Extraordinary Council Meeting
Supplementary BUSINESS PAPER
Tuesday 29 September 2009
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MM76/09 Message from Outgoing
29 September 2009
Mayoral Minute No. MM76/09
Subject: Message from
Outgoing Mayor of
Folder No: F2005/00751
Tonight, Randwick Councillors will elect a new Mayor of Randwick. I am not seeking re-election, but will remain an East Ward Liberal Councillor.
The last two years
have been an unforgettable and humbling experience for me. As a full-time
Mayor, I have met thousands of
I thank my
colleagues, the Council staff and the people of
I wanted the community to be as much involved in our celebrations as possible and made a point of meeting with many residents and community groups. In my role as Mayor, I have attended a large number of community events and gave approximately 150 speeches and had my photo taken with a wide range of residents at more than 200 events over the past two years.
I have initiated
many projects including the Community SMS Service, the
Following are some of the highlights of Randwick City Council’s achievements while I was Mayor of Randwick.
1. 150th anniversary celebrations
This year the City of
In my two terms as Mayor, I presided over the preparations for the activities to celebrate Randwick Council’s 150th anniversary.
To celebrate this
rich history and the 150th anniversary of
Some of the key events held in honour of this significant milestone were the Let’s Celebrate fair, the Mayor’s Charity Ball, the Extraordinary Council meeting, the Mayor’s Cup and the From the Attic Exhibition.
LET’S CELEBRATE FAIR
As part of the 150 year anniversary celebrations, the Council held the ‘Lets celebrate fair’. There was a rich line up of entertainment to suit everyone in the community. The day proved to be a great community experience with a big turn out. Opening with a procession by the University of NSW Regiment Band, musical acts included the Rhythm Rides, a blues and jazz band; Cavan Te, an amazing soul, R & B and funk band; and The Barry Leef Band, who performed songs from the Doobie Brothers. A fortune-teller, Dreamtime story telling and a number of Green Farm workshops, which focused on sustainable living were also on display.
As part of Randwick
City Council’s 150th anniversary celebrations, the inaugural Mayor’s
Cup followed the Surfing Walk of Fame ceremony, with senior and junior surf
life savers from four local surf clubs – Coogee, Clovelly, Maroubra and
FROM THE ATTIC EXHIBITION
From the Attic
exhibition was part of
Some of items the on display included:
· Lace worn by the women of the Kiss Family of Randwick
· A swimsuit from the Malabar Surf Club
· Little Pattie's stompin shoes, on loan to us by Little Pattie herself
· A wooden bowl from the wreck of the Malabar
· A stained glass window of Simeon Henry Pearce, the first Mayor of Randwick, from the Randwick Borough Chambers
· The minutes from the Council's very first meeting dating back to 1 April 1859.
EXTRAORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING
As part of Council’s 150th
celebrations I proposed that Council hold an Extraordinary Meeting on 7 April
2009 to commemorate Randwick Council’s first meeting on the 1 April 1859. This
year’s meeting was held in the same place as Council’s first meeting, the
commissioned professional historian, Pauline Curby, to write fully referenced
and illustrated book entitled the History of Randwick as part of Randwick
Council’s 150th celebrations. The book provides a comprehensive look
at the history of the
The Council is
preparing a DVD to celebrate its sesqui-centenary. The DVD provides a snapshot
of the history of
SHADOW COMMUNITY CABINET MEETING IN
As part of Council’s
150th anniversary celebrations, I invited the NSW Premier and Cabinet, and the
Opposition Leader and Shadow Cabinet to hold Community Cabinet Meetings at
I am pleased that
the Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Barry O’Farrell MP, accepted my invitation
for Shadow Cabinet to meet at
2. Art and culture
PUBLIC ART PROGRAM
In 2008, I
initiated Randwick City Council’s Public Art Program, which aims to engage the
community and guide the future direction of public art in our City. The first
piece of public art under the program was determined by a panel of expert
judges, with the winner announced at the Let’s Celebrate fair celebrating
Council’s 150th anniversary. The piece of art will be installed in
WOMEN’S ART COMPETITION AND EXHIBITION
Local female artists
celebrated International Women’s Day with a special awards ceremony on Saturday
7 March 2009, where the winners of Randwick City Council’s Women’s Art Competition were announced. Increasing in popularity and
quality, over 90 artworks were submitted for the competition in a variety of
mediums and themes – this was at least 30 more than last year. The Women’s Art
Competition and Exhibition is a great initiative of Council in support of the
talented female artists we have here in
LIONEL BOWEN YOUNG WRITERS AWARD WINNERS
I was extremely
impressed with the creativity and talent of our City’s young people at Randwick
City Council’s Lionel Bowen Young Writers Award presentation. A record 600
entries were received and over 40 schools participated. All awarded entries
have been compiled into a book available for loan at Randwick City Library
Service. Congratulations to The Emanuel School,
COOGEE ARTS FESTIVAL
Randwick City Council proudly supported the fifth and sixth Coogee Arts Festivals, taking place in and around Coogee in summer 2008 and 2009. The unique program included theatre, music, film and other events to inspire your summer days and nights.
