MINUTES


Council Meeting

 

Monday, 27 April 2020

7.00pm

 

 

ONLINE MEETING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Georges River Council – Minutes of Council Meeting - Monday, 27 April 2020

Page 1

 

PRESENT

Council Members

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

Council Staff

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

 

Opening

The Mayor, Councillor Kevin Greene, opened the meeting at 7:05pm.

National Anthem

The National Anthem was played to the meeting.

Prayer

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

Acknowledgement of Country

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

 

Acknowledgement of ANZAC DAY

The Mayor acknowledged the brave Australians who have served and those who have died as a result of war.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Lest we Forget

Apologies/Leave of Absence  

There were no apologies or requests for leave of absence.

 

 

Notice of Webcasting

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

Code of Meeting Practice

The order of business is as shown in the agenda.

 

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

Disclosures of Interest

Councillor Grekas disclosed a non-significant non-pecuniary interest in Item NM025-20 DEFERRED REPORT FROM 24 FEBRUARY 2020 (NM006-20) - Fuel Reduction in Georges River Local Government Area for the reason that she is the current Chair of the Canterbury/Bankstown – Georges River Bushfire Management Committee. Councillor Grekas will participate in discussion and voting on this item.

 

Councillor Kastanias disclosed a Pecuniary interest in Item CCL020-20 Report of the Environment and Planning Committee (ENV009-20 Georges River Council Car Parking Strategy) for the reason that she owns a business in B1 neighbourhood centre. Councillor Kastanias will not participate in discussion and voting on this item.

Public Forum

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

ITEM

SPEAKER

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

Megan Barker

QWN027-20 - Former Oatley Bowling Club

Peter Mahoney

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

Kathryn Skelsey

Confirmation of Minutes of previous meetings

Council Meeting - 23 March 2020

RESOLVED:    Councillor Katris / Councillor Liu

That the Minutes of the Council Meeting held on 23 March 2020 be adopted.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

Mayoral MinuteS

MM011-20          Georges River Council – Local Strategic Planning Statement

(Report by The Mayor, Councillor Greene)

RESOLVED:    The Mayor, Councillor Greene

That Council note the Greater Sydney Commission’s letter of support for the Georges River Local Strategic Planning Statement 2040.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

Condolences

·             The Mayor, Councillor Kevin Greene expressed condolences in regard to the recent passing of Mr. Geoff Hoggett APM on Thursday 2 April, 2020. Geoff had a distinguished career with NSW Police, rising to the rank of Detective Chief Superintendent and receiving the prestigious Peter Mitchell Award and the Australian Police Medal.

Geoff was required to lead a number of significant and sensitive inquiries throughout the 1990's including into the activities of Roger Rogerson and being seconded to the NSW Crime Commission. While these were difficult times Geoff always maintained his integrity and the respect of his fellow officers. At home Geoff and his wife Judith raised three children and although in a very responsible position Geoff was close to his children and involved in their lives.

I first met Geoff in the early 1990's when he was coaching his sons David and Matthew at Penshurst West Cricket. He then became involved with junior representative cricket, an activity he maintained even when Matthew moved to St George to play District cricket. On his Police retirement Geoff became a hard worker for St George, serving on the Management Committee as well as taking on a variety of off field tasks to support the teams. He was awarded Life Membership for his service and like his immediate family, the cricket community was deeply saddened by his passing at the age of 80.

·             The Mayor, Councillor Kevin Greene expressed condolences in regard to the recent passing of Wilma Rosewall, the wife of Ken Rosewall. This was very sad news as Wilma was a gentle, kind, caring wife and mother.

Ken Rosewall was raised in South Hurstville, attending Kogarah High, before becoming one of the best tennis players of his generation, lauded across the world. At his side was Wilma, herself a very talented junior player from Queensland. Her aspirations were put aside as Ken first dominated the amateur ranks and then undertook a professional career in an era completely different to today. The only professional tour was in the US and it was still very fledgling. The lifestyle for Ken and Wilma was far from flash as Ken established himself in the early 60's as the world's best.

Wilma was a loving mother to Brett and Glen and they with their children were at her bedside with Ken on the weekend. Frances and I were privileged to share the company of Wilma and Ken on many occasions. Like her famous husband Wilma was quiet, humble and more concerned with the needs of others than herself. Our thoughts go to Ken and his family.

 

Council noted the Condolence motions.

Note:  Councillor Kastanias left the meeting at 7.29pm.

Committee Reports

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

(Report by Executive Services Officer)

Note:        Councillor Kastanias disclosed a Pecuniary Interest in relation to Item CCL020-20 (ENV009-20). Clr Kastanias was not present during consideration or voting on this Item.

RESOLVED:    Councillor Katris / Councillor Hindi

(a)        That the Minutes of the Environment and Planning Committee Meeting held on 14 April 2020 be amended to reflect the correct record of Councillor attendance for this Committee Meeting, being;

·             Councillor Nick Katris (Chair), Councillor Stephen Agius, Councillor Vince Badalati, Councillor Con Hindi, Councillor Kathryn Landsberry, Councillor Leesha Payor and Councillor Christina Wu.

(b)        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 car parking provided on site is to remain as car parking. Any excess parking is to be indicated on the Strata Plan and in the Strata by laws as car parking.

 

(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.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

Note:                 Councillor Kastanias returned to the meeting at 7.31pm.

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

(Report by Executive Services Officer)

RESOLVED:    Councillor Badalati / Councillor Agius

(a)        That the Committee recommendation for Item FIN013-20 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.

(b)        That consideration of Item FIN006A-20 be deferred to closed confidential session.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

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

(Report by Executive Services Officer)

RESOLVED:    Councillor Grekas / Councillor Konjarski

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.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

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

(Report by Executive Services Officer)

RESOLVED:    Councillor Landsberry / Councillor Konjarski

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.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

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)

MOTION:          Councillor Badalati / Councillor Katris

(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, subject to the following;

                 i.            Festivals/Events: Limit to Christmas celebrations in Carss Park, Lunar New Year and Australia Day.

               ii.            Consultants Fees: Reduce to $2,000,000 (from $3,300,000).

              iii.            Grant Days: Retained (at a cost of $1,000,000).

(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.

 

AMENDMENT:      Councillor Hindi / Councillor Badalati

(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, subject to the following;

                 i.            Festivals: Limit to Christmas celebration in Carss Park, Lunar New Year and Australia Day

               ii.            Consultants Fees: Reduce to $2,000,000 (from $3,300,000)

              iii.            Grant Days: Retained (at a cost of $1,000,000)

(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.

(e)        That the General Manager prepare a report which considers reducing the Total Remuneration Package (TRP) of the General Manager and the executive team contracts by up to 20% for a period of 6 months or until the full impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are known (whichever occurs first).

(f)         That the report be submitted to the May 2020 ordinary meeting of Council.

Record of Voting:                     

For the Amendment:        Councillors Hindi, Agius, Badalati and Kastanias.

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

Note:    On being Put to the Meeting, the voting on this Amendment was four (4) votes FOR and eleven (11) votes AGAINST. The Amendment was LOST.

AMENDMENT:      Councillor Badalati / Councillor Katris

(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, subject to the following;

i      Festivals/Events: Limit to the “Say No to Domestic Violence” walk in November and Christmas celebrations in Carss Park, Lunar New Year and Australia Day.

ii       Consultants Fees: Reduce to $2,000,000 (from $3,300,000).

iii      Grant Days: Retained (at a cost of $1,000,000)

(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.

Record of Voting:                     

For the Amendment:         Councillors Hindi, Badalati, Kastanias, Katris and Symington.

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

 

 

Note:    On being Put to the Meeting, the voting on this Amendment was five (5) votes FOR and ten (10) votes AGAINST. The Amendment was LOST.

 

 

AMENDMENT: Councillor Tegg / Councillor Landsberry

(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, subject to the following;

i       Grant Days: Retained (at a cost of $1,000,000).

(b)        That the General Manager prepare a report considering the following;

                 i.            Festivals/Events: Limit to the “Say No to Domestic Violence” walk in November and Christmas celebrations in Carss Park, Lunar New Year and Australia Day.

               ii.            Consultants Fees: Reduce to $2,000,000 (from $3,300,000).

(c)        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.  

(d)        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.

(e)        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.

Record of Voting:                     

For the Amendment:       Councillors Agius, Grekas, Katris, Landsberry, Payor, Symington and  Tegg.

Against the Amendment: The Mayor, Councillor Greene and Councillors Hindi, Badalati, Elmir, Kastanias, Konjarski, Liu and Wu.

 

Note:        On being Put to the meeting, voting for this Amendment was seven (7) votes FOR and eight (8) votes AGAINST. The Amendment was LOST.

 

AMENDMENT:    Councillor Hindi / Councillor Tegg

(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, subject to the following;

(i)          Grant Days: Retained (at a cost of $1,000,000)

(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.

Record of Voting:

For the Amendment:        Councillors Hindi, Agius, Badalati, Grekas, Katris, Landsberry, Payor Symington, Tegg and Wu.

