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Council Meeting

                            

TUESDAY 21 NOVEMBER 2023

 

6.30pm

 


Council Meeting

21 November 2023

 

Live Streaming of Council Meeting

 

In the spirit of open, accessible and transparent government, this meeting of the Inner West Council is being streamed live on Council’s website. By speaking at a Council meeting, members of the public agree to being recorded and must ensure their speech to the Council is respectful and use appropriate language. A person who uses defamatory, discriminatory or offensive language may be exposed to liability for which Council takes no responsibility. Any part of this meeting that is held in closed session will not be recorded

 

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You will be contacted by Governance Staff to confirm your registration. If you indicated that you will speak online, you will be provided with a link to the online meeting. Your request will then be added to a list that is shown to the Chairperson on the night of the meeting.

 

Where Items are deferred, Council reserves the right to defer speakers until that Item is heard on the next occasion.

 

Accessibility

 

Inner West Council is committed to ensuring people with a disability have equal opportunity to take part in Council and Committee Meetings. At the Ashfield Council Chambers there is a hearing loop service available to assist persons with a hearing impairment. If you have any other access or disability related participation needs and wish to know more, call 9392 5657.

 

Persons in the public gallery are advised that under the Local Government Act 1993, a person may NOT record a Council meeting without the permission of Council.

 

Any persons found recording without authority will be expelled from the meeting.

 

“Record” includes the use of any form of audio, video and still camera equipment or mobile phone capable of recording speech.

 

An audio recording of this meeting will be taken for the purpose of verifying the accuracy of the minutes.  

 

 

               

 

 

 

Statement of Ethical Obligations

 

The Mayor and Councillors are bound by the Oath/ Affirmation of Office made at the start of the Council term to undertake their civic duties in the best interests of the people of the Inner West Council and to faithfully and impartially carry out the functions, powers, authorities and discretions vested in them under the Local Government Act or any other Act, to the best of their skill and judgement.

 

It is also a requirement that the Mayor and Councillors disclose conflicts of interest in relation to items listed for consideration on the Agenda or which are considered at this meeting in accordance with Council’s Code of Conduct and Code of Meeting Practice.

 

 

 

   


Council Meeting

21 November 2023

 

 

AGENDA

 

VOLUME 1 OF 2

 

1          Acknowledgement of Country

 

2          Apologies and Request for Remote Attendance

 

3          Notice of Webcasting

 

4          Disclosures of Interest (Part 4 (Pecuniary Interests) and Part 5 (non-pecuniary conflicts of interest) of Council’s Code of Conduct)  

 

5          Moment of Quiet Contemplation

 

6          Confirmation of Minutes                                                                                          Page

Minutes of 10 October 2023 Council                                                                                7

 

7          Public Forum – Hearing from All Registered Speakers

8          Condolence Motions

 

Nil at the time of printing.

9          Mayoral Minutes

 

Nil at the time of printing.

10        Reports for Council Decision

 

ITEM                                                                                                                                     Page

 

C1123(1) Item 1       Quarter one - Progress report on the Delivery Program 2022-26 and Operational Plan 2023/24 and Quarterly Budget Review Statement    34

C1123(1) Item 2       Annual Report 2022/23 including audited financial statements          135

C1123(1) Item 3       Post Exhibition - Privacy, Data Breach and Access to Information Policies    403

C1123(1) Item 4       Post Exhibition Report - Procurement Policy, Disposals Policy and Statement of Business Ethics                                                                                    436

C1123(1) Item 5       Post Exhibition - Amended Voluntary Planning Agreements Policy   482

C1123(1) Item 6       Post Exhibition - Draft Customer Experience Strategy                        509

C1123(1) Item 7       Updated Site Specific Development Control Plan for Haberfield        538

C1123(1) Item 8       Draft Planning Proposal: Heritage Pubs                                              562

C1123(1) Item 9       Update on Reconciliation Action Plan                                                  585

C1123(1) Item 10     Establishment of Alcohol-Free Zone - Loyalty Square Balmain          593

C1123(1) Item 11     Local Traffic Committee Meeting - 16 October 2023                           597

C1123(1) Item 12     Audit Risk and Improvement Committee Minutes                               613

 

 

 

VOLUME 2 OF 2

11        Reports for Noting

 

ITEM                                                                                                                                     Page

 

C1123(1) Item 13     Inner West FOGO Food Recycling Monthly Update                           618

C1123(1) Item 14     Investment Report at 30 September 2023                                           626

C1123(1) Item 15     Investment Report at 31 October 2023                                                654

C1123(1) Item 16     Statistical Report on Code of Conduct Complaints 1 September 2022 to 31 August 2023                                                                                         680

C1123(1) Item 17     LGBTQ+ Annual Program of Events                                                    684

C1123(1) Item 18     Mandatory Reporting of Fire Safety Reports to Council from Fire and Rescue NSW                                                                                                     687

 

12        Rescission Motions

 

ITEM                                                                                                                                     Page

 

C1123(1) Item 19     Notice of Motion to Rescind: C0823(1) Item 8 Draft Rozelle Public Domain Masterplan - Community Consultation Commencement - 8 August 2023       692

 

13        Notices of Motion

 

ITEM                                                                                                                                     Page

 

C1123(1) Item 20     Notice of Motion: Mort Bay Swimming Site                                         693

C1123(1) Item 21     Notice of Motion: Statement of Ethical Obligations                             694

C1123(1) Item 22     Notice of Motion: Supporting peace in Gaza and Palestine                696

C1123(1) Item 23     Notice of Motion: Early Childhood Learning                                        698

C1123(1) Item 24     Notice of Motion: Ongoing Delays with the WestConnex St Peters Interchange Parkland                                                                                               701

C1123(1) Item 25     Notice of Motion: Demerger                                                                 710

C1123(1) Item 26     Notice of Motion: Congratulations to Inner West Council staff on winning the AR Bluett Award                                                                                         713

C1123(1) Item 27     Notice of Motion: Improved access and use of Centenary Park Croydon 714

C1123(1) Item 28     Notice of Motion: Improved Amenity Gough Park, Ashfield                715

C1123(1) Item 29     Notice of Motion: Proposed flight path changes relating to Kingsford Smith Airport (KSA) and Western Sydney International Airport (WSI)          717

C1123(1) Item 30     Notice of Motion: Haberfield - Application of Planning Principles       718

C1123(1) Item 31     Notice of Motion: Recognition of Dulwich Hill Women's Cycling Pioneer Margaret McLachlan                                                                             719

C1123(1) Item 32     Notice of Motion: ParaMatildas - Celebrating Diversity in Sport International Day of People with a Disability 2023                                                           721

C1123(1) Item 33     Notice of Motion: Support for Local Multicultural Businesses and Organisations 723

C1123(1) Item 34     Notice of Motion: Review of Youth Library Engagement                     725

 

14        Questions From Councillors

 

ITEM                                                                                                                                     Page

 

C1123(1) Item 35     Question on Notice: New Recycling                                                    727

C1123(1) Item 36     Question on Notice: Asset Quality: Footpaths                                     729

C1123(1) Item 37     Question on Notice: Parks Maintenance, Cycle Lanes and Mayoral letter      731

C1123(1) Item 38     Question on Notice: Communication of FOGO Rollout                       732

 

15        Reports with Confidential Information

 

Reports appearing in this section of the Business Paper are confidential in their entirety or contain confidential information in attachments.

 

The confidential information has been circulated separately.

ITEM                                                                                                                                     Page

 

C1123(1) Item 39     Question on Notice: Inner West Council Investment Policy

C1123(1) Item 40     Major Capital Projects Committee and Project Summary Report       733

C1123(1) Item 41     Quarterly Strategic Investment Property Report – October 2023       771

C1123(1) Item 42     Update on the Audit of Council land for development of affordable housing   772

C1123(1) Item 43     Managed Azure Cloud Services                                                          774

 


Council Meeting

21 November 2023

 

 

Minutes of Ordinary Council Meeting held on 10 October 2023 at Ashfield Service Centre

 

Meeting commenced at 6.30pm

 

 

 

 

 

Present:

Darcy Byrne

Chloe Smith

Liz Atkins

Marghanita Da Cruz

Jessica D’Arienzo

Mark Drury

Dylan Griffiths

Mathew Howard

Justine Langford

Pauline Lockie

Philippa Scott

Kobi Shetty

 

John Stamolis

Timothy Stephens

Zoi Tsardoulias
Peter Gainsford

Simone Plummer

Mayor

Deputy Mayor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor (attended via audio-visual link) (attended in person from 6.54pm)

Councillor (attended via audio-visual link)

Councillor

Councillor (6.32pm)

General Manager

Director Planning

Ryann Midei

Director Infrastructure

Ruth Callaghan

Kelly Loveridge

Matthew Pearce

George Georgakis

Erin White

Chris Sleiman

David Daniels

Scott Mullen

Daniel East

Ken Welsh

Melanie Gurney

 

Manod Wickramasinghe

Director Community

Director Corporate

General Counsel

Governance Manager

Manager Resource Recovery and Fleet Services

Acting Chief Financial Officer

Audit Office NSW

Strategic Investments and Property Manager

Acting Senior Manager Strategic Planning

Coordinator Strategic Transport Planning

Senior Manager Customer Experience and Service Transformation

Traffic and Transport Planning Manager

Katherine Paixao

Pamela MacIntyre

Business Paper Coordinator

Business Paper Officer

 

APOLOGIES AND REQUEST FOR REMOTE PARTICIPATION:    

 

Motion: (Lockie/Stephens)

 

1.    That apologies for lateness from Councillor Tsardoulias be accepted.

 

2.    That Council accept Councillor Stamolis’ request to attend tonight’s Council meeting via audio-visual link due to being interstate.

 

3.    That Council accept Councillor Shetty’s request to attend tonight’s Council meeting via audio-visual link (6.30pm until 6.54pm) whilst returning back from her sitting in parliament. 

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis and Stephens

Against Motion:          Nil

 

Councillor Tsardoulias entered the Meeting at 6:32 pm.

 

DISCLOSURES OF INTERESTS:   

 

Motion: (Stephens/D’Arienzo)

 

Councillor Howard declared a non-significant, non-pecuniary interest in Item 16 Local Traffic Committee Meeting - 18 September 2023 as he works in the Ministerial Office of the Minister for Transport, who in her capacity as the Member for Summer Hill has a representative on the Local Traffic Committee. He will remain in the meeting during discussion and voting as the vote of the State Member is exercised through a representative.

 

Councillor Howard declared a non-significant, non-pecuniary interest Item 34 Notice of Motion: Mitigating the Impact of Bankstown Train Line Closures as he works in the Office of the Minister for Transport, and in that capacity he has been directly engaged in work around the Temporary Transport Plan. With an abundance of caution, and to avoid any perception of conflict, he will leave the meeting during discussion and voting for this item.

 

Councillor Shetty declared a non-significant, non-pecuniary interest in Item 16 Local Traffic Committee Meeting - 18 September 2023 as she is the State Member for Balmain and has a representative on the Local Traffic Committee. She will remain in the meeting during discussion and voting as the vote of the State Member is exercised through a representative.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

**The below disclosures of interest were made during the meeting**

 

The Mayor, Councillor Byrne declared a non-significant, non-pecuniary interest Item 16 Local Traffic Committee Meeting - 18 September 2023 as Item 8 of the Local Traffic Committee meeting minutes relates to a Motor Bike parking zone in William Street Leichhardt and he is the joint owner of a property in Allen Street, which adjoins William Street. Out of an abundance of caution, he will leave the meeting during discussion and voting for this item.

 

Councillor Shetty declared a significant, non-pecuniary interest Item 41 Lease of Gladstone Park Bowling Club as one of the proposed motions was writing to her in her capacity as the Member for Balmain and applying for Community Building Partnerships grants through her State Office. She will leave the meeting during discussion and voting for this item.

 

The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Smith declared a significant, non-pecuniary interest Item 41 Lease of Gladstone Park Bowling Club as she works in the Office of the Premier of NSW. The Premier’s Department manages the Community Partnerships Grants program on behalf of the Premier. Successful grant applications are decided by the Premier.  She will leave the meeting during discussion and voting for this item.

 

 

 

 

 

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES

 

Motion: (Griffiths/Scott)

 

That the Minutes of the Council held on Tuesday, 12 September 2023 and Tuesday, 19 September 2023 be confirmed as a correct record subject to the following amendment:

 

-       12 September 2023, Item 55 Mayoral Minute: Alcohol-free zone at Loyalty Square Balmain to be corrected t reflect Councillor Griffiths voting against the motion.  – Clr Griffiths voted against the item.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

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.

 

Councillor Shetty left the Meeting at 7:13 pm.

 

Councillor Shetty returned to the Meeting at 7:26 pm.

 

C1023(1) Item 43       Mayoral Minute: Food Recycling Service

Motion: (Byrne)

 

1.   That no additional fee be charged for upsizing a red lid garbage bin for 2023-2024 and review fees for future years after the roll out of the service.

 

2.   That Council ensure that information about the availability of the free, larger 240L red lid bin is communicated to all residents who contact Council to express concern about how they will manage with the fortnightly red lid bin collection.

 

3.   That Council make additional stock of FOGO-Food recycling caddies, compostable bin liners and printed waste calendars available at all libraries, customer service centres, customer service stalls, festivals and other locations as a matter of priority.

 

4.   That Council make hard copies of the Frequently Asked Questions document prominently available at libraries, customer service centres, customer service stalls, festivals and other locations as a matter of priority.

 

5.   That Council in the next week, write to residents and distribute material to every household, outlining the specific assistance council is providing to help residents through the transition to FOGO-Food recycling services.

 

6.   That Council contact local businesses asking them to stock additional compostable bags that are accredited for use in FOGO and encouraging them to be prominently displayed.

 

7.   That Council double expenditure on the promotion of social media assets related to FOGO budgeted for the next month, funded through the Domestic Waste Fund. 

 

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Cr Da Cruz

 

C1023(1) Item 44       Mayoral Minute: Referendum Day Event

Motion: (Byrne)

 

That Inner West Council host a referendum night event at Wests Ashfield Leagues Club making use of the auditorium there. The likely cost of food and beverages for the evening will be approximately $5000, funding for which is to be identified in the next quarterly review.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

C1023(1) Item 45       Mayoral Minute: Bairro Português

Motion: (Byrne)

 

1.   That Council hold the 2024 Bairro Portuguese festival as an evening event.

 

2.   That Council collaborate with representatives of the Portuguese community and local businesses in Petersham to arrange Portuguese-themed Christmas decorations in 2023, to be funded from existing main street improvement budgets.

 

3.   That Council convene a meeting with Portuguese community representatives to consult them on the location and design of the signage and artwork being developed for the Little Portugal Precinct.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

Procedural Motion (Scott/Stephens)

 

That Council Suspend Standing Orders to bring forward the following items to be dealt with at this time:

 

1.    Item 1 Privacy, Data Breaches and Access to Information Policies

2.    Item 4 Public Exhibition - Draft Complaints Handling Policy 

3.    Item 11 Post Exhibition - Darrell Jackson Garden - Park Plan of Management

4.    Item 13 Yeo Park Rotunda - Conservation Management Plan  

5.    Item 15 Draft Site Specific Leichhardt Development Control Plan 2013 - 122-130 Pyrmont Bridge Road and 206 Parramatta Road, Annandale

6.    Item 19 2022-2023 Annual Disclosures of Interest and Designated Persons Disclosures of Interest

7.    Item 24 Development Assessment Information Sessions

8.    Item 30 Notion of Motion: Council Services

9.    Item 32 Notion of Motion: Marrickville District Lawn Tennis Club

10.  Item 40 Petersham Park - Lease of Cafe at Fanny Durack Aquatic Centre

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

Procedural Motion (Scott/Stephens)

 

That the following items be moved in globo and the recommendations contained within the report be adopted:

 

1.    Item 1 Privacy, Data Breaches and Access to Information Policies

2.    Item 4 Public Exhibition - Draft Complaints Handling Policy 

3.    Item 11 Post Exhibition - Darrell Jackson Garden - Park Plan of Management

4.    Item 13 Yeo Park Rotunda - Conservation Management Plan  

5.    Item 15 Draft Site Specific Leichhardt Development Control Plan 2013 - 122-130 Pyrmont Bridge Road and 206 Parramatta Road, Annandale

6.    Item 19 2022-2023 Annual Disclosures of Interest and Designated Persons Disclosures of Interest

7.    Item 24 Development Assessment Information Sessions

8.    Item 30 Notion of Motion: Council Services

9.    Item 32 Notion of Motion: Marrickville District Lawn Tennis Club

10.  Item 40 Petersham Park - Lease of Cafe at Fanny Durack Aquatic Centre

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

C1023(1) Item 1  Privacy, Data Breaches and Access to Information Policies

Motion: (Scott/Stephens)

 

1.    That Council publicly exhibit the following three draft policies, for a period of 28 days and seek community feedback on the proposed policies:

a)    Data Breach Policy;

b)    Privacy Policy; and

c)    Public Access to Information Policy.

 

2.    That following the conclusion of the exhibition period, the following three draft policies be brought back to Council for consideration for adoption:

a)    Data Breach Policy;

b)    Privacy Policy; and

c)    Public Access to Information Policy.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

 

 

C1023(1) Item 4  Public Exhibition - Draft Complaints Handling Policy

Motion: (Scott/Stephens)

 

1.    That Council publicly exhibit the draft Complaints Handling Policy for a period of 28 days and seek community feedback on the proposed Policy.

 

2.    That following the conclusion of the exhibition period, the draft Complaints Handling Policy be brought back to Council to consider for adoption.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

 

C1023(1) Item 11       Post Exhibition - Darrell Jackson Garden - Park Plan of             Management

Motion: (Scott/Stephens)

 

That Council adopt the Plan of Management (Attachment 2) for Darrell Jackson Gardens as legally described and listed in Table 1.0.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

 

C1023(1) Item 13       Yeo Park Rotunda - Conservation Management Plan

Motion: (Scott/Stephens)

 

That Council adopt Yeo Park Rotunda Conservation Management Plan.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

 

C1023(1) Item 15       Draft Site Specific Leichhardt Development Control Plan 2013 -           122-130 Pyrmont Bridge Road and 206 Parramatta Road,        Annandale

Motion: (Scott/Stephens)

 

1.   That Council endorse the revised site-specific amendments to the Leichhardt Development Control Plan 2013 for 122-130 Pyrmont Bridge Road and 206 Parramatta Road, Annandale as outlined in this report and contained in Attachment 2.

 

2.   That Council delegate authority to the General Manager to make administrative changes and minor amendments to correct any errors, omissions or inconsistencies that may arise during the finalisation of the Leichhardt Development Control Plan 2013 amendment.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

 

C1023(1) Item 19       2022-2023 Annual Disclosures of Interest and Designated        Persons Disclosures of Interest

Motion: (Scott/Stephens)

 

That Council receive and note the report.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

C1023(1) Item 24       Development Assessment Information Sessions

Motion: (Scott/Stephens)

 

That Council receive and note the report.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

 

C1023(1) Item 30       Notice of Motion: Council Services

Motion: (Scott/Stephens)

 

1.   That Council ensure verge mowing and street cleaning public data spreadsheets are accurately and frequently updated, with data cleaned and summarised so as to be more easy to read and interpret by the community.

