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Council Meeting

                            

TUESDAY 13 APRIL 2021

 

6.30pm

 


Council Meeting

13 April 2021

 

 

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Council Meeting

13 April 2021

 

 

 

 

PRECIS

 

 

1          Acknowledgement of Country

 

2          Apologies

 

3          Notice of Webcasting

 

4          Disclosures of Interest (Section 451 of the Local Government Act
and Council’s Code of Conduct)
 

 

5          Moment of Quiet Contemplation

 

6          Confirmation of Minutes                                                                                           Page

Minutes of 9 March 2021 Council Meeting                                                                       6

Minutes of 30 March 2021 Extraordinary Council Meeting                                            21

 

7          Public Forum – Hearing from All Registered Speakers

8          Condolence Motions

 

Nil at the time of printing.

9          Mayoral Minutes

 

Nil at the time of printing.

10        Reports with Strategic Implications

 

ITEM                                                                                                                                       Page

 

C0421(1) Item 1  Inner West Zero Waste Strategy                                                                26

 

11        Reports for Council Decision

 

ITEM                                                                                                                                       Page

 

C0421(1) Item 2       Live music and entertainment conditions                                               54

C0421(1) Item 3       King George Park and WestConnex:Community Engagement Outcomes on Future Local Area Improvments                                                             58

C0421(1) Item 4       Fishing Hazard Assessment-Council Foreshore Reserves                   71

C0421(1) Item 5       Consolidation of Sporting Ground Fees and Charges                           81

C0421(1) Item 6       Paringa Reserve Plan of Management                                                  93

C0421(1) Item 7       Maintenance Approval - Parramatta Road Urban Amenity Improvement Program Public Artwork                                                                       186

C0421(1) Item 8       Council page in new local newspaper                                                 192

C0421(1) Item 9       Dawn Fraser Baths Winter Access                                                      193

C0421(1) Item 10     Aquatic Services Fees & Charges                                                       195

C0421(1) Item 11     Electricity Procurement                                                                        206

C0421(1) Item 12     Post Exhibition Report - 120C Old Canterbury Road, Summer Hill - Variation to VPA                                                                                                       208

C0421(1) Item 13     Post Exhibition Report - 1-5 Chester Street Annandale - Voluntary Planning Agreement                                                                                            247

C0421(1) Item 14     Petersham Service Centre  Car Park - 124 Crystal Street Petersham - Land Encroachment Matter                                                                           295

C0421(1) Item 15     Draft Gender Equal Representation Policy                                          298

C0421(1) Item 16     Local Traffic Committee Meeting - March 2021                                   302

C0421(1) Item 17     Request for Reimbursement of Legal Expenses                                 354

C0421(1) Item 18     Investment Report As At 28 February 2021.                                       358

 

12        Reports for Noting

 

ITEM                                                                                                                                       Page

C0421(1) Item 19     55, 57 & 61-63 Smith Street, Summer Hill Development Application (DA/2020/1022)                                                                                    382

C0421(1) Item 20     Update - Reuse and Recycling Hub at Summer Hill Depot                 390

C0421(1) Item 21     Council's Insurance Claim Assessment                                               392

 

13        Notices of Motion

 

ITEM                                                                                                                                       Page

 

C0421(1) Item 22     Notice of Motion: Off Leash Dog Parks                                               399

C0421(1) Item 23     Notice of Motion: Informal Play Netball Rings                                     400

C0421(1) Item 24     Notice of Motion: Pedestrian and Cyclist Access to Ashfield Pool      402

C0421(1) Item 25     Notice of Motion: Childcare Fees                                                         406

C0421(1) Item 26     Notice of Motion: Sports club leases                                                   407

C0421(1) Item 27     Notice of Motion: Brothels                                                                    408

C0421(1) Item 28     Notice of Motion: Disabled parking at 60 Smith Street Summer Hill   409

C0421(1) Item 29     Notice of Motion: Internal Ombudsman Service                                  411

C0421(1) Item 30     Notice of Motion: Footpaths are a key local government asset that improve our lives                                                                                                       413

C0421(1) Item 31     Notice of Motion: Improved safety measures for access to Petersahm Public School                                                                                                   414

C0421(1) Item 32     Notice of Motion: Improved Drainage at Lewisham Station                416

C0421(1) Item 33     Notice of Motion: Increasing Solar Uptake in residential Strata Building 417

C0421(1) Item 34     Notice Of Motion: De-amalgamation                                                    419

C0421(1) Item 35     Notice of Motion: Transparency in Council Expenditure                     420

C0421(1) Item 36     Notice of Motion: ‘Do The Right Thing’ Campaign                              422

C0421(1) Item 37     Notice of Motion: Mayor to Stand Down                                              424

C0421(1) Item 38     Notice of Motion: Emptying Bins in Parks                                            426

C0421(1) Item 39     Notice of Motion: Dawn Fraser Baths Refurbishment                         427

 

14        Questions From Councillors

 

ITEM                                                                                                                                      Page

 

C0421(1) Item 40     Question on Notice: Street Tree Program                                           428

C0421(1) Item 41     Question on Notice: Tree Data                                                            429

 

15        Reports with Confidential Information

 

Reports appearing in this section of the Business Paper are confidential in their entirety.

 

The confidential information has been circulated separately.

ITEM                                                                                                                                                  

 

C0421(1) Item 42     Licence of Leichhardt Oval to Sydney Football Club Pty Ltd

C0421(1) Item 43     Lease to Transport for NSW - Land In Reg Coady Reserve Dobroyd Parade Haberfield

 


Council Meeting

13 April 2021

 

 

 

Minutes of Ordinary Council Meeting held remotely and livestreamed on Council’s website on 9 March 2021

 

Meeting commenced at 6.33pm

 

 

 

 

 

Present:

Darcy Byrne

Victor Macri

Marghanita Da Cruz

Lucille McKenna OAM

Colin Hesse

Sam Iskandar

Tom Kiat

Pauline Lockie

Julie Passas

Rochelle Porteous

John Stamolis

Louise Steer

Anna York
Brian Barrett

Elizabeth Richardson

Mayor

Deputy Mayor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor (6.38pm)

Councillor (6.35pm)

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Acting General Manager

Chief Operating Officer, Director Development and Recreation

Cathy Edwards-Davis

Director Infrastructure

Caroline McLeod

Acting Director City Living

Katherine Paixao

Acting Manager Governance

Carmelina Giannini

Acting Governance Coordinator

 

 

APOLOGIES:       

 

Motion: (Byrne/Hesse)

 

THAT apologies from Councillor Drury and Councillor Raciti be accepted.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Hesse, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, McKenna OAM, Stamolis, Steer and York

Against Motion:          Nil

 

Councillor Porteous entered the meeting at 6.35pm

 

DISCLOSURES OF INTERESTS:                Nil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES

 

Motion: (McKenna OAM/Hesse)

 

THAT the Minutes of the Council Meeting held on Tuesday, 9 February 2021, Extraordinary Council Meeting held on Tuesday, 23 February 2021 and  Extraordinary Council Meeting held on Monday, 1 March 2021 be confirmed.

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Hesse, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, McKenna OAM, Porteous, Stamolis, Steer and York

Against Motion:          Nil

 

 

Procedural Motion (Kiat/Byrne)

 

THAT 2 additional speakers be allowed to speak on Item 11.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Hesse, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, McKenna OAM, Passas, Porteous, Stamolis, Steer and York

Against Motion:          Nil

 

Councillor Julie Passas entered the meeting at 6.38pm

 

PUBLIC FORUM

 

The registered speakers were asked to address the meeting. The list of speakers is available on the last page of these minutes.

 

 

C0321(2) Item 22       Mayoral Minute: Condolence Motion to the Family of Karl-Heinz          Fusting

Motion: (Hesse/Macri)

 

THAT Council writes a letter of condolence to the family of Karl-Heinz Fusting, expressing our sadness at his passing and thanking them for his incredible contribution to Sydney’s German community, and to the people of Tempe and Marrickville.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Hesse, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, McKenna OAM, Passas, Porteous, Stamolis, Steer and York

Against Motion:          Nil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C0321(2) Item 23       Mayoral Minute: Condolence Motion to the Family of James     Leggatt

Motion: (McKenna OAM/Byrne)

 

THAT Council writes a letter of condolence to the family of James Leggatt, expressing our sadness at his passing and thanking them for his incredible contribution to tennis and the Inner West community.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Hesse, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, McKenna OAM, Passas, Porteous, Stamolis, Steer and York

Against Motion:          Nil

 

Councillor Passas left the meeting at 7.53pm

 

C0321(2) Item 24       Mayoral Minute: Seeking Urgent Gazettal of Extended Trading             Hours and Cultural Activities Planning Proposal

Motion: (Byrne/York)

 

THAT Council:

 

 

1.   Notes the Council resolution of 27 October 2020 in relation to the Planning Proposal Pre-Exhibition Report - Extended Trading Hours and Cultural Activities;

 

2.   Writes to the Planning Minister requesting the urgent approval of the Extended Trading Hours and Cultural Activities planning proposal; and

 

3.   Promotes this advocacy through all Council communication channels.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Hesse, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, McKenna OAM, Porteous, Stamolis, Steer and York

Against Motion:          Nil

Absent:                        Cr Passas

 

Councillor Passas returned to the meeting at 7.55pm

 

C0321(2) Item 25       Mayoral Minute: 55 Smith Street, Summer Hill

Motion: (Byrne/Kiat)

 

THAT Council:

 

1.   Writes to the Chair of the Inner West Local Planning Panel, which will consider the development application for 55 Smith Street, Summer Hill, requesting that the Panel convene a meeting with Summer Hill residents regarding the proposal in order to hear their views, and further requests that the Panel hearing at which the application is to be considered be held in Summer Hill or Ashfield in order to allow residents to attend and their views be heard;

 

2.   Letterboxes all residents in Summer Hill to update them about the status of the development application for 55 Smith Street, explains the process through which the proposal will be considered by the State Government appointed Planning Panel and how residents can make individual submissions to the Panel and participate in the Panel’s hearing; and

 

3.   Receives a report at the April Ordinary meeting summarising all significant residential development proposals (25 dwellings or more) that are under assessment or have been approved in this term of Council.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Hesse, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, McKenna OAM, Passas, Porteous, Stamolis, Steer and York

Against Motion:          Nil

 

En bloc

Motion: (Byrne/Stamolis)

THAT Council move items 7, 8, 9, 12, 16 and 18 en bloc and adopt the recommendations contained within.

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Hesse, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, McKenna OAM, Passas, Porteous, Stamolis, Steer and York

Against Motion:          Nil

 

C0321(2) Item 7                     Proposed Local Government Remuneration Tribunal Submission                                           2021

Motion: (Byrne/Stamolis)

 

THAT Council endorse and submit the proposed Local Government Remuneration Tribunal Submission in Attachment 2 by 19 March 2021.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Hesse, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, McKenna OAM, Passas, Porteous, Stamolis, Steer and York

Against Motion:          Nil

 

C0321(2) Item 8         Inner West Community Energy Practitioner Network

Motion: (Byrne/Stamolis)

 

THAT Council:

 

1.   Receives and notes the inaugural Inner West Community Energy Practitioner Network meeting outcomes; and

 

2.   Provides support to community energy groups through the actions under “Council’s role” in this report.

 

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Hesse, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, McKenna OAM, Passas, Porteous, Stamolis, Steer and York

Against Motion:          Nil

 

C0321(2) Item 9         Investment Report as at 31 January 2021.

Motion: (Byrne/Stamolis)

 

THAT the report be received and noted.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Hesse, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, McKenna OAM, Passas, Porteous, Stamolis, Steer and York

Against Motion:          Nil

 

C0321(2) Item 12       Notice of Motion: Inclusion of Solar Panels in Council projects

Motion: (Byrne/Stamolis)

 

THAT Council ensure that the inclusion of rooftop solar panels is considered with every Council construction/renovation project to be funded within the project.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Hesse, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, McKenna OAM, Passas, Porteous, Stamolis, Steer and York

Against Motion:          Nil

 

C0321(2) Item 16       Notice of Motion: WestConnex Lilyfield Road

Motion: (Byrne/Stamolis)

 

THAT Council progress work with TfNSW and the WestConnex project team to develop better traffic and pedestrian safety outcomes along Lilyfield Road.

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Hesse, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, McKenna OAM, Passas, Porteous, Stamolis, Steer and York

Against Motion:          Nil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C0321(2) Item 18       Notice of Motion: Cement Australia Throughput Increase          Application

Motion: (Byrne/Stamolis)

 

THAT Council:

 

1.   Notes that Cement Australia is applying to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment to increase the upper limit of the amount of cementitious material that can be unloaded, stored and dispatched at its terminal on Glebe Island in any single year, from 600,000 tonnes to up to 1.2 million tonnes;

 

2.   Writes to the Planning Minister explaining Council’s concern that if the proposed allowable volume increase is accepted, the increase in truck movements from Glebe Island will have major traffic impacts in an area already heavily impacted by the construction of the WestConnex Rozelle Interchange; and

 

3.   Writes to the Minister for Transport and Roads seeking the release of the traffic impact assessment for the proposal and the data identifying the estimated increase in traffic movements as well as the cumulative effect on Victoria Road, the City West Link and the ANZAC Bridge.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Hesse, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, McKenna OAM, Passas, Porteous, Stamolis, Steer and York

Against Motion:          Nil

 

The Mayor, Councillor Byrne left the meeting and vacated the chair at 8:28 pm and the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Macri assumed the chair

 

C0321(2) Item 1         Draft Car Share Policy - Public Exhibition

Motion: (Porteous/McKenna OAM)

 

THAT:

 

1.         The draft Car Share Policy be placed on public exhibition for a period of 28 days with the following amendment; and   

a)    Remove 4.5; and

b)    Add a new section on Accessibility to this policy which outlines the accessibility requirements for companies contracting with of council. For example the range of vehicles should include some vehicles which are suitable for use by people with disabilities and parking spaces for accessible vehicles should have appropriate access.  

2.       The results of the public exhibition are presented to Council along with a final Car Share Policy for adoption.

 

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Da Cruz, Hesse, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, McKenna OAM, Passas, Porteous, Stamolis, Steer and York

Against Motion:          Nil

Absent:                        Cr Byrne

 

C0321(2) Item 2         Dulwich Hill Parklands Plan of Management

Motion: (York/McKenna OAM)

 

THAT Council:

 

1.         Adopt the Dulwich Hill Parklands Plan of Management as it relates to Arlington Reserve and Laxton Reserve;

 

2.         Endorse the Plan of Management as it relates to the Crown land section of the Plan, specifically Johnson Park and Hoskins Park and refer this to the Minister for Water, Housing and Property for adoption;

 

3.         Notes the Parklands provide critical habitat for fauna and flora and that close engagement with local environmental groups during the planning of park improvements will assist in delivering sound environmental as well as community outcomes;

 

4.         Amend the Plan of Management to include ‘Investigate options for noise abatement structures or plantings to address noise pollution concerns’ as a ‘High Priority’ action for Arlington Recreation Reserve; and

 

5.         Receive an update on the development of the Arlington Reserve Operational Plan by the May Council Ordinary Meeting (or earlier)

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Da Cruz, Hesse, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, McKenna OAM, Passas, Porteous, Stamolis, Steer and York

Against Motion:          Nil

Absent:                        Cr Byrne

 

The Mayor, Councillor Byrne returned to the Meeting at 8:49 pm. The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Macri vacated the chair and the Mayor, Councillor Byrne assumed the chair.

C0321(2) Item 3         Balmain Leagues Voluntary Planning Agreement Engagement         Outcomes Report

Motion: (McKenna OAM/Macri)

 

THAT Council enter into the Voluntary Planning Agreement for Balmain Leagues Site 138-152 Victoria Road, Rozelle.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, McKenna OAM, Passas, Stamolis, Steer and York

Against Motion:          Crs Hesse and Porteous

 

 

 

 

 

C0321(2) Item 4         Whites Creek Valley Park-Reclassification of Park Area as Off Leash

Motion: (Byrne/Da Cruz)

 

THAT consultation be undertaken with park users on the proposal in the report.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Hesse, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, McKenna OAM, Passas, Porteous, Stamolis, Steer and York

Against Motion:          Nil

 

C0321(2) Item 5         Local Traffic Committee Meeting -  February 2021

Motion: (Steer/Byrne)

 

THAT the Minutes of the Local Traffic Committee Meeting held in February 2021 be received and the recommendations be adopted with the following amendments:

 

-       LTC0221 Item 7  Minor Traffic Facilities - That the Disabled Parking zone and mobility parking space be reinstated in front of 11 Bruce Street on the eastern side of Bruce Street Stanmore; and

-       LTC 0221 Item 14 No Left Turn’ into Victoria Road from Moodie Street, Rozelle - That Council determines to temporarily continue the "No Left Turn" restriction into Victoria Road from Moodie Street with a Local Area Traffic Management (LATM) Study to be undertaken within 6 months so that a permanent change, pending the outcome of the LATM, can be considered.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Hesse, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, Porteous, Stamolis, Steer and York

Against Motion:          Cr Passas

 

Councillor Porteous left the Meeting at 9:25 pm.

 

C0321(2) Item 6         National General Assembly of Local Government 2021

Motion: (Byrne/Lockie)

 

THAT Council:

 

1.    Nominate Councillors Byrne, Lockie, Da Cruz, Hesse, Steer and Iskandar to attend the National General Assembly of Local Government 2021; and

 

2.    Submit to the conference the following motions:

 

a)    JobSeeker Payment

THAT:

                      i.        The Federal Government's revised rate of the jobseeker payment, of $44.00 per day is inadequate and will result in millions of Australian citizens being unnecessarily trapped in poverty. After 25 years with no increase to the incomes of unemployed Australians an increase of just $3.57 per day above the previous rate of the Newstart payment is insufficient; and

 

                    ii.        Council write to all Mayors and Councillors throughout Australia requesting that their Councils adopt this resolution and request that it be tabled at the National Assembly of Local Government. 

 

b)    RacismNotWelcome

 

THAT this National General Assembly:

                      i.        Notes that the #RacismNotWelcome campaign was created by the Inner West Multicultural Network (IWMN) as a grassroots anti-racism campaign for local Councils and communities to create safe places;

                    ii.        Encourages all Councils to endorse the #RacismNotWelcome campaign; and

                   iii.        Writes to the Prime Minister and relevant Minister/s to:

a.    Express grave concern at the rise of racism in Australia;

b.    Request funding be made available to Councils to support the rollout of the #RacismNotWelcome campaign.

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Hesse, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, McKenna OAM, Porteous, Stamolis, Steer and York

Against Motion:          Cr Passas

 

 

Amendment (Byrne/Hesse)

a)    JobSeeker Payment

THAT:

                      i.        The Federal Government's revised rate of the jobseeker payment, of $44.00 per day is inadequate and will result in millions of Australian citizens being unnecessarily trapped in poverty. After 25 years with no increase to the incomes of unemployed Australians an increase of just $3.57 per day above the previous rate of the Newstart payment is insufficient; and

 

                    ii.        Council write to all Mayors and Councillors throughout Australia requesting that their Councils adopt this resolution and request that it be tabled at the National Assembly of Local Government. 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Hesse, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, McKenna OAM, Stamolis, Steer and York

Against Motion:          Cr Passas

Absent:                                  Cr Porteous

 

As this amendment was carried, it was incorporated into the primary motion.

 

At 9.34pm, the Mayor, Councillor Byrne issued a warning to Councillor Passas for making assertions in debate and not desisting on making those assertions when requested to..

 

Amendment (Lockie/Byrne)

 

THAT Council submits to the conference the following motion:

 

#RacismNotWelcome campaign

 

That the National General Assembly:

 

                      i.        Notes that the #RacismNotWelcome campaign was created by the Inner West Multicultural Network (IWMN) as a grassroots anti-racism campaign for local Councils and communities to create safe places;

                    ii.        Encourages all Councils to endorse the #RacismNotWelcome campaign; and

                   iii.        Writes to the Prime Minister and relevant Minister/s to:

a.    Express grave concern at the rise of racism in Australia;

b.    Request funding be made available to Councils to support the rollout of the #RacismNotWelcome campaign.

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Hesse, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, McKenna OAM, Stamolis, Steer and York

Against Motion:          Cr Passas

Absent:                        Cr Porteous

 

As this amendment was carried, it was incorporated into the primary motion.

 

Councillor Porteous returned to the Meeting at 9:54 pm.

 

C0321(2) Item 10       Council's Insurance Claim Processing System

Motion: (Byrne/Passas)

 

THAT Council defer consideration of this item to the April Ordinary Meeting and that data on the assessment awarding of claims be included in the report. This report should also address the rationale for and the cost of outsourcing the management of the under deductible/excess claims for its Public Liability Professional Indemnity and Motor Vehicle insurance, and assessing whether these services should be brought back into Council’s operations. 

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Hesse, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, McKenna OAM, Passas, Porteous, Stamolis, Steer and York

Against Motion:          Nil

 

C0321(2) Item 11       Notice of Motion: Yabsley Ave, Ashfield - Proposed Pedestrian           Access Point

Motion: (Kiat/Byrne)

 

THAT Council facilitate an onsite meeting in March 2021 at Yabsley Avenue with residents of Yabsley Ave and relevant officers from Inner West Council and City of Canterbury-Bankstown Council to consider resident concerns regarding the proposed pedestrian access point in DA-826/2020 and possible actions both Councils can take to address these concerns. To be reported back to Council in April 2021.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Hesse, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, McKenna OAM, Passas, Porteous, Stamolis, Steer and York

Against Motion:          Nil

 

C0321(2) Item 13       Notice of Motion: Odour Control Unit in Wolli Valley

Motion: (Porteous/Hesse)

 

THAT Council:

 

1.   Express its continuing support for the Wolli Creek Regional Park and the popular Two Valley Trail;

 

2.   Note that the Park is still incomplete more than 20 years after it was announced by the NSW Government and that it is again threatened by the action of a State agency;

 

3.   Writes to the Minister for Water, Property and Housing, urging her to personally and urgently review Sydney Water’s proposed location for an Odour Control Unit at Unwin St, Earlwood, given its major impact on a valued regional resource and ask that it be relocated outside Wolli Creek Regional Park;

 

4.   Writes to the Minister for the Environment, to expedite land transfers to formalise the park boundaries and secure the future of Wolli Creek Regional Park; and

 

5.   Use its publicity channels to alert Inner West residents to the issue.  

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Hesse, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, McKenna OAM, Passas, Porteous, Stamolis, Steer and York

Against Motion:          Nil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C0321(2) Item 14       Notice of Motion: GreenWay Steering Committee and GreenWay         Officer

Motion: (Kiat/Lockie)

 

THAT Council:

1.    Acknowledge the crucial community liaison role (separate from general community members and/or those with direct property interests) played by the Greenway Steering Committee and support its continuation, to be supported by the return of a GreenWay officer role; and

 

2.    Receive a report outlining options for the GreenWay Steering Committee and a dedicated GreenWay officer ahead of the 2021/22 budget, following consultation with key community stakeholders. 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Hesse, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, McKenna OAM, Porteous, Stamolis, Steer and York

Against Motion:          Cr Passas

 

C0321(2) Item 15       Notice of Motion: Traffic Assessment around Ashfield Pool

Motion: (Passas/Byrne)

 

THAT as a matter of urgency, given the major impact the new Ashfield Pool is having on traffic, parking and safety, that this be referred to the Local Traffic Committee and be reported to an Ordinary Council meeting in May 2021.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Hesse, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, McKenna OAM, Passas, Porteous, Stamolis, Steer and York

Against Motion:          Nil

 

C0321(2) Item 17       Notice of Motion: Print and Post infringement notice

Motion: (Byrne/Passas)

           

 

THAT Council:

 

1.   Notes the Councillor Briefing Note proposing Regulatory Services implement a 6-month trial of Revenue NSW’s Print and Post service;

 

2.   Notes the Council resolution of 13 October 2020 in relation to the use of technology in Parking Management and Enforcement;

 

3.   Receives a report on what community consultation, particularly with residents and affected business owners, was undertaken prior to making the decision to implement a 6-month trial of the Print and Post service: and

 

4.   Defers any implementation of a Print and Post trial until a report on the upcoming tender for the provision of parking technology comes to Council.

