7 November 2008

 

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 10 November 2008 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 Stoneham

General Manager

BUSINESS

 

1.           LEAVE OF ABSENCE

 

2.           APOLOGIES

 

3.           CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES

Ordinary Meeting - 13 October 2008.

 

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 Conflict of Interest – Significant and Less than Significant (The Code of Conduct requires Councillors who declare a significant non-pecuniary conflict of interest in an item to leave the meeting during discussion of that item)

 

5.           ADDRESSING THE MEETING

 

6.           MAYORAL MINUTES

Council's recognition for successful community engagement.

 

7.           NOTICES OF MOTION

 

8.           ADOPTION OF REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATION OF COMMITTEES

Local Traffic Committee Meeting - 13 October 2008.

Policy Review Committee Meeting - 20 October 2008.

Local Traffic Committee Meeting - 3 November 2008.

 

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 10 November 2008

 

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: Press
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


                                                        

 

 

Text Box: Public Gallery
Text Box: Managers
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Managers                          

                 
          

 
   


 

2008 MEETING CALENDAR

February 2008 - December 2008

 

 

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

4

10

7

5v

 

14

4

8ü

13

10

1

25

 

21

19

23* 

 

 

29^

 

 

15

Policy Review Committee

7.30 pm

 

3

 

12#

 

7

 

1

20

17#

 

18#+

31@

28

 

16

28

18#+

 

 

 

 

Councillor Briefing / Working Party / Presentation

7.30 pm

11

 

14

 

2Y

 

11

 

 

3

 

 

17

 

26

30

21

25

 

 

24

 

 

 

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

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

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

*     Meeting at which the Management Plan for 2008/2009 is adopted

^     Election of Mayor/Deputy Mayor

@   Strategic Program progress reports [only business]

ü    Meeting at which the 2007/2008 Annual Statements are presented

Y    Management Plan Councillor Briefings/Public Forum (May)

 

-                 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). Should you wish to address Council, please contact the Public Officer, Glenn McCarthy on 4732 7649.


UNCONFIRMED MINUTES

 OF THE ORDINARY MEETING OF PENRITH CITY COUNCIL HELD IN THE

COUNCIL CHAMBERS

ON MONDAY 13 OCTOBER 2008 AT 7:32PM

NATIONAL ANTHEM 

The meeting opened with the National Anthem.

STATEMENT OF RECOGNITION

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

PRAYER

The Council Prayer was read by the Rev Neil Checkley.

PRESENT

His Worship the Mayor Councillor Jim Aitken OAM, Councillors Kaylene Allison, Robert Ardill, Kevin Crameri OAM, Greg Davies, Mark Davies, Tanya Davies, Ross Fowler OAM, Ben Goldfinch, Jackie Greenow, Prue Guillaume, Marko Malkoc, Karen McKeown, Kath Presdee, and John Thain.

 

 

APOLOGIES

There were no apologies.

 

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES - Ordinary Meeting - 29 September 2008

378  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Kevin Crameri OAM seconded Councillor Ross Fowler OAM that the minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of 29 September 2008 be confirmed.

 

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Councillor John Thain declared a non-pecuniary interest in Item 1 - Assistance Towards Amateur Sportspersons and Representatives in the fields of Art, Music, Culture - Overseas and Interstate Travel as one of the recipients referred to in the report is the son of a work colleague.  Councillor Thain stated that he would not take part in any debate on the matter.

 

 

Mayoral Minutes

 

1        Council Awarded for Sustainability Initiatives                                                                  

379  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jim Aitken OAM seconded Councillor Karen McKeown that the Mayoral Minute on Council Awarded for Sustainability Initiatives be received.

 

 

2        Recognition of Council's commitment to enhancing local employment opportunities    

380  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jim Aitken OAM seconded Councillor Greg Davies that the Mayoral Minute on Recognition of Council's commitment to enhancing local employment opportunities  be received.

 

3        Glenn Mallard retires after 40 years with Council                                                           

381  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jim Aitken OAM seconded Councillor Ross Fowler OAM that the Mayoral Minute on Glenn Mallard retires after 40 years with Council be received.

 The Mayor then presented Mr Mallard with a framed copy of the Mayoral Minute.

 

MASTER PROGRAM REPORTS

 

The City as a Social Place

 

1        Assistance Towards Amateur Sportspersons and Representatives in the fields of Art, Music, Culture - Overseas and Interstate Travel                                                                         

382  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Greg Davies seconded Councillor Kath Presdee that the information contained in the report on Assistance Towards Amateur Sportspersons and Representatives in the fields of Art, Music, Culture - Overseas and Interstate Travel be received.

 

2        Western Sydney Area Assistance Scheme (WSAAS) 2008 Local Ranking Committee          

383  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Ross Fowler OAM seconded Councillor Greg Davies

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Western Sydney Area Assistance Scheme (WSAAS) 2008 Local Ranking Committee be received.

2.     Councillors Tanya Davies and Prue Guillaume participate in the WSAAS Local Ranking Committee for a term of two years (2008 and 2009).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3        Development Application 08/0185 for use of existing Dog Kennels at No. 33 - 35 Spencer Road, Londonderry. Applicant: Victor John Ellul;  Owner: Victor and Anna Ellul DA08/0185

384  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Kevin Crameri OAM seconded Councillor Mark Davies

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Development Application 08/0185 for use of existing Dog Kennels at No. 33 - 35 Spencer Road, Londonderry be received.

2.     The application be approved subject to the following Standard and Special Conditions of Consent:

Standard Conditions

2.1      A001 – Approved Plans

2.2                A007 – Time Limited Consent

2.3                A020 – Use of Building

2.4                A034 – Keeping of Dogs

2.5                A035 – Dog Holding Shed

2.6                D131 – Approved Noise Level

2.7                L005 – Planting Material

2.8                L012 – Existing Landscaping

Special Conditions

2.9       All dogs kept on the property are to be confined to the kennels          between the hours of 6pm - 7am

2.10              The post and wire running track located on the western boundary of the property shall only be used by one dog at a time between the hours of 10am - 4pm Monday to Friday. This track is not to be used on weekends or public holidays. When dogs are let out to stretch and exercise, racing muzzles are to be attached to deter them from barking.

2.11              All waste associated with the keeping of dogs is to be collected or deposited at an appropriately licence waste facility or contractor. Solid waste is to be stored in a designated area prior to removal for disposal. Where possible, the waste storage area is to be located so that it is not visible to adjoining land owner/occupiers.  The waste storage area is to be provided with a weatherproof cover when it is unattended or not in use

2.12              Hosing out kennels with water is not permitted. Kennels are to be cleaned using predominantly dry methods that limit the use of water. Acceptable methods would include sweeping, mopping and manual collection and disposal of dog waste

2.13              The sale of animals is not permitted on the site

2.14              Dog kennels are to be sound-proofed and maintained accordingly

2.15              Waste is to be managed and the premises cleaned and maintained to prevent the generation of offensive odours.

2.16    In order to gauge potential noise impact, further acoustic monitoring reports are to be submitted each quarter for the 12 month period of the time limited consent providing Council with an assessment against relevant noise criteria.

3.     The quarterly noise monitoring reports be reported to Council and include reporting on any noise emanating from the post and rail running track.

4.     A further report be presented to the Policy Review Committee detailing the criteria under which development applications that involve a variation from standards are determined by Council or delegated authority.      

 

In accordance with Section 375A of the Local Government Act 1993, a DIVISION was then called with the following result:

For

Against

Councillor Jim Aitken OAM

Councillor Kaylene Allison

Councillor Robert Ardill

Councillor Kevin Crameri OAM

Councillor Greg Davies

Councillor Mark Davies

Councillor Tanya Davies

Councillor Ross Fowler OAM

Councillor Ben Goldfinch

Councillor Jackie Greenow

Councillor Prue Guillaume

Councillor Marko Malkoc

Councillor Karen McKeown

Councillor Kath Presdee

Councillor John Thain

 

The MOTION was CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

 

Leadership and Organisation

 

5        Pecuniary Interest Returns                                                                                                

385  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Greg Davies seconded Councillor Ross Fowler OAM that the information contained in the report on Pecuniary Interest Returns be received.

 

 

 

 

 

 

6        Council Property - Electricity Easement for Underground Cables within existing Transmission Line Easement Open Space Lands, The Glenmore Parkway, Glenmore Park               

386  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Greg Davies seconded Councillor Ross Fowler OAM

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Council Property - Electricity Easement for Underground Cables within existing Transmission Line Easement Open Space Lands, The Glenmore Parkway, Glenmore Park be received.

2.     Council grant an easement for underground cables 5 metres wide to benefit Integral Energy over Lot 8031 DP 870626, Lot 1000 DP 872795 and Lot 1 DP 1045500 at The Glenmore Parkway, Glenmore Park.

3.     The applicant bear all costs associated with the granting of the easements.

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

 

 

8        2008 Annual Financial Statements                                                                                    

387  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Greg Davies seconded Councillor Ross Fowler OAM that the information contained in the report on 2008 Annual Financial Statements be received.

 

 

10      Summary of Investments for the period 1 September to 30 September 2008                 

388  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Greg Davies seconded Councillor Ross Fowler OAM

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Summary of Investments for the period 1 September to 30 September 2008 be received.

2.     The Certificate of the Responsible Accounting Officer and Summaries of Investments and Performance for the period 1 September 2008 to 30 September 2008 be noted and accepted.

3.     The graphical investment analysis as at 30 September 2008 be noted.

4.     The Agency Collection Fees be noted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Going Public - A Conference for Women in the Public Sector and Politics be received.

2.     Councillors Karen McKeown, Prue Guillaume and Kaylene Allison and any other interested Councillors attend the Conference.

 

 

7        Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal review of Revenue Framework for Local Government                                                                                                                        

390  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Mark Davies seconded Councillor Ross Fowler OAM

That:

1.   The information contained in the report on Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal review of Revenue Framework for Local Government be received.

2.   The WSROC submission to the IPART Review of the Revenue Framework for Local Government be endorsed.

 

9        Councillor Representation on External Organisation                                                      

391  A MOTION was moved by Councillor John Thain seconded Councillor Jackie Greenow

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Councillor Representation on External Organisation be received.

2.     Council appoint Councillor Greg Davies to the Western Sydney Academy of Sport Advisory Forum.

 

An AMENDMENT was moved by Councillors Mark Davies and Robert Ardill that Council appoint Councillor Tanya Davies to the Western Sydney Academy of Sport Advisory Forum.

Upon the withdrawal of the nomination of Councillor Greg Davies, it was RESOLVED UNANIMOUSLY as follows:

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Councillor Representation on External Organisation be received.

2.     Council appoint Councillor Tanya Davies to the Western Sydney Academy of Sport Advisory Forum with Councillor Greg Davies to be the alternate delegate.

 

 

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE

 

QWN 1      Refurbishment of Southlands Shopping Centre                                                      

Councillor Prue Guillaume requested a report to Council on the possible provision of a bus to transport South Penrith residents to an alternative shopping centre as a result of the impending closure of the Southlands Shopping Centre for refurbishment, with the report to include potential pick up points, number of services and routes.

 

 

QWN 2      Local Government Election                                                                                      

Councillor John Thain thanked the electorate for their participation in the recent Local Government Election and for his re-election.

 

QWN 3      Late Motion to Local Government Association Conference -Uniform Laws for all Elections   

Councillor John Thain requested that Council submit a late motion to the 2008 Local Government Association Conference seeking consistency with rules for where election officials can be located within the school grounds.

 

392  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor John Thain seconded Councillor Ross Fowler OAM that the matter be brought forward as a matter of urgency.

 

His Worship the Mayor, Councillor Jim Aitken OAM, ruled that the matter was urgent and should be dealt with at the meeting.

 

 

393  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor John Thain seconded Councillor Ross Fowler OAM  that Council submit a late motion to the 2008 Local Government Association Conference seeking consistency with rules for where election officials can be located within the school grounds.

 

 

QWN 4      Japanese Maple in Weatherby Street, Cambridge Park                                        

Councillor John Thain requested a memo reply concerning the inspection of an overgrown Japanese maple at an address in Weatherby Street, Cambridge Park with a view to permitting its removal. Councillor Thain also requested that all Councillors be provided with a copy of the conditions for tree removal.

 

QWN 5      Building of Carport - Werrington Downs                                                                 

Councillor John Thain requested a report to Council on the current rules and regulations for the building of carports and whether or not a development application is required in this regard.

 

 

QWN 6      Late Motion to Local Government Association Conference – Land Council Representation at Conference                                                                                                    

Councillor John Thain requested a report to the next Policy Review Committee meeting concerning the submission of a late motion to the 2008 Local Government Association Conference supporting the consideration of an amendment to the Local Government and Shires Associations NSW constitution that will allow independent membership to that of the NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC).

 

 

QWN 7      St Marys Spring Festival                                                                                          

Councillor Jackie Greenow thanked Council and Council officers for their efforts in supporting the St Marys Spring Festival which was held on Saturday 11 October 2008 and requested that the Mayor send a letter of thanks to those staff involved.

 

QWN 8      Legal Matter - 8 Donohoes Road, Mulgoa - to be considered in Committee of the Whole       

Councillor Kevin Crameri OAM requested that an item concerning 8 Donohoes Road, Mulgoa be referred to committee of the whole as it refers to advice concerning litigation, or advice that would otherwise be privileged from production in legal proceedings on the ground of legal professional privilege and discussion of the matter in open meeting would be, on balance, contrary to the public interest.

 

QWN 9      Llandilo Hall                                                                                                              

Councillor Kevin Crameri OAM requested a memo reply concerning his previous question concerning Llandilo Hall and when the project is likely to be completed. 

 

QWN 10    Creative Embroiderers - Funding for booklet                                                         

Councillor Ross Fowler OAM requested that an amount of $1,300, to be funded in equal amounts from each of North, South and East Ward voted works, be allocated to the funding of the publication of a booklet detailing the history of Creative Embroiderers.

 

394  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Ross Fowler OAM seconded Councillor Greg Davies that the matter be brought forward as a matter of urgency.

 

His Worship the Mayor, Councillor Jim Aitken OAM, ruled that the matter was urgent and should be dealt with at the meeting.

 

395  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Ross Fowler OAM seconded Councillor Greg Davies that an amount of $1,300, to be funded in equal amounts from each of North, South and East Ward voted works, be allocated to the funding of the publication of a booklet detailing the history of Creative Embroiderers.

 

 

 

 

 

QWN 11    Councillor representative to 2008 Local Government Association Conference   

Councillor Ross Fowler OAM requested that, as Councillor Ben Goldfinch is now unable to attend the 2008 Local Government Association Conference, Councillor Marko Malkoc attend the Conference as Councillor Goldfinch’s replacement.

 

QWN 12    Floribunda Avenue, Glenmore Park                                                                        

Councillor Mark Davies requested a memo reply concerning the possibility of repairing or replacing the broken barrier fence in Floribunda Avenue, off Mulgoa Road, at the entrance to Glenmore Park.

 

QWN 13    Drivers Lane, Wallacia                                                                                             

Councillor Mark Davies requested a memo reply concerning the proposed purchase and closure of the laneway known as Drivers Lane in Wallacia.

 

QWN 14    Proposed closure of Penrith District courts                                                             

Councillor Mark Davies requested a report to Council detailing the impacts of losing two District courts from Penrith when they are moved to Parramatta, including details of the impacts in regard to (i) Penrith as a regional centre and projected growth; (ii) local businesses; (iii) legal structure in Penrith; and (iv) local Police, independent witnesses, victims and jury members, and including relevant crime statistics.

 

QWN 15    Representations to local State Members regarding the proposed closure of two district courts in Penrith                                                                                                                           

Councillor Mark Davies requested that representations be made to the three local State Members concerning the proposed closure of district courts in Penrith, and that copies of their replies be provided, with a covering memo, to all Councillors.

 

QWN 16    Request for reports to Council on James Burns and the Commemoration of the Crossing of the Blue Mountains                                                                                                 

Councillor John Thain requested a memo reply on the status of reports to Council that have been requested on James Burns and on the Commemoration of the Crossing of the Blue Mountains.

 

QWN 17    Penrith Seniors Centre                                                                                             

Councillor Greg Davies requested a memo reply detailing what actions have been taken to rectify the air conditioning problems being encountered at the Penrith Seniors Centre.

 

QWN 18    Swallow Drive/Erskine Park Road Intersection                                                      

Councillor Greg Davies requested a memo reply to East Ward Councillors concerning works to improve safety at the Swallow Drive/Erskine Park Road intersection.

 

 

Committee of the Whole

 

396  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Greg Davies seconded Councillor Jackie Greenow that the meeting adjourn to the Committee of the Whole to deal with the following matters, the time being 8:50 pm.

 

1        Presence of the Public

 

CW1 RESOLVED on the motion of Councillor Greg Davies seconded Councillor Jackie Greenow  that the press and public be excluded from Committee of the Whole to deal with the following matters:

 

 

Leadership and Organisation

 

2        Commercial Matter - Acquisition of Public Reserve, Nepean River, Bruce Neale Drive, Penrith                                                                                                                                             

 

This item has been referred to Committee of the Whole as the report refers to commercial information of a confidential nature that would, if disclosed (i) prejudice the commercial position of the person who supplied it; or (ii) confer a commercial advantage on a competitor of the Council; or (iii) reveal a trade secret and discussion of the matter in open meeting would be, on balance, contrary to the public interest.

