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INCORPORATED

AS A MUNICIPALITY

22 FEBRUARY 1859

PROCLAIMED AS

A CITY JULY 1990

 

 

4th September, 2007

 

WORKS COMMITTEE MEETING

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT A WORKS 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, 11TH SEPTEMBER, 2007 AT 6:00 P.M.

 

 

Committee Members:           The Mayor, Cr P. Tracey, Crs Andrews, Belleli (Chairperson), Hughes (Deputy Chairperson), Matson, Notley-Smith, Seng & White.

 

Quorum:                           Five (5) members.

 

NOTE: AT THE EXTRAORDINARY MEETING HELD ON 28TH SEPTEMBER, 2004, THE COUNCIL RESOLVED THAT THE WORKS COMMITTEE BE CONSTITUTED AS A COMMITTEE WITH FULL DELEGATION TO DETERMINE MATTERS ON THE AGENDA.

 

 

1           Apologies/Granting of leave of absences

 

2           Confirmation of the Minutes

 

CONFIRMATION OF THE MINUTES OF THE WORKS COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON TUESDAY, 14th AUGUST, 2007.

 

3           Declaration of Pecuniary & Non-Pecuniary Interests

 

4           Addressing to Committee by Members of the Public

 

5           Urgent Business

 

6           Report of Committee

 

6                    

REPORT OF THE GREENING RANDWICK COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON TUESDAY, 28TH AUGUST, 2007.

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7           Works

 

7.1                      

DIRECTOR, CITY SERVICES' REPORT 61/2007 - RESPONSE TO ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF FOUR WHEEL DRIVE VEHICLES.

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7.2                      

DIRECTOR, CITY SERVICES' REPORT 62/2007 - ROAD SAFETY STEERING COMMITTEE.

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7.3                      

DIRECTOR, CITY SERVICES' REPORT 63/2007 - FIBRO FRAGMENTS (ASBESTOS ISSUE).

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7.4                      

DIRECTOR, CITY SERVICES' REPORT 64/2007 - SUBMISSION OF THE SYDNEY SOUTH REGION RABBIT ACTION PLAN 2007-08 TO THE CATCHMENT MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY FOR GRANT FUNDING.

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7.5                      

DIRECTOR, CITY SERVICES' REPORT 65/2007 - ENERGY AUSTRALIA CONSTRUCTION OF 132KV FEEDER CABLES IN ANZAC PARADE AND BUNNERONG ROAD, LA PEROUSE, CHIFLEY AND MATRAVILLE.  REQUEST TO DEFER COUNCIL PROGRAMMED WORKS.

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7.6                      

DIRECTOR, CITY SERVICES' REPORT 66/2007 - LIGHTING FOR SOUTH MAROUBRA VILLAGE GREEN.

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7.7                      

DIRECTOR, CITY SERVICES' REPORT 67/2007 - LANE WIDENING PROGRAM - GLANFIELD STREET, MAROUBRA PROPOSED DEFERRAL OF SCOPE OF WORKS.

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8           Confidential Items (Closed Session)

 

9           Notices of Rescission Motions

 

 

 

 

…………………………………

GENERAL MANAGER


 

 

REPORT OF GREENING RANDWICK COMMITTEE MEETING OF
THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF
RANDWICK

HELD ON TUESDAY, 28TH AUGUST 2007 AT 5:05PM

 

 

PRESENT:

 

North Ward                                 -        Cr M Woodsmith (Deputy Chairperson)

 

East Ward                                  -        Cr M Matson (Chairperson), B Notley-Smith

                                                         

Community Representatives           -        Ms J Batty, Ms J McGirr & Ms R Wade

 

OFFICERS PRESENT:

 

Director, City Services                                                         Mr J Frangoples

Tree Management Officer                                                     Mr B Bourke

Senior Administrative Coordinator                                          Ms J Hartshorn

 

 

IN ATTENDANCE:

 

Cr R Belleli (arrived 5:13pm).

 

1.         APOLOGY/IES/GRANTING OF LEAVE OF ABSENCES:

 

Apologies were received from Crs Hughes and Nash.

 

RESOLVED:  (Matson/Woodsmith) that the apologies from Crs Hughes and Nash for non-attendance at the Greening Randwick Committee Meeting of the Council held on Tuesday, 28th August, 2007 be received & accepted.

 

          2.         DECLARATION OF PECUNIARY & NON-PECUNIARY INTERESTS.

 

Nil.

 

3.         ADDRESSING OF COMMITTEE BY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.

 

Nil.

 

4.         URGENT BUSINESS.

 

Nil.

 

5.         GREENING RANDWICK.

 

5.1      DIRECTOR, CITY SERVICES' REPORT 57/2007 - SIGNIFICANT TREE REGISTER.   (F2004/07359)

 

RECOMMENDATION: (Matson/Notley-Smith)

 

That:

 

(a)          Council adopts the Register of Significant Trees and that all trees listed in that document be included in Council’s draft Local Environmental Plan 2007, after considering the recommendations of the Greening Randwick Committee as reported by the Deputy Mayor; and

 

 

 

(b)          The trees on the Endeavour House site be assessed for inclusion in the Register of Significant Trees at a future date.

 

5.2      DIRECTOR, CITY SERVICES' REPORT 58/2007 - URBAN FOREST POLICY.   (F2004/07359)

 

RECOMMENDATION: (Matson/Notley-Smith)

 

That:

 

(a)          Council adopt the Urban Forest Policy after considering the recommendations of the Greening Randwick Committee as reported by the Deputy Mayor; and

 

(b)          A report be brought back to the Green Randwick Committee detailing the cost and resources needed to implement the following two programs, with the hope of pursuing them in the current financial year;

 

·             Street Tree Inventory/Database

·             GIS Mapping of Council tree assets.

