DRAFTCouncil Minutes

10 March 2015

 

 

MINUTES OF THE Ordinary Meeting of the Council of the City of Lismore HELD IN Council Chambers ON Tuesday, 10 March 2015 AT 6.00pm

 

Present

 

 

Mayor, Councillor Dowell;  Councillors Battista, Bennett, Clough, Ekins, Houston, Marks, Meineke, Ritchie and Smith, together with the General Manager, Executive Director-Sustainable Development, Executive Director-Infrastructure Services,  Manager-Finance, Manager Integrated Planning, Strategic Engineer, Senior Strategic Engineer, Manager-Assets, Manager Arts, Tourism & Leisure, Media and Community Relations Coordinator, Corporate Compliance Coordinator and General Manager’s Executive Assistant.

 

 

 

Apology and Leave of Absence

 

23/15

RESOLVED that the apology from Councillor Scheibel was received and accepted and leave of absence from the meeting granted, and a leave of absence from Councillor Dowell from 18 March 2015 to 20 March 2015 and Councillor Ritchie from 30 March to 6 April 2015 was granted.

 

(Councillors Marks/Bennett)

 

Voting for:                   Councillors Battista, Bennett, Clough, Dowell, Ekins, Houston, Marks, Meineke, Ritchie and Smith

Voting against:           Nil

 

 

 

Confirmation of Minutes

 

24/15

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Lismore City Council held on 10 February 2015 be confirmed.

 

(Councillors Marks/Clough)

 

Voting for:                   Councillors Battista, Bennett, Clough, Dowell, Ekins, Houston, Marks, Meineke, Ritchie and Smith

Voting against:           Nil

 

 


Disclosure of Interest

 

 

 

Councillor Battista declared a significant conflict of interest in the following item:

 

12.1 Traffic Advisory Committee - Minutes of meeting of 18 February 2015 (Item TAC4/15)

 

Nature of Interest: My wife is a co-ordinator of the Samson Challenge.

 

 

 

Councillor Battista declared a significant conflict of interest in the following item:

 

7.1 Mayoral Minute NSW State Election Priorities 2012

 

Nature of Interest: I am a candidate in the March state Election. I intend to leave the Chambers and not participate in the vote.

 

 

 

Councillor Battista declared a non-significant conflict of interest in the following item:

 

9.1 State Government Funding to Public Libraries

 

Nature of Interest: I am a candidate in the March state Election. I intend to leave the Chambers and not participate in the vote.

 

 

 

Councillor Clough declared a significant conflict of interest in the following item:

 

 

12.1 Traffic Advisory Committee - Minutes of meeting of 18 February 2015

 

Nature of Interest: Geoff Haycraft of Goanna Café is a good friend and was on my election ticket. He is renewing his footpath lease.

 

 

 

Councillor Meineke declared a non-significant conflict of interest in the following item:

 

 

14.1 Financial Assistance – Section 356

 

Nature of Interest: I am the Secretary of the Rotary Club of Summerland Sunrise that has an application for S356 monies

 

 

 

 

Councillor Meineke declared a non-significant conflict of interest in the following item:

 

 

11.6 Annual Community Grants Scheme Policy

 

Nature of Interest: My Wife is a life member of the Lismore Eisteddfod/Musical Society

 

 

 

 

Councillor Ritchie declared a non-significant conflict of interest in the following item:

 

 

11.5 Northern Rivers Rail Trail Inc. Expression of Interest

 

Nature of Interest: I am a general member of NRRT (not a committee member)

 

 

 

Councillor Smith declared a significant conflict of interest in the following item:

 

 

7.1 Mayoral Minute NSW State Election Priorities 2015 – LGNSW Toolkit for Councils

 

Nature of Interest: I am a candidate in the March state election.

 

 

 

Councillor Smith declared a significant conflict of interest in the following item:

 

 

9.1 State Government Funding to Public Libraries

 

Nature of Interest: I am a candidate in the March state election.

