Tuesday the 6th of October 1936.

Minutes of a meeting of the Council of the Municipality of Newtown held at the Town Hall Newtown on Tuesday the 6th October 1936 at 7.30pm.

 

Present.

His Worship the Mayor (Alderman H.R. Dunshea) and Deputy Mayor (Ald. W. P. Newnham J.P.) Mrs. Ald. Fowler and Aldermen Ryan, F. A. Newnham, Roberts, Goddard and Sheehan.

 

Minutes

Each Member of the Council having received a copy of the Minutes of the previous Meeting Alderman F. A. Newnham moved, “That the Minutes be taken as read, and confirmed, and signed as a true record of the meeting held on 22nd September 1936.”

Seconded by Ald. Roberts and carried.

 

Apologies.

Apologies were received and accepted from Aldermen Solomon, Porter, Fleming and Collyer.

 

Correspondence.

5370 Public Health Dept. Re Milk Sample.

Letter from the Department of Public Health covering the analysis of 20 samples of milk all of which were found to be correct. “Received”.

5371 Prime Minister Re Abolition Of State Parliaments.

Letter from the Prime Minister (forwarded per favour of J. S. Garden M.P.) in connection with Council’s application urging that the question of the abolition of State Parliaments be submitted for decision to the people of Australia at the same time as the proposals for the amendment of Section 92 of the Constitution. Moved by Ald. F. A. Newnham Seconded by Ald. Roberts “That the letter be “Received” and Mr. Garden be thanked for his action in the matter”. Carried.

5372 Main Roads Dept. Re Illuminated Signs On Main Roads.

Letter from the Department of Main Roads N.S.W. re the erection of Illuminated Signs on Main Roads. It was resolved “That the letter be “Received” and that the opinion of the Local Government Assn’s Solicitor be obtained as to the powers of the Main Roads Dept. in connection with the footpath and signs fronting Main roads”.

5373 Kindergarten Union Re Donation.

Letter from the Secretary Kindergarten Union of N.S.W. making application for a donation. “Received” and referred to the Finance Committee for consideration and report.

5374 Australia’s 150th Anniversary Celeb. Council Re Plan Of Campaign.

Letter from the Secretary Australia’s 150th Anniversary Celebrations Council notifying that a meeting will be held on Wednesday 7th October at 4p.m. to formulate plan of campaign in connection with the 150th Anniversary Celebrations and inviting this Council to send along Delegates. Moved by Ald. Roberts Seconded by Ald. F. A. Newnham “That the invitation be accepted and His Worship the Mayor (Ald. H.R. Dunshea) be appointed as our delegate to the meeting”. Carried.

5375 Party & Busby Re Subdivision 66/70 Hordern St.

Application from F. R. Hardy & A. L. Busby for approval to subdivision of land 66/70 Hordern St. Moved by Ald. Roberts Seconded by Ald. F. A. Newnham “That the application be “Received” and approved.

Amendment moved by Ald. Ryan Seconded by Mrs. Ald. Fowler “That the matter be referred to the Works Committee for inspection and report”. On being submitted the Amendment was lost.

The original motion was then submitted and declared carried.

Mrs. Ald. Fowler and Alderman Ryan asked that their names be recorded against the motion.

5376 Main Roads Dept. Re Seats Carrying Advertising Matter.

Letter from the Department of Main Roads N.S.W. regarding seats on Main roads carrying advertising matter. It was resolved “That the letter be “Received” and the contents noted.”

5377 Police Dept. Re Tramway Stopping Places On Newtown Bdge.

Letter from the Police Department notifying that as the Department of Road Transport does not approve of the alteration to the Tramway Stopping Places on the Newtown Bridge no further action will be taken in the matter. “Received”.

 

Reports.

5378 Mayoral Minute Re Local Govt. Conference At Lismore.

His Worship the Mayor (Alderman H.R. Dunshea) submitted a Mayoral Minute covering his attendance at the Local Government Conference at Lismore on 22nd/24th September 1936. Moved by Ald. F. A. Newnham Seconded by Ald. Roberts “That the Mayoral Minute be “Received” and adopted and His Worship the Mayor be thanked for the attention given to the Conference and for the report of same submitted to the Council.” Carried.

