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Ordinary Council Meeting

 

MAYORAL MINUTES

 

Supplementary BUSINESS PAPER

 

 

 

Tuesday 23 August 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


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ordinary Council                                                                                                               23 August 2016

 

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Ordinary Council Meeting

 

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, 23 August 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

 

 

Mayoral Minutes

 

MM27/16  National Art School (NAS) (Deferred)....................................................... 1

MM28/16  Establishment of Kamay ParkRun............................................................... 9

MM29/16  Recognition of Vietnam Veterans ............................................................ 15           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Mayoral Minute No. MM27/16

 

Subject:              National Art School (NAS) (Deferred)

Folder No:                F2004/07085

Author:                     The  Mayor, Cr Noel D'Souza     

 

Introduction

 

At the meeting on the 26 July 2016 Council resolved:

 

(His Worship the Mayor, Cr N D'Souza) that this matter be deferred to the next Ordinary Council meeting to allow for the consideration of further information by Councillors.

 

The Friends of the National Art School in Darlinghurst are on-line petitioning the National Art School (NAS) itself to withdraw from discussions on a proposed merger with UNSW. Their petition also calls on the Federal Government to support the National Art School in the same way that it supports the National Institute for Dramatic Arts (NIDA).

 

Their final call is for “the NSW Government to continue to support the three uniquely  different models of tertiary art education (established in 1974 by the NSW Government during its  Division of Fine Arts)  to ensure diversity in art education.”

 

Their essential message is that this art education diversity in NSW has led to enormous success with the Friends stating:

 

“An homogenisation of tertiary visual art education is a regressive step that will set-back art education in Australia exponentially.” (The Friends of the National Art School)

 

According to the SMH old NAS alumni include painters Margaret Olley, John Olsen, Martin Sharp and Ken Done. Other “Sydney cultural leaders” who recently signed a letter of support include: financier and arts benefactor Simon Mordant, MCA director Liz Ann Macgregor, Sydney Festival director Wesley Enoch, philanthropist Sam Meers, film director Jane Campion and actor Hugo Weaving.

 

Issues

 

Randwick City Council easily falls within the local student catchment of NAS and it can be expected that generations of our artistically inclined residents will have gone to it and more can be expected to in the future if it remains open to them.

 

Randwick Council’s cultural vision expressed in our inaugural Cultural Plan is: “Randwick City Council will foster an environment that recognises, supports and celebrates our community’s cultural diversity and heritage, social affiliations and the many forms of creative expression including dance, literature, music, theatre and visual arts.” (A Cultural Randwick)

 

Conclusion

 

Randwick residents have the potential to lose diversity in artistic education opportunities by emerging proposals threatening the long term survival of the National Art School as a successful and autonomous institution.

 

 

 

Recommendation

 

That Council:

 

1.     Contact both the Friends of the National Art School (NAS) and the National Art School’s Student Representative Council committing our support for the campaign to end:

 

a)   discussions on a proposed merger of the School;

b)   establish comparable Federal support for the NAS to that given NIDA; and

c)   to maintain the opportunities in educational diversity offered by the NAS at its current site and management model; and

 

2.     resolves to promote the Friends of the National Art Schools online petition on Council’s own web site and in eNews services.

 

 

Attachment/s:

 

1.

Fact Sheet

 

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FAQ''s

 

 

 

 


Fact Sheet

Attachment 1

 

 


FAQ''s

Attachment 2

 

 


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Mayoral Minute No. MM28/16

 

Subject:              Establishment of Kamay ParkRun

Folder No:                F2016/06574

Author:                     The  Mayor, Cr Noel D'Souza      

 

Introduction

 

I recently met with representatives of ParkRun to learn more about their events.  ParkRun is a simple concept: turn up every Saturday and run 5km.  It does not matter how fast you go or what you wear, what matters is taking part.  ParkRun is about inclusiveness and wellbeing so that as many people as possible feel part of a real community brought together by local events as well as global parkruns.

 

There are now ParkRun events each Saturday in countries all around the world.  Each event is based in a unique location like a park, beach or promenade and all events are organised by a group of volunteers.

 

Issues

 

It was agreed, based on the availability of car parking, toilet facilities, coffee shops and the scenic value of the route, that a double 2.5km loop course from Yarra Bay Reserve (see Option 1 in attachment) was the preferred option for the parkrun. 

 

An initial outlay of $10,000 is required to start up a new parkrun and ParkRun is seeking $5,000 from Council towards the set-up costs.  The Kamay ParkRun is to be run every Saturday at 7.00am.

 

Financial impact statement

 

The cost to Council would be a $5,000 donation towards the set-up costs of the Kamay ParkRun, to be financed from the contingency budget.

 

Conclusion

 

ParkRun was set up in Bushy Park, Teddington in the UK in 2004, since which time it has spread across the world.  Accordingly, Randwick City Council is proud to sponsor the set-up of the first ParkRun in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney.

 

 

Recommendation

 

That Council provides a $5,000 donation towards the start-up costs of the Kamay Parkrun and approves the event for a one year trial, subject to Land Council agreement.

 

 

Attachment/s:

 

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Kamay ParkRun Proposal

 

 

 

 


Kamay ParkRun Proposal

Attachment 1

 

 


 


 


 


 


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Mayoral Minute No. MM29/16

 

Subject:              Recognition of Vietnam Veterans

Folder No:                F2004/06254

Author:                     The  Mayor, Cr Noel D'Souza      

 

Introduction

 

It was my honour as Mayor to represent Council recently at the Memorial Service and Wreath Laying Ceremony at Maroubra RSL to commemorate VP Day, Vietnam Veterans Day and this year to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan. Given this significant milestone it is my intention to request that a commemorative plaque is cast and unveiled at an appropriate location in Randwick City to give recognition and acknowledgment to the sacrifice and courage of the Vietnam War Veterans.

 

Issues

 

The Vietnam War was the longest twentieth century conflict in which Australians participated. It involved some 60,000 personnel and grew from a limited initial commitment of thirty military advisers in 1962 to include a battalion in 1965 and finally, in 1966, a task force. After the cessation of combat operations in 1972, a limited number of Australian personnel remained in Vietnam, and elements of the RAAF returned in 1975, carrying out evacuations and assisting refugees almost until the moment of South Vietnam's surrender. Involvement in the war cost more than five hundred Australian servicemen their lives, while some three thousand were wounded, otherwise injured or were victims of illness.

 

In the aftermath of the Great War, communities across Australia built war memorials to perpetuate the memory of those who served their country and who lie buried in foreign soil or beneath the seas. Their memory must not be diminished by the passage of time. It is my intention to ensure that those brave men and women who lost their lives in the Vietnam conflict be a part of this memory.

 

Financial impact statement

 

There is no direct financial impact for this matter.

 

Conclusion

 

To ascertain the appropriate location for such a plaque to acknowledge our Vietnam Veterans, and to correctly follow any protocols in place, contact will be made with RSL NSW to facilitate progression of this matter with a report to be brought back to Council.

 

 

Recommendation

 

That Council make contact with RSL NSW to ascertain the appropriate location for a plaque to acknowledge our Vietnam Veterans, and to correctly follow any protocols in place, to facilitate progression of this matter, with a report to be brought back to Council for further consideration.

 

 

Attachment/s:

 

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