15 November 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 20 November 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

 

3.       CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES

Ordinary Meeting - 6 November 2006.

Extraordinary Meeting – 13 November 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 - 6 November 2006.

Policy Review Committee Meeting - 13 November 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 20 November 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.

 

 

 

 

 


Council Chambers Seating Arrangements

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


                                                        

 

 

Text Box: Public Gallery
Text Box: Managers
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Text Box: Press

Managers                          

 
   


MEETING CALENDAR

 

November 2006 - December 2006

 

 

TIME

NOV

DEC

Mon

Mon

Ordinary Meetings

7.00 pm

6

4

20 #

11

Policy Review Committee

7.00 pm

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 Public Officer, Glenn McCarthy on 47327649.

 

 



UNCONFIRMED MINUTES

 OF THE ORDINARY MEETING OF PENRITH CITY COUNCIL HELD IN THE

COUNCIL CHAMBERS

ON MONDAY 6 NOVEMBER 2006 AT 7:07 PM

NATIONAL ANTHEM

The meeting opened with the National Anthem.

STATEMENT OF RECOGNITION

His Worship the Mayor, Councillor Pat Sheehy AM, 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 Pat Sheehy AM, Councillors Jim Aitken OAM, Kaylene Allison, David Bradbury (arrived at 7:34 pm), Lexie Cettolin, Kevin Crameri OAM, Greg Davies, Mark Davies, Ross Fowler, Jackie Greenow, Karen McKeown, Garry Rumble, Steve Simat (arrived at 7:28 pm), and John Thain.

 

APOLOGIES

1142  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jackie Greenow seconded Councillor Kevin Crameri OAM that apologies be accepted for Councillors David Bradbury, Susan Page and Steve Simat.

 

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES - Ordinary Meeting - 23 October 2006

1143  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Ross Fowler seconded Councillor Lexie Cettolin that the minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of 23 October 2006 be confirmed.

 

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

There were no declarations of interest.

 

SUSPENSION OF STANDING ORDERS

1144  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jackie Greenow seconded Councillor Jim Aitken OAM that Standing Orders be suspended to allow members of the public to address the meeting, the time being 7:10 pm.

 

Mr Anthony Zammit

Item 7 – Fencing of Darcy Smith Cricket Oval, Emu Plains

Speaking FOR the Recommendation

 

Mr Zammit was speaking as a representative of the Emu Plains Soccer Club.

 

Mr Zammit thanked Council for its community consultation process, engaging residents and representatives of user groups in discussions, concerning the proposal to construct a perimeter fence around the Darcy Smith Cricket Oval at Emu Plains, with the final decision being that a vehicular barrier be provided around the entire park.

 

RESUMPTION OF STANDING ORDERS

1145  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jackie Greenow seconded Councillor Lexie Cettolin Standing Orders be resumed, the time being 7:14 pm.

 

Reports of Committees

 

1        Report and Recommendations of the Penrith Valley Community Safety Partnership Meeting held on 27 September 2006                                                                                                

1146  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Garry Rumble seconded Councillor Karen McKeown that the recommendations contained in the Report and Recommendations of the Penrith Valley Community Safety Partnership meeting held on 27 September, 2006 be adopted.

 

MASTER PROGRAM REPORTS

 

The City in its Broader Context

 

Councillor Karen McKeown left the meeting, the time being 7:15 pm.

 

Councillor Karen McKeown returned to the meeting, the time being 7:16 pm.

 

1        Queen Street Extension                                                                                                     

1147  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Greg Davies seconded Councillor Jackie Greenow

          That:

                   1.       The information contained in the report on Queen Street Extension be received.

                   2.       A memo reply be provided to all Councillors regarding any pre-lodgement proposals received for development applications for the Queen Street area.

 

 

The City as a Social Place

 

Councillor Kevin Crameri OAM left the meeting, the time being 7:17 pm.

 

8        Variation of Restrictive Covenant applying to Lot 814 DP 106832 (No. 54-57) Belleview Avenue, Mount Vernon. Applicant: Mr R. Mattiuzzo c/o Douglas Design;  Owner: Josephine Mattiuzzo and Robert Mattiuzzo                                                                     DA06/0775

1148  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Greg Davies seconded Councillor Karen McKeown

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Variation of Restrictive Covenant applying to Lot 814 DP 106832 (No. 54-57) Belleview Avenue, Mount Vernon be received

2.     The terms of clause (b) of Restrictive Covenant fourthly referred to in the 88B Instrument attached to Lot 814, DP 1068323, be varied as follows as it applies to Lot 814 only:

(b)       All development erected on the subject lot will be in accordance with the proposed building platform indicated on the Survey Plan Prepared by Britten and Associates Pty Ltd, Drawing Number 11906/2, dated August 2006

 

3.     The Common Seal of Penrith City Council be affixed to the necessary documentation

4.     Development Application No 06/0775 for the construction of a dwelling, in-ground swimming pool, pavilion, shed and entry gates, and the installation of an on site sewerage management system, be approved subject to the proposed conditions of Development Consent as follows:

Standard Conditions

4.1       A008 – Works to BCA requirements

A009 – Residential Works DCP

A019 – Occupation Certificate

D001 – Sedimentation and Erosion Controls

D009 – Covering Waste Storage area

E001 – BCA compliance

E005 – Smoke Alarms

F010 – Septic distance from house

F014 – Aerated Irrigation

F015 – Aerated Service contract 

H001 – Stamped plans and erection of site notice

H011 – Engineering plans and specifications

H013 – Further details of building components

H014 – Slab design

H015 – Termite protection

H036 – Rainwater tank

H037 – Safe supply from catchment

H038 – Connection of rainwater tank supply

H039 – Rainwater tank pumps

H041 – Hours of work

H034 – Bushfire roof sarking

I003 – Roads Act approval

J001 – Excavated material removal

J002 – Fencing when water in pool

J004 – Pool fence residential

J009 – Backyard pool safety package

J010 – Pool board/sign

K017 – Stormwater and sewerage plan

L001 – General landscaping

L008 – Tree preservation order

Q001 – Notice of commencement and appointment of PCA

Special Conditions

4.2       The development must be implemented substantially in accordance with the plans numbered 1399-06, 1 to 4, drawn by Douglas Design and dated 7th March 2006, the application form, the BASIX Certificate, and any supporting information received with the application, except as may be amended in red on the attached plans and by the following conditions

The on-site sewage management system shall be installed and implemented in accordance with the recommendations of The Onsite Wastewater Management Report prepared by EnviroTech, dated 7th May 2006. An operational licence for the system is to be sought from and issued by Penrith City Council before the on-site sewerage management system is commissioned/can be used, and an Occupation Certificate can be issued for the development

 

4.3     All boundary fences are to be low profile, open style and rural in character in accordance with the City of Penrith Rural Development Control Plan 1991

 

4.4     The shed shall not be used under any circumstances for any commercial, industrial or habitable residential activity

 

4.5     Prior to the issue of a Construction Certificate for the development, the variation of the Restriction on the Use of land numbered 4(b) in DP 1068323, shall be registered with the Land and Property Information division of the Department of Lands

 

The variation to the covenant shall be in the terms approved by resolution of Penrith City Council

 

4.6     Cut and fill operations on the property are only permitted in conjunction with the building works and shall be strictly limited in depth and extent to that detailed on the approved plans and specifications

 

Before any fill material is imported to site, a validation certificate issued by an appropriately qualified person is to be provided to the Principal Certifying Authority. The validation certificate must demonstrate that the fill material is free from contaminants and weeds, that it is suitable for its intended purpose and land use, and that it will not pose an unacceptable risk to human health or the environment

 

          If Penrith City Council is not the Principal Certifying Authority, a copy of the validation certificate is to be submitted to Council for their reference

 

          {Note: Penrith Contaminated Land Development Control Plan defines an appropriately qualified person as “a person who, in the opinion of Council, has a demonstrated experience, or access to experience in hydrology, environmental chemistry, soil science, eco-toxicology, sampling and analytical procedures, risk evaluation and remediation technologies. In addition, the person will be required to have appropriate professional indemnity and public risk insurance.”}

 

4.7     All house sewer and plumbing work shall be carried out in accordance with Sydney Water's requirements or the Local Government (Water, Sewerage and Drainage) Regulation 1993

a)       Penrith City Council is both the consent authority and certifying authority for the installation of the On Site Sewage Management System (OSSM), otherwise known as a septic tank system. It is your responsibility to contact Council's Building Approvals and Environment Protection Department to organise all inspections required for the installation of the system. In this regard, the following will require inspection:

·     All internal and external drainage lines and septic tanks before they are backfilled/covered

·     On completion of the system's installation and prior to its commissioning, ensuring compliance with those conditions specific to the installation of the system

 

A copy of the satisfactory inspection reports carried out by Council shall be submitted to the Principal Certifying Authority if Council is not the Principal Certifying Authority

 

i.        The septic tank, drainage lines and effluent disposal area shall not be altered without the prior approval of Council. In addition, the septic tank shall not be buried or covered

ii.       There shall be no effluent runoff from the subject property to adjoining premises, public places or reserves

iii.       There shall be available all year round, adequate water supply that is available to the property

 

4.8     The disposal area shall have a minimum area of 1044m2 and shall be prepared in accordance with the “Environmental and Health Protection Guidelines On Site Sewage Management for Single Households” and AS1547:2000

 

Prior to the issue of the Occupation Certificate and the issue of an operational licence for the OSSM system by Penrith City Council, the effluent disposal area shall be:

·    Prepared/ landscaped in accordance with the stamped - approved plans

 

All stormwater and seepage shall be diverted away from the disposal area by using an agricultural drain or earthen bund and dish drain

 

4.9     Prior to the commencement of construction works:

(a)      Toilet facilities at or in the vicinity of the work site shall be provided at the rate of one toilet for every 20 persons or part of 20 persons employed at the site. Each toilet provided must be:

·    A standard flushing toilet connected to a public sewer, or

·    If that is not practicable, an accredited sewage management facility approved by the council, or

·    Alternatively, any other sewage management facility approved by council

 

4.10   The following matters are ancillary aspects of the development under Section 80A (2) of the Environmental Planning and       Assessment Act, 1979. Appeal provisions will apply to the submission requirements regarding ancillary aspects of the development (see Sections 80A(3) and 97 of the Act)

(a)      External materials are to be earthy tones and match or complement the buildings natural setting. Details on achieving this requirement, including a schedule of external colours and finishes shall be submitted to Council for consideration and approval prior to the issue of a Construction Certificate

 

4.11   The recommended construction details to reduce aircraft noise intrusion to meet indoor design sound levels, as detailed in the report prepared by Acoustic Logic Consultancy and dated 12th May 2006 are to be undertaken during construction. As the recommended construction details are carried out and on completion of the       development, a qualified acoustic consultant shall certify that the        development has been constructed to meet the indoor design sound    levels in accordance with the approved acoustic report

 

4.12   The swimming pool is to be fitted with filtration equipment which does not require a backwash facility

 

4.13   Roof and surface water shall be disposed of in accordance with the    approved drainage design. Overflow from the existing in-ground rainwater tank is to be disposed of into the street gutter

 

 

4.14   The existing trees to the perimeter of the property, other than those nominated on the site plan to be relocated, shall be retained and duly protected during the construction of the development. Tree protection measures shall be installed before any works can commence on site including the clearing of site vegetation

 

4.15   An Occupation Certificate is to be obtained from the Principal Certifying Authority on completion of all works and prior to the occupation of the dwelling. The commitments listed in the BASIX Certificate are to be completed prior to the issue of the Occupation Certificate

 

The Certificate shall not be issued if any conditions of this consent, but not the        conditions relating to the operation of the development, are outstanding. This       includes submitting the following documentation to the Principal Certifying Authority:

(a)      Written documentation or Compliance Certificate from Penrith City Council certifying to the satisfactory completion of works approved under the Roads Act 1993

(b)     Written documentation or certification attesting to the      satisfactory installation of, and the Licence to Operate the on site sewage management system issued by Penrith City           Council

(c)      Certification from a qualified acoustic consultant certifying that the development has been constructed in        accordance with the approved acoustic report/to meet the indoor design sound levels in accordance with the approved acoustic report

 

          A copy of the Occupation Certificate and all necessary documentation supporting the issue of the Certificate is to be submitted to Penrith City Council, if Council is not the Principal Certifying Authority.  In the event that a Compliance Certificate was issued by the Principal Certifying Authority certifying compliance that all conditions of the development consent required to be met has in fact been met as        well as any documentation stated above, shall be submitted to Penrith City Council if Council is not the Principal Certifying Authority.

 

Councillor Kevin Crameri OAM returned to the meeting, the time being 7:18 pm.

 

2        Victoria Street Community Cottage - Annual General Meeting                                     

1149  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor John Thain seconded Councillor Jackie Greenow

That:

1.      Council, under Section 355 of the Local Government Act 1993, endorse the following persons to comprise the Management Committee for the Victoria Street Community Cottage at Werrington:

 

 

Len Willis - President

Angie Green - Secretary

Betty Schneider - Treasurer

Betty Warren - Booking Officer

 

Committee Members: Barbara Read, Alison Stevens, Lauren Meredith, Carmen Boserio, Hans Schneider, Desmond Lucas, Christine McKinnon,

Margaret Breust, Amanda Jacobson, Jacqueline Holmes, Maureen Romanowski, Olive Magdi, Sue Tipton, Noel Borland, Ron Tipton

Imelda Penny, Margaret Borland, Leonie Hannah, Avis Oakes

Jenny Green, Kimberley Culley, Jackie Van Dyk.

2.       Council delegate care, control and management of Victoria Street Community Cottage, under Section 377 of the Local Government Act 1993, to the Committee referred to in recommendation 1. above.

 

3        Formula 1 Superboat Series                                                                                               

1150  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Greg Davies seconded Councillor Karen McKeown

          That:

1.       The information contained in the report on Formula 1 Superboat Series be received.

2.       The Australian Formula One Superboat Series Inc be advised that Council is prepared to provide $7,000 sponsorship for the event, as well as $3,000, being $1,000 each from North, South and East Ward voted works for: 

     -        Temporary fencing

     -        Security

     -        Portable toilets.

                   3.       Council’s support for the event is subject to the following conditions:

     -        The provision of suitably qualified event crowd control personnel to patrol

              the riverbank;

     -        The helicopter landing area is to be suitably fenced to ensure protection of persons in the area and is located a minimum of 40 metres from the riverbank;

     -        Submission of evidence of the required approvals from NSW Maritime;

     -        Payment of a refundable restoration bond (in the amount of $1,000), and submission of evidence of Public Liability Insurance.

 

4.         Consideration be given to increasing funding in the event management budget, to support this event in future years. 

 

 

 

5.         Council make representations to the Department of Sport and Recreation and the Premier’s Department seeking support for this event to be held each year at the Sydney International Regatta Centre.

 

6.         The event organisers be requested to submit a business plan, including a budget for the event, to Council.

 

Councillor Steve Simat arrived at the meeting, the time being 7:28 pm.

 

4        Options for designating Open Space, Parks and Ovals in Glenmore Park as Alcohol Free Zones                                                                                                                                   

1151  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Mark Davies seconded Councillor Jim Aitken OAM

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Options for designating Open Space, Parks and Ovals in Glenmore Park as Alcohol Free Zones be received.

2.    Section 632 of the Local Government Act 1993 - Acting Contrary to Notices, be implemented to prohibit the consumption or possession of alcohol in locations across the City where it is determined that there is a need for such action.

 

Councillor David Bradbury arrived at the meeting, the time being 7:34 pm.

 

5        Penrith Valley Community Safety Partnership - Application for membership                

A MOTION was MOVED by Councillor Jim Aitken OAM seconded Councillor Garry Rumble

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Penrith Valley Community Safety Partnership - Application for membership be received.

2.     The Glenmore Park Action Group and the Penrith Youth Interagency be approved as members of the Penrith Valley Community Safety Partnership.

                   3.     Council write to local State Member for Penrith raising concern at the government’s inability to reduce the level of antisocial behaviour and malicious damage to property in the local area.

1152  An AMENDMENT was MOVED by Councillor Greg Davies seconded Councillor Kaylene Allison:

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Penrith Valley Community Safety Partnership - Application for membership be received.

2.     The Glenmore Park Action Group and the Penrith Youth Interagency be approved as members of the Penrith Valley Community Safety Partnership.

 

 

On being PUT to the meeting, the AMENDMENT was CARRIED and on becoming the MOTION was also CARRIED.

 

6        Secure Taxi Rank for Penrith Railway Station                                                                 

1153  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jim Aitken OAM seconded Councillor Steve Simat

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Secure Taxi Rank for Penrith Railway Station be received.

2.     Council lend its support to the trial through the distribution of material to promote patronage of the Secure Taxi Rank.

 

7        Fencing of Darcy Smith Cricket Oval, Emu Plains                                                           

1154  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Garry Rumble seconded Councillor Jim Aitken OAM

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Fencing of Darcy Smith Cricket Oval, Emu Plains be received.

2.     The proposal to construct a picket fence around Darcy Smith Cricket Oval not be approved.

3.     The provision of the perimeter fence/bollards estimated at $15,000 proceed, with funds advanced from the Open Space Action Plan, assuming that the Plan is adopted in its current form.

 

The City Supported by Infrastructure

 

9        Tender 25-05/06 Asphalt Products & Services                                                                 

1155  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Ross Fowler seconded Councillor Garry Rumble

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Tender 25-05/06 Asphalt Products & Services be received.

