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Environment Committee Meeting

 

  BUSINESS PAPER

 

 

 

Tuesday 9 February 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Administrative Centre 30 Frances Street Randwick 2031

Telephone: 1300 722 542

Fax: 02 9319 1510

 council@randwick.nsw.gov.au

www.randwick.nsw.gov.au


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Environment Committee                                                                                          9 February 2016

 

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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, 9 February 2016 at 6:00pm

 

Committee Members:         The Mayor D’ Souza, Andrews, Belleli, Bowen, Garcia, Matson (Deputy Chairperson), Moore, Nash, Neilson, Roberts, Shurey (Chairperson), Seng, 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 - 1 December 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

Environment Reports

E1/16       Greening Randwick Committee Meeting Minutes..................... 1

E2/16       Randwick's Calendar of 'Green' Events for 2016...................... 9

E3/16       Sustainability courses and workshops for Term 1, 2016......... 15

E4/16       Seeking Council endorsement of Randwick's involvement in this years Earth Hour event, Saturday March 19.......................... 17    

Notice of Rescission Motions

Nil  

 

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Ray Brownlee

General Manager


Environment Committee                                                                                          9 February 2016

 

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Environment Report No. E1/16

 

Subject:                  Greening Randwick Committee Meeting Minutes

Folder No:               F2007/00647

Author:                    Joe Ingegneri, Manager Technical Services      

 

Introduction

 

Council’s Ordinary Meeting of 24 November 2015 resolved:

 

“(Matson/Shurey) that the Greening Randwick Committee will make recommendations and report to the Environment Committee”.

 

The Minutes of the Greening Randwick Committee meeting held on 16 December 2015 are presented to the Environment Committee for information and consideration.

 

Issues

 

The Greening Randwick Committee has met and the Minutes of the meeting, which reflects discussions and outcomes, are attached.

 

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.

 

Financial impact statement

 

There is no direct financial impact for this matter.

 

Conclusion

 

The Minutes of the Greening Randwick Committee meeting held on 16 December 2015 reflect discussions and outcomes from the meeting. It is recommended that the Environment Committee acknowledge and accept the Minutes of the Greening Randwick Committee meeting as per the attached.

 

Recommendation

 

That the Minutes of the Greening Randwick Committee Meeting held on Wednesday 16 December 2015 be received and noted.

 

Attachment/s:

 

1.View

Greening Randwick Committee Meeting Minutes - 16 December 2015

 

2.View

Draft Terms of Reference

 

3.

Link to the Project Infrastructure Approval

 

 


Greening Randwick Committee Meeting Minutes - 16 December 2015

Attachment 1

 

 


 


 


Draft Terms of Reference

Attachment 2

 

 


 


 


 


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Environment Report No. E2/16

 

Subject:                  Randwick's Calendar of 'Green' Events for 2016

Folder No:               F2010/00241

Author:                    Peter Maganov, Manager Sustainability      

 

Introduction

 

Each year, Randwick Council delivers a high number of quality events and activities aimed at leading and developing the involvement of our community to become more sustainable around their home, school or workplace. These ‘green’ events are funded through Randwick’s environmental levy program and occur at different venues and locations across the City. They are coordinated with the other major events organized by Council’s Events team to ensure they support and promote these events while still promoting actions individuals can take to protect our local environment.

 

In many cases they are organized to support or reinforce the messages provided by national or international events and activities such as Earth Hour, World Environment Day, Local Government Week etc.

 

This report outlines the key events and activities being planned for the calendar year.

 

Relationship to City Plan

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome 1:       Leadership in sustainability.

Direction 1(b):  Council is a leader in the delivery of social, financial and operational activities.

Outcome 10:     A healthy environment.

Direction 1(b):  Council’s programs and partnerships foster sustainable behavioural changes and outcomes.

 

Financial impact statement

 

The range of ‘green’ events and activities are funded via the Community Education budget of the environmental levy budget. The costing for these events and activities for the year is approximately $197,200 although a number have been previously approved for funding by Council including the annual Eco Living Fair, Marine and Coastal Discovery Program, School Grants and Funding and National Garage Sale Trail.

 

Conclusion

 

A major part of Council’s sustainability efforts include the development of the community’s capacity to respond and decide for themselves on the appropriate actions or behavioural changes they can take in their homes, around their gardens, at local parks and beaches, at school or at individual workplaces. The ‘green’ calendar of events and activities contributes substantially to communicating important environmental messages and the opportunities individuals can make to conserve resources and create a more sustainable environment into the future.

 

 

 

Recommendation

 

That Council notes and endorses the comprehensive range of ‘green’ events and activities delivered for the Randwick community.

 

 

Attachment/s:

 

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Randwick's Green Events Calendar - 2016

 

 

 

 


Randwick's Green Events Calendar - 2016

Attachment 1

 

 

 

 


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Environment Report No. E3/16

 

Subject:                  Sustainability courses and workshops for Term 1, 2016

Folder No:               F2010/00241

Author:                    Fiona Campbell, Sustainability Education Officer      

 

Introduction

 

Randwick Council’s Sustaining our City initiative, funded via the environmental levy program, provides a comprehensive range of environmental education workshops and courses for our residents and wider community. These courses and training aim to provide residents of various age groups and previous levels of experience with a range of skills and confidence in responding to sustainability issues and concerns around the home, school and workplace.

 

This paper outlines Term 1 educational courses and workshops being provided for the community covering a range of sustainability issues and topics.

 

Issues

 

Many of the various workshops and courses and other sustainability events and activities run by Randwick Council are keenly sought out by residents, local teachers and parents of our schools as well as individuals seeking to increase their understanding of and living more sustainable lifestyles.