 

3        Commercial Matter - Sale of Closed Road Part Melville Road, St Clair to the Adjoining Owner                                                                                                                                             

 

This item has been referred to Committee of the Whole as the report refers to commercial information of a confidential nature that would, if disclosed (i) prejudice the commercial position of the person who supplied it; or (ii) confer a commercial advantage on a competitor of the Council; or (iii) reveal a trade secret and discussion of the matter in open meeting would be, on balance, contrary to the public interest.

 

4        Legal Matter - 8 Donohoes Road, Mulgoa

 

This item has been referred to Committee of the Whole as it refers to advice concerning litigation, or advice that would otherwise be privileged from production in legal proceedings on the ground of legal professional privilege and discussion of the matter in open meeting would be, on balance, contrary to the public interest.

 

The meeting resumed at 9:06 pm and the General Manager reported that the Committee of the Whole met at 8:50 pm on 13 October 2008, the following being present

 

His Worship the Mayor Councillor Jim Aitken OAM, Councillors Kaylene Allison, Robert Ardill, Kevin Crameri OAM, Greg Davies, Mark Davies, Tanya Davies, Ross Fowler OAM, Ben Goldfinch, Jackie Greenow, Prue Guillaume, Marko Malkoc, Karen McKeown, Kath Presdee, 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

 

2        Commercial Matter - Acquisition of Public Reserve, Nepean River, Bruce Neale Drive, Penrith                                                                                                                                 

RECOMMENDED on the MOTION of Councillor Greg Davies seconded Councillor Mark Davies

CW2 That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Commercial Matter - Acquisition of Public Reserve, Nepean River, Bruce Neale Drive, Penrith be received.

2.     Council pay compensation to J K Williams Staff Pty Ltd for the acquisition as Public Reserve of Lot 353, DP 752021 containing 63 square metres in accordance with Conditions 1, 2, 3 and 4 as outlined in the report.

 

 

3        Commercial Matter - Sale of Closed Road Part Melville Road, St Clair to the Adjoining Owner                                                                                                                                  

RECOMMENDED on the MOTION of Councillor Greg Davies seconded Councillor Ben Goldfinch

CW3  That consideration of this item be deferred.

 

4        Legal Matter - 8 Donohoes Road, Mulgoa (Question without Notice Item 8)

 

The Committee noted that no declarations of interest had been made in relation to this matter.

 

RECOMMENDED on the MOTION of Councillor Ross Fowler OAM seconded Councillor John Thain

 

CW4  That the verbal information provided by Council officers be received.

 

 

ADOPTION OF Committee of the Whole

 

397  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Ross Fowler OAM seconded Councillor John Thain that the recommendation contained in the Committee of the Whole and shown as CW2, CW3 and CW4  be adopted.

 

 

 

There being no further business the Chairperson declared the meeting closed the time being 9:09 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

02 4732 7649                                                       

   


Mayoral Minutes

 

Item                                                                                                                                       Page

 

1        Council's recognition for successful community engagement

 

 



Ordinary Meeting

10 November 2008

The City as a Social Place

 

Mayoral Minute

Council's recognition for successful community engagement

Strategic Program Term Achievement: A program of renewal for selected neighbourhoods that contributes to a sense of community identity and cohesiveness is being implemented.

         

 

I am pleased to announce that Penrith City Council has been Highly Commended for Robust Public Participation Process by IAP2, the International Association of Public Participation, at their annual conference in Adelaide on 9 October 2008.

 

The award, recognising Council’s successful approach to community engagement in the locality of Kingswood Park under the Neighbourhood Renewal Program, was accepted on behalf of Council by Community Engagement Officer Heather Chaffey and Cultural Development Officer Cali Vandyk-Dunlevy.

 

The Neighbourhood Renewal Program, initiated in 2006 as part of Council’s commitment to revitalising neighbourhoods in older established areas of the City, takes an innovative and creative approach to public participation. Under the program, Council works closely with residents in an approach that integrates community and cultural development and supports opportunities for local employment and training.

 

The development of a Neighbourhood Action Plan for Kingswood Park, endorsed by Council in July 2008, proved just how successful this approach can be. The Action Plan was developed after Council’s Neighbourhood Renewal Team engaged with over 400 of Kingswood Park’s 3000 residents through an 8 month program of exciting activities, events, and focus groups, including a Community Planning Session. Over 200 residents have also participated in follow on activities and events during the initial implementation of the Plan.

 

This approach to community engagement will continue to bring benefits for Kingswood Park over the next few years, and is now being used in other areas, including Londonderry.

 

I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of Council to congratulate Council’s Neighbourhood Renewal Programme Co-ordinator, Jeni Pollard, and all staff involved in this successful Program.

 

 

Jim Aitken OAM

Mayor

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That the Mayoral Minute on Council's recognition for successful community engagement be received.

 

 

  


 

 

 

 

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Reports of Committees

 

Item                                                                                                                                       Page

 

1        Report and Recommendations of the Local Traffic Committee Meeting held on 13 October 2008

 

2        Report and Recommendations of the Policy Review Committee Meeting held on 20 October 2008

 

3        Report and Recommendations of the Local Traffic Committee held on 3 November 2008

 

 



Ordinary Meeting

10 November 2008

The City Supported by Infrastructure

 

REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE
 Local Traffic Committee MEETING

HELD ON 13 October, 2008

 

 

 

PRESENT

Michael Alderton - Road Network Services Engineer (Chairperson), Pat Sheehy AM – Representative for the Member for Londonderry, Constable Nadine Willis – Penrith Police, Senior Constable Mark Elliott – St Marys Police, James Suprain - Roads and Traffic Authority, David Drozd – Senior Traffic Engineer.

 

IN ATTENDANCE

Ron Watson – Westbus, Paul Maynard – Ranger.

 

APOLOGIES

Councillor Greenow, Councillor McKeown – Representative for the Member for Mulgoa.

 

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES - Local Traffic Committee Meeting – 1 September 2008

The minutes of the Local Traffic Committee Meeting of 1 September 2008 were confirmed.

 

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 

There were no declarations of interest.

 

MASTER PROGRAM REPORTS

 

The City Supported by Infrastructure

 

1        Queen Street, St Marys - Signage Audit                                                                          

RECOMMENDED

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Queen Street, St Marys - Signage Audit be received.

2.     The proposed signage changes listed in Appendix 1 be implemented.

 

2        Water Street, Emu Plains - Provision of 'No Stopping' Restrictions at Lennox Shopping Centre Loading Dock                                                                                                         

RECOMMENDED

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Water Street, Emu Plains - Provision of 'No Stopping' Restrictions at Lennox Shopping Centre Loading Dock be received.

2.     ‘No Stopping’ restrictions be provided across the driveway access to the loading dock for Lennox Shopping Centre for a distance of 28m in Water Street, Emu Plains.

3.     The offer from the Centre Management to cover the cost of supply and installation of the signage be accepted by Council.

4.     Lennox Shopping Centre Management be advised of Council’s resolution.

 

 

3        Worth Street, Penrith - Review of Taxi Pick Up & Setdown Point Trial                         

RECOMMENDED

That:

1.   The information contained in the report on Worth Street, Penrith - Review of Taxi Pick Up & Setdown Point Trial be received.

2.   The existing 6m ‘No Parking Taxi Pickup & Setdown Point’ located on Worth Street, Penrith outside Penrith Centrelink be confirmed and remain in place.

3.   The 6m ‘No Parking Taxi Pickup & Setdown Point’ be converted back to full‑time ‘No Stopping’ when Penrith Centrelink relocates from its current premises on Worth Street.

4.   The General Manager of Premier Taxis be advised of Council’s resolution.

 

 

4        Riley Street, Penrith - Review of Taxi Pickup & Setdown Point Trial                            

RECOMMENDED

That:

1.   The information contained in the report on Riley Street, Penrith - Review of Taxi Pickup & Setdown Point Trial be received.

2.   The existing 6m ‘No Parking Taxi Pickup and Setdown Point’ located on Riley Street, Penrith be extended by 2.0m to a total length of 8.0m.

3.   The 8m ‘No Parking Taxi Pickup and Setdown Point’ on Riley Street, Penrith be confirmed and remain in place.

4.   The General Manager of Premier Taxis be advised of Council’s resolution.

 

 

5        Gascoigne Street, Kingswood - Proposed Restricted Parking Area Scheme Outside St Dominics College                                                                                                                

RECOMMENDED

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Gascoigne Street, Kingswood - Proposed Restricted Parking Area Scheme Outside St Dominics College be received.

2.     Restricted Parking Area Scheme ‘Park in Marked Bays Only’ concept be developed and community consultation be conducted with affected residents and businesses.  The concept and results of the consultation to be referred back to the Local Traffic Committee for consideration.

3.     The existing ‘No Stopping’ zones in Farlow Place, Brell Place, Nichols Place and Gascoigne Street, between Parker Street and Phillip Street, Kingswood be reviewed in conjunction with the Restricted Parking Area Scheme ‘Park in Marked Bays Only’ concept.

4.     The residents who made submissions be advised of Council’s resolution.

5.     Council carry out an audit on the existing carparking at St Dominics College and liaise with the school regarding the number of available parking spaces.

 

 

6        Great Western Highway, Emu Plains - Request for Provision of Guardrail                   

RECOMMENDED

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Great Western Highway, Emu Plains - Request for Provision of Guardrail be received.

2.     Council note that the Roads and Traffic Authority does not support the provision of guardrail at the ‘Mud Puddles Child Care Centre’ frontage to the Great Western Highway, Emu Plains, based on a state-wide priority basis.

 

 

7        Great Western Highway & Australia Street, St Marys - Request for Guardrail           

RECOMMENDED

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Great Western Highway & Australia Street, St Marys - Request for Guardrail be received.

2.     The Committee note that the Roads and Traffic Authority does not support the provision of guardrail at the corner of Great Western Highway and Australia Street, St Marys.

3.     The provision of guardrail at the ‘Blinky Bill Preschool’ at the corner of Great Western Highway and Australia Street, St Marys not be supported by Council, based on the Roads and Traffic Authority’s advice of a low potential for off-carriageway accidents to occur.

4.     The Blinky Bill Preschool be advised.

 

 

 

 

 

8        Boundary Road & Hindmarsh Street, Cranebrook - Pedestrian Crossing Upgrades    

RECOMMENDED

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Boundary Road & Hindmarsh Street, Cranebrook - Pedestrian Crossing Upgrades be received.

2.     The raised school crossing on Boundary Road, Cranebrook be upgraded to a raised full-time pedestrian crossing.

3.     The marked footcrossing on Hindmarsh Street, Cranebrook be upgraded to a raised full-time pedestrian crossing and the project be entered into Council’s Traffic Facility Prioritisation process, and when the project receives priority against other listed sites, Council’s Design Co-ordinator be requested to investigate options, then a further report be submitted to the Local Traffic Committee for consideration.

4.     The existing vegetation on the roundabout, except for the palm tree, be removed and replaced with low lying ground cover (Gazania).

5.     The Principal of Samuel Terry Public School and residents be advised of Council’s resolution.

 

 

9        Roper Road On-Ramp to M4 Motorway at Colyton - Proposed Provision of Traffic Signals 

RECOMMENDED

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Roper Road On-Ramp to M4 Motorway at Colyton - Proposed Provision of Traffic Signals be received.

2.     The Committee note the information.

 

 

10      Penrith Station Carpark - Removal of 'No Stopping' Signage on North Side of Penrith Railway Station                                                                                                                   

RECOMMENDED

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Penrith Station Carpark - Removal of 'No Stopping' Signage on North Side of Penrith Railway Station be received.

2.     The Committee note the information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

11      Quarry Road, Erskine Business Park - Request for Provision of Double-Barrier Linemarking                                                                                                                                             

RECOMMENDED

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Quarry Road, Erskine Business Park - Request for Provision of Double-Barrier Linemarking be received.

2.     Double-barrier linemarking be installed, starting immediately north of the driveway to number 2-46 Quarry Road and continuing north for a distance of 35m.

3.     Double-barrier linemarking be installed, starting at the western point of the driveway to number 542-560 Mamre Road (central driveway) and continuing west for a distance of 20m.

4.     The NSW Police LAC be requested to enforce the double-barrier linemarking upon installation.

 

 

12      Erskine Business Park - Performance Based Standards (PBS) Vehicle Application     

RECOMMENDED

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Erskine Business Park - Performance Based Standards (PBS) Vehicle Application be received.

2.     Templar Road and Lenore Drive, Erskine Park be approved for use by Performance Based Standards vehicles in accordance with Roads and Traffic Authority Guidelines and vehicle specifications provided by Bluescope Steel.

3.     The Roads and Traffic Authority and Bluescope Steel be advised of Council’s resolution on this matter.

 

 

13      Penrith CBD - Intersection Signage Changes                                                                  

RECOMMENDED

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Penrith CBD - Intersection Signage Changes be received.

2.     The proposed signage changes listed in Appendix 1 be implemented.

 

 

 

 

 

GENERAL BUSINESS

 

 

GB 1          Evan Street/Henry Street, Penrith – Traffic Management Plan  (Raised Council)        

Council’s Road Network Services Engineer advised that the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) proposes to close the kerbside lane for eastbound traffic on Henry Street, Penrith for a period of four to six weeks.  This closure comes into effect on Monday, 13 October 2008.  A Traffic Management Plan submitted by the RTA for Stage 2 of the construction of traffic signals at the intersection was tabled at the meeting.

RECOMMENDED

That the Committee note the Traffic Management Plan from the Roads and Traffic Authority.

 

GB 2          Seventh Avenue/Terrybrook Road, Llandilo – Intersection Improvements  (Raised Council)   

Council’s Road Network Services Engineer advised the Committee of intersection improvements to be carried out at the intersection of Seventh Avenue and Terrybrook Road, Llandilo under the 2008/2009 Auslink Blackspot Programme.  The plan proposes splitter islands, pavement widening and improved signs and linemarking.

RECOMMENDED

That Design Plan No. AS224 be endorsed for construction.

 

GB 3          Rugby Street, Cambridge Park – Proposed Provision of Speed Humps  (Raised Council)   

At its meeting on 4 February 2008, the Local Traffic Committee considered a report on speeding vehicles in John Oxley Avenue and Rugby Street, Cambridge Park, and at its meeting on 25 February 2008, Council resolved (in part) that:

“Council’s Design Section be requested to investigate the provision of traffic calming devices along Rugby Street, Cambridge Park and a report be submitted to the Local Traffic Committee following the investigation”.

Council’s Road Network Services Engineer advised that as a continuation of this project, it is proposed to provide speed humps with blister islands in Rugby Street, Cambridge Park, near house numbers 105 and 81.

Community consultation is currently being carried out and when finalised, construction of the facility will begin.

RECOMMENDED

That subject to no substantial objections being received from affected residents, the plan be endorsed for construction and funded from the 2008/2009 Major Traffic Facilities Programme.

 

 

There being no further business the Chairperson declared the meeting closed, the time being 10:45am.

 

 

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That the recommendations contained in the Report and Recommendations of the Local Traffic Committee meeting held on 13 October, 2008 be adopted.

 

 

 


Ordinary Meeting

10 November 2008

Leadership and Organisation

 

REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE
 Policy Review Committee MEETING

HELD ON 20 October, 2008

 

 

 

PRESENT

His Worship the Mayor Councillor Jim Aitken OAM, Councillors Kaylene Allison, Robert Ardill, Kevin Crameri OAM, Greg Davies, Mark Davies, Tanya Davies, Ross Fowler OAM, Ben Goldfinch, Jackie Greenow, Prue Guillaume, Marko Malkoc, Karen McKeown, Kath Presdee, and John Thain.

 

Councillor Kevin Crameri OAM left the meeting, the time being 7:33pm

Councillor Kevin Crameri OAM returned to the meeting, the time being 7:34pm

APOLOGIES

There were no apologies.

 

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES - Policy Review Committee Meeting - 1 September 2008

The minutes of the Policy Review Committee Meeting of 1 September 2008 were confirmed.

 

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Councillors Kaylene Allison, Prue Guillaume and Kath Presdee declared a Non-Pecuniary Conflict of Interest – Less than significant in Item 2 of Confidential BusinessPersonnel Matter – Workforce Issue as they are members of the United Services Union.

 

Councillor Kevin Crameri OAM  declared a Less than Significant Conflict of Interest in an item to be raised in Confidential Business as the matter indirectly concerns an individual who voluntarily handed out election material for Councillor Kevin Crameri OAM.

 

MASTER PROGRAM REPORTS

 

The City in its Broader Context

 

1        Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008                                                                            

RECOMMENDED that the information contained in the report on Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2008  be received.

 

2        Submission to Infrastructure Australia                                                                             

RECOMMENDED

          That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Submission to Infrastructure Australia  be received.

 

2.     Council endorse the submission to Infrastructure Australia, with the inclusion of identification of the proposed Badgerys Creek Airport site should it not be advanced for the development of Sydney’s second airport, for a inter-modal freight terminal.

 

The City In Its Environment

 

3        Penrith Social Sustainability Grant                                                                                    

RECOMMENDED

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Penrith Social Sustainability Grant be received

2.     The establishment of the “Penrith Social Sustainability Grant Program” be endorsed.

 

 

Leadership and Organisation

 

4        2008 Local Government Association Conference - Request for Late Motions              

RECOMMENDED

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on 2008 Local Government Association Conference - Request for Late Motions be received

2.     Council seek to amend Tamworth Regional Council’s Motion to the 2008 Local Government Association Conference (Motion 10 on the Conference Business Paper) in relation to the Local Government Elections by adding the following:

 

        i)         That the Local Government Association request the NSW Electoral Commission to undertake a review of the application of a consistent approach, for all elections (Local, State and Federal) in relation to the definition of a polling place and the minimum distance that candidate (party) workers are required to be from all polling place entrances.

