Council meeting outcomes for Tuesday 27 April 2021

Published on 29 April 2021

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Here is a summary of the key decisions and outcomes from the Council Meeting held on Tuesday 27 April 2021.

View the full Council agenda and minutes here.

Mayoral Minute

• The Council considered a Mayoral Minute on increased protection for indigenous artefacts and sites in Ku-ring-gai. Council resolved to adopt the recommendation that contact with the be made with the Director First Nations at the Australian Museum requesting advice on how to best progress this matter. 

• Council observed a one minute silence in honour of His Royal Highness Prince Philip after his recent passing on 9 April. A Mayoral Minute celebrated his connection to Ku-ring-gai with the Duke of Edinburgh Award and also outlined how Council commissioned a medal on the occasion of the Royal Visit in 1954. The medal was presented to children attending schools in the Ku-ring-gai District and special trees planted to commemorate the visit. 

General Business

• The draft Ethical Lobbying Policy was adopted for public exhibition. Any submissions received be reported back to Council.

• A report on remote attendance by Councillors at Council meetings was endorsed as a response to the Office of Local Government on this matter. The purpose of the consultation paper is to propose an amendment of the Model Code of Meeting Practice to include provisions that would allow councillors to attend council and committee meetings remotely by audio-visual link in certain circumstances. Delegated authority was given to the General Manager to finalise the submission.

• The Council adopted interim procedures for attendance by Councillors at meetings by audio-visual link.

• Council considered a report on the IPART review of the rate peg to include population growth. The Council noted that while it is likely to be financially beneficial if rates are allowed to increase in proportion to population, proposed changes to development contributions would be highly detrimental and significantly outweigh any benefits. The Council voted to endorse the draft submission to IPART on that basis.

• A revised Investment Policy was adopted by the Council and a summary of the Council’s investments and performance for March 2021 was received and noted.

• Council’s Investment Report as at 31 March 2021 was received and noted.

• The annual report of the Audit, Risk & Improvement Committee was received and endorsed.

• A detailed report on the public exhibition of the draft planning proposal for the Roseville Memorial Club was received. The Council noted the offer on which the exhibited draft Planning Agreement was based has been withdrawn by way of letters dated 26 October 2020 and 23 November 2020, thereby terminating the planning agreement process.

• The Council received and noted the contents of the heritage consultant’s report for 7 Curagul Rd, North Turramurra and voted to revoke the interim heritage order for this property.

• The Council voted to adopt the draft Ku-ring-gai Development Control Plan 2021 Amendment 1 for public exhibition and for a report to be presented to the Council on submissions received. The amendments seek to correct, clarify and update controls in order to align with updated legislation, practices and information.

• The Council received and noted the Heritage Reference Committee minutes of 26 November 2020.

• The Council voted to proceed with a planning proposal to list Wainberg House at 33 Young Street, Wahroonga as a local heritage item and submit it for a gateway determination to the NSW Department of Planning Industry & Environment.

• The Sustainable Recreation Advisory Group minutes of 30 November 2020 were received and noted.

• The Council received and noted the draft Delivery Program, budget and fees and charges proposed for the 2021-2022 financial year. The Council voted to endorse these and place them on public exhibition for a minimum period of 28 days, after which a further report on submissions received will be presented to Council. Funding for major projects including Marian Street Theatre will be deferred for further consideration by the Council on 18 May

• A revised Resourcing Strategy 2021 – 2031 incorporating the Long Term Financial Plan, Asset Management Strategy and Workforce Management Strategy was adopted.

• A report on the NSW Australian Local Government Women’s Association Conference held in March 2021 was received and noted.

• The Council endorsed the St Ives Showground and Precinct Lands Draft Plan of Management before submitting to the Department of Planning, Industry & Environment - Crown Lands for approval prior to public exhibition.

• A report on public submissions on the draft Heritage Strategy was received. The Council voted to adopt the Strategy and notify members of the public who made a submission.

Notices of Motion

• A Notice of Motion put forward by Cr Greenfield regarding Men’s Health Week in June and proposed events in Ku-ring-gai was endorsed. 

• A Notice of Motion put forward by Cr Greenfield regarding the implementation of a Ku-ring-gai Council Youth Leadership Program was endorsed.

• A Notice of Motion put forward by Cr Smith regarding truck and bus movements along Pacific Highway was adopted with the following recommendation:

A. The Mayor write to the State Member for Ku-ring-gai, Alister Henskens MP and the Minister for Transport and Roads, The Hon Andrew Constance MP and advocate for the permanent ban of trucks and buses over the length of 12.5m or over the height of 2.8m, travelling along the Pacific Highway between the M1 and Ryde Road unless they have a genuine pickup or delivery destination only accessible via the Pacific Highway or are a restricted access vehicle required to use the Pacific Highway.

B. The State Government install signage and cameras on a gantry similar to the existing infrastructure located on Pennant Hills Road.

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