Extraordinary Council Meeting
Supplementary BUSINESS PAPER
Tuesday 27 September 2011
Administrative Centre 30 Frances Street Randwick 2031
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Extraordinary Council Meeting
Notice is hereby given that an Extraordinary 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, 27 September 2011 at 7:00pm.
MM76/11 Message from the outgoing Mayor, Cr Murray Matson
Mayoral Minute No. MM76/11
Subject: Message from the outgoing Mayor, Cr Murray Matson
Folder No: F2005/00751
I am honoured to have served as Mayor of Randwick for the past 12 months. I would formally like to thank the Council staff, my fellow Councillors including Greens Councillors Margaret Woodsmith and Bradley Hughes, the outgoing Deputy Mayor Councillor Kiel Smith and the people of Randwick City.
Anyone who has ever been the Mayor comes to realise the debt that they owe to their partners who have to shoulder, often silently, the shared strains of the job. So I would like to express my appreciation to Leeza, the Lady Mayoress who has supported me during the past 12 months no matter what unnecessary complication that I brought into our lives including deciding to run for the seat of Maroubra.
The past 12 months have been a time of considerable improvements and progress for the residents of Randwick City.
Council remains in a sound financial position. We have dedicated and productive staff, no debt, a balanced budget, low rates, high quality services, and an extensive capital works program.
We have continued our reputation for openness and transparency and dedication to community consultation.
The reforms that were initiated under my first Mayoralty in 2004 were elaborated on and added to by every Mayor since. This reform process was thus essentially over by the time of my second Mayoralty last year.
This has left me free to concentrate on some personal policy areas including campaigning strongly for the return of light rail to Randwick. This year marks 50 years since the tram lines on Anzac Parade were removed. With a new State Government committed to a light rail feasibility study I feel we are closer than ever to getting rail transport for Randwick City.
We have signed agreements with major stakeholders like UNSW and The Australian Turf Club and we are working closely with them to bring light rail back. I have received positive feedback from the many local business owners I have door-knocked who can see the economic benefits that better transport brings.
I am very pleased to have started major infrastructure projects in the past 12 months including an $8M upgrade in La Perouse and consultation on an $8M upgrade to the Des Renford Aquatic Centre in Maroubra.
I have been a hands-on Mayor actively meeting and talking with local residents about a range of issues and attending local Precinct meetings.
The following is a list of key Council achievements in the past 12 months:
Light rail to Randwick
I have been advocating for light rail to Randwick for a long time and it’s closer than
ever to becoming a reality. Randwick Council has a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of NSW, the Australian Turf Club, the South Eastern Sydney and Illawarra Area Health Service and the Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust to continue lobbying and advocating for a light rail system in Randwick City. We are also about to sign an agreement with City of Sydney.
Council, UNSW and the ATC are funding a pre-feasibility study to examine potential routes from the Sydney City Centre to Randwick, financial viability, patronage and preliminary costings. This study is almost complete and the findings will be presented to the State Government to assist in the preparation of their feasibility study.
Since 1 July, there have been more than 35,000 hits to the light rail to Randwick website (www.lightrailtorandwick.com.au) established by Council, UNSW and the ATC to consult with the community. Ninety per cent of 414 respondents in a poll said they supported the campaign to bring light rail back to Randwick.
I have door-knocked local businesses throughout Randwick, Kensington and Kingsford. Of the 85 businesses I have spoken to, 81 have been positive or neutral about the return of light rail to Randwick.
New park opens in Randwick
Last year I officially opened Randwick City’s newest park – Environmental Park. On 3
November 2010, the Department of Defence dedicated the Randwick Environmental Park to Randwick Council, along with $2 million for the ongoing
maintenance of the parklands over a 19 year period. The Randwick Environmental Park is home to rare and endangered vegetation, the Eastern Suburbs Banksia
Scrub, and a seasonal wetland. Council had been in negotiations with Defence
for many years over the dedication of the parkland, and I’m gratified that this
13 hectare wildlife sanctuary is now officially open to the public.
Protection of Malabar Headland
Parts of Malabar Headland are now protected from any potential residential
development after Council supported my spot rezoning proposal to change the zoning of an 18 hectare site (known as Lot 102) from residential to National Park.
Council staff are finalising an extension of the coastal walk south of Maroubra Beach and through the Headland to Malabar. I have walked the investigated track routes and consider that this potential addition to our City’s Coastal Walkway will be an outstanding asset for our City. This proposal is expected to be publicly exhibited soon.
