AGENDA


Council Meeting

 

Monday, 27 July 2020

 

 

Dragon Room

(Level 1, Georges River Civic Centre, Hurstville)

and

Skype Online Meeting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 27 July 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 MEETINGS

CCL047-20       Confirmation of the Minutes of the Ordinary Council Meeting held 22 June 2020

(Report by Executive Services Officer)....................................................................... 5  

10.    MAYORAL MINUTE

Nil  

11.    CONDOLENCES

12.    COMMITTEE REPORTS

CCL048-20       Report of the Environment and Planning Committee Meeting held on 13 July 2020

(Report by Executive Services Officer).................................................................... 41

CCL049-20       Report of the Finance and Governance Committee Meeting held on 13 July 2020

(Report by Executive Services Officer).................................................................... 43

CCL050-20       Report of the Assets and Infrastructure Committee Meeting held on 13 July 2020

(Report by Executive Services Officer).................................................................... 45

CCL051-20       Report of the Community and Culture Committee Meeting held on 13 July 2020

(Report by Executive Services Officer).................................................................... 46

13.    ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING

Nil

14.    FINANCE AND GOVERNANCE

CCL052-20       Local Government Remuneration Tribunal Determination - Mayor and Councillors Fees for 2020/21

(Report by Manager, Office of the General Manager)........................................... 49

CCL053-20       COVID-19: Instrument of Delegation to the Mayor (Emergency Administrative Provisions) - July 2020 Report

(Report by Manager, Office of the General Manager)........................................... 76

CCL054-20       COVID-19 Response: Amendments to the Debt Management and Hardship Policy

(Report by Chief Financial Officer)........................................................................ 120

15.    ASSETS AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Nil

16.    COMMUNITY AND CULTURE

Nil

17.    NOTICES OF RESCISSION

Nil

18.    NOTICES OF MOTION

NM054-20          DEFERRED REPORT FROM 22 JUNE 2020 (NM043-20) - Advocacy Against Domestic Violence and Coercive Control

(Report by Councillor Symington).......................................................................... 149

NM055-20          DEFERRED REPORT FROM 22 JUNE 2020 (NM047-20) - Representations From The Chinese Australian Forum - Unity Over Fear

(Report by Councillor Wu)....................................................................................... 150

NM056-20          Congratulations to Football Federation of Australia - Australia and New Zealand to Host 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup

(Report by Councillor Katris)................................................................................... 151

NM057-20          Moreton Bay Fig Tree - Sans Souci Park, Water Street, Sans Souci

(Report by Councillor Katris)................................................................................... 152

NM058-20          Potential New Multipurpose Community Hub - 7A Hedley Street, Riverwood

(Report by Councillor Liu)........................................................................................ 154

NM059-20          Penshurst Public School - Traffic Management Arrangements

(Report by Councillor Tegg)..................................................................................... 155

NM060-20          Connecting the Community with COVID-19 Safe Events

(Report by Councillor Landsberry)......................................................................... 156

NM061-20          NSW Government Grants to Georges River Council

(Report by Councillor Badalati)............................................................................... 157

NM062-20          DEFERRED REPORT FROM 25 MAY 2020 (NM038-20) AND 22 JUNE 2020 (NM052-20) - Georges River Draft Local Environmental Plan 2020

(Report by Councillor Badalati)............................................................................... 158

NM063-20          DEFERRED REPORT FROM 25 MAY 2020 (NM040-20) AND 22 JUNE 2020 (NM053-20) - Georges River Draft Local Environmental Plan 2020

(Report by Councillor Kastanias)............................................................................ 160

19.    QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE

QWN012-20      Code of Conduct Statistics

(Report by Councillor Badalati)............................................................................... 162

QWN013-20      Status of Todd Park Investigations and Carss Park Development Application

(Report by Councillor Landsberry)......................................................................... 163  

20.    CONFIDENTIAL (CLOSED SESSION)

CCL024A-20     Code of Conduct Investigation Report: Deputy Mayor Councillor Con Hindi

(Report by Complaint Coordinator (Director, Legal Services and General Counsel))  

 

 


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CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS

Item:                   CCL047-20   Confirmation of the Minutes of the Ordinary Council Meeting held 22 June 2020 

Author:              Executive Services Officer

Directorate:      Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:     Previous Minutes

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION:

That the Minutes of the Ordinary Council Meeting held on 22 June 2020 be adopted.

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The Minutes of the Ordinary Council Meeting as attached be adopted by Council as a true and correct record of that meeting.

 

FILE REFERENCE

SF19/3551

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

MINUTES - COUNCIL MEETING 22 JUNE 2020

 


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

CCL047-20             Confirmation of the Minutes of the Ordinary Council Meeting held 22 June 2020

[Appendix 1]          MINUTES - COUNCIL MEETING 22 JUNE 2020

 

 

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MAYORAL MINUTE  


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COMMITTEE REPORTS

Item:                   CCL048-20   Report of the Environment and Planning Committee Meeting held on 13 July 2020 

Author:              Executive Services Officer

Directorate:      Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:     Committee Reports

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION:

That the Committee recommendations for Item ENV022-20 to ENV028-20 as detailed below be adopted by Council.

 

ENV022-20       Summary of Development Applications Lodged and Determined - April 2020 to June 2020

That Council receive and note the Summary of Development Applications lodged and determined within the fourth quarter of the 2019/2020 financial year being April to June 2020.

 

ENV023-20        Adoption of Georges River Stormwater Management Policy 2020

(a)     That Council note the community consultation undertaken in relation to the draft Georges River Stormwater Management Policy 2020.

(b)     That Council adopt the Georges River Stormwater Management Policy 2020 as detailed in Attachment 1 of this report.

(c)     That Council authorise the General Manager to make any minor modifications to the Georges River Stormwater Management Policy 2020 in order to rectify any numerical, typographical, interpretation and formatting errors, or adjust the policy from time to time in accordance with any legislative changes if required.

(d)     That Council upload a copy of the Policy to the NSW Planning Portal and place an advertisement in the local paper to notify the community of the Georges River Stormwater Management Policy 2020 adoption and commencement.

(e)     That the Director Environment and Planning as part of the analysis of the implementation of the Stormwater Policy review Clause 4.4 Exemptions with the aim of ensuring the exemption provision relating to 55% of the lot is impervious adequately addresses the existing impervious area of a lot in relation to the impervious area that will occur as result of a new development.  

 

ENV024-20        Paper Recycling in Industrial and Commercial Centres

That the report be received and noted.

 

ENV025-20       Notification of the Adoption of Amendment No.11 to Development Control Plan No.2 Hurstville City Centre               

(a)     That Council note that the notification of the adoption of Amendment No.11 to DCP No.2 – Hurstville City Centre was unable to occur in accordance with Clause 21(2) and (4) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000.

(b)     That Council give public notice of the decision to adopt Amendment No. 11 to DCP No. 2 – Hurstville City Centre on Council’s website in accordance with Clause 21(2) and (4) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000, and that it become effective upon gazettal of the Planning Proposal.

(c)     That the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment be advised of Council’s decision to adopt Amendment No. 11 to DCP No. 2 – Hurstville City Centre in accordance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

(d)     That Council endorse the General Manager to make minor modifications to any numerical, typographical, interpretation and formatting errors, if required, in the finalisation of the draft plans.

 

 

ENV026-20        Establishment of a Small Waste Item Recycling Trial Project

(a)     That a recycling station for small waste items be trialled for a six month period at the Georges River Customer Service Centre.

(b)     That a further report be provided to Council at the conclusion of the six month trial which outlines the results of the recycling station trial project.

 

 

ENV027-20        Waste Management Services - Community Engagement Program

(a)     That Council approve the commencement of a comprehensive waste services community engagement program as outlined in this report to seek community feedback on the services to be provided in the next waste collection and processing contracts and Council’s proposed Waste Strategy.

(b)     That Council allocate $80,000 from the Domestic Waste Reserve (DWR) to fund this program and that this adjustment occurs as part of the 2020/21 Quarter 1 Budget Review.

(c)     That a further report be provided to Council on the outcomes of the community engagement program.

 

ENV028-20        Draft Georges River Waste Strategy 2020

(a)     That Council endorse the draft Georges River Waste Strategy 2020 for the purposes of community engagement.

(b)     That a further report be presented to Council on the outcome of the draft Georges River Waste Strategy 2020 community engagement.

