8 November 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 5 November 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

 

3.           CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES

Ordinary Meeting - 15 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

Local Government Risk Management Excellence Award - Westpool.

Recognition of Mr John Bateman & the Nepean Philanthropists.

 

7.           NOTICES OF MOTION

 

8.           ADOPTION OF REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATION OF COMMITTEES

Disability Access Committee Meeting - 3 October 2007.

Penrith Valley Community Safety Partnership Meeting - 4 October 2007.

Policy Review Committee Meeting - 29 October 2007.

 

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 5 November 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 15 OCTOBER 2007 AT 7:35PM

NATIONAL ANTHEM 

The meeting opened with the National Anthem.

STATEMENT OF RECOGNITION

The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Jackie Greenow read a statement of recognition of Penrith City’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Heritage.

PRAYER

The Council Prayer was read by the Rev Neil Checkley.

PRESENT

The Deputy Mayor Councillor Jackie Greenow, Councillors Kaylene Allison, David Bradbury, Lexie Cettolin, Kevin Crameri OAM, Mark Davies, Ross Fowler, Karen McKeown, Pat Sheehy AM, Steve Simat and John Thain.

 

APOLOGIES

There were no apologies.

 

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 Greg Davies for the period 13 October 2007 to 27 October 2007 inclusive.

Leave of Absence was previously granted to Councillor Jim Aitken OAM for the period 13 October 2007 to 24 October 2007 inclusive.

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

 

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES - Ordinary Meeting - 24 September 2007

364  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy AM seconded Councillor Ross Fowler that the minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of 24 September 2007 be confirmed.

 

 

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES - Extraordinary Council Meeting - 8 October 2007

365  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy AM seconded Councillor Ross Fowler that the minutes of the Extraordinary Council Meeting of 8 October 2007 be confirmed.

 

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Councillor Kevin Crameri OAM declared a non-pecuniary interest in Item 14 - Grant Funding - Llandilo Rural Fire Service Brigade as he is Deputy Captain of the Llandilo Rural Fire Service Brigade.  Councillor Crameri declared his intention to leave the meeting during debate and voting on this matter.

 

Councillor Kevin Crameri OAM declared a pecuniary interest in Report and Recommendations of the Policy Review Committee Meeting of 8 October 2007 - 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 Lexie Cettolin declared a pecuniary interest in Report and Recommendations of the Policy Review Committee Meeting of 8 October 2007 - 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.

 

Councillor Ross Fowler declared a pecuniary interest in Report and Recommendations of the Policy Review Committee Meeting of 8 October 2007 - 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 he acts for property owners in these areas covered by the plan; and

 

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); and Item 6 - Draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 Stage 1 (Heritage Items), as he owns or has an interest in property covered by the plans.

 

Councillor Ross Fowler declared a non-pecuniary interest in Item 9 - Penrith Community Development Support Expenditure (CDSE) Funding Program 2007 as he is a director of organisations, and is the auditor of organisations, that receive funding under this program.

 

Councillor Ross Fowler declared a pecuniary interest in Item 3 of Committee of the Whole - Commercial Matter - Council Property - Lease of Suite GO 2, Community Connections - 114-116 Henry Street, Penrith as he is the auditor of the organisation the subject of lease negotiations.

 

Councillor Jackie Greenow declared a pecuniary interest in Report and Recommendations of the Policy Review Committee Meeting of 8 October 2007 - 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.


 

Election of Chairperson

366  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Ross Fowler AM seconded Councillor David Bradbury that Councillor Pat Sheehy AM be Chairperson when Councillor Jackie Greenow vacates the Chair, during consideration of Item 6 – Draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 Stage 1 (Heritage Items) of the Report and Recommendations of the Policy Review Committee Meeting of 8 October 2007.

 

 

MAYORAL MINUTES

 

1        2007 UDIA Awards for Excellence

367  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jackie Greenow seconded Councillor Karen McKeown that the Mayoral Minute on 2007 UDIA Awards for Excellence be received.

 

2        Council Achieves Recognition at Local Government Management Excellence     Awards

368  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jackie Greenow seconded Councillor Pat Sheehy AM that the Mayoral Minute on Council Achieves Recognition at Local Government Management Excellence Awards be received.

 

Reports of Committees

 

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

369  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy AM seconded Councillor Ross Fowler that the recommendations contained in the Report and Recommendations of the Local Traffic Committee meeting held on 8 October, 2007 be adopted.

 

 

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

Having previously 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); 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), Councillor Ross Fowler left the meeting, the time being 7:52 pm.

 

370  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Kevin Crameri OAM seconded Councillor Pat Sheehy AM that the recommendations contained in Item 1 – Penrith City Centre Plan; Item 2 – Draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 – Stage 1 and Penrith Development Control Plan 2008; and Item 4 - Draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 - Stage 1 (Southern Rural Lands)  of the Report and Recommendations of the Policy Review Committee Meeting of 8 October 2007 be adopted.

Having previously declared a pecuniary interest in Item 3 - Draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 - Stage 1, Councillor Lexie Cettolin left the meeting, the time being 7:53 pm.                                                                                                              

 

371  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor John Thain seconded Councillor Pat Sheehy AM that the recommendations contained in Item 3 - Draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 - Stage 1 of  the Report and Recommendations of the Policy Review Committee Meeting of 8 October 2007 be adopted.

Councillor Lexie Cettolin returned to the meeting, the time being 7:55 pm.

Having previously declared a pecuniary interest in Item 5 – Draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 Stage 1 (Northern Rural Lands), Councillors Lexie Cettolin and Kevin Crameri OAM left the meeting, the time being 7:56 pm

 

372  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy AM seconded Councillor Karen McKeown that the recommendations contained in Item 5 - Draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 - Stage 1 (Northern Rural Lands) of the Report and Recommendations of the Policy Review Committee Meeting of 8 October 2007 be adopted.

Councillors Lexie Cettolin, Kevin Crameri OAM and Ross Fowler returned to the meeting, the time being 7:56 pm.

                            

373  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy AM seconded Councillor Ross Fowler that the recommendations contained in Item 7 - Draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 - Stage 1 (St Marys Town Centre) and Item 8 - Draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 - Stage 1 (Proposed Reclassification of Public Land) of the Report and Recommendations of the Policy Review Committee Meeting of 8 October 2007 be adopted.

 

374 RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy AM seconded Councillor Ross Fowler that the recommendations contained in Items 9 – 13 of the Report and Recommendations of the Policy Review Committee Meeting of 8 October 2007 be adopted.

 

Having previously declared a pecuniary interest in Item 6 - Draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 - Stage 1 (Heritage Items), the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Jackie Greenow, then vacated the Chair at 7:57 pm, and Councillor Pat Sheehy AM took the Chair for consideration of Item 6 - Draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 - Stage 1 (Heritage Items) of the Report and Recommendations of the Policy Review Committee Meeting of 8 October 2007.

 

375  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Karen McKeown seconded Councillor Kevin Crameri OAM that the recommendations contained in Item 6 - Draft Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008 - Stage 1 (Heritage Items) of the Report and Recommendations of the Policy Review Committee Meeting of 8 October 2007 be adopted.

 

Councillor Pat Sheehy AM then vacated the Chair and the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Jackie Greenow, returned to the meeting at 7:58 pm and took the Chair.

 

 

MASTER PROGRAM REPORTS

 

The City as a Social Place

 

4        Children's Week Activities                                                                                                

376  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy AM seconded Councillor Kevin Crameri OAM

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.

 

 

5        NAIDOC Week Activities - 2007                                                                                      

377  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy AM seconded Councillor Kevin Crameri OAM that the information contained in the report on NAIDOC Week Activities - 2007 be received.

 

 

6        Grant Application - 2007/08 WSAAS Funding Round                                                      

378  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy AM seconded Councillor Kevin Crameri OAM

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.

 

7        Penrith City Cultural Framework and Cultural Action Plan                                             

379  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy AM seconded Councillor Kevin Crameri OAM

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.

 

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

380  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy AM seconded Councillor Kevin Crameri OAM that the information contained in the report on Penrith Community Development Support Expenditure (CDSE) Funding Program 2007 be received.

 

10      Regional Partnerships Program - Londonderry Neighbourhood Centre                         

381  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy AM seconded Councillor Kevin Crameri OAM

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Regional Partnerships Program - Londonderry Neighbourhood Centre be received.

2.     Council endorse the acceptance of the grant for the Londonderry Neighbourhood expansion project.

 

1        Penrith Stadium Redevelopment                                                                                       

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

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.

 

2        Community and Cultural Development Department - Projects and Key Achievements

383  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy AM seconded Councillor John Thain that the information contained in the report on Community and Cultural Development Department - Projects and Key Achievements be received.

 

 

 

3        Provision of Sporting facilities at Brookfield Avenue, Werrington Downs                     

384  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor John Thain seconded Councillor Ross Fowler

          That:

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

2.      A further report be presented to Council detailing possible sporting facilities which could be provided in the reserve at Brookfield Avenue, Werrington Downs.

 

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

385  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy AM seconded Councillor Steve Simat

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.

 

The City In Its Environment

 

11      Update on progress of Wallacia / Mulgoa Sewerage Scheme                                         

386  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Kevin Crameri OAM seconded Councillor Pat Sheehy AM

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Update on progress of Wallacia / Mulgoa Sewerage Scheme be received.

 

 

2.     Authority be delegated to the Waste and Community Protection Manager to approve the extension of time for the subsidised final pump-out service for decommissioned septic tanks in cases of exceptional circumstances.

 

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

387  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Ross Fowler seconded Councillor Karen McKeown

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Floodplain Management Authorities (FMA) Conference - 26 February to 29 February 2008 be received.

2.     Council’s delegates to the 2008 Floodplain Management Authorities Conference and Workshops, to be held at Wollongong from 26 February to 29 February 2008 be Councillors Jim Aitken OAM, Jackie Greenow and Garry Rumble, with Councillors Kevin Crameri OAM and Greg Davies attending as observers.

 

The City Supported by Infrastructure

 

Councillor Kevin Crameri OAM left the meeting, the time being 8:18 pm.

 

14      Grant Funding - Llandilo Rural Fire Service Brigade                                                      

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

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Grant Funding - Llandilo Rural Fire Service Brigade be received.

2.     Council agrees to auspice the grant funds on behalf of the Llandilo Rural Fire Service Brigade, and the Waste and Community Protection Manager be authorised to complete the Grant Agreement nominating Penrith Council as the administrator of the grant funds.

 

Councillor Kevin Crameri OAM returned to the meeting, the time being 8:19 pm.

 

13      NSW Rural Fire Brigade Insurance                                                                                  

389  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Kevin Crameri OAM seconded Councillor Kaylene Allison

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on NSW Rural Fire Brigade Insurance be received.

 

2.     Penrith Rural Fire Service Brigade Stations be provided with insurance cover for contents with a $200 excess to be funded through the Rural Fire Service operational budget.

 

15      Penrith CBD - Temporary Christmas Shuttle Bus                                                           

390  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Ross Fowler seconded Councillor Karen McKeown

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Penrith CBD - Temporary Christmas Shuttle Bus be received.

2.     Council contribute $14,150 for the operation of the second free shuttle bus and $279.40 toward bus graphics (front and side of Bus), together with the costs of the temporary Bus Stop signage from the Carparking/Traffic Facilities Reserve.

 

Leadership and Organisation

 

16      Action Taken on Resolutions of the 2006 LGA Conference                                            

391  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Ross Fowler seconded Councillor John Thain that the information contained in the report on Action Taken on Resolutions of the 2006 LGA Conference be received.

 

17      Extensions to Civic Centre                                                                                                

392  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Ross Fowler seconded Councillor John Thain

That:           

1.   The information contained in the report on Extensions to Civic Centre be received.

2.   A Working Party, comprising all interested and available Councillors, be established to consider and develop options for upgrades to the Council Chambers.

3.   Formal tenders be invited from:

       Arenco (NSW) Pty Ltd

       Barker Construction Pty Ltd

       Gledhill Construction Pty Ltd

       Kane Construction Pty Ltd

       Rapid Construction Pty Limited

 

4.   A further report to be submitted to Council recommending a preferred builder.

 

 

19      Pecuniary Interest Returns                                                                                                

393  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Ross Fowler seconded Councillor John Thain that the information contained in the report on Pecuniary Interest Returns be received.

 

18      City Operations Directorate Report to end of September 2007                                      

394  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy AM seconded Councillor Kevin Crameri OAM that the information contained in the report on City Operations Directorate Report to end of September 2007 be received.

 

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

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

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Summary of Investments & Banking for the period 1 August 2007 to 31 August 2007 and 1 September to 30 September be received.

2.     The Certificate of the Responsible Accounting Officer and Summaries of Investments and Performance for the period 1 August 2007 to 30 September 2007 be noted and accepted.

3.     The graphical investment analysis as at 30 September 2007 be noted.

4.     The Agency Collection Fees be noted.

 

Recommittal of Item 17 - Extensions to Civic Centre

 

396  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Ross Fowler seconded Councillor Kevin Crameri OAM that consideration of Item 17 – Extensions to Civic Centre be recommitted for consideration of Council.

 

397  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Ross Fowler seconded Councillor Kevin Crameri OAM

That:           

1.   The information contained in the report on Extensions to Civic Centre be received.

2.   A Working Party, comprising the Mayor, Councillors Pat Sheehy AM, Jackie Greenow and Ross Fowler and other available Councillors, be established to consider and develop options for upgrades to the Council Chambers.

3.   Formal tenders be invited from:

       Arenco (NSW) Pty Ltd

       Barker Construction Pty Ltd

       Gledhill Construction Pty Ltd

       Kane Construction Pty Ltd

       Rapid Construction Pty Limited

 

4.   A further report to be submitted to Council recommending a preferred builder.

 

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE

 

QWN 1      Llandilo Drainage System                                                                                        

Councillor Kevin Crameri OAM requested an urgent report to Council, providing a review and audit of the Llandilo drainage scheme, following on from his previous request of 5 March 2007.

 

QWN 2      Footpaving - Jamieson Street, Emu Plains                                                              

Councillor Mark Davies requested a memo reply concerning footpaving in the area of Jamieson Street, Emu Plains and noting that the relocation of a bus shelter closer to a development for the elderly has resulted in footpath paving no longer leading to the shelter.  Also, tabling a petition from over 30 residents of the area, seeking appropriate adjustment of this footpaving.

 

QWN 3      Provision of Shade Protection in Parks                                                                    

Councillor Steve Simat requested a report to Council addressing the possible provision of shading protection in parks within the Penrith City area, in particular in the vicinity of play equipment. 

 

Councillor Steve Simat left the meeting, the time being 8:39 pm.

 

QWN 4      Lifestart Co-operative                                                                                              

Councillor John Thain requested an urgent report to Council addressing strategic ways that Council could work together with the Lifestart Co-operative in their work with children with intellectual disabilities.

