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Minutes

Ordinary Council Meeting

20 April 2020, 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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Ordinary Council 20 April 2020

Minutes

 

Note: This Meeting was conducted by Video Conference.

 

PRESENT: Councillor P. Palmer (Chair), Councillor S. Bennison, Councillor K. Brent, Councillor D. Brooks-Horn, Councillor K. Morris, Councillor D. Strassberg Councillor F. Vissel and Councillor A. Zbik.

 

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

 

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST:

Councillor Bennison declared a non-significant conflict of interest in relation item Competition of the Canopy Project as he owns property in the vicinity. He indicated he would vacate the meeting and not vote debate or vote on the item.

 

APOLOGIES 

Apologies be received on behalf of Councillor D. Hutchens.

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

 

For the Motion were Councillors Palmer, Bennison, Brent, Brooks-Horn, Strassberg, Vissel, Zbik and Morris (Total 8).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 

OPENING OF MEETING WITH PRAYER

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

 

WEBCASTING OF COUNCIL MEETING

The Mayor advised that the Meeting was being webcast online.

PUBLIC FORUM

While attendance at the public forum has been suspended and the meeting conducted online, a total of twenty (20) written addresses were received by Council with a maximum of 500 words.

Susan O’Niell regarding Covid-19 - Kick Starting the Economy.

Jennifer Schneller regarding Covid-19 - Kick Starting the Economy.

Lyn McLoughlin regarding Covid-19 - Kick Starting the Economy.

Maralyn Lawson regarding Covid-19 - Kick Starting the Economy.

Jennifer Schneller regarding Covid-19 - Public Forum Deficiencies

Shaun Forrest on behalf of the Lane Cove Bushland & Conservation Society regarding Covid-19 - Kick Starting the Economy.

Bridget Kennedy regarding Covid-19 - Kick Starting the Economy.

Rosalind Noone on behalf of the Osborne Park Progress Association Inc. regarding Covid-19 - Kick Starting the Economy.

Sylvia Novara regarding St Leonards South Planning Proposal.

Leon Horsnell regarding the Covid-19 - Kick Starting the Economy.

Aaron Doull regarding Social Distancing at Blackman Park.

Jim Stevenson – Anoroc Solutions regarding St Leonards South.

Norma Stuart regarding Covid-19 - Kick Starting the Economy.

June Hefferen regarding Covid-19 - Kick Starting the Economy and St Leonards South.

Guy Hallowes regarding Covid-19 - Kick Starting the Economy.

Alice Beauchamp regarding Covid-19 - Kick Starting the Economy.

Corinne Fisher regarding Covid-19 - Kick Starting the Economy.

Sue Ingham regarding Covid-19 - Kick Starting the Economy and;

Virginia Chin regarding Covid-19 - Kick Starting the Economy.

 

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES OF ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING - 16 MARCH 2020

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RESOLVED on the motion of  Councillors Strassberg and Zbik that the minutes of the Ordinary Council meeting held on the 16 March 2020 be received.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Palmer, Bennison, Brent, Brooks-Horn, Strassberg, Vissel, Zbik and Morris (Total 8).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

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RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Strassberg and Zbik that the minutes of the Ordinary Council meeting held on the 16 March 2020 be confirmed.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Palmer, Bennison, Brent, Brooks-Horn, Strassberg, Vissel, Zbik and Morris (Total 8).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 

Mayoral Minutes

 

Mayoral Minute  - 125 Year Anniversary of Lane Cove Council

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RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Palmer that the report be received and Council continue to celebrate the 125 Years of Lane Cove Council.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Palmer, Bennison, Brooks-Horn, Strassberg, Vissel, Zbik and Morris (Total 8).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

Due to a technical difficulties Councillor Karola Brent left the meeting, the time being 7:10 PM

Councillor Karola Brent returned to the meeting, the time being 07:12 PM

 

Mayoral Minute - Covid 19 Financial Support

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RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Palmer that Council:-

a.     Commend the NSW and Federal Governments on their stewardship during this crisis and commit to working in partnership with them to protect community health and sustain local economies through this crisis.

b.     Commend the NSW Office of Local Government’s recent announcement of:

