AGENDA R

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Council Meeting

                          

TUESDAY 5 MARCH 2024

 

6:30 PM

 


Council Meeting

5 March 2024

 

Live Streaming of Council Meeting

 

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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

5 March 2024

 

 

AGENDA

 

 

1          Acknowledgement of Country

 

2          Apologies and Request for Remote Attendance

 

3          Notice of Webcasting

 

4          Statement of Ethical Obligations

 

5          Disclosures of Interest (Part 4 (Pecuniary Interests) and Part 5 (non-pecuniary conflicts of interest) of Council’s Code of Conduct)

 

6          Moment of Quiet Contemplation

 

7          Confirmation of Minutes                                                                                       Page

Minutes of 13 February 2024 Ordinary Council                        7

Minutes of 20 February 2024 Extraordinary Council            136

 

8          Public Forum – Hearing from All Registered Speakers

 

Note: items not considered and deferred from the 13 February 2024 ordinary Council meeting will not form part of the Public Forum session.

9          Condolence Motions

 

ITEM                                                                                 Page

 

C0324(1) Item 1  Condolence Motion: Father Nikolaos Bozikis                                                     139

 

10        Mayoral Minutes

 

Nil at the time of printing.

11        Reports for Council Decision

 

ITEM                                                                                 Page

 

C0324(1) Item 2       Update on the development of the Inner West Museum of Rugby League at Leichhardt Oval                                  141

C0324(1) Item 3       Local Traffic Committee Meeting - 11 December 2023                                       145

C0324(1) Item 4       National General Assembly of Local Government 2024                                   164

C0324(1) Item 5       Mort Bay Park-Tree Management and View Corridors                                         196

C0324(1) Item 6       InnerWest@40 Study - Post Public Exhibition                                                 203

C0324(1) Item 7       Local Traffic Committee Meeting - 19 February 2024                                         321

C0324(1) Item 8       Post Exhibition - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Procurement Strategy 338

C0324(1) Item 9       Update on Creative Use of Town Halls     347

C0324(1) Item 10     Household Rainwater Tanks              351

 

12        Reports for Noting

 

ITEM                                                                                 Page

 

C0324(1) Item 11     Inclusive Playgrounds Progress Update     355

C0324(1) Item 12     Council Streetscape Services Website Improvements                                         360

C0324(1) Item 13     Investment Report at 31 December 2023                                                        363

C0324(1) Item 14     Investment Report at 31 January 2024     403

C0324(1) Item 15     FOGO Monthly Report                       445

C0324(1) Item 16     FOGO Opt in weekly Red Bin Service 448

C0324(1) Item 17     Recycling of Soft Plastics and Polystyrene                                         449

C0324(1) Item 18     Update on Rozelle Interchange and Rozelle Parklands                                   457

C0324(1) Item 19     Update on Key Traffic Issues in the Marrickville-Midjuburi Ward                    463

C0324(1) Item 20     Progress Report - Proposed Pedestrian Bridge over Dobroyd Parade              467

C0324(1) Item 21     Electric Vehicle Public Charging Update     474

C0324(1) Item 22     Community Engagement Outcomes - All weather surface sporting field            477

C0324(1) Item 23     Living Streets Program 2023-24        545

C0324(1) Item 24     Direct Employment of people with a disability - bimonthly report                     547

C0324(1) Item 25     Tempe Streets and Laneways – Strategy to Improve Streetscape and Amenity                                               591

C0324(1) Item 26     Biennale - Local Businesses Meeting Outcomes and Promotional Plan       597

C0324(1) Item 27     Perfect Match: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Participation                     600

C0324(1) Item 28     Arts and Music Recovery Plan Bi-Monthly Update                                       603

C0324(1) Item 29     Reconciliation Action Plan Quarterly Update                                                     605

C0324(1) Item 30     Customer Service in Development Assessments - Bi-Monthly Report      607

C0324(1) Item 31     Mandatory Reporting of Reports Sent to Council by Fire and Rescue NSW     652

 

13        Notices of Motion

 

ITEM                                                                                 Page

 

C0324(1) Item 32     Notice of Motion: Review Inner West Aquatic Centre Fees                               665

C0324(1) Item 33     Notice of Motion: Review Domestic Waste Charge                                         669

C0324(1) Item 34     Notice of Motion: Queer Rights Street Rally 18 February 2024                           670

C0324(1) Item 35     Notice of Motion: 26 January             672

C0324(1) Item 36     Notice of Motion: Inner West Schools Active Travel                                           673

C0324(1) Item 37     Notice of Motion: Drag Story Time     674

C0324(1) Item 38     Notice of Motion: Waste Education (Motion for National General Assembly) 675

C0324(1) Item 39     Notice of Motion: Invite the Australian Palestinian Advocacy Network to address the Australian Local Government Association National General Assembly                              677

C0324(1) Item 40     Notice of Motion: Trans Day of Visibility Rally - 31 March 2024                             678

C0324(1) Item 41     Notice of Motion: Early Childhood Education and Care Workers                  679

C0324(1) Item 42     Notice of Motion: Extending the swimming season at Fanny Durack Aquatic Centre                                    681

C0324(1) Item 43     Notice of Motion: Asbestos - Construction Waste and the Circular (Motion for National General Assembly) 685

C0324(1) Item 44     Notice of Motion: Newtown Street Party     687

C0324(1) Item 45     Notice of Motion: Mardi Gras Fair Day     688

C0324(1) Item 46     Notice of Motion: Bird protection at Marrickville Metro                                    689

 

14        Questions From Councillors

 

ITEM                                                                                 Page

 

C0324(1) Item 47     Question on Notice: Staff distribution 690

C0324(1) Item 48     Question on Notice: EV charging       692

C0324(1) Item 49     Question on Notice: Security Bonds, Deposits and Retentions                         693

C0324(1) Item 50     Question on Notice: Rozelle Parklands $20 million                                               694

 

15        Reports with Confidential Information

 

Reports appearing in this section of the Business Paper contain confidential information in attachments.

 

The confidential information has been circulated separately.

 

ITEM                                                                                 Page

 

C0324(1) Item 51     Quarterly Strategic Investment Property Report – January 2024                           698

C0324(1) Item 52     TfNSW Litigation - Camdenville Park 699

 


Council Meeting

5 March 2024

 

Minutes of Ordinary Council Meeting held on 13 February 2024 at
Ashfield Service Centre

 

Meeting commenced at 6.45pm

 

Present:

Darcy Byrne

Chloe Smith

Liz Atkins

Marghanita Da Cruz

Jessica D’Arienzo

Mark Drury

Dylan Griffiths

Mathew Howard

Justine Langford

Pauline Lockie

Philippa Scott

Kobi Shetty

John Stamolis

Timothy Stephens

Zoi Tsardoulias
Peter Gainsford

Simone Plummer

Mayor

Deputy Mayor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

General Manager

Director Planning

Ryann Midei

Director Infrastructure

Ruth Callaghan

Kelly Loveridge

Beau-Jane De Costa

Matthew Pearce

Chris Sleiman

Daniel East

Manod Wickramasinghe

Scott Mullen

Director Community

Director Corporate

Senior Manager Governance and Risk

General Counsel

Acting Chief Financial Officer

Acting Senior Manager Strategic Planning

Traffic and Transport Planning Manager

Strategic Investments and Property Manager

Katherine Paixao

Darcie Huisman

Business Paper Coordinator

Business Paper Officer

 

APOLOGIES AND REQUEST FOR REMOTE PARTICIPATION:    

 

Nil.

 

DISCLOSURES OF INTERESTS:   

 

The Mayor, Councillor Byrne declared and tabled a pecuniary interest in Item 2 - State Government Housing Reforms - Implications for the Inner West and Draft Submission due to his and his associates primary residences being within the areas proposed for reform, however, due to the significant portion of the LGA that is potentially going to be impacted by the proposed reforms he has prior to the meeting submitted a Special Disclosure form, in accordance with the Code of Conduct, this provides an exemption for Councillors in this instance and as such he will remain and vote on the matter in accordance with the Code of Conduct.

 

Councillor Da Cruz declared a significant, pecuniary interest in Item 2 - State Government Housing Reforms - Implications for the Inner West and Draft Submission as her primary residence and her relatives’ non-primary residence are affected by the proposed reforms. She will leave the meeting during discussion and voting on the matter.

 

Councillor Atkins declared and tabled a pecuniary interest in Item 2 - State Government Housing Reforms - Implications for the Inner West and Draft Submission due to their primary residence being within the areas proposed for reform, however, due to the significant portion of the LGA that is potentially going to be impacted by the proposed reforms they have prior to the meeting submitted a Special Disclosure form, in accordance with the Code of Conduct, this provides an exemption for Councillors in this instance and as such they will remain and vote on the matter in accordance with the Code of Conduct.

 

Councillor Langford declared and tabled a pecuniary interest in Item 2 - State Government Housing Reforms - Implications for the Inner West and Draft Submission due to her primary residence being within the areas proposed for reform, however, due to the significant portion of the LGA that is potentially going to be impacted by the proposed reforms she has prior to the meeting submitted a Special Disclosure form, in accordance with the Code of Conduct, this provides an exemption for Councillors in this instance and as such she will remain and vote on the matter in accordance with the Code of Conduct.

 

Councillor Griffiths declared and tabled a pecuniary interest in Item 2 - State Government Housing Reforms - Implications for the Inner West and Draft Submission due to his primary residence being within the areas proposed for reform, however, due to the significant portion of the LGA that is potentially going to be impacted by the proposed reforms he has prior to the meeting submitted a Special Disclosure form, in accordance with the Code of Conduct, this provides an exemption for Councillors in this instance and as such he will remain and vote on the matter in accordance with the Code of Conduct.

 

Councillor Shetty declared and tabled a pecuniary interest in Item 2 - State Government Housing Reforms - Implications for the Inner West and Draft Submission due to her primary residence being within the areas proposed for reform, however, due to the significant portion of the LGA that is potentially going to be impacted by the proposed reforms she prior to the meeting submitted a Special Disclosure form, in accordance with the Code of Conduct, this provides an exemption for Councillors in this instance and as such she will remain and vote on the matter in accordance with the Code of Conduct.

 

Councillor Shetty declared a non-significant, non-pecuniary interest in Item 14 - Minutes of Local Traffic Committee Meeting – 11 December 2023 as she is the State Member for Balmain and has a representative on the Local Traffic Committee. She will remain in the meeting during discussion and voting as the vote of the State Member is exercised through a representative.

 

Councillor Lockie declared and tabled a pecuniary interest in Item 2 - State Government Housing Reforms - Implications for the Inner West and Draft Submission due to her and an associated company or body’s primary residence being within the areas proposed for reform, however, due to the significant portion of the LGA that is potentially going to be impacted by the proposed forms she has prior to the meeting submitted a Special Disclosure form, in accordance with the Code of Conduct, this provides an exemption for Councillors in this instance and as such she will remain and vote on the matter in accordance with the Code of Conduct.

 

Councillor Drury declared and tabled a pecuniary interest in Item 2 - State Government Housing Reforms - Implications for the Inner West and Draft Submission due to his primary residence being within the areas proposed for reform, however, due to the significant portion of the LGA that is potentially going to be impacted by the proposed forms he has prior to the meeting submitted a Special Disclosure form, in accordance with the Code of Conduct, this provides an exemption for Councillors in this instance and as such he will remain and vote on the matter in accordance with the Code of Conduct.

 

Councillor Tsardoulias declared and tabled a pecuniary interest in Item 2 - State Government Housing Reforms - Implications for the Inner West and Draft Submission due to her and her associates primary residences being within the areas proposed for reform, however, due to the significant portion of the LGA that is potentially going to be impacted by the proposed forms she has prior to the meeting submitted a Special Disclosure form, in accordance with the Code of Conduct, this provides an exemption for Councillors in this instance and as such she will remain and vote on the matter in accordance with the Code of Conduct.

 

The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Smith declared and tabled a pecuniary interest in Item 2 - State Government Housing Reforms - Implications for the Inner West and Draft Submission due to her and her associates primary residences being within the areas proposed for reform, however, due to the significant portion of the LGA that is potentially going to be impacted by the proposed forms she has prior to the meeting submitted a Special Disclosure form, in accordance with the Code of Conduct, this provides an exemption for Councillors in this instance and as such she will remain and vote on the matter in accordance with the Code of Conduct.

 

Councillor Stephens declared a significant, pecuniary interest in Item 2 - State Government Housing Reforms - Implications for the Inner West and Draft Submission as he and his wife are joint owners of a property that is not their primary residence that may be affected by the reforms. He will leave the meeting during discussion and voting on the matter. Councillor Stephens also submitted prior to the meeting and tabled at the Council Meeting a Special Disclosure form in relation to pecuniary interest in Item 2 - State Government Housing Reforms - Implications for the Inner West and Draft Submission due to his and his associates’ primary residences being within the areas proposed for reform.

 

Councillor Howard declared a significant, non-pecuniary interest in Item 2 - State Government Housing Reforms - Implications for the Inner West and Draft Submission as an associate owns a property that is not a principal residence in an area that may be impacted by the proposed planning reforms, but out of an abundance of caution he will leave the meeting during discussion and voting on the matter. Councillor Howard also submitted prior to the meeting and tabled at the Council Meeting a Special Disclosure form in relation to pecuniary interest in Item 2 - State Government Housing Reforms - Implications for the Inner West and Draft Submission due to his and his associates’ primary residences being within the areas proposed for reform.

 

Councillor Howard declared a non-significant, non-pecuniary interest in Item 3 Parramatta Road Corridor Stage 1 Proposal (PRCUTS) - Preliminary Engagement Outcomes as he works in the Office of the Minister for Transport and given this is a planning matter and out of an abundance of caution, he will leave the meeting during discussion and voting on the matter.

 

Councillor Howard declared a non-significant, non-pecuniary interest in Item 14 - Minutes of Local Traffic Committee Meeting – 11 December 2023 as he works in the Ministerial Office of the Minister for Transport, who in her capacity as the Member for Summer Hill 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.

 

Councillor Howard declared a non-significant, non-pecuniary interest in Item 29 - Notice of Motion: Inner West Schools Active Travel as he works in the Office of the Minister for Transport which may have oversight of the grant program referenced in the Motion and out of an abundance of caution, he will leave the meeting during discussion and voting on the matter.

 

Councillor Scott declared and tabled pecuniary interest in Item 2 - State Government Housing Reforms - Implications for the Inner West and Draft Submission due to her and her associates primary residences being within the areas proposed for reform, however, due to the significant portion of the LGA that is potentially going to be impacted by the proposed reforms she has prior to the meeting submitted a Special Disclosure form, in accordance with the Code of Conduct, this provides an exemption for Councillors in this instance and as such she will remain and vote on the matter in accordance with the Code of Conduct.

 

Councillor D’Arienzo declared and tabled a pecuniary interest in Item 2 - State Government Housing Reforms - Implications for the Inner West and Draft Submission due to her and her associates primary residences being within the areas proposed for reform, however, due to the significant portion of the LGA that is potentially going to be impacted by the proposed reforms she has prior to the meeting submitted a Special Disclosure form, in accordance with the Code of Conduct, this provides an exemption for Councillors in this instance and as such she will remain and vote on the matter in accordance with the Code of Conduct.

 

The General Manager declared a significant, pecuniary interest in Item 2 - State Government Housing Reforms - Implications for the Inner West and Draft Submission due to an associate’s primary residence being within the areas proposed for reforms. He will leave the meeting during discussion and voting on the matter.

 

The Director Corporate declared a significant, pecuniary interest in Item 2 - State Government Housing Reforms - Implications for the Inner West and Draft Submission due to her usual primary residence being within the areas proposed for reforms. She will leave the meeting during discussion and voting on the matter.

 

***All special disclosures tabled at the meeting are available at the end of these minutes.***

 

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES

 

Motion: (Lockie/Stephens)

 

That the minutes of the Council held on 5 December 2023 be confirmed as a correct record subject to the following correction:

 

C1223(1) Item 24, Notice of Motion: Multicultural Advisory Committee, be amended to note that Clr Lockie moved a procedural motion to withdraw Item 24 which was seconded by Mayor Byrne and carried

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:           Nil

 

PUBLIC FORUM

 

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

 

Councillor Da Cruz left the Meeting at 7:08pm during Public Forum for item 2 as she declared a significant, pecuniary interest as her primary residence and her relatives’ non-primary residence are affected by the proposed reforms.

 

Councillor Howard left the Meeting at 7:08pm during Public Forum for item 2 as he declared a significant, non-pecuniary interest as an associate owns a property that is not a principal residence in an area that may be impacted by the proposed planning reforms.

 

Councillor Stephens left the Meeting at 7:08pm during Public Forum for item 2 as he declared a significant, pecuniary interest as he and his wife are joint owners of a property that is not their primary residence that may be affected by the reforms.

 

The General Manager left the Meeting at 7:08pm during Public Forum for item 2 as he declared a significant, pecuniary interest due to an associate’s primary residence being within the areas proposed for reforms.

 

The Director Corporate left the Meeting at 7:08pm during Public Forum for item 2 as she declared a significant, pecuniary interest due to her usual primary residence being within the areas proposed for reforms.

 

Councillor Da Cruz returned to the Meeting at 7:43pm

 

Councillor Stephens returned to the Meeting at 7:43pm

 

The Director Corporate returned to the Meeting at 7:45pm

 

The General Manager returned to the Meeting at 7:52pm

 

Councillor Howard returned to the Meeting at 7:53pm

 

Procedural Motion (Byrne/Griffiths)

 

That the meeting be adjourned for 10 minutes.

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:           Nil

 

The meeting was adjourned at 8:48pm

 

The meeting recommenced at 8:59pm

 

C0224(1) Item 43       Mayoral Minute: Stopping the Spread of Tobacconist and Vape           
         Stores

Motion: (Byrne)

 

1.     That Council seek a change of regulations to mandate that tobacconist and vape stores require approval through a development application to open in the Inner West local government area.

 

2.     That Council propose to the NSW Government that there be a limit and a reduction in the number of tobacconist and vape stores authorised to operate in NSW as well as a cap on the number of these businesses in the Inner West.

 

3.     That Council review and identify the number of tobacconist and vape stores currently located nearby to schools in the Inner West with a view to restricting and reducing the number of these businesses nearby to primary and secondary schools.

 

4.     That Council write to the NSW Government seeking their cooperation in enacting these changes and receive a report to the April Ordinary Council meeting identifying all local and state regulatory and planning powers that can be made use of to achieve the objectives stated above.

 

5.     That Council advocate to the NSW government to review advertising regulations on vapes including controls on signage and plain packaging.

 

6.     That Council call on the NSW government to undertake a health promotion campaign outlining the health effects of vaping, information about the production and content of vapes.

 

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 the meeting be adjourned for 2 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 9:23pm

 

The meeting recommenced at 9:26pm

 

C0224(1) Item 44       Mayoral Minute: All-weather Sporting Field

Motion: (Byrne)

 

1.     That Council note the high volume of submissions received from the community regarding the proposal for an all-weather sporting field to be installed in a park nearby to Rozelle Parklands.

 

2.     That Council note the advocacy and submissions from Balmain District Football Club and Leichhardt Saints Football Club that they are facing severe capacity constraints and are in danger of having to turn away large numbers of players, due to a shortage of playing space.

 

3.     That Council note the huge increase in usage of Lambert Park since the installation of an all-weather surface and expansion of participation in sport this has allowed, particularly for girls.

 

4.     That Council commit to delivering a new all-weather surface for the benefit of local sporting clubs, at one of the four locations previously resolved, using the funding provided by the NSW Government as compensation for the removal of such a facility from the final adopted plans for Rozelle Parklands.

 

5.     That Council receive a report to the March Ordinary meeting on the outcomes of the consultation regarding the proposed all-weather surface as well as a summary of the available technologies for providing a hybrid surface, with councillors to be briefed on that report ahead of the meeting.

 

Motion Carried

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

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

 

Amendment (Atkins/Da Cruz)

 

That paragraph 5 be amended to read as follows:


That Council receive a report to the March Ordinary meeting on the outcomes of the consultation regarding the proposed all-weather surface as well as a summary of the available technologies for providing a hybrid surface and a report on the environmental impacts of an all-weather surface versus natural turf.

 

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 (Atkins/Da Cruz)

 

That paragraph 4 be deleted.

 

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

 

C0224(1) Item 45       Mayoral Minute: Biennale

Motion: (Byrne)

 

1.     That Council urgently convene a meeting of local hospitality businesses and the Balmain-Rozelle Chamber of Commerce and invite Balmain ward councillors to discuss a joint promotional strategy and offerings to attract patrons attending the Biennale to local businesses.

 

2.     That Council explore options for providing a free shuttle bus service between the Power Station and Darling St throughout the Biennale program.

 

3.     That Council receive a report to the March Council meeting about the outcomes of the meeting with hospitality businesses and detailing a promotional plan to be supported by Council.

 

4.     That Council install signage at prominent locations throughout the local community promoting the Biennale and Council’s EDGE activations that are part of the 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

 

C0224(1) Item 46       Mayoral Minute: APIA and Leichhardt Oval

Motion: (Byrne)

 

1.     That Council congratulates APIA Leichhardt on their successful admittance to the new B-League competition to commence in 2025.

 

2.     That Council waive fees for APIA Leichhardt for the use of Leichhardt Oval for Premier League games to be played there during the Lambert Park renovation.

 

3.     That Council enter into a hiring arrangement with APIA Leichhardt for Leichhardt Oval to be their home ground for the inaugural B-League season in 2025 with Council officers delegated to negotiate the agreement with the Club.

 

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

 

C0224(1) Item 47       Mayoral Minute: Rozelle Interchange and Rozelle Parklands

Motion: (Byrne)

 

1.   That Council restate its demands for:

 

a)   Transport for NSW and Transurban to immediately commence daily publication of traffic data and travel times at the Rozelle Interchange and adjoining roads;

b)   clear large-scale signage directing commuters coming off the Iron Cove Bridge to the free tunnel connecting to the Anzac Bridge; and

c)   funding that was left out of the budget by the previous government for public domain and safety improvements to be made available.

 

2.   That Council write to Transport for NSW, John Holland and CPB demanding that the remediation and reopening of Rozelle Parklands be expedited.

 

3.   That Council request a briefing from the Environmental Protection Authority about the investigation into asbestos contamination at Rozelle Parklands and nearby areas, including advice about how the remediation will be certified and what action will be taken against any parties found to be culpable for the contamination.

 

4.   That Council receive a report to the March Ordinary Meeting about the status of the above matters.

 

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/Atkins)

 

That Council Suspend Standing Orders to bring forward the following items to be dealt with at this time:

 

  1. Item 5 Mackey Park
  2. Item 6 Public Exhibition - Community Gardens Policy
  3. Item 7 Public Exhibition - Land and Property Policy
  4. Item 9 Post Exhibition - Code of Meeting Practice
  5. Item 12 Women's World Cup - Wall of Support Artwork
  6. Item 18 Local Democracy Group Progress Report
  7. Item 20 Investment Report at 30 November 2023
  8. Item 22 Councillor Expenses for 1 July 2023 to 31 December 2023
  9. Item 23 Designated Person Disclosure (Pecuniary Interest) Returns
  10. Item 30 Notice of Motion: A Great Inner West Walk
  11. Item 31 Notice of Motion: Parking in Industrial and Residential Zones
  12. Item 32 Notice of Motion: Update on Key Traffic Issues in Marrickville-
                 Midjuburi Ward
  13. Item 33 Notice of Motion: Thank You Father Phillip Zadro
  14. Item 38 Major Capital Projects Committee and Project Summary Report
  15. Item 39 Community Batteries
  16. Item 40 King George Park Inclusive Playground Construction Tender
  17. Item 41 Sale of part of Yeend Street, Birchgrove

 

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/Atkins)

 

That the following items be moved in globo and the recommendations contained within the report be adopted:

 

  1. Item 5 Mackey Park
  2. Item 6 Public Exhibition - Community Gardens Policy
  3. Item 7 Public Exhibition - Land and Property Policy
  4. Item 9 Post Exhibition - Code of Meeting Practice
  5. Item 12 Women’s World Cup
  6. Item 18 Local Democracy Group Progress Report
  7. Item 20 Investment Report at 30 November 2023
  8. Item 22 Councillor Expenses for 1 July 2023 to 31 December 2023
  9. Item 23 Designated Person Disclosure (Pecuniary Interest) Returns
  10. Item 30 Notice of Motion: A Great Inner West Walk
  11. Item 31 Notice of Motion: Parking in Industrial and Residential Zones
  12. Item 32 Notice of Motion: Update on Key Traffic Issues in Marrickville-
                 Midjuburi Ward
  13. Item 33 Notice of Motion: Thank You Father Phillip Zadro
  14. Item 38 Major Capital Projects Committee and Project Summary Report
  15. Item 39 Community Batteries
  16. Item 40 King George Park Inclusive Playground Construction Tender
  17. Item 41 Sale of part of Yeend Street, Birchgrove

 

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

 

C0224(1) Item 5              Mackey Park Plan of Management and Masterplan - Key
            Priority Actions

Motion: (Scott/Atkins)

 

That Council endorse the priority action plan as highlighted in Table 1.0 for future key deliverables in the adopted Plan of Management for Mackey 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

 

C0224(1) Item 6              Public Exhibition - Community Gardens Policy

Motion: (Scott/Atkins)

 

1.   That Council publicly exhibit the draft Community Gardens Policy for a period of 28 days and seek community feedback on the proposed Policy.