 

QWN 5      Property in Maple Road, North St Marys                                                              

Councillor John Thain requested a memo reply on the condition of the property at 127 Maple Road, North St Marys, and requested that the owners be required to remove graffiti and building rubbish on the property.

 

QWN 6      Pedestrian Access - Sandpiper Crescent, Claremont Meadows                            

Councillor David Bradbury requested a memo reply to all East Ward Councillors, proposing a solution to the pedestrian access issues in the area between Sandpiper Crescent (from Falcon Crescent northwards) to the shopping centre at Claremont Meadows, with the memo to examine the footpaving works necessary to address this situation and identify the estimated costs of such works.

 

Councillor Steve Simat returned to the meeting, the time being 8:42 pm.

 

 

 

Committee of the Whole

 

396  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Kevin Crameri OAM seconded Councillor John Thain that the meeting adjourn to the Committee of the Whole to deal with the following matters, the time being 8:43 pm.

 

1        Presence of the Public

 

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

 

Leadership and Organisation

 

2        Commercial Matter - Council Property - Lease of Shop 7 at Cranebrook Village Shopping Centre

 

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

 

3        Commercial Matter - Council Property - Lease of Suite GO 2, Community Connections - 114-116 Henry Street, Penrith                                                                                                                     

 

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

 

4        Commercial Matter - Council Property - Deed of Assignment of Lease from W & L Pty Limited to ASDA Catering Pty Limited over Top One Restaurant Located at Community Connections 114-116 Henry Street, Penrith                                                                                                                     

 

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

 

The meeting resumed at 8:47 pm and the General Manager reported that the Committee of the Whole met at 8:43 pm on 15 October 2007, the following being present

 

The  Deputy Mayor Councillor Jackie Greenow, Councillors Kaylene Allison, David Bradbury, Lexie Cettolin, Kevin Crameri OAM, Mark Davies, Ross Fowler, Karen McKeown, Steve Simat, and John Thain

 

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

 

CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS

 

Having previously declared an interest in Committee of the Whole Item 3 - Commercial Matter - Council Property - Lease of Suite GO 2, Community Connections - 114-116 Henry Street, Penrith Councillor Ross Fowler left the meeting, the time being 8:45 pm.

 

3        Commercial Matter - Council Property - Lease of Suite GO 2, Community Connections - 114-116 Henry Street, Penrith                                                                                                                     

397  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy AM seconded Councillor Kaylene Allison

CW3 That:

1.      The information contained in the report on Commercial Matter - Council Property - Lease of Suite GO 2, Community Connections - 114-116 Henry Street, Penrith be received.

2.      Council grant Nepean Youth Accommodation Services Inc a 3 year lease with a 3 year option over Suite GO 2 at the Community Connections building in accordance with the terms and conditions outlined in the report.

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

 

Councillor Ross Fowler returned to the meeting, the time being 8:46 pm.

 

2        Commercial Matter - Council Property - Lease of Shop 7 at Cranebrook Village Shopping Centre

398  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy AM seconded Councillor Steve Simat

CW2 That:

1.         The information contained in the report on Commercial Matter - Council Property - Lease of Shop 7 at Cranebrook Village Shopping Centre be received.

2.         Council grant Ivupheng Kuoch & Ly Chrun a 5 year lease with a 5 year option over Shop 7 at Cranebrook Village Shopping Centre in accordance with the terms and conditions contained in the report.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4        Commercial Matter - Council Property - Deed of Assignment of Lease from W & L Pty Limited to ASDA Catering Pty Limited over Top One Restaurant Located at Community Connections 114-116 Henry Street, Penrith                                                                                                         

399  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy AM seconded Councillor Karen McKeown

CW4 That:

1.      The information contained in the report on Commercial Matter - Council Property - Deed of Assignment of Lease from W & L Pty Limited to ASDA Catering Pty Limited over Top One Restaurant Located at Community Connections 114-116 Henry Street, Penrith be received.

2.      Council grant a Deed of Assignment from W & L Pty Limited to ASDA Catering Pty Limited over the Top One Restaurant located at 114-116 Henry Street Penrith in accordance with the terms and conditions outlined in the report.

3.      The Common Seal of the Council of the City of Penrith be placed on all necessary documents.

 

 

ADOPTION OF Committee of the Whole

 

400  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Pat Sheehy AM seconded Councillor John Thain that the recommendations contained in the Committee of the Whole and shown as CW1, CW2, CW3 and CW4 be adopted.

 

 

 

There being no further business the Chairperson declared the meeting closed the time being 8:49 pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 


PENRITH CITY COUNCIL

 

Procedure for Addressing Meetings

 

Anyone can request permission to address a meeting, providing that the number of speakers is limited to three in support of any proposal and three against.

 

Any request about an issue or matter on the Agenda for the meeting can be lodged with the General Manager or Public Officer up until 12 noon on the day of the meeting.

 

Prior to the meeting the person who has requested permission to address the meeting will need to provide the Public Officer with a written statement of the points to be covered during the address in sufficient detail so as to inform the Councillors of the substance of the address and a written copy of any questions to be asked of the Council in order that responses to those questions can be provided in due course.

 

In addition, prior to addressing the meeting a person addressing Council or Committee will be informed that they do not enjoy any privilege and that permission to speak may be withdrawn should they make inappropriate comments.

 

It should be noted that speakers at meetings of the Council or Committee do not have absolute privilege (parliamentary privilege).  A speaker who makes any potentially offensive or defamatory remarks about any other person may render themselves open to legal action.

 

Prior to addressing the meeting the person will be required to sign the following statement:

 

“I (name) understand that the meeting I intend to address on (date) is a public meeting.  I also understand that should I say or present any material that is inappropriate, I may be subject to legal action.  I also acknowledge that I have been informed to obtain my own legal advice about the appropriateness of the material that I intend to present at the above mentioned meeting”.

 

Should a person fail to sign the above statement then permission to address either the Council or Committee will not be granted.

 

The Public Officer or Minute Clerk will speak to those people who have requested permission to address the meeting, prior to the meeting at 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

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Mayoral Minutes

 

Item                                                                                                                                       Page

 

1        Local Government Risk Management Excellence Award - Westpool

 

2        Recognition of Mr John Bateman & the Nepean Philanthropists

 

 



Ordinary Meeting

5 November 2007

Leadership and Organisation

 

Mayoral Minute

Local Government Risk Management Excellence Award - Westpool

Strategic Program Term Achievement: A contemporary system of risk management and internal control is operating.

         

 

For the third time since 2000, Penrith City Council has won the prestigious Westpool Risk Management Excellence Award. 

 

The Risk Management Excellence Award:

 

§ encourages improvements in the standard and quality of local government risk management;

§ provides an opportunity for member Councils and their staff to be recognised for, and to share, their risk management initiatives and achievements;

§ recognises risk management excellence within local government;

§ promotes public awareness of the level of expertise and excellence in local government risk management.

 

Council’s successful entry in the 2007 competition was based on the implementation of its Service Risk Assessment program as an integral element of Council’s enterprise risk management strategy. The development and implementation of the Service Risk Assessment program involved the managers of all of Council’s 65 services, as well as over 20 supervisors and the Risk Management Team. Congratulations to everyone involved for an excellent job in this important area.

 

I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate Councillor Ross Fowler on being successfully re-elected unopposed as Chairman of the Board of Westpool, a position he’s held since 1993.

 

A report on Westpool Activities is included in tonight’s business paper.

 

Greg Davies

Mayor

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That the Mayoral Minute on Local Government Risk Management Excellence Award - Westpool be received.

 

 

 


Ordinary Meeting

5 November 2007

Leadership and Organisation

 

Mayoral Minute

Recognition of Mr John Bateman & the Nepean Philanthropists

Strategic Program Term Achievement: A commonly shared long-term vision for the City underpins strategic collaboration and community engagement.

         

 

On Saturday night I was delighted to represent Council at the inaugural Nepean Philanthropists dinner, held in the Great Hall of the University of Sydney. The Nepean Philanthropists are a group who support the work of the Nepean Medical Research Foundation (NMRF). Council may recall Cr Sheehy also nominated the Research Foundation as the beneficiary of his 2007 Mayoral Ball held in August this year, which raised over $30,000.

 

This important centre for medical research and teaching is located right on our doorstep and, in the last year, the Foundation received more than $100,000 in grants from the Nepean Philanthropists toward research into coronary heart disease, osteoporosis, Parkinson’s disease, cancer, diabetes and mental health.

 

The Philanthropists is the brainchild of former Councillor, John Bateman. John served two terms on Penrith City Council, between 1995-2004 and held the positions of Deputy Mayor and Mayor during this time. As Mayor from September 1998-2000 John so ably represented our City while it was in the Olympic spotlight.

 

John has been heavily involved in Penrith community life for many years. He has previously been a board member of Penrith Rugby League & Football Clubs and the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre and is still an Executive Member of the Penrith Valley Sports Foundation which he founded as Mayor in 2000. John has also been a passionate advocate for our City’s economic future as a board member and Chairman of the Penrith Valley Economic Development Corporation as well as its predecessor, the Penrith Economic Development & Employment Committee.

 

On the night, following consultation with Councillors at the 29 October Policy Review Committee meeting, I presented John with a Certificate of Appreciation to acknowledge his outstanding community service to Penrith City.

 

 

Greg Davies

Mayor

RECOMMENDATION

That the action taken by the Mayor to present a framed certificate to Mr John Bateman in recognition of his service to the community and role in founding the Nepean Philanthropists, supporting the Nepean Medical Research Foundation, be endorsed.

 

 

  


Reports of Committees

 

Item                                                                                                                                       Page

 

1        Report and Recommendations of the Disability Access Committee Meeting held on 3 October 2007

 

2        Report and Recommendations of the Penrith Valley Community Safety Partnership Meeting held on 4 October 2007

 

3        Report and Recommendations of the Policy Review Committee Meeting of 29 October 2007

 

 



Ordinary Meeting

5 November 2007

Leadership and Organisation

 

REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE
 Disability Access Committee MEETING

HELD ON 3 October, 2007

 

 

 

PRESENT

His Worship the Mayor Councillor Greg Davies (Chair), David Currie, Alison Herbert, Tricia Hitchen.

 

IN ATTENDANCE

 

Athena Kandris, Aged and Disability Services Officer; Graham Howe, Building Projects Co-ordinator; Steve Purvis, Ranger; Ben Felten, Disability Access Officer; Vanessa Muscat, Environmental Health and Building Surveyor; Steve Barratt, Building Approvals Co-ordinator; Shari Hussein, Development Enquiry Co-ordinator; Pukar Pradhan, Senior Environmental Planner; Ruth Byrnes, Senior Environmental Planner; Warrick Stimson, Development Assessment –South Co-ordinator; Deepa Randhawa, Environmental Planner; Judy Cobb, Social Planner.

 

APOLOGIES

Apologies were accepted from Councillor Jackie Greenow, Councillor Lexie Cettolin, Maeve Dunnett, Jill Huber, John Farragher, Barry Ryan, Joe Ibbitson, Hans Meijer.

 

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES - Disability Access Committee Meeting - 1 August 2007

The minutes of the Disability Access Committee Meeting of 1 August 2007 were confirmed.

 

BUSINESS ARISING FROM MINUTES OF 1 AUGUST 2007

 

GB1  Invitation to Reception for Disabled World Championship Rowers

 

Ben Felten advised that since the Civic Reception for John McLean and Kathryn Ross was held they have been successful in receiving a silver medal in the Championships.  He said it is looking good for the Beijing Olympics where rowing will be held for first time.

 

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 

No declarations of interest.

 

MASTER PROGRAM REPORTS

 

The City as a Social Place

 

1        Development Applications Referrals to the Disability Access Committee                     

DA07/0431           Community facilities including child care centre, café and playground facilities

Deepa Randhawa introduced the DA for the Glenmore Park Child and Family Precinct advising that the centre included a child care centre, community centre and a café.

Issues raised were:

 

·    Shade Shelter to be provided for drop off and collection area for children with disabilities from the Child and Family Centre.

·    To ensure that the nappy change area be accessible for people with a disability or in a wheelchair.

 

Response on the above matters to be advised in the next meeting.

 

DA07/1037          Creation of temporary event space at Boyce Lakes and passive recreational area at Cranebrook Lake

 

Pukar Pradhan outlined the DA which is within the Penrith Lakes Scheme - proposed temporary event space and recreational area, Boyce Lake and Cranebrook Lake, Castlereagh Road.

 

The Mayor, Councillor Greg Davies, advised that Penrith Lakes Scheme when completed will provide benefit to the residents of Penrith.

 

Four issues were raised in this meeting:

 

1.   All pedestrian accesses/walkways within both Cranebrook Lake and Boyce’s Lake are to be accessible for people with a disability or on a wheelchair.

2.   The proposed amphitheatre and the stage at Boyce’s Lake are to be accessible for people with a disability or on a wheelchair.

3.   Sufficient on site parking spaces are to be provided for people with a disability within both Cranebrook Lake and Boyce’s Lake.

4.   Consideration be given to provide a toilet facility within Cranebrook Lake’s passive recreational area.

 

Response on the above matter to be advised in the next meeting.

 

DA07/1040          Upgrade to facilities at Emu Plains Railway Station

 

Ruth Byrnes advised that the DA was received from Railcorp for upgrade to the Emu Plains railway station to improve access to and from the station.  These improvements include provision of lift access to the overbridge, improved grades in the footpath from the southern car park, an accessible ticket window, bathroom facilities for people with disabilities, tactile indicators on platforms, and regrading of platforms.

 

Issues raised included:

 

·    the station is a heritage listed property;

·    reserving car spaces for commuters with disabilities;

·    assisting people with disabilities to alight from the train;

·    distances/levels between train carriage doors and platforms;

·    sale of tickets from the northern side of the station.

 

Response on the above matter to be advised in the next meeting.

 

 

Finalise Master Plan and Implementation Strategy for the Civic Space between the JSPAC, Civic Centre and Westfield

 

Shari Hussein presented the report on the draft Landscape Master Plan for the Civic Precinct for comment and discussion.

 

The Committee made the following recommendations:

 

1.   Universal Design Principles should be applied to the detailed design of the landscape master plan (for providing bubblers, seating etc).

2.   Seating design and wall heights needs to be appropriate for people with disabilities.

3.   The central stage concept is supported, however there needs to be clarification of the ramp design to ensure it provides suitable access for persons with a disability.

4.   There is a need to ensure that bollards and other measures are used to enable vehicle width access to the civic space when required (eg emergency).

5.   The separation width between the pathway and columns adjacent to the Community College needs to be reviewed to ensure that there is adequate width to provide access for persons with a disability.

6.   There needs to be an improved pedestrian entry at the roadway into the Civic Centre/Joan Sutherland.

7.   The detailed design for the civic space be presented for review by the Access Committee when it becomes available.

 

RECOMMENDED that the information contained in the report on Development Applications referrals to the Disability Access Committee be received and comments noted.

