Ordinary Council Meeting

 

Supplementary BUSINESS PAPER

 

 

 

MAYORAL MINUTES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 27 August 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                                                                                                  27 August 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, First Floor, 90 Avoca Street, Randwick, 30 Frances Street, Randwick, on Tuesday, 27 August 2013 at 6:00 p.m.

 

 

 

 

MM57/13   2013 National Awards for Local Government - Buildings for our Community commended....................................................................................................... 1

MM58/13   2013 RH Dougherty Awards for Excellence in Communication........................ 3

MM59/13   2013 Sustainable Cities Runner up for Overall Sustainable Council Award........ 5

MM60/13   Post graduate student research partnership between Council and University of New South Wales....................................................................................... 7

MM61/13   Waiver of Fees for Maroubra Diggers Junior Swimming Club for Two Swimming Carnivals at Des Renford Leisure Centre................................................................... 9

MM62/13   Waiver of Fees for Maroubra Swim Clubs Annual Development Carnival held on the 20 July 2013 at Des Renford Leisure Centre....................................................... 11

MM63/13   Recognition of Martin Joseph "Paddy" Bastic OAM..................................... 13

MM64/13   Support for National Anti-Racism Campaign............................................. 17

MM65/13   Support for 2013 National Indigenous Tertiary Education Student Games - UNSW team...................................................................................................... 19

MM66/13   Sponsorship - La Perouse Netball Team.................................................. 21

MM67/13   Urban Activation Precincts - Council and community involvement................ 23            

 

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                                  27 August 2013

 

 

Mayoral Minute No. MM57/13

 

 

Subject:                  2013 National Awards for Local Government - Buildings for our Community commended

Folder No:                   F2010/00044

Author:                   Councillor Bowen, Mayor     

 

Introduction

 

Randwick City Council has been recognised as leaders in Asset and Financial Management for Buildings for our Community, winning a commendation at the recent 2013 National Awards for Local Government.

 

On 12 April 2013 the Minister for Regional Development and Local Government, the Hon Anthony Albanese, announced the category and commended winners.  The purpose of the awards is to recognise, reward and promote the innovative work of local governments across Australia.

 

Issues

 

Randwick City Council was nominated for one award:

 

1.  Asset and Financial Management – the category recognises asset and financial management projects and initiatives that build sustainability and the capability of local government to meet future community needs.

 

Randwick City Council successfully received a commendation for excellence for its Buildings for our Community program.

 

As outlined in the awards application, Randwick City Council was one of the first to apply and receive approval under Section 508A for the Buildings for our Community program, demonstrating an innovative approach to financial modeling, consultation processes and asset management. This approach has since been adopted by other Councils as a strategy for funding Asset Management renewal.

 

The application highlighted the benefits of the Buildings for our Community as wide ranging - the program deliberately targets buildings that are spread across the local government area, and that are used by a broad range of ages and interests.

 

Randwick City Council’s application was noted as a significant achievement, given the large number (192) and the high quality of entries received. Importantly, the awards also provide the opportunity to share innovation and information with councils across Australia, further encouraging the capacity building efforts of the local government sector.

 

Financial impact statement

 

There is no direct financial impact for this matter.

 

Conclusion

 

This award demonstrates that Randwick City Council is a leader in local government and acknowledges the ongoing success of the Buildings for our Community program.

 

The program’s inception demonstrates a significant innovation by Randwick City Council that has been proved to be a forerunner of this approach to asset management.  The ongoing implementation of the program demonstrates Council’s ability to employ capable and dedicated staff who work to deliver a wide range of projects that will benefit both council and the community.

 

Recommendation

 

That Council congratulates its staff on being highly commended for Buildings for our Community as recognised by the 2013 National Awards for Local Government. 

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                                  27 August 2013

 

 

Mayoral Minute No. MM58/13

 

 

Subject:                  2013 RH Dougherty Awards for Excellence in Communication

Folder No:                   F2013/00334

Author:                   Councillor Bowen, Mayor     

 

Introduction

 

The 2013 RH Dougherty Awards for Excellence in Communication were announced by Local Government NSW as part of Local Government Week on Thursday 1 August 2013.

