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INCORPORATED

AS A MUNICIPALITY

22 FEBRUARY 1859

PROCLAIMED AS

A CITY JULY 1990

 

 

5th February, 2002

 

COMMUNITY SERVICES COMMITTEE MEETING

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT A COMMUNITY SERVICES COMMITTEE MEETING OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RANDWICK WILL BE HELD IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBER, TOWN HALL, 90 AVOCA STREET, RANDWICK, ON TUESDAY, 12TH FEBRUARY, 2002 AT 5:30 PM

 

Committee Members:                  His Worship, the Mayor, Cr D. Sullivan, Crs Backes (Chairperson), Matson, Notley-Smith, Procopiadis, Tracey (Deputy Chairperson), and Whitehead.

 

Quorum:                                      Four (4) members.

 

NOTE: AT THE EXTRAORDINARY MEETING HELD ON 5TH SEPTEMBER, 2000, THE COUNCIL RESOLVED THAT THE COMMUNITY SERVICES COMMITTEE BE CONSTITUTED AS A COMMITTEE WITH FULL DELEGATION TO DETERMINE MATTERS ON THE AGENDA.

 

1           Apologies

 

2           Minutes

 

CONFIRMATION OF THE MINUTES OF THE COMMUNITY SERVICES COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON TUESDAY, 4TH DECEMBER, 2001.

 

3           Addresses to Committee by the Public

 

4           Mayoral Minutes

 

5           Community Services

 

5.1                        

DIRECTOR PLANNING & ENVIRONMENT'S REPORT 2/2002 -   YOUTH SERVICES REVIEW.

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6           Library

 

6.1            

DIRECTOR GOVERNANCE MANAGEMENT & INFORMATION SERVICES' REPORT 3/2002 - RANDWICK: A SOCIAL HISTORY ONLINE.

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7           General Business

 

8           Notice of Rescission Motions

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GENERAL MANAGER


 

Director Planning & Environment's Report 2/2002

 

 

SUBJECT:

Youth Services Review

 

 

DATE:

1 February, 2002

FILE NO:

98/S/0931

 

 

REPORT BY:            DIRECTOR PLANNING & ENVIRONMENT  

 

INTRODUCTION:

 

1.         Youth School Holiday Program

 

1.1       Activities were implemented in the October 2001 and January 2002 school holiday period.  The October program was very well attended.  The January program whilst had fewer numbers of participants proved successful.  In discussions with local youth and youth service providers it seems that the January period is traditionally quite due to young people being away with family members or young people initiating their own activities and being unwilling to join group programs.  The inception of a cost recovery scheme resulting in an increase in the fees for each activity may have also impacted on the numbers of attendance considering local Council’s activities were often cheaper. 

 

1.2       Given the lack of Council resources and youth programs across the LGA, it would be beneficial for Council to work collaboratively with local youth agencies including The Shack Youth Services and PCYC to hold joint school holiday programs.  This would increase the ability of agencies to run a number of activities for varying youth needs, including camps.

 

2.         Youth Services Survey

 

2.1       During October and November 2001 local young people were surveyed regarding Council’s Youth Services.  Surveys were sent to local schools, youth agencies and libraries.  The aim of the survey was to determine the level of need for youth drop in centres, the programs young people were using or were aware of, and finally to gain an understanding of youth recreational and social needs.  The identification and assessment of needs would allow Council to strategically plan and better focus youth services in accordance with Council’s Social Plan.  The majority of respondents were female and in the 15-16 years age range.  Traditionally more females attend these programs.

 

            Respondents were asked to identify recreational youth services that they were aware of in the area.  The survey identified The Shack Youth Services as the most widely used and known second to the WAYS Youth Centre at Randwick.  A significantly lower number of respondents were aware of the youth clubs that Council operated.  This could be due to several factors such as hours of operation, frequency of activities and locations.  Council’s continuation of funding of The Shack Youth Services ensures that many local youth have their social and educational needs met. This is a cost effective option that facilitates a wide range of programs for youth.

 

Many young people did note however the need for additional youth services and a specific youth centre that offered a range of activities including assistance with employment and education, whilst also meeting their social and recreational needs.

 

            Respondents were asked whether they would be interested in attending a school holiday program.  Of the total respondents half noted they would be interested.  This result is somewhat surprising given that many young people had expressed the need for additional school holiday programs.  Two agencies in the area provide a school holiday program and these activities are usually booked within a few days with many young people missing out.  The survey findings indicate that Council should either work collaboratively with local agencies to run joint school holiday activities or investigate delivery of other programs. 