 

2.   That Council investigate ways to improve the accuracy and accessibility of these records for the public and report back on planned and possible improvements on or before February 2024.

 

3.   That Council explore what other data on regularly delivered council services (including weeding, tree and garden bed plantings, number of public bins, street beautification, etc) can be made public on the website in a similar way to verge mowing and street cleaning and report back to Council on or before February 2024.

 

 

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

 

C1023(1) Item 32       Notice of Motion: Marrickville District Lawn Tennis Club

Motion: (Scott/Stephens)

 

1.   That Council notes the centenary celebration of the Marrickville District Lawn Tennis Club.

 

2.   That Council writes to the President and Board of the Club to congratulate them on the significant milestone.

 

3.   That Council includes the milestone in an upcoming Inner West Community News.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

 

C1023(1) Item 40       Petersham Park - Lease of Cafe at Fanny Durack Aquatic Centre

Motion: (Scott/Stephens)

 

1.    That Council resolves to grant a five (5) + five (5) year lease of the Petersham Park Café.

 

2.    That Council authorises the General Manager or delegate to negotiate, finalise terms and execute the Lease documentation.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

Procedural Motion (Scott/Stephens)

That Council Suspend Standing Orders to bring forward item 5 Public Exhibition – Draft Media Policy for Staff and Councillors.

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

 

 

C1023(1) Item 5         Public Exhibition - Draft Media Policy for Staff and Councillors

Motion: (Scott/Stephens)

 

That Council defer Item 5 Public Exhibition - Draft Media Policy for Staff and Councillors.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

C1023(1) Item 2         Procurement Policy, Disposals Policy and Statement of            Business Ethics

Motion: (Drury/Scott)

 

1.    That Council publicly exhibit the following documents as attached, for a period of 28 days and seek community feedback on the proposed policies:

a)    Procurement Policy;

b)    Disposals Policy; and

c)    Statement of Business Ethics.

 

2.    That following the conclusion of the exhibition period, the following documents be brought back to Council for consideration for adoption:

a)    Procurement Policy;

b)    Disposals Policy; and

c)    Statement of Business Ethics.

 

3.    That Council receive a progress report at the November 2023 meeting on how we are meeting our resolved targets in ethical and local procurement.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

C1023(1) Item 3         Draft Annual Financial Statements for the financial year 2022/23

Motion: (Drury/Scott)

 

That Council endorse the financial statements to be placed on public exhibition.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

 

 

 

C1023(1) Item 6         Post Exhibition - Social Media Policy for Councillors

Motion: (Stephens/Scott)

 

1.    That Council adopt the Social Media Policy for Councillors.

 

2.    That Council update the Policy Register and publish, as applicable, internally, and externally the adopted Social Media Policy for Councillors.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, D'Arienzo, Drury, Howard, Lockie, Scott, Smith, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Crs Atkins, Da Cruz, Griffiths, Langford, Shetty and Stamolis

 

Procedural Motion (Byrne/Stephens)

 

That Council allow Clr Smith speak for 2 additional minutes on item 7.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

Procedural Motion (Shetty/Stephens)

 

That Council allow Clr Griffiths speak for 1 additional minute on item 7.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

C1023(1) Item 7         Post Exhibition - Living Streets Verge Garden and Adopt-A-Spot        Policy

Motion: (Smith/Scott)

 

1.    That Council adopt the Living Street Verge Garden and Adopt a Spot Policy and the associated Policy Guidelines (Attachment 2 and 3), subject to the following amendments:

 

a)    4.3 Application

 

            Individual residents who want to establish a new verge garden adjoining
            their    property must submit an application and be given written approval by           Council. Approvals for verge gardens are given under  
           section 138 of the Roads Act 1993 (NSW).

 

b)    the removal of the final bullet point in clause 8.6 which states “Structures or items must be removed as soon as practical to ensure public safety.”

 

2.    That Council set a target of 100 new verge gardens to be established in the next 12 months.

 

3.    That a progress report against the target be provided to Council in three months and a review of the program in six months.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

Amendment (Da Cruz)

 

That Council adopt the Living Street Verge Garden and Adopt a Spot Policy and the associated Policy Guidelines (Attachment 2 and 3), subject to the following amendments:

 

a)    Change “Volunteer” to “Community Member” throughout document.

 

b)    Produce simple to read online and printed document explaining restrictions to 
avoid trip hazards, avoid contamination of food and road safety as
 
covered by Council’s Insurance Policies.

 

This amendment lapsed for want of seconder.

 

Amendment (Griffiths/Shetty)

 

That Council adopt the Living Street Verge Garden and Adopt a Spot Policy and the associated Policy Guidelines (Attachment 2 and 3), subject to the following amendments:

 

a)    Amend 6.8 of the policy to read:
‘6.8 Hard landscaping will only be approved following risk assessment. Verge gardening in the Inner West operates in limited and confined space with competing stakeholder requirements.


There are significant risk factors to the community associated with hard landscaping. The Verge Garden and Adopt-a-Spot program is focussed on greening the streetscape and small areas of Council land, it is not focussed on public art or landscape structures which could pose a trip hazard or inherent health and safety issues to the community.

 

Motion Lost

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Da Cruz, Griffiths, Langford, Lockie, Shetty and Stamolis

Against Motion:          Crs Byrne, D'Arienzo, Drury, Howard, Scott, Smith, Stephens and Tsardoulias

 

b)    Amend 3 (d) of the Living Streets Verge Garden and Adopt-a-Spot Guidelines (p.322) to read:
‘Raised garden beds, stakes, fencing, rocks, sculptures, pots, ornaments, all above ground edging, above or below ground compost and irrigation systems will only be approved after a council conducted risk assessment’.

 

Motion Lost

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Da Cruz, Griffiths, Langford, Lockie, Shetty and Stamolis

Against Motion:          Crs Byrne, D'Arienzo, Drury, Howard, Scott, Smith, Stephens and Tsardoulias

 

 

C1023(1) Item 8         Post Exhibition - Draft Leichhardt Oval Masterplan

Motion: (Byrne/Scott)

 

1.    That Council adopt the Draft Leichhardt Oval Masterplan.

 

2.    That Council incorporate provision for public access to the Wayne Pearce Hill for passive recreation based on the same principles as the existing, successful use of Henson Park. This to commence with a trial of weekday access, including evenings, to be undertaken from December 2023 to February 2024.

 

3.    That Council write to the relevant State and Federal Government Ministers providing them a copy of the Masterplan and seeking a joint funding partnership between all three levels of Government to save Leichhardt Oval and fund the implementation of the Masterplan.

 

4.    That Council continue with planning of the Inner West Museum of Rugby League and incorporate into the 2024 Budget funds to establish the museum. A further report is to be tabled at the February 2024 Ordinary Council meeting identifying models on which the museum could operate and entities that Council could partner with on the project.

 

5.    That noting the recently announced decision of Wests Tigers to play five NRL home games at Leichhardt Oval in 2025, write to Wests Tigers welcoming this decision and seeking their ongoing advocacy for long-overdue funding to upgrade Leichhardt Oval. 

 

6.    That Council reach out to local organisations in the adjacent precinct to share the Masterplan and seek feedback.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

Procedural Motion (Byrne/D’Arienzo)

 

That the meeting be adjourned for 10 minutes.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

The meeting was adjourned at 8.48pm

 

The meeting recommenced at 9.00pm

 

 

 

 

 

C1023(1) Item 9  Post Exhibition - Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2023-2025

Motion: (Howard/Da Cruz)

 

1.    That Council approve the Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2023-2025.

 

2.    That progress on the Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2023-2025 be regularly reported to the Access Advisory Committee and ongoing consultation and engagement be undertaken with the Access Advisory Committee on projects and programs contained in the DIAP 2023-2025.

 

3.    That Council amend the measure for Action 1.2 to read “People with a range of disability and needs participate in emergency management planning”.

 

4.    That Council amend the measure for Action 4.9 to accurately reflect that “An inclusive playground is created in King George Park by August 2024”.

 

5.    That from December 2023, Council officers report bi-monthly on the progress of work to increase direct employment of people with disability (Action 3.2) and other economic inclusion actions.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

Amendment (Da Cruz)

 

That Council approve the Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2023-2025 with the following amendment:

 

a)    Capitalise Accessibility throughout Plan.

 

This amendment lapsed for want of seconder.

 

C1023(1) Item 10       Post Exhibition - Recreation Strategy and Ten Year Action Plan          2023-32

Motion: (Smith/Drury)

 

1.    That Council adopts the Recreation Strategy and Action Plan 2023-32 (Attachment 1) and notes that this will form the basis of a ten-year action plan for recreation
delivery within the Inner West.

 

2.    That the strategy include a commitment to Council scoping a pool in South Marrickville.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

 

 

Amendment (Da Cruz/Langford)

 

1.    That Council change section 3.16 “managing climate change” to “Adapting to Climate Change”.

 

2.    That Council notes that increasing temperatures will make surfaces at outdoor 
facilities including Playgrounds, Pools and Sporting fields dangerous
 
and unusable.

 

Motion Lost

For Motion:                 Crs Da Cruz and Langford

Against Motion:          Crs Atkins, Byrne, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

 

C1023(1) Item 12       Plan of Management - Elkington Park and Fitzroy Avenue         Reserve

Motion: (Byrne/Scott)

 

1.    That Council defer the adoption of the Plan of Management for Elkington Park and Fitzroy Avenue Reserve with a report addressing concerns about repair of the rotunda, ramps around the rotunda, and bollards and new paths, and demolishing of the caretakers cottage to come back to the December 2023 Council meeting.

 

2.    That Council prepare a report for the December 2023 meeting on the estimated costs and timeline for making the Caretakers Cottage in Elkington Park available for community use, including options for short term activation, use for events, exhibitions and as a social enterprise.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

C1023(1) Item 14       Parramatta Road Corridor Stage 1 - Post Gateway and Community Engagement

Motion: (D’Arienzo/Scott)

 

1.    That Council endorses a six week community consultation for the Planning Proposal for Parramatta Road Corridor - Stage 1, associated draft amendments to Development Control Plans (DCPs) (Leichhardt, Marrickville and Comprehensive Inner West Development Control Plan 2016 (former Ashfield) and supporting studies with:

 

a)    A 'meet the planner' drop-in weekend sessions in each precinct (Leichhardt, Taverners Hill, Kings Bay/ Croydon); and

 

b)    A community meeting in each precinct (Leichhardt, Taverners Hill, Kings Bay/ Croydon).

 

2.    That Council write to the Department of Planning and Environment seeking alteration of the Gateway Determination to amend the timeframes for finalisation of the proposed Local Environmental Plan amendment by March 2024.

 

3.    That Council delegate the authority to the General Manager to make any minor changes to correct any omissions, errors or inconsistencies to the Planning Proposal and supporting draft Development Control Plan amendments prior to exhibition.

 

4.    That Council receive a post exhibition report for its consideration.

 

5.    That Council receive a final Planning Proposal for endorsement no later than its March 2024 Ordinary meeting.

 

6.    That the stakeholder engagement report for the community consultation include demographic data including age, gender, disability, resident suburb, employment and home ownership or renter status.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

The Mayor, Councillor Byrne declared a non-significant, non-pecuniary interest Item 16 Local Traffic Committee Meeting - 18 September 2023 as Item 8 of the Local Traffic Committee meeting minutes relates to a Motor Bike parking zone in William Street Leichhardt and he is the joint owner of a property in Allen Street, which adjoins William Street. Out of an abundance of caution, he will leave the meeting during discussion and voting for this item.

 

The Mayor, Councillor Byrne left the Meeting at 9:27 pm. Deputy Mayor, Councillor Smith assumed the chair.

 

C1023(1) Item 16       Local Traffic Committee Meeting - 18 September 2023

Motion: (Howard/Scott)

 

1.    That the Minutes of the Local Traffic Committee meeting held on 18 September 2023 be received and the recommendations be adopted.

 

2.    That the report Item 10 - Management of Disabled Parking in the Inner West be submitted to the Access Advisory Committee for consideration and input, and that this feedback and any subsequent amendments be considered by the Local Traffic Committee.

 

3.    That Council note the report and thank Council staff and members of the Traffic Committee for addressing residents' concerns about pedestrian and cyclist safety and accessibility on Wardell Road Bridge and Unwin’s Bridge across the Cooks River.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

Absent:                        Cr Byrne

 

The Mayor, Councillor Byrne returned to the Meeting at 9:32 pm. The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Smith vacated the chair and the Mayor, Councillor Byrne assumed the chair.

 

 

C1023(1) Item 17       InnerWest@40 Study

Motion: (Stephens/Lockie)

 

1.    That Council publicly exhibit the InnerWest@40 Study for a period of 28 days and seek community feedback on the proposed Strategy.

 

2.    That Council forward the InnerWest@40 Study to the minister responsible, the Hon John Graham MLC, Minister for Roads, his support for the project.

 

3.    That following the conclusion of the exhibition period, the InnerWest@40 Study be brought back to Council for consideration for adoption

 

4.    That Council prioritise the roll out of the strategy in close proximity to aged care homes and childcare centres, along with schools and hospitals.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

Amendment (Da Cruz/Atkins)

 

That Council note that in 2022: 6 people killed; 77 were seriously 
injured; 118 people suffered moderate injuries and 104 people suffered 
minor injuries on Inner West roads in 2022.

 

Motion Lost

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Da Cruz, Griffiths, Langford, Shetty and Stamolis

Against Motion:          Crs Byrne, D'Arienzo, Drury, Howard, Lockie, Scott, Smith, Stephens and Tsardoulias

 

C1023(1) Item 18       Local Democracy Group Progress Report

Motion: (D’Arienzo/Langford)

 

1.    That Council note the update on the Local Democracy Groups and approve the composition of the Planning and Heritage Advisory Committee.

 

2.    That Council host an end of year reception to thank the local democracy group members for their contributions.

 

3.    That the local democracy groups are invited to share a brief update at the end of year reception.

 

4.    That Council invites the Local Democracy groups to provide formalised feedback to Council on how it is performing in the relevant area and how it could do better.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

 

Procedural Motion (Byrne/Smith)

 

That Council allow Clr Howard speak for 1 additional minute on item 20.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:                    Nil

 

C1023(1) Item 20       FOGO Service (Food Recycling) Monthly Update

Motion: (Howard/Byrne)

 

That Council receive and note the report.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

Amendment (Da Cruz)

 

That Council notes the size of the FOGO rollout 48,000 houses + extra 27,000 apartments. The rollout has involved:

 

a)    distributing 5800 FOGO Wheelie 120l Green lidded bins and 19,000 
Kitchen Top Caddies Starter Kits have been delivered so far, with
 remaining 29,000 Caddies being delivered at 1,000 day over the next month; and

 

b)    Changes to collection of 150,000.

 

The amendment lapsed for want of seconder.

 

C1023(1) Item 21       Sustainable Fleet Update

Motion: (Smith/Griffiths)

 

That Council receive and note the report.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

 

 

 

 

 

C1023(1) Item 22       Establishment of a Facebook Online Customer Service Page

Motion: (Scott/Byrne)

 

1.    That Council receive and note the report, subject to an update in the implementation plan to indicate that the Customer Service page can post original content on its own page or in groups, and can proactively respond to comments in groups.

 

2.    That Council note that the Communications and Customer Experience team referenced in the report have significant responsibilities beyond the Facebook page including the customer service outreach program and managing inquiries through the Council service centres.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Cr Da Cruz

 

C1023(1) Item 23       Customer Service in Development Assessments

Motion:(Scott/D’Arienzo)

 

That Council receive and note the report.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

Amendment (Da Cruz/Stamolis)

 

That Council undertake a review of the Council website and DA system and 
implement improvements identified.

 

Motion Lost

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Da Cruz, Griffiths, Langford, Shetty and Stamolis

Against Motion:          Crs Byrne, D'Arienzo, Drury, Howard, Lockie, Scott, Smith, Stephens and Tsardoulias

 

C1023(1) Item 25       Recreational Fishing - Balmain Foreshore Reserves

Motion: (Shetty/Drury)

 

That Council receive and note the report.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

C1023(1) Item 26       Callan Point Swim Site

Motion: (Drury/Byrne)

 

1.    That Council receive and note the report.

 

2.    That Council write to Penny Sharpe MLC the Minister for Climate Change and the Environment welcoming the $2 million commitment from the NSW Government for the Callan Point swimming site project and seeking a timeline for council receiving it.

 

3.    That Council write to Paul Scully MP, Minister for Planning and Public Spaces seeking his assistance in establishing a high-level reference group to work with Council to expedite the completion of the Callan Point swimming site.

 

4.    That Council write to Jo Haylen MP, Minister for Transport to thank her for Maritime’s support of the project so far and seeking her assistance in asking key staff to participate in the working group to facilitate the expedited completion of the Callan Point swimming site.

 

5.    That Rowing NSW, local rowing clubs and the Dobroyd Aquatic Club (sailing) be consulted early in the 2023 engagement process.

 

6.    That Council receive an update at the December 2023 Ordinary meeting on progress with regard to the funding, timeline and implementation of the swim site.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

C1023(1) Item 27       Arts and Music Recovery Plan Update

Motion: (Smith/Howard)

 

1.    That Council receive and note the report.

 

2.    That Council receive a list of technical fit-out suggestions from the Marrickville Town Hall Steering Committee and report to the November 2023 meeting with a list of recommendations and indicative cost.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

 

 

 

 

 

C1023(1) Item 28       Outcomes of Council's Mental Health Forum

Motion: (Howard/Atkins)

 

1.    That Council receive and note the report.

 

2.    That Council officers formally capture and translate the discussion emerging from the Mental Health Forum in the Inner West Wellbeing Strategy into measurable actions.

 

3.    That Council hold a Mental Health Forum every two years.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

Procedural Motion (Byrne/Lockie)

 

That Council allow Clr Atkins speak for 2 additional minutes on item 29.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

Procedural Motion: (Byrne/Stephens)

 

That Council allow Clr Howard speak for 2 additional minutes on item 29.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

C1023(1) Item 29       Notice of Motion: Trans Day of Remembrance/Resistance 2023

Motion: (Atkins/Lockie)

 

1.    That Council note that the international Transgender Day of Remembrance takes place on 20 November 2023.

 

2.    That Council note that under previous Council decisions the Trans Flag will be flown at the Town Hall sites on 20 November and Camperdown Memorial Rest Park lighting will be lit pale blue pink and white from 13 to 19 November (Transgender Awareness Week).

 

3.    That Council note that Trans Day of Resistance rallies have taken place annually in Newtown on the last weekend of November in recent years, both to pay respect to and remember trans people who have lost their lives to transphobia, and to draw attention to the ongoing struggle for trans rights.

 

4.    That Council note that this year, Trans Day of Resistance will be marked by a National Day of Action, with rallies happening around the country at the end of November, including in Sydney on November 25.

 

5.    That Council agree to fly the Trans Flag for the whole of Transgender Awareness Week and through to the Trans Day of Resistance rally, in addition to flying it at half-mast on Trans Day of Remembrance, every year.

 

6.    That Council agree to endorse the Trans Day of Resistance rally to be held in Newtown on 25 November 2023 and promote it on Council social media and in the November 2023 edition of Inner West Council News.

