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Minutes

Extraordinary Meeting of Council

22 February 2016, 7:00pm

All minutes are subject to confirmation at a subsequent

meeting and may be amended by resolution at that meeting.

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Extraordinary Meeting of Council 22 February 2016

Minutes

 

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

 

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

 

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST: Nil

 

APOLOGIES  

Apologies were received on behalf of Councillors Cheong, Karpin and Strassberg.

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

 

For the Motion were Crs Gold, Hutchens, Palmer, Bennison, Brent and Brooks-Horn (Total 6).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 

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 Brooks-Horn and Brent 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 (3) minutes.

 

For the Motion were Crs Gold, Hutchens, Palmer, Bennison, Brent and Brooks-Horn (Total 6).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 

PUBLIC FORUM

Glenda McSorley of Lane Cove North strongly opposed to the forced amalgamation of Lane Cove, Ryde and Hunters Hill councils citing concerns including financial disadvantages, reduced amenity,  impact to community relationship and level of service, and reduced support for local community groups.

 

Ruth Neumann of Lane Cove North on behalf of the Lane Cove Bushland and Conservation Society strongly opposed to the forced amalgamation of Lane Cove, Ryde and Hunters Hill councils citing concerns including threat to local urban bushland and negative financial impacts.

 

Guy Hallowes on behalf of the Stringybark Creek Residents Association objecting to the forced amalgamation of Lane Cove Council highlighting concerns regarding the cost of the proposed merger and suggesting that greater emphasis on this point be included in Council’s response to the delegate.

 

Doug Stuart on behalf of RASAD objecting to the amalgamation of Lane Cove Council commending Council’s draft response for the Fit for the Future Merger Proposal and suggesting volunteer efforts be more clearly highlighted in the report and expressing his personal preference for a five (5) ward option if a forced merger were to proceed.

 

Bill Henningham on behalf of the Riverview Community Association and the Lane Cove Community Alliance highlighting precedents of amalgamations and expressing concern that a forced merger could lead to Lane Cove becoming an outpost. 

 

Tom Lawson of Greenwich Community Association objecting to the amalgamation of Lane Cove Council and suggesting that a public relations campaign be developed to strengthen resistance to forced mergers.

 

Don Murchison of Greenwich referencing some of the general concerns set out in Professor Brian Dollery’s assessment of the KPMG assumptions related to the merger proposal for North Sydney and Willoughby which are equally relevant to the Lane Cove merger proposal.

 

Sue Ingham of Longueville highlighting the large number of active volunteers that support the wide range of local community groups in the Lane Cove LGA and suggesting that greater emphasis on this be included in Council’s response along with additional information on the potential impact a merger proposal will have on the much valued library services available throughout the area. 

 

John Dressler of Lane Cove objecting to the amalgamation of Lane Cove Council highlighting potential cost savings as being minimal and citing concerns including impact on rates, especially in consideration of current rate variation proposals for neighbouring councils.

 

Ron Gornall of Lane Cove on behalf of the Osborne Park Residents Association objecting to the amalgamation of Lane Cove Council citing concerns including loss of local identity and impact to local community groups.

 

RESUMPTION OF STANDING ORDERS

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RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Bennison and Brooks-Horn that Standing Orders be resumed.

 

For the Motion were Crs Gold, Hutchens, Palmer, Bennison, Brent and Brooks-Horn (Total 6).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 

Mayoral Minutes

 

Response to Fit for the Future Merger Proposal

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RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Hutchens that Council:

1.   Once again reaffirms its opposition to forced amalgamations of councils;

2.   Call on the NSW Government to abandon the merger proposal for Lane Cove, Ryde and Hunters Hill Councils as the proposal is not in the communities interest and the KPMG financial assumptions are fundamentally flawed and cannot be relied on as a basis for forced amalgamation;

3.   Once again reaffirm its commitment to and participation in a Joint Regional Authority with Ryde and Hunters Hill Councils to retain autonomy of the individual Councils;

4.   Support an appeal application to the NSW Civil & Administrative Tribunal to have the decision by the NSW Premier & Cabinet not to release information sought by Councillor Bennison pursuant to the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 on the grounds that Council is of the opinion that there are clear and compelling grounds in doing so for the reason that there is considerable public interest not only for the local government area of Lane Cove but also for the other affected local government areas in having access to vital information pertaining to the alleged grounds and reasons, for the current set of merger proposals proposed by the State Government; and authorise the General Manager to:

i.    Appoint legal representation as and when required for or in connection with the above mentioned appeal application; and

ii.   Subject to Council proceeding with the appeal, pay the applicable application fee

5.   To the extent that expenditure is or will be incurred in giving effect to this resolution which would otherwise be outside Council’s adopted budget;

i.    Council is of the opinion that the expenditure is both required and warranted for the reason stated in this resolution; and

ii.   The expenditure must not exceed the stipulated limits and amounts in the mandatory OLG Guideline on Council Decision Making During Merger Proposals (December 2015) and must otherwise be in accordance with the provisions of those Guidelines.

6.   Endorse the draft Fit for the Future merger proposal response at AT-1 and authorise the Mayor and General Manager to finalise the submission and forward it to the Delegate Dr Robert Lang;

7.   Request that the Local MP, the Hon Anthony Roberts add his endorsement to Council’s submission; and

8.   Acknowledge in particular Councillor Bennison’s efforts in relation to this matter.

 

For the Motion were Crs Gold, Hutchens, Palmer, Bennison, Brent and Brooks-Horn (Total 6).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 

Matter Arising

WARD PREFERENCES IN THE EVENT OF FORCED MergerS

 

MOTION

A Motion was moved by Councillors Gold and Brooks-Horn that Council propose the level of political representation in the event of the unnecessary merger proposal being forced upon Lane Cove be 15 Councillors and the preferences for Wards be option 1 (no wards), option 2 (5 wards of 3 councillors) and option 3 (3 wards of 5 councillors) for the proposed merged entity.

 

Foreshadowed Motion

A Foreshadowed Motion was moved by Councillors Brent and Palmer that Council propose the level of political representation in the event of the unnecessary merger proposal being forced upon Lane Cove be 15 Councillors and the preferences for wards be option 1 (5 wards of 3 councillors), option 2 (3 wards of 5 councillors) and 1 (no wards) for the proposed merged entity.

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

 

For the Motion were Crs Gold, Hutchens, Bennison and Brooks-Horn (Total 4).

Against the Motion were Crs Palmer and Brent (Total 2).

 

The Foreshadowed Motion lapsed.

 

 

CLOSE

 

The meeting closed at 8:13pm.

 

Confirmed at the Ordinary Council Meeting of Monday 21 March 2016, at which meeting the signature herein is subscribed.

 

 

MAYOR

 

 

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