Works Committee Meeting

 

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Tuesday 7 December 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Administrative Centre 30 Frances Street Randwick 2031

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general.manager@randwick.nsw.gov.au

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Works Committee

7 December 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, 7 December 2010 at 6:00pm.

 

 

Committee Members:           The Mayor (M Matson), Andrews, Belleli (Chairperson), Bowen, Hughes, Matthews, Nash, Notley-Smith, Procopiadis, Seng, Smith, Stevenson, Tracey, White (Deputy Chairperson) and 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 November 2010

 

Declarations of Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Interests

 

Address of Committee by Members of the Public

 

Urgent Business

 

Works Reports

W30/10     Use of Council Parks, Reserves and Beaches by Commercial Fitness Groups and Personal Trainers

W31/10     Tree Removal - Outside 22-24 Figtree Avenue, Randwick

W32/10     Maroubra Bay Floodplain Management Committee

W33/10     Alison Road, Randwick - Replacement Tree Species

W34/10     Coogee Dolphins - Move from Barden Park to Grant Reserve    

 

Notice of Rescission Motions

Nil                   

 

                       …………………………………………………….

Ray Brownlee

General Manager


Works Committee

7 December 2010

 

 

 

Works Report No. W30/10

 

 

Subject:                  Use of Council Parks, Reserves and Beaches by Commercial Fitness Groups and Personal Trainers

Folder No:                   F2010/00079

Author:                   Lauren Bonomini, Parks and Recreation Officer     

 

Introduction

 

Council at its Ordinary Meeting held on the 22 June 2010, considered this issue and resolved as follows:

 

“(Matson/Hughes) that this matter be deferred to enable all the Precinct Committees and Councillors to better assess the suggested exclusion zones”.

 

This report outlines the consultation in response to the resolution and the additional comments made by the Precinct Committees. It also outlines the outcome of the Expression of Interest which was previously undertaken, to ascertain the level of interest by commercial fitness groups in licensing commercial fitness activity.

 

Issues

 

Precinct Committee Consultation

The Council adopted policy on the Use of Council Parks, Reserves and Beaches by Commercial Fitness Groups and Personal Trainers (attachment 1), and information relating to the Expression of Interest was emailed to all Precinct Committees on 30 April 2010.  The consultation period closed on 1 June 2010.

 

Council originally received four submissions as a result of the consultation, including comment from the following Precinct Committees:

 

·           Coogee

·           Matraville

·           Maroubra Beach and South Maroubra

·           La Perouse

 

As an outcome of the resolution of Council on 22 June 2010, Council only received additional comments from the Coogee Precinct committee.

 

In line with the previous Council resolution, additional consultation was undertaken to better assess the suggested exclusion zones. From the comments provided, a number of valuable suggestions were made. These have been noted and where appropriate and relevant, incorporated into the policy and/or the process for the management and operation of licensing. A detailed table summarising the comments and Council’s response to each comment is attached to this report (attachment 2).

 

In summary, it is recommended that key changes to the policy include:

 

·           Exclusion zones - the southern part of Frenchmans Bay, 100 metres from the Sailing Club at Yarra Bay and Little Bay Beach.

·           Goldstein Reserve – commercial fitness training will not be allowed on weekends due to its high level of use.

·           Compliance with the policy – this will be a key consideration in the renewal of temporary 12 month licenses.

Expression of Interest

On 3 February 2010, Council carried out an Expression of Interest inviting commercial fitness groups and personal trainers to apply for a twelve (12) month temporary licence to conduct group fitness sessions on Council beaches, parks and reserves.

 

The aim of undertaking an Expression of Interest is to allow a twelve (12) month temporary license to commercial trainers by regulating the use of Council controlled lands in accordance with Council’s adopted Policy on the Use of Council Reserves by Commercial Fitness Groups and Personal Trainers.

 

Invitation to submit Expressions of Interest

The need to manage commercial training activities on public land in Randwick City has been prompted by the increase in enquiries and demand for open space by local commercial trainers.

 

The Expression of Interest for the Use of Council Controlled Lands by Commercial Fitness Groups and Personal Trainers was opened from 3 February to 2 March 2010.

 

The Expression of Interest consisted of the following:

 

-   advertisement in the Southern Courier dated 2/2/10 and 9/2/10

-   advertisement in the Sydney Morning Herald 9/2/10

-   information on Council’s website via www.tendersonline.com.au

-   distribution of leaflets to key stakeholder groups

 

The Expression of Interest closed at 2.00pm on Tuesday 2 March 2010.

 

Expression of Interest Submissions

A total of 10 submissions were received. These were:

 

Aquabuzz P/L

David Boon Personal Training

East Side Crew P/L

Evolution to Wellbeing

Fitpak Fitness and Coaching

Tone Fitness Concepts

She Fitness

Stealth Health & Fitness P/L

Stephen Hill

Original Bootcamp Aust P/L

 

There were 2 late submissions.  The Evaluation Committee agreed to accept both submissions. These were received from:

 

Fitness First Outdoor

Step into Life Outdoor

 

Evaluation

The Evaluation Committee comprised of:

 

Members Name

Position Title

Council Department

Mark Shaw

Manager Technical Services

City Services

Hayley Segedin

Acting Coordinator Parks & Recreation

City Services

Sharon Plunkett

Coordinator Property

Administrative Services

Janine Bourke

Coordinator Rangers

City Services

Lauren Bonomini

Parks & Recreation Officer

City Services

 

A detailed account of the evaluation process undertaken is provided in accordance with Stages 1, 2 and 4 of the evaluation plan (attachment 3). All submissions addressed the mandatory criteria as required in the evaluation plan.

 

A determination was made by the evaluation committee that the scoring outlined in Stage 3 of the evaluation plan would not be required, as all submissions adequately addressed the desirable criteria as outlined in the plan.

 

There were two submissions, Original Bootcamp Aust and Fitness First Outdoor, which both nominated larger group sizes than that of the specified number of ten (10) participants per group outlined in the adopted Council policy. It was recommended by the evaluation committee that one licence would be issued per trainer of up to ten (10) participants per group as per the Council policy.

 

Also, the submission by Original Bootcamp Aust, requested start times of 5.45am.  The evaluation committee deemed this unacceptable and established that commercial fitness classes would commence no earlier than 6.00am and finish no later than 7.30pm. Furthermore, it was recommended that the start and finish class times would be included in the Council policy.

 

The findings of the evaluation also highlighted the demand of use for Grant Reserve, Coogee. This reserve is located within 100 metres of neighbouring residential properties.  It is within the exclusion zone as outlined in the Council policy. As such, the evaluation committee recommended that Council officers undertake further discussions with Original Bootcamp Aust and Fitness First Outdoor to discuss alternate locations available to undertake commercial fitness activity.

 

Application Process

An annual application process will be undertaken for the financial year commencing 1 July to 30 June.  Licences will be valid for up to 12 months and renewal applications will be available for the following financial year commencing in May.

 

All yearly applications are to be completed in full and returned to Council on or before 1 June.  Any applications submitted to Council after this time will be considered subject to availability.  All Licences are charged at an annual rate, regardless of the date they are applied for.

 

It is proposed that the issue of licences be completed by the end of June 2011 for commencement 1 July 2011.

 

Relationship to City Plan

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome 5:     Excellence in recreation and lifestyle opportunities.

Direction 5a:    A range of cultural, sporting and leisure activities.

 

Financial impact statement

 

The implementation of the Council policy will provide an income from registration fees and issuing of permits generated by the activity.  It is proposed that the fee structure for 2010-11 is as follows:

 

Category 1

1-5 participants

$580 per annum GST inclusive

Category 2

6-10 participants

$1390 per annum GST inclusive

Application fee (applies to commercial trainers once licenses have been allocated for submissions received by the Expression of Interest)

Categories 1 & 2

$145.00 per annum

 

The one-off application/administration fee that would normally apply will be waived for submissions received from the Expression of Interest.

 

Unauthorised commercial fitness trainers breaching the Council policy will be liable to an on the spot fine.  Presently, the fine (in accordance with the Local Government Act) is $220 per occasion.

 

Conclusion

 

If adopted by Council, the revised Policy on the Use of Council Reserves by Commercial Fitness Groups and Personal Trainers will assist in the management and operation of the overall licensing of commercial fitness groups throughout the City of Randwick.

 

In regards to the Expression of Interest and the resultant evaluation, it is recommended that a twelve (12) month temporary licence be issued to one trainer per group of up to ten (10) participants for preference one (1) times and locations outlined in the schedule attached to this report (Attachment 4).  The temporary Licence will be issued and in accordance with the Policy on the Use of Council Reserve by Commercial Fitness Groups and Personal Trainers.

 

Recommendation

 

That Council:

 

a)    Adopt the revised Policy on the Use of Council Reserves by Commercial Fitness Groups and Personal Trainers, with the inclusion of the following information:

 

(i)     Little Bay, and areas of Frenchmans and Yarra Bay to be exclusion zones.

 

(ii)    Goldstein Reserve to be excluded from commercial fitness activity on the weekend.

 

(iii)   A key consideration in renewing 12 month temporary licences will be in compliance with the policy.

 

(iv)   commercial fitness classes are to commence no earlier than 6am and finish no later than 7.30pm everyday

 

(v)    gym sessions (with or without weights, fitballs, skipping ropes and/or individual personal gym equipment) (under no. 5 Permissible fitness activities under the policy)

 

(vi)   erection of any temporary structures (under no. 6 Excluded activities).

 

 

 

 

 

 

b)    issue a 12 month temporary licence to one trainer per group of up to ten (10) participants for preference one times and locations nominated in the Expression of Interest submissions, and in accordance with the Policy on the Use of Council Reserves by Commercial Fitness Groups and Personal Trainers.