2.     The following companies are accepted and placed in order of preference on the panel of approved suppliers for the supply of products and services, as listed, for a period of one (1) year with an option to extend for a further one (1) year, subject to satisfactory performance:

              Asphaltic Concrete – Supply and Deliver

a)    FRH Group Pty Ltd

b)    State Asphalt Services Pty Ltd

c)    Works Infrastructure

                          Asphaltic Concrete – Supply Ex-Bin

a)    Works Infrastructure Pty Ltd (Previously Emoleum)

b)    State Asphalts Pty Ltd

c)    FRH Group Pty Ltd

 

                          Sprayed Bituminous Surfacing

a)    Sami Road Services and  Pioneer Road Services Pty Ltd

                          Asphaltic Concrete – Supply and Lay

a)   FRH Group Pty Ltd

b)   Pioneer Road Services Pty Ltd

c)   State Asphalt Services Pty Ltd

d)   Bernipave Pty Ltd

                          Asphalt Road Restoration

a)   FRH Group Pty Ltd

b)   Pioneer Road Services Pty Ltd

c)   State Asphalt Services Pty Ltd

d)   Bernipave Pty Ltd

                          Asphalt Pavement Rejuvenation

              a)   Australian Pavement Maintenance Services Pty Ltd &  Sami Road                         Services

             Stabilisation of Road Pavements

a)   Stabilised Pavements of Australia Pty Ltd

                          Foamed Bitumen

a)   Stabilised Pavements of Australia Pty Ltd

                          Asphaltic Concrete Mill and Fill

                          a)   Pioneer Road Services Pty Ltd

                          b)   State Asphalt Services Pty Ltd

                          Road Pavement Crack Sealing

a)   Australian Pavement Maintenance Systems Pty Ltd

              b)   Sami Road Services

 

Leadership and Organisation

 

10      Council Meeting Calendar for 2007                                                                                  

1156  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Greg Davies seconded Councillor Jim Aitken OAM

That:

1.   The information contained in the report on Council Meeting Calendar for 2007 be received.

2.   The Draft Meeting Calendar for 2007 be adopted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11      Council Property - Easement to Drain Water over Lot 3, DP 255380 Nepean Street, Emu Plains.  Owner:  Penrith Council - Applicant:  N.F. Billyard Pty Ltd                               

1157  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jim Aitken OAM seconded Councillor Steve Simat

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Council Property - Easement to Drain Water over Lot 3, DP 255380 Nepean Street, Emu Plains.  Owner:  Penrith Council - Applicant:  N.F. Billyard Pty Ltd be received.

2.     Council grant an easement to drain water over Open Space land at Lot 3, DP 255380 Nepean Street, Emu Plains in favour of Lot 2, DP 232928 at No. 38 Gough Street, Emu Plains on the proviso that the Development Application is approved by Council.

3.     Payment of compensation by the applicant, in the amount of $5,000 plus GST, is required for the creation of the easement over Lot 3, DP 255380 Nepean Street, Emu Plains.

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.

 

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE

 

QWN 1      Local Government Association Conference 2006                                                   

Councillor Jackie Greenow congratulated those Councillors who represented Penrith City Council at the 2006 Local Government Association Conference, and noted the success of motions put to the Conference by Penrith City Council and Hawkesbury River County Council.

 

QWN 2      Saddington Street, St Marys                                                                                    

Councillor Kevin Crameri OAM requested that the western end of Saddington Street, St Marys be checked for pedestrian safety, from overhanging tree branches that prevent walking on the footpath, and that large amounts of rubbish in the area also be removed.

 

QWN 3      Swanston Street, St Marys                                                                                       

Councillor Kevin Crameri OAM requested a report to Council regarding a development near the Memorial Hall in Swanston Street, St Marys which has resulted in the fencing off of the  footpath in this location, and placement of New Jersey barricades, causing a dangerous situation for motorists and pedestrians, the report to address why this would be allowed to occur.

 

 

 

 

QWN 4      Committee of the Whole                                                                                           

Councillor Kevin Crameri OAM advised that he had a matter of a confidential nature to be considered, and requested that it be considered in Committee of the Whole, after all other business of the Council had been conducted.

 

QWN 5      Gumbirra Pre-School, St Clair                                                                                  

Councillor Mark Davies requested a memo reply to all Councillors seeking clarification regarding the possibility that the Gumbirra Pre-school management has made a decision not to celebrate Christmas at the pre-school, and not to include any Christmas activities, including a ‘Santa Visit’.

 

QWN 6      Leave of Absence                                                                                                     

Councillor Ross Fowler requested Leave of Absence from 10 November 2006 to 17 November 2006, inclusive.

 

1158  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor John Thain seconded Councillor Jackie Greenow that the matter be brought forward and dealt with as a matter of urgency.

 

His Worship the Mayor, Councillor Pat Sheehy AM, ruled that the matter was urgent and should be dealt with at the meeting.

 

1159  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor John Thain seconded Councillor Jackie Greenow that Leave of Absence be granted to Councillor Ross Fowler from 10 November 2006 to 17 November 2006, inclusive

 

QWN 7      Danger of Discarded Syringes                                                                                 

Councillor Steve Simat requested a report to Council on its responsibility for the safety of residents and staff in regard to the danger posed by syringes that have been discarded in public places, notably car parks such as West Lane Car Park in St Marys.

 

QWN 8      James Burns                                                                                                              

Councillor John Thain thanked the media for its involvement in seeking community feedback concerning James Burns (servant to Three Explorers during crossing of Blue Mountains) and noting that he has had some positive feedback in this regard.

 

QWN 9      Magnolia Street, North St Marys                                                                            

Councillor John Thain requested a memo reply to all Councillors concerning the footpath in Magnolia Street, St Marys, which appears to finish before the end of the kerbing, and requesting that this situation be investigated.

 

QWN 10    Brookfield Avenue, Werrington Downs                                                                   

Councillor John Thain requested a memo reply to all Councillors concerning an update on the Brookfield Avenue matter.

 

QWN 11    Skate Park for North Ward                                                                                      

Councillor John Thain requested a report to Council investigating the possibility of locating a skate park in North Ward.

 

QWN 12    Parklawn Shopping Centre, St Marys                                                                     

Councillor John Thain requested a memo reply concerning the new asphalt that has been laid in the vicinity of the Parklawn shops, as water runoff has now become a problem in the laneway.

 

QWN 13    Homework Centre                                                                                                     

Councillor David Bradbury requested a report to Council on the feasibility of establishing a Homework Centre at Penrith, St Marys and other branch Libraries.

 

QWN 14    Paupers' Burials in Local Cemeteries                                                                     

Councillor David Bradbury requested a report to Council  regarding local residents who have had a pauper’s burial in Penrith City Council cemeteries, and seeking the possibility of the presence of these individuals being acknowledged.

 

QWN 15    Carbon Neutral Park                                                                                                

Councillor David Bradbury requested a report to Council on the feasibility of establishing a carbon neutral park at some suitable open space location within the City of Penrith. 

 

QWN 16    Relocation of Guided Weapons and Explosive Ordnance Unit                              

Councillor David Bradbury requested that Council write to the Minister for Defence, urging the Minister to stop the relocation of the Guided Weapons and Explosive Ordnance Unit from the Orchard Hills Defence Establishment, and that the matter be reported to Council when a reply from the Minister has been received.

 

1160  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor David Bradbury seconded Councillor Greg Davies that the matter be brought forward and dealt with as a matter of urgency.

 

His Worship the Mayor, Councillor Pat Sheehy AM, ruled that the matter was urgent and should be dealt with at the meeting.

 

1161  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor David Bradbury seconded Councillor Greg Davies that Council write to the Minister for Defence, urging the Minister to stop the relocation of the Guided Weapons and Explosive Ordnance Unit from the Orchard Hills Defence Establishment, and that the matter be reported to Council when a reply from the Minister has been received.

 

QWN 17    Skate Park - Leonay                                                                                                 

Councillor Jim Aitken OAM requested a report to Council on the feasibility of locating a skate park in the Leonay/Emu Plains area.

 

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

 

1162  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Kevin Crameri OAM seconded Councillor Jackie Greenow that the meeting adjourn to Committee of the Whole to deal with the following matters, the time being 8:04 pm.

 

1        Presence of the Public

 

CW1  RECOMMENDED on the MOTION of Councillors Kevin Crameri OAM seconded Councillor Jackie Greenow that the press and public be excluded from the Committee of the Whole to deal with the following matter:

 

2        Question Without Notice - Nomination of Local Citizen for Order of Australia

 

          This matter has been referred to Committee of the Whole as it relates to the personal affairs of a particular individual and discussion of the matter in open meeting would be, on balance, contrary to the public interest.

 

The meeting resumed at 8:10 pm and the General Manager reported that the Committee of the Whole met at 8:04 pm on Monday, 6 November 2006, the following being present

 

His Worship the Mayor, Councillor Pat Sheehy AM, Councillors Jim Aitken OAM, Kaylene Allison, David Bradbury, Lexie Cettolin, Kevin Crameri OAM, Greg Davies, Mark Davies, Ross Fowler, Jackie Greenow, Karen McKeown, Garry Rumble, Steve Simat and John Thain

 

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

 

CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS

 

2        Question Without Notice - Nomination of Local Citizen for Order of Australia

 

RECOMMENDED on the MOTION of Councillor Kevin Crameri OAM seconded Councillor Ross Fowler

 

          CW2  That the information be received.

 

ADOPTION OF COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

 

1163  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jackie Greenow seconded Councillor Lexie Cettolin that the recommendations contained in the Committee of the Whole and shown as CW1 and CW2 be adopted.

 

 

There being no further business the Chairperson declared the meeting closed, the time being 8:11 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.

 

 

Glenn McCarthy

Public Officer

02 4732 7649                                                        October 2006

   


Reports of Committees

 

Item                                                                                                                                       Page

 

1        Report and Recommendations of the Local Traffic Committee Meeting held on 6 November 2006 

 

2        Report and Recommendations of the Policy Review Committee Meeting of 13 November 2006

 

 



Ordinary Meeting

20 November 2006

Leadership and Organisation

 

REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE
 Local Traffic Committee MEETING

HELD ON 6 November, 2006

 

 

 

PRESENT

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

 

IN ATTENDANCE

 

Michael Pruss – Westbus, Stephen Barnes – Senior Traffic Engineer, Sharon Maddox – Road Safety Co-ordinator, Noel Fuller – Co-ordinator, Ranger Services, Mary Jaser – Trainee Engineer

 

APOLOGIES

LTC 136  Councillor Greenow, David Burns – Asset Manager

 

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES - Local Traffic Committee Meeting - 9 October 2006

LTC 137  That the minutes of the Local Traffic Committee Meeting of 9 October 2006 be confirmed.

 

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

There were no declarations of interest.

 

 

MASTER PROGRAM REPORTS

 

The City Supported by Infrastructure

 

1        Jamison Road/Castlereagh Street, Penrith - Proposed Construction of Concrete Median Closure at Intersection and Left-Turn Median Island in Castlereagh Street                 

RECOMMENDATION

LTC 138  That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Jamison Road/Castlereagh   Street, Penrith - Proposed Construction of Concrete Median Closure at Intersection and Left-Turn Median Island in Castlereagh Street be received.

2.     The design plan for the provision of median closure in Jamison Road and a left-turn seagull island at the intersection of Jamison Road and Castlereagh Street, Penrith be finalised and endorsed for construction.

 

3.     That a Transport Management Plan be submitted to the Roads and Traffic Authority for consideration and approval.

 

 

2        Lethbridge Street/Doonmore Street, Penrith - Proposed Construction of Traffic Facility       

RECOMMENDATION

LTC 139  That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Lethbridge Street/Doonmore Street, Penrith - Proposed Construction of Traffic Facility be received.

2.     The design plan for the provision of kerb blister islands, with supplementary “B” size STOP signs on the Doonmore Street approach at the intersection with Lethbridge Street, Penrith be finalised and endorsed for construction.

3.     The Roads and Traffic Authority be requested to consider funding the current project under the 2006/2007 Auslink Black Spot Programme in lieu of the four way STOP signs previously proposed.

 

 

3        Penrith City Festival - Saturday 17 March 2007                                                              

LTC Comment

The Committee noted that the report should read:

Proposed Temporary Road Closures:

·    High Street between Castlereagh and Henry Streets

·    Woodriff Street between High and Lethbridge Streets

·    Station Street between Henry Street and Union Road

·    Gaymark Lane – eastern end of under cover parking area

·    Riley Street between High and Henry Streets

·    Union Lane between Station and Woodriff Streets

 

Additional Temporary Closures for Street Parade (from 12:00pm to 2:00pm on Saturday, 17 March 2007):

 

·    Station Street from Union Road to Penrith Showground entrance gate

·    Castlereagh Street between High and Lethbridge Streets

·    Tindale Street between Castlereagh and Woodriff Streets

 

RECOMMENDATION

LTC 140  That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Penrith City Festival - Saturday 17 March 2007 be received.

2.     The TMP submitted by the Penrith City Centre Association, detailing the proposed temporary road closures, in respect of the Penrith City Festival Class 2 Event and the proposed Class 4 Event Street Parade, to be held on Saturday 17 March 2007, be endorsed.

3.     The Festival organiser advertise the proposed temporary closures in local newspapers a minimum of two weeks prior to the event, and provide variable message signs in appropriate locations a minimum of two weeks prior to the event.

4.     The TMP to include the location of appropriate signposting to advise road users of all alternative access points.

5.     That the Transport Management Plan be submitted to the Roads and Traffic Authority for consideration and approval of impacts on the traffic control signals within the proposed road closure area.

 

4        Penrith City Carols by Candlelight - 7 December 2006                                                   

RECOMMENDATION

LTC 141  That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Penrith City Carols by Candlelight - 7 December 2006 be received.

2.     The TMP submitted by the Penrith City Centre Association, on behalf of Westfield, detailing the proposed temporary closure of Riley Street, between Henry Street and Jane Street, Penrith to hold the Class 2 Event Penrith City Carols by Candlelight on Thursday, 7 December 2006 be endorsed.

3.     The event organiser advertise the proposed temporary closure in local newspapers a minimum of two weeks prior to the event, including the temporary relocation of the disabled drop off point from Riley Street to High Street.

4.     All affected bus companies be advised of the proposal.

5.     That the Transport Management Plan be submitted to the Roads and Traffic Authority for consideration and approval of impacts on the traffic control signals.

 

 

5        Disabled Parking - St Marys Railway Station Carpark                                                   

RECOMMENDATION

LTC 142  That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Disabled Parking - St Marys Railway Station Carpark be received.

2.     Four appropriately located unrestricted parking spaces within the St Marys Railway Station Carpark be converted into three full time disabled parking spaces

3.     An investigation be undertaken by Council into widening the three existing disabled car spaces as required to comply with the relevant requirements of the Australian Standards.

4.     The resident be advised.

 

 

 

 

6        Doonmore Street, Penrith - Request for Changes to Existing Parking Restrictions      

RECOMMENDATION

LTC 143  That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Doonmore Street, Penrith - Request for changes to existing Parking Restrictions be received.

2.     The “1/2 Hour Parking (8.30am-6.00pm Mon-Fri & 8.30am-12.30pm Sat)” restrictions on the western side of Doonmore Street, 20m north of the High Street intersection be removed.

 

 

GENERAL BUSINESS

 

GB 1          Joseph Street, Kingswood – Request for Relocation of “Kiss & Ride” Zone for St Josephs Primary School, Kingswood  (Raised Council)

 

Purpose:

 

The purpose of this report is to consider a request for the relocation of the ‘Kiss & Ride” zone for St Joseph’s Primary School and to approve its relocation to Joseph Street.

 

Background

 

St Joseph’s Primary School is located on the corner of Joseph Street and Richmond Road, Kingswood and has approximately 500 students.  A 45m “Kiss & Ride” zone exists in Richmond Road along with approximately 45m of part-time Bus Zone.

 

St Joseph’s Catholic Church is also located within the same parcel of land, and some time ago the Parish Priest had a security fence constructed to separate the school grounds from the Church grounds.  The fence then also separated access from the “Kiss & Ride” in Richmond Road into the school.  The school trialled several parking options as suggested in a traffic consultant’s report commissioned by the school.

 

The preferred option is to relocate the “Kiss & Ride” zone to Joseph Street as the school children have access to the school via a pedestrian gate and are not required to cross any vehicle driveways to access the school.

 

Current Situation

 

The school commenced a trial of a “Kiss & Ride” in Joseph Street, which was deemed successful due to the improved level of safety it offered students and motorists.

 

It is recommended that “No Parking (8.00am–9.30am & 2.30pm-4.00pm School Days)” signage be installed for a length of approximately 110m on the southern side of Joseph Street, Kingswood commencing from the “No Stopping” sign associated with the raised Children’s Crossing.

 

It is also recommended that the former “Kiss & Ride” zone in Richmond Road be returned to unrestricted parking by removal of the “No Parking (8.00am-9.00am & 2.30pm-3.30pm School Days)” signs.  The change in times for the signs is to bring all part-time signage associated with schools into line with the times for the 40kph School Zones.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

LTC 144  That:

 

1.   “No Parking (8.00am–9.30am & 2.30pm-4.00pm School Days)” signage be installed for a length of approximately 110m on the southern side of Joseph Street, Kingswood commencing from the “No Stopping” sign associated with the raised Children’s Crossing.

2.   The former “Kiss & Ride” zone in Richmond Road be returned to unrestricted parking by removal of the “No Parking (8.00am-9.00am & 2.30pm-3.30pm School Days)” signs.

3.   The school be supplied with the “Be a Road Safety Guardian Angel Kiss & Ride” brochure.

4.   The school Principal be advised.

5.   Council write to the Roads and Traffic Authority regarding the consistency of 40kph School Zones in the vicinity of St Joseph’s Primary School.

 

 

GB 2          St Andrews Drive, Glenmore Park – Speeding Vehicles  (Raised Council)          

Purpose:

 

To consider the results of the community consultation for the provision of double barrier lines in St Andrews Drive, Glenmore Park and the adequacy of the existing slow point at the intersection of St Andrews Drive and Laguna Drive.  The report recommends that broken centreline markings be provided on St Andrews Drive between Laguna Drive and the new linemarking at Sunningdale Drive, and that the slow point at the intersection of St Andrews Drive and Laguna Drive remain unchanged.

