MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE COUNCIL
HELD ON WEDNESDAY 25TH FEBRUARY, 2009


PRESENT

Council Members:

His Worship the Mayor, Councillor V Badalati (Chairperson)
Councillor B Giegerl, OAM
Councillor C Hindi
Councillor A Istephan
Councillor J Jacovou
Councillor N Liu
Councillor S McMahon (arrived at 8.25 p.m.)
Councillor D Perry
Councillor W Pickering
Councillor P Sansom
Councillor A Wagstaff
Councillor C Wong

Council Staff:

General Manager, Mr V Lampe
Director - Administration, Mr J Tripp
Director - Planning & Development, Mr B Daintry
Director - Service Delivery, Mr L O'Connor
Senior Manager - Administration, Mr W Park
Manager - Administration, Mr B Cooke
Chief Financial Officer, Mrs K Foldi
Manager - Engineering Services, Ms M Whitehurst
Manager - Development Control, Mr G Young
Manager - Public Relations & Events, Ms T Abraham
Manager Human Resources, Ms R Crothers
Commercial Property Manager, Mr G McDonald

Manager Building Control, Ms J Nicol
Acting Manager Strategic Planning, Ms C Gregory
Manager Environmental Services, Mr G Dickens
Manager Environmental Sustainability, Mr I Curtis
Minute Clerk, Ms C Hobson

OPENING

His Worship the Mayor, Councillor V Badalati opened the meeting at 7.06 p.m.

Following the National Anthem, the meeting was led in the Opening Prayer by the Reverend Allan Beaven, St George's Anglican Church.

His Worship the Mayor, Councillor V Badalati stated that "Council wishes to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which this meeting is being held as the Bidjigal Clan of the Eora Nation."

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES

Ordinary Meeting - 10th December, 2008

Minute No. 001

RESOLVED THAT the Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the Council held on 10th December, 2008 as previously circulated to each Councillor, be confirmed as a correct record.

(Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr W Pickering)

APOLOGIES

An apology was tendered on behalf of Councillor S McMahon as he would be late attending this evening.

Minute No. 002

RESOLVED THAT the apology be accepted and leave of absence granted.

(Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)

MAYORAL MINUTECouncillors, tonight’s Mayoral Minute relates to two issues.
  1. I’m sure I speak on behalf of all Councillors when I say that our thoughts are with the people in Victoria who have suffered great personal and physical loss through the devastating bushfires.

    To date, more than 200 people have lost their lives in this national disaster and hundreds more have lost their homes.

    I am proud that despite the tough economic times that we are all currently experiencing, people from around the nation have dug deep and raised more than $100 million for those people and communities who have been affected by this terrible tragedy.

    In the past two weeks, Council staff have contributed to these fundraising efforts by raising approximately $3,000 through two events. At the Business Leaders’ Dinner on 10 February 2009, an additional $1,136 was also raised. All money has since been forwarded to the Salvation Army Bushfire Relief Appeal.

    I propose that Council donate a further $20,000 and show our support for the people of Victoria.
  2. Council resolved on 22 October 2008 to apply to the Local Government and Shires Association for Certificates of Services for Councillors Beverley Giegerl and Philip Sansom.

    Councillor Giegerl received her award at the Council meeting on 10 December 2008. I will be presenting Councillor Sansom with his award during tonight’s Privilege time.
    I move reception of the minute.

    Minute No. 003

    RESOLVED THAT the Mayoral Minute be received and noted.

    (Moved Clr V Badalati/Seconded Clr C Hindi)

    Minute No. 004RESOLVED THAT an amendment to the Mayoral Minute be added, making the Council’s donation to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal a total of $25,888.50, which together with the staff donation figure of $2,975.50 and the donations from the Business Leaders Dinner of $1,136.00, rounds off the total donation to $30,000.

    (Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)

    MATTERS OF PRIVILEGE

    Other Matters:

    Councillor A Wagstaff thanked Council for the opportunity of attending the Chinese New Year Concert, saying it was very funny, lively and entertaining and commented that the young Chinese MC was fabulous and had the whole audience laughing. Councillor Wagstaff said she would like to see an event like this next year, and that a translator be provided as she had not understood a word of the whole concert.

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    Councillor C Hindi thanked fellow Councillors N Liu and C Wong and the staff involved, for organising the Chinese New Year festivities that took place in Forest Road, saying it was a great day with in excess of thirty thousand people attending.

    Congratulations:

    Councillor C Hindi congratulated the Prime Minister Mr Kevin Rudd for the great job he has done, promising that the monies required to replace the properties burnt and lost in the Victorian Bushfires will be forthcoming.
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    Councillor A Wagstaff congratulated the aboriginal leader and academic Mick Dodson for being named Australian of the Year 2009. Professor Dodson who has tirelessly campaigned for aboriginal rights was presented with the award by the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in January 2009. Councillor Wagstaff asked if Council had sent a letter of congratulation to Professor Dodson. His Worship the Mayor, Councillor V Badalati replied that Council had not sent a letter but would do so.
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    His Worship the Mayor, Councillor V Badalati advised Council of the birth of a son, Youssef, to Mrs Chirlie and Councillor Andrew Istephan. Youssef was born at St George Private Hospital on 24 January 2009 weighing a very healthy 4kg. Both mother and baby are well.A floral arrangement was sent to Chirlie and Andrew from the Mayor, Councillors and Staff of Hurstville City Council, congratulating them on the birth of their son.
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    His Worship the Mayor, Councillor V Badalati advised Council of the birth of a daughter, Paige Mary, to Liz Urquhat, Director of Jack High Child Care Centre, and her husband Gavin. Paige was born at Sutherland Hospital on 8th February; both mother and baby are well.A floral arrangement was sent to Liz and Gavin on 10 February from the Mayor, Councillors and Staff of Hurstville City Council, congratulating them on the birth of their daughter.
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    Presentation of Certificate of ServiceHis Worship the Mayor, Councillor V Badalati presented Councillor P Sansom, with a Certificate of Service from the Local Government Association and offered his personal congratulations.
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    Councillor C Hindi congratulated Clr Sansom on his well deserved award, commenting on his eighteen year tenure in Council, on the great job he does and how passionate he is about Peakhurst Ward, even though he does sometimes stray into other wards. Clr Hindi said that it is good to see councillors of this calibre serving Hurstville Council and commenting on the robust debate that he and Councillor Sansom had entered into at times.
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    Councillor W Pickering echoed Clr Hindi’s comments, adding that Clr Sansom has done fantastic work for Peakhurst Ward over the years helping it to mature and catch up to the other established wards.
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    His Worship the Mayor, Councillor V Badalati, again congratulated Clr Sansom on his award and thanked Clr Sansom for his help when he and four other new councillors commenced with Council in 1999. Clr Badalati commented on how appreciative he is of their friendship that has developed over the years.
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    Councillor Sansom in reply said that he had not expected these comments and had advised his wife and his family minister, the Reverend Allan Beavan that they could leave not realising that anything further would be said. Councillor Sansom thanked the councillors for their comments and agreed that there had been robust debates and discussion at times. He agreed that he is passionate about his area and the whole of Hurstville, saying that this is what gives him life and what drives him. Councillor Sansom went onto say that for all his time on Council his wife Sheila has been his most steadfast supporter, a huge strength, motivation and inspiration to him, encouraging him even with her adversity to re-stand last year.Councillor Sansom referred to members of the gallery who he has been associated with for a long time, officers he has known for years, notably Graeme Young who is retiring, saying that Clrs Giegerl, Pickering and himself have been on Council for just more than half Graeme’s working career. Councillor Sansom went onto say that he loves all the work he does for boards and Council and loves serving his community.
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    Councillor C Hindi commented on Graeme Young leaving Hurstville City Council after 30 years, saying that basically Graeme was Hurstville City Council. Clr Hindi went onto say that Graeme is a man of integrity and honesty, always a gentleman and a professional in his dealings with the public, staff and colleagues and that he will certainly be missed leaving a big hole in this organisation. Clr Hindi wished Graeme all the best in his new ventures and said he hoped that he enjoyed the rest of his life doing what he loves best, that is helping people. Clr Hindi finished by thanking Graeme for the service he has given to the Council.
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    Councillor W Pickering commented on the long way they go back, having served 26 of Graeme’s 30 years on Council. Clr Pickering reminisced about the early days with the fun and games of getting Council on track to where it is today. Clr Pickering referred to Graeme as one of nature’s gentlemen, congratulating him and wishing him good luck in the future.
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    Councillor P Sansom thanked Graeme, commenting that he was someone you could always talk to, stating his appreciation for Graeme’s support, advice and assistance over the years. Clr Sansom called Graeme the consummate gentleman, saying that he had served Hurstville City Council and its residents in an exemplary manner and wishing him all the best for the future.
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    His Worship the Mayor, Councillor V Badalati expressed his wish to re-iterate the comments he had made earlier, going on to say that as Councillor Hindi had said, we will miss you and wish you all the very best for your future.
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    Councillor C Hindi congratulated Councillor Andrew Istephan and his wife Chirlie on the birth of their lovely baby, wishing them all the best and expressing the hope that they will have maybe another three of four babies whilst he is on Council.DISCLOSURE OF INTEREST IN MATTERS BEFORE COUNCIL