Malabar Beach water quality
Randwick Council is contributing $1 million towards a joint project with Sydney Water to divert two stormwater pipes away from Malabar Beach and into a deep ocean outfall. Poor water quality at Malabar Beach has been a major concern for the local community and Council for many years. This joint project flowed from my negotiations with the Member for Maroubra and will commence shortly.
New fitness facility for Maroubra
The Des Renford Aquatic Centre in Maroubra is set to be transformed with the
addition of a new $8.3 million specially designed fitness facility and crèche. The community has been consulted about the proposal and the results will be presented to Council soon. The Aquatic Centre was opened in 1963 and this new fitness facility will bring the centre up to modern standards while complementing and enhancing the existing swimming pools, lawns and BBQ areas. A special feature of the fitness facility is a purpose built crèche, providing a safe place for mums, dads and carers to leave their kids while working out in the pool, gym or while taking part in an exercise class.
Other features of the upgrade include: an upgraded café and kitchen; new reception, foyer and offices; landscaping and demolition of the existing substandard administration building; and a new entrance from the car park, with no loss of parking spaces.
Backpackers and our beach car parks
In January this year, Randwick Council Rangers and the NSW Police cracked down on
backpackers camping overnight in caravans and campervans at our local beach car parks. The crackdown followed numerous complaints from residents at Clovelly Beach about backpackers creating makeshift camp sites, partying into the night and leaving rubbish and toilet paper around Clovelly Beach car park.
Randwick Council Rangers and local police moved on 45 vehicles parked illegally at Clovelly, Coogee, Maroubra and Malabar beaches and installed new signage prohibiting overnight parking at all its beachside car parks.
Sydney Water’s Every Drop Counts 5-star recognition
Sydney Water presented Randwick City Council with a 5-star award last year for our major water conservation efforts. It is very difficult to achieve this rating and I am extremely proud of Council’s water saving measures which include storm water harvesting at locations across the City.
Extension of 3-Council Ecological Footprint project
The 3-Council Ecological Footprint Project has proved a great success in educating the communities of Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra on sustainability issues and encouraging action and behavioural change. In June this year, Randwick Council along with our neighbouring counterparts committed to extend and fund the project for another 12 months until 30 June 2012.
As an environmentalist, I am grateful that Councillors supported my original suggestion to buy approximately 600 tonnes of carbon offsets from one of
Australia’s premiere carbon offset providers, Climate Friendly. Purchasing offsets is a legitimate way to meet our greenhouse gas reduction targets. Council continues to lead by example on the sustainability and energy reduction front by installing solar panel arrays on our buildings and trialling new technology including wind turbines.
New cycling and walking map for Randwick
Randwick Council’s commitment to sustainable transport options continued with the launch of a new cycling and walking map of our City. The free map includes recommended routes for getting around Randwick City by bike and foot; information on cycling road rules, walking and cyclist groups; the location of local bike shops; and details of bike mechanics and cycling courses.
The routes shown on the map correspond to priority sections of Randwick Council’s Bike Plan, as well as future upgrades and improvements to the Coastal Walkway extending from Clovelly to La Perouse.
Legacies for a Better World: Seniors on Sustainability
Randwick City Council launched its first sustainability book, Legacies for a Better World: Seniors on Sustainability, providing tried and tested tips on sustainable living. This innovative project involved 22 seniors who attended a series of weekly experimental writing workshops to explore their relationship with the earth and their understanding of sustainability issues. The resulting 200 page book was launched by Cr Margaret Woodsmith at La Perouse Public School in October 2010.
11 tonnes of e-waste collected by Council
Randwick City residents handed in almost 11,000 kilograms of e-waste as part of Randwick City Council’s free collection day in March this year. Despite having a 20 foot shipping container on hand for the disposal of e-waste, a second container was needed after the first one became full well ahead of schedule. The most common types of e-waste dropped off were televisions, computer monitors and hardware, microwaves and mobile phones. Councillors also supported my Mayoral Minute this month to investigate a Local Government and Shires Association (LGSA) proposal for an industry-led initiative to reduce the volume of television and computer waste going to landfill. Council has agreed to consider using the Perry Street Recycling Centre as a drop off point for electronic waste as per the Terms of Engagement distributed by the LGSA.
National Tree Day
Randwick residents helped celebrate this year’s National Tree Day by planting more than 1,500 plants and shrubs in a grassy area on the eastern side of Malabar Road, Maroubra – south of Beauchamp Avenue. By planting hundreds of native grasses and shrubs, we will create a wildlife corridor and increase habitat and food sources for native birdlife. Council provided all the equipment, a barbecue for the participants and a jumping castle for the kids.
