Ordinary Council Meeting

 

Supplementary BUSINESS PAPER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 19 April 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 April 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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 April 2011 at 6:00pm.

 

 

 

 

MM29/11   Waiving of Fees - Banner for St Anthony's Primary School

MM30/11   NSW Fire Brigades Contribution 2011/12

MM31/11   NSW State Election 2011 - results for local seats

MM32/11   1-11 Rainbow Street, Kingsford

MM33/11   Randwick City Festival of the Bike

MM34/11   Seeking Clarification from the New NSW Government on Chinese Market Gardens

MM35/11   New Environmental Category Prize for Randwick Urban Shorts Youth Film Festival

MM36/11   Recognition of Bravery - Council Lifeguard Pat Falzon

MM37/11   Rail Transport MOU - Additional Partner - Centennial Park/Moore Park Trust            

 

 

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                                     19 April 2011

 

 

Mayoral Minute No. MM29/11

 

 

Subject:                  Waiving of Fees - Banner for St Anthony's Primary School

Folder No:                   F2004/06257

Author:                   Councillor Matson, Mayor     

 

Introduction

 

A request has been received from Ms Julie Lanham, St Anthony’s Primary School Clovelly seeking the waiving of fees associated with the installation and removal of two banners at the intersection of Alison Road and Doncaster Avenue, Randwick and Arden Street and Malabar Road, South Coogee advertising the school’s fete on 6th November, 2011.

 

Issues

 

St Anthony’s Primary School, Clovelly would like to display two banners to advertise their school’s fete and invite members of the community to come and visit the school.

 

Costings are as follows:

Installation and removal of two banners @ $650.00 each                $1,300.00

Hire of banner poles @ $575.00 p/w x three (3) weeks x 2 banners          $3,450.00

Total                                                                                                                $4,750.00

 

Financial impact statement

 

Should Council accept the report recommendation, the financial implication to Council is $4,750.00 and there are currently sufficient funds in the 2010/11 Contingency Fund to cover this contribution.

 

Conclusion

 

It is considered that Council should vote to waive the fees associated with the installation and dismantling of two banners and that the funds be allocated from the 2010/11 Contingency Fund.

 

Recommendation

 

That:

 

a)     the fees associated with the installation and dismantling of two banners and the hire of Council’s banner poles for St Anthony’s Primary School Clovelly (on the flagpoles at the intersection of Alison Road and Doncaster Avenue and Arden Street and Malabar Road, South Coogee) be waived and $4,750.00 be allocated from the 2010/11 Contingency Fund; and

 

b)     the organiser undertakes to appropriately and prominently acknowledge and      promote Council’s contribution prior to and during the Open Day.

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                                     19 April 2011

 

 

Mayoral Minute No. MM30/11

 

 

Subject:                  NSW Fire Brigades Contribution 2011/12

Folder No:                   F2011/00090

Author:                   Councillor Matson, Mayor     

 

Introduction

 

The purpose of this Mayoral Minute is to advise Councillors of an unforeseen significant increase in the NSW Fire Brigades Contribution.

 

Issues

 

The increase to Randwick City Council was sent to us by letter on 10th December 2010, however this correspondence was not received by Council or entered into Council’s document management system.

 

An objection to the increase, which is based on land values, has already been made and a meeting with Emergency Management NSW has been requested. Councillors will be kept informed as this matter progresses.

 

Financial impact statement

 

The advised increase for 2010/11 is 11.7% making the total contribution for the year $2,163,711.00. This increase will be addressed in the March Quarterly Review. As notification of the increase was not received during the preparation of the 2011/12 Budget, there is a financial implication of a shortfall of $161,478.00 in the 2011/12 draft Budget provided to Councillors.

 

Conclusion

 

Whilst this unforeseen increase is not good news for Council, it is not intended to alter the 2011/12 draft Budget at this stage pending the outcome of the meeting with Emergency Management NSW and that the shortfall can be addressed in the first Quarterly Review.

 

 

Recommendation

 

That Council note the proposed increase in the NSW Fire Brigades Contribution and the outcome of the impending meeting with Emergency Management NSW be reported back to Council.

 

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                                     19 April 2011

 

 

Mayoral Minute No. MM31/11

 

 

Subject:                  NSW State Election 2011 - results for local seats

Folder No:                   F2007/00551

Author:                   Councillor Matson, Mayor     

 

Introduction

 

The results for the NSW State Election (held on Saturday 26th March 2011) for the local State seats are as follows:

 

·           Bruce Notley-Smith (Member for Coogee)

·           Kristina Keneally (Member for Heffron)

·           Michael Daley (Member for Maroubra).

 

I offer my sincere congratulations to the successful candidates and look forward to working with them in the future.

 

Issues

 

The following summary information (taken from the NSW Electoral Commission’s website) may be of interest to all Councillors:

 

State Electoral District of Coogee

 

Electors Enrolled: 49,131
Voter Turnout: 89.4%
Informal Rate: 2.4%

 

Candidate

Party

Votes

% of Total Votes

NOTLEY-SMITH Bruce

LP

21,987

58.2

 

 

State Electoral District of Heffron

 

Electors Enrolled: 53,342
Voter Turnout: 88.7%
Informal Rate: 3.3%

 

Candidate

Party

Votes

% of Total Votes

KENEALLY Kristina

ALP

22,299

57.1

 

 

State Electoral District of Maroubra

 

Electors Enrolled: 50,198
Voter Turnout: 92.6%
Informal Rate: 2.9%

 

Candidate

Party

Votes

% of Total Votes

DALEY Michael

ALP

21,930

51.6

 

 


Financial impact statement

 

There is no direct financial impact for this matter.

 

Conclusion

 

I would like to congratulate both Michael Daley and Kristina Keneally on their re-election and Bruce Notley-Smith on his election. As the Mayor, I am keen to work with all the local State candidates on many worthwhile community initiatives, including a joint approach to light rail for the Randwick City Council area.

 

 

Recommendation

 

That the Mayor write to the successful local candidates in the recent State Election congratulating them on their success and requesting a meeting to discuss local issues and priorities.

 

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                                     19 April 2011

 

 

Mayoral Minute No. MM32/11

 

 

Subject:                  1-11 Rainbow Street, Kingsford

Folder No:                   F2004/06336

Author:                   Councillor Matson, Mayor     

 

Introduction

 

The State Transit Authority (STA) leased the site at 1-11 Rainbow Street, Kingsford to Randwick City Council on 1 July 1961 for a period of 50 years. The lease is due to expire on 30 June 2011. Over the term of the lease Council sub-leased and licensed the property to various commercial and community groups.

 

Issues

 

Council has received written ‘Notice to Vacate’ from the STA. Due to the STA’s assessment of the condition of the site and the significant capital expenditure required to upgrade the buildings, they have advised that vacant possession is required at the expiry of the lease. Council has therefore issued notices to the current tenants instructing them that vacant possession is required at 30 June 2011.

 

The tenants currently occupying the site are Randwick Meals on Wheels, The Shack Youth Services, Learning Links, The Kingsford Rotary Markets (Sunday Kingsford Markets) and the Kingsford Fruit Market.

 

Suitable alternative accommodation has been found for Learning Links, however the Shack, Meals on Wheels and The Kingsford Rotary Markets are in need of alternative accommodation.

 

Conclusion

 

The State Transit Authority is firm in their position to have vacant possession of the site on 30 June 2011. Council does not have any alternative accommodation to house these community tenants and as such their services will cease if nothing is found before 30 June 2011.

 

 

Recommendation

 

That Council calls on Local Members to apply pressure to the State Government to provide alternative sites for these valuable community service providers.

 

 

Attachment/s:

 

1.View

1-11 Rainbow Street, Kingsford - State Transit Authority of NSW - letter to Randwick City Council giving formal notice that vacant possession required and expiry of existing lease on 30 June 2011 - 6/4/2011

 

 

 

 


1-11 Rainbow Street, Kinsgford - State Transit Authority of NSW - letter to Randwick City Council giving formal notice that vacant possession required and expiry of existing lease on 30 June 2011 - 6/4/2011

Attachment 1

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                                     19 April 2011

 

 

Mayoral Minute No. MM33/11

 

 

Subject:                  Randwick City Festival of the Bike

Folder No:                   F2011/00157

Author:                   Councillor Matson, Mayor     

 

Introduction

 

Randwick City Council has a City Plan commitment to provide information and education about sustainable transport opportunities, and to motivate people to be less dependant on their private vehicles.