    Councillor N Liu declared a non-pecuniary interest in Item No CCL017 - 09 - NSW Southern Region Multicultural Affairs Committee - Request for Financial Assistance, as she is the Vice Chairperson of this committee.

    PROCEDURAL MOTIONMinute No. 005

    RESOLVED THAT NOM002 – 09 – Notice of Motion – Rescission – Draft Hurstville Local Environment Plan 1994 (Amendment No 71) and Draft Development Control Plan No. 1 Amendment – Mashman Site, Kingsgrove – be considered before the remaining items on the Agenda. (Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)

    Minute No. 006

    Item No: NOM002 - 09 NOTICE OF MOTION - RESCISSION - DRAFT HURSTVILLE LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL PLAN 1994 (AMENDMENT NO 71) AND DRAFT DEVELOPMENT CONTROL PLAN NO 1 AMENDMENT - MASHMAN SITE, KINGSGROVE
    RESOLVED THAT the matter be deferred for a site inspection, and to then be the subject of a Workshop to allow the new Councillors to have a better understanding of the proposal.

    (Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr J Jacovou)

    Councillors for the Motion: J Jacovou, A Istephan, W Pickering, C Hindi, N Liu,
    A Wagstaff, D Perry.
    Councillors against the Motion: V Badalati (Mayor), C Wong, P Sansom.
    Councillors not present: B Giegerl, S McMahon.

    Standing Orders were resumed and business proceeded as listed on the agenda.


    COUNCIL MEETING REPORTS

    Minute No. 007
    Item No: CCL001 - 09 REPORT OF THE MEETING OF THE FINANCE, PROPERTY AND PROJECTS COMMITTEE HELD ON WEDNESDAY 18TH FEBRUARY, 2009.

    RESOLVED THAT the Minutes of the Finance, Property and Projects Committee held on Wednesday 18th February, 2009, be adopted with the exception of Items FIN001 - 09 - Draft Civic Office Expenses Policy, FIN005 - 09 - Help the Children of Gaza Appeal, FIN009 - 09 - QWN08 - 90 Clr A Wagstaff Re: Former Oatley Bowling Club Site, FIN011 - 09 - St George Sports Stars Breakfast and FIN014 - 09 - Certificates of Cash & Investments - November & December 2008.

    (Moved Clr W Pickering/Seconded Clr B Giegerl)

    Minute No. 008
    Item No: CCL002 - 09 REPORT OF THE MEETING OF THE POLICY,
    PLANNING ENVIRONMENT & MASTERPLAN
    COMMITTEE HELD ON WEDNESDAY 18TH
    FEBRUARY, 2009.

    RESOLVED THAT the Minutes of the Policy, Planning, Environment & Masterplan Committee held on Wednesday 18th February, 2009, be adopted, with the exception of Item PPE002 - 09 - Matters Submitted for the Information of Members - Legal Matters Involving Court Action and Limited Consents - Planning and Development Directorate and subject to the notation that Councillor P Sansom was incorrectly recorded as being present at the meeting.

    (Moved Clr S McMahon/Seconded Clr Sansom)

    Minute No. 009
    Item No: CCL003 - 09 REPORT OF THE MEETING OF THE SERVICE
    DELIVERY CHILD CARE POLICY AND SENIOR
    CITIZENS COMMITTEE HELD ON 18TH FEBRUARY,
    2009.

    RESOLVED THAT the Minutes of the Service Delivery, Child Care Policy and Senior Citizens Committee held on Wednesday 18th February, 2009, be adopted, with the exception of Item SD001.05 - 09 - Oatley West Local Area Traffic Study - Investigation into Possible Relocation or Removal of the Bus Stop in Mulga Road Opposite the Coles Carpark Access Driveway.

    (Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr Sansom)

    Matters Referred to Council for Consideration

    Finance, Property & Projects Committee

    Minute No. 010
    Item No: FIN001 - 09 DRAFT CIVIC OFFICE EXPENSES POLICY
    RESOLVED THAT Council adopt the draft Policy for the Payment of Expenses and Provision of Facilities to the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Councillors (Civic Office Expenses) for advertising purposes as required under Sections 253 and 254 of the Local Government Act.

    FURTHER, THAT following the advertising period a report be submitted to Council for further consideration of the draft Policy, having regard to any submissions received.

    (Moved Clr P Sansom/Seconded Clr W Pickering)

    Note: Clr A Wagstaff moved a motion to adopt the Committees recommendation with three amendments however this motion lapsed due to the lack of a seconder.

    Minute No. 011
    Item No: FIN005 - 09 HELP THE CHILDREN OF GAZA APPEAL
    RESOLVED THAT Council approve the action taking in supporting the 'Help the Children of Gaza Appeal' by subscribing to a special fundraising event for an amount of $1,000 from the Additional Donations Budget.

    (Moved Clr P Sansom/Seconded Clr C Hindi)

    Note: Clr A Wagstaff moved an amendment to the Committees recommendation however this
    motion lapsed due to the lack of a seconder.

    Minute No. 012
    Item No: FIN009 - 09 QWN08-90 BY CLR A WAGSTAFF RE: FORMER OATLEY BOWLING CLUB SITE
    RESOLVED THAT the information be received and noted.

    (Moved Clr A Wagstaff/Seconded Clr J Jacovou)
    It was noted that after the closure of the Sports Club in January 2006, the Lions Club continued to use the basement garage for storage purposes until July 2007 when the garage was broken into and their equipment vandalised, after which they removed their equipment.

    It was noted that Councillor S McMahon arrived at the meeting at 8.25 p.m. during consideration of FIN009 - 09.

    Minute No. 013
    Item No: FIN011 - 09 ST GEORGE SPORTS STARS BREAKFAST
    RESOLVED THAT Council approve the action taken in purchasing a table at the 'St George Sports Stars Breakfast' charity breakfast at a cost of $1,000, and the attendance of the Mayor, interested Councillors and the General Manager at the event.

    (Moved Clr P Sansom/Seconded Clr C Hindi)

    Minute No. 014
    Item No: FIN014 - 09 CERTIFICATES OF CASH & INVESTMENTS - NOVEMBER & DECEMBER 2008
    RESOLVED THAT the report be received and noted.

    FURTHER, THAT the possible inclusion of additional information to be included in the Investment Register be referred to a future Councillor Workshop.

    (Moved Clr B Giegerl/Seconded Clr S McMahon)

    Note: Clr A Wagstaff moved a motion seeking additional information to be provided in

    the Investment Register but subsequently withdrew the motion.

    It was noted that the Investment Register was omitted from the printed copies of the Business Paper but available in the published Electronic Business Paper.

    It was noted that Councillor Wagstaff tabled a list of four questions, which are included in Questions Without Notice later in the Minutes.

