Ordinary Council Meeting
Supplementary BUSINESS PAPER
Tuesday 29 April 2014
Administrative Centre 30 Frances Street Randwick 2031
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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 Chambers, First Floor 90 Avoca Street Randwick on Tuesday, 29 April 2014 at 6pm.
MM30/14†† CBD and South Eastern Light Rail Project, High Cross Park and Wansey Road alignment....................................................................................................... 1
MM31/14†† Seeking Financial Support for a Major Rainwater Storage and Irrigation System at Rainbow Street Public School............................................................... 15 †††††††††††
Mayoral Minute No. MM30/14
Subject:††††††††††††††††† CBD and South Eastern Light Rail Project, High Cross Park and Wansey Road alignment
Folder No:†††††††††††††††††† F2014/06574
Following the latest Councillor briefing on the light rail on 8 April 2014, I convened a meeting on 14 April 2014 with a representative of the Minister for Transport and the CSELR Project Director to outline Randwick Councilís position and concerns with parts of the light rail project.
At the meeting the issues that were raised at the Councillor briefing were presented, which are outlined in the Council report GM13/14.† The meeting was a useful starting point as Transport for NSW (TfNSW) has agreed to a joint arborist inspection of the trees in Wansey Road.
Following the meeting, Council received correspondence from TfNSW dated 16 April 2014 (attached), advising that TfNSW will consider reviewing changes to the design for both High Cross Park and Wansey Road alignment, on receipt of correspondence from Council requesting these changes.
High Cross Park
Council has raised its objections to the Randwick Interchange being in High Cross Park on numerous occasions:
∑†††††††† Throughout 2013 Council was involved in technical meetings with TfNSW, which were the basis for the preparation of the EIS. Council objected to the location of the Randwick Interchange during these meetings
∑†††††††† At the release of the EIS, the location of the Randwick Interchange remained unresolved.† Discussion with TfNSW continued towards a satisfactory resolution and designs were undertaken by TfNSW to locate the Randwick Interchange in High Street at Avoca Street
∑†††††††† Council's submission to the EIS (endorsed at the Planning Committee Meeting of 3 December 2013) objected to the location of the Randwick Interchange at High Cross Park with a preference for the location of the Interchange at High Street which would also provide better accessibility for the Prince of Wales Hospital
∑†††††††† In late 2013, TfNSW advised Council that work on the alternative Randwick Interchange would not continue and that TfNSWís solution would remain at High Cross Park
∑†††††††† On 28 February 2014, at the meeting held with Randwick Council Councillors and the Minister for Transport, Council was advised that the Randwick Interchange would not be relocated away from High Cross Park
∑†††††††† In March 2014, TfNSW provided Council with the Preferred Infrastructure Report for the light rail project.† Council made a submission regarding the Randwick Interchange being located in High Cross Park, noting its significance as a civic space as well as expressing disappointment with the retention of High Cross Park as an interchange due to its poor relationship to the Prince of Wales Hospital and Randwick Junction town centre.
Despite Councilís objections and concerns with the location of the Randwick Interchange at High Cross Park, TfNSW are not willing to reconsider their position. While disappointed with this position, Council should act prudently and consider what is the best outcome for our city with the Interchange located in High Cross Park.
TfNSWís design (attached) outlines a mainly grassed surfaced park area with an above ground structure that houses an electrical substation and driver amenities. While this option maximizes the available area as a grass surface park, it may be impractical, due to the pedestrian walking paths from the bus stop locations to the light rail stop.† This may result in dirt paths void of grass due to the pedestrian traffic, while not addressing the issue of inclement weather.
An alternative option for Council to consider is to include in Councilís Urban Design Guidelines a concept for High Cross Park as a paved plaza with pockets of grassed areas, the undergrounding of the electrical substation and the driver amenities attached to the end of the light rail platform (attached).
