Community Services Committee

 

  BUSINESS PAPER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 13 October 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


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Community Services Committee

13 October 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Community Services Committee

 

Notice is hereby given that a Community Services Committee of the Council of the City of Randwick will be held in the Council Chamber, Town Hall, 90 Avoca Street, Randwick, on Tuesday, 13 October 2009 at 6:00pm.

 

 

Committee Members:           The Mayor, J Procopiadis, Andrews, Belleli, Bowen, Hughes (Deputy Chairperson), Matson, Matthews, Nash, Notley-Smith, Seng, Smith, Stevenson, Tracey, White and Woodsmith (Chairperson).

 

Quorum:                           Eight (8) members.

 

NOTE:    At the Extraordinary Meeting held on 28 September 2004, the Council resolved that the Community Services Committee be constituted as a committee with full delegation to determine matters on the agenda.

 

Apologies/Granting of Leave of Absences 

 

Confirmation of the Minutes  

Community Services Committee – 11 August 2009

 

Declarations of Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Interests

 

Address of Committee by Members of the Public

 

Urgent Business

Community Services Reports

C13/09      Council's Advisory Committee Minutes.

 

Library Reports

Nil 

 

Closed Session

Nil

 

Notices of Rescission Motions

Nil

 

 

 

…………………………………………………….

Ray Brownlee

General Manager


Community Services Committee

13 October 2009

 

 

 

Community Services Report No. C13/09

 

Subject:                  Council's Advisory Committee Minutes.

Folder No:                   F2006/00216

Author:                   Shane Lowe, Coordinator Community Programs and Partnerships     

 

Introduction

 

At the 10 March 2009 Community Services Committee it was resolved that the minutes of the Advisory Committees be presented to the Community Services Committee.

 

Issues

 

As scheduled the Advisory Committees (listed below) have met and the minutes of each meeting which reflect discussions and outcomes are attached.

 

The minutes will also be available on Council’s website after each meeting.

 

This report includes minutes from:

 

·      Access Advisory Committee – August 2009

·      Multicultural Advisory Committee – August 2009

·      Older Persons Reference Group – September 2009

 

Relationship to City Plan

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome 3:       An Informed and Engaged Community.

Direction 3a:      Effective communication methods and technology are used to share                        information and provide services.

 

Financial impact statement

 

There is no direct financial impact for this matter.

 

Conclusion

 

Council receives the minutes of Council’s Advisory Committees.

 

Recommendation

 

That Council acknowledges and accepts the minutes of each Advisory Committee.

 

 

Attachment/s:

 

1.View

Access Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes 13 August 2009

 

 

2.View

Multicultural Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes 4 August 2009

 

 

3.View

Older Persons Reference Group Meeting Minutes Wednesday 2 September 2009.

 

 

  


Access Advisory Committee Meeting held on Thursday 13 August 2009

Attachment 1

 

 

MINUTES

Randwick City Council

Access Advisory Committee

Meeting held on Thursday 13 August 2009

 

 

Present

Cr Margaret Woodsmith       Randwick City Council

Frida Kitas                        Randwick City Council

Christopher Donnellan         Randwick City Council

Melinda Ross                     Sunnyfield

Vince Bates                      Headest

Tess Protey                      Junction House

Mai Rose                          Community Representative

Dianne Thian                     Community Representative

Jessica Blair                      Community Representative

Andrew Blair                      Community Representative

Phillip Sundstrom        Community Representative

 

Apologies

Anne Patterson                  Community Representative

Terry Fletcher                   Community Representative

 

1. Minutes

The minutes of the meeting held on Thursday 9 July were confirmed.  Cr.Woodsmith issued a warm welcome to new members of the Access Advisory Committee.

 

2. Business Arising from Minutes

 

2.1      Disability Sport and Physical Activity Forum

The Committee was informed that due to the overwhelming response to the Disability Sport & Physical Activity Forum held in May, a follow up meeting was held on Tuesday 28 July at Bowen Library, Maroubra.  The meeting combined planning for the Disability Information Expo, to be held in November and a Sports Ability workshop, involving group activities and interactive discussions.  Committee members noted that sporting clubs need to have a better understanding of the importance of modifying mainstream sports and games to meet the needs of people with a disability, and create greater opportunities for social inclusion.

 

Action:  For noting.