 

 

 

Mr Brent McAlister declared a significant conflict of interest in the following item:

 

 

11.13

 

Nature of Interest: I have a daughter that works at GSAC

 

 

Public Access Session

 

Prior to dealing with the circulated reports and associated information, a Public Access Session was held at which Council was addressed by the following:

 

 

John Maxwell - Eltham Railway Cottage

 

Mr Maxwell detailed the history of the Eltham Railway Cottage since 1976. He fully endorsed the recommendations in the report.

He addressed the issue of site contamination, advising a company had already been engaged to address this issue. He also mentioned the possible linkages with the proposed rail trail proposal.

 


 

 

 

Dave Faukner - 49 Cecil Street, Nimbin - Proposed Sale to Nimbin Agricultural & Industrial Society Inc

 

Mr Faukner outlined the historical role of the society and more recent expansion into other community interested areas. He spoke of the relationship with Nimbin Headers and possible future development options.

 

At this juncture Mr Brent McAlister left the meeting.

 

 

Craig Chandler - Future management and staffing option for Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre and Lismore Memorial Baths

 

Mr Chandler spoke on behalf of the USA and GSAC staff member of ASA. He spoke in support of the 32 staff members who are eligible to be covered by the Local Government Award and retain that ability into the future.

 

At this juncture Mr Brent McAlister returned to the meeting.

 

 

Ray Mezieres - Northern Rivers Rail Trail Inc Expression of Interest

 

Mr Mezieres spoke to the retention of a rail service to the North Coast. He claimed a lack of adequate community consultation about the Rail Trail and its impact.

 

 

 

Cameron Arnold - Northern Rivers Rail Trail Inc Expression of Interest

 

Mr Arnold spoke on behalf of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail Group. He spoke to the expression of interest process that was before Council for consideration.


At this juncture Councillors Battista and Smith left the meeting.

 

Mayoral Minutes

 

 

7.1 NSW State Election Priorities 2015 - LGNSW Toolkit for Councils

 

 

25/15

RESOLVED that Council supports:

1.   LGNSW State Election Priorities 2015 and seeks an official response from its local state member and other candidates contesting the 2015 NSW Election, including their position on the issue of forced council amalgamations.

2.   LGNSW’s ‘no forced amalgamations’ media campaign through social media, media and any other channels as recommended by the General Manager.

 

(Councillors Dowell/Clough) (BP15/110)

 

Voting for:                   Councillors Clough, Dowell, Ekins, Houston and Ritchie

Voting against:           Councillors Bennett, Marks and Meineke

 

At this juncture Councillors Battista returned to the meeting.

 

Notice of Motions

 

 

9.1 State Government Funding to Public Libraries

 

 

26/15

RESOLVED that Council:

1.   Continues support for the NSW Public Libraries Association, and

2.   Seeks a commitment, prior to the State Election, from the government and local members of the NSW parliament, to increase State funding to local government for public libraries in line with the recommendations of the NSW Libraries Association.

 (Councillors Houston/Ritchie) (BP15/119)

 

Voting for:                   Councillors, Bennett, Clough, Dowell, Ekins, Houston, Marks, Meineke, Battista and Ritchie

Voting against:           Nil

 

 

At this juncture Councillor Smith returned to the meeting


 

 

9.2 Fossil Free Investments

 

 

27/15

RESOLVED that Council:

 

1.   Give preference to financial institutions that do not invest in or finance the fossil fuel industry where:

a.   the investment is compliant with Council’s investment policy; and

b.   the investment rate of interest is favourable to Council relative to other similar investments that may be on offer to Council at the time of investment. 

 

2.   Provide a 6 monthly report to Council on the state of its divestment from fossil fuels.

 

3.   Request that Local Government NSW prepare and maintain a list of authorised deposit taking institutions which are committed to fossil free investments and lending.