5379 Letter To Lismore Council Re Success Of Conference.

Arising out of the Mayoral Minute Alderman Roberts moved Seconded by Ald. Ryan “That the letter be forwarded to the Lismore Council expressing this Council’s appreciation of the efforts of the Council and the people of Lismore to make the Local Government conference the success that it was”. Carried.

5380 Works Com. Report.

His Worship the Mayor (Alderman H.R. Dunshea) as Chairman of the Works Committee submitted a report of a meeting held on 6th October as contained on folios 375/6 of the Committees’ Report Book. It was resolved “That the Works Committee’s Report be “Received” and considered seriatim. After consideration it was moved by Ald. Roberts Seconded by Ald. Goddard “That the Works Committee’s report be “Received” and adopted and the recommendations contained therein be carried into effect”. Carried.

5381 Engineer’s Report.

The Engineer submitted his report of works completed or in progress during the past fortnight. “Received” and adopted on the motion of Ald. Roberts Seconded by Ald. Goddard.

5382 Ald. Ryan Re Buildings Approved By Engineer.

Arising out of the engineer’s report Alderman Ryan asked why the buildings which were mentioned as being approved by the Engineer had not been referred to the Works Committee.? The reply was that the Engineer’s instructions in the past have been that where the buildings are in brick and conform to the Local Government Act and Ordinances covering same that approval be given so that the Works would not be held up.

5383 Ald. W. Newnham Re Glassed-In Balcony Approved By Engineer.

Ald. W. P. Newnham asked if the Glassed-in balcony approved by the Engineer would be used as a room or a flat.? The reply was that the engineer did not know for what purpose the balcony was to be used but approval was given as the application conformed to the Local Government Act and Ordinances.

5384 Health Insp. Report.

The Health Inspector submitted his report as contained on folios 144/5 of the Health Inspector’s Report Book. Moved by Ald. Ryan Seconded by Ald. Roberts “That the Health Inspector’s report be “Received” and adopted the applications mentioned in paragraph 2 be approved; that the prosecution recommended in paragraph 3 be proceeded with and that the Closing Order in paragraph 4 certifying that premises No. 3 Egan Street are unfit for human habitation or occupation and recommending that the Council by an order in writing declare the said house unfit for human habitation or occupation and directing that it should not be occupied by any person after the expiration of 30 days from date of notice unless the alterations and repairs specified in the Health Inspector’s Notice are carried into effect to the satisfaction of the Local Authority be adopted and this Council now declares that premises No. 3 Egan Street Newtown are unfit for human habitation or occupation and shall not after the expiration of 30 days from date of notice be inhabited or occupied unless the repairs specified in the health Inspector’s Certificate are first carried into effect to the satisfaction of the Local Authority.” Also that the recommendation in paragraph 5 “That the Owners of all post and balcony awnings in King Street and Enmore Road in full be ordered to remove same within 6 months” be adopted.” Carried.

 

Motions Pursuant To Notice.

5385 Ald. Roberts Re Withdrawal Of Motion Re Permanent Employees.

Alderman Roberts was given permission to withdraw the motion of which he had given notice at last meeting.

 

Orders Of The Day.

5386 Matters Of Removing Swings & Locking Roundabouts In Play-Grounds.

Consideration of the matter of removing swings and locking Roundabouts in the playgrounds was deferred until such time as the recommendation in the Committee’s report regarding the fencing of playgrounds is finalised.

 

Questions Without Notice.

5387 Ald. Ryan Re Subdivisions Of Land.

Under this heading Alderman Ryan asked that the Town Clerk submitted to the next meeting of the Council the last occasion when a subdivision of land having a frontage of less than 16ft had been approved and whether any resolution stands in the Council’s books prohibiting any subdivision having a frontage of less than 16 feet.

5388 Ald. W. Newnham Re Disrepair Of Enmore Rd.

Alderman W. P. Newnham drew attention to the state of disrepair and to which Enmore Road in full had fallen and moved that the Engineer approach the Main Roads Dept. for a grant to reconstruct the whole of Enmore Road.” Seconded by Ald. Roberts and carried.