The Spot Festival and Australian Film Walk of Fame
More than 12,000 people flocked to The Spot in Randwick on Sunday 13 March for
one of Sydney’s most popular street festivals and the Australian Film Walk of Fame. A popular favourite of the day was the funk and soul group The Martini Club, while Ambrosia Café’s hamburger eating competition had everyone in stitches. I was delighted to induct Aussie legends Jack Thompson and Gary Sweet into the Australian Film Walk of Fame, with their very own plaque on the footpath outside the iconic Randwick Ritz Cinema.
Ecoliving Fair 2011
Four thousand people turned out for the sixth annual Ecoliving Fair on Sunday 18 September, learning new and innovative ways to make their home and gardens more sustainable. The fair included a variety of sustainability stalls, workshops and a number of expert talks on topics such as organic food, composting and green cleaning. The fair also featured the Festival of the Bike, interactive solar powered Wii games; a wildlife show; children’s art and crafts; and the organic food tent.
Vintage flare at the All That Jazz fair
Randwick Council turned back time for the All That Jazz vintage clothing fair held at
the Randwick Town Hall on 25 and 26 June 2011. Inspired by the local jazz scene in the 50s and 60s, All That Jazz Randwick had more than 20 stalls selling beautiful vintage clothing, jewellery and accessories from the early 1900s through to the 70s.
Vintage specialists, The Way We Wear, had an exhibition of stunning 1920s clothing on display, while a selection of historic photographs depicting Randwick’s jazz heyday were also exhibited.
Australia Day Community Service Awards
Eight local volunteers including a Rotarian, lifesaver and social worker were honoured at Randwick City Council’s Australia Day Community Service Awards ceremony. Two local groups received Community Service medallions acknowledging their dedicated service to the Randwick City community. The Young Citizen of the Year Award was presented to 16-year-old William Peters who has helped develop and produce Inside Gossip, Kooloora Community Centre’s newspaper.
International Women’s Day Art Competition
Council held its seventh annual International Women’s Day Art Competition and
Exhibition at the Randwick Community Centre in March. The event was open to women and girls aged 12-years and older living, working or studying within Randwick City. The Lady Mayoress officially presented the prizes to the winners and is pictured here (left) with Councillor Margaret Woodsmith (back row centre).
The old showbiz adage ‘the show must go on’ certainly applied to the 2010 Coogee
Carols as torrential rain bucketed down just as the revelry was about to begin. Thousands of committed families braved the weather while the celebrities got on with the job at hand – entertaining a very wet crowd. The ever popular Dr Chris Brown, otherwise known as the Bondi Vet, and Ed Philips from Temptation split the MC duties for the evening. A cast of Australian media and musical theatre personalities – including Simon Reeve from Sunrise, Jaynie Seal from Channel Nine News and John Howard from Packed to the Rafters – performed a number of classic Christmas carols.
Coogee Sparkles for New Year’s Eve
Thousands of people packed their picnic baskets and headed to Coogee Beach for Council’s annual Coogee Sparkles 20 minute firework display. All vantage points along the Coogee Beach foreshore were packed full of people watching the colourful and vibrant fireworks, while families brought in the New Year locally.
Lexington Place Busking competition
Singers, dancers and even rappers battled it out late last year at Randwick Council’s Lexington Place Busking Competition. More than 20 acts took to the stage at the Lexington Place Shopping Centre to compete for the $500 prize money. The winners, a local dance group called Sydney Rockstar$, performed their own special style of dance – ‘jerk’. Five students from Randwick Boys High School make up Sydney Rockstar$, who thrilled the crowd with their skilful moves and entertaining performance. Considering the success and interest I hope it becomes a regular fixture on our event calendar.
Eat History exhibition
Council launched the Eat History exhibition on 3 September as part of History Week. The Eat History exhibition, which contains many items on loan from the local community, is a journey through changing cooking methods and eating habits, and features old appliances, cookbooks, utensils, cooking pots and anything to do with cooking and eating. The exhibition is on display at Bowen Library in Maroubra until February 2012.
SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY
$33,000 for cultural initiatives in Randwick City
Ten community based organisations were awarded $33,000 in March this year to help get their creative arts and cultural projects off the ground. The projects included a production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a body boarding competition and a documentary about asylum seekers. The Cultural Community Grants program has two rounds of funding each year, in March and September, and is one of the key actions to come out of Randwick Council’s cultural plan, A Cultural Randwick City.
