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Council Decided 2 June 2015

Posted Thursday 04 June 2015

1. Delegations to Friendship Cities – Mudanjiang and Otsu

The Mayor presented a Mayoral Minute providing background information on Mosman’s international Friendship City agreements with Mudanjiang, China and Otsu, Japan and outlining details of a recent delegation visit to both cities. The Mayoral Minute detailed key elements of Mosman’s relationships with the cities, including the long-standing support provided by Council, Mosman Rotary, Mosman residents and staff for the education of young girls in Mudanjiang. Council will continue to look at further ways to engage with its Friendship Cities.

2. Museums and Galleries National Award

The Mayor presented a Mayoral Minute which recognised and celebrated the recent extraordinary achievement of Mosman Art Gallery in receiving the National Award at the prestigious 2015 Museums and Galleries National Awards. This accolade, which is the highest award achievable by a museum or gallery in Australia, was for the Bungaree’s Farm exhibition held in January this year. The cornerstone of the exhibition was a series of works presented in former WWII fuel tanks on Sydney Harbour Federation Trust land at Georges Heights. In delivering his Mayoral Minute, the Mayor congratulated all involved in delivering Bungaree’s Farm, with Council also resolving to congratulate the Director of Mosman Art Gallery, John Cheeseman, for bringing this exceptional project to fruition.

3. Scotland Australia Cairn Wardens

Council has resolved to appoint new Wardens for the Scotland Australia Cairn located at Rawson Park. It is the role of Wardens to watch over the status and wellbeing of the Cairn, to advise the Principal Warden of matters of concern regarding the Cairn and to take part in appropriate ceremonies at the Cairn. The new appointments, which follow a nomination and selection process are as follows:

Deputy Principal Warden (replacing the late Barry O’Keefe AM QC) – Mr David Miller OAM
Honorary Warden (replacing the late Malcolm Broun OAM QC) – Mr Gordon Connon

4. Development Application – Proposed Commercial Marina Facility – 235 Spit Road

This issue attracted one of the largest public galleries at a Council meeting for some time, with several people speaking for and against the proposal for a 17 berth marina at the Spit. After lengthy discussion Council resolved not to grant consent to the proposal. It was determined by Council that the proposal was not in the public interest, based on a number of factors including:

  • The proposed development does not satisfy the aims and objectives of the Sydney Regional Environmental Plan (Sydney Harbour Catchment) 2005
  • The proposal will have significant negative impacts on the use and enjoyment of the Harbour by its neighbours and other users of the waterways

5. MOSPLAN Delivery Program, Operational Plan, Budget and Fees and Charges

After placing its Draft (revised) 2013-2017 Delivery Program and 2015-2016 Operational Plan, Budget and Pricing Policy – Fees and Charges on public exhibition during April and May, Council once again considered these documents in light of community feedback received. The majority of comments received by Council related to fees and charges for car share spaces. In adopting all documents Council endorsed its exhibited fees for car share spaces and resolved that a new Car Share Policy be brought to Council. It was further resolved, following representations from Mosman Netball, that Council freeze charges for use of outdoor netball courts at 2014/15 levels pending a further report on costs attributable to Mosman Netball’s outdoor court use.

6. Development Application – Taronga Zoo – Theatre and associated works

Council resolved to grant consent to Taronga Zoo for a development application lodged by the zoo for a new theatre and associated works. The proposed theatre is to be located where the existing ‘Bush Bird Aviaries’ are, to the north of the African Safari precinct and directly adjacent to the Orangutan enclosure.

7. Regional Community Transport

Council has been working with other providers of community transport in northern Sydney to investigate a new regional model for community transport that will also support and protect local delivery of this important service. At the meeting Council resolved to contribute funds to the development of a business case and design of a governance model for a new regional operation.

8. Aged and Disability Funding

Council considered a report advising of the withdrawal of Commonwealth funding for the counselling/support, information and advocacy services delivered by Council’s Aged and Disability Services team. While concern was expressed regarding the funding withdrawal, it was resolved that Council continue to provide these services and allocate funds of $25,785 for this purpose in 2015/16. Further funding from 2016/17 will be considered following a review by Council’s Expenditure Review Committee.

9. Proposed Amendments to Planning Documents

Council considered reports relating to some of its primary planning documents and subsequently resolved to:

  • Prepare a new Open Space and Infrastructure Development Control Plan
  • Prepare a Planning Proposal to introduce appropriate development standards for land zoned SP2 Infrastructure
  • Seek minor changes to the Mosman LEP 2012 in relation to a number of inclusions in the Heritage Map
  • Prepare a Planning proposal to rezone 15 unmade road bushland sites and part of Quakers Hat North from RE1 Public Recreation to E2 Environmental Conservation

10. Oval synthetic playing surface – community consultation

A report was presented to Council regarding the potential installation of a synthetic turf oval in Mosman. The report identified Middle Head Oval as the primary location for consideration and also put forward Balmoral Oval and Georges Heights as other alternatives for consultation with the community. No funds have been allocated at this time for a synthetic surface.

After hearing from a number of interested residents and further discussion on this issue, it was resolved that the community and stakeholders be consulted in July 2015 regarding the possibility of installing a synthetic playing surface at Georges Heights Oval and Middle Head Oval. The matter is then to be reported back to Council, with further information regarding the financial feasibility of providing a synthetic surface. As both Georges Heights Oval and Middle Head Oval are situated on land owned by the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust (and managed by Council), a summary of the consultation results will also be provided to the Trust.

11. Nature Strip Maintenance Policy

Following previous discussion on this matter at Council’s April 2015 meeting, it was resolved that Council adopt an updated Nature Strip Maintenance Policy. The updated policy includes provision for applications for synthetic turf installation in certain situations. Where synthetic turf has been laid contrary to the policy its removal will be enforced by Council.

12. Aged Care Facilities

In considering a Notice of Motion regarding Aged Care Facilities, Council acknowledged the need for quality care for residents of nursing homes in Mosman. It was resolved that Council write to the Member for North Shore, the Hon Jillian Skinner, MP seeking the NSW government’s position on recent changes to Commonwealth legislation regarding the standard of aged care.