Background

 

At the Local Traffic Committee meeting on 7 August 2006, a report was considered on speeding vehicles in St Andrews Drive, Glenmore Park.  Council, at its meeting on 21 August 2006 resolved, on the recommendations of the Committee 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 at the roundabout at the intersection of St Andrews Drive and Glenmore Parkway continue to be monitored”.

 

Current Situation

 

A request for the provision of linemarking, as outlined in the Recommendation Item 2., has been forwarded to Council’s Engineering Co-ordinator and is expected to be completed by 30 November 2006.

 

In accordance with Recommendation Item 3., consultation with residents on St Andrews Drive, between Laguna Drive and Sunningdale Drive was undertaken between 11 October 2006 and 25 October 2006.

 

Eight written submissions were received, that opposed the provision of BB lines on this length of St Andrews Drive.  One resident telephoned Council to support the proposal.  The following concerns and suggestions were raised:

 

§ The provision of barrier lines would restrict on-street parking for residents and parents dropping off children to Surveyors Creek Primary School.

§ Devaluing of properties due to no on-street parking.

§ Residents suggested the provision of speed humps in St Andrews Drive

§ Residents suggested speed enforcement by Police.

 

Comments on Submissions

 

The provision of double barrier lines would remove all on-street parking for residents and parents dropping off children if constructed in the centre of the road.  If the linemarking was offset, parking could be retained on one side only.

 

The provision of speed humps is not warranted as speed classification results presented in the report to LTC on 7 August 2006 determined that there was not a significant speeding problem.    Additional to this, St Andrews Drive between Laguna drive and Sunningdale Drive is a sweeping bend that is unsuitable for speed humps, and the provision of speed humps or traffic calming devices would require the loss of on-street parking.

 

The slow point at the intersection of St Andrews Drive and Laguna Drive has been investigated in accordance with the Recommendation Item 4.  The slow point has been constructed in accordance with the plans approved by Council in 1996.  Council records indicate no traffic accidents at this location in the last five years. In this regard it is considered that the signage and linemarking is adequate.

 

Conclusion

 

The provision of double barrier linemarking for the full length on St Andrews Drive, between Laguna Drive and Sunningdale Drive, will effect residents’ parking as well as drop off and pick up for parents at the school.  In lieu of the barrier lines, it is proposed to provide broken lines to delineate the road centre line and deter vehicles from cutting the corner.  This linemarking will still allow on-street parking.

 

RECOMMENDATION

LTC 145   That:

1.    Broken centre line markings be provided on St Andrews Drive, between    Laguna Drive and the new linemarking at Sunningdale Drive, Glenmore Park.

 

2.    The slow point at the intersection of St Andrews Drive and Laguna Drive,  Glenmore Park remain unchanged.

 

GB 3          Penrith CBD – Proposed Temporary City Centre Shuttle Bus Service  (Raised Council)                  

 

Purpose:

To consider a request for the provision of a free shuttle bus service in the Penrith City Centre to accommodate additional shopping demands leading up to Christmas.  The report recommends that the proposed service be approved.

 

Background

 

Council has received a request from the Penrith City Centre Association for the trial run of a free City Centre shuttle bus service to operate in a circuit around the Penrith CBD.  The main purpose of the service is to transport additional people into the CBD during the Christmas shopping peak activity, being the four-week period inclusive of 27 November to 23 December, 2006.

 

Current Situation

 

Two shuttle buses, being Blue Mountains Bus Company 28 seat trolleys, are proposed to operate in a circuit around the CBD, making nine stops in the following sequence:

 

i)    Starting point Riley Street outside the Westfield Shopping Centre, within an appropriate Bus Zone length.  Right turn into Jane Street followed by a right turn into Station Street, appropriate turning movements.

ii)   The current Bus Zone in Station Street is well utilised, however it is able to accommodate three bus lengths.  In addition, ‘No Parking’ restrictions exist on both the approach and departure to the ‘Bus Zone’, allowing set down or pick up should the need arise.

iii)   The shuttle buses would follow the proposed circuit by making a left turn into Reserve Street and utilise the ‘No Parking’ area directly opposite the Nepean Centro driveway.  It would be prudent to temporarily introduce Bus Zone signage at this location covering over the existing restrictions.

iv)  The shuttle buses would continue down Reserve Street and make a left turn at Woodriff Street and then a right turn into High Street.  The shuttle buses propose to then utilise the existing Taxi Stand (two vehicle lengths) adjacent to the Australia Post Collection Box.  It would be prudent to temporarily introduce Bus Zone signage at this location covering over the existing restrictions.  It appears that this stand is under‑utilised by Taxis, however it is important to advise both the Taxi Council and Premier Cabs of this short term arrangement.

v)   The shuttle bus services would then proceed down High Street, making two further stops before making a left turn into Kendall Street and a left turn into Henry Street.  The completed circuit would again restart at Riley Street.  The proposed stops (No.5 – No. 9) along this section are full-time Bus Zones that appear well equipped to cater for the Shuttle bus services.

 

The frequency of the shuttle bus service is expected to be in the order of four per hour, as one bus is expected to take 30 minutes to complete the circuit inclusive of picking up and setting down passengers.

 

Turning movements appear to be appropriate at all intersections and widths of roadways are adequate to cater for the services.

 

Although there is the potential for overlap to occur between mainstream bus services and the shuttle bus services, the circuit has proposed Bus Zones that have adequate lengths and due to the short stay nature of the activity, no major detrimental effects are anticipated.

 

The present report is purely written to address the technical aspects of the proposal.  It is expected that information relating to funding of the services and any agreement between Council and the PCCA is contained in a further report to Council after negotiations have taken place on this matter.

 

LTC Comment

The Westbus representative raised concerns about potential conflict within the Westfield busbay in Riley Street, ie, while the shuttle bus is waiting for passengers to load, etc, the bus may be parked for some time, which has the potential to cause conflict with Westbus drivers.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

LTC 146  That:

 

1.   Information contained in this report on the Penrith CBD– Proposed Temporary City Centre Shuttle Bus Service be received.

2.   The temporary route of the shuttle bus service as amended, ie, through Union Road/Worth Street, and the stops of the shuttle bus service be approved in principle for the period inclusive of 27 November to 23 December, 2006.

3.   Temporary ‘Bus Zone’ restrictions replace the existing ‘No Parking’ area directly opposite the Nepean Centro driveway in Reserve Street (north side) for the period inclusive of 27 November to 23 December, 2006.

4.   Council consult the Ministry of Transport for approval of the temporary City Centre Shuttle Bus Service route and operator, for the period inclusive of 27 November to 23 December, 2006.

5.   Temporary Bus Zone restrictions be provided in the existing Emergency Services Vehicles space on the northern side of High Street, between Worth Street and Riley Street, Penrith.

6.   Temporary ‘Bus Zone’ restrictions to supplement the existing ‘Taxi Stand’ adjacent to the Australia Post Collection Box in High Street (north side) immediately east of Woodriff Street for the period inclusive of 27 November to 23 December, 2006.

7.   The Taxi Council and Premier Cabs be consulted by the Penrith City Centre Association regarding the temporary bus zone restrictions supplementing the existing Taxi Stand adjacent the Australia Post Collection Box in High Street, east of Woodriff Street.

 

 

 

GB 4          Willoring Crescent and McNaughton Street, Jamisontown – Speeding Vehicles  (Raised Penrith Police)                                                                                                                             

The Penrith Police representative tabled a letter of complaint regarding vehicles using Willoring Crescent and McNaughton Street, Jamison as a rat run to avoid the speed radar trap and delays on Mulgoa Road from the traffic signals at Batt Street.

Council’s Road Network Services Engineer advised that Council is also in receipt of a letter concerning this issue, and the matter is currently under investigation.

RECOMMENDATION

LTC 147  That the matter be investigated and a report be submitted to the Committee if warranted.

 

GB 5          Forrester Road, St Marys – Parked Vehicles Preventing Bus Turning Movements  (Raised Westbus)                                                                                                                          

The Westbus representative advised that the bus shelter in Forrester Road, St Marys, on the north side of the St Marys Railway Station is being used every ½ hour and that Westbus has submitted a request to service the ADI site Ropes Crossing area.  He advised that Westbus has had reports of drivers experiencing difficulty completing turning movements due to vehicles being parked in the turnaround area.

RECOMMENDATION

LTC 148  That the matter be investigated.

 

GB 6          The Northern Road/M4, Penrith – Right-Turn Movement  (Raised Council)      

Council’s Road Safety Co-ordinator raised concerns about the M4 on-ramp at The Northern Road, westbound.  It was noted that there was previously a filtered right-turn movement permitted at this location, which has now been restricted to a right-turn arrow during the afternoon peak.  This is now causing queuing for southbound traffic (lane two) on The Northern Road, restricting southbound traffic to one lane.

RECOMMENDATION

LTC 149  That Council request the Roads and Traffic Authority to investigate this matter.

 

 

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 6 November, 2006 be adopted.

 

 


Ordinary Meeting

20 November 2006

Leadership and Organisation

 

REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE
 Policy Review Committee MEETING

HELD ON 13 November, 2006

 

 

 

PRESENT

His Worship the Mayor Councillor Pat Sheehy AM, Councillors Jim Aitken OAM, Kaylene Allison, David Bradbury (arrived 7:32pm), Lexie Cettolin, Kevin Crameri OAM, Greg Davies, Mark Davies, Jackie Greenow, Karen McKeown, Susan Page, Garry Rumble, John Thain, and Steve Simat (arrived 7:32pm).

 

APOLOGIES

PRC 88 RECOMMENDED that apologies be received and accepted from Councillors David Bradbury and Steve Simat.

 

LEAVE OF ABSENCE

Leave of Absence was previously granted to Councillor Ross Fowler for the period 10 November 2006 to 17 November 2006 inclusive.

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES - Policy Review Committee Meeting - 16 October 2006

PRC 89  RECOMMENDED that the minutes of the Policy Review Committee Meeting of 16 October 2006 be confirmed.

 

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 There were no declarations of interest.

 

MASTER PROGRAM REPORTS

 

The City as a Social Place

 

1        Penrith Whitewater Stadium Ltd - Annual Report and Board of Directors                    

PRC 90  RECOMMENDED

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Penrith Whitewater Stadium Ltd - Annual Report and Board of Directors be received.

2.     Councillor Ross Fowler and Rebecca Wright be appointed to fill vacancies that occurred at the Eighth Annual General Meeting of the Penrith Whitewater Stadium Ltd.

3.     Council agree to underwrite the operation of the Penrith Whitewater Stadium Ltd until the presentation to Council of the Penrith Whitewater Stadium Ltd Annual Report for 2006/07.

4.     Council congratulate the Board of the Penrith Whitewater Stadium Ltd on their success and achievements over the 12 months to the end of June 2006.

5.     Council provide a letter of appreciation and recognition to Conrad Ozog for his contribution to the Board.

6.     Council write to congratulate Jack Hodge on his appointment to the position of Stadium Manager – Penrith Whitewater Stadium Ltd.

 

Councillors David Bradbury and Steve Simat arrived, the time being 7:32pm.

 

2        City of Penrith Regional Indoor Aquatic and Recreation Centre Ltd - Annual Report and Board of Directors                                                                                                                             

PRC 91  RECOMMENDED

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on City of Penrith Regional Indoor Aquatic and Recreation Centre Ltd - Annual Report and Board of Directors be received.

2.     Councillor Ross Fowler and Mr Alan Brown  be appointed to fill the vacancy that occurred at the Twelfth Annual General Meeting of the City of Penrith Regional Indoor Aquatic and Recreation Centre Ltd.

3.     Council agree to underwrite the operations of the City of Penrith Regional Indoor Aquatic and Recreation Centre Ltd for 12 months to the end of June 2007.

4.     Council congratulate the Board of the City of Penrith Regional Indoor Aquatic and Recreation Centre on their success and achievements over the 12 months to end of June 2006.

5.     Further discussions be held with interested Councillors to replace Councillor Steve Simat on the Board.

6.     Council write to congratulate and thank Councillor Ross Fowler for his 10 years service as Chairman of the Board of City of Penrith Regional Aquatic and Recreation Centre (Ripples).

 

Councillor Greg Davies left the meeting, the time being 7:37pm.

 

Councillor Greg Davies returned to the meeting, the time being 7:39pm.

 

Councillor Jim Aitken left the meeting, the time being 7:54pm.

 

Councillor Jim Aitken returned to the meeting, the time being 8:01pm.

 

Councillor Jim Aitken left the meeting, the time being 8:02pm.

 

Councillor Jim Aitken returned to the meeting, the time being 8:06pm.

 

3        Penrith Performing and Visual Arts Ltd - Annual Report and Board of Directors         

PRC 92  RECOMMENDED

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Penrith Performing and Visual Arts Ltd - Annual Report and Board of Directors be received.

2.     Councillor Pat Sheehy, Councillor Ross Fowler, Gillian Appleton, John Mullane and Cathryn Jarman be appointed to fill vacancies that occurred at the first Annual General Meeting of the Penrith Performing and Visual Arts Ltd.

3.     Council agree to underwrite the operation of Penrith Performing and Visual Arts Ltd until the presentation to Council of the Penrith Performing and Visual Arts Ltd Annual Report for 2006/07.

4.     Council congratulate the Board of Penrith Performing and Visual Arts Ltd on the success and achievements over the twelve months to the end of June 2006 at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre and Penrith Regional Gallery and Lewers Bequest.

 

Councillor Greg Davies left the meeting, the time being 8:16pm.

 

Councillor Greg Davies returned to the meeting, the time being 8:17pm.

 

Councillor John Thain left the meeting, the time being 8:30pm.

 

Councillor John Thain returned to the meeting, the time being 8:33pm.

 

Councillor Kevin Crameri left the meeting, the time being 8:41pm.

 

5        Glenmore Park Stage 2 Release Area Status - Owners: Stockland, Mulpha Norwest, Holicombe, Vienello, Mint Holdings                                                                                                       

PRC 93 RECOMMENDED

That:

1.     The information outlined in the report on Glenmore Park Stage 2 Release Area Status be received

2.     Pursuant to S.54 of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act, 1979, and Regulation, Council prepare and exhibit a draft Local Environmental Plan for the lands identified at Appendix 4 to this report for the purposes of adding a biodiversity corridor to the eastern extent of the release area.

3.     A Local Environmental Study is not required to be prepared for the draft Local Environmental Plan referred to in recommendation 2 above.

4.     A further report be provided to Council in early 2007 seeking endorsement to the exhibition of a draft LEP, DCP, S94 Plan and Planning Agreement.

5.     A memo be provided to all Councillors outlining the total area per person, or per household, of open recreation in this release area.  The memo is to compare this to Glenmore Park Stage 1 release area and the proposed development on the ADI site.

 

 

 

4        Castlereagh Cemetery and Crematoria Working Party meeting - 16 October 2006    

PRC 94  RECOMMENDED

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Castlereagh Cemetery and Crematoria Working Party meeting - 16 October 2006 be received.

2.     The Minister’s approval be sought to extend the purpose of the Cemetery Reserve from “cemetery” to “cemetery and crematoria”.

3.     A detailed Flora and Fauna assessment be undertaken (comparable to the “7-part test” required to accompany any Development Application), and the outcomes of that study be reported to the Working Party.

4.     An Internal Loan be sought for $20,000 being the estimated cost for the Flora and Fauna assessment.

 

6        Establish a Policy for the use of Telecommunications Access Fees                                

PRC 95  RECOMMENDED

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Establish a Policy for the use of Telecommunications Access Fees be received

2.     The Telecommunications Access Fee be utilised on the projects identified in the program listed for each sporting venue

3.     The Mark Leece field renovations and security fencing at Ridge Park be carried out.

 

The City In Its Environment

 

10      Penrith Overland Flow Flood "Overview" Study                                                             

PRC 96  RECOMMENDED

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Penrith Overland Flow Flood "Overview" Study be received.

2.     The “Penrith Overland Flow Flood ‘Overview Study’ prepared by Cardno Lawson Treloar Consultants be accepted.

3.     A further report be submitted to Council on the prioritised sub-catchments for detailed flood studies.

4.     A community consultation program be developed, initially for the rural areas, and for the urban areas as further studies are carried out.

5.     Council proceed towards formulation of Floodplain Risk Management Committee in line with the NSW Floodplain Development Manual.

6.     A further report be submitted to Council regarding a review of Council’s flood policy.

7.     S149(5) notations be applied to affected properties as outlined in this report.

 

The City as an Economy

 

7        Penrith Valley Economic Development Corporation- request for additional funding for the 2006-07 financial year                                                                                                                      

PRC 97  RECOMMENDED

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Penrith Valley Economic Development Corporation- request for additional funding for the 2006-07 financial year be received.

2.     The second funding instalment to the Corporation for $130,311 be endorsed

3.     Additional funding up to a value of $22,500 be listed for consideration as part of the September 06 financial review to be submitted to the Ordinary Council meeting of 20 November 2006

4.     The Corporation be requested to provide a detailed submission supporting additional recurrent funding to be considered as part of Council’s 2007-08 budget process and that the submission include plans for generating external sources of income.  This submission is to be presented to Council prior to the end of 2006.

 

Councillor Kevin Crameri returned to the meeting, the time being 8:47pm.

 

Councillor Greg Davies left the meeting, the time being 8:48pm, and did not return.

 

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8        Service Specification Program                                                                                           

PRC 98  RECOMMENDED

That:

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

2.     the specification for the Parks Construction Service be adopted.

 

 

9        Establishment of an Audit Committee                                                                               

PRC 99  RECOMMENDED

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Establishment of an Audit Committee be received.

2.     Council establish an Audit Committee.

3.     The draft Charter for the Audit Committee as attached to this Report be adopted.

4.     A letter be forwarded to the UWS and CPA Australia seeking a representative to sit on the Council’s Audit Committee.

