AGENDA


Council Meeting

 

Monday, 26 October 2020

7.00pm

 

 

Dragon Room (Level 1, Georges River Civic Centre, Hurstville)

and

Skype Online Meeting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 26 October 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

CCL063-20       Confirmation of the Minutes of the Ordinary Council Meeting held 28 September 2020

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

CCL064-20       Confirmation of the Minutes of the Extraordinary Council Meeting held 28 September 2020

(Report by Executive Services Officer)....................................................................... 6  

10.    MAYORAL MINUTE

Nil  

11.    CONDOLENCES

12.    COMMITTEE REPORTS

CCL065-20       Report of the Assets and Infrastructure Committee Meeting held 12 October 2020

(Report by Executive Services Officer)....................................................................... 8

CCL066-20       Report of the Community and Culture Committee Meeting held 12 October 2020

(Report by Executive Services Officer)....................................................................... 9

CCL067-20       Report of the Environment and Planning Committee Meeting held 12 October 2020

(Report by Executive Services Officer).................................................................... 11

CCL068-20       Report of the Finance and Governance Committee Meeting held 12 October 2020

(Report by Executive Services Officer).................................................................... 13

13.    ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING

Nil

14.    FINANCE AND GOVERNANCE

CCL069-20       Tabling of Disclosure of Interest Returns

(Report by Manager Governance and Risk)........................................................... 16

CCL070-20       COVID-19: Instrument of Delegation to the Mayor (Emergency Administrative Provisions) - October 2020 Report

(Report by Manager, Office of the General Manager)........................................... 18

CCL071-20       Draft General Purpose Financial Statements for the Year Ended 30 June 2020

(Report by Coordinator, Financial Management)................................................... 44

15.    ASSETS AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Nil

16.    COMMUNITY AND CULTURE

Nil

17.    NOTICES OF RESCISSION

Nil

18.    NOTICES OF MOTION

NM082-20          DEFERRED NOTICE OF MOTION FROM THE ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING OF 28 SEPTEMBER 2020 - (NM078-20) Proposed Feasibility Study - Kogarah War Memorial Pool

(Report by Councillor Badalati)............................................................................... 139

NM083-20          DEFERRED NOTICE OF MOTION FROM THE ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING OF 28 SEPTEMBER 2020 - (NM079-20) Publication of Unconfirmed Minutes of Council and Committee Meetings

(Report by Councillor Landsberry)......................................................................... 141

NM084-20          Establishment of the Museum of Chinese in Australia in the Sydney CBD

(Report by Councillor Liu)........................................................................................ 142

NM085-20          Survey on Election of Mayor by Georges River Community

(Report by Councillor Hindi).................................................................................... 143

NM086-20          Kogarah Collaboration Precinct - Inclusion in Greater Sydney Commission Priority Precincts

(Report by Deputy Mayor, Councillor Agius)........................................................ 145

NM087-20          Establishment of a Cultural Burn (Hazard Reduction) and Bushcare Program for Georges River

(Report by Councillor Symington).......................................................................... 146

NM088-20          Congratulations to Katrina Hayler - St George Girls High School

(Report by Councillor Katris)................................................................................... 148

NM089-20          Kogarah War Memorial Pool Study

(Report by Councillor Landsberry)......................................................................... 149

NM090-20          Suspension of Rate Harmonisation and Special Rate Variation Project

(Report by Councillor Hindi).................................................................................... 151

19.    QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE

QWN019-20      Housing Targets and Upzoning of Residential Areas in the Georges River Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2021

(Report by Councillor Badalati)............................................................................... 154

QWN020-20      Transport for NSW - Intersection Upgrade at King Georges Road and Connells Point Road, South Hurstville

(Report by Councillor Katris)................................................................................... 156

QWN021-20      Status of Major Events Advisory Committee (MEAC) Investigation

(Report by Councillor Hindi).................................................................................... 157  

20.    CONFIDENTIAL (CLOSED SESSION)

CCL051A-20     Property Matter - Monaro Avenue, Kingsgrove

(Report by Head of Strategic Property)  

 

 


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 26 October 2020                                                                           Page 5

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS

Item:                   CCL063-20   Confirmation of the Minutes of the Ordinary Council Meeting held 28 September 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 28 September 2020 be adopted.

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The Minutes of the Ordinary Council Meeting of 28 September 2020 and as provided to Councillors under separate cover, be adopted by Council as a true and correct record of that meeting.

Following adoption by Council, the Minutes will be published on Council’s website.

 

FILE REFERENCE

SF19/3551

 

 

 

  


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 26 October 2020                                                                           Page 6

 

Item:                   CCL064-20   Confirmation of the Minutes of the Extraordinary Council Meeting held 28 September 2020 

Author:              Executive Services Officer

Directorate:      Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:     Previous Minutes

 

 

 

Recommendation:

That the Minutes of the Extraordinary Council Meeting held on 28 September 2020 be adopted.

 

Executive Summary

 

The Minutes of the Extraordinary Council Meeting of 28 September 2020 and as provided to Councillors under separate cover, be adopted by Council as a true and correct record of that meeting.

Following adoption by Council, the Minutes will be published on Council’s website.

 

File Reference

SF19/3551

 

 


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 26 October 2020                                                                           Page 7

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Item:                   CCL065-20   Report of the Assets and Infrastructure Committee Meeting held 12 October 2020 

Author:              Executive Services Officer

Directorate:      Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:     Committee Reports

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION:

That the Assets and Infrastructure Committee recommendation for Item ASS024-20, as detailed below, be adopted by Council.

 

 

BACKGROUND

The following Committee recommendation for Item ASS024-20 is submitted to Council for determination.

This recommendation was made by the Assets and Infrastructure Committee at its meeting on 12 October 2020.

COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION:

ASS024-20        Georges River Local Traffic Advisory Committee Meeting 6 October 2020

                                  (Report by Coordinator Traffic & Transport)

That the recommendations contained within the minutes of the Georges River Local Traffic Advisory Committee Meeting held on 6 October 2020 be adopted by Council.

 

 

FILE REFERENCE

SF20/1536

 

 

 

  


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 26 October 2020                                                                           Page 9

Item:                   CCL066-20   Report of the Community and Culture Committee Meeting held 12 October 2020 

Author:              Executive Services Officer

Directorate:      Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:     Committee Reports

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION:

That the Community and Culture Committee recommendations for Items COM038-20 to COM041-20, as detailed below, be adopted by Council.

