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Council Meeting

                            

TUESDAY 9 APRIL 2024

 

6:30 PM

 


Council Meeting

9 April 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

9 April 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 5 March 2024 Council                                                                                     7

 

8          Public Forum – Hearing from All Registered Speakers

 

Note: items not considered and deferred from the 5 March 2024 Ordinary Council meeting will not form part of the Public Forum session.

9          Condolence Motions

 

ITEM                                                                                                                                     Page

 

C0424(1) Item 1       Condolence Motion: Christopher Hugh Pratten OAM (1934-2024)       37

10        Mayoral Minutes

 

Nil at the time of printing.

11        Reports for Council Decision

 

ITEM                                                                                                                                     Page

 

C0424(1) Item 2       Delivery Program 2022-26 (year 3), Operational Plan and Budget 2024-25, and Long Term Financial Plan 2024-34 - Drafts for Public Exhibition          40

C0424(1) Item 3       Post Exhibition - Haberfield Development Control Plan                      341

C0424(1) Item 4       Post Exhibition - Good Neighbour Policy                                             397

C0424(1) Item 5       Post Exhibition - Iron Cove Creek Masterplan                                     410

C0424(1) Item 6       Post Exhibition - Establishing an Alcohol Free Zone - Loyalty Square Balmain 415

C0424(1) Item 7       Post Exhibition - Community Venue Hire Grants and Fee Scale Policy 431

C0424(1) Item 8       Post Exhibition - Land and Property Policy                                         449

C0424(1) Item 9       A Great Inner West Walk                                                                     484

C0424(1) Item 10     E-Scooter Trial - T3 Rail Line Closure                                                 489

C0424(1) Item 11     Leichhardt Oval public access post-trial and consultation outcomes  494

C0424(1) Item 12     Update - Main street Revitalisation Fund                                             497

C0424(1) Item 13     FOGO Service - Monthly Update                                                         511

C0424(1) Item 14     Options to Promote use of Town Halls                                                517

C0424(1) Item 15     Local Traffic Committee Meeting - 18 March 2024                              519

C0424(1) Item 16     Minutes of the Flood Advisory Committee held on 29 February 2024, and the Exhibition of the Alexandra Canal Flood Risk Management Study and Plan and the Whites Creek and Johnstons Creek Flood Risk Management Study and Plan                                                                                                       543

C0424(1) Item 17     Minutes of Audit Risk and Improvement Committee Meeting - 20 March 2024 568

 

12        Reports for Noting

 

ITEM                                                                                                                                     Page

 

C0424(1) Item 18     Outcome of Inner West Council's De-Amalgamation Business Case 616

C0424(1) Item 19     Investment Report at 29 February 2024                                              694

C0424(1) Item 20     Affordable Housing and Renters Rights Stakeholder Forum              736

C0424(1) Item 21     Stopping the Spread of Tobacconist and Vape Stores                       771

C0424(1) Item 22     Mitigating abandoned shopping trolleys - Marrickville Metro              787

C0424(1) Item 23     Mandatory Reporting to Council of Reports Received from FRNSW 792

C0424(1) Item 24     Review of Youth Library Engagement                                                 806

C0424(1) Item 25     Council assistance to First Nations families accessing Early Learning 812

C0424(1) Item 26     Update on Development of Anti-Racism Strategy                               815

 

13        Notices of Motion

 

ITEM                                                                                                                                     Page

 

C0424(1) Item 27     Notice of Motion: Invite the Australian Palestinian Advocacy Network to address the Australian Local Government Association National General Assembly     820

C0424(1) Item 28     Notice of Motion: Asbestos - Construction Waste and the Circular (Motion for National General Assembly)                                                                822

C0424(1) Item 29     Notice of Motion: Vilification Laws (Motion for National General Assembly)   824

C0424(1) Item 30     Notice of Motion: Electrify homes (Motion for National General Assembly)    826

C0424(1) Item 31     Notice of Motion: Inner West Council Rozelle Interchange Committee 828

C0424(1) Item 32     Notice of Motion: Rozelle Parklands Masterplan Funding                   829

C0424(1) Item 33     Notice of Motion: Use of aliases on Facebook by Councillors            830

C0424(1) Item 34     Notice of Motion: Format of Council Media Releases                         831

C0424(1) Item 35     Notice of Motion: Unoccupied Dwellings and the Housing Crisis        836

C0424(1) Item 36     Notice of Motion: Naturalising the Cooks River                                   837

C0424(1) Item 37     Notice of Motion: Demerger of Inner West Council                             838

C0424(1) Item 38     Notice of Motion: Improving the Demerger Process                            839

C0424(1) Item 39     Notice of Motion: Demerger Plan for Inner West Council                    840

C0424(1) Item 40     Notice of Motion: Leichhardt Oval food and beverage service            841

C0424(1) Item 41     Notice of Motion: Leichhardt Oval Women's Amenities                      843

C0424(1) Item 42     Notice of Motion: Leichhardt Oval access from Mary Street to the Bay Run   845

C0424(1) Item 43     Notice of Motion: Action on Illegal Dumping                                        846

C0424(1) Item 44     Notice of Motion: Tackling cost-of-living by cutting energy bills for households (Motion for National General Assembly)                                              848

C0424(1) Item 45     Notice of Motion: Pedestrian Safety at Cardinal Freeman Village      850

 

14        Questions From Councillors

 

ITEM                                                                                                                                     Page

 

C0424(1) Item 46     Question on Notice: EV charging                                                         857

C0424(1) Item 47     Question on Notice: Security Bonds, Deposits and Retentions          861

C0424(1) Item 48     Question on Notice: Response to Climate Emergency Inner West and Inner West Council Footpath Program                                                          863

C0424(1) Item 49     Question on Notice: Waste Collection Yellow Bins: OHS                   864

C0424(1) Item 50     Question on Notice: Voluntary Planning Agreement Update              865

C0424(1) Item 51     Question on Notice: Synthetic Turf and All-weather Turf Fields         866

 

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

 

C0424(1) Item 52     RFT 22-23 - IWC Plumbing Contractors Panel                                   867

C0424(1) Item 53     Insurance obligations                                                                           869

C0424(1) Item 54     Appointment of Independent Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee (ARIC) Member                                                                                                870

C0424(1) Item 55     Licence to Wests Tigers for use of Leichhardt Oval                            872

C0424(1) Item 56     Update on the development of Affordable Housing on Council land  874

 


Council Meeting

9 April 2024

 

 

Minutes of Ordinary Council Meeting held on 5 March 2024 at
Ashfield Service Centre

 

Meeting commenced at 6:34pm

 

 

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

Scott Mullen

Manod Wickramasinghe

Marea Getsios

Ken Welsh

Chris Sleiman

Director Community

Director Corporate

Senior Manager Governance and Risk

General Counsel

Strategic Investments and Property Manager

Traffic and Transport Planning Manager

Procurement and Contracts Manager

Coordinator Strategic Transport Planning

Acting Chief Financial Officer

Katherine Paixao

Darcie Huisman

Business Paper Coordinator

Business Paper Officer

 

APOLOGIES AND REQUEST FOR REMOTE PARTICIPATION:    

 

Nil.

 

DISCLOSURES OF INTERESTS:   

 

Councillor Shetty declared a non-significant, non-pecuniary interest in Item 3 - 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 Shetty declared a non-significant, non-pecuniary interest in Item 7 - Minutes of Local Traffic Committee Meeting – 19 February 2024 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 Howard declared a non-significant, non-pecuniary interest in Item 3 - 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 7 - Minutes of Local Traffic Committee Meeting – 19 February 2024 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 53 - Mayoral Minute: Rozelle Parklands, as he works in the Ministerial Office of the Minister for Transport. As this is a legal matter that may impact Transport for NSW, and out of an abundance of caution so as to avoid any perception of conflict, he will remove himself from discussion and voting on the matter. 

 

Councillor Howard declared a non-significant, non-pecuniary interest in Item 52 - TfNSW Litigation - Camdenville Park, as he works in the Ministerial Office of the Minister for Transport. As this is a legal matter, and out of an abundance of caution so as to avoid any perception of conflict, he will remove himself from discussion and voting on the matter. 

 

Councillor Howard declared a non-significant, non-pecuniary interest in Item 36 - 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. Out of an abundance of caution, he will leave the meeting during discussion and voting on the matter.

 

Motion: (Smith/Scott)

 

That Council note the disclosures of interest.

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Nil

 

** Councillor Griffiths made a declaration later in the meeting.

 

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES

 

Motion: (Drury/Stephens)

 

That the Minutes of the Ordinary Council meeting held on Tuesday, 13 February 2024 and the Extraordinary Council meeting held on Tuesday, 20 February 2024 be confirmed as a correct record.

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Nil

 

 

PUBLIC FORUM

 

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

 

Councillor Griffiths left the Meeting at 6:39pm

 

Councillor Howard left the Meeting at 6:42pm

 

Councillor Howard returned to the Meeting at 6:45pm

 

The Mayor, Councillor Byrne left the meeting at 6:50pm and vacated the Chair. The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Smith, assumed the Chair.

 

Councillor Griffiths returned to the Meeting at 7:01pm

 

The Mayor, Councillor Byrne returned to the meeting at 7:04pm. The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Smith, vacated the Chair and the Mayor, Councillor Byrne, assumed the Chair.

 

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

Motion: (Tsardoulias/Byrne)

 

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.

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Nil

 

Councillor Howard left the Meeting at 7:53pm as he declared a non-significant, non-pecuniary interest in Item 53 - Mayoral Minute: Rozelle Parklands,  as he works in the Ministerial Office of the Minister for Transport and this is a legal matter.

 

Procedural Motion: (Drury/Smith)

 

That Council allow Clr Byrne to speak for 1 additional minute on Item 53.

 

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

 

C0324(1) Item 53       Mayoral Minute: Rozelle Parklands

Motion: (Byrne)

 

  1. That Council make use of the power available to it under the Local Government Act to enforce and expedite the clean-up of asbestos contamination in the Rozelle Parklands and surrounding areas.

 

  1. That the Mayor and General Manager request to meet with the Minister for Environment and Water to discuss the range of issues which have affected the closure of the Rozelle Parklands.

 

 

 

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

 

DISCLOSURE OF INTEREST:        

 

Councillor Griffiths declared a non-significant, non-pecuniary interest in Item 36 - Notice of Motion: Inner West Schools Active Travel as he is employed by the NSW Department of Education and could not determine prior to the meeting if there would be an impact regarding the grants. He will leave the chamber during voting and discussion.

 

Motion: (Drury/Da Cruz)

 

That Council note Councillor Griffiths’ disclosure of interest.

 

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

 

Councillor Howard returned to the Meeting at 8:11pm

 

C0324(1) Item 54       Mayoral Minute: Support for Inner West Brewing Sector

Motion: (Byrne)

 

That Council, in partnership with the Inner West Brewers Association, hold a forum to discuss the challenges and opportunities for the craft beer and gin distilling sectors in the Inner West. The forum is to be held at a local craft brewery with a summary of the discussion to be reported to an Ordinary Council meeting.

 

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

 

Procedural Motion (Scott/D’Arienzo)

 

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

 

  1. Item 13 Investment Report at 31 December 2023
  2. Item 19 Update on Key Traffic Issues in the Marrickville-Midjuburi Ward
  3. Item 20 Progress Report - Proposed Pedestrian Bridge over Dobroyd Parade
  4. Item 28 Arts and Music Recovery Plan Bi-Monthly Update
  5. Item 37 Notice of Motion: Drag Story Time
  6. Item 41 Notice of Motion: Early Childhood Education and Care Workers
  7. Item 42 Notice of Motion: Extending the swimming season at Fanny Durack
                  Aquatic Centre
  8. Item 44 Notice of Motion: Newtown Street Party
  9. Item 45 Notice of Motion: Mardi Gras Fair Day
  10. Item 46 Notice of Motion: Bird protection at Marrickville Metro

 

 

 

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/D’Arienzo)

 

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

 

  1. Item 13 Investment Report at 31 December 2023
  2. Item 19 Update on Key Traffic Issues in the Marrickville-Midjuburi Ward
  3. Item 20 Progress Report - Proposed Pedestrian Bridge over Dobroyd Parade
  4. Item 28 Arts and Music Recovery Plan Bi-Monthly Update
  5. Item 37 Notice of Motion: Drag Story Time
  6. Item 41 Notice of Motion: Early Childhood Education and Care Workers
  7. Item 42 Notice of Motion: Extending the swimming season at Fanny Durack
                  Aquatic Centre
  8. Item 44 Notice of Motion: Newtown Street Party
  9. Item 45 Notice of Motion: Mardi Gras Fair Day
  10. Item 46 Notice of Motion: Bird protection at Marrickville Metro

 

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

 

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

Motion: (Scott/D’Arienzo)

 

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

 

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

Motion: (Scott/D’Arienzo)

 

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

 

 

 

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

Motion: (Scott/D’Arienzo)

 

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

 

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

Motion: (Scott/D’Arienzo)

 

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

 

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

Motion: (Scott/D’Arienzo)

 

1.   That Council thanks Council library staff and the communities directorate for organising and running the Drag Story Time event this past weekend.

 

2.   That Council thanks Rainbow Families NSW and Joyce Maynge for their work on the event, and thanks Inner West Police Area Command for their support of the event.

 

3.   That Council condemns homophobia and transphobia.

 

4.   That Council commits to holding a series of Drag Story Time events with Rainbow Families. 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

Motion: (Scott/D’Arienzo)

 

1.   That Council note that 8 March 2024 is International Women's Day, and this is a key day for celebrating the wins of the women's movement and fighting for further systemic change.

2.   That Council note that the gender pay gap of 28% persists in Australia, and that Australia has one of the most gender segregated labour forces in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), with most women working in systematically underpaid roles like early childhood education, school support, aged care and disability support, cleaning, hairdressing, nursing, and school teaching.

3.   That Council note the recent recommendations of the Women's Equality Taskforce, and the recent reports of the early learning sector by the Australian Consumer Commission and the United Workers Union.

4.   That Council note that in particular the Women's Economic Equality Taskforce stresses the importance of supporting a pay increase  for early childhood educators, the universalisation of early childhood education & care for families, paid placements for feminised industries like health and education, and employment targets for women and minorities to address segregation in the workforce.

5.   That Council note it plays a key role in the provision of long day care and pre-school in the area.

6.   That Council commend early childhood educators in the United Workers Union for taking action on 8 March for a pay increase.

7.   That Council reiterate support for the LGNSW motion to negotiate with the union, and requests an update from LGNSW on its progress.

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

 

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

Motion: (Scott/D’Arienzo)

 

1.   That Council notes that Inner West aquatic centres will need to be a part of our strategy to deal with a heating climate.

 

2.   That Council receive a report that considers extending the swimming season at Fanny Durack Aquatic Centre including any cost of upgrading lights at the pool to permit an extended season and opening hours, the report to be provided to permit consideration in the context of the 2024/25 Budget considerations. 

 

 

 

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

 

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

Motion: (Scott/D’Arienzo)

 

1.   That Council notes that the Newtown Street Party celebrates the vibrant and diverse community of Newtown, and is an example of how Council can work with local businesses to support more live music, street pedestrianisation, and economic activation.

 

2.   That Council notes that the event also serves as an important fundraising opportunity for Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, with more than $10,000 in gold coin donations raised in the last two years of the event.

 

3.   That Council thanks Young Henrys and Solotel’s Courthouse Hotel for their ongoing partnership with Council to hold the event, noting that this event could not proceed without Council’s support.

 

4.   That Council supports holding the Newtown Street Party as a permanent annual event.

 

5.   That Council support Young Henrys and the Courthouse Hotel to secure the future of the Newtown Street Party as an annual event, including providing support for arts and cultural funding applications.

 

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

 

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

Motion: (Scott/D’Arienzo)

 

1.   That Council expresses disappointment that Mardi Gras Fair Day was cancelled in 2024 following asbestos contamination in Victoria Park.

 

2.   That Council thanks the Mayor and senior staff for acting quickly and offering Inner West Council’s parks and services as an alternative venue.

 

3.   That Council requests officers meet with representatives from Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras to deepen engagement with Mardi Gras in future years.

 

4.   That given the proximity of the Fair Day event to Inner West Council, and the number of Inner West residents who participate, request officers organise an Inner West Council stall at Mardi Gras Fair Day on an annual basis. 



 

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

 

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

Motion: (Scott/D’Arienzo)

 

That Council write to the management of the Marrickville Metro Shopping Centre requesting that following the deaths of native birds, they take action to eliminate bird strikes on the glass walkway connecting the two halves of the shopping centre over Smidmore Street. 

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Nil

 

Procedural Motion (Shetty/Atkins)

 

That Council Suspend Standing Orders and bring forward Item 22.

 

Motion Lost

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

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

 

Procedural Motion (Griffiths/Stamolis)

 

That the public speaker in the gallery be allowed to speak on Item 2 for a period of 2 minutes.

 

The Chairperson ruled the Procedural Motion out of order as it is not in line with the Code of Meeting Practice.

 

Procedural Motion (Griffiths/Shetty)

 

That a motion of dissent be moved in the Chairperson’s ruling on the Procedural Motion.

 

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

 

The Chairperson’s ruling was upheld.

 

Procedural Motion (Byrne/Drury)

 

That the meeting be adjourned for 3 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 8:19pm

 

The meeting recommenced at 8:23pm

 

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

Motion: (Byrne/Scott)

 

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

 

2.    That Council open an expression of interest (EOI) process for interested parties to participate in the project control group for the Inner West Museum of Rugby League.

 

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

 

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

Motion: (Drury/Griffiths)

 

That Council receive the minutes and adopt the recommendations of the Local Traffic Committee meeting held on 11 December 2023, subject to:

 

1.    Council committing to the expedited delivery of LTC1233 (1) Item 8 traffic calming measures around Cardinal Freemen Village: 

 

a)    that Council Commits to the planned works being delivered in both the 2024/25 and 2025/26 financial years and that Council will seek opportunities to fund and deliver the works sooner;

b)    that Plan 1 (a) Victoria St, mid-block between Clissold Street and Seaview Street be delivered as the first project, as a matter of urgency; and 

c)    that Item 8 program of works be referred to the Major Projects Committee for oversight. 

 

2.    The following being referred to the Local Traffic Committee for investigation, in relation to LTC1223(1) Item 8:

 

a)    that Council investigate traffic calming measures on intersections of Norton Street and Carlisle Street, and Norton and Lapish Avenue; and

b)    that Council continue consultations with Guide Dogs NSW/ACT and other stakeholders with the aim of developing safe and inclusive pedestrian crossings in our community. 

 

3.    The following amendments to LTC1223(1) Item 7 to include urgent action being taken to improve visibility of the pedestrian crossing at Illawarra Road at Yirran Gumal Early Learning Centre, including:

 

a)    a report including designs to improve visibility at the crossing be brought to the next possible Local Traffic Committee Meeting, considering options to raise the crossing, implement flashing lights, or any other measure to improve safety; and

b)    that upon approval by the Local Traffic Committee and Council, these works be immediately prioritised and undertaken, funded through the quarterly budget update.

 

4.    The following amendments to LTC1223(1) Item 3:

 

a)    that the clause on page 7 of the policy that allows for crossings to be provided at less than the numerical warrant be amended to read as follows:
‘A pedestrian (zebra) crossing may also be considered at locations where there is a deviation from meeting the warrant, such as where the pedestrian crossing would serve as an essential link to an overall network of pedestrian facilities, or
 for a vulnerable group such as children, the elderly or mobility impaired’; and

b)    that a report be provided to Council 12 months after the adoption of the policy about any new pedestrian crossings that have been approved or refused under the new policy, with reasons for the approvals and refusals to be included in 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

 

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

Motion: (Drury/Scott)

 

  1. That Council determine the Councillors attending the National General Assembly of Local Government 2024 are Clrs Byrne, Drury, Atkins, Langford, Lockie, Griffiths and Da Cruz.

 

  1. That Council determine the one (1) Councillor that will be the voting delegate is Clr Byrne.

 

  1. That Council endorse the following motion to be submitted to the 2024 National General Assembly:

 

This National General Assembly calls on the federal government to improve the ethically and environmentally responsible investment options for Councils by developing legislation that requires all banks to offer fossil fuel free investment options.

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Nil

 

 

Amendment (Da Cruz)

 

That Council endorse the following Motions to be submitted to the 2024 National General Assembly:

 

a)    That this National General Assembly calls on the Australian Government to ensure sufficient funding of regulation of the Waste industry including monitoring handling of Construction Waste in the Circular Economy in particular the handling of hazardous materials.

 

b)    This National General Assembly calls on the Australian Government to urgently standardise Bins and include funding for education in schools curriculum and to councils for education in the community (at work and play) about key components of the waste strategy such as what goes into the different coloured kerbside bins but also more generally, where and how the content is processed  and other initiatives the Government is taking to reach a circular economy with regard to domestic waste.

 

The Chairperson ruled the amendment out of order as they are listed in the business paper as Notices of Motion. 

 

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

 

Motion: (Byrne/Stamolis)

 

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). 

 

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

 

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

Motion: (Stephens/Lockie)

1.    That Council adopt the InnerWest@40Investigation in Potential Local Road Speed Limit Reductions” Study and seek approval and funding from Transport for NSW (TfNSW) to expedite the implementation of 40km/hr speed limits on all local streets within the Inner West Local Government Area.

 

2.    That Council forward the InnerWest@40 “Investigation 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.                           

 

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/Lockie)

 

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 8:57pm

 

The meeting recommenced at 9:09pm

 

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

Motion: (Howard/Scott)

 

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

 

2.    That Council officers meet with Marrickville Metro management to discuss strategies for reducing the amount of shopping trolleys left on streets surrounding Marrickville Metro.

 

3.    That Council officers table a report back to the April Ordinary Council meeting with outcome of the meeting and strategies for mitigating the issue of abandoned shopping trolleys.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

Motion: (Howard/Drury)

 

1.    That Council adopt the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Procurement Strategy, with the addition of a note stating that Council will review the Strategy after one year with the view of assessing council’s progress in meeting the proposed target for procurement from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Suppliers or products and seeking to at least double the target each year in the next five years.

 

2.    That as part of that review, Council undertake engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suppliers to ensure that the procurement strategy is adequately servicing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owned businesses.

 

3.    That Council specifically target the GreenWay project for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander procurement and identify opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suppliers.

 

4.    That Council hold training and awareness sessions with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suppliers and organisations regarding opportunities to work with Inner West Council and Council’s tender processes.

 

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

 

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

Motion: (Howard/Byrne)

 

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.

 

3.    That Council thank and acknowledge the work of the community representatives who participated in the Marrickville Town Hall Steering Committee.

 

4.    That an event be held in the next three months, funded through the third quarter budget review process, to showcase the work undertaken by the Committee and Inner West Council to activate our town halls and featuring performances by local artists, musicians and performers, inviting:

a)    representatives from arts and cultural organisations from across Sydney, with an emphasis on local organisations and organisations from multicultural arts organisations;

b)    relevant media;

c)    the Australian Federal Minister for the Arts, NSW Special Minister of State, Minister for Roads, Minister for the Arts, Minister for Music and the Night-time Economy, and Minister for Jobs and Tourism and Federal and State representatives; and

d)    members of the Marrickville Town Hall Steering Committee, (and that the contribution made by these volunteers be acknowledged at the event).

 

5.    That advertising banners and flags noted in the report are in place at all town halls prior to this event.

 

6.    That the Inner West Council website host a page promoting the use of our town halls by artists and creative industries, and that printed collateral promoting this initiative be made available at our libraries, community centres, and other locations, and that a feature article promoting the initiative be included as part of an upcoming edition of the Inner West Community News.

 

7.    That Council report back to the April Ordinary Council meeting about options to promote the initiative more broadly, including on bus stop advertising, social media advertising and more broadly, with costs to be absorbed through the third quarter budget review process.

 

8.    That Council endorse the Community Venue Hire Grants and Fee Scale Policy being amended as below and placed on public exhibition for a period of 28 days to seek community feedback on the proposed amendment:

 

That Table 1: Schedule of Scaled Fees and Categories of Organisation be amended to include all creative individuals or groups requesting use of Town Halls or their associated spaces in the 100% scaled fee waiver category, where the activity or event to be held is not primarily a fundraising event.  

 

9.    That following the conclusion of the exhibition period, the draft amended Community Venue Hire Grants and Fee Scale 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

 

C0324(1) Item 10       Household Rainwater Tanks

Motion: (Howard/Stephens)

 

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.

 

2.    That Council set a target for annual residential household uptake through the Rainwater Tank Incentive Scheme and report back to Council on a bi-annual basis about the target, strategy to reach it and progress via councillor briefing.

 

3.    That Council include information about the Rainwater Tank Incentive Scheme in an upcoming edition of the Inner West Community News and on social media, include information about the scheme in publications associated with rates notices, and ensure information about the scheme is accessible to residents via the council website.

 

4.    That Council write to the NSW Minister for Planning, the Hon. Paul Scully, noting the limitations of the current Complying Development SEPP with respect to installing household rainwater tanks, particularly in relation to lot size and heritage protection, and ask for this to be reviewed.

 

5.    That Council write to the Minister for Better Regulation and Fair Trading, the Hon. Anoulack Chanthivong MP, asking that action be taken to support residential tenants to install solar panels, batteries and household rainwater tanks.

 

6.    That Council write to the Federal Minister for Water, the Hon. Tanya Plibersek MP, and the NSW Minister for Water, the Hon. Rose Jackson MLC, requesting funding to local governments to provide support to households looking to install household rainwater tanks.

 

7.    That Council investigate options to expand the Rainwater Tank Incentive Scheme to include the installation of rainwater connections to residential laundries and toilets.

 

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

 

C0324(1) Item 11       Inclusive Playgrounds Progress Update

Motion: (Howard/Drury)

 

1.    That Council receive and note the report.

 

2.    That noting the 5 best sites put forward for the inclusive playground program meant a gap in the Ashfield ward, the program is to investigate the inclusion of the Ashfield ward by adding an additional site to the current program, with the results of the investigation reported to the Major Projects Committee 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

 

 

 

 

C0324(1) Item 12       Council Streetscape Services Website Improvements

Motion: (Howard/Scott)

 

1.    That Council receive and note the report.

 

2.    That progress on the proposed website updates to publicise street cleaning (including high pressure cleaning), weed spraying, park mowing, park cleaning schedules and the Civil Works maintenance work schedules be reported to each meeting of the Customer Service Committee until completion and then to Council.

 

3.    That spreadsheets detailing data on service delivery for verge mowing and each of the above services continue to be updated and published on the website each quarter.

 

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

 

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

Motion: (Drury/Da Cruz)

 

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

 

Amendment (Da Cruz/Atkins)

 

That Council note that $276 million of Rate and Tax Payer funds are held by Council and invested as at January 2024.

 

Motion Lost

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

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

 

C0324(1) Item 15       FOGO Monthly Report

Motion: (Howard/Scott)

 

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

 

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

Motion: (Howard/Byrne)

 

  1. That Council receive and note the report.

 

  1. That Council commence registration for the opt-in weekly red bin collection on 18 March with the service to commence on 25 March. For the first 3 weeks of registration priority will be given to set categories of residents with the most need. During this period households with small children in nappies, residents with medical conditions and disability and large households with 5 or more residents will be able to register.

 

  1. That from 8 April other residents not listed in the categories above will be able to register for the opt-in weekly service.

 

  1. That registrations will be taken by phone only with the requirement for a short survey to obtain necessary information, and agreement for the Council’s Wastebusters team to be able to contact the resident in the future.

 

  1. That information about the registration process for the opt-in weekly red bin collection is to be provided clearly on the Council website.

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Nil

 

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

Motion: (Howard/Shetty)

 

1.    That Council receive and note the report.

 

2.    That Council again write to major supermarkets and the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission Soft Plastics Taskforce noting the recent recommencement of soft plastics recycling through some trial stores in Melbourne, requesting that similar trials be held in the Inner West Local Government Area, and noting the responsibility of major supermarket retailers to manage soft plastics and hard to recycle waste.

 

3.    That Council write to the Commonwealth Government noting our eagerness to participate in future trials of kerbside soft plastics recycling under the National Plastics Recycling Scheme.

 

4.    That Council officers report back in April 2024 with the results of the tender for the expansion of soft plastics recycling services and that costs be factored into the development of the 2024-2025 Budget.

 

5.    That Council continue to explore options for the use of an EPS extruder that would allow the collection of polystyrene through community recycling centres.



 

 

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

 

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

Motion: (Byrne/Scott)

 

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

 

C0324(1) Item 21       Electric Vehicle Public Charging Update

Motion (Smith/Atkins)

 

  1. That Council receive and note the report.

 

  1. That Council commit to the installation of at least two public charging stations, one to be located kerbside and one to be located in a council car park, by no later than September 2024.  

 

  1. That Council receive a bi-monthly report on the progress of installing EV public charging infrastructure in the LGA, including at the two locations mentioned above, as well as other kerbside locations, council car parks, and depots.

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Nil

 

Procedural Motion (Shetty/Byrne)

 

That Council allow Clr Shetty to speak for 1 additional minute on Item 22.

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Nil

 

Procedural Motion (Scott/Stephens)

 

That Council allow Clr Byrne to speak for 2 additional minutes on Item 22.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

Motion: (Scott/Byrne)

 

  1. That Council receive and note the report.

 

  1. That Council continue investigation into the installation of all-weather surface at one or more of Leichhardt 2, Easton Park, Waterfront Drive (Callan Park) and Balmain Road (Callan Park).

 

  1. That Council staff engage representatives from the sporting clubs that made submissions including Balmain District Football Club, Leichhardt Saints, Leichhardt Wanderers Cricket Club, Balmain Junior Rugby Club, Balmain South Sydney Cricket Club, Balmain Little Athletics, Glebe District Hockey Club, Inner West Harbour Cricket, Cricket NSW, Canterbury District Football Association and Football NSW and with a view to supporting them to agree jointly to a suitable location, and including discussion of how clubs that do not prefer an all-weather surface can be accommodated at other venues.

 

  1. That Council note the Chief Scientist and Engineer’s Independent review into the design, use and impacts of synthetic turf in public open spaces 13 October 2022 recognises that “in a context of constrained resources and climate futures, councils have the challenging task of managing competing values and interests, including availability and application of open space.”

 

  1. That Council note that the report identifies that environmental impact is highly dependent on site-specific factors, and identifies potential ways to mitigate negative environmental issues when planning and delivering, (e.g. design features, like a dropped level of field relative to surrounding area, can limit transport of plastics).

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Motion: (Smith/Atkins)

 

1.    That Council receive and note the report.

 

2.    That Council undertake an additional advertising push on social media and in the next Council newsletter encouraging participation in the Living Streets and Adopt-A-Spot programs.

 

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

 

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

Motion: (Howard/Scott)

 

1.    That Council receive and note the report.

 

2.    That Council share the Job Role and Accessibility and Inclusion Audit with the Inner West Council Access Advisory Committee and seek feedback.

 

3.    That the May bi-monthly report include a table of recommendations from the Job Role and Accessibility and Inclusion Audit, noting those that are supported, supported in principle or opposed, with rationale as to council staff’s recommendations and including a possible timeline for implementation in the case of those that are supported or supported in principle.

 

4.    That bi-monthly reports indicate the number of people with disability employed at council, and specifically employed in the roles identified in the Job Role and Accessibility and Inclusion Audit.

 

5.    That elected Councillors be invited and facilitated to undertake the “Building a Culture of Accessibility and Inclusion” training before June 2024 and that the number of councillors and staff who have completed the training be reported to the July 2024 meeting.

 

6.    That the 2024-2025 Budget specifically include funding and information about programs to support disability inclusion in the Inner West Council workforce and to support the direct employment of people with disability.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

Motion: (Howard/Langford)

 

1.    That Council receive and note the report.

 

2.    That Council write to all residents of Tempe, St Peters and Sydenham outlining the works being undertaken and noting the blitz of the suburbs to be undertaken throughout the next three months to June 2024.

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Nil

 

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

Motion: (Byrne/Scott)

 

1.    That Council fund the provision of a mini bus and driver to provide a shuttle bus service connecting patrons going to the Biennale at White Bay Power Station to Darling Street Balmain and Rozelle. The Service is to be provided on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the festival with the route and pick-up and drop-off location to be determined in consultation with Balmain/Rozelle Chamber of Commerce.

 

2.    That Council urgently write to Transport for NSW seeking a joint funding contribution toward the cost of this bus service, immediate assistance in hiring the bus, securing a driver and implementing the route and pick up/drop off locations.

 

3.    That funds for this be identified in the next quarterly budget review.

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Nil

 

Procedural Motion (Scott/Stephens)

 

That Council Suspend Standing Orders and bring forward Items 51 and 52 and enter into Confidential Session to deal with all confidential items at this time.

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Nil

 

 

 

 

 

 

Confidential Session

 

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

 

C0324(1) Item 51 Quarterly Strategic Investment Property Report – January 2024 Section 10A(2)(c) of the Local Government Act 1993) that would, if disclosed, confer a commercial advantage on a person with whom the council is conducting (or proposes to conduct) business.

 

C0324(1) Item 52 TfNSW Litigation - Camdenville Park (Section 10A(2)(g) of the Local Government Act 1993) that would otherwise be privileged from production in legal proceedings on the ground of legal professional privilege     

 

Reports with Confidential Information

 

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

Motion: (Drury/Scott)

 

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

 

Councillor Howard left the Meeting at 10:22pm as he declared non-significant, non-pecuniary interest in Item 52 - TfNSW Litigation - Camdenville Park as he works in the Ministerial Office of the Minister for Transport and this is a legal matter.

 

C0324(1) Item 52       TfNSW Litigation - Camdenville Park

Motion: (Drury/Stephens)

 

That the Council, in the event of any negotiations, endorse the General Manager and General Counsel to negotiate compensation for the Acquired Land in respect of the Land and Environment proceedings.

 

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

 

Procedural Motion (Smith/Lockie)

 

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

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Nil

Absent:                        Cr Howard

 

Councillor Howard returned to the Meeting at 10:24pm.

 

Procedural Motion: (Atkins/Langford)

 

That Council Suspend Standing Orders and bring forward Item 40.

 

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 Council allow Clr Howard to speak for 2 additional minutes on Item 40.

 

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

 

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

Motion: (Atkins/Lockie)

 

1.   That Council note that on Transgender Day of Visibility Council already flies either the Progress Pride flag or the transgender flag at its town halls and lights Camperdown Memorial Rest Park in the colours of the transgender flag.

 

2.   That Council endorse and publicise on social media the Trans Day of Visibility Rally to be held on Sunday 31 March 2024 at 2pm at Pride Square.

 

3.   That Council prioritise consideration of an application for up to 4 stalls at Pride Square before the rally to give the atmosphere of a small community fair.

 

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

 

Foreshadowed Motion (Howard/D’Arienzo)

 

1.    That Council note that the international Transgender Day of Visibility takes place on 31 March 2024.

 

2.    That Council note that under previous Council decisions the Progress Pride Flag or transgender flag will be flown at the Town Halls and lights at Camperdown Memorial Rest Park will be lit with the colours of the transgender flag.

 

3.    That Council notes other work that Inner West Council is doing to support transgender and gender diverse people in our community, including but not limited to the establishment of an Inner West Pride Centre, programming Trans and Gender Diverse Swim nights, supporting our LGBTQ Working Group, advocating for significant law reform, and activation and support offered through the Pride Inner West program.

 

4.    That Council again highlight the work of local trans and gender diverse activists and organisations in an upcoming edition of Inner West Council News to mark Trans Day of Visibility.

5.    That Council prioritise consideration of an application for up to 4 stalls at Pride Square before the rally to give the atmosphere of a small community fair.

 

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

 

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

Motion: (Scott/Da Cruz)

 

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

                       

C0324(1) Item 29       Reconciliation Action Plan Quarterly Update

Motion: (Howard/Griffiths)

 

​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

 

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

Motion: (Scott/Atkins)

 

1.    That Council receive and note the report.

 

2.    That Council hold a short, online, follow-up industry professionals workshop advertised to the original invitees and participants, providing them with a copy of the Action Plan, seeking feedback about the proposed service improvements and the external review, and seek their willingness to continue to be involved in service improvements.

 

3.    That Council record feedback from the follow up session and provide it with the next report to Council on Customer Service in Development Assessment.

 

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

 

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

Motion: (Scott/Lockie)

 

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

 

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

Motion: (Da Cruz/Atkins)

 

That Council request a review of fees and charges at the Inner West Council’s 5 aquatic centres to be provided in time for the adoption of new fees on 1 July 2024. The Terms of Reference for the review to include:

 

a)    the costs of running each of the aquatic centres; and

b)    an explanation of how the council’s aquatic centre fees and charges are calculated, taking into account:

                      i.        direct debit and credit card charges;

                    ii.        costs and sources of Income for each of the 5 aquatic centres;

                   iii.        training of lifeguards and other staff such as personal trainers and nutritionists;

                   iv.        fees for school carnivals;

                    v.        fees for squad training;

                   vi.        minimum and maximum adult and children annual costs to swim, use the gym and other facilities based on weekly use for six months -including actual use, income and days/hours open 1 July – 31 Dec 2023;

                  vii.        aqua aerobics fees for adults and seniors at each pool;

                viii.        access to each pool – public transport, population living within 400m, cycling and parking including transport for staff;

                   ix.        how a seasonal fee could work;

                    x.        extending the hours and days each centre is available to the public or available for private use (self provision of Life Guards etc.);

                   xi.        upgrades required to move away from gas (co-gen), costs and grants;

                  xii.        operation of Moveable Floor at Ashfield;

                xiii.        comparative costs at Pools within our LGA and adjacent LGAs; and

                xiv.        consultation with the community and centre users.

 

 

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

 

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

Motion: (Da Cruz/Stamolis)

 

1.   That Council notes the considerable dissatisfaction in the community about the rollout of FOGO.

 

2.   That Council review the Domestic Waste Charge in time for adoption of new fees on 1 July 2024.

 

Motion Lost

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

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

 

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

Motion: (Atkins/Byrne)

 

That this Item be withdrawn.

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Nil

 

Procedural Motion (Howard/Stephens)

 

That Council allow Clr Byrne to speak for an additional 1 minute on item 35.

 

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

 

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

Motion: (Atkins/Lockie)

 

1.    That Council note the distress and trauma caused to First Nations people when we celebrate on 26 January.

 

2.    That Council note that the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Advisory Committee advises that local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are not focused on 26 January as Australia Day or a day for citizenship but focus on Yabun as a celebration of survival and culture. Council continues to support Yabun annually and that the Committee did not express a view about when Council holds citizenship ceremonies.

 

3.    That Council decide that citizenship ceremonies not be held on 26 January in the future.

 

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 Griffiths left the Meeting at 10:52pm as he declared a non-significant, non-pecuniary interest in Item 36 - Notice of Motion: Inner West Schools Active Travel as he is employed by the NSW Department of Education and could not determine prior to the meeting if there would be an impact regarding the grants.

 

Councillor Howard left the Meeting at 10:52pm as he declared a non-significant, non-pecuniary interest in Item 36 - 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.

 

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

Motion: (Shetty/Stephens)

 

1.   That Council acknowledges the mental, physical and environmental benefits of having more school students walking, cycling and scootering to school.

 

2.   That Council notes the NSW Government’s recently announced Active Transport to School program offering an additional $10 million to councils to fund active travel to school projects.

 

3.   That Council undertakes a report into establishing an Inner West Primary Schools Active Travel pilot program identifying primary schools in the Local Government Area with potential to be involved in a multi-disciplinary education and pedestrian infrastructure improvement program to encourage more walking, cycling and scootering to school.

 

4.   That Council investigates potential funding sources for the program, including external sources such as TfNSW’s Get NSW Active grant program.

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Nil

Absent:                        Crs Griffiths and Howard

 

Councillor Griffiths returned to the Meeting at 10:53pm

 

Councillor Howard returned to the Meeting at 10:53pm

 

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

Motion: (Da Cruz/Griffiths)

 

1.    That Council endorse the following motion to be submitted to the 2024 National General Assembly:

 

This National General Assembly calls on the Australian Government to urgently standardise Bins and include funding for education in schools curriculum and to councils for education in the community (at work and play) about key components of the waste strategy such as what goes into the different coloured kerbside bins but also more generally, where and how the content is processed  and other initiatives the Government is taking to reach a circular economy with regard to domestic waste.

 

2.    That the first sentence of the Summary of Key Arguments be amended to read: “The ongoing rollout of FOGO, which is a State and National initiative, present challenges for local council and communities.”

 

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 39 and 43 be deferred to the 9 April 2024 Ordinary Council meeting.

 

Motion Carried

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

Against Motion:          Nil

 

 

Meeting closed at 11.02pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Public Speakers:

 

 

Item #

 

Speaker                     

Suburb

Item 5:

Jacquie Stratford

Frank Portegys

Robert Clark

Birchgrove

Birchgrove

Birchgrove

Item 6:

Will Atkins

Sharon Laura

Balmain East

Haberfield

Item 7:

Margo Cashman

Dulwich Hill

Item 21:

Stan Baker

Birchgrove

Item 22:

Matthew Bowen

David Cook

Dr Mick Battam

Louisa Larkin

Terrence Kelly

James Murray-Prior

Garnet Brownbill

Hall Greenland

David Birds

Lewisham

Mosman

Box Hill

Balmain

Newington

Olympic Park

Tempe

Leichhardt

Balmain

Item 40:

Wei Thai-Haynes

Ashfield

Item 42:

Jaroslaw Jeremy Urbaniak

Naomi Cooper

Petersham

Lewisham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of Council held on the 5th March, 2024 were confirmed as a correct record on this 9th day of April 2024.

 

 

 


Council Meeting

9 April 2024

 

Item No:              C0424(1) Item 1

Subject:              Condolence Motion: Christopher Hugh Pratten OAM (1934-2024)           

From:                  Councillors Jessica D'Arienzo and Mark Drury   

 

 

MOTION

 

That the Inner West Council acknowledges the life and passing of Christopher Hugh Pratten OAM (1934-2024). Chris made a significant contribution to our understanding of the Ashfield district. We are indebted to the fruits of his passion for the conservation of natural and built heritage. We will convey this and our condolences to his family and work with the Ashfield & District Historical Society to determine a suitable way of memorialising him.

 

 

Background

 

Chris Pratten’s links with Ashfield go back to when one of his great-grandfathers, John Plant Wright, moved to live in the Ashfield Municipality in 1882 and the connections continued for several decades, returning in 1986 when Chris moved from the country to live in Summer Hill.

 

Born on 23 September 1934 at Wootten Private Hospital, Darlinghurst, Chris was the son of Herbert Graham (Bert) and Doris Pratten (nee Clarke) who lived at Kurraba Point.  His primary schooling was at Neutral Bay Public School and then he attended Shore at North Sydney graduating with his Leaving Certificate in 1951.  After gaining a Bachelor of Science in 1956 he began work at the family property, Amaroo Station, west of Orange and he later sectioned off the farm Koolewong on part of the Amaroo Station.  Chris developed successful sheep and cattle herds and grew a variety of crops on Koolewong which is now in the hands of his son, Michael and his family.  During the 1960s Chris fenced off a large tract of the property where he regenerated native trees and plants, produced environments for birds and wildlife and developed his knowledge and skills in soil conservation.

 

While working at Koolewong Chris also lectured at Orange Agricultural College and Orange TAFE.  He was the foundation president of the Orange Field Naturalist and Conservation Society (1974-1984), was the chairman of the Nature Conservation Council of NSW in 1978 and held positions on several other heritage and conservation councils during the 1980s.  In 1984 he was appointed as the first Environment Director of the National Trust of Australia (NSW) which he retained until he resigned in 1989. 

 

When attending school at Shore, Chris gained a love of singing in church choirs, which continued into his adult life.  When living at the farm in the 1950s he formed a choir at St John’s Church in Molong, near Orange.  Chris managed and conducted the choir, and it grew in numbers and ability, singing at church services, weddings and other events including at community Christmas carol events.  In 1958 the choir travelled to Sydney to sing at St Augustine’s, Neutral Bay for Chris’ wedding to Elaine Massey.  He later moved on to the choir at St Barnabas at East Orange and brought the singers to great heights.  Church choirs continued to draw Chris’ interest throughout his later life and he often spoke about his early choir experiences.

 

In 1986 Chris returned to live in Sydney, and bought Hillcrest, a run-down two storey home on Prospect Road Summer Hill which he set about restoring to its former glory.  He gained great pleasure working in his garden and was generous in advice and giving cuttings of his plants to his many friends and neighbours.

 

Chris Pratten has been a member of the Ashfield & District Historical Society since 1986 and he remained an active member until his death in 2024.  During the early years he held the position of Secretary of the Society, produced the newsletter, edited publications, researched, wrote, lobbied Council to save the heritage buildings of the area from demolition or destruction.

He took on work as a heritage consultant and formed a working relationship with architectural historian Robert Irving in and around the former Ashfield Municipality.

 

Ashfield Heritage Study produced by Godden / MacKay was published in 1993.  Well over one year of intensive work led by Chris Pratten and Robert Irving with the assistance of historian, Nora Peek, went into the detailed evaluation of each property listed in the Study.  It remains today an extremely valuable reference to significant sites of the Ashfield district.

 

Chris was the editor of the Ashfield & District Historical Society’s publications from 1992 to 2003 and during those years his output in historical research and writing as well as editing others’ work was prolific. He raised the ‘bar’ in Sydney local history publications and Ashfield’s journals and books were considered ’professional’ and significantly raised the profile of the Society.

 

Chris not only wrote for the Society’s journals, but also produced various other publications. 

·    He co-authored the Working the Clays, the Brickmakers of the Ashfield District, with the late Nora Peek, which was launched by NSW Premier Bob Carr in July 1996.  This book is still recognised today as a valuable resource on the history of brickmaking in Sydney.

·    In 2002 he wrote Amaroo, Squatters, Sheepwalks, Yeomen and More, the story of Amaroo, the Pratten family farm located between Orange and Molong. The book was written for his family and those from the area and tells of the history of the farm and the district, the environment, the farming and industry, characters, hardships and good times.

·    Herbert Edward Pratten (1865-1928), Manufacturer, Miner, Minister was published in 2016.  The book was a labour of love for Chris, who considered his grandfather worthy of a biography due to the breadth of his endeavours, including being mayor of Ashfield 1909-1911 before his political career in the Australian Federal government.

·    Milleewa, and the Milleewa Boys’ Home was published in 2017, hot on the heels of his previous book on his grandfather.  Milleewa was a Pratten family home which Agnes Pratten sold to the Anglican Homes for Children Association in 1918.  The book tells of the history of the house and its occupants before becoming a children’s home.  The second half of the book Chris drew on all available sources to produce a history of the home and the boys who lived there.

·    In 2023 he co-authored with Ann O’Connell, Frederick Clissold, Esquire of Glentworth, Ashfield.  This book covers the life of Clissold from his birth in 1831 in England through an early life of hardship and struggle as a fellmonger.  It tells of his many enterprises including property speculation, pastoral and mining interests, local politics and horse racing and the establishment of the Canterbury Racecourse.  Of local importance the book provides detailed information of Clissold’s homes, notably Glentworth and its history.  Glentworth remains as the grandest home in Ashfield and is now the centrepiece of the Cardinal Freeman Village in Victoria Street Ashfield.

 

In the year 2000, Chris Pratten was named Ashfield Citizen of the Year for his tireless efforts promoting and protecting the area’s heritage. 

He was then awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2005 for his work in the conservation of natural and built heritage as a grazier, educator and administrator. 

 

In 2014 he was granted life membership of the Ashfield & District Historical Society.

 

His last major ‘award’ which gave him enormous pleasure, was the honour of being invited to speak at the launch the book, Orchids of Central Western NSW by Dr Colin Bower and Dr Richard Medd at Orange City Library on 17 October 2023.  According to his daughter Jenny, her father’s speech at the launch was his best ever.

 

Chris was a member of St Paul’s Anglican Church at Burwood and formed many friendships within the congregation and gaining great pleasure listening to the choir.  In 2022 he began writing his reminiscences about his involvement in country choirs: A Chronical of a Country Choirmaster, but this remained unpublished at the time of his death.  Friends will see to it that it reaches the press.

 

Chris’ health had been declining gradually over several years but, although slower, he remained mentally and physically active up until a week before his death.  He died at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Camperdown on 12 March 2024 at age 89.  His ex-wife, Elaine, who he continued to love, and their three children, Stephen, Michael and Jenny, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and his remaining brother Edward (Ted), mourned his loss.  He had been planning and looking forward to his 90th birthday party, surrounded by family and friends.

 

 

Officer’s Comments:

 

No further comments were required for this Condolence Motion.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.

 


Council Meeting

9 April 2024

 

Item No:              C0424(1) Item 2

Subject:              Delivery Program 2022-26 (year 3), Operational Plan and Budget 2024-25, and Long Term Financial Plan 2024-34 - Drafts for Public Exhibition           

Prepared By:      Prue Foreman - Corporate Strategy and Engagement Manager and Chris Sleiman - Acting Chief Financial Officer 

Authorised By:  Ruth Callaghan - Director Community

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

1.   That Council endorse for public exhibition the:

 

a)   Draft Delivery Program 2022-26 (year 3), Operational Plan and Budget 2024-2025 (including fees and charges 2024-25); and

 

b)   Draft Long-Term Financial Plan 2024-2034

 

2.   That Council receive a report of the public exhibition outcomes and the final draft plans for adoption at the June 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

 

This report presents the following plans to Council for endorsement of public exhibition as required by the Local Government Act:

·    Draft Delivery Program 2022-26 (year 3), Operational Plan and Budget 2024-2025 (including fees and charges 2024-25); and

 

·    Draft Long-Term Financial Plan 2024-2034

 

The public exhibition is planned to commence on Friday 12 April and close on Sunday 19 May. The documents will be displayed at:

 

·    Council’s Service Centres – Ashfield, Leichhardt and Petersham

·    Council’s Libraries – Balmain, Dulwich Hill, Haberfield, Leichhardt, Marrickville, Stanmore and St Peters

·    Online at Your Say Inner West, Council’s engagement website (yoursay.innerwest.nsw.gov.au)

 

The public exhibition will be widely promoted and the community will have the opportunity to provide submissions by mail, email, phone, online or in person at Council’s service centres.

 

 

BACKGROUND

 

Integrated Planning and Reporting

 

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

 

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

In June 2022, Council adopted its Delivery Program 2022-2026. This document outlines Council’s commitment to achieving the outcomes and strategies of the Community Strategic Plan during its term of office. Due to the shortened Council term, this will be the final year of the current Delivery Program. Inner West’s Delivery Program is combined with the annual Operational Plan. The one-year Operational Plan contains detailed actions for the year, and the Statement of Revenue Policy (including budget).

 

Council is also required to update its Long Term Financial Plan each year. The Long Term Financial Plan sets out the ten year budget forecast, underlying assumptions, sensitivity analysis, financial modelling for possible scenarios and methods of monitoring financial performance.

 

The draft plans must be publicly exhibited for a minimum of 28 days and Council must consider any submissions prior to adoption.

 

DISCUSSION

Draft Delivery Program 2022-26 (Year 3) / Operational Plan and Budget 2024/25

 

This will be the final year of the current Delivery Program, due to the short Council term. There are no structural changes to the document – it maintains the same format as the current version, which is set out under the five directions of the Community Strategic Plan. The new Delivery Program 2025-29 will be developed following the Council election in September 2024.

 

To develop the draft Delivery Program 2022-26 (year three) and Operational Plan 2024/25, Council’s Corporate Strategy team worked across all Directorates and services to identify:

·    Delivery Program principal activities that are complete or require amendment

 

·    Operational Plan actions that will be completed in the current financial year 2023/24 (and will therefore not appear in the new document)

 

·    Operational Plan actions that are multi-year and will roll over to the new annual plan

·    New actions arising, such as from Council resolutions, impacts of legislative changes or planned activities from adopted strategies, which are funded in the forward budget.

·    Revisions required to measures such as to update baselines for targets, or to refine measures to better reflect Council performance.

 

Concurrently Council’s Finance team, in collaboration with the Executive and Councillors, developed the draft annual budget which forms part of the Operational Plan, and the fees and charges document which is an appendix to the Operational Plan.

 

The draft Operational Plan 2024/25 contains 162 actions and 132 measures. Council will track performance against the commitments through quarterly progress reports and the Annual Report.

 

Draft Operational Plan and Budget 2024/25

 

Section three of the plan provides details about the draft budget and rating for 2024/25 to 2027/28. The draft Fees & Charges for 2024/25 is an appendix to the plan. In 2024/25, Council is budgeting total income before capital grants and contributions of $291.7m and expenses of $293.1m resulting in a deficit of $1.4m, or 0.48% of total expenditure. Below is a summary of how Council has budgeted to spend rates and other income in 2024/25 for every $100 received.

 

 

The key drivers of the draft budget include:

·    IPART setting the 2024/25 Rate PEG for Inner West Council at 4.9%.

·    Continued draw down of the Domestic Waste Management Reserve.

·    Fees and Charges for 2024/25 being indexed at 4.1% unless stated overwise. Over the 10 year LTFP this is forecast to reduce to 2.5%.

·    Increase of salaries and wages by 3.5% plus a lump sum payment of $1,000 or 0.5% of employees salary (whichever is greater) as per the three year State Award which commenced in July 2023.

·    Provision of adequate budget for the maintenance of Council facilities under its control.

·    In future years, Council is budgeting an increasing surplus after expenses and revenue are stabilised. Future years surplus are as follows:

 

2025/26 $0.9m surplus

2026/27 $2.4m surplus

2027/87 $4.1m surplus

 

In 2024/25, Council is budgeting to spend $118.0m on capital expenditure. Whilst continuing to maintain a high renewal of infrastructure of Council assets, other major projects include:

 

·    Greenway Program

·    Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre Major Project

·    Main Street Revitalisation

·    Inclusive Playgrounds

·    Camdenville Park Remediation and Staged Upgrade

·    Balmain Town Hall Renewal

·    Mackey Park Sporting Ground Upgrade

·    King George Park Amenities Upgrade

·    Tempe Reserve Amenities Building Upgrade

 

Future years capital expenditure is:

 

·    2025/26 $107.1m

·    2026/27 $71.2m

·    2027/28 $54.5m

 

The draft Fees & Charges for 2024/25 are attached and provide for a general increase of 4.1%. Select fees have varied from the standard increase after considering other factors such as community benefits and costs of providing services. Other fees may not have changed, for example statutory fees are as determined. Council’s Fees & Charges have been classified under directorates and service units. Attachment 3 includes a Fees & Charges Change Log that lists new or deleted fees and charges, changes of wording or where there is an increase/decrease of more than 5%.

 

Long Term Financial Plan 2024/34

 

In accordance with the IP&R guidelines, the LTFP is required to include:

·    projected income and expenditure, balance sheet and cash flow statement

·    planning assumptions

·    sensitivity analysis, highlighting factors and assumptions most likely to impact the LTFP

·    financial modelling for different scenarios

·    methods of monitoring financial performance

·    major capital and operational expenditure implications.

 

The draft Long Term Financial Plan for 2024-2034 sets out two scenarios in which each, at the very least, maintain current service levels and establish a balanced budget.  These are:

 

·    Scenario 1 – Business as Usual, maintain existing service levels: In this scenario, Council continues to operate at the existing service levels to the community and maintaining the capital works program to ensure infrastructure is renewed or upgraded over the 10 years. This scenario also ensures that Council is financial sustainable by ensuring there are funds available to deliver infrastructure and services to the community.

 

·    Scenario 2 – Addresses the Infrastructure Asset Renewal Backlog: In this alternative scenario, Council continues to provide its services to the community as per scenario 1 with the addition of a process to reduce the current infrastructure backlog of $25.3m from the 2022/23 financial statements over the course of the LTFP. The majority of the planned infrastructure spend is spread over the 10-year LTFP and results in this scenario showing that Council would be in a general funds deficit by 2026/27 financial year, so would require a loan of approximately $4.0M to cover the deficit.

Key highlights in the recommended scenario 1 LTFP include Council achieving a surplus for 9 years, and key performance indicators including the Unrestricted Current Ratio, Debt Service Ratio and Infrastructure Backlog Ratio all exceeding their performance benchmarks for the full ten years.

 

Timeline for adoption

Tuesday 9 April 2024

Draft Delivery Program 2022-26 (year three) and Operational Plan 2024/25; and Long-Term Financial Plan 2024-34 is presented to Council for endorsement of public exhibition

Friday 12 April – Sunday 19 May 2023

Public exhibition

Tuesday 25 June 2023

Final Draft Delivery Program 2022-26 (year three) and Operational Plan 2024/25; and Long-Term Financial Plan 2024-34 presented to Council for adoption

Monday 1 July 2023

Adopted Delivery Program 2022-26 (year three) and Operational Plan 2024/25; and Long-Term Financial Plan 2024-34 commence

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Council’s commitments to achieve the outcomes of the Community Strategic Plan are set out in the Delivery Program and Operational Plan and resourced as outlined in the annual budget and Long Term Financial Plan. 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Draft Delivery Program 2022-26 (year 3) Operational Plan and Budget 2024-25

2.

2024/25 Draft Fees and Charges

3.

2024/25 Draft Fees and Charges Changes Log

4.

2024 - 2034 Draft Long Term Financial Plan

 

 


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Item No:              C0424(1) Item 3

Subject:              Post Exhibition - Haberfield Development Control Plan           

Prepared By:      Daniel East - Acting Senior Manager Planning  

Authorised By:  Simone Plummer - Director Planning

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

1.   That Council endorse the amendments to the Comprehensive Inner West Control Plan 2016 for Ashbury, Ashfield, Croydon, Croydon Park, Haberfield, Hurlstone Park, and Summer Hill as outlined in Attachment 2 for Haberfield to commence 30 April 2024.

 

2.   That Council officers be authorised to make any minor correction amendments, including any minor errors, omissions, or inconsistencies prior to finalisation of the (Development Control Plan) DCP amendment.

 

 

 

 

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE

 

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

 

2: Liveable, connected neighbourhoods and transport

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

Council officers propose amendments to the site-specific Development Control Plan (DCP) for Haberfield. The new and updated provisions aim to improve interpretation and account for new dwellings on the land at 140A Hawthorne Parade. A draft DCP was placed on public exhibition from 28 November 2023 to 11 February 2024 to gather community feedback.

 

The Engagement Outcomes Report (Attachment 1) discusses the engagement process and submissions received. There were 78 submissions; 19 completed online surveys and 59 email responses during the exhibition period.

 

Minor amendments to the DCP have been made to address community input. It is recommended that Council adopt the revised draft site specific DCP (Attachment 2) to be included in the Comprehensive Inner West Development Control Plan (DCP) 2016 for Ashbury, Ashfield, Croydon, Croydon Park, Haberfield, Hurlstone Park, and Summer Hill.

 

BACKGROUND

 

At the Council meeting held on 21 November 2023, Council resolved the following:

 

1.   That Council publicly exhibit the draft site specific Haberfield Development Control Plan for a period of 28 days and seek community feedback on the proposed Plan.

 

2.   That following the conclusion of the exhibition period, the draft Haberfield site specific Development Control Plan be brought back to Council for consideration.

 

 

DISCUSSION

Proposed amendments to the Haberfield DCP were placed on public exhibition for 75 days between 28 November 2023 and 11 February 2024. The Engagement Outcomes Report for this project (Attachment 1) discusses the engagement methods and includes officer responses to the matters raised in submissions.

 

The exhibition material was accessible online on a dedicated Your Say Inner West project page. Approximately 3360 notification letters were distributed to occupants and owners of properties in Haberfield. Two face-to-face meetings were held between representatives of the resident organization, Haberfield Association, and Council officers.

 

There were 78 submissions made up of 19 completed online surveys and 59 direct email responses during the exhibition period. There were 56 emails from individual stakeholders and 3 emails from community groups.

 

Of these submissions:

 

·    15 (19%) support the proposed amendment

·    5 (6%) did not state a position but provided relevant comments on the proposed DCP

·    3 (4%) were unsure

·    55 (71%) * do not support the proposed amendment

*46 submissions (59% of all submissions) were responding to a blog by Sydney YIMBY organisation to request that Council changes the controls for 140A Hawthorne Parade, Haberfield to permit residential flat buildings. The blog can be found here: Haberfield Defence Land — Sydney YIMBY.

 

Noting the heads of concern raised by those seeking greater density and the number of submissions made, for clarification:

 

·    A Development Control Plan cannot require affordable or public housing to be built.  The DCP sets out site controls that set the form of development made permissible under a Local Environmental Plan.

·    There is a valid development consent to subdivide the land at 140A Hawthorne Parade, Haberfield that was issued in 2001 and subdivision works in accordance with that approval are well underway and nearing completion.

·    There is a systematic process for Council to investigate future housing opportunities through its Local Housing Strategy. Haberfield was not identified as a housing investigation area in the most recent Inner West Local Housing Strategy.  14 submissions (18%) were made by individuals that stated they are Haberfield residents. 9 of these submissions supported the proposed document and 4 provided comments on specific matters.

 

Minor changes to the DCP are proposed to address community input including:

·    Changes to wording and formatting to improve clarity and aid interpretation

·    Removal of repetition

·    Additional diagrams and definitions to aid interpretation and application

·    Additional advisory notes and site-specific objectives and controls relating to 140A Hawthorne Parade relating to flooding

Note: The changes proposed to the exhibited version are shown in the amended Haberfield DCP (Attachment 2 and with tracked changes in Attachment 3). New terms and their definitions are highlighted in the amended Chapter G - Definitions (Attachment 4).

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

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

 

Attachment 1 has been published separately in the Attachments Document on Council’s Website https://www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/about/the-council/council-meetings/current-council-meetings

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Haberfield DCP Engagement Outcomes Report - Published separately on Council’s website

2.

Updated Chapter E2 - Haberfield Neighbourhood DCP

3.

Updated Chapter E2 - Haberfield Neighbourhood DCP with tracked changes

4.

Amended Chapter G - Definitions for Ashfield DCP

 

 


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Item No:              C0424(1) Item 4

Subject:              Post Exhibition - Good Neighbour Policy           

Prepared By:      Michael Ryan - Senior Manager, Health & Building and Kursty Delmas - Team Leader Environmental Health  

Authorised By:  Simone Plummer - Director Planning

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

1.   That Council adopt the Good Neighbour Policy.

 

2.   The Council update the Policy Register and publish, as applicable, internally, and externally the adopted Good Neighbour Policy.

 

 

 

 

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE

 

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

 

2: Liveable, connected neighbourhoods and transport

3: Creative communities and a strong economy

4: Healthy, resilient and caring communities

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

This report is in response to the Council resolution at the December 2023 meeting that Council publicly exhibit the proposed Good Neighbour Policy, subject to changes being made to paragraph 6.2 of the Policy.

 

Public exhibition resulted in a balanced response to the Policy. There was a total of 8 participants, with 3 respondents supporting the Policy, 2 respondents not in support and 3 were unsure or did not know.

 

BACKGROUND

 

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

 

1.   That Council publicly exhibit the draft Good Neighbour Policy, for a period of 28 days and seek community feedback on the proposed policy, subject to the following note being placed at the end of paragraph 6.2:

 

Note: see 6.5 where immediate attention is required outside normal working hours, the police are the appropriate contact point.

 

2.   That following the conclusion of the exhibition period, the Good Neighbour Policy be brought back to Council for consideration for adoption.

 

The draft Good Neighbour Policy was subsequently placed on public exhibition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

 

The draft Good Neighbour Policy was placed on public exhibition for 32 days between 29 January 2024 and 26 February 2024. There were 478 visits to the Your Say Inner West project page during public exhibition. The Engagement Outcomes Report for this Policy (attachment 2) discusses the engagement methods with officer responses to the matters raised in the submissions.

 

After reviewing the feedback provided during the public exhibition period it is proposed to adopt the publicly exhibited Policy, as exhibited, with no changes. Noting the comments provided have been addressed.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

 

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

 

Attachment 2 has been published separately in the Attachments Document on Council’s Website https://www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/about/the-council/council-meetings/current-council-meetings

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Good Neighbour Policy

2.

Engagement Outcomes Report - Published separately on Council’s website

 

 


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Item No:              C0424(1) Item 5

Subject:              Post Exhibition - Iron Cove Creek Masterplan           

Prepared By:      Manod Wickramasinghe - Traffic and Transport Planning Manager  

Authorised By:  Ryann Midei - Director Infrastructure

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

1.   That Council endorse the Iron Cove Creek Masterplan.

 

2.   That Council endorse the preparation of grant funding submissions to upcoming external grant funding opportunities from State and Federal Government agencies for the detailed design of the Iron Cove Creek Masterplan.

 

 

 

 

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE

 

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

 

2: Liveable, connected neighbourhoods and transport

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

At its meeting on 13 April 2021 Council resolved to prepare the Iron Cove Creek Masterplan to explore the provision of a walking and cycling path along Iron Cove Creek (also known as Dobroyd Canal) between Ashfield and the Bay Run. Funding to prepare the Masterplan was received from the NSW Government and a consultancy firm was subsequently engaged by Council. The draft Masterplan was developed based on community input received during engagement in November 2022 and, the draft Masterplan was publicly exhibited in November 2023.

The Masterplan provides a strategic vision for possible improvements to the canal corridor by providing a path for walking and cycling, more natural habitat and places for people. The Masterplan outlines possible works that could be implemented in a series of stages based on various complexities such as land ownership, design and approval processes and cost.

 

It is recommended that Council endorse the Iron Creek Masterplan, and funding opportunities for its detailed design are explored through external grants.

 

BACKGROUND

 

Iron Cove Creek runs as an open channel for approximately 3.5 km between Liverpool Road and Iron Cove. In April 2021 Council resolved to prepare the Iron Cove Creek Masterplan to explore the provision of a walking and cycling path along the creek channel between Ashfield and the Bay Run.

 

The Masterplan supports strategic directions outlined in Council’s Community Strategic Plan and Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) as well as NSW Government documents including Sydney Green Grid and the Eastern City District Plan.

 

During development of draft Masterplan, in November 2022 Council sought community comments to inform the draft Masterplan and the Friends of Iron Cove Creek provided advocacy and community support throughout development and public exhibition of the draft Masterplan in November 2023. 

 

DISCUSSION

The draft Iron Cove Creek Masterplan divides the corridor into precincts outlining options as follows with high-level cost estimates for delivery of each precinct (all amounts in current dollars).   

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1.   Heighway Avenue to Elizabeth Street 

 

·    Improved Shared Paths on Frederick Street and Elizabeth Street as a path within the canal corridor cannot be provided due to constraints where it passes under the Inner West Rail Line.  

·    Intersection improvements at Frederick Street and Elizabeth Street to provide more space for people walking and waiting to cross the roads.

·    Estimated cost: $0.7m.

 

2.   Elizabeth Street to John Street 

 

·    A new street park in Etonville Parade creating a local pocket park and traffic filtering  

·    Traffic calming and on-road landscaping in Etonville Parade to prioritise walking and cycling 

·    Exploring options with Sydney Water to provide a boardwalk constructed over the canal between Etonville Parade and John Street

·    Estimated cost: $3.9m excluding exploration of options for a boardwalk over the canal corridor

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3.   John Street to Church Street

 

·    New path on western side of canal on land owned by Sydney Water with ramping to access footpath at Church Street. 

·    On-street walking/cycling crossing on Church Street or, an underpass which would require lowering the canal surface to create vertical clearance.  

·    New path and ramp to Croydon Road footpath on land owned by Sydney Water connecting to Bede Spillane Reserve and Centenary Park.  

·    Filtered access in John Street to reduce through traffic.

·    Estimated cost: $2.3m excluding an underpass of Church Street .

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4.   Church Street to Parramatta Road  

 

·    New path on the western side of the canal on land owned by Sydney Water with a bridge crossing to the eastern side near West Street due to constraints posed by an existing telecommunications tower and Sydney Water access ramp. 

·    A continued path on the eastern side of the canal on land owned by Council (John Pope Reserve). 

·    A number of options are discussed for crossing Parramatta Road including an on-street crossing, an underpass and a bridge with ramps and/or lifts. The cost for this has not yet been determined as the design is currently uncertain.

·    Estimated cost: $6.4m excluding any Parramatta Road crossing.    

 

 

 

 

 

5.   Parramatta Road to Ramsay Road  

 

·    Widened path in Jegorow Reserve (Council owned park) with placemaking opportunities such as playgrounds, tables and seats, nature play and exercise equipment. 

·    Consideration of relocating the existing Council depot to provide continuous off-road access in this precinct.    

·    A new safe and direct crossing of Ramsay Road linking Jegorow Reserve, Timbrell Park and the Bay Run.

·    Estimated cost: $2.9m

 

6.   Ramsay Road to Iron Cove 

 

·    Works proposed by Sydney Water in this precinct involves canal naturalisation with new paths on each side of the canal with no costs to Council.

·    Replacement of the existing pedestrian/cycle bridge over canal near Waratah Street Haberfield. The estimated costs of replacing the bridge in this precinct are to be determined via a detailed assessment and competitive processes in collaboration with Sydney Water and Canada Bay Council.

 

7.   Frederick Street 

 

·    Whilst the large majority of community respondents expressed a preference for a path along the canal, the draft Masterplan also recommends improved walking and cycling access on Frederick Street to provide an alternative and direct cycling route connecting with the Wattle Street shared path.

·    Estimated cost: $1.9m

 

Summary of Exhibition Results

 

The draft Iron Cove Creek Masterplan was placed on public exhibition from 27 October 2023 to 8 December 2023. During this time 1,938 people visited the Your Say Inner West (YSIW) website and 225 people completed the on-line survey. An additional 35 people and 3 key stakeholders submitted feedback by phone or email.

 

Of the responses received 93% of the online respondents and 60% of the email submissions supported the draft Masterplan.

Key comments received include the following:

·    Overall support for safer walking and cycling access in the area.

·    Concerns about impacts such as water management and flooding, privacy, lighting, construction impacts and tree loss.

·    Support for increased trees and green space.

·    More detail requested about any street park in Etonville Parade, Croydon including car parking impacts.

·    Concerns about existing rat-running in Wolseley Street, Haberfield and the potential impacts of the Masterplan on this issue.

Several site-specific issues were also raised which would be considered as part of any further design works.

Changes made to the draft Masterplan in response to community and stakeholder feedback received during public exhibition in November 2023 are summarised as follows: 

 

·    Updates to better reflect flooding risks and constraints for any path passing under Parramatta Road.

·    Addition of an upgraded replacement bridge over the canal at Waratah Street, Haberfield.

·    Updates to reflect the limitations of canal naturalisation along the corridor.   

·    Updates to reflect new information on projects proposed by other authorities.

·    Recognition that an area-wide traffic study should be conducted before consideration of any changes to streets linking Parramatta Road and Ramsay Road.

·    Inclusion of the need to explore a link from a canal path to Australia Street, Croydon.

·    Recognition of the potential structural implications for a signalised crossing on the Ramsay Road bridge over the canal.

·    Clear separation of the recommendations for the canal corridor from those relating to Frederick Street.

·    Changes to the implementation schedule to more clearly reflect different stages of potential work. 

 

Next steps

 

Following endorsement of the Masterplan, officers would commence in the preparation of grant funding submissions to upcoming external grant funding opportunities from State and Federal Government agencies for the design of the Iron Cove Creek Masterplan. Design would include engineering investigations, detailed concept design, detailed design and construction phase services.

 

A delivery program would then be developed for ongoing consideration as part of Council’s annual budget and capital works planning processes, and in conjunction with external funding opportunities from State and Federal Government agencies.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Endorsement of the Masterplan does not have any immediate financial implications.  A delivery program would be developed once an external grant funding opportunity is realised and considered as part of Council’s annual budget and capital works planning processes.

 

The Masterplan estimates a total construction cost of $18.1m (in current dollars) excluding the Parramatta Road crossing, Church Street underpass, boardwalk over the canal corridor (Elizabeth Street to John Street) and replacement bridge at Waratah Street, Haberfield. The excluded elements are uncertain at this time and require engineering investigations and detailed design to further progress options and final cost estimates.  However, a total probable project cost in the order of $30 million is estimated assuming a board walk is provided between Elizabeth Street and John Street, an underpass is provided at Church Street and Parramatta Road, and a replacement pedestrian bridge is provided across Iron Cove Creek at Waratah Street.

 

Design costs are generally recognised to be approximately 15 percent of the estimated construction costs, which would equate to $4.5M to realise the full project.

 

In Council’s Developer Contribution Plan, there is $2.3m to be collected for various stages of the Masterplan. This results in a significant funding shortfall and the remaining funding for both design explorations and delivery would require external grant funding.

 

The construction of the Iron Cove Creek Masterplan can be staged as per the short term, medium term and long term works identified in the masterplan, with an initial focus on works on Council owned land with more straight forward approval processes and less design complexity.

 

The Masterplan outlines possible works that could be implemented in stages based on complexities such as land ownership, design and approval processes. The project components outlined in the Masterplan would be considered as relevant in Council’s ongoing budget planning and capital works programming.

 

External funding would be required for any further design works and the Masterplan outlines a number of Government funding programs from which funding could be sought when suitable. A successful grant submission is required prior to progress the next stage of the masterplan.

 

 

Attachments 1 and 2 have been published separately in the Attachments Document on Council’s Website https://www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/about/the-council/council-meetings/current-council-meetings

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Draft Iron Cove Creek Masterplan - Published separately on Council’s website

 

2.

Iron Cove Creek Masterplan Engagement Outcomes Report - Published separately on Council’s website

 

 

 


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Item No:              C0424(1) Item 6

Subject:              Post Exhibition - Establishing an Alcohol Free Zone - Loyalty Square Balmain           

Prepared By:      Caroline McLeod - Senior Manager Libraries 

Authorised By:  Ruth Callaghan - Director Community

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council approve the establishment of an alcohol-free zone at Loyalty Square, Balmain for 1 year pursuant to Sections 642-648 of the Local Government Act 1993.

 

 

 

 

 

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE

 

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

 

4: Healthy, resilient and caring communities

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

This report is to confirm that the exhibition of Council’s proposal to establish an alcohol-free zone at Loyalty Square Balmain has closed and the proposal is strongly supported by the community.

 

The public exhibition took place between 15 January and 19 February 2024. Council received feedback from 60 participants with 90% of respondents in support of the proposal. The Leichhardt Area Police Command is also in support of the proposal. 

 

This report recommends that an alcohol-free zone be established at Loyalty Square, Balmain for one year and outlines the next steps should Council endorse the recommendation.

 

BACKGROUND

 

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

 

1.   That Council write to the Leichhardt Area Police Command and the Member for Balmain requesting additional resources be allocated to mitigate anti-social behaviour in Loyalty Square Balmain. 

 

2.   That Council seek advice from local social service providers about what outreach can be conducted to assist people who are exhibiting anti-social behaviour at Loyalty Square Balmain.  

 

3.   That Council receive a report at the October 2023 Ordinary Council meeting on the process and possible benefits and disadvantages of designating Loyalty Square Balmain as an alcohol-free zone.  

 

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

 

1.     That Council prepares a proposal to establish an alcohol-free zone at Loyalty Square Balmain for 1 year, and undertakes consultation pursuant to Sections 642-648 of the Local Government Act 1993.

 

2.     That Council puts the proposal to establish an alcohol-free zone on public exhibition for 30 days and a report be brought back to Council for consideration.

 

DISCUSSION

An Alcohol-Free Zone allows Police to stop, speak to and move on anyone who is acting and drinking irresponsibly.

 

The aim and advantage of an Alcohol-Free Zone is to help prevent alcohol-related anti-social behaviour and crime in public places and to allow users of public roads, carparks and public spaces to do so without interference from people under the influence of alcohol.

 

From 15 January to 19 February 2024, the community was invited to provide feedback on the proposal to establish an alcohol-free zone at Loyalty Square, Balmain. Council staff promoted the engagement on-line and via letterbox drop to local businesses, local residents, local licensees, the Leichhardt Local Area Command and social service providers. A total of 60 people gave feedback and of these 90% of all respondents supported the proposal. The majority of respondents were in the 30-54 age bracket. During the engagement period 746 people visited the Your Say project page.

 

On-line respondents were asked the question do you support the establishment of an alcohol-free zone at Loyalty Square and 89.09% (49) were in support and 10.91% (6) were not in favour. Attachment 1 Loyalty Square, Balmain – Establishing an alcohol-free zone Engagement Outcomes Report provides a summary of the engagement process and feedback Council received. 

 

The majority of comments noted that Loyalty Square is an important community gathering place but that alcohol consumption leads to violence and aggression and people do not feel safe. Detailed verbatim comments from the community engagement can be found athttps://yoursay.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/download_file/7201/2775.

 

Example of comment in support of the proposal:

 

“I am the owner and operator of Balmain Community Pharmacy- the pharmacy directly across the road/foot crossing at Loyalty Square. The disruptive, anti-social behavior is out of control and is negatively impacting the community. We observe daily drunken and often frightening behavior, and often we find the inebriated people come across the road and try to steal from our pharmacy. I have a responsibility to keep my staff safe and this environment is making staff frightened, as well and driving potential customers away.  We have witnessed screaming and shouting, as well as physical altercations and its time the council step up and allow the community to take back this important local social area.”

 

Example of comment not supportive of the proposal:

 

“Generally opposed to alcohol-free zones as a bandaid solution to anti-social behaviour that punishes the majority and enforces an unhealthy drinking culture (responsible drinking in public should be encouraged and educated appropriately).”

 

The feedback also included a small number of suggestions that Council install CCTV, additional lighting, redesign the square and improve the seating and ban smoking.

 

 

 

Other feedback

 

On 7 February Council received a response from Superintendent, Commander, Leichhardt Police Area Command, (Attachment 2) in response to Council’s resolution advising that Police support the proposal:

 

·    the Leichhardt Police Area Command has observed a substantial increase in alcohol related anti-social activity at Loyalty Square and has received public complaints as a result;

·    the suburb of Balmain has a higher-than-average alcohol related assault rate

·    between January 2023 and January 2024, 19 assaults were reported in Loyalty Square which account for 26% of all assaults in the suburb of Balmain. 

 

The Superintendent also requested that Council establish a CCTV camera system so that anti-social behaviour can be captured.

 

Process for establishing an Alcohol-Free Zone

 

Should the establishment of the alcohol-free zone be endorsed, Council pursuant to Sections 642-648 of the Local Government Act 1993 is required to provide appropriate public notice (at least seven days) to the relevant Local Area Command (LAC), affected liquor licensees and club secretaries and other organisations advised of the original proposal.

 

Following consultation with the local LAC regarding the placement of signage; signs are to be installed by Council’s Infrastructure team clearly showing:

 

a.   restrictions in place, including places at which alcohol consumption is prohibited

b.   noting that alcohol may be seized and disposed of; and

c.   the start and finishing dates for the zone. 

 

Once the alcohol-free zone is established, it applies 24 hours per day. Occasionally if there is a festival or a special event, a suspension of the Alcohol-Free Zone can be made for a short period of time. A council resolution is required if there is a need to temporarily suspend or cancel an alcohol-free zone during the period of operation.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Costs for the installation of signage can be managed via existing operational budgets for infrastructure.

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Loyalty Square - Balmain - Engagement Outcomes Report

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Leichhardt Area Command response Loyalty Square - Alcohol Free Zone

 

 


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Item No:              C0424(1) Item 7

Subject:              Post Exhibition - Community Venue Hire Grants and Fee Scale Policy           

Prepared By:      Scott Mullen - Strategic Investments and Property Manager  

Authorised By:  Kelly Loveridge - Director Corporate

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

1.   That Council adopt the Community Venue Hire Grants and Fee Scale Policy.

 

2.   The Council update the Policy Register and publish, as applicable, internally, and externally the adopted Community Venue Hire Grants and Fee Scale Policy.

 

 

 

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

 

Amendments to Council’s Community Venue Hire Grants and Fee Scale Policy have been undertaken to support the development of the framework around the Creative Use of Town Halls, after the successful conclusion of the Pilot Program.

 

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 the majority survey response from the creatives that took part, was that the provision of in-kind venue access was critical in facilitating the development and successful delivery of their respective artistic endeavours.

 

The amended Community Venue Hire Grants and Fee Scale policy aims to provide clarity regarding the level of support provided to creative individuals and the arts and creative community via in-kind venue hire (100% fee waiver) when accessing council's Town Halls and associated spaces.

 

BACKGROUND

 

At the Council meeting held on 5 March 2024, Council resolved the following in part:

 

8.   That Council endorse the Community Venue Hire Grants and Fee Scale Policy being amended as below and placed on public exhibition for a period of 28 days to seek community feedback on the proposed amendment:

 

That Table 1: Schedule of Scaled Fees and Categories of Organisation be amended to include all creative individuals or groups requesting use of Town Halls or their associated spaces in the 100% scaled fee waiver category, where the activity or event to be held is not primarily a fundraising event.  

 

 

The draft Community Venue Hire Grants and Fee Scale Policy was subsequently placed on public exhibition.

 

DISCUSSION

The draft policy was placed on public exhibition from 7 March 2024 to 3 April 2024. The table below shows the number of downloads for the Policy from the Your Say Inner West project page during public exhibition:

 

Policy

Downloads

Community Venue Hire Grants and Fee Scale Policy

27

 

Three (3) separate submissions were received during the public exhibition period as at the time of publication, noting the exhibition closes on 3 April 2024. Should any further submissions be received, updated information will be provided to the Council.

 

Details of the submissions received and staff comments are outlined below:

 

Support (Yes or No)

Public Exhibition Comment/Explanation

IWC Comment

Yes

No Comment Submitted

 

Yes

No Comment Submitted

 

Don’t know/ unsure

Support this change and appreciate that IWC has made it easier for community groups to book venues over the past year. However this is still a cumbersome process that puts a lot of work on to community groups. Having to apply for exemptions for every individual event, and supply all paperwork each time, is a lot of work when IWC could very easily keep all this information on file and simply ask for a brief description of any event after the first one to check that each specific event meets the criteria for the fee waiver. This would be a lot less work for both IWC and hirers. Similarly, having to go to Ashfield to collect and return keys for events that are nowhere near Ashfield is a huge impost for small community groups. Why don't venues have lockboxes? Marrickville Library is staffed 7 days a week, why can't people collect keys there for events in the Marrickville Pavillion or nearby venues? Look forward to more changes to reduce barriers for hirers and reduce work for everyone.

This feedback relates to the operational processes for hiring community venues, and potential opportunities to streamline the administrative process for users are being considered by the Venues team.

 

No change is required to this Grants and Fee Scale Policy.

 

Following review of the comments received, no amendments are proposed to be made to the Community Venue Hire Grants and Fee Scale Policy.

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

The provision of a 100% waiver for all creative individuals and groups requesting use of the town halls or their associated spaces will reduce the expected revenue from these venues, proportionate to how frequently the spaces are booked by these users rather than other fee-paying community members. As an indicative guide, the total revenue received for these town hall spaces in FY22/23 was $300,000.

 

The forecasted revenue for the current financial year 23/24 is proposed to be reduced through the third quarter budget review process to reflect the new fee waiver.

 

The forecasted revenue for FY24/25 for the hire of town halls and associated community spaces within the draft budget would also be reduced, should the policy be adopted

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Community Venue Hire Grants and Fee Scale Policy

 

 


Council Meeting

9 April 2024

 

















Council Meeting

9 April 2024

 

Item No:              C0424(1) Item 8

Subject:              Post Exhibition - Land and Property Policy           

Prepared By:      Scott Mullen - Strategic Investments and Property Manager  

Authorised By:  Kelly Loveridge - Director Corporate

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

1.   That Council adopt the Land and Property Policy.

 

2.   The Council update the Policy Register and publish, as applicable, internally, and externally the adopted Land and Property Policy.

 

 

 

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

 

Council’s Land and Property Policy was reviewed and amended to ensure it conforms with the NSW Local Government Act and the Crown Lands Management Act (among others) and reflects better practice in managing Council’s land and property as well as meeting community expectations and needs.

 

The draft incorporates amendments to ensure Council’s Land and Property Policy works consistently with Council’s operations and meets contemporary best practice expectations.

 

The revised Land and Property Policy was submitted to Council on 13 February 2024 and Council resolved to place it on public exhibition, with a further report to be tabled to Council to consider the policy for adoption.

 

There was one submission received during the exhibition period and the submission does not necessitate a change to the policy.  

 

BACKGROUND

 

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

 

1.   That Council publicly exhibit the Land and Property policy as attached, for a period of 28 days.

 

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

 

The amended Land and Property Policy was subsequently placed on public exhibition.

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

The draft policy was placed on public exhibition from 29 February to 27 March 2024. The table below shows the number of downloads for the Policy to date from the Your Say Inner West project page:

 

Policy

Downloads

Land and Property Policy

162

 

One submission was received during the public exhibition period.

 

Details of the submission and staff comments are outlined below:

 

Support (Yes or No)

Public Exhibition Comment/Explanation

IWC Comment

No

The commercial in confidence clauses need to be removed. Transparency to address the risk of corruption or perceived corruption is best addressed by all information being publicly available. Secrecy facilitates poor decision making.

 

The view that the public has no right to know facilitates corrupt practice. For example, lease charge reductions, sales of property should be made public.

 

The draft policy opens the door to Council decisions being made behind closed doors on publicly owned or controlled property. There are repeated instances where Council officials have acted improperly. Open access to all records is the best proven means to protect all Council officials. Publicly owned or controlled facilities are best managed for present and future generations by open access. Removing the risk of corrupt conduct or fraud must be addressed by this policy.

 

The commercial in confidence clauses relate to the tenant’s business plans and financial data, this is private information that should not be disclosed publicly.

 

 

 

 

Following review of the comments received no amendments are proposed to be made to the Land and Property Policy.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

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

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Land and Property Policy V2

 

 


Council Meeting

9 April 2024

 



































Council Meeting

9 April 2024

 

Item No:              C0424(1) Item 9

Subject:              A Great Inner West Walk           

Prepared By:      Manod Wickramasinghe - Traffic and Transport Planning Manager  

Authorised By:  Ryann Midei - Director Infrastructure

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council endorse ‘A Great Inner West Walk’ in principle and allocate funding to the consultant study in the 2024/25 budgeting planning process.

 

 

 

 

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 February 2024, Council resolved to receive a report on the feasibility of and opportunities to develop a Great Inner West Walk. This report outlines the work that would be required to design such a walk, including review of the walks that are currently existing and planned, the missing links to create a Great Inner West Walk and the feasibility of this project.

 

A Great Inner West Walk has the potential to provide new walking links across the Inner West and integration of a strategic walking network, greater connectivity between existing links and attractors, as well as the opportunity to add to the reputation of the Inner West as a Place for People.

 

Rather than a single route it is suggested that the greatest benefit would be achieved by creating a network of smaller walks which link to become the Great Inner West Walk.

 

To progress the Great Inner West Walk, a detailed study would need to be undertaken and it is recommended that that this commences in the 2024/25 financial year.

 

BACKGROUND

 

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

 

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.

 

DISCUSSION

Strategic Transport Planning Context

 

The purpose of this report is to respond to Council’s request to provide a report on the feasibility of and opportunities to develop a Great Inner West Walk. In examining the feasibility of such a project is essential to view it within Council’s current strategic transport planning context.

 

Currently a series of walks and trails are being developed by Council staff. Some of these rely on physical infrastructure while others are more conceptual, virtual guided walks (eg Inner West Ale Trail and Balmain Heritage Pub Trail). In the case of the Great Inner West Walk it is anticipated that it could be a mix of both physical and virtual with its development contributed to by the many sections of council currently progressing smaller walking projects.

 

This report provides an overview of the current situation including the existing network and work being done by Council staff and the State Government.

 

Benefits for the Inner West community and economy

 

A Great Inner West Walk has the potential to provide new walking links across the Inner West and integration of a strategic walking network, greater connectivity between existing links and attractors, as well as the opportunity to add to the reputation of the Inner West as a Place for People.

 

Rather than a single route it is suggested that the greatest benefit would be achieved by creating as network of smaller walks which link to become the Great Inner West Walk.

 

As well as providing enhanced connectivity, such a network would improve the safety and comfort of active transport infrastructure to promote walking and cycling, and encourage people to rediscover what the Inner West LGA has to offer as a great place to visit and walk. Ideally, elements of the Walk could be themed (eg possibly cuisine based, historically based, environmentally based) with the ability foster the Walk as a regional attractor, and so assisting in contributing to the Inner west economy.

 

Potential Routes

 

Council has already initiated as series of “walks” and Figure 1 shows the network of existing, planned and committed physical routes.

 

Additionally, several other strategies/projects are currently underway which would contribute to development of a Great Inner West Walk. These projects include the Blue-Green Grid, artworks within the GreenWay (and building on the GreenWay Trellis), “Perfect Match”, heritage walks (currently being developed in each ward), survivor memorials, indigenous wayfinding, public domain masterplans and state initiatives such as the Parramatta to CBD Foreshore Walk and Parramatta Road Corridor Urban Transformation Strategy.

 

Figure 1-Context including Inner West Walk Network and landmarks

Figure 2 shows the existing and planned network, with connections to adjacent LGAs. In developing the Walk, opportunities should be explored to enhance connectivity with adjacent councils, noting that at present several existing and planned links provide connections to:

·     Sydney City, via Spindler Park and future links using a reinstated Glebe Island Bridge and an extension of the Alexandra Canal Shared Path;

·     Bayside, via Princes Highway Shared Path and a future bridge across Cook’s River near Tempe Station;

·     Canterbury-Bankstown, via several bridges on the Cook’s River Cycleway/Shared Path and the future East-West Pedestrian Cycle Link (part of Sydney Metro South-West);

·     Canada Bay, via The Bay Run and future Iron Cove Creek Shared Path.

 

Figure 2 - Existing and planned walks including connections to other LGAs

 

 

 

Next Steps

 

Should Council decide to proceed with the development of a Great Inner West Walk, the magnitude of the project would require the commissioning of consultants to assess potential links and propose typologies for these links.

 

A consultant study could be undertaken in the 2024/25 financial year.

 

Such a study would include reviewing the planned and committed walks, site inspections to explore potential routes, discussions with stakeholders (including adjacent councils and state agencies), identification of barriers and risks, potential updating of components of the Inner West the Inner West Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plan.

 

The Study should also provide costs estimates for each new link (including design, consultation, wayfinding and construction), discussion for potential funding sources and a proposed timeline for development of the Great Inner West Walk.

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

It is estimated that a consultant study to develop the Great Inner West Walk would cost in the order of $180,000 and take approximately 12 months to complete. There is no budget currently allocated for this activity. It is proposed that Council endorse ‘A Great Inner West Walk’ in principle and the funds be made available through the 2024/25 budget planning process.

 

In the longer-term funds would be required for detailed design, consultation and construction of the various links. Some of these links may attract funding through State and Federal Government grants.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.

 


Council Meeting

9 April 2024

 

Item No:              C0424(1) Item 10

Subject:              E-Scooter Trial - T3 Rail Line Closure           

Prepared By:      Manod Wickramasinghe - Traffic and Transport Planning Manager and Ken Welsh - Coordinator Strategic Transport Planning  

Authorised By:  Ryann Midei - Director Infrastructure

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

1.   That Council endorse the E-Scooter trial to support the Temporary Transport Plan for the T3 Rail Line Closure in the area shown in Figure 2.

 

2.   That Council delegate authority to the General Manager to finalise the specific links, management mechanisms and appointment of a provider for the trial.

 

 

 

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE

 

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

 

2: Liveable, connected neighbourhoods and transport

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

As part of the Sydenham-Bankstown Train to Metro Conversion there will be a shutdown of the heavy rail line for 12-14 months commencing in July this year. To help rail passengers during this period TfNSW is developing a Temporary Transport Plan (TTP). This TTP is being designed to manage demand and, where possible, to encourage a mix of travel solutions.

 

It is intended that the TTP will include rail replacement bus services, new temporary bike routes and a possible e-scooter trial (for share scooters).

 

This report pertains to the e-scooter trail component of the TTP.

 

TfNSW initially suggested a trial area which included a large part of the southern Inner West. Council has subsequently raised concern over safety, management and enforcement of the large area.

 

As such Council proposed an alternative corridor which would permit ready access to and along the existing Cooks River Cycleway with connections to Dulwich Hill and Marrickville. Using the Cooks River Cycleway would provide connection to Tempe Station, which will not be affected by the line shutdown, providing access to the overall rail network, including links to the City. The specific links require determination and detailed design, and a suitable management mechanism needs to be developed.

 

It is proposed to establish geofencing for the scooters to only operate in the corridor and parking areas.

 

The implementation timeline for the TTP is critical because of the July date for closure of the rail line by TfNSW.  As such it is recommended that the General Manager be delegated authority to finalise the arrangements, including the specific links, management mechanisms and appointment of a provider for the trial.

 

BACKGROUND

 

As part of the Sydenham-Bankstown Train to Metro Conversion there will be a shutdown of the T3 line for 12-14 months commencing in July this year.

 

As part of this shutdown TfNSW are working on a Temporary Transport Plan (TTP) to accommodate travel demand during this period. In addition to the usual rail replacement buses, TfNSW would like to boost active transport mode share by including new temporary bike routes and potential use of e-scooters (as share vehicles).

At this time, in NSW, e-scooters are not permitted on roads or footpaths, other than in trial areas. Consequently, TfNSW have approached Council to include an e-scooter trial as part of the TTP.

The e-scooters proposed in this trial would be “shared e-scooters” owned by a commercial operator selected by TfNSW and privately owned e-scooters would not be included.

 

The e-scooters would be geofenced so that they could not be used (or even parked) outside the defined area. Parking of the e-scooters would be restricted to clearly marked, mutually agreed e-scooter parking areas. It is currently proposed that the trial would permit e-scooters to be ridden on shared path, footpaths and selected roads within the defined area. A final decision on the specific roads would be subject to further analysis by TfNSW and Council staff.

 

A geofence is a virtual perimeter around a physical location (in this instance the trial area) and exiting this area on a e-scooter would result in the e-scooter being incapacitated.

 

Similar trials are currently underway in several parts of NSW and Council staff have specifically spoken with staff responsible for the Kogarah trial (Georges River Council).  In these discussions, Kogarah staff indicted no major issues with the trial to date.

 

 

DISCUSSION

 

The year-long closure of the T3 heavy rail line between Sydenham and Bankstown is required to finalise the conversion of this line to metro. Ultimately the metro service will result in higher frequency, higher capacity, more reliable services for all of the community within its catchment.

 

E-scooters

E-scooters/electric scooters are similar to conventional kick-scooters though propelled by an electric motor with a controlled maximum speed (in the order of 10-15km/hr) and a range of around 20-40 km/charge.  E-scooters operated by share services are fitted with GPS systems to ensure users can easily locate them and to permit geofencing (automated control of where they can be used).

At the end of the journey users of share scooters are required to park in allocated bays (as part of the proposed trial).  In the case of this trial, these bays would be geofenced and users penalized if the scooters are left elsewhere.

Operators of e-scooter share services remotely monitor scooter locations, use and battery life and employ people to collect the devices for recharging and redistributing as required.

 

 

 

 

Current Trials

E-scooter trials are currently being undertaken in Kogarah (Georges River Council), Albury, Armidale, Foster-Tuncurry, Lake Macquarie and Wollongong. As the only trial in the Sydney Region, Inner West Council staff contacted George River Council regarding their trail.  These discussions are summarised below:

·    Georges River Council is running a 12-month trial, that started on 10 January 2024

·    The trail area is set around 3 stations and Kogarah town centre;

·    In the lead-up two safety sessions were held by Beam (the e-scooter operators selected by TfNSW);

·    A Local Working Group is held monthly to help manage and resolve issues - TfNSW, Health, local Police, local business chamber, bus service provider, Beam and Council staff. It provides updates to TfNSW to resolve matters and escalate significant issues when needed;

·    E-scooters are permitted to be ridden on shared paths, footpaths and selected roads within the defined trial area.

·    The scooters are slow and heavy (no crashes have occurred). They have designated parking areas and geofencing means that it is not possible to park the scooter outside a designated area. (The e-scooter stops functioning when the rider travels outside the trial area);

·    Beam provides Council with utilisation statistics and heat maps;

·    Scooter speed is relatively low (now being automatically limited to around 5km/hr on footpaths);

·    Initially some complaints were received, mainly about helmet use and the 10km/hr speed on paths being too fast. The speed was subsequently reduced to 5km/hr;

·    Two businesses have requested scooter parking outside their premises.

 

Proposed Inner West E-Scooter Trail in TTP

 

TfNSW initially suggested a trial area which included a large part of the southern Inner West (Figure 1). Council has subsequently raised concern over safety, management and enforcement of such a large area and proposed a more confined corridor (Figure 2).


Figure 1 – E-scooter trial area proposed by TfNSW as part of TTP

 


Figure 2 –Proposed e-scooter trial corridor proposed by Council

 

This proposed corridor would permit ready access to and along the existing Cooks River Cycleway with connections to Dulwich Hill and Marrickville. Using the Cooks River Cycleway would provide connection to Tempe Station, which will not be affected by the line shutdown, providing access to the overall rail network, including links to the City.

 

It is also proposed to establish geofenced parking areas at each of the three stations which would provide predictable, manageable start/finish points for shared e-scooter journeys.

 

With the growing presence of e-scooters around the world, and specifically in Sydney, the Government (State and/or Federal) may eventually legalise them. 

 

E-scooters are already a legal mode of transport in many countries and some Australian States (ACT, Queensland, Tasmania) with trials currently underway in NSW, South Australian and Victoria.

 

The trail proposed, as part of the TTP, provides Council with the opportunity to:

·    Learn from:

existing trials that are currently underway;

its own experience with the trial proposed as part of the TTP;

its e-scooter trial to assist Council in its own future planning for electric micro-mobility devices in general;

·    Contribute to the State Government’s development of appropriate legislation;

·    Assist the travelling public during the Sydenham to Bankstown rail shutdown period.

 

The next steps to be taken include:

·    Confirmation of the Council proposed corridor

·    Development of a suitable management plan with the State including geofencing, speed control, enforcement regimes and the general parameters of the trail.

 

Council staff consider that it would be beneficial to proceed with a well-managed trial of e-scooters, within the corridor defined in Figure 2, as part of the TTP.

 

The implementation timeline for the TTP is critical because of the July date for closure of the rail line by TfNSW.

 

It is anticipated that the trial would run for a minimum of 12 months in support of the TTP, with an additional 12 months in support of TfNSW’s data gathering to determine the future of e-scooters in NSW.

 

At this time there are currently two providers to select from; Beam and Neuron. The successful share scooter provider would be selected through Council’s existing procurement process, as appropriate to projects with no cost to Council and no-revenue stream envisaged.

 

As such it is recommended that the General Manager be delegated authority to finalise the arrangements, including the specific links, management mechanisms and appointment of a provider for the trial.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

 

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

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.

 


Council Meeting

9 April 2024

 

Item No:              C0424(1) Item 11

Subject:              Leichhardt Oval public access post-trial and consultation outcomes           

Prepared By:      Scott Mullen - Strategic Investments and Property Manager  

Authorised By:  Kelly Loveridge - Director Corporate

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

1.    That Council endorse to continue public access to the Wayne Pearce Hill for passive recreation providing weekday access, from dawn to dusk.

 

2.    That a review be undertaken in six months time on the utilisation of the Wayne Pearce Hill and a report brought back to Council.

 

 

 

 

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE

 

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

 

4: Healthy, resilient and caring communities

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

This report details the community engagement outcomes associated with a trial of public access to the Wayne Pearce Hill at Leichhardt Oval for passive recreation providing weekday access, from dawn to dusk, which was undertaken between December 2023 and April 2024.

 

The trial supported unstructured recreation activities, principally for dog walking on the hill areas which lie outside of the main fenced sporting oval.

 

The public exhibition took place between 8 March and 7 April 2024. At the time of publication, council has received feedback from 10 participants with 90% of respondents in support of the proposal.

 

BACKGROUND

 

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

 

2.   That Council incorporate provision for public access to the Wayne Pearce Hill for passive recreation based on the same principles as the existing, successful use of Henson Park. This to commence with a trial of weekday access, including evenings, to be undertaken from December 2023 to February 2024.

Wayne Pearce Hill was made publicly accessible between Monday to Friday dawn to dusk, and on match days, access was not available after 9am. Access onto the sporting field was not permitted at any time.

The purpose of the trial was principally to allow the community safe access and use of the hill areas of the oval for exercise and socialisation.  

Following the trial period of opening, the community was subsequently encouraged to provide comment about whether the trial conditions should be made permanent.

 

DISCUSSION

Following the conclusion of the trial period, Council undertook community engagement with residents encouraging feedback to be provided on the trial period. The Community Engagement outcomes report associated with community feedback on the trial period can be accessed via Council’s website via the following link: Wayne Pearce Hill, Leichhardt Oval | Your Say Inner West (nsw.gov.au)

 

Wayne Pearce Hill was made publicly accessible between Monday to Friday, from dawn to dusk. On match days access was not available after 9am and access to the sporting field was not permitted.

 

The public exhibition took place between 8 March and 7 April 2024 with online respondents asked if they supported public access at Wayne Pearce Hill.

 

The table below shows the number of downloads for the from the Your Say Inner West project page:

 

Discussion

Downloads

Public Access to Wayne Pearce Hill

191

 

Ten (10) separate submissions were received as at the time of publication. Should any further submissions be received, updated information will be provided to Council. Of the ten responses, nine responded yes with one response of don’t know / unsure.

 

Details of the submissions and staff comments are outlined below:

 

Support (Yes or No)

Public Exhibition Comment/Explanation

IWC Comment

Yes

I love being able to come sit on the hill whenever I want. It’s a beautiful place to spend an afternoon and it makes me feel connected to the area in a really profound way. It’s living history, a moment in the present and a place for the future all at once. I also support any measure that gets more use out of the ground because that will help secure funding to keep it as an NRL ground, which is an intrinsic part of this suburb’s history.

Council officers have noted the support for access to the Wayne Pearce Hill.

Yes

the trial has been a great asset to the local community providing a safe area away from traffic

Council officers have noted the support for access to the Wayne Pearce Hill.

Yes

It has been lovely to walk into the park at lunch times when I’m working from home and don’t have time to get to the ovals that are further away.

 

It’s a nice oval right near our home and it’s just nice to be there amongst all the history of the tigers etc.

 

We appreciate you opening up the space and for asking the community. Thank you.

Council officers have noted the support for access to the Wayne Pearce Hill.

Yes

Fantastic use of the grounds for the community. I run my dogs nearly every day and would be extremely disappointed if it went away.

Council officers have noted the support for access to the Wayne Pearce Hill.

Yes

Wish it was open on the weekends as well (non-game days of course). Love going there with the dogs

Council officers have noted the support for access to the Wayne Pearce Hill.

Yes

We love being able to walk our dogs and meet up with our neighbours in this lovely space.

Council officers have noted the support for access to the Wayne Pearce Hill.

Yes

As a resident of Lilyfield, I absolutely cherished having access to Wayne Pierce Hill. I loved to walk my dogs on the grounds, and always made sure to leave it looking clean (picking up dog poo). I had a picnic on the oval with friends and walked with the neighbours to Wayne Pierce Hill. I also would go for a run on the grounds, as it kept my exercise routine interesting! By keeping this place open to the public on weekdays, it creates another unique community space for everyone to enjoy. I am so excited to potentially have access to it all year round!

Council officers have noted the support for access to the Wayne Pearce Hill.

Yes

No comment

Council officers have noted the support for access to the Wayne Pearce Hill.

Yes

No comment

Council officers have noted the support for access to the Wayne Pearce Hill.

Don’t know/ unsure

I think the whole thing is ridiculous! Who on earth would want to go there?

Council officers have noted the comment that it is not a preferred location to access.

 

 

Noting the overwhelmingly positive support received it is proposed that the Wayne Pearce Hill remain open for public access and thoroughfare. As the trial occurred over the summer holiday period, a review will be undertaken in six months to consider the community utilisation and any associated impacts through the winter season also.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

It is anticipated that the ongoing operational costs associated with the unlocking and locking of the Glover Street and Mary Street gates each day can be funded through existing Facilities operational budgets.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.

 


Council Meeting

9 April 2024

 

Item No:              C0424(1) Item 12

Subject:              Update - Main street Revitalisation Fund           

Prepared By:      Daniel East - Acting Senior Manager Planning  

Authorised By:  Simone Plummer - Director Planning

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council endorse the following projects for the Main Street Revitalisation Fund for further refinement and engagement with the submitters of the projects:

1.   All weather outdoor dining coverage.

2.   Footpath Plaques.

3.   Parklet Destinations.

4.   Weather protection awnings / screens.

5.   Verge Greening.

6.   Lighting Design Strategy.

7.   May Street Upgrades, St Peters Triangle.

 

 

 

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 purpose of this report is to provide the details of projects have been assessed as suitable for implementation under the Main Street Revitalisation Fund and gain Council’s endorsement to commence the delivery of the program.

 

BACKGROUND

 

At the Council meeting held on 6 December 2022, Council resolved the following:

 

Call for Expressions of Interest from coalition of local businesses, main street property owners, chambers of commerce, community and arts organisations to partner with Council in main street improvement projects.

 

This resolution was expanded on 14 February 2023 where Council resolved the following:

that council

 

1.   Consult with local businesses, main street property owners, chambers of commerce, community and arts organisations about the criteria for the expression of interest process and the nature of the works which would be undertaken through Council’s capital contribution.

2.   Seek advice from the Committee for Sydney, the NSW 24 Hour Commissioner and other relevant government and non-government organisations with expertise in main street revitalisation in developing the expression of interest criteria and program.

 

To implement the Main Streets Main Street Revitalisation Fund, an Expression of Interest process was undertaken to gain ideas from businesses and key stakeholders on what infrastructure projects they would like to see implemented on their high streets and villages. A total of 73 applications were received. A Panel was established that included an independent panel member from Office of the 24-Hour Economy Commissioner to assess the EOIs.

 

 

Of the 73 applications assessed by the panel, 16 applications have been selected to be rolled out and have been categorised into a short term and long term implementation plan. These projects will contribute to economic growth and uplift our main streets by enhancing their invitational appeal to locals and out of area visitors. The projects will help create vibrant and welcoming business centres that encourage diverse day and night-time economic activity.

 

An internal Project Manager has been appointed to support the implementation of selected projects and Council’s Place Management Officer is Council’s liaison partner and is currently already working with businesses on successful project ideas.

 

DISCUSSION

 

Stage 1 EOIs were sought via the Your Say page of Inner West Council between 10 July 2023 and 13 September 2023 and 75 submissions were received. An allocation of up to $1.5m has been set aside for each ward across the LGA giving the total of $7.5m.

 

Table 1 below provides information on the projects recommended to be rolled out:

 

Table 1: Main Street Revitalisation Short and Long Term Projects

 

Main Street Revitalisation Implementation Plan - Short Term Projects

Project

About

Pilot Ward/s

All Weather Outdoor Dining Coverage

Strengthening our eat street economies. A range of all weather outdoor dining coverage will be installed on outdoor dining platforms.  Over 10 years ago, Council had put up coverage which is now looking old, dirty and dilapidated. This will uplift our main streets and encourage out of area visitation and new business growth. There has been strong support and buy in from businesses.

Gulgadya (Leichhardt)

 

Midjuburi
(Marrickville)

Foot path plaques

Two installation sites:

1.   Australian Artists Plaques – Enmore Road to acknowledge the role Enmore Theatre has played in supporting local, iconic artists.

2.   Heritage Pub Trail Plaques – Balmain & Rozelle.  To recognise the historic contribution pubs have made to area.  Inviting people to rediscover our heritage pub scheme.  It offers sound economic outcomes when paired with BRCC’s digital pub trail as it will increase out of area visitation. Strong support and buy in by businesses.

Midjuburi
(Marrickville)

 

Baludarri (Balmain)

 

Parklet destinations

Designed pause points comprising of new street furniture and greening rolled out across the LGA in locations where footpaths are wide and underutilised. This work will use street furniture as art to interest to the site. Benefits include an enhancement of the main street experience, an invitation to utilise and an extension of local spend. Strong support and buy in by businesses.

All

Shopfront Awnings

 

Installation of uniform shopfront awnings to uplift an area by creating a unique character and identity at the specific shopfront façade. Includes elemental protection for visitors when visiting our main streets. 

Baludarri (Balmain)

 

Verge Greening Projects

 

 

EOI process had a big focus on greening our concrete jungle.  A series of verge greening sites across the LGA have been selected to uplift the main. Works already undertaken at Summer Hill, Stanmore and Leichhardt have been well received. Highly beneficial in improving the well being of community members in our main street. In effect, spending at businesses should increase.

All

Main Street Revitalisation Implementation Plan – Long Term Projects

Project

About

 Ward/s

Continued Roll out of:

-    All Weather Outdoor Dining Coverage

-    Parklet Destinations/Street Furniture Upgrades

-    Shopfront All Weather Awnings

-    Verge Greening

As outlined above

All

New Projects

 

 

 

Lighting Design Strategy

Investigation into a long term Lighting Design Strategy for prominent and historic buildings on main streets through LGA will make areas more attractive for business investment. Furthermore, main streets will become safer at night and contribute to higher footfall. In the interim, Council will reinstate/renew iconic white pearl ball lighting via assistance from operational unit.

All

May Street, St Peters Triangle 

May Street beautification project. This unique area comprises of many destination businesses, meaning visitors go out of their way to visit the businesses. Beautification works will have a positive economic impact on the future of this precinct. 

 

Midjuburi
(Marrickville)

 

 

Next Steps

The Council Mainstreets Revitalisation team has been working with a number of submitters to refine their ideas.  In order to progress these projects Council endorsement is sought for the projects and the general approach outlined in this report.  Organisation of a forum for those who submitted successful project concepts is underway.  Some design work has been commissioned as preparatory steps toward project commencement.

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

There are no financial implications associated with the implementation of the proposed recommendations outlined in the report.  However each project has a budget allocation within the $1.5M per Ward and $7.5M for the total project that must be tested via Council’s endorsed procurement process either for Tender or Quote.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Mainstreet Revitalisation Fund overview

 

 


Council Meeting

9 April 2024

 












Council Meeting

9 April 2024

 

Item No:              C0424(1) Item 13

Subject:              FOGO Service - Monthly Update           

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 includes the monthly updates on services, statistics and initiatives on FOGO.

 

BACKGROUND

 

The new weekly opt in red lid garbage collection commenced on 18 March as per the March Council resolution. Work has commenced on the FOGO service review and phase two communications with external consultants. Council procurement is underway for the delivery of 75 bag packs of compostable liners to all households during May and June 2024.

 

DISCUSSION

Council commenced the FOGO food recycling service on the 9th October 2023 and as of the 25 March had collected 8,267 Tonnes of FOGO. This equates to 15,409 tonnes CO2, equivalent emissions of taking 13,426 cars of the road.

 

The tonnages collected for the month of February (short month) was 1,452 which is greater than our modelling suggested of approximately 1,122 tonnes per month if we recovered half of the available food from the garbage bin.

 

In the first 5 months of the FOGO service (October to February inclusive 2023/24), compared to the same period in 2022/23;

·    Garbage tonnage has reduced by 3,924 tonnes

·    FOGO (Garden and FOO previously) tonnage has increased by 4,164 tonnes.

This suggests a transfer of approximately 4,000 tonnes of food from garbage to FOGO over the first five months of FOGO.

 

As is demonstrated on the graph below, FOGO tonnage is increasing at a greater rate than garbage disposal, compared to the same months last financial year. Note that summer is peak generation across all streams, with lowest seasonal generation in winter.

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 week ending 22 March, Council missed services averaged 442 per week across all streams (Garbage, recycling and FOGO), with more than half of these being for red lid garbage collections, of which about 50% are accounted for by 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 183 calls per day (917 for the week) in the week ending 22 March 2024 from a peak of 800 per day in October 2023, 34 of these calls were FOGO related, averaging 7 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 372,330 views (3 October 2023 to 22 March 2024). This is now reflected in the number of residents presenting their red or yellow bin on the wrong week for collection, which has reduced to around 5% of households. This is being addressed through education to households via the collection crews and waste busters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assistance for residents adjusting to FOGO

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 4,488 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 85 per day during the month to 25 March, equating to approximately 780 households using the service per fortnight. Only 10% of bookings are associated with using the opt in service 3 or more times since the service commenced.

 

3.   Weekly opt in garbage collection service

The website was updated to provide information about how to register for the weekly opt-in service. All residents that had called council previous wanting the weekly service have been contacted and either called back by call centre staff or emailed where phone numbers were not provided.

On 18 March 2024, as per the council resolution, residents were able to register for the opt-in weekly garbage collection service. Households with the greatest need were prioritised for the service first (starting from 25 March) if they had a disability or medical condition creating increased demand on waste, large households of 5 or more and children with nappies. The remainder service commences from Monday 8 April.

Residents call customer service to register, who ask a series of questions and determine priority. A blue ‘weekly’ sticker is placed on the top of the red lid garbage bin to identify the bin to collection crews.

 

At 28 March, 489 requests had been received from residents registering for the opt in weekly red lid garbage bin collections:

·    317 priority (service commenced 25 March)

·    172 standard (service commencing 8 April)

 

Comparison in FOGO performance for variable bin sizes and collection frequency will be measured as part of the service review which will include audits and review of tonnages. We will continue to monitor requests and measure customer satisfaction in the Inner West community satisfaction survey.

 

4.   Waste Buster activity

In the week ending 22 March, Waste Busters reported the following:

·    Contacted households of 22 contaminated FOGO bins rejected by resource recovery service crews. Reviewed and improved the bin rejection and follow up process with resource recovery service crews.

·    Resolved 26 resident FOGO enquiries

·    Engaged with over 135 residents at Bairro Portuguese Festival on Saturday 23 March.

·    Developed materials for the upcoming behaviour change bin tagging phase, targeting locations of greatest contamination.

 

Rebate for Reusable Nappies, Sanitary and Incontinence products

$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. In February the rebate was expanded to include the acceptance of reusable incontinence products.

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 or incontinence products).

Inner West Council's Rebately | Home

On 25 March 2024, three hundred and eighty-nine rebates had been claimed total cost $23,273):

·    Reusable cloth nappies – 101 claims to the value of $8,184

·    Reusable sanitary products – 287 claims to the value of $14,990

·    Reusable incontinence underwear – 1 claim to the value of $90

FOGO Community Champions

The final phase of the Community Champions work is about to commence with an EOI opening to train 50 community members as FOGO experts to enable them to influence and support people in their local area and networks.

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.

 

Council officers are preparing options for Council's consideration for future supply of compostable bags noting below the current policy of Randwick and Penrith.

 

·    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)

 

Compostable Liner Delivery – May/June 2024

Procurement is underway for the delivery of a roll of bags to each household in May/June 2024.

 

Compostable Liner Supply – May 2024

Procurement is complete and bags ordered for the supply of 75 bag packs of compostable liners for delivery in May.

 

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.

 

The number of weekly opt in collections are currently being undertaken within the existing day labour budget.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.

 


Council Meeting

9 April 2024

 

Item No:              C0424(1) Item 14

Subject:              Options to Promote use of Town Halls           

Prepared By:      Jonny Browne - Strategic and Corporate Communications Manager  

Authorised By:  Peter Gainsford – General Manager

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

1.   That Council promote the use of Town Halls as creative spaces via social media, Council newsletter and banners on town halls.

 

2.   That the proposed total cost of $7,900 be allocated to this project through the third quarter budget review process.

 

 

 

 

 

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 Council resolving to allocate $436,000 to fund this initiative.

 

A communications campaign is being planned to widely promote the initiative.

 

BACKGROUND

 

At the Council meeting held on 5 March 2024, Council resolved the following in part:

 

5.   That advertising banners and flags noted in the report are in place at all town halls prior to this event.

 

6.   That the Inner West Council website host a page promoting the use of our town halls by artists and creative industries, and that printed collateral promoting this initiative be made available at our libraries, community centres, and other locations, and that a feature article promoting the initiative be included as part of an upcoming edition of the Inner West Community News.

 

7.   That Council report back to the April Ordinary Council meeting about options to promote the initiative more broadly, including on bus stop advertising, social media advertising and more broadly, with costs to be absorbed through the third quarter budget review process.

 

 

DISCUSSION

Promoting the availability of town halls

 

A web page has been created and activated on the Inner west council website promoting the availability of the Town Halls as creative spaces.

 

A story will also appear in the April Council Newsletter that is delivered to all residences, promoting the availability of the Town Halls as creative spaces.

 

Advertising banners and flags to help promote the initiative are currently being designed and will then be manufactured and positioned around each of the town hall sites.

 

A social media advertising campaign is also being developed, and this will be boosted for an initial period of six months.

 

An A5 flyer outlining the details of the program will be designed and printed internally for distribution another medium to connect with the community on the opportunities for use of these town hall spaces.

 

Whilst bus shelter advertising was also put forward for investigation, it is the recommendation of the Communications Manager that council utilise the existing digital screens available at our pools, libraries, service centres and the Hannaford centre to promote this initiative rather than the vastly more expensive use of bus shelter advertising at this time.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

 

The financial implications for the promotion of this initiative would include the costs of boosting social media posts, printing of a double sided A5 flyer x 2000 and the design, creation and installation of banners flags on the town halls.

 

Social media advertising and promotion – approximately $1,000 for a six month campaign

 

Cost of design and creation of banners and teardrop flags – approximately $6,400 for seven banners and 14 teardrop flags.

 

Cost of printing double sided A5 flyer x 2,000 – approximately $500

 

It is proposed that the estimated total cost of $7,900 be allocated for this communications initiative through the third quarter budget review process.

 

ATTACHMENTS

Nil.

 


Council Meeting

9 April 2024

 

Item No:              C0424(1) Item 15

Subject:              Local Traffic Committee Meeting - 18 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 18 March 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 March 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)

Jaggers Lane, Balmain - Permanent Road Closure Proposal

Vincent Street, Balmain - Proposed Stormwater Improvements

Gulgadya

(Leichhardt)

Deakin Avenue, Haberfield Edge - proposed line marking installation

Bay Street and Hammond Avenue, Croydon - Proposed 'No Stopping' restrictions

Dalmar and Byron Streets, Croydon - Proposed 'No Stopping' restrictions

Midjuburi

(Marrickville)

Belmore Street, Tempe - Proposed 'No Parking' restrictions

Meeks Road at Victoria Road, Marrickville – Proposed intersection Improvements - Design Plan 10268

Ewart Street, Dulwich Hill and (Lower) Railway Parade, Sydenham - Temporary Parking Changes On 4 Weekends During Weekend Rail Replacement Operations - Bus Replacements

Ewart Street, Dulwich Hill; Illawarra Road, Marrickville; Burrows Avenue, Railway Road, Gleeson Avenue And (Lower) Railway Parade, Sydenham - Temporary Parking Changes During Major Rail Shutdown Of T3 Line For Sydney Metro Upgrade Works - Bus Replacements Saturday 13 April 2024 To Wednesday 24 April 2024

Djarrawunang

(Ashfield)

Grosvenor Crescent (Sloane Street to Liverpool Road), Summer Hill-Proposed Raised Thresholds (Speed Humps)

Tideswell Street, Ashfield (off Liverpool Road)-Proposed Kerb Extensions and kerb ramps

Damun (Stanmore)

Newtown South LATM Study

Gould Avenue, Lewisham - Proposed 'No Stopping' restrictions

Denison Street, Camperdown, south of Kilner Lane - Proposed kerb extension and ramp

London Street and Simmons Street, Enmore – Proposed Temporary Road Closure and Part Road Closure

All Wards

Amendment to signposted Car Share Vehicles spaces in the Inner West

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Projects proposed for implementation are funded within existing budget allocations.

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Local Traffic Committee minutes - 18 March 2024

 

 


Council Meeting

9 April 2024

 
























Council Meeting

9 April 2024

 

Item No:              C0424(1) Item 16

Subject:              Minutes of the Flood Advisory Committee held on 29 February 2024, and the Exhibition of the Alexandra Canal Flood Risk Management Study and Plan and the Whites Creek and Johnstons Creek Flood Risk Management Study and Plan           

Prepared By:      David Paton - Road Access Manager  

Authorised By:  Ryann Midei - Director Infrastructure

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

1.   That Council receive the minutes and adopt the recommendations of the Flood Management Advisory Committee meeting held on 29 February 2024.

 

2.   That Council adopt the updated Flood Management Advisory Committee Terms of Reference dated 20 March 2024.

 

3.   That Council publicly exhibit the draft Alexandra Canal Flood Risk Management Study and Plan for a period of 28 days and seek community feedback on it.

 

4.   That Council publicly exhibit the draft Whites Creek and Johnstons Creek Flood Risk Management Study and Plan for a period of 28 days and seek community feedback on it.

 

5.   That following the conclusion of the exhibition period, the draft Alexandra Canal Flood Risk Management Study and Plan and the Whites Creek and Johnstons Creek Flood Risk Management Study and Plan be brought back to Council for consideration for adoption.

 

 

 

 

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE

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

1: An ecologically sustainable Inner West

2: Liveable, connected neighbourhoods and transport

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

Inner West Council has a responsibility and obligation under the NSW Flood Prone Land Policy and the NSW Flood Risk Management Manual to carry out studies to understand flood risk, examine options to manage flood risk, keep community informed about flooding, and support emergency management planning.

 

Under the Policy and Manual the management of flood prone land is the responsibility of local councils, including the establishment of flood risk management (FRM) governance through the establishment and management of committees. The committee provides an avenue to enable contribution by agencies, key stakeholders and the community to studies and the development of FRM plans under the FRM process.

 

In the Inner West Council, this function is provided within the Flood Management Advisory Committee.

 

This report details the minutes of the Flood Management Advisory Committee dated 29 February 2024, including:

-     an amended Terms of Reference for the Committee

-     endorsement to exhibit of the Alexandra Canal Flood Risk Management Study and Plan and the Whites Creek and Johnstons Creek Flood Risk Management Study and Plan.

-     Review of the Inner West Local Flood Plan

 

The amended Terms of Reference has been developed following a review of current membership, consistency with other Flood Management Committees, and consistency with similar committees of Inner West Council, and utilises Council’s current committee guidelines and code of conduct.

 

The Alexandra Canal Flood Risk Management Study and Plan (FRMSP) and Whites Creek and Johnstons Creek Flood Risk Management Study and Plan (FRMSP) the have been developed by Council Engineers, representatives from the NSW Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water, and specialist flood modelling consultants Stantec.

 

The studies include a comprehensive review of the existing flood models for these catchments and further modelling to assess the impacts of possible upgrade measures to reduce flooding across the catchments.

 

An initial count of 40 possible flood mitigation works, including pipe upgrades, road modifications, detention basins and pit improvements were assessed for overall impact and improvement to flood risk in the community, in conjunction with 6 options for Council-led property modification and 6 options for emergency management improvements.

 

The assessment resulted in a shortlist of six mitigation options for Alexandra Canal, 13 mitigation options for Whites Creek and Johnstons Creek, and five property and emergency management measures for both studies.

 

The Whites Creek and Johnstons Creek FRMSP reviews 20 options and considers seven options to have a high implementation priority including:

-     Drainage Upgrade at Probert Street ($500,000)

-     Detention Basin at Bridge Road ($1.4 million)

-     Drainage Upgrade at Lennox Street ($2.3 million)

-     Drainage Upgrade at Gladstone Street ($1.6 million)

-     Data Coordination with NSW SES

-     Community Flood Awareness Strategies

-     Implementation of Flood Markers & Signage

 

The Alexandra Canal FRMSP reviews nine options and considers four options to have a high implementation priority including:

-     Drainage Upgrade at Bay Street ($1.1 million)

-     Data Coordination with NSW SES

-     Community Flood Awareness Strategies

-     Implementation of Flood Markers & Signage

 

It is recommended to exhibit both studies for a period of 28 days and seek community feedback

 

 

 

 

BACKGROUND

 

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

 

3.      That a future flood education strategy for the wider local government area be developed and presented to the Flood Management Advisory Committee.

 

6.    That a review be undertaken of the Flood Management Advisory Committee, including consideration of meeting schedule, terms of reference and other governance measures and that this report be received by Council in or before December 2023.

 

The first meeting of the Flood Management Advisory Committee following this resolution occurred on 29 February 2023. The Committee also reviewed the following items of Business:

-    Review of the Inner West Local Flood Plan

-    Review of the Alexandra Canal Flood Risk Management Study and Plan and Whites Creek and Johnstons Creek Flood Risk Management Study and Plan for Public Exhibition

 

The minutes of this meeting are provided in Attachment 1.

 

DISCUSSION

 

Amended Terms of Reference

 

The Terms of Reference for the Inner West Council Flood Management Advisory Committee (FMAC) was adopted in August 2016 and was scheduled for review in July 2020. The FMAC did not meet between 2020 and 2022 due to the impacts of COVID-19, after which a review of the Committee Terms of Reference has been a standing item on the agendas.

 

The review presented to the committee identified a number of areas where the existing Terms of Reference should be updated to meet current standards and guidelines, improve function of the committee, and increase community participation and representation.

 

This includes:

-     Increase the meeting frequency to a quarterly schedule

-     Removing the current limit of one community member per catchment area

-     Increasing the reasons for eligibility to improve potential community participation

-     Updating SES membership to reflect current command structure

-     Updates to the titles of NSW Government Departments and Agencies

-     Adopting Council’s Model Code of Conduct, Conflict of Interest Policy and Meeting Conduct

 

The amended Terms of Reference are provided in Attachment 2.

 

 

Alexandra Canal Flood Risk Management Study and Plan and Whites Creek and Johnstons Creek Flood Risk Management Study and Plan

 

Council Engineers have been working with specialist flood modelling consultants Stantec since February 2020 to progress Flood Risk Management Studies for Johnstons Creek, Whites Creek and Alexandra Canal and have developed two draft Flood Risk Management Studies and Plans to be exhibited to the public.

 

The Flood Risk Management Studies and Plans form the third and fourth stage of the Flood Risk Management Process, as outlined in Figure 1, and extend the flood modelling undertaken as part of the previous Flood Studies. 

 

Figure 1 - Summary of the Floodplain Risk Management Process

 

The studies include a comprehensive review of the existing flood models for these catchments and further modelling to assess the impacts of possible upgrade measures to reduce the risk of flooding across the catchments, including stormwater drainage upgrades and improved short-term storage of water – as well as a range of non-structural management measures which will reduce the risk associated with flooding.

 

The two studies also undertook a review of the existing tagging criteria used for flood affected properties currently adopted within Council’s Marrickville DCP that resulted from the previous studies. Within the Alexandra Canal catchment there are 1023 properties in the study area with 56 properties (5.5% of the study area) considered flood affected. Within the Whites Creek and Johnstons Creek catchments, there are 6,976 properties in the study area, with 409 properties considered flood affected (or 6.3% of all properties).

 

The review identified no change to the number of properties identified as a flood affected for these catchments.

 

Following the review of the two flood models, Council Engineers and representatives from the NSW Department of Planning worked with Stantec to develop an initial suite of possible flood mitigation measures for the 11 high hazard areas across the three catchments.

 

Following a presentation of these options to Council’s Flood Management Advisory Committee on 27 July 2023, thorough modelling, damage calculations and upgrade costings were undertaken across the 20% AEP, 5% AEP, 2% AEP, 1% AEP and PMF flood events to determine an Average Annual Damage Reduction and obtain a Cost-Benefit Analysis and Net Present Worth of each option.

 

This assessment was also reviewed under a multi-criteria analysis as well as a multi‑criteria analysis, as outlined in Section 9.6 of the two reports, and replicated in Attachment 3, to incorporate the non-economic social and environmental values held by stakeholders within the catchment.

 

The combined 29 upgrade and mitigation measures identified in the two Plans represent a total capital outlay of approximately $26 million, with eight high priority measures totalling $6.2 million. This includes 5 options for future capital works, and three options for operational consideration, as listed below:

-     Drainage Upgrade at Probert Street ($500,000, CBR 3.9)

-     Detention Basin at Bridge Road ($1.4 million, CBR 5.5)

-     Drainage Upgrade at Lennox Street ($2.3 million, CBR 3.6)

-     Drainage Upgrade at Gladstone Street ($1.6 million, CBR 4.0)

-     Drainage Upgrade at Bay Street ($1.1 million, CBR 0.8)

-     Data Coordination with NSW SES

-     Community Flood Awareness Strategies

-     Implementation of Flood Markers & Signage

 

The impact of these capital works options is discussed in the Financial Implications section below. None of the proposed options require property acquisition to facilitate flood improvement or allow for the construction of new pipelines.

 

Of the non-capital options – i.e., Data Coordination, Community Flood Awareness, and Flood Markers, Council Engineers will continue to work with NSW SES to further develop and implement these strategies. Data Coordination takes place as part of the overall handover of materials following completion of a Flood Risk Management Study and provides NSW SES with flood depths, response times, isolated areas, and road cutoffs to inform their decision-making.

 

Beyond capital works upgrades, the reports also provide a review of current planning controls, and a review of Emergency Management information, including response times, isolated areas, and road cutoffs to inform their decision making and planning.

 

The Final Flood Risk Management Studies and Plans are included as Attachments 3 & 4 of this report.

 

The Exhibition of the Study would occur for a period of 28 days between late April and early June following the April school holidays. The draft reports and supporting figures will be available for download through Council’s Have Your Say webpage. Residents and stakeholders will be invited to provide feedback on the plan and the specific options proposed via the Have Your Say submission system, or directly with Council’s Engineers via phone and a dedicated email address.

 

There will also be four drop-in community information sessions for residents to ask questions and provide feedback on the report and the options presented. These drop-in sessions will be undertaken in Council facilities in locations accessible to the three catchments.

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

There are no direct financial implications associated with the adoption of the proposed report
however there are limited funds to undertake the upgrade and mitigation measures identified
in the Flood Risk Management Plan

 

The combined 29 upgrade and mitigation measures identified in the two Plans represent a total capital outlay of approximately $26 million, with eight high priority measures totalling $6.2 million.

 

The estimated cost of implementation includes an assumed maintenance cost of 10% of the asset cost over the 30-year cost assessment however as many of the options provide upgrades to existing pits and pipelines, there is minimal expected impact to current stormwater maintenance services.

 

Given the level of conceptual detail of a Flood Risk Management Plan, the reports do not prescribe a schedule for implementation. Rather, the Plans serve to identify mitigation measures that have merit for implementation as funding becomes available, or the opportunity arises from major development.

 

Council has an ongoing commitment of $1.5 million for Stormwater Upgrades per year as part of the Long-Term Financial Plan. Council is currently collating all existing Flood Risk Management Plans to develop a comprehensive program of feasibility assessments, concept design investigations, and implementation to be presented at the next Flood Management Advisory Committee.

 

The planning process intends to schedule pipe upgrades with overall condition renewal, opportunities to combine floodplain works with existing infrastructure works and programs, and the availability of external funding. Council has incorporated some adopted Flood Mitigation measures into its current Development Contributions Plan to mitigate the increased risk that development within the floodplain and fund these important works to the benefit of the wider community.

 

The NSW Department of Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water offers grant support for the design and implementation of flood mitigation projects through the Environment & Heritage Unit. These grants offer up to two-thirds funding for both the design and implementation of suitably viable flood mitigation projects identified and adopted through a Flood Risk Management Study.

 

Attachments 3 and 4 have been published separately in the Attachments Document on Council’s Website https://www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/about/the-council/council-meetings/current-council-meetings

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Minutes of the Flood Management Advisory Committee 29 February 2024

2.

Proposed Flood Management Advisory Committee Terms of Reference

3.

Alexandra Canal Flood Risk Management Study and Plan - Published separately on Council’s website

 

4.

Whites Creek and Johnstons Creek Flood Risk Management Study and Plan - Published separately on Council’s website

 

 

 


Council Meeting

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Council Meeting

9 April 2024

 

Item No:              C0424(1) Item 17

Subject:              Minutes of Audit Risk and Improvement Committee Meeting - 20 March 2024           

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

Authorised By:  Kelly Loveridge - Director Corporate

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

1.   That Council receive the minutes and adopt the recommendations of the Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee (ARIC) meeting held on 20 March 2024.

 

2.   That Council adopt the draft Internal Audit Charter as endorsed by the ARIC at its meeting on 20 March 2024.

 

3.   That Council adopt the draft ARIC Terms of Reference, as endorsed by the ARIC at its meeting on 20 March 2024, to take effect from 1 July 2024.

 

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

 

In accordance with the Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee (ARIC) Terms of Reference, copies of the minutes of the Committee are to be provided to the .

 

The confirmed minutes of the ARIC meeting held on 20 March 2024 are attached for Council’s consideration, noting that these minutes also include the endorsement of draft ARIC Terms of Reference and draft Internal Audit Charter.

 

BACKGROUND

 

Minutes

The ARIC is established in accordance with section 428A of the Local Government Act 1993. The objective of Council’s ARIC is to provide independent assurance to Council by monitoring, reviewing and providing advice about the Council’s governance processes, compliance, risk management and control frameworks, external accountability obligations and overall performance. The 20 March 2024 ARIC Minutes also reflect the endorsement of draft ARIC Terms of Reference and draft Internal Audit Charter. 

 

DISCUSSION

In accordance with the ARIC Terms of Reference, clause 8.6 Secretariat, the Minutes of the meeting held on 20 March 2024 were approved Out of Session on 25 March 2024 and are subsequently tabled to Council for adoption. The minutes of the 20 March 2024 meeting endorse draft ARIC Terms of Reference and draft Internal Audit Charter. 

 

These documents have been developed in accordance with requirements issued by the Office of Local Government (OLG) in its November 2023 Guidelines on Internal Audit and Risk Management (Guidelines) which become a legislative requirement on 1 July 2024 when the Local Government (General) Amendment (Audit, Risk and Improvement Committees) Regulation 2023 (‘the Regulations’) commence.

 

The draft TOR adopt the model Terms of Reference in the Guidelines and are proposed for adoption to take effect from 1 July 2024. Council’s current ARIC TOR are based on the initial draft OLG Guidelines issued prior to 9 August 2022 and the OLG has now had various iterations of drafts released until the final OLG Guidelines issued in force from 1 July 2024. Each draft iteration issued by the OLG involved changes, and so, the draft TOR provided to ARIC and Council is in a clean version now aligned with the mandatory Final Model TOR guidelines.

 

The critical change from our current practice mandated by the Regulations and Guidelines involves the ARIC member composition and roles. The current TOR permit two voting Councillor members on the ARIC. This is expressly not permitted by the Regulations.  The Guidelines and the Regulations establish a distinct role for a single Councillor member as a link between Council and the Committee. The Regulations establish this as a statutory requirement from 1 July 2024. Section 216C Composition of Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee, requires:

 

(1) the ARIC must comprise a chairperson and at least 2 independent members;

(2) one Councillor, who must not be the Mayor, of the Council may also be appointed to an ARIC, and

(4) A Councillor appointed of the ARIC must not vote on a matter being considered by the Committee.

 

The only changes in the draft TOR from the Model code requirements are to add clauses to enable ARIC minutes to be adopted by ARIC Out of Session and to enable Councillors to attend as observers (as per the current ARIC TOR).

 

The TOR are proposed to take effect from 1 July to allow Council to retain the current membership of two Councillors (voting – members) for as long as possible, noting that a further report will be brought to Council in May to consider the new appointment of only 1 Councillor, in accordance with the mandatory requirements of the new OLG Risk Management Guidelines.

 

The draft Internal Audit Charter adheres strictly to Model requirements. Council’s current charter was last updated in 2018 and so this Model version involves a complete rewrite of the document. The draft Charter is for immediate effect and contains a supplementary Schedule, being Council’s Internal Audit Universe, which provides a key point of reference for the development and achievement of requirements in the Charter.

 

The clarifications to the draft TOR and the inclusion of the Audit Universe in the draft Charter do not detract from any OLG requirements, instead these amendments further strengthen the ARIC’s operations and Council’s Internal Audit Charter, exceeding OLG requirements.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

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

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

ARIC 20 March 2024 Minutes approved out of session 25 March 2024

2.

draft Internal Audit Charter plus internal audit universe

3.

draft ARIC Terms of Reference

 


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9 April 2024

 

Item No:              C0424(1) Item 18

Subject:              Outcome of Inner West Council's De-Amalgamation Business Case           

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

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

 

The report provides Council with the outcome of the De-amalgamation Business Case, submitted to the Minister for Local Government and independently examined and considered by the Boundaries Commission.

 

BACKGROUND

 

At the Council meeting held on 14 February 2023, Council resolved the following:

 

That Council:

 

1.   Submits the De-amalgamation Business Case, as considered by Council at the 13 September and the 6 December 2022 Council Meeting, with the additional attachment of the Ernst and Young risk report, to the Minister for Local Government; and

 

2.   Includes the approved covering letter with the submission to the Minister for Local Government, that sets out clearly that de-amalgamation, should it occur, be done only on the following terms:

 

a)    that the full costs of the de-amalgamation being between $178 million - $190 million be paid in full by the NSW Government, prior to the commencement of the de-amalgamation, with no costs to be borne by Inner West ratepayers; and

 

b)   that the duly democratically elected representatives of Council will remain in office and the NSW Government will not install an interim unelected administrator.

 

DISCUSSION

On 13 March 2024 the Minister for Local Government received the NSW Local Government Boundaries Commission’s report regarding the Inner West Council’s business case for de-amalgamation.

The report recommended that the proposed de-amalgamation of Inner West Council should not proceed, stating this would be the best outcome for residents and ratepayers of the current local government area.

 

The Minister after considering the findings has exercised his decision making powers under section 218CC(5) of the Local Government Act 1993 to not support the proposal put forward by Inner West Council for de-amalgamation.

 

The Minister advised that he accepted the Commission’s view that, “the financial disadvantage associated with a de-amalgamation significantly outweigh any potential financial benefits from a de-amalgamation” and that there is compelling evidence that the business case presented by Council will cost the community more money than it saves.

 

The Minister’s letter and the Local Government Boundaries Commission report are attached to this report.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

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

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Local Government Boundaries Commission report

2.

Correspondence from the Minister for Local Government - De-amalgamation

 

 


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Item No:              C0424(1) Item 19

Subject:              Investment Report at 29 February 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 February 2024:

 

·    Council invested in two floating rate notes (FRN):

$0.9M 5 year FRN with Newcastle Greater Mutual at a current rate of 6.20%pa

$1.35M 4 year FRN with Bank Australia at a current rate of 6.03%pa

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

·    Council’s entire investment portfolio remains invested, with 47% of the portfolio in non-fossil fuel lending authorised deposit-taking institutions (ADIs), 4% of the portfolio in socially responsible investments and 49% 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 $236.0m, $2.5m higher than the prior month market value of $233.5m. 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 5.12% pa, against the ‘AusBond Bank Bill Index’ Benchmark (4.42% pa) on a marked-to-market basis. For the past 12 months, the portfolio has returned 4.70% pa on a marked-to-market basis.

 

Financial markets continued their rally in February largely reflective of the overall continued easing in inflation globally. Focus remains on when central banks will begin their interest rate cuts this year. 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

 

During the month of February, Council invested in two floating rate notes as follows:

 

·    $0.9M 5 year FRN with Newcastle Greater Mutual at a current rate of 6.20%pa

·    $1.35M 4 year FRN with Bank Australia at a current rate of 6.03%pa

 

 

Council’s entire investment portfolio remains invested, with 47% of the portfolio in non-fossil fuel lending Authorised deposit-taking institutions (ADIs), 4% of the portfolio in socially responsible investments and 49% 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.

 

 

In February 2024, ANZ’s takeover of Suncorp was given the green light by the Australian Competition Tribunal (ACT), six months after the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) blocked the deal on the grounds that it could lessen competition in the mortgage market. Completion of the acquisition remains subject to legislative amendments by the Queensland Parliament and approval by the Federal Treasurer. It remains to be seen if Council is required to divest its investments with Suncorp Bank since ANZ are classified as a bank continuing to fund fossil fuels. Council will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates when new information is provided.

 

The attachments to this report summarise all investments held by Council and interest returns for periods ending 29 February 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 February 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 29 February 2024.

 

External / Internal Restrictions & Working Funds

 

 

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

 

Over February 2024, movements for major bank term deposit rates were mixed compared to the previous month (January 2024). Major bank deposit rates dropped by as much as 16 basis points (bp) across the shorter-tenors (3-12 months), whilst flat across the medium term (2-3 years), and was slightly up by around 2-3bp across the longer-tenors (4-5 years). Major bank deposit rates are approximately 10-22bp lower than what they were 6 months ago (August 2023), clearly pricing in the future rate cuts expected later this year.

 

Domestic issues:

 

·    The monthly consumer price index (CPI) fell -0.3% in January, leaving the annual rate unchanged at +3.4% y/y (which was lower than market expectations of +3.6% y/y). When excluding volatile items, the annual rise was +4.1%, down from +4.2% recorded in December 2023.

·    The unemployment rate rose to 4.1% from 3.9% (consensus 4.0%), though unrounded it rose only by 0.1% to 4.0577%. Employment growth was flat at +0.5k vs. the +25.0k consensus, and hours worked fell sharply by -2.5% m/m. The participation rate also fell by 0.1% to 66.8% from 66.9% and underemployment rose by 0.1% to 6.6%

·    Retail sales increased +1.1% m/m in January, which was lower than expectations of +1.6% m/m, but rebounded from the -2.7% recorded in December 2023.

·    The December goods trade surplus fell slightly to $10.96bn from $11.8bn (consensus $10.5bn). The largely on consensus print was driven by a partial rebound in imports (+4.8% m/m after last month’s -8.4%)

 

90 Day Bill Futures

 

·    Bill futures increased across the board this month, 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 currently remains on a mild tightening bias and appears to be comfortable with the current level of the cash rate being restrictive enough. The RBA February 2024 Board meeting minutes stated, “it was not yet possible to rule in or out further increases in interest rates” and it would take “some time” to have sufficient confidence inflation was on track. The Board therefore wants to keep the optionality in the event of future shocks. Nevertheless, financial markets anticipate the RBA to cut rates by year End.

·    Over the month, yields rose by up to 15bp 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 with financial markets pricing in the first rate cut by October 2024.

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

 

There are no financial implications associated with the implementation of the proposed recommendation in this report.

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Inner West Council Economic and Investment Portfolio Commentary - February 2024

2.

Inner West Council Investment Report - February 2024

 

 


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9 April 2024

 

Item No:              C0424(1) Item 20

Subject:              Affordable Housing and Renters Rights Stakeholder Forum           

Prepared By:      Daniel East - Acting Senior Manager 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:

 

2: Liveable, connected neighbourhoods and transport

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

On 8 February 2024, Council held its inaugural ‘Affordable Housing and Renters’ Rights Stakeholder Forum’ at Marrickville Pavilion.

 

Councillors and Council officers were able to discuss genuine policy changes and advocacy methods that could help address the housing crisis and forge meaningful relationships with other relevant stakeholders.

 

BACKGROUND

 

 

At the Council meeting held on 9 May 2023, Council resolved the following:

 

That Council convenes a Renters Rights town hall to engage and consult with advocates on Council’s legislative and regulatory objectives in support of renters rights. The town hall should include representatives from tenant advocacy groups, social service and housing organisations, and invitations to be extended to the Minister for Better Regulation and Fair Trading, and the Minister for Housing. The town hall will be cofacilitated by Clr Smith and Clr Griffiths.

 

The Affordable Housing and Renters’ Rights Stakeholder Forum was held.

 

Invitations were to be sent to the Minister for Housing and Homelessness and the Minister for Better Regulation and Fair Trading however, both ministers were unable to attend as it was a sitting week for the State Parliament.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

The Affordable Housing and Renters’ Rights Stakeholder Forum brought together a variety of key stakeholders to hear from a panel of affordable housing and rental reform experts: 

·    Trina Jones, NSW Rental Commissioner

·    John Engeler, CEO Shelter NSW

·    Estelle Grech, Committee for Sydney Policy Manager, Planning and Housing

·    Professor Nicole Gurran, University of Sydney

 

The panelists discussed the severity of the housing crisis in the Inner West and Sydney before outlining some policy changes that could help alleviate the crisis using historical and international examples. See Attachment 1 for a copy of the presentation.

 

Attendees to the forum included academics, government officials, Councillors, and representatives from Council’s Housing Affordability Advisory Committee, Community Housing Providers and NGOs, many of whom participated in the panel discussion. Attendees applauded Council’s initiative in initiating this event and agreed with panelists that more advocacy toward the NSW State Government was needed to address the worsening housing crisis in Sydney.

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

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

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Presentation - Affordable Housing and Renters Rights Stakeholder Forum

 

 


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9 April 2024

 

Item No:              C0424(1) Item 21

Subject:              Stopping the Spread of Tobacconist and Vape Stores           

Prepared By:      Michael Ryan - Senior Manager, Health & Building  

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:

 

4: Healthy, resilient and caring communities

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

Currently e-cigarette (Vape) and Tobacco retail premises can be classified as Exempt Development under the ‘Exempt and Complying’ SEPP pathway, therefore planning approval is not required.  However all businesses that sell tobacco, or e-cigarettes are required to notify the NSW Health and receive a Retailer Identification Number (RIN).

 

Following the Council resolution of 13 February 2024 Council has written to the NSW Department of Health proposing a limit on the number of Tobacco and Vape retail premises in the Inner West LGA.  In return Council has received a list of Tobacco and Vape premises from the Ministry of Health (attached). Note an analysis is required as some suburbs span local government boundaries. There are 824 premises on the list.

 

Council has been advised by the Department of Health (the Regulatory Authority) that vapes containing Nicotine were banned from sale from 1 March 2024, and that an education and enforcement campaign is being undertaken targeting e- cigarettes and Tobacco products by Department of Health – who are the regulator in this space.

 

Council has also written to the NSW Government in line with the Mayoral minute.

 

In summary - premises that sell tobacco products or e-cigarettes are required to register with the NSW Government (Department of Health). There are currently no provisions that that prohibit retailers from operating in a certain area or proximity. The Regulatory Authorities for the import and retail of Tobacco products and e-cigarettes are The Australian Border Force (ABF), the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), NSW Health and The NSW Police.

 

BACKGROUND

 

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

 

 

1.   That Council seeks 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 proposes 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 writes 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.

 

DISCUSSION

 

The Planning Pathway for Tobacconists and ‘Vape Stores’

Tobacconists and Vape Stores are defined as retail premises and shop, under Inner West Local Environment Plan (LEP). Where a shop is permissible and an approval exists for its operation, the premise can change the use from one shop to another ie Tobacconist or Vape store without seeking consent.  This can occur as exempt development under the provisions of the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt & Complying Development Codes) 2008.  

The resolution of Council seeks a change of regulations to require Tobacconist or Vape Stores to require development consent to open in the Inner West.  It is envisaged that to change the regulations so that development consent is required, without resulting in all shops falling into this requirement, would require the Department of Planning, Housing and Infrastructure to amend the relevant Environmental Planning Instruments to specifically exclude these businesses from the provisions of Exempt or Complying development. There are a number of ways this could be incorporated into the SEPP either through definitions, exclusions or variations.

Vapes

 

‘Vapes’ are e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes and e-liquids containing nicotine were banned on 1 March 2024, except for being a prescription only medicine with a doctor approved script. This means community pharmacies can supply e-liquids and e-cigarettes (containing nicotine) to their customers (18 years and over) if they have a valid prescription from a doctor. For retailers other than pharmacies it is illegal to sell e-liquids and e-cigarettes that contain nicotine. This includes online sales. Currently e-cigarettes that do not contain nicotine are legal in NSW. Adults aged 18 years and over can buy e-cigarettes that do not contain nicotine.

 

The Australian Government is implementing reforms to strengthen national vaping regulations in phases throughout 2024. The ban on the importation of disposable vapes, irrespective of nicotine content, commenced on 1 January 2024. A ban on the importation of all non-therapeutic vapes commenced on 1 March 2024. Retailers in NSW can continue to sell nicotine free e-cigarettes that were imported prior to these bans to run down existing stock. Further bans may be implemented in June 2024.

 

 

The sale of Tobacco Products

 

The Public Health (Tobacco) Act 2008 requires individuals to notify NSW Health via Service NSW of their intent to sell tobacco, non-tobacco smoking products or e-cigarettes. There are currently no provisions in the legislation that prohibit a tobacco or e-cigarette retailer from operating within a certain area or proximity to other retailers or schools. Retailers trading without notification are liable to a penalty of $1,100 for an individual and $5,500 for a corporation. NSW Health officers inspect businesses selling tobacco and e-cigarette products to ensure retailers have complied with these requirements.

 

Responsibility for the enforcement of the illegal sales of e-cigarettes sits across multiple national and state regulators.

 

1.   The Australian Boarder Force (TGA) is responsible for enforcing the import control on e-cigarettes and other ‘vaping goods’. The ABF is responsible for ensuring that e-cigarettes purchased from overseas entities are not illegally imported into Australia.

 

2.   The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is responsible for regulating the supply, import, manufacturing and advertising of therapeutic goods. The TGA is responsible for ensuring that therapeutic goods available for supply in Australia are safe and fit for their intended purpose. The TGA is leading the implementation of the national vaping reforms, which include banning disposal e-cigarettes, the sale of non-therapeutic e-cigarettes and strengthening the product standards for therapeutic vapes, including to reduce permissible nicotine concentrations, require plain pharmaceutical packaging, and enhance the regulatory requirements for vaping devices. The TGA is responsible for enforcing the illegal importation and wholesale sale of e-cigarettes in NSW.

 

 

3.   NSW Health has two main responsibilities:

a.   Regulating NSW pharmacies, to ensure they are dispensing nicotine e-cigarettes with a valid medical prescription. Therapeutic vapes can be prescribed for smoking cessation or the management of nicotine dependence. NSW Health is also responsible for regulating the legal wholesale supply of nicotine in NSW.

b.   Regulating tobacco and e-cigarette retailers. NSW Health inspectors proactively visit retailers to monitor compliance and enforce breaches related to selling tobacco and e-cigarette products to minors, selling tobacco or e-cigarette products without notifying NSW Health, and the sale of nicotine vaping products.

 

4.   NSW Police are authorised under the NSW Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 1966 to conduct inspections of retailers where there is a reasonable belief that a retailer is selling e-cigarettes containing nicotine. NSW Police can inspect the premises and seize e-cigarette products that are labelled as containing nicotine or are known to contain nicotine.

 

 

Programs to address the Illegal sale of Vapes

 

NSW Health has advised Council that it applies a graduated and proportionate compliance and enforcement approach, which promotes and encourages compliance, while applying escalating enforcement action, targeting retailers who present the highest risk.

 

Across the state, NSW Health responds to complaints and reports made against retailers, targeting retailers who demonstrate more serious, repeat or sustained contraventions of the law. NSW Health also undertakes proactive, planned compliance programs through conducting targeted inspection activities and taking enforcement action where required.  

 

NSW Health undertakes compliance programs in Sydney metro local health districts (LHDs) and regional LHDs. These programs aim to disrupt the retail sale of nicotine vapes and illicit tobacco, in collaboration with other state and national regulators. In 2023, NSW Health conducted over 3,000 inspections, seizing over 430,000 nicotine vapes, 4.8 million cigarettes and over 1,700kg of other illegal tobacco products, all with an estimated street value of over $19.5 million.

 

Premises that are registered to sell Vapes in the Inner West

 

Retail premises are permissible under the ‘Exempt and Complying’ SEPP or IWLEP 2022 as Exempt development. Premises are required to notify NSW Health if they intend to sell tobacco, non-tobacco smoking products or e-cigarettes. Council requested a list of premises identified by NSW Health as selling the Tobacco products and e-cigarettes. Eight hundred and twenty-four (824) premises were identified in suburbs that make up the Inner West. It should be noted that some of these suburbs span local government boundaries and further location analysis is required to validate this data.

 

Letter to NSW Health and Department of Planning, Housing and Infrastructure

 

In line with the Mayoral Minute the Council has written to NSW Health raising concerns about the registration process for Tobacco and e-cigarette premises, in particular the unfettered number that can be approved within a Local Government Area and that there is no consideration to the proximity to Schools in the registration process. The letter also commends the recent initiatives undertaken by the State Government in regulation enforcement and education.

 

A separate letter was sent to Department of Planning, Housing, and Infrastructure, requesting that the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt & Complying Development Codes) 2008, be amended to exclude Tobacco and e-cigarette shops from the Exempt Development pathway.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

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

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

1.

Inner West Tobacco Retailers

 

 


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9 April 2024

 

Item No:              C0424(1) Item 22

Subject:              Mitigating abandoned shopping trolleys - Marrickville Metro           

Prepared By:      Michael Davies - Parking & Rangers Services 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:

 

2: Liveable, connected neighbourhoods and transport

4: Healthy, resilient and caring communities

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

Council officers have met with Marrickville Metro (Metro) management and have a fuller appreciation of the challenges and strategies employed by them to retain shopping trolleys within the Centre. The Public Spaces (Unattended Property) Act 2021 does not provide effective enforcement options for the management of shopping trolleys.  Metro and Council officers are continuing to collaborate on mitigating strategies.

 

BACKGROUND

At the Council Meeting held on 5 March 2024, Council resolved the following in part:

2.   That Council officers meet with Marrickville Metro management to discuss strategies for reducing the amount of shopping trolleys left on streets surrounding Marrickville Metro.

3.   That Council officers table a report back to the April Ordinary Council meeting with outcome of the meeting and strategies for mitigating the issue of abandoned shopping trolleys.  

This report responds to point 3.

DISCUSSION

On 15 March 2024 Council Officers met with the Centre Manager, the Operations and Assistant Operations Managers from Marrickville Metro (Metro) to discuss their current operations and challenges relating to shopping trolleys. 

Existing controls 

Trolleys are relatively expensive investments for retailers, especially in the numbers required to support peak shopping loads.  Metro currently operates the ‘CartControl’ containment system with 4 of the 5 major retailers using this system (the other uses a coin release system). The system locks wheels when they cross an electronic boundary (geofence), meaning that the trolleys must be dragged once outside that geofence. The map showing the approximate boundaries is attached. (Attachment 1)The system is tested daily by staff to ensure the system is working. 

The major retailers also engage contractors to collect and return trolleys that are removed from the centre. This is not a collective contract, but is per retailer.   

Retailer

 

 

Supermarkets

3 external patrols daily

7 days a week between 9am -7pm

Major Fruit & Veg retailer

1 external patrol daily

7 days a week between 9am-7pm

Lifestyle Superstore

1 external patrol daily

7 days a week between 10-4pm