Ordinary Council Meeting

 

  BUSINESS PAPER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 25 March 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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                                                                                                   25 March 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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 on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 at 6:00pm.

 

Prayer and Acknowledgement of the local indigenous people

Prayer

Almighty God,

We humbly beseech you to bestow your blessings upon this Council and to direct and prosper our deliberations to the advancement of your glory and the true welfare of the people of Randwick and Australia.

Amen”

Acknowledgement of the local indigenous people

I would like to acknowledge that we are here today on the land of the Bidjigal people of the Dharwahal Nation.  The Bidjigal people are the traditional owners and custodians of this land and form part of the wider aboriginal nations of the Sydney area.  On behalf of Randwick City Council I would also like to acknowledge and pay my respects to the Elders both past and present.”

Apologies/Granting of Leave of Absences 

Confirmation of the Minutes  

Ordinary Council Meeting - 25 February 2014

Declarations of Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Interests

Address of Council by Members of the Public

Nil 

Privacy warning;

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.

Mayoral Minutes

Mayoral Minutes, if any, will be distributed on the night of the meeting.

Urgent Business

Director City Planning Reports (record of voting required)

 

In accordance with Section 375A of the Local Government Act, the General Manager is required to keep a register of Councilor voting on planning matters. Planning matters are any decisions made in the exercise of a function of a council under the EP&A Act and include decisions relating to a development application, an environmental planning instrument, a development control plan or a development contribution plan under that Act. In addition, Randwick City Council has resolved (22 July 2008) that its register of voting include the voting on all tender matters.

CP31/14    3 Park Avenue, RANDWICK (DA/472/2013) DEFERRED................................ 1

CP32/14    1 Murra Murra Place, Little Bay (DA/335/2013).......................................... 3

CP33/14    Shop 4/52-56 Carr Street, Coogee (DA/863/2013)..................................... 7

CP34/14    43-47 Robey Street, Maroubra (DA/547/2013)......................................... 15

CP35/14    17 Liguria Street, Maroubra (DA/818/2011/A).......................................... 37

CP36/14    Reporting variation to Development Standard under SEPP1 and Clause 4.6 between January to February 2014.................................................................... 43

CP37/14    Cultural and Community Grants Program................................................. 49

CP38/14    Inglis Planning Proposal- revised Planning Proposal submitted to the Joint Regional Planning Panel................................................................................... 57

CP39/14    Proposed Youth Engagement Project, BANDSLAM Competition - A Live Music Event for Young Residents ............................................................................... 73

CP41/14    Yarra Bay House: Renewal of Council Outreach Office Lease  .................... 77

CP42/14    The Shack Youth Services................................................................... 79

General Manager's Reports

GM9/14     Local Government Reform.................................................................... 81

GM10/14    Coogee community consultation........................................................... 85

Director City Services Reports

CS3/14      Update - Major Capital Works............................................................... 89

CS4/14      Chifley Reserve - Remediation and Upgrade........................................... 101

Director Governance & Financial Services Reports

GF16/14    Response to Notice of Motion from Cr Stevenson - Review of Council IT policy to stop unecessary transmission towers.......................................................... 105

GF17/14    Review of Code of Meeting Practice..................................................... 109

GF18/14    Investment Report - February 2014..................................................... 111

GF19/14    2014 Floodplain Management Association Conference.............................. 121

GF20/14    Proposed Study Tour - Future Cities Program ....................................... 123  

Petitions

Motion Pursuant to Notice

NM27/14    Notice of Motion from Crs Stevenson, Andrews and Nash under Section 372(5) of Local Government Act - Making South Coogee Childcare Centres Safer ............. 125

NM28/14    Notice of Motion from Cr Stavrinos - Illegal dumping of rubbish in the Randwick LGA    127

NM29/14    Notice of Motion from Cr Stavrinos - Illegal boarding houses..................... 129

NM30/14    Notice of Motion from Cr Smith - Proposed transfer of Randwick Literary Institute to Randwick City Council....................................................................... 131

NM31/14    Notice of Motion from Cr Moore - Concerns related to the CSELR Project Submissions Report........................................................................................... 133

NM32/14    Notice of Motion from Cr Roberts - Improvement of Maroubra Beach amenity 135

NM33/14    Notice of Motion from Cr Matson - Amendment to Code of Meeting Practice 137

NM34/14    Notice of Motion from Cr Matson - Referral of Bundock Street Clearing Site to Public Works Committee for Contamination Assessment.................................... 139

NM35/14    Notice of Motion from Cr Garcia - Proposed speed awareness signs in Randwick LGA   141  

 

Closed Session

CP40/14    32-34 Carr Street, Coogee (DA/725/2012)

This matter is considered to be confidential under Section 10A(2) (e) Of the Local Government Act, as it deals with information that would, if disclosed, prejudice the maintenance of law.

  

Notice of Rescission Motions

NR3/14      Notice of Rescission Motion from Crs Stevenson, Andrews and Belleli - Replacement of Community Vacancy on Wylies Baths Trust........................................... 143  

 

 

 

…………………………………………………….

Ray Brownlee

General Manager

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                                   25 March 2014

 

 

Director City Planning Report No. CP31/14

 

 

Subject:                  3 Park Avenue, RANDWICK (DA/472/2013) Deferred

Folder No:                   DA/472/2013

Author:                   Perry Head, Environmental Planning Officer     

 

Introduction

 

The application involves construction of a new hardstand carspace to the front of the site including alterations to front of existing dwelling, associated site and landscaping works.

 

The application was reported to the Planning Committee Meeting held on 12 November 2013.  At the meeting, it was resolved:

 

“(Seng/Bowen) that the application be deferred to allow for the submission of amended plans that provide for the lowering of the footpath at the front of 1 and 3 Park Avenue, at the applicant’s expense.”

 

Key Issues

 

Amended plans have been provided for consideration of Council and shows the proposed car space is to be constructed at lower levels, which are acceptable to Council’s Engineer.

 

The amended plans also include the reconstruction of the neighbour’s front fence at 1 Park Avenue, Randwick, to allow for the lowering of the Council footpath in front of their property. The owner of the adjoining property at 1 Park Avenue has provided written agreement to the works including the necessary alterations to the front fence and entry steps.

 

Relationship to City Plan

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome 4:       Excellence in urban design and development.

Direction 4a:      Improved design and sustainability across all development.

 

Financial impact statement

 

There is no direct financial impact for this matter.

 

Conclusion

 

Amended plans have been received by Council which shows the proposed car space to be constructed at lower levels and is acceptable to Council. The revised car space design includes the lowering of the Council footpath adjacent to the front of the adjoining property (1 Park Avenue), and alterations to their front fence, which are agreed to by the owner of that property.

 

Given that the issues in relation to unsuitable footpath levels have been resolved by the amended plans, it is recommended that the application to install a hard stand car space be approved.

 

The application is recommended for approval.

 

 

Recommendation

 

That Council, as the consent authority, grants development consent under Sections 80 and 80A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, as amended, to Development Application No. 472/2013 for the installation of a hard stand car space at No. 3 Park Avenue Randwick subject to the standard conditions contained in the development application compliance report attached to this report:

 

 

 

Attachment/s:

 

1.

DA Compliance Report 3 Park Avenue, Randwick - 25/03/2014

Included under separate cover

2.

Planning Committee Meeting Report on 12 November 2013

Included under separate cover

3.

DA Compliance Report 3 Park Avenue, Randwick - 12 November 2013

Included under separate cover

 

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                                   25 March 2014

 

 

Director City Planning Report No. CP32/14

 

 

Subject:                  1 Murra Murra Place, Little Bay (DA/335/2013)

Folder No:                   DA/335/2013

Author:                   Perry Head, Environmental Planning Officer     

 

Proposal:                     Construction of a new part two part three storey dwelling with swimming pool, landscaping and site works

Ward:                      South Ward

Applicant:                Arkivis Pty Ltd

Owner:                         Y Ho & C Tan

Summary

Recommendation:     Approval

 

 

 

 

 

Subject Site

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Submissions received

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Locality Plan


Development Application Executive summary report

 

Proposal

 

The application details the erection of a part two part three storey dwelling house with a swimming pool, landscaping and associate site works.

 

The application is referred to Council for determination as the cost of the development exceeds $ 2 million.

 

The application is recommended to approval.

 

Site

 

The site is on the western side of Murra Murra Place and is an irregular shaped lot having an overall frontage width of 47.975m and depth of up to 39.14m and a site area of 1049m. The site is currently vacant.

 

Submissions

 

The owners of adjoining and likely affected neighbouring properties were notified of the proposed development in accordance with the Randwick Comprehensive DCP 2013. The following submissions were received as a result of the notification process:

 

Issue

Comment

203/50 Jenner Street Little Bay

 

-The building will be imposing in relation to the overall precinct given it’s prominent location  and should conform to that of it’s neighbours as it will create an unsightly and imposing asymmetry to the entry point and general streetscape of Murra Murra Place.

 

-They were on the understanding that any future building on this site would conform with the height restrictions of other buildings on the same side of Murra Murra Place which would preserve their extensive sea views to the east and north east, which will be impacted upon by this development.

 

6 Murra Murra Place Little Bay

-There are concerns that this development may be for multiple dwellings.

 

-The proposed driveway width may need to be increased to improve vehicle manoeuvring from the site.

 

-The residents expect that the Floor Space Ratio and other requirements are strictly adhered to.

 

 

 

Due to the topography of the site the dwelling will appear low scale as viewed from the rear and northern side of the site and as viewed from the front alignment the building will not be out of scale with the nature of the adjoining development.

 

The proposed dwelling satisfies the height controls in the LEP and the Randwick Comprehensive DCP.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A condition of consent is included to require that this dwelling be used as a single occupancy dwelling only.

 

The proposed driveway provides for adequate vehicle manoeuvring to and from the site.

 

The development satisfies the relevant controls in the LEP with respect to Floor Space Ratio and Building Height.

Key Issues

 

The proposed development satisfies the Principal Development Standards of Building Height and Floor Space Ratio in the Randwick Local Environmental Plan. The development also satisfies the Precinct Objectives and Controls of the Randwick Development Control Plan – Prince Henry Site Little Bay.

 

Relationship to City Plan

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome 4:       Excellence in urban design and development.

Direction 4a:      Improved design and sustainability across all development.

 

Financial impact statement

 

There is no direct financial impact for this matter.

 

Conclusion

 

It is recommended that the application be approved.

 

 

Recommendation

 

That Council, as the consent authority, grants development consent under Sections 80 and 80A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, as amended, to Development Application No. 335/2013 for the erection of a part two part three storey dwelling house with swimming pool landscaping and associated site works at 1 Murra Murra Place Little Bay subject to the following non standard conditions and the standard conditions contained in the development application compliance report

attached to this report:

 

Non-Standard condition:

2.c     The roof/terrace area to the southern side of the dwelling adjacent to the kitchen and bedroom 5 is to be non trafficable. 

 

 

Attachment/s:

 

1.

DA Compliance Report - 1 Murra Murra Place, Little Bay (DA/335/2013)

Included under separate cover

 

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                                   25 March 2014

 

 

Director City Planning Report No. CP33/14

 

 

Subject:                  Shop 4/52-56 Carr Street, Coogee (DA/863/2013)

Folder No:                   DA/863/2013

Author:                   Tahlia Alexander, Assessment Officer     

 

Proposal:                     Fit out and change of use of existing tenancy to cafe, alterations to shop front with hours of 7.00am to 9.00pm 7 days

Ward:                      East Ward

Applicant:                Mr J Spiteri

Owner:                         Fanuli Investments Pty Ltd - Cremorne

Summary

Recommendation:     Approval

 

 

 

 

 

Subject Site

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Submissions received

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Locality Plan


Development Application Executive summary report

 

Proposal

 

The development application seeks approval for the change of use of the subject premises from an existing convenience store to a café. The proposed hours of operation of the café are Monday to Sunday: 7:00am – 9:00pm and will seat 46 patrons. The proposal also includes signage, internal fit out and alterations to the shop front which in detail comprises the following works:

 

·   Construction of new sanitary facilities;

·   Installation of counters, food preparation and storage areas;

·   Removal of two existing windows located on the northern and eastern elevations  and replace with bi-fold windows; and

· New business identification signage measuring 700mm x 2000mm and located

  above the entry door.

 

Site

 

The subject site is located at number 52-56 Carr Street in Coogee which is bounded by Arden Street and Kurrawa Avenue and located opposite Coogee Beach and the public reserve. The site is rectangular in shape with a width of approximately 39.15m and a depth of 36.7m and a site area of approximately 1436.8sqm. The site contains a ten storey building comprising basement parking, commercial uses at ground floor with the remaining levels used for serviced apartments and residential use. Surrounding development predominantly comprises residential flat buildings. There are various cafes/restaurants and commercial premises in the immediate vicinity of the subject site.

 

The proposed works relate to the change of use and fit out of Shop 4 which is located on the north-west corner of the building at ground level fronting Carr Street and Kurrawa Avenue. 

 

Relevant Site History

 

DA No.

Development

Approval Date

DA/39/1990

Erect part 7, part 8 storey commercial/tourist development with parking for 71 cars

25/01/1991

DA/300/1995

New restaurant – Shop 1

11/08/1995

DA/314/1995

Change of use to convenience store – Shop 4

11/08/1995

DA/609/1999

Footpath dining for existing restaurant adjacent to Carr Street

20/07/1999

 

Photographs of the site and surrounds

 

 

1. View of subject site – Shop 4

2. View of subject site  - Northern elevation

 

5. Adjoining café ‘Ceviche’ within the same building.

4. Adjacent property - 58-60 Carr Street

 

 

6. 138 Beach Street (Kurrawa Avenue frontage).

 

7. Properties along Kurrawa Avenue

 

 

 

Submissions

 

The owners of adjoining and likely affected neighbouring properties were notified of the proposed development in accordance with the Randwick Comprehensive DCP 2013. The following submissions were received as a result of the notification process:

 

·      Coogee Precinct Committee

·      501/52-56 Carr Street, Coogee

·      603/52-56 Carr Street, Coogee

·      6/142 Beach Street, Coogee

·      6/140 Beach Street, Coogee

·      1/138 Beach Street, Coogee

·      2/138 Beach Street, Coogee

·      Laing + Simmons on behalf of 3/138 Beach Street, Coogee

·      3 Kurrawa Avenue, Coogee

 

The submissions raised the following issues: -

 

Issues

Comments

Noise Impacts

The café will result in increased noise levels and impact on adjoining and nearby residential properties.  The hours of operation should be restricted to 6:00pm which is suitable for a café. The bi-fold windows should not be approved.

 

Likely noise impacts associated with the proposal, subject to appropriate conditions, are considered to be acceptable, as discussed in the key issues section of this report.

 

Parking

The proposed café will result in an increased demand for parking which is limited. The café will result in patrons driving up Kurrawa Avenue which is a cul de sac, causing safety issues. Increased noise levels from deliveries and garbage collection.

Refer to the key issues section of this report for discussion on parking.

Waste Management / Deliveries

The café will result in increased garbage collection and deliveries causing congestion in Kurrawa Avenue. Deliveries and garbage collection should occur on Carr Street. Health hazard with removal of waste from café.

Refer to the key issues section of this report for discussion on waste management and deliveries.

Liquor Licence

There should be a restriction on the DA preventing any liquor licence now or in the future. The 9:00pm closing time suggests the café will be turned into a bar.

Refer to the key issues section of this report for discussion on liquor licensing.

Footpath Dining

There should be a restriction on the DA preventing any footpath dining, particularly along Kurrawa Avenue. Footpath dining would exacerbate noise impacts.

Council cannot pre-empt the use of the footpath for outdoor dining nor consider this during the assessment of the application as it is not proposed. The use of the footpath for outdoor dining would require separate approval and consideration.

 

Change of Use

The convenience store was an appropriate use for the site and an asset to residents. The premises should be retained for that use. There are already too many cafes in Coogee. Is the premises capable of supporting a café e.g. exhaust for cooking, grease trap etc.

 

The proposed use of the site for a café is a permissible land use within the B2 Local Centre as stipulated in Randwick Local Environmental Plan 2012. Council cannot refuse a development application based on the proposed use being a café given the proposed land use is permissible with consent. The number of existing cafes in the area is not a relevant planning consideration under Section 79C of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. The proposed café will not involve any deep frying, grilling style of cooking and as such the installation of a mechanical ventilation system is not required.

 

Notification

Concerns that residents in Kurrawa Avenue were not notified and that the application was notified in the holiday season denying many residents the opportunity to lodge a submission.

In accordance with Part A3 Public Notification of the DCP, development applications requiring notification are required to be notified for a period of two weeks. The development application was lodged on 23rd December 2013 and given some residents may have been away on holidays, the application was held off on being notified until 14th January to 29th January 2014. The application was later re-notified from 3rd February 2014 to 17th February to encompass additional properties along Kurrawa Avenue, Coogee. The notification was carried out in accordance with the requirements of the DCP.

 

Key Issues

 

Noise

The proposed hours of operation for the café are Monday to Sunday 7:00am - 9:00pm. The application was referred to Council’s Environmental Health Officer in regards to the proposed hours of operation and no objections were raised. The subject site is zoned B2 ‘Local Centre’ and adjoins R3 ‘Medium Density Residential’ zone. The hours of operation are considered reasonable and appropriate for the zone being primarily commercial in nature. Part D13 ‘Late Night Trading’ of the DCP stipulates that cafes/restaurants located within the B2 zone may be permitted to operate up to midnight from Monday to Saturday and 11pm on Sundays. Therefore the proposed hours of operation for the café are considered to be modest for the B2 zone, but are reasonable and appropriate given the close proximity to residential premises.

 

The café will cater for a maximum of 46 patrons and is not considered to result in any significant or unreasonable acoustic impact on adjoining or nearby premises. It is considered unreasonable to prevent the installation of bi-fold doors bearing in mind the proposed hours of operation are considered to be appropriate. However, a condition of consent will be imposed on the consent requiring the bi-fold windows to be closed by 9:00pm each day, to limit noise from occurring after 9:00pm when employees are cleaning the premises. It is considered that adequate provisions have been recommended to ensure that noise levels associated with the proposed café are sufficiently minimised in order to reduce impacts on adjoining residential properties. 

 

In relation to concerns raised by objectors regarding speculation that the proposed café may be used as a bar, a condition will be imposed on the development consent stipulating that the primary purpose for the premises is for the provision of food and the premises must not be used principally, for the sale and consumption of alcohol. The proposed hours of operation are still considered to be reasonable if the café does seek to obtain a liquor licence in the future. Furthermore, Council cannot restrict the issue of a liquor licence through this development application as liquor licences are issued by the Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority.

 

Overall, the hours of operation for the café  are consistent with the objectives of the B2 Local Centre zone as defined in the RLEP 2012 in that the proposal will encourage the viability of the commercial centre while minimising the impact of nearby residents whereby allowing the two land uses to coexist.

 

Parking

Randwick Comprehensive DCP - Part B7 ‘Transport, Traffic, Parking and Access’

The approved use of the site is for a convenience store with a gross floor area of 168.205m. For retail premises, 1 space per 40m of gross floor area is required. Therefore the required vehicle parking rate for current use of the site is 4 spaces. There is one dedicated car parking space for the premises and therefore the site is currently experiencing a parking shortfall of 3 car spaces. 

 

In accordance with the DCP, the vehicle car parking rates for a café are as follows:

 

 

Adopting the rates provided in Council’s DCP and taking into account an existing car space provided to the subject premises, the proposed change of use to a café would require 5 additional car spaces. However, Council’s DCP specifies that where development comprises an extension, modification or change of use to an existing development, Council will generally only require that additional parking be provided to cater for the additional demands arising from increases in floor space or changes in use. Given that the existing convenience store has 3 car spaces in credit, the proposed change of use will therefore only generate an additional parking demand of 2 spaces.

 

The site is not capable of providing extra car spaces due to car spaces within the car park of the complex being dedicated to the specific allotments within the Strata Plan. Clause 3.3 ‘Exceptions to the Parking Rates’ of the DCP stipulates that variations to parking rates can be considered where additional parking cannot be provided on site if it can be demonstrated that the proposed level of parking is adequate. The factors for consideration include the type and scale of the development and its potential impact on local traffic and parking conditions; site and building constraints; and on street and public parking in the area, as well as proximity and access to public transport.

 

With this in mind, it is considered that the proposal is not required to provide additional off-street parking for the following reasons:

 

§   There is convenient access to public transport in close proximity to the premises;

§   There is on-street parking in the vicinity of the shop and on nearby side streets within walking distance of the subject premises;

§   The small scale nature of the proposed use is not considered to create a significant demand for off-street parking in the locality; and

§   It is unlikely the proposal will set a precedence in the area as there are many cafes/restaurants and other commercial uses in the locality with similar car parking circumstances.

 

Waste Management & Deliveries

There is a dedicated space within the basement parking for loading which is proposed to be used for deliveries. A condition will be imposed on the development consent restricting deliveries to 7:00am - 5:00pm Monday to Friday and 8:00am - 1:00pm on Sundays to prevent disturbances to nearby residential properties.

 

The waste generated from the proposed café is to be stored within the existing bin storage area within the basement parking which is collected by a private contractor for the existing serviced apartments. The bin area is accessible directly from the premises. A condition of consent will be imposed preventing all waste/recyclable bins from being placed on the footpath/road other than for waste collection. It is not considered practical to require the waste of the proposed café to be collected from a different location to the waste that is collected from the serviced apartments within the same complex.

 

Relationship to City Plan

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome 4:       Excellence in urban design and development.