 

 (Councillors Clough/Battista) (BP15/123)

 

Voting for:                   Councillors Battista, Clough, Dowell, Ekins, Houston, Ritchie and Smith

Voting against:           Councillors Bennett, Marks and Meineke

 

  

 

Altering Order of Business

 

28/15

RESOLVED that the order of business be altered to debate the following matters raised during Public Access.

 

Northern Rivers Rail Trail Expression of Interest

 

(Councillors Marks/Smith)

 

Voting for:                   Councillors Battista, Bennett, Clough, Dowell, Ekins, Houston, Marks, Meineke, Ritchie and Smith

Voting against:           Nil

 

 


Reports

 

 

11.1 Eltham Railway Cottage

 

 

29/15

RESOLVED that:

1.       Council agree in principle to enter into a head lease with Transport NSW for the Eltham Railway Cottage situated at 460 Eltham Road, Eltham on the Casino–Murwillumbah railway line.

2.       The General Manager enter into negotiations with Transport NSW for the proposed head lease of the Eltham Railway Cottage on the basis of:

a)      The head lease being subject to Council being able to enter a satisfactory sub-lease of the facility with the Eltham Community Foundation Inc.

b)      That if a suitable sub-lease is unable to be agreed with the Eltham Community Foundation Inc, or is established but subsequently fails or ceases for whatever reason, Council retains the right to terminate the head lease.

c)      Suitable clauses being included in the head lease to the satisfaction of Council’s solicitor that indemnify Council against any responsibility for works or the costs involved with remediation of the site.

d)      A clause allowing Council the option to purchase the site for $1 should it so desire in the future.

e)      If the land is purchased from Transport NSW it be offered for sale to the Eltham Community Foundation Inc. for the same price.

3.       Upon agreement with Transport NSW on terms and conditions for a head lease of the site, the General Manager enter into negotiations with the Eltham Community Foundation Inc for a sub-lease of the Eltham Railway Cottage on the basis of:

a)      Should the sub-lease fail or cease for whatever reason, Council retains the right to terminate the head lease.

b)      The Eltham Community Foundation Inc being responsible for all costs associated with the remediation and restoration of the site.

c)      The Eltham Community Foundation Inc being responsible for all costs associated with the preparation of the sub-lease.  

4.       The seal of Council be affixed to the following documents:

a)      Head lease agreement with Transport NSW

b)      Sub-lease agreement with the Eltham Community Foundation Inc

and any other documents necessary to finalise this resolution.

 

 (Councillors Marks/Battista) (BP15/7)

 

Voting for:                   Councillors Battista, Bennett, Clough, Dowell, Ekins, Houston, Marks, Meineke, Ritchie and Smith

Voting against:           Nil

 

 

 

 

 

11.2 49 Cecil Street, Nimbin - Proposed Sale to Nimbin Agricultural & Industrial Society Inc

 

 

30/15

RESOLVED that:

1.       Council enter into negotiations with the Nimbin Agricultural & Industrial Society Inc for the sale of land known as 49 Cecil Street, Nimbin, formally described as Lot 3 in DP 774889.

2.       The General Manager be authorised to progress negotiations for the sale of the property on the basis of a market valuation and report back to Council.

3.       In addition to the market value of the land, the Nimbin A&I Society be responsible for all legal survey and other costs arising from the sale of the land.   

4.       The seal of Council be affixed to the following documents:

a)      Contract for Sale of Land

b)      Memorandum of Transfer.

and any other documents necessary to finalise this sale.

 (Councillors Smith/Houston) (BP15/19)

 

Voting for:                   Councillors Battista, Bennett, Clough, Dowell, Ekins, Houston, Ritchie and Smith

Voting against:           Councillors Marks and Meineke

 

 

At this juncture Mr Brent McAlister left the meeting.

 

 

11.3 Future management and staffing option for Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre and Lismore Memorial Baths

 

 

31/15

A MOTION WAS MOVED that Council

1.       Endorse the process for future staff employment as outlined in the body of this report noting that any staff currently under acknowledged local government roles be employed under the LG Award.