 

c)    notify the Original Bootcamp Aust and Fitness First Outdoor to discuss available sites as an alternative to Grant Reserve.

 

Attachment/s:

 

1.View

Policy on the Use of Council Reserves by Commercial Fitness Groups and Personal Trainers (Revision 1)

 

2.View

Precinct Committee Comments and Council's Response

 

3.View

Expression of Interest Evaluation Plan

 

4.View

Schedule outlining the Commercial Fitness Submissions Priority One times and location, including a map showing the specified extent of each location

 

 

 

 


Policy on the Use of Council Reserves by Commercial Fitness Groups and Personal Trainers (Revision 1)

Attachment 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Policy on the Use of Council Reserves by Commercial fitness Groups and Personal Trainers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact Officer: Coordinator Open space Assets

Date approved by Council: 23 November 2010

Date of next review:  23 November 2012

History of amendments: First published 14 April 2010

TRIM Folder Number: F2010/0007


Policy on the Use of Council Reserves by Commercial Fitness Groups and Personal Trainers (Revision 1)

Attachment 1

 

 

1.   Objective

 

To effectively manage the use of Community and Crown lands under the care, control and management of Council by commercial fitness groups and personal trainers.

 

2.   Background

 

Management of the use of public reserves within the Randwick Local Government Area is regulated by the Local Government Act 1993 and Crown Lands Act 1989 and is subject to Council’s Plans of Management.

 

Personal fitness training is one of the strongest growth segments in the Fitness Industry. Increasing numbers of commercial fitness trainers using public reserves has raised a number of issues including:

 

a)     Equity of access issues - eg potential conflict with displaced users, management of demand, domination and monopolisation of areas and exploitation of public land by commercial operators

b)     Impact on the asset - eg trainers (especially of large groups) are causing wear-and-tear to recreational facilities

c)     Public liability concerns - eg trainers with insufficient insurance

 

The need to regulate use of public reserves by organised or commercial fitness groups and personal fitness trainers has been identified. This policy responds to this need.

    

3.   Purpose / Aims

 

In implementing this policy, Council aims to:

·      Ensure equity of access to public parks and reserves.

·      Reduce the impact of commercial fitness activities on asset condition and maintenance.

·      Minimise public liability concerns.

·      Appropriately manage the open space system to prevent conflict of uses.

 

4.   Scope

 

This policy will cover:

 

a)  one on one sessions and / or group activities;

b)  all lands including beaches, parks, public reserves within the Randwick Local Government Area under the care control or management of Council.

 

Council approved commercial fitness trainers must only operate in the areas specified in their permit.

 

5.   Exclusion zones

 

No commercial fitness training will be permitted in high activity areas and/or areas of cultural, environmental or natural significance. Specific areas where these activities are prohibited include but are not limited to the following:

·      Picnic sheds and benches;

·      The central terraces at Coogee Beach;

·      The terraces at Maroubra Beach;

·      All ocean pools;

·      Exclusive use of public outdoor fitness equipment in parks and reserves;

·      Randwick Cemetery;

·      20 metres from memorials;

·      20 metres from any playgrounds or play equipment;

·      20 metres from any public change room, toilet or kiosk areas;

·      100 metres from any neighbouring residential property;

·      Any designated sports field or facility without a specific booking;

·      Training on stairways and pathways including but not limited to the Coastal Walkway and Fred hollows Reserve.

·      The beach at Little Bay;

·      The section of beach south of Frenchmans Bay;

·      100 metres from the Yarra Bay Sailing Club.

 

These and other designated areas can be transited but are not to be used for either static or repeated training routines. Council may nominate other areas in the exclusion zone during the life of this policy as it sees appropriate.

 

6.   Permissible fitness activities under the policy (subject to approval):

 

·      gym sessions (with or without weights, fitballs, skipping ropes and/or individual personal gym equipment)

·      boxing and pad training

·      organised aerobic activity

·      Yoga, Tai Chi and Pilates classes and like activities

·      circuit training

·      a combination of any of the above

 

7.   Excluded activities

 

·      Aggressive and intimidating activities will not be permitted including excessively loud voice calls or instructions.

·      Amplified music or amplified audio (voice) equipment is not permitted.

·      The erection of any temporary structures.

 

8.   Eligibility

 

The following criteria must be met to be eligible for a permit to provide organised or commercial fitness training activities in Randwick City Council’s public reserves. Evidence of the following must be provided at the time of application.

 

Essential

·      Current Senior First Aid Certificate

·      Current public liability insurance which indemnifies Randwick City Council to a minimum of $10 million.

 

Desirable

·      A registered professional with Fitness NSW.

 

9.   Groups excluded from this policy

 

The policy does not apply to the following groups:

·      Local sporting clubs

·      Local schools

·      Surf Life Saving Clubs

·      Corporate groups

·      Defence Forces

 

Any significant, organised activities these groups may wish to conduct on a public reserve, however, would be subject to an approval process under Council’s normal park booking system and procedures.

 

10.    Size of groups

 

Council officers will determine the number of persons permitted per group and the number of groups that are issued a permit (refer to section 10 on the permit allocation process). However, a permit will not be issued for groups that have more than 10 participants.

 

11.    Allocation of Permits

 

A permit will be valid for one year and will authorise each trainer to use Community and/or Crown Land for fitness activities in accordance with this policy on a non-exclusive basis. Applications for permits and the number of permits to be issued will be determined by Council officers taking into account the following factors:

·      Usage demand, intensity of use of the area and times requested

·      Number of approved trainers already using the area

·      Other activities (passive and active) being undertaken in the area

·      Type of activities to be undertaken and the potential impact on other users and neighbouring residents during the times requested

·      Whether the activities will contribute to increasing congestion or user conflict in the area requested

 

In considering the above, Council officers may decide to:

a)  approve an application and issue a permit;

b)  issue a limited permit with restrictions on the number and types of activities, group size and the time and location of activities;

c)  not approve the application.

 

One trainer only may be authorised by Council to operate at any one time under the permit issued. However, the authorised trainer can nominate a replacement person in case of illness or leave. The trainer must notify Council within 24hrs of the scheduled session, quote the permit number and specify the replacement trainer and provide contact details for that trainer including contact phone numbers. Alternatively, a Company can nominate a trainer/s that will be operate under the permit. The company must provide a roster listing the qualified trainers who will operate under the permit. Note again that only one authorised trainer can use the permit at any one time.

 

All trainers must be insured and eligible to operate under the permit in accordance with this policy (refer to pt 7). Each permit issued will include confirmation of the type of activities to be undertaken, when and where these activities can take place, the number and size of groups, number of sessions and session times.

 

12.    Identification requirements

 

Each commercial fitness trainer allocated a permit will be issued with a colour coded permit identification card that will contain information on the permit conditions such as group size, fee category, etc). This must be displayed at all times and be shown to Council officers when requested.

 

13.    Permit Fees

 

A ‘one off’ application/administration fee and an annual License (permit) fee is applicable under this policy. These fees will be set out in the fees and charges section in Council’s Management Plan and are available on Council’s website www.randwick.nsw.gov.au.

 

14.    General Conditions

 

Each commercial fitness trainer approved by Randwick City Council:

a)     must only provide the activities for which they are suitably qualified and that have been approved by Council;

b)     must only operate in the areas and at the times specified by Council in the permit. Commercial fitness classes are to commence no earlier than 6am and finish no later than 7.30pm everyday. Commercial fitness training at Goldstein Reserve will not be permitted on the weekend;

c)     must manage the activities to minimise wear and tear on grassed areas (this includes rotating within the designated area and / or alternating activities);

d)     must comply with reasonable directions of Council's Rangers, Beach Inspectors and other authorised Council officers in relation to any unacceptable practices or, to display evidence of the permit in the prescribed manner;

e)     shall prior to commencing static/grid training, inspect the immediate area to ensure no hazards are evident and take appropriate action to remove those hazards or alternatively move the training site and, without undue delay, report to Council the hazard or any other hazardous matters observed during the training that may require Council’s attention;

f)      shall not assign their rights under this permit or attempt in any other manner to transfer their rights under the permit to any other person, it being clearly understood that the permit is issued to a particular individual and is not transferable unless approved by Council in accordance with this policy;

g)     shall indemnify and hold the Council harmless from and against all damages, sums of money, costs, charges, expenses, actions, claims and demands which may be sustained or suffered or recovered or made against the Council by any person for any loss of life or injury or damage any person may sustain due to the negligent act of a trainer whilst conducting a training session;

h)     when conducting training on public reserves shall always conduct themselves in a proper and orderly manner and be considerate to other reserve users and adjacent residents;

i)      shall conduct their activities so not to dominate, monopolise and/or obstruct any stairways or pathways;

j)      must not create any noise from training activities that unreasonably disturbs other users and adjacent residents;

k)     shall not suspend boxing or kickboxing bags from trees and / or structures in the public reserves;

l)      shall ensure that any exercise equipment used does not create any hazards or obstruction;

m)     must ensure that any training group for which they are responsible, runs in single file when running in narrow areas;

n)     shall ensure that their clients do not step on or walk on or in any other way inappropriately use picnic tables and park furniture and shall leave the training area in the same condition it was at the commencement of training;

o)     shall take out and maintain in their name and indemnifying Randwick Council, for the duration of the term of the permit, Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) approved public liability insurance for a minimum of $10 million and produce documentary evidence of this at the time of application;

p)     shall agree that, not withstanding any implication or rule of law to the contrary, the Council shall not be liable for any damage or loss that any trainer and their clients may suffer by the act, default or neglect of any other person or by reason of the Council failing to do something on or to the public space used;

q)     is only authorised to provide the training sessions specified in their permit and must not sell clothing or equipment or refreshments or any other good, service or product;

r)      must not display any advertising signage including banners or ‘A’ frame signs on Council’s public reserves;

s)     must not interfere with any Council approved or booked activity including but not limited to filming, commercial photography, wedding, birthday party, corporate BBQ, sport or sporting activity that is being carried out on any oval or reserve or part thereof and the trainer acknowledges that such a booking has priority over the trainer’s use;

t)      shall be responsible for satisfying all occupational health and safety legislation and regulations;

u)     shall be liable for any fees or levies required by the Department of Industrial Relations or Work Cover or any other public authority or statutory body;

 

A key consideration of renewing a twelve month temporary license will depend on the Commercial Fitness Trainer’s previous compliance with the policy. 

