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Council Meeting

                            

TUESDAY 25 OCTOBER 2022

 

6.30pm


Council Meeting

25 October 2022

 

Live Streaming of Council Meeting

 

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

 

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Where Items are deferred, Council reserves the right to defer speakers until that Item is heard on the next occasion.

 

Accessibility

 

Inner West Council is committed to ensuring people with a disability have equal opportunity to take part in Council and Committee Meetings. At the Ashfield Council Chambers there is a hearing loop service available to assist persons with a hearing impairment. If you have any other access or disability related participation needs and wish to know more, call 9392 5657.

 

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

 

 

               

 

 

 

Statement of Ethical Obligations

 

The Mayor and Councillors are bound by the Oath/ Affirmation of Office made at the start of the Council term to undertake their civic duties in the best interests of the people of the Inner West Council and to faithfully and impartially carry out the functions, powers, authorities and discretions vested in them under the Local Government Act or any other Act, to the best of their skill and judgement.

 

It is also a requirement that the Mayor and Councillors disclose conflicts of interest in relation to items listed for consideration on the Agenda or which are considered at this meeting in accordance with Council’s Code of Conduct and Code of Meeting Practice.

 

 

 

   


Council Meeting

25 October 2022

 

 

 

PRECIS

 

VOLUME 1 OF 2

 

1          Acknowledgement of Country

 

2          Apologies

 

3          Notice of Webcasting

 

4          Disclosures of Interest  

 

5          Moment of Quiet Contemplation

 

6          Confirmation of Minutes                                                                                          Page

Minutes of 13 September 2022 Council Meeting                                                             7

Minutes of 20 September 2022 Extraordinary Council Meeting                                    33

 

7          Public Forum – Hearing from All Registered Speakers

8          Condolence Motions

 

Nil at the time of printing.

9          Mayoral Minutes

 

Nil at the time of printing.

10        Reports for Council Decision

 

ITEM                                                                                                                                       Page

 

C1022(1) Item 1       Bays West precinct - Stage 1 Comprehensive Rezoning Package IWC Submission                                                                                             40

C1022(1) Item 2       Main Streets Strategy                                                                             74

C1022(1) Item 3       Draft Inner West Cycling Strategy - Public exhibition                            80

C1022(1) Item 4       Callan Park-Greater Sydney Parklands Consultation and Engagement Framework and the Creation of Community Trust Boards                    98

C1022(1) Item 5       Adoption-Henson Park Plan of Management                                      111

C1022(1) Item 6       469R Princes Highway Sydenham - Voluntary Planning Agreement 239

C1022(1) Item 7       Part Yeend Street, Birchgrove - Road Closure & Sale                        257

C1022(1) Item 8       Mandatory Reporting of Fire Safety Reports Referred To Council From Fire And Rescue NSW                                                                                        261

C1022(1) Item 9       Uluru Statement from the Heart Civic Training                                    316

C1022(1) Item 10     Inner West World Pride                                                                        318

C1022(1) Item 11     Local Democracy Groups - update on new term of groups and proposed policy challenges for deliberation                                                                   321

C1022(1) Item 12     Review of the Event Invitation, Speaking and Public Meeting Policy 326

C1022(1) Item 13     Local Traffic Committee Meeting - 19 September 2022                      350

C1022(1) Item 14     Council's Model Code of Conduct                                                        383

C1022(1) Item 15     Inner West Council Food and Garden Organics Service                    483

 

11        Reports for Noting

 

ITEM                                                                                                                                    Page

 

C1022(1) Item 16     Customer Service Update                                                                    490

C1022(1) Item 17     Draft Disability Inclusion Action Plan For Exhibition                            500

C1022(1) Item 18     Investment Report at 31 August 2022                                                 513

C1022(1) Item 19     2021/22 Annual Disclosures of Interest and New Designated Persons Disclosure of Interest                                                                           541

 

VOLUME 2 OF 2

 

12        Notices of Motion

 

ITEM                                                                                                                                    Page

 

C1022(1) Item 20     Notice of Motion: Boat and Trailer Parking in the Inner West             627

C1022(1) Item 21     Notice of Motion: Selecting Locations for Mobile Phone Base Stations 628

C1022(1) Item 22     Notice of Motion: Risk of Not Demerging Council                               629

C1022(1) Item 23     Notice of Motion: Norton Street Study                                                 631

C1022(1) Item 24     Notice of Motion: Pedestrian safety at Victoria Road and Darling Street, Rozelle 632

C1022(1) Item 25     Notice of Motion: Notifications to Councillors                                      633

C1022(1) Item 26     Notice of Motion: Airbnb                                                                       635

C1022(1) Item 27     Notice of Motion:  Old Canterbury Road Tunnel                                  636

C1022(1) Item 28     Notice of Motion:  Local Environment Plan (LEP) Consultation          637

C1022(1) Item 29     Notice of Motion: Cycleways on Victoria Road and Parramatta Road 639

C1022(1) Item 30     Notice of Motion: Heritage Pubs Protection                                         641

C1022(1) Item 31     Notice of Motion: Frederick Street                                                       643

C1022(1) Item 32     Notice of Motion: Little villages signage                                               645

C1022(1) Item 33     Notice of Motion: FOGO Community education and external advice 646

C1022(1) Item 34     Notice of Motion: Alternate panellists for Regional Planning Panel    647

C1022(1) Item 35     Notice of Motion: Amendment to Code of Meeting Practice               649

C1022(1) Item 36     Notice of Motion: Council Support for Waste Education                     650

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13        Questions From Councillors

 

ITEM                                                                                                                                    Page

 

C1022(1) Item 37     Question on Notice: Pedestrian Falls on Footpaths                            657

C1022(1) Item 38     Question on Notice:  Inner West Mayor Releases                               659

C1022(1) Item 39     Question on Notice: Parks, Planning and Recreation and Urban Ecology      662

 

14        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

 

C1022(1) Item 40     Notice of Motion: Deamalagamation Risks                                          665

C1022(1) Item 41     Update on acquistion of investment properties                                   667

C1022(1) Item 42     Regional Road Asphalt Mill And Fill Contract FY22-23 (RFQ 170-22) 668

C1022(1) Item 43     RFT 04-22-1 Builders Contractor Panel                                              669


Council Meeting

25 October 2022

 

 

Minutes of Ordinary Council Meeting held on 13 September 2022 at Ashfield Service Centre

 

Meeting commenced at 6.32pm

 

Present:

Darcy Byrne

Philippa Scott

Liz Atkins

Marghanita Da Cruz

Jessica D’Arienzo

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

Councillor

General Manager

Director Planning

Manod Wickramasinghe

Acting Director Infrastructure

Ruth Callaghan

Kelly Loveridge

Matthew Pearce

Beau-Jane De Costa

Harjeet Atwal

Daniel East

Deborah Lennis

Daryl Jackson

Scott Mullen

James Brennan

Stuart Hull

Ryan Hawken

Alan Cartwright

Director Community

Director Corporate

General Counsel

Senior Manager Governance and Risk

Senior Manager Planning

Manager Strategic Planning

Cultural Advisor

Chief Financial Officer

Manager Strategic Investments and Property

Consultant - EY

Senior Manager Capital Works

Project Manager Greenway Delivery

Consultant - In-Corporate

Katherine Paixao

Business Paper Coordinator

 

APOLOGIES:     Nil

 

DISCLOSURES OF INTERESTS:   

 

Clr Scott declared a significant, non-pecuniary interest in Item 11 Local Traffic Committee Meeting - 15 August 2022 as she is on the Sydney Eastern City Planning Panel which considered the Tempe Bunnings Traffic Management Plan. She will not be part of Council adopting the minutes of the Traffic Committee which also considered the Traffic Management Plan. She will leave the meeting during discussion and voting for this item. 

 

Clr Howard declared a non-significant, non-pecuniary interest in Item 11 Local Traffic Committee Meeting - 15 August 2022 as he works in the Office of the State Member who has a representative on the Local Traffic Committee. He will remain in the meeting during discussion and voting as the vote of the State Member is exercised through a representative.

 

Clr Lockie declared a significant, non-pecuniary interest in Item 9 Instrument of Delegation – Mayor as she works in the Mayoral Office at another Council where delegations are determined by that Council. She will leave the meeting during discussion and voting for this item. 

 

The General Manager, Peter Gainsford declared significant, non-pecuniary interest in Item 25 Notice of Motion: Our Place Inner West LEP consultation and Item 30 Notice of Motion: Community Consultation for Inner West Local Environmental Plan Phase 2B as his brother owns a property in the LEP 2B area. He will leave the meeting during discussion and voting for this item. 

 

Motion: (Da Cruz/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: (Scott/Smith)

That the Minutes of the Council Meeting held on Tuesday, 9 August 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

 

Procedural Motion (Langford/Da Cruz)

 

That Council allow all the people who have requested to speak tonight on Item 2 De-amalgamation Business Case for Inner West Council, Item 22 Notice of Motion: Cootamundra-Gundagai Council Demerger Success and Item 25 Notice of Motion: Our Place Inner West LEP consultation to speak.

 

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

 

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 Byrne left the Meeting and vacated the chair at 7:14 pm. Councillor D’Arienzo assumed the Chair.

 

Councillor Byrne returned to the Meeting at 7:30 pm. Councillor D’Arienzo vacated the Chair and the Mayor, Councillor Byrne assumed the Chair.

 

 

 

 

 

Procedural Motion (Byrne/Stephens)

 

That Council allow Mr Peter Manning speak for an additional 1 minute on Item 30 Notice of Motion: Community Consultation for Inner West Local Environmental Plan Phase 2B.

 

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 Griffiths left the Meeting at 8:32 pm.

 

C0922(1) Item 41       Mayoral Minute: Condolence Motion for Queen Elizabeth II

Motion: (Byrne)

 

That Council record its sadness at the death of Queen Elizabeth II and express gratitude for her lifelong public service. 

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Cr Da Cruz

Absent:                        Cr Griffiths

 

C0922(1) Item 42       Mayoral Minute: Condolence Motion for Kris Cruden

Motion: (Byrne)

 

That Council record its sadness at the passing of former Leichhardt Mayor Kris Cruden and write to her partner Mark and daughter Amy to express our solidarity and heartfelt condolences for their loss.

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

 

C0922(1) Item 43       Mayoral Minute: Uluru Statement from the Heart Citizen Training

Motion: (Byrne)

 

That Council:

 

1.   Support a civic education program to build awareness of the Uluru Statement from the Heart and the upcoming Referendum on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament. This is to include the training of 1000 local citizens to assist in civic education about the Referendum within the Inner West and in other communities;

 

 

 

2.   Seek the advice and endorsement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations in the development of the program;

 

3.   Seek the collaboration of the Sydney Alliance and other civic society organisations that have been undertaking similar education already;

 

4.   Make Council's town halls and facilities available for use for this program free of charge;

 

5.   Immediately commence recruitment of local citizens for the civic education program with an initial allocation of $10,000 to fund the community engagement and outreach needed to get local citizens involved. Funding for this is to be identified in the next quarterly budget review; and

 

6.   Prepare a report for the October Ordinary meeting about the costs and logistics or undertaking the program. This report to include the cost of procuring and hanging copies of the Uluru Statement and the map of Aboriginal Australia in our libraries, community centres and Service Centres. 

 

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 8:38 pm.

C0922(1) Item 44       Mayoral Minute: La Fiamma Photographic Collection

Motion: (Byrne)

 

That Council:

 

1.    Write to La Fiamma newspaper to thank them for the generous donation of their photographic collection to the Inner Wets Council;

 

2.    Invite Italo-Australian community organisations including the APIA Club, the Father Atanasio Charitable , the federation of Italian Migrants and their families (FILEF), the Committee of Italians Overseas (ComItEs) and COASIT, to collaborate in the project of cataloguing the collection in order to preserve this unique photographic history;

 

3.    Work with the Leichhardt / Annandale Chamber of Commerce and the organisers of Festa to arrange the exhibition of some of the collection in conjunction with the Festa. Council officers are to be made available to coordinate this exhibition;

 

4.    Arrange to display some of the collection at Haberfield Library, in recognition of Haberfield’s enduring connection to the Italian community; and

 

5.    Council officers are to be made available to coordinate both exhibitions.

 

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 (Byrne/Stephens)

 

That Council allow The Mayor, Councillor Byrne speak for an additional 1 minute on Item 45 Mayoral Minute: Local Environment Plan.

 

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

 

C0922(1) Item 45         Mayoral Minute: Local Environment Plan

 

Motion: (Byrne)

 

That Council: 

 

1.    Defer all further consideration of and consultation on the LEP in order to obtain written advice from the Office of Local Government as well as independent legal advice, explaining how Councillors should manage potential conflicts of interest relating to the process. This should include advice about if and how a local government area wide LEP process could allow all councillors to participate in the LEP process; and

 

2.    Note that the LEP studies that have been released were prepared by consultants and that Councillors had no role in the preparation of the studies and were not briefed on these studies prior to their publication and that no further work will be undertaken on these studies or the related consultation while Council is awaiting advice from the Office of Local Government.  

 

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

 

C0922(1) Item 1  Election of Deputy Mayor

The General Manager advised that the election of Deputy Mayor will be conducted in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act 1993 and Local Government (General) Regulations 2021.

 

Motion: (Byrne/Howard)

 

That Council:

 

1.   Determined to elect a Deputy Mayor, for a period serving from 13 September 2022 until September 2023;

 

2.   Determined the method of voting for the election of the Deputy Mayor be conducted by open voting; and

 

3.   Write to the Secretary and the Chief Executive Officer of Local Government NSW advising of the of the result of the election.

 

 

 

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

 

Motion  (Griffiths/Shetty)

 

That the two candidates be given 2 minutes to speak to their nomination.

 

The Mayor ruled that the procedural motion is Out of Order as the resolution has already passed on how the election is to be conducted.

 

Position of Deputy Mayor

 

The General Manager advised that he has received nominations for the position of Deputy

Mayor for Councillor Scott and Councillor Atkins.

 

The General Manager asked all Councillors who support Councillor Scott being the first

nomination received, for the position of Deputy Mayor to raise their hands.

 

Councillor Scott received a total of 8 votes from Councillors Scott, D’Arienzo, Byrne, Stephens, Howard, Smith, Tsardoulias and Drury.

 

The General Manager asked all Councillors who support Councillor Atkins being the second

nomination received, for the position of Deputy Mayor to raise their hands.

 

Councillor Atkins received a total of 7 votes from Councillors Da Cruz, Atkins, Langford, Griffiths, Shetty, Stamolis and Lockie.

 

The General Manager declared that Councillor Scott  to be elected Deputy Mayor

until September 2023.

 

Procedural Motion (Scott/Drury)

 

That Council Suspend Standing Orders to bring forward Items 10, 29, 31, 32 and 33 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/Drury)

 

That Items 10, 29, 31, 32 and 33 be moved in globo and the recommendations contained within the report 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

 

 

 

 

C0922(1) Item 10       Post Exhibition Report 1-5 Chester Street Annandale - Voluntary
         Planning Agreement

Motion: (Scott/Drury)

 

That Council:

 

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

 

2.   Authorises the General Manager to approve an amendment to the parties to the amended VPA should the property be sold.

 

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

 

C0922(1) Item 29       Notice of Motion: Pride Inner West

Motion: (Scott/Drury)

 

That Council:

 

1.   Notes the significance of Sydney WorldPride in celebrating our proud and diverse LGBTQ community and acknowledges the opportunities as a civic leader for Inner West to participate in the Sydney WorldPride festival;

 

2.   In planning for Sydney WorldPride, council prioritise access, as appropriate, to council venues, sporting grounds and other assets to support the Pride Inner West community program activation and events between 11 February 2023 to 5 March 2023;

 

3.   Approve access for the use of Tempe Reserve and Mackey Park on Monday 20 February for Sydney WorldPride International Gay and Lesbian Football Association tournament and inform local residents; and

 

4.   Work with organisers on a Traffic Management Plan for the International Gay and Lesbian Football Association tournament and undertake engagement with Tempe residents living east of the Princes Highway about the event.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C0922(1) Item 31       Notice of Motion: Community Wealth Building

Motion: (Scott/Drury)

 

That:

 

1.   Council commits to becoming Australia’s leading Community Wealth Building council by adopting the pillars of Community Wealth Building into our Inner West Council Economic Development Strategy;

 

2.   In preparation for the Economic Development Strategy:

 

a)   Staff consult with the Democracy Collaborative on the pillars of Community Wealth Building before the end of 2022; and

 

b)   Identify local anchor institutions such as universities and TAFE, hospitals, schools, sporting clubs, community and First Nations organisations and large local employers and businesses to be part of the development of the Economic Development Strategy, in addition to residents and other stakeholders.

 

3.   Council holds an Inner West Economic Summit early in 2023, and includes those local anchor institutions, in addition to residents and other stakeholders, to discuss people-centered economic development; and

 

4.   Before the end of 2022, staff identity and report on existing Council initiatives, strategies, processes and policies that support Community Wealth Building, particularly the use of Council’s own workforce and procurement strategies, with the goals of:

 

a)   Doubling the budgeted number of apprentices, trainees and students employed by Council;

 

b)   Preferencing direct employment of apprentices and trainees over the use of labour hire or Group Training Organisations (GTO);

 

c)   Preferencing formal training being provided in-house by Council or by TAFE NSW, over private education providers;

 

d)   Increasing women in STEM roles; and

 

e)   Increasing Council procurement of local goods and services.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C0922(1) Item 32       Notice of Motion: Mental Health in the Inner West

Motion: (Scott/Drury)

 

That Council:

 

1.   Notes the important work, programs and events being planned for Mental Health Month (October);

 

2.   Host a public forum on mental health in the Inner West in the next six months, bringing together people with lived experience of accessing mental health services, carers and support people, key organisations, Council staff and councillors to:

 

a)   Discuss the challenges and opportunities for local services and residents; and

 

b)   Learn how council can assist to facilitate and connect residents with mental health support;

 

3.   Give consideration to ways people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds can participate in the forum;

 

4.   Request that Council officers report back on the findings of the mental health public forum, as well as on the other services council provides to support resident wellbeing and mental health, including recreational activities and mental health first aid training, which is currently being rolled out.

 

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

 

C0922(1) Item 33       Notice of Motion: Economic Inclusion for People with Disability

Motion: (Scott/Drury)

 

That Council:

 

1.   Notes that as a major employer, Inner West Council has a responsibility to lead on inclusion for people with disability within our own workforce and to foster greater inclusion and participation in our local economy;

 

2.   In November, as part of the community engagement for the Draft Disability Inclusion Action Plan, hold a Major Community Roundtable involving people with disability, local disability services, sector experts, local businesses, relevant council staff, Councillors and council’s Access Committee, with a focus on expanding economic opportunity for people with disability in our local community and the role of Council in doing so; and invite Federal and State Ministers for Disability Services and other noteworthy advocates to attend; and

 

3.   Ask Council officers to provide a briefing note explaining the work currently being undertaken by Council, including work as part of Council’s Employee Workforce Strategy, to increase opportunities for recruitment, training and retention of people with disability in its workforce.

 

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

 

C0922(1) Item 2     De-amalgamation Business Case for Inner West Council

Procedural Motion (Scott/D’Arienzo)

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

 

Motion: (Scott/D’Arienzo)

 

That:

 

1.    The Business Case for Inner West De-Amalgamation be tabled for consideration by Council;

2.    The Business Case be considered in a workshop for Councillors before the October meeting of Council;

 

3.    The Mayor write to the Minister for Local Government reiterating the concerns around costs and administration and seeking her specific commitment to paying the full cost should the Minister seek to demerge the Council and commit to not sacking the Council and installing an administrator; and

 

4.    The Business Case return to Council for further discussion once a response from the Minister has been received.

 

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

 

Amendment (Da Cruz/Atkins)

 

That Council defer this item to refine the demerger submission:

1.    To propose a process for demerger;

 

2.    Note that the Micromex Survey was of 600 people by phone and 1400+ self-selecting online and paper responses;

 

3.    Note that 104,219 voters chose to respond to the poll in December 2021;

 

4.    Note that the YES vote ranged from 74% to 40% at polling places, with a 62.5% overall YES vote and Voter Turnout: 80.73% and an Informal Rate: 2.55%; and

 

5.    Note that the Boundaries Commission commissioned a costing and sought submissions from the community and staff in preparing their report and recommendation to the Minister for the demerger of the Gundagai-Cootamundra Council.

