Works Committee Meeting

 

  BUSINESS PAPER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 13 May 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

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Works Committee                                                                                                    13 May 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Works Committee Meeting

 

Notice is hereby given that a Works Committee Meeting of the Council of the City of Randwick will be held in the Council Chamber, First Floor, 90 Avoca Street, Randwick on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 at 6:00pm.

 

Committee Members:           The Mayor (S Nash), Andrews, Belleli, Bowen, D’Souza (Deputy Chairperson), Garcia, Matson, Moore, Neilson, Roberts, Seng, Shurey, Smith, Stavrinos (Chairperson) & Stevenson

 

Quorum:                           Eight (8) members

 

NOTE:    At the Extraordinary Meeting held on 28 September 2004, the Council resolved that the Works Committee be constituted as a committee with full delegation to determine matters on the agenda.

Apologies/Granting of Leave of Absences 

Confirmation of the Minutes  

Works Committee Meeting - 8 April 2014

Declarations of Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Interests

Address of Committee by Members of the Public

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.

Urgent Business

Works Reports

W9/14       Tree Removal - Outside 25 Maitland Avenue, Kingsford............................... 1

W10/14     Sports Committee Meeting Minutes......................................................... 9

W11/14     Emanuel School Use of Frank Doyle Park................................................. 21

W12/14     Passing of Joseph "Joe" Seddon............................................................ 23    

Notice of Rescission Motions

Nil 

 

 

…………………………………………………….

Ray Brownlee

General Manager


Works Committee                                                                                                    13 May 2014

 

 

Works Report No. W9/14

 

 

Subject:                  Tree Removal - Outside 25 Maitland Avenue, Kingsford

Folder No:                   F2004/07359

Author:                   Bryan Bourke, Tree Management Officer     

 

Introduction

 

The daughter of the elderly owner of 25 Maitland Avenue, Kingsford, has written to Council detailing a range of structural damage to this property and adjacent public infrastructure being caused by the roots of the Council owned Ficus ‘Hillii’ (Hill’s Weeping fig) growing on the nature strip outside the front of the property.

 

Issues

 

The owner of this property has experienced tree root related problems for many years and has requested the removal of this tree on more than one occasion.

 

Council records indicate that the roots of this tree have been causing sewer blockages since 2000 and that footpath damage and subsequent rectification works have been taking place since 2006. Council’s Tree Gang excavated along the entire property frontage on 14 March 2012 and a site inspection undertaken at that time confirmed a number of ongoing tree root issues.

 

The tree concerned is in good health and is one of several growing along both sides of Maitland Avenue, Kingsford. It is approximately sixteen metres in height and around twenty metres across the canopy. It is an important provider of habitat and food source and provides significant visual amenity. The subject tree has been root pruned on a number of occasions over many years to the extent that no further root shaving or cutting is a viable option. The adjacent footpath section was replaced less than two years prior to being recently removed. Council’s Tree Gang arborist advised in 2012 that the amount of root pruning required to deal with the range of damage being caused would render the tree unstable and would dramatically impact on its health.

 

In addition, the canopy has had to be regularly pruned away from the roof of the adjacent property and out of overhead powerlines and service wires to achieve required clearances. Because of the visual importance of the tree and the fact that a tree of the same species was removed in September 2013, the removal of this tree would certainly have a detrimental impact on the aesthetics of the Maitland Avenue streetscape.

 

Relationship to City plan

 

The relationship to the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome 10:       A Healthy Environment.

Direction 10b:      Environmental risks and impacts are strategically managed.

 

Financial Impact Statement

The cost to remove and stump grind this tree and to replace it with a super-advanced Waterhousia floribunda (Weeping Lilly Pilly) would be in the vicinity of $6,000 and this would come from Council’s annual tree management budget.


Conclusion

 

The roots of this street tree are causing ongoing and worsening damage to the adjacent property and public infrastructure which dates back to at least 2000. The tree has been root pruned on a number of occasions to ensure retention but this is no longer a practical management option.

 

Branches have to be regularly pruned out of the overhead powerlines and the canopy creates significant shadowing of the adjacent footpath and residence at night and during the winter months. The adjacent property owner has had to endure increasing tree root damage to her property and as she has become older ongoing footpath, driveway and kerb and gutter damage have become an increased trip and fall concern. This is exacerbated by the fact that the tree drops copious amounts of leaf litter throughout the year and fruit drop during the fruiting season poses an increasing liability concern for Council.

 

In her 5 February 2014 correspondence to Council the property owner states that there are cracks beginning to appear in the walls of her residence and although this claim is not supported by any documentation it is not uncommon with this species of tree.

 

The removal and replacement of this problematic street tree would certainly fall within the parameters originally set out in Council’s resolution relating to aggressive rooted street trees, although its removal would have a major impact on the visual amenity of the surrounding streetscape. It should be noted that several trees of the same species have had to be removed from Maitland Avenue over the past decade because of the serious and increasing amount of damage being caused by their roots. However, this species of tree is not the predominant species in Maitland Avenue, Kingsford, and the removal of this particular tree would therefore not contravene Council’s resolution that in such streets no more than five (5) percent of vegetative canopy cover is to be removed in any one calendar year.

