10 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 15 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



Alan Stoneham

General Manager




1.           LEAVE OF ABSENCE


2.           APOLOGIES



Policy Review Committee Meeting - 8 August 2016.



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)




6.           MAYORAL MINUTES




8.           NOTICES OF MOTION











Monday 15 August 2016


table of contents







meeting calendar



confirmation of minutes



DELIVERY program reports



January 2016 - December 2016

(Adopted by Council -  23 November 2015)






























Ordinary Council Meeting






























Policy Review Committee




























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


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.






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




PRC 37  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jackie Greenow OAM seconded Councillor Ben Goldfinch that an apology be received for Councillor Prue Car MP.


CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES - Policy Review Committee Meeting - 11 July 2016

PRC 38  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Ross Fowler OAM seconded Councillor Mark Davies that the minutes of the Policy Review Committee Meeting of 11 July 2016 be confirmed.




Councillor John Thain declared a Non-Pecuniary Conflict of Interest – Less than Signficant in Item 4 – Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs) as his son accesses services provided by Thorndale.


Councillor Ross Fowler OAM declared a Non-Pecuniary Conflict of Interest – Less than Signficant in Item 4 – Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs) as he is the chairperson for AFFORD.


Councillor Jackie Greenow OAM declared a Non-Pecuniary Conflict of Interest – Less than Signficant in Item 4 – Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs) as she is the chairperson of NOVA employment.


Councillor Jim Aitken OAM declared a Pecuniary Interest – Less than Signficant in Item 2 – High St, Linear Park concept amendment as he owns a number of properties in High Street, which are located in the vicinity of the proposal subject to the report.




Ms Andrea Grieve


Item 1 – Council’s Position on Western Sydney Airport


Ms Grieve, spokesperson for No Badgerys Creek Airport Inc. and an affected person, spoke to the recommendation and stated her concerns regarding the impact the airport will have on infrastructure, health and surrounding residents. Ms Grieve also cited concerns around the airport noise and increased traffic congestion.


PRC 39  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Marcus Cornish seconded Councillor Jim Aitken OAM that an extension of time be granted to enable the speaker to complete her address, the time being 7:09pm.


Ms Grieve concluded by adding that there are community concerns regarding the impact the increased traffic will have on the roads and the curfew of the airport.


Mr Peter Moriarty


Item 1 – Council’s Position on Western Sydney Airport


Mr Moriarty, an affected person, spoke to the recommendation, expressing his concerns over the noise, air quality, traffic congestion and infrastructure from the proposed airport. Mr Moriarty spoke about community communication and the impact the airport will have on residents.


PRC 40  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jim Aitken OAM seconded Councillor Marcus Cornish that an extension of time be granted to enable the speaker to complete his address, the time being 7:18pm.


Mr Moriarty concluded by requesting Council oppose the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that was conducted last December.


Mr Peter Dollin


Item 1 – Council’s Position on Western Sydney Airport


Mr Dollin, an interested citizen, spoke to the recommendation, expressing his concerns regarding the air quality and noise impacts the airports will have on Penrith City’s amenity, recreational areas, schools and homes. Mr Dollin further expressed his concerns the impact the proposed airport will have on Penrith City and surrounding Local Government Areas. Mr Dollin stated that Council should reconsider its support for the Western Sydney Airport.


Mr Gordon Henwood


Item 2 – High St, Linear Park concept amendment


Mr Henwood, and interested citizen and property owner, spoke against the proposed recommendation and stated his concerns the amendments would have on the day-time and night-time economy. Mr Henwood highlighted outdoor dining as an important part of activating the street just as public space is equally important. Mr Henwood does not believe temporary structures encourage the long-term business decisions required to grow the night-time economy.


Councillor Tricia Hitchen arrived at the meeting the time being 7:28pm.




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


3        Access Committee - Highlights 2012-16

The Mayor, Councillor Karen McKeown and Councillor Jackie Greenow OAM presented certificates to the Access Committee members.                                                                         

PRC 41  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Jackie Greenow OAM seconded Councillor Tricia  Hitchen


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.


4        Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs)

Councillor Marcus Cornish left the meeting, the time being 8:11pm.


Councillor Kevin Crameri OAM left the meeting, the time being 8:12pm.


Councillor Kevin Crameri OAM returned to the meeting, the time being 8:14pm.


Councillor Marcus Cornish returned to the meeting, the time being 8:15pm.


PRC 42  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Ross Fowler OAM seconded Councillor Greg Davies


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.


Outcome 4 - We have safe, vibrant places


2        High St, Linear Park concept amendment

Having previously declared a Pecuniary interest, Councillor Jim Aitken OAM left the meeting, the time being 8:17pm.

PRC 43  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Bernard Bratusa seconded Councillor Ross Fowler OAM that the item be deferred to a future Council meeting.


Outcome 2 - We plan for our future growth


1        Council's Position on Western Sydney Airport

Councillor Jim Aitken OAM returned to the meeting, the time being 8:28pm.


A MOTION was MOVED by Councillor Maurice Girotto seconded Councillor Jim Aitken OAM


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

2.         The residents of Penrith LGA be recognised as the Key Stake Holders.

3.         The Key Stake Holders be engaged fully and informed of all aspects positive and negative of the proposed airport via public forums, working parties and information distribution.

4.         On completion of this process we are to be guided by the community via survey or poll

5.         For this process to commence as soon as possible with in this year and in conjunction with Blacktown and Blue Mountains Councils.

PRC 44  An AMENDMENT was MOVED by Councillor Mark Davies seconded Councillor Greg Davies that the information contained in the report on Council's Position on Western Sydney Airport be received.




Councillor Kevin Crameri OAM requested that names be recorded.



Councillor John Thain

Councillor Maurice Girotto

Councillor Ben Goldfinch

Councillor Kevin Crameri OAM

Councillor Bernard Bratusa

Councillor Jackie Greenow OAM

Councillor Karen McKeown

Councillor Jim Aitken OAM

Councillor Greg Davies

Councillor Michelle Tormey

Councillor Mark Davies

Councillor Marcus Cornish

Councillor Ross Fowler OAM


Councillor Tricia  Hitchen



The AMENDMENT was CARRIED and on becoming the SUBSTANTIVE MOTION was also CARRIED.




Councillor Marcus Cornish and Michelle Tormey left the meeting and did not return, the time being 9:20pm.


RR 1           Council Policy in respect pf suitable grass  

Councillor Kevin Crameri OAM requested a memo reply concerning why Council is not adhering to Council policies particularly in respect to the use of invasive grasses.


RR 2           Telecommunication Access at Claremont Meadows     

Councillor Greg Davies requested that the Mayor write to the Federal Minister for communication requesting urgent action to address the telecommunication access at the new Claremont Meadows estate off Caddens Road.