 

 

BACKGROUND

The following Committee recommendations for Items COM038-20 to COM041-20 are submitted to Council for determination.

These recommendations were made by the Community and Culture Committee at its meeting on 12 October 2020.

 

COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS:

  

COM038-20       Quarterly Community Property Report 1 July to 30 September 2020

(Report by Community Property Officer)

That Council receives and notes the Community Property Report for the period 1 July 2020 to 30 September 2020.

 

COM039-20       Adoption of Advocacy Program

(Report by Coordinator, Strategy and Innovation)

(a)     That Council supports the Advocacy Program calling upon the NSW Government to develop a Southern Sydney Transport Plan which includes the fast tracking of the ‘River Rail’ (the Kogarah to Parramatta rail link).

(b)     That Council provides in-principle support for the City of Canterbury Bankstown Council’s Unlocking the Potential of the Central City report and the three identified short term projects:

a.      Central City Transport Plan

b.      Central City Employment and Economic Activation Plan

c.      Central City River Amenity Plan

(c)     That Council expresses its continued commitment to work alongside the City of Canterbury Bankstown and other Central City Councils to advance the above short term priorities.

(d)     That the support of the local members of Parliament be sought to support the Council’s advocacy program.

 

 

COM040-20       Economic and Social Recovery Plan - Monthly update

(Report by Senior Project Officer)

That Council receive and note the attached Economic and Social Recovery Plan update for the August – September period.

 

COM041-20       Outgoing Sponsorship and Donations

(Report by Acting Coordinator Events and Sponsorship)

That Council approve the event sponsorship request of $1,500 for Connells Point Netball Club end of year presentation gala day event.

 

 

FILE REFERENCE

SF20/1536

 

 

 

  


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 26 October 2020                                                                           Page 11

Item:                   CCL067-20   Report of the Environment and Planning Committee Meeting held 12 October 2020 

Author:              Executive Services Officer

Directorate:      Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:     Committee Reports

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION:

That the Environment and Planning Committee recommendations for Items ENV039-20 to ENV041-20, as detailed below, be adopted by Council.

 

BACKGROUND

The following Committee recommendations for Items ENV039-20 to ENV041-20 are submitted to Council for determination.

These recommendations were made by the Environment and Planning Committee at its meeting on 12 October 2020.

 

COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS:

ENV039-20       Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils Tender for Feral Animal Control Services (T2020-08)

(Report by Manager Environment Health & Regulatory Services)

(a)     That Council, under Section 178 (1) (a) of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005, accept the recommendation by the Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (SSROC) to adopt a panel of contractors for the provision of Feral Animal Control Services – Stage 1 Rat Control Services and Stage 2 Other Feral Animal Control Services.

(b)     That Council provide delegated authority to the General Manager to sign the SSROC Preferred Supplier Agreement on behalf of Council with the recommended preferred panel of contractors.

 

ENV040-20       Working Towards Net Zero Emissions and Energy and Water Management Plan

(Report by Manager Environment Health & Regulatory Services)

(a)     That Council endorse its commitment of achieving net zero emissions by July 2025 through a combination of implementing mitigation initiatives and purchasing carbon offsets.

(b)     That an annual report be provided to Council to present relevant industry initiatives and provide an update of Councils progress towards achieving the net zero emissions by 2025 target.

(c)     That Council’s determination of the use of national and/or international carbon offsets be confirmed by September 2024.

 

ENV041-20       COVID-19: Waiver of Application Fees for Alterations and Additions to Dwelling houses

(Report by Manager Development and Building)

(a)     That Council  endorse the waiving of fees for development applications for  alterations and additions to dwelling houses from the 1 January 2021 for a 6 month period (ceasing in June 2021) in order to continue to provide support to the community in the areas of construction and building.

(b)     That Council note that waiving of fees for development applications for alterations and additions to dwelling houses from the 1 January 2021 for a 6 month period will result in a reduction in Fees and Charges income of approximately $63,000.

 

FILE REFERENCE

SF20/1536

 

 

 

 

  


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 26 October 2020                                                                           Page 13

Item:                   CCL068-20   Report of the Finance and Governance Committee Meeting held 12 October 2020 

Author:              Executive Services Officer

Directorate:      Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:     Committee Reports

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION:

That the Finance and Governance Committee recommendations for Items FIN046-20 to FIN050-20, as detailed below, be adopted by Council.

 

 

BACKGROUND

The following Committee recommendations for Items FIN046-20 to FIN050-20 are submitted to Council for determination.

These recommendations were made by the Finance and Governance Committee at its meeting on 12 October 2020.

 

COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS:

FIN046-20         Administrative Matter - Execution of Documents Under Delegated Authority (1 September 2020 to 30 September 2020)

(Report by Manager, Office of the General Manager)

That Council note, for the period 1 September 2020 to 30 September 2020, there were five (5) documents executed by the General Manager under delegation.

 

FIN047-20         Revised Georges River Council Investment Policy

(Report by Coordinator, Financial Management)

(a)     That Council adopt the revised Georges River Council Investment Policy as attached to this report (Attachment 3), noting that the period of investment for Green Taylor deposits will be for a period no greater than 2 years.

(b)     That Council notes the addition of the ethical and environmentally responsible investments to the revised policy to allow Council to invest in such investments.

 

FIN048-20         Investment Report as at 31 August 2020

(Report by Senior Financial Accountant - Reporting)

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

 

FIN049-20         Membership of Southern Sydney Regional Organisation or Council (SSROC) and Local Government NSW (LGNSW)

(Report by Director)

(a)     That Council reaffirms its membership of Local Government NSW (LGNSW).

(b)     That Council maintains its membership of Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (SSROC) due to the current benefits for the Environment and Sustainability activities of Council subject to ongoing review to ensure that Council is receiving value for money.

 

FIN050-20         Property Matter - Street Name Sign Advertisements ("Identilites") - Proposed New Contract

(Report by Strategic Property Specialist)

That consideration of this matter be deferred to the next scheduled meeting of the Finance and Governance Committee.

