Extraordinary Council Meeting

 

Supplementary BUSINESS PAPER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 29 September 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ordinary Council

29 September 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extraordinary Council Meeting

 

 

Notice is hereby given that an Extraordinary Council Meeting of the Council of the City of Randwick will be held in the Council Chamber, Town Hall, 90 Avoca Street, Randwick, on Tuesday, 29 September 2009 at 7:00pm.

 

 

 

 

MM76/09   Message from Outgoing Mayor of Randwick - Cr Bruce Notley-Smith            

 

 

 

…………………………………………………….

Ray Brownlee

General Manager


Ordinary Council

29 September 2009

 

 

 

Mayoral Minute No. MM76/09

 

 

Subject:                  Message from Outgoing Mayor of Randwick - Cr Bruce Notley-Smith

Folder No:                   F2005/00751

Author:                   Councillor Notley-Smith, Mayor     

 

Introduction

 

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 Randwick City’s residents, attended hundreds of functions, meetings and events, and dealt personally with hundreds of requests. There is no higher honour than to serve as Mayor of this great City, and I thank everyone for their support, guidance and advice. I’m sure, under the new Mayor, Randwick City Council will continue to strive to build a sense of community.

 

I thank my colleagues, the Council staff and the people of Randwick City for two very enjoyable years as the Mayor of Randwick. It has been a privilege to be Mayor during the Council’s 150th anniversary – a significant milestone in the history celebrated with a number of key events during 2009.

 

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 Coogee Bay hotels lock-out, the Mayor’s Charity Ball, the Mayor’s Cup, the Randwick Literature Award and the Public Art program.

 

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 Randwick celebrated 150 years of local government. Randwick was proclaimed a municipality on 22 February 1859. It was the first to be established in NSW. The boundaries that were set then are substantially the same as those of today. Randwick became a city in 1990.

 

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 Randwick becoming a municipality, Randwick Council commissioned a comprehensive book on the history of Randwick as well as a succession of events throughout the year.

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.

MAYOR’S CUP

 

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 South Maroubra – competing in a mock board rescue. The winning surf life saving club, South Maroubra, was presented with a trophy and each of the participating clubs was presented with a $1250 cheque.

 

 

 

 

FROM THE ATTIC EXHIBITION

From the Attic exhibition was part of Randwick’s 150th anniversary celebrations. The exhibition featured historically important items to the area of Randwick was held over early April to late June. Items were collected after an overwhelming level of support from the local community.

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 Edmund Blacket Building at the Destitute Children’s Asylum, now Prince of Wales Hospital, with an agenda to reflect the significance of the occasion.

 

 

HISTORY BOOK

Randwick Council 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 Randwick area, its growth from a municipality to a city, along with many interesting stories and historical anecdotes. Pauline has been working closely with the community to unearth stories and photographs that reflect Randwick's diverse history, and to interconnect with our wider Australian heritage. The book will be launched in November this year and will be available from Randwick City’s libraries.

 

150th DVD

The Council is preparing a DVD to celebrate its sesqui-centenary. The DVD provides a snapshot of the history of Randwick and shows footage of many of the 150th anniversary events held throughout 2009. The DVD demonstrates the initiatives and activities carried out by the Council, from our sustainability programs, beaches and parks to our strategic framework to plans for Randwick’s economic future.

 

SHADOW COMMUNITY CABINET MEETING IN RANDWICK

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 Randwick Town Hall.

I am pleased that the Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Barry O’Farrell MP, accepted my invitation for Shadow Cabinet to meet at Randwick Town Hall on Friday April 24. This was a unique opportunity to allow residents to meet and speak directly with NSW parliamentary leaders about important local issues.

 

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 Alison Park, Randwick later this year.

 

 

 

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 Randwick City.

 

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, Randwick for submitting the most entries and well done to all the winners:

 

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 Cinema, Randwick.

Some of Australia’s best musicians performed at the Twilight Music Sessions at Clovelly Beach on Sunday nights during the festival.

 

FRED HOLLOWS PICTORIAL EXHIBITION

Randwick City 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 Fred Hollows and the continuing work of The Fred Hollows Foundation in treating avoidable blindness and improving indigenous health.

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.