    It was noted that Councillor Liu had left the chamber, returning at 7.38 p.m.
    Policy, Planning, Environment & Masterplan Committee

    Minute No. 015
    Item No: PPE002 - 09 MATTERS SUBMITTED FOR THE INFORMATION OF MEMBERS - LEGAL MATTERS INVOLVING COURT ACTION AND LIMITED CONSENTS - PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT DIRECTORATE
    RESOLVED THAT the information be received and noted.

    (Moved Clr S McMahon/Seconded Clr P Sansom)

    Service Delivery, Child Care Policy and Seniors Citizens Committee

    Minute No. 016
    Item No: SD001.05 - 09 OATLEY WEST LOCAL AREA TRAFFIC STUDY – INVESTIGATION INTO POSSIBLE RELOCATION OR REMOVAL OF THE BUS STOP IN MULGA ROAD OPPOSITE THE COLES CARPARK ACCESS DRIVEWAY
    RESOLVED THAT this matter be referred back to the Traffic Committee to be reconsidered in terms of safety issues.

    (Moved Clr Sansom/Seconded Clr C Hindi)

    Minute No. 017
    Item No: CCL004 - 09 RETURN OF THANKS
    RESOLVED THAT the information be received and noted.

    (Moved Clr P Sansom/Seconded Clr S McMahon)

    Minute No. 018
    Item No: CCL005 - 09 QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE
    RESOLVED THAT the information be received and noted.

    (Moved Clr P Sansom/Seconded Clr S McMahon)

    Minute No. 019
    Item No: CCL006 - 09 MATTERS SUBMITTED FOR THE INFORMATION OF MEMBERS
    RESOLVED THAT the information be received and noted.

    (Moved Clr P Sansom/Seconded Clr C Hindi)

    Minute No. 020
    Item No: CCL007 - 09 DISCLOSURES OF INTEREST
    RESOLVED THAT the Disclosure of Interest Returns lodged by the Councillors listed in the report be received and noted.

    (Moved Clr P Sansom/Seconded Clr S McMahon)

    Minute No. 021
    Item No: CCL008 - 09 LGA CERTIFICATES OF SERVICE - CLR P SANSOM
    RESOLVED THAT the information be received and noted.

    (Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr A Istephan)

    Minute No. 022
    Item No: CCL009 - 09 NATIONAL CHILDCARE ACCREDITATION COUNCIL (NCAC) ACCREDITATION DECISION FOR HURSTVILLE FAMILY DAY CARE
    RESOLVED THAT the information be received and noted.

    FURTHER, THAT congratulations be passed on to the staff and all concerned.

    (Moved Clr P Sansom/Seconded Clr S McMahon)

    Minute No. 023
    Item No: CCL010 - 09 MORTDALE RSL SUB-BRANCH ANZAC MEMORIAL SERVICE, MORTDALE MEMORIAL PARK
    RESOLVED THAT the Mortdale RSL Sub-Branch be permitted to use Mortdale Memorial Park to hold their ANZAC Day Memorial Service on Sunday, 19 April 2009.

    THAT the booking fee of $330.00 be waived as itemised in Council report item SD-003-09 waiving of booking fees for 2009/2010 submitted at this meeting.

    THAT barricades be provided as requested.

    FURTHER, THAT the refundable cleaning deposit of $200.00 be waived.

    (Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)

    Minute No. 024
    Item No: CCL011 - 09 CERTIFICATES OF CASH & INVESTMENTS AS AT 31 JANUARY 2009
    RESOLVED THAT the report be received and noted.

    (Moved Clr P Sansom/Seconded Clr S McMahon)

    Note: In respect of the Certificates of Cash & Investment Report, it was resolved that the
    possible inclusion of additional information to be included in the Investment Register
    be referred to a future Councillor Workshop. (FIN014-09 this meeting).

    Minute No. 025
    Item No: CCL012 - 09 7TH NATIONAL MAINSTREET CONFERENCE 2009
    RESOLVED THAT, in accordance with the Policy, interested Councillors, and other staff approved by the General Manager, be authorised to attend the Conference, and that registration fees and other expenses and allowances be met by Council.

    (Moved Clr P Sansom/Seconded Clr C Hindi)

    Minute No. 026
    Item No: CCL013 - 09 ALGWA CONFERENCE
    RESOLVED THAT, in accordance with the Policy, interested Councillors, and other staff approved by the General Manager, be authorised to attend the Conference, and that registration fees and other expenses and allowances be met by Council.

    (Moved Clr P Sansom/Seconded Clr C Hindi)

    Minute No. 027
    Item No: CCL014 - 09 COMMENCEMENT OF THE NSW HOUSING CODE (COMPLYING AND EXEMPT DEVELOPMENT FOR DETACHED HOUSING)
    RESOLVED THAT Council carry out a short community education campaign through the St George media advising of the commencement and types of new Complying Development permissible under the new Code.

    FURTHER, THAT Council provide feedback to the Department of Planning of the commencement and operation of the Code and implications for Council.

    (Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)

    It is noted that Councillor Pickering left the chamber, returning at 9.02 p.m.

    Minute No. 028
    Item No: CCL015 - 09 M5 EAST FREEWAY LGA BOUNDARY ADJUSTMENT
    RESOLVED THAT Council agrees in principle to seek the following boundary adjustment between Canterbury and Hurstville local government areas along the M5 East Freeway corridor between King Georges Road and Kingsgrove Road:
    THAT the Mayor and the General Manager are authorised to continue negotiations with Canterbury City Council and develop a joint proposal with Canterbury City Council on the LGA boundary adjustment for community consultation.

    THAT following negotiations, a report be submitted to Council seeking approval to exhibit the draft joint proposal for the boundary adjustment.

    FURTHER, THAT following the community consultation period, a report be submitted to Council seeking approval to proceed with the proposal and for a joint submission to be provided to the Minister for Local Government's consideration.

    (Moved Clr P Sansom/Seconded Clr S McMahon)

    Minute No. 029
    Item No: CCL016 - 09 ST GEORGE & SUTHERLAND SHIRE LEADER'S SPORTSTARS AWARDS


    RESOLVED THAT the Council supports the St George and Sutherland Leader Sportstar Awards by sponsoring a Senior Sportstar of the Year Award to the amount of $4,000 and that this sponsorship be funded from S356 Additional Donations budget and the budget be amended to reflect this sponsorship.

    (Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)

    PROCEDURAL MOTION

    Minute No. 030

    RESOLVED THAT Item Nos CCL017 and CCL020 be discussed one following the other, as they both refer to requests for financial assistance for fund raising events for the Victorian Bushfire Appeal.

    (Moved Clr P Sansom/Seconded A Istephan)

    Minute No. 031
    Item No: CCL017 - 09 NSW SOUTHERN REGION MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE - REQUEST FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
    RESOLVED THAT the use of the Maranana Auditorium on Sunday 15 March 2009 by the NSW Southern Region Multicultural Affairs Committee for a fundraising event for the Victorian Bushfire Appeal be granted free of charge.

    FURTHER, THAT the Concessional Rental budget be increased by the subsidy amount of $2,100.

    (Moved Clr P Sansom/Seconded A Istephan)

    It was noted that Councillor N Liu declared an interest and left the Chamber at 9.04 p.m., during discussion of this item and did not take part in the debate, returning at 9.06 p.m. following resolution of the matter.

    Minute No. 032
    Item No: CCL020 - 09 AUSTRALIAN-CHINESE MUSICIANS ASSOCIATION CONCERT
    RESOLVED THAT the use of the Maranana Auditorium on the 8 March 2009 by the Australian-Chinese Musicians Association for a fund raising event for the Victorian Bushfire Appeal be granted free of charge.

    FURTHER, THAT the Concessional Rental budget be increased by the subsidy amount of $2,100.

    (Moved Clr P Sansom/Seconded Clr C Hindi)

    Standing Orders were resumed and business proceeded as listed on the agenda.

    Minute No. 033
    Item No: CCL018 - 09 MANAGEMENT PLAN 2008/2012 2ND QUARTER REPORT
    RESOLVED THAT Council receive and note the report.

    FURTHER, THAT Council publish the 2nd Quarter Report by posting it on Council's website.