 

2.   That following the conclusion of the exhibition period, the draft Community Gardens Policy be brought back to Council for consideration 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

 

C0224(1) Item 7            Public Exhibition - Land and Property Policy

Motion: (Scott/Atkins)

 

1.   That Council publicly exhibit the draft Land and Property Policy for a period of 28 days and seek community feedback on the proposed Policy.

 

2.   That following the conclusion of the exhibition period, the draft Land and Property Policy be brought back to Council for consideration 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

 

C0224(1) Item 9           Post Exhibition - Code of Meeting Practice

Motion: (Scott/Atkins)

 

1.   That Council adopt the Code of Meeting Practice.

 

2.   The Council update the Policy Register and publish, as applicable, internally, and externally the adopted Code of Meeting Practice.

 

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

 

C0224(1) Item 12       Women's World Cup - Wall of Support Artwork

Motion: (Scott/Atkins)

 

That Council approve the location for the Women’s World Cup wall of support artwork on the wall of a residential property on Unwin’s Bridge Road Tempe.

 

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

 

C0224(1) Item 18       Local Democracy Group Progress Report

Motion: (Scott/Atkins)

 

That Council receive and note the report.

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:           Nil

 

C0224(1) Item 20       Investment Report at 30 November 2023

Motion: (Scott/Atkins)

 

That Council receive and note the report.

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:           Nil

 

C0224(1) Item 22       Councillor Expenses for 1 July 2023 to 31 December 2023

Motion: (Scott/Atkins)

 

That Council receive and note the report.

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:           Nil

 

C0224(1) Item 23       Designated Person Disclosure (Pecuniary Interest) Returns

Motion: (Scott/Atkins)

 

That Council receive and note the report.

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:           Nil

 

C0224(1) Item 30       Notice of Motion: A Great Inner West Walk

Motion: (Scott/Atkins)

 

1.   That Council investigate the development of a Great Inner West Walk, linking up key Inner West landmarks, communities, infrastructure and parks.

 

2.   That Council request officers report back to Council in April 2024 on the feasibility of and opportunities to develop a Great Inner West Walk, including: 

 

a)   potential routes, including opportunities to work with adjacent councils and to link up with other existing and proposed walking infrastructure including the GreenWay, Bay Run, Tom Uren Trail and proposed Great Harbour Walk;

b)   benefits for the Inner West community and economy;

c)   opportunities to strengthen existing pedestrian and cycling links as part of a broader Great Walk project and to amplify existing Council programs including the Perfect Match program;

d)   interaction with the Inner West Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plan; and

e)   potential costs, funding sources and timeline for development.

 

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

 

C0224(1) Item 31       Notice of Motion: Parking in Industrial and Residential Zones

Motion: (Scott/Atkins)

 

1.   That Council note concerns from residents living in, or close to, industrial zones in the Inner West, about increasing parking pressures from local vehicular businesses including taxi and hire vehicle companies that park vehicles on residential streets.

 

2.   That Council request officers report back to Council in May 2024 with options to mitigate and manage these concerns, including through the development application process, the Good Neighbour Policy, the unattended vehicle policy, and through compliance and enforcement.

 

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

 

C0224(1) Item 32       Notice of Motion: Update on Key Traffic Issues in Marrickville-
         Midjuburi Ward

Motion: (Scott/Atkins)

 

That Council request officers provide an update via report at the March 2024 Council meeting on key traffic issues in the Marrickville-Midjuburi Ward raised in this term of Council via councillor motion, including: 

 

a)   The dangerous intersection of Marrickville Road and Buckley Street, Marrickville and the installation of further pedestrian protection measures;

b)   The intersection of Sydenham Road and Fitzroy Street, Marrickville, and the potential installation of traffic lights as requested by the Marrickville Bowling and Recreation Club; and

c)   Pedestrian and other measures on Edinburgh Road and the streets surrounding the Marrickville Metro Shopping Centre.

 

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

 

C0224(1) Item 33       Notice of Motion: Thank You Father Phillip Zadro

Motion: (Scott/Atkins)

 

That Council thank Fr. Phil Zadro for his years of service to St Joan of Arc Catholic Church, Haberfield, and the broader Haberfield community, and recognises his work for social justice and Indigenous reconciliation.

 

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

 

C0224(1) Item 38       Major Capital Projects Committee and Project Summary Report

Motion: (Scott/Atkins)

 

That Council receive and notes the minutes of the Major Capital Projects Committee meetings held on 27 November 2023.

 

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

 

C0224(1) Item 39       Community Batteries

Motion: (Scott/Atkins)

 

That Council receive and note the report.

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:           Nil

 

C0224(1) Item 40       King George Park Inclusive Playground Construction Tender

Motion: (Scott/Atkins)

 

That Council delegate authority to the General Manager to award the tender for the King George Park Inclusive Playground Construction Tender, and finalise its budget as part of the 2024/25 budget planning process.

 

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

 

C0224(1) Item 41       Sale of part of Yeend Street, Birchgrove

Motion: (Scott/Atkins)

 

1.   That Council approve closing the part of Yeend Street, Birchgrove noted in this report (subject to survey) by notice published in the NSW Government Gazette, in accordance with Section 38D of the Roads Act 1993.

 

2.   That Council authorise the placing of a Notice of partial road closure in the Government Gazette.

 

3.   That Council note the land formerly part of Yeend St will be classified as operational land for the purposes of the Local Government Act 1993.

 

4.   That Council authorise the sale of the land to the adjoining landholder, as detailed in the Confidential Attachment 1.

 

5.   That Council delegate Authority to the General Manager to sign all associated documents for the survey, road closure and sale of this land.

 

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

 

C0224(1) Item 1          Quarter two - Progress report on the Delivery Program 2022-26
        and Operational Plan 2023/24 and Quarterly Budget Review
        Statement

Motion: (Drury/Langford)

 

1.     That Council endorse the quarter two Progress Report on the Delivery Program 2022-26 and Operational Plan 2023/24.

 

2.     That Council adopt the quarter two Budget Review 2023/24.

 

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 (Langford/Da Cruz)

 

1.     That in tandem with the preparation of Council’s Biodiversity Strategy, Council officers prepare a report about threatened and unique species of flora and fauna in local parks and wild places across the Inner West. 

 

2.      That this report be tabled at the June 2024 Ordinary Council meeting, alongside the Biodiversity Strategy. 

 

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

 

Councillor Da Cruz left the Meeting at 9:54pm as she declared a significant, pecuniary interest in Item 2 as her primary residence and her relatives’ non-primary residence are affected by the proposed reforms.

 

Councillor Howard left the Meeting at 9:54pm as he declared a significant, non-pecuniary interest in Item 2, as an associate owns a property that is not a principal residence in an area that may be impacted by the proposed planning reforms.

 

Councillor Stephens left the Meeting at 9:54pm as he declared a significant, pecuniary interest in Item 2 as he and his wife are joint owners of a property that is not their primary residence that may be affected by the reforms.

 

The General Manager left the Meeting at 9:54pm as he declared a significant, pecuniary interest in Item 2 - State Government Housing Reforms - Implications for the Inner West and Draft Submission due to an associate’s primary residence being within the areas proposed for reforms.

 

The Director Corporate left the Meeting at 9:54pm as she declared a significant, pecuniary interest in Item 2 - State Government Housing Reforms - Implications for the Inner West and Draft Submission due to her usual primary residence being within the areas proposed for reforms.

 

C0224(1) Item 2  State Government Housing Reforms - Implications for the Inner West and Draft Submission

Motion: (Shetty/Lockie)

 

1.     That Council endorse the Inner West Council submission to the proposed NSW Government Housing Reforms: Transit Oriented Development Program and Diverse and Well-Located Housing.

 

2.     That Council forward the endorsed submission to the Department of Planning, Housing and Infrastructure for consideration.

 

3.     That due to the NSW government’s failure to undertake formal consultation with the community, council writes to every resident outlining Council’s concerns about the proposed housing reforms, convenes a series of public meetings to explain to residents the implications of these reforms, and encourages residents to make a submission.

 

4.     That Council writes to the Minister for Planning to call on the Department of Planning, Housing and Infrastructure (DPHI) to undertake a thorough community consultation process, including public meetings, community drop-in sessions and leaflets outlining the impact of the proposed changes.

 

 

Motion Tied

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

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

Absent:                         Crs Da Cruz, Howard and Stephens

 

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

 

Procedural Motion (Byrne/Scott)

 

That Council allow Clr D’Arienzo to speak for 2 additional minutes on Item 2.

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:           Nil

Absent:                         Crs Da Cruz, Howard and Stephens

 

Councillor Stamolis left the Meeting at 10:26pm

 

Foreshadowed Motion (Byrne/D’Arienzo)

 

1.     That Council makes the following submission to the state government, recognising the seriousness of the housing supply crisis and believes all elected representatives at all levels of government must take responsibility for addressing this.

 

2.     That Council agrees in principle that increased residential density around transport hubs is a vital element in increasing housing supply.

 

3.     That Council seeks to engage constructively with the Government on their proposed Transport Oriented Development (TOD) and Diverse and Well Located Housing (DWLH) rezoning reforms and seeks an urgent meeting with the Planning Minister to discuss this positive collaboration.

 

4.     That Council notes that these rezoning proposals were only issued for consultation in late December 2023 and that they should not be rushed through prior to dwelling targets having been provided or without proper negotiation between Council and the Government.

 

5.     That Council requests that the NSW Government works with us to ensure that excellent pattern book designs, that reflect the heritage and character of the inner west are made available as soon as possible in order that they can be incorporated into the TOD and DWLH.

 

6.     That Council seeks urgent clarification from the NSW Government and the Department of Planning, Housing and Infrastructure (DPHI) regarding the dwelling targets and how the TOD and DWLH will relate to existing heritage protections in the inner west.

 

7.     That Council proposes that the NSW Government consider additional housing reforms and supply opportunities within the Inner West beyond TOD and DWLH including:

 

a)    propose to the NSW Government that they consider establishing a state-controlled corporation to build homes and increase supply for the private sale and rental markets, as occurs successfully in many jurisdictions across the world;

b)    note the Victorian Government's $5.3 billion investment in building 12,000 new public housing dwellings and propose that the NSW Government make a comparable investment;

c)    finalise and share with Council the outcomes from the NSW and Commonwealth Crown land audits, and identify which of this land is suitable for housing and public housing;

d)    recommit our offer to the NSW Government to partner with the Council to provide support for public housing development on our council-owned land and seek to progress negotiations;

e)    expedite the finalisation of the Parramatta Road Corridor Stage 1 program transforming parts of Leichhardt, Taverners Hill and Kings Bay precincts by facilitating 1516 new dwellings;

f)      legislate the NSW Government’s rental reforms and resource the office of the Rental Commissioner to provide advice and assistance to tenants across NSW;

g)    include Inner West Council to have input into the Apartment Guide Design Standards, noting the success of our Architectural Excellence and Design Review Panel process; and

h)    request that the NSW Government amend the operation of the Inner West Planning Panel to create a pathway or mechanism for applicants, not just objectors, to have their development application referred to the Panel for determination.

 

8.     That Council writes to Inner West residents outlining Council’s approach to the state government planning reforms and encourages them to make a submission.

 

9.     That Council requests that the DPHI release Inner West-tailored information on the TOD, including map summaries of the changes.

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:           Crs Atkins, Langford, Lockie and Shetty

Absent:                         Cs Da Cruz, Howard, Stamolis and Stephens

 

Councillor Stamolis returned to the Meeting at 10:30pm

Councillor Da Cruz returned to the Meeting at 10:30pm

Councillor Stephens returned to the Meeting at 10:30pm

The Director Corporate returned to the Meeting 10:31pm

 

C0224(1) Item 3  Parramatta Road Corridor Stage 1 Proposal (PRCUTS) - Preliminary Engagement Outcomes

Motion: (Scott/Byrne)

 

  1. That Council note that the Roads Minister John Graham has confirmed that the Transport for NSW (TfNSW) submission on the Parramatta Road Planning Proposal for proposed road widenings has been withdrawn.

  2. That Council seek formal written confirmation from TfNSW that their submission on proposed road widenings is withdrawn.

  3. That Council note that the WestConnex approval conditions required dedicated public transport lanes, that were not delivered by the previous NSW Government.

  4. That Council continue to advocate for a dedicated rapid public transport lane that fits the existing width of Parramatta Road and does not rely on road widening, by writing to the Minister of Transport and include it in the Council’s submissions on the Parramatta Road Corridor Urban Transformation Strategy (PRCUTS).

  5. That Council seek support from the Ministers for Planning, Roads, and Minister for Transport for the delivery of TfNSW owned 2 Hay Street, Leichhardt as new open space in Leichhardt precinct in line with the PRCUTS.

  6. That Council seek an urgent meeting with the Secretary of the Department of Planning:

 

a)    on the above points 2 to 5;

b)    on delays associated with finalising this Planning Proposal given the need to resolve the State Agency submissions (TfNSW/ Dept Environment/ Sydney Water); and

c)    to clarify the interaction of the Diverse and Well-Located Housing proposal and PRCUTS.

  1. That without delay, following the resolution of issues outlined in items 2 5 6, any and all reports be brought back to Council for finalisation of PRCUTS at the next possible meeting.

 

  1. That in addition to West Leichhardt section of the Taverner’s Hill Precinct, Council gives priority to the rezoning for housing and/or mixed uses of the lots on Parramatta Road in the Taverners Hill precinct, noting: 

 

a)    that the Best & Less site at 657-673 Parramatta Road is available for immediate acquisition, is adjacent to the West Leichhardt precinct and is closer to the Light Rail stop;

b)    that the redevelopment for housing of such a site would be more immediate than the process of the amalgamating privately owned residential lots as proposed for West Leichhardt, which could take decades; and

c)    that the Best & Less site could be immediately acquired by the NSW government for a model development of urgently needed public and affordable housing.   

  

  1. That the acquisition of the Best & Less site for public and affordable housing would correct the almost complete absence of ‘affordable’ housing in the current Proposal – some 15 dwellings out of a projected 1516 new dwellings or just 1 percent.    

 

  1. That the Minister for Planning, the Premier and the Department of Planning, Housing and Infrastructure be informed of the Taverners Hill changes and the recommendation to the NSW government to acquire the Best & Less site for public and affordable housing.  

 

 

Motion Carried

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

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

Absent:                         Cr Howard

 

Procedural Motion (Shetty/Langford)

 

That Council allow Clr Shetty to speak for 2 additional minutes on the amendment in Item 3.

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:           Nil

Absent:                         Cr Howard

 

 

Amendment (Shetty/Da Cruz)

 

That Council defer the West Leichhardt section of the Taverners Hill precinct from the Proposal to allow for further investigation of the suitability of this section of the Parramatta Road Planning Proposal Stage 1. Submissions from several State Government agencies have highlighted numerous issues of concern that must be resolved prior to adoption, including key issues around flooding, biodiversity, water supply and traffic management. By removing this section from the proposal, it can avoid delaying the entire proposal while these issues are further investigated and addressed.  

 

Motion Lost

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

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

Absent:                         Cr Howard

Councillor Howard returned to the Meeting at 10:47pm

C0224(1) Item 4  Mort Bay Park - Tree Management and View Corridors

Motion: (Byrne/Drury)

 

That Council defers consideration of the Mort Bay park Plan of Management and delegate to the General Manager and Director of Infrastructure to meet with the interested local residents and bring a more detailed resolution to the March Ordinary Council meeting for consideration.

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:           Nil

The General Manager returned to the Meeting at 10:51pm

C0224(1) Item 8  Post Exhibition - Complaints Handling Policy

Motion: (Stephens/Scott)

 

1.     That Council adopt the Complaints Handling Policy.

 

2.     That Council update the Policy Register and publish, as applicable, internally, and externally the adopted Complaints Handling Policy.

 

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:           Cr Da Cruz

 

 

Amendment (Da Cruz/Atkins)

 

That a 6 monthly report be tabled on the Council agenda. The report to include:

a)    number of New Complaints/council service area;

b)    number of Unresolved Complaints/council service area; and

c)    number of Escalated Complaints/council service area.

 

Motion Lost

For Motion:                  Crs Atkins, Da Cruz and Langford

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

 

C0224(1) Item 10       Post Exhibition - Henson Park Lighting Trial

Motion: (Howard/Langford)

 

1.     That Council endorse the funding of lighting and inclusive/accessible pathway improvements along the Holmesdale Street Boundary of Henson park as part of future budget considerations for the 2024/2025 financial year.

 

2.     That Council investigate further options to light the pathway surrounding the oval to accommodate joggers and dog walkers utilising this pathway.

 

3.     That Council, until the installation of permanent lighting, continue to light the oval until 8pm in winter months not affected by daylight saving, funded by the quarterly budget review and future budgets as needed.

 

4.     That Council notifies adjacent residents and park users of Council’s determination on this matter and the future works which are planned within the parkland to address inclusive access and safe dog walking within Henson Park after dark.

 

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

 

C0224(1) Item 11       Introducing Dragon Boating into the Inner West and Iron Cove

Motion: (D’Arienzo/Da Cruz)

 

1.     That Council enters into a license agreement with the Different Strokes Dragon Boat Club and Sloths Dragon Boating to enable both clubs to formally establish a presence on Iron Cove, noting that both clubs have made a request to establish and store storage containers on road reserve opposite the Leichhardt Boat Ramp at the end of Canal Road (using Hawthorne Canal to enter Iron Cove).

 

2.     That Council advise both the Different Strokes and the Sloths Dragon boat clubs that they are required to consult NSW Rowing on an ongoing basis, to ensure that boating activities do not clash with future NSW Rowing regatta activities on Iron Cove.

 

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/Smith)

 

That Items 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 and 42 be deferred to the 5 March 2024 Ordinary Council meeting. 

 

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

 

Meeting closed at 11.00pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Public Speakers:

 

 

Item #

 

Speaker                     

Suburb

Item 43:

Mark Skelsey

Dulwich Hill

Item 44:

David Birds

Lilyfield

Item 2:

Hugh Loughrey

Brett Burton

Alex Lofts

Heather Davie

Ann Shumack

Corey Struve

Justin Simon

Colin Hesse

Andrew Leach

Benjamin Cullen

Haberfield

Haberfield

Summer Hill

Marrickville

Croydon

Rozelle

Summer Hill

Marrickville

Marrickville

Stanmore

Item 3:

Kyeema Doyle

Joy Camilleri

Leanne Elsworthy

Colin Cranson

Tamarama

Leichhardt

Leichhardt

Leichhardt

Item 4:

Susan Hamilton

Jacquie Stratford

Robert Clark

Shirley Ann Cameron

Michael Bentley

Rozelle

Birchgrove

Birchgrove

Birchgrove

Birchgrove

Item 11:

Nicole Bates

Ian Gearey

Sylvania Waters

Leichhardt

Item 14:

Amy McKeown

Ian William West

Neil Tonkin

Torika Taylor

Fiona Campbell

Rozelle

Ashfield

Lilyfield

Ashfield

Lewisham

Item 16:

Jennifer Aaron

Leichhardt

Item 27:

Quay-Quay Quade

Juneau Choo

Damien Nguyen

Zetland

Zetland

Ashfield

Item 29:

Nick Chapman

Haberfield

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unconfirmed Minutes of the Ordinary Council meeting held 13 February 2024.

 


Council Meeting

5 March 2024

 

 

Minutes of Extraordinary Council Meeting held on 20 February 2024 at
Ashfield Service Centre

 

Meeting commenced at 6:01pm

 

Present:

Darcy Byrne

Chloe Smith

Liz Atkins

Marghanita Da Cruz

Jessica D’Arienzo

Mark Drury

Dylan Griffiths

Mathew Howard

Justine Langford

Philippa Scott

John Stamolis

Timothy Stephens

Zoi Tsardoulias

Simone Plummer

Mayor

Deputy Mayor

Councillor (attended via audio-visual link)

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor (attended via audio-visual link)

Councillor

Councillor

Councillor (attended via audio-visual link)

Councillor (attended via audio-visual link)

Director Planning

Ryann Midei

Director Infrastructure

Ruth Callaghan

Kelly Loveridge

Beau-Jane De Costa

Matthew Pearce

Helen Bradley

Erin White

Director Community

Director Corporate

Senior Manager Governance and Risk

General Counsel

Resource Recovery Planning Manager

Acting Senior Manager Operations

George Georgakis

Darcie Huisman

Administration Manager

Business Paper Officer

 

APOLOGIES AND REQUEST FOR REMOTE PARTICIPATION:    

 

Motion: (Byrne/Smith)

 

That apologies from Councillors Lockie and Shetty be accepted.

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:           Nil

 

Motion: (Howard/Smith)

 

That Council accept Councillors Atkins, Langford and Tsardoulias’ request to attend tonight’s Council meeting via audio-visual link due to personal reasons and Councillor Stephens’ request to attend via audio-visual link due to work commitments.

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:           Nil

 

DISCLOSURES OF INTERESTS:   

 

Nil

 

C0224(2) Item 1  FOGO (Food Recycling) Update - February 2024

Motion: (Howard/Da Cruz)

 

That Council receive and note the report.

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:           Nil

 

C0224(2) Item 2  Notice of Motion: More Support for Food Recycling in the Inner West

Motion: (Byrne/Howard)

 

1.     That Council note that the new food recycling service has resulted in 5900 tonnes of organic material being converted to compost, instead of being dumped at landfill, which has resulted in a reduction of approximately 12,358 tonnes of carbon (Co2) emissions.

 

2.     That Council provide a new opt-in weekly red bin collection service for households that wish to access it. This service is to be provided on the following terms:

a)   households are able to register for the service once and then receive the collection on an ongoing basis;

b)   no fee is to be charged for the service for a period of 2 years with the necessity of the service to be reviewed in 2026; and

c)   commencement of the new service is to be as soon as possible.

 

3.     That Council authorise funding for the service to be drawn from Council’s waste reserve, with authority delegated to the General Manager to enter into any necessary contract with an external provider, to ensure expedited commencement of the service.

 

4.     That Council receive a report to the March 2024 Ordinary meeting on the commencement of the opt-in weekly red bin service and the outcome of any procurement process.

5.     That the 12-month implementation review of the FOGO service resolved by Council at its November 2023 meeting include an evaluation of the opt-in weekly bin service, including its level of uptake, its cost and any issues encountered.

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:           Cr Da Cruz

 

Amendment (Atkins/Da Cruz)

 

In Paragraph 2b:

a)    delete “2 years” and replace with “6 months”; and

b)    delete “2026” and replace with “August 2024”.

 

 

Motion Lost

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

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

 

Amendment (Atkins/Da Cruz)

 

Add an additional point to read as follows:

 

That Waste Busters direct outreach and education to those households which have opted in to the weekly red bin collection with a view to moving them back to fortnightly service as soon as possible.

 

Motion Lost

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

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

 

 

Meeting closed at  6:32pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unconfirmed minutes of Extraordinary Council meeting held on 20 February 2024.

 

 


Council Meeting

5 March 2024

 

Item No:              C0324(1) Item 1

Subject:              Condolence Motion: Father Nikolaos Bozikis           

From:                  Councillor Zoi Tsardoulias   

 

 

MOTION

 

1.   That Council record our sadness of the passing of Father Nikolaos Bozikis and write to the Bozikis family expressing our condolences.

 

2.   That Council plant a tree in his honour and a plaque, with words to be determined by the family at a location to be determined in consultation with the Bozikis family.

 

Background

 

Father Nikolaos was born in Zakynthos in 1944 and emigrated to Australia in 1964, settling in Sydney in 1970 at the invitation of the late Archbishop Ezekiel of Australia. It was in Sydney that he was ordained to the priesthood and dedicated over 50 years of his life to serving as a priest within the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia.

 

For 18 years, Father Nikolaos served at the Holy Cross Wollongong before returning to Sydney in 1988.

 

From 1989 to 1994 he was the parish priest at St Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church in Kingsford.

 

He also served at St Stephanos Greek Orthodox Church in Hurlstone Park until 2011 however due to various health challenges, he was asked to do a stint at St Nicholas, Marrickville for 6 weeks, that lasted for 6 ½ years!

 

Father Nikolaos also did voluntary work as a Police Chaplain in the NSW Police Service. He would visit the Greek Orthodox police officers at their respective stations and would provide spiritual and moral support due to the trauma and distress they would encounter on a daily basis.

 

In 2018, Father Nikolaos announced his retirement where his presence was a source of solace and inspiration to all who sought his guidance. Upon his retirement, Father Nikolaos embarked on a new chapter of service, traveling all over the Inner West, mainly in Marrickville and Hurlstone Park to conduct services, offer counsel, and spread the light of his faith.

 

In addition to his devoted service to his parish and community, his family was the cornerstone of his life, providing him with an unwavering love and support throughout his journey of faith and service.

 

He would frequent the family’s patisserie Honey & Walnut in Dulwich Hill regularly and was treated like a celebrity by all the customers. His presence and unique aura extended far beyond the confines of his parish walls.

 

Father Nikolaos will be dearly missed. My sincere condolences to the family and the Greek community. His memory will forever be etched in the hearts and minds of all who were fortunate enough to cross his path.

 

Vale Father Nikolaos, beloved husband of Presbytera Chrysoula, much loved father, grandfather, and great grandfather.

 

Officer’s Comments:

 

No further comments were required for this Condolence Motion.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.

 


Council Meeting

5 March 2024

 

Item No:              C0324(1) Item 2

Subject:              Update on the development of the Inner West Museum of Rugby League at Leichhardt Oval       

Council at its meeting on 13 February 2024 resolved that the matter be deferred to the meeting to be held on 05 March 2024.    

Prepared By:      Scott Mullen - Strategic Investments and Property Manager  

Authorised By:  Kelly Loveridge - Director Corporate

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council endorse the proposal to proceed with short term initiatives for the museum whilst building works are undertaken.

 

 

 

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE

This report supports the following strategic directions contained within Council’s Community Strategic Plan:

 

4: Healthy, resilient and caring communities

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

In late 2023 Council adopted the Leichhardt Oval Masterplan which provides an overarching vision for the Leichhardt Park precinct.

 

Leichhardt Park (Reserve number - R500207) includes the park’s caretaker cottage known as 66 Mary Street Lilyfield adjacent to Leichhardt Oval.

 

The Masterplan proposes the cottage could be utilised to celebrate the history of rugby league in the inner west and developed as the Inner West Museum of Rugby League, as part of the entry way into the precinct.

 

This report is an update on the development of the Inner West Museum of Rugby League.

 

BACKGROUND

 

At the Council meeting held on 23 October 2023, Council resolved the following:

 

That Council continue with planning of the Inner West Museum of Rugby League and incorporate into the 2024 Budget funds to establish the museum. A further report is to be tabled at the February 2024 Ordinary Council meeting identifying models on which the museum could operate and entities that Council could partner with on the project.

 

DISCUSSION

From the Masterplan, the Inner West Museum of Rugby League (Image 1) is to be located adjacent to Mary Street Park at the entrance of the Oval. It is proposed the gate house / caretaker’s cottage located at the entrance of the Oval will be adapted and reused to include the Museum. The concept also includes several landscaping and paving interventions including honour boards, public art and club logos / shields as floor treatment along the Players Walk (Image 2), as part of the moderate and major options within the Masterplan.

 

Image 1- Proposed Inner West Museum of Rugby League

 

Image 2 – Proposed Players Walk (virtual and real life)

 

Consultation

Council staff have met with representatives from Balmain Tigers, including their archivist and Board Representatives. There is extensive knowledge of both the Balmain Tigers history as well as the broader history of rugby league in the inner west. The meeting with the archivist included inspecting the memorabilia currently stored in shipping containers at the oval.

Balmain Tigers would consider providing access to the memorabilia that could form part of a display within the museum, as well as establishing a network of volunteers to assist with the management of the museum on game days. Enquiries are also underway with several other journalists and local historians who have written about the history of rugby league in the inner west and who have also assisted with the development of the NSW Rugby League Museum, housed at Rugby League Central in Moore Park, Sydney.

Further, there is potential to formally contact NSWRL to seek assistance in the form of either funding or expertise in establishing a museum of rugby league.

Council has also met with a representative of the Wests Ashfield Club, who have a significant collection of memorabilia, some of which is currently on display at the club. The club are in the process of digitising their collection and would also consider making this material available to Council.

 

Building Condition Assessment

 

The building is a two-bedroom cottage, with both the internal and external walls constructed of rendered masonry. The internal floors are mostly a suspendered timber floor. The modified verandah at the rear which houses the kitchen has a suspended concrete slab. The roof is a traditionally framed tiled roof.

 

A Hazardous Building Materials assessment and a Structural Condition Report have been complete for the site with both reports highlighting defects and providing recommendations to address the defects.

 

As part of the Asset revaluation process for FY22/23 visual inspections were undertaken of all council buildings and a Building Defects Report was also prepared for this site. The Building Defects Report similarly highlighted defects requiring rectification within the cottage. 

 

The defects identified include cracking to the interior walls, floor coverings and timber work generally to the roof that are beyond their useful life, windows and doors that will require replacement and/or repairs along with repainting to prevent further deterioration. The report also recommended the roof be replaced as it is causing problems to the internal ceilings.

 

Short term vs long term operation of the museum

Whilst remediation works are being undertaken, several options have been considered to provide interpretative and archival materials for the community in the short term. These include:

·    Establishing a (standalone) Leichhardt Oval website, that would provide current information and also contain the interpretive, archival and other material including the 2017 Leichhardt Oval Documentary commissioned by Inner West Council.

·    Develop an interpretive trail across the oval, using QR codes located at multiple locations and linking to information embedded in the proposed new website outlined above.

·    Development of a virtual Players Walk, accessed via the website. This would tie in and be an extension of the interpretive trail outlined above. The virtual Players Walk could subsequently be interpreted in real life as proposed in the Masterplan as more significant upgrades proceed in the future, as funding is sourced.

Following completion of the building works, the cottage could house a series of temporary exhibitions that would be presented on game days to test the level of patronage, pedestrian flow and accessibility of the building. This information would be used to further develop the design and operation of the museum.

 

 

 

 


Museum development

 

An Architect has been engaged to plan the building works, which are intended to commence after the cottage becomes available in March 2024.

 

A museum working group has been established which includes internal staff from Council’s Library and Property teams, as well as external stakeholders representing the Rugby League clubs that form part of the history of rugby league in the inner west.

 

A specialist Museum Consultant will be engaged to assist with the development of the concept, and planning and design of the building with a view to establishing some temporary exhibitions on game days, in the first instance.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

The current adopted budget includes $200,000 in this financial year and $400,000 in FY24/25 for Leichhardt Oval to support the delivery of the museum. Through the second Quarter Budget review process tabled separately, it is proposed to retain $150,000 for planning and early works and re-phase $50,000 to FY24/25, totaling $450,000 for works to the cottage to support commencement of museum operations.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.

 


Council Meeting

5 March 2024

 

Item No:              C0324(1) Item 3

Subject:              Local Traffic Committee Meeting - 11 December 2023       

Council at its meeting on 13 February 2024 resolved that the matter be deferred to the meeting to be held on 05 March 2024.    

Prepared By:      Manod Wickramasinghe - Traffic and Transport Planning Manager  

Authorised By:  Ryann Midei - Director Infrastructure

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council receive the minutes and adopt the recommendations of the Local Traffic Committee meeting held on 11 December 2023.

 

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE

This report supports the following strategic directions contained within Council’s Community Strategic Plan:

2: Liveable, connected neighbourhoods and transport

 

 

DISCUSSION

The December 2023 meeting of the Local Traffic Committee was at Ashfield Service Centre. The minutes of the meeting are shown at Attachment 1.

 

ITEMS BY WARD

 

Ward

Item

Baludarri

(Balmain)

Hancock Lane, Rozelle - Permanent Road Closure

Biennale of Sydney 2024 Traffic Management Plan - Robert Street, Rozelle

Gulgadya

(Leichhardt)

Nil.

Midjuburi

(Marrickville)

Arthur Street, Marrickville - Proposed continuous footpath treatment

Thornley Street carpark, Marrickville - Formalise 'P15 7.00am9.00am and 3.00pm-6.00pm Monday to Friday' restrictions outside Yirran Gumal Early Learning Centre along with other parking restrictions within the carpark

Djarrawunang

(Ashfield)

Riverside Crescent, Dulwich Hill - Proposed Traffic Calming and Pedestrian Devices

Victoria Street, Queen Street, Clissold Street, Seaview Street and surrounding streets, Ashfield/Summer Hill - Proposed pedestrain (zebra) crossings and traffic calming around and near the Cardinal Freeman Village, Ashfield

Unnamed Lane, Summer Hill (adjacent Henson and Herbert Streets) - Proposed 'No Stopping' restrictions

Damun (Stanmore)

Lands Lane, Newtown - Proposed extension to road closure

All Wards

Pedestrian Crossing Warrant Policy

Traffic Committee Schedule 2024

Local Traffic Committee Terms of Reference

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Projects proposed for implementation are funded within existing budget allocations.

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Local Traffic Committee minutes - 11 December 2023.

 

 


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Council Meeting

5 March 2024

 

Item No:              C0324(1) Item 4

Subject:              National General Assembly of Local Government 2024       

Council at its meeting on 13 February 2024 resolved that the matter be deferred to the meeting to be held on 05 March 2024.    

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

Authorised By:  Kelly Loveridge - Director Corporate

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

1.   That Council determine the Councillors attending the National General Assembly of Local Government 2024.

 

2.   That Council determine the one (1) Councillor that will be the voting delegate.

 

3.   That Council require any proposed motions, that meet the National General Assembly’s criteria, to be sent by Councillors (following the proposed motions template in Attachment 3) by 10.00am 26 February 2024 for consideration by Council at the 5 March 2024 Council meeting.

 

 

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE

 

This report supports the following strategic directions contained within Council’s Community Strategic Plan:

 

5: Progressive, responsive and effective civic leadership

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Convened annually by the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), the National General Assembly (NGA) of Local Government is the peak annual event for Local Government, attracting in excess of 800 Mayors and Councillors each year. The report seeks a resolution from Council as to the Councillors to attend, including the one voting delegate, and outlines the timeframe for any proposed motions to be considered.

 

BACKGROUND

This event provides a unique opportunity for Local Government to engage directly with the Federal Government, to develop national policy and to influence the future direction of councils and communities. The NGA will be held in Canberra from 2 - 4 July 2024.

 

DISCUSSION

The purpose of the NGA is to bring together councils from around Australia to discuss, debate and adopt motions of national significance with a focus on how partnerships, particularly between the Australian Government and Local Governments, can tackle immediate challenges facing communities.

 

In 2023, Council determined that eight (8) Councillors would attend the NGA.

 

In previous years, (2022, 2021 and 2019) Council determined that five (5) Councillors would attend the NGA.

 

Each Council is entitled to one (1) voting delegate.

 

The theme for the 2024 NGA is “Building Community Trust”.

 

SUBMITTING MOTIONS

The National General Assembly calls for Councils to consider submitting motions for debate. This is an important opportunity for councils to influence the national policy agenda and promote new ways of strengthening the local government sector and communities we serve.

 

When submitting motions Council should focus on how partnerships can address national issues at the local level, and new ways the Australian Government could partner to strengthen the local government sector to advance community well-being, local economic development, create jobs, address environmental challenges, climate change and complex social issues such as housing affordability.

 

If Council chooses to submit a motion/s there is an expectation that a council representative will be present at the NGA to move and speak to that motion, if required.

 

Any proposed motions will need to be adopted at the 5 March 2024 Council meeting at the latest, to ensure we are able to submit the motions for consideration at the Conference by the deadline of 29 March 2024.

 

Criteria for motions

To be eligible for inclusion in the Business Papers, and subsequent debate on the floor, motions must meet the following criteria:

 

1.   Be relevant to the work of local government nationally.

2.   Not be focused on a specific jurisdiction, location or region – unless the project or issue has national implications.

3.   Be consistent with the themes of the NGA.

4.   Complement or build on the policy objectives of ALGA and your state or territory local government association.

5.   Be submitted by a council which is a financial member of their state or territory local government association.

6.   Propose a clear action and outcome ie call on the Australian Government to act on something.

7.   Not be advanced on behalf of external third parties that may seek to use the NGA to apply pressure to Board members, or to gain national political exposure for positions that are not directly relevant to the work of, or in the national interests of, local government.

8.   Address issues that will directly improve the capacity of local government to deliver services and infrastructure for the benefit of all Australian communities.

9.   Not seek to advance an outcome that would result in a benefit to one group of councils to the detriment of another.

10. Be supported by sufficient evidence to support the outcome being sought and demonstrate the relevance and significance of the matter to local government nationally.

 

Motions should generally be in a form that seeks the NGA’s support for a particular action or policy change at the Federal level which will assist local governments to meet local community needs.

 

To further assist Councillors with the development of potential motions, Councillors have been provided with the ALGA discussion paper, the previous 4 years of Inner West motions and the format and information required for each motion, as detailed in Attachments 1, 2 and 3.

 

Councillors are requested to send any motions they would like submitted for consideration by Council (following the proposed motions template in Attachment 3) by 10.00am 26 February 2024.

 

Any proposed motions will then be tabled at the 5 March 2024 Council Meeting for Council’s consideration, in advance of the deadline for motions of 29 March 2024.

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

The cost for registration, travel and accommodation for the General Assembly will be approximately $2000 per Councillor. Funds will be sourced from the Councillors Conference and Training Budget, in accordance with the Councillor Expenses and Facilities Policy.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

National General Assembly Discussion Paper 2024

2.

Previous Inner West National General Assembly Motions

3.

National General Assembly Proposed Motions - Template

 

 


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Council Meeting

5 March 2024

 

Item No:              C0324(1) Item 5

Subject:              Mort Bay Park-Tree Management and View Corridors           

Prepared By:      Ryann Midei - Director Infrastructure  

Authorised By:  Peter Gainsford - General Manager

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council endorses a two year tree management implementation plan for the following:

 

a)   removal of three large Acacia trees generally adjacent to Phillip Street (May 2024);

b)   assessment of view corridors and consequent tree management and maintenance along Phillip and Short Streets;

c)   removal of all existing Coastal Banksia within Site C (Banksia integrifolia) which was mistakenly planted in 2006 and replace these trees with Heath Banksia and understory planting. (May 2024 onward); and

d)   other tree removals to include the removal of self-sown Acacia, Tuckeroo and Casuarina trees. To minimise ecological and biodiversity impacts tree removals will involve the creation of some carefully selected stag trees (branch removal and pruning) which will be supported by the implementation of an intensive winter planting regime (removal and replanting from May 2024 onward). 

 

 

 

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE

This report supports the following strategic directions contained within Council’s Community Strategic Plan:

 

1: An ecologically sustainable Inner West

4: Healthy, resilient and caring communities

5: Progressive, responsive and effective civic leadership

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

Following additional engagement with local residents and park users at Mort Bay Park, Council officers have revised an earlier report on the implementation of a recommended and phased tree management plan for “Site C” at Mort Bay Park. This report recommends extensive intervention by Council over two years to replace trees on the periphery of Mort Bay Park which do not comply with the original planting scheme for the parkland.

 

BACKGROUND

 

At the Council meeting held on 13 February 2024, Council resolved the following:

 

That Council defers consideration of the Mort Bay Park Plan of Management and delegate to the General Manager and Director of Infrastructure to meet with the interested local residents and bring a more detailed resolution to the March Ordinary Council meeting for consideration.

 

DISCUSSION

 

Mort Bay Park covers an area of approximately 5.2 hectares and is an important foreshore park within the Balmain Peninsula. The park is highly valued for its landscape and recreation values and offers a wide range of recreational users for the community from community gardens, dog walking, fishing, multiuse ball court play, structured children’s play, unstructured recreational opportunities, watercraft storage and access to the harbour, ecological and biodiversity values and formalised childcare services. Council has also recently resolved to commence investigations into swimming from the foreshore at Mort Bay.

 

Council adopted a Park Plan of Management for Mort Bay Park in 2004. Site C landscaping (refer to image 1.0) was completed in conjunction with the construction of the John McMahon Childcare facility. Landscaping works within Site C were undertaken to reflect the typical Sydney sandstone open forest community and include species such as Smooth Barked Apple (Angophora costata), and Sydney Peppermint (Eucalyptus piperita) along with low growing understory plantings such as Heath Banksia (Banksia ericifolia). Since the completion of the site C landscape works it has become evident that Coastal Banksia (Banksia integrifolia) had been planted instead of Heath Banksia. Coastal banksia can grow to a mature height of 15m whereas Heath Banksia is a low growing shrub that is limited in its mature height to not more than 4m. 

 

Fig 1.0 Site C Mort Bay Park

 

2017 Pruning and Selective Tree Removal Works

 

In April 2017, selective tree removal and pruning works along the edges of the park was undertaken to create view corridors from the streetscape and the pocket park. Staged pruning works on Coastal Banksias was undertaken to reduce the height of the trees to 4m above the stone retaining wall.

 

Residential View lines and Tree Vandalism

 

Landscape works undertaken at the periphery of the parkland after 2004 does not accord with the adopted policy of maintaining view corridors. In part this is due to an error in Banksia planting but is due also to self seeding of other tree species As a result, view corridors have been gradually marginalised and, in some areas, lost. This has resulted in an increase in tree vandalism within the park since 2013.

Tree vandalism in 2017 contributed to significant damage and the widespread death of the majority of Coastal Banksias, Smooth Barked Apple, Sydney Peppermint and understory grasses and plantings. The method of vandalism has been varied from cutting trees at the base to poisoning with unknown substances/ chemicals. In total approximately 50 trees have been vandalised during this period.

Fig 1.1 Tree Vandalism Mort Bay Park

 

Council has previously letterboxed surrounding residents notifying of the vandalism and a brochure has been distributed along with door knocking by Council Rangers. Large signs were also erected on the fence of the park alerting the community and residents that tree vandalism is an offence. Despite these measures being undertaken tree vandalism is an ongoing problem within the park and negating the efforts of both Council and community members with respect to biodiversity improvements.

 

Mort Bay Park- Landscape Evolution

 

Native gums and other trees within the central part of the parkland have been successfully grown and matured in size since the park was first developed in the late 1990’s. Trees are critical to the success of a parkland, not only for human recreation and amenity but also as important habitat and ecological support.

 

Trees within our parks provide a significant number of community benefits including:

 

·    Aesthetics Trees are one of the most important natural landscape elements in parks and open space areas. Trees provide shade in the heat of summer and can significantly cool an area.

·    Sense of continuity Trees provide natural links between the past, present and future.

·    Improving health Tree canopies trap dust, absorb pollutants, provide shade and reduce noise.

·    Benefitting the environment By absorbing carbon dioxide, trees help to slow the rate of global warming. They reduce wind speeds, lower urban air temperatures and prevent flooding by absorbing storm water.

·    Boosting wildlife A habitat for birds, bats, insects, possums, fungi and lichen
Strengthening communities Trees contribute to the distinctive character of a place and encourage local pride. They are useful teaching resources, places to play and reflect.

 

As highlighted in Fig 1.2, the park now has a number of mature Eucalyptus specimens present including maculata, citirodora and angophora.  Eucalyptus varieties within the central parkland are now at a height and growth phase where view corridors from street frontages are somewhat restricted and filtered views of Sydney Harbour are provided. The main view corridors to the harbour are maintained from the parkland and from the foreshore edge.

 

Fig 1.2 Photo of Trees within the Central Area of Mort Bay Park.

Note: Filtered views of the Harbour foreshore and Sydney Habour Bridge.

 

Meeting with Interested Local Residents

 

Senior Council officers met with interested local residents and members of the Mort Bay Community Garden Group on 19 February 2024. The meeting discussed the following topics:

·    Previous Council resolutions

·    Maintenance of view corridors,

·    Tree vandalism

·    Landscaping requirements pertaining to the Mort Bay Park Plan of Management

·    Previous pruning and landscape works

·    Accessibility issues

·    Biodiversity protection

·    The need for greater intervention and management of Site C by Council.

 

A number of questions were raised by residents at the 19 February 2024 meeting. These questions and the Council Officer response to each question are highlighted in Attachment 1 and commitments within this document will form the basis of the Operational Landscape Plan.

 

 

 

A way Forward -Mort Bay Park Tree Management Regime

 

In order to strike an appropriate balance between public and private amenity, address the Council resolution and also deter continuing vandalism within the park, an intervention management plan has been developed to be implemented over two years.

 

1.   To ensure that the community is adequately informed, Council will color code and tag all identified tree stock identifying both those marked for removal and those trees to be pruned to form stag tree habitats.  (March / April 2024)

 

2.   Removal of three large Acacia trees generally adjacent to Phillip Street (May 2024)

 

3.   Assessment of view corridors and consequent tree management and maintenance along Phillip and Short Streets.

 

4.   Removal of all existing Coastal Banksia within Site C (Banksia integrifolia) which was mistakenly planted in 2006 and replace these trees with Heath Banksia and understory planting. (May 2024 onward)

 

5.   Other tree removals to include the removal of self-sown Acacia, Tuckeroo and Casuarina trees. To minimise ecological and biodiversity impacts tree removals will involve the creation of some carefully selected stag trees (branch removal and pruning) which will be supported by the implementation of an intensive winter planting regime (removal and replanting from May 2024 onward). 

 

6.   Ongoing maintenance to accord with the above and based upon regular inspections – not less than quarterly per annum.

 

A landscape operations plan will be developed and implemented that accord with the principles of the 2004 Mort Bay Park Plan of Management that balances both view corridors, bushcare goals and practical operational outcomes.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

The cost of works in terms of tree removals and new plantings is estimated at $20,000 funding from the Operations budget. 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Attachment 1 Responses to Residents Mort Bay Park Meeting 19th February 2024

 

 


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Council Meeting

5 March 2024

 

Item No:              C0324(1) Item 6

Subject:              InnerWest@40 Study - Post Public Exhibition           

Prepared By:      Manod Wickramasinghe - Traffic and Transport Planning Manager  

Authorised By:  Ryann Midei - Director Infrastructure

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

1.   That Council adopt the InnerWest@40Investigation in Potential Local Road Speed Limit Reductions” Study and forward the Study to Transport for NSW (TfNSW) requesting approval and funding; with a view to implementing 40km/hr speed limit on all local streets within the Inner West Local Government Area

 

2.   That Council forward the InnerWest@40Investigation in Potential Regional and State Road Speed Limit Reductions” Study to Transport for NSW to inform:

 

a)   the introduction of consistent speed limits, of 50km/hr or less, on Regional Roads within the Inner West Local Government Area;

b)   the introduction of consistent speed limits on State Roads within the Inner West Local Government Area, as appropriate to each road’s function and adjacent land uses;

c)   the establishment of speed limits consistent with adjacent speed zoning at the 9 key locations identified in the Study; and

d)   the establishment of 40km/hr high pedestrian activity areas in the 8 key locations identified in the Study.

 

3.   That Council update the Policy Register and publish, as applicable, internally, and externally the adopted InnerWest@40 Studies.

 

4.   That authority be delegated to the General Manager to make minor editorial amendments for clarity or correction following adoption of InnerWest@40.

 

 

 

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE

This report supports the following strategic directions contained within Council’s Community Strategic Plan:

2: Liveable, connected neighbourhoods and transport

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The InnerWest@40 Study was identified as a Key Project in Council’s Integrated Transport Strategy Going Places (2020) and Beca Consulting was commissioned in April 2022. The Study was co-sponsored by Transport for NSW (TfNSW) and proposes uniformly introducing a 40km/hr speed limit for all local streets in the Inner West LGA (bringing all of the LGA into alignment with the existing 40km/hr speed zone on the Balmain Peninsula). The Study also proposes rationalising speed limits on State and Regional Roads, as well as consideration of 30km/hr speed zones for specific high pedestrian activity areas.

 

The draft Study, InnerWest@40Investigation in Potential Local Road Speed Limit Reductions” was placed on exhibition between 11 October and 8 November 2023. During the exhibition there were 2,188 views from 1,429 unique visitors providing a total of 165 responses. Of these responses 82% supported the introduction of uniformly reduced speeds on all local roads within the inner West.

 

A number of responses also suggested additional items for consideration including:

·    the need to recognise the complexity associated with rationalising speed limits on State and Regional Roads;

·    application of 30km/hr speed limits;

·    better alignment with Council’s Cycling Strategy.

 

While the final Study will remain the same as the draft exhibited and written by the Beca Consultants, in response to comments received during its exhibition the following changes are proposed to its application:

·    A separate, additional, study was initiated to specifically examine State and regional roads; InnerWest@40 “Investigation in Potential Regional and State Road Speed Limit Reductions”. This study permits Council’s local roads to be addressed separately from State and Regional Roads;

·    Council will initiate discussions with TfNSW with a view to implementing 30km/hr speed zoning in the future, in areas with high levels of pedestrian activity including main streets, school areas, parks and recreational areas as well as residential streets:

·    Council’s future cycling action plan will include improved alignment with the InnerWest@40 project.

 

BACKGROUND

In March 2020, Council adopted its Integrated Transport Strategy “Going Places”. Going Places identified InnerWest@40 as a Key project, Subsequently, Beca Consulting was commissioned to prepare the Study in in April 2022.

 

As outlined in Going Places, this Study’s purpose is as follows:

 

With a view to significantly improving pedestrian and cyclist safety in Inner West an area-wide 40km/h speed limit is proposed for the Council area. While 40km/hr speed limits have generally only been applied to high pedestrian activity area in NSW, national and international experience is that 40km/hr speed limits, comprehensively applied across larger areas, create a more uniform sense of awareness in drivers. The Balmain Peninsula has an area-wide 40km/hr limit, which has created a safer environment for vulnerable road users.

 

While the primary goal of this Study is to improve safety on local roads in the Inner West, it also has the ability to significantly influence improvements in local amenity, sustainability, liveability and place-making.

 

Subsequent to Council commencing the InnerWest@40 Study, TfNSW indicated interest in the Study and provided initial funding for it. The draft Study was presented to Council for endorsement to exhibit.

 

At the Council meeting held on 10 October 2023, Council resolved the following:

 

1.   That Council publicly exhibit the InnerWest@40 Study for a period of 28 days and seek community feedback on the proposed Strategy.

 

2.   That Council forward the InnerWest@40 Study to the minister responsible, the Hon John Graham MLC, Minister of Roads, for his support for the project.

 

3.   That following the conclusion of the exhibition period, the InnerWest@40 Study be brough back to Council for consideration for adoption.

 

4.   That Council prioritise the roll out of the strategy in close proximity to aged care homes and childcare centres, along with schools and hospitals.

 

The draft InnerWest@40 was subsequently placed on public exhibition, the Minister informed and this report is now presented for Council’s consideration and subsequent adoption of the Study.

 

Benefits of reduce speeds on local streets

 

While reduced speeds in local streets will provide improved:

·    Safety;

·    Amenity;

·    Liveability;

·    Sustainability.

 

The key principles embedded in InnerWest@40 are the crash and fatality reduction associated with reduced speeds.

 

Lowering speed limits from 50 km/h to 40km/h gives an anticipated reduction of:

·    12% in total crashes;

·    17% in injuries;

·    26% in fatal crashes;

·    An annual cost saving to the Community of over $7,000,000

 

All of this can be achieved with minimal inconvenience to the travelling public and potential to improve bus travel time reliability by making overall travel times more consistent across the Inner West.


Speed and travel time analysis in the Study indicates that:

·    The average vehicle speed in the Inner west is already below 40 km/hr (38.2km/hr) in 50km/hr speed zones;

·    The worst affected route, across the LGA, examined in the Study can anticipate:

3.66% increase in peak period travel time, equating to an additional 26 seconds on a 12-minute trip;

5.32% increase in travel time on weekends, equating to an additional 37 seconds against a 12-minute trip.

 

Consequently, it is considered that the likely safety improvements, of a 40km/hr speed limit on local streets, significantly outweighs the minor travel time increase that can be anticipated.

 

DISCUSSION

Summary of Exhibition Results

 

The draft InnerWest@40 was placed on public exhibition from 11 October 2023 to 8 November 2023. There were 2,188 views from 1,429 unique visitors to the Your Say Inner West (YSIW) project page during public exhibition. In total 165 responses were received (136 through YSIW and 29 sent directly to Council Officers). Responses were received from individuals as well as stakeholders including Bicycle NSW, climate action groups and community groups.

 

Council’s Engagement Outcomes Report (EOR) is attached for detailed review, noting that the percentages referred to in the EOR refer only to responses lodged through YSIW.

 

 

Analysis of responses includes consideration of 29 responses that preferred a 30km/hr speed limit however, as shown in the graph above, a total of 82% of respondents supported the principles proposed in InnerWest@40 (with 195 of those responses preferring a 30km/hr speed limit).

 

Taking into account the responses not supporting InnerWest@40 or unsure, but supporting 30km/hr; a total of 84% of all responses supported speed limits of 40km/hr or less on local streets in the Inner west.

 

 

 

Reasons provided by respondents for supporting InnerWest@40 includes:

·    Increased safety;

·    Improved accessibility for all;

·    Reduced noise and air pollution;

·    Encouragement of walking, cycling and public transport uptake;

·    Reduced traffic congestion;

·    Improved public domain outcomes;

·    Alignment with sustainability goals; and

·    Alignment with Council’s Road User Hierarchy.

 

Reasons identified for opposing to InnerWest@40 are included below; with officer’s corresponding responses:

 

Comment

Officer’s response

A blanket approach will not benefit all local streets across the LGA

The Study shows that speed zoning that is consistent, predictable and legible across a wide area is more efficient and more generally adhered to. Current speed limit inconsistencies across the Inner West LGA can create confusing messaging regarding the circumstances of the street.

Road safety is an individual responsibility and should not be dictated by reduced speed limits

Safety is a major concern and world-best practice shows that more appropriate speed limits result in significant safety improvements, as well as significant amenity and environmental benefits.

Reduction of speed limits is considered to be introducing income stream through fines rather than improving safety

Reducing speed limits is a uniformly accepted for speed control in Australia. Additionally, Council does not collect revenue from speed enforcement.

An approach that isn’t reducing speed limits would be preferred for safety

Appropriately reduced speed limits are globally accepted as having major safety benefits.

 

 

Some respondents also suggested changes to InnerWest@40:

 

Comment

Officer’s response

30km/hr should be considered in High Pedestrian Activity Areas and locations frequently visited by vulnerable users such as schools and hospitals

Council has started exploring opportunities for 30km/hr zones in high priority locations and will work with TfNSW to find opportunities to introduce 30km/hr speed zones across the LGA.

Rationalisation of State and Regional roads should be considered, particularly noting the complexity involved

Due to the complex nature of rationalisation of State and Regional Roads, and potential delays that could occur, this aspect of the Study has been separated and added as an additional study associated with the original InnerWest@40 Study. Council will work with TfNSW on this rationalisation separately, and complementary, to the introduction of 40km/hr speed limits on its local streets.

InnerWest@40 should better align with “Place-Based Cycling Access” routes in Council’s Cycling Strategy

While the Cycling Strategy provides a longer-term foundation for delivering a connected and safer bike network, the cycling network is subject to periodic review and updating as a safer bike network takes shape throughout the Inner West. Safer speeds are a critical component of safer streets for cycling and InnerWest@40 will significantly inform the ongoing review and updating of the cycling network and the Cycling Action Plan.

 

A copy of the Engagement Outcomes Report is provided as Attachment 1.

 

After reviewing the feedback provided during the public exhibition, and based on the high level of support for the original InnerWest@40 Study, Council:

·    has retained the original consultant study as the basis for the implementation of 40km/hr speed limits on local streets within the Inner West (InnerWest@40Investigation in Potential Local Road Speed Limit Reductions”);

·    commissioned an additional separate study to examine opportunities for speed zone rationalisation on State and Regional Roads (InnerWest@40 “Investigation in Potential Regional and State Road Speed Limit Reductions”);

·    proposes to continue discussions with TfNSW with a view to implementing 30km/hr speed zoning in the future;

·    will develop its future cycling action plan in a manner which aligns with the InnerWest@40 project.

 

The Inner West Road Network consists of 51 State Roads, 48 Regional Roads, and 1011 Local Roads. Separating State and Regional Roads from Local Roads, permits Council to proceed with TfNSW discussions to implement 40km/hr speed limits on the 1011 local roads without being delayed by the more complex negotiations involved in the 99 larger roads.

 

Based on the findings of the additional study, InnerWest@40 “Investigation in Potential Regional and State Road Speed Limit Reductions”, Council will request TfNSW to:

·    Introduce consistent speed limits, of 50km/hr or less, on Regional Roads within the Inner West Local Government Area;

·    Introduce consistent speed limits on State Roads within the Inner West Local Government Area, as appropriate to each road’s function and adjacent land uses;

·    Revise speed limits on sections of road that are inconsistency with adjacent speed zoning at the 9 key locations identified in the Study;

·    Establish 40km/hr high pedestrian activity areas in the 8 key locations identified in the Study.

 

Council will request TfNSW to urgently address the inconsistencies associated with high pedestrian activity areas.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

The implementation of the reduced speed limits via linemarking and signposting was calculated by the consultant at between $830,000 to $1,041,000 and would be subject to TfNSW grant funding.

 

At the request of TfNSW, InnerWest@40 breaks up the LGA into priority areas so that speed limit reductions can be funded and implemented in stages, however Councils preference is for an LGA wide implementation.

 

It is expected that traffic speeds will reduce following the changed speed limits (guided by signposting and linemarking) as road users adjust their behaviour. Should monitoring of the project’s success indicate longer term need for additional traffic calming measures, the consultant has anticipated that up to $10m may be required to fund Local Area Traffic Management (LATM) treatments.

 

Council has allocated approximately $15.8m in the Long-Term Financial Plan (LTFP) towards traffic facilities over the next 10 years (excluding PAMP funding). These funds would need to be prioritised and additional grant funding opportunities explored to construct any required LATM devices.

 

Council continues to undertake precinct-based LATM investigations and the InnerWest@40 Study outcomes will assist in targeting LATM precincts for review.

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

InnerWest@40 Engagement Outcomes Report

2.

InnerWest@40 “Investigation in Potential Local Road Speed Limit Reductions” Study

3.

InnerWest@40 "Investigation in Potential Regional and State Road Speed Limit Reductions"

4.

InnerWest@40 Plan on a Page

 

 


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5 March 2024

 

Item No:              C0324(1) Item 7

Subject:              Local Traffic Committee Meeting - 19 February 2024           

Prepared By:      Manod Wickramasinghe - Traffic and Transport Planning Manager  

Authorised By:  Ryann Midei - Director Infrastructure

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council receive the minutes and adopt the recommendations of the Local Traffic Committee meeting held on 19 February 2024.

 

 

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE

This report supports the following strategic directions contained within Council’s Community Strategic Plan:

2: Liveable, connected neighbourhoods and transport

 

 

DISCUSSION

The February 2024 meeting of the Local Traffic Committee was at Ashfield Service Centre. The minutes of the meeting are shown at Attachment 1.

 

ITEMS BY WARD

Ward

Item

Baludarri

(Balmain)

Biennale Of Sydney 2024 Revised Traffic Management Plan - Robert Street, Rozelle

Detailed Design for the permanent closure of Hancock Lane, Rozelle

Darling Street Between Mort Street and Curtis Road, Balmain - Road Occupancy - Anzac Day Dawn Service

Request for Pedestrian Crossing in Curtis Road, Balmain

Gulgadya

(Leichhardt)

John Street at Croydon Road, Croydon - Implementation Of 'No Left Turn, Vehicle Over 6m' Restriction

Midjuburi

(Marrickville)

Moyes Street and Warren Road, Marrickville - Proposed 'No Stopping' restrictions and 'BB' line marking

Wardell Road survey area, Dulwich Hill and Marrickville – Request for a residential parking scheme

St Peters area – Request for a residential parking scheme in Silver Street

Status Update: Road and traffic conditions around the Marrickville Metro Shopping Centre

Djarrawunang

(Ashfield)

Davis Street, Dulwich Hill at the rail overbridge between Windsor Road and Victoria Street – Temporary full road closure

Bedford Crescent, Dulwich Hill - Proposed changes to raised pedestrian crossing and parking

Wardell Road survey area, Dulwich Hill and Marrickville –  Request for a residential parking scheme

Damun (Stanmore)

Audley Street, Petersham – Proposed new residential '2P ' restrictions – expansion of M11 parking permit area

Railway Street, Petersham - Proposed 1/2P timed parking restrictions

All Wards

Nil.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Projects proposed for implementation are funded within existing budget allocations.

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Local Traffic Committee minutes - 19 February 2024

 

 


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5 March 2024

 

Item No:              C0324(1) Item 8

Subject:              Post Exhibition - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Procurement Strategy           

Prepared By:      Marea Getsios - Procurement Manager 

Authorised By:  Kelly Loveridge - Director Corporate

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

1.   That Council adopt the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Procurement Strategy.

 

2.   The Council update the Policy Register and publish, as applicable, internally, and externally the adopted Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Procurement Strategy.

 

 

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE

This report supports the following strategic directions contained within Council’s Community Strategic Plan:

5: Progressive, responsive and effective civic leadership

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The draft Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Procurement Strategy (A&TSI) Procurement Strategy) was presented to Council at the November council meeting as part of the Reconciliation Action Plan Update.

 

It was resolved that the strategy be endorsed for public exhibition, and this occurred from 22 November through to 21 December 2023. Four submissions were received during the exhibition period and these are addressed in the report. The report recommends the adoption of the publicly exhibited Policy, as exhibited, with no changes.

 

BACKGROUND

 

At the Council meeting held on 21 November 2023, a report was tabled providing an update on the Reconciliation Action Plan and Council resolved:

 

1.  That Council publicly exhibit the draft Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Procurement Strategy for a period of 28 days and seek community feedback on the proposed Strategy.

 

2.  That following the conclusion of the exhibition period, the draft Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Procurement Strategy be brought back to Council for consideration.

 

The draft Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Procurement Strategy was subsequently placed on public exhibition on 22 November 2023.

 

DISCUSSION

 

Development of the strategy

Within the development of the Aboriginal Reconciliation Plan, it was identified that an A&TSI procurement strategy should also be developed to support the outcomes of the RAP. This was developed in close collaboration with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee, Supply Nation, and some Aboriginal businesses, and the final draft strategy document reviewed and endorsed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee. The intent of the strategy is to outline Council’s commitment and to set targets and strategies on how Council can achieve these; ensuring equitable opportunity is provided to all businesses.

 

Procurement framework

In parallel to the development of this strategy, an updated Procurement Policy has also been developed, encouraging the inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contractors and suppliers in all procurement activities.

 

The draft policy was initially considered by Council in October 2023, and was deferred pending a councillor briefing on ethical, local, social and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander procurement to consider further opportunities to strengthen the framework in supporting targets in these areas. An updated draft policy will be presented to Council in the coming months.

 

For clarity see below on how the A&STI Procurement strategy is intended to fit within the overarching Procurement Framework:

 

 

 

A review of a number of Sydney metropolitan councils indicates that Inner West is one of only two councils that have identified targets for indigenous procurement spend. Inner West is the only council that has developed a public Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Procurement Strategy.

 

As part of the Operational Plan for FY23/24, there is also a current action underway to review the procurement rules and weighting criteria to promote social and environmental procurement factors (which includes A&TSI), and it is anticipated that this weighting may be proposed to be 10-15% of total addressable procurement spend. 

 

Exhibition of the draft A&TSI Procurement Strategy

Following endorsement of the strategy by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee in October 2023, the strategy was tabled at the November council meeting and it was resolved by Council to publicly exhibit the document.

 

The draft A&TSI Procurement Strategy was subsequently placed on public exhibition from 22 November to 21 December 2023. The Your Say Inner West project page was viewed 58 times and four submissions were made on the strategy, as outlined over the page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Support (Yes or No)

Public Exhibition Comment

IWC Comment:

Yes

I think the procurement strategy to empower people is a good idea.  I also think we need to have a small local business procurement strategy as well.

Noted, the draft Procurement Policy makes reference to local contractors and organisations.

No

Tendering and procurement should not be constrained by mandated targets. It should be best product and best value for purpose. If you mandate a target to purchase from indigenous or any other sub-culture you risk driving prices up and quality down as it’s a guarantee that they are hired.

 

The purpose of the Strategy is to provide opportunity to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses. Works or services will not be awarded on this criteria alone, but rather where other factors are equal and reasonable comparative market rates are offered.

Yes

The strategy should include references to community wealth building given the previous council motion, noting work has been done on how to do a First Nations approach to CWB http://base.socioeco.org/docs/communitywealthbuildingalakotatranslation-final-web.pdf

Noted, the draft Procurement Policy references commitment to CWB.

No

Council should not be making race based procurement decisions.  If an aboriginal business is competitive in the market, it will win its fair, and deserved share of business within the marketplace.  This proposed strategy will lead council to use rate payer's money in an inefficient manner as it will end up paying a premium to use aboriginal providers. 

Additionally the certification of "aboriginal" businesses leaves a lot to be desired.  It can see people/businesses with tenuous aboriginal connections, and people/businesses that have suffered no disadvantages gain a priority over the general community.  There is no broader social benefit from prioritising these types of businesses which could offset the non-commerciality of this procurement strategy.

If this policy is put in place council should ensure that the aboriginal businesses are not able to subcontract the work.  It is a common experience with these types initiatives that the aboriginal business will win the tender and then subcontract the work.  This is just rent seeking.

The purpose of the Strategy is to provide opportunity to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses. Works or services will not be awarded on this criteria alone, but rather where other factors are equal and reasonable comparative market rates are offered.

 

After reviewing the feedback provided during the public exhibition period it is proposed to adopt the publicly exhibited Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Procurement Strategy, as exhibited, with no changes. Noting the comments provided have been addressed as outlined in the table above.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

There are no financial implications associated with the implementation of the proposed recommendations outlined in the report.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Procurement Strategy

 

 


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5 March 2024

 

Item No:              C0324(1) Item 9

Subject:              Update on Creative Use of Town Halls           

Prepared By:      Scott Mullen - Strategic Investments and Property Manager  

Authorised By:  Kelly Loveridge - Director Corporate

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

1.   That Council endorse the immediate procurement of audio, lighting, and other necessary technical equipment to support the activation of creative spaces within the town halls, to be funded through the third quarter budget review process.

 

2.   That Council note the inclusion of a capital works program for refurbishment works for Marrickville Town Hall within the draft FY24/25 draft budget.

 

 

 

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE

This report supports the following strategic directions contained within Council’s Community Strategic Plan:

 

3: Creative communities and a strong economy

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

The implementation of the Creative Use of Council Venues Pilot Program (Pilot Program) is part of the initiatives set out in the Arts and Music Recovery Plan, endorsed by Council in May 2023.

 

The Pilot Program was implemented in the second half of 2023 and recommends for the immediate procurement of audio, lighting, and other necessary technical equipment to support the ongoing activation of creative spaces within the town halls, with $436,000 to be funded through the third quarter budget process.

 

Council staff have also worked with the Marrickville Town Hall Steering Committee to design recommendations for a more substantial fit out of Marrickville Town Hall. It is proposed that the ground floor rooms be developed as studio and micro presentation spaces and that a multi-functional basement space with soundproofed studios be developed as part of the same program. A budget allocation of $365,000 has been provided in the draft FY24/25 budget currently under development.

 

BACKGROUND

 

At the council meeting held on 5 December 2023, Council considered a report discussing design recommendations for the fit out of the town halls generally, and in particular the Marrickville Town Hall basement space and ground floor rooms.

 

At that meeting, Council resolved in part:

 

That Council consider expenditure for the fit-out of town halls for artistic purposes, including Marrickville Town Hall, as part of the budget workshop process in early 2024, considering a baseline of equipment that can activate spaces and harmonise the experience of hirers and patrons in our town halls.

 

DISCUSSION

Pilot Program of Town Hall Activations/Creative Space

The Pilot Program provided critical learning as to how Council spaces can best serve the creative community. Preliminary costings to estimate the infrastructure needed for each town hall to be functional were identified and are provided below.

 

Ongoing activation of town halls

General Town Hall sound and lighting technical recommendations include a sound mixing system, speakers, microphone, lighting rig and controllers, a projector and screen.

 

The supply and installation will vary for each town hall, and the estimate for the general recommendations is $40,000 per town hall.

 

Procurement planning is currently underway to ensure the prompt delivery of this key audio and furniture equipment to best support the continued use of our town hall spaces.

 

Activation of Marrickville Town Hall ground floor

Separate to the above general recommendations, the Pilot Program also recommended additional technical and furniture and fit out recommendations for Marrickville Town Hall, with a focus on providing multi-functional spaces and studios.

 

For the ground level spaces, as well as sound mixing system, speakers, microphone, lighting rig and controller, a portable stage will be included to enable the largest space to be used for presentations.

 

Similar to the other town halls, procurement is currently underway to ensure the prompt delivery of this key audio and furniture equipment for these spaces.

 

Activation of Marrickville Town Hall basement

The opportunities provided in the basement include being able to set it up as a multi-functional black box, that can be arranged to suit a variety of performance modes.

 

Attached to the main space in the basement are two rooms with separate access from carpark. These rooms are intended to be soundproofed and fitted out as music rehearsal / recording studios which can be independently accessed alongside the main space.

 

When there are presentation outcomes in the main space, these rehearsal / recording studios can be used as dressing rooms given their proximity to the main space.

 

There is a third room with separate access from Petersham Road, that is also intended to be soundproofed and fitted out as a music rehearsal / recording studio.

 

Procurement planning is currently underway to seek advice on the different options that might be considered for the design, construction, and costs to establish each of the soundproofed music rehearsal / recording studios.

 


 

Table 1: Program for procurement

 

Town Hall

Equipment

Timing

Description

Budget

All 7 Town Hall

spaces

General Audio and lighting and mirrors (As required for specific spaces)

Immediate

Sound mixing system, speakers, microphone, lighting rig and controllers, a projector and screen

$280,000

$40,000 per town hall (supply and installation)

Marrickville – Ground level rooms

General Audio and lighting plus staging

Immediate

Portable sound mixing system, speakers, microphone, lighting rig and controllers, a projector and screen, staging.

$60,000

$20,000 per room

Marrickville – Basement

General

Specific furniture, fittings including flooring, curtains

1 to 3 months

Portable items and furniture include sound mixing system, speakers, microphone, lighting rig and controllers, a projector and screen and staging with access ramp, and tiered seating, chairs, and trestle tables.

 

Fit out and furniture to include timber sprung floor with Tarkett overlay, mirrors, retractable black theatre curtains.

 

$341,000

Marrickville – Basement

Soundproofed studios

x 3 with specific design related requirements and construction

1 to 3 months

Consultant to provide specialist advice for conversion of rooms to create soundproofed studios.

$120,000

($40,000 per room x 3

Final budget to be confirmed once the studios have been designed).

 

 

 

TOTAL

$801,000

 

Promoting the availability of town halls

The Living Arts team will continue to engage with Pilot Program participants and a social media campaign is being planned to build community awareness on the availability of the town halls. Advertising banners and flags are also being designed and procured to help promote this around each of the town hall sites. 

 

Bookings

The spaces across all of the town halls (excluding Marrickville Town Hall basement) will be available to be booked by the community via the existing venue hire booking system, with the basement to be directly managed by the Venues team in collaboration with the Living Arts team.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

To enable the prompt procurement of portable staging, seating and critical audio equipment, a capital budget of $436,000 is proposed to be allocated to this project through the third quarter budget review process.

 

The proposed fit out program of capital works, including key refurbishment works at Marrickville Town Hall is estimated at $365,000 and has been incorporated into the draft FY 24/25 budget, as previously resolved.

 

As part of the budget development process for FY24/25, Council is also considering Fees and Charges for the use of the town halls. At this time it is suggested that the fees associated for creatives use hire of town halls, may be aligned to that charged to Not for Profit groups, based on published eligibility criteria.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.

 


Council Meeting

5 March 2024

 

Item No:              C0324(1) Item 10

Subject:              Household Rainwater Tanks           

Prepared By:      Luke Murtas - Senior Manager Environment and Sustainability  

Authorised By:  Simone Plummer - Director Planning

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

1.   That Council endorse the renewed approach to the Rainwater Tank Incentive Scheme which will make it more accessible to residents across the Inner West by:

(a)  making the engagement component available online on a regular basis, supported by other web resources;

(b)  for residents who seek a face-to-face seminar, utilising the space at Council’s Sustainability Hub at Summer Hill to provide engagement with staff; and

(c)  removing the need for a staff member to physically inspect residents’ homes, relying instead on photographs supplied by residents and professional certification from licensed tradespeople.

 

 

 

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE

This report supports the following strategic directions contained within Council’s Community Strategic Plan:

1: An ecologically sustainable Inner West

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Council’s Urban Ecology team provides a rebate-style incentive scheme to increase the take up of rainwater tanks in residential buildings (including multi-unit development) across the Inner West. The delivery of this service was sporadic both during and since covid, most recently due to staffing changes and within the Ecology team,. The team is exploring the most efficient ways to deliver this program to Inner West residents going forward and recommends making use of Council’s online presence and Sustainability Hub to maximise uptake of the scheme.

 

BACKGROUND

At the Council meeting held on 5 December 2023, Council resolved:

 

1.   That Council request Officers report to Council no later than April 2024 on ways Council is working to increase the uptake of household rainwater tanks across the Inner West Council Area, noting the likelihood we are entering a period of extended drought.

 

2.   That as part of the report:

 

a)   provide data on the uptake of the Inner West Council Rainwater Tank Incentive Scheme, Rainwater Tank Rebate Program, and other initiatives;

b)   note ways Council is working with the NSW State Government, Sydney Water, Australian Federal Government, and other councils to expand the number of household rainwater tanks in the Inner West;

c)   barriers to residents installing household rainwater tanks and opportunities to eliminate or minimise these barriers;

d)   a brief overview of planning regulations governing the installation of rainwater tanks and any opportunities to remove or minimise regulatory barriers at the State or local government level;

e)   opportunities to assist renters, social housing tenants and residents living in multi-unit dwellings to harvest and store water;

f)    ways Council could increase the uptake of household water tanks; and

g)   other information of note.

 

The most effective way to reduce reliance on Sydney’s water supply for use on gardens, toilets and washing is by installing rainwater tanks in residential buildings. This has the dual benefit of reducing stormwater runoff from developed urban land which can help mitigate the impact of turbidity and pollution in our waterways including the Cooks and Parramatta Rivers, which Council is committed to protecting.

 

New dwellings are required by state planning controls to install rainwater tanks. However, much of the residential land in the Inner West is not captured by this requirement or is not actively “redeveloping” in a DA or renovation.

 

Inner West residents report that they value the local environment highly. In order to encourage a greater cohort of Inner West households to take up practical, private measures such as rainwater tanks on their own land, Council’s Ecology team runs a rebate-style incentive scheme to increase the take up of rainwater tanks in residential buildings (including multi-unit development) across the Inner West.

 

Briefly, the program includes:

·    (step 1) Eligibility criteria – for example, the scheme does not apply to homes which are required to install a tank under BASIX or by a DA condition

·    (step 2) Residents submit a completed application form

·    (step 3) A requirement for residents to attend an educational seminar which provides information about the environmental benefits of rainwater harvesting and how to select the right rainwater tank for your site

·    (step 4) A requirement to submit installation details certified by a licensed plumber, and

·    (step 5) Council staff physically confirm installation and connection of the rainwater tank.

 

The incentive scheme works on a sliding scale summarised as follows:

·    A standard incentive for a tank of 10c per litre (eg. 2000L x $0.10 = $200)

·    An additional amount for connections of 13c (for 1 use) 18c (2 uses) or 20c (3 uses) which are plumbed to the tank

·    An additional incentive of 50% for low-income households

·    An additional $500 flat rate to body corporate for tanks in common areas of strata development, and

·    A maximum rebate of $2000 ($3000 if low-income).

 

The program is funded through Council’s stormwater levy and is a joint project between Council’s Ecology team and stormwater Engineers, particularly given that the major secondary benefit is a reduced burden on Council’s stormwater assets.

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

The engagement seminar component of the Rainwater Tank Incentive Scheme (“step 3” above) is conducted face-to-face by the policy staff in the Ecology team.  The delivery of this service was sporadic due to staffing changes and challenges within the Ecology team and pre-Covid service levels have not been restored.  In the 2022-23 year, there were only 4 applications, with 1 invalid, and the average was seeking a $1000 rebate. The Ecology team now has a full complement of staff and has reviewed the program, identifying areas which can improve efficiency and community engagement.

 

Council’s experience in delivering engagements flexibly during covid indicates that an online offer for the seminar is a popular option for many time-poor Inner West residents. On the other hand, given that the program involves physical infrastructure and a face-to-face offering remains popular for some residents, retaining this option as part of a suite of offerings is recommended. Based on feedback from the cohort of recent applicants, it is considered appropriate to offer a principally online seminar to residents at a convenient, scheduled time.

 

In addition, it is proposed to utilise the Inner West Sustainability Hub when face-to-face meetings are required by residents, given that the previous location (the deck at Petersham Service Centre) is not well suited to public meetings. The Hub site offers a collaborative sustainability meeting space with workshops room and open-air garden area where a rainwater tank can be demonstrated for residents. Separately from the incentive scheme itself, the rainwater tank engagement seminar could be held from the Hub as a scheduled community education event which could also initiate further interest in household rainwater tanks.

 

One of the key barriers identified by Ecology, stormwater and planning staff to the installation of rainwater tanks in the Inner West is the nature and size of the allotments that are prevalent in the LGA. One of the key learnings in the engagement seminar is around selecting the right tank for the site, including providing our residents with information about options like bladder tanks, slim line tanks and other options for small and narrow sites which they may not be aware of. Choosing the correct tank will also allow a good balance between built-upon and open space in a compromised back yard. This is the principal reason that it is recommended the seminar remains a core part of the incentive scheme.

 

New dwellings and alterations and additions over $50k are generally required to install rainwater tanks under BASIX, and these installations do not fall under the incentives scheme. Many other properties can install tanks without needing planning approval under the Exempt and Complying Development SEPP, however limiting factors for Inner West properties include:

·    If a heritage property must be in the rear yard

·    Must be 450mm from any lot boundary

·    Must be no more than 1.8m high

·    Must not involve 1m cut or fill

 

Inner West suburbs which feature narrow lots or row housing, along with other inner areas such as Glebe, Darlinghurst, or Redfern, will have difficulty in particular with the lot-boundary setback control in the SEPP. If a resident wants to do the right thing environmentally and capture rainwater, but also maintain a reasonably dimensioned rear yard, this will become difficult if the side passage area does not provide sufficient width to fit even a slim line rainwater tank with a 450mm setback to the side fence. Although there is a reasonable case for an “inner city” variation to this clause, it may not be possible to modify a universal policy applicable to the state.

 

There would potentially be the opportunity to explore planning provisions which encourage the uptake of sustainability measures such as rainwater tanks when Council considers a future Inner West Development Control Plan.

 

The current program makes provision for strata titled blocks and would be available to community housing providers; but does not currently provision for renters or tenants (given that a rainwater tank and connection to internal plumbing would be a significant installation which would require owner approval and co-investment). The scheme currently makes significant provision for low-income households, which could be increased should Council see fit. Alternatively, Council could offer environmental or community grants for projects of this type.

 

To further improve the timeliness and accessibility of the service, it is recommended to remove the requirement to have staff inspect the tank connection. This is particularly given that residents have supplied evidence of connection including photos and certification from their plumber with the application form. Removing this step will speed up the rebate process and allow staff to concentrate on the key environmental, rather than administrative, aspects of the program.

 

Council’s work in this area is not supported by state or Federal government grants or programs at this stage. It should be noted that Council will become the host of the Parramatta River Catchment Group (“PRCG”) from July 2024, in which Sydney Water is also a partner. The PRCG has a NSW state government-funded stormwater audit officer as part of their team, and although currently focused on auditing WSUD devices, this role could focus in future on residential impact on our waterways and stormwater. In addition, the PRCG is made up of other staff members who will collaborate closely with Inner West staff and residents on river health, stormwater, biodiversity and catchment issues.

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

There are no additional financial implications associated with the implementation of the proposed recommendations outlined in the report. The incentive scheme is within the current Ecology budget was not fully subscribed last financial year.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.

 


Council Meeting

5 March 2024

 

Item No:              C0324(1) Item 11

Subject:              Inclusive Playgrounds Progress Update       

Council at its meeting on 13 February 2024 resolved that the matter be deferred to the meeting to be held on 05 March 2024.    

Prepared By:      Michael Craven - Capital Projects Manager  

Authorised By:  Ryann Midei - Director Infrastructure

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council receive and note the report.

 

 

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE

 

This report supports the following strategic directions contained within Council’s Community Strategic Plan:

4: Healthy, resilient and caring communities

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

Council, in partnership with the Touched by Olivia Foundation, identified 5 locations for inclusive playgrounds, one in each council ward within Inner West Council as follows:

 

Balmain / Baludarri Ward - King George Park.

Leichhardt / Gulgadya Ward - Richard Murden Reserve.

Stanmore / Damun Ward - Camperdown Park.

Marrickville / Midjuburi Ward - Steel Park.

Ashfield / Djrrawunang Ward - Centenary Park.

 

The planned delivery schedule for the Inclusive Playground Program extends over 5 years, commencing from 2022/23.

 

The King George Park inclusive playground design has now been completed and the tender process is currently underway with a schedule to complete by Spring 2024.

 

To reduce the overall duration to deliver the program, the program currently seeks to undertake the construction of the first location, while designing the second location and so on rather than finishing one location over two years and then moving to the next location over two years and so on. The latter approach doubling the required time to deliver the program.

 

The planned approach also takes into account sustainable resource delivery of the program and considers the overall funding constraints to the capital works program.

 

As such, there is no opportunity to accelerate the program.

 

BACKGROUND

 

At the Council Meeting held on 10 May 2022, Council resolved the following in part:   

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Following the May resolution, Council partnered with Touched by Olivia who are a charity that drives community connections to create inclusive communities. They assisted in identifying suitable locations for an inclusive playground in each council ward. At the completion of the investigation, Touched by Olivia provided feedback on the potential locations for inclusive playgrounds.

 

The resulting locations and its brief scope are as follows:

 

Balmain / Baludarri - King George Park – A full redesign of the playground including a new amenities building nearby. It should be noted that the carpark was upgraded last year with 3 new accessible carparking spaces, and accessible pathways to the playground entry delivered to future proof it for the delivery of the playground.

 

 

Leichhardt / Gulgadya - Richard Murden Reserve This location was viewed as a highly suitable site, with existing on site parking, flat terrain and an existing playground and amenities building that can be redesigned to provide an inclusive space.

 

Ashfield / Djrrawunang - Centenary Park – The works are planned to involve the redesign of existing playground, path connections, parking and possible additional amenities.

 

Marrickville / Midjuburi - Steel Park This location has an existing high quality inclusive playground which was completed in 2019 and incorporates a water play park. The park could be enhanced with an amenities upgrade with adult change facilities and improved path connections.

 

Stanmore / Damun - Camperdown Park The works are planned to involve the playground, parking, path connection and amenities improvements. The park was last upgraded in 2018, and the proposed works would enhance on those work for inclusiveness.

 

The planned delivery schedule to realise the vision for these locations and to form the Inclusive Playground Program (and its budgeted amount in the delivery plan) is as follows:

 

Year

Location

Activity

Budget

22-23

All

King George Park

Location review

Design procurement

$20,000

23-24

King George Park

Richard Murden Reserve

Design & construction

Design & engagement

$2,000,000

24-25

Richard Murden Reserve

Cententary Park

Construction

Design

$2,000,000

26-27

Cententary Park

Camperdown & Steel Park

Construction

Design & engagement

$2,000,000

27-28

Camperdown & Steel Park

Construction

$2,000,000

Total

 

 

$8,020,000

 

At the Council Meeting held on 21 November 2023, Council resolved the following in part:   

 

That with reference to 4.3.2.7 (inclusive playgrounds), in February 2024, Council staff report on the progress of the construction of an inclusive playground in every ward and detail options to accelerate the program of works.

 

DISCUSSION

Inclusive Playground Progress Update

 

In line with the planned delivery schedule for the Inclusive Playground Program, Council commenced the Balmain / Baludarri ward - King George Park Inclusive Playground project in 2023.

 

The first stage of works, Council engaged a suitably qualified design consultant to develop the concept and detailed design for the King George Park Inclusive Playground. The design staged involved the consultant providing a concept design, stakeholder and community engagement and a detailed design for construction.

 

Council continued to partner with Touched by Olivia foundation throughout design development.

 

A robust Community Consultation and Engagement Plan was developed to ensure the community and stakeholders were aware of the upgrade and empowered to have their say in its development. Several communication channels and engagement tactics were selected to ensure effective engagement, particularly with:

 

-     Nearby residents.

-     Local schools.

-     Council committees and advisors.

-     Community organisations (NGOs).

-     People with disabilities.

-     An Aboriginal cultural advisor.

-     The general community; and,

-     Other relevant community organisations.

 

Over a 2 month period, 18 Consultations were undertaken online, on-site, at schools, and phone mediums, reaching over 132 people. These consultations resulted in Design Briefs to guide the type of play experiences and supportive features which should be included in the Concept Plan for King George Park Inclusive Playground.

 

The most requested play experiences across the various consultation groups included a double flying fox, slides, swings, age/ability inclusive equipment, spinners, cubbies, water play, imagination play, trampolines, an obstacle course, and music play.

 

The most requested supportive features and inclusive playground elements across the various consultation groups include shade provision, a nearby toilet, seating and picnic tables, accessible surfaces and paths, fencing, signage, nature and planting, parking, colour, and attractive scenery.

 

The extensive community consultation and engagement implemented during the design stage for the King George Park Inclusive Playground, has greatly assisted to address best practice outcomes for the playground.

 

A Community Engagement Outcomes Report was prepared following the completion of the stakeholder and community engagement. The purpose of this report is to summarise the consultations and provide strategic direction on how King George Park Inclusive Playground can be developed to provide equitable and inclusive play opportunities to meet the overall community’s needs.

 

The Concept Plan and detailed design were developed respecting community feedback, wherever possible, taking scope, budget, and environmental constraints into account.

 

The detailed design which was finalised in January 2024 aimed to address best practice outcomes for inclusive playgrounds including alignment with NSW Everyone Can Play guidelines, the NSW Public Spaces Charter, Safety in design considerations, Relevant compliance and certification requirements, Design quality assurance, Changing Places guidelines and specialist input from Touched by Olivia Foundation. During each stage of the design process, Council officers reviewed the relevant guidelines for inclusive playgrounds with the design consultant and Touched by Olivia Foundation, to ensure the design aligned with the requirements where achievable.

 

The King George Park inclusive playground design has now been completed and the tender process is currently underway with a schedule to complete by Spring 2024.

 

It should be noted that the planning and early design considerations of the Richard Murden Reserve inclusive playground has commenced, and a procurement event is currently underway for external design services. The Richard Murden Reserve inclusive playground is currently on track to the planned program.

 

The remainder of the program is not scheduled to commence at this time.

 

Review of the Inclusive Playground Program timeline

 

The 21 November 2023 Council resolution called for consideration to the inclusive playground program and whether it could be accelerated.

 

The planned delivery schedule for the Inclusive Playground Program extends over 5 years, commencing from 2022/23.

 

This program includes implementing the robust Community Consultation and Engagement Plan for each location to ensure the community and stakeholders are aware of the upgrade and empowered to have their say in its development.

 

It should be noted that consultation is undertaken online, on-site, at schools, and phone mediums, reaching a diverse and broad selection of playground users. The engagement/consultation results in Design Briefs to guide the type of play experiences and supportive features which should be included in the Concept Plan for each playground. This takes a greater duration than a standard playground project to undertake.

 

There are many project phases at each location to realise the inclusive playground vision though at high level these phases include: planning, concept design, engagement, detailed design, procurement and construction. This is a two year exercise at each location to ensure the correct outcome is achieved.

 

To reduce the overall duration to deliver the program, the program currently seeks to undertake the construction of the first location, while designing the second location and so on rather than finishing one location over two years and then moving to the next location over two years and so on. The latter approach doubling the required time to deliver the program.

 

The planned approach also takes into account sustainable resource delivery of the program and considers the overall funding constraints to the capital works program.

 

As such, there is no opportunity to accelerate the program.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

 

Council allocated $2M on this project within the 2023/24 Operational Plan, with $1.6M now available for construction following the planning, engagement and design phases.

 

King George Park Playground is a complicated site due to its varying site levels which has resulted in a greater number of ramps, footpaths, stairs and retaining walls compared to a standard playground. As such this has resulted in a budget shortfall of $300,000 to realise the full vision of the project and meet community expectations.  As such, an additional $300,000 will be allocated within the 2024/25 budget planning process to fully fund the project.

 

There are no further budget changes proposed to the planned program.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.

 


Council Meeting

5 March 2024

 

Item No:              C0324(1) Item 12

Subject:              Council Streetscape Services Website Improvements       

Council at its meeting on 13 February 2024 resolved that the matter be deferred to the meeting to be held on 05 March 2024.    

Prepared By:      Lachlan Broadbent - Senior Manager Operations  

Authorised By:  Ryann Midei - Director Infrastructure

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council receive and note the report.

 

 

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE

This report supports the following strategic directions contained within Council’s Community Strategic Plan:

5: Progressive, responsive and effective civic leadership

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

Council called on staff to report on ways that the current streetscape service data can be made more accurate and accessible to the public, and on ways Council can expand their streetscape services listed on the website.

 

In October 2023, the updated Streetscape verge mowing webpage went live to the public with a new display and user-friendly interface tool. The existing service date spreadsheet hyperlink that was downloaded by the user via the website and then manually filtered to find the data for each street has been replaced by a user-friendly display tool. The upgrade enables users to search a particular street to which they are provided with a clear display of the last service date and the next two forecasted service dates as per the current Streetscape service levels.

 

The supporting data spreadsheets capture relevant service times, public holidays and operational staff rostering of a nine day fortnight to accurately forecast the service dates of the verge mowing program to improve the accuracy of the information.

 

The street cleaning (including high pressure cleaning) web page will follow in the same manner to provide service date information and forecasting for all streets without grass verge. The proposed completion date for this work is June 2024.

 

Councils’ website can be further developed to include service information pertaining to: Weed spraying, park mowing, park cleaning schedules and the Civil Works maintenance work schedules. These further improvements are planned for implementation in the 2024-2025 financial year.

 

BACKGROUND

 

At the Council meeting held on 12 September 2023, Council resolved the following:

 

That Staff report in September with the Customer Experience Strategy in the adoption of new technologies to improve transparency around maintenance schedules so residents can know when and where maintenance is due to occur in their neighbourhood, beginning with an immediate update to the way that mowing and street sweeping schedules are made public.

 

At the Council meeting held on 25 October 2023, Council resolved the following:

 

1.   That Council ensure verge mowing and street cleaning public data spreadsheets are accurately and frequently updated, with data cleaned and summarised so as to be more easy to read and interpret by the community.

 

2.   That Council investigate ways to improve the accuracy and accessibility of these records for the public and report back on planned and possible improvements on or before February 2024.

 

3.   That Council explore what other data on regularly delivered council services (including weeding, tree and garden bed plantings, number of public bins, street beautification, etc) can be made public on the website in a similar way to verge mowing and street cleaning and report back to Council on or before February 2024.

 

In response to the resolution, various internal stakeholders were engaged to collaborate on the development of a strategy for improving access to verge mowing and street cleaning schedules on Council’s website and to provide easy, understandable and accurate data to the public for these services.

 

In October 2023, the updated Streetscape verge mowing webpage went live to the public with a new display and user-friendly interface tool. The existing service date spreadsheet hyperlink that was downloaded by the user via the website and then manually filtered to find the data for each street has been replaced by a user-friendly display tool. The upgrade enables users to search a particular street to which they are provided with a clear display of the last service date and the next two forecasted service dates as per the current Streetscape service levels.

 

The supporting data spreadsheets capture relevant service times, public holidays and operational staff rostering of a nine day fortnight to accurately forecast the service dates of the verge mowing program to improve the accuracy of the information.

 

Users can search any street in the Inner West that has grass verges, and they will receive clear data on the service dates for these sites. See example below:

 

 

With the successful launch of the verge mowing web page upgrade, the street cleaning (including high pressure cleaning) web page will follow in the same manner to provide service date information and forecasting for all streets without grass verge. The proposed completion date for this work is June 2024.

 

Council’s website can be further developed to include service information pertaining to: Weed spraying, park mowing, park cleaning schedules and the Civil Works maintenance work schedules. These further improvements are planned for implementation in the 2024-2025 financial year.

 

These records are an important way to improve transparency around the frequency and quality of Council services offered to inform residents, and provide greater accountability on the equal distribution of resources and services across the local government area.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

The cost to develop the verge mowing website upgrades was $7,540 exc .GST.

 

It is forecasted that the additional services (street cleaning, weed spraying, park mowing, park cleaning schedules and the Civil Works maintenance work schedules) would cost in the order of $25,000 which is planned to be funded from existing operational budgets.

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.

 


Council Meeting

5 March 2024

 

Item No:              C0324(1) Item 13

Subject:              Investment Report at 31 December 2023       

Council at its meeting on 13 February 2024 resolved that the matter be deferred to the meeting to be held on 05 March 2024.    

Prepared By:      Chris Sleiman - Acting Chief Financial Officer  

Authorised By:  Kelly Loveridge - Director Corporate

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council receive and note the report.

 

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE

 

This report supports the following strategic directions contained within Council’s Community Strategic Plan:

 

5: Progressive, responsive and effective civic leadership

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

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. During the month of December 2023:

 

·    Council had a $9.0m six-month term deposit mature at a rate of 5.02% pa.

·    Council reinvested the proceeds across six and 12 month green and non-fossil fuel term deposits at an average rate of 5.22% pa.

·    Council is preparing for the maturity of further investment in January 2024 and it appears the rates are trending down from the prior month.  

·    Council’s entire investment portfolio remains invested, with 48% of the portfolio in non-fossil fuel lending Authorised deposit-taking institutions (ADIs), 4% of the portfolio in socially responsible investments and 48% of the portfolio in green investments.

 

Council’s investments are reported monthly to Council in accordance with the Local Government Act 1993, the Local Government (General) Regulation 2021 and Council’s Investment Policy.

 

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 intention of investing Council’s funds is to seek the most favourable return available, whilst having due consideration of risk and security for that investment type and ensuring that its liquidity requirements are being maintained; with consideration 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.

 

Certification

 

The Acting Chief Financial Officer Chris Sleiman 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 market value investment portfolio size is $223.4m, lower than the prior month market value of $225.1m. November 2023 investment report by Council was reported at face value. Moving forward Council will report investment portfolio as market value. All Socially Responsible Investments (SRI’s) are investments that comply with the Non-Fossil Fuel standards. Council’s portfolio during the month had a return of 5.09% pa, against the ‘AusBond Bank Bill Index’ Benchmark (4.43% pa) on a marked-to-market basis. For the past 12 months, the portfolio has returned 4.57% pa on a marked-to-market basis.

 

Financial markets continued their strong rally in December as inflation continues to ease and growing hopes that central banks will move towards an easing cycle (cut official interest rates) in 2024. As interest rates rise/fall the dollar valuations of existing bonds rise/fall in the market. While a bond’s (or Floating Rates Notes) market value may drop below its face value (or par value) during the life of 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.

 

Change in the value of our portfolio

 

As noted above, during December, Council had a $9.0m deposit mature yielding 5.02%pa. During December, Council reinvested the proceeds as follows:

1.   Six month non fossil fuel lending term deposit with Suncorp at a rate of 5.19% pa;

2.   12-month ‘Green’ term deposit with Westpac at a rate of 5.26% pa.

Council’s entire investment portfolio remains invested, with 48% of the portfolio in non-fossil fuel lending Authorised deposit-taking institutions (ADIs), 4% of the portfolio in socially responsible investments and 48% of the portfolio in green investments.

 

 

With the assistance of our investment advisor, we are constantly requesting Commonwealth Bank of Australia to open their ‘Green’ investments again. This is due to Council reaching its investment policy limits with Suncorp Bank and Bendigo & Adelaide Bank, leaving Westpac Group the only institution available to invest with.

 

 

The attachments to this report summarise all investments held by Council and interest returns for periods ending 31 December 2023.

 

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 held in the month of July were in accordance with the Local Government Act, Local Government Regulations and the Inner West Council Investment Policy.

 

The External, Internal and Working Funds table below reflects the amount of total cash, bank and investments as at 31 December 2023.

 

 

External / Internal Restrictions & Working Funds

 

 

The chart below shows the average Term Deposit bids available for Council over the next five years.

 

 

Over December, major bank deposit rates fell 5-10 basis points (bp) for 6 -12-month tenors, as the market turns its attention to potential rate cuts in 2024. At the longer-end (2-5 years), deposit rates offered by the major banks fell between 25-30bp with the banks clearly pricing in rate cuts in 2024 and into 2025. Rates are now inverse again across the longer-tenors (one-to-five-year rates), with the peak rate offered in the 12-month tenor.

 

 

 

 


 

 

Domestic issues:

 

·    The RBA at its December meeting kept rates on hold at 4.35% as expected. The RBA Minutes continued in their recent tradition as reading more hawkish than the post-Meeting Statement. This was particularly the case this time around given it was not clear whether the case of a rate hike was genuinely discussed in December. Adding to the hawkish tone in the December Statement was the RBA’s concerns over domestic driven inflation and the need to target the mid-point of the 2-3% inflation band, rather than just the top of the band.

·    Australia's unemployment rate increased to 3.9% in November (3.8% in October) despite the creation of more than 60,000 new jobs over the month. This was due to the rise in the participation rate which increased to a record high of 67.2% in November (67.0% in October) largely driven by high net migration which boosted domestic labour supply.

·    Gross Domestic Product (GDP) rose by a weaker-than-expected +0.2% q/q (+2.1% y/y), signifying a clear further slowing in both domestic final demand and GDP growth, with the ‘highlight’ being flat Household Consumption in the quarter.

·    The October goods trade surplus rose to $7.1bn (consensus $7.5bn). Goods exports rose (+0.4% m/m or $0.2bn) driven by ‘metal ores and minerals’ (+2.3% m/m or $0.4bn) and ‘metals’ (+21.6% m/m or $0.3bn).

 

90 Day Bill Futures

 

·    Bill futures fell across the board this month, following the movement in the global bond market. The market has quickly turned and now focusing more on when the first rate cuts will be delivered in 2024:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fixed Interest Outlook

 

·    The RBA remains on a mild tightening bias, with the Board commenting that whilst the trend in global inflation has been favourable, it was heavily caveated.

·    The RBA are waiting for the Quarter four CPI to determine whether further tightening is required rather than taking a significant signal from recent offshore developments.

·    Key data to influence the RBA ahead of its next policy meeting in February will be Quarter four CPI on 31 January 2024.

·    Over the month, yields fell by 44bp at the long end of the curve:

 

 

·    The consensus from the broader market is that we have reached the peak of the interest rate cycle, though there are still a handful that believe the RBA will deliver one more rate hike (likely in Feb 2024).