 

5.3      DIRECTOR, CITY SERVICES' REPORT 59/2007 - STREET TREE IDENTIFICATION MANUAL.  (F2004/07359)

 

RECOMMENDATION: (Matson/Notley-Smith)

 

That Council adopts the Randwick City Council Street Tree Identification Manual.

 

5.4      DIRECTOR, CITY SERVICES' REPORT 60/2007 - STREET TREE MASTERPLAN - ADDITIONAL TREE SPECIES.  (F2004/07359)

 

RECOMMENDATION: (Matson/Woodsmith)

 

That:

 

(a)          Council incorporates the additional sixteen (16) tree species (as referred to in the attachment to the report) into its Street Tree Masterplan; and

 

(b)          The Street Tree Masterplan be amended to clarify that the following species will only be planted west of Brook Street and its southerly extension to Malabar Road and will not be planted on the exposed coastal strip:

 

·             Koelreutaria paniculata (Golden Rain tree);

·             Tibouchina Granulosa (Lasiandra); and

·             Delonix regia (Poinciana).

 

6.                 CONFIDENTIAL ITEMS.

 

Nil.

 

7.         NOTICES OF RESCISSION MOTIONS.

 

Nil.

 

The meeting closed at 5:55pm.

 

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CHAIRPERSON



 

  

Director, City Services' Report 61/2007

 

 

 

SUBJECT:

RESPONSE TO ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF FOUR WHEEL DRIVE VEHICLES

 

 

 

DATE:

6 August, 2007

FILE NO:

F2005/00230

 

 

REPORT BY:            DIRECTOR, CITY SERVICES   

 

 

INTRODUCTION:

 

Randwick City Council, at its  Ordinary Council meeting held on 27 February 2007, resolved, on the Motion by Councillor Matson and Councillor Hughes, that:

 

“a report be brought back to a Council meeting assessing attempts by the LGSA and other Councils such as North Sydney, Leichhardt and Woollahra to address the need to reduce the impact of four wheel drive vehicles on the urban environment and to limit Greenhouse gas emissions’, such report to also address which four wheel drive vehicles might be more environmentally sensitive than the average sedan, examine emissions from all other high impact vehicles and to include the whole environmental cost of vehicles.”

 

ISSUES:

 

Vehicle Ownership

Over the last 30 years, the total number of Australian cars has grown three times faster than population. In the last decade, in Sydney the number of kilometres travelled per vehicle has risen more than twice as fast as the population. There has been little improvement in the last decade in the average fuel efficiency of vehicles, and gains that have been achieved are being undermined by the increasing demand for more and larger cars.

 

RTA figures for 2005 show that off-road passenger vehicles made up 9% of all new registered vehicles in the Sydney region and 8% of all new registered vehicles in NSW (all registered vehicles include busses, HGVs, trailers etc.). In February 2007, off-road passenger vehicles made up 13% of all new registrations in the Sydney region.

 

NSW Greenhouse Plan

In November 2005, the New South Wales Government published a document entitled “NSW Greenhouse Plan.” This plan lays out the NSW Government’s commitments to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Some of these are listed below:

 

·         Return to year 2000 greenhouse emissions levels by 2025

·         Achieve a 60% cut in greenhouse emissions in NSW by 2050.

 

In 2002, transport accounted for 15% of all NSW greenhouse gas emissions, up 20% on 1990 levels. Private vehicles accounted for 7% of all NSW greenhouse gas emissions in 2002. Nationally, transport emissions are projected to increase 42% from 1990 levels by 2010 and 61% by 2020.

 

Environmental Rating of Vehicles

The Green Vehicle Guide is an Australian government initiative developed to assist consumers to choose an environmentally friendly vehicle. Detailed information helps identify individual vehicle models, including the make, model and variant name, engine and transmission, body style, seating and fuel type. Information provided for each vehicle compares the level of emissions of different vehicles and consequently their impact on the environment.

 

The top selling privately owned car is the Toyota Corolla, while the top selling car in Australia is the Holden Commodore. These cars have Green Vehicle Guide ratings of 4.5 and 3 out of a possible 5 respectively. The top selling privately owned 4WD is the Toyota RAV4 while the top selling 4WD is the Ford Territory, with Green Vehicle Guide scores of 3.5 and 2.5 respectively.

 

These figures show that people who purchase their own cars generally chose a more environmentally friendly vehicle than those purchased by organisations for their staff. The results also show that there are 4WD vehicles available that produce less greenhouse gasses than average sedans.

 

Role of Local Authorities

An Australian Department of Environment and Water Resources Report “Reducing Greenhouse Emissions from Transport: what local government can do”
(February 2002),
states that Local Governments have limited power to reduce the use of large vehicles or encourage the use of smaller vehicles and that the onus lies with State and Federal governments. The powers local governments have to limit greenhouse gasses associated with transport are limited to parking controls and charges. 

 

North Sydney Council has introduced a sliding scale of parking charges based on the environmental rating of the vehicle. The scheme divides vehicles into four categories based on Green Vehicle Guide ratings and charges are directly related to these scores. The basis of the scheme is that charging $24 for a very low impact vehicle as opposed to $88 for a very high impact vehicle will discourage residents from owning large vehicles.

