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DATE FOR THE BUSINESS PAPER 96 06 26th June, 1996-

HURSTVILLE CITY COUNCIL
CIVIC CENTRE, MACMAHON STREET, HURSTVILLE.
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Meeting No. 9 to be held on 26 June, 1996
17 June, 1996


The Mayor and the Councillors

Dear Member,

I have by direction to request your attendance at a meeting of the Council to be held in the Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Hurstville, on Wednesday, 26 June, 1996 at 8.00 p.m. to deal with the Business herein mentioned.

Yours faithfully,


GENERAL MANAGER


NATIONAL ANTHEM

OPENING PRAYER: Reverend Bruce Mellor, St Giles Presbyterian Church, Hurstville
B U S I N E S S:

1. Confirmation of Minutes - 5 June, 1996
- 12 June, 1996
2. Apologies
2(a) Mayoral Minute:
3. Privilege
i. Condolences
ii. Other Matters of Privilege
4. Disclosure and Nature of Interest in Matters before Council
5. Reports (A) From Committees:
1. Finance Committee
2. Works Committee
3. Development Health & Planning Committee
4. Policy Review Forward Planning & Staff Cttee - 19/6/96
5. Community Relations Committee - 25/6/96
6. Matters referred to Council from Committee Reports
(B) From Councillors
(C) From Delegates: i) Councillor W F Pickering
6. Questions without Notice
7. Notices of Motion
8. Committee of the Whole
9. Adoption of Recommendations of Committee of the Whole

HURSTVILLE CITY COUNCIL
CIVIC CENTRE, MACMAHON STREET, HURSTVILLE.
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THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF HURSTVILLE

MAYORAL MINUTE

Cutbacks to the NSW Health System


On Friday, 21st June, 1996, the Hon A Refshauge MP, Minister for Health, announced cutbacks to the NSW Health System which would effectively see the takeover of the management and operations of the St George Hospital by the current management of St Vincent's Hospital.

These changes were announced after many months of secret negotiations, but without any consultation with the medical staff, nursing staff, administrators and users of St George Hospital, and with no reference at all to the people of St George. The entire arrangement has been secretive and arrogant to say the least.

The most controversial of the proposals is the renaming of St George Hospital to St Vincent's.

In the days since the announcement, I have discussed this matter with many people from the St George area: St George Hospital Doctors, Nurses and Administrators, Patients at the Hospital, Office Bearers in licensed and service Clubs who have contributed to hospital facilities, hospital charities and members of the community. Unanimously, their attitude has been one of absolute opposition to the proposed changes.

Amongst the many concerns raised by these people have been:

* the loss of up to 650 jobs amongst existing staff, pitting nurses against nurses for far fewer positions;
* the promised addition of 100 beds is a net gain of only 30 beds, following the Government's closure of 70 beds over the last year;
* the fact that these extra 30 beds will have to service a much larger population base, previously serviced by 350 beds at St Vincent's, which could only be detrimental to existing services provided to the people of St George;
* the likelihood of much longer waiting lists for surgery;
* the removal of existing obstetrics and gynaecological services, including in-vitro fertilization, because of the religious beliefs of the new management;
* the difficulties which will be caused for the huge Islamic population in the St George area due to differences in religious beliefs with the new hospital regime; this could include the removal of the Halal menu for Islamic patients;
* the failure to guarantee that any of the proposed services used as a "carrot" for the takeover will actually be delivered.

Also of concern is the fact that St Vincent's has had a less than enviable record of financial management, which has seen the administrators financially bailed out by successive State Governments, and the temporary closure of facilities on repeated occasions. St George, on the other hand, has an excellent record which may now be put at risk, to the detriment of patients and staff.

Ten years ago, the St George Hospital was facing possible closure. In that decade, the remarkable efforts of the staff of the Hospital, service and licensed clubs, charities and the wider community have seen St George become one of the pre-eminent hospitals in Australia. The previous State Government spent over $500 million to bring St George Hospital up to teaching hospital standard, and to ensure its state-of-the-art status in many fields of medicine.

Now, all these achievements are being jeopardized, the St George Hospital is effectively being privatized, and the Hospital's most important link with the community it serves is to be severed.

Over one hundred years of effort and tradition, and especially the sacrifice and achievements of the last decade, deserve greater recognition than the furtive and underhanded deal which has been done to kill off St George.

The name St Vincent's may represent a great hospital, and should continue to do so at Darlinghurst in some form. The name St George represents a magnificant Hospital and a great community, and I cannot understand how Dr Refshauge sees the name as being of lesser value than St Vincent's.

The overwhelming community anger over this arrogant and shortsighted political decision compels the Council to act, and I, therefore, make the following recommendations:

RECOMMENDATIONS:

1. THAT Council resolve to oppose the decision to rename the St George Hospital;

2. THAT Council resolve to oppose the cutbacks to health care which will detrimentally impact upon the people of St George;

3. THAT Council write to the Premier, the Minister for Health, the Leader of the Opposition, the Shadow Minister for Health and all Local Members of Parliament outlining the complete opposition of Hurstville City Council and the Hurstville community to the proposed takeover of St George Hospital;

4. THAT Council liaise with other Councils, community groups, clubs and staff at the Hospital in opposing the changes;

5. THAT the Mayor and the General Manager be authorized to take any further actions necessary to oppose the proposed takeover.





