Ordinary Council Meeting

 

Supplementary BUSINESS PAPER

 

 

 

 

MAYORAL MINUTES

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 26 February 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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                                                                                               26 February 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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, 26 February 2013 at 6:00p.m.

 

 

 

 

MM1/13     Council sponsorship - Rotary Police Awards

MM2/13     World Kindness Australia - Request for Financial Assistance

MM3/13     Cancer Council NSW Eastern Suburbs Relay For Life 2013

MM4/13     Men of League Foundation - Charity Fundraiser

MM5/13     Property based options for the NSW Fire Services Levy - Update

MM6/13     Reducing street and beach litter in Randwick

MM7/13     Waiving of Fees - Coastrek 2013

MM8/13     Support for constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians

MM9/13     Privatisation of the Prince of Wales Hospital Hydrotherapy Services

MM10/13   Proposal to support the installation of bicycle racks in Randwick schools

MM11/13   Urban Activation Precincts            

 

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                               26 February 2013

 

 

Mayoral Minute No. MM1/13

 

 

Subject:                  Council sponsorship - Rotary Police Awards

Folder No:                   F2013/00087

Author:                   Councillor Bowen, Mayor     

 

Introduction

 

The Eastern Suburbs Rotary Police Officer of the Year Awards recognise outstanding Police Officers in each of the Eastern Beaches (Maroubra) and Botany Bay (Mascot) Local Area Commands. The Awards represents an opportunity for the local community to acknowledge and reward excellence in policing.

 

The Police Awards are proudly presented by the Rotary Clubs of Maroubra, Randwick and Botany Bay with the Police Officer of the Year announced at a gala dinner hosted by the eastern suburbs Rotary Clubs.

Members of the public are invited to nominate officers from the above commands for the Community nominated Police Officer of the Year Award.

Rotary has approached both Randwick & Botany Councils to support these awards by providing sponsorship. The council sponsorship enables each Area Command to cover their police officers costs of attending the presentation event.

 

The purpose of this Mayoral Minute is to seek Council’s support in sponsoring the 2013 Awards.

 

Issues

 

Rotary seeks sponsorship from various organisations in order to hold these awards and keep the ticket price reasonable for their members and others to attend. Last year both Randwick and Botany Council were major sponsors contributing $3000.00 each. This covered the cost of tickets for 100 police officers from Eastern Beaches and Botany to attend the event.

 

This year Rotary is requesting $3750.00 from each Council. This will again allow for the ticket price for police officers to be covered. In return for their sponsorship amount, both Councils will be named as major sponsors on all marketing material and on the website. Both Mayors will also be invited to present a special ‘Mayors Award’ at the presentation event.

 

Financial impact statement

 

A sum of $3,750 is the requested contribution, which can be funded through the Council’s Contingency Fund in 2013. This amount should be allocated to the 2013-14 Events Budget for future sponsorship.

 

Conclusion

 

Rotary is a not for profit organisation that serves the community through voluntary services, fundraising charity projects both within Australia and internationally.

 

The Police Officer of the Year Awards will allow the best of our local police officers to shine and be acknowledged for their professional excellence and dedication. Sponsorship of Awards event will also serve to demonstrate the good relationship and excellent partnership that exists between both Randwick and Botany Councils with Rotary, and the NSW Police.

 

Recommendation

 

That:

 

a)    Randwick City Council enters into a sponsorship agreement with Rotary by contributing $3,750 to their Rotary Police Awards program. In return the Randwick Council logo will be displayed on promotional material, be acknowledged as a major sponsor on the night and the opportunity to present a ‘Mayor’s Award’ at the event to be held on 11 April at The Lakes Golf Club.

 

b)    $3,750 be added to the 2013-14 Events Budget to fund the future sponsorship of this event.

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                               26 February 2013

 

 

Mayoral Minute No. MM2/13

 

 

Subject:                  World Kindness Australia - Request for Financial Assistance

Folder No:                   F2011/00470

Author:                   Councillor Bowen, Mayor     

 

Introduction

 

At its ordinary meeting held 24 April 2012 Council considered a Mayoral Minute and resolved:

 

“That Council:

 

a)     sign a declaration of support for World Kindness Australia;

b)     invite Council staff to express their interest in becoming Goodwill Ambassadors;

c)     support, in principle, co-hosting the Goodwill event to be held later in 2012;

d)     assist World Kindness Australia in other worthwhile community initiatives wherever possible.”

