Minutes of the Annual General Meeting – Nov 23rd, 2016

Northbridge Progress Association Inc.

Minutes of Meeting held at Northbridge Golf Club on Wednesday, 23rd November 2016

Present:
As per the attendance register.
Apologies:
Rob Coote, Belinda Cachia, Angelos Frangopoulos, Marion Feibush, Stuart Truswell, Deanna Rose, Malcolm & Penny Lye, Graham & Diedre James, Cr Rachel Hill, Cr John Hooper
Quorum:
The Chairman noted that a quorum was present.
Welcome:
Grant Sheldon, as Chairman, welcomed members and guests including Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney and Ward Councillor Hugh Eriksson.
The Chairman presented apologies from President, Rob Coote, who is away overseas.
Minutes:
Minutes of 2015 AGM were approved.
Minutes of General Meeting held on September 1st, 2016 were approved.
Treasurer’s Report:
Treasurer, Ranald Stewart, gave his report, summarised as follows:

There is a surplus for the year of $10,235 after expenses including the war memorial clock repairs.
Advertising income was up $3,000 to $21,105 and this is the main source of income other than membership subscriptions.
The Association has assets of $55,000 represented by $27,000 cash at bank and a term deposit.

The Treasurer’s Report was adopted.

President’s Report:
In the absence of the President, the Chairman read some highlights of the report which had been published in The 202. These included:
Local government mergers
Appreciation of the work of our local member Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP, Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney and Ward Councillors, Hugh Eriksson, Rachel Hill and John Hooper.
He thanked committee members and Public Officer, Lyndon Burke and auditor, Michael Ball
He noted that Vice President, Belinda Cachia was standing down from the committee as was the Treasurer, Ranald Stewart.
The report was adopted

Suspension of Standing Orders at 8pm for guest speaker

Guest Speaker – the Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP.

The Chairman welcomed the guest speaker, the Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP who addressed the meeting and made reference, amongst other things, to:
Welcoming the Mayor, Councillor and Executive committee;
She advised that she is now a Northbridge resident and enjoys the good community spirit;
Her community morning teas have been successful with frequently more than 200 in attendance. She gets feedback on many local issues including DA’s, education, health funding and the challenges of the growth in Sydney;
Release of District Plans including for the North Shore, and whole of government approach to planning including schools, health, roads and traffic infrastructure;
Opening of Anzac Park School has taken some pressure off local schools;
She is disappointed in the time the Council amalgamations have taken;
Positive results from amalgamations which have taken place elsewhere;
Gladys took questions from the floor on topics such as land tax, transport and parking, early childhood care facilities, and cost of living in Sydney. She explained that we are now a global city and that has lots of challenges.
There was a question about the building of private/public hospitals and she explained the benefits of this and how without it we would not have nearly as many new hospitals;
The sale of Land and Property Information Service was also discussed.

Ms Berejiklian concluded at 8.35 pm.

Election of Office Bearers:

The meeting then resumed and the Public Officer, Lyndon Burke acted as Returning Officer.

Each person who nominated was elected unopposed as follows:

President
Rob Coote
Vice Presidents
Grant Sheldon and Helen Gulson
Secretary
Max Menzies
Treasurer
Johhn Chase
Editor
Fiona Daunt (to be joint Editor with Deanna Rose)
Committee Members
Angelos Frangopoulos, Marillyn Stewart and Matt Judson

The Returning Officer declared the above people elected and returned the meeting to the Chairman.

The Chairman thanked the new committee members for nominating and being elected.
He then invited the Mayor to address the meeting.

Cr Gail Giles-Gidney – Mayor of Willoughby

Mayor Gail thanked The 202 editors and committee members.
Other matters addressed were Council amalgamations, Concourse profit ($1.6m from rental of spaces around the Concourse), new proposed parking strategy, boat trailers, Plaza Carpark (proposal being considered to levy the Plaza owner to pay for upgrading of the carpark), Edinburgh Road/EVW intersection.

Councillor Eriksson

Cr Eriksson spoke congratulating the new committee and the fact that WCC Councillors are getting on with the job pending the outcome of Council amalgamation plans. He advised the meeting that a DA at the corner of Strathallen Ave and Baringa Rd had been recommended for refusal at a Ward Councillor inspection that afternoon.
New crossings are to be built at Shore School exit gate and at Northbridge Public School.
Vivid is on again this year.

There was no other general business and the meeting closed at 9.15pm.

Chairman……………………..

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