 

Council does not, and will not, accept liability for any debts incurred by any trainer and Council shall not be in any way responsible for any property of a trainer or any other person that may be left on the land or for any loss of any such property by theft or otherwise.

 

15.    Termination

The Council reserves the right to terminate its agreement with a trainer without notice if in its sole opinion it has determined that the trainer has failed to comply with the reasonable direction of its staff or has breached the terms of the permit or the terms of Council’s Policy on the Use of Council’s Reserves by Commercial Fitness Groups and Personal Trainers.

 

A trainer whose permit has been terminated can appeal in writing to the General Manager, Randwick City Council, 30 Frances Street, Randwick, NSW, 2031, stating the reasons for the appeal.

 

16.    Review

This policy will be reviewed bi-annually.

 

17.    Responsibility

The Director City Services is responsible for the overall management of this policy.

 


Precinct Committee Comments and Council's Response

Attachment 2

 

 

 

 

Comment

Response

La Perouse Precinct Committee

General comment - the committee supports the licensing of the Commercial fitness operators.

1

 

The section of Frenchmans Bay between the south headland to a point midway between the Boatshed Café and the groin to be made an exclusion zone.

This area will be an exclusion zone, and included in the policy.

2

 

The section of Yarra Bay be tween the southern headland to a point 100 metres north of Yarra Bay Sailing Club be made an exclusion zone.

This area will be an exclusion zone, and included in the policy.

3

 

Due to its particular qualities, the whole of the Prince Henry site, including Little Bay Beach, to be an exclusion zone.

This area will be an exclusion zone, and included in the policy.

Matraville Precinct Committee

General comment - great to have the fitness police.

4

 

Fitness trainers are currently using Council facilities for training (eg hanging ropes etc off picnic shelters).

The use of Council infrastructure such as picnic shelters are currently excluded under the policy.

5

 

Ensure the identification of commercial fitness trainers.

All applications will be required to be registered with the relevant fitness associations.

 

Registered commercial fitness trainers will be required to have their license and identification pass with them at all times during training classes. This is covered in the policy and the license agreement.

Coogee Precinct Committee

6

 

No mention in the policy about the enforcement and who is responsible for monitoring complaints.

 

Commercial fitness trainers who apply for a license will be informed of the feedback form available on Councils website, whereby the community can provide feedback on commercial fitness activity.

 

Rangers will monitor commercial fitness activity and report matters to the relevant Council officers.

 

All feedback will be regularly reviewed.

7

 

Council would need to keep a register of public liability.

Commercial fitness trainers will be required to provide public liability insurance, prior to the issuing of licenses.

8

 

Council to conduct a training session to explain to permit requestors the details of the policy.

A significant number of applications are likely, and enquiry may occur intermittently. Therefore, it would be difficult for Council continuously hold information sessions for commercial training groups.

 

Council will provide clear and detailed information, available on Councils website.

9

 

The committee requests Goldstein Reserve be removed as an area of use, given its high use.

The northern section of Goldstein Reserve has been identified as suitable for commercial fitness training.

 

However, due to significant use on weekends, the reserve will not be available to commercial fitness training.

 

Council officers will monitor the condition of the reserve, and review training schedules accordingly.

10

 

Restricted use of grassed areas during or following 24 hours of a rain period.

Council officers will monitor the condition of the reserve, and review training schedules accordingly.

11

**

Precinct requests that the use of weights in public areas is prohibited.

During the 12 month probation period Council officers will assess the effect weights have within the designated areas, and review training schedules accordingly.

12

**

Include ‘Class 3’ Residential in the section dealing with distance from residence

In Section 4 of ‘the policy’, one of the exclusion are 100meters from any neighbouring residential property.

13

**

Clarify licence fees

An annual licence fee will be charged as per the fees and charges.  The purchase of the licence will permit the trainer to use the allocated areas for the allocated times permitted by Council.

14

**

Groups should not exceed 10 persons

Licences will not be permitted for groups of more then 10 participants.

15

**

Provisions for providers to sign to confirm they have read and understand the conditions of use

The Personal Fitness Activity Temporary licence permit sets out the conditions of use and is required to be signed and witnessed, as a part of the application process.

Maroubra and South Maroubra Beach Precinct Committee

General comments – the precinct do not agree in general with the policy. Some members were opposed to the use of Maroubra Beach public land being used for commercial use under any circumstances. Others in the committee are willing to allow reasonable use of the three sections of beach and Arthur Byrne Reserve.

16

 

The policy is unclear about the overall limitations of use. Sections 9 & 10 indicate that the total allowable number of people, times of use and number of permits are subject to Council officer determination.

Due to a diverse range of fitness activity and varying numbers of participants per group, it will be at the Council officer’s discretion to determine the number of licences and times of use per area.

 

17

 

Limit on the number of licenses issued so that no more than 20 people (Maroubra Beach north/central and Arthur Byrne Reserve) and no more than 10 people (Maroubra Beach south) are able to train at any one time.

Due to a diverse range of fitness activity and varying numbers of participants per group, the number of licences per area will not be determined at this stage.

 

Given the applications received, Council officers will determine the capacity of use for each area.

 

Council officers are of the opinion that the beach and Arthur Byrne Reserve can accommodate more than 20 participants at any one time.

18

 

Times restricted to 5.00am – 7am and 5.00pm – 7pm.

Council will offer commercial trainers scheduled times between 6am and 7.30pm. This will be monitored and reviewed over the next twelve months.

19

 

Licences should only allow weekday use. No commercial fitness or personal trainers on weekends.

Council will offer commercial trainers scheduled times on weekdays and weekends. This will be monitored and reviewed over the next twelve months.

20

 

Policy should be piloted for 12 months

Council officers propose to implement this policy, and will be monitored and reviewed over the next 12 months.

21

 

Wet weather arrangements should be mentioned in the terms and conditions explicitly.

Wet weather arrangements will not be stipulated on the terms and conditions of the policy.

22

 

Renewal of licence should ask that compliance with terms will be a key consideration for renewal.

Compliance in relation to license renewal will be included in the general conditions of the policy.

23

 

Need for a mechanism for the public to complain or congratulate specific trainers for compliance with or contravention of the policy.

A feedback form will be available on Councils website, inviting the community to provide comments and feedback.

24

 

The policing of this policy would require more Council rangers.

Rangers currently patrol these areas, and will now have the ability to enforce fines once this policy is in place.

 

Rangers will monitor commercial fitness activity and report matters to the relevant Council officers.

**Comments received after 22nd June 2010

 


Expression of Interest Evaluation Plan

Attachment 3

 

 

 

 

 

Expression of Interest Evaluation Plan

 

 

 

Expression of Interest for the Use of Council Reserves by Commercial Fitness Groups and Personal Trainers

 

EOI No: – EOI 06/10

 

Issue Date:  3 February 2010

                  

Closing Date:    2 March 2010

 

              


Expression of Interest Evaluation Plan

Attachment 3

 

 

 

Index

 

1.       Introduction

2.       Management of the Evaluation Process

3.       The EOI Evaluation Process

4.       Execution of Formal Agreement

 

Introduction

Purpose

 

The purpose of this Plan is to specify the process to be used to evaluate the Expression of Interest for the Use of Council Reserves by Commercial Fitness Groups and Personal Trainers EOI Number EOI 06/10.

 

Scope

 

The Plan identifies the:

 

a)        management arrangements to apply to the evaluation;

 

b)  processes to be used to evaluate the Expression of Interest (EOI) and  

            to identify recommended applicant(s);

c)               process to apply to the execution of a formal temporary 12 month

           Licence; and

 

d)        timing and sequence of the evaluation tasks.

 

 

Management of the Evaluation Process

 

 

The EOI evaluation plan and methodology were developed by Hayley Segedin Coordinator Parks & Recreation and endorsed by the Coordinator Purchasing & Contracts.

 

Evaluation Committee

 

An Evaluation Committee (EC) was formed comprising representatives of Randwick City Council.  A list of the representatives on the EC may be found at Appendix A.

 

Evaluation Committee Roles and Responsibilities

 

The role and responsibilities of an Evaluation Committee are to evaluate all responses in a fair and ethical manner, maintaining confidentiality of all commercial in confidence information submitted.  Where an Evaluation Committee member may have a conflict of interest, it is their duty to advise the Manager Administrative Services.

 

The EC may refer to additional external specialists to provide assistance in the technical analysis of the EOI submissions.  Indicate the source of external advice on specialist issues (such as probity, legal, financial, technical) that may be sought by the Committee during the course of the EOI evaluation process. 

 

The EC will be responsible for formulating and making recommendations on the selection of the successful applicant(s) for referral to Randwick City Council (Council).  In formulating its recommendations the EC is to:

 

·           consider rejection of any applicants that do not meet the mandatory criteria

·           conducting a detailed analysis of EOI

·           formulate recommendations for acceptance of the applicant(s) most suited to the schedule

·           consider any other matters relevant to the selection of applicant(s).