2.       Endorse the guiding principles for future staff employment as outlined in the body of this report.

3.       Make application to the Minister for Local Government to form an entity for the operations of the Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre and the Lismore Memorial Baths under Section 358 of the Local Government Act 1993.

4.       Report back to Council following a decision from the Minister for Local Government.     

 

(Councillors Smith/Ritchie) (BP15/22)

 

At the request of the MOVER the motion was WITHDRAWN

 

(Councillors Marks/Houston) (BP15/22)

 

 

A MOTION WAS MOVED that Council:

1.       Endorse the process for future staff employment as outlined in the body of this report.

2.       Endorse the guiding principles for future staff employment as outlined in the body of this report.

3.       Make application to the Minister for Local Government to form an entity for the operations of the Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre and the Lismore Memorial Baths under Section 358 of the Local Government Act 1993.

4.       Report back to Council following a decision from the Minister for Local Government.     

 

 

(Councillors Marks/Houston) (BP15/22)

 

 

 

AN AMENDMENT WAS MOVED that employees of GSAC and Lismore Memorial Baths where possible be employed as members of Lismore City Council under the Local Government Award.

 

(Councillors Battista/Smith) (BP15/22)

 

On submission to the meeting the AMENDMENT was DEFEATED.

 

Voting for:                   Councillors Battista and Ekins

Voting against:           Councillors Bennett, Clough, Dowell, Houston, Marks, Meineke, Ritchie and Smith

 

 

A FORESHADOWED AMENDMENT WAS MOVED that this report be deferred until next council meeting.

 

(Councillors Bennett/Smith) (BP15/22)

 

On submission to the meeting the FORESHADOWED AMENDMENT was DEFEATED.

 

Voting for:                   Councillors Battista, Bennett, Ekins and Smith

Voting against:           Councillors Clough, Dowell, Houston, Marks, Meineke and Ritchie

 

32/15

RESOLVED that:

1.       Endorse the process for future staff employment as outlined in the body of this report.

2.       Endorse the guiding principles for future staff employment as outlined in the body of this report.

3.       Make application to the Minister for Local Government to form an entity for the operations of the Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre and the Lismore Memorial Baths under Section 358 of the Local Government Act 1993.

4.       Report back to Council following a decision from the Minister for Local Government.     

 

(Councillors Marks/Houston) (BP15/22)

Voting for:                   Councillors Battista, Clough, Dowell, Houston, Marks, Meineke and Ritchie

Voting against:           Councillors Bennett, Ekins and Smith

 

 

At this juncture Mr Brent McAlister returned to the meeting.

 

 

 

11.5 Northern Rivers Rail Trail Inc Expression of Interest

 

 

33/15

RESOLVED that:

1.       Council delegates to the General Manager and the Mayor in accordance with (2) below to liaise with Northern Rivers Rail Trail Inc. in respect of Council’s role and support in the finalisation of an Expression of Interest for the Murwillumbah to Casino Rail Trail under the Restart New South Wales Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund.

2.       Council write to the Northern Rivers Rail Trail Inc.’s advising that:

a.   The Northern Rivers Rail Trail Inc. Expression of Interest identifies that there is no financial commitment or works in kind to be provided by the Lismore City Council, now or in the future;

b.The Lismore City Council supports Option 1 on page 10 of the NR Rail Trail Expression of Interest with the Lismore to Eltham section being the priority.

3.       If the Northern Rivers Rail Trail Inc. are successful with their Expression of   Interest,           that the matter be reported back to Council for further consideration around matters           such as governance and other matters referred to in this     report.

         

 (Councillors Clough/Ritchie) (BP15/114)

Voting for:                   Councillors Battista, Clough, Dowell, Houston, Ritchie and Smith

Voting against:           Councillors Bennett, Ekins, Marks and Meineke

 

 

 

 

11.4 South Lismore Sewage Treatment Plant Proposed Upgrade

 

 

 

A MOTION WAS MOVED that :

1.   An aerated, activated sludge treatment process, commonly referred to as an Intermittently Decanted Aeration Lagoon or IDAL plant, be chosen as the preferred option for the proposed upgrade of the South Lismore Sewage Treatment Plant.