 

Issues

 

In accordance with clause (d) of the above resolution, an invitation has been received from World Kindness Australia to attend a world first Scholarship Dinner for World Kindness. This event will be held in the Great Hall at Sydney University on 13 March 2013. This is the first university scholarship of its kind, where applications will also be assessed on kindness in sport and contributions to the community.

 

Financial impact statement

 

The cost of a table at this event is $1,500 and will be funded from the Contingency Fund 2012-13.

 

Conclusion

 

Council signed a declaration of support for World Kindness which in part stated “as duly elected Members of Council, we hereby declare our ongoing support to World Kindness Australia and its endeavours to create a kinder society for our children to ultimately inherit.” As part of this ongoing commitment to stop bullying around the world it is appropriate to support a scholarship awarded on the basis of kindness in sport and contributions to the community.

 

Recommendation

 

That Council accept the invitation of World Kindness Australia and purchase a table at the scholarship dinner at Sydney University on 13 March 2013 with the funds to come from the Contingency Fund 2012-13 and that interested Councillors contact the General Manager as soon as possible to register their interest.

 

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                               26 February 2013

 

 

Mayoral Minute No. MM3/13

 

 

Subject:                  Cancer Council NSW Eastern Suburbs Relay For Life 2013

Folder No:                   F2009/00041

Author:                   Councillor Bowen, Mayor     

 

Introduction

 

One in every 2 men and one in every 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes. 32,000 people in NSW were diagnosed with cancer in 2012; 89 people in NSW are diagnosed with cancer every day.

 

Cancer Council NSW is a community funded, community focused cancer charity dedicated to the defeat of cancer. In partnership with the community, Cancer Council NSW works towards preventing cancer and reducing the impact of cancer through research, education, advocacy and the care and support of people affected by cancer.

 

In October 2007, Randwick City Council resolved to become a ‘community partner’ with Cancer Council NSW. Within this partnership Council has worked in cooperation with Cancer Council NSW on a range of activities, including: 

 

·           learning about and adopting new policies that will lead to a reduction in the incidence of cancer in the community;

·           supporting Cancer Council NSW advocacy campaigns that benefit the residents of Randwick City Council;

·           using Council communication channels, venues, staff and networks to disseminate Cancer Council NSW health promotion and patient support materials;

·           helping the Cancer Council NSW to support patients and their families in the community by allowing use of Council venues for support group meetings and education programs; and

·           supporting Cancer Council NSW efforts to raise money in the local area by leading and facilitating a three Council partnership with Waverley and Woollahra Councils and with Centennial Parklands Trust in 2009 to enable the inaugural Eastern Suburbs Relay for Life event.

 

In 2012 a Cancer Information Centre was opened at the Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick. It is staffed Monday to Friday by a team of volunteers who provide social support as well as information and referrals to cancer support services to patients, carers, families and friends. The information is evidence-based and remains up-to-date and accurate and this Cancer Council NSW service ensures that no one has to face a cancer diagnosis alone in Randwick City.

 

Issues

 

The Relay for Life event is the Cancer Council NSW major fundraiser. Randwick City Council, in partnership with both Waverly and Woollahra Councils, has supported and provided logistical and operational assistance for the event over the past four years. Since the inaugural event in 2009, the Eastern Suburbs Relay for Life has raised over $631,000 towards fighting cancer in the community. All funds raised are dedicated to preventing cancer and reducing the impact of cancer, and Relay for Life has proven especially effective in educating the public about prevention and about survivorship of this disease.

 

The 2013 Eastern Suburbs Relay for Life is scheduled to be held at McKay Sportsground, Centennial Parklands on the 18-19th May. Community awareness of the event is crucial to fundraising success.

 

Council has received an application from Ms Becky Banfill, Community Relations Coordinator at Cancer Council NSW. Ms Banfill is seeking assistance and financial support with a number of 2013 Eastern Suburbs Relay for Life operational expenses to the value of less than $5,000.

 

To this end a donation of $5,000 would cover:

·           Council fees associated with the installation of two banners advertising the 2013 Relay for Life event at the intersection of Alison Road and Doncaster Avenue, Randwick, and at the intersection of Anzac parade and Bunnerong Road, Kingsford,

·           the purchase of a re-usable Eastern Suburbs Relay for Life banner to replace the Cancer Council NSW banner that was stolen in 2011,

·           financial support for the official launch of the 2013 Eastern Suburbs Relay for Life, scheduled for the 8th March and featuring a ‘Dancing with the Stars’ competition.