 

 

FILE REFERENCE

SF20/1536

 

 

 

 

   


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 26 October 2020                                                                           Page 15

FINANCE AND GOVERNANCE

Item:                   CCL069-20   Tabling of Disclosure of Interest Returns 

Author:              Manager Governance and Risk

Directorate:      Business and Corporate Services

Matter Type:     Finance and Governance

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION:

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

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

1.      The purpose of this report is to table those Returns lodged by Councillors and designated persons in accordance with clause 4.21 of Council’s Code of Conduct.

2.      Additionally, this report confirms the method of availability of Councillors and designated persons returns to the public.

BACKGROUND

Annual Returns

3.      In accordance with Clause 4.21(b) of Council’s Code of Conduct, a Councillor or designated person holding that position at 30 June in any year, must lodge a Return with the General Manager within three months after that date.

4.      Under Clause 4.25, Returns for the period ending 30 June 2020 must be tabled at the first Council meeting held after the last day for lodgement.

5.      Annual Returns of all Councillors and designated persons holding that position as at 30 June 2020 were received by 30 September 2020.

Returns of newly appointed designated persons

6.      Additionally, in accordance with Clause 4.21(a), a designated person must complete and lodge a Return within 3 months of attaining a position of designated person with Council.

7.      New staff appointed to the following permanent and temporary positions have submitted a Return in accordance with Clause 4.21(a):

·        Manager Library Services

·        Acting Executive Manager People and Culture (temporary appointment)

Tabling of Returns

8.      Completed Returns lodged in accordance with Clauses 4.21(a) and (b) of Council’s Code of Conduct are tabled accordingly.

Public availability of Returns

9.      Under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act) and Government Information (Public Access) Regulation 2009 (GIPA Regulation) Returns are considered “open access” information, and importantly must be made available to the public.  As notified last year, on 26 September 2019, the Information and Privacy Commission (IPC) issued a revised Guideline 1: For Local Councils on the disclosure of information (returns disclosing the interest of councillors and designated persons (Guideline 1).  Guideline 1 states that Returns of Councillors and designated persons must be made publicly available free of charge on Council’s website.

10.    To ensure compliance with the GIPA Act, GIPA Regulations and IPC Guideline 1, Council will continue to publish completed Returns of all Councillors and designated persons on its website.  Returns will also continue to be available for inspection by the public at Council offices.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

11.    No budget impact for this report.

 

RISK IMPLICATIONS

12.    No risks identified as a result of this report.

 

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

13.    Community engagement is not required as a result of this report.

 

FILE REFERENCE

SF20/1002; SF20/1003

 

 

 

  


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 26 October 2020                                                                           Page 16

Item:                   CCL070-20        COVID-19: Instrument of Delegation to the Mayor (Emergency Administrative Provisions) - October 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

D20/239305

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

COVID-19 Instrument of Delegation to the Mayor (up to 20 October 2020)

 


Georges River Council - Ordinary Meeting - Monday, 26 October 2020

CCL070-20             COVID-19: Instrument of Delegation to the Mayor (Emergency Administrative Provisions) - October 2020 Report

[Appendix 1]          COVID-19 Instrument of Delegation to the Mayor (up to 20 October 2020)

 

 

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Item:                   CCL071-20   Draft General Purpose Financial Statements for the Year Ended 30 June 2020 

Author:              Coordinator, Financial Management

Directorate:      Business and Corporate Services

Matter Type:     Finance and Governance

 

 

 

Recommendation:

(a)     That in accordance with clause 215 of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 and Section 413(2)(c) of the Local Government Act (NSW) 1993 (Act), it is the opinion of Council that:

a.      The Draft General Purpose Financial Statements for the year ended 30 June 2020 have been drawn up in accordance with:

i.     the Local Government Act 1993 and the Regulations

ii.    the Local Government Code of Accounting Practice and Asset Accounting Manual

iii.   the Australian Accounting Standards.

b.      The reports present fairly the Council's financial position and operating result for the year.

c.       The Statements are in accord with the Council's accounting and other records.

d.      The Council is unaware of anything that would make the financial reports false or misleading in any way.

(b)     That in accordance with clause 215 of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 and Section 413(2)(c) of the Act, Council authorises the Mayor, Deputy Mayor, General Manager and Responsible Accounting Officer to sign Council’s Draft General Purpose Financial Statements for the year ended 30 June 2020.

 

(c)     That in accordance with Section 418(1)(a) of the Act, Council will present Council’s Audited General Purpose Financial Statements together with the Auditor’s Report for the year ended 30 June 2020 at a  Council meeting to be held on 23 November 2020 or 14 December 2020 (pending receipt of the Auditors Report) and public notice be given in accordance with Section 418(1)(b), 418(2) & (3) of the Act.

 

(d)     That Council’s Audited General Purpose Financial Statements for the year ended 30 June 2020, together with the Auditor’s Reports are placed on public exhibition as per Section 418(4) of the Act and the necessary notice in the required form be published on Council’s website and in the local newspapers and any such submissions are dealt with as per Section 420 of the Act.

 

(e)     That Council delegate to the General Manager the authority to authorise the year end accounts for issue immediately upon receipt of the Auditor’s Report, a copy of the Audited General Purpose Financial Statements and Auditor’s Report for the year ended 30 June 2020 to the Office of Local Government, subject to there being no material audit changes or audit issues, in accordance with AASB 110.

 

(f)      That the General Manager be delegated authority to make formatting and minor editorial adjustments to the Draft General Purpose Financial Statements for the year ended 30 June 2020.

 

Executive Summary

1.      For Council’s Draft General Purpose Financial Statements for the year ended 30 June 2020 to be deemed acceptable for the Auditor’s sign off and submission to the Office of Local Government, the Act requires a statement by resolution of Council that the Financial Statements are to be signed by the signatories of the Council.

2.      The report to Council that includes the Audited General Purpose Financial Statements and Auditor’s Report for the year ended 30 June 2020 will be presented to Council at its meeting to be held on 23 November 2020 or 14 December 2020 (pending receipt of the Auditors Report) and will provide commentary on Council’s end of year results.

