Council Meeting

22 October 2019

 

Minutes of Ordinary Council Meeting held on 22 October 2019 at                            Ashfield Service Centre

 

Meeting commenced at 6.30pm

 

Present:

Darcy Byrne

Marghanita Da Cruz Mark Drury

Sam Iskandar

Tom Kiat

Pauline Lockie

Victor Macri

Julie Passas

Rochelle Porteous

John Stamolis

Louise Steer
Michael Deegan

Elizabeth Richardson

Mayor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Operating Officer, Director Development and Recreation

Cathy Edwards-Davis

Director Infrastructure

Daryl Jackson

Chief Financial Officer

Katherine Paixao

Darcie Huisman

Governance  Coordinator

Governance Officer

 

APOLOGIES:       

 

Motion: (Kiat/Macri)

 

THAT apologies from Councillors Hesse, McKenna OAM, Raciti and York be accepted.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Drury, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, Passas, Porteous, Stamolis and Steer

Against Motion:          Nil

 

DISCLOSURES OF INTERESTS:

 

Councillor Stamolis declared a non-pecuniary, non-significant interest in Item 22 - Mayoral Minute: Marine Area Command removal of Jubilee Place Parking as he lives in the area and uses parking.

 

Councillor Kiat declared a non-pecuniary, significant interest in Item 5 - 74 Carlton Crescent, Summer Hill - Supplementary Report to Sydney Eastern Planning Panel as his employer has a long standing and ongoing campaign in relation to Ambulance stations in Sydney and he will leave the Chamber during discussion and voting.  

 

Motion: (Macri/Drury)

 

THAT Council note the disclosures of interest.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Drury, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, Passas, Porteous, Stamolis and Steer

Against Motion:          Nil

 

 

 

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES

 

Motion: (Macri/Steer)

 

That the Minutes of the Council Meeting held on Tuesday, 8 October 2019 be confirmed.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Drury, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, Passas, Porteous, Stamolis and Steer

Against Motion:          Nil

 

 

PUBLIC FORUM

 

The registered speakers were asked to address the meeting. The list of speakers is available on the last page of these minutes.

 

 

C1019(2) Item 22         Mayoral Minute: Marine Area Command removal of Jubilee Place           Parking

Motion: (Byrne)

 

THAT Council:

 

1.   Oppose the removal of parking spaces on Jubilee Place Balmain by the NSW Police Marine Area Command (MAC);

2.   Negotiate with MAC to dedicate Jubilee Place to Council as public road, as per the original conditions of consent;

3.   Investigate alternate options which would prevent any net loss of parking as well as regulating long term parking on Jubilee Place; and

4.   Investigate options for shared zone parking on Jubilee Place to allow cars to park partly on the curb, as exists in many Balmain Streets, to allow greater passageway for MAC vehicles.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Drury, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, Passas, Porteous, Stamolis and Steer

Against Motion:           Nil

 

C1019(2) Item 23         Mayoral Minute: Continuation of Leichhardt Espresso Chorus       fee waiver

Motion: (Byrne)

 

THAT Council:

 

1.   Waive the additional $5,435 in fees being levied upon the Leichhardt Espresso Chorus to hold their annual Carols in Pioneers Memorial Park in 2019;

2.   Consider triennial grant funding process as part of the events review, to allow events such as the Carols on Norton to plan with greater certainty; and

3.   Express thanks to Leichhardt Espresso Chorus for the wonderful community service they have provided over many years to the local community.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Drury, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, Passas, Porteous, Stamolis and Steer

Against Motion:          Nil

 

 

Suspension of Standing Orders

 

Motion: (Porteous/Steer)

 

THAT Council Suspend Standing Orders to deal with Items 5 and 9.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Da Cruz, Kiat, Lockie, Porteous, Stamolis and Steer

Against Motion:          Crs Byrne, Drury, Iskandar, Macri and Passas

 

 

Councillor Kiat left the Meeting at 7:21 pm as he declared a non-pecuniary, significant interest for Item 5 - 74 Carlton Crescent, Summer Hill - Supplementary Report to Sydney Eastern Planning Panel and he left the Chamber during discussion and voting. 

 

 

C1019(2) Item 5            74 Carlton Crescent, Summer Hill - Supplementary Report to         Sydney Eastern Planning Panel

Motion: (Macri/Passas)

 

THAT Council note the submission of amended plans and additional information for the proposed development and the further recommendations of assessment staff.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Drury, Iskandar, Lockie, Macri, Passas, Stamolis and Steer

Against Motion:          Cr Porteous

Absent:                        Cr Kiat

 

 

Councillor Kiat returned to the Meeting at 7:24 pm.

 

C1019(2) Item 9            Notice of Motion: Fitzroy Avenue Balmain

Motion: (Byrne/Stamolis)

 

THAT Council:

 

1.    Cease work on extending the bushcare site at Elkington Park, Fitzroy Avenue and clean up the existing bushcare site including reinstating the grass which has been poisoned where the extension was to take place;

 

2.    Continue to maintain the bushcare site and Elkington Park which borders Fitzroy Avenue;

 

3.    Investigate the state of the trees growing out of the wall at Elkington Park and advise whether the trees are compromising the integrity of the rock wall; and

 

4.    Investigate whether there is another bushcare site that can be established within Elkington Park.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Drury, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, Passas, Porteous, Stamolis and Steer

Against Motion:          Nil

 

 

 

Resumption of Standing Orders

 

Motion: (Byrne/Macri)

 

THAT Standing Orders be Resumed.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Drury, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, Passas, Porteous, Stamolis and Steer

Against Motion:          Nil

 

 

C1019(2) Item 2            Post Exhibition Report - Draft Amendments to the (Precinct 47)    Victoria Road Precinct Component of the Marrickville       Development Control Plan 2011 and the Draft (Precinct 47) Victoria Road Precinct Sub-plan Amendment to the Marrickville        Contributions Plan 2014

Motion: (Macri/Passas)

 

THAT Council:

 

1.    Adopt the proposed amendments to the Marrickville Contributions Plan 2014 for the Victoria Road Precinct 47 Sub-plan and associated necessary administrative changes; and the proposed amendments to the Marrickville Development Control Plan 2011 for the Part 9.47 Victoria Road Precinct component; and

 

2.    Give public notice of its adoption of these revised planning documents.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Drury, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, Passas, Porteous, Stamolis and Steer

Against Motion:          Nil

 

 

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

8.03pm - The Mayor, Clr Byrne adjourned the meeting for a short recess.

8.06pm– The Mayor, Clr Byrne resumed the meeting.

 

C1019(2) Item 3            Proposal for the re-establishment of Alcohol Free Zones in Marrickville, Sydenham and Newtown

Motion: (Kiat/Steer)

 

THAT Council defer adoption of the Alcohol Free Zones pending a report back to Council in November 2019 following engagement through the social and cultural planning team with local community groups, neighbourhood centres, community legal centres and other interested groups for the development of alternative strategies to address any anti-social use of alcohol in these spaces, so that the criminalisation of residents drinking in public spaces can be avoided if possible.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Da Cruz, Kiat, Lockie, Porteous, Stamolis and Steer

Against Motion:          Crs Byrne, Drury, Iskandar, Macri and Passas

 

 

Amendment (Macri/Passas)

 

THAT the alcohol free zones within the Marrickville Ward be approved.

 

Motion Lost

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Drury, Iskandar, Macri and Passas

Against Motion:          Crs Da Cruz, Kiat, Lockie, Porteous, Stamolis and Steer

 

 

Foreshadowed Motion: (Byrne/Macri)

 

THAT:

 

1.       Pursuant to Section 644B of the Local Government Act, 1993, an Alcohol-Free       Zone be re-established at the following locations in accordance with the        advertised          proposal:

 

          Location 1 - Marrickville

a)   Marrickville Road (between Malakoff Street and Gladstone Street);

b)   Alex Trevallion Plaza;

c)   Malakoff Street (between Marrickville Road and Broadleys Lane);

d)   Despointes Street (between Marrickville Road and Broadleys Lane);

e)   Illawarra Road (between Marrickville Road and Tuohy Lane);

f)    The Calvert Street car park;

g)   Tuohy Lane (east-west section);

 

          Location 2 - Sydenham:

a)   The streets, laneways and footpaths within Sydenham Green Park;

b)   The footpaths areas outside the General Gordon Hotel and Sydenham Railway Station (on the eastern side of Gleeson Avenue, between Railway Parade and Unwins Bridge Road and on the southern side of Burrows Avenue, between Gleeson Avenue and Swain Street, Sydenham).