 

 

Randwick City Council Roles and Responsibilities

 

The responsibility of the responsible Director is to:

·           Endorse the EC's recommendations.

 

The responsibilities of Council are to:

·           Consider approval of the EC's recommendation(s) after ensuring that the EOI process has been conducted in a manner that satisfies the Regulations made under the Local Government Act (1993). 

 

EOI Evaluation Process

 

Evaluation Objectives

 

The objectives of the evaluation are to:

·           Select the successful EOI respondent(s) in a rational and defensible way which is fair to all applicants.

 

Evaluation Criteria and Criteria Weightings

 

The evaluation criteria and criteria weightings were determined prior to the closing of EOI.

 

The evaluation criteria and criteria weightings to apply to this evaluation process are shown in Appendix B.

 

EOI Evaluation Process

 

The evaluation will be conducted in the following stages:

Stage One: Initial Cull

 

This phase commences with EOI opening on the Closing date specified on the Request for EOI by a (3) person panel from Randwick City Council.  Upon opening, the “EOIs Received” register will be completed, signed and posted in reception.   Any late EOIs received will be noted and details forwarded to the EC.

 

An initial review will be conducted by the EC to identify any seriously non-conforming EOIs.  Applicants not following the instructions set out in the EOI which clearly are not of an acceptable standard to warrant further detailed evaluation will be recommended for rejection by the EC. 

 

Stage Two:         Detailed Evaluation - Mandatory Criteria

The main steps in the detailed evaluation will be an analysis of:

 

Applicant(s) must meet the Mandatory Criteria.  Applicants unable to fulfil the Mandatory Criteria will be automatically excluded from the evaluation process.  The mandatory criteria include:

 

·           The applicants’ membership of Fitness Australia or other relevant peak industry body.

·           Public liability insurance with a minimum cover of $10 million for the period of activity.

·           Current Senior First Aid Certificate

 

Stage Three: Detailed Evaluation –Needs Analysis Methodology

 

The evaluation below is based on needs analysis evaluation principles. Weightings have been placed on each of the evaluation criteria (refer Appendix B). 

 

Each criterion will be scored against a rated scale of 0%-100%, with 0% forming the lowest value score to 100% forming the highest value score.  Evaluation Weights are grouped into % ranges detailed in Appendix B

 

The main steps in the detailed evaluation will be:

 

STEP 1:           Calculate a Total Quality score based on the following:

·Length of time the business has been established in the Randwick Council local government area.

·The fitness activity, times, and locations that the applicant is currently undertaking.

·      Community benefit of the organisation.

·      Willingness of the applicant to work with Council and other organisations so that the aims of the policy are met.

 

STEP 2:           Review the Schedules:

·      The number of persons per group.

·      The types of activity/activities to be undertaken.

·      The requested locations listed in order of priority.

·      Timetable preference/scheduling.

 

Once step 1 and 2 are completed, the evaluation panel will assess the timetables for each area to ensure they are suitable. The evaluation Panel will also review potential conflicts with scheduling – and those with a higher quality score will be offered that particular time/location.

 

Stage Four: Reporting

 

The evaluation will conclude with the submission of EOI Evaluation Report from the EC to Council detailing the benefits and risks, of each ranked Short-listed Applicant, with a recommendation for the preferred Applicant(s).

 

 

Execution of temporary 12 month Licence

 

Successful applicants will be issued with a temporary 12 month licence once the outcome of the evaluation has been determined and endorsed by Council.

 

Appendix A: Evaluation Committee Members

 

 

 

Name

Title

Employer

Mark Shaw

Manager Technical Services

Randwick City Council

Hayley Segedin

Coordinator Parks and Recreation

Randwick City Council

Janine Bourke

Coordinator Rangers

Randwick City Council

Sharon Plunkett

Coordinator Property

Randwick City Council

Lauren Bonomini

Parks and Recreation Officer

Randwick City Council

 

 

Appendix B: Evaluation Criteria & Weightings

 

Evaluation Criteria

EOI Questions

Weighted Criteria

Total Weight

Mandatory Criteria

 

 

 

The applicants’ membership of Fitness Australia or other relevant peak industry body.

4.1

 

All Mandatory Criteria must be met

Public liability insurance with a minimum cover of $10 million for the period of activity

4.1

 

All Mandatory Criteria must be met

Current Senior First Aid Certificate

4.1

 

All Mandatory Criteria must be met

Desirable Criteria – quality score

 

 

 

Length of time the business has been established in the Randwick Council local government area.

4.2

15%

 

The fitness activity, times, and locations that the applicant is currently undertaking.

4.3

5%

 

The number of persons per group.

4.4

60%

 

The types of activity/activities to be undertaken.

4.4

 

The requested locations listed in order of priority.

4.4

 

Timetable preference/scheduling.

4.4

 

Community benefit of the organisation.

4.5

10%

 

Willingness of the applicant to work with Council and other organisations so that the aims of the policy are met.

4.6

10%

 

TOTAL

 

100%

 

 


Schedule outlining the Commercial Fitness Submissions Priority One times and location, including a map showing the specified extent of each location

Attachment 4

 

 

Area 1        Goldstein Reserve (north)

(The open turf area)

 

DAY

TIME

SUBMISSION

No. of Licences

Size of group

Monday

6am-7am

Fitness First Outdoor

3

3 groups of 10 participants

Tuesday

 

 

 

 

Wednesday

6am-7am

Fitness First Outdoor

3

3 groups of 10 participants

Thursday

 

 

 

 

Friday

6am-7am

Fitness First Outdoor

3

3 groups of 10 participants

Saturday

 

 

 

 

Sunday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Area 2       Coogee Beach (north)

(The sand area)

 

DAY

TIME

SUBMISSION

No. of Licences

Size of group

Monday

 

 

 

 

Tuesday

 

 

 

 

Wednesday

5:45am-6:45am*

Original Bootcamp Aust

4-5**

6 groups of 10 participants

6:45am-7:45am

Original Bootcamp Aust

2-3**

4 groups of 10 participants

Thursday

 

 

 

 

Friday

5:45am-6:45am*

Original Bootcamp Aust

4-5**

6 groups of 10 participants

6:45am-7:45am

Original Bootcamp Aust

2-3**

4 groups of 10 participants

Saturday

 

 

 

 

Sunday

 

 

 

 

 

*   Class time to be adjusted to 6:00am start time in accordance with the recommended revised policy.

** The number of licences to be adjusted to be consistent with policy.

 

 

 


Area 3        Coogee Beach (centre)

(The sand area only)

 

DAY

TIME

SUBMISSION

No. of Licences

Size of group

Monday

6am-7am

Fitness First Outdoor

3

3 groups of 10 participants

6am-7am

Evolution to Wellbeing

1

10

6am-7am

She Fitness

1

10

6:30pm-7:30pm

She Fitness

1

10

Tuesday

6am-7am

She Fitness

1

10

6am-7am

Evolution to Wellbeing

1

10

6:30pm-7:30pm

She Fitness

1

10

Wednesday

6am-7am

Fitness First Outdoor

3

3 groups of 10 participants

6am-7am

Evolution to Wellbeing

1

10

6am-7am

She Fitness

1

10

6:30pm-7:30pm

She Fitness

1

10

Thursday

6am-7am

Evolution to Wellbeing

1

10

6am-7am

She Fitness

1

10

6:30pm-7:30pm

She Fitness

1

10

Friday

6am-7am

Fitness First Outdoor

3

3 groups of 10 participants

6am-7am

Evolution to Wellbeing

1

10

6am-7am

She Fitness

1

10

6:30pm-7:30pm

She Fitness

1

10

Saturday

7am-8am

Evolution to Wellbeing

1

10

Sunday

 

 

 

 

 

 


Area 4       Coogee Beach (south)

(The sand area only)

 

DAY

TIME

SUBMISSION

No. of Licences

Size of group

Monday

6:30pm-7:30pm

She Fitness

1

10

Tuesday

6:30pm-7:30pm

She Fitness

1

10

Wednesday

6:30pm-7:30pm

She Fitness

1

10

Thursday

6:30pm-7:30pm

She Fitness

1

10

Friday

 

 

 

 

Saturday

 

 

 

 

Sunday

 

 

 

 

 

 


Area 5        Grant Reserve

(Towards the eastern part of the open turf area)

 

DAY

TIME

SUBMISSION

No of
Licences

Size of group

Monday

6:15am-7:45am

Step into Life Outdoor Coogee

1

6-10

 

6am-7am

Eastside Crew Pty Ltd

1

10

 

6am-7am

Stephen Hill

1

1

 

9:15am-10:15am

Step into life Outdoor Coogee

1

6-10

 

6:30pm-7:30pm

Step into life Outdoor Coogee

1

6-10

 

6:30pm-7:30pm

East Side Crew Pty Ltd

1

10

Tuesday

6am-7am

East Side Crew Pty Ltd

1

10

 

6am-7am

Stephen Hill

1

1

 

6:30pm-7:30pm

Step into life Outdoor Coogee

1

6-10

Wednesday

6am-7am

East Side Crew Pty Ltd

1

10

 

6am-7am

Stephen Hill

1

1

 

6:15am-7:15am

Step into life Outdoor Coogee

1

6-10

 

9:15am-10:15am

Step into life Outdoor Coogee

1

6-10

 

6:30pm-7:30pm

East Side Crew Pty Ltd

1

10

Thursday

6am-7am

East Side Crew Pty Ltd

1

10

 

6am-7am

Stephen Hill

1

1

 

6:30pm-7:30pm

Step into life Outdoor Coogee

1

6-10

Friday

6:15am-7:15am

Step into life Outdoor Coogee

1

6-10

 

6am-7am

Stephen Hill

1

1

 

6am-7am

East Side Crew Pty Ltd

1

10

 

9:15am-10:15am

Step into life Outdoor Coogee

1

6-10

 

6:30pm-7:30pm

East Side Crew Pty Ltd

1

10

Saturday

6am-7am

Stephen Hill

1

1

 

7am-8am

East Side Crew Pty Ltd

1

10

 

7am-8am

Step into life Outdoor Coogee

1

6-10

 

8:15am-9:15am

Step into life Outdoor Coogee

1

6-10

Sunday

 

 

 

 

 

Grant Reserve is predominately located within the exclusion zone as outlined in the policy.  As such, 

it is recommended that the limited area available be allocated to individual groups only.