 

2        Disability Access on Airplanes                                                                                          

Ben Felten advised that the report was in response to a request from Councillor Bradbury.  Councillor Bradbury raised the matter on behalf of a local resident whose family recently travelled to New Zealand and experienced the challenge of having to use a standard toilet for their son who uses a wheelchair.  The matter had been raised to see what requirements there are and other information on this particular issue.  The family has lodged a claim with the Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission (HREOC) against the carrier.

 

Ben Felten advised that since this paper was written an opportunity arose to submit a letter to the Allan Consulting Group regarding accessible toilets on large aircraft.  This issue can then be considered in the development of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport which Allen Consulting is undertaking on behalf of the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department and the Department of Transport and Regional Services.  Public submissions were already closed but Allan Consulting agreed to accept Council’s late submission.

 

David Currie advised that PWD had also lodged a submission.

 

David Currie moved to thank Councillor David Bradbury for bringing this matter forward to the Disability Access Committee. 

 

 

Councillor Greg Davies advised that in the USA there are disability access toilets on their planes.

 

Ben Felten said that both Boeing and Airbus have disability access toilets as options.  The purchaser of the aircraft decides what options they want to have.  It is an economic issue by the airline.

 

RECOMMENDED that:

 

1.     The information contained in the report on Disability Access on Airplanes be received.

2.     A further report be prepared for Council on this matter.

3.     The Committee thank Councillor Bradbury for raising this issue for the Committee’s consideration.

 

3        Penrith City Council's Mobility Parking Scheme Enforcement Program                        

The report regarding Council’s Mobility Park Scheme Enforcement Program was discussed and the following issues were raised:

 

·    the person who the card is issued to should be in the vehicle;

·    rangers will ask drivers to show them the picture on the card;

·    limited disability parking is available;

·    problems at Centro Nepean with parking for people with disabilities;

·    St Clair Shopping Centre has been redeveloped and their parking is fine but it is necessary to go into the traffic flow to go up the ramp into the shopping centre;

·    parking agreements with shopping centres.

 

RECOMMENDED that the information contained in the report on Penrith City Council's Mobility Parking Scheme Enforcement Program be received.

 

4        International Day of People With a Disability 2007                                                         

Athena Kandris advised that the International Day of People with a Disability will be celebrated on Tuesday 4 December this year at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre. 

 

The Penrith Working Group consisting of 10 different organisations is assisting in organising the event.  The Working Group is co-ordinating an artwork project which will be a large worked canvas.  Young people with disabilities in the Penrith LGA will be involved in expressing themselves through a piece of artwork.  The artwork will have a layered effect.  The large mounted canvas piece will be launched on 4 December. 

 

Alison Herbert added that various groups have people working on a smaller piece of canvas which can be attached to the large artwork.

 

Photographs will be taken of the whole process and the young person will receive a miniature framed version of the artwork itself or their group working on the piece.  Some of the young people will be asked to speak about how they felt working on the project.

 

Athena Kandris agreed to email the flyer for the International Day of People with a Disability event to all Committee members.

 

Athena Kandris advised that a puppeteer will put on a puppet show.  The signing choir from Barnardos will also be featured.  The artwork will be displayed in either the library, the foyer of Council or the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre.

 

RECOMMENDED that the information contained in the report on Celebrations for International Day of People With a Disability 2007 be received.

 

GENERAL BUSINESS

 

GB 1          Resignation from Committee of Maeve Dunnett                                                    

Councillor Greg Davies advised that a resignation had been received from Maeve Dunnett.  It was agreed to send a letter of thanks to Maeve for her service on the Disability Access Committee.  Due to the limited number of meetings prior to the next selection process the position will be kept as a vacancy. 

RECOMMENDED that a letter of thanks be written and sent to Maeve Dunnett for her contribution to the Disability Access Committee.

 

GB 2          Cucumber Factory on Mamre Road                                                                        

Councillor Greg Davies informed the Committee of a cucumber factory which will be up and running in August next year.  The factory has the potential to employ a range of people with disabilities.

 

The Mayor, Councillor Greg Davies, thanked the Committee for giving him the opportunity to chair the meeting.

 

There being no further business the Chairperson declared the meeting closed the time being 6.30pm.

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That the recommendations contained in the Report and Recommendations of the Disability Access Committee meeting held on 3 October, 2007 be adopted.

 

 

 


Ordinary Meeting

5 November 2007

Leadership and Organisation

 

REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE
 Penrith Valley Community Safety Partnership MEETING

HELD ON 4 October, 2007

 

 

 

PRESENT

Councillor Jim Aitken OAM, Councillor Pat Sheehy AM, Councillor Kaylene Allison, Councillor Karen McKeown, Councillor Garry Rumble.

 

David Burns, Penrith City Council; Yvonne Perkins, Penrith City Council; Jeni Pollard, Penrith City Council; Erin Davidson,  Penrith City Council; Lisa Jenner, Penrith City Council; David Franke, RailCorp Transit Team, Western Region Security Operations; Chris Cottroll, RailCorp Transit Team, Western Region Security Operations; Superintendent Ray Filewood, Kristy Williams, St Marys Police;  Debbie Moore, St Marys Police; Robert Reynolds, Penrith Youth Interagency;  Andrena Faletolu, RailCorp; Jill Woods, Penrith Valley Chamber of Commerce; Gladys Reed, Penrith City Centre Association; Jack Mcleod, St Marys Town Centre Management Inc; Grant Healy, Penrith Police; Stephen Neal, St Marys Police.

 

APOLOGIES

Apologies for His Worship the Mayor, Councillor Greg Davies, Councillor Jackie Greenow; Julie Passau, Penrith Police; Superintendent Ben Feszczuk, Penrith Police; Wendy Herne, St Clair – Erskine Park Community Safety Inc; Katerina Tahija, Penrith City Council; Tracy Leahy, Penrith City Council; Jennie Hughes, Erskine Park Neighbourhood Development Team Inc; Mary Cook, Glenmore Park Action Group; Marcello Scali, Penrith City Council were accepted.

 

 

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES - Penrith Valley Community Safety Partnership Meeting - 27 June 2007

The minutes of the Penrith Valley Community Safety Partnership meeting of 27 June 2007 were confirmed.

 

 

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 

 Nil.

 

MASTER PROGRAM REPORTS

 

The City as a Social Place

 

1        Penrith Valley Community Safety Plan - Key Area Strategy Development 2007 - 2010

Revised City Operations Directorate Structure

 

David Burns advised that the City Operations Directorate has three new departments - City Works; Recreation; and Public Domain Amenity and Safety, in addition to the existing departments of Waste and Community Protection and Parks Construction and Maintenance.

 

David advised that the Public Domain Amenity and Safety Department provides a stronger link between Community Safety and the amenity of the public domain. He further advised that at this time the department is not fully set up and operational and that advertising will begin for the new managers in late October.

 

David further advised that the Public Domain Amenity and Safety Department will have two (2) new permanent positions in addition to the Manager’s position. These are:

·        Public Domain Coordinator

·        Community Safety Assistant (from temporary position to permanent).

 

Status of the Penrith Valley Community Safety Plan 2007 – 2010

 

Yvonne Perkins advised that the Crime Prevention Division of the NSW Attorney General’s Department has suggested some minor changes to the plan. These changes will assist with measuring outcomes of the strategies within the plan. The changes do not have any effect on the original intent of the action plan.

 

Yvonne further advised that the plan has now been forwarded by the NSW Attorney General’s Department to NSW Police and the Department of Community Services for their review.

 

Councillor Pat Sheehy questioned the recommended performance indicator change in the plan which now reads “Reduction in reports of antisocial behaviour to Council.” He considered that adding “to Council” at the end of this performance indicator will limit the scope of the information collected.

 

Yvonne advised that this wording was a suggestion put forward by the Attorney General’s Department. Ray Filewood advised that the Police could support this measurement by providing Police data and reports to Council.

 

Councillor Pat Sheehy requested that this recommended change be reviewed before finalising the plan.

 

Kingswood Park Community Festival – 15 September 2007

 

Jeni Pollard advised that the Kingswood Park Community Festival was held on Saturday 15 September. This day involved a wide range of Community Service Partners including Penrith Council’s Neighbourhood Renewal Team and Community Safety Team, Connecting Communities, SPYNS Strengthening Communities Project and Housing NSW.

 

The provision of temporary tattoos to young people provided an opportunity for discussion with them about how they feel about their local area. This was a good engagement strategy with young people.  Jeni advised that Penrith Council staff also created a survey for the adults attending the day. The information gathered in this survey is currently being compiled by Penrith Council’s Community and Cultural Development Department.

 

Approximately 400 people attended the community festival and as this was a small community focused festival, organisers were pleased with the day’s turn out.

 

 International White Ribbon Day – Sunday 25 November 2007

 

Yvonne Perkins advised that International White Ribbon Day is to raise awareness on issues of domestic violence and is held within the annual “16 Days of Activism” to stop violence against women from 25 November to 10 December.

 

Penrith Council will be assisting in the promoting of this event by encouraging all Council staff, indoor and outdoor’ to wear a white ribbon on Friday 23rd November 2007 to show their support for International White Ribbon Day.

 

Domestic Violence – “Family Fun Day”

 

Yvonne advised that the Nepean Domestic Violence Network was successful in obtaining $5,000 of funding for a “Family Fun Day.” This day is to focus on entertainment, activities and fun but also to promote awareness of domestic violence locally.

 

This event will be held on 6 December 2007 in the greenspace between the Civic Centre, The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre and Westfield Plaza.

 

Judges Place Car Park

 

Yvonne advised that a Community Safety audit was held in the Judges Place Car Park, in conjunction with Criminology students from the University of Western Sydney.

 

Approximately half of the recommendations from this audit have been actioned to date. These include cleaning of lighting, and installation and replacement of signage.

 

Yvonne further advised that Judges Place Car Park will be used as a test site for CCTV on all levels of the car park, but particularly focusing on the top level where there is no day time surveillance and a number of vehicle break and enters take place.

 

Jill Woods asked if Council had considered a previous offer from the Chamber of Commerce to install CCTV cameras on top of an arcade in High Street to give further surveillance to the top level of Judges Place Car Park.

 

Yvonne advised that at this time the proposed CCTV camera installation was a first stage trial, and once the effectiveness of the trial was evaluated the offer would be considered if required.

 

 

 

 

 

St Clair Community Safety Audit

 

David Burns advised that a safety audit of the area from Bennett Road to Denver Road, St Clair, had been carried out. The St Clair Safety Audit was well attended by local residents for both the day and night time audits.

 

David informed the meeting that one of the main focus points coming out of this audit was the small area of open land in Diamantina Close. David explained that the unconventional design provides access to a complex network of pedestrian accessways within the area.

 

Discussions have commenced with Penrith Council’s Property Development Department concerning the re-classification of this land to enable its closure. As this process involves a number of legislative requirements it may be a lengthy process.

 

David further advised that consideration is being given to physically preventing access to this area while the above process takes place.  It is considered that physically closing this area would provide a positive outcome for local residents.

 

Councillor McKeown asked why Councillors were not informed in regard to the St Clair safety audit as she had received a number of representations in regard to no councillor attendance.

 

David Burns advised that a memo was sent to Councillors informing them of the details of this audit. On checking this following the meeting it was ascertained that memos had been sent to East Ward Councillors only.

 

Welsh Place Car Park

 

David advised that a CPTED assessment had been carried out on the ground level car park next to the Spotlight building on Henry Street.

 

A number of amenity and safety issues had been raised by the property owners within this space. The two main issues identified were the level of lighting within the car park and the impact on amenity caused by pigeons roosting in the car park rafters. To address these concerns it is proposed to upgrade the lighting within the car park and to investigate ways to prevent roosting by birds.

 

Councillor Rumble asked why the lighting in Welsh Place Car Park was an issue as the level of lighting had been raised a number of times in the past.

 

David acknowledged that the upgrading of the lighting in this car park was overdue.

 

Weir Reserve Public Toilets

 

A CPTED assessment of the Weir Reserve public toilets was conducted on  3 October as a result of representations regarding unsavoury behaviour and ongoing graffiti vandalism within the toilets.

 

This location is a key outdoor space for weddings and also is adjacent to the first stage of the Great River Walk attracting many visitors to the vicinity.

 

David advised that a number of re-design options for the toilet block were being investigated.  One of the options being considered was the replacement of the external brick walls with a more permeable material for the outer shell of the toilets. 

 

Councillor Jim Aitken asked about the amount of Police activity and attendance at the Weir Reserve.

 

David advised that police do regular patrols of the Weir Reserve.

 

 

 

 

Signage re: Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre

 

Yvonne advised that there have been a number of issues of concern to the Police and the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre related to the public space between the Civic Centre, the JSPAC and Westfield Plaza.  The issues are related to antisocial and confrontational activities attributed to a number of groups of young people who are congregating within the area.

 

Yvonne also advised that a number of strategies are being explored in conjunction with Penrith Police.  This space was further discussed in a later report.

 

Sharps Education Brochure

 

Yvonne distributed the final draft of the sharps disposal brochure developed in conjunction with Sydney West Area Health.

 

Personal Safety at the Penrith Railway Precinct

 

Yvonne advised that a number of representations had been received at Council in regard to assaults at the Penrith Railway Precinct on both the North and South sides of the station.  These representations have also been received by Penrith Police and RailCorp.

 

David Franke from RailCorp West Region Security Operations advised the meeting that a lot of the issues occurring on the southern side of the railway station were caused by groups loitering in the area and it appeared that most of the assaults seemed to be opportunistic.

 

David Franke advised that all areas of the station forecourt are now signposted to prohibit activities such as smoking and alcohol consumption.  He considered that as people are alighting from trains they seem to be moving over towards the Red Cow Hotel.  This may be as a result of being banned from Westfield Plaza.  He also raised concerns regarding the opening of a new nightclub at the Red Cow called Dirty Secrets. He is concerned that this may bring more antisocial activities into the vicinity. 

 

Yvonne advised that this issue may be something that needs to be looked at on a regional level (eg with Blacktown and Blue Mountains) instead of just looking at the issue as a Penrith problem, as many of the people involved in this behaviour move through the rail system between adjoining Local Government Areas and Penrith’s network of railway stations. 

 

Ray Filewood advised that a lot of the theft that occurs in the Penrith Local Area Command is happening at the Penrith Railway Precinct and that a lot of the offenders aren’t necessarily Penrith residents, as they are travelling from other areas to ‘hang out’ at Penrith.

 

Grant Healy advised that the police see the Penrith Railway Precinct as a high target area for crime due to the amount of people in the area, shopping, parked cars and young people with mobile phones and other expensive gadgets being targeted. Grant also advised that a lot of the people assaulted seem to be young people waiting to be picked up from the station and that there is also a notable increase in females committing the crimes.