 There being no further business the Chairperson declared the meeting closed the time being 9:25pm.




Item                                                                                                                                       Page



Outcome 7 - We have confidence in our Council



1        The Year in Review                                                                                                            1











Outcome 1 - We can work close to home



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








Outcome 2 - We plan for our future growth



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








Outcome 3 - We can get around the City



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








Outcome 4 - We have safe, vibrant places



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








Outcome 5 - We care about our environment



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








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



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






Outcome 7 - We have confidence in our Council



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1        The Year in Review                                                                                                            1




Policy Review Committee Meeting                                                                 15 August 2016





The Year in Review   


Compiled by:               Allegra Zakis, Corporate Planning Coordinator

Samantha Sutherland, Corporate Planning Officer

Andrew Moore, Chief Financial Officer 

Authorised by:            Alan Stoneham, General Manager  



We have confidence in our Council


Provide opportunities for our community to participate in making decisions about the City's future

Service Activity

Manage Council's corporate reporting



Executive Summary

The Community Plan, Delivery Program and Operational Plan provide a solid blueprint for the City’s future. The Delivery Program sets out Council’s four-year program of works, to achieve the community’s long-term goals and aspirations for the City.  The Operational Plan outlines Council’s activities.


Of the projects and actions included in the Operational Plan for 2015-16, 87% have progressed with 51% being completed and 36% tracking on target. Of the 364 actions and projects 13% experienced delays taking them off target. 


Council directly manages 44 services which are responsible for delivering Council’s work program. It is important to recognise Council’s internal services which support the provision of services directly to our community along with council’s Controlled entities that deliver a further 3 services.


In terms of service delivery Council has continued to manage and maintain:

·    Over 1,250 hectares of open space

·    105 sporting facilities (4 Skate parks, 132 grass sporting fields, 65 netball courts, 43 tennis courts, 36 cricket pitches, 13 run up surfaces)

·    St Marys and Penrith Ripples Leisure Centres and Penrith Whitewater Centre

·    Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre

·    St Clair Recreation Centre

·    402 parks comprising 14 district parks, 32 neighbourhood parks, 70 local parks and 286 pocket parks

·    142 playground sites

·    775,000m2 of landscaping and gardens

·    45 hectares of natural areas maintained and coordination of 11 volunteer bush care groups

·    51 community facilities, made up of community centres (12), neighbourhood centres (23), youth centres (2), senior centres (2), and halls (12).

·    Administration and operations buildings (3)

·    3 central and branch libraries

·    3 operational cemeteries and 2 heritage cemeteries

·    28 public toilets

·    11 SES and bushfire sheds

·    approximately 1,080 km of road, 620 km of footpaths, 1,510 km of kerb and gutter and 162 car parks

·    98 Bridges, 204 bus shelters

·    1,041 items of road furniture

·    Shops, offices and residential property

31 Retail/Commercial spaces

32 Community spaces

4 Residential spaces

40 Misc leases/licences

·    7 theatres and galleries

·    26 Children’s Centres offering long day care, preschool, before and after school care, vacation care and occasional care services for children.


In terms of development and regulatory services Council has:

·    determined 1,421 development applications

·    inspected over 800 retail food premises

·    removed 49,441 sqm of graffiti from Council buildings and assets and from private property accessible from public spaces

·    removed 259 tonnes of waste from the stormwater drainage system,

·    investigated 1,200 incidents of illegal dumping

·    delivered an increase in dog re-homing rates to 97% (i.e. returned to owners, sold or sent to a rescue organisation).

A more detailed overview of the organisation’s achievements for 2015-16 follows.



During this year the structure of the organisation was reviewed to ensure we remain fit for the future, improve productivity and continue to build into a strong council in a time of change and uncertainty for local government.  Reviewing the effectiveness of our structure is one part of a bigger picture to change the way we work and prepare to meet the needs of a growing city.  A new structure has been implemented, although it did not formally commence until July 4, 2016 many of the roles commenced before this date. 


The new structure has two distinct streams, organisational outcomes and regional and city outcomes.  Organisational outcomes will be led by the General Manager, who will have more direct oversight of finances, workforce and assets; ensuring systems and processes provide a productive, efficient organisation with a strong focus on customer experience. A new role of Chief Operating Officer has been created to support the GM. 


The COO will focus on a range of initiatives to improve and better track our performance, and will also fulfil the duties of Executive Manager Community.  The COO will work closely with the new Chief Financial Officer and the new Executive Manager People and Capability.  Regional and City Outcomes will be led by the Assistant General Manager, who will focus on matters relating to economic development and building relationships within the region. This includes implementing the Penrith Progression (New West) and focusing on delivering a prosperous, thriving Regional City with all the services and infrastructure required to support it. It is important to capitalise on growth and investment in the City and opportunities emerging from changes to Government policy and practice, including the Greater Sydney Commission and the new Western Sydney Airport.  The Executive Manager Environment and City Development and the Executive Manager City Economy and Planning will support the Assistant General Manager in this role. 


The Executive Manager City Assets will remain responsible for asset management, maintenance, renewal and for the presentation of the City.  The Office of the General Manager will remain responsible for governance and legal services. 

This structure will ensure we are able to strongly focus on being even more productive and effective, and deliver on community expectations to be both financially sound, provide exceptional customer services and looking after our community.  As Penrith grows and changes Council must grow and change in response, and continue to strive to improve the way we operate to deliver the best service we can. 


Fit for the Future

The Office of Local Government announced its Fit for the Future initiative for local government in September 2014.  Fit for the Future assessed Councils against the broad criterion of scale and capacity, and set 7 additional indicators around financial and asset management performance, with standards to be achieved for each by 2019-20. Councils had to prepare submissions, assessed by the Independent Regulatory and Pricing Tribunal (IPART) to demonstrate whether they met the criteria and could therefore be considered ‘Fit for the Future’. 


As a high growth area with a high population Penrith met the Scale and Capacity benchmark as determined by the Independent Local Government Review Panel’s preferred published options.  We did not meet all the criteria at the time they were released, we looked carefully at current and planned spending in key areas and our long term financial strategies.  We prepared detailed financial modelling based on a number of assumptions, including population growth rates, anticipated growth in assets (and therefore maintenance requirements); productivity savings arising from the Capacity Review, changed financial strategies and a successful application for a Special Rate Variation.  This demonstrated that we will meet all 7 benchmarks by 2019-20, as shown below:




FFF 13-14


FFF 19-20

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Own Source Revenue





Asset Renewal Ratio





Infrastructure Backlog Ratio





Asset Maintenance Ratio





Debt Service Ratio





Real operating expenditure






In October 2015 Penrith was one of only 9 Sydney metropolitan councils declared ‘Fit for the Future’.  This recognised the level of detail and accuracy in our financial modelling, but also demonstrated that our ongoing commitment to productivity savings is a key part to building long term financial sustainability. 


