Tuesday the 11th of August 1936.

Minutes of a meeting of the Council of the Municipality of Newtown held at the Town Hall Newtown on Tuesday the 11th August 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 Porter, Ryan, Goddard and Roberts.

 

Minutes

Each Member of the Council having received a copy of the Minutes of the previous Meeting Alderman moved, “That the Minutes be taken as read, and confirmed, and signed as a true record of the Meeting held on 28th July 1936.”

Seconded by Ald. Roberts and carried.

 

Apologies.

Apologies were received and accepted from Aldermen Sheehan, Fleming, Solomon and F. A. Newnham and Alderman Collyer was absent on leave granted 19th May 1936.

 

Correspondence.

5239 Return Thanks Letters.

Letters from Mrs. E. Hadley & Family V. Toohey, S. W. Roberts and G. Wetzler & Family thanking Council for kind letters of sympathy. “Received”.

5240 Public Health Dept. Re Milk Samples.

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

5241 Sydney City Mission Re Street Collection.

Letter from The Sydney City Mission applying for permission to conduct the Mission’s Annual Street Collection within this area on Friday and Saturday 23rd and 24th October 1936. Moved by Ald. Roberts Seconded by Ald. Goddard “That the letter be “Received” and permission as desired be granted.” Carried.

5240 E. L. & P. S. Corpn. Re Removal Of Poles In Erskineville Rd.

Letter from the Chief Engineer of the Electric Light & Power Supply Corpn. Ltd. notifying Council that the Corporation has been instructed by the Department of Main Roads to remove the poles on the path in Erskineville Rd. and intimating that the work will be carried out forthwith. Moved by Ald. Roberts Seconded by Ald. Goddard “That the letter be “Received” and the Company thanked for its action in the matter.” Carried.

5244 Health Insps. Assn. Of N.S.W. Re 25th Annual Conference Of Health Inspectors.

Letter from the Health Inspectors’ Assn of N.S.W. notifying that the 25th Annual Conference of Health Inspectors will be held in Sydney from the 28th September to 3rd October next. Moved by Ald. Porter Seconded by Ald. Goddard “That the letter be “Received” and our Health Inspectors be granted the necessary time off in which to attend the Conference. Carried.

5245 Shire Of Central Illawarra Re Forest Conservation.

Letter from the Shire of Central Illawarra seeking Council’s co-operation and support and the question of Forest Conservation. Moved by Ald. Roberts Seconded by Ald. Ryan “That the letter be “Received” this Council co-operate as requested and our local Members of Parliament be asked to make representations to the responsible Minister in connection there with.” Carried.

5246 Road Transport & Tramways Dept. Re Removal Of Tramway Span Poles In Angel St. & Town Hall.

Letter from the Department of Road Transport & Tramways notifying that Tramway Span Pole No. 7 in Angel Street could be moved from the front of Fowler Reserve provided Council accepted a debit estimated at £12 for the cost of removal; further intimating that Span Pole No. 61 in front of the Town Hall would be removed provided the Council gives the Department Mission to insert a Lewis Bolt in the front wall of the Town Hall buildings to carry the tramway attachments. Moved by Ald. Ryan Seconded by Ald. W. P. Newnham “That the letter be “Received” and referred to the Works Committee for consideration and report.” Carried.

5247 Min. For Mines Re Aberdare Central Coal Mine. Letter from the Minister for Mines & Forests forwarded per favour of F. M. Burke and R. D. Gorman Ms. L. A. relative to the representations made for an open enquiry to be held into the conditions existing at the Aberdare Central Coal Mine and intimating that in his opinion it would not be necessary to hold an open enquiry. It was Resolved “That the letters be “Received” and the Local Members thanked for their attention on the matter.”

5248 F. M. Burke M.LA. Re Cost Of Relief Works Being Borne By The Govt.

Letter from F. M. Burke M.L.A. regarding this Council’s decision to cooperate with the Municipality of Dubbo relative to the matter of the cost of all Relief Works being borne by the Government. It was resolved “That the letter be “Received” and Mr. Burke be thanked for his attention on the matter.

5249 Coogee & Randwick Advancement League Re Facilities.

Letter from Coogee and Randwick Advancement League pointing out the advantages of Coogee and Randwick for residential beach bathing sporting etc. Facilities. “Received”.

5250 International Peace Council Re Public Meeting.

Letter from the International Peace Council making a further request for the free use of the Council Chamber of the purpose of holding a Public Meeting. It was resolved “That the letter be “Received” and the writers informed that owing to a previous Resolution of this Council prohibiting the free use of the Town Hall it is impossible to grant their request.”