 

Yvonne invited members of the PVCSP to participate in a small working group that will look at behaviours that may be occurring around this area. Yvonne also advised that other stakeholders that are affected or can contribute to the development of solutions will also be invited to participate.

 

Members will be contacted to establish a date for the first small working group meeting in November.

 

Cranebrook Streetwork Project

 

Yvonne advised that the Cranebrook Streetwork project was coming to a close in mid November and that the launch of the draft report would occur at a special event to be held at the Cranebrook Shopping Centre on 9 November 2007.

 

PVCSP 11  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Karen McKeownRECOMMENDED that the information contained in the report on Penrith Valley Community Safety Plan -Key Area Strategy Development 2007 - 2010 be received.

 

 

 

2        Penrith Citywide Graffiti Minimisation Strategy                                                              

Removal

David advised that Graffiti removal by Council from private properties accessible from the public space has been in operation since 20 November 2006.  Since this date, over 62,000 square metres of graffiti has been removed.  David also advised that Council has readvertised tenders for graffiti removal for the next 12 months.

Hotline

David advised the meeting that there has been over 860 calls logged on the hotline since the beginning of the program in January 2007 and that over 460 calls have been received since the June partnership meeting.

There have been a number of events where Council staff have been able to advertise the hotline (eg Council open day, St Marys Spring Festival).

Graffiti Trial – Integral Energy

David advised that agreement has been reached to conduct a trial program in Glenmore Park for the removal of graffiti from electricity padmounts. An awareness session will be conducted on 5 November for all staff involved in the trial.

 

Corrective Services – Graffiti Removal

David advised that Council has received an informal approach from the Metropolitan Periodic Detention Centre with regard to detainees being used for graffiti removal works.

The proposal is for the detainees to be provided on weekend detention from the John Moroney Correctional Centre and would require Council to supply only the location and materials. The detention centre will supply the supervision of the detainees.

This proposal is to be further discussed with the centre and more information will be provided when it becomes available.

Education

David advised that the Warner Awareness Education Group was invited to deliver a presentation to available partnership members on a program that they have been running successfully in the City of Casey, Victoria for a number of years.

This graffiti education program is targeted at year 5 and year 8 students.

David advised that funding opportunities were being investigated for the delivery of this program to schools within the Penrith LGA.  David advised the Partnership that if the program is conducted, it would need to be implemented over a school calendar year, therefore enabling it to be funded over two financial years.

 St Marys Roller Shutter Project

David advised the partnership on the progress of this project.

David advised that to date three (3) roller doors now have completed murals. These include:

·        Hobby shop with a steam train theme;

·        Menswear shop with a beach theme;

·        Florist shop with a floral theme.

Three (3) shops are still to be completed, including two (2) cafes and an additional hobby shop.

These three are expected to be completed in the near future.

NSW Attorney General’s Grant – Ched Towns Reserve Retaining Wall

David advised that this project is continuing and has had minimal graffiti hits at either the control or intervention sites which show that at these early stages, the CPTED treatment to this area is working.

PVCSP RECOMMENDED that the information contained in the report on Penrith Citywide Graffiti Minimisation Strategy be received.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That the information contained in the report on Penrith Citywide Graffiti Minimisation Strategy be received.

 

 

3        Options for Prohibiting Alcohol in Parks and Reserves within the Penrith Local Government Area         

Yvonne provided the Partnership an update on the progress of the development of options to prohibit alcohol within specific parks and reserves including information on strategies utilised by other local government areas and other relevant signage that is available.  The Partnership was advised of example policies from three local government areas that had been accessed via internet research.  These were:

 

-           Narrabri Shire Council

            This Council had developed an Alcohol Free Public Spaces Policy.  This policy deals with the consumption of alcohol by the establishment of Alcohol Free Zones and by the creation of Alcohol free areas under Section 632 of the Local Government Act, covering parks, reserves and other public spaces that are not covered by the alcohol free zone legislation.

 

-           Port Macquarie/Hastings Council

            In 2006, this Council received a report recommending that a trial of particular alcohol prohibited signage be installed.  The signage proposed was “unauthorised consumption of alcohol prohibited” where the location was primarily at sports based recreation areas or unauthorised consumption of alcohol is prohibited between 9pm and 9am for locations that had recognised day time use.

 

-           Greater Taree City Council

            In mid 2006, this Council received a report recommending a combination of signage under section 632 in some locations. For example “loitering and/or behaving in a disorderly manner is prohibited and /or the possession and or consumption of intoxicating liquor within the reserve is prohibited between the hours of 10pm and 9am”.

 

A discussion took place concerning the positive and negative impacts of the installation of alcohol prohibited and/or “no loitering or behaving in a disorderly manner” signage in localities in the Penrith LGA. 

 

The key points and issues raised during the discussion covered:

 

·    The views of sporting groups which will be further canvassed regarding the time limited ban on alcohol versus a total ban on alcohol within parks that are primarily used for sporting events.

 

·    Potential impact on the general public who use space for recreation and leisure, eg,  Night time social events in parks and reserves.

 

·    Issues currently affecting the public open space between the Civic Centre, the JSPAC and Westfield.  Concerns have been raised by Penrith Police and JSPAC regarding the gathering of groups of young people where there have been incidents of assault and alcohol consumption.  The discussion centred around the youth gathering in this location.

 

·    The potential for “no loitering” signage being in conflict with proposed civic improvements to this location that aims to encourage more people to utilise this space during the day and night or subject to confusion or misinterpretation, for example children waiting to perform at the JSPAC, people eating lunch on the grass or people walking out of the JSPAC before, during and after performances.

 

Yvonne has proposed that Penrith Council investigate the development of a policy utilising examples of policies used by other councils, to address parks and reserves that either fall under alcohol free zones or acting contrary to notices signs. This policy would need to look at all issues in areas that may or may not be alcohol related and look at signage that will assist to minimising certain antisocial behaviours by people in a range of public spaces.

 

Yvonne outlined that alcohol free zones have a 1 – 3 year time frame and that this timeframe is something that could be investigated for any potential placement of  “No Loitering” signage.

 

Yvonne advised that a blanket approach would not be used to install this signage and that areas would be assessed on an identified needs basis. Yvonne advised that there is enough concern emerging in the community to warrant consideration of signage in certain areas.

 

Councillor McKeown expressed concern that signage might inhibit events such as carols by candle light and wedding functions in Council open spaces.

 

 

David explained that any proposed policy would contain a condition to allow these types of events to be unaffected.

 

Jeni Pollard suggested that signage could be used attracting people to public spaces, encouraging them to use it correctly, and to ring law enforcement when issues of concern arise.

 

Yvonne advised that the issues related to increased antisocial behaviour and assaults are resulting in more representations to Council from distressed members of the community who are looking for Council to lead the identification of solutions.

 

Yvonne advised that a small working group will be convened in November to further discuss these matters leading to the development of a draft policy for presentation to Council.  The small working group will consider all of the key discussion points raised at the Partnership meeting.

 

RECOMMENDED

 

          That:

 

1.   The information contained in the report on Options for Prohibiting Alcohol in Parks and Reserves within the Penrith Local Government Area be received.

 

2.   An Alcohol Free Public Spaces Policy be developed and submitted to Council for adoption.

 

3.   3. A policy addressing loitering and behaving in a disorderly manner be   developed and submitted to Council for adoption.

 

 

 

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.                        The information contained in the report on Options for Prohibiting Alcohol in Parks and Reserves within the Penrith Local Government Area be received.

2.                        An Alcohol Free Public Spaces policy be developed and submitted to Council for adoption.

3.                        A policy addressing loitering and behaving in a disorderly manner be developed and submitted to Council for adoption.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regular Items

a) Police Statistics

 

Penrith Police

Reported Crime Statistics December 2006 – February 2007

 

Crime Category

Jun 07

Jul 07

Aug 07

Assault

88

68

84

Robbery

9

9

3

Break & Enter

88

83

98

Stealing

224

202

199

Steal Motor Vehicle

36

46

40

Malicious Damage

126

119

148

Drug Detection

17

12

28

Traffic Offences

496

446

445

Motor Vehicle Accident

71

97

87

 

 

 

 

 

St Marys

Reported Crime Statistics December 2006 – February 2007

 

Crime Category

Jun 07

Jul 07

Aug 07

Sep 07

Assault

118

104

111

127

Robbery

17

12

10

11

Break & Enter

90

80

67

62

Stealing

119

77

138

116

Steal Motor Vehicle

32

43

32

29

Malicious Damage

105

102

130

147

Drug Detection

14

9

12

11

Traffic Offences

373

476

467

416

Motor Vehicle Accident

75

67

75

47

 

 

 

 

 

 

b) What’s in the Media? July - September 2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GENERAL BUSINESS

 

GB 1          St Marys Police Station Opening

                   

Ray Filewood advised that the new St Marys Police Station will be operational on 7 November 2007. He advised that the entrance will face King Street which will assist in minimising traffic congestion on the Great Western Highway.

 

Ray also advised that there will be an open day for the public prior to the official opening. He will advise PVCSP members once these dates are confirmed.

 

GB 2           Penrith City Centre Association – Security Trial

                  

  2.     Penrith City Centre Association – Security Trial

 

Gladys Reed advised the partnership of a Penrith City Centre Association initiative for a 4 week trial of two security guards in the Penrith CBD. She advised that the guards will operate on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night from 7pm to 4am. The guards will be on foot patrol but will have a car available to them if required.

 

The guards will cover an area on High Street, from Lawson Street to the end of the shops on High Street (towards Westfield) and on Station Street from the Embassy Hotel to the Henry Street lights.

 

 

 

 

 

 

GB 3                                                                                                                          

 

 

GB 4                                                                                                                          

 

 

GB 5                                                                                                                          

 

 

Meeting Close

 

There being no further business the Chairperson declared the meeting closed, the time being 8.15pm.


 

 

 

 

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RECOMMENDATION

That the recommendations contained in the Report and Recommendations of the Penrith Valley Community Safety Partnership meeting held on 4 October, 2007 be adopted.

 

 

 


Ordinary Meeting

5 November 2007

Leadership and Organisation

 

REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE
 Policy Review Committee MEETING

HELD ON 29 October, 2007

 

 

 

PRESENT

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

 

APOLOGIES

Apologies were received and accepted from Councillors Mark Davies, Susan Page and Steve Simat.

 

LEAVE OF ABSENCE

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

 

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES - Policy Review Committee Meeting - 8 October 2007

The minutes of the Policy Review Committee Meeting of 8 October 2007 were confirmed.

 

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 There were no declarations of interest.

 

MASTER PROGRAM REPORTS

 

Leadership and Organisation

 

The Director City Strategy, Mr Alan Stoneham, gave a brief overview of the progress of the 2005-2009 Strategic Program –24 Month Review.  Presentations were then made, detailing the progress with the 2005-2009 Strategic Program.

 

Director – City Strategy (City Challenges)

·     Penrith Lakes – resolution of parkland management, funding model and Council’s continuing role in the planning process

·     Penrith City Centre Strategy and St Marys Town Centre Strategy – public and private investment and stakeholder engagement

·     Infrastructure – delivery, National Growth Areas Alliance Campaign ‘Fund the Gap’, State and Federal support necessary

·     Economic Development – review of model

 

Director – City Services

·     Children’s Services - Cooperative sustainability and Citywide Children’s Strategy

·     Magnetic Places – program and linkages to other Issues

·     Penrith Valley Cultural Precinct – well underway; delivery timetable and future management model

·     Library Directions Plan – implication for service delivery models

·     Entities – roles and relationships to be reviewed

 

Director – City Planning

·     Urban Development – Residential Strategy review, affordable housing, reforms to developer contributions

·     Integrated Land Use and Transport Strategy – ‘Buy in’ of State Government agencies and public transport providers

·     Nepean River – management and funding

·     Bushland Corridors – management

·     Climate Change – City and Council dimensions

 

His Worship the Mayor, Councillor Greg Davies left the meeting, the time being 8:35pm.

 

His Worship the Mayor, Councillor Greg Davies returned to the meeting, the time being 8:40pm.

 

Councillor Lexie Cettolin left the meeting, the time being 8:47pm, and did not return.

 

Director – City Operations

·     Recreation and Leisure – delivering facilities and services and review utilisation of existing facilities

·     Parks Asset and Tree Management – fixed asset renewal and management strategies

·     Public Domain Maintenance – link to the provision of safe and well maintained public space

 

Chief Financial Officer

·     Resourcing Council’s Program – maintaining a sound financial position with increasing budget pressures, infrastructure renewal and maintenance and rising community expectations

·     Funding CBD Improvements – Property Strategy to stimulate investment in the Centres

·     Services – improving service delivery

·     Information Management – online access to services and information

·     Governance – building on improvements

 

Councillor Jim Aitken OAM left the meeting, the time being 9:11pm.

 

Councillor Jim Aitken OAM returned to the meeting, the time being 9:14pm.

 

Director – City Strategy (Organisational challenges)

·     Workforce Strategy

·     Future industrial relations framework

·     Community Engagement

·     Formulating the next Strategic Plan and Program

 

 

General Manager (Concluding comments)

·     Strategic Program has set many stretch goals and there have been changes along the way.

·     Everything in Council’s Program is underway or has been discussed tonight. The Progress Review report shows that nothing has been lost off the agenda. Directors have identified the likely program delivery under current arrangements and any new approaches required.

·     Councillors can take the opportunity at this point to identify any areas of dissatisfaction with the responses outlined in the Review or the challenges discussed by the Directors in their presentation.

 

His Worship the Mayor, Councillor Greg Davies congratulated the General Manager, Directors and Council Officers on the progress to date.

 

1        2005-2009 Strategic Program - Mid-Term Review                                                          

RECOMMENDED

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on 2005-2009 Strategic Program - Mid-Term Review be received

2.     The assignment of Issue 9 Recreation and Leisure to the Director - City Operations be endorsed

3.     A report be presented to Council that provides an update on the planning and construction of skate parks in the Penrith Local Government Area

4.     A memo be provided to all Councillors outlining the progress with the production of the next volume of the History of Penrith

5.     A report be presented to Council that provides an update on the savings achieved by Council over recent years in energy and water use and in carbon emissions, including financial savings

6.     A memo be provided to all Councillors on the traffic safety issues of the Mamre Rd/Erskine Park Rd intersection.

 

 

There being no further business the Chairperson declared the meeting closed the time being 9:36pm.

 

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That the recommendations contained in the Report and Recommendations of the Policy Review Committee meeting held on 29 October, 2007 be adopted.

 

 

  



 

Item                                                                                                                                       Page

 

 

The City as a Social Place

 

1        Regional Mayoral Taskforce on Arts Education

 

2        Disability Access on Airplanes

 

3        The Rotary Club of Penrith Valley Annual Festival of Carols

 

4        Yoorami Before and After School Centre Building Extensions Options

 

5        Development of new Memorial in Memory Park

 

6        Community Noticeboard Facilities

 

7        Proposed variation of a restriction on the use of Lots 6911, 6912 and 6913 DP1065455 and Lots 6956, 6959 and 6960 DP 1067403  Bluestone Drive, Parakeet Grove and Ridgetop Drive, Glenmore Park . Applicant: J Wyndham Prince;  Owner: Lensworth Glenmore Park Limited

 

8        Development Application 07/1023 for the Operation of a Community Market in High Street, between Woodriff and Station Streets and land known as "The Triangle", High Street Penrith.. Applicant: Penrith City Centre Association;  Owner: Penrith City Council DA07/1023

 

URGENT

 

16      Glenmore Park Stage 2 - Development Contributions Plan and Planning Agreement

  

The City as an Economy

 

9        2007 CLAIR Forum and ASCA Conference

 

The City Supported by Infrastructure

 

10      Responsible Driver Program - Evaluation and Future Management

 

11      Luddenham Road, Luddenham funding options to complete the rehabilitation and widening of Luddenham Road from Elizabeth Drive to 3.5km north

 

URGENT

 

17      Status of Construction of Skate Parks in Glenmore Park and St Clair and proposals for a Skate Park in Cranebrook

 

 

Leadership and Organisation

 

12      2007 Local Government Association Conference

 

13      Audit Committee

 

14      Legal Services Tender - External Lawyers

 

15      Westpool Activities

 

URGENT

 

18      Local Government Climate Sessions - United Nations Climate Change Conference 2007

 

 


 

 

The City in its Broader Context

 

 

There were no reports under this Master Program when the Business Paper was compiled


 

 

 

 

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The City as a Social Place

 

Item                                                                                                                                       Page

 

1        Regional Mayoral Taskforce on Arts Education

 

2        Disability Access on Airplanes

 

3        The Rotary Club of Penrith Valley Annual Festival of Carols

 

4        Yoorami Before and After School Centre Building Extensions Options

 

5        Development of new Memorial in Memory Park

 

6        Community Noticeboard Facilities

 

7        Proposed variation of a restriction on the use of Lots 6911, 6912 and 6913 DP1065455 and Lots 6956, 6959 and 6960 DP 1067403  Bluestone Drive, Parakeet Grove and Ridgetop Drive, Glenmore Park . Applicant: J Wyndham Prince;  Owner: Lensworth Glenmore Park Limited

 

8        Development Application 07/1023 for the Operation of a Community Market in High Street, between Woodriff and Station Streets and land known as "The Triangle", High Street Penrith.. Applicant: Penrith City Centre Association;  Owner: Penrith City Council DA07/1023

 

URGENT

 

16      Glenmore Park Stage 2 - Development Contributions Plan and Planning Agreement

 

 



Ordinary Meeting

5 November 2007

The City as a Social Place

 

 

The City as a Social Place

 

 

1

Regional Mayoral Taskforce on Arts Education   

 

Compiled by:                Jeni Pollard, Neighbourhood Renewal Coordinator

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

     

Purpose:

To inform Council of a WSROC initiative to establish a regional taskforce for tertiary arts education in response to concerns regarding arts education provision in Greater Western Sydney.  The report recommends that Council receive this report and that the Mayor or his nominee be endorsed to represent Penrith City Council on this taskforce.

 

Background

There have been significant recent changes to the level of courses offered through the University of Western Sydney in the Arts faculty. UWS has made cuts to performing arts courses in recent years, and the reduction of fine art courses to a single generic course for delivery in 2008 creates even greater disparities between Eastern Sydney and Western Sydney in tertiary arts education.

 

Council received a presentation on contemporary arts and performance programs from Professor Wayne McKenna, Executive Dean of the College of Arts at UWS, at Council’s Policy Review Committee meeting of 19 February 2007.  The report to that meeting also highlighted the concern of the Board of the Penrith Performing and Visual Arts Ltd at the reduction in the visual and performing arts courses to be offered by UWS.

 

UWS is the creative nursery of Western Sydney, and the ongoing development of artists, cultural development practitioners and cultural industries is reliant on robust and accessible tertiary education opportunities.

 

WSROC Initiative

In response to these changes, WSROC initiated a Mayoral Forum meeting held at the UWS on 20 September 2007. At this meeting, it was decided that a Regional Taskforce for Tertiary Arts Education would be set up, given the strong concern of all Mayors regarding arts education provision in Greater Western Sydney.

 

The taskforce will meet bi-monthly, will be chaired by the WSROC President, and will comprise a representative from each WSROC member council. WSROC has requested that Penrith Council nominate an appropriate person, the Mayor, another councillor or an appropriate staff member to be part of the taskforce.

 

The taskforce will focus on a number of issues including:

 

1.         Building partnerships with the UWS’s Arts School and the community to explore:

 

·    a media strategy to encourage involvement;

·    possible community acquisition options for printmaking, forge and other sculpture equipment that may no longer be required within the new course structure or with the possible relocation of course delivery;

·    the use of the existing arts infrastructure on UWS campus sites for a regional public art program, development of content for TVS (the community television station at UWS) and access to performance rehearsal space.

 

2.         Identifying new models and possibly other partnerships with existing institutions or businesses for the delivery of arts education in the Greater Western Sydney area.

 

3.         Advocacy on the issues of Federal and State government funding in this area that could involve a special forum to be held during the lead-up to the federal government election.

 

Participation in this taskforce is consistent with the recently endorsed Penrith City Cultural Framework which articulated cultural development partnerships with UWS and WSROC as important to Penrith’s role as a regional city.

 

Conclusion

WSROC is contacting all member councils to seek representation on a Regional Mayoral Taskforce for Tertiary Arts Education. This taskforce will provide a good opportunity for councils to actively engage with UWS in the future of courses and programs offered through the Arts Faculty.

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on the Regional Mayoral Taskforce on Arts Education be received.

2.     The Mayor or his nominee be endorsed to represent Penrith City Council on the Regional Mayoral Taskforce on Arts Education.

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

There are no attachments for this report.


Ordinary Meeting

5 November 2007

The City as a Social Place

 

 

The City as a Social Place

 

 

2

Disability Access on Airplanes   

 

Compiled by:                Ben Felten, Disability Access Officer

Authorised by:             Erich Weller, Community and Cultural Development Manager  

Requested By:             Councillor David Bradbury

Strategic Program Term Achievement: Access has increased for communities that face barriers to using social services and facilities.

Critical Action: Coordinate and implement strategies across all areas of Council's responsibility to improve access for people with a disability according to the recommendations of the Disability Action Plan.

     

Purpose:

To provide information regarding accessible toilets on airplanes in response to a request from Councillor David Bradbury.  As also requested by Councillor Bradbury, this matter was the subject of a report to Council's Disability Access Committee meeting of 3 October 2007. This report recommends that the information be received.


 

Background

At the Ordinary Council Meeting of 23 July 2007, Councillor David Bradbury requested that Council’s Disability Access Committee review disability access on airplanes, with specific reference to accessible toilets.  Councillor Bradbury also requested that, subsequent to the Committee considering the matter, a report be provided to Council. Councillor Bradbury raised this matter on behalf of a local family who had recently undertaken an overseas holiday. The family includes a 23 year-old son with multiple disabilities.

 

During the overseas flight the young man was required to use a standard toilet on the airplane. The toilet proved to be too small for the young man and his carer. The family was extremely upset at the loss of dignity and privacy experienced by their son.

 

The family believes that all large aircraft should provide at least one (1) accessible toilet when passengers have notified the airline of their particular needs.  The family has lodged a complaint against the airline with the Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission (HREOC).

 

Accessible Toilets on Aircraft – Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission

The Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission provides the following information with respect to accessible toilets on aircraft, in reference to the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport (2002):

 

“Accessible toilets are only required on wide body twin aisle aircraft in further recognition of design constraints (clause 15.5). For these aircraft it is specified that direct assistance to the toilet door must be provided - since a passenger using a wheelchair will be using an aisle chair rather than their own chair.”

 

Also of relevance here is the age of the airplane utilised by the particular family concerned.  However, what is most important is that access to large airplanes by people with a disability improves over time.

 

Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport

The Federal Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) seeks to eliminate discrimination against people with a disability, taking into account that reasonable measures have been taken to reduce barriers to access.  The Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport have been developed to provide transport operators with certainty of their obligations under the DDA.  Compliance with the relevant standards also provides operators with protection from a complaint of unlawful discrimination.

 

The Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport were adopted in 2002.  These Standards require that the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, in consultation with the Commonwealth Attorney General’s Department, review the efficiency and effectiveness of the Standards within five years after they take effect and each five years thereafter.  These reviews are also to consider whether discrimination has been eliminated as far as is reasonable and possible, given compliance with the Standards.   The review also considers whether any amendments to the standards are required.

 

In mid-2007, the Allen Consulting Group was engaged by the Federal Government to undertake a review of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport.  To assist in preparing the report for the Disability Access Committee, Council officers contacted Allen Consulting Group to establish the progress of the review.  Council was advised that, although the deadline for written submissions had closed, a late submission from Council on accessible toilets in airplanes would be accepted because of its relevance to the review. 

 

On 27 September 2007, Council submitted correspondence to the Allen Consulting Group regarding the importance of accessible toilets on large aircraft and the particular issue raised by Councillor Bradbury on behalf of a local family.

 

Disability Access Committee

On 3 October 2007, Council’s Disability Access Committee received a report regarding the matter of the provision of accessible toilets on aircraft.  The Committee was also advised of Council’s submission to the Review of Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport.  The Disability Access Committee members were aware of similar incidents and expressed their appreciation that Councillor Bradbury had raised the matter.

 

The Disability Access Committee resolved that:

 

1.     The information contained in the report on Disability Access on Airplanes be received.

2.     A further report be prepared for Council on this matter.

3.     The Committee thank Councillor Bradbury for raising this issue for the Committee’s consideration.

 

Further Opportunities for Comment

The outcomes of the Review of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport are expected to be available for public comment either from December 2007 or early 2008.  Once available, Council officers will provide further comment if necessary.

 

Summary

Councillor David Bradbury has raised the matter of the provision of accessible toilets on large aircraft on behalf of a local family.  The Disability Access Committee reviewed the matter of the provision of accessible toilets on aircraft at its October meeting.

 

Advice from HREOC indicates that, under the legislation and guidelines, accessible toilets are only required on wide body, twin aisle aircraft.

 

The family believes that airlines should provide accessible toilets when passengers have notified the airline of their particular needs.  The family has lodged a complaint with HREOC.

 

Allen Consulting Group has recently undertaken a review of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport on behalf the Department of Transport and Regional Services and the Commonwealth Attorney General’s Department.

 

Council officers submitted correspondence to the Allen Consulting Group regarding the importance of accessible toilets on large aircraft. 

 

It is anticipated that the Draft Report on the Review of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport will be released for public comment from December 2007 or early 2008. Council officers will provide further comment at that time if necessary.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

          That the information contained in the report on Disability Access on Airplanes be received.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

There are no attachments for this report.

 


Ordinary Meeting

5 November 2007

The City as a Social Place

 

 

The City as a Social Place

 

 

3

The Rotary Club of Penrith Valley Annual Festival of Carols   

 

Compiled by:                Andrew Robinson, Recreation and Cultural Facilities Coordinator

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

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

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

     

Purpose:

To advise Council of the Rotary Club of Penrith Valley's Annual Festival of Carols and to seek Council's consideration to provide financial support to the value of $5,000.00 for the event in 2007 and an ongoing commitment for future years.  The report recommends that the request for sponsorship of the Penrith Valley Rotary Club Annual Festival of Carols be considered.

 

Background

For the past 25 years, the Rotary Club of Penrith Valley has organised the Festival of Carols at Tench Reserve, including the Nepean Belle. As an annual event presented free of charge to residents of the Penrith Local Government Area and surrounding areas, including the lower Blue Mountains, the Carols event attracts a crowd of over 6,000 and features a range of local talent from a multitude of school choirs, community dance groups and individuals.

 

Current Situation

During the course of the last few years, the Penrith Valley Rotary Club has continually sought to improve the presentation of the event and the safety and comfort of patrons attending the Carols, in conjunction with the owners of the Nepean Belle, and with the support of Penrith City Council.

 

The program organisers now provide vastly improved sound, lighting and vision through the provision of a large screen, as well as event infrastructure to ensure good event management practice is followed and risk management policies adhered to. 

 

Penrith City Council supports the improvement of these event operations, and the objective of the event organisers to provide a high quality and safe event, through preparation of Tench Reserve, servicing of the toilets in the park, provision of temporary fencing and additional garbage bins, and advertising and arranging the closure of the boat ramp. This contribution is met through existing resources and work programs.

 

Penrith Valley Rotary Club is now significantly advanced in its planning of the Festival of Carols in Tench Reserve for Sunday 9 December 2007, and is committed to the event in 2007, as well as future event growth in the years ahead. It has been recognised that the Carols, already a significant event, could be a major carols event drawing from a wider area, showcasing one of the City’s key attractions as well as the City’s commitment to creating ‘magnetic places’, while trying to raise funds for Rotary charities.

 

The commitment to these goals by Penrith Valley Rotary Club continues despite the event deficit of $5,882 from the 2006 event and a projected deficit of $6,400 for the event this year.  Every effort has been made to secure sponsorship and advertising from local businesses to account for the deficit, and to accumulate funds to secure the event into the future. However, as organisers of other events in the City have discovered, sponsorship is currently difficult to obtain, making it difficult to plan events with any degree of certainty for the present or for longevity and event development.  Penrith Rotary currently accounts for the deficit by using the organisation’s General Fund which is usually allocated to support community projects.

 

Penrith Valley Rotary Club has recently submitted a letter to Council’s Event Coordinator to seek assistance for $5,000 sponsorship to assist, in part, overcoming the budgeted deficit for the 2007 Festival of Carols. Sponsorship to this value, as well as the operational support already committed to, will place Penrith City Council as a major sponsor of the event, and in return it is proposed that the following benefits will be provided:

 

-           Logo placement on the program and marketing collateral;

-           Logo placement on the large video screen during the Carols concert;

-           MC announcements through the public address system during the Carols concert.

 

The value of this sponsorship to the event in 2007 will allow the event organisers to:

 

-           Provide the required level of infrastructure and event services to ensure the improved comfort and safety of patrons;

-           Develop an enhanced level of programming that will raise the profile of the Carols concert;

-           Examine the possibility of extending existing marketing;

-           Avoid utilising the organisation’s General Fund thus allowing the scope to support other community projects.

 

Should Penrith City Council choose to make a sponsorship commitment, consideration could also be given to entering into a more long term sponsorship arrangement. Such an approach could:

 

      -            Provide the event organisers longer term security and the ability to be able to plan future event development and growth;

      -            Provide the event organisers with the kudos of a significant major sponsor. It is anticipated that the effect of having a credible major sponsor may make the event more attractive to other sponsors.  

