Community Services Committee
Tuesday 11 March 2014
Administrative Centre 30 Frances Street Randwick 2031
Telephone: 02 9399 0999 or
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Community Services Committee
Notice is hereby given that a Community Services Committee of the Council of the City of Randwick will be held in the Council Chamber, First Floor, 90 Avoca Street, Randwick on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 at 6:00pm.
Quorum: Eight (8) members
Apologies/Granting of Leave of Absences
Confirmation of the Minutes
Community Services Committee - 11 February 2014
Declarations of Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Interests
Address of Committee by Members of the Public
In respect to Privacy & Personal Information Protection Act, members of the public are advised that the proceedings of this meeting will be recorded for the purposes of clause 66 of Council’s Code of Meeting Practice.
Community Services Reports
C2/14 Advisory Committee Minutes.................................................................. 1
C3/14 Proposed activities for Seniors Week 2014.............................................. 13
Notice of Rescission Motions
Community Services Report No. C2/14
Subject: Advisory Committee Minutes
Folder No: F2006/00216
At the 10 March 2009 Community Services Committee Meeting, it was resolved that the minutes of the Advisory Committees are to be presented to the Community Services Committee.
This report brings together, for Council’s acceptance, the minutes of previous meetings adopted by the respective Advisory Committees
As scheduled, the Advisory Committees (listed below) have met and the minutes of the meetings, which reflect discussions and outcomes, are attached.
The minutes will also be available on Council’s website after each meeting. This report includes minutes from:
· Access Advisory Committee – November 2013 (endorsed February 2014)
· Multicultural Advisory Committee – November 2013 (endorsed January 2014)
· Older Persons Advisory Committee – November 2013 (endorsed February 2014)
Relationship to City Plan
The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:
Outcome: An informed and Engaged Community.
Direction: Effective communication methods and technology are used to share information and provide services.
Financial impact statement
There is no direct financial impact for this matter.
The minutes of these Advisory Committee Meetings are now in order and are submitted to Council for acknowledgement and acceptance.
That the Council acknowledges and accepts the minutes of the Access Advisory November 2013; the Multicultural Advisory Committee November 2013; and of the Older Persons Advisory Committee November 2013.
Access Advisory Committee Minutes - November 2014
Multicultural Advisory Committee minutes - November 2013
Older Persons Advisory Committee minutes - November 2013
Cr.Kathy Neilson Randwick City Council
Frida Kitas Randwick City Council
Ilana Kaplin Randwick City Council
Chris Donnellan Randwick City Council
Vince Bates Headeast
Tess Protey Junction House
Jessica Blair Community Representative
Andrew Blair Community Representative
Melinda Ross Sunnyfield
No meeting was held in October.
4. Business Arising from Previous Minutes
4.1 Light Rail Proposal
The Light Rail proposal is a significant NSW Government project undertaken by Transport for NSW in liaison with key stakeholders such as RCC. The Environmental Impact Statement is anticipated to be placed on exhibition in the near future and will be seeking submissions. The provision of enhanced public transport is one of Randwick City Plan’s outcomes. RCC will be preparing a submission raising all issues relevant to our community. This will be formally reported to Council for endorsement. Individuals and representatives of various agencies are also encouraged to make submissions.
RCC recently wrote to Transport for NSW advising of the minimum consultation measures that should be employed to ensure a broad engagement of community. RCC will advise the Committee’s of the exhibition. Committee members can view the information on the RCC website including the link to TFNSW website
4.2 World AIDS Day Events
RCC will have an information stall at Coogee Family Fun Day at Goldstein Reserve on Saturday 7 December to highlight and celebrate World AIDS Day. RCC staff will raise awareness and funds for local and overseas charities on the behalf of NSW Health Service – South Eastern Sydney Local Health District. Information on RCC services, events and support programs will also be promoted on the day.
