Council Meeting

 19 February 2020

Minutes of the Council Meeting 19 February 2020

Meeting commenced at 6:30pm

Present:

Steve Christou (Mayor)

Councillor

Eddy Sarkis (Deputy Mayor)

Councillor

Ned Attie

Councillor (arrived 6:35pm)

Greg Cummings

Councillor

Glenn Elmore

Councillor

Paul Garrard

Councillor

Ola Hamed

Councillor

Kun Huang

Councillor

Lisa Lake

Councillor

Joseph Rahme

Councillor

Suman Saha

Councillor

Michael Zaiter

Councillor

Tom Zreika

Councillor

Hamish McNulty

General Manager

Melissa Attia

Director People & Performance

Daniel Cavallo

Director Environment & Planning

Peter Fitzgerald

Director Works & Infrastructure

Richard Sheridan

Director Finance & Governance

 

Also Present:

Charlie Ayoub

Executive Manager Corporate Services

Colin McFadzean

General Counsel

Carol Karaki

Governance Coordinator

Olivia Shields

Senior Governance Officer

Opening Prayer 

The opening prayer was read by Reverend Raj Gupta from Toongabbie Anglican Church.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Mayor, Councillor Christou opened the Meeting with the following Acknowledgement of Country:

 

“I would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of this land – the Darug People, and pay my respects to their elders past, present and emerging.”

National Anthem

At this point in the meeting the Mayor, Councillor Christou asked all of those in attendance to stand for the playing of the Australian National Anthem.

Notice of Live Streaming of Council Meeting

The Mayor, Councillor Christou advised that the Council meeting was being streamed live on Council's website and members of the public must ensure their speech to the Council is respectful and use appropriate language.

Min.908          Apologies/Leave of Absence

Resolved (Huang/Cummings)

That Councillor Campbell be granted Leave of Absence for this Council Meeting.

Declarations of Pecuniary & Non Pecuniary Conflicts of Interest

The Director Environment and Planning, Daniel Cavallo, declared a non-pecuniary, less than significant interest in items C02/20-378 and C02/20-380 as he was employed by the State Government and was involved in the planning work for these matters.

Confirmation of Minutes

Min.909

C02/20-360 Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of Council - 05 February 2020

Resolved  (Sarkis/Cummings)

That Council confirm the minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of Council held on 5 February 2020.

 

Min.910

MM02/20-21 Mayoral Minute - Thank you to Staff for Lunar New Year

Resolved  (Christou)

That Council congratulate and thank all staff and volunteers that contributed to the planning and preparation of the Lunar New Year event.   

 

Min.911

MM02/20-22 Mayoral Minute – Departure of Holden Brand

Resolved  (Christou)

That Council note General Motors’ decision to retire the Holden brand and the impact it will have on workers employed by Holden.

 

Councillor Rahme left the Meeting at 6:48pm during the consideration of this item.

 

 

 

 

Public Forum:

Speakers on Items on the Council Meeting Agenda

Speaker

Item #

Suburb

Mr Roydon Ng

C02/20-378 Notice of Motion - Planning for Rail Services West of Bankstown 2024

Lidcombe

 

Councillor Rahme returned to the Meeting at 6:48pm during Public Forum.

 

Min.912

Suspension of Standing Orders

Resolved  (Attie/Sarkis)

That in accordance with Clause 8.2 of the Code of Meeting Practice, Council suspend standing orders to allow Item C02/20-378 to be brought forward for consideration at this time of the Meeting.

 

Min.913

C02/20-378 Notice of Motion - Planning for Rail Services West of Bankstown 2024

Resolved  (Huang/Elmore)

That Council make a submission to Transport for NSW:

1.   Endorsing Option 2 from the NSW Government Options Paper - "Planning for rails services west of Bankstown 2024- February 2020", the restoration of the city to Liverpool via Regents Park line as its preferred option;

2.   Recommend that the express services are included in Option 2;

3.   Request that Option 2 to be implemented as soon as possible; and

4.   Ensure the submission is forwarded to the relevant Minister, Shadow Minister and WSROC.

 

Min.914

Resumption of Standing Orders

Resolved  (Attie/Sarkis)

That in accordance with Clause 8.2 of the Code of Meeting Practice, Council resume the normal order of business.

