MINUTES


Council Meeting

 

Monday, 26 April 2021

7.00pm

 

 

Dragon Room

(Level 1, Georges River Civic Centre, Hurstville)

and

Skype Online Meeting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Georges River Council – Minutes of the Ordinary Council Meeting – Monday, 26 April 2021

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PRESENT

COUNCIL MEMBERS

The Mayor, Councillor Kevin Greene, Deputy Mayor, Councillor Stephen Agius, Councillor Vince Badalati, Councillor Sam Elmir, Councillor Sandy Grekas, Councillor Con Hindi, Councillor Rita Kastanias, Councillor Nick Katris, Councillor Lou Konjarski, Councillor Kathryn Landsberry, Councillor Nancy Liu, Councillor Leesha Payor, Councillor Colleen Symington, Councillor Warren Tegg and Councillor Christina Wu (remote attendance).

COUNCIL STAFF

General Manager - Gail Connolly, Director Assets and Infrastructure - Andrew Latta, Director Environment and Planning - Meryl Bishop, Director Community and Culture - Rebekah Schulz, Director Business and Corporate Services - David Tuxford, Director City Strategy and Innovation - Sue Weatherley, Director Legal Services and General Counsel - Jenny Ware, Manager, Office of the General Manager - Roxanne Thornton, Chief Audit Executive - Juliette Hall, Chief Financial Officer - Danielle Parker, Manager Governance and Risk Management - Popy Mourgelas, Executive Services Officer - Marina Cavar (Minutes), Research and Project Officer - Ann-Marie Svorinic, Head of Strategic Property - Bernard Morabito, Strategic Property Specialist - Jim Allison (remote attendance), Manager Library Services - Thomas Koruth (remote attendance), Manager Strategic Planning - Catherine McMahon (remote attendance), Coordinator Technology - Brendan Scott, Acting Technology Service Officer - Lee Fermor.

OPENING

The Mayor, Councillor Kevin Greene, opened the meeting at 7.06pm.

NATIONAL ANTHEM

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

PRAYER

The Mayor, Councillor Kevin Greene offered a prayer to the meeting.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY

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

Note:         Councillor Elmir arrived to the meeting at 7.12pm.

APOLOGIES/LEAVE OF ABSENCE

There were no apologies or requests for leave of absence.

NOTICE OF WEBCASTING

The Mayor advised staff and the public that the meeting is being recorded for minute-taking purposes and is also webcast live on Council’s website, in accordance with section 4 of Council’s Code of Meeting Practice. This recording will be made available on Council’s Website.

CODE OF MEETING PRACTICE

The order of business is as shown in the agenda.

 

Council’s Code of Meeting Practice prohibits the electronic recording of meetings without the express permission of Council.

Note:         Councillor Hindi arrived to the meeting at 7.12pm.

DISCLOSURES OF INTEREST

Councillor Sandy Grekas disclosed a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary Interest in Item CCL024-21 (COM013-21 Quarterly Community Property Report - 1 January to 31 March 2021) for the reason that her son plays for Renown United JRLFC which is based out of facilities at Renown Park (head lease with St George Junior Rugby League). As this is a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary disclosure, Councillor Grekas will participate in the discussion and voting on this item.

Councillor Sandy Grekas disclosed a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary Interest in Item NM022-21 (Congratulations to Georges River National Swimmers) for the reason that her son attended the 2021 Australian Age Swimming Championship and both her and her daughter are members of Sans Souci Swim Club. As this is a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary disclosure, Councillor Grekas will participate in the discussion and voting on this item.

Councillor Kathryn Landsberry disclosed a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary Interest in Item CCL024-21 (COM013-21    Quarterly Community Property Report - 1 January to 31 March 2021) for the reason that her son is a committee member and coach at Carss Park Football Club and also works at the office of St George Football Association. As this is a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary disclosure, Councillor Landsberry will participate in the discussion and voting on this item.

Councillor Nancy Liu disclosed a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary Interest in Item NM022-21 (Congratulations to Georges River National Swimmers) for the reason that she is a committee member of St George Swim Club and is a parent of one of the swimmers that attended the Championships. As this is a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary disclosure, Councillor Liu will participate in the discussion and voting on this item.

Councillor Lou Konjarski disclosed a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary Interest in Item CCL024-21 (COM013-21 Quarterly Community Property Report - 1 January to 31 March 2021) for the reason that his children play and referee at the sporting fields mentioned in the report. As this is a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary disclosure, Councillor Konjarski will participate in the discussion and voting on this item.

