Inner West Council needs 2 Meetings a month and Oversight!

Last night's  council meeting was a demonstration of why we need fortnightly Council meetings and proper reports presented for consideration by Council.

Non-urgent Mayoral Minutes were put up which sought to establish Council Positions despite containing no comments from Council Officers.

Insufficient information in an illegible format was published. Councillors were informed they were voting on Domestic Waste Services on which they were briefed but with no supporting report.

The mayor as chair of the meeting and claiming to be an expert on Meeting procedure kept throwing to officers for rulings.

It was good to see so many speakers at the meeting - but this should not have been the first time Councillors heard their arguments!

The speaker for item 2 raised issues with the accuracy of the report on the council papers! Item No: C0421(1) Item 2 Subject: Live music and entertainment conditions https://innerwest.infocouncil.biz/Open/2021/04/C_13042021_AGN_3828_AT_WEB.htm 

On a more positive note there were good speakers for the Iron Cove Creek Link! Part of Item No:C0421(1) Item 24 Subject: Notice of Motion: Pedestrian and Cyclist Access to Ashfield Pool  https://innerwest.infocouncil.biz/Open/2021/04/C_13042021_AGN_3828_AT_WEB.htm   

And unanimous support for the condolence motion for Haberfield Resident Nuala Catherine Reavey Ward.

Vale Nuala Catherine Reavey Ward
Nuala Catherine Reavey Ward, lost her 30 mth battle with triple negative breast cancer on 31 March 2021 aged 46.
Nuala was an accomplished musician, Irish Dancing Champion, with a BSc and BE (Hons) from Sydney University she was awarded a Cambridge University Master of Philosophy in Computer Speech & Language Processing.
After 20 years Telecommunications Engineering experience at Alcatel and Nokia, she was appointed Consulting Partner at the prestigious Bell Labs.
Nuala and her Belgium born husband Dirk Notelaers settled in Haberfield in 2004. Their musical talents have inspired daughters Annelies(12) and Aoife(10).
Nuala was passionate about encouraging and promoting women in Engineering, often giving her time attending school assemblies to speak directly to girls on a future in engineering. She was active in the IEEE and in Business Chicks.
Nuala also found time to be involve in her local community: in the P&C at Haberfield Public School, where she served as treasurer, in the Haberfield Association, and in wildlife conservation and protection. At the height of the bushfires in 2020, despite her own battle with cancer she was making hundreds of “Bat Wraps”.
Nuala was much loved by her family, friends and work colleagues and her Haberfield parents: Deirdre and Malachy Ward. She will be much missed by the community.

Council Meetings and GM Delegations

Return to Monthly meetings and retain $1.5million delegation at December 2020 Meeting
C1220(1) Item 5 2021 Council Meeting and Briefing Schedule

Motion: (Porteous/Passas) THAT Council:
1. Adopt the following Council Meeting Schedule in 2021:
Tuesday 9 February; Tuesday 23 February;
Tuesday 9 March; Tuesday 23 March;
Tuesday 13 April; Tuesday 27 April;
Tuesday 11 May; Tuesday 25 May;
Tuesday 8 June; Tuesday 22 June;
Tuesday 20 July;
Tuesday 10 August; Tuesday 24 August;
Tuesday 21 September;
Tuesday 12 October; Tuesday 26 October;
Tuesday 9 November; Tuesday 23 November; and
Tuesday 7 December.
2. Publish the Council Meeting Schedule on Council’s website and Service Centres;

3. Receives a report on the operation of the meeting cycle at its May meeting; and
4. Receive a briefing on communication processes incorporating site visits, councillor briefings, workshops and committees to complement Council Meetings.
Motion Lost
For Motion: Crs Da Cruz, Hesse, Passas, Porteous, Stamolis and Steer
Against Motion: Crs Byrne, Drury, Iskandar, Lockie, Macri, McKenna OAM and York

Foreshadowed Motion (Lockie/McKenna OAM) THAT Council:

1. Adopt the following Council Meeting Schedule in 2021:
Tuesday, 9 February,
Tuesday 9 March

Tuesday 13 April
Tuesday 11 May
Tuesday 8 June
Tuesday 20 July
Tuesday 10 August
Tuesday 21 September
Tuesday 12 October
Tuesday 9 November
Tuesday 7 December
2. Publish the Council Meeting Schedule on Council’s website and Service Centres;
3. Receives a report on the operation of the new meeting cycle at its May meeting; and
4. Receive a briefing on communication processes incorporating site visits, councillor briefings, workshops and committees to complement Council Meetings.
Motion Carried
For Motion: Crs Byrne, Drury, Iskandar, Lockie, Macri, McKenna OAM and York
Against Motion: Crs Da Cruz, Hesse, Passas, Porteous, Stamolis and Steer
Absent: Cr Kiat

Source: Minutes Council Meeting 8 December 2020 https://innerwest.infocouncil.biz/Open/2020/12/C_08122020_MIN_3761_WEB.htm

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