AGENDA


Council Meeting

 

Monday, 26 April 2021

 

 

BLENDED MEETING

Dragon Room (Level 1, Georges River Civic Centre, Hurstville)

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Skype Online Meeting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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OATH OF OFFICE OR AFFIRMATION OF OFFICE

All Georges River Councillors are reminded of their Oath of Office or Affirmation of Office made at the time of their swearing into the role of Councillor.

All Councillors are to undertake the duties of the office of Councillor in the best interests of the people of the Georges River Council area and are to act faithfully and impartially carry out the functions, powers, authorities and discretions vested in them under the Local Government Act 1993 or any other Act to the best of their ability and judgement.

 

 

DISCLOSURES OF INTEREST

All Georges River Councillors are reminded of their obligation to declare any conflict of interest (perceived or otherwise) in a matter being considered by Council or at any meeting of Council.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ordinary Meeting

 ORDER OF BUSINESS

 

1.      OPENING

2.      NATIONAL ANTHEM

3.      PRAYER

4.      ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY

Council acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land on which this meeting is being held as the Biddegal people of the Eora Nation.

5.      APOLOGIES / LEAVE OF ABSENCE

6.      NOTICE OF WEBCASTING

7.      DISCLOSURES OF INTEREST

8.      PUBLIC FORUM

9.      CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS

CCL020-21       Confirmation of the Minutes of the Ordinary Council Meeting held 22 March 2021

(Report by Executive Services Officer)....................................................................... 7

10.    MAYORAL MINUTE

11.    CONDOLENCES

12.    COMMITTEE REPORTS

CCL021-21       Report of the Environment and Planning Committee Meeting held on 12 April 2021

(Report by Executive Services Officer).................................................................... 28

CCL022-21       Report of the Finance and Governance Committee Meeting held on 12 April 2021

(Report by Executive Services Officer).................................................................... 36

CCL023-21       Report of the Assets and Infrastructure Committee Meeting held on 12 April 2021

(Report by Executive Services Officer).................................................................... 46

CCL024-21       Report of the Community and Culture Committee Meeting held on 12 April 2021

(Report by Executive Services Officer).................................................................... 50

 

13.    ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING

Nil

14.    FINANCE AND GOVERNANCE

CCL025-21       Securing Council's Future - Draft 2021/22 Operational Plan, Draft 2018/19 to 2020/22 Delivery Program and Updated Resourcing Strategy

(Report by Integrated Planning and Reporting Officer)......................................... 55

CCL026-21       LGNSW Destination and Visitor Economy Conference - 26 May 2021 to 28 May 2021

(Report by Executive Services Officer).................................................................... 73

CCL027-21       Submission to Office of Local Government - Consultation Paper on Remote Attendance by Councillors at Meetings

(Report by Manager, Office of the General Manager)........................................... 82

CCL028-21       Tabling of Disclosure of Interest Returns

(Report by Manager Governance and Risk)............................................................ 96

15.    ASSETS AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Nil

16.    COMMUNITY AND CULTURE

Nil

17.    NOTICES OF RESCISSION

Nil

18.    NOTICES OF MOTION

NM018-21          Library Services - Extended Hours Trial Period

(Report by Councillor Tegg)....................................................................................... 97

NM019-21          Advocacy for Sport Amenities Upgrade - H.V. Evatt Park

(Report by Councillor Kastanias)............................................................................ 100

NM020-21          Investigation - Provision of a Pedestrian Crossing at Chivers Hill Shops, Forest Road, Lugarno

(Report by Councillor Kastanias)............................................................................ 101

NM021-21          Identification of Potential Sites for Community Battery Stations

(Report by Councillor Tegg)..................................................................................... 102

NM022-21          Congratulations to Georges River National Swimmers

(Report by Councillor Konjarski).............................................................................. 103

NM023-21          Stronger Penalties for Accredited Certifiers (Developer Contributions)

(Report by Councillor Katris).................................................................................... 104

NM024-21          Congratulations to Council Staff for "2021- It's a Mood"

(Report by Councillor Grekas)................................................................................. 107

NM025-21          Congratulations to the Oatley Lions Club - 2021 Community Market Day

(Report by Councillor Grekas)................................................................................. 108

NM026-21          Hurstville Museum & Gallery Exhibition - 'Reflection' by Artist Fangmin Wu

(Report by Councillor Liu)......................................................................................... 109

NM027-21          Investigate the Establishment of a Technology Hub for Youth and Vulnerable Communities

(Report by Councillor Konjarski).............................................................................. 110

NM028-21          #RacismNotWelcome Campaign

(Report by Councillor Katris).................................................................................... 111

19.    QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE

QWN011-21      Draft Budget 2021/22 - Status Update on the Special Rate Variation Application to IPART

(Report by Councillor Elmir)..................................................................................... 113

QWN012-21      Draft Budget 2021/22 - Employee Cost Comparison

(Report by Councillor Elmir)..................................................................................... 114

QWN013-21      Draft Budget 2021/22 - Senior Staff Comparison

(Report by Councillor Elmir)..................................................................................... 116

QWN014-21      Code of Conduct Statistics for Period 2012-2021

(Report by Councillor Landsberry).......................................................................... 117

QWN015-21      Independent Commission Against Corruption Investigation into Georges River Councillors - Legal Expenditure

(Report by Councillor Landsberry).......................................................................... 119

QWN016-21      NSW Government Stronger Communities Fund

(Report by Councillor Hindi)..................................................................................... 120

QWN017-21      Sydney Water - Waterway Health Improvement Project, Kogarah Bay Creek, Kogarah Bay

(Report by Councillor Payor).................................................................................... 123

 

20.    CONFIDENTIAL (CLOSED SESSION)

CCL017A-21     FIN013A-21 Property Matter - Proposed Dedication for Road Widening and Grant of Easement for Access - Louis Terrace, Hurstville

(Report by Strategic Property Specialist)

CCL018A-21     Property Matter - Waratah Private Hospital, Dora Street, Hurstville

(Report by Head of Strategic Property)

CCL019A-21     Confidential: Code of Conduct Investigation Report - Councillor Hindi

(Report by Chief Audit Executive)

CCL020A-21     Confidential: Code of Conduct Investigation Report - Councillor Grekas

(Report by Manager Governance and Risk)

 


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CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS

Item:                   CCL020-21   Confirmation of the Minutes of the Ordinary Council Meeting held 22 March 2021 

Author:              Executive Services Officer

Directorate:      Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:    Previous Minutes

 

 

 

Recommendation:

That the Minutes of the Ordinary Council Meeting held on 22 March 2021 be adopted.

 

Executive Summary

The Minutes of the Ordinary Council Meeting of 22 March 2021, as attached, be adopted by Council as a true and correct record of that meeting.

 

Following adoption by Council, the Minutes will be published on Council’s website.

 

File Reference

SF21/3559

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Unconfirmed Minutes of the Ordinary Council Meeting of 22 March 2021

 


Georges River Council - Ordinary Meeting - Monday, 26 April 2021

CCL020-21             Confirmation of the Minutes of the Ordinary Council Meeting held 22 March 2021

[Appendix 1]           Unconfirmed Minutes of the Ordinary Council Meeting of 22 March 2021

 

 

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COMMITTEE REPORTS

Item:                   CCL021-21   Report of the Environment and Planning Committee Meeting held on 12 April 2021 

Author:              Executive Services Officer

Directorate:      Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:    Committee Reports

 

 

 

Recommendation:

That the Environment and Planning Committee recommendations for Item ENV011-21 to ENV016-21, as detailed below, be adopted by Council.

 

Background

The following Committee recommendations for Item ENV011-21 to ENV016-21 is submitted to Council for determination.

These recommendations were made by the Environment and Planning Committee at its meeting on 12 April 2021.

COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS

ENV011-21       Summary of Development Applications Lodged and Determined - October 2020 to March 2021

(Report by Manager Development and Building)

(a)     That Council receive and note the Summary of Development Applications lodged and determined within the second and third quarters of the 2020/2021 financial year being October 2020 – March 2021.

(b)     That Council discontinue the program (Waiving of Fees for Development Applications for Alternations and Additions for Dwelling Houses) at a point the cost of program meets the budget expenditure of $63,000, which was the original estimate endorsed by Council in October 2020. 

(c)   That staff of the Development and Building and Strategic Planning Departments be congratulated for their efforts in achieving the favourable results in the areas of planning and development.

 

ENV012-21       Status Update - Protection of the Port Jackson Fig Tree at Sans Souci Park

(Report by Strategic Planner)

That Council notes the actions undertaken by officers to date, in relation to furthering the protection of the Port Jackson Fig Tree at Sans Souci Park including:

(a)     Amendment of the NSW Heritage Inventory Sheet;

(b)     Amendment to the name of the Heritage Item 155 (as part of the next Housekeeping Amendment to the Georges River Local Environmental Plan); and

(c)     Nomination of the Port Jackson Fig Tree on the National Trust Register (significant trees).

 

ENV013-21       Status Update - 2018 Developer Contributions Audit

(Report by Manager Strategic Planning)

That Council receive and note the report.

 

ENV014-21       Draft Penshurst Park Plan of Management

(Report by Strategic Planner)

(a)     That Council forward the draft Penshurst Park Plan of Management to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (landowners) for consent and endorsement for public exhibition.

(b)     That Council delegates the General Manager to make amendments to the draft Penshurst Park Plan of Management to address any matters raised by the Department of Planning Industry and Environment.

(c)     That Council endorse the draft Penshurst Park Plan of Management (with any amendments resulting from the issuing of the consent from the landowner) for public exhibition.

(d)     That the draft Penshurst Park Plan of Management be placed on exhibition for a minimum of 28 days with submissions to be received up to 42 days after the date on which the draft plan is placed on public exhibition.

(e)     That Council hold a public hearing for Penshurst Park Plan of Management as the draft Plan of Management is altering the categorisation of community land under section 36(4) of the Local Government Act 1993 from “General Community Use” and “Park” to “General Community Use” and “Sportsground.”

 

ENV015-21       Land Use Planning Incentives - State Road Intersection Upgrade: Princes Highway/Park Road, Kogarah Bay

(Report by Manager Strategic Planning)

That Council receive and note the report.

 

ENV016-21       Planning Proposal - Mortdale RSL 19-25 Macquarie Place and 46-56 Pitt Street, Mortdale

(Report by Strategic Planner)

(a)   That the Planning Proposal - Mortdale RSL 19-25 Macquarie Place and 46-56 Pitt Street, Mortdale be deferred to a Councillor workshop and staff continue discussions with the applicant regarding FSR, height, community impact and the community benefits of a Voluntary Planning Agreement.

(b)    That the matter be reported back to Council after the Councillor workshop.

 

File Reference

SF21/3593

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Unconfirmed Minutes of the Environment and Planning Committee Meeting - 12 April 2021

 


Georges River Council - Ordinary Meeting - Monday, 26 April 2021

CCL021-21             Report of the Environment and Planning Committee Meeting held on 12 April 2021

[Appendix 1]           Unconfirmed Minutes of the Environment and Planning Committee Meeting - 12 April 2021

 

 

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Item:                   CCL022-21   Report of the Finance and Governance Committee Meeting held on 12 April 2021 

Author:              Executive Services Officer

Directorate:      Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:    Committee Reports

 

 

 

Recommendation:

That the Finance and Governance Committee recommendations for Items FIN0017-21 to FIN020-21 and FIN012A-21 to FIN014A-21 as detailed below, be adopted by Council.

 

Background

1.         The following Committee recommendations for Items FIN017-21 to FIN020-21 and FIN012A-21 to FIN014A-21, are submitted to Council for determination.

 

2.         These recommendations were made by the Finance and Governance Committee at its meeting on 12 April 2021.

 

COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS

FIN017-21         Administrative Matter - Execution of Documents Under Delegated Authority (1 February 2021 to 31 March 2021)

(Report by Manager, Office of the General Manager)

That Council note, for the period 1 February 2021 to 31 March 2021, there were seven (7) documents executed by the General Manager under delegation.

 

FIN018-21         Investment Report as at 28 February 2021

(Report by Senior Financial Accountant - Reporting)

That Council receives and notes the contents of the Investment Report as at 28 February 2021.

 

FIN019-21         Status Update - Local Government Amendment (Rating) Bill 2021

(Report by Chief Financial Officer)

That the report be received and noted.

 

FIN020-21         2021/22 Budget Consideration: Proposed Amendment to the Debt Management and Hardship Policy (Low Income Rate Rebate)

(Report by Chief Financial Officer)

(a)     That Council amends the Debt Management and Hardship Policy to allow recipients of the Federal Assistance ‘JobSeeker’ to access the hardship support to allow payment of their rates and charges in monthly installments, at no additional cost and without penalty interest (estimated hardship support of $70-$100 annually).

(b)     That Council promotes the expansion of the Debt Management and Hardship Policy in the annual rates and charges mail out and usual media channels.

(c)     That, subject to the implementation of the Special Rate Variation in 2021/22, the General Manager provide a report after 12 months of operation of the amended Debt Management and Hardship Policy that reviews the operation of the low income hardship support and investigates any opportunities for further expansion of the Policy.

 

FIN012A-21       Property Matter - Taylors Reserve, Lugarno (Creation of Right of Way)

    (Report by Head of Strategic Property)

(a)     That Council reinforces its unanimous resolution from the meeting of the 14 December 2020 with regard to Item ENV048-20 in connection with the Planning Proposal for the reclassification of part of Taylors Reserve, Lugarno for the purpose of creating a Right of Way for adjoining owners as discussed in the report at no cost to the affected owners.

(b)     That Council proceed immediately to carry out all necessary actions that are required in order to construct the Right of Way and proceed to construct these right of ways as a matter of urgency.

 

FIN013A-21       Property Matter - Proposed Dedication for Road Widening and Grant of Easement for Access - Louis Terrace, Hurstville

(Report by Strategic Property Specialist)

That this item be deferred to the Council Meeting on 26 April 2021.

 

FIN014A-21       Norm O'Neil Cricket Training Centre - Management Agreement (Commercial-in-Confidence)

(Report by Manager Premium Facilities)

That the report be received and noted.

 

File Reference

SF21/3600

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Unconfirmed Minutes of the Finance and Governance Committee Meeting - 12 April 2021

 


Georges River Council - Ordinary Meeting - Monday, 26 April 2021

CCL022-21             Report of the Finance and Governance Committee Meeting held on 12 April 2021

[Appendix 1]           Unconfirmed Minutes of the Finance and Governance Committee Meeting - 12 April 2021

 

 

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Item:                   CCL023-21   Report of the Assets and Infrastructure Committee Meeting held on 12 April 2021 

Author:              Executive Services Officer

Directorate:      Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:    Committee Reports

 

 

 

Recommendation:

That the Assets and Infrastructure Committee recommendations for Items ASS012-21 and ASS013-21, as detailed below, be adopted by Council.

 

Background

1.         The following Committee recommendations for Items ASS012-21 and ASS013-21 are submitted to Council for determination.

 

2.         These recommendations were made by the Assets and Infrastructure Committee at its meeting on 12 April 2021.

COMMITTEE RECOMENDATIONS

ASS012-21        Draft 2021/22 Budget - Consideration of Construction of a Bocce Court at Smith Park, Morgan Street, Kingsgrove

(Report by Manager Infrastructure)

That Council consider the allocation of $15,000 within the draft 2021/2022 budget (capital works program) for the construction of a Bocce Court in Smith Park, Morgan Street, Kingsgrove.

 

ASS013-21        Report of the Georges River Local Traffic Advisory Committee Meeting 6 April 2021

(Report by Coordinator Traffic & Transport)

That the Recommendations contained within the minutes of the Georges River Local Traffic Advisory Committee Meeting held on 6 April 2021 be adopted by Council.

 

 

File Reference

SF21/3563

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Unconfirmed Minutes of the Assets and Infrastructure Committee Meeting - 12 April 2021

 


Georges River Council - Ordinary Meeting - Monday, 26 April 2021

CCL023-21             Report of the Assets and Infrastructure Committee Meeting held on 12 April 2021

[Appendix 1]           Unconfirmed Minutes of the Assets and Infrastructure Committee Meeting - 12 April 2021

 

 

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Item:                   CCL024-21   Report of the Community and Culture Committee Meeting held on 12 April 2021 

Author:              Executive Services Officer

Directorate:      Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:    Committee Reports

 

 

 

Recommendation:

That the Community and Culture Committee recommendations for Items COM012-21 and COM013-21, as detailed below, be adopted by Council.

 

Background

1.         The following Committee recommendations for Items COM012-21 and COM013-21 are submitted to Council for determination.

 

2.         These recommendations were made by the Community and Culture Committee at its meeting on 12 April 2021.

COMMITTEE RECOMENDATIONS

COM012-21       Rewrite the Night - Night Time Economy Grants

(Report by Senior Project Officer)

(a)     That Council endorse the allocation of the remaining $40,000 in the COVID-19 Recovery Grants budget towards a Rewrite the Night Grant Program for small business as detailed in this report.

(b)     That to ensure that the grants are allocated to local businesses this financial year, the assessment and allocation of the “Rewrite the Night” grants be delegated to the General Manager.

 

COM013-21       Quarterly Community Property Report - 1 January to 31 March 2021

(Report by Coordinator, Programming and Operations)

That Council receives and notes the Community Property Report for the period 1 January 2021 to 31 March 2021.

File Reference

SF21/3586

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Unconfirmed Minutes - Community and Culture Committee Meeting 12 April 2021

 


Georges River Council - Ordinary Meeting - Monday, 26 April 2021

CCL024-21             Report of the Community and Culture Committee Meeting held on 12 April 2021

[Appendix 1]           Unconfirmed Minutes - Community and Culture Committee Meeting 12 April 2021

 

 

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FINANCE AND GOVERNANCE

Item:                   CCL025-21        Securing Council's Future - Draft 2021/22 Operational Plan, Draft 2018/19 to 2020/22 Delivery Program and Updated Resourcing Strategy 

Author:              Integrated Planning and Reporting Officer and Chief Financial Officer

Directorate:      Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:    Finance and Governance

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION:

(a)     That Council endorse for the purposes of public exhibition the attached Draft Integrated Planning and Reporting documents, being the Draft 2021/22 Operational Plan including the Draft Budget, Fees and Charges, Delivery Program and Resourcing Strategy, noting the proposed changes to the Delivery Program.

(b)     That the Draft Integrated Planning and Reporting documents be approved for public exhibition for a period of 28 days. 

(c)     That the General Manager be delegated authority to make formatting and minor editorial adjustments to the Draft Integrated Planning and Reporting documents.

(d)     That submissions received as part of the public exhibition of the Draft Integrated Planning and Reporting documents, including the 2021/22 Draft Budget and Fees and Charges be reported to the June 2021 Council meeting for consideration as part of the adoption of these documents.

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

1.      Council is required to adopt its new Operational Plan before 30 June 2021.

2.      Office of Local Government Circular 20-15 dated 1 May 2020 advises Council’s existing Delivery Program 2018/19 to 2020/21 will apply for a further 12 months, maintaining the key themes and any activities not yet completed.

3.      Attachment 1 contains the draft 2021/22 Operational Plan including the 2018/19 to 2021/22 Delivery Program, the Draft Budget and Fees and Charges.

4.      Attachment 2 is the updated Resourcing Strategy which includes updates to the Long Term Financial Plan, Workforce Management Plan, Asset Management Plan and Digital Resource Management Plan.

 

BACKGROUND

 

5.      Section 405 of the Local Government Act requires Council to adopt an Operational Plan before the beginning of each financial year, outlining the activities to be undertaken that year as part of the Delivery Program.

6.      The draft Operational Plan must be publicly exhibited for at least 28 days.

 

7.      Consistent with the annual approach, officers have provided Councillors with five extensive budget workshops on the proposed budget over the last two months, Workshops have included: Budget Strategy, Fees and Charges, Operational Budget, Capital Works Program and the Long Term Financial Plan.  No feedback or changes to the draft budget have been suggested by Councillors as a result of the Workshops to date.

Changes to the Delivery Program

8.      A number of minor changes have been made to the Delivery Program to show projects completed in 2020/21, make corrections to project and position titles, remove duplicated items and improve descriptions of tasks and performance indicators. A number of ongoing tasks have also been omitted as they are carried out as part of normal Council operations.

9.      New Delivery Program items are proposed and are outlined in Table 2.

10.    Proposed changes to performance indicators including the addition of new indicators are outlined in Table 3.

 

 

Table 1:  Items recommended for removal due to completion, business as usual or duplication.

Pillar

Goal

Strategy

Item

1 - A protected environment and green open spaces

1.1 – Council’s environmentally sustainable practices inspire everyone to protect and nurture the natural environment.

1.1.3 Help everyone to contribute to a more environmentally sustainable Georges River LGA.

Lobby the NSW Government to strengthen regulations to ensure private certifiers rigorously implement conditions of consent relating to environmental protection.

1 - A protected environment and green open spaces

1.4 – Local heritage is protected and promoted.

1.4.1 Recognise the Georges River LGA’s local heritage through heritage listings in Local Environmental Plans (LEPs) and protection policies in Development Control Plans (DCPs).

Incorporate the foreshore review recommendations into the comprehensive draft LEP and draft DCP.

1 - A protected environment and green open spaces

1.4 – Local heritage is protected and promoted.

1.4.1 Recognise the Georges River LGA’s local heritage through heritage listings in Local Environmental Plans (LEPs) and protection policies in Development Control Plans (DCPs).

Incorporate the recommendations of the heritage review of the Hurstville LEP into the draft Georges River LEP 2020.

2 – Quality, Well Planned Development

2.1 – Sustainable development delivers better amenity and liveability of the community and environment.

2.1.1 Prepare a comprehensive LEP for the entire LGA to improve and standardise development controls and regulations.

Continue to prepare a comprehensive LEP for the Georges River LGA.

Complete the Local Strategic Planning Statement for the Georges River LGA.

Prepare a new LEP for the Georges River LGA.

2 – Quality, Well Planned Development

2.1 – Sustainable development delivers better amenity and liveability of the community and environment.

2.1.2 Prepare a comprehensive Development Control Plan (DCP) for the Georges River LGA to guide development in the LGA.

Complete the Hurstville City Centre Urban Design Strategy.

Prepare a new Georges River DCP 2020.

Continue with the preparation of a comprehensive DCP for the entire Georges River LGA.

2 – Quality, Well Planned Development

2.1 – Sustainable development delivers better amenity and liveability of the community and environment.

2.1.3 Continue rigorous assessment of development applications (DAs) including compliance with Development Control Plans (DCPs), aesthetic qualities and environmental initiatives.

Implement the Development Advisory Service – a customer focused program providing a range of pre-lodgement and advice services relating to planning, development and building matters.

2 – Quality, Well Planned Development

2.1 – Sustainable development delivers better amenity and liveability of the community and environment.

2.1.4 Ensure high quality reporting and DA assessment by Council staff, local planning panel and the Sydney South Planning Panel.

Maintain and review development and building templates to increase efficiency. 

Conduct community information sessions on legislation changes affecting building and development.

 

2 – Quality, Well Planned Development

2.3 – Council-led development and assets provide quality, long-term benefits to everyone.

2.3.1 Ensure quality design and sustainability principles underpin the provision of Council facilities and other assets.

Implement more environmentally friendly building practices and products.

Implement phase out of all fluorinated firefighting foams.

2 – Quality, Well Planned Development

2.3 – Council-led development and assets provide quality, long-term benefits to everyone.

2.3.1 Ensure quality design and sustainability principles underpin the provision of Council facilities and other assets.

Forward plan and investigate funding for major rollouts of sustainable materials.

Implement LED lighting rollout.

Implement R22 refrigerant phase out across all legacy HVAC systems.

3 – Active and accessible places and spaces

3.1 – The LGA has a range of transport options to connect people goods and businesses.

3.1.1 Lobby for improved customer car parking and manage local parking supply, including around train stations, to enhance business vitality and encourage public transport use, cycling and walking.

Finalise the Car Parking Strategy.

3 – Active and accessible places and spaces

3.3 – Everyone, including people with disability, navigates the LGA in safety.

3.3.1 Implement the GRC Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP).

Engage with and support the local business community to provide more accessible and inclusive services to people of all abilities.

Provide key council documents in easy English.

Increase the accessibility and inclusiveness of Council community and major events through the development of a continuous improvement program based on the findings on accessibility assessments and community feedback.

Provide opportunities for performers and audiences with disabilities at Council’s major events.

Provide ‘Appreciating Diversity in Others’ training to staff to build confidence in working with and providing services to people with disability.

Continue to provide ‘Appreciating Diversity in Others’ training to staff to build confidence in working with and providing services to people with disability.

4 – A diverse and productive economy

4.1 – Local businesses are supported to help protect jobs and create employment opportunities.

4.1.1 Primarily target economic development initiatives in Kogarah, Hurstville, Kingsgrove, Peakhurst and Riverwood.

Adopt the Economic Development Strategy as supported by local business, Council’s Economic Development Advisory Committee and Council.

Implement a program of works in key centres that responds to the Economic Development Strategy.

 

4 – A diverse and productive economy

4.1 – Local businesses are supported to help protect jobs and create employment opportunities.

4.1.2 Develop economic programs that target the health, retail, construction, education and financial sectors, small to medium businesses and home based businesses.

Provide clearer, tailored information for small business on council approvals and regulatory requirements.

4 – A diverse and productive economy

4.2 – Outcomes from an Employment Lands Study ensure sufficient land is available for future growth.

4.2.1 Develop an Employment Lands Study to preserve employment lands and to protect employment growth and services during land rezoning processes.

Establish guidelines for assessing rezoning proposals in industrial and urban services land.

5 - A harmonious and proud community with strong social services and infrastructure

5.1 We create and support events that celebrate community and cultural identity and benefit the economy.

5.1.1 Initiate, facilitate and support inclusive and accessible events that meet the community’s aspirations and actively connect Council to individuals, community groups and businesses.

Assess event capacity and opportunities to make the LGA a preferred event destination.

Evaluate event value to the LGA, investigate a destination event for the LGA and review the events process.

Engage sponsorship expertise to review and revamp event sponsorship.

Implement findings of the Event Services Review.

Continue to build stronger relationships with local businesses, industries and State agencies to maximise sponsorship of local events.

Develop an Environmentally Sustainable Events Guideline.

5 - A harmonious and proud community with strong social services and infrastructure

5.2 Affordable and quality housing options are available.

5.2.1 Partner with state agencies to increase supply of affordable housing for residents on very low to moderate incomes.

Complete the Inclusive Housing Strategy. Adopt the Georges River Affordable Housing Policy.

5 - A harmonious and proud community with strong social services and infrastructure

5.3 The community is socially and culturally connected.

5.3.1 Develop and implement a Social Plan and a Cultural Strategy that celebrates diversity, promotes the multicultural community, supports innovation and creativity and contributes to the economic success of the area.

Implement the priorities of the Cultural Strategy and Public Art Policy.

Implement recommendations from the Cultural Strategy.

Develop and implement a Public Art Policy.

 

5 - A harmonious and proud community with strong social services and infrastructure

5.3 The community is socially and culturally connected.

5.3.2 Develop, support and promote programs and activities that foster social participation and wellbeing of the diverse community, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, cultural or religious background

Implement Council’s Equal Employment Opportunity Policy.

Implement the Hurstville Plaza Activation Plan

Implement and promote the directory of free and low-cost services for seniors.

Work with partner agencies to deliver targeted social inclusion grant program.

Continue to collaborate across Council and with relevant partners to develop holistic programs for community benefit.

5 - A harmonious and proud community with strong social services and infrastructure

5.3 The community is socially and culturally connected.

5.3.3 Develop an integrated Community Safety Plan to identify the role Council and others can play in helping to make the Georges River LGA a safer place.

Implement a Community Safety Plan.

Undertake a Safety Audit of public spaces across the LGA.

Consult on and develop a Community Safety Plan.

Continue to work with the Police Area command to manage Alcohol Free Zones and Alcohol Prohibited Areas.

5 - A harmonious and proud community with strong social services and infrastructure

5.3 The community is socially and culturally connected.

5.3.4 Provide high quality, affordable and economically viable education and care across Council’s children’s services.

Investigate the feasibility of a 24-hour child care centre in the Kogarah health and education precinct and implement if viable.

Locate an appropriate site for an occasional child care service within the Hurstville CBD.

Establish a 40-place long day-care centre in Oatley West.

Establish a 23-place occasional care service within the LGA.

Undertake a trial study of mixed usage options at Hurstville Early Learning Centre to determine community's needs.

Develop a reconciliation action plan.

5 - A harmonious and proud community with strong social services and infrastructure

5.4 Diverse, vibrant community facilities and spaces are connected, well maintained and accessible.

5.4.1 Expand the role of libraries as welcoming and inclusive spaces with services, collections and programs that inspire and engage with the community.

Develop and implement training modules to maximise staff knowledge of the Library’s collections and Information Services.

Develop a Local Studies Marketing and Communication Plan.

Implement agreed outcomes from the Library Strategy.

Develop a Collection Management Plan.

Deliver Media Lab within Hurstville Library.

Develop a Debt Recovery Plan for Library Services.

5 - A harmonious and proud community with strong social services and infrastructure

5.4 Diverse, vibrant community facilities and spaces are connected, well maintained and accessible.

5.4.2 Collaborate with state agencies, the education sector and neighbouring councils to provide regional-level community facilities.

Work with the NSW Government to encourage greater provision of adequate crisis accommodation in the LGA.

Develop a Joint Use Planning Agreement with the Department of Education.

Work with local service providers to support women and children who are at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness as a result of domestic violence. 

Work with the NSW Government to facilitate an increase in crisis accommodation in the LGA for women and children who are at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness as a result of domestic violence.

5 - A harmonious and proud community with strong social services and infrastructure

5.4 Diverse, vibrant community facilities and spaces are connected, well maintained and accessible.

5.4.3 Provide a range of affordable and accessible facilities for community-based activities.

Review and deliver Council’s Venue Hire Grants Program in conjunction with the Grants, Donations and Sponsorship Policy.

Review use of community facilities in conjunction with Community Lease Policy.

Undertake audit of Council-owned community facilities.

5 - A harmonious and proud community with strong social services and infrastructure

5.4 Diverse, vibrant community facilities and spaces are connected, well maintained and accessible.

5.4.4 Encourage and promote the arts through Council’s cultural facilities including Hurstville Museum and Gallery, Hurstville Entertainment Centre and Carss Park Artist’s Cottage.

Investigate a platform to promote cultural activity across the LGA.

Increase the profile of our cultural facilities through partnerships with key arts organisations.

 

6 – Leadership and Transparency

6.1 The community is involved and listened to.

6.1.2 Use of online, social media and other communication channels, including Your Say Georges River.

Increase the range of community engagement activities on Council’s website.

Deliver drop in sessions and toolbox talks to encourage staff to increase the range and type of activities on Your Say.

6 – Leadership and Transparency

6.2 Open, informed and transparent decision-making supports the interests of the community.

6.2.1 Make all reports to Council Meetings public wherever possible under the Local Government Act 1993 or provide open and closed reports where necessary.

Provide fact sheets at each Council meeting to inform the community on the reasons for confidential reports.

6 – Leadership and Transparency

6.3 Leadership focuses on innovation and improving the customer experience.

6.3.1 Meet customer service commitments that aim to make it easy to do business with Council and create systems and a culture that support positive customer experiences.

Undertake outcomes of the customer experience transformation program.

6 – Leadership and Transparency

6.3 Leadership focuses on innovation and improving the customer experience.

6.3.1 Meet customer service commitments that aim to make it easy to do business with Council and create systems and a culture that support positive customer experiences.

Assess and review the use of Self Service Kiosks.

Implement and review the new changes to pre-lodgement services.

Develop promotional videos highlighting how customers can communicate with Council.

Review the internal reporting that reflects customer response times and officer accountability.

Review and assess the use of call back option.

6 – Leadership and Transparency

6.3 Leadership focuses on innovation and improving the customer experience.

6.3.2 Demonstrate a culture of continuous improvement and effective governance throughout Council services.

Implement procedures in line with NSW Cyber Security Policy.

Cultivate the night time economy in Kogarah and Hurstville.

6 – Leadership and Transparency

6.3 Leadership focuses on innovation and improving the customer experience.

6.3.3 Increase the status, influence, reputation and brand of Georges River Council and its LGA through a greater focus on innovation and advocacy.

Prepare 30-year City Vision and City Reputation Strategy, incorporating a strong, well-communicated external presence and brand.

Promote the aspirations of 2050 – leading for change and undertake feasibility studies where required.

6 – Leadership and Transparency

6.4 Council’s assets and resources are managed responsibly and with accountability.

6.4.1 Implement asset management plans to maintain infrastructure assets in a safe and functional standard, meeting current and future community needs

Provide maintenance and renewal programs for building asset class based on contractor asset inspections

6 – Leadership and Transparency

 

6.4.2 Maintain a sustainably strong financial position, balanced with demand for essential services and new projects, and having regard for Section 8B(d) (ii) of the Local Government Act (the current generation funds the cost of its services).

Engage with Community on a new Georges River Council Rating Structure.

Submit a proposed new Georges River Council rate structure to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal.

Submit a Georges River Council Special Rate Variation request to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal.

Develop a Georges River Council Revenue Management Policy for public exhibition and Council adoption.

Investigate opportunities for a greater proportion of Council’s investment portfolio to be directed to ethical and environmentally responsible investments which are low risk and have returns equal to or greater than existing investments.

 

6 – Leadership and Transparency

6.4 Council’s assets and resources are managed responsibly and with accountability.

6.4.4 To strengthen Council’s reputation and maintain community confidence by delivering secure, efficient, easy to use services. For our community, this means greater flexibility dealing with Council.

Support Library Technology Innovation Strategy.

Implement Audit recommendations.

6 – Leadership and Transparency

6.5 The workforce is inspiring, diverse and engaged.

6.5.1 Implement leading people practices to create a high performing, capable and resilient workforce.

Implement the Diversity and Inclusion Program.

Streamline recruitment processes for easier candidate selection and on-boarding.

6 – Leadership and Transparency

6.6 Council has a regional approach to service delivery and facilities.

6.6.1 Plan for regional level services and facilities and share information across state agencies and neighbouring councils.

Continue to work with state agencies to identify funding and pilot opportunities for Council.

 

Table 2: Proposed rewording and additions to the 4 year program of work

Proposed Change

Pillar

Goal

Strategy

Item

New Wording

Reword – updated action

1 - A protected environment and green open spaces

1.1 Council’s environmentally sustainable practices inspire everyone to protect and nurture the natural environment

1.1.1 Ensure the Georges River area is resilient in addressing energy, water and gas usage, sustainable buildings, waste diversion, green corridors, carbon emissions and urban design.

Develop and Implement an Energy Management Plan for Council’s top 10 energy using sites.

Implement an Energy Management Plan for Council’s top 10 energy using sites.

Reword – updated action

1 - A protected environment and green open spaces

1.1 Council’s environmentally sustainable practices inspire everyone to protect and nurture the natural environment

1.1.1 Ensure the Georges River area is resilient in addressing energy, water and gas usage, sustainable buildings, waste diversion, green corridors, carbon emissions and urban design.

Finalise the Waste Minimisation Strategy.

Implement the Waste Minimisation Strategy.

Refine wording

1 - A protected environment and green open spaces

1.1 Council’s environmentally sustainable practices inspire everyone to protect and nurture the natural environment

1.1.3 Help everyone to contribute to a more environmentally sustainable Georges River LGA.

Implement a program to educate the community on reducing energy consumption and protecting the environment.

Implement activities to educate the community on reducing energy consumption and protecting the environment.

Refine wording

1 - A protected environment and green open spaces

1.3 Everyone has access to beautiful parks and open spaces.

1.3.1 ensure all public parks and open spaces are accessible well maintained and managed to meet the recreational needs of current and future residents.

Implement the 2020/21 painting program for Council assets in parks and open space, including identification of four murals.

Undertake proactive maintenance of Council assets in parks.

Reword – updated action

1 - A protected environment and green open spaces

1.3 Everyone has access to beautiful parks and open spaces.

1.3.2 Review Plans of Management for sporting fields, parks, open space and bushland in the LGA

Commence the review of Plans of Management for Crown Lands in accordance with the Crown Land Management Act. 

Continue the review of the Plans of Management programs for Crown Lands in accordance with the Crown Land Management Act.

Reword – updated action

1 - A protected environment and green open spaces

1.3 Everyone has access to beautiful parks and open spaces.

1.3.3 Understand the potential impacts of climate change when developing design principles for parks and open spaces.

Implement sustainable and resilient design principles in parks and open space projects.

Continue to implement sustainable and resilient design principles in parks and open space projects.

Reword – updated action

1 - A protected environment and green open spaces

1.3 Everyone has access to beautiful parks and open spaces.

1.3.4 Use the GRC Open Space, Recreation and Community Facilities Strategy to inform the provision of parks and open space.

Commence the implementation of priorities based on the findings of the GRC Open Space, Recreation and Community Facilities Strategy.

Continue to implement priorities based on the findings of the GRC Open Space, Recreation and Community Facilities Strategy.

Addition

1 - A protected environment and green open spaces

1.3 Everyone has access to beautiful parks and open spaces.

1.4.1 Recognise the Georges River LGA’s local heritage through heritage listings in Local Environmental Plans (LEPs) and protection policies in Development Control Plans (DCPs).

Prepare a planning proposal to incorporate the recommendations of the Foreshore Scenic Character Review into the Georges River LEP.

 

Reword – refine wording

2 – Quality, well planned development

2.3 Council-led development and assets provide quality, long-term benefits to everyone.

2.3.1 Ensure quality design and sustainability principles underpin the provision of Council facilities and other assets.

Expand Council's security and CCTV systems to improve public safety and accessibility.

Maintain and upgrade Council's security and CCTV systems to improve public safety and accessibility.

Reword – updated action

3 – Active and accessible places and spaces

3.1 the LGA has a range of transport options to connect people, goods and businesses.

3.1.1 Lobby for improved customer car parking and manage local parking supply, including around train stations, to enhance business vitality and encourage public transport use, cycling and walking.

Develop a car parking strategy for the commercial centres in the Georges River LGA.

Implement the recommendations of the Car Parking Strategy adopted by Council in April 2020.

Reword – updated action

3 – Active and accessible places and spaces

3.1 the LGA has a range of transport options to connect people, goods and businesses.

3.1.2 Work with the NSW Government to develop an integrated transport and land use plan and a 20-year precinct plan as part of Future Transport 2056 initiatives.

Commence work on an integrated Transport and Land Use Plan.

Finalise the Transport Strategy

Reword – refine wording

3 – Active and accessible places and spaces

3.2 Roads, footpaths and cycleways are safe, accessible and free of congestion.

3.2.2 Implement a program of capital and maintenance to meet the needs of current and future users of Council’s infrastructure assets.

Implement the Black Spot Funding Program for Beverly Hills.

Implement annual Black Spot Road Safety Funding Program.

Reword – refine wording

3 – Active and accessible places and spaces

3.2 Roads, footpaths and cycleways are safe, accessible and free of congestion.

3.2.3 Collaborate with neighbouring councils to deliver large-scale infrastructure and planning projects.

Establish a framework, mechanism and resourcing strategy for working with neighbouring councils to discuss delivery of large-scale infrastructure projects.

Monitor for new opportunities for collaboration to work with neighbouring councils to discuss delivery of large-scale infrastructure projects.

Reword – refine wording

4 – A Diverse and productive economy

4.1 Local businesses are supported to help protect jobs and create employment opportunities.

4.1.3 Deliver responsive placed-based activities across the Georges River LGA to promote the natural environment, improve cleanliness and safety, and assist local businesses.

Deliver programs to activate and increase the night time economy in Hurstville CBD and Kogarah Town Centre

Seek programs and partnerships to activate and increase the night time economy in Hurstville and Kogarah.

 

Reword – refine wording

4 – A Diverse and productive economy

4.1 Local businesses are supported to help protect jobs and create employment opportunities.

4.1.3 Deliver responsive placed-based activities across the Georges River LGA to promote the natural environment, improve cleanliness and safety, and assist local businesses.

Continue to implement medium and long term place based initiatives across other centres in the LGA.

Continue to implement place based public domain initiatives across the LGA.

Reword – updated action

5 - A harmonious and proud community with strong social services and infrastructure

5.1 We create and support events that celebrate community and cultural identity and benefit the economy.

5.1.1 Initiate, facilitate and support inclusive and accessible events that meet the community’s aspirations and actively connect Council to individuals, community groups and businesses.

Evaluate and review destination event options for implementation.

Implement an annual calendar of destination and localised events.

Addition

5 - A harmonious and proud community with strong social services and infrastructure

5.3 The community is socially and culturally connected.

5.3.2 Develop, support and promote programs and activities that foster social participation and wellbeing of the diverse community, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, cultural or religious background.

Deliver enhanced community centre/space for key communities, prioritising the development of facilities in the western part of the LGA.

 

Reword – updated action

5 - A harmonious and proud community with strong social services and infrastructure

5.3 The community is socially and culturally connected.

5.3.3 Develop an integrated Community Safety Plan to identify the role Council and others can play in helping to make the Georges River LGA a safer place.

Develop a pilot Community Safety Program.

Deliver a pilot Community Safety Program.

Reword – updated action

5 - A harmonious and proud community with strong social services and infrastructure

5.3 The community is socially and culturally connected.

5.3.4 Implement the 2017-20 Children’s Services Strategic Plan with an emphasis on best practice and family-friendly childcare services.

Develop inclusion support plans for each service.

Develop and implement Children and Staff Wellbeing Action Plan

 

Reword – updated action

5 - A harmonious and proud community with strong social services and infrastructure

5.3 The community is socially and culturally connected.

5.3.4 Implement the 2017-20 Children’s Services Strategic Plan with an emphasis on best practice and family-friendly childcare services.

Continue to operate all child care services with contemporary technology.

Implement Council’s Child Protection Action Plan

 Addition

5 - A harmonious and proud community with strong social services and infrastructure

5.4 Diverse, vibrant community facilities and spaces are connected, well maintained and accessible.

5.4.1 Expand the role of libraries as welcoming and inclusive spaces with services, collections and programs that inspire and engage with the community.

Establish a reading and sensory garden at Hurstville Library that includes space for community environmental and sustainability education.

 

Addition

5 - A harmonious and proud community with strong social services and infrastructure

5.4 Diverse, vibrant community facilities and spaces are connected, well maintained and accessible.

5.4.1 Expand the role of libraries as welcoming and inclusive spaces with services, collections and programs that inspire and engage with the community.

Conduct and implement outcomes of feasibility study to harmonise library opening hours.

 

Addition

5 - A harmonious and proud community with strong social services and infrastructure

5.4 Diverse, vibrant community facilities and spaces are connected, well maintained and accessible.

5.4.1 Expand the role of libraries as welcoming and inclusive spaces with services, collections and programs that inspire and engage with the community.

Conduct and implement results of business case and demands toward locating and building a new large 2,500sqm library to serve the western half of the LGA, to transform the current brands libraries into spaces that are more flexible for programming and community use and self-service pick up points and to implement standalone self-service and all-hours pick up points in key transport and population centres.

 

 

Reword – updated action

6 – Leadership and Transparency

6.2 Open, informed and transparent decision making supports the interests of the community.

6.2.1 Make all reports to Council Meetings public wherever possible under the Local Government Act 1993 or provide open and closed reports where necessary.

Produce a feasibility report on the ‘Meet Your Ward Councillor’ sessions. Review current program to date and recommend feasibility of offering the program in the future.

Review current ‘Meet your ward Councillor’ program to date and recommend feasibility of offering the program in the future.

Reword – refine wording

6 – Leadership and Transparency

6.2 Open, informed and transparent decision making supports the interests of the community.

6.2.6 Ensure compliance with Section 232(1) of the Local Government Act and processes adopted in Council policies.

Implement a Professional Development Program for Councillors to ensure a minimum of 12 hours skills development training is offered to each Councillor.

Implement and promote a Professional Development Program for Councillors to ensure a minimum of 12 hours skills development training is offered to each Councillor.

Addition

6 – Leadership and Transparency

6.3 Leadership focuses on innovation and improving the customer experience.

6.3.1 Meet customer service commitments that aim to make it easy to do business with Council and create systems and a culture that support positive customer experiences.

Conduct a review of the Georges River Council Customer Experience Strategy.

 

Addition

6 – Leadership and Transparency

6.3 Leadership focuses on innovation and improving the customer experience.

6.3.3 Increase the status, influence, reputation and brand of Georges River Council and its LGA through a greater focus on innovation and advocacy.

Deliver an investment prospectus for Kogarah.

 

Reword – refine wording

6 – Leadership and Transparency

6.4 Council’s assets and resources are managed responsibly and with accountability.

6.4.1 Implement asset management plans to maintain infrastructure assets in a safe and functional standard, meeting current and future community needs

Update Asset Management Plan, for road and footpath assets classes based on full network data capture

Update Asset Management Plan, for Road, Footpath, Drainage and Building assets classes based on updated asset data capture.

Reword – refine wording

6 – Leadership and Transparency

6.4 Council’s assets and resources are managed responsibly and with accountability.

6.4.2 Maintain a sustainably strong financial position, balanced with demand for essential services and new projects, and having regard for Section 8B(d) (ii) of the Local Government Act (the current generation funds the cost of its services).

Continually align the Long Term Financial Plan with the context of Council and Integrated Planning and Reporting documents.

Align the Long-Term Financial Plan to the strategic priorities of Council.

Reword – refine wording

6 – Leadership and Transparency

6.4 Council’s assets and resources are managed responsibly and with accountability.

6.4.2 Maintain a sustainably strong financial position, balanced with demand for essential services and new projects, and having regard for Section 8B(d) (ii) of the Local Government Act (the current generation funds the cost of its services).

Develop a rating structure for the LGA by June 2021.

 

Develop a fair and equitable Georges River Council Rating System that also improves financial sustainability.

 

Reword – refine wording

6 – Leadership and Transparency

6.4 Council’s assets and resources are managed responsibly and with accountability.

6.4.2 Maintain a sustainably strong financial position, balanced with demand for essential services and new projects, and having regard for Section 8B(d) (ii) of the Local Government Act (the current generation funds the cost of its services).

Continue to review financial policies and processes to ensure integrity of controls, efficiency of service and quality financial data, to reduce risk, deliver quality information for business decisions and improve service delivery.

 

Ensure financial policy and process improvements focus on the integrity of controls, improved data for business decisions and customer experience.

Reword – refine wording

6 – Leadership and Transparency

6.4 Council’s assets and resources are managed responsibly and with accountability.

6.4.4 To strengthen Council’s reputation and maintain community confidence by delivering secure, efficient, easy to use services. For our community, this means greater flexibility dealing with Council.

Align and implement the Digital Resourcing Strategy with the context of council and Integrated Reporting documents.

Implement the Digital Resourcing Management Plan.

Addition

6 – Leadership and Transparency

6.5 The workforce is inspiring, diverse and engaged.

6.5.1 Implement leading people practices to create a high performing, capable and resilient workforce.

Review and enhance the performance development frameworks to align capability with the organisation’s current and future priorities and implement a leadership development program to ensure skill levels and capability continue to be improved within the leadership group.

 

 

Reword – refine wording

6 – Leadership and Transparency

6.6 Council has a regional-approach to service delivery and facilities.

6.6.1 Plan for regional level services and facilities and share information across state agencies and neighbouring councils.

Deliver engagement program for services and facilities.

Deliver engagement program for city advocacy.

 

 

Table 3: Proposed changes to Performance Indicators (KPIs)

Change

Pillar

Measure

New content

Delete

1 - A protected environment and green open spaces

Number of trees and plants given away each year.

 

Reword

1 - A protected environment and green open spaces

Number of trees planted as part of bush regeneration (or other community tree planting) activities.

Number of layers of vegetation including trees, shrubs and ground covers to improve habitat, biodiversity and bushland structure (or other community tree planting) activities.

Reword

1 - A protected environment and green open spaces

The percentage of graffiti tags removed with 48 hours.

The percentage of reported graffiti removed within 5 days.

Reword

3 – Active and accessible places and spaces

Percentage of depot jobs completed against works scheduled.

Percentage of engineering operations service requests actioned against works scheduled.

Reword

3 – Active and accessible places and spaces

Number of potholes repaired.

Percentage of pothole requests made safe and scheduled for repair within 48 hours.

Reword

6 – Leadership and Transparency

Percentage of satisfied Your say Georges River Panel members with engagement on council projects.

Number of Your Say Georges River Panel Members increases 10% annually.

Delete

6 - Leadership and Transparency

Open and transparent interaction at Council and committee meetings (public participation).

Replaced with below two measures.

Addition

6 – Leadership and Transparency

Number of registered speakers at Council Meetings.

 

Addition

6 – Leadership and Transparency

Number of registered speakers at Committee Meetings.

 

Reword

6 – Leadership and Transparency

Customer satisfaction with face to face interaction at the Customer Service Centre.

Customer satisfaction with face to face interaction at Council operated facilities.

New target

6 – Leadership and Transparency

Operating Performance – Operating expenditure is contained within operating revenue.

>0%

Reword

6 – Leadership and Transparency

Annual nett litigation costs managed to $1.5m budget

Annual nett litigation costs managed to $1.9m budget.

Delete

6 – Leadership and Transparency

Percentage outstanding rates, annual charges, interest and extra charges.

 

Duplicate measure - Rates and Annual Charges Outstanding Ratio

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

11.    The 2021/22 budget is an important year for Council and the community. The budget has been prepared with a focus on the feedback received from the community during our New Rates 2021 consultation. It has incorporated the service standards that are expected, identified savings, and assumes the special rate variation.

12.    Without the special rate variation, Council’s future would be at risk, with immediate staff and service reductions being required. The 2021/22 budget is a considered budget that places Council on the path to securing its long-term financial sustainability in future years.

13.    The Capital budget has been prioritised to focus on grant and contribution funded projects along with high priority critical asset renewal. Council’s operating cash contribution continues to be reduced to protect cash reserves, so that cash remains available to fund essential community services.

14.    Key aspects of the budget include:

·        New or renewed community assets to the value of $40 million. Highlights include:

o   Hurstville Golf Course Clubhouse project

o   Mortdale Shopping Centre Streetscape

o   Fleet and Plant Replacement Program

o   Road Re-sheeting Program

o   Critical Safety and Asset Renewal program

o   Decontamination and Remediation of the Kogarah War Memorial Site

o   Stormwater Drainage Critical Program

o   Footpath Critical Safety Program

·        Implementation of productivity improvements and cost efficiencies identified in the adopted IPART application continues

·        No reduction in grants or subsidies to community groups

·        Application of the New Rates 2021 Special Rate Variation to increase rate income, which includes retention of the expiring former Hurstville Special Rate Variation (announcement from the (IPART) due May 2021).

·        Expansion of Council hardship payment support options

·        Segregation of funds to ensure footpaths, playgrounds, building, roads, stormwater and other key assets are repaired and renewed.

·        No new loan borrowings

·        Employee costs budget target with the annual Award increase of 2% being absorbed by the application of the savings strategy

·        Reduction in consultancies through a greater investment around in-house skills

·        Strict application of the pricing methodology to fees and charges with an aim of cost recovery

·        Depreciation increase due to the construction of new assets and rising cost of replacement

·        Continued obligation to repay the Mortdale Jubilee Community Centre external loan ($500,000 annual repayment from general revenue)

·        The scheduled 2021 local election cost of $1 million has been funded

·        Anticipated costs associated with debt recovery as a result of COVID-19 impacts

·        Disposal of underperforming assets, including plant and properties to offset loss of income due to COVID-19 and investment interest income drop ($3.3 million income)

15.    In preparing the draft 2021/22 Budget some difficult decisions have been required to secure Council’s financial sustainability. 

16.    Council has an adopted forecasted operating deficit (before capital grants) for 2021/22 of $12 million. Therefore, to minimise Council’s projected operating deficit, protect cash reserves and weather any continued adverse impacts of COVID-19, officers have recommended $6 million worth of operational programs project, services and $350 million in capital projects be deferred, reduced or deleted. Major items include:

·        Reduction in employee costs, i.e., no increase budgeted for the mandated annual award increase, maintaining the vacancy rate, recruitment holding periods, annual Christmas close down

·        Continued removal of staff benefits such as the all-staff conference, Learning and Development program and removal of the Christmas period grant days

·        Removal of the Councillor Discretionary Ward Fund

·        Continuation of the removal of the additional voluntary Pensioner Rebate

·        Deferral of operational projects such as the Environmental Resilience Strategy (clean energy and climate change), Biodiversity Strategy, Beverly Hills Masterplan, etc.

·        Deferral of capital projects such as a new skate park, public art program, synthetic fields program, LED streetlight upgrade, new footpath construction, San Souci Bathers Pavilion construction, Hurstville Civic Precinct re-development, etc.

17.    Based on this approach the adopted forecast deficit of $12 million has been reduced to a projected deficit of $4.5 million, which aligns to the recommended model 2 in the Long-Term Financial Plan (LTFP), that will place Council on the path to financial sustainability.

18.    Full details of Council’s 10 years LTFP, which includes the new draft budget result, are outlined in the Resourcing Strategy.

 

RISK IMPLICATIONS

 

19.    Councillors have been appraised over the past three financial years of Council’s poor and deteriorating financial outlook over the 10 year period of the Long Term Financial Plan. Failure to address the unsustainable financial position places Council in contravention of section 8B of the Local Government Act 1993 and will compel Council to cut and/or reduce services to ease the unfavourable gap between income and expenditure.

20.    Without the special rate variation, Council’s future would be at risk, with immediate staff and service reductions being required. The 2021/22 budget is a well considered budget that places Council on the path to securing its long-term financial sustainability in future years and is aligned to the community feedback from the New Rates 2021 consultation.

 

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

 

21.    Following Council’s consideration and endorsement of the draft Integrated Planning and Reporting documents, they will be exhibited for a period of at least 28 days.  Office of Local Government (OLG) Circulars 20-12 and 20-37 have deleted the requirement for Councils to make certain documents available for physical inspection due to the potential health risks of COVID-19.  Access can now be provided only via remote means.  Appropriate media releases and on-line notifications will alert the community to the opportunity to comment on Council’s draft plans for the area, including guiding the community to the Your Say webpage

 

FILE REFERENCE

D21/79394, D21/84449

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

2021-2022 Draft DP and OP Content - FINAL DRAFT FOR EXHIBIT - Council Meeting 26-4-21- Fees and Charges included - published in separate document

Attachment 2

Resourcing Strategy - FINAL DRAFT FOR COUNCIL REPORT - updated April 2021-2 - published in separate document

 


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 26 April 2021                                                                                  Page 0

Item:                   CCL026-21   LGNSW Destination and Visitor Economy Conference - 26 May 2021 to 28 May 2021 

Author:              Executive Services Officer

Directorate:      Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:    Finance and Governance

 

 

 

Recommendation:

That Council endorse the attendance of Councillor Hindi at the Destination and Visitor Economy Conference in Port Macquarie from Wednesday 26 May 2021 to Friday 28 May 2021.

 

Executive Summary

1.      LGNSW will be hosting the Destination and Visitor Economy Conference in Port Macquarie from Wednesday 26 May 2021 to Friday 28 May 2021.

2.      Councillor Hindi has expressed an interest in attending the conference.

Background

3.      The 2021 Destination and Visitor Economy Conference will be held on Wednesday 26 May 2021 to Friday 28 May 2021. The Assembly will be hosted by LGNSW.

4.      The event this year will aim to deliver a program focusing on creating destinations for living, learning, visiting and investing. 

5.      Attendance for delegates will be in person.

6.      Councillor Hindi has indicated that he wishes to attend the conference.

7.      Attendees at the three-day conference will have opportunities to network, and hone leadership skills. The aim is to embrace not just tourism, but also a wider aspect of economic development relevant to all NSW councils.

8.      A detailed conference program is attached.

Financial Implications

9.      In-Person Attendance

The following is a summary of costs that would be incurred for an individual to attend the conference in-person:

Note:     Early Bird Registration rates are no longer available as registration had to have been made prior to 1 April 2021.

REGISTRATION FEES

Fee (incl. GST)  - LGNSW members

Workshop 

$139

Workshop with welcome reception

$220

Conference registration standard incl. workshop

$969

Conference registration standard excl. workshop (by Friday 14 May 2021)

$830

Thursday registration - day only (inclusive site visits)

$425

Friday registration - day only

$289

Welcome reception - extra tickets

$95

Conference dinner - extra tickets if available

$169

Travel Cost Estimates.

·        Travel to Port Macquarie:  $312 return via car (0.78/km x 400km) or approximately $380 return flight (fly out Wednesday morning, return Friday evening).

·        Accommodation:        $550 for 2 nights (approximately)

·        Meals and other expenses:  unknown

In addition to the above summary, it is anticipated that additional costs for incidentals, meals and taxi fares would also be incurred. Final costs will be determined after the Conference in accordance with the Policy.

The estimated total cost for attending this Conference in-person and including return airfares, is approximately $1,900 (excluding meals, incidentals, taxi fare charges etc).

10.    In the 2020/2021 Budget allocation for interstate, overseas and long distance/interstate travel expenses there is currently a balance of $10,000. Expenditure from this expense category is subject to a Council resolution.

11.    Additionally, in the 2020/21 Budget, there is an allocation of $3,000 per Councillor to attend Conferences and Seminars.

 

Risk Implications

12.    No operational or enterprise risks have been identified.

13.    The Policy on the Mayor and Councillors Expenses and Facilities sets out the entitlements for Councillors attending such conferences.

 

Community Engagement

14.    Community engagement is not required prior to Council considering this matter.

File Reference

17/434

 

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Program - Destination and Visitor Economy Conference - Port Macquarie 26/5/21 to 28/5/21

 


Georges River Council - Ordinary Meeting - Monday, 26 April 2021

CCL026-21             LGNSW Destination and Visitor Economy Conference - 26 May 2021 to 28 May 2021

[Appendix 1]           Program - Destination and Visitor Economy Conference - Port Macquarie 26/5/21 to 28/5/21

 

 

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Item:                   CCL027-21   Submission to Office of Local Government - Consultation Paper on Remote Attendance by Councillors at Meetings 

Author:              Manager, Office of the General Manager

Directorate:      Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:    Finance and Governance

 

 

 

Recommendation:

That Council delegate authority to the General Manager to finalise a submission to the Office of Local Government on the Consultation Paper titled ‘Remote Attendance by Councillors at Council Meetings’ in accordance with the principles outlined in this report.

 

Executive Summary

1.      This report seeks Council’s approval to delegate authority to the General Manager to lodge a submission to the Office of Local Government on the Consultation Paper titled ‘Remote Attendance by Councillors at Council Meetings’ (Attachment 1) in accordance with the principles outlined in this report.

Background

2.      Georges River Council has successfully implemented remote attendance by Councillors (and others) at meetings of Council by audio-visual link since the commencement of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020.

3.      Council currently has two resolutions (NM034-20 and NM071-20) to amend Council’s Code of Meeting Practice to incorporate permanent provisions allowing Councillors to attend meetings remotely in order to support Councillors with carer, employment, child care, travel and other considerations.

4.      Remote working arrangements, according to the NSW Innovation and Productivity Council of NSW Treasury (2020), are likely to remain 69% higher than pre-pandemic levels. Research is now demonstrating the broader benefits of flexible remote attendance/working arrangements. For example, The UNSW Canberra Public Service Research Group and CQUniversity (2020) found that remote learning benefits included “less commuting time, more time with family and for caring responsibilities”. McCrindle Research found that 78% of workers surveyed “expressed a desire to spend at least a certain amount of their time working from home”, with 68% of workers stating that a “degree of flexibility for teleworking” was preferential.

5.      The Minister for Local Government has called for the option for remote attendance to be made available on an ongoing basis to encourage greater diversity of representation on local councils, especially by females.

6.      The Office of Local Government (OLG) is proposing to amend the Model Code of Meeting Practice for Local Councils in NSW (Model Meeting Code) by including provisions that would allow Councillors to attend Council and Committee meetings remotely by audio-visual link.

7.      The OLG has published a Consultation Paper titled ‘Remote Attendance by Councillors at Council Meetings’, which is Attachment 1 to this report. Submissions are to be made in writing by close of business 3 May 2021 and can be made by any member of the public.

8.      Council is committed to providing flexible and agile work practices which are opt in/opt out based on operational and personal factors. Currently, Georges River Council’s Flex-Fit Policy is a best-practice policy which entitles employees to access remote working arrangements (away from their normal work location).

9.      These arrangements acknowledge that employees’ needs are diverse and can be unique.  Hence, the Policy provides staff with flexible work practices that do not detrimentally impact the customer experience. Employees may request approval to participate in the Flex-Fit program at their discretion. It is considered that the same Policy principles should apply to our Councillors.

CONSULTATION PAPER PRINCIPLES

 

pRINCIPLE

sUPPORTED / NOT SUPPORTED

RECOMMENDATION

COMMENTS / REASONS

1.

Limiting Permission to Individual Councillors and not all Councillors

Not supported

·  Incorporation of provisions that do not restrict the number of Councillors that are able to request remote attendance at any meeting.

·  If there were to be a repeat of the COVID-19 pandemic or a natural disaster (eg: flood), where all Councillors were restricted and not able to attend in person, and the Model Meeting Code contained appropriate remote attendance provisions, it would mean that no temporary amendments would be required to the NSW Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 or the NSW Local Government Act 1993, allowing seamless governance of Council.

·  Councils could convene immediately to address the impacts of the disaster.

2.

Restrictive Permissible Reasons

Not supported

·  Incorporation of provisions that do not require a Councillor to provide a reason when requesting remote attendance.

·  There are a wide range of reasons that would require a Councillor to request remote attendance.

·  The current list of five (5) permissible reasons is highly restrictive and contrary to the objectives of the proposal.

·  Councillors do not have to provide reasons when requesting a leave of absence, why would they be required to provide a reason for remote attendance?

3.

Limit of three (3) occasions in each year for each Councillor to attend remotely

Not supported

·  No limit on number of occasions per Councillor.

OR

·  Up to 50% of attendance can be by remote attendance, for all meetings of Committees and Council.

·  If a Councillor is permanently disabled, it is suggested that they will be affected more than three (3) times per year.

·  With almost one (1) in five (5) people in NSW identifying as having a physical disability, this limitation could potentially be discriminatory. (Australian Bureau of Statistics Survey, Disability, Ageing and Carers, 2015)

·  Councillors with carer responsibilities, have these responsibilities for a wide range of situations and a limit of three (3) occasions per year is likely to discourage service by a large proportion of the community, thereby working against the principles of the proposal.

4.

Prior approval of the Council or the Committee

Not supported

·  Requirement to notify the General Manager prior to the meeting only (no need for approval).

·  Approval should not need to be sought prior to or at the meeting.

·  Notification should occur prior to the meeting to the General Manager.

·  Retention of this provision provides the opportunity for a deliberate refusal to provide an approval by controlling factions within councils, especially where a majority vote is required on a contentious matter.

5.

When attending a meeting remotely, Councillors are required to do so from a location within NSW or within 100km of NSW border

Not supported

·  Councillors should be permitted to attend remotely if they are within Australia.

·  If a Councillor is not within Australia they should not be permitted to attend meetings remotely.

·  The requirement to be at a location within NSW or within 100km of the NSW border is impractical and not able to be policed.

·  Why does 100km matter? Eg: if a Councillor is able to attend and is located interstate at a conference, but meets all other provisions of remote attendance, they should be able to do so.

6.

Council or Committee are permitted to refuse a request to attend a meeting remotely

Not supported

·  See previous (4).

·  The responsibility to manage conflicts of interest and confidentiality is for each individual councillor.

7.

Notice of at least five (5) working days to the General Manager of intention to attend remotely

Not supported

·  See previous (4).

·  The requirement to provide five (5) days’ notice is simply not practical or warranted.

·  A person rarely knows five (5) days ahead of time if they are going to be ill, have emergency carer responsibilities, or be subject to a natural disaster.

8.

Council’s Adopted Code of Meeting Practice will apply to all Councillors at Meetings of Council, including a Councillor attending remotely

Supported

·  Fully supportive of this requirement.

·  Already legislated, however clarification should be made that the same obligations and responsibilities extend to Councillors attending meetings remotely.

9.

Councillors are required to give their full attention to the business and proceedings of the Meeting when attending remotely

Supported

·  A Councillor who is attending remotely should, where possible, be required to have their camera on for the duration of the meeting.

·  Already legislated, however clarification should be made that the same obligations and responsibilities extend to Councillors attending meetings remotely.

10.

Minutes of meetings are to reflect method of attendance

Supported

·  No additional recommendation.

·  This is the current procedure of Georges River Council.

11.

Councillors attending meetings remotely will be required to disclose and appropriately manage conflicts of interest in accordance with Council’s Code of Conduct

Supported

·  No additional recommendation.

·  Already legislated, however clarification should be made that the same obligations and responsibilities extend to Councillors attending meetings remotely.

·  This is the current procedure of Georges River Council.

12.

Councillors attending meetings remotely will be required to protect the confidentiality of information being considered in closed session and required to ensure no other person is within sight or hearing of the meeting

Supported

·  No additional recommendation.

·  Already legislated, however clarification should be made that the same obligations and responsibilities extend to Councillors attending meetings remotely.

·  This is the current procedure of Georges River Council.

ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS

pRINCIPLE

RECOMMENDATION

General Manager attendance at meetings

·  Incorporation of provisions that clarify that the existing legislation permits a General Manager to attend meetings remotely.

·  Notification of intention to attend remotely should be given to the Mayor (or Chairperson) by a deadline on the day of the meeting (or to match the timeframe required for Councillors).

Council staff attendance at meetings

·  Incorporation of provisions that clarify that the General Manager is responsible for the manner in which staff attend meetings of Council (operational matter).

Public forum at meetings

·  Incorporation of provisions that clarify the public (speakers) may participate remotely.

Financial Implications

10.    No budget impact for this report, however since April 2020 Georges River Council has expended approximately $30,000 on upgrading software, audio visual and other equipment, and installing permanent changes to meeting rooms to enable Council meetings to continue to be held within the Georges River Civic Centre building during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Risk Implications

11.    Failure to provide remote attendance options discourages greater flexibility for NSW councillors and increases the likelihood of minority or marginalised groups being further discouraged from participation as elected representatives in the local government sector. Remote attendance options for Committee and Council meetings increases opportunities to participate in local decision-making. Providing access to remote meeting attendance allows elected representatives to maintain a balance between work, family and council commitments.

12.    Should Council resolve not to make a submission, any councillor or staff member can make an individual submission directly to the OLG.

Community Engagement

13.    OLG published the Consultation Paper on 9 March 2021 and submissions can be made until 3 May 2021.

14.    Any councillor or member of the public can make a submission directly to the OLG.

File Reference

D21/78916

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

OLG CONSULTATION PAPER - Remote Attendance by Councillors at Council Meetings (March 2021)

 


Georges River Council - Ordinary Meeting - Monday, 26 April 2021

CCL027-21             Submission to Office of Local Government - Consultation Paper on Remote Attendance by Councillors at Meetings

[Appendix 1]           OLG CONSULTATION PAPER - Remote Attendance by Councillors at Council Meetings (March 2021)

 

 

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Item:                   CCL028-21        Tabling of Disclosure of Interest Returns 

Author:              Manager Governance and Risk

Directorate:      Business and Corporate Services

Matter Type:    Finance and Governance

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION:

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

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

1.      This report is presented for the purpose of tabling Disclosure of Interest Returns (Returns) recently lodged by Councillors and Designated Persons.

BACKGROUND

2.      In accordance with section 4.21(a) of Council’s Code of Conduct, a Councillor or designated person must complete and lodge a Return with the General Manager within 3 months of becoming a Councillor or Designated Person. Also, under section 4.21(c), a Councillor or Designated Person can lodge an updated Return at any time.

3.      Council recently identified the following two positions as designated positions, and therefore Returns from the following position holders have been lodged:

·    Team Leader Waste

·    Team Leader Parking

4.      The completed Returns are tabled accordingly.

5.      To ensure continued compliance with the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009, the Government Information (Public Access) Regulation 2009 and the Information and Privacy Commission’s Guideline 1: For Local Councils on the disclosure of information (returns disclosing the interest of councillors and designated persons), Council will publish these newly completed Returns on its website. These Returns will also continue to be available for inspection by the public at Council offices.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

6.      No budget impact for this report.

RISK IMPLICATIONS

7.      Report is consistent with legislative compliance and reporting requirements.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

8.      No community engagement is required as a result of this report.

FILE REFERENCE

21/523

 

 

  


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 26 April 2021                                                                                  Page 0

NOTICES OF MOTION

Item:          NM018-21           Library Services - Extended Hours Trial Period

Councillor:       Councillor Tegg 

 

MOTION:

(a)     That, following the recent easing of the NSW Public Health Order restrictions related to COVID-19, and to provide more time for children and young people to visit local libraries after school, the opening times for Penshurst, Oatley and South Hurstville libraries be amended to close at 5:00pm on weekdays and Oatley and South Hurstville Libraries open 10:00am to 1:00pm on Saturdays.

(b)     That the trial of library opening hours be extended to 31 July 2021 in order to measure the utilisation of these expanded hours.

(c)     That library members be notified of the extended trial opening hours for the branch libraries through e-mail and the usual media channels.

 

DIRECTOR’S COMMENT

This motion is consistent with the key objective of the Libraries 2030, Georges River Library Strategy Action Plan 3.1 to conduct and implement outcomes of a feasibility study to harmonise library opening hours.

The current trial hours were developed from historical hourly library statistics that counted the actual users in our libraries, surveys used in the development of the Library Strategy and by comparing the operational hours with similar libraries from Sutherland Shire, Bayside and Canterbury Bankstown Councils, pre-COVID-19. The current trial commenced on Monday 1 February 2021 and is currently scheduled to end on Sunday 2 May 2021.

Hurstville Library and Clive James Library Kogarah are Council’s central libraries. As part of the trial, these two central libraries are operational on Saturday and Sunday to accommodate the needs of the community wanting access seven days a week and for longer hours into the evening at the larger libraries. The lifting of COVID-19 restrictions on Monday 29 March 2021 has allowed for smaller branch libraries at Oatley and South Hurstville to reopen with the current trial hours.

 

Current Library Services opening hours:

 

 

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Hurstville Library

9:00am-8:00pm

9:00am-8:00pm

9:00am-8:00pm

9:00am-8:00pm

9:00am-8:00pm

10:00am-4:00pm

10:00am-4:00pm

Clive James Library Kogarah

9:00am-6:00pm

9:00am-6:00pm

9:00am-6:00pm

9:00am-6:00pm

9:00am-6:00pm

10:00am-4:00pm

10.00am-1.00pm

Penshurst Library

10:00am-4:00pm

10:00am-4:00pm

10:00am-4:00pm

10:00am-4:00pm

10:00am-4:00pm

10:00am-1:00pm

Closed

Oatley Library

11:00am-4:00pm

11:00am-4:00pm

11:00am-4:00pm

11:00am-4:00pm

11:00am-4:00pm

Closed

Closed

South Hurstville Library

11:00am-4:00pm

11:00am-4:00pm

11:00am-4:00pm

11:00am-4:00pm

11:00am-4:00pm

Closed

Closed

 

Average hourly visitation (pre-COVID-19):

 

 

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Hurstville Library

68

76

76

81

64

88

83

Clive James Library Kogarah

62

68

60

66

58

59

55

Penshurst Library

34

35

28

22

23

24

25

Oatley Library

12

14

14

13

15

21

Closed

South Hurstville Library

10

12

14

12

10

13

Closed

As part of the current trial, feedback from customers is also being collected using Your Say, feedback forms, QR codes and email.

In the event that Council supports this Motion, extending the new trial hours to 31 July 2021 will provide an opportunity to appropriately promote the new hours to library members and the wider community and allow for the collection of ongoing feedback from library users. An update on the feedback from the community and utilisation statistics will be provided in a future report to Council.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

The proposed new trial opening hours will increase operating costs for the Library Services by approximately $40,000 annually.

Should Council resolve to retain any/all of the trial opening hours in the next financial year, additional expenditure will need to be allocated to the Library Service in the draft 2021/22 budget.

Notwithstanding the above, in the event that Council’s Special Rate Variation (SRV) is not approved, reductions to the Library Service opening hours will need to occur, commencing with the weekend closure of our branch libraries. Such considerations, if required, will be tabled in a future report to Council.

FILE REFERENCE

D21/17639

 

 

 

  


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Item:          NM019-21           Advocacy for Sport Amenities Upgrade - H.V. Evatt Park

Councillor:       Councillor Kastanias 

 

MOTION:

The sporting clubs and community of Georges River have raised much concerns over the state of the sports amenities block in Evatt Park and whilst Gannons Park has been beautifully upgraded to councils credit, feel the sports amenities block at Evatt Park has dilapidated, in much use and is in much need of an upgrade with a new amenities block.

Therefore, in conjunction with council’s priorities and initiatives, may we also write to MP Mark Coure and Hon MP David Coleman to seek their support on this much needed upgrade to the sports amenity block at Evatt Park reflecting Georges River Council’s vision to maintain facilities in open space for the community and future generations to utilise at Evatt Park in our Georges River Area.

 

DIRECTOR’S COMMENT

This Motion is consistent with the Community Strategic Plan (CSP) Pillar 1 – A Protected Environment and Green Open Space, Goal 1.3 Everyone has access to beautiful parks and open spaces and Pillar 3 – Active and accessible places and spaces, Goal 3.4 Everyone has access to a range of active and passive recreation facilities.

The preliminary designs prepared for H.V. Evatt Park involve environmentally sustainable initiatives as well as a much-needed upgrade to facilities that align to the priorities identified in the CSP. 

The improvements identified for H.V. Evatt Park include the installation of stormwater harvesting offtake, treatment and storage from Webbs Dam, asset renewal of the sporting amenities building, an inclusive adventure playground as well as the much needed installation of irrigation, drainage and resurfacing of the playing fields.

Council has previously provided the Member for Oatley and the Member for Banks with the preliminary designs and concepts as described above and requested funding for same.  Council has also requested their support for various grant applications that have been lodged. 

Officers continue to make application to numerous Federal and State grant programs to obtain grant funding for these works.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Additional non-budgeted funds of $3 million (estimated) are required to deliver the sports amenities and associated service upgrades.

Renewal of the sporting amenities at H.V. Evatt Park is not included in the draft 2021/22 Budget as a funding source has not been identified. 

FILE REFERENCE

D21/69576

 

 

 

  


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Item:          NM020-21           Investigation - Provision of a Pedestrian Crossing at Chivers Hill Shops, Forest Road, Lugarno

Councillor:       Councillor Kastanias 

 

MOTION:

(a)     That Council investigate the installation of a pedestrian crossing on Forest Road between Chivers Avenue and Grandview Crescent, Lugarno.

(b)     That the investigation cover matters related to pedestrian safety and accessibility.

 

DIRECTOR’S COMMENT

This Motion is consistent with the Community Strategic Plan Pillar 3 – Active and Accessible Places and Spaces, Goal 3.2 – Roads, footpaths and cycleways are safe, accessible and free of congestion.

There is an existing pedestrian refuge located opposite the Lugarno (Chivers Hill) shops on Forest Road, between Chivers Avenue and Grandview Crescent, Lugarno.  The refuge contains a barrier kerb that is built to the current standard and is Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) compliant.

Transport for NSW (TfNSW) warrants in its Guidelines for Traffic Facilities that additional pedestrian crossings must meet specific criteria in relation to pedestrian and traffic flows.  Specifically, TfNSW requires a minimum of 30 pedestrians and 500 vehicles in three, separate one hour periods on a typical day for a crossing to comply. 

Council has previously completed pedestrian and vehicle counts on Forest Road in this vicinity in May 2017, September 2017 and April 2018.  On all occasions, while vehicle counts were adequate, the pedestrian counts failed to meet the warrants required by the TfNSW guidelines.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

In order to determine the necessity for a pedestrian crossing in this location, further vehicle and pedestrian counts are required to be undertaken by Council.

Costs associated with any Local Traffic Advisory Committee meeting recommendations arising from an investigation would be reported to a further Council meeting.

FILE REFERENCE

SF21/3554

 

 

  


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Item:          NM021-21           Identification of Potential Sites for Community Battery Stations

Councillor:       Councillor Tegg 

 

MOTION:

(a)     That Council note the proposal by energy providers (eg: Ausgrid) to establish community or shared batteries in neighbourhoods to store electricity collected by household and business solar panels, and make the stored electricity available to the community to support a more sustainable energy network and reduce energy costs to the community.

(b)     That the General Manager prepare a report on possible suitable locations for community batteries, in the Georges River LGA, and such locations should provide for a fair distribution throughout the LGA including in each ward so that Council can respond quickly to any proposal for community batteries in our LGA.

 

DIRECTOR’S COMMENT

Council’s “Our Energy Future Program” promotes the use of solar panels and battery storage.  In November 2019 Council resolved to set a target of achieving 100% renewable energy and net zero emissions for Council operations by 2025. 

The Leading for Change 2050 vision sets an aspiration for the future of Georges River as a net zero community by 2050 which is consistent with the recent decisions of the NSW Government for NSW to be a “net zero emissions” community by 2050 and the Net Zero Plan Stage 1: 2020-2030.

Achieving a net zero environment requires sustainable or renewable energy sources including solar power and battery storage.

This proposal would be consistent with a number of the pillars of the Community Strategic Plan, including, A protected environment and green open space and Active and accessible places and spaces. 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

No financial impact.

FILE REFERENCE

D21/73089

 

 

 

  


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Item:          NM022-21           Congratulations to Georges River National Swimmers

Councillor:       Councillor Konjarski 

 

MOTION:

(a)     That Council congratulate the 14 swimmers from the Georges River Council area (from St George Swim Club, Revesby Workers Swim Club and Sans Souci Swim Club) who competed at the recent Open Water Nationals - held March 2021 on the Sunshine Coast and the Pool Nationals - held April 2021 on the Gold Coast.

(b)     That the Mayor write a letter of congratulations to these local athletes for their achievements.

 

 

MANAGER’S COMMENT

Consistent with Pillars 1, 3 and 5 of the Community Strategic Plan 2018-2028.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

No financial/budget impact for this recommendation.

FILE REFERENCE

D21/77529

 

 

 

  


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Item:          NM023-21           Stronger Penalties for Accredited Certifiers (Developer Contributions)

Councillor:       Councillor Katris 

 

MOTION:

(a)     That the General Manager write to the Hon Kevin Anderson MP, Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation, seeking more stringent sanctions (Administrative and Financial) to be able to be imposed upon Accredited Certifiers who issue Complying Development Certificates, Construction and Occupation Certificates in breach of the conditions of development consent regarding the non-payment of local infrastructure contributions.

(b)     That the General Manager write to the Hon Rob Stokes MP, Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, seeking a review of provisions relating to Complying Development Certificates (CDC) in State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 to amend the timing of development contributions payments, to require payment to Council prior to the issue of a CDC, rather than prior to the commencement of works.

DIRECTOR’S COMMENT

In NSW, the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 is the primary legislation governing the assessment, determination and regulation of development, whilst the Building and Development Certifiers Act 2018 is the primary legislation governing the conduct of certifiers.

As a result of the legislative regime, there are enterprise risks and operational risks identified in the collection of development contributions which can be significant.

One area of high risk is that private certifiers are public officials under the relevant legislation (Building and Development Certifiers Act 2018) and independent regulators of building construction.

Private certifiers have the responsibility to ensure that all relevant conditions of a Complying Development Certificate (CDC) or a development consent (including the payment of developer contributions where required) have been satisfied prior to them issuing a Construction Certificate or Occupation Certificate.                                                                                                                                                     

This is a significant external risk that requires substantial resourcing by Council (at ratepayers’ expense) to manage.  This risk has been identified as Council’s audits have revealed that certifiers had granted Construction Certificates and/or Occupation Certificates without requiring the payment of developer contributions.

Council has no authority to “police” or regulate private certifiers in NSW.  The responsible body for the regulation of private certifiers is the NSW Government (NSW Fair Trading).

Should Council support this Motion, it would assist NSW councils in managing their development contribution program as:

·        an increase in the sanctions (Administrative and Financial) imposed upon Accredited Certifiers (Council or Private) may act as a deterrent and ensure legislative requirements are being adhered to.

·        a legislative change in terms of Complying Development Certificates (CDC) under State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 would be of benefit administratively in terms of the timing of development contributions payments be made to Council prior to the issue of the CDC, rather than prior to the commencement of works.

This Motion is consistent with a series of previous resolutions of Council dating from 2018. These resolutions have sought to raise concerns and issues associated with the certification industry. Those Council resolutions include:

Resolution:

Date:

Issues Raised:

NM036-18

 

Response to Lambert Review

 

28 May 2018

Council’s submission requested the NSW Government to:

(a)   Requested reform to address Lambert Review identification of systemic problems in building regulation in NSW, including "a lack of clarity about the roles, responsibilities, functions and accountability of private certifiers"

(b)   Need to legislation to prevent accredited certifiers from having the authority to approve development under the Government’s new Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code as there is no ability for community consultation.

NM079-18

 

Submission to Building and Development Certifiers Bill 2018

27 August 2018

Council’s submission requested the NSW Government to:

i.     clarify certifiers’ roles and responsibilities, especially in relation to reporting non-compliance to the appropriate authority, compliance with the certifiers’ code of conduct and the requirement to act in the public interest at all times;

ii.    providing the Building Professionals Board with the authority to order building work to cease or unauthorised work to be rectified, when a complaint is proven against a private certifier;

iii.   improve the independence of certifiers;

iv.   tighten licensee probity requirements;

v.    improve complaint handling and disciplinary procedures for certifiers;

vi.   increase the penalties available to councils for breaches of the Act by certifiers;

vii.  require certifiers to obtain a compliance clearance from the relevant council prior to the issue of any occupation certificate;

viii. other reforms to streamline, modernise and update the structure and administration of the Act.

It should be noted that despite the concerns, issues and opportunities being raised with the NSW Government, this has resulted in limited changes to the regulatory regime.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

There are no financial implications as a result of this recommendation.

FILE REFERENCE

D21/78746

 

 

 

  


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Item:          NM024-21           Congratulations to Council Staff for "2021- It's a Mood"

Councillor:       Councillor Grekas 

 

MOTION:

That Council congratulates Council officers and the Georges River Youth Advisory Committee for the conception and delivery of 2021 - It’s a Mood, a month-long festival for the youth of the Georges River local government area.

 

DIRECTOR’S COMMENT

This Motion is consistent with Georges River Council’s Community Strategic Plan 2018 - 2028 and the adopted Connecting the Community COVID-19 Safe Events (COMO31-21) endorsed by Council on 24 August 2020.

The month-long 2021 - It’s a Mood festival line up was purposely designed to appeal to the youth of the city and create a sense of empowerment and belonging.

The Georges River Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) provides young people with an opportunity to develop leadership, facilitation, and public speaking skills. The YAC cultivates positive social contributions within our community.

Council collaborated and consulted with the YAC to create a suite of events that appeal to the target audience of 12 to 24 years old. These events included, but were not limited to, a pop-up skate park at Olds Park, Penshurst, a Roller Disco event at the Johnny Warren Indoor  Sports Centre, Penshurst, an Esports Tournament hosted in the Marana Auditorium, Hurstville and an intergenerational Chess Day Competition at Kogarah Town Square.

Council partnered with Headspace, 3Bridges and Westfield Hurstville to deliver this program.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Expenditure to date is $70,716 funded by the existing cost centre 4020 from the Events and Sponsorship project budget.

The estimated value of in-kind sponsorship by Westfield Hurstville amounts to $10,000.

The Chess Competition was sponsored by Home Instead at a value of $2,000.

FILE REFERENCE

D21/79704

 

 

 

  


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Item:          NM025-21           Congratulations to the Oatley Lions Club - 2021 Community Market Day

Councillor:       Councillor Grekas 

 

MOTION:

That Council congratulates the Oatley Lions Club on its successful Community Market Day held on Saturday 17 April 2021 at Oatley Uniting Church.

 

DIRECTOR’S COMMENT

This Motion is consistent with Georges River Council’s Community Strategic Plan 2018 - 2028 and the adopted Connecting the Community COVID-19 Safe Events (COMO31-21) endorsed by Council on 24 August 2020.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and after consultation with local stakeholders, the Oatley Lions Club cancelled its 2021 Oatley Village Festival, in favour of conducting smaller events that continue to benefit the local community whilst also ensuring the safety of the community.

As a result, the Oatley Lions Club continues to work in partnership with Georges River Council Officers and other local organisations to deliver COVID-19 safe events, such as the 2021 Community Market Day.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

No financial/budget impact for this recommendation.

FILE REFERENCE

D21/84557

 

 

 

  


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Item:          NM026-21           Hurstville Museum & Gallery Exhibition - 'Reflection' by Artist Fangmin Wu

Councillor:       Councillor Liu 

 

MOTION:

That Council congratulates local artist, Fangmin Wu and the Hurstville Museum & Gallery Council officers on the successful delivery of the current Dragon’s Lair Gallery exhibition, ‘Reflection’.

 

DIRECTOR’S COMMENT

This motion is consistent with the key objectives of the Georges River Council Community Strategic Plan 2018-2028, Pillar 5 - A Harmonious and Proud Community with Strong Social Services and Infrastructure, Strategy 5.4.4 - Encourage and promote the arts through Council's cultural facilities including Hurstville Museum & Gallery.

It is also consistent with the adopted Create Georges River Cultural Strategy, Section 2, which outlines the need to foster the creation of art and culture within the area by providing accessible and affordable cultural spaces for community participation.

Hurstville Museum & Gallery manages a community art space program, that allows artists with a connection to the area the opportunity to display and sell their works. The latest of these exhibitions is ‘Reflection’ by Fangmin Wu.

‘Reflection’, which showcases a collection of oil paintings inspired by the landscape along the Georges River, opened to the community on Sunday 18 April, with renowned artist Guan Wei speaking at the event. The exhibition launch drew 80 people to Hurstville Museum & Gallery, and received extensive press coverage including online, print and radio interviews in English and Mandarin. The exhibition is on display until Sunday 9 May 2021 at the Hurstville Museum & Gallery.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

No financial/budget impact.

FILE REFERENCE

D21/85193

 

 

 

  


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Item:          NM027-21           Investigate the Establishment of a Technology Hub for Youth and Vulnerable Communities

Councillor:       Councillor Konjarski 

 

MOTION:

(a)     That, as a result of the success of the Hurstville Library Media Lab and the recent partnership between 3Bridges Community, Hurstville Westfield and Georges River Council as part of Council’s “2021 - It’s a Mood” youth festival, the General Manager prepare a report that investigates the establishment of a technology hub for youth and vulnerable communities in the Hurstville and/or Kogarah CBD.

(b)     That the report outlines, amongst other things:

(i)      The range of facilities, services and programs that currently support local young people and vulnerable community members seeking improved access to digital technologies in the Georges River local government area.

(ii)     Potential locations for a technology hub within the Hurstville and/or Kogarah CBD. 

(iii)    The financial implications of establishing a service.

 

DIRECTOR’S COMMENT

Consistent with Council’s Open Space, Recreation and Community Facilities Strategy, specifically the outcome of providing more facilities for youth within the local government area.

It is also consistent with Georges River Council’s Community Strategic Plan 2018-2028, Pillar 3.4, everyone has access to a range of active and passive recreation facilities and Pillar 5.4 Diverse, vibrant community facilities and spaces are connected, well maintained and accessible.

The Youth Action 2020 Snapshot reports that across NSW one of the most sought after services by young people is access to education and learning. This was reported as being a significant unmet need due to lack of resources.

The Australian Youth Affairs Commission report “Australia’s Youth Matters” and Mission Australia’s “Youth Survey 2020” highlight the issues that young people themselves have indicated as important. These included supporting services and programs for the LGBTQIA+ community, youth mentorship and education opportunities, the misuse of alcohol and drugs and, antisocial behaviour.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Should Council resolve to support this Motion, the financial implications will be provided in a future report.

FILE REFERENCE

D21/79841

 

 

  


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Item:          NM028-21           #RacismNotWelcome Campaign

Councillor:       Councillor Katris 

 

MOTION:

(a)     That the General Manager liaise with the Inner West Multicultural Network during the preparation of the report currently under development which explores a potential partnership with the Australian Human Rights Commission to fight racism.

(b)     The report should be expanded to include, amongst other things:

(i)      Background to the Inner West Council Multicultural Network’s #RacismNotWelcome campaign; and

(ii)     The feasibility of participating in the #RacismNotWelcome campaign and installing #RacismNotWelcome street signage in key locations around the Georges River local government area as part of a wider Georges River Council anti-racism campaign.

 

DIRECTOR’S COMMENT

At its meeting of 22 February 2021, Council resolved (NM003-21):

(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.

This Motion is consistent with the Community Strategic Plan Pillar 5 – A Harmonious and Proud Community with Strong Social Services and Infrastructure, Goal 5.3 – The community is socially and culturally connected.

The #RacismNotWelcome campaign was launched by the Inner West Council Multicultural Network which is currently partnering with City of Sydney, Waverly Council and City of Newcastle Council.

The campaign and associated street signage are components of a report currently under development following the February 2021 Council resolution calling for a potential Partnership with the Australian Human Rights Commission to fight racism and support our diverse community.

 

The report currently being prepared can be expanded to include a review of the #RacismNotWelcome campaign launched by the Inner West Council and opportunities for consistent messaging and implementation.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

The financial implications of a potential campaign to address racism, including the costs of manufacture and installation of custom-branded street signage, will be provided in the future report to Council.

FILE REFERENCE

D21/87037

 

 

 

  


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 26 April 2021                                                                                  Page 0

QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE

Item:                   QWN011-21       Draft Budget 2021/22 - Status Update on the Special Rate Variation Application to IPART 

Author:              Councillor Elmir

Directorate:      Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:    Questions with Notice

 

 

COUNCILLOR QUESTION

The 2021/22 budget development is a critical year in our Long-Term Financial Plan due to the expiration of the former Hurstville City Council SRV this June. Could the General Manager please provide an update on the progress of the Special Rate Variation (SRV) application submitted to the NSW Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) on 8 February 2021?

OFFICER RESPONSE

Feedback to Council on its New Rates 2021 proposal has been very positive from IPART with advice that the application is of a high quality. 

Engagement with the Tribunal has revealed that there is negligible community opposition to the proposed SRV and harmonisation of the minimum rates, coupled with a broad awareness throughout the community of the need for the SRV.

Officers made a presentation to IPART in March 2021 in support of Council’s application and received good feedback.

However, the IPART has requested officers to supply the reasons behind Council decisions that have had an adverse impact on Council’s financial position such as why Council has not cut its costs further by reducing service provision across the community and why Council is providing interest-free payment arrangements to pensioners.

It is anticipated that IPART will provide Council with its decision in mid-late May 2021 during exhibition of Council’s draft 2021/22 budget.

Currently, the Georges River Council per capita rate revenue is only $454.  Even with the implementation of an SRV, the rate revenue will be only $545 per capita, which remains significantly lower than the average across other States of $835 and the average rate within NSW of $591. 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION:

That the information be received and noted.

 

 

  


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Item:                   QWN012-21       Draft Budget 2021/22 - Employee Cost Comparison 

Author:              Councillor Elmir

Directorate:      Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:    Questions with Notice

 

 

COUNCILLOR QUESTION

Councillors are currently participating in the annual series of budget preparation workshops. Councillors are aware that employee costs are the largest cost to Council on an annual basis and have a high number of uncontrollable factors such as annual Award increases, mandatory superannuation increases, workers compensation insurance increases and leave liability management.

Could the Chief Financial Officer provide details regarding the annual increase in the employee cost budget, the portion of employee costs budget to total operating expenditure and a comparison with industry best practice? 

OFFICER RESPONSE

Since 2018/19, the General Manager has implemented a budget strategy whereby draft budgets have capped employee costs below industry benchmarks. Council has consistently adopted this strategy in regard to employee costs.

This approach has resulted in a 1.4% increase in employee costs from 2018/19 up to 2020/21, compared to an industry average of 5%. Council’s employee costs as a percentage of its total operating expenditure is also at 40%, the best practice benchmark.

The table below provides a comparison of employee costs results for a range of merged and non-merged councils.

 

2018/19

2019/20

2020/21

Council

Employee Costs ($’000)

% of Operating Expenditure

Employee Costs ($’000)

% of Operating Expenditure

Employee Costs ($’000)

% of Operating Expenditure

% change from

2018 to 2021

Canterbury Bankstown

   132,303

41.8%

   139,632

42.4%

   146,919

42.8%

11.0%

Central Coast

184,210

32.8%

207,600

37.3%

200,900

35.6%

9.0%

Sutherland

106,236

44.6%

108,916

44.4%

110,508

45.5%

4.0%

Bayside

  71,917

44.9%

     72,080

45.6%

     74,421

41.9%

3.5%

Campbelltown

72,298

42.9%

75,570

42.4%

77,170

42.2%

6.7%

Parramatta

114,459

44.2%

120,870

44.1%

121,385

45.5%

6.1%

Northern Beaches

134,415

41.0%

131,697

38.4%

135,923

39.3%

1.1%

Cumberland

83,268

43.5%

87,954

43.3%

86,149

42.2%

3.5%

Georges River

$58,700

41.2%

$58,700

41.7%

$59,500

40.0%

1.4%

 

Continuation of the budget strategy by Council in the draft 2021/22 budget would yield similar results with a 1.7% increase in employee costs from 2020/21 and employee costs as a percentage of total operating expenditure at 39%.  These results continue to be achieved without service reductions.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION:

That the information be received and noted.

 

 

  


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Item:                   QWN013-21       Draft Budget 2021/22 - Senior Staff Comparison 

Author:              Councillor Elmir

Directorate:      Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:    Questions with Notice

 

 

COUNCILLOR QUESTION

Councillors are currently participating in the annual series of budget preparation workshops. Councillors are aware that employee costs are the largest cost to Council on an annual basis.  Could the Director Business and Corporate Services provide details regarding the number of senior staff positions adopted by Council and a comparison with other NSW councils?

OFFICER RESPONSE

The table below highlights the comparative information of Council’s Senior Management Team.

 

Council

No. of Senior Staff/Directors

Number of Managers who report to Directors

Total Senior Management

Adopted Budget -employee costs 2020/21 ($000)

Average increase in employee costs 2018-2021

Canterbury Bankstown

7

31

38

146,919

11%

Sutherland Shire

5

25

30

110,508

4%

Cumberland

7

21

28

86,149

3.5%

Parramatta

7

23

30

121,385

6.1%

Northern Beaches

7

22

29

135,923

1.1%

Bayside

5

21

26

74,421

3.5%

Georges River

7

15

22

$59,500

1.4%

 

RECOMMENDATION:

That the information be received and noted.

 

 

  


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Item:                   QWN014-21       Code of Conduct Statistics for Period 2012-2021 

Author:              Councillor Landsberry

Directorate:      Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:    Questions with Notice

 

 

COUNCILLOR QUESTION

Can the General Manager please advise:

1.      How many Code of conduct complaints were raised against Councillors during the final term of the former Kogarah City Council, 2012 - 2016, and what costs were incurred by Council in relation to these complaints?

2.      How many code of conduct complaints were raised against Councillors during the final term of the former Hurstville City council, 2012 - 2016, and what costs were incurred by Council in relation to these complaints?

3.      To date, how many code of conduct complaints have been raised against Councillors during the first term of Georges River Council, and what costs have been incurred by council in relation to the complaints? 

OFFICER RESPONSE

1.      Former Kogarah City Council did not comply with its statutory obligations to compile and publish a report on an annual basis, of its Code of Conduct complaints statistics.  Therefore, officers have been unable to adequately research and provide a response in the time available since lodgement of this Question. Officers will provide a separate response to Councillors upon completion of the research.

2.      Former Hurstville City Council did not comply with its statutory obligations to compile and publish a report on an annual basis, of its Code of Conduct complaints statistics.  Therefore, officers have been unable to adequately research and provide a response in the time available since lodgement of this Question. Officers will provide a separate response to Councillors upon completion of the research.

3.      For Georges River Council, Code of Conduct complaint statistics for councillors and the general manager between periods 2017 – 2020 were reported to Council meetings in accordance with Clause 11.1 of the Procedures, as shown in the Tables below:

The total number of complaints made about councillors and the general manager under the code of conduct in the year to September, ending:

2017 (CCL227-17)

2018 (FIN094-18)

2019 (FIN084-19)

2020 (FIN056-20)

Nil

2

10

17

The total cost of dealing with the code of conduct complaints made about councillors and the general manager in the year to September, including staff costs:

2017 (CCL227-17)

2018 (FIN094-18)

2019 (FIN084-19)

2020 (FIN056-20)

Nil

$13,760

$17,805

$201,232

In the Year to date since September 2020, there have been 9 complaints lodged. Noting that many remain incomplete, the estimated costs to date are in excess of $50,000.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION:

That the information be received and noted.

 

 

  


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Item:                   QWN015-21       Independent Commission Against Corruption Investigation into Georges River Councillors - Legal Expenditure 

Author:              Councillor Landsberry

Directorate:      Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:    Questions with Notice

 

 

 

COUNCILLOR QUESTION

The Quarterly Budget Review Statement for the Period ending 31 December 2020, item FIN005-21 on the 8 February 2021 business paper of the Finance and Governance Committee included an amount of legal expenditure of $1.3 million in relation to an ICAC investigation.   

As Council is not responsible for legal expenditure incurred by the ICAC, can the General Manager please provide a cost breakdown to Councillors on how these costs were incurred, and for what purpose, and whether these costs are covered by insurance.

OFFICER RESPONSE

Previous advice provided by the Mayor at the February 2021 meeting of Council included that the questions regarding the breakdown and purpose of legal expenditure concerned an on-going and active ICAC investigation. To answer those questions would breach the confidentiality provisions within the ICAC legislation and impede an active investigation.

The Commission has further advised that, as the councillors under investigation are aware that they are under investigation, the Council may be informed that four Section 22 Notices have been served on Georges River Council.

The Commission has also advised that no detail of the content of the Notices can be discussed and persons are not to be informed as to that content.

A claim has been opened with Council’s insurers, however as at April 2021, these costs have not been covered by insurance.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION:

That the information be received and noted.

 

 

  


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Item:                   QWN016-21       NSW Government Stronger Communities Fund 

Author:              Councillor Hindi

Directorate:      Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:    Questions with Notice

 

 

COUNCILLOR QUESTION

Please provide a list of major projects that were considered by Georges river stronger communities fund and who compiled the list and what were the scores as part of the assessment.

OFFICER RESPONSE

1.   The list of major projects that were considered by the Stronger Communities Assessment Panel is shown below.

2.   The list was compiled in response to applications received from the community and from Council’s adopted five-year capital works program from 2016.

3.   The Panel assessed the projects in accordance with the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities Funding Guidelines and therefore did not score the projects. Instead, the Panel made recommendations to Council that specific projects should be funded.  However, not all of the recommended projects were endorsed by Council.

Projects List

Project No.

Stronger Communities - Potential Projects List

1.

St Andrews Church

2.

St Joseph’s Riverwood Sports Club

3.

Connells Point Rovers Football Club

4.

St George AFC

5.

Carlton Rovers FC Inc.

6.

Resourceful Australian Indian Network Inc.

7.

3Bridges Community Ltd

8.

St George Arts and Entertainment Centre Inc.

9.

Family Drug Support

10.

Jubilee Community Services Inc.

11.

Jubilee Community Services Inc.

12.

Recreation Sports and Aquatics Club

13.

Lugarno Progress Association Inc.

14.

Nurses on Wheels

15.

Lions Club of Lugarno

16.

Verge Collaborative Limited

17.

Peakhurst West Public School

18.

Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation

19.

The Shepherd Centre for Deaf Children

20.

3Bridges Community Ltd, Penshurst (as lead) and Civic, Sunnyhaven and Intellectual Foundation for Intellectual Disability of St George

21.

3Bridges Community Ltd, Penshurst

22.

Kingsgrove Community Aid

23.

CanRevive Inc

24.

Olds Park Netball Association Inc

25.

The Humour Foundation

26.

Peakhurst United FC

27.

Dance for Parkinson's Australia (Auspiced by Parkinson's NSW)

28.

Penshurst West Youth Club - Football Division

29.

Advance Diversity Services

30.

Asian Women at Work Inc

31.

Oatley RSL Soccer

32.

The Northcott Society

33.

Project Youth

34.

Buddha's Light International Association of Australia

35.

3 Bridges Community Ltd

36.

Child Abuse Prevention Service

37.

Scouts Australia NSW Branch

38.

Sans Souci Football Club Inc.

39.

Renown United Sports Club Inc

40.

Kogarah Community Services Inc

41.

Moving Forward DFV Case Management Services Inc.

42.

Lugarno Peakhurst Uniting Church

43.

UCA - Brighton Kogarah - The Kogarah Storehouse

44.

Fiestaville Multicultural Arts Inc

45.

Janaranjani Radio

46.

St George Cycling Club

47.

Anglican Church Property Trust Diocese of Sydney

48.

Australian Macedonian Theatre of Sydney Inc

49.

St George Creative Art & Craft Centre

50.

Oatley Parents and Citizens Association

51.

Lions Club of Oatley

52.

Oatley Flora and Fauna Society Inc (lead) with Oatley Heritage and History Society; Lugarno Progress Association; Menai Wildflower Group and Friends of Oatley

53.

Oatley Flora and Fauna Conservation Society Inc

54.

Beverley Park Golf Club

55.

NSW Cycling

56.

Shopfront Arts CoOp Limited

57.

Community Amenities Building - Peakhurst Park (Eastern end), Peakhurst

58.

Gannons Park Stormwater Harvesting and Irrigation Project, Peakhurst Heights

59.

Community Amenities Building - Riverwood Park, Riverwood

60.

Community Amenities Buildings - Renown Park, Penshurst

61.

Public toilet amenities building, Oatley Memorial Gardens

62.

Community Pavilion Amenities Building, Harold Fraser Oval, Kogarah Bay

63.

Upgraded Public Toilet Facilities, Carss Bush Park, Carss Park

64.

Georges River Aquatic Facilities Refurbishment (KWMP and Sans Souci)

65.

Community Amenities Building, Claydon Reserve

66.

Customer Service Hubs, Kogarah and Hurstville

67.

Town Centres’ Place-Making and Economic Development Program

68.

Shade Structure, Carss Cottage Museum, Carss Bush Park

69.

Heritage Kick Start program

70.

Development Application system – ePlanning, eLodgement, DA tracking

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION:

That the information be received and noted.

 

 

  


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Item:                   QWN017-21       Sydney Water - Waterway Health Improvement Project, Kogarah Bay Creek, Kogarah Bay 

Author:              Councillor Payor

Directorate:      Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:    Questions with Notice

 

 

COUNCILLOR QUESTION

Following the resolution of the 22 March 2021 for Georges River Council to support the consideration of further modifications to the stormwater design, and for Council to provide an urgent workshop for an acceptable solution, can you advise how and when this will occur?

OFFICER RESPONSE

Council officers have contacted Sydney Water on several occasions since 22 March 2021 in response to the Council resolution.  However, at this time no agreement has been reached with Sydney Water for it to attend a workshop with the community as requested by Council.

It is noted that Sydney Water has previously advised that due to the significant community consultation and design amendments that have already occurred, all reasonable efforts have been made to investigate alternative design solutions and therefore they would not attend any additional community workshops organised by Council for the purposes of modifying the design. 

Furthermore, Sydney Water has indicated that any delays to the project arising from additional investigations instigated by Council may result in significant cost penalties associated with cessation of work and breach of its contract with the contractor.

Notwithstanding this advice, Council officers have obtained agreement from Sydney Water officers to meet with Council staff to discuss consideration of further modifications to the stormwater design.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION:

That the information be received and noted.

 

 

  


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 26 April 2021                                                                                  Page 0

CONFIDENTIAL (CLOSED SESSION)

Council's Code of Meeting Practice allows members of the public present to indicate whether they wish to make representations to the meeting, before it is closed to the public, as to whether that part of the meeting dealing with any or all of the matters listed should or should not be considered in closed session.

 

RECOMMENDATION:

That in accordance with the provisions of Part 1 of Chapter 4 of the Local Government Act 1993, the following matters be considered in closed Meeting at which the press and public are excluded.

 

CCL017A-21     FIN013A-21 Property Matter - Proposed Dedication for Road Widening and Grant of Easement for Access - Louis Terrace, Hurstville

(Report by Strategic Property Specialist)

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.

 

CCL018A-21     Property Matter - Waratah Private Hospital, Dora Street, Hurstville

(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.

 

CCL019A-21     Confidential: Code of Conduct Investigation Report - Councillor Hindi

(Report by Chief Audit Executive)

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) (I) it is considered the matter alleged contraventions of any code of conduct requirements applicable under section 440 of the Local Government Act 1993.

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 alleged contraventions of any code of conduct requirements applicable under section 440 of the Local Government Act 1993.

 

CCL020A-21     Confidential: Code of Conduct Investigation Report - Councillor Grekas

(Report by Manager Governance and Risk)

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) (I) it is considered the matter alleged contraventions of any code of conduct requirements applicable under section 440 of the Local Government Act 1993.

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 alleged contraventions of any code of conduct requirements applicable under section 440 of the Local Government Act 1993.

 

That in accordance with the provisions of Section 11(2) of the Act, the reports and correspondence relating to these matters be withheld from the press and public.