Council Meeting

 Wednesday, 20 May 2020 at 6:30pm


Cumberland City Council Chambers

Merrylands Service Centre, 16 Memorial Avenue, Merrylands



Councillor Contact Details



Granville Ward

Clr Steve Christou


0419 651 187

Clr Ola Hamed

0405 070 007

Clr Joseph Rahme

0418 995 471

Greystanes Ward

Clr Greg Cummings

0417 612 717

Clr Eddy Sarkis

(Deputy Mayor)

0418 306 918




Regents Park Ward

Clr Ned Attie

0419 583 254

Clr George Campbell

0409 233 315

Clr Kun Huang

0418 911 774

South Granville Ward

Clr Glenn Elmore

0418 459 527

Clr Paul Garrard

0414 504 504

Clr Tom Zreika

0400 805 303

Wentworthville Ward

Clr Lisa Lake

0418 669 681

Clr Suman Saha

0419 546 950

Clr Michael Zaiter

0418 432 797





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Council Meeting

 20 May 2020


Council Meeting – 20 May 2020

Mayoral Minutes

MM05/20-29         Mayoral Minute - Scheduling of Council Meetings during Covid-19                                                                                                                          5



Council Meeting

 20 May 2020


Item No: MM05/20-29

Mayoral Minute - Scheduling of Council Meetings during Covid-19

Author:                                      Mayor Steve Christou

File Number:                              SC486  




At the Ordinary Council meeting held on 1 April 2020, Council resolved via a Mayoral Minute that during the Covid-19 period, Council meetings would be scheduled to be held on the third Wednesday of each month only.

We have now trialled one Council meeting per month, and I can clearly see the logic in our existing Code of Meeting practice where it states that Council meetings are generally scheduled on the first and third Wednesday of each month, with the exception of January.

It is clearly evident from tonight’s massive agenda, that one Council meeting per month is not conducive to the functioning of an effective Council and administration.

Each matter before us is very important, and when our agendas are as extensive as tonight it means that there is potentially less time to review and consider such matters, including Councillor Motions, given our meetings must conclude at 10.30pm or at the conclusion of the final item. Also, it is clear that the General Manager and senior management team are able to run a more effective organisation if they are able to put matters requiring decisions before Council on a more frequent basis.

Given the success of recent meetings with remote access, the possibility of social distancing restrictions remaining for many months and the potential of an extraordinary Council meeting being required to complete tonight’s business, I would rather that our community have more transparency and consistency around when this Council is scheduled to meet.

Therefore Councillors, I recommend the following:



That Council as of June 2020, return to conducting Council meetings in accordance with the adopted Code of Meeting Practice, with remote meeting options continuing until Government restrictions around Covid-19 are lifted.