Monday, 22 March 2021
Dragon Room (Level 1, Georges River Civic Centre, Hurstville)
Skype Online Meeting
MM002-21 International Women's Day 2021
(Report by The Mayor, Councillor Greene).............................................................. 4
MM003-21 Clean Up Australia Day
(Report by The Mayor, Councillor Greene).............................................................. 6
Mayor: The Mayor, Councillor Greene
On Monday 8 March 2021 I joined other Councillors in attending the Georges River Council International Women's Day Women in Business Breakfast held in partnership with the St George Chamber of Commerce. At the event we heard from three incredibly talented, courageous and successful local women entrepreneurs. Tania Katsanis, our Marketing and Strategic Partnerships Officer was the MC for the event.
Sarah Cummings, principal at Sarah Cummings Consulting and Co-Founder of Teach Ted early education story series, Philippa Aslanis, Executive Director at Intimo lifestyle brand and Katherine Blizard, local café owner turned Business Consultant, shared their personal stories in developing intriguing business ideas and building successful business models in our diverse and supportive local community.
I was pleased to see more than 140 community members including representatives from local peak business bodies, schools, the NSW Police, and government gather in Hurstville to hear from these three truly inspiring local business women about how Georges River's healthy business ecosystem could help successful start-ups grow and discover how to tap into bigger markets.
Georges River as a community and economy has shown incredible resilience in recent months. Many local businesses have managed to increase turnover during the pandemic. Our Council has been highly supportive of local businesses with the implementation of a $47 million Economic and Social Recovery Plan that includes $180,000 in recovery grants awarded to small businesses.
On International Women’s Day, Council was able to demonstrate what a great place Georges River is for business and how diversity is an important component of any business model.
Ticket sales of nearly $3,000 will be donated to the women's crisis accommodation centre in the Georges River area.
The feedback I have received from many who attended the event was overwhelmingly positive and many are looking forward to our next business event.
The quality of the event both in terms of the content and the organisation was first class.
(a) That Council thank the guest speakers at the Women in Business Breakfast, Sarah Cummings, Katherine Blizard and Philippa Aslanis who generously gave their time on the day.
(b) That Council congratulate all staff involved in such a well organised and well received event.
Item: MM003-21 Clean Up Australia Day
Mayor: The Mayor, Councillor Greene
Groups from across the Georges River area celebrated the annual Clean Up Australia Day on 7 March 2021. This national event is a day dedicated to removing litter and conserving our environment.
This year there were 36 community, school and business groups that registered a clean-up site in the Georges River area, with approximately 500 volunteers in total.
I visited and spent time with 9 community groups – Jenny’s Kindergarten, Netstrata, Woniora Road School, JORG Running Group, Georges River Bushcare Group, Kogarah Bay Progress Association, Georges River Young Liberals and local parents and children, as well as hosting the Georges River Council and Stormwater Shepherds site at Carss Park.
Georges River Council and Stormwater Shepherds partnered together to host a large clean up site at Carss Bush Park. The controlled outdoor event was COVID-19 safe, implementing staggered start times and event registration. A total of 90 volunteers worked in groups of 10 to collect litter across the park, surrounding bushland, and foreshore. Over 1500 pieces of litter were collected from the site, consisting mostly of soft microplastics and cigarette butts. The volunteers at Carss Park then enjoyed a BBQ as thanks after their hard work.
I wish to thank the Stormwater Shepherds for their involvement in such a successful event at Carss Park and providing important litter and environmental education to the Georges River community.
Thank you to OceanWatch Australia who worked with local oystercatchers to host a large clean up along the Georges River from Kogarah Bay to Towra Point. This great effort resulted in litter being removed from the Georges River and assists Council with supporting the conservation of local marine wildlife.
Finally, thank you to Council’s Environmental Sustainability and Waste team for facilitating Council and community clean-up sites and hosting a successful clean up at Carss Bush Park.
Council will continue its litter and waste removal projects throughout the year in order to keep the Georges River clean, litter free and to continue to protect the local environment.
(a) That Council congratulate and thank the range of community groups and organisations involved in the 2021 Clean Up Australia Day on 7 March 2021.
(b) That Council thank all staff involved in facilitating clean-up sites and hosting a successful clean up at Carss Bush Park.