 

FILE REFERENCE

D20/172464

 

 

  


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Item:                   CCL049-20   Report of the Finance and Governance Committee Meeting held on 13 July 2020 

Author:              Executive Services Officer

Directorate:      Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:     Committee Reports

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION:

That the Committee recommendations for Items FIN028-20 to FIN031-20 and FIN020A-20 as detailed below be adopted by Council.

 

FIN028-20       Administrative Matter - Execution of Documents Under Delegated Authority, July 2020 Report

That Council note, for the period 1 June 2020 to 30 June 2020, there were six (6) documents executed by the General Manager under delegation.

 

FIN029-20       Investment Report as at 31 May 2020

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

 

FIN030-20       Property Matter - 11 Tavistock Road, South Hurstville - Acquisition of Residential Property Zoned RE1 - Public Recreation

(a)     That Council acquires the residential property at 11 Tavistock Road, South Hurstville, being Lot B in Deposited Plan 346012 on the terms outlined in the attached confidential Acquisition Advice.

(b)     That Council authorise the General Manager to execute the Contract for Sale, Transfer Document and all other associated documentation to effect the acquisition of Lot B in Deposited Plan 346012 at 11 Tavistock Road, South Hurstville.

(c)     That in accordance with Section 31 (2) of the Local Government Act 1993, the land be classified as Community Land upon acquisition.

 

FIN031-20       Options to Improve Procurement Efficiencies and Budget Savings

 (a)    That Council receives and notes the intended amendments to the Corporate Procurement Policy which provide options to increase procurement efficiencies and savings; having regard to delivering sustainable outcomes covering social, economic and environmental benefits.

(b)     That Council, in partnership with Local Government Procurement, arrange appropriate information sessions for local suppliers within the local government area seeking to do business with local government and to be included on pre-qualified contract panels.

 

FIN020A-20       Georges River Property Portfolio Strategy - Disposal of Surplus Property

(a)     That the General Manager be authorised to dispose of surplus properties identified in the confidential Georges River Property Portfolio Strategy as generally detailed in this report.

(b)     That the General Manager be authorised to immediately negotiate the disposal of the Stage 1 properties listed in this report, at an amount not less than the upper limit of the market value figures as provided by Council’s consultant valuers, other than the property at 582 Railway Parade, Hurstville with the amount to be negotiated consistent with officer’s advice in confidential Attachment 7.

(c)     That the General Manager be authorised to program the disposal of the Stage 2 properties listed in this report in 2021/22 and 2022/23 for an amount not less than the upper limit of the required two valuation reports that will be obtained prior to disposal, in accordance with Council’s Acquisition and Disposal Policy.

(d)     That the General Manager be authorised to commence and complete a road closure application for part of Buchanan St, Carlton (Buchanan Street Lot) adjoining Lot 3 in DP734336 and upon closure of the road and creation of a new lot that the subject lot be classified as Operational Land in accordance with Section 31 of the Local Government Act, 1993.

(e)     That the new Buchanan Street Lot adjoining Lot 3 in DP734336,  Lot 3 in DP734336 and Lot 12 in DP627414 be sold to the owner of 280-290 Railway Parade, Carlton on terms as generally detailed in this report.

(f)      That the General Manager, in accordance with Section 377(h) of the Local Government Act 1993, be authorised to execute the Contracts for Sale, Transfer Documents and all other documentation, to effect the disposal of the surplus properties as detailed in this report as well as to effect the closure of the road, the creation of a new freehold lot, and the sale of Lot 3 in DP734336, Lot 12 in DP627414 and the Buchanan Street Lot.

 

FILE REFERENCE

D20/172465

 

 

 

  


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Item:                   CCL050-20   Report of the Assets and Infrastructure Committee Meeting held on 13 July 2020 

Author:              Executive Services Officer

Directorate:      Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:     Committee Reports

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION:

That the Committee recommendations for Items ASS013-20 to ASS015-20 as detailed below be adopted by Council.

 

ASS013-20        Georges River Local Traffic Advisory Committee Meeting - 7 July 2020

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

 

ASS014-20        Georges River Council Noxious Weed Control Program

That the report be received and noted.

 

ASS015-20        T20/007 Tender for the Construction of the Hurstville Golf Course  Clubhouse

(a)     That, pursuant to Section 178 (1)(b) of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005, Council decline to accept any of the tenders for T20/007 for the Construction of the Hurstville Golf Course Clubhouse as outlined in the report.

(b)     That, pursuant to Section 187 (3)(b) of the Local Government General Regulation 2005, Council invite, in accordance with clause 167, 168 or 169, fresh tenders based on the same or different details.

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

 

FILE REFERENCE

D20/172467

 

 

 

  


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Item:                   CCL051-20   Report of the Community and Culture Committee Meeting held on 13 July 2020 

Author:              Executive Services Officer

Directorate:      Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:     Committee Reports

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION:

That the Committee recommendations for Items COM023-20 to COM029-20 as detailed below be adopted by Council.

 

 

COM023-20       Outgoing Sponsorships and Donations

That Council receive and note the Quick Response Donation of $1,500.00 granted to the Hurstville Scout Group to support struggling families impacted by COVID-19.

 

 

COM024-20       Stronger Communities Funding Update

(a)   That Council receive and note the update on the remaining Stronger Communities Fund projects as listed in this report;

(b)     That Council continue to receive regular reports on the remaining Stronger Communities Fund projects still in progress.

 

COM025-20       Report on the Establishment of a Sports Museum for Georges River

(a)     That Council receive and note the Georges River Sporting Museum Report prepared by Hawkridge Entertainment Services.

(b)     That Council receive and note the update on the establishment of a short-term football display at the Johnny Warren Indoor Sports Centre at the Penshurst Park Sporting Hub.

 

COM026-20       Place Naming Requests - Roads and Reserves

(a)     That the proposal to assign names to the listed roads and reserves is endorsed and  placed on public exhibition in accordance with the Georges River Place Naming Policy.

i.       Assign the name “Annie Twiss Reserve” to the currently unnamed reserve informally known as “Gloucester Road Reserve No. 3” in honour of Annie Twiss, an active fund-raiser and secretary of the Dumbleton School of Arts in the 1940s and long-term resident of Beverly Hills.

ii.      Assign the name “Warwick Reserve” to the currently unnamed reserve informally known as “Gloucester Road Reserve No. 5”.

iii.     Assign the name “AJ Marshall Reserve” to the currently unnamed reserve informally known as “Gloucester Road Reserve No. 2”.

iv.     Assign the name “Rainbow Lorikeet Reserve” to currently unnamed reserve informally known as “Gloucester Road Reserve No. 4”.

v.      Assign the name “Dumbleton Lane” to the unnamed road between Edgbaston Road and Stoney Creek Road (running parallel to King Georges Road).

vi.     Assign the name “McCready Lane” to the unnamed road between Edgbaston Road and Stoney Creek Road (running parallel to Melvin Street).

vii.    Assign the name “Rudduck Lane” to the unnamed road between Melvin Street and King Georges Road.

viii.   Assign the name “Kintail Street” to the eastern section of Princes Street between Grove Avenue and Laycock Road in Penshurst.

(b)     That, following endorsement and public exhibition of the proposals, registration of the names is sought from the Geographical Names Board.

(c)     That, following the Geographical Names Board registration of the names, the outcome is reported on Council’s website. 

 

COM027-20       Community Property Lease - 5 Bryant Street, Narwee

That Council approve the terms of the community property lease for 5 Bryant Street, Narwee as outlined in the attached confidential Community Property report - 5 Bryant Street, Narwee.

 

COM028-20       Adoption of Georges River Innovation Strategy 2020

(a)     That Council adopts the attached Georges River Innovation Strategy 2020.

(b)     That Council establish a Georges River Innovation Working Party of Councillors with the purpose of exploring options available to Council to drive innovation, strengthen key relationships, target areas of joint action and achieve the productivity savings identified in the draft Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal application presented to Council on 10 February 2020.

(c)     That membership of the Innovation Working Party be open to all Councillors.

(d)     That the Director City Strategy and Innovation convene the Working Party as required and key outcomes from the Working Party be reported to Council.

 

COM029-20       Update on the Economic and Social Recovery Plan

That Council receives this report and notes the progress on the Economic and Social Recovery Plan.

