Below is a quick summary of the meeting agenda:
Members of the public may address the Council Meeting on any issue for 3 minutes.
CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES
1. ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING - 24 AUGUST 2023
2. MAYORAL MINUTE - STRIVING FOR BEST PRACTICE AND EFFECTIVE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN OUR COMMUNITY, COUNCILLORS AND COUNCIL OFFICERS
In this Mayoral Minute I raise several ideas on how to improve the relationship between Councillors, Council Officers and our Community.
The relationship between Councillors and Council Officers is unique and complex. The Mayoral Minute aims to summarise how this relationship is to function as guided by the Local Government Act and the NSW Councillor Handbook.
A concerning trend is evolving where some residents and some resident groups in our community campaign for certain actions to be taken by Councillors. Some of the actions requested do not follow due process which then confer risk personally onto Councillors.
There are a few resolutions that have come before Council in a meeting which in my opinion are operational in nature and should not have been considered by Councillors. These matters are appropriate for Council Officers to attend to who have the necessary skills, experience and expertise.
ORDERS OF THE DAY
3. ELECTION OF MAYOR AND DEPUTY MAYOR Both positions of Mayor and Deputy Mayor will be open for election. I shall be nominating again for the position of Mayor.
NOTICES OF MOTIO
4. NOTICE OF MOTION - SUPPORT FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION IN THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT SECTOR Proposal to advocate to the NSW State Government to increase support for public early childhood education services, support councils to expand high-quality early childhood education and care; and bargaining with the United Services Union and its members in good faith to achieve an increase to wages for early childhood educators above inflation.
5. NOTICE OF MOTION - OPERATING MODELS FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION FACILITIES IN LANE COVE Proposal that as each council owned but privately operated early childhood education facility contract expires or comes up for renewal, a report is prepared evaluating the current operating model and comparing it to a council run model.
OFFICER REPORTS FOR DETERMINATION
6. SUSTAINABILITY REVIEW OF COUNCILS DEVELOPMENT CONTROL PLAN EXHIBITION OUTCOMES Proposal that Council adopt the updated Development Control Plan with a greater emphasis on sustainable building initiatives in new builds and renovations.
7. 5G CELL TOWERS REQUEST FOR INFORMATION - UPDATE An update on correspondence received following Council's earlier resolution in July 2023.
8. JEAN MITCHELL LUCRETIA BATHS RESTORATION Proposal for Council to determine if it will proceed with preparation of documentation for TfNSW permission to lodge a DA to renovate the Baths.
9. OPENING OF WADANGGARI PARK AND ST LEONARDS LIBRARY This report outlines the details of the official opening of Wadanggari Park and St Leonards Library.
10. DRAFT VOLUNTARY PLANNING AGREEMENT FOR 524 - 542 PACIFIC HIGHWAY, ST LEONARDS Proposal to give notice of its intention to enter into a Voluntary Planning Agreement as outlined in the report with Home the developer of 524 – 542 Pacific Highway, St Leonards.
11. INVESTMENT POLICY REVIEW Council to determine whether it wants to pursue the Revised Draft Investment Policy, noting that if it does wish to proceed it would be appropriate to endorse the document and have it publicly exhibited for a period of 6 weeks, providing an opportunity for community feedback on the matter.
12. COMMUNITY CONSULTATION RESULTS ON THE REVISED WORKS SCHEDULE - LANE COVE SECTION 7.11 CONTRIBUTIONS PLAN Proposal that Council adopt the Revised Works Schedule, for the Lane Cove Section 7.11 (formerly s94) Contributions Plan. These are the list of projects to be funded by developer contributions.
13. 2023 AUSTRALIAN LIVEABILITY CENSUS That Council note and receive a report about the Australian Liveability Census. he 2023 Australian Liveability Census provided an opportunity for Council to compare the Lane Cove Community’s perceptions of liveability, community values and attributes against neighbourhoods across Australia. It also allows us to measure the area’s performance from the previous survey two years ago. The results are extremely positive for Lane Cove and provide an external assessment and reference of the Community’s, and Council’s, efforts to create a “Liveable Lane Cove”, and to “Love Where You Live”T.
14. 2023 LOCAL GOVERNMENT NSW CONFERENCE VOTING DELEGATES That Council nominate the three (3) Councillors that will be the voting delegates for motions before the 2023 LGNSW Annual Conference.
15. NEW INDEPENDENT MEMBERS OF THE AUDIT, RISK AND IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE Proposal that Council endorse the appointment of the new applicants to the Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee as Independent Members.
16. SYNTHETIC TURF SURFACES IN LANE COVE LGA Proposal that Council commence the process for the disposal and replacement of the two Blackman Park synthetic fields to be undertaken in the 2024/25 financial year.
17. GREENWICH BATHS LEASE ARRANGEMENTS Proposal that Council enter into a lease with BlueFit for a term of 5 years.
18. COMMUNITY CONSULTATION RESULTS ON THE DRAFT FRAUD AND CORRUPTION PREVENTION POLICY AND STRATEGY Proposal that Council adopt the Draft Fraud and Corruption Prevention Policy and the Draft Fraud and Corruption Prevention Strategy.
19. COUNCILLOR REPRESENTATION ON COUNCIL ADVISORY COMMITTEES AND OTHER EXTERNAL ORGANISATIONS TO SEPTEMBER 2024 Proposal that Council determine Councillor representation on Advisory Committees and External Organisations for the period ending September 2024.
20. COMMITTEE MEMBER APPOINTMENTS - THEATRE SPACE PLANNING REFERENCE GROUP & DOG ADVISORY COMMITTEE Proposal that Council endorse the appointment of the new applicants to the above mentioned Committees.
21. COMMUNITY CONSULTATION RESULTS AND FINALISATION OF THE REVIEW OF WARD BOUNDARIES Council adopts the proposed Ward Boundary Adjustment. Unfortunately, that means more residents of West Ward will now be in Central Ward. I will still help with any matter I can :)
OFFICER REPORTS FOR INFORMATION
22. COUNCIL SNAPSHOT AUGUST 2023 Many random facts about Council. Such as cash in bank is $123,310,641.69, it takes on average 68 days to process a development application and Council planted 880 plants on nature strips.
MATTERS RECOMMENDED BY THE GENERAL MANAGER TO BE CONSIDERED IN CLOSED COMMITTEE
23. SENIOR STAFF MATTERS This is in relation to the annual review of the General Manager which must come before Council.