Filmmakers of all
levels entered the Stinkwater! 24! Hour Short Film Festival competition and
spent a weekend creating local short films. On 24 February, the fourth
Stinkwater! Short Film Festival showed films from around the world at the Ritz
FRED HOLLOWS PICTORIAL EXHIBITION
Library Service hosted a touring exhibition that celebrated the life and work
of the late Professor Fred Hollows. The exhibition used pictures and text to
outline the life and achievements of
The exhibition was on display at Bowen Library, Maroubra in June and at Randwick Branch Library in July 2008.
INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN – WRITING COMPETITION
To coincide with International Women’s Day, Randwick City Council and Rotary Randwick launched a writing competition about inspirational women on 7 March 2009. The Inspirational Women writing competition was open to girls aged 12 – 18 who were invited to write about a woman who has inspired them and acted as a positive role model. Female role models are instrumental in developing positive behaviours and attitudes in children, teenagers and young women who often emulate their behaviour. Role models can be family members, adult community members, teachers, peers, celebrities and other famous people.
A total prize pool of $2000 was on offer for first, second and third prizes, which included Apple ipod Touches, Nanos and Shuffles. A prize was also awarded to the school that submitted the most entries.
City Council’s Cultural Plan, ‘A Cultural Randwick City’, was adopted in June
2008. It provides a strategic framework for
· make better use of existing cultural facilities and resources located within our City
· develop strategic partnerships with major cultural institutions in the area
· develop a Public Art Policy to guide enhancement of public areas in our City
· implement a more prominent performance and visual arts program within our City, guided by a Cultural Advisory Panel
· recognise and preserve our heritage assets including sculptures and monuments.
The Randwick Award for Literature is an important addition to Randwick City Council’s cultural activities and part of Council’s ongoing legacy for its 150th anniversary celebrations. The award will run every two years and be promoted as a prestigious prize to foster a wide appreciation of literature in our community and enhance Council’s reputation for supporting cultural programs.
It is in line with the Randwick City Plan and the vision of the Council’s Cultural Plan to “foster an environment that recognises, supports and celebrates our community’s cultural diversity … and the many forms of creative expression including literature”.
With a $10,000 prize on offer to the winner of the award, outstanding literary works are sure to come flooding in from around the country when entries open in March 2010. The Randwick Award for Literature will be based on published works of fiction, in English by an Australian author, in the form of a novel, novella or collection of short stories. It will be awarded to the work judged to have the highest outstanding literary merit. Entries will close in May 2010 and the winner will be announced in August 2010.
3. Supporting our community
COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP FUNDING PROGRAM
The Council’s grant presentation for the Community Partnership Funding program was held on 28 September 2009. This funding program is designed to give organisations an opportunity to apply for three-year recurrent funding in recognition of the fact that most organisations need financial certainty beyond 12 months. Council provides $143,000 each year to the Community Partnerships Funding Program to boost and support the services and programs of between eight and nine organisations.
Some of the projects that Council is providing funding towards this year include:
· an after school
activity service between 4 and 6pm in Coogee,
· three Reading for Life programs targeting 30 primary school children by recruiting either high school students and/or community volunteers to act as mentors
· the Young Parents Program, which provides accommodation, support and education programs for young women who are pregnant or have a child, are homeless and require intensive support and
· a Domestic Violence and Parenting Support Project.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND SUPPORT EXPENDITURE (CDSE) SCHEME
Randwick City Council invited local non-profit community groups and organisations to apply for funding in both the 2008 and 2009 Randwick Community Development and Support Expenditure (CDSE) Schemes. Under the Scheme, local clubs with gaming machine profits over $1million contribute funding towards the provision of services to local communities to ensure that disadvantaged people can benefit from the scheme. In the past two years, more than $650,000 has been provided to 95 organisations and community groups.
LOCAL SERVICE CLUBS COMMITTEE
At its ordinary Council meeting held on 25 August 2009 Council resolved “that a Committee consisting of Council and our local Rotary, Probus, Soroptimist International and Lions Clubs be formed and meet on a biannual basis.”
