13 September, 2005

Dear Councillor,

In pursuance of the provisions of the Local Government Act, 1993 and the Regulations thereunder, notice is hereby given that an ORDINARY MEETING of Penrith City Council is to be held in the Council Chambers, Civic Centre, 601 High Street, Penrith on Monday 19 September 2005 at 07:00PM.

Attention is directed to the statement accompanying this notice of the business proposed to be transacted at the meeting.

Yours Faithfully

 

Alan Travers

General Manager

 

BUSINESS

 

1.           APOLOGIES

 

2.           LEAVE OF ABSENCE

Leave of absence has been granted to:

Councillor Aitken - 16 August 2005 to 29 September 2005 inclusive.

Councillor Simat - 22 August 2005 to 25 October 2005 inclusive.

Leave of absence has requested by:

Councillor Rumble 12 September 2005 to 24 September 2005 inclusive.

 

3.           CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES

Ordinary Meeting - 5 September 2005.

 

4.           DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Pecuniary Interest (The Act requires Councillors who declare a pecuniary interest in an item to leave the meeting during discussion of that item)

Non-Pecuniary Interest

5.           ADDRESSING THE MEETING

6.           MAYORAL MINUTES

7.           NOTICES OF MOTION

8.           ADOPTION OF REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATION OF COMMITTEES

Policy Review Committee Meeting - 22 August 2005.

Policy Review Committee Meeting - 12 September 2005.

Local Traffic Committee Meeting - 5 September 2005.

9.           MASTER PROGRAM REPORTS

10.         URGENT REPORTS (to be dealt with in the master program to which the item relates)

11.         QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE

12.         COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE


ORDINARY MEETING

 

Monday 19 September 2005

 

table of contents

 

 

 

 

 

seating arrangements

 

 

meeting calendar

 

 

confirmation of minutes

 

 

report and recommendations of committees

 

 

master program reports

 


 

 

 

 

PRAYER

 

 

 

“Sovereign God, tonight as we gather together as a Council we affirm that you are the giver and sustainer of life.  We come together as representatives of our community to make decisions that will benefit this city and the people within it. 

 

We come not in a spirit of competition, not as adversaries, but as colleagues.  Help us to treat each other with respect, with dignity, with interest and with honesty.  Help us not just to hear the words we say, but also to hear each others hearts.  We seek to be wise in all that we say and do.

 

As we meet, our concern is for this city.  Grant us wisdom, courage and strength.

 

Lord, help us.  We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.”

 

 

 

 

 


Statement of Recognition of Penrith City’s

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Cultural Heritage

 

 

Council values the unique status of Aboriginal people as the original owners and custodians of lands and waters, including the land and waters of Penrith City.

 

Council values the unique status of Torres Strait Islander people as the original owners and custodians of the Torres Strait Islands and surrounding waters.

 

We work together for a united Australia and City that respects this land of ours, that values the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage, and provides justice and equity for all.

 

 

 

 

 


Council Chambers Seating Arrangements

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

                                                                       

 

 

Text Box: Public Gallery
Text Box: Managers
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Text Box: Press

Managers                            Chief Financial

                 Officer
          
Barry Husking

 
   


 

MEETING CALENDAR

 

September 2005 - December 2005

 

 

TIME

SEPT

OCT

NOV

DEC

Mon

Mon

Mon

Mon

Ordinary Meetings

7.00 pm

 

 

 

5

 

19

   26^

10

21 #

12

Policy Review Committee

7.00 pm

12

17

14

 

 

#  Meetings at which the Management Plan quarterly reviews are presented.

#+ General Manager’s presentation – half year and end of year review

@  Strategic Program progress reports

 

v  Meeting at which the Draft Management Plan is adopted for exhibition

*  Meeting at which the Management Plan for 2005/2006 is adopted

ü  Meeting at which the 2004/2005 Annual Statements are presented

^   Election of Mayor/Deputy Mayor (only business)

 

 

-                 Council has two Ordinary Meetings per month where practicable.

-                 Extraordinary Meetings are held as required.

-                 Policy Review Meetings are held monthly where practicable.

-                 Members of the public are invited to observe meetings of the Council. Should you wish to address Council, please contact the Executive Officer, Glenn McCarthy on 47327649.

 

 


Ordinary Meeting

 Monday 5 September 2005

UNCONFIRMED MINUTES OF THE

ORDINARY MEETING OF PENRITH CITY COUNCIL

HELD IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS ON

MONDAY 5 SEPTEMBER 2005 AT 7:02PM

 

NATIONAL ANTHEM AND PRAYER

 

The meeting opened with the National Anthem and Prayer read by the Rev Neil Checkley.

 

STATEMENT OF RECOGNITION

 

Her Worship the Mayor, Councillor Jackie Greenow read a statement of recognition of Penrith City’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Heritage.

 

PRESENT

 

Her Worship the Mayor Councillor Jackie Greenow, Kaylene Allison, David Bradbury, Lexie Cettolin, Greg Davies, Mark Davies, Ross Fowler, Garry Rumble, Pat Sheehy AM, and John Thain.

 

Apologies

409  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy seconded Councillor John Thain that apologies be received and accepted from Councillors Kevin Crameri OAM, Karen McKeown and Susan Page.

 

leave of absence

Leave of Absence was previously granted to Councillor Jim Aitken OAM for the period 16 August to 29 September 2005 inclusive, and to Councillor Steve Simat for the period 22 August to 25 October 2005 inclusive.

 

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES

Ordinary Meeting - 15 August 2005

410  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Ross Fowler seconded Councillor Garry Rumble the minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of 15 August 2005 be confirmed.

 

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Councillor Ross Fowler declared a non-pecuniary interest in Item 5, 2005 Canoe Slalom World Championships as he is a member of the organising committee and reserved his right to speak and vote on the item.

Councillor Ross Fowler declared a non-pecuniary interest in Item 11, Funding for the Penrith Valley Economic Development Corporation for the 2005-06 financial year as he is a member of the Board of the Penrith Valley Economic Development Corporation and he reserved his right to speak and vote on the item.

Councillor Ross Fowler declared a pecuniary interest in Item 2 in the Committee of the Whole, Commercial Matter - Property Acquisition - High Street, Penrith as he acts for the solicitors who advise the owners of the property, and indicated that he would leave the meeting when the item was debated and voted on.

 

Councillor Ross Fowler declared a pecuniary interest in Item 6 in the Committee of the Whole, Commercial Matter - Acquisition of Road Widening, Lenore Lane, Erskine Park, as he is acts for the owners and indicated that he would leave the meeting when the item was debated and voted on.

MAYORAL MINUTES

411  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy seconded Councillor Greg Davies  that the Mayoral Minutes on Angela Lennon’s 30 Years of Service and the Retirement of Luigi (Gino) D'Angelis be deferred until the consideration of Item 15, Presentations to Luigi (Gino) D'Angelis and Angela Lennon, later in the meeting.

 

1        Presentation of Service Awards to Councillor Pat Sheehy
and Councillor Ross Fowler                                                                                               

Her Worship the Mayor, Councillor Jackie Greenow read a Mayoral Minute congratulating Councillor Pat Sheehy and Councillor Ross Fowler who have been given Service Awards by the NSW Local Government Association.

412  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor John Thain seconded Councillor Greg Davies that the Mayoral Minute on the Presentation of Service Awards to Councillor Pat Sheehy and Councillor Ross Fowler be received.

 

2        The Opening of the North St Marys Neighbourhood Centre                                          

Her Worship the Mayor, Councillor Jackie Greenow read a Mayoral Minute about the opening of the North St Marys Neighbourhood Centre on Saturday 27 August

413  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jackie Greenow seconded Councillor John Thain that the Mayoral Minute on The Opening of the North St Marys Neighbourhood Centre be received.

 

3        Council achieves recognition at Keep Australia Beautiful Sustainable Cities Awards  

Her Worship the Mayor, Councillor Jackie Greenow read a Mayoral Minute about Council winning the ‘Don’t Waste Australia’ Waste Minimisation Award, being  runner-up in the Sustainable Cities Overall Award and receiving a high commendation for its Sustainability Street Program in the Environmental Education category at Keep Australia Beautiful Sustainable Cities Awards on 1 September 2005.  Councillor Greenow also congratulated St Marys North Public School for its environmental program, which received a high commendation in the Metropolitan Schools Environment Award category.

414  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jackie Greenow seconded Councillor John Thain that the Mayoral Minute on Council achieving recognition at the Keep Australia Beautiful Sustainable Cities Awards be received.

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

Report and Recommendations of the Disability Access Committee 3 August 2005

415  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Greg Davies seconded Councillor Mark Davies that the Report and Recommendations of the Disability Access Committee of 3 August 2005 be adopted.

MASTER PROGRAM REPORTS

416  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy seconded Councillor Ross Fowler that Item 16, 2004-05 Annual Statements, be dealt with as the first item of business.

Council’s Auditor, Mr Dennis Banicevic, a Director of Price Waterhouse Coopers addressed the meeting and gave a short presentation on Council’s Annual Financial Statements.  He said that they were the first Local Government Financial Statements that he had audited this year and that they showed Penrith Council was in a sound financial position.  He said that the Statements demonstrated a high standard of financial reporting.

16      2004-05 Annual Statements                                                                                   6037/34

417  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy seconded Councillor Ross Fowler

That:

1.  The information contained in the report on 2004-05 Annual Statements be received

2.  Pursuant to S415 it is the Council's opinion That:

(a)       The financial statements and schedules have been drawn up in accordance with the Local Government Act 1993 and Regulations, the Local Government Code of Accounting Practice and Financial Reporting, the Local Government Asset Accounting Manual, and Australian Accounting Standards.  The Code requires a phasing in of the new accounting requirements

(b)       Apart from the non-recognition of land under roads as required by the phasing process, the statements comply with Australian Statements of Accounting Concepts

(c)       The financial statements present fairly the Council's financial position as at 30 June 2005 and the operating result for the year then ended

(d)       The statements are in accord with Council's accounting and other records.

3.  Pursuant to clause 21 of the Local Government Financial Management Regulation it is the Council's opinion That:

(a)  The accompanying Special Purpose Financial report has been drawn up in accordance with the Local Government Act 1993 and Regulations, the Local Government Code of Accounting Practice and Financial Reporting, and the requirements of National Competition Policy. The Code requires the inclusion of various charges and subsidies which are not actually paid or payable

(b)  The report is a special purpose report and is not required to comply with Australian Accounting Standards. The above legislative requirements differ from Australian Accounting Standards and hence the report does not comply with Australian Accounting Standards

(c)  The financial statements present a modelled scenario for comparative purposes.  They do not report an actual result.

4.  Council confirms its endorsement of the budget in the knowledge that some of its business activities are not making commercial returns.  The existence of notional subsidies represents Council’s commitment to its community service obligations

5.  The Statements be forwarded to Council's Auditors

6.  Abandonments for 2005 as detailed be written off

7.  The balance of stores and materials be adjusted in the stores and materials registers in accordance with the various write-offs

8.  The allocation of the budget surplus is considered as part of the September quarterly review

9.  Council’s Chief Financial Officer and the staff of the Finance department be congratulated on the presentation of the 2004-05 Financial Statements.

The City In Its Environment

1        National Water Commission Submission - Effective Water Management - Enhanced Environmental Flows                                                        4109/29

418  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy seconded Councillor Ross Fowler

That:

1.   The information contained in the report on National Water Commission Submission - Effective Water Management - Enhanced Environmental Flows be received

2.   A further report be submitted to Council when the outcomes of the funding bid process is announced by the National Water Commission.

The City as a Social Place

2        Development Application 05/0825 involving the erection of a two storey commercial building for the purpose of a public building and commercial offices with ground floor cafe and basement parking on Lot 2 DP 228082 and Lot 2 DP 529800 (No. 225 - 227) Queen Street, St Marys. Applicant: Michael Collins and Associates;  Owner: Penrith City Council DA05/0825

419  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Greg Davies seconded Councillor Mark Davies

That:

1.         The information contained in the report on Development Application 05/0825 involving the erection of a two storey commercial building for the purpose of a public building and commercial offices with ground floor cafe and basement parking on Lot 2 DP 228082 and Lot 2 DP 529800 (No. 225 - 227) Queen Street, St Marys be received

2.         Development Application 05/0825 involving the erection of a two storey commercial building for the purpose of a public building and commercial offices with ground floor cafe and basement parking on Lot 2 DP 228082 and Lot 2 DP 529800 (No. 225 - 227) Queen Street, St Marys, be granted consent subject to the conditions below:

Special Conditions:

2.1       A strip of land of 0.905m wide along Carson Lane is to be dedicated to Council for the purpose of road widening prior to the issue of the Occupation Certificate at no cost to Council. The dedication is to be generally in accordance with the plan by Vince Morgan Surveyors numbered 15001T3 and dated 11/5/05

 

 

2.2       All entrances/exits to the building, including roller door entrances at the rear of the building shall be well lit to clearly illuminate areas where people are most vulnerable. Under awning lighting shall be provided at the Queen Street frontage. Details are to be submitted with the application for Construction Certificate

 

2.3       Lighting shall be vandal resistant, contained within the property boundary (except in the case of entrances/ exits and under awnings) and be consistent in order to reduce the contrast between shadows and illuminated areas. No light should be projected upwards. Details are to be submitted with the application for Construction Certificate

 

2.4       Any glass façade on the Queen Street frontage of the building should be of clear plate glass (at street level) to allow an active street presentation and to provide passive surveillance to the street and from the street back into the building.  Toughened glass should be installed to minimise breakage and the potential for glass etching.  Details are to be submitted with the application for Construction Certificate

 

2.5       Internal stairs that open onto Queen Street and also lead to the basement car park shall be secured, lit and accessible via a security card/key system only. All works are to be completed prior to the use or occupation of the premises

 

2.6       The basement car park shall be accessible by tenants/staff of the building only.  In addition to the security gate system an intercom security system shall be installed in the basement car park prior to the occupation or use of the premises

 

2.7       All surfaces within the basement area shall be painted in light coloured paint or finished in light grey concrete to reflect as much light as possible. All potential entrapment points should be avoided, eg., under stairs, blind corners and wide columns. Adequate lighting and mirrors should be used when certain design features are unavoidable. Details are to be submitted with the application for Construction Certificate.

 

2.8       The car parking spaces No. 1 and No. 36 shall be widened for a minimum clear width of 2.5m. The details are to be submitted with the application for Construction Certificate

 

2.9       In order to provide security of the toilet facilities within the building, access shall be restricted to tenants and visitors only to businesses in the building.  These amenities shall be clearly labelled barring access. All works shall be completed prior to the use or occupation of the premises

 

2.10     Louvered air vents on the basement car park shall be of vandal resistant material. Details are to be submitted with the application for Construction Certificate

 

2.11     The external colour scheme shall be generally in accordance with the colour scheme shown on the photomontage submitted with the development application. Details are to be submitted with the application for Construction Certificate

 

2.12     The existing car parking area on the subject site is to be demolished as part of the approved work

 

2.13     A preliminary archaeological investigation shall be carried out to determine the possibility of any significant heritage remains. The investigation report shall accompany the Construction Certificate application

 

2.14     The applicant shall obtain an excavation permit form the NSW Heritage Office under the Heritage Act 1977 prior to the commencement of any excavation works on the site. If any archaeological relics are uncovered during the course of the work no further work shall be undertaken until further directed by Penrith City Council or the NSW Heritage Office

 

2.15     Prior to the commencement of works on site:

 

·    An appropriately qualified archaeologist shall be employed to oversee the construction of the approved development, including any approved excavation works

·    Details of the archaeologist employed to oversee the construction of the development shall be submitted to Penrith City Council with the ‘Notification of Commencement’ 2 days before works are to commence on site

 

2.16     The existing tree located in front of the property and within the Queen Street footpath shall be protected from being damaged during the construction period. The tree protection measures are to be in place prior to the commencement of any construction. No street trees are to be removed, ringbarked, cut, topped or lopped or wilfully destroyed (other than those within the proposed building footprint or as shown on the approved plans) without the prior consent of Penrith City Council and in accordance with Council’s Tree Preservation Order and Policy

 

2.17     A minimum building setback of 3.66m shall be provided to Queen Street frontage. The details are to be submitted with the application for Construction Certificate

 

2.18     Proposed café/shop is not to be operated as a restaurant without prior consent of Council

 

Standard Conditions

 

2.19     A001 (DA02 Issue F, DA02 to DA07 all Issue G and dated 21/1/05, plans numbered DA08 Issue G and dated 23/3/05, all drawn by Morrisbray Architects); A011; A016; A039; A019F; B002; B003; B004; B005; B006; D001; D009; D010; E001A; E002 (Northern side boundary fire protection of openings – BCA Part C 3.2 and 3.4); E006; E008; E009; F001; G003; G004; H01F; H002; H003; H011; H030; H041; I003([a] Provision of a heavy-duty gutter crossing 7.6m wide; [b] Provision of a vehicular footway crossing 7m wide; [c] Opening the road reserve for the provision of services including stormwater; [d] Placing of hoardings, containers, waste skips, etc. in the road reserve.); I004([a] Provision of kerb and gutter, drainage, footpath and ancillary works to achieve a carriageway width of 3.5m wide in Carson Lane with appropriate kerb returns into the car park and into Queen Street); K001; K002; K016; K019; K025 (concreted); K027 (37)..(37)..(1);  K036; K037; K039; K040; M014; N001 (St Marys Town Centre)…($122,474.00); P001; P002; Q001; Q006

 

3.      Persons who made submissions in respect to the proposed development be advised of Council’s decision in writing.

 

5        2005 Canoe Slalom World Championships                                2071/10 Pt2

420  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Greg Davies seconded Councillor Mark Davies that the information contained in the report on the 2005 Canoe Slalom World Championships be received.

 

7        Glenmore Park Community Equipment Pool                                   1117/37

421  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Greg Davies seconded Councillor Mark Davies

That:

1.  The information contained in the report on Glenmore Park Community Equipment Pool be received

2.  Council endorse the election by the Annual General Meeting of the Glenmore Park Community Equipment Pool on Thursday 11th August 2005 of the following office bearers to manage the Equipment Pool on behalf of Council:

Carol Dwyer

Sue Game

Melissa Moore

Rose Hurley.

 

3.  Letters be sent to the outgoing management committee of the Glenmore Park Community Equipment Pool thanking them for their contribution and commitment to the maintenance of this valuable community service.      

 

3        Section 96 Modification of Development Application 04/0180 Multi-unit Housing Development comprising ten (10) Attic Style Villas at Lot 728 DP 253258 and Lot 721 DP 597503  (No. 85 - 87) Irwin Street, Werrington. Applicant: P & N Gordon;  Owner: I McAdam     DA04/0180

422  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy seconded Councillor John Thain

That:

1.    The information contained in the report on Section 96 Modification of Development Application 04/0180 Multi-unit Housing Development comprising ten (10) Attic Style Villas at Lot 728 DP 253258 and Lot 721 DP 597503  (No. 85 - 87) Irwin Street, Werrington be received

2.         The modification request be approved by way of:

2.1       Modifying the description of lapsing periods under the Decision of Consent Authority heading of the Development Consent to:

“The conditions to be satisfied prior to commencement of the consent will need to be completed by 7 February 2006.”

 

4        Development Application 05/0229 proposal for a detached dual occupancy at Lot 268 DP 204977 (No. 51) Westbank Avenue, Emu Plains.  Applicant: Mrs S & Mrs K Harris;  Owner: Mrs S & Mrs K Harris                                                                                    DA05/0229

423  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Garry Rumble seconded Councillor Mark Davies

That:

1.  The information contained in the report on Development Application 05/0229 proposal for a detached dual occupancy at Lot 268 DP 204977 (No. 51) Westbank Avenue, Emu Plains be received

2.  Determination of the Development Application 05/0229 for a detached dual occupancy at Lot 268 DP 204977 (No. 51) Westbank Avenue, Emu Plains, be deferred to allow Councillors to inspect the site and to meet with affected residents.

