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Ordinary Council

Meeting

(Mayoral Minutes)

 

 

 

Tuesday 25 June 2019      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Randwick City Council		1300 722 542
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Randwick NSW 2031			www.randwick.nsw.gov.au
 



Ordinary Council           25 June 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ordinary Council

 

Notice is hereby given that an Ordinary Council meeting of Randwick City Council will be held in the Council Chamber, 1st Floor, 90 Avoca Street, Randwick on

Tuesday, 25 June 2019 at 6:00pm

 

 

 

 

MM30/19      Emergency Services Levy increase.............................................................................. 1

MM31/19      Waiving of Fees - St George Coptic Orthodox Church Annual Fete................................ 5

MM32/19      Attendance at UN Youth Australia Young Diplomats Tour 2020 - Request for Financial Assistance        7

MM33/19      Local Government Mayoral Taskforce for people seeking asylum.................................. 9             

 

 

 

 


Ordinary Council           25 June 2019

 

 

Mayoral Minute No. MM30/19

 

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Subject:                      Emergency Services Levy increase

 

Folder No:                      F2018/00401

Author:                          The Mayor, Cr Kathy Neilson     

 

 

Introduction

 

The Office of Local Government issued Circular No 19-06 on 8th May 2019 detailing changes to the emergency services funding arrangements.

 

The Emergency Service Levy contributions from councils across NSW account for 11.7% of the costs of fire and emergency services in NSW. The remainder of the costs are recouped from insurance companies who collect the levy that is paid as part of insurance premiums.

 

Issues

 

Council is facing a very significant, unplanned budget shortfall after being hit with an unforeseen high financial charge from the NSW Government, to help fund the NSW Government’s new measures to provide better workers’ compensation coverage for volunteer and career firefighters.

 

Council fully supports the new workers’ compensation coverage, but the fact that NSW Government has chosen to pass on these significant additional charges to councils by increasing the Emergency Services Levy, at very short notice and without consultation, rather than identifying savings in the state government’s budget, will mean a potential reduction in Council services.

 

The Office of Local Government issued Circular No 19-06 on 8th May 2019 detailing changes to the emergency services funding arrangements. The circular included the following advice on the changes:

 

What’s new or changing

·      The NSW Government has made changes to workers’ compensation to provide better protection for volunteer and career firefighters affected by work-related cancers.

·      The reforms reflect existing arrangements in other States and will ensure those who provide vital community services receive adequate medical care and support.

·      This will result in an increase in the cost of providing emergency services across the State, which will be shared, as per the usual funding arrangements between insurance providers, the State Government and local councils.

·      The local government share will be 11.7% of the cost of the Emergency Services Levy.

 

This advice will now result in an 11% ($256,110) increase in Council’s levy for the 2019/20 financial year but due to the very late notice Council had, like the majority of councils in NSW, already put our draft budget for 2019/20 on public exhibition.

 

Council’s draft 2019/20 budget had also only made provision for a CPI related 2.5% increase. The additional levy represents a $198K shortfall in Council’s budget. This shortfall will be achieved through budget savings or reallocation of projects, throughout the 2019/20 financial year.

 

Financial impact statement

 

The emergency services levy for 2019/20 is $2,612,225 which is an increase of $256,210.

 

 

 

 

 

Recommendation

 

That Council:

 

a)   writes to the NSW Premier, NSW Interim Opposition Leader, NSW Minister for Customer Services, NSW Minister for Local Government and Local State members objecting, in the strongest terms, to the increased levy and the late notification.

b)   provides a copy of the letter objecting to the increased levy to Local Government NSW.

 

Attachment/s:

 

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OLG Circular 19-06 - Changes to emergency services funding arrangements

 

 

 

 


OLG Circular 19-06 - Changes to emergency services funding arrangements

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Ordinary Council           25 June 2019

 

 

Mayoral Minute No. MM31/19

 

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Subject:                      Waiving of Fees - St George Coptic Orthodox Church Annual Fete

 

Folder No:                      F2019/00096

Author:                          The Mayor, Cr Kathy Neilson     

 

 

Introduction

 

Council has received a request from the St George Coptic Orthodox Church Kensington to waive the fees to conduct the Church’s Annual Community Fete on Saturday, 16 November, 2019 at Bowral Street, Kensington.

 

Issues

 

The annual community fete is organised by the church youth.  Successful events have been held in previous years which were attended by the local community and parishioners. Bowral Street Kensington will be temporarily closed on the day of the event.  This closure will be placed before the Traffic Committee for approval as in previous years. The proceeds of the fete will go towards youth and community facilities to be housed in the services building on the church premises.

 

The associated fees for this year’s event are:

 

Application Fee:                                        $   433.00

Supply and removal of 10 x 240lt

Sulo bins @ $91.00 per bin                         $   910.00

Registration of five food stalls                     $   425.00

Total:                                                                  $1,768.00

 

Financial impact statement

 

Should Council accept the report recommendation, the financial implication to Council is $1,768.00, to be funded from the 2019-20 Contingency Fund. 