Direction 4a:      Improved design and sustainability across all development.

 

Financial impact statement

 

There is no direct financial impact for this matter.

 

Conclusion

 

Overall, the development application represents a proposal that is predominantly compliant with the relevant assessment criteria and will not result in any unreasonable impacts upon either the amenity of nearby residential premises or the character of the locality, subject to conditions.

 

 

Recommendation

 

That Council, as the consent authority, grants development consent under Sections 80 and 80A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, as amended, to Development Application No. 863/2013 for fit out and change of use of existing tenancy to cafe, alterations to shop front with hours of 7.00am to 9.00pm 7 days at Shop 4/52-56 Carr Street, Coogee subject to the following non standard conditions and the standard conditions contained in the development application compliance report attached to this report:

 

Non standard conditions

27.   The bi-fold windows are to be closed no later than 9:00pm Monday – Sunday.

 

 

Attachment/s:

 

1.

DA Compliance Report - Shop 4/52-56 Carr Street, Coogee (DA/863/2013)

Included under separate cover

 

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                                   25 March 2014

 

 

Director City Planning Report No. CP34/14

 

 

Subject:                  43-47 Robey Street, Maroubra (DA/547/2013)

Folder No:                   DA/547/2013

Author:                   Matthew Choi, Environmental Planning Officer     

 

Proposal:                     Demolition of existing structures, construction of part2/part 3 storey residential flat building in two building forms containing 18 units, basement car parking for 25 vehicles, landscaping, road widening dedication to Ferguson Street frontage and associated works

Ward:                      Central Ward

Applicant:                Mr D Petrovic

Owner:                         Mr D Petrovic & Mrs S Petrovic

Summary

Recommendation:     Approval

 

 

 

 

 

Subject Site

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Submissions received

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Locality Plan

 

Development Application Executive Summary Report

 

The application is referred to the Planning Committee for determination as the proposed works are valued at $5,300,000.00.

 

1.      Proposal

 

The proposed development is for the consolidation of lots Nos. 43-47 Robey Street, demolition of existing structures, construction of a part 2/part 3 storey residential flat building in two building forms containing 18 units, basement car parking for 25 vehicles, landscaping and associated works.

 

Amended plans were submitted and received by Council on the 20 December 2013 to address issues raised by Council and the SEPP 65 Design Review Panel, primarily as follows:

 

·      Increase the building height by 1 metre

·      Increase the rear setback and building separation between the two blocks

·      Alter the exterior materials and finishes to the eastern block

·      New window openings to allow ventilation for basement parking 

·      Increase the size of the vehicular crossing to 4 metres

·      Relocate the OSD tank adjacent to vehicular access ramp at basement level

·      Increase side setback from the northern decks and courtyards to 1.8 metres.

 

2.         The Site

 

The subject site consists of 3 separate allotments which include Lot 1-3 in DP 302597 and DP 950269, Nos. 43, 45 and 47 Robey Street, Maroubra. The subject site is located on the eastern side of Robey Street and close to the intersection of Robey Street and O’Sullivan Avenue. The site has a gentle slope from the west to the east with a fall of approximately 6 metres. The dimensions and land area of the site are summarised in the table below: 

 

Boundary

Length

Land Area

Northern, side boundary

67.055 metres

1879.9m2

Southern, rear boundary

67.055 metres

Eastern, Ferguson Street boundary

28.035 metres

Western, Robey Street boundary

28.035 metres

 

Adjoining the site to the north is a single storey detached dwelling house at No. 41 Robey Street; to the south by a two storey detached dwelling house at No. 49 Robey Street and a 2 storey residential flat building at No. 52 Ferguson Street; to the south by Ferguson Street and to the west by Robey Street.

 

The surrounding area is characterised predominantly by a mix of multi-unit development and detached dwelling houses from 2-3 storeys in scale, and displaying a range of architectural styles and external finishes within the immediate locality. 

 

3.         Site History

 

PL/9/2013

Advice was provided on the 17 June 2013 to a pre-lodgement for demolition of existing structures, construction of 3 storey multi unit development with 21 units and 29 car park spaces.

 

 

 

 

4.         Exceptions to Development Standards

 

Clause 4.6 of RLEP provides a mechanism for variation to development standards in certain circumstances.

 

Then proposal exceeds the maximum building height standard of Clause 4.3 under the RLEP 2012. The applicant has submitted a written justification that seeks to justify the contravention of the standard pursuant to Clause 4.6. The variation is addressed as follows:

 

Building Height

 

Clause 4.3 and the building height map of the RLEP 2012 specify a maximum building height of 9.5m is applicable to the subject site. The proposal provides:

 

Proposal

Building Height

 

Proposed building height

10.315 metres (as measured from the existing ground level to the top of the roof of the block excluding the lift overrun). 

 

LEP development standard

9.5 metres.

 

Variation to the LEP standard

815 mm (8.58% deviation).

 

 

(i)     Assessment against the applicant’s written justifications for the contravention of the development standard

 

In assessing the applicant’s written justifications for the contravention of the standard, the principles established from the NSW Land and Environment Court case, Wehbe v Pittwater Council [2007] NSWLEC 827 are relevant to the subject proposal. The above case specifically relates to objections to development standards pursuant to the then State Environmental Planning Policy No. 1 – Development Standards, which has been superseded by the provisions of Clause 4.6 Exceptions to Development Standards of RLEP 2012. Notwithstanding, the key matters for consideration are still applicable to the proposed variation to the development standard under the new LEP. The relevant matters are addressed as follows:

 

The Court must be satisfied that “the objection is well founded”. The objection is to be in writing, be an objection “that compliance with that development standard is unreasonable or unnecessary in the circumstances of the case”, and specify “the grounds of that objection”.

 

Comments:

The objectives of the building height standard are as follows:

 

(a)  To ensure that the size and scale of development is compatible with the desired future character of the locality,

 

(b)  To ensure that development is compatible with the scale and character of contributory buildings in a conservation area or near a heritage item,

 

(c)  To ensure that development does not adversely impact on the amenity of adjoining and neighbouring land in terms of visual bulk, loss of privacy, overshadowing and views.

 

The applicant’s written justifications outline the following key arguments for the departure from the height standard:

 

Explain how the proposal, notwithstanding the non-compliance with the development standard, will achieve the objective of the development standard.

 

(a)  To ensure that the size and scale of development is compatible with the desired future character of the locality,

 

 

(b)   To ensure that development is compatible with the scale and character of contributory buildings in a conservation area or near a heritage item,

 

 

 

(c)  To ensure that development does not adversely impact on the amenity of adjoining and neighbouring land in terms of visual bulk, loss of privacy, overshadowing and views.

 

 

 

It is considered that the amended proposal is satisfactory and strict compliance with the building height standard is unreasonable and unnecessary in the circumstances of the case for the following reasons:

 

·      The non-compliance to the building height standard is the result of a request from the Design Review Panel. The panel advised that the original proposal is ‘too sunken in the ground, and would be greatly improved by raising both buildings, by at least a metre if not more’. The panel has also advised that this is advantageous in that it would reduce the level of excavation works, ease the driveway ramp and reduce damp and mould throughout.  

 

·      The non-compliant areas to the building height will not result in any significant overshadowing impacts to the neighbouring dwellings, in particular to the south. The lift overrun is setback more than 12 metres from the southern side boundary and the additional overshadowing from the lift overun will fall on the subject site itself. Further, the parapet wall is setback 6 metres from the southern side boundary and a portion is further recessed by 9 metres. These areas are setback more than the minimum side setback control of 4 metres.

 

·      The increase to the building height will not significantly compromise the amenity of the streetscape. The non-compliant portion will be mostly screened by the eastern block and is setback a significant distance from Robey Street. It is considered that the visual bulk and scale of the lift overrun and roof parapet would be significantly reduced. 

 

At the Ferguson Street frontage, the lift overrun and increase to the roof parapet will not be visible. The lift overrun is setback 3.6 metres from the front façade of the eastern block and the building façade is well articulated and has a combination of exterior finishes which creates visual interest and reduces the perceived bulk. The development also incorporates a flat roof, which also aids in reducing the visual bulk of the proposal. The development will continue to appear as a two storey built form and will be consistent with other residential flat buildings within the immediate locality.

 

·      The revised proposal will not compromise the privacy of the neighbouring dwellings. The upper floor decks include privacy screens along most of the northern and southern edges of the upper floor decks and the areas not screened do not provide any downward overlooking views into the neighbouring dwellings due to the recessed nature of the roof-top deck area.  

 

·      The non-compliant roof-top areas will not result in any reduction to existing view corridors and vistas including ocean, bays, coastlines, watercourses, bushland and parks or recognised icons. Subsequently, a reasonable amount of views will remain uninterrupted from the neighbouring dwellings and the public domain. 

 

·      The development is located in close proximity to a pair of semi-detached dwellings listed as a heritage item at no. 11-11A Wise Street. The subject site is considered to be adequately separated by No. 41 Robey Street and will not compromise the heritage significance, fabric, settings and views of the heritage item.

 

·      The bulk and scale of the proposed development are considered appropriate in the R3: Medium Residential zone and the variation to external wall height will not result in any adverse amenity impacts in terms of privacy, overshadowing and views.    

 

In conclusion, the applicant’s submission has demonstrated that compliance with the building height standard is unreasonable and unnecessary in the circumstances of the case. There are sufficient environmental planning grounds to justify the contravention of the standard.

 

Based on the above assessment, it is considered that the upholding of the building height standard would not fully capture the advantages of the site. The proposal will not result in unreasonable amenity impacts upon the nearby residential properties and is within the public interest.

 

Whether non-compliance with the development standard raises any matter of significance for State or regional environmental planning, and the public benefit of maintaining the planning controls adopted by the environmental planning instrument.

 

Comments:

The proposed development and variation from the development standard do not raise any matters of significance for State or regional environmental planning. The strict adherence to the numerical standard will not be conducive to the orderly and economic use of the site and contribute to the public benefit.

 

Ways of establishing that compliance is unreasonable or unnecessary

Preston C J expressed the view that a variation to a development standard may be well founded in a variety of ways:

 

First

The most commonly invoked way is to establish that compliance with the development standard is unreasonable or unnecessary because the objectives of the development standard are achieved notwithstanding non-compliance with the standard.

 

The rationale is that development standards are not ends in themselves but means of achieving ends. The ends are environmental or planning objectives. If the proposed development proffers an alternative means of achieving the objective, strict compliance with the standard would be unnecessary and unreasonable.

 

Comments:

As discussed above, strict compliance with the development standard in question is unreasonable and unnecessary. The design scheme will achieve the purposes of the height standard.

 

Second

A second way is to establish that the underlying objective or purpose is not relevant to the development with the consequence that compliance is unnecessary.

 

Comments:

The underlying objective or purpose of the standard in question is relevant to the subject development. As discussed, the proposal is considered to satisfy the objectives of the building height standard.

 

Third

A third way is to establish that the underlying objective or purpose would be defeated or thwarted if compliance was required with the consequence that compliance is unreasonable.

 

Comments:

The objectives of the height standard would not be defeated or thwarted as full numerical compliance in this particular instance is unreasonable and unnecessary. The proposal will be compatible with the desired future character for the locality and will not result in unreasonable amenity impacts on the neighbours. The resultant built form, height and scale are suitable to the locality.

 

Fourth

A fourth way is to establish that the development standard has been virtually abandoned or destroyed by the Council’s own actions in granting consents departing from the standard and hence compliance with the standard is unnecessary and unreasonable.

 

Comments:

The development standard contained in RLEP 2012 has not been abandoned or discarded by any decision or actions of Council. RLEP 2012 was recently gazetted on 15 February 2013 and the control provisions of the LEP are the result of comprehensive analysis of the development patterns in the Randwick LGA. There has been no precedent established by Council’s assessment decisions, which in effect would abandon the development standards prescribed in the LEP.

 

Fifth

A fifth way is to establish that “the zoning of particular land” was “unreasonable or inappropriate” so that “a development standard appropriate for that zoning was also unreasonable or unnecessary as it applied to that land” and that “compliance with the standard in that case would also be unreasonable or unnecessary.

 

Comments:

RLEP 2012 was recently gazetted on 15 February 2013 and the zoning provisions of the RLEP 2012 are the result of comprehensive analysis of the development patterns in the Randwick LGA. RLEP 2012 has zoned the site as R3 Medium Density Residential, where the key objectives are to allow comprehensive redevelopment of land primarily for higher density residential purposes. The current zoning has a sound basis and is not considered to be unreasonable and inappropriate.

 

The proposed development satisfies the provisions of Clauses 4.6(3) and (4) of the RLEP 2012. The applicant’s written justifications for contravening the building height standard are considered to be well founded.

 

5.         Submissions

 

The owners of adjoining and likely affected neighbouring properties were notified of the original proposal in accordance with the Randwick Comprehensive DCP 2013 from 11 September 2013 to 25 September 2013. The application was also advertised. Amended plans were received to address the concerns raised by Council and the Design Review Panel and subsequently the application was re-notified on the 23 January 2014 to 7 February 2014. The following submissions have been received as a result of the original public exhibition:

 

·      49 Robey Street, Maroubra

·      51 Robey Street, Maroubra

·      68 Robey Street, Maroubra

·      1/52 Ferguson Street, Maroubra 

 

As a result of the re-exhibition of amended plans, submissions were received from the following property owners:

·      41 Robey Street, Maroubra

·      49 Robey Street, Maroubra

·      68 Robey Street, Maroubra

·      70 Robey Street, Maroubra

·      5 Wise Street, Maroubra

·      1/52 Ferguson Street, Maroubra

 

41 Robey Street, Maroubra

Issue

Comment

The objector requests that a full structural assessment report be provided to ensure no structural damage is caused to the adjoining properties.

Noted. A condition of consent has been included that requires the geotechnical details to be submitted to confirm the suitability and stability of the site for the development and relevant design and construction requirements to be implemented to ensure the stability and adequacy of the development and adjacent land.

The objector requests that all side boundary windows and balconies have to be installed with privacy screens.

Suitable conditions of consent have been included to ensure the ground and first floor decks, courtyards and common open space areas are to include privacy screens along the northern edge to minimise privacy concerns. The north facing windows have sill height of 1.8 metres above the finished floor level and will not result in any significant overlooking impacts to the objectors premises. 

The objector requests that a 2.1 metre high side boundary fence be installed at the level of the subject site to minimise privacy impacts.

Rather than increasing the height of the boundary fence, appropriate privacy measures are recommended which includes the provision of privacy screen up to 1.6 metres in height to the full northern edge of the ground floor and first floor courtyard and deck areas. This measure is considered to be acceptable in reducing the level of overlooking into the objectors premises. Furthermore, significant amount of deep soil permeable landscaping area with screen planting is provided along the northern side boundary to ensure an adequate separation is provided to the objectors’ premises reasonable level of privacy is maintained.

 

49 Robey Street, Maroubra

Issue

Comment

The proposal does not comply with the side setback requirement of the DCP 2012.

 

The objector requests that a 4 metre side setback be provided to comply with the controls of the DCP as it will improve the visual and acoustic privacy, visual bulk and overshadowing.

Noted. Whilst the proposal does not comply with the side setback control it should be noted that a compliant side setback will not significantly improve the level of solar access to the adjoining properties. The visual amenity is generally considered acceptable given the western block (opposite the objector’s premises) complies with the external wall height and building height controls and the proposed development will not compromise privacy levels given most of the south-facing windows at the first floor level are to be provided with a 1.8 metre sill height and the remaining windows are to be conditioned to ensure an adequate level of privacy to the neighbouring properties is maintained.

The objector is concerned that the pedestrian access way on the southern side of the dwelling will compromise the amenity of the objector’s property.

Noted. The matter was discussed with the objector and they have requested the inclusion of a suitably sized side boundary fence. A condition of consent has been included that a side boundary fence at a height of 1.8 metres measured from the ground floor level be provided along the full length of the southern side boundary between the subject premises and no. 49 Robey Street.

The objector is concerned with the 695mm side setback from the basement parking to the objectors premises and the impact of excavation works at lower ground floor level.

Noted. Suitable conditions of consent have been included to ensure that excavation works are adequately supported and does not compromise the integrity of the adjoining land.

The proposal does not comply with the solar access and overshadowing requirements of the DCP.

Refer to section 6.3: Amenity – Solar Access and Overshadowing for detailed discussion. 

The proposed development will result in a loss of views from the objector’s premises.

The view directly north from the objector’s ground and first floor north facing windows is an outlook of the Maroubra Junction Town Centre. In consideration of the planning principles, the resultant view loss from the objector’s premises is considered minor and given the locality can be considered an area ‘undergoing transition’, in particular with some of the more recent multi-unit developments within the immediate locality it is considered that the level of view loss is unavoidable.  

The objector requests a secondary car entrance from Ferguson Street be provided to alleviate traffic concerns between Robey Street, Wise Street and O’Sullivan Avenue.

An additional driveway vehicular access point from Ferguson Street will compromise the future road widening of Ferguson Street and is not the intention for this purpose. Furthermore, the additional vehicular traffic load is not expected to result in any unreasonable traffic impacts that may compromise the existing road network.

The survey plan lists the objector’s house as ‘two storey brick flats’ which is incorrect.

Noted. Council is aware the objectors premises is a two storey detached dwelling house.

 

51 Robey Street, Maroubra

1/52 Ferguson Street, Maroubra

Issue

Comment

The proposal does not comply with the external wall height requirement of the DCP 2012. 

Refer to section 6.2: External Wall Height and Ceiling Height.

The pedestrian entry should be located from Ferguson Street rather than Robey Street as it results in littering of shopping trolleys.

The proposed pedestrian entry connects the residential flat development from both Ferguson and Robey Street. The development is not expected to result in significant littering of shopping trolleys to the surrounding streets.

The proposed development will compromise the acoustic privacy due to the close proximity of the pedestrian pathway to the neighbouring dwellings.

The acoustic noise generated from the pedestrian access along the southern side of the dwelling will not result in any significant noise impacts to the neigbouring dwelling and is generally compatible within the R3 Medium Density Residential zone. The objector’s premises consists of an expanse of solid brick walls adjacent to the northern side boundary and the existing side boundary fence will minimise the level of noise transmission between the two dwellings. Furthermore, these areas are not considered to be common recreational areas and it is not expected to be used for outdoor recreational activities which may generate additional noise impacts.

The location of the car parking does not comply with the DCP as the location of the access facilities pose undue safety risks due to the location in close proximity to the intersection of Wise Street and O’Sullivan Avenue.  

The vehicular access on the northern side of the residential flat development will not compromise the safety of the general public. The driveway width is suitable in length to allow visible sightlines for pedestrians and motor vehicles. Motorists are required by law to comply with New South Wales road rules and comply with local speed limits.     

The proposal development will result in additional stormwater discharge and potentially lead to flooding damage to the objectors and adjacent properties.

The subject premises is not affected by any localised flooding which may result in additional stormwater discharge to the neighbouring dwellings. Council’s development engineering have advised that a number of conditions have been included that the onsite detention/infiltration system is maintained and that no works which could affect the design function of the detention/infiltration system and detailed drainage plans are to be submitted to the certifying authority for approval prior to the issue of a construction certificate.

The objector is concerned that that the bins will occupy off-street parking during rubbish collection.

The rubbish bins are stored at the basement level and will only be temporarily located on the street verge for collection. It is not expected to result in any significant adverse amenity impacts or significantly reduce the availability of off-street parking spaces within the immediate locality.

The objector requests that Council’s planning officer check the floor space provisions to ensure it complies with the RLEP 2012.

Noted. The floor space ratio has been calculated and will remain below the required floor space ratio development standard of the RLEP 2012.

The proposal does not comply with the side setback requirement of the DCP 2012.

 

The objector advises that the shadowing diagrams are incorrect and requests that an amended shadow diagram be provided.

Refer to Section 6.1: Building Envelope – Side Setbacks for further discussion.

 

The shadow diagrams have been assessed by Council’s Planning Officer and it is considered to be a valid representation of the potential shadowing impacts to the neighbouring dwellings.

The proposal does not comply with the rear setback requirement of the DCP 2012.

The proposal complies with the rear setback controls and provides a minimum 15% of the allotment depth at 10.055 metres. Furthermore, the rear setback alignment is compatible with the adjacent multi-unit development at Nos. 52-54 Ferguson Street and 53-55 Robey Street.

The objector is concerned with the 695mm side setback from the basement parking to the objectors premises and the impact of excavation works at lower ground floor level.

Noted. Suitable conditions of consent have been included to ensure that excavation works are adequately supported and does not compromise the integrity of the adjoining land.

The objector requests that no ground anchors be located on the objector’s premises. 

Noted. The proposal will be wholly located within the subject site and does not seek to locate lower ground or ground level anchors on the objector’s premises.

The proposal does not provide quality landscaping given there are no deep soil treatment areas due to the size of the basement parking.

The side setbacks from the northern boundary and the relocation of the OSD tank will provide ample deep soil areas within the central courtyard, adjacent to the northern boundary and within front and rear of the premises. It is considered that quality landscaping has been provided to the subject site.

 

68 Robey Street, Maroubra

70 Robey Street, Maroubra

Issue

Comment

The proposed vehicular access ramp to the basement parking is directly opposite the objectors premises and will compromise the amenity due to an excess of noise and car lights.

Whilst it is acknowledged that there will be additional vehicle movements from the subject site and the proposed driveway is located directly opposite the objector’s property, it is not considered that the frequency of the traffic movement in a medium density development would be excessive. Further, there are opportunities for tree planting along the nature strip which may assist in reducing the impact on the objector’s property.  