4.3 Memory Information Day
Over 130 residents attended the Memory Information Day held at the Prince Henry Nursing and Medical Museum at Little Bay on Saturday 28 September. Residents were able to speak to staff from the Local Dementia Advisory Service and Alzheimer’s Australia NSW about their general memory concerns and how they can reduce the risk of developing Dementia. RCC will also investigate the possibility of including the Memory Van at various local events, as part of Council’s commitment to making Randwick City a Dementia friendly community.
4.4 Twilight Tour
Over 90 residents attended the Carers Week Twilight Tour on Wednesday 16 October at the Prince Henry Hospital Nursing and Medical Museum, Little Bay. Special guest speaker Prof. Clement R. Boughton gave a presentation on immunisation and infectious diseases. Participants received information kits and resources from the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District Carers Program. Frida Kitas acknowledged the grant contribution from Carers NSW towards the Twilight Tour.
4.5 JewishCare Mental Health Expo
RCC had an information stall at JewishCare’s Mental Health Expo held on Sunday 10 November from 11am to 2pm at the Emmanuel School, Randwick. The aim of the event was to increase awareness about mental health and provide information on how to lead a healthier life with an improved sense of wellbeing for people living in Randwick and surrounding areas. The event was supported by Black Dog Institute and Eastern Sydney Medical Local.
5. New Business
5.1 Des Renford Leisure Centre
A resident caring for her teenage son with acute physical disabilities has raised an access issue in regards to the recent upgrade of facilities at the Des Renford Leisure Centre. The Centre does not have adequate changing facilities to enable the carer to dress her son properly, which has resulted in her having to dress him beside the pool, which she finds both physically difficult and humiliating. The carer has requested that Council consider purchasing a Wall Mounted Adult Size Change Table and Sonata Floor Hoist to enhance access for people with similar conditions.
The cost of the change table and hoist will be approximately $6400 excluding the cost of modifications to the existing change room and installation of the new change table. The Committee supported the request for the provision and installation of the equipment and associated modifications to the change room, to ensure true access and inclusivity for all members of the community and to encourage people with similar conditions to access the pool. Frida Kitas tabled information sheets on products for the two products from Paramobility.
5.2 Mental Health Services Information Session
RCC in partnership with Carers NSW and Eastern Sydney Medicare Local will host an information session on Thursday 12 December from 7pm to 9pm at the Prince Henry Centre. The purpose of the session is to promote new mental health services and support programs for residents living in the Randwick and Botany areas. Guest speakers will provide an overview of the Partners in Recovery Program and Access to Allied Psychological (ATAPS) program. This service is designed for people experiencing mental health issues who are socially or financially disadvantaged and who would otherwise not be able to access mental health services. The session will also have a strong focus on services for carers including the Older Parent Carer Program and Mental Health Respite Carer Support Programs. Flyers and posters tabled.
5.3 Coogee Beach Pedestrian Access & Mobility Plan
RCC have engaged a consultant to undertake a pedestrian study of the Coogee Beach area to identify improvements that can be can be made for pedestrian access. RCC are seeking any community feedback on issues to give to the consultant to assess as part of the study. Frida Kitas tabled copies of the study area and circulated the information to members of the Eastern Sydney Aged & Disability Services Interagency.
5.4 New Access Issues
A parking provision for authorised Community Transport Vehicles has been created with a 10 minute limit on the northern side of Short Street east of Belmore Road, Randwick for a trial period of six months. This will provide Randwick Waverley Community Transport and other community transport services with a place to pick up and drop off clients in close proximity to Royal Randwick Village.
6. Guest Speaker: Nil
7. Information Share: Nil
9: Date of Next Meeting: Thursday 13 March 2014.