The inaugural meeting of our “Local Services Clubs Committee” met on 21 September 2009 with representatives of all Clubs in attendance. The meeting was an extremely successful and productive one with all Clubs thanking Council for this initiative and ongoing guidance. The main items of business were Council’s role in supporting community organisations and how the Service Clubs would like Council to interact with them. All the Service Clubs raised the ongoing issue of how to attract new members to their ranks. Council has resolved to assist with promoting the role of Service Clubs in our community.
It is anticipated that the next meeting of our newly formed Local Services Clubs Committee will be held in November this year. By this time Council will have further assisted with the drafting of relevant Terms of Reference for the Committee to operate under.
ROTARY AND LIONS CIVIC RECEPTIONS
In the past two years, the Council has held four civic receptions in total for the Lions Clubs and Rotary Clubs of Randwick City. As Mayor, I have also attended several change-over and annual general meeting as well as the Lions Youth of the Year competition. It has been a pleasure to be associated with such dedicated, hard working individuals and groups who do such remarkable volunteer work in the community.
BORROW FROM CITY OF
After years of
4. Helping our City prosper
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY
The strategy takes
into account the findings from a study undertaken by
NEW COUNCIL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
In keeping with our
aim to keep our city a vibrant place for business and local job opportunities,
Council accepted my recommendation to establish the Economic Development
Committee with full-delegation to address the needs of business, employment and
· the prominence that this topic has been given in the City Plan;
· the challenges presented to Council in implementing the Economic Development Strategy (including the continuation of the Economic Leaders’ Forum, continued support for ‘shop local’ initiatives and the rejuvenation and revitalisation of the town centres);
· the need to address tourism as part of Council’s Economic Development Strategy (Note: the report on the outcomes of the Inaugural Economic Leaders’ Forum indicates that a key issue raised at the forum, was the economic development possibilities of tourism in the City.”)
In May 2008, the
Randwick City Recreation Needs Study was adopted by the Council. The Study
identified the open space and recreation needs of
An extensive exhibition and consultation process from December 2007 to March 2008 was undertaken to ensure that the community and sporting groups were consulted on the draft Recreation Needs Study. Council received 29 written responses to the exhibition and comments were also made during the two community information sessions and from a presentation to the Sporting Committee held during the exhibition period. The Study includes an action plan or ‘Strategy Implementation Plan’ identifying the key actions, including timing and responsibilities.
5. Out and about with the locals
CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS FOR SENIORS
Local seniors celebrated the festive season at a ‘Christmas Spectacular’ at the Royal Randwick Racecourse in both 2007 and 2008. The seniors Christmas concert has become so popular in recent years that the Council now has one in the morning and one in the afternoon to accommodate the 800 plus people that want to attend. In 2008, seniors were treated to special guest singer, Kamahl.
The Council held its
annual Australia Day celebrations at
THE SPOT FILM AND FOOD FESTIVAL
In 2008, The Spot Film and Food festival was launched with the support of The Spot Business Association and various local businesses. The Spot Food and Film festival was even bigger and better in 2009 with food, stalls, live bands and roving performers. The street festival was held in conjunction with the Australian Film Walk of Fame.
AUSTRALIAN FILM WALK OF FAME
conjunction with The Spot Film and Food festival, the Australian Film Walk of
Fame recognises the achievements of
SURFING WALK OF FAME
Four Australian surf and
surf life saving legends were inducted into the Surfing Walk of Fame at
MAYOR’S CHARITY BALL
On Saturday 12 September 2009, I hosted the Mayor’s Charity Ball. The Ball was held to raise funds for the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation and it was a resounding success.
The event was a sell out with over 300 guests attending on the night and enjoying dinner and a range of entertainment including the UNSW Regiment Band, dance demonstrations and musical performances.
Local businesses were very generous in supporting the event through donating auction items or taking a table at the event. Council staff volunteered on the night to assist with the fundraising activities. The two hospitals took tables and were both very appreciative of Council’s support.
The fundraising activities included raffle ticket sales and silent and live auction. The amount raised was approximately $20,000, to be divided equally between each Hospital Foundation.
BLENHEIM HOUSE OPEN DAY
Each year, the community is invited to visit
CARNIVALE MULTICULTURAL WEEK
Our City’s diversity
was celebrated during Randwick City Council’s Carnivale Multicultural Week at
Harmony Day is a national celebration, usually in March, that brings people together from different cultures and backgrounds to promote Australian values of respect, fairness, participation, acceptance and a fair go for all.
In 2008, Randwick City Council celebrated Harmony Day with a festival in conjunction with the Randwick Ecoliving Fair at the Randwick Community Centre. Everyone was invited to join us for dance, music, food and fun activities for kids.