 

Background

3.      The Act and the regulations outline the process for the preparation of a council’s General Purpose Financial Statements. Requirements include:   

a.      A Council must prepare financial statements for each year, and must refer them for audit as soon as practicable after the end of that year (Section 413).

b.      That by resolution of Council, a statement is provided on Council’s opinion on the financial statements and signed by the Mayor; at least one other member of Council; General Manager and Responsible Accounting Officer.  (Section 413 (2)(c) and Clause 215 of the regulations).

c.       Council's financial reports for a year must be prepared and audited within four months after the end of that year (Section 416).

d.      Within four months after the end of that year, Council submits the Auditors Reports and Audited General Purpose Financial Statements to the Office of Local Government (Section 417).

e.      As soon as practicable after Council receives a copy of the Auditor’s Report, the reports must be placed on public exhibition and notice given of a meeting at which Council proposes to present its Audited General Purpose Financial Statements together with the Auditor’s Report (Section 418).

         

4.      In order to facilitate the public notice, meeting and submission process, it is considered appropriate that Council delegate to the General Manager authority, upon receipt of the Auditor’s Report, to:

a.      Arrange for the public notice of this meeting, in the required format, to be placed on Council’s website and in the local newspapers advising of the meeting at which the Auditor’s Report and the Audited General Purpose Financial Statements for the year ended 30 June 2020 will be presented.

b.      Arrange for copies of the Council’s Auditor’s Report and the Audited General Purpose Financial Statements for the year ended 30 June 2020 to be made available for public inspection on Council’s website and at the Council’s Customer Service Centres.

c.       List the Auditor’s Report and the Audited General Purpose Financial Statements for the year ended 30 June 2020 on the agenda for the Council Meeting to be held on 23 November 2020 or 14 December 2020 (pending receipt of the Auditors Report) for presentation to the public, which allows for public notice of at least 7 days and submissions.

 

5.      Council’s Draft General Purpose Financial Statements for the year ended 30 June 2020 were presented to Council’s Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee (ARIC) on the 19 October 2020.

 

6.      Attached to this report are the unsigned Draft General Purpose Financial Statements of Council for the year ended 30 June 2020.

Financial Implications

7.      No budget impact for this report.

 

Risk Implications

8.      Enterprise risk/s identified and management process applied.

 

Community Engagement

9.      Community engagement will be conducted as per Section 418 and 420 of the Act.

 

File Reference

19/2311

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Unaudited Annual General Purpose Financial Statements for year ending 30 June 2020

Attachment 2

Unaudited Annual Financial Statements for year ending 30 June 2020 - Special Schedules

 


Georges River Council - Ordinary Meeting - Monday, 26 October 2020

CCL071-20             Draft General Purpose Financial Statements for the Year Ended 30 June 2020

[Appendix 1]          Unaudited Annual General Purpose Financial Statements for year ending 30 June 2020

 

 

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Georges River Council - Ordinary Meeting - Monday, 26 October 2020

CCL071-20             Draft General Purpose Financial Statements for the Year Ended 30 June 2020

[Appendix 2]          Unaudited Annual Financial Statements for year ending 30 June 2020 - Special Schedules

 

 

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Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 26 October 2020                                                                           Page 137

NOTICES OF MOTION

Item:          NM082-20                    DEFERRED NOTICE OF MOTION FROM THE ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING OF 28 SEPTEMBER 2020 - (NM078-20) Proposed Feasibility Study - Kogarah War Memorial Pool

Councillor:       Councillor Badalati 

 

MOTION:

(a)     That a feasibility study be initiated on the old Carss Park Swimming Pool site to determine if it is the feasible to rebuild a swimming pool and fitness centre, as existed previously to the closure of the pool.

(b)     That the demolition of the old pool be postponed until Council has considered the Feasibility Studies of both Todd Park and the Carss Park Sites.

 

DIRECTOR’S COMMENT

Relevant studies and technical reports on the Kogarah War Memorial Pool to date include:

1989

Kogarah Council commences annual monitoring of ground subsidence at Kogarah War Memorial Pool

2011

Kogarah Council commences monitoring of water usage at Kogarah War Memorial Pool

2011

Kogarah Council commissions Pool Structure and Equipment Condition Assessment Report for Kogarah War Memorial Pool (Geoff Ninnes Fong & Partners Pty Ltd)

2016

Georges River Council commissions Building Asset Condition Assessment reports on all Aquatic Facilities (Cardno Engineering)

2018

Regional Aquatic Feasibility and Site Suitability Study to be commenced (upon completion of Open Space, Recreation and Community Facilities Strategy in 2019)

2019

NSW Environment Protection Authority Direction to cease polluting the Georges River (Kogarah War Memorial Pool closed)

2019

NSW Health (South Eastern Sydney Health District) Swimming Pool Inspection Report requiring compliance with the Public Health Act 2010

2019

Structural engineering report on the Kogarah War Memorial Pool (Geoff Ninnes Fong & Partners Pty Ltd)

2019

Council adopts the Open Space, Recreation and Community Facilities Strategy 2019-2036

2019

JLT Insurance Risk Assessment Report for Kogarah War Memorial Pool

2020

Regional Aquatic Facility Site Suitability and Feasibility Study adopted (including geotechnical, contamination and utility reports)

2020

Detailed technical investigations commence for the highest ranking suitable location for a potential regional aquatic facility (Todd Park)

At its meeting on 25 May 2020, Council resolved after having regard to previous reports provided to Council which highlighted that the Kogarah War Memorial Pool and associated facilities were no longer fit for purpose, and Council’s insurance liability arising from the potential risk that the facility poses to community safety, that the Pool be demolished and the site be decontaminated to eliminate current safety risks to the community.

Consistent with that resolution, Council staff engaged the relevant experts to prepare the next stage of detailed technical investigations for the highest ranking location, enabling the determination of whether the site is suitable for the proposed development of a regional aquatic facility.  Additionally, the Council resolution requested immediate action to be taken to demolish, remediate and decontaminate the site at Carss Park in order to eliminate the current risk of safety to the community. In this regard, work commenced on a number of technical studies to inform the development application for the demolition of the pool. 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Various engineering reports have been commissioned since 2011 at an estimated cost of $60,000.

In June 2018 Council resolved to allocate $150,000 from the Aquatic Facilities Reserve for the preparation of the Georges River Regional Aquatic Facility Site Suitability and Feasibility Study.

In May 2020 Council allocated funding of up to $200,000 to commence the detailed technical investigations required for the highest ranking location for potential consideration of suitability for a Regional Aquatic Facility.

In June 2020 Council allocated $3 million towards the demolition, decontamination and remediation of the Kogarah War Memorial Pool site.