Cr Lindsay Shurey (Chair) Randwick City Council
Hendra Mulyanto Community Representative
George Varughese Community Representative
Peter Schick Community Representative
Rosa Loria Community Representative
Charlotta Oberg Community Representative
Katherine Zhu Randwick City Council
Cr Noel D’Souza Randwick City Council
Tania Krasinski Randwick City Council
Ellen Gore Community Representative
Janet Timberg Community Representative
Patricia South Community Representative
The Minutes of the meeting held on 09 October 2013 were confirmed. Moved by Peter Schick and seconded by George Varughese.
4. Business Arising from Previous Minutes
Councillor Shurey remarked that at the recent Council meeting, there were a number of Councillors who were not aware of the Multicultural Advisory Committee and proceeded to inform Council of the committee and highlight the Advisory Committee’s purpose and objectives. Both Councillors Shurey and D’Souza expressed their disappointment in a Council resolution to hold a civic reception in the Lodge Room to commemorate Greek Independence Day. As a whole, the committee shared their concern in the resolution stating that it may be seen as excluding the many other cultures and ancestry of residents within the Randwick LGA.
Councillor Shurey suggested that she and Councillor D’Souza put forward a motion to Council to amend the resolution and recommend a more inclusive event. Peter Schick queried whether a motion can be put forward that the Multicultural Advisory Committee (MAC) be consulted prior to any future multicultural-specific resolutions.
4.a Multicultural Advisory Committee Event
Councillor Shurey reported that she had informed the Councillors of the Committee’s involvement incorporating Harmony Day as part of the Spot Festival. Councillor D’Souza suggested that perhaps the Spot Festival diluted the multicultural aspect of the event and recommended that a main multicultural event occur annually. Councillor Shurey reported that the Council resolution also stated that the MAC report to Council the feasibility of holding an annual cultural event.
Councillor Shurey invited the Committee to offer a mandate for a main event and utilise the meeting to ‘brainstorm’ as a group. Councillor D’Souza suggested a ‘Schools Spectacular’ style of event and Charlotta Oberg recommended that the event should be a celebration of multiculturalism in the Randwick LGA. Peter Schick questioned the main purpose for such an event. Councillor Shurey responded that the event should be a celebration of the residents and reflect an appreciation of the diversity within the LGA. Rosa Loria and Peter Schick agreed that the event should highlight inclusion and acknowledgement of all the cultures represented in the area.
George Varughese suggested a series of functions and Peter Schick mentioned that the committee needs to determine which way the event should be formed, such as the event style, location, financial considerations and community participation. Councillor Shurey stated that she will put forward a motion to Council to finance the event and that a proposal must be submitted, then queried how the MAC envisions the event.
Charlotta Oberg recommended one event and, as part of the planning, that the MAC reach out to the community to identify what they would want. Rosa Loria expanded on this idea suggesting that a survey be sent to schools asking what the school community would like to see happening and to build on strengths within the community.
Venues were discussed, taking into consideration size and inclusivity for a broad range of demographics. Katherine Zhu recommended that Maroubra Beach be the site of such an event due to the numbers and diversity of people who go to the beach on the weekends. Councillor Shurey agreed that an outside event would capture families and a wider range of people who already frequent the venue.
Charlotta Oberg recommended a working title, ‘The World in Randwick’ and Peter Schick put forward the theme of ‘Randwick City Council celebrates the world’.
4.b Multicultural Advisory Committee Brochure
Councillor Shurey reported on her recent communication with David Kelly requesting on behalf of the MAC to show the Migrant Story DVD at the Citizenship Ceremony. The request was declined stating that this proposal was not viable at the event. Tania Krasinski explained that, from her experience of the ceremony, any additions such as this to the current format would take up valuable time and focus away from the new citizens and their attending guests. Currently, the event is very well run to a tight schedule and ensures that the new citizens feel welcomed and a valued part of the community.
From attending and observing the November Citizenship Ceremony, Tania gained an insight into how the MAC can work with and enhance the ceremony. Tania encouraged MAC members to attend the monthly ceremonies to network and personally welcome our new citizens. Tania suggested that a welcome pack including the new MAC brochure with resources be handed out to each new citizen. Peter Schick suggested that they are given with the plants.