City of Randwick has a rich history and I encouraged everyone to participate in
the free Heritage Festival activities that took place around our city from 5 –
30 April to celebrate “Randwick City:
Our Place”. Heritage-listed cottage Barrett House,
On Sunday 5 April at
10am I had the honour of unveiling The Impressionists’ Seat at Dunningham
Reserve, Coogee. This piece of public art commemorates the celebrated
Australian Impressionist painters of the
Randwick City Council’s 2008 Ecoliving Fair was held on Sunday 6 April at the Randwick Community Centre. Hundreds of people turned out to celebrate Earth Day and find out practical ways to live a healthy and more sustainable lifestyle.
The Fair featured discussion forums with leading experts on sustainable architecture, interior design, renewable energy, global warming and water reuse systems. There were free workshops on topics such as installing rainwater tanks, worm farming and bokashi composting, reducing household water usage and the use of toxic chemicals, and permaculture. Other attractions included local arts, performances, a free yoga class, giveaways and healthy food. Council’s 2008 Harmony Day festivities were also held in conjunction with the Ecoliving Fair, with information stalls and cultural performances celebrating our diverse society taking place at the event.
NSW SENIORS WEEK
To celebrate NSW
Seniors Week 2008, Randwick City Council hosted a free Older Person’s Expo on
Wednesday 9 April at the Randwick Community Centre. The Expo showcased various
local service providers including home and community care, health, training,
recreation, leisure, and advice and referral services. There was also food,
dance and music performances, film screenings and workshops. To help transport
older people to the Expo, a free shuttle bus service was available from Bowen Library and Community
Centre, and from
In 2009, Seniors Week was celebrated from 15 – 22 March in 2009 and
Council had an exciting program of events. Highlights of the week included a
celebratory morning tea at the Bowen Library and Community Centre, Maroubra on
Wednesday 18 March, and a fabulous, free gardening workshop. Local actor Bill
Conn was our guest speaker at the Bowen Library and Community Centre and talked
about the Actors’ Forum program and his rewarding work as a narrator with
To celebrate Refugee Week on Tuesday 17 June 2008, Randwick City Council
hosted refugees from
SOLDIERS SETTLEMENT COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
Council and the Consul-General of
THANK YOU TO EVENT SPONSORS
Randwick City Council was pleased to present
‘Coogee Carols’, ‘Coogee Sparkles’ New Year’s Eve fireworks and our Australia
Day celebrations at
6. Giving awards and receiving awards
AWARDS FOR SPORTING ACHIEVEMENT
The annual presentations for the Bradley Matthews Memorial Award for Sporting Excellence, the Randwick City Junior Sports Award and latest inductees into The Randwick City Hall of Sporting Champions were given at events attended by many members of the community including Olympian Jane Saville and Sydney Roosters rugby league player Craig Wing.
URBAN DESIGN AWARD WINNERS
A biennial event,
the Urban Design Awards recognise excellence, acknowledge outstanding
architects and designers and celebrate design that improves the character of
the local area. The highly anticipated Peoples’
Choice Award went to Crone Partners Architecture Studios for their
The specific categories in the Urban Design Awards were
· Residential Category – Single Dwelling House
· Residential Category – Multi Unit Housing
· Heritage Category
· Public Buildings Category
· Commercial/ Mixed Use Development Category
· Sustainability Category
Randwick Council held its annual Garden Awards competition in 2008 and 2009. Originally held as a stand alone event, the Garden Awards were held in conjunction with the Ecoliving Fair in 2009, with 54 entries received across a total of eight categories. The event sponsors, many of whom have been involved in the awards for many years, provided the wonderful prizes as well as the Randwick Community Nursery and the Sustaining our City program.
COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS –
Held on Australia Day in both 2008 and 2009, the Randwick City Council Community Service Awards were hotly contested by volunteers throughout the City. In 2009, I initiated a format change to the presentation ceremony with a total of 12 people receiving the Community Service Award medallion for their dedicated service to the local community, while one young person was awarded the title of Young Citizen of the Year.
BEST GREEN INNOVATION WINNERS
A number of Best
We have been conducting the Best
MAYOR’S ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AWARDS
On 11 March 2009 I had the honour of presenting the Mayor’s Academic
Excellence Medals to students who attained the highest UAI score at each of the
high schools in
The bi-annual Randwick City Business Excellence Awards were held once again to recognise outstanding local businesses. This year, we received a record number of nominations (10,243) over 25 categories – ranging from Beauty Services and Cafes through to Repair Services and Real Estate Agencies. From the winners of all 25 categories, one outstanding business took home the ‘Business of the Year Award’. Congratulations to The Fish Market @ Maroubra.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT MANAGEMENT CHALLENGE AWARD
The combined team of
staff members from Randwick and Temora councils, the ‘Temwick Tuskers’, were
awarded second place in the 2008 Local Government Management Challenge
Australasian Finals in 2008. After achieving first place in NSW earlier in the
year, the team represented not only
The winning team was
made up of Sharon Plunkett,
LGMA MANAGEMENT EXCELLENCE AWARDS
In 2009, Randwick Council was once again recognised as an industry leader and an employer of choice by the peak body in NSW local government. These outstanding initiatives were another example of the quality service provided by Council for its community.
Randwick City Council made submissions to the Local Government Managers Association for Management Excellence Awards in the following categories:
· Excellence in Sustainable Environment
· Management Innovation
· Young Manager of the Year.
It was with great
pride that I advised that Council was successful in winning both the Excellence in Sustainable Environment Award and the award for
Best Management Innovation. Council’s Sustainability
Team has once again proven to be the industry leader in their field, delivering
a comprehensive range of practical sustainability education programs and
initiatives to schools, businesses and staff and these were duly recognised by
the LGMA. Council’s Organisational Staff Services team were rewarded for their
outstanding “All Stops to
SIGNIFICANT TREE REGISTER WINS AWARD
Randwick Council’s Register of Significant Trees was highly commended in the Conservation Landscape Heritage category of the prestigious 2008 EnergyAustralia National Trust Heritage Awards last month.
Our Significant Tree Register is a comprehensive four-part document that contains 897 trees on both public and private land which have been assessed as being culturally and historically significant and worthy of long-term protection and retention.
RH DOUGHERTY AWARD
I was proud to announce that Randwick Council won the ‘Excellence in Communication’ Award at the 2008 RH Dougherty Awards of the Local Government and Shires Association. The Awards recognise and encourage greater understanding and accountability by councils to their local communities through the way they communicate with them. Our “Come and Have a Sticky Beak” Open Days at the Community Nursery, the Works Depot, the Recycling Centre and the Aquatic Centre showcased Council’s water saving efforts and waste management and demonstrated to those who attended how the environmental levy is being spent. They were extremely successful days that really showed people exactly what their council is doing.
DES RENFORD AQUATIC CENTRE HONOURED AT NATIONAL AWARDS
At the 2009 AUSTSWIM
Awards Ceremony held on the Gold Coast earlier this year, the Des Renford
Aquatic Centre in Maroubra was recognised as ‘
In awarding the
Owned and operated by Randwick City Council, over 3500 children of various levels and abilities participate in learn to swim programs at the Des Renford Aquatic Centre. Des Renford Aquatic Centre conducts a range of programs including Disability classes, Rehabilitation programs, Surf Sense Awareness programs, Adult Learn to Swim, Learn to Swim for Indigenous and Torres Strait Islanders and Resuscitation for Parents.
A MIGRANT’S STORY WINS AWARD
Randwick City Council has won a NSW Local Government Cultural Award for its project, A Migrant’s Story, in the Library and Information Services category. The annual Awards celebrate and recognise councils’ cultural achievements. A Migrant’s Story, now in its fourth year, aims to promote harmony, tolerance, understanding and empathy within the community. 2008 was the first year that an intergenerational aspect was added to the program.
Migrants and children were paired up and met for a face-to-face interview that lasted up to two hours in some cases. The children then had the opportunity to write the stories through their younger eyes. They subsequently attended an editing workshop which gave them the skills to edit and revise their own work.
WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY AWARDS
In June 2009, Randwick Council won two World
Environment Day awards, which are held each year by the United Nations
Association of Australia. The first award was received on behalf of the 12 NSW
councils participating in the NSW Local Government Emissions Trading Scheme
(LGETS) in the ‘Meeting the Greenhouse Challenge’ category. Randwick Council
was the key instigator in establishing this scheme – a first for local
The second award was in the Excellence in
Overall Environmental Management category for Local Government around
NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD WINS
Council’s outstanding environmental efforts were recognised at the 2007
national Keep Australia Beautiful Australian Sustainable Cities Awards in
I was thrilled that
the City of
The judges noted
that “this study is commendable for the way it analyses the processes,
interactions and relationships that have shaped
AWARD FOR SUSTAINABLE WATER MANAGEMENT
I was very pleased
to represent Randwick City Council at the United Nations Association of
Australia's World Environment Day Awards in
The huge efforts Council has made in saving water were recognised in the World Environment Day Award for Sustainable Water Management which we won against two other finalists, both water utilities from different parts of the country.
Our beautiful beaches were again
successful in the Keep Australia Beautiful NSW Clean Beach Challenge with
I congratulated all the Council staff, local residents and volunteers who work so hard to maintain and protect our coastline for everyone to enjoy.