The proposal will result in increased vehicular traffic within the immediate locality. The objector has requested that a traffic report be submitted to assess the potential of two separate vehicular access points from Robey Street and Ferguson Street.

The additional vehicular traffic load is not expected to result in any unreasonable traffic impacts that may compromise the existing road network. Furthermore, no objections have been raised from Council’s development Engineers and the request to provide a traffic study for an additional 25 vehicles is complies with the parking provisions of the DCP is considered unnecessary in the circumstances of the case.

The proposed development will result in additional stormwater discharge and potentially lead to flooding damage to the objectors and adjacent properties.

The subject premises are not affected by any localised flooding, which may result in additional stormwater discharge to the neighbouring dwellings. Council’s Development Engineers have advised that a number of conditions have been included that the onsite detention/infiltration system is to be provided and that no works which could affect the design function of the detention/infiltration system and detailed drainage plans are to be submitted to the certifying authority for approval prior to the issue of a construction certificate.

The proposed development is considered to be excessive in bulk and scale in comparison to the immediate surrounding dwellings.

The proposed development is not considered to be excessive in bulk and scale and the non-compliances to the external wall height and building height can be supported given they do not result in any significant adverse environmental impacts to the neighbouring dwellings. Furthermore, the proposal is not expected to compromise the visual amenity from the streetscape.

 

Refer to section 6.2: External Wall Heights and Ceiling Heights for detailed discussion.

The objector is concerned that the bins will occupy off-street parking during rubbish collection.

The rubbish bins are stored at the basement level and will only be temporarily located on the street verge for collection. It is not expected to result in any significant adverse amenity impacts or significantly reduce the availability of off-street parking spaces within the immediate locality.

The objector is concerned that the proposal will result in significant overlooking to the neighbouring dwellings.

Refer to section 6.4: Visual Amenity for detailed discussion.

 

5 Wise Street, Maroubra

Issue

Comment

The proposal does not comply with the external wall height DCP provisions and does not comply with the building height within the RLEP 2012.

Refer to section 4: Exceptions to building height standard and section 6.2 external wall height for detailed discussion.

The objector is concerned that the proposal will result in significant overlooking impacts to the neighbouring dwellings.

Refer to section 6.4: Visual Amenity for detailed discussion.

The proposal does not comply with the rear setback requirement of the DCP 2012.

The proposal complies with the rear setback controls and provides a minimum 15% of the allotment depth at 10.055 metres. Furthermore, the rear setback alignment is compatible with the adjacent multi-unit development at Nos. 52-54 Ferguson Street and 53-55 Robey Street.

The footprint of the basement parking and the excessive size will impact storm water discharge from the site.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The objector is concerned that the thickness of the walls will not support the basement parking structure.

The subject site is not affected by any localised flooding which may result in additional stormwater discharge to the neighbouring dwellings. Council’s development engineering have advised that a number of conditions have been included that the onsite detention/infiltration system is maintained and that no works which could affect the design function of the detention/infiltration system and detailed drainage plans are to be submitted to the certifying authority for approval prior to the issue of a construction certificate.

 

No objections have been received from Council’s Development Engineer regarding the thickness of the walls and suitable conditions of consent have been included to ensure that excavation works are adequately supported and does not compromise the integrity of the adjoining land. Further, the proposed development must comply with the relevant provisions of the BCA which includes structural integrity and adequacy.

 

6.         Key Issues

 

6.1      Building Envelope: Side Setbacks

 

In accordance with Council’s DCP controls, a residential flat building with a frontage width of 20m and above requires a minimum side setback of 4 metres. The proposed development provides 3 metre setback from the northern boundary and 3.015 metres from the southern boundary at ground and first floor levels, which does not comply with the setback control. Compliance with the objectives of the setbacks is therefore  necessary in order to support the departure from Council’s controls. The objectives of the side setback control together with Council Officers’ comments are as follows:

 

·      To define the street edge and establish a consistent rhythm of street setbacks and front gardens that contributes to the local character.

 

The proposed development provides greater side setback than the existing dwelling houses at Nos. 43-47 Robey Street. The existing dwelling houses are setback 600mm from the side boundaries and the proposed 3 metres setback will provide greater separation to the neighbouring dwellings. It should be noted that the side setback for existing development along Robey Street are inconsistent (i.e. the immediate adjoining dwellings at Nos. 41 and 49 Robey Street and 52 Ferguson Street are between 700mm-800mm and 4.35 metres at 53-55 Robey Street). Given the inconsistent side setbacks within the immediate locality, it is clear that there is no predominant side setback pattern along Robey Street that would contribute to the local character.

 

·      To ensure adequate separation between buildings for visual and acoustic privacy, solar access, air circulation and views.

 

The proposal is also not expected to result in any significant adverse amenity impacts upon the neighbouring dwellings. A reasonable level of visual privacy will be provided from the eastern and western blocks as the window openings will have a sill height of 1.8 metres above the finished floor level and suitable conditions of consent have been included to minimise the overlooking impacts from the ground and first floor decks. The view loss impacts from the proposed development is also considered to be negligible given the degree of view loss from the adjoining dwelling at no. 49 Robey Street relates to a distant view of the Maroubra Junction Town Centre. The extent of the additional overshadowing is a result of the orientation of the subdivision patterns and a compliant side setback of 4 metres would not significantly improve the level of solar access to the adjoining properties (refer to section 6.3: Amenity – Solar Access and Overshadowing for further discussion).  

 

·      To reserve contiguous areas for the retention or creation of open space and deep soil planting.

 

The proposal provides ample contiguous areas for deep soil planting along the perimeter of the site boundaries.

 

Consequently, in considering the above the numerical non-compliance to the side setback is supported in this instance given it complies with the objectives for setbacks. The proposal will maintain the streetscape amenity; will not result in any significant amenity impacts to the neighbouring dwellings and will provide ample areas for contiguous areas with deep soil planting.

 

6.2      Building Design: External Wall Height

 

The maximum external wall height control applicable to the subject site is 8 metres. The proposal has a maximum external wall height of 10.315 metres for the eastern block, which does not comply with Council’s controls.

 

However, the departure from the building height is considered acceptable as the proposal demonstrates overall compliance with the objectives for external wall height controls. The variation is confined to the second floor level of the proposed development which has a flat roof form and the areas of non-compliance are setback between approximately 6 metres to 9 metres from the side boundaries.

 

The breach to the wall height will not be visible from Robey Street as it occurs in the upper-floor section of the rear eastern block and is setback significantly from the front boundary alignment at approximately 45 metres. It is expected that the western block will screen most of the non-compliant visual bulk and scale of the eastern block in any case. When viewed from Ferguson Street, the upper-floor external wall heights will remain compatible with adjoining multi-unit developments in Ferguson Street within the immediate locality. This includes similar 3 – 4 storey structures on the opposite side of Ferguson Street at Nos. 839-847 Anzac Parade.

 

Finally the variation to the Council control will not give rise to any significant adverse amenity impacts to the adjoining and surrounding properties in terms of solar access, privacy and view loss. Both eastern and western blocks adopt a flat roof design and the upper level and the built form as a whole will not be visually intrusive.

 

 

6.3      Amenity: Solar Access and Overshadowing

 

The new residential flat development will contribute to additional overshadowing to the adjoining southern neighbours at no. 49 Robey Street and no. 52-54 Ferguson Street. Council’s controls for overshadowing specify the following:

 

i)        Living areas of neighbouring dwellings must receive a minimum of 3 hours access to direct sunlight to a part of a window between 8am and 4pm on 21 June (mid winter).

 

ii)       At least 50% of the landscaped areas of neighbouring dwellings must receive a minimum of 3 hours of direct sunlight to a part of a window between 8am and 4pm on 21 June (mid-winter).

 

iii)       Where existing development currently receives less sunlight than this requirement, the new development is not to reduce further.

 

Shadow diagrams provided as part of the Development Application indicate that at 9.00am, more than 50% of the rear landscaped areas and north facing windows of the existing building at No. 49 Robey Street and the driveway/walkway adjacent to the entrance of the multi-unit housing at No. 52 Ferguson Street will be overshadowed. From 12 noon, more than 50% of the rear landscaped area at No. 49 Robey Street will receive direct sunlight and the driveway/walkway of No. 52 Ferguson Street will remain overshadowed. From 3pm, more than 50% of the rear landscaped area of No. 49 Robey Street will be overshadowed and the driveway/walkway will continue to remain overshadowed at No. 52 Ferguson Street.

 

The shadow diagrams also show that the northern elevation of the adjoining southern properties will be overshadowed during the winter solstice day. However, the additional overshadowing impacts are considered to be unavoidable for the following reasons:

 

·      The additional overshadowing impacts are a result of the east/west facing orientation of the allotment pattern whereby the southern dwellings directly overshadow each other. It is noted that a fully compliant development would not significantly improve the level of shadowing to the southern neighbouring dwellings. Therefore, the degree of the overshadowing impacts from the proposed development is considered reasonable and the level of additional overshadowing to the southern adjoining neighbour would be unavoidable.

 

·      The configuration of two separate building blocks with central courtyard is considered to be a preferred design outcome for the east/west allotments. This arrangement provides favourable shadowing conditions as it allows accessible solar access between the two blocks through the central courtyard. The proposal also reduces the amount of visual bulk and scale of the development as it breaks up the building mass of the development.

 

·      The overshadowing impact to No. 52-54 Ferguson Street is also considered acceptable as it does not result in any significant shadowing impacts to the habitable living spaces or private open spaces of the adjoining residential flat development. Most of the additional shadowing will fall on the walkway and driveway, which are not considered to be private open space. In addition to this, the only areas that are to be affected by the proposed development to the adjoining residential flat development are small sized balconies and associated glazed doors that are accessed through bedrooms. The extent of the additional overshadowing into these areas is generally considered unavoidable as discussed above. 

 

·      The SEPP 65 Design Review Panel provided the following comments in relation to the overshadowing impact on Nos. 49 Robey Street and 52-54 Ferguson Street:

 

“The Panel considers that the roof’s minor break in the height plane would not create any extra shadow impacts or other negative externalities”.

 

The new shadowing from the proposed development is acceptable given a compliant development will not significantly improve the level of solar access to the immediate southern adjoining neighbours. The overshadowing impacts can be largely attributed to the east/west orientation of the subdivision allotments and contributes to the level of unavoidable overshadowing.

 

6.4      Amenity: Visual Privacy  

 

New multi-unit development is required to comply with the relevant objectives for visual privacy. The objectives are as follows:

 

·      To ensure a high level of amenity by providing for reasonable level of visual privacy for dwellings and neighbouring properties

·      To ensure new development is designed so that its occupants enjoy visual and acoustic privacy, whilst maintaining the existing level of privacy of adjoining and nearby properties.

 

The proposal will result in some privacy impacts to the northern and southern neighbouring dwellings and does not comply with the above objectives and the controls of the DCP. To minimise the level of cross viewing and overlooking to the adjoining dwellings, suitable conditions of consent have been included to ensure a reasonable level of privacy has been included. A detailed assessment of the privacy impacts is as below:

 

North-facing ground floor deck, courtyard and pergola:

The ground floor courtyard areas to Unit 3 and Unit 11, the decks to Unit 10 and the central pergola area is constructed on an elevated level (eastern block: RL26.5; western block: RL29.25) will result in significant cross-viewing over the existing side boundary fence into the private open space areas and habitable living spaces of the adjoining dwelling at No. 41 Robey Street. In order to address the privacy concerns, the following condition has been recommended.

 

2.       The approved plans and documents must be amended in accordance with the following requirements:

 

a.     The following areas must include the installation of fixed privacy screens along the full northern edge having a height of 1.6 metres and the total area of any openings within the privacy screen must not exceed 25% of the area of the screens, or alternatively, the privacy screens may be constructed with translucent, obscured, frosted or sandblasted glazing in a suitable frame:

 

·      The ground floor courtyard of Unit 3

·      The ground floor decks of Unit 10

·      The ground floor courtyard of Unit 11

·      The ground floor common outdoor area to the central courtyard

·      The first floor deck adjoining the living room of Unit 15

·      The first floor deck adjoining the living room of Unit 14

·      The first floor deck adjoining the living room of Unit 7

 

 

North facing first floor deck from the eastern block:

The DRP has provided the following comments:

 

“Privacy screens to the north-facing decks should be fixed rather than sliding. The purpose of these screens is to protect the northern neighbour from overlooking as much as improving the amenity of the units”.

 

It is considered that the first floor decks adjoining the living room of Units 7, 14 and 15 will result in significant overlooking into the private open space and habitable room windows to no. 41 Robey Street. Consequently, conditions of consent have been included to minimise the level of overlooking into the northern neighbouring dwelling.

 

North and south facing roof-top deck to the eastern block:

The north facing rooftop deck will not result in any direct outlook to the private open space of the neighbouring dwelling to the north given that any downward overlooking views will be screened by the roof space and the associated deck roof. The south facing rooftop deck is also setback from the bedroom window of the existing residential flat building at No. 52 Ferguson Street. The outlook distance is more than 15 metres and is considered a sufficient length to minimise any potential overlooking impacts to the neighbouring dwellings.

 

South facing bedroom windows at first floor level to Units 5, 8, 13 and 16:

The first floor south facing bedroom 2 windows from the eastern block will result in direct overlooking into the habitable room windows of the adjoining dwelling at No. 49 Robey Street. To address the privacy concerns a condition of consent has been included that the bedroom 2 windows to Units 5 and 8 must have a minimum sill height of 1.6m above floor level, or alternatively, the windows are to be fixed to this specified height and be provided with translucent, obscured, frosted or sandblasted glazing below this specified height.

 

The first floor south facing bedroom 2 windows from the western block is not expected to result in any significant privacy concerns to the adjoining dwelling at No. 52-54 Ferguson Street. The bedroom 2 window from unit 13 is located a significant distance of more than 13 metres to the adjoining bedroom window/balcony and the bedroom 2 window from unit 16 provides only oblique overlooking and is off-set to the adjacent window openings/balconies.

 

East and west facing bedroom/kitchen windows at first floor level

The first floor east and west facing window openings are directly opposite each other, however, it is not expected to result in significant adverse privacy impacts to Units Nos. 7, 8, 13 and 14. The window openings are significantly separated by 13 metres and large trees provided to the central courtyard will minimise opportunities for overlooking between the eastern and western blocks provided by screen planting. The east and west facing bedroom windows will not significantly compromise the occupant’s privacy levels and will not result in any adverse overlooking impacts.   

 

7.         Relationship to City Plan

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome 4:       Excellence in urban design and development.

Direction 4a:      Improved design and sustainability across all development.

 

8.      Financial impact statement

 

There is no direct financial impact for this matter.

 

9.      Conclusion

 

The proposed development complies with the objectives and performance requirements of relevant local planning controls.

 

The exception to development standard submitted by the applicant with respect to the non-compliance with the building height control is considered to be well founded.

 

The scale and design of the proposed development is considered to be acceptable for the site and in the context of the surrounding area. Overall, the development is considered to be consistent with the character of desired future development as envisaged in the Randwick DCP 2013; and the proposed density and height will not give rise to any detrimental impacts to surrounding residential properties in terms of visual bulk and scale, views, solar access and privacy. Visually, the proposal will have a design that contributes to the existing streetscape whilst being consistent with the desired future character of the area having regard to the transitional nature of development in the area.

 

Therefore, the application is recommended for approval.

 

 

Recommendation

 

A.     That Council supports the Exceptions to Development Standards pursuant to Clause 4.6 of Randwick Local Environmental Plan 2012 in respect to non-compliance with Clauses 4.3 of the same LEP relating to building height, on the grounds that the proposed development complies with the objectives of the above clauses, and will not adversely affect the amenity of the locality, and that the Department of Planning & Infrastructure be advised accordingly.

 

B.     That Council, as the consent authority, grants development consent under Sections 80 and 80A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, as amended, to Development Application No. DA/547/2013 for the demolition of existing structures, construction of part2/part 3 storey residential flat building in two building forms containing 18 units, basement car parking for 25 vehicles, landscaping, road widening dedication to Ferguson Street frontage and associated works, at No. 43-47 Robey Street, Maroubra, subject to the following non standard conditions and the standard conditions contained in the development application compliance report attached to this report:

 

Non standard conditions

 

Amendment of Plans & Documentation

2.     The approved plans and documents must be amended in accordance with the following requirements:

 

a.     The following areas must include the installation of fixed privacy screens along the full northern edge having a height of 1.6 metres and the total area of any openings within the privacy screen must not exceed 25% of the area of the screens, or alternatively, the privacy screens may be constructed with translucent, obscured, frosted or sandblasted glazing in a suitable frame:

 

·      The ground floor courtyard of Unit 3

·      The ground floor decks of Unit 10

·      The ground floor courtyard of Unit 11

·      The ground floor common outdoor area to the central courtyard

·      The first floor deck adjoining the living room of Unit 15

·      The first floor deck adjoining the living room of Unit 14

·      The first floor deck adjoining the living room of Unit 7

 

b.  To maintain a reasonable level of privacy to the neighbouring dwellings a new fence must be provided along the full southern side boundary and shall not exceed a maximum height of 1800mm (including on top of any retaining wall) as measured above the finished ground level of the pedestrian pathway within the subject site.

 

c.  The following windows must have a minimum sill height of 1.6 above floor level, or alternatively, the windows are to be fixed up to this specified height and be provided with translucent, obscured, frosted or sandblasted glazing below this specified height:

 

·    The first floor bedroom 2 window of Unit 5

·    The first floor bedroom 2 window of Unit 8

 

d.  A security roller or grill door must be provided to the basement parking at the bottom of the vehicular ramp.

 

e.  The screens on the western side of the common outdoor area must have a height of 1.8m above the ground floor level. The screens must be constructed of metal or timber and the total area of any openings within the screen must not exceed 25% of the area of the screen.  Alternatively, the privacy screen returns may be constructed with translucent, obscured, frosted or sandblasted glazing in a suitable frame.

 

f.   The steel picket fence located at the rear of the subject site fronting Ferguson Street is to be a maximum height of 1.8 metres and be designed so that the steel picket fence is at least 50% open to maintain a reasonable level of amenity to the adjoining residential development and the streetscape.

 

g.  Unit 12 must be converted to adaptable dwelling and design in accordance with the requirements under Part C3 of the Randwick Comprehensive DCP 2013. Details are to be included in the construction certificate.

 

 

 

 

Attachment/s:

 

1.

DA Compliance Report - 43-47 Robey Street, MAROUBRA

Included under separate cover

 

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                                   25 March 2014

 

 

Director City Planning Report No. CP35/14

 

 

Subject:                  17 Liguria Street, Maroubra (DA/818/2011/A)

Folder No:                   DA/818/2011/A

Author:                   Chahrazad  Rahe, Assessment Planner     

 

Proposal:                     Section 96 modification to the approved development to alter the roof line and internal layout and reposition & resize window openings

Ward:                      Central Ward

Applicant:                Anthony Murphy

Owner:                         Louise Hogan & Anthony Murphy

Summary

Recommendation:     Approval

 

 

 

 

 

Subject Site

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Submissions received

Ù

North

Locality Plan


Development Application Executive summary report

 

This Section 96 application is referred to Council for determination as the original development application was approved at Planning Committee meeting on 8 May 2012.

 

Proposal

 

The original proposal detailed alterations and additions to the existing dwelling, which involves the following works:

 

·      Internal alterations to dividing walls;

·      Addition of a family room at ground floor level to the front that mirrors the built form of the existing garage;

·      Minor additions to the rear of the dwelling at ground and first floor level;

·      New enlarged balconies to the rear at ground and first floor level;

·      Alterations to the existing roof form; and,

·      A new plunge pool to the rear.

 

The subject Section 96 application seeks consent to modify the approved development in the following manner:

 

·      The roof line on the first floor and ground floor levels are slightly modified.  The wall height and roof on the first floor level are increased by approximately 650mm and on the ground floor level, the roof line is lowered by approximately 750mm;

·      Internal alterations to bathroom and laundry on the ground floor level.  The laundry is relocated to the rear of the dwelling adjacent to the lounge area and bathroom is enlarged;

·      New skylight to the ground level bathroom;

·      The bathroom on the ground level in the family room is deleted;

·      Reconfiguration and alterations to the first floor level;

·      Minor window modifications; and

·      New screen wall to the front of the dwelling.

 

Amended plans were received by Council, on 27 November 2013 showing the deletion of deleting the rear balcony extension to address the objectors concerns. 

 

Amended elevations were received by Council on 12 March 2014 to correct the discrepancy between the ground line shown on the original approved plans and the subject Section 96 plans. The new figured dimensions have been checked on site and the overall height of the roof remains unaltered.

 

The assessment is based on both of these amended plans.

 

Site

 

The subject site is located on the southern side of Liguria Street in Maroubra. The site is located within an area of low density residential development that is generally reflective of the Residential 2A Zone and the Foreshore Scenic Protection Area. The design and age of dwellings in the area are varied and no predominant architectural character is exhibited.

 

The subject site is regular in shape with a total site area of 649.4sqm and a frontage to Liguria Street of 16.155m. The site has a northern aspect and is bound by residential sites to both side boundaries (east, west) and the rear boundary (south) of the site. The site falls away from the front boundary at an overall grade of approximately 6%.

 

The site is currently occupied by a part single and two storey dwelling and is currently under construction for the approved works under DA/818/2011.