 

Motion Lost

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Da Cruz, Griffiths, Langford, Lockie, Shetty and Stamolis

Against Motion:          Crs Byrne, D'Arienzo, Drury, Howard, Scott, Smith, Stephens and Tsardoulias

 

Foreshadowed Motion (Howard/D’Arienzo)

 

1.    That Council note that the international Transgender Day of Remembrance takes place on 20 November 2023.

 

2.    That Council note that under previous Council decisions the Trans Flag will be flown at the Town Hall sites on 20 November and Camperdown Memorial Rest Park lighting will be lit pale blue pink and white from 13 to 19 November (Transgender Awareness Week) and agree to fly the Trans Flag for the whole of Transgender Awareness Week and this year, through to 25 November 2023, and that the flag be flown at half-mast on the Trans Day of Remembrance, every year.

 

3.    That Council notes other work that Inner West Council is doing to support transgender and gender diverse people in our community, including but not limited to the establishment of an Inner West Pride Centre, programming Trans and Gender Diverse Swim nights, supporting our LGBTQ Working Group, advocating for significant law reform, and activation and support offered through the Pride Inner West program.

 

4.    That Council highlight the work of local trans and gender diverse activists and organisations in the November edition of Inner West Council News to mark Trans Day of Remembrance

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

 

 

 

 

C1023(1) Item 31       Notice of Motion: Soft Plastics

Motion: (Howard/Shetty)

 

1.   That Council notes the recent decision by the Commonwealth, State and Territory governments to introduce mandatory packaging design standards for recycled content.

 

2.   That Council write to Woolworths, Coles, Aldi and local independent supermarkets advocating for:

 

a)   the return of soft plastics recycling services in inner west supermarkets;

 

b)   the reduction of plastics in packaging and implementation of product stewardship measures; and

 

c)   the trial of compostable barrier bags in supermarkets across the Inner West as we roll out FOGO-food recycling.

 

3.   That Council investigate options to enable soft plastics to be recycled through the yellow-lid recycling bin, as is the case in some other local government areas, and to report back to Council in March 2024.

 

4.    That subject to securing a suitable location, Council investigate and seek funding from the Environmental Protection Agency for polystyrene recycling plant and equipment and report back to Council in March 2024.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

C1023(1) Item 33       Notice of Motion: Proposed Quong Tart Plaza

Motion: (D’Arienzo/Drury)

 

That the Inner West Council commence consultation with the Ashfield resident community, AshBiz Chamber of Commerce, the Ashfield and District Historical Society, and local Chinese community organisations in order to lodge an application to the Geographical Names Board to allow for Quong Tart Plaza to be an additional name given to Hercules Street Ashfield in recognition of the long contribution of people of Chinese backgrounds to Ashfield.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

Councillor Howard left the Meeting at 10:34 pm as he declared a non-significant, non-pecuniary interest Item 34 Notice of Motion: Mitigating the Impact of Bankstown Train Line Closures as he works in the Office of the Minister for Transport, and in that capacity he has been directly engaged in work around the Temporary Transport Plan.  

 

C1023(1) Item 34       Notice of Motion: Mitigating the Impact of Bankstown Train Line         Closures

Motion: (Langford/Griffiths)

 

That in response to the decision of the NSW Government to convert the railway line between Sydenham and Bankstown to a Metro, Council write to the NSW Minister for Transport and Member for Summer Hill, Jo Haylen, on the following matters:

 

a)   That Council notes the significant impact on travelling times to work, school and recreation that the closure of the Bankstown rail line is having on residents along the line;

 

b)   That Council expresses its concern to the Minister for Transport as to the effect the closure of the Bankstown line on people who are elderly and people with disabilities;

 

c)   That Council expects that many residents of South Marrickville in particular, also of Dulwich Hill, Undercliffe and Earlwood are catching the train from Tempe station because of the closure of the Bankstown line;

 

d)   That Council seeks an urgent review of both peak and off-peak rail services to Tempe and Sydenham stations, and that extra services be provided to accommodate increased rail patronage from these stations;

 

e)   That Council seeks assurances from the Minister for Transport that services to and from Tempe Station be increased significantly on weekends and after 9pm each evening given the poor level of current service;

 

f)    That Council seeks a commitment from the Minister for Transport that closure for track maintenance on the Illawarra line only be carried out between midnight and 4am for the duration of the conversion of the Bankstown line to limit further inconvenience to users of the rail system;

 

g)   That Council ensure additional and adequate rail bus replacement services are provided for the increased volume of commuters who are disembarking at Sydenham station;

 

h)   That Council urgently reviews parking around Sydenham and Tempe train stations in consultation with residents and Transport for NSW; and

 

i)    That Council work with businesses located around Marrickville and Dulwich Hill train stations to monitor the effect of the rail shut down, and where appropriate seek support for business negatively affected.

 

Motion Lost

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Da Cruz, Griffiths, Langford, Lockie and Shetty

Against Motion:          Crs Byrne, D'Arienzo, Drury, Scott, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Absent:                        Cr Howard

 

Foreshadowed Motion (Drury/D’Arienzo)

 

1.    That Council notes comments from the Minister for Transport that the Temporary Transport Plan for the extended closure of the Bankstown Line will be more than just replacement buses, and rather a comprehensive and dedicated transport solution that brings together replacement buses, train services, the local bus network, and new active transport and cycling infrastructure.

 

2.    That Council notes Transport for NSW is meeting with Council staff in the coming weeks to provide feedback and input into the development of the Temporary Transport Plan.

 

3.    That Council calls on Council staff to work with Transport for NSW to deliver a Temporary Transport Plan that is accessible, reliable and frequent, and which reduces any impact on inner west residents and passengers.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

Absent:                        Cr Howard

 

Procedural Motion (Scott/ Byrne)

 

That Council recommit the vote for the Primary motion and the Foreshadowed motion for Item 34.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:                 Nil

Absent:                                  Cr Howard

 

Primary Motion (Langford/Griffiths)

 

Motion Tied

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Da Cruz, Griffiths, Langford, Lockie, Shetty and Stamolis

Against Motion:          Crs Byrne, D'Arienzo, Drury, Scott, Smith, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Absent:                        Cr Howard

 

The Chairperson used his Casting Vote against the MOTION and the MOTION was lost.

 

Vote for Foreshadowed motion (Drury/D’Arienzo)

 

Motion Carried

 

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

Absent:                            Cr Howard

 

Councillor Howard returned to the Meeting at 10:43 pm.

 

Procedural Motion (Scott/Lockie)

 

That Council enter into Confidential session.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

Confidential Session

That in accordance with Section 10A(1) of the Local Government Act 1993, the following matters be considered in Closed Session of Council for the reasons provided:

 

C1023(1) Item 41 Lease of Gladstone Park Bowling Club (Section 10A(2)(c) of the Local Government Act 1993) that would, if disclosed, confer a commercial advantage on a person with whom the council is conducting (or proposes to conduct) business.

 

C1023(1) Item 42 Public EV Charging Proposal (Section 10A(2)(d)(i) of the Local Government Act 1993) that would, if disclosed prejudice the commercial position of the person who supplied it.

 

resolutions passed during closed session

 

Councillor Shetty declared a significant, non-pecuniary interest Item 41 Lease of Gladstone Park Bowling Club as one of the proposed motions was writing to her in her capacity as the Member for Balmain and applying for Community Building Partnerships grants through her State Office. She will leave the meeting during discussion and voting for this item.

 

Councillor Shetty left the Meeting at 10:47 pm.

 

The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Smith declared a significant, non-pecuniary interest Item 41 Lease of Gladstone Park Bowling Club as she works in the Office of the Premier of NSW. The Premier’s Department manages the Community Partnerships Grants program on behalf of the Premier. Successful grant applications are decided by the Premier.  She will leave the meeting during discussion and voting for this item.

 

Councillor Smith left the Meeting at 10:50 pm.

 

Councillor Stamolis retired from the Meeting at 10:51 pm.

 

C1023(1) Item 41       Lease of Gladstone Park Bowling Club

Motion: (Byrne/Scott)

 

1.    That Council approve the grant of a ten (10) + ten (10) year Lease of the Gladstone Park Bowling Club Limited for use as bowling club, as per the proposed lease terms and conditions contained in the report.

 

2.    That Council approves a 75% Accommodation Grant to be applied to the rent in accordance with Council’s Land and Property Policy.

 

3.    That Council authorises the General Manager or delegate to negotiate, finalise terms and execute the Lease documentation.

 

4.    That Council seek consent from the Minister for Lands and Property to execute the attached lease under Section 70(2)(d) Crown Land Management Regulation 2018, to Gladstone Park Bowling Club Limited ACN: 001 042 691 as a not-for-profit organisation.

 

5.    That Council approves the public notification of the proposed lease for a minimum of 28 days in accordance with the Crown Lands Management Act 2016 and Local Government Act 1993.

 

6.    That Council work with the Club to install lighting in the largest tree at the venue to be funded through the main streets decorations budget.

 

7.    That Council write to the Member for Balmain proposing that capital upgrades to the Club be funded through the Community Building Partnerships grant for the Balmain electorate.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

Absent:                        Crs Shetty, Smith and Stamolis

 

Councillor Shetty returned to the Meeting at 10:52 pm.

 

The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Smith returned to the Meeting at 10:52 pm.

 

C1023(1) Item 42       Public EV Charging Proposal

Motion: (Byrne/Scott)

 

1.    That Council approve Council Officers to work with PLUS ES (Ausgrid Group) to explore opportunities to develop a public charging network for electric vehicles separately but complimentary to the existing Request for Quotation process for kerbside public charging.

 

2.    That Council incorporate Balmain Depot as proposed location for electric vehicle charging stations in current procurement processes and in the exploration of opportunities with AUSGRID group.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

Absent:                        Cr Stamolis

 

Amendment (Langford/Griffiths)

 

That Council work with Plus ES to commence a pilot program that prioritises areas in the LGA where there is higher take up of EVs, limited off-street parking and current lack of public charging infrastructure.

 

Motion Lost

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Da Cruz, Griffiths, Langford and Shetty

Against Motion:          Crs Byrne, D'Arienzo, Drury, Howard, Lockie, Scott, Smith, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Absent:                        Cr Stamolis

 

Procedural Motion (Byrne/Scott)

 

That Council move back into the Open Session of the Council Meeting.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

Absent:                        Cr Stamolis

 

Meeting closed at 11.01pm.

 

 

PUBLIC SPEAKERS:

 

Item #

 

Speaker                     

Suburb

Item 7:

David Baxter

Mike Roberts

Michael Lal

Leichhardt

Ashfield

Ashfield

Item 8:

Cynthia Nadai

Lilyfield

Item 12:

Deborah Yates

Balmain

Item 14:

Helen Jones

Leanne Elsworthy

Mary Lafferty

Justin Simon

Sharon Carey

Leichhardt

Leichhardt

Leichhardt

Summer Hill

Leichhardt

Item 16:

Jennifer Aaron

Leichhardt

Item 17:

Rachel Davies

Joy Camilleri

Neil Tonkin

Ashfield

Leichhardt

Lilyfield

Item 29:

Yasmin Andrews

Honey Christensen

Dr Jess Hooley

Leichhardt

Lewisham

Newtown

Item 33:

Francis Lee

Zetland

Item 34:

Colin Hesse

Marrickville

Item 41:

James Heeks

Birchgrove

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unconfirmed Minutes of Ordinary Council meeting held 10 October 2023.

 

 

 


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21 November 2023

 

Item No:              C1123(1) Item 1

Subject:              Quarter one - Progress report on the Delivery Program 2022-26 and Operational Plan 2023/24 and Quarterly Budget Review Statement            

Prepared By:      Prue Foreman - Corporate Strategy and Engagement Manager and Chris Sleiman - Acting Chief Financial Officer 

Authorised By:  Ruth Callaghan - Director Community

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

1.   That Council endorse the quarter one progress report on the Delivery Program 2022-26 and Operational Plan 2023/24.

 

2.   That Council adopt the quarter one Budget Review for 2022/24.

 

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE

 

This report supports the following strategic directions contained within Council’s Community Strategic Plan:

 

5: Progressive, responsive and effective civic leadership

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

This report contains the Quarterly Budget Review Statement and quarterly progress report outlining achievements against the Delivery Program 2022-26 and Operational Plan 2023/24.

 

The Quarterly Budget Review Statement provides a comprehensive high-level overview of Council’s financial position as at 30 September 2023m which includes the following:

 

1.   Council’s operating deficit is forecasted to be $2.3 million, an increase of $0.1m from the 2023/24 Adopted Budget deficit of $2.2m.

2.   Council’s capital expenditure is forecasted to be $140.2m, an increase of $29.0m from the 2023/24 Adopted Budget capital expenditure of $111.2m.

 

BACKGROUND

 

Council’s Operational Plan 2023/24 details the actions that will be undertaken in the year to achieve the commitments made in the Delivery Program 2022-26 in accordance with the Local Government Act 1993 (s404 and 405). Council receives quarterly progress reports to monitor performance and progress in achieving Council’s commitments to the community as outlined in the plan.  

 

The Quarterly Budget Review Statement is a regular progress report prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Local Government Act 1993 (s404(5)) and Local Government Regulation 2004 (Cl203(2)), namely that the Responsible Accounting Officer report quarterly on a budget review statement to adequately disclose the Council’s overall financial position.

 

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

 

Operational Plan 2023/24 progress

 

The quarterly progress report outlines progress against the 171 actions in the 2023/24 Operational Plan, and tracks measures (KPIs) achieved against annual targets.

 

As of 30 September 2023:

 

·    93% of actions are ‘Completed’ or ‘On Track’

·    7% of actions are ‘Behind Schedule, ‘On Hold’ or ‘Rescheduled’

 

Measures - as of 30 September 2023:

 

·    78% (43) of measures are ‘On Target’ or ‘Within Tolerance’*

·    22% (13) of measures are ‘Below Target’*

*Within tolerance means within 10% of the target. Below target is 10% or more from the target.

The quarterly report is a tool to track performance. Council’s Executive is monitoring all actions which are ‘behind schedule’ or ‘on hold’, and all KPIs which are ‘below target’. Strategies are in place to address these items, and progress will be reported to Council in the next quarterly report.

 

The attached report contains commentary about progress on each of the actions, and measures of performance achieved against targets.

  

Highlights from the quarter include:

 

·    Council was awarded the Australian Business Award for Employer of Choice which recognises organisations that demonstrate effective employee recruitment, engagement and retention.

·    Council has been nominated for six awards including as a finalist in the prestigious Bluett Award. Other nominations include four entries for Women in Local Government Award and Keep Australia Beautiful Award for Love Your Home Ground – Waste Reduction and Resource Recovery.

·    The $5 million Bay Run pathway and lighting upgrade project was completed and launched to the community in another exciting milestone in the Cooks River to Iron Cove GreenWay.

·    The $2.2 million Leichhardt skate park opened with a top-class skating bowl that can be used for skateboarding, bike riding and scootering, new lighting, shelters and paths, and a ‘micro-forest’ planting of 180 trees.

·    Our $1.4m Sustainability Hub opened on 1 July 2023 where the Green Living Centre and the Bower have commenced operations, and 1,271 people attended sustainability engagements and education sessions.

·    The ‘Powering Ahead’ Electric Vehicle Encouragement Strategy was adopted with significant progress in implementing EV charging infrastructure. As part of this initiative, 19 EVs have been ordered for Council pool vehicles, with an additional 8 in the fleet.

·    Five raised pedestrian crossings were completed as part of the implementation of the Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plan (PAMP).

·    The Inner West 10-year Recreation Strategy was completed (and adopted October 2023).

·    The Creative Use of Council Venues pilot program started in July with 22 participants, providing 1040 hours of subsidised space for creatives in August and September.

·    Council participated in Dementia Action Week, partnering with the University of Sydney and NSW Health to deliver a nutrition and Healthy Brain Ageing talks, delivering an eight-week Social Connection Group with NSW Health, and a pilot Cyber Seniors Story Tech program.

·    Council won grants for Community Heritage Marrickville Metro Virtual Reality–Create NSW $50,000; Marrickville Music Festival–Create NSW $33,000; three bicycle path grants–NSW Government; Waste reduction grant–Environmental Protection Authority $200,000.

·    Edge GreenWay and Edge Sydenham delighted audiences and showcased local creatives in a celebration of art and community.

 

Minor adjustments to Operational Plan 2023/24

 

There have been minor administrative adjustments to the Operational Plan since adoption which are:

1.   Action 5.3.3.2 was deleted as it was a duplicate of 5.2.2.5.

 

2.   The measure - ‘100% of air pollution listings reviewed and accurate’ - was not linked to an action. A new action was created - 1.4.3.1‘Enforce air pollution controls to regulate development’’.

 

This resulted in a total of 171 reportable actions for the year.

 

Quarterly Budget Review Statement

 

This report provides a comprehensive high-level overview of Council’s financial position as at 30 September 2023. Any forecast results are projections as at 30 June 2024. Council has updated its projected budget result to $36.2 million, this is an increase of $0.6 million from the 2023/24 Adopted Budget.  Excluding capital revenue, a deficit of $2.3 million has been projected against the 2023/24 Adopted Budget Deficit of $2.2 million.

 

During the quarter, a detailed review of both operating and capital budgets has been undertaken, reconfirming the budget projections for the current financial year.

 

The change in the Full Year Operating Budgeted Result Before Capital Grants and Contributions is primarily due to:

 

·    User Charges and Fees increase of $2.2m predominantly from restorations income to be received, offset by increase in Materials and Services budget to complete restoration works.

·    Interest Income increase of $4.8m due to RBA increasing interest rates resulting in higher returns on investments.

·    Other Income decrease of $0.9m to reflect forecasted lease income from Council’s investment properties offset against updated operational and maintenance costs.

·    Capital Grants and Contributions increase of $0.7m mainly due to various grants received to complete various infrastructure projects.

·    Employee Costs net increase following realignment of budget to agency costs in Materials and Services for backfilling permanent roles, increase in workers compensation insurance and additional temporary positions to assist with the rollout of FOGO.

 

·    Material & Services net increase due to:

-    Legal costs increase to match expected spend for legal matters for the financial year.

-    Carry over of operating project budget from 2022/23 financial year, mostly funded from grants received in the prior year.

-    Budget for the bin rollout project, drawing down from the Domestic Waste Management Reserve.

 

Summary of Budget Movements

 

Operational Budget

 

The graph in Figure 1 summarises the key operating budget movements, with a brief explanation and the impact on Council’s budget provided below.

 

Figure 1. Changes in the Full Year Operating Budgeted Result Before Capital Grants and Contributions

 

·    Forecast increase in revenue relating to User Charges & Fees:

-     Civil Maintenance – $1.9m increase to reflect restorations income expected for 2023/24 financial year offset by increase in expenditure to deliver restorations works.

-     Early Learning - $0.3m increase to align fees for OOSH (outside of school hours) to year-to-date actuals.

 

·    Forecast increase in Other Income:

-     Properties & Strategic Investments - $0.7m increase to reflect forecasted lease income from Councils investment properties offset against updated operational and maintenance costs.

-     Environmental Health & Building Regulation - $0.1m increase to align to year-to-date revenue for fire-related infringements.

-     Legal Services - $0.1m increase to reflect recovery costs for legal matters.

