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Council Meeting

                            

TUESDAY 11 MAY 2021

 

6.30pm

 


Council Meeting

11 May 2021

 

Live Streaming of Council Meeting

 

In the spirit of open, accessible and transparent government, this meeting of the Inner West Council is being streamed live on Council’s website. By speaking at a Council meeting, members of the public agree to being recorded and must ensure their speech to the Council is respectful and use appropriate language. A person who uses defamatory, discriminatory or offensive language may be exposed to liability for which Council takes no responsibility. Any part of this meeting that is held in closed session will not be recorded

 

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An audio recording of this meeting will be taken for the purpose of verifying the accuracy of the minutes.  

 

 

   


Council Meeting

11 May 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 13 April 2021 Council Meeting                                                                        6

 

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

 

Late Report

 

Public Exhibition of Draft Revised Delivery Program 18-22, Operational Plan and Budget 21/22, Fees and Charges 21/22, and Long Term Financial Plan 2021-31

11        Reports for Council Decision

 

ITEM                                                                                                                                      Page

 

C0521(1) Item 1       Local Approvals Policy - Post exhibition report                                     34

C0521(1) Item 2       Post Exhibition of Planning Proposal - 13-55 Edinburgh Road, Marrickville   69

C0521(1) Item 3       Post Exhibition Report - 36 Lonsdale and 64-70 Brenan Streets, Lilyfield - Voluntary Planning Agreement                                                            105

C0521(1) Item 4       Submission To Exhibition of Bays West Draft Place Strategy            137

C0521(1) Item 5       2020/21 Third Quarter Budget Review                                                161

C0521(1) Item 6       Fees for Waterpolo Clubs                                                                    173

C0521(1) Item 7       Draft Innerwest Council Gender Equity Strategy                                 175

C0521(1) Item 8       Investment Policy Update                                                                    254

C0521(1) Item 9       Local Traffic Committee Meeting - April 2021                                     274

C0521(1) Item 10     Review of Council Meeting Schedule                                                  292

 

12        Reports for Noting

 

ITEM                                                                                                                                    Page

 

C0521(1) Item 11     Greenway Project Delivery and Engagement                                      294

C0521(1) Item 12     Investment Report as at 31 March 2021                                              297

 

13        Rescission Motions

 

ITEM                                                                                                                                     Page

 

C0521(1) Item 13     Notice of Motion to Rescind: C0421(1) Item 8 Council page in new local newspaper - 13 April 2021                                                                   320

 

14        Notices of Motion

 

ITEM                                                                                                                                     Page

 

C0521(1) Item 14     Notice of Motion: Inner West Economic Recovery Taskforce             321

C0521(1) Item 15     Notice of Motion: Parliamentary Report into Stronger Communities Tied Grants Round                                                                                                   325

C0521(1) Item 16     Notice of Motion: Footpaths are a key local government asset that improve our lives                                                                                                       334

C0521(1) Item 17     Notice of Motion: Improved safety measures for access to Petersham Public School                                                                                                   335

C0521(1) Item 18     Notice of Motion: Improved Drainage at Lewisham Station                337

C0521(1) Item 19     Notice of Motion: Increasing Solar Uptake in residential Strata Building 338

C0521(1) Item 20     Notice of Motion: De-amalgamation                                                     340

C0521(1) Item 21     Notice of Motion: Transparency in Council Expenditure                     341

C0521(1) Item 22     Notice of Motion: ‘Do The Right Thing’ Campaign                              343

C0521(1) Item 23     Notice of Motion: Mayor to Stand Down                                              345

C0521(1) Item 24     Notice of Motion: Emptying Bins in Parks                                            347

C0521(1) Item 25     Notice of Motion: Dawn Fraser Baths Refurbishment                         348

C0521(1) Item 26     Notice of Motion: Recruitment                                                              349

C0521(1) Item 27     Notice of Motion: Camperdown Memorial Rest Park                          350

C0521(1) Item 28     Notice of Motion: Callan Park Off-Leash Areas                                   352

C0521(1) Item 29     Notice of Motion: 50th Anniversary of Camp NSW                             354

C0521(1) Item 30     Notice of Motion: Making the Inner West the Live Music and Performance Capital of Australia  Again                                                                    357

C0521(1) Item 31     Notice of Motion: Seating, Water, Shelter and Toilets Throughout the LGA    360

C0521(1) Item 32     Notice of Motion: Best Practice 6star Energy Rated Development     362

C0521(1) Item 33     Notice of Motion: Change Street Name                                               363

C0521(1) Item 34     Notice of Motion: Review of Inner West Council Complaints Handling 365

C0521(1) Item 35     Notice of Motion: Office of the Mayor                                                  367

C0521(1) Item 36     Notice of Motion: Internal Ombudsman Shared Service (IOSS)         371

C0521(1) Item 37     Notice of Motion: Staffing of Mayors Office                                         373

C0521(1) Item 38     Notice of Motion: Service to the Elderly                                               374

C0521(1) Item 39     Notice of Motion: Arlington Oval                                                          375

C0521(1) Item 40     Notice of Motion: Council Website Weekly Update on Street Maintenance    376

C0521(1) Item 41     Notice of Motion: Safety at Roundabouts                                            377

C0521(1) Item 42     Notice of Motion: Tree DCP                                                                 380

C0521(1) Item 43     Notice of Motion: Report on Tree Loss in Ashfield and Leichhardt Wards       381

C0521(1) Item 44     Notice of Motion: Plastics                                                                     382

C0521(1) Item 45     Notice of Motion: Cass Award Win                                                      383

 

15        Questions From Councillors

 

ITEM                                                                                                                                     Page

 

C0521(1) Item 46     Question on Notice: Street Tree Program                                           384

C0521(1) Item 47     Question on Notice: Tree Data                                                            387

 

16        Reports with Confidential Information

 

Reports appearing in this section of the Business Paper are confidential in their entirety or contain confidential information in attachments.

 

The confidential information has been circulated separately.

ITEM                                                                                                                                     Page

 

C0521(1) Item 48     Children & Family Services - Harmonisation of Fees and Charges    389

C0521(1) Item 49     Outcome of Expression of Interest to Operate a Pride Centre at Newtown Town Hall

C0521(1) Item 50     Summer Hill Community Centre

C0521(1) Item 51     Optus WAN Contract Variation

C0521(1) Item 52     Lambert Park Lease Negotiation Update

 


Council Meeting

11 May 2021

 

 

Minutes of Ordinary Council Meeting held on 13 April 2021 at                                 Ashfield Service Centre

 

Meeting commenced at 6.34pm

 

 

 

 

Present:

Darcy Byrne

Victor Macri

Marghanita Da Cruz Mark Drury

Lucille McKenna OAM

Colin Hesse

Sam Iskandar

Tom Kiat

Julie Passas

Rochelle Porteous

Vittoria Raciti

John Stamolis

Louise Steer

Anna York
Elizabeth Richardson Cathy Edwards-Davis

Mayor

Deputy Mayor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor (Attended remotely)

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Acting General Manager

Director Infrastructure

Caroline McLeod

Acting Director City Living

Katherine Paixao

Acting Manager Governance

Carmelina Giannini

Acting Governance Coordinator

Helen Bradley

Simon Duck

Resource Recovery Planning Manager

Senior Manager Sport and Recreation

 

 

APOLOGIES:       

 

Motion: (Hesse/Kiat)

 

THAT apologies from Councillor Lockie be accepted.

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Nil

 

Motion: (Hesse/McKenna OAM)

 

THAT Council permit Councillor Porteous to attend Council meetings remotely as she is unable to attend in person due to health reasons. This applies to all future Council meetings until 31 December 2021 in which Councillor Porteous is not able to attend for this reason.

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Nil

 

 

 

DISCLOSURES OF INTERESTS:   

 

Councillor Porteous declared a non-significant, non-pecuniary interest in Item 16 Local Traffic Committee Meeting - March 2021 as she is a resident in Balmain East and her household holds a parking permit which relates to LTC0321 Item 9 Balmain East Precinct Parking Study (Baludarri-Balmain Ward/Balmain Electorate/Leichhardt PAC) and declared a significant, pecuniary interest in Item 17 Request for Reimbursement of Legal Expenses as the matter is related to reimbursement of her legal fees and she will leave the meeting during discussion and voting for both items.

 

Motion: (Byrne/Drury)

 

THAT Council note the disclosure of interest.

 

Motion Carried

 

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

Against Motion:          Nil

 

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES

 

Motion: (Hesse/Stamolis)

 

THAT the Minutes of the Council Meeting held on Tuesday, 9 March 2021 and Extraordinary Council Meeting held on Tuesday, 30 March 2021 be confirmed as a correct record.

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Nil

 

 

PUBLIC FORUM

 

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

 

 

Procedural Motion: (Drury/Kiat)

 

THAT Council bring forward 1 registered speaker for Item 24 Notice of Motion: Pedestrian and Cyclist Access to Ashfield Pool (Anna Harvey) and all registered speakers for Item 44 Mayoral Minute: Inner West Economic Recovery Taskforce to speak at this time.

 

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Nil

 

 

 

Councillor Passas left the Meeting at 7:45 pm.

Councillor Passas returned to the Meeting at 8:03 pm.

 

 

Urgency Motion: Condolence Motion: Nuala Catherine Reavey Ward

 

Motion: (Da Cruz/McKenna OAM)

 

THAT Council write to Malachy Ward and family offering our condolences on the passing of their daughter, wife and mother Nuala.

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Nil

 

 

Condolence Motion to the Family of Tommy Raudonikis

 

Motion: (Drury/Passas)

 

THAT Council writes a letter of condolence to the family of Tommy Raudonikis, expressing our sadness at his passing and thanking them for his incredible contribution to rugby league and the Inner West community.

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Nil

 

 

Urgency Motion: Condolence Motion: Alderman Don Elvy

 

Motion: (Steer/York)

 

THAT Council write to Keith Elvy, the son of the late Alderman Don Elvy, offering condolences to the family.

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Nil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C0421(1) Item 44       Mayoral Minute: Inner West Economic Recovery Taskforce

Motion: (Byrne/Hesse)

 

THAT Council defer this item to the next Ordinary Council meeting as a Notice of Motion.

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Nil

 

Councillor Kiat left the Meeting at 8:23 pm.

At 8:24pm, the Mayor, Councillor Byrne issued a warning to Councillor Passas for repeated interjections during debate.

 

Motion of Dissent: (Stamolis/Da Cruz)

THAT dissent be moved in the Chairperson’s ruling.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Drury, Hesse, Iskandar, McKenna OAM, Porteous, Steer and York

Against Motion:          Crs Da Cruz, Macri, Passas, Raciti and Stamolis

Absent:                        Cr Kiat

The Mayor’s ruling was upheld.

 

Councillor Kiat returned to the Meeting at 8:31 pm.

 

At 8:54pm, the Mayor, Councillor Byrne issued a second warning to Councillor Passas for repeated interjections during debate.

 

C0421(1) Item 45       Mayoral Minute: More Facilities and Amenities at Rozelle          Parklands

Motion: (Byrne)

 

THAT:

 

1.    Council notes the excellent and detailed submissions from local sports clubs regarding Rozelle Parklands;

 

2.    Council ask the Government to consider the calls from local clubs for additional sporting facilities and public amenities within Rozelle Parklands and calls on the NSW Government to amend the Rozelle Parkland’s Urban Design and Landscape Plan (UDLP) to incorporate:

 

·    Additional multipurpose sporting fields, which include synthetic surfaces

·    Accessible toilet and changerooms for males and females

·    Canteen facilities

·    Separate medical and referee/officials’ rooms

·    Administration rooms

·    Seating for spectators, parents and volunteers

·    Lighting to Australian Standards to allow for night-time sporting usage

·    An eight-lane athletics track incorporated into a sporting field

·    Long-jump pits and shot put, discus, hammer, and javelin areas

·    Hockey pitches

·    On-site car parking and drop-off zones

·    Access to public transport

 

3.    Council calls on the NSW Government to ensure that passive recreation and active transport are fully integrated with sporting facilities across of the 10-hectare site to allow maximum usage of Rozelle Parklands by the whole community;

 

4.    Council Informs the Rozelle Parklands Working Group as well as relevant Ministers, of its position that the UDLP should be expanded to incorporate the additional sporting facilities requested by local sporting clubs, and requests it tables this motion for consideration at next working group meeting;

 

5.    Council convenes a meeting of all local sporting clubs who have made submission to discuss how we can advocate for their proposals;

 

6.    Council receive a report on the outcomes of the broader community engagement undertaken by TfNSW;

 

7.    The needs of the local community surrounding the parklands be prioritised in determining the final parklands plan; and

 

8.    All the submissions received be considered by the State Government.

 

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Crs Macri, Passas, Raciti and Stamolis

 

 

Foreshadowed Motion (Macri/Stamolis)

 

 

THAT:

 

1.    Council receive a report from Council officers at the next meeting detailing community consultation and stakeholders;

 

2.    Council defer this item to the next Ordinary Council meeting; and

 

3.    All the submissions received be considered by the State Government.

 

This Foreshadowed Motion lapsed.

 

Councillor Macri left the Meeting at 9:03 pm.

Councillor Passas left the Meeting at 9:03 pm.

 

 

 

 

 

C0421(1) Item 46       Mayoral Minute: Parliamentary Report into Stronger      Communities Tied Grants Round

Motion: (Byrne/Drury)

THAT Council defer this matter to the next Ordinary Council meeting.

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Nil

Absent:                        Cr Macri and Passas

 

Councillor Macri returned to the Meeting at 9:04 pm.

 

Suspension of Standing Orders


Motion: (Drury/Kiat)

 

THAT Council:

 

1.    Suspend Standing Orders to deal with items 1, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 16 at this time; and

 

2.    Enter confidential session at 10.30pm.

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Nil

Absent:                        Cr Passas

 

Councillor Passas returned to the Meeting at 9:13 pm.

 

Councillor Iskandar left the Meeting at 9:13 pm.

 

Councillor York left the Meeting at 9:16 pm.

 

Councillor York returned to the Meeting at 9:18 pm.

 

The Mayor, Councillor Byrne left the meeting and vacated the chair at 9:19 pm and the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Macri assumed the Chair.

 

Councillor Iskandar returned to the Meeting at 9:20 pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C0421(1) Item 1         Inner West Zero Waste Strategy

Motion: (McKenna OAM/York)

 

THAT:

 

1.    Council support the Zero Waste Strategy being placed on public exhibition for community feedback; and

 

2.    Prior to being placed on public exhibition, the Strategy be amended to include further detail on key actions Council is currently taking or planning to take to address the priorities and targets addressed in the strategy E.g. Strategy should detail that Council is currently rolling out food collection to all IWC apartments, proposed changes to recycling collection, proposed changes to hard rubbish collection, etc. 

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Nil

Absent:                        Cr Byrne

The Mayor, Councillor Byrne returned to the Meeting at 9:40pm. The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Macri vacated the Chair and the Mayor, Councillor Byrne assumed the Chair.

 

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

Motion: (Drury/Passas)

 

 

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.

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Nil

 

Amendment (Porteous/Stamolis)

 

THAT Council remove the additional loading above the proposed cap.

 

Motion Lost

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Porteous, Raciti and Stamolis

Against Motion:          Crs Drury, Hesse, Iskandar, Kiat, Macri, McKenna OAM, Passas, Steer and York

Councillor Passas left the Meeting at 9:44 pm.

Councillor Passas returned to the Meeting at 9:45 pm.

 

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

Motion: (Macri/Steer)

 

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.

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Nil

 

Councillor Porteous left the Meeting at 9:45 pm.

Councillor Porteous returned to the Meeting at 9:52 pm.

 

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

Motion: (Kiat/Byrne)

 

THAT:

 

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

2.    The content of the news page be the responsibility of the General Manager (as duly delegated), not the Mayor’s office; and
 

3.    The content of the news page be focused on information relevant to the community and highlighting Council and community achievements, rather than conveying a regular message from the Mayor or photos of the Mayor and Councillors.

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Drury, Iskandar, Kiat, McKenna OAM, Porteous, Steer and York

Against Motion:          Crs Da Cruz, Hesse, Macri, Passas, Raciti and Stamolis

 

 

 

 

Foreshadowed Motion (Passas/Stamolis)

THAT:

1.    This matter be deferred for a Councillor briefing and a report to come back to Council informing of the proposal and also with alternative options for this advertising;

 

2.    There be a Councillor workshop on how Council communicates with residents that examines the best way to engage with the Inner West community; and

 

3.    In the event that newspaper advertising be considered, that an expression of interest process be undertaken to seek publishers.

This Foreshadowed Motion Lapsed.

Foreshadowed Motion (Macri)

THAT Council should not engage until at least 6 months of circulation is confirmed across the whole Local Government Area.

This Foreshadowed Motion Lapsed.

Councillor Steer left the Meeting at 10:16 pm.

Councillor Steer returned to the Meeting at 10:20 pm.

C0421(1) Item 9         Dawn Fraser Baths Winter Access

Motion: (Byrne/Stamolis)

 

THAT Council:

 

1.    Proceed with the winter program prepared by Council officers including:

 

  • Health and Wellbeing: Yoga, Pilates, and Mindfulness programs
  • Children’s access and activities
  • Open Days and events
  • Public access for swimming including winter swimming

 

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

 

3.    Receive a further report in June 2021 on the recommencement of the “key and buddy system” for winter swimmers.

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Cr Passas

C0421(1) Item 10       Aquatic Services Fees & Charges

 

Motion: (Drury/Passas)

 

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)    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 Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre during the COVID-19 pandemic; and

 

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 FY 22/23, that Learn to Swim fees and charges be gradually harmonised over several years but provide for concession prices for Learn to Swim exist at all Inner West Council Aquatics facilities in FY21/22;

 

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 across all aquatic facilities commending financial year 22/23.

 

At 10:28pm, the Mayor, Councillor Byrne issued a third warning to Councillor Passas for repeated interjections during debate.

Expulsion from meeting

 

Motion: (Drury/Hesse)

 

THAT Councillor Passas be expelled from the meeting.

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Crs Da Cruz, Macri, Passas, Raciti and Stamolis

 

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

10.30pm - The Mayor, Clr Byrne adjourned the meeting as Clr Passas did not leave the meeting.

10.44pm– The Mayor, Clr Byrne resumed the meeting.

As Councillor Passas did not leave the Council chamber, Council earlier resolved to enter Confidential session at 10.30pm, the confidential session was moved into the committee room at 10.47pm.

 

At 10:48pm, all Councillors including Councillor Passas entered the committee room and at 10.49pm the Mayor, Councillor Byrne adjourned the meeting to Tuesday, 20 April 2021 at 6.30pm at Ashfield Chambers.

 

**After the Meeting, legal advice was provided that the expulsion of Clr Passas from the Council Meeting didn’t follow the entire process as outlined in the Code of Meeting Practice and therefore was not valid. Given this, Clr Passas is allowed to attend the adjourned Ordinary Council Meeting on 20 April 2021**

 

The meeting was resumed on 20 April 2021 at 6.35pm and was livestreamed on Council’s website.

 

Present:

Darcy Byrne

Victor Macri

Marghanita Da Cruz Mark Drury

Lucille McKenna OAM

Colin Hesse

Sam Iskandar

Tom Kiat

Julie Passas

Rochelle Porteous

Vittoria Raciti

John Stamolis

Louise Steer

Anna York
Elizabeth Richardson Cathy Edwards-Davis

Mayor

Deputy Mayor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor (6:38pm)

Councillor

Councillor (Attended remotely)

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Acting General Manager

Director Infrastructure

Caroline McLeod

Acting Director City Living

Katherine Paixao

Acting Manager Governance

Carmelina Giannini

Acting Governance Coordinator

Simon Duck

Senior Manager Sport and Recreation

 

 

The Mayor requested Councillor Passas to apologise for her repeated interjections at the meeting on 13 April 2021. Councillor Passas refused to apologise.

 

Councillor Kiat entered the meeting at 6.38pm

 

Motion of Dissent (Stamolis/Passas)

 

THAT dissent be moved in the Chairperson’s ruling.

 

Motion Lost

For Motion:                 Crs Da Cruz, Macri, Passas, Raciti and Stamolis

Against Motion:          Crs Byrne, Drury, Hesse, Iskandar, Kiat, McKenna OAM, Porteous, Steer and York

 

 

Councillor Kiat left the Meeting at 7:14 pm.

Councillor Kiat returned to the Meeting at 7:17 pm.

 

C0421(1) Item 10       Aquatic Services Fees & Charges

Motion: (Drury/Passas)

 

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)    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 Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre during the COVID-19 pandemic; and

 

d)    The current ‘lifestyle membership’ is available at both Ashfield Aquatic Centre and Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre.

 

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 FY 22/23, that Learn to Swim fees and charges be gradually harmonised over several years but provide for concession prices for Learn to Swim exist at all IWC Aquatics facilities in FY21/22;

 

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 across all aquatic facilities commending financial year 22/23;

 

6.    A report come to the next Council meeting on the fees water polo pay;

 

7.    In relation to the proposed fee review and harmonisation process planned for 2022/23: 

a)    Council to prioritise ensuring facilities are accessible to all, including those surviving at the poverty level on JobSeeker. Council to consult with community groups fighting poverty in the Inner West (e.g. Addison Road Community Centre, Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, Exodus Foundation), on options such as concessionary rates; regular ‘free entry’ days; free LTS; and free or concessionary gym/pool programming;

8.    Council to consider making Learn to Swim free or concessionary for all adults who cannot swim. Council to consult Multicultural Advisory Committee and local refugee and migrant support services;



9.    Council consult with the LQBTIQ working group on the possibility of a ‘trans and gender diverse swim night’ event, as implemented by Darebin Council in 2018 following a recommendation from its own Sexuality, Sex and Gender Diversity Advisory Committee, as reported in the Star Observer;

10.  Council to receive further advice regarding the ‘financial support’ provided to Belgravia for the operation of AKAC and FDAC during the pandemic, including advice regarding options to recover unpaid service fees and other subsidies;

 

11.  In relation to 2021/22:

a)    That council receive advice on the Extend the $1 pensioner rate from LPAC to all facilities, and ensure that this rate is accessible to the unemployed surviving on JobSeeker; and

 

b)    Resume free Learn to Swim program for refugees in collaboration with Asylum Seeker Centre etc, and expand to all facilities. 

12.  A report be brought back on the costs for extending the hours of the indoor pools/spa/sauna/steam/gym to 10pm every night.

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Nil

 

 

Amendment (Passas/Raciti)

 

THAT Ashfield residents continue to receive once a year free family pass, learn to swim classes and free entry for families.

Motion Lost

For Motion:                 Crs Kiat, Macri, Passas and Raciti

Against Motion:          Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Drury, Hesse, Iskandar, McKenna OAM, Porteous, Stamolis, Steer and York

 

Amendment (Macri/Raciti)

THAT a report come to the next Council meeting on the fees water polo pay.

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Da Cruz, Kiat, Macri, Passas, Porteous, Raciti, Stamolis and Steer

Against Motion:          Crs Byrne, Drury, Hesse, Iskandar, McKenna OAM and York

 

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

Councillor Passas left the Meeting at 7:20 pm.

 

 

 

C0421(1) Item 11       Electricity Procurement

Motion: (York/Kiat)

 

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.

