MINUTES


Council Meeting

 

Monday, 27 July 2020

7.00pm

 

 

Dragon Room

(Level 1, Georges River Civic Centre, Hurstville)

and

Skype Online Meeting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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

Page 1

 

PRESENT

Council Members

The Mayor, Councillor Kevin Greene, Deputy Mayor, Councillor Con Hindi, Councillor Stephen Agius, Councillor Vince Badalati, Councillor Sam Elmir, Councillor Sandy Grekas, Councillor 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, Chief Financial Officer - Ms Danielle Parker, Executive Services Officer - Ms Marina Cavar, Research and Projects Officer - Ann-Marie Svorinic and Team Leader Technology Services - Mr Garuthman de Silva.

 

External Consultants

(for Item FIN020A-20 Georges River Property Portfolio Strategy - Disposal of Surplus Property Strategy)

Mr Nick Barlow – Herron Todd White, Mr Lino Parrottino – Fox Property and Mr Paul Carroll – PJC Property Services.

 

OPENING

The Mayor, Councillor Kevin Greene, opened the meeting at 7.07pm.

NATIONAL ANTHEM

All those present stood for the singing of the National Anthem.

PRAYER

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

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY

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

APOLOGIES/LEAVE OF ABSENCE  

RESOLVED: Councillor Hindi and Councillor Badalati

That apologies be accepted and leave of absence be granted for Councillor Kastanias.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

NOTICE OF WEBCASTING

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

CODE OF MEETING PRACTICE

The order of business is as shown in the agenda.

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

DISCLOSURES OF INTEREST

Councillor Agius disclosed a Pecuniary Interest in Item NM062-20 DEFERRED REPORT FROM 25 May 2020 (NM038-20) and 22 JUNE 2020 (NM052-20) - Georges River Draft Local Environmental Plan 2020 for the reason that he owns property in the Georges River Local Government Area. As this is a Pecuniary disclosure, Clr Agius will not be participating in the discussion or voting on this item.

Councillor Agius disclosed a Pecuniary Interest in Item NM063-20 DEFERRED REPORT FROM 25 MAY 2020 (NM040-20) and 22 JUNE 2020 (NM053-20) - Georges River Draft Local Environmental Plan 2020 for the reason that he owns property in the Georges River Local Government Area. As this is a Pecuniary disclosure, Clr Agius will not be participating in the discussion or voting on this item.

Councillor Elmir disclosed a Pecuniary Interest in relation to Item NM062-20 DEFERRED REPORT FROM 25 MAY 2020 (NM038-40) and 22 JUNE 2020 (NM052-20) - Georges River Draft Local Environmental Plan 2020 and NM063-20 DEFERRED REPORT FROM 25 MAY 2020 (NM004-20) and 22 JUNE 2020 (NM0053-20) - Georges River Draft Local Environmental Plan 2020 for the reason that he is associated with parties who own properties in the local government area. As this is a Pecuniary disclosure, Clr Elmir will not be participating in the discussion and voting on these items.

 

The Mayor, Councillor Greene lodged a Special Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest in relation to Item NM062-20 DEFERRED REPORT FROM 25 MAY 2020 (NM038-40) and 22 JUNE 2020 (NM052-20) - Georges River Draft Local Environmental Plan 2020 and NM063-20 DEFERRED REPORT FROM 25 MAY 2020 (NM004-20) and 22 JUNE 2020 (NM0053-20) - Georges River Draft Local Environmental Plan 2020 for the reason that he has an interest in a property in Jindabyne Crescent, Peakhurst. The Mayor, Clr Greene will remain in the meeting during the consideration and voting on these items.

 

The Mayor, Councillor Greene disclosed a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary interest in relation to Item CCL050-20 – Report of the Assets and Infrastructure Committee Meeting (ASS015-20 T20/007 Tender for the Construction of Hurstville Golf Course Clubhouse) for the reason that he is a member of Hurstville Golf Club but does not hold an executive position. As this is a Non-Significant  Non-Pecuniary disclosure, the Mayor, Clr Greene will remain in the meeting during the consideration and voting on this item.

 

Councillor Grekas disclosed a Pecuniary Interest in Item NM062-20 DEFERRED REPORT FROM 25 MAY 2020 (NM038-20) and 22 JUNE 2020 (NM052-20) - Georges River Draft Local Environmental Plan 2020 and NM063-20  DEFERRED REPORT FROM 25 MAY2020 (NM040-20) and 22 JUNE 2020 (NM053-20) - Georges River Draft Local Environmental Plan 2020 for the reason that her principal place of residence has been proposed to be removed from the Foreshore Scenic Protection Area within the DLEP 2020 and there could be an appreciable financial change to the value of her property due to the increased development potential. As this is a Pecuniary disclosure, Clr Grekas will not be participating in the discussion or voting on these items.

Councillor Grekas disclosed a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary interest in Item CCL050-20 – Report of the Assets and Infrastructure Committee Meeting (ASS015-20 T20/007 Tender for the Construction of Hurstville Golf Course Clubhouse) for the reason that her husband is a member of Hurstville Golf Club. As this is a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary disclosure, Clr Grekas will remain in the meeting during the consideration and voting on this item.

 

Councillor Grekas disclosed a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary interest in Item CCL051-20 – Report of the Community and Culture Committee Meeting (COM024-20 Stronger Communities Funding Update) for the reason that her son plays for Renown United JRLFC and her husband is a member of Hurstville Golf Club. Both clubs received grants through the Stronger Communities Fund. As this is a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary disclosure, Clr Grekas will remain in the meeting during the consideration and voting on this item.