I also congratulated the Little Bay Cubs who were also highly commended in the Youth Legends category for their work cleaning up rubbish, weeding and water testing at Little Congwong Beach.
Randwick City Council won a special environmental engineering award for
its $3 million upgrade of
In a bid to save water, the Council installed
an underground storage tank to capture, treat and re-use stormwater run-off to
the tune of 120,000 litres a day. This water treatment system, which is fully
automatic, will save more than 40 million litres of water each year. The multi-million dollar upgrade of
7. Sustaining our environment
urged all local
Electricity for our
homes and workplaces accounts for one third of
In support of this campaign Randwick City Council also approached local cafes and restaurants to get involved in Earth Hour by turning off their own lights and offering patrons a fully candle-lit dining experience, which many did.
EARTHWATCH FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
Council has formed a partnership with the Earthwatch Institute to provide two
fully funded fellowships for one
From 31 March to 12
April 2008, the successful applicants travelled to Brooklyn Station, a 60,000
hectare property in far north
On 8 April 2008, I was very proud to sign the international Earth
Charter on behalf of the City of
Endorsed by over 3,300 organisations and institutions around the world, the Earth Charter is a declaration of fundamental principles for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society. It sets outs a comprehensive set of sustainability principles and values which closely correspond to the values and directions that we have mapped out for our community in our 20-year City Plan.
By signing the Earth Charter, Randwick City
Council is also setting an important example for other local councils and
EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME UNDERWAY BETWEEN NSW COUNCILS
Randwick City Council from an idea put forward by a local resident, the first
Local Government Emissions Trading Scheme in
The voluntary Scheme is a five year trial and aims to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of participating councils by four per cent each year, or 20 per cent over the full period of the trial.
The 12 local
Council’s involved in the Scheme are Ashfield,
I am delighted that local government, and Randwick Council in particular, is leading the way with this historic environmental initiative
SUSTAINABLE HOME MAKEOVER REBATES
To encourage local residents to reduce their ecological footprint and save water and energy, Randwick Council introduced specific energy and water saving rebates on rainwater tanks, greywater systems and energy saving down lights. Council hosted workshops so community members could find out about the rebates and the rebate process. During the 2008-09 financial year, more than 470 household rebates for energy and water savings measures were given out.
Starting in June 2008, Randwick City Council began a twelve-month trial of approved biodiesel fuels in Council vehicles currently using diesel fuel. Biodiesels are derived from renewable resources such as used cooking oil or sugar cane waste, and compared with fossil fuels will deliver substantially less greenhouse gases and other air emissions over their full life-cycle. Using biofuels in the vehicles based at the Works Depot is helping Council deliver on our commitment to reduce Council’s overall greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent by 2012.
THE BEST GIFT IN THE WORLD
LARGEST SOLAR ROOFTOP PANEL SYSTEM IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Council now has the largest rooftop solar panel system of any local Council in
The 36 kilowatt solar panel system added to the existing 12 kilowatts of solar panels at the Works Depot, generating enough electricity to power the Depot for three months; 25 per cent of its annual electricity demand. Comprehensive monitoring equipment was also installed as part of this project enabling Council staff to analyse and review the energy savings achieved from the new system.
Randwick City Council’s solar panel installation project has already seen 20 kilowatts of solar panels installed at other Council sites, and will continue with a further 10 kilowatts of solar panels at more locations across the City thanks to the Commonwealth Government solar panel rebates.
Rebate applications have also been approved for Council’s Community Nursery, Clovelly Surf-Lifesaving Club, Council’s Sustainability Demonstration House at Randwick, and both the Prince Henry and Randwick Community Centres.
COUNCIL TO CREATE SUSTAINABILITY EDUCATION HUB
The Randwick Community Centre will soon be a hub for sustainability
Some of the water and energy saving projects to be carried out include: water harvesting and irrigation; installing passive energy features such as skylights, improving cross ventilation in the main hall; a 2 kilowatt solar panel system will be installed on the roof of the Centre; and the potential for a small scale wind turbines at the site is to be investigated.
A permaculture garden will be created for visitors to learn about and
experience firsthand sustainable gardening, composting and growing local foods
around their homes and schools. Council’s Living Smart courses will also use
the permaculture garden as an education feature of the sustainability
URBAN SUSTAINABILITY GRANT
A regional alliance
The grant has enabled: 720 household and 20 business energy assessments to be conducted across three council areas; the commencement of an organic waste composting trial for 18 months with 420 households participating (300 in RCC); the conversion of Barrett House in Randwick into a Sustainability Demonstration House retrofitted with sustainable measures and technology; and the establishment of Sustainability Street community education groups.
