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Minutes

Extraordinary Meeting of Council

21 January 2015, 7:00pm

All minutes are subject to confirmation at a subsequent

meeting and may be amended by resolution at that meeting.


Extraordinary Meeting of Council 21 January 2015

Minutes

 

PRESENT: Councillor D. Brooks-Horn (Chair), Councillor K. Brent, Councillor S. Bennison, Councillor S. Cheong, Councillor M. Gold, Councillor D. Hutchens and Councillor D. Karpin.

 

ALSO PRESENT: General Manager, Executive Manager Ė Corporate Services, Executive Manager Ė Environmental Services, Executive Manager Ė Human Services, and Manager - Governance.

 

APOLOGIES††

Apologies were received on behalf of Councillor P. Palmer and Councillor D. Strassberg.

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RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Bennison and Brent that that the apologies be accepted and leave of absence be granted.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Brent, Brooks-Horn, Bennison, Cheong, Gold, Hutchens and Karpin (Total 7).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST:

All Councillors declared a non pecuniary conflict of interest that is not significant in ďReview of Local Government - Fit For the FutureĒ as they are residents and Councillors of Lane Cove Council and do not support forced amalgamation of Lane Cove Council. They indicated they would participate in any debate and vote on the item.

OPENING OF MEETING WITH PRAYER

The meeting was opened with a prayer by the General Manager.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY

The Mayor gave an acknowledgement of Country.

 

WEBCASTING OF COUNCIL MEETING

The Mayor advised those present that the Meeting was being webcast.

 

SUSPENSION OF STANDING ORDERS

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RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Bennison and Hutchens that Standing Orders be suspended and that members of the public who wish to address Council be allowed to do so for a maximum of three minutes.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Brent, Brooks-Horn, Bennison, Cheong, Gold, Hutchens and Karpin (Total 7).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

PUBLIC FORUM

Ray Kearney of Lane Cove West opposed to the amalgamation of Lane Cove Council citing that the independent review panel could not demonstrate any benefits of Local Government amalgamations, economic or otherwise and expressing concerns including higher rates, more competition for local services, lower service standards, more red tape and compliance measures, reduced community involvement, loss of local representation, accountability and independence.†††

Tim Ingham of Lane Cove enquired as to how the Councilís sustainability and other ratios will be affected by the proposed amalgamation. The General Manager provided a response in this regard.

Alice Beauchamp of Lane Cove opposed to the amalgamation of Lane Cove Council with neighbouring Councils as recommended citing loss of democracy and representation, sense of community, access to Council staff, service delivery and requesting Council not pursue a voluntary amalgamation but rather pursue shared services opportunities.

Corrine Fisher of Lane Cove opposed to the forced or voluntary amalgamation of Lane Cove Council, supporting Councilís stance against the proposal and opportunities to pursue greater economic benefits through shared services.

Don Murchison of Greenwich opposed to the amalgamation of Lane Cove Council highlighting the impact of such action on other Councils including loss of local identity and democratic voice, corruption, increase in rates, loss of services and personal contact and urging a referendum on the proposal at the upcoming state election on the matter.

Rod Tudge of Lane Cove opposed to the forced or voluntary amalgamation of Lane Cove Council citing the benefits of a small Council including greater efficiencies, community contact and accessibility to local representatives and urging Council to fight for community democracy.

Ruth Newman of Lane Cove North and on behalf of the Lane Cove Bushland and Conservation Society opposing both the forced or voluntary amalgamation of Lane Cove Council.

Tom Lawson of Greenwich opposed to the amalgamation of Lane Cove Council expressing concerns including remoteness, loss of personal contact with local representatives and urging Council not to pursue incentives offered through voluntary amalgamation.

Lynne McLaughlan of Lane Cove on behalf of the Lane Cove Bushland Advisory Committee opposing the amalgamation of Lane Cove Council expressing concerns including loss of local representation, impact on responsiveness and service delivery, diminution of access to Council staff, costs involved in amalgamation and specifically the potential impact on management of bushland in the local area.

Councillor Karpin left the meeting at 7:41pm.

Gordon Hamilton of Riverview supporting Councilís position opposing the amalgamation of Lane Cove Council.

Andrew Zbik of Lane Cove opposed to the amalgamation of Lane Cove Council enquiring as to possible avenues for appeal should forced amalgamations come into effect and highlighting the Labor Partyís policy on no forced amalgamations.

Councillor Karpin returned to the meeting, the time being 7:46pm.

Bill Henningham of Riverview opposed to the forced or voluntary amalgamation of Lane Cove Council highlighting how accountability to the Lane Cove community may be impacted by amalgamation.

Frances Vissel of Lane Cove and on behalf of the Stringybark Creek Residents Association supporting Councilís stand against amalgamation.

 

RESUMPTION OF STANDING ORDERS

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RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Bennison and Gold that Standing Orders be resumed.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Brent, Brooks-Horn, Bennison, Cheong, Gold, Hutchens and Karpin (Total 7).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 


Notices of Motion

 

Review OF Local Government - Fit for the Future

 

MOTION

A Motion was moved by Councillors Brooks-Horn and Hutchens that Council:-

1.†† Reaffirm Councilís position that it opposes forced amalgamation of councils and Councilís position of opposition to any amalgamation of Lane Cove Council;

2.†† Involve and engage the community in highlighting the critical issues for our community and listening to their concerns;

3.†† Authorise the General Manager to source and appoint appropriately skilled consultants to assist with Councilís response to Fit for the Future;

4.†† Advise NSROC and Mosman Council of this decision; and

5.†† Advise the Member for Lane Cove, the Hon. Anthony Roberts of Councilís proposed actions.

 

Suspension of Standing Orders

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RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Brooks-Horn and Hutchens that Standing Orders be suspended to allow Councillors three minutes each to speak on the matter.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Brent, Brooks-Horn, Bennison, Cheong, Gold, Hutchens and Karpin (Total 7).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 

The Mayor tabled a letter from Councillor Bill Pickering, Mayor of the City of Ryde supporting Councilís position on opposing amalgamations and an email from Councillor Richard Quinn, Mayor of the Municipality of Hunters Hill supporting Councilís recommendation opposing the proposed amalgamations of local government areas.

Councillor Bennison tabled the Commonwealth Government, Department of Infrastructure and Regional Developmentís statistics on current residential rates.

 

Resumption of Standing Orders

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RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Gold and Hutchens that standing orders be resumed.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Brent, Brooks-Horn, Bennison, Cheong, Gold, Hutchens and Karpin (Total 7).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

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Upon being put to the meeting the motion was declared carried.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Brent, Brooks-Horn, Bennison, Cheong, Gold, Hutchens and Karpin (Total 7).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 

CLOSE

 

The meeting closed at 8:41pm.

 

Confirmed at the Ordinary Council Meeting of 16 February 2015, at which meeting the signature herein is subscribed.

 

 

MAYOR

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