 

 

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Hesse, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, McKenna OAM, Passas, Porteous, Stamolis, Steer and York

Against Motion:          Nil

 

Confidential Session

 

Motion: (Byrne/Macri)

 

THAT Council enter into Confidential session.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Hesse, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, McKenna OAM, Passas, Porteous, Stamolis, Steer and York

Against Motion:          Nil

 

 

That in accordance with Section 10A(1) of the Local Government Act 1993, the following matters be considered in Closed Session of Council for the reasons provided:

 

C0321(2) Item 21  Lambert Park Lease Negotiations update (Section 10A(2)(c) of the Local Government Act 1993) that would, if disclosed, confer a commercial advantage on a person with whom the council is conducting (or proposes to conduct) business. 

 

Motion: (Byrne/Lockie)

 

THAT Council move back into the Open Session of the Council Meeting.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Hesse, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, McKenna OAM, Porteous, Stamolis, Steer and York

Against Motion:          Nil

 

 

Extension of Time

 

Motion: (Byrne/Hesse)

 

THAT the meeting be extended until 11.20pm.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Hesse, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, McKenna OAM, Passas, Porteous, Stamolis, Steer and York

Against Motion:          Nil

 

Councillor Stamolis retired from the Meeting at 11:10 pm.

 

 

 

Reports with Confidential Information

 

C0321(2) Item 21       Lambert Park Lease Negotiations update

Motion: (Macri/Iskandar)

THAT:

1.    Council officers progress option 1 (amended) to continue to negotiate a lease based on the principles of exclusive access in return for community access for schools during school hours;

 

2.    Council suspends the operation of Clause 10(2) (c) and (d) of the Land & Property Policy for the purpose of finalizing a lease of Lambert Park to the Apia Club of 10 years plus a 5 year option;

 

3.    Council confirms that a requirement of a new lease is a documented maintenance program agreed between the Apia Club & Council, where any maintenance obligations fall to the Club;

 

4.    Council and Apia Club jointly apply to obtain grant funds to replace the existing synthetic pitch and if funds are not available Apia agrees to fund these works when the pitch fails to meet Football NSW standards. Noting that they will have access to the sinking fund which currently sits at $270,000;

 

5.    Apia Club be responsible for all other capital  improvements which are largely designed to benefit the Club and community. The improvements that require consent be lodged for assessment with Council;

 

6.    Council agrees that a breach of the lease terms will be reported to Council;

 

7.    Council seeks a new lease to be negotiated by the 30 June 2021;

 

8.    On the signing of the Lease the Club reimburse the council for the cost of the removal of the Grandstand  roof. Note the Club has replaced the roof at their expense; and

 

9.    The Apia Club provides $26,000 p.a rent and contribute $45,000 p.a into the sinking fund.

Motion Lost

For Motion:                 Crs Iskandar and Macri

Against Motion:          Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Hesse, Kiat, Lockie, McKenna OAM, Porteous, Steer and York

 

 

Foreshadowed Motion (McKenna OAM/Porteous)

 

THAT:

1.    Council agrees to APIA continuing to lease the ground under current conditions while a lease renewal is being negotiated and outstanding issues are being addressed;

2.    Council writes to the Club seeking confirmation about the revenue generated from the hiring and sub-leasing of the ground to allow for a fair and transparent assessment of renewed leasing conditions;

3.    Council receives a further report from Council officers on the development consent issues and health and safety issues identified in the report;

4.    A report on the financial information received from the Club in point 2 and the response to development consent issues and health and safety issues as outlined in point 3 be brought to the May 2021 meeting of Council;

5.    Council require that any new lease of Lambert Park ensures that the sporting field and the related facilities (toilets etc) are made available to third party community groups. There should be a minimum number of hours and times during the week (to be agreed) that the sporting field is designated for community use. Priority should be given to users located within the Inner West council area;

6.    Council requires that the community use of Lambert Park has oversight of council staff, including the charging of any fees;

7.    Rent from APIA for Lambert Park should be in line with any income generated from use of Lambert Park by APIA including sub-leasing to third parties;

8.    Council include Action Points 3 – 7 from the Confidential report. Exclude Points 1 and 2; and
 

9.    The new lease to be brought to a Council meeting to be approved before signing.  

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Hesse, Kiat, Lockie, McKenna OAM, Porteous, Steer and York

Against Motion:          Crs Iskandar and Macri

 

 Meeting closed at 11.16pm.

 

Public Speakers:

 

 

Item #

 

Speaker                     

Suburb

Item 1:

Harri Bancroft

Newtown

Item 4:

Lorna Grear

Annandale

Item 5:

Susan Trousdale

John O’Brien

Rozelle

Stanmore

Item 10:

Colin Stokes

Camperdown

Item 11:

Muhilan Sriravindrarajah

Paul Pagini

Ashfield

Ashfield

Item 13:

Peter Stevens

Bexley North

Item 15:

Chung Chan

Croydon

Item 16:

David Murrant

Lilyfield

Item 21:

Franco Parisi

Ashleigh Palombi

Georgia Yeoman-Dale

Chiswick

Queensclff

Kirribilli

 

 

 

Unconfirmed minutes of the Ordinary Council meeting held on 9 March 2021.


Council Meeting

13 April 2021

 

 

Minutes of Extraordinary Council Meeting held on 30 March 2021 at Ashfield Service Centre

 

Meeting commenced at 6.32pm

 

 

 

Present:

Darcy Byrne

Victor Macri

Marghanita Da Cruz Mark Drury

Lucille McKenna OAM

Colin Hesse

Sam Iskandar

Tom Kiat

Pauline Lockie

Julie Passas

Vittoria Raciti

John Stamolis

Louise Steer

Anna York
Brian Barrett

Mark Anderson

Scott Phillips

Mayor

Deputy Mayor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Acting General Manager

LGNSW Management Solutions

Chief Executive Officer LGNSW Management Solutions

 

 

APOLOGIES:       

 

Motion: (Da Cruz/Kiat)

 

THAT apologies from Councillor Porteous be accepted.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Drury, Hesse, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, McKenna OAM, Passas, Raciti, Stamolis, Steer and York

Against Motion:          Nil

 

 

DISCLOSURES OF INTERESTS:                Nil

 

 

 


 

 

Confidential Session

 

Motion: (Hesse/Drury)

 

THAT Council enter into Confidential session.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Drury, Hesse, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, McKenna OAM, Passas, Raciti, Stamolis, Steer and York

Against Motion:          Nil

 

Procedural Motion: (Passas)

 

THAT Councillor Byrne stand down as Mayor

 

The Mayor ruled this motion Out of Order as the meeting was already in Closed Session and Item 1 was being considered.

 

The Mayor issued a warning at 6.34pm to Clr Passas for her repeated interjections.

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

6.34pm - The Mayor, Clr Byrne adjourned the meeting for a short recess.

6.35pm– The Mayor, Clr Byrne resumed the meeting.

 

The Mayor issued a second warning at 6:37pm to Clr Passas for her repeated interjections.

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

6.37pm - The Mayor, Clr Byrne adjourned the meeting for a short recess.

6.43pm– The Mayor, Clr Byrne resumed the meeting.

 

Motion of Dissent: (Passas/Stamolis)

THAT dissent be moved in the Chairperson’s ruling that the Councillor’s procedural motion for Councillor Byrne to stand down as Mayor was out of order.

 

Motion Lost

For Motion:                 Crs Passas and Stamolis

Against Motion:          Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Drury, Hesse, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, McKenna OAM, Raciti, Steer and York

 

The Mayor’s ruling was upheld.

                         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That in accordance with Section 10A(1) of the Local Government Act 1993, the following matters be considered in Closed Session of Council for the reasons provided:

 

C0321(2) Item 1         Recruitment of Permanent General Manager contains personnel matters concerning particular individuals (other than councillors) (Section 10A(2)(a) of the Local Government Act 1993)

 

 

The Mayor, Councillor Byrne left the meeting and vacated the chair at 7:43 pm and the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Macri assumed the Chair.

 

Councillor Passas left the meeting at 7.47pm

 

The Mayor, Councillor Byrne returned to the Meeting at 7:48 pm. The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Macri vacated the Chair and the Mayor, Councillor Byrne assumed the Chair.

 

Councillor Passas returned to the meeting at 7.48pm

 

The Mayor, Councillor Byrne left the meeting and vacated the chair at 7:56 pm and the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Macri assumed the Chair.

 

 

The Mayor, Councillor Byrne returned to the Meeting at 7:57 pm. The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Macri vacated the Chair and the Mayor, Councillor Byrne assumed the Chair.

 

Councillor Passas left the meeting at 8.22pm

 

Councillor Passas returned to the meeting at 8.24pm

 

Reports with Confidential Information

 

C0321(2) Item 1  Recruitment of Permanent General Manager

Motion: (Drury/Hesse)

 

THAT Council note the deliberations of the Selection Panel report prepared by the independent external facilitator, LGNSW Management Solutions, on behalf of the Selection Panel and Council offers Candidate A the position of General Manager and that in the event Candidate A does not accept the offer, Candidate B be offered the position.

 

Candidate A received 9 votes from Councillors Byrne, Da Cruz, Drury, Hesse, Iskandar, Kiat,      McKenna OAM, Steer and York.

 

Candidate B received 5 votes from Councillors Lockie, Macri, Passas, Raciti and Stamolis.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Drury, Hesse, Iskandar, Kiat, McKenna OAM, Steer and York

Against Motion:          Crs Lockie, Macri, Passas, Raciti and Stamolis

 

 

Councillors Lockie and York left the meeting at 8.52pm.

 

Councillors Lockie and York returned to the meeting at 8:53pm.

 

Councillor Lockie left the meeting at 8.56pm.

 

Councillor Lockie returned to the meeting at 8.57pm.

 

Councillor Passas retired from the meeting at 9.01pm.

 

Councillor Hesse left the meeting at 9.02pm.

 

Councillor Hesse returned to the meeting at 9.05pm.

 

Councillors Macri and Raciti retired from the meeting at 9.23pm.

 

Motion: (Kiat/Steer)

 

THAT Council:

 

1.    Offer a contract of employment for the position of General Manager of the Inner West Council for a period of 5 years including a total annual remuneration package within the range identified in the Acting General Manager’s confidential report and negotiations be undertaken by LG Management Solutions and the contract be signed by Councillors Kiat and Steer;

 

2.    Note that the form of contract of employment is required to be the Standard Contract for the Employment of General Managers as approved by the Chief Executive of the Division of Local Government;

 

3.    Note that LGNSW Management Solutions will assist in the development of a performance agreement for the new General Manager;

 

4.    Note that the appointment is made in accordance with merit selection principles as required by s349 of the Local Government Act;

 

5.    Note that the recruitment process has been carried out and completed in accordance with the Local Government Act and the Office of Local Government’s guidelines for the appointment of General Managers;

 

6.    Ensure all documentation produced and submitted through the process be maintained and properly recorded in accordance with statutory obligations and Freedom of Information principles; and

 

7.    Appoint the Chief Operating Officer as acting General Manager between 9 April 2021 and the commencement of the new General Manager.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Drury, Hesse, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, McKenna OAM, Stamolis, Steer and York

Against Motion:          Nil

Absent:                        Crs Macri, Passas and Raciti

 

 

 

Motion: (Kiat/Steer)

 

THAT Council move back into the Open Session of the Council Meeting.

 

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Drury, Hesse, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, McKenna OAM, Stamolis, Steer and York

Against Motion:          Nil

Absent:                        Crs Macri, Passas and Raciti

 

 

Meeting closed at 9.35 pm.

 

 

 

 

 


Council Meeting

13 April 2021

 

 

Item No:         C0421(1) Item 1

Subject:         Inner West Zero Waste Strategy           

Prepared By:      Helen Bradley - Manager Resource Recovery Planning  

Authorised By:  Brian Barrett - Acting General Manager

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT Council support the Zero Waste Strategy being placed on public exhibition for community feedback.

 

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

The Inner West Zero Waste Strategy outlines how Council and the community are required to collectively take responsibility for waste and recycling and to work together to ensure resources can be valued as part of a circular economy. A circular economy requires resource-efficiency, avoiding waste creation throughout the product lifecycle and keeping resources in use for as long as possible.

 

This Zero Waste Strategy will align to the National Waste Policy – Less Waste, More Resources 2018, and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 12 of responsible consumption and production and community expectation as well as aligning with Council’s Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework.

 

The development of the strategy included community research through a survey and focus groups which tested knowledge, awareness, and behaviours around waste in our community. The key take-outs were the need for:

 

·    improved waste and recycling information

·    food waste avoidance, reuse, and recycling

·    drop-off centres for hard to recycle, reuse and safe disposal of tricky items.

 

The Inner West Environmental Advisory Committee also provided feedback on the draft strategy with a focus on organics, reuse, repair, and access to drop off facilities.

 

This led to the development of five key priorities which within the strategy has associated targets and actions:

 

1.   Avoid waste generation

2.   Reduce organic waste

3.   Recycle and buy recycled

4.   Problem waste

5.   Collaboration and advocacy

Implementation of the Zero Waste Strategy will be embedded in Council’s Integrated Planning and Reporting (IPR) Framework with timelines to ensure that priorities are included in the long-term planning and short-term delivery of Council’s projects and programs.

 

 

Service Alignment

All processing contracts and services have been aligned across IWC with the exception of recycling and clean-up.

 

The bulky household clean-up will be aligned from July 2021 allowing all residents to book collections as required (unrestricted frequency) with the introduction of the new online booking system.

 

Recycling is proposed to become a commingled 1-bin system (changing the Leichhardt 2-bin system with separated containers and paper), depending on advice from the NSW EPA through its draft 20-year waste strategy due for release shortly.

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

The Zero Waste Strategy is supported by a ten-year financial model for domestic waste, a summary of which was presented at a Council briefing on 16 February 2021.

 

All actions are budgeted within the domestic waste management budget and operational plan.

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Zero Waste Strategy


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Council Meeting

13 April 2021

 

 

Item No:         C0421(1) Item 2

Subject:         Live music and entertainment conditions           

Prepared By:      Jarrad Sheather - Strategic Planner  

Authorised By:  Harjeet Atwal - Senior Manager Planning

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT Council:

 

1.       Facilitate removal of live music and entertainment conditions only from development consents via Section 4.55(1A) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 in all business and industrial zones and waive application fees applicable under Council’s Fees and Charges Policy (subject to point 2 below);

 

2.       Incorporate the fee waiver in the proposed 2021/2022 Fees and Charges Policy and be exhibited in accordance with the Local Government Act; and

 

3.       Retain existing procedures for the assessment of applications to amend entertainment conditions on sites located in zones residential, recreational and other non-business and industrial zones.

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

On 11 December 2020 changes were made to NSW liquor laws and the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (the Act) to support live music and performance, arts and cultural events at licensed venues. These changes remove conditions relating to live entertainment from liquor licenses and outline different options to remove live entertainment conditions from existing development consents for licensed venues. What constitutes live entertainment conditions is listed in the Liquor Act 2007 (Attachment 1). Live entertainment conditions do not include conditions relating to noise.

 

Under the recent changes, Council is able to remove live entertainment conditions from all existing development consents under certain conditions (Attachment 2) including publishing a notice on council’s website declaring that all conditions of the development consents that are live entertainment conditions do not apply. Council can choose whether to apply this declaration to:

1.   the entire local government area (LGA), or

2.   a suburb in the LGA, or

3.   a specified use of land in the LGA or a suburb.

 

Council officers considered the implications of removing conditions in this manner which included consultation with various internal sections of Council and also various other Sydney-based councils via the Nighttime Economic Committee of Councils. Subsequent to this consultation, the approach is considered inappropriate in Inner West due to the large number of historic uses such as pubs in residential areas as it infers a high level of risk to neighbourhood amenity.

 

It also poses compliance issues for Council as Liquor and Gaming NSW have advised that the onus sits with Council to investigate and take action against any breaches to neighbourhood amenity such as noise arising from venues where live entertainment conditions are removed. This is extremely difficult for Council as many venues have older consents that do not have any noise conditions or outdated noise conditions. This will require Council’s Compliance Officers to rely on the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 (POEO Act 1997) to deal with noise complaints. This Act only identifies “offensive noise” as warranting compliance action, a term which is ambiguous, difficult to determine and maintain consistency across the LGA.

 

Support for the local night-time economy, live music and cultural sectors is important to Council and the fulfillment of the Inner West Community Strategic Plan. In response to the legislation changes, an alternative means of removing live entertainment conditions is recommended.

 

Venues located within business or industrial zones that wish to remove live entertainment conditions only, could do so via the lodgment of a modification (minor) application to Council under Section 4.55(1A) of the Act. This enables Council to impose alternative conditions to ameliorate impacts, such as acoustic conditions that are in line with current standards and impose requirements for Plans of Management. To facilitate this application process, it is recommended the fees be waived for modification (minor) applications under Section 4.55(1A) of the Act.

 

Licensed premises located within residential and other zones would need to apply to vary their conditions in the usual way via the lodgment of a modification application to Council under Section 4.55(2) of the Act to enable possible impacts to be adequately assessed.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

modification applications under Section 4.55(1A) of the Act venues located within business or industrial zones that wish to remove live entertainment conditions only, it is recommended the relevant fees be waived under Council’s Fees and Charges Policy. This is considered to have a minimal impact on the overall revenue stream for the Development Assessment Team as these applications are minor and require minimal resources for completion.

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Liquor Act 2007 -  Schedule 1 - Clause 70

2.

Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979- Schedule 8

  


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13 April 2021

 

 

Item No:         C0421(1) Item 3

Subject:         King George Park and WestConnex:Community Engagement Outcomes on Future Local Area Improvments           

Prepared By:      Aaron Callaghan - Parks and Recreation Planning Manager  

Authorised By:  Elizabeth Richardson - Chief Operating Officer, Director Development and Recreation

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT:

 

1.       Council note the key priorities which the local community and sporting ground users have highlighted for infrastructure improvements in the King George Park precinct area of Rozelle.

 

2.       Prior to committing funding for the priority upgrades, Council receive a further report on the likely cost implications of:

 

a)   undertaking a rationalisation and rebuild of the King George Park Car Park to improve park user safety;

 

b)   Estimated costings with regards to a future upgrade of Constellation Playground; and

 

c)   Footpath and roading assessments within the surrounding residential streets to ascertain the estimated costings of roading and footpath infrastructure improvements which are required in response to community concerns.

 

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

At its meeting on 27 October 2020, Council carried a motion regarding King George Park and WestConnex with respect to noting the $2.875 million Council is to receive from WestConnex for the compulsory acquisition of 2,285sqm of land at King George Park. As part of this motion, Council also resolved to consult local residents and local sporting organisations (which utilise the reserve) on key priorities for local improvements with preference given to parks or reserves in areas significantly affected by WestConnex Stage 3B.

In terms of WestConnex Stage 3B, King George Park has been significantly impacted as has the car park within the park and the surrounding residential streets and residential amenity.  In addition the community has also lost Buruwan Park in Lilyfield due to the construction of the West Connex Stage 3B motorway.

 

Community Engagement

Council has undertaken two separate community engagement sessions in relation to key priorities for local improvements. This being immediate residential community engagement and secondly sporting user engagement with Balmain Little Athletics, Leichhardt Saints and Leichhardt Juniors Rugby League Club who enjoy seasonal sporting usage of King George Park.

 

 

 

Residential Community Engagement

Community engagement with local residents was commenced on the 19th November via a SurveyMonkey organised by the Mayor’s office. This survey closed 7th December 2020. Residents in the following streets were invited to submit suggestions and comments: Byrne St, Manning St, Clubb St, Toelle St, Callan St, Springside St, McCleer St and Moodie St were asked to respond to an online survey on Survey Monkey. A total of 22 people responded with ideas and suggestions. The full survey results are attached in Attachment 1. In summary the key improvements proposed were:

·    Footpath and Roading improvements in the surrounding residential streets

·    Traffic improvements in local streets

·    A full upgrade to Constellation Playground

Sporting User Engagement

Council officers met with key representatives of the three sporting clubs which utilise and enjoy access to King George Park on Thursday 4 February 2021. A full copy of the minutes of this meeting can be viewed in Attachment 2. Sporting clubs highlighted that their key priority was for the sporting ground refurbishment. These works are already currently budgeted for and planned for September 2022 (the timing of this work program is supported by local sporting clubs). Works include sports training lighting upgrades and a full rebuild of the sports surface. The second highest priority was that of safety and rationalisation of the King George Car Park. Safety issues are significant given the high amount of junior sports which is played at the park as well as informal recreational use from members of the public. Car parking improvements would include a full rationalisation, design and build of a new purpose-built car park to service the park and the immediate neighborhood.

 

It is recommended that Council receive a further report on the likely cost implications of undertaking a rationalisation and rebuild of the King George Park Car Park to improve park user safety and also estimated costings with regards to a future upgrade of Constellation Playground . In addition to the King George Park car park and playground upgrade proposals, a footpath and roading assessment should also be undertaken within the surrounding residential streets to ascertain what roading and footpath infrastructure improvements are required in response to community concerns.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

$2.875 million to spend on local neighborhood improvements in the King George Park precinct area of Rozelle.

 

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

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Residential Engagement Outcomes

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Sporting Ground Stakeholder Engagmenet Outcomes

  


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A persons sitting on a bench under a tree looking over the water view at Kind George Park.

 

 

 

Engagement outcomes report

King George Park resident survey


 

 

Contents

Summary. 3

Background. 3

Engagement Methods. 3

Promotion. 3

Engagement outcomes. 3

Who did we hear from?. 3

What did they say?. 4

 


 

Summary

This engagement was undertaken with residents living in streets adjacent to King George Park who are significantly impacted by the construction of WestConnex stage 3B.

The engagement opened on 19 November and closed 7 December 2020. Residents living in Byrne St, Manning St, Clubb St, Toelle St, Callan St, Springside St, McCleer St and Moodie St were asked to respond to an online survey on Survey Monkey. They were asked to list their priorities for improvements in the local area. A total of 22 people responded with ideas and suggestions.

Background

At its meeting on 27 October 2020 Council carried a motion regarding King George Park and WestConnex.  The decision was that Council:

1.    Notes the $2.875 million Council received for the compulsory acquisition of 2,285sqm of land at King George Park);

2.   Receive a report back on how the $1.343 million can be dedicated to improving the recreational facilities at King George Park or our other Crown reserves, with preference to be given to parks or reserves in areas significantly affected by WestConnex Stage 3B;

3.   Notes the list of priorities of sporting organisations that use King George Park for the sporting ground;

4.   Sends a letter from the Mayor to residents of Byrne St, Manning St, Clubb St, Toelle St, Callan St, Springside St, McCleer St and Moodie St asking for their priorities for improvements of public amenities in the area, which will be reported to Council at an Ordinary meeting; and

5.   Consults with Balmain Little Athletics, Leichhardt Saints and Leichhardt Juniors Rugby League Club on their priorities and, following this consultation, tabled at an Ordinary meeting.

This engagement was a response to an action item number four as outlined above. 

Residents living in Byrne, Manning, Clubb, Toelle, Callan, Springside, McCleer and Moodie Streets received a letter from the Mayor outlining the information about the NSW Government’s compulsory acquisition of 2,285 sqm of land at Kind George Park for WestConnex M4-M5 Link project and the compensation received. Residents were encouraged to provide feedback via Survey Monkey on how the $1.3million in compensation could be spent to improve the area.

 

Engagement Methods

 

·    Online through Survey Monkey at: surveymonkey.com

 

Promotion

·    The engagement was promoted with a Mayoral letter distributed in the specified streets.

Engagement outcomes

 

Who did we hear from?

Respondents were asked to select the street they live in.