 

6        Arts Project Working Party                                                                         31/56 & 21/37

424  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy seconded Councillor Garry Rumble

That:

1.   The information contained in the report on Arts Project Working Party be received

2.   The Arts Project Working Party be reformed and it comprise those representatives outlined in the report

3.   Council nominate Councillors Jackie Greenow, Ross Fowler and Pat Sheehy as representatives on the Arts Project Working Party

4.   The Arts Project Working Party’s Terms of Reference be:

“To develop and report back to Council on a strategy for the integration of the City’s principal cultural facilities, and to oversee implementation of the strategy, as adopted by Council.”

 

8        Extension to the Penrith Valley Community Safety Plan                               1117/29 Pt6

425  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Garry Rumble seconded Councillor Pat Sheehy

That:

1.  The information contained in the report on the option to extend the Penrith Valley Community Safety Plan for a 12-month period, expiring in December 2006 be received.

2.  Penrith City Council approve the application to the NSW Attorney General’s Department for a 12-month extension of the current Penrith Valley Community Safety Plan.

 

9        Community Assistance Program                                                                            6016/47

426  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy seconded Councillor John Thain

That:

1.  The information contained in the report on Community Assistance Program be received

2.  Council approve the allocation of $1,000 to the Penrith Sudanese Youth Writers group to assist with documenting their refugee stories.

3.  Council defer approval of an allocation of $1,000 to the Kingswood Park Primary School to assist with the implementation of a Breakfast Week program pending the receipt of answers to the following questions:

·        What are the objectives of the program?

·        What is proposed to be funded with the $1000?

·        What other contributions are there to the program, either in cash or in kind?

·        What happens with the program after the first week?

·        What is the extend of the involvement of the Area Health Service?

·        How will the program be evaluated?

·        When will the program be implemented?

 

10      Alcohol Free Zones                                                                                          9008/13 Pt3

427  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Garry Rumble seconded Councillor Greg Davies

That:

1.  The information contained in the report on Alcohol Free Zones be received

2.  Those areas detailed in the report be declared Alcohol Free Zones pursuant to Section 644 of the Local Government Act 1993 for a three year period commencing 1 October 2005

3.  Advertisements be placed in the local media advising of the establishment of the alcohol free zones.

 The City as an Economy

11      Funding for the Penrith Valley Economic Development Corporation for the 2005-06 financial year                                                      1133/54 Part 2

428  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Greg Davies seconded Councillor Pat Sheehy

That:

1.  The information contained in the report on Funding for the Penrith Valley Economic Development Corporation for the 2005-06 financial year be received

2.  Council endorse two payments of $125,784 to the Corporation for the 2005-06 financial year.

The City Supported by Infrastructure

12      Proposed Extensions to Judges Place Carpark                                 9204/2

429  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Greg Davies seconded Councillor Pat Sheehy

That:

1.  The information contained in the report on Proposed Extensions to Judges Place Carpark, be received

2.  The submission from Suters Architects be accepted in the amount of $35,660 for the preparation of designs, cost estimates and Development Application for an additional two floors of carparking and CPTED enhancements at the Judges Place Carpark.

3.  The project cost limit be set at $40,000 allocated from the Carparking/Traffic Facilities Reserve.

4.  A further report be prepared for Council on the feasibility of building a multi-storey commuter carpark at Penrith Railway Station with the involvement of State Rail

5.  A further report be prepared on secure parking at Judges Place carpark.

Leadership and Organisation

13      Council Property - Community Connections Building, 114 - 116 Henry Street Penrith - Upgrading of Air Conditioning System, Tender No 09-04/05                                                                                                              

430  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Greg Davies seconded Councillor Ross Fowler

That:

1.  The information contained in the report on Council Property - Community Connections Building, 114 - 116 Henry Street Penrith - Upgrading of Air Conditioning System, Tender No 09-04/05 be received

2.  Council accepts the tender of Keystone Mechanical Services Pty Ltd in the amount of $324,700.

 

14      Council Property - Granting of Easement for Overhead Power Lines on Council Land, Lot 222, D.P. 606545, Maple Road, St Marys          3096/1

431  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Greg Davies seconded Councillor Ross Fowler

That:

1.  The information contained in the report on Council Property - Granting of Easement for Overhead Power Lines on Council Land, Lot 222, D.P. 606545, Maple Road, St Marys be received

2.  Council grant Integral Energy an easement for overhead power lines over Lot 222, D.P. 606545 at Maple Road, St Marys

3.  Integral Energy to bear all reasonable costs associated with the granting of the easement

4.  Compensation to be paid by Integral Energy be determined in accordance with an independent valuation by a registered Valuer approved by the Property Development Manager

5.  The Common Seal of the Council of the city of Penrith be placed on all necessary documentation.

 

17      National Risk Management Conference                                         6011/40

432  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy seconded Councillor Lexie Cettolin

That:

1.  That the information contained in the report on National Risk Management Conference be received

2.  Council endorse the attendance of Councillor Ross Fowler at the Conference.

 

15      Presentations to Luigi (Gino) D'Angelis and Angela Lennon           909/83

433  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy seconded Councillor Ross Fowler

That:

1.  The information contained in the report on Presentations to Luigi (Gino) D'Angelis and Angela Lennon be received

2.  A presentation be made by Council at tonight’s meeting to Luigi (Gino) D’Angelis in recognition of his retirement from Council after 26 years service and Angela Lennon in recognition of her 30 years service to Council.

MAYORAL MINUTES

4        Angela Lennon - 30 Years Service                                                              

Her Worship the Mayor, Councillor Jackie Greenow read a Mayoral Minute congratulating Angela Lennon on reaching the milestone of thirty years’ service with Council.

434  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jackie Greenow seconded Councillor John Thain that the Mayoral Minute on Angela Lennon’s thirty years of service be received.

 

5        Retirement of Luigi (Gino) D'Angelis                                                         

Her Worship the Mayor, Councillor Jackie Greenow read a Mayoral Minute congratulating Luigi (Gino) D'Angelis on his retirement after twenty five years’ service with Council.

435  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jackie Greenow seconded Councillor Greg Davies that the Mayoral Minute on the retirement of Luigi (Gino) D’Angelis after twenty five years’ service be received.

 

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE

QWN 1      Letter From Penrith Paceway                                           3070/13 Pt4

Councillor David Bradbury requested a memo responding to the letter sent to Councillor by Penrith Paceway concerning the redevelopment of Penrith Stadium.

 

QWN 2      Carparking Codes                                                               9200/9 Pt4

Councillor David Bradbury requested that a report be brought to Council that provides a comprehensive description to clarify all of the carparking codes and standards for Penrith City.

 

QWN 3      Swimming Cumberland's Open Day                                        3/1 Pt 4

Councillor John Thain advised Council that Swimming Cumberland are holding their open day on 11 September and that all Councillors are welcome to attend.

 

QWN 4      Trees Damaged in Nth St Marys                                              5007/5

Councillor John Thain advised that trees in the median strips in North St Marys have been severely trimmed but that the trimming has been done so badly that it resembles vandalism.  He requested that Council officers investigate the problem and advise Council on what needs to be done .  He said that Catalina Street in particular has been badly affected by the poor trimming.

 

QWN 5      Enforcement of Passive Uses of the Park at Progress Way, Cranebrook            
3048/1

Councillor Ross Fowler requested that Council officers and Rangers liaise with the Police to stop the increasing use of the park at Progress Way off Pendock St Cranebrook by people on motor bikes.  This unauthorised use is affecting the amenity of the area, particularly on weekends.

 

QWN 6      Removal of All Day Carparking Spaces from the Soper carpark                   9208/1 Pt2

Councillor Mark Davies asked for confirmation that a number of all day carparking spaces have been removed from the Soper carpark, and if the spaces have been removed, the reasons for their removal.

 

QWN 7      More Responses on Carparking                                      9200/10 Pt2

Councillor Mark Davies advised that he has received a further eighteen submissions on parking problems in Penrith from the public via the WWW.penrithparkingnightmare.com website, and tabled those responses.

 

QWN 8      Representations on Behalf of Mrs Quinn                              KA/11/1

Councillor Mark Davies asked for a memo regarding the issues raised in a letter from Mrs Quinn of Jamisontown.  Mrs Quinn has made complaints about anti-social behaviour occurring in Kay Laneway.

 

QWN 9      Representations on Behalf of Shane and Carlie Stratford  AN/O4/2

Councillor Mark Davies asked for a memo in response to concerns about antisocial behaviour occurring in the laneway behind their house in Daphne Close, Kingswood.

 

Committee of the Whole

436  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Greg Davies seconded Councillor Pat Sheehy that the meeting adjorn to the Committee of the Whole to deal with the following matters, the time being 8:32PM.

1        Presence of the Public

CW1 RESOLVED on the motion of Councillor Greg Davies seconded Councillor Pat Sheehy that the press and public be excluded from Committee of the Whole to deal with the following matters:

 

City as an Economy

2        Commercial Matter - Property Acquisition - High Street, Penrith                       326944

 

This item was referred to Committee of the Whole as the report referred to commercial information of a confidential nature that would, if disclosed (i) prejudice the commercial position of the person who supplied it; or (ii) confer a commercial advantage on a competitor of the Council; or (iii) reveal a trade secret and discussion of the matter in open meeting would be, on balance, contrary to the public interest. 

 

3        Walker Corporation - Erskine Park Employment Area                       AP05/0002 Part 2

 

This item was referred to Committee of the Whole as the report referred to advice concerning litigation, or advice that would otherwise be privileged from production in legal proceedings on the ground of legal professional privilege and discussion of the matter in open meeting would be, on balance, contrary to the public interest. 

 

Leadership and Organisation

 

4        Commercial Matter - Council Property - Lease of Shop 10, Allen Arcade, 140-142 Henry Street, Penrith                                                                                                  320469 LE9

 

This item was referred to Committee of the Whole as the report referred to commercial information of a confidential nature that would, if disclosed (i) prejudice the commercial position of the person who supplied it; or (ii) confer a commercial advantage on a competitor of the Council; or (iii) reveal a trade secret and discussion of the matter in open meeting would be, on balance, contrary to the public interest. 

 

5        Commercial Matter - Council Property - Lease of Shop 14, Cranebrook Shopping Centre - Post Office                                                                                                      634905 LE14 Pt 4

 

This item was referred to Committee of the Whole as the report referred to commercial information of a confidential nature that would, if disclosed (i) prejudice the commercial position of the person who supplied it; or (ii) confer a commercial advantage on a competitor of the Council; or (iii) reveal a trade secret and discussion of the matter in open meeting would be, on balance, contrary to the public interest. 

 

6        Commercial Matter - Acquisition of Road Widening, Lenore Lane, Erskine Park LE/18

 

This item was referred to Committee of the Whole as the report referred to commercial information of a confidential nature that would, if disclosed (i) prejudice the commercial position of the person who supplied it; or (ii) confer a commercial advantage on a competitor of the Council; or (iii) reveal a trade secret and discussion of the matter in open meeting would be, on balance, contrary to the public interest. 

 

7        2005 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships

Her Worship the Mayor, Councillor Jackie Greenow, informed the meeting that she wished to raise a matter regarding the 2005 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships in Committee of the Whole.

This item was referred to Committee of the Whole as it involved commercial information of a confidential nature that would, if disclosed (i) prejudice the commercial position of the person who supplied it; or (ii) confer a commercial advantage on a competitor of the Council; or (iii) reveal a trade secret and discussion of the matter in open meeting would be, on balance, contrary to the public interest. 

 

8        Station Street site

The Acting General Manager informed the meeting that he wished to provide Councillors in the Committee of the Whole with information about the Station Street site.

This item was referred to Committee of the Whole as it involved commercial information of a confidential nature that would, if disclosed (i) prejudice the commercial position of the person who supplied it; or (ii) confer a commercial advantage on a competitor of the Council; or (iii) reveal a trade secret and discussion of the matter in open meeting would be, on balance, contrary to the public interest. 

 

The meeting resumed at 10:12PM and the Acting General Manager reported that the Committee of the Whole met at 8:39PM on Monday 5 September 2005, the following being present

 

Her Worship the Mayor Councillor Jackie Greenow, Kaylene Allison, David Bradbury, Lexie Cettolin, Greg Davies, Mark Davies, Ross Fowler, Garry Rumble, Pat Sheehy AM, and John Thain.

 

and the Committee of the Whole excluded the press and public from the meeting for the reasons set out in CW1 and that the Committee of the Whole submitted the following recommendations to Council.

CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS

Councillor Ross Fowler, having previously declared a pecuniary interest in Item 2 and Item 6 in the Committee of the Whole left the meeting the time being 8:40PM.

 

2        Commercial Matter - Property Acquisition - High Street, Penrith                       326944

CW2  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy seconded Councillor John Thain

That:

1.  The information contained in the report on Commercial Matter - Property Acquisition - High Street, Penrith be received

2.  Council purchase Lot 1 in D.P. 804899 in accordance with Conditions 1 – 11 as outlined in the report

3.  The land be classified as “Operational” land

4.  The Common Seal of the Council of the City of Penrith be placed on all necessary documentation.

 

6        Commercial Matter - Acquisition of Road Widening, Lenore Lane, Erskine Park                                                                                         LE/18

CW6  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Greg Davies seconded Councillor Pat Sheehy

 That:

1.  The information contained in the report on Commercial Matter - Acquisition of Road Widening, Lenore Lane, Erskine Park be received

2.  Council pay compensation to the owner for the dedication of 938.7 square metres from Lots 5A & 5B, D.P. 162129 in accordance with the summary as outlined in the report.

Councillor Fowler returned to the meeting the time being 8:42PM.

3        Walker Corporation - Erskine Park Employment Area  AP05/0002 Part 2

CW3  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Greg Davies seconded Councillor David Bradbury that the information contained in the report to the Committee of the Whole regarding Walker Corporation – Erskine Park Employment Area be received and the litigation be settled in the terms set out in the report.

 

4        Commercial Matter - Council Property - Lease of Shop 10, Allen Arcade, 140-142 Henry Street, Penrith                                                   320469 LE9

CW4  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Greg Davies seconded Councillor Garry Rumble

That:

1.  The information contained in the report on Commercial Matter - Council Property - Lease of Shop 10, Allen Arcade, 140-142 Henry Street, Penrith be received

2.  Council grant a two (2) year Lease with a three (3) year option to the new tenant in accordance with the terms and conditions as outlined in the report

3.  The Common Seal of the Council of the city of Penrith be placed on all necessary documentation.

 

5        Commercial Matter - Council Property - Lease of Shop 14, Cranebrook Shopping Centre - Post Office                                          634905 LE14 Pt 4

CW5  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Greg Davies seconded Councillor Garry Rumble

 That:

1.  The information contained in the report on Commercial Matter - Council Property - Lease of Shop 14, Cranebrook Shopping Centre - Post Office be received

2.  Council grant a five (5) year Lease with a five (5) year option to the existing tenant on accordance with the terms and conditions as outlined in the report

3.  The Common Seal of the Council of the City of Penrith be placed on all necessary documentation.

 

7        Commercial Matter – 2005 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships      

CW7  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy seconded Councillor Kaylene Allison

 That:

1.  The information contained in the verbal report on the 2005 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships be received

2.  The General Manager be authorised to negotiate with Australian Canoeing Inc. to secure the staging of the 2005 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships at Penrith Whitewater Stadium

3.  That the General Manager be authorised to negotiate by way of in kind support or appropriately secured loan to an amount agreed to in the Committee of the Whole.

4.  That a report be presented to the next Council Meeting setting out the terms of any negotiations.

 

8        Commercial Matter – Station Street Site                                                    

CW8  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Ross Fowler seconded Councillor Pat Sheehy that the information contained in the verbal report by the Acting General Manager on the Station Street site be received.

 

ADOPTION OF Committee of the Whole

437  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor David Bradbury seconded Councillor Ross Fowler that the recommendations contained in the report of the Committee of the Whole and shown as CW2 to CW8 be adopted.

 

There being no further business the Chairperson declared the meeting closed the time being 10:16PM.

 


PENRITH CITY COUNCIL

 

Procedure for Addressing Meetings

 

Anyone can request permission to address a meeting, providing that the number of speakers is limited to three in support of any proposal and three against.

 

Any request about an issue or matter on the Agenda for the meeting can be lodged with the General Manager or Public Officer up until 12 noon on the day of the meeting.

 

Prior to the meeting the person who has requested permission to address the meeting will need to provide the Public Officer with a written statement of the points to be covered during the address in sufficient detail so as to inform the Councillors of the substance of the address and a written copy of any questions to be asked of the Council in order that responses to those questions can be provided in due course.

 

In addition, prior to addressing the meeting a person addressing Council or Committee will be informed that they do not enjoy any privilege and that permission to speak may be withdrawn should they make inappropriate comments.

 

It should be noted that speakers at meetings of the Council or Committee do not have absolute privilege (parliamentary privilege).  A speaker who makes any potentially offensive or defamatory remarks about any other person may render themselves open to legal action.

 

Prior to addressing the meeting the person will be required to sign the following statement:

 

“I (name) understand that the meeting I intend to address on (date) is a public meeting.  I also understand that should I say or present any material that is inappropriate, I may be subject to legal action.  I also acknowledge that I have been informed to obtain my own legal advice about the appropriateness of the material that I intend to present at the above mentioned meeting”.

 

Should a person fail to sign the above statement then permission to address either the Council or Committee will not be granted.

 

The Public Officer or Minute Clerk will speak to those people who have requested permission to address the meeting, prior to the meeting at 6.45pm.

 

It is up to the Council or Committee to decide if the request to address the meeting will be granted.

 

Where permission is to be granted the Council or Committee, at the appropriate time, will suspend only so much of the Standing Orders to allow the address to occur.

 

The Chairperson will then call the person up to the lectern or speaking area.

 

The person addressing the meeting needs to clearly indicate:

 

·        Their name;

 

·        Organisation or group they are representing (if applicable);

 

·        Details of the issue to be addressed and the item number of the report in the Business Paper;

 

·        Whether they are opposing or supporting the issue or matter (if applicable) and the action they would like the meeting to take;

 

·        The interest of the speaker (e.g. affected person, neighbour, applicant, applicants spokesperson, interested citizen etc).

 

Each person then has five minutes to make their address.  Those addressing Council will be required to speak to the written statement they have submitted.  Permission to address Council is not to be taken as an opportunity to refute or otherwise the points made by previous speakers on the same issue. 

 

The Council or Committee can extend this time if they consider if appropriate, however, everyone needs to work on the basis that the address will be for five minutes only.

 

Councillors may have questions about the address so people are asked to remain at the lectern or in the speaking area until the Chairperson has thanked them.

 

When this occurs, they should then return to their seat.

 

 

Steve Hackett

Public Officer

02 4732 7637                                                                            August 2003

   



Reports of Committees

 

Item                                                                                                                                       Page

 

1        Report and Recommendations of the Policy Review Committee - 22 August 2005                 1

 

2        Report and Recommendations of the Policy Review Committee - 12 September 2005           3

 

3        Report and Recommendations of the Local Traffic Committee - 5 September 2005               4

 

 



Ordinary Meeting

19 September 2005

Leadership and Organisation

 

REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE
 Policy Review Committee MEETING

HELD ON 22 August, 2005

 

 

Chairperson:                          Her Worship the Mayor, Cr Jackie Greenow

 

Declarations of Interest:      Councillor Ross Fowler declared a non-pecuniary interest in Item 6, Commercial Matter - Sponsorship Proposal as his company has a sponsorship arrangement with an entity mentioned in the report and he reserved his right to speak and vote on the item.

 

The Committee met at 7:00PM and concluded at 9:38PM and made the following recommendations:

 

MASTER PROGRAM REPORTS

 

THE CITY AS A SOCIAL PLACE

1          Urban Growth Management in Penrith:  Stage 2 Study      4105/17 part 12

PRC 47            RECOMMENDED on the MOTION of Councillor Ross Fowler seconded Councillor Karen McKeown that the information contained in the report on Urban Growth Management in Penrith Stage 2 Study be received.

THE CITY AS AN ECONOMY

2          Funding for Penrith City Centre Association and St Marys Town Centre Association                                                                                         PCCA 4201/53 Pt 14

  St Marys 4202/14 Pt 9

PRC 48            RECOMMENDED on the MOTION of Councillor Greg Davies seconded Councillor Garry Rumble

That:

1.         The information contained in the report on the business plans and activities of the Penrith City Centre and St Marys Town Centre Associations be received

2.         Funding for the Penrith City Centre Association in the amount of $259,371 to be paid in equal quarterly instalments be endorsed

3.         Funding for the St Marys Town Centre Association in the amount of $181,244 to be paid in equal quarterly instalments be endorsed.

3          Funding for the Penrith Valley Economic Development Corporation for the 2005-06 financial year            1133/54 Pt3

PRC 49            RECOMMENDED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy seconded Councillor Kevin Crameri

That:

1.         The information contained in the report on the activities of the Penrith Valley Economic Development Corporation and its business plan be received

2.         Funding for the Penrith Valley Economic Development Corporation in the amount of $251,567 to be paid in equal quarterly instalments be endorsed

3.         A six monthly report covering the activities of the Corporation and focussing on the achievements of the four task groups be submitted by the Director City Strategy to Council for review.

LEADERSHIP AND ORGANISATION

4          Penrith City Council Customer Survey 2005            1129/43

PRC 50            RECOMMENDED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy seconded Councillor Ross Fowler

That :

1.         The information contained in the report on the Penrith City Council Customer Survey 2005 and the results be received

2.         Further reports be presented to Council at the appropriate time on the results of subsequent investigations and analysis undertaken.

5          Service Specification Program - Service Reviews   36/35 Part 4

PRC 51            RECOMMENDED on the MOTION of Councillor Greg Davies seconded Councillor Pat Sheehy

That:

1.         The information contained in the report on the Service Specification Program - Service Reviews be received

2.         The specification for the Leisure Facilities service be adopted

3.         The specification for the Property Development service be adopted.

CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS

THE CITY AS A SOCIAL PLACE

Councillor Ross Fowler declared a non-pecuniary interest in the matter as his company has a sponsorship arrangement with an entity mentioned in the report and that he reserved his right to speak and vote on the item.

6          Commercial Matter - Sponsorship Proposal            3070/12

PRC 53            RECOMMENDED on the MOTION of Councillor Ross Fowler seconded Councillor Mark Davies that the information contained in the report, Commercial Matter - Sponsorship Proposal, be received and the sponsorship arrangement be supported.

 

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Ordinary Meeting

19 September 2005

Leadership and Organisation

 

REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE
 Policy Review Committee MEETING

HELD ON 12 September, 2005

 

Chairperson:                          Her Worship the Mayor, Cr Jackie Greenow

 

Declarations of Interest:       There were no declarations of interest.

The Committee met at 7:05PM and concluded at 9:47PM and made the following recommendations:

leave of absence

PRC 54  RECOMMENDED on the MOTION of Councillor Greg Davies seconded Councillor John Thain that leave of absence be granted to Councillor Garry Rumble for the period 12-24 September 2005 inclusive.

 

MASTER PROGRAM REPORTS

 

Leadership and Organisation

 

1        2000 - 2005 Strategic Program Performance Review                                               36/27

PRC 57 RECOMMENDED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy seconded Councillor Ross Fowler that the information contained in the report on the 2000 - 2005 Strategic Program Performance Review be received.

 

2        State Cabinet Visit to Penrith - 28 June, 2005                                                          34/12

PRC 58  RECOMMENDED on the MOTION of Councillor Ross Fowler seconded Councillor John Thain that the information in the report on the State Cabinet visit on 28 June 2005 and the deputation to Minister Knowles on 5 July 2005 be received.

 CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS

The City as a Social Place

2        Commercial Matter - Sponsorship Proposal - Canoe Slalom World Championships - Request for Financial Assistance                                                                                               2071/10

 

PRC 60  RECOMMENDED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy seconded Councillor Greg Davies

That:

 

1.   The information contained in the report on Commercial Matter – Sponsorship                Proposal – Canoe Slalom World Championships – Request for Financial Assistance                             be received

 

2.   Council agree to the funding arrangements between Penrith Whitewater Stadium Ltd      and Australian Canoeing as outlined in this report.

 

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Ordinary Meeting

19 September 2005

Leadership and Organisation

 

REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE
 Local Traffic Committee MEETING

HELD ON 5 September, 2005

 

 

Chairperson:                          John Rozmanec – Acting Asset Manager

 

Declarations of Interest:      There were no declarations of interest

 

The Committee met at 9:00AM and concluded at 12:25PM and made the following recommendations:

1          High Street & Doonmore Street, Penrith - Proposed Construction of Roundabout          (HI/05 Pt10  &  DO/02)

RECOMMENDATION

 

LTC 88             That:

 

1.         The information contained in the report “High Street and Doonmore Street, Penrith - Proposed Construction of Roundabout” be received

2.         The design plan for the proposed roundabout, as tabled at the meeting, be approved and endorsed for construction

3.         Approval be given for the installation of a “1/2 Hour Parking (8.30am-6.00pm Mon-Fri & 8.30am-12.30pm Sat)” restriction on the eastern side of Doonmore Street between Anderson Lane and the existing “No Stopping” sign, 10m north of High Street (approximately four car lengths)

4.         Council’s Design Co-ordinator be requested to finalise the design plan and forward the plan to Council’s Civil Operations Engineer for construction.

2          St Andrews Drive, Glenmore Park - Speeding Vehicles     (SA/24  &  GL/14 Pt3)

LTC Comment

 

Councillor Rumble suggested that it is more dangerous near the roundabout where drivers carry out U-turns, etc, and relayed a request from Councillor McKeown that this matter be deferred as there has been a request for consideration for the provision of bollards near the roundabout after consultation with residents.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

LTC 89             That the matter be deferred pending further investigation of the traffic safety at the roundabout, as well as investigation into the feasibility of providing bollards within the corner of Glenmore Parkway and St Andrews Drive intersection.

 

3          Vista Street, Penrith - Proposed Parking Restrictions        (VI/03  &  WO/15)

RECOMMENDATION

 

LTC 90             That:

 

1.   The information contained in the report “Vista Street, Penrith - Proposed Parking Restrictions” be received

2.   Part-time “No Parking 8:30am-6:00pm Mon-Fri & 8:30am-12:30pm Sat” restrictions be provided on the southern side of Vista Street, between Worth Street and De Vilnits Parade, Penrith

3.   The residents be advised.

4          Englewood Way, Glenmore Park – Proposed Traffic Management Measures     (EN/06)

RECOMMENDATION

 

LTC 91             That:

 

1.   The information contained in the report “Englewood Way, Glenmore Park – Proposed Traffic Management Measures” be received

2.   The Committee defer its decision concerning the half-road closure of Laguna Drive, Glenmore Park until the conditions of consent for the southern expansion of Glenmore Park have been finalised.

5          Copeland Street, Kingswood – Weekend Parking Congestion       (CO/08  Pt 3)

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

LTC 92             That:

 

1.   The information contained in the report “Copeland Street, Penrith - Parking on Weekends” be received

2.   The on-street parking occurring on weekends associated with football games held at St Dominic’s College, Kingswood continue to be monitored.

6          Station Street, Penrith - Request for Provision of Parking Restrictions    (ST/03  Pt 5)

RECOMMENDATION

 

LTC 93             That:

 

1.   The information contained in the report “Station Street, Penrith - Request for Provision of Parking Restrictions” be received

2.   “1 Hour Parking 8:30am-6:00pm Mon-Fri & 8:30am-12:30pm Sat” restrictions be imposed on the western side of Station Street between High and Henry Streets, Penrith, and on the eastern side of Station Street between Henry Street and the Allen Place Carpark exit

3.   The existing full-time “No Parking” restrictions on the eastern side of Station Street between the Allen Place Carpark and High Street, and at the intersection of High Street be changed to full-time “No Stopping”

4.   The existing 10m of “No Stopping” on the western side of Station Street south of Henry Street be extended to 30m

5.   An audit be carried out on all signposting on the eastern side of Station Street, from Henry Street to Jamison Road to identify any deficiency in parking restrictions.

 

7          GENERAL BUSINESS

7.1       2005/2006 LTC and Major Traffic & Transport Facilities Programme – (Raised Council)         (31/5  Pt 8)

 

TABLE ‘A’ – LTC/URGENT TRAFFIC FACILITIES PROGRAMME

 

Project Number

 

Project Location/Description

 

Traffic Facility

Project Estimated Cost

AM00831

North St Marys/Oxley Park

LATM Study (RV)

$4,000

AM00834

The Northern Rd/Vincent Rd

Median Extension (RV)

$3,957

AM00842

Batt St

Concrete Median (RV)

$6,624

AM00843

Maxwell St

Pedestrian Refuge (RV)

$4,320

AM00844

Fantail Cres/Whistler

Signs and Markings (RV)

$988

AM00846

O’Connell St

Traffic calming (RV)

$828

 

Traffic Accident database-upgrading works

 

$3,000

 

O’Connell St

Kerb reconstruction (50% Landcom, 50% Council)

$30,000

 

Gipps St

Closure at Old Gipps St

$5,000

 

Surveyors Creek Rd

Median

$35,000

 

Unallocated

 

$12,000

 

 

Total

$105,717

 

TABLE ‘B’ –MAJOR TRAFFIC & TRANSPORT FACILITIES PROGRAMME

 

Project

Number

 

Project Location/Description

 

Traffic Facility

Project Estimated Cost

AM02907

Implementation of PAMP

 

$15,000

AM02910

St Clair Ave

Traffic Calming

$15,496

AM02917

School Crossings/Wombats

Signs/linemarking

$4,733

AM02932

Henry St/Doonmore St

Traffic Calming

$1,337

AM02934

College St/Cambridge St

Roundabout

$4,000

AM02938

Dunheved Rd/Greenbank Dr (west) – (50/50 Council/RTA)

Traffic Signals (to be confirmed)

$144,805

AM02941

Development of new Bicycle Plan

 

$40,000

AM0100

Off-road cycleway from Trinity Dr to Star Court

Construction of cycleway (50/50 - Council/RTA)

$64,000

 

Higgins St/Higgins Lane

Kiss & Ride area, footpath widening & kerb blister for one-way movement northbound in Higgins Lane

$85,000

 

Endeavour Ave

Pedestrian refuge island & associated linemarking

$17,000

 

Unallocated

 

$6,405

 

 

Total

$397,776

 

The RTA has advised confirmation of the total grant funding for the reconstruction and signalisation of Dunheved Road and Greenbank Drive (east) in the 2005/2006 Programme (RTA $798,247 – Council $50,000).

 

TABLE ‘C’ –NATIONAL BLACK SPOT PROGRAMME

 

Item No.

 

Project Location

 

Description

Project Estimated Cost

1

High St & Doonmore St intersection

Roundabout

$150,000

2

York Rd & Abel St intersection

Raised seagull island without acceleration lane

$11,000

3

Desborough Rd & Marsden Rd intersection

Roundabout

$160,000

4

Colless St & Stafford St intersection

MIST-concrete median island with associated priority control signs, parking restrictions & linemarking

$12,000

5

Maxwell St & Racecourse Rd

Raised seagull island without acceleration lane

$11,000

 

 

Total

$344,000

 

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

LTC 94              That the Committee endorse the projects under Council’s 2005/2006 Local Traffic Committee and Major Traffic & Transport Facilities Programme, as detailed in the above report.

7.2       Copeland Street, Kingswood – Proposed Linemarking  (Raised Council) (DA00/970292  &  CO/08 Pt3)

 

St Dominic’s College was conditioned to construct a pedestrian refuge island in Copeland Street as part of their redevelopment and extensions of the school.  Funding of this facility was to be met by the developer at no cost to Council.

 

Following further investigation, a previous site meeting with the North Ward Councillors and LTC representatives on 24 June 2002, and discussion at the LTC meeting on 1 July 2002, Council at its meeting on 15 July 2002 resolved (in part), on the recommendation of the Committee that:

 

1.   “the construction of the “centre-ped” refuge island not be implemented

 

2.   centre linemarking and edge lines (parking lane) be provided in Copeland Street between Phillip Street and Parker Street, in lieu of the pedestrian crossing facility construction

 

3.   the cost of supply and installation of the linemarking to be met by the developer of the School

 

4.   the developer to be requested to submit a Section 96 application to modify the Development Consent relating to the construction of a pedestrian crossing facility.”

 

A Section 96 Application has recently been received from the applicant to modify the development consent condition previously imposed regarding the construction of a pedestrian crossing facility.  The proposed works include the provision of centre linemarking and edge lines (parking lane) in Copeland Street from Phillip Street to Parker Street (ie, parking lane - 2.5m wide offset from the kerb line, through traffic lane – 3m wide).  The cost of the works is estimated to be $3,000.

 

The “Bus Zone” on the southern side of the road opposite the school was not observed to be utilised at the time, and Westbus has been requested to comment regarding the level of usage of this bus zone and its proposed removal and replacement with a “No Stopping” zone in order to improve traffic flow along this road, particularly during peak periods.

 

The Westbus representative advised that “there is only one service that picks up in Copeland Street opposite the school in the afternoon.  Those students would have to walk across Parker Street and wait at the bus stop there.  There are students walking across Parker Street then across Copeland Street to catch the 785 bus service to Penrith Station in the afternoon.  It would be a simple matter of adjusting our school advice sheet and advising school and students”.

 

It was noted that although there is minimal impact on the right-turning movements of vehicles into and out of the Burger King development in Copeland Street, the queuing for access to the development has affected the capacity of the signals on Parker Street.  The queuing at this location can be improved by providing “Keep Clear” pavement marking across the driveway. 

 

The RTA and Police representatives commented that the provision of “Keep Clear” pavement marking cannot be installed across the driveway to Burger King development, as it does not comply with the Australian Road Rules.  The RTA technical directions (99/26) states that “Keep Clear pavement marking can only be used at unsignalised intersections and emergency vehicle station access”.

 

A plan of the proposal was presented at the meeting.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

LTC 95              That:

 

1.   The Section 96 Application to modify the development consent condition previously imposed regarding the construction of a pedestrian crossing facility be approved

2.   The Committee endorse the proposed centre linemarking and edge lines (parking lane) in Copeland Street between Phillip Street and Parker Street, as shown on the plan, in lieu of the pedestrian crossing facility construction, and the “Keep Clear” marking on the pavement not to be installed

3.   All costs associated with the proposed works to be paid for by the applicant  (total amount - $3,000)

4.   The “Bus Zone” on the southern side of Copeland Street opposite the school be removed and replaced with a “No Stopping” zone in order to improve traffic flow along this road, particularly during peak periods

5.   The applicant be advised.

 

7.3       Higgins Street /Higgins Lane, Penrith – Proposed “Kiss & Ride” and Footpath Widening near St Nicholas of Myra Primary School (Raised Council)           (HI/03 Pt2 & HI/04)

 

Council’s Local Traffic Committee, at its meeting on 6 December 2004, considered a report regarding traffic safety and parking issues in Higgins Street and Higgins Lane near St Nicholas of Myra Primary School.  At its meeting on 13 December 2004, Council resolved (in part) on the recommendation of the Committee that:

 

·    the two-way traffic flow in Higgins Street be retained, necessitating the removal of the proposed 90° parking bays on the northern side of Higgins Street;

·    Higgins Lane to be one-way northbound incorporating a kerb blister at the intersection of High Street and widening of the footpath area on the western side of Higgins Lane to be approved and implemented;

·    a turning facility to be provided at the western end of Higgins Street to reduce potential conflicts;

·    Council’s Senior Design Engineer be requested to prepare a draft design plan for the Higgins Street and Higgins Lane precinct, and a further report be provided to the Local Traffic Committee upon completion of the design plan.

 

A concept design plan has been completed and was presented to the Committee at the meeting.  The plan shows the proposed “Kiss & Ride” area in Higgins Street and the one-way traffic movement northbound in Higgins Lane, with a speed hump, directional arrows, and associated signs and linemarking.

 

It is proposed to install the following parking restrictions to further improve parking and traffic flow in the vicinity of the school:

 

·    part-time “No Parking (8.00am-9.30am & 2.30pm-4.00pm School Days)” associated with a sign indicating “Passenger Set Down or Pick Up Permitted” on the southern side of Higgins Street from the boundary of house numbers 14 and 16, to a point 10m west of Higgins Lane, including a section of the turning area (total distance of approximately 120m long – 20 car lengths) for the “Kiss & Ride” area

·    “No Stopping” zone on the northern side of Higgins Street, to a distance of 10m west of Higgins Lane

·    “No Stopping” zone on the northern side of Higgins Street, approximately 18m to the east of Higgins Lane

·    “No Stopping” zone on the western side of Higgins Lane to be retained

·    “No Parking” zone on the eastern side of Higgins Lane to be changed to “No Stopping” zone

·    “No Stopping” zone on the southern side of High Street, 10m to the west and 20m to the east of the intersection of Higgins Lane.

 

The Committee was requested to endorse the concept design plan for the proposed project in Higgins Street and Higgins Lane in consultation with the School Principal and the affected residents and business establishments.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

LTC 96              That:

 

1.   The Committee endorse the draft concept design plan for the “Kiss & Ride” facility in Higgins Street (with provision for a layback within the turning circle) and footpath widening and kerb blister in Higgins Lane, in consultation with the School Principal, affected residents, and business establishments

 

2.   The following parking restrictions be implemented:

 

·    part-time “No Parking (8.00am-9.30am & 2.30pm-4.00pm School Days)” with an associated sign indicating “Passenger Set Down or Pick Up Permitted” on the southern side of Higgins Street from the boundary of house numbers 14 and 16, to a point 10m-20m east of Higgins Lane for the “Kiss & Ride” area

 

·    “No Stopping” zone in Higgins Street within the turning area and from a distance of about 10m-20m east of Higgins Lane to the west;

 

·    “No Stopping” zone on the northern side of Higgins Street, approximately 18m to the east of Higgins Lane

 

·    “No Stopping” zone on the western side of Higgins Lane to be retained

 

·    “No Parking” zone on the eastern side of Higgins Lane to be changed to a “No Stopping” zone

 

·    “No Stopping” zone on the southern side of High Street, 10m to the west and 20m to the east of the intersection of Higgins Lane.

 

3.   Council’s Senior Design Engineer be requested to finalise the design plan for construction.

7.4       Speed Alert Mobile Unit (SAM)  (Raised Council) (9019/90)

 

Council’s Road Safety Co-ordinator tabled the results from the Speed Alert Mobile (SAM) Unit for June and July 2005.  The results indicate approximately 90% compliance under the speed limit in most areas.  SAM will be used in areas where speeding complaints are generated and the information is shared with the Police.

 

Councillor Rumble requested that all Councillors receive a copy of the matrix.  In addition, Council Rumble suggested that Council’s Economic Development & City Marketing Department be requested to provide local newspapers, etc, with an update on the programme, along with photographs and advice that the information is being shared with the authorities.

 

Councillor Rumble offered his congratulations on the Unit and stated that the programme appears to be working very well.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

LTC 97              That:

 

1.   Council’s Road Safety Co-ordinator provide all Councillors with a copy of the Speed Alert Mobile (SAM) Unit matrix

2.   Council’s Road Safety Co-ordinator request Council’s Economic Development & City Marketing Department to provide local newspapers, etc, with an update on the programme, along with photographs, and advice that the information is being shared with the authorities.

7.5       Mt Vernon Road, Kemps Creek – Proposed Centre Linemarking (BB Lines)  (Raised Council)            (MO/20)

 

Council’s Asset Systems Engineer advised that Mt Vernon Road, from Georgina Road to 400m north, was upgraded to a road pavement width of 7.0m with double barrier centre linemarking (BB lines) and retro-reflective raised pavement markers in 2004/2005.

 

Council, under the 2005/2006 Roads to Recovery Programme (funded by the Federal Government), is upgrading the remaining section of Mt Vernon Road from 400m north of Georgina Road to Capitol Hill Drive (a distance of approximately 700m).  The new road pavement width will be 7.0m and it is proposed to install double barrier centre linemarking (BB lines) and retro-reflective raised pavement markers on the remaining section of Mt Vernon Road.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

LTC 98              That the Committee note the information and endorse the installation of the double barrier centre linemarking (BB lines) and retro-reflective raised pavement markers in Mt Vernon Road, from Georgina Road to Capitol Hill Drive, Kemps Creek.

7.6       Bus Zone in Cranebrook Road, Cranebrook - Proposed Changes to Location  (Raised Westbus)            (9001/8  Pt 19)

 

Council has received a request from Westbus for consideration to change the current location of an existing “Bus Zone” on the eastern side of Cranebrook Road, on the northern approach to a marked pedestrian crossing between Ainslee Court and Farrells Lane.

 

Drivers have reported that when they are stopped at the “Bus Zone” on the approach to the crossing, the bus obscures sight distance to pedestrians for southbound vehicles overtaking the bus on Cranebrook Road.

 

To improve sight distance and pedestrian/traffic safety, it is desirable that the “Bus Zone” be relocated to the departure of the crossing, approximately 40m south of its current location.

 

A driveway to a residential flat development at 456 Cranebrook Road exists immediately south of the pedestrian crossing, restricting the proposed “Bus Zone” location to a 20m section of kerb and gutter between this driveway and the driveway to the adjoining property at 462 Cranebrook Road.

 

As Cranebrook Road is currently classified as a State Road under the control of the Roads and Traffic Authority, the concurrence of the Authority will be required prior to the proposed relocation.

 

LTC Comment

 

The Roads and Traffic Authority representative advised that this “Bus Zone” relocation has already been carried out by the Authority.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

LTC 99              That the Committee note the information.

7.7       Union Road & Worth Street, Penrith – Proposed Restricted Access Vehicle Route  (Raised Council)            (9020/13  Pt 3)

 

Council has received an application via the Roads and Traffic Authority from Bisitecniks, on behalf of Patrick Autocare, to operate a 19.0m long restricted access vehicle to carry out vehicle deliveries to Penrith Mitsubishi.  The proposed route is right from Mulgoa Road into Union Road, then left into Worth Street, then left into High Street, Penrith.

 

The applicant advises that deliveries occur throughout the day via John Tipping Grove through an interconnecting gate between Sinclair Hyundai and Penrith Mitsubishi, however at night this gate is locked and deliveries can only occur through the front access off High Street.

 

Whilst the overall dimension of the vehicle is similar to a regular unrestricted 19.0m long semi-trailer, the axle configuration is modified to accommodate a specially designed fully enclosed container capable of carrying six vehicles in a double-stacked arrangement.  The container is designed to ensure compatibility between the three main transport modes used for the transportation of motor vehicles, including ship, rail, and truck.  The modified spacing of the axle groups produces a larger rear overhang, resulting in a different swept turning path from a regular semi-trailer, and leading the Roads and Traffic Authority to classify this vehicle as a restricted access vehicle which must undergo the same assessment process and operate on the same routes as a 25m B-Double.

 

To determine the impact the proposal has on the local road network in the vicinity of Penrith Mitsubishi, a field trial was carried out on 31 August 2005.  The vehicle approached northbound along Mulgoa Road, turned right into Union Road then left into the northern section of John Tipping Grove adjacent Sinclair Hyundai, and unloaded six Mitsubishi vehicles.  The vehicle then reversed out of John Tipping Grove across Union Road, into the southern section of John Tipping Grove and turned right into Union Road, left into Worth Street, and left into High Street.

 

Whilst it was evident at the field trial that the vehicle can satisfactorily carry out the turning movements required on the route to affect delivery of the vehicles, concern is raised, however, that the Local Traffic Committee should not be seen to be formally endorsing the potentially hazardous practice (that has been occurring for many years) of dropping off vehicles in John Tipping Grove and reversing across Union Road.

 

Similarly, to effect the night-time deliveries to the front access of Penrith Mitsubishi in High Street, the vehicle is being parked illegally in a “No Stopping” zone on a main thoroughfare in Penrith.  Having regard to the potential liability issues associated with endorsing these practices, it is recommended that the application not be approved.

 

The only other option for safer vehicle deliveries to the current Mitsubishi site is via a property that Mitsubishi owns, which has a frontage to both Union Road and Union Lane.  The issue of vehicle deliveries to Penrith Mitsubishi will shortly be resolved, however, as they are relocating to new premises on Castlereagh Road in December 2005.

Recommendation

LTC 100            That the Roads and Traffic Authority be advised that the application from Besitecniks for restricted vehicle access to use Union Road and Worth Street, Penrith not be approved.

 

7.8       High & Evan Street, Penrith – Proposed Full-Time “No Stopping” Restrictions & Temporary “Works Zone”  (Raised Council)        (HI/05 Pt10  &  EV/01)

 

Council has approved the construction of a new commercial development on the south‑western corner of High Street and Evan Street, Penrith.  Part of the development consent conditions requires the applicant to seek the approval of the Local Traffic Committee for the provision of full-time “No Stopping” restrictions for a distance of 10m on either side of the proposed driveway off Evan Street opposite the Fire Station.

 

Accordingly, this application seeks the approval of the Local Traffic Committee to install 20m of full-time “No Stopping” restrictions in accordance with the tabled sketch.

 

In addition, the applicant is seeking the Committee’s approval to install 35m (five car lengths) of temporary part-time “Works Zone” in High Street and also to use the proposed 20m (three car lengths) of full-time “No Stopping” zone nominated above as temporary part‑time “Construction Zone” throughout the nine-month construction period.

 

The requested “Works Zone” hours are 7:00am–6:00pm Monday to Friday & 7:00am‑1:00pm Saturday.

Recommendation

LTC 101            That:

 

1.   The proposed 10m long of full-time “No Stopping” restrictions on either side of the access driveway off Evan Street into 282-284 High Street, Penrith be approved

2.   The 35m of temporary part-time “Works Zone (7:00am–6:00pm Mon-Fri & 7:00am‑1:00pm Sat)” in High Street and the 20m of temporary part-time “Works Zone (7:00am–6:00pm Mon –Fri & 7:00am–1:00pm Sat)” in Evan Street, in accordance with the submitted plan, be approved for a period of nine months subject to the payment of the appropriate fees by the applicant and the understanding that this facility is provided specifically for the taking up and setting down of goods and not for parking of vehicles associated with the construction site, or the storage of building materials on the footpath reserve

3.   Council’s Co-ordinator, Ranger Services be requested to arrange parking enforcement within the “Works Zone” area following installation of the signs

4.   The applicant be advised of the Committee’s recommendation.

7.9       Banks Drive, St Clair – Speeding Vehicles  (Raised The Mayor, Councillor Greenow)   (BA/05  Pt 5)

 

Council’s Senior Traffic Engineer raised concerns on behalf of The Mayor, Councillor Greenow, regarding vehicles speeding and doing “doughnuts” in Banks Drive, St Clair, near the public school.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

LTC 102            That the matter be investigated and a report be submitted to the Local Traffic Committee.

7.10     Fatal Incident Response Strategy Team (FIRST) Report  (Raised Penrith Police)         (9019/87)

The Penrith Police representative tabled a report regarding the recent fatal accident at the following location:

 

·    The Northern Road, Londonderry, approximately 1km north of Whitegates Road – accident occurred on Monday, 25 July 2005.  The FIRST inspection dated was held on Thursday, 4 August 2005.  The report outcome showed there were other contributory factors to the accident rather than the road condition, ie, behavioural influences appeared to be the cause of the collision.

 

RECOMMENDATION

LTC 103            That the Committee note the information.

7.11     Hospital Precinct Parking Working Party  (Raised Penrith Police)           (232732  Pt 7)

The Penrith Police representative requested the status of the Nepean Hospital Precinct Parking Working Party findings.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

LTC 104            That a report be submitted to the Local Traffic Committee advising the status of the Working Party.

7.12     National Black Spot Programme (NBSP) and State Black Spot Improvement and Urban Amenity Programme – Submissions for Council   (Raised Roads and Traffic Authority)    (9003/12 Pt5  &  6041/11)

The Roads and Traffic Authority representative requested that any submissions to the RTA’s National Black Spot Programme (NBSP) and State Black Spot Improvement and Urban Amenity Programme be submitted to the Local Traffic Committee for comment prior to being submitted to the RTA.

 

Council’s Senior Traffic Engineer advised that it has always been a practice that a report regarding projects nominated for funding submission under the Federal and State Black Spot Improvement Programmes is submitted to Council’s Ordinary Meeting for approval prior to being forwarded to RTA.  Projects nominated for funding submission have met the minimum requirements as set out in the “nomination checklist/criteria” and have been discussed with the RTA representative.  If any grant funding allocation is received from either of the two black spot programmes, a report is also submitted to Council for advice and acceptance of the grant from the Federal or State Government (through the RTA).

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

LTC 105            That the Committee note the information.

 

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MASTER PROGRAM REPORTS

 

Item                                                                                                                                       Page

 

The City in its Broader Context

 

1        Public Exhibition of State Government Plans for the Proposed North West and South West Growth Centres 4140/1; 4123/1                                                                                                     19

 

The City as a Social Place

 

2        Penrith Swimming Centre Upgrade 2981/13                                                                       19

 

3        Grant Application - 2005/06 WSAAS Funding Round 1040/32                                          19

 

4        Submission to NSW Ministry of the Arts - Funding for Cultural Development  1034/1         19

 

5        Proposed Skate Park at Mark Leece Oval - St Clair 3036/7                                              19

 

6        Glenmore Park Skate Facility 2056/2                                                                                 19

 

7        Extensions & Alterations to Grays Lane Children's Centre,  Cranebrook - Tender No 02-05/06                                                                                                                                            19

 

8        Glenmore Park Release Area Section 94 Development Contributions Plan Review 4122/22 19

 

9        Penrith Football Stadium Redevelopment 3070/13                                                              19

 

10      Development Application 04/1886 Proposed Multi-unit Housing Development comprising 6 Attic Style Villas at Lot 1 & 2 DP 35970 (No. 19 - 21) Chapel Street, St Marys. Applicant: Pearson Holdings Pty Ltd;  Owner: Pearson Holdings Pty Ltd DA04/1886                                                           19

 

The City as an Economy

 

11      Western Sydney High Schools engineering report writing Skills Competition Project            19

 

12      Sponsorship of the 2006 Western Sydney Industry Awards  1128/39                                 19

 

13      Discovering Penrith -  Investors Forum 26 August 2005 1133/66                                        19

 

14      Update on Australian Technical College submission to the Commonwealth 1026/24             19

 

 

URGENT REPORT

 

21      Effect of Changes in the NRMA Motor Vehicle Insurance Smash Repair System               117

 

 

 

The City Supported by Infrastructure

 

15      Provision of Motor Vehicles  38/138                                                                                  19

 

16      2006/2007 RTA Funding Submission for Blackspot & Urban Amenity Improvements Programme (Local Roads) 6041/12                                                                                                                 19

 

Leadership and Organisation

 

17      City Operations Directorate Report to end of August 2005 153/2                                       19

 

18      Council Property No. 62 Great Western Highway, Kingswood 304824 Pt.11                     19

 

19      GST Compliance Certificate  6035/12                                                                                19

 

20      Summary of Investments & Banking 3 August 2005 to 30 August 2005.  6031/4                 19

 

 


The City in its Broader Context

 

Item                                                                                                                                       Page

 

1        Public Exhibition of State Government Plans for the Proposed North West and South West Growth Centres 4140/1; 4123/1                                                                                                     19

 

 



Ordinary Meeting

19 September 2005

The City in its Broader Context

 

 

The City in its Broader Context

 

 

1

Public Exhibition of State Government Plans for the Proposed North West and South West Growth Centres    

4140/1; 4123/1

 

Compiled by:                Mark Broderick - Release Area Unit Coordinator

Authorised by:             Roger Nethercote - Environmental Planning Manager  

 

Strategic Program Term Achievement: Council’s preferred positions and priorities relevant to Western Sydney growth and development are considered by governments, regional forums and regional organisations in their own policy development.

Critical Action: Develop a structured dialogue with Local State Members, Ministers, government agencies, Councils of the region, WSROC and other regional associations concerning the supply of infrastructure and services, employment and sustainable housing delivery to the region.

        

Purpose:

To provide Councillors an overview of the major issues emerging from our examination of the plans and supporting documentation for the North West and South West Growth Centres which the State Government has placed on public exhibition.

The details contained in this Report will form the basis of our submission to the State Government on the exhibited plans.

 

Background

In September 2004 the State Government released its Discussion Paper for the Metropolitan Strategy for Sydney.  The Discussion Paper foreshadowed that investigations for the NW and SW Growth Centres had commenced and Council made a Submission to the State Government on the Discussion Paper in December 2004.  Our commentary is summarised later in this paper.

 

On 9 December 2004 the Premier and the Minister for Infrastructure, Planning & Natural Resources (now DOP or DOP), announced that the NSW Government is formally releasing the NW and SW urban release areas, as part of Sydney’s Metropolitan Strategy. 

 

On 13 May 2005, the NSW Government announced the appointment of Board members to the Growth Centres Commission which will manage the land release in the SW and NW Growth Centres of Sydney.

 

On 23 May 2005 the Former Minister, Craig Knowles and Director- General of DOP, Jennifer Westacott addressed Council on the North West and South west Growth Centre Releases.  The information presented was that which was released by DOP in December 2004 and did not foreshadow the Landscape and Rural Lifestyle Area designation which has subsequently been placed over land in Penrith. 

 

On 1 June 2005 detailed plans for the Growth Centre proposals were placed on public exhibition.  The exhibition material is available for viewing on the Department’s Metro strategy website at www.metrostrategy.nsw.gov.au.  Since that time, additional information has been added to the Department’s web page regarding the Landscape and Rural Lifestyle Area zoning.  A number of background study reports have also recently been published on the website.  

 

On 29 August 2005, Gary Prattley, Executive – Director, Office of Major Projects at DOP, addressed a Councillor Workshop on the North West and South West Growth Centres, where a number of key issues relevant to Penrith were discussed.

 

Councillors have received Discussion Papers and a copy of DOP’s report titled “Managing Sydney’s Growth Centres” which incorporated information and maps of the Growth Centres.  More recently, we have provided information which DOP has made available regarding the Landscape and Rural Lifestyle Area designation.

Growth Centres Plans

The new Growth Centres are planned to accommodate 160,000 new homes over the next 25 to 30 years and would, as part of that, produce up to 6,700 homes a year - 90,000 proposed in the South West and 60,000 proposed in the North West.  The Plan also includes another 10,000 homes proposed at Edmondson Park, near Liverpool.  In addition, the Western Sydney Parklands, announced on 3 December 2004, will form a green belt linking the North West and South West Growth Centres.

 

The Government announced it has earmarked $7.8 billion of infrastructure linked to the staged release of land to provide parks, retail outlets, roads, public transport, schools and health services. 

 

The first precincts to be released will be:

 

·        In the North West – North Kellyville (3,500 dwellings); Riverstone (8,500 dwellings); and Alex Avenue, Schofields (7,000 dwellings).

 

·        In the South West – Oran Park (8,000 dwellings); Turner Road (600 to 700 dwellings) and Edmondson Park (8,500 dwellings).

 

Higher density development comprising two to three storey apartments and terrace houses is to be concentrated around town centres, transport stops and shops at Rouse Hill.  The remaining areas will comprise one and two storey homes.

 

The plans have been made to ensure a corner store or other retail facility will be located within five minutes walking distance (400m) of the majority of residents. Town centres will have traditional ‘main street’ layouts with a full range of shops and services. The North West Centre will have six ‘main street’ shopping centres and there will be ten in the South West.

 

A new planning process will be implemented to support the Growth Centre proposals via a new State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP).  The SEPP will be supported by a Development Code which will mandate controls to ensure best practice in urban design.  The code will include such measures as:

 

·        Provision for local parks and open space within walking distance of most residents,

 

·        Specified street widths dependent on location and function,

 

·        The location of new industrial and employment areas to ensure many residents can work locally,

 

·        A mix of housing types to cater for a wide range of households,

 

·        A private sector water recycling scheme to take all waste water from the release areas, and

 

·        Designs for residential water and energy savings to reduce water use by at least 40% and energy use by at least 25%.

 

A Growth Centres Commission has been established to oversee the development of the Growth Centres and the associated infrastructure.  A developer levy is to be used to fund around 75% of the infrastructure costs.  The Government will also fund some fast-tracked infrastructure projects.

Overview of Key Issues

Outlined below are a number of key issues which we have identified that relate to the Government’s proposals in general and are applicable to the approach taken to both of the Growth Centres.  Below each issue is a commentary and a request which is suggested Council make to the DOP for its consideration.

 

1.  New approach to land release

 

The Government is proposing to take a new approach to land release to avoid the mistakes of the past and to ensure that the new communities have good access to transport, jobs and services.  The Growth Centres form an intrinsic part of the NSW Government’s Metropolitan Strategy which provides a long-term plan for sustainable growth and change over the next 30 years and maintaining Sydney’s role in the global economy.  The Government indicates its proposals are fundamentally about looking after the environment, creating better places to live and work and supporting a better economy. 

 

Comment

 

As a regional planning exercise, Council can support in principle the Growth Centre structure plans in as much as they seek to provide greater certainty to stakeholders regarding future urban land releases.  It is also positive that the plans include measures to be put in place to ensure that previously conflicting requirements of various authorities should no longer present obstacles in the logical release and rezoning of land for urban purposes and that the required infrastructure is co-ordinated and funded prior to development occurring.

 

However, there is a need to recognise the interconnectedness of communities within the Region and the same energies being proposed for the NW and SW Growth Centres, particularly in regard to infrastructure delivery, need to be brought to new release areas being planned and delivered outside of the Growth Centres. 

 

It will be critical that the Government guarantee that required infrastructure to service new urban release areas already planned and agreed to be established which sit outside the Growth Centres will continue to be made available to support those emerging new communities.  It would be unacceptable for Government funding commitments to be syphoned to only delivering the Growth Centre developments at the expense of other agreed urban outcomes.

 

It should also be acknowledged that the resourcing of the new Growth Centres should not be at the expense of existing local areas which have been suffering from a backlog of service provision for many years. 

 

Request

 

·        That the required resourcing and infrastructure needs for new urban release areas already being planned for outside the Growth Centres, as well as existing urban areas, continue to be made available by the State Government.

 

 

 

2.  Growth Centres Commission

 

A Growth Centres Commission has been established under the Growth Centre (Development) Corporations Act 1974 to co-ordinate the orderly release of land and infrastructure.  Its key tasks are to: 

·        Develop land use and infrastructure plans,

·        Manage funding and infrastructure delivery,

·        Recommend the orderly sequencing of land release and the co-ordination of the roll out of infrastructure, and

·        Achieve co-ordination between small land holders.

 

Its role will also be to work with Local Councils to develop Growth Centre plans which will be included in LEPs.  The Commission will also manage the budget and purchase infrastructure from relevant Government agencies and the private sector.

 

Two Executive Committees have been established – one for the North West and one for the South West – comprising representatives of the Local Councils.  These committees will review the structure plans and precinct plans.  Councils will also work with the Commission to prepare plans for individual precincts as they are released for urban development.  They will also identify local infrastructure requirements and prepare local developer contributions plans.

 

Councils will continue to be the consent authority for all development in the Growth Centres and will collect the Section 94 contributions at the development consent stage.

 

Comment

 

The concept of introducing new governance mechanisms such as the Growth Commission to ensure more effective long-term delivery of major urban initiatives is supported, particularly recognising the need for much stronger integration of the activities of State Government agencies. 

 

We understand the Mayors of Blacktown, Baulkham Hills, Camden and Campbelltown Councils and the Administrator of Liverpool Council have been invited onto the relevant Executive Committees for the Growth Centres. 

 

Unfortunately, Penrith Council has not been invited to participate in the Growth Centre Executive Committees.  This is indeed disappointing, particularly given that both Growth Centres physically abut Penrith LGA and there will be obvious implications and impacts from their proximity on our community and the functioning of our City.  This would be particularly evident when considering issues such as transportation, including road access to Penrith, water and air quality, hydrology of major creek systems and flood regimes, access to employment, biodiversity corridor interconnections and use of regional services and facilities in the City (UWS, Nepean Hospital, JSPAC, etc.).

 

As discussed later in this report, one of the zoning proposals for the North West Growth Centre actually covers land in Penrith at Llandilo and Berkshire Park. 

 

Council should urge to be an active and equal participant in the roll out of the Growth Centre plans to be developed and request the DOP invite Council to become a member of the Executive Committees.  This matter has been taken up via WSROC, however no response has been received as yet.

 

There is still some uncertainty as to the responsibility for the preparation of the precinct plans and the actual level of involvement Councils who have been asked to participate through the Executive Committees will have and what resource implications that might bring. 

 

Request

 

·        Given the extent and implications of cross-boundary in infrastructure issues, Penrith Council should be included as a participant in both Growth Centre Executive Committees.

 

3.  State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP)

 

A new planning process is to be implemented in the Growth Centres through a new Land Release SEPP co-ordinated by the Growth Centres Commission.  The key planning instrument will be the SEPP Precinct Plans which will be ultimately incorporated into local council LEPs and brought forward in development applications or plans of subdivision.

 

Comment

 

The SEPP has not been finalised and made available for public comment.  As a result, a number of issues will need to be clarified, such as:

·        The level of detail that the SEPP will contain,

·        The proposed level of Council and community input,

·        Whether the SEPP will have biodiversity certification,

·        The level of environmental assessment of major infrastructure that will be required,

·        The processes to be established for the delivery of infrastructure, and

·        The degree to which existing zoning and planning controls in Councils’ LEPs will be able to be maintained, particularly in relation to the Landscape and Rural Lifestyle Area designation and any restrictions or special provisions which will apply to this proposal if it is retained.

 

Request

 

·        That Council be consulted on the development of the draft SEPP prior to its public exhibition.

 

4.  Employment

 

A range of employment opportunities in various forms and locations are proposed.  Chiefly, they will comprise retail in the town centres and neighbourhood centres; service industries in offices and related businesses; working from home opportunities; education, community and other local services and civic uses; and industrial areas. 

 

The North West Growth Centre is planned to have a resident population of around 162,000 with a workforce of 76,000 and job provision for 65,000, which represents 85% employment self sufficiency.   The South West Growth Centre is planned to have a resident population of around 250,000 with a workforce of 132,300 and job provision for 110,400, which represents 84% employment self sufficiency. 

 

Comment

 

The creation of adequate employment opportunities to meet the needs of the incoming resident workforce in the new Growth Centre communities should be given a high priority.

 

The development of 60,000 homes in the North West Growth Centre with a population of around 162,000, will have implications for the Penrith economy.  There is the potential for Penrith to increase its economic catchment and, with Penrith identified as a Regional Centre in the current Metropolitan Strategy considerations and its strong retail and construction sectors, there could be increased employment and trade opportunities. 

 

Penrith’s proximity to both Growth Centres can also provide enhanced access to a range of new employment opportunities for our community, if adequate transport links are made available.

 

The employment strategies for both Growth Centres raise the importance of creating sustainable new communities with the social and environmental benefits of local job provision.  However, it is not clear how these strategies will reinforce or link with other employment proposals across the region or for that matter with Penrith’s business enterprise strategies. 

 

Given the importance of the delivery of these major employment initiatives, and the recognition of the role the M7 Westlink will play in the attraction of new business enterprises in Western Sydney, it is imperative that DOP should now develop a broader Western Sydney Employment Strategy.  That Strategy would integrate the Growth Centre proposals with the strategic M7 Opportunities Study currently being untaken by DOP, with both existing and emerging employment strategies being advanced by State and local government across the region. 

 

 

Request

 

·        That serious consideration be given by Government to the infrastructure required to effectively link Penrith’s commercial and employment nodes with the Growth Centres.

 

·        That DOP develop a Western Sydney Employment Strategy which seeks to integrate both the emerging business and job creation strategies for the Growth Centres and the M7 Westlink with existing and emerging employment strategies required across the region.

 

5.  Water Quality/Management

 

The majority of both the South West and North West Growth Centres lie within the catchment of South Creek.  The Department acknowledges South Creek is one of the most stressed waterways in NSW with sewage treatment plans, agriculture and urban development all contributing significant pollutant loads.

 

The Department acknowledges urbanisation is set to increase from around 20% of the catchment to 60% over the next two decades, therefore the potential for pollutants from urban stormwater will increase.  At full development, urban stormwater discharge is likely to be the dominant degrading risk factor to upper South Creek and a significant factor in lower South Creek.

 

It is intended some 80 billion litres of wastewater would be recycled each year by 2029from the Growth Centres.

 

The Department recognises the effective management of the sources of diffuse pollutants is critical in protecting water quality and aquatic ecosystem health.  Through the Metropolitan Water Plan, the Government is investigating options for recycling waste water in both the North West and South West Growth Centres and across the metropolitan area. 

 

Comment

 

The proposals currently do not detail how these environmental effects will be mitigated.  It will be critical that contemporary water quality objectives be established and related infrastructure elements designed to ensure that there are no detrimental impacts on the South Creek catchment. 

 

Whilst there are references in the documents to the concept of water re-use, both from grey water and other sources, a clear strategy has not yet been developed which will deal with the overall water cycle balance.  The application of contemporary water-sensitive urban design initiatives should be employed to enhance water quality discharges to South Creek.

 

Whilst the proposals acknowledge that there are areas within the Growth Centres affected by flooding constraints, there is not a clear strategy identified for managing these potential impacts, nor is it clear whether any filling of flood plains is required.  Blacktown Council has indicated that the draft Structure Plan indicates part of the flood plain in the North West Growth Centre will be developed in their area for urban purposes.  However, the associated planning report provides little detail on how this will occur, other than noting development would be taken to the extremities of the flood plain and the Growth Centres Commission, together with councils, will investigate opportunities which address flood plain management. 

 

The Growth Centre proposals should identify important aspects such as the proposed level of acceptable risk for flood plain development (a Flood Plain Risk Management Plan), the extent of land fill contemplated if any, and how filling impacts are to be minimised on riparian corridors and areas containing Aboriginal and European heritage as well as endangered or threatened vegetation communities. 

 

Request

 

·        That further details be provided regarding how the environmental impacts on the South Creek catchment as a result of urban runoff  will be mitigated.

 

·        That strategies be developed for the re-use of grey water and Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) initiatives.

 

6.  Air Quality

 

The DOP advises that air quality monitoring since 1990 has demonstrated that earlier predictions about substantial deterioration in air quality in South West Sydney from ongoing urban development did not eventuate.  They argue the implementation of additional pollution controls and improvements to fuel standards and other emission controls/strategies have improved air quality.

 

It is also suggested that airshed modelling for both the South West and North West Growth Centres indicates that no substantial deterioration in current South Western Sydney air quality is expected.  Within the Growth Centres, measures to reduce the use of private motor vehicles and improved public transport are argued will positively contribute to the management of air quality.

 

Comment

 

The Air Quality report recently released by DOP notes that current action to manage air quality concerns in Western Sydney had its origins in the 1990 release of the joint Macquarie University/CSIRO pilot study which evaluated air quality issues related to the development of Macarthur South and South Creek Valley Regions (MAQS study).  As a result of these findings and subsequent air quality modelling, the State Government in 1992 decided not to proceed with the South Creek Valley proposal given that there was not a clear resolution to the expected deterioration in air quality which would occur as a result of the development.

 

The MAQS study was completed in 1995 and confirmed that Western and especially South Western Sydney was particularly susceptible to episodes of poor air quality, mainly from photochemical pollution due to meteorology, topography and land use. 

 

It is understood the EPA has subjected the scenarios developed to more detailed analysis, however the results of this have not been made available, nor has any detailed air quality action plan. 

 

The proposals for integrated public transport systems, including the extension of rail corridors within the Growth Centres, implementing walkable neighbourhood designs and more efficient bus networks, are positive measures which can contribute to reduced private car use and improved air quality.  However, it is not clear what additional pollution controls and improvements to fuel standards referenced in the planning report will comprise and how they would operate effectively in relation to the future urban development. 

 

Request

 

·        That details of air quality scenarios and details of additional pollution controls and improved fuel standards referenced in the documentation be made available for comment.

 

·        That an air quality action plan be developed and made available to Council.

 

7.  Urban Form

 

The plans for the land releases in the Growth Centres propose a new approach to develop a physical urban form that aims to achieve a better, more sustainable urban result.  The proposals put forward a series of self – contained towns that will offer people a better way of life through the inclusion of such elements as local jobs, a mix of housing types, pedestrian friendly neighbourhoods, bus based transport links to railway lines and a wide range of community services. 

 

Denser housing to support public transport ands local centre viability is also proposed.  Neighbourhood centres have been designed to be within a 5 minute walk from homes (about 400 metres).  Groups of walkable neighbourhoods support larger mixed – use town centres supported by public transport services and a variety of goods and services including supermarkets, specialty shops and other businesses.

 

Comment

 

The draft Structure Plans for the Growth Centres identify extensive strips of ribbon retail/commercial development along a number of major road corridors.  Development patterns such as this appear to be inconsistent with a centres based urban hierarchy and has been historically criticised for being inefficient, vehicle dominated and a potentially unattractive use of land. 

 

Many examples of this form of development in Sydney are now the subject of major retrofits and urban renewal schemes.

 

There does not appear to be any information presented in support of the viability and sustainability of the proposed retail hierarchy.  In particular it is questioned whether it is economically feasible to attract a retail facility approximately every 800 metres as a focus of the suggested neighbourhood design, given current retailing trends.

 

The proposed housing mix and densities should be supported by appropriate social/community and demographic analysis.  The issue of affordability has not been addressed in any depth.

 

The opportunity should be pursued to look at more effective delivery models for delivery of community facilities including the co-location of activities on adjacent sites, shared use of common facilities and grouping of school facilities where synergies between various levels of education exist.  It will important that more co-operative approach between Government agencies be pursued to ensure that community development models are delivered early in the implementation phase and are sustainable in the long term.

 

 

Request

 

·        That the ribbon commercial/retail development scenarios proposed along major arterial roads be reconsidered in preference to a centres (node) based urban hierarchy.

 

·        That a social/community and demographic analysis be carried out to support the proposed housing mix and densities.

 

·        That co-location of community facilities, particularly with schools, be pursued.

 

8.  Sustainable Growth Limits

 

The DOP appointed NSW Sustainability Commissioner, Professor Peter Newman, has reviewed the plans for new Growth Centres against sustainability criteria.  A summary of his assessment is attached. 

 

Professor Newman has concluded that the South West and North West Sectors are suitable lands to be developed, provided all of the commitments in the Government’s plans are carried out.  He has indicated however, that the proposed release areas are on the limit of how far cities can sprawl and this, combined with airshed, watershed and agricultural land limits should mean that Sydney’s growth further out into other fringe areas should not occur.  Professor Newman concludes that these 2 Growth Centres should be the last land release areas in Sydney.

 

The State Government has, as an underpinning direction of its emerging Metropolitan Strategy, the principle of balancing growth within natural resource constraints that would see urban growth managed in the Sydney Metropolitan Region over the next 30 years within environmental and natural resource limits.

 

The Government’s Growth Centre proposals therefore, are a long term plan to provide for sustainable growth and change over the next 30 years.  Given that the Growth Centre releases are targeted to provide for 30 to 40% of new housing for Sydney over that period (the remainder being in existing urban areas), it is implied that there would not be any need for further land releases beyond the growth Centres over that time.

 

Comment

 

WSROC in its Planning and Management Framework for Greater Western Sydney put forward a compelling argument to Government that there needs to be a clear limit to urban expansion in Metropolitan Sydney and that greater recognition needs to be given to the role and value of Sydney’s rural lands.  Penrith Council has also put forward this case to DOP in its previous responses to the Metropolitan Strategy.

 

Penrith Council has received State Government recognition that its Residential Strategy and related approach to the growth management of the City is appropriate and is consistent with the State Government’s approach to responding to future housing needs in the Metropolitan Area.

 

The Sustainability Commissioner’s observation of the importance to limiting urban sprawl in Western Sydney is strongly supported.  If the NSW Government remains of the view that these Growth Centres will be the last land releases in Sydney over the next 30 years at least, then there should be relieved pressure on our City’s Rural Lands to house further urban development.  It remains critical, however for a clear limit to the urban releases proposed to be established, preferably through natural systems and corridors.

 

 

Request

 

·        That clear limits to the urban expansion of Western Sydney be set as part of the Growth Centre plans, in alignment with Council’s identified urban growth limits.

 

9.  Flooding

 

The draft North West Structure Plan indicates that part of the floodplain will be developed for urban purposes, yet the exhibited Planning Report provides little detail of how this will occur, stating that development will occur at the extremities of the floodplain and that the Growth Centres Commission, together with the relevant Council, will investigate development opportunities that address floodplain management.  Similarly, there is no substantial addressment of flood management in respect of the South West Growth centre. 

 

Comment

 

There does not appear to be any substantial flood management studies or floodplain modelling which have been made public or covered in the Growth Centre reports.  Given the extent of the urbanisation of the catchments concerned, it will be important that effective measures are taken to ensure that floodplains are not filled and that the impacts of flood events occurring within South Creek are not increased as a result of urban development.

 

It appears from the North West Plan that proposed areas at Shanes Park and Marsden Park North are located in the floodplain and land at Riverstone West which has been identified as a high flood hazard has been identified for higher density residential development.  These anomalies suggest that the implications of development in and adjacent floodplains may not have been fully investigated and it will be important for appropriate flood management plans to be developed in accordance with the government’s floodplain development manual.

 

Request

 

·        That more details be required in regard to the flood planning for the Growth Centres, particularly in respect of South Creek.

 

·        That Floodplain Risk Management Plans, when being developed be referred to Penrith Council for comment.

 

North West Growth Centre

 

1.  Transport and Infrastructure

 

The main north-south routes servicing the North West Growth Centre include Windsor Road and Richmond Road.  Key east-west roads are Schofields Road and Garfield Road.  The M2 runs along the southern edge, as does the M7 Westlink connection.  A northwest rail link has been proposed which would connect the existing northwest rial line at Epping, via Castle Hill with the Rouse Hill Centre and potentially into the north West Growth Centre. 

 

The Growth Centre proposals contemplate a series of road upgrades, which will be required to facilitate the new urban development as it unfolds.  A series of bus network improvements are also proposed.

 

 

 

 

Comment

 

Clearly there will be vehicle movement between North West Growth Centre and activity centres within Penrith (eg. St Marys and Penrith Centres, UWS and Nepean Hospital) and to the M4 corridor. 

 

The North West Growth Centre proposal includes a western extension of Schofields Road (identified as the Schofields Road Corridor), which links to Richmond Road and further west to Stoney Creek Road.  It is considered that to improve accessibility to St Marys and Penrith, a better option would be to provide a linkage from Schofields Road to the proposed M2 Freeway corridor, with a link to the proposed Werrington Arterial Road adjacent to the ADI site.

 

Despite a relatively extensive list of road improvements outlined in the document, it is of concern that the proposals do not bring forward any road or transport upgrade required within Penrith City.

 

An arterial road study carried out by Council and the RTA has identified significant impacts on parts of our road network that will be generated by development in the North West Sector.  It is envisaged that similar impacts will be generated from the South West Sector development.  It is pointed out that this study has only referred to traffic impacts and there will be similar infrastructure upgrades related with public transport and freight issues.  It is unclear whether the infrastructure funding packages referenced take into account the total requirements including all of the off-site works, eg., NW Growth Centre connecting to Penrith via Werrington Arterial / M2 extensions. 

 

The Transport & Road Network Overview Draft Report has discussed a series of scenarios for a Transport Strategy.  Council should consider supporting Scenario 6 – as the Two Railway Lines plus three transit ways option provides the highest level of public transport usage by attempting to reduce the incidence of car dependency.

 

Request

 

·        That Council express great concern at the lack of identified major public transport and road improvements which will be required in Penrith City as a result of the North West Growth Centre urban development.

 

·        That Council urge the government to endorse the proposal to establish the Werrington Arterial as a priority to link the m4 with the M2 Corridor and the M7 Westlink.

 

·        That the traffic impacts and related required improvements for Penrith be investigated and incorporated in a Penrith Integrated Transport and Landuse Strategy.

 

·        That further details be provided on the implications on traffic movement through the Llandilo and Berkshire Park rural areas.

 

2.  Landscape and Rural Lifestyle Designation

 

In Penrith, the ‘Landscape and Rural Lifestyle Area’ zoning (green shading) affects parts of Berkshire Park and Llandilo bounded by Llandilo Road and South Creek.  We have sought clarification from DOP of the ramifications of this designation.  We now note that additional information has been placed on the Metro Strategy web page, which attempts to clarify the situation.  A copy of that information and an extract of the North West Growth Centre Planning Report were forwarded to Councillors on 5 August 2005. 

 

The exhibited draft Structure Plan seeks to protect and restore large areas of existing vegetation, including Cumberland Plain Woodland, Aboriginal Heritage and other landscape qualities.  It is proposed the zone will allow current uses such as rural-residential living, agriculture and tourism to continue, whilst existing opportunities to build houses will continue.  The zone also is intended to complement the urban areas by maintaining the visual and natural amenity of these areas, as well as link significant patches of native vegetation across the region.

 

The DOP suggests landowners within this zone will be able to continue to enjoy using their land as is currently the case.  The new zone proposes to add an overlay of considerations but will not change the existing zoning.

 

$315 million has been allocated towards the protection and enhancement of biodiversity in this zone, directed into priority conservation projects and landholder incentives schemes.  The DOP also indicates there will be other incentives for landowners such as rate rebates for areas of land protected by a voluntary conservation agreement.  Other planning solutions such as the identification of developable building envelopes, consolidation of existing development rights and land swaps are contemplated.  The acquisition of land has also been noted as a possible option in certain circumstances, but will not apply to the bulk of proposed Landscape and Rural Lifestyle zone area.

 

On Tuesday 6 September 2005 a public meeting organised by Llandilo and Berkshire Park residents was held at Berkshire Park hall and attended by over 200 people.  The Mayor, Councillor Greenow and Councillors Crameri, Cettolin, Fowler, Sheehy, Thain and Rumble attended along with the Member for Londonderry, Allan Shearan MP, Member for Riverstone, John Aquilina MP and Member for Mount Druitt, Richard Amery MP.  DOP representatives also attended.

 

There were a substantial number of criticisms raised by the community at the meeting.  Chiefly those were –

 

- lack of consultation with residents over the proposals,

- lack of detailed information published by DOP on the lack of detail on the landscape and Rural Lifestyle Area designation,

- fears that this designation would reduce property values and restrict landowners’ use and enjoyment of their properties,

- substantial inaccuracies on the draft structure plans exhibited by the DOP , and

- the environmental conservation areas identified for acquisition should be fully funded by the Government.

 

The following media release was made by the State Government on 9 September 2005 in regard to the Landscape and Rural Lifestyle Area designation –

 

Planning Minister Frank Sartor has asked the DOP to review the future of the proposed Landscape and Rural Lifestyle zone in the new urban release areas in south-western and north-western Sydney.

 

These zones, known by many as the 'green zones', were never intended to change people's existing land use rights.  However, it has become clear that the proposed zone is causing confusion and distress among many land owners.

 

The Department will now investigate new ways of meeting conservation and environmental targets in the areas.  The review to be conducted by the department will primarily look at whether the zone should be removed from land which is outside the specified "growth centres" areas, but included in the wider State environmental planning policy (SEPP) maps for the two regions.  People wanting further clarity on this issue can access these two draft maps on the Metropolitan Strategy web site.

 

However, it is also possible that the zone could be removed from within the actual "growth centres" areas, where new suburbs are proposed to be approved.

 

Mr Sartor has also publicly indicated the proposed sequencing of land releases may change. It's possible that some suburbs will be fast-tracked but nothing has been confirmed at this stage.

 

Mr Sartor has also asked the Department to provide more space for jobs in the growth centres.

 

The existing plans are remaining on exhibition until October 7 and the department is keen to receive as much feedback as possible on the proposals.

 

Comment

 

There is considerable confusion in the community in respect of the Landscape and Rural Lifestyle Area designation.  We have fielded a number of phone calls from residents of Llandilo and Berkshire Park who are affected by this proposal, raising concerns over its implications and potential impacts on property values. 

 

Unfortunately, Council has not been consulted on the details of the Growth Centre planning arrangements or the proposed Landscape and Rural Lifestyle zone prior to the Government’s plans being placed on public exhibition.  It also appears that DOP did not actively consult with affected residents in relation to this zoning proposal until recently after public concerns were raised. 

 

It is indeed disappointing that DOP has not seen fit to seek the views of Councils and affected property owners on this important issue.  It is understood DOP is now in the process of organising a series of briefing sessions with local residents in relation to the Landscape and Rural Lifestyle zone and has engaged Brian Elton Consulting to facilitate those sessions.  Given the concerns expressed by Penrith residents in regard to this issue, it would be appropriate for DOP to facilitate briefing sessions with affected residents in Llandilo and Berkshire Park. 

 

No specific details have been provided regarding the nature of the proposed landowner incentives.  The setting aside and conserving of significant vegetation is a principle already strongly supported by Penrith Council.  The Penrith Rural Lands Strategy, which was adopted by Council in 2003, identifies Biodiversity Conservation Areas, which aim to protect significant remnant vegetation corridors across the City (see attached map).  These areas in relation to the northern rural lands of the City are focused on providing a biodiversity corridor along South creek, which picked up on existing remnant vegetation and connections to significant conservation areas such as the Castlereagh Nature Reserve.

 

The DOP’s draft designation however extends well beyond the Biodiversity Conservation Areas identified and adopted by Council and generally runs between South Creek and Llandilo Road.  In comparing the proposed zone designation with the native vegetation maps produced by DEC, it is apparent that the fragmented land ownership patterns and the variety of rural and living activities already being undertaken in the affected area, could well impede attainment of the DOP’s conservation objectives. 

 

Accordingly, it is recommended that Council’s adopted Rural Lands Strategy approach be pursued by DOP in lieu of the broad brush designation being put forward.  Also, it is important that there is a more detailed understanding of how the measures outlined by DOP to be included in the new draft SEPP would operate in practice, whether they unduly restrict existing land use opportunities or have any long-term deleterious effect upon property values.

 

A number of resident calls have been made for the opportunity for community representatives to meet with the minister for Planning, the local Member and senior Council representatives.  We understand that a number of meetings with the minister have already been held with community and Council representatives in the South West Growth Centre area and Baulkham Hills Shire Council.  This is a reasonable request and we have through the Member for Londonderry and through the DOP have made a request for a similar opportunity to meet with the Minister in Penrith.  We are currently awaiting a response to those representations.

 

Given the extent of community concern registered on this issue, we have also urged DOP to hold resident briefing sessions on the Growth Centre proposals, as have been held in other Council areas to date.  DOP has agreed that this would be an appropriate consultation opportunity and has only just advised of the details of 2 briefing sessions to be held on 13 and 21 September 2005.  DOP has engaged Brian Elton Consulting to conduct the meetings and has invited people who have rung the DOP Information Line.  It is unfortunate that these briefings have come very late in the public consultation and exhibition process.

 

Request

 

·        That the Landscape and Rural Lifestyle Area designation as it relates to Penrith City be removed.

 

·        That Council express its disappointment to the Minister for Planning over the lack of consultation with the Penrith community and Council over the Growth Centre proposals.

 

3.  Employment

 

Comment

 

Background studies note that there is going to be a focus on preserving and then quickly developing land around the M7 Westlink for businesses “that require good accessibility”.  Clarification should be sought as to what the criteria is for determining which type of business has the greater need for “good accessibility”.  The background paper also mentions there is a shortage of land available for extensive transport, distribution, warehousing and storage activities.  The metro plan is suggesting that these uses be developed “elsewhere” and close to the M7 Westlink, to take the pressure off the scarce land closer to the M7.  These uses do not deliver a significant number of jobs and it is difficult to understand why they would not be located close to the M7 transport artery given their transport focus.

 

 

Emphasis is also stressed as to the need for suitable Business Park land and the shortage of available sites with specified attributes.  The take up is stated as being 20ha per year over 20 years and should be provided adjacent to major centres, and along major transport routes.  It should be considered that these needs may also be met within Penrith LGA, particularly in the Werrington Enterprise Living and Learning (WELL) Precinct  and the related UWS campus.

 

The report also discusses the need for a range of quality private health care and education services to attract and retain high net worth individuals.  Penrith LGA is very well suited in terms of Nepean Public Hospital, Nepean Private Hospital and the medical services precinct, as well as TAFE and UWS to lobby for continued and further expansion of these sectors here, rather than in the North West Suburbs as our facilities are more closely located compared to Hawkesbury, Mt Druitt, Blacktown and the Hills District.

 

Additionally, Penrith’s medical services industry has an ongoing relationship with UWS nursing school.  UWS is also establishing a medical school in the coming years and it would make good sense to capitalise on co-located complementary health precincts rather than spatially dispersed providers such as is evident within the North West sector.

 

 

Emphasis should also be made on the importance of Penrith LGA complementing the Metro Strategy.  Penrith has been recognised a major centre of regional significance, however it is not referenced in the role it will play in servicing the North West.  This is somewhat difficult to understand given the significance regional service afforded by Penrith in education, health, recreation and cultural areas.

 

 

Request

 

·        That DOP provide greater clarification of the nature and criteria for businesses which should locate in closer proximity to the M7 Westlink.

 

·        That DOP consider the regional role of major facilities and opportunities in Penrith such as Nepean Hospital, UWS, TAFE and business park opportunities and their ability to service the new Growth Centres.

 

·        That the regional centre role to be provided by Penrith should be recognised in the North West Growth Centre proposals.

 

South West Growth Centre

 

1.  Transport and Infrastructure

 

The main north south routes running through the South West Growth Centre are Camden Valley Way and The Northern Road.  The M5 Freeway is located just to the east and serves as a vital regional and national link.  Major east – west roads include Elizabeth Drive on the northern boundary, Fifteenth Avenue and Bringelly Road in the centre.  The M7 is located to the east of the Growth Centre. 

 

As with the North West Growth Centre, the proposals contemplate a series of road upgrades, which will be required to facilitate the new urban development as they unfold.  A series of bus network improvements are also proposed.  A new rail line is also proposed which extend from Glenfield to Leppington, with a new railway station at Edmondson Park. 

 

Three new arterials are proposed to parallel Camden Valley Way, along with a new north – south boulevard in the west to link the Badgerys Creek Town Centre to the Oran Park Town Centre.

 

Comment

 

It is expected that there will be traffic movement between this growth centre and Penrith, which will see increased traffic movements along The Northern Road, Mamre Road and possibly Luddenham Road.

 

Despite extensive road upgrading proposals, which include Elizabeth Drive and The Northern Road south of Elizabeth Drive, it is of some concern no road upgrading requirements have been identified in the Penrith LGA. 

 

Request

 

·        That Council express great concern at the lack of identified major public transport and road improvements which will be required in Penrith City as a result of the South West Growth Centre urban development.

 

·        That the traffic impacts and related required improvements for Penrith be investigated and incorporated in a Penrith Integrated Transport and Landuse Strategy.

 

 

 

 

 

2.  Employment

 

Comment

 

As for the North West paper, the South West paper also proposes that there is an ongoing need for a focus on preserving and then quickly developing land around the western orbital for businesses “that require good accessibility”.  The South West paper adds that sites should be preserved that are regionally, State or nationally significant and again asserts that significant land should not be lost to warehousing, distribution, bulky goods warehousing, retail and service trades.  It does not specify where the warehousing and distribution (in particular) should be placed – be it within the South West area or “elsewhere”. Additionally, the definition of “regional, State or national significance” of land use should be sought.

 

Suitable Business Park land is also noted as a requirement, but stresses the importance of diversifying the economic base of the region which would reduce the exposure of current South West employment to structural adjustment and economic fluctuations.  Given the existing low skills levels of the South West area, there may be an easier opportunity for our younger, skilled workers to find employment within some of the South West developments, rather than in the North West, where the residents have higher skills and qualifications.  This of course, implies journey to work requirements, and this would most likely be undertaken by private vehicle given the lack of public infrastructure joining Penrith LGA to the South West suburbs.

 

The South West background paper suggests significant diversification of business parks from elsewhere in the region and is likely to present opportunities for Penrith’s workforce. 

 

The existence of GWSEDB strategies for attracting higher quality white collar and new economy business growth are noted within the South West paper and should be investigated for possible synergies or conflict with Penrith City strategies. 

 

The planning for the South West Growth Centre has taken into account the prospect of the Second Sydney Airport being located at Badgerys Creek.  However, there is also a suggestion as to alternative use for the Badgerys Creek lands if the airport does not proceed as an integrated Technology Employment and Training Corridor.  This suggestion is supported given that employment uses at Badgerys Creek are a more preferred outcome which would be of greater advantage to Penrith than the land reverting to residential purposes. 

 

Essentially, the South West strategy proposes to increase the employment self sufficiency of the area from 74% to 84% excluding any employment use of the Badgerys Creek lands.  The acquisition of employees with the required skills sets is going to be difficult without innovative training opportunities being offered to local residents now to alleviate any lag between job creation and the completion of training.  The education institutions in Penrith could have a role to play in this regard.

 

The theme of the employment papers has been to provide “local jobs for local residents”.  This approach is welcomed and reinforces Council’s policy position.  however it is not clear to what extent this theme will be progressively monitored, or if statistics will be taken simply at a later date.  It should also be acknowledged that movement of the targeted “high skilled” workforce into the area will lag somewhat. 

 

Request

 

·        That clarification be sought for the definition of “regional, State or national significance” of land uses.

 

·        That DOP consider the regional role of major facilities and opportunities in Penrith such as Nepean Hospital, UWS, TAFE and business park opportunities and their ability to service the new Growth Centres.

 

·        That the regional centre role to be provided by Penrith should be recognised in the South West Growth Centre proposals.

 

·        That Council indicates a strong preference for employment activities to be located on the Badgerys Creek airport site, in lieu of residential development, if the State Government intends to release it for urban purposes and the Commonwealth determines that the site is no longer required for a second Sydney Airport site.

Conclusion

The DOP has extended the public exhibition process for the proposals up to the 7 October 2005.  Given the implications for Penrith emerging from the Government’s plans, it is important that Council make a formal submission to the Department.

 

A clear message emerging from the community is the request to remove the proposed Landscape and Rural Lifestyle Area designation as it affects the Penrith rural areas.  Council is similarly concerned about the appropriateness of this designation and is currently seeking an opportunity for resident representatives to meet with the Minister to directly express their concerns over the proposed Landscape and Rural Lifestyle Area designation. 

 

This report has identified a range of key issues for Council’s consideration to be submitted to DOP in response to the public exhibition process for the Growth Centres.  Clearly, the Growth Centre proposals afford significant opportunity to the Penrith community in providing additional and greater diversity of readily accessible jobs, as well as other services and facilities which will emerge in the longer term.  However it is apparent that Penrith City will fulfil a regional service centre role for both Growth Centres, particularly given the facilities provided in our city in the eduction, health and cultural areas.

 

Accordingly, it will be important that the state government recognise the role Penrith can play in the implementation of its Growth Centre plans and support the continued role out of required regional infrastructure and facility enhancements needed not just our cities community needs but the identified needs which will emerge in neighbouring growth areas.

 

It is recommended Council; endorse the commentary and requests as outlined in the report as our submission to the Department of Planning.

 

 

 

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RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.  The information contained in the report on Public Exhibition of State Government Plans for the Proposed North West and South West Growth Centres be received

2.  Council make a formal submission to the Department of Planning on the Government’s Growth Centre proposals based on the commentary and requests outlined in this Report and a copy also be forwarded to the Minister for Planning

3.  Council express to the Department of Planning its disappointment at the lack of consultation and provision of information to the local community on the proposals

4.  The Minister for Planning be requested to remove the proposed Landscape and Rural Lifestyle Area designation as it affects Penrith City

5.  The Minister for Planning be requested to provide Council the opportunity of membership of both Growth Centre Executive Committees

6.  Council urge the Department of Planning to develop a Western Sydney Employment Strategy which seeks to integrate both the emerging business and job creation strategies for the Growth Centres and the M7 Westlink with existing and emerging employment strategies required across the region.

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ATTACHMENTS/ANNEXURES

1.  

North West and South West Growth Centres Sustainability Criteria

8 Pages

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The City as a Social Place

 

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2        Penrith Swimming Centre Upgrade 2981/13                                                                       19

 

3        Grant Application - 2005/06 WSAAS Funding Round 1040/32                                          19

 

4        Submission to NSW Ministry of the Arts - Funding for Cultural Development  1034/1         19

 

5        Proposed Skate Park at Mark Leece Oval - St Clair 3036/7                                              19

 

6        Glenmore Park Skate Facility 2056/2                                                                                 19

 

7        Extensions & Alterations to Grays Lane Children's Centre,  Cranebrook - Tender No 02-05/06                                                                                                                                            19

 

8        Glenmore Park Release Area Section 94 Development Contributions Plan Review 4122/22 19

 

9        Penrith Football Stadium Redevelopment 3070/13                                                              19

 

10      Development Application 04/1886 Proposed Multi-unit Housing Development comprising 6 Attic Style Villas at Lot 1 & 2 DP 35970 (No. 19 - 21) Chapel Street, St Marys. Applicant: Pearson Holdings Pty Ltd;  Owner: Pearson Holdings Pty Ltd DA04/1886                                                           19

 

 



Ordinary Meeting

19 September 2005

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Penrith Swimming Centre Upgrade    

2981/13

 

Compiled by:                Erik Henricksen - Pools Superintendent

Authorised by:             Yvonne Perkins - Acting Facilities Operations Manager  

 

Strategic Program Term Achievement: The City’s recreation and leisure facilities and services meet its needs and are optimally used.

Critical Action: Ensure facilities and services reflect the City’s diverse current and future recreation and leisure needs.

        

Purpose:

To advise Council of the progress to date of investigations undertaken with regards to redevelopment of the Penrith Swimming Centre.  The report will recommend the formation of a Councillor Working Party to consider the findings of the consultants study, funding opportunities, information provided by the People's Lifestyles, Aspirations & Needs Study (PLANS) and other issues so as to develop and recommend to Council a strategy that will provide direction in the redevelopment of the Centre and to oversee the implementation of that strategy.

 

Background

Council at its Meeting on 1 March 2004 received a report outlining the history of the Penrith Swimming Centre, identifying a range of improvements and recommending a course of action to address them. It was resolved at this meeting to engage Facility Design Group (FDG) to conduct a Feasibility Study including concept designs and costings for the provision of enhanced services at Penrith Swimming Centre. A further report to Council was to be provided identifying a priority program of improvements and a funding strategy.

 

The Feasibility Study has been completed utilizing resources made available by way of the People's Lifestyle Aspirations and Needs Study Report (PLANS).

 

Advancing the Project

 

PLANS (People's Lifestyle Aspirations and Needs Study)

 

The PLANS report provided information specific to the Aquatic recreation needs of Penrith City and identified details relevant to the Penrith Swimming Centre. An examination of that study was undertaken which outlined several issues regarding recreation choice and the popularity of several various sporting activities as well as defining a number of key issues relevant to Penrith Swimming Centre. 

 

Facility Design Group (FDG) Penrith Swimming Centre Study and Redevelopment  Options - May 2004

 

FDG were engaged by Council at its meeting on 1 March 2004 to undertake a feasibility study for the redevelopment of the Penrith Swimming Centre.

 

The study team considered and reviewed information collected from previous studies and reports, operational data of the current centre and other reports that may influence the direction and scope of the facility and redevelopment options study.

 

The study aims and objectives were to:

 

·    identify the potential of the current site for redevelopment    

·    identify potential user groups in relation to both current and future opportunities       

·    provide preliminary indicative estimates of expenditure and income of the proposal  

·    provide a preferred option in relation to refurbishment and redevelopment of the Penrith Swimming Centre facility    

·    provide an opinion of probable cost based on previous and current centre construction costs

 

FDG also provided three concepts varying in the range of functions / services to be provided.  Their preferred option is a redeveloped indoor multi-purpose centre retaining the existing outdoor 50m pool and Quarterdeck Function Centre. 

 

Funding

 

Funding opportunities have been investigated by Council officers.  This is a major project not dissimilar to others Council has undertaken.  A number of funding options have been identified.

 

Management Options

 

In conjunction with the consultants work, Council officers have also undertaken investigations as to what would constitute a suitable management model for a redeveloped facility.

 

Conclusion

 

The work to-date by the Consultants and Council officers has been comprehensive and each of the issues addressed have been done to some detail.  The redevelopment of the Penrith Swimming Centre is similar to many other major projects undertaken by Council and as such it is considered appropriate that a Councillor Working Party be formed to ‘work through’ the issues associated with such a major project.

 

 

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RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.  the information contained in the report on Penrith Swimming Centre Upgrade be received.

2.  a Councillor Working Party be formed to progress the redevelopment of the Penrith Swimming Centre. 

3.  Council nominate three (3) Councillors as representatives on the ‘Penrith Swimming Centre Upgrade Working Party’.           

4.  The Terms of Reference be:

“To develop and recommend to Council a strategy for the redevelopment of the Penrith Swimming Centre and to oversee the implementation of that strategy”.

 

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19 September 2005

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Grant Application - 2005/06 WSAAS Funding Round     

1040/32

 

Compiled by:                Rosie Smith - Multicultural Access Officer

Authorised by:             Jeni Pollard - Acting Community Development Manager  

 

Strategic Program Term Achievement: Strategies are in place to respond to the social and health needs of the community.

Critical Action: Implement social planning, health planning and community development strategies through the Social Planning Framework.

        

Purpose:

To seek Council's endorsement for an application under the Western Sydney Area Assistance Scheme (WSAAS) 2005/06 for a Northern Rural Areas Community Development Project - Penrith LGA.  The report recommends that Council endorse the application as submitted.

 

Background

The northern rural areas of the Penrith LGA experience geographic isolation and social disadvantage.  There are few community services located in these areas or outreach services provided from Penrith.  According to the ABS 2001 Socio Economic Index for Advantage and Disadvantage (SEIFA) Londonderry and Llandilo in particular experience a relatively high level of disadvantage compared to other suburbs and areas across the city.  There are approximately 7,500 residents in the northern rural areas.

 

Existing non-government Community Development organisations do not have the capacity to deliver community capacity building initiates and programs in the rural areas of the city.  These organisations are funded to service largely urban catchments.  After careful assessment of this project it is proposed that Council is in the best place to auspice this project.  Council through its city-wide leadership role and advocacy capacity will be able to more effectively address some of the social issues already identified in the development of the project.

 

Within the 2005/09 Strategic Program, Council has identified two Terms Achievements that are relevant to this project.  They are:

 

·    Effective responses are made to the social impacts of growth, redevelopment and change.

·    Strategies are in place to respond to the social and health needs of the community.

 

Council approved the submission of a similar project proposal to the Castlereagh Community Fund at the Ordinary Meeting of 2nd May 2005.  Council has since been formally advised by the NSW Department of Environment and Conservation that the application was unsuccessful.

Current Situation

The Northern Rural Community Development Project is proposed to fund the employment by Council of a Community Development Officer for four days per week over three years.  The project worker will be based within the local public schools of Londonderry and Llandilo three days per week with the support of the Principals of both schools.  The Principals have indicated they have suitable rent free office space within their respective schools, which would assist in the development and implementation of the project.  One day a week would be spent at Council or with other services implementing other components of the project.

 

The project addresses the identified WSAAS outcome of building community leadership and capacity.  This project has been developed as a time limited three-year project within the WSAAS category of Community Infrastructure Development.  The budget for the project is $70,815 per annum for 3 years totalling $215,700.  The project application was submitted by the due date of 7 September 2005.  Council’s in kind contribution would include:

 

·    Supervision and support

·    Public Liability Insurance

·    Administrative support

·    Annual Financial Audit

 

The objectives of the Northern Rural Community Development Project are to:

 

·    Consult with the northern rural communities and determine the priority needs

·    Develop an action plan to implement priorities

·    Develop partnership projects with key rural services and Penrith and Nepean wide service providers to address priority needs

·    Seek additional funding opportunities to address the priorities if required (e.g. CDSE)

·    Implement priority programs and activities

·    Involve the community in the development and implementation of the project to build local capacity and social capital.

 

It would achieve these objectives by:

 

·    Undertaking consultation and networking to determine priority projects and programs for development and implementation and finalise action plan

·    Linking with other service providers in Penrith with target groups in the community that require particular types of assistance and programs e.g., families, young people, older people

·    Developing steering committees/reference groups to implement specific programs to assist local capacity building e.g. transition to school initiatives, parenting courses, community events such as family fun days, information on services for older people.

·    Developing timelines for program implementation

·    Formalising outreach service arrangements to the local area (e.g. Londonderry village) in key areas of social service provision

·    Regularly evaluating progress towards addressing priorities as identified

·    Maximise the sustainability of project outcomes through formalising linkages between local service venues and outreach service providers.

Summary

Generally the range of community programs and activities that are available within the urban areas of the City are not locally provided in the rural areas.  The northern rural areas of the City experience a relatively high level of socio-economic disadvantage compared to other areas of the City.

 

The proposed Northern Rural Areas Community Development Project will provide resources to build community leadership and capacity, and co-ordinate enhanced service provision in these areas.

 

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RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.  The information contained in the report on Grant Application - 2005/06 WSAAS Funding Round be received

2.  Council endorse the submission of the Northern Rural Areas Community Development Project for funding under the 2005/06 WSAAS funding round.

 

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ATTACHMENTS/ANNEXURES

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19 September 2005

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Submission to NSW Ministry of the Arts - Funding for Cultural Development     

1034/1

 

Compiled by:                Jeni Pollard - Acting Community Development Manager

Authorised by:             Jeni Pollard - Acting Community Development Manager  

 

Strategic Program Term Achievement: The City is widely recognised as a centre of cultural diversity, excellence and access.

Critical Action: Integrate and implement the strategies of the City-wide cultural planning framework.

        

Purpose:

To obtain Council's agreement to submit an application to the NSW Ministry of the Arts for funding for a Cultural Development Worker for Penrith City Council.  This report recommends that a submission be forwarded to the Ministry.

 

Background

In 2004-05 Management Plan, Council identified as a critical action to ‘promote the city as a centre of cultural excellence’.  This initiated a cultural planning process that is nearing completion with the development of a city wide Cultural Planning Framework. Work to be undertaken in 2005/06+ includes developing a three-year implementation strategy, based on the recommendations from the cultural planning process, in which accountabilities for delivery are clearly identified

 

In realising the vision for the Penrith LGA to be widely recognised as a centre of cultural diversity, excellence and access there are a number of challenges for Council. Council has identified in the new strategic program that it wants to create magnetic places: a CBD, Town and local centres, which provide opportunities for people to meet and which are attractive and vibrant. Public art and placemaking are critical ingredients in making these centres distinctive, attractive and satisfying.

 

Council has committed to social justice and community wellbeing and is working to revitalise established communities. Council is also planning eight new release areas that, if they are to develop as diverse, satisfying communities, each need to have their own individual character. 

 

Cultural development will have a critical role in achieving these aims through reorientating existing programs, strengthening existing partnerships and providing direction and leadership in public art and placemaking. 

Present Situation

The NSW Ministry of the Arts offers a Western Sydney Local Government Arts Incentive Fund.  Grants under this fund are intended to assist local councils in Western Sydney in the undertaking of arts projects consistent with their cultural plans.

 

The objectives of the Western Sydney Local Government Arts Incentive Fund are to:

 

·       Enhance the current social and cultural priorities of Western Sydney Council

·       Encourage Western Sydney Councils to develop and implement cultural planning

·       Foster innovation and initiatives, which reflect the unique cultural identity of the different areas of the region

·       Promote the employment of local artists/arts workers

·       Create opportunities for artists to interact and work with the community on arts projects

·       Promote the development of audiences for the arts in Western Sydney

·       Promote regional sharing of arts activities and resources in Western Sydney

 

Funding is available only to the 14 local government authorities in Greater Western Sydney (Baulkham Hills, Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Holroyd, Liverpool, Parramatta, Penrith, Camden, Campbelltown, Wollondilly, Auburn and Bankstown).

 

Matching funding is available to eligible councils for projects that develop and promote the arts in their area to a maximum of $50,000 at any one closing date. Submissions close on 23rd September 2005.

 

Triennial funding may be offered to some councils at the discretion of the Ministry for the Arts.  Such councils will have substantial track records of achievement in arts development and will be required to submit high-quality, well-developed three-year programs of activities, as well as effective and viable three-year management plans.

 

The Ministry have been approached with this proposal and are largely supportive of the work undertaken by Council to date. Penrith City Council has an impressive record on the development and delivery of cultural facilities but we have not to date approached the Ministry seeking funds for development work. However funds are very limited and it may require a number of approaches to successfully secure grant funds.

Proposed Submission

The research for the Cultural Planning Framework has pointed to a staged development of three positions within Council.  These positions are:

 

·    Cultural Development Co-ordinator – with a city wide responsibility for implementing the Cultural Plan and working across Council to inform new release area planning, established area planning and events co-ordination as well as to drive and integrate cultural development across the organisation.

·    St Marys and Penrith Cultural Development Officers (2 positions) – these positions would initiate and drive cultural development activities and projects that give local people a voice and enable them to express their sense of identity and connection to the area.

 

Through discussion with the Ministry as well as John Kirkman (CEO, Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre) it would be appropriate that an initial submission to the Ministry would be for a position that is an amalgamation of the Cultural Development Co-ordinator and the St Marys Cultural Development Officer.  A priority area for Council is the integration of some City Wide policies with specific and careful attention to the development of the St Marys Cultural Precinct.  John Kirkman indicated that this position would assist in an integration of cultural activities across the Penrith LGA.

 

As previously stated the development of the Cultural Planning Framework is progressing with the development of a three-year implementation strategy that would commence in 2006/07.  Advice regarding the submission is anticipated in early 2006 thus having no impact on the 2005/06 budget.

Financial Services Manager’s Comment

Although there are no funds currently available to match this grant any matching grant funding from Council would not be required until the start of the 2006/07 financial year.  As the outcome of this grant application will be known before the 2006/07 Budget is confirmed, if the application is successful, it will allow for the proposed allocation of funds for this purpose to be considered against other identified priorities as part of the 2006/07 Management Planning process. 

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RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.  The information contained in the report on Submission to NSW Ministry of the Arts - Funding for Cultural Development be received.

2.  Council endorse a Submission to the NSW Ministry for funding for Cultural Development.

 

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ATTACHMENTS/ANNEXURES

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19 September 2005

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Proposed Skate Park at Mark Leece Oval - St Clair    

3036/7

 

Compiled by:                Andrew Robinson - Recreation and Cultural Facilities Coordinator

Authorised by:             Yvonne Perkins - Acting Facilities Operations Manager  

 

Strategic Program Term Achievement: The City’s recreation and leisure facilities and services meet its needs and are optimally used.

Critical Action: Ensure facilities and services reflect the City’s diverse current and future recreation and leisure needs.

        

Purpose:

To advise Council of the unsuccessful funding application to the NSW Department of Tourism, Sport and Recreation for the East Ward Skate Park Project.  The report recommends that a review be undertaken in conjunction with all stakeholders for the delivery of a Skate Park in East Ward, within the available funds, that meets the recreational and social needs of young people in East Ward.

 

Background

 

At its meeting on 15th November 2004, Council received a report detailing the site selection process and community consultation that had been undertaken concerning the proposed Skate Park within East Ward.  The Skate Park Team consisting of the Asset Manager, Recreation and Cultural Facilities Coordinator, Community Safety Coordinator and Youth Development Officer had undertaken a review of a number of sites within East Ward utilising the established Skate Park site selection criteria.  The Team recommended the south-eastern corner within Mark Leece Oval, St Clair, adjacent to the corner of Endeavour Ave and Bennett Road. 

 

Council at this meeting endorsed this location as the site for a Skate Park in East Ward. Council also endorsed that a grant application be submitted to the NSW Department of Sport and Recreation for 50% of the total project cost.  

 

A specialist Skate Park Design Consultant, Convic, was engaged to develop the concept design and to assist with the consultative process.  Following the consultative process a concept design was developed by Convic with an approximate cost of $250,000. 

 

The grant application, in the amount of $125,000 was submitted in November 2004 to the NSW Department of Tourism, Sport & Recreation.  Council’s matching contribution was available from the Recreation Reserve.  This was the second application submitted for grant funding for this project.  The initial submission was made in November 2002 and Council was notified in March 2003 that the application was unsuccessful.  The reasons sited were that Council did not have an approved site, construction plans, finalised maintenance plans and a committed 50% budget. The subsequent application addressed the above omissions in the first application.

Current Situation

 

On 20th July 2005 notification was received from Department of Tourism Sport and Recreation (Regional Sport Facility Program) that the application was unsuccessful.  The Department advised that there were 148 applications received requesting more than $14.58 million in assistance across the State.  The Department awarded grants totalling $1.9 million to assist 25 projects across the State with a total project cost in excess of $5.4 million.

 

It was also advised that should Council wish to reapply for the Regional Sport Facility Program, that the next funding round is expected to open in September 2005. Notification of success, or otherwise, should another submission be made is anticipated to be in July 2006. 

 

Given that this is the second grant submission that has been unsuccessful for the existing proposal, and the competition for grant funding (only 16% of the funding applications were successful) it is considered that a review of funding and design options for the project needs to be undertaken to enable this project to be delivered.

 

The options to be reviewed include:

 

1)         A grant submission to the Regional Sport Facility Program for a third time, based on the existing design proposals, with Council’s matching funds still available from the Recreation Reserve.

 

2)        Submit a new grant submission to the Regional Sport Facility Program, based on revised design proposals that reduce the cost of the scheme. 

 

This would require further consultation to establish elements of the existing design that should be retained and, whether a scheme that is reduced in scope, will meet the recreational and social needs of young people in the area. By maintaining the allocated funds of $125,000 this may increase Council’s chance of obtaining a smaller funding grant. This would show an increased commitment from Council while decreasing the pressure on the limited grants available.

 

3)         A Project Evaluation bid for the additional amount of $125,000 be submitted for the existing design in the 2006-2007 budget preparation.

 

4)         A revised design be prepared based on the existing budget of $125,000 plus any identified additional fund if required.

 

5)         A project be designed within the existing budget allocation of $125,000.

 

Financial Services Manager’s Comment

 

An amount of $125,000, half of the proposed project cost, was originally allocated in the 2004/05 budget.  This amount was subsequently revoted to the current budget. The source of these funds is the Recreation Reserve.  If Council decide to proceed with the current scope of the project an additional funding source will need to be identified.  It may be possible that the allocation from the Recreation reserve be increased.  There are no identified calls on this reserve at the date of this report, however, consideration should be given to the principal source of these funds, the operations of the city’s tennis courts, the reserve was formerly known as the Tennis Courts Reserve.  The projected balance for the reserve at 30 June 2006 is $199,000.  The project may also be considered against other priorities as part of the 2006/07 project evaluation process.

 

Conclusion

 

As the existing design has been unsuccessful in two previous rounds of grant applications it is considered that a further submission for the existing design would again be unsuccessful due to the high levels of competition for funding. A revised Skate Park Design within current levels of available funding will require further consultation with all stakeholders to ensure that a Skate Park facility that meets the identified needs of young people in East Ward is still provided.

 

During the development of the proposed Skate Park in Glenmore Park the community expectations for a rigorous consultation process was strongly articulated through representations to Councillors and staff.

 

Due to the time elapsed in this project’s development, and a possible design change, Council’s Skate Park Development Team considers it to be beneficial to conduct further consultations with all stakeholders even if the existing design is still regarded as the preferred option. The benefits to be gained from this further consultation include, validation of the findings from previous consultations, identification of any issues that were not previously raised, and assessment of any changes or issues that have arisen since the initial consultations.

 

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RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.  The report advising Council of the unsuccessful funding application to the NSW Department of Tourism, Sport and Recreation for the East Ward Skate Park Project be received.

2.  A review be undertaken in consultation with all stakeholders for the delivery of a Skate Park in East Ward that meets the recreational and social needs of young people in the area within the available funds.         

3.  A report be submitted advising of the outcomes of the further consultative process and the potential funding strategy for the delivery of a Skate Park Design that meets the recreational and social needs of young people in East Ward.

 

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19 September 2005

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Glenmore Park Skate Facility    

2056/2

 

Compiled by:                David Burns - Acting Director City Operations, Yvonne Perkins - Acting Facilities Operations Manager, Andrew Robinson - Recreation and Cultural Facilities Coordinator, Katerina Tahija - Acting Community Safety Coordinator

Authorised by:             Yvonne Perkins - Acting Facilities Operations Manager  

 

Strategic Program Term Achievement: The City’s recreation and leisure facilities and services meet its needs and are optimally used.

Critical Action: Ensure facilities and services reflect the City’s diverse current and future recreation and leisure needs.

        

Purpose:

To advise Council of the outcome of further consultations undertaken concerning the location of the proposed Skate Park in Glenmore Park and to recommend the endorsement of the North Western corner of the Ched Towns Reserve as the site for a Skate Park in Glenmore Park.

Background

 

At the Ordinary Meeting on 27th September 2004, Council resolved that Ched Towns Reserve be endorsed, in principle, as the preferred location for the skate park in Glenmore Park on the basis of the site selection research undertaken by Council Officers of the Skate Park Development Team.  This team consists of Recreation and Cultural Facilities Coordinator, Youth Development Officer, Community Safety Coordinator and the Asset Manager. Following the in principle endorsement of this site, Council resolved that consultations take place with all key stakeholders, interested parties and potential users. 

 

A specialist skate park design development company, Convic, recognised by Skate Australia as technical experts, were engaged to assist with the design and consultation phase for the Skate Parks in Glenmore Park and St Clair.

 

A broad range of consultations were conducted with, The Glenmore Park Shopping Centre Management; Ched Towns Reserve user groups (soccer and cricket clubs); The Glenmore Park Reference Group (local service provider network); Glenmore Park School Principals; local residents and representatives of the local high schools; Crime Prevention Officer, St Marys Police; Glenmore Park Youth Worker and young people at the Glenmore Park Youth Centre.  In addition 134 surveys were completed and returned and a public meeting held on the 9th December at the Glenmore Park Youth and Community Centre.  The findings from this broad range of consultations was reported to Council at its meeting of the 18th April 2005 (copy of report attached). This report recommended, in part, “Ched Towns Reserve be adopted as the preferred site for the Glenmore Park Skate Park”.

 

To ensure that the skate facility met the needs of young people, design consultations were held to provide a forum for discussion and feedback between young people, Council Officers and Convic.  This feedback was included in the concept designs proposed by Convic.

 

Due to the level of interest expressed by some residents of Glenmore Park regarding the proposed site in Ched Towns Reserve, Council resolved at the meeting of the 18th April that “this matter be deferred for further consultation with the effected stakeholders and a further report be brought back to Council at the earliest opportunity”.

 

This report details the additional consultations and further site investigations that have been undertaken and addresses the issues, both supportive and non-supportive of the proposed development in this location.

Site Investigation

The Skate Park Development Team, following Council’s decision, conducted further site visits utilising the established Skate Park site selection criteria.  This involved:

 

i)          Re-examination of all potential sites initially identified i.e. Blue Hills Oval, Glenmore Park Soft Ball Fields, Central Tree Reserve, Apple Gum Reserve and Ched Towns Reserve.

 

ii)         Examination of sites not previously considered i.e. Eastern Hamlets and the passive open space at the Western end of Glenmore Park. (Mulgoa road entry/exit).

 

iii)         Examination of all possible locations within Ched Towns Reserve.

 

As a result of these investigations the initially recommended site in the north-western corner of Ched Towns Reserve (refer to attached site map) remains, in the opinion of the Skate Park Development Team, the only suitable site within Glenmore Park for the following reasons;

 

-           High visibility providing good clear lines of sight and passive surveillance thus providing a higher level of safety and security for the facility and the users.

 

-           Accessibility. The site is in a central location adjacent to other key services and facilities in the Town Centre. The site is also accessible by public transport and a network of pathways.

 

-           Skating is an active sport and will fit with the active recreation designation of Ched Towns Reserve.

 

-           The proposed site provides a clear distance and separation from other sporting activities, drainage structures and landscaping within the Ched Towns Reserve. 

 

-           Accessibility and proximity to Glenmore Park Youth Centre will provide informal guardianship and passive surveillance. The Youth Centre also provides complementary activities for young people.

 

Consultation

The second round of consultations extended the opportunity for key stakeholders, interested parties and potential users to comment on the Skate Park project. 

 

Additional consultations involved;

 

·    Glenmore Park Rugby League

 

·    A meeting with representatives from Bethany Catholic Primary School

 

·    Telephone discussions with local residents in the immediate vicinity as well as the wider Glenmore Park area

 

·    A further meeting with Police Officers from St Marys Local Area Command

 

·    Receipt of feedback forms that had been hand delivered to 500 households in the streets immediately surrounding Ched Towns Reserve and its local neighbourhood.

 

·    A public meeting held on 24th May 2005 at Glenmore Park Youth and Community Centre. This was advertised extensively via:

 

-     A letter drop to 500 surrounding households

-     Advertisements in the local newspapers (Penrith Press, Penrith Star, and the Western Weekender)

-     The distribution of 300 “notice of meeting” posters distributed to community facilities, schools, Police Station, the local Service Station and the local Fast Food outlets, Council’s Customer Service Desk (Civic Centre), and Penrith Library 

 

The public meeting, attended by 120 people including The Mayor, Councillor Jackie Greenow, and Councillors Pat Sheehy, Mark Davies, Karen McKeown, Garry Rumble, John Thain and Senior Council Officers was facilitated and recorded by independent facilitators. A copy of the meeting proceedings is attached.

 

Council’s Recreation & Cultural Facilities Coordinator and Youth Development Officer provided a presentation on the Skate Park Project for Glenmore Park including the rationale for the site selection.  The specialist Skate Park Designer (Convic) outlined the Skate Park design developed for this site. Following the presentations there was an opportunity for attendees to provide comment and ask questions on aspects of the project.

Outcomes of the consultation process

The outcomes of the consultation process demonstrated that there are three positions that consultees generally hold.  These positions are:

 

1.   Seeking clarification about the siting, management and operation of the proposed development.

 

2.   Objection to the development of a skate park in this location.

 

3.   Support for the development of a skate park in this location.

 

Positions 1 and 2 are addressed under the general groupings outlined below.  Commentary is provided by Council’s Design Consultant and/or Council’s Skate Park Development Team in response to each issue raised.  After this commentary (on positions 1 and 2), there is a summary of responses received in support of the proposed development (refer to position 3).

 

Response to issues raised during the consultative process

 

Design and Environmental Impact

 

Issue: Clarification of the size of the Skate Park.

Questions were raised concerning the overall size of the facility and its capacity to fit into the proposed site.

 

Comment: The Skate Park, as proposed, is approximately 800sqm total area. This includes seating, landscaping and all skating elements. The facility is wholly contained within the north-western corner of Ched Towns Reserve between the embankment and the large drainage structures (refer to the attached sketch which shows the location of the facility within the reserve).

 

Issue: Proximity to residential area

Questions were raised about the impact of the Skate Park on residential amenity.

 

Comment: The proposed location for the facility is a minimum of 50-55 metres away from the nearest two residences on the opposite side of the Glenmore Parkway.  The siting of the facility works with the existing topography (the existing ground plane falls away from the Glenmore Parkway to the sporting oval edge) so that the facility is set into the embankment at a lower level than the adjacent Glenmore Parkway and residential properties, thus minimising its visual impact. Surveillance and clear lines of sight can be addressed from a number of other vantage points around the facility.

