Date:

Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Time:

6.30pm

Location:

To be held remotely online via Audio Visual Link and Open to the Public via Webcast

 

Supplementary AGENDA

 

 

Ordinary Council Meeting

 

20 October 2020

 

 

 

 

Ben Taylor

Chief Executive Officer


Ordinary Council Meeting Agenda

20 October 2020

 

Order Of Business

10       Mayoral Minute. 4

10.1          Mayoral Minute. 4

17       Late Closed Reports. 10

17.5          Acquisition - Lot 179 DP 751250 Great Southern Road, Bargo. 10

 


Ordinary Council Meeting Agenda

20 October 2020

 

10          Mayoral Minute

10.1       Mayoral Minute

File Number:           12275#94

 

Recommendation

That Council:

1.       Note the update on key events attended by the Mayor or Councillors over the past month as outlined in Attachment 1.

2.       Acknowledge and support the Women in Local Government Campaign.

3.       Write to the National Broadband Network asking it to partner with Council to upgrade the National Broadband coverage across the Wollondilly Shire and address any emerging issues, considering our strategic location to the new Western Sydney Airport and Aerotropolis.

4.       Donate $1,000 towards the 24 Hour Fight Appeal and note the Committee’s wonderful efforts to continue the 24 Hour Fight Against Cancer Macarthur walkathon event in memory of the late Fred Borg.

5.       Write to Resilience NSW thanking it for its support and requesting extended funding for a minimum of a further three year period for the Wollondilly Recovery Support Service and Council’s Community Recovery Officer to ensure momentum is not lost, and the knowledge and expertise retained, to help our community in the recovery and preparedness journey.

 

REPORT

This Mayoral Minute provides an update on key events attended by the Mayor or Councillors over the past month (Attachment 1).  Tonight I would also like to acknowledge the Women in Local Government Campaign and also seek Council endorsement to progress some significant current issues.

 

1.       The Women in Local Government Campaign

 

The Women in Local Government campaign was launched by the State Government and Office of Local Government. The campaign is designed to help inspire and empower more women to stand for their local community and nominate to run for their local council at the next election. Currently women represent only 31 per cent of all councillors serving on 128 local councils across the State.

 

In the lead up to the next election, Wollondilly Shire Council will be hosting a Women’s Candidate Forum aimed at increasing female participation in local government to the benefit of Council and the community.

 

I would like to acknowledge this campaign and to support it I would like to show a brief video to the community about why a number of prominent women joined local government.

 

2.       National Broadband Upgrade and Investment in Wollondilly’s Future

 

I welcome the Federal Government’s announcement of a $4.5 billion investment in better access to ultra-fast broadband.  Wollondilly Shire Council calls upon the National Broadband Network (NBN Co) to partner with us and the community to address current and emerging needs in the area.

 

This investment will see an increasing number of premises and businesses able to access high-speed connections. The time is right for this network upgrade as fast and reliable internet connections are not available in many areas of the Wollondilly Shire at the moment.  During COVID-19 restrictions we have seen more and more people working from home, an increase in online education and the provision of remote health services. Our businesses have adjusted to online service delivery despite limited access to business grade services.

 

Council is calling on the government to invest in Wollondilly so that our residents can work effectively from home and our local businesses can run successfully.

 

Wollondilly residents have identified digital connectivity challenges during consultation for the Smart Shire Strategy in 2018 and it is still a challenge in 2020. Our Smart Shire strategy identifies high-quality connectivity as critical to a thriving community. Technology helps us be more efficient in how we use and create power, how we manage water use, and how we heat and cool our buildings. Our current networks do not support the data demand of these systems, which is a barrier to growing our local economy.

 

To be successful, our small and medium businesses need to use cloud applications, digital tools, and real-time communication services to connect to customers and employees.

 

I am moving a motion that Council write to the National Broadband Network asking it to partner with Council to upgrade the National broadband coverage across the Wollondilly Shire and address any emerging issues, considering our strategic location to the new Western Sydney Airport and Aerotropolis.

 

3.       Make Macarthur Blue Day

 

Make Macarthur Blue Day was held on 10 October 2020 in recognition of the 24 Hour Fight Against Cancer Macarthur walkathon event.  This event every year raises money for the Campbelltown Cancer Unit at Campbelltown Hospital.

 

Wollondilly Shire Council participates every year and this year due to COVID-19 the participation has been very different.

 

I would like to move that Council donate $1,000 towards the fundraising event and note the Committee’s wonderful efforts to continue the 24 Hour Fight Against Cancer Macarthur event in memory of the late Fred Borg.

 

4.       Community Recovery Support and Funding

 

Councillors I would like to raise an issue regarding recovery support for our community.

 

Through Resilience NSW, Community Links Wellbeing have received funding for a Recovery Support Service and Council has received support funding for a Community Recovery Officer to assist our community in their recovery journey.  This funding is for a 12 month period and is very welcomed.  We thank the NSW government for their support.  The work to date by these services has been excellent and is critical in the recovery of our community.

 

As we know Community recovery after such an unprecedented event as the Green Wattle Creek Fire is beyond Council resourcing; will take in excess of 12 months; and the COVID challenges will also impact further upon the recovery process.

 

So many people have never accessed support and it is very overwhelming, confronting and it can take a while for people to talk about all of the issues.  These services have already established and developed trust and it takes more than one year to build this trust.  Programs can also take longer than 12 months to reach people.  This has also been highlighted by our community during our recent Bushfire Workshops and debriefing sessions.

 

We are coming up to the 12 month anniversary, recovery efforts are only just starting to kick in for our community and there are more people out there needing support.  This issue was discussed recently at our Recovery and Resilience Committee and a recommendation has been put forward by the committee to approach Resilience NSW to extend the support funding term beyond 12 months.

 

I am recommending that Council write to Resilience NSW thanking it for its support and requesting extended funding for a minimum of a further three year period for the Wollondilly Recovery Support Service and Council’s Community Recovery Officer to ensure momentum is not lost, and the knowledge and expertise retained, to help our community in the recovery and preparedness journey.

 

5.       Waste to Art Exhibition and Competition

 

On Monday, 28 September 2020, I officially opened the Waste to Art Exhibition and Competition in the Old Post Office.

 

The exhibition and competition attracted 28 artists who created a range of works from waste and recyclable materials.

 

The Deputy Mayor, Cr Banasik, assisted me to announce the winners.  Congratulations to all those who entered.

 

 

Robert Khan

Mayor

October 2020

Attachments

1.       Mayoral Minute October 2020   


Ordinary Council Meeting Agenda

20 October 2020

 

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20 October 2020

 

17          Closed Reports

Council will consider this as an urgent item of business in a closed session of Council.

Recommendation

1.         That Council considers the confidential report(s) listed below in a meeting closed to the public in accordance with Section 10A(2) of the Local Government Act 1993:

17.5       Acquisition - Lot 179 DP 751250 Great Southern Road, Bargo

This matter is considered to be confidential under Section 10A(2)(c) of the Local Government Act, and the Council is satisfied that discussion of this matter in an open meeting would, on balance, be contrary to the public interest as it deals with information that would, if disclosed, confer a commercial advantage on a person with whom the Council is conducting (or proposes to conduct) business

If information is disclosed, it would prejudice Council's commerical position whilst carring out negotiations with the other party.

 

2.         That pursuant to Section 10A(1) of the Local Government Act 1993, the media and public be excluded from the meeting on the basis that the business to be considered is classified confidential under the provisions of Section 10A(2).

 

3.         That the correspondence and reports relevant to the subject business be withheld from access to the media and public as required by Section 11(2) of the Local Government Act 1993.