MINUTES


Council Meeting

 

Monday, 22 February 2021

7.00pm

 

 

BLENDED MEETING

 

Dragon Room

(Level 1, Georges River Civic Centre, Hurstville)

and

Skype Online Meeting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Georges River Council – Minutes of Council Meeting - Monday, 22 February 2021

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 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, Director Environment and Planning - Meryl Bishop, 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, Chief Financial Officer - Danielle Parker, Manager Project Delivery - Alison Hanlon, Executive Services Officer - Marina Cavar, Research and Project Officer - Ann-Marie Svorinic, Executive Services Officer - Neil Treadwell and Brendon Keedle - Technology Service Officer.

 

OPENING

The Mayor, Councillor Kevin Greene, opened the meeting at 7.03pm.

 

NATIONAL ANTHEM

All those present stood for the singing of the National Anthem.

 

ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING

Due to technical difficulties, The Mayor, Councillor Greene called for an adjournment to the meeting, the time being 7.05pm.

 

Note:        At the time of the Adjournment, the following fourteen (14) Councillors were present; The Mayor, Councillor Greene and Councillors Agius, Badalati, Elmir, Grekas, Hindi, Kastanias, Konjarski, Landsberry, Liu, Payor, Symington, Tegg and Wu.

 

Note:        Council adjourned at 7.05pm.

RECONVENED MEETING

At 7.09pm The Mayor, Councillor Greene reconvened the meeting.

 

Note:        At the time the meeting was reconvened, the following fourteen (14) Councillors were present; The Mayor, Councillor Greene and Councillors Agius, Badalati, Elmir, Grekas, Hindi, Kastanias, Konjarski, Landsberry, Liu, Payor, Symington, Tegg and Wu.

Note:        Council reconvened at 7.09pm.

 


 

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

RESOLVED: Councillor Hindi and Councillor Symington

That an apology be accepted for Councillor Katris and a leave of absence granted.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

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

Councillor Sandy Grekas disclosed a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary Interest in Item CCL007-21 - Report of the Assets and Infrastructure Committee Meeting held 8 February 2021 (ASS006-21: T20/023 Tender for the Construction of the Hurstville Golf Club Pavilion) and; CCL010-21: ASS006-21 – T20/023 Tender for the Construction of the Hurstville Golf Club Pavilion for the reason that her husband is a member of the Hurstville Golf Course, but does not hold any position within the Club. As this is a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary disclosure, Councillor Grekas will participate in the discussion and voting on this item.

Councillor Kathryn Landsberry disclosed a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary Interest in Item CCL008-21 Report of the Community and Culture Committee Meeting held 8 February 2021 (COM003-21 – Community Property Report 1 October 2020 to 31 December 2020) for the reason that her son is a coach, committee member and player at Carss Park Football Club. Her son is also a coach at St George City Football Club, and works out of the office of St George Football Association at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium. As this is a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary disclosure, Councillor Landsberry will participate in the discussion and voting on this item.

Councillor Con Hindi made a verbal disclosure of a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary Interest in Item NM005-21 Managing Risks to Community Safety – 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 Vince Badalati made a verbal disclosure of a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary Interest in Item CCL007-21 Report of the Assets and Infrastructure Committee Meeting held on 8 February 2021 (ASS005-21: T20/014 Tender for the Construction of New Pavilion at Hurstville  Oval) as he is Honorary Vice-President of St George Cricket Club. Even though this is a Non-Significant, Non-Pecuniary Interest disclosure, Councillor Badalati will not be participating in the discussion or voting on this item.  

The Mayor, Councillor Kevin Greene disclosed a Significant Non-Pecuniary Interest in Item CCL007-21 Report of the Assets and Infrastructure Committee Meeting held on 8 February 2021 (ASS005-21: T20/014 Tender for the Construction of New Pavilion at Hurstville Oval)  for the reason that holds the position of President of St George District Cricket Club which is  a license holder at the ground. 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.  

The Mayor, Councillor Kevin Greene disclosed a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary Interest in Item ASS006-21: T20/023 Tender for the Construction of the Hurstville Golf Club Pavilion for the reason that he is a member of Hurstville Golf Club. Even though this is a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary Interest disclosure, The Mayor, Councillor Greene will not be participating in the discussion or voting on this item.  