5389 Ald. Sheehan Re Danger From Red Cabs At 2 Enmore Rd.

Ald. Sheehan drew attention to the danger caused by the Red Cab Company at No. 2 Enmore Road to pedestrians crossing the foot path as there was no sign to warn the public of the Cabs coming out of the building. It was resolved that the matter be referred to the Police Department to take the necessary action.

5390 Ald. Ryan Re Name Signs On Newtown Bridge & May St.

Ald. Ryan moved Seconded by Ald. Roberts “That signs be procured and placed in position on the Newtown Bridge and May Street clearly denoting the name “King Street Newtown”. Carried.

5391 Ald. F. Newnham Re Branch Office Of State Lottery.

Moved by Ald. F. A. Newnham Seconded by Ald. Roberts “That this Council approach the State Government through our local Members of Parliament asking that a branch office of the N.S.W. State Lottery be established in this district for the sale of Lottery Tickets.” Carried.

5392 Ald. Ryan Re Boxing Contest for N. M. R. M.

Ald. Ryan asked if it was true that a Boxing Contest was being held to obtain funds for the Newtown Mayor’s Relief Movement and if so would the Mayor inform him when it was being held.? The Mayor replied that he understood that a Boxing Contest was being held in aid of St. Joseph’s Church Parochial Fund.

5393 Ald. W. Newnham Re Chamber Of Commerce.

Ald. W. P. Newnham asked if any progress had been made by the Chamber of Commerce. The Mayor replied that he understood that the Newtown Chamber of Commerce was concentrating in obtaining their membership first before moving in any matters.

5394 Ald. F. Newnham Re Housing Problem & Slum Clearance.

Ald. F. A. Newnham drew attention to the fact that the Premier The Hon. E. S. B. Stevens in his talks since his return from the board had mentioned that Newtown amongst others would be one of the first places to be operated in in connection with the Housing Problem and slum clearance and moved “That our local Members of Parliament be asked to approach the Premier with the request that before he submits any plan to Cabinets in connection with the Housing Problem he submits details of his scheme to this Council for consideration.”

Seconded by Ald. Ryan and carried.

Moved by Ald. Roberts Seconded by Ald. F. A’s. Newnham “That the Council do now resolve into Committee of the Whole”.

Upon resuming in Council it was reported that while in Committee of the Whole the following matters had been considered and recommendations accordingly made viz; –

5395 Redfern Council Re Garbage Incineration.

  1. That the letter from the Redfern Council asking this Council to cancel the existing Agreement for the incineration of garbage as from the 11th November 1936 be “Received”.

5396 Public Health Department Re Various Bodies Depositing Garbage On Lands Near Ricketty St.

  1. That the attention of the Department of Public Health be drawn to the fact that the various Bodies are depositing garbage on the lands adjacent to Rickety Street St Peters and the bad effect it is having on the health and convenience of the people by the nuisances arising therefrom i.e. smoke and rodents.

5397 T. J. Dowling Re Use Of Hall.

  1. That the letter from T. J. Dowling Secretary Anti Conscription Commemoration Committee be “Received” and he be informed that the Hall will be granted to him at the usual rates for any meeting he desires to hold.

5398 Broken Hill Council Re Government Food Relief Etc.

  1. That the letter from the Broken Hill City Council forwarding resolutions of the Broken Hill Citizens Committee Re Government Food Relief Rental Allowance for Unemployed etc. be “Received” and they be informed that our sympathy is with them in their request and that as the matter has been the subject of public meetings in this Municipality already and is being continually dealt with by correspondence no good would be obtained by calling any further Public Meeting.

Moved by Mrs. Ald. Fowler Seconded by Ald. Roberts “That the report of the Committee of the Whole Council be “Received” and adopted and the recommendations contained therein be carried into effect.” Carried.

And there being no further business the Meeting terminated.

 

Confirmed at an Ordinary Meeting of the Council held at the Town Hall Newtown on Tuesday 20th October 1936 at 7.30pm.

 

Signed R. P. Hitchen, Town Clerk           H. Dunshea, Mayor.

 

 

Tuesday 20th day of October 1936.

Minutes of a meeting of the Council of the Municipality of Newtown held at the Town Hall Newtown on Tuesday the 20th October 1936 at 7.30pm.

 

Present.