 

2.2      Randwick City Council Cultural Grants Program

Frida reminded Committee members that applications for Council’s Cultural Grants program should be submitted to Council before 1 September.  Information about the grants program was previously circulated to Committee members and can be accessed from Council’s website at www.randwick.com.au. Frida also noted that Council has a new Community and Cultural Centre at Little Bay, which is fully wheelchair accessible and is also available for hire at subsidised rates for not-for-profit groups 

Cr.Woodsmith also mentioned that the Randwick Community Centre located at Munda Street is also wheelchair accessible and that Council has obtained a Public Facilities grant to add a number of sustainable features to the Centre, including rainwater tanks, a water trail, passive solar designs to incorporate natural air conditioning and productive gardens.  Access to Randwick Community Centre will also be improved when the area is further developed and buses will be routed to travel through the site.

 

Action:  For noting

 

 

2.3      Access All Areas, Local Government Week

Frida reported that Council provided free community transport for visitors at the Access All Areas Open Day, as requested by the Committee.  Frida also reported that there have been requests for a hand rail to be installed along the wall near the steps leading to the entrance of the Prince Henry Community Centre at Little Bay to facilitate access for people with mobility issues. Committee members also asked if there is a clear path of travel for wheelchair users from Pine Avenue to the Community Centre - Chris will investigate and provide an update at the September meeting.

 

Action:  Frida to forward a request to Technical Services to consider installing a handrail at Prince Henry Community Centre and provide an update at the September meeting.  Chris to investigate wheelchair access from Pine Avenue to the Community Centre and provide an update at the September meeting.

 

2.4      Beach Wheelchairs

Committee members discussed the proposed recommendation for Council to purchase beach wheelchairs for Maroubra, Coogee and Clovelly beaches to facilitate access to the water for wheelchair users.  After much discussion, Committee members agreed that Clovelly beach was the ideal location to provide this service to residents and visitors.  Clovelly beach has good exit and entry points to and from the water, calm conditions and an existing accessible ramp on the northern side of the beach.  It was also suggested that people utilising the service bring a carer on the day to assist with transfers to and from wheelchairs and that it operates on a booking system.  In addition, an appropriate storage area is provided to maintain the lifecycle of the beach wheelchair.  Frida suggested that Council could also consult with the Disabled Surfers Association in regards to this matter.

 

Action:  Frida to report recommendations from Access Advisory Committee to City Services.

 

3.  New Business

3.1    Eastern Sydney Disability Sport Information Expo

Frida advised the Committee that the Eastern Sydney Disability & Physical Activity Information Expo will be held on Saturday 14 November from 11.00am to 2.00pm at Randwick Community Centre, 27 Munda Street.  The Expo aims to showcase a range of sport, recreation and physical activity programs accessible for people with a disability and their carers and families living in the Eastern Suburbs.  On the day participants will be given the opportunity to access a range of information from stalls and take part in a range of sporting and physical activities outdoors.  The Expo is an initiative of Randwick Council, Woollahra Council and NSW Sport and Recreation.

Action:  Frida to provide additional information & promotional material in relation to the Disability Expo at the September meeting.

 

3.2      International Day of People with a Disability (IDPWD)

The Committee was advised that Council will be disseminating a range of information about existing services and support available to people with disabilities, their carers and families living in the Eastern Suburbs at Coogee Family Fun Day to be held on Saturday 5 December at Goldstein Reserve, Coogee.  Frida also informed the Committee that she is assisting Junction House & Holdsworth Community Centre to plan for a dance party for people with intellectual disabilities.  The dance party will be held at the Prince Henry Community Centre, Little Bay on Saturday 21 November, in the lead up to International Day.  A range of art work created by clients from Junction House, Headeast and Miroma will also be on display.

 

Action: For noting.

 

3.3      Volunteer  Information Session

Council will be a holding a Volunteer Information Session on Wednesday 7 October from 11am to 2pm, 3rd Floor Bowen Library, Maroubra, to raise awareness about the benefits of volunteering and of the vast array of options for people living in Randwick City, who may be interested in volunteering.  The session also aims to raise the profile of key volunteering services and organisations within Council and the Randwick LGA.  The session will include guest speakers from the Centre of Volunteering, Volunteers and Services Training (VAST) and the Red Cross.  On the day, participants can talk to a range of local community organisations & Council representatives such as Eastern Respite & Recreation, Sydney Multicultural Services, Special Olympics and Council’s Library and Bushland services.  Morning tea will be provided.

