Council meeting round up for Tuesday 9 April
Published on 12 April 2019
Here are some of the key decisions and outcomes on Council reports from the Council meeting held on Tuesday 9 April. If you would like to learn more about a particular issue or decision visit our Council’s Business Paper page for more information.
- Council resolved to place on public exhibition key changes on how council meetings will be run in the future. The changes are in accordance with updated State Government regulation. Under the Draft Model Code of Meeting Practice, future Council meetings will be held once per month with no public address to Council. Instead monthly public forums will be introduced, where the public are invited to attend and speak on items that are on the agenda at the next Council meeting. The idea is that this will give Councillors more time to properly reflect and research arguments made by the public before making their decision. To improve public transparency and accessibility, Council meetings will also be streamed online. The public have until 21 May to give their feedback.
- South Turramurra’s Rofe Park (also known as Mimosa Sportsground) is poised to get a new synthetic field, with funding approved for works to commence in the next capital works program. Subject to community consultation, Council also provided consent to relocate cricket formerly played at Rofe Park to Norman Griffiths Oval. Once Rofe Park works are completed, Council will commence planned works at Norman Griffiths Oval.
- A progress report on the Gordon Town Centre Litter Improvement Program was received. We were encouraged by the results so far, with March’s litter assessment report recording a 75.3% reduction in litter count compared to April levels last year. Improvements in the area have included upgrading of street furniture with new litter bins and mall seats, removing graffiti, installation of signage, re-painting of walls around Wade Lane carpark, improving landscape areas with replanting of vegetation and engagement with local businesses.
- Council adopted an updated the Model Code of Conduct and Procedures for the Administration of the Model Code of Conduct. These documents sets the standards of conduct for Council officials to act honestly, exercise care and diligence and act in a way that enhances public confidence in local government.
- Council resolved to continue to maintain East Lindfield Community Centre and to carry out critical repairs to building and stormwater infrastructure.
- A Planning Proposal for Roseville Memorial Club (land at 62 and 64 - 66 Pacific Highway, Roseville) will be forwarded to the Department of Planning and Environment for a Gateway Determination and if approved the planning proposal will be put on public exhibition. Council also approved in principle the divestment of Council land to the Roseville Memorial Club in accordance with Council’s Acquisition and Divestment Policy and independent valuation advice.
- It was determined that Council will not be proceeding with establishing a Heritage Consultants’ Register (as previously resolved in Notice of Motion from 30 October 2018). To ensure Council has access to a range of heritage skills and expertise, Council will continue to engage heritage consultants from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.
- Council resolved that the heritage listing for 6 Arden street, Pymble will remain.
- Councillors were notified and given the option of attending the upcoming Future of Local Government National Summit to be held in May and the Asia Pacific Cities Summit & Mayors' Forum to be held in July.