Ordinary Council Meeting

 

Supplementary BUSINESS PAPER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 19 October 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


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ordinary Council

19 October 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ordinary Council Meeting

 

 

Notice is hereby given that an Ordinary Council Meeting of the Council of the City of Randwick will be held in the Council Chamber, Town Hall, 90 Avoca Street, Randwick, on Tuesday, 19 October 2010 at 6:00pm.

 

 

 

 

MM52/10   Local Government Chief Executive Officers Conference

MM53/10   Support for an Eastern States High Speed Rail System

MM54/10   Nomination of Councillor John Procopiadis for 2010 CRC Awards for Volunteering

MM55/10   Malabar Headland - future land use zones

MM56/10   Mary MacKillop Place - Proposal to rename reserve to Saint Mary Mackillop Place

MM57/10   Recognition of Local Athletes - Selection for Commonwealth Games

MM58/10   Report on the meeting with the Hon Peter Garrett MP on the dedication of the Randwick Environment Park            

 

 

 

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Ray Brownlee

General Manager


Ordinary Council

19 October 2010

 

 

 

Mayoral Minute No. MM52/10

 

 

Subject:                  Local Government Chief Executive Officers Conference

Folder No:                   F2008/00390

Author:                   Councillor Matson, Mayor     

 

Introduction

 

At its ordinary meeting held 24 June 2008 Council resolved to endorse the General Manager’s membership application for the Local Government Chief Officers Group. The purpose of this report is to advise Council of the General Manager’s attendance at the group Conference to be held in Melbourne from 24-26 November 2010.

 

Issues

 

The Local Government Chief Officers Group is the peak professional development network of Australia and New Zealand Local Government Chief Executives. The objectives of the Local Government Chief Officers Group are:

 

1.     To act as a forum for the exchange of experience and information between Chief Officers to benefit their Councils in particular and local government in general.

2.     To utilise the experience and knowledge of Chief Officers at various government and organisational levels.

3.     To facilitate the professional development and training of Chief Officers.

 

As always, another major benefit of this Group is the opportunity to network one on one with other CEO’s and industry leaders to see exactly how they are dealing with the myriad of challenges currently being faced by local government.

 

The theme for the conference is ‘Stories, Lessons and Innovations’ and sessions will include - community partnerships; climate change; and fostering innovation.

 

Financial impact statement

 

The cost of travel, accommodation and meals has been allowed for in the 2010-11 training budget.

 

Conclusion

 

Randwick City Council is recognised within the Local Government industry as a leader and an innovator. This ongoing exchange of experiences and information within this leading group will keep Randwick at the forefront of local government and provide exciting opportunities for Council to explore.

 

Recommendation

 

That Council note the General Manager’s attendance at the annual conference of the Local Government Chief Executive Officers’ Group to be held in Melbourne from 24-26 November 2010.

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil


Ordinary Council

19 October 2010

 

 

 

Mayoral Minute No. MM53/10

 

 

Subject:                  Support for an Eastern States High Speed Rail System

Folder No:                   F2004/08001

Author:                   Councillor Matson, Mayor     

 

Introduction

 

It has become quite apparent in recent years that Australia lags behind other countries when it comes to fast train systems. For example the Shanghai Airport Train, from Pudong International Airport to the centre of town, travels along a fused track at 350 km/h and reaches speeds of 431 km/h. The thirty kilometre trip takes approximately seven minutes. From an economic point of view, Australia needs to immediately look at implementing such a network in its eastern states.

 

Issues

 

A study recently released jointly by AECOM, one of the world's experts on modelling fast trains for governments, and the infrastructure lobby group, Infrastructure Partnerships Australia (IPA), urges the government to identity new routes and then buy the land or put in place planning protections to ensure future land price rises don't make a high-speed rail network a prohibitive option.

 

In recent times the Gillard government announced that it would allocate $20 million into a high-level feasibility study on a fast train network for the eastern seaboard corridor, concentrating on the Sydney to Newcastle route. The fast train debate has also come at a time when the Commonwealth is again considering the need for a second airport. Accordingly the Federal Government is also undertaking a study in conjunction with the New South Wales Government into a second airport as part of Sydney's growing transport infrastructure needs.

 

Financial impact statement

 

There is no direct financial impact for this matter.

 

Conclusion

 

In light of issues such as the urgency to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, declining oil supplies, generally worsening air and road congestion, the specific proximity to Randwick of Sydney Airport; recent Government indications of the need for a second airport and advances in train technology, the time to consider a fast train network is right now.