Free breathalysers in restaurants
Local cafes and restaurants across Randwick City were provided free breathalysers for the Easter long weekend to help patrons check their blood alcohol level after dinner before jumping in the car. Under the joint initiative between Randwick City Council and the Eastern Beaches Liquor Accord, participating restaurants and cafes received more than 200 single-use breathalysers so patrons could check whether they were over the legal blood alcohol limit.
Community Partnership Funding Program
Ten community based organisations were awarded more than $107,000 in grants to help provide much needed services to the local community and enhance opportunities for local residents to participate and be actively involved in community life. Some of the community based initiatives to receive funding were: a learn to drive program for disadvantaged youth at a reduced fee; an expansion of the Kool Kids Club program to involve youth leaders as mentors in health and fitness activities; and an additional playgroup at Chifley Public School run by Lifestart for children with disabilities and their families.
Important information translated for non-English speakers
Council translated information on 20 of the most important topics on our website into the top five languages spoken in Randwick City, other than English. A third of Randwick City residents come from countries that don’t speak English and providing easy to understand information in Chinese, Greek, Russian, Indonesian and Spanish on Council’s website will help reduce the need for people to phone our call centre or come in to the Administration Building, and will enable quick and easy access to essential information.
Bushwalks, free health screenings, cultural workshops, a men’s health day and dance performances were just some of the activities organised by the local Aboriginal community and Randwick Council for Reconciliation Week held from 27 May to 3 June. Reconciliation Week commemorates Sorry Day, the anniversary of the launch of the 'Bringing Them Home' report on the Stolen Generations, as well as the 1967 referendum giving Indigenous Australians the right to vote and the Mabo – Native Title decision.
Mental Health Forum
Randwick Council held a special community forum to help raise awareness and promote understanding of mental illness on Wednesday 3 August at the Randwick Town Hall. Several experts on mental health issues spoke at the forum including: Rob Ramjan, CEO Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW; Elena Katrakis, CEO Carers NSW; and John Malone, CEO Aftercare. People also heard a first hand account from a sufferer of mental illness and the affect it had on their life. Considering 130 people booked in for this forum and 170 people turned up, Council will hold another Mental Health Forum in the future.
Council and Rabbitohs community partnership program
Young people at public schools from Maroubra to La Perouse were rewarded for good behaviour with free tickets to Rabbitohs’ home games. Under a Community Partnership Program between Randwick City Council and South Sydney Football Club, local young people also participated in free training clinics run by Rabbitohs players. This program rewards and encourages positive behaviour and gives our young people healthy role models to follow.
Randwick Council’s Summer Activities Program was once again full of fun and
interesting activities to keep local children entertained last summer. From snorkelling at Gordon’s Bay, a boat tour of Cook’s landing place, sea kayaking at Malabar and surf classes at Maroubra, Council provided four days of free or cheap activities along our coastline. This was the seventh year Council ran the school holiday program.
Relay for Life
Randwick Council staff out did themselves once again in their fundraising efforts for the Cancer Council’s annual Relay for Life event. Held at Centennial Park on 21 and 22 May 2011, Council staff raised close to $8,000 to go towards the Cancer Council's research, prevention, education and support services. More than 40 staff participated in the charity event.
Scores on Doors food safety
After successfully participating in the NSW Food Authority’s Scores on Doors food safety trial last year, Council is on board once again for the full roll-out of this initiative state-wide. We already have 13 local food businesses signed up to take part in the voluntary star rating system designed to help diners better understand safety standards. This program helps people make an informed decision about where to eat as well as giving recognition to the thousands of excellent food businesses with a good food safety record.
MAINTAINING OUR CITY
La Perouse and Bunnerong road upgrade
An $8.3 million road and streetscape upgrade in La Perouse began in early April. The
project includes extensive improvement works to both Bunnerong Road and Anzac Parade. Works to the La Perouse Loop Road include two new roundabouts, kerbs and gutters and major drainage improvements; improved parking configurations maintaining the same amount of parking; and a three-metre wide Coastal Walkway around the perimeter. The road upgrade to Bunnerong Road / Anzac Parade includes re-sheeting 2.4 kilometres of road to make it smoother and safer; widening the road to include a breakdown lane and new bus stop bays to reduce congestion; a new footpath on the eastern side of the road; and a new separated shared cycleway and footpath on the western side of the road. Randwick City Council consulted the community on the La Perouse Loop upgrade in 2009 and received widespread support.