 

·    Forecast increase in Interest Income $4.8m – reflects RBA increasing interest rates resulting in higher returns on investments.

·    Forecast increase in Employment Costs:

-     Result following realignment of budget to agency costs in Materials and Services for backfilling permanent roles, increase in workers compensation insurance and additional temporary positions to assist with the rollout of FOGO.

 

·    Forecast increase in Materials and Services costs:

-     Legal costs increase to match expected spend for legal matters for the financial year.

-     Carry over of operating project budget from 2022/23 financial year, mostly funded from grants received in the prior year.

-     Budget for the bin rollout project, drawing down from the Domestic Waste Management Reserve.

 

 

 

Capital Budget

 

The graph in Figure 2 over the page reflects changes in the timing of projects, with a brief explanation provided below. Details can be found within the September 2023 QBRS Movement (attached).

 

The increased Capital Expenditure of $29.0m is primarily due to carryover of budget from 2022/23 financial year related to:

 

·    the delayed settlement of the investment property purchased in Warrawong

·    grants received in the 2022/23 financial year for the Regional and Local Roads Repair Program; and

·    other smaller project budgets re-phased from 2022/2023 to 2023/24 financial year.

 

Cash Flow forecasts of major projects will be monitored ensuring the expenditure remains in line with the budget. September 2023 year to date capital expenditure totals approximately $89.2m.

 

The Capital Budget will continue to be reviewed to financial year end, on an ongoing basis with

the capital works managers.

 

Figure 2. Changes in the Full Year Capital Budget

 

Responsible Accounting Officer Budget Review Statement

 

Section 203(2) of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2021 requires a report by Council’s responsible accounting officer regarding the Council’s financial position at the end of each quarter. The following statement is made in accordance with this clause.

 

“It is in my opinion that the Budget Review Statement for Inner West Council for the period ending 30 September 2023 indicates that Council’s projected financial position at 30 June will be satisfactory, having regard to the projected estimates of income and expenditure and the original budgeted income and expenditure.”

 

Chris Sleiman, Acting Chief Financial Officer (Responsible Accounting Officer) - Inner West Council

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

 

There are no financial implications associated with the implementation of the proposed recommendations outlined in the report.

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

September 2023 QBRS Financial Statements

2.

Quarter one progress report - Delivery Program and Operational Plan 2023-24

 

 


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21 November 2023

 

Item No:              C1123(1) Item 2

Subject:              Annual Report 2022/23 including audited financial statements           

Prepared By:      Prue Foreman - Corporate Strategy and Engagement Manager and Aigul Utegenova - Financial Reporting and Control Manager  

Authorised By:  Ruth Callaghan - Director Community

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council endorse the Annual Report 2022/23 including audited financial statements, publish the report on Council’s website, and notify Office of Local Government.

 

 

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE

This report supports the following strategic directions contained within Council’s Community Strategic Plan:

 

5: Progressive, responsive and effective civic leadership

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Under s428 of the Local Government Act, Council must prepare and endorse an Annual Report within five months of the end of the calendar year. The report must outline Council’s achievements in implementing its Delivery Program through the year’s Operational Plan, and report on the effectiveness of the principal activities undertaken to achieve the objectives in that year. The report must contain Council’s audited financial statements prepared in accordance with the Code of Accounting Practice and Financial Reporting.

 

BACKGROUND

Council’s Annual Report outlines key achievements and performance against service and financial commitments outlined in the Delivery Program and Operational Plan, for the financial year 1 July 2022–30 June 2023.

 

The achievements are aligned to the five strategic directions of the Community Strategic Plan Our Inner West 2036.

 

The Annual Report includes Council’s audited financial statements and a range of information required by legislation.

 

The Annual Report must be finalised within five months of the end of the financial year (by 30 November), published on Council’s website and notified to Office of Local Government.

 

DISCUSSION

The Annual report 2022/23 details Council’s achievements in implementing its Operational Plan 2022/23 in line with the commitments of the Delivery Program 2022-26. This report provides extensive detail on Council’s Delivery and Operational Plan, capital works and financial performance. In summary, as of 30 June 2023, there were 90% of actions on track or completed from the Operational Plan 2022/23, and 10% of actions are behind schedule, on hold or rescheduled.

 

Highlights include many sustainability projects achieved such as: FOGO preparations, litter reduction campaigns, fleet transition plans, community recycling and the opening of the Inner West Sustainability Hub.

 

In terms of enabling livable and connected neighbourhoods and transport, there were many projects achieved. These include the Bicycle Strategy and Action Plan adopted in June 2023, a new Development Contributions Plan adopted in March 2023, Mainstreet Quick Wins are underway, various GreenWay elements being constructed, and a Footpath Renewal Program delivered. Pothole repair times improved by 60% during the year.

 

Creative communities and the economy were supported by various recovery initiatives, film, arts (Edge Inner West) and music festivals, the Enmore Road Special Entertainment pilot program success, and an expanded Perfect Match program. Council’s Young Creatives Áward was shortlisted at the NSW Local Government Awards in 2022 and won the RH Dougherty Award at the NSW Local Government Week Awards.

 

Healthy and resilient communities were supported by the Pride Inner West program in February and March 2023, improved access arrangements for major events and the Uluru Statement from the Heart and Referendum was supported by 1100 volunteers. Masterplans for park renewals and upgrades have occurred including the opening of the new Leichhardt Park Skate Park and  GreenWay project elements. There was a $111.3m  capital works program delivered during the year.

 

The community was supported by improved customer experience including a new service charter, customer service writing program and new customer request management program. A stronger governance framework was developed with revised policies and frameworks. Various leadership initiatives included strategic framework workshops, service review framework, the Authentic Leader Program, a rewards recognition held in late 2022, the Gender Equity Action Plan implementation, the launch of a new work safety program, Vault  and the InnerVate program to encourage innovation.

 

Council’s financial position remains strong with cash and investments totalling $300.4 million against total liabilities of $155.3 million. Council achieved an operating surplus of $22.7 million, including capital grants and contributions. The operating result before capital grants and contributions was a deficit of $6.5 million. In 2022/23, $111.3m was also spent on capital works for the benefit of the Inner West community.

 

Audited Financial Statements

 

The annual financial statements for the financial year 2023-23 were endorsed by the Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee (ARIC) on 4 October 2023 and then endorsed by the Council at a meeting held on 10 October 2023. Subsequently, the Audit Office NSW provided the independent Auditor's reports and a Report on the Conduct of the Audit.

 

In accordance with Section 420 (2) of the Local Government Act 1993, the audited financial statements were placed on public exhibition for seven days from 20 to 27 October 2023.

 

During the exhibition period, Council received one submission, and as per the provisions of Section 420(3) of the Local Government Act, the submission was referred to the Audit Office. It contained queries about the exhibition period, developer contributions, infrastructure backlog and council properties, staff costs, cash at bank, increases in materials and contracts, and performance benchmarks. No subsequent amendments to the financial statements are required.

 

The ARIC were issued the exhibited financial statements, the independent auditor's reports, the Report on the Conduct of the Audit and the Special Schedule signed by the Audit Office on 31 October 2023 for review out of session.

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

There are no financial implications associated with the implementation of the proposed recommendations outlined in the report.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Annual Report 22/23 and Financial Statements

 

 


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21 November 2023

 

Item No:              C1123(1) Item 3

Subject:              Post Exhibition - Privacy, Data Breach and Access to Information Policies                      

Prepared By:      Beau-Jane De Costa - Senior Manager Governance and Risk 

Authorised By:  Kelly Loveridge - Director Corporate

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

1.   That Council adopt the following policies:

a)    Data Breach Policy;

b)    Privacy Policy; and

c)    Public Access to Information Policy.

 

2.   That Council update the Policy Register and publish, as applicable, internally, and externally the following adopted policies:

a)    Data Breach Policy;

b)    Privacy Policy; and

c)    Public Access to Information Policy.

 

 

 

 

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE

 

This report supports the following strategic directions contained within Council’s Community Strategic Plan:

 

5: Progressive, responsive and effective civic leadership

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

The Privacy and Personal Information Protection Amendment Bill 2022 (Bill) comes into effect on 28 November 2023. This legislation introduces a scheme for the Mandatory Notification of Data Breaches throughout New South Wales.

 

This scheme requires Councils to develop a Data Breach Policy to ensure compliance with the new requirements of the Bill.  It was determined that we would simultaneously develop a Privacy Policy and also update Council’s Public Access to Information Policy, to further bolster Council’s framework and assist in mitigating risks associated with data management.

 

All three policies outlined above have been prepared to ensure Council’s obligations under the revised privacy legislation are met and to position Council, where possible, in a preventative, as opposed to reactive, landscape in this ever-evolving digital landscape.

 

BACKGROUND

 

At the Council meeting held on 10 October 2023, Council resolved the following:

 

1.     That Council publicly exhibit the following three draft policies, for a period of 28 days and seek community feedback on the proposed policies:

a)    Data Breach Policy;

b)    Privacy Policy; and

c)    Public Access to Information Policy.

 

2.     That following the conclusion of the exhibition period, the following three draft policies be brought back to Council for consideration for adoption:

a)    Data Breach Policy;

b)    Privacy Policy; and

c)    Public Access to Information Policy.

 

The three draft policies were subsequently placed on public exhibition.

 

DISCUSSION

 

The three draft policies were placed on public exhibition from 12 October 2023 to 8 November 2023. The table below shows the number of downloads for each Policy from the Your Say Inner West project page during public exhibition:

 

Policy

Downloads

Data Breach Policy

10

Privacy Policy

 9

Public Access to Information Policy

12

 

There were no submissions received during the public exhibition period regarding any of the three draft policies, accordingly all three policies are now proposed to be adopted as exhibited.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

 

There are no financial implications associated with the implementation of the proposed recommendations outlined in the report.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Data Breach Policy

2.

Privacy Policy

3.

Public Access to Information Policy

 

 


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Item No:              C1123(1) Item 4

Subject:              Post Exhibition Report - Procurement Policy, Disposals Policy and Statement of Business Ethics           

Prepared By:      Beau-Jane De Costa - Senior Manager Governance and Risk and Marea Getsios - Procurement Manager 

Authorised By:  Kelly Loveridge - Director Corporate

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

1.   That Council adopt the following three policies:

a)   Procurement Policy, with the outlined amendments, as detailed in the report;

b)   Disposals Policy; and

c)   Statement of Business Ethics.

 

2.   That Council update the Policy Register and publish, as applicable, internally, and externally the following adopted policies:

a)   Procurement Policy;

b)   Disposals Policy; and

c)   Statement of Business Ethics.

 

 

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE

 

This report supports the following strategic directions contained within Council’s Community Strategic Plan:

 

5: Progressive, responsive and effective civic leadership

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

Amendments to Council’s Procurement Policy and Statement of Business Ethics and the development of a Disposals Policy have been undertaken recognizing the criticality of the framework that underpins procurement activities across the organisation, as well as the ethical standards expected to be upheld by all Council Officials. By undertaking a review and developing these documents together all elements seamlessly integrate with one another providing a best practice, ethically sound landscape for Council.

 

The amended procurement policy sets out the essential aspects of procurement and clearly communicates Council’s position on probity, conflicts of interest, gifts, benefits and hospitality and fraud and corruption. The policy also sets out the minimum market engagement thresholds as required by legislation and refers to the procurement procedure which sets out the specific steps to be followed by Council Officials when procuring goods and services. The policy and the procedure together form a fit-for-purpose framework for Council Officials to follow. Additionally as part of the exhibition process, minor amendments have been proposed to address the feedback received by the community as outlined in the report.

 

The new Disposals Policy provides a systematic and accountable method for the disposal of surplus assets, excluding land. It strives to ensure the process for the disposal of assets is transparent and complies with the Model Code of Conduct, particularly with respect to conflicts of interest.

 

The Statement of Business Ethics was amended to reflect the principles of the Model Code of Conduct and the tendering thresholds. An ‘open and effective competition’ section was inserted to reflect Council’s stance on corrupt conduct and requiring conflicts of interest to be disclosed. A ‘social procurement’ section was also included which summarises Council’s sustainable and social procurement practices, including with respect to modern slavery. These practices align with what is set out in the procurement framework. Reporting obligations were also updated to align with legislation and other Council policies and procedures.

 

Accordingly, the amended Procurement Policy and Statement of Business Ethics and new Disposals Policy are provided to Council for consideration for adoption, following the public exhibition of these documents. 

 

BACKGROUND

 

At the Council meeting held on 10 October 2023, Council resolved the following:

 

1.   That Council publicly exhibit the following documents as attached, for a period of 28 days and seek community feedback on the proposed policies:

a)   Procurement Policy;

b)   Disposals Policy; and

c)   Statement of Business Ethics.

 

2.   That following the conclusion of the exhibition period, the following documents be brought back to Council for consideration for adoption:

a)   Procurement Policy;

b)   Disposals Policy; and

c)   Statement of Business Ethics.

 

3.   That Council receive a progress report at the November 2023 meeting on how we are meeting our resolved targets in ethical and local procurement.

 

The draft Procurement Policy, Disposals Policy and Statement of Business Ethics were subsequently placed on public exhibition.

 

DISCUSSION

The three draft policies were placed on public exhibition from 12 October 2023 to 8 November 2023. The table below shows the number of downloads for each Policy from the Your Say Inner West project page during public exhibition:

 

Policy

Downloads

Procurement Policy

20

Disposals Policy

14

Statement of Business Ethics

11

 

Three separate submissions were received in total during the public exhibition period.

 

One submission was received regarding both the draft Procurement Policy and draft Statement of Business Ethics.

 

Another submission was received regarding the draft Disposals Policy, draft Procurement Policy and draft Statement of Business Ethics.

 

The third submission received was regarding the Procurement Policy.

 

Details of the submissions and staff comments are outlined below:

Support (Yes or No)

Public Exhibition Comment/Explanation

IWC Comment

Yes with amendment proposed

Given the council’s resolution committing to becoming Australia’s leading Community Wealth Building (CWB) council at its September 2022 meeting & progressive procurement being a key pillar of CWB, the procurement policy and statement of business ethics should reflect those aims.

 

The social procurement sections should be amended to explicitly refer to community wealth building and reflect its principles.

 

Elements are consistent with it but it needs to be more specific.

 

Furthermore, while the procurement policy talks about in-house bids, it does not provide any framework for making assessments. A paragraph about the assessment criteria as to whether a decision to do an in-house bid or outsource should be added. It should outline that an assessment must occur before any decision to outsource & the social, economic, industrial relations and environment criteria that is used to make a judgement so there is confidence that decisions are not arbitrary but are in the public interest.

The following inclusions are proposed to the Procurement Policy to address the feedback:

 

Add on Page 4 under Purpose:

Progressive procurement of goods and services in accordance with the framework of community wealth building.

 

Add on page 6 under

Definition:

Progressive Procurement:

Progressive procurement of goods and services: procurement processes and decision making to deepen local supply chains and socially virtuous business development, spending and investment.

 

Add under on page 9 under Social Procurement:

Progressive procurement is spending that reflects progressive principles, rather than a strict focus on purchasing within the local area. The shift now is to move the procurement focus from “value for money” to “public value”. The integration of ESG principles into spending decisions – for example, only purchasing from suppliers who demonstrate adherence to just, inclusive labour practices, environmental sustainability, indigenous ownership, or broader community concerns.

 

Add under In-house Bids on page 9 to be included as last paragraph:

 

The Procurement Procedure outlines the correct processes to ensure a high level of probity and record management are followed.

 

Statement to be included in the Procurement Policy under Summary as the last sentence.

 

Council is committed to socially responsible progressive procurement and the mitigation of fraud and corruption.

Yes with amendments proposed

Disposals Policy -Donations to a registered charity or community organisation - REQUEST addition = special consideration for public schools (only public schools) within the LGA.

 

Statement of Business Ethics - Procurement Principles - REQUEST addition = explicit inclusion of "community wealth building" as a principle, consistent with IWC commitment adopted in September 2022. Including a definition so the community can see and understand this includes encouraging local small and medium enterprises, co-operatives and also strengthening public ownership through insourcing and the reduction of outsourcing.

 

Statement of Business Ethics - Procurement Principles - Social procurement - REQUEST addition = Integrity in tax matters. This is about ensuring any Council spend on third party goods and services continues to support our local community through associated tax contributions. Ensure any third party provider of goods and services is wholly Australian owned and registered in Australia for tax purposes; that is, it is not a subsidiary, division or franchise of an international business, nor is it registered outside Australia for tax purposes (most obviously in known tax havens such as, but not limited to, Seychelles, Cyprus, Nauru, Luxembourg, Mauritius, Malta, Malta, Marshall Islands, Curacao, Liechtenstein, Samoa, Cayman Islands, Bermuda, Jersey, Taiwan, and the British Virgin Islands).

Statement of Business Ethics - Procurement Principles - What we expect of you - REQUEST addition = Be able to demonstrate your tax bona fides within Australia.

 

Procurement Policy - Purpose - REQUEST addition = explicit mention and incorporate community wealth building principles into the procurement policy.

 

Statement - In-House Bids - REQUEST = Prioritise in-house bids. Any decision to outsource should first require passing a public interest assessment to demonstrate that it will deliver actual benefits for the community and build the future capacity of the Council to deliver for the community, not simply reduce costs through lower wages and conditions through outsourcing.

 

The Disposals Policy has been updated to reflect public schools in the LGA, in accordance with the feedback received.

 

The Statement of Business Ethics specifically requires the consideration of the Procurement Framework, amongst others, it is recommended that the proposed amendment to the Procurement Framework addresses the feedback received regarding the Statement of Business Ethics and as such the Statement of Business Ethics is proposed to remain as publicly exhibited.

 

 

The Community Wealth Building statement will not be included in the statement of business ethics. The statement of business ethics provides guidance on IWC’s ethical standards and expectations. It outlines the acceptable behaviours by both council and our contractors and suppliers. Its purpose is to reduce risk of inappropriate business activities and any conflict of interests.

 

 

 

Yes with amendment proposed

The Procurement Policy should have a greater focus on a reduction of external contracts where practical, and on community wealth building. Council voted in 2022 to focus on community wealth building. The best and easiest way to do this is through contracts being prioritised to providers within the council itself or within the LGA. A reduction in external contracts mean that less council money is leaving the LGA.

Council has addressed this through the above comments.

 

In light of the comments received it is proposed that minor amendments, as outlined above, be made to the Procurement Policy and Disposals Policy.

 

As the Statement of Business Ethics specifically requires the consideration of the Procurement Framework, amongst others, it is recommended that the proposed amendment to the Procurement Framework addresses the feedback received and the Statement of Business Ethics can remain as publicly exhibited.

 

 

Ethical and Local Procurement

At the meeting held on 10 October 2023 meeting, Council also resolved that an update be provided in November on how we are meeting our resolved targets in ethical and local procurement.

 

Each quarter spend analysis is undertaken by our procurement team, and this includes review of how we are meeting our goals on local spend and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander spend. We do this through the reporting of local suppliers identified on our database by postcode in our LGA, and of both Supply Nation businesses, and businesses we have identified as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses, on our supplier data base.