 

FILE REFERENCE

D20/172469

 

 


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

FINANCE AND GOVERNANCE

Item:                   CCL052-20        Local Government Remuneration Tribunal Determination - Mayor and Councillors Fees for 2020/21 

Author:              Manager, Office of the General Manager

Directorate:      Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:     Finance and Governance

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION:

That Council determine the remuneration for the Mayor and Councillors for the 2020/21 financial year, effective 1 July 2020.

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

1.      On 10 June 2020, the Local Government Remuneration Tribunal (LGRT) released its Annual Report and Determination under Section 239 and 241 of the Local Government Act 1993, in respect to the categories of Councils and the maximum and minimum amounts of fees to be paid to Mayors and Councillors.

2.      In accordance with Section 239 of the Local Government Act 1993, the LRGT undertook a review of the categories and allocation of Councils into each of those categories as part of the 2020 Review.

3.      Georges River Council has been classified as a ‘Metropolitan Medium’ Council.

BACKGROUND

4.      Section 239 of the Local Government Act 1993 requires the LGRT to determine the category of each Council. These categories are to be determined at least once every 3 years.

5.      Section 241 of the Local Government Act 1993 requires the LGRT to determine the remuneration to be paid to the Mayor and Councillors of each Council. This determination must be made no later than 1 May in each year.

6.      In response to the COVID-19 pandemic the Minister for Local Government, the Hon. Shelley Hancock MP, made the Local Government (General) Amendment (COV-19) Regulation 2020 which extended the time for making the determination to no later than 1 July 2020.

7.      The LGRT wrote to all Mayors in October 2019 advising of the commencement of the 2020 Review and invited submissions from Councils on the following matters;

1.      Proposed classification model and criteria

2.      Allocation in the proposed classification model

3.      Range of fees payable in the proposed classification model

4.      Other matters

8.      The LGRT received 38 submissions from individual Councils, a submission from LGNSW and a submission from Regional Cities NSW. Details of the submissions can be found in the Annual Report and Determination which is attached to this report.

9.      Georges River Council has been categorised as ‘Metropolitan Medium’.

10.    The LGRT has determined that given the current economic and social circumstances relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, that there will be no increase in the minimum and maximum fees applicable to each existing category. As such, the 2020/21 fees shown in this report represent no increase on the previous year’s fees paid to the Mayor and Councillors.

11.    The table below provides a summary of the minimum and maximum fees determined by the LGRT for the previous three (3) years.

12.    Pursuant to Section 241 of the Local Government Act 1993, the annual fees to be paid in each of the categories to Councillors and Mayors effective from 1 July 2020 are as follows;

 

Metropolitan Medium Council

 

Councillor Annual Fee

Mayor Additional Fee (*)

 

Minimum

Maximum

GRC Adopted

Minimum

Maximum

GRC Adopted

2017/18

$13,150

$24,550

$24,550

$27,940

$65,230

$65,230

2018/19

$13,480

$25,160

$25,160

$28,640

$66,860

$66,860

2019/20

$13,820

$25,790

$25,790

$29,360

$68,530

$68,530

2020/21

$13,820

$25,790

yet to be determined

$29,360

$68,530

yet to be determined

(*) This fee must be paid in addition to the fee paid to the Mayor as a Councillor (Section 249(2) of the LG Act

13.    The Office of Local Government (OLG) provided a review of the LGRT determination in its Circular 20-23 (22 June 2020).

14.    At its meeting on 25 May 2020, Council resolved to ‘consider declining any increase in the Mayor and Councillor Fees for the 2020/21 financial year, regardless of the determination within the pending Local Government Remuneration Tribunal Determination Annual Report for 2020/21’ (NM035-20).

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

15.    A 2.7% increase in Mayor and Councillors fees has been allocated in the 2020/21 Operational Plan.

16.    If Council resolve for the same fees to be paid to the Mayor or Councillors for the ensuing year, a saving of approximately $12,300 will be realised in the 2020/21 budget.

FILE REFERENCE

D20/106251

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Local Government Remuneration Tribunal - Annual Report and Determination (10 June 2020)

 


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

CCL052-20             Local Government Remuneration Tribunal Determination - Mayor and Councillors Fees for 2020/21

[Appendix 1]          Local Government Remuneration Tribunal - Annual Report and Determination (10 June 2020)

 

 

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Item:                   CCL053-20        COVID-19: Instrument of Delegation to the Mayor (Emergency Administrative Provisions) - July 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.

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.

Financial Implications

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

Risk Implications

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

File Reference

D20/176366

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

COVID-19 Instrument of Delegation to the Mayor (up to 22 July 2020)

 


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

CCL053-20             COVID-19: Instrument of Delegation to the Mayor (Emergency Administrative Provisions) - July 2020 Report

[Appendix 1]          COVID-19 Instrument of Delegation to the Mayor (up to 22 July 2020)

 

 

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Item:                   CCL054-20   COVID-19 Response: Amendments to the Debt Management and Hardship Policy 

Author:              Chief Financial Officer

Directorate:      Business and Corporate Services

Matter Type:     Finance and Governance

 

 

 

Recommendation

(a)     That Council amend the Debt Management and Hardship Policy to allow eligible pensioners to defer payment of rates until the sale of their properties, without being charged penalty interest.

(b)     That Council amends the Debt Management and Hardship Policy to allow eligible pensioners to pay their rates in monthly installments, at no additional cost.

(c)     That Council receive and note the overview of impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic on different groups of ratepayers within the Georges River community and the resultant impact on the community’s ability to pay rates and charges.

(d)     That Council receive and note the preliminary financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Council’s operating position and cash balances to date, and the anticipated impacts in the 2020/21 financial year.

(e)     That Council receive and note the pensioner eligibility criteria to access the Debt Management and Hardship Policy as provided for in the relevant legislation.

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

1.      The contents of this report address the Council resolution of 22 June 2020:

“That Council urgently prepare a report for the July 2020 Meeting of Council to:

i.    amend its Debt Management and Hardship Policy to allow eligible pensioners to defer payment of rates until the sale of their properties, without being charged penalty interest.

ii.   amend its Debt Management and Hardship Policy to allow eligible pensioners to pay their rates in monthly installments, at no additional cost.

iii.  detail the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on different groups of ratepayers within Georges River community and the impact that has on their ability to pay rates and charges.

iv.  details the full financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Council’s operating position and cash balances to date, and those that are expected in the 2020/21 financial year.

v.   Review the appropriateness of the eligibility criteria to access the Debt Management and Hardship Policy as they would apply to pensioners.”

BACKGROUND

Voluntary Pensioner Rebate

2.      Eligible pensioners, who are able to claim the eligible pensioner rebate across the Local Government Area (LGA) are approximately 15% (7,957) of Council’s residential rate base.

3.      Council-wide land values grouped by values and pensioners are attached (Attachment 1). Note: The individual strata properties are not included. The total land value is for the parent property.

4.      Council provides the mandatory rebate to eligible pensioners under section 575 of the Local Government Act 1993 (the Act), up to a maximum of $250 per rate assessment. The NSW government grants a subsidy of 55% on rate rebates. Council’s share of the mandatory subsidy equates to approximately $900,000 of lost income.

5.      The former Hurstville Council introduced a voluntary pensioner rebate of up to $75 some 20 years ago. Upon amalgamation of the former Hurstville and Kogarah Councils, the voluntary pensioner rebate of up to $75 was extended to include eligible pensioners across the entire LGA, equating to a cost of $600,000.

6.      On the 23 April 2019, Council resolved to replace the former Hurstville Voluntary Pensioner Rebate Scale with a flat rate rebate and for the voluntary rebate to be reviewed annually during the budget process and long term financial plan review.

7.      On the 24 June 2019, Council resolved to provide an additional voluntary rebate to eligible pensioners, up to a maximum of $150, applied against the domestic waste management annual charge for the 2019/20 financial year at an approximate cost to Council of $1.2 million.

8.      Council did not include any voluntary pensioner rebate in the publicly exhibited draft 2020/2021 Budget. Additional non-budgeted funds of $1.2 million will be required to fund another voluntary pensioner rebate of $150.

9.      Whilst no public submissions were received by Council requesting inclusion of an additional voluntary pensioner rebate in response to the exhibition of the draft Budget, Council has received requests from other ratepayers (business and residential) for rate waivers, discounts or concessions to be applied in 2020/21.

10.    Should Council consider applying a rebate to all ratepayers experiencing hardship, the table below demonstrates different options and the financial impacts of voluntary hardship rebates should a $1.2 million rebate be resolved.

