Community Services Committee














Tuesday 14 October 2014










Administrative Centre 30 Frances Street Randwick 2031

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Community Services Committee                                                                          14 October 2014














Community Services Committee


Notice is hereby given that a Community Services Committee of the Council of the City of Randwick will be held in the Council Chamber, First Floor, 90 Avoca Street, Randwick on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 at 6:00pm.



Committee Members:          The Mayor (T Seng), Andrews, Belleli, Bowen, D’Souza, Garcia, Matson (Deputy Chairperson), Moore, Nash, Neilson, Roberts, Shurey (Chairperson), Smith, Stavrinos & Stevenson


Quorum:                           Eight (8) members


NOTE:    At the Extraordinary Meeting held on 28 September 2004, the Council resolved that the Community Services 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  

Community Services Committee - 9 September 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

Community Services Report

C10/14      Advisory Committee Minutes ................................................................ 1

Library Reports


Notice of Rescission Motions






Sima Truuvert

acting General Manager

Community Services Committee                                                                          14 October 2014



Community Services Report No. C10/14



Subject:                  Advisory Committee Minutes

Folder No:                   F2006/00216

Author:                   Teresa Mok, Manager Community Planning & Development      




At the 10 March 2009 Community Services Committee Meeting, it was resolved that the minutes of the Advisory Committees are to be presented to the Community Services Committee.  This report brings together, for Council’s acceptance, the minutes of previous meetings adopted by the respective Advisory Committees.




As scheduled, the Advisory Committees (listed below) have met and the minutes of the meeting, which reflect discussions and outcomes, are attached.


The minutes will also be available on Council’s website after each meeting. This report includes minutes from:


·           Older Persons Advisory Committee – July 2014 (endorsed 3 September 2014)

·           Aboriginal Advisory Committee – April 2014 (endorsed 6 August 2014)


It should be noted that the Aboriginal Advisory Committee meeting scheduled for June 2014 was not held due to sorry business (associated with the passing of a local community member). 


Relationship to City Plan


The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:


The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:


Outcome:  An informed and Engaged Community.

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


Financial impact statement


There is no direct financial impact for this matter.




The minutes of this Advisory Committee Meetings are now in order and are submitted to Council for acknowledgement and acceptance.



That the Council acknowledges and accepts the following Advisory Committee Minutes:


·           Aboriginal Advisory Committee – April 2014 (endorsed 6 August 2014)

·           Older Persons Advisory Committee – July 2014 (endorsed 3 September 2014)




Aboriginal Advisory Committee - April 2014 - Endorsed August 2014



Older Persons Advisory Committee - July 2014 - Endorsed Sept 2014





Aboriginal Advisory Committee - April 2014 - Endorsed August 2014

Attachment 1





Randwick City Council Aboriginal Advisory Committee

 Meeting 10.00am, 4 April 2014

Yarra Bay House, La Perouse



Cr Noel D’Souza – Randwick City Council

Susan Bryant – Community member

Melodie Gibson – Vibe Australia

Robyn Murphy - ADAHC

Sharron Smith – Randwick City Council (Minutes)



Guest:      Cr Christina Curry – Botany Bay Council





Apologies:Carrine Liddell – La Perouse LALC

               Dean Kelly – NPWS

               Peter Cooley – Koori Communications

               Adrian Hansen – Aboriginal Affairs NSW


1.      Confirmation of Minutes


Previous minutes and outcomes discussed and noted.


Proposed:      Susan Bryant                    Seconded:  Robyn Murphy


2.      Business arising from previous Minutes


                2.1       NAIDOC Week 2014:


A NAIDOC meeting was held with Community Groups and the following events have been marked for NAIDOC 2014. 

·      Wednesday 25 June – La Perouse Public School    9:30am – 11:30 am

·      Sunday 6 July – Indigenous Community Links Football Cup (TBC)

·      Monday 7 July – LPLALC hosting morning tea

·      Tuesday 8 July – NCIE Elders Lunch

·      Wednesday 9  July – Guriwal Elders Lunch

·      Thursday 10 July – POWH ‘Serving Country’ NAIDOC

·      Thursday 10 July – NAIDOC Café  Anglicare

·      Friday 11 July -  La Pa Bummers Disco

·      Saturday 12 July – Walla Mulla Family Day


Action: Sharron to update events via email


                2.2       Memorial to Stolen Generations from La Perouse:


        Carrine and RCC to plan Stage 1 of project which will be to develop an EOI from the RCC resolution.  EOI will be sent out to La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council members and the local community for comment.


