Proud Community with Strong Social Services and Infrastructure. Develop, support and promote programs and activities that foster social participant and wellbeing of the diverse community, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, cultural or religious background.

 

Pillar 5.4.4 (1) Encourage and promote the arts through Councils cultural facilities including Hurstville Museum and Gallery, Hurstville Entertainment Centre and Carss Park Artists College. (a) Implement an annual program of community and cultural programs and events. (i) Develop and deliver the Georges River Art Prize, Artist in Residence Program and Delivery Festival.

 

Council support of the Artist in Residence affords Council the opportunity to demonstrate to the community that we actively support activities which contribute positively to the community.

Individuals Details

Becky Gibson

History of Previous Applications

There have been no previous applications.

Conformity to the

Councillor Ward

Fund Discretionary

Fund Policy

The application meets the Policy criteria to be considered by Council.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CWF072/19-20

Councillor Landsberry

Classification of

Application

Individual

Reason for Request

Artist in Residence – Introductory Program

 

The Artist in Residence program provides a studio space and accommodation for one artist. The Residence is located in Carss Bush Park and is open to local, regional and international artists across a wide range of art forms. Currently, distinguished local artists have been selected to undertake an interim residency program. The program aims to create opportunities for artists' professional development, and to contribute to Georges River Council's collection and cultural programs. The Artist in Residence Program will foster connections and interactions between people, introducing new artists, experiences and opportunities to the Georges River community. 

Applicant’s Details

Liz Walker

Amount of Funds

Requested

$1,000.00.

Declaration of

Conflict of Interest

Kathryn Landsberry has signed a declaration advising that there is no conflict of interest.

Eligibility Criteria

The provision of funds in support of the Artist in Residence aligns with Council’s Community Strategic Plan – Pillar 5.3.2 A Harmonious and Proud Community with Strong Social Services and Infrastructure. Develop, support and promote programs and activities that foster social participant and wellbeing of the diverse community, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, cultural or religious background.

 

Pillar 5.4.4 (1) Encourage and promote the arts through Councils cultural facilities including Hurstville Museum and Gallery, Hurstville Entertainment Centre and Carss Park Artists College. (a) Implement an annual program of community and cultural programs and events. (i) Develop and deliver the Georges River Art Prize, Artist in Residence Program and Delivery Festival.

 

Council support of the Artist in Residence affords Council the opportunity to demonstrate to the community that we actively support activities which contribute positively to the community.

Individuals Details

Liz Walker

History of Previous Applications

There have been no previous applications.

Conformity to the

Councillor Ward

Fund Discretionary

Fund Policy

The application meets the Policy criteria to be considered by Council.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CWF073/19-20

Councillor Landsberry

Classification of

Application

Individual

Reason for Request

Artist in Residence – Introductory Program

 

The Artist in Residence program provides a studio space and accommodation for one artist. The Residence is located in Carss Bush Park and is open to local, regional and international artists across a wide range of art forms. Currently, distinguished local artists have been selected to undertake an interim residency program. The program aims to create opportunities for artists' professional development, and to contribute to Georges River Council's collection and cultural programs. The Artist in Residence Program will foster connections and interactions between people, introducing new artists, experiences and opportunities to the Georges River community. 

Applicant’s Details

Venessa Starzynski (Venessa Possum)

Amount of Funds

Requested

$1,000.00.

Declaration of

Conflict of Interest

Kathryn Landsberry has signed a declaration advising that there is no conflict of interest.

Eligibility Criteria

The provision of funds in support of the Artist in Residence aligns with Council’s Community Strategic Plan – Pillar 5.3.2 A Harmonious and Proud Community with Strong Social Services and Infrastructure. Develop, support and promote programs and activities that foster social participant and wellbeing of the diverse community, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, cultural or religious background.

 

Pillar 5.4.4 (1) Encourage and promote the arts through Councils cultural facilities including Hurstville Museum and Gallery, Hurstville Entertainment Centre and Carss Park Artists College. (a) Implement an annual program of community and cultural programs and events. (i) Develop and deliver the Georges River Art Prize, Artist in Residence Program and Delivery Festival.