 

Submissions

 

The owners of adjoining and likely affected neighbouring properties were notified of the proposed development in accordance with the Randwick Comprehensive DCP 2013. The following submissions were received as a result of the notification process:

 

3 & 5 Liguria Street, South Coogee

11 Liguria Street, South Coogee

15 Liguria Street, South Coogee

 

Issue

Comment

Their ocean views are severely obscured by the huge tree at the rear of No. 17 Liguria Street in addition to the other vegetation (banana leaf trees) planted along the boundary as well as the existing wall and the approved balcony which extends well beyond their properties.  The balcony extension is excessive and not in keeping with similar development in the surrounding area.

 

Object to the increase in the size of the rear first floor balcony as it will cause privacy and view loss impacts.

 

The subject Section 96 application does not involve any proposed landscaping elements. Thus it is not a matter for consideration in the current modification. However, the applicant has recently pruned the vegetation along the boundary fence in the rear garden.

 

Also, amended plans have been received deleting the request to increase the size of the rear first floor balcony.

 

Section 96 assessment:

 

Substantially the Same Development:

The proposal does not involve any significant changes to the approved built form, floor space or landscaped area provision on site. Therefore, the modified development is considered to be substantially the same development as that for which the consent was originally granted.

 

Key Issues

 

Privacy and view loss

Privacy and view loss issues were initially raised by the neighbouring properties, however, the amended plans received by Council on 27 November 2013 shows the deletion of the rear first floor balcony extension and therefore, eliminated the additional privacy and view loss concerns raised by the adjoining neighbours.

 

The proposed modifications to the rest of the building are not considered to result in any unreasonable amenity impacts to the neighbouring properties in relation to solar access, privacy and view loss.

 

The modified development also meets the relevant controls and objectives of the Randwick Comprehensive DCP 2013 and complies with the FSR and Building Height standards in the LEP 2012.

 

Relationship to City Plan

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome 4:       Excellence in urban design and development.

Direction 4a:      Improved design and sustainability across all development.

 

Financial impact statement

 

There is no direct financial impact for this matter.

 

Conclusion

 

The proposed modifications have been assessed as being satisfactory with respect to the relevant provisions of the Randwick Local Environmental Plan 2012 and Comprehensive DCP 2013.

 

The proposed modifications to the original consent satisfies Section 96 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, 1979, in that it will constitute substantially the same development.

 

The building will continue to integrate with the surrounding built form and will maintain privacy and views to the adjoining and nearby dwellings.

 

Accordingly, the application is recommended for approval, subject to conditions.

 

 

Recommendation

 

That Council's as the consent authority, grant its consent under Section 96 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 as amended to modify Development Consent No DA/818/2011/A for the modification of the approved development by alter the roof line and internal layout and reposition & resize window openings for 17 Liguria Street, South Coogee,   in the following manner:

 

Amend Condition 1 to read:

 

Approved Plans & Supporting Documentation

1.       The development must be implemented substantially in accordance with the plans and supporting documentation listed below and endorsed with Council’s approved stamp, except where amended by Council in red and/or by other conditions of this consent:

 

Plan

Drawn by

Stamped

DA02 Rev. A

Donna Moon Architect

16 March 2012

DA03 Rev. A

Donna Moon Architect

16 March 2012

DA04 Rev. A

Donna Moon Architect

16 March 2012

DA05 Rev. A

Donna Moon Architect

16 March 2012

DA06 Rev. A

Donna Moon Architect

16 March 2012

DA07 Rev. A

Donna Moon Architect

16 March 2012

DA08 Rev. A

Donna Moon Architect

16 March 2012

Colour schedule and keyed elevations

Donna Moon Architect

10 April 2012

 

BASIX Certificate

No.

Dated

Hogan & Murphy Residence_02

A125185_02

30 October 2011

 

as amended by the following Section 96’A’ plans and information:

 

Plan

Drawn by

Dated

Received

S96.001 (Issue S96/B)

Paul Wilsher Design

September 2013

27 November 2013

S96.002 (Issue S96/B)

Paul Wilsher Design

September 2013

27 November 2013

S96.003 (Issue S96/B)

Paul Wilsher Design

September 2013

27 November 2013

S96.004 (Issue S96/C)

Paul Wilsher Design

September 2013

12 March 2014

S96.005

(Issue S96/C)

Paul Wilsher Design

September 2013

12 March 2014

 

BASIX Certificate

No.

Dated

Received

 

A171122

9 September 2013

9 October 2013

 

Attachment/s:

 

1.

DA - Compliance Report - 17 Liguria Street, Maroubra (DA/818/2011/A)

Included under separate cover

 

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                                   25 March 2014

 

 

Director City Planning Report No. CP36/14

 

 

Subject:                  Reporting variation to Development Standard under SEPP1 and Clause 4.6 between January to February 2014

Folder No:                   F2008/00122

Author:                   Roger Quinton, Acting Manager Development Assessment     

 

Introduction

 

The NSW Department of Planning (DOP) released a Planning Circular in November 2008 advising Councils to adopt additional procedures in relation to the administration of variations to development Standard. The additional measures are largely in response to the ICAC inquiry into Wollongong City Council. Those additional measures are:

 

1)     Establishment of a register of development applications determined with variations in standards under SEPP1 and Clause 4.6;

 

2)     Requirement for all development applications where there has been a variation greater than 10% in standards under SEPP1 and Clause 4.6 to be determined by full council (rather than the general manager or nominated staff member);

 

3)     Providing a report to Council on the development applications determined where there had been a variation in standards under SEPP1 and Clause 4.6;

 

4)     Making the register of development applications determined with variations in standards under SEPP 1 and Clause 4.6 available to the public on council’s website.

 

This report is in response to point 3) above. A table is attached to this report detailing all SEPP1s and Clause 4.6 exceptions approved in the period between 1 January to 28 February 2014  – two (2) were approved during this period by delegated authority.

 

Relationship to City Plan

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome 4:       Excellence in urban design and development.

Direction 4b:      New and existing development is managed by a robust framework.

 

Financial impact statement

 

There is no direct financial impact for this matter.

 

Conclusion

 

The NSW Department of Planning (DOP) released a Planning Circular in 2008 advising of additional requirements Councils are required to adopt in relation to SEPP1 objections and Clause 4.6 exceptions. This report is in response to one of those requirements whereby a report is provided to Council on the development applications determined where there had been a variation in standards under SEPP1 /Clause 4.6. 

 

 

Recommendation

 

That the report be received and noted.

 

Attachment/s:

 

1.View

SEPP 1 and Clause 4.6 variations  January - February, 2014

 

 

 

 


SEPP 1 and Clause 4.6 variations  January - February, 2014

Attachment 1

 

 

 

SEPP 1 AND CLAUSE 4.6 REGISTER BETWEEN 1 JANUARY TO 28 FEBRUARY 2014

Council DA reference No.

Lot No.

DP No.

Apartment/Unit No.

Street No.

Street name

Suburb/Town

Postcode

Category of development

Environmental planning instru-ment

Zoning of land

Development standard to be varied

Justification of variation

Extent of variation

Concurring authority

Date DA determined
dd/mm/yyyy

Approved by

DA/766/2013

B

402880 SUBJ TO CROSS EA

 

9

Park Street

Clovelly

2031

 1: Residential - Alterations & additions

RLEP 2012

R2

Clause 4.3  Building height of 9.5m

Maintains compatible scale with neighbouring buildings and does not adversely impact in terms of overshadowing, privacy and views.

Existing building height is 9.8m. New portion has a building height of 9.6m or 1.06%

NSW Dept of Planning

14-Jan-14

Degelgated authority

DA/699/2013

3

8017

 

35

Knox Street

Clovelly

2031

 1: Residential - Alterations & additions

RLEP 2012

R2

Clause 4.3  Building height of 9.5m

Maintains compatible scale with neighbouring buildings and does not adversely impact in terms of overshadowing, privacy and views.

Building height is 9.93m or 4.5%

NSW Dept of Planning

14-Jan-14

Degelgated authority

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                                   25 March 2014

 

 

Director City Planning Report No. CP37/14

 

 

Subject:                  Cultural and Community Grants Program

Folder No:                   F2009/00182

Author:                   Teresa Mok, Manager Community Planning & Development     

 

Introduction

 

The Cultural and Community Grants Program was endorsed by Council on 28 April 2009 and commenced in June 2009.  The Cultural and Community Grants Program provides financial support to creative arts and cultural projects that encourage community participation and vibrancy within the City of Randwick. The Program is linked to actions and strategies identified within the Council’s Cultural Plan, A Cultural Randwick City.

 

In the March 2014 funding round Council has received a total of 15 applications seeking $70,201.68 (in-kind and cash). The applications were assessed by an assessment panel comprising of Council staff, an independent representative from Woollahra Council. Details of the applications recommended for funding are listed in Attachment One to this report. Applications not recommended for funding are also listed in Attachment One.

 

The total amount of funds for the March 2014 funding round is $58,151.  The report recommendation is for five applications to receive funding totalling $21,663.88.   The remaining applications did not meet the grant guidelines.

 

All applicants will be advised about the outcomes of their grant application.

 

 

Issues

 

Cultural and Community Grants Program Background

 

The Cultural and Community Grants Program has an annual budget of $107,730.00.  This amount covers both in-kind and cash contribution requests from grant applications.

 

There are two funding rounds per financial year, in March and September, and is promoted in the local newspaper, on the Council’s website and email through local community networks at the start of December 2013 .

                                 

The Cultural and Community Grants Program Funding is awarded to locally based not-for-profit organisations or community groups. The applicants must demonstrate that their project benefits a cross section of our diverse community. The resulting activities or events must be held in the City of Randwick. Applicants may seek grants from Council as an in-kind contribution only (waiver of Council fees and charges), cash contribution only, or a combination of in-kind and cash contribution. 

 

The Program requires and expects a high level of accountability from funding recipients. As part of the funding acquittal process, all recipients who have received cash grants will be required to provide evidence that the activity or event was held.

 

March Assessment Round 2013-14

 

The assessment process was undertaken by a panel of Council officers, a Woollahra Council representative, and the Council Internal Auditor. The panel met to assess the applications and to determine which of these should receive full, partial or no funding. All applications were assessed for compliance with the program’s funding priorities and guidelines, and the organisation’s capacity to deliver the program outcomes. Each application was assigned a numerical score reflecting a priority ranking of A, B or C. Priority levels are detailed below:

 

·           Priority A: High priority for funding. The project is consistent with program funding priorities and has special weighting and compares well with other applicants.

·           Priority B: Possibly fund if sufficient funds are available. Application meets eligibility criteria but with lower scores than the Priority A applications.  Priority B applications may lack adequate detail or be poorly targeted.

·           Priority C: Does not meet the eligibility criteria.

 

Through this assessment process, a total of five applications met the funding priorities and requirements have been recommended to receive funding totalling $18,399.44 comprising of $3,800.00 in cash and $14,599.44 in-kind (fee waiver). The grant applicants and a brief description of their proposed projects being recommended for funding are summarised below:

 

·           Clovelly Eskimos – 60th Anniversary social and sporting history (Clovelly Eskimos Winter Swimming Club) Cash funding to compile a history of the Clovelly Eskimos culminating in a production of a 10 minute documentary, archive of photos and memorabilia that will be available on the Club’s website

·           Coogee Island Challenge (Coogee Surf Life Saving Club) In-kind funds to use the Coogee Beach for one of two ocean swim in April 2014 run by the Club for the purpose of fundraising for the club. (First ocean already held in November 2013)

·           Amateur Body Boarding Competition (Maroubra Bodyboarders) In-kind funds for use of Maroubra Beach for their monthly competitions.

·           Maroubra Surfers Association Contests (Maroubra Surfers Association) In-kind funds for use of Maroubra Beach for their monthly surfing competitions.

·           Monthly Surfing Competitions (Southend Boardriders Maroubra) In-kind funds for use multiple of Maroubra Beach for multiple surfing competitions.

·           Indonesian Welfare Association Support Group (to hold weekly group meetings aimed at addressing social isolation. The in-kind funds is for the use of the Maroubra Senior Citizen Community Hall

 

Discussion

 

In this round, three applications were for events that had already taken place and cannot be funded retrospectively.

 

Four applications were received after the closing date and were therefore not assessed by the assessment panel.  However, three of these applications would have met the assessment criteria if they had been submitted before the closing date (Attachment 1 – Applications Not recommended for Funding table, with a bold asterisks). In this regard, the Council may wish to consider supporting these three grants applications as summarised below:

 

1.  Care Connect – provision of a lunch to showcase the people food and services for elderly persons, and people with disabilities in an event called Flavours From Around The World.

 

2.  Ethnic Child Care, family and Community services Co-op – 60 years of Italian Migration a cultural project involving elderly people with disabilities, and their carers,. A Morning tea and lunch for elderly people with disabilities, and Randwick City residents.  At this event, participants are given the opportunity to reflect on the years of migration and their contribution to the Australian communities.

 

3.  First Hand Social Enterprise and Markets – Funds to facilitate a series of workshops and assist in the purchase of infrastructure associated with the establishment of a monthly market aimed at training, skilling and employing local young Aboriginal people.

 

Should the Council resolve to fund the above three late applications, the total amount would be $8,070 in cash, and $840 in-kind contribution ($8,910).

 

 

Relationship to City Plan

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome:  5:     Excellence in recreation and lifestyle opportunities.

Direction:  5b:   A range of cultural, sporting and leisure activities.

 

 

Financial impact statement

 

The Cultural and Community Grant Program has an annual budget allocation of $107,730. After the first funding round in September, a total of $58,151 is available for allocation in the current round before the 2013/14financial year comes to an end.  The current allocation round falls well within budget.

 

Conclusion

 

The Cultural and Community Grants Program plays an important role in providing artistic and cultural events and activities that contribute towards the vibrancy and social cohesion within the City of Randwick. In this funding round, an unprecedented four applications were received after the closing date.  Three of these late applications (requesting $8,910) would have met the grant’s eligibility criteria, had they not been late applications.

 

Consequently the assessment panel was in a position to recommend only five applications to receive funding totalling $21,663.88 in cash and in-kind contribution under the current funding round.  This amount does not take into account the funds of $8,910 associated with the three late applications.  This leaves an unspent balance of $36,487.12 from the allocated budget. Should Council decides to support the three late but eligible applications, the unspent balance will be reduced to some $27,578.

 

 

Recommendation

 

That Council:

1.  approve Cultural and Community Program funds totalling $21,663.88 to be allocated to the recommended grant applicants listed in Attachment One.

2.  consider supporting the three late applications, totalling $8,910 in requested funds

 

 

Attachment/s:

 

1.View

Round 1- Details of Applications with Recommendations for Successful/not Successful allocation of Funding

 

 

 

 


Round 1- Details of Applications with Recommendations for Successful/not Successful allocation of Funding

Attachment 1

 

 

Attachment One

 

2013/2014 CULTURAL AND COMMUNITY GRANTS PROGRAM

 

APPLICATIONS RECOMMENDED FOR FUNDING – MARCH 2014 ASSESSMENT

 

No.

Organisation

Name of Project & Description

Amount

Requested

Rank

In-Kind Recommended

Cash

Recommended

In kind

Cash

2

Clovelly Eskimos Winter Swimming Club

Clovelly Eskimos – 60th Anniversary social and sporting history

Cash funding to compile a history of the Clovelly Eskimos culminating in a production of a 10 minute documentary, archive of photos and memorabilia that will be available on the Club’ s website

$ 0.00 

 $ 3,800.00

B

$ 0.00

$       3,800.00

 

5

Coogee Surf Life Saving Club

Coogee Island Challenge

In-kind funds to use the Coogee Beach for one of two ocean swim in April 2014  run by the Club for the purpose of fundraising for the club. (First ocean swim already held in November 2013 and therefore not eligible for funding)

$ 5,888.32

$ 0.00 

B

$ 2,944.16

 

$ 0.00

8

Indonesian Welfare Association Inc

IWA Support Group Maroubra

In-kind funds to use Maroubra Seniors Centre to hold weekly group meetings  aims to prevent social isolation, providing community education to assist access to available services

$ 3,264.00

 $ 0.00  

B

$ 3,264.00

 $ 0.00  

9

Maroubra Bodyboarders

Amateur Body Boarding Competition

In-kind funds for use of Maroubra Beach for their monthly competitions to be held between April and November 2014 (February and March competitions already been held and therefore not eligible for funding)

$ 5,019.38

$ 0.00 

 

B

$ 4,047.14

$ 0.00

11

Maroubra Surfers Association

Maroubra Surfers Association Contests

In-kind funds for use of Maroubra Beach for their monthly surfing competitions between April and October 2014. They requested cash fund for coaching, equipment, travel and accommodation for external competitions; capital equipment and travel expenses which falls outside the Grant guidelines and cannot be funded. (February and March competitions already been held and therefore not eligible for funding)

$ 4,047.08

 $ 12,000.00

B

$ 3,561.44

 

$ 0.00

13

Southend Boardriders Maroubra

Monthly Surfing Competitions

In-kind funds for use of Maroubra Beach for monthly surfing competitions.

$ 4,047.14

$ 0.00 

B

$ 4,047.14

$0.00

 

 

 

 

 

Total

$17,863.88

$3,800.00

 

 

 

 

 

Total

$21,663.88

 


2013/2014 CULTURAL AND COMMUNITY GRANTS PROGRAM

 

APPLICATIONS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR FUNDING – MARCH 2014 ASSESSMENT

 

No.

Organisation

Name of Project

Amount Requested

Rank

Reason for not recommending - future action

In kind

Cash

1

Australian Helping Hands Association

Arts Explorer provide transport to isolated and marginalised residents to attend the Sydney Biennale event

 

 $ 0.00

 $ 1,210.00

C

Ineligible - event to be held outside Randwick City.

2

Care Connect Ltd*

Flavours from around the world – long lunch showcasing the people food and services for elderly persons, people with disabilities, and from CALD backgrounds

 $  840.00

 $ 3,100.00

C

Ineligible - application received after round closing date, will be considered under the September 2014 grant round*

4

Coogee Surf Life Saving Club

Coogee Carnival

In-kind funds for use of Coogee Beach on 1 February 2014  to hold an Annual Surf Carnival of Club

$ 2,481.34

$ 0.00

C

Ineligible - event already held,  cannot fund retrospectively

6

Ethnic Child Care, Family and Community Services Co-operative Limited

Eastern Sydney Multicultural Access Project*

60 years of Italian migration

Morning tea and lunch for elderly people with disabilities, their carers,  Italian and other CALD Randwick residents to provide the opportunity to reflect on the years of migration and  their contribution to Australian and Randwick community.

$ 0.00 

 $ 1,710.00

C

Ineligible - application received after round closing date, application will be considered under the September 2014 grant round*

7

First Hand Solutions Aboriginal Corporation*

First Hand Social Enterprise Workshops and Markets

Cash funds to purchase 5 marquees, 5 tables, and chairs for use at monthly markets on Bare Island.  5 local artist/crafts people to facilitate workshops and market stalls.  The aim of these activities is to train, skill, and employ local young people.

$ 0.00 

 $ 4,800.00

C

Ineligible - application received after round closing date, application will be submitted to the September 2014 grant round*

10

Maroubra Surf Life Saving Club Inc

Sydney Branch Surf Life Savings Championships

In-kind funds to use Maroubra Beach on 15 and 16 February 2014 to hold surf life savings championships

$1,094.42

$ 0.00 

C

Ineligible - event already held,  cannot fund retrospectively

12

South Sydney High School

Multicultural Flag Ceremony

Celebration of multiculturalism with a Parade of students carrying 50 flags of their country attended by students, parents and teachers followed by speakers and morning tea with food from different cultures

$ 0.00 

 $  3,500.00

C

Project has limited broad community benefit, involves only school students, parents and teachers

14

St Paul’s Anglican Church South Coogee

Carols by the Sea

Request for: in-kind funds (not specified) for the use of Grant Reserve, cash funds to contribute to sound and lighting for their yearly carols by candlelight event

Not specified

 $ 6,600.00

C

Not eligible as per Council Resolution (Ordinary Meeting 22/03/2011): to “endorse the concept of ‘packaging up’ similar events to achieve more effective and better quality events, by increasing funding to two local Christmas Carols events in South Maroubra (Village Green)

15

Youth Off The Streets

Cultural Camps – one week camp for 15 young people  to explore other cultures and activities such as yarning, fishing didgeridoo making, bushwalking and cooking

$ 0.00 

 $ 6,800.00

C

All activities funded under the Cultural and Community Grant program must be held within Randwick City. Project is more appropriately accessed under Council’s Community Partnerships Grant Program. 

 

 

Total

$4,415.76

$27,720.00

 

 

 

 

Total

$32,135.76

 

 

* These late applications are deemed ineligible but otherwise meet the Cultural and Community Grant assessment criteria 


Ordinary Council                                                                                                   25 March 2014

 

 

Director City Planning Report No. CP38/14

 

 

Subject:                  Inglis Planning Proposal- revised Planning Proposal submitted to the Joint Regional Planning Panel

Folder No:                   F2013/00156

Author:                   Stella Agagiotis, Co-ordinator, Strategic Planning      

 

Introduction

 

This report addresses the applicant’s response to the resolution of the Sydney East Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) of 4 December 2013 and seeks Council’s endorsement to refer the attached Council submission (Attachment 1) to the Panel.  This report also outlines a pre-letter of offer to Council to enter into a Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA) for the land to be zoned RE1 Public Recreation should the JRPP resolve to recommend that the Minister rezone the site. Whilst the amendments represent an improvement to the previous proposal, Council’s submission reiterates a number of matters which were previously raised by the NSW Government Architect, Council’s independent traffic review, Heritage Council and by Council officers which were outlined in Council’s previous submission to the JRPP (May 2013).

