The first by Cr Eva Campbell calls for the council to seek unconditional support from the local State Member, Chris Patterson, to maintain Camden and District Hospital as a public, not private, hospital.
It also asks for Mr Patterson to advocate for a full report on the hospital and what measures need to be undertaken to upgrade it to a standard that can help serve the 200,000 people who will be moving into this area. The notice of motion also asks for the Council to oppose any privatisation of the hospital.
The second interesting Notice of Motion is from Cr Cindy Cagney. She has called for a report into the proposed future use of the former council buildings in John Street, Camden and Queen Street, Narellan; along with Macaria in Camden. The Notice specifically requests a list of all upgrades required in each of these buildings and for a comprehensive costing of these works.
Beyond these interesting notices of motion, there is a DA approval for a new childcare centre in Mt Annan; a council submission on rail options for south west Sydney linking to the Western Sydney Airport, a residential rezoning matter for Willowdale Estate, Leppington, and also some tenders outcomes that need to be reviewed by the Council.
The tenders relate to tree maintenance services and Narellan Sports Hub civil works. While a tender was accepted for tree maintenance, none of the tenders for the sports hub were accepted as they came in above the proposed budget. This means there is likely to be some delay before the next part of sports hub construction continues.
You can find more detail on all these council issues below.
The proposal is for 120-place childcare centre including a car park with 30 spaces. It is in the vacant area of land near the car wash that leads up to the entrance of the Coles shopping centre. The proposal meets with all of the development criteria but there has been some opposition to the Centre.
Council offices have recommended approval.
ORD02: Proposed amendment to planning policy for the Willowdale Estate, Leppington.
The Willowdale Estate was zoned residential but in an effort to create a more logical subdivision layout the developer, Stocklands, used some clauses around flexible zone boundary provisions in the State Environment Planning Policy. This is not unusual but it has led to some residential blocks not having residential land zonings.
The proposed amendment aims to rezone these areas as residential. It will also update the boundary maps, make slight changes to medium density zoning and see the rearrangement of a small park.
Should the amendment be approved by the council, the changes will be submitted to the Minister for Planning and Environment. The changes will then be exhibited publicly for a period to allow residents to put forward submissions if they disagree with the changes.
Council officers have recommended approval.
ORD03: Camden Council’s submission paper to the Western Sydney Rail Needs scoping study.
This item is to approve the council's submission to a government study that is looking at providing rail corridors to Badgery's Creek airport. It should be noted, that the council is opposed to the airport but it must provide input to the rail network study if it is to get the best public transport outcomes for our area.
The council submission has strongly supported the early provision of rail transport to the Western Sydney Airport. It favours two routes — a link from the airport to the South West Rail Link; and a rail service link that links Macarthur and Camden to the airport and to north-western Sydney.
The council is being asked to endorse the submission and to forward copies of it to the federal members for Hume, Macarthur and Camden for their support. A copy will also be sent to the Greater Sydney Commission.
You can see the current submission here (pdf). Follow these links to find previous submissions in June 2014 (pdf) and August 2015 (pdf).
ORD04: Tender for tree maintenance services.
The independent tender evaluation process is weighted 65% for price factors and 35% for non-price factors. The tender period is for three years with an option to extend it 12 months. The panel selected CPE Tree Services, from Mount Hunter.
Council officers recommend acceptance.
ORD05: Tender for Narellan Sports Hub — stage one construction of civil works, services and netball courts.
The Independent tender evaluation process this time is weighted 50% for price factors and 50% for non-price factors.
This stage of the construction is made up of road access from Porrende St; construction of internal access roads and parking areas; construction of 30 netball courts including lighting; concrete footpaths; and drainage.
All of the tender prices exceeded the council's budget for these works. As a result it has been recommended that the Council decline to accept any of the tenders.
Notice of motion 1 — Camden and District Hospital
This motion essentially aims to get the council and the NSW State Member, Chris Patterson, to oppose any privatisation of Camden and District Hospital. It also seeks to determine what upgrades will be required by the hospital for it to service the increasing population.
This may just be a box ticking exercise that ensures the future of the hospital or it could be an indication that Camden and District Hospital may be in line for downgrading of services, closure and privatisation.
Changes to the hospital have previously caused great concern within the community, so it will be interesting to see the direction this debate takes.
I have requested further information from Cr Campbell and will reproduce that here if it is received before the meeting.
Notice of motion 2 — Report on council administration buildings
This motion is calling for a report to be prepared on the future use of now vacated council buildings in John Street, Camden, and Queen Street, Narellan, along with the Macaria building. An important part of this motion is the call for a report on the renovations or upgrades needed and a comprehensive costing of these changes.
This may be an entirely reasonable notice of motion but it does hint that some councillors may be concerned about the costs associated with the change and the likely future benefits for the community if these buildings are occupied by other entities.
Again, I have requested further information around this Notice from Cr Cagney and will reproduce it here if it is received before the meeting.
UPDATE (Sunday, November 6):
Cr Cagney has replied, saying that the aim of the notice of motion is fairly innocuous. It is simply so the five new councillors can be given a report to get them up to speed on all that happened under the previous council regarding the buildings and for the council to be updated on the current progress.