 

        ii)         That the Local Government Association request the Federal Government to review the tax deductible allowance applicable to campaign expenses for candidates in local government elections to bring it into line with the allowance for candidates in State and Federal elections.

 

3.     Council submit a late motion to the 2008 LGA Conference in relation to proposed amendments to the Local Government Association Constitution as follows:

 

 

 

“That the Association seek to amend the Local Government and Shires Association Constitution so as to allow for the eighteen (18) Local Aboriginal Land Councils to take out independent membership of the Local Government Association of NSW apart from the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) membership.”

 

and in the event that this motion is not accepted for the 2008 LGA Conference, it be re-submitted for the 2009 LGA Conference.

 

Councillor Kevin Crameri OAM advised the meeting that he had an item to be referred to Confidential Business, being a personnel matter concerning particular individuals and discussion of the matter in an open meeting would be, on balance, contrary to the public interest.

 

Councillor John Thain left the meeting, the time being 8:41pm

 

CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS

 

The meeting closed to consider Confidential Business, the time being 8:42pm.

 

1        Presence of the Public

 

PRC 91 RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jackie Greenow seconded Councillor Greg Davies that the press and public be excluded from the meeting to deal with the following matters:

 

 

Leadership and Organisation

 

2        Personnel Matter - Workforce Issue                                                                                

 

This item has been referred to Committee of the Whole as the report refers to personnel matters concerning particular individuals and discussion of the matter in open meeting would be, on balance, contrary to the public interest.

 

RESUMPTION OF BUSINESS IN OPEN COMMITTEE

 

The meeting moved out of confidential session at 8:48pm and the Acting General Manager reported that after excluding the press and public from the meeting, the Policy Review Committee met in confidential session from 8:42pm to 8:48pm to consider personnel matters.

 

The General Manager reported that while in confidential session, the Committee resolved the confidential business as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS

 

2        Personnel Matter - Workforce Issue                                                                                

RECOMMENDED

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Personnel Matter - Workforce Issue be received

2.     The recommendation be endorsed.

 

 

 

Councillor John Thain returned to the meeting, the time being 8:49pm

The Committee acknowledged that Councillor Kevin Crameri OAM has stated that he may not have fully complied with the adopted Code of Conduct in that he referred a matter to the Committee of the Whole at the Council meeting of the 13 October 2008 and failed to declare a non pecuniary less than significant conflict of interest at that time. This is because the matter he raised and which subsequently came before the Committee of the Whole on 13 October 2008 related to an individual who voluntarily handed out election material for Kevin Crameri OAM. The Committee noted Councillor Kevin Crameri’s apology.

 

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

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That the recommendations contained in the Report and Recommendations of the Policy Review Committee meeting held on 20 October, 2008 be adopted.

 

 

 


Ordinary Meeting

10 November 2008

The City Supported by Infrastructure

 

REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE
 Local Traffic Committee MEETING

HELD ON 3 November, 2008

 

 

 

PRESENT

Michael Alderton - Road Network Services Engineer (Chairperson), Councillor Karen McKeown – Representative for the Member for Mulgoa, Senior Constable Mark Elliott – St Marys Police, James Suprain - Roads and Traffic Authority, David Drozd – Senior Traffic Engineer, Daniel Davidson – Road Safety Co-ordinator, Tim Horan – Representative for the Member for Penrith.

 

IN ATTENDANCE

Ron Watson – Westbus, Steven Purvis – Ranger.

 

APOLOGIES

Councillor Jackie Greenow, Pat Sheehy AM – Representative for the Member for Londonderry, Constable Nadine Willis – Penrith Police.

 

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES - Local Traffic Committee Meeting - 13 October 2008

The minutes of the Local Traffic Committee Meeting of 13 October 2008 were confirmed.

 

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 

There were no declarations of interest.

 

 

MASTER PROGRAM REPORTS

 

The City Supported by Infrastructure

 

1        Londonderry Public School - Request for Provision of Parking Restrictions                 

RECOMMENDED

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Londonderry Public School - Request for Provision of Parking Restrictions be received.

2.     ‘No Stopping’ restrictions be installed on the southern side of Trahlee Road directly opposite Muscharry Road northern arm for a total length of 12m for 5m either side of the existing kerb ramp.

3.     Consultation to be carried out with affected residents regarding the provision of 15m of ‘No Stopping’ restrictions on the eastern and western sides of Muscharry Road (southern arm), starting from the school boundary and continuing south.

4.     If no substantial objections received from affected residents, 15m of ‘No Stopping’ be installed on the eastern and western sides of Muscharry Road southern arm, starting from the school boundary and continuing south.

5.     The School Principal and P&C be advised accordingly.

 

 

2        Candlebark Circuit, Glenmore Park - Request for Provision of Guardrail Around Bloom Day Care Centre                                                                                                                        

RECOMMENDED

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Candlebark Circuit, Glenmore Park - Request for Provision of Guardrail Around Bloom Day Care Centre be received.

2.     Council’s Design Section be requested to prepare a design for the reconstruction or improved delineation of the bend on Candlebark Circuit near No. 2.  The design is to consider roadside hazards and whether roadside barriers, such as guardrail, are required.

3.     Council contact Glenmore Park Developments to discuss sharing the funding for the project, with Council’s funding for design and construction to be considered from future works budgets.

4.     The management of Bloom Child Care Centre and the residents be advised of Council’s resolution.

 

 

3        Penrith City Festival - Saturday, 21 March 2009                                                             

RECOMMENDED

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Penrith City Festival - Saturday, 21 March 2009 be received.

2.     The TMP submitted by the Penrith City Centre Association detailing the proposed temporary road closures for the Penrith City to be held on Saturday, 21 March 2009 be endorsed.

3.     The Festival organiser advertise the proposed temporary road closures in local newspapers a minimum of two weeks prior to the event, and provide variable message signs in appropriate locations a minimum of one week prior to the event, with the locations of the VMS boards submitted to Council for endorsement prior to their erection.

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

5.     Penrith City Centre Association be advised of Council’s resolution.

 

 

 

 

4        Factory Road, Regentville - Proposed Provision of 'No Parking' Signage                     

RECOMMENDED

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Factory Road, Regentville - Proposed Provision of 'No Parking' Signage be received.

2.     ‘No Parking’ be provided across the full frontage of Zig Zag Pre-school and Long Day Care Centre on Factory Road, Regentville at no cost to Council.

3.     The applicant for the development be advised of Council’s resolution.

 

 

5        Koloona Drive, Emu Plains -  Request for Provision of Traffic Calming Devices          

RECOMMENDED

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Koloona Drive, Emu Plains -  Request for Provision of Traffic Calming Devices be received.

2.     The installation of traffic calming devices not be supported based on actual vehicle speeds.

3.     A warning right bend (W1-2(R)A) sign, along with an advisory speed 35km/h (W8-2A) sign be installed for northbound vehicles, together with a warning left bend (W1-2(L)A) sign, along with an advisory speed 35km/h (W8-2A) sign be installed for southbound vehicles near the intersection of Koloona Drive and Bunyarra Drive, Emu Plains.

4.     Council’s Asset Systems Engineer be requested to investigate the existing lighting at the bend near the intersection of Koloona Drive and Bunyarra Drive, Emu Plains.

5.     Karyn Paluzzano MP and the resident be advised of Council’s resolution.

 

 

6        Penrith CBD - Proposed Temporary City Centre Christmas Shuttle Bus                      

RECOMMENDED

That:

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

2.     The temporary route of the shuttle bus service, as indicated in the maps in Attachments 1 and 2, be approved in principle for the period inclusive of 1 December 2008 to 24 December 2008.

 

 

3.     Temporary ‘Bus Zone’ restrictions replace the existing ‘No Parking’ area directly opposite the Nepean Centro driveway in Reserve Street (north side) for the period inclusive of 1 December 2008 to 24 December 2008.

4.     Temporary ‘Bus Zone’ restrictions be installed to supplement the existing ‘Taxi Stand’ adjacent to the Australia Post Collection Box in High Street (north side) immediately east of Woodriff Street, for the period inclusive of 1 December 2008 to 24 December 2008.

5.     Temporary ‘Bus Zone’ restrictions replace the existing ‘No Parking’ area on the western side of Riley Street outside HCF (number 21) for the period inclusive of 1 December 2008 to 24 December 2008.

6.     Temporary ‘Bus Zone’ restrictions be installed adjacent to the existing ‘No Parking’ area outside the retirement village on Gascoigne Street for the period inclusive of 1 December 2008 to 24 December 2008.

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

8.     Council consult the Ministry of Transport for approval of the temporary City Centre Shuttle Bus Service route and operator, for the period inclusive of 1 December 2008 to 24 December 2008.

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

 

 

7        Town Terrace, Glenmore Park - Speeding Vehicles                                                        

RECOMMENDED

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Town Terrace, Glenmore Park - Speeding Vehicles be received.

2.     A speed hump be constructed within the southern carpark on Town Terrace, Glenmore Park, to be located at the northern end of the subject section adjacent to the last carparking space.  The project be entered into Council’s Traffic Facility Prioritisation process, and when the project receives priority against other listed sites, Council’s Design Co-ordinator be requested to investigate options, then a further report be submitted to the Local Traffic Committee for consideration.

3.     Councillor Mark Davies and Glenmore Park Action Group be advised of Council’s resolution.

 

 

 

 

 

 

8        Waterford Way, Glenmore Park - Sight Distance Problems                                           

RECOMMENDED

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Waterford Way, Glenmore Park - Sight Distance Problems be received.

2.     The existing intersection configuration of Waterford Way and Lakewood Terrace, Glenmore Park remain unchanged as it complies with Roads and Traffic Authority guidelines.

 

3.     South Ward Councillors and the residents be advised of Council’s resolution.

 

 

9        Batt Street, Jamisontown - Request for Provision of Parking Restrictions                    

RECOMMENDED

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Batt Street, Jamisontown - Request for Provision of Parking Restrictions be received.

2.     The provision of timed parking restrictions on Batt Street near Penrith Street not be supported.

3.     The owners of the development at 89-93 Batt Street, Jamisontown be requested to consider the provision of ‘Parking at Rear’ signs on the Batt Street frontage to the development.

4.     Councillor Mark Davies and the shop tenant who raised the concerns be advised of Council’s resolution.

 

 

10      Great Western Highway/Russell Street, Emu Plains - Accident History Request         

RECOMMENDED

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Great Western Highway/Russell Street, Emu Plains - Accident History Request be received.

2.     The RTA be requested to investigate traffic safety and the potential for any improvements at the intersection of Great Western Highway and Russell Street, Emu Plains and respond back to Council.

3.     Councillor McKeown be advised.

 

 

 

 

 

 

GENERAL BUSINESS

 

 

GB 1          Charles Hackett Drive, St Marys – Provision of Pedestrian Refuge Island  (Raised Council)   

Council’s Senior Traffic Engineer tabled Design Plan No. AC250 for the provision of a pedestrian refuge island and associated parking restrictions on Charles Hackett Drive, St Marys, near the entrance to The Village Shopping Centre, immediately north of The Kingsway.

LTC Comment

The Committee discussed the provision of fencing, and the straightening of the path approaching the crossing point in order to limit a direct desire line for pedestrians exiting The Village Shopping Centre.  In addition, the Westbus representative requested an assessment of swept paths of a bus turning left into Charles Hackett Drive from The Kingsway.

RECOMMENDED

That Design Plan No. AC250 be finalised and endorsed for construction in the 2008/2009 Traffic Facilities Programme, taking into account bus swept paths, pedestrian fencing, and path realignment as necessary.

 

GB 2          Grays Lane, Cranebrook – Provision of Traffic Calming Devices  (Raised Council)    

Council’s Road Network Services Engineer tabled Design Plan No. AG135 for the provision of a speed hump in Grays Lane, Cranebrook.  This will be stage 2 in the provision of traffic calming devices for Grays Lane.  Council has been liaising with the NSW Fire Brigade to ensure that emergency services are not affected, and will consult with both the Fire Brigade and affected residents regarding this plan.

RECOMMENDED

That subject to no substantial objections from NSW Fire Brigade or the affected residents, the plan be endorsed for construction in the 2008/2009 Traffic Facilities Programme.

 

GB 3          Great Western Highway/Station Street, Emu Plains – Request for Provision of Parking Restrictions  (Raised Councillor Greg Davies)                                                                          

Council’s Road Network Services Engineer raised an issue on behalf of Councillor Greg Davies requesting investigation into the provision of timed parking restrictions on Great Western Highway and Station Street, Emu Plains to prevent train commuters parking their vehicles at this location all day.

RECOMMENDED

That the matter be investigated and reported to the Local Traffic Committee if required.

 

 

 

 

 

 

GB 4          Ulysses Annual General Meeting – Amendment to Date  (Raised Council)        

In the Local Traffic Committee minutes of 1 September 2008, General Business item GB1 Ulysses Grand Parade – Saturday, 21 March 2009, Recommendation 2.,  “…..Sunday, 16 November 2008……..” should be amended to Saturday, 21 March 2009.

RECOMMENDED

That the amended date be approved by Council.

 

 

GB 5          Bakers Lane, Kemps Creek – Request for Provision of Parking Restrictions  (Raised St Marys Police)                                                                                                                           

The St Marys Police representative raised concerns on behalf of Emmaus Catholic College about traffic and pedestrian safety around school in Bakers Lane, Kemps Creek during drop off and pick up times, and requested the provision of parking restrictions in the disused busbay outside the school.

The school has offered to fund the cost of providing the ‘No Parking’ signage in the disused busbay, as it is located on private property.

RECOMMENDED

That:

1.   ‘No Parking’ restrictions be provided on the north side of the busbay for its full length.

2.   ‘No Stopping’ restrictions be provided on the south side of the busbay for its full length.

3.   Council accept the school’s offer to fund the implementation of the ‘No Parking’ and ‘No Stopping’ signage in the busbay.

4.   ‘No Stopping’ restrictions be provided on Bakers Lane across the road frontage of the busbay for a total of 90m.  The cost of this signage is to be funded by Council.

 

 

GB 6          Silverdale Road, Wallacia – Application for B-Double Route  (Raised Council) 

Council’s Senior Traffic Engineer advised of an application for a 19m B-Double route on Silverdale Road at Mulgoa Park (Blaxland’s Crossing).  As the application is for standard semi-trailer length vehicles, no field trial is required.  Approval is therefore recommended under the B-Double Route Assessment Guidelines for Restricted Access Vehicles (2002), subject to confirmation from the applicant that the bridge at Blaxland’s Crossing can carry the 55-tonne vehicle weight.

RECOMMENDED

That approval be granted in accordance with the B-Double Route Assessment Guidelines for a B-Double route on Silverdale Road, Wallacia, from Mulgoa Road to the bridge at Blaxland’s Crossing, subject to the applicant providing Council with documentation confirming that Blaxland’s Crossing bridge is suitable as a B-Double route.

 

 

GB 7          Doonmore Street, Penrith – Amendment to Timed Parking Restrictions  (Raised Council)   

Council’s Ranger representative raised concerns about timed parking restrictions approved in Council’s Local Traffic Committee meeting on 2 June 2008 (Item 7), Recommendation 2.  This item states that “the existing ½ hour timed parking zone (8:30am-5:30pm Monday-Friday) be changed to 1 Hour Parking (9:30am-5:30pm Mon-Fri) …….”  The Ranger requested that the times be amended to ‘1 Hour Parking (8:30am-6:00pm Mon-Fri)’ to maintain consistency with the parking restrictions within the Penrith CBD.

RECOMMENDED

That the ‘1 Hour Parking (9:30am-5:30pm Mon-Fri)’ parking restrictions in Doonmore Street, Penrith be changed to ‘1 Hour Parking (8:30am-6:00pm Mon-Fri)’.

 

 

GB 8          Allen Place Carpark – Request for Provision of Additional ‘Shared Zone’ Signage  (Raised Council)                                                                                                                          

Council’s Ranger representative raised concerns about the number of ‘10km/h Shared Zone’ signs in the Allen Place Carpark.  These signs are currently only located at the entrance to the carpark and it is requested that additional signs be placed within the carpark.

RECOMMENDED

That additional ‘10km/h Shared Zone’ signs be placed in the Allen Place Carpark to reinforce the speed limit.

 

 

GB 9          Region 1 Proposed Bus Network – Amendment  (Raised Westbus)                      

The Westbus representative tabled the “Region 1 Proposed Bus Network” brochure distributed by Busways/Westbus/Hawkesbury Valley Bus Service/Ministry of Transport and advised that an amendment is being made to the Nepean Shores route.  New brochures are being printed and will be distributed to households in the affected area only.

RECOMMENDED

That the Committee note the information.

 

 

 

There being no further business the Chairperson declared the meeting closed, the time being 11:00am.

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That the recommendations contained in the Report and Recommendations of the Local Traffic Committee meeting held on 3 November, 2008 be adopted.