 

In Quarter 1 of FY23/24 there has been a year-on-year increase from 0.31% to 0.56% for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander spend. This has been increased in parallel to the development of the draft Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Procurement Strategy (also tabled in this November meeting) which will set a target of 1% of total addressable procurement expenditure per annum.

 

Preventing modern slavery has also been addressed in this procurement policy, and we have updated contract documents to reflect our commitment to ensuring we mitigate modern slavery and receive modern slavery statements from suppliers as well as documented evidence to demonstrate their commitment against modern slavery practices.

 

Council also remains committed to local procurement with a year-on-year increase of 7.2% in Quarter 1 of F23/24 up from 4.88% the previous year for local spend.

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

There are no financial implications associated with the implementation of the proposed recommendations outlined in the report.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Procurement Policy

2.

Disposals Policy

3.

Statement of Business Ethics

 

 


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Item No:              C1123(1) Item 5

Subject:              Post Exhibition - Amended Voluntary Planning Agreements Policy           

Prepared By:      Scott Mullen - Strategic Investments and Property Manager 

Authorised By:  Kelly Loveridge - Director Corporate

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

1.   That Council adopt the Voluntary Planning Agreements Policy.

 

2.   That Council update the Policy Register and publish, as applicable, internally, and externally the Voluntary Planning Agreements Policy.

 

 

 

 

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE

 

This report supports the following strategic directions contained within Council’s Community Strategic Plan:

 

5: Progressive, responsive and effective civic leadership

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

Council regularly reviews policies to ensure they are up to date and reflect current structures, practices, strategic direction, legislative changes, and guidance.

 

The current Voluntary Agreements (VPA) Policy was adopted by Council on 25 February 2020 with a review scheduled for after three years in 2023.

 

In February 2021 the then Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (now NSW Planning) issued a Circular and the Planning Agreements Practice Notice. The Planning Agreements Practice Notice 2021 (Practice Note) specifically states that ‘value capture’ should not be the primary purpose of a planning agreement.

 

Council’s VPA Policy was subsequently reviewed and amended to ensure it conforms with the Practice Note, and following a period of public exhibition is now being recommended for adoption.

 

BACKGROUND

 

At the Council meeting held on 12 September 2023, Council resolved the following:

 

1.   That Council publicly exhibit the draft Voluntary Planning Agreements Policy for a period of 28 days.

 

2.   That following the conclusion of the exhibition period, the draft Voluntary Planning Agreements Policy be brought back to Council for consideration for adoption.

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

 

Public exhibition

 

The draft policy was placed on public exhibition from 29 September 2023 to 27 October 2023. There were 253 visits to the Your Say Inner West project page during public exhibition. There were no responses by mail or phone.

 

One comment was received online in relation to improving the language used within the policy. 

 

 

Public Exhibition Comment / Explanation

IWC Comment

Who writes your text? Is it written to intentionally exclude people who do not speak "Bureaucratic"?

It is VERY bad.  I would redraft it for you but this tinsy text box does not allow it.

All Council policies are written for a wide audience and contain necessary legal language to ensure the meaning and intent of the policy is accurate.

 

 

There are no changes proposed to the draft Policy following the public exhibition process, and it is now proposed to be adopted as exhibited.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

 

There are no financial implications associated with the implementation of the proposed recommendations outlined in the report.

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Draft Voluntary Planning Agreements Policy

 

 


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Item No:              C1123(1) Item 6

Subject:              Post Exhibition - Draft Customer Experience Strategy           

Prepared By:      Michael Spikmans - Manager Customer Experience and Innovation and Melanie Gurney - Senior Manager Customer Experience & Service Transformation  

Authorised By:  Kelly Loveridge - Director Corporate

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

1.   That Council adopt the Customer Experience Strategy.

 

2.   The Council publish, as applicable, internally, and externally the adopted Customer Experience Strategy.

 

 

 

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE

 

This report supports the following strategic directions contained within Council’s Community Strategic Plan:

 

5: Progressive, responsive and effective civic leadership

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

On 12 September 2023 Council endorsed the public exhibition of the draft Customer Experience Strategy (Strategy) subject to inclusion of a number of amendments.

 

The amendments to the Draft strategy were made prior to placing it on public exhibition. The draft Strategy was then exhibited for community feedback for a period of 28 days from 20 September to 18 October 2023.

 

Council received 12 submissions in response to the exhibition of the draft Strategy via the ‘Your Say Inner West’ (YSIW) page on the website and via email. The engagement page had 344 views and the draft Strategy document was also downloaded 95 times.

 

A full summary of the community feedback can be viewed in the Community Engagement Outcomes Report (Attachment 1).

 

The draft Strategy (Attachment 2) is now submitted to Council for adoption.

 

BACKGROUND

 

At the Council Meeting held on 12 September 2023, Council resolved the following:

 

1.   That Council publicly exhibit the Draft Inner West Customer Experience Strategy for a period of 28 days and seek community feedback on the proposed Strategy, subject to the following updates:

a)    The strategy’s timeframe is revised to be fully implemented in three years;

b)    Language in SP1 around staff being “empowered” is changed to reflect that staff are “delegated”;

c)    An additional Strategic Goal and supporting actions are added under SP2.1 ‘Build 24/7 access to Council information and service’ to include customer service engagement via social media channels;

d)    That the following actions are brought forward to FY23/24:

i.          Conduct staff workshops to embed first contact resolution and service standards;

ii.          1.2.4 Deliver annual service performance reporting

iii.         1.4.3 Local tours and training in staff induction program

iv.        1.5.4 Establish request management & reporting standards

v.         1.5.5 Develop a case management process

vi.        2.1.6 Redesign the service portal and make it easier to track progress

vii.        4.1.1 Embed industry standard customer experience metrics.

e)    That a one-page “plan on a page” is developed and included as the first document in the public exhibition of the strategy.

3.   That following the conclusion of the exhibition period, the draft Strategy be brought back to Council for consideration for adoption.

 

Prior to public exhibition, the draft Strategy was updated to reflect the Council resolutions from 12 September 2023 Ordinary Council meeting. The Strategy was then placed on exhibition for a period of 28 days.

 

DISCUSSION

 

The following table provides a summary of public exhibition promotion and engagement activities undertaken by Council.

 

Promotion Method

Stakeholders engaged

Project page on ‘Your say Inner West’ (YSIW)

·   344 people viewed the project page

·   95 downloads of the draft Strategy

Direct email to key stakeholders

·   540 registered members of the ‘Your Say Inner West’ platform

·   194 community members who participated in the earlier engagement sessions

·   13 Local Democracy Group convenors

Social Media

·   8 Organic Posts across Facebook and Instagram

·   5,545 people reached

·   227 people engaged (likes, comments and shares)

Posters, physical copies, digital screens and intercept surveys

·   7 Libraries

·   3 Service Centres

·   3 Aquatic Centres

·   4 Saturday Customer Service Stalls

·   12 Mobile outreach Customer Service Stalls

Website

·   10 days live on the Inner West homepage banner

·   1 web announcement

 

There were 12 submissions made to Council via the ‘YSIW’ page on the website with nine respondents in support of the Strategy, two unsure and one against. The respondents who were unsure or against raised concerns about Council’s general customer service delivery or the Strategy being too “aspirational”.

 

The overall feedback received was positive and supportive of Council’s commitment to improve customer experience through the goals and actions outlined in the draft Strategy. Respondents raised some specific areas for review and provided general improvement feedback.

 

An overview of the community feedback and its alignment to the draft Strategy is presented in the table below.

 

Feedback

Alignment to draft Strategy

·   Develop a Council smartphone app sooner than FY25/26

The delivery of a Council app is dependent on improvements to our core digital platforms that are being undertaken between 2023-2025.

The integration of ‘Snap, Send, Solve’ is intended to improve raising requests via mobile devices whilst these improvements take place.

·   Share more information on services being delivered at a ward level

·   Publish statistics on SLAs by request type

This feedback will be considered in the delivery of action 4.2.1 - “Develop and display monthly customer experience performance to the community.”

·   Improve the Council request form

·   Improve the DA search/submission form

·   Implement the latest reCAPTCHA technology

·   Stay logged in on trusted devices

This feedback will be considered in the delivery of action 2.1.6 – “Redesign the customer service portal to easily capture requests and track progress.”

·   Ensure that someone answers the phone when residents call

This feedback will be considered in the delivery of action 1.1.1 - “Develop and implement an ongoing internal education campaign to promote understanding and application of Council’s Purpose, Service Promise and Customer Experience Strategy across all service units.”

·   Advocate for the community with the NSW Government and Transport NSW

This feedback aligns with Strategic Direction 5: Progressive, responsive and effective civic leadership within our Community Strategic Plan, and more specifically, is covered through the current Action Item 5.4.1 Advocate for emerging community issues.

·   “Dementia-friendly community” should be mentioned in any report of the Engagement Outcome including the final strategy document

Becoming a dementia-friendly organisation is one of Council’s key priorities outlined in the Healthy Ageing Strategy 2022 – 2025.

This is an important consideration in delivering all aspects of Strategic Priority 3 – “Embedding Access and Inclusion”.

 

All community members who provided feedback during any stage of the engagement process (and for whom Council has contact details) will be notified of Council’s decision.

 

Should Council resolve to adopt the Strategy, it will be published as applicable, internally, and externally.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

 

All operational initiatives of the Strategy planned for the current financial year are being delivered within the existing operational budget. The Digital Experience Platform (DXP) which will be delivered through Council’s capital program has a budget allocation in the existing capital budget  of $200,000 for FY23/24 and $300,000 for FY24/25.

 

The actions and deliverables outlined in future years of the Implementation Plan will be considered and incorporated into budget planning on an annual basis.

 

Attachment 1 has been published separately in the Attachments Document on Council’s Website https://www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/about/the-council/council-meetings/current-council-meetings

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Community Engagement Outcomes Report - Published separately on Council’s website

2.

Draft Customer Experience Strategy

 

 


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Item No:              C1123(1) Item 7

Subject:              Updated Site Specific Development Control Plan for Haberfield           

Prepared By:      Daniel East - Acting Senior Manager Planning 

Authorised By:  Simone Plummer - Director Planning

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

1.   That Council publicly exhibit the draft Haberfield site specific Development Control Plan for a period of 28 days and seek community feedback on the proposed Plan.

 

2.   That following the conclusion of the exhibition period, the draft Haberfield site specific Development Control Plan be brought back to Council for consideration.

 

 

 

 

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE

 

This report supports the following strategic directions contained within Council’s Community Strategic Plan:

 

2: Liveable, connected neighbourhoods and transport

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

A development application for the land known as the army lands at 140a Hawthorne Parade, Haberfield was approved for subdivision into 21 residential lots. Specific conditions of consent related to including the dedication of one lot to council as public open space. The outstanding works including drainage work has recently been completed by the Commonwealth Department of Defence and their contractors. Therefore, the release of a subdivision certificate for the site is imminent.

 

Current planning controls relate to the protection of the existing heritage character in Haberfield and do not consider new dwellings being built in Haberfield. The controls also need to be updated to respond to changing technology and forms of development. As a result, a draft Development Control Plan (DCP) amendment has been prepared and Council endorsement is sought to place the amendment on community consultation.

 

BACKGROUND

 

Haberfield is a heritage conservation area of high significance; it was recently investigated for listing on state heritage register. The controls for Haberfield have not been updated for some time and updates are required to respond to changing technology and forms of development.

 

Until 1997 the land at 140a Hawthorne Parade, was the Haberfield Depot for 21 Construction Regiment of the Royal Australian Engineers (Army Reserve). In 2001 development consent was issued by the former Ashfield Council for the subdivision of land into 22 lots including 1 lot to be dedicated to Council for public open space.

 

The development consent included numerous conditions including for drainage works have recently been completed. With a final inspection to take place shortly, the release of the subdivision certificate is imminent.

 

DISCUSSION

Once the subdivision certificate is released, the lots will need to be registered with the Land

Registry Service. After the new lots are recorded by the Land Titles office, owners are able to submit development applications to build new dwellings on the lot. Contracts are still in place for four of the lots from when they were originally auctioned in 2003; the remaining 17 lots are yet to be sold.

 

Updated development controls have been formulated to address this (see Attachment 1). The controls for the heritage conservation area fundamentally have not changed; changes to layout and structure of the document have occurred to be consistent with the future Inner West DCP, removal of redundancies, updating some controls to be easier to understand or to address problems with the current controls identified by development assessment and heritage staff.

 

The following table outlines the substantive changes that have been made and the reasons why.

 

Clause

Change

Reason

C4

New control

To make it clear that subdivision of existing allotments is not permitted as it would be detrimental to the heritage significance of the Garden Suburb by changing its historic pattern.

C20

Updated control

To clarify when basement levels are permitted

C29

New control

To make it clear that face brick and commons brick walls shall not be rendered with cement or plaster.

C41

New control

The use of box section, aluminum doors and windows using pre-finished colours is permitted in extensions and new dwellings, but not in original parts of rooms of existing houses.

C56

Amended control

Garage doors are to be simple timber or metal cladding in a recessive dark colour.

2.33(d)

Delete control

Carports forward of the building line are not permitted elsewhere Inner West

C95-C107

Added – New Dwellings

There are currently no controls in Ashfield DCP that relate to the form of new dwellings for Haberfield.

2.3.1

Added – controls for 140a Hawthorne Parade, Haberfield

A consistent front setback of 4m is proposed – while this is less than the typical front setback within Haberfield it is considered sufficient to allow the other development standards to be met – a greater setback would make compliance with these difficult to achieve. 

 

Driveways for lots 16 and 17 are required to be on the southern side of the dwellings to allow for adequate manoeuvering.

 

Note: The draft DCP does not contain specific controls relating to flooding. Any development applications will need to comply with the existing Flood Hazard controls contained in Part A3 of the Comprehensive DCP 2016 for Ashbury, Ashfield, Croydon, Croydon Park, Haberfield, Hurlstone Park and Summer Hill (Ashfield DCP).

 


 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

There are no financial implications associated with the implementation of the proposed recommendations outlined in the report.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Draft Updated Haberfield DCP

 

 


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Item No:              C1123(1) Item 8

Subject:              Draft Planning Proposal: Heritage Pubs           

Prepared By:      Daniel East - Acting Senior Manager Planning 

Authorised By:  Simone Plummer - Director Planning

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

1.   That the draft Planning Proposal be submitted to the Department of Planning and Environment for a Gateway Determination pursuant to section 3.34 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

 

2.   That the planning proposal is placed on community consultation should it receive a favourable Gateway Determination.

 

3.   That Council receive a post exhibition report for its consideration.

 

 

 

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE

 

This report supports the following strategic directions contained within Council’s Community Strategic Plan:

 

2: Liveable, connected neighbourhoods and transport

3: Creative communities and a strong economy

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

The purpose of this report is to:

 

·    update Council on the outcomes of preliminary engagement held in relation to the proposal to list 26 pubs across the Inner West as new items of local heritage significance

·    update Council on the recommendations provided by the Inner West Local Planning Panel (IWLPP) on the proposed heritage amendments

·    seek its approval to proceed with a Planning Proposal to amend Schedule 5 and the Heritage Map of the Inner West Local Environmental Plan 2022 (IWLEP 2022).

 

Inner West Council is committed to protecting places of heritage significance. The adopted Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) and Local Housing Strategy (LHS) contain actions requiring Council to review heritage significance across the local government area (LGA) and inform amendment to the IWLEP 2022 and DCPs. This report details the pubs component of the heritage review. The draft Planning Proposal (refer to Attachment 1) responds to recommendations provided by expert consultants, GML Heritage, in the Inner West Heritage Study – Pubs (May 2023) (Heritage Study).

 

The proposed amendments include new items of local heritage significance on 26 pub sites across the Inner West. It is recommended that Council agrees to proceed with the plan-making process to make these amendments, including seeking a Gateway Determination from DPE and undertaking a concurrent review of relevant DCP provisions.

 

 

 

 

BACKGROUND

 

At the Council meeting held on 3 July 2018, Council resolved the following:

 

1.   Provide information on which pubs in the Inner West Council local government area have heritage protection and which do not;

 

2.   Identify a program for an investigation into which pubs in the area have the highest architectural, historical and social heritage and are most in need of further heritage protection; and

 

3.   Liaise with architectural schools and departments to enquire whether they would be interested in carrying out pro bono heritage assessments as a study of this niche area of Sydney history.

 

In 2021, after an initial review of existing pubs, Council engaged heritage consultants to prepare a more detailed study and provide recommendations on pubs that warrant heritage listing. The resulting Heritage Study recommends 27 pubs for listing as items of local heritage significance and includes detailed heritage assessments of each venue.

 

At the Council meeting held on 25 October 2022, Council resolved the following:

 

1.   Note the Inner West Heritage Study – Pubs report prepared by GML Heritage that responds to the Council resolution dated 3 July 2018;

 

2.   Commence community engagement with landowners and patrons on the proposed heritage listing of the 27 pubs identified in the report; and

 

3.   Prioritise the preparation of a standalone Council-led planning proposal that gives effect to the heritage protections identified in the report.

 

The 27 pubs recommended in GML’s study for listing include the 26 properties subject of this draft Planning Proposal, as well as Lewisham Hotel (794 Parramatta Road, Lewisham), which is being considered separately under Council’s Planning Proposal for Parramatta Road Corridor (Stage 1), currently at formal public exhibition stage.

 

Detailed heritage assessments were carried out for each property identified, against NSW Heritage Council criteria for assessing heritage significance. Draft inventory sheets for the proposed heritage items, prepared by GML Heritage, are enclosed in the Heritage Study (refer to Attachment 2).

 

This Heritage Study and the broader heritage review implement the following actions of Inner West’s LSPS and LHS:

 

·    LSPS Planning Principle 6, Action 6.2: Continue to protect the heritage and character values of the Inner West by: ensuring significant existing or desired character is identified and protected through LEP and DCP provisions:

-     Undertaking targeted heritage studies to identify new heritage items and conservation areas across the LGA and use these studies to inform future LEP and DCP provisions for their protection.

 

·    LHS Principle 2, Action 1B: Continue to identify and conserve items of environmental heritage, and heritage conservation areas:

-     Identify this action in the Local Strategic Planning Statement

-     Undertake a heritage review across the LGA in conjunction with place-based studies

-     Consult with the community and other key stakeholders

-     Amend LEP Schedule 5 and LEP heritage maps as needed

 

DISCUSSION

 

Draft Planning Proposal

 

The draft Planning Proposal seeks to amend the Heritage Map of the IWLEP 2022 to introduce the following new items of local heritage significance:

 

Suburb

Item name

Address

Annandale

North Annandale Hotel*

105 Johnston Street

Annandale

Annandale Hotel*

17-19 Parramatta Road

Balmain

Dick’s Hotel*

89 Beattie Street

Balmain

Cricketers Arms Hotel*

255 Darling Street

Balmain

Unity Hall Hotel*

292-294 Darling Street

Balmain

Town Hall Hotel*

366 Darling Street

Balmain

Cat & Fiddle Hotel*

456 Darling Street

Balmain

The Balmain Hotel*

72-74 Mullens Street

Balmain East

East Village Hotel*

82-84 Darling Street

Enmore

Duke of Enmore Hotel*

148 Enmore Road

Enmore

Queens Hotel

167 Enmore Road

Enmore

Warren View Hotel*

2 Stanmore Road

Leichhardt

The Milestone Hotel*

140 Marion Street

Marrickville

Vic on the Park Hotel*

2 Addison Road

Marrickville

The Royal Exchange Hotel*

203 Marrickville Road

Newtown

Carlisle Castle Hotel*

17 Albermarle Street

Newtown

Kelly’s on King

283-285 King Street

Newtown

Websters Bar

323 King Street

Newtown

Sandringham Hotel (former)*

387 King Street

Petersham

Livingstone Hotel*

116 New Canterbury Road

Rozelle

The Welcome Hotel*

91 Evans Street

Rozelle

3 Weeds Hotel*

197 Evans Street

Rozelle

Sackville Hotel*

599 Darling Street

Rozelle

Garry Owen Hotel*

778 Darling Street

Rozelle

Native Rose Hotel*

68 Victoria Road

Rozelle

Bridge Hotel*

119 Victoria Road

* Including interiors

 

The specific amendments to Schedule 5 and the Heritage Map of the IWLEP 2022 are contained in the draft Planning Proposal at Attachment 1 (refer to Part 2 – Explanation of Provisions and Part 4 – Mapping of the Planning Proposal) and the Proposed Heritage Maps are included at Attachment 3.