    (Moved Clr P Sansom/Seconded Clr C Hindi)

    Minute No. 034
    Item No: CCL019 - 09 ROTARY POLICE OFFICER OF THE YEAR AWARDS
    RESOLVED THAT the request for sponsoring the 2008 Rotary Police Officer of the Year Awards at the Gold Sponsorship level of $2,000 be approved, and that the Additional Donations budget be adjusted accordingly.

    (Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr A Istephan)

    Item No: CCL020 - 09 AUSTRALIAN-CHINESE MUSICIANS ASSOCIATION CONCERT
    (Report by Entertainment Centre Manager, Ms D Aleksovski) 09/352

    This item was dealt with earlier under Minute No. 32.

    Minute No. 035
    Item No: CCL021 - 09 POLE DEPOT REQUEST FOR PARKING WITHIN TREACY STREET CARPARK
    RESOLVED 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 are to be considered in Committee of the Whole (Closed Council Meeting) at which the press and public be excluded. Specifically, the matters to be dealt with pursuant to Clause 10A relate to possible commercial agreement between Council and the Pole Depot and pursuant to Sub Clause (2)(d) are regarded as being commercial information of a confidential nature that would, if disclosed, prejudice the commercial position of the person who supplied it, confer a commercial advantage on a competitor of the Council, or reveal a trade secret.

    FURTHER, THAT in accordance with the provisions of Section 11(2) of the Local Government Act, 1993, the reports and correspondence relating to this matter be withheld from the press and public.


    (Moved Clr P Sansom/Seconded Clr C Hindi)

    Minute No. 036
    Item No: CCL022 - 09 PROPERTY MATTER – LEASE OF 1 BARRATT STREET, HURSTVILLE
    RESOLVED 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 are to be considered in Committee of the Whole (Closed Council Meeting) at which the press and public be excluded. Specifically, the matters to be dealt with pursuant to Clause 10A relate to Council property and pursuant to Sub Clause (2)(d) are regarded as being commercial information of a confidential nature that would, if disclosed, prejudice the commercial position of the person who supplied it, confer a commercial advantage on a competitor of the Council, or reveal a trade secret.

    FURTHER, THAT in accordance with the provisions of Section 11(2) of the Local Government Act, 1993, the reports and correspondence relating to this matter be withheld from the press and public.


    (Moved Clr P Sansom/Seconded Clr C Hindi)

    Minute No. 037
    Item No: CCL023 - 09 PROPERTY STATUS REPORT
    RESOLVED 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 are to be considered in Committee of the Whole (Closed Council Meeting) at which the press and public be excluded. Specifically, the matters to be dealt with pursuant to Clause 10A relate to Council properties and pursuant to Sub Clause (2)(d) are regarded as being commercial information of a confidential nature that would, if disclosed, prejudice the commercial position of the person who supplied it, confer a commercial advantage on a competitor of the Council, or reveal a trade secret.

    FURTHER, THAT in accordance with the provisions of Section 11(2) of the Local Government Act, 1993, the reports and correspondence relating to this matter be withheld from the press and public.


    (Moved Clr P Sansom/Seconded Clr C Hindi)

    Minute No. 038
    Item No: CCL024 - 09 LIBRARY AND MUSEUM REVIEW
    RESOLVED 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 are to be considered in Committee of the Whole (closed Council Meeting) at which the press and public are excluded. Specifically, the matters to be dealt with pursuant to Clause 10A relate to staff matters and pursuant to Sub Clause (2)(a) are regarded as being personnel matters concerning particular individuals (other than Councillors).

    FURTHER, THAT in accordance with the provisions of Section 11(2) of the Local Government Act, 1993, the reports and correspondence relating to this matter be withheld from the press and public.


    (Moved Clr P Sansom/Seconded Clr C Hindi)

    Minute No. 039
    Item No: CCL025A - 09 TREE REMOVAL REQUEST - 109A BASSETT STREET, HURSTVILLE
    RESOLVED THAT the Hurstville Ward Councillor’s recommendation be adopted as follows:
    FURTHER, THAT the residents of 109A-113 Basset Street, Hurstville be advised that all costs associated with the removal of the subject trees shall be borne by the property owners.

    (Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr A Istephan)

    REPORTS FROM COMMITTEES

    FINANCE, PROPERTY AND PROJECTS

    Item No: FIN001 - 09 DRAFT CIVIC OFFICE EXPENSES POLICY
    RESOLVED THAT Council adopt the draft Policy for the Payment of Expenses and Provision of Facilities to the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Councillors (Civic Office Expenses) for advertising purposes as required under Sections 253 and 254 of the Local Government Act.

    FURTHER, THAT following the advertising period a report be submitted to Council for further consideration of the draft Policy, having regard to any submissions received.

    (Moved Clr P Sansom/Seconded Clr W Pickering)

    Item No: FIN002 - 09 WASTE 2009 CONFERENCE & EXHIBITION "INNOVATING IDEAS CREATING PRACATICAL SOLUTIONS"
    RESOLVED THAT interested Councillors and the Waste Project Coordinator be authorised to attend the conference and all registration fees and other expenses be paid by Council in accordance with Council’s Conference Attendance Policy.

    (Moved Clr W Pickering/Seconded Clr B Giegerl)

    Item No: FIN003 - 09 MANAGING WASTE IN A CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE & EXHIBITION 2009
    RESOLVED THAT, in accordance with the Policy, interested Councillors and other staff approved by the General Manager, be authorised to attend the Conference and that registration fees, and other expenses and allowances be met by Council.

    (Moved Clr W Pickering/Seconded Clr B Giegerl)

    Item No: FIN004 - 09 2009 LGMA NATIONAL CONGRESS & BUSINESS EXPO
    RESOLVED THAT, in accordance with the Civic Office Expenses Policy, interested Councillors, and other staff approved by the General Manager, be authorised to attend the Congress, and that registration fees, other expenses and allowances be met by Council.

    (Moved Clr W Pickering/Seconded Clr B Giegerl)

    Item No: FIN005 - 09 HELP THE CHILDREN OF GAZA APPEAL
    RESOLVED THAT Council approve the action taking in supporting the 'Help the Children of Gaza Appeal' by subscribing to a special fundraising event for an amount of $1,000 from the Additional Donations Budget.

    (Moved Clr P Sansom/Seconded Clr C Hindi)

    Item No: FIN006 - 09 DONATION REQUESTS REJECTED FROM INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANISATIONS - 1 JANUARY TO 31 DECEMBER 2008
    RESOLVED THAT the information be received and noted.

    (Moved Clr W Pickering/Seconded Clr B Giegerl)

    Item No: FIN007 - 09 REQUEST FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE - NICK LEPOURIS
    RESOLVED THAT Council provide a donation in the amount of $350 under the provisions of Section 356 of the Local Government Act 1993 from Account 4059.46820 of the 2008/2009 Adopted Program Budget, to assist Nick Lepouris to attend the US Open Taekwondo Championships to be held in Las Vegas in February 2009.

    FURTHER, THAT Nick Lepouris be requested to submit a report on his results achieved at the US Open Championships.

    (Moved Clr W Pickering/Seconded Clr B Giegerl)

    Item No: FIN008 - 09 REQUEST FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE - SYLVIA LOW
    RESOLVED THAT Council provide a donation in the amount of $300 under the provisions of Section 356 of the Local Government Act 1993 from Account 4059.46820 of the 2008/2009 Adopted Program Budget, to assist Sylvia Low to attend the U13 Badminton Championships to be held in Altona Victoria in January 2009.

    FURTHER, THAT, Sylvia Low be requested to submit a report on her results achieved at the U13 Badminton Championships

    (Moved Clr W Pickering/Seconded Clr B Giegerl)

    Item No: FIN009 - 09 QWN08-90 BY CLR A WAGSTAFF RE: FORMER OATLEY BOWLING CLUB SITE
    RESOLVED THAT the information be received and noted.

    (Moved Clr A Wagstaff/Seconded Clr J Jacovou)
    It was noted that after the closure of the Sports Club in January 2006, the Lions Club continued to use the basement garage for storage purposes until July 2007 when the garage was broken into and their equipment vandalised, after which they removed their equipment.