 

Financial impact statement

 

The proposed donation of $5,000 to be allocated from the 2012-13 Contingency Fund.

 

Conclusion

 

Since the inaugural event in 2009, the Eastern Suburbs Relay for Life has raised over $631,000 towards fighting cancer in the community. Council’s support for events such as this is an important community service and a large aspect of the ‘community partnership’ that Council has formed with Cancer Council NSW.

 

Recommendation

That Council support the 2013 Cancer Council Eastern Suburbs Relay for Life event by:

 

a)     continuing to work in partnership with the Waverley and Woollahra Councils in providing Cancer Council NSW with logistical and operational assistance for the 2013 Eastern Suburbs Relay for Life;

 

b)     allocating $5,000 from the 2012-13 Contingency Fund towards operational  expenses for the 2013 Eastern Suburbs Relay for Life;

 

c)     providing media and other community information to encourage staff and the community to participate in the 2013 Eastern Suburbs Relay for Life; and that,

 

d)     the Mayor, or his representative be given the opportunity to address the 2013 Eastern Suburbs Relay for Life event on behalf of Council.

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                               26 February 2013

 

 

Mayoral Minute No. MM4/13

 

 

Subject:                  Men of League Foundation - Charity Fundraiser

Folder No:                   F2013/00001

Author:                   Councillor Bowen, Mayor     

 

Introduction

 

The President of the Men of League Foundation has written to Council requesting support for an upcoming charity fundraiser.

 

Issues

 

The Men of League Foundation is hosting a charity fundraiser luncheon at South Juniors on Friday 15 March 2013. The theme for this year’s function is ‘Honouring our Indigenous Stars past and present.’

 

Financial impact statement

 

The cost of purchasing a table for 10 at the luncheon is $800. If the recommendation is adopted this will be funded from the 2012-13 Contingency Fund.

 

Conclusion

 

This is a worthwhile function for Council to continue to support as the proceeds raised go to charity. This event also ties in well with Council’s sponsorship of the ‘Souths Cares’ program which involves assisting to “Close the Gap” in terms of the indigenous community and identified social issues. Interested councillors are requested to advise the General Manager of their interest as soon as possible.

 

Recommendation

 

That Council supports the Men of League Foundation’s annual fundraiser by booking a table for ten at the charity fundraiser luncheon to be held on Friday 15 March 2013 and that this be funded from the 2012-13 Contingency Fund.

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                               26 February 2013

 

 

Mayoral Minute No. MM5/13

 

 

Subject:                  Property based options for the NSW Fire Services Levy - Update

Folder No:                   F2011/00090

Author:                   Councillor Bowen, Mayor     

 

Introduction

 

At its ordinary meeting held 23 October 2012 Council considered its response to the “NSW Government – Funding Our Emergency Services” discussion paper and resolved (in part):

 

·      That the insurance industry contribution not be passed onto local government for levying and collection via a property based system as land valuation has no connection to emergency services. That another expenditure based system be investigated, e.g. population, risk assessment, incidents per area or type of property protected.

 

·      That the State Government abandons the proposal to recover through local government any lost stamp duty in any current or revised levy proposals.

·      That the State Government acknowledge that most Randwick City Council rate payers will be worse off under the new funding proposal and that they will share a higher burden of a proposed levy than most other local government areas.

 

The purpose of this Mayoral Minute is to advise Council of the current position with respect to property based funding options for the NSW Fire Services Levy.

 

Issues

 

The “NSW Government – Funding Our Emergency Services” discussion paper focused on the insurance industry fire and emergency services levy (which funds approximately 73.7% of the cost of the service in NSW), suggesting that this should be abolished and this funding should be recovered through a property based levy administered by local government. The amount to be recovered would be levied on land values and would appear on the rate notice.

 

The basis for the argument for change lies in the fact that 73.7% of the fire services levy is currently collected by insurers and passed on to the State Government, so those who are not insured do not pay for fire services, even if they benefit from services provided.

 

Although there is going to be a property based fire services levy in Victoria as of 1 July 2013, there has been no formal move towards a property based system in NSW at this point in time. After 1 July 2013 NSW will be the only State that still has an insurance based fire services levy.

 

Under the Victorian property-based levy:

·      Councils will collect the levy through rates notices;

·      the levy will be calculated based on the capital improved value of a property;

·      the levy will consist of a fixed component plus a variable component calculated as a percentage of capital improved property values;

·      the fixed component will be $100 for residential properties and $200 for non-residential properties;

·      the levy rate will vary for different property types such as residential, industrial, commercial and primary production; and

·      separate levies will be charged in the Metropolitan Fire Brigade and Country Fire Authority areas in recognition of the different costs associated with funding each service.