 

3.    Receive reports on the electricity procurement at the following milestones:

 

a)    Prior to Request for Tender; and

 

b)    Following the tender evaluation to provide Council with information on renewable energy options and indicative price ranges.”

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Nil

Absent:                        Cr Passas

 

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

Motion: (McKenna OAM/Raciti)

 

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.

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Cr Hesse

Absent:                        Cr Passas

 

 

 

Councillor Passas returned to the Meeting at 7:29 pm.

 

 

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

Motion: (McKenna OAM/Raciti)

 

THAT Council:

 

1.    Enter into the Voluntary Planning Agreement for 1-5 Chester Street, Annandale as provided in Attachment 1 to this report; and

 

2.    Note that the cash component is to be held in Council’s Affordable Housing Fund in accordance with Council’s resolution of 26 May 2020 (C0520(2) Item 15).

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Crs Macri, Passas, Porteous and Stamolis

 

 

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

Motion: (McKenna OAM/Steer)

 

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.

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Nil

 

Councillor Porteous left the Meeting at 7:32 pm as she has a non-significant, non-pecuniary in Item 16 Local Traffic Committee Meeting - March 2021 as she is a resident in Balmain East and her household holds a parking permit which relates to LTC0321 Item 9 Balmain East Precinct Parking Study (Baludarri-Balmain Ward/Balmain Electorate/Leichhardt PAC) left the meeting during discussion and voting.

 

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

Motion: (Macri/Hesse)

 

THAT the Minutes of the Local Traffic Committee Meeting held in March 2021 be received and the recommendations be adopted subject to the following amendment:

 

a)    That Council refer concerns on 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) by residents in Toyer Street back to the Local Traffic Committee to amend point 5 to a ‘10 metre No Stopping’ on the Northern side of Toyer Street east of Collins Street and delete point 6;

 

b)    That Item 9 Balmain East Precinct Parking Study (Baludarri-Balmain Ward/Balmain Electorate/Leichhardt PAC) be deferred pending a briefing for Balmain ward councillors; and

c)    That 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) go back to the LTC for further review.

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Nil

Absent:                        Cr Porteous

 

Confidential Session

 

Motion: (Byrne/Stamolis)

 

THAT Council enter into Confidential session.

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Nil

Absent:                                  Cr Porteous

 

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:

 

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

 

 

C0421(1) Item 43 Lease to Transport for NSW - Land In Reg Coady Reserve Dobroyd Parade Haberfield (Section 10A(2)(d)(i) of the Local Government Act 1993) that would, if disclosed prejudice the commercial position of the person who supplied it; AND commercial information of a confidential nature (Section 10A(2)(d)(ii) of the Local Government Act 1993)

 

Councillor Porteous returned to the Meeting at 7:42 pm.

 

Motion: (McKenna OAM/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, Macri, McKenna OAM, Passas, Porteous, Raciti, Stamolis, Steer and York

Against Motion:          Nil

 

 

Reports with Confidential Information

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

Motion (Hesse/McKenna OAM)

 

THAT Council as the land manager of Leichhardt Park (D500207):

 

1.       Resolves to grant a one year temporary licence (Licence) of Leichhardt Park Oval No.1 to Sydney Football Club Pty Ltd (Sydney FC) for football matches and training; and

 

2.       Authorises the General Manager or delegate to negotiate terms and execute the Licence.

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Nil

 

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

Motion: (McKenna OAM/Drury)

 

THAT Council approves the proposed short-term construction lease to Transport for NSW for the rental amount specified in the report and delegate authority to the General Manager to finalise the terms of the section 30 agreement and execute the section 30 agreement and lease.

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Nil

 

C0421(1) Item 2         Live music and entertainment conditions

Motion (Byrne/Hesse)

 

THAT Council defer consideration of the proposal and convene a consultation with the Live Music Office, Music NSW, the Sydney Fringe Festival and the Liquor regulator regarding the proposal with the outcomes of the consultation and their feedback to be reported to the June Ordinary Council meeting.

 

 

 

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Nil

Councillor Kiat left the Meeting at 7:58 pm.

Councillor York left the Meeting at 7:59 pm.

Councillor York returned to the Meeting at 8:01 pm.

Councillor Kiat returned to the Meeting at 8:04 pm.

 

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

Motion: (Byrne/Stamolis)

 

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;

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

b)    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.

c)    Table and seating near bbq.

 

3.    The costing for the upgrades outside of footpath and roading assessments be reported to an ordinay council meeting no later than July 2021.

 

4.    Council undertake an assessment and clean up of the area as soon as possible

 

5.    Council investigate excluding trailer parking in the vicinity.

 

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Nil

Councillor Raciti left the Meeting at 8:11 pm.

Councillor Raciti returned to the Meeting at 8:24 pm.

 

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

Motion: (Stamolis/Hesse)

 

 

THAT Council:

 

1.    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;

 

2.    Convene monthly meetings for 3-6 months with interested residents at the fishing locations to cover issues in regard to risk and management of problems related to fishing activities; and

 

3.    Receive a report outlining in detail current cleaning and maintenance of the reserve and proposals for improving further this schedule, particularly in terms of early morning cleanings. The report include an assessment of whether, where on-leash and off-leash areas exist in foreshore parks, if fishing can be limited to on-leash areas.

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Crs Drury, McKenna OAM, Passas and Porteous

 

Councillor Porteous left the Meeting at 8:23 pm.

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

8.23pm - The Mayor, Clr Byrne adjourned the meeting for a short recess.

8.34pm– The Mayor, Clr Byrne resumed the meeting.

 

C0421(1) Item 6         Paringa Reserve Plan of Management

Motion: (Stamolis/Hesse)

 

 

THAT Council defer this item to June 2021 for additional consultation with the community and an inspection for interested Councillors. 

 

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Nil

Absent:                        Cr Porteous

 

C0421(1) Item 15       Draft Gender Equal Representation Policy

Motion: (York/McKenna OAM)

 

THAT Council:

 

1.       Endorse 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.

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Nil

Absent:                        Cr Porteous

 

 

 

Procedural Motion (Kiat/Drury)

 

THAT Item 17 Request for Reimbursement of Legal Expenses be deferred to the end of the meeting.

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Crs Macri, McKenna OAM, Passas, Raciti and Stamolis

Absent:                        Cr Porteous

Councillor Porteous returned to the Meeting at 8:54 pm.

 

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

Motion: (Stamolis/Steer)

 

THAT the report be received and noted.

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Nil

 

 

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

Motion: (Drury/Passas)

 

THAT Council:

 

1.    Receive and note this report; and

 

2.    Write to the Housing minister to ask them immediately enact the State Environmental Planning Policy (Housing Diversity) 2020 (Housing Diversity SEPP) 

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Nil

 

 

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

Motion: (Drury/Byrne)

 

THAT Council receives and notes this update progress report.

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Cr Passas

 

 

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

Motion: (Stamolis/Passas)                                                               

 

THAT Council receive and note the report.

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Nil

 

Councillor Porteous left the Meeting at 9:16 pm.

 

Procedural Motion: (Drury)

 

THAT the motion be put for Item 22 Notice of Motion: Off Leash Dog Parks.

 

Motion Lost

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, Drury, Iskandar, McKenna OAM and York

Against Motion:          Crs Da Cruz, Hesse, Kiat, Macri, Passas, Raciti, Stamolis and Steer

Absent:                        Cr Porteous

 

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

Motion: (Macri/Passas)

 

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 on fenced off-leash areas.

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Cr Steer

Absent:                        Cr Porteous

 

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

Motion: (Kiat/Hesse)

 

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; and

 

2.    Install informal play netball rings the installation of informal play netball rings at Hammond Park and Pratten Park in Ashfield, with notification to local residents and stakeholders.

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Nil

Absent:                        Cr Porteous

 

The Mayor, Councillor Byrne left the meeting and vacated the chair at 9:36 pm and the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Macri assumed the Chair.

 

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

Motion: (Da Cruz/Passas)

 

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;

4.                    

2.    Notes  Friends of Iron Cove Creek advocacy and community support for a pedestrian/cyclist link along iron cove creek from Liverpool Road to the Bay Run, via the Ashfield Pool and:

 

a)    Includes the ironcove creek link in the Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plan & Cycling Strategy and prioritises implementation through grants, developer contributions and the budget process; and

 

b)    Commence the capital works project by funding a Dobroyd Canal Iron Cove to Ashfield Shared Path Masterplan in 2021/2022, which outlines the proposed program of works, investigates the feasibility of the proposed works and prioritises the delivery of the works.

 

3.    Review interaction between pedestrians and drivers at entrances to pool carparks at  the footpath along Elizabeth Street and Bastible Street; and

 

4.    Includes a cycle route from summer hill to Croydon Station via the Ashfield Pool in the Cycling Strategy and in particular Elizabeth St in all relevant North Ashfield Planning Instruments.

 

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Nil

Absent:                        Crs Byrne and Porteous

 

The Mayor, Councillor Byrne returned to the Meeting at 9:49pm. The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Macri vacated the Chair and the Mayor, Councillor Byrne assumed the Chair.

 

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

 

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

Motion: (Kiat/Steer)

 

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.

 

Motion Lost

For Motion:                 Crs Da Cruz, Hesse, Iskandar, Kiat, Porteous and Steer

Against Motion:          Crs Byrne, Drury, Macri, McKenna OAM, Passas, Raciti, Stamolis and York

 

Foreshadowed motion (York/Byrne)

 

THAT Council:

 

  1. Notes that no recommendations for fee changes to Children’s Services have yet been made to Councillors at a Council meeting;

 

  1. Notes that a full review of Children’s Services has been conducted, commenced in late 2020, reviewing all elements of Council’s Children’s Services including quality outcomes, access, demand and financial sustainability; and

 

  1. Does not consider any position on changes to Children’s Services fees in isolation from recommendations regarding quality outcomes and access and equity outcomes

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Crs Hesse, Kiat, Porteous and Steer

Councillor Hesse left the Meeting at 10:00 pm.

Councillor Kiat left the Meeting at 10:00 pm.

Councillor Hesse returned to the Meeting at 10:02 pm.

Councillor York left the Meeting at 10:07 pm.

Councillor York returned to the Meeting at 10:09 pm.

 

 

 

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

Motion: (Passas/Macri)

 

THAT Council to make available to Councillors all existing sporting club leases and lease arrangements, as well as the club financials.

 

Motion Lost

For Motion:                 Crs Da Cruz, Macri, Passas and Raciti

Against Motion:          Crs Byrne, Drury, Hesse, Iskandar, McKenna OAM, Porteous, Stamolis, Steer and York

Absent:                        Cr Kiat

 

 

Foreshadowed motion (Stamolis/Passas)

 

THAT Council to make available to Councillors all existing sporting club leases and lease arrangements and hirers.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Da Cruz, Hesse, Macri, Passas, Porteous, Raciti, Stamolis and Steer

Against Motion:          Crs Byrne, Drury, Iskandar, McKenna OAM and York

Absent:                        Cr Kiat

 

Councillor Kiat returned to the Meeting at 10:11 pm.

 

C0421(1) Item 27       Notice of Motion: Brothels

Motion: (Passas/Raciti)

 

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.

 

Motion Lost

For Motion:                 Crs Da Cruz, Passas, Raciti and Stamolis

Against Motion:          Crs Byrne, Drury, Hesse, Iskandar, Kiat, Macri, McKenna OAM, Porteous, Steer and York

 

 

 

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

Motion: (Passas/Steer)

 

THAT:

 

1.    The application for a mobility parking space outside 60 Smith Street Summer Hill be referred to the Local Traffic Committee for review; and

 

2.    Council review the Council mobility parking policy and report to Council for June 2021 Council meeting.

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Nil

Councillor Raciti left the Meeting at 10:26 pm.

Councillor Raciti returned to the Meeting at 10:36 pm.

Councillor Macri left the Meeting at 10:43 pm.

Councillor Macri returned to the Meeting at 10:51 pm.

 

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

Motion: (Passas/Da Cruz)

 

THAT Council to cease the service of the Internal Ombudsman 30 days after of notifying Cumberland and Parramatta Councils of the decision.

Motion Lost

For Motion:                 Crs Da Cruz, Macri, Passas, Raciti, Stamolis and Steer

Against Motion:          Crs Byrne, Drury, Hesse, Iskandar, Kiat, McKenna OAM, Porteous and York

 

Foreshadowed Motion (Macri/Stamolis)

 

THAT:

 

1.    Council convene a meeting of the 3 councils that share the Internal Ombudsman service to gauge their enthusiasm for the continuation of the service; and

 

2.    A report comes back to Council which is authorised by all 3 Councils.

 

Motion Tied

For Motion:                 Crs Da Cruz, Macri, Passas, Porteous, Raciti, Stamolis and Steer

Against Motion:          Crs Byrne, Drury, Hesse, Iskandar, Kiat, McKenna OAM and York

 

The Chairperson used his Casting Vote against the MOTION and the MOTION was lost.

 

 

 

Procedural Motion: (Hesse/Drury)

 

THAT the meeting be extended until 11.15pm.

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Nil

 

Councillor Passas left the Meeting at 11:09 pm.

Councillor Passas returned to the Meeting at 11:11 pm.


Confidential Session

 

Motion: (Kiat/Byrne)

 

THAT Council enter into Confidential session to deal with C0421(1) Item 17 Request for Reimbursement of Legal Expenses. 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:

 

 

a)    The item deals with an alleged contravention of a code of conduct requirement within the meaning of clause 10A(2)(i);

 

b)    The matter that is to be discussed is Item 17 'Request for Reimbursement of Legal Expenses'; and

 

c)    It would, on balance, not be in the public interest to discuss the item in an open meeting in circumstances where an independent investigation has found that there is no substantiating evidence to support the allegations. 

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Nil

 

Councillor Porteous retired from the Meeting at 11:14 pm as she declared a significant, pecuniary interest in Item 17 Request for Reimbursement of Legal Expenses as the matter is related to reimbursement of her legal fees and she will leave the meeting during discussion and voting for both items.

 

Motion: (Hesse/Drury)

 

THAT the meeting be extended until 11.30pm

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Nil

Absent:                        Cr Porteous

 

Councillor Raciti retired from the Meeting at 11:15 pm.

Councillor Passas retired from  the Meeting at 11:33 pm.

 

Motion: (Hesse/Drury)

 

THAT the meeting be extended until 11.40pm

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Nil

Absent:                        Cr Passas, Porteous and Raciti

 

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

Motion: (Kiat/Steer)

 

THAT Council:

  1. Offer an apology to Councillor Porteous that she was investigated and put to unnecessary expense for an allegation in relation to which an independent investigation established there was no substantiating evidence at all;

  2. Review its processes in relation to publishing complaint information relating to allegations which have not been substantiated; and

  3. Accept the request for reimbursement of legal costs in accordance with the Councillor Expenses and Facilities Policy.

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Nil

Absent:                        Crs Passas, Porteous and Raciti

Abstained:                   Cr Macri

 

Amendment (Stamolis)

THAT:

 

  1. No Councillor should be subject to a formal investigation without evidence to substantiate a complaint;

 

  1. Note that formal investigation of complaints without basis incurs substantial cost to the Council and the public;

 

  1. Council should review its processes to ensure complaints for which there is no substantiating evidence do not cost the Council and its ratepayers unnecessarily; and

 

  1. No Councillor should be excluded or removed from their democratically elected duties where there is no basis nor any legal determination for this to occur.

 

The Mayor ruled this amendment Out of Order as this is not relevant to the item.

 

Meeting closed at 11.39 pm.

 

Public Speakers:

 

 

Item #

 

Speaker                     

Suburb

Item 2:

John Wardle

Belmore

Item 3:

Craig Channells

Rozelle

Item 5:

Paul Avery

Andrew McVeigh

Balmain

 

Item 6:

Renata Barnett

Michael Solomon

Craig Barnett

Balmain

Balmain

Balmain

Item 9:

Carolyn Allen

Balmain

Item 10:

Dylan Griffiths

Ashfield

Item 19:

Richard Lie

Croydon

Item 24:

Anna Harvey

Graham Hall

Croydon

Croydon

Item 30:

Dominic John Ogburn

Kate Flood

Summer Hill

Summer Hill

Item 37:

Tim Bradshaw

Dulwich Hill

Item 39:

Paul Taranto

Balmain

Item 44:

Chrissy Flanagan

Kerri Glasscock

Morris Hanna

Dulwich Hill

Newtown

Marrickville

Item 45:

David Murphy

Liza Schaeper

Paul Avery

John Little

Lilyfield

Annandale

Balmain

Wentworthville (Sydney Water)

 

 

 

 

Unconfirmed minutes of the Ordinary Council meeting held on 13 April 2021.

 

 

 


Council Meeting

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Item No:         C0521(1) Item 1

Subject:         Local Approvals Policy - Post exhibition report           

Prepared By:      Jarrad Sheather - Strategic Planner  

Authorised By:  Harjeet Atwal - Senior Manager Planning

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT Council: 

 

1.   Adopt the draft Local Approvals Policy.

 

2.   Give public notice of the adoption in accordance with section 161 of the Local Government Act 1993.

 

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

The Local Approvals Policy (LAP) has been prepared to achieve a harmonised approach to the use of the public domain across the Inner West. Once adopted, the LAP will reduce red tape, costs and resources by streamlining and simplifying the application and approval processes for events and activities in the public domain. A copy of the draft LAP is included as Attachment 1.

 

The policy applies to approvals for activities listed in Section 68 of the Local Government Act 1993 as well as other ancillary activities that Council has power to regulate. In particular the policy:

 

·   Facilitates the use of community lands for the purposes trade, events and entertainment.

·   Regulates footpath activities such as outdoor dining, footpath trading and A-frame signage.

·   Facilitates the management of mobile food vending vehicles and market stalls.

·   Regulates waste management in public places.

 

Consultation was undertaken with the Inner West Biz Committee and its representatives in relation to the policy in March 2020. Subsequently, the draft LAP was exhibited to the public between 8 May and 21 June 2020. During this period, 3 written submissions were received, refer to the Engagement Outcomes Report in Attachment 2 for details. All submissions highlighted the importance of maintaining an adequate path of travel when permitting activities on the footpath.

 

One (1) submission contained detailed comments on the needs of wheelchair users, stating that the minimum clear space required under the draft LAP is inadequate to allow for two wheelchair users to pass each other or groups of people. This was identified as being a problem on busy thoroughfares where restaurants with footpath dining may be located adjacent to each other.

 

The relevant Australian Standard (AS1428.2) advises that 1800mm is the minimum width required for 2 people using wheelchairs to pass each other. This is the clear path of travel required by the LAP for footpaths widths over 3.5 metres. Footpaths less than 3.5 metres in width allow outdoor dining if a 1.5 metres clear path of travel is provided. Whilst, being 300mm short of the Australian Standard, 1 metre clear access zones will be required for every 3 continuous metres of trading activity zone, providing the passing space requested. This approach appropriately balances competing demands on public spaces, providing access as well as outdoor dining on vibrant streets where it may already be in place or encouraged.

 

Consent for the exemptions contained within the LAP was received from the Office of Local Government on 29 March 2021 – see Attachment 3.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

The adoption of this policy will set key processes in place for streamlining and simplifying application and approval processes for events and activities in the public domain. As such would reduce overall resources costs in the processing of such applications.

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Attachment 1 - Local Approvals Policy

2.

Attachment 2 - Engagement outcomes report

3.

Attachment 3 - Office of Local Government Consent

  


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Item No:         C0521(1) Item 2

Subject:         Post Exhibition of Planning Proposal - 13-55 Edinburgh Road, Marrickville            

Prepared By:      Alan Chen - Strategic Planner 

Authorised By:  Daniel East - Manager Strategic Planning

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT Council:

 

1.       Note the engagement outcomes of the public exhibition of the Planning Proposal;

 

2.       Endorse the amendments to the Marrickville Local Environmental Plan 2011 for 13-55 Edinburgh Road Marrickville detailed in the revised Planning Proposal (Attachment 1) as informed by the Post Exhibition Report (Attachment 2);

 

3.       Submit the Planning Proposal and liaise with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment Minister to make the amendment under section 3.36 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

 

 

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

The Planning Proposal (ATTACHMENT 1) seeks to amend Marrickville Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2011 to permit retail premises, business premises, centre-based childcare facilities, medical centres and community facilities at 13-55 Edinburgh Road, Marrickville (the ‘site’) that is currently zoned as IN1 General Industrial. The purpose of the proposed amendment is to simplify the approval process for minor works, such as tenancy fit outs and changes of use, for retail premises and business premises, allowing these works to be undertaken as complying development under State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008. The proposal also seeks to enable other compatible land uses on the site that are typically offered in shopping centres. It is noted, this proposal only requires a LEP amendment and a Development Control Plan amendment is not required.

 

A Part 3A Major Project Approval (MPA) to allow the expansion of the existing Marrickville Metro Shopping Centre at 34 Victoria Road and a new two-level retail building at the site was granted in 2012 by Department of Planning Industry and Environment (DPIE). Construction of this MPA is due to complete in June 2021. 

 

On 28 July 2020, Council resolved to endorse the Planning Proposal
for Gateway Determination. A Gateway Determination was received on 15 September 2020 and DPIE endorsed the Planning Proposal for public exhibition on 26 February 2021. Council exhibited the Planning Proposal between 3 - 31 March 2021. A total of 11 individual submissions were received; 10 supported the proposal and 1 opposed it (ATTACHMENT 2).

 

The engagement outcomes report can be viewed:

https://yoursay.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/planning-proposal-marrickville-metro. The issue raised in the objection related to the location of a bus stop, which is not relevant to the planning proposal.

 

A submission from the proponent received by Council on 22 March 2021 (refer to ATTACHMENT 2) requested the proposed wording, that restricts the permissibility of the proposed additional uses to the approved development under the MPA and not within the existing warehouse buildings, be removed. The original intent of this clause was to avoid a piecemeal development of an existing industrial site in the event where the LEP amendment would progress in advance of the approved development. Given the current circumstances where the approved development is anticipated to be finalised in June 2021, this proposed clause is no longer necessary. Council Officers have reviewed the submission and accept the rationale of the request which is now reflected in the revised Planning Proposal. 

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Revised Planning Proposal

2.

Post Exhibition Council Officer Report

  


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Item No:         C0521(1) Item 3

Subject:         Post Exhibition Report - 36 Lonsdale and 64-70 Brenan Streets, Lilyfield - 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 36 Lonsdale and 64-70 Brenan Streets, Lilyfield as provided in Attachment 1 to this report.

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

 

The subject site is located on the south-western corner of the intersection of Lonsdale Street and Brenan Street/ City-West Link Road, a main arterial road that links with Anzac Bridge and intersects with Parramatta Road and Victoria Road. 

 

The subject site is accessible by both the light rail and public bus services. The subject is located directly opposite the Lilyfield light rail stop. Public bus services can be accessed along Catherine Street and Lilyfield Road

 

At its meeting of the 23 June 2020, Council endorsed the Planning proposal (to send to DPIE for Gateway determination) to amend Leichhardt Local Environmental Plan 2013 in the following way:

·    Increase the floor space ratio (FSR) from 0.6:1 to 1.5:1;

·    Introduce a maximum building height development standard of RL 33.2,

·    Add a site-specific clause for objectives, minimum setbacks, maximum number of 5 storeys and non-residential development at City West Link street level.