Issues

 

I am very pleased to report that Randwick City Council picked up two awards in the prestigious 2013 RH Dougherty Awards for Excellence in Communication. The two awards are:

 

§ WINNER – Light Rail to Randwick

(Excellence in Communication – division C – more than 100,000 residents)

 

§ HIGHLY COMMENDED – Earth Hour Dine by Candlelight

(Excellence in Communication – division C – more than 100,000 residents)

 

The Awards were presented by the Minister for Local Government the Hon Don Page at the Local Government Awards Evening hosted by Local Government NSW. These awards are the highest accolade a NSW council can receive in the area of communication. They are managed by Local Government NSW and judged by experts in the field of communication.

 

There were more than 50 projects nominated for awards from councils across the state. Winning these awards is a huge honour for our Council and a tribute to our high performing staff and innovative projects that we produce and manage.

 

Congratulations to the staff involved in both these projects including staff in Communications, Strategic Planning, Integrated Transport, Sustainability and Economic Development. I’d like to acknowledge the ongoing support of our partners at the University of NSW and the Australian Turf Club, who we jointly developed the Light Rail to Randwick campaign with, and I’d also like to acknowledge the significant work of former Mayor Scott Nash and former Mayor Murray Matson. Both Crs Nash and Matson have been involved in this ongoing campaign, particularly Cr Matson who has been a strong advocate for light rail for many years and single-handedly door-knocked hundreds of businesses along the proposed light rail route as part of the communications campaign.

 

Light Rail to Randwick - WINNER

The campaign used a variety of strong messages and images including an artist impression of how light rail could look on Anzac Parade and an historic video on the campaign website showing the last tram to run down Anzac Parade in 1961.

 

During the campaign there were more than 32,000 unique visitors to www.lightrailtorandwick.com.au, 688 comments in forums and almost 7,000 document downloads. Almost 89% of 619 people who took a poll supported bringing light rail back to Randwick and 95% of businesses door-knocked in Randwick, Kingsford and Kensington supported bringing light rail to Randwick. The project also involved a strong media campaign, use of outdoor advertising along the proposed route, face-to-face engagement of local residents and businesses, advertising and social media.

 

Earth Hour – Dine by Candlelight – HIGHLY COMMENDED

In 2012, Randwick’s “Dine by Candlelight” event for Earth Hour was developed and refined around a comprehensive marketing and communication strategy, to maximise support from local cafes and restaurants and work with them to help spread the environmental conservation message of both Earth Hour and Council to their patrons.

 

This initiative was also designed to strengthen Council’s ties with our local businesses in support of our Shop Local Program while engaging comprehensively with our cafes and restaurants for the first time on environmental conservation. There was an extensive range of social media and traditional marketing taken up to maximise primary and secondary audience knowledge, understanding and participation. This resulted in more than 80 percent of all eligible cafes and restaurants in Randwick City taking up the invitation and participating. Estimates indicate somewhere in the vicinity of 8,000 to 10,000 diners took part on the night.

 

Financial impact statement

 

There is no direct financial impact for this matter.

 

Conclusion

 

The RH Dougherty Awards are the highest accolade in NSW for local government communication projects. Winning these awards is a tribute to our staff and Council.

 

Recommendation

 

That Council note the receipt of two awards (Winner – Light Rail to Randwick, and Highly Commended – Earth Hour Dine by Candlelight) in the prestigious 2013 RH Dougherty Awards for Excellence in Communication and that Council congratulate the staff involved.

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                                  27 August 2013

 

 

Mayoral Minute No. MM59/13

 

 

Subject:                  2013 Sustainable Cities Runner up for Overall Sustainable Council Award

Folder No:                   F2010/00241

Author:                   Councillor Bowen, Mayor     

 

Introduction

 

The 2013 NSW Sustainable Cities Awards were announced at Penrith at the end of July by ABC presenters Simon Marnie and Costa Georgiadis. The annual awards conducted by Keep Australia Beautiful (NSW) recognise sustainable practices at the highest level amongst community, business and local government organisations across NSW with winners going up against other States and Territories in the Australian Sustainable Cities Awards later in the year.

