MINUTES


Council Meeting

 

Monday, 26 October 2020

7.00pm

 

 

Dragon Room

(Level 1, Georges River Civic Centre, Hurstville)

and

Skype Online Meeting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Georges River Council - Minutes of Council Meeting - Monday, 26 October 2020

Page 1

 

PRESENT

Council Members

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

Council Staff

General Manager - Ms Gail Connolly, Director Assets and Infrastructure - Mr Andrew Latta, Director Environment and Planning - Ms Meryl Bishop, Director Community and Culture - Ms Rebekah Schulz, Director Business and Corporate Services - Mr David Tuxford, Director City Strategy and Innovation - Ms Sue Weatherley, Chief Financial Officer - Ms Danielle Parker, Head of Strategic Property - Mr Bernard Morabito, Strategic Property Specialist - Mr Jim Allison, Manager Office of the General Manager - Ms Roxanne Thornton, Executive Services Officer - Ms Marina Cavar, Executive Services Officer - Ann-Marie Svorinic and Executive Services Officer - Mr. Neil Treadwell.

 

OPENING

The Mayor, Councillor Kevin Greene, opened the meeting at 7:08pm.

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  

There were no apologies or requests for leave of absence.

NOTICE OF WEBCASTING

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

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

The Mayor, Councillor Greene disclosed a Non-Significant, Non-Pecuniary Interest in Item NM089-20 - Kogarah War Memorial Pool Study for the reason that he is the current Patron of the Mortdale RSL Sub-branch. As this is a Non-Significant, Non-Pecuniary Interest disclosure, The Mayor, Councillor Greene will remain in the meeting during the discussion and voting on this item.

The Mayor, Councillor Greene disclosed a Significant Non-Pecuniary Interest in Item CCL066-20 Report of Community and Culture Committee Meeting held on 12 October 2020 (COM038-20 Quarterly Community Property Report 1 July to 30 September 2020) for the reason that he is the President of the St George District Cricket Club who are lessees of Harold Fraser Oval for the period of report. As this is a Significant Non-Pecuniary Interest disclosure, The Mayor, Councillor Greene will not be participating in the discussion or voting on this item.

Councillor Grekas disclosed a Non-Significant, Non-Pecuniary Interest in Item CCL066-20 Report of Community and Culture Committee Meeting held on 12 October 2020 (COM041-20 -  Outgoing Sponsorship and Donations) for the reason that she made a donation to Connells Point Netball Club through the Councillor Ward Discretionary Fund in 2018. As this is a Non-Significant, Non-Pecuniary Interest disclosure, Councillor Grekas will remain in the meeting during the discussion and voting on this item.

Councillor Elmir disclosed a Non-Significant, Non-Pecuniary Interest in Item CCL066-20 Report of Community and Culture Committee Meeting held on 12 October 2020 (COM041-20 -  Outgoing Sponsorship and Donations) for the reason he made a donation to Connells Point Netball Club through the Councillor Ward Discretionary Fund. As this is a Non-Significant, Non-Pecuniary Interest disclosure, Councillor Elmir will remain in the meeting during the discussion and voting on this item.

Councillor Elmir disclosed a Non-Significant, Non-Pecuniary Interest in 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 for the reason that he had previously made a contribution to the Kogarah Cougars who play out of Todd Park and Todd Park is the other site being considered for the regional aquatic facility. As this is a Non-Significant, Non-Pecuniary Interest disclosure, Councillor Elmir will remain in the meeting during the discussion and voting on this item.

Councillor Elmir disclosed a Non-Significant, Non-Pecuniary Interest in Item NM089-20 Kogarah War Memorial Pool Study for the reason that he had previously made a contribution to the Kogarah Cougars who play out of Todd Park and Todd Park is the other site being considered for the regional aquatic facility. As this is a Non-Significant, Non-Pecuniary Interest disclosure, Councillor Elmir will remain in the meeting during the discussion and voting on this item.

Councillor Hindi made a verbal disclosure of a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary Interest in 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 for the reason that he lives in the vicinity of Kogarah War Memorial Pool. As this is a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary disclosure, Councillor Hindi will remain in the meeting during the discussion and voting on this item.

Councillor Hindi made a verbal disclosure of a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary Interest in Item NM089-20 Kogarah War Memorial Pool Study for the reason that he lives in the vicinity of Kogarah War Memorial Pool. As this is a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary disclosure, Councillor Hindi will remain in the meeting during the discussion and voting on this item.