 

Councillor Con Hindi made a verbal disclosure of a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary interest in Items NM062-20 DEFERRED REPORT FROM 25 MAY 2020 (NM038-20) and 22 JUNE 2020 (NM052-20) - Georges River Draft Local Environmental Plan 2020 and NM063-20 DEFERRED REPORT FROM 25 MAY 2020 (NM040-20) and 22 JUNE 2020 (NM053-20) - Georges River Draft Local Environmental Plan 2020 for the reason that he has interests in  properties in the Local Government Area. Clr Hindi indicated that he will not be participating in the discussion and voting on these items.

 

Councillor Katris disclosed a Pecuniary Interest in Item NM062-20 DEFERRED REPORT FROM 25 MAY 2020 (NM038-20) and 22 JUNE 2020 (NM052-20) - Georges River Draft Local Environmental Plan 2020 for the reason that his office is consulting for some clients who own property in the Local Government Area and some of his close relatives and friends also own property in the Local Government Area. As this is a Pecuniary disclosure, Clr Katris will not be participating in the discussion or voting on this item.

Councillor Katris disclosed a Pecuniary Interest in Item NM063-20 DEFERRED REPORT FROM 25 MAY 2020 (NM040-20) and 22 JUNE 2020 (NM053-20) - Georges River Draft Local Environmental Plan 2020 for the reason that his office is consulting for some clients who own property in the Local Government Area and some of his close relatives and friends also own property in the Local Government Area. As this is a Pecuniary disclosure, Clr Katris will not be participating in the discussion or voting on this item.

Councillor Konjarski disclosed a Pecuniary Interest in Item NM062-20 DEFERRED REPORT FROM 25 MAY 2020 (NM038-40) and 22 JUNE 2020 (NM052-20) - Georges River Draft Local Environmental Plan 2020 and NM063-20 DEFERRED REPORT FROM 25 MAY 2020 (NM040-20) and 22 JUNE 2020 (NM053-20) - Georges River Draft Local Environmental Plan 2020 for the reason that he owns an investment property in Forest Road, Hurstville. As this is a Pecuniary disclosure, Clr Konjarski will not be participating in the discussion or voting on these items.

Councillor Liu disclosed a Pecuniary Interest in Item NM062-20 DEFERRED REPORT FROM 25 MAY 2020 (NM038-40) and 22 JUNE 2020 (NM052-20) - Georges River Draft Local Environmental Plan 2020 and NM063-20 DEFERRED REPORT FROM 25 MAY 2020 (NM040-20) and 22 JUNE 2020 (NM053-20) - Georges River Draft Local Environmental Plan 2020 for the reason that she has investment properties in the Georges River Local Government Area. As this is a Pecuniary disclosure, Clr Liu will not be participating in the discussion or voting on these items.

Councillor Payor lodged a Special Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest in relation to Item NM062-20 DEFERRED REPORT FROM 25 MAY 2020 (NM038-20) and 22 JUNE 2020 (NM052-20) - Georges River Draft Local Environmental Plan 2020 and NM063-20 DEFERRED REPORT FROM 25 MAY 2020 (NM040-20) and 22 JUNE 2020 (NM053-20) - Georges River Draft Local Environmental Plan 2020 for the reason that she has an interest in a property in Merton Street, Kogarah Bay. Clr Payor will remain in the meeting during the consideration and voting of these items.

 

Councillor Symington lodged a Special Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest in relation to Item NM062-20 DEFERRED REPORT FROM 25 MAY 2020 (NM038-40) and 22 JUNE 2020 (NM052-20) - Georges River Draft Local Environmental Plan 2020 and NM063-20 DEFERRED REPORT FROM 25 MAY 2020 (NM004-20) and 22 JUNE 2020 (NM0053-20) - Georges River Draft Local Environmental Plan 2020 for the reason that her primary residence is not subject to proposed areas of housing growth identified in the LEP. Clr Symington will remain in the meeting during the consideration and voting on these items.

 

Councillor Tegg lodged a Special Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest in relation to Item NM062-20 DEFERRED REPORT FROM 25 MAY 2020 (NM038-20) and 22 JUNE 2020 (NM052-20) - Georges River Draft Local Environmental Plan 2020 and NM063-20 DEFERRED REPORT FROM 25 MAY 2020 (NM040-20) and 22 JUNE 2020 (NM053-20) - Georges River Draft Local Environmental Plan 2020 for the reason that he has an interest in a property in Parkview Avenue, Penshurst. Clr Tegg will remain in the meeting during the consideration and voting of these items.

Councillor Wu disclosed a Pecuniary Interest in Item NM062-20 DEFERRED REPORT FROM 25 MAY 2020 (NM038-40) and 22 JUNE 2020 (NM052-20) - Georges River Draft Local Environmental Plan 2020 and NM063-20 DEFERRED REPORT FROM 25 MAY 2020 (NM040-20) and 22 JUNE 2020 (NM053-20) - Georges River Draft Local Environmental Plan 2020 for the reason that she has a relative with an investment property within the local government area. As this is a Pecuniary disclosure, Clr Wu will not be participating in the discussion or voting on these items.