 

Issues

 

Randwick Council was runners up in the Overall Sustainable Council Award to Canada Bay Council at these Awards.

 

While staff attending on the night were no doubt a little disappointed to be runners up, it is a significant result and important recognition of Council’s comprehensive sustainability initiatives and programs. The judges visit to Randwick noted the significance and breadth of our program particularly as the assessment also takes into consideration Council’s policies and actions related to strategic planning, cultural, heritage and well-being programs and initiatives.

 

Financial impact statement

 

There is no direct financial impact for this matter.

 

Conclusion

 

The KAB Sustainable Cities Awards are one of the key awards for local Councils in NSW and Australia, this year receiving over 65 nominations from more than 40 organisations in NSW alone.

 

Recommendation

 

That Council notes this significant recognition of the range of programs provided by Council in the 2013 KABNSW Sustainable Cities Awards.

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                                  27 August 2013

 

 

Mayoral Minute No. MM60/13

 

 

Subject:                  Post graduate student research partnership between Council and University of New South Wales

Folder No:                   F2010/00241

Author:                   Councillor Bowen, Mayor     

 

Introduction

 

This Mayoral Minute seeks Council’s approval to strengthen our Sustainability Agreement with the UNSW by establishing a post graduate student research partnership with the University’s Institute of Environmental Studies.

 

Issues

 

The UNSW has recently written to Council seeking support for a postgraduate student research partnership with Randwick. The Institute of Environmental Studies (IES) provides postgraduate training and qualifications for students often with a strong employment background in environmental policy or consultancy experience.

 

The IES has a strong focus on ensuring the practical application of their research programs including the relevance of studies carried out contributing to meaningful experience for students in working to address real-world problems.

 

From this perspective, the IES is requesting a partnership whereby post graduate students supervised by IES academic staff would be able to nominate for projects submitted to them by Council that have a practical, real-world problem or issue in mind of relevance to the Randwick Local Government Area. The types of approaches which these supervised students would be able to undertake at the UNSW include:

 

·           Technical modeling and assessment

·           Applied social research including interviews and surveys

·           Policy review or development

·           Evaluation processes.

 

The IES staff indicate upto 3 or 4 projects could be conducted over a one or two semester period. There is a financial element to this request of up to $12,000 per year if the full number of nominated projects were taken up by post graduate students. Included in the work conducted by the students would be a critical review of the academic and industry literature on the issue being covered.

 

With the environmental levy program of Council coming to the end of its current five year program, I would propose that this partnership be funded on a trial basis for the first half of the 2014 academic year and a report returning to Council on the benefits and results of projects carried out. In the event of the permission being provided to continue with the environmental levy, the funding could be identified as one of our community education programs to be included in a future environmental levy program and our Sustaining our City initiatives.

 

 

 

 

 

Financial impact statement

 

An amount up to $12,000 would be allocated to this postgraduate student research partnership with the UNSW’s Institute of Environmental Studies with funds provided from the community education budget of the environmental levy program.

Conclusion

 

This is the type of initiative that should be supported as part of Council’s innovative Sustainability Agreement with the UNSW. With the University being such an important neighbour within our City and a source of such significant and contemporary research and study there is an opportunity for Council to provide practical, real-world research areas and topics for students where Council can gain important and potentially useful outcomes for its sustainability efforts s well as enabling practical experience for students seeking to enter industry or local government areas of employment.

 

Recommendation

 

That:

 

a)  Council approve an amount up to $12,000 to the UNSW Institute of Environmental Studies for up to 4 supervised practical research study areas for post graduate students for completion by June 2014;

 

b)  projects identified for consideration as student projects be reported prior to the end of 2013 to Environment Committee for information; and

 

c)  a continuation of this funding allocation and partnership be included in a future environmental levy program if approved subject to a final report on its results to Council.

