Ordinary Council Meeting

 

Supplementary BUSINESS PAPER

 

 

MAYORAL MINUTES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 28 June 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                                                                                                     28 June 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, 28 June 2011 at 6:00pm.

 

 

 

 

MM45/11   Proposal to extend the 3-Council Ecological Footprint project with Waverley and Woollahra Councils

MM46/11   SEPP 1 Objections

MM47/11   Light Rail Proposal for Randwick City and City of Sydney

MM48/11   Donation towards the staging of the Maroubra Fun Run

MM49/11   Proposal to purchase Australian sourced Carbon Offsets

MM50/11   Proposed Listing Women's Baths (Mc.Iver's Baths), Coogee on the State Heritage Register

MM51/11   Defence Housing Land Randwick – rezoning to Environmental Protection

 

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                                     28 June 2011

 

 

Mayoral Minute No. MM45/11

 

 

Subject:                  Proposal to extend the 3-Council Ecological Footprint project with Waverley and Woollahra Councils

Folder No:                   F2008/00383

Author:                   Councillor Matson, Mayor     

 

Introduction

 

Approval is sought to continue the 3-Council Ecological Footprint project between Waverley, Woollahra and Randwick Councils.

 

Issues

 

The 3-Council Ecological Footprint Program has been a unique collaboration between Waverley, Woollahra and Randwick Councils and is aimed at reducing the “ecological footprint”, or consumption of resources, by residents of the Eastern suburbs of Sydney. This project has been conducted via a 3 year external grant from the NSW Environmental Trust and has generated a number of remarkable results through a range of innovative on-ground and community education projects.

 

The Environmental Trust has advised throughout the past 3 years and has confirmed with the Councils as the closing date draws closer that there are no extensions of funding or additional funds available to their existing projects.

 

The outcomes of the 3-Council program have been widely acknowledged as exceptional by the Environmental Trust and many of these results will provide a very positive environmental legacy once the project expires. These include:

 

§ The home composting trial known as the Compost Revolution, between Waverley and Randwick Councils has diverted around 115 tonnes of waste from landfill from the 580 participating households. An external consultant’s evaluation of the Compost Revolution reported even a further small scale roll-out is capable of saving in the order of $2.1 million a year and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by around 13 percent per annum. An online compost tutorial (www.compostrevolution.com.au) has since been developed for residents, the first of its type in Australia, which will enable a continuing roll-out of the Compost Revolution to residents;

 

§ The stormwater harvesting and treatment at Rose Bay in the Woollahra Council area has generated savings of approximately 1.5 megalitres (ML) of water per year, and has contributed to other projects part-funded through the 3-Council project including development of rainwater gardens in O’Sullivan Street, Rose Bay and aquifer recharge in the Woollahra & Royal Sydney Golf Courses;

 

§ Water auditing of medium to large businesses across the 3-Council areas now helping these businesses save in the order of 283,000 litres of water each day and providing cost savings across just 87 businesses of around $231,000 a year;

 

 

 

 

 

§ The sustainability demonstration house and permaculture garden located at Barrett House in Randwick where practical and affordable sustainable measures are on permanent display for residents, students and schools across the 3 Council area. Barrett House also provides a venue for activities of five local environmental groups helping the Councils on a range of environmental programs and projects;

 

§ The Go Solar program which delivered reliable and quality solar hot water and solar power systems at a discounted price (following a detailed tender process and independent expert advice) to residents and businesses across the 3-Council areas. Almost 600 residents registered for Go Solar, 383 free site visits were conducted and 71 installations completed saving approximately 241 tonnes of CO2 a year;

 

§ Sustainability Street is an action based community-led education and capacity building program with five neighbourhood groups established across the region in Rose Bay, Waverley Park, Coogee, Clovelly and Philip Bay;

 

§ www.reduceyourfootprint.com.au is a well utilised and increasingly popular website developed specifically for residents to engage with each other, ask questions about being more sustainable, read regularly updated sustainable stories, check the regional events calendar and find out more on becoming more sustainable across the Eastern suburbs. Recent analytics of the website confirm there has been 13,770 visits, 60 percent of which are ‘new’ visits totalling 51,181 page views;

 

§ In addition, the 3-Councils have coordinated efforts in a number of other project area since the collaboration began, for example the National Garage Sale Trail weekend; the Best Gift environmental Christmas campaign (www.thebestgift.com.au); the ‘Hungry for Change’ Food Summit; and for the past three years, the ‘Bike Festival’ celebrations as part of NSW Bike Week and the annual Earth Hour events;

 

§ Wide recognition of the 3-Council efforts has occurred due mainly to the range of sustainability issues tackled and the innovation of projects carried out aimed at addressing resource consumption issues.