2.   The General Manager be authorised to progress the project to a detailed design stage on the basis of an IDAL solution.

3.   Council be kept informed of progress with this project through submission of quarterly progress reports.

4.  Council prepare a detailed assessment of the installation of a 200kW photovoltaic system to off-set the increased electricity consumption of the IDAL option.

 

(Councillors Clough/Ekins) (BP14/851)

 

 

AN AMENDMENT WAS MOVED that:

1.   An aerated, activated sludge treatment process, commonly referred to as an Intermittently Decanted Aeration Lagoon or IDAL plant, be chosen as the preferred option for the proposed upgrade of the South Lismore Sewage Treatment Plant.

2.   The General Manager be authorised to progress the project to a detailed design stage on the basis of an IDAL solution.

3.   Council be kept informed of progress with this project through submission of    quarterly progress reports

4.   That the inlet works be covered to reduce plant odour.

 

(Councillors Bennett/Marks) (BP14/851)

 

 

On submission to the meeting the AMENDMENT was DEFEATED.

 

(Councillors Bennett/Marks) (BP14/851)

 

Voting for:                   Councillors Bennett, Marks and Meineke

Voting against:           Councillors Battista, Clough, Dowell, Ekins, Houston, Ritchie and Smith

 

34/15

RESOLVED that:

 

1.   An aerated, activated sludge treatment process, commonly referred to as an Intermittently Decanted Aeration Lagoon or IDAL plant, be chosen as the preferred option for the proposed upgrade of the South Lismore Sewage Treatment Plant.

2.   The General Manager be authorised to progress the project to a detailed design stage on the basis of an IDAL solution.

3.   Council be kept informed of progress with this project through submission of quarterly progress reports.

4.  Council prepare a detailed assessment of the installation of a 200kW photovoltaic system to off-set the increased electricity consumption of the IDAL option.

 

 

(Councillors Clough/Ekins) (BP14/851)

 

Voting for:                   Councillors Battista, Bennett, Clough, Dowell, Ekins, Houston, Marks, Meineke, Ritchie and Smith

Voting against:           Nil

 

 

At this juncture Councillor Meineke left the meeting.

 

 

11.6 Annual Community Grants Scheme Policy

 

 

35/15

RESOLVED that:

1.       Council endorse the exhibition of the proposed Lismore City Council Annual Community Grants Scheme policy for twenty-eight (28) days (Attachment 1).

2.       The proposed Lismore City Council Annual Community Grants Scheme exhibition be publicised in Council’s Local Matters newsletter and that affected community groups be advised in writing.

3.       The matter be reported back to Council once submissions have closed.

 

 (Councillors Marks/Battista) (BP14/1122)

 

Voting for:                   Councillors Battista, Bennett, Clough, Dowell, Ekins, Houston, Marks, Meineke, Ritchie and Smith

Voting against:           Nil

 

 

At this juncture Councillor Meineke returned to the meeting.

 

 

11.7 Aboriginal Advisory Group Membership Nominations

 

 

36/15

RESOLVED that Council approve the appointment of the following Lismore residents to the Aboriginal Advisory Group: Rosslyn Sten, Teena Binge, Georgina Cohen and Tracey King.

 

(Councillors Clough/Houston) (BP15/106)

 

Voting for:                   Councillors Battista, Bennett, Clough, Dowell, Ekins, Houston, Marks, Meineke, Ritchie and Smith

Voting against:           Nil

 

 

 

 

11.8 Extraordinary Council Meetings for 1 Year Plan - 2015/16

 

 

37/15

RESOLVED that:

1.       An extraordinary Council meeting is held on Tuesday, 5 May 2015 to consider the draft 1 Year Plan 2015/16 for public display.