 

Council support of the Artist in Residence affords Council the opportunity to demonstrate to the community that we actively support activities which contribute positively to the community.

Individuals Details

Venessa Starzynski (Venessa Possum)

History of Previous Applications

There have been no previous applications.

Conformity to the

Councillor Ward

Fund Discretionary

Fund Policy

The application meets the Policy criteria to be considered by Council.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CWF 74/19-20

Councillor Kathryn Landsberry

Classification of

Application

Community Group

Reason for Request

Contribution towards support of local families doing it tough by providing emergency relief packages, including food, hygiene/sanitary products and essentials.

Applicant’s Details

The Crateful Group

Amount of Funds

Requested

$960.00.

Declaration of

Conflict of Interest

Kathryn Landsberry has signed a declaration advising that there is no conflict of interest.

Eligibility Criteria

The provision of funds to The Crateful Group aligns with Council’s Community Strategic Plan – Pillar 5.3.2 A Harmonious and Proud Community with Strong Social Services and Infrastructure. Develop, support and promote programs and activities that foster social participant and wellbeing of the diverse community, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, cultural or religious background.

Community Group

The Crateful Group is a local not for profit charitable organisation who provide essential food services for people in need across the Georges River area. Currently operating out of the Hurstville Senior Citizens Centre, they pack up to 140 hampers of fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy and bakery items each week and deliver them to those experiencing hardship brought about by the COVID-19 crisis. Registered Charity ABN 30630131225

History of Previous Applications

No previous application

Conformity to the

Councillor Ward

Fund Discretionary

Fund Policy

The application meets the Policy criteria to be considered by Council.

 

 

CWF 75/19-20

Councillor Warren Tegg

Classification of

Application

Community Group

Reason for Request

Contribution towards continuing to deliver services during and after social isolation forced by COVID19.

Applicant’s Details

Moving Forward

Amount of Funds

Requested

$1,500.00

Declaration of

Conflict of Interest

Warren Tegg has signed a declaration advising that there is no conflict of interest.

Eligibility Criteria

The provision of funds to Moving Forward aligns with Council’s Community Strategic Plan – Pillar 5.3.2 A Harmonious and Proud Community with Strong Social Services and Infrastructure. Develop, support and promote programs and activities that foster social participant and wellbeing of the diverse community, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, cultural or religious background.

Community Group

Moving Forward is a specialist case management service for children and women who are experiencing, escaping or have left domestic and family violence. Moving Forward assists them in living safe and fulfilling lives, and always operates our case management through trauma informed and strength-based practices. ABN 74944819123

History of Previous Applications

No previous application

Conformity to the

Councillor Ward

Fund Discretionary

Fund Policy

The application meets the Policy criteria to be considered by Council.

 

CWF 76/19-20

Councillor Warren Tegg

Classification of

Application

Community Group

Reason for Request

Contribution towards continuing to deliver services during and after social isolation forced by COVID19.

Applicant’s Details

Kingsgrove Community Aid

Amount of Funds

Requested

$1,500.00.

Declaration of

Conflict of Interest

Warren Tegg has signed a declaration advising that there is no conflict of interest.

Eligibility Criteria

The provision of funds to Kingsgrove Community Aid aligns with Council’s Community Strategic Plan – Pillar 5.3.2 A Harmonious and Proud Community with Strong Social Services and Infrastructure. Develop, support and promote programs and activities that foster social participant and wellbeing of the diverse community, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, cultural or religious background.

Community Group

Kingsgrove Community Aid support seniors who are living alone and isolated by providing assistance with recreational activities and outings. They support Mothers of Young Children who have mental challenges by providing specialty supported playgroups. Registered Charity ABN 77897124722

History of Previous Applications

Yes - Councillor Nancy Liu $1,500.00 November 2019

Conformity to the

Councillor Ward

Fund Discretionary

Fund Policy

The application meets the Policy criteria to be considered by Council.