 

I would like to propose that the Council demonstrate this commitment by holding an annual ‘Randwick City Festival of the Bike’ event together with the Eco Living Fair at the park adjacent to the Randwick Community Centre in September 2011. The aim of this event is to encourage recreational bike riding as well as promoting bike riding as a viable mode of transport. Apart from being kind to the environment, bike riding also offers financial and health benefits to the user.

 

Issues

 

The proposed date for the inaugural Festival will be 18th September, in conjunction with the successful annual Eco Living Fair. In future years I propose to hold this event on an annual basis at Heffron Park.

 

As part of the Bike Festival, Council will run a ‘Design a bike rack’ competition. The community will be invited to submit a design for the 10 new bike racks to be installed around the city. Bike related activities to be held at the Eco Living Fair include an obstacle course, bike shop stalls, bike check-up & mechanic workshops and bike hire.

 

Council is currently holding discussions with the RTA for grant funding as a part of Bike Week which is also held annually in September. In the past funding for approximately $10,000.00 has been granted from the RTA to Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra Councils to be used on the promotion of Bike Week activities. In 2010 the three Councils pooled their funding to promote the Bike Week activities at the Eco Living Fair.

 

The $10,000.00 received from the RTA can be used on promotion of the Eco Living Fair incorporating the ‘Festival of the Bike’ activities. The activities will cost approximately $14,000.00. If we use the RTA funding for all PR and Communications then an additional $4,000.00 to go on activities is required.

 

Financial impact statement

 

The event with the suggested activities is estimated to cost $14,000.00. Using the $10,000.00 from the RTA, an additional $4000.00 is required. Additional funding will be required if this event is to be held annually.

 

Conclusion

 

Bike riding as a means of transport should be encouraged and widely promoted by Randwick City Council. The proposed ‘Randwick City Festival of the Bike’ will demonstrate the Council’s commitment to supporting alternative transport modes other than the use of private vehicles.  It will also provide a fun way for individuals and family members to safely ride their bikes and learn about various aspects of bike maintenance and safety issues.

 

 

Recommendation

 

That Council endorse the allocation of $4,000.00 additional funding for a ‘Randwick City Festival of the Bike’ component at the 2011 Eco Living Fair from the 2011/12 Events budget.

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                                     19 April 2011

 

 

Mayoral Minute No. MM34/11

 

 

Subject:                  Seeking Clarification from the New NSW Government on Chinese Market Gardens

Folder No:                   F2004/07905

Author:                   Councillor Matson, Mayor     

 

Introduction

 

At its meeting of 23rd November 2010, the Council (Mayor, Cr Matson) resolved to write to the NSW Government reiterating Council’s support for retaining the Chinese Market Gardens and seeking support to proceed with a spot rezoning via a Planning Proposal to confirm its continued market garden use (see Attachment 1 for the Mayor’s letter).

 

In its response letter dated 24th March 2011 (see Attachment 2), the former State Government noted that a Planning Proposal to rezone the land would not be appropriate at this stage, given the recent lodgement of a Part 3A Concept Plan request by the Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park Trust for the site as an extension to the Botany Cemetery.

 

The State Government’s 4th April 2011 announcement of its proposed repeal of Part 3A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act) and transition arrangements are unclear with regard to this Part 3A request. I recommend that the Council write to the new Minister for Planning and Infrastructure, seeking clarification of the status of this Part 3A request and reiterating Council’s position and the community support for the continued use and protection of this 7 ha site as Chinese Market Gardens.

 

Issues

 

A Concept Plan request lodged for the Botany Cemetery extension

 

The Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park Trust has recently submitted a request to the NSW Government for an authorisation to proceed with a Part 3A Concept Plan for the site as an extension to the Botany Cemetery.