 

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 (Stamolis/Langford)

That:

1.    The submission has not been validated by an expert in local government demerger;

 

2.    The business case is NOT a business case or plan for demerger;

 

3.    Gross assumptions and weak methodologies have been used to determine financial impacts of a demerger;

 

4.    Bias and leading questions in the community survey;

 

5.    Lack of engagement with the community and Councillors until a late stage of the process.

 

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

 

Procedural motion (Griffiths/Howard)

 

That Council allow Councillor Drury speak for 1 additional minute on item 3.

 

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

 

C0922(1) Item 3  Reconciliation Action Plan

Motion (Drury/Howard)

That:

1.    Council adopt the Reconciliation Action Plan;

 

2.    During the life of this plan consideration will be given to establishing a Voice to the Inner West Council. Consideration should include but not be limited to the following issues:

 

a)    Consider whether and how the role of the Inner West Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee could expanded to form a Voice to the Inner West Council

b)    Establishing  a simple and timely payment process so Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples are compensated for their time and knowledge.

c)    Creating  guidelines, in collaboration with your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples community and the Metropolitan Land Council about what matters the Voice to Council should deal with.

 

3.    Council officers prepare a budget and recurrent investment for adoption by Council that supports the Voice to Council and the implementation of the major initiatives over the life of the RAP, being:

 

a)    Creation of Survival Memorials in three locations, the first in Yeo Park, Ashfield will be installed in 2022/23;

 

b)     Knowledge and culture playing a visible and integral role in placemaking and connecting to Country, including for example new walking trails and wayfinding across the Inner West;

 

c)    All Council tenders over $150,000 advertised on Supply Nation, and smaller scale positive procurement in favour of local Aboriginal businesses;

 

d)    Nurturing connection to Country, including tours, stories, dance, and services;

 

e)    New large scale Council research on archaeology in collaboration with local residents; and

 

f)     Identifying appropriate Council owned property for an Aboriginal Community Hub and scoping costs and logistics to implement.

 

4.    Council receive quarterly progress reports of progress toward establishing the 
community hub; and

 

5.    Council receive quarterly progress reports on the development of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Procurement Strategy including KPIs for awarding of contracts and the total value.

 

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 (Howard/Stephens)

 

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 9.06pm

 

The meeting recommenced at 9.18pm

 

 

 

 

C0922(1) Item 4  Endorsement of Ashfield Park Plan of Management

Motion: (D’Arienzo/Scott)

 

That Council as land manager of Ashfield Reserve (Lot 2 DP607316);

 

1.   Endorse the Draft Plan of Management and refer this to the Minister for Water, Housing and Property for owners consent; and

 

2.   On receipt of owner’s consent place the Draft Plan of Management for Ashfield Park on public exhibition for 28 days and the Plan be brought back to Council for adoption.

 

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 (Griffiths/Da Cruz)

That Council amend point 1 to:

1.   Endorse the Draft Plan of Management, with amendments to remove reference to a Synthetic turf at Ashfield Bowling Club, and refer this to the Minister for Water, Housing and Property for owners consent.

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

 

C0922(1) Item 5  License Agreement for Community Access: Graham Green-Dulwich Hill High School of Visual Arts.

Motion: (Drury/Griffiths)

 

That Council formally writes to both the Secretary of the NSW Department of Education and the Minister of Education in relation to the proposed license terms for Graham Green, seeking an urgent meeting and intervention by the Minister to address Council’s concerns, namely:

 

a)   Proposed Cost Shifting arrangement by the NSW Department of Education requiring that Council pay an annual license fee of $10,000 per year for community access to the Green as well ongoing maintenance responsibilities in the region of $14,000 annually;

 

b)   Ongoing Water costs for irrigation of the Green (previously a Department of Education responsibility); and

 

c)   Significant reduction in Community access reduced from seven days per week (outside of school hours) to two days access per week only (outside of school holidays).

 

 

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

 

C0922(1) Item 6  Aquatics Inclusion Swim Program

Motion:  (D’Arienzo/Atkins)

That Council:

1.    Endorses an aquatics inclusion program, including:

a)    Trans and Gender Diverse Swim Events;

b)    Abilities Open Days; and

c)    The ongoing provision of Refugee Learn to Swim and Swimming Awareness.

 

2.    Officers bring a report to the October Council meeting that includes options for increasing the number and type of events, varying the locations and providing an estimate of costs with no-charge and concession rate options;

 

3.    An investigation into a prospective partnership with the Sydney Local Health District for Community Mental Health's 'Living Well, Living Longer' program to offer a 'Gym and Swim' to its participants. The results of the investigation are to be reported to council. This was a service previously offered by Belgravia at AKAC; and

 

4.    Consultation with the disability community and Council's Access Committee about the Abilities Open Day and ongoing ways to make our pools more accessible. 

 

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

 

C0922(1) Item 7  Henson Park - Private Public Partnership

Motion: (Howard/Scott)

That Council:

 

1.    Confirms that the outcomes and deliverables of the Henson Park Grandstand Redevelopment Project as outlined in the Henson Park PPP Initial Assessment are acceptable;

 

2.    Proceed with the Henson Park Grandstand Redevelopment Project as a Public Private Partnership with the AFL (NSW/ACT) Commission Limited;

 

3.    Authorise the General Manager to:

 

a)    certify that all documentation, as part of the Henson Park Grandstand  Redevelopment Project, has been prepared in accordance with the Public Private Partnership Guidelines 2022; and

 

b)    submit all documentation to the Office of Local Government for assessment of the Henson Park Grandstand Redevelopment Project as a Public Private Partnership.

 

  1. Delegate to the General Manager the authority to negotiate and execute a Heads of Agreement with the commercial terms to be reported back to Council for approval; and

 

  1. Commit to entering into a Licence with the Newtown Jets in respect to the future sporting use of Henson Park.

 

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

 

C0922(1) Item 8  Social Media Policy

Motion: (Howard/Scott)

 

That Council defer this item to the November Council meeting and in the interim, seek a briefing from the Office of Local Government on the Model Social Media Policy and why its adoption is considered best practice.

 

Motion Carried

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

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

Councillor Lockie left the Meeting at 9:43 pm.

C0922(1) Item 9  Instrument of Delegation - Mayor

Motion: (Scott/Stephens)

 

That Council adopt the Instrument of Delegations to the Mayor, as outlined and attached to the report.

 

Motion Carried

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

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

Absent:                        Cr Lockie

 

Amendment (Da Cruz)

That:

1.    The financial delegation be reduced to zero and that all councillors be consulted on emergency expenditure by email, during recess; and

2.    Any expenditure is reported to the next council meeting.

Councillor Lockie returned to the Meeting at 9:44 pm.

 

Councillor Scott left the Meeting at 9:44 pm as she declared a significant, non-pecuniary interest in Item 11 Local Traffic Committee Meeting – 15 August 2022 as she is on the Sydney Eastern City Planning Panel which considered the Tempe Bunnings Traffic Management Plan. 

 

C0922(1) Item 11       Local Traffic Committee Meeting - 15 August 2022

Motion: (Drury/Howard)

 

That the Minutes of the Local Traffic Committee meeting held on 15 August 2022 be received and the recommendations be adopted with the following amendments:

 

1.    Council Notes:

a)    At the Sydney Eastern City Planning Panel (SECPP) Hearing on September 1st, the Panel determined to support the Bunnings Tempe DA modifications;

 

b)    The approved modification for Tempe Bunnings does not include the installation of traffic lights at the Bunnings entry on Princes Highway. The community argued strongly for a signalised intersection;

 

c)    Transport for NSW received the Traffic Light Feasibility Report that was commissioned by Council. They did not support the implementation of traffic lights at the entrance of Bunnings, only a signalised pedestrian crossing;

 

d)    Vehicles entering Bunnings from the south bound lanes of Princes Highway will need to cross three lanes of oncoming traffic at an unsignalized intersection;

 

e)    Tempe residents are very concerned that this will endanger the lives of pedestrians along Princes Highway, especially school children. There is also concern for cyclists. They are also concerned about the impacts of Bunnings traffic on streets on the eastern side of Princes Highway in Tempe;

 

f)     Public consultation for the South Tempe Local Area Traffic Management (LATM) Plan closed on 8 September. A report will soon come to Council for consideration;

 

g)    Tempe residents strongly support any measures that Council can implement to improve safety and mitigate the effects of higher levels of traffic through their local streets; and

 

h)    Council will continue to advocate on behalf of Tempe residents to make their streets as safe as possible.
 

2.    Congratulates Safe Traffic Plan for Bunnings Tempe and the Tempe community in lobbying for a safer traffic plan for Tempe;

 

3.    Sincerely thanks Council staff for their work in keeping Councillors and the community updated about the Bunnings Tempe development proposal and for delivering the Traffic Light Feasibility Study so promptly; and

 

4.    That Council write to the local state MPs asking them to raise issue of Frederick Street in Parliament.

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Nil

Absent:                        Cr Scott

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

Councillor D'Arienzo left the Meeting at 9:54 pm.

Councillor D'Arienzo returned to the Meeting at 9:56 pm.

C0922(1) Item 12       Minutes of the Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee Meeting
          Held on 8 June 2022

Motion: (Scott/Atkins)

 

That Council adopts the minutes of the Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee Meeting held on 8 June 2022.

 

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

 

Procedural Motion (Scott/Drury)

 

That Council Suspend Standing Orders and bring forward Items 37, 28, 39 and 40  and the urgency motion provided by staff on Real Estate Investment Strategy – To make an offer and enter into confidential session at this time.

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Cr Griffiths

 

Confidential Session

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:

 

C0922(1) Item 37 Appointment of Independent ARIC Member (Section 10A(2)(a) of the Local Government Act 1993) as it contains personnel matters concerning particular individuals (other than councillors)

 

C0922(1) Item 38 Lease to Western Suburbs Lawn Tennis Association (Section 10A(2)(c) of the Local Government Act 1993) that would, if disclosed, confer a commercial advantage on a person with whom the council is conducting (or proposes to conduct) business. 

 

C0922(1) Item 39 Local Road Asphalt Mill and Fill Services 2022-2023 Package 1 - Tender Report  (Section 10A(2)(c) of the Local Government Act 1993) that would, if disclosed, confer a commercial advantage on a person with whom the council is conducting (or proposes to conduct) business. 

 

C0922(1) Item 40 Greenway In-corridor D&C  (Section 10A(2)(c) of the Local Government Act 1993) that would, if disclosed, confer a commercial advantage on a person with whom the council is conducting (or proposes to conduct) business. 

 

Urgency Motion – Real Estate Investment Strategy – To make an offer (Section 10A(2)(c) of the Local Government Act 1993) that would, if disclosed, confer a commercial advantage on a person with whom the council is conducting (or proposes to conduct) business; AND (Section 10A(2)(d)(i) of the Local Government Act 1993) that would, if disclosed prejudice the commercial position of the person who supplied it; AND (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.

 

resolutions passed during closed session

C0922(1) Item 37       Appointment of Independent ARIC Member

Motion: (Scott/Atkins)

 

That Council:

1.    Resolves to appoint Mark Sercombe to the Inner West Council Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee, for a period of four (4) years, with an option for re-appointment for a further 4 years, subject to a formal review of the members performance; and

 

2.    Writes to Emily Hodgson thanking and acknowledging the significant contribution she has made to Council as an Independent Member of the Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee for the past 8 years.

 

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

 

C0922(1) Item 38       Lease to Western Suburbs Lawn Tennis Association

Motion: (Drury/D’Arienzo)

 

That Council:

 

1.    Grant a five (5) + five (5) year Lease of the Pratten Park Tennis Courts at 40 Arthur St, Ashfield to Western Suburbs Lawn Tennis Association for use as an Tennis Club, as per the proposed lease terms and conditions contained in the report;

 

2.    Approves a 75% Accommodation Grant to be applied to the rent in accordance with Council’s Land and Property Policy;

 

3.    Authorises the General Manager or delegate to negotiate, finalise terms and execute the Lease documentation; and

 

4.    Approves the public notification of the proposed lease for a minimum of 28 days in accordance with the Crown Lands Management Act 2016 and Local Government Act 1993 and notes any objections to the lease will be required to be referred to the Minister.

 

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 (Da Cruz)

 

That organisations and individuals receiving Council grants including accommodation grants, acknowledge the value in their annual reports and in their publicity material

 

The Mayor ruled this amendment Out of Order

 

C0922(1) Item 39       Local Road Asphalt Mill and Fill Services 2022-2023 Package 1 -
         Tender Report

Motion: (Drury/Scott)

 

That:

 

1.    The submission submitted by Ozapve (AUST) Pty Ltd for $1,979,013 excluding GST be accepted for the Local Road Asphalt Mill and Fill Contract FY22-23 Package 1 for Inner West Council; and

 

2.    A 10% contingency sum be included in the project budget for expenditure on aspects of the project that were unforeseeable when the RFQ documents were prepared. The total will therefore be $2,176,914. (excl. GST).

 

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

 

C0922(1) Item 40       Greenway In-corridor D&C

Motion: (Drury/Stephens)

 

That Council delegates authority to the General Manager to enter into a Contract with Gartner Rose Pty Ltd for the Design and Construction of the Greenway In-Corridor works as set out in the Confidential Recommendations.

 

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 (Griffiths)

That Council staff identify funding with the intention to consider the addition of the Old Canterbury Road tunnel into stage 1 or stage 2 works at the next Council meeting.

 

The Mayor ruled this amendment Out of Order.

 

Procedural Motion (Scott/D’Arienzo)

 

That an Urgency motion on Real Estate Investment Strategy – To make an offer be considered at this 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

 

The Mayor, Councillor Byrne ruled this matter urgent.

 

Urgency Motion – Real Estate Investment Strategy – To make an offer

 

Motion: (Drury/Stephens)

 

That:

 

1.    Council authorise the General Manager to make a non-binding offer to purchase the property, as outlined in the confidential report; and

 

2.    A report be brought back to Council following the detailed due diligence and recommending if Council should proceed to purchase a property.

 

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

 

Motion: (Scott/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

 

Procedural Motion (Byrne/Scott)

 

That Council allow Councillor Smith speak for an additional 2 minutes on item 13.

 

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

 

C0922(1) Item 13       Art Summit

Motion: (Smith/Byrne)

That Council:

 

1.    Receive and note the report;

 

2.    As resolved at the March 2022 Ordinary Council meeting, direct officers to commence immediate development of the Inner West Council Arts and Music Recovery Plan. The Plan is to be informed by the priorities of the Summit and developed in consultation with key stakeholders, including Council’s Arts and Cultural Advisory Group, and tabled at the December Ordinary Council meeting;

 

3.    Noting alignment of many of the Summit’s priorities with Council’s current Living Arts program and Cultural Strategy, endorse the following initiatives from the Summit for immediate action:

 

a)    Commence a review of all upcoming EOIs and bookings for Council events to ensure maximum use of local artists and venues, including the Marrickville Festival, Inner West Film Festival, World Pride activations, and the Perfect Match program;

 

b)    Reaffirm commitment to Council’s Outdoor Activation program and Public Art program, noting Council’s commitment to increase Perfect Match funding by 20%;

 

c)    Undertake a creative spaces audit and study to identify appropriate spaces across the LGA for creative and rehearsal use, including activation of all eight town halls within the LGA modelled on the Marrickville Town Hall conversion pilot;

 

d)    Commence scoping to establish a “concierge matching” service to match artists with spaces, using the Perfect Match model as template, to build on the audit of creative spaces;

 

e)    Noting the opportunities to support local artists and music venues under the pilot Special Entertainment Precinct on Enmore Road, commence scoping works to identify other potential locations to pilot SEPs in the LGA including Marrickville Road, Darling St, and Norton St;

 

f)     Noting Council’s submission to the National Cultural Policy, identify opportunities for further advocacy work to shape state and federal arts and culture policy, including writing to relevant state and federal ministers regarding the Inner West Council Arts and Music Recovery Plan.

 

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 (Da Cruz)

That Council note:

 

  1. The launch of Inner West Creative Network on Friday;

  2. That sale and commission of visual arts, craft markets, directing festivals and performing are ways Artists earn a living - the dream is of a regular income; and

  3. The Council is currently developing a Cultural Strategy and has numerous properties which could be used for cultural pursuits.

 

 

 

C0922(1) Item 14       Food Security

Motion: (Scott/Lockie)

 

That Council:

1.    Receive and note the report; and

2.    Requests that Council staff keep Councillors informed on progress in this area through regular briefings and/or briefing notes.

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

 

C0922(1) Item 15       Six Monthly Progress Report – January 2022 – June 2022

Motion: (Scott/Stephens)

 

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

 

Procedural motion (Stephens/Howard)

That Council allow The Mayor, Councillor Byrne speak for an additional 1 minute on item 16.

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

 

C0922(1) Item 16       Status of former Balmain Leagues Club site & surrounds

Motion: (Byrne/Scott)

 

That Council:

 

  1. Note the massive, ongoing and cumulative impacts on Rozelle from NSW Government infrastructure projects and the complete failure of NSW Government ministers to engage with the local community or councillors about these impacts;

 

  1. Note the NSW Government's failure to demolish the Balmain Leagues Club while the Government was the leaseholder for the site and the site owner's stated intention to delay demolition of the derelict building means that there is a serious ongoing danger to the local community from another fire taking place there and the generally unsafe conditions of the site;

 

  1. Convene a public meeting in Rozelle to inform the community about these impacts and invite the Transport Minister and other relevant Ministers to attend to address local residents about:

-       These ongoing impacts how these threats and impacts will be mitigated;

-       The planning for the future of Victoria Road;

-       The funding shortfall for the construction of Rozelle Parklands;

-       The Rozelle community is to be letterboxed with an invitation to the public meeting.

 

  1. Write to owner of the Balmain Leagues Club site and the NSW Government demanding that the dangerous and derelict former Leagues Club structure be demolished immediately;

 

  1. Defer any community engagement on the "Rozelle Village Masterplan" pending written confirmation from the NSW Government about the demolition of the Balmain Leagues Club and their plans for Victoria Road;

 

  1. Notify councillors about any engagement or proposed meetings with NSW Government agencies about the matters detailed in the report in advance; and

 

  1. Write to the Member for Balmain seeking his urgent intervention to have these issues properly addressed by NSW Government Ministers. 

 

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

 

C0922(1) Item 17       Investment Strategy & Portfolio Review 2021/22

Motion: (Drury/Scott)

That:

1.    Council receive and note the report; and

2.    LGNSW and ALGA commence a campaign to convince all banks to offer more investment products to Local Government that will not contribute to further climate change.

 

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

 

C0922(1) Item 18       Investment Report at 31 July 2022

Motion: (Scott/Drury)

 

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

 

C0922(1) Item 19       Notice of Motion:  Fossil Fuel Advertising in the Inner West

Motion:  (Atkins/Scott)

 

That Council:

 

1.    Request the Mayor write to:

 

a)    the Federal Minister for Communications, the Hon. Michelle Rowland MP, to ask the Federal Government to pass national ethical advertising laws that restrict advertising of socially harmful products such as fossil fuels, fake natural therapies, shop signage for tobacconists and foreign government propaganda;

 

b)    the Minister for Digital Government and Minister for Customer Service, Victor Dominello MP requesting the NSW Government  pass ethical advertising laws; and

 

c)    State MPs covering the Inner West LGA seeking their support for same.

 

2.    Request the General Manager to:

 

a)    Investigate:

 

              i.        implementing ethical advertising principles including restrictions on advertising for fossil fuels and other socially harmful products, to be further defined in a report back to Council, but which could include fake natural therapies, shop signage for tobacconists or foreign government propaganda, for any Council controlled signage or property; and

 

            ii.        updating the Sponsorships Policy to expand the list of organisations from which Council will not accept sponsorship to include a ban on accepting sponsorships from companies whose main business is the extraction or sale of coal, oil or gas, or sale of other socially harmful products.

 

b)    work with other councils, Local Government NSW and the Australian Local Government Association to encourage a consistent approach across local government to socially harmful advertising; and

 

c)    ask staff to undertake a review of Inner West Council policies or strategies that may allow for the promotion of socially harmful products.