 

RELATIONSHIP TO CITY PLAN:

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome 9:                Integrated and accessible transport.

Direction 9e:            Parking is managed to balance convenience against reduced car reliance.

 

FINANCIAL IMPACT STATEMENT:

 

There is no direct financial impact for this matter.

 

CONCLUSION:

 

The introduction of parking charges based on the environmental rating of the vehicle is in theory a good idea. However, the scheme would have limited impact, as it would target only those living within a resident parking scheme area. There have been 1,190 resident parking permits issued in Randwick’s Resident Parking Scheme Areas since 2005; this represents less than 1% of the Local Government’s area population.

 

The cost of purchasing a large car is proportional to the cost of the parking permit therefore it is reasonable to assume that a person who can afford to buy the large car can afford to buy the parking permit. The difference in the price of the parking permits for large and small cars is $64, approximately half the cost of filling a large car or 4WD with petrol.

 

Another point to note is that of the top selling vehicles in Australia, in their respective categories, the Holden Commodore and Ford Territory, 60% of the sales of these vehicles are not to private buyers. These vehicles rank lower in the Green Vehicle Guide than the corresponding vehicles purchased by private buyers. This suggests that it is organisations and businesses that should be targeted rather than individuals.

 

Many households own more than one vehicle and have access to at least one off street parking space. Therefore, the household could nominate the more environmentally friendly vehicle for the parking permit while the less environmental car is parked in a garage or driveway.

 

The scheme does not deter people from owning more than one car or from driving their cars; it merely deters them from applying for a parking permit. The only effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from private vehicles is to discourage ownership and use of such vehicles. A parking permit scheme such as that in North Sydney does neither.

 

RECOMMENDATION:

 

That the report be received and noted.

 

ATTACHMENT/S:

 

Nil

 

 

 

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………………………………

JORDE FRANGOPLES

TONY LEHMANN

DIRECTOR, CITY SERVICES

MANAGER INTEGRATED TRANSPORT


 

Director, City Services' Report 62/2007

 

 

SUBJECT:

ROAD SAFETY STEERING COMMITTEE  

 

 

DATE:

31 August, 2007

FILE NO:

F2004/07238

 

 

REPORT BY:            DIRECTOR, CITY SERVICES  

 

 

INTRODUCTION:

 

The Road Safety Steering Committee was established in November 2005 to provide the Community Road Safety Officer (CRSO) with strategic direction and a forum to discuss road safety projects.  The following report outlines projects undertaken in 2006 -2007 and details the projects that have been funded and approved by the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) for 2007 -2008.

 

ISSUES:

 

2006 -2007 Projects

 

1.       Watch Out Cars About – Senior Pedestrian Project

Nearly half of all pedestrians injured or killed in the City of Randwick are over the age of 50 and one in four (25%) are over the age of 70.

 

This project involved two phases: the first was the delivery of a workshop to seniors at the Coast Centre for Seniors through the NRMA Years Ahead program. 

 

The program is a peer delivery one that has older people explaining to older people the issues associated with driving as you get older.  There was also a strong emphasis on older people as pedestrians.

 

The second phase involved the development of pedestrian brochure that explained the best places to cross the road, provided safety tips and highlighted unsafe places to cross. 

 

To complement the brochure a “shopping list” was also developed. The shopping list has different pages with different messages and was designed as a “reminder” to older people.  It has magnetised to allow it to be stuck on the fridge or a prominent place in the house.

 

The brochure and magnetic shopping list have been distributed to older people in the City of Randwick through senior’s centres and seniors groups.  Installation of the “Watch out cars about” poster in bus shelters was also undertaken in the lead up to Seniors Week 2007.

 

No formal evaluation of the project has taken place, but feedback on the workshop and brochure has been positive to date.

 

 

2.       The Pumpkin Bus – alternative late night transport project.

The Pumpkin Bus in 2006 – 2007 saw its second year of operations.  The service has been designed to assist in the reduction of drink driving and drink walking incidents in the City of Randwick.  Other objectives include the need to raise awareness in the community of drink drive issues and to encourage local venues to contribute financially towards the provision of local late night alternative transport options.

 

The Coogee Bay Hotel and the Beach Palace Hotel through the Eastern Beaches Liquor Accord split the operational costs for the service 50 / 50.   An NRMA grant for $5,000 was received, and the RTA provided $5,000 for the promotion of the service.

 

Promotion of the service consisted of bus shelter posters, posters in venues, banners around the City of Randwick, SMS reminders, tent cards on tables at venues, staff T-shirts, advertisements in local papers and timetables distributed to patrons as they exit venues in Coogee.

 

The service increased patronage by a total of 11% compared to its first year of operations.  A total of 2818 people used the service over the summer.  Peak times were 2.45 am and 3.15 am, when nearly 50% of patrons used the Pumpkin Bus. The beginning of January 2007 saw a spike in patronage with 226 patrons using the service over the weekend.

 

3.       Kids need a hand in traffic

This is a project that involved a grant from Kidsafe NSW.  The funds granted were subject to conditions that included the roll out on behalf of Kidsafe NSW of posters & brochures. 

 

These were distributed to the 28 primary schools in the City of Randwick, as well as a CD that had jpegs of advertisements to place in school newsletters.  The project included the placement of advertisements in local papers.

 

4.       Graduated Licensing Scheme (GLS) Workshops

Two GLS workshops were delivered in 2006 – 2007.  The workshops are designed for parents and supervisors of learner drivers, to assist them in understanding their requirements as learner driver supervisors.  The workshop includes an explanation of the Log Book and what information needs to be written, as well as understanding some of the legal issues with the new P plate laws.