 

The Planning Proposal has been exhibited and the DCP amendment is currently on exhibition.

 

The VPA provides for a monetary contribution of an estimated $1,695,000 to be used for public domain works or affordable housing.

 

Engagement Methods

The Voluntary Planning Agreement was publicly exhibited for a minimum 28 days from 15th March 2021 to 23rd April 2021.

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

Three (3) submissions were received on Council’s YSIW which did not support the Voluntary Planning Agreement.

Engagement outcomes

The following section summarises the individual response received.

1.   Disagrees with the development

Response is on behalf of SP75119  13-29 Russell Street by the Strata Secretary of 75119 (11 Units in Total) 1)The traffic generation impact has only been considered for Catherine Street and the Citywest Link, Not Russell Street. 

Currently residents are unable to exit Russell Street early morning 7.30am to 8.30am and especially between 4.30 pm and 6pm  due to congestion on Piper Street to get onto Balmain Road, and traffic coming in from Balmain Road. Due to existing parking congestion on Piper Street and traffic off Catherine Street to access Balmain Road or incoming traffic.  It is difficult to access Ainsworth Street Catherine Street or Balmain road. Car park access for the proposed complex should be through  Brennan Street onto the CityWest link for this complex and not Russell Street.

Concerns with respect to the increased level of on road parking has been repeatedly raised with council. Currently double parking is occurring on Russell Street on weekends and when special events are held by the Leichhardt bowling club patrons parking on surrounding streets and Piper Street. The majority of single level residents in Russell Street also do not have off road parking.  The concern is that despite their being light rail, most units in the new complex will are likely to require 2 car spaces - they may use the light rail but still have vehicles, there will be people who sublet or have two cars, meaning one car will need to be parked on the road either in Lonsdale Street or Russell Street and the other in its parking space in the new complex. Most units will be sold with 1 car park. The situation today is barely manageable, and a structure of this size will only exasperate the problem.  There should be more focus by the developer on providing additional solutions for parking not adding additional units for profit by requesting to add another level.  This is exactly what happened with their previous development above the IGA building, when additional levels were added to the building by going back to council repeatedly and requesting amendments. Unfortunately they are using the same play book again.

2)Increasing the floor space by adding another Level (5) continues to give the building excessive bulk and scale in relation to the surrounding residential area. Staging levels does not address the overall size of the building which is not in keeping with the area . The 13-29 Russell Street warehouse conversion was built to height of the original industrial building that stood here and is comprised of 11 town houses.  Council did not allow the developer to go higher than 3 levels (excluding the excavated underground parking area). The proposed building really needs to be scaled back in size and height and be sympathetic to the surrounding residential area. 

3) Residents from surrounding streets and SP75119 are 100% in agreement that this development is not in the best interest of the community. There are so many vacant unit blocks in Sydney, the space would be better used a warehouse conversion and be more sympathetic to the surrounding area. 

Comment: The above comments are all planning issues and the VPA doesn’t deal with any planning issues

 

2.   Disagrees with Public Housing

I don’t believe Public Housing is the best use for the land. There are numerous public houses in the suburb. We are currently struggling with the drug use around the building with people leaving their syringes and another Public housing space will only encourage more drugs in the area. We have children in the building.

Comment: The VPA doesn’t impact on the development and the use of the land

 

 

 

 

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Lonsdale Street VPA

  


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11 May 2021

 

Item No:         C0521(1) Item 4

Subject:         Submission To Exhibition of Bays West Draft Place Strategy           

Prepared By:      Richard Griffiths - Executive Planner 

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

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT Council submit the attached submission to the NSW Department of Planning Industry and Environment in response to the public exhibition of the draft Bays West Place Strategy

 

 

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) has placed on public exhibition a draft Place Strategy for the Bays West precinct. This large site falls within the Inner West Local Government Area but is identified as State Significant Development under the State Environmental Planning Policy (State and Regional Development) 2011. A draft submission from Inner West Council has been prepared (see ATTACHMENT 1), with input from relevant sections of Council.

The public exhibition period is between 22 March 2021 - 29 April 2021. Council staff advice to DPIE has been that there is a community preference for face-to-face information and consultation meetings where possible. Council staff requested an extension for its submission to 14 May 2021. This allows Council's submission to the exhibition to be considered at the Council meeting of 11 May 2021. During the exhibition period, DPIE has sought public comment by several means including:

·    an online survey

·    an online interactive pinpoint map

·    a face-to-face session at the cruise terminal (COVID-safe, by prior booking only)

·    two live online information sessions

The public exhibition has been advertised by DPIE on its Planning Portal, and information can be found at the following link: https://www.planningportal.nsw.gov.au/bays-west. The exhibition has also been referred to on the Inner West Council website and also listed on the Your Say page https://yoursay.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/

 

The exhibition includes the release of the draft Place Strategy and the following supporting technical reports:

·    Bays West Strategic Place Framework (SPF)

·    Bays West Urban Design Framework (UDF)

·    Bays West Connecting with Country Framework

·    Bays West Sustainability Discussion Paper

 

The Draft Place Strategy presents a vision for ‘a connected, vibrant and activated precinct – a new kind of Sydney urbanism that respects and celebrates Country, drawing on natural, cultural, maritime and industrial stories to shape an innovative and sustainable new place for living, recreation and working.’

 

This vision is supported by six ‘Big moves’, which appear broadly consistent with Council’s priorities for the area. They are as follows:

·    Repurpose White Bay Power Station to become a focal point of the precinct.

·    A crossing from Bays West to Pyrmont to create more convenient and direct active transport connections.

·    Connect community to water, while recognising and supporting the working harbour and port operational requirements.

·    Deliver a significant, connected, activated public open space near the water at an early stage.

·    Make the most of the opportunity that a new Metro Station presents to renew the precinct and surrounds through development that has a strong dependence on public and active transport.

·    Enable a world class harbour foreshore walk.

 

The draft Place Strategy includes 14 directions that align with five ‘enabling themes’, accompanied by 30 actions to implement the strategy. The themes are:

1.   Land use and function

2.   Design of places and spaces

3.   Transport and movement

4.   Heritage and culture

5.   Infrastructure delivery and governance

 

Council’s draft submission responds to the five ‘enabling themes’ of the draft Place Strategy, relating these to the issues of concern to Council.

 

Council’s draft submission notes that the high-level elements of the Place Strategy are broadly compatible with Council’s established priorities for the site. However, there is insufficient detail for Council to comprehensively comment on the proposal currently. Greater detail is sought for the Power Station / Metro Station sub-precinct, which is identified for early development.

 

Council’s endorsement is sought to lodge the submission to DPIE. 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Nil

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Draft Submission - Bays West Draft Place Strategy

  


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Bays West draft Place Strategy Submission

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Parramatta NSW 2124

 

 

INNER WEST COUNCIL SUBMISSION TO DRAFT BAYS WEST PLACE STRATEGY

 

To the relevant officer

Please consider this Inner West Council’s formal submission to the draft Bays West Place Strategy. We thank the Department for the opportunity to comment on the proposal and hope our insights are beneficial to its refinement.

Overall, the high-level elements of the draft Place Strategy are generally aligned with Council’s existing approach to Bays West. However, the way these are implemented will determine their success and this level of detail is not available as part of this public exhibition process to comprehensively comment on the proposal at this time. The following comments relate to aspects of the proposed Place Strategy and associated technical reports. They are offered with the intention of encouraging the best possible outcomes for the Inner West and the wider Sydney community.

It is noted that Council has only been ‘informed’ on the future of the Bays West precinct and welcomes the opportunity to make a submission to this public exhibition. However, this does not amount to ‘collaboration’ as claimed on the Department’s website.

Council requests further detail on the White Bay Power Station and metro station sub-precinct, which the Place Strategy proposes for early development. Although master-planning for this location is expected to form part of future work, some key aspects have already been undertaken. For example, zones of development, sites suitable for taller buildings and hard and soft landscaping have already been identified, together with artists impressions of the station area are available on the Sydney Metro website. However, these components are insufficiently detailed for Council to provide useful comment at this time.

Council’s longstanding position on the future development of the Bays Precinct is summarised in a set of ‘guiding principles’. These continue to apply, and can be found online at https://www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/develop/works-and-projects/state-government-projects/bays-precinct/bays-precinct-councils-guiding-principles

The draft Place Strategy presents a vision for ‘a connected, vibrant and activated precinct – a new kind of Sydney urbanism that respects and celebrates Country, drawing on natural, cultural, maritime and industrial stories to shape an innovative and sustainable new place for living, recreation and working.’

 

This vision is supported by six ‘Big Moves’, which are appear broadly consistent with Council’s priorities for the area. They are as follows:

 

·    Repurpose White Bay Power Station to become a focal point of the precinct;

·    A crossing from Bays West to Pyrmont to create more convenient and direct active transport connections;

·    Connect community to water, while recognising and supporting the working harbour and port operational requirements;

·    Deliver a significant, connected, activated public open space near the water at an early stage;

·    Make the most of the opportunity that a new Metro Station presents to renew the precinct and surrounds through development that has a strong dependence on public and active transport; and

·    Enable a world class harbour foreshore walk.

 

The Place Strategy includes 14 directions that align with five ‘enabling themes’, accompanied by 30 actions to implement the strategy. The themes are:

 

1. Land use and function;

2. Design of places and spaces;

3. Transport and movement;

4. Heritage and culture; and

5. Infrastructure delivery and governance.

 

The submission responds to the five ‘enabling themes’ of the draft Place Strategy, relating these to the issues of concern to Council.

 

1.   Land Use and function

 

To enable community involvement in the planning and development process, Council supports bringing the land-use controls for the Bays West Precinct, including the Rozelle Rail Yards site, into the Inner West Local Environmental Plan 2021. This plan regulates land use in the majority of the Inner West Local Government Area.

 

The Place Strategy should provide a clearer and more detailed vision for the mix of land uses envisaged for the site. More detail needs to be provided on expectations of residential land uses for the Bays West.

 

The Inner West Local Housing Strategy identifies potential additional dwelling yield for the Bays West site of between 1,504 and 3,008 dwellings. However, this assumes residential development of approximately 10% of the total site area (i.e. 9.4 ha, see p.136) and relies on notional high yield and low yield scenarios. Such assumptions, however, will require testing in relation to future master-planning for the site. Furthermore, the Inner West Local Housing Strategy has established a target of 30% affordable housing for the Bays Precinct, subject to further feasibility analysis. The 30% affordable housing figure for government owned land is also supported by Council’s adopted Affordable Housing Policy. There is also potential for seniors housing, previously identified as needed. These indications of residential potential for the site need to be understood in the wider context of a mix of uses for the site and this requires further elaboration prior to the master planning phase.

 

More detail also needs to be provided on expectations of employment uses for the site. The Place Strategy claims; “Bays West will reinforce the northern end of the innovation corridor by driving innovation in port and working harbour systems and technologies, linking to educational opportunities and creating a diverse precinct where the innovation economy can thrive”.(p.28). However, there needs to be clear evidence of demand for such uses. For instance, it is not clear why technology industries would locate to the site when other attractive locations, including Tech Central, are nearby. It is not clear that marine manufacturing and Research and Development would happen here in the absence of a university with a focus on this.

Therefore, the industry demand for future uses requires further consideration and should be supported by an evidence base. There may be a need to consider lower tech creative uses, flexible spaces and affordable rental spaces, e.g. in the power station.

 

All future land uses for the site need to be considered in the context of anticipated climate impacts. This is especially important for a site that is located very close to sea level. A climate adaptation plan is proposed for the site (Place Strategy, p.31), which Council supports. Rising sea levels are a clear risk to the entire site and a long history of sea level change is indeed identified in the Connecting with Country Framework. At a minimum, therefore, the Place Strategy should provide examples of how sea level rise will impact the site and might be addressed (such as elevated building construction, levee construction, managed retreat, water detention or any other approaches).

 

2.   Design of places and spaces

Scale and Detail

The scale of the maps in the draft Place Strategy should be consistent with planning for a large site. More detail should be shown, at an appropriate scale for the public to provide meaningful feedback. 1:10,000 is not an appropriate scale for detailed structure planning of this site. This is especially the case for the precinct immediately adjoining the proposed new metro station and White Bay Power Station, as identified in the draft Bays West Initial Stage Structure Plan up to 2030 (Strategic Place Framework, p.73, reproduced in Figure 1, below). A more detailed plan of this site should be provided in the Place Strategy itself, not only in the Urban Design Framework.

 

Figure 1: Bays West Site Boundary to 2030 (Source: Strategic Place Framework, p. 73).

Given the complexity and planning ideas and concepts required for a solution for the Bays Precinct area, it is suggested the Department consider holding a planning competition similar to that held for the Sydney Olympic precinct, for one or more of the proposed master planning areas.

The Structure Plan identifies a “zone of development” which includes tall building clusters but without identifying the scale of the buildings. It is noted that artist impressions of tall buildings in the vicinity of the metro station have been made available through the Metro website. However, Council cannot endorse such an approach without considerably greater detail being provided. While the Place Strategy assumes taller buildings will be constructed within the precinct, this is not currently justified by the Place Strategy or by the technical reports. To enable Council and others to give useful feedback, the plan should provide more detail. For example, no information is presented for surrounding areas to understand the topographical levels to contend with a sympathetic building scale. In the “design of places” there should be an indication of ground levels- i.e. RL.

It would be useful and relevant for the Department to show overseas examples of how the culture of maritime places is maintained and activated for use by the public. In particular, it would be useful to refer to examples where the conflict between working harbour uses and other uses has been managed successfully, with successful staging of development to facilitate transitions in land use over time.

Recreation and Open Space

The following comments refer to open space and recreation matters:

Connectivity

Council strongly supports the establishment of a network of linkages knitting suburbs back together.

Inner West Council supports the development of a network of shared pedestrian and cycle ways extending out and linking into the surround suburbs for example:

•             To Lilyfield - under Victoria Road, via White Bay Power Station;

•             To Callan Park from Parramatta Road - across the newly created Rozelle Parkland via Whites Creek;

•             To Hawthorne Canal via the Light rail and Greenway; and

•             Reactivation of the Glebe Island Bridge as a cycle and pedestrian bridge.

The plan should ensure that foreshore areas are retained in public ownership, and accessible to the wider community.

Future plans for this area should also give consideration to opportunities to:

•             Enhance the quality of accommodation provided on the adjoining Lilyfield Public Housing lands; and

•             Improve the amenity of existing residential buildings fronting directly onto the City West Link at Lilyfield.

 

Recreation and Open Space

Maintain and expand the unique range of land uses and activities currently found within the Bays Precinct, for example historical maritime land uses, the heritage fleet, rowing and dragon boating. The Bays Precinct transformation provides the opportunity to develop and implement innovative approaches to protecting and increasing biodiversity in an urban environment. A specific master plan should be developed to provide for the protection and increase of biodiversity in respect of the total area of the Bays Precinct. The plan should ensure that a minimum of 25% of the land area is allocated for community use and amenity (open space and recreation) and that public access to the foreshores is a primary outcome of the Bays Precinct process with well-defined linkages and recreation connections established to the City of Sydney, the Rozelle Park and the Balmain Peninsula. Staging of the proposed development should minimise disruption to public waterfront access.

Critically address the shortage of indoor recreation facilities in the Inner West by considering the development of a new indoor recreation facility within a restored White Bay Power Station which provides for regional gymnastics, state and national level facilities for indoor netball and basketball, rock wall climbing, squash and other indoor recreation activities. Consider key partnerships in the provision of such spaces including tertiary educational providers.

Action 10: Develop performance criteria to measure the quality of public or open spaces as they are designed and planned & Action 16: Develop a user-needs assessment for public open space with port and harbour needs in mind

Council advocates for strong consultation between the State Government agency undertaking this work and Council in order to ensure that the performance criteria and user-needs assessment are in line with, and informed by, the IWC Recreation Needs Study (2018) and planned future updates of this study.

Big move 4: Deliver a significant connected, activated public open space near the water at an early stage

Council advocates for the inclusion of “incorporate facilities to support active public transport (such as lockers, bike storage and change rooms)” as a ‘non-negotiable’ (rather than an ‘option’) to ensure that the community is empowered to take up active transport wherever possible, particularly utilising a mix of active and public transport for return journeys on the Metro.

Council also advocates for “the delivery of the Metro West station presents an opportunity for the early delivery of this significant public open space as part of the White Bay Power Station (and Metro) sub precinct” to be identified as a ‘non-negotiable’ instead of an ‘opportunity’. With the ‘Big Move’ statement dictating the delivery of this open space ‘at an early stage’ it must follow that this is a non-negotiable item of the big move, rather than only an opportunity.

Employment

Where possible, establish a range of employment opportunities that will enliven the Bays Precinct, making it a safe, active, and vibrant area throughout the day, seven days a week. This includes recognition of the economic importance of the Roberts Road Employment area.

Detailed Comments on the Urban Design Framework

The following comments refer to specific pages of the proposed Urban Design Framework.

Page

Section

Comment

33

On Arrival

Avoid subjective language ('wonderful experience'). Please be more specific in relation to the proposal of a central public place for the precinct.

Public Access

The aim of opening up the ground plane to people must filter through to the precinct plan; ensure 'public' spaces are truly public (not just private 'third spaces' such as cafes and shops).

Ensuring Amenity

Include green and blue infrastructure in this section.

34

Transition

Include a principle of diverse built form to generate rich urban environments.

Setback

Include vegetation and tree planting.

Continuous and connected lengths

Ensure the delivery of walking and cycling connectivity between foreshore sections.

Connecting with water

Utilise water as a key driver to structuring play spaces and elements along the foreshore's public domain.

35

Escarpment

Deliver design strategies that not only reveal the escarpment but promote interacting with it (including play, sport, rest, art).

 

Legibility

Complement with a comprehensive wayfinding strategy.

Level transition

Ensure all locations meet highest accessibility standards.

Overcoming Barriers

Place inclusive design and accessibility at the centre.

36

Infrastructure Integration

Specify the meaning of 'innovative public domain'.

Unified Network

Stress the importance of linkage and integration with trees, landscaped areas and vegetation.

Heritage and topographical elements

Ensure integration and indoors/outdoors communication between public domain and heritage items.

Ensure public access and legibility of key heritage assets with generous curtilage provision.

Topographical and heritage features should be subject to distinct treatment, not bundled together.

View and Outlook

Uninterrupted views should not be delivered at the expense of tree canopy and healthy green infrastructure.

Distributed and Diverse

Include child-friendly design (safe travel routes, integrated play spaces). Treat this as a priority across all public space types.

37

Canopy cover

 

1) Reference health and wellbeing

2) Include a canopy cover target (% of site)

3) Focus on native species.

Street level experience; Comfort and safety

A night-time lighting strategy is essential in this context.

Sustainable Drainage

Identify the precinct detention and conveyance hierarchy; Precinct water management strategy is a priority.

Space Allocation

Must develop clear material palettes to provide clarity for all users.

38

Maintain Landmark Viewsheds

Views must be carefully considered but should not become an excuse to not develop an ambitious urban forest proposal.

39

Care with Built Form

There is a great opportunity to deliver a sustainable, carbon neutral precinct. New built forms should respond to sustainability criteria (water management and harvesting, solar power generation, renewable construction materials, life cycle, etc.).

41

Water Systems

Develop a precinct-wide water management plan.

Biophilic Environment

Go beyond merely cosmetic 'green looks' by enforcing sustainable building design and construction technology (life cycle plans, carbon neutrality, etc).

42

Climate Risk and Resilience

learn from and reference national (Fisherman’s Bend) and international (Netherlands) experiences to integrate water (conveyance and detention) in the precinct's built and unbuilt environments.

85

White Bay Power Station and Metro Public Domain

 

More detail is required to be able to assess the design proposals.

It is recommended that White Bay Power Station and Glebe Island Silos are combined/merged to develop a more complete first stage implementation. Benefits would include:

·   Better connection/relationship with the waterfront

·   A more ambitious and better-balanced cultural precinct (power station and silos)

·   Better connectivity with Pyrmont and the CBD

·   Metro Station becoming the precinct’s centre of gravity.

Integrating water in the design of the public domain is essential. Therefore, develop a water management strategy. Identify public space typologies (to identify blue streets, key detention areas, conveyance paths and other key features.)

Provide more detail on the proposed built forms as these will largely determine neighbouring public domain.

Include White Bay Power Station itself in the public domain design.

Delivery of “a significant, connected, activated public open space near the water at an early stage” (Big Move 4) should extend across the entire precinct, not limited to White Bay Power Station sub-precinct only.

Develop the following supporting documents:

1.    a tree planting scheme

2.    a Water Sensitive Urban Design scheme

3.    a biodiversity strategy

4.    a lighting strategy and a night-time activation plan.

104

Future Place Character - Robert Street

 

Integrate into the water management strategy (design as a key blue street).

More information is required, and a master plan design proposal needs to be developed.

107

Future Place Character - Glebe Island Silos

Integrate proposal with the immediately adjacent White Bay Power Station/Metro precinct.

More information is required, and a master plan design proposal needs to be developed.

110, 113, 116, 119,122

Future Place Character - Glebe Island and Rozelle Bay

For all other Future Place Character sections, more information is required, and a master plan design proposal should be developed.

 

 

 

 

3.   Transport and movement

 

The following comments refer to transport matters:

·    The Strategy generally represents a high-level way forward for the Bays Precinct (West). In so doing it provides 6 “Big Moves”, 14 high level directions and a series of frameworks. In relation to strategic transport planning there are no intrinsic problems with these high-level concepts, however detailed design and implementation will require significantly more consultation and negotiation.

·    The Big Moves:

While the principles contained in the Big Moves are strongly supported it is considered that several of them overlap and it is essential that these not be developed in silos; rather that a fully integrated approach should be ensured. (While it is recognised that this should be an intrinsic part of the strategic planning process, experience with recent government projects has indicated that this may not always be the case);

Council has long supported re-purposing of White Bay Power Station;

It is considered beneficial to provide a new crossing from Bays West to Pyrmont. In this respect the former Leichhardt Council proposed reinstatement of Glebe Island Bridge as an active transport link, with consideration also given to the possibility of public transport. In moving forward with this project, it is essential that this link be fully integrated into the Inner West, City of Sydney and Principle Bicycle Networks. It is also essential that the heritage values of the bridge be protected;

It is considered that Big Move 3, which indicates the need to connect the community to water, should be pursued at multiple levels including transport, access and placemaking, in addition to the land use/employment referred to. In this respect this “Big Move” should include provision of foreshore access (including a full harbour foreshore path – noting that this is referred to separately in Big Move 6) and ferry services;

The proposal to deliver significant connected activated public open space near the water is considered highly desirable, however this activated open space must be fully integrated with the adjacent active transport network and linked to adjacent public open space, including (but not limited to) the future Rozelle Railyards Parklands and Federal/Jubilee Park. It is suggested that opportunities be explored to extend the open space network to Callan Park and Iron Cove/The Bay Run (referred to in Strategic Place Framework);

Capitalising on the proposed new Bays Metro Station will be essential and it is good to see that a strong dependence on public and active transport is recognised in this “Big Move”. It is suggested that opportunities be explored to enhance local accessibility through the provision of additional localised public transport links to Rozelle, Balmain and Leichhardt;

Provision of a world class foreshore walk is also strongly supported (supported in the points above) and it is essential that this not be seen as a standalone facility; namely it should be

§ Part of an overall Harbour foreshore network;

§ Linked to the adjacent active transport network; and

§ Linked to adjacent open space and areas of public domain.