Councillor Konjarski made a verbal disclosure of a Non-Significant, Non-Pecuniary Interest in Item CCL066-20 Report of Community and Culture Committee Meeting held on 12 October 2020 (COM041-20 -  Outgoing Sponsorship and Donations) for the reason he donated from the Councillors Ward Discretionary Fund to Connells Point Netball Club. As this is a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary disclosure, Councillor Konjarski will remain in the meeting during the discussion and voting on this item.

Councillor Tegg disclosed a Pecuniary Interest in Item CCL067-20 Report of Environment and Planning Committee Meeting held on 12 October 2020 (ENV041-20 - COVID-19: Waiver of Application Fees for Alterations and Additions to Dwelling houses) for the reason that he is likely to be a beneficiary of this decision of Council as he is currently planning to lodge plans for a renovation of his primary place of residence which is covered by the Kogarah DCP2013. As this is a Pecuniary disclosure, Councillor Tegg will not be participating in the discussion or voting on this item.

Councillor Wu made a verbal disclosure of a Significant Non-Pecuniary Interest in Item NM084-20 Establishment of the Museum of Chinese in Australia in the Sydney CBD for the reason that her family members did a Due Diligence report for the application of the museum. As this is a Significant Non-Pecuniary disclosure, Councillor Wu will not be participating in the discussion or voting on this item.

The General Manager, Ms Gail Connolly disclosed a Non-Significant, Non-Pecuniary Interest in item CCL066-20 Report of Community and Culture Committee Meeting held on 12 October 2020 (COM041-20 - Outgoing Sponsorship and Donations) for the reason that she was a volunteer coach at Connells Point Netball Club during 2020.

 

 

PUBLIC FORUM

ITEM

SPEAKER

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

-       In lieu of addressing the Council in person, a written submission was received from Mr Peter Hill. The written submission was read aloud to the meeting by Council staff.

Peter Hill

NM089-20 - Kogarah War Memorial Pool Study and Proposed Feasibility Study - Kogarah War Memorial Pool

Gary Mawson

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

-       In lieu of addressing the Council in person, a written submission was received from Clr Craig Chung. The written submission was read aloud to the meeting by Council staff.

Councillor Craig Chung (City of Sydney)

NM087-20 - Establishment of Cultural Burn and Bushcare Program for Georges River

-       In lieu of addressing the Council in person, a written submission was received from Ms Helen Jarvis. The written submission was read aloud to the meeting by Council staff.

Helen Jarvis

NM089-20 - Kogarah War Memorial Pool Study and Proposed Feasibility Study - Kogarah War Memorial Pool

Karina McDougall

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

-       In lieu of addressing the Council in person, a written submission was received from Dr John Yu. The written submission was read aloud to the meeting by Council staff.

John Yu (Museum of Chinese in Australia)

NM089-20 - Kogarah War Memorial Pool Study and Proposed Feasibility Study - Kogarah War Memorial Pool

Chris Mort

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS

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

(Report by Executive Services Officer)

RESOLVED: Councillor Hindi and Councillor Badalati

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

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

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

(Report by Executive Services Officer)

RESOLVED: Councillor Katris and Councillor Agius

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

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

MAYORAL MINUTE

MM021-20        Georges River Council - Successful Grant Applications

(Report by The Mayor, Councillor Greene)

RESOLVED: The Mayor, Councillor Greene and Councillor Agius

That the General Manager accept the grants detailed in this Mayoral Minute, on behalf of Council and continue to pursue grant funding for projects and programs of Council.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

CONDOLENCES

There were no condolence motions.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

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

(Report by Executive Services Officer)

RESOLVED: Councillor Agius and Councillor Kastanias

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

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.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

Note:    Due to disclosing a Significant Non-Pecuniary Interest in Item CCL065-20 Report of Community and Culture Committee Meeting held on 12 October 2020 (COM038-20 Quarterly Community Property Report 1 July to 30 September 2020), The Mayor, Councillor Greene left the meeting at 7.50pm and vacated the Chair.

Note:    In the absence of the Chair, the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Agius assumed the Chair, time being 7.50pm.