·        Amendment to the IP&R legislated timeframes, including adoption of the 20/21 budget and operational plan deferred until September 2020 to allow time for more robust consideration of the long term impacts on finances, the workforce and assets. and

·        Suspension of the use of the financial ratios (cash reserves: liquid assets and current assets) to determine the long term financial sustainability of a Council.

c.     Call on the Federal Government and NSW Government to urgently deliver comprehensive and multifaceted financial support and stimulus packages to local government to enable the sector to continue to operate effectively and provide essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic;

d.   Call for the packages to include the following measures:-

            Financial

1.     Increasing Financial Assistance Grant payments to 1% to help councils maintain essential functions and services, acknowledging the increased costs and mounting revenue losses arising from COVID-19 (and drought and bushfire where affected) as well as giving councils capacity to provide hardship assistance to businesses and residents;

2.     Bring forward the timing of the payment of the Financial Assistance Grants to June 2020;

3.     Providing stimulus funding to councils for projects that will help sustain council operations and boost local economies. This could be achieved through increasing or bringing forward funding under existing funding programs or introducing new programs. Existing Federal funding programs include the Roads to Recovery, Bridges Renewal and Road Safety Blackspots programs. State programs include Fixing Local Roads, Fixing Country Bridges and the Stronger Country Communities programs;

4.     Extension of the Government’s economic stimulus package to the Local Government sector run leisure and swimming centres and other business units that are currently experiencing a 30% drop in revenue.

5.     Provision of a six-month mortgage waiver by TCorp, consistent with that being provided by the Federal Government under the Loan Guarantee scheme;

6.     Increase access to TCorp State Government loans;

7.     Extension of grants by 12 months to cater for significant interruption to Council’s service capability and temporary relaxaition of the rules regarding the  use s.7.11 developer contributions to allow funds already received by councils to be used for any Council infrastructure projects, new or replacement capital works;

8.     Deferral of the requirement that Councils have matching funds when commencing infrastructure projects;

9.     Greater flexibility in regard to deferral of rate increases beyond the current two year limit to five years.

            Local Government Integrated Planning and Reporting

11.   Allow councils to utilise restricted funds for internal loans (e.g. waste levy, S7.11, water and sewer, emergency services levy, parking levy) to maintain employment and support the provision of services.

Workforce

13.   Extension of the Federal ‘JobKeeper’ payment to the Local Government sector.

14.   Increased access to TAFE, VET and other apprenticeship opportunities that council staff can undertake to address skill shortages, especially for staff in non-essential services who are unable to be redeployed.

15.   Delay any SOORT Senior Staff and Local Government Award increases due July 2020 until July 2021.

e.   Write to the local Federal member Trent Zimmerman and State member The Hon. Anthony Roberts MP, the Prime Minister the Hon Scott Morrison MP, NSW Premier the Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP, Federal Treasurer the Hon Josh Frydenburg MP, NSW Treasurer the Hon Dominic Perrottet MP, NSW Local Government Minister the Hon Shelley Hancock MP, Federal Minister for Local Government the Hon Mark Coultan, Federal Opposition Leader the Hon Anthony Albanese, NSW Opposition Leader Jodi McKay MP, Federal Shadow Minister for Local Government Jason Clare MP and NSW Shadow Minister for Local Government Greg Warren MP to confirm their support for increased financial assistance and stimulus funding for local government to help councils maintain essential services and employment during the COVID-19 pandemic;

f.    Endorse Local Government NSW’s sector-wide campaign to obtain financial assistance, employment support and stimulus funding for the local government sector; and

g.   Advise LGNSW of the passage of this Mayoral Minute.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Palmer, Bennison, Brent, Brooks-Horn, Strassberg, Vissel, Zbik and Morris (Total 8).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 

Mayoral Minute - St Leonards South April 2020 Update

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RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Palmer the report be received and noted.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Palmer, Bennison, Brent, Brooks-Horn, Strassberg, Vissel, Zbik and Morris (Total 8).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 

Orders Of The Day

 

The Mayor congratulated Councillor Zbik on the birth of his daughter, Emily Zbik on Wednesday 15th April 2020.  