    Item No: FIN010 - 09 SSROC PREFERRED SUPPLIER FOR TEMPORARY STAFF
    RESOLVED THAT Council approve participation in the SSROC Preferred Supplier Contract for Temporary Staff from 1 February 2009 to 31 January 2011 with an option to extend for one year.

    (Moved Clr W Pickering/Seconded Clr B Giegerl)

    Item No: FIN011 - 09 ST GEORGE SPORTS STARS BREAKFAST
    RESOLVED THAT Council approve the action taken in purchasing a table at the 'St George Sports Stars Breakfast' charity breakfast at a cost of $1,000, and the attendance of the Mayor, interested Councillors and the General Manager at the event.

    (Moved Clr P Sansom/Seconded Clr C Hindi)

    Item No: FIN012 - 09 TWIRLING AUSTRALIA
    RESOLVED THAT Council declines the request.

    (Moved Clr W Pickering/Seconded Clr B Giegerl)

    Item No: FIN013 - 09 AMENDMENT TO TENDER & QUOTATION PROCEDURE
    RESOLVED THAT the Hurstville City Council Tender and Quotation Procedure be amended as outlined in the report.

    (Moved Clr W Pickering/Seconded Clr B Giegerl)

    Item No: FIN014 - 09 CERTIFICATES OF CASH & INVESTMENTS - NOVEMBER & DECEMBER 2008
    RESOLVED THAT the report be received and noted.

    FURTHER, THAT the possible inclusion of additional information to be included in the Investment Register be referred to a future Councillor Workshop.

    (Moved Clr B Giegerl/Seconded Clr S McMahon)

    It was noted that the Investment Register was omitted from the printed copies of the Business Paper but available in the published Electronic Business Paper.


    Item No: FIN015 - 09 DECEMBER 2008 QUARTERLY FINANCIAL REVIEW
    RESOLVED THAT the report on the December Quarterly Financial Review be received and noted.

    THAT Council vote $46,000 from Section 94 - Georges River Drainage for additional drainage works on Walter St Footpath.

    THAT $100k be transferred from the Operating Expense budget to Capital Expenditure budget for Commercial Property works.

    FURTHER, THAT Program Budgets be adjusted in accordance with Appendix 1 – December 2008 Budget Summary.

    (Moved Clr W Pickering/Seconded Clr B Giegerl)


    SERVICE DELIVERY, CHILD CARE POLICY AND SENIOR CITIZENS POLICY

    Item No: SD001 - 09 MINUTES OF THE HURSTVILLE TRAFFIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING
    RESOLVED That the information be received and noted.

    (Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)

    Item No: SD001.01 - 09 EVANS AND JOHNSTONE STREETS, PEAKHURST - ROAD SAFETY CONCERNS
    RESOLVED THAT 10 metre long Type A profile double centre lines (consisting of raised ribs at regular intervals) be installed in Johnstone Street at Evans Street, Peakhurst.

    FURTHER, THAT Councillor Phillip Sansom, Mr Kevin Greene, MP, Member for Oatley and the resident of 18 Evans Street, Peakhurst be notified of Council’s decision.

    (Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)

    Item No: SD001.02 - 09 FOREST ROAD, PEAKHURST - ROAD SAFETY CONCERNS
    RESOLVED THAT 10-metre NO PARKING restrictions be installed on the western side of Forest Road to the south of vehicular crossings at 848 and 850 Forest Road, Peakhurst.

    FURTHER, THAT Councillor Phillip Sansom and the resident of 2/850 Forest Road, Peakhurst be notified of Council’s decision.

    (Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)

    Item No: SD001.03 - 09 HENRY LAWSON DRIVE, PEAKHURST - REQUEST FOR AFTERNOON PEAK PERIOD PARKING RESTRICTIONS
    RESOLVED THAT the Roads and Traffic Authority response in regard to the request to install NO STOPPING restrictions along the southern side of Henry Lawson Drive between Forest Road and Belmore Road, Peakhurst be received and noted.

    FURTHER, THAT Mr Kevin Greene, MP, Member for Oatley and the resident of 29A Henry Lawson Drive, Peakhurst be notified of Council’s decision.

    (Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)

    Item No: SD001.04 - 09 K2RQ PROJECT - PROPOSED TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT MEASURES FREDERICK AVENUE, BEVERLY HILLS -REQUEST TO ESTABLISH A TEMPORARY BUS ZONE AND A NO PARKING ZONE
    RESOLVED THAT a temporary BUS ZONE be established in March 2009 replacing the existing one-hour parking zone on the southern side of Fredrick Avenue at the King Georges Road, Beverly Hills. The existing one-hour parking zone be reinstated at this location after the bridge construction works associated with Kingsgrove to Revesby Rail Quadruplication Project are completed.

    THAT a temporary 18-metre NO PARKING zone be established in March 2009 on the southern side of Frederick Avenue, Beverly Hills adjoining the canal. The parking restriction be removed after the bridge construction works associated with Kingsgrove to Revesby Rail Quadruplication Project are completed.

    THAT the cost of installation and reinstatement of parking facilities in Frederick Avenue, Beverly Hills be borne by K2RQ Alliance.

    FURTHER, THAT K2RQ Alliance be notified of Council’s decision.

    (Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)

    Item No: SD001.05 - 09 OATLEY WEST LOCAL AREA TRAFFIC STUDY – INVESTIGATION INTO POSSIBLE RELOCATION OR REMOVAL OF THE BUS STOP IN MULGA ROAD OPPOSITE THE COLES CARPARK ACCESS DRIVEWAY
    RESOLVED THAT this matter be referred back to the Traffic Committee to be reconsidered in terms of safety issues.

    (Moved Clr Sansom/Seconded Clr C Hindi)

    Item No: SD001.06 - 09 STANLEY STREET AT BOUNDARY ROAD, PEAKHURST - REQUEST TO PERMIT LEFT TURN ON RED AT THE TRAFFIC LIGHTS
    RESOLVED THAT the Roads and Traffic Authority response in regard to the request to permit "Left Turn on Red Permitted after Stopping” for traffic in Stanley Street turning left into Boundary Road, Peakhurst be received and noted.

    (Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)

    Item No: SD001.07 - 09 ALLWOOD CRESCENT, LUGARNO - ROAD SAFETY CONCERNS
    RESOLVED THAT the request for parking restrictions on one side of Allwood Crescent (or staggered parking restrictions) to ensure safe access for through traffic in Allwood Crescent, Lugarno be refused.

    FURTHER, THAT the resident of 7 Gull Place, Lugarno be notified of Council’s decision.

    (Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)

    Item No: SD001.08 - 09 BELMORE ROAD, RIVERWOOD - REQUEST FOR ‘DO NOT QUEUE ACROSS INTERSECTION’ SIGNAGE AT MOROTAI AVENUE
    RESOLVED THAT additional “Do Not Queue Across Intersection” signage in Belmore Road at Morotai Avenue, Riverwood be installed to better inform the southbound motorists in Belmore Road.

    FURTHER, THAT the Member for Lakemba, Mr Robert Furolo, MP and the resident of 25 Morotai Avenue, Riverwood be notified of Council’s decision.

    (Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)

    Item No: SD001.09 - 09 K2RQ PROJECT - PROPOSED TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT MEASURES - PROPOSED CHANGES TO BUS ROUTES ASSOCIATED WITH THE KING GEORGES ROAD BRIDGE WORKS
    RESOLVED THAT the advised received from K2RQ Alliance be received and noted.

    FURTHER, THAT it is strongly recommended a letter be sent to the Punchbowl Bus Company requesting the southbound bus service not be discontinued, as K2RQ have also indicated that all bus services will be discontinued. However, should this eventuate it is suggested that a minibus replace the service and the cost should be borne by K2RQ and not the Council.

    (Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)

    Item No: SD001.10- 09 K2RQ PROJECT - REQUEST FOR TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF THE RAIL-UNDERPASS AT HANNANS ROAD, NARWEE
    RESOLVED THAT the K2RQ Alliance request to temporary close the Broad Arrow Road underpass at Hannans Road, Narwee from 10:00pm, Friday 27 February 2009 to 04:00am, Monday 2 March 2009 to relocate High voltage cables at the intersection of Broad Arrow Road and Hannans Road be approved provided that appropriate traffic control measures are provided in accordance with RTA’s Traffic Controls at Worksites manual to ensure safety of pedestrians, workman and other road users.