 

Action:  Frida to table flyers & posters at the September meeting.

 

3.4    SESIAHS Carer Week Grants

Frida previously circulated information in relation to the South East Sydney Illawarra Health Service (SESIAHS) Carer Week Grants.  Grants for up to $1,000 are available for events and activities that celebrate the vast contributions made by carers to the community each year.  In 2009, Carers Week will be held from 18-24 October and the theme is “Anywhere, Anytime.”  Additional information about Carers Week events and activities can be accessed at http//www/carersweek.com.au/09/.

 

Action:  For noting.

 

4. General Business

 

4.1      Access Issues

Dianne raised the issue of the increasing numbers of dogs in the Eastern Suburbs whose owners do not have under effective control, when exercising in local parks.  This problem is further compounded by dog walkers who exercise a number of dogs, off leash at the one time.  Members of the Committee agreed this problem undermines access to recreational areas for all community members and is also a safety issue, particularly for small children.  It was suggested that Council Rangers could scan microchips of dogs that are behaving in a dangerous manner and issue owners with fines later, as a deterrent.  In addition, it was also suggested that flyers could be sent with Council rates notices, reminding dog owners of their responsibility when exercising their dogs in public places and parks in Randwick City. 

 

Action:  Cr.Woodsmith to provide update at September meeting.

 

4.2      Access Issue, Maroubra Beach

Andrew mentioned that there is a problem with the hinge of the accessible toilet near the kiosk at South Maroubra Beach, which is a potential hazard to members of the public.  Chris will investigate the matter and provide an update at the September meeting.

 

Action:  Chris to investigate and provide an update at the September meeting.

 

4.3      Access Issue, Centennial Park

Andrew reported that the marked accessible parking bay incorporates the kerb ramp near Parkes Drive, Centennial Park.  Access is restricted for wheelchair users and mothers with prams when vehicles are parked in the disabled parking space.  The problem is further compounded as there is a high volume of pedestrian traffic, as the kiosk is also located in this area during weekends and school holidays. To resolve the problem, it was suggested that the accessible parking space be relocated 1 (one) metre south to enhance access to recreational areas for all members of the community.

 

Action:  Frida to write to Centennial Parklands on the behalf of the Access Advisory Committee requesting assistance with this matter.

 

 

 

Correspondence:

·      The Newsletter of IDEAS, July/August Edition 2009

·      Randwick Waverley Community Transport Newsletter

·      Headeast News, Issue 40 Winter 2009

·      SENC Newsletter, Issue 17, Winter 2009

·      Accord, Winter 2009

·      IDEAS NSW E-News Issue 8, 2009

 

Date of Next Meeting:  To be held on Thursday 10 September 2009 from 10.00am to 11.30am, Randwick Room.

 


Multicultural Advisory Committee Meeting held on Tuesday 4 August 2009 at 5.15pm.

Attachment 2

 

 

MINUTES

Randwick City Council Multicultural Advisory Committee

Meeting held on Tuesday 4 August 2009 at 5.15pm

 

Present

Cr Bradley Hughes              Randwick City Council

Cr Kiel Smith                     Randwick City Council

Colin Rosenfeld                  Randwick City Council

Katherine Zhu                  Randwick City Council

Peter Schick                     Community Representative

George Varughese              Community Representative

Nadia Arrage                     Community Representative

Janet Timberg                   Community Representative

Patricia South                   Community Representative

Vicki Boiles                              Community Representative

Yvonne Langley–Walsh        Visitor

 

Apologies

G Rosa Loria                          Community Representative

Ellen Gore                         Community Representative

 

1. Minutes

The Minutes of the meeting held on 18 March 2009 were confirmed.

 

2. Business Arising from Minutes

 

2.1   Citizenship Ceremony

The next Citizenship Ceremony will be held on Thursday 13 August and Thursday 3 September 2009. VIP invitations will be available to committee members interested in attending the ceremony. George Varughese will be attending the meetings. Janet indicated that she would like to attend the 3 September meeting and Nadia will attend the 13 August meeting, as representatives of the committee. Copies of the multicultural advisory committee brochure have been updated and will be available at the ceremony.

