Council Minutes - Section A: Procedural Matters - 27 September 2016

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Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the Greater Geelong City Council held at the Council Conference and Reception Centre in City Hall, 57 Little Malop Street, Geelong on 27 September 2016, commencing at 5:30pm.


Dr K Alexander (Chair), L Gardner, P Dorling.

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Also present:

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The Chair declared the meeting open at 5:30pm.


Council acknowledges Wadawurrung Traditional Owners of this land and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who are part of the Greater Geelong community today.

Brownlow Medal

Council acknowledged and congratulated Patrick Dangerfield (Geelong Football Club) on winning the 2016 Brownlow Medal.



Confirmation of Minutes

K Alexander moved, P Dorling seconded -

That the Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting held on 16 August 2016 and the Special Meeting held on 6 September 2016 be confirmed.


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Declaration of Conflicts of Interest


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Question Time

Question Time is an opportunity for questions to be addressed to Council and while the minutes record the general content, they do not purport to be a transcript of what was said by individuals. Likewise Councillor or Officer verbal responses are in summary form only. Views expressed may not be the views of Council.

Council's practice is to provide a separate document on its website setting out questions and responses including any more detailed written responses which may be provided subsequent to the meeting.

Ian Kelly raised questions in relation to the Saleyards at both the Community Engagement and Council Meetings. Council acknowledges these questions and will provide a written response within 14 days.

Ian Kelly asked the following question on behalf of Heather Wellington in relation to the Saleyards:

  1. I am deeply concerned at the CoGG proposal to close the Saleyards. 26% of trade through the Saleyards comes from the Shire. In June 2015 the CoGG Council committed to ‘work with neighbouring Councils to identify and develop a suitable regional solution with the view to initiating a future staged withdrawal from Saleyards operations’. To my knowledge this has not occurred and there is now a proposal, during caretaker period, for the Saleyards to be closed. Although CoGG itself is not in caretaker period it should recognise the impact of this potential decision on neighbouring municipalities and the constraints they are currently under in making their view heard.

    I ask that CoGG defers this item until neighbouring Councils exit caretaker period and have an appropriate opportunity to consider the issue and be heard.

    The investment required to maintain and continue to operate the Saleyards is modest compared with the benefit it brings (both economic and social) to small producers in the region.

    The questions were acknowledged and taken on notice for a written response within 14 days.

Gray Barton asked the following in relation to the Portarlington Structure Plan:

  1. The 2016 Portarlington Structure Plan removes the right of all home owners to shared seaviews as per the 2007 structure plan and can you explain why this right was removed.

  2. At the June C321 panel meeting members of the Bellarine Group sound out proposal in support of C321 with purchase of Seaspray Farm as some kind of satellite housing estate for Portarlington clearly in the Green belt! Shouldn’t the community been involved in working parties on these structural plans?

    Joanne Van Slageren responded that the Portarlington Structure Plan was originally adopted in May 2016. Neither the May or the new September 2016 Portarlington Structure Plan removes planning controls that consider the sharing of views. Parts of Portarlington are applied with the Design and Development Overlay Schedule 14, which triggers a planning permit for dwellings above 7.5m in height.

    Similarly, the Spray Farm Estate is unaffected by Amendment C321 and changes to the Portarlington Structure Plan. This property is outside the Portarlington Settlement Boundary and remains in the Farming Zone.

Kathy Alexander (Chair) read out the following question which was submitted by Michael Tucker at the Community Engagement Meeting on 21 September:

Where may one make submissions regarding the structure plan for Barwon Heads. Is there a web page being developed so the community may raise positive thoughts and concerns which will allow others to see previously submissions or messages?

Joanne Van Slageren responded that Council has responded to Mr Tucker and advised him of the links and information available on the website.

Mary Wallace asked which Manager the Co ordinator of Governance and Legal Services reports to?

Tim McDonald responded the Co ordinator of Governance and Legal Services reports to the Manager Customer Service and Council Business.

Tom O’Connor asked Council to acknowledge Jimmy Bartel winning the Jim Stynes Community Leadership Award at the Brownlow Medal Night 2016 for his work on raising awareness of domestic violence against women.

Jennifer Bantow asked the following in relation to the Sale of the Old Geelong Gaol:

  1. When will the ‘requests to be heard’ stated in the Notice of Intention to Sell Land occur and what is the format for that Hearing?

  2. The Notice says that Council will make available for public inspection submissions received in the last 12 months? Why has the National Trust request to see the Barwon Health submissions been refused?

  3. This Notice is of Intention to sell Land. How can the land be separated from the structure on the land? Why isn’t it a Notice to sell the whole property, land and buildings?

William Tieppo responded he would provide a written response.

Fiona Conroy asked the following in relation to the Saleyards:

Is Council aware that there is potentially misleading information in page 172 in the costing proposal put forward in the Saleyards report tabled at tonight’s meeting?

The State Government’s proposed introduction of NLIS tags for all sheep born after January 1 2017, does not require Saleyards to introduce scanning until July 1 2017, not January 1 as listed on the table on page 172.

The costing to the Council of $50,000 to implement these changes on the same table may also be inaccurate.

Is the Council aware that the State Government produced a consultation paper on August 24 where it proposes offering funding for Saleyards to establish infrastructure for dealing with the new electronic ear tags?

Eligible infrastructure includes: readers, software and associated data management equipment and auto drafters and their installation.

Funding may also be considered for essential Saleyard modifications.

The proposed funding for Saleyards also includes: training and technical support, assistance to design infrastructure and modifications and assistant to develop operation procedures.

The State Government is asking all stakeholders for feedback on their consultation paper.

Will the City of Greater Geelong be writing to the State Government supporting their proposal to offer regional Saleyards this funding?

The closing date for feedback to the State Government is Friday, September 30?

The questions were tabled for a written response.

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