As outlined early TfNSW have requested Council advise them in writing of our preferred position in relation to High Cross Park. I propose the following for Councils consideration;
That Randwick Councilís order of preference is:
1.†† The Randwick Interchange be located in High Street, not High Cross Park, in accordance with Randwick Council Urban Design Guidelines
2.†† High Cross Park be built in accordance with Randwick Council Urban Design Guidelines, that is a paved plaza with pockets of grassed areas, the undergrounding of the electrical substation and the driver amenities attached to the end of the light rail platform
3.†† High Cross Park to be built in accordance with TfNSW reference design in the Preferred Infrastructure Report
Council has raised its objections to the Wansey Road alignment on numerous occasions:
∑††††† Council meeting on 25 June 2013, Council resolved in part to advise TfNSW that the preferred route for the Light Rail to Randwick is to run parallel with Wansey Road on the Australian Turf Club land between Alison Road and High Street in order to minimise any impacts on the Wansey Road residents
∑††††† Throughout 2013 Council was involved in technical meetings with TfNSW, which were the basis for the preparation of the EIS. Council objected to the location of the light rail along the Wansey Road alignment during these meetings
∑††††† Councils submission to the EIS (endorsed at the Planning Committee Meeting of 3 December 2013), objected to the light rail alignment along Wansey Road and the loss of significant trees along Wansey Road
∑††††† In March 2014, TfNSW provide the Council with the Preferred Infrastructure Report for the light rail project. Council made a submission regarding the alignment along Wansey Road and the retention of significant trees
The Wansey Road Residents Action Group (WAG) has been formed to provide a residents position on the light rail alignment in Wansey Road among other matters. The WAG and Council have been working together to achieve the most suitable outcome for this local area. Both WAG and Council have been united in requesting TfNSW to locate the light rail on the ATC land adjacent to Wansey Road. To our disappointment, TfNSW have not agreed with WAG and Councilís request.
TfNSW have proposed that the light rail alignment travels along Wansey Road adjacent to the ATC boundary, with Councilís shared cycleway/footpath located between the light rail and the traffic lane. A parking lane will be retained for the Wansey Road residents between Alison Road and Arthur Street. While not the first preference for the WAG, this option is the preferred option for the WAG.
One of Councilís key objectives along the entire light rail route is the retention of trees. With that in mind, Council has proposed an alternative for the light rail alignment in Wansey Road, as outlined in Councilís Urban Design Guidelines. Councilís preference is for the shared cycleway/footpath to be located adjacent to the ATC boundary and then the light rail tracks, next to the traffic lane and the parking lane. It should be noted that this option is not supported by the WAG.
In relation to the retention of trees, TfNSW have identified in the Preferred Infrastructure Report that the trees along the section of Wansey Road will be removed as part of the project.† Council does not agree or accept this position of TfNSW.† As outlined above, TfNSW have recently agreed with Council to undertake a joint arborist inspection of the trees to ascertain the process and management practices to ensure the maximum number of trees are retained.† In addition, the ATC have agreed with Council and requested of TfNSW that any trees that are determined to be removed shall be replaced with mature trees at that location.
To progress this matter to achieve a satisfactory outcome for our residents, while maintaining one of Councilís key objectives of retention of trees an inspection was undertaken by an independent arborist that was agreed upon by Council and the WAG. The independent arborist has advised Council that the preliminary assessment has considered that the TfNSW location of the light rail adjacent to the ACT boundary is likely to have only a minimal impact on the existing tree population.
Given the preliminary advice of the independent arborist regarding the retention of the trees, I propose that Council supports the WAG preferred option as documented in the TfNSW Preferred Infrastructure Report.
Financial impact statement
There is no direct financial impact for this matter.
Council has raised its objections with TfNSW on numerous occasions for the Randwick Interchange to be located in High Street, Randwick, not High Cross Park, and for the Wansey Road alignment to be in the Australian Turf Club land.† Disappointingly, TfNSW has not agreed with Councilís position.
TfNSW has written to Council and advised that they would consider Councilís position regarding the concept design for High Cross Park and the location of the shared cycleway/footpath along Wansey Road.† TfNSW has requested Councilís written position on these two matters.
