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Council Meeting

                            

TUESDAY 14 JUNE 2022

 

6.30pm


Council Meeting

14 June 2022

 

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Council Meeting

14 June 2022

 

 

 

PRECIS

 

 

 

VOLUME 1 of 3

 

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 10 May 2022 Council Meeting                                                                        6

Minutes of 10 May 2022 Extraordinary Council Meeting                                               29

 

7          Public Forum – Hearing from All Registered Speakers

 

8          Condolence Motions

 

ITEM                                                                                                                                     Page

 

C0622(1) Item 1  Condolence Motion: Bill Hiliard                                                                   32

 

9          Mayoral Minutes

 

Nil at the time of printing.

10        Reports with Strategic Implications

 

Nil at the time of printing.

11        Reports for Council Decision

 

ITEM                                                                                                                                     Page

 

C0622(1) Item 2  Councillor Expenses and Facilities Policy                                                  33

C0622(1) Item 3  Endorsement of Ashfield Park Plan of Management                                 50

C0622(1) Item 4  Endoresement of Petersham Park Plan of Management.                        201

C0622(1) Item 5  Endorsement King George Park Plan of Management                            367

                           

 

                           

 

VOLUME 2 0f 3

 

C0622(1) Item 6  Lewis Herman Reserve -Endorsement of Park Plan of Management and Master Plan                                                                                                           481

C0622(1) Item 7  Updated Partnership Agreement with Service NSW                                513

C0622(1) Item 8  De-amalgamation Business Case for Inner West Council                       534

C0622(1) Item 9  Rescheduling of October 2022 Meetings                                                 627

C0622(1) Item 10     Options on Accessibility improvement for small business                   629

C0622(1) Item 11     2022 Inner West Council Annual Grants                                             632

C0622(1) Item 12     Local Traffic Committee Meeting - 16 May 2022                                 656

C0622(1) Item 13     LPAC masterplan update                                                                     667

C0622(1) Item 14     Bays West - Stage 1 White Bay Power Station and Roberts Street Sub-Precincts Draft Master Plan - Inner West Council Submission                673

 

VOLUME 3 OF 3

 

C0622(1) Item 15     Community Strategic Plan 2036, Delivery Program 2022-26, Operational Plan and Budget 2022-23, Long Term Financial Plan 2022-32, Workforce Management Strategy 2022-26 and Asset Management Strategy 2022-32                  710

 

12        Reports for Noting

 

ITEM                                                                                                                                     Page

 

C0622(1) Item 16     Investment Report At 30 April 2022                                                   1349

C0622(1) Item 17     Camdenville Park Upgrade Re-commencement                               1376

C0622(1) Item 18     King George Park - Priority Community Improvement Project          1385

 

13        Notices of Motion

 

ITEM                                                                                                                                      Page

 

C0622(1) Item 19     Notice of Motion:40zM/H Speed Limits on Local Streets                  1388

C0622(1) Item 20     Notice of Motion:DA Info Sessions                                                    1390

C0622(1) Item 21     Notice of Motion: Westconnex St Peters Interchange                       1392

C0622(1) Item 22     Notice of Motion:Lighting up Dulwich Hill Skate Park                        1394

C0622(1) Item 23     Notice of Motion:Inner West Pride Centre                                         1395

C0622(1) Item 24     Notice of Motion: Tech Central-Camperdown Node Westconnex  Dive Site     1397

C0622(1) Item 25     Notice of Motion: Beautification of Railway Parade, Annandale       1400

C0622(1) Item 26     Notice of Motion: Audit of Council venues                                         1401

C0622(1) Item 27     Notice of Motion: Artist's Wage                                                          1402

C0622(1) Item 28     Notice of Motion:Senior Staff Changes                                              1403

 

14        Questions From Councillors

 

ITEM                                                                                                                                     Page

 

C0622(1) Item 29     Question on Notice:Council Investments                                           1404

C0622(1) Item 30     Question on Notice: Footpath Renewal                                             1405

 

15        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

 

C0622(1) Item 31     Tender (T05-22) Dulwich Hill Station Precinct Public Domain Improvements Project - Construction                                                                             1408


Council Meeting

14 June 2022

 

 

Minutes of Ordinary Council Meeting held on 10 May 2022 at Ashfield Service Centre

 

Meeting commenced at 6.33pm

 

Present:

Darcy Byrne

Jessica D’Arienzo

Liz Atkins

Marghanita Da Cruz

Mark Drury

Dylan Griffiths

Mathew Howard

Justine Langford

Pauline Lockie

Philippa Scott

Kobi Shetty

Chloe Smith

John Stamolis

Timothy Stephens

Zoi Tsardoulias
Peter Gainsford

Simone Plummer

Mayor

Deputy Mayor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

General Manager

Director Planning

Cathy Edwards-Davis

Director Infrastructure

Ruth Callaghan

Beau-Jane De Costa

Matthew Pearce

Harjeet Atwal

Daniel East

Daryl Jackson

Director Community

Acting Director Corporate

General Counsel

Senior Manager Planning

Manager Strategic Planning

Chief Financial Officer

Katherine Paixao

Acting Senior Manager Governance and Risk

 

APOLOGIES:     Nil

 

A request from Channel 9 to film the meeting was granted by Council.

 

DISCLOSURES OF INTERESTS:   

 

Clr Scott declared a non-significant, non-pecuniary interest in Item 4 Parramatta Road Corridor Stage 1 Planning Proposal and supporting Development Control Plan amendments (Inner West LEP Phase 2A) as her house is within the Taverner’s Hill development precinct that is the subject of the proposal. This will not affect her ability to consider the matter impartially and she will remain for the debate and vote.

 

Clr Howard declared a non-significant, non-pecuniary interest in Item 9 Local Traffic Committee Meeting - 19 April 2022 as he works in the Office of the State Member who has a representative on the Local Traffic Committee. He will leave the meeting during discussion and voting as the member participated directly in the meeting.

 

Motion: (Smith/Stephens)

 

That Council note the disclosures of interest.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES

 

Motion: (Drury/Scott)

 

That the Minutes of the Council Meeting held on Tuesday, 12 April 2022 be confirmed as a correct record.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

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.

 

Councillor Drury left the Meeting at 6:56 pm.

Councillor Drury returned to the Meeting at 6:58 pm.

 

C0522(1) Item 21       Notice of Motion: Vale Betty Mason

Motion: (Da Cruz/Stamolis)

 

That Council work with Betty Mason’s family and friends to install a Historical Marker, in an appropriate location, acknowledging Betty’s contribution to Annandale.

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

C0522(1) Item 1  Condolence Motion: Nectarios (Necta) Papanicolaou

Motion: (D’Arienzo/Howard)

 

That Council write a letter of condolence to the family of Necta Papanicolaou, expressing our sadness at his sudden passing and acknowledging his service and contribution to the Dulwich Hill community.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

C0522(1) Item 34       Mayoral Minute: Old Balmain Leagues Club Fire

Motion: (Byrne)

 

That Council:

 

1.   Notes that responsibility for the Balmain Leagues Club site rests with Transport for NSW (TfNSW) who have failed the residents of the Inner West in their duty to ensure the site is safe, resulting in the fire of the afternoon of 7 May 2022;

 

2.   Calls upon TfNSW to step up to its responsibility, secure the site, manage the ongoing aftermath of the fire and demolish the derelict building;

 

3.   Calls upon the NSW Government to declare their intentions for the use of the site one way or another; and

 

4.   Pending staff advice, proceed with issuing a demolition order for the derelict building if the Government fails to act.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

C0522(1) Item 35       Mayoral Minute: Master Plan for the Upgrade of Leichhardt Oval

Motion: (Byrne)

 

That:

 

1.   Council begins work on formulating a new Master Plan for the upgrading and renovation of facilities at Leichhardt Oval in anticipation of an expected significant NSW Government financial contribution;

 

2.   The Master Plan preserve and protect the heritage of the ground, including the Wayne Pearce Hill and Keith Barnes Stand, while providing the modern seating and facilities the ground desperately needs; and

 

3.   The Master Plan is to include consideration of the following:

 

·    The ground hosts a minimum of six Wests Tigers home games a year;

 

·    A major new grandstand providing modern seating for professional sport;

 

·    A Museum of Inner West Rugby League;

 

·    Modern amenities including new change rooms, toilets, food outlets and screens;

 

·    New function facilities;

 

·    Improved parking;

 

·    Opening the ground up to the public as a community centre during the week; and

 

·    An upgrade of the adjoining Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre providing improved gym, rehabilitation and aquatic facilities for users of Leichhardt Oval and the community.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

Procedural Motion (Scott/Stephens)

 

That Council Suspend Standing Orders to bring Items 10, 15, 16 and 19 forward to be dealt with at this time.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

Procedural Motion (Scott/Stephens)

 

That Items 10, 15, 16 and 19 be moved in globo and the recommendations contained within the report adopted.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

C0522(1) Item 10       Healthy Ageing Strategy And Action Plan 2022-2025

Motion: (Scott/Stephens)

 

That Council adopt the Draft Inner West Healthy Ageing Strategy 2022-2025 and note the Action Plan 2022-2025.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

C0522(1) Item 15       Superannuation Contribution Payment for Councillors

Motion: (Scott/Stephens)

 

That Council resolves for the Mayor and Councillors to receive superannuation contribution payments from 1 July 2022, in accordance with Section 254B of the Local Government Act 1993.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

C0522(1) Item 16       Creative Inner West Cultural Strategy 2022-2025

Motion: (Scott/Stephens)

 

THAT Council adopt Creative Inner West: Cultural Strategy 2022 – 2025 and note the Creative Inner West: Action Plan 2022 – 2025.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

C0522(1) Item 19       Food and Garden Organics Service to all Inner West Council 
         households

Motion: (Scott/Stephens)

 

That Council:

 

1.       Notes the project outline in this report to deliver a Food and Garden Organics (FOGO) service to all Inner West Households by 2024

 

2.       Notes the uptake and success of the Food Organics Service available to all apartments in the Inner West

 

3.       Writes a letter of appreciation to Randwick Council for providing Inner West with a FOGO briefing 

 

4.       Receive a report at the August 2022 Council Meeting.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

C0522(1) Item 2         Tree Management DCP review 2022

Motion: (Smith/Scott)

 

That:

 

1.    Council note that a record 3,200 mature street trees have been planted in the Inner West in the last two years:

 

2.    Council note that no less than $2 million is committed to towards tree planting - per year, every year - and another 800 trees are due to be planted by the end of 2022;

 

3.    Council place the attached draft Tree Management component of the Development Control Plan (TREE DCP 2022) on public exhibition;

 

4.    The draft Tree DCP 2022 be reported back to Council with the community feedback results;

 

5.    Given the very high and increasing number of flats, units and other multi-dwelling developments in the Inner West, Councils Tree DCP should not only refer to dwelling houses it should also cover flats, units and multi-dwelling developments.  Council should make appropriate modifications to the Tree DCP to account for flats, units and other multi-dwelling developments; and

 

6.    Council to review the advice from the briefing of February 2020 which recommended that the DCP be amended to refer any building being lawfully used for occupation as a residential dwelling.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

Amendment (Stamolis/Da Cruz)

That:

 

1.    Given the very high and increasing number of flats, units and other multi-dwelling developments in the Inner West, Councils Tree DCP should not only refer to dwelling houses it should also cover flats, units and multi-dwelling developments.  Council should make appropriate modifications to the Tree DCP to account for flats, units and other multi-dwelling developments; and

 

2.    Council to review the advice from the briefing of February 2020 which recommended that the DCP be amended to refer any building being lawfully used for occupation as a residential dwelling.

 

 

 

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

As the Amendment was carried, it has been incorporated into the Primary motion.

 

C0522(1) Item 3          Review of Affordable Housing Policy

Motion: (Griffiths/Smith)

 

That Council endorse the revised Affordable Housing Policy with amendment to appendix 2 that ensures council affordable housing residents, in mixed developments, have equal access to services as all other private residents of the accommodation.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

C0522(1) Item 4        Parramatta Road Corridor Stage 1 Planning Proposal and   
      supporting Development Control Plan amendments (Inner West  
      LEP Phase 2A)

Motion: (D’Arienzo/Stamolis)

 

That:

 

1.   Council supports the Planning Proposal for Parramatta Road Corridor - Stage 1 LEP Phase 2A and the associated draft amendments to Development Control Plans (DCPs) (Leichhardt, Marrickville and Comprehensive Inner West Development Control Plan 2016 (former Ashfield);

 

2.   The Planning Proposal is forwarded to the Minister for Planning for a Gateway Determination in accordance with Section 3.33 and 3.34 of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979;

 

3.   Council request delegation from Minister for Planning to manage the plan making functions of the Planning Proposal;

 

4.   Should the Planning Proposal receive a favourable Gateway Determination, place the Planning Proposal and draft DCP amendments on public exhibition in accordance with Council's Community Engagement Framework to meet the requirements of the Gateway Determination, Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2021;

 

5.   Council write to the Minister for Planning that commitments be put in place by the NSW Government for provision of on-street rapid transit system along Parramatta Road;

 

6.   Council authorise the General Manager to make any minor/ technical modifications to the Planning Proposal and supporting draft Development Control Plan amendments; and

 

7.   Council receive a post exhibition report for its consideration.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

C0522(1) Item 5       Community Consultation - Draft Inner West Development  
     Contribution Plan 2022 and supporting infrastructure needs
     studies

Motion: (Drury/Lockie)

 

That Council:

 

1.    Supports the Inner West Local Infrastructure Contributions Plan 2022 and its supporting studies to be placed on community consultation in accordance with the Community Engagement Framework, subject to the following specific amendments to the Framework:

 

a)    At least one of the 'meet the planner' drop-in sessions to be held on the weekend; and

 

b)    A public meeting to be held on the Contribution Plan.

 

2.    Authorise the General Manager to make minor/ technical modifications to the draft Inner West Local Infrastructure Contribution Plan prior to it being placed on public exhibition; and

 

3.     Receives a post exhibition report for its consideration.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

C0522(1) Item 6      Customer Service Review Update and Committee Representation

Motion: (Scott/Shetty)

 

That Council:

 

1.    Determines the 3 Councillor representatives for the Customer Service sub-committee are Clr Scott (Chair), Clr Tsardoulias and Clr Shetty;

 

2.    Notes the customer service improvements already undertaken, as outlined in the report, and requests that with regard to the inclusion of a Senior Manager’s name as the sign-off on customer service letters, that a direct phone number is also added; and

 

3.    Approve the Terms of Reference as detailed in Attachment 1, subject to the following amendments:

 

a)    Sub-Committee Composition

      5.1 Voting Members

     Three Councillor Representatives (one to be the Chair), as determined by Council

     Four Community Representatives, as determined by an Expression of Interest to be overseen by the Chair and General Manager

     General Manager

 

b)    5.3.Chairperson

     Sub-committee meetings will be chaired by a Councillor as determined by  
     Council, in the absence of the Chair the sub-committee will elect a Chair by
    the majority of voting members.

 

c)    7 Meetings

      7.1 Agenda Meetings and Webcasting

     The agenda shall be determined by the Chair and the General Manager.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

C0522(1) Item 7        Draft term sheet for Western Harbour Tunnel

Motion: (Scott/Drury)

 

That Council grants authority to the General Manager to negotiate with Transport for New South Wales with a view to finalising and signing an Interface Agreement.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, D'Arienzo, Drury, Howard, Lockie, Scott, Smith, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Crs Atkins, Da Cruz, Griffiths, Langford, Shetty and Stamolis

 

C0522(1) Item 8       Streetscape Maintenance Service Standard

Motion: (Scott/Drury)

 

That Council:

 

1.    Endorse the inhouse service delivery of the parks and verge mowing programs within the former Ashfield Council area; and

 

2.    Increase the service standard for verge maintenance to a 20 working day cycle from October to March and a 40 day working cycle from April to September.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

Amendment (Stamolis)

 

That Council investigates the increase of the service standard on the verge mowing to a 20 day cycle to all year.

 

This amendment lapsed for want of seconder

 

Councillor Howard left the Meeting at 8:34 pm as he declared a non-significant, non-pecuniary interest in Item 9 Local Traffic Committee Meeting - 19 April 2022 as he works in the Office of the State Member who has a representative on the Local Traffic Committee.

 

Councillor D'Arienzo left the Meeting at 8:35 pm.

 

C0522(1) Item 9        Local Traffic Committee Meeting - 19 April 2022

Motion: (Scott/Da Cruz)

 

THAT the Minutes of the Local Traffic Committee meeting held on 19 April 2022 be received and the recommendations be adopted.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, Drury, Griffiths, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

Absent:                        Crs D'Arienzo and Howard

Councillor Howard returned to the Meeting at 8:35 pm.

Councillor D'Arienzo returned to the Meeting at 8:37 pm.

 

C0522(1) Item 11       Reconciliation Action Plan

Motion: (Howard/Drury)

 

That the draft Reconciliation Action Plan be endorsed for Public Exhibition.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

 

C0522(1) Item 12       Ending Period Poverty in the Inner West

Motion: (Scott/Atkins)

 

THAT Council receive and note the report.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

C0522(1) Item 13       2021/22 Third Quarter Budget Review

Motion: (Drury/Stamolis)

 

That the Third Quarter Budget Review for 2021/22 be adopted.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

C0522(1) Item 14       Adoption of Code of Meeting Practice

Motion: (Scott/Stephens)

 

That Council adopts the Code of Meeting Practice, shown in Attachment 1.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, D'Arienzo, Drury, Howard, Scott, Smith, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Crs Atkins, Da Cruz, Griffiths, Langford, Lockie, Shetty and Stamolis

 

Amendment (Da Cruz/Lockie)

 

That clause 10.22 is amended to allow speakers 3 minutes.

 

Motion Lost

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Da Cruz, Griffiths, Langford, Lockie, Shetty and Stamolis

Against Motion:          Crs Byrne, D'Arienzo, Drury, Howard, Scott, Smith, Stephens and Tsardoulias

 

Amendment (Griffiths/Stamolis)

 

That clause 9.19 be removed ‘A Councillor may ask up to 3 questions per item on the agenda’, with sequent renumbering.

 

Motion Lost

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Da Cruz, Griffiths, Langford, Lockie, Shetty and Stamolis

Against Motion:          Crs Byrne, D'Arienzo, Drury, Howard, Scott, Smith, Stephens and Tsardoulias

 

Procedural motion (Smith/Byrne)

 

That the meeting be adjourned for 10 minutes.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

The meeting was adjourned at 8.55pm

 

The meeting recommenced at 9.08pm

 

C0522(1) Item 17       Review of the Regulatory Framework for Boarding House   
          Inspections

Motion: (Smith/Atkins)

 

That:

1.    Noting the inadequacy of the response received from the NSW Minister for Planning and Homes, organise a petition campaign calling on the NSW Government to commit to a joint state and local government review of boarding house regulation and management and sufficient resourcing of local councils for inspection;

 

2.    Council write to the respective Minister for Planning and the Minister for Small Business and Fair Trading seeking a more proactive approach to ensuring that boarding houses applying for registration with Fair Trading have the appropriate development consent. This includes:

 

a)    relevant fire safety standards,

b)    appropriate kitchen and bathroom facilities for the number of residents,

c)     annual review of fire safety for the protection of residents.

 

3.    Council endorse the boarding house inspection regime outlined in this report;

 

4.    Council continue to advocate for a partnership approach from NSW Government State Agencies in order to assist boarding house residents in securing safe and healthy accommodation;

 

5.    Council write  letters to all 4 State MPs seeking  better funding for Council inspections and enforcement;

 

6.    Council notes that:

 

a)    boarding houses provide low cost accommodation to low income and vulnerable people;

 

 

b)    IWC LGA has largest number of boarding houses of any LGA in NSW and therefore needs State funding assistance to carry out Council obligations under the Boarding House Act; and

 

c)    currently Council receives no assistance from State in relation to boarding houses

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

Procedural Motion (Shetty/Da Cruz)

 

That an extension of time of one (1) minute for Councillor Stamolis to speak on the motion  in item 16 be granted.

 

Motion Lost

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Da Cruz, Griffiths, Langford, Lockie, Shetty and Stamolis

Against Motion:          Crs Byrne, D'Arienzo, Drury, Howard, Scott, Smith, Stephens and Tsardoulias

 

C0522(1) Item 18       Lilyfield Skate Plaza Part 5 Approval

Motion:  (Scott/Byrne)

 

That Council:

 

1.    Receive and note the report;

 

2.    Note that in addition to the 10 trees to be planted around the perimeter of the skate plaza that 32 additional trees will be planted within Leichhardt Park to offset the proposed tree removal;

 

3.    Commit to, in addition to replacing the “not well-maintained” trees at the skate park site one for one per the report, planting the first new microforest in the Inner West as committed at the February 2022 Meeting of Council in proximity to the skate park; and

 

4.    Note that the Leichhardt Park Plan of Management proposes to reduce Link Road between LPAC and Leichhardt No3 to one way traffic and to establish a designated pedestrian and cycle paths between the LPAC forecourt and the skate plaza and lower foreshore level, on the water side of the Link Road.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Cr Stamolis

Councillor Griffiths left the Meeting at 9:55 pm.

 

C0522(1) Item 20       Investment Report at 31 March 2022

Motion: (Stamolis/Shetty)

 

That Council:

 

1.    Notes the strong fall in investment performance through 2022 to date;

 

2.    Explain this fall in performance and its impact on Council finances by way of a report to Council in June 2022; and

 

3.    Councils investment report shows that it has invested $253 million but total restrictions & working funds are recorded as $358 million.  Can Council explain the differences and report back in June 2022.

 

Motion Lost

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Da Cruz, Langford, Lockie, Shetty and Stamolis

Against Motion:          Crs Byrne, D'Arienzo, Drury, Howard, Scott, Smith, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Absent:                        Cr Griffiths

 

Foreshadowed Motion (Drury/Scott)

 

That Council receive and note the report.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

Absent:                        Cr Griffiths

Councillor Griffiths returned to the Meeting at 9:56 pm.

C0522(1) Item 22       Notice of Motion: Encouraging Verge Gardens

Motion: (Griffith/D’Arienzo)

 

That:

 

1.   The draft Verge Garden Policy will encourage residents to garden on the verge; and

 

2.   Upon finalisation of the Verge Garden Policy Council will initiate a verge gardening competition across the Local Government Area, the competition will:

 

a)   be detailed in a future report to Council;

 

b)   offer interested residents with a limited number of free native and appropriate plants to be planted on the verge and used in the competition; 

 

c)   offer prizes; and

 

d)   advertise winning verges through the council newsletter and on the Council website.

 

 

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

C0522(1) Item 23       Notice of Motion: Reusable Sanitary Product Rebate

Motion: (Scott/Shetty)

 

That Council:

 

1.   Acknowledges many sanitary and hygiene products, including disposable nappies, tampons and pads cannot be recycled, contributing to landfill;

 

2.   Commits to a 12-month trial of a rebate program on 50% of the purchase price for $100 rebate on the purchase of reusable sanitary products and a $150 rebate on the purchase of reusable nappies in the 2022-2023 Budget, capped at $30,000;

 

3.   Notes the trial will be funded through the remainder of an existing grant from the Better Waste Recycling Fund provided to Council by the Environmental Protection Agency; and

 

4.   Notes similar Council programs that have been successfully run in other local government areas including Parramatta, Hornsby, Blacktown and Penrith councils.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

C0522(1) Item 24       Notice of Motion: Illegal Dumping on Residential Streets

Motion: (Howard/Langford)

 

That Council:

 

1.   Notes an increase in reports of illegal dumping on residential streets across the Inner West, particularly following recent wet weather, and the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 on council services;

 

2.   Acknowledges Council’s free booked clean up service provides a flexible, efficient and environmentally beneficial service for residents;

 

3.   As soon as possible, undertakes a comprehensive and targeted education campaign to tackle illegal dumping of rubbish on streets across the Inner West - with information on a prominent page in the Inner West News, local media, social media and on the Council website, stickers and decals on Council trucks and vehicles - focused on;

 

a)   How to use the booked clean up service;

 

b)   How to report illegal dumping;

 

c)   Local opportunities to reuse, swap and share, including online groups, resale platforms and local reuse organisations; and 

 

d)   The financial, social and environmental cost to the community of illegal dumping.

 

4.   As part of its education campaign, engages with real estate agents to provide information to tenants or owners who are relocating about the booked clean up service and engages with strata committees to better manage collections;

 

5.   Increases patrols of dumping hotspots; and

 

6.   Increases and employs Council’s social media budget for the purpose of promoting core services that benefit the local community. 

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

Amendment (Stamolis/Da Cruz)

 

That Council:

 

1.    Notes the widespread community concern about Council’s booked clean-up service and how this makes streets and suburbs continually look untidy;

 

2.    Note community concern about the significantly lower rates of reuse and recycling as a result of moving to booked Council services; and

 

3.    Note that residents are concerned that the Council booked service has led to greater levels of illegal dumping.  

Motion Lost

For Motion:                 Crs Da Cruz, Shetty and Stamolis

Against Motion:          Crs Atkins, Byrne, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Smith, Stephens and Tsardoulias

 

C0522(1) Item 25       Notice of Motion: Inclusive Playgrounds

Motion: (Howard/Tsardoulias)

 

That Council:

 

1.   Acknowledges all children in our community have a right to play, but that a lack of accessibility in local playgrounds prohibit many children living with disability from doing so;

 

2.   Notes that children with disability can be better engaged in designing play spaces and thanks the Social Strategy Advisory Committee for developing co-design principles that aim to engage the community in the design and development of infrastructure, services and policies to ensure projects better responds to and meets the needs of the community;

 

3.   Commit to establishing an inclusive playground in each ward by:

 

a)   Identifying a planned playground upgrade in each ward that could be appropriately developed as an inclusive play space, including King Georges Park, Rozelle;

 

b)   Working with a reputable third party to better engage children with disability and their families in the codesign of these play spaces, incorporating the co-design principles developed by the Social Strategy Advisory Committee;

 

c)   Allocating $50,000 in the 2022-2023 Budget for consultation, planning and design and $2 million for construction in 2023-2024 Budget;

 

d)   Directing staff to investigate further grant and funding opportunities; and

 

e)   Incorporating this approach into either or both of council’s draft Recreation Study and upcoming draft Playground Strategy, as appropriate.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

C0522(1) Item 26       Notice of Motion: Local Democracy

Motion: (D’Arienzo/Scott)

 

That Council:

 

1.    Notes our Local Democracy Groups include 9 Advisory Committees and 4 Working Groups:

 

ADVISORY COMMITTEES

  1. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee   
  2. Access Advisory Committee
  3. Arts and Culture Advisory Committee
  4. Environment Advisory Committee
  5. Housing and Affordability Advisory Committee
  6. Multicultural Advisory Committee
  7. Planning and Heritage Advisory Committee
  8. Social Strategy Advisory Committee
  9. Transport Advisory Committee

 

WORKING GROUPS

  1. Bicycle Working Group
  2. LGBTIQ+ Working Group
  3. Seniors Working Group
  4. Young Leaders Working Group

 

2.    Notes the Inner West community has a strong desire for greater participation in Council’s decision-making. Council recognises that local knowledge, ideas and feedback from the community are essential to ensure Council’s decision-making improves community wellbeing and long-term sustainability;

 

3.    Thank the members of the Local Democracy Groups for their service and commitment to our community.

 

4.    Request a councillor briefing on Local Democracy Groups prior to the June Council meeting, with a view to review the Terms of Reference prior to the commencement of the new groups.’

 

5.    Review and strengthen the Terms of Reference for the Local Democracy Groups:

 

a)    To align with CSP Strategic Direction 5, outcome 5.3 - people are well informed and actively engaged in local decision making and problem solving;

 

b)    To focus on priorities outlined in the Community Strategic Plan and Delivery Program; and

 

c)     To be a purposeful forum to deliberate and problem solve on policy matters.

 

6.    In consultation with staff, determine 1-2 appropriate policy challenges to allocate to the newly constituted Local Democracy Groups for deliberation. Quarterly progress reports on deliberations to be submitted to Council;

 

7.    Prepare Expressions of Interest for all new Local Democracy Groups for a new term  commencing July 2022 until September 2024, with the recruitment panel to include relevant Council Officers and three Councillors (Deputy Mayor D’Arienzo, Councillor Scott and Councillor tbc);

 

8.    Note our commitment is to engage and hear from a wide and diverse range of people in our community;

 

9.    Establish an additional Inner West Local Community Panel to operate as a community sounding board. Engagement is fit for purpose and by invitation to a random selection of registered participants to deliberate and provide input through various consultation methods:

 

a)     Invite all residents and local businesses to opt-in to register for the Local Community Panel;

 

b)    Advertise the Local Community Panel through regular Inner West communication channels providing information in community languages; and

 

c)    Consult with New Democracy Foundation on Local Community Panel design and function. 

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

Councillor Scott left the Meeting at 10:23 pm.

 

 

 

 

C0522(1) Item 27       Notice of Motion: Trans and Gender Diverse swim night

Motion: (Atkins/D’Arienzo)

 

That Council:

1.   Congratulates staff and the LGBTQ Working Group on the success of the Trans and Gender Diverse Swim Night at Ashfield Aquatic Centre on 29 April 2022; and

2.   Requests that staff investigate the feasibility of future Trans and Gender Diverse Swim Nights and swim nights for other communities, such as people with disabilities, and refugee families, at Inner West Council Aquatic Centres and bring a report back to Council, including an estimate of costs and whether an entry fee should be charged.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

Councillor Scott returned to the Meeting at 10:25 pm.

C0522(1) Item 28       Notice of Motion: Ausgrid Excessive Tree Pruning

Motion: (Atkins/Smith)

 

That Council:

1.    Notes excessive pruning of street trees by Ausgrid in the Inner West Council Local Government Area;

 

2.    Notes that Ausgrid is no longer applying the agreed reduced clearance of 0.5m when trimming trees in the Inner West; and

 

3.    Agree that the Mayor write to Ausgrid:

a)    aseeking adherence to the previously agreed 0.5m clearance when trimming trees; and

 

b)    An estimate of costs of implementing an aerial bundled cabling program at the very least around heritage trees and in heritage conservation areas, with costs to be shared between Council and Ausgrid.

4.    Works with neighbouring Councils, SSROC and Local Government NSW to advocate jointly to Ausgrid for:

 

a)    A review of clearance pruning guidelines and practices, with a maximum clearance of 0.5m around overhead wires to be adopted; and

 

b)    Reforms to minimise canopy loss from pruning works and improve cost-sharing for undergrounding and aerial bundled cabling works to be incorporated into Ausgrid's upcoming proposal for its next five-year regulatory control period, which commences 1 July 2024.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

Procedural motion (Scott/Byrne)

 

That Council adjourn the meeting to open the Extraordinary meeting at 10.30pm and return to the Ordinary meeting at the conclusion of the Extraordinary Meeting.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

Meeting was adjourned at 10.28pm

Meeting resumed at 10.55pm

 

Procedural motion (Scott/Howard)

That the meeting be extended until 11.10pm

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

Procedural motion (Scott/Smith)

That the meeting be extended until 11.20pm

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

Procedural motion (Scott/Smith)

 

That the motion be put.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, D'Arienzo, Drury, Howard, Scott, Smith, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Crs Atkins, Da Cruz, Griffiths, Langford, Lockie, Shetty and Stamolis

 

 

 

 

C0522(1) Item 29       Notice of Motion: Makarrata – Voice, Treaty, Truth

Motion: (Langford/Stamolis)

 

That Council:

 

1.    Notes that the Uluru Statement From the Heart is addressed to the Australian people and invites the nation to create a better future via a proposal of key reforms;

 

2.    Notes that ‘Makarrata’, as outlined in the Uluru Statement, is a Yolgnu word for “coming together after a struggle to supervise a process of agreement-making between governments and First Nations and truth-telling about our history”;

3.    Acknowledges the notions of ‘Voice, Treaty, Truth’ as outlined in the Uluru Statement From the Heart;

 

4.    Commits to Truth-Telling to achieve Historical Acceptance and Reconciliation;

5.    Delivers the Reconciliation Action Plan in this term of Council;

6.    Notes the request from Council’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee to establish a Community Hub:

 

7.    Prioritises identifying an appropriate location for the Community Hub as soon as possible;

8.    Notes that the role of the Hub continues to be scoped and could include:

·         exhibition space for First Nations artists;

·         cultural centre;

·         employment opportunities for First Nations people.

 

9.    Continues to actively seek opportunities to rename parks, streets, buildings and other sites with Gadigal and Wangal words and install interpretive signage that recognises Gadigal and Wangal places of significance; and

 

10.  Briefs Councillors about current projects, including the Wayfinding Path, the Survival Memorial in Yeo Park, the Community Hub, current status of the Reconciliation in Action Plan (RAP), update on negotiations with the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council towards a Principles of Co-operation Agreement with Inner West Council and any other related initiatives that give voice to Truth-Telling, Historical Acceptance, Reconciliation, Recognition of Sovereignty and Self-Determination towards a better future.

 

Motion Lost

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Da Cruz, Griffiths, Langford, Shetty and Stamolis

Against Motion:          Crs Byrne, D'Arienzo, Drury, Howard, Lockie, Scott, Smith, Stephens and Tsardoulias

 

Confidential Session

 

Motion: (Byrne/Scott)

 

That Council enter into Confidential session.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

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

 

C0522(1) Item 32 Marrickville and St Peters Town Halls External Works Tender T16-21 (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.