 [This information has been taken from the 'Victorian Fire Services Property Levy - Fact Sheet']

 

What's happening in NSW

It would appear, that NSW may follow the lead of all the other mainland states and remove the tax.  However no decisions have been made by the State Government.

 

How might this affect our ratepayers?

The insurance industry contribution for 2011-12 was $698 million, and a further $65 million may be added to this component for lost stamp duty. The FES paper proposes that $763 million be recovered by a property based levy through local government. For Randwick City Council it is estimated this would increase our contribution from $2.3m to $16.8m without stamp duty and $16.9m with stamp duty, resulting in an average additional contribution of $293 per rate payer (without stamp duty) or $296 per rate payer (with stamp duty). This is in contrast with the estimate provided by the Insurance Council of Australia that removing the ESL from insurance premiums would save the average household with building and contents insurance around $250 per annum. For Randwick rate payers, premium savings do not offset the higher ESL contribution that would be required through a property based levy.

 

This is further supported by modelling conducted by Deloitte for the Insurance Council of Australia which concluded rate payers in the Randwick LGA will pay $50 to $100 more under the proposed system (Insurance Council of Australia report "Property based funding options for the NSW Fire Services Levy”, June 2011, p7.).

 

A land value based levy draws no correlation to the actual risk or occurrence of fire to these properties, and will result in excessive charges to those who own properties with high land values, regardless of the actual market value or use of that land. 

 

Financial impact statement

 

It is not known at this stage whether there will be any direct financial impact on Council for a property based funding for the NSW Fire services Levy.  If the Local Government component of the current funding model (approximately 11.7% of the total cost of fire service in 2010-11) remains in place and only the insurance component of the current funding model (approximately 73.7% of the total cost of the service) is passed on to ratepayers via property based funding or some other model, then there will be no direct financial impact on Council. There would, however, be a direct impact on our ratepayers (as outlined above).

 

If Councils in NSW are to include a fire levy in there rate notices and collect and pass it on to the State Government, then there will be an administrative cost involved.

 

Council paid $2,179,749 towards the NSW Fire Brigade Levy in 2011-12. There is no suggestion, at this point in time, that this levy will be reduced or will be able to be passed on to ratepayers.

 

 

 

 

 

Conclusion

 

Council has previously resolved:

 

·      That the insurance industry contribution not be passed onto local government for levying and collection via a property based system as land valuation has no connection to emergency services. That another expenditure based system be investigated, e.g. population, risk assessment, incidents per area or type of property protected.

 

·      That the State Government abandons the proposal to recover through local government any lost stamp duty in any current or revised levy proposals.

·      That the State Government acknowledge that most Randwick City Council rate payers will be worse off under the new funding proposal and that they will share a higher burden of a proposed levy than most other local government areas.

 

A land value based levy draws no correlation to the actual risk or occurrence of fire to these properties, and will result in excessive charges to those who own properties with high land values, regardless of the actual market value or use of that land. 

 

Consultation on the State Government discussion paper concluded on 31 October 2012 and there has been no update from the State Government since submissions closed.

 

Recommendation

 

That Council maintain its opposition to property based funding for the NSW fire services levy proposal.

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                               26 February 2013

 

 

Mayoral Minute No. MM6/13

 

 

Subject:                  Reducing street and beach litter in Randwick

Folder No:                   F2004/07259

Author:                   Councillor Bowen, Mayor     

 

Introduction

 

Seeking Council endorsement of initiatives to reduce street and beach litter from impacting our popular swimming beaches, coastline and marine waters.

 

Issues

 

It is probably a disappointing fact for all of us but on a per person basis, Australians generate the second highest waste of any country in the world after the USA. Of this, there are around 4 billion plastic bags, 25 billion cigarettes and 400 million take-away coffee cups consumed and disposed of by Australians every year.

 

With waste figures like this it is no wonder that Council is required to spend more than $100,000 each year disposing of around 300 tonnes of waste and other debris from our popular swimming beaches and a further 300 tonnes of rubbish and litter are collected from our public beach litter bins.

 

Council is tackling these issues in a comprehensive and concerted approach across our sustainability and strategic waste team and waste operations. Under the NSW Government’s Waste and Sustainability Improvement Program, we have developed a Litter and Illegal Dumping Management Plan which aims to identify actions to take to address these issues.

 

With regard to the items of beach litter and rubbish washed down our streets and drainage network to our favourite swimming beaches, there area a number of programs and actions underway, including:

 

·      commencement of a beach litter education campaign utilizing bus shelter and timetable space around our beach areas;

·      expanding the public place recycling bins along our beaches to adjacent shopping centres and precincts;

·      installing water tricklers along the coastal walkway that enables visitors to refill and re-use their plastic drink bottles; and

·      promoting other messages and actions individuals can take to take personal responsibility for rubbish and other litter items in our streets, parks and beaches.

 

As we all know, the annual Clean Up Australia Day is being held next Sunday, March 3, 2013. In 2012, there were 17 local clean-up sites organised across Randwick by local community groups and schools, contributing to a total of 16,000 tonnes of rubbish collected by almost 600,000 volunteers across Australia. This is a major community event which Council continues to support each year.

 

On Sunday just gone, I also had the pleasure of attending Coogee beach with members of the local ‘nippers’, all members of the Coogee Surf Lifesaving Club as well as community activist, Tim Silverwood, a founder of the Take 3 environmental initiative. Coogee nippers and the Surf Lifesaving Club have adopted the simple but important ‘Take 3’ message where individuals agree to take at least 3 items of rubbish away with them when they visit their favourite beach area or park.

 

Tim created the Take 3 initiative after sailing personally to the huge area of plastic rubbish, some describe as a plastic island, many thousands of kilometers from land and occurring at the concurrence of ocean currents, unfortunately congregating the world’s plastic waste to this ‘junk’ island. A terrible indictment of the waste of resources generated by humanity over the decades.

 

I would like Council to endorse a range of initiatives and actions that can strengthen our own efforts to work harder at reducing litter and dumping in Randwick. These would be reported separately to Council with their costings and include:

 

·      Communications, Sustainability and Waste staff working to develop an ongoing and hard-hitting beach litter campaign to ensure our current education campaign is not just a one-off event and that the existing campaign is strengthened ahead of the next Summer season;

·      Recycling and illegal dumping data is reported at least annually, with corresponding actions taken and their results identified, to inform Council of the progress in implementing and success of our Litter and Illegal Dumping Management Plan; and

·      Development of an initiative that encourages our local cafes and restaurants to consider the use of environmentally sound, takeaway coffee cups that minimize long term impacts on our dwindling landfill space in NSW.

 

Financial impact statement

 

There is no direct financial impact for this matter.

 

Conclusion

 

The range of issues related to reducing litter and rubbish from occurring in our City are obviously complex. These litter items originate from various sources and with peaks that often occur in the Summer months or high visitation around public and school holidays. With over 80 percent of beach and coastal litter occurring from rubbish items washed down our streets and drains it is important to be proactive and promote solutions and actions that can be taken on a continuing basis to our schools, our businesses, our residents and our visitors.

 

Recommendation

 

That Council agrees that:

 

a)    Communications, Sustainability and Waste staff develop an ongoing and hard-hitting beach litter campaign to ensure our current education campaign is not just a one-off event and that the existing campaign is strengthened ahead of the next Summer season;

 

b)    Recycling and illegal dumping data is reported at least annually, with corresponding actions taken and their results identified, to inform Council of the progress in implementing our Litter and Illegal Dumping Management Plan;

 

c)    An initiative be developed that encourages our local cafes and restaurants to consider the use of environmentally sound, takeaway coffee cups that minimize long term impacts on our dwindling landfill space in NSW.

 

 

 

 

Attachment/s:

 

1.View

(Note: Tim Silverwood from Take 3 will be making a brief presentation to Council on this Mayoral Minute)

 

 

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                               26 February 2013

 

 

 

Mayoral Minute No. MM7/13

 

 

Subject:                  Waiving of Fees - Coastrek 2013

Folder No:                   F2013/00096

Author:                   Councillor Bowen, Mayor     

 

Introduction

 

Correspondence has been received from Ms Danae Griffith, Project Manager, Sydney Coastrek to waive the associated fees to host their annual 2013 Coastrek fundraising event to raise money for The Fred Hollows Foundation.

 

Issues

 

Sydney Coastrek is a 100 km 24 hour endurance event, where teams of four people walk from Palm Beach to Grant Reserve, Coogee raising money for the Fred Hollows Foundation.  Coastrek marks its 4 year anniversary and has grown from 200 people to 2000 people and has managed to raise over $1.8 million for the foundation to restore sight to the needlessly blind.  This year they aim to raise $1.7 million.   The final checkpoint and finish line is at Grant Reserve, Coogee and will be operational there for a 24 hour period from Friday 1 March to Saturday 2 March 2013. They envisage over 600 people checking into the finish line over the 24 hour period. They will have a food stall set up in Grant Reserve to feed the walkers as they come through.