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                                  27 August 2013

 

 

Mayoral Minute No. MM61/13

 

 

Subject:                  Waiver of Fees for Maroubra Diggers Junior Swimming Club for Two Swimming Carnivals at Des Renford Leisure Centre

Folder No:                   F2010/00214

Author:                   Councillor Bowen, Mayor     

 

Introduction

 

Correspondence has been received from Mr Rod Royston; President of Maroubra Diggers Junior Swimming Club; requesting the waiver of hire fees for the use of the Des Renford Leisure Centre to hold two zone carnivals in November and December 2013.  

 

Issues

 

The Maroubra Diggers Junior Swimming Club is a not for profit organization who have been utilize Des Renford Leisure Centre for over thirty years on a weekly basis between October and March each year. This year they wish to invite a number of clubs to Des Renford Leisure Centre to hold two zone swimming carnivals on Saturday, 30 November 2013 and Saturday, 14 December 2013, which will attract approximately 250 people to each event.

 

These events are both scheduled for outside normal operating hours of the facility, commencing at 6pm in the evening and concluding at 9.30pm. The facility will incur increased staff and operating costs due to the after hours nature of these events. There will be no impact on the normal daily facility events.

 

Financial impact statement

 

In the event that Council accepts the report recommendation, the direct financial implication to Council will be $1,020.00 which will be funded from the 2013-14 Contingency Fund.

 

Conclusion

 

It is considered that Council should support this request from Maroubra Diggers Junior Swimming Club to waive the fees to hire the Des Renford Leisure Centre for two zone swimming carnivals on Saturday, 30 November 2013 and Saturday, 14 December 2013 to the value of $1,020.00.

 

That normal facility spectator fees still apply to all non competitors to assist the facility in recovering the increased costs of operating outside of normal hours.

 

Recommendation

 

That:

 

a)  Council vote $1,020.00 from the 2013-14 Contingency Fund to cover the hire fees into the Des Renford Leisure Centre.

 

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

 

c)  normal facility spectator fees apply for all non competitors.

 

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                                  27 August 2013

 

 

Mayoral Minute No. MM62/13

 

 

Subject:                  Waiver of Fees for Maroubra Swim Clubs Annual Development Carnival held on the 20 July 2013 at Des Renford Leisure Centre

Folder No:                   F2010/00214

Author:                   Councillor Bowen, Mayor     

 

Introduction

 

Correspondence has been received from Mr Greg Baxter; Secretary of Maroubra Swimming Club; requesting the waiver of pool hire fees for the use of the Des Renford Leisure Centre for an event held on the Saturday, 20 July 2013.  

 

Issues

 

Recently Maroubra Swimming Club held its annual Development Carnival at the Des Renford Leisure Centre which attracted 230 swimmers from 35 swim clubs. This event is the major fund raiser for the club with all funds raised utilized by the club for its ongoing operations throughout the year.

 

They have requested that Council waive the fees to assist in improving the profitability of the event.  An assessment of the applicable fees to be waived are as follows:

 

Pool Hire Fee  $  780.00

TOTAL:         $  780.00

 

Des Renford Leisure Centre received spectator fees for all non participants and increased kiosk sales on the day.

 

Financial impact statement

 

In the event that Council accepts the report recommendation, the direct financial implication to Council will be $780 which will be funded from the 2013-14 Contingency Fund.

 

Conclusion

 

The Maroubra Swimming Clubs Development Carnival is a worthwhile local event which provides income to Des Renford Leisure Centre in the form of ‘secondary’ spend and entrance fees for spectators. This event is an opportunity for swimmers to compete against their peers, raise funds for the Club and provide ‘secondary spend’ income to the facility. It is considered that Council should support this request from Mr Baxter to waive the fees to hire the Des Renford Leisure Centre to the value of $780 to assist in raising funds for the Maroubra Swim Club.

 

Recommendation

 

That:

 

a)  Council vote $780 from the 2013-14 Contingency Fund to cover the hire fees for the Des Renford Leisure Centre to assist in raising funds for the Maroubra Swim Club.

 

b)  the organiser undertake to appropriately and prominently acknowledge and   promote Council’s contribution to Club members.