PUBLIC FORUM

ITEM

SPEAKER

NM004-21 Osprey Nesting Habitat Within Georges River

Megan Argent

NM007-21 Sydney Water Waterway Health Improvement Program, Kogarah Bay Creek

Peter Hansen

NM007-21 Sydney Water Waterway Health Improvement Program, Kogarah Bay Creek

Brian Thompson

NM007-21 Sydney Water Waterway Health Improvement Program, Kogarah Bay Creek

 

Craig McLaren

NM005-21 Managing Risks to Community Safety – Kogarah War Memorial Pool

Peter Mahoney

NM004-21 Osprey Nesting Habitat Within Georges River

Sonia Baxant

NM005-21 Managing Risks to Community Safety – Kogarah War Memorial Pool

Eugene Perchorowicz

NM005-21 Managing Risks to Community Safety – Kogarah War Memorial Pool

Stephen Budge

 


 

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS

CCL002-21       Confirmation of the Minutes of the Ordinary Council Meeting held 14 December 2020

(Report by Executive Services Officer)

RESOLVED:    Councillor Symington and Councillor Landsberry

That the Minutes of the Ordinary Council Meeting held on 14 December 2020 be adopted.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

CCL003-21       Confirmation of the Minutes of the Extraordinary Council Meeting held 21 December 2020

(Report by Executive Services Officer)

RESOLVED:    Councillor Tegg And Councillor Agius

That the Minutes of the Extraordinary Council Meeting held on 21 December 2020 be adopted.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

CCL004-21       Confirmation of the Minutes of the Extraordinary Council Meeting held 8 February 2021

(Report by Executive Services Officer)

RESOLVED:    Councillor Symington And Councillor Landsberry

That the Minutes of the Extraordinary Council Meeting held on 8 February 2021 be adopted.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

MAYORAL MINUTE

 

MM001-21        Georges River Council - Successful Grant Applications

(Report by The Mayor, Councillor Greene)

RESOLVED:    The Mayor, Councillor Greene and Councillor Kastanias

That the General Manager accept the grants on behalf of Council and continue to pursue grant funding for projects and programs of Council.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

CONDOLENCES

·       The Mayor, Councillor Greene expressed his condolences in regard to the recent passing of John Vo. John was well known in the Peakhurst/Lugarno community. John was very heavily involved and committed to Our Lady of Fatima Parish at Peakhurst.   Back in the late 1980’s when that church went without a resident parish priest John was one of the many parishioners who stepped forward and took on a large number of voluntary roles within the parish community.  He drove a lot of the programs that were initiated in that parish community. John was very much loved by his family, his wife Maria, children Leah, Andrew and Emma also by their friends and certainly John and Maria’s own friends. He was very highly regarded. Sadly, he lost his battle with illness last week at the very young age of 71. An absolute lovely man and a beautiful family.

 

·      The Mayor, Councillor Greene expressed his condolences in regard to the recent passing of Peter Burgess who passed away last Friday, at the age of 63 after a battle with cancer.  His wife Lydia and children Scott and Sarah will miss Peter. He was strongly involved and a  patron of the Illawarra Catholic Club Cricket Club. He served as the first grade captain there for many years, and really set up the strength of that club’s senior cricket program. Peter lived in the Shire and was also involved with the Bonnet Bay Soccer Club and built them to a very strong community club. The facility, where the memorial service will be held on Friday is a facility that he drove the construction.  He was heavily involved in the promoting of soccer/football within the Bonnet Bay Community.  He was also well known in the retirement living community, in fact the Greglea village at Penshurst was one of the retirement facilities that he set up as part of his business.  Again much loved by so many and at the age of 63 certainly too young to be taken from his family.  His comments to his family when he was on death’s door last week was that he led a good life and he had done his bit to try and make the community and his family a better place. That basically summed up the man he was.

 

·       Councillor Con Hindi expressed his condolences in regard to the recent passing of Tina Torrisi aged 72 years old, the younger sister of Councillor Vince Badalati. She passed away 2 weeks ago with her family by her side. Our condolences to Councillor Badalati and his family. The Mayor also expressed his sympathies to Councillor Badalati and to his family at this very sad time.

 

Note: A moment’s silence was observed by Councillors and staff who were present at the meeting.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS

CCL005-21       Report of the Environment and Planning Committee Meeting held on 8 February 2021

(Report by Executive Services Officer)

ReSOLVED:    Councillor Hindi and Councillor Landsberry

That the Environment and Planning Committee recommendations for Item ENV002-21, as detailed below, be adopted by Council.

