Works Committee Meeting

 

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Tuesday 12 August 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Administrative Centre 30 Frances Street Randwick 2031

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Works Committee                                                                                                12 August 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, 12 August 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 July 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

W23/14     Basketball Facilities.............................................................................. 1

W24/14     Tree Removal - Outside 19 Waratah Avenue, Randwick.............................. 5

W25/14     Fibro Fragments (Asbestos Issue), Heffron Park..................................... 13    

Notice of Rescission Motions

Nil 

 

 

 

…………………………………………………….

Ray Brownlee

General Manager


Works Committee                                                                                                12 August 2014

 

 

Works Report No. W23/14

 

 

Subject:                  Basketball Facilities

Folder No:                   F2005/00835

Author:                   Jorde Frangoples, Director City Services     

 

Introduction

 

Council at its Ordinary Council Meeting resolved:

 

‘(Neilson/Andrews) that Council investigate establishing at least a half basketball court and hoop/s in various wards across the city, as well as full basketball courts.’ 

 

Issues

 

Randwick Council has been receiving ongoing requests for basketball courts to be installed throughout the City for practice and recreational use.

 

Council Officers have assessed our open space areas to seek suitable sites for the installation of half or full basketball courts. 

 

The assessment sought to select sites that were distributed throughout the City and also large enough to accommodate full basketball courts.  However, where the location was deemed suitable but space is limited, half courts were considered.

 

Our assessment revealed that there are 2 existing basketball facilities.  A half court is located at Woomera Reserve, Little Bay (South Ward) and a full court is located at 5R Elphinstone Road, South Coogee (East Ward).  There is also a half court proposed with the Kensington Bowling Club redevelopment.  Attachment 1 is a map showing proposed and existing sites.

 

In determining suitable locations, consideration has been given to potential noise impacts associated with bouncing basketballs and other existing uses of the open space.  Hence, not all wards will be able to be accommodated with a court.  Generally, these facilities have been proposed in District or Regional parks.

 

The preferred sites recommended for basketball facilities are listed below.

 

  Court Size                  Open Space                          Suburb                         Ward

Full                  Heffron Park                     Maroubra                  Central

Full                  Coral Sea Park                  Maroubra                  Central

Full                  Paine Reserve                   Randwick                  West

 

A full basket court has dimensions of 28m x 15m. The estimated cost to construct courts with a concrete base is:

 

Half court:         $22,000

Full court:         $30,000

 

The geographical spread of the proposed and existing facilities is shown in the attachment. 

 

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 sporting and leisure activities.

 

Financial Impact Statement

 

The proposed basketball facilities are estimated to cost $90,000.  The funding will be allocated from future open space capital works programs. 

 

Conclusion

 

Council officers have assessed open space areas to determine suitable locations.

 

It is proposed that the construction of these courts is undertaken over a period of time with an allocation of $90,000 in the Open Space Capital Works program. 

 

 

Recommendation

 

That Council considers the funding in future capital works budget.

 

Attachment/s:

 

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Map of Proposed and Existing Sites

 

 

 

 


Map of Proposed and Existing Sites

Attachment 1

 

 


Works Committee                                                                                                12 August 2014

 

 

Works Report No. W24/14

 

 

Subject:                  Tree Removal - Outside 19 Waratah Avenue, Randwick

Folder No:                   F2004/07359

Author:                   Bryan Bourke, Tree Management Officer     

 

Introduction

 

On 3 July 2013 the owner of 19 Waratah Avenue, Randwick, logged a service request with Council advising of a range of ongoing damage to both the front of their property and adjacent public infrastructure being caused by the roots of a mature Council owned Ficus ‘Hillii’ (Hill’s Weeping fig) street trees growing on the nature strip and requesting the removal of the subject tree.

 

Issues

 

There have been a number of service requests logged with Council by the adjacent property owner over the past four years detailing ongoing problems associated with the canopy and roots of this tree. These problems include roots invading their sewer pipe and stormwater line on a regular basis, destroying the adjacent footpath and driveway crossover and tree branches severely overhanging the property and growing into overhead powerlines and service wires. Roots from this tree have also damaged the brick fence at the front of the property and have undermined the adjacent sandstone kerb and there are ongoing issues with the roots causing a trip and fall hazard for pedestrians. Since the initial service request was logged with Council the adjacent footpath has been removed on two occasions, root pruning undertaken and the footpath reinstated to allow retention of the subject tree asset. The driveway has also had to be replaced because of fig tree root damage.

 

The subject tree is approximately eighteen metres in height with a canopy spread of around twenty metres. It is in good health and contributes quite significantly to the Waratah Avenue streetscape. It is an important provider of habitat and food source for a variety of native birdlife and other fauna.

 

Council’s Tree Gang arborists advise that it would not be possible to remove the amount of damaging tree root material required to abate the damage being caused by the tree’s roots without seriously compromising its stability and long-term viability. Council’s Tree Preservation and Maintenance Officer (North) supports this assessment and recommends that no further works be undertaken on this tree until the issue of its removal or retention is resolved.

 

The tree has to be regularly pruned away from overhead powerlines and domestic service wires to maintain statutory clearances and branches have to be regularly pruned back because they overhanging into the adjacent residence.

 

Relationship to City Plan

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome 10:     A Healthy Environment.

