Extraordinary Council Meeting

 

Supplementary BUSINESS PAPER

 

 

 

 

 

MAYORAL MINUTES

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 30 September 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                                                                                            30 September 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Extraordinary Council Meeting

 

Notice is hereby given that an Extraordinary 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, 30 September 2014 at 7:00pm.

 

 

 

 

Mayoral Minutes

 

MM81/14   End of Mayoral Term: September 2013- September 2014........................... 1

MM82/14   NRL Grand Final live site at Coogee Beach.............................................. 13           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sima Truuvert

acting General Manager


Ordinary Council                                                                                            30 September 2014

 

 

Mayoral Minute No. MM81/14

 

 

Subject:                  End of Mayoral Term: September 2013- September 2014

Folder No:                   F2014/06574

Author:                   Councillor Nash, Mayor     

 

Introduction

 

It has been an honour to serve as the leader of this great City over the past 12 months (September 2013 – September 2014), and I must say, I am extremely proud of this Council and its many great achievements. 

We are very lucky in Randwick City to have such a diverse local community, many of whom are passionate about this area and who continually work with and support this Council to achieve great things.

I would like to acknowledge and thank my Deputy Mayor, Councillor Anthony Andrews, for his ongoing support and dedication to this Council over the past 12 months. I would also like to thank my fellow Councillors of all political persuasions. We’ve certainly had some healthy debate and challenges over the past year; however, we’ve managed, working together, to help Randwick City further progress and prosper.     

I want to personally recognise and thank the management and staff of Randwick City Council. We are lucky to have staff who are extremely professional and dedicated leaders in their fields. They continue to deliver and exceed the expectations of our community every day under the guidance of the General Manager, Ray Brownlee. Our residents are better off because of the contributions of our staff, and they are our most important asset.

 

Key achievements

 

·    Des Renford Leisure Centre grand opening

One of my first official duties as Mayor last October was to officially open the upgraded, state-of-the-art Des Renford Leisure Centre (DRLC). As a former employee at the Des Renford Aquatic Centre I eagerly awaited its transformation into a modern fitness centre, and it certainly didn’t disappoint.

DRLC now has more than 2000 active members and is growing every day. It offers a comprehensive array of fitness and swim classes; an on-site crčche for children aged eight weeks to five years, with competitive membership and pricing.

Since opening, DLRC is continuing to grow and succeed with Swim School enrolments at an all time high and more than 10,000 visits to the gym per month.

·    Fallen Lifesavers Memorial unveiling

On 27 April 2014, I was proudly joined by Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Marie Bashir AC CVO, NSW Governor (at the time not a Dame!) and NSW Premier Mike Baird as well as hundreds of onlookers, family members and surf lifesaving club men and women for the official unveiling of the National Fallen Lifesavers Memorial at Coogee Beach.

The ghastly weather and pouring rain could not keep us away. Together, we all joined to remember those Australian surf lifesavers who gave their lives in war and armed conflict, and we went about unveiling this memorial.

I was a member of the Fallen Lifesavers Trust that commissioned the memorial and actively oversaw its development. What was so humbling to learn was that during the past century, thousands of surf lifesavers from across the country have enlisted themselves in war or armed conflict – fighting to protect Australia and her interests, so that we could enjoy the freedoms we hold so dear today.

This memorial represents and honours their legacy, on our beaches, and on the many foreign shores they have served.

We learnt that the enlisting of surf lifesavers in the Australian armed forces made surf lifesaving on overseas beaches part of the war experience for so many.

Surf lifesavers patrolled beaches in war zones, and saw the training of hundreds of international soldiers in Australian surf lifesaving methods.

These are moments in time that changed the course of history for so many. They were moments that ensured the Australian Surf Lifesaver was an internationally respected icon - an icon that deserves to be remembered, thanked and honoured.

I am so proud to say that I was there with the community and that I was part of a special moment in our local and national history. Remembering these brave men is the very least we can do. Coogee Beach will forever be a symbol of their contribution.