 

Financial Services Manager’s Comment

There are currently no resources available from within existing operational budgets to provide financial support of this magnitude.  Sponsorship of the event would enhance Council’s profile with the local and surrounding communities and Councillors may wish to consider using other available funds for this purpose.  On going sponsorship of the event can be considered as part of the 2008-09 Management Plan Development.

 

Conclusion

The Penrith Valley Rotary Club Festival of Carols is an important and integral part of the City’s events program, promoting the message of Christmas, providing a free concert for visitors and bringing communities together, providing the opportunity for local schools and community groups to showcase their talents and work together promoting the cultural enrichment of the area, and showcasing one of Council’s key facilities (Tench Reserve) as well as one of the City’s primary tourist attractions, the Nepean Belle.

 

The continuing development of the Carols concert by Penrith Valley Rotary Club is not only an important part of the annual events program but supports Council’s Management Plan by supporting Term Achievement 12.2 promoting Tench Reserve as:

 

‘a prominent community meeting place which is increasingly valued and recognized by communities as a focus of the local community neighbourhood as well as a feature of the City’.

 

Furthermore, as one event in the annual calendar, the carols contribute to promoting Penrith locally and throughout Sydney as vibrant, innovative and attractive. Support of the Carols fulfils the Critical Action 12.2B to:

 

‘Facilitate regular community celebrations in the City’s prominent meeting places’.

 

Finally, the continued sustainability of the event will not only benefit the local residents but will contribute to fulfilling some of Rotary’s objectives of contributing to improving the well being of our nation and  people around the world.

 

In accordance with the Management Plan, as in previous years, support will be provided to the event through the provision of event advice, infrastructure, and support for the distribution of marketing information for the event.

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on The Rotary Club of Penrith Valley Annual Festival of Carols be received.

2.     Council consider providing financial support to the value of $5,000.00 for the 2007 Annual Festival of Carols and, an ongoing commitment for future years.

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

There are no attachments for this report.


Ordinary Meeting

5 November 2007

The City as a Social Place

 

 

The City as a Social Place

 

 

4

Yoorami Before and After School Centre Building Extensions Options   

 

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

Authorised by:             Steve Hackett, Director - City Services   

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

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

     

Purpose:

To seek approval to implement the most cost effective solution to enable Yoorami Before and After School Centre to meet compliance and to further reduce potential OH&S issues related to the building.  The report recommends that the information contained in the report be received.  The report also recommends that the portable building solution as outlined in this report be endorsed; that the funding source as proposed within the report be endorsed; and that tenders be called for a portable building solution as outlined in the report.

 

Background

Yoorami commenced operations in 1977 and converted to a cluster centre in 2000. Yoorami Children’s Centre consists of a 60 place Long Day Care centre, 45 place Out of School Hour care and a 45 place Vacation Centre situated at Werrington. This centre currently works as a cluster site. Yoorami Long Day Care was a purpose built centre based on a school design approximately 30 years ago. Before and After School Care is being conducted from a cottage that is separate to the main building providing challenges in regard to staffing, supervision, space, resource management and ongoing maintenance.

 

Due to recent legislation changes, the B&A building is no longer suitable for the current service provision as it no longer meets National Standards.

 

The floor space in relation to the OSHC National Standards is adequate for 19 children. Currently, we are funded for 45 places per session with a utilisation year to date rate of 28 per afternoon session. It is envisaged that, with the development of the WELL precinct marketing initiatives, demand will increase. We are currently providing B&A services at Yoorami outside the standard, not meeting floor space and toilet requirements.

 

Council, under the new standards, cannot continue to provide this service in its current form and could only provide a very limited service out of the existing building.  Despite this, the building has reached the end of its economic life and is threatening the economic viability of the service.  To do nothing is not considered an option.

 

The options available to Council, as set out below, are considered in the rest of the report:

 

1.   Council’s current stock of buildings re their suitability to conduct B&A services;

2.   Pursue an alternative building solution including a purpose built demountable;

3.   Close the service.

 

1.       Council’s Current Stock of Buildings

A review of the current Council buildings in the immediate vicinity of Yoorami was undertaken. Those buildings were the Harold Corr major and minor buildings and the Victoria Street Cottage. All of these buildings were deemed unsuitable due to inadequate indoor space and outdoor space and did not meet the National Standards. The outdoor area is not suitable for active play due to concrete/paving/raised garden beds and the like. There is no dedicated office space or storage space internally.

 

2.       Alternative Building Solution

To build a purpose built building in a conventional manner was considered.  The budget for this was assessed in 2005 to be in excess of $700,000.  Another option that is under consideration was to purchase a purpose built demountable at an approximate cost of $500,000.

Advantages of this Option

·    Demountable can be linked to current long day care building;

·    Service can remain as a cluster service;

·    Removes potential workforce issues, eg Recruitment /Staff Management;

·    The potential budget deficit caused by splitting the service is removed;

·    Will meet licensing and National Standards;

·    Potentially will improve utilisation as the environment will be more pleasing to families;

·    Staff satisfaction/children and family satisfaction;

·    Can relocate the building to another site if required at a later date;

·    6-10 week delivery time following relevant approvals;

·    Potential revenue stream for property development.

 

Building Services Manager’s Comment

This type of building construction offers value for money, as it is substantially cheaper than conventional construction. It also offers the benefit of being able to be relocated at a later date or sold off should the demand for usage drop off.  The types of building offered in this range are mostly metal framed (galvanised) and metal clad.  It could be expected that the life of this type of building would be at least 40-50 years.

 

3.       Close Service

The third option would be to not provide an OOSH service at Yoorami. However, this would affect over 66 families in Before and After School Care and 57 families in vacation care, and potentially there would be no alternative for the 148 children of these families to be accommodated. As previously explained, the three other services in the area do not cater to all the schools in the area, and one service only provides care to children who attend that school. The only other Council run service in the area is Rainbow Cottage and it is currently unable to take any further enrolments.

 

Funding the Project

It was anticipated that the land that the current building occupies may be used to finance this project. However, following information from the Local Planning Department, the proposal for a rezoning is not supported. (See Local Planning Department’s comments).

 

Local Planning Department’s Comments

Based on information before the Local Planning Department, at this point in time the proposal for rezoning is not supported because:

 

Werrington Creek Park is confirmed as open space under the Werrington Enterprise Living and Learning (WELL) precinct proposal which is currently on public exhibition, potential conflict/amenity issues arise by placing residential immediately adjacent to community facilities, passive surveillance of the park will diminish with potential for increased anti-social behaviour, visual connection with the park will be reduced and an increased population in the locality in the future will increase the value of the open space.

 

The options are to pursue alternative funding sources or undertake further planning analysis of the proposal to determine if the above issues can be resolved. Consultation with the most directly affected neighbours should be a latter feature of this further investigation.

Financial Services Manager’s Comments

Financial Viability

The key to viability for the OOSH service will be its ability to improve enrolments in a newer facility. The current facility presents as run down and unattractive, and it is felt that that this appearance is significantly impacting upon the centre’s enrolments.

 

The preferred Option 2, providing a custom built demountable solution which can be attached to the current long day care building, provides, as identified in the Building Services Manager’s comment, the most cost effective solution to the provision of an out of hours service in Werrington and will provide a much more attractive facility which, when combined with the current trend for increasing enrolments at Council’s other OOSH services, should attract the additional enrolments needed to operate the service in a surplus position. Its proposed proximity to the existing long day care facility allows the cluster management model to continue, which further enhances the prospects for long term viability.

 

Funding of the Building Works

Funding for the upgrade of the OOSH building is not currently provided within Council’s Budget.

 

The current site of the OOSH building falls within a zone which is zoned as community use and is envisaged under the WELL proposals to be Open Space. Suggestion had been made that this site could be redeveloped as residential and the proceeds from this development utilised to fund the OOSH building redevelopment. This matter has been addressed elsewhere within this report under Local Planning Department Comments. Whilst not specifically ruling out this option, a number of impediments are identified.

 

The development of Council owned land across the road from the current Yoorami site, which is currently slated for residential development under the WELL planning process, will require substantial planning approvals before it can be initiated and development is considered to be at least five years away.

 

The property development reserve could provide the initial funding for the project and recover its outlay from any future residential developments. This project has not been included in the property development reserve model to date.  If the recommendations are adopted, then the project will be included in the model.

 

Long Term Viability of the B&A Service

Below is an analysis of the need for the service.  It considers the demand for the service, impact on the budget and demographic changes.

 

Currently, Yoorami is funded by FaCSIA for 45 places in the form of CCB, however, as per the National Standards it should only accommodate 19 children. Enrolments for 2007 have seen an increase in after school care with an average utilisation of places per day of between 28 to 35 children. Utilisation before school remains at an average of 14 children per day. There has been a definite increase in after school care with before school care remaining static.

 

Anecdotally, it is thought that the changes to government policy for parents to return to work once their child reaches 6 years of age is having a positive impact on enrolments across all our B&A services.

 

Across Penrith City, there are B&A centres closing their doors we believe as a result of the impending new regulations. We have had several complaints from parents relating to their inability to place their children for 2007, due to these closures and our inability to be able to accommodate them. One of our centres has a waiting list for children that they are unable to accommodate at this time.

 

The lower utilisation levels at Yoorami can be attributed in part to the aesthetics of the present building, and this can be evidenced via comments received by the Cluster Director from parents who cite this as a reason not to enrol their child/children at the centre.

 

Currently, there are 3 other B&A services in the Kingswood /Werrington area:

 

·    Joeys Before and After School Care in the grounds of St Josephs Primary School (Joseph St, Kingswood) only provides care for children attending that school;

·    Namatijira Before and After School Care (Henry Lawson and John Batman Avenue) only services Werrington County School and Werrington Public School.

·    Kingswood Pre-school Before and After Care (George St, Kingswood) services Kingswood South, Claremont Meadows, Kingswood, Cambridge Park and Penrith Public school;

·    Yoorami Before and After School Care that is located in Cottage St, Werrington services Werrington Public, St Nicholas of Myra, Cambridge Park, Werrington County, Kingswood Park, and St Joseph’s.

 

 

 

 

Table showing Schools serviced by Before and After Centres in the Werrington Area.

 

Centre

Yoorami

Namatijira

Joeys B&A

Kingswood

Schools Serviced

Werrington Public;

St Nicholas of Myra;

Cambridge Park;

Werrington County;

Kingswood Park;

St Joseph’s

Werrington Public;

Werrington County

St Josephs

Kingswood South;

Claremont Meadows;

Kingswood;

Cambridge Park;

Penrith Public

 

What this is demonstrating is that each service is linked to various schools and it is difficult for other services to expand to fill the gap of other existing services.

 

Operational Budget Analysis 2007/2008

Several scenarios, using low utilisation to high utilisation figures, were undertaken to demonstrate the impact of potential income derived should numbers increase with a new building solution.

 

Daily

Average

Before School

After

School

Vacation

Care

Operating Result

Current Numbers

12.5

     (Jan)

22.45

22.4

       (42,643)

Mid  No Increase

15

38

20

         $4,272

High Increase

20

40

25

       $31,625

Break Even No

15

30

29.5

            $604

 

As can be seen from the table above, an increase of 2.5 enrolments per day in Before School Care, an increase in enrolments of 7.5 places per day in After School Care, and 7 .1 enrolments per day in Vacation Care will lead to a break even budget. For the 2007/2008 financial year, a break even budget has been provided for using the following utilisation numbers of BSC 15, ASC 30 and Vacation Care 29.5. Enrolments need to increase to the mid range, as indicated in the above table, to generate the 2007/08 budgeted result.  Presently, it is predicted the service will operate at a $42,643 loss in the current year.

 

Currently for 2007/08, a Before School enrolment is worth $2,686.50, an After School enrolment is worth $3,429.25 per annum, and a Vacation Care enrolment is worth $1,702 per annum. There is also a possibility that there could be further savings on consumables having the buildings co-located together, as stock control could be better managed and monitored so the above figure could reflect a conservative prediction.

 

Some recent trends have shown moves towards a breakeven budget.  However, when the regulations are passed, the service cannot accommodate the amount shown in the above table.

 

Demographics

As mentioned previously, demographics greatly influence the utilisation of any child care service.

 

A 3 year comparative age data table has been included for the Werrington area. However, children could also access the OOSH services and Vacation services from other suburbs outside of Werrington (which has not been captured in this table). This could be associated with the school they attend, the location of their parent’s workplace or availability of services.

 

As can be seen from this table there has been a slight decline in the number of children across all age groups. Unfortunately, the latest data from the 2006 census is not available for inclusion in this report which would provide more up to date information to assist in predicting potential utilisation levels. The decline in the numbers of children in the 0 to 12 age range since 1991 is probably insignificant and would not have a great impact on utilisation, however an increase in birth rates across Penrith could well translate into an increase in school aged children in Werrington in the next 2 to 4 years. (See table below)

 

Age Group Data

 

Area

Data table

Age Groups

2001

2001%

1996

1996%

1991

1991%

Werrington

Age Structure

12 to 17

347

9.9

322

9.9

333

10.4

Werrington

Age Structure

5 to 11

360

10.2

336

10.4

378

11.8

Werrington

Age Structure

0 to 4

299

8.5

305

9.4

316

9.9

 

Birth Rates

According to the Midwives Data Collection 2004 (most recent data), Penrith Hospital delivered 2,937 babies. Unfortunately, the data available did not break these statistics down into suburbs. However, this number indicates that fertility rates in the Penrith area are significant. Recent data obtained from Nepean Hospital indicates that birth rates in the Penrith Area are increasing with 3,554 births in 2006. These numbers potentially could impact on children’s services over time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Income Levels / Employment Status and Household Types

 

The table below indicates there is a reasonably high percentages of families living within the Werrington area that have children under the age of 15 with the majority of families working either in a part time or full time capacity. Therefore, it

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current Enrolment at Schools serviced by the OOSH Services in the Area

 

School

Enrolments

Cambridge Park

Decreasing

Claremont Meadows

Increasing

Kingswood Park

Decreasing

Kingswood Primary

Static

Kingswood South

Static

Penrith Public

Increasing

St Josephs

Static

St Nicholas of Myra

Static

Werrington County

Static

Werrington PS

Static

 

The above table indicates that 8 out of the 10 schools being serviced by the Before and After School services in the Werrington area are either maintaining their enrolments at current levels or increasing. There are only two services that have decreasing enrolments.

 

Conclusion

The use of the adjacent community buildings is not an option. The buildings themselves are not suitable for our requirements and do not meet the National Standards required to conduct OOSH/Vacation Care activities.

 

The option of not providing the service has the potential to disadvantage many families and leave them without an alternative option for care of their children. This may potentially incur not only a financial burden for families from loss of income, it potentially impacts on the local economy if alternative care outside the home cannot be found.

 

The demountable option potentially has merit in that it can be made to our design specifications at a much reduced cost than traditional building methods. It can be built to meet National Standards and will ensure that the service will be maintained as a cluster service, eradicating the predicted budget deficit if the service was to be split. The building will be fitted out with carpet, vinyl, light fittings, wet areas and air conditioning as part of the cost.  The other advantage of course to a portable building solution is that the building can be relocated to any other site if and when required or can be sold if no longer needed.  The project will need to be subject to a formal tender process.