 

Background

A timeline summarising key dates in the planning process following the Minister’s decision to appoint the JRPP as planning authority is provided in Attachment 2.

The Inglis planning Proposal has been considered by Council at various stages since May 2010 when the initial rezoning application was submitted to Council. Council resolved to commence the rezoning process (July 2010), further resolved to apply a 15m height limit for land within the Specialised Centre (December 2010).

 

Following consideration of the applicant’s detailed technical studies and NSW Government Architect’s review for Council, resolved not to proceed with the rezoning (December 2011).  As a result of this resolution, on 25 September 2012, the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure appointed the Sydney East JRPP to act as planning authority for the planning proposal.

 

Rezoning submission

The Planning Proposal is for rezoning of the 5ha site (currently used as an equine complex including thoroughbred auctions, stabling and equestrian activities) to permit a range of residential densities, mixed commercial uses (along Barker Street) and public open space.  The Planning Proposal is accompanied by supporting documents including a draft DCP that details design/environmental controls that will apply to the future development of the site, transport study and a Green Travel Strategy which outlines principles for sustainable transport, implementation strategies and monitoring.

 

The previous Master Plan submitted to the JRPP proposed a range of dwelling types, up to 790 dwellings accommodated across the site various precincts (with FSRs ranging from 1.3- 4.4:1), up to 11,500 sq metres of business/commercial uses and the creation of a new internal street system and public/private areas of open space (5,000 sq. metres).

 

At the JRPP meeting of 4 December 2013, the applicant addressed height, density, traffic and open space which had been queried by the JRPP at an earlier meeting on 31 October 2013 (reported in the Councillor Bulletin week ending 20 December 2013).  In summary, the JRPP resolution of 4 December 2013 (copy at Attachment 3) sought reductions in density (FSR and height), review of traffic generation, zoning of public open space and overshadowing impacts to be addressed.

 

Revised Proposal Submitted February 2014

 

On 21 February 2014, the applicant submitted two options to the JRPP addressing the matters raised by the JRPP in December 2013. The key difference between Options 1 and 2 is the configuration of the area of public open space at the north eastern part of the site as shown in the diagrams below.  The revised proposal incorporates:

 

·      Deletion of all 8 and 9 storey levels so that the maximum height across the site does not exceed 7 storeys

·      Reduction in the development floor space by 11% (Option 1) and 9% (Option 2). Although dwelling mix has yet to be determined, the applicant states that this would equate to approximately 780 (Option 1) or 791 (option 2) two bedroom units with an average size of 86m2.

·      Reduction in the overall FSR for the site to 1.45:1 (Option 1) and 1.47:1 (Option 2) (previously 1.6:1).

·      Deletion of a development block on the eastern side to consolidate a proposed area of open space (Option 1)

·      Dedication of land to Council of at least 5,000m2 as public open space and zoning as RE1 Public Recreation.

These modifications are addressed in more detail in Council’s submission to the JRPP (Attachment 1) and summarised below:

 

Option 1

Suggest deletion of block to improve public open space

 

Development Yield reduced by 11% to approx 780 units.

1.45:1 FSR

 

 

 

 

 

 

Option 2

 

Development yield Reduced by 9% to approx 791 units.

1.47:1 FSR.

 

 

Key changes/consideration of options

In terms of dwelling yield and overall site density there is little difference between the two options presented. In terms of layout of buildings on the north-eastern part of the site, Option 1 provides for a more usable area of open space accessible from two street frontages and is therefore the preferred option in terms of open space configuration. As this is the area proposed to be zoned public open space and dedicated to Council, Option 1 would provide greater public accessibility and public amenity.

 

The key changes proposed under the revised proposals which are consistent with matters previously raised in Council’s submission to the JRPP are:

·      Zoning of land for public open space and dedication of land to Council

·      Zoning of land fronting Barker Street B1 Neighbourhood Business rather than B4 Mixed Use Zone

·      Reduction in the maximum height of buildings to 25m (previously 30m) across the site.  Heights along Barker Street and southern boundary as recommended by the NSW Government Architect have been reduced.

·      Reduction in overall site density

 

These changes are addressed below and considered in more detail in Attachment 1.

 

Consideration of JRPP resolution

 

Floor Space Ratio

 

Summary of JRPP resolution: overall site density is too high and should be reduced

Applicant response: The overall site density has been reduced to an FSR of 1.45:1 (Option 1) and 1.47:1 (Option 2). The FSRs for individual blocks are mapped as requested by JRPP.

Council officer’s comment: Whilst the reduced density is an improvement from the previous proposal, overall density and FSR should be further considered in the context of appropriate height/scale across the site. Height reductions suggested by the NSW Government Architect and the Heritage Council were raised in Council’s previous submission to the JRPP (see comments below under height and map in Attachment 1)

 

Traffic generation


Summary of JRPP resolution:
Traffic generation needs to be reviewed in relation to the number of dwellings proposed and the RMS position on the proposed traffic lights at Botany/Barker Street is of concern.

Applicant response: Traffic modelling has been recalculated based on the revised dwelling yield. The revised modelling shows that the proposed development will not be the trigger for an intersection upgrade at the Botany/Barker Street intersection.  Traffic generation from the proposed development is likely to generate 408(Option 1) or 412 vehicles per hour (Option 2). The provision of on site parking as required under Council’s DCP can be provided in basement levels.
Council officer’s comment:
There is little difference in traffic and parking generation between Options 1 and 2. The applicant has adequately justified the assumptions used to derive the traffic generation, the cumulative traffic impacts under a 2018 scenario and traffic flow through the Botany/Barker Street intersection. The findings/recommendations of Council’s independent traffic review should be addressed by the applicant including the narrow width of road lanes, turning paths, emergency vehicle access, pedestrian and cyclist safety audit and management of on-street parking.

 

Height

 

Summary of JRPP resolution: The heights are excessive and reductions across whole blocks would help reduce overall density and overshadowing.
Applicant response:
Heights have been revised down to 7 storeys (max 25m) and development will provide appropriate areas of open space and lower scale adjoining heritage items. The proposal provides a sensitive response to surrounding development and responds to the NSW Government Architect’s recommendations.

Council officer’s comment: Height reductions are an improvement and it is recommended that further reductions as suggested by NSW Government Architect and Heritage Council to address heritage significance (see map at Attachment 1). The number of residential storeys achievable within the maximum height of 25 metres is potentially 8 storeys and this is at odds with the applicant’s response which limits it to 7 storeys. This issue should be raised for consideration by the JRPP.

 

Overshadowing


Summary of JRPP resolution:
  Areas of proposed open space are in too much shadow and a reduction in building heights is needed.

Applicant response: The applicant states that revised heights capped at 25m means that land zoned RE1 public open space will achieve appropriate levels of sunlight.

Council officer’s comment: The proposed removal of a building adjoining the Sales Ring precinct as outlined in Option 1 will be an improvement in solar access to the proposed public open space compared to the previous master plan. In relation to solar access to private open spaces, this will be subject to SEPP 65 requirements and Council’s DCP requirements.

 

SEPP 65

 

Summary of JRPP resolution: The proposal should comply with SEPP 65 in relation to building setbacks.

Applicant response: Given that there has been a reduction in building heights, the applicant states that the proposal will be consistent with building separation requirements of SEPP 65.

Council officer’s comment: Applicant’s response is noted and will be subject to detailed assessment at development application stage and will need to have regard to privacy screening measures under Council’s DCP.

 

Open Space


Summary of JRPP resolution:
The proposed open space should be zoned open space and dedicated to Council. The building within the area of open space should be deleted to assist in reducing yield and shadows.

Council officer’s comment: Zoning of the public open space RE 1 Public recreation and its dedication to Council is supported (see below under pre-letter of offer). Option 1 is preferred with area of approximately 5,000m2 with access to two street frontages (Young Street and a new internal road) with a rectilinear configuration of approximately 73mx66m. The quality, amenity and scale of the open space will be greatly improved through the deletion of the building located along the eastern boundary adjoining the proposed open space (see Option 1 diagram).

 

Pre letter of Offer for VPA

The applicant has provided a pre-letter of offer to Council outlining heads of consideration for a Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA) for dedication of the public open space to Council. The letter states that if Council agrees to enter into negotiations the VPA would contain details including timing of the dedication, the value of the dedication and works to be carried out and the application of s.94 contributions for future development. Should the JRPP resolve to approve the rezoning, Council recommends the endorsement of Option 1 and it is also recommended that the Council enter into negotiations with the applicant on the drafting of the VPA.  The process for the preparation, subject matter and public notification of planning agreements is outlined in the EP&A Act and Regulation and Council’s Planning Agreements Policy adopted September 2007.

 

Relationship to City Plan

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome:  4      Excellence in urban design and development.

Direction:  4a    Improved design and sustainability across all development

4b    New and existing development is managed by a robust framework

 

Outcome   6:     Liveable City

Direction   6d    A strategic land use framework provides for our lifestyle changes and for a continuing, yet low rate of growth across our City

 

Outcome:  7      Heritage that is protected and celebrated

Direction:  7a    Our heritage is recognised, protected and celebrated

 

Outcome: 8      A strong local economy

Direction    8c    Economic growth and development that strengthens our hospital and               University

 

Outcome:  9      Integrated and accessible transport

Direction:  9a     A network of safe and convenient walking paths and cycleway linking major land uses and recreation opportunities

9b    The community is informed, educated and encouraged to use                 sustainable transport

9d    Residential amenity is protected by appropriate traffic management

9e    Parking is managed to balance convenience against reduced car                     reliance

 

Financial impact statement

 

Preparation of Council’s submission to the JRPP includes one full time staff equivalent for one week from the following Council teams: Strategic Planning, Integrated Transport, Engineering and Development Assessment. 

 

 

 

Recommendation

 

1.  That Council endorse the attached submission to the JRPP on the revised Inglis Planning Proposal (Attachment 1);

2.  Should the JRPP approve Option 1 configuration (or any improvements made thereto) and with the RE 1 Public Recreation Zoning, that Council agree to enter into negotiations with the applicant for the purposes of drafting a Voluntary Planning Agreement under S.93F of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

 

 

 

 

Attachment/s:

 

1.View

Submission to JRPP - Inglis Planning Proposal - Revised Master Plan

 

2.View

Inglis Planning Proposal - Timeline consideration by JRPP

 

3.View

Record of Decision - Sydney East Joint Regional Planning Panel

 

 

 

 


Submission to JRPP - Inglis Planning Proposal - Revised Master Plan

Attachment 1

 

 








Inglis Planning Proposal - Timeline consideration by JRPP

Attachment 2

 

 


Record of Decision - Sydney East Joint Regional Planning Panel

Attachment 3

 

 



Ordinary Council                                                                                                   25 March 2014

 

 

Director City Planning Report No. CP39/14

 

 

Subject:                  Proposed Youth Engagement Project, BANDSLAM Competition - A Live Music Event for Young Residents

Folder No:                   F2004/06290

Author:                   Tania Krasinski, Youth & Multicultural Community Project Officer     

 

Introduction

 

In November 2013, the Lexington Place Busking Competition delivered its 5th round of contestants. Despite the rain, 22 contestants entertained an average of 60 community members in the course of the two hour event.  Councillors and community members have remarked that the event was ‘awesome’ and a ‘really refreshing and uplifting community experience’. The MC, Judges, prize winners and key contestants expressed their willingness to continue to work on similar projects with Randwick Council.

 

So, in response to young residents’ request for music events, this report outlines a proposal to hold a local youth band mentoring competition at the Prince Henry Centre, and seeks the Council’s support in implementing this youth engagement project.

 

 

Issues

 

The BANDSLAM Competition is an effective and structured way of giving young residents the opportunity to showcase their music and creative talents to their peers and the wider community.  It is also an effective way for Randwick City Council to demonstrate support to its young residents and at the same time provide a structured program for young people to access live band music played by their peers.  

 

The BANDSLAM Competition is delivered by council staff, as follows:

 

1.  Local youth bands are invited to audition for the competition via YouTube upload

2.  Friends, family of the band members and young people of Randwick city are asked to vote for their favourite bands by viewing the uploaded You Tube videos. The top 8 bands with the most ‘likes’ will progress as the competition finalists.

3.  Two finalist concerts are held.  The first four finalists will perform at the first concert, with the next four at the second concert. Each finalist will play 4 songs per set (15 mins duration) and judging will be via YouTube ‘likes’.

4.  Prior to each concert, the bands will take part in a mentoring session with the judges who are professional musicians. Online judging will be open throughout April to mid May.

5.  For the grand final concert, 4 bands with the most ‘likes’ will perform at the Prince Henry Centre.

6.  The winner will be named from a combination of ‘likes’ at the concert and the judges’ decision.

 

First prize will be a studio recording session, and the other grand finalists will participate in a two day recording workshop. 

 

The Mayor will be invited to open and close the event and Councillors will be invited to participate and encourage their young residents to vote and attend the concerts. Council staff from the Community Development, Web Administrator, Communications and Information Services Units will be working together to implement this project.

 

Subject to Council’s approval, the BANDSLAM competition will take place over a period of 4 months, from April 2014 to July 2014.  The first stage of the event will be launched during Youth Week NSW.

 

Relationship to City Plan

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome 2:       A vibrant and diverse community.

Key Action:       Celebrating diversity and social inclusion.

 

 

Financial impact statement

 

The estimated total cost of holding the BANDSLAM Competition is $17,550.  A sum of $12,000 will be allocated from the Community Development budget, resulting in a shortfall of $5,550.00.  The Manager Corporate and Financial Planning has advised that subject to Council’s approval, the extra funds required to meet the full cost of this project can be sourced from savings identified at the March budget review.

 

Conclusion

 

Music is inclusive and universal. In previous consultations held during Youth Week, and at the Lexington Busking Competition held late 2013, young people have said that they would like to be given more opportunities to listen to bands and attend music events.

 

The benefits to the local young community in providing such projects are many. Participants will develop a sense of achievement to see their accomplished performance on YouTube.  Young people not performing will be enticed to participate in the voting process via social media. At the BANDSLAM concerts, young people and their families will have the opportunity to celebrate their musical talents at alcohol free events during the three live band concerts.  Mentoring sessions provided by seasoned and professional musicians will give participants valuable insights into their craft.

 

And lastly, the BANDSLAM Project serves to demonstrate Randwick Council’s commitment in strengthening its engagement with young residents. By launching this event during Youth Week, this event will attract a higher profile among the City’s young residents.

 

 

Recommendation

 

That the Council support the BANDSLAM Competition, and endorse the additional $5,550, to be sourced from savings identified at the March Budget Review.

 

 

 

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                                   25 March 2014

 

 

Director City Planning Report No. CP41/14

 

 

Subject:                  Yarra Bay House: Renewal of Council Outreach Office Lease 

Folder No:                   F2004/07687

Author:                   Ilana Kaplin, Coordinator Community Programs and Partnerships     

 

Introduction

 

Randwick City Council has rented an outreach office at Yarra Bay House in La Perouse since 2006.  The tenancy agreement with the landlord, The La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council, has expired and therefore needs to be renewed. The purpose of this report is to seek the Council’s endorsement to have the term of the office lease extended.

 

Issues

 

Randwick City Council leases an outreach office at Yarra Bay House from the La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council.  The office is staffed by two council staff on a part time basis, to work with the local service providers and Land Council staff on a range of community development projects.  The office at Yarra Bay House allows Randwick City Council staff to maintain important links with key individuals within the local community and services such as the Guriwal Aboriginal Corporation, Youth Haven and the La Perouse Medical Centre.

 

A Tenancy Agreement has been negotiated with the La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council.  This Agreement contains provisions requiring the Council to pay the owner, the La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council an annual rent of $5,000, as well as provisions for calculating the additional utilities costs. This agreement replaces the previous agreement which has since expired. 

 

Relationship to City Plan

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome 2:       A vibrant and diverse community.
Direction 2a:      Support the different groups in the community to improve access

to services and recreational activities.

 

Financial impact statement

 

The annual rent of $5,000.00 for the office space and utilities are funded under the Community Development’s annual budget.

 

Conclusion

 

The Council has a good work relationship with other service providers based at Yarra Bay House.  Having an outreach office based at Yarra Bay House serves to demonstrate the Council’s commitment to developing strong partnerships with community groups and agencies.  Having an outreach office in La Perouse also gives local residents better access to council staff, and information on all community services and facilities.

 

 

 

Recommendation

 

That Council:

 

1.  Endorse the Tenancy Agreement with La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council, including the payment of $5,000.00 rent and utilities;

2.  The General Manager, or his delegate, be authorized to enter into a formal lease arrangement with the La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council.

 

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                                   25 March 2014

 

 

Director City Planning Report No. CP42/14

 

 

Subject:                  The Shack Youth Services

Folder No:                   F2006/00216

Author:                   Ilana Kaplin, Coordinator Community Programs and Partnerships     

 

Introduction

 

Randwick City Council has supported The Shack Youth Services (The Shack) to provide essential programs and projects to young people in Randwick City who face challenges and disadvantage.

 

The Shack is a not-for-profit community organisation established in 1990 to support the well-being of young people and their families, particularly those who have experienced issues relating to relating to poverty, isolation and social exclusion.

 

The purpose of this report is two-folds, to inform Council that The Shack Youth Services will be amalgamated with the Benevolent Society of NSW, and to endorse its annual payment of $20,000 to The Shack for services delivered during the 2013/2014 financial year.

 

 

Issues

 

Randwick City Council has provided a variety of financial assistance in support of The Shack. This includes annual support for youth programs, Community Partnership grants, $20,000 annually, and subsidised office accommodation at 669-677 Anzac Parade, Maroubra.

 

The Shack Youth Services (like many youth services in NSW) has been experiencing financial pressure for some time.  Council officers were recently advised that The Shack Youth Services is to be amalgamated with the Benevolent Society of NSW. It is envisaged that The Shack’s programs will continue, to deliver essential services and activities to young people in Randwick City. The amalgamation will be effective from the start of the new financial year 2014/15.

 

In the meantime, the current MOU with The Shack has expired.  Under normal circumstances, a current MOU Agreement would need to be current before the annual payment of $20,000 can be processed.  However, it would not be practicable for the Council to renew the MOU until there is a better understanding of the new organisation’s programs and service priorities, post amalgamation.  Staff from The Shack have advised they will continue to provide education, recreation and diversion programs to their clients until the end of this financial year.

 

Representatives from Randwick City Council, The Shack and The Benevolent Society will meet in the coming months to discuss how the amalgamated service will work to best benefit our local young people into the future, and if appropriate and subject to the Council’s endorsement, will work towards a formal partnership.

 

Relationship to City Plan

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

 

Outcome 2:       A vibrant and diverse community.
Direction 2a:      Support the different groups in the community to improve access

to services and recreational activities

 

 

Financial impact statement

 

There is no additional financial impact.  The Council’s payment of $20,000 to The Shack Youth Services is made annually, is already allocated within the Community Development’s 2013/14 budget.

 

 

Conclusion

 

The provision of The Shack’s programs for young people is essential to our local young people.  Council staff will meet with The Benevolent Society in the coming months to discuss how the newly amalgamated services will continue to provide much needed support services and activities to our disadvantaged and socially isolated young residents.

 

 

Recommendation

 

That Council:

1.  Note that The Shack Youth Services will be amalgamating with The Benevolent Society of NSW, effective from 1 July 2014,

 

2.  Endorse the final payment of $20,000 to The Shack for the delivery of services over the course of the 2013/14 financial year.

 

 

 

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil

 

  


Ordinary Council                                                                                                   25 March 2014

 

 

General Manager's Report No. GM9/14

 

 

Subject:                  Local Government Reform

Folder No:                   F2004/06554

Author:                   Anne Warner, Manager Corporate Performance     

 

Introduction

 

At the February 2014 Ordinary Council meeting it was resolved (Andrews/Matson) that the submission regarding Local Government Reform be deferred to the March meeting.  The deferral was sought to enable comprehensive public consultation; ensure enough time for Councillor review and feedback; and to allow Council to reaffirm its position on Council amalgamations in accordance with the resolution carried 26th November 2013.

 

Issues

 

Randwick City Council’s adopted position in relation to Local Government Reform as per the resolution carried 26th November 2013, is ‘That:

 

a)     Council affirm the position that Randwick Council not be amalgamated;

 

b)     Council consider a plebiscite of the residents of Randwick at an appropriate time when further feedback is available from the review panel to obtain guidance from the residents on the issue of possible amalgamation;

 

c)     non-voluntary Council amalgamations are opposed;

 

d)     but should non-voluntary amalgamations proceed a preferred outcome for Randwick would include the following:

 

i.     The election of Councillors should be based on a proportional system of at least three Councillors per ward with this system being introduced into the Botany Council area;

ii.    The current ratio of Councillors to residents across the eastern suburbs should not be reduced but increased to a realistic level;

iii.    If Botany Council is to be absorbed into an expanded City of Sydney Council, Randwick, Woollahra and Waverly should be kept separate as a distinct eastern suburbs council area;

iv.   If the City of Sydney amalgamates with Botany Council the Port Botany complex should be retained within whatever eastern suburb Council emerges.’