 

The workshops have been very popular in the City of Randwick with an over subscription of attendees at both workshops in 2006 – 2007.

 

5.       Fleetsafe

This is an SSROC project that began in 2005 – 2006.  The project involved the development of a council driver induction program.  This program includes a presentation to staff that looks at safe driving practises and a handbook distributed to all staff that have a council fleet vehicle.  The delivery of the project will be rolled out in 2007 – 2008 through Learning and Development.

 

6.       SchoolSafe

This is the name given to all the road safety activities undertaken around schools in the City.  Activities for 2006 – 2007 have included the development and distribution of two brochures Parking Safely and School Zones that explain the road rules and provide advice and information to parents using pick up and drop off facilities as well as those driving through school zones.

 

Schools that have had significant changes to their pick up and on street parking arrangements have also had individualised notices / information sheets developed to explain the changes and new arrangements to parents and carers using the facilities.

 

A trial of Kiss & Go signage has also begun and will continue into 2007 – 2008.  The signage explains the No Parking arrangements around schools.  The project also involves the rewarding of parents who use the zones properly.

 

7.       Traffic Offenders Program (TOP)

The Traffic Offenders Program (TOP) is run through the local PCYC. The program is a series of presentations over the course of eight weeks and is attended by   local traffic offenders.  Their attendance is noted on their records and presented to the magistrate when sentencing is being considered.

 

The presentation delivered by Council’s CRSO is on low risk driving.  It engages participants in discussions that include an analysis of local and state wide crash statistics, the concept of Driving to Conditions and some strategies to reduce the participants’ likelihood of being involved in a crash.

 

2007 – 2008 Projects

 

1.       SLOW DOWN in local streets

Is a local campaign designed to reduce the speed of vehicles in local streets?  The project components are:  a banner and poster campaign encouraging motorists to slow down using RTA tag lines, the use of a speed display machine in identified streets, a hire system of the speed display for local residents and a local media campaign.  The project is planned for delivery at the beginning of 2008.

 

2.       LOOK before you cross – pedestrian project

This is a pedestrian campaign for Maroubra Junction and Randwick Junction that entails the identification of streets and intersections where LOOKØ stencils will be printed on the road.

 

The development of signal stickers that assist pedestrians understanding of the appropriate time to cross the road is also part of the project and the development of a media campaign that promotes the stencils and stickers is the final phase to the project.

 

3.       The Pumpkin Bus – Alternative late night transport project

The summer of 2007 – 2008 will be the Pumpkin Bus’s third year of operations.  The service will begin operations on Friday, 28 September 2007, which is the Friday of the October long weekend and operate for approx 27 weeks or until the end of March 2008.

 

The service is being promoted in a similar way to previous years through posters, banners and advertisements in local papers.

 

This year it is hoped that funding will come from a broader range of venues, not just the Beach Palace Hotel and the Coogee Bay Hotel, and to this end letters have been written requesting support from other venues in the City of Randwick.

 

The State Transit Authority (STA) will continue to support the service by providing their graphic design services for the design and development of the timetables in wallet sized (credit card) and postcard sized cards.

 

 

 

4.       GLS Workshops

A further two GLS workshops will be run in 2007 – 2008.  The first will be on 19 September, 2007.  Workshops are promoted through an advertisement in the Southern Courier as well as an email out to all secondary schools in the City of Randwick requesting that they put the advertisement in their school newsletters.

 

5.       SchoolSafe

The delivery and focus on safety around schools will continue on an “as needed” basis in 2007–2008.

 

6.       Traffic Offenders Program (TOP)

The delivery of these presentations every 8 weeks will continue in 2007–2008.

 

7.       FleetSafe

This will project will roll out to all council staff the safe driver induction program developed in 2006–2007.

 

RELATIONSHIP TO CITY PLAN:

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome 6:         A Liveable City.

Direction 6c:       The safety of our community is paramount and is acknowledged and supported through proactive policies, programmes and strategies.

Outcome 9:         Integrated and Accessible Transport.

Direction 9c:       Advocate and/or plan for integrated local and regional transport improvements, including high capacity transport such as light/ standard rail.

 

FINANCIAL IMPACT STATEMENT:

 

The financial contribution for these projects is through grants by the RTA, the NRMA and KidsafeNSW.  Operations of the Pumpkin Bus are paid for by the Coogee Bay Hotel and the Beach Palace Hotel through the Eastern Beaches Liquor Accord.

 

CONCLUSION:

 

In conclusion it should be noted that the Community Road Safety Officer undertakes a wide range of road safety activities that target a broad cross section of the community as well as a variety of road safety issues.

 

RECOMMENDATION:

 

That the report be received and noted.

 

ATTACHMENT/S:

 

Nil

 

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………………………………

JORDE FRANGOPLES

TONY LEHMANN

DIRECTOR, CITY SERVICES

MANAGER, INTEGRATED TRANSPORT

 

 


 

Director, City Services' Report 63/2007

 

 

 

SUBJECT:

FIBRO FRAGMENTS (ASBESTOS ISSUE)

 

 

DATE:

27 August, 2007

FILE NO:

F2004/07462

 

 

REPORT BY:            DIRECTOR, CITY SERVICES    

 

INTRODUCTION:

 

Council conducted air monitoring at six locations in the Heffron Park 30 July 2007, which includes the site boundaries, netball court and sand basin area. Six air-sampling instruments have been installed at:

 

1.     Netball Courts No. 1 & No. 2, on light pole

2.     Netball Court Administration Building, Fitzgerald Avenue, on light pole

3.     Sand Pit Drainage Basin, on RCC stationary vehicle

4.     Marcellin Amenities Building, Robey St, on light pole

5.     Pump House, Aussie Rules field, Jersey Rd, Matraville

6.     Tigers Amenities Building, cnr of Jersey & Bunnerong Roads, in the Heffron Park.

 

Sampling has been conducted by Pickford & Rhyder Consulting Pty Ltd and analysis in NATA endorsed laboratory. Filters have been examined in accordance with the April 2005 National Occupational Health & Safety Commission "Guidance Note on the Membrane Filter Method for Estimating Airborne Asbestos Fibres" (2nd Edition), as per Laboratory Method MFM/1.