 

CULTURAL PLAN

Randwick City Council’s Cultural Plan, ‘A Cultural Randwick City’, was adopted in June 2008. It provides a strategic framework for Randwick City’s cultural and artistic activities over the next ten years. Some of the key gaps identified in the Plan include the need to:

·      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

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, Randwick and Maroubra focusing on reducing anti-social behaviour

·      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 BOTANY BAY LIBRARY

After years of Randwick residents being unable to borrow books from the City of Botany Bay Library, I’m pleased to announce that Botany Bay’s Mayor, Cr. Ron Hoenig, and I have happily reached agreement to open up Botany’s Library to our residents again.

 

4. Helping our City prosper

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY

To ensure Randwick City continues to prosper, Council prepared a City-wide Economic Development Strategy. The strategy establishes the future direction of Randwick’s commercial identity and the actions required to further the economic viability of our town centres and key industries.

 

The strategy takes into account the findings from a study undertaken by SGC Economics & Planning, which analysed the economic activity in the City of Randwick. Council sought feedback and comments from the local community about issues and actions for the Economic Development Strategy.

 

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 tourism within Randwick. My rationale, for suggesting that an Economic Development Committee be established, is as follows:

·      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.”)

 

RANDWICK CITY RECREATION NEEDS STUDY

In May 2008, the Randwick City Recreation Needs Study was adopted by the Council. The Study identified the open space and recreation needs of Randwick City. It will assist Council in determining priorities for improvement of open space resources and the provision of future active and passive recreation facilities.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUSTRALIA DAY

 

The Council held its annual Australia Day celebrations at Coogee Beach with hundreds of people turning out for the much loved community event. Highlights of the day included The Barry Leef Band, roving entertainers, drumming and jazz performances and, in keeping with the great Australian tradition, a barbeque run by the Coogee Lions Club.

 

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

 

Launched in conjunction with The Spot Film and Food festival, the Australian Film Walk of Fame recognises the achievements of Australia’s film legends. In 2008, the Council inducted the late Charles ‘Bud’ Tingwell. 2009 saw the names of Roy Billing and Michael Caton forever immortalised, with their plaques now placed in the pavement outside of the Ritz Cinema, Randwick.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SURFING WALK OF FAME

Four Australian surf and surf life saving legends were inducted into the Surfing Walk of Fame at Maroubra Beach on Saturday 28 March 2009, cementing their place in Australian sporting history, with plaques on the promenade at Maroubra Beach. Mike Whitney was MC and the 2009 inductees into the Surfing Walk of Fame were Mark Richards, Larry Blair, Dennis Heussner and Karla Gilbert. Initiated by Council in 2006 as the first of its kind in Australia, the Surfing Walk of Fame recognises the outstanding achievements of Australia’s leading surfers and surf lifesavers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Randwick’s oldest residence, Blenheim House. Completed in 1848 by the first Mayor of Randwick, Simeon Pearce, the beautifully restored house is a testament to the founder of our City.

 

CARNIVALE MULTICULTURAL WEEK

Our City’s diversity was celebrated during Randwick City Council’s Carnivale Multicultural Week at Bowen, Randwick and Malabar Community libraries in November 2007. Throughout the week you could enjoy a Multicultural Film Festival, Russian story-time and author talks, kids club and internet classes for migrants. There was something for everyone at the Carnivale Family Fun Day at Bowen Library and Community Centre, Maroubra on Saturday 10 November with free activities including dance displays, face painting, multicultural story-time, games, crafts, sushi making, Chinese calligraphy and the ‘One City – Many Cultures’ photographic exhibition.

 

HARMONY DAY

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HERITAGE FESTIVAL

The 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, 6 Barrett Place Randwick, was the venue for the screening of two classic Australian films made by Franklyn and Mabel Barrett, cinema pioneers who occupied the cottage during the 1920s.

 

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 Heidelberg School, Tom Roberts and Charles Conder who painted their famous landscapes of Coogee Beach in 1888.

 

RANDWICK ECOLIVING FAIR

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.

Randwick City’s annual Ecoliving Fair for 2009 was held once again at the Randwick Community Centre, on Sunday 27 September. This year's Ecoliving Fair was themed around community initiative and featured the work of Randwick's diverse and innovative community groups. With more than 50 exhibitors, a creative corner, kid's space, workshops and the Conversations Cafe, the fair offered comprehensive information on sustainability issues and practices along with interactive activities.

