Save Laurel Tree House

26/07/2021 - Save Laurel Tree House

Moved by Councillor Scott, seconded by Councillor Phelps -

It is resolved that:

(A)      Council note:

(i)         the City of Sydney needs and support quality and affordable childcare services for the community;

(ii)        KU Laurel Tree House provides quality child care services to the Glebe community;

(iii)      KU Laurel Tree is much loved by the Glebe community as detailed in the Love Letter to KU Laurel Tree House detailing the experiences of generations of children and parents who have used the Centre;

(iv)      the Glebe community want to see the KU Laurel Tree House continue to operate in Glebe; and

(v)       KU Laurel Tree House have advised parents they are closing their doors at the end of the year as the NSW Government is selling the building they are operating in; and

(B)      the Lord Mayor be requested to write to the NSW Minister for Water, Property and Housing, the Hon Melinda Pavey:

(i)         confirming the City’s support for retaining the State-owned buildings in Glebe in public hands; and

(ii)        requesting the NSW Department of Housing undertake the necessary repairs to the Laurel Tree House building so that it can continue to operate as a child care centre.

Amendment. Moved by Councillor Scully, seconded by Councillor Thalis –

It is resolved that:

(A)      Council note:

(i)         the City of Sydney needs and support quality and affordable childcare services for the community;

(ii)        KU Laurel Tree House provides quality child care services to the Glebe community;

(iii)      KU Laurel Tree is much loved by the Glebe community as detailed in the Love Letter to KU Laurel Tree House detailing the experiences of generations of children and parents who have used the Centre;

(iv)      the Glebe community want to see the KU Laurel Tree House continue to operate in Glebe; and

(v)       KU Laurel Tree House have advised parents they are closing their doors at the end of the year as the NSW Government is selling the building they are operating in;

(vi)      the City of Sydney and the Lord Mayor have consistently called on the NSW Government to retain publicly owned buildings across the Local Government Area; and

(vii)     the Lord Mayor wrote to the Hon Melinda Pavey on 17 May 2021 asking that the NSW Government urgently investigate retaining KU Laurel Tree House to allow this important childcare service to continue to operate.

Carried unanimously.

The amended motion was carried unanimously.

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Procedural Motion

Following Item 13.5, at 10.02pm, it was moved by the Chair (the Lord Mayor), seconded by Councillor Thalis –

That, as it is after 10.00pm, and in accordance with clause 16.3(a) of the Code of Meeting Practice, the remaining items of business on the agenda (Items 13.6 to 13.15 inclusive) be deferred to the next ordinary meeting of Council.

Amendment. Moved by Councillor Scott, seconded by Councillor Forster –

That, as it is after 10.00pm, and in accordance with clause 16.3(b) of the Code of Meeting Practice, the remaining items of business on the agenda (Items 13.6 to 13.15 inclusive) be deferred to a reconvened meeting in the following week.

A show of hands on the amendment resulted in an equality of voting as follows:

Ayes (5)          Councillors Chung, Forster, Phelps, Scott and Vithoulkas

Noes (5)          The Lord Mayor, Councillors Kok, Miller, Scully and Thalis.

The Chair (the Lord Mayor) exercised her casting vote against the amendment. The amendment was declared lost.

Amendment lost.

The substantive motion was carried on the following show of hands:

Ayes (5)          The Lord Mayor, Councillors Kok, Miller, Scully and Thalis

Noes (4)          Councillors Chung, Forster, Scott and Vithoulkas.

Motion carried.