 

The breadth and depth of projects carried out has not only generated environmental success stories but has provided a basis for a strong ‘legacy’ element for the 3-Council areas and their residents – this has been widely acknowledged in regular assessments and evaluation statements from the NSW Environment Trust and its administrators running the Urban Sustainability Funding Program.

 

The key issue for consideration by Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra Councils is whether the collaboration and cooperation achieved to date should be extended in some shape or form and if so, whether it can be resourced equitably between each of the 3 Councils.

 

A proposal to continue the 3-Council project for 12 months to June 2012

 

The collaboration between environmental, waste and communications staff at each of the 3 participating Councils has gone from strength to strength over the past three years of this project and as the results demonstrate, indicate a strong rationale for its continuation.

 

A number of potential funding models have been discussed at the Steering Group level and agreed to in-principle for further consideration by the Councils. These funding models include;

 

1.  Applying a proportion of each Council’s Waste and Sustainability Improvement Payments (WaSIP) funding (where relevant “standards” and components exist under WaSIP) to a regional funding ‘pool’ that enables current staffing levels to be met and relevant projects to continue or expand;

 

2.  Applying an appropriate matching contribution from each of the Council’s environmental, waste or stormwater levy programs;

 

3.  Seeking a smaller level of recurrent funding from each Council where applicable.

 

A final funding proposal incorporates funds from each of the above with the breakdown showing for each Council as:

 

Project

Proposed Funding

Compost Revolution

$61,766

Sustainable Business Program (water audits)

$27,000

Barrett House Sustainability Demonstration project

$10,667

Website

$5,000

Sustainability Street projects

$1,000

Staff

$34,667

TOTAL

$140,100

 

This level of funding will enable the continuation of projects and outcomes occurring from the joint collaboration and cooperation around environmental improvement projects for the next 12 months. During this time other funding opportunities will be investigated and a report will be brought back to Council outlining how the project may continue beyond this 12 month extension. 

 

Financial impact statement

 

The level of funding to continue the 3-Council Ecological Footprint project with Waverley and Woollahra Council is approximately $140,100 per Council with funds allocated from the Waste Levy and Waste and Sustainability Improvement Payment (WaSIP) Programs. Should Council agree with the continuation of this program further details outlining the sources of funding will be prepared.

 

Conclusion

 

The 3-Council Ecological Footprint project between Waverley, Woollahra and Randwick Councils has achieved substantial outcomes and legacies for each of the Councils and residents of the Eastern suburbs. The level of cooperation and collaboration between staff of the 3 Councils has introduced a new level of cooperation, coordination and integration across sustainability related projects benefitting residents, students, businesses and staff.

 

Recommendation

 

That Council agrees:

 

a)     to the continuation of the 3-Council Ecological Footprint project between Waverley, Woollahra and Randwick Councils;

 

b)     subject to a joint agreement between the 3 Councils, funding of up to $140,100 be negotiated from each Council for the collaboration to be extended to 30 June  2012;

 

c)     that an investigation of further funding sources or models be investigated by Council staff; and

 

d)     that options be brought back to Council for consideration ahead of the 2012 extension date.

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                                     28 June 2011

 

 

Mayoral Minute No. MM46/11

 

 

Subject:                  SEPP 1 Objections

Folder No:                   F2008/00122

Author:                   Councillor Matson, Mayor     

 

Introduction

 

SEPP No. 1 was introduced in 1980 to allow flexibility in the application of numeric development standards. It enables Councils to vary a statutory development standard where strict compliance with that standard is shown to be unreasonable or unnecessary in the circumstances of the case and where the development is consistent with the purpose of the standard, and the broader planning objectives of the locality.

 

Council is only able to apply SEPP 1 with the assumed concurrence of the Director General of the NSW Department of Planning (DOP). The DOP released a Planning Circular on 14 November 2008 advising Councils they are required to report variations of greater than 10% to Council for determination.

 

A small number of residents have raised a concern with me as to the process Council follows in relation to assessing SEPP 1 objections and the number of applications that rely on SEPP 1 objections.