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 Belmore Road and Bundock Street in Randwick. Residents were also invited to join a free ‘Step into Fitness for Seniors’ program daily between 7 and 11 April at Bowen Library. Conducted by a qualified physiotherapist, the exercise and discussion workshops catered for people of all fitness levels and are designed to improve nutrition and encourage activity.

 

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 Vision Australia.

 

REFUGEE WEEK

To celebrate Refugee Week on Tuesday 17 June 2008, Randwick City Council hosted refugees from Hungary, Poland, Vietnam and Afghanistan to speak about their experiences. Photographs of Vietnamese Boat People landing in Australia were also on display. I encouraged everyone to join us for what was an enlightening and inspiring evening. This free event was held at Bowen Library and Community Centre in the evening of 17 June.

 

SOLDIERS SETTLEMENT COMMUNITY CELEBRATION

 

Randwick City Council and the Consul-General of France invited the community to join with us in celebrating the close ties that bind the peoples of Australia and France; from La Perouse and World War 1, through to today. On Saturday 28 June 2008, from 11am to 1pm, there was a free event at Memorial Park in Matraville. Locals were invited to enjoy the unveiling of our new, French-designed street signs and plaques, a free BBQ, giveaways and entertainment.

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 Coogee Beach over summer. These events would not have been possible without the generous support and hard work of our sponsors and supporters, so our thanks go to the Coogee Carols Committee, Randwick Rugby Club, Clovelly Community Bank, Royal Hotel Randwick and Ritz Cinema Randwick.

 

6. Giving awards and receiving awards

 

AWARDS FOR SPORTING ACHIEVEMENT

Randwick City’s finest sporting stars were recognised at Randwick City Council’s 2007 and 2008 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 Pacific Square, Maroubra Junction design. There was a great response to the Peoples Choice Award, with votes being logged online right up until the closing date of 7 November 2008.


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

 

GARDEN AWARDS

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 – AUSTRALIA DAY

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 GRIN (Green Innovation) competitions were held over the past two years. In 2009, four winning entries and two highly commended awards were recognised. Randwick Council’s Best GRIN, or ‘Give us your best green innovation’, competition aims to help protect Randwick’s environment.

We have been conducting the Best GRIN competition for Randwick residents, businesses, schools and Council staff since late 2005 and have followed up a number of winning ideas. One of the winning ideas we have helped develop is the Local Government Emissions Trading Scheme, the first carbon trading scheme for councils in Australia.

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 Randwick City in 2008. Congratulations went to Katherine Sharah, Leah Grolman, Domenic Svejkar, Simeon Ghobrial, Slade Deplater, Maria Santoso Oei, Kahr Mun Tang, Lisa Phan, Daniel Booth and Natasha Diasinos. It was a privilege to meet such a remarkable group of young people who had excelled in their studies and demonstrated such commitment to their education. I took the opportunity of wishing these students every success.

RANDWICK CITY BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARDS

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 Randwick City and Temora Shire Councils, but the whole of NSW.

The winning team was made up of Sharon Plunkett, Karen Purser, Tony Lehmann, Karl Gray, and Anne Warner from Randwick City Council, and Kris Dunstan and Elizabeth Smith from Temora Shire Council, in South West NSW. We are very proud of all their hard work and success.

 

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 Randwick” training program. One of the judges stated that it was the best innovation he had seen in many years in local government.

 

 

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 ‘Swim School of the Year’. The annual AUSTSWIM Awards are one of the highest honours that can be bestowed on an aquatic education facility in Australia.

 

In awarding the Des Renford Aquatic Centre Swim School of the Year, CEO of AUSTSWIM, Mr Gordon Mallett, praised the centre for its community focus. “Des Renford Aquatic Centre is committed to educating the community on the benefits of learn to swim and water safety as well as ensuring that all community groups have access to their facilities,” said Mr Mallett.    

 

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 government in Australia.

The second award was in the Excellence in Overall Environmental Management category for Local Government around Australia. The award was presented to Randwick by the Governor of Victoria in recognition of Council’s initiatives carried out under the Sustaining our City program, funded by the Environmental Levy.

NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD WINS

Randwick City Council’s outstanding environmental efforts were recognised at the 2007 national Keep Australia Beautiful Australian Sustainable Cities Awards in Canberra. The Council’s Sustaining our City initiative won two awards; Community Partnerships, for our partnership achievements with sustainability organisations and the local community, and Young Legends, for our achievements in promoting youth initiatives and environmental education.

I was thrilled that the City of Randwick was recognised for setting benchmarks in environmental sustainability for other local governments across Australia to follow.

 

The judges noted that “this study is commendable for the way it analyses the processes, interactions and relationships that have shaped Randwick’s landscape character and identifies its significant trees. It is an excellent example for other Councils to follow.”

 

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 Melbourne earlier in the year.

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.

Randwick's major water saving initiatives, delivered through our environmental levy at the Des Renford Aquatic Centre, Community Nursery, Depot and various parks and reserves, are now saving our residents and the environment up to 120 million litres of water each year. I would also like to acknowledge and congratulate Council’s Environmental Engineer, Zaman Shamsuz, who was the project manager for many of these initiatives.

 

KEEP AUSTRALIA BEAUTIFUL CLEAN BEACH CHALLENGE

Our beautiful beaches were again successful in the Keep Australia Beautiful NSW Clean Beach Challenge with Clovelly Beach winning the 2009 Sydney Environmental Protection Award. Coogee, Yarra Bay and Maroubra beaches were also highly commended in other categories.

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.

 

PIONEERS PARK WINS ENGINEERING AWARD

 

Randwick City Council won a special environmental engineering award for its $3 million upgrade of Pioneers Park in Malabar. The Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia (IPWEA) acknowledged the innovative remediation and stormwater irrigation works carried out at Pioneers Park, and announced Randwick Council as the winner of the Environmental Enhancement Project or Initiative category at the 2009 IPWEA Engineering Excellence Awards. Once used as a landfill site, Pioneers Park now boasts a sports field suitable for AFL matches and a leash-free dog park, making a total of 14 within the City of Randwick.

 

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 Pioneers Park demonstrated our commitment to providing quality sporting resources for our community that are also environmentally sustainable.

 

7. Sustaining our environment

 

EARTH HOUR

I urged all local Randwick residents and businesses to turn off their lights for just one hour on Saturday 29 March from 8pm in recognition of Earth Hour 2008. Randwick City Council turned off all non-essential lights and equipment in our Administration building in Frances Street during Earth Hour.

Electricity for our homes and workplaces accounts for one third of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions. Earth Hour encourages us all to look for practical ways to save electricity and reduce our energy costs. Simple practices like turning off lights and switching off appliances at the power point can save business and households hundreds of dollars per year and save thousands of tonnes of carbon emissions escaping into our atmosphere.

 

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

Randwick City Council has formed a partnership with the Earthwatch Institute to provide two fully funded fellowships for one Randwick resident and one Council staff member to work with leading scientists on an environmental project.

From 31 March to 12 April 2008, the successful applicants travelled to Brooklyn Station, a 60,000 hectare property in far north Queensland classified as a biodiversity ‘hotspot’, where they gained hands-on experience in scientific field research. On their return, the participants were provided with $500 to use their Earthwatch experience to set up a Community Conservation Project in the City of Randwick. The program was open to residents of the City of Randwick aged 18 years or over.

 

EARTH CHARTER

On 8 April 2008, I was very proud to sign the international Earth Charter on behalf of the City of Randwick. Randwick is one of only two local councils in Australia to be a signatory.

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 organisations across Australia.

 

EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME UNDERWAY BETWEEN NSW COUNCILS

Developed by Randwick City Council from an idea put forward by a local resident, the first Local Government Emissions Trading Scheme in Australia officially began on 1 March 2008. The 12 participating NSW local councils met to formalise the rules for trading emissions.

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, Auburn, Canada Bay, Cootamundra, Cowra, Kiama, Lane Cove, Leichhardt, Marrickville, Randwick, Sydney City and Willoughby.

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.

 

BIODIESEL TRIAL

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

Randwick’s ’Best Gift in the World‘ Christmas campaign, was, I believe, a first for local government in Australia.  This was a special campaign giving Randwick residents exclusive discounts and additional rebates from organisations partnering with Randwick Council for Christmas. This was a wonderful opportunity for families and householders to think carefully about the gifts they buy this Christmas knowing the purchases they make will help reduce their ecological footprint. The ‘Best Gift in the World’ Christmas campaign included compost bins and worm farms, free home energy assessments, solar hot water systems, energy efficient downlights, rainwater tanks and greywater systems.