Councillor Hindi made a verbal disclosure of a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary Disclosure of Interest in relation to item QWN013 Status of Todd Park Investigations and Carss Park Development Application for the reason he lives in the vicinity of Carss Park and near Todd Park. As it is a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary disclosure, Clr Hindi will remain in the meeting during the consideration and voting on this item.

 

Councillor Elmir disclosed a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary Disclosure of Interest in relation to item QWN013 Status of Todd Park Investigations and Carss Park Development Application for the reason he has previously been a sponsor/donor to the Kogarah Cougars Rugby League Club. As it is a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary disclosure, Clr Elmir will remain in the meeting during the consideration and voting on this item.

 

Ms. Gail Connolly (General Manager) lodged a Special Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest in relation to Item NM062-20 DEFERRED REPORT FROM 25 MAY 2020 (NM038-20) and 22 JUNE 2020 (NM052-20) - Georges River Draft Local Environmental Plan 2020 and NM063-20 DEFERRED REPORT FROM 25 MAY2020 (NM040-20) and 22 JUNE 2020 (NM053-20) - Georges River Draft Local Environmental Plan 2020 for the reason that she has an interest in a property in Russell Street, Oatley. Ms Connolly will remain in the meeting during the consideration and voting of these items.

Ms. Sue Weatherley (Director City Strategy and Innovation) lodged a Special Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest in relation to Item NM062-20 DEFERRED REPORT FROM 25 MAY 2020 (NM038-20) and 22 JUNE 2020 (NM052-20) - Georges River Draft Local Environmental Plan 2020 and NM063-20 DEFERRED REPORT FROM 25 MAY2020 (NM040-20) and 22 JUNE 2020 (NM053-20) - Georges River Draft Local Environmental Plan 2020 for the reason that an associated person to her has an interest in a property in Baker Street, Oatley. Ms Weatherley will remain in the meeting during the consideration and voting on these items.

 

 

Note:          Councillor Badalati withdrew his Notice of Motion NM062-20 DEFERRED REPORT FROM 25 MAY 2020 (NM038-20) and 22 JUNE 2020 (NM052-20) - Georges River Draft Local Environmental Plan 2020.

 

PROCEDURAL MOTION

RESOLVED: Councillor Hindi and Councillor Badalati

That due to the absence of Councillor Kastanias, that Council defer consideration of item NM063-20 DEFERRED REPORT FROM 25 MAY 2020 (NM040-20) and 22 JUNE 2020 (NM053-20) - Georges River Draft Local Environmental Plan 2020 to the next Ordinary Council meeting on 24 August 2020.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

PUBLIC FORUM

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

ITEM

SPEAKER

 

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

Grant McKirdy

 

CCL049-20/ FIN020A-20 - Georges River Property Portfolio Strategy – Disposal of Surplus Property

John Bechaye

 

CCL049-20/ FIN020A-20 - Georges River Property Portfolio Strategy – Disposal of Surplus Property

Sennur Oney

 

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

Michael Heppel

 

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

St George Football Association (Craig Kiely)

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING

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

(Report by Executive Services Officer)

RESOLVED:    Councillor Symington and Councillor Wu

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

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

   

MAYORAL MINUTES

 

MM016-20         Recognising the Contribution of Ms Rosemary Bishop, CEO of 3Bridges Community

                            (Report by The Mayor, Councillor Greene)

RESOLVED:    The Mayor, Councillor Greene and Councillor Hindi

That Council acknowledge the significant contribution made by Rosemary Bishop to the Georges River community during her tenure as CEO of 3Bridges Community.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

MM017-20         Local Government Exclusion from the National Cabinet                           (Report by The Mayor, Councillor Greene )

RESOLVED:    The Mayor, Councillor Greene and Councillor Symington

(a)     That Council agrees to send a letter to the Premier of NSW, the Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP, the Federal Member for Cook, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, the Federal Member for Banks, the Hon David Coleman MP and the Federal Member for Barton, Ms Linda Burney MP, the State Member for Oatley, Mr Mark Coure MP, the State Member for Kogarah, Mr Chris Minns MP, the State Member for Rockdale, Mr Stephen Kamper MP, and the State Member for Lakemba, Mr Jihad Dib MP, which would highlight the critical necessity for Local Government representation on the newly formed National Cabinet and would seek their assistance in requesting that First Ministers review the decision to exclude Local Government.

(b)     That Council seeks a meeting with our Federal and State Members to discuss in more detail the importance of having local government representation on National Cabinet and the value of partnerships with Councils in achieving the objectives of the National Cabinet and the national reform agenda.

(c)     That Council notes that the Australian Local Government Association, Local Government NSW and other state/territory local government associations will continue to advocate for local government representation on the National Cabinet and for Local Government’s interests in all relevant forums.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

CONDOLENCES

·                Councillor Grekas expressed condolences in regard to the passing of Ms Janene Seymour on 1 July 2020 aged 45 years. Ms Seymour grew up in Peakhurst West and attended Peakhurst High School. She met her husband, Jason, in Peakhurst and raised their family in Peakhurst. She was a well loved and respected member of Peakhurst West Public School and Peakhurst High School communities. Ms Seymour was an active  member of  Lugano Football Club and Peakhurst West Swim Club. Her funeral was very well attended by a large number of family and people from various community groups. The large attendance reflected the respect in which she was held by the community. She leaves behind her husband Jason, their two children, her mother, three brothers and many nieces and nephews. It was a devastating and tragic loss to her family and the broader community.

