Environment Committee Meeting

 

  BUSINESS PAPER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 14 September 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Administrative Centre 30 Frances Street Randwick 2031

Telephone: 02 9399 0999 or

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general.manager@randwick.nsw.gov.au

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Environment Committee

14 September 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Environment Committee Meeting

 

Notice is hereby given that an Environment 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, 14 September 2010 at 6:00pm.

 

Committee Members:           The Mayor, J Procopiadis, Andrews, Belleli, Hughes (Deputy Chairperson), Matson (Chairperson), Notley-Smith, White & Woodsmith.

 

Quorum:                           Five (5) members.

 

NOTE:    At the extraordinary meeting held on 22 May 2007, the Council resolved that the Environment 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  

Environment Committee Meeting - 10 August 2010

 

Declarations of Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Interests

 

Address of Committee by Members of the Public

 

Urgent Business

Greening Randwick Reports

Nil

Environment Reports

E16/10      Update on Randwick's Sustainable Transportation project

E17/10      Update on the Coogee Community Garden proposal

E18/10      Prince Henry Centre Marine Discovery Program, September 2010

E19/10      Go Solar - Streamlining Council approvals for solar power and solar hot water systems

E20/10      Randwick's annual Eco Living Fair being held at the Randwick Community Centre on 19 September 2010    

Notice of Rescission Motions

Nil                          

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Ray Brownlee

General Manager


Environment Committee

14 September 2010

 

 

 

Environment Report No. E16/10

 

 

Subject:                  Update on Randwick's Sustainable Transportation project

Folder No:                   F2009/00455

Author:                   Jacqui  Symonds, Sustainable Transport Officer     

 

Introduction

 

This report provides an update on Council’s 12 month sustainable transport project funded by an external grant from the NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (DECCW).

 

Issues

 

In 2009, Randwick Council was selected as the only NSW Council to receive funding for a sustainable transportation project from the NSW Government. The purpose of the project is to model a number of locally based sustainable transportation initiatives and following evaluations of the results to consider rolling them out across other areas of Sydney.

 

Project themes focus on providing incentives and improving infrastructure to encourage increased walking and cycling, monitoring behaviour and establishing strong and practical policy frameworks.

 

Progress to date includes:

 

§ Expanding the number of community car share vehicles in Randwick from 7 to 11 vehicles;

§ Developing an ‘accessibility’ map showing key cycling routes and walking paths across Randwick using priorities identified in our current Bike Plan and linking to pedestrian improvements made to the coastal walkway;

§ Bike mechanics and cycling workshops held for residents;

§ Commencement of the “Walk it off” incentive campaign for Kingsford and Kensington residents to walk or cycle to their local cafes and restaurants (also links to Council’s ‘Shop Local’ campaign);

§ Incentives for Council staff to increase their use of walking, cycling or taking public transport to work locations including upgrading of end-of-trip facilities;

§ Preparation of Workplace Travel Policy for Council to use; and

§ Completion of an in-depth travel survey for staff.

 

Relationship to City Plan

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome 9:       Integrated and accessible transport.

Direction 9(a):   A network of safe and convenient walking paths and cycle ways linking major land uses and recreation opportunities.

Direction 9(b):   The community is informed, educated and encouraged to use sustainable transport.

 

 

 

Financial impact statement

 

Approximately $150,000 is being provided from the external grant to fund practical projects to increase sustainable transportation choices for Council staff and the community.

 

Conclusion

 

This project provides Council with additional resources to implement practical improvements to increase cycling and walking behavioural changes for our local community. Council will continue to be kept informed on the progress and results of this initiative.

 

Recommendation

 

That the report be received and noted.