 

Review of DCPs

 

This draft Planning Proposal will be accompanied by a review of DCPs for the former Leichhardt and Marrickville Councils (where the proposed 26 items are located). This will ensure consistency between the proposed IWLEP 2022 amendments and any relevant DCP provisions and will result in a future consolidated set of DCP provisions.

 

The review of DCPs will also take into account a recommendation that the relevant DCPs be amended to reflect the listings to be identified in the IWLEP 2022.

 

 

 

Merit Assessment

 

The draft Planning Proposal has been prepared in accordance with the NSW Government’s Local Environmental Plan Making Guideline (August 2023). This includes an assessment of:

·    Site specific merit – a proposal’s demonstrated environmental, social and economic impact on the site and surrounds and ability to be accommodated within the capacity of the current and/or future infrastructure and services; and

·    Strategic merit – a proposal’s demonstrated alignment with the NSW strategic planning framework or current government priority.

 

This assessment is contained in the draft Planning Proposal (at Attachment 1) and a more detailed assessment of the proposal against State and local strategic planning frameworks is contained in Attachment 4.

 

Relevance to other Strategic Planning projects

 

This draft Planning Proposal is part of Council’s broader heritage review, which includes a separate standalone draft Planning Proposal for Residential Heritage (subject of a separate future report).

 

Preliminary Engagement

 

In May-June 2023, preliminary engagement was undertaken with owners and operators of the pubs identified in GML’s study. Concurrently, a broader ‘Love Your Pub’ campaign was run on Council’s Your Say Inner West website, seeking community feedback on the Inner West’s pubs and pub culture.

 

In total, there were 840 visitors to the Your Say website and 20 contributions during the Love Your Pub campaign. Contributors expressed support for vibrancy and sense of community in pubs, as well as some improvements to pub culture and safety, but raised concerns about the loss of live music, noise impacts and loss of atmosphere to gambling areas. One contributor urged Council to recognise important elements without resorting to heritage listing.

 

The consultation with owners and operators of pubs identified for heritage listing resulted in responses from three owners. Feedback received included concern over potential restrictions to development and refurbishment potential and impacts on property values as a result of the proposed heritage listings.

 

The preliminary engagement comments do not preclude the draft Planning Proposal from proceeding to Council for consideration. The matters raised will continue to inform the proposal as it progresses, including at post-Gateway and statutory public exhibition stages.

 

Local Planning Panel Recommendations

 

The draft Planning Proposal was considered by the IWLPP at its meeting on 14 September 2023. The IWLPP supports the draft Planning Proposal. The minutes to this meeting are included at Attachment 5.

 

Conclusion

 

The draft Planning Proposal implements the recommendations of the Heritage Study, prepared by GML Heritage, and also responds to Council’s resolution of 25 October 2022. Part of the broader Inner West heritage review, it addresses LSPS Planning Principle 6, Action 6.2, and LHS Principle 2, Action 1B. In doing so, the proposal will help to preserve the historic significance of the Inner West’s pubs. It is recommended that Council agrees to forward this proposal to the DPE for a Gateway Determination.

 

Next Steps

 

Submit to DPE for Gateway Determination

November 2023

Gateway Determination issued

February 2024

Completion of DCP review and any further justification required by Gateway Determination

February 2024

Commencement and completion for public exhibition period

March-April 2024

Completion of post-exhibition review

April 2024

Council Meeting (post-exhibition) to determine whether to adopt the proposed amendments

June 2024

Submission to DPE to finalise the LEP

June 2024

Gazettal of LEP amendment

July 2024

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

 

There are no financial implications associated with the implementation of the proposed recommendations outlined in the report.

 

Attachments 2, 3 and 4 have been published separately in the Attachments Document on Council’s Website https://www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/about/the-council/council-meetings/current-council-meetings

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Planning Proposal - Heritage Pubs

2.

Heritage Study – Pubs - Published separately on Council’s website

3.

Heritage Pubs – Maps - Published separately on Council’s website

4.

Consistency with Strategic Planning Framework - Published separately on Council’s website

 

 


Council Meeting

21 November 2023

 




















Council Meeting

21 November 2023

 

Item No:              C1123(1) Item 9

Subject:              Update on Reconciliation Action Plan           

Prepared By:      Simon Watts - Social and Cultural Planning Manager 

Authorised By:  Ruth Callaghan - Director Community

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

1.   That Council publicly exhibit the draft Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Procurement Strategy for a period of 28 days and seek community feedback on the proposed Strategy.

 

2.   That following the conclusion of the exhibition period, the draft Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Procurement Strategy be brought back to Council for consideration.

 

 

 

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE

 

This report supports the following strategic directions contained within Council’s Community Strategic Plan:

 

4: Healthy, resilient and caring communities

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

This report provides an update on implementation of Council’s second Reconciliation Action Plan, including on creation of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Hub, proposes a draft Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Procurement Strategy for exhibition, and discusses the use of Aboriginal names in Council correspondence.

 

BACKGROUND

 

At the Council Meeting held on 13 September 2022, Council resolved the following in part:

 

4.   Council receive quarterly progress reports of progress toward establishing the

community hub; and

 

5.   Council receive quarterly progress reports on the development of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Procurement Strategy including KPIs for awarding of contracts and the total value.

 

At the Council Meeting held on 8 August 2023, Council resolved the following in part:

 

1.   That Council bring back a report on adopting traditional place names in our correspondence.

 

This report provides an update on implementation of Council’s second Reconciliation Action Plan, including on creation of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Hub, proposes a draft Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Procurement Strategy for exhibition, and discusses the use of Aboriginal names in Council correspondence.

 

 

Achievements under the Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan are reported for the period 1 July to 31 October. The draft of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Procurement Strategy (Attachment 1) is proposed for endorsement for exhibition.

 

Discussion of Aboriginal names in Council correspondence is also provided.

 

 

DISCUSSION

 

Reconciliation Action Plan outcomes

 

Achievements under the Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan include:

 

·    Significant celebrations and community participation marked the Gumbramorra Games, Indigenous Children’s Week, and the NAIDOC Golf Day in October

·    An Aboriginal architect has been appointed for the design of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Hub in Tempe Reserve, and community engagement is scheduled with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community on 11 November 2023. A building condition report has been commissioned and work is planned to amend the Plan of Management for the Reserve to enable this redevelopment.

·    Aboriginal artist Jason Wing has been selected to design the second Survival Memorial, located in Illoura Reserve East Balmain

·    Engagement on Closing the Gap outcomes with Sydney Local Health District; curriculum development on Aboriginal health with their RTO, health promotion on reducing obesity and kidney health, and the nature and availability of mental health services

·    Launch of a Perfect Match artwork in Enmore featuring an Aboriginal artist

·    Collaboration with partners including local schools and early learning centers on Reconciliation planning

·    Aboriginal language maps and Uluru Statement from the Heart now displayed in all the libraries and half of the community facilities

·    Collaboration with Cooks River Alliance on river health, community engagement and planning for the 2024 Mullet festival and Parramatta River Catchment group on community engagement and swimming places

·    The internal mapping work on locations of Aboriginal cultural significance continues, in order to ensure location, nature and condition is known and recorded. Local sites and their qualities are documented in layers of the digital planning system to guide land use planning and regulatory work including development consent processes.

·    Ways of sharing information, an Aboriginal history booklet has been launched

·    Signage, Naming, and Welcome to Country guidance for staff has been updated for principles on both Acknowledgement and Welcome to Country, clarifying in which circumstances these are to be used.

 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Procurement Strategy

 

The draft of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Procurement Strategy was discussed with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee in October 2023, and it was endorsed by that group for referral to Council. The draft Strategy (attached) is proposed for endorsement for exhibition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aboriginal names in Council correspondence

 

In 2018, Council approved dual naming of its five wards and this is an example of recognising cultural significance through names:

 

·         Ashfield Ward – Djarrawunang (Magpie)

·         Balmain Ward – Baludarri (Leather Jacket)

·         Leichhardt Ward – Gulgadya (Grass Tree)

·         Marrickville Ward – Midjuburi (Lillypilly)

·         Stanmore Ward – Damun (Port Jackson Fig).

 

This initiative was a first step in recognising traditional names in correspondence.

 

Connection to Country through language, cultural practice and long held relationships are intrinsically connected to identity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples. To guide potential next steps in recognising traditional names, Council has developed a draft Naming Policy that consolidates and builds on previous approaches. This draft has been developed with extensive engagement with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and will be proposed for exhibition early in 2024.

 

This proposed policy encourages recognition of Aboriginal place names with the aim to promote frequent and official use of these names. Use of Aboriginal place names through the dual naming process reflects a Council commitment in the Reconciliation Action Plan to deepening recognition of Aboriginal cultural heritage. A dual naming system may be used when a non-Aboriginal assigned geographical name already exists for places of physical and environmental significance to the local Aboriginal community or the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council.

 

The principle that has been developed for the draft policy proposes that where naming, dual naming or renaming is desired, Aboriginal language names be given first preference where such a name is both dignified and appropriate, particularly thematic names such as Indigenous language for flora or fauna. Each use of the name of an Aboriginal person or a noun should be unique and not repeated. The draft policy proposes a list of Aboriginal names that might be considered for use when opportunities arise.

 

In practical terms use of a dual ward name or for the land of the Gadigal Wangal peoples as an additional field in the addressing Council correspondence would require a software upgrade and there is no budget allocated for such work. Further, it is not clear that this is a programming change that would be supported by Council’s software vendor.

 

It is noted that Australia Post allows people to include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander place or Country names in addressing correspondence and packages.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

 

The 2023/24 budget approved by Council includes the required budget for implementation of the Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan. There is no allocated funding for software upgrade to enable additional fields (such as Aboriginal place names) in Council correspondence.

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Draft Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Procurement Strategy

 

 


Council Meeting

21 November 2023

 







Council Meeting

21 November 2023

 

Item No:              C1123(1) Item 10

Subject:              Establishment of Alcohol-Free Zone - Loyalty Square Balmain           

Prepared By:      Caroline McLeod - Senior Manager Libraries  

Authorised By:  Ruth Callaghan - Director Community

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

1.   That Council endorses the establishment of an Alcohol-Free Zone Pursuant to Sections 642-648 of the Local Government Act 1993 at Loyalty Square Balmain for four years.

 

2.   That the proposal to establish an Alcohol-Free Zone be placed on public exhibition for a period of 30 days and a report be bought back to Council for formal endorsement.

 

 

 

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE

This report supports the following strategic directions contained within Council’s Community Strategic Plan:

 

4: Healthy, resilient and caring communities

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

This report is in response to the Council resolution at the September meeting to provide a report on the process and possible benefits of designating Loyalty Square Balmain as an alcohol-free zone.  

 

The proposal to make Loyalty Square Balmain an Alcohol-Free Zone is in response to reports of anti-social behaviour by the community. It should be noted that Council recently decided not to renew Alcohol Free Zones in other areas of Balmain.

 

The paper discusses the benefits and process for establishing an Alcohol-Free Zone.

 

The paper recommends an Alcohol-Free Zone be established at Loyalty Square Balmain for a period of four years and this proposal be placed on public exhibition for community comment.

 

BACKGROUND

 

At the Council Meeting held on 12 September 2023, Council resolved the following: 

 

1.   That Council write to the Leichhardt Area Police Command and the Member for Balmain requesting additional resources be allocated to mitigate anti-social behaviour in Loyalty Square Balmain. 

 

2.   That Council seek advice from local social service providers about what outreach can be conducted to assist people who are exhibiting anti-social behaviour at Loyalty Square Balmain.  

 

3.   That Council receive a report at the October 2023 Ordinary Council meeting on the process and possible benefits and disadvantages of designating Loyalty Square Balmain as an alcohol-free zone 

 

DISCUSSION

 

Over recent months, Council has received complaints from concerned members of the community reporting an increase in anti-social behaviour such as excessive consumption of alcohol, threatening language and fighting in Loyalty Square Balmain. Residents are reporting feeling unsafe and reluctant to visit nearby businesses.

 

Alcohol Free Zone

 

The aim and advantage of an Alcohol-Free Zone is to help prevent alcohol-related anti-social behaviour and crime in public places and to allow users of public roads, carparks and public spaces to do so without interference from people under the influence of alcohol.

 

An Alcohol-Free Zone allows Police to stop, speak to and move on people, who are acting and drinking irresponsibly. The zones allow for the development and monitoring of alternative strategies to address any anti-social use of alcohol in these spaces.

 

Leichhardt Police Local Area Command (LAC) has advised Alcohol-Free Zones are considered another tool for the Police to manage anti-social behaviour related to the consumption of alcohol in public places. Alcohol free zones give the Police the power, if necessary, to dispose and/or confiscate alcohol.

 

The focus of an Alcohol-Free zone is to deter irresponsible drinking without imposing fines on potentially disadvantaged people. It should be noted that on occasion people exhibiting anti-social behaviour may be experiencing mental ill health, substance abuse and/or homelessness. The Leichhardt LAC advised that no fine is issued and therefore there is no official penalty for people consuming alcohol in these zones.

 

The Office of Local Government notes in their Alcohol-Free Zones and Alcohol Prohibited Areas in NSW Fact Sheet that used in isolation, Alcohol Free Zones my simply move a problem from one place to another.

 

Council currently has alcohol free zones in Marrickville, Sydenham, Newtown, Enmore and Summer Hill.

 

Occasionally if there is a festival or a special event, a suspension of the Alcohol-Free Zone can be made for a short period of time.

 

An Alcohol-Free Zone may be established for a maximum period of four years. Once established, it applies 24 hours per day.

 

Social services

 

Local human services agencies that work with vulnerable people in Balmain are not always able to provide outreach assistance or gain their consent for access to services. Initial advice is that local agencies usually assist people who appear to be sleeping rough in Loyalty Square and have belongings with them that indicate they have no other place to go.

 

Agencies such as Wesley Mission and Missionbeat do not provide outreach response in circumstances where there is no evidence of rough sleeping – that is no belongings, bedding or bedding or people seen sleeping overnight.

 

They advise that in the type of a situation described at Loyalty Square (for example people drinking alcohol, swearing etc) they would not receive an outreach response.

 

Process for establishing an Alcohol-Free Zone

 

The Office of Local Government advises the process to establish the zone is as follows:

 

1.   A Council resolution is required and the proposal to establish the Zone be supported by evidence of need;

2.   Council must consult (allowing at least 30 days for feedback) to decide if an Alcohol-Free Zone is appropriate including with

a.   Local Police,

b.   Local licensees / registered clubs adjacent to a proposed zone,

c.   Organisations/s able to speak on behalf of an Aboriginal or culturally and linguistically diverse group;

3.   Following Council endorsement, appropriate public notice of at least seven days be given including informing the relevant Police LAC, affected liquor licensees and club secretaries and other organisations advised of the original proposal;

4.   Following consultation with the local LAC regarding the placement of signage; signs be installed clearly showing:

a.   restrictions in place, including places at which alcohol consumption is prohibited;

b.   noting that alcohol may be seized and disposed of; and

c.   the start and finishing dates for the zone. 

 


 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

There are no financial implications associated with the implementation of the proposed recommendations outlined in the report.

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.

 


Council Meeting

21 November 2023

 

Item No:         C1123(1) Item 11

Subject:         Local Traffic Committee Meeting - 16 October 2023           

Prepared By:      Manod Wickramasinghe - Traffic and Transport Planning Manager  

Authorised By:  Ryann Midei - Director Infrastructure

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council receive the minutes and adopt the recommendations of the Local Traffic Committee meeting held on 16 October 2023.

 

 

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE

 

This report supports the following strategic direction contained within Council’s Community Strategic Plan.

 

2: Liveable, connected neighbourhoods and transport

 

 

ITEMS BY WARD

 

Ward

Item

Baludarri

(Balmain)

McCleer Street, Rozelle - Traffic Review

Darling Street & Elliott Street, Balmain - Proposed Streetscape Improvements

Evans Street, Balmain - Resident Parking Scheme Expansion

Fawcett Street, Balmain - Proposed 'No Parking' Restrctions

Gulgadya

(Leichhardt)

Nil.

Midjuburi

(Marrickville)

Brereton Avenue, Marrickville - Proposed kerb extensions

Smidmore Street, Marrickville - Proposed installation of linemarking of the existing Taxi Zone

Djarrawunang

(Ashfield)

Lackey Street, Summer Hill - Temporary Full Road Closure - 'Summer Hill Opera' Event on Sunday 17 December 2023

Damun (Stanmore)

Reiby Street, Newtown - Proposed Parking Changes: Adjustment to Existing 'No Parking' and '1/2P 8.30am-6pm Mon-Fri , 8.30am-12.30pm Sat' Restrictions

Laura Street, Newtown - Proposed Raised Pedestrian Crossing

Old Canterbury Road, Lewisham, North of Summer Hill Street - Proposed Kerb Extensions

Metropolitan Road, Enmore – Accessible Parking Improvements

Morton Park LATM Study

All Wards

Nil.

 

DISCUSSION

 

The October 2023 meeting of the Local Traffic Committee was at Ashfield Service Centre. The minutes of the meeting are shown at Attachment 1.

 

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

 

Projects proposed for implementation are funded within existing budget allocations.

 

PUBLIC CONSULTATION

 

Specific projects have undergone public consultation as indicated in the respective reports to

the Traffic Committee.

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Local Traffic Committee minutes - 16 October 2023

 

 


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21 November 2023

 
















Council Meeting

21 November 2023

 

Item No:              C1123(1) Item 12

Subject:              Audit Risk and Improvement Committee Minutes           

Prepared By:      Beau-Jane De Costa - Senior Manager Governance and Risk  

Authorised By:  Kelly Loveridge - Director Corporate

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council receive the minutes and adopt the recommendations of the Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee meeting held on 4 October 2023.

 

 

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE

 

This report supports the following strategic directions contained within Council’s Community Strategic Plan:

 

5: Progressive, responsive and effective civic leadership

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

In accordance with the ARIC Terms of Reference, copies of the minutes of the Committee are to be provided to the Council. The confirmed minutes of the ARIC meeting held on 4 October 2023 are attached.

