10 October 2007

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 15 October 2007 at 7:30pm.

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

Yours Faithfully

 

Alan Travers

General Manager

BUSINESS

 

1.           APOLOGIES

2.           LEAVE OF ABSENCE

Leave of absence has been granted to:

Councillor Garry Rumble - 8 October 2007 to 31 October 2007 inclusive.

Councillor Susan Page - 8 October 2007 to 19 October 2007 inclusive.

Councillor Greg Davies - 13 October 2007 to 27 October 2007 inclusive.

Councillor Jim Aitken OAM - 13 October 2007 to 24 October 2007 inclusive.

 

3.           CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES

Ordinary Meeting - 24 September 2007.

Extraordinary Council Meeting - 8 October 2007.

 

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

2007 UDIA Awards for Excellence.

Council Achieves Recognition at Local Government Management Excellence Awards.

 

7.           NOTICES OF MOTION

8.            ADOPTION OF REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATION OF COMMITTEES

Local Traffic Committee Meeting - 8 October 2007.

Policy Review Committee Meeting - 8 October 2007 (Recommendations 108 to be submitted separately, followed by Recommendations 9-13 being submitted to Council in block).

 

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 15 October 2007

 

table of contents

 

 

 

 

 

seating arrangements

 

 

meeting calendar

 

 

confirmation of minutes

 

 

report and recommendations of committees

 

 

master program reports

 


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.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

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.”

 

 

 

 

 


Council Chambers Seating Arrangements

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


                                                        

 

 

Text Box: Public Gallery
Text Box: Managers
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Text Box: Press

Managers                           

 
   


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEETING CALENDAR

February 2007 - December 2007

 

 

TIME

FEB

MAR

APRIL

MAY

JUNE

JULY

AUG

SEPT

OCT

NOV

DEC

Mon

Mon

Mon

Mon

Mon

Mon

Mon

Mon

Mon

Mon

Mon

Ordinary Meetings

7.30 pm

12

5

 

7v

25*

2

 

3ü

15

5

3

 

26

23

28

 

23

13

24^

 

 

17

Policy Review Committee

7.30 pm

 

12

2@

 

4

9

 

10

8

19#

10

19#+

 

30

21#

 

30

20#+

 

29@

 

 

 

#    Meetings at which the Management Plan ¼ly  reviews are presented.

^     Election of Mayor/Deputy Mayor [only business]

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

@   Strategic Program progress reports [only business]

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

ü    Meeting at which the 2006/2007 Annual Statements are presented

*     Meeting at which the Management Plan for 2007/2008 is adopted

 

 

-                 Council’s Ordinary Meetings are held on a three-week cycle where practicable.

-                 Extraordinary Meetings are held as required.

-                 Policy Review Meetings are held on a three-week cycle where practicable.

-                 Members of the public are invited to observe meetings of the Council (Ordinary and Policy Review Committee).  All meetings start at 7:30pm.

-                 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 24 SEPTEMBER 2007 AT 7:35PM

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 Executive Officer.

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 (arrived at 7:39 pm), Ross Fowler, Jackie Greenow, Karen McKeown, Susan Page, Garry Rumble, Steve Simat and John Thain.

 

APOLOGIES

349  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Ross Fowler seconded Councillor Jackie Greenow that the apology from Councillor Mark Davies be accepted.

 

 

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES - Ordinary Meeting - 3 September 2007

350  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Ross Fowler seconded Councillor Garry Rumble that the minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of 3 September 2007 be confirmed.

 

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Nil.

 

Reports of Committees

 

Councillor Mark Davies arrived at the meeting, the time being 7:39 pm.

 

1        Report and Recommendations of the Disability Access Committee Meeting held on 1 August 2007       

351  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jim Aitken OAM seconded Councillor Jackie Greenow that the recommendations contained in the Report and Recommendations of the Disability Access Committee meeting held on 1 August, 2007 be adopted.

 

2        Report and Recommendations of the Local Traffic Committee Meeting held on 3 September 2007        

352  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jim Aitken OAM seconded Councillor Jackie Greenow that the recommendations contained in the Report and Recommendations of the Local Traffic Committee meeting held on 3 September, 2007 be adopted.

 

3        Report and Recommendations of the Policy Review Committee Meeting held on 10 September 2007    

353  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jim Aitken OAM seconded Councillor Jackie Greenow that the recommendations contained in the Report and Recommendations of the Policy Review Committee meeting held on 10 September, 2007 be adopted.

 

 Mayoral Minute

 

1        Year in Review                                                                                                                   

354  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy AM seconded Councillor Karen McKeown that the Mayoral Minute on Year in Review be received.

 

MASTER PROGRAM REPORTS

 

Leadership and Organisation

 

1        Election of Mayor                                                                                                               

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

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Election of Mayor be received.

2.     In the event of more than one Councillor being nominated, the method of election for the office of Mayor be open voting, by way of show of hands.

 

 

His Worship the Mayor, Councillor Pat Sheehy AM, handed over to the Returning Officer, (Acting General Manager) Mr Alan Stoneham, to conduct the election of the Mayor.

 

The Returning Officer indicated that he had received one (1) nomination for the position of Mayor and asked whether there were any other nominations. No other nominations were forthcoming.

 

The Returning Officer stated that the following nomination was in order:

 

Councillor Greg Davies was nominated by Councillors Pat Sheehy AM, John Thain, Kaylene Allison and David Bradbury, and that Councillor Greg Davies accepted the nomination for position of Mayor.

 

The Returning Officer declared Councillor Greg Davies duly elected unopposed as Mayor for the 2007/2008 Mayoral Term.

 

Former Mayor, Councillor Pat Sheehy AM, placed the Mayoral Chains on Councillor Greg Davies and Councillor Greg Davies took the chair, the time being 8:10 pm.

 

His Worship the Mayor, Councillor Greg Davies, thanked his colleagues for their support.

 

 

2        Election of Deputy Mayor                                                                                                 

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

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Election of Deputy Mayor be received.

2.     Council elect a Deputy Mayor.

3.     In the event of more than one Councillor being nominated, the method of election for the office of Deputy Mayor be open voting, by way of show of hands.

4.     In accordance with Section 231 (2) of the Local Government Act 1993, the term of office of the Deputy Mayor for the 2007/2008 period be until the day appointed for the next ordinary election of councillors, namely, 27 September 2008.

 

 

His Worship the Mayor, Councillor Greg Davies, handed over to the Returning Officer, (Acting General Manager) Mr Alan Stoneham, to conduct the election for the position of Deputy Mayor.

 

The Returning Officer indicated that he had received one (1) nomination for the position of Deputy Mayor and asked whether there were any other nominations.  No other nominations were forthcoming.

 

The Returning Officer stated that the following nomination was in order:

 

Councillor Jackie Greenow was nominated by Councillors Kevin Crameri OAM, Lexie Cettolin and Garry Rumble, and that Councillor Jackie Greenow accepted the nomination for the position of Deputy Mayor.

 

The Returning Officer declared Councillor Jackie Greenow duly elected unopposed as Deputy Mayor until the day appointed for the next ordinary election of councillors, namely 27 September 2008.

 

Councillor Jackie Greenow thanked her colleagues for their support.

 

 

 

His Worship the Mayor, Councillor Greg Davies, thanked the Returning Officer, (Acting General Manager) Mr Alan Stoneham, for the conduct of the election of Mayor and Deputy Mayor.

 

 

3        Councillor Fees                                                                                                                   

357  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy AM seconded Councillor Susan Page that the information contained in the report on Councillor Fees be received.

 

 

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE

 

QWN 1      Leave of Absence                                                                                                     

Councillor Garry Rumble requested Leave of Absence from 8 October 2007 to 31 October 2007 inclusive.

358  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jackie Greenow seconded Councillor Pat Sheehy AM that the matter be brought forward and dealt with as a matter of urgency.

 

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

 

359  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jackie Greenow seconded Councillor Pat Sheehy AM that Leave of Absence be granted to Councillor Garry Rumble from 8 October 2007 to 31 October 2007 inclusive.

 

 

QWN 2      Leave of Absence                                                                                                     

Councillor Susan Page requested Leave of Absence from 8 October 2007 to 19 October 2007 inclusive. 

360  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jackie Greenow seconded Councillor Pat Sheehy AM that the matter be brought forward and dealt with as a matter of urgency.

 

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

 

361  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jackie Greenow seconded Councillor Pat Sheehy AM that Leave of Absence be granted to Councillor Susan Page from 8 October 2007 to 19 October 2007 inclusive.

 

There being no further business the Chairperson declared the meeting closed the time being 8:36 pm.

 


UNCONFIRMED MINUTES
 OF THE EXTRAORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING OF PENRITH CITY COUNCIL HELD IN THE PASSADENA ROOM, PENRITH
ON MONDAY 8 OCTOBER 2007 AT 7:35PM

 

STATEMENT OF RECOGNITION

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

PRESENT

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

 

APOLOGIES

362  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Ross Fowler seconded Councillor Pat Sheehy AM that the apology from Councillor Steve Simat be accepted.

 

LEAVE OF ABSENCE

Leave of Absence was previously granted to Councillor Garry Rumble for the period 8 October 2007 to 31 October 2007 inclusive.

Leave of Absence was previously granted to Councillor Susan Page for the period 8 October 2007 to 19 October 2007 inclusive.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

There were no declarations of interest.

 

MASTER PROGRAM REPORTS

 

Leadership and Organisation

 

Councillor Jim Aitken OAM left the meeting, the time being 7:37pm.

 

1        2006-2007 Annual Financial Statements                                                                           

363  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Ross Fowler seconded Councillor Pat Sheehy AM that the information contained in the report on 2006-2007 Annual Financial Statements be received.

Councillor Jim Aitken OAM returned to the meeting, the time being 7:38pm.

 

 

There being no further business the Chairperson declared the meeting closed the time being 7:38pm.

 

 

 

 


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 7.15pm.

 

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                                                       

   


Mayoral Minutes

 

Item                                                                                                                                       Page

 

1        2007 UDIA Awards for Excellence

 

2        Council Achieves Recognition at Local Government Management Excellence Awards

 

 



Ordinary Meeting

15 October 2007

The City in its Broader Context

 

Mayoral Minute

2007 UDIA Awards for Excellence

Strategic Program Term Achievement: Penrith City Centre provides a comprehensive range of economic and human and lifestyle services to Outer Western Sydney and Central Western New South Wales.

         

 

I am pleased to advise that two major projects in which Penrith City Council has been involved won category awards at the high profile annual Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) Award gala dinner on Friday 14 September 2007.

 

The Department of Planning’s Regional Cities Taskforce and the six Regional Cities, including Penrith City, were awarded first prize in the award category: ‘Public Sector Leadership for Urban Development’ for the Regional Cities’ Strategies (along with the other Regional City councils of Wollongong, Gosford, Liverpool, Parramatta and Newcastle). Judges applauded the strong leadership and policy direction, as well as the participatory and collaborative approaches of the project. The significant achievement of completing four plans for each city within eight months was also noted. The Penrith Regional City plans provide real opportunities for the City Centre, and provide the direction to guide Penrith City Centre into a vibrant and sustainable City.

 

Stockland’s ‘Waterside’ estate was awarded the Masterplanned Residential Lifestyle Development award for excellence and received a commendation in the Sustainability award category. In awarding the Masterplanned Residential Lifestyle Development category judges lauded the high standard of innovation, strong public domain design, extensive wildlife habitat and the quality contemporary architectural character. The success of the lake and wetland system in addressing the hydraulic, water quality and ecological issues on the site was recognised in a commendation in the Sustainability category. ‘Waterside’ is one of the first of our urban release areas that has been planned and is being delivered under Council’s ‘Sustainability Blueprint for urban release areas’.

 

Council staff had a key role in the preparation of both the Penrith City Centre and Waterside plans. The quality of these projects is significantly due to the hard work and ongoing commitment of the staff who will continue their involvement in the implementation and delivery of these important projects.

 

I would like to personally recognise the commitment and high quality of the work undertaken by Council staff and congratulate them on these achievements.

 

 

Greg Davies

Mayor

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That the Mayoral Minute on 2007 UDIA Awards for Excellence be received.

 

 

 


Ordinary Meeting

15 October 2007

Leadership and Organisation

 

Mayoral Minute

Council Achieves Recognition at Local Government Management Excellence Awards

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

         

 

For the third year running Penrith City Council has won a Gold Award at the annual Sydney Morning Herald Local Government Management Excellence Awards. Council won the ‘Management Excellence’ category while Financial Accountant Andrew Moore was named ‘Aspiring Young Manager of the Year’ at the awards evening, held on 27 September.

 

This is the 16th year of the Awards, which is one of the most prestigious events in local government, and a prominent feature of the Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA) NSW Annual Conference.  The Awards aim to inspire councils and communities to make a genuine and lasting contribution to their areas as well as local government.

 

Council received the Gold Award for Penrith’s new Management Plan model - Integrating Strategy, Sustainability and Services.

 

Building on its recognised strengths in strategic management planning and delivery, Council has produced a radically new Management Plan model for 2007-2008. The strategic volume demonstrates the integration of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Principles for Sustainable Cities and local sustainability objectives with Penrith’s Strategic Plan and four-year outcome delivery program, together with links to services and projects. The operational volume provides details of each of Council’s 65 specified external and internal services in a strategic framework, along with the budgetary provisions to deliver them.

The new model balances Council’s City leadership and service delivery roles in a comprehensive sustainability context. It provides strategic direction to all operations through longer term goals and sustainability objectives linked to our services to the community.

 

This innovative reform sets the platform for Council’s next Strategic Plan to be based on internationally-recognised sustainability principles while strongly integrating effective operational planning and delivery of services.

 

Financial Accountant Andrew Moore won the Aspiring Young Manager of the Year Award. In his role  Andrew is responsible for supervising the Financial Accounting Team as it completes the annual financial statements, manages Council’s $50m investment portfolio, Council’s loan portfolio, asset accounting, accounts payable and expenditure functions, manages Council’s taxation obligations including GST management and the monthly BAS along with FBT management on a day to day basis and the annual FBT return. Other duties also include an involvement in numerous management teams, working parties, committees and capital project teams as required.

 

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Commerce (majoring in Economics & Finance) along with a Master of Professional Accounting and he is currently studying the CPA Program.

 

Andrew played a key role in the development and implementation of Council’s salary packaging policy and in the simplifying of Council’s Annual Statements, making the technical, yet important information easily accessible and reader-friendly.

 

The 2005-06 Annual Statements were recognised earlier this year at the NSW Local Government Finance Professionals Conference where they won the NSW Local Government Annual Statements Award.

 

The Awards are a credit to Council, its organisation and staff and I would especially like to congratulate both Andrew and the staff directly involved in the preparation of the Management Plan. Given the comprehensive nature of the Management Plan, many officers have made a significant contribution there, but in particular, the efforts of the Corporate Development Department in partnership with Financial Services has helped keep Council the acknowledged leader in this field.

 

 

 

Greg Davies

Mayor

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That the Mayoral Minute on Council Achieves Recognition at Local Government Management Excellence Awards be received.

 

 

  


 

 

 

 

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Reports of Committees

 

Item                                                                                                                                       Page

 

1        Report and Recommendations of the Local Traffic Committee Meeting held on 8 October 2007

 

2        Report and Recommendations of the Policy Review Committee Meeting of 8 October 2007

 

 



Ordinary Meeting

15 October 2007

Leadership and Organisation

 

REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE
 Local Traffic Committee MEETING

HELD ON 8 October, 2007

 

 

 

PRESENT

David Drozd – Acting Road Network Services Engineer (Chairperson), Councillor McKeown – Representative for the Member for Mulgoa, Councillor Sheehy – Representative for the Member for Londonderry, James Suprain – Roads and Traffic Authority.

 

IN ATTENDANCE

 

His Worship the Mayor Councillor Greg Davies, Sharon Maddox – Road Safety Co-ordinator, Stephen Barnes – Senior Traffic Engineer, Noel Fuller – Co-ordinator Ranger Services, Michael Pruss – Westbus.

 

APOLOGIES

Apologies were accepted from  Deputy Mayor Councillor Greenow, Acting Sergeant Chad Brunner – Penrith Police, Senior Constable Mark Elliott - St Marys/Regentville Police.

 

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES - Local Traffic Committee Meeting – 3 September 2007

The minutes of the Local Traffic Committee Meeting of 3 September 2007 were confirmed.

 

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 

 There were no declarations of interest.

 

 

MASTER PROGRAM REPORTS

 

The City Supported by Infrastructure

 

1        Tench Avenue, Jamisontown - Request for Provision of Pedestrian Crossing Facility  

RECOMMENDED

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Tench Avenue, Jamisontown - Request for Provision of Pedestrian Crossing Facility be received.

2.     The provision of a marked pedestrian crossing on Tench Avenue, Jamisontown fronting Nepean Shores not be supported.

3.     Further detailed investigation be carried out into the feasibility of providing a pedestrian refuge at the location in lieu of the marked footcrossing.

4.     Karyn Paluzzano MP, Member for Penrith, be advised of the Committee’s recommendation.

 

 

2        Penrith CBD - Proposed Temporary City Centre Shuttle Bus Service                           

LTC Comment

The Westbus representative raised concerns about a sufficient turning area for buses turning right into Riley Street from High Street.  It was agreed that Council’s Senior Traffic Engineer should meet with the Westbus representative on site to determine a suitable location for the bus stop in Riley Street.

RECOMMENDED

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Penrith CBD - Proposed Temporary City Centre Shuttle Bus Service be received.

2.     The temporary route of the shuttle bus service, as presented in the body of this report, be approved in principle for the period inclusive of 26 November to 24 December 2007.

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 26 November to 24 December 2007.

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 26 November to 24 December 2007.

5.     Temporary ‘Bus Zone’ restrictions be installed 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 26 November to 24 December 2007.

6.     Temporary ‘Bus Zone’ restrictions replace the existing ‘No Parking’ area on the western side of Riley Street, in a suitable location agreed upon by Council’s Senior Traffic Engineer and the Westbus representative, for the period inclusive of 26 November to 24 December 2007.

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.

8.     The applicant be advised of the Committee’s recommendations.

 

 

3        Union Lane Carpark - Request for Provision of ‘No Parking’ Area                               

RECOMMENDED

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Union Lane Carpark - Request for Provision of ‘No Parking’ Area be received.

2.     One parking space on the northern side of the Union Lane Carpark, in the vicinity of the Shoe Shed Arcade, be linemarked and signposted as ‘No Stopping’.

3.     The petitioners be advised of the Committee’s recommendation.

 

 

4        Cox Avenue, Penrith - Request for Extension of Emergency Services Vehicle Parking

RECOMMENDED

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Cox Avenue, Penrith - Request for Extension of Emergency Services Vehicle Parking be received.

2.     The existing ‘No Parking Emergency Vehicles Excepted’ signposting on the northern side of Cox Avenue, Kingswood, fronting the Cumberland Rural Fire Service headquarters, be extended in a westerly direction by approximately 20m.

3.     The NSW Rural Fire Service be advised of the Committee’s recommendation.

 

 

5        Explorers Way/Erskine Park Road, St Clair - Traffic Safety                                          

RECOMMENDED

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Explorers Way/Erskine Park Road, St Clair - Traffic Safety be received.

2.     The existing continuity lines on northern side of Explorers Way, St Clair between Colorado Drive and Erskine Park Road be replaced with approximately 50m of lane linemarking and left and right turn arrows.

3.     Approximately 40m of full-time ‘No Stopping’ restrictions be provided on the northern side of Explorers Way immediately west of Erskine Park Road.