Options for Voluntary Hardship Rebates – All Ratepayers

 

Group

Pensioner Voluntary Rebate

Pensioner Voluntary Rebate

Residential Ratepayers

Business Ratepayers

All Ratepayers

Rebate Amount

$50

$150

$22

$300

$20

Approximate Recipients

8,000

8,000

54,000

4,000

58,000

Financial Impact

$400,000

$1,200,000

$1,200,000

$1,200,000

$1,200,000

Forecast Operating Deficit

($3,600,000)

($4,400,000)

($4,400,000)

($4,400,000)

($4,400,000)

COVID-19 Deficit

(anticipated)

($5,600,000)

($6,400,000)

($6,400,000)

($6,400,000)

($6,400,000)

 

11.    A survey of neighbouring councils from June 2020, in relation to the provision of a voluntary pensioner rebate highlights a differing approach:

·        Bayside Council - No additional pensioner rebate. Adopted 2020/21 forecast could not be obtained. 2020/21 draft Budget operating deficit of $1.4 million

·        Cumberland Council – No additional pensioner rebate. Adopted 2020/21 forecast operating surplus of $2.5 million

·        Fairfield City Council – No additional pensioner rebate. Adopted 2020/21 forecast operating surplus of $600,000

·        Blacktown City Council - Additional voluntary pensioner rebate of $200 per annum providing that the ratepayer has paid rates to Blacktown City Council for more than 5 years. Adopted 2020/21 forecast operating deficit of $24.4 million

·        Liverpool Council - Additional voluntary pensioner rebate of $100 per annum for ratepayers who were pensioners prior to 1 July 2005. Adopted 2020/21 forecast operating surplus of $11.1 million

·        Canterbury-Bankstown Council – Additional voluntary pensioner rebate of $40 per annum. Adopted 2020/21 forecast operating deficit of $22.1 million.

·        Sutherland Shire Council - Additional voluntary pensioner rebate of $105 per annum, providing that the eligible pensioner has been a ratepayer for at least 3 consecutive years. Adopted 2020/21 forecast operating deficit of $6.2 million.

Proposed Amendments to the Debt Management and Hardship Policy

12.    Attached to this report (Attachment 2) is the revised Debt Management and Hardship Policy, including the following amendments:

a.   Eligible pensioners can pay their rates in monthly installments, at no additional cost.

b.   Approved eligible pensioners can defer payment of rates until the sale of their properties, without being charged penalty interest.

a.   Introducing a monthly instalment payment plan in lieu of quarterly Instalments

·    Under section 582 of the Act (Abandonment of Pensioners Rates and Charges) a council may waive or reduce rates, charges and interest due by any person prescribed by the regulations who is in receipt of a pension, benefit or allowance under the Social Security Act 1991 of the Commonwealth.

·    Therefore, Council may elect to allow eligible pensioners to pay off their rates and charges over a 12 month period with no interest charges occurring.

·    This arrangement would not be a financial burden to Council as Council would account for the income each year and collect the cash on a monthly basis. There would, however, be a reduction in interest on investments and overdue rates interest. The size of the reduction would be dependent on the uptake of the payment plan by eligible pensioners.

·    This arrangement would be of benefit to pensioners as it would allow pensioners to pay off their rates and charges over a longer period of time with no interest being charged against the outstanding balance.

·    It is proposed that in lieu of a voluntary pensioner rebate, interest charges will not accrue at the rate determined by the Minister under the Local Government Act.

·    If eligibility ceases, the monthly payment plan would require review and interest charges may commence accruing.

b.   Deferral of Rates

·    Aged pensioners who satisfy the eligibility criteria may make application to defer the payment of rates, allowing them to accrue as a charge on the land, to be paid upon the passing of the pensioner or the sale of the property, or if the pensioner ceases to occupy the property as his/her principal place of abode.

·    Deferment will only apply to the general rates on the property. The pensioner will be expected to pay the annual domestic waste service charge, if the service is available to the property.

·    The criteria used to determine eligibility will include:

o The applicant must be in receipt of an age pension (Centrelink or DVA) in relation to the property

o The property must be used for residential purpose

o The property must be the pensioner’s principal place of abode

o The property must be a single dwelling house or a residential strata unit

o The applicant must be approved under Council’s Debt Management and Hardship Policy.

·    Council will continue to provide an annual rates and charges notice each year showing outstanding rates and charges and quarterly instalment notices as per the provisions of the Act.

·    In addition, Council will make contact with the pensioner each year to confirm that the eligibility criterion has not changed and is still current.

·    It is proposed that interest charges will not accrue in respect of deferred rates and charges at the rate determined under the Act.

·    If eligibility ceases, the Agreement to Defer Rates and Charges will become null and void and the amount of outstanding Rates and Charges will become due and payable along with interest charges commencing to be accrued.

 

Pensioner Eligibility Criteria and Procedures for Hardship Provisions

13.    In December 2019, Council adopted the Debt Management and Hardship Policy.

14.    The eligibility criterion for pensioners within the Policy for hardship provisions is based on Section 134 of the Local Government (General) Regulations 2005 and Section 575 of the Act. The Policy does not currently place any additional criteria to that of the relevant legislation and regulations. Extracts of the relevant legislation are attached (Attachment 3).

15.    In summary an eligible pensioner is:

“(a) who is a member of a class of persons prescribed by the regulations, and

(b) who occupies that dwelling as his or her sole or principal place of living.”

16.    As per the Policy, Council conducts a check biannually against Centrelink and Veteran Affairs database, to ensure eligibility is active.

17.    Council currently has approximately 8,000 eligible pensioners receiving a rebate, who have completed and lodged the relevant form with a copy of their relevant concession/gold card.

18.    This report does not recommend any changes within the Debt Management and Hardship Policy’s definition of pensioner eligibility, as it is prescribed in the relevant legislation and regulations.

 

Preliminary Impact of COVID-19 on the Georges River Community and payment of Rates and Charges

19.    The below table illustrates the preliminary impact of COVID-19 on the payment of rates and charges. As highlighted in the table below, Council experienced a loss of $600,000 (3%) in forecast rates and charges cash receipts. Business ratepayers were the highest with a 7% decrease.

 

2019/20 Rates and Charges - Cash Receipts ($’000)

Quarter 4

Variance – Increase/(Decrease)

Forecast

Actuals

$

%

Ordinary rates

Residential

11,717

11,600

(117)

(1%)

 

Business

1,970

1,840

(130)

(7%)

Annual Charges

Domestic Waste Management Services

5,480

5,190

(290)

(5%)

 

Other

790

750

(40)

(5%)

Total

19,956

19,380

(576)

(3%)

 

20.    In terms of reminder notices sent during COVID-19, there was a 3% increase in the number of notices sent and a 13% increase in the total value outstanding compared to the prior year.

21.    However, in relation to reminder notices sent to eligible pensioners, there was little change with only a minor drop in number of reminder notices sent and a decrease in the total value outstanding compared to the prior year (2018/19).

22.    Based on the number of cases for Federal Government Assistance, Georges River has increased from 1.1% of the LGA population to 4.2% of the LGA population. This equates to a 280% increase (5,000). Comparative to the NSW number of cases, the LGA is considered low, which is consistent with Georges River Council’s Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA).

23.    The SEIFA Index is a measure that highlights the relative level of socioeconomic disadvantage based on a range of census characteristics. The index is derived from attributes that reflect disadvantage such as low income, low educational attainment, high unemployment, and jobs in relatively unskilled occupations, and is useful in identifying geographic areas that are relatively disadvantaged.

24.    Whilst there is some variation across the LGA, the overall Georges River Council Local Government Area index is 1,020, which is above the NSW index of 1,001 and Greater Sydney index of 1,018. An area with a SEIFA of 1000 is considered average while a lower score indicates that the area is experiencing more disadvantage. Council has 5 suburbs below 1,000 and 15 above the average.

25.    Council’s SEIFA as at 2016 is attached (Attachment 4) to this report.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Voluntary Pensioner Rebate

26.    Adding the non-budgeted voluntary pensioner rebate into the 2020/21 Budget would result in Council’s proposed 2020/21 operating deficit increasing to $4.4 million (exclusive of COVID-19 impacts). This operating deficit does not currently take into consideration the preliminary adverse financial impacts of COVID-19 estimated at more than $3 million.