His Worship the Mayor (Alderman H.R. Dunshea) the Deputy Mayor (Ald. W. P. Newnham J.P. ) Mrs. Ald. Fowler and Aldermen Goddard, Porter, F. A. Newnham, Sheehan, Ryan and Collyer.

 

Apologies.

Apologies were received and accepted from Aldermen Solomon, Fleming and Roberts.

 

Minutes

Each Member of the Council having received a copy of the Minutes of the previous Meeting Alderman F. A. Newnham moved, “That the Minutes be taken as read, and confirmed, and signed as a true record of the meeting held on 6th October 1936.” Seconded by Alderman Porter and carried.

 

5399 Late Mrs Hadley

“ WM. Lowry.

“ Mrs. A. R. Bluett.

“ David & Hector Isenberg.

Feeling references were made by the Mayor and Aldermen to the deaths of Mrs. Victoria Hadley Michael William Lowry Mrs. A. R. Bluett and David and Hector Isenberg and it was resolved “That a letter of sympathy be forwarded in each instance to the relatives of the deceased”.

 

Correspondence.

5400 Local Govt. Assn. Re Powers Of Main Roads Dept.

Letter from the Local Government Assn. Of N.S.W. forwarding opinion in connection with

(a). Powers of the Main Roads Dept.

(b). Powers of the Main Roads Dept. Regarding the erection of signs projecting over Main Roads. “Received”.

5401 E.L. & P. S. Corpn. Ltd. Re Lighting Of King Street & Enmore Rd.

Letter from the Electric Light & Power Supply Corpn. Ltd. Forwarding proposal for the improved lighting of King Street and Enmore Road. Moved by Ald. F. A. Newnham Seconded by Ald. W. P. Newnham “That the letter be “Received” and the matter referred to the Lighting Committee for attention and report.” Carried.

5402 Australia’s 150th Anniversary Celebrations.

Letter from the Organising Secretary Australian’s 150th Anniversary Celebrations forwarding particulars of the proposed activities for the 1938 Celebrations. It was resolved “That the letter be “Received” and this Council’s Delegates to the meetings of the Committee be His Worship the Mayor (Alderman H.R. Dunshea) and Alderman Ryan.”

5403 Lismore Council Re L.G. Conference.

Letter from the Lismore Council thanking this Council for its letter of appreciation of their efforts in connection with the recent Local Government Conference held at Lismore. “Received”.

5404 J. Beasley MHR. Re Interstate Marketing.

Letter from J. Beasley M. H. R. advising that the Referendum in connection with the Alteration of the Constitution would deal only with the powers of the Commonwealth Parliament in the matter of regulating Interstate Marketing. Moved by Ald. Porter Seconded by Ald. Ryan “That the letter be “Received” and Mr. Beasley be thanked for his attention to the matter”. Carried.

5405 Waterloo Council Re Rental Charges For Water Meters.

Letter from the Municipality of Waterloo asking this Council’s co-operation in endeavouring to have the rental charges for Water Meters abolished. “Received”.

5406 Hospital Saturday Fund Report & Balance Sheet.

Hospital Saturday Fund Committee forwarded copy of their 42nd Annual Report and Balance Sheet which was “Received” and ordered to be laid upon the table.

5407 Rygate & West Re Subdivision Of Victoria Theatre In Erskineville Rd.

Letter from Rygate & West forwarding application for approval of Subdivision of the Victoria Theatre property in Erskineville Rd. Moved by Ald. Ryan Seconded by Ald. W. P. Newnham “That the application be “Received” and referred to the Works Committee for attention and report”. Carried.

5408 Mrs. F. Spencer Re Removal Of Shed Etc. At Rear 179 Enmore Rd.

Letter from E. Hackenberg applying for an extension of time in which to remove the shed erected at 68 Wellington St. It was resolved “That the letter be “Received” and the writer be granted an extension of time of two weeks in which to demolish the structure”.

Letter from Mrs. F. Spencer applying for an extension of time for one month in which to remove shed and repair fencing at the rear of 179 Enmore Rd. Moved by Ald. F. A. Newnham Seconded by Ald. Goddard “That the letter be “Received” and an extension of time for one month be granted”. Carried.