 

Min.915

Items by Exception

Resolved  (Sarkis/Saha)

That Council adopt Items C02/20-361, C02/20-363, C02/20-364, C02/20-365, C02/20-366, C02/20-367, C02/20-368, C02/20-369 and C02/20-376 on the Council Agenda in bulk as per the recommendations in the reports.

 

 

Min.916

C02/20-361 Legal Report

Resolved  (Sarkis/Saha)

That Council receive this report.

 

Min.917

C02/20-363 Bi-Annual Report on Councillor Expenses and Facilities

Resolved  (Sarkis/Saha)

That Council:

1.   Receive the information contained in this report; and

2.   Place a copy of the Councillor Expenses and Facilities Expenditure included under Attachment 1 of this report on Council’s website in accordance with clause 15.2 of the Councillor Expenses and Facilities Policy.

 

Min.918

C02/20-364 Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) - National General Assembly of Local Government

Resolved  (Sarkis/Saha)

That Council:

1.      Give consideration to nominating the Mayor and/or Councillor(s) to attend the 2019 National General Assembly of Local Government to be held in Canberra from 14 – 17 June 2020; and

2.      Give consideration to submitting motion(s) to the 2020 National General Assembly of Local Government.

 

Min.919

C02/20-365 Investment Report January 2020

Resolved  (Sarkis/Saha)

That Council receive the January 2020 Investment Report. 

 

Min.920

C02/20-366 Monthly Budget Performance

Resolved  (Sarkis/Saha)

That Council receive the information contained in this report.

 

Min.921

C02/20-367 Report on Outstanding Council Resolutions

Resolved  (Sarkis/Saha)

That Council receive the report.

 Min.922

C02/20-368 Quarterly Update on the Implementation of the Stronger Communities Fund

Resolved  (Sarkis/Saha)

That Council:

1.   Note the progress on the implementation of the Stronger Communities Fund Major Projects Program.

2.   Submit a copy of this report to the Office of Local Government in meeting the reporting requirements of the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities Fund Guidelines. 

 

Min.923

C02/20-369 Rising Star Sports Award

Resolved  (Sarkis/Saha)

That Council:

1.      Endorse the application recommended for funding and allocate $900.00 from the 2019/2020 Cumberland Rising Star Sports Award.

2.      Advise the applicant of the funding allocation of the 2019/20 Cumberland Rising Star Sports Award.

 

Min.924

C02/20-376 Adoption of Cumberland Open Space and Recreation Strategy 2019-2029

Resolved  (Sarkis/Saha)

That Council adopt the Cumberland City Council Open Space and Recreation Strategy 2019-2029.

 

Min.925

C02/20-362 Quarter 2 Performance Report on the Operational Plan 2019-20 and Quarterly Budget Review Statement

Note: The Director People and Performance and the Director Finance and Governance presented a summary of the Quarter 2 Performance to Council.

Resolved  (Attie/Sarkis)

That Council receive and note the Quarter Two Performance Report on the Operational Plan 2019-2020.

 

 

C02/20-363 Bi-Annual Report on Councillor Expenses and Facilities

This item was dealt with earlier in the meeting.

 

 

C02/20-364 Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) - National General Assembly of Local Government

This item was dealt with earlier in the meeting.

 

 

C02/20-365 Investment Report January 2020

This item was dealt with earlier in the meeting.

 

 

C02/20-366 Monthly Budget Performance

This item was dealt with earlier in the meeting.

 

 

C02/20-367 Report on Outstanding Council Resolutions

This item was dealt with earlier in the meeting.

 

 

C02/20-368 Quarterly Update on the Implementation of the Stronger Communities Fund

This item was dealt with earlier in the meeting.

 

 

C02/20-369 Rising Star Sports Award

This item was dealt with earlier in the meeting.

 

Min.926

C02/20-370 Draft Cumberland Local Housing Strategy

Resolved  (Lake/Huang)

That Council place the Draft Cumberland Local Housing Strategy on public exhibition for a period of 28 days, with a report to be provided back to Council following the conclusion of the exhibition subject to the following amendment:

 

     i.    That on Page 36 of the Draft Document (page 220 of business paper), a black dot be placed in timeframe column 2020-2021 for Action 1.2.

