Extraordinary Council Meeting
Monday, 21 December 2020
Skype Online Meeting
Extraordinary COUNCIL Meeting
Council acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land on which this meeting is being held as the Biddegal people of the Eora Nation.
3. APOLOGIES / LEAVE OF ABSENCE
4. NOTICE OF WEBCASTING
7. NOTICES OF RESCISSION
NR003-20 Notice of Rescission - QWN028-20 - Update on the Status of the Independent Commission Against Corruption Investigation into Georges River Councillors
(Report by Councillor Landsberry, Councillor Kastanias and Councillor Katris)................................................. 3
Councillor: Councillor Landsberry, Councillor Kastanias and Councillor Katris
That the Council resolution in respect of Item No. QWN028-20 (Update on the Status of the Independent Commission Against Corruption Investigation into Georges River Councillors), from the Ordinary Meeting of Council held on 14 December 2020 be rescinded.
The resolution proposed to be rescinded currently reads as follows:
(a) That pursuant to Council’s resolution of 23 April 2019 (NM033-19 Maintaining Public Confidence in Georges River Council) and the subsequent referral to the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), Council note that the Commission has confirmed there is an ongoing, active investigation into the matter.
(b) That the letter from ICAC of 29 November 2019 be tabled and made public.
(c) That it be noted that Georges River Council, as an entity, is not the subject of the ongoing ICAC investigation, however it has been confirmed that two of our Councillors are.
(d) That Council calls on those Councillors who have become aware that they are subject to an ongoing ICAC investigation to voluntarily stand aside (and be granted a leave of absence from all Councillor duties) until such time as Council is notified that the ICAC investigation has concluded.
(e) That Council request the Minister for Local Government, the Hon Shelley Hancock MP, to ask the Councillors under investigation to step aside until the ICAC investigation has concluded, should they not comply with Council’s request to do so.
(f) That LGNSW be requested to support Council’s stance that it is appropriate during the course of an ICAC investigation (in order to maintain integrity in decision making and observe appropriate standards of governance) for those Councillors who are the subject of an investigation to stand aside to maintain public confidence in the integrity of Council decision making in NSW.
If the rescission motion is carried, it is intended to move the following:
That the information in the report be received and noted.