 

CWF 77/19-20

Councillor Warren Tegg

Classification of

Application

Community Group

Reason for Request

Contribution towards continuing to deliver services during and after social isolation forced by COVID19.

Applicant’s Details

Advance Diversity Services

Amount of Funds

Requested

$1,500.00.

Declaration of

Conflict of Interest

Warren Tegg has signed a declaration advising that there is no conflict of interest.

Eligibility Criteria

The provision of funds to Advance Diversity Services aligns with Council’s Community Strategic Plan – Pillar 5.3.2 A Harmonious and Proud Community with Strong Social Services and Infrastructure. Develop, support and promote programs and activities that foster social participant and wellbeing of the diverse community, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, cultural or religious background.

Community Group

Advance Diversity Services (ADS) has been continued to develop and deliver services for older people, migrants, refugees and people in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities in accordance with their particular needs and to ensure the relief from suffering, poverty, distress, misfortune and disability. ABN 29664017338

History of Previous Applications

No previous application

Conformity to the

Councillor Ward

Fund Discretionary

Fund Policy

The application meets the Policy criteria to be considered by Council.

 

Funds of $1,000,000 consisting of $150,000 of non-capital funds and $850,000 of capital funds have been allocated in the 2019/2020 Budget.

 

Non Capital Funds ($10,000/Councillor)

Funds Allocated to date including this report

Remaining Balance

The Mayor Councillor Greene

$10,000.00

NIL

Councillor Agius

$1,100.00

$8,900.00

Councillor Badalati

$3,000.00

$7,000.00

Councillor Elmir

$3,800.00

$6,200.00

Councillor Grekas

$10,000.00

NIL

Deputy Mayor Hindi

$2,387.00

$7,613.00

Councillor Katris

$2,800.00

$7,200.00

Councillor Kastanias

$5,200.00

$4,800.00

Councillor Konjarski

$1,800.00

$8,200.00

Councillor Landsberry

$10,000.00

NIL

Councillor Liu

$6,500.00

$3,500.00

Councillor Payor

$3,300.00

$6,700.00

Councillor Symington

$8,700.00

$1,300.00

Councillor Tegg

$6,500.00

$3,500.00

Councillor Wu

$1,800.00

$8,200.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capital Funds ($170,000 per Ward)

Funds Allocated to date including this report

Remaining Balance

Blakehurst Ward

$170,000.00

NIL

Hurstville Ward

$170,000.00

NIL

Kogarah Ward

$170,000.00

NIL

Mortdale Ward

$151,233.60

$18,776.40

Peakhurst Ward

$170,000.00

NIL

 

 

WITHDRAWN APPLICATIONS

7.     

Councillor

Meeting

Recipient

Amount

Reason

Kevin Greene

Feb 2020

Leo Huang

$400.00

National Band Championship April 2020 – Event Cancelled

Colleen Symington

Feb 2020

Leo Huang

$400.00

National Band Championship April 2020 – Event Cancelled

 

Risk Implications

8.      The Enterprise Risk Management Strategy contains two relevant actions in regards to the provision of an open, accessible and transparent decision making and meeting process.  The adopted process for the allocation of funds through the Councillor Ward Discretionary Fund Policy is one of many strategies that have been implemented to ensure that these actions are achieved.

 

File Reference

D20/90101

 

 

 

   


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 27 April 2020                                                                                          Page 60

NOTICES OF MOTION

 

Item:     NM025-20       DEFERRED REPORT FROM 24 FEBRUARY 2020 (NM006-20) - Fuel Reduction in Georges River Local Government Area

Councillor:       Councillor Kastanias 

 

MOTION:

Council Initiative to reduce likelihood of fires in GRA - fuel reduction in GRA. If you don’t burn that fuel it’ll burn you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdGqTQkRVwE

 

 

DIRECTOR’S Comment

The Canterbury Bankstown/Georges River Bush Fire Management Committee is responsible for developing a Bush Fire Risk Management Plan to identify and map Bush Fire Management Zones within the LGA, as well as managing the risk of bush fire in specific areas including private and public lands.