 

            Respondents were also asked to identify other areas of interests.  These included such as dance parties and structured courses.  Young people noted overwhelmingly their interest in Council run dance parties, sporting and fitness activities and performing arts.  From analysis of the survey, findings indicate that many young people would prefer to participate in one off programs that are offered in a safe and supervised setting.

 

3.         Youth Clubs

 

3.1       During the time of the review Council has continued to operate the La Perouse Youth Club in support of the community initiatives at La Perouse.  The Youth Club has tried operating on different evenings and implementing a range of programs to attract increased numbers of young people to the youth club.  Unfortunately these initiatives have not increased the number of participants with the average number less than five.  Additionally the youth clubs were developed to work with disadvantaged youth who were not accessing youth services, the youth clubs however have not proved successful in targeting this group.

 

3.2       Investigations are underway with the La Perouse community to develop a youth program that is located in a venue that young people would find more appropriate.  These investigations include the operation of a youth club at the La Perouse Lands Council or in the impending community centre.

 

3.3       It is proposed that Council discontinue the current La Perouse Youth Club and liaise with local community members and Community Support workers to find a more suitable venue and appropriate activities to the local youth and community.

 

CONCLUSION:

 

Whilst the survey has identified the need for a variety of youth services and programs across the locality, cost, management, and appropriate venues necessitates a new strategy to better focus youth programs to provide the best outcome for the community.  Whilst there is some demand for school holiday programs, the cost of activities and number of participants would suggest that if Council worked collaboratively with local youth agencies to run joint school holiday programs a much better outcome could be achieved.

 

The most significant findings with the youth survey were the need for youth events including sports and fitness programs, educational programs and performing arts. From these findings it would seem that Council’s resources could be better utilised to develop a range of programs that meet these needs rather than the operation of youth clubs which are attended by small groups.  Programs could operate for 8-10 weeks and include various sporting, educational and cultural activities as identified in the survey.  These programs could operate across the city in more accessible areas in such venues as Vonnie Young auditorium, Kooloora Community Centre, Matraville Youth and Cultural Hall, Coogee Senior Citizens Hall.  Dance parties and skate competitions could also be run quarterly with resources redirected within the existing youth services budget. 

 

RECOMMENDATION:

 

1.1       Council discontinue the operation of the La Perouse Youth Club and support the investigation of more appropriate services to the La Perouse youth and community.

 

1.2       That Council endorse a redirection of youth services to structured programs that operate across the locality and throughout the year including sport and recreational workshops, dance parties and skate competitions.

 

ATTACHMENT/S:

 

*  Youth Services Survey

*  Youth Services Survey Analysis 

 

 

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SIMA TRUUVERT`

MELINDA LEVES

ACTING DIRECTOR PLANNING & ENVIRONMENT

COMMUNITY WORKER - YOUTH

 

 

 

 

 

















 

Director Governance Management

& Information Services' Report 3/2002 

 

 

 

SUBJECT:

RANDWICK:  A SOCIAL HISTORY ONLINE

 

 

DATE:

31 January, 2002

FILE NO:

98/S/0973

 

REPORT BY:            DIRECTOR GOVERNANCE MANAGEMENT & INFORMATION SERVICES  

 

INTRODUCTION:

 

At the second meeting of the Centenary of Federation Committee held on the 17th July 2001 it was proposed that as a Centenary of Federation project that an electronic version of Randwick: a Social History be incorporated on Council’s website.

 

ISSUES:

 

Following the meeting, Reference & Information staff commenced adding the written text to the web site and linked appropriate photos from the Randwick Photo Gallery to the web site.

The Randwick:  A Social History may now be accessed through Council’s Web page via http://www.randwick.nsw.gov.au/Library/localhistory/lochist

 

RECOMMENDATION:

 

That the availability of Randwick: A Social History be promoted through the media, council libraries and local history groups in Randwick City as a Centenary of Federation Project 2001

 

ATTACHMENT/S:

 

Nil

 

 

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MARK HUMMERSTON

JULIE JARVIS

DIRECTOR GOVERNANCE MANAGEMENT & INFORMATION SERVICES

MANAGER, LIBRARY & INFORMATION SERVICES