MINUTES


Extraordinary Council Meeting

 

Monday, 01 June 2020

6.00pm

 

 

ONLINE MEETING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 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, 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, Manager, Office of the General Manager - Ms Roxanne Thornton, Executive Services Officer - Ms Marina Cavar, and Research and Projects Officer - Ann Marie Svorinic.

OPENING

The Mayor, Councillor Kevin Greene, opened the meeting at 6.01pm.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY

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

APOLOGIES/LEAVE OF ABSENCE  

There were no apologies or requests for leave of absence.

NOTICE OF WEBCASTING

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

DISCLOSURES OF INTEREST

Councillor Hindi provided a verbal indication of a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary interest in Item NR001-20: Notice of Motion to Rescind CCL036-30 - Regional Aquatic Facility Site Suitability and Feasibility Study (Otium Planning Group) for the reason that he lives in the vicinity of Carss Park pool. Councillor Hindi will be participating in the discussion and voting on this Item.

Councillor Grekas disclosed a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary interest in Item NR001-20: Notice of Motion to Rescind CCL036-30 - Regional Aquatic Facility Site Suitability and Feasibility Study (Otium Planning Group) for the reason that she and her sons are members of Sans Souci Sea Devils Swim Club. Councillor Grekas will be participating in the 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.

 

Speaker

Report No.

Report Title

1.  Dima Chmeisse

NR001-20

Notice of Motion to Rescind CCL036-30 - Regional Aquatic Facility Site Suitability and Feasibility Study (Otium Planning Group)

2.  Karina McDougall

NR001-20

Notice of Motion to Rescind CCL036-30 - Regional Aquatic Facility Site Suitability and Feasibility Study (Otium Planning Group)

3.  Ilknur Bayari

NR001-20

Notice of Motion to Rescind CCL036-30 - Regional Aquatic Facility Site Suitability and Feasibility Study (Otium Planning Group)

4.  Phillip Pomfret

NR001-20

Notice of Motion to Rescind CCL036-30 - Regional Aquatic Facility Site Suitability and Feasibility Study (Otium Planning Group)

5.  Dianne Kelly

NR001-20

Notice of Motion to Rescind CCL036-30 - Regional Aquatic Facility Site Suitability and Feasibility Study (Otium Planning Group)

6.  Adam Murphy

NR001-20

Notice of Motion to Rescind CCL036-30 - Regional Aquatic Facility Site Suitability and Feasibility Study (Otium Planning Group)

 

SUSPENSION OF STANDING ORDERS

RESOLVED: Councillor Hindi / Councillor Kastanias

That an unlimited number of councillors be permitted to speak on Item NR001-20.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Councillors Agius, Badalati, Hindi, Kastanias, Katris, Landsberry, Payor, Symington and Wu

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

 

On being put to the meeting, the voting was recorded as nine (9) votes FOR and six (6) votes AGAINST. The Motion was CARRIED.

 

 

NOTICE OF RESCISSION

 NR001-20        Notice of Motion to Rescind CCL036-30 - Regional Aquatic Facility Site Suitability and Feasibility Study (Otium Planning Group)

(Report by Councillor Badalati)

MOTION: Councillor Landsberry / Councillor Badalati

That the resolution in respect of Item No. CCL036-20 – Regional Aquatic Facility Site Suitability and Feasibility Study (Otium Planning Group) from the Ordinary Meeting of Council held on 25 May 2020 be rescinded.

The resolution now proposed to be rescinded reads as follows:

(a)    That Council notes the findings and recommendations of the Regional Aquatic Facility Site Suitability and Feasibility Study prepared by the Otium Planning Group Pty Ltd dated May 2020.

(b)    That Council confirms the need for a Regional Aquatic Facility that meets the current and future demand for a broad range of aquatic facilities and services to meet the needs of our growing community.

(c)    That in accordance with section 8B of the Local Government Act, specifically that "Councils should invest in responsible and sustainable infrastructure for the benefit of the local community" and that "the current generation funds the cost of its services", Council confirms that it will make every effort to ensure that the Regional Aquatic Facility is designed so that its revenue is sufficient to cover its running and maintenance costs, while meeting the needs of as many current and future residents as possible.

(d)    That Council commence, as a matter of urgency, the next stage of detailed technical investigations for the highest ranking location to confirm that the site is suitable for the proposed development of a regional aquatic facility, including all necessary technical studies and the preparation of high level cost estimates that would enable a Preliminary Business Case to be prepared in the future.

(e)    That funding of up to $200,000 be allocated from the Aquatic Facilities Reserve to commence the detailed technical investigations required for the highest ranking location.

(f)     That having regard to previous reports provided to Council which highlight that the Kogarah War Memorial Pool and associated facilities are no longer fit for purpose, and Council’s insurance liability arising from the potential risk that the facility poses to community safety, the General Manager be authorised to:

i.  Prepare a report on establishing a ‘Hall of Fame’ as part of the proposed regional aquatic facility project to recognise the athletes and coaches who trained at the Kogarah War Memorial Pool, including the identification of an appropriate budget;

ii.  Prepare a report on the erection of a permanent war memorial in an appropriate landscape setting at the site of the existing pool that ensures the site remains open green space for community use; and

iii. Undertake the immediate demolition of the Kogarah War Memorial Pool complex, decontaminate and undertake remediation of the site to eliminate the current safety risks to the community.

 

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Councillors Badalati, Hindi, Kastanias, Katris, Landsberry, Payor and Symington

Against the Motion: The Mayor Councillor Greene, Councillors Agius, Elmir, Grekas, Konjarski, Liu, Tegg and Wu

 

On being put to the meeting, the voting was seven (7) votes FOR and eight (8) votes AGAINST. The rescission motion was LOST.

  

CONCLUSION

The Meeting was closed at 7.06pm.

 

 

 

Chairperson

Mayor, Clr Kevin Greene

 

Minutes confirmed: 22 June 2020