The bar chart shows the responses to Please select the street you live in. 
Byrne Street - 3
Manning Street - 2
Clubb Street - 2
Toelle Street - 3
Callan Street - 6
Springside Street - 3
McCleer Street - 0
Moodie Street - 2
Other - 3
The top number of responders lived in:

·    Callan Street

·    Springside Street

·    Toelle Streets

·    Responders who selected ‘other’ option listed Park, Margaret and Cambridge Streets as their residence. 

 

What did they say?

Online via surveymonkey.com

Residents were asked single open comment question.

What are your priorities for improvements in the local area including Byrne St, Manning St, Clubb St, Toelle St, Callan St, Springside St, McCleer St and Moodie St which have been significantly affected by the construction of WestConnex Stage 3B?

From the 22 comments eight themes emerged.

Number of comments

Theme

Details and specific suggestions

9

Re-surfacing the streets and footpaths

The residents are concerned with the repeated digging up of the streets and re patching works creating dangerous road surfaces.  Paint markings on footpaths and uneven surfaces creating safety issues.

9

Traffic management and enforcement of traffic rules

Callan Street clear and large signage to indicate shared zone and speed limits with specific children about signage.

Better speed reducing treatments and increased threshold treatment in Callan Street

Better road markings

Closure of Moodie Street

Pedestrian crossing at Terry Street and Victoria Road

Installing speed humps in Toelle Street when it re-opens

Residents are being penalised parking in resident parking zone without permits during weekend sporting events as their street parking is occupied by visitors. 

9

Improvements to the playgrounds, facilities and amenities within the park

Tables for table tennis, barbeque & seating areas closer to the water with shading, change netball poll to multi use pole.

Additional toilets for children, adequate storage facilities for all sports, replace the containers with a permanent facility for all park users locals and visitors.

Restoration off all signs

Constellation playground upgrade, including shade sails and new water play area and nature playground, more swings, smaller slides, trampoline, bike repair station

Tennis or astro facility, community herb garden, street art, clearing the mini beach from oyster shells/sharp rocks so kids can use it.

Smoothing out the passage way behind the power station and installing subtle lighting.

Renovating the two or three house like structures in Callan park to be useful to people - charity ran

coffee shop or Springside Brewing pit stop!

More bins around park facilities

6

Streets landscaping and streetlights

Convert unused footpath that runs along the wall to Callan Park into a native garden nature strip, replace small garden beds on top of Manning Street with more interesting collection of native plans

New landscaping for the garden beds at the Manning Street housing estate.

Installation of streetlights in Clubb Street,

Decent streets landscaping of all streets

More nature strips with small shrubs Cambridge to Moodie and along Moodie Street

 

6

Other

Residents shared their experiences of dust and noise pollution, parking issues due to WestConnex workers and other inconvenience to their lives.

These issues are exasperating existing health issue like asthma and allergies and impacting their mental health

Soundproofing of older apartments.

Resident feedback on the new pocket park in Clubb Street.

Lobby RMS to introduce 2x2 lanes and bike lane on Victoria Road.

Council should not add to the multitudes of issues caused by WestConnex.

 

 

5

Car park upgrade

Fixing the car park at King George Park including the storm water issues, lighting and construct a barrier between the car park and the park.

3

Removal of boats and trailers

Boats, trailers, old vans and cars parked permanently in the park on the grass.

 

3

Regular cleaning and maintenance

Footpaths, bubblers in the park, empty bins regularly, cut grass on centre island

 


Council Meeting

13 April 2021

 

 

King George Park Stakeholder meeting

 

Date: 3pm Thursday 4 February

Location: King George clubhouse and site walkaround

 

Reason for meeting: as directed by Mayoral Minute Point 5 Item 16 from 27 October 2020 Council meeting

 

C1020(2) Item 16         Mayoral Minute: King George Park and WestConnex

Motion: (Byrne)

 

THAT Council:

1.   Notes the $2.875 million Council received for the compulsory acquisition of 2,285sqm of land at King George Park);

2.   Receive a report back on how the $1.343 million can be dedicated to improving the recreational facilities at King George Park or our other Crown reserves, with preference to be given to parks or reserves in areas significantly affected by WestConnex Stage 3B;

3.   Notes the list of priorities of sporting organisations that use King George Park for the sporting ground;

4.   Sends a letter from the Mayor to residents of Byrne St, Manning St, Clubb St, Toelle St, Callan St, Springside St, McCleer St and Moodie St asking for their priorities for improvements of public amenities in the area, which will be reported to Council at an Ordinary meeting; and

5.   Consults with Balmain Little Athletics, Leichhardt Saints and Leichhardt Juniors Rugby League Club on their priorities and, following this consultation, tabled at an Ordinary meeting.

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Drury, Iskandar, Lockie, Macri, McKenna OAM, Raciti, Stamolis and Steer

Against Motion:          Crs Hesse, Kiat and Passas


 

Summary of meeting discussion

 

#1 Priority for all clubs

 

Upgrade of turf ground. This includes:

-     Quality turf

-     Drainage

-     Irrigation

-     Leveling (currently athletics field track 4-6 are on a slope on the Bay end).

 

All clubs understand that:

-     Council has budgeted for this and was intended to be done last year but due to priority projects of Tempe Reserve and Henson Park was delayed a year.

-     It will be done over the summer season which will mean that BLAC loses the ground for that season

-     BLAC’s 50th year is this coming summer season 2021-22 and have requested that the ground upgrade occurs in the summer of 2022-23

-     All stakeholders support this.

 

Note: Any additional improvements to the sports field and lighting, that would not be funded by Council’s budget, is welcome to be considered with the West Connex funding. Requested to be consulted on what is within Council’s budget at the appropriate time.

 

 

#2 Car park improvements

 

All agreed that car park could do improvements and rationalisation to address safety and use. This would include:

   Marked out spaces

   Time limits

   Removal or limitation of trailers, boats, and caravans

   Addressing the drainage

   Line markings of safe pedestrian walkways

   Clearance of overgrown grass that hides stones

   Signage and direction indicators

   Safety lighting.

 

All noted that improvements would be on a sliding scale depending on what works were to be done. This needed investigation to ensure improvements were made without overspend. Parking would increasingly become an issue if Callan Park removed parking.

 

Note: for LSFC and BLAC this was a strong priority. LJFC agreed the car park could be improved.

 

 

#3 Storage

 

All agreed that improvements could be made to storage. However, all managed with existing storage facilities. BLAC would benefit from easier access if location shifted to a permanent storage facility. LJRLFC would like more space.

 

The idea of having a storage facility into the side of the hill was supported. They understand Council cannot make this decision and would have to consult utilities and government. In previous discussions it was not possible, but Council agreed they would try again.

 

#4 Individual requests

 

 

Priority

Leichhardt Saints FC

Balmain Little Athletics

 

Leichhardt Juniors RLFC

1

 Field upgrade

Field upgrade

Field upgrade

2

 Car park

Car park

Changerooms (see details below)

3

Storage

Storage

Storage

4

 Electric scoreboard

Electric scoreboard

Electric scoreboard

5

 Biggest needs are at Balmain Road and SSC for storage, canteen & toilets

Long Jump Pits

   Lengthening synthetic on second long runway to match the other

   Safe crossing on Bay Run adjacent to long jump pit. Kids crossing to and from pits are at risk of cyclists. The Bay Walk is very busy and cyclist coming from Leichhardt direction turn corner into decline and are at speed. Accidents have occurred. BLAC has tried to manage it with adult volunteers but clear signage needed.

   Lip on sand pit to reduce sand loss.

Changerooms

 

LJRLFC Changerooms

 

Priority #1, after field improvements. Changerooms are of high priority to LJJRLFC due to the nature of the code and player needs.

 

Players of all ages are strapped and checked physically by physiotherapist and other medical professionals. The need access to privacy, change facilities and showers. This is a standard provision at rugby league grounds. It is important to both male and female players.

 

Type of changerooms can be discussed from minimums to have basic covers. For example, could be treatment room, change room with single shower, depends what the space can provide. Consultation and provision of minimum standards from peak Rugby League has been provided by Stacey Pittendergh.

 

 

Follow up for Mandy/Carla

   Check the LUX of the lights and if any improvements can be made with existing fittings

   Electrician to check power capacity in canteen once hirers have organized their appliances be tagged and tested

   Branches over discuss cages

   Encroaching bush regeneration boundary and loose logs on hill side that have dislodge (possible bush regeneration responsibility)

   Glass repair of clubroom door

   Security & damage in & around amenity block

   Grant opportunities to deal with smaller requests (i.e., Club house fit out, long jump extension.

 

 

Actions by the Clubs

   Have all appliances in canteen tagged and tested.

 

 


Council Meeting

13 April 2021

 

 

Item No:         C0421(1) Item 4

Subject:         Fishing Hazard Assessment-Council Foreshore Reserves           

Prepared By:      Aaron Callaghan - Parks and Recreation Planning Manager  

Authorised By:  Elizabeth Richardson - Chief Operating Officer, Director Development and Recreation

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT Council note the recent actions that Council staff have enacted to address fishing hazards within Council foreshore reserves, including the installation of new fishing tackle bins, educational signage and increased foreshore maintenance and inspections.

 

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

conduct an assessment of locations where fishing occurs on the Balmain Peninsula to address physical and health risks to persons and pets from fish hooks and other associated material left in these areas; and to report back to April 2021 Council meeting on how best this problem might be resolved. 

 

Council officers have reviewed high profile foreshore parks within the Balmain Peninsula as well as met with local residents and park users to discuss the issue of fishing hazards along the foreshore.  Council has highlighted to local residents and park users the steps it is taking to address this issue. This report summaries the main issues associated with fishing in foreshore parks and highlights the challenges which Council is tasked with in managing  recreational fishing.

 

Fishing- Balmain Peninsula

Fishing is a popular recreational activity along Council’s foreshore reserves and fishing itself is historically and culturally important to many people of different cultures and backgrounds.  Fishing by first indigenous Australians, including fish and shellfish gathering was very important, not just as a local and nutritional food source, but also for spiritual reasons.

 

Current day fishing in Council’s foreshore reserves largely takes place in the evening hours.

 

Recreational fishing can be grouped into two distinct groups which by its very nature is motivation based in terms of ‘catch’ and ‘non catch’. Catch related motivations include the need to provide a food source. Non-catch fishing motivations include the need for relaxation, being at one with nature, socialisation and escape from the everyday pressures and routines of life such as work and education.

 

Council’s foreshore parks provide a diverse range of recreational experiences and our parks are also used for many different type of recreational uses including, play, walking, access to the foreshore for boating and kayaking, companion animal exercise and important celebration events including weddings and children’s birthday parties.

 


 

Current Concerns

Local residents and park users have highlighted to Council that despite the presence of litter bins there are issues in a number of foreshore parks with discarded fishing lines and fish hooks. These have been highlighted as an ongoing park management issue, especially in the foreshore parks of Illoura Reserve, Peacock Point, Thornton Park and Simmons Point Reserve.

As part of the investigations on this issue, Council staff organised and met with four local residents and park users on the 24th February 2021. The key park management issues raised by residents are outlined in Table 1.0 below.

 

A number of issues raised by local residents were taken on notice (at the meeting) as further advice (including evening and early morning ranger patrols) required input from other sections of Council. This further advice is also included in Table 1.0.

 

 

Table 1.0 Key Park User and Residential Issues

 

Management Issue

Council Officer Comment

Risks to companion animals has been highlighted by Park Users as significant.

 

A number of dog owners have informed Council that they been exposed to vet bills of over $3,000 in treatment fees associated with removing and treating pets which have ingested hooks. On top this the emotional impact and stress on owners is also an issue.

Refer to photos supplied by Residents and Park users in Attachment B

Council has undertaken an audit of areas where fishing is popular and is installing new branded tangle line bins in parks along with new educational signage to educate fishers.

Discarded nappies, litter, food waste, balloons, glitter, party poppers and confetti are also impacting upon the marine environment and the park generally. 

 

Smoking should also be banned in parks.

 

Councils parks are regularly cleaned and maintained and where possible and accessible bins are provided for the provision of park user waste.

 

A comprehensive environmental policy is required by Council on environmental impact activities including balloons, party poppers and confetti.  These could be included as vetting management issues through Council’s Park booking approval process. Formal Council endorsement on a policy direction in this regard would be required.

 

A Smoke Free Policy in parks across the Inner West Council are would also be required.

Ranger patrols or dedicated Park Rangers are required especially in the evening and early hours of the morning when fishing is present along the foreshore.

In the short term, Council Rangers can be assigned to undertake either programmed or random patrols across parks within the Balmain foreshore area, without significant impact to the existing operations, via the use of some shift changes and/or overtime expenditure.

 

Workplace Health and Safety concerns will need to be addressed prior. Rangers for example need to be in pairs when investigating such areas and work should be limited to daytime or early evening patrols only.  

 

The risk to staff potentially confronting people who may be carrying knives (as most fishers do) is also a matter for consideration. These considerations would need to be assessed and addressed prior to the commencement of any patrols.

 

Over the longer term, if continuous patrolling is required then there may be implications to staffing levels or increased financial impacts, dependant on the frequency and timing of patrols. 

 

More tangle bins are needed along the foreshore

Council has recently installed 12 new tangle bins in its foreshore parks (new bins highlighted in Attachment A)

Can Council establish designated areas established for fishing away from the dog off leash areas and enforce these.

 

Dedicated areas for fishing could be established but enforcing these would be extremely difficult, if not impossible.

 

Off leash areas within parks are not exclusive to dogs or their owners. These areas are shared areas for wide range of park users.

The new signage is not supported-should be multilingual with many different languages and lit at night for fishers.

 

 

Council’s new fishing signage was carefully developed to ensure that the signage developed is clear, visually appropriate and understood.

 

Cluttering up foreshore reserves with ordinance signage would detract from the open space qualities of the open space as well as impact on other park users including wedding parties which enjoy the visual qualities of the foreshore parks.

 

Council cannot light all of its signage in parks this would be financially cost prohibitive.

 

Signage is strategically placed for viewing at key park entrances and where possible located close to lighting. (new signage highlighted in Attachment A)

Increase in park cleaning is required-can cleaning along the foreshore with a special emphasis on hooks and lines be undertaken each morning.

 

Council has increased it cleaning of foreshore shore parks based on recent requests. Council regularly inspects the foreshore zone and cleans foreshore parks daily. When events (such as weddings) are scheduled special cleaning and additional maintenance is also undertaken.

 

 

 

 

Current Status

Council has been responsive to concerns expressed by residents and park users in relation to fishing hazards within Balmain Foreshore Parks. New tangle bins have been prominently installed, along with new foreshore signage. Additional cleaning and inspections of foreshore areas has also been commissioned and scheduled.

 

Banning Fishing or segregating it to specific locations in foreshore parks is not recommended. While compliance and enforcement would be challenging to achieve, it needs to be recognised that the activity of fishing is an important recreational activity that that is a national pastime and an important cultural activity. An activity which is part of life for Australians of all ages and from all socio-economic backgrounds.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Nil

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Photographs of signage/bins/litter

  


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Council Meeting

13 April 2021

 

 

Item No:         C0421(1) Item 5

Subject:         Consolidation of Sporting Ground Fees and Charges           

Prepared By:      Aaron Callaghan - Parks and Recreation Planning Manager  

Authorised By:  Elizabeth Richardson - Chief Operating Officer, Director Development and Recreation

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT Council:

 

1.       Endorse the consolidation of fees and charges for Sporting Ground hire as proposed in this report which are based on transparency, equity and fairness in sporting ground fees and charges;

 

2.       Consider formal adoption of the Sporting Ground fees and charges model highlighted in this report as part of the 2021/22 budget considerations; and

 

3.       Note the key stakeholder engagement which has been undertaken with peak sporting associations and local sporting clubs along with the formal support which has been received.

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

Since amalgamation in 2016 Council has been administering its Sporting Ground fees and charges on the three former Council rates.

 

At the Council meeting on the 25 June 2019 consideration was given to the Inner West budget for 2019/2020, including the proposed fees and charges. Council resolved the following (in part):

 

6. Defer the new fees and charges for sporting grounds pending consultation with the relevant peak sporting associations and that those associations be requested to formally submit a position to officers on who fees can best be harmonised, with the matter to be reported back to an August Council meeting. The existing fees system with standard CPI increase remain in place in the interim.

 

Sporting ground fees and charges differ widely across the local government area and this has created significant administration challenges for Council officers in administering allocation fees and charges. Significantly however the fundamental issue is the financial inequity to sporting clubs in what they are charged for using the same hours of use on sporting fields in the former local government areas.

 

For example, a soccer club that uses one field for the season three nights a week for training, and both days on the weekend for games, is charged depending on where the field is located as follows:

 

·    Club A in former Ashfield LGA pays $24,546

·    Club B in former Leichhardt LGA pays $8,800

·    Club C in former Marrickville LGA pays $14,057

 

 

This approach is inequitable even though the sporting field is the same size, with the same hours so usage. The difference between Club A and Club C is $10,489. The proposed new fees and charges model consolidates the fees and charges and creates an equitable playing field for all community-based sporting clubs and associations.

Council officers are proposing consolidated fees and charges for 2020/2021 that will harmonise sporting ground fees and charges across the Inner West and deliver financial equity to hirers. Consultation with sporting bodies and parent sporting associations has been carried out as part of this process.

The proposed fees and charges have been endorsed by the majority of inner west sporting clubs.

Current Cost Recovery

Councils sporting grounds are subsidised by Council with expenditure on sporting grounds over $1.6 million per annum on turf maintenance, line marking and seasonal change over (excludes Leichhardt Oval, Henson, Arlington, turf wickets, on-costs, maintenance park buildings/ facilities, capital expenditure and depreciation).  Income from sporting grounds $515,000 per annum.

Summary of Current Fees and Charges Models

All current models recognise the community benefit that is provided from sporting ground use by community-based sporting clubs. In this respect it needs to be highlighted that pricing models (both current and proposed) are aimed at a partial recovery only.

Table 1.0: Current models compared

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Leichhardt Fees and Charges Model

The Leichhardt Model has been in place since at least 2012. Winter seasonal ground hire charged is in bands of hours. A fee cap of $8,800 is applied once seasonal training exceeds 350 hours. Annual CPI increases have been applied to the band of hours fees but not the cap. Had CPI been applied to the cap, it would now be $10,369. (See table 1.1)

Under any new model the annual CPI will cap be applied. In addition, threshold of 350 hours per ground is recommend increasing to 500 hours. Since the model was implemented ground usage increased substantially due to increased participation levels This in turn incurs additional cost to Council for ground maintenance. Summer seasonal hire is at an hourly rate, with capped fees once 350 hours is reached.

Ashfield Fees and Charges Model

Under the former Ashfield model seasonal ground hire is based on day of use. Saturdays and Sundays have differing seasonal rates. Weekdays are charged by the hour with higher costs with lights. Lighting costs also fluctuate whereby a discount is applied where it can be demonstrated that 70% of participants are locally based. All fees incur annual CPI increases.

Marrickville Fees and Charges Model

The Marrickville model is similar to Ashfield’s. A weekend day seasonal rate applies with a single hourly rate for all types of weekday use.

Table 1.1 Leichhardt model cap if CPI was applied

The cap of $8,800 in the Leichhardt model is triggered once 350 hours per field is reached. The cap has been in place since at least 2012. However, annual CPI adjustments have not applied. The effect has meant that sporting clubs that reached the cap have been paying less per field each year in real terms. The table shows the annual increase, and actual discount received, per field against CPI. Clubs with field hire below the cap received annual CPI increases on their fees and charges.

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Proposed Consolidated Fees and Charges Model 

Council officers are proposing that a consolidated fees and charges model is adopted which aims to maximise ground use, remove fee inequity, simplifying administration and provide financial certainty for seasonal users. Under the proposed model, to qualify for seasonal rates a hirer must have a minimum of 15 bookings per season per field.

 

Turf fields: Football, Rugby League, Rugby Union, AFL, Ultimate Frisbee

The proposed model includes these key features for each sports field hired:

·    Set an hourly rate with a 25% loading for flood light use

·    No difference between weekday or weekend use

·    Adopts a cap limit per field (as per the former Leichhardt Council)

·    Sets the cap threshold at 500 hours per field to better reflect actual usage

·    Establishes a cap rate at $10,000 with annual CPI increases to apply

·    Establishes a loading of $1,000 for each additional 100 hours used over the cap

·    Fees are inclusive of GST

 

Table 1.2 Recommended Fees and Charges for turf fields

 

No lights

With flood lights

Hourly Rate

$22.00

$27.50

 

Table 1.3 Cap Criteria

 

Hours Reached

Fee

Cap

500 hours

$10,000

Loading

@ additional 100 hours

$1,000

 

 

Current Model vs Proposed Model

Council officers have tested the proposed fees and charges model by utilising traditional seasonal hours of use for each sports club.  The model in Table 1.4 highlights the clear disparities in fees and charges with the current model and the equity and consistency which is achieved with the implementation of the proposed fees and charges model. 

 

Table 1.4 Current Fees and Charges Model Versus Proposed Model

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Example usage one sports field for season: 

·      4 training hours, 3 nights a week, under lights, for 22 weeks (264 hours) 

·      8 game hours each Saturday and Sunday for 20 weeks (320 hours) 

Support for model

The following seasonal sporting hirers have endorsed the consolidated fees and charges model:

 

 

 


 

 

Comparison with Neighbouring Councils

 

Table 1.5 below highlights the comparison with other local Council’s for football (largest sporting partner in terms of sporting participants in the Inner West) 

This comparison is based on the following key assumptions:

·      4 weeknight training hours under lights, 3 times a week for 22 weeks

·      8 game hours, 2 weekend days for 20 weeks

 

Table 1.5 Council Comparison -Football (Soccer)

 

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Note:

·      * Strathfield Council also at a cost recovery utility charge for floodlighting per field

·      ** Canada Bay and Burwood set max 6 hours on weekend game days or additional loading is charged

Table 1.5 highlights that training and games fees based on hours of use for football (soccer) in the Inner West Council LGA are comparable to neighboring Local Government areas. The Inner West model is however uniquely tailored to local needs. It is important to recognise that the Inner West LGA has an acute shortage of sporting grounds and significant deficiencies in training grounds. This is amplified with the increasing demand for access to training space by local clubs due to an increasing population and active community.  The model proposed has been designed specifically to accommodate for locally based community sporting needs. Local Government areas such as Canada Bay and Canterbury/Bankstown do not have the same demands placed on open space access and significantly these LGA areas can accommodate for a wider demand of local sporting needs given their supply of open space. 

Summer Sports-Summer Cricket

 

The proposed model includes these key features for each sports field hired:

·    Half day and full day rates for synthetic wickets to reflect how games are scheduled

·    Hourly rate available for shorter bookings

·    Mini-wickets 50% fee

·    Cricket nets booked per net per hour

·    Turf wickets increase daily seasonal rate to $450

·    Fees are inclusive of GST

Table 2.0 Recommended Fees and Charges for cricket

Usage

Rate

Synthetic

Full day

$120

Half day

$66

Min

$25

Hourly

$25

Nets per hour

$7

Turf

Day

$450

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Community Sporting Club Engagement and Support for Model

Council officers have undertaken extensive engagement with community-based sporting clubs and association in relation to the proposed model. This has included face to face presentations with both Association and club-based community sporting clubs. Letters of support are attached to this report as Attachment 1.

The following seasonal hirers have endorsed the model

·    Cricket NSW

·    Balmain South Sydney Cricket Club

·    Leichhardt Wanderers Cricket Club

·    Marrickville Cricket Club

·    Summer Hill Cricket Club

·    Randwick Petersham Cricket Club

·    Sydney Cricket Club

·    Canterbury & Western Suburbs Cricket Association

·    Inner West Harbour Cricket Association

·    Sydney Morning Cricket Association

·    Sixers Cricket League

·    Ashfield Cricket Club

 

Athletics

Recommendation. No change. The seasonal hourly rate of $25 per hour will continue to apply to hire of Council’s athletics field.

Financial Implications on Sporting Clubs.

The proposed new fees and charges model has been tested against actual usage of all seasonal hirers. In the first year of introduction Council’s overall income from sporting fees and charges is expected to reduce by a maximum of 10%.