 

 

  



 

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The City in its Broader Context

 

1        Request for sponsorship of Blind Cricket Ashes Return Series

  

The City as a Social Place

 

2        Community and Cultural Development Department - Projects and Key Achievements - 1 January to 30 June 2008

 

3        Magnetic Places Community Cultural Grants Program 2008/09

 

4        Northern Rural Areas Community Development Project Grant Application

 

5        Access Committee - Appointment of Community Representatives

 

6        Naming of a Park in Victoria Street, Cambridge Park

 

7        North Cranebrook Works in Kind Agreement for the embellishment of the Centauri Circuit Park (Developer: WEM Property Ventures Pty Ltd) 

 

The City In Its Environment

 

8        Floodplain Management Authorities 49th Annual Conference - 17 February 2009 to 20 February 2009

 

The City as an Economy

 

9        International Links Program - 2009 Celebrations

 

The City Supported by Infrastructure

 

10      Tender Reference RFT 03-08/09 Re-Roofing of Depot Works Building

 

Leadership and Organisation

 

11      Funding of River Road Riparian Corridor Plan of Management

 

12      City Operations Directorate Report to end of September 2008

 

13      20th Women, Management and Employment Relations Conference

 

14      Movement of two District Courts at Penrith to the Parramatta Justice Precinct

 

15      2008 Local Government Association Annual Conference

 

16      2008 Local Government Elections - 13 September 2008

 

17      Summary of Investments & Banking for the period 1 October 2008 to 31 October 2008

 

 


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1        Request for sponsorship of Blind Cricket Ashes Return Series

 

 



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The City in its Broader Context

 

 

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Request for sponsorship of Blind Cricket Ashes Return Series   

 

Compiled by:                Paul Page, City Marketing Supervisor

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

Strategic Program Term Achievement: Penrith is recognised locally and throughout Sydney as vibrant, innovative and attractive, distinguished from the rest of Sydney, with a range of services and experiences, complemented by those available in the Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury.

Critical Action: Maintain a marketing program that presents Penrith Valley as the attractive, vibrant centre of outer northwest Sydney, designed to distinguish it from other parts of Sydney and attract visitors.

     

Purpose:

To advise Council of the event and the request for sponsorship.  The report recommends that the request be approved.

 

Background

The NSW Blind Cricket Association, in conjunction with the Australian Blind Cricket Council, is hosting the first Return Ashes Series in Sydney 7-19 December 2008 following the first Blind Cricket Ashes Series hosted in England in 2004. 

 

Council’s Disability Access Officer, Ben Felten, is secretary of the NSW Blind Cricket Association. 

 

The Association has approached Council for assistance with staging the series which will incorporate seven matches played at various venues around the Sydney metropolitan area, including one to be held at Howell Oval on Tuesday 16 December.  The NSW Blind Cricket Council’s submission and supporting letter from the Australian Blind Cricket Association are attached. 

Sponsorship Proposal

The NSW Blind Cricket Association is seeking sponsorship to assist with various aspects of the tournament, including equipment hire, coach transfers, uniforms and air travel. 

 

The objectives of the host organisations in holding the series are to

·    Create opportunities to showcase the skills and abilities of blind cricketers;

·    Promote the game by exposing it through the media and the wider community;

·    Attract new players, spectators and supporters which will assist to build partnerships and develop networks;

·    Attract sufficient sponsorship to enable the series to be an outstanding success;

In return for Council sponsoring the event the organisers have undertaken to

·    Include Penrith City Council in their marketing and promotion strategy to acknowledge sponsors;

·    Acknowledge sponsorship on the blind ashes and blind cricket websites www.blindashes.com and www.blindcricket.com;

·    Opportunity to display Penrith promotional banners around Howell Oval;

·    Promote the Penrith Valley and Council website links on the blind cricket and blind ashes websites.

·    Acknowledge sponsors on email updates distributed weekly leading up to and during the series;

·    Penrith Community to be invited to the match at no entry cost;

·    Penrith City Council representatives to be invited to official functions;

Playing Blind Cricket

Blind cricket can be played by blind and partially sighted players. The pitch is made of concrete and measures the same length and width as used in sighted cricket.

 

The ball is made of nylon tubing woven around a wire frame and is coloured black. Inside the ball are bottle tops and a lead weight to give the ball a sound when bowled or thrown. All bowling and fielding is underarm. The bat is the same as used in sighted cricket. 

 

The rules of the game are also modified to suit the needs of blind and partially sighted players. 

Conclusion

The proposal for this event conforms with Council’s event sponsorship policy.  Funds are available in the City Marketing budget to support this request and it is recommended that approval be given to a sum of $5,000 being made available. 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Request for sponsorship of Blind Cricket Ashes Return Series be received.

2.     Council approve the request for sponsorship of $5,000 to be funded from the City Marketing budget.

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

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Blind Cricket Sponsorship Business Plan

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Appendix

  


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2        Community and Cultural Development Department - Projects and Key Achievements - 1 January to 30 June 2008

 

3        Magnetic Places Community Cultural Grants Program 2008/09

 

4        Northern Rural Areas Community Development Project Grant Application

 

5        Access Committee - Appointment of Community Representatives

 

6        Naming of a Park in Victoria Street, Cambridge Park

 

7        North Cranebrook Works in Kind Agreement for the embellishment of the Centauri Circuit Park (Developer: WEM Property Ventures Pty Ltd) 

 

 



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10 November 2008

The City as a Social Place

 

 

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Community and Cultural Development Department - Projects and Key Achievements - 1 January to 30 June 2008   

 

Compiled by:                Jeni Pollard, Neighbourhood Renewal Program Coordinator

Joe Ibbitson, Community Programs Co-ordinator

Tracy Leahy, Community Programs Co-ordinator

Teresa Luk-Leung, Senior Social Planner

Authorised by:             Erich Weller, Community and Cultural Development Manager   

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

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

     

Purpose:

To provide Council with an update on the work undertaken by the Community and Cultural Development Department.  This report highlights projects and activities undertaken in the six months from January to June 2008.  The report recommends the information be received.

 

Background

The Community and Cultural Development Department is responsible for a range of term achievements and strategic tasks as well as service objectives as outlined in Council’s Management Plan.  The Department reports to the Director-City Services and Director-City Planning.

 

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

 

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

 

The majority of activities and achievements included in the report were undertaken between 1 January 2008 and 30 June 2008.  In some cases, major projects require a longer timeframe for completion.

Presentation of this report was delayed so it could be available to the new Council.

Community and Cultural Development Department Projects and Activities

This summary of projects and activities is grouped under a number of headings.  These headings are:

 

·        Major projects including Neighbourhood Renewal

·        Social Needs Identification and Planning

·        Community Development, Planning and Advocacy

·        Youth Program Development and Planning

·        Liaison with Aboriginal Communities

·        Multicultural Community Development and Access

·        Disability Access Policy and Planning

·        Aged Services Development and Planning

·        Lemongrove Gardens Retirement Village

 

Major Projects

This section provides brief updates on Neighbourhood Renewal, Cultural Planning and Development, the South Penrith Community Facilities Precinct, Glenmore Park Child and Family Precinct and the Social Services and Community Organisation Accommodation Needs Study. 

 

Neighbourhood Renewal

The Neighbourhood Renewal Program consists of a multidisciplinary team which works within an integrated approach including community cultural development, community development and economic development. The Neighbourhood Renewal Program is underpinned by extensive and creative community engagement and works with residents and other local partners to develop innovative approaches to identified local issues.

 

This summary of activities under the Neighbourhood Renewal Program includes the development of the Kingswood Park Neighbourhood Action Plan and other micro activities in older established suburbs.

 

Following on from the extensive community engagement process undertaken in Kingswood Park throughout 2007, work has continued with community service providers in Kingswood Park in supporting the development of a collaborative approach to local service delivery. This includes attendance and participation in planning forums for the Kingswood Park Action Network.

 

Partnerships have been developed with education, employment, financial advice and other organisations in order to meet resident requests in Kingswood Park which have become advocacy items within the Kingswood Park Neighbourhood Action Plan 2008. Some actions, including those related to household budget training for local residents have been completed.

 

A young man demonstrates the art of overcoming obstacles in Parkour

 

The Kingswood Park Neighbourhood Renewal Report and Kingswood Park Neighbourhood Action Plan 2008 have been completed and were endorsed by Council in early July 2008. The actions listed within the Kingswood Park NAP have been informed by a series of consultations and meetings with relevant internal stakeholders throughout the January to June 2008 period. The NAP outlines the issues raised by residents through the engagement process, according to the priorities developed and agreed to by the community at the Kingswood Park community planning session.

 

A major priority that emerged from the community engagement was the need for playground equipment and related enhancements in a centrally located local park.  Council endorsed the enhancement budget for this park at the 4 August 2008 Ordinary meeting.

 

             

Young people in Kingswood Park dreaming up their playground

 

The consultation on the design of a neighbourhood park included the employment of an artist to facilitate a “dreaming up the park” activity, using creative methods to enable local children and residents to express their ideas for an inclusive community space. The consultation event in May 2008 was well attended, with over 120 residents, children, young people, families, older people and neighbours participating in a range of activities to ‘dream up a park’ in Kingswood Park. This consultation informed the broad concept plan for the park enhancement endorsed by Council in August 2008.  The detailed design work for the park enhancement is currently being finalised.

 

To support the community engagement process in Kingswood Park, a Neighbourhood Stories project was developed and implemented.  The first of these micro projects was the highly successful Parkour + Krump summer workshops in Parkour and Urban dance in Kingswood Park Public School. This initiative was developed in collaboration with Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE) and a final presentation event was held as the final workshop. This event was well attended by the local community and has resulted in further interest from the Australia Council for the Arts in funding additional Neighbourhood Stories initiatives in the established areas of Penrith City.

 

Parkour+Krump Summer Series 2008 in Kingswood Park Public School

 

Neighbourhood Renewal Priorities 2008/09

At the Policy Review Committee meeting of 7 July 2008, Council endorsed the Neighbourhood Renewal Priority Area and Assessment Project.  This project outlined the area priorities for the neighbourhood renewal program in 2008/09 and subsequent years.  The assessment project was informed by the ABS Socio-Economic Index for Advantage and Disadvantage and other considerations such as the importance of equity of service in rural areas.

 

The two priority areas endorsed the Neighbourhood Renewal Program in 2008/09 are Londonderry and Oxley Park.

 

Other Neighbourhood Renewal Micro Projects

A highly successful Family Fun Day was held in partnership with Council’s Environmental Health Department and SPYNS Inc in March 2008. The event was utilised to launch the Penrith City Council Smoke Free Playgrounds Policy and promote the benefits of a smoke free environment for children, as well as providing information and resources on a range of other parenting and family support issues.

 

Young people enjoying the smoke free playground in Cranebrook

 

Participation in the St Marys Families Network led to the development of a growth chart resource for families with young children which aims to promote family support services in St Marys, Colyton and Oxley Park.  The resource has been well received by local services and residents and was launched in St Marys at the Magnetic Places Families Cre-Art project celebration in May 2008.

 

The re-launch of the North Penrith Community Centre, which was organised in partnership with Council’s Public Domain Amenity and Safety Department, was also highly successful. Performances included children from Kingswood Park Primary School, the Joan Sutherland Seniors Choir and the Ruby Bloomers Women’s Circus, as well as a free family BBQ.  The day attracted some 100 residents to the Centre.

 

Kingswood Park kids flex their muscles with a Ruby Bloomers Circus Performer

 

The Neighbourhood Renewal Program has also continued to support the implementation of Council’s Community Participation Policy through convening the Community Participation Reference Group, providing support to staff in utilising Council’s Community Participation Manual and providing orientation presentations to new staff regarding the reference group, policy and manual.

 

Cultural Planning and Development

To be successful, cultural planning and development needs to operate both at a local and regional level.  A key component of cultural development is networking with arts and cultural bodies locally and across Western Sydney. Relationships with arts, cultural networks and Councils will be central to future collaborative program development and promotion.

 

A summary of the major initiatives undertaken between January and June 2008 is provided in this section.

 

Penrith Local Artist Network (PLAN)

In March, a Penrith Local Artist Network (PLAN) Consultation Meeting was well attended with over 50 people contributing to the discussion at Penrith Library, facilitated by well known Cultural Planner Marla Guppy. In this meeting, current challenges and positive future directions in building local artist networks were identified.  In attendance were local artists across a diverse range of artistic mediums including writers, visual artists, performing artists, digital artists and community artists.  Artists from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, artists with a disability, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists also attended.

 

The outcome of this meeting has resulted in the development of a database with over 90 local artists registered, which continues to grow. This information has also provided valuable information about local artists in Penrith, including what type of arts practice they do, how many hours a week, and whether they are paid for their creative work. An email network has been established with regular arts and cultural updates and opportunities being distributed by Council’s Cultural Development Officer by email to members of the PLAN register. This has increased the level of information and networks available to artists and other creative people in the region.

 

Magnetic Places

The Magnetic Places Community Cultural Grants Program resulted in 8 high quality projects across the City focussing on Community Cultural Development (CCD) practice and the activation of local public spaces and meeting places. Each of these projects was supported in their development by Council officers, attracting a high level of attention from arts and cultural sector peers including CCDNSW and the Australia Council for the Arts for implementing best practice.

 

              

      Art in the Park – artist creates an ice sculpture             Isabel Stage 2 – funded by

                                     St Marys                                            Magnetic Places, Werrington

 

Further details on the Magnetic Places Program is provided in the Magnetic Places Community Cultural Grants Program 2008/09 report in tonight’s business paper.

 

The Artist + Community Toolkit Workshops Series

The Artist+Community Toolkit Workshop Series for local community and cultural workers, residents as well as artists was planned in late 2007 and early 2008.  Three of the six training sessions on community cultural development practice were held in the period covered by this report.  They are:

 

·    Exploring Community Cultural Development (CCD) practice presented by Victoria Keighery, CEO of CCD NSW;

·    An Inclusive Approach to CCD Practice presented by Accessible Arts NSW and Powerhouse Youth Theatre’s Mixed Abilities Ensemble, and focussing on how to make creative projects accessible to people of all abilities;

·    Legal Tools in CCD Practice presented by Arts Law Australia which addressed legal issues in relation to creative projects including copyright, auspicing and licensing.

 

The workshops received a high level of interest from artists and community organisations as well as the cultural sector, with enquiries received from interstate, regional NSW, greater Western Sydney, with people travelling from as far as Sydney City and the Blue Mountains to attend. Interest has been expressed by arts and cultural sector organisations to be involved in the delivery of future workshops including CCDNSW and the Australia Council for the Arts.

 

The aim of the workshops is to build cultural capacity, expertise and confidence in artists and cultural and community organisations in Penrith City.  This capacity and confidence will over time also contribute to a more vibrant cultural economy in the City.

 

South Penrith Community Facilities Precinct

Following a review of the precinct, the South Penrith Community Facilities site has been identified as having the potential to be developed as a community hub and ‘magnetic place’.

 

The South Penrith Community Facilities Precinct includes a Neighbourhood Centre, two child care centres, and a guide hall.  It is immediately to the south of the Southlands Shopping Centre.

 

These places have been described in Council’s Management Plan as vibrant and attractive local/town centres and community meeting places.

 

The release of the State Government’s Metropolitan Strategy in late 2005, and the proposed redevelopment of the adjacent Southlands Shopping Centre, has provided additional support for consideration of a ‘leading edge’ solution for the site which could incorporate some residential development, as well as reconfiguration of the community facilities and possible shared-use options.

 

In February 2007, Council approved a new Development Application by the owners of the adjacent Southlands Shopping Centre. Council officers worked closely with the owners and their representatives to emphasise the importance of the whole village centre as a ‘community hub’ that can deliver integrated retail, recreation and community facilities. Through this collaborative approach, it was expected that the Southlands redevelopment would contribute to a more vibrant community precinct.  The latest advice from the owners of Southlands is that the redevelopment will commence in early 2009.

 

More recently, Council and the community have been informed that the owner of Southlands has decided to demolish the Southlands Centre, thus displacing existing tenants and significantly reducing access by the local community to convenient retail services.  A more comprehensive update on the implications of the redevelopment of Southlands will be provided to Council by memorandum in the near future, including actions taken to reduce the impact of the proposed redevelopment.

 

The temporary relocation of the Youth Services from the old cottage on Maxwell Street in South Penrith to the Youth and Community Centre in the Glenmore Park Town Centre took place over the Christmas 2007 period. The demolition of the rundown cottage was carried out in early 2008 with the half basketball court retained on the site at this stage.

 

Further work has also been undertaken on the feasibility of progressing the ‘leading edge’ option for the precinct in association with the development of the Penrith Urban Study and Strategy. An initial concept masterplan has identified potential options for the proposed mixed and multifunctional landuses on the site which can deliver a dynamic and vibrant local community hub.  The timeframe to progress this option is dependent on the completion of the LEP Stage 2 (which includes the urban residential area of the City).

 

Social Service and Community Organisation Accommodation Needs Study

There has been further work undertaken on estimating the floor space requirements for a Regional Community Services Facility in the Penrith City Centre.  Work has progressed on the identification of a site for the building. Both State and Federal Governments have been lobbied regarding financial contributions towards the proposed building. A further information update was forwarded to community organisations who participated in the study. Council officers recently met with tenants of the old council chambers to discuss Council’s advocacy strategies.  Further work will be progressed on this project in 2008/09.

 


Glenmore Park Child and Family Precinct

The first stage of the tender process for the construction of the Glenmore Park Child and Family Precinct was finalised in February 2008.  Council endorsed a shortlist of tenderers at the Ordinary Meeting of 28 February 2008.

 

Council received a comprehensive update on the Glenmore Park Child and Family Precinct at the Ordinary Meeting of 23 June. The report indicated that, based on the final QS, there are sufficient funds to construct the Glenmore Park Child and Family Centre. Council awaits the gazettal of the Glenmore Park Stage 2 Release Area LEP.  This Stage 2 Release Area will contribute approximately $1.345 million to the Centre.

 

Council officers are currently finalising documentation for the Stage 2 tender process.  It is expected a report on the preferred tenderer will come to Council in February 2009.

 

Social Needs Identification and Planning

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

New Release Area Program

The Social Planning Team continues to effectively resource the social planning requirements of the extensive new release area program.  Particular emphasis in the last six months was on providing advice to the planning processes for the WELL precinct and the St Marys Development.  Input was provided to the Urban Study and Strategy, the draft Development Control Plan 2008 and the Glossop Street redevelopment.

 

Work was also completed on a number of social impact assessments for the proposed establishment of child care centres, seniors living and rezoning applications at various locations within the Penrith Local Government Area.

 

Affordable Housing

The Department continues to work in partnership with the Environmental Planning Department to work on the delivery of affordable housing in the new release areas of Penrith. 

 

Discussions have been held with Landcom (Caddens Release Area) and University of Western Sydney (South Werrington) to progress the delivery of affordable housing through monetary contributions under voluntary planning agreements.

 

An in-principle agreement has been reached with the NSW Centre for Affordable Housing to leverage the affordable housing monetary contributions from new release areas with the NSW Government Affordable Housing Innovation Fund to increase the affordable housing stock in Penrith City.

 

Further information will be presented to Council on the partnership with the NSW Centre for Affordable Housing in the first quarter of 2009.

 

 

 

 

 

ABS Census of Population and Housing 2006

More census data has become available since the initial release of the 2006 Census data last year.  A good snapshot of our Indigenous community in Penrith and the Social Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) 2006 are available on Council’s website.

 

Over the past 6 months, the Social Planning team has provided census related statistical information to community organisations to support their research, service planning, funding applications and needs analysis, as well as the general public.

 

Community Development, Planning and Advocacy

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

 

Western Sydney Area Assistance Scheme

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

 

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

 

The 2007-2008 AAS funding round opened on 4 August and closed on 5 September 2007.

A significant number of funding applications were received from community organisations that were then assessed and prioritised by the Local Ranking Committee (LRC) which is comprised of Councillors and community representatives. The highly ranked applications progressed to the Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) for the second stage of ranking that occurs within the framework of a Western Sydney regional perspective.  The outcome of the 2007- 2008 WSAAS round was announced in September 2008.  A report is included in tonight’s business paper on Council’s successful application for a Northern Rural Areas Community Development Project.

 

Community Development Support Expenditure Scheme

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

 

The 2008 Penrith CDSE round opened on 3 March and closed on 4 April. Wide promotion of the CDSE round was undertaken, including utilising local press and media. In May, applications were considered by three community representatives, one of which was a Council representative. Comments on these applications were then presented at the CDSE Committee meeting in late May 2008. The Committee met again in July to determine which applications will be successful. Applicants were notified of the outcome by late August 2008.

 

Projects funded will help to meet the needs of diverse sections of the community, including children, youth, families, people with disabilities, older people, Aboriginal people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds as well as the broader community. 

 

A full report on the outcomes of the 2008 CDSE funding round will be presented to a forthcoming Ordinary Meeting of Council.

 

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

In the development of the 2005-09 Strategic Plan, Penrith Council identified that further work was required to address the barriers women experience in accessing social and other services.

 

The objective of the Women’s Services Sector Advocacy Strategy is to promote a more inclusive community by identifying and advocating responses by Council, other agencies and services, to respond to the diverse needs of local women.

 

In 2007, thirty-eight key participants attended a community forum specifically for local service providers, community organisations and Government departments and agencies, identifying many of the issues and barriers that women face in accessing services.

 

Six themes were identified and provided the structure for the actions for advocacy within a systemic and collaborative framework. These themes are a viable and effective women’s service sector, recognition and support to vulnerable groups of women, violence against women, health and wellness, economic participation and representation and equity

 

The role of Council is to lead and co-ordinate the implementation of the Action Plan included in the Strategy by supporting partnerships with the organisations that provide services to women.  The implementation of this Action Plan will in many cases involve advocacy on issues and challenges through an integrated approach with some of Council’s community partners.

 

This Strategy will be implemented over the period 2009 – 2012 and will generate outcomes that complement priorities outlined by various other plans, including the NSW State Plan.

 

The Women’s Services Advocacy Strategy was presented to CMT in May 2008. It will be presented to Council in a forthcoming Policy Review Committee meeting.

 

Community Assistance Program

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

 

As a result of the success of the CAP program in previous years, the total allocation of funds to CAP was increased significantly in 2007-08. In the 2007-08 CAP Planned Component Funding Round, Council received 65 applications, of which 43 projects were successful in receiving either full or part funding. The total amount of funds provided in the 2007/08 Planned Component funding round was over $39,000, double the amount provided in 2006-07.

 

As a result of projects funded, local residents from across the city have benefited from a wide range of programs, activities and community events. Some of the programs funded through 2007-08 CAP include:

 

·    International Day for People with a Disability 2007 – launch of collaborative artwork at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre

·    Family Fun Day at St Marys

·    Penrith Multiple Birth Association Seminar in May 2008

·    International Women’s Day event at Erskine Park

·    Tale of Two Cities –Video project for young Sudanese refugees 

·    Penrith Cyber Mums - computer workshops for young mum’s group

·    Girls can do anything -  project with young women in St Clair

·    Gentle exercise for older people at St Marys

 

The 2007-08 CAP cheques were presented to representatives of successful organisations by the previous Mayor at a function in the Civic Centre on Tuesday 12 February 2008.

 

CAP Cheque Presentation on 12 February 2008

 

Council officers are currently assessing applications received for CAP funding in the 2008/09 year.

 

Community Services Directory

The Penrith Community Services Directory lists around 400 organisations that provide community services to the Penrith LGA.  The Community Services Directory is produced primarily for local community organisations and provides information about services and programs that are available to residents living in the Penrith LGA.  The directory is available as a download from Council’s website or on CD, and hard copy versions can be purchased directly from Council. The on-line directory is regularly updated, most recently in June/July 2008.

 

Council is currently integrating Council’s community services information with the LINCS (Local Information Network for Community Services) database system. This web-based system provides access to a large database of community services information and is currently in use by more than 40 councils throughout NSW.  The system is user friendly and easily accessible and also has the capacity to produce hard copy directories and information. The system will replace and integrate a number of Council’s manual in-house information directories, including the community services directory, the recreation guide, children’s services directories and others. It is proposed that the system will be up and running in the first half of 2009.

 

Volunteer Management Committee Network

Council officers coordinate and resource the activities of the Network which provides support and information to the voluntary management committee members of local Neighbourhood Centres. The Management Committee Network was established as a partnership between Council, local Neighbourhood Centres and volunteer committee members.

 

A working party is currently undertaking a review of the Network’s activities to assess and plan for the changing needs of Neighbourhood Centres and their voluntary management committees. 

 

Council has also been working with the Network on the Volunteers in Action - Their Stories project. The aim of the project is to celebrate and promote the important work of volunteers in Council’s Neighbourhood, Youth and Seniors Centres

 

More than 100 surveys have been distributed to invite past and present volunteers to participate in the project and share their volunteering experience. Later in the year, a number of workshops will be held with the volunteers to hear and record their stories. A short booklet will be put together with snapshots of volunteers’ stories and photos of the volunteers in action.

 

Neighbourhood Centres Week 2008

Neighbourhood Centres Week (12-18 May 2008) is an annual celebration to raise community awareness of centres’ services and activities, and also celebrate their achievements. Neighbourhood Centres Week is an opportunity to promote the services available at each centre through community events and other activities. In 2008, centres organised both information stalls at local shopping centres and open days at some of the centres.

 

As in previous years, Penrith Council worked closely with the Workers in Neighbourhood Centres (WINC) and the Voluntary Management Committee Network, to organise activities at different locations across the City.  Council also sponsored a Neighbourhood Centres Week promotional campaign including advertisements in the local press and on Council’s website.

Neighbourhood Centres Week 2008 –

Information Stall at Werrington County Shops on 14 May

 

International Women’s Day 2008

This year’s event acknowledged 100 years of International Women’s Day celebrations. The event was organised with a number of Council’s community partners. The day was held at St Mary’s Community Centre and was attended by over 200 women. There was entertainment by PACSINATA, a Filipino Women’s singing group. Other entertainment included an Older Women’s International Dance group, Penrith Women’s Health Centre Choir and the Sudanese Women’s Wellbeing Group.

 

A timeline of achievements for and by women since International Women’s Day Celebrations commenced in 1908 was on display at the venue. One of the highlights of the day was the unveiling of an IWD Art Installation by Councillor Jackie Greenow, then Deputy Mayor. Following a nomination process, the names of 99 women were inscribed on the art installation. The 100th Woman was the one looking in the mirror!

 

Other guests included the Federal Member for Lindsay, David Bradbury, Councillors, the General Manager and Directors of Penrith City Council. All the guests were invited to sign a large banner and write their message to women of the future in a special IWD Celebration book.

Women celebrating International Women’s Day 2008

at St Marys Community Centre

 

Youth Program Development and Planning

Penrith Youth Interagency (PYI)

Penrith Youth Interagency is a forum for professionals working with young people in the Penrith LGA. Members come from a diverse range of backgrounds and organisations, but come together with a common purpose, which is to address the needs of those in our community aged 12 -24 years. It is also a forum for youth workers to network, share ideas and strengthen the youth sector by collaborating on joint initiatives.

 

Penrith Youth Interagency has several subcommittees, one of which has a focus on young people who experience both mental health issues and substance abuse. In February, this subcommittee, with the help of a CDSE grant, organised free Mental Health first aid training for youth workers. It continues to look for ways to further resource and support youth workers on these issues.

 

On Thursday 13 March 2008, Mayor Councillor Greg Davies launched the PYI Youth Workers Orientation Kit and the Youth Services Card. The Orientation Kit aims to support and resource new youth workers in Penrith. The Youth Services Card is a small, wallet-sized card with the details of youth services in the Penrith LGA. It has since been distributed to local services, schools, and other venues.

 

Youth Week Planning

Youth Week (5 – 13 April 2008) is an annual opportunity to celebrate young people in our community and to highlight their participation and achievements.

This year, Penrith City Council distributed $5,000 to small organisations to run events for young people. One of these events was held at the Penrith Panthers home game on Saturday 12 April. This successful event included a stall to raise awareness of health issues and promote local services. Young people and families were able to talk to local youth workers to ask questions and raise issues of concern.

On Saturday 5 April, there was a launch of the Penrith Filipino Youth Action Group. This exciting event included a youth forum, which covered various issues including the maintenance of Filipino culture and tradition. On this special occasion, the Penrith Filipino Youth Action Group launched their new name “Barkada”. “Barkada” is a Filipino word for friendship. The previous Mayor Councillor Greg Davies was in attendance, along with Clr Pat Sheehy, Federal Member for Lindsay David Bradbury and Maria Theresa P. Lazaro (Philippine Consul General). Barkada is auspiced by the Philippine Language and Cultural Association of Australia Inc (PLCAA).

Other funded projects included a Skate Park competition in Glenmore Park, a youth circus night at the Erskine Park Neighbourhood Centre, and an exhibition Soccer Match held by Marist Youth Care.

Liaison with Aboriginal Communities

NAIDOC Week 2008

Council worked in partnership with other government organisations to organise this year’s NAIDOC Day celebrations held in July each year. Council was supported by the Aboriginal Controlled organisations in the area to apply for a grant from the Indigenous Coordination Unit to help towards the costs of a family gathering day at Jamison Park.  A grant of $4,000 was received.  Approximately 2,000 people attended the gathering.  Council also held a civic reception at which the special guest speaker was the Federal Member for Lindsay, Mr David Bradbury.

 

Police Liaison Committee

Council’s Aboriginal Liaison Officer continues to provide support and advice to the NSW Police, Penrith Local Area Command through provision of information on local issues and participation on the Local Area Command Aboriginal Committee.

 

The Aboriginal Liaison Officer is currently providing advice and assistance to the Aboriginal sub-committee on the development of a Cultural Awareness Training Manual for officers from the Penrith Area Local Command.

 

Aboriginal Cultural Heritage

Council’s Aboriginal Liaison Officer continues to provide support to an internal team led by the Development Services Manager to ensure Council’s Aboriginal Cultural Heritage policies and practices are robust and can support effective liaison with Council’s Aboriginal partner organisations.

 

Aboriginal Component Ropes/South Creek Project

Together with Blacktown Council, Penrith Council has received a grant from the NSW Department of the Environment and Conservation for rehabilitation work in the South and Ropes Creek Corridors. Council’s Aboriginal Liaison Officer provided advice on including an Aboriginal component in the tender document for this project. The tender documents for these rehabilitation works require prospective tenders to demonstrate how they can create and extend opportunities for employment of Aboriginal people and enterprises. This is

 

Aboriginal Job Compact

Penrith City Council has been approached by the Department of Aboriginal Affairs to sign an Aboriginal Job Compact. The Aboriginal Job Compacts are an initiative to link unemployed Aboriginal people with private sector jobs. Because employment is a key element of economic independence and has a direct bearing on general wellbeing, improving employment outcomes for Aboriginal people will have a range of positive flow-on effects. Council officers have met with staff from the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Yarn’n consultancy firm to discuss the requirements, process and details of the compact.  Council endorsed signing a Job Compact with the NSW Department of Aboriginal Affairs at the Council Policy Review Committee meeting of 4 September 2008.

 

Further work is being undertaken to bring together particular industry sectors and companies that have an interest in supporting the employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents in Penrith City.

 

Multicultural Community Development and Access

This section summarises the major activities undertaken in this portfolio.

 


Maltese Community attend Community Connections Expo

 

The first expo in a series of Expos was held on Wednesday 2nd April 2008 for the Maltese speaking community in Council’s Community Connection building at 114-116 Henry Street Penrith.  The Community Connections houses a number of local community organisations which provide a service to the elderly, people with disabilities, youth, carers and families.

 

The tenants in partnership with Penrith City Council are opening up their doors and holding a series of expos this year for residents from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Background and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Tenants and the Western Sydney Area Health Service Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) presented information on their services and how to access them.  Show bags were also distributed on the day. 

 

Maltese community at Community Connections Expo April 2008

 

Oxley Park Primary Pacific Islander and Indigenous Homework Club visit Library

Forty Pacific Islander and Indigenous students from Oxley Park Primary School participate in a homework club weekly. The group visited the Penrith City Library as an excursion to learn how to access the resources available such as computers, the Catalogue system, books and DVDs available in the Library. The Mayor, Councillor Greg Davies, welcomed the group and encouraged their efforts at improving their study skills. Many had not been to the Library before and the majority of the students joined the Library on the day of the visit in June 2008.

 

Harmony Day

A Stop Racism Forum was held at St Mary’s Community Centre to celebrate Harmony Day 2008. It provided an opportunity for service providers to work together to find strategies for the elimination of discrimination and racism both in our practices and in the community.

 

Racism is a difficult and confronting topic to discuss. However, after hearing stories told mainly by Southern Sudanese community members, participants were engaged in meaningful discussions on strategies they could adopt locally to deal with racism. The day was well attended and many of the service providers agreed to an ongoing working party to address the issues and strategies discussed on the day.  Nepean Migrant Access, the peak multicultural service organisation in the City, has also applied for funding from the Commonwealth Government to fund a number of activities to address racism including community education.

Some Participants at the Stop Racism Forum St Marys March 2008

 

Penrith Refugee Coalition  

The Penrith Refugee Coalition supports the harmonious resettlement of refugee communities in Penrith LGA by providing a range of classes in English, Parenting, Health and general settlement support. The programs are held at Mamre House and are supported by a crèche on the premises and the provision of transport for the Sudanese community who attend.

 

The pooling of skills and resources from the services involved in the Coalition has enabled the various programs to be maintained for three years without receiving consistent dedicated funding from any one source. Regular meetings are held to maintain a planned approach with open communication channels between all the organisations involved.

 

The Southern Sudanese community has been introduced to a wide range of workers and services through this partnership approach to service provision. The Mamre House model has recently been hailed as a best practice model by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship and included in a resource entitled Empowering Refugees. Building capacity and leadership within the Sudanese refugee community has also been part of the initiative.

 

Refugee Week

In early 2008, a delegation of local community organisations met the Mayor with a request that Penrith City becomes a Refugee Welcome Zone. As a result of this delegation, and to celebrate Refugee Week 2008 and this year’s theme ‘A Place Called Home’, the Mayor on behalf of Council formally signed the Declaration and made a commitment to uphold the Human Rights of refugees and to enhance cultural and religious diversity in our community at a well attended Civic Reception.  The Reception was held in late June 2008.

 

The Refugee Welcome Zone is an initiative of the Refugee Council of Australia.  Over 70 Councils in Australia have signed the Declaration.

 

This significant and celebratory event had a strong community presence with a performance by a local choir of 15 Sudanese women. A wide range of organisations, many of whom are part of the Refugee Coalition which provides support for the Refugee community, were also in attendance.

 

This event and declaration helps support a greater sense of belonging for newly arrived communities.

 

The Mayor signing the Refugee Welcome Zone Declaration June 2008

 

Disability Access Policy and Planning

This section provides a summary of the major activities and projects undertaken in this portfolio in the period.

 

Disability Action Plan Stage 2

Council adopted its first Disability Action Plan in March 2003.  The three-year plan provided a framework to make City services and facilities more accessible for all residents.

In the second half of 2006, a review and evaluation of the first plan was undertaken, prior to the development of the next Disability Action Plan referred to as Stage 2.