 

 

 

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

 

There are no financial implications associated with the implementation of the proposed recommendations outlined in the report.

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Inner West Council Economic and Investment Portfolio Commentary - December 2023

2.

Inner West Council Investment Report - December 2023

 

 


Council Meeting

5 March 2024

 

























Council Meeting

5 March 2024

 












Council Meeting

5 March 2024

 

Item No:              C0324(1) Item 14

Subject:              Investment Report at 31 January 2024           

Prepared By:      Chris Sleiman - Acting Chief Financial Officer  

Authorised By:  Kelly Loveridge - Director Corporate

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council receive and note the report.

 

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE

 

This report supports the following strategic directions contained within Council’s Community Strategic Plan:

 

5: Progressive, responsive and effective civic leadership

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

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. During the month of January 2024:

 

·    Council invested in a $10m six month green term deposits at a rate of 5.08% pa.

·    Council is preparing for the maturity of further investments in March 2024 and it appears the rates are trending down from the prior month.  

·    Council’s entire investment portfolio remains invested, with 46% of the portfolio in non-fossil fuel lending Authorised deposit-taking institutions (ADIs), 4% of the portfolio in socially responsible investments and 50% of the portfolio in green investments.

 

Council’s investments are reported monthly to Council in accordance with the Local Government Act 1993, the Local Government (General) Regulation 2021 and Council’s Investment Policy.

 

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 intention of investing Council’s funds is to seek the most favourable return available, whilst having due consideration of risk and security for that investment type and ensuring that its liquidity requirements are being maintained; with consideration 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.

 

Certification

 

The Acting Chief Financial Officer Chris Sleiman 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 market value investment portfolio size is $233.5m, $10.1m higher than the prior month market value of $223.4m. All Socially Responsible Investments (SRI’s) are investments that comply with the Non-Fossil Fuel standards. Council’s portfolio during the month had a return of 5.11% pa, against the ‘AusBond Bank Bill Index’ Benchmark (4.44% pa) on a marked-to-market basis. For the past 12 months, the portfolio has returned 4.65% pa on a marked-to-market basis.

 

Financial markets continued their rally in January 2024 following the shift by central banks indicating that inflationary pressures globally have receded more quickly than they had expected. The market is now clearly focused on the timing of the first interest rate cuts in 2024. As interest rates rise/fall the dollar valuations of existing bonds rise/fall in the market. While a bond’s (or Floating Rates Notes) market value may drop below its face value (or par value) during the life of 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.

 

Change in the value of our portfolio

 

As noted above, during January 2024, Council invested in a $10.0m six month ‘Green’ term deposit with Westpac at a rate of 5.08% pa.

 

Council’s entire investment portfolio remains invested, with 46% of the portfolio in non-fossil fuel lending Authorised deposit-taking institutions (ADIs), 4% of the portfolio in socially responsible investments and 50% of the portfolio in green investments.

 

 

With the assistance of our investment advisor, we are constantly requesting Commonwealth Bank of Australia to open their ‘Green’ investments again. This is due to Council reaching its investment policy limits with Suncorp Bank and Bendigo & Adelaide Bank, leaving Westpac Group the only institution available to invest with.

 

 

The attachments to this report summarise all investments held by Council and interest returns for periods ending 31 January 2024.

 

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 held in the month of July were in accordance with the Local Government Act, Local Government Regulations and the Inner West Council Investment Policy.

 

The External, Internal and Working Funds table below reflects the amount of total cash, bank and investments as at 31 January 2024.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

External / Internal Restrictions & Working Funds

 

 

The chart below shows the average Term Deposit bids available for Council over the next five years.

 

 

Over January 2024, major bank deposit rates were lower across the board compared to the previous month (December 2023). Major bank deposit rates dropped by as much as 12 basis points (bp) across the shorter-tenors (3-12 months) and by around 15-20bp across the longer-tenors (2-5 years). Major bank deposit rates are approximately 20-40bp lower than what they were 6 months ago (July 2023).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Domestic issues:

 

·    The consumer price index (CPI) rose +0.6% during quarter four of 2023, resulting in an annual increase of +4.1%. Inflation has fallen to its lowest level in two years, dampening the chances of a further interest rate rise. The monthly measure of inflation also showed price pressures easing even further. This measure dropped to +3.4% in December from +4.3% in November. The measure of underlying inflation eased to +4.0% from +4.6%.

·    Employment fell a sharp -65,100 in December 2023, following the upwardly revised +72,600 surge in November and October’s +44,200. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.9%. Since October 2022, the unemployment rate has risen by 0.47%, highlighting that whilst the labour market remains tight, the degree of tightness in the labour market is easing.

·    Retail sales rose +2.0% m/m in November 2023 (consensus +1.2%). That reflects the shift towards increased spending at Black Friday Sales rather than a trend acceleration in what remains sluggish consumer spending growth. Consumers delayed spending from October (when retail sales fell -0.4% m/m) to November and likely also pulled forward more spending from December.

·    The November 2023 goods trade surplus rose to $11.4bn (consensus $7.3bn), from an upwardly revised $7.7bn. The large surprise was driven by a fall back in imports (-7.9% m/m or -$2.99bn).

 

90 Day Bill Futures

 

·    Bill futures marginally rose at the long-end of the curve, following the movement in the global bond market. The focus from the market remains on when the first rate cut will be delivered:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fixed Interest Outlook

 

·    The RBA remains on a mild tightening bias, with the Board commenting that whilst the trend in global inflation has been favourable, it was heavily caveated, consistent with them waiting for the quarter four CPI (on 31st January 2024).

·    Inflation did print lower than expected, so this may allow the RBA to remove its mild tightening bias for its meeting on the 6th February 2024.

·    Over the month, yields rose by 5bp at the long end of the curve:

 

 

·    The consensus from the broader market is that we have reached the peak of the interest rate cycle. Financial markets have pushed forward their rate cut expectations, with the first rate cut fully priced in by July 2024 following the lower than anticipated inflation number.

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

 

There are no financial implications associated with the implementation of the proposed recommendations outlined in the report.

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Inner West Council Economic and Investment Portfolio Commentary - January 2024

2.

Inner West Council Investment Report - January 2024

 

 


Council Meeting

5 March 2024

 

























Council Meeting

5 March 2024

 














Council Meeting

5 March 2024

 

Item No:              C0324(1) Item 15

Subject:              FOGO Monthly Report           

Prepared By:      Helen Bradley - Manager Resource Recovery Planning  

Authorised By:  Peter Gainsford - General Manager

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council receive and note the report.

 

 

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE

This report supports the following strategic directions contained within Council’s Community Strategic Plan:

1: An ecologically sustainable Inner West

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

This report provides the monthly council update on FOGO.

 

DISCUSSION

Council commenced the FOGO food recycling service on 9 October 2023 and as of the 22 February had collected over 7,086 Tonnes of FOGO in the first 20 weeks of the service.

 

The tonnages collected for the Month of January was 1,862 and February (to 25th) 1,201 which is greater than our modelling suggested of approximately 1122 tonnes per month if we recovered half of the available food from the garbage bin.

 

Garbage tonnage has reduced by 3,186 tonnes compared to the same period 12 months ago (October to January).  

  

Inner West Council picks up approximately 178,000 bins per week across all waste streams and dwelling types. The implementation has required a realignment of our waste calendar to better align the new service, including the accommodation of the multi-unit dwellings being serviced weekly with garbage and FOO (food only) through the entire area. This requires adjustment for not only our waste collection staff and contractors but also residents.

 

Industry standard for missed bins is 0.5% of total services which would equate to approximately 890 missed for the Inner West each week. For the weekend ending 23 February Council has 443 missed services reported. Service data indicates that about 50% of these are not actual missed services, but residents reporting a missed service in the off week for garbage. 

 

The number of weekly waste phone calls and customer requests are gradually reducing, and we are averaging about 216 calls per day in the week ending 23 February 2024 from a peak of 800 per day in October 2023 to approximately 300 calls per day prior to Christmas (all waste enquiries and requests, not limited to FOGO). 65 of these calls were FOGO related, averaging 13 per day.

 

Council has been promoting access to the online waste calendar as the single source of truth for residents confirming their bin collection details, with the waste calendar pages receiving more than 344,275 views (3 October 2023 to 26 February 2024). This is now reflected in the number of residents presenting their red or yellow bin on the wrong week for collection which was reduced to around 5% of households. This is being addressed through education to households via the collection crews and waste busters. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions  

Other than missed bins which were discussed above, most requests are about; 

1.   Upsizing Red Lid Garbage bins  

2.   Booked Overflow Red Lid Garbage Bin collection 

3.   Supply of starter kits and liners 

4.   Community Education via waste busters   

 

1.   Upsizing Red Lid Garbage Bins.  

To help assist residents who are struggling with a fortnightly collection of the 120-litre red lidded bin, Council is offered a 240-litre bin. Council has delivered 3,774 upsized 240-litre red lidded Garbage bins since FOGO commenced.  

 

2.   Booked Overflow Red Lid Garbage Bin Collection  

Optimo, Council’s current booking system for clean-up bookings, has been active since 9 October 2023 to support residents that would like to book the alternate week collection. Council clean-up and extra red-lid bin collection - Inner West Council (nsw.gov.au) 

The booked system gives residents opportunity to adapt waste sorting behaviour before committing to an upsizing of bin. 1,200 bookings are available on each collection day and bookings are steady at an average of 78 per day during the month of February, equating to approximately 780 households using the service per fortnight. 

 

The booked extra red lid bin collections provide insight into households with weekly garbage needs with a small number of households regularly using the service. Of  6,600 total bookings since 9 October 2023; 

·     450 households have booked the service 5 to 10 times  

·     220 households have booked the service 3 to 4 times  

 

Updates 

Rebate for Reusable Nappies 

$30,000 was allocated by council resolution for the nappy and sanitary rebate which opened on 9 October to enable households to try subsidised reusable nappies or sanitary products and reduce the amount of garbage in their red lid bin. Residents buy the items of their choice and submit their simple application and their receipt to qualify for the rebate (up to $150 for reusable nappies and $100 for sanitary products).  

Inner West Council's Rebately | Reusable Cloth Nappies 

On 26 February 2024, three hundred and forty-eight rebates had been claimed ($21,063 of $30,000 available); 

·     Reusable cloth nappies – 89 claims to the value of $7,474 

·     Reusable sanitary products – 258 claims to the value of $13,489 

·     Reusable incontinence underwear – 1 claim to the value of $99.87 

 

FOGO Community Champions 

 

Adventure Kids Entertainment have undertaken FOGO performances across the Inner West Primary schools and have booked in schools, Inner West Early Learning Centres, and libraries through to March 2024. Feedback has been positive with children loving the interactive approach and FOGO songs. Upcoming events are detailed below if Councillors wish to attend, please notify Helen Bradley who will inform the school and Adventure Kid's Entertainment on your behalf. There are seven (7) remaining shows still to be delivered to primary schools and libraries.  

·             Yeo Park Public School – Tuesday 12 March 2024 from 2:30pm to 3:20pm 

 

 

Compostable liner supply and delivery  

Council currently offers collection of compostable liners (bags) at Inner West Customer Service Centres and libraries. 

 

An initial pack of 40 compostable liners was provided to FOGO households as part of the starter kit. Based on usage of 3 liners per week this is a 13 week/3-month supply to end December 2023.  

 

All single dwellings (approximately 50,000 houses) were delivered a roll of 75 compostable bags in December 2023. Based on usage of 3 liners per week this is a 25 week/6-month supply to May 2024. 

 

Randwick Council currently offers 6 monthly delivery of bags and encourages residents to buy their own, use paper or go bag free in the interim Order new FOGO caddy liners - Randwick City Council (nsw.gov.au) 

 

Penrith offers quarterly delivery (opt-in) and promotes pick up from council offices and libraries. FOGO FAQ - Penrith City Council (nsw.gov.au) 

 

The Delivery of a roll for each household is estimated to cost $450,000. Council will undertake another compostable bag delivery in April - May 2023 and reconsider future options for the supply in 2024/25 financial year.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

The costs for the delivery of composable liners will from the existing domestic waste budgets with any shortfall funded from the Domestic Waste Reserve

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.

 


Council Meeting

5 March 2024

 

Item No:              C0324(1) Item 16

Subject:              FOGO Opt in weekly Red Bin Service

Prepared By:      Helen Bradley - Manager Resource Recovery Planning 

Authorised By:  Peter Gainsford - General Manager

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council receive and note the report.

 

 

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE

 

This report supports the following strategic directions contained within Council’s Community Strategic Plan:

 

1: An ecologically sustainable Inner West

 

 

BACKGROUND

At the Extraordinary Council meeting held on 20 February 2024, Council resolved the following: 

 

1.   ​That Council note that the new food recycling service has resulted in 5900 tonnes of organic material being converted to compost, instead of being dumped at landfill, which has resulted in a reduction of approximately 12,358 tonnes of carbon (Co2) emissions.

 

2.   That Council provide a new opt-in weekly red bin collection service for households that wish to access it. This service is to be provided on the following terms: 

a)   households are able to register for the service once and then receive the collection on an ongoing basis; 

b)   no fee is to be charged for the service for a period of 2 years with the necessity of the service to be reviewed in 2026; and 

c)    commencement of the new service is to be as soon as possible. 

 

3.   That Council authorise funding for the service to be drawn from Council’s waste reserve, with authority delegated to the General Manager to enter into any necessary contract with an external provider, to ensure expedited commencement of the service. 

 

4.   That Council receive a report to the March 2024 Ordinary meeting on the commencement of the opt-in weekly red bin service and the outcome of any procurement process.

 

5.   That the 12-month implementation review of the FOGO service resolved by Council at its November 2023 meeting include an evaluation of the opt-in weekly bin service, including its level of uptake, its cost and any issues encountered. 

 

DISCUSSION 

As of the 22 February had collected over 7,086 Tonnes of FOGO in the first 20 weeks of the service and garbage tonnage has reduced by 3,186 tonnes compared to the same period 12 months ago (October to January).  

Most residents  adapted well to the new service and are encouraged to continue with their commitment. The latest service offering is intended to support  those that are yet to make the transition.  

 

The weekly opt-in service will be offered as the next line of a hierarchy of choices for residents that are struggling to make the transition.  

This hierarchy starts with the following options:

 

1.     Booked Extra Red Lid Garbage Bin Collection

 

The booked system gives residents the opportunity to adapt waste sorting behaviour          before committing to an upsized bin. 1,200 bookings are available on each collection day. Current bookings for collection in the off week are consistently averaging around 78 bookings per day during the month of February, equating to approximately 780 households using the service per . fortnight.   

 

The booked extra red lid garbage bin collections provide insight into households with a need for weekly garbage collection. Of 6,600 total bookings since 9 October 2023;   

·       18 households have booked the service 11-20 times 

·       249 households have booked the service 5 to 10 times    

·       479 households have booked the service 3 to 4 times    

·       658 households have booked the service twice 

·       1,933 households have booked only one extra collection. 

 

This indicates that a number of these regular bookings will transition from the booked overflow service to the opt in weekly.  

 

2.     Upsizing Red Lid Garbage Bins.  

 

To support residents  struggling with a fortnightly collection of the 120-litre red lidded bin, Council can provide a 240-litre bin. Council has delivered 3,774 upsized 240-litre red lid Garbage bins since FOGO commenced.   

 

3.     Weekly red lid garbage bin requests  

 

It is proposed that residents call the Council's general phone number and the first option on phone queue, is to select the option for a weekly collection on their same collection day on their off week.  Residents will be encouraged to have a booked in collection or an upsized bin as part of the the conversation but won't be prevented from registering. 

 

Registration process  

 

As of the 29 February, 190 requests have been received from residents requesting to be waitlisted for the opt in weekly red lid garbage bin collections. Once the registration process has been established these residents will be invited to register.  

 

Council call centre staff will collect the following information (mandatory fields) and fill in the online form  linked to TechOne for property and rating. 

 

1.      Name  

2.      Address (linked to Property and Rating)  

3.      Bin location (front, rear or side) 

4.      Pin location of collection point on map 

5.      Are you the property owner Y/N

6.      Email (future contact will be via email, this should be stated to the resident)  

6.      Phone number  

7.      Number of people living in the house  

8.      Do you have pets (Y/N) 

9.      Have you upsized to your larger 240L red lid bin since November 2023 Y/N 

10.  Reasons for weekly (select all that apply): 

·                 Medical (including incontinence pads) 

·                 Nappies (Number of children in nappies) 

·                 Large families (#?) 

·                 Pet waste (Kitty litter, dog poo) 

·                 Other (free text but key words e.g. smell) 

 

Residents will have to agree to be contacted by our waste busters for future education and made aware this service is at no additional charge until the Council introduces a user-pays domestic waste charges which at the present time is 2 years.  

 

An automated email will be sent to anyone that is registered. 

 

To streamline the introduction of the weekly opt-in collection service, it is proposed for the first month to prioritise  those with greatest need such as medical, nappies and large families.  It is recommended those that do not have nappies or a medical issue, and already have a larger bin, are not included in the initial part of the weekly opt-in roll out. . Non-urgent registrations will be contacted and kept informed of progress including their expected commencement date. 

 

Registration will occur via the call centre and it is proposed to provide an additional six staff for a period of up to three months to take calls and this can be reduced depending on the demand. It is estimated that this will cost up to $28,000 per month.  

 

Collection Service  

 

Initial collection will be undertaken by Council’s day labour staff and spare plant that is available.  If  opt in numbers exceed 5000 for the fortnight, contractors may need to be engaged to assist with the collection, however  a range of options are currently being investigated by staff. To safeguard against any service limitations if opt in numbers are beyond Council's capacity to deliver, a Request for Tender is being advertised with  appointment from as early as April if required.  

 

The registration process is planned to commence on 18 March with the weekly opt in service collection starting from 25 March. In the interim residents are encouraged to book an extra Red Lid Garbage Bin Collection.  

 

Future analysis of service options  

 

The performance of the service including take up, ongoing costs and tonnages for garbage and FOGO will be included in ongoing monthly FOGO reports to Council in case any adjustments are required.  

 

Council staff will  undertake the following analysis which will inform any future policy changes.  

·       Review the performance of the FOGO service through garbage and FOGO tonnages and undertaking kerbside audits to determine the % of food removed from the red lid garbage bin now and in six months' time. Note Inner West undertook kerbside bin audits in July 2023 (pre-FOGO) for comparison.  

·       Review customer satisfaction – using council data around complaints, social media and results of council’s next customer satisfaction survey. 

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS 

Since Council harmonised its' Domestic Waste Charges in July 2021 it has been drawing down from  the Domestic Waste Reserve and providing cheaper domestic waste charges for residents. The implementation of the Opt in weekly service further draws down on the Domestic Waste Reserve and is estimated to total $12.5 million at end of the 24/25 financial year.  

The cost of additional call centre staff is estimated to total $84,000.It is estimated that if 15 per cent of households take up this new, opt-in service, the cost would be approximately $1 million per annum. 

 

The ongoing costs of the additional service offering will be reported to Council as part of the FOGO monthly report.  

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil


 

Item No:              C0324(1) Item 17

Subject:              RECYCLING OF Soft Plastics and Polystyrene

Prepared By:      Helen Bradley - Manager Resource Recovery Planning  

Authorised By:  Simone Plummer - Director Planning

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council receive and note the report.

 

 

 

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE

This report supports the following strategic directions contained within Council’s Community Strategic Plan:

1: An ecologically sustainable Inner West

 

 

The following objectives from Council’s Zero Waste Strategy are also relevant:

1.    Supporting people to avoid waste, and reuse, repair, recycle and share  

2.    Providing local reuse and recycling infrastructure 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

Despite the collapse of the REDcycle recycling scheme, Inner West residents have remained committed to reducing their waste to landfill, although packaging remains a difficult to avoid problem waste for many people. In particular, soft plastic which is mostly derived from supermarket shopping, and polystyrene, which mainly arrives at Inner West homes through internet commerce are two major streams of recyclable waste that remain in our red-lid bins.

 

This report draws both on the experience of other councils and sets out what is happening in the recycling landscape to offer options for our residents to deal with soft plastics and polystyrene packaging in the future.

 

Council’s Resource Recovery team is currently undertaking a tender for kerbside collection and drop-off points for problem recycling items, including soft plastics and polystyrene through existing service centers and community recycling centers which will help to resolve this issue in the intermediate term.

 

BACKGROUND

 

At the Council meeting held on 16 October 2023, Council resolved the following:

 

1.    That Council notes the recent decision by the Commonwealth, State and Territory governments to introduce mandatory packaging design standards for recycled content.

 

2.    That Council write to Woolworths, Coles, Aldi and local independent supermarkets advocating for:

 

a)   the return of soft plastics recycling services in inner west supermarkets;

b)   the reduction of plastics in packaging and implementation of product stewardship measures; and

c)   the trial of compostable barrier bags in supermarkets across the Inner West as we roll out FOGO-food recycling.

 

3.    That Council investigate options to enable soft plastics to be recycled through the yellow-lid recycling bin, as is the case in some other local government areas, and to report back to Council in March 2024.

 

4.    That subject to securing a suitable location, Council investigate and seek funding from the Environmental Protection Agency for polystyrene recycling plant and equipment and report back to Council in March 2024.

 

Inner West Council wrote to the major supermarkets in October 2023 requesting the return of soft plastics collection in accordance with Item (2) above. No responses have been received at the time of writing this report.

 

Soft Plastics in Inner West Red-Lid Bins

Kerbside audits undertaken for Inner West in July 2023, identified that soft plastics constituted 5.3% of the average 11.3kg red lid garbage bin by weight. This equates to 600g of soft plastics per household per week, or 31.2kg per year.   

 

Soft Plastics Product Stewardship Scheme

REDcycle ran an in-store soft plastics collection at major supermarkets until November 2022, when the service was “suspended” for a number of reasons, including a rapid increase in demand for soft plastic recycling outpacing capacity for processing and the market demand for recycled materials. This resulted in stockpiling, which was not revealed to the public until deemed unsafe by the EPA (the material is flammable and can become unsafe to store).

 

After the collapse of REDcycle, the ACCC set up a Soft Plastics Taskforce consisting of the three major supermarkets – Coles, Woolworths and Aldi chaired by federal Government Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water. The aim of the Taskforce was to manage the stockpiled material and to launch a new supermarket-led soft plastic collection scheme.

 

The collection of soft plastics was reinstated in 12 Melbourne supermarkets in February 2024 as a pilot (five Coles, five Woolworths and two ALDI) using two local soft plastics recyclers – Close the Loop and CRDC global. The Soft Plastics Taskforce will monitor the results of the trial, and local recycling capacity (with facilities coming online in the next 12-18 months), to expand in-store soft plastic collections around Australia. 

 

Polystyrene

Expanded polystyrene (EPS) is a popular choice for various consumer packaging applications due to its light weight, low cost, durability, shock absorbency and thermal efficiency. EPS packaging includes: 

·      Loose fill packaging 

·      Food and beverage containers  

·      Moulded packaging for small to large electrical items such as fridges and televisions 

·      Construction for thermal insulation and as filler material for civil works. 

 

It is expanded plastic comprising 98% air, so high volume, but low weight making it a problem waste. EPS is one of the most common materials found in illegal dumped rubbish and has become prevalent since the increase in “home shopping”/ e-commerce experienced during covid. It breaks easily, resulting in small particles entering the environment contaminating our soil and waterways. Like all plastics, EPS has an extremely long lifecycle and degrades into micro and nano plastics that persist in the environment for generations.  

 

EPS Recycling is a proven and reliable technology. It is a good material to recycle as it is generally a clean material with low contaminants. The process involves compacting or melting EPS before it is taken to a plant (generally overseas) to be transformed into polystyrene pellets, which are then used to manufacture products including picture frames and decorative moulding. 

 

Current Alternative Collection Service: RecycleSmart

Inner West residents have been able to book soft plastics and polystyrene collections through Inner Wests RecycleSmart service, however the level of service funded by Council has not been able to cope with demand created by the absence of soft Plastic recycling in supermarkets, resulting in up to 6 month waits between collections. Residents can opt to pay RecycleSmart for additional collections between the council funded pick-ups. Inner West has 3,774 active users registered for RecycleSmart collections.

 

Relevantly, of items collected by RecycleSmart:

·    55.8% of materials collected have been soft plastics

·    Polystyrene is classified as ‘misfits’ (15%), accounting for 733 bags of those picked-up over the past 11 months.

 

DISCUSSION

 

Soft Plastics

Council’s current recycling contractor will not accept plastic bags placed in the (yellow-lid) recycling bin. An SSROC regional recycling tender is underway and soft plastics may be an option in future Inner West recycling contracts. Until then a drop off service or separate collection is the most suitable option for Inner West.  Both these options are an expansion of the service currently offered by RecycleSmart and are currently being explored via a tender process and will be the subject of a future report.

 

Alternatives being trialled in other local government areas include Curby, a collection service for soft plastics in Mosman, Central Coast, City of Newcastle and Tamworth Regional Councils. Soft plastics are placed in highly recognisable bags provided by Curby, put in the yellow lid bin, then separated out at participating Materials Recovery Facilities (MRFs). The bags are then sent to a processer for recycling. 

  

Drop-off soft plastics recycling schemes are also in place at Randwick City Council and Hornsby Shire Council via Plasmar, which recycles soft plastics into items such as fence posts and bollards. Hornsby’s soft plastics collections doubled within two months of the collapse of the REDcycle program, requiring them to implement restrictions such as number of bags permitted and proof of residence at their drop-off. 

 

The results of these trials will be shared with Inner West staff through both SSROC and Waste Networks.

 

National Plastic Recycling Scheme 

The National Plastics Recycling Scheme (NPRS) is Australia’s long-term solution to divert soft plastics from landfill on a large scale.  

 

The NPRS proposes to utilise the existing yellow lid bin kerbside collection, and permit residents to include bagged soft plastics in this bin. Bags of soft plastics will then be extracted at MRFs, processed, converted back to oil and made into food-grade plastic pellets that can be made back into consumer packaging.  

 

The NPRS has undertaken trials in six councils in Victoria, NSW and South Australia. Councils included: 

·     Macedon Ranges Shire Council, Victoria 

·     Albury and Wodonga councils, NSW & Victoria 

·     City of Adelaide, SA 

·     City of Charles Sturt, SA 

·     City of Port Adelaide Enfield, SA 

 

The trials took place between November 2022 and March 2023.  The NPRS is interested in partnering with other councils on further trials and supermarket collection, once they have finalised their analysis of the data from the earlier trials.  Further trials are at least 12 months away.    

 

The trials will help design the model for kerbside collection and sorting, one that provides a clean stream of used soft plastics that can be scaled up for an emerging advanced recycling industry. The recommencement of in-store collection at supermarkets will form a transitional solution and will be the first step in the NPRS. No dates have been provided as yet for the commencement of the National Plastics Recycling Scheme. 

 

Polystyrene

Councils across NSW including metropolitan areas have Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) recycling services employing a variety of service models that include different methods of collection and processing: 

 

Collection methods: 

1.    Regular drop-off events 

2.    Weekend Community Recycling Centre (CRC) drop-offs 

3.    Collection of bulka bags from large multi-unit dwellings 

  

Processing methods: 

1.    On-site processing using a machine 

2.    Mobile processing with a machine that operates at the point of collection 

3.    Collection of unprocessed EPS in bags to be processed off-site 

 

Eligible EPA Grants 

Council may be eligible for funding under Local Government Waste Solutions Grants for EPS equipment.  Future rounds of grant funding open in September 2024.   However the cost of EPS equipment is significant, and grant funding does not substantially address the cost - other options are detailed below.

 

EPS volumes and Options for Recycling

Based on experience of other NSW councils, and Inner West audits, IWC is expected to generate 3,168 kilograms per week of recyclable EPS.  

 

One option available to Council is the lease of a densifier (“extruder”). For example, one supplier that staff have spoken with offer an EPS densifier machine that enables the on-site crushing and extruding of EPS.  Their service package includes installation, maintenance, training, and buy-back scheme.

  

This same company offers an option to purchase back 100% of all processed products with a rebate estimated up to $30,000 per year. This rebate amount is subject to volume and quality of the collected EPS. Quality is highly influenced by the performance of Council processing staff who manually sort A grade (clean, white) from B grade (light contamination) EPS. Volume is influenced by community education about the new service.  

 

An EPS densifier/extruder is extremely noisey and needs to be located appropriately given this unavoidable amenity impact.

 

Alternatively, another supplier in the market offers a mobile EPS processing service, where EPS is collected in bags then processed on-site using an EPS densifier machine housed within a self-powered truck. This approach reduces the high transport costs and emissions associated with traditional EPS bag collection services that process the EPS off site and the long-term commitment of construction or housing significant plant.

 

If appropriate storage for the bulk bags is secured at Council’s depots, a drop off service could be offered at Community Recycling Centres.  Using this style of EPS processing service enables the Council to accurately track actual EPS volumes and evaluate the service model with residents. It will reduce risk associated with investing in equipment, ongoing maintenance and resources in implementation and operation. 

 

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS 

 

APCO Phase Out of EPS 

The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) has initiated a phase out of business-to-consumer EPS. This phase-out targets EPS loose-fill packaging and consumer food and beverage and moulded consumer packaging for small to medium white and brown goods to be phased out by December 2025.  The implementation of this phase-out could impact the long-term volumes of EPS collected from the community. This factor should be considered when assessing the costs and benefits associated with large recycling plant and equipment investment.

 

Restrictions for Businesses and non-IWC Residents 

Other local government experience shows that the collection of soft plastics from non residents became a significant management issue.  Strategies will need to be implemented to limit the collection of material from businesses and residents not residing in the IWC local government area.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

The current kerbside collection recycling program is included as part of the 2023/24 budget. Any expansion of the recycling program will require additional costs dependant on the number of users that apply for the service. As a result, an amendment to the budget maybe required and can be considered in the development of the 2024/25 budget and long term financial plan. 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.

 


Council Meeting

5 March 2024

 

Item No:              C0324(1) Item 18

Subject:              Update on Rozelle Interchange and Rozelle Parklands           

Prepared By:      Manod Wickramasinghe - Traffic and Transport Planning Manager

Authorised By:  Ryann Midei - Director Infrastructure

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council receive and note the report.

 

 

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE

This report supports the following strategic directions contained within Council’s Community Strategic Plan:

2: Liveable, connected neighbourhoods and transport

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

This report provides a status update on the Rozelle Interchange and Rozelle Parklands remediation. 

 

Transport for NSW (TfNSW) have provided some journey time data to assist Council and the community to understand the current traffic conditions and impact of mitigation measures. However, further data is required to allow for a comparative analysis to be undertaken.

 

It is also noted that a Parliamentary Inquiry has been announced into the “Impact of the Rozelle Interchange”. This inquiry was established on 7 February 2024 to inquire into and report on the impact of the Rozelle Interchange.

 

The EPA issued clean up directions to TfNSW in January 2024 that all contaminated mulch be removed from the Rozelle Parkland before being transported from the site. It is understood that up to 30 workers are on site at a time to hand remove the mulch. The Environmental Protection Agency has ordered that this work be completed by 29 February 2024. Following the removal works, new mulch and other landscaping works are required and the Parklands was to be entirely reopened by April 2024.

 

It is understood that the removal work is approximately 30% completed and the timeframe for removal is unlikely to be achieved. As such the reopening schedule for the Parklands is in doubt.

 

As such, Council on 23 February 2024 served the JV a notice of intention to issue a clean up notice.

 

Council has advocated since the discovery of asbestos that TfNSW immediately and expeditiously remediate the Parklands for the safety and wellbeing of the Inner West community. Council is concerned that the works are not progressing to expectations and is taking action.

 

BACKGROUND

 

At the Council meeting held on Tuesday, 13 February 2024, Council considered a Mayoral Minute on Rozelle Interchange and Rozelle Parklands and resolved:

 

 

1.   That Council restate its demands for:

a)   Transport for NSW and Transurban to immediately commence daily publication of traffic data and travel times at the Rozelle Interchange and adjoining roads;

b)   clear large-scale signage directing commuters coming off the Iron Cove Bridge to the free tunnel connecting to the Anzac Bridge; and

c)   funding that was left out of the budget by the previous government for public domain and safety improvements to be made available.

 

2.   That Council write to Transport for NSW, John Holland and CPB demanding that the remediation and reopening of Rozelle Parklands be expedited.

 

3.   That Council request a briefing from the Environmental Protection Authority about the investigation into asbestos contamination at Rozelle Parklands and nearby areas, including advice about how the remediation will be certified and what action will be taken against any parties found to be culpable for the contamination.

 

4.   That Council receive a report to the March Ordinary Meeting about the status of the above matters.

 

DISCUSSION

STATUS UPDATE: ROZELLE INTERCHANGE 

 

Travel time data

Council Officers have been in contact with TfNSW requesting that they supply Council with the traffic data and travel times at the Rozelle Interchange and adjoining roads. The data was requested for Victoria Road, City West Link, Johnston Street, Darling Street and Robert Street and it was requested that this include: 

·     Journey times 

·     Delays 

·     Average speeds 

·     Volumes 

 

The release of this travel time data would give Council evidence for which mitigations are working around the Rozelle Interchange and also provide the community with information to plan their commute.  Data would need to include information from before the opening of the Rozelle interchange, the first week of the opening of the Rozelle interchange and from February and March to undertake a thorough analysis.  

 

TfNSW has released some data on the Rozelle Interchange project page, with current travel time data indicating the following average morning peak journey times between Monday 19 February 2024 and Friday 23 February 2024: 

 

·     Victoria Road (Gladesville Bridge to Anzac Bridge); 

Shortest time -           16 minutes 

Longest time -           55 minutes 

 

·     City West Link – Ramsay St (Haberfield) to Anzac Bridge  

Shortest time -           12 minutes 

Longest time -           18 minutes 


It should be noted that only data on the most recent week is available on the TfNSW website and historic data is not available. Council is in discussion with TfNSW regarding access to historic data to permit comparative analysis of journey times before and after the opening of Rozelle Interchange and allow the community to have transparency to the traffic impact following opening of the interchange.

 

Based on on-site observations, the longer journey times continue to be greater than prior to the opening of the interchange, however they are a significant improvement on the times experienced in Mid-December 2024. 

 

It can be anticipated that traffic will continue to build through February following improved traffic conditions through the Christmas holiday period and is expected to peak in March. As such, TfNSW have advised that they will actively monitor traffic from February onwards. 

 

Community Engagement

Additionally, it should be noted that Council has continued to undertake community engagement on the Rozelle Interchange. Key issues identified by the community include: 

·    Congestion causing delays in access to and from Balmain Peninsula, causing stress anxiety and disruption to work and other essential activities; 

·    Congestion and delays causing significant disruption to public transport buses; 

·    Congestion and delays that have potential to significantly impact on the efficient operation of emergency services; 

·    The traffic situation has increased frustration for drivers which has potential to result in safety hazards for all road users; 

·    Work to improve flows on Victoria Road have increased congestion on Johnston Street and the Crescent in Annandale. 

 

The community have also made a number of suggestions, including; 

·    Optimise lane merging lengths to provide relief at choke points on the interchange and associated routes. Residents stated that the merging of many lanes of traffic into only two lanes is creating an unsafe driving environment; 

·    Incentivise use of Iron Cove Link tunnel; 

·    Implement legible and safe separate bike lanes across Victoria Road and connecting areas; 

·    Reconfigure road layouts and lane allocations to better accommodate inbound and outbound traffic; 

·    Improve signage, information and messaging; 

·    Modify lane allocation during peak hours (introduce tidal flow arrangements) potentially reallocating lanes to reduce congestion at specific intersections; 

·    Relocate the displaced bus lane on Victoria Road to the left/kerbside to free up other lanes. 

 

This information was issued to TfNSW in December and they have since implemented a series of lane & signage changes during the Christmas break on approaches to the Rozelle Interchange. They have also increased and improved their public messaging and continue to monitor the situation. 

 

 Council’s YourSay Inner West page remains open for community comment.

 

Council officers continue to monitor conditions on-site and raise concerns identified by the community and staff with TfNSW directly. Council staff have advocated for:

·    Review of current lane configurations, particularly noting the need to provide access out of Balmain Peninsula at Wellington, Darling, Evans and Robert Streets;

·    The need to encourage more cars to use the Iron Cove Link tunnel rather than Victoria Road;

·    Merge lengths should be increased wherever possible;

·    The off-set bus lane should be moved back to the kerbside lane;

·    Signage and messaging should be simplified and improved, including advertising campaigns to discourage people from using Victoria Road;

·    Tidal flow arrangements should be considered during peak periods;

·    Better active and public transport should be provided to encourage people to stop driving;

·    Glebe Island Bridge should be reinstated to provide active transport access to Pyrmont and the City;

·    The capacity and frequency of ferry services to the peninsula should be Increased;

·    Better bus priority measures should be provided on Victoria Road, Darling Street and Robert Street, to ensure the buses run on time; and

·    Work on the approach roads should be expedited so that they are completed immediately.

Additionally, it was requested that Transport for NSW fund the Local Area Improvement Schemes, that Council prepared in 2017, to ensure that local streets are protected from rat runs associated with WestConnex. Transport for NSW were also called upon to fund Council's plans to capture spare capacity on Victoria Road, to encourage through traffic into the Iron Cove Link.

Parliamentary Inquiry

A Parliamentary Inquiry has been announced into the “Impact of the Rozelle Interchange”. This inquiry was established on 7 February 2024 to inquire into and report on the impact of the Rozelle Interchange. The committee report is due by 20 June 2024

 

The terms of reference indicate the inquiry will include consideration of:

 

a.   the planning, design and development of the Rozelle Interchange project and its impact on traffic flow, including the prioritisation of traffic from toll roads including WestConnex over local traffic

b.   all traffic modelling that was undertaken, including for WestConnex, all surrounding arterial roads and all local roads

c.   design decisions that restricted or compromised traffic flows, including any changes from the original plans or modelling

d.   the planning, design and development of the Rozelle Interchange project and its impact on the efficient and on-time running of buses, ferries and all other public transport

e.   the communication and consultation processes undertaken by Transport for NSW and other relevant stakeholders throughout the lifespan of the Rozelle Interchange Project

f.    the social, environmental and economic impacts of the Rozelle Interchange project on impacted communities (g) the impact on foot traffic and active transport options, including due to the closure of Rozelle Parklands

g.   the cause of asbestos detected in the Rozelle Parklands and the adequacy and appropriateness of the responses by government agencies and contractors to reports of asbestos in and near the Parklands

h.   solutions to ease the congestion and gridlock that the opening of the Rozelle Interchange has created, including the impact of the Western Harbour Tunnel after opening

i.    the adequacy of Transport for NSW planning, resource allocation and public communication in the period leading to and directly after the opening of the Rozelle Interchange

j.    the cost of the Rozelle Interchange and the total cost of WestConnex

k.   any other related matters.

 

Council officers are currently preparing a submission which is due 17 March 2024.

 

STATUS UPDATE: ROZELLE PARKLANDS REMEDIATION 

 

The Rozelle Parklands was created as a part of the West Connex project which is being built by the joint venture between John Holland Pty Ltd and CPB Contractors (JV), under contract by Transport for NSW (TfNSW).

 

On 10 January 2024, Transport for NSW notified the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that mulch used for landscaping at the Rozelle Parklands had been found to contain fragments of material that contain asbestos.

 

In response, the Parklands was closed until further notice.

 

TfNSW and John Holland collected samples from across the Parklands which underwent laboratory analysis. The testing confirmed that the mulch contains construction and demolition waste and some samples including asbestos.

 

It was reported that ten (10) tonnes of material containing asbestos waste was found.

 

The EPA issued clean up directions to TfNSW in January 2024 that all contaminated mulch be removed before being transported from the site. It is understood that up to 30 workers are on site at a time to hand remove the mulch. The EPA have ordered that this work be completed by 29 February 2024. Following the removal works, new mulch and other landscaping works are required and the Parklands was to be entirely reopened by April 2024.

 

It is understood that the removal work is approximately 30% completed and the timeframe for removal is unlikely to be achieved. As such the reopening schedule for the Parklands is in doubt.

 

As such, Council on 23 February 2024 served the JV a notice of intention to issue a clean up notice which would include:

 

a)   The material being removed from the Parklands by a licenced contractor and in accordance with SafeWork NSW guidelines and the advice and guidance of a suitably qualified Occupational Hygienist.

b)   Submit to Council an Asbestos Clearance Certificate signed by a suitably qualified Occupational Hygienist certifying that the Parklands are free from any broken, damaged or deteriorated asbestos containing material and will not have any adverse effect on human life or the environment due to the presence of asbestos

c)   Submit to Council a Notice of Proper Disposal demonstrating that all asbestos containing material from the Parklands has been disposed of at an approved waste facility.

d)   The Parklands is to be secured and maintained to present the entry of public and be provided with appropriate asbestos warning signs to alert people that asbestos is present.

 

The JV has until 1 March 2024 to make representations on the order prior to it being formally issued.

 

TfNSW have not provided any recent information on nearby sites which have also been affected by contaminated mulch (Victoria Road, near Lilyfield Road).

 

Council has advocated since the discovery of asbestos that TfNSW immediately and expeditiously remediate the Parklands for the safety and wellbeing of the Inner West community. Council is concerned that the works are not progressing to expectations.

 

Council has written to Minister Graham demanding the remediation and reopening of Rozelle Parklands be expedited.

 

Council has also requested a briefing from the Environmental Protection Authority about the investigation into asbestos contamination at Rozelle Parklands and nearby areas, including advice regarding how the remediation will be certified and what action will be taken against any parties found to be culpable for the contamination.

 

Since the discovery of the asbestos, and in addition to the above, Council has been strongly advocating to Transport for NSW for the expeditious remediation and reopening of the Parklands. This has included but not limited to:

·    Engagement with TfNSW including ongoing and regular meetings and phone calls with TfNSW executives.

·    Public media releases

·    Written requests for information considering the short and long term impacts

·    Engagement with the EPA

·    Patrols of the site

 

Whilst the remediation work is underway, it should be noted that all pedestrian and cycling paths are closed within the Parklands and detours are provided on routes similar to those provided during the construction period as shown in the below figure.

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

There are no financial implications associated with the implementation of the proposed recommendations outlined in the report.

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.

 


Council Meeting

5 March 2024

 

Item No:              C0324(1) Item 19

Subject:              Update on Key Traffic Issues in the Marrickville-Midjuburi Ward           

Prepared By:      Manod Wickramasinghe - Traffic and Transport Planning Manager  

Authorised By:  Ryann Midei - Director Infrastructure

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council receive and note the report.

 

 

 

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE

This report supports the following strategic directions contained within Council’s Community Strategic Plan:

2: Liveable, connected neighbourhoods and transport

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

This report outlines an update on key traffic issues in the Marrickville-Midjuburi Ward.


The intersection of Marrickville Road and Buckley Street, Marrickville and specifically the at-grade pedestrian (zebra) crossing continues to be considered as part of the Marrickville Road East project and TfNSW have implemented signage and linemarking improvements to the intersection in 2023 to improve pedestrian safety.

 

Council continues to advocate to TfNSW for signalization of the intersection of Sydenham Road and Fitzroy Street, Marrickville to address concerns with the existing at-grade pedestrian (zebra) crossing.

 

With regard to the streets around Marrickville Metro, Council staff have undertaken a number of actions to improve asset condition and pedestrian conditions with further work programmed into the capital works program.

 

BACKGROUND

 

At the Council meeting held on 13 February 2024, Council considered a Notice of Motion on traffic issues in the Marrickville-Midjuburi Ward and resolved:

 

That Council request officers provide an update via report at the March 2024 Council meeting on key traffic issues in the Marrickville-Midjuburi Ward raised in this term of Council via councillor motion, including: 

 

a)   The dangerous intersection of Marrickville Road and Buckley Street, Marrickville and the installation of further pedestrian protection measures;

b)   The intersection of Sydenham Road and Fitzroy Street, Marrickville, and the potential installation of traffic lights as requested by the Marrickville Bowling and Recreation Club; and

c)   Pedestrian and other measures on Edinburgh Road and the streets surrounding the Marrickville Metro Shopping Centre.

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

Marrickville Road and Buckley Street, Marrickville

 

The intersection of Marrickville Road and Buckley Street, Marrickville forms part of the state road network and is under the care and control of Transport for (TfNSW). It should be noted that Marrickville Road west of Buckley Street is classified as a regional road and operates as a two-way road. Marrickville Road south of Buckley Street operates as one-way westbound and Buckley Street operates as one-way northbound.

 

An at-grade pedestrian (zebra) crossing extends across Buckley Street near the intersection with Marrickville Road and has been subject to road safety concerns in the past.

 

Transport for NSW has previously installed 20m of fencing on footpath on Buckley Street with supporting ‘No Stopping’ zones to ensure pedestrians cross at the marked pedestrian crossing location where sightlines are optimized.

 

Recent concerns have also resulted in TfNSW remarking the pedestrian (zebra) crossing and installing larger pedestrian crossing signs and warning zig-zag linemarking in 2023, which have in turn improved indication to motorists of the presence of the pedestrian crossing.

 

A review of the pedestrian crossing indicates that all regulatory signs have been installed with supporting warning signs also installed, lighting has also been provided at the crossing.

 

Council has requested remarking of this crossing to TfNSW on a regular basis.

 

As part of Council’s Marrickville Road East project, it is proposed to undertake kerb realignment and linemarking changes along Marrickville Road which may reduce approach speeds and thus improve safety. It should be noted that signalizing the intersection was not supported by TfNSW during design development, however, this treatment could be re-examined.

 

Consideration has been made to raising the crossing but this was determined to not be feasible as there is a high volume of trucks utilizing Buckley Streete which is consistent with its function as a state road.

 

Consideration has also been made to relocating the crossing further into Buckley Street, however, this would create sight line issues and this would have a detrimental impact on safety.

 

Sydenham Road and Fitzroy Street, Marrickville

 

Council has reviewed the intersection of Sydenham Road and Fitzroy Street, Marrickville after the matter was previously raised by Marrickville Bowling and Recreation Club

 

Fitzroy Street is a two-way local road and has a high proportion of heavy vehicles including high number of semi-trailer movements as it is located within an industrial area. Sydenham Road is a state road under the jurisdiction of TfNSW and similarly carries a high volume of heavy vehicle traffic.

 

Investigations into the existing at-grade pedestrian (zebra) crossing included consideration of relocating the crossing further into Fitzroy Street, away from the intersection. It was found that relocating the existing crossing would not be feasible because of existing driveways, sight lines, a possible truck overhang into Sydenham Road. Further to this, relocating the crossing away from Sydenham Road, would lead to pedestrians not using the relocated crossing due to the distance from the pedestrian desire line.

 

Signs and linemarking is regularly updated at this crossing and meet relevant standards. Larger pedestrian crossing signs on a fluorescent background have been installed as well as early warning signs.

 

Council Officers have highlighted this intersection for upgrading to traffic signals through previous section 94 plans and Council has separately requested TfNSW work with Inner West Council to investigate the installation of traffic lights at the intersection and to improve safety at the location. TfNSW have provided feedback that there is limited area to physically install traffic signal hardware due to the volume of driveways opposite Fitzroy Street.

 

Pedestrian and other measures on Edinburgh Road and the streets surrounding the Marrickville Metro Shopping Centre

 

A report outlining road and traffic conditions around the Marrickville Metro Shopping Centre was presented to the February 2024 Traffic Committee and actions are replicated below.

 

·    Poor visibility of lighting and signage for zebra crossings

 

Council officers inspected the pedestrian crossings on Murray Street, north of Smidmore Street and Victoria Road between Edgeware Road and Empire Lane. The site inspections identified the need to repaint faded crossing bars at these pedestrian crossings as well as ‘BB’ centre line marking on Victoria Road at Empire Lane, which has now been completed. Furthermore, additional advanced pedestrian crossing warning signs have been installed to increase the awareness of the pedestrian crossings ahead.

 

In addition, a proposal to upgrade the existing pedestrian crossing on Murray Street, north of Smidmore Street to a raised pedestrian crossing with improved lighting has been developed and has now been submitted for inclusion into Council’s capital works program.

 

·    Uneven footpaths around the Centre, particularly on Victoria Road and Edinburgh Road

 

Council officers have now replaced the footpath in Murray Street and Smidmore Street and have undertaken restoration of sections of Edinburgh Road that were impacted by Sydney Metro operations.

 

The footpath in Victoria Road is heritage brick path, which has some natural undulation. It is in overall good condition, however, Council officers have identified some areas that are impacted by tree roots which will be repaired by June 2024.

 

·    Potholes on the roads around the Centre

 

Edinburgh Road underwent substantial deterioration during the construction activities associated with both Sydney Metro and Marrickville Metro. Now that these projects have been completed construction and associated traffic facilities are being restored. Restoration has been undertaken to the road surface in Edinburgh Road.

 

Murray Street and Smidmore Street have been previously identified by Council Engineers for renewal and are included in Council’s draft program of works for FY25.

Council’s Engineers are currently liaising with Marrickville Metro to correct road and footpath levels around the entry to the loading dock in Smidmore Street ahead of these renewal works.

·    The need for bus stop upgrades

 

Permanent bus stops on Edinburgh Road are being delivered as part of the upgrades on Edinburgh Road in conjunction with the construction works for Marrickville Metro and Sydney Metro. It is understood that Transport for NSW will likely remove the temporary bus stops on Smidmore Street once the upgrades on Edinburgh Road are completed. The temporary bus stop on the southern side of Smidmore Street has already been removed and the 355 bus route now operates via the upgraded permanent bus stop on Edinburgh Road.

 

·    Plantings around the zebra crossing on the Edgeware Road side of the Centre is inadequate (one side is planted, one is often washed away) and requires attention

 

Council Officers have completed the landscape maintenance work at the zebra pedestrian crossing on Murray Street at the intersection of Edgeware Road.

 

·    The prevalence of shopping trolleys left on local streets around the Centre

 

Under the Public Spaces (Unattended Property) Act, which came into force last November. Council has the ability to impound shopping trolleys that remain in the public domain for more than 4 days after the operator being notified.

 

It should be noted that Council Officers have not had cause to impound many shopping trolleys at this time from the surrounds of Metro. Anecdotally it is believed that Supermarkets are collecting their trolleys within the legislative time frames, but that users continue to deposit trolleys at the common locations which creates the impression of lack of action.

 

Trolleys can be reported to Council via the normal methods for investigation by Rangers.

 

·    The left hand turn only lane from Edinburgh Road to Smidmore Street continues to cause confusion and concern, with motorists often using the lane to proceed ahead and turn immediately left into the upgraded Centre.

 

Council Officers have investigated the concern of the left hand turn only lane from Edinburgh Road to Smidmore Street causing confusion with motorists often using the lane to proceed ahead to turn immediately left into the upgraded centre.

 

Currently, there is an approval to add a fourth leg into the intersection as part of a state development consent which may affect the possibility of implementing a left only turn for this intersection. As Transport for NSW has jurisdiction and the expertise in dealing with such issues, Council Officers have requested Transport for NSW consider the concerns raised.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

The installation of a raised pedestrian crossing on Murray Street, north of Smidmore Street is estimated to cost $80,000 and will be considered in the traffic facilities program for 2025/26.

 

Murray Street has $150,000 allocated in 2023/24 for resurfacing between Victoria Road and Smidmore Street and $180,000 allocated in 2024/25 for resurfacing between Smidmore Street and Edinburgh Road.

 

Smidmore Street has $420,000 allocated in 2024/25 for full reconstruction (base and surface) between Murray Street and Edgeware Road.

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.

 


Council Meeting

5 March 2024

 

Item No:              C0324(1) Item 20

Subject:              Progress Report - Proposed Pedestrian Bridge over Dobroyd Parade           

Prepared By:      Manod Wickramasinghe - Traffic and Transport Planning Manager 

Authorised By:  Ryann Midei - Director Infrastructure

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council receive and note the report.

 

 

 

 

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE

This report supports the following strategic directions contained within Council’s Community Strategic Plan:

2: Liveable, connected neighbourhoods and transport

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

In the second half of 2023 Transport for NSW (TfNSW) consulted Council officers about revised designs for the proposed pedestrian bridge across Dobroyd Parade. In December 2023 TfNSW publicly exhibited a Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for the bridge.

 

Council officers had initially stated a preference for the signalised at-grade crossing to remain after the bridge is completed, but now concedes it should be removed given the pedestrian safety issues associated with the median.  The REF proposes fencing to prevent pedestrians attempting informal at-grade crossings.

 

Council officers had also stated a preference for ramp access to the bridge in addition to lift access, but acknowledges that ramps would create significant visual impacts, particularly given existing site constraints.  Council also pointed out that if the bridge is constructed with lifts and stairs, it is imperative that the lifts are well maintained to ensure breakdowns do not prevent access to the bridge for those unable to use the stairs for unacceptably long periods. 

 

BACKGROUND

 

The 2020 public exhibition by Transport for NSW (TfNSW) of the WestConnex M4 East Road Network Performance Review (RNPR) Plan included the following concept design for a pedestrian bridge over Dobroyd Parade, Haberfield. 

 

TfNSW indicated at that time there was general community support for the bridge, shown in the figure 1.

 

Figure 1

 

At its February 2022 meeting, Council considered a Notice of Motion entitled City West Link and Waratah Street and resolved to write to TfNSW seeking immediate safety modifications to the existing two-stage at-grade signalised pedestrian crossing in this location. 

 

Subsequent to Council’s letter and further discussions, TfNSW carried out interim line-marking and signage changes to improve pedestrian safety whilst continuing to progress the bridge as a permanent solution to these pedestrian safety issues.

 

 

DISCUSSION

In the second half of 2023 TfNSW consulted Council officers about revised designs for the bridge and in December 2023 TfNSW publicly exhibited a Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for the bridge. 

 

The REF report is available here from the TfNSW project web page and a community flyer is attached to this report.  The preferred REF design (Option 4), shown in the photomontage in Figure 2 includes a lift on both sides of the bridge rather than a ramp into Timbrell Park, as was shown in the 2020 design (Figure 1).

 

Figure 2

 

In commenting on the 2020 RNPR plan, Council stated that it generally prefers pedestrian crossings to be at-grade, but a bridge would be justified at this location.

 

This is because of the length of the crossing, safety issues associated with pedestrians waiting on the narrow median, vehicles queuing across the crossing in the morning peak and use of the crossing by local schools to access to Timbrell Park.

 

Council officers had initially stated a preference for the signalised at-grade crossing to remain after the bridge is completed, but now concedes it should be removed (as per the REF) given the pedestrian safety issues associated with the median.  The REF proposes fencing to prevent pedestrians attempting informal at-grade crossings.

 

Council officers had also stated a preference for ramp access to the bridge in addition to lift access, (as per REF Option 3) but acknowledges that ramps would create significant visual impacts, particularly given existing site constraints.  Council also pointed out that if the bridge is constructed with lifts and stairs (as per preferred REF Option 4), it is imperative that the lifts are well maintained to ensure breakdowns do not prevent access to the bridge for those unable to use the stairs for unacceptably long periods. 

 

It is noted that lifts can accommodate two cyclists at a time and wheeling ramps for cyclists are proposed for the stairs. 


Additionally, noting that the Iron Cove Creek Masterplan has been exhibited and will be presented to Council in the near future, the masterplan will be adjusted accordingly.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

There are no financial implications associated with the implementation of the proposed recommendations outlined in the report.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

TfNSW Community Flyer for Proposed Pedestrian Bridge over Dobroyd Parade at Haberfield

 

 


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5 March 2024

 






Council Meeting

5 March 2024

 

Item No:              C0324(1) Item 21

Subject:              Electric Vehicle Public Charging Update           

Prepared By:      Manod Wickramasinghe - Traffic and Transport Planning Manager  

Authorised By:  Ryann Midei - Director Infrastructure

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council receive and note the report.

 

 

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE

This report supports the following strategic directions contained within Council’s Community Strategic Plan:

2: Liveable, connected neighbourhoods and transport

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

In May 2023 Council adopted its Electric Vehicle Encouragement Strategy.

 

Council has subsequently initiated a series of steps associated with this Strategy to establish public charging networks in the Inner West including Expressions of Interest (EoI) and Requests for Quotation (RfQ) associated with the establishment of a public charging network across the Inner West LGA (LGA) in both kerbside locations and public car parks.

 

BACKGROUND

 

At the Council meeting held on 9 May 2023, Council adopted its Electric Vehicle Encouragement Strategy. The Strategy identified the need to create partnerships with charging companies in order to establish a viable public charging network across the Inner West.

 

This report provides an update on progress towards establishing an Inner West (EV) public charging network for electric vehicles (EVs).

 

While Council strongly supports the uptake of private electric cars, in preference to petrol-powered and diesel-powered cars, it is important to remember that they are a lower order component of Council’s adopted Road User Hierarchy (Figure 1) and that Council continues to encourage mode shift away from private car use, in favour of active transport and public transport.

 

Figure 1 - Council Road User Hierarchy – GOING PLACES 2020

 

 

DISCUSSION

 

The following is an overview of progress with the establishment of an EV public charging network across the Inner West.

 

Kerbside Charging Network

In July 2023, Council issued a public charging EoI to determine the various market factors that should be assessed in developing an Inner West public charging network.

 

In September 2023, Council issued a RfQ to partner with up to three public charging providers to install kerbside public charging across the Inner West LGA.

 

In November 2023, Council supported 3 charging providers (EVE, EVX and PLUS EV) in lodging applications for the NSW State Government kerbside charging grants. It is currently anticipated that the results of these grants will be announced in April 2024.

 

The grants are highly competitive, with a total of $3,000,000 to be provided up to a maximum of $800,000 per applicant, with a total of 26 LGAs being eligible.

 

Dependent upon which of Council’s partners, if any, are successful in their grant applications, this could result in between 20 and 70 public kerbside chargers being installed across the Inner West within the next 12 months.

 

In anticipation that there is potential for some of the partners to not receive grants, Council has also initiated discussions regarding opportunities to continue the installation of public kerbside charging independently of the grant process. These discussions are currently underway with the three charging partners approved under the RfQ.

Charging proposed in association with the kerbside public charging project is likely to include a mix of 7kW and 22 kW chargers.

 

Car Park Public Charging

As an initial phase of the introduction of public charging in Council car parks, an RfQ is currently being prepared to invite public charging providers to present proposals for the installation of public charging in 17 of Council’s car parks. Additional car parks will be examined in future phases of this project.

 

It is anticipated that this RfQ will be launched in March 2024, with a view to appointing partners by July 2024, leading to installation of the first car park public chargers in late 2024/early 2025.

Also included in this RfQ, is a request for proposals to create a public charging hub in a redesigned version of Council’s Balmain Depot.

 

Charging proposed in association with the car park public charging project is likely to include chargers with rates of 22kW and greater.

 

Growth in EVs and public charging

In addition to the provision of public charging at the kerbside and in Council car parks, adoption of the electric vehicle encouragement strategy and associated messaging has made it clear that Inner West Council is keen to pursue electric vehicle uptake and electric vehicle public charging.

 

This, combined with the high proportion of early adopters included in our local demographics, means that electric vehicle uptake is increasing, as is the provision of public charging on private sites (such as shopping centres, service stations and shops generally).

 

In the 14 months between October 2022 and December 2023, the number of electric vehicles registered within the Inner West LGA has increased from 648 to 927, and the number of public EV charging ports in the LGA has increased from 18 to 32. Consequently, there has been a 43% increase in registered EVs and a 78% increase in public charging ports in the Inner West.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

 

There are no financial implications associated with the implementation of the proposed recommendations outlined in the report.

 

It should be noted that there will be a financial implication for the eventual implementation of EV charging which is currently being considered via partnerships and grants. 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.

 


Council Meeting

5 March 2024

 

Item No:              C0324(1) Item 22

Subject:              Community Engagement Outcomes - All weather surface sporting field           

Prepared By:      Aaron Callaghan - Parks Planning and Ecology Manager  

Authorised By:  Simone Plummer - Director Planning

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council receive and note the report.

 

 

 

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE

This report supports the following strategic directions contained within Council’s Community Strategic Plan:

5: Progressive, responsive and effective civic leadership

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

This report provides Council with a summary of community engagement outcomes in relation to the provision of an all-weather sporting ground on nominated sporting grounds in the north of the Inner West Local Government Area.

 

Engagement responses included 505 online survey respondents who indicated an all weather sporting field was the most important element in a future Rozelle Masterplan – second only to “good connections” – a clear indication of support for such a playing surface.  A further 203 individual submissions were emailed directly to the Your Say nominated contact officer, of these 135 were not supportive and 65 were supportive of an all weather field.  Thirteen community and sporting group emailed submissions were received.  Of the sporting groups, Football and Hockey were supportive of an all-weather surface, while Cricket, Rugby and other community groups were not.

 

While the report highlights strong support for an all-weather sporting ground the location of this future all-weather field requires further review.

 

BACKGROUND

 

At the Council meeting held on 13 February 2024, Council received a Mayoral Minute on the provision of an all-weather sporting ground in the north of Inner West Council local government area. In its consideration of the Mayoral minute Council resolved the following:

 

1.   That Council note the high volume of submissions received from the community regarding the proposal for an all-weather sporting field to be installed in a park nearby to Rozelle Parklands.

 

2.   That Council note the advocacy and submissions from Balmain District Football Club and Leichhardt Saints Football Club that they are facing severe capacity constraints and are in danger of having to turn away large numbers of players, due to a shortage of playing space.

 

3.   That Council note the huge increase in usage of Lambert Park since the installation of an all-weather surface and expansion of participation in sport this has allowed, particularly for girls.

 

4.   That Council commit to delivering a new all-weather surface for the benefit of local sporting clubs, at one of the four locations previously resolved, using the funding provided by the NSW Government as compensation for the removal of such a facility from the final adopted plans for Rozelle Parklands.

 

5.   That Council receive a report to the March Ordinary meeting on the outcomes of the consultation regarding the proposed all-weather surface as well as a summary of the available technologies for providing a hybrid surface, with councillors to be briefed on that report ahead of the meeting.

 

DISCUSSION

Community Engagement -Rozelle Parklands

 

Prior to the February 2024 Council resolutions, Council resolved two important motions in relation to community engagement and possible all weather surface locations at its December 2023 Council meeting. These being in part as follows:

 

“That Council receive a report at the February Ordinary Council Meeting about the Government’s proposed $20 million investment, including an initial assessment of what facilities and amenities could be provided in the Rozelle Parklands and in nearby locations” [and]

 

“That Council note the advice from Transport for NSW that an all-weather sporting surface cannot be delivered under the existing conditions of consent for Rozelle Parklands and commence community consultation on nearby locations where an all-weather surface could be delivered by Council for the benefit of local clubs. Potential locations for the community to be consulted on include Waterfront Drive (Callan Park), Leichhardt no.2, Easton Park, and Balmain Road playing fields (Callan Park).”

Council officers are in the process of finalising a full assessment of residential and future park user views on improvements to the Rozelle Parklands. Feedback received will be included as the evidence base to assist in shaping a future master plan for the Rozelle Parklands. Master planning is scheduled to commence in early May 2024.  Further reporting to Council will be undertaken upon the completion of a Draft Master Plan for the parklands.

Investigations into available technologies in the provision of all-weather sporting fields is underway for future reporting.

Community Engagement Summary-All Weather Surface

Community engagement on the development of a Master Plan for the new Rozelle Parklands commenced on Sunday, 17 December and closed for formal submissions on Sunday, 18 February 2024. Community engagement was undertaken on Council’s Inner West YourSay web site page through a formal survey feedback as well as through direct email submissions to the Parks Planning and Ecology Section of Council. Feedback from the community has been extensive and the engagement was focused on a master plan for the new parklands, not exclusively on the provision on an all weather surface in other parks. There were 505 online survey respondents and the first question asked was to rank a preference for items in the new parklands.  There was overwhelming support for an all-weather playing field.

A total of 13 community-based submissions were received by email. Full copies of these submissions are attached in Attachment 2. Of the 13 community and sporting group submissions – Football and Hockey based submissions supported the concept of an all-weather field while Cricket, Rugby and community groups did not. 

There were also 203 individual submissions received by email.  Of these 203 individual submissions 135 did not and 68 did support an all-weather surface.

Support for location of an all-weather field

The survey in relation to the provision of an all-weather surface provision was limited to the following sporting grounds: Leichhardt 2, Easton Park, Waterfront Drive (Callan Park) and Balmain Road (Callan Park). Other sporting grounds were not included.

Of the four locations offered in the survey there was a preference for Waterfront Drive Sporting Ground in Callan Park, and the least preferred site was Leichhardt Number 2.

The football clubs have identified a preference for separate locations and there would be benefit in them agreeing to a suitable location going forward.

Two of the locations selected by Council for community engagement in terms of an all-weather surface provision are located within Callan Park. Callan Park is a State significant listed heritage site which is owned by the NSW Government and managed by the Greater Sydney Parklands Authority. Council has a license agreement for managing community access, use and maintenance of the three sporting ground areas within the parkland. Any proposed development in Callan Park would require landowner’s consent from Greater Sydney Parklands and approval through a Development Application process.

A full summary of the Your Say Inner West on line Survey Results are included in Attachment 1. The engagement outcomes will be useful for the next stage of review as to the most suitable location for a new all-weather field.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

The cost of delivering an all-weather surface in the Inner West Local Government area will be met through the NSW Government Rozelle Parkland commitment of $20million.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Your Say Inner West Rozelle Parkland Survey Results

2.

Submissions received from community Organisations in relation to the provision of an All Weather sporting surface at nominated sites.

 

 


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5 March 2024

 

Item No:              C0324(1) Item 23

Subject:              Living Streets Program 2023-24            

Prepared By:      Aaron Callaghan - Parks Planning and Ecology Manager

Authorised By:  Simone Plummer - Director Planning

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council receive and note the report.

 

 

 

 

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE

This report supports the following strategic directions contained within Council’s Community Strategic Plan:

5: Progressive, responsive and effective civic leadership

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

This report provides Council with an update on the implementation and community participation associated with Council’s Living Streets and Verge Garden Policy

 

Adopted in October 2023, the Living Streets Verge Garden Policy provides a framework for residents wanting to plant and care for gardens on verges of the Inner West or Adopt-a-Spot in a park or in a space which Council manages which is not a residential street verge or community garden.  Appropriate planting of verge gardens contributes to the ecological health, biodiversity, and livability of the Inner West.

 

BACKGROUND

At the October 2023 Council meeting in adopting the Living Streets and Adopt A Spot Policy Council resolved in part the following:

 

That Council set a target of 100 new verge gardens to be established in the next 12 months.

 

That a progress report against the target be provided to Council in three months and a review of the program in six months.

 

DISCUSSION

The Living Streets program have registered 50 new verge gardens and approved 1 Adopt-a-Spot since the policy was adopted by Council in October 2023. Council is currently well placed to support the implementation of 100 new verge gardens within the 12-month anniversary of the policy adoption. Council has also received an increase in the number of new verge garden enquiries from 31 in Q1 (prior to the policy adoption) to 58 in Q2. This was largely due to a successful social media campaign which was delivered alongside the policy launch. 

 

In relation to legacy garden projects, Council officers have contacted a total of 87 legacy gardeners, these being residents who were known to Council and actively gardening on the verge but were not registered under the new program. To date a total of 11 verge garden sites have been approved from the legacy list.

 

In Q3 a total of 37 new enquiries and been received for new verge gardens. As each garden site is unique, a site inspection along with the development of a safety risk management plan is required prior to approvals being issued.

 

Plant propagation and plant give aways to support the Verge Garden program are undertaken inhouse by our IWC Community Nurseries. Council has 25 varieties of endemic plants suitable for planting in verge gardens. Plant giveaways have increased from 15 in Q2, to 180 in Q3. An increase of 1100%.

 

The Urban Ecology team has received positive feedback from residents who have engaged with Council to support the creation of verge gardens and improve ecological outcomes for a sustainably managed Inner West.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

There are no financial implications associated with the implementation of the proposed recommendations outlined in the report.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.

 


Council Meeting

5 March 2024

 

Item No:              C0324(1) Item 24

Subject:              Direct Employment of people with a disability - bimonthly report           

Prepared By:      Helen Lyons - Senior Manager People and Culture  

Authorised By:  Peter Gainsford - General Manager

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council receive and note the report.

 

 

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE

This report supports the following strategic directions contained within Council’s Community Strategic Plan:

5: Progressive, responsive, and effective civic leadership

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

To address the resolution a specialist consultancy was engaged to assist in developing a strategy and action plan that supports council’s vision to be a leader in disability employment. To this end Get Skilled Access (GSA) has provided an audit of Council roles, protocols, processes, and recommendations.

 

BACKGROUND

 

At the Council meeting held on 5 December 2023, Council considered the first Bi-monthly report on direct employment of people with a disability as follows:

 

“That the March report on the Direct Employment of People with Disability include a detailed audit of positions within the Council that could be targeted for the direct employment of people with disability and positions that could be modified to remove barriers for potential or existing employees with disability.”

 

DISCUSSION

Council have engaged Get Skilled Access (GSA) a specialist disability consulting organisation with lived experience, founded by Dylan Alcott. They were commissioned to do an audit of a cross matrix section of positions within Council where disability employment activity will have genuine impact.

 

GET SKILLED ACCESS – JOB ROLE ACCESSIBILITY AND INCLUSION AUDIT

Get Skilled Access (GSA) audit and methodology incorporated a review of the following:

 

1.   Job Role

2.   Council’s job application platform

3.   Job Offers template

4.   Policy and process

5.   Council’s Careers page and Intranet pages

6.   Data review including relevant findings from the Royal Commission on Disability, and from disability employment platform The Field

 

Contributing to Council’s aim to become a disability employer of choice and be recognised as a leader in the field of disability employment. GSA have utilised The Field (disability employment platform) data to gain insight into the common roles people with disability are looking at and applying to across the employment market. GSA have applied this data in the selection of positions in Council to review. This insight enables Council to prioritise its efforts and focus on specific Council positions.

 

The GSA report highlighted Inner West Council’s Reasonable Adjustment Commitment is a gold standard document that not only highlights the inclusive nature of Council but demonstrates their commitment to being an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

The below table are examples of council roles that align with The Field disability employment platform common experiences and qualifications of candidates in an open job market (Attachment 1 Job Role Accessibility and Inclusion Audit pg.30-32). Of the roles that are more frequently available (Planners, Aquatic staff, Early Learning staff, Cooks, Customer Service Officers, Rangers and Landscape services team) these positions will be prioritised for direct disability opportunities as they are more likely to lead to ongoing work with council.

 

Qualification and experiences identified on The Field

Relevant roles at Inner West Council

Accountant

Financial Accountant

Service Unit Accountant

Senior Service Unit Accountant

Systems Accountant

Administration

Service Unit Resource & Admin Support Officer

Business Administration Support Officer

Library Services Administration Officer

Business and Operations Administrator

Analyst

Procurement Business Analyst

Business Analyst

Business Systems Analyst

Document and Records Analyst

Business Manager

Business Solutions Manager

Business Administration Lead

Business Improvement Officer

Business Partner

Cleaner

Cleaner - Aquatics

Customer Service

Library Customer Services Assistant

Customer Service Officer – Aquatics

Customer Service Supervisor – Aquatics

Senior Customer Service Officer

Data analyst/Entry

Data & Information Administrator

Records Curator

Data and Systems Analyst

Driver

Plant Operator/Driver

Team Member Driver – Resource Recovery Specialist Services

Team Member Driver- Street & Parks

Standby Driver – Resource Recovery Night

Finance

Account Officer

Financial Accountant

Senior Service Unit Accountant

Systems Accountant

Service Unit Accountant

Forklift Driver Operator

Plant Operator

Graphic Designer

Content Producer and Graphic Designer

Human Resources

People and Culture Advisor

WHS and Wellbeing Specialist

Learning and Development Specialist

Manager

Library Content & Community Manager

Project Manager - Ashfield Aquatic Centre Refurbishment Project Manager - Scheduler

Living Arts Manager

Project Manager

Operations & Special Projects Manager

Community Projects Coordinator

Project Manager - Ashfield Aquatic Centre Refurbishment

Project Manager - Scheduler

Marketing

Customer Service & Marketing Coordinator

Communication Engagement and Marketing Specialist

Marketing, Media & Communications Coordinator – Strategic and Corporate Communications

Library Web & Marketing Officer

Customer Service & Marketing Coordinator – Aquatic Services

 

The opportunities and recommendations in the GSA report will be implemented as actions alongside Council’s Workforce Management Strategy and Disability Inclusion Action Plan. Updates will be provided in future bi-monthly reports. The full GSA report is provided at Attachment 1 Job Role Accessibility and Inclusion Audit.

 

BIMONTHLY UPDATE

 

According to the 2023 Engagement Survey 4.9% of IWC employees shared that they have disability. The GSA report has provided recommendations to establish Council as a “disability employer of choice" and leader in the field of disability employment. These recommendations will be referred to council’s Access Advisory Committee.

 

Council continues to utilise a disability job board for advertising called TheField.jobs for advertising positions and receives applications through open recruitment. Requests for reasonable adjustments are received on Council’s existing job application platform. Internal recruitment specialists provide additional support when candidates are interviewed and have requested reasonable adjustments.

 

On review of Council’s recruitment platform, the GSA report stated,It is a successful sign and symbol of inclusion that the job application includes a mandatory question regarding reasonable adjustments and does not isolate the question to people with disability alone.” Council will apply recommendations from the GSA report relating to recruitment and job application platform for continuous improvement.

 

Ability Advocate has been engaged to deliver an EmbraceAbility mentorship program, linking talent and potential. The program will be available to employees with disability who wish to be either a mentee or a mentor. There will be ten (10) pairs of mentors and mentees resulting in a total of twenty (20) participants in the program.

 

The program is designed to support individuals with a disability in pursuing their career while simultaneously enhancing the skills and knowledge of managers in creating inclusive work environments. The six-month program aims to launch in March 2024. This meets the 3.2 Action in council’s Disability Action Plan.

 

Council is finalising the ‘Building a Culture of Accessibility and Inclusion’ training for all employees from the Australian Human Rights Commission. This course will be made available through the learning management system and is a development requirement for all employees to be completed by 30 June 2024. This meets the 5.7 Action in council’s Disability Action Plan.

 

Council has also sought advice from Donna Purcell, a Disability Advocate specialist, and the Principal of Disability Accessbility Includeability Consulting to apply her recent Churchill Fellowship research to Councils’ 2023-2026 Disability Inclusion Action Plan and the Our Inner West 2036 – Community Strategic Plans. As a curre