 

Ms Griffith has advised Council that Ms Tanya Plibersek, Federal Health Minister will be firing the start gun at Balmoral and Senator John Faulkner will be guiding a blind trekker over the 100km walk. Lindy Hou, OAM, a 52 year old Para Olympian will be finishing at some stage at Grant Reserve on 1 March.

 

Costs are as follows:

 

Application Fee:                 $167.00

Food Registration Form        $100.00

Sulo Bins (7 x $75.00) $525.00

Total:                              $792.00

 

Financial impact statement

 

Should Council accept the report recommendation, the financial implication to Council is $792.00.  There are currently sufficient funds in the 2012-13 Contingency Fund to cover this contribution.

 

Conclusion

 

It is considered that Coastrek is a very worthwhile community event raising awareness and funds for The Fred Hollows Foundation and it is recommended that costs be allocated to cover the associated fees.

 

Recommendation

 

That: 

 

a)     Council vote $792.00 to cover the associated fees for the 2013 Coastrek event to be held over a 24 hour period in Grant Reserve on 1 and 2 March 2013, and funds be charged to the 2012-13 Contingency Fund;

 

b)     The activity organiser undertake to appropriately and prominently acknowledge and promote Council’s contribution prior to and during the activity; and

 

c)     The Mayor or his representative be given the opportunity to address the activity on behalf of Council.

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                               26 February 2013

 

 

Mayoral Minute No. MM8/13

 

 

Subject:                  Support for constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians

Folder No:                   F2008/00656

Author:                   Councillor Bowen, Mayor     

 

Introduction

 

With the House of Representatives recently passing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Recognition Bill 2012, it seems almost certain that a constitutional referendum to recognise Australia’s first people will be held in the coming years. This Mayoral Minute seeks to further Council’s commitment to a constitutional referendum by supporting and promoting the work of ‘Recognise’.

 

Issues

 

I was honoured on 13 February to attend a ceremony at Yarra Bay House in La Perouse to commemorate five years since the then Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s Apology to Indigenous Australians.

 

This event is now forever etched in history and I’m sure many of us can remember where we were the day we watched or listened to the apology made in the Australian Parliament.

 

The 2008 apology was indeed a sombre and serious one. The Prime Minister spoke on behalf of the Australian people when he apologised for the shocking mistakes and injustices of the past, and the trauma and ongoing hardship experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as a direct result of past Government policies and practices that included the forcible separation of children from their families.

 

Saying sorry is an important symbolic gesture. However, to be meaningful, an apology must be followed up with action, and leadership. Specifically, steps must be made to ‘close the gap’ of disadvantage that still exists between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians. It is shameful for us all that the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians in life expectancy, educational achievement, health, and economic opportunity remains today.

 

Council’s Reconciliation Statement recognises and acknowledges the rights of people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent to live according to their own beliefs, values and customs. It also outlines ways we can, as a community, progress towards reconciliation. Our Statement is a starting point; one small step on the journey towards reconciliation that every Australian must be part of.

 

Council remains committed to working closely with local people to develop and promote appropriate events and celebrations of significance in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in our City. Another vital step is giving Indigenous Australians due recognition in our Constitution. I think it is deeply concerning that among the 128 sections of the Australian Constitution, our first residents and custodians of our land are not recognised. Additionally it is concerning that racist and discriminatory sections remain within the constitution such as a clause that allows states to disqualify ‘all persons of any race’ from voting at elections, and another that authorises the parliament to make ‘special laws’ for the ‘people of any race’. The removal of these clauses and the recognition of our fellow Indigenous Australians will not make up for the wrongs of the past, but it would be another step on the path to reconciliation and equality.

 

I would like to commend the former Mayor Scott Nash who brought this issue before Council in 2012 where it was resolved:

 

(Mayor, Cr S Nash) that Council fully supports a constitutional referendum on the issue of constitutional recognition for indigenous Australians, as Australia’s first inhabitants, and to remove clauses in the constitution that have the potential to be used to the disadvantage of a particular race.

 

Since this time much work has been done on this issue. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Recognition Bill 2012 was passed by the House of Representatives earlier this month. The Bill, which still needs to go before the Senate, officially recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the first inhabitants of Australia and it has gained political support from both the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader. The Bill is an interim step on the path towards an eventual referendum for constitutional change which at this stage could happen as early as 2014.