 

Notices of Motion

 

Notice of Motion - COVID-19 - Kick Starting the economy, supporting local business and securing Australia’s sovereignty and economic future

Procedural Motion

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RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Bennison and Brooks-Horn that voting on each part of the Notice of Motion – Kick Starting the economy, supporting local business and securing Australia’s sovereignty and economic future be dealt with ad seriatum

 

For the Motion were Councillors Palmer, Bennison, Brent, Brooks-Horn, Strassberg, Vissel and Morris (Total 7).

Against the Motion was Councillor Zbik (Total 1).

 

Motion

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

1.     Write to the Prime Minster the Hon. Scott Morrison, the Premier the Hon Gladys Berejiklian, our local State Member the Hon Anthony Roberts and the our local Federal Member the Hon. Trent Zimmerman and;

a.      Ask that a task force be established where Councils can make an application to have identified infrastructure projects and/or rezoning’s that have either been initiated and/or supported by Council to have any bureaucratic impediments addressed that prevented shovel readiness’.

b.    That the authority of this task force be restricted to only making recommendations to the State and/or Federal Governments with respect to addressing bureaucratic impediments.

 

Upon being put to the meeting the motion was declared lost

 

For the Motion were Councillors Bennison and Brooks-Horn (Total 2).

Against the Motion were Councillors Palmer, Brent, Strassberg, Vissel, Zbik and Morris (Total 6).

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RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Bennison and Brooks-Horn that Lane Cove Council provide to all local business updated information of current Federal and State Government financial initiatives.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Palmer, Bennison, Brent, Brooks-Horn and Strassberg (Total 5).

Against the Motion were Councillors Vissel, Zbik and Morris (Total 3).

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RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Bennison and Brooks-Horn that Council write to Shopping Centres Australasia Property Group on behalf of the tenants at Market Square and remind them of the National Cabinet Mandatory Code of Conduct and seeking assurances that they confirm that they will offer rental concessions in line with the Code of Conduct and the NSW State Legislation, once legislated.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Palmer, Bennison, Brent, Brooks-Horn, Strassberg, Vissel, Zbik and Morris (Total 8).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 

Officer Reports for Determination

 

Completion of The Canopy Project

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RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Brent and Strassberg that the report be received and noted.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Palmer, Brent, Brooks-Horn, Strassberg, Vissel, Zbik and Morris (Total 7).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

Councillor Scott Bennison left the meeting, the time being 07:56 pm

Councillor Scott Bennison returned to the meeting, the time being 07:57 pm

 

Draft Playground Strategy 2020

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RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Strassberg and Vissel that:-

1.   Council adopt the Draft Playground Strategy dated April 2020 for the purposes of public exhibition;

2.   The Draft Playground Strategy be placed on public exhibition for 6 weeks in accordance with the Consultation Strategy outlined in the report

3.   A further report is submitted to Council following the exhibition period to consider the final Playground Strategy for adoption.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Palmer, Bennison, Brent, Brooks-Horn, Strassberg, Vissel, Zbik and Morris (Total 8).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 

2020/2021 Draft Budget, Fees and Charges and Delivery Program and Operational Plan

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RESOLVED on the of Councillors Bennison and Strassberg that:-

1.   Council adopt for the purpose of public exhibition, the 2020-2021 Draft Budget and Draft Fees and Charges, the Delivery Program 2020-2022, and the Operational Plan 2020-21;

2.   Council undertake community consultation for a period of six (6) weeks as per the consultation strategy outlined in the report; and

3.   Following public exhibition, the Draft Community Strategic Plan, the 2020-2021 Draft Budget and Draft Fees and Charges and the Delivery Program 2020-2022, and the Operational Plan 2020-21, together with a report on any submissions received, be considered at the Council meeting to be held 15 June 2020.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Palmer, Bennison, Brent, Brooks-Horn, Strassberg, Vissel, Zbik and Morris (Total 8).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

Matter Arising

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RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Bennison and Brooks-Horn that in light of the COVID -19 pandemic, Lane Cove Council ask LGNSW on behalf of metropolitan and regional/rural councils to consider a reduction in the annual membership subscription to assist councils most in need.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Palmer, Bennison, Brent, Brooks-Horn, Strassberg, Vissel, Zbik and Morris (Total 8).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 