 

Within the Expression of Interest submissions, Original Bootcamp Aust and Fitness First Outdoor did not specify a second preference, and as such further discussion will be required to determine an alternate location for these groups. 

 


Area 6    Maroubra Beach (north)

(The sand area only)

 

 

DAY

TIME

SUBMISSION

No. of Licences

Size of group

Monday

5pm-7pm

Tone Fitness Concepts

1

1-10 varies

Tuesday

5pm-7pm

Tone Fitness Concepts

1

1-10 varies

Wednesday

5pm-7pm

Tone Fitness Concepts

1

1-10 varies

Thursday

5pm-7pm

Tone Fitness Concepts

1

1-10 varies

Friday

5pm-7pm

Tone Fitness Concepts

1

1-10 varies

Saturday

6am-8am

Tone Fitness Concepts

1

1-10 varies

Sunday

 

 

 

 

 

Note: Fitpak Fitness & Coaching has applied for this area but did not provide any days or times

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Area 7      Maroubra Beach (central)

(The sand area only)

 

DAY

TIME

SUBMISSION

No. of Licences

Size of group

Monday

5pm-7pm

Tone Fitness Concepts

1

1-10 varies

Tuesday

5pm-7pm

Tone Fitness Concepts

1

1-10 varies

Wednesday

5pm-7pm

Tone Fitness Concepts

1

1-10 varies

Thursday

5pm-7pm

Tone Fitness Concepts

1

1-10 varies

Friday

5pm-7pm

Tone Fitness Concepts

1

1-10 varies

Saturday

6am-8am

Tone Fitness Concepts

1

1-10 varies

Sunday

 

 

 

 

 

Note: Fitpak Fitness & Coaching has applied for this area but did not provide any days or times

 

 

 

 


Area 8      Maroubra Beach (south)

(The sand area only)

 

 

DAY

TIME

SUBMISSION

No. of Licences

Size of group

Monday

 

 

 

 

Tuesday

 

 

 

 

Wednesday

9am or later

Stealth Health & Fitness

1

1-5

Thursday

 

 

 

 

Friday

9am or later

Stealth Health & Fitness

1

1-5

Saturday

1pm or later

Stealth Health & Fitness

1

1-5

Sunday

7am or later

Stealth Health & Fitness

1

1-5

 

Note: Fitpak Fitness & Coaching has applied for this area but did not provide any days or times

 

 

 

 

 

Area 9    Arthur Byrne Reserve

(The open turf area on the reserve)

 

 

DAY

TIME

SUBMISSION

No. of Licences

Size of group

Monday

5pm-7pm

Tone Fitness Concepts

1

1-10 Varied

Tuesday

5pm-7pm

Tone Fitness Concepts

1

1-10 Varied

Wednesday

7am-7:45am

David Boon Personal Training

1

2-3

After 9am

Stealth Health & Fitness

1

1-5

5pm-7pm

Tone Fitness Concepts

1

1-10 Varied

Thursday

5pm-7pm

Tone Fitness Concepts

1

1-10 Varied

Friday

7am-8:45am

David Boon Personal Training

1

2-3

6am or later

Stealth Health & Fitness

1

1-5

5pm-7pm

Tone Fitness Concepts

1

1-10 Varied

Saturday

6am-8am

Tone Fitness Concepts

1

1-10 Varied

1pm or later

Stealth Health & Fitness

1

1-5

Sunday

7am or later

Stealth Health & Fitness

1

1-5

 

Note: Fitpak Fitness & Coaching has applied for this area but did not provide any days or times

 

 

 

 


Area 10 Malabar Beach

(The sand area only)

 

DAY

TIME

SUBMISSION

No. of Licences

Size of group

Monday

 

 

 

 

Tuesday

6pm-8pm

Aquabuzz

1

10

Wednesday

 

 

 

 

Thursday

 

 

 

 

Friday

 

 

 

 

Saturday

7am-9am

Aquabuzz

1

10

Sunday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Works Committee

7 December 2010

 

 

 

Works Report No. W31/10

 

 

Subject:                  Tree Removal - Outside 22-24 Figtree Avenue, Randwick

Folder No:                   F2004/07359

Author:                   Bryan Bourke, Tree Management Officer     

 

Introduction

 

The owner of 24 Figtree Avenue, Randwick, has lodged a claim with Council detailing a variety of issues and damage being caused by the roots of two Council-owned Ficus ‘Hillii’ (Hill’s Weeping figs) growing on the nature strip outside his property.

 

Issues

 

The property owner has nominated a range of damage being caused by the two subject trees, including the cracking and undermining of his front brick fence, damage to the side fence, lifting of pavers in the front yard and side access area and lifting and cracking of the front patio.

 

The owner of 22 Figtree Avenue, Randwick, has also detailed a variety of issues associated with the fig tree directly outside his property – including cracking of the front brick fence, roots encroaching into the front garden area and cracking to the adjacent property owner’s driveway.

 

The two trees average 13-16 metres in height with canopy spreads of around 14 metres. They are both in good health and contribute significantly to the Figtree Avenue streetscape. They are also important providers of habitat and food source for a variety of native birdlife and other fauna.

 

They form part of a predominantly single species streetscape which is listed in Council’s Register of Significant Trees – primarily because the nineteen figs growing along both sides of the avenue have notable visual, aesthetic, cultural and social importance.

 

Over the past decade the adjacent footpath has had to be repaired on a number of occasions because of tree root damage but roots continue to enter both properties as well as causing ongoing and increasing damage to public infrastructure.

 

Council recently trenched along the front of both properties and this revealed a number of large fig tree roots entering the properties. Roots from the tree outside 22 Figtree Avenue in particular form a huge mass that has completely destroyed the surrounding footpath area, driveway and adjacent brick fence. 

 

Council’s Tree Gang advises that it would not be possible to remove the amount of damaging tree root material required to abate the damage being caused by the roots of this particular tree without seriously compromising its stability and long-term viability. However, it would be possible to root prune the fig outside 24 Figtree Avenue to negate the damage being caused by the roots of that tree and allow the tree to be retained.

 

 

 

 

 

Relationship to City Plan

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome 10:      A Healthy Environment.

Direction 10b:    Environmental risks and impacts are strategically managed.

 

Financial impact statement

 

It is estimated that the removal of the tree outside 22 Figtree Avenue and its replacement with a super-advanced alternative species will cost in the vicinity of $2,500. The required funds would come from Council’s annual tree management budget.

 

This cost would incorporate the root pruning required on the tree outside 24 Figtree Avenue that would allow its retention. 

 

Conclusion

 

The two Council-owned Ficus ‘Hillii’ growing outside 22-24 Figtree Avenue, Randwick, have significant visual and historic significance. This avenue is one of only three streets containing numbers of this species which are listed on Council’s Register of Significant Trees. The trees are both estimated to be approximately sixty years old and up until this point every effort has been made to retain them, despite the fact that associated tree root damage has progressively increased in both frequency and severity. Both trees have been assessed as having significant scenic and amenity value and with providing important habitat and food source for a variety of fauna. Because of the damage being caused by their roots, the impact of removal of one or both trees on land degradation would be negligible. Using Australian Standard ASDR99307 it has been calculated that the trees have an amenity value of $14,400 each. It has also been calculated that the trees have a moderate hazard rating but this will increase as the trees age and the impact of regular root pruning begins to become evident. Because of the size and amount of root material required to be removed from the tree outside 22 Figtree Avenue to effectively deal with the damage being caused by its roots, root pruning is not in any way a viable option. This is supported by the findings and recommendations made by Council’s Tree Gang arborists when a trench was dug adjacent to where the trees are situated.

 

The only feasible long-term management option would be to remove the tree outside 22 Figtree Avenue and to replace it with a more appropriate tree species – as nominated in Council’s Street Tree Masterplan. The removal of this tree would have a detrimental impact on the streetscape but this would be mitigated to some degree by the fact that it is comparatively smaller than the two trees on either side, and the canopies of those trees would increase in width if this tree were removed.

 

Root pruning of the tree outside 24 Figtree Avenue is possible and, if undertaken, would allow the retention of that particular tree.

 

Recommendation

 

That the Council-owned Ficus ‘Hillii’ (Hill’s Weeping fig) growing outside 22 Figtree Avenue, Randwick, be removed and replaced with a Waterhousia floribunda (Weeping Lilly Pilly) – as nominated in Council’s Street Tree Masterplan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attachment/s:

 

1.View

Series of photographs detailing the importance of the subject trees in the streetscape and the range of damage being caused to both public infrastructure and private property by their roots.

 

2.View

Public Trees – Tree Assessment Data Sheets on two Ficus ‘Hillii’ street trees growing outside 22 and 24 Figtree Avenue, Randwick.

 

 

 

 


Series of photographs detailing the importance of the subject trees in the streetscape and the range of damage being caused to both public infrastructure and private property by their roots.