 

Attachment/s:

 

1.View

Basic Bike Mechanics Flyer

 

2.View

Randwick City Cycling Flyer

 

 

 

 


Basic Bike Mechanics Flyer

Attachment 1

 

 


Randwick City Cycling Flyer

Attachment 2

 

 


Environment Committee

14 September 2010

 

 

 

Environment Report No. E17/10

 

 

Subject:                  Update on the Coogee Community Garden proposal

Folder No:                   F2004/08350

Author:                   Peter Maganov, Manager Sustainability     

 

Introduction

 

At the Ordinary Council Meeting held on 22 June 2010 in relation to a Motion Pursuant to Notice from Councillor Matson, it was resolved (Matson/Notley-Smith):

 

‘That Council responds positively to the proposed establishment of the Coogee Community Garden on the corner of Dolphin and Powell Streets Coogee by:

 

1.  Arranging an on-site meeting between the Coogee Community Garden Group, Council’s sustainability team and Ward Councillors to discuss;

 

a.  Confirmation that the land tenure for the proposed site would be available;

b.  Using the project as a case study in the preparation of a Council community garden;

c.  The immediate issue of aerobins for composting preparations;

d.  Initial Council funding of $800; and

 

2.  Bringing a report forward to the Environment Committee on the outcomes of this meeting.

 

3.  Writing to the Minister for Lands, the Hon Tony Kelly MP to seek permission to use the land in question for the purpose of a community garden.’

 

Issues

 

An on-site meeting was held on Tuesday, July 6 with community group representatives, Council staff and Cr Bruce Notley-Smith. The discussion outlined the possibility of a community garden as proposed but outlined a number of practical constraints to be considered including:

 

§ Regular flooding issues related to the Dolphin Street site;

§ Regular maintenance and cleaning access to the Gross Pollutant Trap located adjacent to the Scout Hall on site;

§ Electricity sub-station location;

§ Shading issues and the possibility that a future community garden may only be ‘seasonal’;

§ Land zoning issues related to access to the rear of properties on Bream Street;

§ Attitudes and views of local neighbours and residents.

 

As explained at this meeting development application approval and land manager consent needs to be obtained in order to establish a community garden on the site. As part of the case study nature of this proposal an external planner is being engaged to prepare the development application for Council consideration. In the meantime, meeting outcomes were:

 

§ Local residents organising a ‘pocket park’ planting supported by Council’s Bushland team completed on Saturday, July 24;

§ Council assisting the planning stage of the group by providing access to a specialist landscape designer to draw up some preliminary concepts following discussions with the group;

§ Supply of compost bins for the group as per the Council resolution;

§ Providing the group with Council’s recently approved Community Garden policy and guidelines for them to trial in a practical setting of applying for approval as a community garden (as per the resolution); and

§ Preparation of a letter to the Department of Lands seeking permission for the use of the land as a community garden.

 

Relationship to City Plan

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome 2:       A vibrant and diverse community.

Direction 2(a):   Maintain a current understanding of our community’s needs.

Outcome 3:       An informed and engaged community.

Direction 3(c):   A community involved in shaping and enhancing our City.

Outcome 10:      A healthy environment.

Direction 10(a):  Council is a leader in fostering environmentally sustainable practices.

 

Financial impact statement

 

Some financial support is available to support the establishment of a community garden (up to $4,000 subject to the need for soil testing). This funding is available from the community gardens budget of the environmental levy program.

 

Conclusion

 

This project provides a positive opportunity for Council to work collaboratively with the community on a worthwhile project to develop a community garden. However, as the group has been informed on a number of occasions, Council staff’s support cannot be construed as permission to commence a community garden. This permission can only be provided by completing the necessary approval steps established in the current policy and guidelines.

 

Recommendation

 

That the report be received and noted.

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil

 

 


Environment Committee

14 September 2010

 

 

 

Environment Report No. E18/10

 

 

Subject:                  Prince Henry Centre Marine Discovery Program, September 2010

Folder No:                   F2004/08350

Author:                   Jaqua Heddle, Manager Community Centre; Peter Maganov, Manager Sustainability     

 

Introduction

 

This report provides Council with information on the inaugural Prince Henry Centre
Marine Discovery Program.