 

As landowner, the crown land division of the Department of Primary Industries, (formerly known as Land and Property Management Authority) has given consent to the lodgement of the application. The proposal, as noted in the State Government’s response letter, will be assessed based on a planning report being prepared by the Department of Planning (now referred to as ‘Department of Planning and Infrastructure’), to determine whether to proceed with the Concept Plan and declare the proposal a Part 3A project. 

 

In the circumstances of the planning process currently underway, the Council’s Planning Proposal to rezone the land was not supported by the former State Government.

 

The repealing of Part 3A 

 

The new NSW Government announced on 4 April 2011 that Part 3A of the EP&A Act will be repealed and no new Part 3A applications for private residential, commercial, retail or coastal development will be accepted from 4 April.

 

However, it is not clear if the cemetery expansion request would fall within these transition arrangements given this broad criteria and also given that it is lodged but not declared a Part 3A project. I suggest that the Council seek the new State Government’s position on the status of this Concept Plan request. In doing so, we should also note Council’s commitment and the extensive community support that we have received for the conservation of this valuable community resource with significant heritage, cultural, ecological, aesthetic and agricultural values.

 

 

 

Recommendation

 

That Council endorse writing to the NSW Minister for Planning and Infrastructure, seeking clarification on the status of the Part 3A Concept Plan request lodged by the Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park Trust to expand into the Chinese Market Gardens and reiterating the Council’s position and community support for the continued use and protection of these gardens.

 

 

Attachment/s:

 

1.View

Mayor's letter to the NSW Government seeking support for a spot rezoning of the Chinese Market Gardens

 

2.View

Response letter from Tony Kelly (former Minister For Planning) - advising that a spot rezoning will not be appropriate due to recent lodgement of the Concept Plan request

 

 

 

 


Mayor's letter to the NSW Government seeking support for a spot rezoning of the Chinese Market Gardens

Attachment 1

 

 


Response letter from Tony Kelly (former Minister For Planning) - advising that a spot rezoning will not be appropriate due to recent lodgement of the Concept Plan request

Attachment 2

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                                     19 April 2011

 

 

Mayoral Minute No. MM35/11

 

 

Subject:                  New Environmental Category Prize for Randwick Urban Shorts Youth Film Festival

Folder No:                   F2005/00872

Author:                   Peter Maganov, Manager Sustainability     

 

Introduction

 

Every year, as part of National Youth Week celebrations, Randwick City Council convenes its Urban Shorts Youth Film Festival. This annual event is in its 7th year and continues to attract creative short film entries produced by young people aged from 12 to 15 years old. The event culminates in an official screening of all submitted entries at The Randwick Ritz Cinema. Three prizes are awarded to winning entries.

 

Issues

 

This year’s three winners were Sheena Balisacan, Maxine Williams and Danielle Kedar. The film submitted by Sheena Balisacan, a student of Randwick Girls High School, attracted considerable audience appreciation. Entitled One Man’s Trash, this animated story conveyed reuse and recycling messages in such an engaging and creative manner that the judging panel was moved to award it as winner in the environmental category.

 

Drawing from this positive outcome, I would like to propose the introduction of an additional and permanent prize category, with $300.00 in cash as the prize, for the best film with an environmental or sustainability message. This will be an effective incentive for young people to explore and research environmental issues affecting their future and well-being. In due course, the Council will be able to provide its collection of Urban Shorts environmental films to schools as an educational resource.

 

Financial impact statement

 

The additional $300.00 cash prize can be funded from the schools education budget of the Council’s Environmental Levy Program, for the next three years.

 

Conclusion

 

The inclusion of an additional prize for the most creative/effective film containing environmental themes or a subject matter will encourage young people to express and share their views about their environment in a creative way. It is also a constructive way for the Council to impart sustainability messages to young people at the Urban Shorts Film Festival public screening and in their classrooms. Many young people are interested in what their peers have to say through films and videos, as demonstrated by the YouTube phenomenon.

 

 

Recommendation

 

It is recommended that Council endorse the introduction of an additional environmental prize to be awarded as part of its annual Urban Shorts Film Festival.  The prize money of $300 is to be funded from the schools education budget of the Environmental Levy Program for the next 3 years.