 

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 (Scott/Smith)

 

That Council:

 

1.    Request the Mayor write to:

 

a)    the Federal Minister for Communications, the Hon. Michelle Rowland MP, to ask the Federal Government to pass national ethical advertising laws that restrict advertising of socially harmful products such as fossil fuels, fake natural therapies, shop signage for tobacconists and foreign government propaganda;

 

b)    the Minister for Digital Government and Minister for Customer Service, Victor Dominello MP requesting the NSW Government  pass ethical advertising laws; and

 

c)    State MPs covering the Inner West LGA seeking their support for same.

 

2.    Request the General Manager to:

 

a)    Investigate:

 

              i.        implementing ethical advertising principles including restrictions on advertising for fossil fuels and other socially harmful products, to be further defined in a report back to Council, but which could include fake natural therapies, shop signage for tobacconists or foreign government propaganda, for any Council controlled signage or property; and

 

            ii.        updating the Sponsorships Policy to expand the list of organisations from which Council will not accept sponsorship to include a ban on accepting sponsorships from companies whose main business is the extraction or sale of coal, oil or gas, or sale of other socially harmful products.

 

b)    work with other councils, Local Government NSW and the Australian Local Government Association to encourage a consistent approach across local government to socially harmful advertising; and

 

c)    ask staff to undertake a review of Inner West Council policies or strategies that may allow for the promotion of socially harmful products.

 

Motion Carried

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

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

 

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

 

Meeting closed at 11.00pm.

 

Items 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27 and 28 were not considered this Meeting and will be carried over to the next Ordinary Council meeting on 25 October 2022.

 

C0922(1) Item 25       Notice of Motion: Our Place Inner West LEP consultation

This item has been withdrawn due to Item 45 Mayoral Minute: Local Environment Plan superseding this Notice of Motion.

 

C0922(1) Item 30       Notice of Motion: Community Consultation for Inner West Local
         Environmental Plan Phase 2B

This item has been withdrawn due to Item 45 Mayoral Minute: Local Environment Plan superseding this Notice of Motion.

 

 

 

Public Speakers:

 

 

Item #

 

Speaker                     

Suburb

Item 2

Pip Hinman

Newtown

Michele Hacking

Rozelle

Item 3

 

David Barrow

Ashfield

Jacqui Parker

Freshwater

Nicole Laupepa

Alexandria

Item 4

 

Cynthia Moore

Haberfield

Jo Alley

Ashfield

Item 5

 

Scott Barry

Dulwich Hill

Sue Adams

Dulwich Hill

Item 19

Belinda Noble

Sydney

Item 20

Toyanath Ghimire

Auburn

Item 21

Simon Wilkes

Dulwich Hill

Item 23

David Sampson

Marrickville

Item 24

 

Peter Stevens

Bexley North

Gina Svolos

Earlwood

Item 25

 

Evonne Englezos

Ashfield

Melanie Wood

Dulwich Hill

Robert Veel

Dulwich Hill

Item 28

Campbell Reid

Balmain

Item 29

Jenn Peden

Stanmore

Item 30

 

Jennifer Whitmarsh

Dulwich Hill

Peter Manning

Dulwich Hill

Mark Skelsey

Dulwich Hill

Item 31

Osmond Chiu

Marrickville

Item 32

William Woods

Marrickville

Item 40

John McNeil

Camperdown

Alex Lofts

Summer Hill

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of Council held on the 13th day of September, 2022 were confirmed as a correct record on this 25th day of October 2022.

 

 

 

 

 

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CHAIRPERSON

 


Council Meeting

25 October 2022

 

 

Minutes of Extraordinary Council Meeting held on 20 September 2022 at Ashfield Service Centre

 

Meeting commenced at 6.32PM

 

 

Present:

Darcy Byrne

Philippa Scott

Liz Atkins

Marghanita Da Cruz

Jessica D’Arienzo

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

Councillor

General Manager

Director Planning

Manod Wickramasinghe

Acting Director Infrastructure

Kelly Loveridge

Matthew Pearce

Beau-Jane De Costa

Caroline McLeod

Director Corporate

General Counsel

Senior Manager Governance and Risk

Senior Manager Libraries and Community Facilities

Katherine Paixao

Governance Coordinator

 

APOLOGIES:   Nil 

 

DISCLOSURES OF INTERESTS:    Nil

 

 

C0922(2) Item 1    Notice of Motion: Visit of Toyanath Ghimire to the Footprints Festival

Motion: (Da Cruz/Howard)

 

That Council:

 

1.   Note the attendance of Toyanath Ghimire Chair and Citizen Scientist of the Saptakoshi Environment Centre in Nepal at the Footprints Eco Festival in White’s Creek Valley on 3 September; and

 

2.   Receive a report on the framework for a community to community relationship with Barahkshetra Municipality 3.

 

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

 

C0922(2) Item 2     Notice of Motion: Cooks River Corridor Masterplan

Motion: (Langford/D’Arienzo)

 

That Council:

1.    Investigates developing a Cooks River Corridor Masterplan for the Inner West LGA, in consultation with the Cooks River Alliance, with complementary actions to the CBC Plan, prepared in collaboration with key stakeholders, including other members of the Alliance, residents and other stakeholders;

 

2.    Approach Cooks River Alliance about developing a catchment-wide Cooks River Corridor Masterplan for the entire Cooks River catchment, involving all Councils within the catchment and other key stakeholders including Sydney Water, Transport for NSW and residents;

3.    Notes the recent public exhibition of the Cooks River Corridor Masterplan (draft) prepared by Canterbury-Bankstown Council (CBC);

4.    Notes the Cooks River Corridor Masterplan (draft) includes areas within the Inner West Council LGA, bordering along the Cooks River; and

5.    Investigates entering into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Canterbury-Bankstown Council to identify and implement the Cooks River Corridor Masterplan across the Inner West LGA.

 

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 allow an extension of time of 2 minutes for Clr Drury on Item 3.

 

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 (Drury/Stephens)

 

That Council allow an extension of time of 2 minutes for Clr Scott on Item 3.

 

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/Griffiths)

 

That Council allow an extension of time of 2 minutes for Clr Stamolis on Item 3.

 

 

 

 

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

 

C0922(2) Item 3  Notice of Motion: Cootamundra-Gundagai Council Demerger Success

Motion: (Langford/Atkins)

 

That Council:

 

1.    Notes that on 24 August 2022, NSW Minister for Local Government, Wendy Tuckerman, announced her decision to demerge Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council;

2.    Notes that the demerger was considered under section 218CC of the NSW Local Government Act;

3.    Notes that Section 218CC (6) in part states “The Minister is required to abide by the following clause by making grants under section 620 or using money otherwise appropriated by Parliament for the purpose, to ensure that the cost of any de-amalgamation of the new area resulting from a business case submitted under this section is fully funded’;

4.    Writes to the Mayor or Cootamundra- Gundagai Regional Council congratulating Mayor Sheahan for the success of the demerger case and the reinstatement of the local government areas of Cootamundra and Gundagai in line with community wishes;

5.    Writes to the Minister for Local Government, Wendy Tuckerman, congratulating her on her decision to support the demerger of Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council, and reminding her that 62.5% of the voters in the poll at the local government election held in the Inner West LGA in December 2021 supported the demerger of Inner West Council; and

6.    Prior to submitting the Inner West Council Deamalgamation Business Case to the Minister for Local Government, Council organises for the document to be reviewed and analysed by independent external local government academic expert/s who specialise in preparing local government demerger business cases.

 

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

 

C0922(2) Item 4  Notice of Motion: Tempe Train Station Accessibility

Motion: (Langford/Howard)

 

That Council:

 

1.   Note that the stairs leading from the Tempe Railway Station car park, located on Richardson's Crescent, to the concourse, have been closed for at least 18 months;

 

2.   Note the temporary access to Tempe Railway Station from the car park via platform one is not well lit, has more trip hazards, is located in the middle of the car park, and anecdotally is not favoured by local residents;

 

3.   Understands that the issue is the need to repair and resurface a small area of the concourse at the top of the stairs;

 

4.   Expresses the view that it is not acceptable for the regular access to be closed for such a long period of time;

 

5.   Writes to the Premier of NSW, The Hon. Dominic Perrottet, The Minister for Transport, The Hon. David Elliott, The Member for Summer Hill and Shadow Minister for Transport, Jo Haylen, and The Greens Spokesperson for Transport Ms Abigail Boyd, expressing Inner West Councils request that immediate action be taken by the NSW Government to complete the maintenance work on the concourse at Tempe Railway Station, and the usual entrance be reopened as soon as possible; and

 

6. Acknowledges the longstanding campaign by Tempe residents to improve accessibility at Tempe Station under the NSW Transport Access Program.

 

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

 

C0922(2) Item 5  Notice of Motion: Support for Wolli Creek Regional Park

Motion: (Langford/Howard)

 

That Council:

 

1.   Recognises the Wolli Creek Regional Park (WCRP) as a regional resource warranting major support from all councils in the region; and

 

2.   Calls on the State Government to take the steps necessary to:

 

a)   expedite the acquisition of the remaining lands necessary to complete WCRP after decades of slow progress; and

 

b)   ensure that WCRP is supported by increased funding and staffing to provide for its continued protection and enhancement.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

C0922(2) Item 6  Notice of Motion: Parking

Motion: (Atkins/Smith)

 

That Council:

1.   Notes an increase in reports of illegal and/or dangerous parking on residential streets across the Inner West;

 

2.   As soon as possible, undertakes a comprehensive and targeted education campaign to tackle illegal parking 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; and

 

3.   Requests staff to prepare a report on the extent of illegal and dangerous parking and possible solutions before the end of this calendar year.

 

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

 

C0922(2) Item 7  Notice of Motion: Balmain Town Hall and Civic Precinct Planning

Motion: (Byrne/Scott)

 

That Council:

 

1.   Endorse the formation of a Balmain Town Hall and Civic Precinct Community working group; and

 

2.   Officers to develop draft Terms of Reference and an Expression of Interest process for interested residents who may wish to be members.

 

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 (Shetty/Stamolis)

 

Amendment to point 2 to ‘That Council Officers to develop draft Terms of Reference and the process to engage interested residents who wish to be members of the working group’.

 

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

 

 

 

C0922(2) Item 8  Notice of Motion: Balmain Sailing Club Pontoon Upgrade

Motion: (Byrne/Scott)

 

That Council:

 

1.   Allocate $50,000 funding on a 50:50 basis for the upgrade of the Balmain Sailing Club pontoon, to provide safer publicly accessible facilities for small craft and junior sailing; and

 

2.   Enter into an appropriate funding agreement with Balmain Sailing Club to assist administration of the funding.

 

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 (Atkins/Griffiths)

 

That an Urgency motion on LGNSW 2022 Annual Conference – Survey of Urgency Motion: Bullying and Harassment in the Local Government Sector be considered at this 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

 

The Mayor, Councillor Byrne ruled this matter urgent.

 

Urgency Motion:  LGNSW 2022 Annual Conference – Survey of Bullying and  
  Harassment in the Local Government Sector

 

Motion: (Atkins/Da Cruz)

 

That:

 

1.    Council endorses the following motion to be submitted to the Local Government NSW 2022 Annual Conference:

 

-       That Local Government NSW calls on the NSW State Government to: 

 

a)    undertake a state-wide survey of elected councillors and local government staff on bullying, harassment and intimidation as soon as practicable or in the 2023/24 financial year, to improve workplace and councillor safety; and

 

b)   that the results of the survey and review be reported back to LGNSW and all councils for further action if required.

 

2.    The General Manager be delegated the authority to make any minor amendments to the wording of this motion if requested by LGNSW and agreed to by the mover of the motion.

 

 

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 closed at 7.29pm.

 

 

 

Public Speakers:

 

 

Item #

 

Speaker                     

Suburb

Item 2

Peter Munro

Marrickville

Jenny Saleeba

Strathfield South

Item 3

 

Glen Moore

Gundagai

Kate Murphy

Tempe

Item 6

Bob Honeybrook

Ashfield

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Minutes of the Extraordinary Meeting of Council held on the 20th day of September, 2022 were confirmed as a correct record on this 25th day of October 2022.

 

 

 

 

 

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CHAIRPERSON

 

 

 

 


Council Meeting

25 October 2022

 

Item No:         C1022(1) Item 1

Subject:         Bays West precinct - Stage 1 Comprehensive Rezoning Package IWC Submission           

Prepared By:      Katie Miles - Acting Team Leader Infrastructure Planning and Gill Dawson - Strategic Planning   Consultant 

Authorised By:  Simone Plummer - Director Planning

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That:

 

1.   Council endorses the submission for the Bays West Stage 1 Comprehensive Rezoning Package;

 

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

 

3.   Council advocates to the NSW Government to enter into a Planning Agreement, in lieu of section 7.11 and 7.12 contributions being applied on future development consents in Stage 1 – Bays West, that ensures that:

 

a)   The NSW State Government is legally committed to delivering the specified infrastructure assets stated in the Department’s Draft Infrastructure Delivery Plan, at full cost to either the NSW Government or future developers. This includes a new multipurpose community and library hub, district cultural spaces, indoor recreational facilities, new childcare facilities, and new open space; and

 

b)   As part of the above agreement, Council determines which infrastructure assets in Bays West Stage 1 are desirable to be dedicated into Council ownership, at no cost to Council, once the assets are constructed and embellished to a level suitable for its desired end-use.

 

 

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

Background

Planning for the Bays West Precinct commenced in 2013 when it was identified as a major urban renewal site. The site sits outside Council’s local environmental planning framework, with the Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) the planning authority under State Environmental Planning Policy (Precincts—Eastern Harbour City) 2021.

 

Two key documents for the site were previously exhibited and include:

 

·    Bays West Place Strategy – overarching vision and framework (endorsed November 2021)

·    Bays West Stage 1 Draft Masterplan and Urban Design Framework (Revised August 2022)

 

Exhibition of the Bays West Precinct Stage 1 White Bay Power Station (and Metro) Comprehensive Rezoning Package represents the next phase in land use planning for the Bays West, with the exhibition being from 12 August 2022 to 8 September 2022.

 

The intent of the rezoning is to help deliver:

·    4,950 jobs

·    Up to 250 new homes, including provision for affordable housing

·    Offices, shops, cafes, and restaurants

·    Social infrastructure such as a multi-purpose community/library hub

·    The historic White Bay Power Station protected and reinvented as a centre of cultural activity

·    Approximately 4.16ha of new public and open space

 

The rezoning package included the following key exhibition documents:

·    Design Guide

·    Explanation of Intended Effect

·    Infrastructure Delivery Plan

·    Affordable Housing Program

These were supported by a further 15 supporting documents.

 

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

 

A draft officer submission was provided on the close of exhibition and is included at Attachment 1 to this report.

 

In summary, the submission outlines areas of support, concern and lack of support for the proposal in its current state, as determined by the officers responsible for the submission.

 

Areas of concern include but are not limited to:

·    The lack of certainty provided to Council under the NSW Planning System that section 7.11 or 7.12 local infrastructure contributions will be collected from the Bays West Precinct area. It is estimated that the Stage 1 area will generate approximately $21 million in revenue for local infrastructure, however, there are no assurances that monetary contributions will be imposed as a condition of consent on each individual development application. It is advised that Council seek to enter a planning agreement with the NSW Government prior to any rezoning occurring. A Planning Agreement could include either monetary payments to the value of $21million or agreeance that local infrastructure assets be delivered to Council free of cost and in a form that is fit for purpose for its desired end use. It is noted that once rezoning occurs, the opportunity to enter a single planning agreement for Stage 1 is largely lost. 

·    Council has been identified as a potential future asset owner for all transport, recreational and drainage infrastructure items, and one social infrastructure item (multipurpose library and community hub) detailed in Table 11 of the NSW Government’s draft Infrastructure Delivery Plan – Stage 1 Bays West valued at $209.4 million. The ongoing lifecycle costs, maintenance, and depreciation costs of such infrastructure, if transferred into Council ownership, would be considerable.  The consideration of these matters has implications for Council’s draft Inner West Local Infrastructure Contribution Plan 2022, this document identifies Council ownership of a new multipurpose hub, cultural spaces, and indoor recreational centre as desirable, however this will be subject to a further report to Council.

·    The proposed building heights, scale and bulk, and the potential for controls to negatively impact the heritage significance of items and public domain in the area.

·    The lack of details on potential amendments to the Inner West LEP 2022 including amendment to the land application map and insertion of an affordable housing provision.

·    The proposed affordable housing provision itself, including the quantum of affordable housing, no provision of land in the precinct itself and the limited 5km radius to provide affordable housing via monetary contributions.

 

The areas of support include:

·    The delivery of $60million social assets including a new multipurpose library and community hub, district cultural spaces, early education/childcare, local cultural theatre space, and district indoor sports/recreation centre in and around Whites Bay Power Station. If delivered by the State Government and/or developers, this would be a cost-effective infrastructure delivery pathway for item numbers 3, 36 & 37 as identified in Council’s draft Inner West Local Infrastructure Contribution Plan 2022. 

·    The delivery and embellishment of 2ha of new open space, particularly around the Sydney Harbour foreshore areas, and surrounding civic centre uses, is supported and valued at $104million.

 

 

Next Steps

DPE will consider all submissions received and will finalise the planning controls and rezoning package. On finalisation, development applications can be lodged for sites in the Stage 1 area.

Master Planning and rezoning for the remaining stages of Bays West will be progressed and exhibited as renewal of the wider precinct continues.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

There are no immediate financial implications arising from the Report or Inner West Council Submission to the Bays West Precinct Stage 1 White Bay Power Station (and Metro) Comprehensive Rezoning Package. However, the local infrastructure delivery mechanisms and delivery authorities for new assets needs to be discussed further with the NSW Government as these may have considerable financial implications for Council.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Bays West Comprehensive Rezoning Package - Inner West Council Submission (Officer Draft)

  


Council Meeting

25 October 2022

 
































Council Meeting

25 October 2022

 

Item No:         C1022(1) Item 2

Subject:         Main Streets Strategy           

Prepared By:      Kurt Henkel - Principal Designer Public Domain 

Authorised By:  Simone Plummer - Director Planning

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:

 

1.   Endorse the development of a Main Street Strategy, including a Public Domain Design Guide, progressing Public Domain Master Plans and an Activation Strategy as set out in this report;

 

2.   Acknowledge the list provided in Attachment 1 of the report which will determine the sites selected for delivery, providing the community with projects and activations across the Inner West Council area;

 

3.   Proceed on the delivery of stage 1 short term projects (this financial year) utilising the main street strategy funds towards:

a)   Parklets upgrade and renewal $400,000; and

 

b)   Improving streetscapes and civic spaces $600,000

 

4.   Proceed on delivery of stage 2 longer term projects (Financial Year 2023/24) from the attached schedule with the balance of main street strategy funds:

 

a)   Pedestrian only laneway beautification $150,000; and

b)   Street, lane and carpark closures $850,000

 

 

DISCUSSION

On 12 April 2022, Council resolved in part the following:

 

1.   Develop a Main Streets Strategy to revitalise and support main streets

2.   Expand the perfect match program

3.   Develop a Laneways Strategy to promote activations

4.   Investigate making permanent …elements of the Covid-recovery outdoor dining and live performance plan

5.   Notes that the 22/23 draft budget has $1m allocated to deliver placed based planning for Mainstreet improvements.

A two fold process is required to meet the objectives of the NOM:

 

1.   The development a Main Street Strategy that includes a Public Domain Design Guide, development of Public Domain Master Plans and an Activation Strategy.

2.   Identify project sites that can be delivered under a coordinated program for main street improvements

This will ensure that a placemaking program develops quickly and continues with momentum.

 

 

 

Main Street Strategy

 

The Main Street Strategy aims to enhance the look and feel of our streets and shared spaces through policy and guidelines.

 

It will provide a framework for businesses and community to participate in placemaking activities, streetscape improvements and guidance for future projects and events and shall include a Public Domain Design Guide, Public Domain Master Plans and an Activation Strategy.

 

The Public Domain Design Guide shall develop an overarching vision for streets and public spaces to direct and guide future upgrades. It will identify the scope of changes to streets that shall be investigated and developed in Public Domain Master Plans and other areas of the Inner West. Principles include:

 

·    Enhance liveability and placemaking

·    Promote ecological sustainability

·    Activate the public domain

·    Create accessible, inclusive and safe places

·    Foster urban cohesion and shared identity

·    Embed maintenance and durability

The Public Domain Master Plans will focus on each individual centre across the Inner West. These aim to guide the transformation of our strategic, town and local centres over time into more attractive and pedestrian friendly places. They will identify project opportunities that can realistically be delivered in a reasonable time frame and guide Council’s capital works delivery program. Public Domain Master Plans have commenced on the centres that were deemed a high priority.