 

Issue: Proximity of shopping centre

Questions were raised about the proximity to the Glenmore Park Shopping Centre and possible antisocial activities.

 

Comment: The proximity of the shopping centre provides the opportunity for high levels of surveillance, increased safety and security, relocation of skating activities to a dedicated skating venue and access to shops and food outlets for users.    The issues relating to concerns of increased antisocial behaviour are commented on further in this report. Council has made a commitment to work with stakeholders on any existing or emerging antisocial issues within the Town Centre/Ched Towns precinct.  This commitment will be reflected in the Skate Park Community Safety Management Plan to be developed for this facility if approved by Council and referred to later in this report.

 

Issue: Budget constraints/construction and ongoing maintenance

Questions were raised regarding the adequacy of the available funding to deliver and maintain the proposed Skate Park.

 

Comment: Approximately $18,500.00 has been spent to date on the design and development phase for this facility.  A further $281,000.00 is allocated in the 2005-2006 Management Plan for the detailed design and construction of the skate park. This funding is adequate to ensure the delivery of the proposed facility.  The ongoing maintenance is discussed further in this report.  

 

Issue: The impact on the root system of trees in close proximity

Questions were raised about the impact of the construction on existing landscaping.

 

Comment: The facility is located at least 18 metres away from the existing significant trees and in the opinion of Council’s Landscape Architect should have no impact on these trees. It is anticipated that the protection of significant trees would be included as a condition of development consent. The skate park design also includes additional landscaping.

 

Issue: The perceived impact of noise

Local residents raised the issue of the impact of noise generated by skating activities from the facility on the nearest residential properties.

 

Comment: An independent acoustics report has been carried out for the proposed Skate Park site.  Noise measurements were taken during peak hours and the hours that a skate facility is likely to operate.  The acoustics consultant has measured noise levels at a similar skate facility in Sydney and was thus able to estimate the likely noise levels that would result from skate activity at Ched Towns Reserve.  The consultant assessed the projected or likely new noise levels in terms of the EPA (Environment Protection Authority) standards.  The acoustics consultant determined that the new noise level from a skate facility at this location is comfortably within the EPA standards. (refer to the attached acoustics report). 

 

The Noise Assessment Report prepared by John T. Acoustics (report no. T575050518) dated 19 May 2005 has been assessed by the Building Approvals & Environment Protection Department and their comments are provided below;

 

·    Background noise levels measured during non-peak hour traffic times would likely be the lowest. If noise levels generated by "skating" during this time do not exceed the "EPA Intrusive Noise Criteria" based on the lowest measured background levels it is logical that the criteria would not be exceeded for higher measured background levels.

·    The lowest background level measured by the consultant was 49dB(A). Based on this measurement the level not to be exceeded would be 54dB(A) when measured over a 15 minute period at the boundary of the nearest residential premises.

·    The consultant has used noise measurements taken at a skate park at Riverwood to assist in predicting the impact of this proposal.  The predicted skating facility noise level at the closest residences, with consideration of their distance from the facility is around 41dB(A), which suggests that skating activities would not be a dominant noise if carried out in this area.

·    It is important to note, however, that a Management Strategy will be essential to limit the use of the facility to daytime hours only as background noise levels typically drop significantly in the evening and night time periods (i.e. between 6pm and 7am). This is also the time when intrusive impacts are more likely to occur.

 

The development of the Community Safety Management Plan that in part addresses the hours of usage is discussed later in this report.

 

 

·    Issue: No fencing proposed in design for safety of observers

Questions were raised regarding the safety of observers.

 

Comment: A landscaped refuge area is proposed along the Glenmore Parkway which allows non-skaters to safely and comfortably view skating activities and also allows clear views over the skate facility to the sports ovals beyond.  Seating walls at the oval edge provide for passive viewing of sports events.  These have been strategically located to prevent activity spilling onto the oval. There is no proposal to fence the Skate Park facility.

 

Issue: Flooding issues and creation of poor drainage

Questions were raised about the affect of the Skate Park on the operation of the drainage detention basin.

 

Comment: The construction of the Skate facility will not affect the operation of this drainage detention basin. The existing sporting facilities located at Ched Towns Reserve are constructed within two large drainage detention basins. The proposed Skate Park will be constructed to allow the facility to be cleaned and fully functional (should the need arise) soon after the water levels have subsided. Skate Park facilities across Australia have been placed in similar drainage detention basins, as they are one of the few structures that are not adversely affected by inundation.

 

Issue: House values will be reduced

Some residents raised concerns that their property values would be reduced if this facility were constructed.

 

Comment: The provision of a Skate Park Facility is compatible with other sporting activities and facilities within Ched Towns Reserve.  The Skate Park is one of a range of recreation activities that the community would expect to be located in these open space precincts.  There is no evidence available to suggest that the provision of a Skate Park within an existing sporting and open recreational area would have an effect on nearby residential property values.

 

Community Safety

 

A Community Safety Management Plan will be developed for the proposed Skate Park.  It will be based on the plan developed and implemented at the Jamison Park Skate facility, which has proved to be successful in addressing Community Safety Issues.  All of the following issues raised will be addressed in the Community Safety Management Plan.  The following comments are provided however to the issues raised during the consultation phase.

 

Issue: Graffiti

Questions were raised concerning the issues of graffiti on the Skate Park.

 

Comment: The Management Plan for the Skate Park will outline operations such as graffiti removal, litter clearance and short and long-term maintenance schedules.  Any incidents of graffiti will be removed in accordance with Council’s current Graffiti Removal Policy.  As in the case of the Jamison Park Skate facility, daily inspections and maintenance will be carried out. Any graffiti will either be removed at the time of inspection or reported to Council’s Graffiti Removal unit for action.

 

Issue: Compatibility issues were raised regarding the landscaping to be provided versus clear lines of sight.

 

Comment: In addition to protecting and retaining existing vegetation and significant trees, the design proposes the planting of several trees along the northern edge.  With time these trees will cast shade over the facility and also soften the edge closest to the residences. The tree planting will be complemented by a planting of low-level understorey species. The provision of tall trees with raised canopies and the planting of low level understorey species will soften the hard structural elements of the Skate Park, improving the local amenity, whilst still providing clear lines of sight to the Skate Park.  The maintenance plan that will be developed as part of the Skate Park Management Plan will include a landscaping maintenance schedule to ensure that clear lines of sight are maintained.

 

Issue: Lighting

Questions were asked as to whether the Skate Park is to be lit or unlit.

 

Comment: There are no plans to light the Skate Park.  Should there be a future demand for lighting of the facility, this will be subject to a review and consultation with all stakeholders and a further report to Council. The Skate Park will be signposted as a day time only use facility, stating that skating should only be carried out during adequate day light hours. This will be included in the risk management section of the Community Safety Management Plan.

 

Issue: Perceived Antisocial behaviour

During the consultative process a major reason for opposition of the development of the Skate Park was the perception that it will increase the amount of antisocial behaviour in the Ched Towns/ Town Centre precinct.

 

Comment: This perception is based on the expressed opinion of some residents involved the consultation process that such behaviour currently exists and is already on the increase in the Glenmore Park area.

 

Reported incidents of antisocial behaviour at Jamison Skate Park since the facility was opened three years ago has to date been minimal. Signage installed at the skate park communicates clearly the guidelines for usage.  The Glenmore Park facility and its surrounds will be signposted under Section 632 and 633a of the Local Government Act 1993, and will include the prohibition of the following activities:

 

·    The taking or consuming of alcoholic liquor or drugs

·    The taking of glass bottles or receptacles into the defined area

·    No unauthorised vehicles

·    No lighting of fires

·    No littering

 

These prohibited activities will be monitored at the Skate Park via Council’s regulatory powers under the Local Government Act, the same as the processes undertaken in similarly signposted Council facilities and open space.

 

Council, through its Community Safety Programs encourages the community to report all incidents of antisocial behaviour to local Police. This strategy allows emerging crime/antisocial behaviour trends in specific locations to be addressed in the earliest stages.

 

Car Parking

 

Issue: Car Parking

 Car Parking was identified as a concern during the consultative process, in particular the lack of car parking when Ched Town Reserve is being used by sporting clubs.

 

Comment: There are two existing car parks within the reserve, a car park in close proximity to the proposed Skate Park in Luttrell Street, and “on street” parking.  The development of the skate park at this location is not expected to generate a high demand for parking.  The facility is being developed as a local skate park for users predominately generated from within Glenmore Park. The proposed site is serviced by public transport, footpaths and cycle ways. 

 

 Site Management

 

Issue: Maintenance

During the consultative process concerns were raised about increased litter and graffiti maintenance of the facility and insurance issues that may arise if accidents occur.

 

Comment: The Community Safety Management Plan to be developed for the facility will include a comprehensive maintenance management schedule for graffiti removal, removal of litter and short term and long-term maintenance requirements. Council’s Public Domain Maintenance Units will conduct daily inspections (seven days per week) and maintenance of the site (as carried out at the Jamison Park facility).

 

Issue: Risk Management

Questions were raised regarding risk management of the facility.

 

Comment: The Community Safety Management Plan will include statements relating to the conditions of use, signage and will address risk management issues. The risk management section of the plan incorporates information provided by Sport and Recreation Victoria, in its “Skate Facility Guide”(a leading guide for the development, construction and management of skate parks).

 

Issue: Hours of operation

Concerns were raised about the hours of operation of the Skate Park facility, mainly centred on the potential for night time usage.

 

Comment: As stated elsewhere in this report it is not intended to light the Skate Park and hence signage will be installed stating that the facility is to be utilised in daylight hours only. Refer to above comments concerning lighting.

 

Issue:  Lack of supervision of facility

Concerns were raised that the Skate Park was to be unsupervised.

 

Comment: Skate Parks are traditionally unsupervised facilities. The “Skate Facility Guide” states “a Council must rely almost entirely on good design, maintenance, signage, education and information as its risk management strategy, if the facility is unsupervised”. Signage similar to that developed for the Jamison Park facility in conjunction with Council’s Risk Management Coordinator and Legal Officer reflecting the comments by Sport & Recreation Victoria will be installed at the proposed Glenmore Park site.  

 

Issue: Lack of toilets

Questions were raised regarding available toilets

 

Comment: There are currently no plans for the provision of a specific toilet facility as part of this project.  There are currently toilets within Ched Towns Reserve that service existing sporting groups that can be made available for Skate Park users.  

 

Summary of responses received in support of the proposed development

 

A number of people consulted, provided commentary in support for the proposed development. The following quotes, from youth and adults, during the consultation process are provided below:

 

-     “Dedicated spaces are required for young people to socialise”.

 

-     “Giving young people a place to socialise may deter them from ‘hanging around’ facilities such as the shopping centre and taking part in anti-social behaviour”.

 

-     “The highly visible nature of the site should deter anti-social behaviour”.

 

-     “Anti-social behaviour currently exists and it would be unfair to penalise young people because of the current behaviour of older teenagers and young adults”.

 

-     “A dedicated space will reduce the risk of children skating on the roads and being involved in an accident”.

 

-     “As the community of Glenmore Park grows there will be more need for facilities for young people, especially as they are currently isolated from the transport infrastructure that exists in Penrith City”.

 

-     “Facilities such as skate parks will provide an outlet for positive social interaction while encouraging participation in a healthy activity”.

 

-     “The skate park could benefit sports groups using the reserve in the fact that some family members could be playing sport while other members are skating at the same time”.

 

-     “No activities for age group 11-17 years”.

 

-     “For Skate Park!”

 

-     “Need facilities for young people of Glenmore Park”

 

-     “Support for Youth”.

 

-     “Keep our kids in Glenmore Park and safe”.

 

-     ‘I’m here to support my kids in their sport.  I would like very much a Skate Park here, as making their way to Penrith Skate Park is dangerous.  Most kids travel along drains under freeway to get there”.

 

Conclusion

 

The development process for this proposed Skate Park has involved extensive consultation with a range of stakeholders. The consultation process resulted in a number of concerns being raised predominately from residents adjacent to the proposed facility.   The consultation process also showed that there was support for the provision of a Skate Park at this location.

 

The issues raised during the consultative process have been considered and commentary provided, as detailed earlier in this report, by the specialist Skate Park Design Consultant and Council’s Skate Park Development Team who consider that procedures can be developed and implemented to manage issues raised during the consultative processes.

 

The issues can be addressed by the inclusion of community safety considerations in both the design phase and in the development and implementation of the Skate Park Community Safety Plan. The safety plan will also include the ongoing engagement of interested stakeholders.

 

A comprehensive maintenance and management plan schedule will be developed and included in the Skate Park Community Safety Plan and will include vandalism and graffiti removal and repairs as well as daily cleaning routines and lifetime repair and maintenance requirements.  Implementation of these schedules will be the responsibility of the Public Domain Maintenance Units and other Council units as required. The management plan will also include statements on the conditions of use and a risk management plan.

 

The development of a Skate Park in Glenmore Park is intended to provide positive recreational and social experiences for young and older users of the facility and the wider community, in an area where there is a high population of young people and limited recreational opportunities.  As with the development of any facility whether recreational, shopping centre, community and youth centre etc, the development and implementation of an agreed management plan is critical, as is regular review and monitoring to ensure appropriate and safe use.  The Skate Park project and ongoing management will consider and integrate with other recreational strategies developed for Glenmore Park. 

 

Through the establishment of the Community Safety Management Plan, developed in partnership with young people and other stakeholders and with ongoing community engagement, a positive recreational outlet will be provided.  Globally, nationally and regionally there are many such examples of positive management that has resulted in well-run and maintained skate park facilities.

 

Council’s Skate Park Development Team has carried out vigorous investigation of a range of possible sites within Glenmore Park.

 

The other sites considered are more limited in their attributes, likely to create more public safety concerns for the wider community and users, or are not appropriate locations due to conflicts with existing and intended use, that is ‘passive’ versus ‘active’ recreation.

 

The Team, in its opinion, considers that the site in the North Western Corner of Ched Towns Reserve is the only suitable site within Glenmore Park. The 2005-2006 Management Plan contains an allocation of approximately $280,000 for the construction of a Skate Park in Glenmore Park.

 

If Council endorses the North Western corner of Ched Towns Reserve as the designated site for this facility, the next stage will be finalisation of a detailed design and submission of a development application. A further report will then be submitted to Council on the outcomes of the tender process for the construction of the Skate Park.

 

 

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RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.  The report on the outcomes of the additional consultation process regarding the development of a Skate Park in Glenmore Park in the North Western corner of Ched Towns Reserve be received.

2.  Council endorse the North Western corner of Ched Towns Reserve as the site for the Skate Park in Glenmore Park.

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ATTACHMENTS/ANNEXURES

1. View

Proposed Glenmore Park Skate park site map

1 Page

 Annexure

2.  

Glenmore Park Skate park - Previous Report to Council - 18 April 2005

7 Pages

 Attachment

3.  

Glenmore Park Skate park - Elton Consulting - Public Meeting 24th May 2005

10 Pages

 Attachment

4.  

Glenmore Park Skate park - Noise Assessment

15 Pages

 Attachment

 


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Appendix 1 - Proposed Glenmore Park Skate park site map

 

 

 

 


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Extensions & Alterations to Grays Lane Children's Centre,  Cranebrook - Tender No 02-05/06    

 

 

Compiled by:                Rod Wood - Building Services Manager

Authorised by:             Rod Wood - Building Services Manager  

 

Strategic Program Term Achievement: Services are provided to meet the diverse needs of families and to support the development of children.

Critical Action: Deliver Council's Children's Services to meet the current and emerging needs of families and children.

        

Purpose:

To advise Council of the outcomes of the tender process and to recommend a preferred contractor for the Extensions & Alterations to Grays Lane Children's Centre, Cranebrook.  The report recommends that the tender of Caliber Contracting be accepted.

Background

 

The Section 94 Development Contributions Plan Review – Glenmore Park,  Cranebrook and Erskine Park Residential Release Areas Report to Council on 27th October 2003, outlined considerations in satisfying future childcare needs in the north Cranebrook area.  Grays Lane and Tamara Children’s centres were identified as being able to accommodate the future demands for childcare, with upgrades to the facilities.  Council resolved to proceed with these upgrades to Grays Lane and Tamara Children’s Centres, rather than constructing an additional child care centre in Andromeda Drive.

 

The purpose of the upgrade for Grays Lane Children’s Centre is to comply with the National Standards for Outside School Hours Care in relation to indoor play space.  Extensions would allow the centre to accommodate 45 children aged 5-12years before school, after school and during school vacations.  The facility also operates a 27 place Preschool, for 3-6 year olds.

 

Section 94 funds were committed in 2004/05 to fund the project.  The architectural firm, WHP Architects, were engaged to design the upgrade and submit documentation for DA approval.  Following the acceptance of the plans, an advertisement was placed for tenders for the alterations to the facility.

 

Current Situation

 

Tenders closed on 17th August 2005 and six (6) tenders were received as follows:

 

Company                   

Price (Excluding GST)

Caliber Contracting                                          

$328,640                                                                    

Dewram Constructions Pty Ltd

$388,500

Avoca Constructions (NSW) Pty Ltd

$414,532

Ultra Developments Pty Ltd

$448,454

Brunton Building Company

$519,578

Bishop Developments

$713,440

 

All tenders were assessed by the Tender Panel made up of Rod Wood – Manager Building Services, Glen Tuckwell – Building Maintenance Supervisor, Viggo Knackstredt – Architectural Supervisor.  The tenders were evaluated against the following criteria:

 

·    Tender Price

·    Capacity to undertake work

·    Financial capacity

·    Experience of personnel & resources

·    References

·    Management Systems

·    OH&S Systems

·    ESD Systems

·    Programme

 

Caliber Contracting has submitted the lowest tender of $328,640.  This company has been in operation for over ten (10) years and has previously undertaken work for other Councils and Government Agencies.  Projects completed include new amenities and alterations and additions to various facilities.  This company was assessed by the Tender Panel as providing the best value for money and for meeting the evaluation criteria.  References made on this company were very positive and it is considered that they would be capable of satisfactorily completing this project.

 

The next lowest tender was submitted by Dewram Constructions Pty ltd in the amount of $388,500.  It too has completed similar work at other Councils and would also be capable of undertaking and completing the project.

 

The third lowest tender was submitted by Avoca Constructions (NSW) Pty Ltd in the amount of $414,532.  This company has completed similar projects and would be capable of undertaking and completing the project.

 

The remaining three (3) tenders have all met tender requirements and demonstrated their capability of performing the work but their tendered prices are significantly higher.

 

Financial Services Manager’s Comments

 

An amount of $387,000, including design costs is available for the project funded from Section 94 ($357,000) and the Children’s Centres’ Reserves ($30,000).  The recommended tenderer’s price is within this budget.

 Summary

 

The tender submitted by Caliber Contracting in the amount of $328,640 is the lowest tender and is within budget.  It is considered that this company is able to perform the work and it will be recommended that its tender be accepted.

 

The remaining tenderers have all demonstrated their capability of performing the work.  However, their tendered prices are significantly higher and it is considered to be of no advantage to Council to consider these tenders any further.

 

 

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RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.  The information contained in the report on Extensions & Alterations to Grays Lane Children's Centre,  Cranebrook - Tender No 02-05/06 be received

2.  Council accepts the tender of Caliber Contracting in the amount of $328,640.

3.  The Building Services Manager be authorised to execute any necessary documentation.

 

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ATTACHMENTS/ANNEXURES

There are no attachments for this report.


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Glenmore Park Release Area Section 94 Development Contributions Plan Review    

4122/22

 

Compiled by:                Bruce Dunlop - Project Co-ordinator - Developer Contributions

Authorised by:             Roger Nethercote - Environmental Planning Manager  

 

Strategic Program Term Achievement: Cohesive communities are formed based on sustainable, safe and satisfying living and working environments.

Critical Action: Prepare and implement plans for each new release area that deliver quality, sustainable living and working environments.

        

Purpose:

To inform Council of the outcome of the review of the Glenmore Park Release Area Section 94 Development Contributions Plan, and seek endorsement for the expenditure of funds.

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