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3 August 2016

 

Dear Councillor,

In pursuance of the provisions of the Local Government Act, 1993 and the Regulations thereunder, notice is hereby given that a POLICY REVIEW COMMITTEE MEETING of Penrith City Council is to be held in the Passadena Room, Civic Centre, 601 High Street, Penrith on Monday 8 August 2016 at 7:00PM.

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

Yours faithfully

 

 

Craig Butler

Acting General Manager

 

BUSINESS

 

1.           LEAVE OF ABSENCE

 

2.           APOLOGIES

 

3.           CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES

Policy Review Committee Meeting - 11 July 2016.

 

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

 

7.           NOTICES OF MOTION TO RESCIND A RESOLUTION

 

8.           NOTICES OF MOTION

 

9.           DELIVERY PROGRAM REPORTS

 

10.         REQUESTS FOR REPORTS AND MEMORANDUMS

 

11.         URGENT BUSINESS

 

12.         CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS


POLICY REVIEW COMMITTEE MEETING

 

Monday 8 August 2016

 

table of contents

 

 

 

 

 

 

meeting calendar

 

 

confirmation of minutes

 

 

DELIVERY program reports

 


Council_Mark_POS_RGB2016 MEETING CALENDAR

January 2016 - December 2016

(Adopted by Council -  23 November 2015)

 

 

 

TIME

JAN

FEB

MAR

APRIL

MAY

JUNE

JULY

AUG

SEPT

OCT

NOV

DEC

Mon

Mon

Mon

Mon

Mon

Mon

Mon

Mon

Mon

Mon

Mon

Mon

 

Ordinary Council Meeting

7.30pm

 

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5

 

 

 

19

(7.00pm)

 

29@

21

18v

23#

27*

25

22@

26^ü

(7.00pm)

24

28#+

 

Policy Review Committee

7.00pm

 

15

14

 

9

20

11

8

 

10

14

12

 

 

 

 

 

6

 

15

 

 

 

 

 

 v

Meeting at which the draft corporate planning documents (Delivery Program and Operational Plan) are endorsed for exhibition

 *

Meeting at which the draft corporate planning documents (Delivery Program and Operational Plan) are adopted

 #

Meetings at which the Operational Plan quarterly reviews (March and September) are presented

 @

Meetings at which the Delivery Program progress reports (including the Operational Plan quarterly reviews for December and June) are presented

 ^

Election of Mayor/Deputy Mayor

 ü

Meeting at which the 2015-2016 Annual Statements are presented

 

Meeting at which any comments on the 2015-2016 Annual Statements are presented

 +

Meeting at which the Annual Report is presented

-           Extraordinary Meetings are held as required.

-           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 Acting Senior Governance Officer, Adam Beggs.

 


UNCONFIRMED MINUTES

 OF THE POLICY REVIEW COMMITTEE MEETING OF PENRITH CITY COUNCIL HELD IN THE PASSADENA ROOM, PENRITH

ON MONDAY 11 JULY 2016 AT 7:05PM

PRESENT

Her Worship the Mayor, Councillor Karen McKeown,  Deputy Mayor, Councillor Ross Fowler OAM, and Councillors Jim Aitken OAM, Bernard Bratusa, Prue Car MP, Marcus Cornish, Kevin Crameri OAM, Greg Davies, Mark Davies, Maurice Girotto, Ben Goldfinch, Jackie Greenow OAM, John Thain and Michelle Tormey.

 

APOLOGIES

PRC32  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Ross Fowler OAM seconded Councillor Ben Goldfinch that apologies be received for Councillor Tricia Hitchen.

 


CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES - Policy Review Committee Meeting - 20 June 2016

PRC33  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Kevin Crameri OAM seconded Councillor Ross Fowler OAM that the minutes of the Policy Review Committee Meeting of 20 June 2016 be confirmed.

 

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Councillor Ross Fowler OAM declared a Non-Pecuniary Conflict of Interest – Less than Significant in Item 2 – Planning Proposal to amend Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2010 - Incentives Clause for Key Sites as he is the director of one of the companies associated with one of the key sites.

 

Councillor Mark Davies declared a Non-Pecuniary Conflict of Interest – Less than Significant in Item 3 – 2016 NSW Community Building Partnership Grants as he is married to the local member for Mulgoa.

