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Minutes

Ordinary Council Meeting

16 February 2015, 7:00pm

All minutes are subject to confirmation at a subsequent

meeting and may be amended by resolution at that meeting.


Ordinary Council 16 February 2015

Minutes

 

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

 

ALSO PRESENT: General Manager, Executive Manager – Corporate Services, Executive Manager – Environmental Services, Executive Manager – Open Space & Urban Services, Executive Manager – Human Services, Governance Officer and Manager – Governance.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST:

Councillor Bennison declared a non pecuniary conflict of interest that was not significant in relation to Proposed Lease And Licence Arrangements - Longueville Sporting Club And Linley Point Reserve” as he is the auditor for the Longueville Sporting Club.  Although his role as Auditor is one of independent judgement he indicated that he would exit the chamber and not participate in any debate and vote on the item.  He requested that the item be dealt with ad seriatim to ensure he could participate in any debate and vote on the  Linely Point Reserve item. 

OPENING OF MEETING WITH PRAYER

The meeting was opened with a prayer by Pastor Rick Johnson of Lane Cove Uniting Church.

 

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

7

RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Gold 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, Karpin, Palmer and Strassberg (Total 9).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 

PUBLIC FORUM

Lyndal McNally President of Lane Cove Youth Orchestra requesting Council consider redeveloping the current Civic Centre site to reinstate a Town Hall that includes a dedicated indoor performance space.

Trent Gardiner of Lane Cove on behalf of the Lane Cove Theatre Company requesting Council give consideration to the development of a dedicated indoor performance space in Lane Cove.

David Almeida of Lane Cove expressing public safety concerns at events suggesting Council form a committee to review security and safety procedures.

Lana Lubimoff of Lane Cove expressing public safety concerns around schools and public spaces suggesting Council form a committee to review security and safety procedures.

Nick Lang on behalf of the Lane Cove Theatre Company Young Actors requesting Council give consideration to the development of a dedicated indoor performance space in Lane Cove.

Sarah Edwards of the Lane Cove Theatre Company requesting Council give consideration to the development of a dedicated indoor performance space in Lane Cove.

Margo Easton of Rozelle requesting Council give consideration to the development of a dedicated indoor performance space in Lane Cove.

Matt Ralph of Lane Cove North on behalf of Lane Cove Public School P&C requesting Council give consideration to the development of a dedicated indoor performance space in Lane Cove.

Graham Holland on behalf of the Lane Cove Concert Band requesting Council give consideration to the development of a dedicated indoor performance space centrally located within Lane Cove.

Don Murchison of Greenwich requesting Council seriously consider increasing the investment in bicycle infrastructure, particularly off road facilities including shared user paths, throughout the Local Government Area to cater to the increasing population and density. 

Ron Aquilina of Lane Cove objecting to the Development Application proposed for 27-43 Little Street, expressing areas of concern including excessive height and scale, impact on privacy and views, traffic impacts and the determination process.

Jenny Wiedenbein of Lane Cove expressing traffic concerns within Lane Cove, specifically the residential streets around Rothwell Crescent and Little Street, suggesting a long term strategic plan in terms of traffic and parking be developed.

Peter Re of Lane Cove objecting to the Development Application proposed for 27-43 Little Street expressing concerns including privacy, loss of amenity, noise and process transparency.

Nell Yeo of Lane Cove requesting Council give consideration to the development of a dedicated indoor performance space including the possibility of redeveloping an existing venue.

Romeo Varagnolo requesting Council provide further details on the levels of the proposed development for 27-43 Little Street, Lane Cove to allow him to make an informed submission on the proposal. 

Sean Li of Lane Cove expressing concerns in relation to the Development Application proposed for 27-43 Little Street, Lane Cove specifically traffic, road safety and parking concerns.

 

RESUMPTION OF STANDING ORDERS

8

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

 

For the Motion were Councillors Brent, Brooks-Horn, Bennison, Cheong, Gold, Hutchens, Karpin, Palmer and Strassberg (Total 9).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES OF ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING - 8 DECEMBER 2014 AND EXTRAORDINARY MEETING – 21 JANUARY 2015

9

RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Brent and Gold that the minutes of the Ordinary Council meeting held on the 8 December 2014 and Extraordinary Meeting of 21 January 2015 be received.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Brent, Brooks-Horn, Bennison, Cheong, Gold, Hutchens, Karpin, Palmer and Strassberg (Total 9).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

10

RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Hutchens and Brent that that the minutes of the Ordinary Council meeting held on the 8 December 2014 and Extraordinary Meeting of 21 January 2015 be confirmed.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Brent, Brooks-Horn, Bennison, Cheong, Gold, Hutchens, Karpin, Palmer and Strassberg (Total 9).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 


 

Orders Of The Day

 

Council recognised the recent passing of John May former Councillor, Mayor and resident of Greenwich.