 

ISSUES: 

 

The results for airborne asbestos samples taken are below the detection limit of the method of 10 fibres per 100 fields or less than 0.01 fibres per millilitre of air, and are therefore completely satisfactory. These results indicate that no measurable amounts of airborne fibres were present.

 

RELATIONSHIP TO CITY PLAN:

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome 6:    A Liveable City.

Direction 6a:  Our public assets are planned, managed and funded to meet the community expectations and defined levels of service.

Key Action:    Assets are managed strategically to deliver intergenerational equity and to meet Council’s obligation as the custodian of our community’s assets.

FINANCIAL IMPACT STATEMENT:

 

The cost to complete the air monitoring is $1,128.60 (GST Exclusive).

 

 

RECOMMENDATION:

 

That the report be received and noted.

 

ATTACHMENT/S:

 

1.  Asbestos Monitoring Report

2.  Certificate of Analysis - Airborne Asbestos Fibres     

 

 

 

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JORDE FRANGOPLES

ZAMAN SHAMSUZ

DIRECTOR, CITY SERVICES

ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEER

 


ATTACHMENT 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


ATTACHMENT 2

 

 


 

Director, City Services' Report

64/2007  

 

 

 

SUBJECT:

SUBMISSION OF THE SYDNEY SOUTH REGION RABBIT ACTION PLAN 2007-08 TO THE CATCHMENT MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY FOR GRANT FUNDING

 

DATE:

27 August, 2007

FILE NO:

F2004/06488

 

 

REPORT BY:            DIRECTOR, CITY SERVICES   

 

 

INTRODUCTION:

 

Randwick City Council is one of 25 agencies that belong to the Sydney South Region Animal Management Committee (SSRAMC). From this committee a sub committee has been formed to apply for grant funding for rabbit control in target locations across Sydney’s south east. Agencies in this sub committee include Randwick, Sutherland and Botany Councils, the Department of Conservation and Climate Change’s National Parks and Wildlife division and Sydney Airport Corporation.

 

Sydney South Region Rabbit Action Plan 2007-08 has been developed for the Catchment Management Authority’s (CMA) Aquatic and Terrestrial Pest Management Project, and is part of the SSRAMC Rabbit Management Plan. The CMA is directing funds received from the Natural Heritage Trust (NHT) into on-ground rabbit control works. It is intended as part of the plan that Council will contribute in-kind.

 

The plan aims to reduce the environmental, agricultural and urban impacts caused by rabbits in the Sydney South Region. The sites earmarked for control in Council’s Rabbit Action Plan 2007-08 were selected because they are either; located near areas of important ecological significance, acting as fauna corridors between adjoining landowners or pose a threat to Council infrastructure.

 

ISSUES:

 

·                Rabbits, both European wild rabbits and free range domestic rabbits are an issue in many park and bushland areas in the Sydney South Region including the eastern suburbs. Areas of concern include Burrows Park, Bicentennial Park and Malabar.

·                Urban impacts caused by rabbits are vast and diverse. Examples of rabbit related impacts include; damage to residential gardens, damage to sports fields, golf courses, cemeteries and sites of cultural and aboriginal significance, damage to underground electrical cables and water pipes (due to chewing), collapse and faults of buildings, etc.

·                European wild rabbits are a declared pest animal under the Rural Lands Protection Act, 1998. Section 155 and 156 of the Rural Lands Protection Act require private and public land managers to control rabbits on the land they occupy by any lawful method.  Therefore Council’s, as land mangers are responsible for the control of rabbits on land owned or occupied by the particular Council.

·                The grant money from the CMA for rabbit control is only available for this financial year. Grant money in the future will be allocated to other feral/pest species projects which may not be of relevance to Randwick.

 

RELATIONSHIP TO CITY PLAN:

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome 10:            A Healthy Environment.

Direction 10b:          Environmental risks and impacts are strategically managed.

 

FINANCIAL IMPACT STATEMENT:

 

Randwick City Council is seeking a $4,000 grant.  Part of the grant requirements is that Council match the $4,000 with in-kind contributions.  The matching contribution will be sourced from the Bushland Obnoxious Weed Budget – Responsibility 4425.

 

CONCLUSION:

 

To reduce the environmental, agricultural and urban impacts caused by rabbits across the Sydney South Region, it is imperative that all land managers are concentrating their efforts into on-ground control and monitoring. By Randwick adopting the Rabbit Action Plan 2007-08, Council in turn is supporting the SSRAMC rabbit Management Plan and the CMA’s Aquatic and Terrestrial Pest Management Project and fulfilling its statutory obligations.

 

The coordinated approach to rabbit management is necessary for effective rabbit control; this will ensure that rabbit populations are reduced at a regional scale. The Sydney South Region Rabbit Action Plan 2007-08 also supports a national effort to control rabbit populations.