 

 

Recommendation

 

That Council:

 

a)     Write to the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport Regional Development and     Local Government supporting the announced $20 million investment into a   high-level feasibility study for the eastern seaboard corridor concentrating on    the Sydney to Newcastle route;

 

b)     Adopt a formal Council policy of supporting a broader High Speed Rail system    for the eastern Australia states; and

 

c)       Call on the Minister to initiate a concept study for a broader High Speed Rail system that should address:

 

·    Current and future service demand, preservation of corridors and location and number of stations;

·    Environmental, social and economic costs and benefits of the range of route and train technology configurations;

·    An examination of existing major highway routes;

·    Comparisons with alternative options, including new or expanded airports and road networks;

·    Options for the financing, governance and public ownership of the rail network;

·    Options for providing a carbon neutral energy source to meet the trains’ electricity requirements;

·    Previous studies including the 2010 joint AECOM/Infrastructure Partnerships Australia (IPA) study; and

 

d)       Will seek to raise this resolution as a late motion at the pending Local      Government Association Conference.

 

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil

 

 


Ordinary Council

19 October 2010

 

 

 

Mayoral Minute No. MM54/10

 

 

Subject:                  Nomination of Councillor John Procopiadis for 2010 CRC Awards for Volunteering

Folder No:                   F2007/00388

Author:                   Councillor Matson, Mayor     

 

Introduction

 

The NSW Community Relations Commission (CRC) administers an Awards and Sponsorship Program that “…promotes the advancement of multiculturalism in NSW and contributes to the enrichment of all sections of society through the benefits of cultural diversity.  The CRC Awards for Volunteering honour individuals in NSW whose community service has enhanced the cultural and social wellbeing of their migrant communities. The purpose of these awards is to highlight the cultural diversity of those undertaking voluntary work and to foster a greater understanding of the value of their contributions.

 

I would like to recommend that Randwick City Council nominate Councillor John Procopiadis for his tireless efforts assisting elderly people and promoting cultural wellbeing within the Greek community.

 

Award Nominations

 

The two award categories for which Councillor Procopiadis is eligible for nomination are:

 

Community Service Award

For distinguished volunteer community services, which may include, community services in health, settlement, social and welfare services, aged, disability and youth services. This award is also awarded to individuals who have made significant contributions to the establishment and/or management of community organisations or activities.

 

Lifetime Achievement in Community Service

This award recognises lifetime commitment to voluntary community service within a migrant community. The individual will have demonstrated exceptional commitment to providing outstanding and distinguished community service over an extended period of time. Their contribution shall have had a significant impact on the social or cultural wellbeing of the community

 

Financial impact statement

 

There is no direct financial impact for this matter. A staff member will prepare and complete the necessary nomination forms before the nomination closing date 22 October 2010.

 

Conclusion

 

Councillor Procopiadis has spent many years working in the Greek community as a volunteer.  He has been the Chair of the Spring Time Greek Glendi etc, a Greek charity since 1997.  He continues to volunteer at the Castellorizian Nursing Home, taking elderly residents on their weekly outings.  Councillor Procopiadis also played an instrumental role in organising and completing the submission for nominating the Greek Orthodox Church Holy Trinity (AGIASTRIAS) to the State Heritage Register.

 

 

Recommendation

 

That Randwick City Council endorses the preparation a submission to the CRC Awards for Volunteering, putting forward Councillor Procopiadis as its nominee for the two award categories, before the closing date of 22 October 2010.

 

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil

 

 


Ordinary Council

19 October 2010

 

 

 

Mayoral Minute No. MM55/10

 

 

Subject:                  Malabar Headland - Future Land Use Zones

Folder No:                   F2004/06759

Author:                   Councillor Matson, Mayor     

 

Introduction

 

The Federal and NSW governments recently announced that the western part of the Malabar Headland site (lot 4) would be transferred as a matter of priority to the NSW Government, for conservation and public enjoyment. This is part of a staged process, with the eastern edge of the headland (lot 2) to then be transferred following further investigation, remediation and appropriate access arrangements. The Council supports this staged process and particularly the priority being given to the transfer of Lot 4.

 

Randwick City Council has sought this outcome for many years, noting the community benefits of the Headland site being made available for open space and conservation, and as a continuation of the Eastern beaches coastal walkway. Council will be recommending suitable land use zones for the Headland in its comprehensive LEP discussion papers.

 

Issues

 

The Council has previously been briefed on the proposed zones of the western part of the Headland (lot 4), currently Residential 2B, noting that it should be either a National Park or a nature reserve zone consistent with its natural values. Similarly, the eastern part of the Headland (lot 2) is currently zoned proposed National Park and should also be a National Park or nature reserve zone. The central part of the Headland is currently zoned 6B Private Open Space and a public open space zone is considered more suitable given the expectations of all levels of government that this should also become public space when the shooters are relocated and remediation works are undertaken.

 

The Council is continuing to work with the Federal and NSW governments on a western walking track through lot 4, to enhance public access and enjoyment of the Headland and beyond, along the coastal walkway. A suitable route is currently being investigated, which minimises any impacts on ESBS bushland and on nearby residences, and will be subject to community consultations when drafted.

 

Financial impact statement

 

There is no direct financial impact for this matter.

 

Conclusion

 

The Council is continuing to work with the Federal and State governments, supporting the staged and eventual full transfer of the Headland site to the community.