 

The Activation Strategy aims to build on the character of the Inner West as a socially active, vibrant and creative area, enabling residents and business to guide and enjoy our shared spaces. It shall include:

 

·    Guidelines and programs to support activity and placemaking in our main streets and public spaces

·    A program to support temporary activation and events that can be initiated by local community

·    A framework for management and approval of business activities in the street, including on-street dining and parklets.

 

Projects Underway

 

Three sites with their own budgets were selected ahead of the establishment of the framework set out in this report, being Stanmore, Lewisham and Summer Hill, with a shared budget allocation this financial year of just over $500,000.  A number of smaller both short and medium term (quick win) projects are underway at these locations.

 

These works underway are a mix of public place refresh and new installations and include

 

·    Re-paint Pedestrian Crossings and general line marking

·    Install new in-ground planter beds

·    Identify opportunities for fairy lights/tree wrapping

·    Fixing and cleaning footpath paving

·    Painting of furniture

·    Removal of graffiti

·    New public art

 

The following has been completed:

·    Graffiti removal within the public domain and also from railway embankment walls on TfNSW property

·    The gurney of granite set and concrete paving in Stanmore

·    A street lighting audit has been carried out in Lewisham

·    New planting of 40 native climbers and grasses on the railway fence at Lewisham have been completed and over time will create a green wall effect.

·    Re-painting of pedestrian crossings at Summer Hill has been completed. Note that Lewisham and Stanmore are in good condition and remarking was not required.

·    Tree wrapping at Summer Hill Plaza has been completed


Other work underway or under investigation includes:

·    New in-ground planter beds for Stanmore

·    New in-ground planter beds for Summer Hill.

·    General furniture and maintenance work is underway.

·    Bin wrapping has commenced with an audit of those bins that are suitable, and identification of art work.

·    Audit of further opportunities for tree wrapping in fairy lights at other main street locations is in process (limiting factors include type of tree and access to power).

 

There is a further additional smaller budget allocation for both street banners and bin art / decals to a total budget of $200,000 across the LGA.

 

Main Streets Project Sites

 

The key step here is the identification of a process for the delivery of projects utilising the $2m main street strategy funds identified in the Council’s Management/Operational Plan for expenditure over 22/23 and 23/24.

 

It is intended that these funds are utilised to deliver a series of pilot projects and test the application of the Main Streets Strategy identified above. Attachment 1 includes a map and schedule of project sites to be investigated, divided into four categories. Some of these are able to be delivered quickly and others require a longer term commitment to realise:

 

 

Stage 1 shorter term projects:

 

1.   New parklet sites
Includes the purchase of prefabricated parklets that can be installed in select locations.
Aim to deliver at least 6 sites utilising $400,000.

 

2.   Civic and streetscape placemaking opportunities
Includes furniture, flagpoles, custom art or sculptures and other improvements that can be installed in underutilised spaces.
Aim to deliver at least 6 sites utilising $600,000.

Stage 2 longer term projects:

 

3.   Pedestrian lane beautification
Includes the upgrade of lanes with lighting, paving and public art.

Aim to deliver at least 3 sites utilising $150,000.

 

4.   Street, lane and carpark closures
Includes the conversion of spaces currently used for parking to pedestrian plaza or meeting spaces in consultation with community and local businesses.
Aim to deliver at least 3 sites utilising $850,000.

The intent is to deliver as many of the identified projects in the attached schedule as possible. The implications of this are the Stage 1 short term projects shall be timetabled for delivery in 22/23 and projects requiring more time shall be delivered in 23/24.

 

Parklet sites and civic and streetscape improvements involve minor and movable works that can commence quickly, looking across many locations with extensive detailed community and business engagement to determine suitability. A long list of possible sites is identified for feasibility investigation by Council officers, noting that activations may be relocated from time to time and the projects that proceed will be selected from the Attachment 1 schedule.

 

Pedestrian lane beautification and street, lane and carpark closures involve a deeper investment in design development and take longer to deliver. A selection of possible sites is identified in the Attachment 1 schedule. The pedestrian lane beautifications will require development of public art concepts that take time and resource to procure. The various closure options will require more detailed evaluation; checking of constraints; community and business engagement; and approvals including referral to Local Traffic Committee as a lead in before a commitment to construction and delivery can be made.

 

Criteria for site selection

 

The following is the criteria identified for the selection of sites for street and public area improvements:

·    Council owned or managed public space, street or carpark

·    Underutilised space that presents as an opportunity to make more attractive and pedestrian friendly

·    Opportunity for on street dining and business collaboration

·    Traffic impacts, environmental conditions and servicing constraints are conducive to expanded pedestrianisation

·    Prominent location on or adjacent to main street

·    Able to be delivered in two years

·    Overall distribution of improvement works to be evenly distributed across the Inner West Council area

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

 

Nil.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Map and Schedule of sites under consideration for the Main Streets Strategy

  


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25 October 2022

 

Item No:         C1022(1) Item 3

Subject:         Draft Inner West Cycling Strategy - Public exhibition           

Prepared By:      Brigid Kelly - Senior Transport Planner  

Authorised By:  Ryann Midei - Director Infrastructure

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That:

 

1.       Council supports the draft Inner West Cycling Strategy for public exhibition for 28 days; and

 

2.       Following public exhibition, Council receives a report for adoption of the Strategy and an associated Action Plan, outlining community input received and any changes to the Strategy in response to community feedback.      

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

The draft Inner West Cycling Strategy outlines priorities and actions as well as a network map  for expanding the bike network throughout the Inner West to support more people cycling.

 

The draft Strategy builds on the 2007 Marrickville Bicycle Strategy, 2015 Leichhardt Bike Plan and the Ashfield Council cycling map to propose a revised Inner West bike network with priorities and actions to support its implementation. The draft Cycling Strategy was developed with the input of Inner West Council officers, Bicycle User Groups, the Bicycle Working Group and surrounding councils. It also incorporates the relevant work of Council including the Integrated Transport Strategy and the Contributions Plan; and the NSW Government such as major infrastructure projects, the Eastern Harbour City Strategic Cycleway Corridors, The Bays West Place Strategy, Callan Park Landscape Plan and the Parramatta to Sydney Foreshore Link.

Community engagement carried out in March-April 2022 provided extensive input from the community to inform the draft Strategy and the upcoming public exhibition will further shape the Strategy and mapped bike network.    

 

Following public exhibition of the draft Strategy, Council will receive a report for its adoption along with an associated Action Plan outlining projects and initiatives to which Council resources will be allocated in the current and future 4-year Delivery Programs. The bike network will be reviewed on an ongoing basis throughout implementation in response to community consultation and changing transport needs.      

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

A number of proposed cycling links are in currently in design with budget allocated accordingly in conjunction with supplementary grant funding intended to be sought from the NSW Government.  Following adoption of the Strategy and Action Plan priority will be given to implementing these projects, and the allocation of resources to other priorities will be addressed in future Delivery Programs and annual Operational Plan and Budgets.  

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Draft Inner West Cycling Strategy

  


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Item No:         C1022(1) Item 4

Subject:         Callan Park-Greater Sydney Parklands Consultation and Engagement Framework and the Creation of Community Trust Boards           

Prepared By:      Simone Plummer - Director Planning 

Authorised By:  Peter Gainsford - General Manager

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That:

 

1.   Council nominates a representative to represent the Inner West community on a future Trust Board for Callan Park until October 2024, in accordance with the Terms of the Reference;

 

2.   In selecting a nominee Council has regard to the Greater Sydney Parklands Draft Consultation and Engagement Framework that sets out the selection criteria, expectations of members and code of conduct;

 

3.   Details of the successful nominee be provided to Greater Sydney Parklands prior to 31 October 2022 at which time the opportunity for Council nominees closes; and

 

4.   The Callan Park Community Trustee Board Committee be included as one of Council’s standing Committee’s and included in the Standing Committee Representation report going forward.

 

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

The Greater Sydney Parklands Trust Act 2022 (the Act) was enacted on 1 July 2022.

Greater Sydney Parklands includes:

 

·    Centennial Parklands

·    Callan Park

·    Western Sydney Parklands

·    Parramatta Park and;

·    Fernhill Estate

 

Callan Park is the largest area of open space in the Inner West and one of the most iconic urban parklands in Sydney. The future management and embellishment of Callan Park is of critical interest to Council and the community.  Callan Park is 61 hectares in size. The Greater Sydney Parklands manages Precinct 1 which equates to 38 hectares of the site (refer to Fig 1.0).


 

 

Fig 1.0 Management Zones Callan Park

 

 

The parklands are managed by the Greater Sydney Parkland Authority (GSP) of the NSW Government. The GSP has advised Council that it is moving forward with the enactment of two key legislative priorities being:

 

1.   Establishment of a Consultation and Engagement Framework for Greater Sydney Parklands

2.   Formation of Community Trust Boards (for each of the five parkland areas)

 

The Greater Sydney Parklands Draft Consultation and Engagement Strategy (The Strategy) encompasses the terms for the proposed Trust Board for Callan Park is at Attachment 1.

 

Formation of Community Trust Boards

The Trust boards for each of the five listed parkland areas will be made up of seven community members and provide advice to Greater Sydney Parklands about park management and local community issues.

 

Key functions of the community trustee board include:

 

•     Provide informed strategic advice to the GSPT Board on matters relating to Callan Park (importantly the Callan Park community Trust board will also be a consultative body for the GSP Trust in relation to the development and review of a future of management for the parkland)

•     Advise, share information and facilitate partnerships that assist Greater Sydney Parklands to develop its plans and increase community connections

•     Advocate on behalf of and promote understanding of the needs of and issues affecting the local community, ensuring inclusion and equity of access for community members

•     Contribute local knowledge on relevant issues, emerging trends, opportunities and community needs

 

The Act provides for one Council nominated representative, as well as First Nations and heritage representatives on the community trustee board for Callan Park.

 

The Act specifies that each community trustee board will have seven members.

 

This includes:

 

·    A member nominated by each relevant local Council as a community representative (Inner West Council for Callan Park).

·    Six other members who apply by way of a public expression of interest process.

·    All nominees may indicate an interest in the position of Chair.

·    All seven will be appointed by the Minister for Infrastructure, Cities and Active Transport, including First Nations and heritage representatives.

 

 

The decision as to who Council will nominate as a community representative rests with Council.

 

Proposed Terms of Reference Selection Process

Callan Park Community Trustee Board Membership 

 

The selection process for membership of the board has been established by the GSP and sets out criteria for those members appointed by the Greater Sydney Parklands.

 

Each community trustee board should

 

·    Be representative of diversity including, for example, in relation to gender, age and cultural background

·    Include representation for local First Nations peoples, and

·    Include a representative who has experience or skills in heritage or heritage management.

Upon the appointment of a suitable Trust Board, the Minister will appoint a Chair of the community trustee board for Callan Park.  Applicants seeking to be considered as a community trustee board Chair will be asked to indicate their interest and expertise when nominating. The Chair will be the key point of contact between the community trustee board and Greater Sydney Parklands.

 

 

Representatives nominated by council

The Strategy stipulates that each board must incorporate representatives from local government, and that Inner West Council may nominate one board member as a community representative.

 

The first round of tenure for the board is for two years and thereafter the tenure or term of the board will be for five years.

 

The representative nominated by Council will be a full member of the community trustee board with associated rights.

 

Expectations on Board Members

The board for Callan park will meet at least four times per year, and may consider urgent issues out of session by way of circulation of papers.  The Framework sets out that a quorum for a meeting is a majority, secretariat support will be provided by the GSP and a summary report of the meeting is made publicly available.

 

 

 

Timeline for Engagement

The GSP launched stakeholder engagement, seeking input and feedback on the Draft Consultation and Engagement Framework in September 2022. The process included the promotion and opportunity for community members to register interest in becoming part of the community trustee board that will be established for Callan Park.

 

The community trustee board will be established by 1 January 2023, with a view to the first meeting being held in early 2023. Council needs to have selected a community nominated representative(s) by late October 2022 and have provided a recommendation on a suitable person(s) to the GSP Trust.

 

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Nil

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Terms of Reference – Community Trustee Board for Callan Park

 










Item No:         C1022(1) Item 5

Subject:         Adoption-Henson Park Plan of Management            

Prepared By:      Aaron Callaghan - Parks and Recreation Planning Manager  

Authorised By:  Simone Plummer - Director Planning

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council adopt the Plan of Management for Henson Park (Attachment 1) noting the amendments which have been made to the Plan of Management as outlined in this report.

 

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

A Plan of Management for Henson Park was originally adopted by Council 20th July 2021. At its Ordinary Council meeting on Tuesday 9th August 2022, Council resolved to amend and re-exhibit a Plan of Management for Henson Park. Amendments and re-exhibition of the Plan of Management was undertaken to ensure that the provisions around leases and licenses contained within the plan are robust and provide future security of tenure for key community sporting stakeholders. This has been achieved by amending the Plan of Management to expressly authorise Council the authority to grant leases and licenses for Henson Park, for the purposes and uses which are identified or consistent with the use of the park as a sporting and recreational precinct. The amendments also permit the authorisation of future works including capital upgrades to the King George V Memorial Grandstand.

 

Amy Street Footpath

As part of the amendment and re-exhibition process, Council also clarified the safeguarding of the Amy Street Footpath by noting in the revised Plan that the footpath would be retained for public access and that the existing fence line will not be removed, but will be upgraded and that the pathway will remain open for community access needs (including on ticketed game days). This amendment is reflected on Page 74 of the amended Plan of Management for Henson Park (Attachment 1).

 

Exhibition of the Plan of Management 

As pursuant to Section 38(2&3) of the Local Government Act 1993, Council exhibited the Amended Plan of Management for a period of 42-days for public submissions. The public submission period was open from the 10th August through to 22nd September 2022.

 

Council received a total of three submissions. None of the public submissions received related to the amendments which were proposed by Council. The submissions received along with the Council officer response are summarised in Table 1.0 . A community engagement outcomes report associated with the community exhibition and submission process is provided with this report (Attachment 2). 

 

Table 1.0 Public Submissions Henson Park Plan of Management Re-Exhibition

 

Number #

Submission Detail

Support/Non-Support

Council officer Response

1

Noise Concerns

 

Could you please turn the horn down during games? The sound is extremely irritating and it goes all day and for the whole weekend sometimes. In real world, some of us work night shifts and it would be grateful appreciated of you could take this into consideration.

Non Support

This submission is an operational matter and does not relate to the amendments made by Council to the Plan of Management.

 

The horn is used by rugby league and AFL to signal the start and finish of playing periods. This is the practice at all games.

 

Council officers will request that the volume of the Horn is reviewed.

2

Environmental Impacts

 

I see nothing addressing this from the Statement of Environmental effects: DRM considered that that the site contains contamination that could pose an unacceptable risk to human health and that further assessment and appropriate remediation is required to render the site suitable for ongoing use as Open Space Recreational land use.

No

This submission does not relate to the amendments made by Council to the Plan of Management.

 

Environmental management of the park during any approved construction works is subject to the conditions of Development Consent.

3

No commentary

Yes

Support noted.

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Nil

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Henson Park Plan of Management

2.

Engagement Outcomes Report

  


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25 October 2022

 

Item No:         C1022(1) Item 6

Subject:         469R Princes Highway Sydenham - Voluntary Planning Agreement           

Prepared By:      Scott Mullen - Strategic Investments and Property Manager 

Authorised By:  Kelly Loveridge - Director Corporate

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That:

 

1.   The Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA) for 469R Princes Highway, Sydenham be:

 

a)   Placed on public exhibition for a minimum of 28 days; and

 

b)   Reported back to Council after public exhibition.

 

2.   The General Manager be authorised to approve any amendments to the VPA prior to public exhibition.

 

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

469-473 Princes Highway, Sydenham (Property) is located on the south-western corner of the intersection of Princes Highway and Railway Road.

 

Ooh Media Assets Pty Ltd (Developer) is the current holder of the Lease for signage located within the private property of 469-473 Princes Highway, Sydenham NSW.

The Developer lodged a Development Application with Council for digital signage and landscaping.

As part of the Development Application, the Developer submitted an offer to enter into a Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA) with Council under which the Developer agreed to provide a monetary contribution to Council, should consent be granted for the Development Application.

At its 10 May 2022 meeting the Local Planning Panel approved the following development at the Property:

 

“To replace the existing static advertising sign with an electronic advertising sign, carry out associated landscaping and provide a new hardstand parking area"

 

The approval was subject to the following Deferred Commencement Condition:

 

“In accordance with the offer contained within the Statement of Environmental Effects, the Applicant is to enter into a Planning Agreement under section 7.4 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 with Council. A copy of the executed Planning Agreement must be submitted to Council.”


The approval was also subject to the following condition in relation to the Construction Certificate:

 

“Prior to the issue of a Construction Certificate, the Certifying Authority must be provided written evidence from Council that all matters in the executed Voluntary Planning Agreement must be complied with. The Voluntary Planning Agreement is attached as “Annexure 1” to this Determination Notice”

 

In accordance with the EP&A Act (Act) Planning Agreements must be publicly notified and made available for public inspection before they can be executed. This report seeks Council resolution to proceed to exhibit the draft VPA. A further report will be brought back to Council following the 28 day public exhibition period for Council to consider the execution of the VPA.

 

Planning approval will not be operative until the VPA has been signed by both parties.

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Council will receive a monetary contribution of $15,000 per annum + GST for each of the five years of the consent, with the annual payment to be indexed to CPI annually.

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

VPA - 469R Princes Highway Sydneham - Draft

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

















 

 

 

Item No:         C1022(1) Item 7

Subject:         Part Yeend Street, Birchgrove - Road Closure & Sale           

Prepared By:      Scott Mullen - Strategic Investments and Property Manager 

Authorised By:  Kelly Loveridge - Director Corporate

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council provides its ‘in principle’ support to consider the partial road closure of Yeend St, Birchgrove and subsequent sale to the adjoining owner.

 

 

DISCUSSION

A resident has approached Council with a request to purchase a portion of the road reserve adjacent to 18 Ballast Point Road which fronts Yeend St, Birchgrove, following their purchase of that property in 2021.

 

Yeend Street is a local street approximately 220m in length, connecting at the north-west with  Ballast Point Road and terminating at Ronald Street Reserve. The figure below identifies the full extent of Yeend Street. 18 Ballast Point Road is marked in red; the land in question is coloured blue.

 

 

The portion of Yeend St subject to the proposed closure and acquisition proposal adjoins the rear of 18 Ballast Point Road. A 1.5m setback from the curb will be required to allow space if a pedestrian footpath to the street is required in the future. After allowing for the setback the area the subject of the proposed closure and acquisition will be approximately 57 sqm.

 

The area is predominantly covered by a concrete slab and is surrounded by stairs, exposed sandstone and plantings. As shown in the image below the area is currently used as a parking space.

 

Council Officers Review

The proposed road closure and acquisition of part of Yeend Street has been reviewed by the relevant divisions within Council including traffic, engineering, infrastructure and property services. The proposal has received no objections from the various Council teams and subsequently it is now being brought to Council to seek in-principle support for the     proposal.

It is considered that a precedent has previously been set through the partial road closure and sale of the road reserve fronting Yeend Street, for the adjacent property 16 Ballast Point Road in 2018.

 

Road closure and sale

A permanent closure of a portion of road would be required to comply with sections 34 – 38F of the Roads Act 1993, noting also the below requirements:

 

•     A recommendation for approval is required from Council’s Local Traffic Committee;

•     A formal resolution of      Council is required;

•     The permanent road closure would be subject to a community / public consultation process which includes advertising and notification to adjoining owners

•     Approval from Transport for New South  Wales (TfNSW) may be required;

•     Approval from Land Registry Services is required; and

•     Any approvals / consents from utility service providers (including any easements that may be required).

 

Subsequent sale of the former road can only be undertaken following formal resolution by Council to proceed with the sale of the land, and it is required to be sold at market value.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proposed Next Steps

 

·    Council to engage a land property consultant to progress this matter with the cost to be borne by the applicant.