    THAT K2RQ Alliance be requested to inform the RTA’s Transport Management Centre in regard to the proposed road closure.

    FURTHER ,THAT the K2RQ Alliance be notified of Council’s decision.

    (Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)

    Item No: SD001.11 - 09 MONTERRA AVENUE, PEAKHURST HEIGHT - SAFETY CONCERS OVER SCHOOL CROSSING
    RESOLVED THAT Council investigate the possible measures to improve safety of school children at the existing school crossing on Monterra Avenue, Peakhurst Heights.

    FURTHER, THAT the outcome of the investigation be reported to the Traffic Advisory Committee for consideration.

    (Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)

    Item No: SD001.12 - 09 PENSHURST STREET, PENSHURST - REQUEST FOR A DISABLED PARKING SPACE
    RESOLVED THAT a preferential parking space for people with disabilities be installed in Penshurst Street, Penshurst adjoining Ashby Medical Centre at 80 Penshurst Street, Penshurst.

    THAT the Practice Manager of Ashby Medical Centre be informed that any motorist holding a valid RTA Parking Authority under the Mobility Parking Scheme can use the proposed parking space outside their residence.

    THAT the matter be reviewed on a 12 monthly basis.

    FURTHER, THAT the Practice Manager of Ashby Medical Centre be notified of Council’s decision.

    (Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)

    Item No: SD001.13 - 09 PENSHURST RSL MEMORIAL CLUB - REQUEST FOR A ROAD CLOSURE ON PENSHURST STREET FOR ANZAC DAY SERVICE ON SUNDAY 19TH APRIL 2008
    RESOLVED THAT a copy of the Traffic Control Plan be referred to the RTA and Police for their consents for the proposed temporary closure of Penshurst Street, Penshurst on Sunday 19th April 2009 between 1:30pm and 2:40pm to hold the Anzac Day Service.

    THAT the temporary closure of Penshurst Street, Penshurst on Sunday 19th April 2009 between 1:30pm and 2:40pm to hold the Anzac Day Service be approved subject to the RTA approval.

    THAT Council approve the Penshurst RSL Anzac Day Service to be held on Penshurst Street, Penshurst pursuant to s139A of Roads Act (1993).

    THAT Council approve the occupation of Penshurst Street, Penshurst to place chairs for the Anzac Day Service pursuant to s144 of Roads Act 1993.

    THAT Council Officers notify all emergency services, bus companies, St. George Cabs Limited and affected residents of the event at least seven (7) days prior to the event.

    THAT Penshurst RSL advertise the road closure in local newspapers seven (7) days prior to the event.

    FURTHER, THAT Ms. Margaret Smith, General Manager Penshurst RSL be informed of Council’s decision.

    (Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)

    Item No: SD001.14 - 09 ROBERTS AVENUE, MORTDALE - REQUEST FOR A PEDESTRIAN SAFETY FENCE AT DEPOT ROAD
    RESOLVED THAT a layout plan be prepared and tabled at the Traffic Advisory Committee with possible traffic control devices to slow down eastbound traffic on Roberts Avenue at the intersection of Roberts Avenue and Depot Road, Mortdale.

    (Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)

    Item No: SD001.15 - 09 ROMILY STREET, RIVERWOOD - REQUEST RO REMOVE PART OF MEDIAN STRIP TO ALLOW VEHICLES TO TURN RIGHT INTO URQUHART STREET
    RESOLVED THAT the residents of Urquhart Street, Riverwood be consulted proposing to remove the section of median-island in Romilly Street across Urquhart Street to allow residents to turn right from Romilly Street into Urquhart Street, Riverwood.

    FURTHER, THAT the outcome of the resident consultation be reported to the Traffic Advisory Committee for consideration.

    (Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)

    Item No: SD001.16 - 09 WYANGA LANE, BEVERLY HILLS - REQUEST FOR CHANGES TO THE EXISTING PARKING ARRANGEMENT IN WYANGA LANE
    RESOLVED THAT statutory 10-metre NO STOPPING restrictions be installed at the intersections in Wyanga Lane, Beverly Hills.

    THAT the existing LOADING ZONE in Wyanga Lane, Beverly Hills be extended to 11-metres and relocated adjacent to the statutory NO STOPPING area at the intersection.

    FURTHER, THAT Mr Kevin Skelsey, the shop owner of 20 Trongonga Terrace and the Mr Weston, Manager of IGA supermarket in Beverly Hills be notified of the council decision.

    (Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)

    Item No: SD001.17 - 09 NEXT HURSTVILLE TRAFFIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING
    RESOLVED THAT Council note that the next Hurstville Traffic Advisory Committee meeting will be held on Thursday, 5 March 2009 at 9:00 am.

    (Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)

    Item No: SD001.18 - 09 K2RQ PROJECT - TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF GLOUCESTER ROAD AT STONEY CREEK ROAD, BEVERLY HILLS
    RESOLVED THAT the advice from K2RQ Alliance be received and noted.

    (Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)

    Item No: SD002 - 09 "MULCH GIVE-AWAY DAY"
    RESOLVED THAT the report is received and noted.

    FURTHER THAT all the Officers involved be congratulated for their efforts.

    (Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)

    Item No: SD003 - 09 COUNCIL'S PARKS AND RESERVES WAIVING OF FEES FOR 2009/1010
    RESOLVED THAT Council waive the standard booking fee of $330.00 for all the events listed in the table contained in this report.

    FURTHER, THAT a refundable cleaning deposit of $200.00 or a damage deposit of $1000.00 as applicable be imposed according to the recommendation in the same table as applications are lodged.

    (Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)

    Item No: SD004 - 09 FUNDING REQUEST FROM THE COOKS RIVER FORESHORE WORKING GROUP
    RESOLVED THAT Council increase its annual contribution to the Cooks River Foreshores Working Group from $1000 to $2000, and that the necessary funding be included within the draft 2009/2010 Environmental Sustainability Section budget.

    FURTHER, THAT Council write to the Cooks River Foreshore Working Group advising it of Councils decision.

    (Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)

    Item No: SD005 - 09 NSW LOCAL GOVERNMENT SUSTAINABILITY HEALTH CHECK
    RESOLVED THAT Council endorse the Sustainability Health Check framework as described in this report.

    FURTHER, THAT the outcomes of the Sustainability Health Check are the subject of a future briefing to Council.

    (Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)

    Item No: SD006 - 09 GEORGES RIVER COMBINED COUNCILS' COMMITTEE ANNUAL REPORT 2007/2008
    RESOLVED THAT the report be received and noted.

    (Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)

    Item No: SD007 - 09 PROGRESS ON COOKS RIVER SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVE GRANT
    RESOLVED THAT the report be received and noted.

    (Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)

    Item No: SD008 - 09 EARTH HOUR CAMPAIGN
    RESOLVED THAT Council support and promote the Earth Hour campaign among residents and the local community, as described in this report.

    (Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)

    Item No: SD009 - 09 GEORGES RIVER STRATEGIC SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVE GRANT
    RESOLVED THAT Council write to Rockdale Council confirming its support for the project.

    (Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)

    Item No: SD010 - 09 MINUTES OF THE MULTICULTRAL (ETHNIC) ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING
    RESOLVED THAT the report be received and noted.

    THAT the proposed name change from Ethnic Advisory Committee to Multicultural Advisory Committee for the puposes of inclusiveness and embracing more community groups be endorsed.

    FURTHER, THAT the changes to the Committee’s Terms of Reference as outlined in this report be adopted.

    (Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)

    Item No: SD011 - 09 MINUTES OF THE COMMUNITY SAFETY COMMITTEE MEETING
    RESOLVED THAT the report be received and noted.

    (Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)

    Item No: SD012 - 09 MINUTES OF THE HURSTVILLE ACCESS COMMITTEE MEETING
    RESOLVED THAT the report be received and noted.

    (Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)

    Item No: SD013 - 09 2009 HARMONY DAY DANCE CONCERT
    RESOLVED THAT the report be received and noted.