8. Managing the Council for our community
COMMUNITY SATISFACTION SURVEY RESULTS
Community Satisfaction Survey results showed that 95 per cent of
residents believe that
In 2008, Randwick City Council commissioned a Community Satisfaction Survey, as a follow-up to the survey conducted in 2006. The survey, carried out by Micromex Research, found that overall satisfaction with Council was very high at 68 per cent – one per cent less than in 2006 – and that dissatisfaction with Council decreased from ten (10) to seven (7) per cent.
Similar to the 2006 survey, the community placed importance on maintaining local roads and footpaths, beach cleaning, community safety and health inspections at food premises. The top three best performing services for 2008 – beaches, libraries and ocean pools – mirrored those of 2006, while beach cleaning moved up into the top five.
In 2006, the community said that beach cleaning was important to them. Randwick Council listened and installed four gross pollutant traps, doubled its beach cleaning machines and increased the regularity of the sand and bin cleaning service.
The 2008 survey results clearly show that Council is moving in the right direction, paying attention to the local community and taking action on issues that the residents feel are important.
LAUNCH OF NEW WEBSITE FOR
Randwick City Council launched its new website in July 2008, providing better usability, access to online services and enhanced search capabilities. As well as a new look, the website upgrade incorporated new features to make Randwick Council more accessible to the residents, community groups and businesses of our City.
The new 'Online Services' function allows users to access Council's services via the net, making it quick and easy to check the progress of a development application, pay rates, submit a service request and submit a job application online.
COMMUNITY SMS SERVICE
In what was believed to be a ‘first’ for local government in NSW, Randwick City Council launched a Community SMS Service, with the help of international mobile specialists, Dialogue Communications.The service enables residents to receive instantaneous text messages informing them of sports ground closures and upcoming Council events, clean-ups and road works. Once registered, residents can also lodge a customer request with Council via SMS. For example, if a pot-hole needs to be repaired, people can inform Council by sending a text message to 0400 722 542 (i.e. 0400 RCC LGA).
PLANNING WITH OUR PRECINCTS
Precinct Committees engaged in the development of Council's 2009-13 Management Plan and budget in a proactive process rather than a reactive process for community input.
Precinct Committees made 80 proposals (a 2000% increase over previous year) and 80 per cent of precinct committee proposals were incorporated in the management plan, budget and the Council’s operations.
Effective and well resourced PCC and Combined Chambers meetings and workshops provided opportunities for cooperation between Council and the community and also enhanced Council’s public image.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT WEEK AT PRINCE HENRY COMMUNITY CENTRE
Appropriately, the venue for this year’s event was the newly constructed Prince Henry Community Centre at picturesque Little Bay. Once the site of a leprosy hospital, the community centre was showcased to the public for the first time since it was officially handed over to the Council in May this year. The open day saw a number of presentations and live demonstrations, which included information on council services and facilities, aerial photography, council careers, the Council’s future plans for the City and forums where residents can share their views.
9. The basics – maintaining our City – upgrading roads, beaches, parks, playgrounds, bike paths
GRANT RESERVE NEW PLAYGROUND OPENING
Members of the public were invited to the official opening of the new Stan Windon Memorial Playground in Grant Reserve in December 2008, with a fun community celebration.
Randwick Council redeveloped the
playground on the southern side of
HEFFRON PARK PLAN OF MANAGEMENT OPEN FOR COMMENT
The Heffron Park Plan of Management was adopted by Council following extensive community consultation.
The Plan of
Management proposes significant improvements to both the sporting and passive
recreation areas of
The Plan of
Management is based on the Landscape Concept Plan for
· all sporting fields to be upgraded
· native vegetation retained with extensive landscape improvements
· additional and improved passive recreation areas, including walking and jogging paths, picnic and BBQ areas
· children’s playgrounds and a small amphitheatre for cultural events and sports presentations
· additional and better located car parking areas
· new indoor recreation centre and gymnastics centre
· three new multi-use facilities with clubhouses, storage areas, kiosks, toilets and change rooms for sports groups and the community
· an upgraded Des Renford Aquatic Centre.
Council aims to
carry out the improvements to
NEW WASTE AND RECYCLING BINS
From the beginning of
March 2008, WSN Environmental Solutions, Council’s collection contractor,
delivered new waste and recycling bins to residents in
REMEDIATING LANDFILL SITES
Council worked to clean up a number of sites that have formerly been landfill or the site of illegal rubbish dumping, committing close to $6 million to the scheme. Yarra Bay Oval benefited from the project. Lantana bush and illegally dumped rubbish was removed and 7000 tonnes of soil brought in to remediate the soil condition. A new automatic irrigation system was installed and 17,000 square metres of new turf laid.
