Ordinary Council Meeting
Supplementary BUSINESS PAPER
Tuesday 23 August 2011
Administrative Centre 30 Frances Street Randwick 2031
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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, 23 August 2011 at 6:00pm.
MM60/11 Response to Motion Pursuant to Notice, "Carbon Tax Enough is Enough".
MM61/11 Proposal to establish a cycling 'hub' within Randwick City
MM62/11 Anti-Poverty Week - Awareness Raising Event
MM63/11 Macleay Street - Proposed Footpath
MM64/11 Benevolent Society of NSW - Access off Anzac Parade
Mayoral Minute No. MM60/11
Subject: Response to Motion Pursuant to Notice, "Carbon Tax Enough is Enough".
Folder No: F2005/00230
The Federal Government’s Clean Energy Bill 2011 will implement a carbon tax in July 2012. Councillor Matthews has a motion (NM25/11 “Carbon Tax Enough is Enough”) on the business paper for tonight’s meeting. It proposes:
“That Council write to the Federal Government objecting most strongly to the imposition of this carbon tax as it will result in an extra $200 million for ratepayers to have their rubbish bins emptied and to dump waste at local tips”.
There is a great deal of speculation as to how the proposed new carbon tax will impact on different sectors of the community including Local Government. Direct impacts are less likely in light that only 500 large companies will be required to pay the carbon tax, although around 190 of these represent larger landfill operators.
What is of most interest to all of us is what will be the indirect, or flow-on costs or implications of this carbon tax as these larger companies increase their understanding of any new responsibilities and how much of the carbon tax they may pass on to consumers. To this end, it is unhelpful to speculate without further information or the full facts on what the indirect implications will be for us as Council, or for Local Government across the board.
The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has indicated its intention to work with the Commonwealth Government to better understand and to communicate technical implications of the carbon tax to Local Councils across Australia.
It is extremely important that Council seek out accurate information on the extent of the range of implications which may affect Council before responding prematurely to issues related to the new carbon tax. It is proposed that Council access relevant information from an appropriately qualified expert or await the technical information from ALGA before agreeing to the above motion.
Financial impact statement
There is no direct financial impact for this matter.
It is premature to accept Cr Matthews’ assumption that Randwick residents (or NSW ratepayers as a whole) will be exposed to a $200 million bill for waste disposal. As mentioned above, the ALGA is preparing to work with the Government to resolve technical questions and to provide Councils with guidance on how to manage carbon pricing, obligations and energy efficiency and the level of funding which may assist in responding to these questions.
Actual predictions of costs to our ratepayers will in part be offset by the NSW Government’s 66 percent mandatory waste target expected by 2014. New energy savings combined with meeting this waste reduction target are also likely to contribute to minimising or negating our exposure to the various cost implications of the legislation.
a) Notes that the ALGA has indicated its willingness to work with the government to resolve technical questions and to provide local government with guidance and information on issues flowing from the carbon tax;
b) Commissions appropriate experts to provide a briefing to Councillors on the implications of the carbon tax to Local Government and to Council; and
c) Upon consideration of the above points, resolves in relation to Cr Matthews’ motion, that it is premature to write to the Federal Government objecting to the carbon tax until the information sought in this resolution is first obtained and assessed.
Mayoral Minute No. MM61/11
Subject: Proposal to establish a cycling 'hub' within Randwick City
Folder No: F2009/00506
This Mayoral Minute seeks Council’s endorsement to establish a cycling ‘hub’ for residents of Randwick.
The President of Bicycle Sydney, Mr David Borella, has approached Council seeking support to establish a bicycle ‘hub’ within Randwick City that would work to support and activate the wider community to become more active in using bicycles for a range of recreational or commuting purposes through and around Randwick.
The request mirrors similar concepts being actively supported by neighbouring City of Sydney and Leichhardt Councils although any proposal for Randwick would be established to suit our own local conditions and levels of interest by our residents.
The concept of a cycling ‘hub’ would entail the provision of sites around Randwick which would support the following activities to assist cyclists improve their access and gain the best experience of Randwick’s cycling network. These activities may include but are not necessarily be limited to:
· support of local bicycle user groups e.g. BikeEast
· provision of ‘learn to ride’ or bike maintenance workshops
· bike repair or repatriation of old, un-used or unloved bicycles.
Establishing a cycling ‘hub’ as proposed here appears to provide the opportunity of consolidating a range of Council driven initiatives. The ‘hub’ may be focussed at one location or potentially shared amongst a number of different locations depending upon their suitability. Either Barrett House or Randwick Community Centre come to mind as ideal locations for this ‘hub’ although Barrett House is likely to require the buy-in from neighbouring Waverley or Woollahra Councils as this is a shared resource of our Eastern suburb Councils.
Financial impact statement
There is no direct financial impact for this matter at this stage. It is proposed that a further report to Council provide advice on cost issues related to this proposal.
This is a worthwhile way to assist residents to safely access and increase their use of cycling as an active form of local transport. A cycling ‘hub’ within Randwick is an important form of consolidating various initiatives to increase cycling and walking within the City.
a) Council provides in-principle support for the concept of a cycling ‘hub’ within Randwick aimed at supporting the wider community to become more active in using bicycles for a range of recreational or commuting purposes through and around Randwick,
b) A report is prepared identifying how such a cycling ‘hub’ would work to the benefit of Randwick residents and identifies possible locations for its operation, and
c) This report identifies costs and/or funding options associated with the creation of this cycling ‘hub’ for Council’s advice and approval.
