Community Services Committee

 

  BUSINESS PAPER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 9 February 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

9 February 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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, 9 February 2010 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, 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 – 10 November 2009

 

Declarations of Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Interests

 

Address of Committee by Members of the Public

 

Urgent Business

Community Services Reports

C1/10       Eastern Region Local Government Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Forum Budget 2010-11.

C2/10       Annabel House - Dementia Sensory Garden Project

 

Library Reports

Nil   

 

Notice of Rescission Motions

Nil 

 

 

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Ray Brownlee

General Manager


Community Services Committee

9 February 2010

 

 

 

Community Services Report No. C1/10

 

 

Subject:                  Eastern Region Local Government Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Forum Budget 2010-11.

Folder No:                   F2004/07650

Author:                   Shane Lowe, Coordinator Community Programs and Partnerships     

 

Introduction

 

Randwick City Council has been the instigator and an active member of the ERLGATSI Forum for the past 10 years and continues its commitment to the support of the forum to ensure aboriginal people in the eastern suburbs benefit from the outcomes of the forum.

 

Council has hosted the forum previously which includes the employment of the forum coordinator. In January 2007, Waverley Council agreed to host the position until the end of 2009 with the City of Sydney in current negotiations to host the forum until 2013. The forum meets bi-monthly and in attendance are Councilors, Council officers and interested individuals from Randwick, Woollahra, Waverly, Botany, Leichhardt and Sydney City.

 

Issues

 

All of the above participating Councils received a request from the Coordinator of Special Projects at Waverley Council to seek approval to increase the contribution of each member Council to $5,980 which is an annual increase to each Council of $1,480.00. The increase will allow an increase to the forum coordinators working hours from 10 to 15 hours per week and support increased forum activities and the annual reconciliation activities. By increasing the role to permanent part-time of 15hrs, the forum will be eligible for a wage subsidy under the Indigenous Employment Strategy.

 

The forums proposed activities for 2010-11 include the Primary Schools Reconciliation Week Art Competition with a focus on Indigenous Heritage, the Pauline McLeod Awards for Reconciliation, work to promote access for Indigenous youth to personal development opportunities through surf lifesaving, support for the City of Sydney’s project to institute a ‘Welcome to Country’ at Sydney’s airports, and the development of a web site for the Forum.

 

Relationship to City Plan

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome 2:       A Vibrant and Diverse Community.

Direction 2e:      Strong partnerships between Council, community groups, and government agencies.

 

Financial impact statement

 

Council annually provides $4,500 to support the forum and its activities.

 

Should Council agree to this proposal, the cost to Council would be $5,980 annually which equates to a small increase of $1,480. This increase can be sourced from the current approved Community Programs & Partnerships Aboriginal projects budget and revised in future budgets.

 

Conclusion

 

Randwick Council will continue to provide support, advocate and provide input to the Forum ensuring participation and representation of aboriginal people living and visiting Randwick City.

 

Recommendation

 

That:

 

a)     Council agrees to the increase in funding of $1,480 per annum for the Eastern Region Local Government Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Forum to allow an increase to the Forum Coordinators working hours from 10 to 15 hours per week; and

 

b)     Council continues to support the Eastern Region Local Government Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Forum.

 

Attachment/s:

 

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Letter from Leisa Simmons, Coordinator Special Projects Waverley Council.

 

 

 

 


Letter from Leisa Simmons, Coordinator Special Projects Waverley Council.

Attachment 1

 

 














Community Services Committee

9 February 2010

 

 

 

Community Services Report No. C2/10

 

 

Subject:                  Annabel House - Dementia Sensory Garden Project

Folder No:                   F2006/00216

Author:                   Shane Lowe, Coordinator Community Programs and Partnerships     

 

Introduction

 

On November 18 2008, Council received a request for permission from Annabel House in Randwick to develop a sensory garden at its premises within the Randwick Community Centre. At this time, Council officers investigated the possibility of developing a garden and provided Ms Hilbers, Diversity Health Coordinator, Prince of Wales Hospital with an approximate quote for works to achieve the building of a sensory garden based on plans and ideas provided to Council by Annabel House.