ENV002-21       Adoption of Management of Feral and Infant Companion Animals Policy 2021

(Report by Manager Environment Health & Regulatory Services)

(a)    That Council adopt the Georges River Management of Feral and Infant Companion Animals Policy (2021) as contained in Attachment 1 to this report.

(b)    That a further report be provided to Council on a future companion animal identification and de-sexing program within 12 months of the commencement of the Policy.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

CCL006-21       Report of the Finance and Governance Committee Meeting held on 8 February 2021

(Report by Executive Services Officer)

ReSOLVED:    Councillor Badalati And Councillor Hindi

That the Finance and Governance Committee recommendations for Items FIN002-21 to FIN006-21, with the exception of FIN005-21 as detailed below, be adopted by Council.

FIN002-21    Administrative Matter - Execution of Documents Under Delegated       Authority (1 December 2020 to 31 January 2021)

 (Report by Manager, Office of the General Manager)

That Council receives and notes, for the period 1 December 2020 to 31 January 2021, that there were six (6) documents executed by the General Manager under delegation.

FIN003-21   Investment Report as at 30 November 2020

(Report by Senior Financial Accountant - Reporting)

That Council receives and notes the contents of the Investment Report as at 30 November 2020.

FIN004-21   Investment Report as at 31 December 2020

(Report by Senior Financial Accountant - Reporting)

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

FIN006-21        NSW Legislative Requirements for Internal Borrowing and Loans

(Report by Chief Financial Officer)

That the report be received and noted.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

FIN005-21       Quarterly Budget Review for period ended 31 December 2020

                       (Report by Business Performance Accountant)

ReSOLVED:  Councillor Elmir and Councillor Agius

(a)        That Council receives and notes the contents of this report in relation to the Quarterly Budget Review for the period ending 31 December 2020.

(b)        That Council adopt the proposed amendments to the 2020/21 Budget based on the revised forecast operational impacts from COVID-19, the ICAC investigation and other variations experienced in the first half of the financial year.

(c)        That Council notes there is a substantial decrease in Council’s cash forecast balance since the adopted budget.

(d)        That Council notes the forecast operating financial sustainability issues have accelerated due to COVID-19 with higher than anticipated costs and reduced income in 2019/20.

(e)        That Council acknowledges the risks associated with not resolving the financial operating deficit in meeting its short and long-term commitments.

Record of Voting:

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

Against the Motion:    Councillors Badalati, Hindi (abstained), Kastanias, Landsberry, Payor and  Wu (abstained).

On being put to the Meeting, voting on this Motion was eight (8) votes FOR and six (6) votes AGAINST. The Motion was CARRIED.

 

CCL007-21       Report of the Assets and Infrastructure Committee Meeting held on 8 February 2021

(Report by Executive Services Officer)

ReSOLVED:    Councillor Agius and Councillor Elmir

That the Assets and Infrastructure Committee recommendations for Items ASS002-21 to ASS004-21, as detailed below, be adopted by Council.

ASS002-21       Report of the Georges River Local Traffic Advisory Committee Meeting 2 February 2021

(Report by Coordinator Traffic & Transport)

That the Recommendations contained within the minutes of the Georges River Local Traffic Advisory Committee Meeting held on 1 December 2020 be adopted by Council.

ASS003-21       T20/018 Tender for Traffic Management Services - Netstrata Jubilee    Stadium

(Report by Manager Premium Facilities)

(a)  That Council, in accordance with Section 178 (1) (a) of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 (NSW), accepts the Tender from Guardian Venue Management International Pty Ltd after having regard to all the circumstances, as the Tenderer that appears to be the most advantageous in providing Traffic Management Services at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium under the Contract Number T20/018 for a period of three years plus a one year option, subject to the satisfactory outcome of the financial assessment.

(b)    That the General Manager be authorised to sign the Contract with the preferred tenderer on behalf of Council.

(c)    That Council inform the unsuccessful Tenderers of the resolution.

ASS004-21       T20/019 Tender for Event Staff Services - Netstrata Jubilee Stadium

(Report by Manager Premium Facilities)

(a)  That Council, in accordance with Section 178 (1) (a) of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 (NSW), accepts the Tender from Venue Industry Professionals after having regard to all the circumstances, as the Tenderer that appears to be the most advantageous in providing Event/Customer Service Staff Services at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium under the Contract Number T20/019 for a period of three years plus a one year option, subject to the satisfactory outcome of the financial assessment.