4.     The owners of House Nos 156 and 158 Explorers Way, St Clair be advised.

5.     The RTA be requested to investigate the phasing of the traffic signals at the M4 off-ramp and Erskine Park Road to improve efficiency during the afternoon peak period.

6.     Council’s Traffic Section to undertake further investigation into the possibility of banning the U-turn movements at this intersection and assess any adverse effects this may have on the local road network.

7.     Councillor Greg Davies and St Clair Erskine Park Community Safety Association Inc be advised of the Committee’s recommendation.

 

 

 

 

 

6        Russell Street, Emu Plains - Proposed Pedestrian Refuge Island                                   

RECOMMENDED

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Russell Street, Emu Plains - Proposed Pedestrian Refuge Island be received.

2.     The existing 30m of footpath on the eastern side of Russell Street, north of Ithaca Street, be retained and the design plans be modified accordingly.

3.     The design plans for the proposed refuge island in Russell Street, Emu Plains, including all associated line marking and signage as per Plan No. AR154, be finalised, endorsed for construction and funded from the Traffic Facilities Program.

 

 

 

GENERAL BUSINESS

 

GB 1          Ulysses Motor Cycle Group Grand Parade in Penrith – Saturday, 21 March 2009  (Raised Council)   

Council has received a request from the Ulysses Motor Cycle Group for approval to hold their Grand Parade through Penrith on Saturday, 21 March 2009.

 

The club will be holding their Annual General Meeting in the Penrith Valley from 16 March to 22 March 2009, during which time Ulysses members will take part in a Grand Parade as a thank you to the community for allowing them to share their city.  It is proposed that the Parade would be incorporated into the Penrith City Festival starting at 8:00am, with 2,000 to 4,000 motor cycles participating.  The Parade would be approximately three kilometres long, and it is envisaged it would take approximately two hours for all bikes to complete.

 

The Ulysses Club has had a committee working on the route since March 2006.  This committee includes officers from Penrith Police, Gladys Reed from the Penrith City Centre Association, Council officers and personnel from the Rural Fire Service.

 

The committee agreed that the assembly area would be in Jamison Park, which would be large enough to cope with the number of bikes, and the roads inside the park would be ample for the staging of the bikes without any need to use the grassed fields.

 

It is envisaged that bikes would begin to arrive from 6:00am and be directed into the park from the York Road entrance and form up for the exit onto Jamison Road (opposite Castlereagh Street).  Jamison Road would be closed from the roundabout at York Road through to Racecourse Road, and this section of roadway could also be used as a staging area from York Road to Castlereagh Street.  Racecourse Road would be used as a detour for traffic around the closed section of Jamison Road.

 

The Parade would start at 8:00am, riding two abreast and turning right out of Jamison Park onto the westbound lane of Jamison Road, then crossing over to the eastbound lane after the centre islands and before the Racecourse Road intersection, proceeding eastbound to the Evan Street lights, turning left into Evan Street, continuing along Evan Street to High Street lights (at the Fire Station), turn left into High Street through the city centre to Station Street, turn left into Station Street, then to the gates of the Penrith Paceway (opposite Centre Shopping Centre), turn right into the Paceway and around the back to the crossovers to form up in the centre arena for the official Opening Ceremony.

 

Road Closures

 

The path of the parade requires the following road closures.

 

Main Path

·    Jamison Road, eastbound lane from York Road to Evan Street

·    Jamison Road, westbound lane from Racecourse Road to York Road

·    Evan Street, northbound from Jamison Road to High Street

·    High Street, westbound from Evan Street to Castlereagh Street

·    High Street will be closed in both directions for the Penrith City Festival from Castlereagh to the Great Western Highway

·    Station Street will be closed from Henry Street to Union Road for the Festival

·    Station Street from Union road to the first entrance into Centro Shopping Centre after the gates into the Paceway.

 

All side roads along this route will be closed, requiring signs and barricades and traffic marshals.

 

Impact Areas

 

Jamison Park

Ulysses organisers believe that this event will take place in between the cricket and soccer seasons so the number of people using the park should be minimal, especially at that time of day.  The organisers will contact the relevant organisations and Council to book the park at that time for their use.

 

Lights at Evan Street/Jamison Road

Police have advised that they can manage these signals without too many problems.  The original route bypassed this intersection via Warwick Street and Stafford Streets, but was changed for a more direct flow of the parade in the last month.

 

Hornseywood Avenue

Residents will not have access to Jamison Road or Evan Street without crossing over the parade route.  This will be a Police and marshalling issue.

 

Houses and Units along Jamison Road & Evan Street

A flyer will be delivered to all residents along the route, and closer to the date of the event a doorknock will be undertaken.  Public education through handouts and print media will be used extensively before and during the event.

 

Evan Street

This street will be open to southbound traffic for the entire length and will be separated from the parade with witches' hats.

 

 

Roundabouts at Derby Street & Lethbridge Street

These are one lane, and organisers will need to bring the parade back to single file for this part of Evan Street.

 

Fire Station

Apparently with enough notice, the fire trucks can be moved to Regentville Station for the duration of the parade.  Organisers will meet with the Station Supervisor to ascertain whether this is possible.

 

Catholic Church

A meeting will be organised with the Priest to discuss the impact and offer solutions for access for his parishioners if necessary.

 

Penrith City Festival

The Festival stalls will not be operating before or during the parade, and barricade tape will be in place for that section of High Street and removed after the parade passes.

 

Penrith Pool

Access to and from the pool will have to be managed with marshals, and discussions will be held with the pool Manager.

 

Centro Shopping Centre

Discussions will be held with the Centre Management as to the effect of the parade on the Centre.

 

Traffic Management Plans and Traffic Control Plans will be submitted by the Grand Parade Director.

 

RECOMMENDED

 

That the Committee note the information.

 

GB 2          Castlereagh Road, Cranebrook – Request for Provision of Shielded Lane  (Raised Council)         

Council has received a request from the Manager of the Penrith Whitewater Stadium for the provision of a shielded lane on Castlereagh Road, as vehicles travelling south on Castlereagh Road at McCarthy’s Lane are forcing merging vehicles to make dangerous weaving manoeuvres.

RECOMMENDED

That:

1.   The matter be referred to the Roads and Traffic Authority to investigate a suitable intersection layout to remove the potential for conflict to occur at this location.

2.   The Manager of the Penrith Whitewater Stadium be advised of the Committee’s recommendation.

 

 

 

GB 3          The Northern Road, Cranebrook – Request for Advance Warning of Traffic Signals  (Raised Council)   

Council has received concerns from a Cranebrook resident regarding traffic safety on The Northern Road for northbound vehicles approaching the Borrowdale Way traffic signals.  The resident claims that there is limited warning of the traffic signals ahead and in addition, has requested widening along The Northern Road between Andrews Road and Borrowdale Way.

RECOMMENDED

That Council request the Roads and Traffic Authority to investigate these matters.

 

GB 4          Great Western Highway/Park Street, Emu Plains – Traffic Safety at Intersection  (Raised Councillor Rumble)                                                                                                                     

Councillor Rumble has raised concerns on behalf of a resident regarding traffic safety for vehicles turning out of Park Street, Emu Plains.  The resident has requested an investigation into the feasibility of providing either a roundabout or traffic signals at this intersection.  The resident claims there are sight distance problems for vehicles turning right out of Park Street onto the Great Western Highway, and traffic safety problems for vehicles turning left out of Park Street onto the Great Western Highway caused by vehicles turning right out of Nepean Street failing to give way.

RECOMMENDED

That Council and the Roads and Traffic Authority investigate this matter and report on any options for improvements at this intersection.

 

GB 5          Mackellar Street, Emu Plains – Endorsement of Signposting & Linemarking  (Raised Council)    

Mackellar Street, Emu Plains has recently had additional kerb and guttering constructed, and Council’s Senior Traffic Engineer tabled a plan for endorsement of signposting and linemarking at this location.

RECOMMENDED

That the plan be endorsed, ensuring that the signposting to be installed does not conflict with the existing signposting further along Mackellar Street.

 

 

GB 6          Bus Routes – Request for Approval to Operate School Bus Service in Various Streets in Cranebrook  (Raised Westbus)                                                                                                    

The Westbus representative requested approval to operate a school bus service in streets where they don’t currently operate.  The school bus service (currently operating at approximately 3.30pm in Cranebrook) travels along Sherringham Road, then turns right into The Northern Road and on to Cambridge Gardens and carries around 45 students.  The right turn from Sherringham Road into The Northern Road has now been reported as hazardous following a serious incident at this intersection while the bus was full of schoolchildren.  As a result, the Transport Workers’ Union and the Occupational Health & Safety Committee have placed a ban on Westbus operating at the intersection.  To avoid this corner, it is proposed to amend the route to operate via Sherringham Road, right into Ironbark Drive, left into Bottlebrush Drive, left into Greygums Road, left into Andrews Road, and right into The Northern Road.  The Ministry of Transport has given verbal support for this change, however Council approval is also required.  This route has been risk assessed by Westbus safety personnel, with no issues being identified that would be classified as high risk in the nominated streets.  The amended route would involve only one extra stop (ie, the turn into Ironbark Drive).

RECOMMENDED

That the Local Traffic Committee raises no objection to the Westbus proposal.

 

 

GB 7          Bus Routes – Request for Approval to Operate School Bus Service in Various Streets in St Marys  (Raised Westbus)                                                                                                             

The Westbus representative requested approval to operate a school bus service in streets where they don’t currently operate.

Route 772 is currently operating at approximately 8.20am in St Marys South via Saddington Street, right into Garner Street, right into Putland Street, left in Mamre Road and on to St Marys Station.  This is a “once a day” service route diversion set to deliver Our Lady of the Rosary students to the front of the school. Records show an average of 25 students aboard.  The left turn from Putland Street to Mamre Road has been reported as hazardous as the “low floor” vehicles are unable to complete the turn without protruding into the southbound traffic lanes on Mamre Road.  Westbus propose to avoid the intersection by operating via Saddington Street, right into Garner Street, left into Putland Street, right into Princess Mary Street, right into Sainsbury Street, left into Mamre Road.

Westbus safety personnel have conducted a risk assessment of the above proposal and find no issues that would be classified as high risk in the nominated streets.

 

RECOMMENDED

That the Local Traffic Committee raises no objection to the Westbus proposal.

 

 

 

GB 8          Riley Street, Penrith – Ban on Bus Services  (Raised Westbus)                            

The Westbus representative advised that the Transport Workers’ Union (TWU) and the Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Committee have placed a ban on Westbus operating buses in Riley Street, Penrith, following a near accident with a pedestrian stepping out against the red ‘Don’t Walk’ sign.  The TWU and OH&S Committee have submitted the matter to the Industrial Relations Commission on two occasions.  As a result of this ban, approximately 40% of Westbus drivers are currently avoiding Riley Street, and are travelling directly up Station Street.

RECOMMENDED

That Council request Westfields management to provide an engineering solution to the problem by reinstating the area as a road, at no cost to Council, with provision of kerb and guttering and the removal of pavers, to stop pedestrians mistaking the Riley Street roadway as a continuation of the shopping centre.

 

 

There being no further business the Chairperson declared the meeting closed the time being 10:30am.

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That the recommendations contained in the Report and Recommendations of the Local Traffic Committee meeting held on 8 October, 2007 be adopted.

 

 

 


Ordinary Meeting

15 October 2007

Leadership and Organisation

 

REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE
 Policy Review Committee MEETING

HELD ON 8 October, 2007

 

PRESENT

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

 

APOLOGIES

An apology from Councillor Steve Simat was accepted.

 

LEAVE OF ABSENCE

Leave of Absence was previously granted to Councillor Susan Page for the period 8 October 2007 to 19 October 2007 inclusive.

Leave of Absence was previously granted to Councillor Garry Rumble for the period 8 October 2007 to 31 October 2007 inclusive.

 

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Councillor Kevin Crameri OAM declared a pecuniary interest in Item 5 – Draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 Stage 1 (Northern Rural Lands), as he owns property covered by the plan.  Councillor Crameri declared his intention to leave the meeting during debate and voting on this matter.

 

Councillor Jackie Greenow declared a pecuniary interest in Item 6 – Draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 Stage 1 (Heritage Items), as she owns property covered by the plan.  Councillor Greenow declared her intention to leave the meeting during debate and voting on this matter.

 

Councillor Ross Fowler declared a pecuniary interest in Item 1 – Penrith City Centre Plan; Item 2 – Draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 – Stage 1 and Penrith Development Control Plan 2008; Item 4 - Draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 Stage 1 (Southern Rural Lands); Item 5 - Draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 Stage 1 (Northern Rural Lands); and Item 6 - Draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 Stage 1 (Heritage Items), as he owns property covered by the plans.  Councillor Fowler also declared a pecuniary interest in Item 3 - Draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 Stage 1 (Industrial Lands) as he acts for property owners covered by the plan.  Councillor Fowler declared his intention to leave the meeting during debate and voting on these matters.

 

Councillor Jim Aitken OAM declared a pecuniary interest in Item 1 – Penrith City Centre Plan; Item 2 – Draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 – Stage 1 and Penrith Development Control Plan 2008; Item 3 – Draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 – Stage 1 (Industrial Lands); Item 4 - Draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 Stage 1 (Southern Rural Lands); Item 5 - Draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 Stage 1 (Northern Rural Lands); Item 6 - Draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 Stage 1 (Heritage Items); and Item 9 – South Werrington Urban Village – Draft Local Environmental Plan and Draft Amendment to Penrith Development Control Plan 2006, as he owns property covered by the plans.  Councillor Aitken declared his intention to leave the meeting during debate and voting on these matters.

 

Councillor Lexie Cettolin declared a pecuniary interest in Item 3 – Draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 – Stage 1 (Industrial Lands) and Item 5 – Draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 – Stage 1 (Northern Rural Lands), as she owns property covered by the plan.  Councillor Cettolin declared her intention to leave the meeting during debate and voting on these matters.

 

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES - Policy Review Committee Meeting - 10 September 2007

The minutes of the Policy Review Committee Meeting of 10 September 2007 were confirmed.

 

MASTER PROGRAM REPORTS

 

The City In Its Environment

 

Councillor Mark Davies left the meeting, the time being 8:12pm.

 

Councillor Mark Davies returned to the meeting, the time being 8:13pm.

 

Councillor Kevin Crameri OAM left the meeting, the time being 8:27pm.

 

Councillor Kevin Crameri OAM returned to the meeting, the time being 8:33pm.

 

12      South Creek Corridor Precinct Plan and the Gipps St site Master Plan

Mr Crosbie Lorrimer from Clouston Associates gave a presentation on the key findings and recommendations contained within the South Creek Precinct Plan and Gipps St Master Plan.

RECOMMENDED

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on the draft South Creek Corridor Precinct Plan and the Gipps St site Master Plan be received.

2.     Council endorse the draft South Creek Corridor Precinct Plan and the Gipps St site Master Plan enabling the public exhibition phase to commence.

3.     A report be submitted to Council at the conclusion of the public exhibition that details the feedback received and any necessary amendments to the South Creek Corridor Precinct Plan and the Gipps Street Master Plan before their final adoption.

 

The City in its Broader Context

 

Having previously declared an interest in Items 1 - 6, Councillor Jim Aitken left the meeting, the time being 8:41pm.

 

Having previously declared an interest in Items 1 - 6, Councillor Ross Fowler left the meeting, the time being 8:41pm.

 

1        Penrith City Centre Plan                                                                                                    

RECOMMENDED

That:

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

2.     Council adopt the revised draft Vision for Penrith City Centre and revised draft Penrith City Centre Development Control Plan 2007.

3.     Council support the revised draft Penrith City Centre Local Environmental Plan 2007, as attached, and with Item 4 of the R4 High Density Residential zone amended to prohibit retail premises (except neighbourhood shops where the maximum gross floor area does not exceed 100 square metres); Any other development not otherwise specified in item 2 or 3.

4.     Council support the revised draft Penrith City Centre Civic Improvements Plan.

5.     If the Minister for Planning directs the Council to make the revised draft Penrith City Centre Local Environmental Plan 2007 (LEP) and Penrith City Centre Civic Improvements Plan (CIP), Council write to the Minister consenting to the Minister making the LEP and CIP.

6.     If the Minister for Planning refuses to make the LEP, Council write to the Department of Planning in accordance with Section 68 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 requesting gazettal of the LEP.

7.     If the Minister refuses to make the CIP and directs Council to make the CIP, a further report on the CIP be forwarded to Council. 

8.     Penrith City Centre Development Control Plan 2007 take effect upon gazettal of Penrith City Centre Local Environmental Plan 2007.

9.     Those persons who made submissions during the exhibition period, including the public authorities and statutory bodies, be advised of Council’s resolution.

 

Having previously declared an interest in Item 3, Councillor Cettolin left the meeting, the time being 8:54pm.

 

2        Draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 - Stage 1 and Penrith Development Control Plan 2008      

RECOMMENDED that the information contained in the report on Draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 - Stage 1 and Penrith Development Control Plan 2008 be received.

 


 


3        Draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 - Stage 1 (Industrial Lands)                    

RECOMMENDED

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 - Stage 1 (Industrial Lands) be received.

2.     Council submit the provisions relating to the City’s industrial lands as part of the draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 – Stage 1 to the Department of Planning with a request that the Department issue a certificate under Section 65 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, 1979.

3.     When the Section 65 certificate is received, Council exhibit the provisions for the City’s industrial lands as part of draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 – Stage 1, with any minor amendments as directed by the Department of Planning in issuing the certificate.

4.     A further report be presented to Council, regarding the matters raised in submissions to the draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 – Stage 1, after the conclusion of the public exhibition.

 

Councillor Cettolin returned to the meeting, the time being 9:01pm.

 

4        Draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 - Stage 1 (Southern Rural Lands)          

RECOMMENDED

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 - Stage 1 (Southern Rural Lands) be received.

2.     Council submit the provisions relating to the City’s southern rural lands as part of draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 – Stage 1 to the Department of Planning, with a request that the Department issue a certificate under Section 65 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, 1979.

3.     When the Section 65 certificate is received, Council exhibit the provisions for the City’s southern rural lands as part of draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 – Stage 1, with any minor amendments as directed by the Department of Planning in issuing the certificate.

4.     A further report be presented to Council, regarding the matters raised in submissions to the draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 – Stage 1, after the conclusion of the public exhibition.

5.     The report to Council after the conclusion of the public exhibition is to include information on the proposed planning controls for Schools and Churches in the city’s rural lands, and in particular Orchard Hills.

 

Having previously declared an interest in Item 5, Councillor Kevin Crameri OAM left the meeting, the time being 9:22pm.


Having previously declared an interest in Item 5, Councillor Cettolin left the meeting, the time being 9:22pm.

 

5        Draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 - Stage 1 (Northern Rural Lands)          

RECOMMENDED

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 - Stage 1 (Northern Rural Lands) be received.

2.     Council submit the provisions relating to the City’s northern rural lands as part of draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 – Stage 1 to the Department of Planning, with a request that the Department issue a certificate under Section 65 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, 1979.

3.     When the Section 65 certificate is received, Council exhibit the provisions for the City’s northern rural lands as part of draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 – Stage 1, with any minor amendments as directed by the Department of Planning in issuing the certificate.

4.     A further report be presented to Council, regarding the matters raised in submissions to the draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 – Stage 1, after the conclusion of the public exhibition.

 

Councillor Cettolin returned to the meeting, the time being 9:23pm.

 

Having previously declared an interest in Item 6, Councillor Jackie Greenow left the meeting, the time being 9:23pm.

