Sunday, October 6, 2019

Inner West Council Property

To be clear, the 24 September 2019 Council Resolution was to call for Expressions of Interest for a number of extremely valuable Council Properties including:
  • Depots in St Peters (beside the Passenger and Freight Rail Lines, in Leichhardt (on Catherine Street and the Community Recycling Centre), in Summer Hill and in Balmain.
  • Buildings which currently provide accomodation for Council Staff and also community meeting rooms, a library and Town Halls at Petersham, Leichhardt and Ashfield.
  • Car parks at Petersham and Leichhardt (remember the Marion Street Cottages which were sterilising the site!)
Luckily THE BOWER Reuse & Repair Centre came to speak at the meeting and a Reuse facility was included.

We need to hear much more about community and council "requirements" including facilities to support our Bushcare Volunteers, Community Activities, Recreation and Social Enterprises.

We need lots of Social Infrastructure from Parks for trees and people to meeting rooms for Yoga, Music Practice and Concerts, Kids parties and all forms of Culture - maybe even a Corroboree Ground.

FROM MINUTES 24 SEP MEETING

THAT Council:
1. Proceeds to undertake an Expressions of Interest (EOI) for Council’s long-term accommodation needs as provided in Attachment 1, with the following amendments:

a. Reword part 1 (“Invitation for Expression of Interest”) to make it clear that Council invites submissions not only from “property developers and land owners”, but also social enterprises, not-for-profits, community groups, and other types of organisations that may wish to make a proposal to Council for any of the sites listed in the EOI.

2. Receive a report on the outcomes of the EOI and proposed next steps, and ensure that the community is fully consulted on any options and draft strategies to consider;

3. Commit to retaining public ownership of all Town Halls;

4. Include in the EOI Council’s resolved commitment to establish a new reuse centre; and

5. Receive a briefing on the Long Term Accommodation Strategy.

Motion Carried
For Motion: Crs Byrne, Drury, Iskandar, Lockie, Macri, McKenna OAM, Passas, Raciti, Stamolis and York
Against Motion: Crs Da Cruz, Hesse, Kiat, Porteous and Steer

Amendment (Porteous/Steer)
THAT Council:
1. Notes that:
a. The development of a Long Term Accommodation Strategy needs to be a public, open, accessible and transparent process;

b. The strategy will plan the future use of community-owned public buildings and as such should be designed to meet the needs of the local community;
c. The priority of the strategy should also be on ensuring the hire use of council buildings is costed at a rate that makes then financially accessibility to most of the community and most not for profit groups. The priority should not be on maximising income for council.
Motion Lost
For Motion: Crs Da Cruz, Hesse, Kiat, Lockie, Porteous, Stamolis and Steer
Against Motion: Crs Byrne, Drury, Iskandar, Macri, McKenna OAM, Passas, Raciti and York

2. Develops a Community Spaces and Facilities Strategy which identifies all indoor community spaces and facilities within the LGA and undertakes full consultation with the community on the development of a strategy which will identify present and future community needs for community spaces and facilities and the council and community-owned buildings which provide and will provide into the future for these needs.
Motion Lost
For Motion: Crs Da Cruz, Hesse, Kiat, Lockie, Porteous, Stamolis and Steer
Against Motion: Crs Byrne, Drury, Iskandar, Macri, McKenna OAM, Passas, Raciti and York


3. Receive a briefing on the Long Term Accommodation Strategy.
Motion Carried
For Motion: Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Drury, Hesse, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, McKenna OAM, Porteous, Stamolis, Steer and York
Against Motion: Crs Iskandar, Passas and Raciti

As the amendment was carried, it was incorporated into the Primary Motion.


Amendment (Hesse/Porteous)
THAT the EOI process does not include Town Halls of the three former Councils.


Motion Lost
For Motion: Crs Da Cruz, Hesse, Kiat, Porteous and Steer
Against Motion: Crs Byrne, Drury, Iskandar, Lockie, Macri, McKenna OAM, Passas, Raciti, Stamolis and York
https://innerwest.infocouncil.biz/Open/2019/09/C_24092019_MIN_3704_WEB.htm

More about Council' Property Portfolio at:

https://www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/about/policies-plans-and-regulations/land-and-property

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