Information, communication and Technology Transformation

ICT have worked tirelessly during the year to continue with the implementation of the Connect project which will be a major contributor to ongoing productivity. While there have been some minor business disruptions and changes that always occur in projects of this scale, on the whole the changes have been well accepted across all areas of Council.  In fact, this acceptance of change by staff is a major contributory factor to the success of the projects.


Implementation of the ICT strategy, with a focus on investment, skills development and customer service, is a major part of positioning ourselves for the future, increasing productivity, improving the way we do business and better serving our community.  Much of the work this year has been in the background, getting ready for future deployment of new and upgraded systems.  These improvements will be more visible in the coming months. 


Special Rate Variaion (SRV)

In order to implement our revised long term financial plan, Council sought community feedback on three future rating proposals:

1.   A decrease in services (the discontinuation of our Asset Renewal & Established Areas Strategy - AREAS),

2.   Maintaining current services (continuation of AREAS), and

3.   Improved services & infrastructure (AREAS plus 2.4% increase over 4 years).


Communications for the Community Consultation on the SRV proposals included a letter and brochure delivered to all ratepayers and households, articles for the community newsletter which is delivered to all households in the LGA, media releases that resulted in prominent editorial, mayoral columns, radio scripts and numerous social media posts (both Facebook and Twitter). Meetings were held with business and community groups, a dedicated SRV phone line and email address was available for questions or feedback and listening posts at seven shopping centres were undertaken.


Council also engaged Micromex Research to undertake a telephone survey on the SRV proposal. Telephone interviews of 608 respondents were conducted between 30 October and 10 November 2015. Information was also made available on Council’s corporate website, online engagement platform – as well as at Council’s civic centre and libraries. Council also invested in a deliberative approach to consultation – the Penrith Community Panel.

The AREAS SRV has allowed Council to address our identified infrastructure backlog directing vital funding to renewal of our roads, buildings and public spaces, public domain maintenance and programs in the City’s older areas.


The approved SRV formed part of Council’s steps to ensure we are in line with the NSW Government’s Fit for the Future reforms and ensure we can provide the necessary infrastructure, continue to maintain our assets and services in line with our community’s expectations and growth of the City.


Council’s application for an SRV was submitted to IPART in February, and was approved in full on 17 May.  This included renewal of the AREAS SRV and an increase to the minimum rate. The implementation of the full SRV program and other financial reforms of the Financial Capacity Review, including the identification of ongoing productivity savings that build in line with the increased revenue from the SRV to $10m per year from 2019-20, will underpin our capacity to cater for the City's future growth and realise the “our Regional City” aspirations.



The 2014-15 Annual Report was awarded a Gold Award in the Australasian Reporting Awards in June this year.  This improves on the silver awards won in the previous two years and reflects our ongoing commitment to quality reporting to the community.


Council won the 2015 United Independent Pools (UIP) Members Choice risk management excellence award for the development of the EPIX website that provides a platform for all member councils to collaborate and mitigate professional indemnity claims.


Advocacy, Economic Development and City Partnerships



In September 2015, Council decided to focus on its advocacy activities and endorsed 6 flagship priorities. These priorities have the potential to stimulate Penrith’s growth and property into the future. These priorities guided Council’s advocacy activities ahead of the Federal election.


Council joined with other members of the National Growth Areas Alliance under the banner ‘Fund Our Future’, calling for a dedicated national infrastructure fund for growth areas to address significant underinvestment in roads, public transport and health. Nationally the campaign sent over 100,000 emails to political leaders from the major parties as well as our local Federal candidates for the Coalition, ALP and Greens. Penrith’s involvement was highly successful, resulting in four times the number of supporters signed up to the campaign of the next NSW member.


$100m has been committed by the State ($20m) and Federal Government ($80m) to widen Stage 1 of Mulgoa Road between the M4 and Blaikie Road, another project promoted through Council’s advocacy efforts and the Fund our Future campaign. The Federal Member also committed to $2.45m for a range of recreational and arts projects in June 2016.

Council has also successfully advocated for additional commuter parking at Penrith Station. The State Government released a Review of Environmental Factors in June and construction is expected to start in December. The State Budget released on 21 June included additional express train services on the Western line, from Parramatta.


Economic Development


The newly established Economic Initiatives team is working directly with key developers, landowners and investors including Shanghai Minhang, Chiway, Cabe, Western Sydney University, Urban Growth and TAFE.  The team provides support to developers to help facilitate their developments within the city centre and the LGA more broadly.  Council has recently sought expressions of interest from developers on Council-owned sites around the City, to deliver the outcomes detailed in the Penrith Progression. The submissions received have exceeded expectations and will deliver high quality outcomes. 


Significant growth in the profile of the “Invest in New West” campaign has been achieved this year, including a 194% increase in website hits, 54% increase in eNewsletter subscribers, 27% increase Facebook likes and 39% increase in Twitter followers. 




Council partners with a range of organisations to deliver economic and cultural benefits for our City. 


The 3-year review of the operation of the Penrith and St Marys Corporations has been completed and the findings were reported to Council on 6 June.  Overall, the review found that the current model was sound, but needed some amendments to the corporations' constitutions and Deeds to improve their operation.  Recommendations included forming a new 3-year Deed of Agreement with each corporation, to ensure their business plans are outcome focussed and have simple performance measures.  There is also a need for a more rigorous governance and reporting framework.


There was one overseas visit during the year, undertaken by the Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Council’s Corporate Communications Manager and Partnerships and Events Officer. The delegation visited Gangseo-gu, Korea, Shanghai, Kunshan, Mentougou and Xicheng districts in China and Fujieda and Hakusan in Japan. The visit was undertaken with assistance from the Trade and Investment Commissioner for North and East China, the Chinese Consulate in Sydney, the NSW Trade and Investment Director, Australian Trade Commission, Seoul, Korea and the Senior Trade Commissioner in Seoul, Korea. The visit centred around discussions on future investment opportunities in Penrith, new industries and more local jobs as well as the promotion of Penrith as a destination for Chinese tourists. A representative of Western Sydney Institute of TAFE also joined the delegation in China, positioning Penrith as a leading education provider in Western Sydney.


Council hosted a delegation of 47 officials and community members from Hakusan and Fujieda, Japan who visited Penrith in August to help us celebrate Penrith City's Bicentenary celebrations.


An art exchange program between Council’s childcare centres and kindergartens in Council’s Sister City in Fujieda, Japan, has been occurring for over 15 years with the paintings received in Penrith being excitedly received by the children and then displayed during Families or Children’s Week for the broader community to appreciate. The art exchange program is an opportunity for mutual exchange of information and artworks between children in our two countries and for young children to learn about another culture.


Strategic Alliance formed


To strengthen our voice and deliver economies of scale, we formalised the proposed Strategic Alliance with Hawkesbury and Blue Mountains councils in July. This Strategic Alliance was bolstered by the State Government’s Greater Sydney Commission officially designating the three councils as the West District in their long term planning for future Sydney.


The Alliance will be headed by a Chief Executive Officer and comprise representatives from each Council. The Alliance will drive joint advocacy for the region, achieve economies through shared services and purchasing and capitalise on opportunities such as growing tourism, by working together in a formal way.


Children’s services

Council provided a range of programs and services to provide for the needs of children within Penrith City. The Children’s Services Cooperative Board manages 18 long day care centres; 9 before and after school care centres; 7 vacation care services; 1 occasional care service and 5 preschools.  Council directly manages the Mobile Playvan service, the Children and Parenting project, the Indigenous Advancement Strategy and Supporting Aboriginal Access in Children’s Services (SAACS) program, and additional needs programs.  


In order to provide a contemporary service that meets the diverse needs of our community Council built the capacity of staff to enhance the inclusion of children with additional needs and disabilities; with diverse family backgrounds including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families; whose home language was other than English; and from vulnerable families. This was achieved through the most contemporary curriculum implementation in all service types and offering support projects that included projects both to increase the skills and knowledge of our staff, and build capabilities in our children and families.




In 2015-16 Council continued to review its Children’s Services and:

·    Achieved Meeting and Exceeding the National Quality Standard ratings for all services compared to a state average of 61%;

·    Continued to upgrade facilities with improvements to centre playgrounds and buildings at Erskine Park, Koala Corner, Ridge-ee-Didge and St Marys Children's Centres.

·    Improved customer service and communication including strengthening the Children’s Services Facebook page and web presence;  

·    Implemented a business plan that identifies the key areas of leadership, resources, people, quality and governance and a marketing plan with strategies to raise the profile of children’s services within the community and highlight the range of services available;

·    Lobbied extensively at local, state and federal government levels for standards of early childhood education and care across the city; and

·    Achieved above target utilisation rates for Long Day Care, Before School Care and After School Care.


Additional funding was secured to help ensure quality programs for targeted areas, including Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) funding of $154,500; Children and Program Parenting Support (CAPPS) funding of $215,350 and $215,347 from July 2015 to June 2017 under the federal Children and Parenting Program stream.  The Universal Access to early education subsidy has also been extended, valued at $1,650,000 for the 2015-16 financial year.


Community buildings and facilities

Many community buildings and facilities have benefited from a range of improvements and upgrades such as:

·    Melrose Hall, Emu Plains had the floor and roof gutters replaced

·    The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre Borland foyer female toilets refurbished.

·    The air conditioning at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre was upgraded

·    The theatre lighting and audio at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre has been upgraded to new digital technology

·    A number of bathrooms in the Civic Centre were upgraded

·    Staff bathrooms at Yoorami and St Marys Kindergarten were redone

·    St Clair Recreation Centre main bathroom and change room upgrade

·    Ripples Hydrotherapy (Female toilets and change room)

·    Kitchen replacement at Claremont Meadows Community Centre, Claremont Meadows

·    New carpet at the Queen Street library, St Marys.

·    Several Children’s' Services centres (including Strauss Rd, Cook Pde, Koala Corner and Werrington County) also had their carpets replaced.

·    External painting, including Judges Place carpark, Penrith

·    Upgrade to amenities at Victoria Park

·    Upgrade to the amenities and ramp at the St Marys Old Council Chambers

·    Rance Oval Amenities


Community engagement and Education

Council has undertaken extensive community engagement and education activities in a range of areas. These activities are critical as a way of keeping touch with our community when delivering all of our services, but particularly services which are non-asset based or targeted at particular groups within our community. 


Penrith Community Panel


The Penrith Community Panel was brought together as part of the engagement process for the Special Rate Variation, however the information gained from this process will be useful in a much broader context.  The Panel was run under a deliberative democracy model and coordinated independently by not-for-profit research organisation The newDemocracy Foundation. 


The Penrith Community Panel was made up of 34 everyday people who were randomly selected from across our City, and was asked to consider the question ‘What services and facilities do we need in Penrith, and how should we fund them?’.  The Panel were provided with information about the demographics of Penrith; an overview of Council services, assets and financials; current and future challenges, and Council’s vision for the future. Over six full day sessions, the Panel invested a combined total of more than 1500 hours to discuss the information, their thoughts and priorities, and the questions at hand. The Panel had its final meeting in December, with its final recommendations delivered in early 2016.  Council is now working on how to implement those recommendations – a number have already started – and will provide updates through our regular reporting processes. 


Community Plan


Council will renew its Community Plan between September 2016 and July 2017, confirming the outcomes and strategies most important to our community going forward.  As part of this renewal, an online survey has commenced and is being promoted through various methods, aimed at testing whether the current outcomes are still relevant and giving the community the opportunity to identify additional issues of concern.


Surplus Open Space


There are a number of Council owned properties which, over the years, have been identified as being potentially surplus to Council and community needs. Most of this land is designated as open space, but offers limited recreational use by the community and may present opportunities for sale and/or conversion to another purpose.


This project generally applies to our more established neighbourhoods, where our residents have told Council that they want us to continue improving their parks, that the focus should be on quality rather than quantity and that they want their parks connected to their neighbourhoods with better pathways.


Erskine Park was used as a pilot project to gather feedback on the Community’s recreation priorities, identify the availability and suitability of Council parks in the suburb and to gauge community support for funding quality improvements to open spaces in their suburb, by selling some of the Council owned land that is not meeting the Community’s current recreation needs. Combining the Community feedback we received through focus groups, drop-in sessions and over 200 resident survey responses with an independent recreation study, we developed a draft Open Space Master Plan. The Plan identified which parks should be upgraded and which open space land should be considered for sale to fund improvements.


Council has commenced the planning process to reclassify and rezone certain Council owned land located within Erskine Park and allocated significant funding ($ 2.65 million) to advance the initial improvements identified in the Open Space Master Plan.

Team Colyton


Team Colyton's first event - the inaugural Colyton Carols held in early December 2015. Team Colyton has allowed Council’s Neighbourhood Renewal Team to pilot working with residents and local services within a collective impact model and to test its own capacity as a backbone agency. Residents in particular have been empowered to take local action themselves, supported by Council and other services.


Magnetic Places Program


A highlight of the Magnetic Places Grants Program in 2016 has been the Community Junction project Billy Carts Derby Day. The youth work team of Community Junction worked with young people across two neighbourhoods to design and construct billy carts which were then showcased for the community at a local derby day in Park Lawn Place, St Marys. The project built the confidence of participants, provided opportunities for social connection and developing stronger relationships with a support services. Young participants were very proud of the billy carts and this certainly proved an innovative and successful approach to place making and activation.


Mayoral Challenge


The Penrith Mayoral Challenge in Colyton upgraded the playground at Barr and Bass Reserve and a launch event was held on 1 April. The event was very well attended and celebrated the diversity and friendly character of the neighbourhood. Residents have reported helping to take care of the newly improved playground by watering turf and caring for new trees.


Workshops with children at Kingswood Public School for the next Mayoral Youth Challenge began in April 2016. Students have participated in a series of workshops where they have carefully considered the needs of the local community, met with the Mayor, Councillor Karen McKeown and have developed a number of design and budget alternatives for the consideration of Council’s landscape architect team


Digital Help Desk


The Library has run a number of educational programs throughout the year including HSC lectures and 'Tech Savvy Seniors' classes. The Digital Help Desk has provided access to one on one technology training for customers seven days a week. The Library continues to provide access to online recruitment sites and makes staff available for assistance.


Healthy eating


100 families attended the NSW Cancer Council’s Eat it to Beat it Program at three primary schools in the area who conduct kindergarten orientation. This program educates parents on the value of fruits and vegetables through the day and hints and tips on how to increase consumption. Approximately 160 children participated in healthy eating activities at Children’s Week celebrations in Penrith and Claremont Meadows.


Community Leadership


The development and delivery of the Community Leadership Training by the Neighbourhood Renewal program was a highlight with a diverse range of residents and services participated in the training.


Residents reported increased confidence in communication skills, public speaking, understanding Council and other government systems, risk management, event planning and promotion, and increased confidence in themselves as community leaders and advocates. An unexpected outcome was also that participants reported an increased sense of social connection, having made new friends during the training. This training will now also be implemented in North St Marys and may be piloted in other areas with young people.




Six schools participated in the Catchment Tour program, engaging over 215 students on water quality issues and the impacts of stormwater pollution. Native trees were planted as part of the tours at Dorothy Radford Reserve and Werrington Park.


Schools for Sustainability was held in both July 2015 and March 2016. These two day forums on sustainability issues were attended by students from five local high schools and is a partnership between Penrith City Council, Western Sydney University, Penrith Lakes Environmental Education Centre and Kingswood High School.


Water: The Source of Life


The 2015 Environmental Photography Competition and photography workshop was held in October with over 30 people attending the workshop, and over 140 entries received for the competition. An awards ceremony was held on 4th November where the Mayor presented the prizes to the winners of each category. 


Environmental management, health and community protection

Council runs many programs and initiatives to protect the environment and our community.  These involve both direct action by Council officer and liaison with community groups.  




Significant progress has been made in the Sustainability program over the past year. The Cooling the City Strategy, and Community Gardens Policy and Guidelines were adopted by Council and are now being implemented. Council also adopted the Sustainability Policy and Strategy which will guide our focus and activities over coming years.  Other highlights included adoption of corporate energy and water targets and an $80,000 grant under the Building Resilience to Climate Change program for Climate Adapted People Shelter project.  This project is being conducted in partnership with Western Sydney Councils, the University of Technology’s Institute for Sustainable Futures and the NSW Climate Adaptation Research Hub.


The One Tree per Child program, delivered in partnership with Children’s Services, included a giveaway of 1,500 plants to families attending Council’s children’s centres. The program also rolled out curriculum material to help children understand the benefits of trees and how to care for them. 


Six staff members attended a liveable city study tour to Melbourne under the Louise Petchell ‘Learning for Sustainability’ Scholarship.  This is a new option for this scholarship and feedback was very positive from all staff involved


Biodiversity protection

Bush regeneration contractors continue to work at the Cranebrook Wetland and Cumberland Plain Woodland restoration site undertaking weed removal and bush regeneration works. There has been significant work managing the noxious weeds, woody weeds and the highly invasive African Lovegrass. Planting to augment the natural vegetation has been undertaken in those areas that have been impacted most by weeds and erosion. Regeneration work has occurred across the City, including at Tench Reserve Jamisontown, Werrington Creek Werrington, Kanangra Reserve Kingswood and reserves in St Clair.  With the assistance of school groups bush regeneration staff have planted 1000 local provenance trees, shrubs and ground covers.


Ecohort Pty Ltd were engaged to undertake vegetation management works along Peachtree Creek for the duration of the 2015-16 financial year. The project was a continuation of the vegetation management works from the previous year and the key aim is to improve the condition of Peachtree Creek and Showground Channel in Penrith.

Work continues with consultants to undertake a fauna survey and habitat assessment at Werrington Reserve. The findings of this survey will be used to inform future improvement works in the reserve in an attempt to provide greater habitat for native fauna, particularly threatened species.




Significant work to the value of over $2m was undertaken on Cranebrook Wetland 156 and the Andrews Road Bio Retention Wetland.  Wetlands form a critical part of an ecosystems water quality mechanisms, and ensuring wetlands are healthy and functioning has major benefits for not just water quality of all down stream areas, but also biodiversity conservation as well. 


A pilot recreational water monitoring program commenced in November to assess the water quality at key locations along the Nepean River and South Creek including Tench Reserve, The Kingsway, Devlin Road and Wallacia Bridge. The data collected through this program will be used to indicate the suitability of those locations for recreational use.


Catchment monitoring has been completed in the Dunheved Industrial Estate. This program assessed water quality at a number of key locations around the estate. The data collected is being used to locate potential pollution and to inform further investigations to identify pollution sources.


Macro Invertbra Sampling was undertaken in April.  The results indicate water quality was variable across all waterways in the Penrith LGA. Of note, a number of sites showed a decline in quality based on last year’s results. The dry conditions at the time of sampling was likely a major factor in the current ecological condition of the waterways sampled.

Optimal Stormwater Pty Ltd have completed an audit of 85 Gross Pollutant Traps (GPTs) throughout the City as part of developing a framework to help in the implementation of stormwater improvement works. The audit assessed the performance of the GPTs and identified areas of Council’s drainage network where the installation of new infrastructure could potentially occur.  The final report is expected to provide Council with a prioritised list of works to improve stormwater quality entering the City's' waterways.