 

Action: Colin Rosenfeld to arrange invitations for Nadia Arrage and Janet Timberg

 

2.2      Principles of Multiculturalism for Local Government

The new committee members were given a copy of the document released by the Department of Local Government, for their information. It was noted that this voluntary self assessment tool and framework assists councils meet their statutory obligations in regard to multicultural programs and services. The kit will be incorporated into Council’s  reporting system and the Department of Local Government’s soon to be released integrated planning reporting system.

 

Action: For noting at this stage.

 

2.3      Inner and Eastern Sydney Migrant Interagency (IESMI)

The IESMI auspiced Multicultural Forum held on 10 June 2009 attracted 140 workers and academics from the Sydney metropolitan area. High profile speakers included Senator Ursula Stephens and Professor Jock Collins from UTS. Presentations on community services, health, housing, age/disability, TAFE and settlement services were given by high profile speakers and workshops held to discuss advocacy/networking and multicultural issues. An issues paper will be prepared, based on the outcome of the forum on how to include multicultural issues on the government’s social inclusion agenda.  

 

Action: The committee will be given a copy of the issues paper upon its completion

 

2.4 East Timor

Cr Hughes introduced Yvonne Langley–Walsh who is involved in projects of national significance for the people of Timor Leste and Australia and in particular is seeking recognition of the brave actions of the Timorese for Australian troops during World War Two. Yvonne discussed the various local organisations work being carried out including council to help the Timorese.  The sister city relationship Council has with East Timor areas was noted and the recent student placement at Council. Yvonne was invited to provide feedback at a future meeting after her next trip to Timor and then a report be given to council by Yvonne through the committee, on how we can further support Timorese.  It was further suggested that a recommendation be made to Council to promote all Councils’ existing sister city relationships. This would increase local community awareness of these relationships through council’s newsletter, mayoral column and especially target schools. 

 

Action: Yvonne Walsh be invited to a future Committee meeting after her next trip to East Timor. A recommendation be made to Council to promote all existing sister city relationships to Randwick residents and encourage schools to make links. 

 

 2.5   Future meetings and Membership

Cr Hughes introduced and welcomed the new community representatives. There are now 8 community representatives on the committee. The meetings will be held Tuesday evening at 5.15pm either at the Bowen Library or in the Council Administrative Building  depending upon the  availability of rooms and councillor commitments. All committee members had been given copies of the Terms of Reference for the committee.

 

Action: For noting

 

2.6  Sister Relationship with City of Makati Philippines

Council had decided not to have a Sister City relationship with the City of Makati Philippines as suggested by Rosita Simmons, a former member of the committee.

 

Action: For noting

 

3. New Business:

 

3.1 Tales of many cities, myths, legends and fairy tales from around the world

This project organised through the Bowen Library in conjunction with Sydney Multicultural Community Services will target children 7 to 11 years old. The stories will constitute a timeless collection for generations to come and will be recorded in a booklet,  sent to schools and in council’s library. It is also planned to have two local primary schools assist with pictures to depict the story. The committee members made a number of suggestions. Katherine Zhu will give feedback to the organising committee, to enhance the response from local residents who are parents or grand parents or others who know of such stories. Closing date for entries is 30 August. A launch and presentation evening is planned for early December

 

 Action: The committee was invited to participate in this project and a progress report will be given at the next meeting

 

 

Correspondence:  Nil

 

Date of Next Meeting: 6 October 2009

 


Older Persons Reference Group Meeting held on Wednesday 2 September 2009.

Attachment 3

 

 

MINUTES

Randwick City Council

Older Persons Reference Group

Meeting held on Wednesday 2 September 2009

 

 

Present

Cr Margaret Woodsmith       Randwick City Council

Frida Kitas                        Randwick City Council

Billee King                         Community Representative

Marlene Kerr                      Coast Centre for Seniors

Sharon Blunt                     Randwick/Waverley Community Transport

Shirley Smith                     Community Representative/Computer Pals

Ron Wood                         National Seniors – Randwick Botany Branch

Mike Cornell                      National Seniors – Randwick Botany Branch

George Gergely                  Community Representative

Julie Bolan                        Prince of Wales Community Health

Keith Francis                     Community Representative

Susan McCann                   Division of General Practice

 

Apologies

Simon Bennetts                 South East Neighbourhood Centre

Anna Lipoma                     Sydney Multicultural Community Services

Mary Kennedy                   Coast Centre for Seniors

Megan Bowyer                   Junction Neighbourhood Centre

 

1. Minutes

The minutes of the meeting held on 1 July 2009 were confirmed.  Cr.Woodsmith issued a warm welcome to new Committee member, Keith Francis.