There are various treatment methods available to manage fuel loads including manual removal, mechanical clearing, bush regeneration and prescribed hazard reduction burn. Each year a Hazard Reduction Program is prepared and implemented in the Bush Fire Management Zones.

The Committee meets regularly throughout the year to review the hazard reduction works program, with modifications made by the Committee as necessary having regard to changing environmental conditions and resource availability.

Fire and Rescue NSW has control over whether hazard reduction burns proceed, taking into consideration site suitability inspections and assessments and providing weather conditions allow such activity.

Council is a member of the Canterbury Bankstown/Georges River Bush Fire Management Committee.

Financial Implications

No financial/budget impact for this recommendation.

File Reference

D20/24183 / D20/93186

 

 

 

 

  


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 27 April 2020                                                                                          Page 61

Item:     NM026-20                        Ongoing Committment to Environment Sustainability - Carbon-Neutral Council Facilities

Councillor:       Councillor Landsberry 

 

MOTION:

That further to Council’s ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability, such as resolving in late 2019 to set targets of 100% renewable energy and net zero emissions for Council operations by 2025, the General Manager prepare a report to Council on;

(a)     The likely cost of designing and constructing carbon-neutral amenities for future projects; and

(b)     The cost of installing solar panels and rainwater harvesting facilities on existing/recently constructed sports amenities buildings within the Georges River Local Government Area. 

 

 

Director’s Comment

The proposal is consistent with the Pillar 1 - A protected environment and green open spaces,  Goal 1.1 Council’s environmentally sustainable practices inspire everyone to protect and nurture the natural environment and is also consistent with Council’s resolution to meet a target of 100% renewal energy and net zero emissions for Council operations by 2025.

A report addressing the funding implications of implementing a combination of energy efficiency, renewable energy, carbon sequestration and staff behaviour change initiatives in order to achieve the net zero emissions target by 2025 is due to be submitted to Council in May/June 2020.

 

Financial Implications

Should Council resolve to support this Motion, the financial implications will be provided in the future report.

 

File Reference

D20/63614

 

 

 

  


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 27 April 2020                                                                                          Page 62

Item:      NM027-20                       Road Safety Issues at Mater Dei School - Heath Road, Blakehurst

Councillor:       Councillor Landsberry 

 

MOTION:

That Council’s Traffic Engineers investigate traffic management and road safety issues at Mater Dei School in Heath Road, Blakehurst, in response to a request for assistance from the School’s Parents and Friends Committee.

 

 

Director’s Comment

This Notice of Motion is consistent with Pillar 3 of the Community Strategic Plan – Active and accessible spaces. 

More specifically;

3.1       The local government area has a range of transport options to connect people, goods and businesses; and

3.2       Roads, footpaths and cycleways are safe, accessible and free of congestion

The traffic management and road safety issues at Mater Dei School in Heath Road, Blakehurst have been reviewed by Council on a number of occasions in recent years, with the matter being referred to the Local Traffic Advisory Committee.  Currently, the Committee has no further technical recommendations regarding traffic or parking restrictions or signage in the areas that could improve traffic safety or management. 

It is apparent that the primary issue remains a parent driver behaviour problem which is common to many schools.

Council’s Road Safety officer focuses on school safety programs, with a number of initiatives implemented to educate parents and influence driver behaviour, including the installation of signage of school perimeter fencing and other programs.

A meeting between Council officers and the School Principal to discuss any additional initiatives to improve parent driver behaviour in this location can be arranged.

 

Financial Implications

No financial/budget impact for this recommendation.

 

File Reference

D20/63622

 

 

 

  


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 27 April 2020                                                                                          Page 63

Item:          NM028-20                    Thank You to St George Healthcare Workers (COVID-19)

Councillor:       Councillor Grekas 

 

MOTION:

That Council acknowledge and thank the healthcare workers at St George Hospital, at the  COVID-19 Testing Centres and all healthcare workers across the St George area for their hard work and ongoing efforts to keep our community safe.

