Ordinary Council Meeting
Tuesday 10 October 2017
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, 10 October 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
MM28/17 La Perouse Museum and Headland Trust - Replacement Delegate................. 1
MM29/17 Establishment of Cycleway and Bike Facilities Advisory Committee ............... 3
MM30/17 Development of Randwick City Council's Digital Strategy............................. 5
Mayoral Minute No. MM28/17
Subject: La Perouse Museum and Headland Trust - Replacement Delegate
Folder No: F2013/00576
It has been suggested that a broader political representation can be achieved on the La Perouse Museum and Headland Trust by the inclusion of a Liberal Councillor as a member. The present elected representation consists of three independent Councillors, one Labor Councillor and one Green Councillor. The purpose of this Mayoral Minute is to facilitate this change in membership of the Trust.
The La Perouse Museum & Headland Trust (“the Trust”) was established by Randwick Council to provide advice to Council with respect to Council’s management of the La Perouse Museum and relevant buildings, heritage items, open space and landscaped areas within the La Perouse precinct of Kamay Botany Bay National Park.
The Trust also assists Council by providing heritage expertise and local knowledge and insights in relation to the Museum and surrounds, recognising the history of the local area from its Indigenous origins to European arrival to facilitate the current and continuing development of the area’s diverse cultural and natural heritage assets. The Trust has an advisory rather than a decision-making role with respect to the management of either the Museum or the Site.
As mentioned above, it is considered that that a broader political representation can be achieved on the La Perouse Museum and Headland Trust by the inclusion of a Liberal Councillor as a member. But some concern has been raised that an additional Councillor will too heavily weight the committee’s culture against the input of its community representatives. Fortunately, Councillor D’Souza has kindly volunteered to step aside for a Liberal Councillor.
Financial impact statement
There is no direct financial impact for this matter.
The overall aim of the Trust is to guide Council in the management and future direction for the sustainability, use and improvement of the Museum and surrounds. Having a broader political representation on the Trust can only assist in achieving this aim.
That Council nominate a replacement Liberal Councillor delegate for the La Perouse Museum and Headland Trust.
Mayoral Minute No. MM29/17
Subject: Establishment of Cycleway and Bike Facilities Advisory Committee
Folder No: F2005/00158
The implementation of cycling infrastructure and bike friendly policies on a State and Local Government level is an important community issue. I am of the view that it is important we work with BikeEast and other community members and Councillors to improve cycling amenity in Randwick. Accordingly, the purpose of this Mayoral Minute is to propose the establishment of a Cycleway and Bike Facilities Advisory Committee.
Decades of poor planning and prioritisation of private car use by government has led to the situation we have in Sydney now, with congested roads and too few options for public transport and cycling. Congested roads and a seeming prevalence of drivers who are happy to express their impatience with cyclists, means many parents are understandably concerned about allowing their children to walk and cycle to school.
One of the main objectives of this new Committee would be to assist in the development of a safe and workable regional cycling network to address the pressing congestion issues in the Eastern Suburbs and surrounding areas. This regional network would include:-
· Eastern Sydney Bays & Beaches Bike Route;
· Maroubra Junction to Pagewood; and
· Randwick Education & Health Centre’ to Bondi Junction.
The Committee would also support the planning, design, development and, where possible, implementation of the following key elements of the local bike route network in the next term of government:-
· Centennial Park (Alison Rd) to Kingsford (Gardeners Rd)
· Kensington (Doncaster Ave) to Rosebery (Link Rd & O’Dea Ave)
· Kingsford (Sturt St) to Maroubra Junction (Fitzgerald Ave)
· South Coogee (Malabar Rd) to Kingsford (Gardeners Rd)
A further report will be brought before a Council meeting in the near future to determine the appropriate membership of the Cycleway and Bike Facilities Advisory Committee.
Financial impact statement
There is no direct financial impact in the establishment of this Committee.
It’s time for elected representatives at all levels of government, including local government, to step up and deliver solutions that make cycling a safe and viable transport option for our residents.
That a Cycleway and Bike Facilities Advisory Committee be established, consisting of three Councillors and representatives of BikeEast with the following terms of reference:
1. report to the Works Committee;
2. enhance consultation between Council and the bike riding community;
3. advance implementation of the planned and funded cycle ways in the Randwick local government area;
4. review and provide advice on proposed Council bike related capital works projects;
5. participate in the yearly draft budget process by recommending appropriate bike related projects;
6. be consulted by Council on cycle way and bike facility issues involving significant planning proposals and Development applications before Council;
7. regularly review and propose updating of the Randwick Council bike plan; and
8. help advance a Regional Cycle Strategy with neighbouring Councils.
Mayoral Minute No. MM30/17
Subject: Development of Randwick City Council's Digital Strategy
Folder No: F2011/00415
The rapid pace of technological change, including the widespread adoption of digital technology, means that the expectations of our residents and ratepayers are growing in how they interact and transact with Council.
Digital innovation is transforming the way we work, live and learn. We are seeing a push to be more agile, innovative and creative; the increasing reach of social media into our households; the emerging digital economy; the ‘Internet of Things’ and the increasing availability of open data.
Randwick City Council has been aware of these emerging trends for some time, and previous ICT strategies and initiatives have developed a very strong foundation for Council to take the next step towards a Digital Strategy.
Customer focus is a fundamental Council value and placing the customer at the centre of what we do must be a fundamental principle of our digital strategy. Our customers expect to be able to undertake their Council business online, at a time and through a device of their own choosing. Businesses in our LGA are looking to exploit the opportunities these technology trends are providing. As a Council, we must continue to use technologies to find efficiencies in our processes, we have an obligation to continue to respond to these drivers.
A Digital Strategy will provide the framework for the delivery of next level, improved, user-centric services.
I am committed to exploring and implementing new and innovative ways of doing things, to achieve the best outcomes for the people of Randwick. I recognise the importance of this to ensure we remain at the forefront of best practice in local government.
Financial impact statement
If the recommendation is adopted, the strategy would be developed in-house using existing resources. The resultant strategy would be the subject of a future Council report which will identify costs associated with delivering the initiatives identified within the strategy, together with funding options.
My vision for Randwick City Council is to embrace technology and innovation as a means of delivering enhancements to the way our community interacts with Council. I am confident that this will result in further improvement to our already outstanding levels of customer satisfaction.
That Council commences development of a comprehensive, customer-focused, Digital Strategy.