Councillor P Olah JP
Mayor of Hurstville

26th June, 1996

HURSTVILLE CITY COUNCIL
CIVIC CENTRE, MACMAHON STREET, HURSTVILLE.
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SUMMARY OF ITEMS CONTAINED IN THE
GENERAL MANAGER'S REPORT
TO THE MEETING OF THE FINANCE COMMITTEE
TO BE HELD ON 26TH JUNE, 1996




01:01A Annual Reporting Of Contracts For Senior Staff
(See Item 1.1A - General Manager's Report No. 2 To Finance Committee)

HURSTVILLE CITY COUNCIL
REPORT ITEM NO: .
GENERAL MANAGER'S
GENERAL MANAGER REPORT NO 1 TO THE FINANCE COMMITTEE
TO BE HELD ON 26TH JUNE, 1996


His Worship the Mayor & Councillors
Hustville City Council
The Civic Centre
HURSTVILLE

Dear Councillors,

Hereunder is my report No.01 to be submitted to the FINANCE Committee:-


01.01A ANNUAL REPORTING OF CONTRACTS FOR SENIOR STAFF (SEE ITEM 1.1A - GENERAL MANAGER'S REPORT NO. 2 TO FINANCE COMMITTEE)


HURSTVILLE CITY COUNCIL
CIVIC CENTRE, MACMAHON STREET, HURSTVILLE.
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HURSTVILLE CITY COUNCIL
REPORT ITEM NO: 08.00
Appendix for Reports from Committees



.97 * Policy Review, Forward Planning & Staff Committee - 19/6/96


REPORT OF THE POLICY REVIEW FORWARD PLANNING AND STAFF COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON WEDNESDAY, 19 JUNE 1996 AT 7.05 PM
COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
COUNCIL STAFF:
DISCLOSURE AND NATURE OF INTEREST
1. GENERAL MANAGER'S REPORT NO. 1

ITEM 1.1 COUNCIL MEETING PROCEDURES - REPORTS FROM DELEGATES/ COUNCILLORS AND QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE
ITEM 1.2 COUNCIL'S TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT POLICY
ITEM 1.3 COUNCIL'S EEO MANAGEMENT PLAN - VARIOUS ASSOCIATED POLICIES AND PRACTICE STATEMENTSITEM 1.4 DELEGATIONS OF AUTHORITY - REVIEW2. DIVISIONAL MANAGER - BUSINESS & FINANCIAL SERVICES' REPORT

ITEM 2.1 DEPRECIATION OF CAPITAL ITEMS
3 DIVISIONAL MANAGER - CORPORATE & COMMUNITY SERVICES' REPORT

ITEM 3.1 COUNCILLORS ATTENDING CONFERENCES - DELEGATES EXPENSES

ITEM 3.2 REVIEW OF COUNCIL'S CODE OF CONDUCT


ITEM 3.3 COUNCIL FEATURE ADVERTISEMENT IN ST GEORGE & SUTHERLAND SHIRE LEADER
4. DIVISIONAL MANAGER - ENGINEERING'S REPORT

ITEM 4.1 DEVELOPMENT OF A SPONSORSHIP POLICY
ITEM 4.2 PLANS OF MANAGEMENT - COMMUNITY LAND
ITEM 4.3 LATE MATTER - ROLLING SCHEDULE OF WORKS


THE MEETING CONCLUDED AT 8.45 PM


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CHAIRPERSON





HURSTVILLE CITY COUNCIL
REPORT ITEM NO: 08.00
Appendix for Reports from Committees



.98 * Community Relations Committee - 25/06/96




PRESENT:

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:


COUNCIL STAFF:

DISCLOSURE AND NATURE OF INTEREST

There were no disclosures of interest to record.



1._DIVISIONALMANAGER-COMMUNITY&CORPORATE SERVICES' REPORT

ITEM 1.1 REPORT BY THE MANAGER - COMMUNITY RELATIONS ON ACTIVITIES FOR THE PERIOD 1 FEBRUARY TO 31 MAY
ITEM 1.2 NEXT ISSUE OF "COUNCIL COMMENT"

THE MEETING CONCLUDED AT 7.10 P.M.


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CHAIRPERSON.

HURSTVILLE CITY COUNCIL
CIVIC CENTRE, MACMAHON STREET, HURSTVILLE.
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HURSTVILLE CITY COUNCIL
REPORT ITEM NO: .
Appendix for Reports From Delegates



.99 * Report from Clr W F Pickering




Report submitted by Councillor W F Pickering on his attendance at the IMM National Congress, Canberra - 19 to 22 May 1996

"This is my brief report on the IMM Conference which, as always, proved to be possibly the best our Council attends each year. The quality of Topics, Speakers, and their presentations were excellent and my choices were as follows -

Monday - 20 May 1996

"CHANGE" (T.Q.M) Presented by Dr Ian Brookes, a Canadian living in New Zealand, was an excellent presentation using very impressive visual effects, with several memorable quotes arising -

Tuesday - 21 May 1996

"COMMITMENT" Presented by the infamous Laurie Lawrence - what can you say about someone you either love or hate! Regardless, this patriotic Aussie is definitely "MISTER MOTIVATION!".

'COMMITMENT WORKSHOP" On the same day the Commitment Workshop was held at the Australian Institute of Sport which began with a comprehensive tour of the complex. This was followed by an impressive presentation by Graeme Murphy, the Coordinator of the "National Officiating Program" of the Australian Coaching Council. Stationed at Bruce Outdoor Stadium, Graeme was previously a resident of Penshurst and his mother still lives in Beverly Hills. The rest of the workshop required the involvement of all in attendance and was based on a motivational program used for young athletes attending the A.I.S.

Wednesday - 22 May 1996

"CHALLENGE ADDRESS" The subject of capacity was presented by Pamela Gordon, C.E.O of Sheffield City and President of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives. A very impressive and experienced lady by world standards, with a vast knowledge of the many changes faced by Local Government throughout the world.

We finished the Conference with a visit to Parliament House for question time, and you can give me Local Government anytime!


Clr W F Pickering
5 June 1996