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Works Committee Meeting

 

  BUSINESS PAPER

 

 

 

Tuesday 9 May 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Works Committee                                                                                                                  9 May 2017

 

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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, 9 May 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

 

 

Committee Members:          The Mayor D’Souza, Andrews, Belleli, Bowen, Garcia, Matson, Moore (Deputy Chairperson), Nash, Neilson, Roberts, Seng, Shurey, Smith, Stavrinos & Stevenson (Chairperson)

 

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 - 11 April 2017

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 Report

W8/17      Street Libraries.......................................................................................... 1    

Notice of Rescission Motions

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Ray Brownlee

General Manager


Works Committee                                                                                                                  9 May 2017

 

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Works Report No. W8/17

 

Subject:              Street Libraries

Folder No:                F2004/08383

Author:                     Jorde Frangoples, Director City Services      

 

Introduction

 

Council at its Ordinary Council Meeting held on 28 February 2017 resolved:

 

“(Stavrinos/Bowen) that Council bring back a report investigating the feasibility of introducing street libraries in the Randwick LGA. As part of the report, Council write to Local Schools to determine, if they are interested in promoting such a scheme.”

 

Issues

 

The Little Free Library movement started in America as a not for profit book exchange, where people are encouraged to meet their neighbours and exchange books via small postbox-like libraries on someone’s property or  footpath. https://littlefreelibrary.org/faqs/

 

The Street Library movement in Australia has been developed along these same lines by Street Library Australia founder Nic Lowe, who has set a target of 5000 libraries by 2020. Australia Street Infants School in Newtown has been the first to set it up.

 

Street libraries can develop organically and be controlled by individuals or groups. They have a community development function, encouraging social cohesion.

 

Council has facilitated a community footpath library in front of La Perouse Public School to encourage the love of reading in conjunction with the Soroptimist’s Club, Randwick/Eastern Suburbs.  This facility will be in conjunction with the Soroptimist’s Club who will restock the library as required.  Council will monitor the take up rate and consider expanding the scheme, in partnership with the club.

 

Relationship to City Plan

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome 2:       A Vibrant and Diverse Community

Direction 2d:     New and upgraded community facilities that are multipurpose and in accessible locations.

 

Financial impact statement

 

There is no direct financial impact for this matter.

 

Conclusion

 

Street libraries are not in competition with mainstream libraries such as public libraries or school libraries, but can assist in an informal manner to spread the love of reading and improve literacy in a community.

 

 

 

 

Recommendation

 

That:

 

a)     the report be received and noted.

 

b)     Council assists the Soroptimist’s Club in the construction and installation of the street library.

 

Attachment/s:

 

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