Attachment 1

 

 

Ficus ‘Hillii’ outside 24 Figtree Avenue, Randwick – significant in streetscape

 

Ficus ‘Hillii’ outside 22 Figtree Avenue, Randwick – not as large a canopy as others

 

Mass of tree roots from fig tree outside 22 Figtree Avenue travelling into 24 Figtree Ave

 

Several large roots travelling into the front yard area of 22 Figtree Avenue

Tree root mass in footpath area outside 24 Figtree Ave – unable to be root pruned

 

Tree root growing into front yard area of 24 Figtree Avenue and damaging front fence


Fig tree roots undermining front brick fence at 24 Figtree Ave – root pruning viable


Public Trees – Tree Assessment Data Sheets on two Ficus ‘Hillii’ street trees growing outside 22 and 24 Figtree Avenue, Randwick.

Attachment 2

 

 





Works Committee

7 December 2010

 

 

 

Works Report No. W32/10

 

 

Subject:                  Maroubra Bay Floodplain Management Committee

Folder No:                   PROJ/10323/2007

Author:                   Terry  Kefalianos, Drainage Engineer     

 

Introduction

 

The prime responsibility for planning and management of flood issues in NSW rests with local government.  Randwick City Council has committed to carrying out Flood Studies and preparing Floodplain Management Plans.  They are carried out in accordance with the Floodplain Development Manual (NSW Government) and will allow Council to manage flooding in storm events.

 

On 14 September 2010 Randwick Council’s Works Committee adopted Terms of Reference for the Maroubra Bay Floodplain Management Committee.  A meeting of the Maroubra Bay Floodplain Management Committee was held on 18 November 2010.  A copy of the minutes from this meeting has been attached to this report.

 

The key outcomes of this meeting were:

 

·      The Maroubra Bay Floodplain Management Committee adopted a Constitution to govern the functioning of the Maroubra Bay Floodplain Management Committee.

·      The Maroubra Bay Floodplain Management Committee recommended that the Draft Maroubra Bay Flood Study be placed on public exhibition.

 

Issues

 

The NSW Government provides assistance on state-wide policy issues and technical support.  Financial assistance is also provided through grant funding to undertake flood studies and floodplain management studies and for the implementation of works identified in these studies.

 

The Flood Prone Land Policy and the Floodplain Development Manual [NSW Government, 2005] forms the basis of floodplain management in NSW.

 

The primary objective of the policy is to reduce the impact of flooding and flood liability on individual owners and occupiers of flood prone property and to reduce private and public losses resulting from floods utilising ecologically positive methods wherever possible.

 

The floodplain management process is outlined in the Floodplain Development Manual and is summarised by the following figure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Floodplain Management Committee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Data Collection

è

Flood Study

è

Floodplain Management Study

è

Floodplain Management Plan

è

Plan Implementation

 

 

 

ç

ç

ç

ç

ç

ç

ç

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time frame for completion

 

 

 

 

 

6-9 months

9-12 months

12 months

ongoing

 

The key steps in the process are the Flood Study, the Floodplain Management Study and the Floodplain Management Plan.  Implementation of the process is overseen by the Floodplain Management Committee.

 

Maroubra Bay Flood Study

The specialist consultant WMAWater was engaged by Council to undertake the Maroubra Bay Flood Study.  The process and outcomes of the study were presented to the Maroubra Bay Floodplain Management Committee which recommended that the Draft Maroubra Bay Flood Study be placed on public exhibition.  Public exhibition of the study will be undertaken in February 2011, following the December-January holiday period.

 

Relationship to City Plan

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome 6:       A Livable City.

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

 

Financial impact statement

 

Funding is available in this year’s budget to undertake the Maroubra Bay Flood Study.  State and Federal grant funding is available to complete the study.

 

Conclusion

 

The Draft Maroubra Bay Flood Study has been developed and it is timely for the study to be placed on public exhibition.

 

Recommendation

 

That:

 

a)     The Draft Maroubra Bay Flood Study be placed on public exhibition for 28 days.

 

b)     Council officers report back to Council the outcomes of the public exhibition.

 

 

 

Attachment/s:

 

1.View

Maroubra Bay Floodplain Management Committee - Attachment for Works Committee report

 

 

 

 


Maroubra Bay Floodplain Management Committee - Attachment for Works Committee report

Attachment 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MINUTES OF THE MAROUBRA BAY FLOODPLAIN MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON 18 NOVEMBER 2010 AT 6:00 PM

 

Committee Members Present:

 

               Councillor Anthony Andrews  (Chair)             Randwick City Council

               John Gunnell                                             Community Representative

               Joe Ingegneri                                           Randwick City Council

               Philip North                                               Randwick City Council

               John Flanigan                                            Randwick City Council

               Mr Peter Gray                                           State Emergency Service

        Mr Bart Foley                                                  

        Department of Environment Climate Change and Water   

 

Others Present:

 

               Terry Kefalianos                                        Randwick City Council

               Matt Chadwick                                         WMAWater

               Richard Dewar                                          WMAWater

 

Apologies

Councillor Ted Seng (alternative chair)          Randwick City Council

Kerry Kyriacou                                          Randwick City Council

 

Introduction

 

The Floodplain Development Manual recommends that elected representatives from Council chair the floodplain management committees.  Keeping in line with this recommendation, it was proposed that Council’s elected representatives will share this role.

 

 

Item 1    Formation of the Maroubra Bay Floodplain Management Committee

 

Mr Terry Kefalianos provided a brief overview of the floodplain management process and the history of the Maroubra Bay Floodplain Management Committee.

 

Background

 

Council received grant funding from the Federal Government’s National Disaster Mitigation Programme to undertake a flood study for the Maroubra Bay Catchment.  As a condition of the grant funding, Council was required to undertake the flood study in accordance with the process set out in the NSW Government’s Floodplain Development Manual.

 

As a part of this process a Floodplain Management Committee is required to oversee the progress of the study.  The Maroubra Bay Floodplain Management Committee was formed in June 2007.  The floodplain management committee met in December of that year and progressed with the Maroubra Bay Flood Study.  A Fact Sheet providing details on Randwick Council’s floodplain management committees and their purpose was provided to committee members with the agenda for this meeting.

 

Formalisation of the committee

 

Randwick Council’s Works Committee adopted Terms Of Reference for the Maroubra Bay Floodplain Management Committee on 14 September 2010.  A copy of the terms of reference was provided to committee members with the agenda for this meeting. Subsequent to this meeting, Expressions Of Interest were called between 28 September and 12 October 2010 for community representatives within the study area.  In addition, the local Precinct Committee and Chamber of Commerce were approached to nominate community representatives.

 

One nomination has been received for community representation on the Maroubra Bay Floodplain Management Committee and one position remains vacant at this time.  Council staff will continue to seek nominations for the remaining position.  It is anticipated that publicity generated by the Draft Maroubra Bay Flood Study will attract sufficient community interest to fill the vacant position.

 

Constitution

 

The adopted Terms of Reference require the committee to develop a Constitution that provides for its administrative operations.  A draft constitution for the Maroubra Bay Floodplain Management Committee has been developed based on Council’s standard template for the constitution of its committees.  A copy of the draft constitution for the Maroubra Bay Floodplain Management Committee was provided to committee members with the agenda for this meeting.

 

Code of Conduct

 

The Terms of Reference for the Maroubra Floodplain Management committee requires all members to abide by the Council’s adopted Code of Conduct.  A copy of the Code of Conduct was provided to committee members with the agenda for this meeting.

 

It was noted that the administrative function of the committee including the agenda and minutes would be provided by Council’s Technical Services section.  It is anticipated that the committee would operate informally with decisions generally made by consensus.

 

Moved:      John Flanigan                                   Second:     Peter Gray

 

RESOLVED that the Maroubra Bay Floodplain Management Committee adopt the draft constitution.

 

Item 2    Progress of the Maroubra Bay Flood Study

 

Mr Terry Kefalianos provided a brief overview of the history and status of the study.

 

Matt Chadwick from WMAWater provided a presentation outlining the methodology and outcomes from the Draft Maroubra Bay Flood Study.

 

The first step in the floodplain management process is to undertake a data collection program to collect historical information on flooding within the catchment and known problem areas.  This provides information on historical flooding for consideration in the subsequent stages of the process.

 

The second step in the process is to undertake a Flood Study.  This is a comprehensive technical investigation of flooding behaviour.  It defines the extent and severity of flooding in a technical manner.

 

The specialist consultant WMAWater (Formerly Known as Web McKeown & Associates) was engaged to undertake the data collection and flood study steps on behalf of Council.  At the first committee meeting, the consultant presented the background and the proposed future direction of the study.  The study has progressed based on the outcomes of this meeting.

 

Extensive community input was sought from the community during the course of the flood study.  The puspose of the consultation was to obtain information from the local community on historical flooding and known problem areas.  Consultation activities undertaken include the following:

 

·      Community newsletter to residents.

·      Survey questionnaire to residents.

·      Information kiosk at Maroubra Beach.

·      Advertisements in local papers.

·      Sourcing of historical flooding photographs.

 

The draft Flood Study has been completed and undergone pier review by Council and the Department of Environment Climate Change and Water.  A recommendation was sought from the committee to Council for the Draft Maroubra Bay Flood Study to be placed on public exhibition.

 

This will give the community opportunity to provide feedback prior to the flood study being finalised.  During the public exhibition period, a Community Information Session will be held to provide the community with an opportunity to hear about the study and ask questions.  Council will also write to all property owners within the study area alerting owners to the public exhibition and the Community Information Session.

 

There will be a further extensive community consultation program undertaken as part of the Maroubra Bay Floodplain Management Study and Plan.  This study and associated community consultation will be discussed with the committee.

 

Public exhibition will not be undertaken in the December-January holiday period and is likely to commence in February 2011.

 

The committee agreed by consensus to recommend that the Draft Maroubra Bay Flood Study be placed on public exhibition to give the community the opportunity to find out about the study and provide feedback.

