Works Committee Meeting

 

  BUSINESS PAPER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 13 April 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


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Works Committee

13 April 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Works Committee Meeting

 

Notice is hereby given that a Works Committee Meeting of the Council of the City of Randwick will be held in the Council Chamber, Town Hall, 90 Avoca Street, Randwick, on Tuesday, 13 April 2010 at 6:00pm.

 

 

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

 

Quorum:                           Eight (8) members.

 

NOTE:    At the Extraordinary Meeting held on 28 September 2004, the Council resolved that the Works 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

Works Committee Meeting - 9 March 2010

 

Declarations of Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Interests

 

Address of Committee by Members of the Public

 

Urgent Business

 

Works Reports

W8/10       Fatality Free Friday - Road Safety Initiative

W9/10       Hincks Street Footpath    

 

Notice of Rescission Motions

Nil 

 

 

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Ray Brownlee

General Manager


Works Committee

13 April 2010

 

 

 

Works Report No. W8/10

 

 

Subject:                  Fatality Free Friday - Road Safety Initiative

Folder No:                   F2010/00127

Author:                   Heidi Leadley, Community Road Safety Officer       

 

Introduction

 

Randwick City Council has been asked to participate in a road safety initiative Fatality Free Friday on 28 May 2010  The premise: if drivers consciously think about road safety and safe driving for just one Friday in the year, that days road toll could be reduced to zero.

 

Issues

 

In November 2009 the first world global ministerial conference on road safety was held in Moscow.  The conference is a key outcome of the UN report on improving global road safety. Each year more than 1.3 million people die as a consequence of road crashes world wide.  In Australia in 2009 the road toll was more than 1,500 and in NSW the road toll was 462 (all preliminary data).

Participants in the First Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety have called for a Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020. The overall goal of the decade is to halt or reverse the increasing trend in road traffic deaths and injuries around the world by supporting road safety activities at the national level.

Fatality Free Friday represents a fresh approach in dealing with what is a complex issue. The day is an annual event designed to focus public attention on road safety and encourage all road users to think and drive safely.

The first Fatality Free Friday was held in Australia on 27 April 2007, coinciding with the United Nations Global Road Safety Week. The first international Fatality Free Friday took place in Las Vegas on 25 May 2007

The goal is to ensure that there are no road crash fatalities around Australia during the day and prompt road users to behave more safely every day. It is a call to action that serves as a platform for a targeted and ongoing approach to road safety. The campaign facilitates this through media and community involvement

Randwick City Council has a number of Road safety projects including: Schoolsafe; targeting safety around schools, The Pumpkin Bus; targeting drink driving, and SLOWDOWN in Randwick, targeting speeding in local streets.  The first restraint checking day was held in 2009 and GLS workshops are held regularly to assist parents of learner drivers.   Through internal training programs, council has also delivered information to drivers in council about low risk driving practices. 

Fatality Free Friday would assist in building on these initiatives and reinforce to staff and the community the importance of low risk driving.

 

 

 

Participation in Fatality Free Friday would involve Council:

 

§ becoming a corporate alliance partner at a cost of $1,100

§ undertaking an organisational workplace pledge

§ integration into the staff BBQ in June where individual pledges can be signed and information about the day would be distributed.

§ a banner on Alison Road promoting the day in the community

§ a media release promoting the day from the Mayor. 

§ a link on the website for information about the day

§ distribution of information to all our local schools about the day.

 

In addition, Focus Driving School, a local business based in Maroubra, has approached council with a desire to support any activities on the day.

 

Relationship to City Plan

 

The relationship with 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

 

Corporate Alliance partnership would involve a commitment of $1,100.  The cost of a banner would be approx $500.  Both of these items are able to be funded from within the current road safety budget account.

 

Conclusion

 

This initiative is a great way to be actively involved in a national day that supports road safety.

 

Recommendation

 

That Randwick City Council commit to being an active participant in Fatality Free Friday on 28 May 2010, through the signing of pledges and distribution of information.

 

Attachment/s:

 

1.View

Sample pledge from 2009 for Workplace

 

2.View

Sample pledge from 2009 for Individuals

 

 

 

 


Sample pledge from 2009 for Workplace

Attachment 1

 

 

 


Sample pledge from 2009 for Individuals

Attachment 2

 

 

 


Works Committee

13 April 2010

 

 

 

Works Report No. W9/10

 

 

Subject:                  Hincks Street Footpath

Folder No:                   F2006/00575

Author:                   Mark Shaw, Manager Technical Services     

 

Introduction

 

At the Ordinary Council Meeting of 22 September 2009 on Motion Pursuant to Notice from Councillor Nash, Council resolved (Nash/Andrews):

 

“that a report be brought back to Council concerning any engineering issues associated with the construction of a footpath on the northern side of Hincks Street, Kingsford, between Botany Street and Irvine Street”

 

This report discusses this footpath construction.

 

Issues

 

The nature strip on the northern side of Hincks Street slopes down from both Botany Street and Irvine Street. This nature strip is below kerb level for the majority of this section. There is room to construct a footpath on this nature strip and construction itself would not be particularly complex. The significant engineering difficulty is the control of stormwater that would be collected by the footpath in storm events. If the footpath were constructed on an alignment near the property boundary a significant amount of water would be collected on the footpath and then run into private property. This would cause problems with the resident that was affected by this stormwater. There is little option for collecting the stormwater and conveying it underground as there is no existing pipes or easement in this location.

 

The other potential option for constructing the footpath is to align the footpath against the back of kerb, therefore allowing water collected on the footpath to run into the gutter. Again the construction itself is not particularly complex but a number of issues arise. There are driveways that slope down from the road to the properties. The construction of the footpath across these driveways may lead to cars scraping as they enter or exit the properties. As the footpath approaches the lowest point the edge closest to the houses would be quite high and stairs would need to be constructed to allow the residents to access the path in this location. This would not improve access for residents affected in this way. There is also a garden bed maintained by a resident behind the kerb which would need to be removed to allow the footpath to be constructed behind the kerb.  

 

The option of compulsory creation of a storm water easement is a long drawn out and antagonistic process.  Therefore, it is proposed to construct a high level footpath along the street and construct paths to each of the properties, as required.     This will include removal of the planter bed maintained by the resident.

 

Relationship to City Plan

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome 6:       A liveable City.

Direction 6A:     Our public assets are planned, managed and funded to meet the community expectation and defined levels of service.

 

Financial impact statement

 

This work will be funded from next financial year’s footpath capital works budget. 

 

Conclusion

 

Although there is little difficulty in the actual construction of a footpath on the northern side of Hincks Street, Kingsford, between Botany Street and Irvine Street the removal of stormwater collected by the footpath will either lead to nuisance flooding of private property or the construction of the footpath behind the kerb reducing ease of both pedestrian and vehicular access to some of the properties.

 

Recommendation

 

That the report be received and noted.

 

Attachment/s:

 

Map of Hincks Street, Kingsford