2.       An extraordinary Council meeting is held on Tuesday, 16 June 2015 to consider public submissions to and adoption of the 1 Year Plan 2015/16, and adoption of the 2015/16 Rates and Annual Charges.

 

(Councillors Marks/Ritchie) (BP15/30)

 

Voting for:                   Councillors Battista, Bennett, Clough, Dowell, Ekins, Houston, Marks, Meineke, Ritchie and Smith

Voting against:           Nil

 

 

 

 

11.9 2014/15 Loan Program

 

 

38/15

RESOLVED that:

1.       The General Manager is delegated authority to finalise the best contract terms, based on the revised quotations received on 11 March 2015, for the 2014/15 Loan Program of $2,250,000.

2.       If required, the loan documents for the 2014/15 Loan Program are signed under the Common Seal of the Council.

 

(Councillors Smith/Clough) (BP15/98)

 

Voting for:                   Councillors Battista, Clough, Dowell, Ekins, Houston, Marks, Meineke, Ritchie and Smith

Voting against:           Councillor Bennett

 

 

 

 

11.10 Investments - February 2015

 

 

39/15

RESOLVED that the report be received and noted.

 

(Councillors Marks/Clough) (BP14/1116)

 

Voting for:                   Councillors Battista, Clough, Dowell, Ekins, Houston, Marks, Meineke, Ritchie and Smith

Voting against:           Councillor Bennett

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Committee Recommendations

 

 

12.1 Traffic Advisory Committee - Minutes of meeting of 18 February 2015.

 

 

40/15

RESOLVED that the minutes be received and adopted and the recommendations contained therein be adopted.

 

 (Councillors Ritchie/Smith) (BP15/102)

 

Voting for:                   Councillors Battista, Bennett, Clough, Dowell, Ekins, Houston, Marks, Meineke, Ritchie and Smith

Voting against:           Nil

 

 

 

Documents for Signing and Sealing

 

 

13.1 Documents for Signing and Sealing

 

 

41/15

RESOLVED that the following documents be executed under the seal of the Council:

 

P16028 Outdoor Dining Licence Agreement with Armonica Café, comprising an area of 6.5m2 over the footpath adjacent to the premises known as 50 Cullen Street, Nimbin being Lot B, DP 402778 (known as 50B Cullen Street, Nimbin), at a rental amount of $162.00 including GST, CPI indexed per annum.

 

P5753 Outdoor Dining Licence Agreement with Zen Sushi, comprising an area of 6.6m2 over the footpath adjacent to the premises known as 104 Keen Street, Lismore being Lot 2, DP 777823 (known as 104 Keen Street, Lismore), at a rental amount of $242.00 including GST, CPI indexed per annum.

 

P5624 Outdoor Dining Licence Agreement with Goanna Bakery, comprising an area of 15.4m2 over the footpath adjacent to the premises known as 171 Keen Street, Lismore being Lot 2, DP 533023 (known as 171 Keen Street, Lismore), at a rental amount of $565.00 including GST, CPI indexed per annum.

 

P5623 Outdoor Dining Licence Agreement with Republic of Coffee, comprising an area of 12.9m2 over the footpath adjacent to the premises known as 161 Keen Street, Lismore being Lot 1, DP 305137 (known as 161 Keen Street, Lismore), at a rental amount of $451.50 including GST, CPI indexed per annum.

 

P5593 Outdoor Dining Licence Agreement with La Baracca, comprising an area of 29.4m2 over the footpath adjacent to the premises known as 29 Keen Street, Lismore being Lot A, DP 152684 (known as 29 Keen Street, Lismore), at a rental amount of $1,081.80 including GST, CPI indexed per annum.

 

P1293 Licence Agreement with Lismore City Pipe Band, comprising an area of 967m2 for the premises known as 64 Brewster Street, Lismore being Lot 11, DP 812156 for a five (5) year term at a rental amount of $1.00 including GST, indexed by CPI per annum. This is a new licence agreement to be put in place with the existing tenant following expiry of the previous licence. 