Local Strategic Planning Statement - Implementation

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

1.   Receive and note the report;

2.   Note the comments provided by the Greater Sydney Commission in its Letter of Support (see AT-2);

3.   Begin a process of implementing the actions in the Local Strategic Planning Statement;

4.   Publish Council’s Local Strategic Planning Statement on its website; and

5.   Advise the Minister for Planning and Open Spaces and the Greater Sydney Commission that there will be a diminishing capacity and necessity, in terms of the North District Plan, for dwelling construction in the Lane Cove LGA beyond the 10+ year period and future Planning by the State should reflect this.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Palmer, Bennison, Brent, Brooks-Horn, Strassberg, Vissel, Zbik and Morris (Total 8).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 

Dog Walking at Blackman Park – Update

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RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Strassberg and Brent Council receive and note this report.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Palmer, Bennison, Brent, Brooks-Horn, Strassberg, Vissel, Zbik and Morris (Total 8).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 

Matter Arising

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RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Vissel and Zbik that Council notify the police in situations where complaints of non-compliance  with COVID-19 restrictions are consistently occurring in particular public places.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Palmer, Bennison, Brent, Brooks-Horn, Strassberg, Vissel, Zbik and Morris (Total 8).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 

March 2020 Traffic Committee Meeting

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RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Brent and Strassberg that Council adopts the recommendations of the Lane Cove Traffic Committee Meeting held on Tuesday, 17 March 2020 subject to the following amendments:

1. Item G4 (Installation of new bus stop on Greenwich Rd) be deferred and Council investigate the necessity for the second stop having regard to safety issues.

2.  Item Y2 (Installation of ‘No Stopping; 6:30am-9:30pm; Mon-Fri’ zone, River Road Greenwich) be deferred and Council explore using the reserve west of Greenwich Public School off River Road as a potential school drop off zone.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Palmer, Bennison, Brent, Brooks-Horn, Strassberg, Vissel, Zbik and Morris (Total 8).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 

Lane Cove Literary Awards Review

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

1.     The Lane Cove Literary Awards 2019: An Anthology be launched after the Library reopens later in the year;

2.     There be no Lane Cove Literary Awards in 2020 due to COVID-19 health measures;

3.     The Lane Cove Literary Awards be run as a bi-annual prize commencing 2021; and

4.     An entry fee be introduced in 2021 to offset the purchase/subscription of an online submission software.

5.     Lane Cove Library staff be commended and thanked for their efforts in making the Land Cove Literary Awards a success.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Palmer, Bennison, Brent, Brooks-Horn, Strassberg, Vissel, Zbik and Morris (Total 8).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 

Sustainability Small Grants Applications - Round 19

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

1.   Approve the funding from the Sustainability Small Grants Program for Manly Warringah Womens Refuge to the value of $5,000; and

2.   Approve the funding from the Sustainability Small Grants Program for the Lane Cove Concert Band to the value of $1,545; and

3.  Give Public Notice of the proposed funding under Round 19 of the Sustainability             Small Grants Program, and subject to no objections being received, grant the             funds as outlined above.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Palmer, Bennison, Brent, Brooks-Horn, Strassberg, Vissel, Zbik and Morris (Total 8).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 

OLG Councillor Superannuation Discussion Paper

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RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Strassberg and Zbik that Council advise the Office of Local Government that consideration of the issues be deferred until such time as the COVID-19 crisis and economic impacts abate.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Palmer, Bennison, Brent, Brooks-Horn, Strassberg, Vissel, Zbik and Morris (Total 8).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

 

Council Snapshot March 2020

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RESOLVED on the motion of Councillors Vissel and Strassberg that the report be received and noted subject to noting that Jacky Barker was the fifth speaker at the International Women’s Day breakfast and Councillor Brent’s first name is spelt with a K.

 

For the Motion were Councillors Palmer, Bennison, Brent, Brooks-Horn, Strassberg, Vissel, Zbik and Morris (Total 8).

Against the Motion was Nil (Total 0).

  

CLOSE

 

The meeting closed at 8:56pm

 

Confirmed at the Ordinary Council Meeting of 18 May 2020, at which meeting the signature herein is subscribed.

 

 

MAYOR

 

 

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