5.     A further report be presented to the Council once the response from UWS and CPA Australia are received.

 

11      Policy on the Payment of Expenses and Provision of Facilities to the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Councillors                                                                                                                          

PRC 100  RECOMMENDED

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Policy on the Payment of Expenses and Provision of Facilities to the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Councillors be received

2.     The draft Policy on the Payment of Expenses and Provision of Facilities to the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Councillors be placed on public exhibition for 28 days as required by Section 253 of the Local Government Act 1993.

 

There being no further business the Chairperson declared the meeting closed the time being 8:50pm.

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That the recommendations contained in the Report and Recommendations of the Policy Review Committee meeting held on 13 November, 2006 be adopted.

 

 

 



 

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Leadership and Organisation

 

1        2006-2007 Management Plan - September Quarter Review 

  

The City as a Social Place

 

2        Naming of a park in Werrington Downs 

 

3        City Operations Directorate Report to end October 2006 

 

4        Draft Penrith Valley Community Safety Plan 2007-2010

 

5        Grant Application - 2006/2007 WSAAS Funding Round 

 

6        NSW Pre-School Investment and Reform Plan - Viability Funding 

 

7        Extensions & Alterations to Tamara Children's Centre, Hosking Street, Cranebrook - Tender 13-06/07 

 

8        Feasibility of a Botanic Garden in the City of Penrith 

 

The City In Its Environment

 

9        Greenhouse Purchasing Action Plan and Sustainable Purchasing Supply Policy 

 

10      Pesticide Notification Plan 

 

The City as an Economy

 

11      2007 Western Sydney Industry Awards 

 

The City Supported by Infrastructure

 

12      Rural Fire Service Vehicles and Equipment 

 

13      Parking Options in Penrith CBD 

 

Leadership and Organisation

 

14      Standard & Poors Credit Rating 

 

15      Summary of Investments & Banking for the period 1 October 2006 to 30 October 2006  

 

16      Service Specifications Program 

 

17      2005-2006 Annual Report 

 

18      2006 Local Government Association Conference 

 

19      Eco Procura Conference 2006 

 

 


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1        2006-2007 Management Plan - September Quarter Review 

 

 



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20 November 2006

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2006-2007 Management Plan - September Quarter 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  September Quarter progress report on Council's 2006-2007 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 Management Plan Progress Report for the period ending 30 September 2006 is presented tonight for Council’s consideration. A copy of the progress review documents is provided under separate cover.

 

This is the first quarterly review of Council’s 2006-2007 Management Plan, which is the second year of Council’s Strategic Plan for the City of Penrith 2005-2009, Penrith City: the Competitive Edge.

 

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

 

The General Manager’s report in the document includes comments on key results and issues arising over the first quarter of the year, as well as indicating the focus of organisational efforts for the remainder of 2006-2007.

Financial Position

The proposed year to date budget position is a surplus of $708,928, made up as follows:

 

September Review                                                                            $473,245

1st Quarter adjustments previously adopted by Council            $202,146

Original budget surplus                                                                      $  33,537

 

The review recommends a number of both positive and negative adjustments to the adopted budget. At the time of adoption of the 2006-2007 Management Plan, a number of key elements were estimates. Confirmation of these estimates has been received. Recent economic conditions have led to a number of additional variations to the original budget. The increase in the Financial Assistance Grant was reported to the Ordinary Meeting of 4 September 2006.

 

At this stage, it is not recommended that the surplus be allocated until the applicability of the recent Australian Fair Pay Commission decision to local government can be fully assessed.  If the Commission’s increase applies to Penrith City Council employees, then there will be a substantial call on Council’s general revenue for the remainder of this financial year and in future years. If this proves unnecessary, then there are a number of issues to which funds could be allocated and these are discussed by the Financial Services Manager in Part A of the review document.

 

The more significant variations include:

 

Financial Assistance Grant                                                                                   $236,000 F*

NSW Fire Brigade Contribution                                                                             $49,300 F

Rates Growth                                                                                                   $1,034,000 F

Workers Compensation Insurance                                                                      $(183,500) U

Savings on interest for loan borrowings                                                                   $72,500 F

Asset Management Income                                                                                 $(133,000) U

BA/DA Income                                                                              $(350,000) U

Budget adjustments                                                                                              $(16,300) U

(*F - favourable, U – unfavourable)

 

These, together with minor variations and reallocations, are discussed in detail in the Financial Services Manager’s report, in the summary review document.

 

There are two adjustments to planned capital works funded from s94 contributions and three revotes proposed for adoption this quarter:

 

§ The planned Erskine Park/Mamre Road Intersection construction will require a significant increase from the cost in the current S94 budget (up $1.4m to $4.4m). This has been built into a reviewed Section 94 plan, but the advancement of this is waiting on a biodiversity review being signed off by the Minister for Planning. It is proposed to return the majority of the allocated funds ($2.9m) to the S94 reserve, until the amended plan is approved, apart from $40,000 required to complete design and Construction Certificate approvals.

 

§ Construction of the Western Catchment Drainage ($3.7m) is to be combined with Erskine Park/Mamre Road Intersection construction to gain economies of scale and reduce the overall cost for the project. As it is dependent on the intersection construction, it is recommended that $90,800 be returned to the reserve, until the amended plan is approved by the Minister. $80,000 is estimated to complete design and Construction Certificate approvals this year.

 

§ The additions and alterations to Londonderry Neighbourhood Centre and Londonderry Park Amenities project is recommended for a revote of $783,000.  Following a review of the project’s milestones, the Working Party has, with the approval of the funding body, extended the original timelines.  The amended start date for works is proposed to be March 2007.

 

§ Two Property Development projects, 225-227 Queen St, St Marys (DOCS building) - $3.0m, and Cranebrook Shopping Centre extensions $3.5m, are also proposed for re-vote. The Queen St project has had a delayed start, due to a review of the feasibility of the project, and construction is now due to start in March 2007, with an expected completion date of March 2008. Half of the estimated building costs ($3.0m) are proposed to be re-allocated to 2007-2008. Progression of the Cranebrook Shopping Centre extensions requires the supermarket’s agreement to a new lease. The issues are complex and agreement in principle has been achieved but the detail is yet to be completed. A further report to Council on the project will be made once the agreement has been reached.

 

A Capital Expenditure Review has been lodged with the Department of Local Government to change the purpose of the provisionally approved loan funds for the Cranebrook Shopping Centre Extensions, no longer needed in the current year, to the property purchase at 118-120 Henry Street Penrith. At the Ordinary meeting 4 September 2006 Council endorsed the use of loan borrowings as a source of finance for the purchase. The Capital Expenditure Review has requested that loan funding of $2.0m be approved with the balance of the purchase price $0.5m funded from Property Reserve funds.

 

With these adjustments, the annual capital works program is expected to be completed by the end of the financial year. There are no projects where the recorded spending is materially higher than the officially adopted budget of the project.

Special Initiatives

The new 10-year special initiative, Asset Renewal and Established Areas (AREAS) Strategy, commenced on 1 July 2006. The AREAS funding from additional rate revenue approved by the Minister for Local Government, is for additional infrastructure renewal and public domain maintenance (which includes roads, buildings, graffiti removal and cleaning) as well as greater attention to the needs of our older neighbourhoods.

 

Council also continues to advance three 10-year special initiatives which commenced in 2002-2003, for which additional rate revenue was also 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 and the Annual Report. In addition, more detailed reports on key aspects of the programs are provided to Council by the relevant Managers at appropriate intervals during each year.

 

In the present review, the progress of these programs is reported within the normal format.

Management Plan Performance

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 report, 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 quarter.

 

§ ‘Part B’  ~  Performance and 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 Key Performance Indicators (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 Year to Date. Where actions have a life of more than one year, the report is on the progress within 2006-07 against the annual requirements of the item. The scheduling of the annual program (including some seasonal ongoing Services) is, of course, not necessarily even throughout the year. This is factored into the Managers’ activity plans and does not affect the performance ratings.

 

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

§ 152 (92%) of the Critical Actions were ‘On Target’ for completion of the planned annual program as at 30 September 2006 and 13 (8%) were marginal, needing extra attention (all items not on target have been reviewed with the General Manager and relevant Directors - commentary is provided in Part A of the review document)

§ All 28 Services with Management Plan KPIs were reported as being overall ‘On Target’

§ 38 Capital and Operating Projects (11.5%) were completed in the first quarter; of the remainder, 273 projects (82.5%) were ‘On Target’, 11 (3.3%) were marginal and 9 (2.7%) would not be delivered (these comprise the proposed revoted works noted above).

 

Those Critical Actions which were scheduled in Council’s Strategic Program to commence after 2006-2007 are identified in the report in Part B. These are not included in the performance ratings.

 

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]

Progress is on target for annual requirements/completion of the relevant action. Normally indicates completion of 90%+ of the scheduled requirements Year To Date.

*

[Amber]

Progress is marginal and extra attention is needed. Normally indicates completion of 75%-89% of the scheduled requirements Year To Date.

*

[Red]

Progress is not on target and requirement may not be delivered. This should be addressed by the Manager’s commentary. Performance is normally rated as less than 75% of the scheduled requirements Year To Date.

Text Box: C

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

Amendments to Management Plan Tasks

To deliver the annual requirements of Critical Actins, Council has adopted in the Management Plan a more detailed set of Tasks. Two amendments are proposed to tasks through this review:

§ Arising from Council’s recent consideration of the Community Participation Manual, the wording of Task 30.4B2 within Issue 30 Governance has been strengthened to read Progressively incorporate the requirements of Council’s Community Participation Policy and Manual into staff training programs.

§ The opportunity has also been taken to correct an administrative error in the wording of Task 7.2D within Issue 7 Community Well Being and Social Justice. The wording of the Task is currently Negotiate with other partners to develop and implement a program of cooperative marketing activities. It should however read Report to the Department of Local Government about responses to the mandatory target groups.

Conclusion

The Review indicates substantial progress to meeting Council’s challenging annual program. In keeping with Council’s established practice the General Manager and Chief Financial Officer will not make a presentation at this time. Formal presentations are made at the mid-year and end of year reviews. The opportunity is, however, available for Council tonight to seek clarification or elaboration on particular matters in any section of the Progress Report.

 

The review documents 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.

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on the 2006-2007 Management Plan - September Quarter Review be received.

2.     The 2006-2007 Management Plan Review as at 30 September 2006, including the revised estimates identified in the recommended budget, be adopted.

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

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

There are no attachments for this report.


 

 

The City in its Broader Context

 

 

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Item                                                                                                                                       Page

 

2        Naming of a park in Werrington Downs 

 

3        City Operations Directorate Report to end October 2006 

 

4        Draft Penrith Valley Community Safety Plan 2007-2010

 

5        Grant Application - 2006/2007 WSAAS Funding Round 

 

6        NSW Pre-School Investment and Reform Plan - Viability Funding 

 

7        Extensions & Alterations to Tamara Children's Centre, Hosking Street, Cranebrook - Tender 13-06/07 

 

8        Feasibility of a Botanic Garden in the City of Penrith 

 

 



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The City as a Social Place

 

 

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Naming of a park in Werrington Downs   

 

Compiled by:                 Wendy Marks, Parks Administration Officer

Authorised by:              Raphael Collins, Parks Construction & Maintenance Manager  

Requested By:             Councillor Lexie Cettolin

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

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

     

Purpose:

To seek Council's endorsement for the naming of the park on Brookfield Avenue in Werrington Downs to 'Jim Anderson Park'.  The report recommends that an application be made to the Geographical Names Board for official gazetting.

 

Background

The public reserve bounded by Brookfield Avenue, Greenbank Drive, Parkside Avenue and Bungalow Parade, Werrington Downs is at present unnamed.  Councillor Cettolin has received a request from local residents to have the park named after the late State Member for Londonderry, Mr Jim Anderson.

 

The Geographical Names Board (GNB) requires all naming proposals to meet the following criteria:

 

·    The use of a person’s name for park names should normally only be given posthumously;

·    The name honours a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the community;

·    Council agrees to the proposed name.

 

Once an application for naming is submitted to the GNB, the remaining process involves 10 steps.  One of these includes the public exhibition of the proposed naming.  The entire process takes approximately eight to ten months.

Proposed Name

Jim Anderson was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland on 8 August 1943, and immigrated to Australia in 1966 with his wife Kathleen, settling in Rooty Hill in Sydney’s western suburbs.  He commenced his working life in Australia as a sheet metal worker, and later as a representative with the AMP Insurance Company.  He joined the Roads and Traffic Authority in 1978 and worked for the Authority until 1994.  He was naturalised as an Australian citizen in 1991. 

 

Jim was a man with a commitment to the ideals of social justice, and this was a conviction that he took with him into the role of community leadership, first as a Councillor with Blacktown City Council, serving a four-year term as Mayor, and then as a member of the NSW Parliament, to which he was elected as Member for St Marys in 1995.  He was Member for Londonderry until his death on 22 March 2003.

 

He made a significant contribution to his community.  He was patron of numerous sporting clubs, and worked closely with Council to bring local issues to the attention of leaders at a State Government level.  His knowledge of local government gave him a great knowledge and appreciation of the needs and significance of local government, and assisted him to become an effective advocate for his electorate and the area generally.

 

Jim was a tireless worker for the people he represented, and was committed to getting results on their behalf.

Conclusion

Considering Jim Anderson’s significant contribution to the local community, it seems appropriate to name the park on Brookfield Avenue, Werrington Downs in his honour.  His family fully support this naming proposal.

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Naming of a park in Werrington Downs be received.

2.     Council endorse the naming of the park bounded by Brookfield Avenue, Greenbank Drive, Parkside Avenue and Bungalow Parade, Werrington Downs to ‘Jim Anderson Park’ and make application to the Geographical Names Board for the official gazetting.

3.     Following gazettal, an official naming ceremony be held at the park.

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

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Location map of park to be named in Werrington Downs

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Appendix

 


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Appendix 1 - Location map of park to be named in Werrington Downs

 

 

 


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City Operations Directorate Report to end October 2006   

 

Compiled by:                 Joanne Robertson, AM Secretary

Authorised by:              David Burns, Acting Director - City Operations   

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

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

     

Purpose:

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

 

Background

ASSET MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT

 

Civil Operations

 

PROGRAM

 

STATUS REPORT

 

 

 

Urban Drainage Construction Program

Expenditure to Date:

Budget Estimate:

$7,176

$380,000

Pit and pipe crossing work in progress in Bromley Road, Emu Plains

 

Kerb & Gutter Program

Expenditure to Date:

Budget Estimate:

$73,569

$453,000

Kerb and gutter work completed in Bromley Road, Emu Plains.

 

Roads Reconstruction Program

Expenditure to Date:

Budget Estimate:

$861,710

$2,723,896

Road and drainage construction works in The Kingsway, St Marys are completed. Pedestrian footpath to be constructed. All three pedestrian bridges at Dukes Oval, Emu Plains are completed.

 

                    

       Pedestrian Bridge Construction                                                             Road Rehabilitation

Dukes Oval, Emu Plains                                                                      Luddenham Road

Rural Road Widening Program

Expenditure to Date:

Budget Estimate:  

$49,539

$156,000

Luddenham Road pavement stabilisation and asphalt wearing surface works have been completed.

 

Lambridge Estate Drainage

Expenditure to Date:

Budget Estimate:

$1,879,974

$3,774,000

Kerb and gutter work in Camden Street and Gorden Street completed. Pits and lintel works are in progress. 

 

National Blackspot Program

Expenditure to Date:

Budget Estimate:

$27,829

$137,000

Draft designs and community consultation have been completed for the proposed traffic facilities at Castlereagh Street and Jamison Road and Lethbridge and Doonmore Street, Penrith. Design for the traffic facilities at Castlereagh and High Street, Penrith completed and endorsed for construction.

 

Path Paving Program

Expenditure to Date:

Budget Estimate:

$313,837

$750,000

Works have been completed on Bringelly Road, Kingswood, Shaw Street and Cam Street, Cambridge Park, Ellim Place and Aldebaran Street, Cranebrook, Saddington Street and Brock Avenue, St Marys and Fleming Street, Colyton. Works are in progress in Magnolia Street,    North St Marys, Capella Street and Swallow Drive, Erskine Park.

 

Dunheved Road/Greenbank Drive

Expenditure to Date:

Budget Estimate:

$827,700

$848,247

Erection of additional street lighting work completed at the intersection of Francis Street and Dunheved Road. Inspection by Integral Energy is currently in progress.

 

Operational Activities

Road maintenance continues in accordance with priorities identified from regular precinct inspections, based upon Auspec # 4.

 

Heavy patching teams are currently carrying out the necessary major repairs for the road resurfacing program.

 

Concrete maintenance teams have assisted in drainage pit construction and kerb and gutter preparation work at Lambridge Estate, Penrith. Other concrete teams have carried out maintenance and utility restorations works within Penrith LGA.

 

Other recurrent programmed maintenance activities, including street sweeping, public domain maintenance, installation and maintenance of street furniture and signs, litter patrol, footpath cleaning, road and drainage maintenance continue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asset Systems

Roads to Recovery Programme 2006/2007

Kerb and gutter repairs are in progress in Canberra St between Sydney St and Melbourne St.

 

A total of 18,000sqm (0.23% of Council’s road network) has been resurfaced under this program in 2006/2007.

 

Supplementary Roads to Recovery Program

The following roads have been resurfaced ,since the previous report, under the Supplementary Roads to Recovery program:

 

·    Adelaide St, St Marys (Glossop St to Sydney St)

·    Duncan Cl, Glenmore Park (entire length)

·    Dutba Cl, Glenmore Park (entire length)

·    Jillark Cl, Glenmore Park (entire length)

·    Jirang Pl, Glenmore Park (entire length)

·    Lady Jamison Dr, Glenmore Park (Floribunda Ave to No. 45)

·    Silvereye Cl, Glenmore Park (entire length)

 

A total of 14,600 sqm (0.18% of Council’s road network) has been resurfaced to date under this program in 2006/2007.