 

Min.927

C02/20-371 New Cumberland Development Control Plan – Draft Chapter on Part E Other Land Use Based Development Controls

Resolved  (Attie/Sarkis)

That Council:

1.    Endorse the draft chapter for Part E Other Land Use Based Development Controls, as provided in Attachment 1, for inclusion in the draft Cumberland Development Control Plan.

2.    Delegate to the General Manager the authorisation to make minor revisions to the draft chapter, as necessary, following Council’s deliberations, to ensure the desired objectives and intended outcomes can be achieved.

3.    Consult with the community on the draft chapter, following endorsement of all chapters of the draft Cumberland Development Control Plan by Council.

A division was called, the result of the division required in accordance with Council’s Code of Meeting Practice is as follows:

Councillor(s) For the Motion:                     Attie, Christou, Cummings, Elmore, Garrard,                                                                         Hamed, Huang, Lake, Rahme, Saha, Sarkis,                                                                         Zaiter and Zreika.

Councillor(s) Against the Motion:                         Nil

 

Min.928

C02/20-372 New Cumberland Development Control Plan - Definitions and Additions for Draft Chapter on Part F Precinct and Site Specific Development Controls

Resolved  (Attie/Sarkis)

That Council:

1.    Endorse the draft chapter for Definitions, as provided in Attachment 1, for inclusion in the draft Cumberland Development Control Plan.

2.    Endorse the additions to the draft chapter Part F Precinct and Site Specific Development Controls, as provided in Attachment 2, for inclusion in the draft Cumberland Development Control Plan.

3.    Delegate to the General Manager the authorisation to make minor revisions to the draft chapters, as necessary, following Council’s deliberations, to ensure the desired objectives and intended outcomes can be achieved.

4.    Consult with the community on the draft chapters, following endorsement of all chapters of the draft Cumberland Development Control Plan by Council.

A division was called, the result of the division required in accordance with Council’s Code of Meeting Practice is as follows:

Councillor(s) For the Motion:                     Attie, Christou, Cummings, Elmore, Garrard,                                                                         Hamed, Huang, Lake, Rahme, Saha, Sarkis,                                                                         Zaiter and Zreika.

Councillor(s) Against the Motion:                         Nil

 

 

 

 

Min.929

C02/20-373 New Cumberland Development Control Plan – Draft Chapter on Part G Miscellaneous Development Controls

Resolved  (Attie/Sarkis)

That Council:

1.    Endorse the draft chapter for Part G Miscellaneous Development Controls, as provided in Attachment 1, for inclusion in the draft Cumberland Development Control Plan.

2.    Delegate to the General Manager the authorisation to make minor revisions to the draft chapter, as necessary, following Council’s deliberations, to ensure the desired objectives and intended outcomes can be achieved.

3.    Consult with the community on the draft chapter, following endorsement of all chapters of the draft Cumberland Development Control Plan by Council.

A division was called, the result of the division required in accordance with Council’s Code of Meeting Practice is as follows:

Councillor(s) For the Motion:                     Attie, Christou, Cummings, Elmore, Garrard,                                                                         Hamed, Huang, Lake, Rahme, Saha, Sarkis,                                                                         Zaiter and Zreika.

Councillor(s) Against the Motion:                         Nil

 

Min.930

C02/20-374 615 Great Western Highway, Greystanes - Proposed Public Benefit Offer for Large Advertising Display Sign

Resolved  (Sarkis/Zaiter)

That:

1.    Council not pursue the applicant’s public benefit offer on the basis that Council does not expect to take up $20,000 worth of advertising on an annual basis and that the remaining part of the offer does not provide for sufficient public benefit in connection with the display of the advertisement.

2.    Council inform the applicant that should it be willing to offer to pay an annual fee of $50,000, adjusted by the consumer price index, for duration of the period for which development consent is granted, with that offer then given effect by the imposition of a condition of development consent, the Council would be satisfied that arrangements that are consistent with the Transport Corridor Outdoor Advertising and Signage Guidelines had been entered into for the provision of public benefits in connection with the display of the advertisement as required by clause 13(3) of the State Environmental Planning Policy No. 64 – Advertising and Signage.

A division was called, the result of the division required in accordance with Council’s Code of Meeting Practice is as follows:

Councillor(s) For the Motion:                     Attie, Christou, Cummings, Elmore, Garrard,                                                                         Hamed, Huang, Lake, Saha, Sarkis,                                                                                Zaiter and Zreika.

