MINUTES


Extraordinary Council Meeting

 

Monday, 21 December 2020

6.00pm

 

 

Skype Online Meeting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Georges River Council - Minutes of Extraordinary Council Meeting - Monday, 21 December 2020

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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 - Gail Connolly, Director Assets and Infrastructure - Andrew Latta, Acting Director Environment and Planning - Catherine McMahon, Director Community and Culture - Rebekah Schulz, Director Business and Corporate Services - David Tuxford, Director City Strategy and Innovation - Sue Weatherley, Director Legal Services and General Counsel - Jenny Ware, Manager Office of the General Manager - Roxanne Thornton, Executive Services Officer - Neil Treadwell (Minutes), Executive Services Officer - Marina Cavar, Research and Projects Officer - Ann Marie Svorinic and Coordinator Technology - Brendan Scott.

EXTERNAL CONSULTANTS

Stan Kondilios – Partner, Hall and Wilcox (Lawyers for Georges River Council).

OPENING

The Mayor, Councillor Kevin Greene, opened the meeting at 6.11pm.

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY

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

 

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.

 

DISCLOSURES OF INTEREST

There were no disclosures of interest.

PUBLIC FORUM

ITEM

SPEAKER

NR003-20 Notice of Rescission - QWN028-20 - Update on the Status of the Independent Commission Against Corruption Investigation into Georges River Councillors

Ilknur Bayari

NR003-20 Notice of Rescission - QWN028-20 - Update on the Status of the Independent Commission Against Corruption Investigation into Georges River Councillors

Peter Hill

NOTICE 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)

MOTION:  Councillor Landsberry and Councillor Kastanias

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.

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, the voting on the Rescission Motion was eight (8) votes FOR and seven (7) votes AGAINST. The Rescission Motion was CARRIED.

QUESTION WITH NOTICE

QWN028-20      Update on the Status of the Independent Commission Against Corruption Investigation into Georges River Councillors

(Report by Councillor Grekas)

MOTION:  Councillor Landsberry and Councillor Katris

(a)      That the information in the report be received and noted.

(b)      That Council initiate an independent investigation into the leaking of confidential information to the Sydney Morning Herald, including its 5 December 2020 article on the investigation by ICAC.

(c)       That Council initiate an independent investigation into how confidential information found its way into a submission made to Council on 14 December 2020 in public forum stating that Council has discovered two of its Councillors have been under investigation by ICAC since November 2019, prior to this information being made public. 

AMENDMENT:  Councillor Badalati

That Council refer Councillor Nancy Liu to the ICAC and the Australian Federal Police for investigation.

Note:    The Mayor, Councillor Greene ruled the Amendment out of order pursuant to Clause 2.9 of Council’s Code of Meeting Practice.

RESOLVED:  Councillor Landsberry and Councillor Katris

(a)      That the information in the report be received and noted.

(b)      That Council initiate an independent investigation into the leaking of confidential  information to the Sydney Morning Herald, including its 5 December 2020 article on the investigation by ICAC.

(c)       That Council initiate an independent investigation into how confidential information found its way into a submission made to Council on 14 December 2020 in public forum stating that Council has discovered two of its Councillors have been under investigation by ICAC since November 2019, prior to this information being made public. 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:         Unanimous


 

CONCLUSION

The Meeting was closed at 7.58 pm.

 

 

Chairperson

Mayor, Kevin Greene

 

 

Minutes confirmed at Ordinary Meeting of Council on 22 February 2021 (CCL003-21)