 

LARGEST SOLAR ROOFTOP PANEL SYSTEM IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Randwick City Council now has the largest rooftop solar panel system of any local Council in Australia. The roof of the Council Works Depot in Maroubra has 36 kilowatts of panels installed, incorporating 216 photovoltaic modules capable of generating up to 58 megawatts of electricity annually. That is enough to power almost 8 homes for 12 months, preventing 58 tonnes of carbon from entering the atmosphere each year.

 

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 education, enabling Randwick City residents and schools to learn how they can help the environment through practical solutions. The Sustainability Education Hub, located at 27 Munda Street, Randwick, will comprise three features: water and energy saving projects, a permaculture garden and community education programs.

 

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 workshops.

URBAN SUSTAINABILITY GRANT

A regional alliance between Woollahra, Waverley and Randwick Councils was granted $1.88 million to conduct a series of projects over the next three years that will benefit the environment in the Eastern suburbs of Sydney. This grant will see Randwick cooperating with neighbouring Councils on different issues that relate to our communities and will reduce the ecological footprint of the Eastern suburbs. It will fund projects in each Council area, as well as a number of joint initiatives between the Councils to reduce the consumption of our natural resources, including energy and water.

 

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 Randwick City is a good place to live.

 

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

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

Randwick City residents were invited to ‘Access All Areas’ of Randwick City Council as part of the annual Local Government Week celebrations on Wednesday 6 August 2009.

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.

 

HEFFRON PARK PLAYGROUND OPENING

Randwick Council redeveloped the playground on the southern side of Heffron Park, as part of the Heffron Park Landscape Concept Plan. The playground was another step in Council’s commitment to improve the whole Heffron Park area.  The new playground design includes a range of equipment for children between the ages of 3–12 and includes a bike path and other new features. Heffron Park playground was officially opened with a public afternoon tea party in August 2008.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Heffron Park, including landscaping, pedestrian pathways, children’s playgrounds and amenities and provides the formal long-term framework for managing and improving Heffron Park.

 

The Plan of Management is based on the Landscape Concept Plan for Heffron Park, which was adopted by Council in 2006. Key features of the Landscape Concept Plan are:

·      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 Heffron Park over a 15-year period, but should funds from sporting groups and associations or grants become available, the work may be completed at an earlier date.

 

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 Randwick City.

 

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 Bicentennial Park was also completed, along with work on Frenchmans Bay. Pioneers Park also received upgrades to sports field and passive recreational use areas, and the installation of a new recycled stormwater irrigation system.

 

NEW LOOK RANDWICK LIBRARY RE-OPENING ITS DOORS

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.

 

The Randwick City community now benefit from this state-of-the-art library facility, which is a focal point for community life and student education.

 

 

OPENING OF CLOVELLY CAR PARK AND COASTAL WALKWAY
After extensive community consultation, the new section of coastal walkway at Clovelly Beach was officially opened by Randwick City Council on 19 September 2009.

People can now enjoy an uninterrupted stroll from Clovelly’s northern headland all the way round to Gordon’s Bay and Coogee Beach, with the path skirting the perimeter of the newly reconfigured Clovelly car park. The number of car spaces in the new car park was not compromised, and grassy areas were maintained and landscaped.

 

‘A CELEBRATION OF CYCLING’ IN SYDNEY’S EAST

 

Centennial Park was abuzz with bikes on Sunday 28 September, as Randwick Council joined with Waverley and Woollahra Councils and Centennial Parklands in a 3-Council Ecological Footprint Project to celebrate NSW Bike Week. There was a lot happening: free bicycle health checks from professional shop mechanics; a photo competition exhibition; a guided kids’ adventure bike ride through Centennial Park; free maintenance workshops; free advice, giveaways, information for cyclists and much more.

 

RANDWICK CITY BICYCLE PLAN

Randwick Council developed an updated Bicycle Plan following consultation with the community. The Plan identifies existing and proposed key bicycle routes in the City of Randwick with a yearly action plan to implement upgrades and new bicycle routes.

 

 

 

SOME OF THE TOWN CENTRE UPGRADES UNDERTAKEN:

·                                                      Havelock Street

·                                                      Anzac Parade, Kensington

 

CHILDRENS PLAYGROUNDS AND SPORTS FIELDS UPGRADED SINCE LATE 2007:

·      Heffron Park

·      Rubie Reserve

·      Baird Reserve

·      Hereward Reserve

·      Wassell Street

·      Govett Reserve

·      Snape Park

·      Randwick Peace Park

·      Barwon Park

·      Jacaranda.