 

6        Draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 - Stage 1 (Heritage Items)                      

RECOMMENDED

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 - Stage 1 (Heritage Items) be received.

2.     Council submit the provisions relating to the City’s heritage as part of the draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 – Stage 1 to the Department of Planning with a request that the Department issue a certificate under Section 65 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, 1979.

3.     When the Section 65 certificate is received, Council exhibit the provisions for the City’s heritage, including the full list of proposed items, as part of draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 – Stage 1, with any minor amendments as directed by the Department of Planning in issuing the certificate.

4.     A further report be presented to Council, regarding the matters raised in submissions to the draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 – Stage 1, after the conclusion of the public exhibition.


Councillors Fowler, Aitken, Greenow, and Crameri returned to the meeting, the time being 9:25pm.

 

Councillor Jackie Greenow left the meeting, the time being 9:25pm.

 

Councillor Jackie Greenow returned to the meeting, the time being 9:26pm.

 

7        Draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 - Stage 1 (St Marys Town Centre)         

RECOMMENDED

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 - Stage 1 (St Marys Town Centre) be received.

2.     Council submit the provisions relating to St Marys Town Centre as part of the draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 – Stage 1 to the Department of Planning with a request that the Department issue a certificate under Section 65 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, 1979.

3.     When the Section 65 certificate is received, Council exhibit the provisions for the St Marys Town Centre as part of draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 – Stage 1, with any minor amendments as directed by the Department of Planning in issuing the certificate.

4.     A further report be presented to Council, regarding the matters raised in submissions to the draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 – Stage 1, after the conclusion of the public exhibition.

 

8        Draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 - Stage 1 (Proposed Reclassification of Public Land)        

RECOMMENDED

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 - Stage 1 (Proposed Reclassification of Public Land) be received.

2.     Council classify the land described in Schedule 4 of draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 – Stage 1 in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act 1993 and the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

3.     Council reclassify the land described in Schedule 4 of draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 – Stage 1 (being Lot 205 DP 31908, Lot 210 DP 31908, Lot 212 DP 31909, Lot 213 DP 31909, Lot 2141 DP 772116, Lot 2151 DP 740147, Lot 177 DP 26908, Lot 179 DP 26908, Lot 180 DP 26908, Lot 181 DP 26908, and Lot 185 DP 26908) from ‘community land’ to ‘operational land’ in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act 1993 and the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

4.     Council submit the list of public lands in Schedule 4 as part of draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 – Stage 1 to the Department of Planning with a request that the Department issue a certificate under Section 65 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, 1979.

5.     Council exhibit the list of public lands in Schedule 4 as part of draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 – Stage 1, once the certificate has been received, in accordance with any minor amendments requested by the Department as part of issuing the certificate.

6.     Council arrange a public hearing under section 68 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, as part of the public exhibition of Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 – Stage 1 in respect of the land proposed to be reclassified from ‘community land’ to ‘operational land’.

7.     A further report be presented to Council at the conclusion of the exhibition, which includes information on mechanisms that can be used to maintain the informal pedestrian pathways that link the northern and southern parts of the Dunheved Business Park, and connect to the former Dunheved Railway Station.

 

The City as a Social Place

 

10      Glenmore Park Stage 2 - Public Exhibition of Draft Local Environmental Plan and Penrith Development Control Plan Amendment                                                                                                   

RECOMMENDED

That:

1.      The information contained in the report on Glenmore Park Stage 2 - Public Exhibition of Draft Local Environmental Plan and Penrith Development Control Plan Amendment be received.

2.      Council indicate in principle support for Draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2007 – Glenmore Park attached to this report.

3.      In accordance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and Regulations 2000, Council adopt Penrith Development Control Plan 2006 Amendment – Glenmore Park Stage 2 attached to this report.

4.      The Penrith Development Control Plan 2006 Amendment – Glenmore Park Stage 2 take effect upon gazettal of Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2007 – Glenmore Park.

5.      A further report be provided to Council seeking adoption of Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2007 – Glenmore Park and the related Section 94 Development Contributions Plan and consideration of the Planning Agreement between Penrith City Council and Glenmore Park Stage 2 Landowners.

 


 


11      Draft Penrith City District Open Space Facilities Development Contributions Plan     

RECOMMENDED

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Draft Penrith City District Open Space Facilities Development Contributions Plan be received.

2.     Council endorse the draft Penrith City District Open Space Facilities Development Contributions Plan to enable the public exhibition phase to proceed.

3.     A further report be presented to Council on issues raised by the Penrith Sports Stadium Management and detailing any progress that has been made in response to their submissions.

 

Having previously declared an interest in Item 9, Councillor Aitken OAM left the meeting, the time being 9:33pm

 

9        South Werrington Urban Village - Draft Local Environmental Plan and Draft Amendment to Penrith Development Control Plan 2006                                                                                        

RECOMMENDED

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on South Werrington Urban Village - Draft Local Environmental Plan and Draft Amendment to Penrith Development Control Plan 2006 be received.

2.     In accordance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and the Regulations 2000, Council submit the draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan – South Werrington Urban Village, as attached to this report, to the Director-General of the Department of Planning, seeking the issue of a Section 65 Certificate to enable the draft Plan to be publicly exhibited.

3.     In accordance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and the Regulations 2000, the draft amendment to Penrith Development Control Plan 2006 Chapter 6 to incorporate planning controls relating to South Werrington Urban Village as attached to this report, be publicly exhibited.

4.     A further report be presented to Council following public exhibition of the draft Local Environmental Plan and draft Development Control Plan 2006 amendment, advising of the outcomes of exhibition and making further recommendations relating to the adoption of the final plans and affordable housing delivery for South Werrington Urban Village.

5.     The land owners of South Werrington Urban Village be advised of Council’s decision and that a Section 94 plan and affordable housing delivery will need to be resolved and endorsed by Council prior to Council being in a position to adopt the draft Local Environmental Plan for referral to the Department of Planning and the Minister for approval and gazettal.

 

Councillor Aitken OAM returned to the meeting, the time being 9:34pm.

 

Leadership and Organisation

 

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

RECOMMENDED

That:

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

2.     The Policy on the Payment of Expenses and Provision of Facilities to Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Councillors be adopted and submitted to the Department of Local Government with the following amendments, which in the opinion of the Council, are not considered to be substantial amendments:

·    Deletion of the words “including consumables” in the last line of clause 11.2.2; and

·    Deletion of the last sentence in clause 11.2.3 (reading “The Technology Consumables shall also be deducted from the allowance allowed for stationery supplies.”)

 

There being no further business the Chairperson declared the meeting closed the time being 9:38pm.

 

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That the recommendations contained in Item 1 – Penrith City Centre Plan of the Policy Review Committee meeting held on 8 October, 2007 be adopted.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That the recommendation contained in Item 2 – Draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 – Stage 1 and Penrith Development Control Plan 2008 of the Policy Review Committee meeting held on 8 October, 2007 be adopted.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That the recommendations contained in Item 3 - Draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 - Stage 1 (Industrial Lands) of the Policy Review Committee meeting held on 8 October, 2007 be adopted.

 

 


RECOMMENDATION

That the recommendations contained in Item 4 - Draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 - Stage 1 (Southern Rural Lands) of the Policy Review Committee meeting held on 8 October, 2007 be adopted.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That the recommendations contained in Item 5 - Draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 - Stage 1 (Northern Rural Lands) of the Policy Review Committee meeting held on 8 October, 2007 be adopted.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That the recommendations contained in Item 6 - Draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 - Stage 1 (Heritage Items) of the Policy Review Committee meeting held on 8 October, 2007 be adopted.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That the recommendations contained in Item 7 - Draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 - Stage 1 (St Marys Town Centre) of the Policy Review Committee meeting held on 8 October, 2007 be adopted.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That the recommendations contained in Item 8 - Draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 - Stage 1 (Proposed Reclassification of Public Land) of the Policy Review Committee meeting held on 8 October, 2007 be adopted.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That the recommendations contained in Items 9 – 13 of the Policy Review Committee meeting held on 8 October, 2007 be adopted.

 

 

  



 

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The City as a Social Place

 

1        Penrith Stadium Redevelopment 

 

2        Community and Cultural Development Department - Projects and Key Achievements

 

3        Provision of Sporting facilities at Brookfield Avenue, Werrington Downs

 

4        Children's Week Activities

 

5        NAIDOC Week Activities - 2007

 

6        Grant Application - 2007/08 WSAAS Funding Round

 

7        Penrith City Cultural Framework and Cultural Action Plan

 

8        Proposed variation of a restriction on the use of Lots 102 to 109, Lot 157, Lots 163 and 164 DP1108846 Caddens Road, Claremont Meadows. Applicant: J Wyndham Prince Pty Ltd;  Owner: UPL (NO9) Pty Limited DA04/1002

 

9        Penrith Community Development Support Expenditure (CDSE) Funding Program 2007

 

10      Regional Partnerships Program - Londonderry Neighbourhood Centre

 

The City In Its Environment

 

11      Update on progress of Wallacia / Mulgoa Sewerage Scheme

 

12      Floodplain Management Authorities (FMA) Conference - 26 February to 29 February 2008

  

The City Supported by Infrastructure

 

13      NSW Rural Fire Brigade Insurance

 

14      Grant Funding - Llandilo Rural Fire Service Brigade

 

15      Penrith CBD - Temporary Christmas Shuttle Bus

 

Leadership and Organisation

 

16      Action Taken on Resolutions of the 2006 LGA Conference

 

17      Extensions to Civic Centre

 

18      City Operations Directorate Report to end of September 2007

 

19      Pecuniary Interest Returns

 

20      Summary of Investments & Banking for the period 1 August 2007 to 31 August 2007 and 1 September to 30 September

 

 


 

 

The City in its Broader Context

 

 

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The City as a Social Place

 

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1        Penrith Stadium Redevelopment 

 

2        Community and Cultural Development Department - Projects and Key Achievements

 

3        Provision of Sporting facilities at Brookfield Avenue, Werrington Downs

 

4        Children's Week Activities

 

5        NAIDOC Week Activities - 2007

 

6        Grant Application - 2007/08 WSAAS Funding Round

 

7        Penrith City Cultural Framework and Cultural Action Plan

 

8        Proposed variation of a restriction on the use of Lots 102 to 109, Lot 157, Lots 163 and 164 DP1108846 Caddens Road, Claremont Meadows. Applicant: J Wyndham Prince Pty Ltd;  Owner: UPL (NO9) Pty Limited DA04/1002

 

9        Penrith Community Development Support Expenditure (CDSE) Funding Program 2007

 

10      Regional Partnerships Program - Londonderry Neighbourhood Centre

 

 



Ordinary Meeting

15 October 2007

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Penrith Stadium Redevelopment    

 

Compiled by:                Tony Jarrett, Acting Facilities Operations Manager

Matthew Bullivant,  Legal Officer

Authorised by:             Tony Jarrett, Acting Facilities Operations Manager

Stephen Britten, Acting Director - City Services   

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 provide an update on the project and to seek authority to grant monies for the construction of the upgrades to the Penrith Stadium.  The report recommends that the information be received and the grant monies be transferred under Section 356 of the Local Government Act on satisfactory completion of agreed works.

 

Background

Council last considered this matter on 25 June 2007, when it reconvened the Penrith Football Stadium Redevelopment Working Party to “develop and report back to Council on a recommended scope of works for Stage 2 of the Penrith Football Stadium Redevelopment”.

 

The New South Wales Government has now paid to the Council $5 million for further redevelopment of the Stadium for a centre of excellence for sport and recreation.

 

Previously, the Federal Government has contributed $10 million and those works were completed in 2006, which included a new field of play, refurbishment of the existing western grandstand, provision of new spectator seating, offices and administration, media facilities and chairman’s lounge.  When this was delivered, Penrith Rugby League Club Ltd administration demonstrated an expertise in project management that delivered a cost effective process for the redevelopment of the western grandstand (the Penrith Rugby League Club Ltd employs staff with extensive construction expertise that have been utilised in certain of its construction projects). This process delivered significant benefits to the project.

 

Working Party

The Working Party met on 10 September 2007.  A presentation was made by Scott Carver Architects, who were engaged by Penrith Rugby League Club Ltd, on options as to how the grant from the State Government could be spent.  The Working Party has asked the Architects to develop options in a priority discussed at the Working party.  The work envisaged relates to:

 

§ Upgrade to the eastern grandstand;

§ Improved forecourt area on the north eastern corner of the site;

§ Improved toilet facilities in both eastern and western grandstands.

 

The next Working Party meeting is scheduled for 29 October 2007 at which time prioritised options are expected to be determined and recommendations made to Council at its meeting on 5 November 2007.

 

Delivery of the Works

If Council is to undertake the works, it will be required to develop construction documentation and call formal tenders under the Local Government Act. The development of the documentation and the formality of the calling of a tender will add significant time to the delivery of the project.  As pointed out earlier in the report, Penrith Rugby League Club Ltd has demonstrated an innovative approach to project management, where trade packages are developed which are managed by a builder, but allow the construction employees of the Penrith Rugby League Club Ltd more direct management of the process.  This process has allowed for significant flexibility in the delivery of the project which has provided significant benefits to the project. 

 

Council has power under the Local Government Act to provide financial assistance to external bodies by resolution of the Council where that body is a not for profit organisation.  This is under Section 356 of the Local Government Act.  Council has been provided with the grant monies by the State Government, and Council does have the power under Section 356 to pass on the grant funds to the Club for the Club to be able to administer the construction of the project.  This is of course subject to prudential controls put in place.  Those controls would include the following:

 

§ Clearly specifying the works to be undertaken;

§ Only release money on progress works to be valued by a Council engaged Quantity Surveyor;

§ Entering into a deed with the project builder allowing Council to step in should the Club experience financial difficulty.

 

Council has sought external legal advice and the officers have provided these comments after considering the external legal advice.

 

Department of Sport and Recreation Officers have indicated that they would not object to this approach as long as adequate prudential controls were in place and that the contribution was spent on its specific purpose – that is, development of the Stadium.

 

Financial Services Manager’s Comment

If a decision is made by Council to support construction management of Stage 2 of the Penrith Stadium redevelopment being undertaken by Penrith Rugby League Club Ltd, it would be proposed to continue holding the $5 million contribution, plus interest in a Reserve. Payments on progress claims received would be made after they had been reviewed by an external Quantity Surveyor engaged by Council.

 

Costs of engaging the Quantity Surveyor and other legal costs associated with this project are likely to be around $30,000.  It is proposed that these costs not be taken out of the $5 million contribution. Council currently sets aside the rental income of the stadium in a reserve which is utilised for enhancements to the Penrith Stadium precinct. The anticipated closing balance of this reserve for 2007-08 is $96,458. The above costs could be sourced from this reserve.

 

Proposed Actions

If Council adopts the position of allowing Penrith Rugby League Club to construct and manage the project, as outlined in this report, then Council’s Solicitors will be engaged to develop documentation to protect the prudential position of Council as outlined in the report.  It is also proposed to write to the Department of Sport and Recreation to formally advise that Council is proceeding to pass on the grant monies and implement the prudential controls as set out in this report. 

 

Conclusion

The Working Party that Council established for the Stadium redevelopment has met and provided the Architect with directions on options that will be developed and further considered by the Working Party.  The Working Party will make recommendations on the scope of works to the Council in due course. 

 

The Penrith Rugby League Club has demonstrated construction management expertise which has provided benefits to the project, involving the use of the $10 million Federal Government grant, and the works involving this were finished last year and described in the report. The State Government has now paid $5 million to the Council to upgrade further components of the stadium.  The report is suggesting that Council use its powers under Section 356 of the Local Government Act to make payments to the Penrith Rugby League Club Ltd, after works are completed to the value of the works as determined by a Quantity Surveyor.  The Club will have to commit to deliver a scope of works which will be presented to Council in the next report.

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

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

2.     Council agree to grant Penrith Rugby League Club Ltd monies it holds for this project ($5 million grant from State Government) to be paid on the completion of works as determined by a Quantity Surveyor and in accordance with prudential controls as set out in the report, subject to legal documentation recommended by Council’s external solicitors and to the satisfaction of the Legal Officer and Director ~ City Services.

3.       The Department of Sport and Recreation be advised that Council is proceeding in accordance with the report on Penrith Stadium Redevelopment.

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

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Ordinary Meeting

15 October 2007

The City as a Social Place

 

 

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Community and Cultural Development Department - Projects and Key Achievements   

 

Compiled by:                Jeni Pollard, Neighbourhood Renewal Coordinator

Joe Ibbitson, Community Program Coordinator

Tracy Leahy, Community Program Coordinator

Teresa Luk-Leung, Senior Social Planner

Authorised by:             Erich Weller, Community and Cultural Development Manager   

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

Critical Action: Support community organisations to address the differing needs and issues of the various age groups through Council's policy responses, program initiatives and advocacy.

     

Purpose:

To provide Council with an update on the work undertaken by the Community and Cultural Development Department.  This report highlights projects and activities undertaken in the six months from January to June 2007.  The report recommends the information be received.

 

Background

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

 

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

 

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

 

The majority of activities and achievements included in the report were undertaken between January 2007 and the end of June 2007.  In a few cases activities in late 2006 are also summarised.

Community and Cultural Development Department Projects and Activities

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

 

·    Social Needs Identification and Planning

·    Community Development, Planning and Advocacy

·    Youth Program Development and Planning

·    Liaison with Aboriginal Communities

·    Multicultural Community Development and Access

·    Disability Access Policy and Planning

·    Aged Services Development and Planning

·    Lemongrove Gardens Retirement Village

 

Major Projects

This section provides brief updates on Neighbourhood Renewal, Cultural Planning and Development, the South Penrith Community Facilities Precinct and the Social Services and Community Organisation Accommodation Needs Study.  A key difference between these major projects, and other projects and activities summarised in this report, is that these major items will be the subject of separate detailed reports to Council as required.

 

Neighbourhood Renewal

The Neighbourhood Renewal initiative, as a component of the broader Established Areas Strategy, has continued to work actively in a number of localities across the city.

 

The program has focused on 4 key areas during this period, including:

 

1.   Developing partnerships with external organisations, agencies and other levels of government. This has resulted in a number of initiatives including:

·    A partnership program with 4 local primary schools, two high schools, and a range of community organisations that supported positive parenting and developing resilience skills in children and young people.

·    Strengthened service connections between Community Development, Community Safety and specialist staff within Department of Housing and preparation for joint activities in the Kingswood Park area.

2.   Developing internal partnerships to better coordinate service delivery and raise awareness of Council services in selected neighbourhoods. This has resulted in a number of initiatives including:

·    A sustainable literacy program developed in conjunction with St Marys North Primary School and staff from St Marys Library. This has resulted in a range of students from the school joining and utilising library services in St Marys.  The program, with school support, continues into the 2007/08 year.

·    Staff continue to support and resource social programs and Families First activities in both North St Marys and Cranebrook and the Neighbourhood Advisory Board in Cranebrook. This support includes coordination of Council services to participate in neighbourhood ‘family fun days’ and other local programs.

The Mayor launches the Principal’s Reading Challenge at St Marys North Primary School

3.   Undertaking research and policy development to support the implementation of the Neighbourhood Renewal and related programs over coming years. This has included:

·    Data and research analysis on selected areas for the Neighbourhood Renewal Program that will also incorporate 2006 Census data. The analysis, which is due for completion in the next quarter, will inform priority activities and further area selection for the Neighbourhood Renewal Program;

·    A photographic record of each of the 11 areas, for the purpose of identifying initial issues for resolution, and for use in evaluation over the next  5 to 10 years of the program;

·    Development of a draft Public Domain Principles and Public Art Strategy to support the development of quality public art in quality public domain areas of the City.