5251 Newtown School Of Arts Re 72nd Half Yearly Report.

The Newtown School of Arts forwarded the 72nd Half yearly report which was “Received” and ordered to be laid upon the table.

5252 Old Age & Invalid Pensioners Re “Xmas Cheer”.

Letter from the Old Age & Invalid Pensioners Assn. (Newtown Branch) applying for permission to collect within the Municipality from August to December 1936 to obtain funds to provide Xmas Cheer for its Members. Moved by Ald. Porter Seconded by Ald. Roberts “That the letter be “Received” and the request granted.” Carried.

5253 Miss E. Schofield Re Merry-Go-Round & Amusements On Land In King St. Opp. Rochford St.

Letter from Miss E. Schofield applying for permission to erect a Merry-go-round and Amusements on land in King St. opposite Rochford St. Moved by Ald. Roberts “That the application be “Received” and permission as desired be granted subject to the Applicant having the Owner’s consent and pain the usual fee of 10/-.

 

Reports.

 

5254 Auditors’ Report.

The Council’s Auditors Messrs Stewart & Cadogan Chartered Accountants (Aust) submitted a report of the audit of Council’s books and accounts for the half year ended 30th June 1936 certifying that they are in order. Moved by Ald. Roberts Seconded by Ald. Ryan “That the Auditors’ report be “Received” and adopted. Carried.

 

5255 Lighting Com. Report

His Worship the Mayor as Chairman of the Lighting Committee submitted a report of a Meeting held on 31st July 1936 as contained on folios 373/4 of the Committees’ Report Book. It was resolved “That the Lighting Committee’s Report be “Received” and its recommendations be considered seriatim”. After consideration of the various items Ald. Roberts moved as a covering motion “That the Lighting Committee’s report be adopted and its recommendations Nos. 1 to 4 incl, be carried into effect.” Seconded by Ald. Goddard and carried.

 

5256 Finance Com. Report.

His Worship the Mayor as Chairman of the Finance Committee submitted a report of a Meeting held on 11th inst. as contained on folios 294/5 of the F. C. Report Book which recommended the confirmation of accounts paid under Votes of Appropriation amounting to                                                £ 1817-14-11

and payment of accounts passed that Evening.                          £ 1105-16-0

Total payments from the Gen Fund since last Meeting               £ 2923-10-11.

 

The Monthly Financial Statement of the Gen Fund was also submitted and closed a credit balance of £9491-19-1.

 

It was further recommended,

(a). That the sum of £37/10/10 be “Written Off” the Stores & Material Account for the half-year ended 30th June 1936 for Depreciation etc.

(b). That the sum of 18/7 Arrears of Rates and the sum of £227/3/2 Arrears of Interest be “Written Of” the Council’s Rate Book for land resumed in Carillon Av. by the Education Department.

(c). That the Sydney District Nursing Assn. be informed that Council’s funds do not permit of a donation being made at present.

(d). That the offer for the purchase of land at the corner of King St. and Missenden Rd. be referred to the Works Committee for attention and report.”

 

Moved by Ald. Roberts 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.

 

5257 Engineer’s Report.

The Engineer submitted his report of works completed or in progress during the past fortnight which was “Received”.

 

5258 Ald. Ryan Re Drain Water In Lord St.

Arising out of the Engineer’s report Ald. Ryan asked that the next meeting of the Works Committee inspect the allotment of land at No. 1 Lord St. with a view to overcoming the nuisance caused by rainwater etc. flowing over the footpath. The Mayor said he would place this matter on the Works Committee’s Agenda Paper for next meeting.

 

5259 Health Insp. Report.

The Health Inspector submitted his report as contained on folios 138/140 of the Health Inspector’s Report Book. It was resolved “That the Health Inspector’s Report be considered seriatim.

Upon recommendation No. 3 being submitted it was resolved that the applications mentioned be approved.

5260 Resolution Re Dogs On Footpath.

Upon recommendation No. 4 being submitted it was resolved that a Resolution be placed on the Agenda Paper for the forthcoming Local Government Conference in an endeavour to control the promiscuous defecation on the Road and foot ways by Dogs.

Ald. Roberts moved as a covering motion “That the Health Inspector’s report be “Received” and adopted and the recommendations be carried into effect.” Seconded by Ald. Goddard and carried.

 

Orders Of The Day.

(a). Resolutions for inclusion in the Business Paper of the Local Government Conference.

