Attachment 2 - Executive Summary - Neighbourhood Renewal Service

 

 

 

 

Attachment 2 - Executive Summary - Neighbourhood Renewal Service

 

Summary of the Neighbourhood Renewal Service Specification

1. Service Description

 

The Neighbourhood Renewal service supports increased levels of service provision from Council as well as enhancing coordination of partner organisations and is focused on established areas within the Penrith LGA, particularly those areas that are considered relatively disadvantaged.

 

The Neighbourhood Renewal Service is an initiative within the Asset Renewal and Established Areas Strategy (AREAS) special rates initiative.

 

The Established Areas Strategy (EAS) component is provided within The Neighbourhood Renewal service specification and includes the following elements:

 

·     Neighbourhood Renewal Coordination

·     Cultural Development

·     Community Engagement

 

The Asset Renewal components of the AREAS strategy are focused on increased investment in infrastructure renewal and public domain maintenance and programs addressing the needs of the City’s older areas. Other service specifications incorporate program elements as appropriate including:

 

·     Public Domain Maintenance

·     Graffiti Management and Removal

·     Local Employment and Enterprise Programs

·     Urban Design Enhancement

 

 

The Neighbourhood Renewal Service will enhance, expand and build on the success of the other elements of the AREAS program to ensure delivery in areas of most need within the LGA.

 

 

Issue

Term Achievement

Critical Action

2. Links to Strategic Program

Issue 7:

Community Well Being and Social Justice

TA 7.1- Effective responses are made to the social impacts of growth, redevelopment and change.

CA 7.1A – Assess the social impacts of urban change in both new release and established areas and develop planned responses.

CA 7.1B Lead social planning partnerships with others to effectively respond to the social needs of the City’s diverse communities.

TA 7.2 – Strategies are in place to respond to the social and health needs of the community.

CA 7.2B Implement social planning, health planning and Neighbourhood Renewal  strategies through the Social Planning Framework.

CA 7.2C Support community organisations and programs to meet identified community needs.

CA 7.2D Address the differing needs and preferences of the various age groups through Council’s policy responses, programs and advocacy.

TA 7.3 – Council continues to offer leadership in developing a better understanding of and cooperation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and people.

CA 7.3A Undertake joint initiatives with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and people to increase understanding and cooperation.

TA 7.4 – Access has increased for communities that face barriers to using social services and facilities.

CA 7.4A Support and encourage fairness of access to Council and other social facilities and services.

CA 7.4B Coordinate and implement strategies across all areas of Council’s responsibility to improve access for people with a disability.

Issue 8:

Cultural Development

TA 8.1 - The City is widely recognised as a centre of cultural diversity, excellence and access.

CA 8.1A - Integrate and implement the strategies of the City-wide cultural planning framework.

CA 8.1B -Build on and develop partnerships and projects with cultural organisations and connect where appropriate with the cultural plans and cultural development of other Councils and WSROC, to enhance the cultural vitality of the City.

Issue 12:

Magnetic Places

TA 12.2 - Local centres, community meeting places and prominent meeting places are increasingly valued and recognised by communities as a focus of their neighbourhoods, or as a feature of the City.

CA 12.2A - Engage the City’s communities in identifying and creating community places that are valued and used.

Issue 13:

Established Neighbourhoods

TA 13.1 - A program of renewal for selected neighbourhoods that contributes to a sense of community identity and cohesiveness is being implemented

CA 13.1A - Develop a policy framework that delivers an agreed set of priorities for implementing Neighbourhood Renewal

CA 13.2 - Implement strategies for the delivery of facilities, services and infrastructure

Issue 14:

Managing Redevelopment

TA 14.2 - Redevelopment of existing areas contributes to safe, sustainable, affordable and satisfying living environments and cohesive communities.

CA 14.2B - Formulate and implement social and cultural strategies for redeveloping established areas that support cohesive communities.

3. Service Objectives

 

The overall aim of this initiative is to raise, where appropriate, the delivery of services, facilities and infrastructure for residents in established areas to a level commensurate with Penrith’s status of a regional city. Specifically the Neighbourhood Renewal service will:

 

·     Provide enhanced coordination of the delivery of Council services to address equity issues in disadvantaged communities.

·     Work with residents to create and revitalise places and spaces to reflect their local identity, making public spaces more appealing for use by a broad range of community members.

·     Increase civic engagement and participation of residents at a local level, informing Council of issues and solutions identified by communities.

·     Assess the social impacts of urban change in established areas and develop planned responses.

·     Lead social planning partnerships with others to effectively respond to the social needs of the City’s diverse communities.

·     Implement social planning, health planning and Neighbourhood Renewal  strategies through the Social Planning Framework.

 

4. Scope of Work

Neighbourhood Renewal Coordination     

To increase the capacity of the Neighbourhood Renewal Program to identify and address equity issues in disadvantaged communities, adding new areas and partnerships and enhancing coordination of Council services

Cultural Development

To work with residents to create and revitalise places and spaces to reflect their local identity, making public spaces more appealing

Community Engagement

To consult with the community at a local level, increasing civic engagement and participation, informing Council of issues and solutions identified by communities.

Current key projects:

§ 11 geographical areas identified and researched

§ 2 consultancy projects managed

§ 6 Micro Projects across 3 geographical areas

§ Establishment and recruitment of 3 new positions

§ 2 significant community engagement activities undertaken

§ Contribution to 1 master plan

§ Up to 15 presentations to community meetings

 

 

Key Performance Indicators

Target 2007-2008

5. Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s)

Community participants satisfied with the implementation of their Neighbourhood Action Plan.

100%

Number of Neighbourhood Action Plans delivered each year.

3

 

6.      Service Funding

 

The annual budget for the Neighbourhood Renewal service is $ 346,348 for 2007-2008.  This amount includes all operating costs.  This amount does not include capital costs unless otherwise noted.

Service

2007-2008 Allocation

Employee costs*

$  230,636

Operational costs

$  115,712

Net Cost of the Neighbourhood Renewal Service

$346,348

 

Components

2007-2008 Allocation

Cultural Development

$    97,475

Neighbourhood Renewal Coordination

$  135,843

Community Engagement

$  113,030

Net Cost of the Neighbourhood Renewal Service

$346,348

* Employee and Operational costs are projected at this time, 3 FTE are planned.

 

 

7.   Service Summary Chart