Ordinary Council Meeting
Supplementary BUSINESS PAPER
Tuesday 26 April 2016
Administrative Centre 30 Frances Street Randwick 2031
Telephone: 1300 722 542
Fax: 02 9319 1510
Notice is hereby given that an Ordinary 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, 26 April 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
MM13/16 Five-year partnership with the Sydney Children’s Foundation for signature campaigns............................................................ 1
MM14/16 Grant Application under Stronger Communities Program......... 9
MM15/16 Botany Proposal................................................................. 11
Mayoral Minute No. MM13/16
Subject: Five-year partnership with the Sydney Children’s Foundation for signature campaigns.
Folder No: F2016/00118
I have been contacted by the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation Chief Executive Officer, Nicola Stokes, who is seeking a five-year partnership with Randwick City Council to support and promote their signature events:
· Gold Telethon campaign (held 1 May to 30 June each year)
· Lights for Kids Christmas campaign (held 1 November to 31 December each year).
The Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick cares for more than 45,800 seriously ill and inured children each year. Their brilliant and dedicated staff save lives, deliver expert care and help children and their families on the road to recovery while their medical researchers look for answers and make new discoveries.
For the past two years Council has proudly supported the Sydney Children’s Hospital, providing in-kind and financial assistance to the value of $22,600. Opportunities of support for the Gold Telethon campaign and the Lights for Kids Christmas campaigns in 2016 and beyond may include but are not limited to:
· Tax deductible donation to each campaign
· Printed advertisement for each campaign in Randwick Scene magazine
· Waiver of street banner pole hire fees to promote the Gold Telethon campaign
· Message of support for each campaign in the Mayoral Column
· Campaign messages shared via Council’s e-Newsletter and social media channels
In return, Council would receive:
· Opportunity to attend various event launches, media opportunities
· Opportunity to be part of the Gold Telethon broadcast on Channel Nine
· Logo recognition on websites
· Social media recognition
· Other media and PR opportunities
The complete list of campaign opportunities and recognition benefits to Randwick City Council is available in Attachment – Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation request for support.
Creating a sense of community is at the heart of Council’s ethos and I think that it’s important to support and provide assistance to others in the community, particularly to those who may not be as fortunate.
Financial impact statement
The direct financial implication to Council will be:
· $5000 cash donation per year for five years for the Gold Telethon campaign
· $2000 cash donation per year for five years for the Lights for Kids Christmas campaign.
It is my view that Council should continue supporting the Sydney Children’s Foundation to ensure they can continue their fantastic work and offer the best quality care that our children deserve now and into the future. Campaigns such as these strengthen bonds within the community and support Council’s overarching ethos.
a) Council approve $5000 cash donation per year for five years for the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation Gold Telethon campaign.
b) Council approve $2000 cash donation per year for five years for the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation Lights for Kids Christmas campaign.
c) Council offer in-kind support for each campaign as outlined in the request for support for five years.
d) The Sydney Children’s Hospital appropriately and prominently acknowledge, and promote Council’s contribution.
Sydney Chidlren's Hospital Foundation request for support - 13 April 2016
Mayoral Minute No. MM14/16
Subject: Grant Application under Stronger Communities Program
Folder No: F2005/00182
I am pleased to inform Council that The Hon Matt Thistlethwaite MP has extended an invitation to Council to submit a grant application under the Stronger Communities Programme, funded by the Federal Government. Key aspects of the funding program are:
· Application for Grant is by invitation only
· Local government and incorporated not-for-profit organisations are eligible to apply
· Grants of between $5,000 and up to a maximum of $20,000
· Applicants are required to match funding in cash and/or in-kind
· Closing date for applications is 29 April 2016
I would like to propose that Council submit an application for a grant to purchase four defibrillators. Should funding be successful, I propose that one of the defibrillators be donated to the La Perouse Football Club.
A defibrillator is a portable device that is used in emergency situations to assist people suffering a cardiac arrest. The device helps to restart the heart’s pumping motion and is fairly simple to operate and use while awaiting the arrival of medical personnel. Defibrillators are considered essential to have in public places such as airports, shopping malls, community centres, and sports or medical facilities for emergency use.
Under the terms of the Stronger Communities Programme, I propose that Council submit an application for a grant amount of $5,000 and endorse the allocation of $5,000 to match this funding request. If successful, the total amount of $10,000 will assist in the purchase of at least four defibrillators that can be donated to worthwhile community organisations and local sporting clubs such as the La Perouse Football Club. The allocation of the remaining three units can be made to local community organisations or sporting clubs in response to expressions of interest.