 

Table 2.1 Seasonal Hirers Current vs Proposed Model

Football Clubs

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Rugby League

 

 

Rugby Union

AFL

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FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Based on an assessment of historical hours of use Council will experience a net decline in income for the 2021/22 financial year of approximately 10% of previous revenue streams associated with sporting ground seasonal fees and charges.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Letters of Support

  


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Council Meeting

13 April 2021

 

 

Item No:         C0421(1) Item 6

Subject:         Paringa Reserve Plan of Management            

Prepared By:      Aaron Callaghan - Parks and Recreation Planning Manager  

Authorised By:  Elizabeth Richardson - Chief Operating Officer, Director Development and Recreation

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT as pursuant to Section 40 of the Local Government Act 1993, Council adopt the Plan of Management for Paringa Reserve (Attachment 1).

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

Council has developed a Plan of Management and Master Plan for Paringa Reserve, Balmain (Attachment 1).

 

The Plan of Management (Attachment 1) outlines the legislative requirements and the long term management (including leases/licenses)  and master plan for the park, along with key objectives and recommendations which will guide the strategic management of Paringa Reserve over the next 10 years. Paringa Reserve is in the majority is community parkland. Lot 1 DP 850832 and the Elliott Street Wharf Cafe located in the front section of the vacant restaurant and DP 36161 is Paringa Reserve are both Council owned.

 

Community Engagement Outcomes

 

Council originally commenced community engagement on the preparation of a draft Plan of Management in 2020.

 

Community engagement was carried out via the engagement platform Your Say Inner West (YSIW). Online engagement was carried out from the 4th November 2020 to the 3rd December 2020. The project page received 415 visits. Of those visitors, 26 left feedback. The questions prompted visitors to express what their relationship with Paringa Reserve was, as well as their frequency of visits and demographic. The questions also asked for opinion and level of support for concept options and the masterplan in general. A full summary of the engagement outcomes including individual submission analysis is attached in the Community Engagement Summary report at the rear of the Plan of Management (Attachment 1).

 

The exhibition period was widely advertised with community feedback invited on both the draft masters for the park areas and the key management opportunities moving forward.

 

Summary of Key Community Engagement Issues

Issue/Concern

Officer Comment

Welfare of Birdlife: Public concerns were expressed in relation to ongoing management of coastal birdlife in Sydney Harbour and use of the grass areas of the parkland by birdlife.

Council supports the continuation of the park as a foreshore location which birdlife frequent.  To this extent council will continue to monitor and manage Paringa Reserve to ensure that recreational uses are not in conflict with ecology needs and that that future planting will be planned to provide habitat and refuge  for wildlife. Council encourages local residents to notify organisations including WIRES (wildlife rescue) where injured wildlife are found within the reserve.  

Park Management and Maintenance: Public concerns were expressed in relation to ongoing maintenance of the park by Council and any increased use impacts into the management of coastal birdlife in Sydney Harbour and use.

Council will continue to service and inspect the park weekly to ensure litter and general park management maintenance standards are maintained. Where issues arise in relation to increased reports of litter in the park, Council will review its frequency of inspections.  Where new facilities are in put in place to encourage and support passive recreational enjoyment of the park , additional litter receptables will be evaluated and where required incorporated into the landscape design to support such use.

Community Consultation: A resident/park user raised a concern in relation to community engagement and the perceived need for wider community engagement and community consultation.

 

Council has adhered to its adopted Community Engagement Framework in the development of this plan of management and master plan. Council’s Community engagement Plan guides how Council will engage the community to ensure that a broad range of perspectives are sought and the community has a strong voice in Council’s decision-making. The adopted framework recognises that engagement is a planned practice which should be tailored to circumstances, taking into account factors such as complexity, risk, significance, sensitivity, timing or opportunity.

Possible Contamination of Land: A resident/park user raised a concern in relation to future development of the park and any contamination issues which may be present. 

 

In assessing any future development proposal or implementation of master planning concepts which could indirectly result in potential sources of contamination, Council will ensure that technical and management controls are in place to prevent contamination. In undertaking such works Council will also impose appropriate conditions of consent (such as a requirement for monitoring and environmental management plans) to ensure that such controls are applied.

Light and Noise Pollution: A local resident highlighted concerns about future lighting within the park and issues associated with lighting pollution

To ensure park user safety, Council will only light areas of the park where path connections are provided and in areas which are frequently utilised and enjoyed by the public as key access points and throughfares. Council will not encourage or permit  the use of amplified music or sound equipment in Paringa Reserve.

Rodent Management: A local resident highlighted concerns about rodent management in the park and development.

Council will continue to maintain Paringa Reserve to a high standard. Where issues arise with rodent’s and feral pests in the reserve these will be addressed proactively by Council in line with adopted pest management practices.

 


 

Key Master Plan Proposals

A proposed ten-year master plan has been developed for Paringa Reserve and can be viewed on Page 42 of the Plan of Management. Key features of the Plan of Management include:

 

-     Establishment of clearly defined entry/ gateway into Paringa Reserve to identify it as a shared public outdoor place.

-     Upgrade the path at key pinch-points and implement a consistent lighting plan to facilitate use before and after daylight hours.

-     Provide safe and connected pedestrian routes and improved wheelchair access within the park and around key assets.

-     Consolidate wayfinding, regulatory and information signage into a consistent, clear and concise format.

-     Demolition of the former Pelligrini’s Restaurant building. Retain Piles for interpretation strategy.

-     Provide a new temporary cafe structure and outdoor seating area to replace the existing restaurant and terrace.

-     Maintain existing open green spaces for flexible recreation and general community use. Retain the ‘natural’ grass surface which is utilised by the community for general recreation.

-     Repair, maintain or replace existing furniture and associated amenities as required.

-     Establishment of clear on and off leash areas within the park.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Long term capital improvement projects associated with the Park Master Plan will be reported to Council as developed.

 

The works associated with the demolition of the former Pellegrinis restaurant and establishment of the café and WC are funded in the draft FY21/22 budget.

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Paringa Reserve Plan of Management

  


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Council Meeting

13 April 2021

 

 

Item No:         C0421(1) Item 7

Subject:         Maintenance Approval - Parramatta Road Urban Amenity Improvement Program Public Artwork           

Prepared By:      Bronwyn Tuohy - Public Art and Placemaking Leader  

Authorised By:  Caroline McLeod - Acting Director City Living

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT Council:

 

1.   Approve an annual budget variation of $11,000 commencing financial year 2022/23 for the ongoing annual maintenance of the Chiaroscuro – a significant gateway artwork selected for installation above Norton Street, Leichhardt; and

 

2.   Officers commence work on a Public Art Policy and Plan for maintaining State funded public art projects, legacy projects and potential decommissions when work becomes outdated or damaged.

 

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

In October 2019 Council adopted the Master Plan that identified three sites for public art as part of the the Parramatta Road Urban Amenity Improvement Program (PRUAIP).  This project, including the public art, is funded by the Department of Planning Infrastructure & Environment (DPI&E).  The allocated budget for the public art is $920,000 and three commissions have been approved for funding by State Government. This partnership will deliver high value public art for the benefit of Inner West residents.

 

Following a Council run Expression of Interest process, three artworks/artists have been selected and approved by DPI&E.  These are: 

 

1)   Moto Baccio, an Italian vespa inspired circular seat by Karl Meyer at Renwick Street, Leichhardt. (Commissioned for $175,000)

2)   Petersham Escarpment, a ceramic “escarpment” mural by Simon Reece to bring natural features to the new Petersham Street Plaza in Petersham. (Commissioned for $240,000)

 

3)   Chiaroscuro, a significant suspended lightwork - which will act as a gateway artwork by Adam Cruikshank and Alessandra Rossi suspended over Norton Street. (yet to be commissioned for an estimated budget of $250K)

 

See Attachment One: Paramatta Road Selected Public Art for further information and images regarding the concepts and sites.

 

Please note - the remaining funds from the $920,000 are used for engineering, installation, compliance and design fees. 

 

The State Government funding must be spent on capital works and cannot be used for the maintenance of these assets. It is Council’s responsibility to cover ongoing maintenance costs which is currently unfunded.

 

 

Public Art Policy and Strategy

 

With forthcoming large-scale projects such as the PRUIP, Greenway Missing Links and other public domain projects that include public art, it is recommended officers commence work on a Public Art Policy and Plan.  The Policy and Plan would address the maintenance for Council, State or developer funded public art projects, existing artworks and the decommissioning process for works that are outdated or damaged. 

 

The commissioning of a Public Art Plan would identify a process for Council to

 

·    identify and prioritise new public art sites and partnerships

·    identify funding opportunities for new public artworks

·    create a public art priority maintenance list with timelines and budgets (based on maintenance schedules created by artists for their commissioned work) and

·    outline processes and criteria for decommission work if required.

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

The three artworks have been funded by the State Government to the value of $920,000.  However ongoing maintenance costs will be the responsibility of Council.

The other two commissioned artworks will be maintained as part of the general expenditure fund for the maintenance of facilities/properties and street landscape, as under the Infrastructure Services Division.

 

It is estimated that the gateway artwork, Chiaroscuro, will cost $11,000 per year in panel and light replacement, maintenance and cleaning.  This is currently unfunded, as there is currently no allocated funding for the ongoing maintenance or potential decommissioning of Inner West Council public artworks.   An annual budget adjustment of $11,000 commencing FY 2022/23 is requested. The above figure is the average annual cost to maintain Chiaroscuro over a twenty year period.

 

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Parramatta Road Selected Public Art Concepts and Sites

  


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Council Meeting

13 April 2021

 

 

Item No:         C0421(1) Item 8

Subject:         Council page in new local newspaper           

Prepared By:      Prue Foreman - Communications and Engagement Manager  

Authorised By:  Caroline McLeod - Acting Director City Living

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT Council endorse the inclusion of a weekly Inner West Council news page in the new local newspaper - Inner West Review.

 

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

Council had a permanent booking in the former Inner West Courier as one of our key communication channels to the community. The print version of the Inner West Courier ceased in April 2020.

 

A new local newspaper is commencing, the Inner West Review owned by independent publisher, Australian Community Media.

 

With a print run of 66,500, the publication presents a significant opportunity to reach the Inner West community, especially those who are not online. A total of 62,000 papers will be delivered directly to Inner West households and the remainder as bulk drops, for example to libraries, shopping centres, retirement villages and real estate agents. It will not be delivered to households that display a ‘no junk mail’ sticker.

 

The Inner West Review will commence publication in May 2021. It is proposed to include a weekly page of Inner West Council news, complementing Council’s suite of existing print and digital communication channels.

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

The proposed Council news page can be funded within existing budget.

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.


Council Meeting

13 April 2021

 

 

Item No:         C0421(1) Item 9

Subject:         Dawn Fraser Baths Winter Access           

Prepared By:      Simon Duck - Senior Manager Aquatic Services 

Authorised By:  Elizabeth Richardson - Chief Operating Officer, Director Development and Recreation

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT Council:

 

1.    Notes the key user and community engagement outcomes on potential winter activations at Dawn Fraser Baths; and

 

2.    Extends the winter access period at Dawn Fraser Baths to the 30 September 2021 with the following opening times:

·   Monday          8am-11am

·   Wednesday    8am-11am

·   Friday             10am – 1pm

·   Saturday        10am – 1pm

·   Sunday           10am – 1pm

 

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

The Dawn Fraser Baths (DFB) is now nearing completion of the refurbishment and upgrade program to restore the facility to a standard that meets the current and future needs of the community.

 

Given the pending re-opening of the DFB, at its meeting of the 9th February 2021 Council resolved to undertake consultation with key users of the Baths in order to determine a range of recreation programs, community events, social and heritage activities that could be offered by Council or facilitated by community organisations at Dawn Fraser Baths throughout the autumn and winter of 2021. This program was to be developed in consultation with all users of the Baths including community sports club.

 

Community Engagement-Winter Access

Extensive community engagement was conducted to identify which programs the community would like to participate in and collect ideas for future consideration. The Aquatics team engaged with various user groups which consisted of current staff, members and users across the aquatics’ facilities, hirers, clubs, and associations. They were asked to provide input and suggestions as to which offerings are of interest, and supply ideas for future programming considerations at DFB.

 

The engagement was conducted 21 February - 2 March 2021 and 249 submissions were received.

 

A proposed program of winter activations is being developed in response to the community input. Key themes include:

·    Health and Wellbeing: Yoga, Pilates, and Mindfulness programs

·    Children’s access and activities

·    Open Days and events

·    Public access for swimming including winter swimming

 

Ideas for further investigation include activities relating to Art and Culture, as well as Film showings or other non-aquatics or program-based activities.

 

The following opening times are proposed to allow for the programs as outlined above.

 

Operating Hours- Modified Timetable

 

Day

Proposed hours

Monday

8am-11am

Tuesday

Closed

Wednesday

8am-11am

Thursday

Closed

Friday

10am – 1pm

Saturday

10am – 1pm

Sunday

10am – 1pm

Bookings and hiring hours are to be confirmed based on case-by-case requests.

Timeframe

The period from opening to the 30 September 2021 is the suggested time period for ‘winter access’ with normal operations resuming from October 2021. It should be noted that at this time, demand for winter access to the baths is unclear, although is potentially limited given the air and water temperature at this time of year. Staff will monitor and review attendance levels this winter, so as to inform any longer-term decision-making.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

The project costs to operate DFB in the off season up until 30 September in $29,000 inclusive of projections for lifeguards and program staff labour, and is able to funded through savings in the Aquatic Services budget.

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.


Council Meeting

13 April 2021

 

 

Item No:         C0421(1) Item 10

Subject:         Aquatic Services Fees & Charges           

Prepared By:      Simon Duck - Senior Manager Aquatic Services  

Authorised By:  Elizabeth Richardson - Chief Operating Officer, Director Development and Recreation

 

 

 

 

THAT:

 

1.   Council notes that:

a)   Customer engagement and industry benchmarking process has been undertaken and that fees structures for Inner West Aquatics Facilities are recognised as good value for industry leading facilities and services.

b)   That the Aquatics Facilities provide a range of ‘free entry’ and ‘come and try/open’ days at each facility to encourage participation across the wider LGA at each facility.

c)   Financial support provided for the operation AKAC during the COVID19 pandemic

d)   The current ‘lifestyle membership’ is available at both AAC and LPAC.

 

2.   Council develop a program to provide Learn to Swim and access to Health and Fitness services in the form of blocks of swimming lessons and entry passes for fitness programs for low income families and individuals;

 

3.   Commencing in FY22/23, that LTS fees and charges be gradually harmonised over several years and also ensure that concession prices for LTS exist at all IWC Aquatics facilities;

 

4.   Commencing in FY 22/23, all fee categories are gradually harmonised to ensure parity across all programs and services; and

 

5.   Council endorse the single ‘Lifestyle Membership’ fee of $55.00 per fortnight across all aquatic facilities including the AKAC, subject to exhibition as part of the FY21/22 Annual Budget.

 

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

At its meeting of the 10th November 2020, Council resolved a number of matters in relation to the fees and charges at Council’s Aquatic Centres.

 

Each of these resolutions is addressed in turn below:

 

1.   Survey and report back to Council the fee structure on all pools operated by Council in our Local Government Area with the view for Council to decide entry and user costs and that the previously provided free one-off family pass for Ashfield residents continue. This pass was sent out with rate notices. Also, Council has an obligation to ensure that learn to swim facilities are available for people on low incomes and support benefits, for that purpose entry fee should be waived for these attending learn to swim classes;

 

In relation to the fees and charges for the Inner West Council Aquatics facilities, a review and benchmarking exercise has been undertaken to provide some background information and to establish an approach for ongoing determination of the fees and charges for the IWC Aquatics facilities. This is provided in Attachment 1.

 

This has determined that the current fees and charges in place for the various Inner West Council Aquatics Facilities can be generally be confirmed as being very good value for industry leading facilities. Whilst there are some anomalies between price points, Council generally offer services at the good value or mid-point end of the industry benchmark. In a recent survey of customers at Inner West Aquatics Customers, 1454 respondents rated the service value and standard of facilities for the IWC Facilities as being 8 out of 10. This is an excellent result given the wide variety of programs and services on offer and confirms benchmarking data finding that the facilities are currently priced at a good value range when compared to other like facilities.

 

Rates Notice- Family Pass for Ashfield residents

The former free family pass that was sent out to Ashfield residents is a program not replicated in other former Council areas. On this basis, it is recommended that consideration is given to a wider approach where free entry is provided to encourage participation in recreation through a range of activities including Seniors week, Youth week and through various free entry open days or come and try events held across multiple facilities each year.

 

Learn to Swim for low income families.

In relation to Learn to Swim (LTS) program, there are a range of concessions rates as well as first and subsequent child rates for the LTS across the various facilities. Whilst there are some variances in the LTS pricing, prices should be harmonised over coming years to ensure that prices and options are the same across all IWC Aquatics Facilities. It should be further considered that where low income families are at a high risk of non-participation in learning to swim, that the Aquatics team in conjunction with the Community Services Team or other appropriate Council process develop an assessment procedure whereby blocks of Learn to Swim lessons can be provided to those high risk families.

 

2.   Receive a report on fee structures for Learn to Swim participants, including advice on how accessibility could be increased by waiving entry fees for participants;

It can be summarised that the IWC currently provides good value LTS prices across the various Aquatics Facilities when benchmarked against the broader industry. Whilst concession LTS prices are not widely available for LTS across the broader industry, the IWC provides these options at both the AAC and AKAC noting that they are not currently available at LPAC. It is further recommended that the harmonisation of fees and charges over coming years will provide an opportunity to introduce concession LTS prices at the LPAC to reflect what is currently in place at AKAC and AAC.

 

3.   Conduct community consultation on the accessibility of our pools in terms of affordability, with the aim of reaching a progressive fee structure that ensures no one is excluded from our aquatic centres (including gyms and other facilities) based on their inability to pay.

It can be established that the fees and charges that exist within the various Aquatics Facilities of IWC represent very good value for the industry leading standards of programs and services that exist. Whilst this exercise has highlighted some variations between price points that exist for the different programs and services within the IWC, for the most part, there is a wide range of concession, pensioner, child and student rates which provide access to the various programs and services. It is recommended that the approach in coming years is to progressively harmonise the various offerings to ensure that the same concession rates and general price modelling exist across all programs and service areas.

 

4.         Commit to extending as soon as possible the ‘Lifestyle Membership’ to all pools, without increasing the current cost of this membership, noting that the pools whose operations are outsourced to Belgravia have not yet been included;

The lifestyle membership is currently in place and being offered at both LPAC and the AAC. It cannot however be implemented at the AKAC given the current price point is already slightly more expensive at AKAC for a gym membership. On this basis, it is recommended that a single standard membership price of $55 per fortnight be applied for Lifestyle membership from 1 July 2021 which will allow all facilities to participate in this program.

 

5.         Receive a report on the total cost of subsidies and waivers provided to Belgravia as a result of Council’s 8 September 2020 resolution to vary the service contract

The AKAC was closed for operation as a result of the Covid-19 disruption and the subsequent NSW Government requirements on 23rd March 2020. During this time, all programs and services provided by the site were not in operation and no income was received at the site. The closure of AKAC continued until mid-June where some limited services were able to be returned to operation.  All centre programs and services were then returned to operation from July 1st, 2020 onwards however there remained significant ongoing controls and limitations placed on these services by the NSW Government. These affected all of Councils Aquatics facilities.

As a result of the circumstances created by Covid-19 disruption and the requirement to continue to provide Aquatic services to the community surrounding AKAC, it is confirmed that

·    Council provided limited support to Belgravia Leisure for the period March 23rd, 2020 to June 14th, 2020 as outlined in Confidential Attachment 2.

·    Council temporarily amended the service contract in place with Belgravia Leisure and the ‘service fee’ payments as outlined in the financial attachment.

·    The service contract in place with Belgravia Leisure is returned to full status from 1 January 2021.

 

6.         Report back on costs for seniors, concession card holders and pensioners at the various aquatic centres;

A variety of rates for seniors, students and concession card holders exist across IWC facilities. When IWC facilities are benchmarked across the broader industry, these price points generally represent very good value for various programs and services. Whilst there are some anomalies between IWC prices, it is recommended that these be harmonised on the coming years.

 

7.         Receive a report outlining options for promoting Ashfield Aquatic Centre in the community through targeted promotions e.g. ‘seniors swim free week’, or other free entry days aligned with special days or events; and

It is recommended that the various Aquatics facilities are integrated and aligned with each other regarding activities events, open days and other programs designed to increase physical activity and wellbeing in the community. To this end it is proposed that there is one free open day each year for all of Councils Aquatic Centres- free entry from 10am-2pm to promote Wellness, Recreation and participation in Aquatics, Health and Fitness activities. Further to the above, Seniors week, Youth week, come and try passes, refer a friend and other initiatives be undertaken where participation in recreation is encouraged through free access for those registered and engaging in the various programs and initiatives.

 

Summary

After undertaking the benchmarking process, it can be confirmed that the Council’s Aquatics Facilities generally provide excellent programs and services in industry leading facilities whilst delivering these at very good value. User feedback confirms high levels of satisfaction for the various programs and services which is a testament to the Aquatics Team and frontline staff who deliver services across a wide range of areas.  It is however clear that whilst the current fees and charges provide a good range of services and price points at all facilities, a process of harmonisation will be required to ensure parity across the various centres for these services. To this end, it is suggested that the financial year 2022/23 is used as the starting point given the return of the AKAC and FDAC to Council operation and the commencement of the strategic direction for Council to operate all of its own Aquatics facilities from 1 July 2022 onwards.

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Customer Survey & Industry Benchmarking

2.

Summary of Financial Support to Belgravia Leisure - Confidential

  


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Council Meeting

13 April 2021

 

 

Item No:         C0421(1) Item 11

Subject:         Electricity Procurement           

Prepared By:      Jon Stiebel - Urban Sustainability Manager  

Authorised By:  Brian Barrett - Acting General Manager

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:

 

1.    Delegate the General Manager the authority to:

 

a)    Enter into a procurement process (request for tender) for electricity supply to Council operations;

 

b)    Approve tender recommendation and sign any documentation required to that effect; and

 

c)    Renew IWC’s electricity supply contract under the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) and/or enter into a new electricity supply contract.

2.    Note that the GM will apply these delegations in general alignment with the principles outlined in this report.

 

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

At its 24 April 2018 meeting, Council resolved to participate in the SSROC electricity Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with an initial 25% renewable energy component. Council’s current contract for electricity expires June 2022 and work has started for the first renewal of the PPA and for the next electricity contract. A Project Control Group (PCG) has been established: 

 

·    Acting General Manager

·    Chief Operating Officer

·    Senior Lawyer Contracts

·    Procurement Services Manager

·    Urban Sustainability Manager

 

Inner West Council has a target for 100% renewable electricity by 2025. Review of options for achieving this are currently underway. Council is exploring options alongside the current PPA to increase our renewable electricity and secure the next electricity contract.

 

While the renewable power supply under the current contract is better priced than the grid peak and shoulder rates, the next tranche of renewables may or may not be priced above 2021 grid power. Offerings have progressed since the first PPA where the renewable percentage was fixed for three years. There could be new options available that allow an increase in renewables within the contract term to align with target dates and financial requirements.

 

Electricity procurement groups require GM delegation, and this is due to:

1.   Tight timeframes for contracting in the electricity market, noting that electricity suppliers typically allow one week between an offer and contract signing.

2.   The likelihood that Council will be part of a buying group involving multiple Councils who will all be asked to delegate to the GM to allow timely contract signing (the previous electricity procurement was with 18 Councils).

The following GM delegations are requested:

1.   Enter into a procurement process for electricity supply to Council operations (request for tender) and sign required documentation associated with this participation.

2.   Approve the electricity procurement tender recommendation and sign any documentation required to that effect.

3.   Renew IWC’s electricity supply contract under the PPA and/or enter into a new electricity supply contract.

The GM will exercise these delegations generally in alignment with the following principles:

1.   Climate emergency: Council has resolved to become 100% renewable and carbon neutral by 2025 and has declared a Climate Emergency that highlights the need to accelerate action and place climate at the center of decision making (refer Climate and Renewables Strategy adopted December 2019).  The GM will therefore aim to increase the proportion of renewables as far as possible in this contract, preferably to 100%.