·    CBD and South East Light Rail Project to Kingsford and Randwick

In June 2014, I was delighted to welcome the infrastructure approval for the CBD and South East Light Rail project.

Having been a Councillor for the past 10 years and serving as Mayor twice, I know we've been working hard lobbying to bring light rail to Randwick for a long time, so it was very satisfying to see the State Government recognise the benefit that light rail will bring to our City.

I worked closely with the Councillors, Council staff and Transport for NSW to develop Council’s own comprehensive support package, where we plan to invest up to $68 million to address key public domain improvements including parking in town centres.

After months of further negotiation I was also able to ensure that the Development Agreement between Council and TfNSW addresses areas of community concern about the project and secures some significant wins for Randwick City residents and businesses. These include:

·    support from TfNSW to return 100-120 parking spots on Anzac Parade, Kensington

·    the opportunity to acquire land to build a car park in Rainbow Street, Kingsford

·    preventing heavy maintenance at the stabling facility on Doncaster Avenue, Kensington

·    high quality urban design outcomes which enhance our public spaces and streetscapes

·    agreement to consult an independent arborist before the removal of any contentious trees or tree limbs;

·    agreement from TfNSW to modify the planning approval for the light rail project to reflect Council's alternative location for the Randwick interchange should it be demonstrated to TfNSW that such an alternative is feasible;

·    defining the cleaning, maintenance and graffiti removal obligations of TfNSW;

·    ensuring that TfNSW provides for the future proofing of Council assets such as storm water pipes and drainage;

The Development Agreement was signed last night. Signing this agreement helps us make a great project even better for our local residents, businesses and the thousands who travel to the Prince of Wales hospital complex, the University of NSW and the surrounding education precinct, as well as Royal Randwick Racecourse and Centennial Parklands.

Bringing light rail to Randwick City will transform our public transport system and bring considerable benefits to our area. It will create up to 700 jobs as a direct result of construction, and it will support the growth of thousands of jobs in education, health and research in Randwick City.

·    Website project – www.randwick.nsw.gov.au just got super!

One of my goals when I was Mayor in 2012 and again this time around was to enhance the services we offer our residents online.

I set a vision that Council provide the capability for any resident, business owner or visitor to engage with Council without the need to come into a Council office, if they so choose. Well, in August this year, this became a reality – www.randwick.nsw.gov.au received a significant makeover and is now a leading local government website.

With beautiful imagery and features such as daily lifeguard reports, live beach cameras, space to promote community events and interactive mapping tools that let you explore your neighborhood’s parks, beaches, and playgrounds, www.randwick.nsw.gov.au really has it all. I am immensely proud of the work that has gone into it and I know it now offers us the capacity to do even more in the future.

·    Budget 2014-15

Randwick City Council is widely recognised as a leading local government organisation, with a balanced annual budget of $158 million (2014/15), it is financially strong, sustainable and debt-free.

This year’s budget continues our tradition of delivering high quality services with no borrowings, a balanced budget and a maintained record spend of $32 million on capital works projects.

While some other councils struggle financially due to ever growing asset maintenance backlogs, Randwick City remains in a strong position thanks to the disciplined financial approach we’ve taken over a number of years.

Our $32 million capital works program demonstrates our commitment to continually improving the Randwick City area. The program includes:

·    construction of new public toilets, showers and change-rooms at Coogee Beach

·    upgrading the Coogee Bay Road streetscape and installing underground power lines.   

·    an all-abilities playground at Chifley Sports Reserve

·    refurbishment and extension of an amenities block located in the southern part of Heffron Park, Maroubra

·    further planning and extension of the Coastal Walkway

·    upgrade of changeroom, toilets and showers at Mahon Pool, Maroubra

We’ll also be spending a record $10 million on roads, footpaths, bus stop upgrades, constructing pram ramps and improving cycling facilities across the entire LGA.

·    Sustaining our City

When I was elected to Randwick City Council in 2004, one of the first major decisions I and other Councillors made was to support the introduction of a new five year ‘Sustaining Our City’ program which included a range of environmental initiatives, projects and programs. In 2009, Council supported the continuation of the program for a further five years to the end of June 2014. This year, as Mayor, I was pleased to include the $20.37 million program again in Council’s budgets over the next five years, starting with this current budget.