(b)    That the General Manager be authorised to sign the Contract with the preferred tenderer on behalf of Council.

(c)    That Council inform the unsuccessful Tenderers of the resolution.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

Note:        At this point of the meeting, due to disclosing a Significant Non-Pecuniary Interest in Item (ASS005-21: T20/014 Tender for the Construction of New Pavilion at Hurstville Oval) and; disclosing a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary Interest in Item ASS006-21: T20/023 Tender for the Construction of the Hurstville Golf Club Pavilion, The Mayor, Councillor Greene vacated the chair and left the meeting at 8.17pm. The Mayor did not participate in the discussion or voting on these items.

Note:        In the absence of the Chair, the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Agius assumed the Chair, time being 8.17pm.

Note:        At this point of the meeting, due to disclosing a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary Interest in Item ASS005-21: T20/014 Tender for the Construction of New Pavilion at Hurstville Oval, Councillor Badalati left the meeting at 8.19pm and did not participate in the discussion or voting on this item.

ASS005-21       T20/014 Tender for the Construction of New Pavilion at Hurstville Oval

(Report by Coordinator Civil Works Projects)

ReSOLVED:    Councillor Agius and Councillor Tegg

Note:       The Mayor, Councillor Greene disclosed a Significant, Non-Pecuniary Interest in this Item. The Mayor, Councillor Greene left the meeting and did not take part during the discussion and voting on this item.

Note:      Councillor Badalati disclosed a Non-Significant, Non-Pecuniary Interest in this Item. Councillor Badalati left the meeting and did not take part during the discussion and voting on this item.

(a)  That Council, in accordance with Section 178 (1) (a) of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 (NSW), accepts the Tender from Matrix Group Co Pty Ltd, in the amount of $2,403,066.00 (excluding GST), after having regard to all the circumstances, as the tender that appears to be the most advantageous and appoint Matrix Group Co Pty Ltd as the Principal Contractor under the Contract Number T20/014 Tender for the Construction of New Players Pavilion at Hurstville Oval.

(b)    That the General Manager be authorised to sign the Contract with the preferred Contractor on behalf of Council.

(c)    That Council inform unsuccessful Tenderers of the resolution.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

ASS006-21       T20/023 Tender for the Construction of the Hurstville Golf Club Pavilion

(Report by Coordinator Civil Works Projects)

ReSOLVED:    Councillor Agius and Councillor Hindi

Note:       The Mayor, Councillor Greene disclosed a Significant, Non-Pecuniary Interest in this Item. The Mayor, Councillor Greene left the meeting and did not take part during the discussion and voting on this item.

That Council note the previously identified preferred tenderer has withdrawn their tender submission and that Council will consider this matter separately in report number CCL010-21.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

Note:        The Mayor, Councillor Greene returned to the meeting at 8.22pm and resumed the    position of Chair.

 

Note:        Councillor Badalati returned to the meeting at 8.22 pm.

 

CCL008-21       Report of the Community and Culture Committee Meeting held on 8 February 2021

(Report by Executive Services Officer)

Resolved:     Councillor Tegg and Councillor Landsberry

That the Community and Culture Committee recommendations for Items COM002-21 to COM004-21, as detailed below, be adopted by Council.

COM002-21      St George Local Business Awards 2021 Sponsorship

(Report by Acting Coordinator Events and Sponsorship)

That Council approve the allocation of $10,000 towards the 2021 St George Local Business Awards from the 2020/21 budget for the sponsorship of community-run events.

COM003-21      Community Property Report 1 October 2020 to 31 December 2020

(Report by Coordinator, Programming and Operations)

That Council receives and notes the Community Property Report for the period 1 October 2020 to 31 December 2020.

COM004-21      Economic Development Strategy (2018-2022) Mid-Term Review

(Report by Senior Project Officer)

(a)    That the report be received and noted. 

(b)    That Council endorse the Economic Development Strategy - Business First Amendment as attached to this report.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

FINANCE AND GOVERNANCE

CCL009-21       Tabling of Disclosure of Interest Returns

(Report by Manager Governance and Risk)

RESOLVED:    Councillor Badalati and Councillor Hindi

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

Note:        At this point of the meeting, due to disclosing a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary Interest in the following Item ASS006-21: T20/023 Tender for the Construction of the Hurstville Golf Club Pavilion, The Mayor, Councillor Greene vacated the chair and left the meeting at 8.24pm and did not participate in the discussion or voting on this item.

