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Extraordinary Meeting of Council

20 May 2016

The meeting commences at 8.30am.




Notice of Meeting


Dear Councillors


Notice is given of the Extraordinary Meeting of Council, to be held in the Council Chambers, 48 Longueville Rd, Lane Cove on Friday 20 May 2016 commencing at 8:30am. The business to be transacted at the meeting is included in this business paper.


Craig - GMYours faithfully





Craig Wrightson

General Manager


Council Meeting Procedures


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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 20 May 2016













public forum


Members of the public may address the Extraordinary Meeting of Council on any issue for three (3) minutes.


Orders Of The Day


Officer Reports for Determination


1.       Fit for the Future - Consideration of Council's Legal Options  







Extraordinary Meeting of Council Meeting 20 May 2016

Fit for the Future - Consideration of Council's Legal Options



Subject:          Fit for the Future - Consideration of Council's Legal Options    

Record No:    SU5558 - 29341/16

Division:         Corporate Services Division

Author(s):      Craig Dalli 



Executive Summary


At the Ordinary Council Meeting of 16 May 2016 Council considered a report titled Fit for the Future - Legal Action Initiated by NSW Councils” and resolved to:-

“1.  Receive and note the information;

2.   Write to the Hon. Fred Nile and express gratitude for presenting a Private Members Bill to the Legislative Council on Thursday, 12 May 2016;

3.   Schedule a workshop for this Thursday, 19 May 2016 to allow a briefing from Council’s legal representative in relation to the NCAT hearing scheduled for  Wednesday, 18 May 2016 and the consideration of other legal options resulting from the NCAT hearings and other councils pending legal actions;

4.   Give notice of an Extraordinary Meeting scheduled to be held Friday, 20 May 2016 to determine what course of action Council will take in view of the proposed mergers announced by the Minister for Local Government on Thursday, 12 May 2016; and

5.   Write to all the Federal candidates of the major parties including Senator Nick Xenophon, running in the State of NSW in the upcoming Federal election to seek their support for constitutional recognition of Local Government.”


Council will receive information on the outcomes of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) proceedings scheduled for 18 May 2016 in relation to the Government Information Public Access (GIPA) Application lodged by Councillor Bennison with the Department of Premier and Cabinet for access to the KPMG “Outline of Financial Modelling Assumptions for Local Government Merger Proposals” Technical Paper.  Additionally, Council will be provided updated legal advice on the pending legal actions being pursued by other councils in response to merger proposals. 





That Council consider and determine its course of action in response to the merger proposal.







Craig Dalli

Executive Manager - Corporate Services

Corporate Services Division




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