30 November 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 5 December 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

 

3.           CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES

Ordinary Meeting - 21 November 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

 

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 5 December 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

 

December 2005

 

 

TIME

DEC

Mon

Ordinary Meetings

7.00 pm

5

12

Policy Review Committee

7.00 pm

 

 

 

-                 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.

 


UNCONFIRMED MINUTES

 OF THE ORDINARY MEETING OF PENRITH CITY COUNCIL HELD IN THE

COUNCIL CHAMBERS

ON MONDAY 21 NOVEMBER 2005 AT 7:04pm

 

NATIONAL ANTHEM AND PRAYER

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

STATEMENT OF RECOGNITION

His Worship the Mayor, Councillor John Thain read a statement of recognition of Penrith City’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Heritage.

PRESENT

His Worship the Mayor Councillor John Thain, Councillors Jim Aitken OAM, Kaylene Allison, Lexie Cettolin, Kevin Crameri OAM, Jackie Greenow, Karen McKeown, Susan Page (arrived 7.16pm), Garry Rumble, Pat Sheehy AM, and Steve Simat.

 

APOLOGIES

546  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy seconded Councillor Garry Rumble apologies be received from Councillor Mark Davies and Councillor Susan Page.

 

LEAVE OF ABSENCE

Leave of Absence was previously granted to Councillor David Bradbury for the period 31 October 2005 to 4 December 2005 inclusive.

Leave of Absence was previously granted to Councillor Ross Fowler for the period 19 November 2005 to 24 November 2005 inclusive.

Leave of Absence was previously granted to Councillor Greg Davies for the period 19 November to 26 November 2005 inclusive.

 

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES - Ordinary Meeting - 31 October 2005

547  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy seconded Councillor Garry Rumble that the minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of 31 October 2005 be confirmed.

 

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Councillor Garry Rumble declared a non-pecuniary interest in Item 4 as he is a member of Apex 40 and he reserved his right to speak and vote.

  


 

Mayoral Minutes

 

1        Council Achieves National Recognition Award for Sustainability                      4109/38

548  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor John Thain seconded Councillor Jim Aitken That the information contained in the Mayoral Minute on Council Achieves National Recognition Award for Sustainability be received.

 

 

2        Planning Institute of Australia Commends Council's Sustainability Blueprint for Urban Release Areas                                                                                                          4105/3

549  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor John Thain seconded Councillor Jim Aitken That the information contained in the Mayoral Minute on Planning Institute of Australia Commends Council’s Sustainability be received.

 

 

Reports of Committees

 

1        Report and Recommendations of the Disability Access Committee Meeting                

550  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jackie Greenow seconded Councillor Lexie Cettolin that the recommendations contained in the Report and Recommendations of the Disability Access Committee Meeting of Penrith City Council held on Wednesday 5 October 2005 be adopted.

 

 

2        Report and Recommendations of the Policy Review Committee Meeting                     

551  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Karen McKeown seconded Councillor Kevin Crameri that the recommendations contained in the Report and Recommendations of the Policy Review Committee Meeting of Penrith City Council held on Monday 14 November 2005 be adopted with the following amendment:

QWN3:           Leave of Absence

                        Councillor Greg Davies requested Leave of Absence for the period 19 November to 26 November 2005 inclusive.

His Worship the Mayor, Councillor John Thain ruled that the matter was urgent and should be dealt with at the meeting.

RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jackie Greenow seconded Councillor Jim Aitken that Leave of Absence be granted to Councillor Greg Davies for the period 19 November to 26 November 2005 inclusive.

 

 


 

MASTER PROGRAM REPORTS

 

LEADERSHIP AND ORGANISATION

 

552  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy seconded Councillor Jim Aitken that Item 18 – 2005-2006 Management Plan – September Quarter Review be dealt with first.

 

 

18      2005-2006 Management Plan - September Quarter Review                                   36/53

Councillor Susan Page arrived at the meeting the time being 7.16pm.

553  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy seconded Councillor Garry Rumble that:

1.     The information contained in the report on the 2005-2006 Management Plan - September Quarter Review be received

2.     The 2005-2006 Management Plan Review as at 30 September 2005, including the revised estimates identified in the recommended budget, be adopted

3.     The recommended reallocations to projects detailed in the report be adopted.

 

 

The City in its Broader Context

 

1        Update on the Establishment of Farmers Market in Penrith                               7030/12

554  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy seconded Councillor Steve Simat that the information contained in the report on Update on the Establishment of Farmers Market in Penrith be received.

 

 

The City as a Social Place

 

2        Turf Wicket Maintenance subsidy to Penrith District Cricket Club               3018/1 Pt2

555  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Kevin Crameri seconded Councillor Jim Aitken that

1.   The information contained in the report on Turf Wicket Maintenance subsidy to Penrith District Cricket Club be received:

2.   An increase in the subsidy to the Penrith Cricket Club be considered, together   with financing other high priority unfunded projects, for allocation from any         surplus position that may arise from variations to the 2005/2006 budget.

3.   A CPI increase be applied to the annual subsidies paid to Penrith Cricket Club and Nepean District Cricket Association commencing in 2006/2007.

 


 

3        Rezoning application RZ05/0048 St Marys Police Station Lot 103 DP 1083538 (No. 323-327) Great Western Highway, St Marys. Applicant: NSW Department of Commerce;  Owner: The Crown                                                                                                                 RZ05/0048

556  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Kevin Crameri seconded Councillor Jim Aitken that:

1.     The information contained in the report on the proposed rezoning of Lot 103 DP 108338 Rezoning application RZ05/0048 St Marys Police Station Lot 103 DP 1083538 (No. 323-327) Great Western Highway, St Marys be received

2.     In accordance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, 1979 (as amended), Council submit the draft Local Environmental Plan 1998 (Urban Land) - Amendment 20 to the Minister for Gazettal, subject to amendments that may be required as a result of advice from Parliamentary Counsel

3.     Council’s Environmental Planning Manager, Mr Roger Nethercote, utilise his Section 69 delegation to forward the plan to the Minister

4.     That the applicant be advised of Council’s decision and that it does not infer approval of the draft Local Environmental Plan by the Minister or approval of the development application submitted concurrently with the rezoning application.

 

 

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

557  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Karen McKeown seconded Councillor Pat Sheehy that the report be deferred and a further report be brought back to Council outlining new conditions regarding the location of the attic window and the requirement for a 1.8 metre fence.

 

 

The City In Its Environment

 

4        Apex 2006 Annual General Meeting - Request for Donation of Reusable Shopping Bags and Eco Pens                                                                                                                  6016/44

558  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy seconded Councillor Jim Aitken that:

1.     The information contained in the report on Apex 2006 Annual General Meeting - Request for Donation of Reusable Shopping Bags and Eco Pens be received

2.     Council donate 200 reusable shopping bags and eco pens to the Apex 40 Nepean Valley for the Apex 40 2006 Annual General Meeting.

 

 

5        Implementation of the Mulgoa/Wallacia Sewerage Scheme                       5280/17 Pt10

559  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy seconded Councillor Jim Aitken that:

1.     The information contained in the report on Implementation of the Mulgoa/Wallacia Sewerage Scheme be received

2.     That a policy on how Council might offer financial assistance for residents to connect to the Sewerage Scheme in cases of hardship be developed.

 

 

6        Waste Collection Contracts                                                                       7015/1 & 31/59

560  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy seconded Councillor Jim Aitken that:

1.     The information contained in the report on Waste Collection Contracts be received

2.     The extension of the Domestic Waste Service Contract, Bulk Bin Waste Collection Service Contract and Effluent Waste Collection Service Contract be approved in accordance with the terms as outlined in this report

3.     The Waste & Community Protection Manager be authorised to call for tenders for the Street Litterbin Waste Collection Service.

 

 

7        Recycling Service                                                                31/59 & 7004/27

561  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy seconded Councillor Jim Aitken that:

1.     The information contained in the report on Recycling Service be received

2.     The Waste and Community Protection Manager be authorised to implement the change from a split-bin recycling service to a co-mingled service.

 

 

19      State of the Environment Report 2005                                    4109/16 Pt10

562  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy seconded Councillor Jim Aitken that:

1.     The information contained in the report on State of the Environment Report 2005 be received

2.     A further report be prepared regarding the proposed timeframe and process for production of a Sustainability Report in future years

3.     The Draft 2005 State of the Environment Report be endorsed and forwarded to the Department of Local Government.

 


 

The City as an Economy

 

8        International Links Program - Update Report                                                        1131/1

563  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jackie Greenow seconded Councillor Garry Rumble that the information contained in the report on International Links Program - Update Report be received.

 

 

The City Supported by Infrastructure

 

9        Tender 04-05/06  - Construction of Concrete Path Paving 2005/2006 in Three Separate Wards                                                                                                                        38/144

564  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jackie Greenow seconded Councillor Jim Aitken that:

1.    The information contained in the report on Tender 04-05/06  - Construction of Concrete Path Paving 2005/2006 in Three Separate Wards be received

2.    The Schedule of Rates Tender from De Vries Concreting and Excavations Pty Ltd be accepted to carry out the footpaths in North Ward 2005/2006 Footpaving Programs

3.    The Schedule of Rates Tender from De Vries Concreting and Excavations Pty Ltd be accepted to carry out the footpaths in the East Ward 2005/2006 Footpaving Programs

4.    The Schedule of Rates Tender from Danste Pty Ltd be accepted to carry out the footpaths in the South Ward 2005/2006 Footpaving Programs

5.    In the event of a tenderer not being able to complete work in the allocated Ward by the end of the tender performance deadlines, the work be offered to the cheapest available tenderer as listed in the report

6.    Any additional work from other programs be offered to the cheapest available tenderer as listed in the report

 

7.    A further report be brought back to Council on the specification required in regards to the gradient of footpaths.

 

 

Leadership and Organisation

 

10      2005 Local Government Association Conference                                                  752/35

565  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jim Aitken seconded Councillor Pat Sheehy that the information contained in the report on 2005 Local Government Association Conference be received.

 

 

11      Council's Meeting Calendar for 2006                                                            21/15, 31/14

566  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jim Aitken seconded Councillor Pat Sheehy that:

1.     The information contained in the report on Council's Meeting Calendar for 2006 be received

2.     The draft Council Meeting Calendar for 2006 be adopted.

 

 

13      Financial Assistance Grant                                                                                    6012/26

567  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jim Aitken seconded Councillor Pat Sheehy that the information contained in the report on Financial Assistance Grant be received.

 

 

14      Summary of Investments & Banking for the period 28 September 2005 to 25 October 2005                                                                                                                                   6031/4

568  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jim Aitken seconded Councillor Pat Sheehy that:

1.   The information contained in the report on Summary of Investments & Banking for the period 28 September 2005 to 25 October 2005 be received

2.   The Certificate of the Responsible Accounting Officer, Statement of General Fund Bank Balances as at 25 October 2005 and the Summary of Investments for the period 28 September 2005 to 25 October 2005 be noted and accepted

3.   The graphical investment analysis as at 25 October 2005 be noted

 

 

15      Salary Administration System                                                   909/75 P521

569  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jim Aitken seconded Councillor Pat Sheehy that the information contained in the report on Salary Administration System be received.

 

 

16      Provision of Investment Advisory Services                                      6023/4

570  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jim Aitken seconded Councillor Pat Sheehy that:

1.     The information contained in the report on Provision of Investment Advisory Services be received

2.     Council appoint Oakvale Capital Limited to provide investment advisory services for a period of three years, to be reviewed annually, in line with the expression of interest received dated 14 October 2005.

 


 

12      Extension of Daylight Saving Time                                                                         752/35

571  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Garry Rumble seconded Councillor Jim Aitken that:

1.     The information contained in the report on Extension of Daylight Saving Time be received

2.     Penrith City Council write to the Attorney General’s Department requesting that consideration be given to altering the Standard Time Act 1987, to have the definition of “summer time period” mean: a period starting at 2 am on the first Sunday in October in each year and ending at 2 am on the last Sunday in the following March

3.     Penrith City Council write to WSROC and LGA seeking their assistance with lobbying the State Government for the extension of Daylight Savings in 2006.

                          

 

 

17      Commercial Matter - Proposal to Allow Outdoor Eating Facilities on Part of the Public Footpath Area Located on the Eastern Side of Riley Street, Penrith within the New Extensions of Penrith Plaza.                                                                            686582 LE1

572  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jim Aitken seconded Councillor Steve Simat that:

1.     The information contained in the report on Commercial Matter - Proposal to Allow Outdoor Eating Facilities on Part of the Public Footpath Area Located on the Eastern Side of Riley Street, Penrith within the New Extensions of Penrith Plaza. be received

2.     Council grant a seven (7) year Licence Agreement to each retailer in accordance with the terms and conditions as outlined in the DCP

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

 

 

 

 

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE

QWN 1      Cranebrook Soccer Club                                                                                2022/1

Councillor Lexie Cettolin requested that Council vote $1,100 from North Ward Voted Works to help pay for 50% of new regulation Soccer posts for Cranebrook Soccer Club.

573 RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Lexie Cettolin seconded Councillor Pat Sheehy that the matter be brought forward and dealt with as a matter of urgency

 

His Worship the Mayor, Councillor John Thain ruled that the matter was urgent and should be dealt with at the meeting.

 

574  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Lexie Cettolin seconded Councillor Pat Sheehy that Council vote $1,100 from North Ward Voted Works to help pay for 50% of new regulation Soccer posts for Cranebrook Soccer Club.

 

QWN 2      Myna Birds                                                                                                     7028/4

Councillor Kevin Crameri requested a report on the trapping of Myna birds and the implications of their disposal.

 

QWN 3      Graffiti in St Marys                                                                                  7025/4 Pt7

Councillor Steve Simat requested a report on how Council is going to clean up Grafitti in and around Queen St, St Marys.

 

 

QWN 4      Employment Lands                                                            4100/54 Pt3

Councillor Steve Simat requested a report to Council on Employment Lands for the City ie future provision of employment lands.  What is being done regarding the recommendations made in the Employment Study Report?

 

 

QWN 5      Land Clearing                                                                      GR/33 Pt4

Councillor Jackie Greenow requested a memo reply to all Councillors as to why land has been cleared along the Great Western Highway (Southside of Highway) from Burns Creek to near Four Winds.

 

                  

QWN 6      Plans and Maintenance of Glenmore Park                        4122/2 Pt2

Councillor Jim Aitken requested a report to Council on the plans and costings of maintaining the landscaping and parks in Glenmore Park.

 

 

QWN 7      Street Lighting, River Road, Leonay                                      RI/03/1

Councillor Jim Aitken requested that street lighting be provided on River Road, Leonay right near house 165.

 

 

QWN 8      Noxious Weeds                                                                    5013/6 Pt4

Councillor Jim Aitken requested that noxious weeds and vines need to be cleaned up on the banks and land adjoining the river at Leonay end of River Road.  His Worship the Mayor, Councillor John Thain said that this matter needs to be dealt with by Hawkesbury River County Council

 

 

QWN 9      Leonay Golf Club                                                                     RI/03/1

Councillor Jim Aitken requested that Council write to Leonay Golf Club to ask then to refrain from using footpaths on River Road and Buring Ave to drive tractors and mowers as the paths are now in very poor condition.  Could Council have them quoted for repairs and have the club pay the costs.

 

 

QWN 10    Road Surface - Old Bathurst Road                                     OL/03 Pt5

Councillor Jim Aitken requested that the road surface on Old Bathurst Road (Smith St to the Hotel on Great Western Highway, Emu Plain) be fixed as it has deep depressions on the road way from truck use.

 

 

QWN 11    Railway Bridge, Emu Plains                                                OL/03 Pt5

Councillor Jim Aitken requested an update on the repairs to the draining system under the railway bridge at Emu Plains  that is covered with the large steel plate.

 

 

QWN 12    Pedestrian Walkway on Russell St, Emu Plains                RU/01 Pt4

Councillor Jim Aitken requested a report to Council on the pedestrian walkway on Russell St, Emu Plains under the railway lines.  This been a problem now for too many years and we need to construct a safe walkway.

 

 

QWN 13    Kingswood Carols                                                                      1375/4

Councillor Jim Aitken requested that $600 be voted from South Ward Voted works for stage hire for the Riverlands Christian Church to hold their Kingswood Carols to be held at the Kingswood Community Centre.

575  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jim Aitken seconded Councillor Karen McKeown that the matter be brought forward and dealt with as a matter of urgency.

 

His Worship the Mayor, Councillor John Thain ruled that the matter was urgent and should be dealt with at the meeting.

 

576  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jim Aitken seconded Councillor Karen McKeown that $600 be voted from South Ward Voted works for stage hire for the Riverlands Christian Church to hold their Kingswood Carols to be held at the Kingswood Community Centre.

 

 

QWN 14    Mayoral Ball                                                                                    10/

Councillor John Thain requested a report to Council on holding an Annual Mayoral Ball.  The report is to include possible venues and how best to allocate any proceeds to selected charities.

 

 

QWN 15    Leave of Absence                                                                      3/2 Pt2

Councillor Susan Page requested Leave of Absence for the period 30 November to 21 December 2005.

577  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jackie Greenow seconded Councillor Pat Sheehy that the matter be brought forward as a matter of urgency.

 

His Worship the Mayor, Councillor John Thain ruled that the matter was urgent and should be dealt with at the meeting.

 

578  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jackie Greenow seconded Councillor Pat Sheehy that Leave of Absence be granted to Councillor Susan Page for the period 30 November to 21 December 2005.

 


 

Committee of the Whole

 

579  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy seconded Councillor Kevin Crameri the meeting adjorn to the Committee of the Whole to deal with the following matters, the time being 8.11pm.

 

1        Presence of the Public

 

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

 

 

Leadership and Organisation

 

2        Commercial Matter - Council Property - Lease to W & L Pty Ltd of part of 114-116 Henry Street, Penrith                                                                                          319943 LE1 Pt.3

 

 

 

3        Commercial Matter - Council Property - Lease of Suite 1, Gaymark Lane, 134-138 Henry Street, Penrith                                                                                                  319961 LE6

 

 

 

4        Senior Staff Matter                                                                                            909/91 Pt8

 

 

The meeting resumed at 8.35pm and the Executive Officer reported that the Committee of the Whole met at 8.11pm on 21 November 2005, the following being present

 

His Worship the Mayor Councillor John Thain, Councillors Jim Aitken OAM, Kaylene Allison, Kevin Crameri OAM, Jackie Greenow, Karen McKeown, Susan Page, Garry Rumble, Pat Sheehy AM, and Steve Simat.

 

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

 

2        Commercial Matter - Council Property - Lease to W & L Pty Ltd of part of 114-116 Henry Street, Penrith                                                                                          319943 LE1 Pt.3

RECOMMENDATION

CW2 That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Commercial Matter - Council Property - Lease to W & L Pty Ltd of part of 114-116 Henry Street, Penrith be received

2.     Council grant a five (5) year Lease with a five (5) year option to the existing 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.

 

 

3        Commercial Matter - Council Property - Lease of Suite 1, Gaymark Lane, 134-138 Henry Street, Penrith                                                                                                  319961 LE6

RECOMMENDATION

CW3 That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Commercial Matter - Council Property - Lease of Suite 1, Gaymark Lane, 134-138 Henry Street, Penrith be received

2.     Council grant a three (3) year Lease with a three (3) year option to the existing 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.

 

 

 

4        Senior Staff Matter                                                                                            909/91 Pt8

RECOMMENDATION

            CW4 That

   1.  The information contained in the report on Senior Staff Matter be received

   2.  The processes outlined in the report be adopted.

 


 

ADOPTION OF Committee of the Whole

 

580  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy seconded Councillor Jackie Greenow that the recommendation contained in the Committee of the Whole and shown as CW1 to CW5 be adopted.

 

 

 

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE

QWN 16    Parking Policy                                                                                           9018/1 Pt3

Councillor Garry Rumble requested an urgent report on Councils Parking Policy

 

 

 

There being no further business the Chairperson declared the meeting closed the time being 8.41pm.

 

 

 

 


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

   



MASTER PROGRAM REPORTS

 

Item                                                                                                                                       Page

 

The City as a Social Place

 

1        ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships 2005 2071/10                                                      1

 

2        Community Assistance Program - Planned Component 2005 6016/51                                10

 

3        Australasian Cemeteries and Crematoria Association Conference 16-20 October 2005 1004/24  15

 

4        Draft Open Space Action Plan and draft Open Space Section 94 Development Contributions Plan 1980/10PT8                                                                                                                      17

 

5        Development Application 05/0229 proposal for a detached dual occupancy at Lot 268 DP 204977 (No. 51) Westbank Avenue, Emu Plains. Applicant: Mr S & Mrs K Harris;  Owner: Mr S & Mrs K Harris 05/0229                                                                                                                             21

 

6        Development Application 05/1320 proposal to use Shop No. 2 at Lot 16 DP 583184 (No. 91) Great Western Highway, Emu Plains. Applicant: Jim Aitken;  Owner: Jim Aitken DA05/1320       33

 

 

URGENT REPORTS

 

16      ADI Site, St Marys - Public Exhibition of Sydney Regional Environmental Plan No. 30 - St Marys - Draft Amendment No. 1 4130/2                                                                                       101

 

 

17      Application to rezone Lot 1 DP 542395 and Lot 740 DP 810111 Elizabeth Drive, Luddenham, to allow an Advanced Waste Treatment Facility in conjunction with the existing quarry and landfill operation. Applicant: Mullane Planning Consultants Pty Limited;  Owner: SITA Australia Pty Limited RZ04/0035                                                                                                                                        123

 

 

 

The City In Its Environment

 

7        Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan 2005 and Water Management Plan 2005 7018/14 and 4109/36                                                                                                                                          45

 

8        Indian Myna Birds 7028/4                                                                                                  53

 


The City Supported by Infrastructure

 

9        David Road, Emu Plains DA/19                                                                                          59

 

10      Road Infrastructure Priority List (9011/55;  MA/02 Pt7;  34/12)                                         62

 

11      Rural Fire Brigades Grant Funding 1033/4                                                                          69

 

12      Penrith VRA Rescue Squad 1101/1 Pt 4                                                                            71

 

 

 

 

Leadership and Organisation

 

13      City Operations Directorate Report to mid November 2005 153/2                                      77

 

14      Liquor Licence 20/14                                                                                                         93

 

15      Hydrotherapy Centre Operation  2986/8                                                                            95

 

 


The City as a Social Place

 

Item                                                                                                                                       Page

 

1        ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships 2005 2071/10                                                      1

 

2        Community Assistance Program - Planned Component 2005 6016/51                                10

 

3        Australasian Cemeteries and Crematoria Association Conference 16-20 October 2005 1004/24  15

 

4        Draft Open Space Action Plan and draft Open Space Section 94 Development Contributions Plan 1980/10PT8                                                                                                                      17

 

5        Development Application 05/0229 proposal for a detached dual occupancy at Lot 268 DP 204977 (No. 51) Westbank Avenue, Emu Plains. Applicant: Mr S & Mrs K Harris;  Owner: Mr S & Mrs K Harris 05/0229                                                                                                                             21

 

6        Development Application 05/1320 proposal to use Shop No. 2 at Lot 16 DP 583184 (No. 91) Great Western Highway, Emu Plains. Applicant: Jim Aitken;  Owner: Jim Aitken DA05/1320       33

 

 

 

URGENT REPORTS

 

16      ADI Site, St Marys - Public Exhibition of Sydney Regional Environmental Plan No. 30 - St Marys - Draft Amendment No. 1 4130/2                                                                                       101

 

 

17      Application to rezone Lot 1 DP 542395 and Lot 740 DP 810111 Elizabeth Drive, Luddenham, to allow an Advanced Waste Treatment Facility in conjunction with the existing quarry and landfill operation. Applicant: Mullane Planning Consultants Pty Limited;  Owner: SITA Australia Pty Limited RZ04/0035                                                                                                                                        123

 

 

 



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5 December 2005

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The City as a Social Place

 

 

1

ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships 2005     

2071/10

Compiled by:                Andrew Robinson - Recreation and Cultural Facilities Coordinator

Authorised by:             Gary Dean - 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: Facilitate joint use of the City’s recreation and leisure facilities, including co-location of programs.

        

Purpose:

To advise Council of the outcome of the World Canoe Slalom Championships 2005, 29th September - 3rd October.  The report recommends that the information be received.

 

Background

In the previous report, Council was advised of the history of the World Canoe Slalom Championships, why Penrith Whitewater Stadium (PWS) was selected for the 2005 event, Australian Canoeing’s expectations of the event, the structure of the event organisation and Council’s involvement. In summary:

·    The first World Championships under the patronage of the International Canoe Federation (ICF) in Canoe Slalom were organized in 1949 in Geneva / Switzerland. The World Championships take place every year, except for the year of the Olympic Games. As a legacy of the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the Championships were awarded to Australia (for the first time) and which were to be held at PWS.

·    Australian Canoeing, aimed to attract 400 athletes from 80 nations to participate in the event. Through the event the ICF aimed to develop the future of the sport and the profile of canoeing within the Olympic Games movement.

·    Australian Canoeing estimated that up to 15,000 people, including spectators, VIP’s, sponsors, team members and support staff, media, would visit PWS for the competition and that, through the television agreement with SBS, the event would have the potential of being broadcast to 98 million households world-wide.

·    Australian Canoeing, the national organisation for the management, coordination, development and promotion of paddle sports in Australia was to have the overall responsibility for managing and coordinating the successful implementation of the event through an Event Director.  The Event Director would report to funding partners and key agency stakeholders.  Council was represented on the Organising Committee by former Mayor, Councillor Jackie Greenow, and the General Manager. The Facilities Operations Manager, Recreation and Cultural Facilities Coordinator, and a City Marketing Officer provided a support role to the Committee. Other representatives were: the CEO Australian Canoeing, the Chairman Councillor Ross Fowler and the Venue Manager of the Penrith Whitewater Stadium, the Project Director Major Events and Venues (NSW Department of Tourism Sport and Recreation), and Karen Paluzzano MP, Member for Penrith. This Committee was to act as an approvals and discussion forum regarding all event related issues and, where appropriate, facilitate actions arising out of the meeting.

·    Australian Canoeing made an initial request for sponsorship support from Council for the event to the value of $80,000. At the time of the request it was difficult to identify an appropriate source of Council funding to sponsor the event. Therefore, it was suggested that Council would be committed to working in partnership with Australian Canoeing, within available resources, to assist in the creation of a successful Canoe Slalom World Championships and a warm welcome to the City for visitors to the event.  To this extent both the Facilities Operations and the Economic Development and City Marketing Departments were to identify a range of projects to enable Australian Canoeing to achieve these goals.

 

The Championships

The World Championships consisted of the best athletes from 50 nations competing over four days between 29th September – 3rd October 2005. Five days of competition were scheduled but high winds on day one forced the competition to be cancelled and rescheduled. 

i)          Participation

Australian Canoeing report that a total number of 15,000 people attended the event throughout the course of the Championships including 37 technical officials from 18 countries, 47 media from 7 countries and 200 volunteers from both Penrith and the wider region.

22 schools signed up to the ‘One School – One Nation’ programme which consisted of a ‘come and try’ component aimed at raising the profile of the sport and the facilities at the Penrith Whitewater Stadium as well as awareness of the Championship itself. Seven schools signed up to the ‘come and try’ sessions involving 230 children.

Approximately 2200 people attended the Opening Ceremony organised by Penrith City Council. The Ceremony included over 200 children from local schools and performing groups. 

ii)         Promotion

The event was broadcast to 60 nations with more international coverage than previous championships. Results from SBS research shows that almost 400,000 people, in total, across Australia watched the Championships which were broadcast between 1st and 3rd October.  International viewing figures have yet to be received from SBS although it is estimated that the Championships were broadcast to 100 million households.  Tourism footage provided by NSW State Government and Penrith City Council was inserted into the broadcasts. 

Australian Canoeing had limited resources to undertake a wide ranging marketing campaign and substantial support was provided in this area by the Economic Development and City Marketing Department (EDCM) of Council.  The Department organised and implemented an extensive marketing campaign to support and promote the event as well as Penrith Valley as a visitor destination. This involved: 

·    Distribution of Penrith Valley Information Packs to the International Federations of all competing nations.

·    Developing and producing the content, and distribution of 800 ‘Welcome Gift Packs’ from Penrith City Council to all athletes, officials and overseas media.

·    Development of and inclusion of event promotional editorial in the Council newsletter distributed to all households in the Penrith LGA.

·    Design and production of 4 A-Frame trailer signs displayed at selected venues across the City.

·    Production and arrangement of the installation of, two motorway advertising banners.

·    Production and arrangement of the installation of, two High Street and Queen Street advertising banners.

·    Coordination, production and installation of a city wide street banner program.

·    Coordination and implementation of a three-week newspaper advertising campaign undertaken in September which included full page adverts in the Western Weekender, Penrith City Star, Penrith Press, as well as the Complete Pub and Club Guide produced by Fairfax newspapers. These adverts were also supported by editorial.

·    Development and implementation of front-page coverage and editorial in the Penrith Panthers magazine.

·    Collaboration with ‘Smart Saver Money Coupons’ with a circulation of 62,400 copies featured a full page story and coupon giveaway promoting the event to homes and businesses in the Penrith LGA.

·    Editorial and ticket giveaways included in the Penrith City Council Newsletter, Network (staff newsletter), Penrith Valley Views and the Penrith Chamber of Commerce newsletter.

·    The inclusion of Championship details on the Penrith Valley website.

·    A cooperative poster/flyer campaign with Australian Canoeing to produce and distribute 15,000 A5 flyers and 2,000 A3 posters. These were distributed via promotional events including; Council Open Day, the Penrith Show, St. Marys Spring Festival and Penrith Valley Festival, as well as via the Penrith Valley Visitor Information Centre. 800 local businesses also received posters for display mainly in the CBD’s of Penrith and St. Marys.

·    Facilitation of an Event Promotional activity at Council’s Open Day and St Marys Spring Festival where Australian Canoeing were provided with a designated promotional area.

·    Joint participation in promotions at Penrith Plaza and Centro Nepean

·    Implementation of a VIP day hosted by the Mayor on Saturday 1 October 2005 where a group of local businesses and key stakeholders were invited to a function also attended by an international delegation from Xi Cheng.

·    A collaborative effort with Australian Canoeing produced a promotional pack containing details about the event and Penrith Valley to the NSW State Cabinet when they held their meeting in Council on 22nd June 2005.

·    Penrith Valley Information Centre had a ‘mobile’ promotional stand at the World Championships for all four days of competition.

In addition to the Department’s efforts, Australian Canoeing generated 38 media stories about the event. In addition relationships were established with the local media resulting in:

·    Advertisements in the Penrith Press.

·    Cumberland News Group organising a ticket giveaway competition for its 1.8 million readers, with 600 tickets given away as well as a whitewater rafting trip with an athlete from the Australian Canoe Slalom Team.

·    An eight page wrap feature in the Western Weekender

The Event Director (Australian Canoeing) also made presentations to the Chamber of Commerce and met with representatives of the Penrith Valley Economic Development Corporation to investigate how local businesses could be involved in the event and to promote the event to them.

Australian Canoeing also developed a website for the event which achieved 119,106 ‘hits’ in the lead up to and during the event. In addition, 289 messages were posted on the message board.

The Penrith Valley Economic Development Corporation developed a creative concept and coordinated the implementation for the production of the “World’s Biggest Kayak/Canoe Cake”.  The display was hosted by Council in the foyer of the Civic Centre.

Overall the marketing campaign did heighten awareness of both the Championships and the Stadium and comprehensive coverage was achieved within the resources available.

iii)        Operation

In addition to the significant contribution made by EDCM to the development and implementation of the marketing campaign for the event, Council contributed ‘in kind’ to the event through providing considerable operational and logistical support to Australian Canoeing.  The Facilities Operations Department, supported by other departments such as Asset Management and Executive Services, undertook the following range of projects:

·          Event Logistic and Operational Planning

-     Sourcing equipment and suppliers, establishing and attending meetings with contractors e.g. site infrastructure such as marquees, catering, big screen video display board, sound and technical production.

-     Providing traffic management plan details, contacts and protocols for local services such as the police, contacts for the RTA etc.

-     Providing event operational advice and support.

 ·         Volunteer Recruitment

-     Dedicated a Penrith City Council student placement to establishing and initially implementing volunteer recruitment process.  The student subsequently became a ‘full time’ paid event employee of Australian Canoeing.

-     Provided contact details of potential volunteer partners e.g. TAFE and coordinated initial meetings to establish the network.

·    Opening Ceremony Development and Implementation (27 September 2005)

-     Sourced Creative Director and facilitated ongoing liaison between the Creative Director and Australian Canoeing.

-     Developed, implemented and stage managed the Opening Ceremony.

·    Sponsorship

-     Coordinated and organised ‘potential sponsors’ lunch hosted by the Mayor in the Nepean Room.

-     Arranged and attended meetings with local businessmen in Penrith and the CEO of Australian Canoeing which resulted in $70,000 of sponsorship being achieved.

-     Provided letters of support for funding submissions to the Government.

·    Administration

-     Arranging and providing meeting rooms for Organising Committee Meetings

-     General administrative support.

·    Site Infrastructure

-     Arranging the provision, delivery and ‘set-up’ of Council event infrastructure equipment such as the stage from St. Clair Recreation Centre for the Opening and Medal Ceremonies, ‘parra webbing’ fencing and crowd control barriers.

This support from Council resulted in Australian Canoeing being; able to proceed with operational planning more efficiently in the limited timescales that were available to produce the event; to instigate a consolidated volunteer recruitment process; produce a highly acclaimed opening ceremony enjoyed by all attending; and access sponsorship not previously made available.

iv)        Finance

Penrith City Council’s contribution, financially and ‘in kind’ to the Canoe Slalom World Championships exceeded the initial level of contribution sought ($80,000 sponsorship) by the event organisers and has been accommodated within existing programmes and resources available. 

Council also agreed to assist Australian Canoeing with additional funding arrangements to cover a potential shortfall in the event budget.

Recognition Achieved

Both Council and the Local Government Area benefited substantially from the event through:

-           Recognition of Council’s commitment to the sport of Canoeing; support for the City’s premier sporting venues; ability to host and facilitate world class sporting events by the partners including NSW Major Events Board and Australian Canoeing, as well as local organisations such as Penrith Valley Canoeing (refer to attachments).

-           International coverage of the event and the opportunity to promote the area to overseas visitors as well as the domestic market.

-           Athletes, officials, dignitaries and visitors staying in the local area and contributing to the local economy.

-          Providing the opportunity to the local community to participate in the event (schools programme and opening ceremony) thus creating greater awareness of PWS and the opportunities the facility has to offer.

 

-          Robin Bell, representing Australia successfully winning a Gold Medal in the C1 Men’s event attracted local and national media attention which focussed on the facilities at the Penrith Whitewater Stadium, promoting the venue as one which: is unique in the Southern Hemisphere for its international course and, has been instrumental in the development and ultimate success of Australian paddlers.

 

 

 

 

Organising Committee’s Post Championship Review

 

A post-Championship review meeting has been held at which it was recognised by all members of the Organising Committee attending that the event provided a fantastic competition and was excellently organised within the resources available.

 

The Consulate General of Switzerland wrote to Australian Canoeing:

 

I wish to forward the best thanks on behalf of the Consul General, Mr Juerg Casserini and  his wife, who attended the official opening ceremony on Tuesday, 27th September 2005 and  on behalf of the Deputy Consul General, Mr Roger Krull and his family, who attended the  championships on Sun, 2 October 2005. The weather was wonderful, the venue beautiful, the  organisation perfect…………I had a terrific time and wish to thank you for your generosity.  I remain with my very best wishes and congratulations on this most successful event.”

 

Council was commended by the Organising Committee for the successful contribution  that it made achieving the delivery of a number of its event objectives.  Australian Canoeing have subsequently requested that a partnership be formed whereby a ‘Festival of Canoeing’ is developed with Penrith City Council at a future date. This will be considered as part of Council’s Strategic Program which includes the following Critical Action:

 

“Assess the types of institutions and events that would bring Penrith Valley world recognition and select the most appropriate”.

 

Furthermore early discussions have commenced with the NSW Major Events Board regarding opportunities to integrate with their overall strategy for events in the next few years and the possibilities to develop other major events in our City.

 

Conclusion

 

Overall the event was a success, there were areas identified at the review where recommendations were made for improvement at future World Championships, in particular the length of time prior to an event that operational and financial planning commences. However, through the Organising Committee and the development of good partnerships and networks, these issues were managed for the 2005 Championships leaving Australian Canoeing and the City in a strong position to plan future events that continue to promote the Local Government Area and the sport of canoeing.

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That the information contained in the report on ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships 2005 be received.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

1. View

ICF Canoe Slalom

2 Pages

 Appendix

 


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Community Assistance Program - Planned Component 2005    

6016/51

Compiled by:                Joe Ibbitson, Community Programme Coordinator

Authorised by:             Erich Weller, Community Development Manager  

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

Critical Action: Support community organisations and programs to meet identified community needs.

        

Purpose:

To inform Council about applications received in the 2005 Planned Component of the Community Assistance Program (CAP).  The report recommends that Council endorse the applications recommended for funding.

 

Background

Council has a Community Assistance Program through which it makes small grants to non–profit organisations and community based groups to meet local community needs.  The maximum grant is $1,000.

 

There are three eligibility criteria for applications under the Community Assistance Program.  These are:

 

·    Community based non–profit organisations providing one off activities

·    Direct benefit to and participation by Penrith City residents

·    Project and project management in line with Council’s Access and Equity Policy

 

Fundraising programs or organisations whose main job it is to fundraise are not eligible.

 

The total annual budget for the planned and rolling components of the program is $26,000.  The budget for the planned component is $19,000.

Planned Component ($19,000)

The funding round for the 2005 Planned Component opened on 10th October and closed on 4th November.  The funding round was advertised in local papers and on Council’s web page.  The funding round was also promoted through a range of local interagencies and networks.

 

Applicants were required to complete a simple application form identifying their project objectives, population target groups, budget, accessibility and benefits to the local community.

 

The promotion of the 2005 Planned Component followed the Community Development Support Expenditure Scheme (CDSE) funding round in April, and the Western Sydney Area Assistance Scheme funding round in August.

 

 

Budget Allocation and Expenditure to Date

 

Allocated

Expenditure to Date

Committed

Available

Total annual funds

$26,000

$1,930

0

$24,070

Planned Component

$19,000

0

0

$19,000

Rolling Component

$7,000

$1,930

0

$5,070

Assessment of 2005 Planned Component Applications

All applications were assessed against the Community Assistance Program assessment criteria for eligibility, and recommendations to fund or not fund made accordingly.

 

To determine rankings consideration was given to:

 

·    whether the applicant for community assistance already receives significant Government funding, and whether the CAP request is more properly seen as a core responsibility of that Government funded program

·    the size of the organisation or group, and its capacity to access alternative resources

·    the possibility of access to other sources of funding for the request  

·    the willingness of the applicant to work collaboratively with residents and other community groups

·    the level of participation and direct benefit for residents of Penrith LGA

·    whether the proposal addresses the priority needs and issues of Penrith LGA residents, as identified through social planning processes 

·    whether the proposal is realistic

·    the cost effectiveness of the proposal

·    the beneficiaries of the project, ensuring that funds are distributed to diverse groups right across Penrith LGA.

 

A total of 61 applications were received, requesting a total of $56,258.98.  Of the 61 applications received 23 have been recommended for funding for either all of the requested amount or an adjusted amount in light of the merit of the project.  In 2004/05 Council received 47 applications totalling $40,426.00.  In this 2005/06 round the additional funding requests have required a very careful assessment of the applications against the criteria and related considerations.

 

Attachment A to this report provides the list of 23 applications recommended for funding as well as giving the rationale.  Where there is a recommendation for funding that is not the full amount requested the reason is also given in the information for each project in Attachment A. The amount of expenditure recommended is slightly higher than the budget of $19,000, totalling $19,060.

 

There are 38 applications that are not recommended for funding through the Community Assistance Programme Planned Component, or for any other action by Council.  Details of these 38 applications are provided at Attachment B.

 

The following table is a summary of all projects recommended for funding.  Note that in the table recommended applications have also been allocated to their particular population target groups.

 

A list providing further details about each of the projects recommended for funding is attached to this report (Attachment A).

 


Table 1 - Recommended List

 

No

Target group

Organisation

Project Name

Amount

Requested

Recommended Amount

1

CALD

Nepean Migrant Access Inc

Refugee Week Celebration 2005

$1,000

$1,000

2

ATSI

Penrith Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Project (PATSI)

Koori Cuppa Time (PATSI)

$1,000

$1,000

3

Disability

Australian Foundation for Disability

People with Disability – Drama Classes and Performance

$550

$550

4

General

St Marys Area Community Development Project Inc.

St Marys Creative Writing Group

 

$1,000

$500

5

General

St Marys Area Community Development Project Inc.

Lets Talk Skills:  how your experiences count

 

$947.85

$947.85

6

Children

North St Marys Neighbourhood Centre Inc.

Multicultural Resource – North St Marys Community Pre-School

$966.47

$966.47

7

Youth

The Richmond Fellowship of NSW – Young People’s Program

Young People and Dual Diagnosis Resource Library

 

$1,000

$1,000

8

General

Cranebrook Development Project (Barnardos Australia)

Cranebrook Metropolitan Technology Centre Strategic Plan

 

$966.25

$966.25

9

Disability

Penrith Disabilities Resource Centre

Fun, Food and Celebration

 

$950

$950

10

General

Anglicare Community Care Services Nepean

 

Nepean Community Development Forum 2006

 

$1,000

$1,000

11

Disability

Lifestart

Literacy and Lifeskills (Equipment)

$996.30

$996.30

12

Seniors

Kingswood Neighbourhood Centre

Games and Trivia Social Group

 

$1,000

$583

13

General (Rural)

Wallacia Progress Association

N.O.W. Festival 2006 – Naming of Wallacia 100 Years Celebration

 

$1,000

$1,000

14

Disability

Nepean Area Disabilities Organisation (NADO)

Music Appreciation Post School Options Program

 

$730

$730

15

Seniors

Werrington Elderly Care

Traymobile

 

$325

$325

16

General

Werrington Community Project Inc.

Werrington Occasional Child Care Integrated Service – Family Open Day

$1,000

$1,000

17

Women

Penrith Older Women’s Network

Celebrating Six Years – Community Drop-in Centre

$500

$500

18

Youth

St Clair Youth and Neighbourhood Project Inc.

St Clair Youth Project

 

$800

$800

19

General

Autumnleaf Neighbourhood Centre (SCYNT)

“The Quiet Space”

 

$849

$849

20

CALD

Werrington Area Community Development Project

Community Language Classes (Spanish and Arabic) for Children and Young People

$1,000

$1,000

21

Youth

North St Marys Neighbourhood Centre

Southcreek Mobile Youthlinx

 

$1,000

$1,000

22

Seniors

 

Nepean Food Services

First Aid Kits for Volunteer Meal Runs

$396

$396

23

Women

Penrith Women’s Health Centre

Video Equipment

$1,000

$1,000

 

 

 

 

 

$19,060

 

Applications not Recommended for Funding

 

Attachment B provides details of those projects not recommended for funding. 

 

Target Group Analysis

 

It is useful to summarise the recommended allocation of Community Assistance Programme Planned Component funds and the principal beneficiary target group for funding (see Table 2 below).  The target groups correspond to the seven mandatory target groups as listed in the Department of Local Government Social and Community Planning and Reporting Guidelines.

 

These are the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) community, the culturally and linguistically diverse background (CALD) community, young people, older people, people with a disability, children and women.  An eighth category “general community” has also been included in the table below.  Some of the projects could fit into more than one target group, e.g. a project targeting women from CALD backgrounds.

 

Table 2 – CAP Planned Allocation by Target Group

 

General Community

32.9

People with a Disability

16.9

Young People

14.7

People from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds

10.5

Women

7.9

Older People

6.8

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

5.2

Children

5.1

Total

100%

Summary

Council has received 61 applications requesting a total of $56,258.98 for Community Assistance Program funding in the 2005/06 Planned Funding Round.  This is a high number of applications and a significant increase in the total amount requested compared to 2004/05.  After careful consideration against the identified criteria, 23 projects totaling $19,060 have been recommended for funding.  Projects cover a range of target groups and suburbs across the city and address priority social needs as well as including a number of city-wide initiatives.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Community Assistance Program - Planned Component 2005 be received

2.     Council endorse funding the recommended projects totalling $19,060 from the Planned Component of the Community Assistance Program

3.     That $60.00 be re-allocated from the Rolling Component of the Community Assistance Program to the Planned Component to cover the shortfall between the total value of recommended projects detailed in this report and the $19,000.00 currently allocated to the Planned Component.

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

1.  

Recommended Applications

7 Pages

 Attachment

2.  

Applications not Recommended for Funding

8 Pages

 Attachment

 


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Australasian Cemeteries and Crematoria Association Conference 16-20 October 2005    

1004/24

Compiled by:                Mary Thorne - Cemeteries Officer

Authorised by:             Gary Dean - Facilities Operations Manager  

Strategic Program Term Achievement: Effective responses are made to the social impacts of growth, redevelopment and change.

Critical Action: Assess the social impacts of urban change in both new release and established areas and develop planned responses.

        

Purpose:

To report to Council the outcome of attendance at the Australasian Cemeteries and Crematoria Association Conference 16-20 October 2005.  The report recommends that the information be received.

 

Background

Council has been a member of the Australasian Cemeteries & Crematoria Association (ACCA) since 1997.  Council is also a member of the Cemeteries & Crematoria Association of NSW (CCANSW).  Council’s Cemeteries Officer, Mary Thorne is the current President of this organisation.

 

Membership of the two organisations has proven extremely beneficial.  Often information of current practices, trends and legislation is not available through local government channels.  Membership of ACCA extends our network across Australia, New Zealand, Asia and to its connections in Europe, Canada and the United States.

 

National Conference

 

The National Conference was held in Brisbane in October and was attended by Mary Thorne as Council’s representative.  Approximately 300 persons attended from around Australia, as well as oversees.

 

Held concurrently with the Conference was an exhibition of industry related products including plaques, urns, lowering devices, crematorium equipment, computer software and mapping systems.  Also on display was the new stainless steel monument as shown on the ABC’s ‘New Inventors’ programme.  

 

The conference programme had an extensive educational component with sessions on Water Management in Cemeteries, How to Use the Bookings to Backfill Manual and ‘Lift and Deepen’ practice.

 

The presentation on Lift and Deepen was particularly relevant.  An interdepartmental Committee of NSW State Government recently produced a discussion paper ‘Burial Space in the Sydney Greater Metropolitan Area’ for comment. 

Responses were sought on the problem of diminishing land available for burial and how this problem could be solved.  The practice of ‘Lift and Deepen’, as currently carried out in South Australia and Western Australia enables a more intensive use of family graves and if limited tenure is introduced in NSW, the re-use of graves.  The outcome of this discussion paper is still to be received.  Council officers made a submission to that enquiry.

 

Included in the programme was an excellent workshop on scenario planning.  The focus was on a hypothetical pandemic and how the cemetery and crematoria industry would respond and cope. 

 

Conclusion

 

With Council on the threshold of its new and exciting endeavour at Castlereagh, membership of ACCA and NSWCCA is definitely a conduit to the latest technology and trends in the cemetery and crematoria industry. 

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That the information contained in the report on Australasian Cemeteries and Crematoria Association Conference 16-20 October 2005 be received.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

There are no attachments for this report.


Ordinary Meeting

5 December 2005

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The City as a Social Place

 

 

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Draft Open Space Action Plan and draft Open Space Section 94 Development Contributions Plan    

1980/10PT8

Compiled by:                Grant Collins - Recreational and Cultural Facilities Planner

Authorised by:             Ruth Goldsmith - Local Planning 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 seek Council's endorsement for the public exhibition of the draft Open Space Section 94 Development Contributions Plan, accompanied by the draft Open Space Action Plan.

 

Background

The PLANS project commenced in July 2002.  The project involved strategic research, City wide demographic and socio economic analysis, an audit of existing facilities and services, assessment of recreation and cultural needs, assessment of established residential areas’ infrastructure, facilities and services needs, and City wide community consultation.

 

From this work, two Strategies were developed – a Citywide Recreation and Cultural Facilities Strategy, and an Infrastructure, Facilities and Services Strategy for the Established Residential Areas.  A Section 94 Strategy and Framework provided the basis for future funding directions.

 

Council adopted the final PLANS Report and Strategies on 15 March 2004.  A number of Strategy recommendations have been recognised in Council’s 2005-2009 Strategic Program, and others are being delivered through Council’s existing services.

 

The Recreation and Open Space Working Party, on 20 April 2005, considered a report and presentation that outlined the draft Open Space Action Plan, draft Schedule of Works to be included in the Development Contributions Plan, maps by clusters of suburbs detailing the City’s Open Space network, and the Audit of the City’s Parks and Reserves.  Councillors endorsed the draft work completed to date.

 

On 19 October 2005, the Recreation and Open Space Working Party considered and supported the policy directions and recommendations of the revised draft Open Space Action Plan and draft Section 94 Development Contributions Plan.  Since that time, minor changes have recognised works that have been completed since the initial draft Plan, and cost reviews.  The draft Open Space Action Plan and the draft Open Space Section 94 Development Contributions Plan are included in the Attachments to this report.

Open Space Action Plan

A key priority of the PLANS Report and Strategies was the development of a City-wide Open Space Action Plan, based on the endorsed principle of improving the overall quality and sustainability of the City’s open space.  The PLANS Report also highlighted the need to particularly improve the passive recreation opportunities in the City, and to ensure future development of more accessible infrastructure, facilities and services, to meet the growing demands of an ageing population.

 

The draft Open Space Action Plan incorporates the strategic directions from the PLANS Report, and provides an outline of the open space network within each of the City’s 12 ‘cluster’ areas.  Development of the Open Space Action Plan involved categorising and mapping the City’s open space assets, conducting site visits and detailed investigations to establish priorities, and identifying opportunities for open space rationalisation.

 

The Action Plan also recognises the Regional Parklands proposed at Penrith Lakes and the ADI site, and in the Ropes and South Creek Corridors.  They will provide important recreation and leisure resources in the future for both the City’s communities and its visitors, and will provide spaces and facilities that support local and broader recreation needs.  Strategic directions for future recreational opportunities on these key sites were developed through PLANS consultations, and are outlined in the Open Space Action Plan.

 

The draft Open Space Action Plan also identifies the responsibility of developers to properly provide for their communities, in terms of active open space and local sports facilities training needs, in each release area.  There are clear guidelines for developers, in the draft Open Space Action Plan, regarding the open space areas and facilities that are required, and also the quality of land that will be accepted.  This will support future negotiations regarding open space provision.

Draft Open Space Section 94 Development Contributions Plan

The PLANS Strategic Research Report identified the aspirations of the City’s communities, and responses to enhance their quality of life.  One of the key responses to the survey included the importance of quality and ease of access to natural and open space areas[1].  Community perceptions strongly link the quality of, and access to, open space and natural areas to the future quality of life in the City, which highlights that this should be protected and maintained for future generations.

 

The Section 94 legislation requires demonstration of a ‘nexus’ between the monies being collected, and where and how they are to be spent.  The basis on which contributions are collected in the current Open Space Plan is that the existing communities have contributed the majority of the land, and existing facilities and enhancements, and that the further embellishments needed are directly attributable to the new, incoming populations.  It is important, in this regard, to particularly recognise the changing social profile in some of the City’s redeveloping suburbs, and this principle underpins the proposed works.

 

The draft Open Space Development Contributions Plan outlines the provision of, and improvements to, active and passive recreation facilities and infrastructure within the City to 2020, based on the PLANS recommendations.  District facilities that are required to satisfy the needs of the City’s incoming population, including some that may be located in the City’s major new release areas, are also identified in the draft Open Space Development Contributions Plan.

 

In evaluating the ‘nexus’ for District Facilities, the potential for use of the City’s parks, facilities and open space by visitors and residents from neighbouring Council areas was considered.  It was determined that, overall, the use of the City’s facilities by others was likely to be balanced by the use of adjoining Council area facilities by Penrith residents.  An apportionment of 100% of the cost of proposed District facilities has therefore been applied to future residential development across the City.

 

The draft Plan identifies works and improvements at a total cost of $63,913,705 (plus 16% for design, supervision and administration) across the Open Space Network.  Priorities for the works can be identified, and determined through the annual Management Plan process.  The attached draft Open Space Section 94 Contributions Plan has two parts –

1.   ‘District’ open space area embellishments, works and facilities, for which it is intended to collect contributions from all residential development in the City, and

2.   ‘Neighbourhood’, ‘Local’, ‘Pocket’ and ‘Linear Parks / Drainage Reserves’ open space area embellishments, works and facilities, for which it is intended to collect contributions from residential development in the established, rural, and older urban areas.

 

Should other sources of funds towards the development of these facilities become available, amendments to the Plan can be made.  This could include potential grant funding, or income from the sale of open space assets identified through the review process.

Future Steps

Subject to Council’s endorsement, the draft Open Space Section 94 Development Contributions Plan will be exhibited, together with the Open Space Action Plan (which provides supporting information, and outlines Council’s principles for open space areas in the City) for community consultation and exhibition.  It is proposed to exhibit the draft Plans for a minimum of 6 weeks from mid January 2006 to the end of February 2006.  Submissions will be reviewed, changes made where required, and the finalised Open Space Action Plan and Section 94 Development Contributions Plan will then be reported to Council for consideration and adoption.

 

In implementing the proposed Schedule of Works, it is recommended that an initial focus should be on developing the Plans of Management for, and implementing key works (eg Universal Design Playgrounds) in, the City’s District Parks.

Conclusion

The recommendations from the PLANS research have formed the basis of the draft Open Space Action Plan and the draft Open Space Section 94 Development Contributions Plan.  Following the public exhibition, the final Open Space Action Plan and Open Space Section 94 Development Contributions Plan will be presented to Council for consideration and adoption.

 

 

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Draft Open Space Action Plan and draft Open Space Section 94 Development Contributions Plan be received

2.     That Council endorse the public exhibition of the draft Open Space Section 94 Development Contributions Plan, accompanied by the draft Open Space Action Plan

3.     A further report be presented to Council following the exhibition of the draft Plan.

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

1.  

Draft Open Space Action Plan

29 Pages

 Attachment

2.  

Draft Open Space S94 Plan

31 Pages

 Attachment

 


Ordinary Meeting

5 December 2005

The City as a Social Place

 

 

The City as a Social Place

 

 

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

05/0229

Compiled by:                Karen Kirk - Environmental Planner

Authorised by:             Paul Lemm - Development Assessment Manager  

Strategic Program Term Achievement: Redevelopment of existing areas contributes to safe, sustainable, affordable and satisfying living environments and cohesive communities.

Critical Action: Work in partnership with the local community to foster understanding of the reasons why established areas are redeveloping.

        

Purpose:

To enable Council to determine a development application for construction of a detached dual occupancy development. The application is reported to Council, as it is the subject of a number of objections from adjoining and nearby residents. The report recommends that the application be approved.

 

Background

 

The application was reported to Council’s meeting of 5 September 2005, where Council resolved to defer the matter to allow Councillors to inspect the site and meet with concerned residents. An onsite meeting was held on Monday 14 November 2005 with Councillors, Council Officers and concerned residents to discuss the proposed development and issues raised during the consultation phase of the application.

 

Privacy to adjoining properties was a key issue raised by concerned residents. It was suggested by Council Officers on site that one way to address the residents concerns, might be to mirror reverse the upper floor of the proposed dwelling. This would reposition the bedroom dormer window. Although, it was Council Officers view, that this bedroom would not introduce privacy issues due to its passive use. The suggestion was made in an effort to  progress the application.

 

The applicant was approached with the suggestion and was unprepared to make the changes to the proposal. The applicant was of the opinion that adjoining properties would not be unnecessarily impacted by the location of this bedroom dormer. In an effort to further address the residents concerns the applicant offered to treat the window with opaque glass. Council Officers considered this a reasonable outcome.

 

The application was again reported to Council’s meeting of 21 November 2005 where Council deferred the matter and requested a further report be brought back to Council outlining new conditions regarding the location of the attic window and the requirement for a 1.8m high fence.

 

 

This report addresses the results of further discussions with the applicant.

 

The Site

The subject site measures 771m˛ in area, and is rectangular in shape. The site is bounded with frontages to Westbank Avenue of 13.11m and to Warring Avenue of 43.92m, and is generally level. Six exotic mature trees and shrubs exist on the site. The locality is characterised by a mixture of single and two storey residences, primarily consisting of single dwellings.

The Proposal

The proposal involves the retention of the existing two-storey dwelling and the erection of one detached attic style unit. The proposed dwelling provides two on-site parking spaces and a separate vehicular access off Warring Avenue. The proposed building is to be constructed of brick veneer walls with a tile roof.

 

The applicant proposes to remove one existing non-native Chinese Tallowtree (Sapium sebiferum) that is located towards the rear of the site, as part of this development. All other existing trees on the site are to be retained.

 

Plans of the development are included as an attachment to the report.

Community Consultation

In accordance with Council’s Notification and Advertising DCP the application was advertised and notified from 1st March 2005 to 15th March 2005. One petition from twenty-six persons and three submissions in total were received during the period of notification. The following concerns were raised in submission and by residents attending the site meeting:

 

·    Increased traffic in street

·    Dangerous location of driveway

    Inability of existing infrastructure to cope with additional dwellings

    Bulk and scale of development in not in-keeping with surrounding area

·    Frontage of proposed dwelling is not in line with other properties in Warring Avenue

·    Interference with natural light into other surrounding properties yards

    Loss of privacy

    Proposal does not provide sufficient landscaping

 

The matters raised will be discussed in detail below.

Planning Assessment

The application has been assessed against relevant heads of consideration pursuant to Section 79C of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, 1979 and the following key issues have emerged:

 

Sydney Regional Environmental Plan No. 20 – Hawkesbury – Nepean River  (SREP 20)

 

SREP 20 provides an overall direction for planning to protect the environment of the Hawkesbury-Nepean Catchment within which the proposed development is located. The proposal is within an established urban area to redevelop an existing residential lot. This lot is not located within a scenic corridor of the river. It is considered that the proposal would not compromise the water or scenic qualities of the river environment.

 

Penrith Local Environment Plan 1998 (Urban Land) (LEP 1998)

 

The site is zoned Residential 2 (b) Low Density under the above instrument. The objectives of the zone are:

           

·    ˛to reinforce the importance of the natural landscape settings and areas with heritage conservation value, and

·    to promote the established urban and landscape character of traditional residential subdivisions by limiting the range of permissible uses, and

·    to allow a limited range of compatible non-residential uses˛

 

The site is located in an area of Emu Plains that is characterised by single dwellings that typically provide generous landscaped areas. Although the locality may hold considerable residential value to residents, the site has been identified as being suitable for this type of residential infill.

The development consisting of two detached dwellings located on a corner block each having a street frontage.   The form of development is compatible with the existing single and two-storey dwellings within the streetscape.

 

On the above basis, the proposal meets the objectives of the zone by providing a variety of housing and form while complementing the traditional character of the area of the locality.

 

The following table summarises the proposal’s compliance with the relevant numerical standards of LEP 1998.

 

Criteria

LEP Requirement

The Proposal

Complies

Site Area

750m˛

771m˛

Yes

Building Envelope

45ş at 1.8m above boundary

All buildings within the height plane.

Yes

External Wall Height

3.5m

3.5m

Yes

Landscape Area

(min)

50%

51.1%

Yes

Rear Setback

(min)

6.0m

4.0m

No, SEPP1 submission received and discussed below.

Solar Access

3 hours direct sun to the windows of the living areas and neighbouring living areas.

The living area windows within the development receive at least 3 hours of direct solar access on 21 June. The living area windows of neighbouring development are not adversely affected by the proposed development.

Yes

 

 

 

Rear Setback

 

Clause 12.4 of the Penrith Local Environment Plan 1998 (Urban Land) states that ‘Council must not grant consent to development that involves the erection of a building unless:

 

a)   ‘that building is setback at least 6.0m from the rear boundary of the site or, in the case of a single storey building in Zone No. 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d or 2e, at least 4.0m from the rear boundary of the site

b)   the land within the rear boundary setback is used for the purposes of landscaped area only’

 

The application is accompanied by a SEPP1 objection in relation to the rear setback distances. State Environmental Planning Policy 1 (SEPP1) – Development Standards, allows flexibility in the application of planning controls. Clause 12.4 of  LEP 1998 requires a 6.0m rear setback for two storey dwellings. In this case, the proposed attic style dwelling proposes a ground floor setback ranging from 4.0m to 5.0m and a first floor setback ranging from 6.5m to 7.5m. Variations to a rear setback have been supported when the first floor attic is setback in excess of 6.0m. At the first floor level there is satisfactory separation from adjoining sites and at the ground floor a 4.0m setback enables provision of a turfed courtyard area of 48m˛. In conclusion, the proposed variation to the setback enables satisfactory separation and landscaping within the site, and therefore the SEPP1 request is considered to be worthy of support.

 

Draft Penrith LEP 1998 (Urban Lands) Amendment No. 17

 

The Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 requires Council to consider the provisions of any draft LEP in assessing this application.

 

Council has prepared a draft amendment to the Local Environment Plan 1998 (Urban Lands) and Residential DCP 2000 – Volume 3. The amendments were exhibited between 11 August to 1 October 2004.

 

With regards to this development proposal, the draft amendments propose to:

 

·    Limit the external wall height of the second dwelling on an allotment within a Residential 2 (b) Zone to 3.5m

 

This development application is compliant with the requirements of the Draft LEP.

 

Penrith Residential Development Control Plan (DCP) 2000 Residential Land – Volume 2 Dual Occupancy Development

 

The following table summarises the proposal’s compliance with the relevant provisions of the current DCP:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Criteria

DCP requirement

The proposal

Complies

Urban form

Entrances to face the street, 4.0m wide open space corridor and articulation of all building forms and facades.

The entrance of the proposed dwelling faces Warring Avenue, and a 4.0m open space corridor separates the proposed and existing dwellings.

Good articulation of all building forms and facades is evident.

Yes

Front building line

(Corner site)

5.5m for primary street frontage, 3.5m for secondary street frontage

The site is a corner allotment, the primary street frontage has a setback of 7.5m and the secondary street frontage meets the required 3.5m.

Yes

Private Open Space

(min)

30m˛

Both courtyards exceed 60m˛ in area

Yes

Car parking

2 spaces per dwelling

2 spaces per dwelling

Yes

 

Fencing

1.8m (max)

1.8m

Yes

 

Privacy

 

The development comprises one additional attic style dwelling, providing three bedrooms in the upper floor. Council’s DCP requirements are that the majority of the dormer windows be designed to face the internal driveway to ensure the privacy of adjoining properties is maintained.

 

The proposed attic style dormer windows on the northeast elevation face the street (Warring Avenue), whilst the dormer on the northwest elevation faces the side boundary. The window located on the northwest elevation of the proposed dwelling provides limited viewing to the rear courtyard, and a distance exceeding 6.0m exists between the window and the adjoining property.

 

Concern was raised about the location of the dormer window on the northwest elevation of the first floor. Councillors suggested at the 21 November 2005 meeting that further consideration be given to the location of the northwest elevation first floor window. The applicant is reluctant to mirror-reverse the first floor, and now proposes a “vilux” window to replace the dormer window on the northwest elevation of the first floor. This change removes the dormer window from the first floor bedroom while maintaining the original design. The applicant has agreed to make the design changes to the development, which is reflected in Special Condition 3.2.

 

Adjoining residents have raised concerns about privacy regarding the position of the ground floor kitchen window. Ground floor windows located on side boundaries typically do not impact on the privacy of the surrounding amenity due to common fencing between properties. In this instance it is considered as a added safeguard to address perceived privacy issues, the applicant should provide advanced screening along this boundary (special condition 3.3) and provide 1.8m fencing along all boundaries on the site (special condition 3.4).

 

Traffic and Parking

 

The proposal includes the provision of two (2) garaged car spaces for each dwelling in accordance with the DCP requirement. Additionally, the driveway of the existing and proposed dwelling would each provide at least one uncovered car space, resulting in a minimum of six car park spaces for the two dwellings, a number that clearly exceeds the minimum parking requirements of the DCP.

 

Council’s Senior Development Engineer has assessed the proposed car parking and the locality of the proposed driveway, to be satisfactory. The increase in traffic from this development would not have a significant impact on the surrounding road network nor the performance of the nearby intersection from which driveways are adequately setback.

 

The development complies with the relevant traffic and parking provisions and hence is unlikely to have significant adverse impact on the existing street network.

 

Drainage

 

A drainage plan was submitted with the application. The proposed system of stormwater disposal from this development is considered to be satisfactory by Council’s Senior Development Engineer. It should be noted that the site is not subject to Council’s Interim Policy for the development of flood liable land.

 

Concern was raised about the ability of the site and nearby streets to handle increased overland flow. Council’s Senior Development Engineer has reviewed this issue in more detail, and confirms that the additional dwelling will not impact on the existing drainage system or its ability to disperse excess water.