Tania Krasinski apologised and reported that due to other work commitments, the research into other Council’s MAC brochures was not completed. The format for the current brochure includes a message from the previous Mayor, definition and objectives and contact details of the MAC along with contact details of Council and local services. Katherine Zhu agreed that the brochure should promote the MAC and enable communication between the MAC and new citizens.
For the next meeting, a copy of the brochure and other examples will be brought in for review and discussion. Councillor D’Souza suggested that a questionnaire be included in the brochure for feedback to the MAC, asking what they would like to see and/or contribute to the Randwick City Council LGA.
George Varughese suggested that a link to the Migrant Story video be included in the brochure. Councillor D’Souza suggested that the Mayor could mention the MAC brochure/welcome kit during his speech.
5. General Business
5.a Discussion: current issues and priorities
Peter Schick shared his ideas on a new project that acknowledges and celebrates our new citizens. Peter proposed that a film project can follow a resident through their process of application for citizenship ending at the ceremony. This ongoing project could become a record and part of history for the Randwick LGA. Katherine Zhu and Tania Krasinski stated that they would follow up with this proposal and report at the next meeting. Peter indicated his interest in being involved in the working group if this project goes ahead.
Migrant Story update
Katherine Zhu reported that they have 10 participants for the DVD, currently have 20 stories and still open to receive more. The theme is ‘Mementos’ where stories about migrant’s mementos will be exhibited early next year. Randwick TAFE have contacted participants for the first version scheduled to be ready by 14 February. The project coordinators are happy with the response so far.
5.b Membership Review
Tania Krasinski summarised the membership review process and announced that she will be commencing the planning for the review to begin mid January. Tania invited the current committee to reapply and will update the progress next meeting.
5.c Planning for 2014
Discussed in previous items.
8. Date of Next Meeting: Wednesday 29 January, 2014
Frida Kitas Randwick City Council
Ilana Kaplin Randwick City Council
Cr. Kathy Neilson Randwick City Council
Lee Barwick Coast Centre for Seniors
Billee King Community Representative
George Gergely Community Representative
Cass Rice Eastern Sydney Medicare Local
Susan McCann Eastern Sydney Medicare Local
Ron Wood National Seniors – Randwick Botany Branch
Cr.Noel D’Sousa Randwick City Council
Linda Mearing Coast Centre for Seniors
Megan Bowyer Junction Neighbourhood Centre
Ben Whitehorn Randwick Waverley Community Transport
Mike Cornell National Seniors – Randwick Botany Branch
The minutes of the meetings held on 2 October were confirmed.
4. Business Arising from Minutes
4.1 Twilight Tour – Carers Week
Over 90 residents attended the Carers Week Twilight Tour on Wednesday 16 October at the Prince Henry Hospital Nursing and Medical Museum, Little Bay. Special guest speaker Prof. Clement R. Boughton gave a presentation on immunisation and infectious diseases. Participants received information kits and resources from the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District Carers Program. Frida Kitas gratefully acknowledged the grant contribution from Carers NSW towards the Twilight Tour.
Action: For information.
4.2 Depression and Suicide Prevention Information Session
Flyers tabled. Over 85 residents and service providers are booked in to attend the information session on Understanding Depression and Suicide Prevention on Wednesday 6 November from 7pm to 9pm at the Margaret Martin Library. Jane Randall, a clinical psychologist will facilitate the session – topics will include depression: signs and symptoms, suicide myths and facts. A consumer/educator will also share their lived experience with mental illness. The information session will be presented in partnership with Remind Mental Health Education and Training, a service of the Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW.
