CONFIRMED MINUTES

 OF THE POLICY REVIEW COMMITTEE MEETING OF PENRITH CITY COUNCIL HELD IN THE PASSADENA ROOM, PENRITH

ON MONDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2009 AT 7:32PM

PRESENT

His Worship the Mayor Councillor Jim Aitken OAM, Councillors Kaylene Allison, Robert Ardill (arrived 7:34pm), Greg Davies, Mark Davies (arrived 7:43pm), Tanya Davies, Ben Goldfinch, Jackie Greenow, Karen McKeown, Kath Presdee and John Thain.

 

LEAVE OF ABSENCE

Leave of Absence was previously granted to Councillor Kevin Crameri OAM for the period 11 September 2009 to 19 September 2009 inclusive.

Leave of Absence was previously granted to Councillor Ross Fowler OAM for the period 4 September 2009 to 16 September 2009 inclusive.

Leave of Absence was previously requested by Councillor Marko Malkoc for the period 11 September 2009 to 19 September 2009 inclusive.

PRC 66  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Ben Goldfinch seconded Councillor Greg Davies that Leave of Absence be granted for Councillor Marko Malkoc for the period 11 September 2009 to 19 September 2009 inclusive.

 

APOLOGIES

PRC 67  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Ben Goldfinch seconded Councillor Greg Davies that an apology be received for Councillor Prue Guillaume.

 

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES - Policy Review Committee Meeting - 17 August 2009

PRC 68  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Karen McKeown seconded Councillor Kaylene Allison that the minutes of the Policy Review Committee Meeting of 17 August 2009 be confirmed.

 

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

There were no declarations of interest.

   

DELIVERY PROGRAM REPORTS

 

A City of Opportunities

 

3        Neighbourhood Action Plans 2009 - Londonderry and Oxley Park

The Acting Community & Cultural Development Manager, Jeni Pollard and the Community Engagement Officer, Heather Chaffey gave a presentation on the development process for the Neighbourhood Action Plans for both Londonderry and Oxley Park..                                                                                   

PRC 69  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor John Thain seconded Councillor Tanya Davies

That the information contained in the report on Neighbourhood Action Plans 2009 - Londonderry and Oxley Park be received.

 

 

A Leading City

 

1        Draft Policy on the Payment of Expenses and Provision of Facilities to Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Councillors                                                                                                       

 PRC 70  A MOTION was MOVED by Councillor Tanya Davies seconded Councillor Mark Davies

          That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Draft Policy on the Payment of Expenses and Provision of Facilities to Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Councillors be received.

2.     Council advertise for 28 days’ a public notice of its intention to adopt the amended Policy.

3.     Council investigate options for providing increased in-house training and become a regional training centre for other local government councils.

4.     A motion be put forward to the Local Government Association Conference seeking that provision be made in the Director- General’s Guidelines issued in relation to the “Payment of expenses and provision of facilities to councillors” under section 252 of the Local Government Act 1993, to allow Councils to make a daily payment to Councillors attending Conferences and training related to their civic duty to compensate them for loss of income due to their absence from work, with the daily payment being capped in terms of both amount and days per year.

 

An AMENDMENT was MOVED by Councillor Greg Davies seconded Councillor Karen McKeown

 

          That:

 

1.     The information contained in the report on Draft Policy on the Payment of Expenses and Provision of Facilities to Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Councillors be received

2.     Council advertise for 28 days’ a public notice of its intention to adopt the amended Policy

3.     Council write to the Department of Local Government, requesting reconsideration of its previous decision in relation to the “Payment of expenses and provision of facilities to councillors” under section 252 of the Local Government Act 1993, to allow Councils to make a daily payment to Councillors attending Conferences and training related to their civic duty to compensate them for loss of income due to their absence from work, with the daily payment being capped in terms of both amount and days per year.

4.     A motion be put forward to the Local Government Association Conference seeking that provision be made in the Director- General’s Guidelines issued in relation to the “Payment of expenses and provision of facilities to councillors” under section 252 of the Local Government Act 1993, to allow Councils to make a daily payment to Councillors attending Conferences and training related to their civic duty to compensate them for loss of income due to their absence from work, with the daily payment being capped in terms of both amount and days per year.

 

On being PUT to the meeting the AMENDMENT was CARRIED, and on being PUT to the meeting as the MOTION, was CARRIED.

       

 

 

2        The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal's Draft Report into the Revenue Framework for Local Government                                                                                    

PRC 70  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Greg Davies seconded Councillor Karen McKeown

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal's Draft Report into the Revenue Framework for Local Government be received

2.     Council endorse the sending of the submission to IPART, in the terms identified in this report.

 

 

There being no further business the Chairperson declared the meeting closed the time being 8:32pm.