 

Issues

 

The issue that has been raised with me is that due to the number of number of development applications that rely on SEPP 1 objections, Council could be perceived as having abandoned the development standards in the LEP.  I note that many of the SEPP 1 objections in recent months were for “mums and dads” applications involving alterations and additions to existing semi-detached dwellings that were not previously subject to the development standards in the LEP and have only in recent times required a SEPP 1 objection due to the interpretation of Council’s LEP. Hence, I am requesting a report from the Director City Planning on the number and types of applications relying on SEPP 1 objections and the process that is followed in assessing the validity of the objections.

 

Financial impact statement

 

There is no direct financial impact for this matter.

 

Conclusion

 

A number of residents have raised a concern with me as to the process Council follows in relation to assessing SEPP 1 objections and the number of applications that rely on SEPP 1 objections.  Hence, I am requesting a report from the Director City Planning on the number and types of applications relying on SEPP 1 objections and the process that is followed in assessing the validity of the objections

 

Recommendation

 

That:

 

a)     The Director City Planning prepare a report that analyses the number and types of SEPP 1 objections received in 2010 and 2011 and the process that is followed in assessing the validity of the objections.

 

b)     An independent legal expert be commissioned to select three DAs with SEPP 1 objections from 2010-11 and review the process applied in their assessment.

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                                     28 June 2011

 

 

Mayoral Minute No. MM47/11

 

 

Subject:                  Light Rail Proposal for Randwick City and City of Sydney

Folder No:                   F2004/08175

Author:                   Councillor Matson, Mayor     

 

Introduction

 

I have received a letter from the Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore MP, which expresses strong support for light rail extensions from the City of Sydney to Randwick City.

 

Issues

 

Randwick City Council has long recognised the need for rail public transport infrastructure to serve its residents and key employment, education and visitor destinations. Memoranda of Understanding have been agreed between Council and the University of NSW, Australian Turf Club, South East Sydney Local Health Network and Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust to progress the introduction of rail to Randwick City.

 

The major transport corridors and travel demands to Randwick City connect with the City of Sydney LGA, and link to important transport and employment hubs such as Central Station, Sydney CBD and Green Square. An agreement with the City of Sydney to jointly investigate our critical transport links and the opportunities for light rail will add to our existing initiatives, and provide a positive step towards an integrated sustainable transport network.

 

Financial Impact Statement

 

The Council has identified $100,000 in the 2011-12 financial year for a pre-feasibility study into light rail to Randwick City. Should the recommendation be accepted, activities will be funded by this budget.

 

Conclusion

 

I recommend that Council endorse joint investigations with the City of Sydney into light rail. This will enhance existing agreements between Council, UNSW, Australian Turf Club, South East Sydney Local Health Network and the Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust in support of rail transport to Randwick City, and provide a coordinated platform for light rail proposals to the State Government.

 

Recommendation

 

That Council endorse cooperation with the City of Sydney Council in joint investigations into light rail between Randwick City and the City of Sydney, and formalise this via a Memorandum of Understanding and advise the City of Sydney of Council’s commitment to a $100,000 pre-feasibility study into light rail to our LGA.

 

Attachment/s:

 

1.View

Letter from Clover Moore MP, Lord Mayor of Sydney

 

 

 


Letter from Clover Moore MP, Lord Mayor of Sydney

Attachment 1

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                                     28 June 2011

 

 

Mayoral Minute No. MM48/11

 

 

Subject:                  Donation towards the staging of the Maroubra Fun Run

Folder No:                   F2010/00096

Author:                   Councillor Matson, Mayor     

 

Introduction

 

Council has been approached by Mr Richard Walsh on behalf of the Maroubra and Districts Chambers of Commerce requesting a financial donation of $4,000 to prepare a Traffic Management Plan for the Maroubra Fun Run on Sunday, 23 October 2011. 

                      

Issues

 

The Maroubra Fun Run has been an annual event since 1996 when it started out as a small community fair.  This event has now grown to over 1000 runners, walkers and wheelers and another 5000 people attending the Oktoberfest and Market Day, a community event held after the fun run in Arthur Byrne Reserve, Maroubra.

 

In order for Mr Walsh to stage this fun run he is seeking a donation of $4,000.  This money will cover the preparation of a Traffic Management Plan by a suitably accredited consultant.

 

The proposed 4km course, travels via the service road - Fitzgerald Avenue - Marine Parade - Mons Avenue - Malabar Road - Beauchamp Road - Broome Street - Fitzgerald Avenue and return to the Reserve.  Some participants will run 8km by travelling the same route twice.

 

It is considered that the Maroubra Fun Run is a non-profit community event and that funds be allocated to cover the costs to stage a safe event for all participants.