Our ‘Sustaining Our City’ program has been an overwhelming success, and it’s very popular with local residents.  We’re saving 500 million litres of water and almost $1 million in water charges each year. 

Almost 7,000 ratepayers took part in our community consultation with a majority supporting the continuation of the levy. 

The program has helped Council deliver award-winning programs across Randwick City including upgrades to the Coastal Walkway in Coogee, Maroubra, La Perouse and Clovelly, solar panels on community buildings, stormwater harvesting in local parks, innovative technologies to improve water quality at our beaches, the annual Eco-Living Fair and environmental programs in local schools.

The extension of this program means projects such as the installation of gross pollutant traps to capture pollution before it enters the ocean, the completion of future stages of the popular Coastal Walkway, community education programs and cycleway upgrades are all secure and well underway.

Events and activities

One of the best parts of being Mayor of Randwick is having the privilege to attend many popular annual events, cultural events, community events, and this past 12 months has been no exception.

Our community and residents passionately celebrate success; we join together to mourn loss and sadness; and we rejoice the holiday season in style. I am pleased this Council places so much emphasis on achieving our vision of ‘a sense of community’.  Here is a snapshot of some of these events.

Grand opening of the Des Renford Leisure Centre (DRLC) with Renford family -  7 October 2013

 

White Ribbon Walk – 25 November 2013

 

Coogee Carols – December 2013

 

Bali Memorial service – 12 October 2013

 

Australia Day Citizenship ceremony

26 January 2014

Junk Jukebox Beach litter campaign launch with Waverley Council – January 2014

 

Grand opening of Matraville Shopping Centre

 

Presenting Rainbow Street Public School with a water savings grant

 

The Spot Festival – 17 March 2014

 

Fallen Lifesavers Memorial unveiling – Premier Mike Baird and Her Excellency Professor The Honourable Marie Bashir AC CVO- 27 April 2014

 

Boer War plaque unveiling - Her Excellency Professor The Honourable Marie Bashir AC CVO and Member for Coogee Bruce Notley-Smith – 25 May 2014

 

Sea of Hands exhibit to mark the start of National Reconciliation Week – 26 May 2014. With Adam Goodes and Her Excellency Professor The Honourable Marie Bashir AC CVO

Launch of the new Council waste collection fleet

 

 

Dementia Friendly Communities Program launch – Alzheimer's Australia President, Ita Buttrose

 

Randwick City Volunteers thank you morning tea

 

Waste Grant funding announcement – The Honourable Rob Stokes, Minister Environment and Heritage and Bruce Notley-Smith, Member for Coogee

 

Unveiling of the restored Kingsford-Smith Mural – 27 July 2014

 

Opening of Frank Doyle Playground, Randwick with Randwick Public School year six class

 

 

Opening Clovelly outdoor gym with a local fitness group

Launch of “Turfwar” between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Sydney Roosters on where the supporter boundaries are. 

 

Conclusion

 

Having served as Mayor for two years and as a Councillor for 10 years, I understand the important contribution that local government makes to local communities. I believe it is critical that we strengthen and enhance local government so that it continues to be an effective provider of local services and adequately represents the interests of the community. I look forward to further contributing to this important issue.

I will now return to full time legal practice and will continue to serve as a Randwick City Councillor.

I would once again like to thank my Councillor colleagues and the Council staff for their ongoing support and I look forward to seeing more great things from this Council in the years to come.

Recommendation

 

That this Mayoral Minute be received and noted.

 

Attachment/s:

 

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Twitter Report - Mayor Scott Nash: September 2013 - September 2014 INCLUDED UNDER SEPARATE COVER

 

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All media coverage - Mayor Scott Nash: September 2013 - September 2014

INCLUDED UNDER SEPARATE COVER

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                            30 September 2014

 

 

Mayoral Minute No. MM82/14

 

 

Subject:                  NRL Grand Final live site at Coogee Beach

Folder No:                   F2010/00282

Author:                   Councillor Nash, Mayor      

 

Introduction

 

This Sunday 5 October 2014 at 7.15pm the South Sydney Rabbitohs play the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in the 2014 NRL Grand Final.