27.    Inclusion of the voluntary pensioner rebate will necessitate amendment to Council’s Long Term Financial Plan to reflect the impact on Council’s financial position over the next 10 years and the further decline in Council’s negative operating ratio.

28.    Whilst the $1.2 million voluntary pensioner rebate was funded in 2019/20 from the Domestic Waste Management Reserve, this practice is not recommended again due to the projects already designated by Council to be funded from the Reserve next year.

29.    Also, the unpredictability of waste costs in the current environment and the increases in waste disposal charges for 2020/21 will place further strain on the forecast closing balance of the Reserve.

30.    Based on proposed capital commitments and the 2019/20 operating result of the Domestic Waste Reserve, a closing balance of $13.5 million is forecast as at 30 June 2021.

31.    The Reserve is currently proposed to fund the following items in 2020/21:

·        Increase in waste tonnages

·        Increased landfill/recycling processing costs

·        Poulton Park Remediation - $3 million

·        Oatley Bowling Club site decontamination and remediation - $1 million 

·        Gannons Park decontamination and remediation - $300,000

·        Poulton Park decontamination and remediation - $200,000

·        Kogarah War Memorial Swimming Pool demolition, decontamination and remediation (estimate) - $3 million

32.    In addition, the Reserve has been identified as the future funding source for the potential construction of a Community Recycling Facility estimated at $7 million. This would reduce the forecast Reserve balance to $6.5 million.

 

Monthly Payment Arrangements - Pensioner Rates and Charges

33.    This arrangement would have a minimal financial burden to Council. However, this arrangement would be of benefit to pensioners as it would allow pensioners to pay off their rates and charges over a longer period of time with no interest being charged against the outstanding balance.

34.    It is proposed that interest charges would not accrue in respect of deferred rates and charges at the rate determined under the Act.

35.    Cash would be received monthly rather than quarterly or annually. There would, however, be a reduction in interest on investments, interest income on overdue rates and the size of the reduction would be dependent on the uptake of the payment plan by eligible pensioners. On an average rates and charges account, the annual interest rate waived would be $50.

36.    If eligibility ceases, the monthly payment plan will required review and interest charges may commence accruing.

 

Deferral Arrangements - Pensioner Rates and Charges

37.    It is proposed that in lieu of a voluntary pensioner rebate, interest charges will not accrue in respect of deferred rates and charges at the rate determined under the Act.

38.    This arrangement would not impact Council’s annual income in terms of deferral. It will impact the cash position of Council. On average Council receives between $9 million per year from pensioner rates. Interest income lost if Council approved all pensioners to defer would be approximately $150,000 ($19) - $700,000 ($90) per annum (per pensioner).

39.    If eligibility ceases, the agreement to defer rates and charges will become null and void and the amount of outstanding rates and charges will become due and payable along with interest charges commencing to be accrued.

 

Preliminary Details of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Operating Position and Cash Balances

40.    Finalisation of the 2019/20 year end results is underway and the figures presented in this report are preliminary. This means that final figures presented in the audited financial statements to Council may differ.

41.    Attached to this report is the COVID-19 Impact on the Quarter 4 Cash Receipts (Attachment 5). In the quarter, Council has dropped $2.5 million (10%) in cash receipts. This figure does not account for the increases in income each year, such as the rate peg and fees and charges increase. This results in a loss/decline of $3.2 million (12%) in the quarter.

42.    The largest decreases were in the Leisure Centres, NetStrata Jubilee Stadium, Parks, Childcare, Public Halls and business rates.

43.    In terms of Council’s Income (Profit and Loss) Statement operating result, Council’s 2019/20 adopted budgeted operating deficit is $7.9 million.

44.    Preliminary results indicate that Council’s year end results will be closer to an operating deficit of approximately $12 million, after depreciation and debt write offs are finalised. The preliminary operating result as at 22 July 2020 is a $10.7 million deficit (estimate only). 

45.    This is a decline of approximately $4 - $5 million to Council’s original adopted budgeted deficit.

46.    As the Profit and Loss Statement doesn’t account for debts outstanding i.e. cash payments, rates, charges and other income owed to Council, income may be inflated and will be reflected in the Balance Sheet (Statement of Financial Position).

47.    In terms of anticipated changes to the final 2019/20 results, the comprehensive revaluations are underway and therefore depreciation, is likely to change. In addition the bad debt provision for 2019/20 and new accounting standards treatment of grant income is under review. 

48.    The table below outlines the preliminary results for 2019/20.

Income Statement $'000

2019/20 Preliminary Results

Operating Revenue

 

Rates and Annual Charges

96,071

User Charges and Fees

14,415

Interest and Investment Revenue

2,606

Other Revenues

10,452

Operating Grants and Contributions

13,578

Capital Grants and Contributions

20,234

Profit on Sale of Assets

307

Total Operating Revenue

157,663

Operating Expenditure

 

Employee Costs

60,188

Interest Charges

39

Materials and Contracts

45,878

Depreciation and Amortisation

21,966

Other Operating Expenses

20,089

Total Expenditure

148,160

Operating Result before Capital Revenue Surplus/(Deficit)

(10,731)

 

Preliminary Details of the Forecast Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic 2020/21 Financial Year

49.    The adopted 2020/21 budget has not factored in impacts to income and expenditure of the COVID-19 pandemic on key affected services. This decision is based on critical factors being unknown, such as the scale of the financial impact, the length of time Government Orders will remain in place and financial support packages required.

50.    Over the coming months, Council will better understand the longer-term impact of COVID-19 on our community and on our operations. Therefore, if major changes are required, these will be factored into quarterly reviews as previously agreed by Council.

51.    Attached to this report are the Income (Profit and Loss) Statements for key services affected by the COVID-19 (Attachment 6). The attachments contain the original adopted 2020/21 budget and potential amendments to the 2020/21 budget due to COVID-19.

52.    The biggest declines are in Premium Facilities ($800,000), Childcare ($800,000) and Strategic Property ($400,000).

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

53.    Community engagement was conducted on the Debt Management and Hardship Policy, including a 28 day exhibition period, allowing the community to comment on the content of the Policy.

54.    Council did not include any voluntary pensioner rebate in the publicly exhibited 2020/2021 draft Budget. No public submissions were received by Council requesting inclusion of an additional voluntary pensioner rebate in response to the exhibition of the draft Budget.

RISK IMPLICATIONS

55.    Councillors have been appraised over previous financial years of Council’s poor and deteriorating financial outlook over the next 10 year period, which is highlighted in its LTFP. 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.

56.    The adopted forecast deficit of $13 million for 2020/21 has been reduced to a projected deficit of $3.2 million. This was achieved via $9 million worth of one off operational programs, services and projects being deferred, reduced or deleted from the draft 2020/21 budget as well as the profit on sale of surplus commercial properties.

57.    This draft 2020/21 operating result does not include the potential financial impact from COVID-19. Based on the potential changes to the key impacted services, the projected deficit will increase to $5.2 million.  However, this projected deficit does not include any allowance for any ratepayer rebate.

58.    Any further increases in the proposed operating deficit will require the elimination and/or reduction of services. This 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, footpaths, reduced maintenance of Council assets leading to their deterioration etc. These may, however, still be insufficient to address the problem to a meaningful extent

Audit Risk and Improvement Committee (ARIC)

59.    At its July 2020 meeting the ARIC comprehensively reviewed and discussed Council’s Budget for 2020-2021 and the Long Term Financial Plan projections to 2028-2029.

60.    The ARIC expressed concern over the projected operating and cash flow deficits and that the estimates indicate that Council will not be financially sustainable and this will expose Council to significant risks to service delivery, governance and reputation.

61.    The current and continuing economic, financial and social impact of COVID-19 will further exacerbate these risks. The ARIC noted that Management had implemented plans for cost savings measures. Whilst such measures are important, the ARIC is concerned that they will be inadequate to address financial sustainability which may threaten the significant progress achieved since merger in harmonising Council’s processes, systems, risk management, governance and service delivery.

62.    In this regard, the ARIC recommended that Council consider measures to immediately address the key financial sustainability risk, particularly in regard to increasing revenues to secure Council’s immediate and long term future. 

63.    It is considered that providing enhanced payment flexibility to all Georges River ratepayers, rather than providing additional rebates and thereby increasing Council’s deficit, would assist in reducing the risk to Council’s financial sustainability.

