Statement of Support for Public Ownership and Control of Council-Run Spaces

Decision Maker: Council

Decision status: Recommendations Determined


Moved by Councillor Ellsmore, seconded by Councillor Scott -

It is resolved that Council:

(A)      affirms its commitment to public ownership and control of community centres, neighbourhood centres, town halls and other community spaces which are currently run by Council;

(B)      notes the recent community concern about potential changes to ownership and control of Council-run spaces;

(C)      notes and welcomes the Lord Mayor’s recent correspondence to community groups confirming that Council has no plans to private or outsource Council-run spaces; 

(D)      commits to maintain Council ownership and management of Council-run community centres, neighbourhood centres, town halls and other Council-run spaces;  

(E)      notes that where Council is considering involving a non-Council organisation, staff or operator in the management or control of a space that is currently run by Council, that this is brought to the elected Council for determination;

(F)      if changes are proposed to the management or control of one or more Council-run spaces, commits to ensure that a specific, locally-targeted community consultation is included as part of the consultation and advertising undertaken before a determination is made; and

(G)      notes that this resolution is not intended to impact short term use agreements, leases or licences that enable the use of Council-run spaces by the community, for example the hire of a space by the community for an event, meeting, or community program.  

The motion was lost on the following show of hands –

Ayes (3)          Councillors Ellsmore, Scott and Weldon

Noes (7)          The Chair (the Lord Mayor), Councillors Chan, Davis, Gannon, Jarrett*, Kok and Scully.

The motion was lost.

*Note – Councillor Jarrett abstained from voting on this matter. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 9.4 of the Code of Meeting Practice, Councillor Jarrett is taken to have voted against the motion.


Report author: Erin Cashman

Publication date: 21/03/2022

Date of decision: 21/03/2022

Decided at meeting: 21/03/2022 - Council

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