 

To further Council’s support towards a constitutional referendum I propose that Council works closely with a group called Recognise. This organisation is part of Reconciliation Australia and will be a key lobby group to gain national support for the constitutional changes. Council can support the work of Recognise by promoting their website www.recognise.org.au on our website, eNews bulletin that goes to 7,000 residents, printed newsletters, Facebook, Twitter and the Mayor’s Column in The Southern Courier. These steps, and more that staff may identify, will help to further our commitment to recognising Indigenous Australians in the constitution and are practical and feasible actions we can take as a Council. These steps show our residents and in particular our Indigenous residents, that we as a Council are not only committed to the process of reconciliation but we’re taking action to make it happen.

 

Financial impact statement

 

There is no direct financial impact for this matter.

 

Conclusion

 

Supporting the work of ‘Recognise’ is an appropriate interim step for Council to take to further our support for constitutional recognition of Indigenous people until further details are confirmed about the proposed referendum. 

 

Recommendation

 

That Council reaffirms its full support for a constitutional referendum on the issue of constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians by working with the group ‘Recognise’ to promote their work to the Randwick City community.

 

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                               26 February 2013

 

 

Mayoral Minute No. MM9/13

 

 

Subject:                  Privatisation of the Prince of Wales Hospital Hydrotherapy Services

Folder No:                   F2013/06574

Author:                   Councillor Bowen, Mayor     

 

Introduction

 

A local resident has written to Council with concerns about the proposed privatisation of the Prince of Wales Hospital’s hydrotherapy services.

 

Issues

 

The resident indicates in her letter that she recently attended a rally organised by the HSU against the privatisation of the hydrotherapy services and has asked that Council support the cause by signing an online petition and support the campaign against the privatisation of this service.

 

The proposed privatisation of an essential public facility critical to the maintenance of the good health, well being and independence of people with severe disabilities and serious illnesses will be detrimental to disabled and ill residents from a health, well being and financial perspective.

 

The resident who has written to Council uses the hydrotherapy services at the Prince of Wales Hospital and has liken the proposed privatisation of the service to Council ‘suddenly deciding to privatise Coogee, Clovelly and Maroubra Beaches and charge users $78 for the privilege.’ The resident has indicated that the users of the service do not have the same choices as people without disabilities to exercise in water with the appropriate access, professional support, safety and privacy. Public/community pools cannot provide this service and privatisation could result in a cost of up to $78 for a single treatment.

 

Financial impact statement

 

There is no direct financial impact for this matter.

 

Conclusion

 

The resident has asked that Councillors sign the online petition and support the campaign against the privatisation of a local and valued public service.

 

I have signed the online petition and encourage my fellow Councillors to do the same in support of this important cause. The petition can be found at: http://www.communityrun.org/petitions/privatisation-of-prince-of-wales-hospital-randwick-nsw-hydrotherapy-services

 

Recommendation

 

That all Councillors be encouraged to sign the online petition against the privatisation of the Prince of Wales Hospital hydrotherapy services.

 

 

 

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                               26 February 2013

 

 

Mayoral Minute No. MM10/13

 

 

Subject:                  Proposal to support the installation of bicycle racks in Randwick schools

Folder No:                   F2010/00077

Author:                   Councillor Bowen, Mayor     

 

Introduction

 

Seeking Council approval to support the installation of bicycle racks in Randwick schools to encourage the use of bikes by students going to and from school and the corresponding health and well being for students.

 

Issues

 

Maroubra Junction Public School has written to Council on a number of occasions seeking support and assistance for the installation of bicycle racks at their school. Their research into the matter indicated that Councils such as the City of Sydney and Marrickville Council have been funding bicycle racks in schools for some years.

 

This is a worthwhile initiative particularly in encouraging physically active children in today’s society potentially instilling patterns of behaviour that can continue and influence decisions by those students as they move through life.

 

I would propose that Council establishes a number of relevant criteria which schools would need to satisfy before being eligible or considered for this support including:

 

·      A request for such support originating from local schools;

·      A demonstrated commitment by the school to promote and utilise such infrastructure (preferably bike users and little existing infrastructure);

·      Appropriate locations within or adjacent to school grounds for bike parking;

·      Advice provided by Council or similar transport engineering staff to agree with the siting and scale of bicycle parking of use to the school;

·      An annual allocation of $6,000 be available to a maximum of 2 schools per year payable from the cycling and walking budget of the environmental levy program (if insufficient take-up in one year, this would be available the following year);

·      Development of a model approach for the application of this criteria utilising Maroubra Junction Public School as the first school to receive this level of support; and

·      A report on this trial, its success and feasibility for continuing be reported back to Council by August this year.

