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Late Agenda

Ordinary Council Meeting

19 August 2013

The meeting commences at 6.30pm. If members of the public are

not interested in any business recommended to be considered in

Closed Session or there is no such business, Council will ordinarily

  commence consideration of all other business at 7pm.

 


Ordinary Council 19 August 2013

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 

Mayoral Minutes

 

1.      Celebrations for Bennelong

 

2.      Sister City Visit Hu Zhou City, China

 

3.      Effects on Local Government by FBT Changes

 

 

 

 

 

        


Ordinary Council Meeting 19 August 2013

Celebrations for Bennelong

 

 

Subject:          Celebrations for Bennelong    

Record No:     SU3474 - 41349/13

Division:         Lane Cove Council

Author(s):       Councillor Scott Bennison 

 

 

Bennelong was a member of the Wangal clan, connected with the south side of Parramatta River, having close ties with the Wallumedegal clan, on the west side of the river, and the Burramattagal clan near today's Parramatta. He had several sisters, including Warreeweer and Carangarang, who married important men from nearby clans, thereby creating political links for their brother.[2] Bennelong had a daughter named Dilboong who died in infancy, and a son who was adopted by Rev. William Walker, who christened him Thomas Walker Coke. Thomas died after a short illness aged about 20.

Bennelong was brought to the settlement at Sydney Cove in November 1789 by order of the governor, Arthur Phillip, who was under instructions from King George III to establish relationships with the indigenous populations. At that time the Eora conscientiously avoided contact with the newcomers, and in desperation Phillip resorted to kidnap. A man named Arabanoo was captured, but he, like many other Aboriginal people near the settlement, died in a smallpox epidemic a few months later in May 1789. Bennelong (married at the time to Barangaroo) was captured with Colbee (married to Daringa) in November 1789 as part of Phillip's plan to learn the language and customs of the local people. Colbee soon escaped, but Bennelong stayed in the settlement for about six months. He then escaped also, but renewed contact with Phillip as a free man.

About three months after his escape, he organised for Phillip to visit Manly where he was speared in the shoulder, most likely as payback for the kidnappings. He maintained ongoing good relations with the colony and in a gesture of kinship, gave Phillip the Aboriginal name Wolawaree. He learned to speak English.

In 1790, Bennelong asked the governor to build him a hut on what became known as Bennelong Point, now the site of the Sydney Opera House.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council request advice from the Aboriginal Advisory Committee as to the appropriateness of Council commemorating Bennelong as part of our Cameraygal Festival.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Councillor Scott Bennison

Mayor

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

There are no supporting documents for this report.

 


Ordinary Council Meeting 19 August 2013

Sister City Visit Hu Zhou City, China

 

 

Subject:          Sister City Visit Hu Zhou City, China    

Record No:     SU3474 - 41351/13

Division:         Lane Cove Council

Author(s):       Councillor Scott Bennison 

 

 

I have been advised that the Mayor has advised me that he would like to visit Lane Cove in October, specifically to consider investment opportunities within the community and local business.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That:-

1.    Council write to the Mayor of Hu Zhou City and formally invite them to Lane Cove.

2.    The General Manger and the Lane Cove Chamber of Commerce invite interested business to a welcome dinner.

3.    In light of this request, the General Manager request a meeting with the Principal of Lane Cove West Public School to determine if there is an opportunity for funding to rebuild our local schools.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Councillor Scott Bennison

Mayor

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

There are no supporting documents for this report.

 


Ordinary Council Meeting 19 August 2013

Effects on Local Government by FBT Changes

 

 

Subject:          Effects on Local Government by FBT Changes    

Record No:     SU3474 - 41356/13

Division:         Lane Cove Council

Author(s):       Councillor Scott Bennison 

 

 

 

The changes manifest as an annulment of the statutory method of valuing the taxable value of a car fringe benefit, which is calculated as 20% of the cost of the car. Instead, the operating cost method now must be used – calculated using the running costs based on the private use of the vehicle.

 

The operating cost method requires employees to keep a logbook recording each journey and its purpose, providing higher taxable value to cars that have high private use.

The announcement is big news for organisations looking to hold on to top-tier staff, as a recent survey from SmartSalary revealed that benefits remain the primary incentive to retention, with salary packing and novated leasing being a functional alternative to increasing wages, beneficial to both employees and employers.

 

“This announcement will increase the administrative burden on both employees and employers,” Rami Brass, director of tax services at RSM Bird Cameron, said. “The operating cost method not only requires employees to keep valid logbooks, but employers must maintain adequate documentation of all running costs of the car such as fuel, repairs and lease payments; there is also an imputed interest and depreciation amount that must be calculated using this method.”

 

These changes will increase administration for Councils and for Councils with tight budgets will remove incentives to attract high caliber staff.

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That Council write to:-

1.    The Treasurer and the Prime Minister expressing our objection to the remove of the Statutory Method for calculation FBT.

2.    Local Government NSW and ask for their support in condemnation of the removal of the Statutory Method for reason outlined above.

 

 

 

 

 

Councillor Scott Bennison

Mayor

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

There are no supporting documents for this report.