 

4.    Engaging with the community and other organisations through a number of micro-project activities.  These have included:

 

·    Supporting a planning day for the Neighbourhood Advisory Board and key partners in the Cranebrook area;

 

·    Supporting activities for Aboriginal families in the Cranebrook area;

 

·    Supporting planning for family and children’s services in the St Marys area with a range of non-government providers.

 

In addition to these key activity areas, staff recruitment has led to the appointment of the Community Engagement and Cultural Development specialist staff. A separate, more detailed report on progress on the implementation of the AREA Strategy is currently being prepared for Council’s consideration.

 

Cultural Planning and Development

Further work has been completed on developing cross-organisational ownership of the Penrith City Cultural Framework and the Cultural Development Action Plan.  The Framework and Action Plan were reported to a Councillor Briefing in September.  A report is currently being finalised for an Ordinary Meeting to endorse the Framework and Action Plan.

 

A number of key milestones have been achieved in this area over the period January to June 2007. The first of these is the successful submission to ArtsNSW for funds for a Cultural Development Officer – City, to support the implementation of City-wide planning strategies and invigorate public spaces in the City Centres.  Employment processes have commenced for this position.

 

A draft Public Domain Principles and Public Art Strategy, that will encourage place making arts initiatives at a local level has been completed and will be presented for endorsement in the next quarter. This Strategy has been developed in conjunction with key senior staff and officers from across a range of departments of Council.

 

Placemaking and public art has also been incorporated as a key objective and outcome in the Draft District Open Space Development Contributions Plan.  This Draft Plan will be reported separately to Council by the Environmental Planning Manager.

 

As stated earlier in the report, a Cultural Development Officer - Local has been employed as part of the Neighbourhood Renewal Program. This position will support place making and community cultural development activities at the neighbourhood level.

 

The Penrith Area Youth Music Scholarship 2007 was launched in May. This scholarship is a partnership project with the Department of Housing and was successfully launched with a high level of interest, resulting in the awarding of two scholarships to local young people.

 

Other cultural development activities include the launch of a Community Harmony Project in Cranebrook, and a partnership with the City’s principal cultural facilities to support the Older Women’s Network to establish a choir and hold rehearsals at the JSPAC.  This latter initiative was a part of Seniors Week 2007.  The initiative was such a success that the Choir continues to meet and includes a diverse range of members.

 

South Penrith Community Facilities Precinct

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

 

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

 

During 2005/06, Council commissioned architectural and urban design advice on the South Penrith precinct. A set of design principles and objectives, as well as preliminary concept design options for the site, were developed. A two staged design solution, presented in a report to CMT on 17 August 2006, is being reviewed as a result of a reconsideration of the potential opportunities available on the site. The site has been identified as a ‘small village centre’ within the context of the NSW State Government’s Metropolitan Strategy centres hierarchy.

 

In February 2007, Council approved a new Development Application by the owners of the adjacent Southlands Shopping Centre. Council officers have been working closely with the owners and their representatives to emphasise the importance of the whole village centre as a ‘community hub’ which has the potential for integrated retail, recreation and community facilities. Through this collaborative approach, it is anticipated that Council can bring about maximum benefit to the local community and achieve a safer and more vibrant community precinct.

 

A key priority, at this stage of the project, is the relocation of the Youth Service from the old cottage on Maxwell Street. An alternative temporary location for the youth workers has now been negotiated with SPYNS, the auspice organisation for the youth services, and it is anticipated that the relocation will occur before the end of 2007. Further work has been undertaken on the feasibility of progressing a ‘leading edge’ option in association with the development of the new Local Plan, and a report on these matters, including the development of a concept Masterplan for the site, has been considered by CMT.  A report is now being finalised for a Council Policy Review Committee meeting.

 

Social Service and Community Organisation Accommodation Needs Study

Further work has progressed on the accommodation matters canvassed in the Study.  Issues and data on community and cultural organisation accommodation needs relevant to the Penrith Valley Cultural Precinct at St Marys have been considered and, where appropriate, incorporated in the planning for the redevelopment of the Precinct.

 

In relation to the Penrith City Centre, additional analysis of floorspace requirements for a new regional multipurpose community services facility in the City Centre is being completed.  A further analysis of site opportunities is also underway.  Initial priority is being given to those social service organisations currently accommodated in the old Council Chambers.

 

The Penrith City Centre Draft Planning Documents estimate the cost of community service facility provision at $15 million.  An allocation of $7.5 million towards this project is from development contributions in the City Centre.  Council is progressing representations to the State and Federal governments on this matter.

 

Social Needs Identification and Planning

The social planning function supports new release area planning, and monitors and assesses demographic and urban change across the City.

New Release Area Program

The Department continues to effectively resource the social planning requirements of the extensive new release area program.  Particular emphasis in the last six months was on providing advice to the planning processes for the WELL precinct, Glenmore Park Stage 2 Release Area, the Penrith Lakes Development, Waterside, and the St Mary’s Delfin Lendlease Human Services Consortium.

 

Work was also completed on a number of social impact assessments for requests for transfers of additional gaming machines.  Advice was also provided to the State Government review of its Seniors Living policy.

 

 

Census of Population and Housing 2006

The Census of Population and Housing is the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ largest data collection activity and is carried out every 5 years. The Census provides vital information to assist planning for all levels of government as well as the private sector. It aims to accurately measure the number of people in Australia on Census Night, their key characteristics, and the dwellings in which they live.  National Census night was held on 8 August 2006.

 

It is anticipated that the first 2006 Census data will be released in mid 2007.  Based on previous years, information is released progressively according to the complexity, with some data taking up to 18 months to be available. 

 

The Local Planning Department is leading Council’s commissioning of ABS 2006 Census data from Id.  A presentation will be made on the 2006 data, to a Council Briefing, by Id. in September.

 

Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Housing

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the Strategic Partnership Agreement between Penrith City Council and NSW Department of Housing formalises existing collaborative mechanisms between Council and the Department of Housing.  The MOU provides a framework within which existing and new projects can be further developed and progressed.

 

The immediate priority projects that are agreed for further work are:

 

·    continued partnership on the Neighbourhood Renewal Program in Cranebrook and North St Marys and more recently Kingswood Park;

·    progressing joint planning for the Glossop Street, St Marys precinct where the Department has a significant number of properties;

·    exploring ways to respond to the need for affordable housing in the City;

·    developing a service agreement for operational issues between the two parties.

 

An MOU meeting between Council senior staff and the General Manager, Greater Western Sydney Housing Services Division, and other DoH staff, was held in May 2007.

 

At the MOU meeting, Council provided an update on progress with the further implementation of the AREA Strategy.  This included Council’s Neighbourhood Renewal Program as well as the larger AREA Strategy.

 

Agreement was reached in jointly moving forward with the planning study for the Glossop Street, St Marys precinct.  A brief has been finalised and a number of consultants have been requested to provide expressions of interest to undertake the work.  The Local Planning Manager leads this joint project with the Department of Housing.  A joint Study reference group will support the completion of the work.

 

A report on affordable housing was presented to Council at the August 2006 Policy Review Committee meeting.  Since that time, extensive work has been undertaken by Council officers in reaching in principle agreement with the Glenmore Park Stage 2 Landowners Group on how Council’s affordable housing objective, as articulated in the Sustainability Blueprint, will be met.  These negotiations are led by Council’s Environmental Planning Manager.  A further report on affordable housing, focussing on accommodation needs for people with a disability, will be presented to a Councillor Briefing.

 

The Service Agreement for Operational Issues aims to enhance efficient communication and response on operational issues that arise on a day-to-day basis for Department of Housing Client Services Officers as well as Council officers.  A draft Agreement has now been developed and forwarded to the Department of Housing for further input.

 

A meeting was held in late August 2007 with Department of Housing officers and Council operational staff, to build joint understanding of the Agreement and consider any final changes before a report to Council.  Once approved, a formal signing of the agreement between Council and the DoH will be held.

 

Claremont Meadows Community Centre Extensions

Council approved the tender for the construction of the Claremont Meadows Community Centre extension in February 2007.  Work was expected to be completed by the end of May 2007.  The project is behind schedule due to contractor delays.  Remedial action has been taken by Building Services to ensure the project progresses and is completed in the first quarter of 2007/08.

 

Community Development, Planning and Advocacy

This function includes a range of community development tasks focussed on the broader community as well as target groups not covered by portfolio specific staff.  It also includes a number of funding programs co-ordinated by Council.

 

Community Information Day at Kingswood Park Neighbourhood Centre

In conjunction with the Connecting Communities Project and a range of government and non-government partners, a Community Information Day was held at the Kingswood Park Neighbourhood Centre. The Information Day was held in response to an identified need in the Kingswood Park area for greater access to service information for families, particularly those with young children.

 

A range of Council services participated on the day, either through providing information, such as Community Safety and the Sustainability Unit, or with logistical support, such as assistance provided by Building Services and Facilities Operations in preparing the building and surrounds for the event. The event was well attended with children and families enjoying a range of activities including face painting and craft.

 

Western Sydney Area Assistance Scheme

The Area Assistance Scheme (AAS) is a regional community development program administered by the NSW Department of Community Services. This funding program provides grants to local councils and non-government organisations for projects that improve community wellbeing and how communities function. The AAS works within a whole-of-government framework to deliver its outcomes.  These include connecting communities through partnerships, building community leadership and capacity, and promoting safe communities.

 

Council’s Community Projects Officer is responsible for managing this funding program in the Penrith LGA.  This includes supporting community organisations to develop projects, and assisting organisations in the application process.  Council’s Social Planning staff provide support and data on local priority needs.

 

In the 2006-2007 AAS funding round, the Penrith LGA was successful in securing funding for a four year project that will work towards positive outcomes for young women with dual diagnosis issues – that is mental health and an intellectual disability. This project is auspiced by the Richmond Fellowship of NSW.  The organisation intends to work with other partners to address issues impacting on service delivery for this client group, as well as empowering these young women to advocate for themselves.

 

The upcoming 2007-2008 AAS funding round will open on 4 August and close on 5 September 2007. Significant preparation and promotion is now taking place to ensure that community organisations have access to this funding opportunity.  This includes an information session which was held at the Civic Centre in late July 2007.

 

Community Development Support Expenditure Scheme

The Community Development and Support Expenditure (CDSE) Scheme is a state-wide funding program that supports larger registered clubs to contribute to the wellbeing of the local community. This program is carried out in partnership with the NSW State Government, local Registered Clubs, and the NSW Council of Social Services. Council convenes the local committee, provides information and promotion on the Scheme to the broader community, and undertakes administration to support the scheme.

 

In 2007, 11 local registered clubs participated in the Scheme, and at this point in time it is anticipated that approximately $416,000 will be allocated to community organisations for a variety of projects and programs targeting community welfare and social services, community development, community health services, and employment assistance activities. Projects funded will help to meet the needs of diverse sections of the community, including children, youth, families, people with disabilities, older people, Aboriginal people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds as well as the broader community.

 

A report on the 2007 CDSE funding round will also be presented to tonight’s Ordinary Meeting of Council providing details of the organisations funded and amounts allocated.

 

In addition to the annual funding process, the Community and Cultural Development Department, in partnership with Executive Services, organised and held a Civic Reception to acknowledge the contribution registered clubs make to the local community. This reception was held on 7 March 2007, and was attended by over 100 Club representatives, community organisations and other guests. 

 

This event acknowledged the history and achievements of the Penrith CDSE Committee.  In 2000, the Penrith Local Government Area was the first area in NSW to successfully implement the Committee model to distribute CDSE funding in a Local Government Area. Since then, the NSW Government has adopted a similar process throughout NSW to manage the allocation of CDSE funding as a result of Penrith’s success.

 

A booklet was launched at the Reception to celebrate the contribution and involvement of the registered clubs and community representatives that participate in the Penrith CDSE Committee, as well as highlighting a number of local community organisations that have had successful CDSE projects.

 

Development of the Advocacy Strategy for the Women’s Services Sector

Council’s Management Plan 2006 – 2007 identified that women residing in Penrith experience barriers to accessing services. This matter has been prioritised and acknowledged as a task, which is to ‘finalise an advocacy strategy with the Women’s Services Sector to address service equity’ (Issue 5).

 

A consultant was engaged to undertake research on local women’s access to services to inform the structure and actions to be included in an effective advocacy strategy for the Penrith LGA.

 

A forum was held at Council on 22 May 2007, with local service providers, both government and non-government, to identify service equity issues for women living in the Penrith LGA, and to determine appropriate levels of service provision for women. This forum was well attended, and provided Council with the opportunity to identify key priority issues that Council can take forward with local and State partners.

 

The Draft Women’s Services Sector Advocacy Strategy is currently being finalised with the identification of responsibilities and timeframes for the implementation of actions.  Once this is completed, the Draft Strategy will be presented to Council for consideration.

 

Community Assistance Program

Council’s Community Assistance Program (CAP) provides small grants to non–profit organisations and community based groups to meet local community needs.

 

In the 2006-07 CAP Funding Round, Council received 57 applications, of which 25 projects were successful in receiving either full or part funding. The total amount provided in the 2006-07 funding round was over $19,000.

 

As a result of the projects funded, local residents from across the city have benefited from a wide range of program activities and community events, including:

 

·    Social events and outings for older people;

·    Arts programs for young people;

·    Training Room upgrade at the TRI Community Exchange;

·    Community Picnic to celebrate International Day of Persons with a Disability. 

 

The 2006-07 CAP cheques were presented to representatives of successful organisations by the Mayor at a function on Wednesday, 14 February 2007.

 

                      

Mayor Councillor Pat Sheehy presenting a CAP cheque to Kate Cvetanovska
 (Nepean Interyouth Service) at CAP Presentation Function – February 2007

 

As a result of the recognised success of Council’s Community Assistance Program, Council has allocated an additional $20,000 to this Program in the 2007/08 year.  Council officers are also completing a review of the eligibility criteria and related matters.  This was reported to Council at a Policy Review Committee meeting in September 2007 and all the recommendations were endorsed.

 

International Women’s Day 2007

On 8 March 2007, Penrith City held a local celebration of International Women’s Day 2007 at the St Marys Community Centre. The event was well attended by over 300 local residents, government and non-government agency representatives, and distinguished guests.

 

Penrith City Council’s support for this annual celebration, through partnerships with local community based and other government agencies, demonstrated the importance of this occasion to recognise the achievements of women and their contribution to society, and more specifically to Penrith City. The partners involved included the Penrith Women’s Health Centre, Department of Community Services (Violence Against Women Program), the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry, the Warehouse Youth Health Service, Mission Australia, and Nepean Migrant Access.

 

Participants at this year’s event heard from distinguished local women including Mrs Karyn Paluzzano, MP for Penrith, who spoke of their personal experiences and significant achievements that had a positive impact on their local communities. Participants were treated to a variety of entertainment, performances, and exhibitions of local artwork.  A number of local social service organisations also provided useful information about services and programs available for women.

 

Participants at the IWD 2007 Celebrations Event. Hanging on the wall is the IWD Banner which the participants were invited to sign towards the end of the Celebrations Event.

 

Neighbourhood Centres Week 2007

Neighbourhood Centres Week (7-13 May 2007) is an annual celebration to raise community awareness of Neighbourhood Centres’ services and activities, and also to celebrate achievements by these organisations. The week is held to promote the services at each local Neighbourhood Centre through community events, and other promotions.

 

Council’s support of Neighbourhood Centres Week provides recognition of the important work and contribution of local groups and organisations to their community. In 2007, Council’s Community and Cultural Development Department and Facilities Operations Department collaborated with local Neighbourhood Centres, and the Volunteer Management Committee Network, to organise local celebrations and awareness raising activities. 

 

Shopping centre information stalls were held at Penrith Plaza and St Marys Village Centre, and library displays at the Penrith and St Marys Libraries. 

 

A range of information about local Neighbourhood Centres and their services and programs was available at the stalls and the displays included photos and posters. Neighbourhood Centre staff and volunteers were also present at the stalls to answer questions and enquiries from residents, and free activities were provided including children’s face painting.

 

                             

Neighbourhood Centres Week 2007 – Council officer David Fowler with Neighbourhood Centres workers and volunteers at the St Marys Village Centre

 

Community Directory – 2007 Update

Council’s Community Services Directory is available in hard copy and also on-line. The directory provides information about community services and facilities that are available to residents in the Penrith City area.  Details are provided about the services provided by each organisation as well as the necessary contact details and service location.

 

It is a useful resource for the social services sector, residents, internal staff and others to access information and the contact details of over 300 government, non-government, and community based organisations and social support groups that service the Penrith Local Government Area.

 

In June 2007, the directory update was completed.  A hard copy version has been produced in addition to an electronic version (CD), as well as on-line on Council’s website.  Council is particularly promoting the electronic and website option to minimise the use of paper.

 

Volunteer Management Committee Network

The Management Committee Network was established over two years ago as a partnership between Council, local Neighbourhood Centres and volunteer committee members. The Network provides support and information resources to voluntary management committee members of local Neighbourhood Centres.

 

Network activities in the period have included:

·    participation in a Planning Day to prioritise the activities of the Network;

·    strengthening Neighbourhood Centres Workshop in December 2006;

·    publication of ‘Managing Times’ Newsletter for local volunteers;

·    participation in a Results Based Accountability (RBA) workshop which will assist Management Committees to better understand the requirements of the NSW Department of Community Services;

·    development of a pilot Volunteers’ Stories Project which engages a professional story teller to facilitate documenting the personal experiences of volunteering in neighbourhood centres (past and present volunteers).

 

The Volunteers’ Stories Project will be completed in 2007/08 and published as a booklet.

 

Youth Program Development and Planning

Penrith Youth Interagency (PYI)

Council’s Youth Development Officer convenes a monthly interagency for workers called the Penrith Youth Interagency. PYI is a network open to all youth services and youth related organisations across Penrith LGA and the Greater Western Sydney Area. Approximately 35 workers regularly attend this interagency from a diverse range of community based, government and non-government organisations. There are over 120 organisations registered on the email group. PYI is a forum for partnerships, collaborative projects and information share for workers.

 

To inform the work of PYI, an annual planning day is held. Through this planning process, a range of issues and actions are prioritised and a work plan is developed to guide the work for the coming year.  In attendance at the 2006/7 planning day were 36 workers from a broad range of organisations.

 

The issues that were prioritised at the 2006/7 planning day are as follows:

 

·    Mental health and dual diagnosis issues for young people

·    Working with schools

·    Youth health and lifestyles

·    Youth events and activities

·    Direct services

·    Training and development

 

To progress work on these priority areas, sub-committees are set up of interested workers. A steering committee is also set up to assist with the organisational demands of the interagency.

 

Highlights for PYI and the sub-committees include:

 

·    Mental Health and Dual Diagnosis workers forum

·    Combined youth week event

·    Youth week consultations

·    Cranebrook Information Expo

·    Mini-services expo

·    Funding for new workers orientation kit

·    Funding for first aid training to assist youth workers in supporting people with mental health issues.

 

Youth Needs Audit Review

Council’s Youth Needs Audit was developed in 2002 and is a planning document for youth issues across the LGA. The Audit has now been evaluated and the final outcomes of the Audit and the evaluation will be reported to Council later in 2007.

 

Want2know.com.au website

Council’s youth website was launched in July 2006. The website is designed to provide young people, parents, organisations and schools with information about education and employment opportunities. The website also contains general and relevant information that was identified by young people, through consultation, as relevant to their lives. This website continues to be a vital and popular resource for young people and services.

 

Council is now undergoing a review of this site, looking for areas of improvement. This review will be completed in October 2007.  The review will identify any required changes and ensure the information remains contemporary.

 

WSROC Young Women’s Leadership Project (YWLP)

The YWLP is an initiative of WSROC and commenced in 2005.  Council has participated in the Steering Committee of the project since that time.

 

In the first half of 2007, the YWLP was delivered in Penrith with 16 participants.  The project involves a number of sessions of structured learning over 10 weeks, supported by TAFE.  Council’s Youth Development Officer and Community Projects Officer also assisted with delivering some sessions.  The participants are also supported by mentors in either private industry, government or community organisations.

 

Councillors McKeown, Greenow and Page each mentored a participant from the Penrith YWLP.  A highly successful graduation was held in August 2007 with the Deputy Mayor, Councillor McKeown, welcoming the graduates, their families and special guests.  The State Member, Karyn Paluzzano, and the NSW Minister for Women were in attendance. 

 

Graduates of the YWLP with the Hon. Verity Firth MP Minister for Women
 and Karyn Paluzzano MP, Member for Penrith

 

 

 

Cranebrook Community Harmony Project

The Cranebrook Community Harmony Project was developed in partnership with a number of local service providers including Penrith City Council, Wentworth Area Community Housing, Fusion, SPYNS Inc, Barnardos and Sydney West Area Health Service.  The project involved local young people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds participating in a Photo-Voice project that used photography as the medium to express their sense of identity and what community harmony meant to them.

 

Councillor Pat Sheehy AM (Mayor of Penrith) launched the project, which included an exhibition of work that the young people had compiled as a result of their participation in this project. Mrs Karen Paluzzano MP attended the launch, along with the young participants, family and friends. Young people were awarded certificates of achievement and a copy of the calendar that has been produced using artwork from the project.

 

As a result of their participation in this project, local young Sudanese participants are now accessing local services that they previously did not know existed. Young people’s participation in youth services in Cranebrook has also increased in part due to the partnerships that were developed for this project.

 

Liaison with Aboriginal Communities

NSW Local Government Aboriginal Network Local Government Merit Award

Penrith City Council was awarded the Council of the Year Award, for achievements in Aboriginal affairs, at the Aboriginal Local Government Merit Awards, held in October 2006 in Gunnedah.

 

The Awards recognise excellence by councils in relation to their work and partnerships with Aboriginal organisations and residents.

 

Council received the Award for its effective partnership work with Aboriginal organisations, as well as its broader leadership in acknowledging the diverse contributions that Aboriginal organisations and people make to the City.  The Indigenous Homelessness Action Research Project, and the City’s 2006 NAIDOC Week celebrations were particularly recognised. 

 

Council was also acknowledged for its Aboriginal traineeship program, which will see two trainees commence in 2007, and for its continued encouragement of Aboriginal employment.

 

Council’s role in facilitating Aboriginal representatives to accompany Council’s delegation to the annual NSW LGA Conference was commended.

 

Aboriginal Cultural Heritage

Council’s Aboriginal Liaison Officer continues to provide support to an internal team led by the Development Services Manager to ensure Council’s Aboriginal Cultural Heritage policies and practices are robust and can support effective liaison with Council’s Aboriginal partner organisations.  Further work in this area will be undertaken in 2007/08.

 

Indigenous Homelessness Action Research Project

In relation to the Indigenous Homelessness Action Research project, further copies of the project report and service resources were printed and distributed.  All project objectives and targets were achieved. Feedback from partner agencies is that the resources produced by the Project are contributing to enhanced service delivery. Discussions with the NSW Department of Community Services were finalised to identify a priority initiative, in line with the findings of the project report, to enhance the capacity of the homelessness service sector to meet the needs of homeless Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children.  The remaining grant funds from the Action Research project were allocated to support these families to secure private rental accommodation.

 

NAIDOC Week 2007 – Looking Forward-Looking Blak

NAIDOC Week 2007 marked the 50th anniversary of NAIDOC celebrations.  2007 also marked the 40th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum and the 10th anniversary of the Bringing Them Home report.

 

In July 2007 Council, together with its Aboriginal and other partners, co-ordinated successful 50th Anniversary NAIDOC Week activities.  The newly elected Chairperson of the NSW Aboriginal Land Council, Councillor Bev Manton, was a guest speaker  at Council’s 2007 NAIDOC Week Civic Reception.  Councillor Roy Ah-See, the NSW ALC Councillor for the Sydney region, also attended.  The Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, the Hon Paul Lynch MP, also was a guest speaker.

 

Councillor Manton presented a particular challenging speech on the broader Federal Government agenda on Aboriginal Affairs.  Self-determination and partnership were strong themes.

 

The NAIDOC Week Looking Forward-Looking Blak community celebration drew over 2,000 participants to Jamison Oval.  Partners included Cawarra Aboriginal Women’s Refuge, the Deerubbin Local Aboriginal Land Council, the Western Sydney Aboriginal Medical Service, the NSW Department of Community Services, the Penrith Police Command and the RTA.

 

A more detailed information report on NAIDOC Week will also be presented to tonight’s Council meeting.

 

Multicultural Community Development and Access

The Community Relations Commission of NSW

Every year, the Community Relations Commission (CRC) of NSW holds one of its monthly meetings in a different region of the state to further the Commissioners’ understanding of local and regional community issues. In November 2006, the Commissioners of the NSW Community Relations Commission chose to hold their monthly meeting at Penrith City Council, extending an invitation to all councillors and the General Manager to attend.

 

The Mayor, Councillor Pat Sheehy AM, and the General Manager gave a short welcome, together with the Chairman of the CRC Stepan Kerkyasharian.  Gift bags were given to the Commissioners, including relevant documents such as a report highlighting the initiatives of Penrith City Council in promoting Cultural Diversity, enhancing access and equity, and contributing with its partners to building cohesive communities.

 

The Nepean-Blacktown Regional Advisory Council of the CRC

To support the CRC of NSW, the CRC has a number of Regional Advisory Councils (RACs) across NSW.  These RACs provide advice to the CRC on priority issues impacting on community relations within their respective regions as well as developing and supporting proactive responses to these issues.

 

Council hosted the December 2006 meeting of the Nepean-Blacktown Regional Advisory Council.  At this meeting, the Community and Cultural Development Manager and Multicultural Access Officer gave a presentation profiling the Penrith LGA in terms of language and cultural groups in the area, Council planning processes and the Strategic Plan.

 

The presentation highlighted strategies on improving access to services such as raising the awareness of residents with specific language needs of the range of Library services available.  The presentations also showcased local community development partnership projects such as the Refugee Week information stall and the Cranebrook Community Harmony youth photovoice project.

 

As a result of both the November and December meetings, the RAC, together with Council, is planning a specific forum to better inform the refugee community in Penrith on the role of Local Government and how local government can support community aspirations and objectives.

Commissioners and staff from the Community Relations Commission including the Chairman of the CRC Stepan Kerkyasharian, the Mayor Councillor Pat Sheehy AM, Councillors, the General Manager, Community and Cultural Development Department staff and Community partners at Penrith Council - November 2006

 

Stage 2 Service Specification Review – Access and Equity

As part of the Stage 2 Service Specifications program, a desktop review of Council’s 60 plus services has been carried out. The review focuses on strengths and areas for improvement in 7 key areas, one of which is Access and Equity. The Community and Cultural Development Manager and Multicultural Access Officer developed six key Questions as part of the review to be completed by Service Managers. An analysis of the responses of the 61 Services (this does not address the review of Council’s controlled entities and their services) to the Access and Equity criteria is currently underway.

 

The assessment and recommendations from these responses were presented to a CMT meeting in September 2007. The responses highlight some organisational challenges in terms of improving access to services for people with disabilities, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and older people, particularly around communication and information strategies.  The report also evaluated service responses to locational disadvantage.

 

The Community and Cultural Development Department and a number of other departments will progress work on improving access and equity outcomes over the next 12 months.

 

Access to Library Services by Spanish and Filipino Speaking Older People

As a result of a visit to the Library in November 2005, by the Older Spanish and Filipino speaking group from St Clair Aged Day Care Centre, access to library services for these aged groups has improved.  Since December 2006, an arrangement has been in place which allows the St Clair Centre to borrow a box of Spanish and Tagalog books for their clients.  The Library organises a bulk order of books through the State library in both Spanish and Tagalog.  This arrangement means members of the frail aged day care group do not have to make a trip to the Library.  The books are borrowed at the Centre and returned to Health staff at the Centre.  This initiative is a pilot for 12 months and will be evaluated after this time. The Spanish and Filipino groups are enjoying reading in their own languages.

 

Refugee Week 2007

This year’s theme was “The Voices of Young Refugees" which focused attention on the contribution, ideas and concerns of refugee children, teenagers and young adults. Following the success of last year’s activities, this year’s Refugee Week event was held outside Penrith Station on 21 June 2007 to coincide with World Refugee Day (June 20). Information fliers were distributed to commuters of all ages to draw attention to the challenges refugees face in their own countries and in resettlement.

 

Young humanitarian entrants who have settled in the local area performed Reggae and drumming accompanied by an African Young peoples choir. In addition, a family of young Ghanaians danced to their African rhythms. The information stall celebrated and acknowledged the significant contributions that refugees make to Australian society. Penrith Council partnered with Tri Community Exchange, Nepean Migrant Access, Penrith Women’s Health Centre, Centrelink, Sydney West Area Health Service, TAFE and the Warehouse Youth Health Centre on this dynamic educative project.

 

 

 

Disability Access Policy and Planning

Disability Access Committee – Reappointment of Community Representatives  

In a report to Council in October 2006, Council resolved to reappoint the existing five community representatives on the Disability Access Committee for a further two-year period.

 

Members of the DAC were also pleased to recommend the appointment of John Farragher, Penrith City Council Citizen of the Year, to fill a casual vacancy community representative position on the Committee. John will attend his first DAC meeting in August 2007.

 

The skills and knowledge of the members are very diverse, ranging from an awareness of physical, visual and auditory disability, intellectual disabilities, and disability advocacy.  The Committee also includes carers of people with disabilities.

 

During the period January to June 2007, the Committee received information and made recommendations to Council on various matters. Some of these activities and policy matters included:

 

·    Information on the NSW Government initiative - Better Together, A New Direction to Make NSW Government Services Work Better for People with a Disability and their Families;

·    An update on the Universal Design partnership project between Council and the University of Western Sydney ‘Out and About – Universal Design and Cultural Context: Accessibility, Diversity and Recreational Space in Penrith’;

·    A review and evaluation report on Council’s first Disability Action Plan (2003-06) including information from a series of Council consultations held in late 2006;

·    Accessible Arts – Development of a Cultural Action Plan on the future development of arts activities and related matters for people with a disability.

 

The Disability Access Committee also continued to actively support the development of Council’s Stage 2 Disability Action Plan.

 

Disability Action Plan 2003-2006 – Consultations and Evaluation

Penrith City Council adopted its first Disability Action Plan in March 2003.  The three-year plan provides a framework to make City services and facilities more accessible for all residents.  A report on the implementation status of the plan has indicated that over seventy percent of the tasks and actions in the plan were completed in the three years to July 2006. 

 

In the second half of 2006, a review and evaluation of the first plan was undertaken, prior to the development of the next Disability Action Plan referred to as Stage 2. Council organised a series of consultations to gather community input and other data to assist in evaluating the effectiveness of the first plan.

 

In late 2006, Council officers undertook three separate consultations with the following groups and representatives:

 

·    community members of the Disability Access Committee;

·    representatives of community groups, disability organisations, and government agencies, as well as individual advocates;

·    Council staff from across a range of departments.

 

There was broad recognition of the achievements of Council’s first Disability Action Plan, and two overall positive themes emerged from the information generated by the consultations:

 

·    a noticeable improvement in the accessibility of the built environment and in access to services generally; and

·    a significant improvement in the understanding of the particular customer needs of people with a disability. 

 

The evaluation has indicated that there are areas for continued improvement in responding to the diversity of people with different disabilities and how support can be provided.

 

It was also suggested that Council take an increasing City leadership role in the community in the next plan which can also explore ways to include people with a disability in all aspects of community life.

 

Disability Action Plan Stage 2

Council has appointed Urbis consultants to assist with the development of the Disability Action Plan Stage 2. 

 

Two community consultations were held with people with a disability, their carers, and representatives of disability organisations and government departments in early June, to identify priority community concerns to be addressed in the new Disability Action Plan Stage 2.

 

Following the community consultations, a series of workshops were held with Council staff in July 2007 to formulate strategies and actions in response to the priorities identified both in the review of the first Disability Action Plan and in the recent community consultations.

 

The following five key areas provided the basis for the workshop sessions:

 

·  Environmental, Local and Transport Planning

·  Development, Design and the Built Environment

·  Access to Information

·  Human Resources, EEO and Training

·  City Leadership, Promotion and Strategic Partnerships

 

The aim of the staff workshops is to facilitate discussion with the key internal stakeholders to develop strategies and actions that will form the basis of the new plan.  Once the draft Stage 2 Plan has been developed, the community and key stakeholder representatives will be given an opportunity to review the plan prior to its adoption.

 

Disability Action Plan Community Consultation – November 2006

 

Disability Access Improvement Program

In 1993, Council established this program to ensure people with a disability have equal access to Council owned buildings, facilities and services.

 

The 2006-2007 financial year saw the allocation of $25,000 made toward the following projects:

 

·    Accessible toilet fittings at Orchard Hills Bush Fire Brigade

·    Completion of Tactile Ground Surface Indicators program in the Penrith City Centre

·    Disability Awareness and Customer Service Training

·    Disability Action Plan Stage 2

·    Update and reprint of the St Marys Access Map

 

The Penrith City Centre Access Map also recently won the inaugural prestigious Spatial Sciences Institute of Australasia Award, a significant achievement against 49 other entrants.

 

Anniversary of International Day for People with Disabilities 2006 (IDPWD)

On Thursday, 30 November 2006, Council celebrated the 25th Anniversary of IDPWD, by hosting a Sound Circles Workshop by Accessible Arts, specifically for disability service providers and their clients, at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre.  Accessible Arts NSW is the peak agency funded to work with people with a disability in cultural development and the arts.

 

Approximately 70 people attended from twelve local disability organisations and the broader community. 

 

The Mayor, Councillor Pat Sheehy AM, officially opened the event, and several community members from the Disability Access Committee also attended and participated in the workshop.

 

The activity ‘Sound Circles’ is a freeform combination of sound, percussion and body movement, engaging people of all ages and abilities in an experience of self expression.  The two facilitators from Accessible Arts who attended, skillfully engaged the audience, and encouraged participation in the workshop, making it a very enjoyable and successful event. 

 

Feedback provided to Council’s Aged and Disability Services Officer by disability services and residents who attended was very positive.  Carers appreciated the opportunity to attend and to see their child/loved one participate in a fun activity and the range of resources made available on the day. 

 

Service providers were also very impressed with the ‘Sound Circles Workshop’, and were keen to include it in their future programs.

 

Participants at the Sound Circles Workshop, IDPWD 2006

 

Aged Services Development and Planning

Scoping Study – Planning for an Ageing Community

A Scoping Study on the development of a strategy for the City to assist in planning for the ageing of the Penrith community was completed towards the end of 2006. The study was undertaken by Elton Consulting and identifies five key priority areas to be addressed in the proposed ageing strategy.

 

The Scoping Study documents the need for a strategy based on the large number of ageing ‘baby boomers’, which is a recognised growing national and international trend. The report goes on to identify similar strategies undertaken by other Local Government authorities, and highlights a number of interesting reports in offering guidance in this regard.

 

A report on this matter was considered by Council in late April 2007, and a budget of $60,000 to undertake the proposed Ageing Strategy was endorsed for inclusion in the 2007-08 Management Plan.

 

Work has progressed on delivering the Ageing Strategy in the first quarter of 2007/08.

 

Dementia Forum – ‘Discovering Dementia’

On 27 March 2007, the Nepean Division of General Practice partnered with Penrith City Council and presented a free community forum for carers/relatives of people with dementia titled ‘Discovering Dementia, things we should know’.  Over 170 people attended the forum, which demystified dementia by providing information for carers so they can understand the disease and what the sufferer experiences. 

 

Guest speakers included Sue Pieters-Hawke (daughter of Hazel Hawke and author of ‘Hazel’s Journey’), Dr Helen Creasey (a consultant neurologist who works as a staff specialist in geriatric medicine at Concord Hospital) and a representative from Alzheimer’s Australia.  

 

Participants at the Discovering Dementia Forum – Penrith Civic Centre – March 2007

 

A question and answer panel, made up of the three guest speakers and a number of local GPs, allied health workers and community service providers, answered questions from the audience.  The evening also included a broad-ranging and informative expo showcasing services and products that were relevant to the evening’s theme.

 

Carers were also invited to stay for a light supper after the forum to socialise and speak to guest speakers and panel members.  This partnership project was a great success.

 

Seniors Week 2007

Council’s special celebration of Seniors Week was held on Thursday, 15 March at The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre.  The free event showcased local musical acts across generations and cultures, and incorporated the concept of music for the wellbeing of older people by involving them in the activities.  Morning tea and lunch were included.

 

A comprehensive report on Seniors Week 2007 was presented to Council at the 2 July 2007 Ordinary Meeting.

 

 

Aged and Disability Sector Service Planning

In February, the Penrith Community Care Forum (PCCF) held a planning workshop and process to develop a workplan for 2007.  Approximately 30 senior staff from ageing and disabilities services attended.  A twelve-month plan was developed, outlining the planning process, key discussion themes, decisions and priorities for the Penrith Community Care Forum (PCCF).

 

The Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care (DADHC) is moving to a three year planning and funding cycle in the Home and Community Care (HACC) program.  Triennial planning aims to provide a more strategic and long term focus for the HACC program.  The first triennial planning cycle is 2008-2011, starting from 1 July 2008. 

 

The PCCF is continuing to build on its current planning processes by establishing a planning group made up of representatives from local aged and disability services, food services, a representative from DADHC, and Council’s Ageing and Disability Services Officer to gather the information necessary to identify service gaps and issues for service providers.  This information, together with consultations which DADHC will be holding, is essential to ensure effective service planning to meet expanding service needs.

 

Lemongrove Gardens Retirement Village

Following eight (8) months of full occupancy there was one vacant unit in the final four (4) months of the financial year following the passing away of one of the long term residents.

 

Many social activities were organised both at and outside the Village. Attendances varied depending on the activity and the weather but the reports back were always positive.

The outside of all the units and the laundries were painted as part of the maintenance program. One unit was totally refurbished and another underwent a partial refurbishment. Four (4) new hot water services were installed and the air-conditioner was replaced in one unit.

 

There is, on average, one enquiry a week about the facilities at Lemongrove Village.  As at September 2007 all units are occupied.

Summary

This report is one of a series of six-monthly reports to Council on projects and activities of the Community and Cultural Development Department that generally are not the subject of separate reports to Council.  The Department has completed a significant amount of work in the period covered by this report.  In some cases, project work will carry over into the 2007/08 year. 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That the information contained in the report on Community and Cultural Development Department - Projects and Key Achievements be received.

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

There are no attachments for this report.


Ordinary Meeting

15 October 2007

The City as a Social Place

 

 

The City as a Social Place

 

 

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Provision of Sporting facilities at Brookfield Avenue, Werrington Downs   

 

Compiled by:                Lindsay Clarke, Parks Coordinator

Authorised by:             Raphael Collins, Parks Construction & Maintenance Manager  

Requested By:             Councillor Ross Fowler

Councillor John Thain

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 Council on the requirements to provide sporting fields in the reserve on Brookfield Avenue, Werrington Downs.  The report recommends that the information in the report be received.

 

Background

Councillors Ross Fowler and John Thain have both requested a report on the possibility of the reserve bounded by Brookfield Avenue and Bungalow Parade being developed for future use by Brothers Junior Rugby League Club, mainly for training. The Brothers Club has indicated it will need additional space for training because of the insufficient field area at Hickey’s Lane.

 

The reserve consists of a number of lots with a total area of approximately 7 hectares.  The majority of the reserve, approximately 4 hectares, performs a drainage function as stormwater detention basins. A further 0.6 ha is set aside for the Werrington Neighbourhood Centre.

Current Situation

The reserve can accommodate sporting fields but they must be located within the detention basins with some adjustments to the sides of the basins. The northern basin, adjacent to Greenbank Drive, can accommodate 1 standard size field, while the southern basin, adjacent to Bungalow Parade, can accommodate 2 standard fields.

 

Two sporting fields, side by side, is the preferred configuration, as this allows for more efficient floodlighting and allows for summer and winter use if a cricket pitch is provided.

 

A two field figuration in the southern detention basin is costed below. The costing is based on the storage capacity of the detention basin remaining unchanged.  The existing surface of the reserve does not have suitable topsoil or sufficient grass cover to support active sport.  Continuous use of the basin floor would quickly lead to a deterioration of the surface unless the subsoil was replaced.  To achieve this, the floor of the basin needs to be excavated to allow suitable soil to be imported.

 

The following costs apply to a standard sporting facility in the Penrith LGA.

 

Excavate basin floor (2500cm)                                                                              $100,000

Supply organic topsoil (2500cm)                                                                             $75,000

Subsoil drainage (3000m)                                                                                      $105,000

Supply and lay turf (15,000 sqm)                                                                             $25,500

Top dressing                                                                                                             $8,000

Floodlighting                                                                                                           $80,000

Basic Amenities Building                                                                                        $300,000

Car parking                                                                                                             $50,000

Synthetic cricket pitch                                                                                             $10,000

Goal posts (4)                                                                                                           $8,000

 

                                                                                   Estimated Total               $761,500

 

This estimate does not include irrigation and allows for the spoil to be used on another Council site with no tip fee payable. Tip fees could add additional costs if the spoil could not be recycled elsewhere.

 

Development Approval would be required for the work at Brookfield Avenue and any site where the spoil would be reused. Conditions imposed for both of these could add further to the cost.

 

Council adopted the Open Space Action Plan at its meeting on 25 June 2007. This plan (page 12) states that “active open space shall not be located in detention basins”. Sporting fields at Brookfield Avenue have to be located in detention basins and, therefore, the provision of subsoil drainage is essential to help alleviate the problems associated with sporting fields in detention basins.

 

The development of sporting fields at this location has not been included in the Local Open Space Development Contribution Plan (Section 94). Funding for these fields would have to be from Council funds or from an amendment to this Section 94 Plan.

 

Conclusion

Recent discussions have been held with the Brothers JRL Club regarding future facilities.  It is intended to develop playing fields at Cranebrook Park and allocate them to the Brothers JRL Club.  The park will accommodate one international and one mod field.  Both fields will be floodlit.   The development of Cranebrook Park is included in the Waterside Green Section 94 Plan.  Plans have been prepared for the park and will be lodged for Development Approval in the near future.

 

The Brothers JRL Club has indicated it would be happy to utilise Cranebrook Park for training.  Hickeys Lane will remain as the Club’s main venue for its home games. Therefore, if the Brothers Junior Rugby League use Cranebrook Park, it will have no need to use the Brookfield Avenue fields.

 

 

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That the information contained in the report on Provision of Sporting facilities at Brookfield Avenue, Werrington Downs be received.

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

There are no attachments for this report.


Ordinary Meeting

15 October 2007

The City as a Social Place

 

 

The City as a Social Place

 

 

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Children's Week Activities   

 

Compiled by:                Catherine Harding, Acting Mobile Playvan Co-ordinator

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

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 provide information on Children's Week and ways to encourage increased community participation.  The report recommends the approval of venues and activities for Children's Week 2007.

 

Background

Children’s Week is an annual event celebrated in the fourth week of October.  The Department of Community Services and Children’s Week Council of Australia work together to co-ordinate activities for the week.

 

A permanent theme of “A caring World Shares” has been established since 1996.  This theme reflected the ongoing aims of Children’s Week.  In Australia, Children’s Week is centred on Universal Children’s Day.

 

During this week, there is a diverse range of events and activities organised by a variety of stakeholders in each state or territory.

 

Penrith City Council has been sponsoring events for Children’s Week organised by the mobile playvan staff in consultation with children’s services team.

 

A budget of $7,000 is provided to cover the cost involved with providing events.  Money is spent on covering staff wages as well as other costs such as entertainment and advertising.

 

Children’s Week 2006

In 2006, Children’s Week activities occurred from 23 to 27 October.

 

The events and activities organised for last year’s celebrations were different from events held in pervious years.

 

In the past, Children’s Week activities have taken place at shopping centres, libraries and streets in the Penrith LGA.

 

Following recommendations for 2005, events were incorporated as part of Mobile Playvan activities taking place in parks, reserves and community centres.

 

The changes implemented were made to allow for larger spaces for the activities to take place, as well as being in safer areas for families with young children.

 

Children’s Week events were organised by the Mobile Playvan staff in collaboration with Council’s Children’s Services Department. 

 

In 2006, activities were incorporated in Mobile Playvan current roster and programming of activities.  Staff planned programming to promote children’s services and provide families with a wide range of activities to encourage early learning, curiosity and investigation. Activities were planned to cater for a diverse range of ages, abilities and family backgrounds.  Resources were used from Mobile Playvan as well as Council’s SUPS resource library.

 

A diverse range of community services were involved in Children’s Week events for 2006. These services included:

 

Community Access Care                                          Aus Sport

Grays Lane Pre-School                                            Community Health Cranebrook and Penrith

Mountains to Meadows Mobile Pre-school              Penrith and St Marys Family Day Care

Department of Community Services                          Connecting Cranebrook and SPYNS

Children’s Week 2007

Feedback from last year’s event indicated more collaboration with internal services would provide an opportunity to increase activities this year. Setting up in the community at shops and in the streets, as in previous years, will allow us a greater opportunity to promote services to a larger number of families in the Penrith LGA.

 

After consultation with the internal staff team, a decision was made to expand Children’s Week to a model of what has happened it the past, with increased involvement from Children’s Services staff including children’s centres.

 

Each cluster group in the Children’s Services Co-operative was approached, asking how they wanted to celebrate Children’s Week in their geographical cluster area.

 

Cluster areas have organised activities to promote their services in local areas. Cluster areas will be setting up activities in front of the library in St Marys and the shopping centre at St Clair. Other cluster areas will be attended, with Children’s Week events happening in Cranebrook and at the Civic Centre.

 

Community agencies and services have been invited to participate in this year’s events at the various locations. Events will be held in the following locations:

 

Monday               Wallacia

Tuesday               Cranebrook shopping centre, St Marys Library,
St Clair shopping centre

Wednesday          Civic Centre

Thursday              Glenmore Park

Friday                  Claremont Meadows

 

Events will be co-ordinated by mobile playvan staff in consultation with Children’s Services staff. Ongoing meetings will be held with Children’s Services staff to discuss Children’s Week and to ensure timeframes are met.

 

Children’s Services trainees will be active in the Week, participating in Children’s Week by assisting with setting up and by participating on the day. Staff from mobile playvan, ISA team, and children’s centres will be involved in the planning and participation of the week.

 

Partnerships are being developed with TAFE NSW to involve students in planning activities.  There may be opportunities this year and in the future for this to occur.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

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

2.     The Children’s Week events continue to be supported by Penrith City Council.

3.     Children’s Week events for 2007 be held throughout the Penrith LGA, providing information and play activities for local families.

4.     Staff continue to promote Children’s Week and establish links through extending invitations to an increased number of organisations to become involved in Children’s Week 2007.

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

There are no attachments for this report.


Ordinary Meeting

15 October 2007

The City as a Social Place

 

 

The City as a Social Place

 

 

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NAIDOC Week Activities - 2007   

 

Compiled by:                Carolyn Gartside, Aboriginal Liaison Officer

Tracy Leahy, Community Program Coordinator

Authorised by:             Erich Weller, Community and Cultural Development Manager   

Strategic Program Term Achievement: Council continues to offer leadership in developing a better understanding of and cooperation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and people.

Critical Action: Undertake joint initiatives with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and people to increase understanding and cooperation.

     

Purpose:

To inform Council of the success of Penrith City's 2007 NAIDOC Week activities.  The report recommends that the information be received.

 

Background

NAIDOC Week 2007, as in previous years, provides Council with an opportunity to demonstrate its commitment to local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander constituents on an occasion of major importance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and organisations.  

 

NAIDOC History

NAIDOC has its origins in the fight for Aboriginal rights that began to gather pace in the 1920s and 1930s. In those years, organisations such as the Australian Aborigines Progress Association, the Australian Aborigines League, and the Aborigines Progressive Association were established to draw attention to the living conditions suffered by Aboriginal people and their lack of citizenship rights.

 

In 1957, a National Aborigines Day Observance Committee (NADOC) was formed with support and cooperation from Federal and State governments, the churches and major Indigenous organisations. Its aim was to promote Aboriginal Sunday as a day to focus community attention on the nation’s Aboriginal people.

 

After the 1967 Aboriginal Referendum, and the establishment in 1972 of a Federal Department of Aboriginal Affairs, the national focus on Indigenous issues increased significantly. In 1974, NADOC became an all-Indigenous committee, and in 1975 extended Aboriginal Day to National Aborigines Week.

 

In 1988, the Committee’s name was changed to NAIDOC - National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee - to acknowledge Torres Strait Islander people.

 

The NAIDOC Week theme for 2007 was Celebrating 50 years “Looking Forward, Looking Blak”.

Activities in Penrith City for NAIDOC Week

For NAIDOC Week 2007 Council participated in two main activities which were:

 

·    A NAIDOC 2007 Civic Function and

·    A NAIDOC 2007 Celebrating 50 years Looking Forward, Looking Blak Gathering. 

 

Civic NAIDOC Function 

The Civic NAIDOC Function was held on Monday 9 July 2007 between

10:30pm -12:30pm in the Nepean Room at Council’s Civic Centre, followed by brunch.

 

Welcome and Guest Speakers

The Mayor, Councillor Sheehy, welcomed guest speakers and other guests, and opened the Civic Function with Council’s Statement of Aboriginal Recognition.  The guest speakers included:

 

·    The Hon Paul Lynch MP, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs

 

The Minister in his speech spoke about NAIDOC being a reminder that the history and culture of the first peoples is well and truly worth celebrating.   The Minister acknowledged that the legacy of NAIDOC was thriving in the Penrith Local Government Area and surrounding areas because of the work of Aboriginal Community Controlled organisations such as Cawarra Aboriginal Women’s Refuge, the Western Sydney Aboriginal Medical Service and the Deerubbin Local Aboriginal Land Council.

 

The Minister acknowledged the 50th Anniversary of NAIDOC, 40 years since the 1967 Referendum, 15 years since the Mabo decision, and 10 years since the Bringing them Home report.  The Minister stated that Government policies for Aboriginal people would not work if policy was not developed in consultation with the Aboriginal community.  The Minister stressed that the Aboriginal community had to be involved in the decision making process.

 

·    Councillor Bev Manton, Chairperson of the NSWALC

 

Councillor Manton is the first Aboriginal woman to be elected to the position of NSWALC Chairperson.   This is an historic moment in the history of Land Rights in NSW.  In her speech, Councillor Manton relayed that she had some mixed feelings being at Penrith Civic Centre as it was the venue of the previous NSWALC last meeting, before they were sacked and replaced by an Administrator. However, Councillor Manton further relayed that she would choose to focus on the positive and look upon the venue as an appropriate place to mark the NSWALC’s rebirth.

 

Councillor Manton in her speech reminded the audience that NAIDOC is “an inclusive celebration, which gives non-Aboriginal people an opportunity to join with Aboriginal people to learn about the proud and strong history over the last 40,000 years”.

 

·    Councillor Roy Ah-See, NSWALC Councillor for the Sydney and Newcastle Region 

 

Councillor Roy Ah-See in his speech provided some background to the history of NAIDOC, reflecting on the 50 years leading up to this year’s theme “Looking Forward-Looking Blak”. 

 

Councillor Ah-See informed the audience about his past and where he grew up. He showed respect for, and acknowledged, his mother’s struggle to provide for her children and how his background had influenced his life and his determination to make a difference for the Aboriginal community.  Councillor Ah-See wanted to show new leadership and vision by “respecting the past but securing the future” of the Land Council.

 

Other Guests in attendance

Others in attendance at the NAIDOC 2007 Civic Function included office bearers and staff of locally incorporated Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations, who provide services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Penrith Local Government Area, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal staff from government and non-government organisations/agencies, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents and staff from Penrith City Council.

 

The NAIDOC 2007 Celebrating 50 years Looking Forward, Looking Blak Gathering

This year marks many significant occasions in Aboriginal affairs in Australia, such as the 10th anniversary of the tabling of the Bringing Them Home report, the 40th anniversary of the referendum which gave Aboriginal people the same citizenship rights as all other Australians, and during NAIDOC Week, the 50th anniversary of the establishment of NAIDOC.

 

Due to these significant events in Aboriginal History, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents and organisations approached Council, and sought its participation in holding a function which they themselves considered appropriate for commemorating, celebrating and recognising these milestones.

 

Therefore, during NAIDOC Week this year it was considered that NAIDOC 2007 Celebrating 50 years Looking Forward, Looking Blak would be celebrated with a gathering at Jamison Park on Friday, 13 July 2007.

 

For the NAIDOC 2007 Looking Forward, Looking Blak Gathering, Penrith City Council, in partnership with a number of locally incorporated Aboriginal organisations and Government and non-Government agencies who service the Penrith Local Government Area, provided financial, in-kind, and substantial volunteer time toward the Day.

 

The NAIDOC 2007 Looking Forward, Looking Blak Gathering brought the Indigenous and non-Indigenous community together therefore establishing relationships, breaking barriers, building mutual trust and a willingness for both parties to engage in more challenging partnerships.

 

The NAIDOC Day at Jamison Park (originally called the NAIDOC Family Fun Sports Day) is now quite a big event in Penrith, and again this year it brought together Indigenous and non-Indigenous families, organisations and others who work together to provide a variety of activities for our community, allowing involvement and participation by people in a number of activities.

 

As a part of this year’s NAIDOC 2007 Celebrating 50 years Looking Forward, Looking Blak gathering, a line-up of talented Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and singers performed on the Day.

 

Donovan Family Band

For three generations, the Donovan family has played a leading role in country music circles, and is a well known Aboriginal family who has been performing widely at international and national level.   A well known member of this family is Casey Donovan, the youngest person, at the age of 16, to win Channel Ten’s ‘Australian Idol’ in 2004. Many members of this family are residents of the Penrith Local Government Area and surrounding areas.

 

Descendance Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dance Theatre

The Descendance Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dance Theatre was born from the mighty Ngaru (Naroo) Aboriginal Dance Company, and is Sydney’s first professional independent traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dance troupe, being established in 1993.  Ngaru means “shake a leg”, a dance style prevalent in the Cape York Peninsula in North Queensland.  In 1999, the name was changed to “Descendance” to account for the many artists from diverse tribes around Australia joining the company.

 

Some of the artists of Descendance are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents from the Penrith Local Government Area and surrounding areas.

 

As in previous years, other activities for the Day included:

 

·    Mixed men and women netball games

·    Activities for older people

·    Activities for children

·    BBQ Lunch

·    Information stalls.

 

At this year’s NAIDOC activities, Council again provided substantial financial, in-kind and volunteer time toward the Day.   Council again provided childcare for children aged up to seven years.  It is estimated that over 2,000 people participated on the day.  Feedback was positive and the day was a great success.

 

Summary

Penrith City Council’s involvement in, and acknowledgement of, NAIDOC Week provides the opportunity for Council to demonstrate its commitment to local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander constituents on an occasion of major symbolic importance to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and organisations.  

 

The activities held in Penrith City during NAIDOC Week 2007 marked the proud 50th Anniversary of NAIDOC.

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That the information contained in the report on NAIDOC Week Activities - 2007 be received.

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

There are no attachments for this report.


Ordinary Meeting

15 October 2007

The City as a Social Place

 

 

The City as a Social Place

 

 

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Grant Application - 2007/08 WSAAS Funding Round   

 

Compiled by:                Rosie Smith, Multicultural Access Officer

Authorised by:             Erich Weller, Community and Cultural Development Manager   

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

Critical Action: Develop and implement a healthy strategy for the City that will guide planning and strategies that embrace healthy outcomes.

     

Purpose:

To seek Council's endorsement for an application under the Western Sydney Area Assistance Scheme (WSAAS) 2007/08 for a Northern Rural Areas Community Development Project - Penrith LGA.  The report recommends that Council endorse the application as submitted.

 

Background

The northern rural areas of the Penrith LGA experience geographic isolation and social disadvantage.  There are few community services located in these areas or outreach services provided from Penrith.  According to the ABS 2001 Socio Economic Index for Advantage and Disadvantage (SEIFA), Londonderry and Llandilo in particular experience a relatively high level of disadvantage compared to other suburbs and areas across the city.  According to the 2006 Census, there are approximately 8,430 residents in the northern rural areas, an increase of over 900 since the 2001 Census.

 

Existing non-government community development organisations do not have the capacity to deliver community capacity building initiatives and programs in the rural areas of the city.  These organisations are funded to service largely urban catchments.  After careful assessment of this project, it is proposed that Council is in the best place to auspice this project.  Council, through its city-wide leadership role and advocacy capacity, will be able to more effectively address some of the social issues already identified in the development of the project.

 

Within the 2005/09 Strategic Program, Council has identified two Terms Achievements that are relevant to this project.  They are:

 

·    Effective responses are made to the social impacts of growth, redevelopment and change;

·    Strategies are in place to respond to the social and health needs of the community.

 

Council approved the submission of a similar project proposal to the Castlereagh Community Fund (CCF) at the Ordinary Meeting of 2 May 2005.  Council was advised by the NSW Department of Environment and Conservation that the application was unsuccessful.

 

Subsequently, Council approved that similar applications be submitted for WSAAS funding in 2006 and 2007.  These two applications were unsuccessful.  However, the application was recognised as a commendable project.

Current Situation

The previous applications to the CCF and WSAAS were for a three year period.  However, on advice from Area Assistance Scheme staff that WSAAS funding is limited in 2007/08, the project has now been reduced to two years. 

 

The Northern Rural Community Development Project is proposed to fund the employment by Council of a Community Development Officer for four days per week over two years.  The project worker will be based within the local public schools of Londonderry and Llandilo three days per week, with the support of the Principals of both schools.  The Principals have indicated they have suitable rent free office space within their respective schools, which would assist in the development and implementation of the project.  One day a week would be spent at Council or with other services implementing other components of the project.