 

 

 

 

DIRECTOR’S COMMENT

This motion is consistent with Pillars 4 and 5 of Georges River Council's Community Strategic Plan; namely that, Council establish programs to support the health sector and initiate projects to ensure the safety of the Georges River community.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

No financial/budget impact for this recommendation.

 

 

FILE REFERENCE

D20/90776

 

 

 

  


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 27 April 2020                                                                                          Page 64

Item:          NM029-20                    Free Parking for St George Hospital Healthcare Workers

Councillor:       Councillor Hindi 

 

MOTION:

That Council consider allowing St George healthcare workers to use the Kogarah town centre car park for 24 hours a day seven days a week free of charge. I know that council has offered the jubilee park temporary parking with floodlights and security guard but I have been driving past during the day and night and have not found a single car parked in the parking. I drove from the car park to St George Hospital and it is 900m. I don’t believe it is safe for the doctors nurses and other staff to walk on their own in the middle of the night. Security of our healthcare workers is of paramount importance and we should provide free parking close to the hospital. Kogarah town centre is well lit, very close to hospital and safe for the healthcare workers. 

 

 

 

DIRECTOR’S COMMENT

Since mid-March 2020, in response to the #AdoptaHealthcareWorker campaign, Council officers began advocating to the NSW Minister for Health and the Prime Minister for all hospital car parks to be made available free of charge to healthcare workers across all states and territories.

As no progress had been made at the beginning of April 2020, Council officers initiated local car parking arrangements to assist healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic as follows:

·    free car parking 24 hours/day, 7 days/week at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium

·    free car parking 24 hours/day, 7 days/week at St George Leagues Club car park

·    nil enforcement of all time limited street parking spaces throughout the city

·    free car parking 24 hours/day, 7 days/week at the Empress Lane car park (adjoining the COVID-19 testing clinic)

On 10 April 2020 the Premier and NSW Minister for Health announced that public hospital car parks would be made available free of charge for all rostered-on healthcare workers.  The St George Public Hospital car park has approximately 1300 car parking spaces.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Council’s adopted 2019/20 budget forecasts revenue of $490,000 from the Kogarah town centre car park for the current financial year and the car park is currently generating approximately $40,000 per month in revenue to Council.  This car park operates a pay and display parking system which would need to cease to allow healthcare workers to access free parking.

Should Council resolve to provide free parking, approximately $80,000 in revenue will be foregone for the remainder of the financial year.  If the NSW Public Health Order is extended, Council could anticipate ongoing losses of approximately $40,000 per month.

 

FILE REFERENCE

D20/90753

 

  


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 27 April 2020                                                                                          Page 66

Item:      NM030-20                       Proposal for a Genuine Ban on Developers and Real Estate Agents from Serving as Councillors

Councillor:       Councillor Symington 

 

MOTION:

(a)     That Council write to the Premier of NSW and the Minister for Local Government and request that they call on the NSW government to genuinely ban developers and real estate agents (and their relatives and close associates) from serving as councillors by closing the existing loopholes in legislation which are currently used by local councillors to avoid being defined as a developer and/or real estate agent.

(b)     That the Premier of NSW, the Minister for Local Government and the NSW government commit to amending all relevant legislation to ensure that broader and more inclusive activities are included in the definition of developer and/or real estate agent such as (but not limited to):

i.   investors who fund the planning proposal and/or development or developer;

ii.  land owners who contribute property/sites for planning and development applications;

iii. persons/trusts/companies who hold options on land which they can trade once land values increase due to planning decisions;

iv. beneficiaries of family trusts which benefit from planning proposals and/or development related decisions;

v.  beneficiaries of company trusts or similar corporate arrangements;

vi. shell companies used by persons, builders, councillors and/or companies that conceal involvement in planning proposals and/or development;

vii.       ongoing involvement/benefits that arise from planning proposals and/or development activities that continue post lodgement/approval/completion of a planning proposal and/or development such as bonuses for additional floor space or dwellings or trailing commissions and interest on investments;

viii.      other similar arrangements which can conceal a person’s or councillor’s involvement to avoid meeting the current definition of developer or real estate agent; and

ix. relatives and close associates of any of the examples provided.