 

Councillor Prue Car MP declared a Non-Pecuniary Conflict of Interest – Less than Significant in Item 3 – 2016 NSW Community Building Partnership Grants as she is the local member for Londonderry.

 

DELIVERY PROGRAM REPORTS

 

Outcome 2 - We plan for our future growth

 

1       Outcomes of Public Exhibition - Penrith City Park

Councillor Prue Car MP arrived at the meeting, the time being 7:08pm.    

PRC34  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Ross Fowler OAM seconded Councillor Mark Davies

That:

1.   The information contained in the report on Outcomes of Public Exhibition - Penrith City Park be received.

2.   Council endorse the Planning Proposal for the Penrith City Park, as attached (Attachment 2).

3.   Council seek an independent peer review of the Penrith City Park Planning Proposal to ensure transparency and probity is maintained.

4.   The General Manager be granted delegation to make necessary changes required to the Planning Proposal for the Penrith City Park prior to its submission to the Minister for Planning.

5.   The Minister for Planning be requested to make the Plan in accordance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

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

For

Against

Councillor John Thain

 

Councillor Ben Goldfinch

 

Councillor Bernard Bratusa

 

Councillor Maurice Girotto

 

Councillor Kevin Crameri OAM

 

Councillor Prue Car MP

 

Councillor Jackie Greenow OAM

 

Councillor Karen McKeown

 

Councillor Greg Davies

 

Councillor Mark Davies

 

Councillor Ross Fowler OAM

 

Councillor Jim Aitken OAM

 

Councillor Michelle Tormey

 

Councillor Marcus Cornish

 

 

2       Planning Proposal to amend Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2010 - Incentives Clause for Key Sites

Councillor Ross Fowler OAM left the meeting, the time being 7:18pm.      

PRC35  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Greg Davies seconded Councillor Jim Aitken OAM

That:

1.   The information contained in the report on Planning Proposal to amend Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2010 - Incentives Clause for Key Sites be received

2.   Council endorse the Planning Proposal as exhibited and provided in Attachment 1

3.   Council seek an independent peer review of the Planning Proposal to ensure transparency and probity is maintained

4.   The Minister for Planning be requested to make the Plan in accordance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979

5.   Council officers prepare and publicly exhibit an amendment to the Penrith DCP 2014.

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

For

Against

Councillor John Thain

 

Councillor Ben Goldfinch

 

Councillor Bernard Bratusa

 

Councillor Maurice Girotto

 

Councillor Kevin Crameri OAM

 

Councillor Prue Car MP

 

Councillor Jackie Greenow OAM

 

Councillor Karen McKeown

 

Councillor Greg Davies

 

Councillor Mark Davies

 

Councillor Jim Aitken OAM

 

Councillor Michelle Tormey

 

Councillor Marcus Cornish

 

 

Councillor Ross Fowler OAM returned to the meeting, the time being 7:24pm.

 

Outcome 7 - We have confidence in our Council

 

3       2016 NSW Community Building Partnership Grants                    

PRC36  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Greg Davies seconded Councillor Ben Goldfinch

That:

1.   The information contained in the report on 2016 NSW Community Building Partnership Grants be received

2.   Council endorse the submission of applications for the projects below as identified as the priority for each electorate, and further detailed in this report, to the 2016 Community Building Partnership Program. Council endorse the source of matching funds, pending the applications being successful.

Electorate

Project

Grant Requested

Council Matching Funds

Source of Council Funds

Londonderry

Kingsway Irrigation

$38,000

$38,000

Parks Asset Renewal Program

Mulgoa

Peppertree Reserve Floodlights

$50,000

$50,000

Parks Asset Renewal Program

Penrith

U3A Bathrooms

$35,000

$35,000

Asset Reserve (SRV)

 

 

 

 

There being no further business the Chairperson declared the meeting closed the time being 7:27pm.

 

 

    



DELIVERY PROGRAM REPORTS

 

Item                                                                                                                             Page

 

 

Outcome 2 - We plan for our future growth

 

1       Council's Position on Western Sydney Airport                                      1

 

Outcome 4 - We have safe, vibrant places

 

2       High St, Linear Park concept amendment                                            9

 

Outcome 6 - We're healthy and share strong community spirit

 

3       Access Committee - Highlights 2012-16                                             17

 

4       Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs)                                             22

 

 


 

 

 

 

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Outcome 1 - We can work close to home

 

 

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


 

 

 

 

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Outcome 2 - We plan for our future growth

 

Item                                                                                                                             Page

 

1       Council's Position on Western Sydney Airport                                      1

 

 

 



Policy Review Committee Meeting                                                          8 August 2016

 

 

 

1

Council's Position on Western Sydney Airport   

 

Compiled by:               Elizabeth Hanlon, Senior Planner

Authorised by:            Abdul Cheema, Acting City Planning Manager 

Requested By:            Councillor Maurice Girotto

 

Outcome

We plan for our future growth

Strategy

Protect the City's natural areas, heritage and character

Service Activity

Undertake priority planning projects and statutory processes that contribute to Penrith's role as a Regional City

      

 

Executive Summary

This report is in response to Councillor Maurice Girotto’s request for “a report regarding Council’s position on the proposed airport given that Blue Mountains and Blacktown Councils have been putting motions up against the airport”. 

 

The report outlines Council’s position on the proposed Western Sydney Airport (the Airport) at Badgerys Creek.  It also acknowledges that there are different views on the Airport among the councils in Western Sydney.  It refers to the positions taken by Blue Mountains and Blacktown City Councils and includes, as attachments, recent resolutions of these councils.

Background

In May 2015, Council resolved to accept the Federal Government’s decision to build the Airport at Badgerys Creek, recognising that it offers great potential as a catalyst for increased infrastructure, jobs and investment in our City and the Western Sydney region.  This decision, however, is subject to a number of preconditions, including that the Sydney Airport Curfew Act 1995 be amended to become the Sydney Airports Curfew Act and apply to both Sydney’s Kingsford Smith Airport and the future Airport at Badgerys Creek.

 

Council’s position is also defined by a number of principles to maximise the benefits and minimise the impacts of the Airport.  These principles are:

·    A seat at the table –  the ability to influence the planning of the Airport and surrounding areas on behalf of our community;

·    Vital transport connections and supporting infrastructure - both rail and road - being in place before the opening of the Airport;

·    Environmental and social impacts being addressed in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and managed in any approvals to ensure the health and wellbeing of our community is maintained;

·    The noise impacts on our community being minimised, including amending the Sydney Airports Curfew Act;

·    The Airport being the catalyst to create the number and type of jobs our community wants and to drive economic development in Western Sydney;

·    Centres for learning, education and research being established in Western Sydney to equip our community with the skills they need to aim high and succeed in jobs of the future; and

·    The Airport being an iconic site that delivers world’s best practice in access, employment and technology.

 

Following detailed examination of the draft Airport Plan and draft EIS, Council further considered its position on the Airport and, at its Ordinary Meeting of 7 December 2015, resolved as follows:

 

“That:

1.       The information contained in the report on Western Sydney Airport – Submission on Draft Airport Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement be received.

2.       Council recommit to continue to work with the Federal Government to deliver a Western Sydney Airport that is fully and effectively integrated with Western Sydney and delivers significant benefits to the region in terms of transport provision, employment and economic development.

3.       Council’s submission to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development in relation to the draft EIS incorporate the issues canvassed in this report, and arising from the independent peer review, with particular emphasis placed on:

a.   full and effective integration of airspace in the Sydney Basin for shared operations of Sydney Airport and Western Sydney Airport;

b.   a more equitable distribution of the noise impacts of aircraft movements including, but not limited to:

i.       consideration of alternative flight paths and particularly alternative locations for the merge point for arrivals;

ii.      limits to noise exposure for any single community; i.e. noise sharing beyond the communities of Penrith, Blue Mountains and Blacktown;

iii.     amendment of the Sydney Airport Curfew Act 1995 to become the Sydney Airports Curfew Act and apply to both Sydney Airport and the future Western Sydney Airport;

c.   provision of a passenger rail line from the Airport to the Main Western line before the opening of the Airport;

d.  economic offset arrangements by the Federal Government for Western Sydney if there are planning and land use implications of the proposed airport on the economic potential of the Western Sydney Priority Growth Area;

e.  special arrangements or mechanisms involving Federal, State and local governments to develop and deliver a decades long, funded program of infrastructure for the Airport; and

f.   all economic, social and environmental benefits and impacts being fully addressed in the EIS and proposed mitigation measures detailed in any approval to ensure the health and wellbeing of the community is maintained.

4.       Council write to the Minister for the Environment and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development requesting that the community and stakeholders be effectively consulted and engaged in all subsequent key processes and decisions on the future growth and development of the Western Sydney Airport.

5.       Council’s final submission be forwarded to the Department of Infrastructure & Regional Development by 18 December 2015 and a copy be forwarded to all Councillors”.

Blue Mountains and Blacktown City Councils’ Positions

It is acknowledged that there are different views on the Airport among the councils in Western Sydney.  In particular, Blue Mountains City Council is opposed to an airport at Badgerys Creek.  Blue Mountains City Council’s recent resolutions on the Airport are reproduced in Attachment 1.

 

Blacktown City Council’s position is that the draft EIS for the Airport does not adequately assess the potential impacts of the development on the residents of Western Sydney and Blacktown City in particular, and is deficient in many key aspects.  Its view is that no approval should be issued until such time as the deficiencies have been fully addressed.  Blacktown City Council’s recent resolutions on the Airport are reproduced in Attachment 2.

Conclusion

Council officers will continue to engage in a range of activities relevant to the Airport to promote Council’s position, and provide appropriate briefings, reports and other communications to update Council on all Airport matters.  In particular, it is proposed to provide a briefing on the Airport following the Local Government elections in September 2016.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That the information contained in the report on Council's Position on Western Sydney Airport be received.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

1.  

Blue Mountains City Council Resolutions

9 Pages

Attachments Included

2.  

Blacktown City Council Resolutions

2 Pages

Attachments Included

   


 

 

 

 

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Outcome 3 - We can get around the City

 

 

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


 

 

 

 

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Outcome 4 - We have safe, vibrant places

 

Item                                                                                                                             Page

 

2       High St, Linear Park concept amendment                                            9

 

 



Policy Review Committee Meeting                                                          8 August 2016

 

 

 

2

High St, Linear Park concept amendment   

 

Compiled by:               Michael Jackson, Design and Projects Manager

Jeni Pollard, Place Manager

Authorised by:            Brian Steffen, Executive Manager - City Assets  

 

Outcome

We have safe, vibrant places

Strategy

Improve our public spaces and places

Service Activity

Manage the development of master plans and designs for Council's assets and public domain

 

Presenters:                  Michael Jackson - Design & Projects - Linear Plaza Amendment      

 

Executive Summary

The Linear Plaza concept for the central section of High St was adopted in the Penrith City Centre Public Domain Masterplan (2013).  The proportions and distribution of the proposed kerb extensions which formed the Linear Plaza have been altered following feedback from key stakeholders.  The purpose of this report is to seek Council’s endorsement of the altered layout plan.

Background

The Penrith City Centre Public Domain Masterplan (2013) was the result of an extensive consultation process and the Linear Plaza concept showed an ideal outcome for a public space enhancement with assumptions as to the future nature of adjoining tenancies.  The Linear Plaza concept has an emphasis on outdoor dining opportunities and place making outcomes.

 

Shortly after the master plan was adopted, key stakeholders expressed their strong support for the concept but pointed out timing issues regarding implementing the concept in the form that was illustrated.  The Penrith Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Penrith CBD Corporation jointly approached council officers to discuss the details of their concern, which related to the locations of tenancies and properties currently equipped with commercial kitchens or which had infrastructure to support future commercial kitchens.

 

The central section of the proposed Linear Plaza zone did not have tenancies which had kitchen infrastructure or, which in the opinion of those stakeholders, could be readily or cost effectively fitted with kitchen infrastructure in the short term.  Tenancies outside the extent of the Masterplan concept area did have kitchen and outdoor dining activity, or potential, so it was suggested to alter the distribution of the new space while maintaining the intent of the Masterplan concept.

Amended Concept

Earlier this year the project commenced the more detailed planning phase.  The previous concerns of the stakeholders were addressed by reviewing the existing tenancies along the southern side of that stretch of High St and proposing an altered layout which best aligned to those current tenancies. In concert with Council’s Night Time Economy strategy which has also been under development, the planned alterations better support outdoor dining and are aimed at maximising the benefit of the council investment to the surrounding businesses.

 

As the proposed kerbside enhancements are to be semi-permanent in nature, there is the ability to move, add or change the layout in the future to respond to future investment from adjoining property owners.

 

The current proposal reduces the associated loss of on-street parking down from ten (10) spaces down to seven (7) and although this is a positive outcome, it was not a primary consideration in the redistribution of the kerb extensions. The Penrith CBD Corporation were enlisted to have a preliminary discussion with affected businesses and reported that there were no concerns raised with the current proposal.

 

The Masterplan proposed that the space not offered to the adjacent tenancy as a lease for kerbside retail or dining would be offered to other traders, and/or used as public seating space or for environmental outcomes such as a rain garden, a street tree or a planter bed.  This intent has been maintained with the current proposal.

 

As part of the more detailed planning phase commenced this year, a consultation was undertaken with adjoining business owners.  In the context of these consultations, one High St property owner has raised concerns that the change from a single contiguous space in the original Masterplan to what is now proposed is going to compromise the promised place making outcomes. A meeting was held with the property owner and they have since gone on to raise their concerns with Councillors. In light of these concerns it is timely to discuss the current proposal with Council and seek endorsement for the amendments proposed by the Penrith Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Penrith CBD Corporation.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.   The information contained in the report on High St, Linear Park concept amendment be received

2.   That the proposed amended layout plan of the Linear Plaza be endorsed for design development.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

1.  

Linear Plaza - Masterplan Layout 2013 & Amended Layout 2016

2 Pages

Appendix

  


Policy Review Committee Meeting                                                          8 August 2016

Appendix 1 - Linear Plaza - Masterplan Layout 2013 & Amended Layout 2016

 

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Outcome 5 - We care about our environment

 

 

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


 

 

 

 

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Outcome 6 - We're healthy and share strong community spirit

 

Item                                                                                                                             Page

 

3       Access Committee - Highlights 2012-16                                             17

 

4       Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs)                                             22

 

 



Policy Review Committee Meeting                                                          8 August 2016

 

 

 

3

Access Committee - Highlights 2012-16   

 

Compiled by:               Joe Ibbitson, Community Programs Coordinator

Authorised by:            Erich Weller, Community and Cultural Development Manager  

 

Outcome

We are healthy and share strong community spirit

Strategy

Encourage social connections and promote inclusion in our community

Service Activity

Coordinate events and engage with a broad range of community partners, including other levels of government, to build community capacity

 

Presenters:                  Farah Madon - Access Committee Community Member - Access Committee Highlights 2012-2016      

 

Executive Summary

 

This report presents an overview of the achievements of the Access Committee and a summary of access and inclusion highlights during the period of 2012-16.

 

The outstanding achievement during the 2012-16 period has been the Excellence in Social Participation award presented to Council at the National Disability Awards at Parliament House in November 2013 by Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Manager of Government Business in the Senate. The award was presented for the No Boundaries inclusive multimedia arts project.  The No Boundaries project was further recognised with a Highly Commended award at the 2014 Western Sydney ZEST Awards.

 

During the period 2012-16, the Access Committee has considered reports on a diverse range of matters from strategic planning and policy advice to the detailed consideration of major development proposals across the City.

 

As a direct outcome of a recommendation from the Access Committee, Council increased the annual allocation to the Disability Access Improvement Program (DAIP) to $35,000 in 2014-15. The increased allocation acknowledges the value of works and activities undertaken using DAIP funds to enhance access and inclusion across the City.

 

Ms Farah Madon a community member of the Access Committee will make a brief presentation on the highlights and achievements of the Access Committee over the past four years 2012-16.

 

The report recommends that the information on Access Committee - Highlights 2012-16 be received and that the community members be thanked and presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for their contribution to the Access Committee’s achievements during the 2012-16 term.

Background

The current term of the Access Committee will be completed in September 2016. In July 2016 Council officers commenced an Expression of Interest process to determine the appointment of community members to a two year term on the Access Committee for the period 2016-18.

 

The Councillor positions on the Committee are appointed for a four year term to coincide with Local Government elections which are being held on Saturday 10 September 2016.

 

The end of the term of the current Committee provides an opportunity to reflect on the highlights and achievements over the past four years.

 

The 2012-16 period has been highly rewarding with the success of the No Boundaries inclusive multimedia project and the 2013 National Disability Award for this project. It has also proved challenging with disappointing results from the development of the All Welcome initiative. All Welcome is an Access Committee and Council initiative to enhance access to shops and businesses in the Penrith CBD. Council’s application to the Liveable Communities Fund in 2014 to provide additional resources for this initiative was unsuccessful.

 

The No Boundaries project was an outstanding success with around 70 people with disability actively engaged with professional artists through a series of workshops over six months to produce visual, tactile and photographic artworks. The artwork was then creatively incorporated in a moving fifteen minute multimedia projection ‘Journey to the Riverscape’ onto the Joan Sutherland Centre over two nights in September 2012. The project also included the development of experimental interactive sound and light instruments, ‘Light Rhythm Plays’, that were presented at various forums including the Art of Good Health and Wellbeing – the International Arts and Health Conference. The No Boundaries project was formally evaluated by a team from the University of Western Sydney and Council and was the recipient of a 2013 National Disability Award for Excellence in Social Participation and Highly Commended at the 2014 Western Sydney ZEST awards.

 

2012-16 Highlights

The following highlights identify some of the projects and activities which have been undertaken with the support, advice and assistance of the Access Committee during the 2012-16 period:

 

·    Implementing the ‘Penrith Inclusion Plan – People with Disability 2009-2013’ - over 80 individual actions and strategies to make Penrith more accessible and inclusive. A final progress report on the Plan was presented to the Access Committee meeting in December 2014. Council officers have commenced a series of consultations for the 2017-21 Disability Inclusion Action Plan.

 

·    Disability Access Improvement Program – annual list of projects to make Council services and facilities more accessible includes: ramps, accessible toilets, shared pathways, hearing loops, Library resources, City Access website, access maps, disability awareness training and automatic sliding doors.

 

·    Disability and Arts – No Boundaries inclusive multimedia arts project involving two years of intensive collaborations and workshop activities. Council was presented with a 2013 National Disability Award for this exciting inclusive arts project. The No Boundaries art group has relocated to the old Council chambers building and with Council support continues to create new works and explore new mediums. The group has held a number of exhibitions and sold many artworks. The group has also received a couple of small grants to continue their work.

 

·    Submissions and policy development - the review of the NSW Disability Services Act (1993), the 2012 Review of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 and a review of Disability (Access to Premises) Standards 2010.

 

·    Policy and Planning – regular update reports have been provided on the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the NSW Disability Inclusion Bill. Council has assisted in the early rollout of the NDIS with the provision of initial temporary office accommodation and support to ensure the subsequent premises were accessible.

 

·    Presentations and input on the Nepean River Green Bridge project, the Penrith Station Upgrade and Public Domain CBD projects as well as the St Marys Streetscape Improvements and special places project and the Wayfinding guidelines.

 

·    Input to Development Applications for major developments in the City including the Panthers Western Sydney Community and Sports Centre, the North Penrith commuter multideck carpark, hotels/clubs, medical centres, 24 hour gyms and Fernhill.

 

·    Celebrations and events - Nepean Disability Expo and International Days for People with Disability, Family Fun Day – collaborative projects with local disability organisations and government agencies which enable people with disability to connect, access information and participate in community life.

 

·    All Abilities Playgrounds – development of Thornton and the Jordan Springs Touched by Olivia playgrounds.

 

·    All Welcome – after an unsuccessful funding application to the Liveable Communities program this project is now refocussed on streetscape enhancements and improvements.

 

·    Web Accessibility – Technical Access audit of Council website and priority plan, training undertaken for Council staff on creating accessible content.

 

Members of the No Boundaries project and Access Committee with 2013 National Disability Award

 

Council continues to enjoy the strong support of local disability organisations and government agencies. For example the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has indicated that the level of support provided by Council to assist in the rollout of the NDIS has been outstanding.

 

Council was pleased to be asked by Local Government NSW and the Department of Family and Community Services to provide a representative on the working group to develop the NSW Disability Inclusion Action Planning Guidelines for Local Government. In this capacity, Council organised a workshop in partnership with staff representatives from Marrickville Council to provide input to the development of the guidelines. Council has also made presentations at the Art of Good Health and Wellbeing – International Arts and Health Conference and is recognised as a leader in disability inclusion and access planning and delivery.

 

Performers from the Performance Academy at the 2015 International Day for People with Disability

 

The Access Committee has been able to honour Ronda Hopkins with the establishment of a resting place seat near South Creek on the recently completed shared-use path connecting St Marys and Penrith. Ronda was a strong advocate for the shared pathway after joining the Access Committee in 2008 and sadly passed away on 9 May 2013.