FILE REFERENCE

D20/175470

 

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Residential Land Values split by Pensioners

Attachment 2

Revised Draft Debt Management and Hardship Policy July 2020

Attachment 3

Pensioner Eligibility Criteria - Legislation Extracts July 2020

Attachment 4

SEIFA Index 2016

Attachment 5

COVID-19 Impact: Quarter 4 Cash Receipts Comparison

Attachment 6

Potential Changes to the 2020/21 Budget - Key Impacted Services

 


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NOTICES OF MOTION

Item:          NM054-20  DEFERRED REPORT FROM 22 JUNE 2020 (NM043-20) - Advocacy Against Domestic Violence and Coercive Control

Councillor:       Councillor Symington 

 

MOTION:

That, in recognition of the alarming increase in domestic violence in our community, Council write to the NSW Premier to advocate for the criminalisation of coercive control within NSW following the Scottish example of The Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act that criminalises psychological domestic abuse as well as coercive and controlling behaviour.

 

DIRECTOR’S COMMENT

Consistent with Strategy 5.3.3 of the Community Strategic Plan, to develop an integrated Community Safety Plan to identify the role Council and others can play in helping to make the local government area a safer place.

Consistent with Strategy 6.3.3 of the Community Strategic Plan, to increase the status, influence, reputation and brand of Georges River Council and its local government area through a greater focus on innovation and advocacy.

BOCSAR (NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research) statistics indicate that the Georges River area experiences a disproportionately higher rate of Domestic Violence compared to the NSW average. In the calendar year from 2018 to 2019, there was an increase of 13% in reported domestic violence related assaults in the Georges River area. This compares with an average increase of 5.3% across NSW in the same period.

Recent self-isolation measures imposed by COVID-19 have impacted vulnerable people in the community, with a reported 25% increase in requests for help through the Legal Aid Domestic Violence assistance line.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

No financial/budget impact for this recommendation.

 

FILE REFERENCE

D20/154637

 

 

 

  


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Item:          NM055-20            DEFERRED REPORT FROM 22 JUNE 2020 (NM047-20) - Representations From The Chinese Australian Forum - Unity Over Fear

Councillor:       Councillor Wu 

 

MOTION:

(a)     That Council note that it has received correspondence from the Vice President of the Chinese Australian Forum (CAF) seeking Council’s support in its efforts to oppose racism in Australia.

(b)     That Council notes Georges River has a very diverse population and more than 44% of our community was born overseas; reflecting great diversity in the countries, cultures and religions from which people have come.

(c)     That Council affirms strongly its view that there is no place for racial, cultural or religious vilification of any person and supports the CAF in its program to oppose racism.

 

DIRECTOR’S COMMENT

Georges River Council and the community of Georges River celebrate its cultural and racial diversity.  This is reflected in the Community Strategic Plan (CSP) in particular Pillar 5 “A harmonious and proud community with strong social services and infrastructure”. Further Council’s commitment to a harmonious community and one that rejects racism is reflected in the following CSP goal and strategies:

 

Goal

5.3 The community is socially and culturally connected.

 

Strategies

5.3.1 Develop and implement a Social Plan and a Cultural Strategy that celebrates diversity, promotes the multicultural community, supports innovation and creativity and contributes to the economic success of the area.

 

5.3.2 Develop, support and promote programs and activities that foster social participation and wellbeing of the diverse community, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, cultural or religious background.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

There are no financial/budget impacts for this recommendation.

FILE REFERENCE

D20/139375

 

 

 

 

  


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Item:          NM056-20  Congratulations to Football Federation of Australia - Australia and New Zealand to Host 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup

Councillor:       Councillor Katris 

 

MOTION:

That Council congratulate the Football Federation of Australia (FFA) on being awarded the rights for Australia and New Zealand to host the next FIFA Women’s World Cup, in 2023 and congratulates the Matilda's for their outstanding efforts and results in proudly representing us, in women's football, on many occasions, on the world scene.

 

 

DIRECTOR’S COMMENT

FIFA’s decision to award the hosting rights for the 2023 Women’s World Cup to the joint bid by Australia and New Zealand was a significant decision for a number of reasons including the first joint confederation (Asia and Oceania) bid and the first time the World Cup will be played in the southern hemisphere.

Football is an important sport in the Georges River area with female membership of the St George Football Association exceeding 2000 players in 2020.  W-league and international matches have been played at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium.

Support for football and women’s sport aligns with the objectives of Council’s Community Strategic Plan and the Open Space, Recreation and Community Facilities Strategy.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

No financial/budget impact for this recommendation.

FILE REFERENCE

D20/159359

 

 

 

  


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Item:          NM057-20  Moreton Bay Fig Tree - Sans Souci Park, Water Street, Sans Souci

Councillor:       Councillor Katris 

 

MOTION:

(a)     That Council endorse the preparation of a Planning Proposal to amend Kogarah Local Environmental Plan 2012 (or if gazetted, the Georges River LEP 2020) that amends Schedule 5 – Environmental Heritage relating to “Item 155 – 521 Rocky Point Road and 4 Waters Street - Sans Souci Park, Public Baths and Bathers Pavilion" to add to the description in the “Item Name” a specific reference to the Moreton Bay Fig Tree located in Water Street adjacent to the Bathers Pavilion.

(b)     That  the Council notes the Georges River Local Planning Panel’s determination of DA2020/166 Demolition of the San Souci Bathers Pavilion and proposed subdivision to create a new Lot 1 for the Pavilion allotment and the conditions of consent to ensure the protection of the Moreton Bay Fig Tree. 

(c)     That Council note the inclusion of the Moreton Bay fig tree in the heritage schedule of the Georges River Local Environmental Plan 2021 will increase the level of protection afforded to the tree during any future redevelopment of the adjoining site and will be a matter for consideration during the determination of any related development application.

 

DIRECTOR’S COMMENT

The Moreton Bay Fig Tree is located within the local heritage item ‘Sans Souci Park, Public Baths and Bathers Pavilion’ listed in Schedule 5 Environmental Heritage and is protected by the 5.10 Heritage Conservation provisions of the Kogarah LEP 2012, and the draft Georges River LEP 2020 and Council’s Tree Management Policy.

At its meeting on 21 July 2020 the Georges River Local Planning Panel approved the development application for the demolition of the Sans Souci Bathers Pavilion subject to various conditions of consent. The conditions relating to the Moreton Bay fig tree are outlined as follows:

·    Historic marker - A historic marker/plaque shall be installed in an appropriate location (next to the Moreton Bay Fig Tree or along the footpath) and shall include historic photos of the tree and the Bathers Pavilion to recognise the historical significance of the site.

·    Tree Protection and Retention

Tree Species

Location of Tree / Tree No.

Tree Protection Zone (metres) TPZ as per AS4970 -2009

Fencing distance from trunk

Ficus macrophylla

Councils reserve, east of subject site

Greater than 15 metres radially out from its trunk

 

·    A certificate of compliance letter for tree protection measures shall be completed and forwarded to the PCA – Principal Certifying Authority, at three (3) stages being before works, during works and once all building works have been completed, that tree protection measures have been installed and maintained during the building process. The certificate is prepared by a qualified Arborist who holds an AQF Level 5 or above in Arboriculture and who is a current practicing and financial member of an Arboricultural Association or Affiliation.

·    This consent does not approve the removal or pruning (branches or roots) of any trees on the subject property, Council’s public footway, public reserves or on neighbouring properties.

·    General Tree Protection Measures – The following conditions have been imposed to ensure the Moreton Bay fig tree adjoining the site will be protected and safeguarded during works;

a)   All trees on Council property, subject site and adjacent sites, to be retained shall be protected before and maintained during demolition, excavation and construction of the site.

b)   The tree protection measures must be in undertaken in accordance AS4970 -2009 Protection of trees on development sites.

c)   Details of the tree protection measures (fencing and signage) to be implemented must be provided with the application for a Construction Certificate by a qualified Arborist who holds an AQF Level 5 or above in Arboriculture and who is a current practicing and financial member of an Arboricultural Association or Affiliation.

d)   In accordance with AS 4970-2009 Protection of trees on development sites, a protective fence consisting of 2.4 x 1.8 metres high, fully supported chainmesh fence shall be used. The distance of the fence from the Ficus macrophylla shall be in accordance with the TPZ listed in the table above. A layer of organic mulch 100 millimetres thick shall be placed over the protected area and no soil or fill should be placed within the protection area.

e)   No building products/ materials or services shall be installed within the TPZ of the tree. This fence shall be installed prior to site set up and kept in place during demolition, construction and also have a sign displaying ‘Tree Protection Zone – DO NOT ENTER’ attached to the fence and must also include the name and contact details of the Project Arborist. 

f)    The engaged AQF 5 Consulting Project Arborist must be present on-site during the stages of site set up, excavation, demolition and construction when works are being undertaken that could impact on the tree canopy or root zone within the tree protection zone of Councils tree.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

No financial/budget impact for this recommendation.