 

The popularity of these workshop and courses has resulted in their promotion and booking being carried out primarily via the City East Community College. The City East College enables website bookings as well as distributes course outlines to all homes. Due to the long history and following of the Randwick sustainability workshop program, many courses are booked out well in advance.

 

Term 1 Sustainability courses and workshops:

Workshop/Course/Activity

Duration

Location

Starting from

 

Gardening on the Wild Side

 

6 sessions

 

Randwick Community Centre

 

Feb 12

 

Sustainable Living course (Living Smart)

 

6 sessions

 

Various locations

 

Feb 13

 

Reinvigorate your Community Group

 

1 session

 

Randwick Community Centre

 

Feb 13

 

Urban bee-keeping

 

1 session

 

Randwick Community Centre

 

Mar 2

 

Creating Eco schools (parents & teachers)

 

6 sessions

 

 

Various locations

 

Feb 17

Composting and Worm farming

2 sessions

Barrett House

Mar 5,

Apr 3

Bike maintenance

3 sessions

Randwick Community Centre

Feb 20,

Mar 19, Apr 16

Seed saving (harvesting, storing and germinating seed)

1 session

Randwick Community Centre

Apr 6

 

Perma bees garden volunteers (3rd Saturday of the month)

 

2.30-5pm

 

Randwick Community Centre

 

Feb 20 & Mar 19

 

Eco Heroes Club (5 – 8 year olds) (also 3rd Saturday of the month)

 

2.30-4pm

 

Randwick Community Centre

 

Feb 20 & Mar 19

 

Relationship to City Plan

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome 2:       A vibrant and diverse community.

Direction 2(b):  Enrich our range of community services that meet our community needs.

Outcome 3:       An informed and engaged community.

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

Outcome 10:     A healthy environment.

Outcome 10(a): A leader in fostering environmentally sustainable practices.

 

Financial impact statement

 

An allocation of approximately $85,000.00 is provided from Council’s environmental levy program to provide workshop materials, facilitators and additional presenters for this program of workshops and courses.

 

Conclusion

 

Randwick Council’s range of sustainability courses and workshops continues its strong demonstration of sustainability leadership and innovation as it increases the knowledge, skills and capacity of our residents to choose how they can be more sustainable within their family networks, neighbourhoods and workplaces.

 

Recommendation

 

That Council notes and endorses the comprehensive range of sustainability courses and workshops provided to our residents and community.

 

Attachment/s:

 

Nil

 

 


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Environment Report No. E4/16

 

Subject:                  Seeking Council endorsement of Randwick's involvement in this years Earth Hour event, Saturday March 19

Folder No:               F2010/00153

Author:                    Peter Maganov, Manager Sustainability      

 

Introduction

 

Randwick Council has been a strong supporter of the International Earth Hour event scheduled to take place this year on Saturday, March 19.

 

Earth Hour is now in its ninth year with its broad aim to encourage communities, businesses and governments to reduce their overarching energy use as well as their environmental impact on the Planet.  Earth Hour now campaigns for individuals and organisations to commit themselves to specific environmental initiatives with measurable outcomes which may commence on Earth Hour but extend well beyond the date of this event. 

 

This paper outlines a new inclusion for Council to note as part of our ongoing efforts aimed at supporting Earth Hour.

 

Issues

 

It is worth noting that in keeping with our comprehensive range of all-year round initiatives provided as part of our Sustaining our City environmental levy program, the message we want to reinforce for Earth Hour is to make every hour, Earth Hour in Randwick. This year, Council’s initiatives to support Earth Hour include:

 

1.  A smaller and more specifically targeted ‘Dine by Candlelight’ campaign with cafes and restaurants around Randwick;

2.  Publicity and communications to residents on our collaboration with Origin Energy aimed at increasing the take-up of solar panels and energy efficient devices in homes and businesses;

3.  Continuing the role of our Mayor as an Earth Hour Ambassador; and

4.  A new twilight picnic for residents at the Randwick Community Centre.

 

In addition to our involvement with local cafes and restaurants for Earth Hour which has been going on for a number of years, this year we are planning to organize a twilight picnic for families and their children to come together during Earth Hour at Randwick Community Centre. This will enable families who may not venture out to dine at local cafes and restaurants the opportunity to attend an activity aimed at supporting the Earth Hour event..

 

Relationship to City Plan

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome 1:       Leadership in sustainability.

Direction 1(b):  Council is a leader in the delivery of social, financial and operational activities.

Outcome 5:       Excellence in recreation and lifestyle opportunities

Direction 5(a):  Maximise opportunities for residents and visitors to enjoy both active and passive open space uses.

Outcome 10:     A healthy environment.

Direction 10(b):        Council’s programs and partnerships foster sustainable behavioral changes and outcomes.

Direction 10(f): Energy conservation and efficiency programs are implemented.

 

Financial impact statement

 

The cost allocated for the Earth Hour event with cafes and restaurants and the twilight picnic is $8,000 funded from the community education budget of the environmental levy program.

 

Conclusion

 

Earth Hour is now an international event, celebrated and supported by almost 7,000 cities and towns in 152 countries and territories. Earth Hour in 2016 is now much more than just switching off lights for an hour with an emphasis on how individuals and organisations can work together to reduce the impact they have on the natural environment.

 

The addition of the twilight picnic will provide a new opportunity for families to get into the spirit of the Earth Hour event at Randwick Community Centre.

 

Recommendation

 

That Council notes and endorses our support of the 2016 Earth Hour event.

 

 

Attachment/s:

 

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