 

The community consultation, in response to the February 2014 resolution of Council, commenced 28 February 2014 and concluded 17 March 2014. A specific ‘Your Say’ web engagement page was established for the consultation and was complemented by:

 

- The relevant documents publicly available at Randwick Administration Building,      Bowen Library, Margaret Martin Library and Malabar Library (28 February - 17 March)

- Notification in Southern Courier, Council advertisement 4 March 2014, p10

- Southern Courier editorial 11 March 2014, p7

- Randwick Council media release 28 February 2014

- News story on Council website, published 4 March 2014

- Randwick eNews 5 March and 12 March 2014 (sent to 10,000 subscribers)

- Direct email notification to 174 stakeholders: local childcare providers, local sports groups, local schools, surf life saving clubs and the Aboriginal Land Council

- Notification to Randwick City Precincts 28 February 2014

- Notification to Randwick City Chambers of Commerce 4 March 2014

- Notification to Randwick City Councillors and Council staff re public exhibition, 28 February 2014

- Twitter notification, 12 March 2014

- Notification to approximately 2,000 subscribers to YourSayRandwick, this includes previous participants in local government reform consultation.

 

It was highlighted through the consultation activities that Local Government Reform would be discussed at the March meeting of Council and that views expressed would be taken into consideration.

 

A project report generated from the Your Say Local Government Reform web engagement page (spanning mid-February to mid-March) showed that 648 visitors went to the site, 210 people downloaded relevant information/documents and 28 people contributed in some way i.e. making a submission, or taking a poll. A spike in visitation was recorded shortly after the commencement of the engagement period.

 

The consultation activities translated to twelve submissions, which could be grouped as per the following:

 

·      Six submissions stated that Randwick City Council should strive to ‘stand-alone’ and not be amalgamated, for reasons such as: retaining local representation, accountability and identity; maintaining a debt-free position; and that Council’s performance as is meets the needs of the community.

Notes:

- One of the six submissions in this group was from the Malabar Precinct, who on 13 March 2014 unanimously resolved “That this Precinct is opposed to the Randwick City amalgamating with any other Council in any form, and that we have perfect confidence in the Randwick Council continuing to operate as a stand-alone Council.”

- Another submission in this grouping suggested that in the event we are forced to amalgamate, that we do so with Botany only. 

 

·      Three submissions advocated for amalgamations of various groupings. One of these advocated investigation into the amalgamation of several Sydney councils under Sydney City Council – in terms of improvements to the way that Sydney is governed, addressing inconsistent legislation and to ensure more farsighted planning laws. Another supported amalgamation with Waverley Council but not with others. Whilst the third advocated for larger councils and a positive experience of living in South Sydney when amalgamated.

 

·      One suggested looking at sharing services for cost effectiveness as per the European Common Market approach. Councils could start linking up road repairs, garbage collections etc. and then shift boundaries as suitable.

 

·      One stated that improved capital value should be the basis for rating apartments only, as otherwise it would penalise those who invest in their houses with expenditure on improvements.

 

·      One submission focused specifically on the importance of the community having their say, through a referendum, with the ‘real’ costs of amalgamations being made clear.

Note: A previously accounted for submission also called for a referendum.

 

 

Relationship to City Plan

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome:  1. Leadership in sustainability.

Direction:  1b. Council is a leader in the delivery of social, financial and operational activities.

 

Financial impact statement

 

Local Government Reform provides an opportunity to improve the financial sustainability of the sector, as detailed in the attached Submission.

 

Conclusion

 

Randwick City Council is a positive advocate of Local Government Reform and has a strong history of industry participation and development. Comments in response to the Panel’s Final Report and the paper presented by the Local Government Acts Taskforce, are outlined in the attached Submission.

 

 

 

Recommendation

 

That the attached Randwick City Council Local Government Reform Submission be forwarded to the Minister for Local Government via the Office of Local Government.

 

 

 

Attachment/s:

 

1.

Randwick City Council Local Government Reform Submission

Included under separate cover

 

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                                   25 March 2014

 

 

General Manager's Report No. GM10/14

 

 

Subject:                  Coogee community consultation

Folder No:                   F2005/00684

Author:                   Joshua Hay, Communications Manager     

 

Introduction

 

This report provides a summary of a proposed community consultation strategy about the Coogee town centre and beachside parks. The consultation strategy relates to three issues: Alcohol in Coogee and Clovelly Beachside parks, public toilets at Coogee and the upgrade of Coogee Bay Road.

 

Issues

 

On the 25 February 2014 Council resolved:

 

RESOLUTION: (Roberts/Andrews) that Council:

 

a)    adopt the recommendation in MM1/14 with the effect that Council not proceed with a total prohibition of the consumption of alcohol on beachside parks of Clovelly and Coogee; and

 

b)    calls for a report on how best to conduct community consultation on this important issue and report back to Council on potential solutions to antisocial behaviour;

 

c)    as an interim measure impose a ban on the consumption of alcohol in Goldstein Reserve from 6pm to dawn;

 

d)    agree that the consultation process be limited to residents, businesses and ratepayers of Coogee;

 

e)    immediately set up a dialogue with the Police, Mayor and East Ward Councillors to discuss the problems; and

 

f)     set up a committee to address this ongoing issue, including looking at an education program at Coogee Beach and appropriate signage.

 

On the 10 December 2013 Council resolved:

 

RESOLUTION: (Roberts/Stavrinos) that Council :

 

a)    allocates sufficient funds in the coming draft budget to integrate the undergrounding of aerial cables in Coogee Bay Road with the upgrading of existing footpaths.

 

b)     asks for community submissions on other suggestions for the proposed     development of Coogee Bay Road with a report to come back to Council.

 

On 11 February 2014, The Planning Committee resolved:

 

 

RESOLUTION: (Neilson/Matson) -

 

A.       That Council note that:

 

i)        the toilet block was removed from Dunningham Reserve in 2008 and never replaced. So we have had a significant loss of amenity at this reserve.

 

ii)       the temporary toilet facilities at Dunningham Reserve, Coogee, are due to be removed at the end of this month (February). The toilets have provided a much needed facility for people walking through or picnicking in the park. When these temporary toilets are in place I have not received complaints from residents about people defecating or urinating in their yards.

 

iii)       however, upon the removal of the toilet facilities at the end of last summer (2013) I again received complaints from residents complaining about people simply using the park, front fences and back yards as a toilet.

 

iv)      toilets are not just needed in Dunningham Reserve during the height of the summer/swimming season. Dunningham Reserve is used twelve months of the year.

 

v)       the temporary toilet block over the summers of 2012-13 and 2013-14 has greatly assisted in addressing the antisocial problems experienced by nearby residents which has increased since the toilet block was removed from this site.

 

B.     That Council retain the temporary toilets in Dunningham Reserve until a more permanent solution is found.

 

C.     That Council’s resolution on this matter be referred to the Coogee Precinct for comment.

 

D.     That a consultation strategy in relation to this matter be developed and brought back to Council in July 2014.

 

Community consultation strategy

 

Council has developed a detailed community consultation strategy in response to the above resolutions.

 

The consultation strategy involves a consolidated consultation program seeking community feedback on alcohol, toilets and streetscape upgrades. Combining the consultation programs will reduce costs and maximise efficiencies. The information obtained from the consultation will help inform Council decision-making about these important issues and will be reported back to Council.

 

The strategy includes the following activities:

·      Notification and liaison with the Coogee Precinct

·      Notification and liaison with the Coogee Chamber of Commerce

·      A dedicated YourSay Randwick consultation website

·      An online and hard copy survey. The online survey would be available on the YourSay Randwick website and a hard copy posted to every Coogee resident, business and ratepayer with a reply paid envelope included. Questions relating to alcohol would be restricted to Coogee residents, businesses and ratepayers only, inline with Council’s resolution.

·      A3 posters promoting the consultation

·      Flyers promoting the consultation

·      Hard copy surveys about the Coogee Bay Road upgrade available for completion at local businesses

·      Advertising in The Southern Courier

·      Social media including Facebook and Twitter

·      Promotion in Randwick eNews

 

Relationship to City Plan

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome:  3. An informed and engaged community

Direction:  3a. Effective communication methods and technology are used to share information and provide services

 

Financial impact statement

 

Costs relating to the consultation program are able to be funded from the project budgets.

 

Conclusion

 

The proposed Coogee community consultation strategy will provide an opportunity for public comment on some important Council projects and policies.

 

 

Recommendation

 

That Council support the proposed Coogee community consultation strategy outlined in this report.

 

 

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil

 

  


Ordinary Council                                                                                                   25 March 2014

 

 

Director City Services Report No. CS3/14

 

 

Subject:                  Update - Major Capital Works

Folder No:                   F2010/00044

Author:                   Jorde Frangoples, Director City Services     

 

Introduction

 

This report outlines the current status of major capital projects that the Council is currently or proposing to construct within the next twelve (12) month period.

 

Issues

 

Capital works are funded from a variety of program budgets.  They include:

 

·       Roads (including footpaths)

·       Open Space

·       Drainage

·       Buildings for Our Community (BFOC)

·       Environment Levy

·       Building Services

 

These programs can include funding from Commonwealth and State Government grants, the Infrastructure Reserve, Levies and General Revenue. Whilst this report places emphasis on the broader BFOC program, it also discusses other capital projects in order to provide a bigger view of Council’s project delivery.

 

Background

 

Since the commencement of the BFOC program in July 2010, the following upgrade projects have been completed:

 

Year 1 Projects (2010-11)

-    South Maroubra Surf club

-    Coogee Surf Club

-    Clovelly Surf Club

-    New amenities building at Pioneer Park (upper field)

 

Year 2 Projects (2011-12)

-    New fitness facility at the Des Renford Leisure Centre

-    New toilet building for Baker Park

-    SOS Preschool

-    Maroubra Surf Club

 

Year 3 Projects (2012-13)

-    Nagle Park amenities building

-    Pioneers Park amenities building (lower field)

-    Clovelly Beach Inspectors Office

-    KU Randwick Coogee preschool

-    Peter Pan Kindergarten

-    Moverly Children’s Centre

-    Maroubra Senior Citizens Centre

-    Rainbow Street Childcare Centre

-    Duffy’s Corner Occasional Childcare

 

Year 4 Projects (2013-14)

-    Clovelly Childcare Centre (stage 1 works)

-    Cromwell Park Toilets

-    James Bundock fountain

-    Latham Park amenities canteen

 

Current and Upcoming Projects

 

1.    Chifley Reserve Rehabilitation and Redevelopment

This is a 70,000m2 parcel of Crown Reserve that Council is currently rehabilitating.  Once the rehabilitation is completed, major new infrastructure will be incorporated within the site, in accordance with the adopted Masterplan and associated Plan of Management.  These works include:

 

·       Sports fields/baseball diamond field

·       Stormwater harvesting system

·       Carparking

·       Lights

·       Cycle track

·       Outdoor exercise equipment

·       All access playground

·       Skate facility

·       Two (2) new proposed buildings including a meeting room/class room to be utilised as a Centre of Excellence for Indigenous Sport.

 

This project funding has been spread over multiple years and multiple programs.  The overall cost will be approximately $10 million.  This is complemented by the recently completed reconstruction and upgrade of Bunnerong Road at a cost of $6.8 million and the upgrade/extension of the coastal walk around the La Perouse headland at a cost of $3 million.

 

The costs associated with this project are discussed in a separate report in the business paper.

 

2.    Coral Sea Reserve Facilities

Council has funded and approved the upgrade of the facilities at Coral Sea Reserve.  This facility will include a community meeting room and additional change rooms.

 

The documentation has been completed for the tendering and construction stages of the project.

 

3.    Heffron Park Masterplan Works

Council has funded three new building facilities in Heffron Park in addition to the Des Renford Leisure Centre redevelopment. A new multipurpose sports amenities building is currently under construction in the Heffron Park Central East precinct, and the two existing amenities located in the Central West and South West precinct have been documented for the tendering and construction stages of the projects.

 

Additional Heffron Park Masterplan works include a major new carpark, landscaping and lighting that will be going to tender this year. The value of these works is approximately $4.5 million.

 

4.      Kensington Community Centre

The Kensington Community Centre was originally listed for Year 5 in the BFOC program, but expedited when the Kensington Bowling Club site became available as a potential site.

 

The project was brought forward and included in the Year 4 (2013-14) budget and allocated $600,000 in BFOC funding, with a further $2,000,000 allocated from Section 94 contributions. 

 

This site was recently the subject of a public consultation process which will inform the design outcomes for the Centre. The outcome of the public exhibition will be the subject of a separate report to Council.

 

5.      Coogee Senior Citizens’ Centre

Works to Coogee Senior Citizens’ Centre are planned under Year 4 (2013-14) of Randwick City Council’s BFOC program.

 

The hall is in need of a significant upgrade to meet current building standards, including the provision of an accessible bathroom and compliant entry ramp.  The proposed alterations retain the existing building footprint, strengthen the connection with adjacent outdoor areas, and raise the existing floor level to address the flood risk to the building.  A new roof configuration is proposed, with the overall height of the existing building remaining unchanged. 

 

This project will be the subject of a separate report to Council.

 

6.      Randwick Town Hall Upgrade

The works described for Randwick Town Hall in the BFOC program include extensive heritage renovation to re-establish the internal integrity of this historic building.

 

Ultimately, the building is to be upgraded to provide modern accessible spaces that cater for current needs. Tender documentation has been completed for the purpose of procuring the professional consultancy services associated with guiding, designing and documenting upgrade works to the building. This includes the preparation of a Heritage Management Document to guide future works and assist in prioritising expenditure, as well as for the design and documentation of upgrade works to the building.

 

7.    Beiler Park Gateway

The four heritage stone piers that flank the two entrances to Beiler Park are in moderately good condition, but some restoration works are required.  Two of the piers have been knocked out of alignment with resultant open joints, with one of these needing to be dismantled and reconstructed. Repointing, patch repairs and cleaning is also required.

 

8.    James Robertson Fountain

This heritage monument on Coogee Beach foreshore is vulnerable to the weathering effects of its coastal location.  The existing pointing will be patched and replaced where missing and the fountain cleaned and treated with biocide to inhibit biological growth.

 

9.    Yarra Oval amenities

The existing storage at Yarra Oval will be upgraded.

 

10. Cromwell Park Beach Inspectors Tower

The Cromwell Park Beach Inspectors Tower requires maintenance works, including installation of a new bracing member and floor grate, as well as installation of new fabric to its roof.

 

11. Kensington Oval Storage Shed

Improvements to the storage shed at Kensington Oval will be improved within the allocated budget.

 

12. Chifley Sports Reserve Amenities

A new skateboard facility is to be constructed at the upgraded Chifley Sports Reserve in accordance with the adopted Plan of Management.

 

13.    Clovelly Childcare Community Centre Masterplan ($50,000 allocated from $500,000 Clovelly Seniors Centre budget)

It is proposed that a Masterplan be prepared for this 2,678 m2 site which includes two Clovelly Childcare Centre buildings, a Baby Health Centre, the Clovelly Seniors Centre and carparking.  This will provide a strategic and long term approach for the site.  

 

Upgrade works to the Clovelly Seniors Centre building are recommended for deferral as discussed further below.

 

Year 5 Projects recommended to proceed with additional funding

 

14.    Heffron Park Southern Clubhouse + Amenities Building – Total $1,406,100 - ($600,000 BFOC funding + $806,100 Open Space Capital Funding)

The Jersey Street side of Heffron Park has undergone a series of improvements over recent years, with new carparking, picnic shelters, shared pathways, cricket nets, kerb and gutter works, resurfacing of the AFL field and Pedal Park – the new children’s bicycle track.  This southern precinct of the park has become increasingly popular as members of our community enjoy these new facilities. 

 

The existing amenities building that serves this area of the park was previously only opened for the use of sporting groups on the adjacent fields.  It is now open every day, serving the growing number of visitors to this area of the park since Pedal Park opened.

 

The southern amenities building are now a key facility in Heffron Park.  It is proposed that the building be extended and upgraded to reflect its prominence and to provide high quality facilities for both the sporting groups and the general community that visit the area.  This represents a change in scope from the original upgrade works listed under the BFOC program.

 

15.    Coogee Bus Shelter, Kiosk and Amenities Building – Total $4,345,983

($422,283 BFOC funding + $3,000,000 reallocated from deferred BFOC 2013-14 and 2014-15 projects + $923,700 2014-15 Open Space Capital Funding)

 

Coogee Beach is the most popular beach in the Randwick local government area.  It is easily accessed by public transport, popular with international visitors, and adjacent Goldstein Reserve is the venue of some of Randwick City Council’s major community events such as Coogee Carols and New Years Eve fireworks.

 

The existing Bus Shelter, Kiosk and Amenities building is a multi-purpose building located in Goldstein Reserve which acts as a service node for visitors to the site.  The building experiences high usage numbers, and additional toilets need to be brought in during peak times.

 

There are ongoing difficulties at the site caused by the inadequacy of the existing building to cope with the large visitor numbers to the area.  Rather than upgrade the existing timber framed building in the short term, the preferred approach is to build new facilities on the lower beach promenade to double the number of available amenities.  This represents a considerable change in scope, and additional funding for this significant project will be required.

 

The option of a new facility for the current Goldstein Reserve site will be in the way of a concept plan which will developed outside the immediate lower promenade proposal.

 

The Coogee Bus Shelter, Kiosk and Amenities building was the subject of a public survey in late 2013.  Interest in the building was strong, with over 200 participants contributing their ideas.  The survey included a commitment to returning to the community with a detailed proposal for further community consultation.

 

Year 5 Projects recommended for deferral

 

The following projects have been recommended to be deferred in the BFOC program for 2014-15.  Note that some funds towards these projects were allocated in advanced funding to allow concept plans and costings to be developed:

 

16.    Clovelly Seniors Centre

The Clovelly Seniors Centre is one of Randwick City Council’s smallest halls for hire, with only 11% occupancy rate during the available hours in 2013.  The hall sits within a larger 2,678 m2 site that includes two Clovelly Childcare Centre buildings, a Baby Health Centre and carparking. 

 

As the Clovelly Seniors Centre will still be limited by its size and a lack of associated outdoor space, it is recommended that further consideration be given to this project through a whole site Masterplan study.  The project is recommended for deferral, with a portion of funding allocated towards preparation of this Masterplan.

 

17.    Malabar Junction Amenities

The current facilities are not compliant with current standards and will require considerable intervention to achieve compliance.  The required works will not be feasible within the allocated budget, so deferral of the project is recommended.

 

18.    Yarra Bay Bicentennial Toilets

The upgrade works to the existing facilities are not considered critical at this time and the project is recommended for deferral.

 

19.    Burnie Park Hall

Burnie Park Hall is our most popular community centre, partly due to its park location and proximity to play equipment, which makes it popular for children’s parties.  Substantial works are required to bring this hall up to current building standards, including the provision of an accessible bathroom and lining the interior.  The project is recommended for deferral until further funding becomes available for the required upgrade works.

 

20.    Snape Park Dressing Shed

There are three buildings located at Snape Park, built over time and having little relationship to each other bar their shared locality.  A Masterplan was developed for the site to consolidate the buildings and associated carparking, and also to establish a pedestrian connection to the street through a landscaped forecourt.  Rather than spend the allocated funds on upgrading the existing substandard buildings, the project is recommended for deferral until a new building or more substantial building works may be achieved for this important park.

 

21.    Malabar Jet Rescue Boat Storage Shed

This property is used by the Randwick District Offshore Rescue Boat organisation to house their boat and equipment, as well as providing office and amenities areas for their staff.

 

The proposed upgrade works under the BFOC program allocated $90,000 towards this property to upgrade the office/meeting room, shower areas and toilets as well as improve the security lighting.  The Randwick District Offshore Rescue Boat organisation was granted development approval for more substantial works, namely an extension to the existing building to provide more generous accommodation for the equipment and improved amenity for the staff.

 

This extension represents a substantial change in scope, with a new estimated project cost of $613,700.  This project is recommended for deferral while alternative funding options are explored for its procurement.

 

22.    Matraville Youth and Cultural Hall

Improvements to this building were made in 2009, including refurbishing the existing kitchen and building a new accessible toilet, cleaner’s store and unisex toilet.   The hall is currently heavily booked outside school hours, primarily for dance activities. 

 

Preliminary costing for full upgrade works to improve the centre and provide concurrent usage exceeds the allocated budget.  Due to location of this hall away from both public transport and town centres, as well as the recent upgrade works already undertaken, it is recommended that this project be deferred from the program.

 

 

23.    Mahon Pool Amenities Facility Upgrade

This project update has been prepared in response to a Motion pursuant to Notice (NM88/12) adopted at the Ordinary Council meeting:

 

‘(Crs Andrews/Seng) that a report be brought back to Council to incorporate a café at Mahon Pool with the upgrade of the toilets and change rooms as part of the Council’s Building for our Community program.’

 

Mahon Pool was established in 1932, and has been greatly enjoyed by the Randwick City local community since that date.  It enjoys a spectacular location on the ocean rock shelf of north Maroubra and is served by facilities located on the headland above in Jack Vanny Reserve.

 

The facilities comprise of a male toilet block, a female toilet block, and a third building containing male and female change rooms, a clubroom and a small Council storage area.  Due to their exposed headland location, the buildings are subject to severe weathering.  This factor, combined with their age, means that the amenities currently rank among the most degraded in our local government area. 

 

The Mahon Pool facilities were due to be replaced during Year 4 of the Buildings for our Community program in the 2013-14 Financial Year.

 

A concept design for a new building on the site was prepared in 2007 which included a café.  Randwick Councillors voted not to proceed with this proposal on April 22 2008 after a community petition was lodged in opposition to the proposal.

 

Existing buildings

 

The existing buildings on the site are subject to intense exposure due to their headland location, and were identified at the 2010 inception of the Buildings for our Community program as requiring replacement.