 

Financial impact statement

 

In the event that Council accepts the report recommendation, the direct financial implication to Council will be a contribution of $4,000 from the 2011-12 Contingency Fund.

 

Conclusion

 

The Traffic Management Plan will ensure the event is safe and complies with the NSW RTA regulations.

 

Recommendation

 

That Council:

 

a)     Vote to donate $4,000 to the organisers to cover the costs of a Traffic Management Plan.

 

b)     advise the organisers of the Maroubra Fun Run that Council be given        adequate and appropriate acknowledgement for its contribution to the running of this event.  Such acknowledgement to include Council’s logo for inclusion on promotional literature. 

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                                     28 June 2011

 

 

Mayoral Minute No. MM49/11

 

 

Subject:                  Proposal to purchase Australian sourced Carbon Offsets

Folder No:                   F2006/00176

Author:                   Councillor Matson, Mayor     

 

Introduction

 

This Mayoral Minute seeks Council’s approval to purchase local carbon offsets available in Australia.

 

Issues

 

Mayoral Minute (MM17/11, 22 February 2011) requested support from Council to purchase overseas carbon offsets as a means of responding to Randwick’s excess greenhouse gas emissions. This request was made as Council had previously purchased carbon offsets from an overseas accredited project to make up for the excess of emissions reported by Randwick under its Local Government Emissions Trading Scheme (LGETS).

 

At the time (February 2011) Council resolved that “such a purchase be deferred until an Australian project is identified that complies with the required Australian Carbon Offset Standard”.

 

One of Australia’s premier carbon offset providers, Climate Friendly, has submitted an Improved Forestry Management Project for approval under the Australian Carbon Offset Standard. This is a reafforestation project restoring environmental and biodiversity values as well as sequestering carbon in a new forestry project in Tasmania. This will be the first Australian project to meet the new Australian Carbon Offset Standard when it is approved by the Australian Government.

 

Financial implications

 

Following Commonwealth accreditation it is proposed that Council purchase a parcel of these carbon offsets. The price per tonne of carbon is between $18 and $22. Randwick’s requirement to offset its excess carbon emissions is in the order of 600 tonnes equating to a cost of between $10,800 and $13,200. This is well down from the volume of offsets purchased previously from an overseas provider (approximately $19,200).

 

Conclusion

 

Council continues to lead by example in the range of measures it has underway to reduce energy consumption and levels of greenhouse gas emissions from Council operations. It has also been instrumental in the development of the Local Government Emissions Trading Scheme. Nevertheless, there is still a shortfall in meeting our annual 4 percent greenhouse gas reduction target under our emissions trading scheme (20 percent over the 5 year trial period).

 

Purchasing carbon offsets is a legitimate way and should be considered together with other current energy savings actions to meet our greenhouse gas reduction goals.

 

 

 

Recommendation

 

That Council receive and note this report and following accreditation a report be brought back to Council for the purchase of approximately 600 tonnes of carbon

offsets from this Australian based project.

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                                     28 June 2011

 

 

Mayoral Minute No. MM50/11

 

 

Subject:                  Proposed Listing Women's Baths (Mc.Iver's Baths), Coogee on the State Heritage Register

Folder No:                   F2004/06755

Author:                   Councillor Matson, Mayor     

 

Summary

The Heritage Council of NSW has resolved to consider listing the Mc.Iver Women’s Baths on the State Heritage Register, in acknowledgement of its heritage significance to the people of New South Wales.  On 8 June 2011 Council received from the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) a letter giving notice of its intention, together with background material. 

 

I noted on behalf of the Council, preliminary support subject to the consultation period now underway until 12 July 2011.  I recommend that Council now supports this listing of our unique Women’s Baths. 

 

Introduction

The Women’s Baths at Coogee (145 – 151R Beach Street, accessed via Grant Reserve), is already listed as a heritage item under Randwick Local Environmental Plan 1998 (Consolidation).  The site comprises the 20m long ocean pool, together with modest facilities and amenities buildings.  It is noted that Wylie’s Baths further to the south was listed in the State Heritage Register in November 2003. 

 

Background

The Mc.Iver Women’s Baths is significant as reportedly, the only remaining ‘women’s-only’ swimming venue in continuous use in NSW (and perhaps Australia).  Formalised in 1876, the Mc.Iver Women’s Baths are particularly significant for their social value to the female community of NSW who continue to frequent this facility regularly as a private and naturally seclude place to swim. 