 

 

Recommendation

 

That  the Council owned Ficus microcarpa var. ‘Hillii’ (Hill’s Weeping fig) growing on the nature strip outside 25 Maitland Avenue, Kingsford, be removed and replaced with an appropriate number of more appropriate tree species – as per Council’s Street Tree Masterplan.

 

Attachment/s:

 

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Series of photographs highlighting the visual significance of the Hill’s Weeping fig outside 25 Maitland Avenue, Kingsford, and the range of serious tree root damage being caused to both public infrastructure and private property.

 

 

 

 


Series of photographs highlighting the visual significance of the Hill’s Weeping fig outside 25 Maitland Avenue, Kingsford, and the range of serious tree root damage being caused to both public infrastructure and private property.

Attachment 1

 

 

The subject Hill’s Weeping fig is large and significant in the Maitland Ave streetscape

 

Fig tree roots continually damage the footpath slabs between 23 and 27 Maitland Ave

 

 

Damage to the front brick fence caused by fig tree root intrusion into the property

 

Cracking of footpath slabs at front of property that were replaced in mid-2012

Roots have undermined the driveway strips and Telstra pit outside 23-25 Maitland Ave

 

Fig roots are protruding above nature strip and tree drops excessive fruit and debris

Protruding tree roots have dislodged the kerb along the entire property frontage

 

Cracked and dislodged kerb and protruding tree roots adjacent to Sydney Water mains


Sections of footpath were replaced in mid-2012 because of fig tree root damage

 

Large fig tree root was severed in 2012 because of damage to private/public property

 

Fruit and leaf drop on entranceway tiles create a trip hazard for elderly property owner


Works Committee                                                                                                    13 May 2014

 

 

Works Report No. W10/14

 

 

Subject:                  Sports Committee Meeting Minutes

Folder No:                   F2005/00446

Author:                   George Bounassif, Manager Infrastructure Services     

 

Introduction

 

The Sports Committee Minutes for the meeting held on 19 February 2014 in the Malabar Room, Randwick City Council Depot, 192 Storey Street, Maroubra are presented for the Committee’s information.

 

Issues

 

As scheduled, the Sports Committee has met and the minutes of the meeting, which reflects discussions and outcomes, are attached.

 

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

 

There is no direct financial impact for this matter.

 

Conclusion

 

It is recommended that Council acknowledges and accepts the minutes of the attached Sports Committee.

 

 

Recommendation

 

That the minutes of the Sports Committee Meeting held on 19 February 2014 be received and noted.

 

 

 

Attachment/s:

 

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Randwick City Council Sports Committee Minutes - 19 February 2014

 

 

 

 


Randwick City Council Sports Committee Minutes - 19 February 2014

Attachment 1

 

 











Works Committee                                                                                                    13 May 2014

 

 

Works Report No. W11/14

 

 

Subject:                  Emanuel School Use of Frank Doyle Park

Folder No:                   F2009/07550

Author:                   Jorde Frangoples, Director City Services     

 

Introduction

 

Council at its Works Committee of 9 April 2013 resolved:

 

“(Andrews/Stavrinos) that the report be received and noted and a further report be brought back to the Works Committee at the end of the school year assessing whether or not the arrangements have been satisfactory for all stakeholders.”

 

Issues

 

Council has not received any correspondence regarding issues relating to the use of the park by Emanuel School for student lunch breaks.

 

Relationship to City Plan

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome 5:       Excellence in Recreational and Lifestyle Opportunities.

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

 

Financial impact statement

 

There is no direct financial impact for this matter.

 

Conclusion

 

The use of the park by students from the Emanuel School during their lunch break has had minimal impacts on other stakeholders.

 

 

Recommendation

 

That the report be received and noted.

 

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil

 

 


Works Committee                                                                                                    13 May 2014

 

 

Works Report No. W12/14

 

 

Subject:                  Passing of Joseph "Joe" Seddon

Folder No:                   F2005/00266

Author:                   Jorde Frangoples, Director City Services     

 

Introduction

 

At its Ordinary meeting of 26 November 2013, Council resolved:

 

“(Mayor, Cr S Nash) that:

 

a)     Council acknowledges the invaluable contribution made to our community for over fifty years by Joseph “Joe” Seddon and sends its condolences to the Seddon family; and

 

b)     Council determine an appropriate way to recognise the invaluable contribution made by Joe Seddon to our community.”

 

Issues

 

Consequently the Coogee Surf Life Saving Club Inc have suggested that the car park and landscaped area at the corned of Beach Street and Carr Street be named “Seddon Place”.  In addition, the club has asked if Council could install a sandstone plinth, bench and plaque in his honour.

 

Relationship to City Plan

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome 7:       Heritage that is protected and celebrated.

Direction 7a:      Our heritage is recognized, protected and celebrated.

 

Financial impact statement

 

The cost of the proposed works would be approximately $4,000.

 

Conclusion

 

Council needs to determine if these measures are the appropriate way to recognise the invaluable contribution made by Joe Seddon to our community.

 

 

Recommendation

 

The Council determine if the measures outlined by the club are an appropriate way to recognise Joe Seddon.

 

 

Attachment/s:

 

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Letter from Coogee Surf Life Saving Club Inc

 

 

 

 


Letter from Coogee Surf Life Saving Club Inc

Attachment 1