 

General Business

 

The meeting closed at 7:10pm.

 

Attachements

 

Maroubra Bay Floodplain Management Committee - Constitution

WMAWater - Maroubra Bay Flood Study Presentation – 18 November 2010


Maroubra Bay Floodplain Management Committee - Attachment for Works Committee report

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CONSTITUTION

MAROUBRA BAY FLOODPLAIN MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

 

1.      Name

 

This Committee shall be called the Maroubra Bay Floodplain Management Committee.

 

2.      Term of Office

 

Membership shall commence on the day of appointment as Committee Member.

 

Membership will be determined in accordance with the Terms of Reference for the Maroubra Bay Floodplain Management Committee.

 

3.      Office Bearers

 

The committee shall be chaired by an elected representative of Randwick City Council.

 

At the first meeting of the committee, a Chairperson shall be elected. 

 

At any meeting of the Maroubra Bay Floodplain Management Committee, the Chairperson, in addition to their primary vote shall, in the event of equality of votes, have a casting vote.

 

4.      Duties of Chairperson

 

Generally speaking, the Chairperson is responsible for guiding and controlling the meeting, ensuring that the decisions that need to be made occur and that debate is fair and reasonable.

 

In the absence of the Chairperson, a member of the committee may be elected to Chair the meeting by the members present.

 

5.      Staff

 

The Maroubra Bay Floodplain Management Committee does not have the power to appoint staff.

 

The General Manager of Council will appoint staff to service the committee.  Unless otherwise determined by Council, appropriate staff must be present at any meeting of the committee for the meeting to be valid.

 

Secretarial support for the committee will be provided by Council’s Technical Services Section.

 

 

6.           Presence at a meeting

 

A member of the committee cannot participate in a meeting of a committee unless personally present at the meeting.

 

7.           Minutes

 

The Maroubra Bay Floodplain Management Committee shall cause Minutes to be kept of all its meetings.  All Minutes are to be submitted to Randwick City Council for information purposes.

 

8.      Meetings

 

Meetings of the Maroubra Bay Floodplain Management Committee shall be held at least once per year and as required to undertake the business of the committee.

 

At least five working days notice in writing shall be given to all members of every meeting of the Maroubra Bay Floodplain Management Committee.  This notice shall include the agenda for the meeting.

 

9.      Quorum

 

The quorum for a meeting of the committee shall be a simple majority of the members of the committee who hold office for the time being and are not otherwise disentitled from voting for whatever reason.

 

10.    Voting and voting entitlements

 

Each member of the committee is entitled to one vote, with no proxies being accepted. 

 

11.        Decisions

 

A decision of an advisory committee is a recommendation to Council.

 

12.        Correspondence

 

Except as otherwise permitted by the General Manager, the committee shall not correspond with any outside person or body except through the General Manager.

 

13.       Alteration of Constitution and Rules

 

No alteration shall be made to the Constitution of the Maroubra Bay Floodplain Management Committee except by the resolution of a majority of delegates present at the meeting of which five (5) working days written notice of the proposed alteration shall have been given to all members.

 


Maroubra Bay Floodplain Management Committee - Attachment for Works Committee report

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Works Committee

7 December 2010

 

 

 

Works Report No. W33/10

 

 

Subject:                  Alison Road , Randwick - Replacement Tree Species

Folder No:                   F2004/07359

Author:                   Bryan Bourke, Tree Management Officer     

 

Introduction

 

Council at its Works Committee meeting held on Tuesday 9 November 2010 resolved:

 

“(White/Nash) that a report be brought back to the Works Committee with a list of appropriate replacement trees, including local indigenous trees, taking into account design aesthetics”

 

Issues

 

There are a number of diseased and senescing mature Council-owned Populus nigra ‘Italica’ (Lombardy Poplars) growing along the northern side of Alison Road, Randwick, that Council has approved for removal and replacement. These trees have provided a dramatic single-species avenue along this section of Alison Road for several decades but they are regrettably approaching the end of their safe useful life expectancy and constitute an unacceptable risk to persons and/or property.

 

The report to Council on this matter recommended that when these trees be removed and replaced with an appropriate number of advanced Agathis robusta (Qld Kauris), as planted in nearby Tay Reserve and extensively along Parkes Drive in Centennial Park. The reasons this tree species was recommended, apart from complementing the theme being established by the Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust, was that they are a magnificent and imposing tree species that would provide a very dramatic effect as you enter the Randwick City area. This is particularly important in the context that the Poplars that are being removed have for many years provided a significant and uniform aesthetic impact as you drive along Alison Road.

 

Relationship to City Plan

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome 10:       A Healthy Environment.

Direction 10b:      Environmental risks and impacts are strategically managed.

Key Action:         Develop and implement policies, programs and strategies to manage environmental risks and impacts.

 

Financial impact statement

 

Substituting the recommended Agathis robusta with an alternative tree species would have little or no impact on the overall cost of the project as detailed in the report to the 9 November 2010 Works Committee.

 

Conclusion

 

There are a number of native and indigenous tree species contained within Council’s Street Tree Masterplan that would be appropriate for planting along the northern side of Alison Road, Randwick. Among these would be Angophora costata (Sydney Blue gum), Corymbia citriodora (Lemon-scented gum), Corymbia maculata (Spotted gum), Eucalyptus botryoides (Bangalay), Eucalyptus robusta (Swamp Mahogany), Eucalyptus sideroxylon (Mugga Mugga Ironbark) and Flindersia australis (Australian Teak). Detailed as an attachment are comprehensive descriptions of each of these species, including average mature dimensions, cultural requirements and photographs of the subject tree and its fruit, flowers, leaves and bark.

 

The following is a brief description of each alternative tree species along with any attributes or problems that may impact on its appropriateness as a street tree species in this particular location.

 

Angophora costata – Sydney Red gum

This is an evergreen tree native to the Sydney Basin which has excellent visual amenity and provides very good habitat and food source for a variety of native birdlife and other fauna. It generally grows to 18 metres in height with a canopy spread of around 10-12 metres. It has very attractive pink/brown bark and flowers profusely in Spring-Summer. It will grow in shallow soils and requires little maintenance once established. It does, however, occasionally drop large branches in high winds which could be a liability concern in this location.

 

Corymbia citriodora – Lemon-scented gum

This is a magnificent native gum that grows to 20 metres in height with a canopy spread of around 12 metres. It has beautiful smooth bark and a distinctive lemon smell. It also flowers profusely in Spring and is an important habitat/food source species. Unfortunately, it too occasionally drops large branches in high winds which would affect its appropriateness in this situation.

 

Corymbia maculata – Spotted gum

A large attractive smooth bark gum that generally reaches 18-20 metres in height with a spread of 10-12 metres. This is a fast growing species that is also a good provider of habitat and food source. It has a much denser canopy than either Angophora costata or Corymbia citriodora. Known to hold onto its branches in high winds and very stable once established.

 

Eucalyptus botryoides - Bangalay

This is a species indigenous to the Randwick City area as well as an important provider of habitat and food source. They are utilised by Grey Headed Flying Foxes as a source of food and this could be seen as a positive reason for planting them as a street tree. They grow to 18-20 metres in height with a canopy spread of around 10 metres. However, as they age and begin senescing they get large amounts of deadwood within their canopies and are also prone to termite attack. 

 

Eucalyptus robusta – Swamp Mahogany

Often confused with Eucalyptus botryoides this species has a similar growth habit and reaches similar mature dimensions. It is also a rough bark species but it too is prone to large amounts of deadwood and insect/termite attack. Similarly, it is an important provider of habitat and food source – particularly for Grey Headed Flying Foxes and a variety of parrots.

 

Eucalyptus sideroxylon – Mugga Mugga Ironbark

Although not native to the Sydney area this is a magnificent gum species that when planted in numbers provides impressive visual amenity. It generally achieves similar dimensions to most large gums but has the added benefits of very attractive and deeply furrowed black bark and profusions of pink flowers during Spring and Summer. This tree has few serious pest and disease problems and is not known for dropping branches like some other Eucalypt species.

 


Flindersia australis – Australian Teak  

This is an evergreen species native to northern NSW which often reaches 15-16 metres with a canopy spread of five-six metres. It is a stately species ideal for main roads and parks. It has a tall upright habit with a dense crown and has very few pest and disease problems. However, it is relatively slow growing and requires good soil moisture until well established.

 

All the trees detailed above would be suitable for planting along this section of Alison Road and the gums in particular are good providers of habitat and food source. Whatever is planted would have to be able to be underpruned to a height of at least four-and-a-half metres to allow unimpeded thoroughfare for buses and large trucks without it adversely impacting on the visual impact of the species. They would also have to have their mature canopy width contained to less than 10 metres to ensure that any maintenance did not have to involve traffic management and a disruption to bus and traffic services.

 

Although aesthetically appropriate and capable of creating a visual impact in a mass planting situation along a main road, some of these species have the potential for dropping branches in high wind events. Others are somewhat susceptible to insect and termite attack which could adversely impact to some degree their suitability for planting along a main road adjacent to a busy bus lane.

 

Of the seven species detailed above the three most appropriate for planting along this section of Alison Road would be Angophora costata, Corymbia maculata and Eucalyptus sideroxylon. All three species would provide significant visual amenity and an important ‘lead in’ to the City. They are all good providers of habitat and food source for a variety of birdlife and other fauna.

