Works Committee Meeting
Supplementary BUSINESS PAPER
Tuesday 10 November 2009
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10 November 2009
Works Committee Meeting
Notice is hereby
given that a Works Committee Meeting of the Council of the City of
W41/09 Coogee Late Night Transport (Pumpkin Bus)
10 November 2009
Works Report No. W41/09
Subject: Coogee Late Night Transport (Pumpkin Bus)
Folder No: F2006/00382
For the last four years the Eastern Beaches
Liquor Accord (EBLA) has been supporting the operation of the Coogee Late Night
Transport option known as the Pumpkin Bus.
This service operated on Friday and Saturday evenings, through the
warmer months and provided a “loop” service from Coogee to
This year an initial request, raised by the
At a special executive meeting of the Eastern Beaches Liquor Accord, (convened to discuss the operation of the Pumpkin Bus in 2009 – 2010) relevant members agreed to support the operation of the Pumpkin Bus on Saturday nights only. This would effectively halve the cost of operations.
In an attempt to shift the major burden of funding from the Coogee Bay Hotel and the Beach Palace Hotel, the members present agreed that other local venues would be asked to contribute to the service.
The amount requested from each venue would reflect the size of the venue, its distance from Coogee and the Pumpkin Bus route, hours of operation as well as the type of venue / licence that it operates under.
Those present at the meeting also requested that the letter, to be sent to various venues requesting financial support, be co-signed by Randwick City Council’s General Manager and the Police Local Area Commander.
Council does not support the reduction of the
service to one night a week. The Mayor
called a meeting with the
Constantly, through various forums, it has been stressed that a significant contribution to late night misbehaviour in Coogee has been the inability of the patrons, of numerous licensed premises, to leave the area late at night. The late night transport options are limited and the Pumpkin Bus, over the years, has moved hundreds of patrons out of the area – limiting any disturbances or poor behaviour in the area. It is disappointing that the local license holders are moving away from an established late night transport option.
Council has sought the cooperation of the
Current operational contribution commitments
have been made by: AJC = $2000,
Current marketing contributions have been made by RTA = $3500, STA = in kind graphic design, Council = $3000
Request for additional operational contributions will be asked of the following venues:
Beach Palace Hotel $5000
Churchills Sports Bar $3000 Crowne Plaza Hotel $4000
Clovelly Hotel $2000 Maroubra Junction Hotel $2000
Coach & Horses Hotel $2000 Regent Hotel $1000
Royal Hotel $2000 Glass House Hotel $2000
Coogee Bowling Club $1000 Coogee Legion Club $1000
Souths Juniors $1500 First Choice Liquor (Coles) $3000
Maroubra Seals $1000 Coogee Bay Hotel $5000
If all contributions are forthcoming, expected operational revenue would be: $42,000. This would cover the cost of the service.
In the meantime, it is considered that Council underwrite the costs of establishing a 2 night per week service, pending final resolution of the funding stream.
Relationship to the City Plan
The relationship to the City Plan is as follows:
Outcome 6: A liveable City
Direction 6c: The safety of our community is paramount and is acknowledged and supported through proactive policies, programmes and strategies.
Financial Impact statement
Council contributes $3,000 to this process as part of the road safety program as it is likely to reduce the incidences of drink driving and drink walking.
Council will invoice venues for the cost of operations and will underwrite the cost of the service. However if venues are not forthcoming with funds Council will take action in accordance with the legislation in an attempt to recover the costs.
Given the positive benefits flowing from the
Pumpkin Bus service it is considered that the Council should make every
endeavour to convince the Eastern Beaches Liquor Accord to maintain the service
on both Saturday
1. Council support the request from the EBLA to co-sign the request for financial contribution to identified venues for Friday and Saturday night Pumpkin Bus service,
2. Council seek the support of other agencies to take the matter to the NSW Office of Liquor Gaming and Racing using the Liquor Act 2007 legislation to recover the cost of Friday & Saturday night operations if venues are not forthcoming with funds.
3. Council underwrite the initial operation of a 2 night per week Pumpkin Bus service for the 2009/2010 summer period.