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

(Report by Executive Services Officer)

RESOLVED: Councillor Grekas and Councillor Kastanias

That the Community and Culture Committee recommendations for Items COM038-20 to COM040-20, as detailed below, be adopted by Council.

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

(Report by Community Property Officer)

Note:    The Mayor, Councillor Greene disclosed a Significant Non-Pecuniary Interest in this Item and therefore did not participate in the discussion or voting on this item.

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 short term priorities listed in part (b) of this resolution.

(d)    That the support of the local members of Parliament be sought in regard to 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 2020 - September 2020 period.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

Note:    The Mayor, Councillor Greene returned to the meeting at 7.51pm and resumed the position of Chair.

COM041-20      Outgoing Sponsorship and Donations

(Report by Acting Coordinator Events and Sponsorship)

Note:  Councillor Grekas disclosed a Non-Significant, Non-Pecuniary Interest in this Item. Councillor Grekas remained in the meeting during the discussion and voting on this item.

Note:  Councillor Elmir disclosed a Non-Significant, Non-Pecuniary Interest in this Item. Councillor Elmir remained in the meeting during the discussion and voting on this item.

Note:   Councillor Konjarski disclosed a Non-Significant, Non-Pecuniary Interest in this Item. Councillor Konjarski remained in the meeting during the discussion and voting on this item.

Note:   The General Manager - Ms Gail Connolly disclosed a Non-Significant, Non-Pecuniary Interest in this Item.

RESOLVED: Councillor Grekas and Councillor Hindi

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

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

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

(Report by Executive Services Officer)

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

(Report by Manager Environment Health & Regulatory Services)

RESOLVED: Councillor Hindi and Councillor Katris

(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.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

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

(Report by Manager Environment Health & Regulatory Services)

RESOLVED: Councillor Hindi and Councillor Tegg

(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 Council’s 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.

(d)    That Council acknowledge and congratulate the following Council staff in respect to the efforts made to progress this matter; Elyse Ballesty, Daniela Ramirez and Andrew Spooner.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

Note:    Due to disclosing a Pecuniary Interest in the following Item (ENV041-20 - COVID-19: Waiver of Application Fees for Alterations and Additions to Dwelling houses), Councillor Tegg left the meeting at 7.59pm and did not participate in the discussion or voting on this item.

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

(Report by Manager Development and Building)

Note:   Councillor Tegg disclosed a Pecuniary Interest in this Item. Councillor Tegg was not present in the meeting during discussion and voting. 

RESOLVED: Councillor Hindi and Councillor Kastanias

(a)    That Council  endorse the waiving of fees for development applications for  alterations and additions to dwelling houses from 1 January 2021 for a 6 month period (ceasing 30 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 1 January 2021 for a 6 month period will result in a reduction in Fees and Charges income of approximately $63,000.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

Note:        Councillor Tegg returned to the meeting at 8.02pm.

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

(Report by Executive Services Officer)

RESOLVED: Councillor Badalati and Councillor Katris

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

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 of 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, and that the membership be 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 (9 November 2020).

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 FINANCE AND GOVERNANCE

CCL069-20       Tabling of Disclosure of Interest Returns

(Report by Manager Governance and Risk)

RESOLVED: Councillor Badalati and Councillor Symington

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

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

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

(Report by Manager, Office of the General Manager)

RESOLVED: Councillor Badalati and Councillor Kastanias

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 Badalati left the meeting at 8.05pm.

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

(Report by Coordinator, Financial Management)

RESOLVED: Councillor Katris and Councillor Hindi

(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.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

Note:        Councillor Badalati returned to the meeting 8.15pm.


 

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)

Note:    Councillor Elmir disclosed a Non-Significant, Non-Pecuniary Interest in this Item. Councillor Elmir remained in the meeting during the discussion and voting on this item.

Note:    Councillor Hindi disclosed a Non-Significant, Non-Pecuniary Interest in this Item. Councillor Hindi remained in the meeting during the discussion and voting on this item. 

MOTION: Councillor Badalati and Councillor Katris

(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.

AMENDMENT: Councillor Tegg and Councillor Elmir

That this matter be deferred until the ordinary meeting of Council in November 2020, to enable Council Officers to;

(a)        Investigate the range and extent of studies required to be prepared (having regard to Council’s recent legal advice on contamination issues at the site); and

(b)        Prepare an estimate on the likely cost of the studies and identify a funding source.