    (Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)

    Item No: SD014 - 09 YOUTH WEEK MUSIC FESTIVAL
    RESOLVED THAT the report be received and noted.

    (Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)

    Item No: SD015 - 09 SENIORS WEEK 2009
    RESOLVED That the report be received and noted.

    (Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)

    Item No: SD016 - 09 MANDATORY INSTALLATION OF BIN STORAGE AREA SIGNAGE IN MULTI-UNIT DWELLINGS
    RESOLVED THAT Council approve the mandatory installation of educational materials in all MUD bin storage areas for the purposes of improving the method in which facilities are used by residents.

    (Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)



    POLICY, PLANNING, ENVIRONMENT AND MASTER PLAN IMPLEMENTATION

    Item No: PPE001 - 09 FIRE SAFETY PROGRAM
    RESOLVED THAT the report be received and noted.

    FURTHER, THAT Council endorse the fire safety program.

    (Moved Clr S McMahon/Seconded Clr P Sansom)

    Item No: PPE002 - 09 MATTERS SUBMITTED FOR THE INFORMATION OF MEMBERS - LEGAL MATTERS INVOLVING COURT ACTION AND LIMITED CONSENTS - PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT DIRECTORATE
    RESOLVED THAT the information be received and noted.

    (Moved Clr S McMahon/Seconded Clr P Sansom)



    QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE

    Referred to the Director Administration

    Q.09-01 By: Councillor A Wagstaff
    Re: Financial Presentation by Mr Andrew Valner

    Councillor Wagstaff said that on the 8 October, 2008, Councillors were provided with a PowerPoint presentation by Council’s Financial Advisor Mr Andrew Valner giving certain information about the financial status of Council. Clr Wagstaff stated that she believes that this document contains material of general public interest and does not recollect any formal resolution of Council at this meeting that the presentation was to be considered confidential pursuant to Section 10A of the Local Government Act.

    Councillor Wagstaff asked that in the event that this presentation is to be kept confidential that she requests the General Manager to provide Council with written reasons for the restriction pursuant to Section 12A of the Local Government Act and make these reasons publicly available.

    Councillor Perry asked if Councillors had received a copy of the report from the adviser.

    The General Manager, Mr V Lampe, said he would take the question on notice.

    Referred to the Director Service Delivery

    Q.09-02 By: Councillor A Wagstaff
    Re: Oatley West Safety Issues and Deficiencies

    Councillor Wagstaff referred to a report from Parsons Brinklehoff, Council’s Traffic Consultant in June 2007 identifying 15 safety issues and deficiencies in the Oatley West local area that were high priority needing to be addressed urgently. Clr Wagstaff asked if Council has addressed any of these issues and if any have not been addressed could Council please advise when they will be addressed.

    The General Manager, Mr V Lampe, said he would take the question on notice.

    Referred to the Director Service Delivery

    Q.09-03 By: Councillor W Pickering
    Re: Ken Rosewell Tennis Courts

    Councillor Pickering referred to the synthetic grass on the No 6 Court which is about ten years old and is starting to shred very badly, asking if someone could go up and check it as he thought it is probably due for renewal.

    The Director Service Delivery, Mr L O’Connor answered that Council has been replacing one court every year since Infrastructure Plus. One court is to be replaced next year and after examination the worst one will be replaced, which could be No 6 if this is the worst.

    Referred Director Service Delivery

    Q.09-04 By: Councillor W Pickering
    Councillor Pickering referred to a previous question without notice in approximately November last year, mentioning that there are a lot of elderly people who catch the bus from this location.

    The Director Service Delivery, Mr L O’Connor answered that originally this location was the preferred location, however, due to strong objections from adjacent residents the shelter was located at the next bus stop. Mr O’Connor advised that there is no money currently allocated in this or next year’s budget for an additional bus shelter, however, he expressed the opinion that this would be a good location for a bus shelter and will discuss the matter with Ward Councillors.

    Referred to the Councillor A Wagstaff

    Q.09-05 By: Councillor W Pickering
    Councillor Pickering commented that since joining the Council, Councillor Wagstaff has been fairly critical of council expenditure and the internal audit system tonight. Clr Pickering asked to know Clr Wagstaff’s policies as a Greens Councillor, are they based on her own thoughts or are they policies of the Greens for local government.

    Councillor Wagstaff took the matter on notice.

    Councillor Pickering referred to a recent Telegraph headline ‘Free Ride to Protest’, which reported a huge $70,000 discretionary funding of ratepayers money that had been put aside to pay for a host of political causes by the Greens dominated Leichhardt Council. The funding included sending a group of environmentalists to Canberra to protest against the Federal Government’s Climate Change Policy. Clr Pickering then asked if Clr Wagstaff agreed with her fellow Greens that protest groups should use ratepayer’s money as a travel allowance.

    Councillor Wagstaff replied that she does not know enough about this subject to pass comment.

    Councillor C Hindi requested permission to ask a question in Committee of the Whole.

    Referred to the Councillor P Sansom

    Q.09-06 By: Councillor C HindiCouncillor Hindi asked when the Major Events Committee will be meeting to discuss the proposed Australia Day event.

    Councillor Sansom answered that he will look at calling a meeting for early next month.

    Referred to the Director Service Delivery

    Q.09-07 By: Councillor S McMahonCouncillor McMahon referred to the last meeting of the Pole Depot and the issue raised about the naming of the park at the rear fronting Forest Road. Clr McMahon suggested that subject to a further report, that Council might like to run a similar competition to what we did with Narwee etc.

    His Worship the Mayor, commented that Council needs to look at two parks, the one in question and one at Narwee between Chamberlain Street and Mountview Avenue.

    Minute No. 41

    RESOLVED THAT Council run a competition to allow the community to name the park at the rear of the Pole Depot fronting Forest Road and the one at Narwee. Residents may decide to pick historical names that are relevant to the area, names of local famous sporting identities or indigenous names. The choice should be completely theirs.

    FURTHER, THAT a winner for each park will be selected by the three chairpersons of Council's Standing Committees, with the prize being a dinner for two at Lugarno Seafood Restaurant to the value of $250.00 for each winner.

    (Moved Clr S McMahon/Seconded Clr C Hindi)

    Referred to the General Manager

    Q.09-08 By: Councillor S McMahonCouncillor McMahon referred to a telephone call he had received from a Narwee proprietor who had been contacted by the Bendigo Bank showing interest in locating in Narwee. He had asked if there is a Narwee Chamber of Commerce, which there hasn’t been for at least ten years.

    Councillor McMahon said he would bring the subject up at the Council Meeting and perhaps, subject to a report, the appropriate officer could initiate discussion at Narwee and suggested that a town meeting could be called in the local school to gauge the level of interest in the Narwee Shopping Centre. Councillor McMahon said he thought that Council should encourage interest by the Bendigo Bank to open up premises in Narwee.

    Referred to the Director Service Delivery

    Q.09-09 By: Councillor D Perry
    Councillor Perry asked if the General Manager could advise Councillors what initiatives there are in place about lighting and the use of paper in the Council in order to reduce costs.

    The General Manager, Mr V Lampe said he would take the question on notice, however, Council has changed lighting in the Civic Centre, Councillors now get all mail via the internet, printing is double sided etc.

    Councillor P Sansom asked that the report include where Council is at with regard to achieving ICLEI milestones in achieving energy efficiency in a range of areas.

    Councillor Perry commented that Councillor printers do not print on both sides and asked that the printer in the Councillors' Suite be configured to print on both sides.

    The General Manager, Mr V Lampe, answered that the officers printers do print on both sides and that the printer in the Councillors' Suite will be looked at.

    Referred to the General Manager

    Q.09-10 By: Councillor B Giegerl
    Councillor Giegerl advised Council that about ten days ago she represented the Mayor at the Library for a Children Reading Award. She was absolutely delighted when there was a special visitor that came to the ceremony to present Council and our Children’s Librarian with an award, the Peter McGuiness Award for Children’s Library Services, accompanied by a cheque for $1,000. Councillor Giegerl went onto say that our library program has been judged by the experts in stiff competition as the best program for children in libraries in the country as it’s a national award. Councillor Giegerl commended our Library and our Children’s Librarian for receiving this award.

