THESE MINUTES ARE DRAFT UNTIL CONFIRMED AT THE NEXT MONTHLY MEETING OF THIS COUNCIL AND/OR COMMITTEE
MINUTES OF Ordinary Council Meeting of the
Council of the City of Randwick HELD ON
Tuesday, 26 May 2015 AT 6:05pm
The Mayor, Councillor T Seng (Chairperson) (Central Ward)
Councillor A Andrews (Deputy Mayor) (Central Ward)
North Ward - Councillors K Neilson, L Shurey & K Smith
South Ward - Councillors N D’Souza & R Belleli
East Ward - Councillors T Bowen, M Matson &
West Ward - Councillors G Moore, S Nash & H Stavrinos
Central Ward - Councillor G Stevenson
General Manager Mr R Brownlee
Director City Services Mr J Frangoples
Director City Planning Ms S Truuvert
Director Governance & Financial Services Mr J Smith
Manager Administrative Services Mr D Kelly
Manager Development Assessment Mr K Kyriacou
Manager Business Performance Projects Ms C Foley
Communications Manager Mr J Hay
Manager Community Development Ms T Mok
Manager Corporate and Financial Planning Mr M Woods
Manager Corporate Improvement Ms A Warner
Manager Strategic Planning Mr A Bright
Chief Information Officer Mr G Curley
Manager Infrastructure Services Mr G Bounassif
Manager Technical Services Mr J Ingegneri
Manager Waste & Cleaning Services Mr M Bush
Manager Spatial Systems Ms K Lasky
Communications Officer Ms E Shanks
Prayer & Acknowledgement of Local Indigenous People
The Council Prayer was read by Cr D’Souza. The Acknowledgement of Local Indigenous People was read by Cr Shurey.
Apologies/Granting of Leave of Absences
An apology was received from Cr Garcia.
RESOLVED: (Andrews/Matson) that the apology received from Cr Garcia be accepted and leave of absence from the meeting be granted.
Confirmation of the Minutes
RESOLUTION: (Andrews/Nash) that the Minutes of the Ordinary Council Meeting held on Tuesday 28 April 2015 (copies of which were circulated to all Councillors) be and are hereby confirmed as a correct record of the proceedings of that meeting.
Declarations of Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Interests
Address of Council by Members of the Public
Prior to consideration of the Agenda by the Council, deputations were received in respect of the following matters:
GM10/15 Randwick City Council Fit for the Future - Options Analysis
Rosemary Mackenzie (representing KWK Precinct)
NM23/15 Notice of Motion from Cr Stevenson - Preparation of Council Improvement Proposal
Director City Planning Reports
The Meeting was adjourned at 7.55pm and was resumed at 8.22pm.
General Manager's Reports
Note: A rescission motion on this item was submitted by Councillors Belleli, Bowen, Neilson and Stevenson in accordance with Council’s Code of Meeting Practice and will be considered at the Extraordinary Council Meeting on 30th May, 2015.