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                                  27 August 2013

 

 

Mayoral Minute No. MM63/13

 

 

Subject:                  Recognition of Martin Joseph "Paddy" Bastic OAM

Folder No:                   F2005/00266

Author:                   Councillor Bowen, Mayor     

 

Introduction

 

At its ordinary meeting held 23 July 2013 Council considered a mayoral minute and resolved:

 

“That Council staff investigate an appropriate means of recognising the invaluable contribution made to our local community by Paddy Bastic.”

 

Issues

 

A copy of the Mayoral Minute and Council’s above resolution was conveyed to Paddy’s immediate family who were deeply moved by Council’s gesture.

 

In response, Paddy’s son Chris, a former Mayor of Randwick City Council, wrote the following thank you to the Mayor:

 

On behalf of my sister Loretta and brothers Damien and Anthony, I wish to thank you for your Mayoral Minute regarding the passing of Dad and the Councils desire to have an appropriate recognition of his contribution to our community.”

 

After discussions with the family on an appropriate form of recognition for Paddy’s invaluable service to our community, it is proposed to have the park adjacent to the Maroubra Beach carpark and bounded by Marine Parade, Mons Avenue and Fitzgerald Avenue named in his honour.

 

This area is currently known as Broadarrow Reserve and is classified as Crown Land. In order to expedite the renaming of the reserve, support will need to be provided from the Department of Primary Industries and the area will also need to be formally gazetted. Council will initiate this process should approval to rename be given.

 

Financial impact statement

 

There is no direct financial impact for this matter.

 

Conclusion

 

It is considered that the naming of the abovementioned park in Paddy’s old stomping ground would be a most appropriate gesture of recognition of a life of service to our local community. It is proposed to name the park "Paddy's Park" with the formal name being “Paddy Bastic OAM Park.”

 

Recommendation

 

That the park adjacent to the Maroubra Beach carpark and bounded by Marine Parade, Mons Avenue and Fitzgerald Avenue be named “Paddy Bastic OAM Park” with a naming ceremony to be organised with Paddy’s family once formal approval is complete.

 

Attachment/s:

 

1.View

Map of proposed location for the Paddy Bastic OAM Park

 

 

 

 


Map of proposed location for the Paddy Bastic OAM Park

Attachment 1

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                                  27 August 2013

 

 

Mayoral Minute No. MM64/13

 

 

Subject:                  Support for National Anti-Racism Campaign

Folder No:                   F2011/00451

Author:                   Councillor Bowen, Mayor     

 

Introduction

 

The Australian Human Rights Commission has invited Randwick City Council to become a supporter of the national anti-racism campaign, Racism It Stops with Me.

 

Issues

 

Racism has serious consequences for individuals and local communities. It can affect people’s physical and mental health. It can undermine their ability to work or study or participate in community life. It can also increase social isolation.

 

The Australian Human Rights Commission believes that the most effective way to reduce the incidence of racial discrimination is to encourage and coordinate the efforts of local communities with expertise in the unique context it occurs.

 

Over 150 organisations have committed their support for the anti-racism campaign, including a number of councils.

 

What does signing up involve?

Organisations can become formal supporters of the campaign by signing the supporter agreement. Supporters agree to:

 

·           Endorse the campaign

·           Promote the campaign through their communications channels

·           Identify specific activities that can be undertaken over the next three years to support the stance against racism.

 

The campaign asks for a formal commitment to anti-racism, but does not tell organisations what to do.  The specifics of how this commitment is demonstrated are left to each individual organisation to determine.

 

What signing up includes:

·           featuring the campaign logo on our website

·           providing our logo for use on the campaign website/promotional materials

·           promoting campaign activities through our usual communications channels, such as our website, newsletter or social media

·           implementing anti-racism activities over the three year campaign, for example; a local council may implement a community education project or convene a multicultural advisory group to ensure services are culturally inclusive.

 

Financial impact statement

 

There is no direct financial impact for this matter.

 

 

 

 

Conclusion

 

The Australian Human Rights Commission believes that councils have a vital leadership role in driving action at the local level.

The support of local councils will ensure that this important national campaign translates into effective community action. I recommend that Council support the campaign and join with the Australian Human Rights Commission in working towards a society where people of all cultural backgrounds feel safe and respected.