On-site Sewage Management (OSSM)


There are approximately 4300 On-site Sewage Management (OSSM) Systems across the City.  The Program continues to focus on the assessment of installation and operational approvals, the auditing of non-domestic and non-complying systems and responding to customer requests (complaints). In addition to normal duties around inspections and assessment of new systems an audit on OSSM approvals commenced during this reporting period with the aim to streamline the programs response to audits, complaints and referrals. An additional benefit of this audit is converting paper records to a digital format that can eventually be accessed by officers while in the field.

Illegal Dumping

Over 700 investigations of illegal dumping of waste have been undertaken across Penrith’s rural areas, the majority of which is domestic waste including furniture, electrical items, and household rubbish.


Swimming pools


During 2015-16 the swimming pool compliance team conducted site inspections at 498 properties resulting in a total of 1088 individual inspections.  As a result, 281 Certificates of Compliance for Swimming Pool Barriers were issued.  The team also responded to 126 complaints regarding unfenced or unsafe pool barriers.  Our proactive campaign to identify unfenced portable pools saw the removal of 65 unsafe pools which can be very dangerous, especially to young children.


Companion Animals


Council maintained a 97% re-homing rate of impounded Companion animals from the Hawkesbury Animal Shelter and a further 116 animals were returned to owners without the need to impound them.  We also conducted two successful Free Micro chipping days in the calendar year with 411 animal’s micro chipped.  We were successful in obtaining grant funding from the Office of Local Government to run a Chip, Spay & Play event during which 74 animals were micro chipped, 80 De-sexed and 7 dogs trained.


Events and launches

Events make a valuable contribution to the health and wellbeing of our diverse community, as well as to our local economy.  Council organises a wide variety of events across our City each year, and works closely with other event organisers to bring major events to the City. Some highlights of the 75 events held in 2015-16 include:


Eleven citizenship ceremonies were held, with 729 people becoming Australian citizens.

The City's 2015 NAIDOC Week events were very successful. The Civic Reception featured guest speaker Kane Morton who spoke about the bush regeneration work undertaken by the Deerubbin Local Aboriginal Land Council on a number of their sites across Western Sydney. The Family Gathering on Friday 11 July was attended by over 5,000 people and featured a range of fun activities for children and young people.


Ten functions were held to celebrate Penrith’s 1815-2015 Bicentenary, including the launch of the Bicentenary video series, Dedication of the First Government Building in Penrith, a Bicentenary NRL match, the Bicentenary Festival at Smith’s Paddock, Thornton and the Coo-ee March civic reception.


The Mayoral Arts and Culture Summit was held in early September 2015 at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre. Over 100 artists and representatives from cultural organisations and groups attended the Summit which aimed to address the inequity in arts funding between eastern and western Sydney.




On 8 March 2016 Council held a successful International Women’s Day celebration together with the Penrith Women’s Health Centre and a number of local community organisations and service providers. The event attracted a record crowd with more than 180 local women from diverse backgrounds participating in an entertaining and educational morning of activities.


On Thursday 7 April 2016 over 400 older residents were treated to a variety of outstanding musical, dance and performances at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre to celebrate Re-Imagine Ageing 2016 - the inaugural Seniors Festival.


The concert showcased local school talent from the Nepean Performing and Creative Arts High School and was capped-off with a wonderful musical performance by the Diamond Divas. Further details of the events calendar are included below:



Penrith Police 100-year River Walk celebration

William Cox Historical Festival and Open Day


Mayors Cup in Association with Penrith Harness Racing Club

Bicentenary of Penrith - Ghost Investigation.


Spicy Penrith

Sanitarium Little Big Dash

Bicentenary of Penrith - Dedication to the First Government Building in Penrith

Bicentenary of Penrith - Ghost Investigation



St Marys Spring Festival

Defqon.1 music festival

Bicentenary of Penrith Festival

Bicentenary of Penrith - Time Capsule Burial

Music By the River

Nepean Disability Expo

Miss Muddy


Western Sydney Marathon

Sunday Siestas

Nepean Triathlon

Running Scared



Cooee March

Ironman 70.3

Sunday Siestas


Penrith Gift

Cinema in the Park x 2


Australia Day Celebrations

Australian National Futsal Championships


Cinema in the Park

112th Annual Luddenham Show


Sydney International Rowing Regatta

Penrith CBD Festival

Penrith Working Truck Show

Music By The River


Relay For Life

Diesel Dirt & Turf Expo



Dye Hard Fun Run

Sydney Antique and Classic Truck Show



Australian Ice Hockey All Stars Game

Mayors Cup in Association with Penrith Harness Racing Club

Waste Not Dance Festival.



Major projects

Council undertakes major projects in many areas of its operations.  These projects require detailed planning and management, and deliver significant benefit to the community.  Establishment of a major projects reserve through the SRV will assist in planning and delivery in coming years. 


·    Construction works in Mondo between Council, Westfield and the JSPAC are almost complete.  These works will deliver a revitalised space for people to meet, significantly improving the amenity of this area.

·    The new amenities building in Glenmore Park Stage 2 is nearing completion.  This building will provide modern facilities for the new sporting ovals, the northern ovals have been delivered by Council while the southern fields were delivered by the developer.

·    Peachtree Creek Bank Stabilisation project in Weir Reserve has been completed to address dangerous erosion on the sheer banks.

·    A tender for construction of significant CBD drainage works has been approved, with works due to commence in 2016-17

·    Construction on the streetscape improvement works in Queen Street, St Marys commenced.  Council has had to step in to ensure works continue following issues with the construction contractor. Works are being planned to minimise any further disruption to trading along the length of Queen Street. 

·    An additional length of the Great River Walk from Nepean Avenue towards Jamison Rd corner has also been completed. This popular recreational path has been heavily used since completion. 

·    The Pop Up Park trial evaluation was completed and design of the permanent park is underway for construction to commence in 2017.

·    The Andrews Road Bio Retention wetland was completed and the Cranebrook Wetland is practically complete.

·    A request for proposal to develop the Reserve Street site has been returned by 3 proponents and assessment is underway.  A recommendation to Council on a preferred option is expected in the first quarter of 2016-17.

·    An Expression of Interest for development of a car park and residential / commercial building in Union Road has been released, submissions are encouraging and are being assessed. 


Planning, submissions and reports



This past year has seen an increase in both the number and value of development applications submitted and assessed. 


A total of 1,502 development applications were received with a total of 1,421 determined and 80 applications withdrawn within 2015 -2016. This represents a slight increase in the lodgement of applications with an additional 20 development applications received compared with the previous financial year. While the number of applications received and determined was consistent with the previous year, the cost of works for the applications determined has considerably increased from $646,837,738 (2014-15) to $1,266,721,841 (2015-16).