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

Key Action:       Develop and implement policies, programs and strategies to manage environmental risks and impacts.

 

Financial impact statement

 

It is estimated that the removal of the Hill’s Weeping fig outside 19 Waratah Avenue, Randwick, and its replacement with an advanced Cupaniopsis anarcardioides (Tuckeroo) would cost in the vicinity of $4,500. The required funds would come from Council’s annual tree management budget.

 

Conclusion

 

The mature Council owned Ficus ‘Hillii’ street tree growing outside 19 Waratah Avenue, Randwick, has significant visual and historic significance.

 

It is estimated to be approximately sixty years old and up until this point Council has been committed to retaining it, despite the fact that associated tree root damage has progressively increased in both frequency and severity.

 

The tree has been assessed as having important scenic and amenity value and with providing important habitat and food source for a variety of fauna. Because of the damage being caused by its roots, the impact of removal on land degradation would be negligible. Using Australian Standard ASDR99307 the tree has been assessed as having an amenity value of $10,800. It has also been calculated that the tree has a medium hazard rating but this will probably increase as the tree ages and weather events become more severe. Because of the size and amount of root material required to be removed to effectively deal with the damage being caused by its roots, root pruning is not in any way a viable long-term option. This is supported by the findings and recommendations made by Council’s Tree Gang arborists and Tree Preservation and Maintenance Officer (North) when the footpath adjacent to the tree was excavated in July 2013. Effectively, therefore, the only practicable long-term management option would be to remove the subject tree and to replace it with a more appropriate tree species – as nominated in Council’s Street Tree Masterplan.

 

The removal of this tree will certainly have a detrimental impact on the Waratah Avenue streetscape that will in no way be able to be realistically mitigated in the shorter term by the planting of one-two advanced replacement trees.

 

 

Recommendation

 

That the Council owned Ficus ‘Hillii’ (Hill’s Weeping fig) growing outside 19 Waratah Avenue, Randwick, be removed and replaced with an advanced Cupaniopsis anarcardioides (Tuckeroo) – as nominated in Council’s Street Tree Masterplan.

 

Attachment/s:

 

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Series of photographs of the subject tree and its visual importance in the streetscape and the damage being caused to both public infrastructure and private property by its roots.

 

 

 

 


Series of photographs of the subject tree and its visual importance in the streetscape and the damage being caused to both public infrastructure and private property by its roots.

Attachment 1

 

 

The Hill’s Weeping fig outside 19 Waratah Avenue is significant in the streetscape

 

Large fig tree roots have regularly uplifted and damaged the adjacent footpath

Fig tree roots protrude above the nature strip area and have undermined the kerb

 

Huge tree roots run across the footpath area and into the adjacent property

 

This tree root is typical of large numbers that have uplifted the footpath and driveway

 

Front rendered brick fence has been damaged by large fig tree roots in several places

 

Roots have lifted the front brick fence and caused rendering to crack and fall away

 

Although quite old the front fence has been cracked and undermined by fig tree roots

Another section of the front fence that has been cracked by large fig tree roots


Works Committee                                                                                                12 August 2014

 

 

Works Report No. W25/14

 

 

Subject:                  Fibro Fragments (Asbestos Issue) Heffron Park

Folder No:                   F2008/00197

Author:                   Zaman Shamsuz, Environmental Engineer     

 

Introduction

 

On 25 March 2008, Council resolved to carry out an annual sampling and testing program at Heffron Park. The sampling and testing is to investigate levels of asbestos fibres across the park.

 

On 13 August 2013, Council resolved:

 

 “(Garcia/D’Souza) that the report be received and noted

 

Issues

 

Council has conducted annual airborne asbestos fibres monitoring at Heffron Park in conjunction with the asbestos removal work on 18 June 2014. The test concluded less than 0.01 fibres per millilitre of air (<0.01 fibres/ml) which is below the lowest detectable level using the membrane filter method [NOHSC:3003(2005)].

 

The National Occupational Health and Safety Commission recommended maximum exposure level for airborne asbestos fibres is 0.1 fibres per millilitre of air (as an 8 hour time weighted average). Based on the results of the visual inspections and airborne asbestos fibre monitoring, the removal of fragments of asbestos cement sheet debris from the ground surfaces at Heffron Park has been satisfactorily completed.

 

In the event that fragments of asbestos cement become exposed, these pieces need be collected and disposed of as asbestos waste in accordance with the requirements of the asbestos management plan for the site and the requirements of WorkCover NSW and the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage (NSW OEH).

 

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 service.

Key Action:    Assets are managed strategically to deliver intergenerational equity and to meet Council’s obligation as the custodian of our community’s assets.

 

Financial Impact Statement

 

The cost to undertake an asbestos survey, air monitoring, clearance inspection and asbestos removal was $15,684 excluding GST.

 


Conclusion

 

Air monitoring was conducted during annual asbestos removal in the park. The test results indicate that no measurable amounts of airborne fibres were present in air.

 

 

Recommendation

 

That the report be received and noted.

 

Attachment/s:

 

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Visual Clearance Inspection and Air Monitoring Report

 

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Annual Asbestos Inspection Survey, Heffron Park , May 2014

 

 

 

 


Visual Clearance Inspection and Air Monitoring Report

Attachment 1

 

 


 



 



Annual Asbestos Inspection Survey, Heffron Park , May 2014

Attachment 2