Mayoral Minute No. MM62/11
Subject: Anti-Poverty Week - Awareness Raising Event
Folder No: F2011/06574
The Welfare Rights Centre has asked the Council to host a morning tea or a similar event for community workers in Randwick City to highlight Anti-Poverty Week, which starts on Sunday 16 October and ends on Saturday 22 October. The objectives of this year’s Anti-Poverty Week are to:
§ Strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around the world and within Australia; and
§ Encourage research, discussion and action to address these problems, including action by individuals, communities, organisations and governments.
I have been advised that the Council will be holding a Cultural Bridges variety concert, as part of its Twilight Concert Series. Scheduled to commence at 10:30am at the Prince Henry Centre on 16 October 2011, Cultural Bridges will feature music, songs and dance of various countries performed by community groups and musicians.
As the concert will be held during Anti-Poverty Week, it would be appropriate for the Council to use this opportunity as a fund raising activity to highlight Anti-Poverty Week. It is envisaged that local community organisations, residents, members of the precinct committee and chambers of commerce will be invited to attend the morning concert. Monies raised at this event will be donated to Doctors without Border (Medicins San Frontieres). This organisation has an aid camp in Dadaab, Kenya that is treating more than 2,400 children in its ambulatory therapeutic feeding program and 130 children in its inpatient therapeutic feeding centre. An additional 5,047 children with moderate acute malnutrition are enrolled in a supplementary feeding program. There are now around 10,000 people in the organisation's feeding program in the Dadaab camp. Countries affected by famine caused by civil war and one of the worst droughts in 60 years are Somali, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Djibouti.
Financial impact statement
There is no additional financial impact for this matter. The cost of holding the Cultural Bridges variety concert at Prince Henry Centre has been allocated in the 2011-12 Cultural Arts Program budget, as part of its monthly Twilight Concert Series.
The aim of Anti Poverty Week is to raise community awareness about the hardship affecting more than one million Australians, and a billion more desperately poor people around the world. Marking the Anti-Poverty Week on the day of the variety concert held at the Prince Henry Centre is a cost effective and appropriate way to highlight the issue to a broader audience. All promotional material for the Cultural Bridges variety concert will include a reference to Anti-Poverty Week.
a) Council support Anti-Poverty Week by combining this event with its Cultural Bridges variety concert scheduled for Wednesday 16 October 2011, Prince Henry Community Centre as a way of highlighting the issue of poverty and hardship to the broader community, and
b) The donations collected on the day of the concert will go to Medicins San Frontieres’s feeding and treatment programs in the Dadaab camp, Kenya.
Mayoral Minute No. MM63/11
Subject: Macleay Street - Proposed Footpath
Folder No: F2004/07364
I have received correspondence from a resident requesting that we provide a footpath along Macleay Street, South Coogee between Fowler Crescent and Gregory Street.
There are sections of existing footpaths along parts of Macleay Street. On the northern side, there is a footpath between Moverly Road and Tucabia Street, along the school. On the southern side, there is a footpath constructed from Moverly Road to Fowler Crescent. Constructing the section of footpath on the southern side of Moverly between Fowler Crescent and Gregory Street will allow pedestrians to stay on a footpath along the entire length of Macleay Street.
Financial impact statement
It is estimated that the cost of the work proposed is $10,000.
There is a missing footpath link on the southern side of Macleay Street between Fowler Crescent and Gregory Street. This report proposes that the missing link be completed.
That a concrete footpath on the southern side of Macleay Street between Fowler Crescent and Gregory Street, south Coogee be considered in future capital works programs.
Mayoral Minute No. MM64/11
Subject: Benevolent Society of NSW - Access off Anzac Parade
Folder No: F2011/06108
I have received correspondence from Peter Garrett MP on behalf of a resident of the NSW Benevolent Society retirement village at 1409A Anzac Parade, Little Bay. The resident is seeking improved pedestrian access to the retirement village from the bus stops nearby.
The road reserve access to the NSW Benevolent Society retirement village forms part of the Anzac Parade access road. See the attached aerial photograph. The road reserve does not have kerb and gutter or a full width pavement. It has a narrow asphalt pavement approximately 3.5m wide that provides vehicular access to the retirement village. There is no formal access for pedestrians along the road. The grass verge on the northern side varies in height and is up to 0.8m higher than the asphalt surface. Any change to this verge will require excavation and a retaining wall. However, there is scope to formalise the southern side with kerb and gutter and a footpath. The footpath will link with an existing footpath that provides a route to the bus stop. This option will require the removal of a small tree and the replanting of replacement trees at other nearby locations.
Financial impact statement
It is estimated that the cost of the work proposed is $15,590.
The residents of the NSW Benevolent Society retirement village at Little Bay rely on public transport nearby. A resident of the retirement village has requested improved pedestrian access.
To provide the pedestrian access, it is proposed that the southern side be formalised with kerb and gutter and a concrete footpath.
That the Anzac Parade access road to the NSW Benevolent Society retirement village in Little Bay be improved with kerb and gutter and a concrete footpath on the southern side of road for improved pedestrian access. Further, that this work be considered in future capital works programs.
Map of Anzac Parade Access Road to the NSW Benevolent Society