 

The standard of the existing buildings falls well below current community expectations and current construction requirements.

 

In addition to not meeting current standards, the fabric of the building is also degraded:

 

·       Concrete cancer is affecting the roofs of the buildings.  The underside of the roofs has been scabbled back and lined in some areas to address this problem.  This is expected to be an ongoing issue until more extensive remediation work is undertaken;

·       The metalwork gates, lintels and fitments in the building are corroded because of their exposed location;

·       There is inadequate drainage to the shared shower areas due to lack of appropriate falls in the floor; and

·       Poor and uneven wall surfaces limit ease of cleaning, as well as the public perception of cleanliness in the facilities.

 

Site opportunities

 

The facilities are currently not accessible to all members of our community.  The mobility impaired and wheelchair-bound do not have access to the buildings; caution must be exercised by the elderly due to the uneven ground surface; and children must be closely supervised at the site. 

 

In any upgrade works undertaken at the site, provision of a facility that may be used universally and safely is a priority.

 

The provision of a replacement building on site would afford the opportunity to provide a café in the building in addition to amenities facilities, as raised by Crs Andrews, Seng and Stevenson – Upgrade of Amenities – Mahon Pool - 11 December 2012 (NM88/12): 

 

In response to this Notice of Motion, Buildings for our Community reported to the Council Works Committee on May 14, 2013 (Report W15/13) as follows:

 

Mahon Pool amenities – ($900,000 BFOC allocation)

 

Incorporating a café in the amenities upgrade represents a considerable change of scope for the project, and will require further funds and extensive community consultation.  This represents a major change in scope and is estimated to cost approximately $2,740,000, a shortfall of $1,840,000 from current funding.

 

It is therefore recommended to defer the building of new facilities for the site.”

 

This recommendation to defer the building of new facilities at Mahon Pool to future years was adopted.  The cost estimates reflect the difficult nature of the site due to its rock shelf location, and the required connections with its wider context including accessible pathways from the carpark and Marine Parade.

 

Proposed project methodology

 

It is noted that five years ago (2008), a previous proposal for a café on this site was met with opposition from members of the community.  A new proposal to incorporate a café may still be met with opposition; however, community attitudes may have changed over time.

 

It is therefore recommended that once the project has sufficient funding in future years, two proposals be developed for the site and be subject to a comprehensive community consultation process.  The community consultation process will be used to determine which proposal then proceeds to development application.

 

The two proposals are:

 

1.     New building/s incorporating public toilets, public change rooms, storage for Randwick City Council and a clubroom.

2.     New building/s incorporating public toilets, public change rooms, storage for Randwick City Council, a clubroom and a café.

 

 

Relationship to City Plan

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome 6:       A Liveable City.

Direction 6a:      Our public assets are planned, managed and funded to meet the community expectations and defined levels of services.

 

Financial impact statement

 

The financial impact of the proposed modification to the BFOC 2014-15 Year 5 program is outlined in the table below.

 

YEAR 5 PROJECTS

Recommended to proceed as per adopted program

Project

BFOC funding

Other funding

Total Project Cost

Difference from program

Beiler Park gateway

$20,000

-

$20,000

-

James Robertson Fountain

$15,000

-

$15,000

-

Yarra Oval Amenities

$150,000

-

$150,000

-

Cromwell Park Beach Inspectors Watch Tower

$20,000

-

$20,000

-

Kensington Oval Storage Shed

$30,000

-

$30,000

-

Chifley Sports Reserve Amenities + Skate Facility

$700,000

-

$700,000

-

Clovelly Childcare Centre –Masterplan only

$50,000

-

$50,000

(+$430,000 upgrade works recommended for deferral)

YEAR 5 PROJECTS

Recommended to proceed with additional funding

Project

BFOC funding

Other funding

Total Project Cost

Difference from program

Heffron Park Southern Clubhouse + Amenities building

$600,000

$806,100

Open Space Capital Funding

$1,406,100

$806,100

 

Coogee Beach Amenities lower promenade

$422,283

$923,700

Open Space Capital Funding

$3,000,000

reallocation of BFOC 2013-14 + 2014-15 deferred project funds*

 

$4,345,983

$3,923,700

YEAR 5 PROJECTS

Recommended for deferral

Project

 

BFOC funding

Other funding

Project Cost

Funding available after current expenditure

Clovelly Seniors Centre

$500,000

-

-$20,000 expended planning cost

 

-$50,000 allocated to community and childcare centre Masterplan.

 

($430,000 estimated total project cost)

+ $430,000

retained in BFOC Reserve

Malabar Junction Amenities

$80,000

-

-$30,000 expended planning cost

 

($401,200 estimated total project cost)

+$50,000 retained in BFOC Reserve

Yarra Bay Bicentennial Toilets

$150,000

-

-$30,000 expended planning cost

 

($540,2000 estimated total project cost)

+$120,000 retained in BFOC Reserve

Burnie Park Hall

$70,000

-

-$40,000 expended planning cost

 

($571,500 estimated total project cost)

+$30,000 retained in BFOC Reserve

Snape Park Amenities + Clubhouse

(new building)

$170,000

-

-$40,000 expended planning cost

 

($4,050,000 estimated total project cost)

+$130,000 retained in BFOC Reserve

Malabar Jet Rescue Boat Storage Shed

$90,000

-

-$10,000 expended planning cost

 

($613,700 estimated total project cost)

+$80,000 retained in BFOC Reserve

Matraville Youth and Cultural Hall

$900,000

-

-$40,000 expended planning cost

 

($1,296,900 estimated total project cost)

+$860,000 retained in BFOC Reserve

YEAR 5 PROJECTS

Noted as removed from program

Kensington Community Centre

$600,000

 

$2,000,000 (Section 96 contributions)

Brought forward to Year 4 program

 

*BFOC 2013-14 Deferred Projects:

 

-    Popplewell Park Childcare Centre

-    South Maroubra Surf Club Toilets

-    Mahon Pool Amenities

-    Randwick Cemetery Toilets and Storage

 

Conclusion

 

The BFOC program is a component of works across the City and this report highlights a number of major projects that are currently underway which will contribute greatly to the improved infrastructure, amenity and community wellbeing across the City of Randwick.

 

BFOC is committed to keeping the community informed about the program in general and engaging them on specific projects where appropriate. Examples of this are the Kensington Community Centre and Mahon Pool amenities facility upgrade projects.

 

The upcoming Year 5 program has been carefully considered against the available funding, and recommendations to proceed or defer made accordingly. The projects recommended to proceed are those which are considered to make a significant contribution to the amenity of our local government area, allowing BFOC to continue to deliver improved facilities for the residents and visitors of the Randwick City Council local government area.

 

 

 

 

 

Recommendation

 

That Council proceed with the revised 2014-15 Buildings for our Community program as outlined in this report, including:

1.     Allocate funding from the 2014-15 Open Space Capital funding totaling $806,100 towards the Heffron Park Southern Clubhouse and Amenities Building;

 

2.     Allocate $923,700 from 2014-15 Open Space Capital funding, and reallocate $3,000,000 in Buildings for our Community funding from deferred 2013-14 projects and deferred 2014-15 projects towards the Coogee Beach Amenities lower promenade building;

 

3.     The deferral of upgrade works to Clovelly Seniors Centre, Malabar Junction Amenities, Yarra Bay Bicentennial Toilets, Burnie Park Hall, Snape Park Dressing Shed, Matraville Youth & Cultural Hall and Malabar Boat Rescue Boat Storage to future years; and

 

4.     Note the removal of Kensington Community Centre from the program due to it being already expedited to Year 4.

 

Attachment/s:

 

1.

Location and site photos

Included under separate cover

 

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                                   25 March 2014

 

 

Director City Services Report No. CS4/14

 

 

Subject:                  Chifley Reserve - Remediation and Upgrade

Folder No:                   F2013/00172

Author:                   Jorde Frangoples, Director City Services     

 

Introduction

 

In 2006, Council identified eleven (11) landfill sites in the south of our City that required remediation.  Council has been rehabilitating these sites over the past year, such as Pioneer Park, Yarra Oval, Bicentennial Park, Frenchmen’s Bay Foreshore Reserve, etc.

 

In 2013, Council commenced work on our latest rehabilitation site, formerly known as the Women’s Athletic field Chifley, now referred to as Chifley Reserve.

 

At its meeting on 28 May 2013 Council resolved to accept the tender for $6.3million for the rehabilitation of the old landfill site at Chifley Reserve and convert the area into sport fields, baseball playing diamonds, car park and walking tracks and stormwater harvesting facility.

 

Future funding was also required for amenity buildings, skate park and playgrounds.

 

When completed, the Chifley Reserve will be an excellent addition to Council’s social infrastructure for the City of Randwick and an important open space area for the south of the city.

 

Issues

 

The rehabilitation of old landfill sites is normally difficult and complex.  The Chifley Reserve has brought a number of challenges during the rehabilitation works.  For years this area was an uncontrolled tip site of approximately 70,000m3, hence there was little control over what material was tipped.

 

In understanding the investigation and design for the rehabilitation of Chifley Reserve, Council’s contractors drilled a number of boreholes to determine the waste and soil profile of the site.  Unfortunately, with the uncontrolled nature of the old tip side, Council’s contractors expressed asbestos and other unsatisfactory material during the rehabilitation works.  Council utilised its current procedures for dealing with asbestos, which has resulted in additional unforeseen costs for the projects.

 

Due to the nature and scope of the rehabilitation works, the uncontrolled use of the area as a tip site and the lack of services location details, the project has experienced an increase of the expenditure by $2.5 million.  The major unforeseen variations include:

 

·       Temporary Irrigation                                                                  $    21,136

·       Rock Excavation                                                                        $    18,000

·       Asbestos removal and disposal                                                     $    24,342

·       Relocation of a major electricity cable and poles (that did not

appear on any plans)                                                                 $  341,803

·       Relocation of a Telstra facility that was in the proposed car park       $  307,600

·       Additional footings for the lights (due to unsuitable ground material)   $    71,000

 

·       Additional fill material required for the capping of the remediated

worksite                                                                                  $  702,085

·       Fit for purpose soil for the sport fields                                           $  131,800

·       Ground water issues                                                                  $   25,000

·       Extra consultants validation services and site monitoring                  $  121,000

 

$1,763,766

 

As Council would be aware, Bunnerong Road was recently upgraded from Military Road to La Perouse Loop with new road surface, cycle paths, stormwater drainage, footpaths, etc. for a capital cost of $11.2 million.

 

As part of the early works for the rehabilitation of Chifley Reserve, major stormwater drainage and road works were required and included in the Bunnerong Road project.  As such, Council transferred funds from the Chifley Reserve project to the Bunnerong Road project, in order to facilitate both projects in the most cost effective manner.  Hence, Council will need to reallocate $636,000 to Chifley Reserve project. 

 

Further, to complete the works for the surrounding residents, it is proposed to include the contracting of the roadworks (including footpath, road pavement and drainage works) in Macquarie Street and Leichhardt Street to facilitate access to those properties that front the unmade portion of Leichhardt Street, Chifley in the next financial year

 

Relationship to City Plan

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome 5:       Excellence in Recreation and Lifestyle Opportunities

Direction 5a:      Maximise opportunities for residents and visitors to enjoy both active and passive open space uses.

 

 

Financial Impact Statement

 

The additional unforeseen variations and works outlined in the above report have increased the expenditure on the Chifley Reserve project by $2.4 million.  It is proposed to fund these variations and work from the following budgets:

 

·       Domestic Waste Reserve                                             $1,420,000

·       2013/14 Budget savings                                       $   980,000

 

Conclusion

 

The rehabilitation program of Councils’ eleven (11) landfill sites is an important environmental initiative of the Council.  The opportunity to turn these rehabilitated sites into useful and safe open spaces for our community has been welcomed and acknowledged by our community and plays a vital role in Councils social inclusion outcomes.

 

Unfortunately, with major rehabilitation projects such as Chifley Reserve, the nature of the environment is to a large extent uncontrolled and even with the best endeavours and investigations, unforeseen challenges arise.  The additional expenditure of $2.5 million for the Chifley Reserve is in this category, for the reasons outlines in the report.

 

 

 

Recommendation

 

That Council allocates the increase in expenditure of $2.4m for the Chifley Reserve rehabilitation and upgrade and fund these works as outlines in the report.

 

 

Attachment/s:

 

1.View

Photos of Chifley Reserve Current Works

 

 

 

 


Photos of Chifley Reserve Current Works

Attachment 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                                   25 March 2014

 

 

Director Governance & Financial Services Report No. GF16/14

 

 

Subject:                  Response to Notice of Motion from Cr Stevenson - Review of Council IT policy to stop unecessary transmission towers

Folder No:                   F2012/00087

Author:                   Aaron Gibby, Manager Information Services     

 

Introduction

 

This report is in response to the following resolution adopted at the ordinary Council meeting held on 25 February 2014:-

 

“(Andrews/Stavrinos) that Council review it's long term Information Technology plan and bring back to an ordinary Council meeting recommendations that make provisions for the following changes to the plan:

 

1.    Eliminate the need for the implementation of microwave link technology to connect council sites and facilities in residential areas.

 

2.    Engage in discussions with NBNCO regarding the long term facilities that will be available to Council for streaming high volume data between Council sites.

 

3.    Identify where there are alternative and more cost effective methods for streaming high volume data between Council sites and methods to reduce the need for high speed high volume data traffic between Council sites.

 

4.    Identify the most cost effective methods for delivering to residents localised free accessible wifi at typical public wifi data speeds at the three identified Council test sites prior to developing any plan for delivering broader free resident or visitor wifi services.”

 

Background

 

This project began back in July 2012 when Council resolved:-

 

“(Matson/Andrews) that:

 

a)    Council approve The Spot; High Cross Park; and either Coogee Beach or Clovelly Beach areas to form the sites for a pilot implementation of the public Wi-Fi hotspots in open spaces and allocates $125,600 from the 2012-13 budget to fund the pilot project; and

 

b)    a report come back to Council considering further testing at both Malabar Library and Heffron Park.”

 

After considering the report requested in clause (b) above, Council resolved in February 2013:-

 

“(Smith/Nash) that Council approve: The Spot; High Cross Park; and Coogee Beach areas to form the sites for a pilot implementation of the public Wi-Fi hotspots in open spaces and allocates $125,600 from the 2012-13 budget to fund the pilot project.”

 

A Councillors’ briefing in relation to public wi-fi and the current operational issues with inter-site connectivity, including speed and backup issues, was conducted on 4 February 2014. As a result, a decision was made to defer this matter to the next Councillors’ workshop in November 2014. CountryTell, in the meantime, have been advised that their development application submitted for the Depot ‘Top Yard’ should be withdrawn or it will be refused.

 

Council operational issues have been identified in respect to the requirement for streaming high speed/high volume data between Council sites. The current speed for desktop functions at external sites is not sufficient in those locations where microwave links do not currently exist (ie. the Nursery, DRLC, Malabar Library and the Prince Henry Centre). These sites are currently connected to Council’s data centre at the Administration Centre via an ADSL2+ phoneline, which is the equivalent to the connections in standard households and is causing frequent operational issues at these sites.

 

The current IT Strategic Plan includes funds to rectify operational issues in the most cost effective way using microwave technology, which is the only viable and cost effective solution available.

 

Issues

 

Microwave links between Council sites currently operate between the Administration Building & Bowen Library, Bowen Library & the Depot, Bowen Library & Moverley Childcare Centre and Bowen Library back to the Administration Building. Microwave technology is used extensively in the community for IT and other purposes. Uses include smartphones, standard mobile phones, tablet PCs, iPads, microwave ovens and medical equipment. The removal of microwave link technology would compromise the use of such devices.

 

There is an urgent operational requirement for high speed high volume data traffic between Council sites and facilities that cannot be reduced. There is, in fact, an ever increasing need for improved speed and accessibility between Council’s sites as manual processes are automated for efficiency purposes.

 

The following summary of the current IT infrastructure gives an indication of the number of applications, PCs and other devices that are currently being managed and maintained in-house, and the pace at which many of these are growing:

 

•  17 geographical locations;

•  18 Virtual Infrastructure (VMware) hosts in 3 Clusters (a 300% increase since 2010);

•  170 Microsoft Windows servers (a 260% increase since 2006);

•  600 Desktop and Laptop PCs (a 40% increase since 2006);

•  55 Managed LAN/WAN Network Switches & Routers (a 48% increase since 2006);

•  24 Wireless Access points (a 600% increase since 2010);

•  136 MSSQL Databases (a 650% increase since 2006);

•  10 Major applications (a 500% increase since 2006);

•  100+ Minor applications (a 50% increase since 2006);

•  75 iPads (a 3250% increase since 2011);

•  100 Smart Phones and iPhones (a 2500% increase since 2011);

•  550 phones connected to 4 PABX systems (a 20% increase since 2006);

•  64 CCTV cameras connected to 6 CCTV management systems (a 640% increase since 2006);

•  13 Information Security systems for data, email, internet access and remote access (a 1300% increase since 2006);

•  6 IT management systems for Incident Management, Service Request Management, Problem Management, Patch Management, Event Management, Change Management, Business Continuity Management (Back-up and Restore), Capacity Management and ICT Asset Lifecycle Management (a 600% increase since 2006); and

•  52 Current IT projects consisting of new applications & application upgrades, operating system upgrades, new IT infrastructure & upgrades and new documentation & updates (a 2500% increase since 2006).

 

If the microwave links between Council’s sites were to be removed, all the external Council sites would have to use extremely slow ADSL2+ phonelinks or hardwiring to connect the sites back to Council. Removing the microwave links and replacing them with ADSL2+ phonelines would effectively shut down the business at these sites as is evidenced from the speed issues currently being experienced at the sites mentioned above connected via ADSL2+ phonelines.

 

To decommission all microwave links between Council sites and facilities would, therefore, require replacing these links with hardwired optic fibre links between all sites. Options to put this in place include:

 

·    NBNCO – Neale Peters from the NBNCo design team has advised that long term facilities for streaming high volume data between council sites could eventually be available through the NBNCo optic fibre network, although at this point in time due to the current uncertainty within the federal government regarding the NBN rollout, it is impossible to discuss method or commit to a timeframe. A dedicated redundant optic fibre network interconnecting approximately ten Council sites within a six kilometre radius from a central hub is feasible in principle but would also require additional leasing agreements with Telstra for the use of the existing copper network. As it is proposed that NBNCo will be using the existing Telstra copper network a direct line between Council sites may not be possible as it may need to fit within existing network parameters;

 

·    Contracted hardwired service - the cost of implementing this option has been quoted at $150 per linear metre. This would result in a cost of between $1.3 - $2million just to replace the current microwave links (ie. between Council and Bowen Library and Bowen Library and the Depot) and an additional $1million to hardwire additional sites suffering from current operational issues.

 

In addition, the implementation of a Cloud based service, similar to what Council had with the Councils Online solution, would still require microwave or hard-wired optical fibre links between sites and facilities.

 

It should be pointed out here that discussions have commenced with the University of New South Wales to utilise their existing microwave link facilities onsite, which would cost in the vicinity of only $200,000.00. These funds have already been allowed for in the IT Long Term Strategic Plan are a cost effective and efficient means of bringing all Council locations up to speed at a cost that keeps Council financially sustainable.

 

Relationship to City Plan

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome 1:        Leadership in sustainability.

Direction 1b.3:    Maintain a high performing workforce that is responsive to the needs of the organisation.

Direction 1b.7:    Continue to improve and implement business process systems and information technology infrastructure to support the organisations objectives.

 

Financial impact statement

 

If Council were to rectify the current IT operational issues by the use of microwave links, via the UNSW site, the cost to Council would be $200,000 and this has been allowed for in the Long Term IT Strategic Plan. Alternatively, removing the current microwave links and replacing them with hardwired links to all sites would cost in the vicinity of $3million. This has not been allowed for in the Long Term IT Strategy and would potentially place Council in a financially unsustainable position.

 

Conclusion

 

The decommissioning of the microwave links between Council sites and facilities would require hardwire connectivity between these sites. This would put Council’s Long Term IT Plan in deficit for many years to come and could become redundant when the NBN method and scope is finalised by the Federal Government. Until available optic fibre options through NBNCo are made public it would be unwise to commit to any other type of optic fibre network.

 

Council has been following a programmed and disciplined approach to its budgeting and long-term planning and decision making since the introduction of the Long Term Financial Plan and a decision to decommission the current microwave links would represent a significant departure from our long term IT planning and budgeting.

 

 

Recommendation

 

That:

 

a)     a decision for Wi-Fi to be provided to Randwick residents be deferred to the next Councillors’ Workshop in November 2014;

 

b)     the existing microwave links between all Council sites are retained; and

 

c)     Council commission additional microwave links as required operationally to sites currently utilising ADSL2+ phoneline connectivity and those sites with no backup links in place.

 

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                                   25 March 2014

 

 

Director Governance & Financial Services Report No. GF17/14

 

 

Subject:                  Review of Code of Meeting Practice

Folder No:                   F2004/06570

Author:                   Julie Hartshorn, Senior Administrative Coordinator     

 

Introduction

 

Council’s Code of Meeting Practice was last reviewed in August 2013 and, since that time, two (2) minor amendments have been identified that need to be addressed.

 

Issues

 

Note to be added to Clause 57(1)(c) – Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson of Committees

“Note: the Mayor does not delegate his/her right to assume the Chair of any Committee at any time, even allowing for the resolution by Council of committee structures from time to time.”