The Mayor, Councillor Greene disclosed a Significant Non-Pecuniary Interest in Item CCL024-21 (COM013-21 Quarterly Community Property Report - 1 January to 31 March 2021) for the reason that he is the President of St George District Cricket Club and it holds a lease on facilities.  As this is a Significant Non-Pecuniary disclosure, the Mayor, Councillor Greene will not participate in the discussion and voting on this item.

The Mayor, Councillor Greene disclosed a Significant Non-Pecuniary interest in Item CCL022-21 (FIN014A-21 Norm O'Neil Cricket Training Centre - Management Agreement (Commercial-in-Confidence)) for the reason that he is the President of St George District Cricket Club which trains at the facility. As this is a Significant Non-Pecuniary disclosure the Mayor, Councillor Greene will not participate in the discussion and voting on this item.

The Mayor, Councillor Greene disclosed a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary Interest CCL021-21 (ENV016-21 Planning Proposal - Mortdale RSL 19-25 Macquarie Place and 46-56 Pitt Street, Mortdale) for the reason that he is a patron of the sub-branch. Although this is a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary disclosure, the Mayor, Councillor Greene advised that he will not participate in the discussion and voting on this item.

Councillor Vince Badalati disclosed a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary Interest in item CCL023-21 (ASS012-21 Draft 2021/22 Budget - Consideration of Construction of a Bocce Court at Smith Park, Morgan Street, Kingsgrove) for the reason that he is on the committee for the Kingsgrove Community Aid Centre which adjoins the proposed bocce court. Councillor Badalati did not participate in the discussion and voting on this item.

Councillor Warren Tegg disclosed a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary Interest in Item CCL024-21 (COM013-21 Quarterly Community Property Report - 1 January to 31 March 2021) for the reason that his daughter plays for Penshurst Panthers at a sporting field mentioned in the report. As this is a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary disclosure, Councillor Tegg will participate in the discussion and voting on this item.

PUBLIC FORUM

Speaker

Report No.

Report Title

Megan Argent

(remote attendance)

NM019-21

Advocacy for sport amenities upgrade H.V Evatt Park

Melissa Derwent

(remote attendance)

NM018-21

Library Services - Extended Hours Trial Period

Fangmin Wu

NM026-21

Hurstville Museum & Gallery Exhibition – “Reflection” by Artist Fangmin Wu

Karina McDougall

(remote attendance)

NM018-21

Library Services - Extended Hours Trial Period

Theresa Kot

QWN011-21

Draft Budget 2021/22 - Status Update of the Special Variation Application to IPART

Leon Pun

NM028-21

#RacismNotWelcome Campaign

Brian Thompson

QWN017-21

Parkside Drive Water Health and Improvement Project

Note:       Mr Fangmin Wu gifted a booklet titled “Apart in Space Together by Art” being information of artists participating in the Hurstville Museum & Gallery Exhibition. The booklet was tabled at the Council meeting is ON FILE.

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)

RESOLVED: Councillor Symington and Councillor Agius

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

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

MAYORAL MINUTE

 

MM004-21         ANZAC Day Commemorations in Georges River

                            (Councillor - Kevin Greene)

RESOLVED:  The Mayor, Councillor Greene

That Council recognise local ANZAC Day commemorations and thank the organisers for maintaining this strong local tradition in Georges River.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

CONDOLENCES

There were no condolence motions.

MATTER OF URGENCY

Councillor Hindi called for a Matter of Urgency regarding the Kogarah War Memorial Pool to be considered by Council.

The Mayor, Councillor Greene ruled that the business proposed by Councillor Hindi was not a matter of urgency (pursuant to clause 8.3(b) of the Code of Meeting Practice).

Note:          At 7.47pm the Mayor, Councillor Greene made a statement and an apology regarding the error he made at a previous Council meeting relating to NM-005-21 (Managing Risks to Community Safety - Kogarah War Memorial Pool).

Note:          Councillor Kastanias left the meeting at 8.01pm.


 

COMMITTEE REPORTS

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

(Report by Executive Services Officer)

resolved: Councillor Hindi and Councillor Landsberry

That the Environment and Planning Committee recommendations for Item ENV011-21 to ENV014-21, as detailed below, be adopted by Council.

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

(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

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

That Council receive and note the report.

ENV014-21       Draft Penshurst Park Plan of Management

(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.”