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                                     19 April 2011

 

 

Mayoral Minute No. MM36/11

 

 

Subject:                  Recognition of Bravery - Council Lifeguard Pat Falzon

Folder No:                   F2006/00185

Author:                   Councillor Matson, Mayor     

 

Introduction

 

Council Lifeguard, Mr Pat Falzon recently performed an act of extreme bravery whilst off-duty at Maroubra Beach. The purpose of this mayoral minute is to inform Council of Mr Falzon’s actions and to propose his nomination for a Royal Humane Society Bronze Medal Award for Bravery.

 

Issues

 

Mr Falzon was recently taking his dog for a walk along Maroubra Beach late in the afternoon when he noticed a woman struggling in the surf. Without any thought for his own safety, Mr Falzon went to the woman’s aid and was able to keep her afloat for approximately forty minutes until a surf lifesaving dinghy arrived on the scene.

 

Mr Falzon was then required to give the woman mouth-to-mouth resuscitation after she lost consciousness when the dinghy flipped on its way back to the beach. Mr Falzon was thankfully able to revive the woman and undoubtedly save her life.

 

Financial impact statement

 

There is no direct financial impact for this matter.

 

Conclusion

 

Mr Falzon’s actions are to be applauded as he showed great courage and commitment to keep this woman afloat for an extended period of time in very difficult circumstances. As a community we are most fortunate to have dedicated lifeguards like Mr Falzon watching over us at our beaches. It is proposed to nominate Mr Falzon for a Royal Humane Society Bronze Medal Award for Bravery to recognise his courage under these circumstances.

 

 

Recommendation

 

That Council write to The Royal Humane Society and nominate Mr Pat Falzon for a Royal Humane Society Bronze Medal Award for Bravery to recognise his actions that day on Maroubra Beach which saved a woman’s life.

 

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                                     19 April 2011

 

 

Mayoral Minute No. MM37/11

 

 

Subject:                  Rail Transport MOU - Additional Partner - Centennial Park/Moore Park Trust

Folder No:                   F2008/00375

Author:                   Councillor Matson, Mayor     

 

Introduction

 

In late 2010, Randwick City Council signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with key stakeholders in the Randwick Education and Health Specialised Centre, to advocate and promote for the planning and delivery of rail transport to Randwick City. This MOU builds on Council initiatives to seek mass transit, and in particular Light Rail, to our City.

 

I am pleased to now advise that another key stakeholder on the potential Light Rail route, the Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust, is now keen to sign the MOU and join this Council initiated partnership process.

 

Issues

 

The MOU was signed by Council, the UNSW, the South Eastern Sydney and Illawarra Area Heath Service, and Royal Randwick Racecourse, to formalise a working relationship between the parties to progress the provision of rail based mass transit to Randwick City, for the benefit of all parties and our City.

 

The need and benefits of this partnership approach on rail transport were raised during the preparation of the Randwick Education and Health Specialised Centre discussion paper. The Technical Working group, comprising key land holders and state agencies, noted the urgent need for increased public transport capacity to Randwick City and in particular, to the Specialised Centre.

 

The Centennial Park/Moore Park Trust oversees over 300 ha of nationally, state and locally significant parklands in Randwick City’s northern suburbs. The Parklands attract over 10 million visitors per year and encouraging public transport access is thus critical. With a total asset base of more than $780 million, the economic value of the Parklands to NSW exceeds $70 million per annum, and it generates more than $10 million a year from tourism. The areas surrounding the Parkland boundaries (including Randwick City, the City of Sydney, Woollahra and Waverley) are expected to house a further 60,000 - 80,000 residents over the next 20 years, and transport access to the parklands will be increasingly important.

 

Conclusion

 

I welcome this additional partner to Council’s MOU initiative on rail transport and look forward to working with the Trust on their key issues and opportunities for advocating for Light Rail mass transit to Randwick City.

 

 

Recommendation

 

That Council note and endorse the Centennial Park/Moore Park Trust as a new signatory and partner to the MOU on rail transport infrastructure to Randwick City.

 

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil