Works Committee Meeting






Tuesday 11 July 2017














Administrative Centre 30 Frances Street Randwick 2031

Telephone: 1300 722 542

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Works Committee                                                                                                                 11 July 2017



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, 11 July 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 - 13 June 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 Reports

W16/17    Development of a Busking and Street Performance Policy.......................... 1

W17/17    Judge Lane, Randwick - Request for a part-time closure............................ 3    

Notice of Rescission Motions






Ray Brownlee

General Manager

Works Committee                                                                                                                 11 July 2017




Works Report No. W16/17


Subject:              Development of a Busking and Street Performance Policy

Folder No:                F2004/07096

Author:                     Kerry Colquhoun, Coordinator, Open Space Assets      




From time to time, buskers and street performers approach Council requesting approval to undertake activities in our parks and open space. Mostly, these requests are for our most popular beachside parks and promenade areas.


Council currently runs a busking competition each year in November.  This successful competition has been held in Lexington Place, Maroubra since 2010.


However, Council does not have an adopted policy that allows the assessment of performance activities in the public domain.


The purpose of this report is to propose a course of action for the development of a policy and documented procedure for adoption by Council. 




Relevant Legislation


A person may apply to carry out any of the activities in section 68 of the Local Government Act, 1993.  Applications are to be assessed having regard to s.89 of the Act and any provisions in the Regulation. The relevant activities include “Direct or procure a theatrical, musical or other entertainment for the public”.



Existing Local Government Policy


A number of NSW Councils have a process for the assessment and approval of street performers and buskers including City of Sydney, Burwood Council and Wyong Council. Each policy has a number of parameters for approval and control of performers.


The existing policy of these Councils identifies a number of benefits arising from the approval of busking and street performance including:  


·     Can make an important contribution to the cultural life of a local government area

·     Provide entertainment to members of the general public

·     It being a valid means for people to show their performance skills and earn some money


The existing policies also identify a number of controls that ensure that the activities do not adversely affect public safety, the conduct of business or disturb public amenity. Further, the policies restrict non-acceptable acts and outline a range of other criteria to control the type of activity that occurs.



Developing Policy


In the development of a Policy Council would undertake a number of steps including:


·     Research of best practice policies and procedures

·     Consultation with local community including local residents, Precinct Committees, Chambers of commerce

·     Consultation with performers and buskers and other interested stakeholders

·     Present the consultation outcomes to Councillors in a report

·     Present the draft Policy to Council for adoption


The outcome of the research and consultations should result in the preferred policy position. If the preferred position is not supportive of busking/street performance, this would be reflected in the further advice provided to the Council.


Relationship to City Plan


The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:


Outcome 2:       A vibrant and diverse community.

Direction 2d:     Our cultural diversity is appreciated and respected.


Financial impact statement


There is no direct financial impact.




A number of performers are approaching Council wishing to gain approval to perform in Randwick’s public domain. Randwick City Council does not currently have an adopted policy for Busking/Street Performance.


It is proposed to undertake the appropriate steps to develop a policy position.






a)    Research and community consultations occur for the development of a policy position for Busking and Street Performance.


b)    A further report on a policy position be presented to Council in accordance with the consultation outcomes.


c)  Council applications for busking or street performances not be approved until a policy position has been adopted.







Works Committee                                                                                                                 11 July 2017




Works Report No. W17/17


Subject:              Judge Lane, Randwick - Request for a part-time closure

Folder No:                F2004/07158

Author:                     Tony Lehmann, Manager Integrated Transport      




The Council has previously considered a request from Claremont College for the possibility of a part-time restriction on traffic for part of Judge Lane, Randwick.  However, at the time there were strong concerns about how such a proposal would affect a nearby resident’s access to a vehicle parked in the mobility parking space created for her.  Therefore, the matter was, at that time, not progressed further.


The Council has now received advice from the school that the impacted resident has relocated away from this area.   Accordingly, it is appropriate to again, consider Claremont College’s request for an investigation into the possibility of the part-time restriction of traffic in part of Judge Lane, Randwick.




The College occupies properties on both sides of Judge Lane with staff and students crossing from one side to the other, daily.  Although the street is designated as a 10km/h Shared Zone, the school has concerns from a road safety perspective.  This is the reason for the school seeking a limited, part-time, restriction on traffic in the lane, between 8am and 4pm, school days only.


Such a restriction (school days only) between 8am and 4pm would virtually eliminate any conflict between passing vehicles and pedestrians crossing the lane.  To ascertain the extent of the vehicle volumes and speeds in the laneway a traffic count was undertaken. The results of the survey are shown below:



85th percentile speed (km/h)

Average Annual Daily Traffic (vehicles / day)




The 85th percentile speed is almost three times the sign posted 10km/h speed limit, which would suggest that speeding vehicles may be an issue.  Also, given the low traffic volumes, the traffic impacts of redirecting traffic away from Judge Lane would be relatively minor.


Section 116 of the Roads Act gives Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) the authority to approve the erection of notices or barriers for the purposes of regulating traffic.  This matter was considered by the Traffic Committee whereat the RMS representative stated that the RMS had no objection, in principle, to the proposal, and he advised that there were a handful of similar precedents within Sydney.  In particular he was aware of a similar arrangement in Neville Street, Oatley, which uses ‘swing gates’ which works well.  There is also a similar closure at St Peters Street, Darlinghurst where electronic swing gates are utilized.


Given the nature of the proposal it is considered appropriate to seek the community’s views on the proposal. 


Council at its meeting on 27 June 2017 resolved to undertake a Greening Laneway program.  Should Council agree to the possible part-time restriction on traffic in Judge Lane, after the community consultation, this may be a suitable laneway to commence this program.



Relationship to City Plan


The relationship with the City Plan is as follows:


Outcome 6:       A liveable city

Direction 6c:      The safety of our community is paramount and is acknowledged and supported through proactive policies, programs and strategies.


Outcome 9:       Integrated and accessible transport

Direction 9d:     Residential amenity is protected by appropriate traffic management


Financial impact statement


The school will be required to fund any work associated with the proposed temporary restriction on traffic in Judge Lane. 




In order to gauge the opinion of the community with regard to the proposal for a part-time road closure of Judge Lane, in Randwick, it is proposed that community consultation be held with regard to this matter.  A further, more detailed report would then be brought back to Council for consideration.


From the traffic speed data undertaken by Council and the representatives from the Principal of Claremont College, it would appear that this matter may be a potential safety issue for students.







1.   Community consultation be undertaken to assess the community’s view regarding the possible part-time restriction on traffic in Judge Lane, as detailed in this report; and


2.   A report on this matter be brought back to the Council following the community consultation processes including current traffic speed data.






Letter - from Principal Doug Thomas of Claremont College - Judge Lane, Randwick - Closure on school days during school hours





Letter - from Principal Doug Thomas of Claremont College - Judge Lane, Randwick - Closure on school days during school hours

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