Councils Development Engineering team have provided sound engineering advice for development assessment. Development Engineering have assessed 620 new developments over the course of the year. 


With a considerable uptake in multi dwelling housing and mixed use / residential flat building development within Penrith over the last year, infrastructure provision has become increasingly important.  This includes the capacity of existing road networks to accommodate intensified residential development, site feasibility for waste collection servicing and the changing character of existing localities such as the Health and Education Precinct, St Marys and Oxley Park.


A total of 140 pre-lodgement meetings and 50 Urban Design Review Panel meetings were conducted for major development proposals within 2015-16.  Examples of major proposals reviewed for key sites include mixed use and residential flat building developments within the Penrith City Centre, Health and Education Precinct and St Mary's Town Centre, development of target sites for residential flat buildings around the Jordan Springs Lake, mixed use and flat building developments within North Penrith (Thornton Estate) and major redevelopment of the Penrith Panthers site.


The streamlining, integration and development of Council’s approval systems have continued to advance. New initiatives to produce electronic inspection results have continued and electronic inspection templates have been developed. The use of electronic devices onsite has increased and demonstrated the effectiveness of using these devices for improved customer service and access to records.   The streamlining and integration of computer systems will continue to be reviewed to ensure a simpler, more efficient service is provided.


The Joint Regional Planning Panel approved 16 major proposals as follows:

·    Stage 2 of Glenmore Park Town Centre,

·    Jordan Springs Community Facility

·    2 x 11 Storey Apartment buildings each containing 102 Apartments at Engineers Place, Thornton

·    Seniors Living at Panthers,

·    Staged Construction of Four (4) Storey Multi-Deck Car Park including Rooftop Parking & Ground Floor Retail Premises (3), Eight (8) Storey Serviced Apartments Building (83 Apartments) at Panthers

·    8 Storey mixed use development at Derby St Kingswood,

·    A Special needs Schools at Ridgetop Drive, Glenmore Park,

·    Bulk Earth Works St Marys Central Precinct

·    Stage 1 Residential Subdivision Including 380 Residential Lots in St Marys Central Precinct

·    Stage 2 Residential Subdivision of the Central Precinct for the Creation of 278 Lots

·    Stage 1 Construction of 4 x Residential Flat Buildings (138 Residential Apartments), 1 x Mixed Use Building (Ground Floor Commercial Floor Space and 63 Residential Apartments Lakeside Parade Jordon Springs

·    Mixed Use Development - Staged Construction of Three (3) x Nine (9) Storey Buildings with Ground Floor Commercial/Retail Tenancy Lord Sheffield Circuit Thornton

·    Additions to an approved Waste Management Facility at Christie St, St Marys

·    Four (4) x Eight (8) Storey Residential Flat Buildings (289 Units), Carson lane St Marys

·    A Group Home development at Fourth Avenue Landilo




The rezoning of the Mamre West precinct was gazetted on 24 June 2016 and rezoned the land from rural uses to industrial uses. The State Government recently announced that Fire and Rescue NSW will build a new training facility on a site within this precinct.


The Housekeeping amendment LEP was reported to Council on 28 September 2015 seeking endorsement to proceed to the Gateway requesting approval for public exhibition. The Planning Proposal was formally lodged with the Department on 12 November 2015. A Gateway Determination was received on 29 January 2016 allowing Council to publicly exhibit the Planning Proposal. The Planning Proposal was publicly exhibited for 28 days between 23 May and 20 June 2016.


The Planning Proposal for Glenmore Park Stage 2 (Precinct C) was publicly exhibited for 4 weeks from 28 September to 26 October 2015. One community submission was received as well as five public agency submissions. At Council’s 7 December 2015 Ordinary Meeting the planning proposal was endorsed to proceed to the next stage of the LEP amendment process.


The Planning Proposal for the Sydney Science Park was publicly exhibited for 4 weeks from 16 November to 14 December 2015. A total of 16 community submissions were received as well as 12 public agency submissions. Council, at its Policy Review Committee Meeting of 14 March 2016 resolved to forward the Sydney Science Park Planning Proposal to the Department of Planning and Environment to finalise the Gateway determination process and make the Plan.




Over the course of the year Council has made submissions to the State and Federal Government on a range of issues, to ensure that the impact of proposals on our community is considered.  Key submissions include:

·    Draft Airport Plan and draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Western Sydney Airport was made on 18 December 2015.

·    Route options for the proposed M12 Motorway was made on 23 March 2016.

·    Proposed Obstacle Limitation Surface for the Western Sydney Airport was made on 29 March 2016.




Legal Services continues to provide Council with dispute resolution, litigation and advocacy services. There were 20 litigation matters, 11 of which were Land and Environment Court matters. Council was successful in 7 of the 20 matters. Five of the matters were resolved prior to any hearing, and the remaining 8 are continuing matters.


Sporting, recreation and park facilities

Many parks, sporting and recreation facilities across the City have benefited from a range of improvements and upgrades including implementing outdoor health and fitness gyms, improvements to floodlighting, canteens and storage at various venues and facilities.

·    The upgrade of 10 tennis courts at Woodriff Gardens was completed in April 2016.  The project involved the reconstruction of 10 courts and installing a blue, cushioned hardcourt surface that has playing characteristics similar to the courts used for the Australian Open. In addition to the court surfaces, a number of floodlight poles were replaced and new shelter sheds and seating were installed.

·    New playgrounds installed at Schultz Reserve, Colyton; Kevin Dwyer Reserve - Colyton, Greygums Oval - Cranebrook, Peppermint Reserve - Kingswood,

·    Floodlights upgraded at Hickeys Lane - Penrith, Greygums Oval - Cranebrook and Gow Park - Mulgoa.

·    Canteen upgrades were completed at Andrews Road Baseball, Penrith; Andrews Road Rugby Union, Penrith; and the Kingsway (south), Werrington.

·    The Andrews Rd Baseball canteen has been refurbished.

·    Upgrade of synthetic cricket pitch surfaces

·    Reconstruction of Ridge Park playing fields at Colyton and Boronia Park, North St Marys.

·    Completion of extensive topdressing program utilising recycled organic material.

·    Reconstruction of two playing fields at Boronia Park, North St Marys.

·    Installation of sand slit drainage at Andromeda Playing Fields, Cranebrook.

·    Reconstruction of Ridge Park, Oxley Park.

·    Installation of irrigation on Bill Ball Oval, St Marys.

·    Installation of sand slit drainage on Cook Park football field

·    Our River Masterplan Path Play and planning


Public domain amenity and safety

Taking care of the public domain is key part of ensuring our community feels safe and that Penrith is a pleasant place to live, work and visit.  A number of other essential services also contribute to the health and safety of our community. 


Public Amenity and Waste


·    49,441 sqm of graffiti has been removed by Council staff and contractor between 1 Jul 14 – 30 Jun 15.

·    380 tonnes of waste was collected between 1 July and 30 June 2016.

·    Council's Public Amenity Replacement Program delivered an upgraded public toilets facility at Victoria Park, St Marys while construction commenced in June 2016 on a new public toilet facility at Penrith Cemetery, Kingswood

·    The conversion of Regentville Hall to an Emergency Services training facility, shared with Nepean Food Services, is well progressed, with a substantial ($400,000) contribution from the Rural Fire Service to the project, ensuring an ongoing ability to prepare and respond to future natural disasters.

·    Penrith’s Waste Champion App was launched on 9 December 2015 and has since been installed on 3523 devices (consisting of 2270 iOS devices and 1253 Android devices).

·    Some households in rural areas have been presenting more bins than they pay for. Just one extra 240L red bin is a loss of $378 (excluding investigation and administration costs). 435 properties have been audited resulting in 35 domestic waste service changes, saving Council, $13, 230

·    Amendments to the waste management controls in Penrith DCP 2014 (adopted by Council on 20 June) will ensure new medium and high density residential developments have waste systems that integrate with Councils waste collection fleet. These amendments will also ensure the design of waste facilities for new residential developments are considered in the preliminary stages.


Community Safety


The Closed Circuit Television systems at the Civic Centre and Judges Place car park were upgraded to provide for better quality footage from these cameras.


Public health


All of Council’s annual public health programs were completed in full this year – food safety, Legionella safety, skin penetration safety, swimming pools and spas and the arbovirus surveillance and mosquito monitoring program.  In addition, an education seminar on food handling was held in Vietnamese, and a food safety newsletter was sent to all registered food businesses. 




New Ashes Walls were installed at Emu Plains Cemetery, providing 200 ashes interment sites and increasing internment options for our community.


Transport and Infrastructure


·    A total of 2.7km of pedestrian path and 2.7km of shared paths have been constructed by Council. This includes a shared path along the Erskine Park Road and Mamre Road, Erskine Park and along Jamison Road, Jamisontown.  Works in Jamisontown included completion of a bridge for pedestrians and bike riders providing a safe crossing over Peach Tree Creek.  

·    A further 13.7km of pedestrian paths and 2.2km of shared paths were constructed by developers

·    650m of new path constructed along the south side of Sherringham Road between Pendock Road and The Northern Road


Roads and drainage


·    Additional drainage was installed in Rickards Road/Devlin Road, Castlereagh and culvert upgraded across Symonds Road at Reynolds Road, Londonderry. Additional pits were constructed at several locations to improve inlet capacity.

·    Several key local overland flood studies have been finalised and we are in the process of finalising two more. Property information has been updated across several catchments. The required drainage data has been collected and the flood models have been set up for additional studies to be completed by consultants

·    259 tonnes of material have been removed from gross pollutant traps, having a significant positive impact on the quality of our waterways

·    A total of 11.9km of roadway and 19.8km of piped drainage, including 1185 pits and 16 gross pollutant traps were dedicated to Council as part of the development of new release areas

·    32,100sqm of road pavement were rehabilitated and resurfaced utilising Roads to Recovery Funding during 2015/16. Works included patching and resurfacing Second Ave, Kingswood from Bringelly Road to Anthony Cr; patching and resurfacing Campbell St, Luddenham from Park Road to Willowdene Road; stabilising and resurfacing Terrybrook Road, Llandilo from Third Ave to Ninth Ave; mill and fill works on Batt St, Jamisontown from York Road to Penrith Place; and mill and fill works on Carpenter St, St Marys from Adams Cr to Marsden Road.

·    Two roundabouts were constructed this year, one at Racecourse Road/ Batt St, South Penrith and at Gascoigne St/Phillip St, Kingswood.

·    Traffic calming devices were implemented in southwest St Marys.

·    New watts profile speed humps were installed in Kingswood Road, Orchard Hills near Orchard Hills Public School.

·    Council received over $32m funding for local road upgrades as part of Western Sydney Infrastructure Project for road construction projects within the LGA



Council recently endorsed the approval to enter into a Parking agreement with Westfield Penrith. This agreement will allow council Rangers to enforce parking within the loading dock areas and the Disable parking bays within the centre.

Council Parking Officers commenced the use of Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and bluetooth printers to issue electronic penalty infringement notices. This new system allows penalty notices to be processed by the State Debt Recovery Office within 24 hours of the penalty being issued.


Training and staff support

During 2015-16 Council provided numerous opportunities for people to obtain ‘on the job’ training to improve their skills and career prospects.  This included 53 trainees completing the program and 49 commencing.  Council continues to offer traineeships in a wide range of areas including business administration; childcare; information technology; horticulture and civil construction.


As an ongoing strategy Council annually provides various targeted positions in which to place persons from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background and persons with a disability. During the reporting period, Council appointed as part of their traineeship program:

·           1 person with a disability through Council’s partnership with the National Disability Recruitment Coordinator (NDRC).

·           3 persons with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background.




During 2015-16 Council registered 63 work injuries which resulted in 32 lost time claims. A total number of 427 days were lost to workers’ compensation in the period (0.176% of days worked) with 6.76% of staff lodging claims.


GPS units have been installed across 150 items of major plant during 2015-16, including implementation of duress buttons and duress pendants.  These buttons and pendants will provide staff with an extra level of protection should they experience issues while working. 


Certificate IV in Regulatory Services


In March 2016, Council was granted exemption from the Anti-Discrimination Board to advertise and facilitate a training and development program, Certificate IV in Regulatory Services, internally to Council's outdoor operations workforce targeting up to 8 positions in the program for Council employees over the age of 50 years. This exemption will remain in force for a period of five years.


Certificate IV in Competitive Systems


As part of the Capacity Review Implementation Program, 26 staff are completing a Certificate IV in Competitive Systems and Practices between November 2015 and January 2017.  This course will focus on skills in process improvement, problem solving and cost saving, and will help identify savings in all areas of the organisation going forward.


Depot LEAN training


Similar to the Certificate IV in Competitive Systems and Practices, a training course on LEAN business practices has been run for Works Coordinators.  This also focussed on process improvements and cost savings, and staff are already identifying ways to maintain or improve customer service at lower cost. 



We continue to deliver quality services with the aim to meet the needs of our community while ensuring we deliver value for their rates dollar and strive to make Penrith a better place to live and do business.





That the information contained in the report on The Year in Review be received.





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