 

2. Business Arising from Minutes

 

2.1      Free Play Reading – The Actors’ Forum

The Committee was informed that a free play reading of Shellcove Road by Alex Buzo will be presented at Bowen Library and Community Centre on Saturday 28 November 2009.  The play reading is for Seniors, their carers and family members living in Randwick City and surrounding areas - and will also include a facilitated discussion with Emma Buzo, daughter of the late Alex Buzo.  Frida will table flyers for the play reading at the following meeting.

 

Action: Frida to provide flyers at the November meeting.

 

2.2      Back to Prince Henry Day

Billee thanked Frida and Council on the behalf of the Prince Henry Hospital Trained Nurses Association for their support and assistance for the Back to Prince Henry Day.  The Back to Prince Henry Day will be held on Saturday 5 September from 10am to 4pm at the Nursing and Medical Museum, Little Bay.  This local community event will include performances by local Aboriginal Dancer, Terry Olsen, The UNSW Army Regiment Band and a Welcome to Country Ceremony by Vic Simms.   Frida tabled flyers for Back to Prince Henry Day at the meeting.

 

Action:  For noting

 

2.3      Mixed Hospital Wards

The Committee was informed that Frida will table the letter to Area Health Services at the November Advisory Committee meeting, in regards to the issue of mixed gender wards in hospitals across the region. 

 

Action:  Frida to table letter to SESIAHS NSW on the behalf of the Committee at the November meeting.

 

3   General Business

 

3.1      Volunteer Information Session

Council will be a holding a Volunteer Information Session on Wednesday 7 October from 11am to 2pm, 3rd Floor Bowen Library and Community Centre, Maroubra.

 

The information sessions aims to raise awareness about the benefits of volunteering, and of the vast array of options for people living in Randwick City, who may be interested in volunteering.  The session also aims to raise the profile of key volunteering services and organisations within Council and Randwick City.  The session will include guest speakers from the Centre of Volunteering, Australian Red Cross Young Parents Program and RCC Bushland Services.  On the day, participants can talk to a range of Council representatives and local community organisations such as Eastern Respite & Recreation, Sydney Multicultural Services, Special Olympics and Pets of Older People (POOPS). The Advisory Committee agreed to cancel the meeting scheduled to be held on Wednesday 7 October and attend the Volunteer Information session.

 

Action:  Frida to notify Committee members of cancellation of the October Advisory Committee meeting and resend flyer for the Volunteer Information Session.

3.2      Therapeutic Gardening Workshop

To celebrate Mental Health Week, Council in partnership with Cultivate NSW will be holding a Therapeutic Gardening workshop for older people and their family and friends living in Randwick City and surrounding areas.  The workshop aims to improve the physical and emotional wellbeing of participants and increase opportunities for local community participation. The workshop will be held on Saturday October 24 from 11am to 2pm at Council’s Community Nursery and will cover general gardening techniques, pruning, planting and composting. The workshop is free community event and registrations are essential.

 

Action:  Frida to table flyers and posters at the November meeting.

 

3.3      Seniors Week (21-28 March 2010)

The Committee was informed that in 2010 NSW Seniors Week will be held from 21 - 28 March.  The Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care (DADHC), are offering grant funding for up to $1,000 for the development and organisation of local NSW Seniors Week projects.  Applications close 5pm on Friday September 2009.  Committee members discussed the proposed activities and events to be conducted during Seniors Week which will include:  A Playwriting and Performance workshop to be facilitated by Bill Conn and acclaimed playwright Hilary Bell, a Therapeutic Gardening workshop facilitated by Cultivate NSW, and an Evening Tour of the Prince Henry Medical and Nursing Museum to be organised in collaboration with the Prince Henry Hospital Trained Nurses Association. 

 

 

The Committee also discussed the possibility of holding an information session on Advance Care Directives during or around the time of Seniors Week, at Bowen Library and Community Centre.

 

Action:  Frida to apply to DADHC for grant funding of $1000, and progress planning for proposed events and activities to be held during Seniors Week, in consultation with the Older Persons Advisory Committee.