 

The proposed state listing includes a sheet addressing effects of listing on the State Heritage Register.  It notes that the Minister can grant Standard Exemptions or site specific exemptions for maintenance and repair to ensure that properties are adequately secured and protected (see attached). 

 

Site Specific Exemptions have been prepared by the OEH and reviewed by Council staff.  A suitable curtilage has also been mapped and agreed by OEH and Council staff (see attached). 

 

Conclusion

The Heritage Council is now inviting any members of the community, owners, managers, organisations or other interested parties via metropolitan newspapers, to make a written submission regarding the proposed listing and significance of the Mc.Iver Women’s Baths.  Submissions are to be received by the Heritage Council of NSW by 12 July 2011. 

 

The unique character of the Women’s Baths results from the adaptation of artificial elements to a rugged landscape setting, and has been recognised as a special place by generations of Sydney women.  The site is already recognised in Council’s LEP for its heritage significant at a local level. 

 

I consider that the proposed state listing is warranted in this instance and should be supported by Council, in recognition of our significant ocean baths. 

 

 

Recommendation

 

That the Council write to the Office of Environment and Heritage noting its strong support for the listing of the Mc.Iver Women’s Baths on the State Heritage Register. 

 

 

Attachment/s:

 

1.View

Cameron White - Heritage Council of New South Wales - re: Notice of Intention to consider listing on the State Heritage Register of McIver Women's Baths - Grant Reserve, Coogee

 

 

 

 


Cameron White - Heritage Council of New South Wales - re: Notice of Intention to consider listing on the State Heritage Register of McIver Women's Baths - Grant Reserve, Coogee

Attachment 1

 

 





Ordinary Council                                                                                                     28 June 2011

 

 

Mayoral Minute No. MM51/11

 

 

Subject:                  Defence Housing Land Randwick – rezoning to Environmental Protection

Folder No:                   F2004/08424

Author:                   Councillor Matson, Mayor     

 

 

Introduction

 

The Defence Housing Land, Randwick is located at 4R Argyle Crescent, Randwick and consists of Lot 15 in deposited plan 1042814. It is situated in the southern corner of Randwick Environmental Park fronting Argyle Crescent and is currently zoned Special Uses zone 5 under Randwick Local Environmental Plan (RLEP) 1998.

 

The adjacent Randwick Environmental Park (REP) borders three of the subject sites boundaries. The Park contains one of the largest remaining sections of the native vegetation, namely the endangered Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub. Due to the parks significant plant species the park is zoned Environmental Protection – Natural Heritage Areas zone 7 under RLEP 1998. The objectives of the zone are to provide for appropriate buffer areas and to conserve and enhance land of natural heritage value.

 

The Council’s interest in the subject site is in further safeguarding the REP for environmental protection purposes and community enjoyment. It is on this basis that Council seeks the incorporation of the subject site into the REP.

 

At the Ordinary Council meeting held on 24 March 2009, Council resolved to:

 

a.  Write to the Minister for Defence seeking the re-incorporation back into the emerging Randwick Environment Park of the excised triangular area of land owned by Defence Housing Land adjacent to the bottom of Argyle Crescent; and

 

b.  Approach Kingsford – Smith MP the Hon. Peter Garrett in both his capacity as Federal Environment Minister and local member to enlist his support for the idea.

 

Following the above resolution, the Council wrote to the Department of Defence in April 2009, requesting that the land be included in REP. The response from the Minister of Defence, dated 7 July 2009, stated that Defence Housing Australia was under pressure to provide increasing levels of housing in locations close to Defence bases and that the land was required for Defence housing.

 

Issues

 

DA for Housing Development

On 3 May 2011, Defence Housing Australia lodged a Development Application (DA/315/2011) for 8 dwellings on the site. This application is currently undergoing currently undergoing assessment.

 

Conclusion

 

Notwithstanding the desire of Department of Defence to utilise this land for Defence Housing, rezoning to Zone 7 Environmental Protection would consolidate the existing Randwick Environmental Park, protect important elements of Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub and ensure the preservation of this valuable natural asset for future generations.

 

 

Recommendation

 

That:

 

a)     Council resolve to prepare an amendment to the Randwick LEP 1998 (Consolidation) to rezone 4R Argyle Crescent, Randwick, from 5 Special Uses to 7 Environmental Protection, and to include it within the Randwick Environmental Park Heritage Conservation Area, in accordance with S54 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979; and

b)     a planning proposal to this effect be prepared in accordance with S55 and        forwarded to the Minister for Planning requesting a Gateway determination in     accordance with S56 of the Act.

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil