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3 October 2018

 

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 October 2018 at 7:00PM.

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

Yours faithfully

 

 

Warwick Winn

General Manager

 

BUSINESS

 

1.           LEAVE OF ABSENCE

Leave of absence has been granted to:

Councillor Mark Davies - 5 October 2018 to 19 October 2018 inclusive.

 

2.           APOLOGIES

 

3.           CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES

Policy Review Committee Meeting - 3 September 2018.

 

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 October 2018

 

table of contents

 

 

 

 

 

 

meeting calendar

 

 

confirmation of minutes

 

 

DELIVERY program reports

 


Council_Mark_POS_RGB2018 MEETING CALENDAR

January 2018 - December 2018

(Adopted by Council - 27 November 2017 and amended)

 

 

 

TIME

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Ordinary Council Meeting

7.00pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Policy Review Committee

7.00pm

 

12

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9

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

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

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

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

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Election of Mayor/Deputy Mayor

 ü

Meeting at which the 2017-2018 Annual Statements are presented

 

Meeting at which any comments on the 2017-2018 Annual Statements are presented

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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 Governance Coordinator, Adam Beggs on 4732 7597

 


UNCONFIRMED MINUTES

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

ON MONDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 2018 AT 7:02PM

PRESENT

His Worship the Mayor, Councillor John Thain, Deputy Mayor, Councillor Tricia Hitchen, and Bernard Bratusa, Todd Carney, Brian Cartwright, Robin Cook, Marcus Cornish, Kevin Crameri OAM, Greg Davies, Aaron Duke, Ross Fowler OAM, Karen McKeown OAM and Kath Presdee.

 

LEAVE OF ABSENCE

Leave of Absence was previously granted to Councillor Mark Davies for the period 13 August 2018 to 7 September 2018 inclusive.

 

PRC40  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Brian Cartwright seconded Councillor Ross Fowler OAM that Leave of Absence be granted to Councillor Jim Aitken OAM for the period 3 September 2018 to 11 September 2018 inclusive.

 

 

APOLOGIES

There were no apologies.

 

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES - Policy Review Committee Meeting - 13 August 2018

PRC41  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Kevin Crameri OAM seconded Councillor Kath Presdee that the minutes of the Policy Review Committee Meeting of 13 August 2018 be confirmed.

 

 

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 

Councillor Ross Fowler OAM declared a Pecuniary Interest in Item 2 - Penrith CBD Corporation – Annual Report 2017-2018 and Business Plan 2018-2019 as he is the Auditor for the Penrith CBD Corporation.

 

 

DELIVERY PROGRAM REPORTS

 

Outcome 2 - We plan for our future growth

 

1        Glenmore Park Stage 3 Planning Proposal (Accelerated Housing Delivery Program site)                                                                                                                                     

 

PRC42  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Greg Davies seconded Councillor Aaron Duke that this Item be deferred for further consideration.

 

 

 

Having previously declared a pecuniary interest in Item 2, Councillor Ross Fowler OAM left the meeting, the time being 7.04 pm

 

 

Outcome 4 - We have safe, vibrant places

 

2        Penrith CBD Corporation - Annual Report 2017-2018 and Business Plan 2018-2019

         

Councillor John Thain left the meeting, the time being 7:12 pm

Councillor John Thain returned to the meeting, the time being 7:12 pm

 

PRC43  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Greg Davies seconded Councillor Marcus Cornish

That:

1.    The information contained in the report on Penrith CBD Corporation - Annual Report 2017-2018 and Business Plan 2018-2019 be received.

2.    Council receive information on the Annual Report and Audited Financial Statement for 2017-2018 of the Penrith CBD Corporation.

3.    Council endorse the Penrith CBD Corporation’s Annual Business Plan 2018-2019.

 

 

Councillor Ross Fowler OAM returned to the meeting, the time being 7:20 pm

 

Outcome 7 - We have confidence in our Council

 

3        Revised Business Ethics Statement                                                                               

PRC44  RESOLVED on the MOTION of Councillor Aaron Duke seconded Councillor Brian Cartwright

That:

1.    The information contained in the report on Revised Business Ethics Statement be received

2.    Council adopt the updated Statement of Business Ethics Statement as outlined and attached to the report.

 

 

 

 

There being no further business the Chairperson declared the meeting closed the time being 7:23PM.

    


DELIVERY PROGRAM REPORTS

 

Item                                                                                                                                       Page

 

 

Outcome 2 - We plan for our future growth

 

1        LEP Review Report                                                                                                            1

 

2        Planning Proposal - 92,94 and 96 Victoria Street Werrington

Procedural note: Section 375A of the Local Government Act 1993 requires that a division be called in relation to this matter.                                                                  5

 

3        Australian Arms Hotel Planning Proposal, 351 - 359 High Street, Penrith

Procedural note: Section 375A of the Local Government Act 1993 requires that a division be called in relation to this matter.                                                                11

 

4        RZ18/0008 - Planning Proposal to amend Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2010 - Reclassification of four (4) sites in St Marys and Penrith from Community to Operational land.

Procedural note: Section 375A of the Local Government Act 1993 requires that a division be called in relation to this matter.                                                                16

 

 

Outcome 4 - We have safe, vibrant places

 

5        The Village Cafe - North St Marys and Kingswood Progress                                         25

 

6        St Marys Town Centre Annual Report 2017-2018 and Business Plan 2018-2019         33

 

 

Outcome 7 - We have confidence in our Council

 

7        Penrith Whitewater Annual Report 2017-2018                                                                43

 

 


 

 

 

 

THIS PAGE HAS BEEN LEFT BLANK  INTENTIONALLY


 

 

Outcome 1 - We can work close to home

 

 

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


 

 

 

 

THIS PAGE HAS BEEN LEFT BLANK  INTENTIONALLY


Outcome 2 - We plan for our future growth

 

Item                                                                                                                                       Page

 

1        LEP Review Report                                                                                                            1

 

2        Planning Proposal - 92,94 and 96 Victoria Street Werrington

Procedural note: Section 375A of the Local Government Act 1993 requires that a division be called in relation to this matter.                                                                  5

 

3        Australian Arms Hotel Planning Proposal, 351 - 359 High Street, Penrith

Procedural note: Section 375A of the Local Government Act 1993 requires that a division be called in relation to this matter.                                                                11

 

4        RZ18/0008 - Planning Proposal to amend Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2010 - Reclassification of four (4) sites in St Marys and Penrith from Community to Operational land.

Procedural note: Section 375A of the Local Government Act 1993 requires that a division be called in relation to this matter.                                                                16

 

 

 

 

 

 



Policy Review Committee Meeting                                                                  8 October 2018

 

 

 

1

LEP Review Report   

 

Compiled by:               Carlie Ryan, Principal Planner

Authorised by:            Natasha Baker, City Planning Manager  

 

Outcome

We plan for our future growth

Strategy

Ensure services, facilities and infrastructure meet the changing needs of our community

Service Activity

Ensure our policies, strategies and plans provide for the services and infrastructure our City needs

      

 

Executive Summary

Council is required to review and amend the Local Environmental Plan (LEP) within two years of the Western City District Plan (District Plan) being made (ie. before March 2020) to ensure early alignment with the planning priorities of the District Plan, including relevant studies and strategies. The acceleration of the LEP review will be based on strategy rather than a site by site process. It provides Council with the opportunity to deliver its vision to align the Community Outcomes in the Community Plan 2017 into a contemporised land use planning framework.

The preparation of a LEP Review Report by Council is a key step in the implementation of the District Plan and a requirement of Action 92 of the District Plan. A draft version of Council’s LEP Review Report is provided at Attachment 1 for Council’s consideration and includes:

-     An analysis of Council’s existing LEP and strategic planning framework,

-     Consideration of significant game changing initiatives including the Western Sydney City Deal,

-     Identification of alignment of the LEP and strategic planning framework to the planning priorities and actions in the District Plan, and

-     Context that will help identify the priorities for investigation to inform a Local Strategic Planning Statement which will communicate how Council’s vision gives effect to the District Plans, due to be completed in 2019 in consultation with the community, and

-     Recommendations on how Council will advance and prioritise its future strategic planning work given the accelerated two year timeframe.

 

The LEP review report concludes that the significant amount of work in Council’s existing studies and strategies provide enough guidance for land use planning, however they need to be contemporised in order to address the specific actions in the District Plan.

 

This report seeks Council’s endorsement of the LEP Review Report, which is a key funding milestone of the LEP Review. Following endorsement of the LEP Review Report Council will  submit it to the Greater Sydney Commission and the Department of Planning and Environment for their consideration.

Background

The release of the A Metropolis of Three Cities (the Region Plan) and the Western City District Plan (District Plan) in March 2018 establishes the future vision for the Western Parkland City including the important role of Penrith as part of the Metropolitan Cluster.

The Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (the Act) was amended in March 2018 in line with release of the District Plan to shift the emphasis from a regulatory focus to one that strengthens the role of upfront strategic planning and community participation. These amendments require Council to undertake a review of the LEP following the making of the District Plan.

Through the Western Sydney City Deal, Council has secured $2.5m to accelerate the review of the LEP including the adoption of a Local Housing Strategy to deliver on housing targets set out in the District Plan.   The acceleration of the review of the LEP provides Council with the opportunity to deliver its vision to align the Community Outcomes in the Community Plan 2017 into a contemporised land use planning framework.

The accelerated process also enables Council to expedite studies and strategies to align the LEP with the District Plan and engage with the community about land use planning priorities for Penrith. This will involve community engagement and the preparation of a Local Strategic Planning Statement in 2019.

LEP Review Report

An assessment of Council’s current LEP, including strategies and studies, has been undertaken - known as the “LEP health check”. This is to identify how Council’s LEP is aligned to the priorities and actions in the District Plan. A LEP Review Report (Attachment 1) has been prepared to satisfy the legislative requirement under Section 3.8(4) of the Act for Council to undertake a LEP health check following the making of a District Plan.

 

The LEP health check has found that Council’s current LEP and strategies are largely consistent with the District Plan planning priorities and actions, however they need to be contemporised in order to address the specific actions in the District Plan. Where Council is not consistent with the District Plan (e.g. the determination and delivery of housing targets), certain strategies have been identified to be contemporised, such as the Local Housing Strategy. The need for additional strategies will be identified in Council’s Local Strategic Planning Statement as an action to respond to broader outcomes of the District Plan and programmed for completion over the next 5 years.

 

Considering the accelerated nature of the LEP review program and the need to have a Planning Proposal for an update to the LEP on public exhibition in under 12 months, the health check has resulted in the prioritisation of certain studies and strategies. These studies and strategies will inform the draft Local Strategic Planning Statement and the review of the LEP. A work program for the LEP Review is provided under separate cover for Council’s consideration.

 

LEP Review –  recommended studies and strategies

Council has a good opportunity to accelerate and contemporise certain studies and strategies to inform the LSPS and the LEP Review. The acceleration of the LEP review will be based on strategy rather than a site by site process. One of the strategies to be prioritised is the preparation of a Local Housing Strategy, which has commenced.

 


 

Strategies that have been prioritised for completion in within the 2 year LEP review period include:

 

·    Scenic and Cultural Landscapes Study to inform Council of the unique topographic and scenic assets in need of management and protection and informing a future Green Grid Strategy.

 

·    Rural Lands Strategy to identify opportunities and constraints affecting rural lands and villages, including the suitability of current subdivision patterns and land uses. The Strategy will balance preservation of rural lands with the demand for employment, housing and game changing development catalysts, including the Western Sydney Airport and infrastructure corridors.

 

·    A comprehensive review of the planning controls for the Penrith City Centre to identify the long-term projected demand for floor space and identify necessary infrastructure to provide an acceptable level of service.

 

·    Economic Strategy for St Marys Town Centre, recognising the need to identify future opportunities and constraints associated with major infrastructure programmed by State/Federal Government including North-South rail and the Western Sydney City Deal. This work together with the City Centre Review for Penrith will inform a broader exercise of mapping centres across the LGA and informing a future Employment Lands Strategy.

 

Work on the above studies and strategies will consider interrelated strategies currently in place or being prepared by Council like the Recreation and Open Space Strategy. Additional studies and strategies will be identified in the LSPS for completion over the next 5 years.

 

Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS)

 

Legislation requires Council to prepare a Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) that will set out the 20-year vision for land-use in Penrith, the special character and values that are to be preserved and how change will be managed into the future. Through community engagement, Council will determine planning priorities for Penrith and develop actions that are tailored to the unique economic, social and environmental characteristics of the LGA.

 

The LSPS will use the community outcomes from the Community Plan 2017 as a foundation and introduce specific land use planning priorities. These priorities will be the focus of future strategic planning and will be the focus of further councillor and community engagement in 2019. As outlined above, the LSPS will also include actions to identify additional strategies for completion over the next 5 years. Council is required to exhibit a draft LSPS by 1 July 2019 and finalise the LSPS by 1 December 2019.

 

Community engagement

 

Council is committed to real community engagement that invites input at the right time to inform the process. A challenge that will need to be managed is the substantial amount of work that is required to be undertaken within a relatively constrained period of time as part of the LEP review program. There is a significant opportunity to deliver a strategic communications and engagement campaign that engages the community in a strategic conversation about planning and planning activities in Penrith.

Building on community engagement already carried out through the development of the Community Plan in 2017, a Community Engagement Strategy will be developed for the LEP review program.

 

Conclusion and next steps

The LEP health check has found that Council’s current LEP and strategies are largely consistent with the District Plan.  Where Council is not consistent with the District Plan (e.g. a housing strategy to ensure the delivery of housing targets), certain strategies have been identified to be contemporised, such as the Local Housing Strategy. In the long term, the need for additional strategies will be identified in Council’s Local Strategic Planning Statement as an action to respond to broader outcomes of the District Plan and programmed for completion over the next 5 years.

 

Council will be further briefed and updated on the LEP review program and the preparation of a Local Strategic Planning Statement; including the relevant studies and strategies. A LEP review program is provided under separate cover for Council’s consideration.

 

Following Council’s endorsement of the LEP Review Report, it will be submitted to the Greater Sydney Commission and the Department of Planning and Environment for their consideration.

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.    The information contained in the report on LEP Review Report be received

2.    Council endorse the LEP Review Report – October 2018 at Attachment 1 to be sent to the Greater Sydney Commission and the Department of Planning and Environment for their consideration.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

1.

LEP Review Report

66 Pages

Attachments Included

  


Policy Review Committee Meeting                                                                  8 October 2018

 

 

 

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Planning Proposal - 92,94 and 96 Victoria Street Werrington   

 

Compiled by:               Danielle Fox, Planner

Authorised by:            Natasha Baker, City Planning Manager  

 

Outcome

We plan for our future growth

Strategy

Facilitate quality development in the City that considers the current and future needs of our community

Service Activity

Plan for and facilitate development in the City

     

Procedural note: Section 375A of the Local Government Act 1993 requires that a division be called in relation to this matter.

 

Owners:             Andrew and Josephine Lillas, Maurice Girotto, Cong K Huynh and Bao C Tran

Proponents:       Andrew and Josephine Lillas, Maurice Girotto, Cong K Huynh and Bao C Tran

 

Executive Summary

This report presents the results of public exhibition and public authority consultation for a Planning Proposal relating to 92, 94 and 96 Victoria Street, Werrington. The Planning Proposal seeks to amend the existing planning controls to allow for high density residential development on the site.

 

The Planning Proposal was placed on public exhibition from 16 April 2018 to 16 May 2018. Public authorities identified in the Gateway Determination were consulted concurrently. Council received a total of 13 submissions.

 

The key issues raised in submissions related to traffic and flooding and have been addressed in this report. This report seeks Council’s endorsement for the Planning Proposal to proceed to the next stage of the Gateway Process, being to make the LEP.

Background

At the Policy Review Committee meeting of 10 October 2016, Council resolved to endorse the Planning Proposal relating to 92, 94 and 96 Victoria Street Werrington (the Planning Proposal) to go to Gateway. The Planning Proposal seeks to amend the Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2010 to rezone the site from R3 Medium Density Residential to R4 High Density Residential, amend the height of building limit from 8.5m to 15m and the minimum lot size from 400m2 to 800m2. Attachment 1 provides an aerial photo of the site.

 

A Gateway Determination was received in March 2017. Council requested an extension to the Gateway Determination timeframe for completing the LEP. The amended timeframe for completing the LEP is 15 March 2019.

 

Given the site adjoins land zoned R4 to the east, is situated in close proximity to public transport, recreation, services and retail, it is considered to be well suited for high density development.

 

 

Gateway Determination

 

The Department of Planning and Environment (DP&E) issued a Gateway Determination on 8

March 2017 and Council was authorised to exercise delegation to make the plan.

 

The Gateway Determination required the Planning Proposal to be updated prior to public exhibition to:

·    address the West District Plan (now superseded), consistency with State Environmental Planning Policy (Infrastructure) 2007 and Local Planning Direction 4.1 Acid Sulfate Soils,

·    include a Flood Assessment Report (addressing the issues outlined in the letter from the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley Flood Management Directorate), and,

·    address the Local Planning Direction 4.3 – Flood Prone Land.

 

Flood Assessment Report

Prior to public exhibition, the NSW State Emergency Service (SES) and Infrastructure NSW (INSW) reviewed the Flood Assessment Report (in consultation with OEH and RMS).  Both agencies did not raise any objections to the Planning Proposal progressing.

 

Local Planning Direction 4.3 Flood Prone Land

The Planning Proposal was assessed to be inconsistent with Local Planning Direction 4.3 – Flood Prone Land as it contained provisions that apply to the flood planning areas which permit a significant increase in the development of the land.

 

Council wrote to the Department (letter dated 19 April 2018) seeking agreement that the planning proposal is in accordance with the floodplain risk management plan (as supported by the Flood Assessment Report). The Department’s letter (dated 3 July 2018) agreed that the inconsistency was justified on the basis of minor significance in accordance with the terms of the Direction.

 

Public Exhibition

 

The Planning Proposal was exhibited for 28 days from 16 April 2018 to 16 May 2018.  To support the public exhibition, a range of tasks were carried out including;

·    two advertisements in the Western Weekender,

·    placement of the exhibition material on Council’s website, Civic Centre, St Marys Office and Council’s libraries at Penrith and St Marys,

·    notification letters (approx. 1000) were sent out to property owners and occupiers adjoining the site and in the vicinity.

Submissions

A total of 13 submissions were received which included five (5) community submissions and eight (8) public authority submissions. Key issues raised in the community submissions are outlined in the table below.

 

Issue

Submission number

Traffic and Parking

1,2,3,4

Corridors

1

Flooding

1

General comments

1,2,4,5

 

Community Submissions

This report provides a summary of, and a response to, the key issues raised in the submissions and the assessment of the Planning Proposal. A detailed consideration is provided in Attachment 2.

 

1.    Traffic

Most submissions raised concerns about traffic impacts specific to the planning proposal and more broader traffic concerns for the area. Concerns raised included:

·    the traffic report (dated May 2016) is outdated due to upgrades that have occurred since May 2016,

·    there is existing traffic congestion from development in surrounding streets,

·    traffic impacts of all developments need to be considered holistically,

·    the site is near a traffic black spot on Victoria Street,

·    traffic congestion on Werrington Road at Great Western Highway and the Kingsway.

Response

It is acknowledged that since the date of the original traffic report, upgrades have occurred in the vicinity of the site, including Werrington Arterial Road and improvements to Victoria Street (roundabouts and signage).

 

In response to the community submissions, comments from Transport for NSW (TfNSW) and internal traffic engineers, a revised traffic report was requested. This revised report undertook intersection assessments at three locations using Penrith appropriate trip generation data. The report concluded that two of the intersections assessed will have sufficient capacity to accommodate the proposal. The intersection of Parkes Avenue/Werrington Road currently has limited capacity and will require upgrading in the near future with or without the rezoning proposal.

 

There are currently no Developer Contributions Plan requiring a levy to fund future infrastructure upgrades in this area. Future reviews of Developer Contributions Plans may provide opportunities to levy new development for infrastructure upgrades, such as the roundabout at Parkes Avenue /Werrington Road.

 

2.   Parking

Submissions raised concerns about car parking provision and the how the sites’ proximity to public transport facilities may affect car parking provision. A concern about how the proposal will impact on car parking at Werrington station, which is already at capacity on weekdays was raised. Other concerns related to the increase of on-street parking and how this impacts on parking near shops, crime and driveways.

 

 Response

The Penrith Development Control Plan 2014 (DCP), requires the provision of on-site car parking to a standard appropriate to the intensity of the proposed development. Any future development application will have to provide parking in accordance with council’s adopted parking rates included in the DCP.

 

3.   Corridors

One submission raised concerns about the sites’ proximity to the Outer Sydney Orbital (OSO) and North South rail link (NSRL) corridors.

 

Response

The site adjoins the OSO corridor on the southern boundary and falls within the investigation area of the NSRL corridor. Transport for NSW has not raised any concerns at this stage and have indicated that further referrals would be needed to TfNSW at a development application stage.

 

4.   Flooding

One submission raised the following concerns. The OSO corridor is being located in the South Creek catchment and will require flooding impacts to be revised. Development applications in this area will increase floodwaters and traffic flow along Werrington Road. The flood report is outdated.

 

Response

Council have raised the issue of locating corridor/future infrastructure within the South Creek corridor with TfNSW in Council’s corridors submission report. A flood assessment report forms part of the Planning Proposal and includes evacuation routes approved by the SES. The SES did not raise any matters that could affect the Planning Proposal from progressing. The flood report was considered comprehensive and investigated all aspects of flooding as required by Condition 2 of the Gateway Determination.

 

The site is subject to Council’s flood related development controls. Any future development applications will need to demonstrate consistency with Council’s development control plan, provide a detailed local overland flow report, and be designed to address specific flood related controls.

 

Public Authority submissions

The Gateway determination required consultation with eight (8) public authorities. All authorities provided comments which are summarised in Attachment 2. Sydney Water, Endeavour Energy, Telstra and Transport for NSW – Sydney Trains had no objections to the Planning Proposal and provided comments and advice on matters that could be addressed at development application stage. Infrastructure NSW also had no objections and refers to the SES’s comments for current advice.

 

Comments provided from the remaining public authorities are addressed below.

 

1.    Transport for NSW – RMS and Transport for NSW

No objections to the Planning Proposal were raised by either authority. Comments received included:

If further requests for rezoning are received, Council may wish to consider undertaking a high level strategic traffic and transport assessment for the precinct.

Pertaining to flood evacuation matters, the RMS concurs with comments provided by SES. Future development applications should consider the existing and future corridors and be referred to Sydney Trains and TFNSW.

The trip generation rates used in the Traffic and Parking Assessment Report (May 2016) refer to areas with a different urban context to Penrith and should be revised to include a trip generation survey done at high density residential sites of similar geographical context.

 

Response

 

In response to comments from TfNSW and internal traffic engineers, a revised traffic report was provided by the proponent that undertook intersection assessments at three locations using appropriate trip generation data. However further traffic work will be required at development application stage.

 

In terms of high level strategic traffic and transport assessment for the precinct, the Penrith Urban Study and Strategy in 2007 did not recommend up zoning of this area as a whole. In 2018/2019, Council will be undertaking a LEP review.  When complete this review will make recommendations as to whether dwelling density should be changed. Additional studies (that may include precinct wide traffic modelling) to investigate the feasibility of any rezoning will be undertaken at that time.

 

2.    NSW State Emergency Service

No objections to the Planning Proposal were raised. The site is not considered to be subject to a high regional flood risk and would have limited impact on the emergency flood evacuation from higher flood risk areas in the Valley. Rezoning the site from R3 to R4 will not have a significant impact on the ability for at-risk residents to evacuate during a flood.

 

Assessment of Planning Proposal

The Planning Proposal has been prepared in accordance with Section 3.33 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, and the Department’s Guide to Preparing Planning Proposals.

The Planning Proposal considers the environmental impacts of the proposed rezoning. Issues relating to potential traffic impacts and flooding have been addressed and are discussed in this report.

A detailed flood assessment report was required to be prepared along with a revised traffic report. Both reports support the Planning Proposal and do not raise any issues that may prevent the Planning Proposal from progressing.

The current dwelling yield for the site is approximately 20-25 dwellings. The Planning Proposal indicates a potential for a further 140 dwellings. More detailed work at the development application stage relating to flooding constraints, traffic impacts and design challenges may not see this site developed at its maximum potential.

Council officers have considered the Planning Proposal and all submissions and recommend that the Planning Proposal be progressed through the Gateway process, to make the LEP.

 

Conclusion

 

The Planning Proposal was publicly exhibited, and all community and public authority submissions have been reviewed. Public authorities have not raised any objections to the Planning Proposal. The key issues identified relate to flooding and potential traffic impacts. A comprehensive flood assessment report that addressed emergency flood evacuation and flood risk was reviewed by SES, and no objections were raised. The site is constrained by overland flow flooding and stormwater matters that may require the proponent to undertake more detailed studies and comply with the development control plan at development application stage. This may result in the maximum potential of the site not being realised.

 

Traffic impacts were considered, and a revised traffic report was requested that concluded there is sufficient capacity to accommodate the proposal and upgrades at the Werrington Road/Parkes Avenue intersection will be required with or without the rezoning proposal. More detailed traffic work will be required at development application stage once design and dwelling yield is known.

 

It is recommended that the Planning Proposal is progressed to the next stage of the Gateway process, being to make the LEP.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.    The information contained in the report on Planning Proposal - 92,94 and 96 Victoria Street Werrington be received

2.    Council endorse the Planning Proposal for 92, 94 and 96 Victoria Street, Werrington provided in the separate enclosure to this report.

3.    The General Manager be granted delegation to update and finalise the Planning Proposal referred to in resolution 2 prior to Council's submission of the Planning Proposal to the Minister for Planning and Parliamentary Counsel.

4.    Council officers forward the Planning Proposal to the Minister for Planning and Parliamentary Counsel with a request to make the local environmental plan amendment.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

1.

Aerial photograph of the site (92, 94 & 96 Victoria Street, Werrington)

1 Page

Attachments Included

2.

Discussion Paper

9 Pages

Attachments Included

  


Policy Review Committee Meeting                                                                  8 October 2018

 

 

 

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Australian Arms Hotel Planning Proposal, 351 - 359 High Street, Penrith   

 

Compiled by:               Breannan Dent, Planner

Authorised by:            Natasha Baker, City Planning Manager  

 

Outcome

We plan for our future growth

Strategy

Facilitate quality development in the City that considers the current and future needs of our community

Service Activity

Plan for and facilitate development in the City

     

Procedural note: Section 375A of the Local Government Act 1993 requires that a division be called in relation to this matter.

 

 

Consultant:                           Andrew Darroch of Mersonn Pty Ltd

Applicant and Owner:         Australian Arms Pty Ltd

 

Executive Summary

This report seeks Council’s endorsement of a Planning Proposal to amend Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2010 (LEP) relating to height of building and floor space ratio (FSR) controls for land at 351 - 359 High Street, Penrith (Lot 2 DP 513015 and Lot 9 DP 28199). This includes the heritage-listed Australian Arms Hotel.

 

The Planning Proposal seeks to increase the height of buildings control from 12m to 24m over part of the land. The Planning Proposal also seeks to increase the Floor Space Ratio (FSR) control from 3:1 to 3.5:1 over all of the land. No increase in height controls is proposed over the Australian Arms Hotel building portion of land. Maps of the proposed height and FSR changes are provided in Attachment 1.

 

These proposed amendments will enable a 120 room four-star hotel with conference and function facilities at 351 - 359 High St, Penrith. It is intended to retain the heritage listed existing Australian Arms Hotel.

 

The submission of a Planning Proposal to the Minister for Planning / Department of Planning and Environment (DP&E) under the Gateway process will allow Council to undertake community and agency consultation on the Planning Proposal, consider submissions received in response to such an exhibition, and determine whether or not to proceed with the planning proposal and amend the current planning controls.

 

Background

Council is in receipt of a Planning Proposal for land at 351 and 359 High Street, Penrith.

 

The site accommodates a local heritage item, which is the Australian Arms Hotel, as well as a covered beer garden, car parking and a substation.

 

In 2016, pre-development application discussions were carried out between the proponent and Council’s Development Assessment team. The architectural plans for the development of the site were referred to the Urban Design Review Panel (UDRP). The UDRP advised that the proponent should proceed through the Planning Proposal process as the height exceedance was excessive, and an exception to the development standards under clause 4.6 of LEP 2010 could not be considered. The Planning Proposal and designs reflect feedback from the UDRP.

 

Original Planning Proposal

Councillors were briefed on the original Planning Proposal on 6 August 2018. To offset the proposed height and FSR increases over the whole site, the original Planning Proposal included building height and FSR control reductions for the adjoining property at 18 Lawson Street, Penrith. 18 Lawson Street, Penrith is under the same ownership as 351-359 High Street, Penrith however is not part of the development proposal.  

 

Council officers recommended that the proponent reconsider the need to amend the controls at 18 Lawson Street. The proposed reductions to FSR and Height of Building controls were inconsistent with the surrounding sites and may have restricted future development.

 

The proponent has no plans to develop above the Australian Arms Hotel, therefore no amendment to the Height of Building control over this portion of the land is considered necessary. This recommendation was made to protect important heritage features.


Revised Planning Proposal

In August, the proponent submitted a revised Planning Proposal following advice from Council’s officers. The revised Planning Proposal no longer seeks amendments to controls at 18 Lawson Street, Penrith, and no longer seeks an increase in height over the heritage listed Australian Arms Hotel building portion of land.

 

The Planning Proposal

The Planning Proposal seeks an increase in height and FSR controls to enable a new hotel and associated uses at 351 and 359 High Street, Penrith. The Planning Proposal is enclosed separately for the information of Councillors and available on Council’s website.

 

The Proposal does not propose any change to the current B3 Commercial Core zone. The aims of the Planning Proposal are to:

 

•           amend the height control as it relates to 351 and 359 High Street, Penrith from 12m to 24m on the covered beer garden, substation and parking.

 

•           amend the FSR control as it relates to 351 and 359 High Street, Penrith from 3:1 to 3.5:1.

 

The proposed changes will facilitate a 120 room, four-star hotel with conference and function facilities to complement the existing Australian Arms Hotel, which will be retained.

 

Key Considerations

Key considerations for the Planning Proposal include: 

 

Height and Floor Space controls

 

The proposed height and FSR controls as part of this Planning Proposal are in response to an Urban Design Study submitted as part of the Planning Proposal which explored a variety of development options for the site. The preferred design, as reflected within the Planning Proposal, is able to facilitate a hotel within the overall development.

 

The proposed height of 24m is consistent with the existing heights along the remainder of Lawson Street. As the indicative designs do not propose development over the existing heritage listed hotel building, it is not necessary to increase building height over the whole site. This means that the existing 12m height over the Australian Arms Hotel will be retained for all heritage items along the Lawson/High Street heritage precinct.

 

The proposed FSR of 3.5:1 is sought over the whole site. This will allow the bulk of the FSR to be taken up within the proposed new building. As such, the application of the FSR control across the site results in a lower FSR to be proposed if it were to only be applied to the portion of the site being developed.

 

In summary, the proposed controls are intended to complement the form and scale of the surrounding commercial core, without adversely affecting the amenity of future public spaces in Edward Place or the heritage items within the vicinity.

 

Heritage

 

The site contains the Australian Arms Hotel, a heritage item listed under Schedule 5 of Penrith LEP 2010. Other heritage items under LEP 2010 are in the immediate vicinity of the site along High Street. These heritage sites have lower FSR’s and heights permissible under LEP 2010 than surrounding development in order to maintain the integrity of heritage sites by ensuring new construction does not overwhelm heritage items with increased bulk and scale.

 

To ensure that the integrity of the Australian Arms Hotel heritage site is maintained through the proposed amendments, a Conservation Management Plan (CMP) has been prepared. The CMP is provided as Attachment 2 and provides guidelines for the conservation and management of the Australian Arms Hotel.

 

The CMP provides that new structures need to:

 

·    not overwhelm the existing hotel building when viewed from the public domain,

·    allow observers in the public domain to appreciate the character and detail of the Art Deco building,

·    provide visual separation of the Hotel, ensuring independence of the original fabric,

·    be assessed by a heritage specialist to ensure any negative heritage impacts are minimised.

 

A list of significant internal and external items has been provided in the CMP for elements that need to be conserved, such as the:

·    face brick and glass brick tower and flagpole at the corner of the building,

·    room layout and curved internal corners,

·    roof form and tile finishes viewed from the public domain,

·    awning including pressed metal soffit.

 

The Planning Proposal will be referred to the Heritage Advisory Committee subject to an approved Gateway Determination and as part of the public exhibition of the Planning Proposal.

 

Traffic

 

An assessment of traffic generation indicates that existing streets have capacity to accommodate the growth that would be created by increasing the Height and FSR of the site.

 

Provision of approximately 62 basement car parking spaces is projected for the future development. Further detailed designs will be required during the Development Approval process to create appropriate parking and access.

 

Next Steps

The Planning Proposal is largely consistent with the Local Planning Directions issued by the Minister for Planning. Any inconsistencies are minor and can be justified.

 

Should Council endorse the proposed amendments, the Planning Proposal will be submitted to the Minister for Planning / DP&E with a request for Gateway Determination to proceed to Public Exhibition.

 

Should the Planning Proposal be granted approval to proceed under the Gateway Determination, the Planning Proposal will be placed on Public Exhibition for the specified period as required by the Gateway Determination. A further report to Council will be provided advising of the outcomes of the Public Exhibition.

 

Delegation is recommended to be sought for the General Manager to update and finalise the Planning Proposal for the making of the LEP amendment.

 

Conclusion

Council staff have held ongoing discussions with the proponents of the subject land to provide an appropriate development outcome, given the local heritage listing of the site.

The Planning Proposal has the potential to facilitate improved employment and recreation opportunities, increase the night-time activation of the Eastern end of the Penrith CBD and provide short-term accommodation in the City Centre. Sympathetic development of the site also has the potential to complement the existing use and facilitate conservation of the Australian Arms Hotel. 

 

The Planning Proposal also has the potential to provide improved economic and social benefit to the community, due to the increased employment and recreational opportunities in the City Centre, close to compatible uses and transport.

 

It is recommended a Planning Proposal to amend the Penrith LEP 2010 be forwarded to the Minister for Planning / DP&E to commence the Gateway Process.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.    The information contained in the report on Australian Arms Hotel Planning Proposal, 351 - 359 High Street, Penrith be received.

2.    Council endorse the Planning Proposal to amend the Height of Buildings and Floor Space Ratio controls for 351 - 359 High Street, Penrith (enclosed separately for the information of Councillors and available on Council’s website) and amended in accordance with this report.

3.    The Planning Proposal be submitted to the Department of Planning and Environment (DP&E) with a request to issue a Gateway Determination. The submission will include a request to issue Council with delegation for plan making authority.

4.    The General Manager be granted delegation to make any necessary changes to the Planning Proposal:

a.   prior to Council's submission of the Planning Proposal to the Minister for Planning, such as minor changes and formatting;

b.   as a result of any negotiated changes sought by DP&E in the lead up to the Gateway Determination;

c.   prior to public exhibition in response to the conditions of the Gateway Determination or negotiations with public authorities and other stakeholders.

5.    Consultation with the community and public agencies be undertaken in accordance with any Gateway Determination.

6.    A further report be presented to Council on the submissions received from public agencies and the community.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

1.

Australian Arms Hotel - Draft LEP Maps

1 Page

Attachments Included

2.

Australian Arms Hotel - Conservation Management Plan

46 Pages

Attachments Included

  


Policy Review Committee Meeting                                                                  8 October 2018

 

 

 

4

RZ18/0008 - Planning Proposal to amend Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2010 - Reclassification of four (4) sites in St Marys and Penrith from Community to Operational land.   

 

Compiled by:               Danielle Fox, Planner

Authorised by:            Natasha Baker, City Planning Manager  

 

Outcome

We plan for our future growth

Strategy

Facilitate quality development in the City that considers the current and future needs of our community

Service Activity

Plan for and facilitate development in the City

     

Procedural note: Section 375A of the Local Government Act 1993 requires that a division be called in relation to this matter.

 

Owner: Penrith City Council

Proponent: Penrith City Council

Executive Summary

Council is in receipt of a Planning Proposal to amend the Penrith Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2010. The Planning Proposal relates to land at four (4) sites in St Marys and Penrith and is provided in Attachment 1.

The Planning Proposal seeks to reclassify the land from Community to Operational land and remove all trusts that relate to public reserve status for the three sites in St Marys and car parking for the Penrith site. No other zones or planning controls are proposed to be amended.

The reclassification is a statutory process that will enable Council to consider the future use of all sites and to realise the objectives of the existing zones. The Planning Proposal is aligned with local and regional plans and strategies. 

Under the requirements of Section 2.19 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act), this Planning Proposal was referred to the Local Planning Panel for advice. This advice has been considered in the assessment of the Planning Proposal.

The reclassification requires the use of the Department of Planning and Environment’s (DP&E) Gateway process (the process for making and amending local environmental plans). This process requires a Gateway Determination, the preparation and public exhibition of a planning proposal and an independently chaired public hearing. This report recommends that Council sponsor the planning proposal.

 

Reclassification Process

 

Public land is managed under the Local Government Act 1993, based on its classification. All public land must be classified as either ‘community land or ‘operational’ land.

·    Community land – is land council makes available for use by the public, for example, parks, reserves or sports grounds.

·    Operational land – is land which facilitates the functions of council, and may not be open to the public, for example, a works depot or council garage.

 

Land that is classified as Community land must not be sold, exchanged or otherwise disposed of by a council. There is no special restriction on Council powers to manage, develop, dispose, or change the nature and use of Operational land. The reclassification of public land does not commit Council to the sale or development of the land. Council can still retain ownership and maintain the current use of the land.

 

Reclassification through an LEP (by the preparation of a planning proposal) is the mechanism with which Council can remove any public reserve status applying to land, as well as any interests affecting all or part of public land. It is critical that all trusts are identified upfront as part of any planning proposal. If public land is reclassified from Community to Operational, without relevant interests being identified and discharged, then the land will need to be reclassified back to community land.

 

A reclassification proposal to remove the public reserve status of land and remove trusts/interests may not necessarily result in the immediate sale or disposal of the land. The major consequence of this process is that the land in question is no longer protected under the Local Government Act from potential future sale once it has been reclassified to operational.

 

The intended outcome for this planning proposal is to allow Council to consider the future use of all sites and to realise the objectives of the existing zones. This will only be possible if the land is reclassified to Operational land and the removal of the abovementioned relevant trusts that apply.

 

The Planning Proposal

 

The Planning Proposal seeks to reclassify four sites in Penrith and St Marys. The following discussion provides details on each of the sites, the identified trusts that are proposed to be discharged, and, a discussion on the implications of the removal of these trusts. Attachment 2 provides the aerial photographs of all sites.

 

Site 1 and 2 - (12A and 32A Champness Crescent, St Marys)

These sites are currently zoned R4 High Density Residential and have a 15m height limit. Both battle-axe shaped sites are vacant, surrounded by residential development and have restricted access via narrow access handles approximately 2.4 m wide. The St Marys town centre and public transport are within walking distance of the site.

 

The land has a public reserve status and a trust for community purpose (open space). This trust must be removed as a requirement for any reclassification to Operational land. As a result, the sites can be disposed of, consolidated with adjoining land or redeveloped into a residential flat building in accordance with the zoning of the land endorsed by Council in 2010.

 

The sites were dedicated as recreational reserves in 1962 and were later rezoned from 6(a) Public Recreation and Community Uses (under LEP 1998) to R4 High Density Residential in LEP 2010. The rezoning of these sites underwent community consultation at that time as part of the city wide LEP review in 2010. There remain three parks within a 450m radius of sites 1 and 2 as shown in Attachment 2.