 

In mid 2007, two community consultations were held with people with a disability, their carers, and representatives of disability organisations and government departments, to identify priority community concerns to be addressed in the new Disability Action Plan Stage 2.

 

Following these consultations, Council officers, with the assistance of Urbis Consultants, undertook a series of internal staff workshops to begin the process of framing strategies and actions for inclusion in Council’s Disability Action Plan Stage 2. This was in response to the priorities identified during the community consultations held earlier in the year and the review of the first Disability Action Plan (2003-2006).

 

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

 

·    Environmental, Local and Transport Planning

·    Development, Design and the Built Environment

·    Access to Information

·    Human Resources, EEO and Training

·    City Leadership, Promotion and Strategic Partnerships

 

The workshops were well received with a high level of participation by key staff at all levels in the organisation. The sessions generated valuable discussion about practical strategies and actions which have now been used by the consultants to form the basis of a draft Stage 2 Plan. The draft Plan was received by Council officers in late 2007.  A series of meetings with Council managers were held in the first quarter of 2008 to define internal responsibilities and identify resources for the draft actions in the proposed Stage 2 Plan. This work will be finalised in the second half of 2008.

 

Disability Access Improvement Program

In 1993, Council established the Disability Access Improvement Program to improve access for people with a disability to Council buildings, facilities and services.

 

In 2007-08 financial year, allocations and contributions were made to the following projects and activities:

 

·    Contribution toward accessible features in the new State Emergency Services Centre at Claremont Meadows

·    A reprint of the Penrith City Centre Access map

·    Planning for Disability Awareness and Customer Service Training for Council staff

·    Contribution toward the installation of automatic doors at the St Clair Library

·    Membership fees for Australian Employers Network on Disability

·    Welcoming Customers with Disability booklet

·    Hearing loop repairs and installation in the Civic Centre

 

During the first half of 2008, around 180 Council officers received training in disability awareness and/or customer service for people with a disability. The focus of this training is to build the confidence of Council staff in serving customers with a disability and responding to parents of children with a disability. In addition, Council has customised a booklet ‘Welcoming Customers with Disability’ specifically to assist staff in providing quality customer service to people with a disability. The booklets will be used in conjunction with the provision of customer service training and distributed to frontline counter and other relevant staff

 

New automatic sliding doors at St Clair Library

 

Disability Access Committee

Three meetings of the Disability Access Committee were held during the first half of 2008.  Some of the issues and matters considered by the committee during this period included:

 

·    A review of the Disability Transport Standards

·    The Draft Penrith  Development Control Plan

·    The Penrith Integrated Transport and Landuse Study

·    Council’s EEO survey

·    Aviation Issues Paper and Accessible Airline Travel

 

Council officers have also provided input on behalf of the committee to a WSROC submission on the disability transport standards and also made a separate submission on the aviation issues paper.

 

The committee has provided advice and comments on various major public access development proposals including the Penrith Football Stadium, the Penrith Valley Cultural Precinct and the Great River Walk.

 

The committee will come to the end of its term of appointment in the second half of 2008 and Council will be seeking new community representatives.  At the Ordinary Meeting of 29 September Council nominated Councillors Greenow, Ardill and Guillaume to be the Councillors on the Access Committee.

 

Aged Services Development and Planning

This section provides a summary of major activities in this portfolio during the period.

Planning for an Ageing Community

In common with many other areas, the Penrith community will experience a rapid ageing of the community in coming years.  Following the completion of a scoping study in 2006, Council officers commenced in the second half of 2007, the development of a strategy to plan for the future ageing of the community.

 

Elton Consulting has been commissioned to assist with the development of the strategy and the first phase of the project was completed by the end of 2007. This initial stage has involved a literature review of relevant reports and a ‘trawl’ of similar studies and strategies that have been developed by other councils. This has also included a detailed review and analysis of 2006 Census data and forecasts about the ageing of the Penrith community.

 

During March 2008, Council hosted a series of community consultations and focus group workshops to provide opportunities for resident and organisational input to the project. This has included public consultations and sessions for service providers, government agencies and specific target group workshops. The project has now moved into the strategy and action plan development stage. This stage will bring together the initial research component with the outcomes from the consultation process to clarify the priority areas for the development of strategies and actions.  Well over 250 people participated in the consultations.

 

It is expected that progress on the Strategy will be reported to Council in early 2009.

 

Focus Group Workshop for the Ageing Strategy at
GILGAI Aboriginal Service March 2008

 

Seniors Week 2008

On 10th April 2008 Council held a special function for local senior residents at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre to recognise the 50th year celebration of Seniors Week. The 'Laugh at the Lighter Side of Life' concert event was highly successful and aimed to highlight the importance of music and laughter to the well being of older people. The event included performances by both local school children and a local senior’s choir as well as a comedian, an Indigenous dance group, a barbershop quartet and a wandering clown. The event, hosted by Council, was the culmination of a collaboration and partnership with local seniors groups and their representatives.

 

Council also allocated small grants to ten local groups to assist with organising a range of other local activities to celebrate Seniors Week 2008. These projects included a 50s luncheon, music and gentle exercise activities, an arts and crafts expo and the launch of a booklet celebrating getting older. A calendar of events for Seniors Week was available from Council and on the website.

 

A ‘full house’ at the Joan Sutherland for Seniors Week 2008

 

Aged and Disability Sector Service Planning

Council’s Aged and Disability Services Officer actively participates on a number of planning working parties, with representatives from the Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury Councils, to identify service gaps and issues in the Nepean Area. This information is used to assist the NSW Department of Disability Ageing and Home Care (DADHC) in service planning and funding over the next three years. Currently DADHC’s Triennial Plan (HACC) is waiting on final Ministerial sign-off.

 

Additionally, the Penrith Community Care Forum, which includes over 40 service providers, has undertaken regular planning sessions and issues discussions to provide feedback into the planning working group meetings with DADHC.

 

A series of ‘open days’ are currently being undertaken in 2008 which are targeted at making those services in Council’s Community Connections facility more accessible for people from cultural and linguistically diverse backgrounds and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents.  A half day session was held for the Maltese community in April 2008.

 

Support to Aged Groups

Council provides support for the Penrith and St Marys Seniors Centres as well as other seniors groups including the Olympus Group. This group of older people from a Greek speaking background has been looking for some time for appropriate premises to meet for social events and plan other activities. Council officers have been able to assist with the provision of affordable premises and also provided support with an application for Community Assistance Program funds. 

 

Lemongrove Gardens Retirement Village

Full occupancy was maintained at the Village over the six month January to June 2008 period. In addition to the ongoing minor maintenance, there have been a number of major capital works completed over the year. New tiles were supplied and laid on five patios across the Village and the external painting that was commenced in the last financial year was completed this year. A number of residents had new carpet laid, new blinds installed and old age is starting to catch up with a large number of the hot water services which needed to be replaced.

 

The highlight of the year was the visit in April to the Village by the 22 senior members of the delegation from Hakusan in Japan. The Village looked wonderful and residents and visitors alike enjoyed a truly memorable afternoon which incorporated a Japanese tea ceremony and an exchange of gifts including craft items made by residents at the Village.

 

Japanese delegation from Hakusan visits the Lemongrove Gardens Retirement Village

Summary

This report is one of a series of six monthly reports to Council on projects and activities of the Community and Cultural Development Department that generally are not subject to separate reports to Council.  Presentation of this report to Council was delayed so that new Councillors had the opportunity to receive this summary.  The Department has completed a significant amount of work.  In some cases project work will carry over into the 2008/09 year.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That the information contained in the report on Community and Cultural Development Department - Projects and Key Achievements - 1 January to 30 June 2008 be received.

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

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Ordinary Meeting

10 November 2008

The City as a Social Place

 

 

The City as a Social Place

 

 

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Magnetic Places Community Cultural Grants Program 2008/09   

 

Compiled by:                Jeni Pollard, Neighbourhood Renewal Program Coordinator

Cali Vandyk-Dunlevy, Cultural Development Officer

Authorised by:             Erich Weller, Community and Cultural Development 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: Engage the City’s communities in identifying and creating community places that are valued and used.

     

Purpose:

To inform Council of the outcome of applications for funding under the 2008/09 Magnetic Places Community Cultural Grants Program. The report recommends that Council approve the applications and amounts recommended for funding.

 

Background

In 2007, the Magnetic Places Community Cultural Grants Program ran as a pilot initiative with $40,000 allocated for one year in the 2007-08 budget.  These funds were allocated from savings in the 2006/07 Neighbourhood Renewal Program.  The grants program was developed as a response to Issue 12 within the Strategic Plan – ‘Town Centres, local centres and community meeting places are attractive and vibrant’.

 

The Magnetic Places grants program was initiated with the objective to enable external partners to develop projects, programs and activities that would activate local places. These funds were made available to local community groups demonstrating a social, environmental or cultural focus to develop activities and events in their local communities to enliven, enrich and invigorate community meeting places across the Penrith Local Government Area.

 

According to the adopted Penrith City Council Cultural Development Action Plan 2007 – 2011, the definition of a local meeting place is flexible and is not always focused on a building or facility.  In the 2007- 2008 Magnetic Places grants program, activities and programs with a community cultural, art or fringe element that would enhance, enliven and activate local community meeting spaces were encouraged.

 

The first year of the pilot received a strong response, with proposals from community organisations and artists locally, from Western Sydney and more broadly to develop projects in the Penrith LGA. This resulted in the funding and development of eight innovative and highly successful projects celebrating creativity, diversity, culture and pride in established neighbourhoods across the City.

The primary focus of the initiative in its first year has been to creatively engage and support local communities, artists and organisations to transform their local spaces into Magnetic Places. The program has supported and generated a wide range of best practice creative activities, events and programs that bring to life our community meeting places.  The outcomes receiving a high level of interest from the arts and cultural sector of Western Sydney, Sydney as well as State and Federal arts agencies.

 

Context

Issue 12 and Issue 13 in the Penrith City Council Strategic Plan 2005-2009 and the Penrith City Cultural Framework and Cultural Development Action Plan 2007 – 2011 provide the framework for the Magnetic Places – Community Cultural Grants Program.

 

In alignment with Council’s Sustainability Framework, Issue 12 Magnetic Places is based on Principle 6 of the Penrith Principles for a Sustainable City:

 

Recognise and build on the distinctive characteristics of the City, including its human and cultural values, history and natural ecosystems”

 

Objective 6ii: “We build on our strengths”.

 

Issue 13 is focussed on the delivery of a program of renewal for selected neighbourhoods to contribute to a sense of community identity and cohesiveness.

 

The selected neighbourhoods that are referred to are primarily those that are identified as most disadvantaged, according to the Socio-Economic Indices for Advantage and Disadvantage (SEIFA), which is developed by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Variables used to calculate such disadvantage include educational attainment, income, occupation, wealth, percentage of Indigenous residents and residents with poor fluency in the English language.

 

According to the SEIFA analysis, the Penrith LGA has 11 suburbs or rural localities considered to be of relative disadvantage compared with the NSW index. These neighbourhoods have become the primary focus of the Neighbourhood Renewal program and they were prioritised for the Magnetic Places Community Cultural Grants Funds.

 

These neighbourhoods include Penrith suburb, Kingswood, Cambridge Park, Werrington, Colyton, North Penrith (including Kingswood Park), Londonderry, Llandilo, Oxley Park, St Marys and North St Marys.  However, projects in other suburbs or neighbourhoods within the Penrith LGA are also considered if they are of strong merit and meet the criteria.

 

Council’s Cultural Development Action Plan 2007 – 2011 identifies that the Magnetic Places pilot grants program will support communities in identifying and activating local meeting spaces, through seeding activities, programs and events at a neighbourhood level supported by Council officers.

 

Thus, the Magnetic Places Community Cultural Grants Program is an opportunity for Council to partner with community and cultural organisations, as well as individual artists, to enhance and activate places across a range of communities.

 

 

 

Principles of the Magnetic Places Community Cultural Grants Program

The principles underpinning the Magnetic Places Community Cultural Grants Program include both place making and Community Cultural Development (CCD) best practice.

Community Cultural Development (CCD), as a term, refers to the approach where community members are guided by experienced CCD artists/practitioners through collaborative artistic and cultural activities. Through the collaboration between artists and communities, communities are effectively and creatively engaged and empowered to address particular issues as well as develop new skills, and an increased sense of self and pride in their communities.

 

Summary of 2007/08 funded projects

In the first year, the program delivered eight projects in eight different localities in the established areas, successfully transforming community spaces into creative and vibrant places.  This program has been a catalyst in enabling local cultural activity to be more visible and enabling the local ‘character’ and voices of the community to be heard. The program has supported local creative enterprises with some seed funding whilst also building capacity in local communities.

 

In 2007/08, the eight projects spanning eight different Neighbourhood Renewal localities were:

·    The Talking Tree (North St Marys)

·    Llandilo Multicultural Footprints (Llandilo)

·    Kingswood Park Has Talent (North Penrith)

·    Art In The Park (St Marys)

·    100 Years of International Women’s Day Celebrations (St Marys, Werrington, Penrith)

·    Isabel - Stage 2 (Werrington)

·    Cranebrook Rhythm and Drumming (Cranebrook)

·    Families Cre-Art (Oxley Park, St Marys).

A summary of these projects is provided in Appendix 1.

Children at Kingswood Park concentrating on learning a new skill during the

Kingswood Park Has Talent workshops

 

The Magnetic Places projects culminated in a showcase presentation involving all participating communities, held in the Concert Hall of the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre on 25 July 2008.  Well over 120 people - Council staff, the broader community, peak arts and cultural sector peers including State and Federal funding bodies - were in attendance and have expressed their ongoing interest in the future of the program.

 

Feedback received from communities and participants who were involved was that it was a significant experience for them, and for many the first time they have performed or stood on the stage in the City’s flagship cultural venue. In addition to this the Art in the Park project was screened on the Channel 9 Morning Program and the Isabel - Stage 2 Project went on to receive State and Federal funding and secured a performance season at the Parramatta Riverside Theatre and Campbelltown Arts Centre in September 2008.

 

Cr Greg Davies and local residents enjoy the display at Art in the Park, St Marys

 

These first eight projects have broken new ground by transforming public places across established neighbourhoods into creative spaces, to become “magnetic places”. The projects have contributed to the self-esteem and identity of participants as well as revealing the rich diversity of culture and energy that exists in these local communities.

 

People have made new friends, found new confidence and new ways of engagement. The initiatives which have grown from the Magnetic Places pilot grants program in its first year, are visibly building capacity as determined by each community, resulting in a greater sense of pride of place in those localities. The projects have brought to the fore the strengths and expression of diverse cultural voices in local neighbourhoods through the process of transforming public spaces into magnetic, creative and meaningful places, which are connected to the whole of the community.

 

The Cranebrook Rhythm and Drumming Group prepare for their performance at the JSPAC

 

The success of projects in the 2007/08 pilot program has established both fertile ground and best practice examples for the next round of funding to take the Magnetic Places program to its next level.

 

Magnetic Places Community Cultural Grants Program 2008/09

In the 2008/09 Magnetic Places Community Cultural Grants Program, there is up to $35,000 available to further develop and activate community spaces and meeting places. In addition, $5,000 has been allocated to promotion, training for successful grant recipients, documentation and evaluation of the Program. 

 

The Magnetic Places Community Cultural Grants Guidelines stipulate that applicants apply for grant amounts of $3,000 to $5,000.  Submissions for funds outside of this range would be considered if significant community benefit can be demonstrated and the number and diversity of submissions received.

 

Council has received 11 applications requesting a total of $52,501 in the 2008/09 Magnetic Places Community Cultural Grants Program funding round. 

 

In its second year, the program has received a smaller number of applications, but overall these are high quality, well articulated proposals in responding to the funding guidelines. Applicants have provided a higher level of detail and relevancy in response to the funding criteria of the program. A wide range of partnership proposals have been noted. Proposals have been received from community organisations and artists in partnership with cultural organisations from greater Western Sydney proposing to develop projects in a range of meeting places across the Penrith LGA.

 

To support interested applicants a Magnetic Places Grant Program Public Information Session was held in September 2008 at St Marys Community Centre. The Information Session was publicised through extensive community, arts and cultural networks in Penrith City, and across Western Sydney. The session was well attended by potential grant applicants providing a valuable opportunity for participants to network and identify synergies between different project proposals. Of the participating organisations and artists attending the Public Information Sessions, half submitted final applications.

 

A small number of proposals which did not meet the essential funding criteria of the program did not proceed with their application and were redirected to other programs such as the Community Assistance Program (CAP). This is in comparison to the first year where a significant proportion of groups proceeded with applications which did not meet the program’s essential criteria.

 

It was also noted that four promising proposals from different individual artists who made enquiries to Council staff about their projects did not proceed with a final submission due in all instances to the difficulty of securing an auspice organisation. The investigation of a mechanism to support artists applying in future programs is to be considered should funds become available to offer the program in 2009-10.  Training in regards to issues such as writing funding applications and securing auspice organisations has been identified as a topic for next year’s Artist + Community Workshop Toolkit Series, to develop these skills across the region.

 

Criteria for Assessing the Applications

An overarching requirement of the grant guidelines informed applicants that activities supported by the funded program

 

“…will all have the common focus of enlivening and invigorating local community meeting places.”

 

The 11 applications received were carefully assessed against a set of criteria that were developed to support the effective assessment of applications.

 

Essential Funding Criteria

A.      Projects must demonstrate that they meet each of the following criteria:

·      The project is based within a public space or centre which serves as a neighbourhood gathering place and is recognised, valued and often utilised by local residents;

·      The project demonstrates a high level of resident involvement and interest;

·      The project demonstrates clear objectives which are achievable in the January to June 2008 period.

 

Desirable Funding Criteria

B.      Projects must demonstrate that they meet two or more of the following criteria:

·      The project promotes and celebrates neighbourhood or community strengths;

·      The project explores the history and identity of the area or neighbourhood;

·      The project promotes and celebrates the cultural diversity of the area or neighbourhood and its residents;

·      The project demonstrates cooperation and partnership. Partnerships can include community or cultural organisations as well as local businesses;

·      The project addresses issues related to access and equity for local residents;

·      The project promotes community exploration and expression regarding social issues through innovation and artistic methods;

·      The project engages quality community arts and cultural practice outcomes.

 

Specifically, applicants were required to show evidence of how their proposed project met:

 

·    all ‘Essential Funding Criteria’;

·    and a minimum of two items in the ‘Desirable Funding Criteria’.

 

Assessment of 2008/09 Applications

All applications were assessed against the Magnetic Places Community Cultural Grants Program 2008-09 assessment criteria for eligibility, examining their demonstrated capacity to deliver the Program objectives.  Recommendations to fund or not fund applications have been made based on the assessment by Council officers.

 

Applicants were requested to submit letters of support from community partners and at least two names and contact details for two local residents involved in project proposals. This criteria is considered important to demonstrate that the project has strong support within the community. Applicants proposing projects with artists were also required to submit artist biographies and/or examples of their work.

 

To assist the recommendation process and introduce best practice assessment procedures, an external representative from the arts and cultural sector, Victoria Kieghery, CEO of Community Cultural Development NSW (CCDNSW), the peak State body for Community Cultural Development, participated in the assessment process.

 

Applications Recommended for Funding

As indicated above, a total of eleven applications were received.  However one was withdrawn prior to the assessment meeting, reducing total applications progressing to the final assessment stage to ten.  The applications assessed requested a total of $47,501.00 in funds. 

 

Of the ten applications, seven have been recommended for funding for either all of the requested amount, or an adjusted amount in light of the merit of the project. 

 

Table 1 below is a summary of the seven projects recommended for funding, requesting a total of $32,501.  A total of $ 34,126.00 in funds is recommended for allocation to these projects.

 

Table 1 - Recommended List

 

Name of Project

Recipient/Organisation

Funds Allocated

Parkroar at our Place

Werrington Community Project

$4,130.00

Pathway of Friendship

Neighbourhoood Development Team – Erskine Park

$4996.00

‘When we were kids…….’

Spyns Inc – Kingswood Park

$5,000.00

One Move One Voice

Dante Barcoma auspiced by Philippine Australian Community Services Inc

$5,000.00

The Front Steps

St Clair Youth and Neighbourhood Team

$5,000.00

North St Marys Mural

North St Marys Neighbourhood Centre

$5,000.00

Philippine Cultural Day: A Town Feast

Philippine Language and Cultural Association of Australia Inc

$5,000.00

Total

$34,126.00

 

Appendix 2 to this report provides further detail to accompany this table, with a list of the seven applications recommended for funding, and the rationale.  In instances where there is a recommendation for funding that is at variance to the original amount requested, the reason is given in the information for that particular project.

 

 

Applications not recommended for Funding

In total three of the ten applications assessed have not been recommended for funding. In all instances this is because they have not demonstrated that they meet the essential criteria. It was noted that these applicants failed to address at least one or more of the essential criteria. Details of these applications are provided in Appendix 3 with the rationale for not recommending funding.

 

While three proposed projects did not meet the essential criteria some components of these have clear merit.  Council officers will be looking for opportunities in the future to engage particular groups involved in the three projects in the cultural component of the Neighbourhood Renewal Program for performances and public events.

 

Support for Successful Projects

Based on the success of the processes undertaken with the 2007/08 projects, an online Blog and regular informal workshops to share best practice CCD and place making processes will be established with funded projects for 2008/09.

 

Following notification of the results of the funding program, all successful applicants will be invited to attend a brief workshop. This workshop will confirm the objectives of the program and best practice, as well as provide an outline of risk management and access and equity principles.

 

Council’s Cultural Development Officer – Local will work with successful applicants, where appropriate, to guide and encourage the integration of community and cultural development processes to achieve Council’s Magnetic Places objectives.

 

Summary

In the 2008/09 Magnetic Places Community Cultural Grants Program funding round Council has received 11 applications with one being withdrawn before the final assessment.  Thus 10 applications were assessed requesting $47,501.00.  There was significant interest in the funding program from community organisations, community groups, artists, arts workers and local residents with a higher number of quality applications than received in the previous funding round.  An adjustment was made to the budget of one application to increase the number of resident workshops.

 

After careful consideration against the grants program criteria, seven projects totalling $34,126 have been recommended for funding. These projects will enliven and activate the public spaces and places across many of the communities in our City.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Magnetic Places Community Cultural Grants Program 2008/09 be received.

2.     Council approve the proposed amounts for funding of seven projects as outlined in Table 1 of this report to a total of $34,126.00.

 

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Summary of 2007/08 funded projects

The 2007/08 funded projects include:

§ The Talking Tree Project - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists Vicki Thom and Greg Simms led the local community to create a community meeting place under a Talking Tree, inclusive of all cultures to sit, reflect and relax in North St Marys. An initiative by North St Marys Neighbourhood Centre involving a range of community partners including the local school, parents group and the local shops.

§ Llandilo Multicultural Footprints –a project working with the Maltese and Chinese community and a community artist, to develop the grounds around Llandilo Community Hall resulting in a collaborative mosaic project, creating a common space reflective of the richness and diversity of cultures in Llandilo. An initiative by Nepean Migrant Access in partnership with Penrith Women’s Health Centre and the Chinese and Maltese community in Llandilo.

§ Kingswood Park Has Talent – offered an exciting workshop series for young people led by professional artists in circus skills, Capoeira and African Drumming resulting in a showcase presentation at North Penrith Community Centre sharing their creative talent to family, friends and the wider community. An initiative by SPYNS Inc involving a range of community partners including the North Penrith Community Centre, Werrington Community Project and Kingswood Park Public School.

§ Isabel Stage 2 – a creative development of cross cultural dance and music fusing Flamenco, contemporary dance (Annalouise Paul), live classical Indian tabla (Bobby Singh) and Spanish guitar (Robbie Varga) culminating in a “showing” and conversation with local residents, community workers and artists in the Arthur Neave Hall in Werrington. An initiative by Flamenco Red, auspiced by Mission Australia.

§ 100 Years of International Women’s Day Celebrations – A series of micro events where women gathered in local Neighbourhood Centres across the City and each decided on an event/project they would like to develop including song, dance, food, women’s stories and an art installation featuring the names of 100 Penrith Women. These projects were showcased at the International Women’s Day festival at St Marys Community Centre with over 230 festival goers attending. An initiative of Penrith Women’s Health Centre in partnership with Cranebrook Neighbourhood Centre, Werrington Neighbourhood Centre, St Marys Area Community Development Project and Nepean Migrant Access.

§ Cranebrook Rhythm and Drumming – Ten workshops focusing on creativity, finding internal rhythms and promoting healthy minds with African drumming, drum making and community performances. An initiative by Cranebrook Neighbourhood Centre SPYNS in partnership with Connecting Cranebrook Project and Penrith Women’s Health Centre.

§ Art In The Park – Four exciting workshops in fruit, vegetable, butter and ice sculpture held at Don Bosco Youth Centre for young people and their families from many cultures followed by an exhibition of Filipino Australian arts and ideas at Coachmans Park in St Marys. An initiative by Dante Barcoma, auspiced by Philippine Australian Community Services Incorporated (PACSI) with community partners Don Bosco Youth Centre and Information Cultural Exchange (ICE).

§ Families Cre-Art: Celebrating St Marys Area Families and Community project - a collaborative project with local schools, community organisations and artists including David Capra, exploring creativity to enhance a sense of belonging and wellbeing in St Marys and Oxley Park. An initiative by St Marys Area Community Development Project Inc in association with community partners such as Oxley Park Public School, Anglicare, Mission Australia, Nepean Migrant Access and TRI Community Exchange.

 

 

 


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Northern Rural Areas Community Development Project Grant Application   

 

Compiled by:                Tracy Leahy, Community Programs Co-ordinator

Authorised by:             Erich Weller, Community and Cultural Development Manager   

Strategic Program Term Achievement: Effective responses are made to the social impacts of growth, redevelopment and change.

Critical Action: Assess the social impacts of urban change in both new release areas, established areas and rural areas..

     

Purpose:

To inform Council of the outcome of Council's  2007/08 application under the Western Sydney Area Assistance Scheme for a Northern Rural Areas Community Development Project.  The report recommends that Council accept the grant of $153,298 from the Western Sydney Area Assistance Scheme to implement the project over two years.

 

Background

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

 

Within Council’s 2005/09 Strategic Program, there are two Term Achievements that are relevant to this project. They are:

 

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

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

 

As reported to the Ordinary Meeting of 15 October 2007, Council applied under the Western Sydney Area Assistance Scheme (WSAAS) 2007/08 funding round for a Northern Rural Areas Community Development Project – Penrith LGA. The WSAAS is a funding program of the NSW Department of Community Services. This application was endorsed by Council.

 

Current Situation

Council has been informed by the NSW Department of Community Services Communities Division Metro West that it has been successful in its application for the Northern Rural Areas Community Development Project. A total of $153,298 has been allocated over two years for the project. The cheque for the project was presented to the Mayor, Councillor Jim Aitken OAM, at a presentation held at Council on Tuesday 7 October by the Hon Linda Burney, Minister for Community Services, during the recent State Cabinet visit.

 

The Northern Rural Areas Community Development Project will fund the employment by Council of a Community Development Officer for four days per week over two years. The worker will utilise office space within the local public schools of Londonderry and Llandilo, as well as have a base at Council.  The Principals of both schools have been supportive of these proposed arrangements.  These arrangements will maximise the project’s interaction with local families and residents.

 

Discussions have been held with the Public Domain Amenity and Safety Manager regarding utilising the facilities in Londonderry Neighbourhood Centre. It is anticipated that upon completion of the Londonderry Neighbourhood Centre Improvement Plan there will be an increase in services and activities offered from the centre with both the hall and the new meeting room available for hire.  The WSAAS project will contribute to this increase in services.  Additions to the centre will include an office that was designed in collaboration with KU Children’s Services as the principal user. KU Children’s Services have been a key stakeholder in supporting the Londonderry Neighbourhood Centre Improvement Project and are contributing $30,000 in improvements to the rear yard.

 

The objectives of the WSAAS project are to:

 

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

·    Develop an action plan to implement priorities;

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

·    Implement priority programs and activities;

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

 

A requirement of the project grant is that Council deliver ongoing sustainable social outcomes for the local communities in the northern rural areas.  Outreach service provision by agencies based in Penrith and Richmond will be critical in achieving this outcome.

 

Summary

The Northern Rural Areas of Penrith experience geographical and social disadvantage. There is a lack of organisations providing services to these areas. Council has been successful in receiving funding under the Western Sydney Area Assistance Scheme for $153,298 over two years to employ a Northern Rural Areas Community Development Officer. This project will provide leadership to build social capacity and enhanced service provision in the areas concerned.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Northern Rural Areas Community Development Project Grant Application be received.

 

2.     Council accept the grant of $153,298 from the Department of Community Services Communities Division Metro West to implement the Northern Rural Areas Community Development Project as outlined in the report.

 

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Access Committee - Appointment of Community Representatives   

 

Compiled by:                Ben Felten, Disability Access Officer

Joe Ibbitson, Community Programs Co-ordinator

Authorised by:             Erich Weller, Community and Cultural Development Manager   

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

Critical Action:  Support and encourage fairness of access to Council and other social facilities and services.

     

Purpose:

To appoint community representatives to the Council's Access Committee. The report recommends the appointment of six community representatives to the Access Committee.

 

Background

At the Ordinary meeting on 29 September 2008, Council appointed Clr Jackie Greenow, Clr Robert Ardill and Clr Prue Guillaume to the recently renamed Council Access Committee (previously  Disability Access Committee).

 

This report considers the appointment of community representatives to the Access Committee. Council appoints up to six community members for a period of two years to the committee. Existing members may be reappointed to the committee.

 

Recruitment Process

The recruitment process commenced on 16 September 2008, in accordance with the Committee’s terms of reference, and focussed on ensuring that all members of the community had an equal opportunity to submit an Expression of Interest.  Public notices were placed in the local press, on Council’s website and sent out to local disability organisations.

 

The criteria for selection of community members is based on the extent of expertise and knowledge in the following areas:

 

·    An understanding of access issues for people with disabilities;

·    An understanding of the implications for Local Government of the Disability Discrimination Act (1992), the Building Code of Australia, Development Controls and other legislative requirements;

·    Experience in developing policies on issues relevant to people with a disability;

·    A willingness to undertake training and orientation, as well as participate in a planning day.

 

 

 

Expressions of Interest - Community Nominations

Council has received thirteen Expressions of Interest (EOI) from a wide diversity of people with a disability, their carers and disability advocates.

 

In keeping with past practice, applicants have been assessed against the selection criteria by an in-house staff team from the Community and Cultural Development Department.  It is recommended that the following six people be appointed to the Penrith Disability Access Committee for a two-year period:

 

          Mr John Farragher

          Mrs Denise Heath

          Ms Tricia Hitchen

          Ms Ronda Hopkins

          Ms Sherille Stephens

          Mr Michael Morris

Orientation/Induction Session

An orientation/induction session will be held for the Councillor and community representatives on the Access Committee on a date to be finalised towards the end of November or early December.

 

The first meeting of the Access Committee is scheduled for Wednesday 3 December 2008.

 

  

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Access Committee - Appointment of Community Representatives be received.

2.     The following persons be appointed as community representatives on Council’s Access Committee for a period of two years:

                                      Mr John Farragher

                                      Mrs Denise Heath

                                      Ms Tricia Hitchen

                                      Ms Ronda Hopkins

                                      Ms Sherille Stephens

                                      Mr Michael Morris.

 

 

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Naming of a Park in Victoria Street, Cambridge Park   

 

Compiled by:                Therrie Zadravac, Parks Administration Officer

Authorised by:             Hans Meijer, Acting Parks Construction and Maintenance Manager  

Requested By:             Councillor Greg Davies

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

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

     

Purpose:

To seek Council's endorsement for the naming of a park on Victoria Street, Cambridge Park as 'Steamroller Park'.  The report recommends that an application be made to the Geographical Names Board for official gazetting.

 

Background

A request has been received from the students in class 4MS at St Joseph’s Primary School in Kingswood to name the currently unnamed park at the corner of College Street and Victoria Street, Cambridge Park.

 

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

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

·    Names of Aboriginal origin or with an historical background are preferred;

·    Council agrees to the proposed name;

·    If considered appropriate, the names of eminent persons may be perpetuated, particularly those of early explorers, settlers, naturalists.

 

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

 

Proposed Name

The park on the corner of College Street & Victoria Street has never been officially named but has been referred to by local residents as Steamroller Park for quite some time.

 

The steamroller in the park was used by Penrith City Council and has been there for many years. The steamroller has fencing installed around it.  This steamroller dates back to before WWII.

 

These steamrollers were used for levelling surfaces such as roads and this particular machine was run on crude oil.  

 

On one occasion, this steamroller was being used in Henry Street, Penrith.  One of the Council workers was asked to refuel the steamroller.  Instead of bringing back the crude oil he brought back ‘emulsion’ which then rendered the steamroller out of use, never to work again.

 

In the 70’s, the then Town Clerk, Barry Long, and Chief Engineer, Bernie Smith decided to move the steamroller out of the Penrith Depot down to the local park and this is where it remains today.

 

This steamroller is now the only one visible in existence in the Local Government Area.

 

Steamroller located in park at the corner of College and Victoria Street

Conclusion

At this time Council staff have no intention of removing this steamroller from the park.  There is a playground planned in the longer term and consideration would be given to incorporate a theme empathetic with the steamroller.

 

It is recommended that this small piece of public reserve which contains this historic piece of machinery be officially named as Steamroller Park.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Naming of a Park in Victoria Street, Cambridge Park be received.

2.     Council endorse the naming of the park on Victoria Street, Cambridge Park as ‘Steamroller Park’ and make application to the Geographical Names Board for the official gazetting.

3.     The students of class 4MS at St Joseph’s Primary School be advised of the proposed name for the park and be thanked for their input.

 

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North Cranebrook Works in Kind Agreement for the embellishment of the Centauri Circuit Park (Developer: WEM Property Ventures Pty Ltd)    

 

Compiled by:                Wayne Trew, Project Coordinator Development Contributions

Authorised by:             Roger Nethercote, Environmental Planning Manager   

Strategic Program Term Achievement: Timely delivery of services to new release areas is being secured.

Critical Action: Prepare and implement services and infrastructure delivery plans for each new release area that ensures that the early establishment of services and facilities match community needs.

     

Purpose:

To seek Council's endorsement to enter into a Works in Kind Agreement for the embellishment and transfer to Council of Centauri Circuit park in the North Cranebrook Estate. The report recommends that Council enter into the Works in Kind Agreement for the embellishment of the park and the transfer of the site for an agreed payment.

 

Background

The planning for the North Cranebrook Estate has made provision for a small neighbourhood park in Centuri Circuit. The land is currently in private ownership.  A Development Application for the subdivision of 20-24 Grays Lane, park dedication, park embellishment and completion of roadwork to Centauri Circuit has been granted approval by Council  in October 2006.