RESOLUTION: (Nash/Smith) that:
a) Randwick City Council believes that it is Fit for the Future as evidenced by the following :
· Council is financially strong, meeting all the Fit for the Future financial, asset and efficiency benchmarks now and into the future with the exception of the debt service ratio benchmark due to Council’s debt free position;
· Council has quality political and managerial leadership, with a proven track record of engagement, sound decision making and delivering for the community whilst being a capable partner for State and Federal agencies;
· The Randwick City community has broadly indicated that they would prefer Council to remain as a stand-alone entity, rather than merge with other Councils;
b) Randwick City Council acknowledges that based on the proposed IPART methodology for assessing Fit For The Future submissions it cannot meet the requirement for standing alone which is to demonstrate superior scale and capacity when compared to the Independent Local Government Review Panel’s recommendation of the merger of Randwick City with City of Sydney, Woollahra, Waverley and Botany Bay (Global City);
c) Randwick City Council and its community is strongly opposed to the Global City merger proposal and Council understands that the Global City merger proposal is the default position if it does not make an alternate merger submission that is broadly consistent with the recommendations of the Independent Local Government Review Panel;
d) That Council submits a Council Merger Proposal (Template 1), in accordance with the Fit for the Future guidance material, proposing a merger of Randwick City with Waverley and Botany Bay Councils;
e) That Council writes to its proposed merger partners:
· advising of Council’s resolution;
· encouraging them to consider an identical resolution; and
· offering to submit the Council Merger Proposal on behalf of the merger group;
f) The Fit for the Future guidance material clearly states that a Council Merger Proposal must be endorsed by all Councils in the proposed group. Therefore, Council recognises the importance of establishing, as a base case, a merger of Randwick City with Waverley (subject to their agreement) for the following reasons:
· Botany Bay Council have publicly expressed opposition to any amalgamation proposal on numerous occasions whilst Waverley’s position is similar to Randwick’s in that they would prefer to stand alone and are strongly opposed and would be disadvantaged by being part of the Global City model and have therefore worked collaboratively with Council;
· Randwick City and Waverley contain the two largest populations of the Eastern Suburbs Councils and can achieve an appropriate minimum population to demonstrate scale and capacity;
· Council’s community consultation indicated a Randwick/Waverley merger as being the most favoured of the five alternate merger options to the Global City;
Therefore, in the event that unanimous agreement cannot be obtained from the proposed merger partners, in accordance with the Fit for the Future guidance material, Council will submit a Council Merger Proposal (Template 1) proposing a merger of Randwick and Waverley (subject to their agreement) as a base case. This proposal may also include Botany Bay subject to agreement of the base case merger partners. This proposal would include, within the ‘Scale and Capacity’ section, Randwick City Council’s position that a merger of Randwick City with Waverley and Botany Bay Councils is considered the optimal outcome;
g) A pre-condition of any merger is that the merger partners agree to accept the enhanced employment protections of 5 years contained within the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Randwick City Council and the Unions;
h) The General Manager be given delegated authority to sign the MOU with the Unions and finalise the Fit for the Future submission, based on the due diligence undertaken in the development of the Options Analysis documentation, and submit it prior to the 30 June 2015 deadline;
i) In the event of a merger, Randwick City Council’s position is that the voting system should be proportional representation;
j) That the General Manager bring a report to the July 2015 Council meeting regarding items for the Local Transition Committee including; number of Councillors, ward structures, the preservation of the history of Randwick City, centre of Government, and membership of the Local Transition Committee;
k) Council write to the NSW Office of Local Government requesting that the membership of the proposed Local Transition Committee to be established to transition the merger partner Councils to the new amalgamated Council be changed from the Mayor, one other Councillor and the General Manager of each merger partner Council, to the Mayor, two other Councillors and the General Manager of each merger partner Council
l) Randwick City Council acknowledges that due to:
· The timing of the receipt of the proposed assessment methodology from IPART; and
· NSW Electoral Commission’s refusal to provide Council with copies of the electoral roll;
Council is no longer able to conduct a plebiscite of its residents as previously intended. As such, in accordance with the views of individual Councillors, Council requests the government permit a binding referendum on this issue prior to any merger being implemented and to request the NSW Electoral Commission to release the electoral rolls to Randwick City, Botany Bay, Waverley, Woollahra and City of Sydney Councils to enable this to occur.
MOTION: (Nash/Smith) CARRIED - SEE RESOLUTION.
The DIVISION was taken and the names of the Councillors voting FOR and AGAINST were as follows:
Director City Services Reports
Director Governance & Financial Services Reports
Motion Pursuant to Notice
Notice of Rescission Motions
A rescission motion on item GM10/15 (Randwick City Council Fit for the Future - Options Analysis) was submitted by Councillors Belleli, Bowen, Neilson and Stevenson in accordance with Council’s Code of Meeting Practice and will be considered at the Extraordinary Council Meeting on 30th May, 2015.
There being no further business, His Worship the Mayor, Cr T Seng, declared the meeting closed at 9.22 pm.
The minutes of this meeting were confirmed at the Ordinary Meeting of the Council of the City of Randwick held on Tuesday, 23 June 2015.