 

RECOMMENDATION:

 

That Council supports the Sydney South Rabbit Action Plan 2007-08, and that Council match the funds sought in-kind.

 

ATTACHMENT/S:

 

Sydney South Region Rabbit Action Plan 2007-08.

 

 

 

 

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………………………………

JORDE FRANGOPLES

MATT LEARY

DIRECTOR, CITY SERVICES

WEEDS OFFICER

 


ATTACHMENT 1

 

Annual Action Plan for Year: 2007-8                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Agency: Randwick City Council                                                                                                            

Control sites: Burrow Park (Clovelly), Bicentennial Park (Phillip Bay), Pioneers Park, Arthur Byrne Reserve & Fisherman’s Rd (Malabar)

UFAAG          PSO = Pest Species Officer  CON = Contractor    MVRLPB= Moss Vale Rural Lands Protection Board

 

 

 

Sydney South Region Rabbit Action Plan 2007

Work Plan

Clearly identify the activities proposed to by your agency to achieve the objectives of the plan.

Objective No. from Regional Rabbit Plan

 

Action from Regional Plan

 

Activities for implementing action

 

Agency Commitment

$

 

Work to be undertaken by

 

Proposed dates of  completion

1

 

 

Prevent further degradation of habitat, landscape, heritage and community values

·         Three sites have been earmarked for rabbit control within Randwick City Council. These sites have been prioritised because the outcomes achieved from rabbit control (at these sites) will best reflect the communities’ and Council’s environmental, cultural and social values.

·         Burrows Park, Bicentennial Park and Pioneers Park contain remnant vegetation which is characterised by ‘coastal heath’, ‘rush and sedgeland’, ‘herbland’ and coastal dune species. This vegetation provides crucial habitat for migratory sea birds and local native fauna such as birds, frogs and reptiles.

·         Playing fields are located at each of these sites. Rabbit activity has lead to the degradation of these fields, and hence has impacted upon local sporting competitions. This has also come at a cost to Council for the upgrade of these venues.

·         Cemeteries lie adjacent to Burrows and Bicentennial Park (Waverly and Botany) and rabbit activity poses a threat to grave sites at these locations.

·         Bicentennial Park acts as a fauna corridor between Botany Bay National Park, Port Botany and Sydney Airport. Reducing rabbit populations in this corridor will greatly assist adjoining land owners in a cooperative approach to reducing rabbit populations.

·         Pioneers park, Fisherman’s Rd landfill and Arthur Byrne Reserve are areas of Council land that adjoin Malabar Headland. The headland contains the Endangered Ecological Community (EEC) Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub (ESBS). By controlling rabbit populations will reduce the erosion that rabbit activity creates and in turn promote the future survival of this EEC.

0

 

Report July 2008

2

 

 

 

Agency compliance with plans, statutory obligations etc

·         Council has an organised and structured Bushcare program. Rabbit control within the LGA will greatly assist in the work that our volunteers dedicate to regenerating our remnant coastal vegetation.

·         Randwick has bush regeneration contractors working in 17 remnant sites throughout Council. Rabbit control within the LGA will help speed up the recovery and promote the longevity of these coastal bushland reserves.

0

RCC

Report July 2008

3

 

 

Implement strategic rabbit controls

·         Burrows Park is located on the headland between Clovelly Bay and Waverly Cemetery in the north east of the LGA . Burrow’s has an area of 5 and a half hectares. Primary control would consist of harbour destruction and cage trapping. The close proximity to residential areas means baiting would be an unlikely form of control.

·         Bicentennial Park is located at Phillip Bay (Botany Bay) and encompasses an approximate area of 15 hectares. Primary treatment would consist of a two pronged approach, baiting with Pindone integrated with harbour destruction. The use of bait stations or enclosures to restrict access to non-target animals will be required. Follow up work will consist of cage trapping and continual harbour destruction through proper weed management practices.

·         Pioneers Park/Fishermans Rd/Arthur Byrne Reserve together have a combined area of approximately 7 hectares adjoining Malabar Headland’s western boundary. Primary treatment would consist of baiting with Pindone and harbour destruction. The use of bait stations or enclosures to restrict access to non-target animals will be required. Follow up work will consist of cage trapping and continual harbour destruction through proper weed management practices.

·         Baiting will typically take place when pasture conditions and breeding levels are low.

·         Successful baiting will be weather dependant.

3400

PSO/MVRLP/CON

Nov 07-April 08 (weather dependant)

4

Maintain records to assess effectiveness

·         Apply Rabbit Density Index to populations on a quarterly basis.

·         Note timing links between monitoring and controls

·         Note monitoring and record keeping on-going.

300

RCC

Aug 07, Nov 07, Feb 08, May 08

5

 

 

 

Promote rabbit control

·         Council projects that would be ideal to promote rabbit control to the local and wider community include; the Randwick City Council Eco-living Fair, community workshops, Native Havens project, Bushcare working bees and Bushcare newsletters, Spring wildflower walks, Weedbusters week, the weekly Southern Courier and nursery open days.

300

RCC

Sep 07- April 08

6

Co-operative rabbit control

·         All sites selected for rabbit control are adjacent to land owned by different government and non government agencies. These include Waverly Council, Botany Council, Sydney Ports (Port Botany) and the Department of Finance and Administration (Malabar Headland). Hence the selection of these sites will add to the cooperative and coordinated approach to the management of rabbits in the broader region.