 

Unveiling of Ronda Hopkins Memorial Seat 3 March 2016

 

Whilst Penrith City continues to face many challenges in providing access and social inclusion for people with disability, the Access Committee and Council have achieved a broad range of important and positive outcomes during the past four years. Many community organisation partners, businesses and supporters have also contributed to many of these outcomes.

 

Summary
The current term of community members on the Access Committee will be completed in September 2016 and this provides an opportunity to reflect on the achievements, highlights and challenges during this four year period (2012-16).

The overarching achievement has been the Excellence in Social Participation award presented to Council by Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Manager of Government Business in the Senate at the 2013 National Disability Awards at Parliament House in November 2013 for the No Boundaries project. A range of other highlights have been summarised in this report.

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.   The information contained in the report on Access Committee - Highlights 2012-16 be received.

2.   The community members be thanked and presented with Certificates of Appreciation for their contribution to the Access Committee’s achievements during the 2012-2016 term.

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

There are no attachments for this report.


Policy Review Committee Meeting                                                          8 August 2016

 

 

4

Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs)   

 

Compiled by:               Joe Ibbitson, Community Programs Coordinator

Authorised by:            Erich Weller, Community and Cultural Development Manager 

Requested By:            Councillor Ross Fowler OAM

 

Outcome

We are healthy and share strong community spirit

Strategy

Encourage social connections and promote inclusion in our community

Service Activity

Facilitate and resource community services networks to support social cohesion

 

Presenters:                  Kerrie Langford - National Employment Manager, National Disability Services -         

 

Executive Summary

This report on Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs) and the presentation by Kerrie Langford, National Disability Services was requested as a result of a report on ADEs presented to the Council Ordinary Meeting on 18 April 2016.  In particular Councillors sought more information on the impact of a proposed increase in the wages for people with disability in supported employment.

 

National Disability Services is the peak organisation representing the interests of ADEs and other non-government disability service organisations.

 

Councillors will recall the matter of the assessment tools used to determine wage levels in supported employment and the award are currently the subject of conciliation before the Fair Work Commission.

 

The report to Council from 18 April 2016 is provided as Attachment 1 to this report and provides further background to the issues relevant to this matter.

 

The report recommends that the information contained in the report on Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs) be received and that Kerrie Langford, National Employment Manager with National Disability Services be thanked for her presentation on Australian Disability Enterprises.

Background

 

There have been a number of changes to Commonwealth and State disability services legislation and programs over recent years. One of the major drivers of change is the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

 

While many of these changes will improve the lives of people with disability, their families and their carers they also pose challenges for disability service organisations including Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs).

 

Australian Disability Enterprises are not for profit organisations with a charitable status providing supported employment for people with significant disability. Support workers are available to give the employees any assistance they need with their tasks in the workplace.

 

There are about 600 ADEs around Australia employing more than 20,000 people with disability. It is estimated that between 80% and 90% of employees with a disability in ADEs also receive the disability pension. Most employees in ADEs work a set number of hours that does not jeopardise their pension.  Employees earn an hourly wage based on capacity and productivity and this is assessed using a measurement tool.

 

It is estimated that up to 400 people with disability resident in Penrith are employed by ADEs. Many of these people are employed by two ADEs based in Penrith City – that is Thorndale and Richmond/PRA. Some people with disability who are residents of Penrith City also work for AFFORD and other ADEs in adjoining LGAs.

 

ADEs use a wage setting tool for supported employees, called the Business Services Wage Assessment Tool (BSWAT).  There are other registered wage assessment tools used in ADEs including Greenacres.  Some people with disability, peak bodies and some advocacy groups (for example People with Disability Australia) oppose the use of BSWAT as they believe it does not adequately measure the productivity of some people with particular disabilities. ADEs, the peak organisation National Disability Services (NDS) and some ADE clients and their carers are concerned about the implications of any change.

 

Currently the issue of the wage assessment tool used by ADEs to set wages and conditions is the subject of consideration by the Fair Work Commission.

 

A detailed report on this matter was considered at the Ordinary meeting of Council on 18 April 2016. The 18 April report is provided as Attachment 1 to this report.

 

The report provided an overview of the complex challenges facing ADEs and their employees, families and carers. The changes in policies, legislation and the Fair Work Commission case involve a number of parties with different views on the employment of people with significant disability. The agreement reached in October 2015 by all parties before the Fair Work Commission on shared objectives provides some indication of a possible resolution:

 

a)   A fair, equitable and non-discriminatory wage outcome to contribute to a living income for employees in supported employment;

b)   Continued opportunity for employment in supported employment settings to build and maintain the self-esteem and sense of purpose of employees;

c)   Sustainable employment opportunities in viable ADEs; and

d)   To provide security and confidence to employees, parents and carers for the future.

e)   The parties are developing options, including modelling, to endeavour to meet these objectives.

The conciliation between all the parties continues (Fair Work Commission statement, October 2015). Council officers are not aware that any further statements have been issued by the Commission.

 

Council also resolved at the Ordinary Meeting of 18 April 2016 to write to the two Unions, the United Voice and the Health Services Union, representing supported employees in ADEs before the Commission.  This was done requesting that the two unions take the concerns of Council about the impact of increased wages on the viability of supported employment for people with disability into account when making their case before the Commission and through the conciliation process.

 

 

Current Situation

 

At the Ordinary Meeting of 18 April 2016 Council resolved to invite a representative from the National Disability Services, the peak body for Australian Disability Enterprises and other non-government disability service organisations to deliver a presentation on the impacts of the proposed changes to the setting of wages for employees in supported employment.

 

Kerrie Langford, National Employment Manager with National Disability Services, will make a brief presentation to the committee on the following matters:

 

·    Impact of increased wages in Supported Employment (Australian Disability Enterprises). In 2015 NDS commissioned KPMG to undertake a pressure testing analysis to identify the tipping point at which increased wages would result in ADE’s becoming non-viable

·    Modified Supported Wages System Trial

·    NDS proposal

·    Implications of the four year Modern Award Review (Supported Employment Services Award)

·    Buyability Campaign.

 

In April 2015 Minister Fifield established a taskforce within the Department of Social Services to develop a new Disability Employment Framework. A six month consultation process commenced on May 2015. An Invitation to participate was sent to a variety of disability organisations, peak disability and employment bodies, ADEs and other Disability Employment Services

 

The consultations indicated that opinions are divided with some indicating that ADEs need to change their employment practice, while others felt strongly that it is a genuine employment option and provides valuable social interaction.

 

Council officers are currently undertaking intensive community consultations as an important part of the 2017-21 disability inclusion action planning process. The issue of employment pathways for people with disability has been identified as a priority matter in these consultations. Australian Disability Enterprises and the supported employment and social interaction that they provide are highly valued by people with disability, their families and carers.

 

Summary

 

The presentation to Council on Australian Disability Enterprises focuses on the risk to the viability of ADEs if a satisfactory compromise is not achieved before the Fair Work Commission on assessment tools and wage rates pertaining to supported employment for people with disability.  Also at risk is the social interaction and connection that people in supported employment gain from their work in ADEs.

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.   The information contained in the report on Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs) be received.

2.   Kerrie Langford, National Employment Manager with National Disability Services be thanked for her presentation on Australian Disability Enterprises.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

1.  

Report to Ordinary Meeting of 18 April 2016 - Australian Disability Enterprises

5 Pages

Attachments Included

2.  

Action sheet for Australian Disability Enterprises report to Ordinary Meeting of 18 April 2016

1 Page

Attachments Included

   


 

 

Outcome 7 - We have confidence in our Council

 

 

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



 

ATTACHMENTS

 

 

Date of Meeting:     Monday 8 August 2016

Report Title:           Council's Position on Western Sydney Airport

Attachments:          Blue Mountains City Council Resolutions

                              Blacktown City Council Resolutions



Policy Review Committee Meeting                                                          8 August 2016

Attachment 1 - Blue Mountains City Council Resolutions

 

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Policy Review Committee Meeting                                                          8 August 2016

Attachment 2 - Blacktown City Council Resolutions

 

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ATTACHMENTS

 

 

Date of Meeting:     Monday 8 August 2016

Report Title:           Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs)

Attachments:          Report to Ordinary Meeting of 18 April 2016 - Australian Disability Enterprises

                              Action sheet for Australian Disability Enterprises report to Ordinary Meeting of 18 April 2016



Policy Review Committee Meeting                                                          8 August 2016

Attachment 1 - Report to Ordinary Meeting of 18 April 2016 - Australian Disability Enterprises

 

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Policy Review Committee Meeting                                                          8 August 2016

Attachment 2 - Action sheet for Australian Disability Enterprises report to Ordinary Meeting of 18 April 2016

 

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