(c)     That the penalties for any councillor that makes a false declaration on their nomination form about being a developer or real estate agent (or close associate or relative) be increased to include dismissal, life time bans and repaying the costs associated with any subsequent council by-election.

(d)     To ensure a bi-partisan support for the above, Council write to the executive of the NSW Liberal Party and the NSW Labor Party to seek their support for Council’s position and to implement this through their pre-selection processes and policies for local government elections to enact a genuine ban on local councillors also being developers and real estate agents.

 

 

 

DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS

The NSW Local Government Act 1993 (sections 274 – 276) defines who may be elected to civic office.

There are no current provisions that prohibit developers or real estate agents from serving as councillors unless they are disqualified from holding civic office pursuant to sections 274-276 of the Act.

Under the Electoral Funding Act a “developer” is defined as;

Each of the following persons is a property developer for the purposes of this Division -

(a) an individual or a corporation if;

(i) the individual or a corporation carries on a business mainly concerned with the residential or commercial development of land, with the ultimate purpose of the sale or lease of the land for profit; and

(ii) in the course of that business -

(A) 1 relevant planning application has been made by or on behalf of the individual or corporation and is pending, or

(B) 3 or more relevant planning applications made by or on behalf of the individual or corporation have been determined within the preceding 7 years,

(b) a person who is a close associate of an individual or a corporation referred to in paragraph.

It would appear that there would be many individuals and corporation that carries on a business mainly concerned with the residential or commercial development of land” but do not meet the second part of the definition as they are not involved in the lodgment of planning applications, such as development applications or Planning Proposals. 

However, these persons clearly derive a financial benefit from the development of land for the sale or lease of the land for profit. There are currently no restrictions that prevent those beneficiaries from serving as councillors.

 

Financial Implications

No financial/budget impact for this recommendation.

 

FILE REFERENCE

D20/92309

 

 

 

   


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 27 April 2020                                                                                          Page 68

QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE

Item:        QWN026-20                 Status of the Amended Planning Proposal for Taylor Reserve, Lugarno 

Author:              Councillor Symington

Directorate:      Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:     Questions with Notice

 

 

COUNCILLOR QUESTION

I would like to ask the Director Environment and Planning for an update on the amended Taylor Reserve Planning Proposal.

1.   Is the anticipated project timeline running to schedule?

 

2.   If not please provide the reasons why.

 

OFFICER RESPONSE

1.   No.

 

2.   The anticipated project timeline for completion of the Planning Proposal that was reported to Council in October 2019 is shown in the table below. (Actual response times are now also shown).

 

Task

Anticipated Timeframe

Actual Timeline

Report to Environment and Planning Committee on Planning Proposal

14 October 2019

 

14 October 2019

Report to Council on Planning Proposal

28 October 2019

28 October 2019

Anticipated commencement date (date of Gateway Determination)

November 2019

1 April 2020

Timeframe for government agency consultation (pre and post exhibition as required by Gateway Determination)

Dec 2019 - Jan 2020

 

Commencement and completion dates for community consultation period

Feb/Mar 2020

 

Dates for public hearing (if required)

March 2020

 

Timeframe for consideration of submissions

April 2020

 

Report to Council on community consultation and finalisation

May 2020

 

Submission to the DPE to finalise the LEP

June 2019

 

Anticipated date for notification

August 2019

 

 

A Gateway Determination was issued on 1 April 2020 subject to the following conditions that require the planning proposal to be amended as follows:

 

·    amend the project timeline to reflect the anticipated time frames for the plan-making process;

·    address consistency with the endorsed Georges River Local Strategic Planning Statement;

·    provide details of the mature trees recommended to be removed as a result of the construction of a future public road and how the reduction of tree canopy and open space will be offset or mitigated;

·    clarify the number of trees intended to be removed in the planning proposal and road concept plan; and

·    clarify the vehicular access arrangements from the proposed public road to adjoining lots.