 

Against the Amendment: The Mayor, Councillor Greene and Councillors Elmir, Konjarski and Liu.

Note:        Councillor Kastanias was absent for the vote listed above.

Note:        On being Put to the meeting, the voting for this Amendment was ten (10) votes FOR and four (4) votes AGAINST. The Amendment was CARRIED and became the Motion.

RESOLVED:    Councillor Hindi / Councillor Tegg

(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, subject to the following;

(i)          Grant Days: Retained (at a cost of $1,000,000)

(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.

Record of Voting:

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

Against the Motion: The Mayor, Councillor Greene and Councillors Elmir, Konjarski and Liu.

Note:        Councillor Kastanias was absent for the vote listed above.

Note:        On being Put to the meeting, the voting for this Motion was tem (10) votes FOR and four (4) votes AGAINST. The Motion was CARRIED.

 

Note:        Councillor Kastanias returned to the meeting at 9.39pm.

CCL025-20       Tabling of Disclosure of Interest Returns

(Report by Manager Governance and Risk)

RESOLVED:    Councillor Badalati / Councillor Katris

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

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

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

(Report by Manager, Office of the General Manager)

RESOLVED:    Councillor Katris/ Councillor Grekas

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

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

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

(Report by Chief Financial Officer)

RESOLVED:    Councillor Katris / Councillor Badalati

(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.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

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

(Report by Manager, Office of the General Manager)

RESOLVED:    Councillor Katris / Councillor Grekas

(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.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

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)

Note:          Councillor Grekas disclosed a non-significant non-pecuniary Interest in relation to Item NM025-20 (NM006-20). Clr Grekas was present during consideration and voting on this Item.

RESOLVED:    Councillor Kastanias / Councillor Hindi

That Council note the answer provided.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

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

(Report by Councillor Landsberry)

RESOLVED:    Councillor Landsberry / Councillor Tegg

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. 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

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

(Report by Councillor Landsberry)

RESOLVED:    Councillor Landsberry / Councillor Elmir

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

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

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

(Report by Councillor Grekas)

RESOLVED:    Councillor Grekas / Councillor Katris

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.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

NM029-20        Free Parking for St George Hospital Healthcare Workers

(Report by Councillor Hindi)

RESOLVED:   Councillor Hindi / Councillor Agius

That Council provide the Derby St car park from 6.00pm to 7.00am free of charge to all St George healthcare workers until the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted significantly.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

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

(Report by Councillor Symington)

RESOLVED:    Councillor Symington / Councillor Grekas

(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)        That all planning applications (Development Applications, Planning Proposals/Spot Rezonings and  Voluntary Planning Agreements - VPA’s) are removed from Councillors.

(e)        That 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.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

Questions with Notice

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

(Report by Councillor Symington)

RESOLVED:    Councillor Symington / Councillor Kastanias

That the information be received and noted.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

QWN027-20     Former Oatley Bowling Club Site

(Report by Councillor Kastanias)

RESOLVED:    Councillor Kastanias / Councillor Hindi

That the following information be received and noted and provided on the Councillor Portal.

COUNCILLOR QUESTIONS

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

1.           The Director Environment and Planning received a letter from the Department of Planning dated 9 October 2017.

 

2.           The correspondence requested additional information be provided to enable the comprehensive assessment of the planning proposal. Additional information related to matters such as Ministerial Directions and updating various environmental and technical studies.

 

3.           N/A

 

4.            

(a)        Refer to the answers provided to Council at the Ordinary Meeting of Council on 25 February 2019.

 

(b)        Nil.

 

(c)        Refer to the answer provided to Council at the Ordinary Meeting of Council on 25 February 2019.

 

(d)        Refer to the answer provided to Council at the Ordinary Meeting of Council on 25 February 2019.

 

(e)        Refer to the Mayoral Minute provided to Council at the Ordinary Meeting of Council on 17 December 2018.

5.                           

(a)        As at 18 February 2018 a Gateway Determination (approval or refusal) had not yet been issued and the planning proposal was in the Department awaiting the submission of additional information.

 

(b)        As at 18 February 2018 a Gateway Determination (approval or refusal) had not yet been issued and the planning proposal was in the Department awaiting the submission of additional information.

 

(c)        The site was identified in confidential studies and workshops throughout 2005-2006 and in reports to the former Hurstville Council as being the most suitable.  Those confidential studies and reports to Council have not been released to the public.

