SPECIAL MEETING OF COUNCIL MINUTES

SPECIAL MEETING
OF COUNCIL
MINUTES
11 NOVEMBER 2014
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MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL MEETING OF THE PORT PHILLIP
CITY COUNCIL HELD 11 NOVEMBER 2014 IN COUNCIL
CHAMBER, ST KILDA TOWN HALL
The meeting opened at 5:02pm.
PRESENT
Cr Bond, Cr Horvath, Cr Huxley, Cr Stevens, Cr Thomann, Cr Touzeau, Cr Voss.
IN ATTENDANCE
Tracey Slatter Chief Executive Officer, Mark Brady Executive Manager Governance and Culture,
Claire Ferres Miles General Manager Place Strategy and Development, Carol Jeffs General Manager
Community Development, Darren Martin Acting General Manager Infrastructure and Amenity, Chris
Carroll General Manager Organisational Performance.
The City of Port Phillip respectfully acknowledges the Yalukit Willam Clan of the Boon Wurrung. We pay our
respect to their Elders, both past and present. We acknowledge and uphold their continuing relationship to
this land.
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WELCOME
The Chief Executive Officer, Tracey Slatter, welcomed Councillors and members of the gallery to the
meeting.
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APPOINTMENT OF TEMPORARY CHAIRPERSON
The Chief Executive Officer facilitated the appointment of a Temporary Chairperson, in accordance
with Part 4, Section 28 of the Council Meetings Procedure Law No 2/2009.
MOVED Crs Horvath/Huxley
That Councillor Bond be appointed to the position of Temporary Chairperson for this meeting.
A vote was taken and the MOTION was CARRIED.
3.
APOLOGIES
Nil.
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4.
DECLARATIONS OF CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
Nil.
5.
OUTGOING MAYOR
The Temporary Chairperson, Cr Bond, called on the outgoing Mayor, Cr Amanda Stevens, to
address the gallery. Cr Stevens addressed the gallery:
“Thank you Councillor Bond. It’s been a privilege and an honour to be Mayor of this great city for the last two
years. I’ve found it to be a profoundly humbling, enjoyable and challenging experience. I’d like to acknowledge
my family who are here tonight; Chris, Elizabeth, Georgia, and Muriel, thank you for your ongoing love and
support – it is greatly appreciated.
To my fellow Councillors, it’s been a pleasure to get to know you over the last two years, your commitment to
your role in terms of time, energy and passion is impressive and I have enjoyed working with you. We haven’t
always agreed, but we’ve maintained good working relationships and we’ve even managed to inject humor at
times into our 13-14 hour days on Tuesdays so thank you for that. I look forward to continuing our journey
together as Councillors.
To the CEO Tracey Slatter, thank you for your professional tireless pursuit for the best outcomes for our
community, it’s been a great joy and pleasure to work with you closely for the past year and a half.
To the ELT, Executive Leadership Team, and our staff thank you for your daily hard work, it is the roles that
you do every day that enables our great city to enjoy the services and amenity that our citizens enjoy. We
enjoy some of the highest community satisfaction of any local government and I think it is a tribute that 95%
of our community feel that their Council is trustworthy, reliable and responsible. I thank you for your
contribution to making our city Vibrant, Engaged, Healthy, and Resilient today and into the future.
I look back on the two years we’ve had as a great challenge and a real joy, and as a Councillor I will continue
with my fellow Councillors to undertake my duties in a professional manner. Thank you.
The Temporary Chairperson, Cr Bond, called on the outgoing Deputy Mayor, Cr Serge Thomann, to
address the gallery. Cr Thomann addressed the gallery:
“Good evening community and Councillors, I haven’t had any time to prepare any speech as I have other
things to do for this city at the moment and I enjoy my job as a Councillor trying to save an old theatre. I have
certainly enjoyed the last two years as Deputy Mayor, it’s a priviliege to serve my community and the
community I love. I thank the CEO, my fellow Councillors, the Mayor, the staff and also all the people in the
room who are my friends, supporters, confidantes, mentors, people I nag. I am actually the most privileged
councilor in this state, I’ve got the best ward in this state. I’m sorry, I’m biased, but that’s the case: I know my
ward very well – I know it’s a fantastic ward. Whatever is going to happen, I will keep working for the
community that I love and whatever happens I’ve been a Deputy Mayor for two years and I think it’s time to
pass the baton onto others if that is what should be. I thank everybody too for all their support, my energy
will not stop with whatever happens tonight. I love my community, hopefully they love me back, and I will
make a change hopefully in the very short future.”