·    Strategic Property team will seek a recommendation for the permanent road closure through the Local Traffic Committee;

·    Once terms and conditions have been agreed, a further report would be brought to Council on the proposed road closure and sale, for Council’s consideration and determination.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

The sale of the former road will be subject to an independent market valuation and commercial negotiations between the parties. All costs associated with the proposed road closure and sale would be borne by the adjoining resident.

 

If Council proceeds with the partial road closure and sale to the adjoining resident Council will receive the market value of the land comprising the former road area of Yeend St.

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.


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Item No:         C1022(1) Item 8

Subject:         Mandatory Reporting of Fire Safety Reports Referred To Council From Fire And Rescue NSW           

Prepared By:      Michael Simmons - Team Leader Fire Safety 

Authorised By:  Graeme Palmer - Senior Manager, Regulatory Services

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:

 

1.       Receive and note the correspondence from Fire and Rescue NSW in relation to the following properties:

 

8 Liberty St Enmore (Attachment 1),

25-27 Cavendish St Enmore (Attachment 2),

2 Trafalgar St Petersham (Attachment 3),

3 Fisher St Petersham (Attachment 4),

31 Fisher St Petersham (Attachment 5),

34 Stanmore Rd Enmore (Attachment 6),

117 Probert St Newtown (Attachment 7),

115 Denison Rd Dulwich Hill (Attachment 8); and

 

2.       Endorse the Council Officers use of statutory powers (and discretion as appropriate) under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 to require upgrades to buildings to the satisfaction of Council’s Fire Safety Team in order to:

 

a)   improve the provisions for fire safety at the premises.

b)   improve the provisions of fire safety awareness.

c)   improve the adequacy of the premises to prevent fire.

d)   improve the adequacy of the premises to suppress fire or prevent the spread of fire, and

e)   improve the safety of persons in the event of fire.

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

In accordance with the provisions of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EPAA), Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) has referred letters to Council detailing a number of concerns with the fire safety measures and fire safety procedures for properties in the Inner West Council area.

 

Owners of buildings such as assembly buildings, commercial premises, residential flat buildings and boarding houses have a legal obligation to ensure that all fire safety measures installed on the premises are, at all times, maintained and working to their relevant standard of performance for the safety of the building’s occupiers or users – whether the building is occupied or not. This is done through the installation of fire safety measures compliant with the National Construction Code (Building Code of Australia - BCA) or an alternative solution endorsed by a qualified Fire Engineer.

 

A fire safety measure is any aspect of construction, piece of equipment or strategy, that is required to enhance the safety of people within the building in the event of a fire. These fire safety measures can vary significantly depending on the age of the building, its design and its use.  The determination of the appropriate fire safety measure is guided through the deemed to satisfy provisions / functional statements of the Building Code of Australia or through Alternative Solutions designed and developed by Fire Engineers and Accredited Certifiers.

 

FRNSW and Council’s Fire Safety Team have undertaken inspections of all premises referred and have determined appropriate actions required by property owners in order to:

 

·    improve the provisions for fire safety at the premises;

·    improve the provision of fire safety awareness;

·    improve the adequacy of the premises to prevent fire;

·    improve the adequacy of the premises to suppress fire or prevent the spread of fire; and

·    improve the safety of persons in the event of fire.

 

As the premises are on private land, any required upgrades are able to be undertaken through the issuing of orders under the EPAA. After all solutions are implemented and a Fire Safety Certificate is issued the building is listed on Council’s Fire Safety Register and Annual Fire Safety Inspections are required to be undertaken in accordance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment (Development Certification and Fire Safety) Regulation 2021.

 

This annual inspection is to ensure that:

 

i.        All fire safety measures are inspected by an accredited practitioner (fire safety) to ensure they are maintained to the appropriate Standard of Performance.

ii.       Fire Safety Statements are maintained in the approved form and are displayed in a clearly visible position and available for viewing by Fire and Rescue NSW or Council Authorised Officers.

In accordance with the provisions of the EPAA, has referred correspondence to Council detailing a number of concerns with fire safety measures and fire safety procedures associated with development on land on the following properties listed at Table 1.

 

 

 

Property

Reason for referral:

  8 Liberty St, Enmore

Australian Standard quoted on Annual Fire Safety Statement is incorrect. Fire Sprinkler isolation valve is not padlocked in the open position.

25-27 Cavendish St, Enmore

Premises is only partially covered by a Smoke Detection and Alarm System. Paths of travel to an exit impeded.

2 Trafalgar St, Petersham

Performance measures on AFSS do not match systems installed on site. Fire hydrant pump set not operational at time of inspection. 

3 Fisher St, Petersham

Emergency lighting does not appear to be installed. Smoke alarms do not appear to be interconnect. Fire Extinguishers not maintained.

31 Fisher St, Petersham

Measures not being maintained. Fire Detection and Alarm System appears to be a combination of smoke and thermal detectors.

34 Stanmore Rd, Enmore

Interconnection and location of smoke alarms to be reviewed. Activation of emergency lighting to be confirmed. Access and egress to be reviewed.

117 Probert St, Newtown

Conduct Building Code of Australia review of fire damaged building.

115 Denison Rd, Dulwich Hill

Premises missing numerous fire safety measures. Building Code of Australia review of building required.

 

Table 1 above lists the properties inspected by FRNSW and a summary of the reason for referral.

 

In response, Council's Fire Safety Team undertook inspections of all premises as per the table below:

 

Property

Key Requirement

8 Liberty St, Enmore

Council Officers engaged with the managing agent to rectify the issues identified by FRNSW. Padlock provided to Fire Sprinkler isolation valve. Annual Fire Safety Statement corrected.

25-27 Cavendish St, Enmore

Council Officers engaged with the managing agent to rectify the issues identified by FRNSW. Impediments to paths of egress addressed as well as crackling light.

2 Trafalgar St, Petersham

Inspection of premises conducted by Council. Development Control Order issued. No response received Show Cause to be issued.

3 Fisher St, Petersham

Premises inspected by Council prior to receipt of correspondence from FRNSW. Accredited practitioner (fire safety) contacted who verified measures inspected and valid AFSS issued for 2021-2022. Other action being undertaken by statutory authorities re 2022-2023 AFSS.

31 Fisher St, Petersham

Premises inspected by Council prior to receipt of correspondence from FRNSW. Accredited practitioner (fire safety) contacted who verified measures inspected and valid AFSS issued for 2021-2022. Other action being undertaken by statutory authorities re 2022-2023 AFSS.

34 Stanmore Rd, Enmore

Premises inspected by Council prior to receipt of correspondence from FRNSW. Accredited practitioner (fire safety) contacted who verified measures inspected and valid AFSS issued for 2021-2022. Other action being undertaken by statutory authorities re 2022-2023 AFSS.

117 Probert St, Newtown

Premises severely affected by fire. DA lodged to rebuild. Compliance with BCA to be placed on any Development Consent issued. Other action being undertaken by statutory authorities in relation to 2022-2023 AFSS.

115 Denison Rd, Dulwich Hill

Inspection of premises conducted by Council. Notice of Intent to Serve a Development Control Order issued, representation period hadn’t expired at time of report.

 

 

 

Table 2 above summarises the actions by Council officers since receiving the FRNSW report.

 

Following a review of the correspondence and site inspections, Council’s Fire Safety Officers, under delegated authority will or have issued Notices of Intent to Serve a Development Control Order and or Development Control Orders on the property owners in accordance with the EPAA.

 

After all fire safety solutions are implemented, a Fire Safety Certificate is to be submitted to Council. This is to ensure that the new/enhanced fire safety measures for each building are included on Council’s Fire Safety Register and that annual inspections and Annual Fire Safety Statements are undertaken and submitted to Council to ensure:

 

i.             All fire safety measures are inspected by an accredited practitioner (fire safety)  to ensure they are maintained to the appropriate Standard of Performance.

ii.            Fire Safety Statements are maintained in the approved form and displayed           in a prominent location within the building and available for viewing by Fire and Rescue NSW personnel or Council Officers.

 

CONCLUSION

 

The letters from Fire and Rescue NSW have identified a number of fire safety matters that are required to be addressed. Following an inspection, Council’s Fire Safety Officers have determined that Notices of Intent to Serve a Development Control Order and or Development Control Orders requiring various audits and upgrade to the buildings are required to be undertaken. These requirements will promote adequate fire safety or fire safety awareness in the buildings. These works are able to be undertaken in accordance with State Planning provisions through the issuing of development Control Orders under the EPAA.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Nil

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Letter from Fire & Rescue NSW regarding - 8 Liberty St Enmore

2.

Letter from Fire & Rescue NSW regarding - 25-27 Cavendish St Enmore

3.

Letter from Fire & Rescue NSW regarding - 2 Trafalgar St Petersham

4.

Letter from Fire & Rescue NSW regarding - 3 Fisher St Petersham

5.

Letter from Fire & Rescue NSW regarding - 31 Fisher St Petersham

6.

Letter from Fire & Rescue NSW regarding - 34 Stanmore Rd Petersham

7.

Letter from Fire & Rescue NSW regarding - 117 Probert St Newtown

8.

Letter from Fire & Rescue NSW regarding - 115 Denison Rd Dulwich Hill


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Item No:         C1022(1) Item 9

Subject:         Uluru Statement from the Heart Civic Training           

Prepared By:      Simon Watts - Social and Cultural Planning Manager 

Authorised By:  Ruth Callaghan - Director Community

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council approve the allocation of  $50,000 for implementation of the civic education program to build awareness of the Uluru Statement of the Heart and the upcoming Referendum.

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

At its Ordinary Council meeting on Tuesday 13 September 2022 Council resolved:

 

1.   Support a civic education program to build awareness of the Uluru Statement from the Heart and the upcoming Referendum on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament. This is to include the training of 1000 local citizens to assist in civic education about the Referendum within the Inner West and in other communities;

 

2.   Seek the advice and endorsement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations in the development of the program;

 

3.   Seek the collaboration of the Sydney Alliance and other civic society organisations that have been undertaking similar education already;

 

4.   Make Council's town halls and facilities available for use for this program free of charge;

 

5.   Immediately commence recruitment of local citizens for the civic education program with an initial allocation of $10,000 to fund the community engagement and outreach needed to get local citizens involved. Funding for this is to be identified in the next quarterly budget review; and

 

6.   Prepare a report for the October Ordinary meeting about the costs and logistics or undertaking the program. This report to include the cost of procuring and hanging copies of the Uluru Statement and the map of Aboriginal Australia in our libraries, community centres and Service Centres. 

 

Council officers have commenced work to recruit and train 1000 local people throughout the LGA to assist in civic education on the Uluru Statement From The Heart and the Referendum on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ Voice to Parliament. On 14th October a welcome was provided to more than 300 of the over 500 volunteers who have already registered for Inner West Council’s initiative. Implementation of this important project is being undertaken in partnership with the Sydney Alliance and Youth Off The Streets (YOTS), a not-for-profit organization that has developed the unique training package that will be used for the civic education.

 

The Walking Together Training Package developed by YOTS has been customized to share accurate information about the Uluru Statement and the Referendum from both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal perspectives and to provide practical strategies and information for citizens to educate their families, peers, and communities. The training will be delivered by the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal trainers who work for YOTS in consultation with Council’s Aboriginal Cultural Advisor.

 

 

The Walking Together training package includes three elements:

·    A Walking Together education workshop which will be offered to every person who registers their interest

·    An optional additional workshop offering a “train the trainer” approach for participants who wish to carry the Walking Together initiative into their networks and communities

·    A community of practice so participants can share expertise and build knowledge on effective practice as the project progresses.

Council’s Aboriginal Cultural Advisor is closely involved and has had initial discussions with the trainers.

The expected outcomes of the training for the volunteers participating in it are:

·    A clear understanding of The Uluru Statement From The Heart from Aboriginal and non- Aboriginal perspectives.

·    An understanding of the what , and why, of Voice, Treaty and Truth

·    An understanding of the proposed Voice to Parliament, including what is currently known of the Referendum and beyond; and

·    A process for accepting the invitation to “walk together” - taking meaningful, appropriate action and purposeful advocacy as we head towards reconciliation.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

The training and associated Council support is expected to cost approximately $50,000, including the purchase and display of copies of the Uluru Statement from the Heart and the map of Aboriginal Australia in all Council libraries, community centres and service centres.

 

This expenditure is will be funded utliising savings from positions not filled in the Community directorate and to be reallocated in the quarterly budget review.  The Director Community, IWC, is currently working with Sydney Alliance on detailed costings and appropriate procurement arrangements consistent with Council policy.

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.


Council Meeting

25 October 2022

 

Item No:         C1022(1) Item 10

Subject:         Inner West World Pride           

Prepared By:      Vikki Woods - Senior Events Specialist 

Authorised By:  Ruth Callaghan - Director Community

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council allocate $155,000 to fund activations, creative events and marketing and promotion for World Pride.

 

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

At its Ordinary Council meeting on Tuesday 8 March 2022 Council resolved:

 

1.   Commences immediate planning work with its LGBTQ Working Group to deliver a rainbow pathway in Newtown in time for World Pride 2023, noting that the proposal will be put to the community for consultation before it is implemented;

2.   Notes that initial discussions with the LGBTQ Working Group and Council staff have raised several viable options, including lighting one of the existing pathways in Camperdown Memorial Rest Park with rainbow lights; painting one of the existing pathways in this park in rainbow colours; or a painting a rainbow pathway outside Newtown Town Hall;

3.   Looks to incorporate elements that would share and celebrate our LGBTQ history as part of the project;

 

4.   Develops options for funding this initiative as part of the 2022/23 Budget;

 

5.   Submit a request to the Geographical Names Board to rename the public square outside Newtown Town Hall "Pride Square" in advance of Sydney World Pride; and

 

6.   Establish a World Pride Committee for the period of a year, tasked with working towards including Inner West Council venues and programs in Sydney World Pride, consisting of 3 councillors (Chair: Deputy Mayor Jessica D'Arienzo, Clr Pauline Lockie and Clr Liz Atkins), 2 representatives of the LGBTQ working group and relevant staff.

 

 

Implementation of the March 8th Council Resolution and the programming for Sydney World Pride 2023 in the Inner West is well underway. At its meeting on 5 September, the World Pride Committee unanimously supported the designs for the rainbow pathway in Camperdown Memorial Rest Park, which will be a focal point for celebrations for World Pride and provide a permanent acknowledgement for the inner west rainbow community into the future. The design includes the painting of the Progress Pride Flag on light poles to create a pathway and vista through the thoroughfare of the park, as well as festive lighting in the colours of the pride flag. The specific design has been finalized with the input of the community members of the committee and will be funded through the parks budget.

 

The designs for the infrastructure works and upgrade of Pride Square, adjacent to Newtown Town Hall, were also finalised and approved by the committee. This includes seating arrangements so that community can congregate and participate in the arts and culture activations to be delivered for World Pride, as well as a “beacon”, a sculptural installation that will be visible from different angles of entry from King Street. The new design and upgrade of the square is already funded through existing infrastructure budget.

 

Council officers have been advised that on 11th October, the Geographic Names Board agreed to the official naming of Pride Square. It should be noted that this is subject to Ministerial endorsement, which is expected in November 2022.

 

Pride Square will be the epi-centre of Council’s Pride celebrations and the creative arts, music and culture program is designed to complement other community programming and umbrella events that will take place throughout the LGA. All activations and events are being curated to include LGBTQ creatives from the inner west, as well as community design and input from creatives.

 

The Pride Square program will run from 11th February to 5th March 2023. This will include specially curated celebrations for World Pride Day on 23rd February 2023, which will commence with a ceremony to acknowledge the new name and design of Pride Square. Each weekend of Pride, the square will be activated with programming representing and celebrating the local LGBTQ community. Pop up events will take place during the week. Additionally, Camperdown Memorial Park will feature a creative workshop space for community participation.

 

The bulk of Council’s activities for World Pride across the LGA are being funded from existing budgets. This includes a current EOI that has been circulated to local communities and organisations across the LGA calling for their ideas and small projects of up to $5,000 per project to ensure that all Wards have community involvement and activation specific to World Pride that is community led and supported by Council. A total of $40,000 has been allocated for the EOI. Council will also produce banners for main streets and major civic buildings as part of the celebrations and work with local businesses to encourage them to do the same. A full, detailed program of celebrations across the whole of the LGA will be provided in the coming months as arrangements are finalised.

 

A total of $155,000 is required to ensure the following elements of the World Pride program can be delivered. This has also been supported by the World Pride Committee at its 5 September meeting:

 

·    $100,000 for the activation program around Pride Square to ensure that there is a range of  free Council curated activations, events and performers to reflect the diversity of the community participating in World Pride in the inner west (including family friendly). Approximately $70,000 will be allocated to pay local performers and creatives and the remaining funds are to ensure appropriate staging and security of the site during the celebrations, including after hours.

 

·    $40,000 for marketing and communications across Council venues and infrastructure (eg decals for Town Halls and other civic buildings, bus stop advertising, internal branding for Council events and staff, collateral for Council advertising and publications and a specific presence on Council’s website).

 

·    $15,000 to make and install nine new pride seats. The current seats, including in Norton Street, have been well received by the community and the intention is to have more installed at Council locations where community regularly engage and where Council will be hosting World Pride Inner West events. This would include all aquatic centres and parks linked to World Pride Events such as Camperdown Memorial Rest and Tempe Reserve. The seats would be permanent fixtures.

 

All activations and initiatives, whether led by Council, community or business will form part of the overall Pride Inner West promotional campaign to be undertaken.

 

The Inner West is home to one of the strongest and most active LGBTQ communities in the country and Council’s support for Pride Inner West is a testament to its commitment to celebrate the diversity and richness of our community and to uphold our commitment to access, equity, and wellbeing. It will also provide opportunities to fund the local creative community and generate income for local businesses.

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

The $155,000 required will be made up of $140,000 to be funded from existing budgets and relevant programs will be updated in the next quarterly budget review. The $15,000 for new pride seats will be funded from the infrastructure reserve.

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.


Council Meeting

25 October 2022

 

Item No:         C1022(1) Item 11

Subject:         Local Democracy Groups - update on new term of groups and proposed policy challenges for deliberation            

Prepared By:      Prue Foreman - Corporate Strategy and Engagement Manager 

Authorised By:  Ruth Callaghan - Director Community

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council determine the policy challenges on which the Local Democracy Groups will deliberate and problem solve.

 

 

 

 

 

BACKGROUND

 

At its Ordinary Council meeting on Tuesday 10 May 2022 Council resolved below in part of points:

 

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 Griffith)

 


 

 

DISCUSSION

 

This report provides an update to Council of the outcomes of the above resolution parts 5 – 7, and proposes key policy challenges to allocate to the new term of Local Democracy Groups for deliberation

 

Recruitment

 

Recruitment for Council’s new term of Local Democracy Groups took place from 21 June to 29 July. Extensive promotion included digital platforms, website, social media, IWC newsletter, Inner West Review, digital screens in Service Centres and at a Local Matters Forum.

 

Council received 275 applications for membership including a strong mix across age demographics and wards. There was also significant interest from new applicants as well as previous members.

 

A selection panel consisting of three councillors (Deputy Mayor D’Arienzo, Clr Scott and Clr Griffith) and relevant Directors met to assess applications and finalise the new members. Deliberations aimed to achieve a balance of age, gender, and geographic distribution to enhance representation, as well as incorporating new and returning members.

 

Welcome night

 

Council hosted a welcome night function on Wednesday 21 September at Marrickville Town Hall to launch the new term of Council’s 13 advisory committees and working groups (the Local Democracy Groups).

 

Proposed policy challenges

 

Council’s advisory committees and working groups are uniquely placed to deliberate on policy challenges. Members have subject matter expertise and/or lived experience in their area of interest and have a long term to develop unique perspectives and options for solutions to challenges.

 

The following policy challenges are proposed to be allocated to the new term of groups for their deliberation which will be reported to Council quarterly in line with the Council resolution. Each policy challenge addresses a key area of importance to the Inner West community and Council.

 

Column three includes links between the proposed challenge and Councillor priorities for the term of the elected Council, Council’s key plan – the Community Strategic Plan or another driver such as a strategy or Council resolution.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Local democracy group

 

Proposed policy challenges

Councillor Priority (CP) and/or Community Strategic Plan (CSP) reference

ADVISORY COMMITTEES

 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

How does the current Advisory Committee change to a ‘Voice’ to Council, based on the principles of the Uluru Statement from the Heart – Voice, Treaty, Truth?

 

 

Provide input and assistance in the development of Council’s Anti-Racism Strategy, including identifying effective existing and potential strategies.

 

 

CP: Supporting First Nations Peoples

 

CSP 4.2: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and culture flourish and enrich the Inner West

 

Reconciliation Action Plan

Access

What strategies can be considered by local businesses and by Council to better support employment for people with disability?

CSP 4.1: The Inner West community is welcoming and connected

 

Disability Inclusion Action Plan

 

Council resolution

 

Arts and Culture

How do we cut red tape from the arts sector to better enable creativity in the Inner West?

 

What elements of the plan resulting from the Arts Summit should be progressed by Council and how?

 

 

 

CSP 3.2: Inner West remains the engine room of creative industries and services

 

Council resolution

 

Environment

How do we support a network of green habitat for plants and animals when we have limited open space?

CP: Better inform residents about threatened and unique species of flora and fauna in our local parks and wild places

 

CSP 1.2. An increasing and resilient network of green corridors provide habitat for plants and animals

 

 

Housing and Affordability

How can we increase social, community and affordable housing with good amenity, across the Inner West?

CP: Grow affordable and key worker housing across the Inner West

 

CSP 2.4 People have a roof over their head and a safe, secure place to call home

 

Multicultural

Provide input and assistance in the development of Council’s Anti-Racism Strategy, including identifying effective existing and potential strategies.

 

CP: Develop a local Inner West Council Anti-Racism Strategy and support International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

CSP: 4.1 The Inner West community is welcoming and connected

 

Planning and Heritage

How do we provide for more housing and jobs that are supported by appropriate infrastructure in a way that achieves environmental outcomes and design excellence while protecting our heritage and employment lands?

CP: Throughout the LEP process, protect suburban streets and allow development close to transport, shops and schools, maintain and expand heritage, promote environmental and design excellence and protect employment lands

 

CSP 2.2 The unique character and heritage, accessibility of neighbourhoods is retained and enhanced

 

Social Strategy

How do we improve Council communication and community engagement with residents ?

 

How can we work with residents to build preparedness and social resilience in the face of emergencies and extreme weather events?

 

CSP 4.1: The Inner West community is welcoming and connected

 

Healthy Ageing Strategy and Disability Inclusion Action Plan

Transport

How do we provide electric vehicle charging for residents who do not have off-street parking?

CP: Encouraging greater uptake of electric vehicles and hold an Electric Vehicle Summit

 

CSP: 1.4 Air quality is good and air pollution is managed effectively

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WORKING GROUPS

 

Bicycle

How do we achieve an equitable balance between kerbside parking and separated cycleways/bike parking?

CP: Strong support for the completion of the GreenWay and cycling infrastructure

Encourage greater cycling participation and increase maintenance budgets to make roads, cycleways and footpaths safer

 

CSP 2.6 People are walking, cycling and moving around Inner West with ease

 

LGBTIQ+

How do we ensure the diverse community have  spaces to connect and celebrate, including the Inner West Pride Centre?

CP: Drive the Inner West Pride Centre and coordinate activities for WorldPride 2023

 

CSP 4.1: The Inner West community is welcoming and connected

 

Seniors

How can we improve communication with older people to enhance their participation in the Inner West community, including the initiatives outlined in the Healthy Ageing Strategy?

 

 

 

 

CSP: 4.1 The Inner West community is welcoming and connected

 

Healthy Ageing Strategy

Young Leaders

How can we better support the Mental health and wellbeing of young people in the inner west?

 

How can Council engage with young people to develop initiatives for the Children and Youth Strategy?

CSP: 4.1 The Inner West community is welcoming and connected

 

Operational Plan - Develop a Children and Youth Strategy

 

 

 

Terms of Reference

 

The Terms of Reference template was finalised with input from the selection panel and strengthened in accordance with the Council resolution of May. The Terms of Reference for each group is customised with each group’s meeting schedule and quorum requirements and will include the policy challenges resolved by Council.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Nil

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.


Item

Attachment

 

Item No:         C1022(1) Item 12

Subject:         Review of the Event Invitation, Speaking and Public Meeting Policy            

Prepared By:      Prue Foreman - Corporate Strategy and Engagement Manager  

Authorised By:  Ruth Callaghan - Director Community

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:

 

1.   Places the Event Invitation, Speaking and Public Meeting Policy, as attached, on public exhibition for a period of 28 days; and

2.   Considers the results of the public exhibition process when adopting the final Event Invitation, Speaking and Public Meeting Policy.

 

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

 

Council regularly reviews policies to ensure they are up to date and reflect current structures, practices and strategic direction. The Event Invitation, Speaking and Public Meeting Policy was adopted by Council is 2018 and is due for a refresh.

 

The Policy outlines procedures for managing notifications, invitations, communications and speakers in the coordination of Council events, programs, activities and public meetings. It applies to any Council events at which more than 50 people are expected to attend and/or which are of public or political significance.

 

An operational review was undertaken to update the Policy. Sections of Council that were consulted and had input into the review included:

·    Social and Cultural Planning

·    Events

·    Corporate Strategy and Engagement

·    Strategic and Corporate Communications

 

Proposed changes

 

The updated Policy aims to:

·    Protect and enhance the reputation of Council

·    Maintain and maximise positive relations with the community

·    Establish a consistent approach to managing notifications, invitations, communications and speakers in the coordination of Council events, programs, activities and public meetings

 

The proposed changes to the draft Policy are based on internal structure changes, feedback received from staff, and reflect current position titles. The current policy is attached for reference.

 

 


 

 

Section Change

Reason

3.1 and 3.2

Section updated to reflect current operational procedures for developing invitations and obtaining approvals

4.2

Links to Federal and State Government documents updated

 

4.2

Clarification that invitations to Members of Parliament are at the discretion of the Mayor and/or General Manager.

4.4

Section updated to reflect current procedures for delivering Acknowledgement of and Welcome to Country

5

Section updated to reflect current procedures for accessible events and providing photographs to Strategic and Corporate Communications team

6

Removal of references to joint public meetings to reflect current practice (as none have been held since the Policy was adopted)

 

6

Section updated to reflect current procedures for notifying councillors of public meetings

6

Wording changed to indicate the format of the meeting included in the policy is a ‘typical’ format rather than prescriptive

Additional amendments

All other minor amendments have been made for the purposes of clarity, to align to current practice or Council’s organisational structure and to include current position titles.

 

It is proposed to place the updated draft Policy (attached) on public exhibition for 28 days and report back to Council for adoption, including any submissions received during the public exhibition period.

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Nil

 

 

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Event Invitation, Speaking and Public Meeting policy - updated

2.

Event Invitation, Speaking and Public Meeting - OLD

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 












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25 October 2022

 

Item No:         C1022(1) Item 13

Subject:         Local Traffic Committee Meeting - 19 September 2022           

Prepared By:      Sunny Jo - Coordinator – Traffic and Parking Services - North  

Authorised By:  Ryann Midei - Director Infrastructure

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

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

 

 

 

ITEMS BY WARD

 

Ward

Item

Baludarri

(Balmain)

Traffic Management Plan for the 2022 New Year's Eve Event

Birchgrove Public School - Proposed 'No Stopping' and 'No Parking 8.00am-9.30am; 2.30pm-3.30pm' restrictions

Gulgadya

(Leichhardt)

Midjuburi

(Marrickville)

Norton Street Italian Festa 2022- Temporary Road Closures

Update on improvements to the Frederick Street, Ashfield   crossing

Marrickville Road, Marrickville – Temporary full Road Closures for Marrickville Festival on Saturday 19 November 2022 –    ENRC/2022/0037

Richardsons Crescent, Tempe – Pedestrian Safety Improvement Works – upgrade of the existing at-grade pedestrian crossing to a raised pedestrian crossing - Design     Plan 10212

Tempe South Final Local Area Traffic Management (LATM) Study

Bright Street at Middle And North Streets, Marrickville – Proposed Traffic Calming (Design Plan No.10219)

England Avenue, Marrickville – Proposed new rain garden and kerb extension - Design Plan 10167

Pedestrian safety at the intersection of Edgeware Road, Alice Street and Llewellyn Street, Newtown

Safety concerns with cycleway on Livingstone Road, Marrickville

T3 Bankstown Line upgrade work engagement outcomes report

Djarrawunang

(Ashfield)

Seaview Street Dulwich Hill - Proposed Conversion Of Existing ‘Bus Zone 8.00-9.00am And 2.30—3.30pm School Days’ To ‘No Parking, Buses Excepted, 8am – 9.30am & 2.30pm – 4pm, Mon – Fri, School Days Only’ Restrictions Outside Dulwich Hill High School

Victoria Street, Ashfield- Proposed in-lane Bus Stop platform adjacent to 20 Victoria Street (Allman Park)

Victoria Street, Ashfield-Proposed in-lane Bus Stop platform adjacent to 90 Victoria Street

Pedestrian safety at the intersection of Edgeware Road, Alice Street and Llewellyn Street, Newtown

T3 Bankstown Line upgrade work engagement outcomes report

Damun (Stanmore)

Albert Street at James Street, Petersham – Proposed Traffic Calming (Design Plan No.10220)

Pedestrian safety at the intersection of Edgeware Road, Alice         Street and Llewellyn Street, Newtown

All Wards

Nil.

 

DISCUSSION

The September 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.

Local Traffic Committee minutes 19 September 2022

  


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Item No:         C1022(1) Item 14

Subject:         Council's Model Code of Conduct           

Prepared By:      Beau-Jane De Costa - Senior Manager Governance and Risk 

Authorised By:  Kelly Loveridge - Director Corporate

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council

 

1.   Place the draft Model Code of Conduct, as attached, on public exhibition for a period of 28 days.

 

2.   Consider the results of the public exhibition process when adopting the final Model Code of Conduct.

 

3.   Note the new Gifts, Benefits and Hospitality Guideline; and

 

4.   Note that no changes are required to the Procedures for the Administration of the Model Code of Conduct.

 

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

A council must, within 12 months after each ordinary election, review its adopted Model Code of Conduct and make such adjustments as it considers appropriate, in accordance with the Local Government Act 1993.

 

In light of the above, a review has been undertaken of the current Model Code of Conduct and only two changes, as detailed below, are being proposed.

 

The review was also undertaken in accordance with Section 440(4) ‘A council’s adopted code has no effect to the extent that it is inconsistent with the model code as in force for the time being; and that Council can only add provisions into the Model Code of Conduct if they are more onerous than those prescribed in the Model Code of Conduct.

 

The first proposed change is to the value or cumulative value of token gifts and benefits being increased from the current $50 to $100. This change aligns Councils Code of Conduct with the OLG Model Code of Conduct.

 

The second proposed change is a minor formatting change to section 5.24 to provide better clarity for readers with an improved sentence structure.

 

The review has only suggested minor changes as Council’s Model Code of Conduct already reflects the current OLG Model Code of Conduct. As and when OLG publishes a new Model Code of Conduct, Council will again undertake a review and bring back a report to Council, this is estimated to be at the end of 2023.

 

Additionally, the preparation of a Guideline for Gifts, Benefits and Hospitality for Councillors and Staff has been developed to assist Council officials with their obligations in relation to the management of such (Attachment 2).

 

Lastly, a review of the Procedures for the Administration of the Mode Code of Conduct (Procedures) has been undertaken. Council’s current Procedures are still aligned to the OLG Model Procedures, in accordance with Section 440AA of the Local Government Act 1993 and are not impacted by the two minor proposed changes for the Model Code of Conduct. In light of this, there are no proposed changes to Council’s current Procedures.

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

There are no financial implications in endorsing the draft amended Model Code of Conduct being placed on public exhibition.

 

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Amended - Model Code of Conduct 2022

2.

New - Gifts, Benefits and Hospitality Guideline

3.

Current - Procedures for Administration of the Code of Conduct

  


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Item No:         C1022(1) Item 15

Subject:         Inner West Council Food and Garden Organics Service           

Prepared By:      Luke Murtas - Senior Manager Environment and Sustainability 

Authorised By:  Peter Gainsford - General Manager

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:

 

1.   Note the FOGO service to all Inner West households is to commence in March 2024; and

 

2.   Receive a briefing on the community engagement plan for FOGO.

 

 

 

BACKGROUND

Council resolved on 8 February 2022 to deliver a Food and Garden Organics (FOGO) Service to all Inner West Households within this current term, and requested an update report and briefing on the progress to deliver this objective.

(C0222(1) Item (19)

 

That Council:

1.   Commits to provide foods organics and organics waste recycling (FOGO) to every home in the Inner West in the current term of Council

2.   Requests Council staff report on progress to achieve this objective and on how FOGO expansion will be included in the 2022-2023 Council Budget

3.   Requests Council officers provide a briefing on the status of work being conducted with Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (SSROC) to establish a food recycling transfer station in the Inner West Local Government Area (LGA)

4.   Thanks staff for the work to implement FOGO in apartment buildings in the Inner West

5.   Requests Council staff provide a briefing to Council in April on progress to achieve this objective and on how FOGO expansion will be included in the 2022-2023 Council Budget

 

FOGO is a Council priority and aligns with IWC’s Zero Waste and Climate and Renewables Strategies:

·    Reduce food and organic waste in landfill by 60% by 2030 (Zero Waste Strategy)

·    75% reduction in community emissions by 2036 and net zero before 2050 (Climate and Renewables Strategy)

Relevant National and NSW State Government strategies are:

·    NSW Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy 2041 Stage 1: 2021-2027 requires separate collection of food and garden organics from all households by 2030; halve the amount of organic waste sent to landfill by 2030

·    National Food Waste Strategy – November 2017 – halve Australia’s food waste by 2030.

Inner West Council has a history of achievement with delivering organic waste services in the face of significant regional barriers, including limited FOGO processing capacity in Metropolitan Sydney.

The NSW Government acknowledged the lack of infrastructure in its recent NSW Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy. More recently there has been further investment in FOGO and the market is evolving in response to the Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy, which requires FOGO to all households by 2030.

Inner West Council has worked strategically to prepare to deliver a FOGO service to every household in the Inner West for several years:

1.   2016 FOGO trial: 1056 households from Marrickville and Dulwich Hill participated in a 12-month FOGO trial. Learnings from the trial informed the roll out of IWC Apartment Food Organics services.

2.   2018 Organics Processing Tender: Council approved Veolia as the contractor for processing garden organics (houses and apartments) and food organics (apartments), securing the limited capacity available at Veolia Earthpower for food organics tonnages.

IWC entered into a three-year contract in June 2019 with 2x one-year options to enable a future transition to a FOGO service and has continued to work with Veolia to secure FOGO processing when it becomes available.

3.   2019 Organics Service Review: Included modelling by specialist consultancy GHD. The modelling looked at cost, population, waste generation, organics recovery, frequency of service, tonnage and audit data, to determine the best outcomes for resource recovery, cost of service and community ease of use.

This confirmed that the best approach for IWC is:

·    Continue with the garden organics (green lid bin collected fortnightly) for houses

·    Expand food organics weekly to all IWC apartments

·    Introduce FOGO collection when the processing capacity becomes available

 

4.    2020 and 2021 – IWC Food Organics Service to Apartments: IWC secured a grant of $815,000 from NSW EPA to expand the Food Organics service to all apartment buildings in the Inner West. The North area had the service since 2008 and the grant supported the roll out to the South (2020) and West (2021).

By March 2022, 1018 buildings containing 23,000 apartments were using the Food Organics service collecting around 12-15 tonnes each week which would have otherwise been disposed in the garbage bin.

Participation rates (bin presentation) capacity (volume used) contamination and tonnage data is monitored to target buildings with contamination requiring support and to identify opportunities to increase uptake of the service and to recover more food.

 

DISCUSSION

 

This report and attachment provide detail on the progress towards the delivery of the FOGO service.

 

The adoption of a FOGO service aligns with state and federal waste strategy targets. There has been extensive research and experience with FOGO in NSW including by the NSW EPA.

 

A handful of other metropolitan Councils have established FOGO services. Council also has experience in food organics services from its Food Organics Only (FOO) service to apartments.  Models used to deliver FOGO services by other Councils and NSW best-practice are discussed at Attachment 1 – Best practice FOGO and research for reference.

 

 

The Inner West FOGO Service Model

 

In 2019 Inner West Council undertook an organics service review which considered resource recovery rates, cost and resident ease of use. This, in combination with the NSW EPA research into best-practice for FOGO services has underpinned the development of the IWC FOGO offering, which will involve:

·    FOGO collected weekly, recycling and garbage to be collected fortnightly from houses on alternate weeks. Apartment buildings to continue to receive weekly garbage collections and weekly FOGO or FOO collections.

·    Garbage bin size to remain at 120L collected fortnightly and residents able to pay for a larger garbage bin (user pays) if the standard 120 litre garbage bin is insufficient or downsize to a smaller bin and charge if they generate less garbage.

·    Use of existing garden organic bin for FOGO (green lid) where possible (to be re-stickered). The garden organics service is currently being promoted to increase uptake and maximise the number of households with a green lid bin. FOGO bins - Properties without an existing green lid bin will be identified and have one delivered as part of the FOGO roll out. Houses without a garden organics bin have been identified and will be directly targeted by direct mail to encourage them to opt in for a garden organics bin prior to the FOGO service roll out. Any remaining properties will receive a FOGO bin before the FOGO service commences.

·    Kitchen bench top bins ‘starter pack’ to be delivered to all households approximately 48,000 houses. Prior services delivered by Councils included compostable bags, however, as of October 2022 these will be considered contamination in the FOGO stream and so Inner West Council’s FOGO service will need to be designed to avoid the use of compostable bags.

·    Information for service delivery commences 8 weeks prior to commencement of new service and continues to maximise recovery and reduce contamination in addition to comms and engagement plan which commences the year before (2023).

·    Ongoing education and information around waste avoidance, reuse, and maximising recycling to reduce garbage generation.

·    Monitoring (contamination and participation) undertaken on each collection day and education and support provided as required.

 

 

Expected FOGO Tonnages

The FOGO service is expected to transfer between 6,000 - 9,000 tonnes of food from the garbage to the FOGO bin, in addition to the current FOO (668 tonnes) and Garden organics (6,606 tonnes):

 

Waste

Tonnes 21-22

Predicted tonnes

Garbage

Without FOGO

34,432

12,396 food available

(36% of garbage bin)

50% food diversion

6,198

13,472

Resulting garbage tonnage:

28,233

75% food diversion

9,297

16,570

Resulting garbage tonnage:

25,135

 

 

Garbage Bin Size and Charges

The FOGO service will involve changing the garbage to fortnightly and FOGO (currently GO) to weekly:

·    120L garbage fortnightly

·    240L recycling fortnightly

·    240L FOGO weekly

 

The standard 120L garbage bin has sufficient capacity on a fortnightly collection for most Inner West households, alongside a weekly FOGO service (as food is displaced into the green lid bin) as verified by analysis of data:

·    Bin audits – weight and composition of the garbage, FOO, and garden bins. The 2019 IWC Audit data of houses identified that 36% of the average household’s garbage bin in the Inner West is food organics (and a further 8% containerised food).

·    Tonnages - Based on garbage and organics tonnages for 2021-22, the average FOGO bin capacity is estimated at 32 litres per week on a 50% recovery of food from the garbage bin. The average 120L garbage bin collected fortnightly will be 79% full (95 litres) if 50% of the available food organics are transferred from the garbage bin to the FOGO bin. The average weekly FOGO 240 litre bin would be 20% full.

·    FOO in apartments - The IWC FOO service to apartments achieved a 54% diversion of food from the garbage (compared to NSW average of 38%) into the FOO bin as identified by audits. IWC is expecting a 50% food recovery FOGO initially and with ongoing education and engagement aiming for 75% (best practice).

 

Inner West Council’s domestic waste charges are determined on a user-pays model with a minimum, standard and maximum charge based on the size of the red lid garbage bin. This aims to reduce waste to landfill and encourage recycling by residents in line with the Zero Waste Strategy.  Additional recycling and garden organics bins (of any size) can be obtained at no additional cost to encourage resource recovery.

 

The domestic waste charge for each size is set on a cost recovery model based on the cost of delivering that service in accordance with the Local Government Act and Council Rating and Revenue Raising Manual. Fees and Charges 2022-23 (1).pdf

·    Minimum Service - $357 (80L or less garbage bin)

·    Standard Service - $464 (120L garbage bin)

·    Maximum Service - $695 (240L garbage bin)

 

Based on IWC audit data, bin capacity, tonnages, performance in the FOO service to apartments, and NSW best practice, Council’s Resource Recovery team recommends maintaining the 120 litre garbage bin collected on a fortnightly cycle as the standard service to support the FOGO weekly service. This will be promoted as the sustainable option.

 

Households can opt in for the minimum or maximum service (80L or 240L garbage bin).  In alignment with our Zero Waste Strategy, residents will be encouraged (and supported by resource recovery education officers) to try FOGO and think about/ measure waste being produced prior to changing the size of their bins.

 

Milestones

 

Date

Milestone

Actions

2022

Nov/Dec

Detailed communications plan with preliminary update to Councillors for feedback and refinement

Nov

Apply for EPA FOGO Grant

Jan - Feb

Development of communications campaign and materials

2023

Mid 2023

Commence FOGO communications campaign (further detailed scheduling required)

 

TBC

SSROC audit – to get baseline for waste data

2024

February 2024

Deliver remaining green lid bins to properties

 

March 2024

Commence FOGO service

2024/ 2025

 

Monitoring (presentation and contamination) and 12-month audit/ evaluation

 

A robust communications campaign will be developed which will be required to include a range of channels including social media, advertising, newsletters, information, posters and engagements to reach all sectors of our community including culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD), social housing and schools. This campaign will be supported by:

·    Media channels - social media, paid advertising, newsletters, media releases, posters, and engagements.

·    Service information - truck decals, bin stickers, starter pack, brochure/ postcard information, letter, and bin bay signage.

Councillors will be kept informed and consulted as the communication strategy is developed.

 

FINANCE AND RESOURCING

IWC has a ten-year financial model which calculates the domestic waste management charge (DWMC), including the costs of rolling out the FOGO service.

 

As the green lid bin collection is to occur weekly, ongoing collection and processing costs of FOGO will be offset by red lid bin collection moving to fortnightly. Processing costs are similar for FOGO and garbage and this equates to the cost being brought into balance.

 

$995,000 has been allocated from the domestic waste operational budget and Council is applying for an NSW EPA organics grant (expected to open in October 2022) to support the delivery of FOGO to houses, education staff and fund a strong education and awareness campaign.

 

The tender for kitchen caddies, information and starter packs, communication and design closed in September and is currently being assessed. This will further inform ongoing budgets.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Best Practice FOGO and Research

  


Council Meeting

25 October 2022

 



Council Meeting

25 October 2022

 

Item No:         C1022(1) Item 16

Subject:         Customer Service Update           

Prepared By:      Melanie Gurney - Senior Manager Business Excellence and Customer Experience 

Authorised By:  Kelly Loveridge - Director Corporate

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council receive and note the report.

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

Following on from the Customer Service Update to Council on 10 May 2022, this report details the continued work to improve customer service and the resulting community experience.

 

OUR PURPOSE

The establishment and rollout of ‘Our Purpose’ statement: “We are here to be of service to our local community and make the Inner West a great place to be” in March 2022, has provided the single most defining impetus for service improvements across Council.

 

The Purpose statement combined with our Values is proving to be a strong force for cultural change and ownership of service and opportunities for improvement. This has led to a performance goal around service improvement and innovation being included in every staff member’s performance plans this financial year.

 

CUSTOMER SERVICE REVIEW SUB-COMMITTEE

The Customer Service Review Sub-Committee (Committee) was selected and established in June 2022 with four (4) community representatives, three (3) Councillors, the General Manager, Director Corporate and Senior Manager Customer Service. Committee meetings are held monthly with all Councillors invited to attend. Meeting papers are shared with all invitees.

 

Over the past four months, the committee has been consulted across a wide range of opportunities to improve service, including:

 

·    Understanding customer journeys with service requests

·    Approaches to developing a service charter and customer experience strategy

·    Considering options to expand the role of the Internal Ombudsman

·    The community engagement framework review

·    Establishment of ‘Your Say’ customer service stalls in the community

·    Improving the processing of development applications

·    Improving the way complaints are managed

·    Online service improvements

·    Improvements in call centre performance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CUSTOMER SERVICE ‘YOUR SAY’ STALLS

Launched in June this year, these monthly ‘Your Say’ Customer Service Stalls are aimed at enhancing the customer experience, improving transparency and responsiveness. The stalls are being held in central locations across each ward of the local government area.

 

The stalls form an important part of Council’s commitment to putting the community at the centre of everything we do and was launched in line with the Notice of Motion adopted by Council in February 2022. They provide a valuable opportunity for the community to provide feedback across the full range of Council services, projects and initiatives in their local area.

 

Four stalls have been held with Customer Service Officers working alongside colleagues from Council’s Community Engagement team and other service teams such as the Planning Team, as relevant. The Customer Service Officers answer queries and provide relevant updates to community members about their local area. Additionally, they also log service requests immediately on behalf of the customer for action by the relevant service area.

 

Following their visit, customers are encouraged to complete a short 60-second survey about their experience and provide ideas on how Council can improve its service to the community. This feedback will be incorporated into improvement plans and reported back to the community on a bi-annual basis.

 

To date, feedback from the community has been extremely positive with the community saying they appreciate the more “personal approach” and the “opportunity for face to face” time with Council staff.

 

A total of 109 requests were created across 14 services at the four stalls held so far this year.

 

Source: TechnologyOne – CRM Module October 2022

 

 

 

Images from the four customer service stalls held this year:

 

Summerhill, 8 Oct 22                                            Marrickville Metro, 3 Sept 22                     Newtown Sq, 6 Aug 22           Haberfield, 4 Jun 22

 

CUSTOMER JOURNEY MAPS

Customer Journey Maps in relation to service requests, based on actual experiences, were completed for key service areas. Several of the journey maps were completed directly with customers.

 

The maps revealed opportunities for improvement common across all service areas of Council. Whilst some of the opportunities for improvement will take a longer period to work through there have been some quick wins identified. These quick wins have been implemented or are currently being worked on as outlined in this report.

 

Customer Request Dashboard

A customer request management (CRM) dashboard has been established to enable staff to take ownership of their CRMs, improve service delivery and celebrate success. This dashboard is the first of several dashboards to be developed by Council.

 

The Dashboard is designed to extract performance data from our CRM system to deliver valuable information and insights to continuously improve service delivery. The dashboard relays the number of CRMs in any selected time period:

 

·    Completed within service level standard

·    In-progress

·    Nearing deadline (two days)

·    Completed outside of service level standard

·    Outstanding.

 

The dashboard has been communicated to all staff and is easily accessible on their TEAMs work site. Managers and staff are now utilising the dashboard as part of their daily work routine to manage their service requests.

 

By way of an example, a snapshot of the CRM Dashboard is provided below for the period, 8 August 2022 to 8 October 2022:

 

 

A specific dashboard for Council Cleaning Collections is currently being built with dashboards also planned for other areas such as Regulatory Services.

 

CALL CENTRE PERFORMANCE

 

Call Listening

To drive ownership and understanding of the community’s interaction with Council and any resulting customer requests, call listening has been activated as a service performance initiative.

 

All staff will be attending a session to listen in to calls made to the Call Centre. This process has already commenced with the General Manager, the Executive Team and Senior Managers driving this initiative.

 

This simple activity has provided useful and key insights into service issues across Council to retain focus on driving continuous service improvement efforts.

 

Incoming Call Management

Several initiatives have been implemented to improve caller service experience over the past five months including:

 

·    A call-back feature

·    Call progress in the queue

·    Establishment of local artist music whilst on hold

·    Dedicated queue for parking permits

·    Call Centre Service Level Improvement initiative

 

The call-back feature alleviates the call wait time for customers calling into Council. If selected by the customer, it enables them to maintain their place in the queue. The call management system automatically calls the customer and connects them to a customer service officer when their place in the queue is reached.

The call progress in queue has also been activated to better inform the community of call wait times, acknowledge potential for customer frustration and offer alternative avenues for service requests. The queue announcements occur every 60 seconds the customer is in the queue.

 

To promote local artists a curation of their music has been implemented for customers whilst they are waiting to speak to a customer service officer. The title and name of the local artists are also pronounced as part of this feature.

 

As parking permits are a key service to the community a dedicated queue has been established to respond quickly to customer requests. This queue enables customer service officers to assist the community with their queries and access parking permits in a more efficient manner.

 

A major improvement initiative to improve call centre performance commenced in June 2022. This initiative applies the world’s best practice improvement methodology, Six Sigma. This methodology supports Council’s approach to empowering staff and driving ownership of service delivery through the values of Collaboration and Innovation.

 

The Call Centre Performance Improvement is being worked on by a Process Improvement Team (PIT) made up of a number of staff from within the service; the Call Centre Team Leader, Senior Customer Service Officer, Call Centre Training Officer and two (2) Customer Service Officers, with the process being facilitated by the Service Transformation team.

 

The initiative has progressed through the first three stages of Define, Measure and Analyse and is now in the Improve phase.

 

The team collected and analysed a significant volume of call centre performance information and developed eight data-driven improvement solutions. The majority of the solutions pertain to operational practices and cultural changes as listed below:

1.   Review of resourcing requirements based on call volumes

2.   Enhance and embed contact centre standards

3.   Call Centre training and evaluation processes

4.   Establish a monthly customer service forum with key stakeholders

5.   Adopting a roster capability based on call demand

6.   Establishing customer service standards and expectations in the staff induction program

7.   Improving the options available to customers on the call queues

8.   Enhancing First contact resolution through collaboration

 

The team are now working to deliver all the approved solutions over the course of this financial year. As each solution is delivered, the PIT will move through the Control phase to embed the change and ensure it sticks.

 

OTHER SERVICE IMPROVEMENTS

Tree Management Improvement Initiative

Similar to the above, an initiative has commenced to improve accessibility to lodging and resolving requests about the management of trees.

 

Development Application Process Improvement

The Development Application Process is currently under review also using the Six Sigma methodology. The review is aimed at improving the development application administration, reducing risk and creating efficiencies in an electronic processing system. A significant outcome of this review will be an improvement in processing time for a development application from Acceptance through to Determination.

 

Another factor in timeliness is ensuring staff resources match the work on hand. Noting the industry shortage of qualified and experienced planning staff, Council has received a grant from the Department of Planning to develop and implement strategies to support this.

 

Moving through the Define and Measure phases, workshops have been held with all staff to understand how the process operates at each step, identify issues and gather data. The review is about to move into the Analyse phase to identify opportunities for improvement.

 

Further to the review, a business concierge approach is in development to meet a commitment to deliver key small business applications (Change of Use) within six (6) weeks.

 

Customer Correspondence

Another activity underway is the improvement of all outgoing customer correspondence. Work on this improvement commenced with a focus on the system-generated letters used at the lodgement and resolution of a customer request. These letters present the highest volume of letters sent out to customers and have now been improved and implemented.

 

Complimenting this initiative, a ‘How to’ request management guide and letters standard was developed and distributed to all staff. Coaching was also provided directly to all service teams on applying the standards and the use of the guide. This effort is being followed up every two months to ensure the standards are embedded and to trouble shoot process issues.

 

There are a significant number of other correspondence types that were identified within Council’s CRM and application systems. The improvement team are progressively working through these letters to improve them in collaboration with the relevant service managers and teams. Parking Application letters, Fire Safety Notices and Companion Animal letters have all been improved and implemented, with Development Application correspondence currently underway.

 

Further initiatives identified and now being delivered through this project include:

 

·    Development of training modules on the CRM system

·    CRM system improvements

·    Customer Focused letter writing program.

 

Complaints Management

The complaints management process is currently being improved to streamline the process.

 

The process has been reviewed by a working group of managers as well as the Internal Ombudsman’s Office and the process has been streamlined and aligned to Council’s Complaints Policy (2021). The finalised process will be rolled out across Council through November and December 2022.

 

Council’s Website Facelift

Acknowledging Council’s website needs to be improved some minor work has been undertaken to make it easier for customers to access services and information. Working with the relevant responsible service teams, some of the high-volume touch points have been improved. These include:

 

·    Improving the format of the customer registration process to highlight the mandatory information required

·    Re-branding and simplification of the online experience to increase visibility and navigation

·    Using 'easy' English terms to support the icons        

·    Placing information tiles below access tiles

·    Placing the tile for making a booking highly visible and on the same online service access home page

·    Improving the parking permit page to clearly articulate the process for renewing or applying for a permit

·    Cleaning up the Council Clean up page

 

A dedicated resource has been assigned to focus on overhauling the website to make it more service and community friendly.

 

The focus will be on improving the customer experience through simple and easy access to services. In terms of priority, the plan is to start with the Customer Service portal which includes working towards a single sign-on for all existing service portals.

 

Improvements to the website will also be tested with available community groups such as the Customer Service Review Committee and the various Local Democracy Groups. Web analytics tools such as ‘Google Analytics’ will also be used as relevant to confirm the value and success of the improvements made.

 

Business Planning Process and Framework

In the first quarter of this financial year, the Service Transformation team developed a business planning process for all service areas. The business planning process has been integrated into Council’s planning processes to focus service ownership and accountability alongside resources as well as budgetary requirements. It also provides the opportunity for collaboration and clarity, improving working relationships across functions and breaking down silos.

 

The Business Planning Process was launched in September 2022 allowing services time to prepare for budget planning in November 2022.

 

Project Management Training and Framework

Each year Council invests in the delivery of many projects to improve community services. These projects are set out in the Community Strategic Plan and the annual Delivery Plan.

 

To successfully manage projects, the application of sound project management principles and practices throughout the project lifecycle is essential to delivering projects on time, on budget and to the required quality within scope.

 

It is considered essential to have a consistent practice in place in accordance with Inner West Council requirements. The highly reputable project management methodology of PRINCE2 (PRojects IN a Controlled Environment) was selected and a Council framework of practice was also developed.

 

To date 81 staff have been trained in the PRINCE2 project management methodology and Council framework.

 

To keep the practice consistent and relevant to Council’s requirements, Communities of Practice (COPs) are held for all trained staff. These COPs are held every two months to review practices and lessons learned as well as engage with specialist teams such as Legal, Procurement and Finance on good practice requirements.

 

Pipeline Initiatives

In addition to the service improvement efforts detailed above there are number of other improvement activities planned to commence this financial year once the approved resourcing is established.

 

These include the development of:

·    A ‘Service Charter’

·    A Customer Experience Strategy

·    A service improvement training program

·    An internal Staff Directory

·    A Service Review Program

 

Service Charter

A Service Charter (Charter) is being developed with completion in December 2022 as per the Delivery Plan commitment. The Charter will be aligned to Council’s brand promise and work has commenced.

 

A desktop review of the high-performing private sector, State and Local Government Charters has been completed to identify the key elements a Charter should contain. These are detailed below for ongoing consideration as the development of the Charter progresses:

 

 

·    Our Service Promise our commitment to delivering the best service

·    Our Values outlines how we work together to deliver on our promise

·    Our Channels identifies the various contact points

·    Our Service Standards outline our performance promise

·    Our People explains who we are and the roles we play in service to the community

·    Our Improvement Focus encourages the community to help us help them

·    Our Complaint Process for when we may not get it right.

 

The process of creating a Charter will include a significant level of staff engagement to ensure buy-in and ongoing commitment to meet its service promises. A level of engagement is also intended with the Customer Service Review Committee and a representation from the various Local Democracy Groups (as available).

 

 

 

Customer Experience Strategy

The development of a draft Customer Experience Strategy is expected to be delivered as per Council’s Delivery Plan by the end of this financial year.

 

Like all Council strategies, this strategy will need to go through a process of community consultation and engagement in its development.

 

To date, some benchmark and research work has been undertaken to understand better practices across both private and public sector organisations nationally and internationally.

 

The benchmarking so far has identified the following elements as common key features within those strategies.

 

 

Service Improvement Training Program

The development of service improvement training programs based on the Six Sigma methodology is planned in line with Council’s Delivery Plan commitments this financial year.

 

This program, like the Project Management program, will equip and enable staff to focus on the delivery of value add, sustainable service improvements. At this stage, it is anticipated this program suite will have certification as well as ‘Lean’ program components.

 

Internal Staff Directory

This initiative has been commenced to enable staff to understand each other’s role in the organisation and to enable quick as well as easy access in need. This is of particular importance within the Customer Service team environment in seeking specialist assistance fast to deliver first contact resolution.

 

Specifications for a staff directory have been developed and are awaiting review by Council’s Information Communication and Technology team to determine the best, integrated and affordable solution.

 

Service Review Program

A service review program and framework will be developed for Council in line with the commitment in the Delivery Plan this financial year.

 

The Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework now mandate all councils have a service review program integrated into the Delivery Program.

 

 

 

The establishment of a Service Review Program is also guided by:

·    The Local Government Act (2016) which requires Council’s to provide the best value for residents and continuously improve

·    The Auditor General Performance Audit (2018) which will examine how well councils demonstrate service efficiency and effectiveness through their reporting under the Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework.

 

It is expected the collective program of work covered in this paper will result in a positive uplift in customer service and the resulting community experience.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Nil at this time.

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.


Council Meeting

25 October 2022

 

Item No:         C1022(1) Item 17

Subject:         Draft Disability Inclusion Action Plan For Exhibition            

Prepared By:      Simon Watts - Social and Cultural Planning Manager 

Authorised By:  Ruth Callaghan - Director Community

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:

 

1.   Approve the Draft Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2022-2025 for public exhibition;

and

 

2.   Note the Community Roundtable to be held in late November 2022.

 

 

 

BACKGROUND

 

At its Ordinary Council Meeting on Tuesday 13 September 2022 Council resolved in part of point 2:

 

2.         In November, as part of the community engagement for the Draft Disability Inclusion Action Plan, hold a Major Community Roundtable involving people with disability, local disability services, sector experts, local businesses, relevant council staff, Councillors and Council’s Access Committee, with a focus on expanding economic opportunity for people with disability in our local community and the role of Council in doing so; and invite Federal and State Ministers for Disability Services and other noteworthy advocates to attend.

 

The Disability Inclusion Act requires Council to develop a plan every four years outlining actions it will take to improve outcomes for people with disability. Initial consultations were held in May and June 2022 to assist in developing the draft document. Council’s Draft Disability Inclusion Action Plan for 2022-2025 (DIAP) has been prepared and is now ready for public exhibition and further community engagement, including the Community Roundtable.

 

A Major Community Roundtable focusing on expanding economic opportunities for people  with disability has been scheduled for late November 2022.

 

The specific projects and initiatives outlined in the Draft DIAP also address a related motion of Council as outlined below.

 

DISCUSSION

In November 2021, Council proposed (C1121(1) Item 3) a grant program be investigated to aid accessibility improvements to small business. In June 2022 Council considered a report (C0622(1) Item 10) on options on accessibility improvements for small business and referred the policy issue for consideration in engagement on the new DIAP.

 

A specific action to provide business engagement workshops to assist local businesses in understanding their obligations and practical ways of making their businesses more accessible and welcoming for customers with disability is included in the Draft DIAP proposed for exhibition. This meets the need for improved accessibility in partnership with local business without imposing a capital investment in challenging economic times.

 

The new DIAP for 2022-2025 builds on Council’s existing DIAP. Some highlights to date have been:

 

·    Leading practice in accessibility provision in major infrastructure projects and capital improvements notably in Council aquatic centres and town halls

·    Focus on the diverse communication access needs for people with disability

·    Modelling inclusive practice and representation of the lived experiences of people with disability through the Inclusive Film Festival

·    Providing assistance to the community led initiative to hold the Inner West Disability Pride event – the only current Disability Pride gathering running in Australia

·    Support for Inclusion Days to promote inclusive sporting options to local sports and recreation clubs and local schools. These days bring together local stakeholders, provide resources, connections and support networks to advance the inclusion of people living with disability in local community activities

·    Upholding the rights of people with disability by training conducted by the Australian Human Rights Commission and tailored to themes arising from the Plan’s community engagement.

 

Common themes emerging during community engagement in drafting the new 2022-2025 DIAP included a need for:

·   Stronger and more widespread community awareness of disability issues and meaningful representation and participation of people living with disability

·   Ensuring that infrastructure design, planning and delivery moves beyond a compliance- based approach and incorporates innovation around the different life stages of people with disability (ie “whole of journey needs”)

·   More equal participation socially, culturally and economically for people living with disability

·   Increased employment opportunities in different sectors of the economy

·   More accessible housing options

·   Ongoing rights-based training as a foundation to inclusion to ensure that Council staff and other local professionals are aware of the current issues experienced by people living with disability.

 

The Direction of the Draft Plan

The new DIAP 2022-2025 builds on Council’s successes to date and responds to emerging community needs by delivery a leading practice approach to the inclusion of people with disability. The Plan adopts a flexible and adaptive method focused on:

·    Raising awareness of disability and the diversity in which it is experienced

·    Increased opportunities for social, cultural and recreation participation by people living with disability

·    Increased employment and economic participation

·    Improved design, planning and delivery of infrastructure and facilities and capacity building and partnerships

·    Improved communication and engagement with people with disability across Council’s various activities and services

 

Public Exhibition of the Draft DIAP 2022-2025

It is anticipated that public exhibition and further engagement of the Draft DIAP (eg the roundtable) will commence before the end of 2022. The Plan will be brought back to Council for adoption by March 2023. The exhibition period will allow engagement with the Access Advisory Committee and via accessible formats including Easy English.

 

Implementation of the Disability Inclusion Plan 2022-2025 will be undertaken within existing budgets.

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Nil.

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Draft Disability Inclusion Action Plan

  


Council Meeting

25 October 2022

 











Council Meeting

25 October 2022

 

Item No:         C1022(1) Item 18

Subject:         Investment Report at 31 August 2022           

Prepared By:      Daryl Jackson - Chief Financial Officer 

Authorised By:  Kelly Loveridge - Director Corporate

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council receive and note the report.

 

 

 

 

BACKGROUND

A monthly investment report is provided to Council detailing the investment portfolio in terms of performance, percentage exposure of total portfolio, maturity date and changes in market value.

 

The monthly investment report includes details of the current proportion of investments that are non-fossil fuel investments and include details of progress in meeting the prevailing performance benchmark in respect of non-fossil fuel investments.

 

The investing of Council’s funds at the most favourable return available to it at the time whilst having due consideration of risk and security for that investment type and ensuring that its liquidity requirements are being met while exercising the power to invest, consideration is to be given to the preservation of capital, liquidity, and the return on investment.

 

Preservation of capital is the principal objective of the investment portfolio. Investments are placed in a manner that seeks to ensure security and safeguarding the investment portfolio. This includes managing credit and interest rate risk within identified thresholds and parameters.

 

Council determined to proactively invest in a non-fossil fuel investment portfolio.

 

Legislative Requirements

All investments are to comply with the following:

 

§ Local Government Act 1993;

§ Local Government (General) Regulation 2021;

§ Ministerial Investment Order dated 17 February 2011;

§ Local Government Code of Accounting Practice and Financial Reporting;

§ Australian Accounting Standards; and

§ Division of Local Government Investment Policy Guidelines May 2010

 

Council’s Socially Responsible Investments consist of Green Term Deposits from otherwise fossil fuel lending banks, such as CBA and Westpac and also long dated bond issues from a range of institutions and government agencies. These investments provide targeted funding to a wide range of green and socially responsible projects and initiatives. Council also utilises these investments to remain within the credit rating policy guidelines imposed by the NSW TCorp loan covenant requirements.

 

 

Council’s portfolio is in full compliance with the NSW TCorp requirements while continuing to adhere to Council’s socially responsible investment goals.

 

Certification

 

The Chief Financial Officer Daryl Jackson as the Responsible Accounting Officer has certified that the investments listed in the attached report have been made in accordance with Section 625 of the Local Government Act 1993, Section 212 of the Local Government General Regulation 2021 and Council’s Investment Policy.

 

DISCUSSION

Council’s investments are held in various investment categories which are listed in the table below. Council’s investment portfolio size is $245.7m.  All Socially Responsible Investments (SRI’s) are investments that comply with the Non-Fossil Fuel standards. Council’s return for August is above the bank bill index benchmark on a marked-to-market basis. Council’s portfolio had a return of 1.98%, against the UBSWA Bank Bill Index Benchmark (1.84%) on a marked-to-market basis. For the past 12 months, the portfolio has returned -0.59% on a marked-to-market basis

 

Without marked-to-market influences, Council’s investment portfolio yielded 1.98%pa for the month, up from 1.68%pa in July. This is based on the actual interest rates being received on existing investments and excludes market value changes of the securities/deposits.

 

A rise in interest rates at the end of the month had a modestly detrimental impact on the valuations of Council’s fixed rate bonds, but Council’s floating rate notes are weathering the rise in market rates better as higher market interest rates are filtering through to higher quarterly interest accruing and being paid on these holdings.

 

As interest rates rise/fall the dollar valuations of existing bonds fall/rise in the market. While a bond’s (or FRN’s) market value may drop below its face value (or par value) during the life a security, providing Council does not sell the security and the issuer is sound (which all of Council’s holdings are) then the bond’s market value will come back to the face value by the time it matures.

 

The upside to the rising trend in interest rates is that new TDs and bonds that Council invests in will be paying a much higher rate of interest than what has been available over the past couple of years.  This is evident in the rising yield on the portfolio noted above.

 

Change in the value of our portfolio

During August, Council had $64m across a range of 2 to 12 month term deposits mature which had an average weighted yield of 1.27%pa.  Also, $5m in Suncorp FRNs matured which had been paying a quarterly interest rate of 3mo BBSW + 0.97%pa. Reflecting the sharp increase in term deposit rates over the past several months.

·    Investments

CBA (Green) $12.5m

 

·    Matured

Suncorp $23.0m

Emerald Reserve Mortgage $5.6k (amortised face value received)

 

The investment market had limited non-fossil fuel products available in the month. Those available were offered with low interest rates. 

 

Council’s entire investment portfolio remains invested in non-fossil fuel lending ADIs (50% of portfolio) and socially responsible investments (50% of portfolio).

 

The attachments to this report summarise all investments held by Council and interest returns for periods ending 31 August 2022.

 

 

The Current Market value is required to be accounted for. The Current Market Value is a likely outcome if Council were to consider recalling the investment prior to its due date.

 

All investments made for the month August 2022 have been made in accordance with the Local Government Act, Local Government Regulations and the Inner West Council Investment Policy.

 

 

The 2020/21 Financial Year End process is in progress. The split between the External and Internal Restrictions are not available at this time.

 

The performance chart below shows Council’s rolling 12 monthly return versus benchmark over the past 5 years. Each data point is the 12 month return for the stated month end:

 

 

 

Council’s investment performance has reflected the downward trend in interest rate markets over recent years accelerated by pandemic related interest rate cuts. With inflation pressures building, interest rates have increased sharply over the first half of 2022 causing negative marked-to-market returns on existing bonds and FRNs over that period. Market rates are largely stabilising and higher rates being received on new investments and FRN rate resets are flowing through to the rolling 12 month figure.

 

Domestic issues

 

§ Australia’s unemployment rate has fallen to a new 38-year low of 3.4%. In July there were fewer unemployed (474,000 people) than there were job vacancies in May (480,000), which suggests the job market remains very tight for now.

§ Economists expect domestic wages growth to go above 3% over the next year, which will still be well below the rise in wages growth already reached in the US and Europe, suggesting a wage-price inflation spiral is a far smaller risk in Australia, and the RBA will likely not have to raise rates as much as the US. 

·    Consumer confidence surveys showed another fall in August and are near levels associated with recession as cost of living pressures and higher rates impact borrowers. This implies slower growth in demand may be ahead, which will ultimately ease capacity pressures and inflation, but there remains a risk of the economy contracting sharper than expected leading to recession.

Interest Rates

The RBA increased the official cash rate another 50 basis points, from 1.35% to 1.85% at its August meeting with the Board noting that inflation was at its highest level since the early 1990s and at over 6%pa, well above the 2-3% target range.

 

The market lowered its cash rate expectations over the past month, pricing in a 3.85% cash rate by the end of the 2022/23 Financial Year, down from an expected 3.25% in July:

In August, term deposit rates rose an average of 30 basis points across the 1-12 month range and 10 basis points across the 2-5 year area versus last month:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

IWC Investment Report - August 2022

2.

IWC Economic & Investment Portfolio Commentary - August 2022

  


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Council Meeting

25 October 2022

 

Item No:         C1022(1) Item 19

Subject:         2021/22 Annual Disclosures of Interest and New Designated Persons Disclosure of Interest           

Prepared By:      Beau-Jane De Costa - Senior Manager Governance and Risk 

Authorised By:  Kelly Loveridge - Director Corporate

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council note:

 

1.   The Annual Disclosures of Interest Returns for Councillors and Designated Persons for the return period 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022; and

 

2.   The Disclosures of Interest of new Designated Persons.

 

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

Council’s Code of Conduct requires Councillors and Designated Persons who are in positions identified by the General Manager as at 30 June 2021 to disclose any pecuniary interests in an annual return within three months of 30 June each year. These returns must be tabled at the first meeting of Council following the last day of lodgment, which was 30 September.

 

Additionally, two new designated persons commenced after 1 July 2022 and have also been included in this report.

In addition to being publicly available on request, these returns will be published on Council’s website as soon as practicable. A general redaction of all private details such as addresses have been applied to all forms.

 

Position

Incumbent

Date Received

Deputy Mayor

Philippa Scott

13 July 2022

Councillor

Mathew Howard

13 July 2022

Councillor

Liz Atkins

14 July 2022

Councillor

Timothy Stephen

26 July 2022

Councillor

Pauline Lockie

17 August 2022

Councillor

Jessica D’Arienzo

23 August 2022

Councillor

Justine Langford

28 August 2022

Councillor

John Stamolis

29 August 2022

Councillor

Zoi Tsardoulias

30 August 2022

Councillor

Chloe Smith

30 August 2022

Councillor

Kobi Shetty

31 August 2022

Councillor

Mark Drury

31 August 2022

Councillor

Marghanita Da Cruz

19 September 2022

Councillor

Dylan Griffiths

19 September 2022

Mayor

Darcy Byrne

30 September 2022

Senior Staff

 

 

General Manager

Peter Gainsford

30 September 2022

Director Community

Ruth Callaghan

14 July 2022

Acting Director Corporate

Beau-Jane De Costa

18 July 2022

Acting Director Planning

Graeme Palmer

19 July 2022

Director Infrastructure

Cathy Edward-Davis

19 July 2022

Director Planning

Simone Plumber

15 August 2022

Director Corporate

Peter Livanes

29 August 2022

General Counsel

Matthew Pearce

30August 2022

Acting Director Infrastructure

Manod Wickramasinghe

30 August 2022

Chief Financial Officer

Daryl Jackson

05 September 2022

 

New Starters after 1 July 2022 (First Returns 2022-2023)

Position

Incumbent

Date Received

Director Corporate

Kelly Loveridge

19 August 2022

Director Infrastructure

Ryann Midei

5 October 2022

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

There are no financial implications for the tabling of disclosures of interest.

 

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

1. Disclosures by councillors and designated persons form - Deputy Mayor Philippa Scott - 2021-22

2.

2. Disclosures by councillors and designated persons form - Councillor Mat Howard - 2021-22

3.

3. Disclosures by councillors and designated persons form - Councillor Liz Atkins - 2021-22

4.

4. Disclosures by councillors and designated persons form - Councillor Timothy Stephens - 2021-22

5.

5. Disclosures by councillors and designated persons form - Councillor Pauline Lockie - 2021-22

6.

6. Disclosures by councillors and designated persons form - Councillor Jessica D'Arienzo - 2021-22

7.

7. Disclosures by councillors and designated persons form - Councillor Justine Langford - 2021-22

8.

8. Disclosures by councillors and designated persons form - Councillor John Stamolis - 2021-22

9.

9. Disclosures by councillors and designated persons form -  Councillor Zoi Tsardoulias - 2021-22

10.

10. Disclosures by councillors and designated persons form - Councillor Chloe Smith - 2021-22

11.

11. Disclosures by councillors and designated persons form - Councillor Kobi Shetty - 2021-22

12.

12. Disclosures by councillors and designated persons form - Councillor Mark Drury - 2021-22

13.

13. Disclosures by councillors and designated persons form - Councillor Marghanita Da Cruz - 2021-22

14.

14. Disclosures by councillors and designated persons form -  Councillor Dylan Griffiths - 2021-22

15.

15. Disclosures by councillors and designated perssons form - Mayor Darcy Byrne - 2021-22

16.

16. Disclosures by councillors and designated perssons form - Peter Gainsford - 2021-22

17.

17. Disclosures by councillors and designated persons form - Ruth Callaghan - 2021-22

18.

18. Disclosures by councillors and designated persons form - Beau-Jane De Costa - 2021-22

19.

19. Disclosures by councillors and designated persons form - Graeme Palmer - 2021-22

20.

20. Disclosures by councillors and designated persons form - Cathy Edwards-Davis - 2021-22

21.

21. Disclosures by councillors and designated persons form - Simone Plummer - 2021-22

22.

22. Disclosures by councillors and designated persons form - Peter Livanes - 2021-22

23.

23. Disclosures by  councillors and designated perssons form - Matthew Pearce - 2021-22

24.

24. Disclosures by councillors and designated persons form - Manod Wickramasinghe - 2021-22

25.

25. Disclosures by councillors and designated persons form - Daryl Jackson - 2021-22

26.

26. Disclosures by councillors and designated persons form - Kelly Loveridge - 2022-2023

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27. Disclosures by councillors and designated persons form - Ryann Midei - 2022-2023

  


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25 October 2022

 

Item No:         C1022(1) Item 20

Subject:         Notice of Motion: Boat and Trailer Parking in the Inner West            

From:             Councillor Kobi Shetty   

 

 

Motion:

 

That Council undertake a report detailing the options to limit or reduce the number of boats and trailers parked on council owned or managed roads and land in the Inner West Local Government Area.

 

 

 

 

Officer’s Comments:

 

No further comments were required for this Notice of Motion.

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.


Council Meeting

25 October 2022

 

Item No:         C1022(1) Item 21

Subject:         Notice of Motion: Selecting Locations for Mobile Phone Base Stations           

From:             Councillor John Stamolis  

 

 

Motion:

 

That:

 

1.   Request data on the number of mobile phone base stations in the Inner West by suburb, including disaggregation by size of these installations; and

 

2.   Request information on standards for the selection of locations for mobile phone base stations, in particular, those standards which minimise exposure and risk to persons. 

 

 

 

Background

 

Installation of a mobile phone base station close to a bus stop has recently raised concerns about exposure to persons from radiation.  Questions have been asked about what standards apply when selecting locations so that any exposure to persons will be eliminated or minimised.  

 

 

 

Officer’s Comments:

 

No further comments were required for this Notice of Motion.

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.


Council Meeting

25 October 2022

 

Item No:         C1022(1) Item 22

Subject:         Notice of Motion: Risk of Not Demerging Council           

From:             Councillors John Stamolis and Justine Langford  

 

 

Motion:

 

That Council:

 

1.   Include in its business case those risks that the Inner West community will face should Inner West Council remain merged;

 

2.   Detail the potential risk of increases in Council rates on residences and businesses (as has been the experience of many merged councils to date) should the merger continue;

 

3.   Include in Council’s submission that the merger has resulted in significant increases in rates for around 30,000 flats/units across the Inner West; and note the burden on the Ashfield community which has the highest proportion of flats/units;

 

4.   Note that it is rare for any level of Australian government to conduct studies and analyses in an attempt to refute the voice of the Australian people AFTER a poll has been conducted;

 

5.   Note that the demerger poll was highly successful in the context of polls conducted by Australian Governments (where polls normally fail);

 

6.   Note that NSW Government abandoned its merger policy within 10 months of introducing it and has not raised it at any time since;

 

7.   Note that NSW has agreed to pay the costs of a demerger; and

 

8.   Note that the vast majority of NSW Councils were not merged under the 2016 merger policy.

 

 

 

Background

 

Council’s demerger submission covers the risks of a demerger of Inner West Council but DOES NOT address the risks of staying as a merged Council.

 

In any poll or election, voters must assess risk. Often, cases are put to voters FOR and AGAINST a proposal in a poll. Lengthy debates and media coverage are common. All of this is done PRIOR to any poll so that voters have a broad range of information to inform their decisions. Voters then make their decisions about the risks associated with different policy agendas, leadership, economic and social consequences, service levels and their own lived experience. 

 

Assessing risk is critical to any choice made by voters and that is precisely what voters did when they voted resoundingly to demerge. 

 

At the time of the demerger poll, voters had 5.5 years of lived experience with the merger and clearly decided that the merger should no longer continue by a resounding vote of 63% vs 37%. This is one of the strongest outcomes of a poll ever recorded. In fact, the majority of polls or referendums in Australia fail. 

 

We know that a significant proportion of merged Councils have requested massive increases in rates on their residents and on their business communities. This huge risk was never put to communities when mergers were being proposed. In fact, the opposite was suggested with communities expecting a range of savings and possibly even some reduced costs and expenses. If Inner West Council intends to pursue an increase in rates should it stay merged, it must be up front with the community.

 

A smaller increase in Council rates, say 15% (much less than what other Councils have requested) would be a huge financial impost on families and businesses in the Inner West of around $400 million over 20 years. Note that Morrison Low has calculated that a demerger would cost less than half that amount. 

 

NSW Government abandoned its merger policy within 10 months of implementing it. The vast majority of Councils in NSW were never merged. Only those Councils which offered up a merger proposal were merged. These included the 3 Labor Councils of the Inner West, the 2 Labor Councils of Canterbury-Bankstown.

 

 

 

Officer’s Comments:

 

No further comments were required for this Notice of Motion.

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.


Council Meeting

25 October 2022

 

Item No:         C1022(1) Item 23

Subject:         Notice of Motion: Norton Street Study           

From:             Councillor John Stamolis   

 

 

Motion:

 

That Council initiate a study into Norton Street with the aim of identifying factors which will improve the business environment, night life and public amenity of the street.  

 

 

Background

 

Recent media coverage has highlighted that Norton Street is in need of attention from Inner West Council.  

 

This notice of motion responds to considerable concern that Norton Street is not what it once was but has tremendous potential to become a destination of the future.  

 

The study should be broad-based and it should identify real opportunities to lift and support the shopping strip.  

 

The study of Norton Street could assist with developing broader policies aimed at improving shopping strips across the Inner West.  

 

 

 

Officer’s Comments:

 

Comment from Director Planning:

A report is in preparation for Council’s review regarding public domain master planning for a number of main streets across the Inner West.  It will specifically address Norton St Leichhardt and public amenity and place making opportunities.

 

Regarding business and night life, Council has committed to holding an Economic Summit early in 2023.  From this an Economic Strategy will be developed and the draft strategy brought to Council by the end of this financial year.   The Inner West Council Economic Development team has a strong working relationship with the relevant Chambers of Commerce, who will be consulted throughout.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.


Council Meeting

25 October 2022

 

Item No:         C1022(1) Item 24

Subject:         Notice of Motion: Pedestrian safety at Victoria Road and Darling Street, Rozelle            

From:             Councillor Kobi Shetty  

 

 

Motion:

 

That Council:

1.   Acknowledges that the intersection of Victoria Road and Darling Street in Rozelle is dangerous for pedestrians; 

2.   Notes that an audit of the intersection undertaken for Transport for NSW in September 2020 identified two issues deemed intolerable risks and two high risk issues that could result in serious injury or death to pedestrians, and that despite representations made by the local State MP, no action has been taken by Transport for NSW to improve pedestrian safety; 

3.   Notes that whilst vehicular traffic is forecast to decrease in late 2023 when Westconnex opens the tunnel bypass between Iron Cove Bridge and Rozelle interchange, there is an urgent need to improve safety for pedestrians now;

4.   Writes to Transport for NSW to request the following improvements: 

a)   Reiterates the need to investigate implementing a 40km/h School Zone between Wellington Street and Withcombe Street on Victoria Road;

b)   Investigates changing the light filtering pattern to remove competition between pedestrians and motorists turning left onto Victoria Road;

c)   Installs a Red Light Speed Safety Camera at the intersection of Victoria Road and Darling Street; and

d)   Investigates where bollards or barriers may be installed on corner kerbs of the intersection to protect pedestrians 

5.   Thanks the Victoria Road Parents & Residents Safety Working Group, Rozelle Public School P&C and the Member for Balmain for their advocacy on this issue. 

 

 

 

 

 

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