 

In addition to the Resolution arising out of the Health Inspector’s Report it was resolved that the following Resolution be also included;-

5261 Resolution Re Disused Cemeteries.

“That the Government be requested to at once introduce Legislation to provide for the conversion of disused cemeteries in congested Municipalities into Public Reserve is (untrammelled by provisions for Compensation) to be maintained as Gardens, Children’s Playgrounds or some such useful public purpose.”

 

5262 Shea’s Creek Stormwater Extension To Wilson St.

(b). Consideration of the matter of Shea’s Creek Stormwater extension to Wilson St.

 

A letter from the Erskineville Council and an opinion from the Local Government Assn. Of N.S.W. were considered in conjunction with this matter and it was resolved on the motion of Ald. Roberts Seconded by Ald. Ryan “That this Council accepts the offer of the M. Water S. & D. Brd. To construct the Stormwater Channel along Burren St. to Wilson Street and that on receipt of an intimation that the work has been completed this Council make all the necessary connections in order to make the drain effective.”

 

Questions Without Notice.

5264 Ald. Ryan Re Sign Over Awning Of Council’s Property 5 Bedford St.

Under this heading Alderman Ryan referred to a sign over the awning of Council’s property and Bedford St. which should have been erected outside No. 5 Bedford Street and it was resolved that the matter be referred to the next meeting of the Works Committee for attention and report.

5265 Mrs. Ald. Fowler Re Vaudeville Show.

Mrs. Ald. Fowler moved Seconded by Ald. Roberts “That a letter be forwarded to Mr. C. Fraser Shaw conveying this Council’s appreciation of his very generous action in promoting and bearing the whole of the expenses of a Vaudeville Show the proceeds of which were given to the Mayor’s Special Drive for funds to obtain food and clothing for the Unemployed in this area.” Carried.

5266 Ald. W. Newnham Re Repairing Small Footpaths In Lanes.

Ald. W. P. Newnham asked when the Engineer would resume the practice of repairing the small footpath’s in the back lanes.? The Mayor replied that the usual practice was that when the lanes were being repaired attention would be given to the footpaths.

5267 Ald. W. Newnham Re Lanes In Enmore Ward.

Ald. W. P. Newnham asked that the Works Committee inspect the lanes in Enmore Ward in the vicinity of Enmore Road and Marion Lane the Mayor said he would have this matter referred to the next meeting of the Works Committee.

5268 Ald. Porter Re Pothole In Baltic St.

Ald. Porter asked that whilst the Engineer’s Staff were working in the Kingston Ward would the Engineer have the Pothole in Baltic Street filled in and attend to the kerb in Lennox St.

The Mayor said he would refer these matters to the Engineer for attention.

5269 Ald. Ryan Re Work On Main Road.

Ald. Ryan asked when Council expected to recommence work on the Main Roads.? The Mayor replied that he expected the Works to commence within a week.

5270 Ald. Porter Re Gully Grates.

Ald. Porter asked what steps the Engineer was taking to lock the bars on Gully grates to prevent people interfering with them. The reply was that this was being done as soon as possible.

5271 Visitors.

At this stage the Mayor extended a welcome to Messrs Lyons, O’Connell and Kelly from the Hibernian Friendly Society and other visitors who were present at the Meeting and trusted that they had enjoyed the Evening’s proceedings.

5272 Committee Of The Whole.

It was resolved on the motion of Ald. Roberts Seconded by Ald. W. P. Newnham “That the Council do now resolve into “Committee of the Whole Council”

upon resuming Council it was reported that while in Committee of the Whole the following matters were considered and your Committee now recommends;-

 

5273 Flood Lighting Of Footpaths In King Street & Enmore Rd.

(a). In connection with the proposal to floodlight the footpath is in King Street and Enmore Road similar to the system recently installed in Parramatta Rd. Westgate that a Circular be forwarded to all Ratepayers Tenants and Residents affected by this proposal asking for their views on the matter.

 

5274 Repairs To Supper Room.

(b). That the tender of H. E. Wood of 19 Norton Street Ashfield at £100 be accepted for the removal of sliding and hinged doors etc. between Main Hall and Supper Room; building up and replacing with sound reducing door and re plastering to Supper Room and scenic painting etc.

 

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

5275 Withdrawal Of Mrs. Ald. Fowler From Meeting.

At this stage Mrs. Ald. Fowler was given permission to withdraw and this left the Meeting without a Quorum which then terminated.

 

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 25th day of August 1936 at 7.30pm.

 

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

 

 

Tuesday 25th Day of August 1936.