 

Issues

 

Continuing on from the success of Council’s Summer Activities Program in January and the Marine Discovery Program held in April, a separate Marine Discovery Program is being organised for September school holidays focussing around Prince Henry Community Centre. In keeping with the budget expansion for these community education activities, it is intended to conduct these programs three (3) times a year.

 

The inaugural Prince Henry Centre Marine Discovery Program will be held over 3 days to coincide with Biodiversity month in September using the whale migration path and viewing opportunities as a featured attraction at the Prince Henry Centre. Scheduled events currently being organised include:

 

§ Coastal discovery walks arriving at Prince Henry’s from the Malabar Headland direction and the Botany Bay National Park direction;

§ Information and display’s on whale conservation;

§ A number of specialist speakers on marine and coastal conservation; and

§ Bush tucker tasting experience.

 

Relationship to City Plan

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome 3:       An informed and engaged community.

Direction 3(a):   A community involved in shaping and enhancing our City.

Outcome 5:       Excellence in recreation and lifestyle opportunities.

Direction 5(b):   A range of cultural, sporting and leisure activities.

Outcome 10:      A healthy environment.

Direction 10(a):  Council is a leader in fostering environmentally sustainable practices.

 

Financial impact statement

 

Council’s Summer Activities and Community Education budget from the environmental levy program is providing up to $7,000 for the Prince Henry Centre Marine Discovery Program.

 

Conclusion

 

It is intended to make the Prince Henry Centre Marine Discovery Program an annual event at the community centre to increase opportunities to utilise the spectacular coastal location for the benefit of local residents.

 

 

Recommendation

 

That the report be received and noted.

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil

 

 


Environment Committee

14 September 2010

 

 

 

Environment Report No. E19/10

 

 

Subject:                  Go Solar - Streamlining Council approvals for solar power and solar hot water systems

Folder No:                   F2010/00267

Author:                   Genevieve Wilson, Sustainability Officer - Energy     

 

Introduction

 

This report provides an update on the 3-Council solar incentive program, known as Go Solar, promoting a streamlined service for discounted solar power and solar hot water systems to residents and businesses.

 

Issues

 

Following commencement of the Go Solar incentives program for residents and businesses (E7/10, July 2010 refers), active promotion of the access to discounted solar power and solar hot water systems has resulted in more than 140 registrations in the first six weeks.  The Go Solar program forms part of the 3-Council Ecological Footprint project and offers residents a streamlined service for information, workshops, free site inspections and quotes and installation of high quality, discounted solar systems from the Council’s preferred suppliers, as well as assistance accessing NSW Government and Australian Government rebates and credits.

 

Council staff, including the Go Solar Project Officer, have also been advising applicants and attempting to coordinate the various approval processes across the three Councils for the installation of solar power and solar hot water systems.

 

Under the State Environmental Planning Policy (Infrastructure SEPP) 2007, the majority of solar power and solar hot water systems are considered exempt development and therefore do not require Council approval. However, Complying Development Certificates are required in some instances, such as when the proposed solar system will be raised from the roof. Development Approval and Construction Certificates are required in some instances, such as when a solar system is proposed on a heritage building or in a heritage conservation area.

 

Waverley and Woollahra Councils both have streamlined and fast-track approval processes when the installation of solar power and solar hot water systems are not exempt under the planning requirements. This is expected to be a relatively low number of overall systems to be installed.

 

In order to be consistent across the 3-Councils and remove perceived barriers for Randwick residents and businesses to take up the available solar incentives, it is proposed that Randwick covers Complying Development Certificate, Development Application and Construction Certificate costs internally for the first 25 applicants proposing to install solar power or solar hot water systems on their property. The Environmental Levy will cover this cost. The cost will be approximately $20,000. Additionally, Randwick City Council is also streamlining the application process for installation of solar hot water and solar power systems, as well as promoting Go Solar incentives through the pre-development application process.

 

Discussions have been underway with Building Certification and Development Assessment areas of each Council to ensure a consistent approach is applied to householders and businesses participating in the Go Solar incentives program.

