16 August 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 21 August 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 Travers

General Manager

 

BUSINESS

 

1.           APOLOGIES

 

2.           LEAVE OF ABSENCE

Leave of absence has been granted to:

Councillor Greg Davies - 6 August 2006 to 3 September 2006 inclusive.

Leave of absence has been requested by:

Councillor Kaylene Allision – 18 August 2006 to 27 August 2006 inclusive.

 

3.           CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES

Ordinary Meeting - 7 August 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.           NOTICES OF MOTION

 

8.           ADOPTION OF REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATION OF COMMITTEES

Local Traffic Committee Meeting - 7 August 2006.

Policy Review Committee Meeting - 14 August 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 21 August 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

 

August 2006 - December 2006

 

 

TIME

AUG

SEPT

OCT

NOV

DEC

Mon

Mon

Mon

Mon

Mon

Ordinary Meetings

7.00 pm

7

4ü

9

6

4

21#+

18

25^

23

20 #

11

Policy Review Committee

7.00 pm

14

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 7 AUGUST 2006 AT 7:02 PM

NATIONAL ANTHEM 

The meeting opened with the National Anthem.

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.

 

PRAYER

The Council Prayer was read by the Rev Neil Checkley.

PRESENT

His Worship the Mayor Councillor John Thain, Councillors Jim Aitken OAM, Kaylene Allison, David Bradbury (arrived at 7:17 pm), Lexie Cettolin, Kevin Crameri OAM, Mark Davies, Ross Fowler, Jackie Greenow, Karen McKeown, Susan Page, Garry Rumble, and Steve Simat (arrived at 7:17 pm).

 

APOLOGIES

979  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jackie Greenow seconded Councillor Susan Page that apologies be accepted for Councillors Bradbury and Simat.

 

LEAVE OF ABSENCE

Leave of Absence was previously granted to Councillor Greg Davies for the period 6 August 2006 to 3 September 2006 inclusive.

Leave of Absence was previously granted to Councillor Pat Sheehy for the period 14 July 2006 to 9 August 2006 inclusive.

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES - Ordinary Meeting - 17 July 2006

980  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Ross Fowler seconded Councillor Jim Aitken that the minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of 17 July 2006 be confirmed.

 

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Councillor Kevin Crameri declared a non-pecuniary interest in the Report and Recommendations of the Policy Review Committee Meeting held on 24 July 2006 – Item 7 – ADI Site, St Marys – Request by Delfin Lend Lease for Declaration of Remaining Precincts on the ADI Site as Release Areas, as he lives in close proximity to this area, and he reserved his right to speak and vote on the matter.

 

Councillor Jim Aitken declared a pecuniary interest in Item 4 – Development Application 06/0758 proposed partial enclosure of rear verandah of an existing commercial premises at Lot 16 DP 651337 (No. 30) Mulgoa Road, Regentville.  Applicant:  Frank Kosztelnik; Owner:  James A Aitken & D J Reeves, as he is joint owner of the property, and advised that he would leave the Council Chamber for consideration of this item.

 

ADDRESSING THE MEETING

 

It was noted that Mr Geoff Brown, representing the ADI Residents Action Group, had requested permission to address the meeting in relation to the Report and Recommendations of the Policy Review Committee Meeting held on 24 July 2006 – Item 7 – ADI Site, St Marys – Request by Delfin Lend Lease for Declaration of Remaining Precincts on the ADI Site as Release Areas, but had not arrived at the meeting.

 

PROCEDURAL MOTION

 

981  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jackie Greenow seconded Councillor Karen McKeown that the Mayoral Minutes be read before Addressing the Meeting.

 

 MAYORAL MINUTES

 

1        2006 Western Sydney Region Trainee of the Year Awards

 

982  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor John Thain seconded Councillor Jackie Greenow that the Mayoral Minute on 2006 Western Sydney Region Trainee of the Year Awards be received.

 

2        Council Highly Commended in the RH Dougherty Communication Awards

 

983  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor John Thain seconded Councillor Karen McKeown that the Mayoral Minute on Council Highly Commended in the RH Dougherty Communication Awards be received.

 

Councillor David Bradbury and Councillor Steve Simat arrived, the time being 7:17 pm.

 

3        St Marys Band Club 50th Anniversary

 

984  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor John Thain seconded Councillor Jackie Greenow that the Mayoral Minute on St Marys Band Club 50th Anniversary be received.

 

ADDRESSING THE MEETING

 

It was again noted that Mr Geoff Brown, of the ADI Residents Action Group, had not arrived at the meeting.

 

Reports of Committees

 

1        Report and Recommendation of the Policy Review Committee held on 24 July 2006   

985  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Garry Rumble seconded Councillor Jim Aitken that the recommendations contained in the Report and Recommendations of the Policy Review Committee meeting held on 24 July, 2006 be adopted.

 

Councillor Kevin Crameri asked that his name be recorded as having voted against this motion, in relation to Item 7 - ADI Site, St Marys – Request by Delfin Lend Lease for Declaration of Remaining Precincts on the ADI Site as Release Areas.

 

2        Report and Recommendations of the Penrith Valley Community Safety Partnership held on 29 June 2006                                                                                                                       

986  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Garry Rumble seconded Councillor Kaylene Allison that the recommendations contained in the Report and Recommendations of the Penrith Valley Community Safety Partnership meeting held on 29 June, 2006 be adopted.

 

MASTER PROGRAM REPORTS

 

The City in its Broader Context

 

1        Great River Walk Stage 1                                                                                                 

987  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Garry Rumble seconded Councillor Ross Fowler

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Great River Walk Stage 1 be received.

2.     Council endorse the submission of a grant application under the Department of Planning's Metropolitan Greenspace Program for the additional funds to complete Stage 1 of the Great River Walk.

3.     Council endorse an advance of up to $175,000 from internal reserves to meet the immediate shortfall of funds required to complete Stage 1 of the Great River Walk as outlined in this report.  This advance to be repaid to reserves from the Metropolitan Greenspace Program if successful.  If the application is unsuccessful there will be a further report to Council to consider the final funding source.

4.     A further report be provided, detailing design criteria which provide for the structural stability of the boardwalk bridge (including handrails) and paving, in the event of a flooding event of 1/100 or greater.

 

The City as a Social Place

 

988  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jackie Greenow seconded Councillor Steve Simat that Item 4 – Development Application 06/0758 proposed partial enclosure of rear verandah of an existing commercial premises at Lot 16 DP 651337 (No.  30) Mulgoa Road, Regentville. Applicant: Frank Kosztelnik;  Owner: James A Aitken & D J Reeves, be considered before the other Items in this Master Program.

 

Having previously declared an interest in Item 4, Councillor Aitken left the meeting, the time being 7:31 pm.

 

4        Development Application 06/0758 proposed partial enclosure of rear verandah of an existing commercial premises at Lot 16 DP 651337 (No.  30) Mulgoa Road, Regentville. Applicant: Frank Kosztelnik;  Owner: James A Aitken & D J Reeves                          DA06/0758

989  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Ross Fowler seconded Councillor Susan Page

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Development Application 06/0758 proposed partial enclosure of rear verandah of an existing commercial premises at Lot 16 DP 651337 (No.  30) Mulgoa Road, Regentville be received

 

2.     Development Application No. 06/0758, which proposes Development Application 06/0758 proposed partial enclosure of rear verandah of an existing commercial premises at Lot 16 DP 651337 (No.  30) Mulgoa Road, Regentville be determined by the granting of development consent subject to the following conditions:

A001   approved plans that are architecturally drawn

A008   Works to BCA requirements

A019   Occupation Certificate

A026   Advertising sign

A032   Goods In buildings

A038    Lighting locations

A039    Graffiti

D009    Covering of waste storage

D010    Appropriate disposal of other waste

E001    BCA Compliance (Class 2-9)

H01F   Stamped plans and erection of site notice

H041   Hours of work

H011   Engineering plans & specification

H015   termites

K016   Stormwater

Q01F   Notice of Commencement & Appointment of PCA

Q05F   Occupation Certificate.

 

Councillor Aitken returned to the meeting, the time being 7:32 pm.

 

 

 

 

2        Children's Week Activities                                                                                                

990  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Karen McKeown seconded Councillor Kevin Crameri

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Children's Week Activities be received.

2.     The change of venues for Children’s Week 2006 is approved as detailed in this report.

3.     A review of the organisation and celebration of Children’s Week for 2007 be undertaken and a further report is provided.

 

3        Development of the 2006-2009 Penrith Valley Community Safety Plan                         

991  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Karen McKeown seconded Councillor Kevin Crameri that the information contained in the report on Development of the 2006-2009 Penrith Valley Community Safety Plan be received.

 

5        Development Application 05/0232 for change of use from outbuilding to dwelling at Lot 2149 DP 255370 (No. 9) Benaud Court, St Clair. Applicant: Mr G and Mrs V Thorpe;  Owner: Mr G and Mrs V Thorpe                                                                                        DA05/0232

992  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Karen McKeown seconded Councillor Kevin Crameri

That:

1.  The information contained in the report on Development Application 05/0232 for change of use from outbuilding to dwelling at Lot 2149 DP 255370 (No. 9) Benaud Court, St Clair be received.

2.  Development Application 05/0232 for change of use from outbuilding to dwelling at Lot 2149 DP 255370 (No. 9) Benaud Court, St Clair be approved subject to the following conditions:

2.1  In order to ensure the privacy of adjoining residents, the privacy screen adjacent to the window on the west elevation of the outbuilding is to be enhanced through the planting of a suitable climbing plant such as Ficus pumila “Climbing Fig” in accordance with Penrith Landscape Development Control Plan 2002.

2.2  Partitioning within the outbuilding is to be limited to create a maximum of two rooms excluding the bathroom being one bedroom and one living area. Kitchen/cooking facilities are not permitted within the outbuilding at any time under any circumstances.

2.3  The outbuilding is to be insulated to prevent transmission of noise to the satisfaction of Council’s Building Surveyor within three (3) months of the date of this consent.

2.4  No resident vehicles are to be parked within the carriageway being the driveway access handle to the property at any time.

3.  Those making submissions be advised of Council’s decision.

 

6        Penrith Football Stadium                                                                                                    

993  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Karen McKeown seconded Councillor Kevin Crameri

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Penrith Football Stadium be received.

2.     Council support the proposal to accommodate the Panthers football administration/operations at the Penrith Football Stadium in the manner proposed by Panthers.

3.     Council officers be authorised to make application to the Lands Department seeking owners authorisation to the lodgement of the required Development Application.

4.     Panthers be advised in the terms outlined in the report.

 

The City In Its Environment

 

7        Urban Sustainability Program Grants                                                                               

994  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Kevin Crameri seconded Councillor Kaylene Allison

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Urban Sustainability Program Grants be received.

2.     Council endorse the alliance with Blue Mountains City Council for the further grant application made to the Urban Sustainability Program.

 

The City as an Economy

 

8        Outdoor Eating and Trading - Status Update                                                                    

995  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor David Bradbury seconded Councillor Jackie Greenow that the information contained in the report on Outdoor Eating and Trading - Status Update be received.

 

The City Supported by Infrastructure

 

9        RTA 2006/07 Road Funding Grants                                                                                  

996  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Kevin Crameri seconded Councillor Ross Fowler

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on RTA 2006/07 Road Funding Grants be received.

2.     The RTA 2006/07 Program Funding Block Grant in the amount of $875,000 be accepted.

3.     The Ex 3 x 3 component in the amount of $156,000 be allocated to the next stage of the upgrading of Luddenham Road, a 400m section South from South Creek.

4.     Council accept the grant of $250,000 offered under the 2006/2007 Roads and Traffic Authority REPAIR Program for the reconstruction of Forrester Road, St Marys between Glossop Street and Catalina Street.

5.     The Common Seal of the Council of the City of Penrith be affixed to the

“Agreement for Block Grant Assistance to Council for Regional Roads 2006/2007”.

6.     Council accept the grant of $39,000 offered under the Road Safety Program to partially fund the position of Road Safety Co-ordinator.

7.     Council accept the grant of $85,000 offered toward the installation of traffic signals at the intersection of Dunheved Road and Greenbank Drive (west), Werrington Downs.

 

10      Tender 01-06/07: Concrete Path Paving 2006/07 in Three Separate Wards                  

997  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Ross Fowler seconded Councillor Jackie Greenow

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Tender 01-06/07: Concrete Path Paving 2006/07 in Three Separate Wards be received.

2.     The Schedule of Rates Tender from Statewide Civil Pty Ltd be accepted to carry out the footpath works in the East Ward 2006/2007 Footpaving Program.

3.     The Schedule of Rates Tender from N A Zappacosta Pty Ltd be accepted to carry out the footpath works in the North Ward 2006/2007 Footpaving Program.

4.     The Schedule of Rates Tender from Devries Concreting and Excavations be accepted to carry out the footpath works in the South Ward 2006/2007 Footpaving Program.

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

6.     Any additional work from other programs be first offered to the awarded contractor for that ward and then to the  cheapest available tenderer as listed in the report.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leadership and Organisation

 

11      2006 Local Government Association NSW Conference Motions                                   

998  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Ross Fowler seconded Councillor Kevin Crameri

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on 2006 Local Government Association NSW Conference Motions be received.

2.     Councillor Garry Rumble be the voting delegate to replace Councillor Kevin Crameri.

 3.      The seven (7) motions detailed in the report be submitted for inclusion in the 2006 Local Government Association NSW Conference Business Paper.

 

12      Disclosure of Election Funding                                                                                          

999  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jim Aitken seconded Councillor Karen McKeown that the information contained in the report on Disclosure of Election Funding be received.

 

13      Activities of Grants Support Officer - 10 October 2005 to 30 June 2006                        

1000  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jim Aitken seconded Councillor Karen McKeown that the information contained in the report on Activities of Grants Support Officer - 10 October 2005 to 30 June 2006 be received.

 

14      Council Property - Lot 1033, D.P. 849297, High Street, Penrith - Electricity Easements at Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre                                                                          

1001  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jim Aitken seconded Councillor Karen McKeown

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Council Property - Lot 1033, D.P. 849297, High Street, Penrith - Electricity Easements at Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre be received.

2.     Council grant Integral Energy a new Easement for Padmount Substation 5.5m x 2.89m over Lot 1033, D.P. 849297, High Street Penrith.

3.     Council accept the release of the existing easements that are no longer required.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15      Council Property - Easement to Drain Water over Lot 75, D.P. 28707, No. 37 Elizabeth Crescent, Kingswood.  Owner:  Penrith City Council;  Applicant:  John Nichols           

1002  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jim Aitken seconded Councillor Karen McKeown

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Council Property - Easement to Drain Water over Lot 75, D.P. 28707, No. 37 Elizabeth Crescent, Kingswood.  Owner:  Penrith City Council;  Applicant:  John Nichols be received.

2.     Council grant an easement to drain water over Open Space land at Lot 75, D.P. 28707, Elizabeth Crescent, Kingswood in favour of Lot 23, D.P. 28707 and Lot 222, D.P. 1019351 at Nos. 39 and 43 Elizabeth Crescent, Kingswood.

3.     Payment of compensation by the applicant in the amount of $5,000 plus GST be required for the creation of the easement over Council’s Lot 75, D.P. 28707.

4.     The applicant be responsible for all survey, legal and registration costs associated with the creation of the easement.

5.     The Common Seal of the Council of the City of Penrith be placed on all necessary documentation to effect registration of the easement.

 

16      Local Government Exchange and Co-operation Seminar 2006                                       

1003  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jim Aitken seconded Councillor Karen McKeown

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Local Government Exchange and Co-operation Seminar 2006 be received.

2.     The Director – City Services’ participation in the Local Government Exchange and Co-operation Seminar 2006 be supported as outlined in the report.

 

17      Council Property  -  Lot 202, D.P. 700947, Lenore Drive, Erskine Park Dedication as Road.  Owner:  Penrith City Council.  Applicant:  Penrith City Council                                      

1004  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jim Aitken seconded Councillor Karen McKeown

That: 

1.     The information contained in the report on Council Property  -  Lot 202, D.P. 700947, Lenore Drive, Erskine Park Dedication as Road.  Owner:  Penrith City Council.  Applicant:  Penrith City Council be received.

2.     Lot 202, D.P. 700947 be dedicated as road under Section 10 of the Roads Act 1993 by notice in the Government Gazette.

 

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE

 

QWN 1      Driveway at Life Education Centre                                                                         

Councillor Karen McKeown requested that $400 each from North Ward, South Ward and East Ward voted works be allocated to widen the driveway to accommodate the Life Education buses entering and exiting the Centre, with the repair of the kerb and gutter to be covered by Council’s maintenance budget.

 

1005 RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Karen McKeown seconded Councillor Jim Aitken 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.

 

1006  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Karen McKeown seconded Councillor Jim Aitken that $400 each from North Ward, South Ward and East Ward voted works be allocated to widen the driveway to accommodate the Life Education buses entering and exiting the Centre, with the repair of the kerb and gutter to be covered by Council’s maintenance budget.

 

QWN 2      Council Library Service - Blue Hills Family/Cultural Precinct                               

Councillor Karen McKeown requested a memo reply regarding investigation into the feasibility of including a Council library service in the new Blue Hills family/cultural precinct.

                                                                                                                                                      

QWN 3      Blockage of Internal Stormwater Pipes                                                                   

Councillor Jim Aitken requested a report to the Policy Review Committee, concerning  the possibility of including development conditions on future approvals, which would ensure that residents keep internal stormwater pipes in working order, thus relieving other residents’ homes from water damage caused by stormwater pipes not operating properly.

 

QWN 4      Autumn Leaf Parade Neighbourhood Centre, St Clair                                           

Councillor Steve Simat requested that an on-site meeting be held with residents living in the vicinity of the Autumn Leaf Parade Neighbourhood Centre, to address their concerns over the noise levels, disturbances and broken bottles left at the Centre after parties and incidents that occur at the Centre on Friday and Saturday nights.

 

QWN 5      Park located next to Banks Drive Public School, St Clair                                      

Councillor Steve Simat requested a memo reply providing a quote for the cost of some seating and tables to be placed at the park, next to the new playground, located next to the Banks Drive Public School, St Clair.

 

 

QWN 6      Graffiti Removal                                                                                                       

Councillor Garry Rumble requested the priority removal of graffiti, on fences of private residences, at the reserve near Windmill Park, and also on the wall of the playground at the corner of Sunbird Terrace and Shearwater Drive, Glenmore Park.

 

QWN 7      Botanic Garden                                                                                                         

Councillor Garry Rumble requested a progress report to Council on his previous request on the feasibility of establishing a Penrith Botanic Garden.

 

QWN 8      Brookfield Avenue, Werrington                                                                               

Councillor Lexie Cettolin requested a memo reply update on the status of the land at Brookfield Avenue, Werrington.

 

QWN 9      Installation of Water Tanks                                                                                     

Councillor David Bradbury requested a memo reply to all Councillors concerning the requirement to pay an inspection fee for the installation of 22 000 litre water tanks.

 

Committee of the Whole

 

1007  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Kevin Crameri seconded Councillor Jackie Greenow that the meeting adjourn to the Committee of the Whole to deal with the following matters, the time being 7:55 pm.

 

1        Presence of the Public

 

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

 

City In Its Environment

 

2        Waste Tenders                                                                                                                   

 

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.

 

The meeting resumed at 7:57 pm and the General Manager reported that the Committee of the Whole met at 7:55 pm on Monday 7 August 2006, the following being present

 

His Worship the Mayor Councillor John Thain, Councillors Jim Aitken OAM, Kaylene Allison, David Bradbury, Lexie Cettolin, Kevin Crameri OAM, Mark Davies, Ross Fowler, Jackie Greenow, Karen McKeown, Susan Page, Garry Rumble, 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        Waste Tenders                                                                                                                   

1008  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Ross Fowler seconded Councillor Jim Aitken

CW2 That the information contained in the report on Waste Tenders be received.

 

ADOPTION OF Committee of the Whole

 

1009 RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Ross Fowler seconded Councillor Jim Aitken the recommendation contained in the Committee of the Whole and shown as CW2 be adopted.

 

There being no further business the Chairperson declared the meeting closed the time being 7:58 pm.

 


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

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Reports of Committees

 

Item                                                                                                                                       Page

 

1        Report and Recommendations of the Local Traffic Committee Meeting held on 7 August 2006          1

 

2        Report and Recommendations of the Policy Review Committee held on 14 August 2006       8

 

 



Ordinary Meeting

21 August 2006

Leadership and Organisation

 

REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE
 Local Traffic Committee MEETING

HELD ON 7 August, 2006

 

 

PRESENT

Michael Alderton – Road Network Services Engineer (Chairperson), Councillor McKeown – Representative for the Member for Mulgoa, Sergeant Scott Smith – Penrith Police, Senior Constable Mark Elliott – St Marys/Regentville Police, Richard McHenery – Roads and Traffic Authority, Tim Horan – Representative for the Member for Penrith

 

IN ATTENDANCE

 

Ron Watson – Westbus, Phil Sailes – Westbus, Rosemarie Barretto – Senior Traffic Engineer, Stephen Barnes – Senior Traffic Engineer, Sharon Maddox – Road Safety Co-ordinator

 

APOLOGIES

LTC94  Deputy Mayor - Councillor Greenow, David Burns – Asset Manager

 

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES - Local Traffic Committee Meeting - 3 July 2006

LTC95 The minutes of the Local Traffic Committee Meeting of 3 July 2006 were confirmed, with the following amendments noted:

 

General Business Item GB1  St Marys Spring Festival-Saturday, 2 September 2006

 

LTC Comment:

It should be noted that this event is a Class 2 Event.

 

Recommendation:

2.  The lodgement of a Transport Management Plan (TMP)…..
This should read, “The lodgement of a Transport Management Plan (TMP) by the organiser/applicant, for concurrence by the Roads and Traffic Authority.”

 

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 There were no declarations of interest.

 

MASTER PROGRAM REPORTS

 

The City Supported by Infrastructure

 

1        Swallow Drive, Erskine Park - Request for Pedestrian Crossing Facility, Erskine Park High School                                                                                                                                  

LTC96   RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Swallow Drive, Erskine Park - Request for Pedestrian Crossing Facility, Erskine Park High School be received.

2.     Vehicle and pedestrian counts be conducted with results reported back to the Local Traffic Committee.

3.     Councillor Greg Davies and Mr McCallum be advised.

 

2        Sunflower Drive, Claremont Meadows - Request to Review the "Kiss and Ride" Zone at Claremont Meadows Public School                                                                                   

LTC97  RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Sunflower Drive, Claremont Meadows - Request to Review the "Kiss and Ride" Zone at Claremont Meadows Public School be received.

2.     The signage in the western indented bay outside Claremont Meadows Public School be changed to “Bus Zone 8.00am-9.30am 2.30pm-4.00pm School Days” for a length of 35m, with accompanying “No Stopping 8.00am-9.30am 2.30pm-4.00pm” with right return arrow on the eastern stem.

3.     The signage in the eastern bay outside Claremont Meadows Public School be changed to “No Parking 8.00am-9.30am 2.30-4.00pm School Days” for a length of 40m.

4.     The school Principal and Westbus be advised.

 

3        Muru Drive, Glenmore Park - Proposed Double Barrier Linemarking                          

LTC98 RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Muru Drive, Glenmore Park - Proposed Double Barrier Linemarking be received.

2.     Approximately 40m of double barrier linemarking and raised pavement markers be provided around the bend fronting 65 Muru Drive, Glenmore Park, in consultation with residents.

3.     Traffic safety at the bend be monitored in three months, with Council to contact the residents on the corner to ascertain whether any improvement has been noted since the implementation of the linemarking.  In addition, Council to approach affected residents in Waterford Way, Glenmore Park to discuss whether traffic safety at that bend has improved following previous implementation of a similar treatment.

4.     The owner of 67 Muru Drive, Glenmore Park be advised of the Committee’s recommendation.

 

 

 

 

 

4        Jubilee Walk (Holy Spirit Parish, St Clair) - Sunday, 17 September 2006                      

LTC99 RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Jubilee Walk (Holy Spirit Parish, St Clair) - Sunday, 17 September 2006 be received.

2.     All emergency service authorities and Westbus be advised at least two weeks prior to the event.

3.     The organiser to obtain Police approval under the Summary Offences Act, Schedule 1 and to ensure that participants obey all Police directions and road rules during the event.

4.     The organiser indemnify Council against all claims for damage or injury which may result from conducting the walk.  This walk is not classified as a Special Event according to Roads and Traffic Authority guidelines.

5.     A copy of the Public Liability Insurance of $10 million be forwarded to Council’s Risk Management Co-ordinator.

6.     All participants are to ensure they do not interfere with any sporting activities being conducted on Council reserves.

 

5        St Andrews Drive, Glenmore Park - Speeding Vehicles                                                  

LTC100  RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.   The information contained in the report on St Andrews Drive, Glenmore Park - Speeding Vehicles be received.

2.   Double barrier centre linemarking and raised pavement markers be provided in St Andrews Drive for a distance of 30m on the southbound approach to the roundabout at Glenmore Parkway, and for a distance of 30m on the northbound approach to the roundabout at Sunningdale Drive.

3.   Council carry out consultation with affected residents on St Andrews Drive between Laguna Drive and Sunningdale Drive, concerning the possible extension of the linemarking scheme on this length of St Andrews Drive.

4.   Council investigate the adequacy of the existing signage at the slow point at the intersection of St Andrews Drive and Laguna Drive.

5.   Traffic safety in St Andrews Drive and at the roundabout at the intersection of St Andrews Drive and Glenmore Parkway continue to be monitored.

 

6        Queen Street, St Marys - Proposed 15 Minute Parking                                                    

LTC101  RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Queen Street, St Marys - Proposed 15 minute parking be received.

2.     The existing full time No Parking restrictions on the western side of Queen Street, St Marys, north of Nariel Street, remain unchanged.

3.     The shop proprietor be advised of the Committee’s recommendation.

 

7        Ninth Avenue, Llandilo - Xavier College Walkathon Friday, 1 September 2006           

LTC102  RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Ninth Avenue, Llandilo - Xavier College Walkathon Friday, 1 September 2006 be received.

2.     All emergency service authorities and Westbus be advised at least two weeks prior to the event.

3.     The organiser to obtain Police approval under the Summary Offences Act, Schedule 1 and ensure that participants obey all Police directions and road rules during the event.

4.     The organiser indemnify Council against all claims for damage or injury which may result from conducting the walk.  This walk is not classified as a Special Event according to Roads and Traffic Authority guidelines.

5.     A copy of the Public Liability Insurance of $10 million be forwarded to Council’s Risk Management Co-Ordinator.

 

GENERAL BUSINESS

 

GB1           Palomino Road, Emu Heights – Speeding Vehicles  (Raised Representative for the Member for Penrith)                                                                                                                     

The Representative for the Member for Penrith raised concerns, on behalf of residents, about vehicles speeding in Palomino Road, Emu Heights.  There have been two recent incidents where damage has occurred to properties in Palomino Road, and a number of reports of vehicles speeding, particularly near Dartmoor Circuit and Landais Place.

Council’s Senior Traffic Engineer advised that the results of a speed classification survey are being analysed and will be referred to the Local Traffic Committee at its next available meeting.

LTC103  RECOMMENDATION

That the Committee note the information.

 

GB 2          Great Western Highway, Claremont Meadows at its Intersection with Werrington Road/Reserve Road – Changes to Phasing of Traffic Signals  (St Marys/Regentville Police)

Following a double fatality accident at the Great Western Highway and Werrington Road, Claremont Meadows, a site meeting was held with relevant stakeholders.  Changes have been implemented to the phasing of the traffic signals at this intersection, ie, red arrow activated from 7.00am to 10.00am and from 3.00pm to 10.00pm (on all days), and outside these hours filter turn movements are allowed.

These changes, including any possible queuing of right-turning traffic into Werrington Road extending past the length of the right-turn bay, will continue to be monitored.

LTC104  RECOMMENDATION

That the Committee note the information.

 

GB 3          Aldington & Abbotts Roads, Kemps Creek – Request for Additional Lighting  (St Marys/Regentville Police)

The St Marys/Regentville Police representative advised that there have been four major traffic accidents at the intersection of Aldington and Abbotts Roads, Kemps Creek since 2002.  At a site inspection, it was revealed that the intersection is very dark and that the existing street lighting should be upgraded to project more light over the intersection.

LTC105  RECOMMENDATION

That Council’s Asset Systems Engineer be requested to investigate the street lighting at the intersection of Aldington and Abbotts Roads, Kemps Creek.

 

GB 4          Princess Mary Street, St Marys – near St Marys Public School  (Raised Council)       

Council has received a letter from the Principal of St Marys Public School through the Roads & Traffic Authority representative regarding pedestrian safety issues near the pedestrian marked footcrossing facility outside the school. The school Principal stated that there is an existing "No Standing Authorised Disabled Persons Vehicles Excepted" zone that is currently installed just north of the pedestrian crossing facility in Princess Mary Street.

 

The Principal indicates that “at present a parent with a disabled sticker displayed on their vehicle parks a van in this area daily.  However, because of the size of the van, it prevents clear vision for oncoming traffic and school children wishing to cross the road.  The site is very dangerous because of this situation. It is noted that our school does not have a handicapped student enrolled. The signage only notes "disabled driver”.  At either end of Princess Mary Street there are other parking areas off the street belonging to the St Marys Band Club and the St Marys Village Shopping complex where many parents often park”.

 

LTC Comment

 

According to Council records, this sign was approved by Council on 2 February 1988 (through Council's Local Traffic Committee) on behalf of the school for the handicapped children vehicle.  The school Principal at the time advised that a special vehicle permit had been obtained from the then Department of Motor Transport for handicapped children vehicle.  Council, at its meeting on 2 February 1988, resolved on the recommendation of the LTC that "DMR erect 'No Standing Authorised Vehicles Excepted' in north-east corner of Princess Mary Street at main gate to St Marys Public School".  This zone was installed prior to the construction of the wombat crossing

 

According to the Roads and Traffic Authority guidelines for traffic facilities, a "No Stopping" zone shall be provided at a distance of 20m to the approach and 10m from the departure of a pedestrian crossing (total of 30m).  The existing "No Standing Authorised Disabled Persons Vehicles Excepted" should be removed and replaced with the regulatory parking signs for safety reasons.

 

LTC106  RECOMMENDATION

 

That:

 

1.   The existing “No Standing Authorised Disabled Persons Vehicles Excepted” zone in Princess Mary Street outside St Marys Public School be removed and replaced with the regulatory parking signs (ie, No Stopping zone at a distance of 20m to the approach and 10m from the departure of a pedestrian crossing facility), according to the Roads and Traffic Authority guidelines for traffic facilities, for safety reasons.

 

2.   All other parking regulatory signage in Princess Mary Street in the vicinity of the school be investigated and amended, if necessary, for consistency and safety reasons.

 

3.   The school Principal be advised accordingly.

 

GB 5          Great Western Highway, Emu Plains – Pedestrian Safety  (Raised Penrith Police)

The Penrith Police representative advised of a complaint received from the Edinglassie Caring Centre at Emu Plains regarding the pedestrian control signals on the Great Western Highway near the Lennox Shopping Centre.

A check of the collision history at this location over the last five years indicated that there have been no pedestrian related collisions reported to Police.

In addition, during a recent site inspection, Police and Council’s Senior Traffic Engineer noted that the three elderly pedestrians who crossed at these signals either did not use the signals or used them incorrectly.

It was concluded that there are no engineering issues contributing to the concerns received by Police, however the Director’s concerns have been passed on to the Penrith Highway Patrol for patrolling of the area.

The Police representative advised that he will contact the Director of the Centre regarding possible concerns with the correct use of the signals.

LTC107  RECOMMENDATION

That the Committee note the information.

 

GB 6          Henry Street, Penrith – Carpark Adjacent New Courthouse Extension (Old Library Building)  (Raised Penrith Police)                                                                                                               

The Penrith Police representative advised that since timed parking restrictions were implemented in 2005 in the carpark next to the courthouse in Henry Street, Penrith, the area is being under utilised with approximately half of the spaces vacant at any given time during peak business periods.  This was confirmed on a site inspection carried out with Council’s Senior Traffic Engineer on 3 August 2006.

To make better use of these facilities, the Penrith Police representative has requested that consideration be given to making 13 spaces unrestricted parking, with the spaces located towards Henry Street and those located on the opposite side of Henry Street (in the northern half of the area), including some spaces around the edges, remaining as two-hour limited parking, and the spaces in the southern part of the carpark (except those barricaded by Court staff) could be changed to be unrestricted parking.

LTC108  RECOMMENDATION

That the matter be investigated and a report submitted to a future meeting of the Local Traffic Committee.

 

 

There being no further business the Chairperson declared the meeting closed the time being 11:20am.

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That the recommendations contained in the Report and Recommendations of the Local Traffic Committee meeting held on 7 August, 2006 be adopted.

 

 


Ordinary Meeting

21 August 2006

Leadership and Organisation

 

REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE
 Policy Review Committee MEETING

HELD ON 14 August, 2006

___________________________________________________________________________

PRESENT

His Worship the Mayor Councillor John Thain, Councillors Jim Aitken OAM, Kaylene Allison, David Bradbury (arrived 7:29pm), Mark Davies, Ross Fowler, Jackie Greenow, Karen McKeown, Garry Rumble, and Pat Sheehy AM.

 

APOLOGIES

PRC 61  RECOMMENDED that apologies be received and accepted from Councillors David Bradbury, Lexie Cettolin, Kevin Crameri, Steve Simat and Susan Page.

 

LEAVE OF ABSENCE

Leave of Absence was previously granted to Councillor Greg Davies for the period 6 August 2006 to 3 September 2006 inclusive.

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES - Policy Review Committee Meeting - 24 July 2006

PRC 62  RECOMMENDED that the minutes of the Policy Review Committee Meeting of 24 July 2006 be confirmed.

 

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 There were no declarations of interest.

 

ORDER OF BUSINESS

PRC 63 RECOMMENDED that Item 4 – Further Groundwater Investigations in the Penrith City Area; Item 6 – Emergency Management and Item 7 – Service Specification Program be dealt with as the first items of business.

 

MASTER PROGRAM REPORTS

 

THE CITY IN ITS ENVIRONMENT

 

4        Further Groundwater Investigations in the Penrith City Area

 

Parks Construction and Maintenance Manager, Raphael Collins, introduced Tony Collins from the Sydney Catchment Authority, who advised of further information on groundwater investigations as a supplementary water supply in times of severe drought.

 

Councillor Bradbury arrived, the time being 7:29pm.

Councillor Jim Aitken left the meeting, the time being 7:34pm.

Councillor Jim Aitken returned to the meeting, the time being 7:36pm.

 

 

 

THE CITY SUPPORTED BY INFRASTRUCTURE

 

6        Emergency Management                                                                                                   

Waste and Community Protection Manager, Barry Ryan, introduced Superintendent Ben Feszczuk, NSW Police; Peter Chinque OAM, NSW SES Region Controller; Superintendent Andrew McLeod, NSW Fire Brigade; and Superintendent Richard Petch AFSM, NSW RFS Zone Manager; who spoke on their responsibilities under the Local DISPLAN.

His Worship the Mayor Councillor John Thain left the meeting and the Deputy Mayor Councillor Jackie Greenow assumed the Chair, the time being 7:59pm.

His Worship the Mayor Councillor John Thain returned to the meeting and resumed the Chair, the time being 8:00pm.

Councillor Mark Davies left the meeting, the time being 8:29pm.

Councillor Karen McKeown left the meeting, the time being 8:29pm.

Councillor Karen McKeown returned to the meeting, the time being 8:30pm.

 

PRC 64  RECOMMENDED that the information contained in the report on Emergency Management be received.

 

Councillor Mark Davies returned to the meeting, the time being 8:35pm.

 

THE CITY IN ITS ENVIRONMENT

 

4        Further Groundwater Investigations in the Penrith City Area                                         

PRC 65  RECOMMENDED that the information contained in the report on Further Groundwater Investigations in the Penrith City Area be received.

 

LEADERSHIP AND ORGANISATION

 

7        Service Specification Program                                                                                           

Asset Manager, David Burns introduced the report and gave a brief presentation on the progress with mapping of drainage information in the Penrith LGA.

PRC 66  RECOMMENDED

That:

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

2.     The specification for the Drainage Maintenance Service be adopted

3.     The annual budget allocation for Drainage Maintenance be increased from 2007-2008 in line with the increase in the drainage asset base.

 

 

 

 

 

The City in its Broader Context

 

1        Rural Resource Lands Study                                                                                             

PRC 67  RECOMMENDED 

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Rural Resource Lands Study be received

2.     Council write to the Department of Planning indicating its support for the Rural Resource Lands Study and requesting that the State Government take a leading role in establishing a clear policy position in relation to agricultural and rural lands in Sydney. Specifically, the submission should request that:

(i)         Subregional plans incorporate an urban growth boundary that establishes a clear and long-term distinction (25-30years) between urban and non-urban areas in the region

(ii)        The Study’s recommended vision for rural resource lands of the region is reflected in State Government planning policy

(iii)       The following work is completed to inform the subregional planning process:

(a)        Regional biodiversity mapping and the development of Regional Conservation Plans being prepared by the Department of Environment and Conservation

(b)        Mapping of regionally significant activities including agriculture, mining and petroleum uses and extractives industries which is to be undertaken by the Department of Primary Industries

(c)        The proposed Agriculture and Rural Related Industries Sector Strategy be advanced, with the Department of Primary Industries playing a leading role

(d)        The Department of Environment and Conservation and a Council within the region undertaking a pilot project on biodiversity banking as a model to test the concept in the NSW planning context

(e)        The Department of Planning in developing new “delivery” tools” (E2.2 of the Metropolitan Strategy) work with a council in the region to undertake a pilot project on transferable development rights, to be used as a model to test the concept in the NSW planning context.

3.     A copy of Council’s report and letter to the Department of Planning be forwarded to the Department of Environment and Conservation and the Department of Primary Industries for consideration.

4.     Council request the Department of Planning to provide a timeframe and program for completing its Rural Lands Policy and provide further information on the role that the Policy is intended to play in the context of subregional plans and the preparation of local environmental plans, which are consistent with the State Government’s standard LEP template.

 

The City as a Social Place

 

2        Affordable Housing                                                                                                            

PRC 68  RECOMMENDED

          That:

1.   The information contained in the report on Affordable Housing be received

2.   A further report be presented to Council on the initiatives that can be undertaken by Council on providing group housing for people with a disability.  The report is to include public transport options for the identified areas.

 

3        Castlereagh Cemetery and Crematorium Working Party                                                

PRC 69  RECOMMENDED

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Castlereagh Cemetery and Crematorium Working Party be received

2.     The matter be referred back to the Castlereagh Cemetery and Crematorium Working Party for consideration of the issues raised and further report to Council.

 

The City In Its Environment

 

5        Productivity Commission's Draft Report on Waste Management                                  

PRC 70  RECOMMENDED

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Productivity Commission's Draft Report on Waste Management be received

2.     A submission be made to the Productivity Commission on the Draft Report on Waste Management in the terms of this report

3.     A Motion be put to the Local Government Association Annual Conference and the Australian Local Government National General Assembly requesting that submissions be made by the Local Government Association and Australian Local Government Association responding to the Draft Report on Waste Management, and reinforcing Local Government’s positive role in waste management

4.     The Local Government Association be requested to invite the Productivity Commissioner to address the Local Government Association Annual Conference to discuss the findings and recommendations of the Draft Report on Waste Management.

 

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE

 

QWN 1      Leave of Absence Request - Friday 18 August 2006 to Sunday 27 August 2006 inclusive.   

Councillor Kaylene Allison requested leave of absence for the period Friday 18 August 2006 to Sunday 27 August 2006 inclusive.

PRC 71  RECOMMENDED 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.

 

PRC 72 RECOMMENDED that Leave of Absence be granted to Councillor Kaylene Allison for the period Friday 18 August 2006 to Sunday 27 August 2006 inclusive.

 

 

 

There being no further business the Chairperson declared the meeting closed the time being 9:10pm.

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That the recommendations contained in the Report and Recommendations of the Policy Review Committee meeting held on 14 August, 2006 be adopted.

 

 

 


 

Item                                                                                                                                       Page

 

Leadership and Organisation

 

1        2005-2006 Management Plan - June Quarter and End of Year Review                                 1

 

The City in its Broader Context

 

2        Public Exhibition of draft Development Control Plan 2006                                                   10

 

3        Metropolitan Greenspace Program Grant Applications 2006-2007                                      27

 

The City as a Social Place

 

4        Community Development Department - Projects and Key Achievements                             33

 

5        Extension of Jamison Park Netball Amenities Building                                                         57

 

6        Corporate Partners for Change - Penrith Child Care Program                                             60

 

7        Australasian Cemeteries and Crematoria Association Conference - Auckland, New Zealand  63

 

The City In Its Environment

 

8        Mulgoa/Wallacia Sewerage Scheme Implementation                                                           68

 

9        Successful Grant Application under the NRMA Insurance Communityhelp Grant Program  70

 

10      The Western Sydney Recycled Water Initiative and the Penrith Recycled Water Scheme     72

 

Leadership and Organisation

 

11      City Operations Directorate Report to end of July 2006                                                      80

 

12      Summary of Investments & Banking for the period 1 July 2006 to 31 July 2006                   92

 

13      Going Public - A Conference for Women in the Public Sector and Politics                           97

 

14      Action Taken on Resolutions of the 2005 LGA Conference                                                 99

 

 


 

 

 

 

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Leadership and Organisation

 

Item                                                                                                                                       Page

 

1        2005-2006 Management Plan - June Quarter and End of Year Review                                 1

 

 



Ordinary Meeting

21 August 2006

Leadership and Organisation

 

 

Leadership and Organisation

 

 

1

2005-2006 Management Plan - June Quarter and End of Year Review   

 

Compiled by:                Vicki O’Kelly, Financial Services Manager; Mark Andrews, Strategic & Management Planning Coordinator

Authorised by:             Alan Travers, General Manager; Barry Husking, Chief Financial Officer 

Strategic Program Term Achievement: Council's operating culture is flexible, efficient, integrated and aligned to Council's strategic objectives and program delivery.

Critical Action: Prepare, implement and review Management Plans and processes aligned to and consistent with Council’s Strategic Plan and Program.

      

Purpose:

To present the June Quarter and End of Year Review of Council's 2005-2006 Management Plan. The report recommends that the Review be adopted, including revised estimates and expenditures as detailed in the report.

 

Background

In accordance with the Local Government Act 1993, the 2005-2006 Management Plan Performance Report, for the period ending 30 June 2006, is presented tonight for Council’s consideration.

 

A copy of the progress review document is provided under separate cover.

 

This is the fourth and final quarterly progress review of Council’s 2005-2006 Management Plan, which was the first year of Council’s program for the Penrith City – The Competitive Edge Strategic Plan 2005-2009.

 

Managers have provided details of performance in accordance with their identified responsibilities. This includes the attainment of tasks, performance against budget and identified performance indicators for services in each Master Program. Commentary has also been provided on key achievements over the year, as well as issues arising that have impacted on the delivery of the annual tasks.

 

The General Manager’s report on the 2005-2006 year is included in the Management Plan review document. As the report indicates, progress in the fourth quarter completed a year of achievements across all Master Programs in the Management Plan, which constitutes a solid outcome for 2005-2006, as the first instalment of Council’s 2005-2009 Strategic Program.

 

The Financial Services Manager’s report is also contained within the review document, and includes information on budget performance, significant issues and proposed variances.

Presentations by the General Manager and Chief Financial Officer

The opportunity is available for Council tonight to seek clarification or elaboration on particular matters in each Master Program.

 

As Council has earlier agreed to receive a formal presentation at the mid-year and end of year reviews, the General Manager and the Chief Financial Officer will make a presentation at this time.

Financial Position

The 2005-06 Financial Statements are currently being completed and will be presented to Council in September.  A thorough overview of Council’s financial position will accompany these.  An overview of some of the key draft figures and indicators will be included in the Chief Financial Officer’s presentation to tonight’s meeting.

 

The quarterly review process focuses mainly on performance against budget.  Details of significant variations are included in the review document.  The status and final cost of all 2005-06 projects is also included, as well as a list of incomplete works that are recommended for revoting to the 2006-07 Management Plan.  All actual figures are subject to end-of-year adjustment and audit.

 

During the year, as part of the quarterly review process, a number of revotes from general revenue were proposed and approved by Council.  These revotes were scrutinised as part of that review process and identified as continuing high priority tasks.  As part of the June review, these have again been reviewed, and no change in that previously identified high priority has occurred.

 

At this stage, we are anticipating a small surplus, compared to budget of $127,370, but again this is subject to year end processing and checking.  The projected surplus, made up of a number of both positives and negatives, is after allowing for works proposed for revote. 

 

This is an excellent result, considering the pressures on this budget during the year, caused by the decline in building and development activity and the lower than anticipated investment portfolio and interest rates.  At the March review, Council anticipated a 2005-06 surplus of $60,484.  Further details of the savings and variations made in the June quarter are included in the review document.  A further report to Council, in conjunction with the report on the Annual Financial Statements in September, will confirm the budget surplus. 

 

One area that varied was salaries and wages, and a comparison of the final results against budget estimates for salaries overall showed a saving.  Some of these are attributable to labour costs allocated to capital projects being greater than was originally budgeted.  Across any year there will also be occasions when there is a delay in filling vacancies and some savings originated from these occurrences.  This area was also impacted by the resignation of a number of long serving employees.  Final salary savings, compared to budget, were $519,000 (less than 1% of the original budget). 

 

Employee Leave Entitlements Reserve

Council policy is to maintain an amount of 20%, averaged over three years, of leave entitlements (excluding annual leave) in the Employee Leave Entitlements Reserve.  This reserve has accumulated over the years and in 2005-06 saw major transfers from the reserve to assist in meeting the costs of the resignation of a number of long serving employees.  The reserve currently holds funds equivalent to 20.04% of entitlements. 

Other High Priority Issues

Council’s established practice has been to consider any end of year budget surplus against those high priority proposals for the next Management Plan which it has not otherwise been possible to fund. No such projects remained as High Priority Unfunded bids at the conclusion of the 2005-06 Management Plan process.

Project Expenditure

There are four significant projects recommended for revote in this quarter. Further discussion on these is provided below.

 

·    Regional Gallery upgrade

Council will recall grant funding from the NSW Government to facilitate a number of projects at the Penrith Regional Gallery.  The Gallery's Strategic Plan, Gardens Conservation Management Plan and Audience Development Program have been completed.

 

The bulk of the grant funding ($1.2 million) is being directed towards a prioritised capital improvement program.  There have been some unanticipated delays. The required detailed documentation was completed, a Construction Certificate approved and ,following appointment of a preferred builder (Rapid Constructions), works commenced in March 2006.  The consultation timeframe was then 19 weeks.  The program has since been revised and work will now be completed in October 2006.

 

·    Lambridge Estate Drainage works

Drainage works are in progress after a delay occasioned by difficulties obtaining a landowner’s consent for an easement across his property.  The works have advanced considerably since year end and are expected to be completed by November.

 

·    Kingsway Drainage works

This project was planned to span two financial years, with works commencing in the fourth quarter of 2005/06 and completion in early 2006/07. Pipe laying commenced mid-June and works are now well advanced, with the project scheduled to be completed by October. 

 

·    Dunheved Road

This major project is 90% complete and 4 September has been set for the “switching on” of the traffic lights. The construction program was delayed, due to the requirement for a Development Application to be prepared and submitted. Issues concerning traffic noise were raised during this process that required noise studies to be undertaken to address residents’ concerns.

 

·    Other Projects

There were a large amount of capital works this year delivered as Works in Kind.  Some of these, Lenore Lane /Erskine Park intersection and the Lenore Lane upgrade stage 1, were incomplete at the end of June.  The remaining $483,400 will be delivered by developers in the first quarter of 2006-07.

 

There were a number of Children's Centre upgrades which have extended past 30 June. Projected timeframes have been impacted due to delays in the ability of consultants and suppliers to meet their commitments.

 

There are a number of other projects of a smaller magnitude that are nearing completion (or have been completed since 30 June) where the funds are required to be revoted.  These are detailed in the review document.

Reporting of Special Initiatives

Council continues to advance three 10-year special initiatives which commenced in 2002-2003, for which additional rate revenue was approved by the Minister. These are:

 

·    Enhanced Environmental Program (EEP)

 

·    Community Safety and Neighbourhood Renewal Program

 

·    Economic Development and Tourism - support for Penrith Valley Economic Development Corporation (PVEDC)

 

As previously agreed by Council, specific reporting on the progress of each of these initiatives is presented to Council, the community and the Department of Local Government at six-monthly intervals, through the half-year and end-of-year Management Plan reviews. Accordingly, an additional brief performance report on each special initiative has been included in the review document.  Commentary on the performance of relevant tasks and projects contributing to these programs is also reported within the normal Master Program format.  More detailed reports on key aspects of the programs are provided to Council by the relevant Managers at appropriate intervals during each year.

Format of the Document

Council requires comprehensive quarterly Management Plan reporting from the organisation, with full disclosure of financial and operational performance, in order that Council itself, and the public, can properly assess the delivery of the annual program.  An enhanced format for the Quarterly Review booklets was introduced, with Council’s approval, through the September 2005 report and further improved for the March 2006 report.

 

A number of graphs have been included in the Master Program sections to enhance the presentation of information regarding selected Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for major services. In addition ‘traffic light’ performance ratings have been added for each KPI.  It is intended that further improvements will be made in the reporting of service performance to Council in the coming year.

Performance Measurement

The review documents incorporate detailed reporting on the annual progress of each of the six Master Programs from several principal aspects. They are presented in two volumes:

 

 

 

·    ‘Part A’  ~  Summary of key information

        This includes: the General Manager’s overview, the Financial Services Manager’s report, a summary of each Master Program at the Issue level (with brief comments by exception where the program has not proceeded as planned) and Key Results/highlights of the year.

 

·    ‘Part B’  ~  Performance & Financial detail

         (i)         Managers report performance within the Master Programs against:
(a) Critical Actions -  made up of a suite of Tasks and Projects adopted by Council for this particular year;
(b) ongoing Services with adopted KPIs.

         (ii)        Additional performance and financial detail is provided on Capital and Operating Projects which have budgets allocated by Council;

         (iii)       A Budget progress statement in normal accounting format is provided for each Issue in the Master Programs;

         (iv)       Detailed information is provided in the financial statements of budget status and variations which are proposed to Council’s adopted program.

 

All reporting is in terms of the annual requirements of Council’s program.  Where actions have a life of more than one year, the report is on the performance for 2005-06. Those Critical Actions which were scheduled in Council’s Strategic Program to commence after 2005-06 are identified in the report in Part B. These are not included in the performance ratings.

 

The report indicates that, from the statements provided by the responsible Managers:

 

·    144 of the Critical Actions were ‘On Target’ and completed the planned annual program as at 30 June 2006; 15 were marginal, needing extra attention and 1 was not able to be delivered as planned;

·    One ongoing Service (major Development Applications) was rated as below KPI requirements in performance (the number of major applications determined exceeded the number received in 2005-06, however older DAs affected the KPI performance - this matter was discussed in detail in a recent report to Council and is further commented on in the review document); four services were rated as needing extra attention in 2006-07; all other Services were reported as being overall ‘On Target’;

·    364 Capital and Operating Projects were completed or effectively completed in the year; of the remainder, apart from the proposed revoted works noted above and detailed in the review document, only some 6 projects were not delivered.

 

All components of the program not delivered or on target have been reviewed with the General Manager and relevant Directors and commentary is provided in the review document.

Assessment of the progress of Council’s program is assisted by the provision of percentage and ‘traffic light’ indicators in reports. These are based on the responsible Manager’s statement of the progress of the annual requirements for that Management Plan assignment.


 

Guidelines for ‘Traffic Light’ Status Indicators:

*

 

 [Green]

Performance is satisfactory for annual requirements/completion of the relevant action. Normally indicates delivery of 90%+ of the scheduled requirements.

*

 

[Amber]

Performance was marginal and extra attention is needed for ongoing items.  Normally indicates completion of 75%-89% of the scheduled requirements.

*

 

[Red]

Performance is not on target and requirement has not been delivered. This is addressed by the Manager’s commentary. Delivery is normally rated as less than 75% of the scheduled requirements or is the subject of a proposed revote of works.

Text Box: C

Completed (usually applies to Capital & Operating Projects with defined target dates).

 

Availability to the Public

 

The end of year review document will be placed in full on Council’s website, as well as being made available to the public in hard copy, and CD versions on request, and through the Civic Centre, Queen St Centre, and all libraries.

 

2005-2009 Strategic Program

 

The present report and performance review deals with the delivery of the first annual Management Plan instalment of Council’s Penrith City – The Competitive Edge 2005-2009 Strategic Plan and the 2005-2009 Strategic Program.

 

A comprehensive report on the first year progress of that five year Strategic Program for the City will be presented to Council at the Policy Review Committee meeting of 11 September 2006, which is proposed to be reserved for that purpose.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on 2005-2006 Management Plan - June Quarter and End of Year Review be received.

2.     The 2005-2006 Management Plan Review as at 30 June 2006 be adopted.

3.     The voting of funds and estimates of income for 2005-2006 be amended to reflect the revised estimates, expenditures and revotes as detailed in the Management Plan Review.

4.       Council revote the works as detailed in the Recommended Revoted Works Lists for inclusion in the 2006-2007 Management Plan.

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

There are no attachments for this report.


 

 

 

 

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The City in its Broader Context

 

Item                                                                                                                                       Page

 

2        Public Exhibition of draft Development Control Plan 2006                                                   10

 

3        Metropolitan Greenspace Program Grant Applications 2006-2007                                      27

 

 



Ordinary Meeting

21 August 2006

The City in its Broader Context

 

 

The City in its Broader Context

 

 

2

Public Exhibition of draft Development Control Plan 2006   

 

Compiled by:                Tanya Jackson, Senior Environmental Planner

Authorised by:             Craig Butler, Director - City Planning 

Strategic Program Term Achievement: The community and City organisations are informed on issues relevant to metropolitan growth and development that affect the City and the reasons for Council’s response to them.

Critical Action: Conduct structured discussions including community forums and provide information to City organisations and the community on issues relating to metropolitan growth and development that affect the City.

     

Purpose:

To advise Council of the outcomes of the public exhibition of draft Development Control Plan 2006.  The report recommends that Council adopt DCP 2006.

 

1.       Background

On 30 September 2005, the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act) was amended to, amongst other things, introduce new requirements in respect to

development control plans (DCPs).  A key element of these planning reforms is that ultimately only one DCP can apply to a particular site.  The intention of this component of the reforms is to reduce the number of DCPs, making it easier for planning authorities, business, and the community to determine the planning controls that apply to a site.

 

Council resolved to prepare a draft Local Environmental Plan (LEP) and a DCP in response to the planning reforms.

 

A two-staged approach for the consolidation of these DCPs was proposed, involving:

i.       Amalgamation of existing DCPs:  This initial step is procedural to comply with new legislation requirements and involves combining all existing and relevant DCPs into one DCP for the City.

ii.      Comprehensive DCP for the City of Penrith:  This step involves a comprehensive review of all DCPs, Codes and Policies to occur in conjunction with the preparation of the new Penrith Local Plan.

2.       Public exhibition of draft DCP 2006

The draft DCP was publicly exhibited from Tuesday 7 March until Friday 7 April 2006 at the Penrith and St Mary’s Council offices.  No public submissions were received in response to the exhibition of draft DCP 2006.

 

Two internal workshops were held in relation to the consolidated DCP with the aim to:

·      provide information on the process,

·      enable the opportunity for staff to comment on the draft DCP, and

·      flag any issues in the way the existing planning controls operate which may require further investigations in the next stage of the process (i.e. formulation of the new Penrith Local Plan).

 

Where appropriate, comments have been incorporated into the draft DCP.  A list of the amendments to the draft DCP is appended to the report.  In summary, the amendments have been reported in the following manner:

·      Modified: (this encompasses editorial, spelling errors, formatting and cross-referencing).

·      Minor amendment: (this includes updating references to current legislation or guidelines).

·      Repealed: (as no longer relevant).  The DCPs proposed to be repealed are in the main maps depicting road layouts/drainage schemes or principles for past residential subdivisions which have been constructed and are therefore no longer needed for planning purposes.  These DCPs are detailed as an appendix to this report.

 

A copy of DCP 2006 has been circulated on CD to Councillors with the Business Paper and is also tabled at this meeting. 

 

Other issues, which require further research, and were determined to be beyond the scope of a minor procedural amendment, have been documented for review in the relevant stage of the Penrith Local Plan.  Some of these issues include, but are not limited to: application of the tree preservation order, car parking rates, lot consolidation requirements affecting parts of Llandilo/Berkshire Park, controls affecting villa house development, broader landscaping controls for non-residential uses, the need for mix use development and sex industry controls, the need for contemporary telecommunications facility controls, and a more detailed review of planning controls which relate to specific sites. 

3.       Interim approach to varying Penrith DCP 2006

The next two years represent a period of transition.  Council has a program to comprehensively review all existing environmental planning instruments, and prepare and adopt a new Local Plan and DCP.  During this time there may be instances where Development Applications (DAs) are lodged on sites and where the existing DCP provisions are recognised by Council as being outdated and are not reflective of contemporary planning practice.  At the same time Council may consider that the proposal has planning merit and is otherwise consistent with Council’s strategic direction for that site and area. 

 

This is particularly the case for DCPs:

·      adopted by Council pre-1990;

·      that were site (or street) specific;

·      provide only a diagram and are not supported by detailed wording with objectives or other guidelines; and

·      without a provision enabling Council to consider minor variations to the DCPs.

 

In such cases, it would be beneficial to have an approach to enable such DAs to progress and be determined, rather than needing to go through a statutory process of amending the planning controls ahead of the new Local Plan.  Accordingly, it is recommended that Council adopt criteria for use in determining whether to support a significant variation to a DCP control in advance of the new Local Plan.  This approach would be a transitional arrangement to deal with DAs while the new Local Plan and DCP are being implemented. 

 

This approach is modelled on the transitional provisions adopted by Council at its meeting of 6 June 2005 for progressing minor rezonings in advance of the Local Plan.  It is also considered appropriate, for reasons of probity, to have these DAs determined by the Approvals Team as the delegate (unless the matter is called to Council).  Hence, it is recommended that, when assessing a development application seeking a significant variation to a DCP adopted pre-1990, the following criteria apply:

 

Firstly, the proposal must:

a)   Be consistent with the adopted strategic direction for that site and or area, including any State Government Policy and Council Strategy.

b)   Contribute to the sustainability of Penrith as a City.

c)   Demonstrate social and economic benefit to the City’s communities.

d)   Deliver a planning response and urban design outcome equal to a development complying with the DCP.

e)   Not result in adverse privacy or amenity impacts for adjoining properties or the public domain.

 

Secondly, the proposal is to be determined by the Approvals Team as the delegate (unless the matter is called to Council).

4.       Procedural LEP amendments

Recent amendments to the Act now provide for ‘minor amendments’ to environmental planning instruments to be made without being subject to a comprehensive statutory LEP process.  ‘Minor amendments’ would constitute: inconsistent numbering of provisions; a wrong cross-reference; a spelling error; a grammatical mistake; the insertion of obviously missing words; the removal of obviously unnecessary words or a formatting error; or addressing matters in the principal instrument that are of a consequential, transitional, machinery or other minor nature.

 

Council wrote to the Department of Planning detailing the minor LEP amendments required to correct references and dates that will be invalidated as a consequence of consolidating Council’s existing DCPs into a single document.  It was emphasised that the proposed LEP amendments were considered minor in nature and purely procedural to provide a transition between existing LEPs and the new Penrith Local Plan and could therefore be considered and processed as ‘minor amendments’ under the relevant provisions of the Act.

 

The Department of Planning responded advising that Council could proceed with progressing the proposed changes as ‘minor amendments’.  Council forwarded a copy of the proposed amendments to the Department’s Legal Services Branch with a request for an Opinion that the draft plan can legally be made.  The Department has advised that it agrees the proposed LEP amendment is minor and can be dealt with under section 73A of the Act. 

 

Following adoption of the draft DCP Council is required to submit the draft LEP amendment to the Regional Office of the Department, after which an Opinion will then be sought from Parliamentary Counsel that the LEP can legally be made.

 

Conclusion

The regulatory framework under which the planning system of NSW operates has in recent times been continually changing as the State Government implements its planning reforms.  Council is endeavouring to respond and apply these legislative requirements to the Penrith context in progressing a new Local Plan and accompanying DCP for the City and in consultation with the Regional Office of the Department of Planning.  

 

The amalgamation of existing and relevant DCPs into one DCP for the City is a procedural response to comply with transitional regulations applying to DCPs, ultimately requiring that only one DCP can apply to the same parcel of land.  The adoption of draft DCP 2006 will also assist in the subsequent staged implementation of a new Local Plan and DCP for the City. 

 

Other issues, identified as part of the public exhibition of draft DCP 2006 which require further research, and were determined beyond the scope of a minor procedural amendment, have been documented for review in the relevant stage of the Penrith Local Plan.  The DCPs proposed to be repealed are, in the main, maps depicting road layouts/drainage schemes or principles for past residential subdivisions which have been constructed and are therefore no longer needed for planning purposes.

 

Given that the next two years represent a period of transition as Council prepares and adopts a new Local Plan and DCP for the City the report recommends an approach to assess DAs proposing a significant variation to a DCP control on sites where the existing DCP provisions are recognised by Council as being outdated and are not reflective of contemporary planning practice.  It is recommended that in these circumstances Council adopt the approach and criteria outlined in this report to assess whether a proposal should be supported in advance of the new Local Plan. 

 

Following adoption of the draft DCP Council is required to submit the draft LEP amendment to the Regional Office of the Department, after which an Opinion will then be sought from Parliamentary Counsel that the LEP can legally be made.

 

It is therefore recommended that Council adopt DCP 2006 as tabled at this Council Meeting. 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Public Exhibition of draft Development Control Plan 2006 be received.

2.     In accordance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and Regulations 2000, Council adopt Penrith Development Control Plan 2006, as tabled at Council’s Ordinary Meeting of 21 August 2006.

3.     In accordance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act Regulations 2000, Council give public notice of its decision in a local newspaper within 28 days.

 

 

4.     In accordance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulations 2000, Council give public notice in a local newspaper of its intention to repeal the Development Control Plans set out in Attachment 1.

5.     In accordance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulations 2000, after 14 days of giving notice of its intention to repeal the Development Control Plans set out in Attachment 1, Council give public notice in a local newspaper that the specified Development Control Plans have been repealed.

6.     In accordance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, and Regulations 2000 Council submit the draft Local Environmental Plan amendment under Section 73A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 to the Regional Office of the Department of the Planning, with the request that an Opinion be sought from Parliamentary Counsel that the Local Environmental Plan can legally be made and gazetted

7.     Major variations to a development planning control in advance of the new Local Plan be advanced only where the proposal demonstrates that it:

(a)(i)    Is consistent with the adopted strategic direction for that site and or area, including any State Government Policy and Council Strategy.

(ii)   Contributes to the sustainability of Penrith as a City.

(iii)  Demonstrate social and economic benefit to the City’s communities.

(iv)  Deliver a planning response and urban design outcome equal to a development complying with the DCP.

(v)   Does not result in adverse privacy or amenity impacts for adjoining properties or the public domain.

 (b)      The proposal is determined by the Approval Team as the delegate (unless the matter is called to Council).

 

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

1. View

Attachment 1 DCPs proposed to be repealed

1 Page

Appendix

2. View

DCP 2006 amendments following public exhibition

10 Pages

Appendix

 


Ordinary Meeting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21 August 2006

 

Appendix 1 - Attachment 1 DCPs proposed to be repealed

 

 

 

Development Controls Plans proposed to be repealed

Suburb

DCP to be repealed (proposed)

Cambridge Gardens

CP-004 Cambridge Gardens

CP-007 Road pattern vicinity Carlyle Crescent

Cranebrook

C-001 Cranebrook (IDO 83)

C-013 Road pattern vicinity Nepean Street

C-015 Road pattern vicinity Boundary Road

C-016 Road pattern vicinity Terrace Drive

C-020 Road pattern vicinity Sherringham Road

C-027 Land uses vicinity Sherringham Road and Ironbark Drive

C-023 Various amendments to C-012

Emu Plains

EP-012 Road pattern vicinity Grey and Bedford Streets

Kingswood

K-006 Road Pattern vicinity Edward Avenue

Oxley Park

SMN-009 Medium density development vicinity Adelaide Street

SMN-016 Oxley Park Drainage Scheme – Stage 1

Orchard Hills

OH-008 Lot 5 DP 711076 Wentworth Road

Penrith and North Penrith

P-035 Shopping area The Crescent

Blaikie Road Area (DRAFT)

South Penrith

SP-022 Villa unit site vicinity Warragamba Crescent

SP-025 Community Uses area Glenbrook/Ikin Streets

SP-030 Road pattern Peter Court

SP-033 Medium density housing Mulgoa Road/McNaughton Street

SP-038 Road pattern vicinity Maxwell Street/Birmingham Road

St Clair

SC-010 Road pattern vicinity Lukes Lane

SC-015 Residential land Banks Drive

SC-019 Road pattern vicinity Chatsworth Road

SC-021 Road pattern vicinity Melville Road

EPA-005 Road pattern vicinity Chartres Street

EPA-006 Road pattern vicinity Chatsworth Road

EPA-008 Road pattern vicinity Shepherd Street

EPA-013 General DCP vicinity Shepherd Street

St Marys

St Marys Town Centre Improvements DCP 1994

St Marys North

SMN-006 St Marys

Werrington

WE-019 Road pattern Armstein Crescent/Danny Street

Werrington Downs

WE-005 Werrington Downs


Ordinary Meeting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21 August 2006

 

Appendix 2 - DCP 2006 amendments following public exhibition

 

 

 

Draft Penrith Development Control Plan 2006 Amendments following public exhibition

 

DCP/Policy

Modified

Editorial / Formatting / Referencing

Minor Amendment

Update references to current Government Authorities, Guidelines & Legislation

Recommendation

Adopt

(included at Section of DCP 2006)

Repeal

General

Advertising


 



(Section 3.1)

 

Baby Care Rooms

(Section 3.2)

 

Child Care Centres


(Section 3.3)

 

Contaminated Land


(Section 2.1)

 

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design


(Section 2.2)

 

DCP 1996 Industrial Lands

 


(Section 4.1)

 

DCP 2000 Residential Lands

 


References to NatHERS replaced with BASIX


(Sections 4.2 - 4.6)

 

Engineering Works

 


(Section 2.3)


 

Erosion and Sediment Control


includes references to latest edition of Managing Urban Stormwater: Soils and Constructions
(the Blue Book)


(Section 2.4)

 

Exempt and Complying Development


References to SEDA replaced by BASIX


(Part 5)

 

Guidelines for Subdivision in Residential Zones

(Section 4.7)

 

Health Care Consulting Rooms

 


(Section 3.4)

 

Heritage Management

 


(Section 2.5)

 

 

Landscape


Statement on species list being indicative & web-link to consultants list included


(Section 2.6)

 

Notification and Advertising


(Section 2.7)

 

Outdoor Trading and Eating Areas


Clarifies the land to which the plan applies and where proposals will be classified as exempt development


(Section 3.6)

 

Penrith City Rural Development


Refers to table of current carparking requirements at Section 2.11

(Section 4.9)

 

Register of Significant Trees and Gardens

 


(Section 2.8)

 

Residential Construction Works

 


(Section 4.8)

 

Rural Sheds

 


(Section 4.10)

 

Tree Preservation Order

 

(Section 2.13)

 

Parking Code

 


(Section 2.11)

 

Siting and Aesthetics of Telecommunications Facilities Policy


(Section 3.5)

 

Public Domain Lighting Policy

 

 

Not included in DCP.  This policy is used as an internal technical reference and it is therefore appropriate for it to remain as a Council policy

 

 

Interim Flood Policy

Reference included to Floodplain Development Manual (2005)


(Section 2.10)

 

On-site Sewage Management




Parts of Council’s strategy relating to the assessment of domestic on-site systems, and subdivision and rezoning proposals that rely on domestic systems, only included


(Section 2.12)

 

Waste Planning

 


(Section 2.9)

 

Badgerys Creek

LU-005 Luddenham Equestrian Estate





 



(Section 6.1)

 

Cambridge Gardens

CP-004 Cambridge Gardens

 

 

 


CP-003 Proposed road closure, etc. vicinity Richmond and Lewis Roads

 

(Section 6.2)

 

CP-007 Road pattern vicinity Carlyle Crescent

 

 

 

Claremont Meadows

Claremont Meadows Stage 2




(Section 6.3)

 

Cranebrook

C-001 Cranebrook (IDO 83)





 


C-013 Road pattern vicinity Nepean Street

 

 

 

C-015 Road pattern vicinity Boundary Road

 

 

 

C-016 Road pattern vicinity Terrace Drive

 

 

 

Cranebrook (cont)

C-018 Community land/Group Neighbourhood Centre

(Section 6.4)

 

C-020 Road pattern vicinity Sherringham Road

 

 

 

C-027 Land uses vicinity Sherringham Road and Ironbark Drive

 

 

 

C-012 Cranebrook Release (LEP 176)

(Section 6.5))

 

C-023 Various amendments to C-012

 

 

 

C-019 Cranebrook Rural Residential (LEP 179/201)



(Section 6.6)

 

C-021 Various amendments to C-019

 

 

 

 

DCP 1998 Lakes Environs

(Section 6.7)

 

Emu Heights

Blue Mountains Eastern Escarpment Siting, Design and Management Guidelines



(Section 6.8)

 

Emu Plains

EP-012 Road pattern vicinity Grey and Bedford Streets

 

 

 


EP-012 Road pattern vicinity Troy and Emerald Streets

 

 


(Section 6.10)

 

EP-012 Road pattern vicinity Grey Street

 

 


(Section 6.12)

 

EP-017 Road pattern vicinity Brougham Street

 

 


(Section 6.11)

 

Emu Plains (cont

)EP-020 Emu Plains Commercial Area

 

 

 


(Section 6.9)

 

Erskine Park

EPA-002 Road pattern Erskine Park (LEP 85)

 

 


(Section 6.13)

 

Erskine Park Employment Area


(Section 6.14)

 

Glenmore Park

Town Centre




(Section 6.15)

 

Glenmore Parkway


(Section 6.16)

 

Northern Hamlets


(Section 6.17)

 

Western Hamlets


(Section 6.18)

 

Central Hamlets


(Section 6.19)

 

Eastern Hamlets


(Section 6.20)

 

Major Landuse


(Section 6.21)

 

Management

 

 

Not included in DCP.  This policy is used as an internal technical reference and it is therefore appropriate for it to remain as a Council policy

 

Community

 

 

Not included in DCP.  This policy is used as an internal technical reference and it is therefore appropriate for it to remain as a Council policy

 

 

Glenmore Park (cont)

Open Space

 

 

Not included in DCP.  This policy is used as an internal technical reference and it is therefore appropriate for it to remain as a Council policy

 

Kingswood

K-008 Design and Siting of Non-Residential Development GWH/Morley Avenue

 

 



(Section 6.22)

 

K-006 Road Pattern vicinity Edward Avenue

 

 

 

K-005 Road pattern vicinity Stock Avenue

 

 


(Section 6.23)

 

Londonderry

LO-009 Road pattern vicinity Hughes Avenue

 

 



(Section 6.24)

 

Mount Vernon

MV-002 Land vicinity Horsley Road/Mount Vernon Road, Kemps Creek





(Section 6.25)

 

Mount Vernon


(Section 6.26)

 

Oxley Park

SMN-009 Medium density development vicinity Adelaide Street



 

 


SMN-016 Oxley Park Drainage Scheme – Stage 1

 

 

 

Orchard Hills

OH-008 Lot 5 DP 711076 Wentworth Road

 

 

 

 


Orchard Hills (cont)

OH-007 Orchard Hills

Subzone C (CODE)

 

 

Not included in DCP.  This is a Development Control Code under SREP 25 – Orchard Hills and is not subject to the Department of Planning’s directive on DCPs.





 

Orchard Hills Development Control Code No.1 (CODE)



 

Not included in DCP.  This is a Development Control Code under SREP 25 – Orchard Hills and is not subject to the Department of Planning’s directive on DCPs.

 

Orchard Hills Development Control Code No. 2 (CODE)

 

 

Not included in DCP.  This is a Development Control Code under SREP 25 – Orchard Hills and is not subject to the Department of Planning’s directive on DCPs.

 

Penrith and North Penrith
Penrith City
Centre Floor Space Ratio Controls




Reference made to City Centres Strategies



(Section 6.27)

 

North Penrith Urban Area


(Section 6.28)

 

P-020 Open space and walkways Lemongrove areas

 

 


(Section 6.29)

 

Penrith and North Penrith (cont)

P-042 Proposed walkway King Street

 

 


(Section 6.30)

 

P-024 Walkways vicinity Derby and Lethbridge Streets

 

 


(Section 6.31)

 

Land bounded by Union Road, Worth Street, Union Lane, Mulgoa Road

 

 


(Section 6.32)

 

P-035 Shopping area The Crescent

 

 

 

Blaikie Road Area (DRAFT)

 

 

 

Penrith South

SP-001 South Penrith

 






(Section 6.33)

 

SP-019 Road pattern vicinity Mosely Avenue

 

 


(Section 6.34)

 

SP-027 Business 3(d) zone Mulgoa Road (western side)

 


(Section 6.35)

 

SP-039 Lot 22 DP 844394 Glenbrook Street/Lot 1 DP 867180 Cameron Street

 

 


(Section 6.36)

 

SP-022 Villa unit site vicinity Warragamba Crescent

 

 

 

SP-025 Community Uses area Glenbrook/Ikin Streets

 

 

 

SP-030 Road pattern Peter Court

 

 

 

SP-033 Medium density housing Mulgoa Road/McNaughton Street

 

 

 

 

Penrith South (cont)

SP-038 Road pattern vicinity Maxwell Street/Birmingham Road

 

 

 

St Clair

SC-002 St Clair

 

 



(Section 6.37)

 

SC-011 Landscaping, access, Banks Drive/Mamre Road

 

 


(Section 6.38)

 

SC-020 South-west St Clair Community Centre

 

 


(Section 6.39)

 

SC-010 Road pattern vicinity Lukes Lane

 

 

 

SC-015 Residential land Banks Drive

 

 

 

SC-019 Road pattern vicinity Chatsworth Road

 

 

 

SC-021 Road pattern vicinity Melville Road

 

 

 

EPA-005 Road pattern vicinity Chartres Street

 

 

 

EPA-006 Road pattern vicinity Chatsworth Road

 

 

 

EPA-008 Road pattern vicinity Shepherd Street

 

 

 

EPA-013 General DCP vicinity Shepherd Street

 

 

 



St Marys

SMS-001 Road pattern vicinity Marsden Road

 

 

 

 

 

 


(Section 6.41)

 

St Marys (cont)

St Marys Town Centre Improvements DCP 1994

 

 

Not included in DCP.  Planning principles /provisions are not relevant to current context.  Superseded by the adopted St Marys Town Centre Strategy.

St Marys North

SMN-006 St Marys

 

 

 


SMN-007 Road pattern vicinity Boronia Road

 

 


(Section 6.40)

 

Werrington

WE-019 Road pattern Armstein Crescent/Danny Street

 

 

 


Werrington Signals Mixed Use Area (DRAFT)

 

 

Not included in DCP.  To remain as a site specific DCP.

 

Werrington County

WE-009 Werrington County

 

 



(Section 6.42)

 

WE-015 Road, landscaping, Dunheved Road/Henry Lawson Avenue

 

 


(Section 6.43)

 

Werrington Downs

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Ordinary Meeting

21 August 2006

The City in its Broader Context

 

 

The City in its Broader Context

 

 

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Metropolitan Greenspace Program Grant Applications 2006-2007   

 

Compiled by:                Grant Collins, Recreation and Cultural Facilities Planner

Karin Schicht, Landscape Architecture Supervisor

Authorised by:             Ruth Goldsmith, Local Planning Manager

Craig Ross, Design and Technical Advice Manager   

Strategic Program Term Achievement: Penrith Lakes is developing and being used in a way that establishes it as a principal Sydney destination.

Critical Action: Participate in the planning process for Penrith Lakes and advocate its innovative development as a regional centre for enterprise, water based recreation elite sports, entertainment and events.

     

Purpose:

To advise Council of the applications for Metropolitan Greenspace Program grants to progress the implementation of the Great River Walk and the South Creek Corridor Precinct Plan. The report recommends the applications be endorsed. 

 

Background

The Department of Planning provides over $1 million per annum to councils in the Sydney metropolitan region, under the Metropolitan Greenspace Program, on a dollar for dollar basis. 

 

This year’s Metropolitan Greenspace Program (MGP) – Building Sydney’s Recreation Trails, will focus on partnerships with local councils to deliver projects that will add to Sydney’s recreation trail network or associated parklands, foreshores and bushland corridors.

Last year, almost $2 million was awarded to regional trail and parkland projects across the Sydney Region.  The 2006-07 round of applications is due 1 September 2006, and likely to be determined in Summer 2007.

Great River Walk Grants

Council has endorsed the Concept Masterplan for the Penrith section of the Great River Walk.  Implementation is occurring in stages, due to the scope of works involved.  There are three grant applications to be submitted for this project in the 2006-07 round of the MGP, as follows:

·    Stage 1a – completion of construction, as reported to Council on 7 August 2006.  Grant of approx $115,300 will be sought (if submission to DoP is successful) otherwise a grant of approx $214,000 will be sought.  Final costs are to be determined on receipt of estimates for revised bridge abutments.  Council’s share will be in the order of $66,000, of which approx $56,000 has already been provided.

·    Stage 3 – includes design documentation and costing only for the section between the M4 motorway and Victoria Bridge on the western side of the River.  This will enable the packaging of future stages of construction along this section.  The value of this project is $126,500.  Based on the dollar for dollar arrangement, Council will be required to contribute $63,250, should the application be successful

·    Signage, Branding and Promotions Plan – for the whole of Great River Walk.  This project is a joint application with Hawkesbury Council.  This project has application to all sections of the Walk and, given more time, there may be further financial contributions arising towards the project.  The value of this project is $68,000.  Should the application be successful, the Department of Planning would contribute $34,000.  Great River Walk Inc has allocated $5,000 to the project and Hawkesbury City Council has pledged $14,500.  Penrith City Council will be required to contribute $14,500 to the project.

 

The Department of Planning has recognised the importance of the Great River Walk in the Sydney Metropolitan - Regional Recreation Trails Framework (prepared for the Department in 2005) as a short-term, high priority (1) ranked Trail.  Together with the relatively small budget estimates for each of the GRW grants listed above, and the strong collaboration with other councils, it is believed that each has a very good chance of being successful.

Financial Services Manager’s Comments

If successful the three grant applications require a total contribution of $87,750 from Council.  At this stage there is no allowance in the current year’s budget for matching funds for these applications.  The Grant Funding Reserve already has a number of commitments and is budgeted to have a balance of $66,000 at the end of June 2007.  If the remaining balance was allocated to the Great River Walk applications it would not allow any ability to respond to other opportunities as they arise over the next year. 

 

As the outcome of the grants application will not be known until summer 2007 and there is a 2 year period to complete the works it is suggested that the required matching funds are included in the 2007-08 budget if the applications are successful.  In the interim, if Council agrees, they can be placed on a high priority unfunded list and be considered for funding if surpluses are achieved during the year.

 

South Creek Corridor Precinct Plan

 

Council is also applying for funds, through the Metropolitan Greenspace Program, to prepare the South Creek Corridor Precinct Plan, including a detailed Master Plan for the Gipps St site.  The application also includes the design and construction of a shared pathway system through sections of the South Creek corridor.  The pathway will promote accessibility for all people with diverse abilities.

 

In early discussions regarding the potential use of the Department of Planning land within the corridor, the Department suggested that a Precinct Plan be prepared, incorporating land within the South Creek corridor, extending from the M4 Motorway through to the railway line (refer to the attached draft South Creek Corridor Precinct Plan map).  This is a necessary exercise, prior to any decision being made by the Department of Planning regarding the future use of their land. Various options will be explored in this process, including expressions of interest from State Sporting Associations seeking to develop facilities within the corridor.

 

Council will be applying for $100,000 under the Metropolitan Greenspace Program. This application is to seek dollar for dollar funding. If successful, this will match Council’s existing funds, including $50,000 from the 2006-2007 open space works budget to progress the planning within the South Creek corridor, and the $50,000 allocated from the Waste Services Fund to progress more detailed master planning for the Gipps St site. It is anticipated that the total proposed budget is $200,000.  Approximately $100,000 of this budget is to be allocated to the development of the Precinct Plan (including the Gipps St Master Plan) and $100,000 to the pathway design and construction.  The final apportionment of the total budget will be determined following further detailed costings of the project components.

Conclusion

If successful, the grant projects will both progress and initiate recreation infrastructure in Western Sydney.  Council's endorsement is required to enable submission of the applications prior to the 1 September deadline.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Metropolitan Greenspace Program Grant Applications 2006-2007 be received.

2.     Council endorse the application for the 2006-2007 Metropolitan Greenspace Program grants for the Great River Walk (three grants) and South Creek corridor (one grant).

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

1. View

South Creek Corridor Precinct Plan Map

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Appendix

 


Ordinary Meeting

21 August 2006

Appendix 1 - South Creek Corridor Precinct Plan Map

 

 

 

 


The City as a Social Place

 

Item                                                                                                                                       Page

 

4        Community Development Department - Projects and Key Achievements                             33

 

5        Extension of Jamison Park Netball Amenities Building                                                         57

 

6        Corporate Partners for Change - Penrith Child Care Program                                             60

 

7        Australasian Cemeteries and Crematoria Association Conference - Auckland, New Zealand  63

 

 



Ordinary Meeting

21 August 2006

The City as a Social Place

 

 

The City as a Social Place

 

 

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Community Development Department - Projects and Key Achievements   

 

Compiled by:                Judy Cobb, Community Programmes Coordinator; Jeni Pollard, Senior Social Planner; 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: Implement social planning, health planning and community development strategies through the Social Planning Framework.

     

Purpose:

To provide Council with an update on the work undertaken by the Community Development Department.  This report highlights projects and activities undertaken in the six months from January to 30 June 2006.  The report recommends the information be received.

 

Background

The Community Development Department is responsible for a range of term achievements, critical actions and tasks outlined in Council’s Management Plan.  The Department reports to the Director-City Services and Director-City Planning.

 

Key responsibility areas of the Department’s work are included in Issue 5 (Access to and Equity of Services), Issue 7 (Community Well-being and Social Justice), Issue 8 (Cultural Development), Issue 12 (Magnetic Places), Issue 13 (Established Neighbourhoods), Issue 14 (Managing Redevelopment) and Issue 15 (New Release Areas).  In some cases the Department’s work is mainly reported to Council through the reports of other Managers.  A good example of this is where social planning advice to the new release area program is through Environmental Planning Manager reports. 

 

This report is the first of a new series of regular reports on the Department’s projects and activities that are generally not reported separately to Council.  All professional staff in the Department have contributed to the report.  The purpose of the regular reports will be to provide Council with additional detail on many of the activities of the Department that are only briefly reported on through the Outcome Manager system.  These reports will be provided to Council every six months.

Community Development Department Projects and Activities

This summary of projects and activities commences with an update on some of the Department’s major planning projects and then groups other projects and activities under the following headings:

 

 

 

·    Social Needs Identification and Planning

·    Community Development, Planning and Advocacy

·    Youth Program Development and Planning

·    Liaison with Aboriginal Communities

·    Multicultural Community Development and Access

·    Disability Access Policy and Planning

·    Aged Services Development and Planning

·    Lemongrove Gardens Retirement Village

 

Major Projects

 

This section provides brief updates on Neighbourhood Renewal, Cultural Planning and the South Penrith Community Facilities Precinct.  A key difference between these major projects and other projects and activities summarised in this report is that these major items will be the subject of forthcoming reports to Council.

 

·    Neighbourhood Renewal

 

Over the last six months, the Elton Consulting Review and Evaluation of Council’s Neighbourhood Renewal Program has been completed and presented to a Councillor Workshop on 13 March. A detailed summary of Neighbourhood Renewal activities and projects in Cranebrook, North St Marys and Werrington/Cambridge Park was provided as an attachment to that report.

 

The Neighbourhood Renewal initiative has, in the last three months, been incorporated into the broader Asset Renewal and Established Area Strategy proposal that was the subject of the special rate initiative included in the public exhibition process for the 2006/07 Management Plan.

 

A networking breakfast was held in late May for Council’s key community-managed community development organisation partners.  The over 30 participants received a presentation on the AREA Strategy, with particular focus on the Established Areas component of the Strategy.  Council’s approach to more effectively meeting the needs of residents in established areas, especially in socio-economically disadvantaged areas, received strong endorsement from the participants.

 

Over May and June, preparations have been underway to progress the implementation of the components of the AREA Strategy that are the responsibility of the Community Development Manager, namely Neighbourhood Renewal Coordination, Local Cultural Development and Community Engagement.

 

Since the Minister’s approval of the special rate initiative these preparations have been expedited. A cross Council group, the Established Area Strategy Team, has been formed to support delivery of the strategy.  This group has met to discuss a terms of reference and identify opportunities to enhance delivery of the program. 

 

A separate, more detailed report on progress with the implementation of the AREA Strategy is currently being prepared for Council’s consideration.

·    Cultural Planning

 

In the last few months, further discussion and negotiation has taken place across Council Departments and with selected external stakeholders to reach agreement on responsibilities under the draft Cultural Development Action Plan.

 

A further application to ArtsNSW for a triennial funding arrangement has been finalised and submitted. A submission to an earlier round of the Western Sydney Local Government Arts Incentive Program for a similar project was unsuccessful.  However Council officers were advised to resubmit, particularly given the funding of the Local Cultural Development initiative through the AREAS proposal, and the additional expectations given Penrith’s status as a Regional City under the recently released Metropolitan Strategy. Representations have been made to the Minister for Arts, Bob Debus, during the recent Cabinet visit to Penrith, for support of the submission, and the Director of City Services and Senior Social Planner have met with officers from ArtsNSW to promote the submission.

 

Work continues on a range of Cultural Development activities, such as a Public Art initiative, as a part of the development of the Glenmore Park Child and Family Precinct. This initiative, as previously reported to Council, will incorporate a public art element into the shared public space that particularly reflects the desire for the space to be enlivened for families and children. Other cultural development activities will be reported elsewhere in this report.

 

A separate, more detailed report, on completion of the Cultural Planning Framework and the Cultural Development Action Plan is currently being finalised for Council’s consideration.

 

·    South Penrith Community Facilities Precinct

 

Council has identified the South Penrith Community Facilities precinct as having the potential to be developed as a community hub or ’magnetic place’. In the 2005-06 Management Plan these places are described as vibrant and attractive local/town centres and community meeting places

 

Over the past few years, Council has been investigating the capacity and adequacy of the South Penrith Neighbourhood Centre facility and the South Penrith Youth Services accommodation. In 2005, these investigations were expanded to include consideration of the two Council Children’s Services facilities (Carita and Tandara) in the precinct, the Girl Guides facility as well as the branch Library currently located in the Southlands Shopping Centre

 

At the same time, the owners of the Southlands Shopping Centre have indicated that a new development proposal is being considered with the aim to update and expand the existing shopping centre. Council officers have been working closely with the owners and their representatives to emphasise the importance of the ‘village centre’ which has the potential for integrated commercial, recreation and community facilities. Through this collaborative approach it is anticipated that Council can bring about maximum benefit to the local community and achieve a safer and more vibrant community precinct.

 

During 2005/06 Council commissioned architectural and urban design advice on the precinct, and design principles and objectives as well as preliminary concept design options for the site have been developed.  These design options are currently being refined with some key stakeholder consultation input to provide a clear preferred direction on this project for presentation to Council.  This report and presentation will be made in the current quarter.

 

Social Needs, Identification and Planning

 

·    New Release Area Program

 

The Department continues to effectively resource the social planning requirements of the extensive new release area program.  Particular emphasis in the last six months was on providing advice to the planning processes for the WELL precinct, Glenmore Park Southern Expansion Area, Waterside and the Claremont Meadows Stage II release and the St Marys Delfin Lendlease Human Services Consortium.

 

Work was also completed on a number of social impact assessments for requests for transfers of additional gaming machines, as well as seniors living developments.

 

·    Census of Population and Housing 2006

 

The Census of Population and Housing is the Australian Bureau of Statistics largest data collection activity and is carried out every 5 years. The Census provides vital information to assist planning for all levels of government as well as the private sector. Population estimates are used to determine a range of issues including the number of seats allocated to each state and territory in the House of Representatives and the allocation of Financial Assistance Grants.  It aims to accurately measure the number of people in Australia on Census Night, their key characteristics, and the dwellings in which they live. National Census night was held on 8 August