The Mayor, Councillor Greene will send a letter of Condolence to the family on behalf of Council.

Note:          Council observed a minute’s silence for Ms Janene Seymour.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

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

(Report by Executive Services Officer)

RESOLVED: Councillor Katris and Councillor Hindi

That the Committee recommendations for Item ENV023-20 to ENV028-20 as detailed below be adopted by Council.

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.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

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

RESOLVED:     Councillor Hindi and Councillor Katris

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.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 

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

(Report by Executive Services Officer)

RESOLVED:    Councillor Badalati and Councillor Hindi

That the Committee recommendations for Items FIN028-20 to FIN031-20 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.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

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

RESOLVED: Councillor Badalati and Councillor Hindi

That consideration of this item be deferred to closed confidential session.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

ORDER OF BUSINESS

RESOLVED: Councillor Katris and Councillor Tegg

That Council amend the Order of Business to allow consideration of items FIN020A-20 and CCL024A-20 in closed confidential session immediately.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:         The Mayor, Councillor Greene and Councillors Elmir, Grekas, Katris,       Konjarski, Liu, Symington and Tegg.

 

Against the Motion:  Councillors Hindi, Agius, Badalati, Landsberry, Payor and Wu.

 

On being put to the meeting, voting for the Motion was eight (8) votes FOR and six (6) votes AGAINST. The Motion was CARRIED.

MOVE TO CLOSED SESSION

RESOLVED:  Councillor Katris and Councillor Tegg

At this stage of the meeting, time being 8.02pm, the Mayor advised that the meeting would move into a Committee of the Whole to allow consideration of a matter in Closed Session in accordance with Section 10A of The Local Government Act 1993. Accordingly, members of the press and public are excluded from the closed session and access to the correspondence and reports relating to the items considered during the course of the closed session will be withheld.

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

FIN020A-20       Georges River Property Portfolio Strategy - Disposal of Surplus Property (Report by Head of Strategic Property)

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) (c) it is considered the matter information that would, if disclosed, confer a commercial advantage on a person with whom the Council is conducting (or proposes to conduct) business.

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 information that would, if disclosed, confer a commercial advantage on a person with whom the Council is conducting (or proposes to conduct) business.

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.

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

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

Due to the fact there was no public gallery present at the meeting, the Mayor was not able to ask if there were any members of the public gallery who wanted to speak on the reasons Council proposes to consider the items in Closed Session.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:   The Mayor, Councillor Greene and Councillors Elmir, Grekas, Katris,       Konjarski, Liu, Symington and Tegg.

 

Against the Motion:  Councillors Hindi, Agius, Badalati, Landsberry, Payor and Wu.

 

On being put to the meeting, voting for the Motion was eight (8) votes FOR and six (6) votes AGAINST. The Motion was CARRIED.

 

Note:        The meeting moved into Closed Confidential session at 8.09pm.

 

CLOSED SESSION

CONFIDENTIAL ITEMS

Note:        External Consultants (Mr Nick Barlow - Herron Todd White, Mr Lino Parrottino - Fox   Property and Mr Paul Carroll - PJC Property Services) joined the meeting in respect to item FIN020A-20 Georges River Property Portfolio Strategy - Disposal of Surplus Property, time being 8.12pm.

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

RECOMMENDATION: The Mayor, Councillor Greene and Councillor Elmir

(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 disposal of Stage 2 properties in accordance with the Georges River Property Portfolio Strategy be deferred to a future Councillor Workshop.

(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.

Record of Voting:

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

Against the Motion: Councillor Payor

 

On being put to the meeting, voting for the Motion was thirteen (13) votes FOR and one (1) votes AGAINST. The Motion was CARRIED.

 

Note:        The surplus properties in Stage 1 as detailed in FIN020A-20 include:  Lot 2 in DP538402, Lot 1 in DP233088, Lot 100 in DP832293, Lot 53 in DP13490, Lot 12 in DP600115 and Lot 22 in DP621512.

Note:          External Consultants (Mr Nick Barlow - Herron Todd White, Mr Lino Parrottino - Fox Property and Mr Paul Carroll - PJC Property Services) left the meeting at 8.50pm.

Note:          Councillor Wu left the meeting at 8.50pm.

Note:          The following Councillors were present for Item CCL024A-20 (Code of Conduct Investigation Report: Deputy Mayor Councillor Con Hindi);

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

Note:          The following staff were present for Item CCL024A-20 (Code of Conduct Investigation  Report: Deputy Mayor Councillor Con Hindi);

General Manager - Ms Gail Connolly, Complaints Coordinator (Director Legal Services and General Counsel) - Ms Jenny Ware and Manager, Office of the General Manager - Ms Roxanne Thornton.

Note:      Councillor Hindi addressed the meeting in respect to the recommendation made for Item number CCL024A-20 (Code of Conduct Investigation  Report: Deputy Mayor Councillor Con Hindi).

Note:          Councillor Hindi left the meeting at 9.10pm and he was not present for the consideration and voting on Item number CCL024A-20 (Code of Conduct Investigation  Report: Deputy Mayor Councillor Con Hindi).

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

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

RECOMMENDATION: Councillor Tegg and Councillor Grekas

(a)     Council adopt the external Conduct Reviewer’s recommendation.

(b)     Pursuant to section 440G of the Local Government Act, 1993 (NSW)(LG Act), Council’s Deputy Mayor Councillor Con Hindi be formally censured by Council for breaching the Council’s Code of Conduct.

