Council Decided - 10 November 2015

Posted Monday 16 November 2015

Tribute to Patricia Harvey OAM

Mayor Peter Abelson paid tribute to Mrs Patricia Joy Harvey OAM, who passed away on Tuesday 29 September at the age of 86.

Patricia Harvey was the first female Mayor to be elected in Mosman’s history. Her many notable achievements include over 25 years of service to the Mosman community as a Councillor for Balmoral Ward from 1983 to 2008, along with service in the areas of water management and conservation.

Mrs Harvey was first elected as Mayor of Mosman for the 1993-1994 term and was again elected as Mayor of Mosman from 1999 to 2001. She also held the position of Deputy Mayor from 1987 to 1993 and from 1994 to 1995.

A memorial service for Patricia Harvey will be held at 10am on Tuesday 24 November 2015 in the Grand Hall, Mosman Art Gallery.

View the full text of Mayor Abelson’s Mayoral Minute tribute here.

Mosman’s Independence

Council has resolved not to provide any preferred merger options to the State government by 18 November 2015, as requested by the government as part of its ongoing reform agenda. In presenting a Mayoral Minute on this issue, Mayor Peter Abelson referred to the strong and ongoing opposition of the Mosman community to amalgamation, and the community’s unwillingness in the most recent round of community surveys to support any merger options being submitted to the State government.

Council will now formally respond to the request for merger options, providing (within the strict word limitations set by the State government) its reasons for opposing any merger and expressing extreme aversion to a multi-council amalgamation.

Council will also provide comment on the deficiencies of IPART’s recent assessment of its future ‘fitness’, with a focus on the shortcomings of the scale and capacity criteria and the flawed assumption that financial capacity is a function of scale.

In resolving on this issue Council also expressed its support for the rally for local democracy to be held on Wednesday 18 November 2015.

Mosman Art Collection

Council resolved to adopt a new policy for the ongoing management of Mosman’s substantial Art Collection, currently valued at approximately $5 million. Recognising not only the financial but the intrinsic value of these artworks to the Mosman community, Council also moved to protect the collection through the establishment of a charitable trust. The declared intent of this trust will reflect Council’s desire that the Mosman Art Collection be held on trust for the promotion of arts in Mosman, irrespective of the results of the State government’s current reform agenda.

Synthetic Playing Surfaces

Council heard numerous submissions in relation to the issue of synthetic playing surfaces, and Council’s recent community consultation on the possible installation of synthetic surfaces at Middle Head Oval and Georges Heights Oval.

After giving consideration to a report presented to Council detailing the results of this consultation and to presentations made at the meeting, Council noted that the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust (SHFT) and the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be undertaking a full review of the Plan of Management for Middle Head in early 2016. Council resolved to recommend that the SHFT and NPWS consider how sporting activities should, or should not, be provided for in the Plan of Management.

Council also resolved to provide the report on its synthetic playing surfaces consultation and all relevant consultation material to the SHFT.

Foreshore Protection

Council considered a report outlining proposed changes to the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 (the ‘Codes SEPP’) which are currently on exhibition. These proposed changes include an extension to the current temporary exclusion of Mosman’s Scenic Protection Area from the General Housing Code until 30 November 2018.

Council recognised the efforts that have been made over several years to ensure that this exclusion remains in place to protect Mosman’s foreshore slopes from inappropriate development and thanked staff for their continued commitment to this issue. It was resolved that Council make a submission on the proposed changes to the Codes SEPP supporting the extension of the exclusion of Mosman’s foreshore slopes from the General Housing Code, at the same time opposing amendments relating to minor boundary adjustments and garages and carports forward of the building line.

Marina Proposal – The Spit

Council considered an amended proposal for a commercial marina involving 10 permanent berths at 235 Spit Road. Following representations from representatives of the applicant as well as objectors to the proposal, it was resolved by Council that the proposed development be refused.

Mosman Anzac Dawn Service

Council gave consideration to a further request from the Mosman RS Sub-branch to relocate the 2016 Anzac Dawn Service from the Georges Heights parade grounds to the Mosman War Memorial adjoining Allan Border Oval. Council resolved that it is not able to support the relocation of the Dawn Service to this site due to logistical issues and impact on residential amenity. Council has previously resolved to allocate funding of up to $2,000 to assist the Mosman RS Sub-branch in staging the 2016 Dawn Service and will continue to work with the Sub-branch on a successful service at Georges Heights.