2.   Financial feasibility: The ability to increase the proportion of renewables will depend on the offerings available from suppliers, and the associated cost. The GM will increase renewables to 100% if considered financially feasible (for example, electricity rates are within approximately 20% of existing electricity contract rates). The GM will notify Councillors as soon as any cost information becomes available that can be shared and whether options exist to scale up over time.

 

The following project timing is likely based on discussion with the relevant procurement groups but is subject to change. 

 

Step

Estimated Timing 

Activity 

1

Current 

Procurement options, market sounding

2

April/May

Join procurement group, GM delegation confirmed

3

As early as June - August 2021 

Procurement activity undertaken 

4

September 2021

Procurement activity concluded

5

October - December

Electricity contract signed by IWC

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

The project is in an early stage and financial implications are currently not known. Council’s budget for electricity is around $3 million/annum. Accurate electricity budget forecasting is currently difficult due to recent and planned aquatic centre redevelopments, COVID, work from home and the Long-Term Accommodation Strategy. This report sets out the principles to reach Council’s renewable energy targets within a financially responsible decision-making framework.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.


Council Meeting

13 April 2021

 

 

Item No:         C0421(1) Item 12

Subject:         Post Exhibition Report - 120C Old Canterbury Road, Summer Hill - Variation to VPA           

Prepared By:      Bojan Sodic - Strategic Investments Manager 

Authorised By:  Elizabeth Richardson - Chief Operating Officer, Director Development and Recreation

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT Council enter into the Deed of Variation of Voluntary Planning Agreement for 120C

Old Canterbury Road, Summer Hill as provided in Attachment 1 to this report.

 

 

Background

 

In March 2019, Council entered into a Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA) with the Yard 120C Pty Ltd with respect to the development at 120C Old Canterbury Road, Summer Hill.

 

As part of their current development application, The Yard 120C is seeks a variation to the Floor Space Ratio (FSR) development standard under Clause 4.4 of the ALEP 2013 to 3.0:1 and a total of 5,890m2. This variation to FSR is directly attributed to the lower two levels of the development, which under the planning proposal were designated to cater for above ground car parking. Since the time of the planning proposal the application has been amended (based on new flooding advice) and now incorporates basement car parking. The provision of basement car parking has enabled the creation of additional residential accommodation/retails spaces within levels 1 and 2, previously to be solely utilised for above ground parking.

 

Current VPA against the amended VPA

The current VPA was negotiate and executed on a Maximum permissible FSR and Area:  2.75:1 or 5,365m2

 

Please see below table comparing the current VPA against the amended development

 

Standard

Amended Development

Difference

Floor Space Ratio Include in Current VPA

Maximum permissible:  2.75:1 or 5,365m2

 

3.0:1 or 5,890m2

 

504m2 or +9.3%

 

Therefore, Council has increased the value of the VPA current to reflect the increase development size. The amended VPA has been increased by over 10.5% from the current VPA which is significantly more than the increase in development FSR and Area.

 

Current VPA value is $4,475,750 and a 9.3% increase would be = $416,244

 


 

Please see below the details of the two VPAs.

 

The current VPA included the following items

·    Construct a park of approximately 300m2 located within the Land and to provide rights of way for public access through the park to the Greenway corridor and the Lewisham Light Rail station from Old Canterbury Road and McGill Street; - Value $1.93million

·    Provide 2 studio units which will be allocated to Affordable Housing units. The ownership of the units will be transferred to Inner West Council at the completion of the project; Value $1.3million

·    Community Office Space located within retail Ground Floor – 5 Year Rental Agreement $1 Peppercorn rent per year – 35sqm office area; and – Value $200,000

·    Provide Council a payment of $1,045,000 million to be used for public works in the community and surrounding area (Inner West Council will provide a summary of how this payment will be allocated at later date) – Value $1,045,000

·    Total Value - $4,475,750

 

The Yard 120C and Council are seeking a variation to this agreement regarding the following items:

·    The studio Apartments have been upgraded to 1-bedroom apartments with an increase in internal size from 35m2 to circa 50m2 – 15m2 increase @ $75,000 each unit – Total increase $150,000

·    Free rental period of the Community space increased from 5 Years to 7 Years. Two-year increase @ $40,000/year -Total increase $80,000

·    Included community lift added in Greenway pedestrian link – Total increase $100,000

·    Widened access pathway to Old Canterbury Rd has extended the Greenway access link with extensive landscaping beds – Total Increase $150,000

·    Total increase in Value - $480,000

 

Engagement Methods

The Voluntary Planning Agreement was publicly exhibited for 28 days from 26th February 2021 to 26th March 2021.

The engagement was undertaken online via Your Say Inner West and promoted through Council’s website and social media

A total of five (5) submissions were received on Council’s YSIW. Out of the total submissions regarding the voluntary planning agreement, 2 were not in support, 3 submissions were in support of the Voluntary Planning Agreement.

Engagement outcomes

 

A total of 5 survey responses were received and a total of 2 submissions opposed to the VPA.

The following section summarises the individual survey responses received.

1.   The VPA should address traffic issues 

“The VPA should address the traffic and road chaos that the increase in density has caused on the intersection of Old Canterbury road and Toothill street”

Comment: This was only an amendment to the current approved VPA and didn’t deal with traffic issues

2.   The Development Application being approved

“consistent pattern of developer behavior getting a DA passed and then vary it. the key question is would the changing of apartment size with no parking be allowed in first submission or is this another example of finding a way round the rules”

Comment: The VPA process was totally separate from the Planning process and it did not affect any approval of the development

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

120C Old Canterbury Road Summer Hill - VPA - Deed of Variation

  


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Council Meeting

13 April 2021

 

 

Item No:         C0421(1) Item 13

Subject:         Post Exhibition Report - 1-5 Chester Street Annandale - Voluntary Planning Agreement           

Prepared By:      Bojan Sodic - Strategic Investments Manager 

Authorised By:  Elizabeth Richardson - Chief Operating Officer, Director Development and Recreation

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT Council enter into the Voluntary Planning Agreement for 1-5 Chester Street,

Annandale as provided in Attachment 1 to this report.

 

 

DISCUSSION

 

The subject site is located at the end of Chester Street and is situated approximately 250 metres from Pyrmont Bridge Road. The immediate surrounding development comprises industrial buildings of varying style and conditions. The site has the following characteristics:

 

·    Irregular trapezoid shaped allotment being,1307sqm;

·    The site is accessible from Chester Street frontage;

·    The site is zoned IN2 Light Industrial in LLEP 2013 and has a maximum permissible FSR of 1:1 with no height control; and

·    The site is used by a car repair business in a partly one-two storey industrial building to the east of the Johnston’s Creek canal.

 

The Planning proposal seeks to amend the Leichhardt Local Environmental Plan (LLEP) 2013 for the site to:

·    Rezone most of the site from IN2 Light Industrial to B7 Business park zoning. The rest of the site will be a pedestrian and cycling path along Johnston’s Creek to be dedicated to Council and rezoned to RE1 Public recreation;

·    Increase the FSR of the site up to 2:1 with a minimum non-residential floorspace of FSR 0.75:1 to provide business, light industrial and office premises for the technology, bio-medical, arts, production and design sectors;

·    Allow boarding-house use for student accommodation;

·    Introduce a 17m height limit for a development of no more than five-storeys; and

·    Provide an environmentally sustainable 4-Star Green Star rated building.

 

This proposal is broadly consistent with principles for revision of the proponent's May 2019 proposal endorsed by the Inner West Local Planning Panel (IWLPP) at its meeting on 23 July 2019 and was subsequently supported by the IWLPP at its 30 March 2020 meeting. The Planning Proposal is currently with Council for consideration.

 

Engagement Methods

The Voluntary Planning Agreement was publicly exhibited for 28 days from 3rd March 2021 to 31st March 2021.

The engagement was undertaken online via Your Say Inner West and promoted through Council’s website and social media

One (1) submission was received on Council’s YSIW which did not support the Voluntary Planning Agreement.

Engagement outcomes

The following section summarises the individual response received.

1.   The VPA should address traffic issues 

“Council does not have a completed plan or funding to take the path to Parramatta Road or Cahill St. As such construction of this short section may be redundant.  The agreement should not be made until s assured the full path is feasible in terms of funds and route. By comparison, the path route on the western side of the stormwater channel is not complete after more than 20 years, with only about a quarter of the route held by council. The current proposal is pointless and of no real benefit if a useable section of path is not achieved soon.

The site of the path (and building) may well be contaminated. This should be expressly addressed (not merely covered by the catchall need for all approvals) due to possible cost and proximity to the waterway.

The relationship to flood levels is not stated.

The plans and proposal do not address the probable heritage wall (remains of the stables that were on the site) at the southeast corner of the land. This should be assessed in advance so any requirements are explicit.

Access to the northern end of the path appears to be across the recently constructed basketball practice area. Is this to be retained, removed or relocated – if so to were? The ramifications generally for Douglas Grant Park should be explicitly stated.

What does this mean for the longstanding path proposed on the western side of the stormwater channel? If it is not to proceed the zoning for it should be removed.”

Comment: An Internal VPA assessment was undertaken and involved several key internal stakeholders. Parramatta Road Corridor Urban Transformation Strategy identifies Johnston’s Creek as a pedestrian and cycle corridor to connect Parramatta Road with Rozelle Bay. This site is a key link in the creation of a pedestrian and cycle path throughout the LGA as part of the strategy.

 

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

1-5 Chester Street - VPA

  


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13 April 2021

 

 

Item No:         C0421(1) Item 14

Subject:         Petersham Service Centre  Car Park - 124 Crystal Street Petersham - Land Encroachment Matter           

Prepared By:      David McElroy - Senior Leasing Officer  

Authorised By:  Elizabeth Richardson - Chief Operating Officer, Director Development and Recreation

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT Council resolves to the exchange of Council owned land affected by the realignment of the boundary between Lot 5 in Deposited Plan 52786 known as 2-14 Fisher St, Petersham (Petersham Service Centre) and Lot 1 in Deposited Plan 1268880 known as 124 Crystal St, Petersham as shown on the plan at Attachment 1.

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

124 Crystal St, Petersham being Lot 1 in Deposited Plan 1268880 is owned by SMBC Construction Pty Ltd (SMBC Land) and is adjacent to Council’s property being Lot 5 in Deposited Plan 52786 known as the carpark for Petersham Service Centre at 2-14 Fisher Street, Petersham. (Council’s Land).  Council’s Land is classified operational land.

 

Under DA201500657.1 SMBC Construction Pty Ltd (SMBC) constructed a 12-unit apartment complex with ground floor retail and basement parking on the SMBC Land. Construction was completed in December 2020.

 

In the course of construction the builder encroached upon Council’s Land. The extent of the encroachment is 0.06 square metres (Encroachment). This was notified to a Council Officer when SMBC established they would be unable to register the strata plan for the development or complete settlement with purchasers.

 

There are three (3) options in relation to the Encroachment:

 

1.)        Council grant an easement for the Encroachment. Whilst very minor in nature this will result in Council’s property being burdened by the easement and could have a negative impact should Council seek to develop or sell the property. SMBC would pay Council compensation for the easement;

 

2.)        A boundary adjustment shown on a boundary adjustment plan / realignment of boundaries. This option requires an exchange of land. Under the realignment of the boundaries by consent Council would gain a net of 0.33 square metres of land. The boundaries realignment is shown on the plan at Attachment 1.; or

 

3.)        Council do nothing. Under this option SMBC may take legal action under the Encroachment of Buildings Act 1922 for an order to either transfer, grant an easement or lease the encroaching land to SMBC. Payment of compensation by SMBC will be applicable.

 

Option 2 is recommended as Council will obtain a net gain of 0.33 square metres of land. This outweighs any compensation applicable in options 1 and 3 above and would not burden the land for any future potential. Council’s officer has obtained SMBC’s agreement to a realignment of the boundary.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Nil. SMBC is required to pay all costs associated with this matter.

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

124 Crystal St Petersham - Boundary Adjustment

  


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Council Meeting

13 April 2021

 

 

Item No:         C0421(1) Item 15

Subject:         Draft Gender Equal Representation Policy           

Prepared By:      Katherine Paixao - Acting Governance Manager  

Authorised By:  Brian Barrett - Acting General Manager

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT Council:

 

1.       Adopt the draft Policy shown as Attachment 1;

 

2.       Place the policy on public exhibition for a period of 28 days; and

 

3.       Consider the results of the public exhibition process when adopting a final policy.

 

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

At the 8 December 2020 Council meeting, it was resolved:

 

THAT Council adopt a policy of gender equal representation on Councillor committees, boards and panels.

 

Council staff have developed a draft Gender Equal Representation Policy, shown as Attachment 1, to ensure that Council has gender representation on committees, boards and panels to engage fairly and equitably with all its members, in a positive, respectful and constructive manner.

 

It is proposed that Council adopt this policy for the purpose of public exhibition and Councillors consider any submissions when adopting a final policy.

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Nil

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Draft Gender Equal Representation Policy

  


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13 April 2021

 

 

Item No:         C0421(1) Item 16

Subject:         Local Traffic Committee Meeting - March 2021           

Prepared By:      Manod Wickramasinghe - Traffic and Transport Planning Manager  

Authorised By:  Cathy Edwards-Davis - Director Infrastructure

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT the Minutes of the Local Traffic Committee Meeting held in March 2021 be received and the recommendations be adopted.

 

 

ITEMS BY WARD

 

Ward

Item

Baludarri

(Balmain)

Lilyfield Precinct Parking Study

Balmain East Precinct Parking Study

Improving pedestrian safety on Canal Road, Lilyfield

Gulgadya

(Leichhardt)

Guihen Street and Booth Street, Annandale - Proposed short term parking

Boomerang Street, Haberfield - Proposed Removal of Existing Bus Zone

332 Norton Street, Leichhardt - Proposed Loading Zone

15-17 Marion Street, Leichhardt - Temporary Relocation of Existing Bus Zone

168 Norton Street (between Carlisle Street and Maccauley Street), Leichhardt - Road Occupancy

Carlisle Street between Norton Street and Unnamed Laneway, Leichhardt - Road Occupancy - ANZAC Day Event

Midjuburi

(Marrickville)

Bedwin Road Bridge St Peters - Sydney Metro – Signs and Line Markings Plan for temporary works

Smidmore Street and Murray Street, Marrickville – short term temporary changes to Smidmore Street signage, kerbside parking restrictions, bus routes and new temporary bus stop near Edinburgh Road as part of Marrickville Metro Expansion Works

Unwins Bridge Road, Way Street, Toyer Street & Collins Street, St Peters - Formalising Parking Restrictions around Tempe High School

Djarrawunang

(Ashfield)

‘No Left Turn’ to Wardell Road from Riverside Crescent, Dulwich Hill

Damun (Stanmore)

Bedwin Road Bridge St Peters - Sydney Metro – Signs and Line Markings Plan for temporary works

Detailed works (Traffic & Parking) in Trafalgar Street, Petersham - RSL Petersham Development - DA201800173 & Implementation of the Regional Bicycle Route 7 (RR7)

Request for ‘No Parking’ on Durham Lane, Stanmore

Trucks on Liberty Street and Kingston Road, Enmore and Newtown

All Wards

Nil

 

DISCUSSION

The March 2021 meeting of the Local Traffic Committee was held remotely. The Agenda was sent to Committee members with a week to provide comments. The minutes of the meeting are shown at Attachment 1.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Projects proposed for implementation are funded within existing budget allocations.

 

 

 

PUBLIC CONSULTATION

Specific projects have undergone public consultation as indicated in the respective reports to

the Traffic Committee.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Local Traffic Committee minutes March 2021

  


Council Meeting

13 April 2021

 

 

 

Minutes of Local Traffic Committee Meeting

 

Held electronically in March 2021

 

 

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY BY CHAIRPERSON

 

I acknowledge the Gadigal and Wangal people of the Eora nation on whose country we are meeting today, and their elders past and present.

 

COMMITTEE REPRESENTATIVES PRESENT

 

Clr Victor Macri

Councillor – Midjuburi-Marrickville Ward (Chair)

Bill Holliday

Representative for Jamie Parker MP, Member for Balmain

Cathy Peters

Representative for Jenny Leong MP, Member for Newtown

SC Tony Kenny

NSW Police - Inner West Police Area Command

Sgt Charles Buttrose

NSW Police – Leichhardt Police Area Command

Tanmila Samin Islam

Transport for NSW (TfNSW)

 

 

NON VOTING MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE

 

 

Colin Jones

Inner West Bicycle Coalition (IWBC)

Adrian Prichard

Transit Systems – Inner West Bus Services

Clr Marghanita da Cruz

Councillor – Gulgadya-Leichhardt Ward (Alternative Chair)

Manod Wickramasinghe

IWC’s Traffic and Transport Planning Manager

George Tsaprounis

IWC’s Coordinator Traffic Engineering Services (South)

Sunny Jo

IWC’s Coordinator Traffic Engineering Services (North)

Christina Ip

IWC’s Business Administration Officer

 

 

VISITORS

 

 

 

Nil.

 

 

 

APOLOGIES:    

 

 

 

Nil.

 

 

 

DISCLOSURES OF INTERESTS:

 

Nil.

 

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES

 

The minutes of the Local Traffic Committee Meeting held in February 2021 were confirmed.

 

 

MATTERS ARISING FROM COUNCIL’S RESOLUTION OF MINUTES

 

The Local Traffic Committee recommendations of its meeting held in February 2021 were adopted at Council’s meeting held on 9 March 2021 with the following amendments:

 

-     LTC0221 Item 7  Minor Traffic Facilities - That the Disabled Parking zone and mobility parking space be reinstated in front of 11 Bruce Street on the eastern side of Bruce Street Stanmore; and

-     LTC 0221 Item 14 ‘No Left Turn’ into Victoria Road from Moodie Street, Rozelle - That Council determines to temporarily continue the "No Left Turn" restriction into Victoria Road from Moodie Street with a Local Area Traffic Management (LATM) Study to be undertaken within 6 months so that a permanent change, pending the outcome of the LATM, can be considered.

EMAIL CONFIRMATION OF OFFICER’S RECOMMENDATION

 

The representative for NSW Police – Inner West supported the Officer’s recommendations for the items in their PAC.

 

The representative for NSW Police – Leichhardt supported the Officer’s recommendations for the items in their PAC.

 

The representative for Transit Systems supported all the Officer’s recommendations.

 

 

LTC0321 Item 1  Bedwin Road Bridge St Peters - Sydney Metro – Signs and Line Markings Plan for temporary works (Midjuburi - Marrickville and Damun – Stanmore Ward / Summer Hill and Newtown Electorate / Inner West PAC)

SUMMARY

 

Sydney Metro have submitted to Council detailed line marking and signage plans for temporary road works on Bedwin Road Bridge for a period of approximately 16 weeks beginning mid-March 2021. The works will be staged in two phases to accommodate separately works on either side of the bridge allowing contraflow traffic arrangements to be in place. The proposed works involve the installation of new regulatory signage. Sydney Metro will install the signage and line marking and reinstate original signage and line markings after works are completed. It is recommended that the submitted plans be supported as shown in the submitted ‘Sydney Metro City & Southwest Sydenham Station Bedwin Road Bridge Works Contraflow Traffic Management Plan’.

 

Officer’s Recommendation

 

THAT the temporary contraflow arrangement proposed to accommodate Sydney Metro works on Bedwin Road Bridge, St Peters and associated temporary line marking and signage (as per shown in the submitted ‘Sydney Metro City & Southwest Sydenham Station Bedwin Road Bridge Works Contraflow Traffic Management Plan’) be approved subject to, but not limited to, the following conditions:   

 

1.   All works and cost of the supply, installation and removal of the line marking and signage associated with the Bedwin Road Bridge works is to be borne by the applicant: and

 

2.   Council’s existing line marking and signage be reinstated in Bedwin Road, St Peters at the end of the works to the satisfaction of Council’s Co-ordinator of Traffic and Parking Services, Traffic South.

 

DISCUSSION

 

The representative for the IWBC requested a marked bike lane through the works zone and an area for cyclists to wait, separate from the traffic lane. The representative commented that without special provisions in place, cyclists are usually pushed to the side when they join the traffic lane.

 

Council Officers provided advice from the Sydenham Metro Interface Manager stating there is limited space on Bedwin Road to provide the requested cyclist provisions, with the lane widths being at the minimum allowed for works to continue. Sydenham Metro would be able to ensure that there is sufficient space on the eastbound approach as the road travel lanes are single lanes on approach. However, there is no such area on the westbound approach. Sydenham Metro will review the proposal and advise if any provisions can be made.

 

The Committee members agreed with the Officer’s recommendation.

 

COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT the temporary contraflow arrangement proposed to accommodate Sydney Metro works on Bedwin Road Bridge, St Peters and associated temporary line marking and signage (as per shown in the submitted ‘Sydney Metro City & Southwest Sydenham Station Bedwin Road Bridge Works Contraflow Traffic Management Plan’) be approved subject to, but not limited to, the following conditions:   

 

1.   All works and cost of the supply, installation and removal of the line marking and signage associated with the Bedwin Road Bridge works is to be borne by the applicant: and

 

2.   Council’s existing line marking and signage be reinstated in Bedwin Road, St Peters at the end of the works to the satisfaction of Council’s Co-ordinator of Traffic and Parking Services, Traffic South.

 

For motion: Unanimous

 

 

LTC0321 Item 2  Smidmore Street and Murray Street, Marrickville – short term temporary changes to Smidmore Street signage, kerbside parking restrictions, bus routes and new temporary bus stop near Edinburgh Road as part of Marrickville Metro Expansion Works (Midjuburi – Marrickville Ward / Heffron Electorate / Inner West PAC)

SUMMARY

 

Council has been notified by MLA Transport Planning, on behalf of Adco Constructions, about proposed short term temporary changes to Smidmore Street signage, kerbside parking restrictions, bus routes and a new temporary bus stop near Edinburgh Road, Marrickville as part of the Marrickville Metro Expansion works. It is recommended that the proposed changes be approved and that all works and costs associated with the signage changes and temporary relocated 'Bus Zone' and reinstatement of Council’s original parking restrictions is to be borne by the Applicant.

 

Officer’s Recommendation

 

THAT the proposed short-term temporary changes to traffic and parking conditions in Smidmore Street and Murray Street, Marrickville as per plans submitted by MLA Transport Planning (TMP 20008r05C-210301, CV-1BPD-02-061) be approved subject to the following conditions:     

 

a)   All works and cost of the supply, installation and removal of the signage associated with the temporary changes and bus relocations is to be borne by the applicant;

 

b)  The temporary removal and reinstatement of any Council assets will be at the applicants cost and to Council’s Traffic Engineers satisfaction;

 

c)   Notification of surrounding properties be undertaken at least 7 Days prior to installation of the temporary changes and relocated 'Bus Zone'; and

 

d)  Subject to written concurrence from TfNSW, Sydney Metro TSE Group and Transit Systems / Sydney Buses is provided to Council.  

 

 

DISCUSSION

 

It was noted that the TMP provided in the agenda was the incorrect attachment. The correct TMP is in Attachment 1.

 

The TfNSW representative indicated that a Shared Zone in Smidmore Street cannot operate during the Bus Detour times. Therefore, the following condition was proposed to be added to the recommendation:

 

e) All Shared Zone signage and associated pavement markings in Smidmore Street be temporarily removed for the duration of the bus detour. All signs must be reinstated as soon as the bus detour is no longer required.

 

The applicant has indicated that they support this modification. The Committee members also supported the modification to the recommendation.