 

Road Resheeting/Resealing Programme

The following roads have been resurfaced since the previous report under the Road resheeting / resealing program:

 

·    Canberra St, St Marys (Australia St to Sydney St)

·    Carleen Cr, Werrington (entire length)

·    Deslie Ave, Werrington (entire length)

·    Downing Ave, Cambridge Gardens (entire length)

·    Gazelle Pl, Werrington (entire length)

·    Impala Ave, Werrington (entire length)

·    Lack Pl, Werrington (entire length)

·    Reindeer Pl, Werrington (entire length)

·    Roebuck Rd, Werrington (entire length)

 

A total of 69,000sqm (1.01%) of the road network has been resurfaced to date with asphaltic concrete during 2006/07.

 

Repair works are in progress for the 2006/07 road programs. A total of 770m of kerb and gutter, and 12,300sqm of road pavement, has been repaired to date, for the 2006/2007 road resurfacing program.

 

 

 

Audits/Inspections

The twenty-first round of Ausspec 4 (routine maintenance inspections) has now commenced and is 50% complete. The majority of defects identified during the inspection were minor potholes and pavement failures. Pothole repairs are in progress as per set response times.

 

Community Safety

The draft Penrith Valley Community Safety Plan has been finalised, and is the subject of a separate report in tonight’s business paper. 

 

Development Engineering

The following developer constructed assets were accepted:

 

·  Lenore Drive, Erskine Park –Subdivision road and drainage works

·  Second & Tenth Avenue, Berkshire Park- Subdivision road and drainage works.

 

Construction Certificates were issued for the engineering works associated with the following developments:

 

· Power St, North St Marys, drainage works

· Oxford St, Cambridge Park drainage works.

 

The following Construction Certificates issued by Private Certifiers were notified for this period:

 

· Littlefields Rd, Mulgoa subdivision road and drainage works.

 

Inspections were carried out on the engineering works for the following developments:

 

·  Simeon Road, Orchard Hills, Road and drainage works

·  Shepherd Street Colyton, Road and drainage works

·  Regentville Road, Jamisontown - drainage works

·   Swanston and Collins Street, St Marys Subdivision roads and drainage works

·   David Road, Emu Plains Industrial Subdivision road and drainage works

·   Camelia Ave, Glenmore Park road and drainage works

·   Caddens Road Claremont Meadows Subdivision roads and drainage works.

 

Traffic

The Local Traffic Committee (LTC), at its meeting 9 October 2006, considered fifteen items on traffic and road safety issues.  The recommendations of the Local Traffic Committee have been considered and adopted by Council, at its meeting on 23 October 2006.  The traffic impact of eleven development application referrals have been assessed from 1 October to 31 October 2006.

 

Investigation and analysis of other traffic and road safety issues received, including footpath requests and determination of speed profiles in nominated locations, are being carried out as required.

 

Community consultation for the 2006/2007 Auslink National Blackspot Program has been completed.  The Local Traffic Committee has recommended that all projects be finalised for construction.

 

 

Road Safety

Child Restraint Checking Days

Two free Child Restraint Checking Days were conducted during September and October. Inspections were carried out by an authorised fitter in order to identify and adjust any unsafe fittings.  A total of twenty-seven (27) vehicles attended with thirty-six (36) restraints checked. Three (3) vehicles were found to have restraints that could not be corrected at all.  The Checking Days have been a successful partnership between Council and 4WD Megastore Penrith, who donate their time to carry out the inspections.  Further Child Restraint Checking Days will be held in 2007, due to the popularity of the program. 

 

Graduated Licensing Scheme Workshops

Two workshops were conducted during September and October for parents and supervisors of Learner drivers.  A total of thirty-one (31) people attended the workshops, to receive advice on how to supervise a Learner driver, the benefits of driving practice, and instruction on completing the Learner log book.  Further workshops are scheduled for early 2007.

 

Operation Eggshell

The second phase of Operation Eggshell is now complete with fifteen (15) helmets distributed in this period.  The program received media coverage in the Local Government Focus and an internal NSW Police Publication.  Operation Eggshell Phase III is planned, and will specifically be targeting teenagers 13-16 years of age.

 

International Centre for the Prevention (ICPC) 6th Annual Colloquium

A presentation on the Responsible Driver Program was given at the International Centre for the Prevention (ICPC) 6th Annual Colloquium as part of the “Working with Offenders” stream.  The feedback received was very positive, with some audience members already familiar with the program.  A number of enquiries have also been received, after the presentation, requesting more detailed information on the program from organisations contemplating a similar program.

 

Taxi Voucher Scheme

Licensed venues throughout the Penrith Local Government Area have been invited to participate in the Taxi Voucher Scheme for 2006.  A total of twenty-two (22) venues are staying with the program, with an additional venue participating for the first time this year.  The feedback from venues and taxi drivers is very positive, and has contributed to increased safety for drivers, as well as encouraged alternate transport options for patrons.  In-venue advertising and paid media advertising will again promote the program throughout the busy festive season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BUILDING SERVICES DEPARTMENT

 

Maintenance Works for October 2006

The Building Services Department received 636 maintenance requests for the month of

October 2006. Out of these, 350 were for graffiti removal.  Council staff removed graffiti from buildings on 350 occasions during the month October 2006.

 

Building Projects

Ø Erskine Park Child Care Centre Extensions

·    Work completed on 18 October 2006-11-06

·    Rainwater tanks to be installed

 

Ø Jamison Park Netball Extensions

·    Work commenced

·    Slab poured

·    Brickwork commenced

 

Ø Samuel Marsden Baseball Amenities

·    Brickwork completed

·    Roofing completed

·    Tiling commenced

·    Structural steel for awning being fabricated

 

Ø Penrith Regional Gallery

·    Work to Lewers house completed

·    Work to Anchor House and Covered Way underway

·    External works taking place

·    Due for completion 17 November 2006

 

Ø CWA Alterations & Additions

·    Tenders advertised on 29 August 2006 and closed on 26 September 2006

·    Currently being assessed

 

 

Ø Queen Street St Marys – Office Building

·    Tenders currently being assessed

 

Ø Tamara Children’s Centre – Alteration & Additions

·    Tenders closed 24 October 2006

·    Tenders being assessed

 

 

PARKS CONSTRUCTION & MAINTENANCE DEPARTMENT

 

Construction

Hickey’s Lane Junior Rugby League Field

The Brothers Junior Rugby League Club will be using Hickey’s Lane at the start of the 2007 season.  The Club wishes to undertake some improvements to one of the fields, which mainly involves levelling a section of the senior field.  The work will be carried out by the Club at their expense.  Parks staff are assisting with the survey of the field.

 

The irrigation system at Hickey’s Lane needs to be rewired, this work being carried out at the same time as the levelling operation by a irrigation contractor.

 

Underground Water Bores

The test bore drilling at most of the sites in Emu Plains has been carried out.  The groundwater program will now move into the pump testing phase.  The testing has significantly less impact than the drilling.  The water testing at Koloona Reserve will start on 15 November, and will run for approximately one month.

 

There is still more drilling required at River Road Reserve, but that has been deferred until January.

 

Jamison Park No 5

Jamison Park No 5 has been a cricket oval for summer use and has had no winter use.  A project this year is to carry out work on the western side of field number 5, to create a rugby league field for the junior rugby league representative team to train on.  There has been a sport and recreation Grant submitted for this project.

 

Work to extend the play surface, to accommodate the area required for a rugby league field, has been completed.  Further work, including provision of flood lighting cannot be carried out until Council receives notification regarding the Grant application.

 

Werrington Lake

Werrington Lake has had a variety of signs erected over the years.  There was no conformity and the majority of these signs had been subject to vandalism/graffiti.  To lift the standard of this wonderful asset, the signage has been replaced using recycled plastic, including park name signs at 3 locations.  Regulatory signs are now using international symbols on recycled plastic bollards.  This approach to signage promotes recycling, is visually pleasing and discourages graffiti.

 

 

Dugout Shelters at Greygums Oval

Council recently approved a voted works project for the erection of dug out shelters for the AFL at Greygums Oval.  These shelters have now been erected.  The main feature of these shelters is the use of expanded metal mesh sides to discourage graffiti.

 

Maintenance

The cleanup from the wind storm on 24 September 2006 has now been completed.  The trees and branches collected have also been mulched by Council’s Contractor.

 

The playing field maintenance program has been completed.  Several clubs have approached Council for additional work.  This is being arranged mostly with contributions from those clubs.

 

All the top dressing material used by Council this year and in previous years has been from a recycled organic (green waste) source.  Apart from improving Council’s playing field surfaces the use of this material will have the long term benefit of reducing water demand and is also sustainable.

 

Summer mowing schedules have commenced with the arrival of the warmer weather.  The parks are in desperate need of rain.

 

Tree maintenance demand continues to increase as the effects of the drought deepen.  A program to replace some of the large Eucalyptus street trees throughout the City has commenced.  Quotations to remove the initial higher priority trees have been called, and it is anticipated that this work will be carried out at the end of November.  Funds for this work are included in the current Parks budget for contract tree removal.

 

Bushland Management

The bush regeneration staff have continued maintenance works at Tench Reserve and Werrington Creek.

 

At Tench Reserve, the main focus of work has been maintaining areas where previous work has been undertaken by hand weeding, spraying and mowing. In addition, possum boxes and bird boxes have been installed along the River edges to provide habitat for native fauna.

 

At Werrington Creek, intensive work has been undertaken controlling the weed vines Madeira vine, Cat’s claw creeper and Bridal Veil creeper. These are all ‘difficult to control’ weeds, however the time taken to control them now should minimise maintenance along the creek banks in future years.

 

 

Apple Gum Reserve

The contract to remove large African Olive trees at Apple Gum Reserve in Glenmore Park has been completed.

 

Peppermint Reserve

In Peppermint Reserve, Kingswood, there has been a predominance of the noxious weed Mother of Millions. Hawkesbury River County Council has recently successfully sprayed it. This measure will save hours of manual work by volunteers, who can concentrate on removing other weeds from the Reserve.

 

 

      

Mother of Millions in flower                                      Mother of Millions after being sprayed

 

Clissold Reserve

Volunteer work in October consisted of some planting, maintenance and watering of plants. Concern by a local resident about potential bushfires triggered Council staff to spread piles of dead Lantana in order to dissipate fuel loads. 

 

Jamison Creek

An area near the creek, infested with Blackberry and Crofton weed, was sprayed two months earlier. The dead weed was then cleared and 800 wetland plants have been planted adjacent to the Creek. This method (spray, clear and plant) will be continued in the next few months, moving up the creek. The aim is to replace invasive weeds with native plants, at the same time minimising erosion potential. Areas away from the creek edges were planted with shrub and tree species.

 

 

 

 

WASTE & COMMUNITY PROTECTION DEPARTMENT

 

Ranger & Animal Services

 

Rangers conducted weight limited road enforcement at Coreen Avenue, Penrith and Seventh Avenue, Llandilo.  Enforcement on these roads has become an effective deterrent to drivers of heavy vehicles.

 

Rangers provide an ongoing program of removing posters from telegraph poles throughout the City.

 

Inspection of properties with declared dangerous and restricted breed dogs commenced. Owners of declared dangerous dogs were required to comply with updated control requirements in accordance with the Companion Animal legislation, a copy of this having been issued to them in February 2006.  All owners of declared dangerous and restricted breed dogs have been previously notified of these requirements. 

 

An “i-mate K-JAM” mobile phone has been purchased to assist Animal Services staff in downloading information from the Companion Animals Register website whilst in the field.  This is especially useful for obtaining information when officers are on after-hours call-outs, and aids in returning registered companion animals to their owners.

 

In October 2006 the Penrith Star commenced an initiative where 12 pound animals are advertised.  Council supports this promotion through providing editorial comment on responsible companion animal ownership and local business sponsor each animal advertisement.  It is expected that this program will heighten community awareness as to how many stray animals are currently seeking a new home, the location of our local pound, the importance of microchipping and desexing companion animals, and other important companion animal ownership issues.  During October, all 12 animals advertised were successfully re-homed.

 

Regional Illegal Dumping Squad

The RID Squad investigated 40 new illegal dumping incidents in the Penrith City Council area during October.  Investigation of the incidents resulted in 13 Penalty Infringement Notices, totalling $6,450.00 being issued.  These included:

 

6 x Transport waste to place not lawful facility for that waste (individual)

4 x Deposit litter from vehicle

2 x Deposit litter

1 x Pollute Waters.

 

Cases of interest

Blaikie Road, Regentville

During a regular patrol of the Regentville area, several separate incidents were identified where waste had been illegally dumped adjacent to a track on privately owned vacant land.

 

Incident No. 1

A load of waste was discovered dumped under transmission lines on the vacant land. Material was discovered in the waste that identified Mr Sam Burke, a Regentville resident, as the person responsible. Mr Burke was directed to clean up the waste and, on 28 July 2006, was issued with a $750.00 Penalty Notice for the offence.

 

 

The waste was cleaned up by Mr Burke and the Penalty Notice fine paid on 30 August 2006.

 

Incident No. 2

This load of waste was discovered beside a track on the same parcel of vacant land. Material was discovered in the waste that identified Mr Lorry Saliba, a Glenmore Park resident, as the owner of the waste and the person responsible for the offence.

 

Mr Saliba was directed to clean up the waste and, on 29 August 2006, was issued with a $750.00 Penalty Notice for the offence.

 

 

The waste was cleaned up by Mr Saliba and the Penalty Notice fine paid on 26 September 2006.

 

Incident No. 3

This load of waste was also discovered beside a track on the same parcel of vacant land. Material was discovered in the waste that identified Mr Geoffery Nelson, a South Penrith resident, as the owner of the waste and the person responsible for the offence.

 

Mr Nelson was directed to clean up the waste and, on 12 October, was issued with a $750.00 Penalty Notice for the offence.

 

 

The waste was cleaned up by Mr Nelson and the Penalty Notice fine paid on 27 October 2006.

 

Incident No. 4

This load of waste was discovered on vacant Crown land adjacent to Firetrail Road, Londonderry. Material was discovered in the waste that identified Mr Joseph Cullen, a North Richmond resident, as the owner of the waste and the person responsible for the offence.

 

Mr Cullen was given a verbal direction to clean up the waste and, on 8 August 2006, was issued with a $750.00 Penalty Notice for the offence.

 

 

 

The Penalty Notice fine was paid by Mr Cullen on 30 August 2006.

 

Penrith Rural Fire Service

Penrith Volunteers attended 78 emergency calls during October.  These included:

 

27   Grass and bush fires

7     Serious motor vehicle accidents

7     Car fires

15   Rubbish fires

9     Alarm calls

10   False alarm calls

2     Calls to power lines down

1     Spills

1     Call to a cat stuck up a tree.

 

With the lack of rain, grass fires increased during the month of October 2006, and though there has been some rain it is still a concern for the upcoming summer months, with a large fire burning in the Warragamba catchments.

 

The training group held a four wheel driving course, at which 15 volunteers were given four wheel driver training, with all participants passing the course.

 

The Cumberland Zone National Medal and Long Service Awards presentation was held on 29 October 2006, at the Castlereagh Community Hall. Nine recipients were awarded on the day, with awards being presented by The Hon Allan Shearan, Member for Londonderry, and Chief Superintendent Mick Beltran, Manager Region East NSW Rural Fire Service.

The Cumberland Zone Rural Fire Service National Medal and Long Service Awards Presentation

held on 29 October 2006

 

Penrith SES

October brought some strong rains and winds to the Penrith Local Government Area, and this resulted in the State Emergency Service receiving calls for assistance, including:

 

·    On 5 October, Penrith SES responded to a request for assistance to a resident who had a large branch that had broken off and fallen on a neighbour’s house.  The branch was cut up and temporary repairs carried out to the roof of the home.

 

·    On 15 October, the NSW Fire Brigades asked for assistance with cutting up a burnt tree that had fallen across two garages of homes. 

 

·    On 18 October, the area experienced some strong winds and there was a call for a palm tree that had fallen on a house.  This was cut up and temporary repairs carried out to the home.

 

·    On 25 October, there was a call from an elderly resident who had a branch down in the backyard, from the storm on 24 September.  The branch was cut up and moved to  the front of the home for removal by others.

 

·    On Saturday 28 October, a willy willy wind in the Cranebrook area damaged the roofs of five homes in the area, pulling tiles off roofs and throwing them around.  Penrith SES carried out temporary repairs to these homes.

 

·    The following day, Sunday 29 October, Penrith SES received a call for assistance from Leonay where a branch had fallen on power lines to a home.  Integral Energy isolated the power and State Emergency Service volunteers dropped the branch to the ground and cut it up.

 

Total hours for the month of October 2006, including maintenance, training, operations and administration were 4,041 hours, with 53 of these being operational hours.

 

 

 

 

Waste Services

 

Waste Education

 

Specific Litter Education Activities

 

Personal butt bins are available free of charge to smokers at the Civic Centre, Queen Street Centre, St Marys Swimming Centre and 17 community centres across the local government area.

 

A ‘Litter in our environment’ talk and activity was conducted with children at Kindana Child Care Centre on 11/10/06.

 

Community Waste Education Activities

 

A waste minimisation, recycling, composting and worm farming display was held at the Civic Centre and Queen Street Centre.

 

The ‘Can Do’ Steel Can recycling competition was advertised in local newspapers at the beginning of October, with the closing date being 20 October 2006.  The competition was drawn at Cleanaway Blacktown on 23 October.  The winners were contacted by phone ,and invited to the presentation held at Council’s Civic Centre during National Recycling Week, on 6 November 2006.  This competition is a joint partnership between Council, Cleanaway and VISY Recycling, supported by Bunnings Warehouse, Old Leura Dairy and Cansmart.

 

Meetings have been held with Centre Management of St Clair Shopping Centre, Glenmore Park Town Centre, Centro Nepean, Centro Lennox, Cranebrook Shopping Centre, Erskine Park Shopping Centre, Southlands, St Marys Station Plaza and Werrington County Shopping Centre, regarding a ‘Say NO to plastic bags’ project to be held in early 2007.

 

Twenty-six residents have participated in the Spring Earthworks program so far, with composting and worm farming workshops being held at St Clair, and composting workshops being held at Kingswood.  Workshops will continue to be held throughout November.

 

 

School & Other Children’s Group Waste Education

Education sessions were held at:

·    The Kids Place Child Care Centre (04/10/06)

·    Kindana Child Care Centre (11 & 12/10/06)

 

A Recycling Relay activity was held for about 300 Year 5 students from Cambridge Park, Emu Plains, Kingswood, North St Marys and Werrington Public Schools, at the Penrith Enviro Adventure, on 26 October 2006, at Werrington Lakes.

 

Education sessions are scheduled for

·    Cooinda Child Care Centre (02/11/06)

·    Glenmore Park Before & After School Care Centre (08/11/06)

·    Orchard Hills Preparatory School (24/11/06)

 

Home composting and worm farm

3 compost bins were sold during October.

3 worm farms were sold during October.

15 compost bins and 14 worm farms have been sold YTD.

 

Advertising Activities

Displays held in the Civic Centre Foyer and Queen Street Centre promoted waste avoidance, recycling, home composting and waste service options.

 

The ‘Can Do’ competition was advertised in the Penrith Press, St Marys Standard and Western Weekender.

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That the information contained in the report on City Operations Directorate Report to end October 2006, be received.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

There are no attachments for this report.


Ordinary Meeting

20 November 2006

The City as a Social Place

 

 

The City as a Social Place

 

 

4

Draft Penrith Valley Community Safety Plan 2007-2010   

 

Compiled by:                 Yvonne Perkins, Community Safety Coordinator

Terry McGivern, Community Safety Officer

Authorised by:              David Burns, Acting Director - City Operations   

Strategic Program Term Achievement: A community safety plan, building on a partnership with police, the community and other stakeholders is in place and supported by Council’s programs.

Critical Action: Maintain and implement a Community Safety Plan for the City with the aid of relevant stakeholders that responds to current prioritised issues.

     

Purpose:

To advise Council on the development of the Draft Penrith Valley Community Safety Plan 2007-2010.  The report recommends that the information contained in the report on the development of the Draft Penrith Valley Community Safety Plan 2007-2010 be received.

The report also recommends that Council support the exhibition of the Draft Penrith Valley Community Safety Plan, during the period 24th November 2006 to 21st December 2006, and that a further report be submitted to Council advising of the public comment received during the exhibition period, and seeking approval to submit the Penrith Valley Community Safety Plan 2007-2010 to the NSW Attorney General for its endorsement as a Community Safety Compact.

 

Background

The original Community Safety Plan, covering the period of December 2002 to December 2006, was wide-ranging with strategies across five key areas.  A major aim of the initial Plan was to introduce the concept of Community Safety to the Penrith Local Government Area. 

 

Community Safety was a relatively new function to Local Government at the time of the development of the first Plan. It was important to highlight to the community how, through their own actions, they could improve the amenity, well-being and safety of their local community.  Examples of these actions include reporting directly to Council, Police or public utilities when:

 

·    street lighting is not working

·    graffiti incidents occur

·    there is vandalism to street signage and other infrastructure

·    antisocial behaviour occurs in local neighbourhoods

·    vehicle misuse occurs, eg burnouts.

 

Other simple self-help actions included promotions and education on how to:

 

·    protect vehicles by removing valuables and locking their cars

·    host safer celebrations

·    increase personal safety when out and about on foot

·    trim vegetation to provide better passive surveillance opportunities

·    improve safety and security around the home.

 

A number of Community Safety strategies implemented over the life of the initial Plan  are now “core business” across a number of Council functions.  These include:

 

·    Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design  - Development Control Plan

·    Police Protocol for assessment of Development Applications

·    Development and implementation of a Public Domain Lighting Policy

·    Development of a City-wide Graffiti Minimisation Strategy (ongoing)

·    Establishment of Public Domain Maintenance Units.

 

Major Regional and City-wide projects have also been implemented, and funded by the Crime Prevention Division of the NSW Attorney General’s Department, including the establishment of a Domestic Violence web site, Penrith Plaza Shopping Centre Protocol and Cranebrook Streetwork Project. 

 

The significance of Community Safety within the community is now understood across the Penrith Local Government Area, and a range of Community Safety initiatives have been implemented, providing ongoing support and education to the community.

 

Current Situation

The Crime Prevention Division of the NSW Attorney General’s Department has provided a comprehensive guide for the development of Crime Prevention Plans.  Some helpful and relevant information from the guide, that has been utilised in the development of the Plan, particularly regarding development of options or solutions, is quoted below.

 

“Developing a Local Crime Prevention Plan: Deciding What to Do.

Having identified the problems, it is time to make decisions about what action to take.  This can be approached by dividing the job into manageable steps as follows:

 

Prioritise problems

It is usually unwise to try to tackle every problem as once.  This would spread resources too thinly and too little will be done to make a difference.  It is necessary to select the problems which are seen as most urgent.  Sometimes priorities will be agreed by everyone. Where there are different views about the problem to address, it may be appropriate to give priority to the viewpoint of groups who are most vulnerable to the crime and fear.  Usually, no more than 3-4 priorities should be selected for each year.

 

Identifying options (solutions)

Having decided on the priority problems to be addressed, it will be necessary to identify possible ways of resolving them.  Action might be focused on particular areas such as housing area or town centre or on the specific situation where crime occurs such as a car park or shopping centre.  It may be directed at diverting potential offenders away from those areas, securing potential targets or helping those at risk to avoid becoming victims.  Success may depend on planning several measures in combination.  The best and quickest way to identify options is to find out what has worked well elsewhere.  This can be done by consulting published guidance, the Crime Prevention Division and other sources.”

 

The information goes on to outline more advice on the preparation of the Plan, and discusses community consultation, exhibition of the draft Plan, and the development of an action plan.  

 

The Penrith Valley Community Safety Plan 2007-2010 - Format

The Plan has been prepared by Penrith City Council and key crime prevention partners, Penrith and St Marys Police and the Penrith Valley Community Safety Partnership.  Residents, community organisations, Government service providers, and the business community contributed to the development of the Plan, during the consultation phase which is detailed later in this report.

 

The Plan consists of two main parts as follows:

 

Part 1. Community Safety Policy

 

This part consists of the following separate sections:

 

·    Introduction

·    Commitment to Community Safety

·    Penrith Valley Community Safety Partnership

·    Description of the Penrith Valley and Socio-Demographic Information

·    Crime Profile

·    Community Consultation

·    Community Safety Plan Review (2002-2006)

·    Evaluation.

 

Part 2. Community Safety Action Plan

 

·    Selection of appropriate strategies for the Penrith LGA

·    Identification of Priority Issues, Objectives and Actions.

 

Consultation Phase

The development of the Draft Plan included a round of consultations, interviews, surveys and focus groups.  The consultations commenced at Council’s August 2006 Open Day with over 200 surveys being completed.  Since that time, 508 survey forms have been completed in total at various locations, including the Civic Centre and St Marys Council offices, Penrith and Branch libraries, and Neighbourhood Centres and Youth Services across the city. 

 

Three survey/questionnaire formats were distributed.  One was seeking feedback from Penrith residents, one sought feedback from all schools across the City, and the other was prepared to gather data from the Penrith business community.  The surveys were designed to seek information on real and perceived crime and community safety issues.

 

Approximately 70 community organisations, or government service providers, responded or participated in the consultation phase.

 

Selection of Priority Issues and Objectives

During the consultation phase, people were asked to identify the key crime and community safety issues that impacted on themselves, their organisations, or their client groups.  Perceptions of crime or fear of crime issues were also canvassed during the consultations.

People were also asked to prioritise the key crime and community safety issues that they had identified, and to suggest proposed solutions to address the prioritised issues raised. This information was examined, in conjunction with data provided by Penrith & St Marys Police, and the crime statistics for the Penrith Local Government Area.

The priority issues identified by the community were largely reflective of the existing and emerging crime trends discussed at the Penrith Valley Community Safety Partnership and the PACT (Police Accountability Team) meetings over the past twelve months.

 

The priority issues identified and recommended to form the “Community Safety Action Plan” component of the Draft Penrith Valley Community Safety Plan 2007-2010 are:

 

Priority Issue: Concerns for Safety

Objective: To enhance Community & Personal Safety to Targeted groups in the Penrith Local Government Area.

 

Priority Issue: Domestic Violence

Objective: To reduce, and raise awareness of, Domestic Violence in the Penrith Local Government Area.

 

Priority Issue: Assault (other than Domestic Violence)

Objective: To improve the level of safety in targeted locations.

 

Priority Issue: Malicious Damage

Objective: To reduce malicious damage in the Penrith Local Government Area.

 

Priority Issue: Harassment and Antisocial Behaviour

Objective: To promote responsible behaviour in public spaces.

 

Priority Issue: Steal from and Theft of Motor Vehicles

Objective: To reduce the opportunity to benefit from the theft of or from a motor vehicle.

 

Priority Issue: Break and Enter Offences

Objective: To reduce the risk and impact of break and enters across the City.

A copy of the Draft Penrith Valley Community Safety Plan 2007-2010, including details of proposed actions for each priority issue was distributed separately to all Councillors.

Conclusion

The Draft Penrith Valley Community Safety Plan 2007 -2010 has been developed after extensive consultations and examination of the crime data for the Penrith LGA.

 

The priority issues identified reflect both the Crime & Community Safety concerns raised by the community, and identified from analysis of the crime statistics for the LGA. 

 

The Draft Penrith Valley Community Safety Plan 2007-2010 is required to be exhibited for public comment for a period of 28 days.  A further period of 14 days is required for the receipt of public feedback after the close of the exhibition period.

 

If Council supports the draft Plan, it is proposed to exhibit the plan from 24th November 2006 to 21st December 2006, with the period of public feedback being extended to 15th January 2007.

 

The public feedback received from the exhibition period will be considered in the finalisation of the Penrith Valley Community Safety Plan 2007-2010.  The Plan will be submitted to Council for approval at a meeting in February 2007.  At this meeting, Council’s approval will also be sought to submit the Plan to the NSW Attorney General (AG) for endorsement as a Community Safety Compact.  This endorsement will then enable Council to apply for grant funding from the AG’s Department to assist in addressing the priority issues within the Plan.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on the development of the Draft Penrith Valley Community Safety Plan 2007-2010 be received.

2.     Council support the exhibition of the Draft Penrith Valley Community Safety Plan during the period 24th November 2006 to 21st December 2006.

3.     A further report be submitted to Council, advising of the public comment received during the exhibition period, and seeking approval to submit the Penrith Valley Community Safety Plan 2007-2010 to the NSW Attorney General for endorsement as a Community Safety Compact.

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

There are no attachments for this report.


Ordinary Meeting

20 November 2006

The City as a Social Place

 

 

The City as a Social Place

 

 

5

Grant Application - 2006/2007 WSAAS Funding Round   

 

Compiled by:                 Shirley Ryan, ISA - Inclusion Support Facilitator

Authorised by:              Denise Gibson, Children’s Services Manager   

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

Critical Action: Facilitate the delivery of children’s services with a range of stakeholders to meet the current and emerging needs of families.

     

Purpose:

To seek Council's retrospective endorsement of an application under the Western Sydney Area Assistance Scheme (WSAAS) 2006/07 for the Access of Aboriginal school aged children into Out of School Hours Care (OOSH) project.  The report recommends that Council endorse the submission of the application.

 

Background

The Western Sydney Area Assistance Scheme (WSAAS) is a regional community development grants program, administered by the Communities Division within the NSW Department of Community Services (DoCS).  The scheme was launched in Western Sydney in 1979, as an innovative program to address social issues in areas experiencing rapid urban growth. The AAS provides grants to local councils and non-government organisations for projects that improve community infrastructure.  Funding is provided for one-off capital projects, as well as time limited social infrastructure development projects up to four years in duration.

 

Current situation

The population of Penrith has been identified as having one of the highest proportions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Western Sydney.  This is not reflected in the number of families using Council’s Out of School Hours Care Centres (OOSH).  Liaison with the local Aboriginal community has identified that many Aboriginal families have difficulties accessing Out of School Hours Care for their school aged children due to transportation and financial restraints.

 

It is known that Aboriginal families feel comfortable in accessing mainstream Out of School Hours Care when their culture is included, and staff have an understanding of the specific needs of their school aged children.  It is important for all Australian children to experience Aboriginal culture, as it is the culture of our country’s Indigenous people.  Local Aboriginal community members advise that knowledge of their culture and lifestyle must come from an Aboriginal person.

The Proposal

A grant application has been submitted to the Western Sydney Area Assistance Scheme (WSAAS) 2006/07 to fund a project – “Access for Aboriginal school aged children in Out of School Hours Care (OOSH)” for a period of four years, commencing from July 2007.

 

The proposed four year funded project would establish culturally appropriate community connections between local Aboriginal families of school-aged children with Out of School Hours Care Centres (before and after school care centres and vacation care centres) within the Penrith Local Government Area, building the capacity of OOSH centre staff, of families and of related professional and agency staff. Access to transport options and fee relief for local Aboriginal families will improve access to culturally appropriate OOSH programs for their school-aged children.

 

This project supports the 2006-07 management plan task 10.1A4 “identify funding opportunities to support parents and children of all abilities to access services and facilities”.

 

The objectives of the Access for Aboriginal School Aged Children in Out of School hours Care (OOSH) project are:

 

·    For the local Aboriginal Community to gain access to OOSH centres through increased awareness, networking, transport options and fee relief;

 

·    To support and assist capacity building of OOSH centres to develop an inclusive understanding of the cultural needs of Aboriginal families; and

 

·    To network various child and family agencies for school aged children and to support their linkages with OOSH centres.

 

This will be achieved by:

 

·    Undertaking action research into the barriers to access OOSH services;

·    Organising awareness raising information sessions on access to OOSH services for the Aboriginal community;

·    The provision of transport between Council sponsored OOSH centres, home and school, and fee relief for Aboriginal families;

·    Coaching and resourcing OOSH centre staff regarding culturally appropriate practices and culturally appropriate equipment;

·    Supporting relationships between local Aboriginal elders and OOSH centres;

·    Supporting linkages between local Aboriginal families, OOSH centres and Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal professionals and agencies;

·    Supporting an understanding of the Acknowledgement of Country.

 

The implementation of this project will be supported by the use of project funds to employ an Aboriginal specialist worker within Council’s Inclusion Support project team in Children’s Services, which also includes the Aboriginal Access to Children’s Services project for under 6 year old children, the OOSH Integration project and the Inclusion Support Agency. The Children’s Services Project Co-ordinator would supervise the project.

 

Summary

The Aboriginal community is poorly represented in enrolments in Council’s OOSH centres. Access to these services can be supported by raising awareness of services, overcoming identified barriers and building the capacity of OOSH centre staff through the support of an Aboriginal Specialist worker.  The proposed project intends to build capacity and effective networks for the longer term, to sustain the enrolment of Aboriginal children in OOSH Services.

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Grant Application - 2006/2007 WSAAS Funding Round be received.

2.     Council endorse the grant application for the 2006/07 WSAAS funding round.

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

There are no attachments for this report.


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20 November 2006

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The City as a Social Place

 

 

6

NSW Pre-School Investment and Reform Plan - Viability Funding   

 

Compiled by:                 Sadie Burling, Children's Services Manager - Operations

Authorised by:              Denise Gibson, Children’s Services Manager   

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

Critical Action: Advocate for standards of care and education to promote and support families, child safety and well being.

     

Purpose:

To seek retrospective endorsement of an application for funding under the NSW Pre-School Investment and Reform Plan - Viability funding.  The report recommends that the information in the NSW Pre-School Investment and Reform Plan - Viability Funding report be received.  The report also recommends that Council endorse the submission for pre-school funding.

 

Background

The NSW Government plan is that every four year old in NSW has access to a quality pre-school program.

 

To achieve this, the NSW Government has made a significant new investment to strengthen and expand the services that are available to children in their year prior to school.  This investment was announced in the NSW 2006/07 Budget.  The total additional investment in pre-school programs over the next four years is $85 million.

 

Emergency funding to the tune of $8.3 million has already been allocated.  Our Pre-school services did not receive any of this funding.

 

The next step in the plan involves a further investment of $77.2 million over the next four years.  Pre-schools will receive an additional $17.6 million across 2006/07 and 2007/08 (8.8 million per year).  From 2007/08, funding will increase by a further $21 million per annum – to an additional $29.8 million a year.  This is an increase of 32% in funding for pre-schools.

 

Our pre-school services are struggling to remain viable, despite working to budgeted capacity instead of licensed capacity, with many parents finding affordability a key deterrent to enrolling their children in Pre-schools.  Compliance with licensing requirements also comes at a cost which impacts upon fees.  Utilisation rates across all child care centres have seen a gradual decline in the last three years, with a significant decrease noted in pre-school centres.

 

As a result of this, Children’s Services have submitted eight individual submissions, totalling $3,175,990 that covers operational funding, fee relief funding and one-off capital funding.  If successful, these grants will ensure that fees can be reduced effectively to allow for children in their year prior to school to attend for two days, and/or increase the opportunity for children to access pre-school services who currently do not attend.

 

NSW Pre-school Implementation Working Group

The NSW Government has established a Pre-school Implementation Working Group (comprised of representatives from across the Children’s Services sector, DoCs, the Department of Education and Training and the NSW Treasury).  The working group reports to the Minister for Community Services and its immediate priority task is to advise on the criteria and process for distributing the $17.6 million viability funding for 2006/07 and 2007/08.

 

About the Plan

The plan aims to:

 

·    Achieve universal access to quality programs for children prior to their school year;

·    Improve the affordability and quality of services;

·    Ensure an equitable approach to supporting and expanding access to pre-school programs across NSW.

 

Viability Funding

Viability funding is the first priority under the plan that aims to improve the viability and affordability of existing pre-school services and move towards a more equitable distribution of funding.

 

Opportunities for Pre-schools to seek Funding

All Pre-schools were issued with an application kit, to be completed by 30 October 2006.

 

Successful applicants will be advised in December 2006, funds will be made available January 2007, and funds will be required to be utilised between January 2007 and December 2008.

 

What should the funding be used for?

There are four key areas to the funding Model:

 

1.       Fee Relief

·    To subsidise fees for low income families, two days per week, for a single year prior to school.

 

2.       Operational Funding

·    To increase accessibility and sustainability of services through ensuring service continuity and/or varying the number of hours per week or through transitioning to a mobile model.

 

3.       Capital Improvement Funding

·    Will be made available to successful submissions, to support continued and safe delivery of preschool services.

·    This is one off funding only and will only be supported where there is a longer term viability plan in place.

 

4.       Service Analysis and Business Development Funding to meet the requirement of a long term viability plan

·    Aims to build management capacity and support proposals, for operational and capital funding, and assist preschools to plan service delivery and management models that meet long term community needs.

 

Funding amounts are not set and the proportions are not predetermined.  Allocation of funds will be driven by the mix of applications and the purpose of the viability funding that is to improve viability and affordability.

 

How will proposals be assessed?

1.       Fee Relief

Priority will be given to services which:

 

·    Currently receive less than the average level of funding under the children’s services program

·    Reduce current fee levels for low income families

·    Demonstrate the level of demand or undersupply of services.

 

2.       Operational Funding

Proposals will be assessed against:

 

·    Current level of operational subsidy

·    Benefits to children and families

·    Level of demand and unmet need

·    Service availability.

 

This needs to be supported with documented business strategies and can be linked with service analysis support.

 

3. Capital Improvements

 This is one-off funding only and will be assessed against:

 

·    A market and business strategy which shows long term goals

·    The degree to which the funding is essential to the service remaining in operation.

 

4. Service Analysis and Business Development

Service Analysis and Business Development proposals will be assessed against:

 

·    Benefits of support providing long term viability

·    Docs funded long day care providers may apply if they can show they are making operational transitions to improve the viability of preschool programs or if they are the only provider in a nominated catchment area.

 

Who will assess the Applications?

Applications will be assessed by a panel including:

 

·    DoCs Executive Director, Child Protection & Early Intervention

·    A Senior Regional Officer

·    A senior policy officer from the Office of Child Care

·    An independent Probity Advisor will oversight the process and review all documentation.

 

Summary

Our pre-schools across Penrith services have applied across all areas of the viability funding, within the designated timeframe of 30 October 2006.  Applications for the following services were submitted:

 

Gumbirra Pre-school

Operational funding

$233,771

 

Fee Relief funding

$30,000

 

Capital funding

$87,000

 

Total

$340,771

 

 

 

Koolyangarra

Operational funding

$274,197

 

Fee Relief funding

$90,000

 

Capital funding

$72,000

 

Total

$436,197

 

 

 

Mountains to Meadows

Operational funding

$210,631

 

Fee Relief funding

$24,180

 

Capital funding

$64,000

 

Total

$298,811

 

 

 

Cooinda

Operational funding

$220,670

 

Fee Relief funding

$30,000

 

Capital funding

$133,000

 

Total

$383,670

 

 

 

Grays Lane

Operational funding

$253,317

 

Fee Relief funding

$38,400

 

Capital funding

$10,000

 

Total

$283,717

 

 

 

Tandara

Operational funding

$274,106

 

Fee Relief funding

$30,000

 

Capital funding

$57,000

 

Total

$335,106

 

 

 

St Marys

Operational funding

$222,825

 

Fee Relief funding

$48,000

 

Capital funding

$117,000

 

Total

$387,825

 

 

 

Rainbow Cottage

Operational funding

$268,893

 

Fee Relief funding

$30,000

 

Capital funding

$401,000

 

Total

$699,893

 

 

 

Grand Total

 

$3,165,990

 

All pre-schools applied for the Service Analysis and Business Development support.

 

Each submission included some consistent strategies, such as operating at their licensed capacity instead of budgeted capacity.

 

Each budget will cater for the staffing levels of the licensed capacity and having the Directors as non-teaching Directors.  This strategy will free the Directors up to spend more time marketing the service, and increasing utilisation by targeting specific groups within the community, including low income earners, and marginalised and at-risk groups.

 

Within the submission, budgets have been developed to reflect a reduction in fee levels, and services have reviewed their building upgrade requirements to identify capital funding needed to support their submissions.

 

In addition, each submission has been individualised to reflect their specific needs and targeted strategies relevant to their community.  Each centre director was consulted and participated in work group activities to ensure that all aspects of their service were captured.

 

This grant, if successful, will address Council’s critical action 10.1C1 Advocating for the standards of care and education to promote and support families, child safety and well being through securing adequate State Funding to support accessible services.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on NSW Pre-School Investment and Reform Plan - Viability Funding be received.

2.     Council endorse the submission of the Pre-school Investment and Reform Plan - Viability Funding for the following services:

Gumbirra Pre-School

Total

$340,771

Koolyangarra Pre-School

Total

$436,197

Mountains to Meadows

Total

$298,811

Cooinda Pre-School

Total

$383,670

Grays Lane Pre-School

Total

$283,717

Tandara Pre-School

Total

$335,106

St Marys Pre-School

Total

$387,825

Rainbow Cottage Pre-School

Total

$699,893

Grand Total

 

$3,165,990

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

There are no attachments for this report.


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20 November 2006

The City as a Social Place

 

 

The City as a Social Place

 

 

7

Extensions & Alterations to Tamara Children's Centre, Hosking Street, Cranebrook - Tender 13-06/07   

 

Compiled by:                 Glen Tuckwell, Building Maintenance Supervisor

Authorised by:              Rod Wood, Building Services Manager   

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

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

     

Purpose:

To advise Council of the outcomes of the tender process and to recommend a preferred contractor for the Extensions and Alterations to Tamara Children's Centre, Hosking Street, Cranebrook.  The report recommends that the tender of Onyx Building & Maintenance Services be accepted.

 

Background

The Section 94 Development Contributions plan Review-Glenmore Park, North Cranebrook and Erskine Park Residential Release Areas Report to Council on 27 October 2003, outlines considerations in satisfying future childcare needs in the Cranebrook area. With an upgrade to the facility, Tamara Children’s Centre will be able to accommodate the increased demands for baby care in the area.

 

The purpose of the upgrade to Tamara Children’s Centre is to enable the facility to take more babies from 6 weeks to 2 years of age. This is in response to an identified need for baby care in the area.

 

Council resolved to proceed with the extensions to Tamara Children’s Centre, rather than constructing an additional child care centre in Andromeda Drive.  This area is well provided with Child Care places for children 3 to 6 years of age. It was decided that the need for additional 0 to 2 places could be better met by altering Tamara Children’s Centre to cater for this additional provision.

 

Section 94 funds were committed in 2004/05 to fund the Tamara Children’s Centre project. WHP Architects were appointed to design the upgrade and submit documentation for DA/CC approval.  Following the acceptance of the plans, an advertisement was placed for tenders for the extensions and alterations to the facility.

 

Current Situation

Tenders closed on 24 October 2006 and nine (9) tenders were received as follows:

 

Contractor

Price (excluding GST)

Onyx Building & Maintenance Services

$571,541

A N C Developments Pty Ltd

$590,500

Bilas Knight Pty Ltd

$645,889

Bellamy Builders

$690,909

Caliber Contracting

$751,940

Dewram Constructions Pty Ltd

$795,545

Growth Built Pty Ld

$800,293

M Brunton Building Co

$890,532

J L N Group

$1,387,991

 

One late tender was received by Ultra Developments Pty Ltd, and was not considered.

 

All tenders were assessed by the tender panel made up of Glen Tuckwell – Building Maintenance Supervisor, Malcolm Ackerman – Supply Coordinator and Graham Howe – Building Projects Coordinator.

 

The tenders were evaluated against the following criteria:

 

·    Tender price

·    Capacity to undertake work

·    Financial capacity

·    Experience of personnel and resources

·    Referees

·    Management systems

·    E S D Management

·    OH & S Systems

·    Programme

 

The lowest tender was submitted by Onyx Building & Maintenance Services in the amount of $571,541.  This company has satisfied the evaluation criteria and has carried out building & maintenance work to facilities for Autism Australia, the Department of Education, Aged Care facilities and other Government agencies.  Reference checks were carried out, and it is considered by the tender panel that this company would be capable of carrying out the works on this project.

 

The next lowest tender was submitted by A N C Developments Pty Ltd.  The tender submission lacked required information in key criteria areas, including: capacity to undertake the work, financial capacity, experience of personnel, resources and references.  Additional clarification and information was sought from A N C Developments Pty Ltd.  However, the clarifications did not alter the original assessment and there would be no advantage to Council in accepting their tender.

 

The next three (3) lowest tenders were submitted by Bilas Knight Pty Ltd, in the amount of $645,889, Bellamy Builders in the amount of $690,909, and Caliber Contracting in the amount of $751,940. Although these companies have complied with all the conditions of the tender, and would be capable of carrying out the works, there would be no advantage to Council in accepting their tenders.

 

The remaining four (4) tenders range from $795,545 to $1,387,991.  Although the companies submitting these tenders have all complied with conditions of the tender, and would be capable of performing the work, there would be no advantage to Council and they were not considered further.

 

In addition to the Contractor costs, project supervision of $11,431 and contingency amount of $57,154 should be provided. Total Construction cost of project is estimated at $640,126 with savings to be returned to S94 on completion of project.

 

Financial Services Manager’s Comment

An amount of $770,000 is available for the project funded from Section 94. The recommended tenderers’ price is within this budget.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Extensions & Alterations to Tamara Children's Centre, Hosking Street, Cranebrook - Tender 13-06/07 be received.

2.     Council accept the tender of Onyx Building & Maintenance Services in the amount of $571,541 for extensions and alterations to Tamara Children’s Centre, Cranebrook.

3.     The Building Services Manager be authorised to execute any necessary documentation.

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

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20 November 2006

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The City as a Social Place

 

 

8

Feasibility of a Botanic Garden in the City of Penrith   

 

Compiled by:                 Grant Collins, Recreation and Cultural Facilities Planner

Authorised by:              Ruth Goldsmith, Local Planning Manager  

Requested By:             Councillor Garry Rumble

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

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

     

Purpose:

To advise Councillors of the general financial feasibility of a Botanic Garden in the City.  The report also outlines other 'garden' opportunities.

 

Background

Councillor Rumble has asked for a report to Council regarding the feasibility of creating a Botanic Garden / Arboretum for the City of Penrith.  This request acknowledges our status as a Regional City, and recognises the unique opportunities presented by the future development of ADI and Penrith Lakes, both of which will include Regional Parks.  Councillor Rumble also expressed interest in creating opportunities for visitors and residents to enjoy something unique and different, rather than a focus on the scientific aspects of a formal Botanic Garden.

Concept of a Botanic Garden in Penrith City Council

There are 166 Botanic Gardens or Arboreta throughout Australia, with 36 in NSW.

 

The Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 provides a definition of a ‘botanic garden’ (the definition was carried forward from the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act of 1975, by bridging legislation) –

‘botanic garden’ means a scientific and educational institution the purpose of which is the advancement and dissemination of knowledge and appreciation of plants by:

(a)   growing them in a horticultural setting

(b)   establishing herbarium collections

(c)   conducting research, and

(d)   providing displays and interpretive services.

 

There are some generally accepted criteria for defining the terms ‘botanic gardens’ or ‘botanical gardens’.  The Botanic Gardens Conservation Strategy 1989, and the International Agenda for Botanic Gardens in Conservation (2000), details the characteristics of botanic gardens as follows –

·      a reasonable degree of permanence

·      an underlying scientific basis for the collections

·      proper documentation of the collections, including wild origin

·      monitoring of the plants in the collections

·      adequate labelling of the plants

·      open to the public

·      communication of information to other gardens, institutions and the public

·      exchange of seed or other materials with other botanic gardens, arboreta or research institutions

·      undertaking of scientific or technical research on plants in the collection, and

·      maintenance of research programs in plant taxonomy in associated herbaria.

 

The Auburn Botanic Gardens provides a local example in Western Sydney.  Planning for a passive recreation site began in 1968, when Auburn Council designated the 18 acre tract of land bounded by Chisholm Road, Chiswick Road and Duck River as a future Botanic Garden.  The Council determined that establishment of a Botanical Garden extended the existing Parks system, and contributed to the available range of recreational needs.

 

The Manager of Operations at Auburn Botanic Gardens provided information regarding annual costs incurred by Council in maintaining and operating the Garden –

 

Expenditure Items

Costs

Wages (7 days per week including on-costs)

$615,000

Material and utilities

$182,000

Annual plant / equipment maintenance

$30,000

Total Costs

$827,000

Total income

$70,000

Total annual deficit

$757,000

 

 

Similarly, the Botanic Garden in Wollongong has an annual expenditure of around $2.2 million to operate the Garden, and the annual income (generated primarily from events, weddings and plant sales) is around $200,000.  This leaves an annual operational deficit of around $2 million.

 

The financial costs of creating, and then operating, a contemporary Botanic Garden should be considered in a broader context, including the benefits of adding a unique element to the City’s open space and parks system, and providing recreational opportunities not currently available in the City.  Further detailed analysis would be required if Council indicated its interest in pursuing the potential for a Botanic Garden.

 

There are, however, a range of other options for new gardens for the City that could create opportunities for visitors and residents to enjoy something unique and different in our Penrith setting.

 

 

Other ‘Garden’ options

Sensory Garden

A Sensory Garden, based on the model at the Oizumi Ryokuchi Park in Osaka, Japan could establish a unique experience in Penrith.  A Sensory Garden provides opportunities for people to explore and experience with all of their senses (touch, smell, feel, etc), and could be based on indigenous Western Sydney plant species.

“The Sensory Garden in Osaka’s Oizumi Ryokuchi Park invites exploration through the senses of sight, sound, smell, and touch.  A revised philosophical approach promoting inclusion, the addition of universal features, a name change, and a new location in the park for this former ‘Garden of the Blind’ provide recreational opportunities and a diversity of sensory experiences for all visitors.

The garden supports this invitation with features such as an integrated way finding system, raised plant beds and walks that take visitors into seating areas surrounded by water.  A variety of tactile displays and audio information, as well as opportunities to touch and smell flowers and to feel the water and sculptures, enrich everyone’s experience in the garden.”  (North Carolina State University College of Design web site, March 2006).

 

The Sensory Garden would be designed to be accessible to persons with diverse abilities, and incorporate contemporary universal and sustainable design features.  Development of the Garden could also involve the University of Western Sydney (UWS) 4th year Design students in a research and design capacity, to incorporate sustainable design (including water and energy efficiency and low maintenance gardens) and universal design.

 

Formal City Garden

Woodriff Garden in Penrith, and Victoria Park in St Marys, are two of the City’s more formal gardens.  Both are sometimes used as a backdrop for the City’s communities’ photo events (such as weddings and formals), and both experience significant levels of traffic noise, as they are located on main roads.  The Riverlink project enables a re-consideration of the activities and focus for Woodriff Gardens, and whether the City needs a more extensive, formal ‘City Park’.

 

A Citywide ‘Green Trail’

The City supports large natural areas, including the Blue Mountains National Park, the three Nature Reserves (Agnes Banks, Castlereagh and Mulgoa), part of the Yellowmundi Regional Park, and local open space areas of bushland.  This system of reserves will be enhanced by the addition of the Regional Parks in ADI and Penrith Lakes.  The system of reserves is linked principally by riverine corridors at the Nepean River, South Creek, Ropes Creek and their tributaries.

 

Essentially, these areas represent a natural form of the ‘botanic garden’.  Over time, a network of pathways linking these areas, and also connecting up with the Great River Walk, provides opportunities for recreation and leisure that builds on the City’s extensive natural attributes.  This pathway network would be supported by interpretative information about the characteristics of the vegetation communities within the reserves which highlights their ecological structure and function, as well as the presence and significance of threatened species, both plant and animal.  An opportunity also exists to inform visitors about the Aboriginal heritage significance of these places with an emphasis on the foods and living resources they obtained from the landscape.

Conclusion

Botanic Gardens have biodiversity, educational and scientific research values, and provide important passive recreational experiences for visitors.  Their value needs to be considered in the context of the City’s changing demographics, and community needs and aspirations.

 

The potential to create something unique that reflects the City’s cultural, heritage and environmental strengths is already being pursued.  Discussions, particularly with Penrith Lakes, suggest a diversity of open space experiences will be available in the Parklands.

The options outlined above provide some examples of some potential for different ‘gardens’ in the City, and future opportunities will continue to be explored in planning for the City, including in the new release areas.

 

We will continue to examine opportunities, as they arise, to establish Penrith as a leader in more sustainable and accessible design and to introduce innovative and unique experiences for both the City’s residents and its visitors.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That the information contained in the report on Feasibility of a Botanic Garden in the City of Penrith be received.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

There are no attachments for this report.


 

 

 

 

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The City In Its Environment

 

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9        Greenhouse Purchasing Action Plan and Sustainable Purchasing Supply Policy 

 

10      Pesticide Notification Plan 

 

 



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20 November 2006

The City in its Environment

 

 

The City in its Environment

 

 

9

Greenhouse Purchasing Action Plan and Sustainable Purchasing Supply Policy   

 

Compiled by:                 Mal Ackerman, Supply Co-ordinator

Krystie Race, Sustainability Research Planner

Authorised by:              Ross Kingsley, Corporate Development Manager

Vicki O’Kelly, Financial Services Manager   

Strategic Program Term Achievement: Council leads our City by example and through advocacy by implementing sustainability initiatives.

Critical Action: Promote sustainable production and consumption and sustainable procurement.

     

Purpose:

To present the draft Greenhouse Purchasing Action Plan and draft Sustainable Purchasing Supply Policy for Council's consideration. The report recommends that the Sustainable Purchasing Supply Policy and the Greenhouse Purchasing Action Plan 2006-2010 be adopted.


 

Background

Council’s Strategic Plan calls for a leadership role to be exercised in terms of responsible resource management, energy and water conservation and sustainable consumption and procurement.

 

In keeping with these objectives, Council has been progressing energy conservation and greenhouse gas reduction initiatives through the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) Cities for Climate Protection ™ Program (CCP).

 

Council joined the CCP program in February 2000. The program involved five milestones to reduce emissions at a local level.  It began with an inventory of the City’s emissions, based on 1995 figures, and continued with the adoption of a reduction goal, and an action plan to achieve the goal. Milestones 4 and 5 involved implementing the action plan and a re-inventory to evaluate progress. Council completed the five milestones of that program in July 2004.

 

Some of the important results achieved to date are further detailed below. The development of an appropriate Supply Policy and of a Greenhouse Purchasing Action Plan are further key initiatives arising from this background.

 

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Measures

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

 

Implementation of the initiatives from the Plan resulted with the total abatement achieved from measures implemented in the re-inventory year (2002-2003) equalling 225.5 tonnes of greenhouse gases (CO2-e).  An additional 991 tonnes CO2-e was abated after June 2003, from measures that were implemented in 2002-2003, bringing the total to 1216.5 tonnes CO2-e for a full one-year period. Several energy saving measures have been implemented as outlined below.

Key Results to Date

Since July 2003, abatements from the actions implemented in the re-inventory year, along with the additional abatements from purchasing a percentage of Green Power for all minor sites, an increase in the number of 4 cylinder vehicles, energy efficient streetlighting and installing solar hot water systems, have lead to significant emissions reductions. This brings the cumulative total of abatements achieved, from the actions implemented under the CCP program to 6,245.3 tonnes CO2-e up to 2005-2006 financial year.  Figure 1 below provides an analysis of the corporate sector abatements achieved since the re-inventory year.

 

Figure 1: Corporate CO2-e emission reductions since the re-inventory 2003

 

The main actions that have contributed towards Council’s overall greenhouse gas reductions have included undertaking an Energy Performance Contract (EPC), and the purchasing of greenpower for our minor sites. Council entered into the Energy Performance Contract (EPC) with Siemens Building Technologies, in March 2003. The contract was established to optimise the energy efficiency of existing systems, and to install new equipment or systems in Council's the Civic Centre and the Queen Street Centre. The upgrades have included improved air-conditioning controls, energy-efficient lighting, the installation of low flow taps and toilet cisterns. From this initiative, Council saves $18,000 per month, and approximately 1,400 tonnes of greenhouse gas emission per annum - equivalent to taking 343 cars off the road.

 

In regard to Green Power, Council negotiated new Electricity Supply Agreements with Energy Australia in November 2003 for all its minor sites, such as children’s services centres, neighbourhood and community centres. The new contract consolidated individual contracts for these buildings into the one agreement and resulted in considerable cost savings. To support its emission reduction goal, Council chose to allocate a major portion of the savings to purchasing a percentage of Green Power for all small sites covered under the new contract. Council has continued to purchase 6% Green Power with our new energy provider AGL.

 

In May 2006, Council introduced Sustainability requirements in Council’s fleet tender, including safety, vehicle fuel efficiency and fuel technology. This has lead to approximately 40% (to date) of Council’s vehicle fleet converting to 4 cylinder vehicles (as opposed to 6 cylinder), and is expected to reduce Council’s greenhouse gas emission by 200 tonnes per annum.

 

It is worth noting that, if no actions were undertaken, Council’s greenhouse gas emissions would have increased by 22%, based on the re-inventory (2002-2003).

 

Opportunities Through CCP Plus

To continue our efforts to reduce Council’s and the City’s greenhouse gas emissions, Council resolved in 2004 to participate in the CCP Plus program.

 

As part of the program, Council has already undertaken a review of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Local Action Plan, 2001, to ensure the Plan appropriately targets areas where emissions or emissions growth are most significant, and to review the appropriateness of Council’s reduction goal. The Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan, ‘Carbon Neutral’, adopted in December 2005, sets out Council’s progress to date, in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and provides a good indicator of where improvements are needed to ensure the continued success of our greenhouse programs, including greenhouse purchasing.

 

CCP Plus has also provided Council with the opportunity to access a number of Advancing Action Areas, including Sustainable Transport and Greenhouse Purchasing. These Action Areas are designed to allow Council to continue pursuing greenhouse gas emission reductions, by targeting various key activity areas.

 

In 2005, the CCP Plus Greenhouse Purchasing program was made available to eight New South Wales councils to pilot the program (including Penrith, Hornsby, Canada Bay, Newcastle, Mosman, Marrickville, Rockdale, Kogarah). Council joined the Program in November 2005, offering a clear direction for the development of a Greenhouse Purchasing Action Plan, with a particular emphasis on procurement that leads to reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

 

The Greenhouse Purchasing program follows the ‘Milestone’ format used in the main CCP program. By completing a purchasing gap analysis, attending workshops, and developing goals for its greenhouse purchasing campaign, Council has already achieved Milestones 1 and 2 of the program.

 

In order to further advance these objectives, a draft ‘Greenhouse Purchasing Action Plan’ has been developed (this is provided in the Attachments). The document presents both the policy framework for Council to pursue sustainable purchasing, as well as an action plan, which is designed to address key aspects of Council’s purchasing and greenhouse gas reduction.

 

Adoption of the Greenhouse Purchasing Action Plan will allow Council to formally achieve Milestone 3 of the CCP Plus program. This will be recognised at the upcoming Australian Local Government Association Conference.

 

Gap Analysis Findings

Overall, the Greenhouse Purchasing Gap Analysis revealed that Council already had a strong focus on greenhouse purchasing. Notably, Council’s use in the tendering process of an All Purpose Evaluation Tool (APET) requires staff to assess tenders based on quality, lifecycle cost, compliance with standards, warranty, OH&S, and environmental policies and practices, ensuring all aspects are considered when assessing tenders, rather than just the cheapest upfront price.

 

Council’s strong greenhouse purchasing partnerships also provide Council with the ability to undertake joint purchasing opportunities, and consequently reduces overall cost of the product. The cost savings then have the potential to be redirected to other environmental outcomes.

 

However, key areas were identified by the gap analysis where further improvement should be pursued. These include:

 

·    Adoption of a Sustainable Purchasing Supply Policy (addressed by this report)

·    Developing a communication plan to gain cross-organisational commitment, increase greenhouse purchasing activity and staff awareness

·    Increasing greenhouse purchasing and supply

·    Raising community awareness about greenhouse purchasing.

 

The gap analysis also revealed that the information required to make more sustainable purchasing decisions is not always easily accessible and staff awareness is limited. Also, the opportunity to selectively pay a premium to procure environmentally preferable products is a matter which warrants consideration for Council’s future approach. 

 

In addition, while for some years purchasing has taken account of greenhouse factors, improvements are needed in terms of ongoing monitoring to track and promote purchasing of greenhouse-preferable products and relevant contracts. Without such tracking devices, the ability to accurately benchmark or assess our current position is limited.

Sustainable Purchasing Supply Policy

In keeping with the requirements outlined above, and recognised best practice, a draft Sustainable Purchasing Supply Policy has been developed. This is submitted tonight for Council’s consideration.

 

This policy will provide a purchasing framework that will advance the sustainable use of resources, and reduce impacts on the environment and human health. It will also establish standards for Council to improve the environmental performance of purchasing.

 

Amongst other things, the draft Sustainable Purchasing Supply Policy states that:

 

·    Purchasing decisions shall be made in the context of the waste hierarchy to avoid, reduce, reuse and recycle

·    Buyers are to be conscious, at all times, of the ongoing requirement to:

 

o Minimise the use of hazardous and dangerous substances (Refer also Supply Policy titled, “Hazardous substances”)

o Minimise waste

o Maintain and improve the quality of water, soil and air

o Avoid pollution and damage to the environment.

 

The policy also states that officers should endeavour to purchase only those goods and services with the most beneficial environmental impact. Wherever appropriate, relevant environmental criteria are to be included in specifications, quotations and tender documents. Compliance with these criteria should be determined during evaluation, and offers not meeting them may be rejected, just as non-compliance with any other aspects of a specification may lead to rejection. Council should endeavour to weigh the costs associated with the purchase of environmentally friendly products with the benefits (both long and short term) provided.

 

When compiling specifications, responsible officers should along with other policy requirements consider these key factors:

 

·    Content of the product/service: Products or services that contain materials that are produced sustainably and which contain reconditioned components or recycled materials

·    Reusable or Recyclable: Products that are reusable and /or recyclable would also be preferred. Suppliers who undertake product stewardship (for example, suppliers that are willing to take back products at the end of their life) would be preferred

·    Environmental Performance of Goods & Services: Goods and services that offer better environmental performance, such as high-energy efficiency and low pollutant or chemical emissions throughout their lifecycle, would be preferred

·    The Environmental Performance of the Supplier: Suppliers who minimise their energy consumption and minimise waste, and environmental impacts arising from their production processes will be preferred.

 

Greenhouse Purchasing Goal and Action Plan

To help align with Council’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan (‘Carbon Neutral’, adopted in December 2005 - a four year plan with targets to 2015), and provide a direction for Council to develop and achieve the actions in the Greenhouse Purchasing Action Plan, the following goals have been set:

 

·    Increase the level of greenhouse purchasing activity and staff awareness

·    Tracking of all purchases made and their environmental impacts

·    Increase greenhouse purchasing and proportion of recycled materials used in Council’s works and service contracts. 

 

The timeframe for the goals has been set to 2015, to coincide with Council’s greenhouse gas reduction goal and will assist Council to achieve our reduction target.

 

These goals reflect the organisational focus of the Action Plan. Council’s broader objectives towards a sustainable City are also supported by the Plan.

The draft Action Plan has been developed, drawing on the broader consultations with the organisation, undertaken for the development of the Carbon Neutral Plan in 2005. It directly relates to the outcomes of the gap analysis.

 

The Plan identifies four key areas as priorities for Council, including action areas to achieve the three goals stated above, and the need to raise community awareness about greenhouse purchasing.

 

In addition, actions have been drawn from Carbon Neutral that are related to greenhouse purchasing and will help to achieve Council’s greenhouse purchasing goals. These actions are divided into seven areas, including:

 

·    Improving end-use energy efficiency

·    Harnessing renewable energy

·    Reducing the greenhouse intensity of energy supply in the City

·    Encouraging greater use of public transport, walking and cycling

·    Encouraging vehicle fuel efficiency and cleaner fuel technology

·    Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from Council’s waste operations

·    Community leadership and education in waste management.

 

Specific actions drawn from the Carbon Neutral Plan reflect the opportunity to build on existing strengths as well as to implement some new measures. The actions include:

 

·    Introduce requirements for utilisation of solar and other renewable energy technologies, where appropriate and cost effective, in Council owned facilities;

·    Increase the percentage of Green Power for Council owned facilities;

·    Review Council’s current street lighting contract, and investigate consolidating accounts with Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) to initiate cost savings, and purchase 10% Green Power for street lighting across the Western Sydney region;

·    Develop a Green Motoring Policy for Council’s vehicle fleet and heavy machinery, to specify high fuel efficiency and energy efficient vehicle standards for each class of vehicle;

·    Investigate the feasibility of Council’s contract garbage and recycling fleet to run on green energy fuels;

·    Develop a DCP to implement Waste Wise events, including minimum specifications/ requirements for events conducted by private organisations and community groups, and monitoring and evaluation processes.

 

The identified actions generally do not have an immediate or significant direct cost. Certain actions from Carbon Neutral, such as increasing the percentage of Greenpower, do have some budget impacts, but this should be offset with resulting savings and increased efficiencies (of electronic equipment, etc). This will be assessed in detail as each initiative is further developed.

 

Milestones 4 and 5 of the Greenhouse Purchasing Program will involve the implementation of the Action Plan, evaluation of the success of projects, and review of the Plan.

 

Subject to Council’s endorsement tonight, the Greenhouse Purchasing Action Plan will take effect immediately. It is a four-year plan (2006-2010), and will be reviewed and updated within that timeframe.

 

Direct responsibility for implementing the actions identified in the draft plan mainly lies with Financial Services and the Sustainability Unit. However, as most of Council’s purchasing is decentralised, all departments will have a role to play in ensuring that Greenhouse and Sustainable Purchasing principles are implemented. In regard to related actions from Carbon Neutral, other areas of the organisation, such as Asset Management and Waste and Community Protection, have a direct and important role in implementation.

 

Conclusion

Penrith City Council is the sixth largest NSW council, with an annual budget of over $160 million. The need to minimise environmental impacts and to adopt a standard and logical approach to greenhouse and sustainable purchasing also represents an excellent opportunity for Council to limit greenhouse gas emissions in its own operations and to support and encourage action at the producer level.  More broadly, sustainable purchasing will allow Council to use its purchasing power to favour goods and services that are made of recycled products, are produced in manufacturing processes that do least harm to the environment, and can be reused or reprocessed at the end of their current life.

 

The proposed Supply Policy and Action Plan will continue to build upon Council’s role as a sustainability leader and Council’s commitment to increase greenhouse purchasing and resource recovery, thereby helping to ‘close the recycling loop’.

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Greenhouse Purchasing Action Plan and Sustainable Purchasing Supply Policy be received.

2.     Council adopt the Sustainable Purchasing Supply Policy.

3.     Council adopt the Greenhouse Purchasing Action Plan.

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

1.  

Draft Greenhouse Purchasing Action Plan

25 Pages

Attachment

2.  

Draft Sustainable Purchasing Supply Policy

4 Pages

Attachment

 


Ordinary Meeting

20 November 2006

The City in its Environment

 

 

The City in its Environment

 

 

10

Pesticide Notification Plan   

 

Compiled by:                 Lindsay Clarke, Parks Coordinator

Authorised by:              Raphael Collins, Parks Construction & Maintenance Manager   

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

Critical Action: Improve our knowledge and engage the City’s communities in biodiversity conservation and protection.

     

Purpose:

To seek Council's approval to proceed with the exhibition of the Draft Pesticide Notification Plan.  The report recommends that Council exhibit the Draft Notification Plan for the prescribed period of time (28 days).

 

Background

From February 2007, changes to the Pesticide Regulation 1995 will require councils and public authorities to notify the community, in accordance with a Notification Plan, when they use pesticides in public places.

 

The reason for the changes is based on the principle that residents who live and work in an area have a right to know when an area near them will be treated with pesticides.  Informing people beforehand of a pesticide application will allow them to make decisions as to whether or not they wish to stay in the area.  For example, sporting clubs may decide to delay training on a particular field after it has been sprayed for bindii.

 

The Notification Plan covers all prescribed public places the public has access to, which includes:

 

·    Parks and reserves including playgrounds and picnic areas

·    Sporting fields, ovals and related sporting facilities

·    Interior of Council’s administration offices, libraries, child care centres, neighbourhood centres and works depots

·    Public land controlled by Penrith City Council including road verges and reserves

·    Penrith Memorial Swimming Centre

·    Ripples Aquatic Centre

·    Penrith Whitewater and Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre

 

The Notification Plan sets out how and when Council will notify residents of its proposed use of pesticides in prescribed public places.  The Notification Plan must contain information about the following:

 

·    The categories of public places where pesticides are to be used;

·    Who the regular users of the public places are.  For example, the level that sporting clubs, families or school groups use an area;

·    How residents and users of public places will be notified.  For example, parks staff may notify residents surrounding a particular park by letter drop or by newspaper advertisement;

·    Essential information about the pesticide application such as;

o Exact location

o Purpose

o Type of Pesticide

o Proposed dates of application

o Contact details in vicinity for residents seeking more information.

Current Situation

The Draft Notification Plan will be exhibited for 28 days.  The community will have 4 weeks to comment on the Plan, after it is published in the newspaper.  It is intended to have copies of the Plan available at the Penrith and St Marys Libraries, Administration Offices and on Council’s website.

 

A post exhibition report will be submitted to Council in early February 2007.  The report will review any comments made by the community and will seek Council’s approval of the Plan.  From February 2007, Council cannot use any pesticide in prescribed public places until the Plan has been finalised.

Conclusion

Hawkesbury River County Council staff have provided assistance in the preparation of the Notification Plan.  Generally, the aim of the Notification Plan is to allow people to choose if they wish to reduce their exposure to pesticides.  Anyone who wishes to have their details placed in a register will be contacted directly when pesticides are planned to be used in particular places.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Pesticide Notification Plan be received.

2.     The Draft Notification Plan be exhibited for the prescribed time period of 28 days.

3.     A final report be submitted to Council after the exhibition period seeking final approval of the Plan.

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

1.  

Draft Pesticide Notification Plan

7 Pages

Attachment

  


 

 

 

 

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The City as an Economy

 

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11      2007 Western Sydney Industry Awards 

 

 



Ordinary Meeting

20 November 2006

The City as an Economy

 

 

The City as an Economy

 

 

11

2007 Western Sydney Industry Awards   

 

Compiled by:                 Bijai Kumar, Local Economic Development Program Manager

Authorised by:              Bijai Kumar, Local Economic Development Program Manager   

Strategic Program Term Achievement: The City’s business community, learning institutions and training institutions are working in an integrated way to strengthen and develop the City’s local economic base.

Critical Action: Work with appropriate economic partners on developing mutual understanding and support for a common agenda for action.

     

Purpose:

To seek Council's approval for gold sponsorship of the 2007 Western Sydney Industry Awards.  The report recommends that Council approve sponsorship to the value of $22,000.

 

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