 

Correspondence sent to Ms Hilbers on 22 January 2009, stated that the request will be considered as part of Councils Community Grants Program, unfortunately, as this project is deemed as capital works to a Council owned building, it did not comply with Council’s funding criteria for the grants.

 

A second letter was received on 17 November 2009 from Ms Hilbers on behalf of Annabel House asking whether Council officers were able to progress the request. Council officers met with representatives from Annabel House on 14 January.

 

Annabel House is a day care service for 65 people living with dementia, their carers and volunteers. The service operates 7 days per week and provides support for carers and respite for families of people living with dementia.  Annabel House currently pays Council $37 184 in rental income per annum.

 

An audit of the clients who attend the centre show that 42% live in public housing and 26% come from multicultural backgrounds. This proposed initiative provides for a unique outdoor space to be developed at the rear of the property to provide a culturally appropriate, accessible, therapeutic and sustainable garden. The report attached provided by Ms Hilbers who is also a board member of Annabel House provides a more in-depth insight to the research and need of the project.

 

The vision is to provide a physical space that can act as a safe, healing retreat as well as providing a meaningful activity for clients and carers. It is envisaged the garden will provide a vehicle for a range of therapeutic activities including digging, planting, watering harvesting food and flowers, crafts and hobbies associated with plants and food preparation.

 

Issues

 

Currently, the rear of the Council owned property is sparse due to the inability to access water (recycled or tap). The northerly aspect of the garden with no shade and the costs associated with the provision of either recycled or access to a tap makes it difficult to develop an appropriate garden.

 

At the recent meeting attended by Annabel House representatives, Community Greening (an initiative of the Department of Housing), Randwick City Council officers and Steven Batley (Landscape Architect from Sydney Organic Gardens) discussed the proposed design and developed a strategy to move forward on the project. A number of organisations are willing to offer in kind and financial support such as, Community Greening will donate all required plants ($2,000), Bunning’s in Mascot will provide timber and fixings ($1,000), upon approval, Council will provide recycling expertise, composting, access to water via water tanks, pumps and connections from the Environment Levy to the value of $6,000, expertise in design development and consultation to the value of $1,500 provided by Community Programs and Partnerships budget.  

 

Annabel House has been a tenant of Councils over the past 30 years and is the only support day centre for people living with dementia in Randwick City. Annabel House wrote to Council to firstly seek approval to complete the desired works as mentioned and to seek in kind and financial support to achieve their goals.

 

Relationship to City Plan

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome 2:       A Vibrant and Diverse Community.

Direction 2e:      Strong partnerships between Council, community groups, and government agencies.

Outcome 10a:    Council is a leader in fostering environmentally sustainable practices.

 

Financial impact statement

 

Funds to cover stage 1 will be accessed through savings in the approved Community Programs and Partnerships budget ($1,500) and the Environment Levy approved budget ($6,000) 2009-10.

 

There will be a requirement for an additional amount of $2,000 for the second stage of this project. It is proposed for Council to consider this amount in the 2010-11 budget.

 

Conclusion

 

Support for people living with dementia, and importantly for carers is a highlighted current need in Australia and within Randwick City. In addition, Councils City Plan reflects the needs for Council to support the more vulnerable members of our community such as older people, people from a multicultural background, people living in public housing and people with disabilities.

 

Annabel House provides care and support to these groups and there carers and with additional support of Council and above mentioned committed organisations, will enhance the lives of people living with dementia by providing an outdoor sensory experience to provide an increased quality of life.

 

Recommendation

 

That:

 

a)     Council approve, in principle, the development of a sensory garden on site at 22 Munda Street, Randwick;

 

b)     Council approve the use of $7,500 of existing funds (as detailed in the report) to complete stage 1 of the project.

 

c)     In conjunction with the 2010-11 budget deliberations, Council consider providing a further $2,000 to complete stage 2 of the project.

 

 

Attachment/s:

 

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Letter from Julianne Hilbers, Diversity Health Coordinator at Prince of Wales Hospital.

 

 

 

 


Letter from Julianne Hilbers, Diversity Health Coordinator at Prince of Wales Hospital.

Attachment 1