Financial impact statement
Should Council accept the report recommendation, and subject to the success of its grant application, the financial implication to Council is $5,000. This amount will be funded from the 2015-16 Contingency Funds.
Cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in Australia. However it is treatable and the key to survival is prompt defibrillation, which is most effective when carried out within three minutes of a sudden cardiac arrest. Therefore I believe that it is important to improve community access to defibrillators, particularly in public places or community facilities such as sporting clubs. Should Council be successful in its grant application, a combined total of $10,000 will fund the purchase of at least four defibrillator units for installation in local sporting clubs.
a) vote to commit a sum of $5,000 to match the amount of grant it will be applying for under the Stronger Communities Programme through The Hon Matt Thistlethwaite’s office, to be funded from the 2015-16 Contingency Funds,
b) approve the allocation of a defibrillator to the La Perouse Football Club, should its funding application be successful, and
c) endorse the allocation of the remaining defibrillators to local community organisations or sporting clubs in response to expressions of interest
Mayoral Minute No. MM15/16
Subject: Botany Proposal
Folder No: F2016/04021
Pursuant to section 218E of the Local Government Act 1993, (the Act) the City of Botany Bay has made a proposal to the Minister for Local Government for the amalgamation of the City of Botany Bay, Randwick City Council (part) and City of Sydney (part) local government areas.
The Minister for Local Government has referred the proposal to the Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Office of Local Government for examination and report. The Acting Chief Executive Officer has delegated the function of examining and reporting of this amalgamation proposal having regard to the factors contained in section 263(3) of the Act to Mr Rod Nockles.
In January 2016, the Minister for Local Government made a proposal pursuant to s218E of the Local Government Act to amalgamate the City of Botany Bay with Rockdale Council.
This proposal was made following the City of Botany Bay’s rejection of a voluntary amalgamation of the City of Botany Bay, Randwick City and Waverley Councils as proposed by Randwick City Council.
In responding to the Government’s merger proposal, the City of Botany Bay have proposed an alternative option which would see a new Council created encompassing the following:
· All of the City of Botany Bay
· All of Randwick City south of Rainbow St to Anzac Parade and Anzac Parade to Dacey Avenue
· All of the City of Sydney that is South and East of a boundary formed by Lachlan Street to Bourke Rd, Bourke Rd to McEvoy St, McEvoy St to Euston Rd, Euston Rd to Campbell Rd, Campbell Rd to Burrows Rd, Burrows Rd to Ricketty St.
The proposal takes 552 ha of land from the City of Sydney, or 21% of its current land area and it takes 2327 hectares from our City, or 64% of our current land area.
As Mayor of Randwick City Council I am strongly opposed to any proposal that would see this City split up into multiple Council areas. I am further strongly opposed to this particular proposal for a number of reasons:
· the proposal suggests there will be “staff efficiencies” through both “natural attrition and restructure” to “offset the cost of the merger” – this includes “corporate services and works staff”. My support of our current amalgamation proposal has been premised on a key principle of caring for our staff, not reducing staff numbers. I envisage an Eastern Sydney Council utilising financial savings to deliver enhanced levels of service and new services which would see no reduction in staffing levels. This was central to our decision to provide enhanced employment protections to our staff above those legislated by the Government.
· The proposal estimates a total saving of only $4.8m over 20 years in present value terms, however it is suggested that the expansion of the boundary across the airport and Port Botany would add $3.75m per annum to the proposed Council’s operating result. In contrast, the proposed amalgamation of Botany, Randwick and Waverley (which was rejected by Botany)predicted increased/new services of $143m over 10 years.
Financial Impact Statement
Preparation of a submission will be undertaken by Council staff and no external expenditure will be required.
My primary focus in leading our organisation through the current amalgamation process has been about protecting the interests of the Randwick City community and caring for staff. I am confident that the process we have commenced will achieve both. I am strongly opposed to the City of Botany Bay proposal as it achieves neither and I ask that my fellow Councillors support me in standing up for our community and our staff.
a) Council make a submission strongly opposing the proposed amalgamation of the City of Botany Bay, Randwick City Council (part) and City of Sydney (part) local government areas, primarily on the following grounds:
i. Council opposes the splitting up of Randwick City into multiple Council areas
ii. Council’s previously resolved amalgamation preference with the City of Botany Bay and Waverley Council was rejected by the City of Botany Bay
iii. The financial benefits identified within the proposal are significantly inferior to any of the amalgamation proposals considered by Randwick City Council
iv. The minor financial savings predicted in the proposal are premised on reducing staff numbers, including corporate services and works staff
b) Council delegate authority to the General Manager to undertake the necessary due diligence to prepare the submission, and submit it on Council’s behalf