 

Matter Arising

PASSING OF FORMER MAYOR – JOHN MAY

11

RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Palmer and Bennison that Council note with sadness the passing of former Mayor, John May, and formally acknowledge his contribution and service to the community.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Brent, Brooks-Horn, Bennison, Cheong, Gold, Hutchens, Karpin, Palmer and Strassberg (Total 9).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 

PETITIONS

 

Petition requesting a Cultural Centre for Lane Cove

12

RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Bennison and Hutchens that Council:-

1.    Receive and note the report;

2.    The head petitioner be advised that Council:-

a.           Has previously considered sites for a Cultural Centre including the Rosenthal site, and determined that the project should not proceed due to the high capital and ongoing costs;

b.           Has and continues to deliver significant upgrades to Cultural Facilities based on the strategy determined in 2008, as outlined in the report; and

c.           Will not be including a Cultural Centre in the Rosenthal Redevelopment Project and will explore the option of incorporating facilities in the new multi-purpose recreation building at the Lane Cove Golf Course and other locations, that would also make it adaptable for use as a performance space;

3.    Request the head petitioner prepare a detailed business case on the proposed method of operation of a performance facility including historical data of attendees of prior performances and expected ticket sale revenues, with Council to provide assistance on the scope and level of detail required;

4.    Include a venue hire subsidy category in the annual Financial Assistance Grants Program. This would assist local performing arts groups to hire larger venues both inside and outside Lane Cove LGA.  The subsidy would be available to local not-for-profit community organisations – up to a maximum of 50% of the cost and capped at $4,000 per year per organisation; and

5.    As the Financial Assistance Grant Applications for 2015/6 close on 2 March, 2015, the General Manager determine suitable guidelines and a separate call for the venue hire subsidy grants be undertaken in April 2015 for the 2015/16 financial year, and a report come back to Council on the applications for the subsidy.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Brent, Brooks-Horn, Bennison, Cheong, Gold, Hutchens, Karpin, Palmer and Strassberg (Total 9).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 


 

Mayoral Minutes

 

Fit for the Future Forum - Council Amalgamations

13

RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Brooks-Horn and Hutchens that:-

1.   Council agree to work with other councils in the Northern Sydney Region to respond to the Fit for the Future Program on the following key issues;-

a.    Producing a Business Case (cost / benefit analysis) of the proposed groupings of councils;

b.    Investigating options for some type of Joint Organisation being formed by Northern Sydney Councils to meet the requirement for greater scale and capacity;

c.    Undertaking a shared community engagement strategy; and

d.    Undertaking a shared communications strategy that is implemented both before and after the March State election that opposes forced amalgamations.

2.   North Sydney, Hunters Hill, Willoughby, Mosman, Ryde and Ku-ring-gai Councils be advised of Council’s decision;

3.   Council write to all sitting State Members of Parliament within the council areas that participated in the forum and the members of the Legislative Council representing the councils and ask if they support forced amalgamations.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Brent, Brooks-Horn, Bennison, Cheong, Gold, Hutchens, Karpin, Palmer and Strassberg (Total 9).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 

Matter Arising

FIT FOR THE FUTURE – RESPONSE TO THE PREMIER REGARDING THE LACK OF SUPPORT FOR THE PANELS RECOMMENDATIONS

14

RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Bennison and Hutchens that:-

1.      That the Mayor writes to the Premier the Hon Mike Baird requesting a meeting to discuss with Council and representatives of other councils in the area who are considering an alternative to the ‘Fit for Future’ package to outline the concept.

2.      The letter specifically note the following:-

a.     All the Lane Cove Councillors including the six (6) endorsed Liberals do not agree or support amalgamations forced or otherwise and the recommendations made by the Panel;

b.     The majority of Councillors from Lane Cove, Hunters Hill, Ryde, North Sydney, Mosman and Ku-ring-gai Councils do not agree or support forced amalgamations and the recommendations made by the panel;

c.      Forced amalgamations have failed to deliver the perceived benefits in Tasmania, South Australia, Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales;

d.     Forced amalgamations have been abandoned in Western Australia;

e.     The cost of forced amalgamations in Queensland exceeded $370 million;

f.       There is no evidence to support the assertion that councils are losing $1 million per day, in fact our research show that the metropolitan councils are making a combined surplus;

g.     Of the 10 largest councils in the Metropolitan area (excluding City of Sydney), seven (7) are running deficits and despite being a small/medium council, Lane Cove Council meets all the criteria;

h.     Professors Percy Allan and Brian Dollery do not support forced amalgamations and in fact do not support the panel’s recommendations; and

i.       There is an alternative to forced amalgamations that will meet the objectives of the State Government, whilst retaining local democracy and services for the community.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Brent, Brooks-Horn, Bennison, Cheong, Gold, Hutchens, Karpin, Palmer and Strassberg (Total 9).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 