 

The project addresses the identified WSAAS outcome of building community leadership and capacity.  This project has been developed as a time limited two-year project within the WSAAS category of Community Infrastructure Development.  The budget for the project is $76,394 per annum for 2 years, totalling $152,800.  The project application was submitted by the due date of 31 August 2007.  Council’s in kind contribution would include:

 

·    Supervision and support

·    Public Liability Insurance

·    Administrative support

·    Annual Financial Audit

 

The objectives of the Northern Rural Community Development Project have been amended from the previous applications, in consideration of the reduced timeframe of the project from three years to two. The objectives are to:

 

·    Consult with the northern rural communities and determine the priority needs;

·    Develop an action plan to implement priorities;

·    Develop partnership projects with key rural services and Penrith and Nepean wide service providers to address priority needs;

·    Implement priority programs and activities;

·    Involve the community in the development and implementation of the project to build local capacity and social capital.

 

It would achieve these objectives by:

 

·    Undertaking consultation and networking to determine priority projects and programs for development and implementation and finalise action plan;

·    Linking with other service providers in Penrith with target groups in the community that require particular types of assistance and programs, eg families, young people, older people;

·    Developing steering committees/reference groups to implement specific programs to assist local capacity building, eg transition to school initiatives, parenting courses, community events such as family fun days, information on services for older people;

·    Developing timelines for program implementation;

·    Formalising outreach service arrangements to the local area (eg Londonderry village) in key areas of social service provision;

·    Regularly evaluating progress towards addressing priorities as identified;

·    Maximise the sustainability of project outcomes through formalising linkages between local service venues and outreach service providers.

Summary

Generally, the range of community programs and activities that are available within the urban areas of the City are not locally provided in the rural areas.  The northern rural areas of the City experience a relatively high level of socio-economic disadvantage compared to other areas of the City.

 

The proposed Northern Rural Areas Community Development Project will provide resources to build community leadership and capacity, and co-ordinate enhanced service provision in these areas. The Northern Rural Areas Project submission was forwarded to the funding body by the due date of 31 August, 2007. This report seeks Council endorsement of that submission.

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Grant Application - 2007/08 WSAAS Funding Round be received.

2.     Council endorse the submission of the Northern Rural Areas Community Development Project for funding under the 2007/08 WSAAS funding round.

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

There are no attachments for this report.


Ordinary Meeting

15 October 2007

The City as a Social Place

 

 

The City as a Social Place

 

 

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Penrith City Cultural Framework and Cultural Action Plan   

 

Compiled by:                Jeni Pollard, Neighbourhood Renewal Coordinator

Erich Weller, Community and Cultural Development Manager

Authorised by:             Erich Weller, Community and Cultural Development Manager   

Strategic Program Term Achievement: The City is widely recognised as a centre of cultural diversity, excellence and access.

Critical Action:  Integrate and implement the strategies of the City-wide cultural planning framework.

     

Purpose:

To inform Council of the proposed Penrith City Cultural Framework and Cultural Action Plan.  The Framework and Plan provide Council with a clear direction and plan of action for cultural development priorities between 2007 - 2011.  The report recommends that Council endorse the Penrith City Cultural Framework and Cultural Action Plan.

 

Background

Council allocated $40,000 in the 2003/04 budget and $40,000 in the 2004/05 budget to develop a city-wide Cultural Planning Framework.

 

In June 2004, Council engaged Deb Mills, Cultural Planner, to assist Council to develop this cultural planning framework for Penrith City. This project was overseen by a Steering Group of Senior Management, and informed by a Cultural Planning Working Group made up of Council Officers.

 

Early in this process, it was decided to adopt the format for cultural planning recommended by the NSW Ministry for the Arts, the Department of Local Government and the Local Government Association of NSW.  This format proposes the development of a cultural framework which recognises the ongoing and dynamic nature of cultural development, and the need for the integration of culture into all aspects of Council’s functions.  This integrated approach ensures that the cultural planning and development for a city is continuous, adaptable and able to respond to changing circumstance and emerging opportunities.

 

A Cultural Framework Background Paper, and an extensive audit of the City’s cultural resources, both public and private sector, were also completed to inform the development of the Framework.  This consultancy work was complemented by a review of other Council documents, including the previous and current Strategic Plan, the 2004/05 and subsequent Management Plans, as well as consultation with the NSW Ministry of the Arts (now ArtsNSW) and cultural planning and development officers in WSROC and neighbouring councils.

 

Public consultation was also undertaken with community partners and interested residents to support the development of the Cultural Framework and Action Plan.  Consultations were held in St Marys and Penrith, and specific additional targeted consultation occurred at a number of City events and celebrations.  These included Australia Day 2005, at a Railway Street Theatre performance, and a Penrith Regional Gallery exhibition targeting families and children.

 

The consultant was also engaged separately, by the Local Planning Manager, to complete a Cultural Development Analysis to inform the development of the Penrith City Centre and St Marys Town Centre Strategies.

 

The consultant also provided her expertise to assist Council in preparing a submission to ArtsNSW for a $50,000 contribution towards a Cultural Development Officer – City-wide, to progress a number of cultural development initiatives that had been identified in the consultant’s investigations and consultation processes.  This submission was endorsed by Council in September 2005.  The submission was unsuccessful on the first attempt but was re-submitted in June 2006. Upon request, a copy of the draft Penrith City Cultural Framework and Action Plan was forwarded to ArtsNSW, to support the second submission for a triennial agreement.  Feedback from ArtsNSW on the Framework and Action Plan was positive.

 

Council was advised in March 2007, by ArtsNSW, that Council’s submission for a triennial funding agreement based on matched funding was successful.  In March 2007, Council formally accepted the offer, and endorsed that the position will become part of the staff establishment at the end of the triennial agreement.

 

A presentation on the Penrith City Cultural Framework and the Cultural Action Plan was made to a Councillor Briefing on 3 September 2007. This report is presented following feedback and direction as a result of that briefing and further discussion with senior management.

 

The Penrith City Cultural Planning Framework

The Framework is based upon the principle that culture is more than the arts – it is about people’s lived experiences of Penrith’s places and times.  Culture is how residents experience their city – their sense of place, identity and personal safety.  Culture is also about the readability of the city – the signage, the opportunity to interpret its past and future, and how residents relate to and experience its natural and built environment.

 

The Cultural Framework utilises a leading practice cultural planning approach that integrates cultural strategies and action closely with Council’s broader priorities and objectives as outlined in the Strategic Plan, and a range of other Council priorities.

 

In this way culture, cultural facilities and cultural activities are seen as integral to everyday life and fundamental to human well-being. To date, Council has taken a progressive approach to the development of regional facilities including the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, the Penrith Regional Gallery and Lewers Bequest, and the Penrith Library. The ongoing development of the Penrith Valley Cultural Precinct is further testament to the commitment of Council to the provision of cultural facilities. This Cultural Framework and Action Plan address the development of cultural activities and programs which complement and enhance the work of the facilities, as well as the other aspects of Council’s activities, such as local and city planning and placemaking.

 

As a regional city and the principal centre for outer Western Sydney and the central west, the Framework recognises the critical importance of cultural development to the City’s economic viability, social equity and environmental sustainability. Cultural development is recognised as an employment and enterprise generator for local residents.

 

The Framework provides a summary of the key cultural priorities and opportunities that are currently underway, as well as additional initiatives that support the implementation of the Strategic Plan.  Utilising this integrated approach, the Framework articulates a broad set of aspirational cultural development goals for the City, Council and our partners.

 

A copy of the Framework is provided at Attachment 1.

 

An issue raised by Council in a previous briefing on 8 August 2005, was the concept of a signature event for the City. Further investigation and consultation on this issue has firmly identified and established that the Australia Day Event held at the Lakes is considered to be an important event for the residents of Penrith as well as regional visitors.

 

Penrith City Cultural Development Action Plan

It is proposed that the Penrith City Cultural Development Action Plan be implemented over four years – that is, from 2007-2011.  The Cultural Development Action Plan lists the specific actions required to be undertaken over the term of the current Strategic Plan (2005-2009), and up to 2011, to work towards the aspirational goals articulated in the Framework.

 

The Cultural Action Plan is provided as Attachment 2 to this report.

 

The Action Plan clearly reflects the broad understanding of culture, as well as the leading edge integrated approach to cultural planning and development outlined in the Framework.  The Action Plan is a whole of organisation plan that articulates actions to be implemented in a number of function areas.

 

All of the proposed actions have been discussed with the relevant Managers, and their agreement has been obtained to the nominated actions.  In large part, the proposed actions recognised the existing commitments of Managers in the current Strategic Plan, but in many cases add “cultural development” value/outcomes to the actions. 

 

This synergy between the actions in the Plan and the existing commitments of Managers has been facilitated by the many “conversations” that have occurred at the Cultural Planning Working Group level, as well as at consultant/Manager level.

 

In line with the integrated dynamic and flexible approach to cultural planning and development recommended by the consultant, the implementation of the Action Plan will need to be reviewed annually.  These annual reviews will also enable new opportunities to be incorporated in the Plan if required.  To assist the organisation, and Managers in particular, to ensure the added “cultural development value/outcomes” are achieved, the specialist Cultural Development Officer – City-wide is currently being recruited (see page 3 of the Plan, 8.1A1).  A major responsibility of the Cultural Development Officer - City-wide, as per the signed funding agreement with ArtsNSW, will be co-ordinating the implementation of the Cultural Action Plan.

 

Since the development of the Framework and Action Plan, Council has made a number of changes both at Strategic Program level and at the Management Plan level. Firstly, Council has endorsed the realignment of Council’s Strategic Program with Council’s Sustainability Framework and the UNEP principles.  Cultural development is referred to as one of the ‘pillars’ of sustainability, and the approach adopted in the Framework and Action Plan is consistent with the realignment of the Strategic Program based on UNEP Principles and endorsed objectives.

 

Secondly, there have been some changes to the allocation of term achievements, critical actions and tasks, based on the endorsed changes to the Facilities Operations Department. The Cultural Development Action Plan reflects the allocation of many of the cultural development and partnership functions to the responsibility of the Community and Cultural Development Manager. The change of name of the Community Development Department to Community and Cultural Development Department reflects these changing responsibilities and strengthens Penrith City Council’s commitment to cultural development. This change of name was reported to Council’s Policy Review Committee Meeting on 10 September 2007.

 

Highlights of the Cultural Development Action Plan

A number of Cultural Development projects that have been flagged in the Cultural Development Action Plan have already commenced, as a result of opportunities that have arisen over the previous 12 months.  Some of the highlights have included:

 

·    AREAS – Cultural Development (Local)

The AREAS special rate initiative included funding for Cultural Development activities in local areas. This program will benefit all established areas of the City, and will assist Council to address and enhance the vitality of many of our public spaces and facilities. The ‘local’ focus will be complemented by the ‘city-wide’ focus of the position for which funding has been obtained from ArtsNSW.

 

The Cultural Development – Local initiative supports people gathering in local meeting places, and fosters engagement and creativity in the design of major public domain projects, as well as the supporting infrastructure and objects that make places unique for local residents.  This infrastructure can include street furniture, bus shelters, as well as public art. The Cultural Development element will also work together with the Graffiti Management program to offer alternatives to develop local identity and place making. The development of the Magnetic Places Community Cultural Grants Program will further support local place making and activation of public meeting places, and provide a mechanism to add value to the work of local organisations and communities. This Magnetic Places Community Cultural Grants Program was reported to Councillors by memo on 30 August 2007.

 

·    Glenmore Park Child and Family Precinct

Issue 15 of the Management Plan is concerned with the development of social and cultural strategies for new release areas. The development of the Glenmore Park Child and Family Precinct has offered an opportunity to integrate public art and place making principles into a new facility early in the design inception stage.  The brief developed for the architect incorporated a requirement to work collaboratively with a public art consultant to ensure that this element was integrated into the overall project. This will assist in creating a building that is both functional, with enhanced aesthetic value that reflects the local environment and community, as well as the proposed uses of the facility.


 

·    Collaboration with JSPAC and Penrith Regional Gallery

Over the previous 12 months, a number of opportunities have arisen to work collaboratively on projects with staff from the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre and the Penrith Regional Gallery. In response to Issue 8 of the Management Plan, and the Critical Action concerned with the integration of the City’s principal cultural facilities, projects have been initiated to outreach from the facilities to places where local communities gather. These projects have ranged from inviting staff from the Gallery to facilitate workshops for seniors groups to engaging in children’s workshops at a Family Fun Day at North St Marys.

 

·    Library Directions Plan

In the process of developing the Cultural Development Action Plan, the City’s libraries were recognised as one of the key resources for community cultural development.  In particular, Penrith Library is a key cultural asset and should be viewed, along with the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, as a regional facility. The library plays a role in developing the city as a learning economy, and in fostering support for knowledge industries and employment generation in the local area.

 

The Library Services Manager is currently in the process of developing a Directions plan, to position the library in relation to the changing expectations of the community for internet and electronic delivery, as well as the growing demand for the current service.  The Cultural Planning process flagged the need for a way forward that will support the library in improving the relevance and scope of the collection, provide continued support for public access to information technology, and address barriers to access, including staffing levels, opening hours, and access to library resources for people of non-English speaking background.   The importance of innovative outreach service provision strategies was also identified.

 

As indicated, the Library Directions Plan will provide Council with a strategic approach to these and related matters.

 

·    Public Domain Principles and Public Art Strategy

The development of quality public domain in the City Centres and beyond will enhance the look of the City, increasing usage and enjoyment for residents and visitors. A draft Public Domain Principles and Public Art Strategy has been developed, in conjunction with a range of senior staff and officers, to support the development and maintenance of public places that are well used and activated at different times of the day and night. The implementation of the Public Art Strategy will promote the contribution of artists and public art to creating a public domain of quality and distinctiveness. The Strategy is currently being reviewed by participating Council officers before being presented to Council for endorsement.

 

·    Draft District Open Space Development Contributions Plan

The Environmental Planning Manager is leading the development of the Draft District Open Space Development Contributions Plan.  Given the priority Council has placed on placemaking and public art across the City, a 2% of total proposed works in the Plan has been allocated to achieve placemaking outcomes in district open space.  This Draft Plan will be the subject of a detailed report to Council.

 

Summary

The Penrith City Cultural Framework and the Penrith City Cultural Development Action Plan provide Council with a sound policy framework and plan of action for cultural development activities over the next four years.  The Cultural Framework has been developed in line with current best practice principles according to the Department of Local Government.  The draft Penrith City Cultural Framework and Action Plan also supported Council’s successful application to ArtsNSW for a triennial funding agreement to employ a Cultural Development Officer – Citywide. The Cultural Development Action Plan reflects Council’s commitment to a “whole of Council” and integrated approach to enhanced cultural development activity across the City.

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Penrith City Cultural Framework and Cultural Action Plan be received.

2.     Council endorse the Penrith City Cultural Framework and Cultural Development Action Plan 2007 – 2011.

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

1.  

Cultural Framework

10 Pages

Attachment

2.  

Cultural Action Plan

19 Pages

Attachment

  


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Proposed variation of a restriction on the use of Lots 102 to 109, Lot 157, Lots 163 and 164 DP1108846 Caddens Road, Claremont Meadows  Applicant:  J Wyndham Prince Pty Ltd;  Owner:  UPL (NO9) Pty Limited    

DA04/1002

Compiled by:                Gordon Williams, Environmental Planner

Authorised by:             Paul Lemm, Development Services Manager   

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

Critical Action:  Formulate and implement social and cultural strategies for redeveloping established areas that support cohesive communities.

     

Purpose:

To seek endorsement from Council to vary a restrictive covenant to residential development imposed on the subdivision. The report recommends that this restriction be varied with the common seal of Penrith City Council being affixed to all necessary documentation.

 

Background

Council approved subdivision application DA 04/1002 for the creation of Ninety two (92) new allotments in two stages for residential purposes and a new road off Caddens Road, Claremont Meadows in September 2004 (See Locality Map Appendix No. 1). As part of that approval, a restrictive covenant under Section 88B of the Conveyance Act 1919 was imposed.

 

The restriction on the use of land fourteenthly referred to in the subject Deposited Plan No. 1108846 burdens Lots 102 to 109, 157, 163, and 164 and states:

 

“That the restriction upon the Burdened Lot cannot be released until the hazard is reduced, that is, the vegetation is managed as an “Outer Protection Area” as outlined within section 4.2.2 in Planning for Bushfire Protection, 2001. This restriction will remain to ensure that the land is maintained as an Asset Protection Zone until the development occurs that removes the potential bushfire hazard.”

 

Penrith City Council is nominated as the authority whose consent is required to release, vary or modify the terms of the restriction.

 

The development consent, issued by Council for the subdivision, required the provision of Bushfire Asset Protection Zones (APZ), in accordance with the recommendations of a Bushfire Protection Assessment by Conacher Travers, using the guidelines ‘Planning for Bushfire Protection 2001’. This document has since been superseded by amended guidelines ‘Planning for Bushfire 2006’.

 

The amended guidelines ‘Planning for Bushfire 2006’ are more site descriptive and set standards depending on the conditions (such as slope, direction, access, water supply, type of vegetation and density) that apply to each site to determine the APZ setback to dwellings. 

 

The changes result in APZ setbacks on the subject lots up to 14.16m being reduced to less than the standard 5.5m dwelling setback or APZ setback not impacting on the lot and being contained within the road and reserve opposite these lots. 

Site and Surrounds

The subject lots are located in a new subdivision. The subdivision is split by Caddens Road, and adjoins the M4 Motorway to the south and a reserve to the north and east. The subdivision currently has a mixture of vacant lots and a few older dwellings on nearby lots. The subject lots are vacant with a reserve opposite. 

The Proposal

A report prepared by Conacher Travers, using the revised 2006 guidelines, has been submitted and recommends reduced Asset Protection Zones with appropriate building construction standards. The dwellings on Lots 102 to 109, 157, 163 and 164 are to be constructed to a Level 2 standard in accordance with AS3959 – 1999; Appendix No. 2 indicates the requirements to comply with “Construction of Buildings in Bushfire Areas” for Level 2 construction.

 

 

The proposal will result in a reduction in the size of APZ, as was previously required under ‘Planning for Bushfire Protection 2001’. The following table indicates the revised APZ required for each lot;

 

Lot No

Proposed APZ

Revised APZ

102

14.16m

3.5m

103

14.16m

3.5m

104

14.16m

3.5m

105

14.16m

3.5m

106

12.47m

3.5m

107

12.47m

3.5m

108

12.47m

3.5m

109

12.205m

3.5m

163

11.0m

nil

164

11.112m

nil

157

18.9m

3.0m

 

 

Council referred the proposed variation of the Asset Protection Zone to the NSW Rural Fire Service. The NSW Rural Fire Service responded and has no objection to the amendments.

 

The applicant has requested the existing restriction be varied, by modifying the Asset Protection Zone. The following changes are proposed to the 88B instrument and Deposited Plan 1108846 for Stage 1:

 

1.   The Restriction on the Use of Land referred to Fourteenthly remains in force on Lots 102 to 109, and Lot 157;

2.   The restriction on the use of land referred to fourteenthly be lifted from Lots 163 and 164 and requirements for the APZ is removed.

3.   A new Restriction on the Use of land is to be imposed as dwellings on Lots 102 to 109, 157, 163 and 164 are to be constructed to a Level 2 standard in accordance with AS3959 – 1999.

 

The draft 88B instrument attached to the proposed plan of subdivision for Stage 2 will be amended prior to being endorsed by Council. The restrictions that are imposed on lots in Stage 1 and the lots form part of the Stage 2 will have these restrictions carried over to the Stage 2 linen. 

Assessment of Issues Relating to the Positive Covenant

The proposed changes to the 88B instrument are in accordance with the revised relevant controls for Planning for Bushfire Protection 2006, as outlined in the Bushfire Protection Assessment prepared by Conacher Travers and endorsed by NSW Rural Fire Service.