Note:        In the absence of the Chair, the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Agius assumed the Chair, time being 8.24pm.

ASSETS AND INFRASTRUCTURE

CCL010-21       ASS006-21: T20/023 Tender for the Construction of the Hurstville Golf Club Pavilion

(Report by Coordinator Civil Works Projects)

ReSOLVED:    Councillor Agius and Councillor Hindi

Note:      The Mayor, Councillor Greene disclosed a Significant, Non-Pecuniary Interest in this Item. The Mayor, Councillor Greene left the meeting and did not take part during the discussion and voting on this item.

(a)       That Council, in accordance with Section 178 of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 (NSW), accepts the Tender from Project Coordination Aust Pty Ltd, in the amount of $2,722,270.00 (excluding GST), after having regard to all the circumstances, as the tender that appears to be the most advantageous and appoint Project Coordination Aust Pty Ltd as the Principal Contractor under the Contract Number T20/023 Tender for the Construction of Hurstville Golf Club Pavilion.

(b)    That the General Manager be authorised to sign the Contract with the preferred Contractor on behalf of Council.

(c)    That Council inform unsuccessful Tenderers of the resolution.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

Note:        The Mayor, Councillor Greene returned to the meeting at 8.25pm and resumed the    position of Chair.

 

Note:        Councillor Wu left at 8.32pm and did not return to the meeting.

 

 

NOTICES OF MOTION

NM001-21         Proposed Investigation by Council and the Office of Local Government

(Report by Councillor Badalati)

MOTION:          Councillor Badalati and Councillor Landsberry

That arising from the publication of claims published in The Guardian newspaper on 12 December 2019 in the story titled “Liberal party member denies links to Chinese Communist party after Belt and Road controversy” Council immediately commence an investigation to determine whether any “political connections or links to the Chinese government” may be held by Georges River councillors, and request that the Chief Executive of the Office of Local Government, ICAC and the Australian Federal Police to commence their own investigation into this same matter.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:           Councillors Badalati, Hindi, Kastanias and Landsberry.

Against the Motion: The Mayor, Councillor Greene, Deputy Mayor, Councillor Agius and Councillors Elmir, Grekas, Konjarski, Liu, Payor (abstained), Symington and Tegg.

On being put to the Meeting, voting on this Motion was four (4) votes FOR and nine (9) votes AGAINST. The Motion was LOST.

 

NM002-21         Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) Collection and Disposal Service

(Report by Councillor Kastanias)

RESOLVED:    Councillor Kastanias and Councillor Symington

That the General Manager prepares a report for the March 2021 Council meeting that investigates:

(a)    A weekly FOGO (Food Organics Garden Organics) collection to all households, schools, community groups, multi-unit dwellings and businesses that currently have a green-lidded garden waste bin; and

(b)    A weekly FOGO collection to all multi-unit dwellings and businesses that currently do not have a green-lidded garden waste bin.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 


 

NM003-21         Partnership with the Australian Human Rights Commission to Fight Racism and Support our Diverse Community

(Report by Councillor Tegg)

RESOLVED:     Councillor Tegg and Councillor Landsberry

(a)    That the General Manager prepare a report to Council on the feasibility of partnering with the Australian Human Rights Commission in order to join the “Racism. It Stops With Me” campaign to tackle and eliminate racism and support our diverse community.

(b)    This report should consider, amongst other things:

(i)     Background to the Australian Human Rights Commission campaign “Racism. It Stops With Me”;

(ii)    Resources available through the Australian Human Rights Commission to support organisations in tackling racism;

(iii)    Opportunities to develop a Georges River anti-racism education campaign to support communities targeted by racism;

(iv)   Feasibility of installing anti-racism street signage and/or banners to raise community awareness and demonstrate Georges River Council’s commitment to being a racism-free local government area; and

(v)    Potential grant funding opportunities that may be available from the State or Federal Government.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:          The Mayor Councillor Greene, Deputy Mayor Councillor Agius, Councillors Elmir, Grekas, Hindi, Kastanias, Konjarski, Landsberry, Liu, Payor, Symington and Tegg.

Against the Motion:   Councillor Badalati.

On being put to the Meeting, voting on this Motion was twelve (12) votes FOR and one (1) vote AGAINST. The Motion was CARRIED.