Officer Reports for Determination

 

Procedural Motion

15

RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Brooks-Horn and Hutchens that the matter be voted on ad seriatim.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Brent, Brooks-Horn, Bennison, Cheong, Gold, Hutchens, Karpin, Palmer and Strassberg (Total 9).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 

Councillor Bennison left the meeting at 8:27pm.

 

Proposed Lease and Licence Arrangements - Longueville Sporting Club and Linley Point Reserve

16

RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Hutchens and Gold that Council:-

1.    Receive and note the report.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Brent, Brooks-Horn, Cheong, Gold, Hutchens, Karpin, Palmer and Strassberg (Total 8).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

Absent was Councillor Bennison (Total 1).

17

RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Hutchens and Gold that Council:-

2.    Enter into a lease arrangement with the Longueville Sporting Club Limited for a ten (10) year term in respect of Community and Crown Land located at the intersection of River Road West and Kenneth Street, Longueville.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Brent, Brooks-Horn, Cheong, Gold, Hutchens, Karpin, Palmer and Strassberg (Total 8).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

Absent was Councillor Bennison (Total 1).

Councillor Bennison returned to the meeting at 8:29pm

18

RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Brent and Bennison that Council:-

3.    Enter into a licence arrangement with the University of Sydney for a ten (10) year term in respect of Community Land located at Linley Point Reserve, Lane Cove.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Brent, Brooks-Horn, Bennison, Cheong, Gold, Hutchens, Karpin, Palmer and Strassberg (Total 9).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

19

RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Hutchens and Gold that Council:-

4.    Authorise the General Manager to finalise and execute the agreements on Council’s behalf.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Brent, Brooks-Horn, Bennison, Cheong, Gold, Hutchens, Karpin, Palmer and Strassberg (Total 9).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 

Alcohol Free Zones in Local Parks & Reserves

20

RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Palmer and Brent that:-

1.    Pursuant to Section 632A and Section 644 of the Local Government Act, 1993 the proposal to declare the following Central Park, Pottery Green, Kingsford Smith Oval and Birrallee Reserve, as  Alcohol Free Zones and Alcohol Prohibited Areas be placed on public exhibition for 6 weeks and community consultation take place in accordance with the consultation strategy outlined in the report; and

2.    A further report be submitted to Council following the exhibition period to consider the results of the community consultation.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Brent, Brooks-Horn, Bennison, Cheong, Gold, Hutchens, Karpin, Palmer and Strassberg (Total 9).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 

Lane Cove Traffic Committee -  16 December 2014

21

RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Bennison and Hutchens that Council adopt the recommendations of the Lane Cove Traffic Committee Meeting held on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 subject to the following amendments:-

Y1. In relation to Little Street, the installation of a car share space be deferred until the completion of Little Lane and Rosenthal Avenue developments;

Y2. Outside the proposed restriction hours, parking remain unrestricted;

Y4. Council reject the Traffic Committee recommendation and request they consider the installation of speed humps; and

Y7. Council defer the matter and alternative options be investigated in consultation with local residents.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Brent, Brooks-Horn, Bennison, Cheong, Gold, Hutchens, Karpin, Palmer and Strassberg (Total 9).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 

Matter Arising

DISABLED PARKING SPACE AT GREENWICH SHOPS

22

RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Hutchens and Brooks-Horn that Council investigate installing a disability parking space at the Greenwich Road Shops adjacent to the doctor’s office.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Brent, Brooks-Horn, Bennison, Cheong, Gold, Hutchens, Karpin and Strassberg (Total 8).

Against the Motion was Councillor Palmer (Total 1).