FILE REFERENCE

D20/162762

 

 

 

  


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Item:          NM058-20  Potential New Multipurpose Community Hub - 7A Hedley Street, Riverwood

Councillor:       Councillor Liu 

 

MOTION:

(a)  That the General Manager prepare a condition assessment report that assesses the potential for the renovation or rebuilding of the Community Hall at 7A Hedley Street, Riverwood located in Peakhurst Park for utilisation by local community organisations; and

(b)  That the General Manager undertake consultation with relevant stakeholders, including but not limited to the Australian Scouts Association NSW and the Nepalese community, to determine the requirements for a multi-purpose hub for local community groups.

 

DIRECTOR’S COMMENT

This motion is consistent with the Georges River Local Strategic Planning Statement 2040, the draft Georges River Council Local Environmental Plan 2020 and the Open Space, Recreation and Community Facilities Strategy which indicate the need for more multi-purpose community hubs within the western part of the local government area.

7A Hedley Street, Riverwood is currently leased to the NSW Branch of the Australian Scouts Association, with the lease due to expire in December 2021.

The local Nepalese Australian Association has approached Council with potential funding of $1 million from the Australian Government to construct a community centre to support the local Nepalese community.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

The cost of preparation of a building condition assessment is approximately $7,000 and can be funded from within the existing community properties budget allocation.  Budgeted funds from cost centre number 3330 will be used to fund this recommendation in 2020/21.

Should Council resolve to support this Motion, the financial implications for any renovation or rebuilding project will be provided in a future report.

FILE REFERENCE

D20/174571

 

 

 

  


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Item:          NM059-20  Penshurst Public School - Traffic Management Arrangements

Councillor:       Councillor Tegg 

 

MOTION:

(a)     That the General Manager write to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and the Department of Education regarding the Penshurst Public School requesting an urgent discussion on the development and implementation of a safe and workable traffic management solution during the periods of student drop-off and pick-up to ensure minimal impact on the local road network and residents living within the vicinity of the school.

(b)     That the General Manager report to Council on the outcomes of the discussion with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and the Department of Education and provide information on the traffic management arrangements.

 

DIRECTOR’S COMMENT

On 21 February 2019, the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment approved the development application for the redevelopment and operation of Penshurst Public School at 510 Forest Road, Penshurst.

The development was conditioned to ensure the construction and operational aspects of the school site are addressed. In relation to the development and implementation of a safe and workable traffic management solution during the periods of student drop-off and pick-up, the consent requires the preparation of an Operational Transport and Access Management Plan (OTAMP) to be prepared. The OTAMP is to consider:

·    The location and operational management procedures of the pick-up and drop-off parking including staff management/traffic controller arrangements;

·    The location and operational management procedures for the pick-up and drop-off of students by buses and coaches for excursions and sporting activities during the hours of bus lane operations, including staff management/traffic controller arrangements; and

·    Potential traffic impacts on surrounding road networks and mitigation measures to minimise impacts, including measures to mitigate queuing impacts associated with vehicles accessing pick-up and drop-off parking.

The development consent requires that the OTAMP be submitted to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment for approval prior to the operation of the development (the school) and the Plan (as revised from time to time) must be implemented by the applicant for the life of the development.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

No financial/budget impact for this recommendation.

FILE REFERENCE

D20/174043

 

 

 

  


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Item:          NM060-20  Connecting the Community with COVID-19 Safe Events

Councillor:       Councillor Landsberry 

 

MOTION:

(a)     That, having regard to the recent cancellation of the Lugarno Lions Spring Fair and the likely cancellation of similar Council-sponsored community-run events, the General Manager prepare a report with a view to developing a COVID-19 Safe Community Event Program to support the delivery of COVID-19 safe, small community events that connect our community to their local town centres across the Georges River area, reduce community isolation and support the local economy.

(b)     That the report detail, amongst other things:

i.   Potential program inclusions, for example: streaming of online, live performances, drive-in events, and ticketed events;

ii.  Scalability of events in order to adapt to the changing nature of COVID-19 and the resultant physical distancing and hygiene practice requirements;

iii. Implications of relevant NSW Public Health Order/s and associated COVID-19 Safety Plans; and

iv. The reallocation of 2020/21 budgets to cover costs and potential additional funding sources for the Program.

 

DIRECTOR’S COMMENT

A Program as foreshadowed above would align with Phase 2 of Council's adopted Economic and Social Recovery Plan, the 'Revival' Phase.

The Program would also be consistent with key objectives of the Georges River Council Events Strategy and the Community Strategic Plan 2018-2028 to promote the local government area and celebrate community and cultural identity. Furthermore, Council officers are currently developing a program of events for delivery from September 2020 that are scalable dependent on the current NSW Public Health Order and relevant COVID-19-Safety Plans.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Should Council resolve to support this motion, any financial implications will be included in the future report to Council.

FILE REFERENCE

D20/171920

 

 

 

  


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Item:          NM061-20            NSW Government Grants to Georges River Council

Councillor:       Councillor Badalati 

 

MOTION:

That the General Manager prepare a report to the August 2020 Council Meeting detailing the amount granted in each Ward from NSW Government Grants for the period from May 2016 to 31 March 2019 and 1 April 2019 to June 2020, including grants allocated but not yet spent.

 

DIRECTOR’S COMMENT

Council receives a range of grants annually from the NSW government. Grants currently comprise approximately 20% of Council’s total annual revenue.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

No financial/budget impact for this recommendation.

FILE REFERENCE

D20/174441

 

 

 

  


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Item:          NM062-20            DEFERRED REPORT FROM 25 MAY 2020 (NM038-20) AND 22 JUNE 2020 (NM052-20) - Georges River Draft Local Environmental Plan 2020

Councillor:       Councillor Badalati 

 

MOTION:

That Council write to the Minister for Local Government, the Honourable Shelley Hancock, requesting an exemption from Councillors Conflict of Interests so that a quorum is available to consider the Local Environmental Plan 2020. 

If this is not forthcoming, then Council should look and examine this Plan Ward by Ward so that a quorum is available.

This is a long term Plan and residents expect their local representatives to adjudicate on their behalf.  

 

DIRECTOR’S COMMENT

The Planning Proposal for the draft LEP 2020 (DLEP 2020) was reported to Council on 25 November 2019, for the purpose of submitting the Planning Proposal for a Gateway Determination to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE).

However, Council was unable to form a quorum and exercise its Planning Proposal Authority (PPA) functions at the meeting due to the number and extent of pecuniary conflicts of interest held across the local government area by the majority of councillors or councillors’ spouses, de facto partners, relatives, associates, companies, bodies, nominees, business partners or employers.

As a result, Council dealt with the matter via a procedural resolution as follows:

(a)     That Council note that due to the nature and number of disclosures of interest made, Council will not have a quorum present for the consideration of ENV043-19 as part of the Public Forum, and also as part of consideration and voting of Item CCL072-19 Report of Environment and Planning Committee held on 11 November 2019.

(b)     That having regard to the lack of quorum, the General Manager request the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, The Hon. Robert Stokes MP, to exercise his powers of delegation pursuant to Section 2.4(1)(b) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (NSW), and delegate all plan making powers in relation to the Georges River Local Environmental Plan 2020 to the Greater Sydney Commission as a matter of urgency.

Following referral to the Minister, the DPIE advised Council on behalf of the Minister to delegate its planning proposal authority functions to the Local Planning Panel (LPP) as the most expedient delegation having regard to Council’s statutory deadline to submit a comprehensive LEP to the DPIE before 30 June 2020.

Consequently, the LPP considered the Planning Proposal for the DLEP 2020 at its meeting on 6 February 2020 and resolved to forward the Planning Proposal to the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces for a Gateway Determination. DPIE subsequently issued the Gateway Determination on 10 March 2020.  The DLEP 2020 is on public exhibition until 31 May 2020.

Delegation of the Planning Proposal Authority to the Local Planning Panel was consistent with the Community Strategic Plan 2018-2028 Pillar 6 - Leadership and Transparency. 