 

Conclusion

 

The St George Coptic Orthodox Church conducts its annual community fete to raise funds for youth and community facilities. It is considered that this event is a worthwhile community event that should be supported by Council.

 

 

Recommendation

 

That:

 

a)     The fees for the Saint George Coptic Orthodox Church annual community fete on Saturday 16 November 2019 be waived and $1,768.00 be allocated from the 2019-20 Contingency Fund;

 

b)     The fete organiser undertake to appropriately and prominently acknowledge and promote Council’s contribution prior to and during the activity; and

 

c)     The Mayor or the Mayor’s representative be given the opportunity to address the event on behalf of the Council.

 

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil

 

 


Ordinary Council           25 June 2019

 

 

Mayoral Minute No. MM32/19

 

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Subject:                      Attendance at UN Youth Australia Young Diplomats Tour 2020 - Request for Financial Assistance

 

Folder No:                      F2017/07396

Author:                          The Mayor, Cr Kathy Neilson     

 

 

Introduction

 

A request has been received from a local resident, Ms Lilli Black seeking Council’s support to facilitate her participation on the United Nations Youth Australia, Young Diplomats Tour 2020. This tour will go a long way towards assisting Ms Black to pursue her interest and passion in International Relations and Law at University.

 

Issues

 

Ms Black has been chosen from a pool of over two hundred and fifty applicants Australia wide to be part of the United Nations Youth Young Diplomats Tour of 2020 as part of a team of sixteen students from all over Australia that shall represent Australia on an International Relations platform.

 

Ms Black’s particular interest is in the issues with social media platforms and organisations worldwide, making them accountable for their respective operations and execution of their welfare policies that effect millions of people around the world every day. Whilst at the United Nations in The Hague, Ms Black will have the opportunity to present her case and explore opportunities developing a pathway to rectify this global problem.

 

Financial impact statement

 

An amount of $500.00 to assist Ms Black to meet the expenses of her study tour will come from the Council Contingency Fund 2018/19.

 

Conclusion

 

This study tour shall provide the delegation with great insight into International Relations from the perspective of the various host countries across Europe and shall also provide the delegates the platform to represent Australia in all countries visited on the tour, not to mention the amazing opportunity to discuss issues at the United Nations Forum in The Hague Netherlands on behalf of Australia.

 

 

Recommendation

 

That an amount of $500.00 be contributed from the Council Contingency Fund to allow attendance by Ms Lilli Black at the United Nations Youth Australia, Young Diplomats Tour 2020.

 

 

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil

 

 


Ordinary Council           25 June 2019

 

 

Mayoral Minute No. MM33/19

 

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Subject:                      Local Government Mayoral Taskforce for people seeking asylum

 

Folder No:                      F2004/06281

Author:                          The Mayor, Cr Kathy Neilson     

 

 

Introduction

 

The Local Government Mayoral Taskforce Supporting People Seeking Asylum is a national coalition of concerned local Councils formed to advocate against federal government changes to income support for people seeking asylum. NSW has the second largest number of people on Status Resolution Support Services (SRSS) in Australia after Victoria.

 

Issues

 

The changes proposed by the federal government will cut all income and case management support funding for many people seeking asylum under the SRSS Program.  Apart from adding to the hardship experienced by people seeking asylum, the changes will also have an unintended impact of placing additional demand on resources at a local government level. The cuts to the SRSS Program funding will affect 4,836 people throughout the state with most concentrations being in the south western Sydney region.

 

Taskforce objectives include: to stop Federal government funding cuts and fully reinstate the SRSS program; and to advocate to State and Territory governments to support individuals and families put at risk by SRSS cuts.

 

Twenty-three Councils across Victoria and NSW have become taskforce members and it is recommended that Randwick City Council support fellow Councils by signing up as General Members in the Taskforce and ‘Back your Neighbour Campaign’. General members are consulted on Taskforce direction, take an active role in Taskforce activities and contribute resources to the Taskforce.

 

Randwick City Council should lead by example and demonstrate its support for human rights and the plight of people seeking asylum. I propose that Randwick Council apply for General Membership on the Mayoral Taskforce for people seeking asylum.

 

Financial impact statement

 

There is no direct financial impact for this matter. There is no cost for membership to the Taskforce and contribution is in-kind and voluntary, where staff resources may be offered by way of information sharing, networking, etc.

 

Conclusion

 

As there are a number of concerns resulting from the Federal Government’s cuts to the SRSS program, and this is a humanitarian issue, I recommend that Randwick Council apply for General Membership on the Mayoral Taskforce for people seeking asylum as it is an important step toward a connected, cohesive society.

 

Recommendation

 

That the Council apply to become a General Member of the nationally formed Local Government Mayoral Taskforce Supporting People Seeking Asylum

 

 

Attachment/s:

 

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