29 March 2006

 

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 3 April 2006 at 7:00PM.

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

Yours Faithfully

 

Alan Stoneham

Director City Strategy

 

BUSINESS

 

1.           APOLOGIES

 

2.           LEAVE OF ABSENCE

Leave of absence has been granted to:

Councillor Aitken - 3 April 2006 to 6 April 2006 inclusive.

Councillor Simat - 3 April 2006 to 6 April 2006 inclusive.

 

3.           CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES

Ordinary Meeting - 6 March 2006.

 

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.           NOTICE OF MOTION TO RESCIND A RESOLUTION

 

8.           ADOPTION OF REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATION OF COMMITTEES

Disability Access Committee – 1 February 2006.

Local Traffic Committee - 6 March 2006.

Policy Review Committee – 20 March 2006.

 

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 3 April 2006

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 



MEETING CALENDAR

 

April 2006 - December 2006

 

 

TIME

APRIL

MAY

JUNE

JULY

AUG

SEPT

OCT

NOV

DEC

 

Mon

Mon

Mon

Mon

Mon

Mon

Mon

Mon

Mon

 

Ordinary Meetings

7.00 pm

3

1v

5

3

7

4ü

9

6

4

 

24

15 #

19*

17

21#+

18

25^

23

20 #

11

 

Policy Review Committee

7.00 pm

 

22

26

24

28

11@

16

13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

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

*   Meeting at which the Management Plan for 2006/2007 is adopted

 

@  Strategic Program progress reports (only business)

ü  Meeting at which the 2005/2006 Annual Statements are presented

 

 

^   Election of Mayor/Deputy Mayor (only business)

 

·         Council has two Ordinary Meetings per month where practicable.

·         Extraordinary Meetings are held as required.

·         Policy Review Meetings are held monthly where practicable.

·         Members of the public are invited to observe meetings (Ordinary & Policy Review) 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 6 MARCH 2006 AT 7:03PM

NATIONAL ANTHEM AND PRAYER

The meeting opened with the National Anthem and Prayer read by Legal Officer, Stephen Britten.

PRESENT

His Worship the Mayor Councillor John Thain, Councillors Jim Aitken OAM, Kaylene Allison, David Bradbury (arrived 7:07pm), Kevin Crameri OAM, Greg Davies, Mark Davies, Ross Fowler, Jackie Greenow, Karen McKeown, Garry Rumble, Pat Sheehy AM, and Steve Simat.

 

APOLOGIES

703  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jackie Greenow seconded Councillor Steve Simat that apologies be accepted from Councillors Lexie Cettolin, Susan Page and David Bradbury.

 

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES - Ordinary Meeting - 20 February 2006

704  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy seconded Councillor Ross Fowler that the minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of 20 February 2006 be confirmed.

 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.

 

Reports of Committees

 

1        Report and Recommendations of the Policy Review Committee – 27 February 2006   

705  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Karen McKeown seconded Councillor Ross Fowler that the recommendations contained in the Report and Recommendations for the Policy Review Committee Meeting of Monday 27 February 2006 be adopted.

 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Councillor Ross Fowler declared a non-pecuniary interest in Item 1 as he has a business relationship with the Coffey Group of Companies and he reserved the right to speak and vote.

 

MASTER PROGRAM REPORTS

 

The City in its Broader Context

 

1        Naming of Bridge Across Boundary Creek, Great River Walk                 (5000/2  Pt 3)

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

That:

                   1.       The information contained in the report on Naming of Bridge Across                               Boundary Creek, Great River Walk be received

                   2.       That Council endorse the naming of the bridge across Boundary Creek,                          Great River Walk as “Coffeys Crossing”.

 

2        Exhibition of Draft SEPP for NW and SW Growth Centres                     4140/1; 4123/1

707  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Kevin Crameri seconded Councillor Jackie Greenow

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Exhibition of Draft SEPP for NW and SW Growth Centres be received

2.     Council make a formal submission to the Department of Planning in response to the exhibition of the North West and South West Growth Centres SEPP in terms of the issues identified in this report

3.     Council make a further request to the Minister for Planning in relation to being afforded an opportunity to participate in the North West and Growth Centre Executive Committees

4.     Council raise their concern through the local members on the issues raised in the report.

 

The City as a Social Place

 

3        Development Application 04/2003 for a multi-unit housing development on Lot 1A DP 413271, Lot 1B DP 413271 and Lot 66 DP 35566 (No. 2) Gidley Street and (No. 34 - 36) Phillip Street, St Mary's. Applicant: Pretech Pty Ltd;  Owner: E, B & G Attieh, O Vlangos, J O'Keefe & Azcorp Holdings                                                                            DA04/2003

708  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Steve Simat seconded Councillor Ross Fowler

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Development Application 04/2003 for a multi-unit housing development on Lot 1A DP 413271, Lot 1B DP 413271 and Lot 66 DP 35566 (No. 2) Gidley Street and (No. 34 - 36) Phillip Street, St Mary's be received

2.     That the matter be deferred to allow a further Urgent Report to Council at the next Ordinary Meeting.  The further report is to address the following issues:

        2.1       Information showing how the proposal complies with the following aims and objectives of the Penrith Local Environmental Plan 1998 (LEP) (Urban Land):

                             (e)     Residential Character

                                      (i)      to promote the community’s desired character by ensuring                             that future development in all residential localities reflects                                       features or qualities of traditional detached houses that are                              surrounded by private gardens, and

                                      (ii)      to enhance the essential character and identity of                                  established residential areas

                             (f)      Residential Amenity

                                      (i)      to promote development which safeguards the residential                               amenity of the area.

        2.2       Further information to be provided in relation to the operation of the            stacked parking, and the effect this will have on local traffic and noise                   issues, and therefore residential amenity.

        2.3       Further information be provided and an alternative assessment made            regarding relocating the entry / exits to the basement parking.

        2.4       A photomontage of the proposed development is to be provided.

 

4        Status of New Release Areas in Penrith                                                                 4105/3

709    A MOTION was moved Councillor David Bradbury seconded Councillor Greg Davies that:

1.   The information contained in the report on Status of New Release Areas in Penrith be received

2.   Council note the comments made by The Federal Member for Lindsay, Jackie Kelly, recently in the Penrith Press on Friday 24 February 2006 and The Western Weekender on Friday 3 March 2006.

3.   Council reject the suggestion that Council provided assurances to the purchasers of three parcels of the land (AIPT Management) as to its future zoning.

4.   Council write to The Member for Lindsay, Jackie Kelly, and request her to withdraw her comments and apologise to Council.

An AMENDMENT was MOVED by Councillor Jim Aitken seconded Councillor Ross Fowler that the information contained in the report on Status of New Release Areas in Penrith be received.

On being PUT to the meeting the AMENDMENT was LOST.

Councillor Jim Aitken called for a DIVISION.

For

Against

Councillor Jim Aitken

Councillor Kaylene Allison

Councillor Kevin Crameri

Councillor David Bradbury

Councillor Mark Davies

Councillor Pat Sheehy

Councillor Ross Fowler

Councillor Greg Davies

Councillor Garry Rumble

Councillor Jackie Greenow

Councillor Steve Simat

Councillor Karen McKeown

 

Councillor John Thain

 

On being PUT to the Meeting the MOTION was CARRIED.

 

Councillor Ross Fowler called for a DIVISION.

For

Against

Councillor Kaylene Allison

Councillor Jim Aitken

Councillor David Bradbury

Councillor Steve Simat

Councillor Greg Davies

Councillor Kevin Crameri

Councillor Jackie Greenow

Councillor Mark Davies

Councillor Karen McKeown

Councillor Ross Fowler

Councillor Pat Sheehy

Councillor Garry Rumble

Councillor John Thain

 

 

 

 

The City as an Economy

 

6        Council Property - Demolition of No 11 Collins Street St Marys     207387 LE1

710  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jim Aitken seconded Councillor Jackie Greenow

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Council Property - Demolition of No 11 Collins Street St Marys be received

2.     Council agree to the demolition of the existing cottage located at No 11 Collins Street St Marys.

 

12      Council Sponsorship of Western Sydney Business Connection/Macquarie Bank Golf Day at Twin Creeks                                                                                                    

711  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jim Aitken seconded Councillor Jackie Greenow

That:

1.      The information contained in the report on Council Sponsorship of Western Sydney Business Connection/Macquarie Bank golf day at Twin Creeks be received

2.      That Council endorse the sponsorship proposal for the Western Sydney Business Connection/Macquarie Bank golf tournament at Twin Creeks.

 

5        Proposal for Sunday Markets - Council's Carparks within the Penrith and St Marys CBD                                                                                     9201/5

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

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Proposal for Sunday Markets - Council's Carparks within the Penrith and St Marys CBD be received.

2.     Council agree in the principle to the use of Council’s carparks for Sunday Markets.

3.     Council engage the services of an independent Planning Consultant to submit a Development Application for Council’s consideration for the operations of Sunday Markets in Council carparks.

4.     A further report be submitted to Council relating to the outcome of the Development Application that may lead to an “Expression of Interest” over the subject sites.

 

The City Supported by Infrastructure

 

7        Tender 10-05/06 Supply and Delivery of Street Sweeper           38/149 Pt1

713  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Greg Davies seconded Councillor Karen McKeown

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Tender 10-05/06 Supply and Delivery of Street Sweeper be received

2.     The tender from MacDonald Johnston Engineering Company Pty Ltd for the supply and delivery of one MacDonald Johnston RT570 mounted on a Hino Pro 7 cab/chassis, with the options as detailed in the report, in the amount of $224,423 be accepted.

 

Leadership and Organisation

 

9        Application for grant funding to undertake bush fire prone vegetation mapping.                                                                                                   80/8

714  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Ross Fowler seconded Councillor Greg Davies that Council endorse the grant application under the Working Together To Manage Emergencies Local Grants Scheme 2006-07 to map bush fire prone vegetation categories in the Penrith Local Government Area.

 

10      Cranebrook Village Shopping Centre - Assignment of Lease from Composite Buyers Pty Ltd to Ritchies Stores Pty Ltd             634905 LE1

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

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on deed of Assignment of Lease to Ritchies Stores Pty Limited be received

2.     Council grant the Deed of Assignment of the existing Lease relating to the supermarket at Cranebrook Village Shopping Centre from Composite Buyers Limited to Ritchies Stores Pty Limited.

3.     Council to provide the appropriate additional clause or clauses in the Deed of Assignment relating to the possible expansion of the supermarket area.

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

 

Councillor Mark Davies left the meeting, the time being 8:06pm.

Councillor Mark Davies returned to the meeting, the time being 08:09pm.

 

8        Independent Commission Against Corruption Discussion Paper - Corruption Risks in NSW development approval processes       20/24 Pt7

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

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Independent Commission Against Corruption Discussion Paper - Corruption Risks in NSW development approval processes be received

2.     The comments within the report be forwarded to the Independent Commission Against Corruption as Council’s response to the issues raised in the discussion paper “Corruption Risks in NSW Development Approval Process”.

 

Councillor Steve Simat left the meeting, the time being 8:10pm.

 

11      Cranebrook Village Shopping Centre - Proposed Extensions   950/78 Pt 2

717  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy seconded Councillor Jackie Greenow

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on the proposed extensions to the Cranebrook Village Shopping Centre be received

2.     A further report be presented to Council on the cost analysis and feasibility of the proposed extensions to the Cranebrook Village Shopping Centre.

 

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE

 

QWN 1      Dunheved Industrial Estate                                                               4130/26 Part 3

Councillor Greg Davies requested a Report to Council on the Dunheved Industrial Estate.  The report is to cover the current status of the Estate, and include the Link Road, the State Regional Plan for existing Industrial Estates, and any other matters regarding the Estate.

 

Councillor Steve Simat returned to the meeting, the time being 8:12pm.

 

QWN 2      Richmond Greyhound Club                                                                          6016/39

Councillor Greg Davies requested that a donation of $600 from North Ward Voted Works be made to the Richmond Greyhound Club as a contribution towards flagpoles at the club, and that Council supply a Council flag for display at the club.

 

718  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Greg Davies 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.

 

719  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Greg Davies seconded Councillor Pat Sheehy that a donation of $600 from North Ward Voted Works be made to the Richmond Greyhound Club as a contribution towards flagpoles at the club, and that Council supply a Council flag for display at the club.

 

QWN 3      Solander Fields                                                                                                3163/1

Councillor Greg Davies requested an Urgent Memo (to be provided within 1 working day) to all East Ward Councillors on parking at Solander Fields.  Councillor Davies has received advice that after years of using part of the area for car parking, advice has now been given that this cannot occur.  This will cause safety issues for children 7-8 years old who will now have to cross Banks Drive to get to the field.  This is also a danger to traffic using this area normally due to the increased street car parking.

 

QWN 4      Erskine Park Soccer Club                                                                            6016/39

Councillor Greg Davies presented a plaque of Appreciation from the Western Storm (Erskine Park Soccer Club) for Council’s assistance with their charity fundraising activities.

 

QWN 5      Council Rubbish Collection                                                               7004/11 Part 9

Councillor David Bradbury requested a memo reply to all Councillors on the addressing of letters to residents that have requested a Council rubbish pick up.  Currently the letters are addressed “To the Occupant #123456”.  Councillor Bradbury has requested that this practice be amended to at least remove the ID number reference.

 

QWN 6      Impacts of WELL Planning Proposals on Caddens Road, Orchard Hills 4105/89 Part 17

Councillor David Bradbury requested a memo reply to all East Ward Councillors regarding the impact of the WELL planning proposals upon certain properties along Caddens Road, Orchard Hills.

 

QWN 7      Dunheved Industrial Estate                                                               4130/26 Part 3

Further to the request made by Councillor Greg Davies, Councillor Ross Fowler requested a Report to Council on the Dunheved Industrial Area and proposed connection to Christie Street with Dunheved Circuit.

 

QWN 8      Rescission Motion                                                                               4105/3 Part 6

Councillors Jim Aitken, Ross Fowler and Steve Simat gave notice of an intention to move a MOTION TO RESCIND the motion carried at the Ordinary Meeting held on 6 March 2006 in relation to Item 4 – Status of New Release Areas in Penrith, at the next Ordinary Meeting to be held on 3 April 2006.

 

QWN 9      Regional Infrastructure Levies                                                                    4114/68

Councillor Steve Simat requested an Urgent Report to Council on implementation of regional infrastructure levies which will see developer contributions made available for delivery of infrastructure in new urban release areas.  The report is to focus on how these infrastructure contributions could be used to fund new much needed infrastructure, like Werrington Arterial, and other much needed infrastructure.

 

QWN 10    Salvation Army Clothing Bins in East Lane Car Park                       9200/8 Part 2

Councillor Steve Simat requested a memo reply on methods to keep the Salvation Army Clothing Bins tidier.  The two bins located at East Lane car park constantly have rubbish strewn around them.

 

QWN 11    Leave of Absence Request                                                                       3/2 Part 2

Councillor Mark Davies requested Leave of Absence for the period 12 April 2006 to 9 May 2006 inclusive.

 

720  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jackie Greenow seconded Councillor Garry Rumble 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.

 

721  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jackie Greenow seconded Councillor Garry Rumble that leave of absence be granted to Councillor Mark Davies for the period 12 April 2006 to 9 May 2006 inclusive.

 

QWN 12    Leave of Absence Request                                                                       3/2 Part 2

Councillor Garry Rumble requested Leave of Absence for the period 13 March 2006 to 29 March 2006 inclusive.

 

722  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jackie Greenow 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.

 

723  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jackie Greenow seconded Councillor Karen McKeown that leave of absence be granted to Councillor Garry Rumble for the period 13 March 2006 to 29 March 2006 inclusive.

 

QWN 13    Red Cow Inn Restoration                                                                   541854 Part 3

Councillor Kevin Crameri requested a memo reply to all Councillors on the restoration of the Red Cow Inn.  Councillor Crameri notes that Besser Blocks are being used in the restoration and requests information on the compliance with Heritage requirements.  The memo is also to address whether Council is overseeing the project in any way.

