Monday, 24 August 2020
(Level 1, Georges River Civic Centre, Hurstville)
Skype Online Meeting
1. MAYORAL MINUTE
MM018-20 Vale Norm and Beryl Butters (Renaming of the Oatley Senior Citizens Centre)
(Report by The Mayor, Councillor Greene)................................................................ 4
MM019-20 Donation to Oatley Lions Club - Supporting Drought Affected Farmers in NSW
(Report by The Mayor, Councillor Greene)................................................................ 6
MM020-20 Georges River Council - First Council in NSW to Meet Climate Pledges for Cities Power Partnership
(Report by The Mayor, Councillor Greene)................................................................ 7
Mayor: The Mayor, Councillor Greene
It is with great sadness that I note the passing on the morning of 11 August 2020 of Mr Norm Butters. I also have to advise that on the afternoon of 11 August his wife of 64 years Mrs Beryl Butters also passed away. Two wonderful servants of our local community united in life, now united in death, definitely united in love.
Norm and Beryl were married on 30 June 1956. They moved to Norm’s childhood suburb of Oatley, where the pair remained and together built strong connections to the community.
Beryl was the secretary of the Parents and Citizens Committee at Oatley Primary School and Penshurst Girls High School as well as the Secretary of Oatley Brownies and Girl Guides. In 1970 she was one of the founding members of the Kogarah Historical Society, going on to become one of the longest standing members. Beryl was also the secretary of the Oatley Clock Committee which organised the 150th anniversary of Oatley in 1983. The occasion included celebrations and fundraising for the construction of the iconic Oatley Town Clock.
Norm served as a representative of the Kogarah Local Citizens Bi-Centenary Celebrations Committee and was a prominent member of the Kogarah Residents and Ratepayers Group. In 1970, Norm was elected as the inaugural president of the Oatley Senior Citizens Centre. Beryl joined him on the committee and together they became the backbone of the organisation.
Their commitment to the Oatley Senior Citizens Centre was one of their greatest achievements, enriching the lives of its members. They both took an active role in organising everyday activities at the Centre including line dancing, exercise, bingo, indoor bowls and bridge as well as special occasions such as bus trips, Christmas, Mothers’ Day and Melbourne Cup lunches. Norm summed up the daily value of their work like this: “We are keeping people in their homes because we have these activities.”
In recognition of their achievements they both were awarded Senior Citizens Premier’s Awards. Beryl also received a Centenary Medal in 2003 and Kogarah Council’s Australia Day Award for Senior Citizen of the Year in 2007.
Now is a fitting moment to pay tribute to this much loved couple and to honour their lifelong contributions to the community. I suggest that there is no better tribute than to rename Oatley Senior Citizens Centre the “Norm and Beryl Butters Senior Citizens Centre”. This organisation has long played an important role in the St George area and it is a wonderful place to represent the lasting legacy of Norm and Beryl Butters.
(a) That Council endorse the proposal to rename the Oatley Senior Citizens Centre to pay tribute to Norm and Beryl Butters, recognising their active contribution to serving the community as well as their strong connection to the suburb of Oatley.
(b) That Council, in accordance with the Place Naming Policy, seek feedback from the Georges River community and the surviving family of Norm and Beryl Butters regarding the proposed renaming of the Oatley Senior Citizens Centre to the “Norm and Beryl Butters Senior Citizens Centre”.
Mayor: The Mayor, Councillor Greene
The Oatley Village Festival has been held annually over the last 40 years and has been the major fundraising event for the Oatley Lions Club, raising around $50,000 each year to assist people in need; locally, nationally and internationally. In light of the ongoing and recently increasing COVID-19 restrictions, this much-loved community-run event that attracts up to 15,000 participants has been cancelled; severely affecting the community projects supported by Oatley Lions. Council traditionally provides up to $20,000 of financial and in-kind support for this event, which has not been provided this year due to its cancellation.
One of the significant projects organised by the Oatley Lions is the Donated Hay Distribution Day in Geurie, Western NSW. This project assists 80 drought-affected farmers and their families who are experiencing hardship as a result of the recent drought.
The Oatley Lions Club seeks financial support from Council and the community to help feed these farmers and their families who are still struggling with the impacts of the drought in Western NSW.
(a) That Council donate $5,000 through the Oatley Lions Club to support the Donated Hay Distribution Day for drought-affected farmers at Geurie, NSW.
(b) That Council encourages the local community to donate directly to the Oatley Lions Club, with information to be promoted through Council’s website and social media channels.
Mayor: The Mayor, Councillor Greene
Georges River Council has become the first council in NSW to meet all of its initial climate action commitments and set five new sustainable goals in the Cities Power Partnership (CPP), Australia’s largest network of cities and towns taking action on climate change.
The CPP is Australia’s largest local government climate network, coordinated by the Climate Council and has 127 member councils from across the country, representing almost 11 million Australians.
In November 2018, Council signed an external commitment with the CPP to reduce greenhouse gases.
Georges River Council was the first council in NSW to complete all of the following five climate action pledges:
· Provide Council resources to educate and support the uptake of renewable energy through Our Energy Future partnership;
· Power Council operations by renewables, either directly (with solar PV or wind) or by purchasing green power (from electricity retailers);
· Ensure Council fleet purchases meet strict greenhouse gas emissions requirements and support the uptake of electric vehicles;
· Install renewable energy infrastructure on Council buildings; and
· Create a green energy fund to finance energy efficiency projects and receive savings.
Given that all five of the initial pledges have been met, Council has committed to new pledges that are aligned with our future progress towards the reduction of greenhouse gases within the community.
Georges River Council in 2019 was ranked as a finalist in the Renewable Energy category of the 2019 Cities Power Partnership Awards for the hydropanel project at Hurstville Aquatic Leisure Centre, a project which incorporated solar and hydro panels to generate drinking water with a renewable energy source.
The new pledges will support the community to reduce its carbon footprint as well as continue Council’s ongoing work to drive changes within its operations to achieve its goal of 100% renewable energy and working towards net zero carbon emissions. Council has pledged to:
· Support community facilities to access renewable energy through incentives, support or grants;
· Provide fast-charging infrastructure throughout the city at key locations for electric vehicles;
· Develop education and behaviour-change programs to support local residents and businesses to tackle climate change through clean energy, energy efficiency and sustainable transport;
· Develop a procurement policy to ensure that the practices of contractors and financers align with Council’s renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable transport goals; and
· Support the local community to develop capacity and skills to tackle climate change.
Georges River Council was recently congratulated by Mr David Craven, Director of the Cities Power Partnership for our early achievement of our pledges and for the number of actions taken to date to reduce our greenhouse gas pollution and tackle climate change.
That Council note the achievements to date in reaching our initial climate action pledges with the Cities Power Partnership and congratulate Council officers for their ongoing work in the sustainability field.