 

Financial impact statement

 

That an amount up to $6,000 be allocated for this trial, from the cycling and walking budget of the environmental levy program.

 

Conclusion

 

Local schools and their communities are substantially representative of Randwick residents and their families. This is a constructive initiative to encourage children to be more physically active as well as contribute to potential solutions for excessive or unnecessary vehicle usage in our streets and around our local schools.

 

 

Recommendation

 

That Council:

 

a)    Approve a trial project to support an annual initiative facilitating the installation of bicycle racks in schools;

 

b)    Use this trial project, initially in conjunction with Maroubra Junction Public School to develop a process and sensible set of criteria for the application in future projects;

 

c)    Allocate an annual budget of $6,000 to support installation to a maximum number of 2 schools per year;

 

d)    A report on this trial, its success and feasibility for continuing be reported back for consideration by Council by August this year.

 

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                               26 February 2013

 

 

Mayoral Minute No. MM11/13

 

 

Subject:                  Urban Activation Precincts

Folder No:                   F2013/00012

Author:                   Councillor Bowen, Mayor     

 

Introduction

 

On 21 December 2012, the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure advised Council of the establishment of two Urban Activation Precincts (UAPs) in Randwick City under this new program and invited Council to nominate Councillors and Council staff to be members of the two Steering Committees that will meet throughout the planning process. 

 

The two Projects apply to the Randwick Specialised Centre (around the University and Hospitals) and the Anzac Parade corridor in the southern part of Randwick City.

 

Background

 

Expressions of Interest were sought for UAPs in July 2012. While Council did not nominate any potential precincts, I understand that three applications were made by the University of NSW, the Australian Turf Club (Racecourse) and the Randwick Hospitals Complex, for the Specialised Centre precinct. In December 2012, the Minister wrote to Council to advise of the two Precincts within the Council’s LGA (see attachment 1), to be investigated through joint working arrangements with Council, to identify opportunities for growth in housing and employment with the provision of necessary infrastructure under a $50m program announced in the 2012-13 State Budget (attachment 2). 

 

The intention of the UAP Program as expressed in the UAP Guideline (see Minister’s letter, attachment 1) is to plan strategically and with community input at all stages of the investigations. While these intentions are commendable, I noted in a January Media Statement (see attachment 3) my concerns about these UAPs.

 

Each UAP Project will have a steering committee as well as a working group and community reference group, all chaired by the Department of Planning & Infrastructure (DP&I). The Director of City Planning and the Manager, Strategic Planning will represent Council at the steering committees. The steering committees will receive updates and input on precinct investigations as they progress.

 

I am advised that the Department is currently considering community engagement processes and representation for the community reference groups. I have asked Council officers to report back to Council as to any further information as it arises.

 

Steering Committees

Councillor representation on the Steering Committees will be critical to enable Councillors to have active involvement in these Precinct investigations and be kept informed of the process.  I recommend that 3 Councillors to be nominated for each Precinct project so that Council will be suitably represented on the Committees:

 

Randwick Specialised Centre Precinct:

·      Cr Tony Bowen

·      Cr Murray Matson

·      Cr Brendan Roberts

 

South Randwick/Anzac Pde Precinct:

·      Cr Tony Bowen

·      Cr Robert Belleli

·      Cr Lindsay Shurey

 

 

Recommendation

 

That Council advise the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure that:

 

a)     Cr Tony Bowen, Cr Murray Matson and Cr Brendan Roberts are nominated for the Steering Committee for the Randwick Health and Education Specialised Centre UAP Precinct;

b)     Cr Tony Bowen, Cr Robert Belleli and Cr Lindsay Shurey are nominated for the Steering Committee for the Anzac Parade/South Randwick Steering Committee; and

c)     request that further details be provided to Councillors on the role, composition and responsibilities of the Steering Committees.

 

Attachment/s:

 

1.View

Randwick Urban Activation Precinct

 

2.View

Anzac Parade Urban Activation Precinct

 

3.View

Minister's Media Release

 

 

 

 


Randwick Urban Activation Precinct

Attachment 1

 

 




















Anzac Parade Urban Activation Precinct

Attachment 2

 

 




















Minister's Media Release

Attachment 3