(c)   Pursuant to clause 7.36(j) of the Code of Conduct Procedures, the matter be referred to the Office of Local Government for further action under the misconduct provisions contained within section 440G of the Local Government Act, 1993 (NSW) having regard to the following:

1.         Deputy Mayor Councillor Hindi has, during the course of the investigation, (without providing any evidence) accused the General Manager and Council’s employees of acting in collusion to discredit him.

2.         Lack of contrition on the part of Deputy Mayor Councillor Hindi during the course of the investigation in relation to clear and substantiated breaches of Council’s Drug and Alcohol Policy.

3.         The conduct and pattern of behaviour of Deputy Mayor Councillor Hindi is such that many Council staff (up to 17) stated, throughout the investigation, their fear of potential retaliatory action against them by the Councillor if their identity was disclosed and one staff member left the organisation, citing fear of retaliatory action by Deputy Mayor Councillor Hindi as a reason for his/her resignation.

4.         Deputy Mayor Councillor Hindi’s demonstrated contempt for the Code of Conduct and the Procedures, including the Investigator throughout the investigation.

(d)     That Council makes public the findings of inappropriate conduct by Deputy Mayor Councillor Hindi by publishing the following in the Minutes:

Allegation 1

It is alleged that on 17 October 2019, in the course of a meeting relating to the Community Grants Assessment Panel held in the Dragon Room at the Council offices at 24 MacMahon Street, Hurstville, Deputy Mayor Councillor Hindi consumed alcohol.

The external Conduct Reviewer has found that this allegation is substantiated.

Deputy Mayor Councillor Hindi breached the Code of Conduct of the Council in that he:

·        Conducted himself in such a manner so as to likely bring the Council into disrepute - Clause 3.1(a).

·        Conducted himself in a manner contrary to the Drug and Alcohol policy – Clause 3.1(b).

·        Conducted himself in an improper manner by consuming alcohol contrary to the Drug and Alcohol policy - Clause 3.1(c).

Allegation 2

It is alleged that on 21 October 2019, in the course of a meeting relating to the Councillor Briefings and workshops at the Council offices at 24 MacMahon Street, Hurstville, Deputy Mayor Councillor Hindi consumed alcohol.

The external Conduct Reviewer has found that this allegation is substantiated.

Deputy Mayor Councillor Hindi breached the Code of Conduct of the Council in that he:

·        Conducted himself in such a manner so as to likely bring the Council into disrepute - Clause 3.1(a).

·        Conducted himself in a manner contrary to the Drug and Alcohol policy – Clause 3.1(b).

·        Conducted himself in an improper manner by consuming alcohol contrary to the Drug and Alcohol policy - Clause 3.1(c).

Allegation 3

It is alleged that on 4 November 2019, in the course of a meeting relating to the Councillor Briefings and workshops at the Council offices at 24 MacMahon Street, Hurstville, Deputy Mayor Councillor Hindi consumed alcohol.

The external Conduct Reviewer has found that this allegation is substantiated.

Deputy Mayor Councillor Hindi breached the Code of Conduct of the Council in that he:

·        Conducted himself in such a manner so as to likely bring the Council into disrepute - Clause 3.1(a).

·        Conducted himself in a manner contrary to the Drug and Alcohol policy – Clause 3.1(b).

·        Conducted himself in an improper manner by consuming alcohol contrary to the Drug and Alcohol policy - Clause 3.1(c).

Allegation 4

It is alleged that on 18 November 2019, in the course of a meeting relating to the Councillor Briefings and workshops at the Council offices at 24 MacMahon Street, Hurstville, Deputy Mayor Councillor Hindi consumed alcohol.

The external Conduct Reviewer has found that this allegation is substantiated.

Deputy Mayor Councillor Hindi breached the Code of Conduct of the Council in that he:

·        Conducted himself in such a manner so as to likely bring the Council into disrepute - Clause 3.1(a).

·        Conducted himself in a manner contrary to the Drug and Alcohol policy – Clause 3.1(b).

·        Conducted himself in an improper manner by consuming alcohol contrary to the Drug and Alcohol policy - Clause 3.1(c).

Allegation 5

It is alleged that on 16 December 2019, in the course of a Council meeting at the Council offices at 24 MacMahon Street, Hurstville, Deputy Mayor Councillor Hindi consumed alcohol.

The external Conduct Reviewer has found that this allegation is substantiated.

Deputy Mayor Councillor Hindi breached the Code of Conduct of the Council in that he:

·        Conducted himself in such a manner so as to likely bring the Council into disrepute - Clause 3.1(a).

·        Conducted himself in a manner contrary to the Drug and Alcohol policy – Clause 3.1(b).

·        Conducted himself in an improper manner by consuming alcohol contrary to the Drug and Alcohol policy - Clause 3.1(c).

Allegation 6

It is alleged that on 3 February 2020, at Hurstville, Deputy Mayor Councillor Hindi, without the appropriate authority, improperly questioned a member of staff relative to the actions of employees in clearing glasses after Council meetings.  Deputy Mayor Councillor Hindi also requested, and was provided with, the names of employees who were likely to be engaged in this action.

The external Conduct Reviewer has found that this allegation is substantiated.

Deputy Mayor Councillor Hindi breached the Code of Conduct of the Council in that he:

·        Conducted himself in an improper manner by improperly questioning Council employees relating to their duties where such questioning was linked to an ongoing Code of Conduct investigation - Clause 3.1(c).

