MINUTES


Community and Culture Committee

 

 

Tuesday, 15 June 2021

6.00pm

 

 

Waratah Meeting Room

(Ground Floor, Georges River Civic Centre Hurstville)

 

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Skype Online Meeting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Georges River Council - Minutes - Community and Culture Committee - Tuesday 15 June 2021

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PRESENT

COUNCIL MEMBERS

Councillor Sandy Grekas (Chairperson) (remote connection), Councillor Lou Konjarski, Councillor Kathryn Landsberry, Councillor Leesha Payor, Councillor Warren Tegg and Councillor Christina Wu (remote connection).

 

COUNCIL STAFF

Director City Strategy and Innovation - Sue Weatherley, Acting Coordinator Strategy and Innovation - Stephanie Paduano, Senior Project Officer - Nickolas Takos, Research and Project Officer - Ann-Marie Svorinic, Technology Systems Officer - Garuthman De Silva, Executive Services Officer - Neil Treadwell and Executive Assistant to the Director Community and Culture - Franziska Mintus (Minutes).

 

Opening

The Chair, Councillor Grekas, opened the meeting at 6.04pm.

 

Acknowledgement of Country

Councillor Grekas acknowledged the traditional custodians of the land, the Biddegal people of the Eora Nation.

 

Apologies/Leave of Absence 

MOTION: Councillor Konjarski and Councillor Tegg

That an apology on behalf of Councillor Kastanias be accepted and a Leave of Absence granted.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

Notice of Webcasting

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

 

DISCLOSURES OF INTEREST

Councillor Grekas disclosed a Non-Significant, Non-Pecuniary interest in item COM021-21 Stronger Communities Funding Update (January - June 2021) for the reason that her husband is a member of Hurstville Golf Club. Councillor Grekas remained in the meeting and took part in consideration and voting on this item.

 

PUBLIC FORUM

There were no registered speakers.

 

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS

COM017-21       Confirmation of the minutes of the previous meeting held on 10 May 2021

(Report by Executive Services Officer)

RECOMMENDATION: Councillor Payor and Councillor Konjarski

That the Minutes of the Community and Culture Committee Meeting held on 10 May 2021 be confirmed.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

Note:     Councillor Landsberry joined the meeting at 6.08pm and took part in consideration and voting on all Committee Reports.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS

COM018-21       Status Update - Sharing Facilities and Infrastructure with the NSW Department of Education

(Report by Senior Project Officer)

Recommendation: Councillor Konjarski and Councillor Tegg

(a)     That Council note the impediments to making use of the Department of Education’s assets for community use, as outlined in this report.

(b)     That Council write to the Minister for Education, requesting clear guidelines for councils, community and sporting groups to aid in deliberations and negotiations with the Department to share assets.

(c)     That Council write to the Minister for Sport for advice on grants available for sporting groups who wish to invest in infrastructure for an asset belonging to the Department of Education.

(d)     That Council note the attached concept designs and proposals that have previously been presented to the Department of Education for the improvement of ‘the Paddock” (open space) at Kogarah High School that are subject to negotiations with the Department. 

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

COM019-21       UTS Study - The Dynamics of the Kogarah Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

(Report by Senior Project Officer)

Recommendation: Councillor Landsberry and Councillor Payor

(a)     That Council receive and note the report investigating the dynamics of the Kogarah Entrepreneurial Ecosystem, provided by the University of Technology Sydney.

(b)     That Council note that the findings and recommendations from the pilot study will be used in the preparation of the Investment Prospectus for Kogarah.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

COM020-21       Identification of Potential Sites for Community Battery Stations

(Report by Senior Project Officer)

Recommendation: Councillor Tegg and Councillor Konjarski

(a)     That Council monitor the progress of the current community battery trial led by Ausgrid and seek to be part of the next trial.

(b)     That Council collaborate and partner with Ausgrid on a feasibility study for community batteries at the proposed locations as identified in this report in preparation for a trial.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

COM021-21       Stronger Communities Funding Update (January - June 2021)

(Report by Acting Coordinator, Community Development)

Note:     Councillor Grekas declared a Non-Significant, Non-Pecuniary interest in item COM021-21. She remained in the meeting and took part in consideration and voting on this item.

Recommendation: Councillor Tegg and Councillor Landsberry

(a)     That Council receive and note the update on the remaining Stronger Communities Fund projects as listed in this report; and

(b)     That Council continue to receive regular reports on the remaining Stronger Communities Fund projects still in progress.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

   

CONCLUSION

The Meeting was closed at 6.21pm.

 

 

Chairperson, Clr Sandy Grekas

(in accordance with Clause 18.5 of Council’s Code of Meeting Practice, these Minutes have been signed by the Chairperson of the 12 July 2021 meeting)

Minutes confirmed at the Meeting of the Community and Culture Committee on 12 July 2021 (COM022-21).