 

SPORTS FIELDS UPGRADES & LANDFILL SITE REHABILITATION

·      Pioneers Park

·      Yarra Oval

·      Frenchmans Bay Reserve

 

10. Helping others

 

CITY-COUNTRY SUSTAINABILITY SCHOOLS EXCHANGE

I was fortunate to have the experience of joining school kids from Randwick Public School who travelled to the Riverina region to share information and ideas with their country counterparts at Tarcutta Primary School, as part of the City-Country Sustainability Schools Exchange.

 

Initiated in 2007 by Randwick City Council and supported by the City of Wagga Wagga, the Sustainability Schools Exchange program aims to increase student and community understanding of local environmental problems facing regional and metropolitan New South Wales. During the three-day exchange, the students from Randwick visited working farms, the river restoration project in Wagga Wagga and spoke with the pupils from Tarcutta Primary School on their respective garden projects. The event was attended by the Mayor of Wagga, Cr Kerry Pascoe and culminated with a special planting of 250 trees in support of National Tree Day.

 

COUNCIL SPONSORED EAST TIMORESE OFFICIALS

In 2008, two local government officials from Uato-Carabau in East Timor arrived in Randwick on a Council sponsored visit. East Timor is a close neighbour, but more importantly, the world’s newest nation. Last year the consul-general of East Timor, Abel Guterres, told me that it was knowledge and skills in local government that is most desperately needed to ensure his country becomes a successful and prosperous nation.

 

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 Randwick to learn about, and develop stronger relationships with, the people of East Timor.

 

 

 

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.

Within Randwick City, we have areas such as beaches and parks frequently used by young people as meeting places to consume alcohol. Often they drink excessively, which can have detrimental effects to their health and safety and creates a disturbance for our residents.

Randwick’s Community Drug Action Team provides information and education and implements projects that address drug and alcohol misuse within the eastern suburbs. The new guides are an excellent resource for adults. If you are concerned about young people in your care drinking, you can download a copy from www.whatareyoudoingtoyourself.com or pick up the guides at Randwick’s Libraries and youth services.

 

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 Coogee Beach front in time for the summer season. The CCTV program is part of the crime prevention initiatives for a safe environment in Randwick City. The program aims to reduce crime levels and the fear of crime by deterring potential offenders, assist in detecting and prosecuting offenders and help secure a safer environment for residents and visitors.

 

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 FREE bus will drop you at any bus stop along the route.  The late night route runs from Coogee to Randwick, down to Kingsford and then along Anzac Parade to Maroubra Junction.

 

FORUM ON ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR AT COOGEE

Randwick City 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 Randwick Town Hall, the meeting ran from 6pm to 8pm, with an external consultant facilitating the forum.

 

Many people within the community have voiced their concerns about anti-social behaviour at Coogee Beach and it is time action was taken to help solve the problem. The costs of anti-social behaviour to society are huge – in both financial and human terms – and the Randwick City community has had enough. By holding this forum, Council outlined the issues concerning anti-social behaviour at Coogee, identified ways to address the key issues and developed an action plan to practically implement the solutions offered by the forum participants.

 

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

 

Sydney’s beachside councils took a stand against alcohol-related violence, anti-social behaviour, vandalism and graffiti at seaside hotspots. Six councils – Manly, Pittwater, Randwick, Sutherland, Warringah and Waverley – put forward a proposal for change to the State Government after banding together to develop ways to fight this growing problem. The Mayors sought reforms by the State Government including tougher penalties for vandalism and graffiti and the introduction of standardised liquor trading regulations in entertainment centres along the coastal strip.

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 Sydney’s coastal communities.

 

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 precincts in Sydney’s coastal centres. Councils were also seeking a review of the State Liquor Act to improve its effect and its ability to be practically applied. The beachside Mayors felt there was a need to examine the processes and policies of the Casino, Liquor and Gaming Control Authority (CLGCA) so that councils had more say in the granting of liquor licences.

 

Conclusion

 

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.

 

 

Recommendation

 

The report of the outgoing Mayor be received and noted.

 

 

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