Additional studies for the Kogarah War Memorial Pool site to supplement existing studies are estimated to cost up to $100,000. The forecast closing balance of the Aquatic Facilities Reserve at 30 June 2020 is $nil.

FILE REFERENCE

D20/230272

 

 

 

  


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 26 October 2020                                                                           Page 138

Item:          NM083-20                    DEFERRED NOTICE OF MOTION FROM THE ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING OF 28 SEPTEMBER 2020 - (NM079-20) Publication of Unconfirmed Minutes of Council and Committee Meetings

Councillor:       Councillor Landsberry 

 

MOTION:

That in the interests of transparency, the unconfirmed minutes from all Committee, Ordinary and Extraordinary Meetings of Council be published online within 5 business days of the meeting taking place.

 

 

DIRECTOR’S COMMENT

Clauses 19.3 and 19.7 of the Model Code of Meeting Practice for Local Councils in NSW requires a council to publish the minutes of a Council meeting after the minutes have been confirmed at a subsequent meeting of the Council.  A council may also publish unconfirmed minutes of its meetings on its website prior to their confirmation.

Council has recently amended its procedures and no longer publishes unconfirmed minutes of any Council meeting or committee meeting until after the minutes have been confirmed at the subsequent Council meeting or committee meeting. This action protects Councillors from possible legal action arising from incorrect or unconfirmed minutes.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

No financial/budget impact for this recommendation.

FILE REFERENCE

D20/231282

 

 

 

  


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 26 October 2020                                                                           Page 139

Item:          NM084-20                    Establishment of the Museum of Chinese in Australia in the Sydney CBD

Councillor:       Councillor Liu 

 

MOTION:

(a)     That Council support the establishment of the new Museum of Chinese in Australia (MOCA) to be located in the former Haymarket Library within the Sydney CBD by raising awareness of the new cultural facility, and encouraging the community to donate to the project, through the provision of information on Council’s website and social media channels.

(b)     That Council offer in-kind support for the establishment of the MOCA through the offer of curatorial advice and possible loan of objects, artefacts and oral histories from the Hurstville Museum & Gallery collection.

 

DIRECTOR’S COMMENT

Consistent with section 5.4 of the Community Strategic Plan, to encourage and promote the arts through Council's cultural facilities including Hurstville Museum & Gallery.

Council has a collection of objects and oral histories exploring the rich migrant history and living culture of the Georges River area, including the MAGNA award-winning permanent exhibition St George Stories: people – places – community which explores the diverse communities who have helped shaped our region.

The development of a new museum in greater Sydney exploring Chinese migration stories will support the significant local community who have Chinese ancestry and provide future partnership opportunities for Hurstville Museum & Gallery.

The Museum of Chinese in Australia Limited is registered from 28 July 2020 as an Australian Public Company and currently does not have Deductible Gift Recipient status.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

No financial/budget impact for this recommendation.

 

FILE REFERENCE

D20/214121

 

 

 

  


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 26 October 2020                                                                           Page 141

Item:          NM085-20                    Survey on Election of Mayor by Georges River Community

Councillor:       Councillor Hindi 

 

MOTION:

(a)     That Council undertake a survey of electors (enrolled voters) to determine if the Georges River community supports holding a constitutional referendum in September 2021, the date of the next ordinary council election, for the Mayor of Georges River Council to be elected by the electors within the Georges River community.

(b)     That Council note that if the referendum is successful, election of a popularly elected Mayor will not occur until the next council ordinary election in 2024.

(c)     That the survey be undertaken between March 2021 and April 2021 and the results be reported to Council to determine any future action.

(d)     That all costs associated with the survey and constitutional referendum be sourced from Council’s Election Reserve.

 

DIRECTOR’S COMMENT

A similar motion was considered by Council at its meeting on 16 December 2019. Council resolved against the motion to undertake a survey to ascertain the level of support for a popularly elected Mayor.

This motion is consistent with Pillar 6 of Council’s Community Strategic Plan (Leadership and Transparency).

Any changes to ward boundaries, the number of wards, the number of Councillors or the introduction of a popularly elected Mayor requires the Council to hold a constitutional referendum. 

Sections 227, 228, 230 and 282 of the NSW Local Government Act (1993) provides for either election of Mayor by councillors from among their number for a period of 2 years, or election of the Mayor by electors (‘popularly elected Mayor’) for a period of 4 years.

The NSW Electoral Commission requires a copy of the resolution requesting it to conduct the referendum as soon as possible. The final agreed wording would need to be received by the Commission no later than June 2021.

Georges River currently has approximately 94,000 electors (enrolled voters).  A telephone survey of 600 enrolled voters would provide an indication of the level of support for a popularly elected Mayor within the Georges River community.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Community Survey

A one question telephone survey of 600 electors is estimated to cost $20,000 - $25,000 (excl. GST).

Constitutional Referendum

The Electoral Commission Advice has advised that the cost of undertaking a (one question) constitutional referendum as part of the 2020 councillor elections is estimated at $165,000 - $220,000.

Council had entered into a contract with the Electoral Commission to conduct the 2020 local government election at a cost of approximately $854,000.  However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the requirement to introduce COVID-safe polling booths has resulted in the estimated cost of the September 2021 election increasing to approximately $1.5 million.

Council’s Election Reserve is estimated to have a balance of $1.623 million as at 30 June 2021.

FILE REFERENCE

D20/217712

 

 

 

  


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 26 October 2020                                                                           Page 142

Item:          NM086-20                    Kogarah Collaboration Precinct - Inclusion in Greater Sydney Commission Priority Precincts

Councillor:       Deputy Mayor, Councillor Agius 

 

MOTION:

(a)     That Council write to the Premier for NSW and request that the four key economic and innovation precincts of the Greater Sydney Commission be amended to include the Kogarah Collaboration Area due to its strategic importance for growing jobs in southern Sydney.

(b)     That the request to the Premier identify that:

i.     the current priorities are focused on only a small part of Greater Sydney;

ii.    only one of the precincts is located south of the Harbour and all are within the northern global arc as defined by successive metropolitan strategies since 2000; and

iii.   it is time that metropolitan growth and prosperity considered the opportunities of southern Sydney.