Minutes of a meeting of the Council of the Municipality of Newtown held at the Town Hall Newtown on Tuesday 25th day of August 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 Sheehan, Ryan, Roberts, F. A. Newnham and Goddard.

 

Minutes

Each Member of the Council having received a copy of the Minutes of the previous Meeting Alderman Roberts moved, “That the Minutes be taken as read, and confirmed, and signed as a true record of the Meeting held on 11th August 1936.” Seconded by Mrs. Ald. Fowler and carried.

 

Apologies

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

5276 Late Dr. M. Fitzgerald.

5277 Late Nurse E. Tattersall.

Feeling references were made by the Mayor and Aldermen to the deaths of Doctor Maurice Fitzgerald of Erskineville Rd. Newtown and Nurse E. Tattersall of Bray St. Erskineville both of whom were for many years associated with this Municipality and it was resolved “That a letter of sympathy be forwarded in each instance to the relatives of the deceased.”

 

Correspondence.

5278 Return Thanks.

Letter from Mrs J. S. Purdy thanking Council for kind letter of sympathy. “Received”.

5279 Public Health Dept. Re Milk Samples.

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

5280 Min. For Mines & Forests Re Forest Conservation.

Letter from the Minister for Mines & Forests which was forwarded by F. M. Burke and R. D. Gorman Ms. L.A. in connection with the matter of Forest Conservation forwarded by this Council in support of the communication from the Shire of Central Illawarra advising them the Commissioner for Forests has been requested to furnish a report in this matter. It was Resolved “That the letters be “Received” and Messrs. Burke & Gorman Ms.L.A. be thanked for their attention in the matter.”

5281 Newtown Tramway Institute Re Annual Road Race.

Letter from the Newtown Tramway Institute applying for permission to hold their Annual Road Race on Tuesday 22nd September 1936 at 11a.m. It was resolved “That the application be “Received” and permission as desired be granted.”

5282 Aus. Cole & Shale Employees Fedrn. Re Aberdare Central Colliery.

Letter from the Australasian Coal & Shale Employees Federation asking this Council’s co-operation in a public protest against the refusal of the Minister for Mines to grant an open enquiry into the conditions at the Aberdare Central Colliery. As an enquiry is now being held into this matter it was resolved that the letter be “Received”.

5283 United R. S. Fund Re Poppy Day Appeal.

Letter from United Returned Soldiers Fund applying for permission to hold the annual “Poppy Day Appeal” in this area on the 6th November 1936. It was Resolved “That the application be “Received” and permission as desired be granted.

5284 H. Jones Applying For Permission To Sell Fish.

Letter from H. Jones applying for permission to sell Fish at the corner of King & Horton Streets Newtown. It was resolved “That the application be “Received” and permission be refused as Council has previously refused permission for this site due to its unsuitability.”

5285 Colonial Mutual Life Assurance Society Ltd. Re Group Assurance Scheme.

Letter from the Colonial Mutual Life Assurance Society Ltd. applying for permission to address Council’s Employees in connection with their Group Provident Assurance Scheme. It was resolved “That the letter be “Received” and the applicants be informed that the Council has no objection to the Representatives of the company approaching our Employees during their Luncheon Hour at the Gladstone Street Depot or at the Incinerator Depot Council Street Newtown.”

5286 N.S.W. Health We Council Re Health & Milk Week.

Letter from the N.S.W. Health Week Council advising that the Health and Milk Week Campaign will be held from the 6th to the 19th October 1936 and asking Council’s co-operation in bringing this campaign before the Public. It was resolved “That the letter be “Received”.

5287 Mascot Council Housewives Progressive Assn. Re Price Of Gas.

Letters from the Municipality of Mascot and The Housewives Progressive Assn. asking Council’s co-operation in protecting against any move which would increase the price of Gas to Consumers. It was resolved “That the letters be “Received” and co-operation as desired be granted and our Local Members be requested to make representations in connection with the matter.”

 

Reports.

 

5288 Mayoral Minute Re Chamber Of Commerce.

His Worship the Mayor submitted a Mayoral Minute in connection with the Public Meeting which he had convened for Thursday the 27th August 1936 for the purpose of forming a local Chamber of Commerce. Moved by Ald. Roberts Seconded by Ald. F. A. Newnham “That the Mayoral Minute be “Received” and adopted.”