Relationship to City Plan

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome 10:      A Healthy Environment.

Direction 10(a):  Council is a leader in fostering environmentally sustainable practices.

Direction 10(g):  Greenhouse gas emissions are reduced.

 

Financial impact statement

 

The waiving of fees, if applicable, will be in the order of $800 to $1,000 depending on the process required. The total cost will be approximately $20,000, which will be made available through the Environmental Levy in the 2010-11 financial year to cover this cost.

 

Conclusion

 

The Go Solar program being conducted across the eastern suburbs through the 3-Council Ecological Footprint project has been developed deliberately to overcome many of the barriers to installing solar power and solar hot water by offering a streamlined service with discounts provided by Council’s preferred suppliers to our residents and businesses. It is anticipated that by streamlining the Council approval process and covering fees internally where applicable, more residents and businesses will choose to install solar power and solar hot water systems in Randwick.

 

The Go Solar program will also contribute towards Council’s 20 percent reduction goal for greenhouse gas emissions from the community sector.

 

Recommendation

 

That:

 

a)     Council approves the covering of fees for the first 25 applicants (where such fees would be applicable), and who are participating in the Council Go Solar program to install solar power or solar hot water systems on their property in Randwick City; and,

 

b)     these costs be covered internally from the Climate Change budget of the Environmental Levy program up to a total value of $20,000.

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil

 

 


Environment Committee

14 September 2010

 

 

 

Environment Report No. E20/10

 

 

Subject:                  Randwick 's annual Eco Living Fair being held at the Randwick Community Centre on 19 September 2010

Folder No:                   F2004/08350

Author:                   Fiona Campbell, Sustainability Education Officer     

 

Introduction

 

This report provides an outline of Randwick’s annual Eco Living Fair being held at the Randwick Community Centre on Sunday, September 19 from 10.30am to 3.30pm.

 

Issues

 

One of Randwick’s flagship community education events is the annual Eco Living Fair.

 

This year the Eco Living Fair continues to provide a range of activities and workshops for residents on how to be more sustainable around the home, school and workplace. These events and activities include:

 

§ Workshops on saving energy and water, native garden design, planting for permaculture, fruit trees and propagating from locally collected seeds, creating a frog pond, bike mechanics and cycling with confidence;

 

§ Presentations on renewable energy and food for the future;

 

§ The Eastern suburbs Bike Fest’ with workshops, demonstrations and bike stalls;

 

§ Over 50 stall holders covering sustainable practices around the home, reducing waste, rainwater and solar products;

 

§ Activities for children and  youngsters;

 

§ Schools expo multi media presentations on local environmental issues;

 

§ Council’s 2010 Garden Awards;

 

§ Solar cricket races, mobile worm farms, compost clinics and much more.

 

 

Relationship to City Plan

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome 2:       A vibrant and diverse community.

Direction 2(a):   Maintain a current understanding of our community’s needs.

Outcome 3:       An informed and engaged community.

Direction 3(c):   A community involved in shaping and enhancing our City.

Outcome 10:      A healthy environment.

Direction 10(a):  Council is a leader in fostering environmentally sustainable practices.

 

 

 

Financial impact statement

 

Randwick’s Eco Living Fair is budgeted up to $50,000 as part of the community education program of Council’s Environmental Levy Program. Bike Fest’ events are conducted separately through an external grant of $15,000 provided as part of the 3-Council Ecological Footprint project with Waverley and Woollahra Councils.

 

Conclusion

 

This years Eco Living Fair will also benefit from the sustainability retrofit completed of the Randwick Community Centre through an external grant of $212,000 over 2 years from the NSW Government’s Climate Change Fund. The Community Centre will continue to feature as the sustainability education ‘hub’ of the Eastern suburbs.

 

Recommendation

 

That the report be received and noted.

 

Attachment/s:

 

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Ecoliving Fair Flyer

 

 

 

 


Ecoliving Fair Flyer

Attachment 1