Delegation of the Planning Proposal Authority to the Local Planning Panel was also consistent with the Local Government Act 1993 and Council’s Code of Conduct.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

No financial/budget impact for this recommendation.

FILE REFERENCE

D20/171615

 

 

 

 

  


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Item:          NM063-20            DEFERRED REPORT FROM 25 MAY 2020 (NM040-20) AND 22 JUNE 2020 (NM053-20) - Georges River Draft Local Environmental Plan 2020

Councillor:       Councillor Kastanias 

 

At the council meeting held on 25th November, 2019 it was resolved to devolve the decision-making on CCL073-19 (ENV043-19: Planning Proposal - Georges River Local Environmental Plan 2020) to the Greater Sydney Commission because Council was unable to form a quorum due to declarations of interest. I understand the Greater Sydney Commission did not want to be the plan making authority. On 21 January 2020 Laurie O’Connor, as Acting General Manager signed an instrument of delegation, sub-delegating the planning proposal authority to the Local Planning Panel.

Subsequently I have received a considerable amount of feedback from community members in the Peakhurst Ward who are very concerned about the detrimental effects which the LEP will have on their neighbourhood amenity, environment and property values. I'm also aware that residents in other wards have concerns as to the consequences of the LEP.

With all due respect to the Local Planning Panel members, residents believe that decisions on the LEP should be made by us councillors, who are considerably more familiar with their communities and I fully support that concept.

 

MOTION:

(a)     That Council obtains legal advice to explore options which will permit councillors with property interests in the LGA to vote in future discussions on the draft LEP by considering options such as splitting the Draft LEP 2020 into sections, for example by ward boundaries, and

(b)     Once that advice has been obtained, that Council considers rescinding the powers of the Local Planning Panel insofar as the draft LEP is concerned, and vest all future decisions on the draft LEP with Council prior to its onforwarding to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment for final approval.

 

DIRECTOR’S COMMENT

The Planning Proposal for the draft LEP 2020 (DLEP 2020) was reported to Council on 25 November 2019, for the purpose of submitting the Planning Proposal for a Gateway Determination to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE).

 

However, Council was unable to form a quorum and exercise its Planning Proposal Authority (PPA) functions at the meeting due to the number and extent of pecuniary conflicts of interest held across the local government area by the majority of councillors or councillors’ spouses, de facto partners, relatives, associates, companies, bodies, nominees, business partners or employers.

 

As a result, Council dealt with the matter via a procedural resolution as follows:

 

(a)     That Council note that due to the nature and number of disclosures of interest made, Council will not have a quorum present for the consideration of ENV043-19 as part of the Public Forum, and also as part of consideration and voting of Item CCL072-19 Report of Environment and Planning Committee held on 11 November 2019.

 

(b)     That having regard to the lack of quorum, the General Manager request the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, The Hon. Robert Stokes MP, to exercise his powers of delegation pursuant to Section 2.4(1)(b) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (NSW), and delegate all plan making powers in relation to the Georges River Local Environmental Plan 2020 to the Greater Sydney Commission as a matter of urgency.

Following referral to the Minister, the DPIE advised Council on behalf of the Minister to delegate its planning proposal authority functions to the Local Planning Panel (LPP) as the most expedient delegation having regard to Council’s statutory deadline to submit a comprehensive LEP to the DPIE before 30 June 2020. Council's functions as the PPA were subsequently delegated to the Georges River Local Planning Panel on 21 January 2020.

Consequently, the LPP considered the Planning Proposal for the DLEP 2020 at its meeting on 6 February 2020 and resolved to forward the Planning Proposal to the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces for a Gateway Determination. DPIE subsequently issued the Gateway Determination on 10 March 2020.  The DLEP 2020 is on public exhibition until 31 May 2020.

Delegation of the Planning Proposal Authority to the Local Planning Panel was consistent with the Community Strategic Plan 2018-2028 Pillar 6 - Leadership and Transparency. 

Delegation of the Planning Proposal Authority to the Local Planning Panel was also consistent with the Local Government Act 1993 and Council’s Code of Conduct

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Additional non-budgeted funds of approximately $2,000 will be required to fund this recommendation. Funds from cost centre number 6200 – Strategic Planning (Accelerated LEP Program grant funding) would be used to fund this recommendation in 2020.

FILE REFERENCE

D20/171628

 

 

 

 

   


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QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE

Item:                   QWN012-20  Code of Conduct Statistics 

Author:              Councillor Badalati

Directorate:      Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:     Questions with Notice

 

 

COUNCILLOR QUESTION

1.   Since 1 July, 2019 how many Code of Conduct allegations have been submitted by:

a.   Councillors

b.   Staff

c.   General Public

2.   What has been the cost of these Code of Conduct reviews by each category?

OFFICER RESPONSE

The NSW Office of Local Government has advised that Council may only report on code of conduct complaints in the same manner as the information is required to be reported annually, ie: pursuant to clause 11.1 and 11.2 of the Procedures for the Administration of the Code of Conduct.

Therefore, for the period 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020:

1.   Total number of complaints made about councillors and the general manager under the code of conduct: 21

 

2.   Total cost of dealing with code of conduct complaints made about councillors and the general manager:  $150,917 ($134,717 investigation costs and $16,200 (approx.) staff costs).

 

 

RECOMMENDATION:

That the information be received and noted.

 

 

  


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Item:                   QWN013-20  Status of Todd Park Investigations and Carss Park Development Application  

Author:              Councillor Landsberry

Directorate:      Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:     Questions with Notice

 

 

COUNCILLOR QUESTION

1.   Further to Council resolution CCL036-20 - Regional Aquatic Facility Site Suitability and Feasibility Study (Otium Planning Group) dated 25 May 2020, including part (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, please advise if Transport for NSW has been consulted on access requirements for the proposed new aquatic facility at Todd Park, given this location is part of the South Pinch Point Program, and includes an upgrade of the traffic signals at the intersection of Princes Highway, Water and Bunyala Streets, and acquisition of a strip of the southern verge of Todd Park to accommodate the widening of Princes Highway?

2.   Further to resolution of Council No. CCL036-20 - Regional Aquatic Facility Site Suitability and Feasibility Study (Otium Planning Group) dated 25 May 2020, including part (f) (iii) authorising the General Manager to undertake the immediate demolition of the Kogarah War Memorial Pool, can the General Manager please advise the current status of the development application process, including heritage assessment and development consent, as required under Kogarah LEP 2012?

OFFICER RESPONSE

1.   It should be noted that Council has not resolved to construct a new aquatic facility at Todd Park.

Council has been aware of the Transport for NSW (Roads and Maritime Services) proposed road widening project under the “Easing Sydney’s Congestion” program since 2017 (Project Name: Princes Highway Corridor Pinch Points Princes Hvvy/Torrens St Tidal Flow Removal).  In October 2017 Council endorsed the preliminary road designs for the project.  Notwithstanding this, further consultation with Transport for NSW (Roads and Maritime Services) is being undertaken as part of the preparation of technical site studies.

2.   Procurement (RFQ) of the technical experts to prepare the development application occurred in late June – early July and contracts were awarded in mid-July 2020.  Preparation of the development application is underway.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION:

That the information be received and noted.

 

 

    


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CONFIDENTIAL (CLOSED SESSION)  

CONFIDENTIAL ITEMS (CLOSED MEETING)

Council's Code of Meeting Practice allows members of the public present to indicate whether they wish to make representations to the meeting, before it is closed to the public, as to whether that part of the meeting dealing with any or all of the matters listed should or should not be considered in closed session.

 

Recommendation

That in accordance with the provisions of Part 1 of Chapter 4 of the Local Government Act 1993, the following matters be considered in closed Meeting at which the press and public are excluded.

 

CCL024A-20     Code of Conduct Investigation Report: Deputy Mayor Councillor Con Hindi

(Report by Complaint Coordinator (Director, Legal Services and General Counsel))

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) (I) it is considered the matter alleged contraventions of any code of conduct requirements applicable under section 440 of the Local Government Act 1993.

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 alleged contraventions of any code of conduct requirements applicable under section 440 of the Local Government Act 1993.

 

That in accordance with the provisions of Section 11(2) of the Act, the reports and correspondence relating to these matters be withheld from the press and public.

 

 

 

OPEN COUNCIL

CONSIDERATION OF CLOSED COUNCIL RECOMMENDATIONS