 

In May 2008, the property changed ownership, with the current owner being WEM Property Ventures Pty Ltd, who are now advancing the subdivision.

 

The development proposes the undertaking of embellishment works to the park which includes pathways, a turf area, tree planting and bollards.  The development also proposes to complete Centauri Circuit. 

 

When the park is embellished and road constructed it is intended they be transferred to Council ownership.

 

A plan of the proposed location of the park is appended to this report.

 

Current Situation

The new owners have undertaken to complete subdivision works as detailed in DA06/1104 and are seeking approval to complete the embellishment and road works by the way of Works in Kind.

 

Under Council’s Section 94 protocols, Council’s approval is required to enter into a Works in Kind Agreement for such works.  As the works are less than $100,000 and in line with Section 94 Works in Kind procedures, the developer submitted a price for the works of $28,754 for the park embellishment and $13,077 for half road construction. Council’s Parks Construction & Maintenance and Design & Technical Advice Departments have reviewed the submitted costings and consider them to be fair and reasonable.  The cost is in line with the S94 Plan budget.

 

The S94 Plan requires the purchase of the land for the park.  A valuation of the land was undertaken by the developer and the land was valued at $200,000.  This valuation was reviewed by the Property Development Department and was found to be a fair market value.

 

A summary of costing is detailed below:

 

S94 Developer Contribution obligations                                               $124,354

Less Credit allowed (for park and road works)                                    $  41,831

Balance Owing by developer                                                               $  82,523

Agreed value of land to be transferred to Council                       $200,000

Amount Payable upon transfer of land                                                  $117,477

 

Conclusion

The proposed development completes an outstanding road link, which improves accessibility in the area and ensures the delivery of a neighbourhood park to the local community. 

 

It is recommended that, on satisfactory completion of works detailed, Council accept the transfer of the neighbourhood park site for the payment of $117,477 to WEM Property Ventures Pty Ltd.

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on North Cranebrook Works in Kind Agreement for the embellishment of the Centauri Circuit Park (Developer:  WEM Property Ventures Pty Ltd) be received.

2.     Council enter into a Works in Kind Agreement with WEM Property Ventures Pty Ltd for the embellishment of the park located off Centauri Circuit, North Cranebrook.

3.     Council accept the transfer of the Centauri Circuit park site for the payment of $117,477 to WEM Property Ventures Pty Ltd.

 

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Floodplain Management Authorities 49th Annual Conference - 17 February 2009 to 20 February 2009   

 

Compiled by:                Craig Ross, Major Projects Manager

Authorised by:             Craig Ross, Major Projects Manager   

Strategic Program Term Achievement: A floodplain management policy to protect the built environment is being implemented by Council consistent with Government guidelines.

Critical Action: Council’s Floodplain Management Policy is contemporary and is being implemented.

     

Purpose:

To advise Council of the 49th NSW Floodplain Management Authorities (FMA) Conference, to be held in Albury from 17 February 2009 to 20 February 2009, and to authorise the attendance of Council's delegates.  The report recommends that Council nominate delegates to attend the 2009 FMA Conference.

 

Background

The NSW Floodplain Management Authorities has as its objectives:

·     Support the primary objective of the State Government’s Flood Prone Land Policy, namely to reduce the impact of flooding and flood liability on individual owners and occupiers and to reduce private and public losses from flooding;

·     Press for optimum financial assistance by State and Federal Government to Flood Mitigation Authorities to implement the Government’s Flood Prone Land Policy;

·     Provide a forum for exchange of information and ideas related to flood mitigation;

·     Foster good relationships and effective liaison between the Authorities and Government departments.

 

To support these objectives, the authorities hold a conference annually.

Current Situation

The Joint 49th Annual Floodplain Management Authorities Conference (NSW) & 6th Biennial Victorian Flood Conference, a historic joint conference with Victorians, is to be held in Albury from Tuesday, 17 February 2009 to Friday 20 February 2009.

 

The theme of this conference is “Bridging the States – One Floodplain, One Unified Approach”.  Council’s voting delegates are Mayor – Councillor Jim Aitken OAM, Councillor Kevin Crameri OAM, and Councillor Jackie Greenow, however at past conferences other available Councillors have attended.

 

Preceding the Conference will be a choice of two one-day workshops or one half-day workshop to be held on Tuesday, 17 February 2009, as follows:

 

·    Workshop 1 (9:00am-5:00pm) - Floodplain Management Across Australia,

·    Workshop 2 (9:00am-5:00pm) - Environmental Issues on Floodplains,

·    Workshop 3 (2:45pm-5:45pm) - Communicating Flood Awareness & Response.

 

The pre-conference workshops are a recent innovation which have been offered for the past three years, and have proved to be very informative.

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.     The information contained in the report on Floodplain Management Authorities 49th Annual Conference - 17 February 2009 to 20 February 2009 be received.

2.     Council nominate delegates to the 2009 Floodplain Management Authorities Conference and Workshop, to be held at Albury from 17 February 2009 to 20 February 2009.

 

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International Links Program - 2009 Celebrations   

 

Compiled by:                Colin Dickson, Marketing, Partnerships & Events Co-Ordinator

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

Strategic Program Term Achievement: Programs are attracting domestic and international visitors to the City for access to cultural and sporting exchange and experiences and language education and training.

Critical Action: The City's international relationships are maintained and opportunities for enhancing these relationships are explored.

     

Purpose:

To advise Council on a proposed program of anniversary celebrations that includes its international relations in conjunction with 50th anniversary celebrations of Penrith's proclamation as a City and a proposed River Festival at Weir Reserve that commemorates the 100th anniversary of Penrith Weir in November 2009.  The report recommends that the information in the report on the International Links 2009 celebrations be received.

 

Background

Penrith City Council became formally involved in international relations in 1984 although contact with overseas locations such as Penrith in England had occurred before this time.  This involvement has continued and expanded to what it is today. Penrith City currently has six international relationships:

 

·    A Sister City Agreement with Fujieda City, Shizuoka Prefecture in Japan - signed in 1984

·    A Friendship Agreement with Hakusan City (formerly Matto City), Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan - signed in 1989 and re-affirmed in 2005

·    A Sister City Agreement with Eden District Council, Cumbria, England (Penrith is the major centre in Eden District) - signed in 1989

·    A Mutual Co-operation Agreement with Gangseo-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea - signed in 1994

·    A Mutual Co-operation Agreement with Xicheng District of Beijing, People’s Republic of China - signed in 1998

·    A Friendship Agreement with Kunshan, Jiangsu Province, People’s Republic of China - signed in 2003 and re-affirmed in 2005

 

Over the years, the commitment to these relationships and the friendships that have developed between Penrith and each of its international relations have continued to strengthen. They have been enhanced by a range of cultural, educational and economic exchanges including student exchange programs, staff exchange programs, art/cultural exhibitions, sporting exchanges, workplace training programs, business to business exchange and reciprocal information exchange.

 

In recent years, there has been an increased emphasis in Council’s strategic plan on the potential benefit to the City from international cultural and economic engagement. There is recognition that Penrith is part of an increasingly globalised world and that there are advantages to be gained from participating in these relationships with cities in other parts of the world.

 

In more recent times, there has been a focus more specifically on tangible economic outcomes whilst acknowledging that for these to occur a strong relationship based on mutual trust needs to be developed first.

 

Penrith’s involvement in international relationships has not only raised the City’s international profile but it has also given local people the opportunity to experience different cultures and local businesses the opportunity to tap into overseas markets, all of which act as important levers in generating future mutual benefits for both Penrith City and its international partners.

 

In 2009, Penrith will celebrate its:

 

·    25th anniversary with Fujieda;

·    20th anniversary with Hakusan and Eden District Council; and

·    15th anniversary with Gangseo-gu.

 

In 2008, Penrith also celebrated its 10th anniversary with Xicheng District, and its 5th anniversary with Kunshan.

 

2009 is also an important year in the history of Penrith City as it marks the 50th anniversary of Penrith being proclaimed a city. It also marks the 100th anniversary of the Penrith Weir and a river festival at Weir Reserve is being proposed to celebrate this occasion.

 

With these significant anniversaries all falling in the same year, there is an opportunity for Penrith to host a major international cultural festival featuring high quality, professional performers from each of the City’s international relations as a keynote component of its international celebrations complemented by those commemorating the 50th anniversary of Penrith becoming a City and the 100th anniversary of the Penrith Weir.

 

It is proposed that the anniversary celebrations be held over the period 11-15 November 2009, which will coincide with the 50th anniversary of Penrith’s proclamation as a City on 14 November 1959.

 

There has been preliminary contact with each of the six of Penrith’s international relations advising of our intentions for the 2009 celebrations. They have all given their in principle support to the proposals and expressed their enthusiasm for participating in such an event subject of course to Council’s agreement.

 

Current Situation

There are three separate but linked components to the 2009 celebrations:

 

1.   Celebration of significant anniversaries with international partners;

2.   Celebration of the golden anniversary of Penrith’s proclamation as a City;

3.   Celebration of the centenary of the Penrith Weir.

 

Initial plans for 2009’s international celebrations are for a number of cultural events in both the performing and visual arts that incorporates participation from all six international relations. These events will take the form of a series of free concerts and art exhibitions.

 

The exact nature of the cultural events is still to be finalised but will likely include elements such as professional Taiko drummers from Hakusan (who were so popular when they visited Penrith in 2005), professional breakdancers (including the world champion) from Fujieda, professional Peking Opera performers from Xicheng District, Beijing and traditional folk dancers from Penrith in England. John Kirkman of the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre will choreograph the performances in the cultural festival which will be based on percussion with the theme of “the beat”. Complementing the international component will be local performers from Penrith City who have been identified as fitting with the theme of “the beat”. These may include Pacific Islander drummers and a Pipe Band. Lachlan Shire, Council’s Friendship Council in Western NSW has also been approached to provide an indigenous component.

 

The Penrith Regional Art Gallery will be host to a number of cultural exhibitions all of which will feature internationally respected artists from our international relations.

 

The standard of exhibitors and performers being proposed has the capacity to attract significant critical interest from the media.

 

The 50th anniversary celebrations of the City will provide for considerable community involvement that could include community groups, schools and historical societies as well as the involvement of our visiting international dignitaries across a range of activities that are still to be finalised.

 

As reported to the previous Council in July this year, the River Festival commemorating the centenary of the Penrith Weir would be a one day festival that wraps up the week of celebrations. It would include elements such as entertainment, demonstrations and activities from local community groups and performers, attractions such as rides, animal attractions, historical displays and market stalls all culminating in the evening with a fireworks finale.

 

The scope of the anniversary celebrations proposed is such that a broad cross section of the local community will be involved in various aspects of the overall program. There will be a range of stakeholders with whom Council officers will engage in delivering this event and we will be working with them closely to determine how they may be able to get involved. They include:

 

·    Penrith International Friendship Committee

·    Local historical societies

·    Local performing and cultural groups

·    Local schools and the Department of Education

·    University of Western Sydney

·    Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre

·    Penrith Regional Art Gallery

·    Penrith Valley Special Visits Network

·    CLAIR - the Japanese local government authority

·    KLAFIR - the Korean local government authority

 

It is intended that the international links budgets for 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 will be substantially directed towards this activity and these funds will be supplemented by the events budget.

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That the information contained in the report on International Links Program - 2009 Celebrations be received.

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

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10      Tender Reference RFT 03-08/09 Re-Roofing of Depot Works Building

 

 



Ordinary Meeting

10 November 2008

The City Supported by Infrastructure

 

 

The City Supported by Infrastructure

 

 

10

Tender Reference RFT 03-08/09 Re-Roofing of Depot Works Building   

 

Compiled by:                Mal Ackerman, Supply Co-ordinator

Glen Tuckwell, Project Co-ordinator

Authorised by:             Matthew Stewart, City Works Manager   

Strategic Program Term Achievement: A building asset maintenance strategy is in operation that maintains those assets to appropriate standards fit for their contemporary purpose and addresses the increased costs of maintaining additional buildings.

Critical Action: Complete a register of assets and condition assessment of Council buildings.

     

Purpose:

To seek endorsement to proceed with a contract for the Re-Roofing of the Depot Works Building.  The report recommends that Council award a contract to Lidoran Services Pty Ltd.

 

Background

The existing main depot works building roof consists of corrugated asbestos (AC roof material) and is over 50 years old. City Works staff closely monitors the condition of this roof sheeting and have noticed a number of leaks and deterioration over recent years. The sheeting is not currently friable and in a safe condition, however these works will ensure the ongoing safe working environment for depot staff.

 

The current building Asset Renewal Program has allocated funding for the removal and replacement of the AC roof material during 2008/2009 financial year.

 

Current Situation

Getex Pty Ltd (accredited asbestos consultants) was engaged to prepare a report on the condition of the existing roof and to prepare an asbestos removal/decontamination plan for the required works.

 

Tenders for the removal of existing AC Sheeting and replacement with metal trim deck sheeting were advertised on 6 September 2008 and closed on 6 October 2008.

 

Tender Documents

The tender specification included the asbestos removal and decontamination plan as prepared by Getex Pty Ltd. The scope of works includes the removal and decontamination of all existing AC roof material including gutters, downpipes, flashing and roof capping.

To ensure all consistency in tendered prices, Tenderers were required to submit a tender based on a predetermined square metre measurement of 1800m2.

 

The scope of works also allowed for the installation of temporary security fencing allowing for statutory clearance of 10 metres from the work area.

 

A price schedule was included requesting  the following breakdown of costs and it was proposed in the documents that the successful tenderer (prior to commencing work) will be required to take an exact measurement of the area and the final price will be adjusted based on the  actual measurement in accordance with the breakdown of costs submitted:

 

·    Removal & Disposal of Asbestos

·    Insulation

·    Install Roofing

·    Replace Guttering

·    Remove & install new Ventilators

·    Site Establishment

·    Site Security

 

During the works, no staff are allowed to be within 10 metres of the work site, and therefore to minimise disruption to workflow all tenderers were to demonstrate that all works could be completed between 27 December 2008 and 10 January 2009.

 

Tenderers were required to submit their tender on a standard pro-forma sheet, which clearly identified the required response against each of the evaluation criteria.  All prospective tenderers were required to attend a pre tender briefing held on 18 September 2008.

Tender Evaluation Committee

The Tender Evaluation committee consisted of Mal Ackerman, (Supply Co-ordinator), Glen Tuckwell (Building Services Project supervisor) and Ken Myhill (Workshop Manager).

 

Tender Evaluation Criteria

The selection criteria advertised and used in selecting the successful tenderers were as follows:

 

Mandatory Requirements

·    Asbestos Removal Licensing (AS1 or AS2)

·    Roof Plumbing Licensing

 

Commercial Requirements

·    Conflict of Interest

·    Insurance

 

Scope of Requirements

·    Demonstrated ability

·    Project Timeline

·    Project / Works Plan

 

Price

·    Project Cost –The Lump Sum Tender Price

·    Schedule of Rates

·    Other Cost impacts

 

General Criteria

·    Financial Viability

·    Employees and Wages

·    Business Record

·    Company Resources - Personnel

·    Occupational Health & Safety and Public Liability Management

·    Quality Assurance Management

·    Environmental Management

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Summary of tenders received and total cost

A total of 13 offers were received in response to the advertised tender. Not all tenderers submitted their tender in accordance with the stated measurement, but instead elected to provide a tender based on their own measurement.  To normalise these tenders an adjustment was made based on the schedule of rates provided to ensure all tenderers were compared on the same basis.

 

The following table shows the tenders received along with the original lump sum cost offered, the last column shows the comparison based on the specified measurement of 1800 m2 –All prices exclude GST.

 

Company

Tendered lump sum price

Adjusted Lump sum cost-1800m2

Lidoran Environmental Services Pty Ltd *

$128,160

$143,720

Murphy's Group Services **

$139,765

$152,886

Cardinal Holdings Australia Pty Ltd

$143,680

$143,680

Guardian Asbestos & Roofing Specialists

$148,600

$148,600

ProGroup Management

$171,173

$171,173

Allsafe Asbestos Removal Prof Pty Ltd

$173,589

$173,589

Accord Insurance Restorations Pty Ltd

$175,568

$175,568

Quality Management & Constructions Pty Ltd

$193,900

$193,900

AGC Roof Pty Ltd

$204,895

$204,895

East Coast Asbestos Removal

$205,263

$205,263

P & D Envirotech Pty Ltd

$209,019

$209,019

Empire Contracting Pty Ltd

$227,794

$227,794

Westco Building Consultants pty ltd

$253,833

$253,833

 

* Lidoran Environmental Services Pty Ltd based their tender on a measurement of 1222 m2

** Murphy’s Group Services based their tender on a measurement of 1250 m2

 

 

 

 

 

Compliance with Evaluation criteria

All companies who submitted a tender response demonstrated their capability and experience in performing the specified works and all fully complied with the mandatory & general criteria.  Cardinal Holdings Australia Pty Ltd did not provide a completed price schedule in accordance with the schedule of prices included with the tender documents. 

 

All tenderers indicated that they are capable of meeting or staying well within the required timeline specified in the tender.

 

Evaluation Comments

The lowest fully complaint offer was received from Lidoran Environmental Services Pty Ltd. Although the tender received from Cardinal Holdings Australia Pty Ltd was slightly lower than the offer received from Lidoran Environmental Service Pty Ltd, Cardinal Holdings Australia Pty Ltd did not complete critical cost items in the price schedule rendering it difficult to determine any adjustment to the tendered price after determining the final roof measurement. It is expected