 

However, planting the species Agathis robusta would allow Council the opportunity to create a really dynamic streetscape leading into the City. They would also complement plantings of the same species in nearby Tay Reserve and along the length of Parkes Drive in Centennial Park. These trees attain a height of 30-plus metres with a canopy spread of around 10 metres. Their columnar shape would replicate to some degree the shape of the Lombardy Poplars they are replacing and would mean that the canopy would not spread across Alison Road or the adjacent bus lane. These are a truly majestic and ancient species of tree that would make Alison Road a real showpiece for people entering the Randwick City area. They would also complement the bold and progressive design theme being implemented by the Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust with its use of this species as a specimen tree along Centennial Park’s main avenue thoroughfare.  

 

Recommendation

 

That Council utilise the species Agathis robusta (Qld Kauri pines) as replacements for the diseased and dying Populus nigra ‘Italica’ (Lombardy Poplars) to be removed along the northern side of Alison Road, Randwick.

 

 

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Comprehensive data sheets on all species considered appropriate for planting along the northern side of Alison Road between Anzac Parade and Darley Road

 

 

 

 


Comprehensive data sheets on all species considered appropriate for planting along the northern side of Alison Road between Anzac Parade and Darley Road

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Agathis robusta                               Qld Kauri pine

(A-gath-is ro-busta)

 


Statistics

Family

ARAUCARIACEAE

Origin

Indigenous to Qld

Flowering

Spring to early Summer

Size

Very large native tree growing to 30 metres with a canopy spread of 9-10 metres 

Form

Tall and columnar – usually single trunked

Description

Magnificent evergreen tree species which prefers open sunny position with adequate soil moisture. Very few pest and disease problems and once established requires very little maintenance. Majestic park or street tree.

Nominated

Precincts

Anywhere adequate space allows - Main Roads and Open Spaces

Fruit     Ovate to globular green cone – stays attached to branch after opening   

Flowers     Catkins in leaf axils      

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Leaves     Dark green and glossy, broadly lanceolate and leathery   

Bark     Grey-brown, relatively rough and scaly  


Angophora costata                        Sydney Red Gum

(An-goph-ora cos-tata)

 


Statistics

Family

MYRTACEAE

Origin

Indigenous to NSW and Qld

Flowering

Spring to early Summer

Size

Medium-large tree growing to 15-18 metres with a canopy spread of 9-10 metres 

Form

Broad domed canopy – usually single trunked

Description

Magnificent tree species which prefers open sunny position. Amenable to pruning under wires if undertaken early. Twisted, gnarled branches. Beautiful pink bark. Clusters of cream flowers in Spring

Nominated

Precincts

Exposed Coastal Strip, Coogee Bay Coastal Slopes, Maroubra Bay Coastal slopes, Leeward Slopes (north/central/south), Swamp Valley Floor (south) – Main Roads and Open Spaces only

Fruit     Ribbed, woody capsules

Flowers     Creamy white fluffy clusters     

Leaves     Green, lanceolate, opposite with prominent midrib   

Bark     Smooth, pink and flaky   

 

 


Corymbia citriodora                     Lemon-scented Gum

(Cor-ym-bia citrio-dora)

 

 


Statistics

Family

MYRTACEAE

Origin

Native to southern and central Qld

Flowering

Winter and Spring

Size

Generally up to 20 metres in height with a canopy width of 10 metres

Form

Large Gum tree with a broad, open canopy

Description

Majestic smooth-barked Gum tree with a graceful, open canopy. Used for planting in main roads and parks only. Amenable to directional pruning around powerlines

Nominated Precincts

Coogee Bay Coastal Slopes, Plateau, Swamp Valley Floor (north) – Main Roads and Open Spaces only

Fruit     Small, woody, globose capsules   

Flowers     Cream-white in clusters. Flower buds oval in groups of 3 or 5   

Leaves     Dull, dark green, narrowly lanceolate. Strongly lemon scented   

Bark     Smooth and white/pink/grey. Slightly mottled, often peels in Spring   

 


Corymbia maculata                           Spotted Gum

(Cor-ym-bia macu-lata)

 


Statistics

Family

MYRTACEAE

Origin

NSW and south-east Qld

Flowering

Winter to Spring

Size

Grows to a height of 20 metres with a canopy width of 9-10 metres

Form

Single-trunked, broad canopied Gum tree

Description

Large, attractive smooth bark Gum suitable only for parks or main roads. Fast growing and good provider of foodsource and habitat

Nominated Precincts

Plateau, Swamp Valley Floor (central/south) – Main Roads and Open Spaces only

Fruit     Urn-shaped woody capsules, usually in threes   

Flowers     White – dense chain of panicles. Flower buds oval and pointed, in groups of 3 or 5     

Leaves     Dark green, glossy, curved lanceolate          

Bark     Pink/cream/greyish-blue, smooth, flaking in patches, ‘spotted’   

 


Eucalyptus botryoides                           Bangalay

(Euca-lyp-tus botry-oides)

 


Statistics

Family

MYRTACEAE

Origin

Eastern Vic and southern NSW

Flowering

Appearing in Summer

Size

Up to 20 metres tall with a spread of 7-9 metres

Form

Tall upright Eucalypt with broad, spreading canopy

Description

Mahogany gum of variable form, indigenous to sandy soils and exposed sites near the coast. Recommended for main roads and parks only

Nominated Precincts

Exposed Coastal Strip, Maroubra Valley Floor, Swamp Valley Floor (south) – Main Roads and Open Spaces only

Fruit     Woody capsules, barrel shaped, valves level with rim   

Flowers     Cream and occurring in rings. Flower buds green and ovate   

Leaves     Dark green, thick and glossy. Curved lanceolate   

Bark     Grey to brown and flaky. Upper branches smooth   

 


Eucalyptus robusta                       Swamp Mahogany

(Euca-lyptus ro-busta)

 


Statistics

Family

MYRTACEAE

Origin

East coast of NSW and Qld

Flowering

Autumn

Size

Growing to 18 metres with a spread of 8-10 metres

Form

Tall upright tree with a broad spreading habit

Description

Tall tree indigenous to the eastern suburbs of Sydney. Should only be used in parks or on main roads. Good bird attracter and provider of habitat/foodsource

Nominated Precincts

Exposed Coastal Strip, Maroubra Valley Floor, Swamp Valley Floor (south) – Main Roads and Open Spaces only

Fruit     Large cylinder shaped capsules, valves (4) level with rim   

Flowers     Creamy white. Fruit buds pear shaped with orange caps   

Leaves     Dark green, glossy, thick, lanceolate   

Bark     Rough, soft, thick and red-brown. Deeply furrowed. Persistent to smaller branches

 


Eucalyptus sideroxylon                   Mugga Mugga Ironbark

(Euca-lyptus sider-oxy-lon)

 


Statistics

Family

MYRTACEAE

Origin

Native of inland NSW

Flowering

Winter to Summer

Size

Generally to 12-15 metres tall with a canopy spread of 6-8 metres

Form

Tall upright tree with a broad, open textured canopy

Description

Beautiful park or street tree with black furrowed bark and blue-green leaves. Very attractive red to pink flowers. Reasonably amenable to pruning under wires

Nominated Precincts

Leeward Slopes (central), Swamp Valley Floor (north/central) – Main Roads and Open Spaces only

Fruit     Dark, urn-shaped, valved capsule     

Flowers     Red, pink, cream, yellow. Pendulous   

Leaves     Soft, greyish-green, lanceolate   

Bark     Dark (black), deeply furrowed and extremely hard   

 


Flindersia australis                           Australian Teak

(Flin-dersia aus-tral-is)

 


Statistics

Family

RUTACEAE

Origin

Native of NSW and Qld

Flowering

White with a brown centre

Size

Generally between 12-15 metres tall with a spread of 4-5 metres

Form

Very tall upright tree with a dense crown

Description

Stately evergreen tree good for parks and main roads. Slow growing and prefers soil moisture

Nominated Precinct

Plateau

Fruit     Large, prickly, woody  pods, splitting into 5 sections          

Flowers     White with a brown centre, terminal panicle   

Leaves     Glabrous, dark green, compound, serrated margins   

Bark     Dark brown and scaly/flaky   

 

 


Works Committee

7 December 2010

 

 

 

Works Report No. W34/10

 

 

Subject:                  Coogee Dolphins - Move from Barden Park to Grant Reserve

Folder No:                   F2004/07843

Author:                   Jorde Frangoples, Director City Services     

 

Introduction

 

Council has received a request from the Coogee Beach Dolphins Sports Club association to relocate their training facility from Barden Park to Grant Reserve.

 

Issues

 

The juniors from the Coogee Dolphin have been training at Barden Park since the lights were installed in mid 2007.  As Barden Park is a “dog off-leash” park and it does not have any toilet facilities, the Club would relocate to Grant Reserve (see Attachment 1). 

 

Additionally, the conditions of development consent (that set limits to a maximum of 21 children with 2 supervisors between 4.30pm and 7.30pm on Tuesday and Thursday) are limiting the growth potential of the club.

 

Relationship to City Plan

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome 5:       Excellence in Recreation and Lifestyle Opportunities.

Direction 5a:      Maximise opportunities for residents and visitors to enjoy both active and passive open space uses.

Direction 5b:      A range of sporting and leisure activities.

 

Financial impact statement

 

It is estimated that the Development Application and Consultants Report will be in the order of $20,000.  Depending on the lighting analysis, the lights and poles can be reused or we maybe able to use poles that we currently have in stock.  If we need to replace them, the estimate cost is $69,000.

 

Conclusion

 

The relocation of the training lights from Bardon Park to Grant Reserve would better serve the Coogee Dolphins Junior for their various needs.

 

Recommendation

 

That:

 

a)     Council consult with the Coogee Precinct Committee and the residents in Beach and Neptune Streets opposite Grant Reserve.

 

b)     A report, on the outcomes of the consultation, be brought back to the Works Committee.

 

 

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Photograph of Grant Reserve

 

 

 

 


Photograph of Grant Reserve

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