Record of Voting:

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

Against the Motion:   Councillors Badalati, Landsberry and Payor

On being put to the meeting, voting for the Motion was nine (9) votes FOR and three (3) votes AGAINST. The Motion was CARRIED.  

 

OPEN COUNCIL

RESOLVED: Councillor Tegg and Councillor Grekas

That the meeting revert to Open Council, time being 9.55pm.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous    

ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING

At 9.56pm The Mayor, Councillor Greene called for a 10 minute adjournment to the meeting to allow staff to return to the meeting and recommence webcasting.

 

Note:      At the time of the Adjournment, the following twelve (12) Councillors were present; The Mayor Councillor Greene and Councillors Agius, Badalati, Elmir, Grekas, Katris, Konjarski, Landsberry, Liu, Payor, Symington and Tegg.

 

Note:        Council adjourned at 9.56pm.

RECONVENED MEETING

At 10.06pm The Mayor, Councillor Greene reconvened the meeting.

 

Note:      At the time the meeting was reconvened, the following twelve (12) Councillors were present; The Mayor Councillor Greene and Councillors Agius, Badalati, Elmir, Grekas, Katris, Konjarski, Landsberry, Liu, Payor, Symington and Tegg

 

Note:        Council reconvened at 10.06pm.

 

CONFIRMATION OF RECOMMENDATIONS FROM CLOSED SESSION

RESOLVED:    Councillor Tegg and Councillor Grekas

That the Committee of the Whole recommendations from the Closed Session in relation to Item CCL024-20 (Code of Conduct Investigation Report: Deputy Mayor Councillor Con Hindi) of this meeting be received and noted as a resolution without any alteration or amendment thereto.

 

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

(a)     That Council adopt the external Conduct Reviewer’s recommendation.

(b)     Pursuant to section 440G of the Local Government Act, 1993 (NSW)(LG Act), Council’s Deputy Mayor Councillor Con Hindi be formally censured by Council for breaching the Council’s Code of Conduct.

(c)    Pursuant to clause 7.36(j) of the Code of Conduct Procedures, the matter be referred to the Office of Local Government for further action under the misconduct provisions contained within section 440G of the Local Government Act, 1993 (NSW) having regard to the following:

1.         Deputy Mayor Councillor Hindi has, during the course of the investigation, (without providing any evidence) accused the General Manager and Council’s employees of acting in collusion to discredit him.

2.         Lack of contrition on the part of Deputy Mayor Councillor Hindi during the course of the investigation in relation to clear and substantiated breaches of Council’s Drug and Alcohol Policy.

3.         The conduct and pattern of behaviour of Deputy Mayor Councillor Hindi is such that many Council staff (up to 17) stated, throughout the investigation, their fear of potential retaliatory action against them by the Councillor if their identity was disclosed and one staff member left the organisation, citing fear of retaliatory action by Deputy Mayor Councillor Hindi as a reason for his/her resignation.

4.         Deputy Mayor Councillor Hindi’s demonstrated contempt for the Code of Conduct and the Procedures, including the Investigator throughout the investigation.

(d)     That Council makes public the findings of inappropriate conduct by Deputy Mayor Councillor Hindi by publishing the following in the Minutes:

Allegation 1

It is alleged that on 17 October 2019, in the course of a meeting relating to the Community Grants Assessment Panel held in the Dragon Room at the Council offices at 24 MacMahon Street, Hurstville, Deputy Mayor Councillor Hindi consumed alcohol.

The external Conduct Reviewer has found that this allegation is substantiated.

Deputy Mayor Councillor Hindi breached the Code of Conduct of the Council in that he:

·        Conducted himself in such a manner so as to likely bring the Council into disrepute - Clause 3.1(a).

·        Conducted himself in a manner contrary to the Drug and Alcohol policy – Clause 3.1(b).

·        Conducted himself in an improper manner by consuming alcohol contrary to the Drug and Alcohol policy - Clause 3.1(c).

Allegation 2

It is alleged that on 21 October 2019, in the course of a meeting relating to the Councillor Briefings and workshops at the Council offices at 24 MacMahon Street, Hurstville, Deputy Mayor Councillor Hindi consumed alcohol.

The external Conduct Reviewer has found that this allegation is substantiated.

Deputy Mayor Councillor Hindi breached the Code of Conduct of the Council in that he:

·        Conducted himself in such a manner so as to likely bring the Council into disrepute - Clause 3.1(a).

·        Conducted himself in a manner contrary to the Drug and Alcohol policy – Clause 3.1(b).

·        Conducted himself in an improper manner by consuming alcohol contrary to the Drug and Alcohol policy - Clause 3.1(c).

Allegation 3

It is alleged that on 4 November 2019, in the course of a meeting relating to the Councillor Briefings and workshops at the Council offices at 24 MacMahon Street, Hurstville, Deputy Mayor Councillor Hindi consumed alcohol.

The external Conduct Reviewer has found that this allegation is substantiated.

Deputy Mayor Councillor Hindi breached the Code of Conduct of the Council in that he:

·        Conducted himself in such a manner so as to likely bring the Council into disrepute - Clause 3.1(a).

·        Conducted himself in a manner contrary to the Drug and Alcohol policy – Clause 3.1(b).

·        Conducted himself in an improper manner by consuming alcohol contrary to the Drug and Alcohol policy - Clause 3.1(c).

Allegation 4

It is alleged that on 18 November 2019, in the course of a meeting relating to the Councillor Briefings and workshops at the Council offices at 24 MacMahon Street, Hurstville, Deputy Mayor Councillor Hindi consumed alcohol.

The external Conduct Reviewer has found that this allegation is substantiated.

Deputy Mayor Councillor Hindi breached the Code of Conduct of the Council in that he:

·        Conducted himself in such a manner so as to likely bring the Council into disrepute - Clause 3.1(a).

·        Conducted himself in a manner contrary to the Drug and Alcohol policy – Clause 3.1(b).

·        Conducted himself in an improper manner by consuming alcohol contrary to the Drug and Alcohol policy - Clause 3.1(c).

Allegation 5

It is alleged that on 16 December 2019, in the course of a Council meeting at the Council offices at 24 MacMahon Street, Hurstville, Deputy Mayor Councillor Hindi consumed alcohol.

The external Conduct Reviewer has found that this allegation is substantiated.

Deputy Mayor Councillor Hindi breached the Code of Conduct of the Council in that he:

·        Conducted himself in such a manner so as to likely bring the Council into disrepute - Clause 3.1(a).

·        Conducted himself in a manner contrary to the Drug and Alcohol policy – Clause 3.1(b).

·        Conducted himself in an improper manner by consuming alcohol contrary to the Drug and Alcohol policy - Clause 3.1(c).

Allegation 6

It is alleged that on 3 February 2020, at Hurstville, Deputy Mayor Councillor Hindi, without the appropriate authority, improperly questioned a member of staff relative to the actions of employees in clearing glasses after Council meetings.  Deputy Mayor Councillor Hindi also requested, and was provided with, the names of employees who were likely to be engaged in this action.

The external Conduct Reviewer has found that this allegation is substantiated.

Deputy Mayor Councillor Hindi breached the Code of Conduct of the Council in that he:

·        Conducted himself in an improper manner by improperly questioning Council employees relating to their duties where such questioning was linked to an ongoing Code of Conduct investigation - Clause 3.1(c).

Record of Voting:

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

Against the Motion:   Councillors Badalati, Landsberry and Payor

On being put to the meeting, voting for the Motion was nine (9) votes FOR and three (3) votes AGAINST. The Motion was CARRIED.

Note:          Councillor Hindi returned to the meeting at 10.10pm

Note:          Councillor Wu returned to the meeting at 10.11pm

RESOLVED:    Councillor Grekas and Councillor Elmir

That the Committee of the Whole recommendations from the Closed Session in relation to Item FIN020A-20 (Georges River Property Portfolio Strategy - Disposal of Surplus Property) of this meeting be received and noted as a resolution without any alteration or amendment thereto.

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 disposal of Stage 2 properties in accordance with the Georges River Property Portfolio Strategy be deferred to a future Councillor Workshop.

(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.

Record of Voting:

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

Against the Motion:   Councillor Hindi and Councillor Payor

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

 

Note:    The surplus properties in Stage 1 as detailed in FIN020A-20 include: Lot 2 in DP538402, Lot 1 in DP233088, Lot 100 in DP832293, Lot 53 in DP13490, Lot 12 in DP600115 and Lot 22 in DP621512.


 

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

(Report by Executive Services Officer)

RESOLVED: Councillor Grekas and Councillor Badalati

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

Note:     This item was recommitted later in the meeting, as detailed in these Minutes.

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

Note:   The Mayor, Councillor Greene declared a Non Significant Non Pecuniary interest in this Item.

Note:    Councillor Grekas declared a Non Significant Non Pecuniary interest in this Item.

(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.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 

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

(Report by Executive Services Officer)

RESOLVED: Councillor Landsberry and Councillor Katris

That the Committee recommendations for Items COM023-20 to COM029-20 (with the exception of COM026-20) 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

Note:     Councillor Grekas declared a Non Significant Non Pecuniary interest in this Item.

(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.

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.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

Note:          Councillor Wu left the meeting at 10.18pm

 

COM026-20       Place Naming Requests - Roads and Reserves

MOTION:   Councillor Landsberry and Councillor Konjarski

(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.

AMENDMENT: Councillor Badalati and Councillor Hindi

That Council approach the ratepayers for suggestions in the naming of the reserves and laneways to give the community the opportunity of submitting names to Council. Council will then decide which names should be adopted and award small prizes to the ratepayers who suggested the names that are adopted by Council, and that registration of the names with the Geographical Names Board not proceed until this process has been completed.

Record of Voting:

For the Amendment:           The Mayor Councillor Greene and Councillors Hindi, Agius and Badalati.

Against the Amendment:   Councillors Elmir, Grekas, Katris, Konjarski, Landsberry, Liu, Payor,  Symington and Tegg.

On being put to the meeting, voting for the Amendment was four (4) votes FOR and nine (9) votes AGAINST.  The Amendment was LOST.

 

RESOLVED:   Councillor Landsberry and Councillor Konjarski

(b)       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.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

Note:          Councillor Wu returned to the meeting at 10.30pm

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)

MOTION: Councillor Katris and Councillor Elmir

That Council adopts the recommendations of the Local Government Remuneration Tribunal as outlined in the report, being no change to the Councillor fees for the 2020/2021 financial year.

AMENDMENT: Councillor Hindi and Councillor Badalati

That the Councillors fees for 2020/21 be 5% less than the 2019/20 fees.

For the Amendment:           Councillors Hindi and Badalati.

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

On being put to the meeting, voting for the Amendment was two (2) votes FOR and twelve (12) votes AGAINST. The Amendment was LOST.

RESOLVED: Councillor Katris and Councillor Elmir

That Council adopts the recommendations of the Local Government Remuneration Tribunal as outlined in the report, being no change to the Councillor fees for the 2020/2021 financial year.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 

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

(Report by Manager, Office of the General Manager)

Resolved: Councillor Hindi and Councillor Katris

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

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

Note:          Councillor Agius left the meeting at 10.48pm and did not return.

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

(Report by Chief Financial Officer)

RESOLVED: The Mayor, Councillor Greene and Councillor Elmir

(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.

(f)  That Council include in its rates notice sent to eligible pensioners information on the changes to the Debt Management and Hardship Policy, including information on how to begin an application to have their rates payments deferred or moved to monthly instalments over the phone.

(g)   That a report be provided to Council in August 2021 on the cost of the amendments to the Hardship Policy.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:       The Mayor Councillor Greene and Councillors Hindi, Elmir, Grekas, Konjarski, Liu, Tegg and Wu.

Against the Motion: Councillors Badalati, Katris, Landsberry, Payor and Symington.

On being put to the meeting, voting for the Motion was eight (8) votes FOR and five (5) votes AGAINST. The Motion was CARRIED.

 

EXTENSION OF TIME

RESOLVED:     Councillor Elmir and Councillor Hindi

That Council note the time being 11.08pm and that the Council meeting be extended until all items are considered.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

RECOMMIT RESOLUTION

RESOLVED:     The Mayor, Councillor Greene and Councillor Badalati

That item CCL050-20 Report of the Assets and Infrastructure Committee Meeting held on 13 July 2020 – ASS013-20 Georges River Local Traffic Advisory Committee Meeting - 7 July 2020 be recommitted for the consideration of Council.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

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

RESOLVED: Councillor Badalati and Councillor Symington

(a)       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 with the exception of TAC101-20.

(b)       That consideration of Item TAC101-20 be deferred and the matter be reported back to the Georges River Local Traffic Advisory Committee for further consideration.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

NOTICES OF MOTION

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

(Report by Councillor Symington)

RESOLVED: Councillor Symington and Councillor Katris

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.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 

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

(Report by Councillor Wu)

Note:     Councillor Liu tabled a letter from the Australian Chinese Medical Practitioners Society to the Prime Minister, the Hon. Scott Morrison MP (dated 9 April 2020). A COPY IS ON FILE.

Note:     Councillor Liu tabled a letter from the Australian Chinese Medical Practitioners Society to the Premier of NSW, the Hon. Gladys Berejiklian MP (dated 9 April 2020). A COPY IS ON FILE.

RESOLVED: Councillor Wu and Councillor Hindi

(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.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 


 

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

(Report by Councillor Katris)

RESOLVED: Councillor Katris and Councillor Hindi

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.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 

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

(Report by Councillor Katris)

RESOLVED: Councillor Katris and Councillor Hindi

(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 seek to nominate the Moreton Bay Fig tree in the National Trust Register.

(d)   That Council give serious consideration to the inclusion of the tree in Council’s future significant tree register once finalised.

(e)   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.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 


 

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

(Report by Councillor Liu)

Note:    Councillor Liu tabled an email from the Nepalese Australian Association (NAA) to all Georges River Council Councillors (dated 27 July 2020). A COPY IS ON FILE.

RESOLVED: Councillor Liu and Councillor Symington

(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 and to establish a model of shared usage between multiple stakeholder groups should the proposed new facility progress to construction.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 

NM059-20          Penshurst Public School - Traffic Management Arrangements

(Report by Councillor Tegg)

RESOLVED: Councillor Tegg and Councillor Hindi

(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.

(c)   That Council provide copies of the above correspondence to the Member for Oatley, Mark Coure MP and the Local Traffic Advisory Committee to ensure that they are aware of progress on this matter.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 

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

(Report by Councillor Landsberry)

RSOLVED: Councillor Landsberry and Councillor Badalati

(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.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 

NM061-20          NSW Government Grants to Georges River Council

(Report by Councillor Badalati)

RESOLVED: Councillor Badalati and Councillor Tegg

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.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 

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)

This item was withdrawn by Councillor Badalati, as detailed earlier in the Minutes.

 

 

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)

This item was deferred to the next ordinary meeting of Council on 24 August 2020, as detailed earlier in the Minutes.

 


 

QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE

QWN012-20      Code of Conduct Statistics

(Report by Councillor Badalati)

RESOLVED: Councillor Badalati and Councillor Hindi

That the information be received and noted.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 

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

(Report by Councillor Landsberry)

Note:        Councillor Hindi made a verbal disclosure of a Non Significant Non Pecuniary interest in this Item.

Note:        Councillor Elmir disclosed a Non Significant Non Pecuniary interest in this Item.

RESOLVED: Councillor Landsberry and Councillor Hindi

That the information be received and noted.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

  

 

CONCLUSION

The Meeting was closed at 12.01am, Tuesday, 21 July 2020.

 

 

Chairperson

Mayor, Clr Kevin Greene

 

Minutes confirmed at the Ordinary Meeting of Council on 24 August 2020 (CCL041-20)