(c)     That Council write to the Chief Commissioner of the Greater Sydney Commission to seek clarification as to the ongoing support that will be provided to Georges River Council to implement the actions of the Kogarah Collaboration Area Place Strategy if the collaboration area is not a priority.

(d)     All local members of Parliament and Bayside Council be requested to support Council’s request to the Premier to include the Kogarah Collaboration Area as a priority for the Greater Sydney Commission.

 

DIRECTOR’S COMMENT

The Chief Commissioner has written to Council advising that the Premier has requested the Greater Sydney Commission to lead the accelerated delivery of four key economic and innovation precincts across Greater Sydney.  These precincts are:

·        Technology Precinct, from Central to Eveleigh, including Tech Central;

·        Westmead Innovation Precinct, including Parramatta North;

·        Macquarie Park Innovation District; and

·        Meadowbank Education and Employment Precinct.

It is not clear from the information provided to Council what ongoing supported will provided to Council to ensure that the outcomes envisaged by the Kogarah Collaboration Area Place Strategy will be achieved. Council in collaboration with Bayside Council is leading the implementation of the Kogarah Collaboration Place Strategy.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

No financial/budget impact for this recommendation.

FILE REFERENCE

D20/235910

 

 

 

  


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 26 October 2020                                                                           Page 143

Item:          NM087-20                    Establishment of a Cultural Burn (Hazard Reduction) and Bushcare Program for Georges River

Councillor:       Councillor Symington 

 

MOTION:

That the General Manager prepare a report to Council on the establishment of a long term cultural burn (hazard reduction) and bushcare program in the Georges River area which addresses (amongst other things):

i.        the processes that need to be undertaken by Council in order to facilitate a cultural burn hazard reduction program within our local government area to ensure that long overdue bush regeneration can take place whilst ensuring that the fauna is also protected;

ii.       the opportunity to partner with NSW TAFE (in relation to relevant courses such as Bushcare) to ascertain if they would participate in a bush regeneration program with Council that involves TAFE students with practical field work and bushcare (to offset the  diminishing number of people now becoming involved on a voluntary basis); and

iii.      the immediate creation of a pilot project for a cultural burn (hazard reduction) and bushcare regeneration at Peakhurst Foreshore Reserve, Lime Kiln Bay in collaboration with relevant indigenous groups, the National Parks and Wildlife Service and the NSW Rural Fire Service.

DIRECTOR’S COMMENT

This Motion is consistent with the Community Strategic Plan Pillar 1 – A Protected Environment and Green Open Space, Goal 1.1 Council’s environmentally sustainable practices inspire everyone to protect and nurture the natural environment.

A planned low intensity hazard reduction burn at Peakhurst Foreshore Reserve was approved by the Canterbury-Bankstown/Georges River Bush Fire Management Committee and is likely to occur during Autumn 2021.  The outcome of the burn was intended for both hazard reduction and ecological value, reducing fuel loads of leaf litter and branches as well as stimulating the seed bank in the soil to improve biodiversity of native plant species within the reserve.   

It is considered that a different approach to this planned burn could be investigated having regard to the benefits associated with cultural burning and whether this approach could be implemented within the Peakhurst Foreshore Reserve as a pilot project in 2021 instead of the planned burn. 

The extension of this program and determination of suitable sites as part of the planned approach to managing bushland can be discussed with the relevant experts in bush fire management from NSW Rural Fire Service, National Parks and Wildlife Service, Fire and Rescue NSW and Firestick Alliance Indigenous Corporation.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

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

FILE REFERENCE

D20/249574  


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 26 October 2020                                                                           Page 144

Item:          NM088-20                    Congratulations to Katrina Hayler - St George Girls High School

Councillor:       Councillor Katris 

 

MOTION:

(a)     That Council congratulates St George Girls High School year 12 student, Katrina Hayler for winning the under 18 category of the 2020 RD Walshe Memorial Writing for the Environment Prize which is a category of a national competition that is the initiative of the Sutherland Shire Environment Centre.  

(b)     That the Mayor send a congratulatory letter to Katrina Hayler for her achievement. 

 

DIRECTOR’S COMMENT

Consistent with Pillars 1, 3 and 5 of the Community Strategic Plan 2018-2028.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

No financial/budget impact for this recommendation.

FILE REFERENCE

D20/255085

 

 

 

  


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 26 October 2020                                                                           Page 146

Item:          NM089-20                    Kogarah War Memorial Pool Study

Councillor:       Councillor Landsberry 

 

MOTION:

That Council support the Southern Metropolitan District Council of RSL Sub-Branches’ (NSW Branch) request of 19 October 2020 to support a joint application for funding under the NSW Community War Memorials Fund to engage a qualified historian to study and document the historical and cultural significance of Kogarah War Memorial Pool, noting the Southern Metropolitan District Council’s advice that:

a)      The Kogarah War Memorial Pool opened in 1965 and a significant proportion of the funds to establish the pool were raised and donated by RSL members to honour the service men and women of St George;

b)      Kogarah RSL Sub-Branch are the custodians of the legacy of remembrance and guardians of the Kogarah War Memorial Pool at Carss Park;

c)      That prior to a discussion of a replacement War Memorial, the historical and cultural significance of the existing Kogarah War Memorial Pool should be studied and documented by a qualified historian;

d)      Funding for this study is available from the NSW Office of Veterans Affairs as the pool is listed on the NSW Government’s Register of War Memorials;

e)      That the Kogarah RSL Sub-Branch (as custodians of the legacy of the pool) together with Council (as the landowner on behalf of the community), may jointly apply for funding under the Community War Memorials Fund for this study;

f)       If the funding application is successful, that the funds be used to engage an expert historian, commemoration and memorials advisor to complete the study; and

g)      That the proposed demolition of Kogarah War Memorial Pool be paused until the outcome of the funding application is known, and if successful, until the study is completed.