As a result of the above, the anticipated commencement date for community consultation and the public hearing is now July/August 2020.

 

 

 

Recommendation:

That the information be received and noted.

 

 

 

  


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 27 April 2020                                                                                          Page 70

Item:                   QWN027-20       Former Oatley Bowling Club Site 

Author:              Councillor Kastanias

Directorate:      Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:     Questions with Notice

 

COUNCILLOR QUESTION:

1.      Did the General Manager receive any communications from the Department of Planning (Planning) regarding the Oatley Bowling Club site planning proposal in October, 2017?

2.      What were the contents of those communications?

3.      Who did the General Manager inform about those communications, i.e., which staff and councillors, and when?

4.      Regarding the phone call which the General Manager received from Planning, to which she referred at the Council Meeting held on 21st December, 2018:

(a)     What was the date upon which the General Manager received that phone call?

(b)     What written communications did the General Manager receive from Planning relating to that phone call?

(c)     Were those verbal or written communications received from Planning relating to that phone call provided by the General Manager in a report to Council?

(d)     If the General Manager did not inform Council by way of a report or any other means about the phone call from, or written communications with Planning, what was the reason?

(e)     Why was Council told via mayoral minute on 17th December 2018 that the Planning Proposal would be withdrawn due to a 7.6 hectare shortage of open space (as per the draft Recreation Community Facility Strategy) when Planning had advised the general manager well beforehand that the proposal was not going to be approved?

5.      Given that Planning had advised the general manager in October 2017 that "the Department informed Council that the proposal is not accepted. Further information to assess the proposal was requested. The information related to consistency", and that there was no further communication between Planning and Council until August 2018, (when Council resubmitted the proposal for the Department to assess), on what evidence did Council base the following statements as quoted in the Sun-Herald article dated 18th February 2018 ("Plans to rezone land for seniors housing labelled environmental threat and"a travesty"? https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/plans-to-rezone-land-for-seniors-housing-labelled-environmental-threat-and-a-travesty-20180217-p4z0oc.html):

(a)     The planning proposal was "awaiting 'gateway' determination by the Planning Department" although Planning had not accepted it for consideration;

(b)     "environmental assessments had found the site could accommodate the rezoning", when one of the reasons Planning had rejected it was "ecological constraints"; and

(c)     "the site was identified by the former Hurstville City Council as the most suitable place within the local area for the provision of seniors housing/aged care" when no such study had ever been undertaken.

6.      Has the General Manager responded to emails about this matter from [resident] of Oatley on 7th January, 1st March, and 1st November 2019 and if not, what are the reasons for the delay and when does she intend to respond?

 

OFFICER RESPONSE

A response by the relevant Director(s) will be provided prior to, or at the Council Meeting.

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION:

That the information be received and noted.

 

 

 

  


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 27 April 2020                                                                                          Page 71

 

Item:                   QWN028-20       Senior Staff - Leave Entitlements 

Author:              Councillor Hindi

Directorate:      Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:     Questions with Notice

 

 

COUNCILLOR QUESTION

I have read the job advertisement for the position of director assets and infrastructure advertised by Council a few weeks ago.

1.   Could you please advise why does the remuneration package include an additional 5 days managers’ annual leave per annum in addition to normal annual leave?

2.   Do staff on wages get the additional 5 days annual leave?

 

OFFICER RESPONSE

1.   All senior staff and manager remuneration packages include an additional five days annual leave to offset the loss of access to:

 

a.   Overtime (eg: attendance at Council/Committee meetings, Councillor workshops and Open Days, public meetings, community consultations, weekend events, etc);

b.   Leaseback vehicles (including free registration, petrol and maintenance);

c.   Flexi-leave (fortnightly rostered days off); and

d.   Time-in-Lieu.

Access to the abovementioned benefits was deleted from all senior staff and manager positions as part of the original organisation restructure in 2016. 

The five days managers’ leave is not able to be accrued and is surrendered each year if it is not taken. 

2.   No.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION:

That the information be received and noted.