 

Front Setback

 

Concerns were raised from residents that the proposal is an over development of the site, and that the front setback of the development changes the character of the street.

 

The DCP establishes guidelines in relation to the minimum requirements for landscape areas, parking, courtyard areas, building envelopes, driveway widths and turning circles. The proposal complies with these standards.

 

With regard to the impact of the proposed front setback on the existing streetscape:

 

1.   the proposed front setback of 3.5m for the secondary street frontage is compliant with Council’s Residential DCP

2.   the proposed garage is located 5.5m from the street front as required by the DCP

 

The proposed dual occupancy development is compliant with the current LEP and DCP. It is also considered that the actual design and articulation of the proposed dwelling has design merit and attempts to integrate with the existing streetscape.

 

Residential Character

Residents have raised concern that the proposed dual occupancy would change the character of the street.  It is recognised that the development will result in some change to the immediate area, however, corner allotments provide more potential for this form of development than other residential allotments.  The development has two street frontages and proposes a detached single storey dwelling with varying setbacks from the street and building articulation. 

 

It should be noted that over the past eight years the character of the immediate residential area has undergone some changes. During this time, an integrated housing development consisting of 6 x 3 bedroom units and 1 x 4 bedroom unit was approved at 64-68 Westbank Avenue (five allotments north-west of the site) and a number of two storey single dwellings and first floor additions have been approved in the surrounding streetscape. 

 

The underlying objective of any new development is to maintain residential character.  It is considered that this development does not compromise this development outcome and although it may seem a development at odds with the generic character of the immediate area, it will result in a low scale, low density form of development that utilises existing infrastructure in an effective way.

 

The previous report dated 5 September 2005 cited a development application at 5 Warring Avenue Emu Plains seeking approval for an integrated housing development.  This development application was refused, not approved as originally reported.

 

Solar Access and Overshadowing

 

Clause 5.7 of Council’s Residential Lands Dual Occupancy DCP requires a minimum of three hours of solar access be provided between the hours of 9am and 3pm on the 21st June to the living zones of the proposed dwellings and adjoining dwellings.  In addition, 40% of the main areas of private open space must also achieve a minimum of three hours solar access between 9am and 3pm.

 

As part of the application the applicant submitted shadow diagrams which indicated that as a consequence of the development adjoining properties will receive at least the minimum amount of solar access required by Council’s Residential DCP. 

 

Landscaping

 

During the onsite meeting, it was noted that two existing trees (Leptospermum species) located either side of the proposed driveway on Warring Avenue are of average to poor condition. It is recommended that the two existing street trees be removed as part of this development application, and be replaced with two mature plantings (see special condition 3.3).

A landscape concept plan prepared by a qualified Landscape Architect has been submitted with the development application. The plan indicates a number of proposed plantings consisting of trees and shrubs to be positioned along the northwest elevation (boundary adjoining No. 8 Warring Avenue) and along the northeast elevation (the front setback).

 

Section 94 Contributions

 

Since the application was reported to Council in September there has been a quarterly increase in Section 94 contributions. The following figures are as at 1 October 2005:

 

 

CALCULATION

Proposal/ category eg,

 

Dual occupancy

 

No. of Units

x

Rate

-

Credit for existing dwelling/s

Total

2

x

3

-

3

3

AMOUNT

 

S.94 Contribution Plan

Contribution Rate x Calculation rate

Total

Footpath

$66.00 x 3

$198.00

Open Space

$708.00 x 3

$2124.00

Cultural

$87.00 x 3

$261.00

Library facilities

$240.00 x 3

$720.00

 

NET TOTAL

$3303.00

Conclusion

The proposed dual occupancy is permissible with Council’s consent and meets the aims and objectives for the 2 (b) Low Density Zone under LEP 1998.

 

The site, being a corner allotment is considered to be suitable for dual occupancy development, particularly in its ability to address to both street frontages and provide landscaped separation between built forms. The applicant has been prepared to amend the application in an attempt to address the concerns of residents. The issue of privacy from the upper floor dormer has seen the development change markedly. Although it is generally accepted that bedrooms do not result in substantial loss of privacy, the applicant has been willing to amend the development in order to gain approval from Council. The development will be compatible with existing development in the area and maintains the residential amenity for.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

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.  The SEPP1 submission received by Council in relation to the rear setback         be supported

3.  The Development Application 05/0229 for a detached dual occupancy at          Lot 268 DP 204977 (No. 51) Westbank Avenue, Emu Plains, be approved,      subject to the following conditions

Standard Conditions

3.1        A001, A008, A009, A010, A011, A039, A042, D001, D007, D009, D010, E001, E005, G003, G004, H014, H015, H016, H041, H022-slab level, H026, H033, H036, H037, H038, H039, I003, K001, K003, K025, L001, L008, P002, Q001, Q005, Q010

 

Special Conditions

3.2        Amended plans are to be submitted to and approved by Penrith Council prior to the issue of a Construction Certificate that illustrates the dormer window on the north-western elevation being replaced with a "vilux" window.

 

3.3        Prior to the issue of a Construction Certificate, an amended landscape plan is to be received and approved by Council that indicates the species type and maturity of replacement trees to be planted along the southwest boundary of the site to ensure privacy between adjoining dwellings, and the front setback to ensure that the site is sufficiently landscaped with suitable plantings.

 

3.4        All boundary fencing of the proposed dwelling shall be 1.8m high colourbond.

 

3.5        This condition is imposed in accordance with Penrith City Council’s Section 94 Contributions Plan(s) for Footpaths. Based on the current rates detailed in the accompanying schedule attached to this Notice, $198.00 is to be paid to Council prior to a Construction Certificate being issued for this development (the rates are subject to quarterly reviews). If not paid within the current quarterly period, this contribution will be reviewed at the time of payment in accordance with the adopted Section 94 plan. The projected rates of this contribution amount are listed in Council’s Fees and Charges Schedule

 

3.6        This condition is imposed in accordance with Penrith City Council’s Section 94 Contributions Plan(s) for Cultural Facilities. Based on the current rates detailed in the accompanying schedule attached to this Notice, $261.00 is to be paid to Council prior to a Construction Certificate being issued for this development (the rates are subject to quarterly reviews). If not paid within the current quarterly period, this contribution will be reviewed at the time of payment in accordance with the adopted Section 94 plan. The projected rates of this contribution amount are listed in Council’s Fees and Charges Schedule

 

3.7        This condition is imposed in accordance with Penrith City Council’s Section 94 Contributions Plan(s) for Open Space. Based on the current rates detailed in the accompanying schedule attached to this Notice, $2124.00 is to be paid to Council prior to a Construction Certificate being issued for this development (the rates are subject to quarterly reviews). If not paid within the current quarterly period, this contribution will be reviewed at the time of payment in accordance with the adopted Section 94 plan. The projected rates of this contribution amount are listed in Council’s Fees and Charges Schedule

 

3.8        This condition is imposed in accordance with Penrith City Council’s Section 94 Contributions Plan(s) for Library facilities. Based on the current rates detailed in the accompanying schedule attached to this Notice, $720.00 is to be paid to Council prior to a Construction Certificate being issued for this development (the rates are subject to quarterly reviews). If not paid within the current quarterly period, this contribution will be reviewed at the time of payment in accordance with the adopted Section 94 plan. The projected rates of this contribution amount are listed in Council’s Fees and Charges Schedule

 

3.9        All car parking and manoeuvring must be in accordance with AS 2890 and Council’s requirements. Full details must be submitted with the Construction Certificate. The double garage must be 5.8m minimum internal full details must be shown with the Construction Certificate drawings

 

4.           Those persons who made submissions be informed of Council’s decision.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

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Development Application 05/1320 proposal to use Shop No. 2 at Lot 16 DP 583184 (No. 91) Great Western Highway, Emu Plains  Applicant:  Jim Aitken;  Owner:  Jim Aitken    

DA05/1320

Compiled by:                Deepa Randhawa - Environmental Planner, Amanda Seymour - Environmental Planner

Authorised by:             Paul Lemm - Development Assessment Manager  

Strategic Program Term Achievement: Redevelopment of existing areas contributes to safe, sustainable, affordable and satisfying living environments and cohesive communities.

Critical Action: Work in partnership with the local community to foster understanding of the reasons why established areas are redeveloping.

        

Purpose:

To enable Council to consider a development application for the use of a newly built premises as a steakhouse restaurant.  In accordance with Council's Policy where the applicant is a representative of Council the matter is reported to Council for determination.  The report recommends that the Development Application be approved subject to the conditions of consent.

 

Background

Council granted development consent on 6 September 2004 for the demolition of an existing building and construction of two shops at Lot 16 DP 583184 (No. 91) Great Western Highway, Emu Plains.

 

On 30 June 2005, Council received DA05/1065 for the use of shop one as a real estate agent, approval was granted on 17 August 2005.  The current development application proposes use of shop two as a restaurant.

The Site

The site is a long narrow block 720m˛ in area. It comprises two newly constructed single storey shops, one being used as a real estate office with the provision of a new formal car park area for 8 vehicles at the rear of the site.  The building is located amongst a small commercial/retail strip on Great Western Highway. The shopping centre strip is a combination of restaurants, hotel, take a way food shops, commercial and retail uses.

 

Emu Plains Railway Station is located to the northwest of the site. A public car parking area is located to the northeast of the site. Dwellings are located to the south of the subject site.

 

Vehicle access to the site is thorough the adjoining public car park. Shop 2 has a floor area of 273.86m˛. Pedestrian access to each of the shops will be provided from the rear car park and is also available from the Great Western Highway frontage.

 

A location map is appended.

The Proposal

This application seeks consent for the internal fit-out to Shop No.  2 for use as a restaurant. The proposal involves: 

 

·    Seating area of 72 m˛ with a maximum capacity for 92 patrons

·    Greeting area at the front entrance

·    Fifteen booths each accommodating for four persons

·    A large party area

·    A kitchen and separate gas grill area

·    A store room and cold storage areas

·    Three toilets; all suitable for access for people with disabilities

·    The hours of operation from 11am to 10pm 7 days a week

·    Total seven number of employees

·    Deliveries four times per week by small vans

Planning Assessment

Statutory Considerations

Interim Development Order (IDO) 2-City of Penrith

The site is zoned 3(a) General Business under IDO 2. Restaurants are permissible use in the zone only with consent of Council.

Development Control Plan for Emu Plains Commercial Area 1993

This Development Control Plan (DCP) applies to land at Emu Plains bounded by Old Bathurst Road, the Great Western Highway, Lamrock Street and the Western Railway line. The aims of this DCP are to provide:

 

·    Urban design guidelines for commercial and residential developments within the areas

·    Guide future traffic management and parking within the area

·    Ensure the enhancement of pedestrian access within the area and ensure the physical enhancement of the area through the provision of landscaping

 

The majority of these aims have been address as part of the original development application for the construction of the building on the subject site. The commercial development controls under this DCP relate to the provision of street trees and places restriction of the heights of commercial developments, as such these controls are not relevant to this application. Pedestrian movements through the subject site were established under the commercial building application. The pedestrian routes established have been maintained by this application and conditions have been included to ensure that adequate security and safety measures are provided for pedestrian access.

 

The relevant aims for this application are traffic management and parking. These matters are discussed below.

Traffic Management

The Development Control Plan requires that vehicular access to the precinct is provided via Billington Place and that:

 

·      All new development within the precinct shall be designed to provide satisfactory service vehicle access in accordance with the Plan

·      All new development within the precinct shall contribute towards the cost of traffic management and pedestrian facilities identified within the Plan

 

The development application for the building (DA04/0357) included provision for all vehicular access to the site is through Council’s car park off Billington Place in accordance with the Development Control Plan. Council’s Property Development Manager has also been consulted in regards to access to the site through the public parking area at the rear of the site. No objection was raised to giving approval for unrestricted vehicular access to the property from Council’s car park.

 

Council’s Senior Traffic Engineer has also advised that based the RTA’s Traffic Generating Guidelines the traffic generated by the restaurant will not have any adverse impacts on the local road network or nearby intersections.

 

Vehicle access and pedestrian foot paving along Great Western Highway frontage are already constructed on site.

Parking

8 car parking spaces were required under this original development consent (DA04/0357) based on a Council’s parking code, for commercial premises, at a rate of 1 space per 40sqm. The two commercial premises have a combined floor space of 395.7m˛ and required 10 onsite parking spaces. Concession for the deficiency of 2 parking spaces was given on DA04/0357 based on the availability of parking in the surrounding public parking areas.

 

The Development Control Plan requires that development within the precinct shall provide on-site car parking in accordance with Council’s adopted Car Parking Code. The proposed use of Shop 2 requires 1 car parking space per 5.5m˛ of the seating area or 1 per 4 seats whichever is greater and then the parking rates for commercial premises under Council Parking Code. Based on the maximum capacity of 92 patrons for the restaurant, 23 on site car paces are required.

 

Shop 1 has a floor area of 121.88m˛ and requires 3 car spaces for a commercial use, which leaves 5 on-site parking spaces for the use of Shop 2 creating a deficiency of 18 on-site parking spaces.

 

The applicant undertook a parking survey of the surrounding parking areas during standard business hours and on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening between 6:00pm and 12 midnight to determine the amount of unused parking in the vicinity of the subject site.  The applicant calculated that there was approximately 160 car parking spaces available for use.  The results of this survey concluded that these car parking areas surveyed are used to approximately 25% of their capacity.  This observation would suggest that based on the applicant’s survey results there is capacity for approximately 120 spaces within the existing car parking area. 

 

The parking survey concluded that extra capacity was available in the surrounding parking areas including Council’s parking area at Billington Place located at the rear of the site.  The applicant contends that existing car parking areas in proximity to the site are under utilised and have suitable capacity to accommodate the additional car parking generated by this development.  

 

The parking areas surveyed included:

 

1)   Billington Place Council Car Park – West - This is a large car park located immediately behind the retail outlets fronting the Great Western Highway, to the west of Billington Place.

 

2)   Billington Place Council Car Park – East - This is a continuation of the western side car park, located immediately behind the retail outlets fronting the Great Western Highway, to the east of Billington Place.

 

3)   Billington Place Street Parking - Street parking is permitted on the eastern side of Billington Place.

 

4)   Great Western Highway Off-street Parking - A small off-street car parking area is located at the front of Lots 1, 2 and 3 DP 125676; 85 Great Western Highway (the retail outlets from immediately east of the proposed restaurant site to Billington Place), facing the Great Western Highway.

 

5)   Great Western Highway Street Parking - Street parking is permitted on the northern side of the Great Western Highway, from O’Donoghues Irish Pub to the Real Estate office.

Council’s Senior Traffic Engineers confirmed that the car parking survey demonstrates that both the carparks and surrounding streets are under utilised and have more than sufficient spare capacity during the peak operating hours of the restaurant to cater for the 18 additional parked vehicles generated by the proposed development. 

 

As there is no Section 94 Plan for the area, monetary contributions are unable to be made for the shortfall in car parking.  The shortfall in car parking is unlikely to cause any adverse impacts on the immediate area due in part because there is ability for the area to absorb the additional car parking generated by the development and because of the nature of surrounding uses.  The development is also unlikely to consume the entire capacity of the carpark or the car parking potential available in the area.  It is therefore considered suitable for this development. 

 

Whilst the applicant has provided a statement concerning security within the Billington Place carpark any lighting for and to the carpark should be provided in accordance with Council specifications.  The applicant will need to consult with Council’s Asset Manager in relation this matter. See Special Condition 2.3.

Other Issues of the Proposal

Parent Consent

The applicant seeks approval to occupy Shop 2, which was approved as part of DA04/0357. Recent site inspections revealed that this development is nearing completion and all conditions of consent are being satisfied. Condition 2.1 is recommended to ensure that the parent consent is fully compliant before the use commences.

 

It is also recommended that details of lighting, alarms and cameras are required to enable clear and direct movement through the building, and monitor unauthorized access to non-public spaces (Special Condition 2.2).

Hours of operation

The proposed is seeking to operation from 11am to 10pm, 7 days a week. There are a number of existing restaurants in this area, which have similar operating to the hours proposed in this application. The proposed hours of operation are considered to be appropriate for the locality and consistent with other businesses in the area and will allow adequate peak trading hours for this commercial site.

 

Signage

 

The applicant proposes a 1.6m x 1m external sign to be located on a post at the front of the site. Specific details of the proposed signage have not been provided. A standard condition is that recommends a separate development application be lodged with Council for the erection of a sign or advertising structure, other than an advertisement listed as exempt development.

Conclusion

The proposal for the use of Shop No 2 as a restaurant is permissible under IDO No.  2 and is considered to be consistent with the objectives of zone 3(a) General Business and the Development Control Plan for the Emu Plains Commercial Area.

 

The key issue associated with the use of the site as a restaurant is the shortfall in onsite parking to cater for the use. The proposed car parking for the development is considered to be adequate to cater for commercial or retail uses however does not provide sufficient onsite parking for a restaurant.

 

The sites location near and adjoining public parking areas give scope for the parking, which cannot be provided on the subject site, to be provided in the surrounding public parking areas.  Justification for the shortfall in car spaces is considered to be acceptable given that the adjoining public car parking areas are not fully utilised. The use of the building as a restaurant will introduce a new dining outlet for residents and customers to meet at and relax. People will be drawn to the restaurant and area. This will create a sense of vitality for the commercial area that extends into the evening.

 

It is considered that the site is suitable for the proposed use and will not have any adverse impacts on parking or traffic in the area. It is recommended that application be approved subject to conditions.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Development Application 05/1320 proposal to use Shop No. 2 at Lot 16 DP 583184 (No. 91) Great Western Highway, Emu Plains be received

2.     The Development Application 05/1320 proposal to use Shop No. 2 at Lot 16 DP 583184 (No. 91) Great Western Highway, Emu Plains be approved subject to the following conditions of consent:

2.1      A02f, A008 (first sentence only), A012, A021, A026 (application for adverting signs), A029 (Monday to Sunday 11am to 10 pm), A032, A039, D014, D031, E01a, E006, E008, E009, F002, H01f, H041, H006, H029, Q01F, Q006 (delete from in addition to)    

Special Conditions

2.2      The building shall not be occupied until all the conditions of consent DA04/0357 dated 6 September 2004 and all conditions of this consent are satisfied

2.3      Details of lights, alarms and cameras to enable clear and direct movement through the building and monitor unauthorised access to non-public spaces are required to be submitted prior to the issue of the Occupation Certificate

2.4      The applicant shall consult with Council to determine the type of lighting required to illuminate the public car parking area to the rear of the site.  All lighting shall be installed at the applicants cost prior to the issue of an Occupation Certificate.

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

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The City In Its Environment

 

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7        Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan 2005 and Water Management Plan 2005 7018/14 and 4109/36                                                                                                                                          45

 

8        Indian Myna Birds 7028/4                                                                                                  53

 

 



Ordinary Meeting

5 December 2005

The City in its Environment

 

 

The City in its Environment

 

 

7

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan 2005 and Water Management Plan 2005    

7018/14 and 4109/36

Compiled by:                Louise Petchell, Sustainability Unit Co-ordinator; Krystie Race, Sustainability Research Planner

Authorised by:             Ruth Goldsmith, Local Planning Manager  

Strategic Program Term Achievement: Water and energy conservation strategies are being implemented.

Critical Action: Develop and implement strategies that encourage water and energy conservation.

        

Purpose:

To seek Council's endorsement for the actions in the draft Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan 2005 and the draft Water Management Plan 2005, and the associated  Reduction Goals.

 

Background

In 1999, Penrith City Council adopted the Sustainable Penrith program.  In doing so, it acknowledged the emerging international view that a healthy future for our environment, our economy and our society, can only be achieved by balancing the pressures and demands of these three elements. 

 

The NSW State Government has also shown its commitment to sustainable development by progressively enshrining the principles of sustainability into its legislation. There are now a number of Acts, some of which are critical to the operations of local government, which have introduced Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) principles.  ESD is a term which generally means:

using, conserving and enhancing the community’s resources so that ecological processes, on which life depends, are maintained, and the total quality of life, now and in the future, can be improved.

Council has legislative responsibilities to consider those principles. For example, the Local Government Act now requires that:

§ Councils, Councillors and employees must implement sustainable development principles in carrying out all of their responsibilities

§ Sustainable development is part of a council’s charter, therefore its implementation is a fundamental role of local government

§ Councils must have regard to the principles of sustainable development when determining applications for approval

§ A draft management plan must consider “activities to properly manage, protect, restore, enhance and conserve the environment in a manner that is consistent with and promotes the principles of ecologically sustainable development”

§ Prepare an annual State of the Environment Report to monitor the condition of the environment and measures aimed at its management and repair. Recommendations arising from Councils SoE report are required to feed back into management processes to ensure that affirmative actions are taken in response to them.

 

Penrith Council has also adopted the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Principles for Sustainable Cities for its Sustainable Penrith Action Plan.  These internationally recognised set of principles are being used to guide thinking and provide a strategy framework for action for the development of sustainable solutions.

 

The Sustainable Penrith Action Plan adopted in December 2003 is Penrith City Council’s plan of action towards a sustainable future for our City.  It builds on Penrith City Council’s commitment to sustainability in 1999 and complements Council’s strategic planning framework.  The adopted Strategic Plan 2005-2009 continues to acknowledge that the City, and the Council as a maturing organisation, can continue to move forward with the process of achieving more sustainable outcomes for our City. 

 

Penrith City Council has been an active member of the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), through its involvement in the Cities for Climate Protection™ Program (CCP), Water Campaign, Sustainability Reporting Alliance, and various pilot programs for issues, including Transport.  These programs provide information, guidance and systems to assist Council and the City’s communities work towards a more sustainable future.

 

Penrith City Council joined the CCP program in February 2000.  The program involved five Milestones to reduce emissions at a local level.  It began with an inventory of the City’s emissions, based on 1995 figures, and continued with the adoption of a reduction goal and an action plan to achieve the goal.  Milestones Four and Five involved implementing the action plan and a re-inventory to evaluate progress.  We achieved Milestone Five in July 2004.

 

The Greenhouse Gas Reduction Local Action Plan 2001 targeted Council’s own emissions and prioritised energy reductions in its main office buildings, residential greenhouse emissions, emissions from vehicles and waste reduction.

 

Following the completion of Milestone Five, at its Ordinary Meeting of 18 October 2004, Council resolved to participate in the CCP Plus program, a requirement of which is to review our Greenhouse Gas Reduction Local Action Plan 2001 and prepare a new plan.

 

With the ongoing pressures of drought, population growth and increased development, the need to conserve water and manage its use has been well recognized by all sectors of the community. Recent reports such as ‘The Metropolitan Water Plan – Meeting The Challenges Securing Sydney’s Water Future’ and ‘Water and Sydney’s Future – Balancing the Values of our Rivers and our Communities’ highlight the pressures being faced by both our water supplies and our waterways.

 

Water consumption and storage capacities are at present a critical issue for the Sydney Region. Recent figures show that Sydney is using 106 percent of the annual sustainable yield of its water supplies, yet at the same time, our population is growing by more than 40,000 people each year.

 

The environmental effects of drought, population growth and increased development are also apparent in our waterways. The signs of this are evident in the increased frequency of algal blooms and weed infestations, eroded riverbanks, dry creek beds, reduced fish stock, and increased siltation.

 

The efforts of Penrith City Council to address these issues over the years have been significant. Yet, recognising the need to co-ordinate these efforts and develop a strategic approach to managing this resource, Council resolved to join the ICLEI Water CampaignTM in December 2003.

 

The Water Campaign is an international freshwater management program which aims to build the capacity of local government to reduce water consumption and improve local water quality. It recognises that local governments through planning powers, spending policies and community and business links can influence households and businesses.

 

The Water Campaign is a program of the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), which was launched at Global Cities 21™ ICLEI World Congress in June 2000 as a strategic approach to water management in the Local Government sector.

 

This report outlines the processes in preparing both the draft Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan 2005 and the draft Water Management Plan 2005, and seeks support for the recommended actions.  The report also addresses the implementation of the Plans.

1.   Preparation of the draft Plans

The draft Plans have been developed with the assistance of key players in water and energy management, and sustainability both within and external to Penrith City Council.  This has involved consultation with representatives from ICLEI, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Sydney Water Corporation, and staff from Council Departments including Environmental Planning, Building Approvals and Environment Protection, Waste and Community Protection, Asset Management, Design and Technical Advice, Financial Services, and Parks Construction and Maintenance.

 

It has required the investigation of current water and energy usage by both Council and the City’s communities, analysis of the policies and programs currently in place to manage energy consumption, water use and water quality, the identification of opportunities for improvement, and the setting of goals for energy and water conservation and water management that are both relevant and achievable.

 

The Plans consolidate much of the work already undertaken by Council regarding energy and water management, and the integration of sustainability principles.  They assist in delivering key objectives in Council’s Strategic and Management Plans, including –

~      Documenting Council’s commitment to the principles of sustainability and the protection of the City’s environment

~      Demonstrating Council’s leadership in addressing the need for proper management of non-renewable resources, and

~      Recognising the links between Council, the City’s communities, and other stakeholders through shared environmental, social and economic systems and structures, and providing opportunities for the development of partnerships to deliver sustainable outcomes.

 

The Plans are consistent with, and support, a range of other State Government and Council plans and policies, including –

~      The Metropolitan Strategy

~      The Metropolitan Water Plan 2004

~      The Hawkesbury-Lower Nepean Catchment Blueprint

~      BASIX

~      Stormwater Management Plans

~      Water Conservation and Re-Use Programs

~      On-Site Sewage Management Strategy

~      Enhanced Environmental Program (EEP)

~      Sustainable Penrith Education Policy, and

~      Relevant Development Control Plans.

 

The State Government, under the Energy Administration Amendment (Water and Energy Savings) Act 2005, is also requiring all councils to develop a Water Savings Action Plan by 31 March 2006, and an Energy Savings Action Plan by 30 September 2006.  These Plans are required to identify actions to reduce water and energy consumption at each of council’s ten major sites, which will be monitored.

 

Whilst both Plans were initially prepared to fulfil the requirements of ICLEI’s CCP Plus Program and Water Campaign, the significant analysis and research that underpins the current process means that Council can build on that information and understanding in developing the State Plans, which may be developed as supplements to the draft Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan 2005 and the draft Water Management Plan 2005.  This ensures consistency and a level of integration with the Plans, and also places Council in a good position to seek funding opportunities earlier than other councils.

2.   Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan 2001

Council joined the CCP program in February 2000.  That program involved five Milestones to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at a local level.  It began with an inventory of the City’s emissions, based on 1995 figures, and continued with the adoption of a reduction goal and an Action Plan to achieve the goal.  Milestones Four and Five involved implementing the Action Plan, and a re-inventory to evaluate progress.  Council achieved Milestone Five in July 2004.

 

Following the completion of Milestone Five, at its Ordinary Meeting of 18 October 2004, Council resolved to participate in the CCP Plus program.  One requirement of CCP Plus was a review of Council’s existing Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan, to ensure it continued to appropriately target areas where emissions, or emissions growth, were most significant.  This has resulted in the new draft ‘Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan 2005’.

 

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan 2005

Milestone Five provided Council with the opportunity to assess progress towards its reduction goal, and to reassess the strategic direction of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan.  It also provided a valuable opportunity to highlight Council’s achievements, and to evaluate key learning areas.  Although a large increase from the 1995 base year emissions was recorded, Council has the opportunity to use this result as a positive change agent within its operations.  By recognising potential future energy spends and emissions, Council can set in place future policies and actions, in the short to long term, that will not only stabilise and then reduce emissions, but also provide significant financial savings.

 

The draft Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan 2005 (attached) sets out Council’s progress to date in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and indicates where improvements are needed to ensure the continued success of our greenhouse programs.  This Plan documents a range of measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, targeting areas where emissions or emissions growth are most significant, as well as areas where abatement potential is greatest.

 

The Action Plan sets seven specific objectives to assist Council and the City’s communities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and specifies the actions needed to reach these objectives.  The objectives and associated actions focus on fostering knowledge and understanding of greenhouse issues, and limiting greenhouse gas emissions, and include –

~      Profiling Penrith’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions

~      Understanding and Communicating Climate Change and Its Impacts

~      Partnerships for Greenhouse Action

~      Efficient and Sustainable Energy Use and Supply

~      Efficient Transport and Sustainable Urban Planning

~      Greenhouse Sinks and Sustainable Land Management

~      Greenhouse Best Practice in Industrial Processes and Waste Management.

 

The Plan establishes a reduction goal, which is a quantitative objective that demonstrates a strong commitment from Council, and raises community awareness about greenhouse issues.  Council’s existing reduction goal (to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 25% on 1995 levels by 2010) was adopted in 2001, and is known as a flat rate goal.  A flat rate goal gives Council certainty regarding the specific amount of greenhouse abatement that it is aiming to achieve.  It also provides recognition that an overall decrease in greenhouse emissions is necessary to curb the effects of global climate change.  However, this does not take into consideration the City’s projected population growth and the increase in the number of assets and buildings, in response to the growing demand for services.

 

The review of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan provided Council with an opportunity to re-commit to a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  To better reflect emission data in light of this projected growth, a revised per capita bridge goal is proposed.  The new goal is proposed as –

Stabilisation of per capita greenhouse gas emissions by 2010, with a 25% reduction by 2015, based on 1995 levels.

This approach reaffirms Council’s strong commitment to emission reduction, while ensuring the approach is practical and the goal is attainable, through the quantification of the implemented actions.  This approach recognises Council’s challenge of managing the pressures of population growth, and allows time for the implementation of sufficient projects to stabilise, and then reduce, greenhouse emissions.  It is important to note that Council’s commitment to a 25% reduction will still lead to an overall decrease in emissions from the base year.

3.   Water Management Plan 2005

In December 2003, Council joined the ICLEI Water Campaign, which is an international freshwater management program that aims to build the capacity of local government to reduce water consumption and improve local water quality.  Similar to the CCP program, the Water Campaign is based on the achievement of a series of Milestones that identify, evaluate and respond to water management challenges.  These Milestones include –

Milestone 1. Assessment of current consumption patterns and water quality

Milestone 2. Establishing goals to reduce consumption and improve water quality

Milestone 3. Adoption of a Local Action Plan to achieve the set goals

Milestone 4. Implementation and measurement of the Local Action Plan

Milestone 5. Monitoring and evaluation of the actions implemented.

 

Council completed Milestone 1 in September 2004.  Since that time, Council has been working to develop its Water Management Plan to provide a strategic direction for improved water management practices, both within Council’s own operations and throughout the community as a whole.  Adoption of this Plan, and the water management goals contained within it, will enable Council to satisfy the requirements of Milestones 2 and 3.

 

The Water Management Plan 2005 (attached) details a range of actions to reduce water consumption and improve water quality.  The basic goal of the Plan is to focus efforts on reducing water consumption and improving water quality, whilst also demonstrating the commitment of Council to address these issues.

 

Recent water conservation initiatives both within Council (Every Drop Counts) and external to Council (eg mandatory water restrictions and BASIX) have highlighted both the need and potential for water conservation measures to reduce potable water use.  The water management goals outlined below are quantitative objectives for the local Action Plan. 

To reduce Council’s corporate water consumption by 15% by 2011, based on 2001/2002 levels.

To reduce Penrith’s residential water consumption by 20% per capita by 2011, based on 2001/2002 levels.

To reduce Penrith’s non-residential water consumption by 15% per property by 2011, based on 2001/2002 levels.

 

The purpose of these goals is to focus Council’s efforts on reducing water consumption and improving water quality, whilst also demonstrating the commitment of Council to address these issues.

 

These goals are considered both reasonable and achievable, and they support the State Government’s ‘Water and Sydney’s Future’ strategic directions of a 15% reduction in water usage by government.  The goals are also consistent with our participation in the ‘Every Drop Counts’ program, in which Council chose to adopt a goal of 10%.  That was easily achieved, and subsequent monitoring and water efficiency audits of the relevant sites indicated reductions in consumption of between 15% and 56%.

 

The ICLEI Water CampaignTM also seeks the adoption of a water quality improvement goal, which is –

To implement actions to the value of 60 points from both the ICLEI Corporate and Community Water Quality action cards by 2011.

 

In accordance with the ICLEI Water Campaign framework, Council is required to achieve a minimum of 50 points from the Water Campaign Action Card by a set year. The Action Card lists a variety of actions that Council can choose from in order to improve water quality within the catchment area. Council may choose to set a higher bar for itself by achieving above 50 points. A goal of 60 points has been set, as of the many actions within the Action Card have recently been initiated by Council. The actions have been recognised as valuable to the overall aim of improving local water quality and are consistent with Council’s current focus on achieving improvements to water quality.

Budget and Staffing Implications

Coordination and implementation of the Plans will continue to be the overall responsibility of Council’s Sustainability Unit, with Department Managers taking individual responsibility for the delivery of actions relating to their areas of operation.  The Plans have been discussed with Managers, and agreement reached regarding the inclusion of identified actions in existing services and programs and, where necessary, the introduction of specific projects or tasks for recognition in future Management Plans.

 

Funding for the implementation of individual actions will either be managed through existing services, or sourced from a range of budgets, including the Enhanced Environmental Program, Sustainability Revolving Fund, and grant funding, depending on the nature of the works involved, the responsible parties and the expected outcome.  Some existing budgets may need to be revised (through the Project Evaluation process) to include specific initiatives, following the adoption of the Plans.

 

Many of the actions contained in the Plans are expected to result in financial savings, by means of reduced consumption and maintenance costs, as well as enabling access to significant grant funds and sponsorship.  In 2004/2005 these have included –

ü $8,800 grant through Australian Greenhouse Office (2004)

ü $20,000 grant through Department of Environment and Conservation (2004)

ü $8,800 grant through Australian Greenhouse Office (2005)

ü $5,000 sponsorship from Integral Energy (2005)

ü $708,000 Hot Water System retrofit program through the Local Government and Shires Association, Country Energy, and Quantum Pty Ltd (2005), which will also save up to 90% in running costs.

Conclusion

Climate change already touches every corner of the planet and every aspect of people’s lives.  As our global temperature increases, its impacts will become even more extreme.  The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, agreed by 180 nations, makes it clear that every country must take action to prevent global warming.  Its first legal step towards this aim (the Kyoto Protocol) is now in force, although it is generally accepted that this is not enough.  Much more needs to be done to cut greenhouse gas emissions and reduce water consumption.

 

The initiatives of Council to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, and to reduce water use and protect local water quality, have been significant over the past few years.  This demonstrates Council’s commitment to environmental management and taking action on climate change.

 

The draft Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan 2005 and the draft Water Management Plan 2005 will provide an important opportunity for Council and the City’s communities to significantly reduce energy and water consumption, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve water quality, and tackle climate change.  The severity of the current drought, recent concerns relating to the continued health of the Hawkesbury – Nepean River and the potential for these conditions to persist only highlights the need for Council to continue to pursue further initiatives to manage precious water resources.

 

These Plans are another step forward in formalising Council’s position, and highlights the tremendous opportunities to improve people’s lives while tackling major issues.  There are social, environmental and economic advantages in the recommended actions, which would be worth pursuing even if global warming and water conservation were not major issues.  In every case the costs of action are minimal compared to the costs of inaction.

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan 2005 and Water Management Plan 2005 be received

2.     Council endorse the attached draft Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan 2005

3.     Council endorse the attached draft Water Management Plan 2005

4.     Council endorse the Reduction Goals outlined in this report, being

a.   Stabilisation of per capita greenhouse gas emissions by 2010, with a 25% reduction by 2015, based on 1995 levels

b.   To reduce Council’s corporate water consumption by 15% by 2011, based on 2001/2002 levels.

c.   To reduce Penrith’s residential water consumption by 20% per capita by 2011, based on 2001/2002 levels.

d.   To reduce Penrith’s non-residential water consumption by 15% per property by 2011, based on 2001/2002 levels.

e.   To implement actions to the value of 60 points from both the ICLEI Corporate and Community Water Quality action cards by 2011

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

1.  

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan 2005

40 Pages

 Attachment

2.  

Water Management Plan 2005

25 Pages

 Attachment

 


Ordinary Meeting

5 December 2005

The City in its Environment

 

 

The City in its Environment

 

 

8

Indian Myna Birds    

7028/4

Compiled by:                Barry Ryan, Waste and Community Protection Manager

Authorised by:             Barry Ryan, Waste and Community Protection Manager

Requested By:             Councillor Kevin Crameri 

Strategic Program Term Achievement: The City’s biological diversity is being protected and conserved through the implementation of a biodiversity conservation and bushland management strategy.

Critical Action: Undertake biodiversity conservation and protection and pursue the effective management of natural areas.

        

Purpose:

To provide further information to Council on the trapping of Indian Myna Birds. The report recommends that the information be received.

 

Background

Indian Myna birds are recognised as a common pest that is causing considerable damage to the environment, in addition to concern being raised as to their nesting habits in roofs of houses and other structures.

 

The NSW Department of Primary Industries confirm that Mynas cause damage to fruit and grain crops and create aesthetic and possible human health concerns.

 

The Australian National University confirms that Indian Mynas are a serious ecological problem and are endangering native birds in many urban and urban-rural fringe areas in Eastern Australia.

 

During Autumn 2004, Environment ACT collaborated with a researcher from the Australian National University in a trial to determine whether these birds could be successfully removed from the urban area using a humane trapping technique. Whilst a number of birds were trapped it does not appear that the technique used was capable of achieving a sustained reduction in numbers. Therefore, trapping has been discontinued.

 

Current Situation

 

Discussions have been held with staff from the ACT Government involved in trials utilising Myna bird traps, in conjunction with the Australian National University.  The trial involved 10 urban properties setting up traps in their backyard with trapping occurring once a week.

 

This trial revealed that the traps were effective in trapping Indian Mynas (~6 birds per week, per trap).  However, they were extremely labour intensive requiring one full day of labour per week, and there were problems with the cost of humane extermination of large quantities of birds.  It was concluded that this system was not a feasible control method due to the large populations and the migratory nature of the pest.  Using small traps on a local level without co-operative action on a regional level is largely ineffective. 

 

The ACT Government is now focussing efforts on behaviour change in the local community, educating residents to encourage native vegetation and feed pets inside.

 

Dr Chris Tidemann of the ANU is continuing research in this field and is currently working on a larger scale-trapping program in Cairns.

 

If Penrith Council provided traps to individual premises, there are a number of issues to consider:

 

·    A significant numbers of traps would be required to provide an effective service (traps are approximately $400 each)

·    From the advice received, handing out traps on an individual basis (i.e., to individual properties) would be relatively ineffective

·    An operational program to collect, humanely destroy and dispose of the trapped birds would be required at significant cost.

·    Unless a regionally co-ordinated approach was taken, such a local program would be largely ineffective at reducing the population of Indian Myna birds

·    It is unlikely that residents will be willing to humanly euthanaise the trapped birds and Council will be expected to provide this service.

 

The Department of Primary Industries identifies the methods of humanly euthanaising the trapped birds, however their guidelines warn that, as traps are not target specific other species of birds may be caught. Any birds that are caught may be injured and must be treated appropriately; therefore constant monitoring of the traps is required.

 

The Department of Primary Industries also advise that care must be taken when handling bird species (especially pest species) as they may carry diseases such as psittacosis, salmonellosis and other diseases that can affect humans and other animals. The Department of Primary Industry also recommends that operators of bird traps are immunised against tetanus in the event of a scratch or bite, and wear suitable protective equipment.

 

The migratory nature of the birds makes the issue a regional if not State-wide problem. Unfortunately there is no co-ordinated program being conducted by the NSW Government to address the problem.

 

Council recently presented the following motion for consideration at the Local Government and Shires Association conference –

That the Local Government Association requests action by the State Government to reduce the impact of Common Indian Myna birds by eradicating the species along the east coast of Australia where they currently proliferate.  It is the Local Government Association’s view that a State Management Plan be designed, implemented, monitored and funded by the State Government to control the species.

 

The motion was overwhelmingly supported by the conference, and the Association will now action this motion.

 

Meanwhile, Council is undertaking or planning a number of activities, which will favour native fauna in preference to introduced species such as the Indian Myna including:

·     Biodiversity conservation and protection on public lands

·     Encouraging the conservation of native vegetation through conservation agreements on private properties

·     Identifying and protecting a Citywide system of Natural Area Reserves

·     Bush regeneration and rehabilitation activities

·     Protection of native vegetation in rural areas through compliance programs and action to prevent illegal land clearing.

·     Council’s Landscaping DCP for new development encourages the use of native species.

·     Educational material and information about Bushcare and the importance of native vegetation

 

Conclusion

 

The migratory nature of the birds makes the issue a regional if not State-wide problem. Unfortunately there is no co-ordinated program being conducted by the NSW Government to address the problem.

 

It is considered that the motion recently supported at the Local Government and Shires Association, that seeks the design, implementation, monitoring and funding of a State Management Plan by the State Government to control the species, provides a more comprehensive approach to the potential solution.

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That the information contained in the report on Indian Myna Birds be received.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

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10      Road Infrastructure Priority List (9011/55;  MA/02 Pt7;  34/12)                                         62

 

11      Rural Fire Brigades Grant Funding 1033/4                                                                          69

 

12      Penrith VRA Rescue Squad 1101/1 Pt 4                                                                            71

 

 



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David Road, Emu Plains    

DA/19

Compiled by:                Hans Meijer - Asset Systems Engineer

Authorised by:             David Burns - Asset Manager  

Strategic Program Term Achievement: An asset management strategy is in operation for civil infrastructure that optimises its use and maintains it to agreed standards fit for its contemporary purpose.

Critical Action: An Asset Management Strategy for Civil Assets is developed, maintained and implemented.

Purpose:

To recommend the partial closure of David Road Emu Plains, and seek authorisation for the Property Development Manager to arrange the legal closure and disposal of the section of David Road to be closed.

 

Background

McPhee Kelshaw, Solicitors and Conveyancers, on behalf of Decorative Technologies Group Pty Ltd, the previous owners of Lot 113 DP1028283 (No 64) David Road, Emu Plains have approached Council with a request that part of David Road be closed (refer to attached plan) and that negotiations commence for the sale of that portion of David Road to be incorporated into Lot 113 DP1028283 (No 64).  The ownership of the adjoining properties is also shown on the attached plan.

 

The eastern side of David Road, Emu Plains is currently constructed from Old Bathurst Road to a cul-de-sac 420m from Old Bathurst Road.  The western side of David Road is not constructed and the adjacent land is undeveloped.  The land on the western side of David Road (Lot 2 DP534504) is currently undeveloped.

 

The Development Services Unit have advised that a Development Application (DA05/0375) has recently been lodged by PacLib Industrial and approved by Council for the subdivision of Lot 2 DP534504.  Works conditioned to be included are the construction of the western side of David Road and kerb and gutter works along the frontage on Old Bathurst Road.  The section of David Road proposed to be closed is not required for access as part of the subdivision of Lot 2 DP534504.

Current Situation

In a letter received by Council on 9 November 2005, Sydney Caravan and Camping Centre have informed Council that they are the new owners of Lot 113 DP1028283 (No 64) David Road, Emu Plains.  The letter states that “we have no objections to the closure and would be interested in purchasing this land if it becomes available”.

 

The proposed partial closure of David Road, as shown on the attached map A, was advertised in September 2005.  No responses were received showing interest in the end usage of the land.  Integral Energy, Agility, Telstra and Sydney Water have advised that they have no objections to the closure.

 

This section of David Road recommended for closure is not required for road purposes and can be closed.



 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on David Road, Emu Plains be received

2.     The section of David Road, shown on the attached plan, be legally closed

3.     The property owner of Lot 113 (64) be advised of Council’s resolution on the proposal to close this section of David Road

4.     A further report be submitted to Council on the future use of this section of David Road, if Council resolves to agree with the proposed closure.

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

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Road Infrastructure Priority List    

(9011/55;  MA/02 Pt7;  34/12)

Compiled by:                Walter Sinnadurai, Transportation Planner

Authorised by:             Craig Ross, Design and Technical Advice Manager  

Strategic Program Term Achievement: A program of prioritised works has been developed and is being implemented in partnership with the State Government to maintain the efficiency of major roads as demand grows.

Critical Action: Press the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources and the Roads Traffic Authority to implement the findings of the Penrith Arterial Roads Study, in particular the inclusion of the existing deficiencies in the RTA program and the future upgrades in developer agreements with the release area proponents.

        

Purpose:

To seek Council's endorsement to the road infrastructure prioritised list based upon the Penrith Arterial Roads Study.  The report recommends that Council endorse the prioritised list and forward it to the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) for their consideration.

 

Background

Council, in conjunction with the Roads and Traffic Authority, has developed the Penrith Arterial Roads Study (PARS).  This study is a component of the broader Integrated Transport and Land Use Study that Council has been pressing government and the agencies to advance for some time.  The PARS addresses the road network capacity and deficiencies; the transport elements are to be dealt with in the broader study.

 

Council received a report on the status of the PARS at its Ordinary Meeting on 4 April 2005, and had a presentation of the study at a Councillor Workshop on 20 April 2005. 

 

The study identifies the improvements required to bring the existing network up to a satisfactory level of service (Existing Deficiencies).  The study also identifies the network improvements required to satisfy the additional traffic demands from the projected growth in the LGA (to 2016) to maintain the same level of service.  An apportionment methodology has also been developed to identify the percentage that each release area is contributing to the need for the future upgrades. 

 

The study has made some assumptions regarding the future network.  The modelling allows for the Erskine Park/M7 link road and Stage 1 of the Werrington Arterial, even though there are no firm commitments to advance these projects.

 

The study has been used in the formulation of Developer Agreements for the ADI, Lakes Environs and Penrith Lakes developments.

 

Issues that have been identified in the progress of the study and the advancement of the Developer Agreements include:

 

·    The lack of a firm commitment from government to fund the existing deficiencies in the network.  These upgrades may be a prerequisite to the network capacity to accommodate future upgrades required by the growth in the area.

 

·    The lack of a funding strategy to delivery the future upgrades to meet the demands being placed on the network by the future growth.  The Developer Agreements secure the developer’s share of funding for these upgrades, however, this will only part fund the works.  Additionally there will be instances where full development has not occurred creating a cash flow problem that will require a “banker” to fund any shortfalls.

 

·    The government’s current constraints in providing commitments for future year’s budgets.

 

On 28 June 2005, Council hosted the NSW Cabinet Meeting at the Penrith Civic Centre.  This visit provided an opportunity for the above issues to be raised with the Minister for Roads (then the Hon Michael Costa).

 

The Minister acknowledged the work done in the PARS and the input provided by the RTA in the study.  To enable further consideration of Council’s request for the network upgrades to be advanced, the Minister requested that a prioritised list of projects be provided by Council to the RTA.  The Authority would then prepare cost estimates for the works and provide further advice to the Minister.

 

This position has also been confirmed in correspondence from the current Minister for Roads, the Hon Joe Tripodi.  This correspondence mentioned that the RTA would investigate the costing for the top three projects in Council’s list.

 

Current Situation

 

As indicated above the PARS identified both the existing deficiencies in the network and the upgrades required for future growth.  The timing and the priority of the latter will, to a large extent, be driven by the development of the release areas in the LGA, ie the growth will determine the demand. 

 

The requirement for the upgrading of the existing deficiencies is not dependent on the release area program. 

 

The existing deficiencies and the future upgrades identified in the study are listed as follows:

 


 

 

Existing Network Deficiencies & Proposed Improvements

 

Location

Network Improvement

 

 

2004 - Existing Deficiencies

 

Great Western Hwy / Parker St

Installation of dual right turn bays will increase the intersection capacity and improve operation..

Great Western Hwy / Castlereagh Rd / Jane St

2004:  Do nothing.  The existing intersections of Castlereagh Rd with GWH and Jane St operate satisfactory excepting for the movement of vehicles between GWH and Jane.  It is considered the intersection will show no further deterioration till developments north of the town centre are released.
2006:  Construction of a new road link between the GWH, near Bruce Neale Drive, eastbound to the Jane Street intersection

Leonay Pde / M4 WB Off Ramp

Reconstruction of traffic signals and the introduction of a dual right turn from the M4 offload ramp at the site (no bridge duplication)

Great Western Highway and Bennett Road

Provision of a 60 m dual right turn bay is recommended

Mamre Road and M4 WB Offload Ramp

Provision of a dual right turn bay and exclusive left turn lane from the offload ramp onto Mamre Road

Great Western Highway and Old Bathurst Road

Provision of dual left turn lanes from Bathurst Street. Introduction of a dual 120 metre long right turn bays from Great Western Highway, WB, into Bathurst Street

Mulgoa Road and Glenmore Parkway

Reconstruction of the existing roundabout to facilitate a northbound slip lane in Mulgoa Road for through traffic

Future Network Upgrades

 

 

2004 - 2006

 

The Northern Road and Glenmore Parkway

Removal of existing roundabout and installation of traffic signals

Cranebrook Road, Andrews Road and Castlereagh Road

Removal of existing roundabout, civil reconstruction and installation of traffic signals

Palmyra Avenue and St Marys Eastern Village Northern Access

Construction of traffic signals at the St Marys Eastern Village, northern access

Forrester Road and Palmyra Avenue

Removal of existing roundabout and installation of traffic signals

Forrester Road and Links Road

Removal of existing roundabout and installation of traffic signals with right turn bays

Forrester Road and Christie Street

Removal of existing roundabout and installation of traffic signals with right turn bays

Cranebrook Road – Cranebrook Road Deviation to Andrews Road

Widen to 6 lanes

Castlereagh Road – Andrews Road to Jane Street

Widen to 6 lanes

Castlereagh Road and Jane Street

Jane Street extension from Castlereagh Road, westbound, to Great Western Highway at Neale Drive with right turn from Castlereagh Road, southbound, to Jane Street extension, westbound

Castlereagh Road, Mulgoa Road and High Street

Banning of right turn from Castlereagh Road, southbound, to Great Western Highway, westbound, in conjunction with the construction of the Jane Street extension

Great Western Highway and Mamre Road

Reconstruction of traffic signals at the intersection of Mamre Road and Great Western Highway

Werrington Road and Dunheved Road

Removal of roundabout and installation of traffic signals

2006 - 2011

 

Werrington Arterial (Stage 1 - RTA Funded)

Construction of a four lane arterial road between M4 Motorway and existing Werrington Road and Great Western Highway traffic signals

Werrington Road

Construction of localised widening to four lanes between Dunheved Road and Parkes Ave

The Northern Road and Bradley Street

Installation of a 2 lane circulating roundabout

The Northern Road – Glenmore Parkway to Bradley Street

Widen to 4 lanes

The Northern Road, north of Andrews Road

Installation of traffic signals at the southern access to the St Marys, Western Village

The Northern Road and Borrowdale Road

Installation of traffic signals at the northern access to the St Marys, Western Village

The Northern Road – Borrowdale Way to Andrews Road

Widen to 4 lanes

The Northern Road – Andrews Road to Coreen Avenue

Localised intersection widening

Parker Street and Coreen Avenue

Installation of a dual right turn bay, southbound in Parker Street, at Coreen Avenue

Christie Street – Forrester Road to South Creek

Widen to 4 lanes

Andrews Road – Castlereagh Road to The Northern Road

Widen to 4 lanes

2011 - 2016

 

Great Western Highway and Parker Street

Duplication of the rail overbridge to permit a 7 lane southbound approach in Parker Street.  Land acquisition on Parker Street is required between Great Western Highway and Cox Avenue to enable lane transition

Mulgoa Road and Jamison Road

Removal of existing roundabout and installation of traffic signals

Coreen Avenue – Castlereagh Road to Richmond Road

Widen to 4 lanes

 

 

Of the above list the following additional comments are made:

 

Werrington Arterial

 

The PARS has identified that the southern section of the Werrington Arterial will provide relief for the current congestion that is occurring on the Mamre Road/M4 interchange by diverting a significant amount of traffic with its origin/destination to the north of the Motorway.

 

A concern has been raised that the upgrade of the Mamre Road/M4 interchange, as a short-term solution, might well advance at the expense of Stage 1 of the Werrington Arterial.  Council has previously submitted to the Minister that this short-term solution would very quickly require further network upgrades such as the Mamre Road/Great Western Highway intersection.  This upgrade would be extremely costly, potentially requiring property acquisition and building removal, and would not provide the same strategic benefits as the development of the Werrington Arterial.

 

The Stage 1 construction of the Werrington Arterial from M4 to just north of Great Western Highway, would improve access from the M4 to the University/TAFE, the proposed WELL development and the industrial developments in the Dunheved Business Park.  In addition, it would improve the existing delays at the Mamre Road/Great Western Highway intersection, as well as reducing the need to duplicate the Mamre Road/M4 bridge to address congestion at that location.

 

Council, at its meeting on 4 April, 2005 resolved to support both the Werrington Arterial and the Mamre Road/ M4 interchange projects.

 

Erskine Park Arterial

 

The Journey to Work issue that faces Penrith residents has been a longstanding concern for Council.  To address this problem Council has been seeking, amongst other initiatives, provision of local employment opportunities that would reduce the need for the Penrith workforce to commute long distances for employment.

 

The Erskine Park Employment Area is one such area that will offer significant benefits to the residents of the LGA.  The viability of this estate can be enhanced with the provision of a link road connecting Mamre Road and the proposed M7.  Such a connection would also benefit the SEPP59 Lands, which are also employment-generating developments in the Blacktown LGA.

 

Planning of the Erskine Park Employment Area has made provision for the link road through that estate and its funding has been included in the S 94 plan for the estate.  Council has made submissions to the relevant State Agencies and to Blacktown City Council to accommodate the arterial link through the SEPP59 Lands.  There has also been deputations to Minister Knowles and Minister Sartor on this project.

 

The proposals put to the Minister have been structured around a funding solution involving developer contributions.  Minister Costa, at the cabinet visit, gave a commitment that the RTA would be the construction authority for the road (in Blacktown LGA). 

 

Notwithstanding that the link road has been announced by the Premier, there is still no formal acceptance of the route alignment nor commitment to its construction. 

 

This matter is being considered by the Minister for Planning and a high priority from Council on this project to the Minister for Roads might expedite Minister Sartor’s decision.

 

Jane Street Extension - Castlereagh Road/Great Western Highway/Jane Street

 

The close proximity of the Great Western Highway/Jane Street intersection and Mulgoa Road/Castlereagh Road leads to mutual queuing interferences and both intersections are operating at capacity.  This over-saturation is caused through high vehicle volumes and poor alignment with Jane Street.  Further major urban development in the local area would put further pressure on theses intersections and would also require further improvements, to meet future population growth demands.

 

The RTA has developed a concept plan for the construction of a new road link between the Great Western Highway, near Bruce Neale Drive, and the Jane Street/Castlereagh Road intersection.

 

There are no effective short-term upgrades that would address the problems generated by the existing traffic at these intersections.  The solution rests with the ultimate upgrade to accommodate the growth in the area.  Notwithstanding this there is a need to address this problem now.

 

Mamre Road Bridge Over the M4

 

Mamre Road currently forms an important link between the St Marys area and residential areas to the south of the M4 and linkage to the M4.  The existing traffic congestion could be addressed, in part, by the duplication of the bridge, as recommended in the REF for the M4/Mamre Road east-facing ramps.

 

Currently, public buses and school buses are experiencing considerable delays over the M4 bridge due to the heavy traffic volumes accessing the right turn to travel west on the M4, and the even larger quantities of vehicles queuing to move across the bridge and make the left turn onto the M4 ramp to travel east.

 

These problems will increase with the development of the Erskine Park Employment Area.

 

Great Western Highway/Parker Street Intersection

 

The resolution of the existing deficiencies at this intersection will be redundant with the construction of the upgrade to accommodate the future developments in the area (ADI, Penrith Lakes and Glenmore Park Expansion).  Developer Agreements will contribute to the ultimate upgrade of this intersection and, as such, it is suggested that a low priority be given for the interim solution and the ultimate solution be pursued.

 


 

Conclusion

 

As a result of the visit to Penrith by State Cabinet and the subsequent correspondence from the Hon Joe Tripodi, Minster for Roads, Council has been requested to provide a prioritised list for further consideration for road network upgrades.  The RTA will develop cost estimates for the top three priorities and advise the Minister.  The PARS has formed the basis for the development of this list.

 

The following projects are recommended for submission to the Minister, through the RTA.  The projects provide a strategic benefit to the City as well as addressing existing problems at key locations in the City.

 

 

ROAD INFRASTRUCTURE PRIORITISED LIST

 

Road Infrastructure

Priority

Werrington Arterial Stage 1

1

Erskine Park Arterial – Erskine Park Employment Area/M7 Link Road

2

Jane Street Extension

3

Mamre Road/M4 Interchange

4

Great Western Highway/Parker Street

5

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Road Infrastructure Priority List be received

2.     The road infrastructure prioritised list be forwarded to the Roads and Traffic Authority for their consideration.

 

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Rural Fire Brigades Grant Funding    

1033/4

Compiled by:                Laurie Cafarella, Coordinator Community Protection

Authorised by:             Barry Ryan, Waste and Community Protection Manager  

Strategic Program Term Achievement: Plans are developed and implemented in partnership with emergency service agencies to provide emergency services and facilities to the City.

Critical Action: Protocols for the City’s response to fire, flood and other emergency conditions are established in partnership with the relevant agencies.

         

Purpose:

To inform Council of the status of grant applications made by the Castlereagh, Londonderry and Berkshire Park Volunteer Rural Fire Brigades to the Department of Environment and Conservation under the Castlereagh Grants Scheme.  The report recommends that Council agrees to auspice the Grant Funds on behalf of the Rural Fire Brigades and that the Waste and Community Protection Manager be authorised to complete the Grant Agreements nominating Penrith Council as the administrator of the grant funds.

 

Background

Applications for grant funding were recently made by the Castlereagh, Londonderry and Berkshire Park Rural Fire Brigades under the Castlereagh Grants Scheme, which is administered by the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC).

 

Current Situation

 

Advice has been received from DEC that the applications have been successful.  The grant details for each Brigade are as follows:

 

1.         Castlereagh Rural Fire Brigade

 

Funding in the order of $8,819 (ex GST) has been approved by DEC for the construction of a 6.6m x 8.3m under cover area between the Brigade Station and their Training Room. The Brigade is aware that a Development Application and Construction Certificate are required for the under cover area.

 

2.         Londonderry Rural Fire Brigade

 

Funding in the order of $22,693 (ex GST) has been approved by DEC for the purchase of equipment to enhance the Brigade’s ability to protect the local community and environment during bushfire emergencies.

 


3.         Berkshire Park Rural Fire Brigade

 

Funding in the order of $22,273 (ex GST) has been approved by DEC to assist the Brigade in the timely completion of the Brigade Station extensions currently under construction. (Development Application and Construction Certificate approved.)

 

In total, grants of $53,785 have been approved for the Brigade Stations.  However, as the Brigades are not incorporated bodies, Council has been requested to administer the grant funds as an auspicing agency. 

 

This will require Council to receive the grant funding from DEC, authorise payment of grant funds for their intended purpose and a certified financial report prepared by Council’s Chief Financial Officer will need to be prepared for each of the Brigades to include in their final project report to DEC.

 

The financial report must:

 

1.         accurately reflect income and expenditure for the project;

 

2.       reflect that all payments were supported by adequate documentation to show that expenditure was for bona fide goods and services related to the project;  and,

 

3.       indicate that competitive pricing was obtained for all individual items of expenditure of $5,000 and over.

 

Financial Services Manager’s Comment

Council has on a number of occasions acted as the auspicing authority to facilitate the acceptance of grants by local bodies.  It is a reasonable request and mechanisms exist that allow for easy tracking of the grants money and a certified financial report to DEC can be readily provided.

 

Given that the Brigades are not incorporated, the request by DEC for Council to administer the Grant Funds on the Department’s behalf is considered reasonable.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Rural Fire Brigades Grant Funding be received

2.     Council agrees to auspice the Grant Funds identified in this report

3.     The Waste and Community Protection Manager be authorised to complete the Grant Agreements nominating Penrith Council as the administrator of the grant funds.

 

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Penrith VRA Rescue Squad    

1101/1 Pt 4

Compiled by:                Barry Ryan, Waste and Community Protection Manager

Authorised by:             Barry Ryan, Waste and Community Protection Manager

Requested By:             Councillor John Thain 

Strategic Program Term Achievement: Plans are developed and implemented in partnership with emergency service agencies to provide emergency services and facilities to the City.

Critical Action: Protocols for the City’s response to fire, flood and other emergency conditions are established in partnership with the relevant agencies.

        

Purpose:

To inform Council of a request by Penrith VRA Rescue Squad for a short-term loan.  The report recommends that the information be received.

 

Background

Council has made several representations to the Minister for Emergency Services to provide direct funding assistance to the Penrith VRA Rescue Squad (VRA).

 

The Penrith VRA is the primary response agency for rescue tasks in the Penrith LGA as determined by the State Rescue Board.  The Penrith VRA is also required to assist, at their request, NSW Police, NSW Fire Brigades, NSW Ambulance, NSW Rural Fire Service and NSW State Emergency Service, in dealing with any incident or emergency.

 

Penrith is the only Council in the Sydney Metropolitan Area where this is the case.  The NSW Fire Brigades, Police or Ambulance Service are the primary response agencies in all other Sydney Metropolitan Council Areas.

 

The Penrith VRA must compete for funding against all other Volunteer Rescue Associations, including Surf Lifesaving, for the limited funds made available by the State Government.  Council has already made representations to the Minister for Emergency Services, The Hon. Tony Kelly, highlighting the inequity in the amount of funding provided by the State Government to the primary rescue agency in Penrith (Penrith VRA) in comparison to other Sydney Metropolitan Council areas.

 

Current Situation

 

The Penrith VRA receives financial support from the NSW Government through the Executive of the NSW VRA.

 

Penrith Council provided a financial contribution of $31,000 to the Penrith VRA in 2004/2005 to assist in offsetting operational expenditure.

 

Penrith Council has written to the Minister for Emergency Services on numerous occasions to seek additional financial support to the Penrith VRA.  Council has suggested that the operations of the Penrith VRA provide savings to NSW State Emergency Services who would otherwise be required to provide a primary rescue function in the Penrith Local Government Area.

 

Penrith Council provides financial support to the NSW Fire Brigades ($973,491 in 2005/2006) as a contribution to their overall budget, as do all local councils in the Sydney Fire District. 

 

The NSW Fire Brigades provide primary rescue tasks in a significant number of Local Government Areas.  Penrith Council, therefore, supports the primary rescue agency in the Local Government Areas where the NSW Fire Brigades provide the primary rescue function.  The converse does not apply with other councils and State Government supporting the primary rescue agency in Penrith on an annual basis. 

 

Whilst the Minister has not agreed to the annual funding of the Penrith VRA on this basis, it is felt that Council should pursue this line of thought to address the inequity of funding to the primary rescue agency in the Penrith Local Government Area.

 

At the request of Cr Greg Davies, a further meeting is being arranged between the Minister for Emergency Services, Cr Davies and senior Council officers in an attempt to address this matter.

 

The Penrith VRA has acknowledged Council’s position and, whilst agreeing with the direction that Council is taking to achieve long-term funding for their organisation, has advised that in the interim period their organisation has a need for direct financial support to assist in offsetting operational expenditure.

 

Penrith VRA representatives have advised that they have recently incurred considerable unexpected costs to repair several of their vehicles.

 

The Penrith VRA have requested Council consider direct financial support to the Penrith VRA by way of a $20,000 short-term loan to assist their organisation until the long-term funding issues can be resolved.

 

The Penrith VRA requested Council to consider a short term interest free loan of 3-5 years.  The Penrith VRA advised that they will be able to repay the loan following the resolution of long term funding of the squad (with the NSW Government) and completion of the new building in Simeon Road.

 

Council has provided an interest free loan of $40,000 to the Penrith VRA in 1986, which was repaid in 1999.

 

Immediately following the State Cabinet Meeting in June 2005, the Minister for Emergency Services, The Hon Tony Kelly presented the Penrith VRA with a cheque for $10,000 to support the organisation.  The Penrith VRA has confirmed that this funding has been used to fund building works on the VRA’s new Headquarters in Simeon Road, Orchard Hills.

 


Financial Services Manager’s Comment

Council has a number of occasions provided short-term loans to assist other local organisations.  The most recent was to the Penrith Basketball Stadium to assist in making repairs to the floor.  The request from the VRA appears reasonable however a duration for the loan will need to be established and a repayment schedule agreed.  The level of and the equity of funding from the State Government is an issue that merits ongoing advocacy.

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That the information contained in the report on Penrith VRA Rescue Squad be received.

 

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14      Liquor Licence 20/14                                                                                                         93

 

15      Hydrotherapy Centre Operation  2986/8                                                                            95

 

 



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5 December 2005

Leadership and Organisation

 

 

Leadership and Organisation

 

 

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City Operations Directorate Report to mid November 2005    

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Compiled by:                Joanne Robertson - AM Secretary

Authorised by:             Ray Moore - Director City Operations  

Strategic Program Term Achievement: Services and programs that Council provides are determined based on equity, customer requirements, community benefits and best value.

Critical Action: Deliver quality customer services, responsive to contemporary community expectations within available resources.

        

Purpose:

To inform Council on the progress of works of the City Operations Directorate.  The report recommends that the information be received.

 

ASSET MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT

 

Civil Operations Section