 

NM004-21         Osprey Nesting Habitat Within Georges River

(Report by Councillor Symington)

RESOLVED:    Councillor Symington and Councillor Hindi

That the General Manager provide a report to Council that addresses:

(i)     the outcomes of an investigation into the current availability of nesting habitat for Ospreys within the Georges River Council local government area;

(ii)    the actions and activities undertaken by our neighbouring Councils, Canterbury- Bankstown, Sutherland and other coastal councils to enhance Osprey nesting habitat with the possibility of developing a regional approach;

(iii)    the actions and activities undertaken by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and the NSW Roads and Maritime Service;

(iv)   the findings of the draft Biodiversity Study; and

(v)    possible sources of funding (such as grants) that are available for the installation of strategic artificial nesting platforms and nesting habitats.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

NM005-21         Managing Risks to Community Safety - Kogarah War Memorial Pool

(Report by Councillor Tegg)

RESOLVED:    Councillor Tegg and Councillor Grekas

That having regard to:

(i)     Numerous previous reports provided to Council that the Kogarah War Memorial Pool and associated facilities are no longer fit for purpose such that they pose an unacceptable risk to the environment, the public’s safety and to Council as a landowner; and

(ii)    Further legal advice provided by Queen’s Counsel and Council’s insurer to Councillors on 8 December 2020 about the high risk to community safety and liability arising there from;

the General Manager be authorised to undertake the immediate demolition of the Kogarah War Memorial Pool complex upon receipt of the appropriate development consent and approvals to eliminate the current risks to the community, the environment and to the Council.

Record of Voting:

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

Against the Motion:   Councillors Badalati, Hindi, Kastanias, Landsberry, Payor and Symington.

On being put to the Meeting, voting on this Motion was seven (7) votes FOR and six (6) votes AGAINST. The Motion was CARRIED.

 

NM006-21         Dissolution of Council's Standing Committees

(Report by Councillor Payor)

MOTION:         Councillor Payor and Councillor Kastanias

(a)    That Council hold all Standing Committees consecutively instead of concurrently, to allow for the attendance of all Councillors, for the remainder of the Council term;

(b)    For all Councillors to be appointed as voting members on each Standing Committee; and

(c)    For the dissolution of the Financial Sustainability Working Group, and its subject matter reported to the Finance and Governance Committee.

Record of Voting:

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

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

On being put to the Meeting, voting on this Motion was six (6) votes FOR and seven (7) votes AGAINST. The Motion was LOST.

 


 

NM007-21         Sydney Water Waterway Health Improvement Program, Kogarah Bay Creek

(Report by Councillor Payor)

RESOLVED:         Councillor Payor and Councillor Kastanias

That consideration of this motion be deferred to the Council meeting of 22 March 2021.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

NM008-21         Award Winning Salon Bibliothèque - Georges River Council's Pop Up Library

(Report by Councillor Konjarski)

RESOLVED:    Councillor Konjarski and Councillor Kastanias

That Council congratulates Georges River Council officers who recently won a Highly Commended Award through the NSW Public Libraries Association for “Innovation in Outreach Services” for the successful “Salon Bibliothèque” pop-up library.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE

QWN001-21     Georges River Property Portfolio Strategy - Councillor Workshop

(Report by Councillor Landsberry)

RESOLVED:    Councillor Landsberry and Councillor Kastanias

That the information be received and noted.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

QWN002-21     Status of Developer Contributions Audits

(Report by Councillor Hindi)

RESOLVED:    Councillor Hindi and Councillor Badalati

(a)       That the matter of the alleged missing $4 million dollars be referred to ICAC.

(b)       That Council officers be thanked for:

(i)         identifying the deficiencies in the former Kogarah and Hurstville Councils’ developer        contributions systems;

(ii)        initiating the audit program in 2018; and

(iii)       implementing a successful program of action to recover outstanding funds from   private certifiers for the benefit of the local community.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

QWN003-21     Adopted Operating Deficits - Council Budgets from 2016

(Report by Councillor Hindi)

RESOLVED:     Councillor Hindi and Councillor Badalati

That the information be received and noted.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

 

QWN004-21     New Rates Program 2021 - Extraordinary Meeting

(Report by Councillor Hindi)

RESOLVED:     Councillor Hindi and Councillor Badalati

That the information be received and noted.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

CONCLUSION

The Meeting was closed at 10.45pm.

 

 

 

 

Chairperson

Mayor, Kevin Greene

 

Minutes confirmed at the Ordinary Meeting of Council on 22 March 2021 (CCL011-21)