Cr Stevens acknowledged the support of and thanked Cr Thomann for his efforts as Deputy Mayor.
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6.
TERM OF MAYORAL OFFICE
No motion.
7.
ELECTION OF MAYOR
The Temporary Chairperson, Cr Bond, called for nominations for the position of Mayor in
accordance with Section 71 of the Local Government Act 1989 and Part 4, section 28 of the Council
Meeting Procedure Local Law No 2/2009.
Cr Voss nominated Cr Stevens for the position of Mayor.
Cr Horvath seconded the nomination.
Cr Touzeau nominated Cr Thomann for the position of Mayor.
Cr Thomann seconded the nomination.
The Temporary Chairperson, Cr Bond, called for a vote by show of hands.
A vote was taken for those in favour of Cr Stevens. Cr Stevens received 5 votes.
A vote was taken for those in favour of Cr Thomann. Cr Thomann received 2 votes.
Cr Amanda Stevens was declared elected.
The Temporary Chairperson, Cr Bond, vacated the chair at 5:12pm.
The newly elected Mayor of the Port Phillip City Council assumed the chair at 5:12pm.
The newly elected Mayor, Cr Amanda Stevens, addressed the gallery:
“Thank you Councillor Bond. Thank you to my fellow Councillors for the great privilege of representing this
great city for a third year. It is truly humbling to receive your support again. I commit, again, to serving you
and the community with integrity. I will strive with my fellow Councillors to role-model the highest standards of
governance and to serve the interests of the whole community in the long term. I would also like to thank the
organisation under the leadership of CEO Tracey Slatter and the talented Executive Leadership Team who
are very well placed to deliver on our Council Plan in the next year. We look forward to working hard over the
next year to achieve some significant milestones. Thank you very much.
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8.
ELECTION OF DEPUTY MAYOR
The Mayor, Cr Stevens called for nomination for the position of Deputy Mayor in accordance with
Part 4, section 28 of the Council Meeting Procedure Local Law No 2/2009.
Cr Horvath nominated Cr Bernadene Voss for the position of Deputy Mayor.
Cr Bond seconded the nomination.
There being no other nominations Cr Voss was declared elected.
Mayor, Cr Amanda Stevens, declared Cr Voss elected as Deputy Mayor and invited her to address
the gallery.
The newly elected Deputy Mayor of the Port Phillip City Council addressed the gallery:
“Thank you and thank you to my fellow Councillors for entrusting me with the honour of being Deputy Mayor
for this third year of our term. As Councillors we’ve had a challenging year together; complex issues and
important decision have been made, however through solid leadership we have been putting into practice our
goals to adhere to our shared values including integrity, respect and unity. We have a collaborative and
collegiate culture but as individuals we bring a wealth of unique experiences that contribute to our decision
making.
I want to particularly thank the Mayor, Cr Amanda Stevens, for her dedication in ensuring we all adhere to
our shared values and acknowledge that she has worked tirelessly with the CEO to ensure we are on track in
meeting the Council Plan and has skilfully led this Council to ensure our reputation is well earned and
improved. You have been an outstanding Councillor and Mayor and I commend you for all the work you do
for our great community.
Also, the outgoing Deputy Mayor, Cr Serge Thomann, thank you also for your attention, your advice and
always being there to guide from a place of experience.
I’d also like to acknowledge the CEO and, as Amanda’s just said, the very talented ELT and all the Council
staff for their great work for our city.
I’d also like to acknowledge the Mayor and Councillors’ Office staff, they’re all here: Marisa, Mary, Barb, and
Mandy; always helping us carry out our civic duty. You all do a wonderful job.
I’d like to thank my family; to my mother in law Bev, thank you for coming all this way - I really appreciate it.
Thank you for your support.
It’s a privilege and an honour to serve our community. I have enjoyed all that civic life has had to offer so far
and I look forward to bringing a vibrant, creative, inclusive and respectful approach to our discussions and
problem solving. Thank you Councillors for your trust and support, and I look forward to our third year
together.”
As there was no further business the meeting closed at 5:17pm.
Confirmed:
25 November 2014
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