 

          Location 3 - Newtown:

a)  Newtown Square on King Street, Newtown;

b) Northern side of King Street (Newtown Square to Mary Street), Newtown;

 

          Location 4 - Newtown:

a)   Bailey Street (between Enmore Road and Holt Street), Newtown;

b)   Holt Street (between King Street and the road closure), Newtown; and

c)   Goddard Street (between Bailey Street and King Street), Newtown.

 

2.       The duration of the Alcohol-Free Zones be for four years, 24 hours per day   unless otherwise suspended or cancelled by the Council;

 

3.       The Alcohol-Free Zone in Marrickville be suspended during the holding of the       annual Marrickville Festival; and

 

4.       In addition to the Alcohol-Free Zones in the above streets, the prohibition of the           consumption of alcohol in the laneways and footpaths of Sydenham Green which         are zoned Public Recreation RE1 be approved, between sunset and   11.00am, in         accordance with the provision of Section 632 of the Local     Government Act, 1993         through the installation of suitable signs within the     park.

 

 

This Foreshadowed Motion lapsed.

 

C1019(2) Item 4            Local Traffic Committee Meeting held on 8 October 2019

Motion: (Stamolis/Lockie)

 

THAT the Minutes of the Local Traffic Committee Meeting held on 8 October 2019 be received and the recommendations be adopted.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Drury, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, Passas, Porteous, Stamolis and Steer

Against Motion:          Nil

 

C1019(2) Item 6            Update on Ashfield Pool

Motion: (Drury/Lockie)

 

THAT Council receive and note the report.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Drury, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, Porteous, Stamolis and Steer

Against Motion:          Cr Passas

 

 

Councillor Passas left the Meeting at 8:21pm.

Councillor Passas returned to the Meeting at 8:30pm.

 

 

C1019(2) Item 7            Budget Savings Tracking Summary

Motion: (Drury/Lockie)

 

THAT Council:

 

1.    Receive and note the Year to Date Budget Savings Tracking Report for September 2019; and

 

2.    Receive a full written report on the proposed savings at the next Ordinary Council meeting.

 

 

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Drury, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, Passas, Porteous, Stamolis and Steer

Against Motion:          Nil

 

 

Amendment (Kiat/Steer)

THAT Council receive a full written report on the proposed savings at the next Ordinary Council meeting.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Da Cruz, Kiat, Lockie, Porteous, Stamolis and Steer

Against Motion:          Crs Byrne, Drury, Iskandar, Macri and Passas

 

As the Amendment was carried, it was incorporated into the Primary Motion.

 

Councillor Macri left the Meeting at 8:40pm.

Councillor Macri returned to the Meeting at 8:43pm.

 

C1019(2) Item 8            Investment Report as at 30 September 2019

Motion: (Drury/Stamolis)

 

THAT Council:

 

1.    Receive and note the report; and

 

2.    Introduce a new table in the main body of the report detailing the allocation of the investment reserves of Council.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Drury, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, Passas, Porteous, Stamolis and Steer

Against Motion:          Nil

 

 

 

Amendment (Stamolis/Porteous)

 

THAT Council introduce a new table in the main body of the report detailing the allocation of the investment reserves of Council.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Da Cruz, Kiat, Lockie, Passas, Porteous, Stamolis and Steer

Against Motion:          Crs Byrne, Drury, Iskandar and Macri

 

As the Amendment was carried, it was incorporated into the Primary Motion.

 

C1019(2) Item 10         Notice of Motion: Petersham Oval Grandstand re-naming

Motion: (Macri/Byrne)

 

THAT Council defer this item until the next Ordinary Council meeting.  

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Drury, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, Passas, Porteous, Stamolis and Steer

Against Motion:          Nil

 

 

C1019(2) Item 11         Notice of Motion: Marrickville Library

Motion: (Macri/Passas)

 

THAT Council investigate a solution for shade in the children’s play area in the new Marrickville Library as in the middle of the day it has too much exposure to direct sun and also, the western Summer sun is having an impact to the cafe.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Drury, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, Passas, Porteous, Stamolis and Steer

Against Motion:          Nil

 

C1019(2) Item 12         Notice of Motion: 370 Bus Service

Motion: (Da Cruz/Steer)

 

THAT Council:

 

1.    Writes to the Minister for Transport asking what is being done to address the unreliability of the 370 bus service and to ensure all buses put on this and other routes in the Inner West are appropriately fitted to safely and conveniently carry passengers with prams, wheelchairs, walking frames and shopping trolleys; and identifies toilet stops for drivers, buses taking off too soon (possibly to keep to unrealistic timetables given the congestion on the route) and reviewing the visibility of bus stops and passengers waiting for buses during the day or night as residents have reported buses not stopping; and

 

2.    Investigates the visibility at the two bus stops at 479 King Street (near Camden Street) and 615 King St (bus stops between Camden St and Lord Street - last two bus stops at southern end of King Street) Newtown.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Drury, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, Passas, Porteous, Stamolis and Steer

Against Motion:          Nil

 

C1019(2) Item 13         Notice of Motion: DA Transparency

Motion: (Macri/Passas)

 

THAT Council publish online reports, referrals and determinations of DA’s on the DA online tracking system.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Drury, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, Passas, Porteous, Stamolis and Steer

Against Motion:          Nil

 

Councillor Iskandar left the Meeting at 9:04 pm.

Councillor Iskandar returned to the Meeting at 9:09 pm.

 

C1019(2) Item 14         Notice of Motion: Ferry Services for Balmain and Annandale

Motion: (Byrne/Porteous)

 

THAT Council write to the Minister for Transport and the Member for Balmain in support of a return of ferries to Elliot Street Wharf, and new public ferry services for Annandale and include in this communication that Council express its support for the trial of an additional 'on-demand' ferry service for Balmain, noting that as of Sunday 20 October there had been 600 trips, and reiterate its position that all public transport, including 'on-demand' public transport, should be publicly operated and Opal compatible.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Drury, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, Passas, Porteous, Stamolis and Steer

Against Motion:          Nil    

 

C1019(2) Item 15         Notice of Motion: Learn to Swim

Motion: (Byrne/Porteous)

 

THAT a review of the chronic problems with the Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre Learn to Swim enrolment system be conducted and recommendations on how they can be resolved be reported to the 10 December Ordinary Council meeting.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Drury, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, Passas, Porteous, Stamolis and Steer

Against Motion:          Nil

C1019(2) Item 16         Notice of Motion: Councillors to be Kept Informed

Motion: (Passas/Stamolis)

 

THAT

 

1.    Councillors be given reports on what is happening in their wards, of all works that are currently in progress and works or changes that are proposed; and

 

2.    A summary of Council resolutions be published, the regular fortnightly councillor email update be re-established and an outline of the project update and reporting system be provided to councillors.

 

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

9.28pm - The Mayor, Clr Byrne adjourned the meeting for a short recess.

9.35pm– The Mayor, Clr Byrne resumed the meeting.

 

Councillor Passas left the Meeting at 9:28pm.

 

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Drury, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, Porteous, Stamolis and Steer

Against Motion:          Nil

Absent:                        Cr Passas

 

 

Amendment (Byrne/Da Cruz)

 

THAT a summary of council resolutions be published, the regular fortnightly councillor email update be re-established and an outline of the project update and reporting system be provided to councillors.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Drury, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, Porteous, Stamolis and Steer

Against Motion:          Nil

Absent:                        Cr Passas

 

As the amendment was carried, it was incorporated into the Primary Motion.

 

Councillor Passas re-entered the Meeting at 9:37pm.

 

C1019(2) Item 17         Notice of Motion: Edge Costs

Motion: (Passas/Stamolis)

 

THAT:

 

1.    Council receive a report on the costing of EDGE and its success or otherwise, ie attendance, feedback from the public; and

 

2.    The report in point 1 come back to Council after the conclusion of EDGE 2019 (noting EDGE Newtown commences on 7 November) to ensure that Councillors have a complete review of the whole festival.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Drury, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, Passas, Porteous, Stamolis and Steer

Against Motion:          Nil

 

C1019(2) Item 18         Notice of Motion: Stray Cats

Motion: (Passas/Macri)

 

THAT Council introduce a policy where when requested, Council remove the stray cats as we currently do with stray dogs, in line with Council’s obligations under the Companion Animals Act 1998.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Drury, Iskandar, Lockie, Macri, Passas, Porteous, Stamolis and Steer

Against Motion:          Cr Kiat

 

C1019(2) Item 19         Notice of Motion: "Jesus" is the reason for the Season

Motion: (Passas/Macri)

 

THAT Council:

 

1.    Consider Christmas events as implemented in the past by the three former Council areas as part of the Council report on the Events review; and

 

2.    Recognises the importance of all religious and cultural events reflecting the diversity of Inner West LGA  and reports to Councillors on how such diversity can be recognised in Council events.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Drury, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, Passas, Porteous and Steer

Against Motion:          Cr Stamolis

 

 

Amendment (Steer/Lockie)

 

THAT Council recognises the importance of all religious and cultural events reflecting the diversity of Inner West LGA  and reports to Councillors on how such diversity can be recognised in Council events.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Da Cruz, Drury, Kiat, Lockie, Porteous and Steer

Against Motion:          Crs Byrne, Iskandar, Macri, Passas and Stamolis

 

As the amendment was carried, it was incorporated into the Primary Motion.

 

C1019(2) Item 20         Notice of Motion: Debt to Council

Motion: (Passas/Macri)

 

THAT Council receive a report on outstanding debt to Council ie. rate fees etc. and what action taken to recover funds.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Drury, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, Passas, Porteous, Stamolis and Steer

Against Motion:          Nil

 

Councillor Drury requested that the meeting consider an Urgency Motion with regards to Yeo Park Fencing.

 

Motion: (Drury/Byrne)

 

THAT the Motion be considered as a matter of urgency.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Drury, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, Porteous, Stamolis and Steer

Against Motion:          Cr Passas

 

 

The Mayor, Councillor Byrne, declared this matter was urgent.

 

 

Urgency Motion: Yeo Park Fencing

 

Motion: (Drury/Byrne)

 

THAT Council:

 

1.    Calls for an immediate halt to the construction of a fence in Yeo Park by the NSW Department of Education; and

 

2.    Request the Chief Executive Officer to immediately seek talks with the Department to find a compromise that will not put a ugly fence in the middle of our park and continue to provide community access.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Drury, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, Porteous, Stamolis and Steer

Against Motion:          Cr Passas

 

Councillor Passas requested that the meeting consider an Urgency Motion with regards to Netball Courts on Hawthorne Parade Haberfield.

 

The Mayor, Councillor Byrne, declared the matter was not urgent as the Chief Executive Officer confirmed that planning was proceeding to build the fence prior to Christmas 2019.

 

 

Meeting closed at 10.15pm.

 

 

Public Speakers:

 

 

Item #

 

Speaker             

Suburb

Item 5:

Kate Bartlett

Sydney

Item 9:

Judy Woods

Megan Donnelly

Denise Wee

Balmain

Balmain

Balmain

Item 22:

Richard Gould

Peter Hanron Smith

Hugh Nguyen

Balmain

Balmain East

Balmain

Urgency Motion: Yeo Park fencing

Luke Buckle

Lindsay Cohen

Ashbury

Summer Hill

Urgency Motion:

Netball Courts

Liliana Sanacore

Haberfield