 

6.           The Manager, OGM advises that an interim response was provided to the confidential resident email on 4 November 2019 and the matter remains under consideration.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 

QWN028-20     Senior Staff - Leave Entitlements

(Report by Councillor Hindi)

RESOLVED:    Councillor Hindi / Councillor Badalati

That the information be received and noted.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

  

CONSIDERATION OF BUSINESS IN CLOSED SESSION

RESOLVED: Councillor Katris / Councillor Elmir

At this stage of the meeting being 10.51pm the Mayor advised that the meeting would move into a Committee of the Whole to allow consideration of a matter in Closed Session in accordance with Section 10A of The Local Government Act 1993. Accordingly, members of the press and public are excluded from the closed session and access to the correspondence and reports relating to the items considered during the course of the closed session will be withheld.

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

FIN006A-20      Property Matter – Commercial Car Parks Review

(Report by Executive Services Officer)     

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 

Note:        Council moved to Closed Session at 10.54pm.

 

CLOSED SESSION

 

RESOLVED:         Councillor Hindi / Councillor Katris

That with the time being 11.00pm Council agree to a 30 minute extension of time to allow for the completion of business on the agenda.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 

RESOLVED:         Councillor Tegg / Councillor Kastanias

That with the time being 11.30pm Council agree to a further 30 minute extension of time to allow for the completion of business on the agenda.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 

CONFIDENTIAL ITEMS

FIN006A-20      Property Matter – Commercial Car Parks Review

 (Report by Executive Services Officer)

RECOMMENDATION:   Councillor Katris / Councillor Elmir

(a)            That Council adopt the Confidential Commercial Car Parks Review and the recommendations contained on page 4 in the document being:

1.       Improve the car parks to the standard expected – relative to competing car parks;

2.       Implement Access Control Technology to better control the car park assets;

3.       Reconfigure the rate structure and opening times to fit the public’s desired usage; and

4.       Relocate existing meters to car parks not currently enforced to yield additional revenue to match or replace the meter revenue which is currently drawn from the three car parks.

(b)            That Council call for public tenders as detailed in this report.

(c)            That funding for the proposed infrastructure be sourced from Council’s Commercial Property Reserve.

(d)            That a further report be submitted to Council with details of the outcome of the proposed tender process and details of any future pricing structures that will need to be advertised for a period of not less than 28 days as per Section 610F(3)(a) and (b) of the Local Government Act  1993 (the Act).

Record of Voting:

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

Against the Motion: Councillors Badalati and Kastanias

 

Note:          Councillor Hindi was absent and did not participate in the vote on this Item.

 

Note:   On being put to the meeting, the voting on this Motion was twelve (12) votes FOR and two (2) votes AGAINST. The Motion was CARRIED.

 

Note:          Councillor Agius left the meeting at 11.41pm and did not return.

 

OPEN COUNCIL

RESOLVED:    Councillor Elmir / Councillor Kastanias

That the meeting revert to Open Council, time being 11.51pm.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

Note:        Council moved to Open Session at 11.51pm.

CONSIDERATION OF RECOMMENDATIONS FROM CLOSED SESSION

FIN006A-20      Property Matter – Commercial Car Parks Review

 (Report by Executive Services Officer)

FIN006A-20      Property Matter – Commercial Car Parks Review

                          (Report by Executive Services Officer)

Note:     Councillors Agius and Badalati were absent and did not participate in the vote on this Item and did not return to the meeting.

RESOLVED:    Councillor Katris / Councillor Elmir

That the recommendation of the Closed Session be received and noted as resolution without any alteration or amendment thereto.

FIN006A-20      Property Matter – Commercial Car Parks Review

(a)      That Council adopt the Confidential Commercial Car Parks Review and the recommendations contained on page 4 in the document being:

1.          Improve the car parks to the standard expected – relative to competing car parks;

2.          Implement Access Control Technology to better control the car park assets;

3.          Reconfigure the rate structure and opening times to fit the public’s desired usage; and

4.          Relocate existing meters to car parks not currently enforced to yield additional revenue to match or replace the meter revenue which is currently drawn from the three car parks.

(b)        That Council call for public tenders as detailed in this report.

(c)        That funding for the proposed infrastructure be sourced from Council’s Commercial Property Reserve.

(d)        That a further report be submitted to Council with details of the outcome of the proposed tender process and details of any future pricing structures that will need to be advertised for a period of not less than 28 days as per Section 610F(3)(a) and (b) of the Local Government Act  1993 (the Act).

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:      Unanimous

 

Conclusion

The Meeting was closed at 11.54pm.

 

 

Chairperson

Mayor, Clr Kevin Greene

 

Minutes confirmed: 25 May 2020