 

DIRECTOR’S COMMENT

The Kogarah RSL Sub-Branch has advised Council that:

i.    The Kogarah RSL Sub-Branch District Council Delegate was not in attendance at the Southern Metropolitan District Council of RSL Sub-Branches’ (NSW Branch) meeting on 12 October 2020;

ii.   The Sub-Branch was not consulted prior to this letter being sent to Georges River Council;

iii.  If the Sub-Branch had been in attendance at the meeting it would have objected to the reference that Kogarah RSL Sub-Branch are “custodians of the legacy of remembrance and guardians of the Kogarah War Memorial Pool”;

iv.  The Sub-Branch recognises the cenotaph known as the Kogarah War Memorial located next to Netstrata Jubilee Stadium (corner of English and Park Streets, Carlton) as its war memorial and primary place of commemoration and regards it as the Sub-Branch’s legacy and place of guardianship;

v.   The Kogarah RSL Sub-Branch has not recently recognised Kogarah War Memorial Pool as a war memorial and was not aware that the Sub-Branch was regarded as a custodian of the Kogarah War Memorial Pool (hence it is not utilised for ANZAC Day Services or other commemorative events).

An historical and cultural significance assessment of the existing Kogarah War Memorial Pool was undertaken and documented by a qualified historian as part of the DA process.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

The Community War Memorials Fund awards grants of up to $10,000 (excluding GST). Applications under this Fund close on 11 February 2021.

 

FILE REFERENCE

D20/256023

 

 

 

  


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 26 October 2020                                                                           Page 148

Item:          NM090-20                    Suspension of Rate Harmonisation and Special Rate Variation Project

Councillor:       Councillor Hindi 

 

MOTION:

I move that council suspend the community consultation in relation to rate harmonisation and proposed rate increases in light of the new Bill that is currently being drafted by OLG for the Minister of Local Government with regard to rate harmonisation as many councils have written to the Minister to defer and/ or harmonise the rates over few years.

A letter received by Mayor Joe Awada Bayside Council derailing the process.

I also move that an urgent workshop is held to discuss the proposed changes prior to making any further decision on the increased rates and harmonisation of rates.

 

DIRECTOR’S COMMENT

1.      Current legislation requires (mandates) all merged councils in NSW to have a harmonised rating structure adopted for the financial year commencing 1 July 2021. Therefore, Council is obligated to commence the harmonisation process again. Current legislation does not permit the gradual harmonisation of a minimum residential rate. Council can only have one residential minimum rate and one rate in the dollar (ad valorem) from 1 July 2021.

2.      As at 21 October 2020, Council has not received any confirmation from the Office of Local Government (OLG) that a draft Bill is being prepared that would amend the current legislation, mandating rate harmonisation by 1 July 2021 or providing an option for gradual harmonisation.

3.      On 24 August 2020 Council resolved, that following consideration of community engagement, Council’s intention is to submit an application to the IPART to establish a new Minimum Residential Rate of $965.80 to take effect from the 2021/22 rating year and apply for a special rate variation (SV) of 5 years. The resolution was in response to the community’s feedback for a fair and more equitable and uniform rating structure, to eliminate the disparity between the Hurstville and Kogarah Minimum Rates and in compliance with the legislative obligations to harmonise Council’s rating structure and make financially sound decisions.

4.      In addition, Council acknowledged that the proposed SV will not resolve the current gap in Council’s forecast operating deficit, and an estimated $8.7 million in favourable financial turnaround is required, either through other revenue increases and/or service reductions.

5.      During a discussion with the Office of Local Government (OLG) and merged councils in September 2020, the OLG advised in regard to rate harmonisation as follows:

·        If a draft Bill was to be prepared it would be not be introduced to Parliament until March/April 2021 next year.

·        Council applications for a new minimum rate and a rate increase to Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) are due in February 2021.

·        Community consultation would have to occur prior to the application to IPART.

·        Based on the uncertainty and low likelihood of a draft Bill being prepared and approved, the OLG advised councils to proceed with any required processes to harmonise, i.e. application to IPART and community consultation.

·        A draft Bill would only be prepared if all merged councils agreed on any changes and as there was no agreement on the proposed changes a draft Bill appeared unlikely to be prepared.

6.      In response to the Council resolution of 24 August 2020 and based on the IPART guidelines for a SV and a minimum rate change, community consultation with Georges River ratepayers commenced in October 2020, including the creation of the Citizen Advice Group, inclusion of brochures in rate notices, resident surveys, advertising, etc.

7.      It is understood that the Mayor of Bayside Council met with the Minister for Local Government in late September 2020 where the Minister indicated that she would consult with the OLG regarding the preparation of a draft Bill to be introduced to Parliament which could allow for the staged harmonisation of rates. However, Bayside Council has advised that no commitment has been provided by the Minister to introduce any Bill prior to the closing date for applications to IPART in February 2021. Therefore Bayside Council has commenced community consultation on rate harmonsation as currently mandated by the NSW Government but will consider gradual (multi year) implementation should the legislation be amended prior to July 2021.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

The consequence of not submitting a rate application for harmonising the minimum rate and adopting a SV (and there being no legislative change) would result in the current Hurstville minimum rate being applied across the entire City and a worsening forecast operating deficit of $12 million in 2021/22, resulting in the requirement to reduce services and jobs.

The consequences would be as follows:

o   Houses in the former Kogarah Council area will pay almost three times what an apartment currently pays (an average increase of $300) and apartments will drop; broadening the inequity instead of addressing it.

o   Minimum ratepayers in the former Kogarah will pay $370 less.

o   Houses in the former Hurstville Council area will have an average decrease of $25 and those who had a large rate increase in 2020/21 will not receive a reduction.

o   Minimum ratepayers in the former Hurstville would pay an additional $10.

o   Unknown costs associated with financial modelling on a draft Bill that has not been prepared as yet.

o   Service reductions and job losses to decrease the operating deficit.

Councillors have been appraised over the past two financial years, of Council’s poor and deteriorating financial outlook over the 10 year period of the Long Term Financial Plan. Failure to address the unsustainable financial position places Council in contravention of Section 8b of the NSW Local Government Act 1993 and will compel Council to cut and/or reduce services to ease the unfavourable gap between income and expenditure.

In July 2020 the Audit Risk and Improvement Committee (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.

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.

FILE REFERENCE

D20/256085   


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 26 October 2020                                                                           Page 150

QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE

Item:                   QWN019-20       Housing Targets and Upzoning of Residential Areas in the Georges River Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2021 

Author:              Councillor Badalati

Directorate:      Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:     Questions with Notice

 

 

COUNCILLOR QUESTION

At the Ordinary Council meeting of 24th August, 2020, Council resolved ‘to prepare a Planning Proposal (stage 2 of the Principal LEP to be known as LEP 2021) to amend the Kogarah and Hurstville Local Environmental Plans (or if gazetted, Georges River LEP 2020) to promote housing choice and create capacity for additional dwellings to meet the Greater Sydney Commission’s 6-10 year housing target (3,450 – 4,250 additional dwellings)’

Under Council’s Local Strategic Planning Statement 2040 Implementation Plan, which was endorsed by the Greater Sydney Commission, Council is required to meet a housing target of an additional 14,000 dwellings by 2036. 