Facelift for ageing mural
In July this year, Council committed to restoring the Proud of our Elders mural on Belmore Road, Randwick to its former glory. Council has set aside $50,000 to carry out restoration and paint works on the mural which was originally commissioned in 1981. The mural, an iconic feature of the Randwick shopping district, pays tribute to the Indigenous and immigrant communities that have helped shape the character of Randwick City and celebrates many of the elders in our community and local sporting heroes.
New Maroubra cycleway opens in Heffron Park
Local residents, families and visitors to Maroubra now have access to a new shared cycleway and pedestrian path through Heffron Park. The 1.1 km long cycleway opened on Thursday 26 May providing a safe and convenient path for anybody wanting to enjoy the park on foot or by bicycle. The new cycleway also supports Council’s plans to increase the number of people choosing to ride bicycles as a sustainable and practical mode of transport.
Bangor Park playground
Last week (21 September), I officially opened the recently upgraded Bangor Park playground in Coogee. The $210,000 upgrade doubled the size of the playground and includes new shade structures, seating, play equipment including a rope pyramid, slides and swings. The design of the playground was the result of a detailed consultation with local residents.
HELPING OUR CITY PROSPER
Economic Leadership Forum
The business community of Randwick City was once again invited to Council’s Economic Leadership Forums. In April this year, participants were taken through the very first Randwick City Economic and Demographic profile. This landmark study is the first comprehensive coverage and analysis of key economic, business and social indicators in Randwick City. The profile provides accurate demographic and current economic statistical data that can be used by businesses for planning, investment and decision making.
Maroubra Beach urban design study
A sun-drenched public square could be created on McKeon Street at Maroubra Beach as part of Randwick City Council’s plans to reinvigorate the beachside retail centre. The proposal is part of an Urban Design Study currently on public exhibition until 14 October for community comments and feedback. The study was developed with three years of detailed community consultation with local residents, property owners, business operators, the Maroubra Beach Precinct Committee and the Maroubra Chamber of Commerce. This design report proposes potential planning controls which, along with community feedback, will help Council prepare a Local Environmental Plan and Development Control Plan to guide development at Maroubra Beach during the next 20 years.
Discussion papers - planning
Over the past 12 months, Randwick Council has consulted with the community on
four planning discussion papers, which will help update the local planning and development controls and bring them into line with state-wide templates. To date, Council has completed the consultations for the Randwick Education and Health Specialised Centre discussion paper and the Open Space and Environment discussion paper. The Business Centres and Residential discussion papers are currently on exhibition until 14 October 2011.
BUILDINGS FOR OUR COMMUNITY PROGRAM
Maroubra and South Maroubra Surf Clubs
Council is currently upgrading Maroubra and South Maroubra Surf Clubs to the tune of $930,000. These works involve extensive repair work, re-roofing the top floor of the South Maroubra club to protect the building from water damage and installing a lift near the main entrance so it‘s accessible to people with a disability. Structural repairs to the floor, walls and stairs are currently underway at Maroubra Surf Club, which will also be waterproofed, rendered and painted following the removal of the concrete cancer.
Clovelly and Coogee Surf Clubs
Coogee and Clovelly Surf Life Saving Clubs were the first projects to be carried out
under Council’s Buildings for our Community program. Both club buildings were upgraded with structural remediation works and repairs to concrete cancer caused by long-term exposure to wind and salt water. Council spent $700,000 upgrading and expanding both surf clubs, which are now ready for the upcoming summer season.
NATURAL DISASTER RELIEF
Over the past 12 months, Australia, New Zealand and Japan have been rocked by a number of natural disasters, including floods, earthquakes and tsunamis. To help with the disaster relief, Randwick Council donated:
· $11,301 to support the victims of the Queensland floods
· $10,000 towards the Christchurch earthquake
· $10,000 towards the Japanese earthquake and tsunami via World Vision Australia.
NSW Premier’s History Award 2010 – NSW Community & Regional History Prize
Winner: Randwick by Pauline Curby
RH Dougherty Awards 2010. Presented by the Local Government and Shires Association of NSW – Reporting to your community (Division C) Recognising leading practice in communication management.
Winner: Randwick by Pauline Curby
Planning Institute of Australia’s NSW Planning Excellence Awards 2010: Social and Community Based Planning category
Commended: 'An Integrated Planning Framework – Suite of Community Plans’
That the report of the outgoing Mayor be received and noted.