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

Note:         At this point of the meeting, due to disclosing a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary Interest in Item ENV016-21 (Planning Proposal – Mortdale RSL 19-25 Macquarie Place and 46-56 Pitt Street), The Mayor, Councillor Greene vacated the Chair and left the meeting at 8.03pm.

Note:          In the absence of the Chair, the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Agius assumed the Chair, time being 8.03pm.

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

Note:         The Mayor, Councillor Greene disclosed a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary Interest in this item and did not participate in the discussion or voting on this item.

RESOLVED: Councillor Hindi and Councillor Tegg

(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.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

Note:          The Mayor, Councillor Greene returned to the meeting at 8.03pm and resumed the    position of Chair.

Note:        Councillor Kastanias returned to the meeting at 8.11pm.

 

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

Note:       Councillor Payor tabled an email from TfNSW dated 26 April 2021. A copy of this email  is ON FILE.

RESOLVED: Councillor Hindi and Councillor Payor

That the matter be deferred to the next Council meeting as Council awaits further reports from TfNSW.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

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

(Report by Executive Services Officer)

RESOLVED: Councillor Badalati and Councillor Hindi

(a)      That the Finance and Governance Committee recommendations for Items FIN0017-21 to FIN020-21, FIN012A-21 and FIN013A-21 as detailed below, be adopted by Council.

(b)      That Finance and Governance item FIN014A-21 (Norm O’Neil Cricket Training Centre – Management Agreement (Commercial-in-Confidence) be moved to closed confidential session.

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

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

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

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)

(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)   

(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

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

Note:         Council considered this matter separately in report number CCL017A-21.

 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

Note:         Councillor Badalati left the meeting at 8.17pm.

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

(Report by Executive Services Officer)

RESOLVED: Councillor Agius and Councillor Hindi

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

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

Note:        Councillor Badalati disclosed a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary Interest in this Item and did not participate in the discussion or voting on this item.

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.

Note:        Councillor Badalati returned to the meeting at 8.18pm

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

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.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

Note:         At this point of the meeting, and after disclosing a Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary Interest in Item COM013-21 (Quarterly Community Property Report), The Mayor, Councillor Greene vacated the chair and left the meeting at 8.20pm.

Note:          In the absence of the Chair, the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Agius assumed the Chair, time being 8.20pm.

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

(Report by Executive Services Officer)

RESOLVED: Councillor Grekas and Councillor Tegg

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

COM012-21       Rewrite the Night - Night Time Economy Grants

(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

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

Note:     Councillor Konjarski disclosed a Non-Significant, Non-Pecuniary Interest in this Item. Councillor Konjarski remained in the meeting during the discussion and voting on this item.

Note:        Councillor Tegg disclosed a Non-Significant, Non-Pecuniary Interest in this Item. Councillor Tegg remained in the meeting during the discussion and voting on this item.

Note:        Councillor Landsberry disclosed a Non-Significant, Non-Pecuniary Interest in this Item. Councillor Lansberry remained in the meeting during the discussion and voting on this item.

Note:      Councillor Grekas disclosed a Non-Significant, Non-Pecuniary Interest in this Item. Councillor Grekas remained in the meeting during the discussion and voting on this item.

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

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

Note:          The Mayor, Councillor Greene returned to the meeting at 8.21pm and resumed the position of Chair.

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)

RESOLVED: The Mayor, Councillor Greene and Councillor Tegg

(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.

Record of Voting:

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

Against the Motion: Councillors Badalati, Hindi and Kastanias

On being Put to the meeting, voting on this matter was twelve (12) votes FOR and three (3) votes AGAINST. The Motion was CARRIED.

 


 

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

(Report by Executive Services Officer)

RESOLVED: Councillor Badalati and Councillor Agius

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.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

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)

RESOLVED: Councillor Badalati and Councillor Tegg

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.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

CCL028-21       Tabling of Disclosure of Interest Returns

(Report by Manager Governance and Risk)

Note:        A copy of the Disclosure of Interest Returns detailed in the report were tabled and a copy of the Returns are ON FILE.

RESOLVED: Councillor Badalati and Councillor Katris

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

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

NOTICES OF MOTION

NM018-21          Library Services - Extended Hours Trial Period

(Report by Councillor Tegg)

MOTION: Councillor Tegg and Councillor Grekas

(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.

AMENDMENT: Councillor Kastanias and Councillor Landsberry

(a)      That the Library trial opening hours program cease.

(b)      That Council restore Library services and hours to Penshurst (Pre-COVID hours).

(c)       That Council restore library services and hours to Oatley and South Hurstville as follows: Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm, Saturday, 9am to 4pm and closed on Sundays.