 

Recommendation

 

That Randwick City Council becomes a formal supporter of the Australian Human Rights Commission’s national anti-racism campaign, Racism It Stops with Me, by signing the supporter agreement.

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                                  27 August 2013

 

 

Mayoral Minute No. MM65/13

 

 

Subject:                  Support for 2013 National Indigenous Tertiary Education Student Games - UNSW team

Folder No:                   F2008/00597

Author:                   Councillor Bowen, Mayor     

 

Introduction

 

A representative of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students of UNSW has contacted Council seeking support for the UNSW National Indigenous Tertiary Education Student Games (the games) team.

 

Issues

 

Each year, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who are enrolled in universities across Australia come together to participate in the games, which are held at a different location each year, with 14+ universities competing. 

 

Since its inception in 1995, the aim of the gathering has been to promote unity, interaction and friendly competition between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tertiary students. The games are a sporting competition but to the participants it also serves as a meeting place which fosters new, and strengthens, existing academic and cultural links between Indigenous tertiary students from universities across Australia.

 

2013 will mark the 18th year for the games, which are being hosted by The University of Western Sydney from 22–26 September at their Penrith Campus.  UNSW aim to enter four mixed gendered teams of 10 players to compete in; Basketball, Netball, Touch Football, Indoor Soccer (Futsal) and Traditional Indigenous Games. The team is conducting fundraising activities and has approached Council to help in raising the funds that will allow it to participate.  The aim this year is to fundraise approximately $15,000 to allow 42 students + 2 UNSW staff members to attend. Funds raised will assist with accommodation, uniforms, registration fees etc.

 

Financial impact statement

 

If the report recommendation is adopted, Council’s contribution ($500) will be funded from the 2013-14 Contingency Fund.

 

Conclusion

 

Council’s contribution will help make it possible for UNSW students to compete in an annual event that has been running for 18 years. Council will be contributing to the UNSW student life experience and will receive publicity for giving back to the local community and assisting in improving the health and fitness of young Indigenous Australians.  Council’s name and logo will be printed on all uniforms, as well as being advertised on the Nura Gili website. Randwick City Council will be mentioned in Nura Gili’s monthly newsletter and other UNSW and community media publications that are associated with Nura Gili for a period of six months starting from August 2013.

 

Recommendation

 

That Council supports the participation of UNSW Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in the 2013 National Indigenous Tertiary Education Student Games by donating $500 to assist with accommodation, uniforms, registration fees etc (to be funded from the 2013-14 Contingency Fund).

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                                  27 August 2013

 

 

Mayoral Minute No. MM66/13

 

 

Subject:                  Sponsorship - La Perouse Netball Team

Folder No:                   F2004/07396

Author:                   Councillor Bowen, Mayor     

 

Introduction

 

The La Perouse Netball Club is currently seeking sponsorship for one of its teams to participants in the Aboriginal Netball Knockout Charlestown. This event, to be hosted in Charlestown, will be held on the 25 and 26 October 2013.

 

Issues

 

The La Perouse Netball Club have offered Council the opportunity to be a part of this exciting initiative and to help sponsor a team to participate in the first Sydney Aboriginal Netball Carnival.

 

The cost to enter a team is quite substantial and the Club have sought assistance from Council to fund the costs, including (for 1 team):

 

Registration                                                            $250

Accommodation                                                              $800

Uniform:            T-shirt                                            $500

                       Shorts                                             $500

First aid kits                                                            $100

Food & Drinks                                                          $200

Total                                                                                      $2350

 

The La Perouse Netball Club welcomes both in kind support and financial assistance. Any contributions that Council makes will be acknowledged by advertising throughout the weekend of the carnival and/or promoting Council’s logo on the player’s uniforms and/or banners.

 

Financial impact statement

 

If the report recommendation is adopted, the proposed donation ($500) will be funded from the 2013-14 Contingency Fund.

 

Conclusion

 

I recommend that Council support this initiative to assist strengthen the La Perouse Netball Club’s vision of participating in the first Sydney Aboriginal Netball Carnival by providing sponsorship in the amount of $500.