Record of Voting:

For the Amendment: The Mayor Councillor Greene, Deputy Mayor, Councillor Agius and Councillors Elmir, Grekas, Konjarski, Liu and Tegg.

Against the Amendment: Councillors Badalati, Hindi, Kastanias, Katris, Landsberry, Payor, Symington and Wu.

On being Put to the meeting, voting on the Amendment was seven (7) votes FOR and eight (8) votes AGAINST. The Amendment was LOST.

RESOLVED: Councillor Badalati and Councillor Katris

(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.

Record of Voting:

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

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

On being Put to the meeting, voting on the Motion was eight (8) votes FOR and seven (7) votes AGAINST. The Motion was CARRIED.

Note:  Councillor Wu left the meeting at 9.57pm.

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)

MOTION: Councillor Landsberry and Councillor Kastanias

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

AMENDMENT: Councillor Katris and Councillor Tegg

That in the interests of transparency, the unconfirmed minutes from all Committee, Ordinary and Extraordinary Meetings of Council be published online within five (5) business days of the meeting taking place, subject to any item that may appear in unconfirmed minutes that has been determined by our legal team to have the potential of exposing Council to legal action being redacted until the Minutes have been confirmed at the subsequent meeting.

Record of Voting:

For the Amendment: The Mayor Councillor Greene, Deputy Mayor, Councillor Agius and Councillors Elmir, Grekas, Hindi, Katris, Konjarski, Liu, Symington and Tegg.

Against the Amendment: Councillors Badalati, Kastanias, Landsberry and Payor.

On being Put to the meeting, voting on the Amendment was ten (10) votes FOR and four (4) votes AGAINST. The Amendment was CARRIED and therefore became the MOTION.

RESOLVED: Councillor Katris and Councillor Tegg

That in the interests of transparency, the unconfirmed minutes from all Committee, Ordinary and Extraordinary Meetings of Council be published online within five (5) business days of the meeting taking place, subject to any item that may appear in unconfirmed minutes that has been determined by our legal team to have the potential of exposing Council to legal action being redacted until the Minutes have been confirmed at the subsequent meeting.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

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

(Report by Councillor Liu)

Note:        Councillor Wu disclosed a Significant Non-Pecuniary Interest in this Item. Councillor Wu was not present during discussion and voting. 

RESOLVED: Councillor Liu and Councillor Katris

(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.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

Note:        Councillor Wu returned to the meeting at 10.16pm.  

 

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

(Report by Councillor Hindi)

MOTION: Councillor Hindi and Councillor Grekas

(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.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Councillors Badalati, Grekas, Hindi, Katris, Symington, Tegg and Wu.

Against the Motion: The Mayor, Councillor Greene, Deputy Mayor, Councillor Agius and Councillors Elmir, Kastanias, Konjarski, Landsberry, Liu and Payor.

On being Put to the meeting, voting on the Motion was seven (7) votes FOR and eight (8) votes AGAINST. The Motion was LOST.

 


 

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

(Report by Deputy Mayor, Councillor Agius)

RESOLVED:  Deputy Mayor, Councillor Agius and Councillor Katris

(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.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

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

(Report by Councillor Symington)

RESOLVED: Councillor Symington and The Mayor, Councillor Greene

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.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

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

(Report by Councillor Katris)

RESOLVED: Councillor Katris and Councillor Grekas

(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. 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

Note:        Councillor Hindi left the meeting at 11.02pm.

EXTENSION OF TIME

 

RESOLUTION:  Councillor Tegg and Kastanias

 

With the time being 11.02pm, that an extension of time be granted to allow the Council meeting to continue until midnight or until all items have been dealt with, whichever occurs last.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

Note:        Councillor Hindi returned to the meeting at 11.03pm.

Note:        Councillor Wu left the meeting at 11.08pm and did not return to the meeting.

NM089-20        Kogarah War Memorial Pool Study

(Report by Councillor Landsberry)

Note:        The Mayor, Councillor Greene disclosed a Non-Significant, Non-Pecuniary Interest in relation to this item. The Mayor, Councillor Greene remained in the meeting during the discussion and voting on this item.

Note:        Councillor Elmir disclosed a Non-Significant, Non-Pecuniary Interest in relation to this item. Councillor Elmir remained in the meeting during the discussion and voting on this item.