 

This will be the first time in 43 years that the Rabbitohs have made a grand final and it will be a momentous occasion in the history of the club and for the hundreds of thousands of fans.

 

This will be one of the biggest single sporting events to occur in Randwick City and I believe it is appropriate that Randwick City Council contribute to the sense of community that this occasion will provide.

 

Issues

 

Randwick City has a proud association with Souths and we have supported them through thick and thin for many years.

 

140 Rabbitohs banners are currently proudly flying throughout Randwick City at Coogee Beach, Kensington, Kingsford, Maroubra Junction, Maroubra Beach and Matraville. We also have two Rabbitohs banners on Randwick Town Hall. The recent “Turf War”, which featured in a Channel 7 report by Adam Walters, really  brought out the passions of local supporters, including Russell Crowe himself.

 

Council’s Mayoral Column in the Southern Courier this week was even turned red and green! 

 

We have an official partnership with Souths Cares who provide a range of mentoring and positive role model programs for young people from schools in the southern part of Randwick City.

 

Should the Rabbitohs win the grand final, the celebrations will be something this City has not witnessed in a long time.

 

Tickets to the NRL grand final at Homebush have sold out and I understand the live site at Redfern Oval is restricted to Souths members.

 

I have been approached by some members of the public, as well as the Deputy Mayor Councillor Andrews and Councillor Bowen, to consider hosting a free live site in Randwick City for local families to gather in a fun and safe environment to watch the match and to create fond memories of an occasion that will go down in the history books.

 

Randwick City Council staff have developed a proposal for a free live site in Goldstein Reserve at Coogee Beach in partnership with Botany Bay City Council.

 

The proposal includes a large outdoor screen located in the northern part of Goldstein Reserve, Coogee which will broadcast the NRL finals coverage live from about 1.30pm and the grand final match live from 7.15pm. It will be a free event open to anyone who wants to attend. It will be a relaxed and fun environment for locals, fans and families to take part in this event.

 

The Eastern Beaches Local Area Command has given their indicative support for the event on the basis that the event site is an alcohol free site.

 

The event is proposed as a joint venture with Botany Bay City Council on the basis they contribute $20,000 towards the cost of the big screen and infrastructure.

 

I also propose that both Randwick City Council and Botany Bay City Council each appoint an official charity partner for the event who will be able to use the event to raise much needed funds.  Having recently met with representatives to discuss the various fantastic initiatives and programs they run for Aboriginal youth in our local area, I have approached the La Perouse Youth Haven to see whether they would wish to be Randwick City Council’s official charity partner.

 

Relationship to City Plan

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome 5: Excellence in recreation and lifestyle opportunities

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

 

Financial impact statement

 

The estimated cost to bring in a 9mx5m screen including generators, AV equipment and staff, tech support marquee, satellite link, installation and removal is the order of $40,000. With the contribution from Botany Bay Council of $20,000, this cost to Randwick City Council will be reduced to $20,000 which will be funded from Council’s contingency fund. There will also be additional costs such as rubbish removal, first aid and security.

 

Conclusion

 

A live site at Coogee Beach for the NRL grand final will provide a wonderful location for the communities of Randwick City and Botany Bay to gather to witness this momentous occasion, and at the same time it is hoped that a local charity could benefit from the crowds that would likely gather at Goldstein Reserve.

 

Recommendation

 

That Council:

 

1)     Proceed with an NRL grand final live site at Coogee Beach jointly presented by Randwick City Council and Botany Bay City Council;

2)     Accept Botany Bay City Council’s contribution of $20,000 towards the event;

3)     Declare Goldstein Reserve, Coogee to be alcohol free for the 24 hour period of Sunday 5 October 2014, and install appropriate temporary signage; and

4)     Delegate to the Acting General Manager the power to appoint an appropriate local charity partner for this event.

 

Attachment/s:

 

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