0

 

July07,

June 08

 

 

TOTAL

4000

 

 

 

COMMITMENT

Name:

Title:

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Director, City Services' Report 65/2007

 

 

 

SUBJECT:

ENERGY AUSTRALIA CONSTRUCTION OF 132KV FEEDER CABLES IN ANZAC PARADE AND BUNNERONG ROAD, LA PEROUSE, CHIFLEY AND MATRAVILLE.  REQUEST TO DEFER COUNCIL PROGRAMMED WORKS  

 

 

DATE:

29 August, 2007

FILE NO:

F2004/08164

 

 

REPORT BY:            DIRECTOR, CITY SERVICES    

 

 

INTRODUCTION:

 

Energy Australia proposes to commence construction of 132kV feeder cables in Anzac Parade and Bunnerong Road in June 2008. Energy Australia is currently undertaking the tendering phase of the project and has been liaising with Randwick City Council concerning Council’s Footpath Construction Program.

 

Significant location conflict has been identified which would result in Energy Australia demolishing Council footpath, kerb and gutter that is programmed in the current Council Capital Works Program in Anzac Parade and Bunnerong Road soon after its construction. Energy Australia has requested that Randwick City Council defer its programmed works to allow the construction of the 132kV feeder cables. Once Energy Australia has vacated Anzac Parade and Bunnerong Road, Council could then commence its programmed works in the 2008/2009 financial year.

 

ISSUES:

 

The request from Energy Australia to defer the Council’s capital works programs in Anzac parade and Bunnerong road is reasonable. It would be wasteful to proceed with Council’s works considering that Energy Australia would be demolishing the works in 6 months time.

 

Council can demonstrate its ability to adopt a whole of Government approach to obtain the best outcome for the community by deferring the Council works to later in the 2008/2009 financial year.

 

Deferring the works would allow Council to carry over this years funding and add it to the 2008/2009 footpath program funding as well as utilising the road restoration fees from Energy Australia and the RTA’s Regional Road Grant funding to reconstruct Anzac Parade and Bunnerong Road from Goorawahl Avenue to Military Road. The style of reconstruction would be similar to that achieved in the Military Road reconstruction.

 

RELATIONSHIP TO CITY PLAN:

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome 6:        A Liveable City.

Direction 6a:       Our public assets are planned, managed and funded to meet the community expectations and defined levels of service.

Key Actions:       Assets are managed strategically to deliver intergenerational equity and to meet Council’s obligation as the custodian of our community’s assets.

 

FINANCIAL IMPACT STATEMENT:

 

If the works are deferred until the 2008/2009 financial year, there is no increase required in amount of capital works funding. The entire reconstruction project will be funded from within existing programs with a significant amount of funding obtained from road restoration fees from Energy Australia and RTA Regional Road Grant Funding.

 

CONCLUSION:

 

It is prudent for Randwick City Council to defer the current footpath, kerb and gutter capital works for the 2007/2008 financial year. The Energy Australia 132kV feeder cables project represents an opportunity for Randwick City Council to carryover this year’s program funding in the amount of $811,762 and to consolidate its funds, contributions and grants to undertake a significant upgrading of Anzac Parade and Bunnerong Road from Goorawahl Avenue to Military Road.

 

Deferring the council works will decrease the disturbance to the community and will result in an excellent streetscape renewal similar to what has recently achieved in Military Road. The streetscape renewal includes off road shared bicycle paths connecting into the recently constructed paths in Military road and Wassell Street, Street tree planting, verge turfing, kerb and gutter, drainage upgrading, intersection safety improvements at Little Bay Road, improved access to public transport and renewed road pavements.    

 

RECOMMENDATION:

 

That the report be received and noted.

 

ATTACHMENT/S:

 

Nil

 

 

 

 

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………………………………

JORDE FRANGOPLES

JOHN EARLS

DIRECTOR, CITY SERVICES

COORDINATOR, ASSETS


  

Director, City Services' Report 66/2007

 

 

SUBJECT:

LIGHTING FOR SOUTH MAROUBRA VILLAGE GREEN

 

 

DATE:

30 August, 2007

FILE NO:

F2005/00507 xr F2005/00171

 

 

REPORT BY:            DIRECTOR, CITY SERVICES  

 

 

INTRODUCTION:

 

Council at its meeting held on 24th July 2007, resolved (Belleli/Andrews):

 

“that Council produces a report on the feasibility of constructing lights on the eastern side of the playground in the South Maroubra Village Green. This report should include a concept design and estimate of costs. The playground in the South Maroubra Village green was recently burnt by vandals. There are problems with anti-social behaviour in this area that could be improved by the installation of lights at the eastern side of the playground to reduce the likelihood of people vandalising the playground after dark.

 

ISSUES:

 

The South Maroubra Village Green playground was recently vandalised resulting in substantial damage to the equipment, soft fall and shade structure.  The provision of lighting may assist in reducing the incident of vandalism and the feeling of safety for the community using the nearby facilities.

 

Investigations have been carried out in relation to the nature of lighting that may best suit this park in response to Council’s resolution.  Lighting may be provided through a private scheme connected to Energy Australia’s mains in the street or alternatively, solar powered lighting may be utilised.  In this instance, the Energy Australia mains are located at some distance from the playground, thus requiring a road crossing for connection purposes, which will add significant cost to the project.  Solar powered lighting may provide an appropriate solution in this situation and can be set up to provide lighting for part of the night or alternatively all night.  The latter will require additional solar collection capacity and at increased cost.