 

This note is required to give the Mayor the power to assume the Chair of any Council Committee meeting at any time, particularly to enable the consideration of urgent and/or unusual Mayoral Minutes.

 

Clause 69 – Audio Recording of Council and Committee Meetings by Council

Current sub-clause (2)

Audio recordings of meetings will be destroyed immediately after the Minutes for the meeting in question have been confirmed or after three (3) months if requested by a Councillor, however, recordings may be retained for a longer period (after confirmation of the Minutes) at the General Manager’s discretion.

 

Amended sub-clause (2)

Audio recordings of meetings will be destroyed three (3) months after the date of the meeting, however, recordings may be retained for a longer period at the General Manager’s discretion.

 

The intent of this amendment is to make it clear that meeting recordings will be destroyed 3 months after the date of the meeting, except in unusual circumstances.

 

Relationship to City Plan

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome 1:       Leadership in sustainability.

Direction 1b.2:   Contribute to protecting the Council’s reputation and enhancing its positive public image.

 

Financial impact statement

 

There is no direct financial impact for this matter.

 


Conclusion

 

A copy of the amended Code of Meeting Practice is attached (under separate cover) and the amended sections have been highlighted. It is recommended that the amended Code be adopted for immediate implementation.

 

 

Recommendation

 

That the amended Code of Meeting Practice be adopted for immediate implementation.

 

 

Attachment/s:

 

1.

Amended Code of Meeting Practice - February 2014

Included under separate cover

 

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                                   25 March 2014

 

 

Director Governance & Financial Services Report No. GF18/14

 

 

Subject:                  Investment Report - February 2014

Folder No:                   F2014/06527

Author:                   Greg Byrne, Manager Financial Operations     

 

Introduction

 

The Local Government (General) Regulation requires a written report to be provided to the ordinary meeting of the Council giving details of all monies invested and a certificate as to whether or not the investments have been made in accordance with the Act, the regulations and Council’s Investment Policy.

 

Issues

 

Council is authorised by s625 of the Local Government Act to invest its surplus funds. Funds may only be invested in the form of investment notified by Order of the Minister dated 12 January 2011. The Local Government (General) Regulation prescribes the records that must be maintained in relation to Council’s investments.

                 

The table in this report titled “Investment Register – February 2014” outlines the investment portfolio held by Council as at the end of February 2014. All investments have been made in accordance with the Act, Regulations and Council's Investment Policy.

 

Investment Commentary

 

The size of the investment portfolio may vary significantly from month to month as a result of cash flows for the period. Cash outflows (expenditure) are typically relatively stable from one month to another. Cash inflows (income) are cyclical and are largely dependent on the rates instalment due dates and the timing of grant payments including receipt of the Financial Assistance Grant.

 

Expenditure during the period was incurred for capital works, payroll and miscellaneous expenses. Main income sources were rates income, grants and miscellaneous fees and charges.

 

The investment portfolio increased by $5.548 million during February 2014. The increase is representative of a positive cash flow for the month as income exceeded expenditure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The above graph illustrates the movement in the investment portfolio from February 2013 to February 2014. Peaks are representative of the rates instalment periods.

 

 

The above graph illustrates the movement in the investment portfolio for the period February 2008 to February 2014.

 

The investment portfolio is diversified across a number of investment types and is spread across a number of financial institutions. The various investment types may include term deposits, rolling rate investments, floating rate notes and on‑call accounts.

 

The following graph indicates the allocation of investment types held at the end of February 2014.

 

The investment portfolio is regularly reviewed in order to maximise investment performance and minimise risk. Comparisons are made between existing investments with available products that are not part of Council's portfolio. Independent advice is sought on new investment opportunities.

 

The following graph shows the investment returns achieved against the UBS Bank Bill Index and the official Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) cash interest rate for the period February 2008 to February 2014.

 

The following graph shows the investment returns achieved against the UBS Bank Bill Index and the official Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) cash interest rate for the previous twelve months.

 

 

Investment performance for the financial year to date is above the industry benchmark UBS Australian Bank Bill Index with an average return after fees of 3.48% compared with the benchmark index of 2.62%.

 

The official Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) cash interest rate at the end of February remained at 2.50%.

 

Credit Quality of Portfolio

 

The credit quality of the portfolio is of very high quality with approximately 94% of assets rated “A” or better. The 6% allocation to “BBB” reflects the short-dated term deposits with regional banks. The recent update to Council’s Investment Policy restricts allowable investments to only Prime, High Grade and Upper Medium Grade investments. This will result in all new investments having a minimum Standard & Poors long term credit rating of A-. Council will no longer invest in any products with a credit rating of BBB+ or less. Current investments held with a rating of BBB+ or less will be held to maturity.

The credit quality maximums as per Council policy and the actual portfolio holdings are shown in the table below.

Credit Quality

Maximum

Credit Quality (Holding)

Capacity

 

 

 

 

AAA

100%

4%

96%

AA

100%

38%

62%

A

75%

52%

23%

BBB+

0%

6%

0%

 

 

 

 

The graph below shows the actual percentage of funds held by Individual Institutions V the maximum limits allowable under Council policy as at 28 February 2014.

 

 

Ministerial Investment Order

 

In late 2007, the NSW Government commissioned a review of NSW local government investments. The review, known as the Cole Report included eight recommendations that were all adopted by the NSW Government and incorporated into the Ministerial Investment Order dated 31 July 2008. This Ministerial Investment Order included transitional arrangements that allow councils to continue to hold investments that were made in compliance with the previous Ministerial Order dated 15 July 2005. Council’s investment portfolio contains a number of investments that fall into this category including both Managed Funds and Structured Products.

 

A revised Investment Order was issued on the 12 January 2011, which replaces the Order dated 31 July 2008 and includes changes that:

 

Ÿ      remove the ability to invest in the mortgage of land;

Ÿ       remove the ability to make a deposit with the Local Government Financial Services Pty Ltd;

Ÿ       and includes the addition of “Key Considerations” with a comment that a council’s General Manager, or any other staff, with delegated authority by a council to invest in funds on behalf of the council must do so in accordance with the council’s adopted investment policy.

 

Floating Rate Notes

 

The investment portfolio includes $15.489 million in floating rate notes (FRN).

 

The National Australia Bank FRN was purchased at a capital price of $3,006,360.00, the premium of $6,360.00 will be amortised on payments of the quarterly coupons. The amortised amount to date is $5,218.44 bringing the book value to $3,001,141.56.

 

The ING Bank FRN was purchased on 21 June 2012 at a capital price of $1,979,713.01. The discount of $20,286.99 will be amortised on payment of the quarterly coupons. The amortised amount to date is $8,165.14 bringing the book value to $1,987,878.15.

 

The balance of the FRN’s is held by the Macquarie Bank for $2,000,000.00, Bendigo Adelaide Bank for $4,500,000.00, CBA for $2,000,000.00 and AMP Bank for $2,000,000.00.

 

Relationship to City Plan

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome 1:       Leadership in Sustainability.

Direction 1c:      Long term financial viability is achieved.

 

Financial impact statement

 

Funds are invested with the aim of achieving budgeted income in 2013-14 and outperforming the UBS Australian Bank Bill Index over a 12 month period.  The current budget provision for investment income from this source is $2,471,084.00. Investment income to 28 February 2014 amounted to $1,811,157.92.


Following is the detailed Investment Report –February 2014:
Conclusion

 

All investments as at 28 February 2014 have been made in accordance with Council Investment Policy. All investments meet the requirements of s625 of the Local Government Act and the Local Government (General) Regulation.

 

Changes to the economic climate and financial markets are being closely monitored. Appropriate adjustments to the investment strategy will continue to be made as required.

 

 

 

Recommendation

 

That the investment report for February 2014 be received and noted.

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                                   25 March 2014

 

 

Director Governance & Financial Services Report No. GF19/14

 

 

Subject:                  2014 Floodplain Management Association Conference

Folder No:                   F2005/00646

Author:                   Julie Hartshorn, Senior Administrative Coordinator     

 

Introduction

 

The 2014 Floodplain Management Association Conference is scheduled to be held in Deniliquin from 20-23 May 2014.

 

Issues

 

The Floodplain Management Association Conference has been held annually for over 50 years and is the most respected floodplain industry event in Australia.

 

The theme of this year’s conference: ‘Of Utes and Flooding Rains’ will showcase the essence of the ‘Deni’ lifestyle – the famous country utes and the levees on which many Australian communities rely in times of flood. This conference will attract over 200 practitioners from across Australia and overseas, who work in and are interested in flood risk management and related fields.

 

A focus of this year’s conference is designing, building and living with flood levees.

 

Relationship to City Plan

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

Outcome 1:       Leadership in sustainability.

Direction 1a:      Council has a long-term vision based on sustainability.

Direction 1b:      Council is a leader in the deliver of social, financial and operational activities.

 

Financial impact statement

 

Councillors’ attendance at conferences has been allowed for in the 2013-14 budget.

 

Conclusion

 

This conference brings together Councillors, government officers, planner, engineers, technical experts, emergency response personnel, consultants, insurance representatives, flood committee members, suppliers and educators to discuss the important work or reducing the impacts of floods across Australia.

 

Recommendation

 

That Councillors interested in attending the 54th annual “Floodplain Management Association Conference” from 20-23 May 2014 advise the General Manager’s office.

 

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil


Ordinary Council                                                                                                   25 March 2014

 

 

Director Governance & Financial Services Report No. GF20/14

 

 

Subject:                  Proposed Study Tour - Future Cities Program

Folder No:                   F2004/07751

Author:                   David Kelly, Manager Administrative Services     

 

Introduction

 

An invitation has been received from the United States Studies Centre to attend an invaluable study and information tour which will be of great benefit for the City of Randwick. The purpose of this report is to advise Councillors on how we will be making the most of this opportunity to gather practical information on the introduction of a light rail system.

 

Issues

 

The United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney has selected Randwick Council and issued a personal invitation to participate in the 2014 Future City Program. This is an exciting and successful program consisting of a three-day Workshop and seven-day study & information tour, which has proven to be an effective means of providing city and town leaders the skills to lead their communities in meeting the challenges of creating more livable and sustainable communities.

 

The program is based on the internationally renowned Mayor's Institute Forum conducted in the United States. It hinges on bringing together Mayors, Planners and, where possible, community leaders, to work with global architecture, planning and urban design professionals to craft innovative solutions for design or redesign of city precincts based on international best practice integrated into an Australian context.

 

In addition, the Future Cities Program provides all participates with the added experience of a study & information tour to the United States to see illustrations of many innovations in community problem solving. The US is selected as the venue because of the similarities in city/town structures and similar municipal challenges. The US Studies Centre as host offers unparalleled access to local and national US leaders.

The Future Cities Program consists of four stages. The initial stage of the program involved Council attending an Open House meeting and registering our Expression of Interest in attending the program, which was successful. Council is now invited to bring a target precinct in our local area to the three-day Mayor's Forum workshop for strategic discussion and solution formulation. The three-day intensive strategic workshop will be led by experts in urban design and sustainable development from Australia and the United States. The focus of the workshop will be on developing and connecting strategic thinking to planning and urban design skills and approaches. Workshop activities in the three days will focus on the real issue that each city will bring for discussion and strategy formulation. The Centre has advised that the Mayor or Deputy Mayor and two relevant staff are invited to attend this forum.

 

After the Mayor's Forum in Sydney, all of the selected cities will embark on a seven-day study & information tour of the east coast of the United States of America, where participants will be exposed first hand to the initiatives our American counterparts employ to tackle their sustainability and livability issues. It is planned to visit New Jersey, a region which has recently completed its long term light rail project and transformed the area. Gaining an insight into what worked and didn’t work along the way would be invaluable. Following the Future Cities Program, all our participants will be encouraged and supported to translate our learning from the Future Cities Program into strategic solutions for our city. The United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney has indicated that it is very keen for Randwick Council to be involved in this project, given the issues of light rail and UAP’s which are affecting us at the present time.

 

Relationship to City Plan

 

The relationship to the city Plan is as follows:

Outcome 1:       Leadership in sustainability

Direction 1b:      Council is a leader in the delivery of social, financial and                                        operation activities.

Direction 10a:    Council is a leader in fostering environmentally sustainable                                     practices.

 

Financial impact statement

 

The Department of Planning is contributing $40,000.00 towards the cost of the participating groups attending the study and information tour to the USA. The remainder of costs for accommodation, registration and transport for the duration of the study and information tour can be allocated from the 2014/15 training budget.

 

Conclusion

 

This study and information tour is a unique opportunity to gather invaluable information in the lead up to this major infrastructure project that Council is embarking upon. This study and information tour will ensure Council is armed with as much information as possible to contribute to a successful introduction of light rail into our community.

 

 

Recommendation

 

That the Mayor or Deputy Mayor and two relevant Council staff be approved to attend the Future Cities Program study and information tour.

 

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil

 

  


Ordinary Council                                                                                                   25 March 2014

 

 

Motion Pursuant to Notice No. NM27/14

 

 

Subject:                  Notice of Motion from Crs Stevenson, Andrews and Nash under Section 372(5) of Local Government Act - Making South Coogee Childcare Centres Safer

Folder No:                   F2004/06276

Submitted by:          Councillor Stevenson, Central Ward; Councillor Andrews, Central Ward; Councillor Nash, Mayor     

 

 

That:

 

i)      Council initiate a traffic study and prepare a traffic management plan that maximises safety outcomes for children parents and pedestrians in the vicinity of the two childcare centres located on Moverly Rd South Coogee between Elphinstone Road and Malabar Road; and

 

ii)     the above study take into consideration the following enhancements to the      streetscape and intersection and provide a report to Council on the cost to      Council of implementing these enhancements.       

        a)     Ensure there is a continuous footpath on both sides of the road for 300                   meters either side of both child care centre.    
       
        b)     Earthworks required to widen the road to ensure there is a stopping zone         with a curb side footpath on the Northern side of Moverly Rd between                    Elphinstone Road and Malabar Road.    

        c)     Traffic calming measures and/or redirection of traffic into and out of the                  intersection of Coldstream Street and Moverly Road.       
       

 

 

 

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                                   25 March 2014

 

 

Motion Pursuant to Notice No. NM28/14

 

 

Subject:                  Notice of Motion from Cr Stavrinos - Illegal dumping of rubbish in the Randwick LGA

Folder No:                   F2010/00429

Submitted by:          Councillor Stavrinos, West Ward     

 

 

That Council:

 

a)       bring back a report to identify ways in which Council can address the illegal dumping of rubbish.

 

b)       as part of this report, investigate ways to educate our residents on how to dispose of their rubbish, to address the issue of illegal dumping.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                                   25 March 2014

 

 

Motion Pursuant to Notice No. NM29/14

 

 

Subject:                  Notice of Motion from Cr Stavrinos - Illegal boarding houses

Folder No:                   F2004/07452

Submitted by:          Councillor Stavrinos, West Ward     

 

 

That Council:

 

a)       bring back a report addressing the fire, health and safety concerns posed by the operating of Illegal boarding houses.

 

b)       as part of this report, identify ways to curb the number of illegal boarding houses may operate in the Randwick LGA.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                                   25 March 2014

 

 

Motion Pursuant to Notice No. NM30/14

 

 

Subject:                  Notice of Motion from Cr Smith - Proposed transfer of Randwick Literary Institute to Randwick City Council

Folder No:                   F2004/06326

Submitted by:          Councillor Smith, North Ward     

 

 

That Council open a dialogue with the relevant NSW Government Minister to discuss the transfer of the Randwick Literary Institute to Council. 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                                   25 March 2014

 

 

Motion Pursuant to Notice No. NM31/14

 

 

Subject:                  Notice of Motion from Cr Moore - Concerns related to the CSELR Project Submissions Report

Folder No:                   F2013/00263

Submitted by:          Councillor Moore, West Ward     

 

 

That Randwick City Council notes, as a key stakeholder and demonstrated supporter for the CBD and South East Light Rail (CSELR), that none of the thirteen design changes contained in the CSELR project submissions report, March 2014, seeks to address the substantial matters endorsed by this Council and outlined in the Council’s CSELR Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) submission, further, expresses concern at:

 

a)    the deficient response to the matters raised by the Council, residents and representative organisations within the city in their respective submissions to the CSELR EIS

 

b)    the lack of focus and attention being given to addressing the impacts and consequences on Randwick City’s local businesses, residents, visitors, infrastructure, environment and amenity

 

c)          the disregard towards Randwick City Council as demonstrated through the dismissal of the suggested improvements identified developed and presented by the Council by writing to the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure, Minister for Transport and local state government members calling on them to respond to Council's concerns and to accommodate these concerns through appropriate changes to the CSELR design.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                                   25 March 2014

 

 

Motion Pursuant to Notice No. NM32/14

 

 

Subject:                  Notice of Motion from Cr Roberts - Improvement of Maroubra Beach amenity

Folder No:                   F2004/07343

Submitted by:          Councillor Roberts, East Ward     

 

 

That Council:

 

1.     note the main block fronting Maroubra Beach has a master plan approved in the latest Randwick LEP;

 

2.     note there are other areas outside this block that also contribute to the amenity of the area;

 

3.     note one of these areas include McKeon Street , stretching from the beach back to Duncan Street;

 

4.     funds a general improvement of the existing amenity at Maroubra Beach, including McKeon Street, as part of its budgetary processes for 2014-15;

 

5.     complete a report on options to upgrade both the beach front area and McKeon Street, between the beach and Duncan Street , in order to further enhance the amenity of the area. 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                                   25 March 2014

 

 

Motion Pursuant to Notice No. NM33/14

 

 

Subject:                  Notice of Motion from Cr Matson - Amendment to Code of Meeting Practice

Folder No:                   F2004/06570

Submitted by:          Councillor Matson, East Ward     

 

 

That clause 47 of Council’s Code of Meeting Practice be amended by the insertion of new sub clause (e) as follows to broaden the definition of a potential act of disorder committed by a Councillor to cover issues around addresses by members of the public:

 

47. Acts of disorder

(1) A Councillor commits an act of disorder if the Councillor, at a meeting of Council or a Committee of Council:

 

(a) contravenes the Act or any Regulation in force under the Act; or

(b) assaults or threatens to assault another Councillor or person present at the meeting; or

(c) moves or attempts to move a motion or an amendment that has an unlawful purpose or that deals with a matter that is outside the jurisdiction Randwick City Council – Code of Meeting Practice Page 20 of Council, or addresses or attempts to address Council on such a motion, amendment or matter; or

(d) insults or makes personal reflections on or imputes improper motives to any other Councillor; or

(e)  puts a question to a member of the public addressing the Councillors that;

(i)   is hypothetical, rhetorical, not relevant to the matter before the meeting or is actually a statement; or

(ii) is not a question in response to a statement about the performance, credibility, integrity or reputation of the Council and its associated entities; or

(iii) which otherwise indicates that the Councillor is seeking to engage the speaker in  debate; or  

(f)      says or does anything that is inconsistent with maintaining order at the meeting or is likely to bring Council or the Committee into contempt.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                                   25 March 2014

 

 

Motion Pursuant to Notice No. NM34/14

 

 

Subject:                  Notice of Motion from Cr Matson - Referral of Bundock Street Clearing Site to Public Works Committee for Contamination Assessment

Folder No:                   F2006/00653

Submitted by:          Councillor Matson, East Ward     

 

 

That Council respond to recent clearings on Defence Force land on the southern side of Bundock Street between Canberra and Ellen Streets by seeking to refer the matter to the Commonwealth Public Works Committee for an assessment as to whether asbestos is the only potential contaminant located in soil on the clearing site that should be of concern to residents and the Council.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                                   25 March 2014

 

 

Motion Pursuant to Notice No. NM35/14

 

 

Subject:                  Notice of Motion from Cr Garcia - Proposed speed awareness signs in Randwick LGA

Folder No:                   F2007/00070

Submitted by:          Councillor Garcia, South Ward     

 

 

That Council:

 

(a)      note there is growing community concerns about the use of speed cameras as a means of government revenue raising;

 

(b)      note there are currently 900 speed, mobile, red list, fixed and point to point cameras in NSW;

 

(c)      note that solar powered radio monitors that notify motorists of their speed (speed awareness signs)  may be a way to reduce motor vehicle speeds in Randwick without penalising motorists;

 

(d)      investigate the effectiveness of speed awareness signs in changing driver behaviour and reducing speed;

 

(e)      investigate the cost and feasibility of trialing one or two speed awareness signs in certain areas around Randwick, for example, local school zones.

 

 

 

 

 

  


Ordinary Council                                                                                                   25 March 2014

 

 

Notice of Rescission Motion No. NR3/14

 

 

Subject:                  Notice of Rescission Motion from Crs Stevenson, Andrews and Belleli - Replacement of Community Vacancy on Wylies Baths Trust

Folder No:                   F2012/00407

Submitted by:          Councillor Stevenson, Central Ward; Councillor Andrews, Central Ward; Councillor Belleli, South Ward     

 

That the resolution passed at the Ordinary Council meeting held on Tuesday 25 February 2014 in relation to General Manager’s Report GM3/14 Replacement of Community Vacancy on Wylies Baths Trust  reading as follows:

 

RESOLUTION: (Matson/Shurey) that Council determines that the new Community Trust member for the Wylie’s Baths Trust be Ms Thea Askew as recommended by the Trust.

 

BE AND IS HEREBY RESCINDED.

 

If the Rescission Motion is carried, it is intended to move the following motion:

 

That Council resolve to commence a new recruitment process to appoint a community representative to fill the current vacancy on the Wylies Baths Trust and that this process be conducted independently from the Trust.