4.3 Seniors Play reading – Tarantula by Alana Valentine
Flyers and posters tabled. RCC in partnership with the Actors’ Forum will present a professionally moved play reading of Tarantula by Alana Valentine at Bowen Library Theatrette on Saturday 16 November from 1pm. The play explores the life of famous actress, dancer and courtesan Lola Montez and stars Zoe Carides and Michael Whalley, with cello accompaniment by Richard Mills. Playwright Alana Valentine and director Nastassja Djalong will participate in a Q&A session following the reading. No bookings required. Morning tea provided.
4.4 World AIDS Day
RCC will have an information stall at Coogee Family Fun Day at Goldstein Reserve on Saturday 7 December to highlight and celebrate World AIDS Day. RCC will raise awareness and funds for local and overseas charities on the behalf of NSW Health Service – South Eastern Sydney Local Health District. In addition, RCC has arranged for the Memory Van and a staff member from Alzheimer’s Australia NSW to promote available services and support programs to residents. RCC will investigate the possibility of including the Memory Van at a range of local events, as part of Council’s commitment to making Randwick City a dementia friendly community.
4.5 Light Rail proposal
The Light Rail proposal is a NSW Government state significant project being undertaken by Transport for NSW in liaison with key stakeholders such as RCC. The provision of enhanced public transport is one of the Randwick City Plan’s outcomes. RCC will be preparing a submission raising all issues relevant to our community. The Environmental Impact Statement is anticipated to be placed on exhibition this year, seeking submissions. This will be formally reported to Council for endorsement. Individuals and representatives of agencies are also encouraged to make submissions. RCC recently wrote to Transport for NSW advising of issues arising to date with the pre-EIS consultation information which was exhibited in September and noting the minimum consultation measures that should be employed to ensure a broad engagement of community. RCC will ensure to advise the Committees of the Exhibition. Committee members can view the information on the RCC website including the link to TFNSW website.
5. General Business
5.1 Christmas Cheer Donations
RCC will provide a total of $2,400 Christmas Cheer donations towards end of year Christmas celebrations and festivities for a range of Senior groups, clubs and organisations in Randwick City.
5.2 Christmas Gift Program
RCC will provide a gift of a Christmas concert performance to various aged care facilities and hostels in Randwick City. This year each facility can choose a performance from Aubrey and Purton, a 1920’s ukulele driven duo or Greg Poppleton and the Bakelites – a purely Roaring 1920s speakeasy Jazz duo. The Christmas Gift program was reviewed in 2012, in consultation with the Committee, the new format has provied to be highly successful with aged care residents.
5.3 Seniors Christmas Concert
Flyers tabled. Frida Kitas provided an update on Council’s Christmas concert extravaganza.
5.4 Community Profile and Atlas Training
RCC will be holding a training session on Tuesday 3 December from 10pm to 12pm at Randwick Town Hall to assist organisations to use the Community Profile and Atlas information on Council’s website, to support their grant applications and plan programs to reach residents in need.
6. Information Share:
· ESML are working on their after hours program to improve access to GPs for disadvantaged groups and to reduce the burden on emergency departments. They are looking at ways of getting GPs to remain open longer. Their aged care workers are also working with DONs to improve clinical hand over’s and to up-skill and empower registered nurses to better support families.
· CPSA Voice Newsletter |November 2013
· Newsletter of IDEAS | November | December 2013
Date of Next Meeting: Wednesday 5 February 2014.
Community Services Report No. C3/14
Subject: Proposed activities for Seniors Week 2014
Folder No: F2014/07689
This report has been prepared to inform the Council of upcoming events to mark 2014 NSW Seniors Week. NSW Seniors Week is an initiative of the State Government and coordinated by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services, Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC).
Seniors Week is held annually to celebrate, highlight and affirm the contributions older people make to their local community. Seniors Week will be held from 15 – 25 March. The theme for this year is “LIVE LIFE.”
Each year Randwick City Council celebrates by organising activities and events during and around Seniors Week.
In 2014, Randwick City Council in partnership with local services and organisations will hold activities and events to reflect the theme “LIVE LIFE.” The proposed activities have been organised in consultation with Randwick City Council’s Older Persons Advisory Committee. Residents and visitors will benefit from these events aimed at promoting social interaction, healthy lifestyles, and community participation.