 

Recommendation

 

That Council sponsor the La Perouse Netball Club in the amount of $500 to assist the Club’s participation in the first Sydney Aboriginal Netball Carnival. This contribution to be funded from the 2013-14 Contingency Fund.

 

 

 

 

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                                  27 August 2013

 

 

Mayoral Minute No. MM67/13

 

 

Subject:                  Urban Activation Precincts - Council and community involvement

Folder No:                   F2013/00012

Author:                   Councillor Bowen, Mayor     

 

Introduction

 

The NSW Government’s Urban Activation Precinct (UAP) program includes, within Randwick City, the two precincts of Randwick and South Anzac Parade. It should be noted that Randwick City Council did not nominate these two areas to be part of the UAP. The NSW Government recently held preliminary community consultation workshops where representatives from the local resident precincts, chambers, other stakeholders and randomly selected members of the community were briefed on the process and shown plans including towers of up to 20 storeys along the Anzac Parade corridor at Kingsford. Rezoning plans are expected to be placed on public exhibition in October this year. Given the potential scale and impacts of these UAP projects on our community, I am particularly concerned that the process appears to be lacking sufficient community input at this stage and bypassing effective Council involvement.

 

Issues

 

The NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure (DP&I) is undertaking the UAP planning, consultation and preparation of plans – including rezoning and heights – for each UAP. I am concerned that Randwick City Council’s planning controls and thorough community consultation are being side-stepped by a State Government looking to increase densities and heights. This is also in stark contrast to the State Government’s commitment to return planning powers to local government.

 

One of the most important functions of local government is to work with its community and set zones and height limits to cater for future development. This has to be done in a thorough, compelling and inclusive process to justify any change.

 

Unfortunately this is not what appears to be happening with the Government’s UAP process. The Department hasn’t explained the proposed consultations nor provided suitable opportunities for the community to understand and have their say on any proposed changes. I understand that UAP community consultations to date have been limited to general newsletters and a community focus group for each UAP, comprising two workshop sessions for about 50 chosen stakeholders and randomly chosen residents representing the demographics of that UAP.

 

Given the scale and potential impacts of these projects, I consider it critical that the community’s involvement should be more extensive and ongoing throughout all stages of the planning process. I believe that early consultation on this project should be open to all affected and interested residents. Council’s community consultation principles and policy are based upon the premise that local residents have the right to have a say and can often help improve projects in their area. The State Government needs to take this same approach. With a rezoning plan expected to be publicly exhibited as early as October and finalized by November this year, I am greatly concerned that by rushing the community consultation process we risk creating a poor urban design outcome which the community will live with for decades to come.

 

I have previously reported that Councillors were invited to be part of steering groups for each UAP. However, following an initial steering group meeting for each UAP, concern was raised with the Department of Planning and the Minister for Planning, that these groups appeared to be information briefings only, rather than offering any ‘steering’ role for Councillors. Clearly the consultation process needs to be reviewed to provide a genuine role for Council and the community.

 

I believe the community deserves better than this. They deserve open and transparent communication and they deserve the right to have a say on their community.

 

I would also like to see more detail on the criteria the NSW Department of Planning used to determine the initial Urban Activation Precinct locations. I believe the community should know who nominated both precincts in Randwick City, how they were chosen and who made the decision.

 

Conclusion

 

I share the concern of many people within the community about the lack of transparency and information about potentially substantial redevelopment along Anzac Parade from Kensington to La Perouse. The State Government should cease work on this project and commit to a thorough and open consultation process.

 

Recommendation

 

That Council make representations to the Minister for Planning to:

 

a)     Cease any further work involving the two Urban Activation Precincts affecting Randwick City until the State Government commits to a full and open consultation process of no less than 12 months for any rezoning proposals in the UAP areas; and

 

b)     make Randwick City Council the determining authority for any future rezoning proposals.

 

Attachment/s:

 

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Randwick UAP presentation from Department of Planning to Randwick Council August 2013

 

 

 

 


Randwick UAP presentation from Department of Planning to Randwick Council August 2013

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