Councillor(s) Against the Motion:                         Nil

 

Councillor Saha left the Meeting at 7:40pm and returned to the Meeting at 7:42pm during the consideration of this item.

 

Councillor Rahme left the Meeting at 7:43pm during the consideration of this item.

 

Min.931

C02/20-375 Expressions of Interest Process - Lease over Hyland Rd Reserve

Resolved  (Sarkis/Cummings)

That Council:

1.      In accordance with Section 47 of the Local Government Act 1993, seek Expressions of Interest for the lease of Hyland Rd Reserve for a period of 20 years (Part Lot 2 in DP 525167), in accordance with the adopted Plan of Management and Landscape Masterplan for the site.

2.      Receive a report following the Expressions of Interest process outlining the results.

 

Councillor Rahme returned to the Meeting at 7:47pm during the consideration of this item.

 

 

C02/20-376 Adoption of Cumberland Open Space and Recreation Strategy 2019-2029

This item was dealt with earlier in the meeting.

 

Min.932

C02/20-377 Notice of Motion - DCP Controls for Part F - Pemulwuy Residential

Motion (Saha/Huang)

That Council:

 

1.    Officers review and bring back a report, including recommendations, for the following amendment in DCP controls for Part F - Pemulwuy Residential:

 

a)    Landscaping

3.3.7 External Open Space – amend the relevant development control/s within this section to require appropriate spacing between mature trees within a site; and to apply the standard controls for the distance of a mature tree from a building, which are proposed within the new draft Cumberland DCP, to Pemulwuy, to ensure consistency and to minimise damage to buildings.

 

b)    Public Road Design

3.6.4 Public Road Design and 3.6.7 Streets, Park Edges, Pedestrian Spines – Landscape Design – amend the relevant development control/s within this section to enable trees planted within the roadway to be supported by two poles rather than a four pole support structure, to enable more efficient on street parking, whilst still providing adequate support to street trees planted within the roadway.

 

2.    Undertake a review of the existing tree supports in place to determine if they are still required, and action as appropriate.

 

Amendment (Attie/Garrard)

That Council defer this matter for further consideration following public consultation of the DCP.

 

The Amendment moved by Councillor Attie seconded by Councillor Garrard on being Put to the meeting was declared CARRIED.

 

A division was called, the result of the division required in accordance with Council’s Code of Meeting Practice is as follows:

 

Councillor(s) For the Amendment:           Attie, Christou, Garrard, Rahme, Sarkis, Zaiter                                                                         and Zreika.

 

Councillor(s) Against the Amendment:   Cummings, Elmore, Hamed, Huang, Lake and                                                                 Saha.

 

 

The Amendment moved by Councillor Attie seconded by Councillor Garrard then became the motion.

 

The motion moved by Councillor Attie seconded by Councillor Garrard on being Put was declared CARRIED to become the resolution of Council (as shown in the amendment).

 

A division was called, the result of the division required in accordance with Council’s Code of Meeting Practice is as follows:

 

Councillor(s) For the Motion:                     Attie, Christou, Garrard, Rahme, Sarkis, Zaiter                                                                         and Zreika.

 

Councillor(s) Against the Motion:             Cummings, Elmore, Hamed, Huang, Lake and                                                                 Saha.

 

 

C02/20-378 Notice of Motion - Planning for Rail Services West of Bankstown 2024

This item was dealt with earlier in the meeting.

 

 

 

C02/20-379 Notice of Motion - Cumberland Lunar New Year Festival

This item was withdrawn by Councillor Huang.

 

Min.933

C02/20-380 Notice of Motion - 2021 Proposed Ferry Changes - F3 Parramatta River

Resolved  (Lake/Elmore)

That the Mayor writes to Transdev Australia and the Minister for Transport, Mr Andrew Constance supporting the submission lodged by City of Parramatta Council on the proposed 2021 F3 Parramatta River Ferry changes. In particular,  that Council support the following key points in the submission:

 

1.   That the change for the F3 eastern termination point for all Parramatta services from Circular Quay to Barangaroo is not supported; and

 

2.   That the weekend express services between Parramatta and Circular Quay should be retained.

 

Councillor Zreika left the Meeting at 8:15pm during the consideration of this item and did not return.

  

 

The Mayor, Councillor Christou closed the meeting at 8:25pm.