Record of Voting:

For the Amendment: Councillors Hindi, Kastanias, Landsberry, Payor and Wu

Against the Amendment: The Mayor, Councillor Greene, Deputy Mayor, Councillor Agius and Councillors Badalati, Elmir, Grekas, Katris, Konjarski, Liu, Symington and Tegg

On being put to the meeting the voting on the Amendment was five (5) votes FOR and ten (10) votes AGAINST. The Amendment was LOST.

RESOLVED: Councillor Tegg and Councillor Grekas

(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.

Record of Voting:

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

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

On being Put to the meeting, voting on this Motion was nine (9) votes FOR and six (6) votes AGAINST. The Motion was CARRIED.

Note:          Councillor Elmir left the meeting at 9.44pm.

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

(Report by Councillor Kastanias)

RESOLVED: Councillor Kastanias and Councillor Symington

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.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

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

(Report by Councillor Kastanias)

Note:     Councillor Kastanias withdrew this motion.

Note:          Councillor Elmir returned to the meeting at 9.50pm.

Note:          Deputy Mayor, Councillor Agius left the meeting at 9.52 pm.

Note:          Councillor Landsberry left the meeting at 9.55 pm.

NM021-21          Identification of Potential Sites for Community Battery Stations

(Report by Councillor Tegg)

RESOLVED: Councillor Tegg and Councillor Grekas

(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.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  Unanimous

Note:          Deputy Mayor, Councillor Agius returned to the meeting at 9.57pm.

Note:          Councillor Landsberry returned to the meeting at 9.58pm.

Note:          Councillor Hindi left the meeting at 9.58pm.

Note:          Councillor Kastanias left the meeting at 9.58pm.

NM022-21          Congratulations to Georges River National Swimmers

(Report by Councillor Konjarski)

Note:        Councillor Grekas disclosed a Non-Significant, Non-Pecuniary Interest in this Item.

Note:        Councillor Liu disclosed a Non-Significant, Non-Pecuniary Interest in this Item.

RESOLVED: Councillor Konjarski and Councillor Tegg

(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.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

Note:          Councillor Hindi returned to the meeting at 10.01pm

Note:          Councillor Kastanias returned to the meeting at 10.09pm

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

(Report by Councillor Katris)

RESOLVED: Councillor Katris and Councillor Landsberry

(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.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

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

(Report by Councillor Grekas)

RESOLVED: Councillor Grekas and Councillor Elmir

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.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

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

(Report by Councillor Grekas)

RESOLVED: Councillor Grekas and Councillor Elmir

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

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

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

(Report by Councillor Liu)

RESOLVED:  Councillor Liu and Councillor Agius

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’.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

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

(Report by Councillor Konjarski)

RESOLVED: Councillor Konjarski and Councillor Grekas

(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.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 


 

NM028-21          #RacismNotWelcome Campaign

(Report by Councillor Katris)

RESOLVED: Councillor Katris and Councillor Symington

(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.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

Note:          Councillor Symington left the meeting at 10.35pm.

QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE

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

(Report by Councillor Elmir)

RESOLVED:  Councillor Elmir and Councillor Konjarski

That the information be received and noted.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

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

(Report by Councillor Elmir)

RESOLVED: Councillor Elmir and Councillor Liu

That the information be received and noted.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

Note:          Councillor Grekas left the meeting at 10.37pm, after seconding the following Item (QWN013-21).

Note:         Councillor Symington returned to the meeting at 10.38pm.


 

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

(Report by Councillor Elmir)

RESOLVED: Councillor Elmir and Councillor Grekas

That the information be received and noted.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

Note:         Councillor Grekas returned to the meeting at 10.40pm.

Note:         Councillor Katris left the meeting at 10.56pm.

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

(Report by Councillor Landsberry)

MOTION:  Councillor Landsberry and Councillor Payor

(a)      That the information be received and noted.

(b)      Should any further Code of Conduct complaints be lodged with the General Manager in the remaining term of this Council, that they be dealt with internally in the first instance and with particular reference to Part 9 of the Code, Maintaining the Integrity of this Code.

(c)       If the complaint is deemed to fall outside Part 9 of the Code, then the complaint may be referred to an external investigator only if it may reasonably be considered to be of a serious nature.

Note:     The Mayor, Councillor Greene ruled the Motion to be unlawful on the basis that it would be contrary to the Procedures for the Administration of the Code of Conduct.   

 

RESOLVED:  Councillor Landsberry and Councillor Payor

That the information be received and noted.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

EXTENSION OF TIME

RESOLVED: Councillor Elmir and Councillor Badalati

That at this time, being 11.00pm, an extension of time be granted up to 11.30pm.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

Note:         Councillor Katris returned to the meeting at 11.00 pm.

Note:          Councillor Kastanias left the meeting at 11.04pm and did not return.

Note:          Deputy Mayor, Councillor Agius left the meeting at 11.06pm and did not return.

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

(Report by Councillor Landsberry)

MOTION:  Councillor Landsberry

(a)      That the information be received and noted.

(b)      In the absence of relevant information being made available to Councillors on how and why an amount of $1.3m in legal expenditure bas been incurred in relation to ICAC investigation, that no further legal expenditure on the matter be incurred  without the prior authorisation of Council.

Note:     The Mayor, Councillor Greene ruled the Motion to be unlawful on the basis that it would fetter the General Manager’s ability to comply with future lawful requests from the Commission to produce information for the ICAC investigation.   

 

RESOLVED:  Councillor Landsberry and Councillor Payor

That the information be received and noted.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

EXTENSION OF TIME

RESOLVED:  Councillor Elmir and Councillor Badalati

That at this time, being 11.26pm, an extension of time be granted up to 12.00am (midnight).

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

QWN016-21      NSW Government Stronger Communities Fund

(Report by Councillor Hindi)

RESOLVED: Councillor Hindi and Councillor Symington

That the information be received and noted.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

Note:         Councillor Hindi left the meeting at 11.30pm.


 

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

(Report by Councillor Payor)

RESOLVED: Councillor Payor and Councillor Landsberry

(a)      That in addition to the resolution of 22 March 2021, Council request Sydney Water arrange a meeting between the Road Safety Auditors and Council Traffic Engineers, to resolve the matters raised in the McLaren letter 16 March 2021.

(b)      That Council Staff meet with the resident representatives and ward councillors, to clarify their issues prior to Council meeting with Sydney Water.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

ANZAC DAY ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

At 11.31pm, Council observed a moment’s silence in memory of ANZAC Day.

Note:         Councillor Hindi returned to the meeting at 11.41pm.

PROCEDURAL MOTION

MOVE TO CLOSED SESSION

RESOLVED:  Councillor Elmir and Councillor Tegg

At this stage of the meeting being 11.33pm the Mayor advised that the meeting would move into a Committee of the Whole to allow consideration of a matter in Closed Session in accordance with Section 10A of the Local Government Act 1993. Accordingly, members of the press and public are excluded from the closed session and access to the correspondence and reports relating to the items considered during the course of the closed session will be withheld.

This action was taken to allow discussion of the following item:

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.

 

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

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.

This matter will be considered in closed session in accordance with Section 10A(2) (c)  of the Local Government Act 1993 as it contains information that would , if disclosed, confer a commercial advantage on a person with whom council is conducting (or proposes to conduct) business. 

The Mayor asked the General Manager if any representations had been received from the public that the item should not be discussed in closed session.

The General Manager replied that no representations had been received to the item in closed session.

The Mayor asked if there were any members of the public gallery who would like to speak on the reasons Council proposes to consider the items in Closed Session.

There were none.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

Note:          The meeting moved to Closed Confidential session, at 11.34pm.

EXTENSION OF TIME

RESOLVED: Councillor Tegg and Councillor Elmir

That at this time, being 11.58pm, an extension of time be granted up to 12.30am.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

CLOSED SESSION – COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

CONFIDENTIAL ITEMS

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)

RESOLVED:  Councillor Elmir and Councillor Katris

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

(b)     That in accordance with Section 47(f)(2)(a) of the Local Government Act 1993, authority be granted for the land described as Lot 1 in DP1242651 at 75 Louis Terrace, Hurstville to be dedicated as a widening of an existing public road by the placement of a notice in the NSW Government Gazette under Section 10 of the Roads Act 1993 as per the conditions contained within this report.

(c)     That Council, consistent with the approach taken for the grant of private vehicular access over Taylors Reserve, grant formal access to the owner of 1 Edith Street, Hurstville over part of the newly dedicated area of public road at 75 Louis Terrace, Hurstville as per the terms and conditions contained within this report.

(d)     That the General Manager be authorised to execute all documentation to give effect to the proposed road widening and grant of easement.  

Record of Voting:

For the Motion:  The Mayor, Councillor Greene and Councillors Elmir, Grekas, Hindi, Katris, Konjarski, Landsberry, Liu, Payor, Symington, Tegg and Wu

Against the Motion: Councillor Badalati

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

Note:        Councillor Wu left the meeting at 12.04am and did not return.