 

 

3.4      Healthy Living Workshops for CALD Older People

Council in conjunction with the Eastern Sydney Multicultural Access Project (ESMAP) will be holding a series of healthy living workshops for older people from non English speaking backgrounds and carers living in Randwick City and surrounding areas.  The workshop sessions aim to raise awareness and improve understanding about a range of health issues impacting older people such as nutrition, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and other degenerative diseases common in old age.  The workshop sessions will also address areas of concern including: stress management, depression, the benefits of exercise and Quality Use of Medicines (QUM). The sessions will be delivered by Prince of Wales Community Health, The Division of General Practice and Maroubra Mental Health Team and will commence in October.  Frida will provide additional information about the workshop sessions at the November Advisory Committee meeting.

 

Action:  Frida to circulate addition information at the November meeting.

 

3.4    SESIAHS Carers Week Grants

Frida previously circulated information in relation to the South East Sydney Illawarra Health Service (SESIAHS) NSW Carer Week Grants.  Grants for up to $1,000 are available for events and activities that celebrate the vast contributions made by carers to the community each year.  In 2009, Carers Week will be held from 18-24 October and the theme is “Anywhere, Anytime.”  Additional information about Carers Week events and activities can be accessed at http//www/carersweek.com.au/09/.

 

Action: For consideration.

 

3.5      Legal Issues Forum

Kingsford Legal Centre in partnership with Randwick Council will be organising a free information session about Older People and the Law on Wednesday 18 November, from 10.30am to 12.30pm, 3rd Floor, Bowen Library and Community Centre.  The Forum will address issues such as Power of Attorney, Enduring Guardianship, Family and Finance and Qualifying for the Pension.  Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Frida will circulate flyers for the Forum to Committee members.

 

Action:  Frida to circulate flyers to Committee members.

 

3.6      Superannuation Consultation Seminar

The Committee was informed that Council in partnership with National Seniors Australia will be holding a consultation seminar at Randwick Town Hall on Wednesday 18 November from 6pm to 8.30pm.  The seminar will provide local Superannuants and Self Funded Retirees with an opportunity to express their concerns about the current crisis in Superannuation Fund performances and the

 

apparent erosion of retirement incomes.  Frida to circulate additional information about the seminar to Committee members, and provide an update at the November meeting.

 

Action:  Frida to provide update at the November meeting.

 

3.6    Access Issue, Randwick Council

Ron requested that Council provide an additional accessible parking space on Frances Street, Randwick and consider moving the existing disability parking space on Frances Street to align with the ramp at the entrance of Council Chambers.

 

Action:  Frida to forward request to the Access Committee meeting in September.

 

3.7      Research Study

The Committee was informed that the UNSW Faculty of Built Environment will be conducting an urban outdoor research study which explores how older people live in their local neighbourhood.  People are eligible to participate in the study if they are 65 years of age or over and have been living in a dwelling, other than a nursing home or hostel, in an established urban area of Sydney for the last three years.  For further information about this project, please contact Brenda Hamer on 9232 1579 (Monday – Thursday, 9.30am – 4.00pm).  Frida distributed flyers for the research study at the meeting.

 

Action: For Consideration

 

Information Share:

·      Susan reported that the Division of General Practice has been granted funding for the next two years from the Dept of Health and Ageing (DoHA) to continue their Aged Care program at low care facilities.  The initiative will include a Falls Prevention Program, Physiotherapy and Psychology sessions within the Division’s boundaries.  The Division are also planning to run information sessions on Advance Care Directives at one or two facilities in the future.

·      Randwick/Waverley Transport has recently received expansion funding to extend their hours of operation from 6am to 6pm (current hours of operation are from 8am to 5pm).  The new hours of operation will be effective from January 2010 and will benefit HACC clients who have early admissions to hospitals and specialist appointments etc.

·      Sharon also noted that RWCT Group currently have 2,300 clients on their books and provide transport on average to over 600 HACC clients per month, for shopping and social support services and to medical appointments etc.

·      Frida reminded members that Council will be hosting their annual Ecoliving Fair on Sunday 27 September from 10.30am – 3.30pm at Randwick Community Centre, 27 Munda Street.  Flyers distributed at meeting.

·      Frida also mentioned that she attended the Legal Issues Forum organised by Kingsford Legal Centre and South East Neighbourhood Centre at Eastlakes Scout Hall on August 28.

 

Date of Next Meeting:  To be held on Wednesday 4 November 2009 from 10.00am to 11.30am, Randwick Room.