Note:        Councillor Hindi disclosed a Non-Significant, Non-Pecuniary Interest in relation to this item. Councillor Hindi remained in the meeting during the discussion and voting on this item.

MOTION: Councillor Landsberry and Councillor Kastanias

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

Record of Voting:

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

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

On being put to the meeting, voting on the Motion was seven (7) votes FOR and seven (7) votes AGAINST.

With the voting on this Motion being equal, the Mayor exercised his casting vote and voted AGAINST the Motion. The voting on the Motion was seven (7) votes FOR and eight (8) votes AGAINST. The Motion was LOST.

 


 

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

(Report by Councillor Hindi)

RESOLVED: Councillor Hindi and Councillor Badalati

(a)        That Council, urgently hold a Councillor workshop to discuss the options associated with the Special Rate Variation and Rate Harmonisation and the proposed draft bill.

(b)        That the existing community consultation for the Special Rate Variation and Rate Harmonisation continue to proceed.

(c)         The General Manager and Mayor write to the NSW Minister for Local Government seeking clarification on any proposed new Bill regarding rates harmonisation, such as timing and content.

(d)        That Council receive a report on the draft Bill, when it is introduced by the Minister to Parliament.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

Note:        Councillor Agius left the meeting at 11.26pm and did not return to the meeting.

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)

RESOLVED: Councillor Badalati and Councillor Kastanias

That the information be received and noted.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

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

(Report by Councillor Katris)

RESOLVED: Councillor Katris and Councillor Symington

That the information be received and noted.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 


 

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

(Report by Councillor Hindi)

RESOLVED: Councillor Hindi and Councillor Katris

That the information be received and noted.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

MOVE TO CLOSED SESSION

RESOLVED: Councillor Katris and Councillor Symington

At this stage of the meeting being 11.38pm 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 item:

CCL049A-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.

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

The General Manager replied that no representations had been received to the item 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 them Motion: Unanimous

 

Note:        Council moved to Closed Confidential session at 11.38pm.


 

CLOSED SESSION

CONFIDENTIAL ITEM

 

CCL049A-20                    Property Matter - Monaro Avenue, Kingsgrove 

(Report by Head of Strategic Property)

RESOLVED: Councillor Hindi and Councillor Elmir

 (a)   That Council acquires the residential property at 15 Monaro Avenue, Kingsgrove, being Lot 17, Section 14 in Deposited Plan 12082 on the following terms as agreed by the owner and based on the compensation advice as detailed in this report.

(b)    That Council allocate funding from Section 711 Development Contributions and from any other relevant Council reserves to effect the acquisition of Lot 17, Section 14 in Deposited Plan 12082 at 15 Monaro Avenue, Kingsgrove.

(c)    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 17, Section 14 in Deposited Plan 12082 at 15 Monaro Avenue, Kingsgrove.

(d)    That Council proposes to initially classify 15 Monaro Avenue Kingsgrove, described as Lot 17, Section 14 in DP12082, as Operational Land in accordance with Part 2, Division 1 (Section 31) of the NSW Local Government Act 1993 (the Act) and in accordance with Section 34 of the Act, Council gives public notice of the proposed resolution specifying a public notice period of 28 days.

(e)    That Council considers any such submissions following the public notice period of 28 days and resolves whether to classify the land as Operational Land.

(f)     That upon rezoning of the property to open space and demolition of the structure, the land be subsequently reclassified to Community Land.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:    Unanimous

 

OPEN COUNCIL

RESOLVED: Councillor Badalati and Councillor Kastanias

That Council return to Open Session at 11.51pm.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous 

Note:        Council returned to Open Session at 11.51pm.

 


 

CONFIRMATION OF RECOMMENDATION FROM CLOSED SESSION

CCL049A-20    Property Matter - Monaro Avenue, Kingsgrove

(Report by Head of Strategic Property)

RESOLVED: Councillor Hindi and Councillor Badalati

That the Committee of the Whole recommendations from the Closed Session in relation to Item CCL049A-20 Property Matter - Monaro Avenue, Kingsgrove of this meeting be received and noted as a resolution of Council without any alteration or amendment thereto.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

CONCLUSION

The Meeting was closed at 11.51pm.

 

Chairperson

Mayor, Kevin Greene

 

Minutes confirmed at the Ordinary Meeting of Council on 23 November 2020 (CCL072-20)