Ordinary Council Meeting Highlight 28 January 2020

Thursday 6 February 2020

Petitions

A petition containing 165 signatures was tabled in relation to animals housed at a property on Warrandyte Road in Langwarrin, and the current processes and criteria pertaining to the obtainment and continuation of excess animal permits within Frankston City Council.

Planning permits

  • 413/2019/P - 2/7A Thompson Street Frankston – approved
  • 224/2019/P - 16 Charlotte Court Frankston South — approved
  • 161/2011/P - Extension of time request - 10-12 Davey Street Frankston – refused
  • 229/2019/P - 26 Brunnings Road, Carrum Downs — refused

A Planned City

Council received and noted the following reports:

  • November/December 2019 Planning and Environment Progress Report.
  • Notices of Motion Report as of 28 January 2020

The strong support for the planned Telopea Reserve dogs off leash area was noted. Council will make an order under section 26(2) of the Domestic Animals Act 1994, determining that a specified area of the Reserve be a designated dog free roam area. Council also determined that Pat Rollo Reserve, excluding the oval and playing fields also be a designated dog free roam area.

A Well Governed City

Council noted the status update in relation to the Councillor Conduct Panel outcome in the matter of the Cr O’Reilly and Cr Toms, with written apologies from Cr Toms to Cr O’Connor and Council tabled in response to the findings of misconduct and serious misconduct.

Council resolved to make the following appointments to external organisations:

  • The Mayor and Manager of Planning and Environment or delegate: Association of Bayside Municipalities.
  • Cr O’Connor and Business Manager Recycling or delegate: Metropolitan Waste Management Forum.

Council resolved to make the following appointments to internal committees:

  • The Mayor, Cr Hampton and Cr McCormack: Audit and Risk Committee
  • The Mayor and Cr Aitken: Ballam Park Homestead Advisory Committee and Heritage and Assets Promotion Committee
  • The Mayor and Cr Toms: Community Grants Committee of Management
  • The Mayor and Cr Bolam: Frankston Arts Centre Board of Management – Cr Toms was appointed substitute
  • The Mayor and Cr Toms: Frankston City News Committee

Council approved the reallocation of $1,500 from unexpended funds within the Youth Action Grants category of the 2019/20 FY Miscellaneous Grants Program to support the 2020 Sunrise Rotary Charity Golf Day, and endorsed that any remaining unexpended grant funds presently quarantined in specific grant categories be made available for use within the general Miscellaneous Grant pool.

Council affirmed the Australian Local Government Association’s commitment to support the City of Yarra’s Notice of Motion to call on the Federal Government to Establish a Royal Commission into the gambling industry, and embrace national harm minimisation policies, along with a range of other actions. Council will call on the Federal Government to investigate the gambling industry's influence on the democratic process, including political donations and third party campaigning, and will not accept any corporate sponsorship for council-based activities from gambling/gaming entities, without exception.

Council adopted the Short Stay Rental Accommodation Local Law 2020, which aims to set a standard of management for short stay rental properties in Frankston City, following numerous resident complaints. The Local Law will come into effect on the day following publication of the notice in the Victoria Government Gazette and a copy will be sent to the Minister for Local Government.

A Liveable City

Council noted the revised structure of the Frankston City Strategic Housing and Homelessness Alliance to include involvement of volunteer groups supporting people experiencing homelessness, and endorsed Council as a signatory to the Alliance Memorandum of Understanding.

Council adopted the Frankston City Stronger Families Policy, noting there were no submissions on the draft as a result of the public exhibition process. Furthermore, Council noted the update on the Commonwealth funding application for prevention approaches to family violence.

The outcome of the community consultation for the proposed Evelyn Street Open Space Area in Frankston was noted, as was the outcome of Council’s application for a Community Infrastructure Loan Scheme loan to fund the project, which is currently under review by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. Council authorised officers to engage a consultant to undertake concept designs, should the loan application is successful.

Council’s Healthy Choices Policy was adopted following two rounds of community consultation.

Council approved the funding applications to the 2020-2021 Local Sports Infrastructure Fund, including a $240K grant application for Bruce Park sports lighting and a $350k grant application for Langwarrin Netball Pavilion.

Council approved the completion of the installation of Reflective Lullaby at the Moorooduc Highway/Hastings Road site.

A Well Managed City

The Road Asset Management Plan was adopted, following community consultation.

Council extended the current lease agreement with the State Emergency Services (SES) Frankston unit until 2021.

The draft submission on the Victorian Government’s proposed Residential Tenancies Regulations 2020 was noted and endorsed.

Council endorsed several actions to support communities impacted by the Victorian bushfires, including but not limited to:

  • Making relevant staff available to support the emergency management and recovery process
  • Waiving fees for overdue or lost items at Frankston Libraries for patrons caught in the bushfires
  • Waiving of hall hire fees for legitimate community fundraising activities, along with the establishment of a concierge service to streamline this process
  • Frankston Libraries being a collection and creation point for hand knitted pouches for wildlife
  • The donation of wildlife nesting boxes
  • Comprehensive communications about fundraising support, managing health issues due to smoke etc.
  • Declaring Ventana Fiesta and The Waterfront Festival Council’s official fundraising events

Notices of Motion

2020/NOM2 - Smart City Strategy - moved by Cr Toms - carried unanimously
Council noted that Smart Cities enable increased economic competitive advantage and lifestyle benefits for residents, and authorised the CEO to propose to the South East Melbourne Board that a Smart City Strategy be explored as a South East Melbourne City Deal project.

2020/NOM3 - Gambling Royal Commission Reform - moved by Cr Bolam - carried unanimously
Council affirmed the Australian Local Government Association’s commitment to support the City of Yarra’s Notice of Motion in calling on the Federal Government to Establish a Royal Commission into the gambling industry, and embrace national harm minimisation policies to reduce gambling harm in Australia, along with a range of other actions. Council will call on the Federal Government to investigate the gambling industry's influence on the democratic process, including political donations and third party campaigning, and will not accept any corporate sponsorship for council-based activities from gambling/gaming entities, without exception.

2020/NOM7 - Meeting Local Law Refinements - moved by Cr Bolam  - carried unanimously
Council noted that the proposed Local Government Bill 2019 is expected to be passed in Parliament in February 2020. Following this, Council’s Governance Local Law No 1 2018 will be reviewed, taking into consideration community feedback and several laws currently in place at other councils. Furthermore, Council officers will investigate ways to ensure Ordinary Council Meeting agendas and related material is available to the public at least six (6) days before the Meeting, and the draft minutes within 48 hours of the Meeting.

2020/NOM8 - Green Wedge Management Plan - moved by C Hampton - lost
This motion aimed to halt implementation of Council’s October 2019 resolution not to expand the Carrum Downs industrial estate into the green wedge, which included writing to the Minister for Planning requesting an amendment to the Frankston Planning Scheme to include the Frankston Green Wedge Management Plan. Instead, the motion sought to investigate options to expand a modest portion of the estate into the green wedge

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