5409 Premier’s Department Re Housing Scheme Etc.

Letter from the Premiers Department forwarded per favour of R. D. Gorman M.L.A. advising that this Council’s wishes had been noted in regard to it being consulted by the Premier before any Housing scheme affecting this area as submitted to Cabinet. Moved by Ald. Goddard Seconded by Ald. Ryan “That the letter be “Received” and the Member thanked for his attention in the matter.” Carried.

5410 Neon Signs (A’sia) Ltd. Re Sign On Majestic Theatre.

Letter from Neon Signs (A’sia) Ltd. applying for permission to erect a sign on the Majestic Theatre at the corner of Erskineville Rd. & Wilson St. Newtown. It was resolved “That the application be “Received” and the Applicant be advised that this Council has no objection to the sign being erected but he also must make application to the Main Roads Department for their permission.”

5411 Local Govt. Assn Re Summary Of Business Of L. G. Conference.

Letter from the Local Government Assn. Of N.S.W. forwarding summary of business transacted at the recent Local Government Conference held on 22nd /24th September 1936. Moved by Ald. Goddard Seconded by Ald. F. A. Newnham “That the communication be “Received” and laid upon the table. Carried.

 

Reports.

5412 Finance Com. Report.

His Worship the Mayor (Alderman H.R. Dunshea) as Chairman of the Finance Committee submitted a report of a meeting held on 20th inst. as contained on folios 297/8 of the F.C. Report Book which recommended the confirmation of accounts paid under Votes of Appropriation amounting to               £ 3459-5-8 and payment of Accounts passed that Evening                                   £ 1624-13-0

Total payments from the Gen Fund since last Meeting               £ 5083-18-8

 

The Monthly Financial Statement of the Gen Fund was also submitted and disclosed a Credit Balance of £5000/6/10.

 

It was further recommended. (a). That the Kindergarten Union of N.S.W. be informed that owing to the financial position Council regrets that it is unable to grant a donation. (b). W. Smith an old employee of this Council be granted a gratuity of £2 each of his 25 years of service making in all s sum of £50.

 

Moved by Ald. F. A. Newnham Seconded by Ald. Goddard “That the Finance Committee’s Report be “Received” and adopted the Accounts confirmed and paid the Monthly Financial Statement laid upon the table and all recommendations contained therein be carried into effect.” Carried.

5413 Engineer’s Report.

The Engineer submitted his report of works completed or in progress during the past fortnight which was “Received” on the motion of Ald. F. A. Newnham Seconded by Ald. Goddard.

5414 Re Fencing Of Playgrounds.

The Engineer submitted an Addendum in connection with the fencing of playgrounds which gave details of prices for this work. It was resolved “That the report be “Received” and the lowest tender that of The Cyclone Fencing Co. at £65 for Fleming Reserve and £25/10/-for Fowler Reserve be accepted”.

5415 Application By Pick-Me-Up Condiment Co. To Erect Bldg. Alice Street.

The Engineer submitted a further addendum in connection with the application of the Pick-me-up Condiment Co. for permission to erect a building in Alice St. Newtown. Moved by Ald. Ryan Seconded by Ald. Goddard “That the application be granted provided that provision is made for all windows to be louvred and of opaque glass as recommended by the Engineer”.

Amendment moved by Ald. W. P. Newnham Seconded by Mrs. Ald. Fowler “That the Engineer interview the Architect with a view to amending the plans to provide for sufficient lighting through the roof instead of windows as suggested”.

Upon being submitted the Amendment was lost.

Alderman Sheehan moved further amendment Seconded by Ald. Collyer “That the matter be referred to the Works Committee for report”.

The voting being in favour of the further amendment it was then submitted as the substantive motion and declared carried.

5416 Alterations To 7 Albemarle St.

Arising out of the Engineer’s Report Alderman W. P. Newnham asked what the alterations were to No. 7 Albemarle St.? The Engineer replied that it was the conversion of an old wooden bathroom into a brick bathroom.