    Councillor Giegerl asked:

    1. of the General Manager, if a media release has been issued regarding this award, and 2. of the Leader, has it appeared?

    His Worship the Mayor, Councillor V Badalati answered that a press release was issued, however, it has not as yet appeared in the Leader.

    It was noted that Clr C Hindi left the Chamber at 9.38 p.m. returning at the beginning of Committee of the Whole.

    Clr C Wong requested permission to ask a question in Committee of the Whole.

    The following questions were tabled by Clr A Wagstaff at the meeting.Referred to the Director AdministrationQ.09-11 By: Councillor A Wagstaff
    Re: Grange SecuritiesAt a Council meeting on 25 July 2007, Alison Perrott, Vice President, Business Development Manager Fixed Income, Stewart Calderwood, Senior Vice President, Fixed Income Sales, Jason Woodards, Vice President, Senior Credit Analyst – Fixed Income and Stephen Roberts, Senior Vice President, Chief Economist/Australia, from Grange Securities and Karl Millington, Council’s Auditor, were introduced to the meeting and provided a briefing on Council’s investment portfolio.After extensive questioning by Councillors, Grange personnel stated that their company “stands by its produce and would buy back their product”. Grange representatives then left the meeting.Did Grange buy back any of their product? If not, why not?

    The Director Administration, Mr J Tripp took the question on notice.Referred to the Director AdministrationQ.09-12 By: Councillor A Wagstaff
    Re: Interest on InvestmentsIs Council receiving interest on all its investments? If not, which ones? When did this happen?

    The Director Administration, Mr J Tripp took the question on notice.Referred to the Director AdministrationQ.09-13 By: Councillor A Wagstaff
    Re: Defaults on InvestmentsHas Council had any defaults on any of its investments, in particular its floating rate securities including CDOs? If so, which ones, what was their value and when did the default occur?

    The Director Administration, Mr J Tripp took the question on notice.Referred to the Director AdministrationQ.09-14 By: Councillor A Wagstaff
    Re: Additional information in Monthly Financial StatementOther Councils such as Manly, Blue Mountains and the City of Sydney provide details such as the S & P rating, the date invested, the call/maturity date, investment valuation, comments on movements and valuation? Could you please explain why Council does not provide such information in its monthly financial statement?

    The Director Administration, Mr J Tripp took the question on notice.

    STATEMENTS

    Councillor Pickering referred to the criticism by the Lugarno Progress Association of where Council was putting the bus shelters, even though Council had located them where the community wanted them.

    Clr Pickering quoted Mr Clarsen, the President of the LPA “I dislike making a habit of showing that looks bad for the Council through a new bus shelter being constructed on Lime Kiln Road is a prime example”. Mr Clarkson also stated “I suppose the real reason is that we do not have Councillors who really listen to the community anymore and in many cases actually don’t even live in the area.” Clr Pickering referred to the above as offensive. Clr Pickering asked if Council feels like supporting an organisation like this in the future and asked Councillors to think about it.

    Clr Pickering also referred to an attack by Mr Clarsen on him personally in the LPA’s February/March Newsletter edition, over his democratic difference of opinion over Webbs’ Dam and quoted “I cannot understand why the LPA is not getting any support from Bill Pickering, our Peakhurst Ward Councillor, who has criticised our efforts to create a safer environment for the young families that make Lugarno their home. I must commend Mayor Vince Badalati who has indicated he will look at this matter in the next budget.”

    Clr Pickering said he thought it was pretty poor when you hide behind something like this to criticise someone on the Council and that he will not attend the Progress Association Meetings while the current hierarchy exists.
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    Councillor Jacovou referred to several questions he has had in recent times that he has directed to the General Manager and the Directors and he thanked them for their prompt replies and actions.
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    Councillor McMahon thanked Ms J Nicol for her patience in dealing with a particular constituent that has been calling quite frequently, commenting that her manner has always been courteous and efficient. The issue took a lot of work but it looks like the problem is nearly solved.


    NOTICES OF MOTION

    Minute No. 040
    Item No: NOM001 - 09 NOTICE OF MOTION – SHADE PROTECTION TO PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT
    RESOLVED THAT a report be prepared for the Service Delivery, Child Care Policy and Senior Citizen’s Policy Committee, identifying the costs associated with providing shade structures over playground equipment in all playgrounds, in particular the following locations: Timothy Street Reserve, Hurstville; Woodville Park, Hurstville; Thorpe Park Hurstville; Ruby Wing Reserve, Mortdale; and Edgbaston Rd Reserve Beverly Hills.

    FURTHER, THAT the report identify general shade issues and possible funding sources for the proposed works.

    (Moved Clr N Liu/Seconded Clr C Hindi)

    Item No: NOM002 - 09 NOTICE OF MOTION - RESCISSION - DRAFT HURSTVILLE LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL PLAN 1994 (AMENDMENT NO 71) AND DRAFT DEVELOPMENT CONTROL PLAN NO 1 AMENDMENT - MASHMAN SITE, KINGSGROVE
    This item was dealt with earlier under Minute No. 006.


    MATTERS REFERRED TO COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE


    Minute No. 042

    RESOLVED THAT Council now resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole (Closed Council) and in accordance with Section 10A of the Local Government Act, 1993, Council Staff (other than members of the Executive and the Minute Secretary) and members of the Press and the public be excluded from the Council Chamber during consideration of the following items referred to Committee of the Whole

    FURTHER, THAT in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Act, the reports, correspondence and other relevant documentation associated with these matters be withheld from the Press and the public.

    (Moved Clr P Sansom/Seconded Clr S McMahon)

    As required under the provisions of Council's Code of Meeting Practice, before putting the above motion to the meeting, the Mayor requested those members of the public present to indicate whether they wished to make representations to the meeting, before it was closed to the public, as to whether that part of the meeting dealing with any or all of the above matters should or should not be closed. As no representations were received from members of the public the Mayor declared the motion CARRIED.

    Minute No. 043
    Item No: COW001 - 09 POLE DEPOT REQUEST FOR PARKING WITHIN TREACY STREET CARPARK
    RESOLVED THAT Council licences the four parking spaces to the Pole Depot on the same terms as provided to St George Community Services, i.e. at the rate outlined in Option 3 within the report.

    FURTHER, THAT authority is given for any documentation in association with this matter to be executed under the Common Seal of Council by the Mayor and General Manager.

    (Moved Clr P Sansom/Seconded Clr S McMahon)

    Minute No. 044
    Item No: COW002 - 09 PROPERTY MATTER – LEASE OF 1 BARRATT STREET, HURSTVILLE
    RESOLVED THAT Council approve a 1.5 + 1.5 year lease of the subject property to South Eastern Sydney and Illawarra Area Health Service (SESIAHS).

    FURTHER, THAT authority be given for the Mayor and the General Manager to execute under the Common Seal of Council all necessary documentation.

    (Moved Clr P Sansom/Seconded Clr S McMahon)

    Minute No. 045
    Item No: COW003 - 09 PROPERTY STATUS REPORT
    RESOLVED THAT the report be received and noted.

    (Moved Clr P Sansom/Seconded Clr C Hindi)

    Minute No. 046
    Item No: COW004 - 09 LIBRARY AND MUSEUM REVIEW
    RESOLVED THAT the recommendations outlined in the report be adopted.

    (Moved Clr P Sansom/Seconded Clr S McMahon)

    It was noted that Councillor A Wagstaff left the meeting at 10.12 p.m. and did not return.




    Minute No. 047

    RESOLVED THAT the Committee of the Whole revert to Open Council.

    (Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)


    OPEN COUNCIL

    Minute No. 048

    RESOLVED THAT the Report of the Committee of the Whole as detailed be received and that the recommendations be adopted.

    (Moved Clr P Sansom/Seconded Clr D Perry)




    THE MEETING CLOSED AT 10.23 P.M.

    CONFIRMED THIS 25TH DAY OF MARCH TWO THOUSAND AND NINE





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