1.      Can the General Manager confirm, as stated in the Executive Summary of the Local Housing Strategy of February, 2020, that: ‘12,000 new dwellings can be achieved by the existing Planning framework’.  This therefore leaves a shortfall of up-zoning in the Local Government area for an additional 2,000 dwellings by 2036. 

2.      Can the General Manager also confirm that under the draft LEP 2020 ‘harmonization and housing’ currently awaiting gazettal, that 5 Housing Investigative areas were identified and approved, which will yield an additional 650 new dwellings and as such Council, to meet its projected target by 2036 will now only require up-zoning in areas across the Local Government area for an additional 1,350 new dwellings. 

OFFICER RESPONSE

1.      No. Council is required to achieve an additional 14,000 dwellings by 2036 - of which 12,000 dwellings were estimated to be achieved under the existing planning framework, and an additional 2000 dwellings were required to be provided under the LEP program.

However, since adoption of the LSPS, the Department of Planning Industry and Environment, upon a recent review of Council’s Local Housing Strategy, advised that it has identified a likely shortfall and it considers Council will not meet its existing 0-5 year target of 4,800 additional dwellings. The Department has identified the shortfall as being approximately 700 dwellings.

2.      No.  Having regard to the above advice from the Department, Council is now required to undertake further work to accommodate the identified shortfall of dwellings in the current 0-5 year period as well as create flexibility for additional development in the 6-10 year and 10-20 year dwelling targets. This will ensure Council delivers the total of 14,000 dwellings as required by 2036.

In response, Council at its meeting held 24 August 2020, resolved to prepare a Planning Proposal to amend the (draft) Georges River LEP 2020 to promote housing choice and create capacity for additional dwellings to meet the Greater Sydney Commission’s 6-10 year housing target (3,450 - 4,250 additional dwellings) for the period from 2021 to 2026.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION:

That the information be received and noted.

 

 

  


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 26 October 2020                                                                           Page 151

Item:                   QWN020-20       Transport for NSW - Intersection Upgrade at King Georges Road and Connells Point Road, South Hurstville 

Author:              Councillor Katris

Directorate:      Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:     Questions with Notice

 

 

COUNCILLOR QUESTION

1.      Could the Director Assets and Infrastructure please indicate what objectives does the NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) hope to achieve with regard to the installation of a roundabout and the removal of 9 car parking spaces in front of the shops at the King Georges Road and Connells Point Road intersection?

2.      Have Council officers provided any submissions to the RMS regarding this matter and, if so, could we have an outline of what the submission entails?

3.      I have been provided with a copy of a petition that has been signed by the shopkeepers that are affected by this proposal on the south eastern side of Connells Point Road, shopkeepers located in the shopping complex on the other side of Connells Point Road and many residents that live on both sides of Connells Point Road and elsewhere. I understand that there are many more petitions and submissions to come. All petitions are, and are likely to be, objecting to the RMS proposal for this intersection upgrade.  Could Council Officers advise as to the process and timeline that the RMS has adopted in order to deal with the intersection upgrade?

4.      Will there be further opportunities for the residents and shopkeepers to provide further submissions should the plans of the RMS be modified?

OFFICER RESPONSE

1.      Transport for NSW (TfNSW) states the intent of the upgrade is to ease traffic congestion by increasing capacity at this intersection. Increased vehicle through-put, reduced queuing and improved travel times will be achieved by increasing the right turn bays on each side of the intersection. This is part of a ‘first stage’ of works to widen King Georges Road between Connells Point Road and Forest Road.

2.      No written submission has been provided. (Council officers have requested engineering design drawings in order to properly review the proposal).

3.      Council officers will request TfNSW to provide a Councillor briefing and timeline for the proposal.

4.      Unknown. This request can be put to TfNSW at the Councillor briefing.

 

RECOMMENDATION:

That the information be received and noted.

 

 

  


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 26 October 2020                                                                           Page 152

Item:                   QWN021-20       Status of Major Events Advisory Committee (MEAC) Investigation 

Author:              Councillor Hindi

Directorate:      Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:     Questions with Notice

 

 

COUNCILLOR QUESTION

Council resolved in April 2019 to dissolve the MEAC committee and carry out an external investigation into the behaviour of some of the MEAC members. The resolution was unanimously adopted.

I have been advised through external sources that the report and the outcome of the investigation was completed and a FINAL report was handed over to the General Manager to table at Council meeting.

To date no report has been tabled. Every person must abide by council resolutions and in this case the final report should have been put in the business paper. The FINAL report was completed around September/ October 2019.

1.   Could you please advise why the report has not been reported back to council as it was a council resolution?

OFFICER RESPONSE

1.   The Council resolution of 23 April 2019 did not require the matter to be reported back to Council (refer below).

NM034-19: Dissolution of Council's Major Events Advisory Committee

(a)     That having regard to the Major Events Advisory Committee’s role in the cancellation of a media sponsor during the 2018 Lunar New Year Event, Council dissolve the Advisory Committee, effective immediately.

(b)     That strategic matters related to Georges River Council major events be reported to the Community and Culture Committee.

(c)     That the community representatives on the Major Events Advisory Committee be thanked for their service.

(d)     That arising from the ongoing publication of stories in the Sydney Morning Herald on 7 April 2019 and 23 April 2019, The St George Leader on 17 April 2019 and the ABC (4 Corners) national broadcast on 8 April 2019, Council immediately commence an investigation into the actions of Council’s Major Events Advisory Committee during the period November 2017 – February 2018, to determine whether or not the Committee complied with its Terms of Reference when acting and advising on matters related to the Lunar New Year Festivals in 2018.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION:

That the information be received and noted.


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 26 October 2020                                                                           Page 153

CONFIDENTIAL (CLOSED SESSION)  

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.

 

CCL051A-20     Property Matter - Monaro Avenue, Kingsgrove

(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.

 

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