Environment Committee Meeting

 

  BUSINESS PAPER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 11 November 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


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Environment Committee                                                                                  11 November 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Environment Committee Meeting

 

Notice is hereby given that an Environment 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, 11 November 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 22 May 2007, the Council resolved that the Environment 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  

Environment Committee Meeting - 14 October 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 69 of Council’s Code of Meeting Practice.

Urgent Business

Environment Reports

E26/14      Proposal for the "Walk it Off" campaign for Kensington and Kingsford business precincts....................................................................................................... 1

E27/14      Supporting UNSW's crayweed protection and restoration project along Randwick's coastline............................................................................................ 5    

Notice of Rescission Motions

Nil  

 

 

 

 

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Ray Brownlee

General Manager


Environment Committee                                                                                  11 November 2014

 

 

Environment Report No. E26/14

 

 

Subject:                  Proposal for the "Walk it Off" campaign for Kensington and Kingsford business precincts

Folder No:                   F2009/00507

Author:                   Peter Maganov, Manager Sustainability      

 

Introduction

 

In 2010, Council implemented a local campaign aimed at linking local residents to their local cafes and restaurants. The campaign, was funded at the time by an external grant provided to Council from the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) as part of a sustainable transport program coordinated at the time between staff from Integrated Transport and Sustainability.

 

The campaign, known as “Walk it off” trialed a reward program to encourage local residents to reduce their car use and walk or cycle to their favourite cafes or restaurants around Kingsford and Kensington. Rewards cards were delivered to residents and stamped by participating cafes and restaurants each time they were visited. Each completed rewards card was returned to Council with participating residents going into the draw for a number of prizes.

 

This paper seeks Council approval to reactivate the “Walk it off” program for the Kingsford/Kensington Town Centres as part of Council’s ongoing environmental levy program.

 

Issues

 

In 2010, the NSW EPA worked with Randwick on a number of sustainable transport initiatives through a one-off grant provided to Council. The program enabled a dedicated sustainable transport officer to work on community projects aimed at encouraging wider take-up of cycling, walking and the use of public transport.

 

One of the initiatives conducted on a trial basis, was the “Walk it Off” campaign, primarily aimed at rewarding residents who reduced their car use by cycling or walking to their local cafes or restaurants. This was a short term campaign activated around the Kensington/Kingsford Town Centres supported at the time by the local Chambers of Commerce.

 

It is proposed to reactivate the “Walk it Off” campaign through Council’s environmental levy program. The purpose of “Walk it Off” is to encourage local residents to reduce short distance car use and consider cycling, walking or taking public transport to their local cafes or restaurants. The campaign contributes to wider community health and well-being outcomes alongside environmental benefits.

 

“Walk it Off” would be planned as a small scale initiative from the start of the 2015 year continuing through to World Environment month in June 2015. Due to the time difference since it was last conducted, the campaign would continue on a small scale basis for residents within walking distance of the Kensington / Kingsford precincts. This approach works well within the Kensington / Kingsford Centres as much of the patronage relies on local residents and students living locally and within proximity of the University of New South Wales. Input to the program’s planning and delivery would come from Sustainability, Economic Development, Integrated Transport and Communications staff.

 

While a reward card would still be deployed it may be feasible to apply an option for electronic processing of visits to local cafes and restaurants.  All participants would be required to register with Council and complete a short survey at the commencement and completion of the campaign to collect relevant information on the level of car use made or avoided in their visits to cafes and restaurants.

 

As in the previous campaign, prizes on offer would relate primarily to vouchers to dine at their favourite participating café or restaurant. These would be offered on a monthly basis to keep participating residents motivated and engage new residents and cafes and restaurants to the campaign over the four or five month period from February to June. Approximately 5 x $50 vouchers to dine at participating restaurants would be drawn each month with a major dining out prize offered at the end of the campaign.

 

An evaluation of the “Walk it Off” campaign would be reported to Council to advise on it’s possible continuation or broadening out to other town centres. 

 

Relationship to City Plan

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome 9:       Integrated and accessible transport.

Direction 9(b):   The community is informed, educated and encouraged to use sustainable transport.

Outcome 10:      A healthy environment.      
Direction 10(b):  Council is a leader in fostering environmentally sustainable practices.

 

Financial impact statement

 

In order to investigate the application of electronic registration in cafes and restaurants and deployment of a rewards card for participants, an amount of $9,800 would be allocated from the walking and cycling budget of the environmental levy program.

 

Conclusion

 

The new “Walk it Off” campaign combines positive and beneficial outcomes relating to individual well-being, environmental measures and shopping (eating) locally so the initiative reflects the full range of economic, social and environmental benefits for our community. While it was undertaken previously with the Sustainable Transport officer engaged via an external grant, the current initiative would be trialed through the continuation of the environmental levy program with an evaluation report prepared advising on the feasibility of a wider roll-out beyond the campaign proposed from February to June 2015.