 

Should Yoorami services not continue, there is the potential for children not to be able to be placed in appropriate care as the services within the area are limited as indicated above, and not all centres provide a service to all schools.  Given this, we strongly believe that there will be a continued need for Yoorami B&A into the future.

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Yoorami Before and After School Centre Building Extensions Options be received.

2.     The portable building solution as outlined in this report be endorsed.

3.     The funding source as proposed within the report be endorsed.

4.     Tenders be called for a portable building solution as outlined in the report.

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

There are no attachments for this report.


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5 November 2007

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5

Development of new Memorial in Memory Park   

 

Compiled by:                Raphael Collins, Parks Construction & Maintenance Manager

Authorised by:             David Burns, Director - City Operations   

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 about a proposal from the Penrith RSL sub branch to erect a new memorial in Memory Park.  The report recommends the information be received.

 

Background

Memory Park is located in the centre of the Penrith Central Business District on the corner of High and Woodriff Streets. From its dedication as a memorial park in 1922, its primary significance has been a place to remember the residents of Penrith who served overseas in War. Late last year, representatives from the Penrith RSL sub branch approached the then Mayor, Councillor Pat Sheehy, to discuss its intention to construct a new war memorial in Memory Park in order to enhance the City of Penrith’s military heritage and to enable more public participation in memorial services. The RSL conveyed that the existing memorial and layout of the park is no longer suitable for the increasing number of patrons attending special ceremonies conducted on ANZAC (25 April) and Remembrance Days (11 November). The RSL wishes to promote more public participation in memorial services, and to achieve this a new memorial and re-configuration of the park is required.

 

Memory Park has significant local heritage and is an example of a class of NSW’s cultural places of war memorials created by citizens after World War 1. Therefore, it was decided from the outset that a specific Plan of Management (POM) must be prepared to provide the planning and statutory framework to enable the park, including the new memorial, to be developed.

Current Situation

In May 2007, Berzin’s Environmental Planning was commissioned, on behalf of the RSL, to prepare a POM for Memory Park. The intention of the RSL is to reposition the memorial area in order to maximise public participation during ceremonies. This will entail a redevelopment of the park to accommodate the new memorial.

 

The Draft POM that has been prepared includes a heritage report. Consultation with stakeholders, especially the RSL, was carried out during the development of the plan.

 

The Draft POM is a guide to future development in the park in the immediate and long term timeframes. The plan was prepared without having detailed drawings of the proposed memorial, and therefore a Masterplan of Memory Park still needs to be developed for Development Consent.

 

The RSL has been advised that a detailed Masterplan of the park must be prepared that incorporates the new memorial. Discussions with RSL representatives and Council officers are being held to progress this Masterplan. When the Masterplan is finalised, it will be exhibited together with the Draft Plan of Management as part of the Development Application process.

 

The following is the estimated timeframe for preparation of the Masterplan, DA approval and construction.

 

December 2007           Commission consultant to prepare Masterplan to include heritage impact statement, memorial design and landscaping. Masterplan to take into account a staged implementation of landscape elements.

 

Feb/March 2008         Lodgement of Development Application including detailed plans of memorial. Construction documentation can be progressed while the DA is being approved.

 

May 2008                   DA Approval.

 

June 2008                   Complete construction documentation.

 

July 2008                    Commence construction of stage one of the project. Construction              period (4 months).

 

November 2008          Memorial and associated landscaping completed by 11 November.

 

Local Planning Manager’s Comments

The revised draft Penrith City Centre plans (Vision, Local Environmental Plan, Development Control Plan, Civic Improvements Plan), which were recently endorsed by Council, describe Memory Park as “a smaller strategically located park also used for ANZAC memorial services, (which) has prominent landmark Palm trees amongst other vegetation”.

 

The endorsed draft Development Control Plan, in describing the character of different precincts in the City Centre, states that - “Memory Park, located at the corner of High Street and Woodriff Street, is a significant public space in the city centre that needs to be preserved.  It is at this space where ANZAC Day remembrance ceremonies are celebrated.  The concentration of public spaces in this precinct means that development will need to address any potential impacts on these spaces as buildings get higher.”

 

It will be important to ensure that any new works in this park, including the memorial and landscaping, reflect the character of this precinct and act to enhance the community’s enjoyment of this public open space.

 

 

 

Financial Services Manager’s Comments

As the RSL has offered to fund the costs of the new memorial, there are no immediate financial implications for Council.  If the finalisation of the Masterplan recommends increased levels of service for Memory Park, then there may be additional ongoing costs, and funding for these will need to be addressed if they are identified.

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That the information contained in the report concerning the Development of new Memorial in Memory Park be received.

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

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6

Community Noticeboard Facilities   

 

Compiled by:                Hans Meijer, Asset Systems Engineer

Tracy Leahy, Community Program Coordinator

Authorised by:             Erich Weller, Community and Cultural Development Manager  

Requested By:             Councillor David Bradbury

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

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

     

Purpose:

To advise Council of the merits of establishing Community Noticeboard Facilities.  The report recommends that the information be received.

 

Background

Councillor David Bradbury, at Council’s Ordinary meeting on 13 August 2007, requested a report to Council considering the merits of the establishment of community noticeboard facilities.

 

There are currently many different types of community noticeboards. They are located in most neighbourhood and community centres. They are most effective in those Centres where there are either volunteers or paid staff to maintain them, and ensure that they are appealing and have information that is useful to the local community. These noticeboards can also be monitored for inappropriate or offensive material.

 

Community noticeboards are located at Penrith Library, South Penrith Branch Library and St Mary’s Branch Library that are managed by library staff. Library staff have published guidelines as to the appropriate material that can be displayed on these boards. These guidelines emphasise the use of the boards for community rather than commercial notices.

 

A community notice board was previously located at Coachman’s Park in St Marys. This however has been removed since some enhancement works in this area. There are currently no Council managed community noticeboards in the Penrith City Centre.

 

Community noticeboards can work when they are placed inside shopping centres (potentially on private land) or on the outside of a shop where the owner takes responsibility for the noticeboard including the removal of information that is no longer relevant. Current examples include Southlands shopping centre and the Cranebrook Shopping centre. In the Cranebrook shopping centre complex, there are three noticeboards all placed next to each other. One is managed by the large IGA supermarket and contains notices relevant to their activities. Council provided funds to also install a noticeboard within a secure glass cabinet. This noticeboard is managed by the Community Development Worker at Cranebrook Neighbourhood Centre. This person is an employee of SPYNS. The third noticeboard is a corkboard managed by the local newsagent.

 

Some suburbs like Leonay have noticeboards on the outside of the general store which is managed by the owner of the store. Mulgoa has a community noticeboard within the shopping strip that is managed by the local Progress Association.

 

Issues

Community noticeboards may not work well when there is no agreed owner of the board.  An owner would have responsibilities including ensuring that the information is contemporary, acceptable (not racist, slanderous, etc) and making themselves available so that others can drop off material to them. It is much harder to find an owner in a shopping strip context. In this type of situation, the noticeboards are most likely going to be vandalised and not be used for the purpose for which they are intended. It can also be difficult to site the noticeboards in an appropriate place in a shopping strip.

 

Current Information and Access Opportunities

Council currently has a Community Directory on its website which can be viewed by the general public. The Community Directory contains a comprehensive list of local organisations and agencies that provide a community service in the Penrith Local Government area. Some key regional and state-wide service providers have also been included. Hard copy versions of the directory are able to be purchased through Council libraries and main offices in Penrith and St Marys. A copy is also available on CD free of charge to residents.

 

Council’s website contains a link to ‘What’s on in Penrith Valley’. This section is prepared by the Penrith Valley Visitor Information Centre. A weekly calendar is published containing information regarding regular events, art exhibitions, school holiday activities, charity events and markets. An annual calendar is also published containing events such as the Australia Day celebrations and the St Marys Spring Fair. Members of the community are encouraged to contact the visitor centre to have their event listed in the calendar.

 

In Council’s recent customer survey it was found that only 0.8% of respondents accessed information regarding Council activities through a community noticeboard. 52.1% responded that they accessed information from the Penrith Press. All suburbs in the Penrith area receive local papers including the Penrith Press, Penrith Star, Mt Druitt St Marys Standard, the St Marys Star and the Western Weekender. These newspapers contain a community calendar with information regarding local activities. A number of the suburbs in the Penrith Local Government area including Glenmore Park, Mulgoa and Leonay have a local monthly newspaper (the gazette) delivered to them. These papers contain information regarding local news and events. Local school newsletters frequently offer the opportunity for parents and other community members to include community information and events.

 

Council is currently engaged in Neighbourhood Renewal activities in Cranebrook, North St Marys, Werrington and most recently Kingswood Park. Where broad community consultation identifies a community noticeboard is needed and is practical in terms of management, the Neighbourhood Renewal program will have the capacity to deliver this.

The St Marys Town Centre Management and the Penrith City Centre Association would be suitable custodians for noticeboards in Penrith and St Marys. Initial discussions have been held with these organisations and they have indicated that they would be willing to manage the notice boards for the benefit of the community if they were offered support from Council to install and maintain the physical noticeboard structure.

 

Given the interest of the two Centre Associations in managing the operation of noticeboards in their respective centres this will provide an additional opportunity for community access to community information.  The definition of community information will need to be agreed with the associations so that consistency between areas can be achieved.  It is noted that the proposed noticeboards must not become taken up with business promotions.  The Local Economic Development Manager agrees with this approach and will also raise this matter at the respective association meetings. The location and cost of installing any new noticeboards in the two centres will be subject to further discussion with the associations.

 

Initial investigations with community stakeholders in Kingswood indicate that locating a community noticeboard in the Kingswood shopping strip, along the Great Western Highway, is not viable at this point in time. 

 

Summary

There is a wealth of community information currently available. The report has advised where the current information can be sourced.  The placement of additional Community noticeboards in the Penrith City Centre and St Marys Town Centre will be explored in partnership with the Penrith City Centre Association and St Marys Town Centre Management.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That the information contained in the report on Community Noticeboard Facilities be received.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

There are no attachments for this report.


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5 November 2007

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Proposed variation of a restriction on the use of Lots 6911, 6912 and 6913 DP1065455 and Lots 6956, 6959 and 6960 DP 1067403  Bluestone Drive, Parakeet Grove and Ridgetop Drive, Glenmore Park   Applicant:  J Wyndham Prince;  Owner:  Lensworth Glenmore Park Limited    

 

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 02/1778 in September 2004 for the creation of ninety seven (97) new residential allotments in stages for residential purposes and new roads off Ridgetop Drive, Glenmore Park (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 referred to lots 6910, 6911, 6912 and 6913 Deposited Plan No 1065455 and Lots 6956, 6957, 6958, 6959, 6960 and 6961 Deposited Plan No 1060475 and burdens the lots by setting construction levels for dwellings and minimum distances for the Asset Protection Zone (APZ). The proposal is to vary the restriction on lots 6911, 6912, 6913, 6958, 6959 and 6960. The remaining lots remain as approved in September 2004.  The terms of the restrictions are as following:

 

The Asset Protection Zone is identified as (G) Restriction on the Use of Land on the abovementioned plan.

 

Sixthly referred in DP1067403

 No dwelling shall be permitted to be constructed on the burdened allotment unless it is                          constructed to level 2 requirements in accordance with Australian Standard (AS3959) “Construction of Building in Bushfire Prone Areas”.

 

Seventhly, Eighthly, Ninthly and Tenthly referred in DP1067403

No dwelling shall be constructed or permitted to remain within the Asset Protection Zone of any lot hereby burdened.

The Asset Protection Zone is identified as either (D), (E), (F), or (G) Restriction on the use of Land on the abovementioned plan.  

 

Eighthly referred in DP1065455

No dwelling shall be or permitted to remain within the Asset Protection Zone of any lot hereby burdened.

The Asset Protection Zone has been determined in recognition of the potential bushfire impact from the bushland area north of Ridgetop Drive and East of burdened lots 6910-6913 inclusive.

 

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 undertaken by Bushfire and Environmental Services, using the guidelines ‘Planning for Bushfire Protection 2001’. This document has since been superseded by amended guidelines Planning for Bushfire Protection 2006.

 

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

 

The new 2006 bushfire guidelines provides for more scope to assess specific APZ setbacks on a lot by lot basis within the subdivision, depending on their individual circumstances. The performance criteria allow for a more flexible and innovative approach in responding to development opportunities and constraints. In order to reach an acceptable sitting and design solution, additional criteria has been developed taking into account the local climate and allowing the design solution to be tailored to an individual area, recognising that no two sites or proposals are the same.  The new requirements depend on a system of bush fire protection measure acting in conjunction with each other to target the circumstances of the site.

 

The 2006 bushfire guidelines result in the APZ being reduced for dwellings from the previous requirement. This modified APZ can now contained within the road and the open space reserve opposite and results in some of the lots not requiring any of the required APZ to be provided on individual properties.

 

The 2006 bushfire guidelines result in the APZ being reduced for dwellings from the previous requirements, to 10m for lots 6911, 6912 and 6913 and results in these lots having an APZ setback on the lot of 10metres.   

Site and Surrounds

The subdivision is to the east of the Mulga Nature Reserve to the north of the Glenmore Park expansion area and on the northern and western side of Surveyor’s Creek Corridor. The subdivision currently has a mixture of vacant lots and new dwellings on nearby lots. The subject lots are vacant with reserve areas opposite. 

The Proposal

A report prepared by Bushfire and Environmental Services, using the Planning for Bushfire Protection 2006 guidelines, has been submitted, and recommends reduced Asset Protection Zones with appropriate building construction standards for each of the lots. The Planning for Bushfire Protection 2006 guidelines for the assessment of APZ are now based on the specific objectives for residential subdivision and compliance with the “Acceptable Solutions” for APZ. The changes to the guidelines have resulted in the APZ and standard of construction for dwelling houses varying depending on the site constraints that apply in each case rather than the one standard that previously applied to all sites. As a result of applying the adjusted APZs to the subject lots, the following construction standards will apply.

                          

The dwellings on Lots 6959 and 6960 are to be constructed to a Level 1 standard in accordance with AS3959 – 1999. The dwelling on Lot 6956 shall to be constructed to a Level 2 standard in accordance with AS3959 – 1999. The dwellings on Lots 6911, 6912 & 6913 are to be constructed to a Level 3 standard in accordance with AS3959 – 1999. Appendix No 2 indicates the requirements to comply with “Construction of Buildings in Bushfire Areas” for construction levels.

 

The proposal will result in a reduction in the size of APZ, from that which was previously required under ‘Planning for Bushfire Protection 2001’. The following table indicates the revised APZ required for each lot. The APZ requirements for Lots 6911, 6912 and 6913, is for a setback of 10m to be provided on the lot. The APZ requirements for Lots 6956, 6959 and 6960 is contained within the road reserve and the open space and no APZ area is needs to be provided on these lots.