The remediation of
The Randwick Branch Library, located in the Royal Randwick Shopping centre, officially re-opened on 24 September 2009 following a $2.5 million upgrade.
The new-look library features:
· Ozone, a special youth area with a TV wii system, four PCs, magazines, books and a HSC collection
· a new toy library for parents of young children
· the Wired Zone for people to surf the internet
· state-of-the-art meeting rooms and
· RFID technology for
quick and easy check-out of books.
Randwick Early Childhood Centre, run by the Sydney Children’s Hospital, has been moved from its former location within the library into a newly designed area with consultation and waiting rooms and its own entrance to cater for its different operating hours.
OPENING OF CLOVELLY CAR PARK AND COASTAL WALKWAY
After extensive community consultation, the new section of coastal walkway at
People can now enjoy an
uninterrupted stroll from Clovelly’s northern headland all the way round to
Gordon’s Bay and
‘A CELEBRATION OF CYCLING’ IN
developed an updated Bicycle Plan following consultation with the community.
The Plan identifies existing and proposed key bicycle routes in the City of
SOME OF THE TOWN CENTRE UPGRADES UNDERTAKEN:
· Anzac Parade, Kensington
CHILDRENS PLAYGROUNDS AND SPORTS FIELDS UPGRADED SINCE LATE 2007:
· Rubie Reserve
· Baird Reserve
· Hereward Reserve
· Govett Reserve
SPORTS FIELDS UPGRADES & LANDFILL SITE REHABILITATION
· Yarra Oval
10. Helping others
CITY-COUNTRY SUSTAINABILITY SCHOOLS EXCHANGE
I was fortunate to have the experience of joining
school kids from
Initiated in 2007 by Randwick City Council and
supported by the City of
COUNCIL SPONSORED EAST TIMORESE OFFICIALS
In 2008, two local
government officials from Uato-Carabau in East Timor arrived in
For three months Paulino Pinto and Jacinto da Costa Pinto learned about Council’s policies and procedures, accountancy systems, how to effectively manage the public domain and maintain infrastructure. They studied English at UNSW and spent a week with Temora Shire Council, with whom we have a ‘Friendship Agreement’, to gain a perspective on how a rural council operates.
It is also a
fantastic opportunity for us at
11. Tackling the difficult social issues
YOUNG PEOPLE AND DRINKING
Earlier in the year, I was invited to launch the ‘Guides to dealing with alcohol for teenagers and parents’ in conjunction with Randwick Community Drug Action Team (CDAT) and Waverley Area Youth Service (WAYS). The guides, developed for NSW Health’s What are you doing to yourself? campaign will complement and enhance the messages we are trying to get out to the youth of the eastern suburbs.
CCTV for Coogee
Council adopted the
Code of Practice for the operation of closed circuit television (CCTV).
Installation will commence in October and the system will be operational on the
THE PUMPKIN BUS
The Pumpkin Bus is
back for the long weekend taking people safely home. The service now starts at
the new time of 10.45pm running through to 2.45am on both Friday and Saturday
night. Leaving from Coogee every half hour
on the quarter hour, the
FORUM ON ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR AT COOGEE
Council held a forum for community representatives on Wednesday 10 June 2009 to
address anti-social behaviour at Coogee. Held in the Malabar Room at the
Many people within
the community have voiced their concerns about anti-social behaviour at
The participants attending the meeting ranged from East Ward Councillors Tony Bowen and Cr Murray Matson and representatives from the Coogee Precinct Committee and many of the clubs and pubs from the Coogee area, including The Coogee Bay Hotel, The Beach Palace Hotel, Coogee RSL and the Randwick Rugby Club. State Government representatives from the Office of Liquor and Gaming, the NSW Police and the Member for Coogee, Paul Pearce, also attended the forum
BEACHSIDE COUNCILS JOIN FORCES TO COMBAT ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR
The beachside Mayors also sought to close legal
loopholes that prevent proper policing of excessive alcohol consumption in
public places and more cooperation from State Government authorities including
the Casino, Liquor and Gaming Control Authority when decisions are made
regarding liquor licences. The consensus was that more action needs to be taken
to protect the appeal of
The beachside Mayors advocated for standard conditions to be applied to
all licensed premises in entertainment precincts. They also looked to the State
Government to improve late-night transport options to and from entertainment
It has been an honour to have been given the opportunity to be Mayor, but more importantly, to tell you all of the immense pride I feel when I look at our city and our council today. Randwick City Council continues to be recognised for excellence in local government and is today the industry leader in its field.
The report of the outgoing Mayor be received and noted.