Action: Sharron to provide copy of resolution to group.       


2.3      Botany Bay Council – Cr Christina Curry:


Cr Curry informed the committee of a position at Botany Council for a part-time Aboriginal Community Development officer. The position will be advertised in May through their website, The Southern Courier and the Koori Mail. Cr Curry will send advertisement to Sharron to promote through the Community email network.

Ct Curry has stated that Botany Bay Council is keen to promote Indigenous events in the Community as well as developing strong connections in community with Aboriginal  

  residents and organisations.


Action:  BBC to send job position description to Sharron to promote through Network.   


2.5           Robyn Murphy – Community Member


Robyn informed the committee of a new Residents Group commencing at Duffy’s corner. The group will meet on a monthly basis to discuss Housing/Community issues. The group will meet on a Friday afternoon at the Cottage and coincide with the Youth off The Streets Outreach therefore the young people can attend Outreach and parents can attend the Residents Group. Randwick City Council will supply tea/coffee etc.


Action: Sharron to organise catering supplies.


2.6    Reconciliation Week


 Randwick City Council discussed the Sea of Hands Exhibition on Bare Island for Reconciliation Week 2014.  ANTAR has loaned RCC 12,500 exhibition hands to be place on Bare Island for the duration of Reconciliation Week. The design will be installed over the weekend with a launch organised for Monday 26 May. The Hon Marie Bashir and Adam Goodes will attend this event. RCC have commissioned Jordan Ardler to design the artwork for this installation. 


     4.  General Business


4.1    :Discussion was held around the Eastern Beaches Police’s advertisement for the Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer position.  Sharron will contact EBLAC for progress on this Position.


Action: Sharron to update Committee of progress.


Next Meeting:  6 June 2014


Older Persons Advisory Committee - July 2014 - Endorsed Sept 2014

Attachment 2




Randwick City Council

Older Persons Advisory Committee

Meeting held on Wednesday 2 July 2014, Randwick Room




Frida Kitas                      Randwick City Council

Cr. Kathy Neilson            Randwick City Council

Lee Barwick                    Coast Centre for Seniors

George Gergerly             Community Representative

Leonie Pearce                 Eastern Sydney Medicare Local

Sue Mayerhofer              WAVES/Community Representative

Ron Wood                              National Seniors – Randwick Botany Branch



Cr. Noel D’Souza             Randwick City Council

Linda Mearing                 Coast Centre for Seniors

Bille King                        Community Representative

Sue Alllen                               Probus Club of Maroubra Bay Inc

Megan Bowyer                Junction Neighbourhood Centre

Ben Whitehorn                       Randwick Waverley Community Transport

Mike Cornell                   National Seniors – Randwick Botany Branch


3.    Minutes

The minutes of the meetings held on 4 June were confirmed.


4.    Business Arising from Minutes


4.1    SAFE TALK – Suicide Prevention Training

RCC in partnership with Carers NSW will host SAFE Talk – Suicide Prevention Awareness Training session at Bowen Library and Community Centre on Saturday 16 August from 11.30am to 3pm.  This free half day training aims to increase suicide awareness and teach participants to recognise when someone may have suicidal thoughts and how to respond in ways that will link them to further help.  Participants will learn the basic TALK steps – Tell, Ask, Listen and Keep Safe.  The seminar is designed for family members, carers and supporters of people with a mental illness who live in the Randwick and Botany Local Government areas.


Action:  Frida Kitas to circulate flyers and posters to members.


4.2  Depression Seminar

Randwick Council in partnership with Carers NSW will present Let’s Talk about Depression on Saturday 19 July from 11am to 3pm at Randwick Town Hall.  This free seminar is for people supporting someone who may be experiencing depression.  The seminar will explore: recognising the signs and symptoms of depression, how to help someone who is feeling depressed, treatment options, the impact of depression on friends and family and what it means to be a carer of someone with a mental illness.  Flyers and posters tabled.