5417 Health Insp. Report.

The Health Inspector submitted his report as contained on folios 146/7 of the Health Inspector’s Report Book. Moved by Ald. F. A. Newnham Seconded by Ald. Goddard “That the Health Inspector’s Report be “Received” the application mentioned in paragraph 3 be granted and that the Closing Order is in paragraph 5 certifying that premises No. 49 Egan Street and 24 Richard St. are unfit for human habitation and recommending that the Council by an order in writing declare the said premises unfit for human habitation and directing that they should not be occupied by any person after the expiration of 30 days from date of notice unless the alterations and repairs specified in the Health Inspector’s Notice are carried into effect to the satisfaction of the Local Authority be adopted and this Council now declares that premises No. 49 Egan Street and 24 Richard St. are unfit for human habitation and shall not after the expiration of 30 days from date of notice be inhabited unless the repairs specified in the Health Inspector’s Certificate are first carried into effect to the satisfaction of the Local Authority.” Carried.

 

Questions Pursuant To Notice.

 

The Acting Town Clerk submitted the following answer to the question asked by Alderman Ryan at the last meeting;-

5418 Question By Ald. Ryan Re Subdivisions.

The Last occasion on which a subdivision have been a frontage of less than 16 feet was passed was on 28/6/1927 and 25/1/1927.

Council has not fixed a minimum area for subdivisions which may be done in accordance with the Local Government Act but which must be a minimum of 2500 sq. feet.

 

It was then moved by Alderman Ryan Seconded by Mrs. Ald. Fowler “That all future applications to subdivide land be considered by the Works Committee and reported on to the Council”.

 

Questions Without Notice.

5419 Ald. Sheehan Re Services Of Mr. Conde In Connection With King St. & Enmore Rd. Lighting.

Alderman Sheehan asked that when the Lighting Committee were considering the offer of the Electric Light & Power Supply Corpn. Ltd. regarding improved lighting in King Street and Enmore Rd. that they avail themselves of the services of Mr. H. G. Conde Chief Engineer of the Electric Light & Power Supply Corpn. Ltd.

The Mayor replied that this matter would have the attention of the Lighting Committee.

5420 Mrs. Ald. Fowler Re Accident To Mr. Kirkpatrick.

Moved by Mrs. Ald. Fowler Seconded by Ald. Ryan “That a letter be forwarded to our Chief Health Inspector (Mr J. Kirkpatrick) expressing this Council’s sympathy in connection with the burning accident which he had just suffered and the hope that he would very quickly recover from the effects of same.” Carried.

5421 Ald. F. Newnham Re Conditions Of Childbirth.

Moved by Ald. F. A. Newnham Seconded by Mrs. Ald. Fowler “That the local Members of the New South Wales Parliament F. M. Burke and R. D. Gorman be asked to urge upon the Government the vital necessity of setting up a Committee to deal with the matter of providing for woman married and single approaching Childbirth who through economic conditions through lack of financial ability to provide for any increase in family of force to place themselves in the hands of unscrupulous people for illegal operations with the resultant large death- toll of so many Mothers and Children due to nefarious practices.

The Government to be asked to accept the responsibility of providing for the children where the Mother is unable to do so and thus relieve the mother of all worry financially which should militarily prevent these illegal operations and save so many valuable lives to the State”. Carried.

5422 Ald. Goddard Re Alterations In Police Districts.

Moved by Ald. Goddard seconded by Alderman Ryan “That the Commissioner of Police be written to asking that the recent alterations in the Police Districts which placed portion of Newtown in Redfern Police District be revised and that the whole of the Municipality of Newtown be included in the Newtown Police District”. Carried.

 

Moved by Ald. W. P. Newnham Seconded by Mrs. Ald. Fowler “That the Council do now resolve into Committee of the Whole.” Carried.

5423 Re. J. Hilton.

Upon resuming in Council it was reported that while in Committee of the Whole Council had consider the matter of J. Hilton and now recommends that he be reinstated to his position as Ganger as from the 9th October 1936.

 

Moved by Ald. Porter Seconded by Ald. W. P. Newnham “That the report of the Committee of the Whole Council be “Received” and adopted and the recommendations contained therein carried into effect.” Carried.

 

And there being no further business the Meeting terminated.

 

Confirmed at an Ordinary Meeting of the Council held at the Town Hall Newtown on Tuesday 3rd day of November 1936 at 7.30pm.

 

Signed R. P. Hitchen, Acting Town Clerk   Wm. P. Newnham, Deputy Mayor.

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