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Agenda

Extraordinary Meeting of Council

4 November 2019

Council will commence consideration

of all business at 8pm.

 

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Notice of Meeting

 

Dear Councillors

 

Notice is given of the Extraordinary Meeting of Council, to be held in the Council Chambers, 48 Longueville Road Lane Cove on Monday 4 November 2019 commencing at 8:00pm. The business to be transacted at the meeting is included in this business paper.

 

Craig - GMYours faithfully

 

 

 

 

Craig Wrightson

General Manager

 

Council Meeting Procedures

 

The Council meeting is chaired by the Mayor, Councillor Pam Palmer. Councillors are entitled to one vote on a matter. If votes are equal, the Chairperson has a second or casting vote. When a majority of Councillors vote in favour of a Motion it becomes a decision of the Council. Minutes of Council and Committee meetings are published on Council’s website www.lanecove.nsw.gov.au by 5pm on the Thursday following the meeting.

 

The Meeting is conducted in accordance with Council's Code of Meeting Practice. The order of business is listed in the Agenda on the next page. That order will be followed unless Council resolves to modify the order at the meeting. This may occur for example where the members of the public in attendance are interested in specific items on the agenda.

 

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Extraordinary Meeting of Council 4 November 2019

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 

APOLOGIES

 

OPENING OF MEETING WITH PRAYER

 

ACKNOWLEDGMENT TO COUNTRY

 

NOTICE OF WEBCASTING OF MEETING

 

public forum

 

Members of the public may address the Council Meeting on any issue for 3 minutes.

 

Orders Of The Day

 

Notices of Motion

 

1.       Notice of Motion - Assistance to Regional NSW impacted by drought conditions  

 

 

 

 

                     


 

Extraordinary Meeting of Council Meeting 4 November 2019

Notice of Motion - Assistance to Regional NSW impacted by drought conditions

 

 

Subject:          Notice of Motion - Assistance to Regional NSW impacted by drought conditions    

Record No:    SU2765 - 64994/19

Division:         Lane Cove Council

Author(s):      Councillor Scott Bennison 

 

 

                                                              

Councillors no doubt are aware of the severity of the drought in Regional NSW and other parts of the Country. The attached map, dated 30 September 2019, shows the extent of the drought in NSW. The area marked in red and representing ‘Intense Drought’ has increased since this date.

 

For an accessible explanation of this map/graph contact the author seasonal.conditions@dpi.nsw.gov.au

 

The impact of the drought is impacting not only our farms, but also regional towns who rely on income from the farms to purchase goods and services.

 

We hear stories daily about how farmers are having to destroy their breeding livestock, sell their farms, increase borrowings, having their farms re-possessed by banks, and sadly taking their own lives.

 

Additionally, there is uncertainty regarding the continuation of the Federal Government’s Farmers Household Allowance.

 

Most of us in the city are very fortunate and our community, Lane Cove, would be one of the most affluent in Australia. I also believe that our community has demonstrated how extremely generous they can be when asked.

 

One of the difficulties for residents is knowing how to help. I have spoken with the General Manager and we believe that one of the best ways to help Regional NSW is by way of gift cards.

 

The basic concept is that residents would purchase certain gift cards, deliver them to Council and Council would distribute them to the Mayors of a regional council or councils in time for Christmas.

 

The community would purchase Mastercard Debit Gift/Visa Debit Gift and IGA Gift cards and  Council would also contribute , say $5000 in Gift cards (as per Council’s previous donation for drought relief),  and we would send these via express post to the Mayor of regional councils for distribution to those most in need.

 

My thoughts are that Lane Cove Council in addition to its sister city, Gunnedah also choose another rural Council to support.

 

I have taken the liberty of nominating Cobar and I have spoken with both Mayors who are supportive of the idea.

 

In speaking with Mayor Lilliane Brady, she advised me the there is really only one major food store in Cobar, being IGA.

 

That is why I am suggesting that we include IGA gift cards in the choice of gift cards to be selected by our residents.

 

I have spoken with IGA in Cobar who confirm that they accept IGA gift cards and I have also confirmed with IGA Lane Cove that they sell IGA gift cards.

 

Both Mayors agree that providing gift cards is the best option as it not only assists families in need, it will also assist small business in these towns.

 

For the above reasons I recommend that we promote the following gift cards:

 

·    IGA gift card (can be used at IGA Cobar)

·    Lane Cove Gift Card (can be used at Gunnedah local participating shops)

·    VISA/Mastercard debit cards (can be purchased from banks or Coles and/or Woolworths and can be used in any shop in both towns)

 

By the end of the first week of December the General Manager would separate out the IGA/ Lane Cove Gift cards and balance up with VISA/Mastercard debit cards, divide them up evenly and the two packages would then be expressed posted to the Mayor of Gunnedah and Cobar respectively to allow them to distribute to their respective communities.

 

Listed below are the Regional Councils in NSW.

 

Albury

Forbes

Newcastle

Armidale

Glenn Innes

Oberon

Ballina

Gilgandra

Orange

Balranald

Greater Hume Shire

Parkes

Bathurst

Griffith

Port Macquarie-Hastings

Bega Valley

Gunnedah

Port Stephens

Bellingen

Gwydir

Queanbeyan-Palerang

Berrigan

Hay

Regional Councils

Bland

Hilltops

Richmond Valley

Blayney

Inverell

Shellharbour

Blue Mountains

Junee

Shoalhaven

Bogan

Kempsey

Singleton

Bourke

Kiama

Snowy Monaro

Brewarrina

Kyogle

Snowy Valleys

Broken Hill

Lachlan

Tamworth

Byron

Lake Macquarie

Temora

Carbone

Leeton

Tweed Shire

Carrathool

Lismore

Upper Lachlan Shire

Central Coast

Lithgow

Uralla

Cessnock

Liverpool Planes

Wagga Wagga

Clarence Valley

Lockhart

Walcha

Cobar

Maitland

Walgett

Coffs Harbour

Mid Coast

Warren

Coolamon

Moree Plains

Warrumbungle

Coonamble

Murrumbidgee

Weddin

Cootamundra-Gundagai

Murray River

Wingecarribee

Cowra

Nambucca

Wollongong

Dubbo

Narrabri

Wollondilly

Dungog

Narrandera

Yass

Edward River

Narromine

 

 

Finally, I would ask that this motion be emailed by the Mayor to all the Mayors of metropolitan councils and ask that they also select two regional councils to provide similar assistance.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:-

 

1.   Agrees to support the communities of Gunnedah and Cobar LGA by asking residents to purchase either VISA/Mastercard debit cards, Lane Cove Gift Card or IGA gift cards and leave them at Council for distribution to those in need in the Gunnedah and Cobar Local government areas;

 

2.   Advise the Mayors of Gunnedah and Cobar of what our community is planning and confirm and finalise any operational issues;

 

3.   Email to all the mayors of metropolitan councils a copy of the motion and ask that they also develop a similar strategy to assist regional NSW councils;

 

4.   Write to the President of Local Government NSW, Linda Scott, and advise her of what Lane Cove Council’s strategy is, and ask that she support the strategy in her next newsletter;

 

5.   Develop a marketing plan and official launch date to commence as soon as possible;

 

6.   The General Manager prepare a report for the February 2020 Council Meeting advising how many gifts were purchased by the community and any other correspondence that he may have received.

 

 

Councillor Scott Bennison

Councillor

 

 

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