Randwick Council advise TfNSW that:
a)†††† Council's order of preference for the Randwick Interchange is:
1.††† The Randwick Interchange be located in High Street, not High Cross Park, in accordance with Randwick Council Urban Design Guidelines
2.††† High Cross Park be built in accordance with Randwick Council's Urban Design Guidelines, that is a paved plaza with pockets of grassed areas, the undergrounding of the electrical substation and the driver amenities attached to the end of the light rail platform.
3.††† High Cross Park to be built in accordance with TfNSW reference design in the Preferred Infrastructure Report
b)†††† Wansey Road alignment be as documented in the Preferred Infrastructure Report and that Council update the Urban Design Guidelines and provide to TfNSW for inclusion in the Light Rail tender package
c)†††† Council notes the successful efforts of TfNSW to work with Randwick Council to protect and retain the significant mature trees along the Alison Road frontage of the ATC property, between the proposed Alison Road light rail stop and Darley Road
Letter to GM from Jeff Goodling, TfNSW
Email to GM from Wansey Action Group
Mayoral Minute No. MM31/14
Subject:††††††††††††††††† Seeking Financial Support for a Major Rainwater
Storage and Irrigation System at Rainbow Street Public School
Folder No:†††††††††††††††††† F2004/07910
Rainbow Public School has written to Council seeking support for a major upgrade to their on-site rainwater storage and irrigation system. The school through its various school Committees including Parents and Citizens group, had applied for and been advised of its likely success in its funding application to the Community Building Partnership grants program administrated by the NSW Government. The funding for an amount of $67,000 was to enable remediation and irrigation of the degraded grass area at the rear of the school which would provide playing and recreational areas for the 440 students at the school.
Unfortunately the final advice from the funding body has left the school $17,000 short to carry out this major re-turfing, irrigation and rainwater harvesting project.
I am seeking Council support for making up most of the funding shortfall to enable completion of this important project for the school and its community.
As a result of looking into this special request from Rainbow Public School, I visited the school and was shown the various environmental initiatives around the school, including smaller rainwater collection systems, school food garden and proposed recreational and playing areas by young students and representatives of the schoolís Parents and Citizens Committee.
As explained and shown to me during the visit, this major project is reliant on the installation of an 80,000 litre rainwater storage system for the irrigation of the playing area which is to be remediated and re-turfed as part of the externally funded project. The re-turfed playing area will only survive with the installation of irrigation, but the most efficient time for installing irrigation is at the same time as remediation and re-turfing takes place. The sizing of the rainwater tank has been calculated to cope with sufficient storage to enable irrigation over the area being re-turfed.
The reality of the external grant provided to Rainbow Public School is that $50,000 was approved to enable the limited grants funding to cover other community projects submitted to the NSW Government program. The quote for the works at the school (quoted at $67,000) was tested but reflected the bare basics required to undertake all of the work to ensure the grassed area could be remediated, re-turfed and irrigated in the most efficient and effective timeframe.
I am proposing the 80,000 litre rainwater tank be part funded by Councilís environmental levy as part of our rainwater tank financial support initiative for local schools. This is a one-off approval due to the large scale tank required and the exceptional benefit it will provide for the school and its local community.
The schoolís total annual fundraising effort of around $18,000, which is commendable, is already committed to schools curricula improvements.
Financial impact statement
On this basis I am proposing that $15,000 be provided to the school from the rainwater tank initiative of our environmental levy program. The school has indicated it could make up the remaining $2,000 of the $17,000 shortfall. The external funding of $50,000 would cover the main costs involved in the playing area remediation, re-turfing and irrigation.
Our local schools comprise local students and their families and various levels of Council support extended to them are seen as providing an important social and community benefit as well in this case, a significant environmental benefit in the extent of on-site water re-use. This is a one-off approval due to the scale of the project and its necessity to make up a shortfall in approved funding that ensures the success of this local project at the time the external funding is available.
That Council approve one-off funding support of $15,000 to part fund the 80,000 litre rainwater tank to be installed as part of the $67,000 playing and recreational area remediation, re-turfing and irrigation project at Rainbow Public School as outlined in the Mayoral Minute. This amount will be allocated from the rainwater tanks in school initiative of Randwickís environmental levy program.