 

COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT the proposed short-term temporary changes to traffic and parking conditions in Smidmore Street and Murray Street, Marrickville as per plans submitted by MLA Transport Planning (TMP 20008r05C-210301, CV-1BPD-02-061) be approved subject to the following conditions:

    

a)   All works and cost of the supply, installation and removal of the signage associated with the temporary changes and bus relocations is to be borne by the applicant;

 

b)   The temporary removal and reinstatement of any Council assets will be at the applicants cost and to Council’s Traffic Engineers satisfaction;

 

c)   Notification of surrounding properties be undertaken at least 7 Days prior to installation of the temporary changes and relocated 'Bus Zone'; and

 

d)  Subject to written concurrence from TfNSW, Sydney Metro TSE Group and Transit Systems / Sydney Buses is provided to Council.  

 

e)   All Shared Zone signage and associated pavement markings in Smidmore Street be temporarily removed for the duration of the bus detour. All signs must be reinstated as soon as the bus detour is no longer required.

 

For motion: Unanimous

 

 

 

 

 

 

LTC0321 Item 3  Detailed works (Traffic & Parking) in Trafalgar Street, Petersham - RSL Petersham Development - DA201800173 & Implementation of the Regional Bicycle Route 7 (RR7)
(Stanmore Ward-Damun/Newton Electorate/Inner West PAC)

SUMMARY

 

At the Local Traffic Committee meeting held on 15 February 2021, a report was presented detailing proposed on-road tree planter boxes, traffic/parking control measures and kerbextension in Regent Street, as part of Step 1 of the Public Domain Works for the RSL Petersham development under approved DA 201800173. Council approval is now sought on the plans detailing the remaining traffic, parking and footway works required to be carried out under condition of Development Consent for Trafalgar Street and its intersection to Regent Street (Refer to Attachment 2 Plan C46.8 version C). In addition, it should be noted that Council’s Regional Bicycle Route RR7 facility is to be constructed along the section of Trafalgar Street, between Gordon Street and Crystal Street. NSW Government funding has been made available to carry out this work, with the commencement of this work scheduled around mid-2021.

 

Officer’s Recommendation

 

1.    The report be received and noted;

 

2.    The detailed proposed traffic and parking works in Trafalgar Street and its intersection with Regent Street, Petersham, on attached drawing by Norton-Jago/ACE Pty Ltd- signage and line marking plan revision C Sheet 1 drawing No. C46.8, be APPROVED, subject to the following;

 

a)   Double barrier BB lines be extended in Trafalgar Street right through across the RSL carpark access and Forzzard Lane;

b)   An additional ‘No Right Turn’ sign be placed on the eastern footway side of the RSL carpark facing east bound traffic in Trafalgar Street;

c)   The ‘No Right Turn’ as shown on the northern kerb side island in Trafalgar Street opposite the RSL carpark and Forzzard Lane, have a supplementary sign underneath reading ‘INTO RSL CAR PARK & FOZZARD LANE’;

d)   The ‘No Stopping (arrow right)’ sign on the southern side of Trafalgar Street, to the west of Fozzard Lane be changed to read ‘No Stopping (arrow left)’ and the ‘No Parking’ restrictions be reinstated over the driveways between Fozzard Lane and no. 313-315 Trafalgar Street;

e)   No trees be planted along the footway within the Bus Zone due to the likelihood of interference to the operation of the Bus Stop;

f)    The builder prepare/provide for the bus pad/footings and other infrastructure works for the relocation of the bus stop and Council approved shelter as shown on the plan to the satisfaction of Council; 

g)   The builder is to install all signs and line marking as per attached drawing by Norton-Jago/ACE Pty Ltd- signage and line marking plan revision C Sheet 1 drawing No. C46.8,  including all modifications (a) to (f) as listed above to the satisfaction of Council;

  

3.  The revised drawing C46.8 with modifications be submitted to TFNSW for its review and approval.

 

4.  The temporary relocation of the Bus Stop on the southern side of Trafalgar Street, to a position further east of Regent Street between No. 273 and No. 265 Trafalgar Street be approved, subject to specific dates being provided to Council’s Traffic & Transport Planning Manager and affected residents being notified at least two weeks prior to the changes.

 

5.   The Traffic Management Plan prepared by Barker Ryan Steward in Attachment 11 for the installation of ‘No Right Turn 3.00pm-7.00pm Mon-Fri.,’ from New Canterbury Road into Regent Street, be submitted to TFNSW for consideration and approval, and that the builder work with the TFNSW to install the required signs.              

 

DISCUSSION

 

The builder, Deicorp, has provided written comments in response to the Traffic Committee report. These are attached with additional Officer comments (Attachment 2).

 

The Committee members agreed with the Officer’s recommendation.

 

COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT:

 

1.    The report be received and noted;

 

2.    The detailed proposed traffic and parking works in Trafalgar Street and its intersection with Regent Street, Petersham, on attached drawing by Norton-Jago/ACE Pty Ltd- signage and line marking plan revision C Sheet 1 drawing No. C46.8, be APPROVED, subject to the following;

 

a)   Double barrier BB lines be extended in Trafalgar Street right through across the RSL carpark access and Forzzard Lane;

b)   An additional ‘No Right Turn’ sign be placed on the eastern footway side of the RSL carpark facing east bound traffic in Trafalgar Street;

c)   The ‘No Right Turn’ as shown on the northern kerb side island in Trafalgar Street opposite the RSL carpark and Forzzard Lane, have a supplementary sign underneath reading ‘INTO RSL CAR PARK & FOZZARD LANE’;

d)   The ‘No Stopping (arrow right)’ sign on the southern side of Trafalgar Street, to the west of Fozzard Lane be changed to read ‘No Stopping (arrow left)’ and the ‘No Parking’ restrictions be reinstated over the driveways between Fozzard Lane and no. 313-315 Trafalgar Street;

e)   No trees be planted along the footway within the Bus Zone due to the likelihood of interference to the operation of the Bus Stop;

f)    The builder prepare/provide for the bus pad/footings and other infrastructure works for the relocation of the bus stop and Council approved shelter as shown on the plan to the satisfaction of Council; 

g)   The builder is to install all signs and line marking as per attached drawing by Norton-Jago/ACE Pty Ltd- signage and line marking plan revision C Sheet 1 drawing No. C46.8,  including all modifications (a) to (f) as listed above to the satisfaction of Council;

  

3.  The revised drawing C46.8 with modifications be submitted to TFNSW for its review and approval.

 

4.  The temporary relocation of the Bus Stop on the southern side of Trafalgar Street, to a position further east of Regent Street between No. 273 and No. 265 Trafalgar Street be approved, subject to specific dates being provided to Council’s Traffic & Transport Planning Manager and affected residents being notified at least two weeks prior to the changes.

 

5.  The Traffic Management Plan prepared by Barker Ryan Steward in Attachment 11 for the installation of ‘No Right Turn 3.00pm-7.00pm Mon-Fri.,’ from New Canterbury Road into Regent Street, be submitted to TFNSW for consideration and approval, and that the builder work with the TFNSW to install the required signs.              

                 

For motion: Unanimous

 

 

LTC0321 Item 4  Guihen Street and Booth Street, Annandale - Proposed short term parking (Gulgadya-Leichhardt Ward/Balmain Electorate/Leichhardt PAC)

SUMMARY

 

Council has received concerns from local businesses on Booth Street (between Alexandria Drive and Pyrmont Bridge Road), Annandale regarding a lack of short-term parking in the area for customers and visitors.

 

Officer’s Recommendation

 

THAT:

 

1.       The existing parking spaces (94.5m) on the northern side of Guihen Street, between Booth Street and Chester Street be converted from unrestricted parking to ‘4P 8:00am-6:00pm Mon-Fri’

 

2.       The existing parking spaces (62.2m) on the western side of Booth Street, between Guihen Street and Wigram Road be converted from unrestricted parking to ‘2P 8:00am-6:00pm Mon-Fri’.

 

3.       The parking spaces (31.8m) on the western side of Booth Street, between Guihen Street and Pyrmont Bridge Road be converted from unrestricted parking to ‘2P 8:00am-6:00pm Mon-Fri’

 

4.       A 13m ‘No Parking’ restriction be installed on the western side of Booth Street, south of Guihen Street across the northern most driveway of 1A Booth Street.

 

 

DISCUSSION

 

The Committee members agreed with the Officer’s recommendation.

 

COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT:

 

1.       The existing parking spaces (94.5m) on the northern side of Guihen Street, between Booth Street and Chester Street be converted from unrestricted parking to ‘4P 8:00am-6:00pm Mon-Fri’

 

2.       The existing parking spaces (62.2m) on the western side of Booth Street, between Guihen Street and Wigram Road be converted from unrestricted parking to ‘2P 8:00am-6:00pm Mon-Fri’.

 

3.       The parking spaces (31.8m) on the western side of Booth Street, between Guihen Street and Pyrmont Bridge Road be converted from unrestricted parking to ‘2P 8:00am-6:00pm Mon-Fri’

 

4.       A 13m ‘No Parking’ restriction be installed on the western side of Booth Street, south of Guihen Street across the northern most driveway of 1A Booth Street.

 

For motion: Unanimous

 

 

LTC0321 Item 5  Boomerang Street, Haberfield - Proposed Removal of Existing Bus Zone (Gulgadya-Leichhardt Ward/ Summer Hill Electorate/ Burwood PAC)

SUMMARY

 

Council has received a request to remove a redundant existing ‘Bus Zone’ on the eastern side of Boomerang Street, Haberfield (south of Crescent Street) to reinstate unrestricted parking at this location.

 

Officer’s Recommendation

 

THAT the existing 20m ‘Bus Zone’ zone on the eastern side of Boomerang Street, Haberfield (south of Crescent Street) be removed and the unrestricted on-street parking be reinstated.

 

DISCUSSION

 

The Committee members agreed with the Officer’s recommendation.

 

COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT the existing 20m ‘Bus Zone’ zone on the eastern side of Boomerang Street, Haberfield (south of Crescent Street) be removed and the unrestricted on-street parking be reinstated.

 

For motion: Unanimous

 

 

LTC0321 Item 6  332 Norton Street, Leichhardt - Proposed Loading Zone (Gulgadga - Leichhardt/ Balmain Electorate/  Leichhardt PAC)

SUMMARY

 

Council has received a request to change one space of the existing ‘1/2P 8am-6pm Mon-Sat’ parking restriction to a ‘Loading Zone 6am-4pm Mon-Sat’ in front of No. 332 Norton Street, Leichhardt to facilitate deliveries for local businesses.

 

Officer’s Recommendation

 

THAT a six (6) metre ‘Loading Zone 6:00am – 4:00pm Mon - Sat’ be installed on the western side of Norton Street in front of No.332 Norton Street, Leichhardt.

 

 

DISCUSSION

 

The Committee members agreed with the Officer’s recommendation.

 

 

 

COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT a six (6) metre ‘Loading Zone 6:00am – 4:00pm Mon - Sat’ be installed on the western side of Norton Street in front of No.332 Norton Street, Leichhardt.

 

For motion: Unanimous

 

 

LTC0321 Item 7  Unwins Bridge Road, Way Street, Toyer Street & Collins Street, St Peters - Formalising Parking Restrictions around Tempe High School
(Midjuburi - Marrickville Ward/ Heffron Electorate/ Inner West PAC)

SUMMARY

 

Council has received representations from Tempe High School requesting the review of parking restrictions along the four streets encompassing the school. These are Unwins Bridge Road, Way Street, Toyer Street and Collins Street. As school buses rely upon the surrounding streets to service the school, concerns were raised when cars are parked along certain sections of the bus route, leading to traffic obstruction and possibly damage to parked vehicles. An investigation has revealed that there are either no signposted parking restrictions or that the current parking signage does not effectively deter vehicles parking in inappropriate locations, thus restricting thoroughfare and turning ability for buses travelling along the boundary of Tempe High School.

 

Officer’s Recommendation

 

THAT the following restrictions be approved:

 

1.       A 30 metre ‘No Parking’ zone, extending from the current ‘No Parking’ zone along the western side of Way Street, south of its intersection with Toyer Street;

2.       A statutory 10 metre ‘No Stopping’ on western side of Way Street, south of its intersection with Toyer Street;

3.       A 50 metre ‘No Parking’ zone, along the southern side of Toyer Street, west of its intersection with Way Street;

4.       A statutory 10 metre ‘No Stopping’ on the southern side of Toyer Street, east of its intersection with Collins Street;

5.       A 14 metre ‘No Stopping’ zone on the northern side of Toyer Street, east of its intersection with Collins Street;

6.       A 8 metre ‘No Stopping’ zone on eastern side of Collins Street, south of its intersection with Toyer Street;

7.       A 10 metre ‘No Parking 8am – 9.30am 2pm – 3.30pm’ on eastern side of Collins Street, immediately northwest of existing Bus Zone, north of its intersection with Unwins Bridge Road;

8.       A 69 metre ‘No Stopping’ zone on the northern side of Unwins Bridge Road, between Collins Street and the signalised mid-block pedestrian crossing, replacing existing 50 metre ‘No Parking 7am – 9am Mon – Fri’ & 19 metre ‘No Parking’ restrictions; and

9.       A 25 metre ‘No Stopping’ zone on the northern side of Unwins Bridge Road, between Foreman Street and the signalised mid-block pedestrian crossing, replacing existing ‘No Parking’

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

 

The Committee members agreed with the Officer’s recommendation.

 

COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT the following restrictions be approved:

 

1.       A 30 metre ‘No Parking’ zone, extending from the current ‘No Parking’ zone along the western side of Way Street, south of its intersection with Toyer Street;

2.       A statutory 10 metre ‘No Stopping’ on western side of Way Street, south of its intersection with Toyer Street;

3.       A 50 metre ‘No Parking’ zone, along the southern side of Toyer Street, west of its intersection with Way Street;

4.       A statutory 10 metre ‘No Stopping’ on the southern side of Toyer Street, east of its intersection with Collins Street;

5.       A 14 metre ‘No Stopping’ zone on the northern side of Toyer Street, east of its intersection with Collins Street;

6.       A 8 metre ‘No Stopping’ zone on eastern side of Collins Street, south of its intersection with Toyer Street;

7.       A 10 metre ‘No Parking 8am – 9.30am 2pm – 3.30pm’ on eastern side of Collins Street, immediately northwest of existing Bus Zone, north of its intersection with Unwins Bridge Road;

8.       A 69 metre ‘No Stopping’ zone on the northern side of Unwins Bridge Road, between Collins Street and the signalised mid-block pedestrian crossing, replacing existing 50 metre ‘No Parking 7am – 9am Mon – Fri’ & 19 metre ‘No Parking’ restrictions; and

9.       A 25 metre ‘No Stopping’ zone on the northern side of Unwins Bridge Road, between Foreman Street and the signalised mid-block pedestrian crossing, replacing existing ‘No Parking’

 

For motion: Unanimous

 

 

LTC0321 Item 8  Lilyfield Precinct Parking Study (Baludarri - Balmain Ward / Balmain Electorate / Leichhardt PAC)

SUMMARY

 

This is a recommendation to endorse the final Lilyfield Precinct Parking Study report. Council has recently undertaken Public Exhibition of the draft Lilyfield Precinct Parking Study through YourSay Inner West. The draft strategy proposed several changes, including a Saturday Resident Parking Scheme (RPS) in streets surrounding the Orange Grove Public School during market days, angle parking in Hubert Street and Charles Street, and a need to establish Special Event Parking replacing the existing restrictions in the street surrounding Leichhardt Oval. The general feedback themes include the issue of enforcement in Lilyfield, dissatisfaction with boat trailers, and parking pressure concerns from WestConnex Rozelle Interchange site. Area specific feedback include suggestions for angle parking for the whole length of Rayner Street to increase parking supply.

 

 

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, Council was unable to undertake a parking survey during a large capacity event at Leichhardt Oval. This data was to be used as a basis to review the existing parking control and develop a Special Event Parking scheme. As venue restrictions ease over time, it is expected that a parking survey during a full capacity event will assist in the development of a special event Traffic Management Plan (TMP) and Special Event Parking Scheme for the current area LY permit scheme.

 

The response totalled 35.8% in support, 29.9% non-support, and 34.3% with an unsure/neutral preference. After the Public Exhibition feedback was assessed, a review on the proposed scheme was undertaken with the final recommendations as outlined in Attachment 2. As the changes included both short-term and long-term matters, this would require Council to implement the changes with community engagement over a 5-10 year life cycle of the study. It is recommended that further consideration of street specific Resident Parking Scheme (RPS) other than those proposed in the report not be supported for a period of 24 months until March 2023.

 

In addition, the parking impact on streets near the WestConnex Rozelle Interchange site has been a source of concern for residents in Lilyfield and Rozelle. Council has worked together on the consultation on including additional streets in the RPS in October 2020. Due to the low overall support from the community, this was not implemented. However, Council is continuing discussions with Transport for NSW to explore parking options to alleviate parking pressures until the completion of the WestConnex Rozelle Interchange in 2023.

 

Officer’s Recommendation

 

THAT:

 

1.   The final Lilyfield Precinct Parking Study (Attachment 3) be noted;

 

2.   In view of the feedback received from the Public Exhibition, the Parking Strategy for the Lilyfield Precinct as shown in Attachment 2 be adopted;

3.   An additional parking review be undertaken to establish a Special Events Traffic Management Plan (TMP) and Special Event Parking Scheme, updating the existing area LY Resident Parking Scheme;

4.   Further consideration of street specific resident parking scheme for the Lilyfield precinct, other than those included in Attachment 2 not be supported for 24 months until March 2023;

5.   Post-implementation parking surveys be carried out after parking changes, and a review be undertaken and reported back to the Traffic Committee, if required; and

6.   Council to work with event organisers to prepare and implement a standardised Traffic Management Plan and Special Event Parking Scheme for large events at Leichhardt Oval; and

 

 

DISCUSSION

The representative for the Member for Balmain stated that the sight line of certain streets intersecting Lilyfield Road are inadequate due to the acute angle of the corners and noted that the Leichhardt Bike Plan shows that 2 of the 5 bike accidents in Lilyfield Road occurred opposite intersections with angled streets. The representative requested that the statutory 10m ‘No Stopping’ zones on each of the eastern corners of Charles Street, Charles Lane, Hubert Street and Francis Street be extended to at least 15m to improve safety for motorists turning into Lilyfield Road and improve sight lines to motorists and cyclists travelling west along Lilyfield Road.

Council Officers advised that parking precinct studies do not typically consider ‘No Stopping’ zone extensions. Requests for extensions to ‘No Stopping’ zones can be made and considered on a case-by-case basis, however, loss of legal parking is generally not supported by the community. A preliminary review of these intersections also show no accident history (in the current 5-year TfNSW accident history). Council Officers will review the representative’s request separately.

The Committee members agreed with the Officer’s recommendation.

 

COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT:

 

1.   The final Lilyfield Precinct Parking Study (Attachment 3) be noted;

 

2.   In view of the feedback received from the Public Exhibition, the Parking Strategy for the Lilyfield Precinct as shown in Attachment 2 be adopted;

3.   An additional parking review be undertaken to establish a Special Events Traffic Management Plan (TMP) and Special Event Parking Scheme, updating the existing area LY Resident Parking Scheme;

4.   Further consideration of street specific resident parking scheme for the Lilyfield precinct, other than those included in Attachment 2 not be supported for 24 months until March 2023;

5.   Post-implementation parking surveys be carried out after parking changes, and a review be undertaken and reported back to the Traffic Committee, if required; and

6.   Council to work with event organisers to prepare and implement a standardised Traffic Management Plan and Special Event Parking Scheme for large events at Leichhardt Oval.

 

 

For motion: Unanimous

 

 

LTC0321 Item 9  Balmain East Precinct Parking Study (Baludarri-Balmain Ward/Balmain Electorate/Leichhardt PAC)

SUMMARY

 

This is a recommendation to endorse the final Balmain East Precinct Parking Study report. Council has recently undertaken Public Exhibition of the draft Balmain East Precinct Parking Study through YourSay Inner West. The draft report proposed several changes, including an expansion of the Resident Parking Scheme (RPS) as shown in Attachment 2. The response results indicate that the community had mixed opinions on the proposed changes, with a low support for the draft strategy proposed by Council.

 

After considering the Public Exhibition feedback, a review on the proposed scheme was undertaken with minor adjustments made to the proposed parking strategy. As the changes included both short term and long term strategies, this would require Council to implement the changes over a 5-10 year life cycle of the study. It is recommended that further consideration of street specific RPS other than those proposed in the report not be supported for a period of 24 months until March 2023.

 

Officer’s Recommendation

 

THAT:

 

1.   The final Balmain East Precinct Parking Study (Attachment 3) be noted;

 

2.   In view of the feedback received from the Public Exhibition, the revised changes to parking strategy as shown in Attachment 2 be adopted, with items 1-3 to be implemented prior to July 2021 and items 4-12 to be implemented with further community engagement;

3.   Further consideration of street specific resident parking scheme for the Balmain East precinct, other than those included in Attachment 2 not be supported for 24 months until March 2023; and

4.   That post-implementation parking surveys be carried out after parking changes, and a review be undertaken and reported back to the Traffic Committee, if required.

 

 

DISCUSSION

 

It was noted that within the report and recommendations table, reference to “2P 8am – 10am permit holders excepted Area BE” should be “2P 8am – 10pm permit holders excepted Area BE”.

 

The Committee members agreed with the Officer’s recommendation.

 

COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT:

 

1.   The final Balmain East Precinct Parking Study (Attachment 3) be noted;

 

2.   In view of the feedback received from the Public Exhibition, the revised changes to parking strategy as shown in Attachment 2 be adopted, with items 1-3 to be implemented prior to July 2021 and items 4-12 to be implemented with further community engagement;

3.   Further consideration of street specific resident parking scheme for the Balmain East precinct, other than those included in Attachment 2 not be supported for 24 months until March 2023; and

4.   That post-implementation parking surveys be carried out after parking changes, and a review be undertaken and reported back to the Traffic Committee, if required.

 

For motion: Unanimous

 

 

 

 

 

 

LTC0321 Item 10 15-17 Marion Street, Leichhardt - Temporary Relocation of Existing         Bus Zone (Gulgadga - Leichhardt/ Balmain Electorate/ Leichhardt          PAC)

SUMMARY

 

Council has received a request for the temporary relocation of the existing ‘Bus Zone’ on the northern side of Marion Street in front of Nos. 15-17 Marion Street Leichhardt to provide a safe area for patrons to access bus services during ongoing construction works at Nos. 15-17 Marion Street.

 

Officer’s Recommendation

 

THAT:

a)   the existing ‘Bus Zone’ on the northern side of Marion Street, Leichhardt in front of 15-17 Marion Street be temporarily relocated 26m to the east replacing the existing ‘2P ticket 10am-6pm Mon-Fri 8am-6pm Sat, 4P 6pm-10pm Mon-Sat, 8am-10pm Sun; No Stopping 7am-10am Mon-Fri’ ticket parking restrictions (25m total) for 54 weeks.

b)   That parking meter LMP-10216 be temporarily decommissioned during this period

c)   ‘4P ticket 8am-10pm’ parking restrictions be provided in place of the existing ‘Bus Zone’ until such time that re-establishment of the ‘Bus Zone’ is required or until a temporary ‘Works Zone’ is established.

 

DISCUSSION

 

The Committee members agreed with the Officer’s recommendation.

 

COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT:

a)   the existing ‘Bus Zone’ on the northern side of Marion Street, Leichhardt in front of 15-17 Marion Street be temporarily relocated 26m to the east replacing the existing ‘2P ticket 10am-6pm Mon-Fri 8am-6pm Sat, 4P 6pm-10pm Mon-Sat, 8am-10pm Sun; No Stopping 7am-10am Mon-Fri’ ticket parking restrictions (25m total) for 54 weeks.

b)   That parking meter LMP-10216 be temporarily decommissioned during this period

c)   ‘4P ticket 8am-10pm’ parking restrictions be provided in place of the existing ‘Bus Zone’ until such time that re-establishment of the ‘Bus Zone’ is required or until a temporary ‘Works Zone’ is established.

 

For motion: Unanimous

 

 

 

LTC0321 Item 11 168 Norton Street (between Carlisle Street and Maccauley Street),    Leichhardt - Road Occupancy (Gulgadga - Leichhardt/ Balmain    Electorate/ Leichhardt PAC)

SUMMARY

 

Council has received an application from Growth Built Pty Ltd for approval of a temporary full road closure of Norton Street (in front of 168 Norton Street), between Carlisle Street and Macauley Street, Leichhardt from 9:00pm Tuesday 11 May 2021 to 5:00am Wednesday 12 May 2021 (with a contingency period of three weeks) for dismantling of a tower crane at 168 Norton Street, Leichhardt.

 

Officer’s Recommendation

 

THAT the proposed temporary full road closure of Norton Street, between Carlisle Street and Macauley Street, Leichhardt from 9:00pm Tuesday 11 May 2021 to 5:00am Wednesday 12 May 2021  (with a contingency period of three weeks – only between Sundays and Wednesdays) be approved for dismantling of a tower crane at 168 Norton Street, Leichhardt subject to, but not limited to, the following conditions:

 

1.   A Traffic Management Plan (TMP) for the attached Traffic Control Plan (TCP) be submitted to TfNSW prior to the start of works;

 

2.   A Road Occupancy License be obtained by the applicant from the Transport Management Centre;

 

3.   All affected residents and businesses, including, Transit Systems, STA, NSW Police Area Command, Fire & Rescue NSW and the NSW Ambulance Services be notified in writing, by the applicant, of the proposed temporary full road closure at least 7 days in advance of the closure with the applicant making reasonable provision for stakeholders; and

 

4.   The occupation of the road carriageway must not occur until the road has been physically closed.

 

 

DISCUSSION

 

The Committee members agreed with the Officer’s recommendation.

 

COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT the proposed temporary full road closure of Norton Street, between Carlisle Street and Macauley Street, Leichhardt from 9:00pm Tuesday 11 May 2021 to 5:00am Wednesday 12 May 2021  (with a contingency period of three weeks – only between Sundays and Wednesdays) be approved for dismantling of a tower crane at 168 Norton Street, Leichhardt subject to, but not limited to, the following conditions:

 

1.   A Traffic Management Plan (TMP) for the attached Traffic Control Plan (TCP) be submitted to TfNSW prior to the start of works;

 

2.   A Road Occupancy License be obtained by the applicant from the Transport Management Centre;

 

3.   All affected residents and businesses, including, Transit Systems, STA, NSW Police Area Command, Fire & Rescue NSW and the NSW Ambulance Services be notified in writing, by the applicant, of the proposed temporary full road closure at least 7 days in advance of the closure with the applicant making reasonable provision for stakeholders; and

 

4.   The occupation of the road carriageway must not occur until the road has been physically closed.

 

For motion: Unanimous

 

 

LTC0321 Item 12  Carlisle Street between Norton Street and Unnamed Laneway,      Leichhardt - Road Occupancy - ANZAC Day Event (Gulgadya-       Leichhardt Ward/Balmain Electorate/Leichhardt PAC)

SUMMARY

 

Council has received an application from the licensee of The Royal Hotel in Leichhardt for approval of a temporary full road closure in Carlisle Street between Norton Street and the Unnamed Laneway adjacent to No.2 Carlisle Street to be held on Sunday, 25 April 2021 between the hours of 6am and 12 midnight. The road closure has been requested to facilitate The Royal Hotel ANZAC Day Event.

 

Officer’s Recommendation

 

THAT the temporary road closure of Carlisle Street, Leichhardt between Norton Street and the Unnamed Laneway adjacent to No.2 Carlisle Street to be held on Sunday, 25 April 2021 between the hours of 6am and 12 midnight be supported, subject to the following conditions:

 

1.   Latest government and health advice on Covid-19 is followed at the time of the event including gatherings and/or social distancing restrictions;

 

2.   All affected residents and businesses, including the NSW Police Local Area Command, Fire & Rescue NSW and NSW Ambulance Services be notified in writing, by the applicant, of the proposed temporary road closure at least 14 days in advance of the closure with the applicant making reasonable provision for stakeholders;

 

3.   That an unencumbered passaged minimum of 4.0m wide be available for emergency vehicles through the closed section of Carlisle Street, Leichhardt;

 

4.   The occupation of the road carriageway must not occur until the road has been physically closed;

 

 

DISCUSSION

 

The TfNSW representative advised that if this is a Class 2 event, TfNSW will need to provide concurrence and requested that the TMP, PL insurance and risk assessment be submitted to TfNSW.

 

The Committee members agreed with the Officer’s recommendation.

 

COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

 

 

THAT the temporary road closure of Carlisle Street, Leichhardt between Norton Street and the Unnamed Laneway adjacent to No.2 Carlisle Street to be held on Sunday, 25 April 2021 between the hours of 6am and 12 midnight be supported, subject to the following conditions:

 

1.   Latest government and health advice on Covid-19 is followed at the time of the event including gatherings and/or social distancing restrictions;

 

2.   All affected residents and businesses, including the NSW Police Local Area Command, Fire & Rescue NSW and NSW Ambulance Services be notified in writing, by the applicant, of the proposed temporary road closure at least 14 days in advance of the closure with the applicant making reasonable provision for stakeholders;

 

3.   That an unencumbered passaged minimum of 4.0m wide be available for emergency vehicles through the closed section of Carlisle Street, Leichhardt;

 

4.   The occupation of the road carriageway must not occur until the road has been physically closed.

 

For motion: Unanimous

 

 

General Business 

 

LTC0321 Item 13  ‘No Left Turn’ to Wardell Road from Riverside Crescent, Dulwich Hill

 

Representations were made to Clr Macri regarding the new ‘No Left Turn’ from Riverside Crescent into Wardell Road. Concerns were raised that the ‘No Left Turn’ is having unintended impact on traffic on Wardell Road and surrounding roads, causing confusion as there are no warning signs of changed traffic conditions and congestion during peak time. Requests were made to review the signage and traffic signal phasing at the intersection. Council Officers will investigate.

 

 

LTC0321 Item 14  Request for ‘No Parking’ on Durham Lane, Stanmore

A request was received by the Member for Newtown for ‘No Parking’ on Durham Lane near the property entrance of Unit B02, 109 Salisbury Road, Stanmore. The resident of the property stated that access to the property is difficult due to the narrow footpath and if a vehicle is parked directly outside the property on Durham Lane, access to the property is further impeded, especially for less mobile residents. Council Officers will investigate.

 

LTC0321 Item 15 Trucks on Liberty Street and Kingston Road, Enmore and Newtown

A resident of Kingston Road contacted the Member for Newtown’s Office indicating that she and many neighbours are concerned about the number and type of large vehicles using Liberty Street and Kingston Road including cement trucks, Newington school buses (large tourist buses), semitrailers (including one with containers on it) and WestConnex ‘truck and dogs’. The resident has also contacted Newtown Police about this issue.

The representative for the Member for Newtown indicated that they have raised the issue of construction trucks on many key roads in the Inner West including King Street, Edgeware Road and Enmore Road in the past, while realising that these roads come under the control of TfNSW. However, given the high pedestrian and cycle usage as well as the size of these streets, the representative suggested that Council look at whether some of these roads need to be assessed for reclassification with TfNSW.

 

LTC0321 Item 16  Improving pedestrian safety on Canal Road, Lilyfield

The representative for the Member for Balmain commented that an increasing number of vehicles use Canal Road, particularly during cricket and football practice. Due to the increased traffic, the representative requested that a marked pedestrian crossing and speed hump be investigated for Canal Road to enable pedestrians to cross the road to reach the path to the Leichhardt North Station and the overbridge on the City-West Link. Council Officers will investigate.

 

This concluded the business of the meeting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ADDITIONAL OFFICER COMMENTS:

Council issued a general notification letter dated 16 February 2021 to affected residents/businesses in vicinity of the development advising of works required to be undertaken in Trafalgar Street, Regent Street, Fisher Street, and New Canterbury Road.

 

A further notification letter was issued dated 17 February 2021 of an error, and to correctly advise that the Bus Stop on the northern side of Trafalgar Street, be relocated from west to east of Regent Street.

 

The community was given the opportunity to comment, with comments needing to be received by the 5 March 2021. No responses have been received from the community.

The builder by email dated 10 March 2021 has responded to the notification letter and the report to Council as follows:

 

‘Deicorp once again wish to make our position very clear that any works related to Council Bicycle path which also incorporates the relocation and installation of 2x bus shelters is in no way related to Deicorps Development Approval.

 

This matter has discussed with Council on many occasions and seeing that Council have acquired Government funding for the cycle way and related works the responsibility of these works rest with Council not the Developer/Builder.

 

In relation to this matter and to then place this responsibility of these works back to on the builder as noted in Item 2(f) is incorrect and we request that this item be changed to reflect Councils responsibility by changing the first two words to ‘The Council’.

 

Deicorp’s letter in response to notification letter, followed with the general notification letter is attached.

 

The intent of the notification letter was to advise the community of all council and developmental works required to be carried out in the area, related or unrelated.

 

Under Condition 2(f) within the recommendations to the traffic committee, the builder is still to comply satisfactorily under development consent 252(b), and under footway restoration, would be required to co-ordinate with Council on the preparation of bus relocation works only on the southern side of Trafalgar Street. The arrangements for work and cost is an internal matter to be discussed with Council and the Builder.


 

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Council Meeting

13 April 2021

 

 

Item No:         C0421(1) Item 17

Subject:         Request for Reimbursement of Legal Expenses           

Prepared By:      Katherine Paixao - Acting Governance Manager 

Authorised By:  Brian Barrett - Acting General Manager

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT Council determine the request for reimbursement of legal costs in accordance with the Councillor Expenses and Facilities Policy.

 

 

DISCUSSION

A request has been received from Councillor Porteous for reimbursement of legal costs associated with a Code of Conduct complaint.

 

Councillor Porteous was the subject of a Code of Conduct complaint lodged on 29 September 2020 by Mr Michael Deegan, former Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

 

On 28 October 2020, the former CEO notified the Investigator that he withdrew his Code of Conduct complaint against Councillor Porteous. At that time, he was no longer an employee of Council. On 29 October 2020, the Investigator acknowledged the former CEO’s withdrawal of his complaint, however stated, “However, in the interests of affording natural justice to all concerned parties, I will be proceeding with my investigation into the allegations you had initially raised in your complaint.” It is noted that this action by the investigator is in line with the relevant Procedures as the investigator has the authority to determine the outcome of the matter. Therefore, despite the former CEO withdrawing his complaint, the investigation continued.

 

Councillor Porteous was advised on 12 November 2020 through her solicitor, the outcome of the Investigation. The outcome was that the allegation that Councillor Porteous engaged in behaviour towards the former Chief Executive Officer of Inner West Council Mr Michael Deegan, was not sustained.

 

Councillor Porteous is seeking reimbursement of legal costs associated with the matter under Council’s Councillor Expenses and Facilities Policy, and is claiming reimbursement of a total of $1770.00 as per Attachment 1

 

The relevant excerpt from the Councillor Expenses and Facilities Policy pertaining to legal costs is reproduced in full below:

 

8. Legal assistance

8.1 Council may, if requested, indemnify or reimburse the reasonable legal expenses of:

Ÿ  a Councillor defending an action arising from the performance in good faith of a function under the Local Government Act

Ÿ  a Councillor defending an action in defamation, provided the statements complained of were made in good faith in the course of exercising a function under the Act

Ÿ  a Councillor for proceedings before an appropriate investigative or review body, provided the subject of the proceedings arises from the performance in good faith of a function under the Act and the matter has proceeded past any initial assessment phase to a formal investigation or review and the investigative or review body makes a finding substantially favourable to the Councillor.

8.2 In the case of a conduct complaint made against a Councillor, legal costs will only be made available where the matter has been referred by the General Manager to a conduct reviewer or conduct review panel to make formal enquiries into that matter in accordance with Council’s Code of Conduct.

8.3 Legal expenses incurred in relation to proceedings arising out of the performance by a Councillor of his or her functions under the Act are distinguished from expenses incurred in relation to proceedings arising merely from something that a Councillor has done during his or her term in office. For example, expenses arising from an investigation as to whether a Councillor acted corruptly would not be covered by this section.

8.4 Council will not meet the legal costs:

Ÿ  of legal proceedings initiated by a Councillor under any circumstances

Ÿ  of a Councillor seeking advice in respect of possible defamation, or in seeking a non-litigious remedy for possible defamation

Ÿ  for legal proceedings that do not involve a Councillor performing their role as a Councillor.

8.5 Reimbursement of expenses for reasonable legal expenses must have Council approval by way of a resolution at a Council meeting”.

 

The Councillor Expenses and Facilities Policy states that Council can resolve to reimburse legal expenses where the legal proceedings arise out of the performance of a Councillor in undertaking their functions under the Act and where a review body makes a finding substantially favourable to the Councillor. The request for reimbursement meets these criteria.

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

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Tax Invoice for Code of Conduct complaint investigation - Confidential

  


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Item No:         C0421(1) Item 18

Subject:         Investment Report As At 28 February 2021.           

Prepared By:      Daryl Jackson - Chief Financial Officer  

Authorised By:  Brian Barrett - Acting General Manager

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT the report be received and noted.

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

Council’s holding in various investment categories are listed in the table below. Council’s portfolio size is $219.5m.  All Socially Responsible Investments (SRI’s) are investments that comply with the Non-Fossil Fuel standards. Council’s annualised return continues to exceed the bank bill index benchmark. Council’s portfolio had a return of 1.25%, above the UBSWA Bank Bill Index Benchmark (0.21%).

 

Changes in the value of our portfolio was due to maturing investments of $5.6m –

·    Suncorp Bank $3.6m

·    CBA (Green TD) $2.0m

 

Limited investing opportunities were available in February 2021 in non-fossil fuel products due to their low interest rate offering.  Council invested in the National Housing Finance Investment Corp (Social) for $1.5m.

 

The attachments to this report summarise all investments held by Council and interest returns for periods ending 28 February 2021.

 

The Current Market value is required to be accounted for. The Current Market Value is a likely outcome if Council were to consider recalling the investment prior to its due date.

 

All investments made for the month of February 2021 have been made in accordance with the Local Government Act, Local Government Regulations and the Inner West Council Investment Policy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

IWC Investment Report - February 2021

2.

IWC Economic & Investment Portfolio Commentary February 2021

  


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Council Meeting

13 April 2021

 

 

Item No:         C0421(1) Item 19

Subject:         55, 57 & 61-63 Smith Street, Summer Hill Development Application (DA/2020/1022)           

Prepared By:      Harjeet Atwal - Senior Manager Planning  

Authorised By:  Elizabeth Richardson - Chief Operating Officer, Director Development and Recreation

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT Council receive and note this report.

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

55, 57 & 61-63 Smith Street, Summer Hill seeking to demolish existing structures and construction of a 2 - 3 storey boarding house containing 105 boarding rooms (including on site manager) over 1 basement level of parking for 58 vehicles.

 

The application was placed on public exhibition until 11 February 2021. The application will be referred to the Inner West Local Planning Panel (IWLPP) for determination. A panel meeting date has not been scheduled for the determination of DA/2020/1022 as the application is under assessment. A letter outlining Council officers’ concerns, as well as issues raised by neighbours and other outstanding issues is being prepared for the applicant. Once a response is received and Council’s assessment is finalised, a meeting date will be set.

 

On 9 March 2021 Council passed a resolution (See Attachment 1) associated with DA/2020/1022 and requiring a report to the April Ordinary meeting summarising all significant residential development proposals (25 dwellings or more) that are under assessment or have been approved in this term of Council.

 

In accordance with Point 1 of that resolution the Mayor’s Office has written to the Chair of the IWLPP advising of the Council resolution and requesting the IWLPP convene a meeting with Summer Hill residents in relation to DA/2020/1022.

 

As indicated above, the development application is under assessment, once a panel determination meeting date is set a letter will be sent out to all residents of Summer Hill advising of the determination process in accordance with point 2 of the resolution.

 

In accordance with point 3 of the resolution, a report has been prepared (See Attachment 2) summarising all residential development, boarding house, student accommodation and service apartment developments with 25 dwellings/boarding rooms/apartments that have been approved or currently under assessment in this term of Council. Council has approved 48 applications amounting to 3,379 dwellings/boarding rooms/apartments and currently have 14 applications under assessment amounting to 1,026 dwellings/boarding rooms/apartments. In total Council has 62 applications with 4,405 dwellings/boarding rooms/apartments since this term of Council. 

 

 

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Nil

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Council Resolution 9 March 2021 - 55, 57 & 61-63 Smith Street, Summer Hill Development Application

2.

Significant Development Report

  


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Council Meeting

13 April 2021

 

 

Item No:         C0421(1) Item 20

Subject:         Update - Reuse and Recycling Hub at Summer Hill Depot           

Prepared By:      Bojan Sodic - Strategic Investments Manager  

Authorised By:  Elizabeth Richardson - Chief Operating Officer, Director Development and Recreation

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT Council receives and notes this update progress report.

 

DISCUSSION

At the 8th September 2020 Council meeting, it was resolved that Council:

 

Progresses with the development of a Reuse and Recycling Hub as a medium-term use at Summer Hill Depot and continue discussions with suitable not-for-profit organisations

 

This report provides provide an update on the progress for the Summer Hill Depot reuse and recycling:

 

Update

Council staff have continued discussions with The Bower and Reverse Garbage about co-locating in Summer Hill Depot with our own re-use centre, to create a reuse and recycling ‘hub’. Both these organisations have the capacity to pay rent, and this would be subject to negotiation.

 

The Summer Hill Depot is currently occupied by NSW Health for the drive-through COVID testing clinic.

 

Valuation and Agreement

Council has undertaken an independent valuation to assess the current market rental for the whole of the Summer Hill Depot. These rental amounts have been provided to both The Bower and Reverse Garbage. Council will be preparing a Heads of Agreement for the leasing of Summer Hill Depot to The Bower and Reverse Garbage.

 

The two tenants have also determined who will be occupying what area within the Summer Hill Depot and the Heads of Agreement terms will reflect this site split.

 

The Bower and Reverse Garbage have stated they are intending to apply for Accommodation Grants in accordance with the Council’s Land & Property Policy.

 

The Development Application

As part of the development application process Council has now determined that it will take control of this process and Council has engaged an independent planning consultant on behalf of the prospective tenants.

 

This planning consultant has been engaged as the specialist to collate all relevant information to submit the development application and ultimately obtain development consent for the operation of a reuse, recycling and education centre at Summer Hill Depot.

 

Council has also engaged a number of specialist consultants to undertake further reporting which are required for the submitting of a Development Application – these include:

·    Surveyor

·    A traffic consultant

·    An Acoustic consultant

·    BCA consultant

·    Site contamination consultant

 

Council has advised that although it has agreed to fund the costs of obtaining necessary approvals to change to use of the site to a recycling hub, it will not fund costs associated with any building and fitout works. As such, the organisations are obtaining their own architectural/drafting services to prepare the plans necessary for the Development Application.

 

Council anticipates submitting the development application at the end of April 2021.

 

Timeline of Project

Council has had engagement with The Bower and Reverse Garbage on a timeline for this project and both tenants need to be operating from Summer Hill Depot by December 2021.

 

The Bower and Reverse Garbage will need at least two months to relocate from their current premises and will also need a further 3 months before this to undertake fitout and alteration works to the site. Therefore, development application approval will need to be granted by July 2021.

 

Council has also spoken with The Bower and Reverse Garbage about contingency plans if the site isn’t ready to start operations from December 2021.

 

Next Steps

Council officers have set up fortnightly meetings with both The Bower and Reverse Garbage which commenced on 23rd February 2021 to ensure timely delivery of the project.

 

The external planning consultant also regularly attends these recurring meetings to ensure relevant matters of a planning nature are addressed.

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.


Council Meeting

13 April 2021

 

 

Item No:         C0421(1) Item 21

Subject:         Council's Insurance Claim Assessment           

Prepared By:      Peter Chayna - Temporary Insurance Specialist  

Authorised By:  Katherine Paixao - Acting Governance Manager

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT Council receive and note the report.

 

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

At the 9 March 2021 Council meeting, it was resolved:

THAT Council defer consideration of this item to the April Ordinary Meeting and that data on the assessment awarding of claims be included in the report. This report should also address the rationale for and the cost of outsourcing the management of the under deductible/excess claims for its Public Liability Professional Indemnity and Motor Vehicle insurance, and assessing whether these services should be brought back into Council’s operations. 

 

 

A further breakdown of data which was provided at the 9 March 2021 Council meeting is shown below by each financial year since amalgamation which show the type of claim (Personal injury, financial loss. Property damage, vehicle damage or other) and claims outcomes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The reason for outsourcing the management for under deductible/excess claims for both public liability/ professional indemnity (PLPI) and motor vehicle (MV) classes of insurance is that it is a cost saving to Council which allows expert assessment of these claims. This was an operational decision made after amalgamation by the Deputy General Manager Chief Financial and Admin Officer and Executive manager Enterprise Risk.

 

If Council were to bring this service in-house, Council would need to employ an additional 2 resources with expert knowledge in assessing claims which would cost Council approximately $200,000 plus 17% for on costs per year. In addition, Council does not currently have the necessary corporate system to manage claims and would need to purchase a new module within Technology One with an approximate cost of $150,000 for implementation and approximately $4,000 per user per annum for licensing.

 

Current payment to Echelon Claims Services (ESC) for PLPI claims management is $7,920 per month including GST which includes 1 ESC staff member who manages under deductible claims for Council.

 

Current payment to Zurich for MV claims handling is $46,200 per year including GST which includes 2 claims consultants handling Council’s claims one claims consultant for heavy motor claims and one for all other motor claims.

 

Cost of Outsourcing Management of claims

Echelon Claims Services - $95,040 per year

Zurich - $46,200 per year

Total - $141,240 per year

 

 

Cost of Managing Claims In-house

2 x Additional resources including on costs - $234,000 per year

Implementation of system - $150,000 one off cost

4 x Licenses - $16,000 per annum

Total - $250,000 per year plus $150,000 one off implementation cost

 

By outsourcing the management of under deductible/excess claims for PLPI and MV claims, Council is saving approximately $108,760 per year.

 

It should be noted that even if Council was to employee the services of suitably skilled officers, information has been obtained from other councils that handle the assessment of claims in-house that they still require the services of an external claims management organisation e.g. ECS when work required exceeds in-house expertise.

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

If Council’s management of claims was brought in-house, council would be budget an additional $108,760 per year plus an additional $150,000 for a system implementation.

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.   


Council Meeting

13 April 2021

 

 

Item No:         C0421(1) Item 22

Subject:         Notice of Motion: Off Leash Dog Parks           

From:             Councillor Victor Macri   

 

 

Motion:

 

THAT council receives a report on the following in relation to the use of Off Leash Dog Parks in the LGA on the following issues;

1.   Incidents at the parks between dogs and council’s enforcement of the Companion    Animal Act; and

 

2.   The for segregation of larger dogs from smaller potentially through timed use of the facilities.

 

Background

 

A number of residents have spoken to me about this issue with dogs and residents being injured which leads to a loss of confidence to use these facilities. Whether its size or bred I will leave that to the report to decide. Having owned dogs for most of my life they are generally playful the issue arising is that is sometimes hard to determine rough play from normal play.

 

 

Officer’s Comments:

 

Comment from Parks & Recreation Planning Manager:

If the motion is supported, a report can be provided in May 2021.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.


Council Meeting

13 April 2021

 

 

Item No:         C0421(1) Item 23

Subject:         Notice of Motion: Informal Play Netball Rings           

From:             Councillor Tom Kiat   

 

 

Motion:

 

THAT Council:

1.   Consider the inclusion of informal play netball rings in all future park Plan of Management reviews to address lack of netball facilities, and sporting facilities for sports played by women and girls generally, identified in the Recreation Needs Study. 

2.   Install informal play netball rings the installation of informal play netball rings at Hammond Park and Pratten Park in Ashfield, following consultation with local residents and stakeholders. 

 

Background

Council’s Recreation Needs Study reports that netball is the most popular organised team sport for women and girls (my own observation is that it has growing popularity amongst men). The Study also draws attention to the need to increase netball facilities in the Inner West. 