 

C0522(1) Item 33  Licence of Leichhardt Oval to Wests Tigers Rugby League Football Pty Ltd (Section 10A(2)(d)(ii) of the Local Government Act 1993) that would, if disclosed confer a commercial advantage on a competitor of the Council.

 

Motion: (Byrne/D’Arienzo)

 

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

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

Reports with Confidential Information

 

C0522(1) Item 32       Marrickville and St Peters Town Halls External Works Tender 
         T16-21

Motion: (Scott/Drury)

 

That Council:

 

1.    Accept the revised tender submission from Rapid Construction Pty Ltd valued at $1,904,147 (Exc. GST);

 

2.    Include a 20% contingency sum of $380,829 (Exc. GST) due to the unknown extent of the remedial facade works;

 

3.    Re-allocate funds to the value of $894,289 (Exc. GST) from existing budgets to make-up the shortfall in funding for the project; and

 

4.    Provide the General Manager with delegated authority to execute any associated documents.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

C0522(1) Item 33       Licence of Leichhardt Oval to Wests Tigers Rugby League  
          Football Pty Ltd

Motion: (Scott/Drury)

 

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

 

1.    Resolves to grant a licence of Leichhardt Park Oval No.1 to Wests Tigers Rugby League Football Pty Ltd (the Wests Tigers) for rugby league matches and training; and

 

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

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Byrne, Da Cruz, D'Arienzo, Drury, Griffiths, Howard, Langford, Lockie, Scott, Shetty, Smith, Stamolis, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Nil

 

Councillor Drury retired from the Meeting at 11:17 pm.

 

 

 

 

Meeting closed at 11.18pm.

 

Public Speakers:

 

Item #

 

Speaker                     

Suburb

Item 2:

Michael McNamara

Balmain

Item 10:

Sandra Robin Triutzi

Stanmore

Item 16:

Tamara Winkoff

Lewisham

Item 18:

Giovannino Navarra

Stefan Wernik

Glen Apps

Andrew Alcorn

David Sheffield

Birchwood

Dulwich Hill

Blaxland

Rozelle

North Balgowlah

Item 21:

Tom Cochrane

West End Queensland

Item 23:

Anna Harvey

Croydon

Item 25:

Kim Becherand

Sylvania Mahmic

Drummoyne

Marrickville

Item 27:

Warner Ward

Marrickville

Item 28:

Chris O’Dell

Mahala McLindin

Newtown

Lewisham

Item 29:

Allan Barnes

Uncle Jimmy Smith

Thomas Mayor

Petersham

Glebe

Moil Point

Item 32:

Brian Halstead

Mosman

 

 

 

Unconfirmed minutes of the Ordinary Council meeting held on 10 May 2022.


Council Meeting

14 June 2022

 

 

 

Minutes of Extraordinary Council Meeting held on 10 May 2022 at Ashfield Service Centre

 

Meeting commenced at 10.31pm

 

 

 

Present:

Darcy Byrne

Jessica D’Arienzo

Liz Atkins

Marghanita Da Cruz

Mark Drury

Dylan Griffiths

Mathew Howard

Justine Langford

Pauline Lockie

Philippa Scott

Kobi Shetty

Chloe Smith

John Stamolis

Timothy Stephens

Zoi Tsardoulias
Peter Gainsford

Simone Plummer

Mayor

Deputy Mayor (10.34pm)

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor (10.33pm)

Councillor

Councillor (10.32pm)

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

General Manager

Director Planning

Cathy Edwards-Davis

Director Infrastructure

Ruth Callaghan

Beau-Jane De Costa

Matthew Pearce

Director Community

Acting Director Corporate

General Counsel

Katherine Paixao

Acting Senior Manager Governance and Risk

 

APOLOGIES:     Nil

 

Councillor Langford entered the Meeting at 10:32 pm.

 

Councillor Griffiths entered the Meeting at 10:33 pm.

 

Councillor D'Arienzo entered the Meeting at 10:34 pm.

 

DISCLOSURES OF INTERESTS:                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 (Stamolis/Atkins)

 

That each point of the motion in Item 1 be voted on separately.

 

Motion Lost

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Da Cruz, Griffiths, Langford, Lockie, Shetty and Stamolis

Against Motion:          Crs Byrne, D'Arienzo, Drury, Howard, Scott, Smith, Stephens and Tsardoulias

 

Procedural Motion (Griffiths/Shetty)

 

That an extension of time of one (1) minute for Councillor Stamolis to speak on the motion be granted.

 

Motion Lost

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Da Cruz, Griffiths, Langford, Lockie, Shetty and Stamolis

Against Motion:          Crs Byrne, D'Arienzo, Drury, Howard, Scott, Smith, Stephens and Tsardoulias

 

Procedural Motion (Scott/Stephens)

 

That the motion be put.

 

Motion Carried

For Motion:                 Crs Byrne, D'Arienzo, Drury, Howard, Scott, Smith, Stephens and Tsardoulias

Against Motion:          Crs Atkins, Da Cruz, Griffiths, Langford, Lockie, Shetty and Stamolis

 

C0522(2) Item 1        Notice of Motion: Demerger of Inner West Council

Motion: (Stamolis/Atkins)

 

That Council:   

 

1.    Notes that 62.5% of the Inner West community voted to demerge Inner West Council to restore the three previous Councils (Ashfield, Leichhardt and Marrickville) and that the result of the poll was a majority vote across ALL five existing wards and ALL three previous Councils;

 

2.    Notes that the Demerger Poll was run by the NSW Electoral Commission in which there were 104,219 formal votes;

 

3.    Notes that the Demerger Poll has the support of the majority of the community and that our community reasonably expects that Council will prepare a strong and effective business case for the demerger of Inner West Council;

 

4.    Notes that the NSW Minister for Local Government, The Hon. Wendy Tuckerman MP has confirmed that NSW Government will pay for the cost of the demerger;

 

5.    Ensures that the community, Councillors and local government experts have close oversight of the development of Council’s business case for the demerger;

 

6.    Establishes a Demerger Committee to oversee the development of the demerger business case and invites Councillors, community members and local government experts to be active members of this Committee;

 

7.    Provides any documents such as Terms of Reference for the development of the demerger business case, the Consultant’s Brief or other;  immediately to Councillors and the Demerger Committee, and to make these documents publicly available;

 

8.    Invites the Demerger Committee to review and amend any documents associated with the development of the demerger business case, including any brief to consultants, to ensure:  

 

a)   They outline the development of a strong and positive business case which reflects the desire of our community to demerge; and

 

b)   They adhere to the NSW Government Guidelines for business cases which includes the provision that there is stakeholder engagement.   

 

9.    Reviews the demerger process timeline as outlined by the General Manager at the residents’ meeting on April 7, taking on board the NSW Government business case guidelines about consultation with Councillors and community; and utilising professional expertise in the preparation of a strong and effective business case;

 

10.  Convenes public meetings across the three former Councils to consult the community on the demerger process and to summarise details of the business case which will support the outcome of the demerger poll; and

 

11.  Provide fortnightly updates on progress with the demerger case on Council’s website.   

 

Motion Lost

For Motion:                 Crs Atkins, Da Cruz, Griffiths, Langford, Lockie, Shetty and Stamolis

Against Motion:          Crs Byrne, D'Arienzo, Drury, Howard, Scott, Smith, Stephens and Tsardoulias

 

Meeting closed at 10.54pm.

 

Public Speakers:

 

 

Item #

 

Speaker                     

Suburb

Item 1:

Rochelle Porteous

Pip Hinman

Balmain East

Newtown

 

Unconfirmed minutes of the Extraordinary Council meeting held on 10 May 2022.

 

 

 

 


Council Meeting

14 June 2022

 

Item No:         C0622(1) Item 1

Subject:         Condolence Motion: Bill Hiliard           

From:             Councillor Mark Drury   

 

 

Motion:

 

That Council writes a letter of condolence to the family of Bill Hilliard, expressing our sadness at his passing and commending the contribution he made to Rugby League in the Inner West.

 

 

Background

 

The Inner West Community recently lost a much-loved and valued local legend with former Teacher, Balmain Tigers prop and reserve-grade premiership-winning captain Bill Hilliard sadly passing away on 27 March 2022, aged 69.

 

Bill grew up in Balmain and was a student at Christian Brothers, Lewisham. He began his successful teaching career at Balmain High in the days when footy players still had full time jobs as well. Many of his former students remember him turning up on a Monday with black eyes or cuts and bruises from the weekend’s game.

 

During his Rugby League career, he played 100 grade games for Balmain, Wests and Souths, captained Balmain to two second grade premierships in 1978 and 1982 and ended his career by captaining the Wests first grade team in 1983. Following his retirement, he then coached Balmain third grade for four seasons with a number of his young players going on to play first grade.

 

While a talented player in his own right, what he lacked in physical size he made up for with toughness, leadership and commitment. It was this same commitment and leadership that made him a great coach and an inspiring mentor to generations of students throughout his long and successful teaching career.

 

Following his days at Balmain High School, he moved on to teach at Ashfield Boys High and eventually Homebush Boys High where he became a long time Deputy Principal until his retirement. However, Bill’s commitment to mentoring young people continued beyond his retirement as he continued to teach part-time at Ryde Secondary College up until his sad passing.

 

In the last few weeks, several of Bill’s former colleagues and students have paid tribute to his dedication, care and commitment to his students. All agree that he was the kind of person who was always willing to go above and beyond for those that needed help and that his genuine warmth and understanding made him a beloved teacher and a well-respected member of the Inner West community.   

 

Today we remember Bill as a tough and committed athlete, an inspiring mentor and teacher and a genuine role model in the Inner West community.

 

 

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

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Item No:         C0622(1) Item 2

Subject:         Councillor Expenses and Facilities Policy           

Prepared By:      Beau-Jane De Costa - Acting Director Corporate 

Authorised By:  Peter Gainsford - General Manager

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:

 

1.   Place the draft Councillor Expenses and Facilities Policy, as attached, on public exhibition for a period of 28 days; and

 

2.   Consider the results of the public exhibition process when adopting the final Councillor Expenses and Facilities Policy.

 

 

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

Under section 252 of the Local Governance Act 1993 (the Act), Council must adopt a Councillor Expenses and Facilities Policy (the Policy) within 12 months of the commencement of a new Council term. The Act also requires that the public must be notified of Council’s intention to adopt or amend the Policy by allowing at least 28 days for the making of public submissions.

 

The draft Policy is based on the Office of Local Government (OLG) better practice Councillor Expenses and Facilities Policy for Local Government and includes all specific expenses for which Councillors are entitled to receive and reimbursements. This allows Councillors to receive adequate and reasonable expenses and facilities to enable them to carry out their civic duties as elected representatives of their local communities.

 

The proposed changes to the draft Policy are based on the internal structural changes, updates to applicable legislation, feedback received from Councillors, better alignment to the OLG better practice model and other Council policies, for example the Code of Conduct. The table below outlines the proposed major amendments to the Policy:

 

Section Change

Clause

Reason

Expenses and Facilities

Pg3

Table

Expenses where applicable have been individualised to per Councillor to ensure equitable expenditure of funds

Professional Development

Pg3

Additional clause included to provide flexibility to Councillors in relation to professional development expenses.

Reporting

Pg4

New requirement to report on Councillor expenditure six monthly in accordance with OLG better practice

Principles

3.1

Additional bullet point: Appropriate management ensuring  Council staff assess expenses in accordance with delegations and this policy ensuring sound financial management is followed

General Expenses

5.3

A new cl 5.3 is inserted to include not personally benefiting from reward points programs when incurring Council related expenses in accordance with OLG better practice

Interstate, overseas and long distance intrastate travel expenses

6.11 -6.15

A new cl 6.11 is inserted to ensure Councillors obtain approval by Council resolution for any overseas travel in accordance with OLG better practice.

A new cl 6.12 sets out the criteria for any overseas travel, in accordance with OLG better practice.

 A new cl 6.13/6.14 inclusion of class of air travel and appropriate approval, in accordance with OLG better practice.

Accommodation and meals

6.19

The General Manager to determine the accommodation and meals expenses outside of Australia before the overseas trip is taken, in accordance with OLG better practice.

Professional development, conference and seminars

6.25

Each Councillor will now have a budget of $6,150 for their professional development and not a pool of money for all Councillors.

Special requirement and carer expenses

6.40

Additional wording included to provide flexibility in Carers arrangements when extenuating circumstances apply.

Insurances

7.2

Removal of inconsequential clause to ensure clarity and  align with Councils actual insurance mechanisms

Legal assistance

8.2

Clause reworded for clarity purposes.

Administrative Support and Additional Facilities for the Mayor

9.6 -10.7

Councillor support will be available to all Councillors (including the Mayor), via the new Councillors Support Team, there is no longer a separate Mayors Office and this has been removed from the Policy. The Councillors support team has been limited to 6 FTE to support all 15 Councillors and the additional facilities of the Mayor clauses have been amended to reflect this structure, other amendments in this section are to ensure consistency with Councils practices.

Processes

11.4

A new cl 11.4 requiring sufficient evidence must be provided to ensure expenses are within the scope of the Policy.

Reimbursement

11.7

Councillors must provide sufficient evidence and submit them to the support.councillors@innerwest.nsw.gov.au email address to have their expenses reimbursed.

Additional amendments

n/a

All other minor amendments have been made for the purposes of clarity, to align to OLG better practice or other current Council policies (Code of Conduct).

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

There are no financial implications associated with the endorsement to place the Policy on public exhibition.

 

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Draft Amended Councillor Expenses and Facilities Policy

  


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Item No:         C0622(1) Item 3

Subject:         Endorsement of Ashfield Park Plan of Management           

Prepared By:      Aaron Callaghan - Parks and Recreation Planning Manager 

Authorised By:  Simone Plummer - Director Planning

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council as land manager of Ashfield Park;

 

1.   Endorse the Draft Plan of Management (Lot 2 DP607316) and refer this to the Minister for Crown Land and Waters for owners’ consent; and

 

2.   Note that on receipt of owners consent the Draft Plan of Management will be exhibited for 28 days and reported back to Council for adoption.

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

Council has now completed the development of a 10-year draft plan of management and master plan for Ashfield Park (refer to Attachment 1). The draft Master Plan includes future development proposals for Ashfield Park including:

 

·    A new interpretation strategy to highlight significant historic aspects of the park

·    New park furniture in selected shaded locations

·    Establishing a biodiversity area to the southern corner of the park

·    Continue to maintain the practice of cutting the parks’ shrubs into ornamental shapes and keep the name ‘Ashfield Park’.

·    Installation of two table tennis tables with concrete pads, accessible path and spectator seating.

·    Extension of the community garden (by the community garden group).

·    Upgrade of one of the grass bowling greens to a synthetic green

·    Creation of an off-leash dog area in the north-east corner of the park

·    Upgrade the existing playground

·    Extend existing BBQ area and include additional natural play elements

 

 

Council officers have undertaken an extensive review of the draft Plan of Management and are presenting the plan to Council for endorsement and recommending that the Plan of Management is referred to the to the Minister for Land and Waters for owners’ consent for the purposes of reserve classification confirmation and exhibition.

 

Community Engagement

 

Council has undertaken extensive community engagement as part of the development of the draft plan of management and master plan. The purpose of engagement was to establish any key issues that the community may have in relation to Ashfield Park, as well as highlighting aspects of the park which are highly valued. Contributors were encouraged to include ideas, comments and suggestions to assist in prioritising the focus of key strategies and outcomes for the future.

 

The full community engagement report on the outcomes of community engagement and exhibition to date can be found at: Planning for Ashfield Park | Your Say Inner West (nsw.gov.au) 

 

In summary Council has undertaken the following community engagement:

 

Stage 1 -March 2021

Council sought community input/feedback on how to care for and manage and improve Ashfield Park over the next 10 years. Feedback received has been combined with planning and landscape advice along with legal expertise to assist with the development of a draft Plan of Management and Master Plan (PoM) refer to Attachment 1.

 

Key Master Plan Proposals (Developed from Stage 1)

·    A new interpretation strategy to highlight significant historic aspects of the park

·    New park furniture in selected shaded locations

·    Establishing a biodiversity area to the southern corner of the park

·    Continue to maintain the practice of cutting the parks’ shrubs into ornamental shapes and keep the name ‘Ashfield Park’.

·    Install two table tennis tables with concrete pads, accessible path and spectator seating.

·    Extend and improve the community garden.

·    Upgrade of one of the grass bowling greens to a synthetic green

·    An off-leash dog area in the north-east corner of the park

·    Upgrade the existing playground

·    Provision of cricket nets

·    Extend existing BBQ area and include additional natural play elements

 

 

Stage 2- July 2021

Draft Plan of Management exhibited for public feedback for a period of 42 days (closed 24th August 2021).

 

 

Key Master Plan proposals (Developed from Stage 2)

•     Heritage themes and existing park elements were highly valued by park users and these are referenced in the Plan of Management. 

•     Park users and residents expressed concerns about intensification of park usage through the introduction of additional recreation opportunities and the need to maintain passive recreational uses.

•     64% supported an Dog Off Leash Area

•     The synthetic bowling green was not supported by respondents with the community preferring to retain the natural turf. This has been maintained in the master plan to allow for consideration in the future. The current turf bowling green will however be retained.

•     Requests for Ping Pong Tables, Netball/Basketball Hoops-Not included with respect to requests not to overly develop the park and intensify its use.

•     Cricket nets were not supported by most respondents. Key safety issues were highlighted with the existing path network. The cricket nets were removed from the master plan.

•     Council received a petition with 122 signatures requesting additional swings within the park. The petition requests an additional swing set within the existing playground and an additional swing set outside the existing playground. Additional swings will be considered as part of a future playground upgrade for the park however it is recommended that these be retained within the existing playground footprint.

•     Community support was evident for maintaining the community garden and support for additional garden beds.

 

 

Next Steps

The Draft Plan of Management must be referred to the Minister for Lands and Water for formal endorsement of owner’s consent. On receipt of owners’ consent, the plan of management will be exhibited for a further 28 days and then brought back to Council for adoption. The Crown Land Management Act also requires that as part of the park plan of management planning process that Council seek and provide a copy of Native Title Managers Advice as per Section 8.7. This advice has been attached as Attachment 2.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Once endorsed by Council the Ashfield Park Plan of Management and Masterplan will be independently assessed and costed by a registered Quantity Surveyor. Key master plan proposals will then be worked into Council Capital works program for park improvements over the next ten years.

 

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Attachment 1 Draft Park Plan of Management and Master Plan Ashfield Park

2.

Attachment 2 Native Title Advice Ashfield Park

  


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Item No:         C0622(1) Item 4

Subject:         Endoresement of Petersham Park Plan of Management.            

Prepared By:      Aaron Callaghan - Parks and Recreation Planning Manager 

Authorised By:  Simone Plummer - Director Planning

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council as land manager of Petersham Park;

 

1.   Endorse the Draft Plan of Management (D500070 & D500430) and refer this to the Minister for Crown Land and Waters for owner’s consent;

 

2.   Note that on receipt of owners consent the Draft Plan of Management will be exhibited for 28 days and reported back to Council for adoption; and

 

3.   Council note the outcomes of community engagement associated with the renaming proposal for the Petersham Park Grandstand.

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

Council has now completed the development of a 10-year draft plan of management and master plan for Petersham Park (refer to Attachment 1).

 

A Park Plan of Management [POM] is a guiding framework which directs the future vision, planning, management and use of the park. It will be used to inform the development of the park over the next ten years. The associated Master Plan is a design report outlining the actions required for improvement, intended to guide the physical upgrade of the parkland over the next ten years. It does this by suggesting how the strategies set out in the Plan of Management can be translated into site specific improvement opportunities for use and enjoyment of the park.

 

Council officers have undertaken an extensive review of the draft Plan of Management and are presenting the plan to Council for endorsement and recommending that the Plan of Management is referred to the to the Minister for Land and Waters for owners consent for the purposes of reserve classification confirmation and exhibition.

 

Community Engagement

 

Council has undertaken extensive community engagement as part of the development of the draft plan of management and master plan. The purpose of engagement was to establish any key issues that the community may have in relation to Petersham Park, as well as highlighting aspects of the park which are highly valued. Contributors were encouraged to include ideas, comments and suggestions to assist in prioritising the focus of key strategies and outcomes for the future.

 

The full community engagement report on the outcomes of community engagement and exhibition to date can be found at: Planning for Petersham Park | Your Say Inner West (nsw.gov.au)

 

 

 

In summary Council has undertaken the following community engagement:

 

Stage 1 -March 2020

Council sought community input/feedback on how to care for and manage Petersham Park over the next 10 years. That feedback has been combined with expert advice and other information in the draft Plan of Management and Master Plan (PoM).

 

Stage 2-October 2021

Draft Plan of Management exhibited for public feedback for a period of 42 days (submission period closed 1 December 2021).

 

 

Key Master Plan Proposals (Developed from Stage 1 and 2)

 

•     Enhance the rotunda area-enhance paving and forecourt area

•     Consider implementing timed parking along Station Street to address residential parking concerns.

•     Implement a tree management plan for the park

•     Scoreboard upgrades to improve the player and spectator experience while retaining the scoreboard building as a unique heritage item and landmark within the park.

•     Consider renaming the grandstand ‘The Hughes family Dudley Seddon Memorial” Grandstand”

•     Consider installing solar panels on the roof of the grandstand.

•     Provide additional public toilets in the park

•     Review the current provision of seating within the park and upgrade as required.

•     Introduce fitness equipment to the park 

 

Renaming of the Petersham Park Grandstand Facility

 

The original pavilion and grandstand at Petersham Park were completed in 1924. Named the D. Seddon Pavilion after local cricket and rugby player Dudley Seddon, the Petersham Oval Grandstand currently bears the name, the D. Seddon Memorial Grandstand and is named after Dudley Seddon who played cricket for Petersham from 1915 to 1943.

 

During his impressive career, Seddon scored almost 8,000 runs in 1st Grade, captaining the team for seven successive seasons. He also played for NSW six times. 

 

At its Ordinary meeting on 22nd October 2019 Council resolved to seek community feedback on a proposed suggestion to re-name the Petersham Oval Grandstand “The Hughes family-Dudley Seddon Memorial Grandstand”. The Hughes family has been an integral part of the Petersham Cricket Club for two generations.  As players, administrators and volunteers, their involvement spanned  64 years (1944-2008).

 

Noel Hughes joined Petersham Cricket Club in 1945 and in 1947-48 made his 1st Grade debut. Over the following 32 seasons, he went on to score over 9,000 runs including 6,817 in 1st Grade. Noel’s wife, Patricia, was a leading cricketer as well as dedicating herself to volunteering for the club for 62 years.  In addition, Noel and Pat Hughes’ sons Garry, Mark and Graeme, all played for Petersham Cricket Club. Each played 1st Grade cricket for Petersham-Marrickville with Graeme playing Sheffield Shield cricket for NSW. Between father Noel’s debut season of 1947 and the final season of Graeme’s career in 1995, there had hardly been an occasion when Petersham or Petersham-Marrickville 1st Grade team took the field without the Hughes name in the starting line-up. Noel Hughes was a cricket icon in the Petersham area throughout his career. He continued to serve the club as a committee member for 42 successive years. He was awarded Life Membership of Petersham Marrickville cricket in 1971 while in 2000 he, along with wife Patricia who had served an estimated 50,000 cups of tea at Petersham Oval, was awarded the Australian Sports Medal by the Governor-General. In 2010, they were again both honored with Cricket Australia’s 50 Years’ Service Medal.

 

Community engagement in relation to proposal to rename the Petersham Park grandstand was mixed. A total of thirty-six respondents provided commentary. Less than half supported a name change with the majority of respondents citing that a name change would be confusing.  It is recommended that no name change is pursued for the grandstand and rather that an opportunity be explored with the resident sporting clubs to rename one of the reception rooms inside the grandstand in recognition of the Hughes family.  Additional engagement would be required with the resident sporting clubs in this regard.

 

11 respondents supported the renaming of the grandstand to The Hughes Family - Dudley Seddon Memorial Grandstand, 2 respondents said No 18 respondents were unsure and 5 had further explanations.

 

Next Steps

 

The Draft Plan of Management must be referred to the Minister for Lands and Water for formal endorsement of owner’s consent. On receipt of owners’ consent, the plan of management will be exhibited for a further 28 days and then brought back to Council for adoption. The Crown Land Management Act also requires that as part of the park plan of management planning process that Council seek and provide a copy of Native Title Managers Advice as per Section 8.7. This advice has been attached as Attachment 2.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Once endorsed by Council the Petersham Park Plan of Management and Masterplan will be independently assessed and costed by a registered Quantity Surveyor. Key master plan proposals will then be worked into Council Capital works program for park improvements over the next ten years.

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Attachment 1 Petersham Park Plan of Management and Master Plan

2.

Attachment 2 Native Title Advice Petersham Park

  


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Item No:         C0622(1) Item 5

Subject:         Endorsement King George Park Plan of Management           

Prepared By:      Aaron Callaghan - Parks and Recreation Planning Manager 

Authorised By:  Simone Plummer - Director Planning

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:

 

1.   Endorse the Draft Plan of Management (D100045 & D89316) and refer this to the Minister for Crown Land and Waters for owner’s consent; and

 

2.   Note that on receipt of owners consent the Draft Plan of Management will be exhibited for 28 days and brought back to Council for adoption.

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

Council has now completed the development of a 10 year draft plan of management and master plan for King George Park (refer to Attachment 1).

 

A Park Plan of Management [POM] is a guiding framework which directs the future vision, planning, management and use of the park. It will be used to inform the development of the park over the next ten years. The associated Master Plan is a design report outlining the actions required for improvement, intended to guide the physical upgrade of the parkland over the next ten years. It does this by suggesting how the strategies set out in the Plan of Management can be translated into site specific improvement opportunities for use and enjoyment of the park.

 

Council officers have undertaken an extensive review of the draft Plan of Management and are presenting the plan to Council for endorsement and recommending that the Plan of Management is referred to the to the Minister for Land and Waters for owners consent for the purposes of reserve classification confirmation and exhibition.

 

Community Engagement

Council has undertaken extensive community engagement as part of the development of the draft plan of management and master plan. The purpose of engagement was to establish any key issues that the community may have in relation to King George Park, as well as highlighting aspects of the park which are highly valued. Contributors were encouraged to include ideas, comments and suggestions to assist in prioritising the focus of key strategies and outcomes for the future.

 

The full community engagement report on the outcomes of community engagement and exhibition to date can be found at: Planning for King George Park | Your Say Inner West (nsw.gov.au)

 

In summary Council has undertaken the following community engagement:

 

Stage 1 –Nov-Dec 2020

Council sought community input/feedback on how to care for and manage King George Park over the next 10 years. That feedback has been combined with expert advice and other information in the draft Plan of Management and Master Plan (PoM).

 

Stage 2- August 2021

Draft Plan of Management exhibited for public feedback for a period of 42 days (closed 7th October 2021).

 

Key Master Plan Proposals (Developed from Stage 1 and 2)

 

·    Replacement of the temporary storage containers with a long-term climate suitable solution for sports equipment storage.

·    Increase attractiveness of public barbecue area with shade structures, landscaping, benches.

·    Lighting to lower foreshore path.

·    Introduction of scoreboard for sports events.

·    Rationalisation of car parking to maximise efficiency.

·    Recommendation to introduce car parking limitations and monitoring.

·    Introduce soft surfaces under play equipment and fitness station.

·    Relocation and interpretation of historic water trough.

·    Resurface sporting ground and replace/ upgrade flood lighting.

·    Introduction of cycle slowing measures on Bay Run cycle path.

·    Possible future adaptive reuse of the Sydney Water Heritage pump station.

 

In terms of support for the draft master plan the YourSay Project and Engagement Page received 791 visits with a total of 124 people leaving feedback. A total of 79% of respondents supported the draft Plan of Management and Master Plan. There was also strong community support for safety upgrades to the car park, sporting ground upgrades and sporting ground lighting and resurfacing of the sporting ground.

 

Plan of Management Next Steps

The Draft Plan of Management must be referred to the Minister for Lands and Water for formal endorsement of owner’s consent. On receipt of owners’ consent, the plan of management will be exhibited for a further 28 days and then brought back to Council for adoption. The Crown Land Management Act also requires that as part of the park plan of management planning process that Council seek and provide a copy of Native Title Managers Advice as per Section 8.7. This advice has been attached as Attachment 2.

 

Parallel Works- WestConnex Compensation Funding

In January 2020 Transport for NSW (TfNSW) compulsorily acquired land at King George Park to be used for the construction of WestConnex. Following a NSW High Court decision, Council successfully secured compensation for the loss of this land and funding of $2.875 million for the park. A further $1.16million has been committed to parkland improvements by Council.

 

Following local community engagement in 2021 Council resolved to prioritise a number of local projects associated with the parkland. This has included:

·    Upgrading of Constellation Playground

·    Full refurbishment and lighting of the sporting ground

·    Design and safety improvements to the existing car park facility

·    Upgrade of the Athletics Long Jump area

·    Development of new storage buildings to replace 2 of the shipping storage containers.

 

In May 2022 additional community engagement was undertaken with both local residents, park users and the sporting clubs which utilise King George Park.  As a result of this engagement Council is also exploring options for shower and changing facilities within the park. A report is being separately developed on options for such facilities along with the finalisation of key park improvement priorities associated with the WestConnex compensation funding.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Once endorsed by Council the King George Park Plan of Management and Masterplan will be independently assessed and costed by a registered Quantity Surveyor. Key master plan proposals will then be worked into Council Capital works program for park improvements over the next ten years.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Attachment 1 King George Park Plan of Management and Master Plan

2.

Attachment 2 Native Title Advice King George Park

  


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Item No:         C0622(1) Item 6

Subject:         Lewis Herman Reserve -Endorsement of Park Plan of Management and Master Plan           

Prepared By:      Aaron Callaghan - Parks and Recreation Planning Manager 

Authorised By:  Simone Plummer - Director Planning

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council as land manager of Lewis Herman Reserve;

 

1.   Endorse the Plan of Management (Lot 12 DP 11457261) and refer this to Transport for NSW for formal sign off and consent;

 

2.   Note that subject to formal sign off on the Plan of Management development of the reserve will commence in Quarter 3 of the 2022 financial year;

 

3.   Note that due to the size restrictions of Lewis Herman reserve, limitations on landscape design and the proximity of the aged care home, that Lewis Herman Reserve be dedicated as an on leash park. An off-leash dog exercise area is currently being proposed for Ashfield Park; and

 

4.   Investigate and report back to Council’s Traffic Committee on community feedback in relation to expressed community needs for a pedestrian crossing to the new reserve in Holden Street, Ashfield.

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

In 2018 Council entered into Deed of Agreement with NSW Roads and Maritime Serves for Management and Control of Lewis Herman Reserve. As part of the agreement for management and control of the reserve, Council is required to develop a Plan of Management for the reserve. The Plan of Management includes a master plan for future development of the reserve.  A Plan of Management and Master Plan for the reserve has now been completed (refer to Attachment 1).

 

Located in Holden Street Ashfield, (Djarrawunag ward) Lewis Herman Reserve is currently closed to the community. Consisting of approximately 3,600m² the reserve is bordered to the south by the Ashfield Baptist Homes and to the east is a vacant lot that is earmarked to be developed in the future as a retirement village, consisting of 48 residential units. A location plan of the reserve is highlighted in Fig 1.0.

 

The Plan of Management and master plan which Council has developed provides the strategic direction for future embellishment of the reserve and is prescriptive on the proposed landscaping and facilities associated with future community recreational use.  The Masterplan has been informed by community consultation, Council stakeholder consultation, and the physical and spatial constraints of the site.

 

Fig 1.0 Location of Lewis Herman Reserve

 

NSW Government’s Public Spaces Funding

Council has been successful in receiving funding from the NSW Government’s Public Spaces Legacy Program of $985K for upgrading Lewis Herman Reserve. The Public Spaces Legacy Program is aimed at creating high quality open spaces consistent with the NSW Government Greener Spaces and Better Placed design guidelines.

 

A key project aim associated with both the grant award and more importantly the Plan of Management for the park has been Council’s commitment to excellence in design which has focused on the key principal that “everyone can play”

 

Subject to formal endorsement of the Plan of Management Council aim is to construct the reserve by the end of 2022.

 

Community Engagement.

Community feedback on the future development of Lewis Herman Reserve opened on the 17th November 2021 with local residents and future park users invited to have their say on the future development of the reserve. A special interactive web page on Councils web site was developed inviting the community to submit their ideas and photos of spaces which were well. This included inviting ideas for the park such as play spaces, equipment provision, lighting and art installation. An onsite community engagement session was also held on the 27th November 2021.

 

In addition to the wider community engagement specialist engagement was held with the Ashfield Baptist Homes (ABH), a key stakeholder which situated south of the reserve. ABH is a not-for-profit aged care organisation operated by Ashfield Baptist Church. The home currently houses approximately 130 residents, and plans have been approved for further expansion of the facilities. The open space east of Lewis Herman Reserve will be developed into a retirement village with 48 units (122 bedrooms).

 

Community Engagement Outcomes

A full summary of the community engagement outcomes can be located on Council’s web site via the following link: Design your new play space - Lewis Herman Reserve, Ashfield | Your Say Inner West (nsw.gov.au)

 

In summary the key community engagement outcomes are highlighted below:

 

Play space (197 votes) The most popular idea for Lewis Herman Reserve is a play space. More than a quarter of the ideas related to play space facilities of various sorts. A range of play elements for all ages and abilities were suggested and the community would like to see an inclusive park and play space

 

Dog off-leash area (184 votes)

Suggestions for off-leash areas included: – Small, fenced dog off-leash area (47 votes) – Unspecified sized dog off-leash area (96 votes) – Separated fenced dog off-leash areas for both small and large dogs (33 votes) – Large un-fenced dog off-leash area (8 votes) Three posts were placed opposing a dog off-leash area in the park.

 

Gardens (136 votes) Providing gardens, and trees in the park for shade, ecology, and greenery was a popular idea raised by 15 people and included the following suggestions: – Native garden (58 votes) – Sensory garden (39 votes) – Oasis/lush garden (38 votes)

 

Other Suggestions

·    Picnic shelters & seating (53 votes)

·    Circuit track (34 votes)

·    Basketball half court (31 votes)

·    Exercise stations (22 votes)

·    Connecting to country (18 votes)

·    Pedestrian crossing at Holden St (14 votes)

·    Walking paths in the park (11 votes)

·    Art wall (9 votes)

 

Key Design Considerations

As part of the design and planning works the landscape design team has focussed on a master plan which is not only inclusive and responsive to the needs of both current and future stakeholders but one which is intergenerational in terms of community recreational needs. This has included a health and wellbeing focus on developing dementia friendly spaces. Dementia friendly parks and open spaces are about “gentle inclusion” and the provision of facilities which are designed with the whole community in mind.  The Master Plan for Lewis Herman Reserve is responsive to this need. The Master Plan for Lewis Herman Reserve has been designed to respond to the need for accessible facilities for all. Mobility for people with dementia can be a major issue which progressively get worse as the disease develops. The design of the new reserve is one which responds to this by providing wide paths, areas of interest (interpretation and planting areas good access which ensures mobility needs are met for both able boded walking through to spaces which allow for people on walking frames and in wheelchairs. Resting and gathering spots are well provided in the new reserve and paths are wide and not steep. In addition, comfortable an ease of access seating is also being provided.

 

Companion Animal Access Restrictions

It is recommended that Lewis Herman Reserve is developed as an on leash reserve. Overall Lewis Herman Reserve is only 3,600m² (half the size of a standard football ground). Enabling companion animal off leash access will significantly impact the spaces available for play development as well areas in which families can picnic, socialise and enjoy the proposed sensory gardens within the park.

 

Importantly off leash activities will also create significant noise especially where companion animals are socialising. The location and amenity of the Ashfield Baptist Homes Aged Care facility has been taken into account in this regard. The nearest off leash Park is that of Peace Park located off Trevenar Street which is located 11 minutes walking distance from the proposed Lewis Herman Reserve  (a distance of 900m away in total). A new off leash area is also currently being proposed by Council as part of the plan of management works for Ashfield Park. Should Council support an off-leash area being provided in Lewis Herman Reserve a revised park design will need to be commissioned. Any design review will impact Council’s ability to meet the time frame requirements of the NSW Government’s Public Legacy Fund.

 

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Funding for the implementation of the Lewis Herman Reserve embellishment project comprises of $985k from the NSW Government’s Public Spaces Funding grant plus $190k dedicated Council funding.

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Attachment 1 Lewis Herman Reserve Park Plan of Management and Master Plan

  


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Item No:         C0622(1) Item 7

Subject:         Updated Partnership Agreement with Service NSW           

Prepared By:      Billy Cotsis - Economic Development Team Leader  

Authorised By:  Simone Plummer - Director Planning

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:

 

1.       Endorses the updated Partnership Agreement with Service NSW and;

 

2.       Authorises the General Manager to sign the updated Partnership Agreement with Service NSW.

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

 

Service NSW is a division of NSW Government that makes government services more easily accessible for businesses and the broader community. Council originally entered into an agreement with Service NSW as part of the Easy to do Business program in August 2018. The Easy to do Business program is a joint initiative between Service NSW that brings together agencies related to business, local councils, and industry bodies to make the process of opening or expanding a small business simpler and faster.

 

The initiative was initially piloted at the City of Parramatta Council in May 2016 focusing on the café, small bar and restaurant sector and in February 2017 the pilot program was expanded to incorporate Dubbo Regional, Georges River and the Northern Beaches councils. The program streamlines the process of opening a new business, which can typically require a business owner to deal with up to 13 agencies (including Council) and to complete numerous forms.

 

Since that period, the agreement was expanded to include grants from Service NSW, COVID-19 support programs, workshops and other initiatives. It is a free service and will continue to provide personalised support to small business owners, to help them understand industry regulations, to guide them through transactions, and to access support.

 

The NSW State Government has updated the existing Council Partnership Agreements to provide consistency across agreements to reflect the broader focus of Service NSW for Business and to provide the opportunity for Councils to engage with all services across Service NSW. The new Partnership Agreements also includes further detail about the collection, storage, and security of personal information.

 

The new Partnership Agreement includes changes to the detail and clarity about the roles and responsibilities of all agencies in relation to the collection, storage and security of personal information.  The inclusions of Data and Security Clauses are at section 7, in Attachment 1.  Each party retains ownership of its Data. Except as required by law, each party must ensure that its Personnel will not

·    use the Data belonging to the other party for any purpose other than the performance of its obligations under this Agreement

·    sell, commercially exploit, let for hire, assign rights in or otherwise dispose of any Data;

 

The agreement signed in 2018 contained 15 clauses; the updated Service Agreement contains four extra clauses and there has been a re-ordering of the clauses though they have not necessarily changed in intent and most of the wording in the kept clauses remains the same. The new headings are more contemporary including Guiding Principles, Roles and Responsibilities, Intellectual Property, Privacy and Liability clauses.

 

The intention of the Partnership Agreement is to build awareness of specialist advice services available, ensure Council staff can direct enquiries to these services and provide applicants with the skills to be better informed and researched prior to lodging any applications.  The updated Partnership Agreement aims to provide consistency across all Councils, reflect the broader focus of Service NSW for Business and provide the opportunity for Councils to engage with all services across Service NSW now and into the future.

 

The services provided to business owners and prospective business owners include:

 

·    Business Concierges offering over-the-phone, email and face-to-face support and case management.

·    An online Business Profile to make it faster and easier for business owners to transact with NSW Government.

·    Guidance and support for small business owners impacted by natural disasters or emerging issues to access a range of Government stimulus, support and information.

·    Online business information hubs including how-to guides to help business owners understand key tasks and the support available when starting and running a business in NSW.

·    Provide the framework within which Services will be delivered

·    Document the responsibilities of Service NSW and the Council on the provision of Services

·    Provide mechanisms to manage the relationship between the Parties

·    Promote a collaborative approach to working together in a timely and effective manner and to act in good faith.

 

The Service Agreement is not legally binding, irrespective of Council endorsing the document. It serves as a statement of intent to support and facilitate small business across all NSW local government authorities.

 

By Inner West Council supporting this initiative, the local business community and potential business investors have confidence that Inner West Council is supportive of small business and is actively trying to reduce the costs associated with small business startup costs.

 

The new Partnership Agreement includes further detail and clarity about the roles and responsibilities of all agencies in relation to the collection, storage and security of personal information. Data and Security Clauses are at 7. in Attachment 1.

 

Council would still undertake all assessments as per appropriate legislation. For Inner West Council, the process now is to endorse the proposed recommendations and to inform Service NSW when this endorsement has occurred. The agreement is ongoing.

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

 

This program is at no cost to Inner West Council to participate. Support material, training and advice is provided by Service NSW for Business at no cost. Implementation of the program should lead to reduced processing times and costs relating to applications to Council.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Council Agreement Service NSW

  


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Item No:         C0622(1) Item 8

Subject:         De-amalgamation Business Case for Inner West Council           

Prepared By:      Beau-Jane De Costa - Acting Director Corporate 

Authorised By:  Peter Gainsford - General Manager

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:

 

1.       Resolve to place the draft De-amalgamation Business Case for Inner West Council on public exhibition for 28 days;

 

2.       Endorse the public engagement activities, as outlined in the report, being undertaken; and

 

3.       Officers prepare a further report to the August Council meeting, outlining the outcomes of the community engagement process along with the final business case for Councils consideration

 

 

 

BACKGROUND

At the Council election held on 4 December 2021, a non-binding poll was held regarding the potential demerger of the Inner West Council.

Citizens were asked the following:

In May 2016, Ashfield, Leichhardt and Marrickville councils were amalgamated into one local government area by the State Government. Do you support the Inner West local government area being de-amalgamated, so as to restore the former local government areas of Ashfield, Leichhardt and Marrickville?

 

The results of the above poll were 62.49% in favour of a demerger.

Following the election of the Mayor on 29 December 2021, the Mayor wrote to the Minister of Local Government informing her of the results of the Poll and the results of the poll were sent to every household in February via Council’s publication Inner West News.

At the 8 February Ordinary Council Meeting, Council considered a Mayoral minute refer Attachment 1, and resolved as follows:

That Council:

1.   Commences the preparation of a business case for demerger and notifies the NSW

Government of the commencement of the development of a business case for

demerger;

2.   Notes the concerns expressed by Council officers through the resolution of the

Joint Consultative Committee about the impact of demerger on morale and

productivity within the organisation and commits to engaging with Council staff and

their representatives throughout the development of the business case;

3.   Notes the overwhelming majority vote of the Inner West Community to demerge;

and

4.   Involve the community in the preparation of the business case.

 

On 4 March 2022, the Minister for Local Government met with the Mayor and General Manager. Refer Attachment 2 for the summarised outcome of the meeting.

Following the Council resolution of 8 February 2022, as outlined above, Council engaged Morrison Low, in accordance with Council’s procurement framework, to prepare a business case in accordance with the NSW Government guidelines. Morrison Low had undertaken substantial work for Council in 2021 developing a high level cost benefit analysis which:

·      Reviewed former Council’s 2014/15 Long Term Financial Plans

·      Re-established previous financial models of the former council’s undertaken in 2015 and previous modelling to 19/20.

·      Validated the models against the Council’s that didn't merge (Burwood, Canada Bay, Strathfield).

·      Compared 19/20 actual results of Inner West with the aggregated modelled position of Ashfield, Leichhardt and Marrickville.

·      Added changes in service levels and new industry compliance requirements, new assets, COVID-19 impacts to these models with a start date of July 2022

In light of having undertaken the work outlined above Morrison Low were identified as the most appropriate firm to assist with the next stage of the De-amalgamation process being the draft De-amalgamation business case (draft business case).

 

DISCUSSION

The draft business case presented to Council builds from the financial impact assessment undertaken last year. There are no guidelines or requirements for the format or content of a demerger case, so the business case has been developed in line with the NSW Government Guidelines for Business Cases. This is what the state government uses for most strategic decisions and significant funding allocations for infrastructure, technology, structural and policy change. This will ensure that the business case will be suitable for the decision that the Boundary Commission and Minister will be asked to make on the demerger.

 

The draft business case comprises the following parts:

 

1.   The case for change: An outline of the poll and community consultation results.

2.   Cost/benefit analysis: Revised 2021 Morrison Low report. Intent to investigate benefits and seek to undertake economic analysis to potentially estimate in dollar terms, including NPV.

3.   Financial and Commercial Analysis: Financial viability of the demerger for the NSW Government. Section 218CC(6) of LG Act states that the NSW Government will cover the cost.

4.   Managerial Analysis: An analysis of the organisations’ ability to deliver, the associated risk, and any identified issues pertinent to the decision.

 

In order to complete the draft business case Council will be undertaking extensive community engagement to seek feedback on the current level of community satisfaction with Council,  community priorities, reasons why the Community want the demerger and the preferred service levels as outlined within the draft demerger business case.

As part of the preparation of the business case the following engagement is recommended to be undertaken with the Community:

·    A draft flyer be prepared by the same independent copywriter that developed the cost benefit analysis flyer in 2021 (not via Council staff) and reviewed by an independent fact checker prior to distribution;

·    That the draft business case be placed on public exhibition for 28 days;

·    That the engagement for the draft business case be promoted via the following communication channels:

Council’s website

Social media

Media release

Council e-news

Your Say Inner West;

Inner West Newsletter; and

Council column in local newspaper.

 

·    That Council invite submissions via Council’s engagement hub yoursay.innerwest.nsw.gov.au and also provide options to the community to provide feedback being:

Paper survey;

Phone; and

Through the TIS and voice relay services.

 

Additionally, Council has engaged Micromex research to conduct a statistically valid phone survey to seek community feedback on the draft business case, Council will also utilise the same questions for the Your Say Inner West site. 

Once the community consultation has been undertaken, Council will prepare a further report outlining the outcomes of the community engagement process along with the final business case for Councils consideration and report back to the August Council meeting.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

The financial implications of the draft business case are articulated in detail within the attached draft business case, refer Attachment 3.

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Attachment 1 - Mayoral Minute - Demerger Survey

2.

Attachment 2 - Letter to the NSW Minister of Local Government

3.

Attachment 3 - IWC Draft Demerger Business Case

  


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Item No:         C0622(1) Item 9

Subject:         Rescheduling of October 2022 Meetings           

Prepared By:      Beau-Jane De Costa - Acting Director Corporate 

Authorised By:  Peter Gainsford - General Manager

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:

 

1.       Reschedule the Ordinary Council Meeting on 11 October 2022 to 25 October 2022;

 

2.       Reschedule the Local Forum Matters Public Forum Meeting on 25 October 2022 to 11 October 2022; and

 

3.       Publish these changes to the Meeting Schedules on Council’s website.

 

 

 

 

BACKGROUND

On 8 February 2022 Council resolved:

That Council amend the meeting schedule for 2022 to resume the practice of one Ordinary Council meeting per month to be held on the 2nd Tuesday, with a recess in January and July each year.

This places the ordinary council meeting on October on Tuesday, 11 October 2022.

 

DISCUSSION

The Audit Office of New South Wales (Audit Office) have now advised Council of the scheduled release date of the 2021/22 Audit Closing Report (the Audit Report) which due to internal factors in the Audit Office is going to be 12 October 2022 which will miss the 11 October 2022 Council meeting. Additionally, the 2021/22 Auditors Closing Report also get presented to the Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee (ARIC) meeting which will be on 19 October 2022 for their review and recommendation.

In light of the above timeline officers are requesting that the ordinary council meeting scheduled for 11 October 2022 be rescheduled to 25 October 2022 allowing for:

·    the Audit Office to provide Council with the Audit report on 12 October 2022;

·    ARIC to review the Audit Report on 19 October 2022; and

·    Council to consider the report on 25 October 2022

This will also ensure that Council can submit the signed 2021/22 General Purpose Financial Statements including the auditor’s report to the Office of Local Government by 31 October 2022 as required by the Office of Local Government (OLG) under the Local Government Code of Accounting Practice and Financial Reporting 2021/22.

 

Additionally, on 14 April 2022 Council resolved in part the following:

 

That Council hold a rotating series of Local Matters public forums (Forum) with the General Manager, relevant Directors and Managers in attendance, in order to listen to the ideas and concerns of local residents about how their communities can be improved, the Forums:

 

a) Will be held each month alternating fortnightly on Tuesday evenings with Council meetings while Council sits, starting in May.

 

 

To ensure Council is still holding a public forum in October it is proposed that the Local Matters Public Forum currently scheduled for 25 October 2022 be moved to 11 October 2022 replacing the scheduled Ordinary Council meeting.

 

Below is the proposed new timeline of activities in October 2022 with the rescheduling of meeting dates.

 

 October 2022 Activity Dates  

Date

 Activity

Tuesday, 11 October 2022

Local Forum Matters Public Forum Meeting

Wednesday, 12 October 2022

2021/21 Audit Closing Report released

Wednesday, 19 October 2022

Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee Meeting

Tuesday, 25 October 2022

Council Meeting

Monday, 31 October 2022

2021/22 Financial Statements due to OLG

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

There are no financial implications with the changes to the Council Meeting and Local Forum Matters Public Forum Meeting dates in October 2022.

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.


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Item No:         C0622(1) Item 10

Subject:         Options on Accessibility improvement for small business           

Prepared By:      Simon Watts - Social and Cultural Planning Manager 

Authorised By:  Ruth Callaghan - Director Community

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:-

 

1.   Note that landlords and small business operators have legal responsibilities under the Disability Discrimination Act to make premises accessible and may be able to demonstrate “excessive hardship” if this is not possible;

 

2.   Note that Council staff will continue the successful community education of small business and provide expanded business development workshops through Council’s economic development program to promote practical suggestions for improving access; and 

 

3.   Engage with small business owners in the development of the new Disability Inclusion Access Plan on their needs for improving access and include practical suggestions and resources into the new plan. 

 

 

 

 

 

Background

 

At the 9 November 2021 Council meeting, it was resolved:

 

 “That a report be brought back to the first Council meeting in February 2022 on the development of a grants program which provides grants to local main street businesses to improve the accessibility in and to their premises”. 

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

Under the Federal Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA), it is unlawful to discriminate against a person in publicly available premises and the provision of goods and services. To comply with the requirements of the DDA, existing places may need to be modified. However, the Human Rights Commission (which administers the Act) notes that “…the Act does not require the provision of access to be made if this will cause major difficulties or excessive costs to a person or organization”. In effect, if a small business has tried to comply with the accessibility provisions and is unable to do so with good reason, then they may be able to be exempted under the Act or make specific arrangements with the Commission. 

 

It is not Council’s role to financially support compliance by business. However, Council has had significant impact to date in raising awareness and working to support local small businesses in understanding their responsibilities to provide access and to use information and resources to improve their actions in relation to accessibility. 

 

It is recommended that Council continue to focus its efforts on raising awareness and strengthening engagement with business to identify the practical impediments faced in improving accessibility. Improving access for people with disability to local small businesses in main street precincts has been subject to various successful Council campaigns and collaborations to date, including: 

 

·      Missed Business Guide by Council and the Australian Human Rights Commission; a partnership to assist local businesses to comply with DDA legislation and attract more business 

·      Access Aware by IDEAS NSW partnering with businesses to document and give advice on improvements and to promote the businesses access features through an online directory  

·      You’re Welcome by the NSW Independent Living Centre involving workshops, ‘walk and talk’ public domain assessments with community and staff and instructional material 

·      NSW Ability Links Access at a Glance which has developed into Better Access Map. The campaign promoted accessible business, including assessment and award of a window/door sticker identifying the business as access friendly. 

·      New Zealand Be.Accessible program which has developed into Be.Lab a one-stop-shop for accessibility services. A strength of the Be Accessible model involved local people with lived experience of disability acting as ambassadors of the program, and as mentors to businesses as they started their inclusion journey. It raised the visibility of people with disability and their access needs into the public consciousness in a positive manner, engendered goodwill and created the opportunity to work together through a co-design approach. 

 

Advice and awareness raising works 

 

Practical advice on simple access improvements such as large print menu and signage, portable door ramps, sensory spaces, lowered shelves are useful features by which customers will choose a venue according to their needs. Council’s 2017 Disability Inclusion Action Plan also drove change including delivery of:

 

  

·      An access guide for event organisers, which is now in use

·       An access equipment library, that provides loans of a range of portable access

 equipment 

·      A lived experience user group to work with business owners on practical access

solutions. 

 

 

 

Linking to capital programs 

 

To effectively activate this Council motion also involves infrastructure, capital works and master planning. The masterplans for local town centre upgrades are opportunities to create showcase precincts with a higher level of access including improved accessible transport connections, concentration of venues, bar, eateries, and civic spaces which are essential for harnessing new business.  

 

The scheduled Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plan and any related works will also help deliver improved accessibility in main streets. Note that Council resolved (C1121(2) Item 15) that the new Council consider fast tracking the identified $8M worth of PAMP capital works through the development of the 2022/23 budget. 

 

Conclusion 

 

Actions to strengthen business engagement, raise understanding of how to realise the benefits and provide specific access advice to business can be incorporated into Council disability inclusion planning and economic development work. Capital infrastructure improvements also contribute to collectively improving inclusion, community satisfaction, appeal, and prosperity of the main street precincts. 

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FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Initiatives to support small business with their inclusion responsibilities we undertaken within existing resources.

 

 

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.


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Item No:         C0622(1) Item 11

Subject:         2022 Inner West Council Annual Grants            

Prepared By:      Simon Watts - Social and Cultural Planning Manager 

Authorised By:  Ruth Callaghan - Director Community

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council endorses the 2022 Annual Grant Guidelines for public exhibition.

 

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

 

 

The Inner West Council grants program provides financial support to community projects that align with Council’s five community strategic directions, including an ecologically sustainable Inner West; liveable, connected neighbourhoods and transport; creative communities and a strong economy; healthy, resilient and caring communities; and progressive, responsive and effective civic leadership.

 

Grants aim to provide community benefits to the residents of the Inner West. The total funding pool available in 2022/2023 is $458,000.

 

The 2022 Grant Guidelines set out the purpose and objectives for each of the eight grant streams. Each grant stream is managed by a dedicated grant officer within the Community Directorate.

 

Grants Administration Process

 

Council uses SmartyGrants software to manage its grants program. This program is widely used across Local and State Government. Applications must be submitted via the Inner West Council SmartyGrants webpage. Applications must meet the eligibility requirements and no late applications will be accepted. Hard copy applications are not accepted.

 

Delivery of the 2022 Annual Grants Program round

 

In 2022, it is proposed that Council offer the following annual grants:

·    Arts grants: Professional Creative Development grants up to $5,000 and Arts Projects grants up to $10,000

·    Community History grants up to $5,000

·    Community Wellbeing grants up to $5,000

·    Community Wellbeing grants up to $20,000 (over two years)

·    Environment grants up to $10,000 (over two years)

·    Recreation grants up to $10,000 (over two years)

·    Wellbeing and Resilience for Multicultural Communities grants up to $5,000.

 

In addition, there are two small grant streams (Community Material and Resident Association) that accept applications all year for amounts up to $400 each.

 

The 2022 Annual Grants Program round will open to applicants for a four-week period between Wednesday 10 August until Wednesday 7 September. Prospective applicants are offered one-on-one support to develop their applications in the stream they are applying to.

This provides individuals and groups with the opportunity to clarify their ideas and develop their proposals in consultation with Council Grant Officers.

 

Assessment and Approval

 

All applications will be evaluated by Council officers against the selection criteria outlined in the guidelines. Most applications are also then assessed by an expert panel that includes one or more external community/sector representative with expertise relevant to individual grants streams. This will be overseen by the Director Community as relevant.

 

The outcome of the grant funding applications is made to the elected representatives of Inner West Council for consideration and approval once the funding round has been closed and all applications assessed. Applicants will be advised in writing of the outcome of their application within three business days of Council approval.

 

Funding Agreements

 

Before grant funding can be provided, successful applicants must enter into a funding agreement accepting the conditions of the grant and upload to Council’s system a tax invoice for the funding amount. Once funding agreements are finalised, payments are processed within a standard thirty-days. Successful applicants are also required to provide progress reports on the outcomes of the projects. The timing of these reports depends on the grant stream and is more significant for larger funding amounts.

 

Acquittal Reporting

 

Grant recipients are required to report on and acquit their grant using the performance measures outlined in their funding agreement. An acquittal report is uploaded to SmartyGrants following the project delivery period for completion by the applicant by the due date.

 

The acquittal report assists Council to understand the level of impact grant projects have had on the Inner West community, and to celebrate these results. This includes detailed financial statements and receipts to account for the expenditure of the grant funding.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Grants are funded from within existing budget allocations

 

 

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

2022 Grant Guidelines

  


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Item No:         C0622(1) Item 12

Subject:         Local Traffic Committee Meeting - 16 May 2022           

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 on 16 May 2022 be received and the recommendations be adopted.

 

 

 

ITEMS BY WARD

 

Ward

Item

Baludarri

(Balmain)

Vehicle sensor on Mary Street, Lilyfield

Gulgadya

(Leichhardt)

Trafalgar Street and Collins Street, Annandale - Proposed Raised Pedestrian Crossings

Request to modify island at the intersection of Collins Street and    Johnston Street, Annandale

Construction of raised pedestrian crossing on Bland Street, Haberfield

Update on improvements to the Frederick Street, Ashfield crossing

Update on Waratah Street and City West Link, Haberfield

Request for cyclists excepted on left turn lane on Ramsay Street, Haberfield

Midjuburi

(Marrickville)

Dudley Street, Dulwich Hill; Illawarra Road, Marrickville; Burrows   Avenue, Railway Road, Gleeson Avenue And (Lower) Railway Parade, Sydenham - Temporary Parking Changes During Major   Rail Shutdown of T3 Line for Sydney Metro Upgrade Works - Bus Replacements 2 Week Period 2 – 15 July 2022

Victoria Road, Marrickville at the Rail overbridge between   Charlotte Avenue and Meeks Street – temporary full road closure ENRC/2022/0014 - 8 day period from 2 July to 10 July 2022 - Southwest Metro Upgrade Project - Sydney Metro City & Southwest

Albion Lane, St Peters – Proposed One-Way northbound    restriction in Albion Lane, St Peters (between Grove Street and   Mary Street) and reversal of the current northbound one-way in Rolf Lane, St Peters to southbound (between Mary Street and Grove Street)

Bunnings LATM feasibility study

Djarrawunang

(Ashfield)

Improving pedestrian safety at intersection of Norton Street and Holden Street, Ashfield

Damun (Stanmore)

Nil.

All Wards

Nil.

 

DISCUSSION

The May 2022 meeting of the Local Traffic Committee was at Ashfield Service Centre. 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.

Minutes of Local Traffic Committee meeting 16 May 2022

  


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Item No:         C0622(1) Item 13

Subject:         LPAC masterplan update           

Prepared By:      Simon Duck - Senior Manager Aquatics 

Authorised By:  Simone Plummer - Director Planning

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:

 

1.   Endorses the depth of the proposed 25 metre Outdoor Program Pool at Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre to be 2.1 metres with a movable floor and

 

2.   Endorses the funding outline for the outdoor elements of the Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre masterplan.

 

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

At its meeting of 8 September 2020, regarding the Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre Master Plan, Council resolved that;

The final cost of the overall project be reported to Council once confirmed within the initial planning stages.

The report addresses the resolution above and seeks a decision on the maximum depth of the 25 metre outdoor pool, including a movable floor, and seeks endorsement of the funding arrangements outlined below.

 

While the Masterplan in its entirety covers works within the administrative building also, the works proposed by this report are the outdoor elements and associated plant and are illustrated at Attachment 1 to this report. These works are;

 

·    replacement of the original outdoor swimming pools,

·    corresponding work on pool plant and heating systems and

·    a new waterplay park

 

The Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre (LPAC) is over 62 years old and the existing outdoor swimming pools and surrounds are beyond current life expectancy and require replacement. The Health and Fitness area and some additional aquatics amenities were renovated approximately 12 years ago and are in good order and are therefore not proposed for upgrade within the scope of this report.

 

Proposed 25 metre Outdoor Program Pool- Depth determination

 

The existing dive pool will be replaced by a 25 metre outdoor program pool. The depth of the 25 metre outdoor pool was not determined or recommended at concept stage.  A movable floor was installed in the outdoor program pool at Ashfield Aquatic Centre (AAC) and determining its success and usability was to be a basis of decision at LPAC.  Accordingly the depth of the 25 metre pool at LPAC was not confirmed in the initial masterplan and this is an item that now needs to be considered and determined by Council.

 

The cost estimate within this report, for the 25 metre outdoor program pool proposes a movable floor at 2.1 metres deep to allow for the installation of the floor apparatus and the appropriate deep-water arrangement as per AAC. While the LPAC dive pool has not been used for diving for many years, usage that relies on deeper water in the existing pool includes deep water aqua, underwater rugby and children’s water polo training.

 

The underwater rugby competition has submitted feedback requesting a deep-water pool to the minimum depth of 3.5 metres and up to 5 metres preferably.  A summary of their pool usage is as follows;

 

·    The underwater rugby competition meets weekly for a game approximately 48 weeks of the year.       

·    Income generated is approx. $10.2k per year from entry

·    Income generated for pool hire $1.8k per year.

 

Approximate cost of additional pool depth to 5 metres (assumes 50% of current 25 metre pool build price based);

 

·    $2,365,168.50

·    Approx. 80k per annum additional costs for heating, water and chemicals on the extra water required.

 

From this comparative analysis above it is difficult to support a case to build a pool with the additional depth required for underwater rugby given the relatively minimal extent of usage, income generated, significant ongoing operational costs and initial build costs required to accommodate this group.

 

However, installation of a movable floor to a maximum depth of 2.1 metres does provide both operational benefits and flexibility by extending the range of uses and programs within the pool.

 

The table below outlines key programs that are currently held within the dive pool that require the additional depth proposed by a 2.1 metre movable floor.

 

Existing deep water programs

Annual Total attendance

 

 

Deep Water Aqua

6240

Water polo modified junior games

7240

Underwater rugby

Approx. 48 weekly bookings

Total attendance per annum

13,480 individuals

48 comp games and training

 

As can be noted from the table above, the annual attendance specific to the deep-water element of the pool is 13,480. It should also be noted that the pool itself offers squads use and recreation swimming all year round generating additional visitation which is additional and not included in the table above.

 

The 25 metre pool upgrade is estimated to cost approx. $4.7 million including the movable floor. The movable floor component for the AAC as costed at the time of building in 2020 was approx. $1.8 million and this provides a relevant similar cost assumption for LPAC. On this basis, the additional investment in the movable floor would both support most of the current programs (with the exception of underwater rugby) and provide an opportunity for additional programs that have not been in place at LPAC, such as;

 

·    Schools learn to swim - The deep-water pool currently does not allow a multipurpose use such as learn to swim which requires depth of around 1 metre. In this regard the movable floor creates a significant opportunity to develop new schools’ programs including Learn to Swim

 

·    Additional programs - The movable floor 25 metre pool will create additional opportunities for use such as lap swimming, recreation use, walking, gentle exercise and access for seniors or others requiring shallow water.

 

·    National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) - The movable floor enables investigation of additional avenues for new programs which may support user groups including NDIS participants or others requiring additional support in a shallow water environment. Programs such as assisted water play, standard depth aquarobics, individual assisted access.

 

·    Future usage for growing community - The movable floor will allow for multipurpose access which will ensure that additional capacity for usable water space is available to meet the future demands of the growing Inner West Community.

 

·    Legacy programs - The installation of the movable floor ensures that all current users with the exception of underwater rugby including water polo clubs, swim clubs, squads programs, deep-water aqua are not adversely impacted and that these legacy programs can be retained uninterrupted.

 

The movable floor at AAC has contributed to the operations of that Centre as follows;

 

·    Schools learn to swim – held over September to November, the floor is set to appropriate depth of around 1 metre

·    During school carnivals when the 50 metre is in use by schools the movable floor is set to 1.2 metres for laps and general aquatics usage

·    Deepwater aquarobics – 5 classes across the week, the floor is set to 2.1m

·    Summertime use – hot weather events and general aquatic events the floor is set to around 1.2 metres

·    Water Polo – including training and competition the pool is in use twice daily five days of the week and there are additional tournaments on weekends, the floor is set to 2.1 metres 

 

The floor is raised / lowered at least once daily and more often than not multiple times.  It takes 6 minutes to raise / lower the floor making it a very versatile element of the AAC offering.

 

It has been in service for 18 months and has had minor electronic program servicing (dial in maintenance) on a few occasions and has proven very reliable to date.

 

In summary, a pool depth of 2.1 metres and associated programming opportunities with a movable floor will increase programmable space in the future for new user groups and will meet the needs of all current user groups with the exception of underwater rugby. Given the increased programming opportunities provided by the movable floor the annual total attendance estimates for the 25 metre pool will be significantly greater than current usage of the dive pool as per the table above.  Officer recommendations are therefore to confirm the 25 metre outdoor pool has a movable floor set to a maximum depth of 2.1 metres


 

Current Condition Status

 

Structural Investigations – 50 metre and dive pools

 

The pool shells for the outdoor 50 metre pool and the dive pool are over 60 years and beyond their expected life. Previous condition reports for the pool shells have indicated that the structures are stable, have not moved in the last 10 years and are in an operable condition for the short term.

 

Engineering Consultants issued an interim report dated 25/03/2022 commenting on recent tests including survey levels, concrete coring and dye testing. The report compares the recent results to similar tests completed in 2011 on both the 50m pool and the dive pool and advises:

 

·    The 50 metre pool has settled mostly in the south-west corner and from observations the pool structure does not appear to have suffered structural cracking, rather rotated as one body.

 

·    There appears to be an increase in the settlement of the pool concourse (the concrete deck surrounding the pool) compared to visual observations in 2011.

 

·    Concrete testing of core samples from both pools indicates a small increase in chloride levels in the concrete – it is not significant – Based on the results…., there is a future risk of reinforcement corrosion, however, this is not expected for at least 10 years”

 

·    Written results are awaited from the dye tests but verbal updates indicate no leaks were uncovered in the 50m pool, but some leaking of the dive pool around the return line.

 

Pool Plant

 

Indoor Program Pool - immediate rectification work on plant is required and should take place as soon as practical after the completion of detailed plans.

 

50 metre pool and dive pool - the plant for these pools is identified as having a 4-5 year maximum life span prior to replacement of heating and filtration systems.

 

Mechanical Engineering Consultants completed a review of existing plant at LPAC and the Stage 1 & 2 Energy Reduction Report of October 2021 advised:

 

·    Co-gen plant is in fair condition and may last 4/5 years.

·    Back up hot water heat pump for the program pool requires replacement in the next 12 months

·    Pool filtration and water treatment plant is currently in good condition but requires replacement over next 2/3 years.

·    Boilers are in fair condition with an expected life of up to 7 years.

·    Building Management Control System (BMCS) is in poor condition and requires upgrading/replacement in the next 12 months.

 

Cost Report – Replacement of 50 metre & Dive pools

 

The LPAC Masterplan has been reviewed by a quantity surveyor who has provided an estimated cost of $40.5m.  The project funding is available from 5 sources and details are provided in the table below.

 

 

 

Cost of LPAC Masterplan

 

 

$M

 

Included in Draft 10 Year LTFP Capital Budget

 

 

2022/23

4.5

2023/24

4.0

2024/25

0.5

2025/26

0.5

Total LTFP Capital Budget

9.5

 

Federal Government Grant – Election Commitment

 

1.0

 

 

Development Contribution Funds*

16.4

 

Depreciation Reserve – Land Improvements

 

5.0

 

Infrastructure Renewal Reserve

 

8.6

 

QS estimates of LPAC Master Plan

 

40.5

 

 

*Section 7.11 Funds $16.4M – relies upon adoption of the Draft Inner West Council Contribution Plan and an agreed repayment plan that accords with the DPE guidelines.

 

Draft timeline of current project

 

·    2022 - 2024

Complete plans to upgrade program/hydro, children’s pool plant and commence upgrade work.

Investigations and planning stage to replace 50 metre & dive pools

Design and planning approval stage to replace 50 metre & dive pools

 

·    2024 - 26

Demolish dive tower

Replace plant and filtration

Replace outdoor 50 metre & dive pools

Install waterplay park

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Attachment 1: LPAC Masterplan outdoor elements

  


Council Meeting

14 June 2022

 


Council Meeting

14 June 2022

 

Item No:         C0622(1) Item 14

Subject:         Bays West - Stage 1 White Bay Power Station and Roberts Street Sub-Precincts Draft Master Plan - Inner West Council Submission           

Prepared By:      Harjeet Atwal - Senior Manager Planning 

Authorised By:  Simone Plummer - Director Planning

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That:

 

1.       Council endorses the Inner West Council Submission to the exhibited Bays West Stage 1 – Draft Master Plan: White Bay Power Station (and Metro) and Robert Street Sub Precincts; and

 

2.       The Inner West Council Submission be forwarded to the Department of Planning and Environment for consideration.

 

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

Background

Planning for The Bays Precinct has been evolving since 2013 when it was first identified as a major urban renewal site. 

 

In 2018, the Bays were separated into two projects - East and West.

 

·    Bays East is located within the City of Sydney and includes the Sydney Fish Market and Blackwattle Bay areas.

·    Bays West is within the Inner West Council local government area and extends from Lilyfield in the south-west to Balmain East in the north-east.

 

Land use planning for the Bays sits outside Council’s local environmental planning framework. The Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) are the planning authority under State Environmental Planning Policy (Precincts—Eastern Harbour City) 2021.

 

In 2021, Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) prepared and exhibited the Bays West Place Strategy and Council made a submission. The Place Strategy was adopted in November 2021 and sets the overarching vision and framework for the development of Bays West over the coming decades.

 

The Place Strategy divides the 77-hectare Bays West area into 10 sub-precincts and outlines the intent to prepare site-specific master plans over time.  The current exhibition relates specifically to Stage 1 - White Bay Power Station (and Metro) and Robert Street sub-precincts (see Figure 1).

Figure 1: Bays West sub-precincts with Stage 1 identified in pink

 

The following key priorities were established by Council for the Bays Precinct and submitted to DPE:

1.   World class public transport access

2.   Reopening of the Glebe Island Bridge to pedestrians and cyclists

3.   Public access to foreshore

4.   Up to 30 per cent of all new housing to be not for profit, as all the Government’s expert advisors have recommended

5.   New recreational facilities including an indoor sports centre and multiple outdoor sporting grounds.

 

Exhibition of the Stage 1 Master Plan for White Bay Power Station (and Metro) and Robert Street sub-precincts represents the next phase in land use planning for the Bays West.

 

Overview of exhibition material and process to date

Exhibition of the Stage 1 Master Plan for White Bay Power Station (and Metro) and Robert Street sub-precincts began on 4 May 2022 and concluded on 31 May 2022.

The exhibited draft material included:

Entire Bays West –

·    Bays West Place Based Transport Strategy

·    Bays West Social Infrastructure Needs Study

 

Stage 1 sub-precincts specific -

·    Summary of the Bays West Stage 1 draft Master Plan and Urban Design Framework

·    Stage 1 - Master Plan and Urban Design Framework

·    Stage 1 - Traffic and Transport Impact Report

·    Stage 1 - Sustainability Framework

·    Stage 1 - Ecology and Biodiversity Report

·    Stage 1 - Heritage Interpretation Strategy

·    Stage 1 - Flooding and Stormwater Report

 

These documents were reviewed by various Sections of Council based on their specialist professional knowledge and collectively input into Inner West Council’s Draft submission (See Attachment 1). Due to the exhibition period closing on 31 May 2022, Council Officers lodged a draft submission as required by DPE and Council secured an extension from DPE till 15 June 2022 to lodge a Council endorsed submission. Attachment 1 provides the draft submission and it is requested that this be endorsed by Council.  The submission is structured as follows:

 

·    Section 1 – Inner West Council Priorities

·    Section 2 - Key Elements as outlined in the Summary Stage 1 Master Plan and Urban Design Framework

·    Section 3 – Other matters relevant to Stage 1 and not directly covered by the above.

 

The draft submission provides comments on various aspects of the draft Master Plan exhibition material.  Noted below are a few matters that are either supported or of concern.  The submission expands on each of these and includes numerous other topics. The submission indicates that Council:

 

·    Strongly supports the provision of more than 50% public domain and open space and the prioritisation of foreshore land for public purposes.

·    Views the lack of definitive affordable housing targets as a missed opportunity for this sub-precinct and regards it as setting a disappointing precedent for other sub-precincts. Given the land is in NSW Government ownership it provides a unique opportunity to enhance Regional Housing Plan targets and we reiterate our expectation of 30% of all housing be provided as affordable rental housing.

·    Seeks a fixed commitment to the delivery of required community infrastructure including the indoor recreation facility, community hub and library as a component of Stage 1.

·    Reiterates its strong advocacy for the NSW Government to re-open Glebe Island Bridge for active transport.

·    Supports the concept of ‘Water Country’ as a foundational approach to Connecting to Country and seeks greater integration of heritage interpretation and sustainability aligned to this concept.

·    Is concerned that Bays West remains inward looking and disconnected from its surrounding communities. This includes the lack of detailed design for the immediate road network and active transport routes, integration of the blue and green grid from an ecological and water management perspective.

·    Supports the proposed ultra-low private car environment and requests parking rates be stated as maximums.

·    Is concerned at the lack of detail design of roads on the boundary of the sub-precinct.

·    Generally supports the site layout and proposed built form, however does not support the Sydney Metro over station development being 8 storeys. This will directly and permanently impact views to and from Anzac Bridge and to the Harbour Bridge as identified as protected in the endorsed Bays West Urban Design Framework.

·    Seeks confirmation that the intended land uses are as identified in the draft Master Plan, rather than as outlined in the draft Transport and Traffic Impact Assessment and that any deviation from these will be minor adjustment rather than a significant shift.

·    Is unclear on the boundary and full intent for the Roberts Street sub-precinct.  This area is largely void of detail, other than the section required for Penstock Plaza and White Bay Park.  Due to this lack of detail, Council requests the boundary of White Bay Power Station sub-precinct be extended to include the public domain needs and Roberts Street sub-precinct be subject to detailed consideration and subsequent master plan consultation.

·    Seeks clarity on the delivery vehicle for the sub-precinct aligned to the Place Strategy Implementation Plan – identification of a key delivery agent.

 

In summary, the broader Bays West Place Strategy is ambitious in its aims. While those ambitions are supported it was anticipated the Stage 1 - draft Master Plan would demonstrate how those ambitions would be realised, including:

 

·    providing the required evidence - feasibility, detailed modelling, economic viability

·    detailed design on essentials - the adjoining road network or habitat needs,

·    committing to identified needs analysis – indoor recreation facility among others

·    firming up targets - affordable housing, sustainability (beyond tree canopy) or other mechanisms needed to realise proposals for example ‘carbon neutral’, and

·    explaining the delivery mechanisms needed to provide oversight, monitoring and review.

 

The next phase of the planning process is the draft Stage 1 Rezoning Package, and it is considered essential that this package goes beyond typical land use zones and development standards to incorporate the level of information necessary to demonstrate realisation of intended outcomes.

 

Next Steps

Outputs of the consultation will inform a finalised master plan and will input into preparation of the draft Stage 1 Rezoning Package. It is anticipated these documents will be exhibited by DPE in late 2022.

 

Council’s continued involvement in the process through review, submission and collaboration with DPE remains essential to ensure the Inner West’s expectations for Bays West are realised.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

There are no immediate financial implications arising from the Report or Inner West Council Submission to the draft Stage 1 Master Plan exhibition. The exhibited material does identify social and recreational infrastructure aligned to the draft Inner West Development Contributions Plan that is currently on exhibition. The submission identifies the need for continued collaboration to ensure the timely and efficient delivery of evidenced infrastructure needs.

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Draft IWC Submission Bays West Stage 1 White Bay Power Station and Roberts Street Sub-Precinct Draft Master Plan

  


Council Meeting

14 June 2022

 


































Council Meeting

14 June 2022

 

Item No:         C0622(1) Item 15

Subject:         Community Strategic Plan 2036, Delivery Program 2022-26, Operational Plan and Budget 2022-23, Long Term Financial Plan 2022-32, Workforce Management Strategy 2022-26 and Asset Management Strategy 2022-32           

Prepared By:      Prue Foreman - Communications and Engagement Manager 

Authorised By:  Peter Gainsford - General Manager

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT:

 

1.   Note the community submissions for the following documents which were publicly exhibited as required by the Local Government Act 1993:

·    Draft Community Strategic Plan – Our Inner West 2036

·    Draft Delivery Program 2022-26, Operational Plan and Budget 2022-2023 (including Fees and Charges 2022-2023)

·    Draft Long Term Financial Plan 2022-2032

 

2.   Endorse the Community Strategic Plan with the proposed changes arising from the public exhibition as outlined in the report;

 

3.   Adopt the following documents with the proposed changes arising from the public exhibition as outlined in the report;

·    Draft Delivery Program 2022-26, Operational Plan and Budget 2022-2023 (including Fees and Charges 2022-2023)

·    Draft Long Term Financial Plan 2022-2032 (Scenario 1 – Business as Usual)

4.   Adopt the following elements of the Resourcing Strategy (no public exhibition required):

·    Draft Workforce Management Strategy 2022-26

·    Draft Asset Management Strategy and Policy, and Draft Asset Management Plans for asset classes:

Parks

Buildings

Stormwater and Drainage

Transport

 

5.   Publish the final documents on Council’s corporate website by 30 June 2022 and notify Office of Local Government of a link to the web page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

Background

Under the Local Government Act, councils are required to develop a suite of plans as part of the ‘Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework’ (IP&R). IP&R is a rigorous and consistent system of community planning across all NSW local councils which also takes into consideration state and regional priorities.

IP&R assists councils in delivering their community’s vision through long, medium and short term plans.

Inner West’s key IP&R documents were developed following community engagement (Oct – Dec 2021), Local Democracy Groups engagement (Nov – Dec 2021), councillor priorities workshops (Feb – Mar 2022) and staff engagement.

Three components of the suite were publicly exhibited for community comment as required by the Act, following Council’s endorsement at its April 2022 meeting:

·    The Community Strategic Plan (CSP), Our Inner West 2036, identifies the community’s vision for the future, long term outcomes, and strategies to get there. Although Council takes the lead in developing the plan on behalf of the community, many partners are required to achieve the vision. The CSP is reviewed after every council election.

·    The Delivery Program 2022-2026 outlines Council’s commitment to delivering the community’s expectations as set out in the CSP, during its term of office. The Operational Plan and Budget contains detailed actions for the year, and the Statement of Revenue Policy, including Fees and Charges. The Delivery Program, Operational Plan and Budget are reviewed and updated annually.

·    The Long Term Financial Plan (LTFP) – which is part of the Resourcing Strategy –sets out the ten year budget forecast, underlying assumptions, sensitivity analysis, financial modelling for possible scenarios and methods of monitoring financial performance. The LTFP is reviewed and updated annually.

·   

This Council report details the public exhibition process and the main themes of community submissions received during the public exhibition. The submissions were analysed and are included in full with detailed officer responses in the attached Engagement Outcomes Report.

 

This Council report also details the proposed changes to the documents arising both from community engagement and staff review, for Council’s consideration.

The report also presents the two remaining elements of the Resourcing Strategy to Council for adoption. These elements, which are not required to be publicly exhibited include:

·    Workforce Management Strategy 2022-26

·    Asset Management Strategy 2022-32

Public Exhibition Process

The public exhibition took place from 13 April to 15 May 2022. Council must publicly exhibit the plans for 28 days.

During public exhibition the community could provide feedback:

·    By mail to Council or direct email to the Corporate Strategy Planner

·    Online on yoursay.innerwest.nsw.gov.au via the organisation or individual feedback form

·    By phone to the Corporate Strategy Planner, including via an interpreter (TIS) or National Relay Service Promotion

Hard copies of the documents were available to view at Ashfield, Leichhardt and Petersham service centres, and Balmain, Haberfield, Marrickville and St Peters Libraries.

An online public forum was held on Wednesday, 11 May where the community had the opportunity to ask questions of Council’s Executive team. The video was posted to Council’s YouTube channel following the event.

The engagement was promoted via:

·    Email to all people who participated in the preliminary engagement in late 2021

·    Inner West News publication delivered to all households

·    Council column in local newspaper

·    Social media

·    E-news

·    Direct email to networks

·    Direct email to Local Democracy Groups via conveners

·    Your Say Inner West and Council websites

·    Letter to all families with children enrolled in Council’s early learning and care services regarding the proposed fee increase

·    Email to all groups on the Community Group Register

Submissions

There were 11 submissions via email (including three from organisations or committees), 13 submissions via Your Say Inner West and four emails regarding the proposed childcare fee increase. Many of the submissions, some from key organisations or Council committees and others from individuals, were highly detailed and deeply thoughtful, demonstrating the passion that the community feels about the future of Inner West.

The attached Engagement Outcome Report contains the community comments in full with detailed officer responses. All changes proposed to the documents as a result of community submissions are detailed in the ‘Proposed Changes Table’. While not all changes requested could be accommodated, there is a large number of changes that are recommended as a result of the public exhibition process. 

 

Themes

The main themes of the feedback were:

Town Centre: 

·      Graffiti 

·      Rubbish 

·      Greener 

 

Environment: 

·      Emissions 

·      Biodiversity 

·      Sustainability 

·      Tree canopy 

·      Water quality 

 

Asset maintenance: 

·      Budget  

·      Road and footpath 

·      Footpath 

Planning: 

·      Cycleway 

·      Shading 

·      LEP and population growth 

 

Service Improvement: 

·      Customer service 

·      Website 

 

Measures: 

·      Environmental measures 

·      Cycleway measures 

 

Advocacy: 

·      Public transport 

·      Traffic 

·      Housing affordability 

Fees and charges: 

·      Childcare fee 

·      Fire safety statement 

·      Gym membership 

 

Disability and Inclusion 

·    Strengthen provisions

 

Other: 

·      Wording and formatting 

·      Clarification of documents 

·      Parking permit 

·      Governance 

·      Community consultation 

·     

Proposed changes

The following table outlines the major Proposed Changes to the key IP&R documents. The changes arise from the community submissions analysis, and staff / councillor feedback. Additional operational plan actions have been added to ensure that Councillor Priorities can be tracked, and progress reports provided.

Minor changes to correct font, spelling or punctuation will also be made where relevant.

Start typing the “background” section here.

 

 

1.     COMMUNITY STRATEGIC PLAN - CSP

#

Source

(I.e. Councillor, Community, Staff)

Page or Strategy No.

Current

Category

Proposed changes

 

1

Councillor

n/a

n/a

Metric

Include serious injuries TfNSW (Transport for NSW) data in the CSP as a new metric.

 

2

Staff

CSP, Page 21

The "catchment area serviced by Council Raingardens" is 20h.

 

Clarification

Remove the measurement due to lack of reliable data.

3

Community

CSP, page 11, page 15, page 18, page 19

Refer to these pages on the CSP.

Clarification

Word

1.    Infographic of community profile page 11.

From 4.5% need help day to day due to disability or old age to: 17.7% of the Australian population have disabilities (Source:  2018 ABS Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers).

 

2.     Page 15 under strategic direction 2; add accessible to “moving around our network of neighbourhoods is cool, quick, convenient, accessible and enjoyable”.

 

3.     SD 2. Add accessible to:
2.2 access needs adding in 2.2.2 i.e. “respect heritage, accessibility and the distinct character.

 

4.     2.4.1 add ‘livable’ housing (it’s an accepted housing type that provides greater accessibility.

 

5.     2.6.3 add ‘accessible’.

 

6.     SD 3. 3.2.4 add accessible i.e. “ facilitate the availability of affordable, accessible spaces for creative industries…” on page 19.

 

7.     SD 4.4 include disability i.e. “all stages of life and all abilities” on page 19.

 

8.     4.4.1 Add disability i.e. “Plan and provide services and infrastructure for a changing and ageing population and those with disability”.

 

4

Staff

CSP, Page 12, IP&R framework

“Initiatives” are used

Word

Change ‘initiatives’ to ‘principal activities’.

 

2.    DELIVERY PROGRAM, OPERATIONAL PLAN and BUDGET

#

Source

(councillor, community, staff)

Page or Strategy No.

Current

Category

Proposed changes

 

1

Staff

DPOP CSP Strategy 1.4.3, Page 32

 

1.      Operational Plan action under CSP Strategy 1.4.3: “Enforce air pollution controls to regulate development”.

2.     The Operational Plan action: “Review air pollution controls and listings through the review of the LEP”.

3.     Key Performance Measures: ”Air pollution listings reviewed and accurate” under the Strategic Planning team.

 

Word

1.      Replace the Development Team with the Council’s Environmental Health Team as the Responsible Team

2.     Replace the Strategic Planning team with the Council’s Environmental Health Team

3.     Change the responsible team to the measure to accurate” under the Council’s Environmental Health Team.

 

2

Staff

DPOP, Strategy 2.1.1, Page 38

The principal activity “Manage independent assessment panels including Architectural Excellence Review Design Review Panel and Inner West Local Planning Panel” is assigned to the Strategic Planning team whereas the management of assessment panel has already been included in the CSP Strategy 2.3.2 under the Development Assessment team. 

 

Word

Remove from CSP Strategy 2.1.1 of the Delivery Program.

3

Staff

DPOP, Strategy 3.3.1, Page 54

The key performance measure “conduct business training workshops” is targeted at 20 per quarter.

 

Metric

Change from “20 per quarter” to “20 per annum”.

4

Staff

DPOP, Strategy 5.4.3, Page 81

The principal activity in the CSP Strategy 5.4.3: 

1.      “Ensure that suppliers adopt sustainability practices and are recognised in the sector for advanced standing”.

2.     “Preference suppliers who contribute to diversity in employment, disability”.

 

Word

1.      Change to “Maintain advanced sustainable procurement rating”.

2.     Change to “Preference suppliers who contribute to diversity in employment, e.g Aboriginal”.

5

Staff

DPOP, Strategy 5.4.3, Page 81

One of the principal activities under the CSP Strategy 5.4.3: “Preference suppliers from the local government area”.

 

Word

Change it to “Increase spending with suppliers in the local government area”.

6

Staff

DPOP, Page 10

A boat is used as an icon in infographic to indicate people born overseas.

 

Image

Change the icon to a globe or world.

7

Community

DPOP, CSP

The following recommendation will be incorporated into the final CSP, DP and OP.

 

 

·      Reword Strategy 1.1.1 to – “Provide the community with information, knowledge, and tools for a sustainable Inner West”.

 

·      Reword Strategy 1.1.2 to – “Share successes and publicise community and Council achievements in sustainability”.

 

·      Reword Strategy 1.3.1 to – “Implement water-sensitive policies and projects to improve the health of our waterways”.

·      Fixing grammar Strategy 1.3.2 to – “….catchments”, to add the “s” at the end to show plural.

·      Reword Strategy 1.4.1 to – “Improve air quality through effective regulation and education”.

·      Reword Strategy 1.4.3 to – “Minimise air pollution through policy and regulation”.

·      Reword Outcome 1.5 to - “Inner West is zero emissions and is resilient to the changing climate”.

·      Reword Strategy 1.5.1 to – “Respond to the Climate Emergency and implement the Inner West Climate and Renewables Strategy to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions”.

·      Reword Strategy 1.5.2 to – “Develop and implement a whole of Council climate adaptation strategy to build resilience to the changing climate”.

·      Reword Strategy 1.6.2 to – “publicise and broaden access to local reuse and recycling infrastructure”.

 

·      Reword Strategy 1.6.3 to – “Increase recovery of organic material and provide a food organics recycling service to all households”.

 

·      Changed to measures in CSP:

o   “Residential waste to landfill per capita (199kg/resident)” to “Annual residential waste to landfill per capita (199 kg/capita)”.

o   “Residential energy consumption” to “Annual grid-derived residential electricity consumption - 1.89MWh/capita”.

 

·      Add new measure - Annual residential natural gas consumption.

·      Reword Outcome 2.1 to – “Development is designed for sustainability, net zero and improves health and wellbeing of the community.

 

8

Staff

Throughout the DPOP

There are duplicated teams assigned as responsible team in OP actions and key performance measures.

 

Word

Remove duplicated teams to ensure one specific team assigned to one OP action or key performance measure.

9

Staff

DPOP

There is no specific action to indicate the implementation of the asset improvement plan as part of the Asset Management Strategy.

 

Word

Create a specific action ‘Implement the asset improvement plan” in the DPOP.

10

Staff

DPOP

There is no specific action to indicate the implementation of the Workforce Management Plan.

 

Word

Create a specific action ‘Implement the Workforce Management Plan” in the DPOP.

11

Staff

DPOP, Section 2 and 3

The table of contents is not sufficiently detailed to provide an overall picture of the scope of the OP and the budget.

 

Word

Expand the table of contents to list operational plans aligned with strategic directions in Section 2 and major financial items in Section 3 respectively.

12

Community

DPOP 1.2.2 –page 26

1.      “Supply plants for Council’s natural areas including priority sites along the GreenWay”.

 

2.     “Revegetate the handback land from state infrastructure projects”.

 

Word

1.      Change the first item (1.2.2 – Action 1) in the Operational Plan to read ‘Supply local native plants for Council’s natural areas including ..............’.

 

2.     Change the second item (1.2.2 – Action 2) in the Operational Plan to read ‘Revegetate areas such as handback land from state infrastructure projects, transport corridors and infrastructure easements”.   

 

3.    FEES AND CHARGES

#

Source

(councillor, community, staff)

Page or Strategy No.

Current

Category

Proposed changes

 

1

Staff

Fees and Charges

Change in fee wording for Heavy Plant Occupation. Original wording:

·      Heavy Plant Occupation (Trucks, Pumps, Cranes, etc) – Application fee for multiple days– per application.

·      Heavy Plant Occupation (Trucks, Pumps, Cranes, etc) – Application fee for single day– per application.

 

Policy

·      Heavy Plant Occupation (Trucks, Pumps, Cranes, etc) – Application fee for access to fast-track renewal or extension – per application.

·      Heavy Plant Occupation (Trucks, Pumps, Cranes, etc) – Application fee for one-off application – per application.

 

2

Staff

Fees and Charges

Additional charge for Roadworks Step 2 Application where required Roadworks Step 1 application has not been lodged or for unauthorised works – per application

 

Delete Fee which is redundant due to new fee structure of Roadworks Step 1 application

4.   COUNCILLOR PRIORITIES

#

Source

(councillor, community, staff)

Page or Strategy No.

Current

Category

Proposed changes

 

1

Councillor priorities

Strategy 2.3.1

N/A

New project

“Develop and deliver the Main Streets Strategy”.

Responsible team is Strategic Planning.

2

Councillor priorities

Strategy 2.6.1

N/A

New project

Support safe walking around local schools”.

Responsible team is Traffic and Transport Planning.

3

Councillor priorities

Strategy 1.1.1

N/A

New project

Inform residents about threatened and unique species of flora and fauna in our local parks and wild places”.

Responsible team is Urban Ecology.

 

4

Councillor priorities

Strategy 4.3.2

N/A

New project

“Construct at least one inclusive playground in every ward, and public sensory gardens in pocket parks”.

Responsible team is Capital Works.

 

5

Councillor priorities

Strategy 4.3.1

N/A

New project

Undertake training to obtain qualifications training in animal behaviour for Companion Animals Officers”.

Responsible team is Ranger Services.

 

6

Councillor priorities

Strategy 4.1.3

N/A

New project

Trial a $100 Council rebate on the purchase of sanitary products and a $150 rebate on the purchase of reusable nappies”.

Responsible team is Resource Recovery Planning.

 

7

Councillor priorities

Strategy 5.1.1

N/A

New project

Adopt new technologies to improve transparency around maintenance schedules”.

Responsible team is Engineering Services.

 

8

Councillor priorities

Strategy 5.3.2

N/A

New project

Offer “Your say” stalls directly in neighbourhoods on key issues impacting the community”.

Responsible team is Corporate Strategy and Engagement.

 

9

Councillor priorities

Strategy 5.1.1

N/A

New project

Consider a customer service point in every library”.

Responsible team is Service Transformation.

 

10

Councillor priorities

Strategy 4.4.2

 

N/A

New project

Provide free early education places to children whose parents are awaiting asylum seeker declaration”.

Responsible team is Children’s Services.

 

11

Councillor priorities

Strategy 3.3.1

N/A

New project

Provide business support for local small businesses in community languages”.

Responsible team is Economic Development.

 

12

Councillor priorities

Strategy

3.1.1

 

N/A

New project

Support the improved representation of cultural diversity in arts and culture”.

Responsible team is Social and Cultural Planning.

13

Councillor priorities

Strategy 4.4.4

N/A

New project

Trial free period and sanitary products in Council-run facilities”.

Responsible team is Facilities.

 

14

Councillor priorities

Strategy 4.1.1

 

N/A

New project

Drive the Inner West Pride Centre”.

Responsible team is Strategic Investments and Property.

 

15

Councillor priorities

Strategy

4.1.1

 

N/A

New project

Coordinate activities for World Pride 2023”.

Responsible team is Community Wellbeing.

16

Councillor priorities

Strategy

4.1.1

N/A

New project

Mark IDAHOBIT, Transgender Day of Visibility and Transgender Day of Remembrance”.

Responsible team is Community Wellbeing.

 

17

Councillor priorities

Strategy 4.1.1

 

N/A

New project

Build a Rainbow Crossing in Newtown”.

Responsible team is Capital Works.

18

Councillor priorities

Strategy 3.2.2

N/A

New project

Work with 50 venues to host music and arts events as part of the Council’s legalisation of arts in main streets”.

Responsible team is Economic Development.

 

Proposed changes to Statement of Revenue Policy – section 3 of Delivery Program and Operational Plan

 

There are three major movements in the Operational Plan budget as outlined below. These changes are also reflected in the Long Term Financial Plan.

 

1.   Capital Works Increase

Over the next four years, the capital works program has increased by just under $12.0m. This is to reflect the re-phasing of projects from the March 2022 QBRS to the operational plan. This has also resulted in increasing funding to fund the capital projects as details below in the tables. Significant capital projects movements are detailed in the second table.

 

 

2.   Significant Capital Projects

Generally, the budget for significant capital projects has increased as budgets from 2021/22 financial year were moved to the next four years for completion. New projects added to the list that was not on exhibition previously as they are rephased of March 2022 QBRS budget are:

·    Skate Park in Leichhardt Park

·    Tom Foster Community Centre renewal works

 

The only Construction project budget removed is Bike Route RR07 (Longport St to Eliza St) as works were completed in the 2021/22 financial year.

 

 

 

3.   Profit and Loss Statement – Capital Contributions and Capital Spend

Due to the above changes, the profit and loss statement is required to be amended for:

·    Capital Grans and Contributions – Due to rephasing of capital works

·    Transfer from restricted and general funds – due to rephasing of capital works

·    Capital Works – as noted in part 1

 

 

 

Rating section changes

 

The Rating section is proposed to be updated. The previous rating figures for 2022/2023 rates that were on public exhibition were not inclusive of the second year of the eight year transition period of the rates harmonisation process.

 

The proposed amendments are specified in detail in Attachment 12 – Section 3  Operational Plan Proposed amendments in detail.

 

 

Resourcing Strategy elements

Along with the Long Term Financial Plan, the following two Strategies which comprise Council’s Resourcing Strategy, are presented to Council for adoption.

 

·    Workforce Management Strategy 2022-26 – addresses the human resourcing requirements of the Delivery Program.

Workforce planning is the process of identifying current and future staffing needs based on current internal and external information. It focuses on retaining existing staff as well as attracting new staff to ensure Council has the right number of people, with the right skills in the right jobs at the right time, now and in the future.

 

The Workforce Management Strategy sets out the issues, evidence and strategies required to deliver a sustainable Inner West Council workforce capable of continuing to deliver high quality services to our community in 2022 and beyond by providing the following benefits:

 

·    Improving capacity to deliver strategic and operational plans

·    Improving current and future capability and performance through a better understanding of our workforce profile 

·    Enabling agility in responding to change

·    Assisting development of career paths and setting clear strategies for developing people

·    Assisting to forecast and mitigate risks

 

The Strategy was developed following extensive engagement and collaboration across Council. Workshops across the thirty-nine services were held and included Council’s Executive Team, Leadership Team, Senior People and Culture Business Partners and Learning and Development Partners.  Robust workshop discussions on data, evidence and insights about the current workforce, future requirements and skills and capability gaps informed the plan.  

 

The Strategy maps the next stage of Council’s cultural journey through six key objectives:

 

1.   Investing in our people and community through technology

2.   Developing a sustainable workforce

3.   Sourcing skilled employees in a competitive market

4.   Reducing risks and optimise efficiencies with knowledge management

5.   Developing and articulating our employee value proposition

6.   Retaining and attracting an inclusive and diverse workforce  

 

 

·    Asset Management Strategy 2022-32 – addresses and plans for the existing assets under Council’s control and any new assets proposed in the CSP and Delivery Program. It contains long-term projections of asset maintenance, rehabilitation and replacement, including forecast costs (as reflected in the Long Term Financial Plan).

Council is the owner and custodian of a large portfolio of assets that enable the community to access and enjoy all the services and facilities that Council has to offer. A key issue facing local governments throughout Australia is the management of ageing assets in need of renewal and replacement. The acquisition of new assets also presents challenges in funding the ongoing operating costs necessary to provide the necessary service over the assets’ full life cycle.

 

The Asset Management Strategy establishes a framework to guide the planning, construction, maintenance, and operation of the infrastructure essential for Council to provide services to the community.

The Asset Management Strategy includes the Asset Management Policy and four detailed Asset Management Plans for the following asset classes:

 

Stormwater and Drainage

Buildings

Parks and Sporting Grounds

Transport

Inner West’s current asset management maturity is above ‘core’ level and Council is working towards a more advanced maturity. The Transport Asset Class has the highest maturity followed by Property, Parks and Sporting Grounds and Stormwater & Drainage. The Strategy contains a detailed Asset action plan and Asset improvement plan to guide this work.

 

Monitoring and Review

 

The Delivery Program, Operational Plan and Budget, and Long Term Financial Plan are reviewed annually. Quarterly progress updates will be reported to the elected Council and community.

 

The Community Strategic Plan will be reviewed following the next Council election in September 2024.

 

The Workforce Management Strategy and Asset Management Strategy are monitored and updated as needed. Assets are reported in Council’s annual financial statements in accordance with the Local Government Code of Accounting Practice and Financial Reporting, including condition assessment, renewal and maintenance expenditure. A formal review of these documents will be undertaken following the next Council election, in line with the Delivery Program cycle.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Council is required to endorse the Community Strategic Plan and adopt the new suite of IP&R documents by 30 June.

 

CONCLUSION

The new suite of IP&R documents sets the direction of Council for a strong and sustainable future, delivering on the needs and expectations of the Inner West community for current and future generations.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Draft Community Strategic Plan - for public exhibition April 2022

2.

Draft Delivery Program, Operational Plan and Budget - for public exhibition April 2022

3.

Draft Fees & Charges 2022-23 - for public exhibition April 2022

4.

Draft Long Term Financial Plan 2022-2032 - for public exhibition April 2022

5.

Draft Asset Management Strategy

6.

Draft Asset Management Plan - Parks and Sporting Grounds

7.

Draft Asset Management Plan - Property

8.

Draft Asset Management Plan - Stormwater and Drainage

9.

Draft Asset Management Plan - Transport

10.

Draft Workforce Management Strategy 2022 - 2026

11.

Engagement Outcomes Report - Public Exhbition of CSP DPOP LTFP

12.

Section 3 - Operational Plan Proposed Amendments in detail

  


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