 

Recommendation

 

That Council:

 

a)     Approves the planning and delivery of a new “Walk it Off” campaign for residents in proximity of the Kensington/Kingsford business precincts;

 

b)     Endorses “Walk it Off” as a small-scale campaign to reward residents who reduce their car use and walk, cycle or take public transport to their local cafes and restaurants between February and June 2015; and

 

c)     Approves an amount of $9,800 to be allocated to the “Walk it Off” campaign from the environmental levy budget, particularly for the deployment of a rewards card and possible electronic registration of visits to cafes and restaurants.

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil

 

 


Environment Committee                                                                                  11 November 2014

 

 

Environment Report No. E27/14

 

 

Subject:                  Supporting UNSW's crayweed protection and restoration project along Randwick's coastline

Folder No:                   F2005/00504

Author:                   Peter Maganov, Manager Sustainability      

 

Introduction

 

Seeking Council approval to support an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage grant by UNSW aimed at protecting and restoring seaweed forests along the Randwick coastline.

 

Issues

 

Universities around Australia are able to apply for partnership funding to the Australian Research Council on an annual basis. The University of New South Wales (UNSW) has written to Council seeking support of an ARC Linkage grant which aims to improve the understanding and restoration of depleted seaweed forests along the Randwick coastline. This project would be carried out by the UNSW’s School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences.

 

The Australian Research Council generally places a higher preference and support of projects demonstrating community and industry partnership for the research to be carried out. Funding can be financial and in-kind and are mostly spread over the 3 year duration of the funding provided.

 

Seaweed forests, including crayweed, were previously abundant along the Randwick coastline, particularly in our small bays and inlets. Surveys carried out have established the severe decline of crayweed from as far as the Northern beaches, along the central coastal environment of Sydney, to Cronulla in the south. Much of the loss has occurred from the ongoing pressures of increased urbanisation and poor water quality conditions along the coast. These seaweed forests provide important habitat and nursery environments for a range of marine creatures at various stages of their life cycles.

 

The research and restoration involved in this project involves divers from local dive organisations, the University and a number of local volunteers, each certified to participate in the monitoring and transplanting of crayweed at various locations. To date, the research and restoration is focussed on four key locations along the Randwick coastline, including Long Bay, Little Bay, Cape Banks and Bare Island.

 

As well as research and monitoring, the project involves transplanting healthy populations of crayweed into these locations and improving these populations with additional transplanting over time whilst monitoring the conditions surrounding their survival or decline. The work underway will be published and presented in a number of scientific conference papers and journals (some previous media is attached for information).

 

It is proposed to provide partnership support to the UNSW ARC Linkage application in the form of $3,000 per year of financial support for 3 years and $1,000 per year of in-kind support. The in-kind assistance would be provided as community information sessions and presentations on the details of the project, held during Council’s annual marine and coastal activities.

Relationship to City Plan

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome 3:       An informed and engaged community.

Direction 3(c):    A community involved in shaping and enhancing our City.

Outcome 10:      A healthy environment.

Direction 10(c):  Land use planning and management enhances and protects biodiversity and natural heritage.

 

Financial impact statement

 

That a total of $9,000 of financial support and $3,000 of in-kind support be provided to support UNSW’s crayweed protection and restoration project along the Randwick coastline. The in-kind support will primarily be in the form of community presentations and information sessions supported by Council.

 

This funding is from the biodiversity budget of the environmental levy program and is subject to the project’s successful funding application to the Australian Research Council.

 

Conclusion

 

Randwick’s coastal and marine environment is a key feature of the unique experience enjoyed by residents and visitors alike, all within close proximity of Australia’s largest city and arguably one of the most spectacular harbour environments.

 

Council’s support of this crayweed protection and restoration project with UNSW provides a small but useful contribution to the future of our marine and coastal environment for future generations.

 

Recommendation

 

That Council:

 

a)     Notes the serious decline of seaweed forests, including crayweed, along the Sydney coastline;

 

b)     Supports an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant application by the UNSW aimed at increasing the understanding, protection and restoration of crayweed along the Randwick coastal area;

 

c)     Approves a financial contribution of $3,000 per year and $1,000 per year of in-kind assistance, for 3 years, subject to approval of the funding by the Australian Research Council.

 

Attachment/s:

 

1.View

Media Release UNSW - Crayweed Restoration Project

 

2.View

Media follow-up UNSW - Craywood Restoration Project

 

 

 

 


Media Release UNSW - Crayweed Restoration Project

Attachment 1

 

 



Media follow-up UNSW - Craywood Restoration Project

Attachment 2