 


 

Matter Arising

MOWBRAY ROAD AND PACIFIC HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SIGNALS

23

RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Gold and Strassberg that Council investigate reinstatement of a right hand turn signal at the  intersection of Mowbray Road and Pacific Highway to allow vehicles travelling east on Mowbray Road to turn right into the Pacific Highway.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Brent, Brooks-Horn, Bennison, Cheong, Gold, Hutchens, Karpin, Palmer and Strassberg (Total 9).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 

Proposed Voluntary Planning Agreement for 96 Burns Bay Road, Lane Cove

24

RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Cheong and Hutchens that:-

1.   Council receive and note the report;

2.   Subject to the applicant agreeing to a contribution with a 10% discount in lieu of 20%, Council give notice of its intention to consider entering into a Voluntary Planning Agreement as outlined in the report with the owner of the subject site in accordance with the consultation strategy outlined in the report; and

3.   Following the community consultation, a further report be submitted to Council for determination.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Brent, Brooks-Horn, Bennison, Cheong, Gold, Hutchens, Karpin, Palmer and Strassberg (Total 9).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 

Councillor Hutchens left the meeting at 9:02pm.

 

2016 Local Government Elections

25

RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Gold and Karpin that:-

1.    Council conduct in house the 2016 Ordinary Election of Council; and

2.    The New South Wales Electoral Commission be advised of Council’s decision.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Brent, Brooks-Horn, Bennison, Cheong, Gold, Karpin, Palmer and Strassberg (Total 8).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

Absent was Councillor Hutchens (Total 1).

 

Councillor Hutchens returned to the meeting at 9:04pm.


 

Tender for Blackman Park Creek

26

RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Gold and Strassberg that Council:-

1.    Accept the tender from Hargraves Urban Pty Ltd for the Blackman Park Creek Main Civil Works – Package 1 for an amount of $622,890.54;

2.    Accept the tender from Fleetwood Urban Pty Ltd for the Blackman Park Creek Boardwalks – Package 3 for an amount of $240,202.00; 

3.    Note that Blackman Park Creek – Package 2 will be assessed as a quote under Council’s Tender and Quotation Procedure; and

4.    The General Manager be authorised to enter into contracts with Hargraves Urban Pty Ltd and Fleetwood Urban Pty Ltd

 

For the Motion were Councillors Brent, Brooks-Horn, Bennison, Cheong, Gold, Hutchens, Karpin, Palmer and Strassberg (Total 9).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 

2nd Quarter Review of the 2014-2015 Budget

27

RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Karpin and Bennison that the 2014 – 2015 Budget be varied as follows:-

 

Original Budget

30.09.2014
Quarter 1 Revised Budget

31.12.2014

Quarter 2 Adjustments

31.12.2014 Quarter 2 Revised Budget

Expenditure

$37,391

$717

$210

$927

Income

$42,548

$1,015

$4,931

$5,946

Surplus / (Deficit)

$5,157

$298

$4,721

$5,019

Surplus / (Deficit) before Capital Grants / Contributions

-

$298

$15

$313

 

For the Motion were Councillors Brent, Brooks-Horn, Bennison, Cheong, Gold, Hutchens, Karpin, Palmer and Strassberg (Total 9).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 

Officer Reports for Information

 

Councillor Karpin left the meeting at 9:07pm.

 

Neighbour Day 2015

28

RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Hutchens and Gold that Council receive and note this report.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Brent, Brooks-Horn, Bennison, Cheong, Gold, Hutchens, Palmer and Strassberg (Total 8).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

Absent was Councillor Karpin (Total 1).

 


 

Lane Cove West Road Safety Status

29

RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Gold and Strassberg that Council receive and note the report.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Brent, Brooks-Horn, Bennison, Cheong, Gold, Hutchens, Palmer and Strassberg (Total 8).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

Absent was Councillor Karpin (Total 1).

 

2nd Quarter Review of the 2014-15 Delivery Program and Operational Plan

30

RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Hutchens and Gold that the 2nd Quarter Review of the 2014-15 Delivery Program and Operational Plan be received and noted.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Brent, Brooks-Horn, Bennison, Cheong, Gold, Hutchens, Palmer and Strassberg (Total 8).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

Absent was Councillor Karpin (Total 1).

 

Council Snapshot

31

RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Cheong and Brent that Council receive and note the report.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Brent, Brooks-Horn, Bennison, Cheong, Gold, Hutchens, Palmer and Strassberg (Total 8).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

Absent was Councillor Karpin (Total 1).

 

Notices of Motion

 

Lane Cove North Traffic Workshop

32

RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Bennison and Gold that:-

1.    The General Manger organise a workshop covering the areas of Lane Cove North experiencing increased traffic, particularly from the Mowbray Precinct; and

2.    West Ward Councillors, residents from the affected streets, and relevant Council staff be invited to attend.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Brent, Brooks-Horn, Bennison, Cheong, Gold, Hutchens, Palmer and Strassberg (Total 8).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

Absent was Councillor Karpin (Total 1).

 

Councillor Karpin returned to the meeting at 9:09pm.

 

CLOSE

 

The meeting closed at 9:10pm.

 

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

 

 

MAYOR

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