 

The adjoining car park area has a light located approximately 30 metres north-west of the playground area and provides some notional lighting to the adjacent open space area. It is considered that two lights adjacent the playground will provide sufficient lighting to act as a safety measure and act as a deterrent against vandalism. The provision of all night solar powered lighting is estimated to cost in the order of $5,000 per light, installed.  Generally, lighting of this nature can be provided within eight weeks of an order being issued.

 Figure 1.  Picture showing solar powered light in park setting.

 

Figure 2.  Plan showing existing car park light and proposed park lights.


FINANCIAL IMPACT STATEMENT:

 

Based on a lighting scheme requiring the installation of two lights to be installed at the South Maroubra Village Green playground, it is estimated that the cost to Council will be in the vicinity of $10,000.

 

RELATIONSHIP TO THE CITY PLAN:

 

That relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome 6:     A Liveable City.

Direction 6c:    The safety of our community is paramount and is acknowledged and supported through proactive policies, programmes and strategies.

Key Action:     Develop and implement effective regulatory environmental, public health and safety services and programmes to maximise public safety and anti-social behaviour of buildings and spaces.

 

CONCLUSION:

 

Provision of lighting at the South Maroubra Village Green playground is considered an appropriate measure to increase safety for the community and to aid in the protection of Council’s park assets.

 

RECOMMENDATION:

 

That adjoining property owners/residents be notified of Council’s intention to install solar powered lighting adjacent the playground in South Maroubra Village Green.

 

ATTACHMENT/S:

 

Nil

 

 

 

 

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………………………………

JORDE FRANGOPLES

JOHN CALVANI

DIRECTOR, CITY SERVICES

COORDINATOR PARKS AND RECREATION


  

Director, City Services' Report 67/2007

 

 

 

SUBJECT:

LANE WIDENING PROGRAM - GLANFIELD STREET, MAROUBRA PROPOSED DEFERRAL OF SCOPE OF WORKS

 

 

DATE:

30 August, 2007

FILE NO:

F2004/06115

 

 

REPORT BY:            DIRECTOR, CITY SERVICES

 

 

INTRODUCTION:

 

Randwick City Council proposed to complete the lane widening of Glanfield Street from Royal Street across Hannan Street and east to the dead end in the 2007/2008 Capital Works Programme. The Land and Environment Court has issued a planning consent to Coles-Myer to construct a Liquor Store at the corner of Glanfield Street, Royal Street and Maroubra Road.

 

The Consent Order issued by the Land and Environment Court requires the developer to widen and reconstruct Glanfield Street from Royal Street along Glanfield Street for approximately 50 metres. The conditions of consent cause a significant conflict with Council’s proposed works in Glanfield Street.

 

ISSUES:

 

The conditions of consent issued by the Land and Environment Court require the developer to significantly widen and fully reconstruct Glanfield Street from Royal Street along Glanfield Street for approximately 50 metres inclusive of road pavement, kerb and gutter, stormwater drainage. This would enable Glanfield Street to carry heavy trucks generated by the Liquor Store.

 

It is anticipated the demolition and construction of the development would occur over the next couple of years. If Council was to construct the section of Glanfield Street between Hannan Street and Royal Street now it is certain that the demolition and construction trucks will cause an amount of damage to Council’s newly constructed road, kerb and gutter.

 

It would be prudent for Council to defer the construction of this section of Glanfield Street and monitor and manage the construction traffic in Glanfield Street to minimise the damage to the existing infrastructure. Once the development has occurred, Council would come back and complete the lane widening of Glanfield Street.

 

The section of Glanfield street east of Hannan Street can proceed as programmed in the 2007/2008 Capital Works Programme. This section is unaffected by the Coles-Myer development works.

 

In accordance with Council’s Asset Management Plan of Works, Ferguson Street between Wade Street and Murray Street Maroubra is the next priority of works in Council’s Lane Widening Programme. It is proposed to undertake this section of works in lieu of Glanfield Street between Hannan and Royal Streets, this year.

 

RELATIONSHIP TO CITY PLAN:

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome 6:        A Liveable City.

Direction 6a:       Our public assets are planned, managed and funded to meet the community expectations and defined levels of service.

Key Actions:       Assets are managed strategically to deliver intergenerational equity and to meet Council’s obligation as the custodian of our community’s assets.

 

FINANCIAL IMPACT STATEMENT:

 

Deferring the scope of works for Glanfield Street will allow Council to undertake Lane widening of Ferguson Street between Wade Street and Murray Street Maroubra this year. The completion of Glanfield Street in a latter year will be funded from the Section 94 Contributions Plan Fund.

 

CONCLUSION:

 

In order to minimise the disturbance to the community and avoid development damage to the newly constructed road works in Glanfield Street. Council can defer the works in Glanfield Street between Hannan Street and Royal Street until after the completion of the development works. Council can complete its commitment to construct Glanfield street east of Hannan Street this financial year.

 

Council can utilise the available funding to undertake Lane Widening Works in Ferguson Street between Wade Street and Murray Street, Maroubra this financial year.

 

RECOMMENDATION:

 

That:

 

a)     Council defers the lane widening of Glanfield Street between Hannan Street and Royal Street until the completion of the developer works at the corner of Glanfield Street and Royal Street; and

 

b)     Council undertakes Lane Widening Works in Ferguson Street between Wade Street and Murray Street, Maroubra this financial year with the deferred funding from Glanfield Street.

 

ATTACHMENT/S:

 

Nil

 

………………………………

………………………………

JORDE FRANGOPLES

JOHN EARLS

DIRECTOR, CITY SERVICES

Co-ordinator, ASSETS