 

 

Recommendation

 

That Council reaffirm its position that the eastern and western parts of Malabar Headland should be zoned an appropriate conservation zone such as National Park.

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil

 

 


Ordinary Council

19 October 2010

 

 

 

Mayoral Minute No. MM56/10

 

 

Subject:                  Mary MacKillop Place - Proposal to rename reserve to Saint Mary Mackillop Place

Folder No:                   F2004/06876

Author:                   Councillor Matson, Mayor     

 

Introduction

 

The road closure in Market Street, Randwick at Clovelly road is converted into an open space reserve.  The reserve is named Mary Mackillop Place.  The name is not registered with the NSW Geographical Names Board.

 

Following the recent canonisation of Mary Mackillop, this Mayoral Minute proposes the renaming of the reserve to Saint Mary Mackillop Place subject to consultation with the Catholic Church.

 

Issues

 

The existing reserve is named Mary Mackillop Place. This name is not registered with the NSW Geographical Names Board.  The aerial map below shows the location of Mary Mackillop Place.

 

 

Following the recent canonisation of Mary Mackillop, it is proposed to rename the reserve to Saint Mary Mackillop Place.  This proposal does not conflict with other public places in Randwick City.

 

To facilitate the renaming, it is proposed that Randwick Council submit the proposal to the Catholic Church for comment. 

 

Financial impact statement

 

The estimate for the new sign is $2000.  There are funds in the 2010-11 Parks Capital Works program for this sign.

 

Conclusion

 

The proposed renaming of Mary Mackillop Place to Saint Mary Mackillop Place is to recognise the recent canonisation of Mary Mackillop.

 

The proposal will be undertaken in consultation with the Catholic Church.

 

 

Recommendation

 

That the proposal to rename Mary Mackillop Place to Saint Mary Mackillop Place be approved in principle subject to consultation with the Catholic Church.

 

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil

 

 


Ordinary Council

19 October 2010

 

 

 

Mayoral Minute No. MM57/10

 

 

Subject:                  Recognition of Local Athletes - Selection for Commonwealth Games

Folder No:                   F2004/07086

Author:                   Councillor Matson, Mayor     

 

Introduction

 

It was with great pride that we all watched our athletes perform so well at the recent Commonwealth Games in Delhi. Now that our athletes have returned home it would be most appropriate to write to those athletes who reside in our local area and congratulate them on their selection in our Commonwealth Games Team and wonderful efforts in India

 

Issues

 

There are 3 athletes living in the Randwick City area that were part of the 2010 Australian Commonwealth Games Team. They are Marieke Guehrer (Swimming) who won a silver medal in the 50 metre butterfly event, Jeff Hunt and Jeremy Roff (Athletics).

 

To rise to the top of your sport and be selected to represent your country is a tremendous achievement and it would be an appropriate gesture to write to these young achievers and tell them how proud we are of their efforts. In addition we should invite them to our Sporting Awards ceremony in November and publicly acknowledge their achievements at this event.

 

Financial impact statement

 

There is no direct financial impact for this matter.

 

Conclusion

 

It is appropriate to acknowledge those of us who rise to the top of their respective profession as it takes years of dedication to do so. To have residents in our local area do so is something we can all be very proud of.

 

 

Recommendation

 

(a)    That Council write to our three local athletes who represented Australia at the 2010 Commonwealth Games congratulating them on their selection and efforts        in India; and

 

(b)    Invite these athletes to our Sporting Awards ceremony in November to publicly acknowledge their wonderful achievements.

 

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil

 

 


Ordinary Council

19 October 2010

 

 

 

Mayoral Minute No. MM58/10

 

 

Subject:                  Report on the meeting with the Hon Peter Garrett MP on the dedication of the Randwick Environment Park

Folder No:                   DA/747/2002

Author:                   Councillor Matson, Mayor     

 

Introduction

 

The General Manager and the Mayor met with The Hon Peter Garrett to seek assistance with the expedition of the dedication of the Randwick Environment Park to Council from the Department of Defence.

 

Issues

 

Two issues emerged at this meeting.  The Hon Mr Garrett informed us that he was advised that Defence would not support the dedication until the following issues were resolved:

 

·      The issuing of a Construction Certificate for the Residential sub-division adjoining at the southern boundary of Defence land; and

 

·      The dedication of the roads associated with the above sub-division.

 

The Department of Defence did not obtain a Construction Certificate for the above work.  Under the Environmental and Assessment Act, Council has no jurisdiction to issue two Construction Certificates after the works are completed.  Further meetings will be held to resolve this dilemma.

 

 

Financial impact statement

 

There is no direct financial impact for this matter.

 

Conclusion

 

Council is experiencing delays in the acceptance of the dedication of the Park, however every effort is being made to expedite this matter.

 

 

Recommendation

 

Council notes its disappointment that the dedication of the Randwick Environment Park has not proceeded as agreed with the Department of Defence and calls on the Department to honour both its financial, community and environmental commitments.

 

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil