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Community Services Committee

 

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Tuesday 13 June 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Administrative Centre 30 Frances Street Randwick 2031

Telephone: 1300 722 542

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Community Services Committee                                                                                        13 June 2017

 

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Community Services Committee

 

Notice is hereby given that a Community Services Committee of the Council of the City of Randwick will be held in the Council Chamber, First Floor, 90 Avoca Street Randwick on Tuesday, 13 June 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

 

 

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

 

Quorum:                             Eight (8) members

 

NOTE:    At the Extraordinary Meeting held on 28 September 2004, the Council resolved that the Community Services 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  

Community Services Committee – 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

Community Services Report

C4/17       Advisory Committee Minutes..................................................................... 1

Library Reports

Nil    

Notice of Rescission Motions

Nil  

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Ray Brownlee

General Manager


Community Services Committee                                                                                        13 June 2017

 

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Community Services Report No. C4/17

 

Subject:              Advisory Committee Minutes

Folder No:                F2006/00216

Author:                     Gary Ella, Coordinator Community Programs & Partnerships      

 

Introduction

 

At the 10 March 2009 Community Services Committee meeting, it was resolved that the minutes of the Advisory Committees are to be presented to the Community Services Committee. This report brings together, for Council’s acceptance, the minutes of the previous meetings adopted by the respective Advisory Committees.

 

Issues

 

As scheduled, the Advisory Committees (listed below) have met and the minutes of the meetings, which reflect discussions and outcomes, are attached.

 

The minutes will also be available on Council’s website after each meeting. This report includes minutes from:

 

·      The Access Advisory Committee Meeting – 9 February 2017 (endorsed by the Committee via email on 31 May 2017).

·      The Older Persons Advisory Committee Minutes – 1 February 2017 (endorsed by the Committee via email on 31 May 2017).

 

Relationship to City Plan

 

The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:

 

Outcome:  An informed and Engaged Community.

Direction:  Effective communication methods and technology are used to share information and provide services.

 

Financial impact statement

 

There is no direct financial impact for this matter.

 

Conclusion

 

The minutes of these Advisory Committee meetings are now in order and are submitted to Council for acknowledgement and acceptance.

 

 

Recommendation

 

That the Council acknowledges and accepts the minutes of the Access Advisory Committee – 9 February 2017 and the Older Persons Advisory Committee – 1 February 2017.

 

 

Attachment/s:

1.

Access Advisory Committee Minutes February 2017

 

2.

Older Persons Advsiory Committee Minutes held on Wednesday 1 February 2017

 


Access Advisory Committee Minutes February 2017

Attachment 1

 

 

MINUTES

Randwick City Council

Access Advisory Committee

Meeting held on Thursday 9 February 2017, Randwick Room

 

 

Present

Gary Ella                              Randwick City Council

Frida Kitas                            Randwick City Council

Cr. Kathy Neilson                   Randwick City Council

Cr.Murray Matson                  Randwick City Council

Melinda Ross                         Sunnyfield

Andre Lawrence                    Flourish Australia

Lilia Londono                        Ability Links Eastern Sydney

Ron Wood                                   Community Representative

Tess Protey                          Community Representative

Judy Nicholas                        Community Representative

Sharon Lee                           Aftercare Eastern Suburbs

Juliette Walker                      Community Representative

Sue Mayerhofer                    Community Representative

Marie Tsigaropoulos               Junction Neighbourhood Centre      

 

 

Apologies

Vince Bates                          Headeast

Kim Tipoki                            Holdsworth Community

Patricia Garvie                      Aftercare Eastern Suburbs

Chris Donnellan                     Randwick City Council

Donna Shrubsole                   Flourish – Australia

George Gergely                     Community Representative

Nadia Samperi                      Ability Links – East Sydney

 

3.     Introductions: Cr.Neilson welcomed everyone to the meeting.

 

4.    Minutes

The minutes of the meetings held on Thursday 10 November were confirmed.

 

5.    Business Arising from Minutes

 

5.1     Council Merger Update

Gary Ella, Coordinator Community Development gave an update on the proposed Council merger with Waverley and Woollahra Councils.  In the event the merger proceeds, Committee members will be issued with a letter from the new Council explaining the structure of the new Committee and to seek their interest in continuing to be involved with the Committee.  The letter will provide greater detail about the proposed meeting structure and membership. Until the proclamation occurs, the ACC will continue to convene as usual.  Gary thanked members for their patience with the process.

 

Action:  For information.

 

 

5.2     World AIDS Day Film Screening

RCC hosted a special screening of the documentary ‘TRANS the Movie’ at the Ritz Cinema Randwick to mark World AIDS Day on Thursday 1 December.  The screening was well attended and aimed to increase awareness of the transgender community in the wider community. RCC also had an information table to raise awareness, reduce stigma, demonstrate support for people living with HIV and encourage HIV testing.  Proceeds raised from the film screening were donated to local charity, The Bobby Goldsmith Foundation and the Children’s AIDS Fund International which provides a range of treatment, care, educational assistance, nutrition and food to limit the suffering of HIV impacted children and their families living in Malawi, Africa.  Frida gratefully acknowledged the Red Ribbon WAD Grant from SESLHD HIV/AIDS & Related Programs Unit.

 

Action:  For information.

 

5.3     NDIS Readiness Forum

RCC hosted an NDIS Readiness Forum in preparation for the roll-out of the scheme in Eastern Sydney from 1 July 2017.  The Forum was held on Wednesday 23 November from 7-9pm at Randwick Town Hall. The Forum was a great success with over 100 residents in attendance and included presentations from My Choice Matters, Sylvanvale, Ability Links NSW, St Vincent de Paul Society and Inner Sydney Voice.  Participants were given the opportunity to learn about the design and roll-out of the NDIS, how to access the NDIS and how to get ready and make the most of the scheme.  Based on participant feedback, RCC will investigate the possibility of delivering more targeted sessions for Carers and consumers in 2017.

 

Action: For Information.

 

5.4     The Spirits of Prince Henry Twilight Tour

RCC in partnership with the Prince Henry Hospital Trained Nurses Association held The Spirits of Prince Henry Twilight Tour on Saturday 12 November from 6.30 – 10pm at the Nursing and Medical Museum, Little Bay.  The Twilight Tour explored the paranormal history of the former Prince Henry Hospital from a nurses’ perspective and was huge hit, with over 90 people in attendance.  Participants also learned ghost hunting techniques and took part in a paranormal investigation conducted by the Eastern States Paranormal Team.

 

Action:  For Information.

 

5.5     International Day of People with a Disability

To celebrate International Day of People with a Disability (IDPWD) Holdsworth Community in partnership with Randwick City Council hosted a ‘Night of Sparkle’, dinner and dance on Saturday 3 December from 5.30-9pm at the Prince Henry Centre, Little Bay.  ‘A Night of Sparkle’ was an outstanding success with over 90 people in attendance.  This local, community event enabled people of all abilities to attend and celebrate with their family members, friends, Carers and other supporters.

 

Action:  For information.

 

5.6     Access issues from previous meeting

Cr.Neilson confirmed that RCC has allocated funds to upgrade the lift at Lionel Bowen Library, Maroubra to improve access for patrons.  Cr.Neilson is liaising with City Services to provide better ramped access to Randwick Community Centre and the Environmental Park via Dooligah Avenue, Randwick.

 

Action:  Cr.Neilson to provide an update at the next meeting.

 

5.7     The Touch of Silk – Free Play Reading

The Touch of Silk play reading by Betty Roland was held on Saturday 19 November at the Lionel Bowen Library Theatrette from 1pm.  The reading was directed by acclaimed actor Lex Marinos, over 90 people were in attendance.  The free play readings are designed to meet the creative interests of older and less mobile residents who may face a number of barriers to community participation.  Frida will organise additional readings for 2017.

 

Action:  For information.

 

6. General Business

 

6.1   Disability Inclusion Action Planning

The NSW Disability Inclusion Act 2014 requires Councils to prepare a Disability Inclusion Action Plan by July 2017.  A Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP) will demonstrate Council’s commitment to improving physical access and inclusion for people with a range of needs.  Randwick City Council and Waverley Councils are currently developing a joint Disability Inclusion Action Plan to improve the way people with disability access services and participate in community life. The action plan will cover every aspect of Council business such as services, facilities, events and access to and within the public domain. 

 

The key DIAP focus areas are community attitudes and behaviours, liveable communities, meaningful employment and systems and processes.  Randwick and Waverley Councils are committed to ensuring an inclusive community for everyone and will be inviting a range of stakeholders to participate in the development of the plan.  Frida advised the Committee that as part of the community consultation process they will be invited to participate in a choice of two workshops in either April or May (venue/dates to be confirmed).

 

The community consultation workshops will be held for people living with disability, family members, Carers and service providers.  Frida encouraged members to participate in the workshops, as their input will directly inform the actions of the plan.  Members agreed to cancel the Access Advisory meeting scheduled for April and attend one of community workshops instead.

 

Action: Frida to circulate flyers/details to members re DIAP Community Consultation Workshops and arrange community transport for members, as required.

 

6.2   Mindful Relationships Seminar

RCC in partnership with Carers NSW will hold a Mindful Relationships Seminar on Saturday 11 February at Lionel Bowen Library from 10am to 1pm.  The seminar is designed for Carers and community members to develop a more mindful approach to relationships and will be facilitated by Fiona Goodwin, an experienced Mindfulness facilitator.  Participants will learn how to navigate difficult relationships more smoothly, deal more effectively with disappointment and frustration and break repetitive patterns of relation to other. Flyers tabled.

 

Action:  For information.

 

6.3   Seniors Week 2017

Frida gave an overview on planned events and activities for Seniors Week including: Back to Prince Henry on Saturday 11 March at the Prince Henry Nursing and Medical Museum, Little Bay. Your Brain Matters presentation on Wednesday 15 March from 7-9pm at Margaret Martin Library Randwick and The Spirits of Prince Henry Twilight Tour on Saturday 18 March from 6.30-9.30pm at the Nursing and Medical Museum, Little Bay. In addition, RCC has organised the ‘Kamay Cultural Experience’ – a guided Tour and Talk with Community Cultural Leader and Elder, Dean Kelly on Tuesday 7 March from 10am – 2pm.  Older people and Carers will have the opportunity to learn about traditional medicine and bush tucker and how to play the clap sticks and throw a boomerang.  Fred’s Bush Tucker will serve a catered a lunch.  Flyers and posters tabled.

 

Action:  For information.

 

6.4   The Recharge Scheme

Frida informed the Committee that a community member contacted her to request that Council consider implementing the Recharge Scheme program after he experienced an access issue with his wheelchair at Coogee Beach.  Frida gave the Committee an overview of The Recharge Scheme and the benefits it would offer residents and visitors to Randwick City.  The scheme was developed to support people who use electric mobility scooters or wheelchairs who found they were isolating themselves through fear of being stranded by a flat battery.  The scheme would involve RCC providing designated areas within the LGA to enable people to safely recharge their electric mobility scooter or wheelchair battery, free of charge.  Offering Recharge point locations in Randwick City will assist people to plan their trips accordingly.  The Committee agreed the scheme was an excellent innovation and would demonstrate Council’s commitment to creating a more accessible, inclusive and welcoming environment for people of all abilities. 

 

Action:  Frida to investigate the scheme further and provide an update at a future meeting.

 

6.5   New Access Issues

Tess Protey raised a potential access issue on Darley Road near the roundabout at Randwick TAFE – there are a number of boats and trailers permanently parked near the site, forcing community transport buses to double-park when picking up and dropping off clients.  Crs. Matson and Neilson agreed to organise a meeting with the Council rangers to see if anything can be done to alleviate the situation. Cr.Neilson suggested that Frida invite a guest speaker from Vision Australia to provide an overview of services and support programs they provide for blind people and people with vision impairments.

 

Action:  Cr.Neilson to provide an update at the June meeting. Frida to arrange for a guest speaker from Vision Australia to present at a future meeting.

 

 

 

7.  Guest speaker: Joanne D’Arcy | Direct Services Manager | Windgap

Windgap Foundation was formed in 1953 to provide services to people with an intellectual disability. They support people aged 16-65 years and do not typically provide support services to children.  Windgap have 7 residences located in the Randwick, Botany and City of Sydney local government areas to enable residents to live independently in the community. They provide trained staff to support residents with various levels of need.  With the introduction of the NDIS from 1 July in Eastern Sydney, people will have greater access to services they were restricted to in the past.  People will be receiving services for the first time, which means many older parent Carers will need support to understand and navigate the system for their adult child with a lifelong disability.

 

To assist people to understand this new funding environment, Windgap have developed resources, including a booklet explaining the basics of the NDIS and a 1300 helpline number for families who want to know more about NDIS, as there is still a lot of confusion in the community about the scheme.

 

In addition, Windgap run 5 services including day programs to give people opportunities for community participation and social inclusion, Youth Employment Programs to provide work experience for people who have left school.  They have a supported employment program (LAW) in Eastlakes for people who are retired or approaching retirement and programs to upskill people in numeracy and literacy.

 

Wingap formed a Carer Support Group in 2016 and they also have ‘Making Airwaves’, a unique program which provides people with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to learn radio presentation and production skills. Brochures and resources tabled.  Frida thanked Joanne for attending the meeting as a guest speaker.

 

Action:  For Information.

 

8. Information Share:

·     Sunnyfield are running vacation care programs in Campsie and in the Sutherland Shire, they are looking at offering the program to families living in the Eastern Suburbs. 

·     Ability Links will be organising a disability awareness raising event at Pacific Square on Saturday 4 March with a range of services including Spinal Cord Injuries Australia, JNC and Guide Dogs Australia.  There will be different interactive activities and guest speakers.

·     JNC are organising a Harmony Day event in late March at Alison Park Randwick with Randwick Council and other service providers.

·     JNC programs for March include Tai Chi and ‘Let’s get Digital.’

·     Partners in Recovery confirmed funding for their programs has been extended for the next two years.  They will continue to accept referrals and may still need to work in a similar capacity even when NDIS operating in the region.

 

 

9. Correspondence:  Nil

 

 

Date of Next Meeting: Thursday 8 June 2017.

 

 


Older Persons Advsiory Committee Minutes held on Wednesday 1 February 2017

Attachment 2

 

 

MINUTES

Randwick City Council

Older Persons Advisory Committee

Meeting held on Wednesday 1 February 2017, Randwick Room

 

 

Present

Gary Ella                              Randwick City Council

Frida Kitas                            Randwick City Council

Jane Moffat                          Randwick City Council

Billee King                            Community Representative

Lee Barwick                          Coast Centre for Seniors

Andrea Szanto                      Holdsworth Community

Andrew Blair                         Community Representative

Lindsay Harden                     Community Representative

Suzanne Bryant                     Community Representative

Mike Cornell                         National Seniors – Sydney East

Daniel Fanuli                         Randwick Waverley Community Transport

Warren Reid                         Dementia Advisory Service – Eastern Sydney &                                        City of Sydney

 

Apologies

Cr. Noel D’Souza                   Randwick City Council

Cr.Kathy Neilson                    Randwick City Council

Megan Bowyer                      Community Representative

Sue Mayerhofer                    Community Representative

Ben Whitehorn                      Randwick Waverley Community Transport

 

3.     Introductions: 

Frida opened the meeting and welcomed everyone.

 

4.    Minutes

The minutes from the meeting held on Wednesday 2 November were confirmed.

 

5.    Business Arising from Minutes

 

5.1     Council Merger Update

Gary Ella, Coordinator, Community Development gave an update on the proposed Council merger with Waverley and Woollahra Councils. RCC is currently reviewing all of its Committees - if the merger occurs, all members will receive a letter explaining the new structure of the Committee and be asked if they wish to continue in their role.  However, until the new Council is formed it will be business as usual.  Gary thanked the Committee for their patience with this matter.

 

Action:  For information.

 

5.2     Safe TALK | Suicide Prevention Awareness Training

RCC held a Suicide Prevention Awareness Training Session in partnership with Carers NSW and Lifeline on Saturday 5 November at Randwick Town Hall from 11am to 3pm. The seminar taught people how to recognise when someone may be suicidal and how to link them to further help.  Participants also learned how to apply the basic TALK steps – Tell, Ask, Listen and Keepsafe. RCC will continue to implement workshops and seminars in partnership with key mental health services.

 

Action:  Frida to organise additional workshops and seminars on a range of mental health topics in 2017.

 

5.3     The Spirits of Prince Henry Twilight Tour

RCC in partnership with the Prince Henry Hospital Trained Nurses Association held The Spirits of Prince Henry Twilight Tour on Saturday 12 November from 6.30 – 10pm at the Nursing and Medical Museum, Little Bay.  The Twilight Tour explored the paranormal history of the former Prince Henry Hospital from a nurses’ perspective.  The Tour was highly successful with over 90 people in attendance.  Participants learned ghost hunting techniques and took part in a paranormal investigation conducted by the Eastern States Paranormal Team. 

 

Action:  For information.

 

5.4   The Touch of Silk – Free Play Reading

The Touch of Silk play reading by Betty Roland was held on Saturday 19 November at the Lionel Bowen Library Theatrette from 1pm.  The reading was directed by acclaimed actor Lex Marinos, over 90 people were in attendance.  The free play readings are designed to meet the creative interests of older and less mobile residents who may face a number of barriers to community participation.  Members praised the quality of the readings and the benefits they bring to the intended target group. Frida will organise additional readings in 2017.

 

Action:  For information.

 

5.5     NDIS Readiness Forums

RCC hosted an NDIS Readiness Forum in preparation for the roll-out of the scheme in Eastern Sydney from 1 July 2017.  The Forum was held on Wednesday 23 November from 7-9pm at Randwick Town Hall. The Forum was a great success with over 100 residents in attendance, many being older parent Carers. Key speakers from My Choice Matters, Ability Links, Sylvanvale, St Vincent de Paul Society and Inner Sydney Voice spoke about the design and the roll-out of the NDIS and how participants can get ready and make the most of the scheme. Based on participant feedback, RCC will investigate the possibility of delivering more targeted sessions for Carers and consumers in 2017.

 

Action:  For information.

 

5.6     Mindful Relationships Seminar

RCC in partnership with Carers NSW will hold a Mindful Relationships Seminar on Saturday 11 February at Lionel Bowen Library from 10am to 1pm.  The seminar is designed for Carers and community members to develop a more mindful approach to relationships and will be facilitated by Fiona Goodwin, an experienced Mindfulness facilitator.  Participants will learn how to navigate difficult relationships more smoothly, deal more effectively with disappointment and frustration and break repetitive patterns of relation to other. Flyers tabled

 

Action:  For information

 

5.7     Access issues from previous meeting

Billee King spoke about the proposed changes to bus services from Little Bay to the City with the introduction of the CBD and South East Light Rail and how these changes will create further barriers to access for the elderly living in the Southern Suburbs of Randwick.  Members also noted that it was vital to have a holding bay for Community transport vehicles somewhere central in Randwick, near Prince of Wales Hospital. Frida suggested that it would be a good idea to invite Tony Lehmann to a future OPAC meeting to discuss these and other traffic related matters.