 

BACKGROUND

 

The Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee (ARIC) is established in accordance with section 428A of the Local Government Act 1993. The objective of Council’s ARIC is to provide independent assurance to Council by monitoring, reviewing and providing advice about the Council’s governance processes, compliance, risk management and control frameworks, external accountability obligations and overall performance.

 

DISCUSSION

 

In accordance with the ARIC Terms of Reference, clause 8.6 Secretariat, the Minutes of the meeting held on 4 October 2023 were approved Out of Session.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

 

There are no financial implications associated with the implementation of the proposed recommendations outlined in the report.

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

ARIC Minutes 4 October 2023 (Extraordinary - Financial Statements)

 

 


Council Meeting

21 November 2023

 





 


Council Meeting

21 November 2023

 

Item No:              C1123(1) Item 13

Subject:              Inner West FOGO Food Recycling Monthly Update           

Prepared By:      Helen Bradley - Manager Resource Recovery Planning 

Authorised By:  Peter Gainsford - General Manager

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council receive and note the report.

 

 

 

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE

This report supports the following strategic directions contained within Council’s Community Strategic Plan:

 

1: An ecologically sustainable Inner West

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

This report provides the monthly update to Council on the new FOGO Food Recycling service rolled out to houses across the Inner West, commencing 9 October 2023.

 

BACKGROUND

 

Council requested monthly updates for the first year of the new service.

 

DISCUSSION

 

Council commenced the FOGO food recycling service on 9 October 2023 and as of 10 November had collected over 1500 Tonnes of FOGO. Whilst the environmental benefits of the new service are self-evident and everyone in our community is able to contribute to a more sustainable future by participating in the service, there are challenges in the roll out of any new service.  Experience from other councils suggest that it can take up to six months to embed a new service.   

 

Inner West Council has 50,600 single dwellings (houses) and 31,800 multi-units and picks up approximately 178,000 bins per week across all waste streams. The implementation has required a realignment of our waste calendar to better align the new service, including the accommodation of the multi-unit dwellings being serviced weekly (garbage and FOO) through the entire area.  This requires adjustment for not only our waste collection staff and contractors but also residents. Industry standard for missed bins is 0.5% of total services which for Inner West is 700 missed services per week.  In the first week of November Council had 876 missed bin requests.    

 

We always anticipated that a change of this magnitude would be a challenge and so we put several supports in place prior to the rollout to help our residents during the transition.  

Additional staff were added to Council’s call centre and staff from across the organisation have assisted in taking waste call during peak times. The number of phone calls have reduced by more than half since we commenced the service and continue to reduce each week. A number of Council teams have been focussing on the management of customer requests to help with provide a higher level of customer service.  

 

Council has been promoting access to the online waste calendar as the single source of truth for residents confirming their bin collection details, with the web page receiving in excess of 170,000 visits. This is now reflected in the number of residents presenting their red or yellow bin on the wrong week for collection which was reduced to 10 – 15%.  

 

Staff have been actively attending customer service stalls and events to ensure a presence in the community, answering questions and providing advice around FOGO which has been well received by the community.

  

Social media has been the greatest difficulty with negative comments and misinformation. This was addressed by Inner West Council joining community groups/discussions to comment on FOGO.  

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions  

 

Other than missed bins which were discussed above most issues being raised at the present time are listed below; 

1.   Upsizing Red Lid Garbage bins  

2.   Booked Overflow Red Lid Garbage Bin collection 

3.   Supply of starter kits and liners 

4.   Rebate for Reusable Nappies and sanitary items 

5.   Nappy drop off 

6.   Community Education via waste busters   

 

 

1.   Upsizing Red Lid Garbage Bins.  

 

To help assist residents who are struggling with a fortnightly collection of the 120-litre red lidded bin, Council is offering a 240-litre bin. The plan was to allow residents a month to adapt to the new service before offering the larger bin. Council has had 2,189 requests for a 240-litre red lidded bin out of the 50,600 households and has so far delivered 789 and it is envisaged that the current requests will be delivered in the next three weeks. In the meantime, if residents require an additional support they can book an extra collection which has been done through the Optimo service. 

 

2.   Booked Overflow Red Lid Garbage Bin Collection  

 

Optimo, Council’s current booking system for clean-up bookings, has been active since 9 October 2023 to support residents that would like to book the alternate week collection. Council clean-up and extra red-lid bin collection - Inner West Council (nsw.gov.au) 

 

The booked system gives residents opportunity to adapt waste sorting behaviour before committing to an upsizing of bin. Cumulative bookings:

  

 

3.   Supply of starter kits and liners 

 

Home delivery of caddies and liners, with supply also made available at customer service stalls, libraries and service centres. Council can deliver starter kits to households who may not have received them.  

 

4.   Rebate for Reusable Nappies 

 

$30,000 was allocated by council resolution for the nappy and sanitary rebate which opened on 9 October to enable households to try subsidised reusable nappies or sanitary products and reduce the amount of garbage in their red lid bin. Residents buy the items of their choice and submit their simple application and their receipt to qualify for the rebate (up to $150 for reusable nappies and $100 for sanitary products).  

Inner West Council's Rebately | Reusable Cloth Nappies 

 

At 6 November 2023, seventy-seven rebates had been claimed ($4,554 of $30,000 available); 

Reusable cloth nappies – 20 claims to the value of $1,441.39 

Reusable sanitary products – 57 claims to the value of $3,112.92 

 

 

5.   Nappy Drop Off 

 

Excess nappies can be dropped off at the following locations: 

Community Recycling Centre – 50-54 Moore Street, Leichhardt. Open Saturday and Sunday 7:45am to 11.30am and 1pm to 3:45pm. 

Community Recycling Centre – 15-17 Unwin's Bridge Road, St Peters (entry via Bolton Street). Open Saturday and Sunday 8am – 1pm.  

Inner West Sustainability Hub – 7 Prospect Road, Summer Hill. Open Weekdays 9am-5pm 

Community recycling centres - Inner West Council (nsw.gov.au) 

Inner West Sustainability Hub - Inner West Council (nsw.gov.au) 

 

6.   Waste Busters Waste Busters - Inner West Council (nsw.gov.au) 

 

The Waste Busters and resource recovery officers are attending community events and stalls. The focus has been on reactive education to date, when the enquiries settle waste busters will proactively be contacting households with contaminated or overflowing red lid garbage bins.

 

One waste audit has been completed as another was cancelled by the resident as they found they adjusted to FOGO better than expected and four more are in progress. 

 

FOGO weekday customer service stalls 9.30am to 5.30pm: 

10,11, 12, 13 Oct – Ashfield Aquatic 

17,18,19, 20 Oct – Marrickville Library 

23 Oct - Loyalty Square, Balmain 

24, 25 Oct - Marketplace Leichhardt 

26, 27 Oct – Loyalty Square, Balmain 

31 Oct – Haberfield Library 

1 Nov – Summer Hill Piazza 

3 Nov – Ashfield Aquatic  

 

FOGO Weekend customer service stalls (9:30-1:30): 

9 Sept – Tempe Recreation Reserve 

16 Sept – Dulwich Hill Library 

17 Sept – Dulwich Hill Festival  

23 Sept – Ashfield Town Hall 

30 Sept – Enmore Park 

7 Oct – Pioneer Memorial Park, Leichhardt 

14 Oct – Yeo Park, Ashfield 

15 Oct – Marrickville Festival 

21 Oct – Steel Park, Marrickville 

28 Oct – Tillman Park, Sydenham (Early Learning event) 

28 Oct – Elkington Park, Balmain 

29 Oct – Italian Festa, Norton Street, Leichhardt 

4 Nov – Summer Hill Piazza 

 

 

Communications and Engagement 

 

FOGO Community Champions 

Cornersmith Workshops and social media commenced mid-October and will be completed by mid-December 2023. 

 

Facebook and Instagram – by 6 November 3 reels have been posted by Cornersmith using FOGO Fridge Check and featuring the kitchen benchtop bin and compostable liners. These posts received up to 888 likes and have been shared by Inner West. 

 

 

Cornersmith workshops 

Inner West Sustainability Hub, Summer Hill – Thursday 26 October (35 attendees) 

Balmain Town Hall – Sat 4 November cancelled due to presenter illness (currently being rescheduled as 28 had booked)  

Marrickville Pavilion – Sat 2 December (33 booked) 

 

 

Workshop Summer Hill Thursday 26 October (35 attendees) 

 

 

Adventure Kids Entertainment have undertaken FOGO performances across the Inner West Primary schools and have booked in schools, inner West Early learning centres and libraries through to March 2024. Feedback has been positive with children loving the interactive approach and FOGO songs. 

Primary Schools 

Marrickville Public – 17 October (38 children) 

Marrickville West Public – 17 October (65 children) 

Wilkins Public – 19 October (45 students) 

Birchgrove Public – 24 October (45 students) 

Balmain Public – 26 October (40 students) 

Dulwich Hill – 30 October 

Leichhardt Public – 3 November 

Ashfield Public – 21 November 

 

Inner West Early Learning Centres; 

Annandale – 20 October (20 children) 

Cavendish Street – 24 October (40 children) 

Balmain-Rozelle – 25 October 

Deborah Little – 25 October (52 children) 

Leichhardt – 26 October 

Addison Road – 7 October (45 students) 

Leichhardt Park – 1 November 

Enmore – 10 November 

 

Inner West Libraries 

Haberfield - 5 December 

Marrickville - 6 December 

Leichhardt -10 January 

St Peters – 11 January 

Ashfield – 15 January 

Dulwich Hill – 13 February 

Balmain – 14 February 

 

 

 

 

 

Engaging a high-profile individual to help promote FOGO 

Craig Reuscassel has shared reels on social media and supported the FOGO Hero campaign. FOGO (Food organics garden organics) - Inner West Council (nsw.gov.au)  

 

 

Communications and Engagement 

Social media has been active with organic posts and boosted ads achieving great reach and engagement. As the campaign has continued there has been a marked downward trend in negative comments. 

 

Social media has been active with organic posts and boosted ads achieving great reach and engagement. As the campaign has continued there has been a marked downward trend in negative comments. 

 

 

Ads 

Reach 

Impressions 

 Engagement

 Engagement Percentage

2/11/2023 

 

 

 

 

 

1/09/2023 

FB 

FB Ads – pre-launch 

234,349 

 

 

1/09/2023 

FB 

FB Ads – post-launch 

125,632 

 

 

8/09/2023 

FB 

FB video boost 

13,817 

4,756 

34.42% 

11/09/2023 

Insta 

Introducing FOGO 

5,318 

213 

4.01% 

12/09/2023 

FB 

Longform post 

1,626 

320 

19.68% 

13/09/2023 

FB 

FOGO is coming (red tile) 

5,303 

993 

18.73% 

13/09/2023 

Insta 

FOGO is coming (red tile) 

4,578 

174 

3.80% 

14/09/2023 

Insta 

FOGO red tile (story) 

963 

2 

0.21% 

16/09/2023 

FB 

Did you hear the news 

738 

24 

3.25% 

19/09/2023 

FB 

Be a FOGO Hero (orange tile) 

1,682 

205 

12.19% 

21/09/2023 

FB 

Every hero needs a sidekick (blue tile) 

7,679 

1,686 

3.44% 

21/09/2023 

Insta 

Every hero needs a sidekick (blue tile) 

5,227 

128 

2.45% 

23/09/2023 

Insta 

Did you hear the news (ep 1) 

2,811 

70 

2.49% 

27/09/2023 

FB 

There is a new home for your food scraps (ep 2) 

640 

9 

1.41% 

27/09/2023 

Insta 

There is a new home for your food scraps (ep 2) 

1,925 

36 

1.87% 

29/09/2023 

 

Google Ad 

68,400 

11,900 

17.40% 

2/10/2023 

FB 

What to FOGO? 

3,815 

141 

3.70% 

2/10/2023 

Insta 

What to FOGO? 

2,497 

43 

1.72% 

3/10/2023 

FB 

With the expansion of food recycling 

58,523 

14,287 

24.41% 

3/10/2023 

Insta 

With the expansion of food recycling 

9,161 

762 

8.32% 

5/10/2023 

FB 

Wondering what goes in your different coloured bin? 

2,511 

465 

18.52% 

8/10/2023 

FB 

EPA FOGO video 

1,503 

95 

6.32% 

8/10/2023 

Insta 

EPA FOGO video 

3,766 

129 

3.43% 

9/10/2023 

FB 

It's official - Our new FOGO service starts today (check your calendar) 

36,188 

9,351 

25.84% 

9/10/2023 

Insta 

It's official - Our new FOGO service starts today 

7,681 

293 

3.81% 

11/10/2023 

FB 

Discover eco-friendly kitchen hacks 

664 

6 

0.90% 

11/10/2023 

FB 

Sustainable kitchens (event) 

739 

 

100.00% 

11/10/2023 

Insta 

Craig Reucassel (story) 

840 

13 

1.55% 

11/10/2023 

FB 

FOGO food recycling is 

1,951 

133 

6.82% 

11/10/2023 

Insta 

FOGO food recycling is 

5,413 

125 

2.31% 

12/10/2023 

FB 

Craig Reucassel ad 

13,538 

1,680 

12.41% 

13/10/2023 

FB 

Your FOGO starter pack is on its way! 

3,482 

627 

18.01% 

13/10/2023 

Insta 

Your FOGO starter pack is on its way! 

5,518 

145 

2.63% 

16/10/2023 

FB 

The FOGO waste revolution 

1,136 

183 

16.11% 

16/10/2023 

Insta 

The FOGO waste revolution 

2,559 

49 

1.91% 

19/10/2023 

FB 

What goes where in FOGO? 

6,952 

896 

12.89% 

19/10/2023 

Insta 

Discover ecofriendly kitchens 

2,130 

105 

4.93% 

20/10/2023 

FB 

GOOD NEWS Tea bags are now accepted 

1,933 

285 

14.74% 

20/10/2023 

Insta 

GOOD NEWS Tea bags are now accepted 

6,476 

231 

3.57% 

24/10/2023 

FB 

Remember, when using your FOGO bin remove 

2,155 

295 

13.69% 

24/10/2023 

Insta 

Remember, when using your FOGO bin remove 

2,670 

59 

2.21% 

27/10/2023 

Insta 

Introducing FOGO Friday Fridge Check 

5,856 

198 

3.38% 

27/10/2023 

FB 

Introducing FOGO Friday Fridge Check 

2,090 

334 

15.98% 

28/10/2023 

Insta 

FOGO doesn't have to be spooky story 

411 

 

0.00% 

28/10/2023 

Insta 

FOGO doesn't have to be spooky 

41 

6 

14.63% 

28/10/2023 

FB 

FOGO doesn't have to be spooky 

3,054 

150 

4.91% 

29/10/2023 

Insta 

FOGO has been in the inner west for almost 3 weeks 

9,121 

309 

3.39% 

29/10/2023 

FB 

FOGO has been in the inner west for almost 3 weeks 

846 

116 

13.71% 

31/10/2023 

Insta 

The new combined food organics 

1,232 

31 

2.52% 

31/10/2023 

FB 

The new combined food organics 

631 

60 

9.51% 

2/11/2023 

FB 

Darcy red bin video 

5,645 

219 

3.88% 

2/11/2023 

FB 

Darcy red bin video 

227 

74 

32.60% 

 

 

 

 

307,853 

51,029 

10.91% 

 

 

TOTAL REACH (including ads) 

696,988 

51,029 

 

 

 

 

Compostable liner supply and delivery  

Council has compostable liners (bags) available at Inner West Customer Service Centres and libraries. The process needs to be consistent for residents in apartments and houses. 

The current on-demand order for apartments is resource intensive and inefficient and will need to be reconsidered as part of our long-term approach with houses.  

 

Other metro councils offer ongoing bag supply: 

·    Randwick Council currently offers 6 monthly delivery of bags and encourages residents to buy their own, use paper or go bag free in the interim Order new FOGO caddy liners - Randwick City Council (nsw.gov.au) 

·    Penrith offers quarterly delivery (opt-in) and promotes pick up from council offices and libraries. FOGO FAQ - Penrith City Council (nsw.gov.au) 

 

In a 2021 publication of industry news, Waste Management, a study of the use of compostable liners by MRA Consulting found that councils which supplied liners had on average 30 per cent more FOGO capture than those without. While the study noted that those councils not supplying liners did so to save costs, modelling showed that the avoided landfill gate fees for the additional food waste captured because liners were provided, resulted in savings well exceeding the cost of providing liners.  

 

It is proposed to provide the delivery of compostable bag liners to the 50,600 houses single dwellings by the end of the year and the supply of these bags is estimated at $165,000 and the delivery of the bags will be undertaken by Council's waste staff.  

 

In future a report will be presented to Council that considers a number of delivery models like the Penrith or Randwick examples or offering a pick-up service as costs could be reduced or avoided by offering free collection from the three Customer service centres, eight libraries and the Inner West Sustainability Hub. They could also be provided from the mobile Customer service stalls.  

 

There must be a strong focus on take only one pack to discourage the stockpiling of bags due to the 12-month shelf life of bags and them beginning to compost and deteriorate over time, particularly if stored in damp areas or exposed to sunlight. 

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

 

Fully funded via Domestic Waste Budget for ongoing operational costs and implementation funded via the NSW EPA (Environment Protection Authority) Grant and any additional costs to the above budget for example the additional compostable liners will be funded from the Domestic Waste Reserve.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.

 


Council Meeting

21 November 2023

 

Item No:              C1123(1) Item 14

Subject:              Investment Report at 30 September 2023           

Prepared By:      Chris Sleiman - Acting Chief Financial Officer  

Authorised By:  Kelly Loveridge - Director Corporate

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council receive and note the report.

 

 

 

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE

 

This report supports the following strategic directions contained within Council’s Community Strategic Plan:

 

5: Progressive, responsive and effective civic leadership

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

A monthly investment report is provided to Council detailing the investment portfolio in terms of performance, percentage exposure of total portfolio, maturity date and changes in market value. During the month of September 2023:

 

·    Council had $58.0m among 6 and 12 month term deposits mature which had an average rate of 4.36% pa.

·    Council reinvested the proceeds of $58.0m and an additional $1.5m across 6 and 12 month green and non-fossil fuel term deposits at an average rate of 5.06% pa.

·    Council is preparing for the maturity of further investments in October 2023 and it appears that the rates are continuing to trend positively.

·    Council’s entire investment portfolio remains invested in non-fossil fuel lending ADIs (50% of portfolio) and socially responsible investments (50% of portfolio).

 

Council’s investments are reported monthly to Council in accordance with the Local Government Act 1993, the Local Government (General) Regulation 2021 and Council’s Investment Policy.

 

BACKGROUND

 

A monthly investment report is provided to Council detailing the investment portfolio in terms of performance, percentage exposure of total portfolio, maturity date and changes in market value.

 

The intention of investing Council’s funds is to seek the most favourable return available, whilst having due consideration of risk and security for that investment type and ensuring that its liquidity requirements are being maintained; with consideration given to the preservation of capital, liquidity, and the return on investment.

 

Preservation of capital is the principal objective of the investment portfolio. Investments are placed in a manner that seeks to ensure security and safeguarding the investment portfolio. This includes managing credit and interest rate risk within identified thresholds and parameters.