Prior to the Council amalgamation in 2016, the former Leichhardt Council undertook the placement of netball hoops in over 20 parks in the former Leichhardt LGA area. Many neighbourhood parks and sporting grounds in the former Leichhardt LGA now have informally placed netball hoops to promote netball as a sport and providing informal training areas. 

Certain areas of the Inner West have a high density of formal netball courts (e.g. Richard Murden Reserve, Tempe Reserve). 

At a strategic level, Council should ensure in future that opportunities for informal play netball rings are not missed in new (or reviewed) park Plans of Management. 

An immediate action Council can take is to consult the local community and relevant stakeholders regarding installation of such rings at Pratten and Hammond parks in Ashfield. These parks have been identified as suitable locations by staff and the project can be undertaken within budget. There are no netball rings in the suburb currently, so this project would address an immediate need. It would also help inform future strategic consideration of the issue.

 

Officer’s Comments:

 

Comment from Chief Operating Officer, Director Development and Recreation

Due to current work program commitments in the Parks Planning and Engagement area, community consultation on installing two netball hoops in the local parks specified cannot be programmed to commence until September 2021. Upon the completion of community and stakeholder engagement a formal report would need to be tabled with Council on the outcomes of such engagement. This would result in any future netball hoop installation being delayed until 2022 at the earliest.

 

It is noted that the proposals are minor installations which will not adversely impact on the open space qualities of the parks listed and will facilitate recreational opportunities for the community which are best facilitated in local parks. Council could therefore determine to install the netball hoops in the park areas recommended. By taking this approach Council could also take on notice any residential concerns with such installations.  Should a significant amount of residential concern be received then such opposition could  be reviewed in a future Council report with the option of relocating the netball hoops to other park areas.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.


Council Meeting

13 April 2021

 

 

Item No:         C0421(1) Item 24

Subject:         Notice of Motion: Pedestrian and Cyclist Access to Ashfield Pool           

From:             Councillor Marghanita Da Cruz   

 

 

Motion:

 

THAT Council:

1.   Writes to Transport for NSW regarding pedestrian safety concerns:

 

a)   On the footpath along Frederick Street under the Rail Line; and

 

b)   with the sequencing of the traffic lights and pedestrian safety at the Intersection of Frederick and Elizabeth Streets.

 

2.   Writes to Sydney Water to investigate covering Dobroyd Canal and releasing adjacent land to provide a walking and cycling link to the Iron Cove Bay Run;

 

3.   Writes to AUSGRID with regard to licensing their property adjacent to Iron Cove Creek for a footpath/cycleway; and

 

4.   Review interaction between pedestrians and drivers at entrances to pool carparks at    the footpath along Elizabeth Street and Bastible Street.


   

 

Background

 

The Ashfield Aquatic Centre has become a popular destination.

The friends of iron cove creek (aka Dobroyd Canal forming the boundarybetween Ashfield and Croydon) are keen to see improved cycling and walking access to the pool and iron cove creek has potential to provide an off-road bridge type shared path. They have identified a piece of unused land adjacent to the dobroyd channel (iron cove creek) believed to be owned by AUSGRID.

There is a barrier between the footpath and traffic under the rail line.

 

However, the condition of the barrier indicates frequent crashes and is far from reassuring for pedestrians pushing prams travelling to the Ashfield Pool.

Drivers and Pedestrians have reported issues with the intersection of Frederick and Elizabeth Streets Ashfield. Traffic banks up and drivers are running red lights in frustration.

 

 

Officer’s Comments:

 

Comment from Director Infrastructure

The Dobroyd Canal shared path between Iron Cove and Ashfield has been identified as a future strategic link in Council’s Integrated Transport Strategy, referred to in Council’s draft Blue – Green Grid and Public Domain Strategies and it will also be included in the Bike Strategy which will be commenced in 2021.

 

Substantial funding and staff resources will be needed to progress this proposal.  It is not currently funded within the Long Term Financial Plan.

 

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Iron Cove Creek Walk and Cycleway

  


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Council Meeting

13 April 2021

 

 

Item No:         C0421(1) Item 25

Subject:         Notice of Motion: Childcare Fees           

From:             Councillor Tom Kiat   

 

Motion:

 

THAT Council:

 

1.   Notes that in a recent budget briefing, increasing childcare fees were identified as an opportunity to 'grow revenue' to address future projected operating deficits;

 

2.   Rules out further investigating and pursuing such increases to childcare fees; and

 

3.   Review the substantial corporate overheads allocated to Council's childcare service as part of Council's budget accounting process, noting that according to the 2019/20 budget the service is effectively cost neutral before allocation of overheads.

 

 

Officer’s Comments:

 

Comment from Acting Director City Living and Chief Financial Officer:

 

A review of Children’s Services commenced in late 2020 and includes an overview of the service, competitor analysis and recommendations re the structure and financial modelling outcomes.  The findings from the review will be presented at a Councillor briefing on 6 April 2021 prior to the final report being made available. The Councillor briefing will include a presentation on the childcare fees, noting there has been no increase in Childcare fees and charges since 1 July 2019, due to a Commonwealth Government COVID related instruction.

 

As at 30 June 2020, Children’s Services was not cost neutral, but in deficit of $712,000 before corporate overheads were allocated as noted from the Notes to the Financial Statements below:

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.


Council Meeting

13 April 2021

 

 

Item No:         C0421(1) Item 26

Subject:         Notice of Motion: Sports club leases           

From:             Councillor Julie Passas   

 

 

Motion:

 

THAT Council to make available to Councillors all existing sporting club leases and lease arrangements, as well as the club financials.

 

Background

 

The recent request by Clr McKenna and Clr Porteous for the financials of APIA should remind all Councillors that we must have oversight of clubs. Council should not single out any particular club for its oversight and it should be able to demonstrate to all clubs that they are treated equally.

 

Officer’s Comments:

 

Staff have no comment.

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.


Council Meeting

13 April 2021

 

 

Item No:         C0421(1) Item 27

Subject:         Notice of Motion: Brothels           

From:             Councillor Julie Passas   

 

 

Motion:

 

THAT Council to provide a report on brothels operating in the Inner West.  This should include:

 

a)   The number of brothels (legal and illegal);

b)   Number of Council inspections per year;

c)   The number of DAs received by Council;

d)   Legal action taken over this term of Council;

e)   Whether the number of brothels has increased in the Inner West over this term of Council; and

f)    Whether Council monitors working conditions of female workers.

 

 

 

 

Officer’s Comments:

 

Staff have no comment.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.


Council Meeting

13 April 2021

 

 

Item No:         C0421(1) Item 28

Subject:         Notice of Motion: Disabled parking at 60 Smith Street Summer Hill           

From:             Councillor Julie Passas   

 

 

Motion:

 

THAT a disability parking space be provided at 60 Smith Street, Summer Hill as soon as possible

 

 

Background

 

Council has denied the resident on two occasions. He has supplied all relevant information.  There is no basis to reject this.

 

Council may need to review the approval processes for disability parking as these are frequently coming to Council meetings

 

 

Officer’s Comments:

 

Comment from Director Infrastructure:

Section 7.4 of the Council adopted Public Domain Parking Policy outlines the policy approach to the installation of Mobility Parking.  Council staff aim to apply this Policy consistently to ensure equity across the Inner West.  The Policy says in part:

 

7.4.4 On-street mobility parking spaces outside homes

Council may consider establishing a mobility parking space outside a resident’s home where there is consistent difficulty in finding parking that is accessible within a reasonable distance of the property, provided:

 

a) the resident holds a current, individual mobility parking permit issued by the RMS; and

b) medical certification is provided confirming the person requires the use of a mobility aid to walk and/or cannot walk more than 50 metres without detrimentally impacting their physical condition; and

c) on-site parking space of suitable dimensions and accessibility is not available and cannot reasonably be provided within the property; and [emphasis added]

d) The vehicle used for transport is registered to the resident’s home address.

 

60 Smith Street, Summer Hill has two on-site parking spaces at the rear of the property.  There are opportunities to improve access by removing some obstructions.   Staff have advised the applicant  that they will consider an appeal to the earlier refusal of an on-street mobility parking space if supporting information is provided by the resident, such as a report from My Age Care or an Occupational Therapist who has inspected the property.

 

In addition, staff would require a letter of support from the neighbour at 58 Smith Street as the installation of a mobility parking space would need to extend in front of that property.  It is noted that Council recently refused the installation of a mobility parking space at 8 Evans Street, Balmain as the neighbour did not support the request.

 

Council does not have the delegation to install mobility parking without seeking the advice of the Local Traffic Committee. Should this Notice of Motion be supported, a report will need to go to the Local Traffic Committee for consideration.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.


Council Meeting

13 April 2021

 

 

Item No:         C0421(1) Item 29

Subject:         Notice of Motion: Internal Ombudsman Service           

From:             Councillor Julie Passas   

 

 

Motion:

 

THAT Council is to cease the service of the Internal Ombudsman and to notify Cumberland Council and Parramatta Council about this decision. 

 

 

Background

 

The previous CEO signed Inner West Council up to the Internal Ombudsman Service without informing Councillors or bringing this to Council for a decision.  This provided Councillors no opportunity to debate a service which costs over a quarter of a million dollars.  We did not have the opportunity to discuss this with other Councils using the service.  We know that these Council are considering leaving the service. 

 

There are only a tiny number of NSW Councils which have an Internal Ombudsman.  It is unusual that Inner West Council would want to go down a different path at large cost to its community.

 

This motion opens the opportunity for Inner West Council to decide on whether this service will continue.

 

 

Officer’s Comments:

 

Comment from Acting Manager Governance:

 

The Internal Ombudsman Shared Service (IOSS) offers Council:                           

 

-     Development and delivery of training including Public Interest Disclosure

-     Coordination of Code of Conduct training

-     Joint projects with Cumberland and Parramatta Councils

-     Public Interest Disclosure coordinator

-     Independent review of policies

-     Independent complaints handling and investigation

-     Coordination of Conduct Review Panel and management of claims of Code of Conduct breaches.

-     Governance quarterly meetings to discuss relevant issues

 

 

In the absence of the IOSS, Council would still be required to invest an equivalent level of resources in managing these functions while losing the very real ‘independence’ the service in its current form offers.  The fact that other councils do not have a designated Internal Ombudsman does not indicate these functions are not being performed using in-house staff designated as Governance Officers or the like. Council would also require an additional resource to manage the Code of Conduct complaints received.

 

The current contract expires on 30 June 2023. 

 

 

The options available to Council to withdraw from the contract include:

 

1.   A council may withdraw from the contract with the majority of consent of the other Councils; and

2.   A council may withdraw from the contract provided not less than one year’s written notice of the proposed withdrawal is given to all other Council’s.

Unless waived by the majority of other Councils, a withdrawing Council must pay to the Host Council on behalf of the other Councils any amount which was decided upon to be applied towards the costs and expenses of provision of the Internal Ombudsman Shared Service or of the Employer Council and the other Councils.’ Immediately upon its withdrawal.

Unless waivered by the majority of other Councils or if not forming part of the amount decided upon, a Council withdrawing shall be responsible for all costs incurred by the other Councils consequent upon the withdrawal including but not limited to costs of administrative rearrangements, amendment of the employment conditions and records and the like.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.


Council Meeting

13 April 2021

 

 

Item No:         C0421(1) Item 30

Subject:         Notice of Motion: Footpaths are a key local government asset that improve our lives           

From:             Councillor Mark Drury   

 

 

Motion:

 

THAT Council commit to the installation of grass verges, where the footpath is wide enough, as part of the footpath renewal program identified through the footpath condition audit currently underway.  This will improve our footpaths, help address our infrastructure backlog and enable more green verges to installed where the condition of the footpath dictates we need to replace it and the residents want green verges.

 

 

Background

 

Footpaths are a key local government asset that improve our lives.  The Inner West Council has been gradually increasing the amount of money we spend on maintaining our footpaths.  Currently Inner West Council is conducting an audit of the state of all footpaths and is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2021.  We note that this audit will determine the condition rating and order of those footpaths that require maintenance.  

We note that there are many streets where residents want grass verges as well as footpaths.  For example, Morris St Summer Hill please see attached petition. Inner West Council generally supports these requests where the footpath is wide enough because we are committed to implementing water sensitive urban design principles where we can.

 

 

 

Officer’s Comments:

 

Staff have no comment.

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.


Council Meeting

13 April 2021

 

 

Item No:         C0421(1) Item 31

Subject:         Notice of Motion: Improved safety measures for access to Petersahm Public School           

From:             Councillor Louise Steer  

 

 

Motion:

 

THAT Council write to Transport for NSW and the Minister for Transport:

 

1.   Noting the risk to students at Petersham Public School at the intersection of West Street and Railway Terrace;

 

2.   Requesting traffic calming measures to ensure safety of students at Petersham Public School including:

a)   Installation of a new pedestrian crossing on the eastern leg of Railway Terrace (at West Street) to allow pedestrians to make only one movement across this intersection;

 

b)   Introduction of a red-light speed camera at the intersection, to discourage drivers from queuing across the intersection and ensure free movement across the pedestrian crossings; and

 

c)   Additional safety improvements at the intersection, including adequate waiting space for pedestrians and safety devices such as guardrail, bollards and the like to provide added protection for pedestrians.

 

 

 

Background

 

Pedestrian and cyclist safety continues to be a major concern at the West Street and Railway Terrace intersection, Petersham. With the continued development and growth in population, more and more people are accessing this intersection.

The intersection is extremely dangerous for both pedestrians and cyclists to cross. One of the key trip generators in the area is Petersham Public School. A significant number of children, who live in the northern Petersham and Lewisham areas, access this intersection every day, and are placed at risk.


 

In particular, there are three major issues:

1.   Having to undertake a two staged crossing at the intersection, which requires significant waiting time.

 

2.   Inadequate waiting space at the intersection, particularly on the NE and NW corners. Children are often forced close to the roadway when crossing, or even worse, children are forced to wait through one or two extra phases to cross this intersection.

 

3.   Vehicles blocking the intersection and more dangerously blocking the pedestrian crossing, thus forcing pedestrians, and in particular children, to navigate around the pedestrian crossing onto the roadway

 

 

 

Officer’s Comments:

 

Staff have no comment.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.


Council Meeting

13 April 2021

 

 

Item No:         C0421(1) Item 32

Subject:         Notice of Motion: Improved Drainage at Lewisham Station           

From:             Councillor Louise Steer  

 

 

Motion:

 

THAT Council write to Transport for NSW and the Minister for Transport requesting that:

 

1.   Transport for NSW take all necessary measures to ensure that the access tunnel to Lewisham Station is protected from flooding during heavy rain; and

 

2.    A lift be installed at Lewisham Station to facilitate access to Lewisham Station.

 

Background

 

The access tunnel to Lewisham Station notoriously floods during rainstorms, and during the March floods, became completely inaccessible for some days and was closed by Transport for NSW, thereby preventing Lewisham residents from using the trains.

 

Commuters are forced to walk along the raised edges of the tunnel to access the station. This is completely unacceptable.

 

Transport for NSW is responsible for ensuring access to Lewisham Station and has completely failed to remedy the situation. As Inner West LGA was declared a flood disaster area during the March floods, Transport for NSW needs to step up and recognise that Lewisham Station will continue to have accessibility issues unless appropriate flood management and drainage measures are put in place.

 

 

 

Officer’s Comments:

 

Staff have no comment.

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.


Council Meeting

13 April 2021

 

 

Item No:         C0421(1) Item 33

Subject:         Notice of Motion: Increasing Solar Uptake in residential Strata Building           

From:             The Mayor, Councillor Darcy Byrne   

 

 

Motion:

 

THAT:

1.    Council direct mails a letter to all residents of apartment blocks, townhouses and residential strata buildings identified by Council’s Go Solar team and its Go Solar for Strata partner, Wattblock, as being ideal buildings for the installation of solar and battery systems encouraging them to take up a free consultation with Wattblock. This should include a request for executive members of the strata committee to table the proposal directly and for residents who are not part of the strata executive to request their executive members to table the request; and

2.    This is to be paid for from the funds quarantined from saving following the loss of local newspaper advertising.

 

 

Background

 

A Request for Expressions of Interest (EOI) was released to the market in February 2020 and closed 20 March seeking proposals from organisations with successful models for increasing solar uptake in residential, commercial, industrial and community buildings throughout the Inner West.

 

Council’s Go Solar EOI was the first stage of procurement to test the market and identify respondents to proceed to Requests for Quotes. The EOI documentation was downloaded by 92 groups and 22 proposals were received by Council.

 

The EOI process identified three projects to commence in 2020/21, one of which was Wattblock -Solar for strata apartments and townhouses.

 

Wattblock are specialist consultants based at UNSW providing sustainability advice to multi-tenanted strata buildings. Wattblock is delivering a program identifying high solar potential strata apartments and townhouses within the Inner West LGA.

 

An initial assessment by Wattblock has identified 227 residential strata buildings across the LGA where the available rooftop space and layout of the building lends itself to solar installation and through which the financial and emissions reduction benefits would be substantial.

 

Since October 2020, Council has been promoting the programs and has recruited nearly 30 strata committees, which will receive free independent solar feasibility assessments and support through the solar process.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Officer’s Comments:

 

Comment from Urban Sustainability Manager:

There is a fee to Council for Wattblock services. Council budgeted for 30 strata properties in 2020/21 before committing further to recruiting Round 2 participants (2021/22). Please note Council has no control over how many strata properties in the program proceeds to installing solar.

 

Round 1 (2020/21) was publicised using the following methods:

 

·    173 properties received letters to the property address c/o the Strata Committee secretary (i.e. all suitable properties identified, except for town house developments). 

·    Email to strata managers where details known.

·    Program overview email text & web page link sent to industry associations representing Owners Corporations (OCN Network) and Strata Managers (Strata Community Australia NSW chapter)

·    Listing & story on national Look Up Strata industry website

·    Council Environment & Sustainability What’s ON Newsletter

·    Green Living Centre Newsletter story

·    Social media post from Council

·    Listing of webinar on Council & Green Living Centre What’s ON & Facebook Event calendars

·    Go Solar for Strata Information webinar

 

Staff will now commence recruiting for the 2021/22 Round 2 intake and this can include direct mail to approx. 7,060 owners of the 153 remaining apartment blocks.

 

A separate targeted letter can also be sent to approx. 920 owners of the 46 townhouses identified.  The Council funded Wattblock whole of strata solar feasibility study is not offered to townhouses. This is because rooftop solar in townhouses is less complex (usually for sole use). Townhouses are instead eligible for the free solar quote and information service through the Australian Energy Foundation and the information resources from Wattblock to assist strata committees with drafting solar by-laws where needed.

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.


Council Meeting

13 April 2021

 

 

Item No:         C0421(1) Item 34

Subject:         Notice Of Motion: De-amalgamation           

From:             Councillor Victor Macri   

 

 

Motion:

 

THAT Council write to the three Members of Parliament (Jo Haylen, Jenny Leong and Ron Hoenig) representing the former Marrickville Council area of the Inner West Council, asking them to engage their community in relation to their satisfaction with the amalgamation. If the community feedback is in support of the de-amalgamation of the former Marrickville Council, Inner West Council gives in principle support for it to be raised on behalf of the community.

 

 

Background

 

Note that the decision to amalgamate was undertaken by the State Government and Councillors were dismissed during this process. 

 

Note that Council does not have the legislative power to de-amalgamate itself. 

 

Note that Councillors control the levels of service and the condition of local infrastructure, not the State Government. 

 

 

 

Officer’s Comments:

 

Staff have no comment.

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.


Council Meeting

13 April 2021

 

 

Item No:         C0421(1) Item 35

Subject:         Notice of Motion: Transparency in Council Expenditure           

From:             Councillor Victor Macri   

 

 

Motion:

 

THAT Council publish on their website a breakdown of how rates are spent throughout the local government area. As per the example shown below from Canterbury Bankstown Council that provides the distribution of rates expenditure for every $100 collected.

 

 

Background

 

Many residents are confused by the highly detailed budget documents and feel incapable of commenting on these technical reports. By providing a simpler breakdown of expenditure, local residents will be able to offer feedback on their priorities for the area, whether that be community services, open space, roads etc.

 

The implementation of Council’s new Tech one software this should enable a direct reporting interface and for this data to be released on a regular basis moving forward. This will allow for greater transparency in allocation of Council resources and better manage community expectations.

 

 

 

 

Officer’s Comments:

 

Staff have no comment.

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.


Council Meeting

13 April 2021

 

 

Item No:         C0421(1) Item 36

Subject:         Notice of Motion: ‘Do The Right Thing’ Campaign           

From:             Councillor Victor Macri   

 

 

Motion:

 

THAT Council:

 

1.    Write to the State members requesting that they re-establish the ‘do the right thing’ advertising campaign regarding littering and illegal dumping; and

 

2.   Notes that the great work undertaken by Clean Up Australia and our community volunteer groups in cleaning the Cooks River. 

 

 

Background

 

If we are to achieve the results needed to clean our waterways, we need to stop the flow of rubbish and litter in streets running into the river. This will require Councils to increase their street cleaning programs, but more importantly we also need to educate people to advocate for the reduction of littering and illegal dumping.

 

This 1980’s campaign was successful in sending this message and it should be reinstated as illegal dumping and littering is a major issue in the Inner West area. If we truly care about the environment, we need to keep it at the forefront of people’s minds.

 

 

Officer’s Comments:

 

Comment from Manager Resource Recovery Planning:

There are active anti-litter and dumping campaigns and initiatives in NSW which IWC engages with:

 

Clean Up Australia focuses on litter avoidance and removal through engaging community. Inner West promotes and participates in the annual Clean Up Australia Day and ongoing efforts to reduce litter. Clean Up Australia

 

Do the Right Thing was a litter campaign launched 40 years ago and arguably one of the most successful behaviour change campaigns of al time. It has recently been relaunched by Keep Australia Beautiful to encourage the community to take rubbish with them when enjoying the outdoors and to do the right thing by placing litter in a bin.

Do The Right Thing Campaign - Keep Australia Beautiful (kab.org.au)

 

NSW EPA – Don’t be a Tosser! The NSW EPA replaced ‘Do the Right Thing’ with ‘Don’t be a Tosser’ litter campaign and has put considerable funding into television, radio, social media, and print campaign and encouraging the community to report litterers to the EPA. The campaign includes a marine focus and has a recent release of a song called ‘Don’t be a Tosser’ by band Rage Against the Polystyrene: Marine litter campaign (nsw.gov.au)

Don’t be a Tosser! (nsw.gov.au)

 

 

 

 

 

Recommendation:

 

·    Litter - IWC can promote litter avoidance and clean up campaigns through its e-news and media channels. Street cleansing continue to clean up litter through scheduled cleaning and reactively through complaints.

·    Illegal Dumping - An illegal dumping campaign will be promoted in conjunction with communications about the booked clean-up service (July 2021), allowing residents to book clean-up collections as required (unrestricted). Waste inspectors investigate reported illegal dumps in addition to waste services removing dumps across IWC.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.


Council Meeting

13 April 2021

 

 

Item No:         C0421(1) Item 37

Subject:         Notice of Motion: Mayor to Stand Down            

From:             Councillor Julie Passas   

 

 

Motion:

 

THAT the Mayor to step down from the Mayoralty for the remainder of this term and the Deputy-Mayor to act in this role.

 

Background

 

This very important and necessary motion relates to the performance of the Mayor, and the many concerns of Councillors with the Mayors’ leadership of Inner West Council.  

Council is now engaging in the process of selecting yet another GM.  A fresh start is possible for Council, but only if we resolve the other outstanding concern for many Councillors.  This is about the leadership of this Council.  

 

Reasons for putting this to Council include:  

 

·    The Mayor is making important decisions without bringing these to Council.  The most recent case relates to his public attack on staff to the NSW Auditor-General, through the media.   On another occasion the Mayor sought legal advice from Brett Walker, which he discussed with another Council and the media before discussing with fellow Councillors.  

·    How can staff and Council perform and deliver for our community when the Mayor goes directly to the media and makes negative statements.