 

Action:  Frida to invite Tony Lehmann to the June OPAC meeting.

 

6. General Business

 

6.1   Seniors Week 2017

NSW Seniors Week will be held from 3-12 March.  The theme for this year is ‘Let’s do more together’.  Each year Randwick City Council celebrates by organising activities and events during and around Seniors Week. RCC in partnership with local service providers and organisations will hold activities and events to reflect the theme ‘Let’s do more together’.  Frida gave an overview on planned events and activities for Seniors Week.

 

Back to Prince Henry will be held on Saturday 11 March at the Prince Henry Nursing and Medical Museum, Little Bay. .Your Brain Matters – The Power of Prevention will be held on Wednesday 15 March from 7-9pm at the Margaret Martin Library, Randwick. The presentation will be facilitated by Alzheimer’s Australia NSW.  The Spirits of Prince Henry Twilight Tour will be held on Saturday 18 March from 6.30-9.30pm at the Nursing and Medical Museum, Little Bay.

 

RCC has organised the ‘Kamay Cultural Experience’ – a guided Tour and Talk with Community Cultural Leader and Elder, Dean Kelly on Tuesday 7 March from 10am – 2pm.  Older people and Carers will have the opportunity to learn about traditional medicine and bush tucker and how to play the clap sticks and throw a boomerang.  Fred’s Bush Tucker will serve a catered lunch.

 

In addition, RCC in partnership with Eastern Sydney Multicultural Access Project will present ‘Cultural Bridges’, a multicultural concert for Seniors and Carers from non-English speaking backgrounds.  The concert will showcase performances from around the world to highlight, reflect and celebrate the diverse range of cultures and people within Randwick City. 

 

Frida acknowledged a grant contribution from the NSW Department of Family and Community Services, Ageing, Disability and Home Care. Members commented that the proposed events, activities and workshops will connect Seniors to their local community and each other and promote healthy lifestyles, community participation and engagement.

 

Action: For information.

 

6.2   RCC Cultural and Community Grants Program

Applications are open for the next round of funding from Council’s Cultural and Community Grants Program.  Application for projects, activities or events to be held between April 2017 and September 2017 must be submitted by 5pm on Monday 6 February 2017.  For more information on the grants program visit http://www.randwick.nsw.gov.au/community/grants-and-awards/cultural-and-community-grants-program

 

Action:  For information.

 

6.3   Disability Inclusion Action Planning

The NSW Disability Inclusion Act 2014 requires Councils to prepare a Disability Inclusion Action Plan by July 2017.  A Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP) will demonstrate Council’s commitment to improving physical access and inclusion for people with a range of needs.  Randwick City Council and Waverley Councils are currently developing a joint Disability Inclusion Action Plan to improve the way people with disability access services and participate in community life. The action plan will cover every aspect of Council business such as services, facilities, events and access to and within the public domain. 

 

The key DIAP focus areas are community attitudes and behaviours, liveable communities, meaningful employment and systems and processes.  Randwick and Waverley Councils are committed to ensuring an inclusive community for everyone and will be inviting a range of stakeholders to participate in the development of the plan.  Frida advised the Committee that as part of the community consultation process they will be invited to participate in a choice of two workshops in either April or May (venue/dates to be confirmed).

 

The community consultation workshops will be held for people living with disability, family members, Carers and service providers.  Frida encouraged members to participate in the workshops, as their input will directly inform the actions of the plan.  Members agreed to cancel the Older Persons Advisory Committee meeting scheduled for April and attend one of community workshops instead.

 

Action:  Frida to provide additional information and flyers and arrange for community transport for members to the DIAP community consultation workshops as required.

 

7.  Guest speaker:  Nil

 

8. Information Share: members provided an update on their respective services and programs.

 

9.  Correspondence:  Nil

 

Date of Next Meeting: Wednesday 7 July 2017.