 

Lot No

     Existing 

      APZ

 

  Existing      

Construction Level

   Revised

     APZ

  Revised

Construction Level

6911

  17            

Level 1

  10               

Level 3

6912

  17             

Level 1

  10              

Level 3

6913

  17             

Level 1     

  10               

Level 3

6956

  10            

Level 3

  10 1.              

Level 2

6959

  30             

Level 3

  10 1.                             

Level 1

6960

  30             

Level 3

  10 1.                              

Level 1

Note 1. – The APZ is contained within the road reserve or the open space reserve not the individual property

 

Council referred the proposed variation of the APZ to the NSW Rural Fire Service. The NSW Rural Fire Service responded and confirmed that the above setbacks are appropriate and that it has no objection to the amendments.

 

The applicant has requested that the existing restriction be varied, by modifying the APZ. The following changes are proposed to the 88B instrument and Deposited Plans:

 

1.   The Restriction on the Use of Land referred to is to be removed;

2.   A new Restriction on the Use of land is to be imposed as dwellings on Lots 6911, 6912 and 6913 are to be constructed to a Level 3 standard in accordance with AS3959 – 1999;

3.   A new Restriction on the Use of Land is to be imposed as no dwellings on Lots 6911, 6912 and 6913 DP 1041192 are to be provided with a 10 metre Asset Protection Zone;

4.   A new Restriction on the Use of land is to be imposed as dwellings on Lots 6959, and 6960 are to be constructed to a Level 1 standard in accordance with AS3959 – 1999;

5.   A new Restriction on the Use of land is to be imposed as dwelling on Lot 6956 is to be constructed to a Level 2 standard in accordance with AS3959 – 1999.

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 Bushfire and Environmental Services and endorsed by the 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. Appendix No 3 indicates the proposed APZ setbacks on the lots.

 

The variation to the APZ will give more flexibility to locating future dwellings, while the streetscape character will be maintained and will allow for open space front setback areas to dwellings to be more consistent with other dwellings throughout the area where APZ do not apply.

 

Due to the above issues, and the minor nature of the variation requested, a variation of the APZ, 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. One objection was received in relation to amendment to the 88B instrument.

 

The objection raises the following concerns in regard to Lots 6959 and 6960:

 

“The reduction in setback requirement will result in dwellings on these lots being considerably further forward of the existing dwellings and this will result in a poor streetscape and impact on the existing dwelling.

 

The reduced set back of the future dwellings being located closer to the bushfire threat will endanger their property.”

 

The application does give the opportunity for any future dwelling on these lots to be located on the 5.5m setback that generally applies throughout the area. In assessing the current application, Council can only insist on setbacks that are required to comply with the APZ requirements. Upon an application for a dwelling being submitted, other factors can be considered, such as existing developments on the adjoining lots, any adverse impact the proposed dwelling may have on adjoining sites, streetscape considerations, overshadowing, privacy and the style of the dwelling.

The proposed setbacks are in accordance with the Planning for Bushfire Protection 2006, and have been endorsed by the Rural Fire Service.

Conclusion

Assessment of the application, to vary the restriction on the use of land referred to in the subject Deposited Plans applying to Lots 6911, 6912, 6913, 6956, 6959 and 6960, 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 6911, 6921, 6913, 6956, 6959, and 6960 DP 1041192  Bluestone Drive, Parakeet Grove and Ridgetop Drive, Glenmore Park 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 Eighthly and  Ninthly is lifted from Lots 6911, 6912 and 6913 DP 1065455

2.2       The restriction on the use of land referred to Seventhly, Ninthly, Tenthly and Eleventhly is lifted from Lots 6956, 6959 and 6960

2.3       A new restriction on the use of land in accordance with Section 88B of the Conveyance Act 1919 is to be imposed requiring dwellings on Lots 6911,6912 & 6913 be constructed to a Level 3 standard in accordance with AS3959 – 1999

2.4       A new restriction on the use of land in accordance with Section 88B of the Conveyance Act 1919,  is to be imposed that requires a new dwelling on Lot 6956 be constructed to a Level 2 standard in accordance with AS3959 – 1999

2.5       A new restriction on the use of land in accordance with Section 88B of the Conveyance Act 1919  is to be imposed requiring new dwellings on Lots 6911, 6912 & 6913 to be provided with a minimum 10metre APZ

2.6      A new restriction on the use of land in accordance with Section 88B of the Conveyance Act 1919 is to be imposed that requires dwellings on Lots 6959 & 6960 be constructed to a Level 1 standard in accordance with AS3959 – 1999.

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

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

1. View

Locality Plan Ridgetop Drive

1 Page

Appendix

2. View

Bushfire Prone Construction Standard

10 Pages

Appendix

3. View

Asset Protection Zone

2 Pages

Appendix

  


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Appendix 1 - Locality Plan Ridgetop Drive

 

 

 

 


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Appendix 2 - Bushfire Prone Construction Standard

 

 

 










 


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Appendix 3 - Asset Protection Zone

 

 

 


 


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The City as a Social Place

 

 

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Development Application 07/1023 for the Operation of a Community Market in High Street, between Woodriff and Station Streets and land known as "The Triangle", High Street Penrith.  Applicant:  Penrith City Centre Association;  Owner:  Penrith City Council    

DA07/1023

Compiled by:                Ruth Byrnes, Senior 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 enable Council to determine the subject Development Application for the operation of a community market on Sundays.  Having regard to the matters discussed in this report, the subject application is considered worthy of support and is recommended for a time-limited approval, subject to conditions.

 

 

Background

At its meeting of 12 February 2007, Council resolved to grant a 12 month time-limited consent to DA06/1247, which proposed Sunday Community Markets (110 stalls) in Allen Place and Edward Place Car Park, Penrith.  The main issues of concern in the assessment of that application revolved around the redistribution of car parking spaces to other locations, associated traffic impacts, and operational details.

 

The consent was subject to a tender process for market operators, however, no tenders were made to allow the consent to operate.  Penrith City Centre Association has now lodged the current application as an alternative proposal.

 

The Penrith City Centre Association verbally advised that the consent granted for the Allen Place Markets was too restrictive and the time limitation was inappropriate for a commitment to be made.   The current proposal in High Street will create less impact on the City in terms of displacement of car parking, and it is a more central location and will better contribute to the atmosphere of High Street trading area.  The Association indicates that the support of Council will mean assisting businesses in the outdoor shopping precent, many of whom are finding the current trading environment very slow.

 

Site and Surrounds

The proposed Sunday markets are to be located in two street locations (as shown on the attached locality plan):

·        in High Street, between Woodriff and Station Streets;

·        on land known as “The Triangle”, being wide footpath area located at the western end of High Street near the intersection with Henry Street.

The land is in the centre of Penrith City Centre, which contains a mix of retail and commercial buildings with pedestrian arcade access to Allen Place car park to the north, and at grade and deck car parking to the south accessed from Union Road and Woodriff Street.

The Proposal

The development application involves the following aspects:

 

·        The community market will be held in High Street (at the locations above).  High Street will be closed to east-west bound traffic between Woodriff and Station Streets;

·        130 stalls (3m x 3m), including 112 sites on High Street;

·        Stalls located at “The Triangle” will be a mixture of stalls and larger open exhibition areas for display and sale of art;

·        Items for sale include clothing and accessories, home wares, gift ware, art and craft, bric-a-brac, fresh produce and cooked food, and plants;

·        Existing CBD retailers will be offered “first choice” to stalls outside their shops;

·        Markets will operate from 9.00am to 2.00pm, Sundays (except in inclement weather, ANZAC Day and Christmas Day);

·        Road closures will occur from 7.00am to 3.00pm;

·        Market holder vehicles will be admitted between 7.30am and 8.45am to off-load merchandise and vehicles will then be removed from the site.  These vehicles will re-enter after trading ceases at 2.00pm for pack up prior to the road opening at 3.00pm;

·        64 on-street car parking spaces in High Street will not be available during road closure periods;

·        All car parking areas will be available for parking;

·        Once established, numbers of visitors expected are 2,000 to 3,000.

 

The application was supported by the following documents:

 

·        Statement of Environmental Effects, including waste management plan and referring to previous traffic report;

·        Survey of 89 businesses.

 

Planning Assessment

The development has been assessed in accordance with the matters for consideration under Section 79C of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, and the following comments are made.

1.   Section 79C(1)(a)(i) – Any Environmental Planning Instrument

Initially, consideration must be given to the permissibility of a development prior to other instruments, codes and policies.  

Penrith LEP 1997 (Penrith City Centre)

High Street and the land known as “The Triangle” are zoned 3(a) General Business under Penrith LEP 1997 (Penrith City Centre).  

The relevant objectives of the 3(a) General Business zone are:

(i)         to encourage the provision of a diverse range of uses reflecting the role of Penrith as an urban centre; and

(ii)        to encourage development which enhances the quality of the environment of the Penrith City Centre and the convenience of those who use it; and

(v)         to enhance the economic potential of the land within the zone; and

(vi)       to promote the improvement and expansion of pedestrian movement within the Penrith City Centre.

The relevant objectives of the zone can be satisfied by this proposal, providing another use to the City Centre, encouraging economic activity which will be convenient to shoppers.  

Under Penrith LEP 1997, the proposal can be defined as a “shop” which means “a building or place used for the purpose of selling, exposing or offering for sale by retail, goods, merchandise or materials, but, for the purposes of the development control table, does not include a building or place elsewhere specifically defined in this Schedule, or a building or place used for a land use elsewhere specifically defined in this Schedule.”

Shops are permissible with consent in the zone.

Clause 11 – Development for the purposes of advertisements permits the erection of temporary signage that:

(a)     announces any local event of a religious, educational, cultural, political, social, or recreational character or relates to any temporary matter in connection with such an event; and

(b)     does not include advertising of a commercial nature.

There are no details of signage included with the application, however, a condition can be imposed which ensures that temporary signage will be erected in accordance with this clause and only during the operation of each market.   (See Standard Condition A029)

There are no other development standards contained within the Plan that specifically relate to this development application.

State Regional Environmental Plan 20 – Hawkesbury Nepean River

This Policy aims to protect the environment of the Hawkesbury-Nepean River by ensuring that the impacts of future land uses are considered in a regional context.  Of most relevance to the proposal is the requirement to assess the development in terms of the impact of the development on water quality, particularly as that relates to recreation and aquatic ecosystems.

There is no alteration to the existing drainage connections and waste will be appropriately managed in order that garbage does not enter the waterways.  The proposal is considered to be consistent with the Policy, particularly in relation to total catchment management and water quality in the metropolitan area.

2.   Section 79C(1)(a)(ii) – Any Draft Environmental Planning Instrument

Draft Penrith City Centre LEP 2006

This Draft Plan was on public exhibition until 2 February, 2007.    The Draft Plan has been forwarded to the Minister for Planning for gazettal and its status is therefore imminent.  It is expected that the Draft Plan will be gazetted before the end of the year. 

Under the provisions of the Draft Plan, the land is proposed to be zoned B4 Mixed Use, the objectives of which are:

·        To provide a mixture of compatible land uses

·        To integrate suitable business, office, residential, retail and other development in accessible locations so as to maximise public transport patronage and encourage walking and cycling;

·        To provide a wide range of retail, business, office, residential, community and other suitable land uses;

·        To create opportunities to improve the public domain;

·        To provide for the retention and creation of view corridors;

·        To protect and enhance the desirable character and heritage values of the locality;

·        To ensure any development has regard to the principles of sustainable development.

“Markets” are permissible with consent and are defined as “retail premises comprising an open-air or an existing building used for the purpose of selling, exposing or offering goods, merchandise or materials for sale by independent stall holders, and includes temporary structures and existing permanent structures used for that purpose on an intermittent or occasional basis.”

The markets would be able to satisfy the objectives of the zone under the Draft Plan.

There are no specific development standards in the Draft Plan related to the establishment of markets.

The proposal will assist in increasing the economic vitality, as well as become a social and cultural element, of the City Centre.  Accordingly, the proposal is considered to be consistent with the Draft Plan.

3.   Section 79C(1)(a)(iii) – Any Development Control Plan

Penrith DCP 2006

The following parts of the DCP have been considered in this assessment:

 

Part 2.2      Crime Prevention through Environmental Design

Consideration has been given to the principles of this section of the DCP 2006.  These are to provide a safe and secure public domain with adequate lighting, visual access and passive surveillance to all areas of the site.

The application has been considered by Council’s Community Safety Co-ordinator and Penrith Police.  Conditions have been included regarding waste management of the public domain, and a Safety and Security Management Plan is to be provided which will address the issue of crowd management, procedures for dealing with security issues, clarification of responsibilities for possible damage to properties or public utilities that occurs during the scheduled market hours.   (See Special Condition 2.3)

It is considered that the proposal can satisfy the objectives and provisions of this part of DCP 2006.

 

 

Part 2.9      Waste Planning

The applicant has advised that all waste generated by the development will be minimised and managed in accordance with the Market Operator’s waste management plan that includes:

 

·        The provision of a waste skip bin to be placed in close proximity to the proposed market site for the collection of waste removed from Council provided bins located throughout the proposed market site;

·        Stallholders being requested to remove their own waste and to leave their stall site area free of litter;

·        Waste generated by visitors to the markets to be collected in existing Council provided bins then transferred to the skip bin.

 

There are numerous garbage bins in close proximity to the market site.

 

Some additional detail is required to the applicant’s waste management plan and conditions can be imposed to ensure that the markets satisfy the waste disposal requirements.  (See Special Condition 2.5)

Part 2.11    Car Parking

This part of DCP 2006 does not contain a specific car parking rate for markets.  However, the Roads and Traffic Authority’s “Guide to Traffic Generating Developments” suggests parking provision for markets at a rate of 2.5 spaces per stalls plus 1 space for staff.   Based on 110 stalls and say 110 staff, this equates to the need for 385 car spaces. 

 

A survey was conducted on two (2) separate occasions, both held on Sundays (July and August respectively), for parking areas which are most convenient to the subject site. The following tables indicate the findings of these surveys conducted in respect to parking availability in the city centre:

 

Survey – Sunday 14 July 2006

Car Park

Capacity

Spaces Occupied

Min Spaces Available

9am

10am

11am

12pm

1pm

Soper Place

343

15

32

45

61

60

283

Judges Place Car Park

421

21

42

58

85

101

320

Masters Place

80

12

22

31

42

35

38

Edward Place

85

10

14

25

28

32

53

Allen Place

203

32

69

84

112

115

88

Total

1132

 

 

 

 

 

782

 

Survey – Sunday 6 August 2006

Car Park

Capacity

Spaces Occupied

Min Spaces Available

9am

10am

11am

12pm

1pm

Soper Place

343

18

22

49

72

67

271