 

QWN 14    Draft Metropolitan Strategy North West Growth Centre               4100/23 Part 3

Councillor Kevin Crameri requested a memo reply to concerns raised by residents of Berkshire Park over the proposed Draft Metropolitan Strategy North West Growth Centre.  In particular, the concerns to be addressed are:

·                                               The current proposal shows that Richmond Road is only being upgraded to South Creek Bridge.  It is requested that Richmond Road be upgraded to at least George Street, South Windsor.

·                                               The new North West Growth Centre proposes a connection of a 4-lane road called New Shanes Park Road to Stoney Creek Road at Shanes Park.  Shanes Park is also included for residential housing.  The Ropes Crossing also has a major connection to Stoney Creek Road.  With all this development there is no mention of upgrading Stoney Creek Road and St Marys Road and the upgrade of the unsafe causeway crossing over South Creek.

·                                               With the increase in traffic by the above development, traffic lights are needed to be installed at the intersection of St Marys Road / Richmond Road and Llandilo Road / Richmond Road.  It is now impossible to turn right during peak morning and afternoon traffic times especially since the new M7 Motorway opened in December 2005.

 

Councillor Crameri requested that Council consider these issues in its reply to the Department of Planning regarding the exhibition.

 

Councillor Steve Simat left the meeting, the time being 8:28pm.

 

QWN 15    Local Rate for Brookfield Avenue Werrington Downs 6503/4 Part 14

Councillor Kevin Crameri requested a Report to Council on the possibility of a local rate for Werrington Downs in relation to the Brookfield Avenue Landcom Land and the options for resolution of this issue.

 

QWN 16    Illegal Advertising on Great Western Highway, Kingswood    4129/5 Part 5

Councillor Greg Davies requested a memo reply to all Councillors on correspondence received alleging “illegal advertising” on the Great Western Highway, Emu Plains.

 

Councillor Steve Simat returned to the meeting, the time being 8:31pm.

 

QWN 17    Drainage Issues at Great Western Highway and George Street, Kingswood GE/02

Councillor David Bradbury requested an Urgent Report to Council on the progress of investigations into the drainage issues affecting residents on the Northern side of the Great Western Highway, Kingswood, in the vicinity of George Street.

 

Committee of the Whole

 

724  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jackie Greenow seconded Councillor Kevin Crameri the meeting adjourn to the Committee of the Whole to deal with the following matters, the time being 8:32pm.

 

1        Presence of the Public

 

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

 

City as an Economy

 

2        Former Council Chambers Precinct - Belmore & Station Streets Penrith            950/62

 

This item has been referred to Committee of the Whole as the report refers to information that would, if disclosed, confer a commercial advantage on a person with whom the Council is conducting (or proposes to conduct) business and discussion of the matter in open meeting would be, on balance, contrary to the public interest.

 

Leadership and Organisation

 

3        Cranebrook Village Shopping Centre - Security Arrangements                              959/9

 

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

 

4        Senior Staff Matters                                                                                          909/91 Pt9

 

This item has been referred to Committee of the Whole as the report refers to personnel matters concerning particular individuals and discussion of the matter in open meeting would be, on balance, contrary to the public interest.

 

The meeting resumed at 8:51pm and the Legal Officer reported that the Committee of the Whole met at 8:32pm on Monday 6 March 2006, the following being present

 

His Worship the Mayor Councillor John Thain, Councillors Jim Aitken OAM, Kaylene Allison, David Bradbury, Kevin Crameri OAM, Greg Davies, Mark Davies, Ross Fowler, Jackie Greenow, Karen McKeown, 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        Former Council Chambers Precinct - Belmore & Station Streets Penrith            950/62

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

CW2 That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Former Council Chambers Precinct - Belmore & Station Streets Penrith be received

2.     Council agree to offer for sale to the Minister for Commerce, proposed Lot 1121 having an area of 2,500 m2 on the corner of Station and Belmore Streets in accordance with terms and conditions 1-21 as outlined in the report.

3.     A further report be presented to Council outlining the Department of Commerce’s response to these conditions.

 

3        Cranebrook Village Shopping Centre - Security Arrangements                              959/9

RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor David Bradbury seconded Councillor Ross Fowler

CW3 That the information contained in the report on Cranebrook Village Shopping Centre - Security Arrangements be received.

 

4        Senior Staff Matters                                                                                          909/91 Pt9

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

CW4 That the recommendations of the Senior Staff Recruitment / Review Committee be adopted.

 

ADOPTION OF Committee of the Whole

 

725  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy seconded Councillor Ross Fowler the recommendation contained in the Committee of the Whole and shown as CW1 to CW4 be adopted.

 

 

There being no further business the Chairperson declared the meeting closed the time being 8:53pm.

 


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

   


Notices Of Motion

 

Item                                                                                                                                       Page

 

1        Notice of Motion [Rescission]                                                                                              1

 

 



Ordinary Meeting

3 April 2006

Leadership and Organisation

 

1          Notice of Motion

Notice of Motion [Rescission]            

 

 

 

At the Ordinary Meeting of Council held on 6 March 2006, Councillors Jim Aitken, Ross Fowler and Steve Simat gave notice of their intention to move the following motion:

 

“That the motion carried at the Ordinary Meeting of Council held on 6 March 2006 in relation to Item 4 – Status of New Release Areas in Penrith be, and is hereby, rescinded.”

 

 

Subject to the above Rescission Motion being carried –

 

Councillors Jim Aitken, Ross Fowler and Steve Simat also gave notice of their intention to move the following motion:

 

“That:

 

1.       The information contained in the report on Status of New Release Areas in Penrith be received

 

2.       The recommendation printed on Item 4 – Status of New Release Areas in Penrith be reconsidered after the report to Council requested by Cr Bradbury in Questions Without Notice (QWN3) at the Ordinary Meeting of 20 February 2006.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

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Reports of Committees

 

Item                                                                                                                                       Page

 

1        Report and Recommendations of the Disability Access Committee
1 February 2006                                                                                                                  1

 

2        Report and Recommendations of the Local Traffic Committee Meeting of
6 March 2006                                                                                                                      4

 

3        Report and Recommendations of the Policy Review Committee Meeting of 20 March 2006  16

 

 



Ordinary Meeting

3 April 2006

The City as a Social Place

 

REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE
 Disability Access Committee MEETING

HELD ON 1 February, 2006 at 5:00PM

 

 

PRESENT

Councillor Lexie Cettolin, Councillor Jackie Greenow, David Currie, Jill Huber, Allison Herbert, Maeve Dunnett, Tricia Hitchen

 

IN ATTENDANCE

 

Hans Meijer, Asset Systems Manager; Athena Kandris, Aged and Disability Services Officer; Vanessa Muscat, Environmental Health and Building Surveyor; Joe Ibbitson, Community Program Co-ordinator; Ben Felten, Disability Access Officer; Steve Barratt, Development and Compliance Unit Co-ordinator; Danielle Welsh, Personal Services Manager; Graham Howe, Building Projects Co-ordinator

 

APOLOGIES

Councillor John Thain, Erich Weller.

 

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES - Disability Access Committee Meeting - 5 October 2005

RECOMMENDATION

 

That the minutes of the Disability Access Committee Meeting of 5 October 2005 be confirmed with the following amendment:

 

David Currie’s name be added under Apologies.

 

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

No declarations of interest.

 

MASTER PROGRAM REPORTS

 

The City as a Social Place

 

1        Program for Installation of Tactile Ground Surface Indicators (TGSIs) in St Marys CBD and Penrith CBD                                                                                                             1700/1

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

 

1.       The information contained in the report on the Program for Installation of Tactile Ground Surface Indicators (TGSIs) in St Marys CBD and Penrith CBD be received.

2.       The program and locations for the installation of TGSIs in the Penrith and St Marys CBDs be endorsed.

3.       An additional TGSI be installed at the rear of Community Connections.

 

2        Penrith City Centre Access Map                                                                             1700/2

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

 

1.     The information contained in the report on Penrith City Centre Access Map be received.

2.     The Launch of the Penrith City Centre Access Map be held on Thursday, 23rd February 2006 at 10.00am at the Penrith Civic Centre.

 

3        Progress Report on Council's EEO Survey                                       909/33

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

 

1.     The information contained in the report on Progress Report on Council's EEO Database be received.

2.     An access audit be carried out on the inside of Council’s Civic Centre building.

3.     There be a subsequent presentation to the committee regarding the access audit and Danielle Welsh be invited to this presentation.

 

GENERAL BUSINESS

GB1           Development Applications                                                                  

Vanessa Muscat brought three sets of plans of Class 9 facilities (clubs and hotels in the local area) to the meeting and advised the committee of modifications to these buildings.

 

·    Peachtree Hotel

·    Anglican Church - new facilities for Primary School

·    St Marys Band Club

 

GB 2          Parking on River Road                                                                       

Jill Huber advised that people parking on the river side of River Road are being booked.  She enquired who to write in regard to this.  Steve Barratt advised that it is necessary to make representations to the Information Processing Bureau. 

 

GB 3          Access to Parks                                                                                   

Allison Herbert said that at Tench Reserve and other parks around Penrith there is no access for people who are in wheelchairs or use frames. 

 

It was suggested to ask Grant Collins to come to the next meeting to speak about the parks, particularly Tench Reserve.

 

GB 4          Hearing Loops – Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre and Community Connections building                                                                          

Allison Herbert informed the committee that the hearing loop in the Q Theatre was not working.

 

Allison also advised that the loop in the meeting rooms at the Community Connections building had a lot of interference with noise from the electrical system.

 

Graham Howe agreed to report back on these matters.

 

There being no further business the Chairperson declared the meeting closed the time being 6.56pm.

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That the recommendations contained in the Report and Recommendation of the Disability Access Committee of 1 February 2006 be adopted.

 

 


Ordinary Meeting

3 April 2006

Leadership and Organisation

 

REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE
 Local Traffic Committee MEETING

HELD ON 6 March, 2006 at 9:00AM

 

 

PRESENT

David Burns – Asset Manager (Chairperson), Councillor McKeown – Representative for the Member for Mulgoa, Councillor Sheehy – Representative for the Member for Londonderry, Sergeant Scott Smith – Penrith Police, Senior Constable Mark Elliot – St Marys/Regentville Police, Ian Lovelock - Roads and Traffic Authority, Richard McHenery – Roads and Traffic Authority

 

IN ATTENDANCE

 

Ron Watson – Westbus, Michael Alderton – Road Network Services Engineer, Rosemarie Barretto – Senior Traffic Engineer, Stephen Barnes – Senior Traffic Engineer, Sharon Maddox – Road Safety Co-ordinator, Belinda Collis – Road Safety Trainee, Nasiha Kadavath – Trainee Engineer, Merv Filby - Ranger

 

APOLOGIES

Deputy Mayor - Councillor Greenow, Councillor Rumble, Noel Fuller – Co-ordinator Ranger Services

 

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES - Local Traffic Committee Meeting - 6 February 2006

That the minutes of the Local Traffic Committee Meeting of 6 February 2006 be confirmed.

 

MASTER PROGRAM REPORTS

 

The City Supported by Infrastructure

 

1        B-Double Route - Carrington Road, Londonderry                                     (9020/13  Pt3)

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on B-Double Route - Carrington Road, Londonderry be received.

2.     The proposed amended route as described above be approved for 25.0m B-Double for a trial period of 12 months.

3.     The Roads and Traffic Authority be advised of this matter accordingly, and be requested to publish a notice in the Government Gazette in accordance with the ‘Route Assessment Guidelines for B-Doubles and Road Trains’, indicating approval to use Carrington Road, Londonderry, as a 25.0m B‑Double Route following the completion of a satisfactory field trial.

4.     The applicant be requested to carry out widening to the driveway of his property, to meet both Council and Roads and Traffic Authority standards.

If this recommendation is adopted the action will be completed by 30 May 2006

 

 

2        Speed Limit Changes on Council Roads - Notification by Roads & Traffic Authority (9003/18  Pt 2)

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.       The information contained in the report on Speed Limit Changes on Council Roads - Notification by Roads & Traffic Authority be received.

2.       Council write to the Roads and Traffic Authority requesting that the Authority note Council’s concerns about not being consulted of changes to speed limits on Council Roads, and requesting that Council be consulted prior to the implementation of any future changes.

If this recommendation is adopted the action will be completed by 30 May 2006

 

 

3        Nepean Hospital - Installation of Temporary 'No Stopping' Restrictions Around Hospital Perimeter                                                    (232732  Pt 7)

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Nepean Hospital - Installation of Temporary 'No Stopping' Restrictions Around Hospital Perimeter be received

2.     Council staff be granted delegated authority to erect temporary No Stopping restrictions on six occasions throughout the year on each of the four road frontages to Nepean Hospital, namely Parker Street, Derby Street, Somerset Street and The Great Western Highway, for the purpose of carrying out routine maintenance of footpath areas.

3.     The administration of Nepean Hospital and all affected stakeholders be advised by Council at least one week prior to Council’s intention to carry out the works.

4.     One street frontage only is to be closed on any given day.

5.     A Traffic Control Plan (TCP) and a road occupancy licence application for Great Western Highway and Parker Street to be submitted to the Roads and Traffic Authority for approval.

 

If this recommendation is adopted the action will be completed by 30 May 2006

 

 

4        Jack Williams Drive, Penrith - Proposed 'No Stopping' Restrictions                                                                                                            (JA/18)

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Jack Williams Drive, Penrith - Proposed 'No Stopping' Restrictions be received.

2.     The previously approved 10m of full-time No Stopping restrictions on the northern side of Jack Williams Drive at the intersection of Borec Road, Penrith be extended to 20m either side of the intersection.

3.     Provide full-time No Stopping restrictions on the southern side of Jack Williams Drive 20m either side of the intersection with Jack Williams Drive, Penrith.

 

 

5        Forbes Street & Troy Street, Emu Plains – Our Lady of the Way Primary School Request for Removal & Relocation of Kiss & Ride Zones  (FO/01 Pt4  &  TR/03 Pt2)

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Forbes Street & Troy Street, Emu Plains – Our Lady of the Way Primary School Request for Removal & Relocation of Kiss & Ride Zones be received

2.     The Kiss & Ride Zone designated by “No Standing 8.00-9.30am 2.30-3.30pm School Days” in Forbes Street be removed.

3.     The part-time Bus Zone in Forbes Street be extended to approximately 40m incorporating the former Kiss & Ride Zone.

4.     The Kiss & Ride Zone in Troy Street be moved to commence for a distance of 50m from the “No Stopping” sign in Troy Street and become “No Parking 8.00-9.30am School Days”.

5.     The part-time Bus Zone in Troy Street be relocated to commence from the end of the new Kiss & Ride Zone for a distance of 25m.

6.     The school administration and the bus operator be advised.

If this recommendation is adopted the action will be completed by 30 May 2006

 

 

GENERAL BUSINESS

 

GB 1          'No Standing' Signs – Replacement of Signs Under Australian Road Rules (ARR) (Raised Council)                                                          (9003/1  Pt 6)                  

In July 1999, the NSW Parliament passed the Road Transport (Safety and Traffic Management) Act 1999 and the Road Transport (General) Act 1999.  These Acts commenced on 1 December 1999 and at that time replaced the Traffic Act 1909.

The new regulation, known as the Australian Road Rules (ARR), was approved and adopted by the Australian Transport Council throughout the nation.  The introduction of this legislation required NSW to change some of its current traffic engineering practice.  The Roads & Traffic Authority (RTA) promulgated the changes required to current practice through an ARR series of technical directions

 

The new rules required changes in the way parking zones are signposted.  Prior to the new legislation, NSW had a three–tier parking strategy (NO STOPPING, NO STANDING and NO PARKING).  After 1 December 2006, NSW will have a two–tier parking strategy (NO STOPPING and NO PARKING) with any remaining NO STANDING signs adopting the meaning of a NO STOPPING sign by the legislation.

 

RTA’s Traffic Management Branch, on 15 October 1999, issued Technical Direction TD 99/21 – “NO STANDING and NO PARKING”.  The Technical Direction specifies removal of NO STANDING signs and replacement with NO STOPPING, NO PARKING or other signs.

 

The Local Traffic Committee, at its meeting on 4 May 2004, considered a report regarding this matter and Council at its meeting on 17 May 2004 resolved on the recommendation of the Committee that:

 

1.   “the information contained in the report ‘No Standing’ Signs – Replacement of Signs Under Australian Road Rules (ARR) be received;

2.   approval be given for the Asset Manager or his nominee to arrange implementation of the changes to existing ‘No Standing’ signs (as required) on some local and collector/distributor roads as follows:

(a)    ‘No Standing’ to be replaced, as required, with ‘No Parking’ signs:  Works can be implemented under delegated authority by the Asset Manager or his nominee;

(b)    ‘No Standing’ to be replaced with ‘No Stopping’ signs:  This would require a report to the LTC except at unsignalised intersections to a distance of 10m on all approaches.  Under the ARR, parking is prohibited at intersections within 10m from the kerb line and provision of ‘No Stopping’ signs will further enforce parking restrictions and improve safety at the intersection;

(c)    At signalised intersections:  Parking restrictions to be referred to the RTA as traffic signals are controlled and managed by the Authority;

3.   upon installation of replacement signs, a list of these locations shall be forwarded to Council’s Co-ordinator Ranger Services and Police for enforcement.”

Investigation and audit of all “No Standing” signs in the Penrith LGA has commenced recently.  A list of all existing “No Standing” zones in the suburbs of Jamisontown, South Penrith, Kingswood and Claremont Meadows, which would need to be changed to “No Stopping” zones, was tabled at the meeting and the Committee was requested to endorse it for implementation.  All other “No Standing” zones in the suburbs of Penrith, Colyton, Emu Plains, Emu Heights, St Clair, St Marys, North St Marys, Cambridge Park, Londonderry and Werrington that would need to be changed to “No Stopping” zones will be submitted at the next LTC meeting for consideration and endorsement.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That approval be given to change all existing “No Standing” zones to “No Stopping” zones as shown in the list tabled at the LTC meeting.

 

If this recommendation is adopted the action will be completed by 31 December 2006.

 

 

GB 2          Jamison Road, South Penrith – Sight Distance Problem (Raised Council)                                                                                                 (JA/06 Pt 6)                  

At the LTC meeting on 5 December 2005, Councillor McKeown raised concerns about sight distance problems on the northern side of Jamison Road (near house number 103) travelling towards Parker Street.  There is a doctor’s surgery with on-site parking at this location, however when the carpark is full, the overflow vehicles are being parked on the street.   Vehicles approaching on Jamison Road often have to brake hard to avoid a collision with the parked vehicles.

 

Council, at its meeting on 12 December 2005, resolved on the recommendation of the Committee “that the matter be investigated”.

 

This section of Jamison Road is currently signposted with 60kph speed limit zone and has a carriageway width of 13m with four traffic lanes and double barrier centre linemarking.   There is a crest near house number 103 and this property is opposite Fragar Road, approximately 117m west of Parker Street.  The existing parking restrictions along this section of the road, north side, west of Parker Street are as follows:

 

·    No Stopping (associated with the traffic signals – 20m long),

·    No Parking – 20m long, and

·    Bus Stop at the boundary of house number 95 & 97.

 

At the time of inspection, there were no cars parked on-street, however there were cars parked on Fragar Road and it has been observed that a number of patients park their vehicles on Fragar Road opposite the surgery.  It would appear that patients may have been advised to park their vehicles in Fragar Road for safety reasons when the surgery’s carpark is full.

 

A check of RTA crash data revealed that there have been eight accidents on this section of Jamison Road between house number 110 Jamison Road (ie, 58m west of Fragar Road) and house number 101/102 (ie, 35m east of Fragar Road) during the last five years from 1 January 2000 to 31 December 2004.  Two of the eight accidents involved “right off carriageway into object/parked vehicle” near house number 103, while the other six accidents involved rear end  and right near collisions at the intersection with Fragar Road, pedestrian accident near house number 101, and “out of control on carriageway (rollover)” at the Fragar Road intersection.

 

In order to improve safety at this location and prevent drivers from parking on this section of Jamison Road, it is considered appropriate that a full-time Bus Zone should be installed within the existing bus stop (ie, 20m long, from the existing No Parking sign near house number 95 to the west near house number 97) and a “No Parking” restriction should be provided immediately to the west of this proposed Bus Zone, between house numbers 97 and the boundary of house numbers 103, in consultation with affected residents.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That:

 

1.   Full-time Bus Zone be installed within the existing bus stop (ie, 20m long, from the existing No Parking sign near house number 95 to the west near house number 97) and a “No Parking” restriction be provided immediately to the west of the Bus Zone, between house numbers 97 and 103 Jamison Road, South Penrith.

 

2.   The affected residents be advised regarding the proposal.

 

If this recommendation is adopted the action will be completed by 30 June 2006

 

GB 3          Waterford Way/Lakewood Terrace, Glenmore Park (Raised  Council)                

(WA/43 & LA/27)

Council has received a representation from Councillor Mark Davies on behalf of a resident regarding sight distance problems at the intersection of Waterford Way and Lakewood Terrace, Glenmore Park.

 

The resident claims that “the new section of road that has been constructed where the old Lensworth Display homes were, off Waterford Way, has the potential to be a major accident site due to the height of the fence at 4 Waterford Way obstructing the view of any vehicle travelling in either direction along Waterford Way.  Any vehicle which may be turning into the new road cannot see another vehicle coming down Waterford Way until they are nearly on them.  There also appears to be a hedge planted above the wall which in time will create an even bigger problem.”

 

The subdivision consent for lots around the previous land sales office was granted in 1999 and the consent for the Land Sales office was issued in 2001.  The lot and road layout was created at this time, including Lakewood Terrace connecting to Waterford Way, and the lots currently occupied by the sales office and parking areas.  The section of Cascade Avenue and Lakewood Terrace around the previous sales office was not constructed at the time as a means of controlling the relatively high volume of traffic generated by the display village and sales office.  The landscaped areas kept the commercial activities separate from the adjoining residential area and also presented an attractive vista from the sales office.  It was a condition of the DA for the sales office that this new section of Lakewood Terrace (off Waterford Way) be constructed upon the closure of the sales office.

 

Waterford Way has a road width of 6.8m and Lakewood Terrace has a road width of 5.5m between kerbs.  There is a bend near house number 4 Waterford Way, opposite the new section of Lakewood Terrace, and it is noted that for traffic travelling in either direction, drivers’ vision is obstructed due to the existing fence fronting this property.  As on-street parking is considered unsafe within the bend, it is recommended that double barrier centre linemarking with raised pavement markers should be provided along the frontage of house number 4 Waterford Way to prevent drivers from driving on the centre of the road and to further enhance delineation and traffic safety.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That:

 

1.       Double barrier centre linemarking (BB lines) with raised pavement markers be provided from the paved threshold to along the frontage of house number 4 Waterford Way to prevent drivers from driving on the centre of the road and further enhance delineation and traffic safety.

 

2.       The affected resident be advised of the proposal.

 

If this recommendation is adopted the action will be completed by 30 June 2006

 

 

GB 4   Hosking Street, Cranebrook – Request for Temporary Road Closure (Raised Council)      (HO/08)

Council has received an application from Barnardos Family Centre in Cranebrook for approval for a temporary road closure in Hosking Street, Cranebrook in order to hold their annual Family Open Day on Saturday, 27 May 2006.  The proposed Open Day will provide a variety of activities and stalls for families in the local area.

 

The proposed temporary road closure will assist in promoting a safe environment for children and families to move between the activities offered at the Barnardos Centre and in the open space area across Hosking Street.

 

The road closure would take place from 8.30am to 2.00pm in Hosking Street, between the Mt Pleasant Community Centre and the Barnardos Family Centre.

 

This street is a local service road which provides access to the high school, community centre and Tamara Child Care Centre (all closed on Saturdays), and to Barnardos.  The street also serves as an exit point for the hardware shop, however this exit will not be affected by the closure.  The proposal is not expected to have any significant traffic impact as there are no residential properties affected in Hosking Street.

 

A Traffic Management Plan (Application for Road Occupancy – Special Event, Category 3) has been submitted to Council for consideration, with a copy forwarded to the Roads and Traffic Authority for consideration.

 

Council has approved the previous event held on 31 May 2003 subject to the same conditions as specified below.  According to Council records, no complaints have been received from the community regarding their previous events.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That the temporary road closure of Hosking Street, Cranebrook, between Mt Pleasant Community Centre and Barnardos Family Centre, on Saturday, 27 May 2006 from 9.00am to 3.00pm be approved, subject to the following conditions:

 

1.   A Transport Management Plan (TMP) and Traffic Control Plan (TCP) including detour arrangements (if any), to be prepared by the organiser according to RTA Guidelines on “Traffic Management for Special Events” and a copy to be submitted to Council and the Roads and Traffic Authority for approval.

 

2.   Negotiations to take place with Barnardos to determine the appropriate length of closure required for the event.

 

3.   Advance warning signs to be erected by the organisers in Borrowdale Way and Laycock Street advising of the closure.

 

4.   Organisers ensuring participants and visitors to the Family Open Day obey road rules during events.

 

5.   Organisers obtaining separate Police approval.

 

6.   Organisers and participants obeying all Police directions.

 

7.   The temporary street closure shall be effected by barriers placed across Hosking Street at its intersection with Borrowdale Way and in front of Cranebrook High School, and is to be manned at all times by competent persons; these barriers shall be obtained from the Storekeeper at Council’s Depot, Copeland Street, Kingswood upon payment of a specified security deposit (arrangements can be made by contacting the Depot on 4732‑7605).

 

8.   A path at least three metres wide shall be available at all times for the passage of emergency service vehicles and buses.

 

9.   Under no circumstances shall cars, tables or other rigid objects be placed at the points of closure (Borrowdale Way and in front of Cranebrook High School).

 

10. Organisers indemnifying Council against all claims for damage or injury, which may result from conducting the events.

 

11. A copy of the Public Liability Insurance of $10 million to be forwarded to Council’s Risk Manager.

 

If this recommendation is adopted the action will be completed by 30 April 2006

 

 

GB 5          Glenmore Park Town Centre Carpark – Traffic Problems  (Raised Councillor McKeown)                                                                     (4122/16  Pt 8)

Councillor McKeown raised concerns on behalf of a resident regarding traffic problems in the Glenmore Park town Centre carpark.  The resident had requested that the carpark be modified to a one-way direction to improve vehicle safety.

 

RECOMMENDATION

That the matter be investigated.

If this recommendation is adopted the action will be completed by 30 April 2006

 

 

GB 6          Forbes Street, Emu Plains – Speeding Vehicles  (Raised St Marys/Regentville Police)                                                                   (FO/01  Pt 4)                  

The St Marys/Regentville Police representative raised concerns on behalf of a resident requesting speed detection be carried out on Forbes Street, however he advised that Police cannot enforce in this street as it is not long enough

RECOMMENDATION

That

1.       Council’s Road Safety Co-ordinator schedule Forbes Street, Emu Plains for installation of the Speed Alert Mobile Unit and a speed classification survey be installed to determine the extent of the speeding problem.

2.       St Marys/Regentville Police be advised.

If this recommendation is adopted the action will be completed by 30 June 2006

 

 

GB 7          Collins Street, St Marys – Proposed Regulatory Signposting & Linemarking Associated with Integrated Housing Development  (Raised Council)                                                                                              (DA03/2988)

Council’s Senior Traffic Engineer tabled a plan for the Committee’s endorsement of proposed signposting and linemarking as part of a subdivision application for a residential development at 6-8 Collins Street, St Marys.

RECOMMENDATION

That the proposed signposting and linemarking, as detailed on Plan No. 50136/3/001 be endorsed.

If this recommendation is adopted no further action required.

 

 

GB 8          Waterside Green Development – Proposed Linemarking & Signposting  (Raised Council)                                                             (DA04/1679)                  

In accordance with the conditions of consent for the proposed development, the applicant has submitted detail plans of the proposed linemarking and signposting for the Waterside Green development.

RECOMMENDATION

That signposting and linemarking as shown on Plans 04S048-C191-C194 Revision 6, be approved subject to the amendments as discussed at the meeting.

If this recommendation is adopted the action will be completed by 30 June 2006

 

 

GB 9          Delegated Authority to Approve Plans Showing Proposed Regulatory Signposting & Linemarking Associated With New Subdivisions                   (31/5  Pt 9)

Council’s Asset Manager requested the Committee to endorse giving delegated authority to Council’s Road Network Services Engineer to distribute plans for the concurrence of voting members of the Local Traffic Committee, and to sign off plans for approval following this concurrence.

RECOMMENDATION

That delegated authority be given to Council’s Road Network Services Engineer to sign off plans for approval, following concurrence from voting members of the Local Traffic Committee

If this recommendation is adopted no further action required.

 

 

GB 10        Union Road Carpark, Penrith – Request for Temporary Closure of Access Driveways on Union Road (Raised Penrith Police)           (9210/1  Pt 2)

The Penrith Police representative advised of an application for the temporary closure of the three access driveways to the Union Road Carpark on Union Road on Saturday and Sunday mornings, between 2.00am and 3.30am, due to drivers doing burnouts, etc, in the carpark when leaving a new nightclub located on the corner of High and Station Streets, Penrith.

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.       The request for temporary closure of the three access driveways to the Union Road Carpark on Union Road on Saturday and Sunday mornings, between 2.00am and 3.30am, be approved.

2.       The Penrith Police representative be advised.

If this recommendation is adopted the action will be completed by 30 May 2006

 

 

GB 11        Victoria Bridge, Emu Plains – Request for Provision of Pedestrian Railing       (GR/35/6  Pt 2)

The Penrith Police representative raised concerns, on behalf of a Sergeant at Penrith LAC, about pedestrian safety on Victoria Bridge and requested consideration be given to the erection of a pedestrian railing along the footpath.

LTC Comment

Council’s Senior Traffic Engineer advised that a request has previously been sent to the Roads and Traffic Authority, and the Authority advised that this would reduce the footpath width significantly.

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.       The matter be referred to the Roads and Traffic Authority for investigation.

2.       The Penrith Police representative be advised.

 

If this recommendation is adopted the action will be completed by 30 June 2006

 

 

GB 12        Head of the River – Saturday, 1 April 2006  (Raised Penrith Police)                                                                                                                    (2071/3)

The Penrith Police representative advised that an application has been received for approval to hold the Head of the River event on Saturday, 1 April 2006.  The event has been held in previous years with no complaints received.

RECOMMENDATION

That the Transport Management Plan for the Head of the River be approved, subject to concurrence from the Police and the Roads and Traffic Authority.

If this recommendation is adopted no further action required.

 

 

GB 13        Kingswood Road, Orchard Hills – Pedestrian Safety at Orchard Hills Public School  (Raised Council)                                                (KI/03  Pt 2)

Council’s Road Safety Co-ordinator advised that the Road Safety Education consultant for Western Sydney has raised concerns on behalf of the Principal of Orchard Hills Public School in Kingswood Road regarding the school bus picking up on the opposite side of road to the school.  Council previously installed a median island, but children need to be walked across the road to the grass verge by teachers.  This is a dangerous practice, as the school is located at the top of a steep crest.

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.   Westbus be requested to apply to the Ministry of Transport for a change to the bus route.

2.   The applicant be advised.

If this recommendation is adopted the action will be completed by 30 June 2006

 

 

GB 14        Blackwell Avenue, St Clair – Kiss & Ride Zone at Blackwell Public School  (Raised Council)                                                                           (BL//04)

The Crossing Supervisor at Blackwell Public School has advised that the Kiss & Ride zone does not operate in the afternoon, and has requested that it be changed to a Kiss & Ride in the morning only and be swapped with the bus zone.

RECOMMENDATION

That the matter be investigated and a further report be brought to the Local Traffic Committee.

If this recommendation is adopted the action will be completed by 30 June 2006

 

 

GB15         Trinity Drive, Cambridge Gardens - Parking in the Vicinity of Schools  (Raised Council)                                                                          (TR/02)

Council’s Road Safety Co-ordinator raised a request on behalf of the Crossing Supervisor at Cambridge Gardens Public School for consideration to be given to marked parking bays on streets in the vicinity of schools to prevent parked vehicles from encroaching on people’s driveways.

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.       The matter be noted.

2.       Police be notified to make the Highway Patrol officer in charge of the school aware for enforcement purposes.

If this recommendation is adopted the action will be completed by 30 May 2006.

 

 

There being no further business the Chairperson declared the meeting closed the time being 11.05am.

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That the recommendations contained in the Report and Recommendations of the Local Traffic Committee Meeting of 6 March 2006 be adopted.

 

 


Ordinary Meeting

3 April 2006

Leadership and Organisation

 

REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE
 Policy Review Committee MEETING

HELD ON 20 March, 2006

 

 

Chairperson:

His Worship the Mayor, Councillor John Thain

Declarations of Interest:

No declarations of interest were received.

Present:

His Worship the Mayor Councillor John Thain, Councillors Jim Aitken OAM, Kaylene Allison, David Bradbury (arrived 8:30PM), Kevin Crameri OAM, Ross Fowler, Jackie Greenow, Susan Page and Pat Sheehy AM.

Apologies:

Apologies were received and accepted from Councillors David Bradbury, Lexie Cettolin, Greg Davies, Mark Davies, Karen McKeown and Steve Simat.

Leave of Absence:

Leave of Absence was previously granted to Councillor Garry Rumble for the period 13 March 2006 to 29 March 2006 inclusive.

COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS

The Policy Review Committee met at 7.03pm and concluded at 9:56pm and made the following recommendations:

MASTER PROGRAM REPORTS

LEADERSHIP AND ORGANISATION

1        2005-2009 Strategic Program - Progress to December 2005                                           

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.   The information contained in the report on the 2005-2009 Strategic Program - Progress to December 2005 be received

2.   The proposed amendments to Term Achievements and Critical Actions as detailed in Appendix A to the report be adopted from 1 January 2006

3.   Council staff be congratulated on their commitment to the achievement of the 2005-2009 Strategic Program.

 

RECOMMENDATION

That the recommendations contained in the Report and Recommendations of the Policy Review Committee Meeting held on 20 March 2006 be adopted.

 

 


MASTER PROGRAM REPORTS

 

Item                                                                                                                                       Page

 

The City as a Social Place

 

1        Mobile Pre-School and Playvan Report - 2006                                                                     1

 

2        Mayoral Music Scholarship                                                                                                  9

 

3        Community Assistance Program - 2005-06 Rolling Component                                           11

 

4        Proposed relocation of former Visitor Information Centre to Penrith General Cemetery        13

 

5        Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre (JSPAC) - 2005/06 Operating Subsidy                 16

 

6        Werrington Creek Park Pathway                                                                                        19

 

7        St Davids Church Llandilo                                                                                                  21

 

8        7th International Cities, Town Centres and Communities Conference 2006                          25

 

9        Proposed rezoning of 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  27

 

The City as an Economy

 

10      Commonwealth grant under the Regulation Reduction Incentive Fund Program                    42

 

11      Benefits of Partnership Between Penrith City and Lachlan Shire                                           45

 

The City Supported by Infrastructure

 

12      Application for Funding to the NSW State Emergency Service                                            50

 

13      Local Government Road Safety Auditing/Accident Investigation and Prevention (AIP) Program - 2005/2006                                                                                                                         52

 

Leadership and Organisation

 

14      Summary of Investments & Banking for the period 1 February 2006 to 28 February 2006  58

 

15      2005/2006 Borrowing Program                                                                                          62

 

16      Hydrotherapy Centre Operation                                                                                         64

 

17      Agency Payment Methods                                                                                                  71

 

18      ALGWA (NSW Branch) State Conference                                                                        74

 

19      WSROC Joint Tender for the provision of Stationery Products                                            76

 

20      NSW Parliamentary Committee on the Office of the Valuer General                                    80

 

21      Independent Inquiry into the Financial Sustainability of Local Government                            83

 

22      Key Priorities for the 2006-2007 Management Plan                                                            96

 

 


The City as a Social Place

 

Item                                                                                                                                       Page

 

1        Mobile Pre-School and Playvan Report - 2006                                                                     1

 

2        Mayoral Music Scholarship                                                                                                  9

 

3        Community Assistance Program - 2005-06 Rolling Component                                           11

 

4        Proposed relocation of former Visitor Information Centre to Penrith General Cemetery        13

 

5        Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre (JSPAC) - 2005/06 Operating Subsidy                 16

 

6        Werrington Creek Park Pathway                                                                                        19

 

7        St Davids Church Llandilo                                                                                                  21

 

8        7th International Cities, Town Centres and Communities Conference 2006                          25

 

9        Proposed rezoning of 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  27

 

 



Ordinary Meeting

3 April 2006

The City as a Social Place

 

The City as a Social Place

 

 

1

Mobile Pre-School and Playvan Report - 2006   

 

Compiled by:                Winifred Sadlier, Children's Services Development Officer

Authorised by:             Denise Gibson, Children’s Services Manager

Requested By:             Councillor David Bradbury

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

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

     

Purpose:

To inform Council of the issues surrounding the current operations of the Mobile Pre-School and Mobile Playvan in the context of the wider issues concerning State Government funding to pre-school services; to report on the results of negotiations with the Nepean branch of the Department of Community Services (DoCS) regarding the Mobile services; to seek Council's endorsement to continue advocating on behalf of pre-school users for improved equity and access; for a financial contribution of $23,568 to be considered through Council's Budget process to continue the Mountains to Meadows Mobile Pre-School operations; and to seek Council's endorsement to seek and apply for suitable funding to extend or enhance the Mobile Playvan service as opportunities occur. The report recommends that Mountains to Meadows Mobile Pre-School operate for two days per week in Glenmore Park and two days per week in Claremont Meadows in 2006.

 

Background

Council’s Mobile Services

 

Penrith City Council has provided Mobile Children’s services across the Local Government Area (LGA) for over twenty years.  The types of mobile services provided include a Mobile Playvan and originally three Mobile Pre-School Services. As centre-based services have been established the need for the Mobile Pre-School services has decreased.

 

The aim of the Mobiles is to provide a service in developing and semi-rural areas until such time as permanent centre-based services can be established, then move to another area.  This aim requires a continual review and assessment of the service resulting in recommended change of venues. Such decisions are based on:

 

·    Demographic analysis

·    Financial viability of the services

·    Establishment of centre-based services in an area either by Council, the community or the private sector   

 

Traditionally the Mobile services have supported families in geographically isolated areas of the Local Government Area (LGA) predominantly in new development areas. There is however recent evidence from research undertaken by the State Families First Program that shows some families in established areas of the LGA are socially isolated and require mobile services. In 2005 the Mobile Playvan was able to respond to this finding by commencing a session in North St Marys.

 

Over the twenty-year period of operation both the Mobile Playvan and the Mobile Pre-School have moved locations in response to community needs. 

 

The services receive operational funding, and in the case of the pre-school, economic needs subsidy to improve access for low income families and SCAN funding to support the access of children with additional needs, from the DoCS. 

 

The three Mobile Pre-Schools, previously mentioned, are now reduced to one due to diminished need - the Mountains to Meadows Mobile Pre-School.  This is a licensed service where parents leave their children and pay a fee. In 2005 the Mountains to Meadows Mobile Pre-School operated two days from Claremont Meadows and one day from Glenmore Park. 

 

The Mobile Playvan is an informal service and operates as a supported playgroup from parks and reserves.  Parents or guardians attend the service with their child.  This service is very popular with the community and in large demand with some sessions over utilised.

Previous Council Reports  - Mobile Pre-School

Council has received a number of reports outlining the difficulties of operating a Mobile Pre-School. Such reports have recommended and adopted change of venues and a variety of other strategies to market the service without the desired result of improving utilisation to provide an economically viable service.

 

The above reports have described in detail the perceived problems in providing a viable Mobile Pre-School. Such problems include:

 

·    The rapid establishment of for profit children’s services in new estates creating reduced demand for 3-5 year old places.

·    The changing nature of Commonwealth funding arrangement and access to child care benefit (CCB).

·    Poor utilization rates, well below capacity.

·    The lack of a permanent presence for the mobile – its use of community centres makes permanent signage and presence impossible

·    The difficulty for parents to feel ownership of a service that doesn’t have a permanent home

 

Due to the issues outlined above the Mobile Pre-School has a long history of deficit budgets.

 

The following table indicates the financial deficits for the Mobile Pre-School from 2002 to 2006.

 

Year

Surplus/(Deficit)

2002-03

(33,104.74)

2003-04

(48,751.62)

2004-05

(15,193.29)

2005-06 (to February 06)

4,402

Pre-School Funding Issues and Trends

Some of the problems associated with the operation of the Mobile Pre-School are not isolated to the Mobile but extend to many centre-based pre-schools.

 

The failure of State Government financial support to keep pace with service delivery costs is also a problem not only for the Mobile Pre-School but many other State funded pre-schools. Council will recall previous reports outlining the issues around NSW State Government Pre-School funding.  These include the following issues:

 

·    Pre-School affordability

·    Regional inequities to support children with special needs

·    Restricted access for children from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds (CALD) and children from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) families

 

Pre-School funding across the State is inconsistent due to historical funding factors and variable levels of operational costs.

 

The NSW State Government has prepared to address some of this inconsistency through a series of reviews. The stage two review of pre-school funding that commenced in April 2004 has been examining how to more effectively use existing pre-school funding resources, including operational, fee relief and one-off funding.

 

The history of responsibilities for children’s services being divided between State and Federal Governments and the historical methods of applying for and obtaining funding for pre-school services has resulted in the difference between pre-school fees and long day care fees gradually widening, making a 9am to 3pm pre-school an expensive service for non-working parents.

 

In the Penrith LGA the increase in for-profit childcare services has created an over supply of places for the pre-school age group (3-6 years) in most suburbs. Traditionally, non-working parents in choosing early childhood education options for their 3-6 year olds have used pre-school services. Non-working parents can however use long day care services usually at less cost than Pre-School, and, when there are vacancies not required by parents with children at risk, working parents, or parents seeking work or studying to return to work. The present oversupply in 3-6 year old places is creating vacancies and positions in long day care for children of non-working parents. Preschools are similarly affected.

 

The table below shows utilisation patterns over a 5-year period. The distinct trend emerging (with the exception of Tandara, Rainbow Cottage and Gumbirra) shows pre-schools are operating well below their licensed capacity.

Pre-School Average Daily Utilisation as at End of Year between 2000 and 2005

 

Recent communications with Nepean DoCS has informed Council that Pre-Schools where utilisation is well below funded capacity could face loss of funded days and/or places.

 

It is recommended that Council continue to advocate on behalf of families using State funded pre-school for improved access and equity.

Current Operation of the Mobile Pre-School

Current venues, licensed capacity and average utilisation YTD of the Mobile Pre-School 2005.

 

Day

Venue

Licensed Capacity

Average utilisation for 2004-05

Current utilisation

Monday

Non operational for 2005

n/a

n/a

n/a

Tuesday

Claremont Meadows

26

7.42

10

Wednesday

Claremont Meadows

26

7.42

11

Thursday

Glenmore Park

15

3.63

8

Friday

Planning and Preparation

 

The above table shows that utilisation for 2004–05 and current utilisation is well below licensed capacity. Current utilisation for two days at Glenmore Park is 43% of the licensed capacity and for two days at Claremont Meadows 40% of licensed capacity.

 

The 2006/07 budget is based on a total utilisation of 19 across four days of operation with a staff component to match this utilisation.

Outcome of DoCS Negotiations - Mobiles

Due to continued low utilisation of the Mobile Pre-School Council Officers were forced to consider future options for the operation of the Mobile Pre-School.  In April 2005 a report to Council recommended negotiations commence with DoCS for the Mobile Pre-School sessions to gradually reduce and Mobile Playvan sessions to gradually increase due to its popularity and demand from the community for more sessions. A key part of the negotiations was a transfer of DoCS funding from the Mobile Pre-School to the Mobile Playvan.

 

As part of the negotiations with DoCS it was substantiated that the two services Mobile Pre-School and Mobile Playvan are funded from separate DoCS programs. DoCS Officers advised that they were unable to support Council’s request to transfer funding between the two services. DoCS Officers did however indicate that where two services are funded under the same program there may be more opportunity to support such a proposal for example: Council’s planned Glenmore Park Child and Family Precinct when ready to open will not be eligible for new DoCS funding but there may be an opportunity to negotiate for portions of existing funding that is no longer required to be transferred to this facility.

 

As a result of the negotiations with DoCS it has been necessary to reconsider future options for the Mobile Pre-School.

Needs of the Claremont Meadow Community

The April 2005 report to Council acknowledged the need to continue the Mobile Pre-School service in Claremont Meadows although utilisation has for some time been below 50 percent of the licensed capacity. Claremont Meadows is one of the few areas where neither for-profit or community managed children’s services have been established.

 

The community facility needs for Claremont Meadows were reported to Council on the 16th August 2004. A community analysis found that while there was some need for child care places for children under 3 the community could not support a 40 place children’s centre and therefore building such a facility would not be a viable option for Council. At this time it was proposed that 0-2 year old places be provided at St Marys and 3-5 places continue to be provided by the Mobile Pre-School in Claremont Meadows and other centre-based services in close proximity to Claremont Meadows.

 

It is expected that as areas adjacent to Claremont Meadows are developed, for example: Caddens Release and the Werrington Enterprise Living and Learning Precinct planning provision will be made for the delivery of children’s services by various providers that could include community based, Council or commercial providers. Such centres would be able to provide a service at a more competitive fee to that of the Mobile Pre-School and further reduce utilisation for the Mobile Pre-School.

Future Options for the Mobiles

The Mobile Playvan

 

While the recent negotiations to transfer DoCS funding from the Mobile Pre-School to the Mobile Playvan were unsuccessful it does not change the fact that the Mobile Playvan is a well utilised, user friendly service that is very popular in the LGA and also has the capacity to value add to its service with one off projects such as the DoCS funded Aboriginal Worker Project.

 

It is recommended that Council continue to pursue other funding opportunities to increase and enhance this valuable service.

 

The Mobile Pre-School in Claremont Meadows

 

In general the need for child care places for 3-5 year olds across the LGA is either met or over supplied with the exception perhaps of a few suburbs in semi rural areas that would not support viable services. As stated earlier in this report there is no centre-based service in Claremont Meadows but a community needs analysis showed that the need is insufficient to merit the development of a 40-place centre. The short-term option for Claremont Meadows is to continue the Mobile Pre-School two days per week for the next twelve months with a future review at that time.

 

Should declining utilisation trends continue there would be a need for increased financial support from Council to subsidise the operations of the Mobile Pre-School. Continued DoCS funding is also under review. The long-term option is for Council to include in Local Environmental Plans provision for centre based services in the stage two release areas of Claremont Meadows or the adjacent WELL Precinct.

 

It is recommended that the Mobile Pre-School continue operating two days per week in Claremont Meadows for the next twelve months with a further review at that time.

 

The Mobile Pre-School in Glenmore Park

 

The demand for 3-5 year old Mobile Pre-School places is very low in Glenmore Park.  There has been some increase in numbers recently and interest from parents for a second day to be re-established. The short-term option for Glenmore Park is to continue operating on the Thursday and re-establish the Monday session.

 

Council is planning the Glenmore Child and Family Precinct, due to be opened in 2007.  The long-term option for the Mobile Pre-School in Glenmore Park is to provide places for the current users of the Mobile Pre-School in the Glenmore Park Child and Family Precinct and make a request to DoCS for a transfer of funding from the Mobile Pre-School to the Glenmore Park Child and Family Precinct.

 

It is recommended that the Mobile Pre-School continue operating two days per week in Glenmore Park for the next twelve months with a further review at that time.

 

Parent preference and usage patterns indicate that parents prefer to use the Mobile Pre-School for two days per week.  The recommended Mobile Pre-School, venues for 2006 are as follows.

 

Venues for 2006

 

Day

Venue

Monday

Glenmore Park

Tuesday

Claremont Meadows

Wednesday

Claremont Meadows

Thursday

Glenmore Park

Friday              planning and preparation

 

Acceptance by Council of the continuation of the Mobile Pre-School service will require consideration be given through Council’s budget process for financial support of approximately $23,568 for the 2006-2007 financial-year.

Financial Service’s Manager’s Comments

As indicated earlier in this report Council has provided funding to support the operation of the mobile pre-school for a number of years.  Those subsidies have averaged $32,350 over the past three years.  The Budgeted subsidy for 2005-06 was $14,140; this subsidy was based on expected utilisation of 20 at Claremont Meadows, two days per week and 3 at Glenmore Park two days per week.  These utilisations have not been achieved with Claremont Meadows averaging 10.5 for two days per week and Glenmore Park achieving 8 for one day per week.  Responding to these reduced utilisations salary costs have been reduced by not replacing staff who resigned.  The Service has recorded a surplus of $4,402 to February 2006.

 

The subsidy proposed within this report of $23,568 is based upon utilisations of 13 for Claremont Meadows two days per week and 6 for Glenmore Park two days per week which appear reasonable given the 2005-06 utilisations to date.

Summary

Council’s Mobiles have provided a valuable service to developing areas of the Penrith LGA for over twenty years.

 

Demand for the Mobile Playvan continues to be high while demand for the Pre-School does not support a financially viable service. A continued marketing strategy and community needs analysis aimed at improving the service’s financial viability is not producing the required results.

 

To better meet community needs it was decided to gradually reduce the Mobile Pre-School sessions and increase the Mobile Playvan sessions with the transfer of DoCS funding from the Pre-School to the Playvan. This option was unable to progress due to the two services being funded from different DoCS funded programs. There may be future opportunities to transfer portions of the Mobile Pre-School funding to a centre-based service that is not eligible for new DoCS funding e.g. the Glenmore Park Child and Family Precinct.

 

The above plans took into consideration the needs of users of the Mobile Pre-School especially in Claremont Meadows where there are currently no existing centre-based children’s services.  Phasing out of the service can be deferred until centre-based services are developed in Claremont Meadows or adjacent developments.

 

The short-term recommendation is for the Mobile Pre-School to continue operating in 2006. The program would provide for two days at Claremont Meadows and two days at Glenmore Park. Longer term options could be to phase out the service as centre-based services become available in Claremont Meadows for 3-5 year olds.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Mobile Pre-School and Playvan Report - 2006 be received

2.     A continued program of advocacy on behalf of parents using State funded pre-schools for improved access and equity is pursued

 

3.     Funding opportunities to extend and enhance the Mobile Playvan service are sought

 

4.     The Mountains to Meadows Mobile Pre-School continues operations for two days per week at Claremont Meadows and two days per week at Glenmore Park for the next twelve months with a further review at that time

 

5.      Financial contribution of $23,568 to support the operations of the Mountains to Meadows Pre-School be considered as part of the 2006-2007 budget development process.

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

There are no attachments for this report.


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3 April 2006

The City as a Social Place

 

 

The City as a Social Place

 

 

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Mayoral Music Scholarship   

 

Compiled by:                Gary Dean, Facilities Operations Manager

Authorised by:             Steve Hackett, Director City Services 

Strategic Program Term Achievement: Local centres, community meeting places and prominent meeting places are increasingly valued and recognised by communities as a focus of their neighbourhoods, or as a feature of the City.

Critical Action: Facilitate regular community celebrations in the City’s prominent meeting places.

     

Purpose:

To recommend to Council the establishment of an annual Council Music Scholarship to be awarded to a student at the Penrith Conservatorium of Music at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre (JSPAC).

 

Introduction

Council has over the years, recognised and rewarded excellence across the fields of sport and culture.  This has been done, for example, by donations to assist in travel, by annual prizes/scholarships eg Penrith Show (art), University of Western Sydney etc and by trophy presentations at sporting events.

 

The Foundation for Creative Enterprise Inc (FCE), the City’s peak body representing arts and culture, has a scholarship program which awards a sum of money to an outstanding scholar each year at UWS Penrith (fine arts graduate) and Western Sydney Institute of TAFE (fine arts design sculpture on photography).

 

The FCE now proposes to extend its current program to include the JSPAC’s Conservatorium of Music.

 

Council’s Involvement

 

Discussions have been held with representatives of the FCE about how Council might involve itself in this new scholarship program.  It was suggested that Council might contribute funds to an annual ‘Mayoral Award’ or ‘Scholarship’.  An amount of $1,000 was felt appropriate, paid either as one amount, or divided into several awards.

 

The Director of the JSPAC Conservatorium of Music has recommended that the award be in the category of “voice”.

 

How would the Scholarship work?

 

Discussions centred on this matter and it has been suggested that the scholarship could be for:

·    costs for a ‘master class’

·    further study

·    recording a performance

·    composition of new work

 

Selection criteria would include matters such as:

 

·    demonstrated artistic and conceptual merit

·    previous performance and academic record

·    professional development

·    budget indicating how funds would be spent

 

A Selection Panel comprising a representative from Council, the JSPAC and FCE would determine the successful applicant.

 

Conclusion

 

The JSPAC has now emerged as a ‘centre of cultural excellence’, one important element of that Centre being the ‘Conservatorium of Music’, which now has new and expanded facilities.  The student numbers are growing and new initiatives and programs are being offered.  The Conservatorium has had many talented graduates.

 

It is felt that Council should establish an annual scholarship to be awarded to a selected ‘voice’ student at the Conservatorium.  That scholarship being $1,000.

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Mayoral Music Scholarship be received

2.     Council establish a ‘Mayoral Music Scholarship’ to the amount of $1,000, to be awarded annually to a selected student in the ‘voice’ category at the Penrith Conservatorium of Music

3.     Council nominate a Councillor to be a member of the selection panel

4.     The Director of the Penrith Conservatorium of Music and President of the Foundation for Creative Enterprise, be advised of Council’s decision

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

There are no attachments for this report.


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Community Assistance Program - 2005-06 Rolling Component   

 

Compiled by:                Joe Ibbitson, Community Programs 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 make recommendations regarding two requests for 2005-06 Community Assistance Program funding.  The report recommends Council approve an allocation of $600 to the Warehouse Youth Health Centre and $1,000 to the Penrith Gaels Club for their respective activities.

 

Background

Through the Community Assistance Program, Council makes small grants to non-profit organisations and community-based groups to help meet local community needs.  The maximum grant is $1,000.

 There are three eligibility criteria endorsed by Council, which are:

·    Non-profit organisations providing one-off activities

·    Direct benefit to and participation from Penrith residents

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

 

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

Rolling Component

There are two components to the Community Assistance Program; the planned component and the rolling component. The planned component of the program is undertaken once a year in October/November. Recognising that not all needs for funding can be foreseen, the rolling component allows for one-off requests to be brought before Council at any time during the year.  This provides a flexible supplement to the planned component of the program.

Budget and Allocated Expenditure

The total budget for the 2005-06 combined rolling and planned components of the Community Assistance Program is $25,964. An allocation of $19,060 was made to the planned component in 2005-06 and a total of $6,904 is available for the rolling component.

$3,447.00 has so far been allocated to four projects from the rolling component budget for 2005/06. There is $3,457.00 still available for allocation under the rolling component until the end of June 2006.

Warehouse Youth Health Centre – Youth Week Residential Camp

Council has received a request from the Warehouse Youth Health Centre for $1,000.00 to contribute towards the cost of an outdoor activity weekend residential camp to be held at the YMCA at Yarramundi. The project is a partnership supported by Sydney West Area Health Service, the Penrith Women’s Health Centre, St Clair Neighbourhood Centre and Nepean Adolescent and Family Services.  The camp will target up to twenty ‘at risk’ Sudanese young people, many of whom are refugees and who may not have been able to access appropriate services. This is part of a continuing program and there will also be follow-up work conducted with the young people after the camp.

 

Council has already contributed to this project through the allocation of a Youth Week grant of $400.00. The total cost of the camp is $4,000.00 and funding is being provided through the Sydney West Area Health Service ($2,000.00) and the Triple J Real Appeal funding ($1,000.00).

 

It is proposed that Council allocate $600.00 to the Warehouse Youth Health Centre to contribute towards the cost of a residential camp for Sudanese young people. The total allocation to this project by Council will be $1,000.00.

Penrith Gaels Club – Aboriginal Dancers

The Penrith Gaels Club have requested that Council provide $1,000.00 to cover the cost of an Aboriginal dance performance at a community function on 7th April 2006. The Consul General of Ireland, Mr Patrick Scullion will visit Penrith and the Mayor, Councillor John Thain, will also be present at the evening function. The participation of the Aboriginal dance group in welcoming the Consul General is a way of fostering mutual cultural exchange between the Irish and local Aboriginal community. The Penrith Gaels have consulted with Council’s Aboriginal Liaison Officer in relation to this project.

 

It is proposed that Council allocate $1,000.00 to the Penrith Gaels Club to auspice this Aboriginal dance performance at the community function to welcome the Irish Consul General to Penrith City.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Community Assistance Program - 2005-06 Rolling Component be received

2.     Council approve the allocation of $600 to the Warehouse Youth Health Centre to contribute towards the cost of a residential camp for Sudanese young people.

3.     Council approve the allocation $1,000.00 to the Penrith Gaels Club to auspice an Aboriginal dance performance at the community function to welcome the Irish Consul General to Penrith City.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

There are no attachments for this report.


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Proposed relocation of former Visitor Information Centre to Penrith General Cemetery   

 

Compiled by:                Tony Jarrett, Neighbourhood Facilities Coordinator

Authorised by:             Gary Dean, Facilities Operations 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 consider relocation of the former Visitor Information Centre to the Penrith General Cemetery to be used for staff amenities, customer services and storage.  The report recommends allocation of $50,000 from the Cemetery Improvements Reserve to undertake the project

 

Background

 

The existing Visitor Information Centre building was relocated to the Panthers carpark site in 1990. The new Visitor Information Centre is now complete and is expected to be operating from early April. The old building is available for relocation.

 

It is proposed to locate the building to Penrith General Cemetery, just inside the Cox Avenue entrance on the western side adjacent to the Anglican Section. The current building configuration features a wrap-around veranda, a large office area (30.2 sqm), kitchen, toilets and enclosed storage (15.1 sqm).

 

Current situation

 

All maintenance activities for Council’s operating cemeteries are done by the recently formed Cemetery Operations Team. As the Team’s role evolves and capacity increases, maintenance services are being further enhanced particularly in more frequent mowing. Additional support is also being provided at burial services. The need for improved staff amenities and secure storage for maintenance and specialised cemetery equipment is urgent. Plans were well advanced to install temporary storage such as a large container at Penrith Cemetery.

 

Penrith Cemetery is the primary burial area. Ashes memorialisation is now available in gardens and in columbaria. About 85% of customer service dealings are related to Penrith Cemetery. An on-site customer service presence was envisaged in the next few years given that burials and other services will be occurring at the cemetery for some 50 years.

 

Co-incidentally, the opportunity has arisen to pursue the relocation of the Visitor Information Centre that would effectively deal with storage needs and bring forward plans to enhance delivery of customer services on-site.

 

The relocated building would serve three purposes – as amenities for Cemetery Operations Team staff, as secure storage for equipment and materials, and as a place for delivering customer services from time to time.

 

The relocation of the building at the cemetery requires submission of a Development Application. Penrith Cemetery is identified as a heritage site under the Penrith Local Environmental Plan 1991 (environmental Heritage Conservation) and as such the impacts of the building on the heritage elements of the site need to be addressed. Attention will need to be paid to the precise location of the building, its colour, landscaping, security and overall presentation.

 

Amenities

 

The Cemetery Operations Team spend an average of 7 out of 10 days working at Penrith. While Council’s main Depot is nearby, the provision of on-site amenities for the staff will enhance working conditions and provide opportunities for further operational efficiencies.

 

Storage

 

Prior to the Visitor Information Centre building becoming available, plans were underway to install temporary secure storage such as a container for equipment that is currently located in toilets, kept in the Team’s vehicle or fixed on the trailer. Higher order services can be provided to customers with a larger storage facility. For example, the casket lowering frame is being damaged on its exposed position on the mower trailer.

 

Equipment to provide the Team greater maintenance autonomy and service capacity can be purchased and stored in the new facility, including additional seating for mourners at services and small items used infrequently.

 

Security of the building will be addressed, however it is not intended that high-value items be stored on-site. Vehicles and primary plant and equipment will continue to be stored at the Depot.

 

Customer service

 

Penrith Cemetery will be Council’s primary burial for some 50 years. Services have been expanded beyond just traditional monument style burial areas, with ashes walls (columbaria) and gardens now provided, as well as 2 forms of lawn burial. Many extended services now include provision of plaques that require a number of customer interactions. Administration staff attend all burials, with more than 100 attended annually at Penrith Cemetery.

 

85% of customer service dealings are related to Penrith Cemetery, many requiring face-to-face contact. Significant improvements to customer services would accrue with delivery of more customer services on site. The building would offer customer privacy and product display areas not available in the Civic Centre. Families could see burial areas and products (such as plaques) with staff, and complete purchases without attending the Civic Centre.

 

Initially, staff will be on-site on an ad-hoc or as-needed basis. The time spent at the building for customer services will be dictated by customer demands and may warrant consideration of a more permanent staff presence in the future.

 

Building Services Manager’s comments

 

The current Visitor Information Centre building is suitable for cost-effective relocation to another site. Only minor works (primarily piers) will be required to enable its relocation to Penrith Cemetery. The cost of relocation is estimated at $50,000 including physical relocation, connection of services, painting, landscaping, ancillary works and an on-site sewage system.

 

Financial Services Manager’s comments

 

Surpluses from cemetery operations are retained in the Cemetery Improvements Reserve and applied to infrastructure and service projects in the cemeteries. As reported in the December Quarterly Review, the Cemetery Improvements Reserve is expected to have a balance of $117,656 at the end of 2005/06. The relocation project costs of $50,000 can be met from the Reserve without impacting the future commitments of this Reserve.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Proposed relocation of former Visitor Information Centre to Penrith General Cemetery be received

2.     $50,000 be allocated from the Cemetery Improvements Reserve for the relocation of the Visitor Information Centre building to Penrith General Cemetery, refurbishment of the building, and associated works

 

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

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Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre (JSPAC) - 2005/06 Operating Subsidy   

 

Compiled by:                Gary Dean, Facilities Operations Manager

Authorised by:             Steve Hackett, Director City Services 

Strategic Program Term Achievement: The cultural assets of the City have been integrated to establish its reputation as a creative place.

Critical Action: Finalise extensions for Penrith Regional Gallery and Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre.

     

Purpose:

To advise Council of the request from the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre for the payment of the balance of the Operating Subsidy from Council's 2005/06 budget.  The report recommends that the funds be released to the Centre.

 

Background

Since the JSPAC was opened in 1990, Council has been providing an annual operating subsidy to the Centre.  Initially this subsidy was $100,000 and continued at that amount until the Centre took over the venue management responsibilities of the Q Theatre (Belmore Street, Penrith) five (5) years ago when that subsidy was increased to $300,000 per annum.

 

As part of the JSPAC Extensions Project, Council engaged ‘Positive Solutions’, a consultancy group with considerable knowledge and experience in the operations of performing arts centres to prepare a Business Plan that would reflect the expanded Centre.  That Plan covered both the interim (transition period) and longer term phases of the expanded JSPAC operations.  The work that was undertaken by ‘Positive Solutions’ was supervised and reviewed by the Council/JSPAC Change Management Committee.

 

One of the specific aims of that Business Plan was to identify the level of subsidy that would need to be provided by Council to the expanded facility.  The subsidy that the Business Plan recommended was considerably higher than that which Council was providing.  What was clear from that Business Plan was that the level of Council’s financial support ultimately becomes an investment for a particular cultural outcome for the region.  This can be demonstrated in the case of Council’s long-standing support to the Penrith Regional Gallery and Lewers Bequest.

 

The outcomes of the work undertaken by ‘Positive Solutions’ were advised to Council prior to Council proceeding to the tender phase of the Extensions Project. Council accepted that an increase in its subsidy was required as a consequence of the expansion of the JSPAC.

 

Council’s 2004/05 budget made provision for the ‘transition’ year – an additional $200,000 being set aside in the budget to be paid to the JSPAC upon evidence of additional costs during the ‘start-up’ year.

 

Early last year the Chairman of the JSPAC Board wrote to Council seeking payment of that additional subsidy.  That request was supported by evidence justifying that additional subsidy.  Council subsequently agreed to the payment of that $200,000 to the JSPAC.

 

Council’s 2005/06 budget also includes the ‘additional’ $200,000.

 

The JSPAC 2005/06 Subsequent Request

 

The following letter has recently been received from the Chief Executive Officer at the JSPAC.

 

“As requested please find enclosed a copy of the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre 2005 – 2006 Business Plan (including budgets) as endorsed by the Board.

 

It is the Board’s request that following receipt of the attached business plan that Council releases the remaining $200,000 of subsidy monies allocated to the Centre for the current financial year.”

 

A copy of the Business Plan is included in the attachments to tonight’s agenda.  That Plan has been reviewed by Council officers.

 

Financial Services Manager’s comments

 

The production of the business plan, attached to this report, fulfils the requirements for Council to release the final $200,000 Council had allocated as its 2005-06 subsidy to the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre. The business plan clearly displays the centre’s need for the additional subsidy and it is now appropriate that the additional funds be released.

 

The budget included with the business plan provides for an operational loss of $197,559 after receiving the additional $200,000 from Council. The centre can sustain such a loss in this first transitional year but clearly it cannot continue to incur such losses and remain viable. The options for the centre are to reduce costs, increase revenues or request an increased subsidy from Council to balance its budget.

 

Conclusion

 

Since the opening of the JSPAC, Council has been providing financial support to the Centre by way of an annual recurrent operating subsidy.  This has increased as circumstances have changed.

 

Council has also acknowledged that as a consequence of the major extensions to the JSPAC, that there would be a need to increase that level of subsidy.

 

The Business Plan that has been provided demonstrates the level of operating costs for the expanded Centre and supports the request for the additional funds from Council.

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre (JSPAC) - 2005/06 Operating Subsidy be received

2.     Council agree to provide the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre an additional $200,000, such funds being set aside in 2005/06 budget.

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

1.  

JSPAC Business Plan 2005-06

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Attachment

 


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Werrington Creek Park Pathway   

 

Compiled by:                Lindsay Clarke, Parks Coordinator

Authorised by:             Raphael Collins, Parks Construction & Maintenance 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 approval to allocate funds to the urgent replacement of the footbridge in Werrington Creek Park.  The report recommends that the North Ward Allocation from the Open Space Development Contribution Plan be used to replace the footbridge and construct the adjoining pathways.

 

Background

Council resolved at its meeting on 20 June 2005 to allocate $80,000 per ward from the Open Space Development Contributions Plan for the construction of pathways within Council’s parks.  It was intended that these funds be used to provide new or upgrades to existing paths in each ward.

 

A proposal was developed in conjunction with Council’s Asset Management Department and Environmental Planning Department for the work to be carried out in three parks as an interim measure prior to the completion of the City’s Pathway Action Plan.

 

The three parks proposed for pathway upgrades are South Creek Park in St Marys, Tench Reserve in Jamisontown and Werrington Creek Park in Werrington.

South Creek Park, St Marys

The development of a pathway linking the Great Western Highway to the major recreation precinct that includes the hydrotherapy pool, Ripples, South Creek Park sports fields and St Marys High School is proposed.

 

Stage One of this pathway has been completed and the next stage will replace the existing brick pavement with a 2.5m wide pathway adjacent to the carpark to link up to the Great Western Highway.

Tench Reserve, Penrith

There are a number of options available for improving pedestrian and cycle pathways in and around Tench Reserve, particularly improved access for people with diverse abilities.  Feedback is being sought from Council’s Disability Access Committee on 5 April 2006 on the available options.

 

The Tench Reserve Project will be subject to a future report to Council after the 5 April.

Werrington Creek Park, Werrington

The pathway in Werrington Creek Park has become urgent due to the rapid deterioration in the condition of the footbridge over the creek.

 

Initially, it was proposed to construct a pathway linking the park with Burton Street, however following the recent flood event, this proposal has been reprioritised.  The existing timber footbridge has been deteriorating for some years with repairs being carried out regularly to maintain it in a safe condition.  The recent flood event further undermined the footings of the bridge and it is considered irreparable.

 

The bridge is regularly used by the Werrington community as can be seen by the well worn tracks leading to and from the bridge.  As evidence by these tracks the most popular destinations for users is from the bridge to Herbert Street (near the High School and Basketball Stadium) and from the bridge to Victoria Street.  These tracks are unformed and need to be formalised to provide an all weather surface.

Proposal

With the $80,000 allocated to North Ward for the development of pathways within Council’s parks, it is proposed to carry out the following work:

 

·        Remove existing timber footbridge

·        Replace with reinforced concrete bridge

·        Construct concrete pathway from Herbert Street to the bridge with a link to the Basketball Stadium

·        Construct a concrete pathway from the bridge to Victoria Street

Local Planning Manager’s Comments

The proposed works to improve the pathways within the City’s identified district level parks are in line with the strategy recommendations contained within the PLANS Report.  This includes the development of pathways that incorporate contemporary best practice in their design and are more accessible to all people with diverse abilities.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Werrington Creek Park Pathway be received

2.     The $80,000 allocation for North Ward Allocation from the Open Space Development Contributions Plan for the development of pathways within parks be used to replace the existing timber footbridge in Werrington Creek Park and construct concrete pathways linking the bridge to Victoria Street and Herbert Street.

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

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St Davids Church Llandilo   

 

Compiled by:                Gary Dean, Facilities Operations Manager

Authorised by:             Steve Hackett, Director City Services 

Strategic Program Term Achievement: Local centres, community meeting places and prominent meeting places are increasingly valued and recognised by communities as a focus of their neighbourhoods, or as a feature of the City.

Critical Action: Engage the City’s communities in identifying and creating community places that are valued and used.

     

Purpose:

To advise Council of the status of the purchase of this former Church building by the Llandilo Community and the associated loan arrangements.  The report recommends support to the Llandilo Hall Committee's request for an extension of the loan repayment period and the payment to Council of funds already held by the Committee.

 

Background

St Davids Anglican Church at Llandilo ceased being used for church services in 2002 and the owners, the Anglican Diocese, offered the property for sale.  Mr Kevin (now Councillor) Crameri, on behalf of the Llandilo Hall Committee Trust wrote to Council, seeking assistance with the purchase of the Church property.  The request was for a $50,000 loan, or alternatively, Council purchase the property.  Assistance with legal services associated with completing the purchase was also sought.  It was proposed by the applicant that any loan from Council would be repaid from funds that were being sought from the Castlereagh Community Fund.

 

Council considered a detailed report at its meeting on 23 June 2003 which addressed the Trust’s request.  Council acknowledged that conservation of the former Church had merit, but Council’s involvement had risks.  Council at that meeting resolved that:

 

… the Llandilo Hall Committee Trust be advised that Council is prepared, in principle, to assist in the purchase of St David’s Anglican Church on the following conditions:-

 

1.   An agreement on a timeframe for repayment of the loan prior to any funds being made available and appropriate personal financial guarantees being secured       

2.   A commitment to a program of conservation works for the building (such program to be developed in consultation with Council officers) including the demonstrated capacity of the Trust to implement that conservation plan  

3.   Acknowledgement and acceptance by the Trust of Council’s intentions to impose the relevant legislative controls to guarantee conservation of the building…”

 

Subsequent to that meeting Council officers met with Trust representatives to discuss the details of Council’s decision.

 

A further report was submitted to Council’s meeting on 15 September 2003.  That report addressed the response that had been received on behalf of the Trust, responding to Council’s earlier decision.

 

Council felt that the submission that had been received did adequately address the conditions under which Council would only be prepared to involve itself in the purchase of the former Church building.

 

Council’s assistance was also requested in arranging for a transfer of the Trust to an incorporated entity.

 

Accordingly Council at its meeting on 15 September 2003 resolved:

 

1.   An interest free loan for two years from settlement date, of $50,000 be provided to the Llandilo Hall Committee Trust (or incorporated body) for the purchase of the former St Davids Anglican Church at Llandilo.  Such loan to be repaid in full upon receipt of any funding from the Castlereagh Community Fund (CCF) or, if no funds are forthcoming from the Fund, within 12 months of refusal of the application put to the CCF, but no later than 24 months after settlement of the purchase of the Church.  

2.   Council officers arrange for the completion of all the relevant documentation associated with the purchase of the Church.

 

Current Situation

 

Council’s Legal Officer made the necessary application to the Department of Fair Trading to form the incorporated entity.  Council received confirmation of that incorporation in September 2003.

 

The purchase of the former Church building, by Llandilo Hall Committee Incorporated was completed on 5 November 2003.

 

The common boundary between the Llandilo Hall and Llandilo Rural Fire Brigade (Council owned) is being adjusted to increase the area of the Brigade’s site.  This has been the subject of previous reports to Council and Council has agreed to the Hall Committee being compensated $17,000 for the acquisition of this strip of land.  That transfer is nearing completion.

 

There has been no announcements from the Castlereagh Community Fund regarding the Hall Committee’s funding application.  It is understood that the Assessment Committee has completed its review of the applications and the outcomes are to be made known shortly by the relevant Minister.

 

Notwithstanding, those delays, Council’s earlier decision also identified a ‘repayment’ date, that date has now passed (5 November 2005).

 

Council officers have met with Councillor Crameri (representing the owners) to discuss this matter.  Those discussions have resulted in the following submission.

 

Submission from Llandilo Hall Committee Incorporated

 

“Re Llandilo Hall committee’s loan.

We request an extension of the loan period for a further 12 months because the money from the land council is buying off us is still not paid.  The money from the Castlereagh Community Fund has still not come through which leaves us in a position where we do not know how our financial status will be.

We have $12000-00 set aside and over $17000-00 from the sale of the land.

The $12000-00 can be paid immediately, with the $17000-00 being paid upon finalisation of the land sale to Council, which is expected within the next 2 weeks.

It is understood an announcement on the Castlereagh Community Fund is expected within the next 4 to 6 weeks, but we are unaware of what funds the Trust will receive.  Whatever that amount is, it will be paid to Council immediately.

Should there be any remaining funds to be paid to Council, that can be accommodated in the loan extensions requested above.  It is understood that this loan extension would be subject of an interest payment.”

 

More recent discussions with the Hall Committee representative has established that another fund raising initiative, being pursued by the Committee is the opportunity for the community to “purchase” a church pew.

 

Financial Services Manager’s comment

 

Receipt of the $12,000 from the Hall Committee coupled with the offset of the monies due from Council for the Rural Fire land purchase will reduce the outstanding loan to $21,000.  If Council agrees to an extension of the term for a further twelve months the $21,000 outstanding, plus interest, would be due November 2006.

 

The appropriate interest rate that should be applied is the 90 day bank bill rate (published in national newspapers on a daily basis) calculated daily and charged in arrears on the last day of the quarter in arrears.  This rate is currently 5.59% at the time of writing this report.  If this process is adopted then interest is due for the period ended 31 March 2006 and will be added to the outstanding principal.  The total balance outstanding plus interest will be due and payable no later than 5 November 2006.

 

Conclusion

 

The actions by the Llandilo Hall Committee in purchasing this historically significant building has guaranteed its conservation.  The Committee has committed to undertake a program of restoration work, with some of that work already done. 

 

It is unfortunate that this Committee has been unable to pay the loan by the due date.  This situation is however changing and the request from the Committee for an extension of time to allow it to repay the loan in full is supported by Council officers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on St Davids Church Llandilo be received.

2.     Council agree that the loan be extended for a further twelve months, to 5 November 2006.

3.     That interest be calculated, using the 90 day bank bill swap rate, on the amount outstanding on the last day of the quarter in arrears.

4.     The Llandilo Hall Committee Inc be advised of Council’s decision and that they be requested to arrange early payment to Council of the funds already held for the purchase of the former Church building.

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

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7th International Cities, Town Centres and Communities Conference 2006   

 

Compiled by:                Janelle Stanton, EP Secretary

Authorised by:             Ruth Goldsmith, Local Planning Manager 

Strategic Program Term Achievement: Penrith City Centre and St Marys Town Centre are appealing places to people seeking satisfying social and cultural experiences.

Critical Action: Develop and implement the social and cultural elements of the City Centres Review Strategies.

     

Purpose:

To inform Councillors of the opportunity to attend the 7th International Cities, Town Centres and Communities Conference to be held 6-9 June 2006 in Newcastle.  The report recommends that the information be received.

 

Background

Council has received an invitation from the International Cities, Town Centres and Communities (ICTC) Society to the 7th International Cities, Town Centres & Communities Conference to be held from 6 to 9 June 2006 in Newcastle.

 

The Conference will focus on town centre revitalisation and cover topics such as –

·         Creating Liveable Neighbourhoods,

·         Main Street Revitalisation,

·         Infrastructure Planning & Development

·         Avoiding or Managing Sprawl

·         Community Building & Consultation

·         Master Planned Communities / Sustainable Rural Communities

·         Affordable Housing

·         Place Making / Public Spaces.

 

The keynote speakers for the Conference are:

·         Dr Paul Levy, President and CEO – Center City District, Philadelphia, USA

·         Peter Williams, Director – Peter Williams Consultants LLP, London, UK

·         Dr John Montgomery, Director – Urban Cultures Ltd

·         Dr Deborah Dearing, National Manager – Strategic Urban Planning, Development Division, Stockland

·         Richard Brecknock, Director – Brecknock Consulting

 

A memo was sent to all Councillors with details of the Conference seeking interest in attending.  A senior Council officer will be attending.

 

A number of Councillors and Council officers have attended previous ICTC Conferences and have found them to be a valuable resource in gaining knowledge and understanding of the issues involved in planning and developing liveable and sustainable cities.

 

Conclusion

 

The Conference presents a good opportunity to hear from a number of internationally recognised practitioners in the fields of planning, development, sustainability and change.

 

The issues that will be canvassed by the speakers and the developments which will be visited in the site tours are quite relevant to the challenge we face in Penrith, particularly with our City Centres’ review.  Accordingly, Council may wish to nominate interested Councillors to attend.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That the information contained in the report on 7th International Cities, Town Centres and Communities Conference 2006 be received.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

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Proposed rezoning of 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   

 

Compiled by:                Ruth Byrnes, Senior 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.

  

Previous Items:            DA26/05- Application to rezone Lot 1 DP542395 and Lot 740 DP810111 Elizabeth Drive, Luddenham, to allow an Advanced Waste Treatment Facility in conjunction with the existing quarry and landfill operation- Ordinary Meeting- 12 December 2005  

Purpose:

To inform Council of the recent public exhibition and consultation, and proposed changes to the draft plan.  The report recommends that the amended draft plan be forwarded to the Minister for gazettal, subject to any changes required by Parliamentary Counsel.

 

Introduction:

 

Council has considered a series of reports on the SITA proposal, most recently being the Ordinary Meeting of 5 December 2005.  A copy of that report is appended.  At that meeting, the Council resolved to re-exhibit the draft plan to enable consultation with adjoining and surrounding residents.  The Council also resolved that a further report be presented to Council in February 2006. 

 

The results of the public exhibition period are discussed later in this report, however, as part of the exhibition period, a meeting was convened on 7 February and then on-site on 18 February 2006. 

 

Arising from the additional consultations, amendments to the draft plan are proposed relating to the management of potential odour, noise and visual impacts.

 

The Proposal:

 

In June 2004 Council received a rezoning application to allow an Advanced Waste Treatment (AWT) Facility at Elizabeth Drive, Luddenham.  The proposal is an amendment to Penrith Local Environmental Plan 201 (Rural Lands).  

 

The proposal has been described in detail in previous report, but in summary, proposes to process municipal waste into separate recyclable material comprising both organic material and inorganic material.  The materials are recycled for reuse and/or sale to provide an alternative to land filling of municipal waste.  Putrescible waste will not be disposed of into the existing landfill. 

 

A future development application would be submitted if the rezoning is supported.

 

Community Consultation:

 

The draft plan was originally placed on public exhibition between 14 June and 15 July 2005.  Seven submissions were received from State Government Agencies, Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury City Councils and the Rural Fire Services, however, no public submissions were received.  The nature of the agency submissions was reported to Council at its meeting of 5 December 2005. 

 

However after that meeting, upon further investigation it was revealed that although the matter had been publicly exhibited in the newspaper in accordance with the Regulations, notification to surrounding owners and occupiers had not occurred.   Council then resolved on 12 December 2005 to re-exhibit the draft plan for a period of 42 days to account for the Christmas and New Year period.

 

The draft plan was re-exhibited to ensure notification to residents within a one kilometre radius of the subject site, from 20 December 2005 to 24 January 2006.  A few residents requested an extension of time, which was granted until 30 January 2006 to allow receipt of additional submissions. 

 

As a result of the second exhibition period, three submissions were received.  The following is a summary of matters raised in the submissions:

 

·    Odours emanating from the site and transportation vehicles

·    Procedures and standards for disputes which may arise in regards to odours

·    Additional clauses are requested to protect the quality of the area and environment

·    Traffic impacts

·    Industrial activity inconsistent with objectives of Act and Rural 1(a) zone

·    Devaluation of land

·    Proposed operations will disrupt amenity

·    Concerns regarding putrescible waste disposal

·    Adverse precedent for other rural lands

·    Investigations be made into rezoning surrounding properties for industrial use

 

As a result of the community’s concern, a public meeting was convened on 7 February 2006.   At this meeting, the applicants presented the proposal to residents to respond to concerns raised.  An additional meeting was convened for Saturday 18 February 2006 on the SITA site, which was attended by Councillors Steven Simat and Mark Davies.

 

From the submissions received and the public meetings, it became clear that the principal issues arising were in relation to potential odour impacts, and requests for the surrounding properties to be rezoned for industrial use.

 

 

Response to concerns

 

The applicant has submitted additional information to address the concerns raised in the submissions as shown in italics below.  Additional comments are provided.

 

1.       Odour -

 

The rezoning application proposed that some components of the development would be completely open or partly enclosed. 

 

Council sought independent assessment of the odour issue and as a result of that review it is now proposed to enclose the bulk of the operational part of the site.  The enclosed buildings will all be fitted with bio-filters, which will effectively reduce odour to well within the EPA Standards.

 

Concern was raised by Councillor Crameri at the possibility of odour occurring as a result of green waste being left in the conveyer system due to the green waste process only operating 2-3 days per month.  It has been agreed that the green waste facility will process all green waste upon receipt, hence there should be no odour problem from green waste particularly as the system will be totally closed.

 

It must be stressed that the proposed Advanced Waste Treatment facility is very different to the Eastern Creek Facility.  Eastern Creek site contains a putrescible tip, and a waste treatment facility and open windrow composting of green waste.

 

The Kemps Creek facility will be totally enclosed and will have sophisticated air scrubbers and odour treatment mechanisms. 

 

It should also be emphasised that both Council’s existing consent and the EPA Licence strictly prohibit the placement of putrescible filling into the existing landfill operation.  That Consent will remain in place throughout the life of the proposed Advanced Waste Treatment Facility.

 

SITA would be more than prepared to have a disputes process put in place to deal with issues of odour, should such occur.  It should be noted, however, that compliance with odour standards will ensure such a process is not required.

 

Comment:  Composting material creates a potential for odour.  Odour management measures can also be placed in the receival building, mechanical separation buildings and the refining building.  The majority of the composting process takes place in fully or partially enclosed spaces, which is advantageous in terms of odour management.  Development of a process that is primarily enclosed, allows for the introduction of odour management measures at virtually all stages of the process, if required.  The detailed odour management strategies can be provided with the development application.  These strategies will form part of the applicant’s Environmental Protection Licence, which is regulated by the Department of Environment and Conservation.

 

It is reiterated that putrescible waste can be received by the facility, however, the material is adequately treated, processed, recycled and the remainder is inert.   This inert residue material is suitable for disposal as Class 2 waste.

 

2.       Traffic –

 

The current consent limits traffic movement (numbers) to 780 per day.  Currently the existing development generates 214 vehicle trips per day (including staff).

 

The proposal envisages a maximum of 134,400 tonnes per annum of material brought to the site and approximately 80,000 tonnes per annum of reusable material leaving the site.  With an average of 6.5 tonnes per vehicle, an additional 214 truck movements will be created.  Maximum traffic volumes will then equate to 428 vehicles per day (including staff).

 

Traffic assessment indicates that 58% of current trips come from the east and 42% from the west.  At maximum operation, 248 vehicles will come from east, 180 from west.

 

Several residents raised the issue of vehicles travelling to the facility along a sealed road adjacent to the northern boundaries of the lots facing Elizabeth Drive and with rear boundaries adjacent to the landfill boundary.  That access road will now be relocated so as to travel diagonally from the landfill entry to the SAWT facility.  All internal roads will be sealed.  When the on-site meeting with residents and Council was held, the residents appeared satisfied with this alteration.

 

Comment:  The volume of traffic proposed is less than the total volume of traffic permitted for quarry/landfill to enter the site.  This matter would be considered in detail in the assessment of any development application lodged.

 

3.       Hours of operation –

 

The existing hours of operation (as per consent)

 

7.00 am – 6.00 pm Monday – Friday

8.00 am – 1.00 pm Saturday

 

Because the Waste Management Facility will receive Municipal Waste for treatment, consideration may be given to allowing 14 movements between 6.00 am – 7.00 am.  This provision already exists for the landfill.

 

SAWT will operate generally from 6.00 am to 6.00 pm for vehicle deliveries.

 

Comment:  This matter would be considered in detail in the assessment of any development application lodged.

 

4.       Monitoring –

 

The proposed development will not only be subject to conditions established by Council, but also EPA licence requirements.

 

It is worth noting that there have been no breaches of the existing consent or EPA licence requirements on the existing consent.

 

Comment:  With regard to dispute procedures, SITA has confirmed that a consultative committee will be organised with regular meetings between SITA and residents to resolve issues. 

 

A condition of consent to the existing landfill operations required the convening of meetings between relevant authorities, the applicant and representatives from adjoining owners.  These meetings were intended to monitor the development and assist in resolving any problems that may occur.  The meetings have not been convened for some time, as problems have not arisen.  It is likely that a similar condition would be imposed on any development consent granted for the subject proposal.

 

5.       LEP 201 and the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act –

 

The objective of LEP 201 is to encourage the proper management, development and conservation of valuable natural and manmade resources within the rural lands of the City.

 

Both levels of Government recognise waste as a resource.  The development of a Waste Management Facility which processes that resource into a valuable domestic and agricultural produce is absolutely compliant with the LEP’s objective.

 

Clause 5 of the EPA Act provides the following, applicable objectives –

 

(a)     to encourage

(i)     the proper management, development and conservation of natural and artificial resources, including agricultural land, natural areas, forests, minerals, water, cities, towns and villages for the purpose of promoting the social and economic welfare of the community and a better environment;

(ii)    the promotion and co-ordination of the orderly and economic use and development of land

(vii)   ecologically sustainable development, and

 

(b)     to promote the sharing of the responsibility for environmental planning between the different levels of government in the State.

 

The proposed rezoning and development is consistent with Objective (a)(i) in that the rezoning seeks to provide the opportunity for the implementation of State and Local Government policy commitments to resource and waste management.

 

The compost by-product from this process will aid agriculture production through its added value to agricultural land.

 

Objective (a)(ii) is satisfied in that the addition of the proposed facility to this site removes double handling of waste material and concentrates waste treatment and management on the one site.

 

The proposed development (which will flow from the rezoning) is very much ecologically sustainable development because it converts waste material into a valuable resource while reducing volume of waste going into landfill.

 

Objective (b) is satisfied because the rezoning, which is a shared responsibility of local and state government, will result in the achievement of state and local government policy commitments.

 

Comment:  In conjunction with the existing use of the site, the proposed AWT facility does not conflict with the objectives of the Rural 1(a) zone.  The site has no remaining agricultural or horticultural value due to the quarry and landfill operations.  The terms of the current consent require that the landform be rehabilitated back to a suitable rural land use, such as grazing.   . 

 

The proposal is considered to be based around ecologically sustainable development objectives.  The need to reduce waste, through both reduced generation of waste and greater resource recovery has been the subject of a number of studies and strategies.  Currently, Resource NSW, a branch of the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) is charged with implementing appropriate programs to reduce waste.   This proposal is relevant to one of the key areas, being to increase the use of renewable and recovered materials. 

 

By 2014, Resource NSW aims to increase the recovery and utilisation of materials from the municipal sector waste from 26% to 66%.  This is a substantial increase.  The process employed by the AWT facility appears to go towards meeting this target.

 

6.       Industrial Nature of the Use –

 

Waste Management Facilities are not permissible within any zone in the City.  Regardless of the site chosen, a rezoning process would be required.

 

As this is one of the first Waste Management Facilities to be established in Sydney, the economic viability of such process will take time to be established.  Industrial land values are such ($250/m2) that the economic viability of a Waste Management Facility could not be established on Industrial land in the foreseeable future.

 

Comment:  In this regard, through the need for a detailed rezoning and comprehensive development application processes, an adverse precedent for other rural lands is not expected.  It is also noted that the proposed activity would be operated in conjunction with the existing quarry and landfill site, which is economically and environmentally sustainable, and this would not necessarily be possible at any other rural location within Penrith City.

 

7.       Rezoning of surrounding lands to Industrial

 

A submission was received, prepared on behalf of various landowners at Elizabeth Drive, which requested Council to undertake the necessary studies to rezone surrounding land for industrial use, consistent with the Sydney Metropolitan Strategy – South West Structure Plan, currently being considered by the Department of Planning.   This matter was also raised and discussed at the public meetings held. 

 

As the Local Plan is currently being prepared, it is inappropriate to consider this matter separate to that process and it cannot form part of the subject rezoning application.   This report will recommend that the residents of the locality be invited to contribute to the Local Plan process and that they be contacted by Council at the appropriate time. 

 

8.       Relationship with the University of Western Sydney

 

A memorandum of Understanding has been signed with the University.  The key focus of that arrangement is contained in the following:

 

·    justification of needs for the facility with respect to sustainable waste management and urban development

·    odour modelling and assessment

·    optimisation of composting process

·    monitoring of the process and environmental management

·    assessment of quality of different compost mixes.

 

9.       Devaluation of rural land -

 

The existing quarry activities influence current land values.  The proposed waste facility is complementary to the landfill activity and it is therefore not expected to create adverse economic impact to adjoining rural lands.

 

Amendment to Draft Plan - Additional clauses to protect the equality of the area and environment

 

At Council’s meeting of 12 December 2005, it was resolved that the draft plan be forwarded for comment to Parliamentary Counsel.  However, it was anticipated that the additional notification procedures and submissions initiated from that meeting, would generate the need to amend the draft plan.  For this reason, the draft plan has not been forwarded to Parliamentary Counsel for legal opinion.  Rather than duplicating the process, it was considered prudent to wait to include the expected amended clauses into the draft plan, and then forward the draft plan to Parliamentary Counsel for its legal opinion.

 

In light of the submissions received concerned residents, additional clauses are included in the draft plan.

 

New Clause 3(c) -

The report to Council of 5 December 2005 considered the submissions received from the State Government Agencies, including that from the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC).  It was indicated that DEC had suggested an additional clause be added stating that Council must not grant consent to the carrying out of the development unless it is satisfied that the quality and quantity of stormwater discharged from the site will assist in improving aquatic ecosystem health. There was a concern that this request was not achievable given the nature of the site and Clause 3(c) was inserted with the additional words “or that it is economically unviable for this to be achieved.” 

 

Since that time it is considered that as there would be a number of design options available to satisfy the objectives of DEC.  As such, the clause is amended including the examples provided by DEC.   Whether the matter can be satisfactorily achieved will be determined in the DA assessment in consideration of the proposed design and the applicant’s submission.

 

New clause 3(d) –

Concerns regarding potential odour, noise and visual impacts are captured in the new clause.  Full assessment of these matters can be considered in the development application assessment.

 

“Sunset” clause -

The consent for the quarry and landfill operations included a condition requiring the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the site at the completion of the landfill operations.  This rehabilitation was to be to a vegetated landscape, capable of supporting grazing and achieving a final landform compatible in its appearance and physical character with the surrounding landscape.    

 

There is potential, however, for the AWT facility to operate independently of the quarry, after the rehabilitation of the site has occurred.  The landfill component of the facility would not be required, however, sales of compost and other recycled material could continue.   As a result, a “sunset” clause stipulating the end of the operations has not been included in the draft plan, however, this could be further considered in the assessment of the development application.

 

The Department is reluctant to accept the use of  “sunset” clauses in local environmental plans, given the difficulty in predicting the time for an activity to be finalised.  The process of adjusting a clause within a local environmental plan is timely and complex.  Therefore, should Councils wish to use such restriction, they are encouraged to choose an appropriate condition of consent, for which the process of amendment if required is more flexible.

 

Accordingly, the draft plan, known as Penrith Local Environmental Plan 201, Rural Land Amendment No 12, is attached to this report, and the amendments to Clause 43(3) are shown below in italics.

 

Clause 43    Development of certain land at Elizabeth Drive, Luddenham

 

(3)     The council must not grant consent to the carrying out of such development unless it is satisfied that

 

a)       the development will not result in significant impact on the environment in the event of a flood of a 1% Average Exceedence Probability or greater; and

b)      no development, except for weed management and vegetation rehabilitation, will occur within 50 metres of Badgerys Creek;

c)       the quality and quantity of stormwater discharged from the development will assist in improving aquatic ecosystem health,  through the use of appropriate riparian buffer zones and adoption of ‘best practice’ water sensitive designs.

d)      To minimise impacts on surrounding properties, odours and noise are managed in accordance with the requirements of the Department of Environment and Conservation and any associated licences.

 

 

The planning reforms (further discussed below) encourage consistency in the format of new local environmental plans and as a result, the Department’s LEP Review Panel and/or Parliamentary Counsel may not accept the above amendments proposed to Clause 43(3). 

 

Section 68 allows significant alterations to be made to a draft plan without the plan being re-exhibited. 

 

Verbal confirmation from the Department of Planning has suggested that Council should determine whether the alterations to the exhibited plan are significant enough to warrant a further exhibition and notification period.  With this in mind, it is noted that the intent of the subject draft plan has been to allow for an Advanced Waste Treatment Facility as proposed by SITA, which has not altered.  The amendments to Clause 43(3) have been made as a result of the submissions received from State Authorities and the public, and as a result of discussions during the two public consultation meetings.   The alterations are not considered to create any adverse impact on state authorities or the public, but rather provide more substance to allow the specific clauses to address issues that have been raised through the consultation process.  The applicant and SITA are aware of the intent of the proposed alterations and have raised no objections to the proposed amendments to the draft plan.

 

It is therefore considered that the amendments to the draft plan can be forwarded to the Department without the need for further public exhibition.

 

Planning Reforms:

 

Councillors would be aware of the planning reforms set out by the Department of Planning to simplify the planning system and improve the development assessment process.  

 

Council’s delegations to forward draft Local Environmental Plans to the Minister for gazettal were revoked on 22 February 2006.  As the delegations have been revoked, it will now be up to the Department to decide whether or not the draft plan will be referred to the Review Panel.  Verbal advice from the Department is that the trigger for such a referral would be merit based, and could be for the purposes of a ‘second opinion’ on the matter.   In addition, in certain circumstances a “Written Authorisation to Exercise Delegation” can be granted to Council to continue with the Section 69 process.

 

As indicated, the reforms encourage consistency in the format of new local environmental plans and as a result, the Department’s LEP Review Panel and/or Parliamentary Counsel may not accept the above amendments proposed to Clause 43(3), although the rezoning itself can still be progressed.  If this is the case, it is Council’s intention to transfer these clauses as conditions to be imposed on any development consent that may be granted for the proposal.

 

Conclusion:

 

After Council’s resolution of 12 December 2005 the draft plan was again exhibited to ensure notification to residents within a one kilometre radius of the subject site, from 20 December 2005 to 30 January 2006. The resulting public meetings allowed the applicants to present their case in support of the rezoning proposal. 

 

The substantial issues were in relation to potential odours and rezoning surrounding lands for industrial activity.  Additional clauses have been added to the draft plan to provide more legal weight to the environmental considerations.   Residents will be invited to contribute to the Local Plan process to consider further industrial lands in the area. 

 

The proposed rezoning is the preferred option for this site having regard for the following considerations:

 

·    the site is in itself isolated

·    the proposed AWT facility works co-operatively with the existing landfill operations

·    the applicant has provided evidence and research has shown that the owners of this facility have good environmental credentials

·    the objections from residents can be addressed and additional clauses have been included in the draft plan as a result

·    the proposed use will involve economic investment in Penrith and job creation; and

·    the recycling and production of compost is a sustainable solution to waste disposal.

 

It is therefore recommended that a “Written Authorisation to Exercise Delegation” be sought in order that the draft local environmental plan may proceed towards gazettal.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Proposed rezoning of 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 be received

2.     Pursuant to the provisions of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, the Regulations and the Department’s recent planning reform advice, Council request a “Written Authorisation to Exercise Delegation” for the making of the draft local environmental plan in accordance with Section 69 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, subject to any changes required by Parliamentary Counsel

         

3.     The residents of the locality be invited to contribute to the Local Plan process and that they be contacted by Council at the appropriate time

 

4.    The owner, applicant and those persons who lodged a submission be advised of Council’s decision.

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

1. View

SITA

2 Pages

Appendix

2.  

SITA previous business paper from 12.12.05

22 Pages

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10      Commonwealth grant under the Regulation Reduction Incentive Fund Program                    42

 

11      Benefits of Partnership Between Penrith City and Lachlan Shire                                           45

 

 



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Commonwealth grant under the Regulation Reduction Incentive Fund Program   

 

Compiled by:                Bijai Kumar, Local Economic Development Program Manager

Authorised by:             Bijai Kumar, Local Economic Development Program Manager 

Strategic Program Term Achievement: The means of attracting economic contributors to the City have been incorporated into relevant programs.

Critical Action: An assessment has been undertaken of what attracts economic contributors to the City and the findings have been incorporated in relevant programs and policies.

     

Purpose:

To advise Council of the Commonwealth grant received under the Reduction Incentive Fund Program. The report recommends that the information be received.

 

Background

In 2005 the Commonwealth Government sought contributions from a range of stakeholders on its proposed review on regulatory reform and reduction in red tape designed specifically for home based businesses.  The following submission was prepared for the then Mayor, Councilor Jackie Greenow and submitted to the office of the Hon Fran Bailey MP, Minister for Small business and Tourism:

 

“Over the past decade Penrith City Council through its strategic and management plans has embraced the challenge for creating quality jobs for its residents.  As part of its new strategic residential release program Council has adopted a 1:1 jobs policy.  This policy essentially requires developers in cooperation with Council to create one new job on-site or within the community for every resident worker that chooses to live in the new development. 

 

The employment development strategies being prepared by the key developers in Penrith are embracing the growing dominance and value of home-based businesses [HBBs].  A conservative estimate suggest a minimum of 2,000 on-site jobs will be created in the new releases from HBBs in traditional service based industries and in creating unique clusters of knowledge services businesses to serve local, regional and global business.

 

Council is aware of many of the needs of the emerging genre of HBBs and has incorporated in its planning instruments a number of provisions to meet their needs.  Provisions that are designed to reduce business set up costs by removing the need for DAs for many HBBs activities, provide greater flexibility in home use and optimise operational efficiency as well as provide access to a range of support services and facilities. 

 

The needs of existing HBBs in Penrith are also being addressed through the Penrith Valley Home Based Business Network. The network currently has over 270 members who come together regularly in search of new business as well as to consider a range of other issues such as mentoring, business planning and management, improved access to services and programs and joint business opportunities.

 

 

While the significance of HBBs to the future of Penrith has been recognised Council is anxious to ensure that its policies and planning framework both incorporate and reflect the dynamism of the sector.  Council is particularly keen to attract an optimal mix of HBBs into its new release areas such as Glenmore Park, Penrith Lakes, ADI-St Marys, North Penrith, Lakes Environs and Werrington Education and Learning Precinct so that they enhance local HBBs and broader business development and not canabalise current business.  This we feel can best be developed by encouraging cluster development between businesses but resources are needed in three different areas:

 

·        Understanding, educating and embracing world best practice (home builders rather than Council in this instance) in premise design for HBBs and ensuring they are incorporated into planning for the release areas;

·        Fostering cluster development by network communication support; and

·        Developing a region-wide approach to planning for HBBs.

 

Council has demonstrated its ongoing commitment to creating a more efficient environment for the operation of HBBs and has where appropriate applied leading practice to ensure the optimum outcomes for HBBs.  However, with the new 1:1 jobs policy for new release areas and the extent of knowledge based HBBs expected in these developments, Council would like to and is indeed well placed to undertake further research on the contemporary requirements of assessing and delivering these needs that will have applications in all local jurisdictions in Australia.”

 

Following the review the Commonwealth invited a range of organisations including local government to submit project bids for implementing the review outcomes which would make it more cost effective for HBBs to set up and conduct business. A project submission was prepared by Council to develop an online one-stop shop service for HBBs covering all the issues canvassed in the submission to the Minister’s office, and others to be identified as part of the study. In December 2005 Council was advised that a grant totaling $110,000 had been approved. Councillors were advised of the success of the grant application on 16 December 2005.

 

Current Situation

 

The funding contract for the project was finalised in March 2006 and initial work is scheduled to commence in early April. The project will run over a ten month period with the final report to be presented to the Commonwealth in March 2007. The project has the support of Lend Lease, Penrith Lakes Development Corporation, the Business Enterprise Centre and the Penrith Valley Home Based Business Network. Representatives from these organisations will form part of a project steering committee which will manage the broad conduct of the project. As part of the contract Council has also successfully negotiated funding for a facilitator [one day a week at a total cost of $15,000] to manage the administrative aspects of the project. Council’s economic analyst who works on a part time basis will coordinate the project jointly with officers in planning and development approvals areas.

 

The key elements of the project include the following:

 

·        Review of current requirements, identification of key issues, consultations, and development of website design and tools for marketing and training

·        Consultation with Council

·        Website development

·        Testing using focus groups derived from HBBs and small business

·        Marketing and training

·        Assessment of cost savings to HBBs

 

It is expected that the project and its findings will contribute significantly to the development of a new Local Plan for Penrith in the context of reviewing current planning controls regulating home based business and developing more contemporary planning controls to encourage HBBs, if required.  In addition the use of online technology will provide benefits in regards to the ease with which home based business can access this information and therefore operate throughout the City.

 

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That the information contained in the report on Commonwealth grant under the Regulation Reduction Incentive Fund Program be received.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

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Benefits of Partnership Between Penrith City and Lachlan Shire   

 

Compiled by:                Colin Dickson, Services Marketing Co-Ordinator

Authorised by:             Geoff Shuttleworth, Economic Development and City Marketing Manager 

Strategic Program Term Achievement: Programs are attracting domestic and international visitors to the City for access to cultural and sporting exchange and experiences and language education and training.

Critical Action: Develop and maintain a cooperative marketing program promoting regional services with service providers in the Penrith Valley business community.

     

Purpose:

To advise Council of the benefits from a partnership between Penrith City and Lachlan Shire.  The report recommends that the information on the benefits of a relationship between Penrith City and Lachlan Shire for the Council and the community be received.

 

Background

At its meeting of 6 February 2006 a report was presented to Council requesting that Penrith consider developing a relationship with Lachlan Shire. The focus of this relationship as described in the report was that Penrith and Lachlan Shire Councils would act as facilitators in encouraging groups and organisations within both communities to get together and participate in exchanges that have the capacity to provide a benefit to both local government areas.

 

The report was adopted and another report was requested that detailed the benefits of such a partnership.

 

Current Situation

 

An important initiator for consideration of the relationship between Penrith and Lachlan Shire was the fact that 2006 is the Year of the Outback. As Lachlan Shire is located 460 kilometres west of Sydney and is one of the largest shires in NSW it is included in this category.

 

A fundamental principle behind the Year of the Outback is that communities in the City are reminded of the values, experiences and issues of communities in rural Australia. In fact many of these values and experiences are what the traditional values of Australia have been built on.

 

So, if for no other reason, this is a valuable opportunity for the community of Penrith to be able to gain an insight into the contemporary issues confronting a typical rural community.

 

The Year of the Outback is held every four years and it is anticipated that as part of the relationship being developed that there would be significant events to mark this each four years. However, continued interaction and community exchanges would continue in the intervening years.

 

An underlying principle of this relationship is that there will be benefits for communities in both Penrith and Lachlan Shire and that staff at the two Councils will act as facilitators of exchanges between groups in the two areas.

 

This relationship has the capacity to generate direct benefits through the economic impact of exchanges from visits to both areas that create demand on accommodation, meals, recreation etc. There will also be a range of less direct social, educational and cultural benefits generated through the interaction between groups in the community and the establishment of relationships and longer term programs of activities.

 

Some of the more specific benefits from a relationship between Penrith and Lachlan Shire are outlined below:

 

·    Council’s strategic plan recognises that Penrith has a significant role to play as a provider of higher level services to residents of the central west of NSW. To this end a program has been in place for the past three years to market a range of services to this market through a combination of a newspaper supplement and regional television advertising. This program has not extended to the Lachlan Shire, however, as part of this relationship being developed this will now be put in place.

 

·    A range of reciprocal sporting exchanges in rugby league, bowls, netball, golf etc will encourage groups of people of all ages to visit, stay and play in each area and then take back knowledge and a greater appreciation of how others live to their own areas. In some sports, these exchanges represent an opportunity to develop the Lachlan Shire competitions as a feeder into the larger Penrith competitions. Further, a number of unique opportunities that offer potential are activities involving rodeo/show jumping and canine shows that currently occur in both areas.

 

·    As the most western teaching hospital in NSW, Nepean Hospital caters for many specialist medical needs in NSW’s central west and as a result many people from Lachlan Shire come to our area for specialist medical needs. There are economic benefits for Penrith from patients coming to Penrith for medical services as they bring family with them and associated demand for accommodation etc. Contact between health professionals in the two areas can enhance this.

 

·    There is an opportunity to develop further tourism opportunities for both communities through erecting displays and promotional materials at each other’s Visitors Centres and also through participation and promotion at each other’s local shows and other events such as Open Day and Australia Day.

 

·    There is also the opportunity for relationships to be developed between schools in both areas or through programs between service clubs focusing on youth in the two areas. A particular example is that schools in Penrith with agricultural programs could benefit greatly from a relationship with schools in Condobolin which is the agricultural heartland of NSW.

·    Business links could be established between business organisations in both areas and potentially individual businesses focusing on specific business opportunities in both areas.

 

·    A range of cultural opportunities could be explored between cultural organisations in both areas to undertake exchanges that would be of significant  interest to either area and particularly involving the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre and Penrith Regional Gallery. A specific opportunity is interaction between the Aboriginal communities as these are significant in both areas.

 

·    The relationship can be incorporated into existing Council programs and enhance them. For example, the student exchange program between Penrith and Fujieda, Japan and international groups that visit Penrith City can be taken to the Lachlan Shire as part of their itinerary whilst they are in our City to enable them to experience outback Australia.

 

·    Finally, there are opportunities for interaction between the two Councils that would benefit both areas. This could occur through exchange of staff and sharing of information on processes and procedures. For example, Lachlan Shire has the largest road network in NSW and hence has extensive experience in this area. Penrith City Council has one of the largest local government child care services in NSW and hence has extensive experience in this area. Exchanges of staff and/or information would clearly benefit both Councils.

 

Two officers from Penrith City Council have recently visited Lachlan Shire where discussions took place with both Council and community representatives to commence to put in place a program of potential exchange opportunities between the two cities Discussions are now occurring with groups in Penrith to encourage their participation in a range of exchanges. Dialogue has also commenced between officers in both Councils.

 

The Mayor will be leading a group from Penrith to visit Lachlan Shire in May. Councillors have been invited to participate in this visit. An invitation has also been received to participate in Lachlan Shire’s Centenary celebrations in July.

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That the information contained in the report on Benefits of Partnership Between Penrith City and Lachlan Shire be received.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

There are no attachments for this report.


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12      Application for Funding to the NSW State Emergency Service                                            50

 

13      Local Government Road Safety Auditing/Accident Investigation and Prevention (AIP) Program - 2005/2006                                                                                                                         52

 

 



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Application for Funding to the NSW State Emergency Service   

 

Compiled by:                Barry Ryan, Waste and Community Protection Manager

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 successful funding application through the National Emergency Volunteer Support Fund, and further opportunities to obtain funding from the NSW State Emergency Service.  The report recommends that additional funding be sought from the NSW State Emergency Service.

 

Background

On 15th August 2005 Council received a report on the opportunity to obtain funding through the National Emergency Volunteer Support Fund (NEVSF).

 

Council resolved to make an application for $45,000 to refurbish the old State Emergency Service Headquarters building at Gipps Street, Claremont Meadows to provide improved Volunteer amenities.

 

Current Situation

 

Council has been advised that the application for funding from the NEVSF has been successful.

 

In further discussions with the NSW State Emergency Service, they have advised that there is opportunity for additional funding to enhance this project.

 

The NSW SES have advised that funding may be made available, on application through their building development assistance fund.

 

The additional funding, in conjunction with the approved NEVSF funding, could be utilised to demolish the existing (old) headquarters and install a new re-locatable building.  This new building would provide a kitchen, dining room and amenities for Volunteers.  A Development Application for this project will be required.

 

In 2004 a new operational headquarters was constructed on the site with joint funding from both the NSW SES and Council.  This building was constructed as a re-locatable building to both reduce cost and to provide flexibility in long-term accommodation for the SES.

 

Replacing the existing building with a re-locatable building that is designed in the same scheme as the new operational headquarters, will not only provide improved amenities for Volunteers, but also improved visual amenity of the buildings on the site, and maintain flexibility in long term accommodation for the SES.

 

For these reasons this report will recommend that an application be made to the NSW SES to co-fund the building of a new amenities for the Penrith SES.

 

Discussions have been held with officers who are managing the NEVSF who advised that they have no objection to amending Councils original proposal to that identified in this report.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Application for Funding to the NSW State Emergency Service be received

2.     The Waste and Community Protection Manager be authorised to make an application to the NSW SES for funding of $45,000 to provide enhanced amenities for SES Volunteers.

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

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Local Government Road Safety Auditing/Accident Investigation and Prevention (AIP) Program - 2005/2006   

 

Compiled by:                Rosemarie Barretto, Senior Traffic Engineer

Authorised by:             David Burns, Asset Manager 

Strategic Program Term Achievement: Road network capacity, safety and efficiency are improved and traffic congestion is reduced.

Critical Action: A program is being implemented to address deficiencies and areas of congestion in the Local Road Network.

     

Purpose:

To advise Council of the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) grant offered to Council to undertake road safety audit/accident investigation and prevention (AIP) projects on the local road network under the Authority's 2005/2006 Local Government Road Safety Auditing and Accident Investigation and Prevention Program.  The report recommends that Council accept the grant of $10,000 to undertake the road safety audit (Stage 5 - Existing Roads), in Llandilo area.

 

Background

At its meeting on 12 December 2005, Council considered a report regarding funding submission to the RTA under the Authority’s 2005/2006 Local Government Road Safety Auditing and Accident Investigation and Prevention Program and Council resolved that:

 

1.   “The information contained in the report on Local Government Road Safety Auditing/Accident Investigation and Prevention (AIP) Program - 2005/2006 be received

2.   Council’s Asset Manager submit the following projects to the Roads and Traffic Authority for funding consideration to undertake Road Safety Audits Existing Road (Stage5) under the Authority’s Local Government Road Safety Auditing and Accident Investigation and Prevention (AIP) Program 2005/2006.
       a.       Ninth Avenue, Llandilo
       b.       Eighth Avenue, Llandilo
       c.       Seventh Avenue, Llandilo
       d.       Sixth Avenue, Llandilo
       e.       Fifth Avenue, Llandilo
       f.       Fourth Avenue, Llandilo
       g.       Third Avenue, Llandilo
       h.       Terrybrook Avenue, Llandilo
       i.        Second Avenue / Llandilo Road, Llandilo”

 

 

 

 

Local Government Road Safety Auditing/Accident Investigation and Prevention (AIP) Program - 2005/2006

 

The following roads were forwarded to the RTA’s Audit and Crash Investigation Section for its consideration and evaluation for the undertaking of road safety audits (Stage 5 – Existing Roads):

 

·    Ninth Avenue, Llandilo