 

Council determined to proactively invest in a non-fossil fuel investment portfolio.

 

Legislative Requirements

 

All investments are to comply with the following:

 

§ Local Government Act 1993;

§ Local Government (General) Regulation 2021;

§ Ministerial Investment Order dated 17 February 2011;

§ Local Government Code of Accounting Practice and Financial Reporting;

§ Australian Accounting Standards; and

§ Division of Local Government Investment Policy Guidelines May 2010

 

Council’s Socially Responsible Investments consist of Green Term Deposits from otherwise fossil fuel lending banks, such as CBA and Westpac and also long dated bond issues from a range of institutions and government agencies. These investments provide targeted funding to a wide range of green and socially responsible projects and initiatives. Council also utilises these investments to remain within the credit rating policy guidelines imposed by the NSW TCorp loan covenant requirements.

 

Certification

 

The Acting Chief Financial Officer Chris Sleiman as the Responsible Accounting Officer has certified that the investments listed in the attached report have been made in accordance with Section 625 of the Local Government Act 1993, Section 212 of the Local Government General Regulation 2021 and Council’s Investment Policy.

 

DISCUSSION

 

Council’s investments are held in various investment categories which are listed in the table below. Council’s investment portfolio size is $223.9m, an increase of $1.5m from the prior month as Council invested additional working funds into the investment portfolio. All Socially Responsible Investments (SRI’s) are investments that comply with the Non-Fossil Fuel standards. Council’s portfolio during the month had a return of 3.79% pa, against the UBSWA Bank Bill Index Benchmark (4.18% pa) on a marked-to-market basis. For the past 12 months, the portfolio has returned 4.26% pa on a marked-to-market basis.

 

Without marked-to-market influences, Council’s investment portfolio yielded 4.68% pa for the month, up from 4.60% pa in August 2023. This is based on the actual interest rates being received on existing investments and excludes market value changes of the securities/deposits.

 

Long dated market rates increased during the month in reaction to growing sentiment that inflation pressures would require central banks to keep official rates higher for longer. This impacted the market valuation of Council’s fixed rate bonds, causing a slight drag on overall mark to market performance. As interest rates rise/fall the dollar valuations of existing bonds fall/rise in the market. While a bond’s (or FRN’s) market value may drop below its face value (or par value) during the life a security, providing Council does not sell the security and the issuer is sound (which all of Council’s holdings are) then the bond’s market value will come back to the face value by the time it matures.

 

Change in the value of our portfolio

 

During September, Council had $58m in deposits mature across the range of 6 and 12 month terms paying an average of 4.36%pa. Council invested $59.5m across six new Green and non-fossil fuel TDs with maturities between 6 and 12 month TDs paying an average of 5.06%pa, providing a good boost to the portfolio’s overall yield. Council’s entire investment portfolio remains invested in non fossil fuel lending ADIs (50% of portfolio) and socially responsible investments (50% of portfolio).

 

With the assistance of our investment advisor, we are constantly requesting that Commonwealth Bank of Australia open their Green investments again. This is due to Council reaching its investment policy limits with Suncorp Bank and Bendigo & Adelaide Bank, leaving Westpac Group the only institution available to invest with. Council contacted NSW TCorp to understand the green investment options on offer but were advised that they were not allowing investments at this time as they could not meet other banks return of investment rates.

 

 

The attachments to this report summarise all investments held by Council and interest returns for periods ending 30 September 2023.

 

The Current Market value is required to be accounted for. The Current Market Value is a likely outcome if Council were to consider recalling the investment prior to its due date.

 

All investments held in the month of September were in accordance with the Local Government Act, Local Government Regulations and the Inner West Council Investment Policy.

 

 

The External, Internal and Working Funds table below reflects the amount of total cash, bank and investments as at 30 September 2023.

 

 

The performance chart over the page shows Council’s rolling 12 monthly return versus benchmark over the past 5 years. Each data point is the 12 month return for the stated month end.

 

 

Council’s investment performance had reflected the downward trend in interest rate markets over recent years accelerated by pandemic related interest rate cuts. With inflation pressures building, interest rates increased sharply over much of 2022, causing negative marked-to-market returns on existing bonds and FRNs over that period, however market rates have largely stabilised and the higher rates being received on new investments and FRN rate resets are flowing through to the rolling 12mo figure which is exceeding the benchmark’s performance again.

 

Domestic issues:

 

·    Latest GDP data showed a slow down to 2.1%yoy, but the result was stronger than the RBA’s forecast of 1.6%yoy. Much of the growth last quarter came from strong population growth, public spending and energy exports, while interest rate sensitive parts of the economy remain under pressure. Consumer spending rose only slightly and discretionary spending fell for the third quarter in a row. This reflects the hit from higher interest payments, rising tax payments, falling small business income and cost of living pressures offsetting strong growth in wage income.

·    Economists expect a further slowing in GDP growth as consumer spending tips negative, dwelling investment continues to fall, business investment slows and recent strength in public spending and exports moderate with slowing global growth (with China being the main risk). 

·    Latest jobs figures were up a strong 64,900 after a weak July, but the quality of jobs growth was poor (with full time employment up just 2,800 after a fall of 18,700 in July), hours worked fell and a rise in the participation rate to a record high saw unemployment unchanged at 3.7%, still up from a low of 3.4% last October. The jobs market is still tight but the rising trend in unemployment and underemployment indicates that it is gradually cooling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest rates

 

·    At its September meeting the RBA board, noted that inflation was still too high and was expected to remain so for an extended period. They kept the cash target unchanged at 4.10% but indicated that another rate raise may be required. 

·    The experience in other countries continues to suggest that services price inflation might take some time to decline.  Overall, the RBA board members decided that the economy still appears to be on the narrow path by which inflation comes back to target and employment continues to grow, but they will be guided by upcoming economic indicators.

·    The market has again priced in one more interest rate hike of 25bps by mid-2024:

 

 

·    In September, term deposit rates across the 1 to 12 month range were little changed from last month. Meanwhile, rates on terms between 2 to 5 years rose by approximately 20 basis points as the market adjusted to the possibility of inflation staying higher for longer.

 

 

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

 

There are no financial implications associated with the implementation of the proposed recommendations outlined in the report.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Inner West Council Investment Report - September 2023

2.

Inner West Council Economic and Investment Portfolio Commentary - September 2023

 

 


Council Meeting

21 November 2023

 



















Council Meeting

21 November 2023

 






Council Meeting

21 November 2023

 

Item No:              C1123(1) Item 15

Subject:              Investment Report at 31 October 2023           

Prepared By:      Chris Sleiman - Acting Chief Financial Officer 

Authorised By:  Kelly Loveridge - Director Corporate

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council receive and note the report.

 

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE

 

This report supports the following strategic directions contained within Council’s Community Strategic Plan:

 

5: Progressive, responsive and effective civic leadership

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

A monthly investment report is provided to Council detailing the investment portfolio in terms of performance, percentage exposure of total portfolio, maturity date and changes in market value. During the month of October 2023:

 

·    Council had $10.0m from CBA Green deposit mature which had been yielding 4.25%.

·    Council invested $1.65m in a newly issued senior ranked floating rate from non-fossil fuel Bank Australia for its long-term portfolio, paying quarterly interest 3mo BBSW +1.50%pa. The initial quarterly rate on the security is 5.84%.

·    Council is preparing for the reinvestment of the above noted matured term deposit in November 2023 and in reviewing the latest available information on Term Deposit Rates, it is anticipated that rates may be trending higher than the prior month. 

·    Council’s entire investment portfolio remains invested in non-fossil fuel lending ADIs (53% of portfolio) and socially responsible investments (47% of portfolio).

 

Council’s investments are reported monthly to Council in accordance with the Local Government Act 1993, the Local Government (General) Regulation 2021 and Council’s Investment Policy.

 

BACKGROUND

 

A monthly investment report is provided to Council detailing the investment portfolio in terms of performance, percentage exposure of total portfolio, maturity date and changes in market value.

 

The intention of investing Council’s funds is to seek the most favourable return available, whilst having due consideration of risk and security for that investment type and ensuring that its liquidity requirements are being maintained; with consideration given to the preservation of capital, liquidity, and the return on investment.

 

Preservation of capital is the principal objective of the investment portfolio. Investments are placed in a manner that seeks to ensure security and safeguarding the investment portfolio. This includes managing credit and interest rate risk within identified thresholds and parameters.

 

Council determined to proactively invest in a non-fossil fuel investment portfolio.

 

Legislative Requirements

 

All investments are to comply with the following:

 

§ Local Government Act 1993;

§ Local Government (General) Regulation 2021;

§ Ministerial Investment Order dated 17 February 2011;

§ Local Government Code of Accounting Practice and Financial Reporting;

§ Australian Accounting Standards; and

§ Division of Local Government Investment Policy Guidelines May 2010

 

Council’s Socially Responsible Investments consist of Green Term Deposits from otherwise fossil fuel lending banks, such as CBA and Westpac and also long dated bond issues from a range of institutions and government agencies. These investments provide targeted funding to a wide range of green and socially responsible projects and initiatives. Council also utilises these investments to remain within the credit rating policy guidelines imposed by the NSW TCorp loan covenant requirements.

 

Certification

 

The Acting Chief Financial Officer Chris Sleiman as the Responsible Accounting Officer has certified that the investments listed in the attached report have been made in accordance with Section 625 of the Local Government Act 1993, Section 212 of the Local Government General Regulation 2021 and Council’s Investment Policy.

 

DISCUSSION

 

Council’s investments are held in various investment categories which are listed in the table below. Council’s investment portfolio size is $215.6m, lower than the prior month as a term deposit matured late in October 2023. Council is awaiting news on the decision from RBA to increase or hold the cash rate on November 7 so that Council can maximise its return on investment. All Socially Responsible Investments (SRI’s) are investments that comply with the Non-Fossil Fuel standards. Council’s portfolio during the month had a return of 3.27% pa, against the UBSWA Bank Bill Index Benchmark (4.01% pa) on a marked-to-market basis. For the past 12 months, the portfolio has returned 4.35% pa on a marked-to-market basis.

 

Without marked-to-market influences, Council’s investment portfolio yielded 4.79% pa for the month, up from 4.68% pa in September 2023. This is based on the actual interest rates being received on existing investments and excludes market value changes of the securities/deposits.

 

Long dated market rates increased again in October in reaction to growing sentiment that inflation pressures would require central banks to keep official rates higher for longer and that some central banks, including the RBA, would raise official cash rates further.  This impacted the market valuation of Council’s fixed rate bonds, causing a drag on overall mark to market performance.  As interest rates rise/fall the dollar valuations of existing bonds fall/rise in the market. While a bond’s (or FRN’s) market value may drop below its face value (or par value) during the life a security, providing Council does not sell the security and the issuer is sound (which all of Council’s holdings are) then the bond’s market value will come back to the face value by the time it matures.

 

 

 

Change in the value of our portfolio

 

As noted above, during October Council had a $10.0m CBA Green deposit mature which had been yielding 4.25%pa. As the proceeds of the CBA Green deposit were not reinvested as at month end, there were some slight temporary overexposures to two banks given the lower total investment portfolio amount. However, Council took advantage of a newly issued senior ranked floating rate note from the non-fossil fuel Bank Australia for its long term portfolio, investing $1.65m in the security which is paying quarterly interest 3mo BBSW +1.50%pa.  The initial quarterly rate on the security is 5.84%pa.

 

Council’s entire investment portfolio remains invested in non fossil fuel lending ADIs (53% of portfolio) and socially responsible investments (47% of portfolio).

 

With the assistance of our investment advisor, we are constantly requesting that Commonwealth Bank of Australia open their Green investments again. This is due to Council reaching its investment policy limits with Suncorp Bank and Bendigo & Adelaide Bank, leaving Westpac Group the only institution avoidable to invest with.

 

 

The attachments to this report summarise all investments held by Council and interest returns for periods ending 31 October 2023.

 

The Current Market value is required to be accounted for. The Current Market Value is a likely outcome if Council were to consider recalling the investment prior to its due date.

 

All investments held in the month of July were in accordance with the Local Government Act, Local Government Regulations and the Inner West Council Investment Policy.

 

 

The External, Internal and Working Funds table below reflects the amount of total cash, bank and investments as at 31 October 2023.

 

External / Internal Restrictions & Working Funds

Reserves

October 2023

External Restrictions

       121,228,541

Internal restrictions

       152,986,265

Working Funds

       14,058,178

 Total

       288,272,984

 

 

Reconciliation

October 2023

Bank & Cash

       72,715,230

Investments

       215,557,654

Total

       288,272,884

 

 

The performance chart below shows Council’s rolling 12 monthly return versus benchmark over the past 5 years. Each data point is the 12 month return for the stated month end.

 

 

Council’s investment performance had reflected the downward trend in interest rate markets over recent years accelerated by pandemic related interest rate cuts. With inflation pressures building, interest rates increased sharply over much of 2022, causing negative marked-to-market returns on existing bonds and FRNs over that period. By early 2023, the higher rates being received on new investments and FRN rate resets have been flowing through to the rolling 12mo figure which is again exceeding the benchmark’s performance.

 

Domestic issues:

 

·    Latest CPI data showed inflation came in higher than expected at 5.4%yoy. The good news is that inflation is falling, down from 6% in the June quarter and 7.8% in the December quarter, consistent with the global trend. Food, clothing, new dwelling purchase costs, household equipment & furnishings and holiday travel inflation are all slowing.

·    The bad news is that inflation fell less than the RBA had been expecting. The trimmed mean underlying measure only slowed to 5.2%yoy which is significantly above the RBA’s forecast in August that it would slow to around 4.8%yoy. And services inflation remains sticky. The breadth of price increases also increased slightly with 59% of components seeing a more than 3% annualised price rise.

·    The smaller than expected fall in underlying inflation last quarter taken together with recent hawkish commentary from the RBA suggests another rate hike is now looking likely. The RBA is concerned that if inflation stays above its target band for longer than it is already forecasting then it will boost long term inflation expectations making it even harder to get inflation back to target.

 

Interest rates

 

·    At its October meeting the RBA provided insight, through its new Governor, that the risk of another rate hike in Australia is high with the bank getting nervous about the upside risks to inflation.

·    Governor Bullock noted that the upside risks to inflation are a concern given how long inflation is likely to be above target, as the longer it is above target the more long-term inflation expectations may rise making it even harder to get inflation back to target. It was reiterated that the RBA has a “low tolerance” for a slower fall in inflation than expected and if it is higher than expected then it would respond.

·    Given the RBA’s comments and latest inflation data, the market is now pricing in an interest rate hike by the end of December and another by May:

 

 

·    In October, term deposit rates rose in line with market expectations that another interest rate hike is on the cards. Rates across the 3 to 12 month range gained an average of 13 basis points while rates on terms between 2 to 5 years rose by an average of over 30 basis points from September levels.

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

 

There are no financial implications associated with the implementation of the proposed recommendations outlined in the report.

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Inner West Council Investment Report - October 2023

2.

Inner West Council Economic and Investment Portfolio Commentary - October 2023

 

 


Council Meeting

21 November 2023

 


















Council Meeting

21 November 2023

 






Council Meeting

21 November 2023

 

Item No:              C1123(1) Item 16

Subject:              Statistical Report on Code of Conduct Complaints 1 September 2022 to 31 August 2023           

Prepared By:      Joshua Jongma - Acting Internal Ombudsman  

Authorised By:  Peter Gainsford - General Manager

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council receive and note the Statistical Report on Code of Conduct Complaints relating to Councillors and the General Manager for the period 1 September 2022 to 31 August 2023.

 

 

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE

 

This report supports the following strategic directions contained within Council’s Community Strategic Plan:

 

5: Progressive, responsive and effective civic leadership

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

The report provides the Complaint Coordinator’s statistical report on Code of Conduct complaints relating to Councillors and the General Manager for the 1 September 2022 – 31 August 2023 period 

 

BACKGROUND

 

Part 11 of the Procedures for the Administration of the Model Code of Conduct for Local Councils in NSW (the Procedures) require that Council’s Complaints Coordinator must report annually to the Council and to the Office of Local Government (OLG) on a range of complaint statistics within three months of the end of each September. The prescribed annual reporting period is from 1 September to 31 August each year.

 

DISCUSSION

 

The OLG in previous years has produced a template for the report. The template from the previous year is used in this report and no template has yet been published by the OLG for this reporting period. This report is provided without the OLG releasing an updated template to ensure that the deadline for the report is met. There is no obligation under the Procedures that Council must use the OLG Template. Council Staff consulted with the OLG on this approach and were advised that a template will be released but was not forecasted to change from the previous reporting period.

 

This report will be provided to the Office of Local Government as required under the Procedures:

 

Number of Complaints

 

 

1

a

The total number of complaints received in the period about councillors and the General Manager (GM) under the code of conduct

1

 

 

b

The total number of complaints finalised in the period about councillors and the GM under the code of conduct

0

 

Overview of Complaints and Cost

 

 

2

a

The number of complaints finalised at the outset by alternative means by the GM or Mayor

0

 

 

b

The number of complaints referred to the Office of Local Government under a special complaints management arrangement

0

 

 

c

The number of code of conduct complaints referred to a conduct reviewer

1

 

 

d

The number of code of conduct complaints finalised at preliminary assessment by conduct reviewer

0

 

 

e

The number of code of conduct complaints referred back to GM or Mayor for resolution after preliminary assessment by conduct reviewer

0

 

 

f

The number of finalised code of conduct complaints investigated by a conduct reviewer

0

 

 

g

The number of finalised complaints investigated where there was found to be no breach

0

 

 

h

The number of finalised complaints investigated where there was found to be a breach

0

 

 

i

The number of complaints referred by the GM or Mayor to another agency or body such as the ICAC, the NSW Ombudsman, OLG or the Police

0

 

 

j

The number of complaints being investigated that are not yet finalised

1

 

 

k

The total cost of dealing with code of conduct complaints within the period made about councillors and the GM including staff costs

$6179.25

Preliminary Assessment Statistics

 

 

3

The number of complaints determined by the conduct reviewer at the preliminary assessment stage by each of the following actions:

 

 

 

a

To take no action

0

 

 

b

To resolve the complaint by alternative and appropriate strategies

0

 

 

c

To refer the matter back to the GM or the Mayor, for resolution by alternative and appropriate strategies

0

 

 

d

To refer the matter to another agency or body such as the ICAC, the NSW Ombudsman, OLG or the Police

0

 

 

e

To investigate the matter

0

 

 

 

 

Investigation Statistics

 

 

4

The number of investigated complaints resulting in a determination that there was no breach, in which the following recommendations were made:

 

 

 

a

That the council revise its policies or procedures

0

 

 

b

That a person or persons undertake training or other education

0

 

5

The number of investigated complaints resulting in a determination that there was a breach in which the following recommendations were made:

 

 

 

a

That the council revise any of its policies or procedures

0

 

 

b

In the case of a breach by the GM, that action be taken under the GM’s contract for the breach (clause 7.36(h) of the 2018 Procedures or clause 7.37(a) of the 2020 Procedures)

0

 

 

c

In the case of a breach by a councillor, that the councillor be formally censured for the breach under section 440G of the Local Government Act 1993 (clause 7.36(i) of the 2018 Procedures or clause 7.37(b) of the 2020 Procedures)