 

5289 Works Com. Report.

His Worship the Mayor as Chairman of the Works Committee submitted a report of a meeting held on the 24th inst. as contained on folios 374/5 of the Committees’ Report Book. Moved by Alderman F. A. Newnham Seconded by Mrs. Ald. Fowler “That the Works Committee’s Report be “Received” and its recommendations considered seriatim.” Carried.

Upon recommendation No. 7 being submitted it was moved by Ald. Ryan Seconded by Ald. Sheehan “That the recommendation be adopted.”

Amendment moved by Ald. Roberts Seconded by Ald. F. A. Newnham “That the matter be left in abeyance until it is ascertained what the Company would be prepared to pay for the privilege of advertising on this site.”

On being submitted the amendment was lost and the motion was then submitted and declared carried.

Alderman F. A. Newnham moved as a covering motion “That the Works Committee’s Report be adopted and its recommendations Nos. 1 to 17 incl. be carried into effect.” Seconded by Ald. Roberts and carried.

 

5290 Engineer’s Report.

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

 

5209 Health Insp. Report.

The Health Inspector submitted his report as contained on folios 140/1 of the Health Inspector’s Report Book. Moved by Ald. F. A. Newnham Seconded by Ald. Roberts “That the Health Inspector’s Report be “Received” and adopted and the applications mentioned in paragraph 3 be granted.” Carried.

 

5292 Closing Order On 55 Alice Street.

The Health Inspector submitted an additional report certifying that premises No. 55 Alice St. were 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 first carried into effect to the satisfaction of the Local Authority. Alderman Roberts moved “That the Health Inspector’s report be “Received” and adopted and this Council now declares that premises No. 55 Alice St. 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 a first carried into effect to the satisfaction of the Local Authority.” Seconded by Ald. F. A. Newnham and carried.

 

Questions Without Notice.

5293 Ald. W. Newnham Re Repairs To Supper Room.

Ald. W. P. Newnham asked when the repairs to the Supper Room would be commenced.? The Mayor replied that the work had now been started.

5294 Ald. Sheehan Re Proposed Alteration Of Tramway Stopping Places On Bridge.

Ald. Sheehan asked if any further correspondence had been received in connection with the proposed alteration of the Tramway Stopping Places on the Newtown Bridge.? The Mayor replied that the Tramway Department and the Police Department was still in conference on the matter and when they had arrived at some decision Council would be notified.

5295 Ald. F. Newnham Re Opening Of Fleming Reserve.

Alderman F. A. Newnham asked when the Mayor was going to declare Fleming Reserve to be open.? The Mayor replied that the Opening Ceremony would take place on Saturday the 5th September 1936 at 10a.m. when he would like all the Aldermen to be present.

Moved by Ald. Roberts Seconded by Ald. F. A. Newnham “That Council now resolve into Committee of the Whole. Carried.

Upon resuming Council it was reported that the under mentioned matters were considered and your Committee recommends as follows; –

5296 Re Woodblocks.

  1. That the offer of the Sydney Municipal Council and Australian Iron & Steel Ltd. to purchase secondhand woodblocks be refused and the offerers informed that there price was not satisfactory.

5297 Donation Of Woodblocks To Nursery.

  1. That when King Street is being reconstructed the Engineer be instructed to send a load of woodblocks suitable for firewood to the Day Nursery 3 Linthorpe St. Newtown.

5298 Town Clerk’s Salary.

  1. That leave with salary be granted Mr. W. G. Salmon Town Clerk to and including 22nd August 1936; that leave without salary be granted from that date to 6th September 1936 and that any further leave required be taken without salary or be applied for from the long service leave due.

5299 Local Govt. Supern. Brd. Re Retirement Of Council’s Servants.

  1. That the letter from the Local Government Superannuation Board regarding the retirement of Council’s Servants be received and filed for future reference.

5300 Mayoral Minute Concerning Council Employees.

  1. That the Mayoral Minute regarding allegations concerning Council’s Employees be “Received” and adopted and that a Special Meeting of the Council be held on Tuesday next 1st September 1936 at 8p.m. to consider the matter and that the parties affected be requested to attend with witnesses in connection here with.

5301 Re Floodlighting Of Town Hall.

  1. As the expense in connection with the proposal to floodlight the Town Hall is too great the matter be deferred.

5302 Additional Men for Reconstruction Of King St.

  1. That authority be given for seven men to be employed from 26th August 1936 on preliminary work in connection with the proposed reconstruction of King St. which is expected to commence on Monday 31st August 1936.

Moved by Ald. F. A. Newnham Seconded by Ald. Sheehan “That the report of the Committee of the Whole 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 8th September 1936 at 7.30pm.

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

 

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