 

The proposed APZ will not impact on the existing landscaping, as the existing roads form all or the majority of the APZ required under the 2006 guidelines. Attachment 3 indicates the proposed APZ setbacks on the lots.

 

The variation to the APZ will maintain a streetscape character conducive to the new subdivision; allow for open space front setback areas to dwellings to be more consistent with other dwellings throughout the area where APZ do not apply to these sites.

 

Due to the above issues, and the minor nature of the variation requested, a variation of the inner protection zone, as proposed, would have minimal impact visually, or on the amenity or streetscape of the locality.

Section 79C(1)(d) – Any Submissions made in relation to the Development

Community Consultation

In accordance with Council’s Advertising and Notification Development Control Plan, the proposed development was required to undergo public notification processes. No objections were received in relation to amendment to the 88B instrument.

Conclusion

Assessment of the application, to vary the restriction on the use of land fourthly referred to in the subject Deposited Plan applying to Lots 117 and 118 DP 1088137, has demonstrated that the proposal is unlikely to have any significant impacts on the achievement of the outcomes intended by the planning and subdivision controls for these properties.

 

The proposed variation will not compromise the bushfire safety, character or amenity of the locality, and will permit a significant increase in the spatial separation and perceived setbacks of development on the streetscape.

 

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on proposed variation of a restriction on the use of Lots 102 to 109, Lot 157, Lots 163 and 164 DP 1108846 Caddens Road, Claremont Meadows be received.

2.     The application be recommended for approval, subject to the restriction being modified as follows:

2.1      The Restriction on the Use of Land referred to Fourteenthly remains in force on Lots 102 to 109, and Lot 157

2.2      The restriction on the use of land referred to Fourteenthly is lifted from Lots 163 and 164 and the requirements for an APZ be removed

2.3      A new Restriction on the Use of land is to be imposed as dwellings on Lots 102 to 109, 157, 163 and 164 are to be constructed to a Level 2 standard in accordance with AS3959.

 

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

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

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Locality Plan

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Appendix

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Bushfire Prone Areas

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Appendix

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Asset Protection Zone

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The City as a Social Place

 

 

The City as a Social Place

 

 

9

Penrith Community Development Support Expenditure (CDSE) Funding Program 2007   

 

Compiled by:                Vesna Kapetanovic, Community Projects Officer (WSAAS)

Authorised by:             Erich Weller, Community and Cultural Development Manager   

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

Critical Action: Support community organisations to address the differing needs and issues of the various age groups through Council's policy responses, program initiatives and advocacy.

     

Purpose:

To inform Council of the outcome of the 2007 Penrith Community Development and Support Expenditure Scheme (CDSE) Category 1 Funding Round.  The report recommends the information be received.

 

Background

The Community Development and Support Expenditure (CDSE) Scheme is a statewide initiative that enables Registered Clubs to provide significant financial support for projects and services that contribute to the wellbeing of their communities.

 

The CDSE program is carried out in partnership with local Registered Clubs, Local Government the NSW State Government and the NSW Council of Social Services (NCOSS).

 

Registered clubs that earn over $1 million annually in gaming machine revenue are eligible to provide funding for community projects and services and in turn receive dollar-for-dollar gaming tax deductions.

 

The scheme was introduced in 1998 by the NSW Government and allows clubs to claim a tax deduction of up to 1.5% on gaming machine revenue over $1 million for monies spent on community support including junior sports activities.  At least 0.75% of this deduction must be allocated to Category 1 activities.

 

CDSE Category 1 expenditure is allocated to projects/services that contribute to the welfare and broader social fabric of the local community, and are aimed at improving the wellbeing of low income and disadvantaged people.

 

Category 1 funding expenditure targets community welfare and social services, community development, community health services, and employment assistance activities.

The Penrith LGA Process

The Penrith Local CDSE Committee is convened each year by Council to manage the CDSE funding process and assess and rank all eligible Penrith CDSE funding applications.

 

The Penrith Local CDSE Committee has a core membership of:

 

·    Representatives from the CDSE eligible clubs in Penrith (Kingswood Sporting Club; St Marys Band Club; Penrith RSL; Penrith Paceway; Penrith Gaels; Nepean Rowing Club; Panthers; St Marys Leagues; Penrith Bowling Club; St Marys RSL; Henry Lawson Club);

·    Penrith Council’s Senior Social Planner;

·    A representative from the NSW Department of Community Services (DoCS);

·    Local representative of the Council of Social Service of NSW (NCOSS).

 

The Local Committee meets to:

 

·    Identify the community service priorities for Category 1 expenditure in Penrith, based on advice and local data provided by Penrith Council’s Community and Cultural Development Department and DoCS advice on regional and whole-of-government community service priorities;

·    Advise qualifying clubs in Penrith of the identified community service priorities for Category 1 expenditure;

·    Co-ordinate the timeframe and promotion of the funding round;

·    Assess Category 1 funding applications received by the local committee as to whether they align with the identified community service priorities;

·    Inform qualifying clubs in Penrith of the outcomes of the assessment of Category 1 applications.

 

Penrith City Council’s Community Projects Officer convenes the local Penrith committee, provides information to the community on the funding round and undertakes administration to support the scheme.  To enable the local committee to effectively compare and assess applications, a portfolio comprising a summary of each application is provided to all committee representatives.

 

2007 Funding Round for Penrith

The 2007 CDSE Funding Round opened on 26 March and closed on 27 April. The round was promoted through local networks and interagencies, as well advertising in the local press.

 

This year, the Penrith CDSE Committee received 165 applications from local and statewide community services and groups seeking a total amount just over $1.58 million.

 

The demand for funding exceeded the funding available, and the total amount of CDSE Category 1 funding allocated by the Penrith CDSE Committee was $417,414.

 

In total, over 50 organisations were successful in obtaining Penrith CDSE funding.

 

Projects Funded in Penrith

Some examples of the type of projects that were funded in the 2007 CDSE Round are:

 

·    Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia received $20,000 to provide aging community members with the opportunity to attend the Golden Stave Music Therapy Centre to experience the therapeutic benefits of music;

 

·    SPYNS Inc, on behalf on Penrith Youth Interagency, received $3,100 to provide a targeted training program, ‘Mental Health First Aid for Youth’, for up to 30 youth workers within the Penrith Youth Interagency;

 

·    Kuri Ngai Partners, on behalf of the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry, received $4,780 to run 3 culturally appropriate creative therapy/education support groups for Aboriginal women who have experienced domestic violence;

 

·    Nepean Area Disabilities Organisation Inc (NADO) received $6,738 to develop a new sensory garden at their new respite facility in St Marys. This garden area will provide a secure, restful space for people with disabilities to use during their stay at the respite centre.

 

The complete list of the funded projects is provided at Attachment 1.

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That the information contained in the report on Penrith Community Development Support Expenditure (CDSE) Funding Program 2007 be received.

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

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ATTACHMENT 1

APPROVED FUNDING

ORGANISATION

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

AMOUNT REQUEST

St. Marys Area Community Development Project Inc.

Provide workshops (x 6) for creative writers within the St. Marys area to promote and develop script writing skills, while looking into developing a play for these individuals and the greater community in the future.

$2,800

St. Marys Community Arts and Craft Centre Inc.

Our project “Hands on Art” will give participants an opportunity to express themselves through a variety of artistic media, both 2 and 3 dimensional, develop skills in drawing, planning and development of ideas, experimentation and the selection of materials to create a quality piece of artwork that produces individuality and self expression.

$15,600

Multiple Sclerosis Limited (NSW)

MS is a costly disease in terms of lost wages, the cost of healthcare, special equipment and support services. These specialised exercise classes, which are co-ordinated by health professionals, provide the opportunity to improve physical and functional abilities, co-ordination and general wellbeing for people with multiple sclerosis.

$2,080

Penrith South Public School Support Unit

Computer resources for classrooms with children with mild, moderate and severe intellectual disabilities and associated physical disabilities. Play equipment for restricted play area – specifically for children with disabilities who are not yet capable to enter the greater school playground. Paving (concrete path) to use modified play equipment.

$18,039

Nepean Area Disabilities Organisation Inc. (NADO Inc.)

The development of a sensory garden at our new respite facility in St. Marys. The proposed garden area will provide a secure, restful space for people with disabilities to use during their stay at the respite centre. People with challenging behaviours and mental illness will benefit from using a relaxing outdoor space that stimulates the senses with fragrant plants and a water feature.

$6,738

Hawkesbury Nepean Community Legal Centre (‘HNCLC’)

Will provide legal information and education to women who are separated and seeking to make arrangements regarding their children. The information provided to participants will assist them to understand:
1. the nature of the recent Family Law changes so that they can make informed decisions about arrangements for their children post-separation;
2. the nature of the mediation process, including whether they must attend a mediation;
3. How best to prepare for a mediation; and
4. What to expect from a mediation.

$6,805

Family Planning Aust – The Warehouse Penrith

Project involves the provision of clinical services and education for young people with a disability and their carers. Clinical services and education related to sexual and reproductive health

$3,000

Family Planning Australia – The Warehouse

The Young Parents Network meets weekly at ‘The Warehouse’ cottage. This group, at present, averages 10 young mums and dads. The group is co-ordinated by Mission Australia and is supported by a worker from the Warehouse, a Child and Family Health Nurse and an Early Intervention Worker.
Our aim is to provide young parents with a support, education and place to network. We hope to establish another group meeting in the afternoon. The cottage is provided at no cost for use.

$5,700

Muru Mittigar Aboriginal Cultural and Education Centre

A photocopier will be purchased to be used by Muru Mittigar and other community groups using Muru Mittigar premises which will assist in provision of support services including financial mentoring to Indigenous families in Penrith and Western Sydney.

$2,200

Community Access Care Pair Inc.

To provide a supported playgroup for children with additional needs and their parent/carer’s. This playgroup will encourage interactions between parent/carer and child/ren. A support network of parent/carers of children with additional needs will be encouraged. The playgroup will run weekly during the school terms and will be located within the Penrith LGA.

$15,000

Neighbourhood Development Team Erskine Park Inc.

To purchase an overlocker (sewing machine) for the purpose of teaching women from all backgrounds, including ATSI, NESB, single parents, women with disabilities, adolescents and disadvantaged women a new skill with equipment they may otherwise not have access to.

$990

Westcare Recovery Centre

Seeking assistance for our “BudgetCare Program”. Our “BudgetCare Program” will provide the community of Penrith a Budget Counsellor (1 day per week for a period of 1 year).  BudgetCare” will also be providing a separate group “BudgetCare” workshops once per month additional to above.

$9,990

N.I.L.C. Inc.

Refurbishment of a vacant room in our office for people with disabilities to drop in, meet with their friends, wait between appointments. Office staff and volunteers would be available to direct people to appropriate services, assist with reading of letters and provide a supportive environment for people who may live alone.

$2,500

Kuri-ngai Partners Inc (on behalf of Aboriginal Catholic Ministry)

Funding for art materials and food costs in order to run 3 culturally appropriate Creative Therapy/Educational Support groups for Aboriginal women who have experienced domestic/family violence and are having difficulties coping.
Also funding to produce a manual for the program (which has been written in collaboration with Aboriginal educators and has been successfully piloted) and can be utilised by local Aboriginal Service Providers.

$4,780

Northcott Disability Services

To provide 2 x weekends of 24 hour respite care for 10 children and their families from Penrith.

$6,673

Sunnyfield

Our business Services Centre at St. Marys provides supported employment for over 50 people with intellectual disabilities from within Penrith LGA. We need to purchase a Rotary Band Heat Sealer for our production process which will remove the need for able bodied processing of heat sealing. This will mean we can increase the number of supported employees involved in the production process.

$4,400

Nepean District Historical Society Inc.

Seeking funding for the purchase of equipment for the collection and publishing of historical records relating to residents of Penrith who served their community and country over the last 200 years.

$5,000

T S Nepean Unit Committee Inc.

Purchase of additional bunks to replace the accommodation areas of the facility to provide OH and S standard of accommodation.

$7,500

Rotary Club of Nepean Inc.

Nepean Rotary supports eight secondary schools (both private and public) in the Penrith area by offering their students places in various leadership and personal development courses run annually by Rotary International District 9690. These courses include RYPEN, a weekend development conference held twice each year for 14-16 year old young people; RYLA a weeklong leadership course held annually for 18-15 year old people; MUNA (Model United Nations Assembly) held annually at UWS for teams from local high schools representing various countries who debate issues of world concern; RYDA (Rotary Young Driver Awareness Training Course) held for Year 11 students from local schools in day long sessions at Penrith Lakes during November.

$9,040

Australian Red Cross, Greater Western Sydney Region

The Hands On program provides hand massages and nail care through an outreach service to palliative and hospital care patients as well as frail, aged people in nursing homes.

$5,000

Australian Red Cross, Greater Western Sydney Region

The Good Start Breakfast Club (GSBC) is a nutrition and health education program. Targeting Penrith Public School and Penrith High School.

$7,000

Penrith Valley Concert Band Inc.

Support for training band development, namely uniform costs. 

$1,000

SPYNS Inc (on behalf of Penrith Youth Interagency)

From May 2007, a new targeted program of Mental Health First Aid for Youth will be available. SPYNS is seeking funding to provide this course for up to 30 Youth Workers within the Penrith Youth Interagency (PYI). This 14-hour course will provide specific information for Youth Workers as to how to support a young person experiencing a mental health crisis or one who may be developing a mental disorder.

$3,100

Australian Breastfeeding Association – Mt. Druitt/St. Clair Group

Seeking funding to assist with the running of our local ABA Group. Our ABA group supports families of young children and seeks to educate the community about the benefits of breastfeeding. Our project will enhance the pre and post natal environments of women and their babies and address early intervention of child health issues by informing and supporting families with regard to infant feeding.

$210

SPYNS Inc (on behalf of Western Sydney Grandcarers)

To assist with costs of providing a weekend residential program for children being raised by their grandcarers (this will include attendance of the grandcarers) in which they can share their experiences and learn methods of support to help normalise the experience and strengthen resilience factors for both children and grandcarers.

$8,800

Nordoff-Robins Music Therapy Australia

This project brings groups of aged persons from their homes, day centres or nursing homes to the Golden Stave Music Therapy Centre. It focuses on the therapeutic use of music to enhance the quality of life of older adults in the community.

$20,000

St. Clair Youth & Neighbourhood Team Inc.

Purchase a Leaflet Display Stand to enable St. Clair Youth and Neighbourhood Team to adequately make information available to residents utilising the Cook Parade Neighbourhood Centre in St. Clair.

$468

Life Education NSW

Project aims to make funds available for financially disadvantaged students that will pay the $7.50 program fee to Life Education programs. The project will target schools with low attendance rates and offer then financial assistance to improve access to these Life Education programs.

$7,000

Marist Youth Care

Marist Youth Care has a DOH property at Emu Plains that is used to accommodate 3 young people as they move towards independence. We wish to provide a computer for them that they can use to develop keyboard skills and also prepare resumes. MYC has volunteers that will provide free training for them in all areas of computer use.

$1,368

Little by Little Inc.

To reconstruct a gazebo structure that was destroyed by heavy rain and wind. The gazebo was made of timber and it is planned to replace it with one made of steel and aluminium. The gazebo was located in a large open playground area and provided a shelter for students with moderate and severe intellectual disabilities to participate in passive leisure activities.

$9,000

Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children Nepean

RIDBC Nepean provides Early Learning Program services for children from the Penrith LGA aged 0-6 years that have impaired hearing and/or impaired vision. Seeking funding for contrasting concrete edging along paths for outdoor play activities.

$4,800

The Australian Foundation for Disability

A Physical Fitness Program for people with intellectual and physical disabilities aimed at improving general health and fitness. We are seeking funding for 4 terms (each term consists of 4 classes per week over 8 weeks) of a physical activity program for our 40 residents. In addition we also require a treadmill, stereo and cabinet.

$12,600

Penrith Rural Fire Service Training Committee

The Training Group will be making the application on behalf of the Communications Group. The Communications Group are seeking funding to upgrade the seating facilities within our Operations Room and our Operational Command Vehicle.

$3,659

Karelle Life Enrichment Service Inc.

To furnish a Training Room within our factory site (at St. Marys) to enable trainees with intellectual disability and volunteers supporting them to have access to reasonable comfort and clean conditions. The project will purchase tables, chairs, wall hangings, window coverings and floor coverings.

$3,000

Sunnyfield

To purchase sporting and recreational goods for indoor and outdoor activities for our Day Options Centre, which provides respite programs for disabled individuals of all ages.

$4,000

NSW Rural Fire Service – Penrith Training Group Inc.

Seeking funding for a silent generator for powering video, lighting and television for Community Education trailer.

$1,658

Penrith Valley Seniors Computing Club Inc.

Replacement of 9 monitor screens for computers in the Computer Room at the Penrith Senior Centre with 9 new LCD flat panel monitors. This project will enable students that use the computers to effectively and clearly observe programs that they are working on without the monitor breaking down and going blank.

$3,600

Disability Services Australia

For the establishment of an accessible outdoor mobility area including specialist swings, accessible springless trampoline, balance balls and safety mats for local people with a disability (based at Emu Plains).

$3,112

Vietnam Veterans Association – St. Marys Sub Branch Inc.

Free computer training to veterans and their family, plus members of the community, particularly older members and retirees. Funds used to upgrade software, provide ink cartridges, paper and consumables.

$5,000

The Salvation Army (NSW) Property Trust – Operating as the Salvation Army Youthlink

Funding sought to support the ongoing operation of the Café Horizons Youth Training program in St. Marys (a Hospitality Training Program for ‘Early School Leavers’).  Project will train 35-40 young people per year in Certificate II Hospitality (Operations).  Young people will attend training 30 hours per week for up to 20 weeks.

$15,000

Penrith Community Kitchen Inc.

To continue a facility to serve free meals at lunchtime on weekdays and Christmas Day to the homeless and those in need. The funds will assist to meet the operating costs of the Kitchen, including the purchase of groceries, outgoings of the premises and the upkeep of the kitchen/cooking equipment.

$20,000

St. Vincent de Paul Society

Vinnies Van is a service of the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Western Sydney. Due to ever increasing legislative requirements, Vinnies Van must provide mandatory volunteer training. These volunteer training programs, which are continuously expanding, not only foster and develop skills that they need for the Vinnies Van such as leadership, safety and communication but also give volunteers skills that are transferable to other work that they may undertake.

$5,021

Penrith Regional Gallery and The Lewers Bequest

We propose to develop a comprehensive full colour illustrated Education Kit to accompany The Hidden Missions of NSW exhibition at PRG. The Kit will be used in conjunction with a Gallery visit, and also as an independent classroom resource. The Kit will focus the investigation of the content of the Exhibition through the HSIE and Creative Arts syllabi for Primary School students and the Aboriginal studies, Visual Arts and History syllabi for High School students.

$5,200

GREAT Community Transport Inc.

We are establishing a Volunteer Drivers’ Pool to enable community groups to have access to community buses. The volunteer drivers will need to have uniforms that are OH&S compliant as well as Customer Service Training to improve their understanding of particular issues facing people who are “transport disadvantaged”.

$2,085

Henry Fulton Nursing Home (ARV)

Employment of a local community mosaic artist to facilitate residents of Henry Fulton in the design and production of a feature mosaic mural, to enhance the quality of life in the resident’s courtyard. The artist will also train 2-3 volunteer artists to work with aged/disability community. The progress of the project will also be documented, and displayed at a local public venue, to reflect the ‘abilities’ and the life these people still have.

$3,440

21 Army Cadet Unit Penrith