The following is a summary of the proposed activities and events planned for Seniors Week 2014:
Back to Prince Henry Day
Randwick Council in partnership with the Prince Henry Hospital Trained Nurses Association will host Back to Prince Henry Day on Saturday 22 March at the Nursing and Medical Museum, Little Bay from 10am to 4pm. Seniors and their family members will have the opportunity to explore the colourful history of the Prince Henry Hospital and take a fascinating glimpse into a bygone era.
Back to Prince Henry Day will showcase a range of community services in Randwick City and surrounding areas and provide information on how Seniors and their carers can access these services. Council will also promote services that it provides to Seniors such as the Home Maintenance and Modification Service (HMMS), Over 50s Fitness Program and the Library Home Service.
Back to the 70s Ball
Randwick Council in partnership with Junction House will host a Back to the 70s Ball for people with a disability and their carers on Saturday 15 March at the Prince Henry Centre, Little Bay from 6pm to 9.30pm. The Ball will be an opportunity for older parent carers to celebrate Seniors Week with the person they are caring for and their family members and friends. Council will promote information on a range of services and support programs for Seniors and carers living in Eastern Sydney and surrounding areas to enable them to live in their own home and stay connected to their local community.
Randwick Council in partnership with Eastern Sydney Multicultural Access Project (ESMAP) will present Cultural Bridges, a multicultural concert on Tuesday 25 March at Randwick Town Hall from 11am to 2pm. The concert will showcase performances from around the world to highlight, reflect and celebrate the diverse range of cultures and people within Randwick City. At the same time, Randwick/Waverley Community Transport and Meals on Wheels will be in attendance to promote their services to Seniors and carers from non-English speaking backgrounds who do not typically access these services, due to a number of cultural barriers.
Depression & Suicide Prevention Information Session
Randwick Council in partnership with the Aged Care Psychiatry Service, Prince of Wales Hospital will present an information session on Understanding Depression and Suicide Prevention at Randwick Town Hall is scheduled to be held on Wednesday 26 March from 7pm to 9pm. The purpose of the session is to raise awareness and understanding about depression and suicide in older people. It will be an opportunity for Seniors to learn about available services and support programs in Eastern Sydney for older people with a mental illness. The session will cover depression: signs, symptoms and prevention, suicide myths and facts, responding to older people at risk and post crisis management.
Memory Information Day
Randwick Council in partnership with Alzheimer’s Australia NSW and the Eastern Sydney Dementia Advisory Service will host a Memory Information Day at Randwick Town Hall on Saturday 5 April from 10am to 3pm. The Information Day will be an opportunity for Seniors to discuss any general memory issues or concerns they may have for either themselves or someone they are caring for. Seniors will be able to access information about existing services, support programs and activities to help them improve their memory, maintain a healthy brain and reduce the risk of developing Dementia.
Relationship to City Plan
The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:
Outcome 2: A vibrant and diverse community.
Direction 2b: Enrich our range of community services that meet our community needs/strong partnerships between Council, community groups and government agencies.
Outcome 3: An informed and engaged community.
Direction 3b: Council actively promotes the community services offered by other agencies.
Financial impact statement
The total financial impact for the above activities will be $5,500. This includes printing, advertising, facilitator fees, venue hire, refreshments and catering. The cost will be allocated to the Community Development annual budget. Randwick Council has also secured a grant of $1,000 from the NSW Department of Family and Community Services, Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) to assist with the cost of planned events and activities for 2014.
The proposed activities, events and workshops will provide continued visibility of Council’s commitment to supporting and serving our Senior Citizens. The activities organised by the Council are commensurate with the objectives of NSW Seniors Week.
That Council endorse the proposed activities and events scheduled to be held in Randwick City as part of Seniors Week 2014.