·    Directions – The Strategy’s transport and movement directions (8, 9 and 10) provide high level concepts which are supported, however it is considered essential that these not be viewed or implemented in isolation as they have an intrinsic relationship with land use, placemaking, heritage and culture. The concepts of connectivity, integration, removal of barriers and the prioritisation of public and active transport are strongly supported.

·    Opportunities - opportunities identified in the Strategy currently appear to focus on the Bays West, Rozelle Railyards Parkland, Federal/Jubilee Park and Glebe (map on p19). It is considered essential that the Precinct's relationship with areas to the North and North-West (e.g. Rozelle, Balmain and Balmain East) as well as Pyrmont should be explored in more detail. Access between the Inner West Light Rail is limited and circuitous, and consequently is likely to limited interchange between these two modes. While the “Opportunities Map” (page 19) a possible link across Rozelle Bay to Glebe and potentially Jubilee Park Light Rail Station there is no indication what this would be or how this could be achieved.

·    Parking - Council strongly supports and is an advocate for public transport. However, if car parking is developed on the site it should be designed in an invocative manner which takes in to account the regional and national significance of the site. Car parking should be either ungrounded or layered with the development of artificial multipurpose fields developed above. Ideally two synthetic multipurpose areas should be provided for Hockey, Tennis and other ball sports.

·    Overall Council Principles/general transport comments – Council’s overall guiding principle for strategic transport planning is that private car dependency should be reduced for all trip types. Additionally, it is considered essential that all transport planning within the Inner West assist in gaining environmental, placemaking and urban design enhancements with a view to improving the liveability of the Inner West. It is requested that IWC transport planning staff be included in the master-planning process. Taking that into account the following should be considered as the Bays West redevelopment progresses:

Due to the high number of infrastructure projects and developments currently proposed in and around Bays West, a fully coordinated construction program is essential;

As it is anticipated that this redevelopment will proceed for a considerable time (including longer than both WestConnex and the Western Harbour tunnel)’ opportunities should be examined for construction traffic to use these two new road facilities rather than the existing surface road network;

Consideration should be given to the provision of new ferry and bus routes (including local bus routes) and the possibility of the extension of the existing Inner West Light Rail line to the precinct (and to Balmain), as well as comprehensive integration of the precinct’s active transport network with the surrounding network;

All active transport links should be fully accessible and safely available 24 hours per day;

Care should be taken that the operation (intensification of activity) as well as the construction of the Bays West does not detrimentally impact on adjacent residential areas or attract activity and vitality away from adjacent retail/commercial areas. It is essential that Bays West be designed in such a way that it integrates and compliments adjacent areas rather than competes or operates purely in a standalone manner;

It is considered that a comprehensive transport study be prepared to include:

§ a comprehensive overview of all of the various transport/movement elements proposed;

§ a clearly defined set of mode share targets and timing for achieving these;

§ all of the various transport elements referred to including links to adjacent areas. This study should address how and when these elements would be implemented (e.g. triggers), as well as who will pay for them;

§ examination of a series of land use/development scenarios including their likely timing and implications for transport infrastructure;

§ how each of the suggested transport elements will assist in achieving the desired mode share targets (plus a ballpark costing of the various elements where possible).

A critical aspect of the success of the various transport/movement elements of the Strategy will be its ability to provide a fully integrated, phased approach to the Precinct’s development that will not result in isolated sites or link, and gaps in the various transport networks. (e.g. phasing of the active transport network should not result in missing links and isolated areas which are not usable or present safety/securing concerns);

It is suggested that, while the various framework documents contain specific transport/movement elements it would be helpful (in identifying any missing elements or conflicts) if these could be brought together in a single document;

The Place Framework contains several innovative elements, which are supported, including:

§ Establishment of a new urban mobility benchmark;

§ Creating a responsive, integrated mobility network that enables natural systems;

§ Celebrating the Songlines and embedded stories;

§ Creation of an intuitive interchange, supporting Metro’s broader connections;

§ Improving physical activity in support of public health priorities; and

§ Establishment of a circular economy, including supply chain and materials.

However, there is no supporting information indicating what such elements mean or how they could be established. Consequently, it is requested that examples be provided showing how these could be physically manifested.

 

4.    Heritage and culture

Connecting with Country

Council recognises the innovative approach taken by the Bays West Connecting with Country Framework. Council supports the statement on p.56 of the Framework that all recommendations in that document need to be embedded into the project lifecycle of Bays West and in its strategic management practices at all levels, including future use. It is therefore suggested that the Place Strategy document reflects this approach more strongly. In particular an explicit commitment should be made in the Place Strategy itself to the recommendations of Maridyulu Part Four (Designing with Country Strategy & Directions for Bays West) and the recommendations of Wugul Part 5, especially the specific recommendations headed 'Bays West Connecting with Country Framework Application’. ‘Country-led perspectives’ are mentioned in the draft Place Strategy (p. 24, paragraph 2), but the 14 Place Strategy Directions referred to make no further mention of this. One possibility would be to make the aim of connecting with country one of the ‘big moves’ in the Place Strategy.

Biodiversity and Natural Systems

The following comments refer to matters of biodiversity and natural systems:

Council supports the focus on biodiversity and natural systems in the Bays West Draft Sustainability Framework document. For example, the protection and expansion of White’s seahorse habitat and construction of artificial reefs under piers and rocky intertidal habitat to increase local marine biodiversity and support native species.

We would like to suggest an edit to the second dot point in Section 3.3 Biodiversity and Natural Systems: “Conserve and construct habitats for locally indigenous fauna species, with particular focus on threatened species such as the Southern Myotis fishing bat which roosts under wharves near water.”

 

Council's Urban Ecology team detected the threatened species, Myotis macropus (Southern Myotis or Fishing Bat), at Mort Bay in 2020 and at several other locations around the Balmain Peninsula. There is only one recorded observation of M. macropus in Inner West Council on NSW BioNet prior to this study. This was recorded on an ultrasonic detector at Rozelle Bay on 17 March 2015. It is vitally important to conserve this species, particularly with the refurbishment of wharves in greater Sydney such as the Fish Markets. Our recommendations would be to survey the site with ultrasonic detectors before works begin to identify potential roosts and inform the conservation and construction of habitat. It is important to note that, for microbats, it would be best to conserve key habitat where possible and integrate it into the design of the site rather than to rely on constructed habitat, which may not meet the needs of these bats. This could be a very positive addition to the biodiversity outcomes at the site and a good opportunity to educate and engage the public.

 

5.   Infrastructure delivery and governance

 

The following comments refer to the provision, funding and delivery of infrastructure.

Inner West Council is currently progressing a suite of strategies to inform its future section 7.11 and section 7.12 local infrastructure contributions plans and broader infrastructure funding frameworks. This would merge the existing 8 contributions plans of the former Ashfield, Leichhardt and Marrickville Councils. The former Leichhardt section 7.11 and section 7.12 contributions plans currently apply to the Bays Precinct area.

The suite of studies that will inform Council’s new local infrastructure contributions includes:

·    Inner West Local Housing Strategy;

·    Employment and Retails Lands Study and Strategy;

·    Draft Community Assets Needs Strategy;

·    Recreational Needs Study 2018 & Draft Recreational Needs Study Update 2021; and

·    Draft Traffic and Transport Needs Study.

The Inner West Local Infrastructure Contribution Planning framework is recommended to adopt a catchment-based approach to assess local infrastructure demands. A catchment approach is a useful planning tool that aims to reflect patterns of community preference in accessing infrastructure service and facilities. The Inner West catchments have been defined from the following considerations:

·    The location of key urban centres;

·    Likely travel patterns;

·    Population and employment densities, both current and future (2036) across the Local Government Area (LGA);

·    Natural barriers (eg waterways and topography); and

·    Built barriers (e.g. arterial roads and rail corridors).

 

See Figure 2, below, for an indicative map regarding the catchment area profiles likely to be adopted in the future Inner West contributions planning framework.


Figure 2: Inner West LGA Planning Catchment Areas for Infrastructure Needs Analysis

While not perfect, catchments remain a useful tool to consider the network provision of local and district spaces across a large area, with Regional Assets more likely to service the LGA.

A catchment approach facilitates a more equitable approach to community asset planning (understanding how supply, demand and quality are located across the LGA – rather than looking at the whole LGA as one).

The Bays Precincts occurs within Catchment 1 – North; however, it is also adjacent to Catchment 3 - East. The Bays Precincts is the largest growth catalyst in Catchment 1, whilst the Parramatta Road Urban Renewal Corridor, along the central trunk of the LGA, is another significant growth catalyst for the LGA. The scarcity of large allotments of land and high land values create implications in the delivery of new infrastructure services.

Initial evidence from the draft Community Assets Needs Strategy and draft work on updating the 2018 Recreational Needs Study, identified some general local infrastructure services gaps. The redevelopment of the Bays Precincts presents an opportunity to deliver additional infrastructure services for the current and future residents and workers, and Council hopes to work collaboratively with the Department to identify potential solution pathways for the below infrastructure provision gaps.

Social and Cultural Infrastructure

Council’s Draft Community Assets Needs Strategy is assessing the future anticipated populations’ demands for library, community, and cultural services to 2036. The redevelopment of the Bays Precinct will likely facilitate additional population growth beyond that which is currently being examined, and whilst the additional demands will be analysed as part of future infrastructure needs assessments in the Bays West master-planning process, it does add emphasis that the below projections on additional floorspace are likely to increase.

The draft Community Assets Needs Strategy adopted the State Library of New South Wales People Places Guideline (2019) benchmarks that are considered by the Library Council of New South Wales to provide minimum area sizes for public library building in NSW. It has also applied community and cultural services benchmarks that have been recommended to Council as having application precedence in several other nearby local government areas. The two types of benchmarks have been utilised in the formulating of its draft recommendations, (1) service-based benchmarks, and (2) population-based benchmarks. 

The indicative results indicate that the additional population in Catchment 1 will generate the need for approximately 1,750sqm of additional library floorspace, 1,000sqm of community services floorspace, and 600sqm of cultural floorspace. The draft anecdotal recommendation of the study is that this would be best facilitated by a new multi-purpose flagship library, a new district level community centre, and a local level creative arts participation space. An ideal site for a flagship suite of library/community/cultural facilities would be the re-purposed White Bay Power Station. Internationally and within Australia, former power stations on waterfront sites have been successfully re-imagined as significant cultural centres. Council would welcome discussion with the Department on how this might be achieved.

There is evidence to suggest that for every dollar invested in libraries that the value back to the community is, on average, between $2.82 and $4.24. The Inner West Employment and Retail Study (2020) also provides support for the location of new civic services in local business centres; stating that it is best practice for community facilities to be located within employment town centres for reasons of accessibility and visual prominence. Co-locating social, community and cultural facilities, services and meeting rooms can also support emerging industries and community groups. The proposed new local business centre around the new White Bay Metro station presents an opportunity for a co-located civic hub to foster a dual community and economic clustering role for the emerging Bays Precincts’ industries and community.

Another service provision consideration that is beyond the scope of the above strategy, is the Inner West Council Delivery Program 2018-2022 & Combined Operational Plan’s Strategic Direction 4.1.4.1 - that Council investigate the feasibility of creating a new History Service Centre with storage facilities within the Inner West LGA. There is a critical need for approximately 1,000sqm of storage and shelving space in the Inner West that could be facilitated by a warehouse-type facility, and that this potentially, could be delivered as part of a new multi-purpose flagship library.

Recreational Infrastructure

Council fully supports the creation of recreational space along the foreshore area and active transport links to Pyrmont along Glebe Island Bridge. Council has also been working closely with Transport for NSW in the master-planning process of the former Rozelle Railyards for 10 hectares of additional open space. Council strongly supports the provision of 2-4 new multipurpose sporting fields within the Bays West Precinct given the scarcity of land available to build new facilities.

The draft results of the recreational facility benchmarking analysis has recommended the need for the provision of a new indoor leisure centre within the LGA that should provide a minimum of 4 indoor courts as well as a place for dance, yoga, Pilates, and gymnastics. There are currently 2 indoor leisure centres located in the south of the Inner West LGA; being the Debbie and Abbey Borgia Recreational Centre and Robyn Webster Sports Centre. The Bays Precinct, which is also in proximity to the Parramatta Road Urban Renewal Corridor, represents a significant opportunity to deliver both new sporting fields and an indoor leisure centre for the benefit of the future community.

Potential Delivery Mechanisms

Council would welcome further discussions regarding cost-effective delivery mechanisms to achieve the infrastructure gaps in the Bays Precinct. Rezoning and value-capture mechanisms, along with the State Government’s significant land holdings in the area, provide a unique opportunity to provide new local infrastructure for the future community in a cost-effective manner, an opportunity that is scarcely available elsewhere in the LGA. There is also an opportunity for a future Special Infrastructure Contribution framework (SIC) for the Bays Precinct. The content and timing of the SIC will impact on Council forward planning and we would welcome early discussion on this.

Governance

This project has regional and national importance. As such the plan should ensure that an open, transparent and evidence-based approach is adopted, unencumbered by pre-determined outcomes.

Master planning should include appropriate governance arrangements, to ensure attainment of Direction 13 and Action 11 of the Place Strategy, regarding a whole-of-Government approach and stakeholder inclusion in the planning process. Council suggests that this should include the creation of a “Bays West Precinct Planning Commission” with both local community representation and representation from Inner West Council.

This Commission should include a governance model which:

•             Involves all stakeholders throughout the process;

•             Encourages collaboration between the various levels of government;

•             Include mechanisms that balance the various points of view, for example balancing the view and priorities of those located next to the site and those located further away;

•             Investigate and plan issues within the wider metropolitan context and

•             Is respectful of the cultural and architectural heritage of the site.

 


Council Meeting

11 May 2021

 

Item No:         C0521(1) Item 5

Subject:         2020/21 Third Quarter Budget Review           

Prepared By:      Daryl Jackson - Chief Financial Officer 

Authorised By:  Elizabeth Richardson – Acting General Manager

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT the Third Quarter Budget Review for 2020/21 be adopted.

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

This report provides a comprehensive high-level overview of Council’s financial position as at 31 March 2021. Any forecast results are projections as at 30 June 2021. Council has updated its projected budget result to $30.1 million, this is an increase of $12.3 million from the 2020/21 Adopted Budget.  Excluding capital revenue, a deficit of $1.4 million has been projected against the Adopted Budget Deficit of $7.4 million.

 

During the quarter, a detailed review of both operating and capital budgets have been undertaken reconfirming the budget projections for the current financial year.

 

The change in budgeted result is predominantly due to –

·    Increase of operating grants for Infrastructure Management $1.5m. Council received compensation from Transport for NSW for maintenance of King George Park and pocket parks along Victoria Road.

·    Corporate Support Services, profit on the compulsory acquisition of King George Park by Transport for NSW $0.6m.

·    Corporate Support Services, Council aligned bonuses to the Performance Framework endorsed in February 2018 by the Joint Consultative Committee which has led to a write back $1.0m accrued for 2019/20 performance.

·    Environment and Sustainability, deferral of tree planting to 2020-21 due to timing of planting season and resourcing $1.6m.

 

The Capital Budget will be reviewed throughout the financial year on an ongoing basis with the capital works managers.  Changes to the Capital Works will be brought to Council through future QBRS.

 

Cash Flow forecasts of major projects will be monitored ensuring the expenditure remains in line with the budget.  March 2021 year to date capital expenditure totals approximately $44.2 million.

 

Summary of Budget Movements

 

The following are key movements with a brief explanation and impact on Council’s budget:

 

-     Decreased Capital Expenditure of $24.3m -

·    Deferral of projects to future years - refer to Item 1 in Attachment 1.

 

-      Forecast decrease in Employee Costs -

·    Capturing savings from open positions $1.2m

 

-      Forecast decrease in Materials and Contracts -

·    Deferral of tree planting budget to 2020-21 due to timing of the planting season and resourcing $1.6m – refer to Item 3 in Attachment 1.

 

 

Further details can be found in the March 2021 QBRS Movements section of this report.

 

Report by the Responsible Accounting Officer of Council

 

Section 203(2) of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 requires a report by Council’s responsible accounting officer regarding the Council’s financial position at the end of each quarter.

 

The responsible accounting officer is of the opinion that the Quarterly Budget Review Statement for the Inner West Council for the quarter ended 31 March 2021 indicates that Council’s projected financial position at 30 June 2021 has improved due to the reduced amount of operating expenditure and deferral of capital expenditure to future years.

 

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

March 2021 QBRS Financial Statements & Movements

  


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Council Meeting

11 May 2021

 

Item No:         C0521(1) Item 6

Subject:         Fees for Waterpolo Clubs           

Prepared By:      Simon Duck - Senior Manager Aquatic Services  

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

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT the report be received and noted.

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

At the 13 April 2021 Council meeting, it was resolved in part:

6. A report come to the next Council meeting on the fees water polo pay

 

The hire fees for affiliated Water Polo Clubs in Inner West Aquatics Facilities are $5 per lane per hour for a 50m lane or $2.50 per lane per hour for less than a 50m lane (ie water polo pool). These fees apply to both the UTS Balmain and the Wests Ashfield Water Polo Clubs.

In relation to the hire fees payable by the UTS Balmain Water Polo Club and the Wests Ashfield Water Polo Club, it is estimated on current usage that:

 

·    UTS Balmain Water Polo- will pay approximately $20,000 per annum based on their current hiring requirements.

·    Wests Ashfield- will pay approx. $16,000 per annum based on their current hiring requirements.

It should be noted that the members of the affiliated Water Polo Clubs are also required to be a member of the Aquatics Centres or alternatively, pay a casual entry upon entering the Aquatics facilities. It is estimated there are several hundred persons affiliated with the Water Polo Clubs who attend and pay entry to the various Aquatics Centres each year. Further to this, the Water Polo games attract many additional entrants by way of visitors and spectators to the games.

 

The income generated as a result of Water Polo access is far exceeded by additional membership and casual gate entry income and secondary spend on retail and other items paid by individuals than hire fees applicable to the Water Polo Clubs themselves.

 

Fee alignment with other hirers in the LGA

When the total annual hire fees are estimated and compared against other sporting clubs and hirers of sports fields, the fees are comparable to other high use sporting clubs and in that sense there is some parity between hire fees generated by Aquatics sporting clubs and those sporting clubs hiring sports fields.

 

Summary

The current fees and charges for lane hire being for Affiliated Aquatic Sporting Clubs (Water Polo Clubs) create an income contribution to the Aquatic Centres for both hire fees and for additional player and spectator entry and secondary spend. In addition, the annual estimated fees that are currently generated by the Water Polo Clubs is aligned with similar expenses of other Sporting Clubs within Council and as a result, it would seem there is consistency between the various sporting clubs in the financial contribution made to the Council.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Nil

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.


Council Meeting

11 May 2021

 

Item No:         C0521(1) Item 7

Subject:         Draft Innerwest Council Gender Equity Strategy           

Prepared By:      Matthew Balane - Community Projects Officer 

Authorised By:  Caroline McLeod - Acting Director City Living

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT:

 

1.   The Draft Gender Equity Strategy and Implementation Action Plan be placed on public exhibition; and

 

2.   The results of the public exhibition are presented to Council at the July 2021 meeting.

 

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

On 20 August 2020, Council resolved:

 

THAT Council “develops a gender equity strategy in collaboration with peak bodies, the Inner West Council domestic and family violence strategic reference group, and the domestic and family violence liaison committee to ensure that Council works to address gender inequality, a key driver of domestic and family violence. The draft of this strategy to be reported to Council no later than July 2021”

 

Inner West Council prides itself as a progressive and inclusive Council, one that strives for an equitable and fair community. An organisation and community that works towards gender equality will not only enhance its economy and social capital but see the reduction of domestic and family violence.  

 

Over a long period, Council has developed initiatives and programs which aim to challenge gender inequality; however, this draft Gender Equity Strategy and Implementation Action Plan will provide a strategic vision and path in enhancing equity for our community. This strategy is in accordance with research and best practice drawn from work internationally and locally.

 

The Implementation Action Plan will focus on working across the whole of Council and how we interface with the community. The first year will be crucial to establishing the policy framework and organisational commitment. Council staff will ensure a collaborative approach that incorporates all facets of our community.

 

These documents have been developed in collaboration with internal stakeholders from across the various business units and external stakeholders including – Inner West Domestic Violence Liaison Committee, Inner West Council Domestic Family Violence Reference Group and Peak Bodies (i.e. ACON, DVNSW, LGNSW).

 

It is recommended that the draft Gender Equity Strategy and Implementation Action Plan be placed on public exhibition for 28 days. All stakeholders will be advised of the public exhibition, including Council’s Strategic Reference Groups.

 

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

The initial priorities in the Implementation Plan will be delivered within existing resources and operational work.

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Draft Inner West Council Gender Equity Strategy 2021 - 2024

2.

Draft Inner West Council Gender Equity Implementation Action Plan - 2021 - 2022

  


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Council Meeting

11 May 2021

 

 


Council Meeting

11 May 2021

 

Item No:         C0521(1) Item 8

Subject:         Investment Policy Update           

Prepared By:      Daryl Jackson - Chief Financial Officer 

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

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT the revised Inner West Council Investment Policy be adopted.

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

The proposed changes to Inner West Council’s Investment Policy are primarily aimed at complying with NSW TCorp’s loan covenant for the recent borrowings. No changes to Council’s policy regarding non-fossil fuel exposure has been made.

 

The most significant proposed amendment is the removal of references to short term credit ratings of Authorised Deposit-taking Institutions (ADIs).  NSW TCorp is not allowing for risk differentiation between short term and long term exposures to the same bank.   

 

NSW TCorp requires tighter limits on exposures to banks with BBB+ and BBB long term credit ratings.  NSW TCorp’s specific requirements are as follows:

 

·    Combined investments with ADIs with a Long Term Debt Rating of BBB+ and BBB are to be reduced to a maximum of 20% of Council’s Investment Funds;

Note: Since many banks with BBB+ and BBB long term ratings also have short term ratings of A-2, this will limit Council’s diversification among those banks.

 

·    Investments with an ADI with a Long Term Debt Rating of BBB- and an Unrated ADI are to be limited to the amount of the Commonwealth Government Guarantee (Financial Claims Scheme).

Note: Council does not have any exposure to BBB- or Unrated ADIs.  It is recommended these categories are not included in the policy as their impact would be marginal given the current government guarantee limit of $250,000 per institution.

 

The recommended changes to the Investment Policy are as follows:

 

1)   Overall Portfolio Credit Framework

 

Current:

To control the credit quality on the entire portfolio, the following credit framework limits the percentage of the portfolio exposed to any particular credit rating category.


 

            ADI Portfolio Credit Limits/Ratings

Long Term

Short Term

Maximum

AAA

A-1+

100%

AA

A-1

100%

A

A-2

70%

BBB

N/A

20%

Unrated

Unrated

10%

Specific Ministerial Approved Forms of Investment

NSW Treasury Corp Deposits and TCorpIM Funds

100%

 

Proposed:

To control the credit quality on the entire portfolio, the following credit framework limits the percentage of the portfolio exposed to any particular credit rating category.

