The original Sporties is at Moorebank and has been around for 47 years. In my previous incarnation as an editor of the local newspapers, I had the good fortune to be editing an outlet that included Sporties in its boundaries. It was always a highly regarded club that reached out to families and local sporting groups, so on a personal level I expect it will have some real benefits for the local community.
There was also some very positive feedback during this meeting on the Live and Local program in Camden that was highlighted in a mayoral minute. Judging by that response this may very well become an annual event well into the future. Now, down to the meeting.
It was a small crowd tonight, probably around 11 people. There were a few declarations of interest but these were considered to be insignificant. The first related to Mother Hubbard's Cupboard, where Cr Eva Campbell explained that she was a volunteer for the organisation.
The other two declarations of interest were from Ashleigh Cagney and Cindy Cagney who declared that for Item 6, a petition to change the boundary of Elderslie, both had signed a petition in support of that change. Again these were considered non-significant interests.
There was only one public address and that was from Wayne Camenzuli who spoke on behalf of the proposal for Sporties. Mr Camenzuli described the history of the club and noted that he had been accompanied by the president and CEO, who were both seated in the audience.
He noted the very positive response on Facebook to the club. He stated that staff will be residents of the Camden local government area and that it would be a family focused community club. He said the current Sporties club in Moorebank strongly encourages local sport and community groups, with 74% of staff volunteering their time to generate funds for charities.
He concluded by requesting the support of councillors for the application.
The mayoral minute focused on the inaugural Live and Local event that brought 40 musical performers to Camden where they played at 14 local businesses. The list of performers included high-profile and emerging artists. Cr Symkowiak was delighted that the event not only showcased Camden but also promoted local businesses and she thanked these businesses for taking part. The mayor concluded by saying she was tremendously proud of the event and hoped it would become a regular part of the community calendar.
Cr Paul Farrow also spoke to the minute and said he echoed the comments made by the Mayor and thanked the staff and businesses for making the event possible. He said he walked through Camden on the day of the event and was delighted to see that not just locals but people from out of town who came along. He said it was fantastic to see Camden showcased in this way and it left a real buzz around the town.
Item 01: Sporties club, including bottle shop, signage and associated works
Moved Peter Sidgreaves. Seconded Theresa Fedeli.
Cr Peter Sidgreaves spoke in support of the application, saying it was a fantastic facility that will come into the community. He noted that good sports clubs have positive benefits for the community making them stronger, healthier and happier. He was delighted to see $12 million being invested and the 150 jobs that would come with the facility.
The development application was passed unanimously.
Item 02: Draft submission — review of complying development in greenfield areas
Moved Theresa Fedelli. Seconded Paul Farrow.
As a bit of background to this item, the Department of Environment and Heritage has put forward a document that reviews the process of approving complying developments in greenfield areas, like Camden. The aim of this document is to streamline the approval process. Council officers have provided a submission that highlights some areas of considerable concern.
One of the proposals by the Department is to allow approval of a development before the land on which it will be situated has even been registered as part of the subdivision plan. Another proposal by the Department aims to allow development over existing easements. There are also what appear to be significant conflicts between the proposed greenfield housing code and the development control plans of the Council.
Cr Theresa Fedeli noted the lot of work had gone into the submission and she was happy to have it endorsed.
Cr Lara Symkowiak also supported the submission by Council officers and highlighted areas of particular concern. She said the submission was very thorough and warned the proposal by the Department for approval of developments on unregistered land presented significant dangers for the Council and for those who bought this land. Cr Symkowiak pointed to issues that had already occurred at Spring Farm after land had been released too early, saying that buyers expected to be able to build on their lots far sooner. "With that experience, we know introducing this part of the complying code would be dangerous," she said.
The draft submission document was passed unanimously.
Item O3: Proposal by Mirvac to include land at Menangle in the Greater Macarthur priority growth area
Moved Cindy Cagney. Seconded Peter Sidgreaves.
The background to this item relates to a request by Mirvac to add land in Menangle to the Greater Macarthur Growth area, which means that it's development control plan will be controlled by the State government. This has already been opposed by Wollondilly and Campbelltown councils. Camden Council will be joining its voice with fellow councils to oppose this submission.
Cr Cindy Cagney thanked staff and said she was impressed by the level of detail in the submission, saying it was much more than she expected. She said the Council's intention was to support other councils as the area in Menangle has very little infrastructure and the region does not fit in with the priority growth area.
The submission was passed unanimously.
Item 04: Adoption of the 2017/18 integrated planning and reporting package (including 2017/18 budget)
Moved Peter Sidgreaves. Seconded Theresa Fedeli.
Cr Sidgreaves noted that the report had been on exhibition and that the Council had responded to some of the feedback.
Cr Cindy Cagney had a question regarding the item. She noted there had been a submission from Mount Annan Mustangs and wished to know if the councillors could receive an update on this in the future.
The General Manager agreed that this could be done.
Item 05: Investment monies – May 2017
Moved Theresa Fideli. Seconded Michael Morrison
The return on investments for the month of May was 3.19%.
Cr Theresa Fideli said she was quite happy to have the report noted and set the Council continue to do a good job.
Item 06: Noting a petition for a boundary change to Elderslie
Background: A petition has been submitted with 69 signatures requesting a change to the Elderslie suburb boundary. Unfortunately, the attachment spelling out the proposed change has not been included on the business papers or in the attachment file. This motion is just a note the acceptance of the petition.
Moved Paul Farrow. Seconded Michael Morrison.
As this was for information purposes only it was passed unanimously.
Item 07: Request by Mother Hubbard's Cupboard for a refund of development application fees
This is a request for a refund of $903 in DA fees related to the change of use of a community facility and signage at 65 Harrington Street, Elderslie.
Moved Peter Sidgreaves. Seconded Cindy Cagney.
Cr Peter Sidgreaves thanked Mother Hubbard's Cupboard for the work they did for the community. He noted that the refund was something that the Council typically did for local charities.
Cr Cindy Cagney spoke in support of the recommendation. She noted that as the charity had grown over time it had helped the community develop connections and had done a lot of good work for families that need help in crisis situations. Cr Cagney noted that not only was the op shop working well, Mother Hubbard's Cupboard was also helping the structural functioning of the community. She commended the charity for the excellent work they did in supporting people in their hour of need.
And in just over 30 minutes, the meeting was done.