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

(Report by Head of Strategic Property)

RESOLVED:  Councillor Katris and Councillor Konjarski

(a)     That the General Manager be authorised to negotiate the disposal of the Waratah Hospital Car Park Stratum being Lot 1 in DP1157338, on terms as generally detailed within this report.

(b)     That the General Manager be authorised to execute the Contract for Sale, Transfer Document and any other relevant documentation to complete the sale of Lot 1 in DP1157338 to the Waratah Private Hospital.

(c)     That the proceeds from sale be placed within Council’s Commercial Property Reserve for future income generating commercial property acquisitions.

Record of Voting:

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

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

On being put to the meeting, voting on this Motion was eight (8) votes FOR and four (4) votes AGAINST. The Motion was CARRIED.

Note:          Councillor Landsberry left the meeting at 12.19am.

Note:         At this point of the meeting, due to disclosing a Significant Non-Pecuniary Interest in Item FIN014A-21 (Norm O’Neil Cricket Training Centre - Management Agreement (Commercial-in-Confidence)), The Mayor, Councillor Greene vacated the Chair and left the meeting at 12.19am.

Note:         In the absence of the Deputy Mayor (Councillor Agius), Councillor Elmir was elected as the Chair, time being 12.19am.

Note:          Councillor Landsberry returned to the meeting at 12.24am.

Note:          Councillor Hindi left the meeting at 12.28pm.

EXTENSION OF TIME

RESOLVED: Councillor Tegg and Councillor Elmir

That with the time being 12.30pm, a 5 minute extension of time be granted, up to 12.35am.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

Note:          Councillor Katris left the meeting at 12.29am after seconding the following item (FIN014A-21). 

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

RESOLVED:    Councillor Tegg and Councillor Katris

That the report be received and noted.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

Note:          The Mayor, Councillor Greene returned to the meeting at 12.32am and resumed the    position of Chair.

Note:          Councillor Hindi and Councillor Katris returned to the meeting at 12.32am.

DEFERRAL OF REMAINING ITEMS

RESOLVED: Councillor Elmir and Councillor Badalati

That the remaining business, being items CCL019A21 (Confidential: Code of Conduct Investigation Report - Councillor Hindi) and CCL020A-21 (Confidential: Code of Conduct Investigation Report - Councillor Grekas) be deferred to the next Council Meeting.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 


 

PROCEDURAL MOTION

MOVE TO OPEN COUNCIL

RESOLVED: Councillor Tegg and Councillor Symington

That Council return to Open Session.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

Note:         Council returned to Open Session at 12.32am

CONFIRMATION OF RECOMMENDATIONS FROM CLOSED SESSION – COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

resolved: Councillor Hindi and Councillor Tegg

(a)      That the recommendations from the Closed Session in relation to Items CCL017A-21 (FIN013A-21 Property Matter - Proposed Dedication for Road Widening and Grant of Easement for Access - Louis Terrace, Hurstville), CCL018A-21 (Property Matter - Waratah Private Hospital, Dora Street, Hurstville) and FIN014A-21 (Norm O'Neil Cricket Training Centre - Management Agreement (Commercial-in-Confidence)) be received and noted as resolutions of Council without any alteration or amendment thereto.

(b)      That the recommendation to defer Items CCL019A-21 (Confidential: Code of Conduct Investigation Report – Councillor Hindi) and CCL020A-21 (Confidential: Code of Conduct Investigation Report – Councillor Grekas) for consideration at the next meeting of Council be confirmed as resolutions of Council without any alteration or amendment thereto.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

CLOSE OF MEETING

The Mayor, Councillor Greene closed the meeting, deferring the two remaining items CCL019A-21 (Confidential: Code of Conduct Investigation Report – Councillor Hindi) and CCL020A-21 (Confidential: Code of Conduct Investigation Report – Councillor Grekas) from this Council meeting to the May 2021 Council meeting.

Note:        At the time of the Adjournment, the following Councillors were present; The Mayor Councillor Greene and Councillors Badalati, Elmir, Grekas, Hindi, Katris, Konjarski, Landsberry, Liu, Payor, Symington and Tegg.

 

Note:        Council closed at 12.34am.

 

 

 

 

 

Chairperson

Mayor, Kevin Greene

 

 

Minutes confirmed at the Ordinary Meeting of Council on 24 May 2021 (CCL023-21)