             Long Term Credit Ratings 

Portfolio Max %

AAA, AA+, AA, AA-

100%

A+, A, A-

70%

BBB+, BBB

20%

BBB- and lower & Unrated (excluding NSW TCorpIM Funds)

0%

Specific Ministerial Approved Forms of Investment

Portfolio Max %

NSW TCorpIM Funds

100%

 

2)   Individual Institution Credit Framework:

Current:

Exposure to an individual institution will be restricted by their credit rating so that single entity exposure is limited, as detailed in the table below:

 

ADI Portfolio Credit Limits/Ratings

Long Term

Short Term

Maximum

AAA

A-1+

45%

AA

A-1

30%

A

A-2

20%

BBB

N/A

10%

Unrated

Unrated

5%

NSW Treasury Corp Deposits and TCorp IM Funds

11am, Term Deposits or Bonds

35%

TCorpIM Cash Fund

35%

TCorpIM Strategic Cash Fund

20%

 

Proposed:

Council’s exposure to an individual institution will be restricted by the institution’s credit rating, with the exception of the NSW TCorpIM funds, which do not have credit ratings.

Long Term Credit Ratings

Institution Max %

AAA, AA+, AA, AA-

50%

A+, A, A-

30%

BBB+, BBB

10%

BBB- and lower & Unrated (excluding NSW TCorpIM Funds)

0%

NSW TCorp IM Funds

Max %

TCorpIM Cash Fund

35%

TCorpIM Short Term Income Fund

20%

Credit ratings are based upon the Standard & Poor’s Investment Rating, or equivalent, where a Standard & Poor’s Investment Rating does not exist.

 

3)   Term to Maturity Framework:

It is proposed to streamline the term to maturity categories by eliminating subgroup limits, e.g. >3 years ≤5 years, but maintaining scaled limits, e.g. Portfolio % > 3 years:

 

Current

Overall Portfolio Term to Maturity Limits

Portfolio % ≤1 year

Min 40%

Max 100%

Portfolio % >1 year ≤10 years

Min 0%

Max 60%

        >1 year  ≤ 3 years

Min 0%

Max 60%

        >3 years ≤5 years

Min 0%

Max 30%

        >5 years ≤10 years

Min 0%

Max 15%

 

Proposed:

Overall Portfolio Term to Maturity Limits

Portfolio % ≤1 year

Min 40%

Max 100%

Portfolio % >1 year ≤10 years

Min 0%

Max 60%

Portfolio % > 3 years 

Min 0%

Max 30%

Portfolio % > 5 yrs ≤ 10 yrs

Min 0%

Max 15%

 

4)   Delegation of Authority

 

Many banks are requesting proof of Delegated Authorities having been ratified by Council.  For the purposes of investing, it is efficient to have a table within the Investment Policy.  The following changes are recommended:

 

Current:

Authority for implementation of the Investment Policy is delegated by Council to the General Manager in accordance with the Local Government Act 1993.

 

The General Manager may in turn delegate the day-to-day management of Council’s investment to the Responsible Accounting Officer or senior staff, subject to regular reviews.

 

Officers with delegated authority to manage Council’s investments shall be recorded and required to acknowledge they have received a copy of this policy and understand their obligations in this role.

 

Proposed:

Authority for implementation of the Investment Policy is delegated by Council to the General Manager in accordance with the Local Government Act 1993.

 

Authorised Officer

Roles and Responsibilities

General Manager

Authority to invest surplus funds and authority to delegate this function in accordance with the councils adopted investment policy.

Chief Operating Officer

Per Delegation

Chief Financial Officer

Per Delegation

Rates & Investment Manager

Per Delegation

 

 

Those officers with delegated authority to manage Council’s investments, as per above, shall acknowledge they have received a copy of this policy and understand their obligations in this role.

 


 

Additional Notes:

 

Reference to “11am, Term Deposits and Bonds” available through NSW TCorp has been removed as those investment options are easily accessible directly from the banks themselves. 

·    If Council were to obtain bank deposits via NSW TCorp, the credit exposures would be limited according to the credit rating of the bank not NSW TCorp.

·    The NSW TCorp Green Term Deposits are rated AA+ and will come under the 50% limit for AA+ rated exposure. In December 2020, Standard & Poor’s Credit Rating Agency downgraded New South Wales’ credit rating from AAA to AA+ in response to an expected large scale increase in debt to help rebuild the state’s post-covid economy. Despite the downgrade, there is little concern regarding NSW’s ability to repay its debts and the AA+ credit rating is among the highest given to an Australian state or territory.

 

The proposed Institutional Credit Limit for individual banks with credit ratings of AAA, AA+, AA, and AA- has been increased to 50%. This provides more allowance for Green Term Deposits currently being provided by NSW TCorp (AA+ rated) and Westpac (AA- rated).

 

The proposed Institutional Credit Limit for individual banks with credit ratings of A+, A & A- has been increased to 30%.  This provides more allowance to the highest rated non-fossil aligned banks, such as Suncorp and Rabobank.

 

Under Performance Benchmarks:

·    the reference to “1 July 2018” has been removed in the following sentence:

In addition, Council targets exposure to non-fossil fuel investments to be no less than 70% of its overall portfolio.  from 1 July 2018 onward.

 

·    With the sharp drop in interest rates over the past two years and with expectations that the RBA will keep the official cash rate at 0.10%pa into 2024 in an effort to support economic growth, the budgeted target return for interest income is recommended to be amended from 125 to 40 basis points above the BBSW.

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Inner West Council Investment Policy

  


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Council Meeting

11 May 2021

 

Item No:         C0521(1) Item 9

Subject:         Local Traffic Committee Meeting - April 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 April 2021 be received and the recommendations be adopted.

 

 

ITEMS BY WARD

 

Ward

Item

Baludarri

(Balmain)

Sydney Metro West, Power Enabling Works - Full Road Closures

Eaton Street, Balmain - Disabled Parking Zone

Piper Street and White Street, Lilyfield - Proposed 'No Stopping' restrictions

Proposed Landscaping Works - Railway Parade, Annandale

Resurfacing of Lilyfield Road, Lilyfield

Gulgadya

(Leichhardt)

Traffic Assessment on the Ashfield Aquatic Centre (160-178 Elizabeth Street, Ashfield)

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

Traffic management in Styles Street, Leichhardt

Midjuburi

(Marrickville)

Tempe South Final Local Area Traffic Management (LATM) Study

Garden Street, Marrickville – Sydney Metro SSJ - Notice of a Temporary Full Road Closure for a 4 day period to undertake restoration work

Centennial Street, Marrickville – Temporary Road Closure for a Special Event at Henson Park – 2021 Beer, Footy and Food Festival on Saturday 24 July and Saturday 7 August 2021

Request for ‘No Stopping’ or ‘No Parking’ signage on Arthur Street, Marrickville

Djarrawunang

(Ashfield)

Parking and traffic management in The Boulevarde, Dulwich Hill

Damun (Stanmore)

Toothill Street Near Victoria Street, Lewisham - Pedestrian Safety Improvement Works – Design Plan 10163

South Avenue, Petersham - Extension of 'No Parking' restrictions due to width of roadway

Edgeware Road, Newtown between Wells & Darley Street - Proposed extension of Permit Parking Area M14

All Wards

Draft Inner West Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plan (PAMP) - For Public Exhibition

 

Draft Car Share Policy

 

DISCUSSION

The April 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 meeting minutes April 2021

  


Council Meeting

11 May 2021

 

 

Minutes of Local Traffic Committee Meeting

 

Held electronically in April 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

Kieren Ash

Representative for Ron Hoenig MP, Member for Heffron

Maryanne Duggan

Representative for Jodi McKay MP, Member for Strathfield

SC Tony Kenny

NSW Police - Inner West Police Area Command

Tanmila Samin Islam

Transport for NSW (TfNSW)

 

 

NON VOTING MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE

 

 

Colin Jones

Inner West Bicycle Coalition (IWBC)

Bob Moore

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 March 2021 were confirmed.

 

MATTERS ARISING FROM COUNCIL’S RESOLUTION OF MINUTES

 

The Local Traffic Committee recommendations of its meeting held in March 2021 were adopted at Council’s meeting held on 13 April 2021 with the following amendments:

 

a)    That Council refer concerns on 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) by residents in Toyer Street back to the Local Traffic Committee to amend point 5 to a ‘10 metre No Stopping’ on the Northern side of Toyer Street east of Collins Street and delete point 6;

 

b)    That Item 9 Balmain East Precinct Parking Study (Baludarri-Balmain Ward/Balmain Electorate/Leichhardt PAC) be deferred pending a briefing for Balmain ward councillors; and

c)    That 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) go back to the LTC for further review.

 

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 Transit Systems representative supported all the Officer’s recommendations.

 

 

LTC0421(1) Item 1    Tempe South Final Local Area Traffic Management (LATM) Study        (Midjuburi-Marrickville Ward/Heffron Electorate/Inner West PAC)

SUMMARY

 

After the Public Exhibition of the draft Tempe South Local Area Traffic Management (LATM) study, Council has collated and assessed community feedback and revised the final recommendations as outlined in Attachment 1.

The draft report underwent a 28 day public exhibition during November 2020 and January 2021, with letters sent to residents and businesses in the study area inviting to visit the Your Say Inner West project page to see the draft report, proposed concept plans, and provide feedback via an online survey. Comments were also accepted and received through email and post.

Amongst the responses included resident groups from Union Street and Smith Street. Additional submissions from businesses were also received. In general, most submissions indicated some preference to the proposed treatments, with the exception from Union Street where residents opposed both options proposed for the street, and Tramway Street where there was opposition to the contrasting pavements.

Having considered the submissions, a review was undertaken for a ‘No Entry’ treatment from Smith Street to Union Street at Princess Highway traffic signals, a shared zone treatment in Union Street and a partial road closure in Brooklyn Street. Further consultation for these treatments is required.

Generally, the remaining treatments was supported by the community, and these are outlined in Appendix E: Engagement Outcomes Report.

 

Officer’s Recommendation

 

THAT:

 

1.       The final Tempe South Local Area Traffic Management (LATM) Study and proposed treatments be noted;

2.       The recommended treatments as outlined in Attachment 2 be adopted excluding proposals at Union Street and Brooklyn Street;

3.       Further consultation be undertaken for a partial road closure at Brooklyn Street at Princess Highway, a ‘Shared Zone’ in Union Street, ‘No Entry from Smith Street’, ‘Left and Right Only’ restriction at the entrance of Union Street at Princess Highway and Smith Street traffic signals;

4.       After a 12 month period following the issue of an Occupation Certificate for the Bunnings Development at 728-750 Princess Highway, a LATM review be undertaken by Council and reported back to the Traffic Committee; and

5.       It be noted that Council is separately investigating the provision of traffic signals at the Bunnings exit driveway at Princess Highway.

 

DISCUSSION

 

The TfNSW representative stated that:

 

·    The partial road closure from Princes Highway onto Brooklyn Street will need TfNSW approval. The proposed road closure will result in more traffic on Union Street, which will impact the safe operation of a Shared Zone.

·    Restricting through movements from Smith Street onto Union Street will leave motorists almost no option to enter Union Street or lead to a very significant detour and may not be supported by TfNSW. Further investigations will be required.

 

The Member for Heffron requested that the item be deferred until a determination regarding the signalised exit from Bunnings is received from the Minister for Transport.

 

The Committee members supported the deferral proposed by the Member for Heffron.

 

COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT the final Tempe South Local Area Traffic Management (LATM) Study and proposed treatments be deferred until a determination regarding the signalised exit from Bunnings is received from the Minister for Transport.

 

For motion: Unanimous

 

LTC0421(1) Item 2    Garden Street, Marrickville – Sydney Metro SSJ - Notice of a    Temporary Full Road Closure for a 4 day period to undertake restoration work (Midjuburi – Marrickville Ward / Newtown      Electorate / Inner West PAC)

SUMMARY

 

Council has received notice from Sydney Metro SSJ Group for the temporary full road closure of Garden Street, between Shirlow Street and road end, Marrickville for a 4 day period between the dates of 30 April and 3 May 2021 (contingency period of 2 weeks to 17 May 2021) in order to carry out restoration work on Garden Street. It is recommended that the proposed temporary full road closure be approved, subject to the conditions outlined in this report.

 

Officer’s Recommendation

 

THAT the proposed temporary full road closure of Garden Street, between Shirlow Street and road end, Marrickville for a 4 day period between the dates of 30 April and 3 May 2021 (contingency period of 2 weeks to 17 May 2021) be approved for the purpose of restoration work on Garden Street subject to, but not limited to, the following conditions:

1.   A Road Occupancy License be obtained by the applicant from TMC; 

2.   All affected residents and businesses, including the NSW Police Area Commander, 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

 

3.  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 Garden Street, between Shirlow Street and road end, Marrickville for a 4 day period between the dates of 30 April and 3 May 2021 (contingency period of 2 weeks to 17 May 2021) be approved for the purpose of restoration work on Garden Street subject to, but not limited to, the following conditions:

1.   A Road Occupancy License be obtained by the applicant from TMC; 

2.   All affected residents and businesses, including the NSW Police Area Commander, 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

 

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

 

For motion: Unanimous

 

LTC0421(1) Item 3    Toothill Street Near Victoria Street, Lewisham - Pedestrian Safety        Improvement Works – Design Plan 10163 (Damum - Stanmore Ward / Summer Hill Electorate/ Inner West PAC)

SUMMARY

 

Council has finalised a design plan for pedestrian safety improvement works in Toothill Street at Victoria Street, Lewisham. The proposed works will raise the existing pedestrian crossing to improve pedestrian and motorist safety and address concerns about pedestrian safety, particularly school children, and driver behaviour in the area.

 

Officer’s Recommendation

 

THAT the detailed design plan for the raising of the existing pedestrian crossing and new adjacent kerb ramps and associated signs and line markings in Toothill Street at Victoria Street, Lewisham (as per Plan No.10163) be APPROVED.

 

DISCUSSION

 

The IWBC representative requested bike symbols on Toothill Street and Victoria Street.

 

Clr da Cruz provided feedback from a resident who requested a zebra crossing across Victoria Street at Toothill Street. Council Officers stated that this request is outside of the scope of the current project and would need to be investigated separately.

 

The Committee members agreed with the Officer’s recommendation.

 

COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT the detailed design plan for the raising of the existing pedestrian crossing and new adjacent kerb ramps and associated signs and line markings in Toothill Street at Victoria Street, Lewisham (as per Plan No.10163) be APPROVED.

 

For motion: Unanimous

 

LTC0421(1) Item 4    Centennial Street, Marrickville – Temporary Road Closure for a            Special Event at Henson Park – 2021 Beer, Footy and Food   Festival on Saturday 24 July and Saturday 7 August 2021       (Midjuburi-Marrickville Ward /Summer Hill Electorate /Inner West     LAC)

SUMMARY

 

A S68 Application has been received from the Music & Booze Company together with the Newtown Rugby League Football Club to hold the 2021 Beer, Footy and Food Festival between 10.00am and 10.00pm on Saturday, 24 July 2021 and Saturday, 7 August 2021 at Henson Park Oval.  The event requires the temporary full road closure of Centennial Street, Marrickville between Sydenham Road and the entrance gate to Henson Park Oval. It is recommended that Council agree to the temporary full road closure subject to the applicant complying with the following conditions and obtaining concurrence from Transport for NSW (formally RMS) as the closure entails lane closures on Sydenham Road, Marrickville.

 

Officer’s Recommendation

 

THAT the proposed temporary full road closure of Centennial Street, Marrickville between Sydenham Road and the entrance to Henson Park & Marrickville & District Hardcourt Tennis Club car park, between 10.00am and 10.00pm on Saturday 24 July 2021 and Saturday 7 August 2021 (contingency period of one month to 4 September 2021) for the purpose of holding the ‘Beer, Footy and Food Festival 2021’ event be APPROVED, subject to the approval of the S68 Application and the applicant complying with, but not limited to, the following conditions:

 

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

 

2.   All affected residents and businesses, including NSW Police Local Area Commander, Transit Systems, Fire and Rescue NSW and NSW Ambulance Services, shall be notified in writing by the applicant of the proposed temporary road closure at least 7 days prior to the event, with the applicant making reasonable provision for residents and businesses;

 

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

 

4.   Subject to written concurrence from Transport for New South Wales.

 

 

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

 

It was noted that this is a Class 3 event.

 

The IWBC representative suggested a review be undertaken to address missing or inadequate bike facilities in the area, including pram ramps.

 

The Committee members agreed with the Officer’s recommendation.

 

COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT the proposed temporary full road closure of Centennial Street, Marrickville between Sydenham Road and the entrance to Henson Park & Marrickville & District Hardcourt Tennis Club car park, between 10.00am and 10.00pm on Saturday 24 July 2021 and Saturday 7 August 2021 (contingency period of one month to 4 September 2021) for the purpose of holding theBeer, Footy and Food Festival 2021’ event be APPROVED, subject to the approval of the S68 Application and the applicant complying with, but not limited to, the following conditions:

 

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

 

2.   All affected residents and businesses, including NSW Police Local Area Commander, Transit Systems, Fire and Rescue NSW and NSW Ambulance Services, shall be notified in writing by the applicant of the proposed temporary road closure at least 7 days prior to the event, with the applicant making reasonable provision for residents and businesses;

 

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

 

4.   Subject to written concurrence from Transport for New South Wales.

 

For motion: Unanimous

 

LTC0421(1) Item 5    Draft Inner West Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plan (PAMP) -           For Public Exhibition (All Wards / All Electorates / All PACS)

SUMMARY

 

Council’s Integrated Transport Strategy (ITS) identifies the need for a Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plan (PAMP) as a key action. The PAMP study aims to:

·    Provide a network of safe, convenient and connected pedestrian routes which will encourage the shift from car dependency to walking.

·    Enhance the pedestrian network to allow all pedestrian to enjoy safe, convenient and coherent independent mobility.

The work consisted of reviewing existing policies and strategies, future land use, reviewing historical crash data, community submissions and auditing existing pedestrian routes condition of identified priority routes. An initial community survey was also undertaken to seek the community’s insight into being a pedestrian within the LGA. This led to the development of a draft Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plan (PAMP).

The Draft PAMP has been prepared by consultant; Bitzios Consulting. The full draft report is provided in Attachment 1.

 

Officer’s Recommendation

 

THAT:

 

1.       The Draft Inner West Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plan (PAMP) report be received and noted; and

2.       The draft report be placed on Public Exhibition, providing a minimum 28 days for community feedback and the results be reported back to the Local Traffic Committee and Council.

 

DISCUSSION

 

The TfNSW representative advised that the PAMP should not making recommendations for State road carriageways or at signals. If there are any recommendations, these are to be reviewed and agreed to by TfNSW. The TfNSW representative also stated that any proposals for constructions along the State road network or at traffic signals will need to be approved by TfNSW.

 

The IWBC representative suggested a review also be undertaken to address missing or inadequate bike facilities, including pram ramps.

 

The representative for the Member for Balmain commented that the pedestrian path north of the City West Link northern sound wall is not shown in the PAMP maps or listing. The representative stated that the pavement of the path, which connects Charles Street to James Street via Hubert Street and Francis Street, has been lifted by tree roots. The lifting of pavements makes pedestrian access dangerous at night and is no longer wheelchair accessible. The representative for the Member for Balmain also requested for vegetation to be cleared from the footpath along the northern side of the City West Link, between Timbrell Drive and the footbridge opposite Waratah Street, Haberfield.

 

Clr da Cruz stated that the blue-green grid routes and a number of pedestrian routes have been omitted from the PAMP. Council Officers advised that the PAMP focuses  primarily on auditing existing routes rather than establishing significant new routes. The blue-green grid is being separately investigated by Council’s Urban Strategy Team and will establish a framework in which subsequent active transport planning will be carried out.

 

Additional footpath issues identified will be passed onto the relevant Council Officers for review.

 

The Committee members agreed with the Officer’s recommendation.

 

COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT:

 

1.       The Draft Inner West Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plan (PAMP) report be received and noted; and

2.       The draft report be placed on Public Exhibition, providing a minimum 28 days for community feedback and the results be reported back to the Local Traffic Committee and Council.

 

For motion: Unanimous

 

 

 

LTC0421(1) Item 6    Traffic Assessment on the Ashfield Aquatic Centre (160-178     Elizabeth Street, Ashfield) (Gulgadya - Leichhardt Ward/Summer         Hill Electorate/Burwood PAC)

SUMMARY

 

A Notice of Motion was raised at Council’s meeting held on 9 March 2021 reading as follows:

 

‘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.’

 

In response to the above, the following report accounts for the operation of the carparks associated with the new Ashfield Aquatic Centre, and the traffic flow, pedestrian and parking activity within the carparks and that of the adjacent roads as a result of the newly developed Ashfield Aquatic Centre.

 

Similarly, the report entails what measures have been incorporated and/or will be incorporated to address certain impacts on traffic, parking and safety. A Road Safety Audit will also be carried out to assess the measures incorporated and determine if further mitigating actions are required if necessary.

 

Traffic Committee approval is sought on regulatory measures on-road to support various actions required for improved operations and traffic safety around the Ashfield Aquatic Centre.

 

Officer’s Recommendation

 

THAT:

 

1.       The report be received and noted.

2.       Double barrier (BB) centrelines be extended from the pedestrian crossing in Elizabeth Street (east of Etonville Parade) all the way to the signalised intersection of Elizabeth Street and Frederick Street, Ashfield.

3.       ‘All Traffic Left’ and ‘No Right Turn’ be introduced at the Elizabeth Street driveway coming off the car park at the corner Frederick Street/Elizabeth.

4.       ‘No Entry’ be placed at the Frederick Street driveway coming off the carpark at the corner of Fredrick Street/Elizabeth Street.

5.       ‘No Parking’ be signposted around the dead end (turn around) area of Bastable Street as shown in Attachment 4.  

 

DISCUSSION

 

Advice was provided to address concerns and questions raised by Clr a Cruz:

 

·    How vehicles egressing carpark will access Frederick Street following the installation of a ‘Left Turn Only’ sign in the Frederick Street/Elizabeth Street carpark:  Council Officers advised that drivers wishing to turn right could easily turn left and detour around the surrounding streets or elect to use the Bastable Street carpark.

·    Request for a high pedestrian activity 30km/h speed limit for the area: TfNSW advised that the NSW Speed Zoning Guidelines currently only make provisions for 40km/h speed limits, which are provided for High Pedestrian Activity areas and Local Traffic areas, as well as school zones, where there is a need to protect vulnerable road users in accordance with the Guidelines. As such, TfNSW are not considering any additional 30km/h speed limits until such a time that the Guidelines recommend such speed limits. Council Officers also advised that Elizabeth Street (between Frederick Street and Edwin Street North) has been included in Council’s request to TfNSW for a 40km/h speed limit on local roads.

·    What consultation was undertaken with schools/community/clubs/pool operations: Council Officers advised that the proposal was developed in consultation with the pool management and relevant project managers and that further notification of changes will be undertaken prior to implementation.

·    Request for ‘rear to kerb’ parking in carparks: Council Officers advised that ‘rear to kerb’ parking restrictions are not common in carparks particularly where access to rear vehicle storage is desirable. The slow speed environment of carparks and limited vehicle movements allow both ‘rear to kerb’ and ‘front to kerb’ parking to occur safely. The pathways provided and safety concerns will be further reviewed during the Road Safety Audit process.

·    Request to open the outdoor area of the creche to allow people to access the pool from the carpark: Council Officers advised this feedback can be passed onto the relevant project managers/pool managers. However, it was noted that the access gates to the outdoor space/creche are in place for emergency egress only and general access cannot be provided due to child protection requirements.

 

Clr da Cruz also raised concerns with the loss of landscaping outside the ACC and how that would affect temperatures in the outdoor area of the creche and noted that there is very little bicycle parking provided on site.

 

The Committee members agreed with the Officer’s recommendation.

 

COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT:

 

1.       The report be received and noted.

2.       Double barrier (BB) centrelines be extended from the pedestrian crossing in Elizabeth Street (east of Etonville Parade) all the way to the signalised intersection of Elizabeth Street and Frederick Street, Ashfield.

3.       ‘All Traffic Left’ and ‘No Right Turn’ be introduced at the Elizabeth Street driveway coming off the car park at the corner Frederick Street/Elizabeth.

4.       ‘No Entry’ be placed at the Frederick Street driveway coming off the carpark at the corner of Fredrick Street/Elizabeth Street.

5.       ‘No Parking’ be signposted around the dead end (turn around) area of Bastable Street as shown in Attachment 4.  

 

For motion: Unanimous

 

LTC0421(1) Item 7    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 Wednesday, 2 June to 5:00am Thursday, 3 June 2021 (with a contingency period of four 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 Wednesday, 2 June 2021 to 5:00am Thursday, 3 June 2021  (with a contingency period of four 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 Wednesday, 2 June 2021 to 5:00am Thursday, 3 June 2021  (with a contingency period of four 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

 

 

 

 

LTC0421(1) Item 8    Sydney Metro West, Power Enabling Works - Full Road Closures        (Baludarri-Balmain Ward/Balmain Electorate/Leichhardt PAC)

SUMMARY

 

Council has received an application from Quickway Constructions for approval of temporary full road closures at various locations and stages in Rozelle, as part of the Sydney Metro West Power Enabling Works. This approval is for the overarching road closures as part of CTMP 1 (Manning Street to Darling Street), CTMP 2 (Darling Street), CTMP 3 (Merton St to Mullens Street) and CTMP 4 (Mullens St to The Bays Station).

 

The road closures start on 31 May 2021 and last road closures end on 9 January 2022 (with a contingency period of 2 weeks for all closures) for civil construction works, trenching, conduit installation, cable pulling, restorations and associated works.

 

Officer’s Recommendation

 

THAT the proposed temporary full road closures as part of the Sydney Metro West, Power Enabling Works in Rozelle from starting on 31 May 2021 to 9 January 2022 (with a contingency period of two weeks for each stage) be approved for civil construction works, trenching, conduit installation, cable pulling, restorations and associated works:

 

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 TfNSW representative advised that the applicant should send the CTMP to TfNSW Sydney West Metro Network Integration team for review. The representative also advised that the ROLs and relevant approvals for closures of Darling Street, Victoria Road and any impact to traffic signals must be attained from the Transport Management Centre and not CJP.

 

The IWBC representative requested making allowances to cyclists to get through road closures including detour signage as the road works will affect a number of local bicycle routes. The new Australian Standards require that more attention be given to cycling through road works. Council Officers contacted Sydney Metro who advised that as the OCTMP is an over-arching, principles document, it does not contain the detail of how cyclists would be redirected. Sydney Metro stated that specific details addressing this concern will be provided in the CTMPs for each area, which will be provided to Council for review and approval.

 

The Committee members agreed with the Officer’s recommendation.

 

 

 

 

COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT the proposed temporary full road closures as part of the Sydney Metro West, Power Enabling Works in Rozelle from starting on 31 May 2021 to 9 January 2022 (with a contingency period of two weeks for each stage) be approved for civil construction works, trenching, conduit installation, cable pulling, restorations and associated works:

 

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

 

LTC0421(1) Item 9    Eaton Street, Balmain - Disabled Parking Zone (Baludarri -        Balmain Ward/ Balmain Electorate/ Leichhardt PAC)

SUMMARY

 

Council has received requests to review the existing part-time ‘Disabled Parking’ zone in Eaton Street, Balmain to better service users of the space.

 

Officer’s Recommendation

 

THAT the existing part time ‘Disabled Parking’/ ‘P10min’/ ‘4P ticket’ zone on the western side of Eaton Street, north of Darvall Street, Balmain, be converted to a full time ‘Disabled Parking’ zone.

 

DISCUSSION

 

The Committee members agreed with the Officer’s recommendation.

 

COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT the existing part time ‘Disabled Parking’/ ‘P10min’/ ‘4P ticket’ zone on the western side of Eaton Street, north of Darvall Street, Balmain, be converted to a full time ‘Disabled Parking’ zone.

 

For motion: Unanimous

 

 

 

LTC0421(1) Item 10  South Avenue, Petersham - Extension of 'No Parking' restrictions       due to width of roadway (Damun - Stanmore Ward/ Newtown           Electorate/ Inner West PAC)

SUMMARY

 

A resident of Searl Street, Petersham (with rear lane access on South Avenue) raised concerns of vehicular access into and out of South Avenue, Petersham when vehicles are legally parked in South Avenue, immediate west of existing ‘No Parking’ area alongside boundary of Property No. 2 South Avenue, Petersham.

Surrounding residents have been notified of the proposal to extend the current ‘No Parking’ restrictions an additional 5 metres west along the northern side of South Avenue to attempt to remove a squeeze point thus improve vehicular access into South Avenue.

 

Officer’s Recommendation

 

THAT the existing full-time ‘No Parking’ restrictions on the northern side of South Avenue, Petersham be extended 5 metres west, along the frontage of Property No. 2 South Avenue, Petersham.

 

DISCUSSION

 

The Committee members agreed with the Officer’s recommendation.

 

COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT the existing full-time ‘No Parking’ restrictions on the northern side of South Avenue, Petersham be extended 5 metres west, along the frontage of Property No. 2 South Avenue, Petersham.

 

For motion: Unanimous

 

LTC0421(1) Item 11  Edgeware Road, Newtown between Wells & Darley Street -       Proposed extension of Permit Parking Area M14
       (Damun - Stanmore Ward/ Newtown Electorate/ Inner West PAC)

SUMMARY

 

Following representations to Council, an extension of the existing M14 permit parking restrictions was proposed to achieve consistent parking management in the area. The proposal was distributed to residents along Edgeware Road, Newtown between Wells Street and Darley Street for comment. Currently, M14 permit parking restrictions exist on Darley Street, Wells Street, Lord Street and Edgeware Road between Darley Street and Lord Street.

 

Officer’s Recommendation

 

THAT the ‘2P 8am – 10pm Permit Holders Excepted Area M14’ parking restrictions in Wells Street and Darley Street be extended to the eastern side of Edgeware Road, Newtown between Wells Street and Darley Street to be consistent with the adjoining streets.

 

DISCUSSION

 

The Committee members agreed with the Officer’s recommendation.

 

 

 

COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT the ‘2P 8am – 10pm Permit Holders Excepted Area M14’ parking restrictions in Wells Street and Darley Street be extended to the eastern side of Edgeware Road, Newtown between Wells Street and Darley Street to be consistent with the adjoining streets.

 

For motion: Unanimous

 

 

 

 

LTC0421(1) Item 12  Piper Street and White Street, Lilyfield - Proposed 'No Stopping'        restrictions (Baludarri-Balmain Ward/ Balmain Electorate/         Leichhardt PAC)

SUMMARY

 

Council has received concerns from residents regarding vehicles obstructing sight lines and manoeuvring space by parking too close to the intersection of Piper Street and White Street, Lilyfield. An investigation has now been completed and is presented in this report.

 

Officer’s Recommendation

 

THAT the following statutory restrictions be signposted:

 

1.   10m ‘No Stopping’ zone on the western side of White Street, north of Piper Street;

 

2.   10m ‘No Stopping’ zone on the northern side of Piper Street, west of White Street.

 

3.   10m ‘No Stopping’ zone on the northern side of Piper Street, east of White Street.

 

DISCUSSION

 

The Committee members agreed with the Officer’s recommendation.

 

COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT the following statutory restrictions be signposted:

 

1.   10m ‘No Stopping’ zone on the western side of White Street, north of Piper Street;

 

2.   10m ‘No Stopping’ zone on the northern side of Piper Street, west of White Street.

 

3.   10m ‘No Stopping’ zone on the northern side of Piper Street, east of White Street.

 

For motion: Unanimous

 

 

LTC0421(1) Item 13  Proposed Landscaping Works - Railway Parade, Annandale     (Baludarri-Balmain Ward/ Balmain Electorate/ Leichhardt PAC)

SUMMARY

 

Transport for NSW (TfNSW) are proposing to convert ten (10) existing parking spaces on the grassed area of Railway Parade, Annandale (opposite to properties between No.70-72 and No.62 Railway Parade) into a landscaped area. Existing parking restrictions at this location are ‘No Parking 7am-7pm vehicles under 4.5t GVM excepted’ and it is proposed to be changed to ‘No Parking’ restrictions as part of this initiative to plant trees to allow for a visual screening to the new Whites Creek Link bridge. Consultation undertaken indicated strong support for the removal of parking.

 

Officer’s Recommendation

 

THAT the existing ten (10) angle parking spaces on the northern side of Railway Parade between Whites Creek and Railway Parade (opposite properties between No.70-72 and No.62 Railway Parade) be converted from ‘No Parking 7am-7pm vehicles under 4.5t GVM excepted’ to ‘No Parking’ restrictions. 

 

DISCUSSION

 

The Committee members agreed with the Officer’s recommendation.

 

COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT the existing ten (10) angle parking spaces on the northern side of Railway Parade between Whites Creek and Railway Parade (opposite properties between No.70-72 and No.62 Railway Parade) be converted from ‘No Parking 7am-7pm vehicles under 4.5t GVM excepted’ to ‘No Parking’ restrictions. 

 

For motion: Unanimous

 

LTC0421(1) Item 14  Draft Car Share Policy (All Wards / All Electorates / All PACs)

SUMMARY

 

At its meeting on Tuesday 9 March 2021, Council endorsed the public exhibition of a proposed Car Share policy for the Inner West. The draft Policy is now available for comment via Council’s website.

 

The policy outlines procedures and criteria for assessing new applications for car share parking on public streets or in council car parks. Consultation with car share companies, relevant staff and some community has been carried out throughout development of the draft policy.

 

Officer’s Recommendation

 

THAT this report be received and noted.

 

DISCUSSION

 

The Committee members agreed with the Officer’s recommendation.

 

 

 

COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT this report be received and noted.

 

For motion: Unanimous

 

General Business

  

LTC0421 Item 15  Parking and traffic management in The Boulevarde, Dulwich Hill

 

A resident of The Boulevarde has requested, through Clr Macri, for:

 

·    2P Resident Parking to be investigated again for The Boulevard, between Eltham Street and Piggott Street, due to parking being utilised by staff and students from Christian Brothers High School;

·    centre road lines marked on The Boulevarde to prevent drivers travelling on the wrong side of the road when manoeuvring through the curves in the road; and

·    installation of traffic calming devices on The Boulevarde to prevent speeding.

 

Council Officers will investigate these requests.

 

 

LTC0421 Item 16 Request for ‘No Stopping’ or ‘No Parking’ signage on Arthur Street,         Marrickville

 

A request has been received from a resident of Livingstone Road, through Clr Macri, for ‘No Stopping’ or ‘No Parking’ signage to be installed on Arthur Street at the corner of the unnamed laneway. The resident stated that vehicles park illegally and encroach the entry of the unnamed laneway from Arthur Street, limiting sightlines for drivers entering and exiting the laneway and requiring numerous reversing manoeuvres to enter the laneway to access garages. Council Officers will investigate this request.

 

 

LTC0421 Item 17  Traffic management in Styles Street, Leichhardt

 

A resident of Styles Street, Leichhardt, has raised concern about pollution and noise levels caused by increased general traffic and heavy vehicles in the street. The resident has requested, through Clr da Cruz, that traffic management in Styles Street be investigated.

 

 

LTC0421 Item 18   Resurfacing of Lilyfield Road, Lilyfield

 

The IWBC representative requested that Lilyfield Road be resurfaced, particularly the section east of Catherine Street. This matter was raised about a year ago after WestConnex works for the Rozelle Interchange was completed on the road, however action has not yet been taken. Council Officers will pass this request onto the appropriate authority.

 

 

This concluded the business of the meeting.

 

 


Council Meeting

11 May 2021

 

Item No:         C0521(1) Item 10

Subject:         Review of Council Meeting Schedule            

Prepared By:      Katherine Paixao - Acting Governance Manager 

Authorised By:  Elizabeth Richardson – Acting General Manager

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT Council:

 

1.   Receive and note the report;

 

2.   Receives a report on the operation of the meeting cycle at its July 2021 meeting.

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

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

THAT Council:

 

3.     Receives a report on the operation of the new meeting cycle at its May meeting.

 

This motion was resolved in December 2020 as Council has traditionally held Ordinary meetings on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month except for January, July and December. So far in 2021, Council has held 3 Ordinary (plus one adjourned meeting) and 3 Extraordinary Council meetings. All 3 Extraordinary Council meetings dealt with matters that were of an urgent nature that needed to be dealt with outside the normal meeting schedule for an Ordinary meeting.

 

Council meeting type

Date

Reason

Ordinary

9 February 2021

 

Extraordinary

23 February 2021

Harmonisation of Rates

Extraordinary

1 March 2021

Harmonisation of Rates

Ordinary

9 March 2021

 

Extraordinary

30 March 2021

Recruitment of Permanent General Manager

Ordinary

13 April 2021

 

Ordinary (adjourned)

20 April 2021

Continuation of Ordinary Meeting of 13 April 2021

 

Council officers recommend that the current meeting schedule of one Ordinary Council meeting per month continue as this will allow a further review of the meeting schedule to be considered by Council in July 2021. The adopted Council meeting schedule for 2021 can be viewed in Attachment 1.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Nil.

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

2021 Adopted Council meeting schedule

  


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Council Meeting

11 May 2021

 

Item No:         C0521(1) Item 11

Subject:         Greenway Project Delivery and Engagement           

Prepared By:      Cathy Edwards-Davis - Director Infrastructure 

Authorised By:  Elizabeth Richardson – Acting General Manager

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT:

 

1.       The Mayor send a letter to each of the Greenway Steering Committee members thanking them for their commitment and contributions to the Greenway project.

 

2.       Council note the community engagement which will be undertaken for the delivery of the Greenway project into the future.

 

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

 

At the meeting on the 9 March 2021, Council resolved to receive a report on the Greenway Steering Committee and a dedicated Greenway Officer.

 

The Greenway is an integrated ecological and active transport route that follows the light rail line from the Cooks River to Iron Cove. It provides a variety of recreation opportunities and incorporates local places for culture and art.

 

Greenway Inception and Planning

 

The Greenway has been evolving over the last twenty plus years and had its genesis in the 1990s.  At this time, local environmental advocates began working on bushcare sites within the rail corridor and conceptualised the idea of an off-road trail for walking and riding within the rail corridor, plus a wildlife corridor connecting the two important waterways, the Cooks River and the Iron Cove.

 

At its conception, the Greenway spanned four Councils, Ashfield, Canterbury, Leichhardt and Marrickville.  In 2002, the Councils agreed in principle to support the Greenway Vision.

 

During the inception and planning, the Greenway Steering Committee was an important community group which spanned the then four participating Councils. The Steering Committee was formed to develop the concept of the Greenway.  The Steering Committee was able to effectively partner with the Councils and had fantastic success at achieving some initial funding including a Metropolitan Greenway Program to create a coordination strategy. Then in 2010, the Greenway Urban Sustainability Project was funded by $1.8m from the NSW Environmental Trust grant for a three year period.

 

It is important at this time to acknowledge the enormous contribution of this Steering Committee to date.

 

Greenway Delivery

 

The amalgamated Inner West Council now covers the great majority of the Greenway project.  Only a small section is within the City of Canterbury Bankstown LGA.  Further, Council has now entered a new phase of the Greenway project, that is, the delivery phase.  $25.7 million in state and local government funding has now been secured to complete the high priority components of the Greenway.  The needs of the project have now evolved.


The key achievements from the delivery phase of the Greenway include the following:

 

·    Securing $25.7m in funding.

·    Development of a Greenway Masterplan in 2018.

·    Development of Greenway Concept Plans in 2019 / 2020.

·    Delivery of the Richard Murden Reserve Path and Lighting Upgrade in 2020, including a new 3.5m wide shared path between Marion Street and the City West Link.

·    Delivery of the Lang Road Pedestrian Bridge over the Cooks River in 2020 by the City of Canterbury Bankstown Council.

·    On road works are underway in local streets to create safer connections along the route. We expect these to be completed in June 2021.

·    Construction on the Dobroyd Seawall has commenced, and we anticipate works will be completed in July 2021.

·    Development and public exhibition of the Review of Environmental Factors for works in the light rail corridor.

·    In principle agreement from Sydney Water for works in the light rail corridor.

·    Council is currently liaising with TfNSW and Sydney Metro regarding licencing and ownership of works in the rail corridor.

·    The EOI for potential contractors for the in-corridor works has been completed and contractors have been shortlisted.

·    The sale of 43 Hercules Street, Dulwich Hill has been settled.

·    Detailed designs for the High Voltage Electricity works have been submitted to Sydney Trains for approval, with construction anticipated from late 2021.

·    Detailed designs for the Bay Run and the Lilyfield Road Bridge are underway, with construction anticipated from early 2022.

·    Development of a draft public art strategy for the Greenway, which sets out the proposed locations, form and themes of artwork.

 

Engagement During the Delivery Stage

 

The Greenway is just one project within Council’s business as usual delivery of the capital works program.  There are no other dedicated Committees for the other substantial infrastructure projects that Council is delivering, e.g. the Parramatta Road Urban Area Improvement Program. 

 

The Greenway Steering Committee is a community group rather than a committee of Council.  It is suggested that the Greenway Steering Committee continue as a community group without representation from Council.  A similar example would be the Friends of Callan Park.  Council will continue to engage with the Greenway Steering Committee, as with other relevant stakeholders, as required through the delivery of the project.

 

Broad community engagement was undertaken on the Greenway through the Masterplan and Concept Design processes.  This engagement incorporated community drop-in sessions, stakeholder workshops, community newsletters, a web-based survey on Council’s Your Say Inner West.  Council also had a social pinpoint site which contained an interactive map of the masterplan.  The draft Masterplan attracted 3,269 visitors to the website and around 700 responses were provided through all of the engagement platforms including 206 responses through the Your Say website and 480 written response through the social pinpoint interactive map.

 

Council’s adopted Community Engagement Framework, outlines that “the community is everyone who lives, works, plays, studies, conducts business, owns property, visits or uses the services, facilities and public spaces of the Inner West.”  The Greenway covers a large geographic area and encompasses multiple objectives including active transport, ecology, recreation and art.  As such, the community relevant to the Greenway is broad in nature and they cover many different areas of interest.  One of the principles outlined in the Framework is one of inclusion, “As many relevant people as possible, who have an interest in or will be affected by a decision, are identified and invited to participate. This is to avoid interest group capture or single issue hijack.”  Council will continue to engage with all stakeholders on the Greenway project through a variety of methodologies, including the following:

 

·    Ongoing web-based engagement and surveys on Council’s “Your Say Inner West”.

·    Regular newsletter updates to the community, distributed to the 12,000 properties within 400m of the Greenway.

·    Community stakeholder engagement and workshop sessions, to discuss specific local issues, where needed.

·    Notification letters to residents immediately impacted by upcoming construction works.

·    Council also has ongoing engagement with the community through a wide range of advisory committees including our Bicycle working group, Transport Advisory Committee. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee and Arts and Culture Advisory Committee. Members of these are engaged around a range of Greenway initiatives and activations at relevant times.

·    Council is in the process of integrating content from the Greenway website to Council’s corporate site and will continue to promote and highlight Greenway delivery and activations through our corporate communication channels

·    Greenway activations and initiatives are integrated across Council’s teams. For example Council hosted Edge 2021: Art camp on the Greenway from 16 April – 9 May which activated the place for 24 days with diverse art projects

 

Staff Resources

 

Council currently has the following resources allocated to the Greenway project:

 

·    Project Manager Greenway Delivery

·    Greenway Project Engineer

·    Greenway Engagement Officer

 

All of the above positions are funded by capitalising their time to the project.

 

The Project Manager Greenway Delivery position is filled.  The other two positions are currently vacant.

 

The purpose of the Greenway Engagement Officer is to coordinate communications with the community and stakeholders including state agencies in the lead up to and during construction.  This Greenway Engagement Officer will be primarily responsible to undertake the community engagement as outlined above.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

The staff resources outlined above are funded by capitalising their time to the project. 

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.


Council Meeting

11 May 2021

 

Item No:         C0521(1) Item 12

Subject:         Investment Report as at 31 March 2021           

Prepared By:      Daryl Jackson - Chief Financial Officer  

Authorised By:  Elizabeth Richardson – 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 $230.2m.  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 1.30%, above the UBSWA Bank Bill Index Benchmark (0.11%).

 

Changes in the value of our portfolio was $10.7m due to the maturity of an investment and investing in investments with good interest rates –

 

·    Matured Investment

Heritage Bank $5.8m

·    Investments

Newcastle Permanent Building Society $10.0m

Westpac Group (Green TD) $4.0m

Members Equity Bank $2.5m

 

The attachments to this report summarise all investments held by Council and interest returns for periods ending 31 March 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 March 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 - March 2021

2.

IWC Economic & Investment Portfolio Commentary March 2021

  


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11 May 2021

 

Item No:         C0521(1) Item 13

Subject:         Notice of Motion to Rescind: C0421(1) Item 8 Council page in new local newspaper - 13 April 2021           

From:             Councillors John Stamolis, Victor Macri and Julie Passas  

 

 

Motion:

 

We, the abovementioned Councillors, hereby submit a Notice of Motion to rescind Council’s resolution of C0421(1) Item 8 Council page in new local newspaper, and propose the alternative Motion be adopted as follows:

 

THAT: 

1.    A Councillor briefing to be held to discuss how Council can best communicate with the Inner West community; and 

2.    Any commitment to newspaper advertising require an expression of interest process to be undertaken. 

 

 

 

Background

 

Council resolved on 13 April 2021:

 

THAT: 

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

2.   The content of the news page be the responsibility of the General Manager (as duly delegated), not the Mayor’s office; and 

3.   The content of the news page be focused on information relevant to the community and highlighting Council and community achievements, rather than conveying a regular message from the Mayor or photos of the Mayor and Councillors. 

 

The process and recommendation to select the Inner West Review (to include an Inner West Council news page) was not open or transparent.   

The report lacked information which would be regarded as suitable for high level decision-making. 

 

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.  


Council Meeting

11 May 2021

 

Item No:         C0521(1) Item 14

Subject:         Notice of Motion: Inner West Economic Recovery Taskforce            

From:             The Mayor, Councillor Darcy Byrne  

 

 

Motion:

 

THAT Council:

 

1.   Thanks the members of the Inner West Economic Recovery Taskforce, Percy Allan, Erica Berchtold, Greg Khoury, Chrissy Flanagan, Mark Chapman, Monica Vardabasso, Morris Hanna and Kerrie Glasscock, for volunteering their time and expertise;

 

2.   Notes the recommendations of the Inner West Economic Recovery Taskforce (See Attachment 1);

3.   Refers the taskforce report to Council Officers to seek their advice on each recommendation, which is to be tabled at the June Ordinary meeting;

4.   Officers meet with taskforce members to discuss the recommendations; and

5.   Endorses the following recommendations for immediate implementation with an update to be provided in the report to the June Ordinary meeting:

a)   Undertakes an external review of its borrowing capabilities to identify its capacity to invest additional capital in reducing/eliminating the infrastructure backlog;

b)   Seeks advice and cooperation from rating agencies and the NSW Government’s TCorp in assessing Council’s borrowing capacity and review whether there are other mechanisms Council can use to raise capital to invest in infrastructure renewal;

c)   Identifies the proportion of Council’s procurement currently undertaken through suppliers within the Inner West Local Government Area (LGA) and makes it a priority to increase local procurement in future budgets;

d)   Proposes to the NSW and Federal Governments that they establish a one-stop shop application process for all three tiers of government for approvals to open a brewery/distillery, and that the Inner West would host a pilot of the scheme;

e)   Develops an Inner West public space activation strategy to be rolled out in line with the lifting of public health restrictions with the specific goal of attracting and encouraging high levels of pedestrian traffic, economic activity and social interaction in the public domain.

 

 

 

Officer’s Comments:

 

Council staff will provide an update on the taskforce recommendations at the June Ordinary Council meeting.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Economic Recovery Recommendations

  


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Council Meeting

11 May 2021

 

Item No:         C0521(1) Item 15

Subject:         Notice of Motion: Parliamentary Report into Stronger Communities Tied Grants Round            

Council at its meeting on 13 April 2021 resolved that the matter be deferred to the meeting to be held on 11 May 2021.

From:             The Mayor, Councillor Darcy Byrne  

 

 

Motion:

 

THAT Council:

 

 

1.   Notes the findings of the First Report from the Inquiry by the NSW Parliament’s Public Accountability Committee into Integrity, efficacy and value for money of NSW Government grant programs (attachment 1) 

 

2.   Endorses the comments of Mr David Shoebridge MLC, contained in the Chair’s foreword to the report regarding the Stronger Communities Fund tied grants round:

 

“The Stronger Communities Fund tied grants round was an alarming example of the lack of transparency and accountability in NSW Government grant programs. The fund was originally established to assist councils created from the NSW Government's failed council amalgamations, but morphed into a brazen pork-barrel scheme. Ultimately the Coalition designed a scheme with so few checks and balances that $252 million of public money was handed out on a purely political basis to sort out the Coalition’s political problems, to gain an advantage in the 2019 state election and to punish any council that had objected to being forcibly merged.”

 

3.   Notes the full list of recommendations in the committee’s report (attachment 2)

 

4.   Write to all NSW Members of Parliament calling on them to implement the Inquiry’s recommendations including:

a)   Recommendation 5 - That the NSW Government ensure all grant programs have, as an absolute minimum, the following legally binding and mandatory elements:

· a designated decision-maker

· eligibility criteria

· a process for identifying and assessing proposed projects against those                  criteria

· program guidelines that are clear, detailed and publicly available.

 

b)   Recommendation 7 - That the Legislative Council refer its concerns regarding the inappropriate design and maladministration of the Stronger Communities Fund tied grants round to the Audit Office of NSW, along with this report and committee transcripts of evidence for investigation.

 

 

c)   Recommendation 8 - That the Legislative Council refer its concerns regarding the inappropriate design and maladministration of the Stronger Communities Fund tied grants round to the Independent Commission Against Corruption, along with this report and committee transcripts of evidence for investigation.

d)   Recommendation 9 - That the Legislative Council send a message to the Legislative Assembly to establish a Joint Select Committee to inquire into and report on the NSW budget process and parliamentary oversight.

 

5.   Writes to the NSW Premier, Treasurer and Local Government Minister demanding that that an additional round of grant funding for community infrastructure funding be opened by the government for Councils such as the Inner West that were improperly prevented from accessing the Stronger Communities Fund – Tied Grants program;

 

6.   Commit to ongoing advocacy through all of Council’s communications channels to inform our community about the findings and recommendations of the Parliamentary Inquiry;

 

7.   Thank the members of the Committee for their diligence in uncovering the full scope of the pork barrelling that occurred throughout the Stronger Communities Fund tied grants round; and

 

8.   Prepare a list of priority infrastructure projects, across all five wards of Inner West Council, which could be funded were the NSW Government to make an additional round of funding available to councils that were prevented from applying for the tied grants round, noting that the Inner West would have received $24 million if the funds had been distributed fairly on a per capita basis to amalgamated Councils. 

 

 

Background

 

The First Report from the Inquiry by the NSW Parliament’s Public Accountability Committee into Integrity, efficacy and value for money of NSW Government grant programs was tabled with the Clerk of the Parliaments on 30 March 2021.

The Inquiry’s investigations focused on the Stronger Communities Fund tied grants round and uncovered a number of shocking and damning findings including:

 

-      Finding 1

That the Stronger Communities Fund tied grants round was a clear abuse of the grants process. It was an improper allocation of public money and falls well short of principles of proper grants administration and public expectations.

 

-      Finding 2

That, of the $252 million allocated in the Stronger Communities Fund tied grants round, 95 per cent, which is a total of $241 million, was allocated to councils in Coalition-held or marginal electorates.

 

-      Finding 3

That the grant of $90 million to Hornsby Shire Council went against the original intent of the Stronger Communities Fund, was made without any due process or merit assessment, and was a misuse of public money by the NSW Government for a political purpose unrelated to the objects of the grants scheme.

 

 

-      Finding 4

That the revised guidelines for the Stronger Communities Fund tied grants round were ambiguous and did not identify with enough specificity the designated decision-maker or how projects would be identified or approved.

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-      Finding 5

That the guidelines for the Stronger Communities Fund tied grants round were deliberately devised to accommodate the pork-barrelling scheme in order to:

 

· partially resolve certain legal disputes involving Hornsby Shire Council and Parramatta City Council

· win favour with the public in Coalition and marginal seats ahead of the 2019 state election

· punish local councils that had objected to forced amalgamation proposals.

 

In November 2020, the NSW Premier admitted publicly that the Stronger Communities Fund tied grants round involved pork barrelling, stating;

“Governments in all positions make commitments to the community in order to curry favour. I think that's part of the political process whether we like it or not.

The term pork barrelling is common parlance ... and it's not something that I know that the community is comfortable with and if that's the accusation made on this occasion ... well then I'm happy to accept that commentary.

If the accusation is that the government favoured certain areas, well that's an accusation we wear."

 

In giving evidence to the Inquiry, NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro also confirmed pork barrelling had occurred, stating: “What we call pork-barrelling is investment. In one way, when you think about it, at every single election that every party goes to we make commitments. You want to call that pork-barrelling, you want to call that buying votes, that it what the elections are for.”

 

While the Inquiry was being held, former NSW auditor-general Tony Harris publicly called for the resignation of the Premier following revelations her office had shredded working advice notes regarding the Stronger Communities Fund tied grants round, stating: "I allege that the shredding those documents is unlawful, and so when you package everything up together, it's time for her to go," he said.

 

The unlawfulness of this action was later confirmed by the NSW State Archives and Records Authority on 22 January 2021.

 

The Inquiry also received submissions and testimony from The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC). The report’s summary of these contributions include;

 

2.2 The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) noted that generally, public money should be spent according to the 'three Es' of public sector administration and decision-making – efficiently, effectively and economically. The Commonwealth Grant Rules and Guidelines has introduced a fourth concept – that money must be managed ethically - and ICAC noted its support for ethics being included as a foundational organising principle of grants administration.

2.5 ICAC noted that principles of transparency, accountability and fairness should be observed in all grant programs as they all involve public money or asset.

2.43 ICAC also submitted that the following situations could give rise to a serious breach of public trust in the administration of grant programs, depending on the specific circumstances:

· designing eligibility and selection criteria to favour a particular applicant at the expense of the public interest

 · intentionally misapplying nominated selection criteria, or directing a public servant to do so

 · encouraging a public official to create false or incomplete records or to conceal the involvement of an elected official, or any other wilful suppression of grants scheme information

· directing or urging a public servant to make a decision preferred by the Minister if the Minister is not the appointed decision-maker

· deliberately failing to act on a reasonable suspicion of fraud, misappropriation or misuse of grant funds

· any action that leads to an unsuccessful applicant receiving false information about why it was unsuccessful.

2.44 Mr Hall stated that ministerial discretion may not be exercised to 'negate or rewrite the terms and/or the operation' of an established grants scheme.70 If a grant program is designed so that proposed projects are assessed according to specified eligibility and selection criteria, a minister may not permissibly approve grants that do not meet the required criteria.71 Similarly, ministerial intervention 'to skew or alter a result that has gone through a prescribed selection process', if it is done to enhance the prospects of electoral success, may be an illegitimate use of power.

 

2.45 In this context, Mr Hall said that 'pork-barrelling' may constitute corrupt conduct where a minister overrides an established grant program decision-making process to gain an electoral advantage. He stated (emphasis added): Whilst every case necessarily turns on its own factual circumstances, if a minister intervenes and overrides a government grant program or scheme, including in particular in relation to the decision-making processes by which successful applicants are determined, and intentionally does so for the purposes of possible electoral advantage, such intervention could constitute corrupt conduct under the provisions of the Independent Commission Against Corruption Act 1988.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Attachment 2


 


 

Officer’s Comments:

 

Staff have no comment.

 

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.  


Council Meeting

11 May 2021

 

Item No:         C0521(1) Item 16

Subject:         Notice of Motion: Footpaths are a key local government asset that improve our lives       

Council at its meeting on 13 April 2021 resolved that the matter be deferred to the meeting to be held on 11 May 2021.    

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

11 May 2021

 

Item No:         C0521(1) Item 17

Subject:         Notice of Motion: Improved safety measures for access to Petersham Public School       

Council at its meeting on 13 April 2021 resolved that the matter be deferred to the meeting to be held on 11 May 2021.   

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

11 May 2021

 

Item No:         C0521(1) Item 18

Subject:         Notice of Motion: Improved Drainage at Lewisham Station       

Council at its meeting on 13 April 2021 resolved that the matter be deferred to the meeting to be held on 11 May 2021.   

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

11 May 2021

 

Item No:         C0521(1) Item 19

Subject:         Notice of Motion: Increasing Solar Uptake in residential Strata Building       

Council at its meeting on 13 April 2021 resolved that the matter be deferred to the meeting to be held on 11 May 2021.    

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.

 

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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

11 May 2021

 

Item No:         C0521(1) Item 20

Subject:         Notice of Motion: De-amalgamation       

Council at its meeting on 13 April 2021 resolved that the matter be deferred to the meeting to be held on 11 May 2021.    

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

11 May 2021

 

Item No:         C0521(1) Item 21

Subject:         Notice of Motion: Transparency in Council Expenditure       

Council at its meeting on 13 April 2021 resolved that the matter be deferred to the meeting to be held on 11 May 2021.    

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

11 May 2021

 

Item No:         C0521(1) Item 22

Subject:         Notice of Motion: ‘Do The Right Thing’ Campaign       

Council at its meeting on 13 April 2021 resolved that the matter be deferred to the meeting to be held on 11 May 2021.    

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

11 May 2021

 

Item No:         C0521(1) Item 23

Subject:         Notice of Motion: Mayor to Stand Down        

Council at its meeting on 13 April 2021 resolved that the matter be deferred to the meeting to be held on 11 May 2021.    

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.   

·    There are clear examples where the Mayor has been unable to work with the GM.  

·    Council is choosing our 5th GM under our revolving door for GMs.  We all know that there have been ongoing problems with the Mayor and the GMs.  These are the two most important positions for any Council and in the Inner West they are both at constant war.  All Councillors know what happens to our Council when this war is on.   

·    Councillors are often not invited to attend, or not aware of events, even events in their own wards.  

·    Under the leadership of the Mayor relationships have been so poor during this term that we have engaged consultants to help Councillors with communication.  

·    The Mayor rarely communicates with Councillors.    

·    Regularly, the Mayor does not sit through Council meetings  

·    The Mayor departs Council meetings and leaves important debates to do Facebook and Twitter.  On other occasions, the Mayor uses social media during the Council meeting to
announce the results of debate while he is Chairing the meeting.

·    The Mayor is under investigation from NCAT.  

·    The Mayor does not Chair Council meetings, he dominates Council meetings.  He comments on virtually every item and he comments after Councillors themselves.  His running reviews are unproductive and cause meetings to be inefficient and unnecessarily tense.    

·    It is vital for Councillors, staff and the new GM, that the Mayor step aside.  

 

 

 

Officer’s Comments:

 

Comment from Acting General Manager:

A mayor holds office for two years subject to the LG Act (s230(1)) and ceases being a mayor if he or she ceases being a councillor (s234(5) LG Act).

 

The reasons for ceasing to be a councillor are set out in s234 LG Act and include death, resignation, mental incapacity, disqualification or dismissal from holding civic office and absence from three consecutive meetings without leave.

 

Council can lawfully call for the Mayor to stand down.  It has no legal capacity to force the Mayor to do so.

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.


Council Meeting

11 May 2021

 

Item No:         C0521(1) Item 24

Subject:         Notice of Motion: Emptying Bins in Parks       

Council at its meeting on 13 April 2021 resolved that the matter be deferred to the meeting to be held on 11 May 2021.   

From:             Councillor John Stamolis  

 

 

Motion:

 

THAT Council:

 

1.   Inform Councillors of the schedule for emptying bins in parks (weekdays, weekends, and public holidays) and how to report overflowing bins;

 

2.   Review service levels and make adjustments where needed; and

3.   Report back to Council on the above.

 

Background

 

There has been concern within the community about emptying of bins in parks.  

 

It is important that Councillors are provided with information on current service arrangements and to ensure that these arrangements are compatible with the level of use and expected quality of our parks.

 

 

Officer’s Comments:

 

Comment from Director Infrastructure:

At the Councillor briefing on the 2 March 2021, the current maintenance service levels for operational activities were outlined.  As outlined at the briefing, waste in parks is collected 1-3 times per week depending on park usage and season.  Additional services are provided where there is a known public event in the area.

 

If bins are overflowing, residents can report these through Council’s online Customer Request Management system (https://www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/about/get-in-touch/report-an-issue-request-a-service?ref=quicklinks), or they can telephone Council’s customer service team on 02 9392 5000.  If Councillors or residents believe a particular park requires a permanent increase in service levels, staff are happy to monitor this park and determine if additional services are required.

 

The Inner West Council has 268 parks.  There is no current intention to increase service levels across the full extent of Council’s parks. Should Councillors wish to increase the service level, additional budget will need to be allocated.

 

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.


Council Meeting

11 May 2021

 

Item No:         C0521(1) Item 25

Subject:         Notice of Motion: Dawn Fraser Baths Refurbishment       

Council at its meeting on 13 April 2021 resolved that the matter be deferred to the meeting to be held on 11 May 2021.   

From:             Councillor Colin Hesse  

 

 

Motion:

 

THAT Council:

 

1.   Expresses its confidence in Council staff to review the refurbishment of the Dawn Fraser Baths at Balmain and identify by a report to Council any inadequacies in the process, and

 

2.   Requests that Clr Darcy Byrne write to the Office of the NSW Auditor-General withdrawing his referral of Inner West Council to the office of the Auditor-General.

 

 

Background

 

On Tuesday the 16th of March Clr Byrne wrote on his Facebook page of his unilateral referral of Inner West Council to the Auditor General of NSW “requesting she investigate the management and oversight of the Dawn Fraser Baths Heritage Upgrade.”

 

This action has subsequently been reported in the media. Councillors are aware that the referral to the Auditor-General has caused further disharmony between senior staff and the elected Councillors and may further damage the reputation of elected Councillors with staff and the community.

 

The acting General Manager has advised Councillors of an internal review of the renovation of the Dawn Fraser Baths project.

 

 

 

Officer’s Comments:

 

Staff have no comment.

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.


Council Meeting

11 May 2021

 

Item No:         C0521(1) Item 26

Subject:         Notice of Motion: Recruitment           

From:             Councillor Victor Macri   

 

 

Motion:

 

That Council receive a report on the last 2 General Manager recruitment processes with a mind to improving the process with the introduction of a Blind recruitment conducted by an independent external provider. 

 

 

 

 

Officer’s Comments:

 

Comment from Senior HR Partner:

A report can be provided. The two most recent recruitment processes for Council’s General Manager has been undertaken by external recruitment providers. The providers were different on each occasion. The HR team note that blind recruitment has its critics as it has been shown in some studies to actually result in increased discrimination of minority groups.

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.


Council Meeting

11 May 2021

 

Item No:         C0521(1) Item 27

Subject:         Notice of Motion: Camperdown Memorial Rest Park           

From:             Councillor Louise Steer   

 

 

Motion:

 

THAT Council report to Councillors at Council meeting of 8 June 2021 on the following:

 

a.   progress of installation of Camperdown Memorial Rest Park toilets

b.   whether the amount of $500,000 allocated in the Council budget for installation of toilets at Camperdown Memorial Rest Park remains allocated for this purpose

c.   setting out the reasons why Council has not installed the toilets in Camperdown Memorial Rest Park, noting that Council resolved in 2018 to install them in 2019

d.   all matters in items 1 – 10 inclusive in the motion Item 12 of 11 December 2018.

 

Background

 

Council passed the resolution in Item 12 below at the Council meeting of 11 December 2018. Council has not installed the toilets in Camperdown Memorial Rest Park or reported to Councillors on any of the items in the motion. The resolution below is not included in incomplete or pending motions in the Council motions summary on its website even though the toilets in Camperdown Memorial Rest Park have not been installed and Council has not reported on the other items in the resolution.

 

MINUTES COUNCIL MEETING 11 DECEMBER 2018

C1218(1) Item 12         Camperdown Memorial Rest ParkSafe Update on the Outcomes   of Community Engagement

Motion: (Lockie/Steer)

 

THAT Council:

 

1.    Endorse the proposed location for the public toilets within the park as outlined in the report and proceed to deliver these facilities in 2019;

 

2.    In response to the engagement survey outcomes, establishes an alcohol prohibited area in the park as a trial to be completed when the lighting trial ends and a report be made to Council as to its outcome and seek the NSW Police and seek NSW Police assistance in administering this area;

 

3.    Maintain the current alcohol restrictions (9am-9pm) in other areas within the park;

 

4.    Undertake a public education campaign within Camperdown Memorial Rest Park and Fleming Street Playground similar to the program which has been run by the City of Sydney;

 

5.    Note the public request for increased ranger patrols in Camperdown Memorial Rest Park after dark;

 

6.    Subject to future partner funding support or grant funding, the option of a Park Ambassador program be considered should anti-social problems continue to be a concern to park users;

 

 

7.    Receive a report by March 2019 with recommendations for the holistic management of Fleming Park, canvassing the range of options that have been previously raised by local residents including updating signage, repairs to the fence,  and updated landscaping in addition to the two options canvased in community engagement (community garden and removal of the picnic table)

 

8.    Receive a report by March 2019 with recommendations on how Council can facilitate a program of community run activations and events in Camperdown Rest Memorial park, as addressed in the meeting held at Newtown Neighbourhood Centre earlier this year;

 

9.    Officers provide a report back to Council on the outcome of all Parksafe activities at the conclusion of the lighting trial in 2019; and

 

10.  Review Lennox Street Lighting with the aim of reducing light spillage affecting      residents.

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Crs Iskandar and Kiat

 

 

 

 

 

Officer’s Comments:

 

Comment from Director Infrastructure:

Council engaged architects to prepare designs for the Camperdown Memorial Rest Park public toilets at the location approved by Council on 11 December 2018.  Designs were developed for the project, however the designs did not meet the requirements of the brief, including the project budget. The architect was not able to resolve the designs to Council’s satisfaction and was advised in late 2020 that Council would not be proceeding with the designs.

 

This unsuccessful design process, the Covid-19 period and changes in project manager resourcing have delayed the project. Procurement planning is currently underway to engage new architects and to ensure the required design outcomes are met. It is intended that an architect will be appointed in Q4 for delivery of the project in 2021-2022. The construction budget has been reallocated to the 2021-2022 capital budget.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.


Council Meeting

11 May 2021

 

Item No:         C0521(1) Item 28

Subject:         Notice of Motion: Callan Park Off-Leash Areas           

From:             The Mayor, Councillor Darcy Byrne  

 

 

Motion:

 

THAT Council writes to the NSW Government requesting that:

 

a)   The existing on-leash provisions for sporting fields, while in use, be formalised; and

 

b)   The rest of Callan Park, with the exception of the Bay Run, be designated as an off-leash dog walking area.

 

 

Background

 

For decades local residents have been making use of Callan park as an off-leash dog walking area. While sporting fields within Callan Park have operated as on leash areas while being used for community sport, there has been no record of conflict between dog walkers and local sporting clubs.

 

The NSW Government has indicated to Council following the release of the Callan Park Landscape Structure Plan, that they perceive open spaces within Callan Park to be on-leash areas under the law, despite the fact Callan Park has operated as an off-leash area in practice for many years. The Government is now seeking to specify on- and off-leash areas within Callan Park and wishes to force Council to police any new on-leash areas that they specify.

 

Given the Government’s intention to impose new restrictions, it is important that Council makes clear its position and advocate on behalf of local residents.

 

 

 

Officer’s Comments:

 

Comment from Parks and Recreation Planning Manager:

Through a license agreement with the NSW Government, Council currently

manages the sporting ground precinct within Callan Park which consists of:

 

·    The Waterfront Drive Sporting Grounds (two sporting grounds)

·    The Balmain Road Sporting Ground (one sporting grounds)

·    Glover Street Sporting Ground (two sporting grounds).

Council has previously resolved that these sporting grounds are off leash when not being used for active sporting use When sporting activities are taking place (including organised sports training) the sporting grounds are designated as on leash areas. The current arrangements are working well.

 

The Iron Cove Bay run is an on leash area at all times and this is consistent along the entire length of the Bay Run Recreational Trail.

 

Council also needs to take into consideration the significance of Callan Point and those areas which have been designated as key biodiversity and habitat restoration areas. For over 20 years Council and its bush care volunteers have worked hard to revegetate areas of Callan Point to create both habitat and foster biodiversity improvements.  The foreshore areas of Callan Point is highly significant in that the area has rare open space elements. Callan Point is also considered to be the most important Aboriginal archaeological site within the park. Designated bushcare sites and areas of cultural significance need to be recognised and protected. The management of these areas as “on leash” should be considered by Council. The sandy beach area which lies at the base of Callan Point can be retained as an off leash area subject to careful management including interpretive and educational signage.

