Works Committee Meeting

 

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Tuesday 12 May 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Administrative Centre 30 Frances Street Randwick 2031

Telephone: 1300 722 542

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Works Committee                                                                                                       12 May 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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 May 2015 at 6:00pm

 

 

Committee Members:         The Mayor T Seng, Andrews, Belleli, Bowen, D’Souza (Deputy Chairperson), Garcia, Matson, Moore, Nash, Neilson, Roberts (Chairperson), Shurey, Smith, Stavrinos & 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 - 14 April 2015

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

Works Reports

W13/15    Tree Removal - Outside 29 Ritchard Avenue, Coogee.............. 1

W14/15    Commemoration of Martin Joseph "Paddy" Bastic OAM.......... 15    

Notice of Rescission Motions

Nil  

 

 

 

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Ray Brownlee

General Manager


Works Committee                                                                                                       12 May 2015

 

 

Works Report No. W13/15

 

 

Subject:                  Tree Removal - Outside 29 Ritchard Avenue, Coogee

Folder No:               F2004/07359

Author:                    Bryan Bourke, Tree Management Officer      

 

Introduction

 

The owner of 29 Ritchard Avenue, Coogee, logged a service request with Council on 14 October 2014 regarding ongoing damage being caused to his property and adjacent public infrastructure by the roots of a mature Council owned Ficus ‘Hillii’ (Hill’s Weeping fig) street tree.

 

Issues

 

Subsequent to this service request being logged, a work instruction was issued to Council’s Road Services department to remove the damaged footpath immediately adjacent to where the fig tree is located to allow Council’s Tree Gang to assess the viability of tree root pruning and other management/retention options.

 

The size and amount of tree root material required to be removed was assessed as being excessive and would dramatically impact the health of the subject tree and its stability.  No root pruning was undertaken.  The removed section of footpath was reinstated in asphalt.

 

On 15 January 2015 the owner of the same property emailed Council and detailed a range of concerns and damage being caused specifically to his property, including:

 

·      structural cracking to the front brick retaining wall

·      cracking to one of the carport support columns

·      cracking of adjacent to internal gas and water services/pipes

·      a history of large branches from the subject tree dropping onto his property and onto public land

 

He also included photographs of large fig tree roots immediately adjacent to his retaining wall taken when Council was undertaking rectification works at the end of 2014. These photographs reinforce why these major structural roots were left intact and the damaged footpath reinstated in asphalt.

 

The tree has to be regularly pruned away from domestic service wires to maintain statutory clearances and branches have to be regularly pruned back because they overhang into adjacent residences with periodic failures. The stormwater pipes from the adjacent property travel directly underneath the fig tree root mass and enter the gutter just east of where the tree is located. Because of ongoing blockage and damage issues these had to be replaced in PVC plastic. The pruning of major roots was undertaken several years ago to allow the reconstruction of the driveway and crossover into the property caused by large fig tree roots.

 

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 29 Ritchard Avenue, Coogee, and its replacement with two advanced Waterhousia floribunda (Weeping Lilly Pillys) would cost in the vicinity of $6,000. The required funds would come from Council’s annual tree management budget.

 

Conclusion

 

The mature Council owned Ficus ‘Hillii’ street tree growing outside 29 Ritchard Avenue, Coogee, has important visual and habitat 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 significant 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 $14,000. It has also been calculated that the tree has a moderate 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, any further root pruning is not in any way a viable option. This is supported by the findings of Council’s Tree Gang arborists when the damaged footpath adjacent to where the tree is located was removed in December 2014. Effectively, the only practicable long-term management option is 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 would certainly have a detrimental impact on the Ritchard Avenue streetscape that would in no way be able to be realistically mitigated in the shorter term by the planting of one or two advanced replacement trees.

 

 

Recommendation

 

That the Council owned Ficus ‘Hillii’ (Hill’s Weeping fig) growing outside 29 Ritchard Avenue, Coogee, be removed and replaced with two advanced Waterhousia floribunda (Weeping Lilly Pillys) as nominated in Council’s Street Tree Masterplan.

 

 

Attachment/s:

 

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Photographs - Subject tree and its visual importance in the streetscape and the root damage being caused to both public infrastructure and private property

 

 

 

 


Photographs - Subject tree and its visual importance in the streetscape and the root damage being caused to both public infrastructure and private property

Attachment 1

 

 












Works Committee                                                                                                       12 May 2015

 

 

Works Report No. W14/15

 

 

Subject:                  Commemoration of Martin Joseph "Paddy" Bastic OAM

Folder No:               F2004/06876

Author:                    Joe Ingegneri, Manager Technical Services      

 

Introduction

 

At the Ordinary Council Meeting of 27 August 2013, Council resolved:

 

“(D’Souza/Stevenson) that the park adjacent to the Maroubra Beach car park and bounded by Marine Parade, Mons Avenue and Fitzgerald Avenue be named “Paddy Bastic OAM Park” with a naming ceremony to be organised with Paddy’s family once formal approval is complete.”

 

Issues

 

The proposal to name the park adjacent to the Maroubra Beach car park and bounded by Marine Parade, Mons Avenue and Fitzgerald Avenue “Paddy Bastic OAM Park”, was submitted to the Geographical Names Board for their consideration.

 

The proposal was considered by the Geographical Names Board at their Board Meeting held on 25 March 2014.  It was resolved to reject the proposal as the area is currently known as Broadarrow Reserve and it is a long standing name since 1977 that is well entrenched in the community.

 

The Geographical Names Board indicated that they do not support the changing of long established place names unless it is to avoid ambiguity or duplication.  The Board also advised that post-nominal letters are not to be included when naming any geographical feature.

 

To commemorate the late Mr Bastic it was determined to investigate the naming or renaming of other locations and facilities in Maroubra. Several locations were considered.  The locations and facilities that were considered to be in a prominent location and suitable to commemorate the late Mr Bastic are listed below.

 

·          Maroubra Beach Playground

·          Maroubra Pavilion 

 

The Maroubra Beach playground is located adjacent to the Maroubra Pavilion. Generally, our playgrounds are not allocated commemorative names.

 

The Maroubra Beach Pavilion is a prominent building at Maroubra Beach.  This location is in close proximity to the original nomination at Broadarrow Reserve.

The pavilion is well known to locals and visitors. It is considered that this proposal to rename the pavilion as the Paddy Bastic Pavilion is a suitable and worthy option to commemorate the late Mr Paddy Bastic OAM. The renaming of a council facility can be undertaken by Council resolution and does not require external approval.

 

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 recognised, protected and celebrated.

 

Financial impact statement

 

This funding is currently available in our operational budget.

 

Conclusion

 

The Geographical Names Board rejected the proposal to rename Broadarrow Reserve to “Paddy Bastic OAM Park”.  Consideration of alternative locations and facilities has been undertaken.  An option to rename the Maroubra Pavilion as the Paddy Bastic Pavilion is considered the most suitable option to commemorate the late Mr Bastic.

 

 

Recommendation

 

That:

 

a)     the Maroubra Pavilion be renamed the "Paddy Bastic Pavilion".

 

b)     a naming ceremony to be organised with the family of the late Mr Martin Joseph “Paddy” Bastic OAM.

 

 

Attachment/s:

 

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Letter from the Geographical Names Board regarding Paddy Bastic OAM Park proposal

 

 

 

 


Letter from the Geographical Names Board regarding Paddy Bastic OAM Park proposal

Attachment 1