Environment Committee Meeting

 

  BUSINESS PAPER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 10 June 2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Administrative Centre 30 Frances Street Randwick 2031

Telephone: 02 9399 0999 or

1300 722 542 (for Sydney metropolitan area)

Fax:02 9319 1510

general.manager@randwick.nsw.gov.au

www.randwick.nsw.gov.au


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Environment Committee

10 June 2008

 

 

 

3 June 2008

 

 

Environment Committee Meeting

 

Notice is hereby given that an Environment 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, 10 June 2008 at 5:30pm.

 

Committee Members:           The Mayor, B Notley-Smith, Belleli, Hughes, Kenny, Matson (Chairperson), Nash (Deputy Chairperson), Tracey, White, Woodsmith.

 

Quorum:                           Five (5) members.

 

NOTE:    At the extraordinary meeting held on 22 May 2007, the Council resolved that the Environment Committee be constituted as a committee with full delegation to determine matters on the agenda.

 

Apologies/Granting of Leave of Absences 

 

Confirmation of the Minutes  

 

Environment Committee Meeting - 13 May 2008

 

Declarations of Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Interests

 

Address of Committee by Members of the Public

 

Urgent Business

 

Greening Randwick Reports

 

Nil

 

Environment Report

 

E14/08      Report on 2008 LGMA Congress    

 

Closed Session

 

Nil

 

Notices of Rescission Motions

 

Nil

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Ray Brownlee

General Manager

 


Environment Committee

10 June 2008

 

 

 

Environment Report No. E14/08

 

 

Subject:                  Report on 2008 LGMA Congress

Folder No:                   F2004/06495

Author:                   Peter Maganov, Manager Sustainability     

 

Introduction

 

Reporting on relevant outcomes from the 2008 LGMA National Congress held on the Gold Coast from May 26 – 28, 2008.

 

Issues

 

Council’s Manager, Sustainability, Peter Maganov and Coordinator, Research and Knowledge Management, Karen Purser, attended the LGMA National Congress held on the Gold Coast for 3 days in May, 2008.

 

Karen Purser attended in her capacity as a member of Council’s team participating in the National LGMA Leadership Challenge, of which the combined Randwick/Temora team came second to the Queensland team from Moreton Bay.

 

Peter Maganov attended to present on Council’s Sustaining our City initiative. Of the 700 delegates attending the Congress from all around Australia and New Zealand, approximately one third were Mayor’s or Councillors, one third were Local Government CEO’s and one third were Managers or Directors.

 

Former Australian of the Year, Professor Tim Flannery provided the keynote address on environmental sustainability while well known television journalist, Jeff McMullin, provided the keynote address on the community wellbeing theme. The other key theme covered during the Congress was Executive Development and the retention of staff.  John Neish, formerly CEO of Parramatta Council also provided a very stimulating presentation on sustaining community well-being through civic engagement.

 

Some of the key messages conveyed during the Congress included:

 

o  Tim Flannery reporting on the most current data on climate change indicating more rapid changes occurring than reported in the most recent IPCC report;

o  Meaningful and pro-active community participation builds greater community trust in government;

o  The need for Local Government to contribute responses to the shorter term priority of “lifestyle health issues” that pose a more immediate threat to individuals than climate change i.e. heart disease, obesity, diabetes etc;

o  The need to begin incorporating carbon pricing and adaptation strategies in Council programs and activities;

o  The need to build resilient, self-sustaining communities around energy and water conservation and locally grown food.

 

Key actions appropriate for Council to consider as a result of attending the LGMA Congress include:

 

 

 

 

 

Consideration

Current or relevant Council response

Developing a Municipal Adaptation Plan as a means of identifying appropriate local responses to local climate change impacts in Randwick

Recently announced funding from AGO to Randwick City Council enables action on this item

Promote actions capable of generating the most immediate and greatest impact on climate change

Continue to promote rebates to Randwick residents, particularly for solar hotwater systems (via NSW or Commonwealth Govt)

Promote actions that enhance the “resilience” of Randwick’s community, particularly in relation to preventative health (dietary and physical exercise), growing food, collecting rainwater and conserving energy

Current rebates on offer for rainwater and greywater systems are a positive response as is the halogen replacement rebate in terms of energy and water conservation.

 

Combined funding application on “food havens” underway by Randwick will assist in food harvesting and preventative health matters.

Improve mechanisms and opportunities for Randwick’s community to participate meaningfully in Council activities

Continued development and implementation of community consultation opportunities.

 

Relationship to City Plan

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome:          (10) A Healthy Environment.

Direction:          10(a) Council is a leader in fostering environmentally sustainability                   practices.

                       10(f) A total water cycle management approach including water                             conservation, re-use and water quality improvements is adopted

                       10(g) Greenhouse gas emissions are reduced. 

 

Financial impact statement

 

A number of the current or relevant Council responses are being funded under environmental levy projects or are the subject of funding applications to external grants programs. 

 

Conclusion

 

The LGMA Congress held in Queensland attracted a high calibre and number of senior representatives of Councils from around Australia and New Zealand. This annual meeting of senior Council staff may be worth incorporating into Randwick’s calendar for Council representatives to attend in the future.

 

Recommendation

 

That the report be received and noted.

 

Attachment/s:

 

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