 

It is noted that one of the major problems with the Park is that of Commercial dog walkers. Commercial activities within the park are not permissible under the Callan Park Act and secondly many commercial dog walkers are also causing issues by having more than four dogs under their control at any one time (in violation of the Companion Animals Act). This it is noted is also causing problems within the park for responsible dog owners.

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.


Council Meeting

11 May 2021

 

Item No:         C0521(1) Item 29

Subject:         Notice of Motion: 50th Anniversary of Camp NSW           

From:             The Mayor, Councillor Darcy Byrne   

 

 

Motion:

 

THAT Council:

 

1.   Notes that this year marks the 50th anniversary the founding of Campaign Against Moral Persecution (CAMP Inc), one of the first gay and lesbian rights organisations in Australia;

 

2.   Notes that the first formal meeting of CAMP Inc was held in St John’s church hall in Balmain; and

3.   Receives a report on how it can best commemorate the founding of CAMP Inc. This report should look at whether Council can install a commemorative plaque at or close to St John’s Church in Balmain or at or close to 393 Darling Street, Balmain.

 

 

Background

 

Unlike the 1969 New York Stonewall Inn riots, Australia’s LGBTQIA+ history of emerging rights, didn’t begin at a bar, pub or inn, it began with a small group of courageous women and men. They appeared in two Australian newspaper articles, on 10 and 19 September 1970. John Ware and Christabel Poll announced the founding of the Campaign Against Moral Persecution – known as CAMP Inc, or CAMP NSW.

 

Fifty years ago, the foundation stone, so to speak, was laid for what today is called the LGBTQIA+ community in Australia when CAMP Inc was founded. The Campaign “lived” its entire life in the then Leichhardt Municipality now the Inner West Council area.

 

On 9 January 1971 about 90 lesbians, gay men and some heterosexual supporters met in St John’s church hall in Balmain for the first meeting of the Campaign Against Moral Persecution or CAMP Inc, Australia’s first homosexual rights organisation. Soon after Sydney’s CAMP Inc was establishing it became national with branches in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, and Perth. The organisation’s name changed to CAMP NSW.

 

That same year, CAMP established its first clubrooms at 393 Darling Street, Balmain, a grand building, designed by colonial architect, Edmund Blacket, opposite the Balmain Police Station, the then Police Boys’ Club (now called PCYC) near the local RSL branch and next door to the Balmain Fire Station.

 

CAMP had its own journal CAMP Ink. The first issue was published in November 1970 and produced at the 393 Darling Street, Balmain clubrooms. The journal was for so many the only link they had with their “hidden” community. It was posted to CAMP members in plain brown wrappers to protect their identity and not “outing” them.

 

CAMP Inc organised, at its Balmain clubroom, the first ever 6 October 1971 demonstration of lesbians and homosexuals in Australia. At Liberal party headquarters in Ash Street, Sydney. It was the first “mass” coming out publicly in Australia of about 50-60 lesbians and homosexuals. This was the first time a group (for the time, 1971, a large one) of lesbians and homosexuals who were photographed publicly. And women/lesbians demonstrating about and supporting a male specific issue i.e. homosexual law reform.

 

In 1972 the ABC national TV’s Chequerboard program – today’s Australian Story – approached CAMP wanting to televise a social documentary about an openly lesbian and male homosexual couple. Sue Wills and Gaby Antolovich participated along with Peter “Bon” Bonsall-Boone and his partner Peter de Waal. Bon and Peter’s segment was filmed at their Balmain home, and CAMP’s Darling Street Balmain clubrooms. Bon and Peter became the first male couple to kiss on national TV in Australia. Consequently, Bon was sacked for coming out gay publicly and challenging a homophobic society.

 

On 13 April 1973, the first volunteer homosexual telephone help line – Phone-A-Friend – was officially launched at Bon and Peter’s Balmain home. Over the years, CAMP’s enduring entity has had various incarnations. But, 48 years on, it still exists – now called the Twenty10/Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service – supporting, counselling, assisting, enriching, and empowering the multi-faceted LGBTQIA+ community in many and varied ways.

 

Bon – who died in 2017, was posthumously – and Peter were awarded, a 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honour for extensive voluntary services to the LGBTQIA+ community.

 

Over the years CAMP NSW conducted numerous public education sessions, with, to name just a few: First Year Sydney University Medical Students; Police Cadets; Sydney’s Callan Park Psychiatric Nurses; Family Life Movement Counsellors; Family Court Counsellors, and the long list goes on.

 

From the mid-1970s until 1981 CAMP ran the first not-for-profit volunteer LGBBTQIA+ coffee-shop in Sydney. It was open most weeknights and a heaven for many in a vast commercial exploitative, alienating environment. When open there always was a volunteer on hand to welcome those who were living in their closets or new on the scene. Apart from the coffee-shop, Phone-A-Friend, a meeting room, and library were housed at the CAMP Centre at 33a Glebe Point, Glebe, in the than Leichhardt Municipality.

 

1975 International Women’s Year brought great join for CAMP NSW. It prepared a detailed submission at Glebe’s CAMP Centre and applied for a $30,000 Federal Government funding to conduct seminars and other women’s liberation activities. The overall aim was to highlight women being considered second-class citizens and female homosexuals doubly so. CAMP received a $4,000 grand – this was the first ever government grant to a lesbian/homosexual organisation – much to the disapproval of organisations such as the Country Women’s Association, but more so from religious institutions, organisations and groups.

 

The naming of the now world-famous Sydney Mardi Gras came about and was partly organised at a mid-1978 CAMP executive meeting, held at the CAMP Centre in Glebe. Margaret (Marg) McMann (Annandale resident in Leichhardt Municipality at the time) and Ron Austin were both CAMP executive members. Ron suggested: “Let’s have a night street party in Oxford Street.” Marg replied: “Ron, we’ll call it a Mardi Gras!”

 

During 1975/76 CAMP NSW’s political action group developed, at CAMP Centre, Glebe, a very detailed and far-sighted submission to the Royal Commission on Human Relationships. Michael Clohesy, CAMP’s secretary at the time, did a TV interview about CAMP’s submission. He was sacked from his Catholic teaching job. Subsequently, the NSW Catholic hierarchy attempted to stop CAMP from presenting its oral and written submission. Eventually the Royal Commission ruled that CAMP could and should be heard.

 

CAMP NSW initiated and held a tribunal on “Homosexuals and Discrimination” during November 1976. The tribunal’s public hearings took place at the Sir John Clancy Auditorium UNSW. Forty-four varying discrimination cases were presented to the Tribunal. Its findings became a starting point for introduction of anti-discrimination legislation.

 

I want to also acknowledge the contributions of long-term Balmain resident, Alexander “Lex” Watson, a founding CAMP member, who died in 2014. He was posthumously awarded a Queen’s Birthday Honour for his work as part of CAMP, the Gay Rights Lobby, and as the first president of ACON.

 

Since then, CAMP has had a hand in almost every major step progression for the LGBTQIA+ community in Australia, including the decriminalisation of male acts of homosexuality between consenting adults in 1984, and national marriage equality.

 

I want to offer my sincere thanks to every member of CAMP Inc. These individuals have made extraordinary personal sacrifices, in their work, their personal life and in the community to propel the LGBTQIA+ movement further, and open doors for others.

 

CAMP envisaged a future where lesbian and gay people would be able to walk proudly hand in hand in this city, head held high with pride, without fear of violence, discrimination, or hate. While we still have more to do, this vision has been realised.

 

Officer’s Comments:

 

Comment from Acting Director City Living:

It is proposed that the 50th Anniversary of CAMP NSW be acknowledged by a commemorative heritage plague to be located between the Balmain Town Hall and the historic green house, which is across the road from 393 Darling Street Balmain. 

 

The proposed location and plaque concept has been discussed with representatives from the Camp NSW who are in support of this plan. 

 

The design, manufacture, and installation of the plaque can be covered by existing operational costs. 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.


Council Meeting

11 May 2021

 

Item No:         C0521(1) Item 30

Subject:         Notice of Motion: Making the Inner West the Live Music and Performance Capital of Australia  Again           

From:             The Mayor, Councillor Darcy Byrne  

 

 

Motion:

 

THAT Council:

 

1.   Designates the Enmore Theatre as the first Special Entertainment Precinct in NSW, once the Special Entertainment Precinct legislated amendments to the Local Government Act 1993 have been gazetted by the NSW Government;

 

2.   Consults with live music and performance venues in the Inner West LGA about other appropriate locations and venues to designate as Special Entertainment Precincts;

3.   Pending gazettal of the legislation, Council officers are to prepare a plan for regulating noise from amplified music from the proposed Enmore Theatre Special Entertainment Precinct. This is to be reported back to Council the next Council meeting following the gazettal of the legislation. And Council officers liaise with the Live Music Office in regard to the implementation of the Enmore Theatre Special Entertainment Precinct;

4.   Commends the Live Music Office’s John Wardell and Sydney Fringe Festival’s Kerri Glasscock for their work on the Inner West Live Music and Performance Census 2019 project; and

 

5.   Writes to the Premier of NSW and the Deputy Secretary, Community Engagement in the Department of Premier and Cabinet calling on Create NSW to expand the Play the City grant program into the Inner West Council’s LGA.

 

 

Background

 

In November 2020, the New South Wales Parliament passed legislation which enables local councils in New South Wales to declare Special Entertainment Precincts under the Local Government Act, and which is scheduled to commence at the end of May 2021.

Introduction of Special Entertainment Precincts

A new part has been inserted into the Local Government Act 1993 (LG Act) allowing councils to establish a Special Entertainment Precinct within their local government areas (LGA) by amending its local environmental plan (LEP) to identify the Special Entertainment Precinct.

Special Entertainment Precincts enable the licensing system to support communities and Councils wanting a vibrant night-time economy and live music.

Special Entertainment Precincts come with certain benefits:

·    Dedicated live music and performance venues are allowed to trade for an additional 30 minutes, which is already in place for the City of Sydney LGA, but not in the Inner West.

·    Noise complaints relating to noise generated wholly from inside a venue will now only be administrated by Council and not multiple State agencies.

These precincts incentivise live music and entertainment over alternative revenue streams, such as pokie machines. The changes to the LG Act aim to strike a more equitable balance between protecting residents from excessive noise and protecting responsible venue operators from vexatious noise complaints.

The Inner West Council LGA is home to one of the largest cohorts of live music venues in New South Wales. As such it is important that Council makes use of the newly legislated provisions for Special Entertainment Precincts.

Iconic Enmore Theatre is an ideal venue to be the first such precinct in the Inner West LGA and NSW. Council should also commit to work with theatres and venues across the LGA to provide to identify and implement Special Entertainment Precincts in other locations.

 

Live Music Census:

The Inner West Live Music and Performance Census 2019 project was undertaken by the Live Music Office in partnership with The Sydney Fringe Festival and mapped live music and performance across art forms and comedy through September and October 2019.

The census data identified a remarkable amount of live music and performance taking place weekly in the Inner West LGA.

Key findings of the Inner West Live Music and Performance Census 2019 include:

·      - 2496 performances and 1842 events took place in the Inner West across September (1485 performances / 1124 events) and October (1011 performances / 718 events)

·      - 88 venues in September and 87 venues in October regularly presented live music and performance

·      - The Factory Theatre in Marrickville had the most performances of any venue at 278 separate performances in September

·      - Hotels provided the most live music venues with 30 individual venues in both September and October, along with Clubs (14 in September / 15 in October), Bars (12 in September / 13 in October) and Theatres (12 in September / 8 in October).

·      - Lazybones Lounge, Gasoline Pony and Butchers Brew, all in the Marrickville/Dulwich Hill precinct are presenting a lot of music, as is the Bridge Hotel in Rozelle

The Live Music Census can be found here: https://www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/live/living-arts/live-music

Play the City:

The NSW Government through Create NSW has allocated $1 million to bring live music and performance back to the centre of Sydney. For more information see link here: https://www.create.nsw.gov.au/funding-and-support/arts-and-cultural-funding-program/play-the-city-sydney/

Play the City program funds individuals, venues and arts organisations to present live performance in selected areas of the Sydney CBD in the first half of 2021.

 

 

Officer’s Comments:

 

Comment from Senior Planning Manager and Acting Director City Living:

 

·    Strategic Planning staff are aware of the upcoming changes to the Local Government Act 1993 and future release of guidelines to accompany these changes in May 2021. We are intending on working to establish a Special Entertainment Precinct along Enmore Road as a pilot precinct which requires a LEP amendment. If successful, this can then be rolled out to other areas and around other venues throughout the LGA.

·    Any LEP amendment and a plan for regulating noise from amplified music from premises within the special entertainment precinct will require specialist input prior to any formal reporting to Council, as such it would not be possible to report to the next Council meeting after the gazettal of the legislation and additional time would be required to prepare the relevant information.

·    Officers can continue to liaise with the Live Music Office providing updates on how the LEP pilot precinct and amendments.

·    The current Play the City grant round has now closed and projects have to be delivered by 30 June 2021.  Officers contacted Create NSW seeking advice on whether the Play the City Grant program would continue, but were unable to receive any confirmation regarding its future. 

 

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.


Council Meeting

11 May 2021

 

Item No:         C0521(1) Item 31

Subject:         Notice of Motion: Seating, Water, Shelter and Toilets Throughout the LGA           

From:             Councillor Marghanita Da Cruz   

 

 

Motion:

 

THAT council receive a report including costings for an audit, community
consultation and provision of Seating, Water, Shelter and Toilets
throughout the LGA.

 

 

Background

 

Seating, shade, shelter, water and toilets are vital to Civic and Public spaces.

The privatisation of public space has meant that our community is forced to pay to sit down, rehydrate and avoids the outdoors if rain is forecast.

The less mobile feel discouraged from undertaking walks because there is nowhere to sit to rest, take in the view or have a chat.

The wall at the entrance to Ashfield pool provides wonderful seating for people of all ages to wait or even just to enjoy the passing scene. We need more spaces like this.

The public toilet map are gaps in locations and time throughout our LGA.

"The Great Dunny Hunt is on! Click here to enter now for your chance to win one of three $500 Eftpos vouchers and add a missing facility in a regional area to be in the draw! The National Public Toilet Map provides information on over 19,000 facilities across Australia, including toilets, adult change and baby change. Where available, information on accessibility, opening hours and amenities, such as showers and sharps disposal are included." https://toiletmap.gov.au/

 

 

 

Officer’s Comments:

 

Comment from Parks and Recreation Planning Manager:

In 2020 Council adopted a Public Toilet Strategy for the Inner West LGA (attached).

The Public toilet strategy was consulted widely with the community and included a full audit of existing facilities as well as a review on gaps in public toilet provision.

As part of its adoption of the Public Toilet Strategy, Council also adopted an implementation plan for the provision of additional public toilet facilities over the next 5-10 years subject to budgetary provision.

In addition to the public toilet strategy, Council is in the process of developing a generic park plan of management for all of its small neighbourhood and pocket parks.

A number of pocket parks sit within each of the town centres and have been identified for medium to long term improvements to facilitate greater public use , activation and enjoyment.

Recommendations currently being developed include the need for additional landscape master planning and community engagement. A draft plan of management for Generic Park Plans of management will be presented to Council in June 2021

In addition to the above the Playground Strategy which will inform the distribution provision and development of new and improved playground facilities across the Inner West Council area is also being prepared. This strategy includes work in relation to shade sail provision in play areas. Critically should additional reporting be required Council needs to note that Council’s Playground Strategy (Lets Play) and the Playground Shade Sail Strategy would be significantly delayed which in turn would impact on the delivery on the future parks capital works program.

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.


Council Meeting

11 May 2021

 

Item No:         C0521(1) Item 32

Subject:         Notice of Motion: Best Practice 6star Energy Rated Development           

From:             Councillor Victor Macri   

 

 

Motion:

 

THAT Council receive a report on the ability to amend the VPA policy to incorporate;
Incentives to improve climate change action by striving for 6star energy rating in commercial and industrial buildings. Bettering the basics bar for residential buildings.  Contributions for acquiring open space.


 

Background

 

Two of the largest challenges facing the Inner West Council is climate change and lack of open space per resident. It is important that Council provides leadership in these 2 very important areas.

 

 

Officer’s Comments:

 

Comment from Chief Operating Officer, Director Development and Recreation:

The VPA Policy is currently under review by staff and these matters can be considered as part of this review and a report brought back to Council.

 

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.


Council Meeting

11 May 2021

 

Item No:         C0521(1) Item 33

Subject:         Notice of Motion: Change Street Name            

From:             Councillor Colin Hesse  

 

 

Motion:

 

THAT Council:

1.   Change the name of Victoria Road Marrickville,

2.   Consult with the IWC Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee regarding an appropriate name, and that the new name reflects the Aboriginal history of the area.

3.   Respectfully suggests that Gumbramorra be among the names considered.

 

 

Background

 

There are at least 85 suburbs in Sydney have a Victoria Road, Street, Avenue, Square, Lane or Place, all named in honour of Queen Victoria. Victoria reigned as Monarch of the British Empire from 1838 to 1901. Neither Queen Victoria nor her husband Prince Albert ever visited Australia.

 

The following suburbs have street, roads etc named Victoria:

Marrickville - Lane and Road,

Rozelle - Road

Ashfield - Sq. and St

Dulwich Hill and Lewisham - St

Newtown - St (off Church St, boundary with the LGA)

St Peters - St (parallel to Albert).

 

 

There are Queen Streets in Summer Hill, Ashfield, Croydon, Marrickville (off Victoria Road), Newtown (In the City of Sydney, not far from Victoria St) and Petersham, and Queens Square in Balmain.

 

Albert Streets, Parades, Lanes or Roads in Leichhardt, Ashfield, Newtown, Petersham, St Peters and Rozelle.

 

Two states in Australia are named in honour of Queen Victoria, Queensland and Victoria.

Gumbramorra is not used as a street name anywhere else in greater Sydney.

For Aboriginal peoples the invasion of the British Empire was catastrophic. The British stole their lands, fouled their waters, took their food, and Aboriginal peoples were murdered or died of imported diseases.

 

 

Aboriginal cultures, damaged as they were, are growing and changing. There’s an increasing understanding that all peoples on this country must care for the land and live within its means, ensuring the future for generations to come.

 

 

Though it is only a signal of that change, naming a major road into Marrickville with a word used by and of significance to Aboriginal peoples may cause people to engage with the story of this land and its peoples, the land we live on and which gives us life.

 

A new name may be a small token of reconciliation.

With the permission of Marrickville writer Sue Castrique the story of the Gumbramorra wetland follows. The wetland is the land beneath the industrial area of Marrickville, between Victoria Road and the Illawarra Railway line at Sydenham. https://griffithreview.atavist.com/marginsgood-swamp Sue’s story was a joint winner of The Nature Conservancy’s 2019 Nature Writing Prize.

 

Officer’s Comments:

 

Comment from Acting Director City Living:

The Geographic Names Board of NSW Policy – Place Naming under point 9.3 states:

 

Changes are discouraged unless the change has been deemed to be in the public interest or for safety reasons. Changing well established names can lead to address or location confusion, especially to electronic navigation services.

 

The policy states that if Council were to submit a naming proposal, it should be supported by a Council resolution with supporting evidence including community consultation that includes notices to local residences and associations.

 

Should this NoM be adopted, the proposal can be presented to the next Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee meeting on 15 June 2021 and the Geographical Names Board of NSW for approval.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.


Council Meeting

11 May 2021

 

Item No:         C0521(1) Item 34

Subject:         Notice of Motion: Review of Inner West Council Complaints Handling           

From:             Councillor Marghanita Da Cruz  

 

 

Motion:

 

THAT Council:

1.   Review the Management of Complaints including accessibility of information on 
website, reporting, performance, the Internal Ombudsman Shared Service and alignment with the NSW Ombudsman's best practice guidelines and the Procedures
for Handling Code of Conduct Complaints;

 

2.   Report the outcome of the review to Councillors at the July ordinary Council meeting.

 

Background

 

In accordance with the NSW Ombudsman's guidance, the Complaints Handling Policy was due to be reviewed last November.

"This policy is subject to regular review at a maximum interval of two years. Any recognised change to relevant legislation, directives or guidelines issued by agencies including the NSW Ombudsman and the Office of Local Government will instigate an immediate review of this policy to reflect any changes." viewed 20 April 2021 Source: Complaints Handling Policy (adopted27/11/2018) 
https://www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/ArticleDocuments/955/Complaints%20Handling%20Policy.pdf.aspx

With regard to the use of "Internal Ombudsman" The Association of Ombudsman have raised concerns "It is a contradiction in terms, for example, to describe a body as an ‘internal ombudsman’ or to apply the description to a body that is subject to the direction of a government minister or industry body.//The Australian and New Zealand Ombudsman Association (ANZOA) is concerned to ensure appropriate use of the term Ombudsman. Our view is that a body should not be described as an Ombudsman unless it complies with six essential criteria addressing independence, jurisdiction, powers, accessibility, procedural fairness and accountability./" Source: ESSENTIAL CRITERIA FOR DESCRIBING A BODY AS AN OMBUDSMAN Policy statement endorsed on 5 February 2010 by the Executive Committee of the Australian and New Zealand Ombudsman Association (ANZOA) - viewed 20 April 2021 
https://www.ombudsman.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0015/31434/ANZOA-Essential_criteria_for_describing_a_body_as_an_Ombudsman.pdf

 

 

Officer’s Comments:

 

Comment from Acting Governance Manager:

 

Council officers are commencing a review of the Complaints handling policy with the Internal Ombudsman Shared Service. A draft Policy will be tabled at the Ordinary Council meeting in July 2021 prior to going on public exhibition.

 

 

Comment from Acting Internal Ombudsman

 

The Internal Ombudsman Shared Service (IOSS) operates in accordance with the IOSS Governance Charter, available on Inner West Council’s website: https://www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/about/the-council/internal-ombudsman. Council’s website also contains information on what the IOSS will and will not investigate, information on how to make a complaint, confidentiality and privacy provisions, our contact details and further fact sheets about the service. The IOSS Charter, Fact Sheet and publicly available information on Council’s website follows the NSW Ombudsman’s Building a best practice complaint management system. The role of the IOSS is also incorporated into Council’s Complaint Handling Policy and the IOSS liaises regularly with Council officers to facilitate the effective and efficient management of complaints.

 

The IOSS, an impartial service working across the three member Councils, operates out of a stand-alone office in Auburn, physically separate from all other Council buildings. The IOSS reports to the IOSS Management Committee and issues an Annual Report on the performance of the IOSS, also available on Council’s website.

 

The IOSS will assist Council to review and update Council’s Complaint Handling Policy and review and report on Council’s Complaints Handling practices and processes.

 

In relation to Code of Conduct complaints, the Internal Ombudsman is delegated as Council’s Complaints Coordinator pursuant to Council’s adopted Code of Conduct and The Procedures for the Administration of the Model Code of Conduct. Any Code of Conduct complaints are managed pursuant to the relevant statutory requirements and there are review mechanisms available under the Procedures if there are identified concerns with this process.

 

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

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Council Meeting

11 May 2021

 

Item No:         C0521(1) Item 35

Subject:         Notice of Motion: Office of the Mayor           

From:             Councillor Tom Kiat  

 

 

Motion:

 

THAT Council:

 

1.   Receive and note the memo of the then Acting General Manager dated 8 April 2021, 'Organisation Structure in the Office of the Mayor';

 

2.