Action:  For information.


4.3  Community Mental Health Forum

RCC will host a Community Mental Health Forum on Wednesday 23 July at the Randwick Town Hall from 7pm to 9pm.  The forum aims to raise awareness and understanding about mental health issues in the broader community.  Keynote speakers include Rob Ramjan AM, CEO Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW, John Malone, CEO Aftercare, Sheree James and Terry Cayley, Eastern Sydney Medicare Local.  They will speak about local support services and new mental health programs.  The Forum will include a special appearance by former professional rugby league footballer Andrew “Bobcat” Ryan and acclaimed actress Susie Porter will be a guest speaker.  The forum is for people with a mental illness, supporters of people with a mental illness, service providers and anyone with an interest in mental health issues. Flyers and posters tabled.


Action:  For information.


4.4  Access issues – Woolworths and Coles Randwick

Frida Kitas advised the Committee that Woolworths are now providing smaller trolleys in all of their stores in response to Mrs Mary Julian’s request to improve access for the aged and people with mobility impairments.  In addition the body corporate of Randwick Plaza Shopping Centre have installed a handrail along the access ramp from the car park to the centre plaza to further enhance access.  The body corporate are also investigating the possibility of increasing the width of two of their disability parking spaces in the car park to better accommodate the needs of wheelchair users.


Action:  Frida Kitas to provide additional updates at future meetings.


4.5    Little Bay Neighbour Day

To celebrate Local Government Week, RCC will host the Little Bay Neighbour Day at the Prince Henry Centre on Sunday 3 August from 10am to 3pm. The purpose of the Neighbour Day is to provide residents with the opportunity to connect with their local community and learn more about Council services and support programs.  This free local community event will include a range of activities where families and children of all ages can participate and discover more about the jewel that is Little Bay. The Little Bay Neighbour Day is free and no bookings are required. 


Action: Frida Kitas to circulate flyers and posters to Committee members.


5. General Business


5.1    Parking issues – Matraville

Ron raised the issue of the abuse of the accessible parking spaces at the Baird Avenue car park at Matraville.  Residents and visitors are parking in the gap between the two accessible parking spaces, making it difficult for people with mobility impairments to safely open their car doors and exit their vehicles.  Ron requested that the Council rangers patrol this area more frequently and enforce compliance.


Action: Cr.Neilson to liaise with the Rangers in regards to this request and provide an update at the next OPAC meeting.

6.  Guest Speakers: Marie Le Bechennec, Carer program SESLHD

Marie Le Bechennec provided an overview of the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD) Carer program, including Carers in Health. The NSW Carers (Recognition) Act & Charter recognises the significant economic and social contribution of carers.  The Carers (Recognition) Act & Carers Charter has been implemented across the local health district to increase recognition and identification of carers within health, support staff and carers through increased access to information and services, include carers in health-planning, treatment etc and consider the needs of our working carers and how to support them. 


It is estimated that 12% of health staff have a caring role (underestimated considering higher numbers of woman, nurse/medical background etc). The NSW Carers Action Plan 2007-2012 also clearly identifies responsibilities for Area Health Services in particular about implementing the strategies it outlines. Carers also provide support and assistance for patients on discharge from health care facilities, reducing the length of time patients remain in hospital.  Their ongoing provision of care prevents costly readmissions to an overburdened health system.


The Supporting SESLHD Staff who are Working Carers Project has been developed to assist SESLHD consider the needs of working carers.  The project will review existing strategies to support working carers and to identify opportunities to develop these, taking into consideration the needs of the organisation and individual.  In addition, the NSW Carers Advisory Council are seeking application for membership.  Carers from all walks of life are encouraged to apply. Nominations for the NSW Carers Awards also close on 30 June.


Action:  Frida to email Committee members application forms for the NSW Carers Awards and members details for the NSW Carers Advisory Committee.


7   Information Share Members provided an update on their respective services and support programs. Brochures and flyers tabled.


Date of Next Meeting: Wednesday 3 September 2014.