 

P18747 Lease with Family Support Network Inc, comprising an area of 1,662m2 for the premises known as 41 Wilson Street, South Lismore being Lot 21, DP 701863 for a two (2) year term at a rental amount of $124.00 including GST, indexed by CPI per annum. This is a new lease with the existing tenant on the same terms and conditions as the previous lease. 

 

P24523 Lease with Lismore Richmond Rovers Football Club Inc, for occupation of the club house comprising an area of 165m2 on the premises known as 88 Nielson Street, East Lismore being part of Lot 11, DP 817611 for a period of three (3) years at a rental amount of $1.00 plus GST, indexed by CPI per annum. This is a new lease with the existing tenant on the same terms and conditions as the previous lease. 

 

 

(Councillors Clough/Marks) (BP15/13)

 

Voting for:                   Councillors Battista, Bennett, Clough, Dowell, Ekins, Houston, Marks, Meineke, Ritchie and Smith

Voting against:           Nil

 

 

Financial Assistance – Section 356

 

 

14.1 Financial Assistance – Section 356 Report

 

 

42/15

RESOLVED that in accordance with Section 356(1) of the Local Government Act 1993, the assistance to persons as listed above is hereby approved.

 

a)   City Hall Reductions in Rental – Policy 8.4.2 (GL390.125.15)

Budget: $17,100                  Spent to date: $22,784

 

Lismore Soup Kitchen Inc. requesting Council to discount the hire fees ($771) for the use of the City Hall on 14 February 2015 for a dinner to celebrate its 25th Anniversary. An entrance fee is to be charged.

 

Recommendation: In accordance with Clause 5 of the policy, a donation of 16% or $123.36 of the hire fees applies.

 

The Lismore Neighbourhood Club Inc. requesting Council to discount the hire fees ($224.40) for the use of the City Hall between February 2015 and June 2015 on Friday’s to hold their regular community forum. An entrance fee is not charged.

 

Recommendation: In accordance with Clause 1 of the policy, a donation of 20% or $44.88 per session of the hire fees applies.

 

Local Congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses requesting Council to discount the hire fees ($5,233.25) for the use of the City Hall on 27 and 28 February 2015 for eight congregations from Lismore and the surrounding districts to meet and listen to the presentation of bible lectures. An entrance fee not charged.

 

Recommendation: In accordance with Clause 5 of the policy, a donation of 16% or $837.32 of the hire fees applies.

 

In accordance with policy.

 

g)  Miscellaneous Donations                           

Rotary Club of Summerland Sunrise Incorporated is requesting Council waive the hire fees ($1,200) for the use of the Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre to hold the Rotary ‘Bridal & Events Fair’ (ED15/12583).

The Rotary Club has been organising and hosting the ‘Rotary Bridal Fair of Lismore’ for over 15 years, with great success, and has distributed many thousands of dollars to local charitable organisations. The profits from this year’s event will again be distributed to local charities.

Last year it was decided to expand the Fair to include ‘other occasions and events’ rather than just bridal, which was an outstanding success with almost 70 exhibitors participating.

 

Comment: Council has no specific policy on donations to hirers of the Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre. As a guide, Council does have a policy on donations to hirers at the Lismore City Hall and it is proposed to apply this policy to this situation. The hirer is a not for profit entity. An entrance fee of $2 per adult is to be charged.

Recommendation: A discount of 16% of the hire fees apply. The discount is funded from the City Hall Reductions in Rental (GL390.125.15).                                                                    $192.00

 

 

(Councillors Clough/Bennett) (BP14/1135)

 

Voting for:                   Councillors Battista, Bennett, Clough, Dowell, Ekins, Houston, Marks, Meineke, Ritchie and Smith

Voting against:           Nil

 

  

Closure

This concluded the business and the meeting terminated at 9.05 pm.

 

CONFIRMED this FOURTHEETH Day of APRIL 2015 at which meeting the signature herein was subscribed.

 

 

______________________________

 

MAYOR