 

Site 3 – (110A Dunheved Circuit, St Marys)

This site is zoned IN1 General Industrial, is currently vacant within an existing industrial estate and is used for unauthorised parking. The site is in close proximity to existing and future (Outer Sydney Orbital) freight routes. The site was dedicated to Council in 1967 as Public Garden and Recreation space.

 

The land has as a public reserve status and a trust for community purpose (open space). This trust must be removed as a requirement for any reclassification to Operational land. As a result, the sites can be disposed or redeveloped for industrial use in accordance with the zoning of the land endorsed by Council in 2010.

 

The impact of the removal of the trust for open space and public reserve status on the community and workers in the estate would be minimal. Open space areas in the locality includes the Dunheved Estate reserve (located opposite site 3 on the southern side of Dunheved Circuit) and in the eastern portion of the estate near Kommer Place as shown in Attachment 2.

 

Site 4 – (Part Soper Place car park / 5-7 Lawson Street, Penrith)

The site is zoned B3 Commercial Core and is part of the Soper Place car park. The Soper Place car park is strategically located within the CBD and provides all-day parking servicing commuters and local employees. It is made up of 16 lots. Apart from Lots 1-3 DP 1159119 (site 4) all other lots in the car park are classified as Operational. This site was originally acquired for car parking (a public purpose), which means there is an implied trust over the land for community purposes.

 

The land has as a trust for community purpose (car parking). This trust must be removed as a requirement for any reclassification to Operational land. The removal of the trust for car parking (a public purpose) does not prevent this use from continuing.  The entire Soper Place car park has been identified in Council’s Community Plan, Penrith Progression and the City Centre Car Parking Strategy as providing future car parking for the city.

Council is currently exploring preliminary design options for a new multi deck car park over a portion of the Soper Place car park. This would activate car parking in the city centre and would result in additional parking. Reclassification and the removal of the trust will enable greater design flexibility should site 4 be required for future development or business dealings. This Planning Proposal seeks to provide a consistent classification over the whole car park and remove the car parking trust.

Key considerations

 

The key considerations in the assessment of this Planning Proposal are summarised below:

 

Alignment with local and regional plans

The Planning Proposal aligns with key plans including the Greater Sydney Region Plan, Western City District Plan, Penrith City Strategy, Community Plan and Penrith Progression (site 4 only).

 

For sites 1 & 2, the Planning Proposal will increase the supply of housing, close to public transport and the St Marys town centre. Site 3 is strategically located to enable the provision of local employment close to existing and future transport corridors. Site 4 provides a location that will meet the parking needs of the City and facilitate the redevelopment of the Soper Place multi-deck car park. The Planning Proposal will enable the management of Council’s property portfolio to be sustainable now and into the future.

 

Local Planning Panel’s Advice

Under the requirements of Section 2.19 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, this Planning Proposal was referred to the Local Planning Panel for advice on the 22 August 2018. The panel visited all sites and were briefed on the planning proposal by Council officers. The panel’s advisory comments are provided in Attachment 3.

The panel generally supported the planning proposal. However, their advice stated that the rationalisation of site 1 and 2 should result in higher amenity through good public open space provisions. Council should provide quality public open space as part of future redevelopment of the precinct. A master planning exercise for the broader St Marys area is a future priority for this Council and will be undertaken in the next 5 years.

Next steps

 

The reclassification process requires the amendment of Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2010 via a planning proposal being submitted to the DP&E to commence the Gateway Process. Upon receipt of a Gateway Determination, public exhibition and agency consultation will occur, followed by an independently chaired public hearing (required for reclassification of land). The results of the community consultation will then be reported to Council.

 

Conclusion

 

The reclassification to Operational land requires the identification and removal of relevant trusts/interests. The reclassification will enable the potential of all sites to be explored in line with the existing zones. Existing open space areas are located within walking distance of sites 1, 2 and 3. The Soper Place car park has been identified to continue to provide car parking for the city into the future. It is recommended that Council sponsor the planning proposal and commence the Gateway process to reclassify the land from ‘community’ to ‘operational’. A Gateway Determination will enable public exhibition and agency consultation of the planning proposal.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.    The information contained in the report on RZ18/0008 - Planning Proposal to amend Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2010 - Reclassification of four (4) sites in St Marys and Penrith from Community to Operational land. be received

2.    Council endorse the attached Planning Proposal, that reclassifies four (4) sites in Penrith and St Marys and submit it to the Department of Planning and Environment seeking a Gateway Determination.

3.    The General Manger be granted delegation to update and finalise the Planning Proposal before submitting it to the Department of Planning and Environment seeking a Gateway Determination.

4.    Consultation with the community and public agencies be undertaken in accordance with any Gateway Determination issued by the Department of Planning and Environment.

5.    An independently chaired public hearing be held in accordance with the requirements of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act and Regulations.

6.    A planning consultant be engaged to independently chair the public hearing.

7.    A report be presented to Council on the submissions received during the public exhibition and the results of the public hearing.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

1.

Planning Proposal RZ18/0003

66 Pages

Attachments Included

2.

Details of sites 1 to 4

5 Pages

Attachments Included

3.

Local Planning Panel Advice

2 Pages

Attachments Included

   


 

 

Outcome 3 - We can get around the City

 

 

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Outcome 4 - We have safe, vibrant places

 

Item                                                                                                                                       Page

 

5        The Village Cafe - North St Marys and Kingswood Progress                                         25

 

6        St Marys Town Centre Annual Report 2017-2018 and Business Plan 2018-2019         33

 

 

 

 



Policy Review Committee Meeting                                                                  8 October 2018

 

 

 

5

The Village Cafe - North St Marys and Kingswood Progress    

 

Compiled by:               Lila Kennelly, Community Engagement Officer

Authorised by:            Jeni Pollard, Place Manager 

Requested By:            Councillor Robin Cook

 

Outcome

We have safe, vibrant places

Strategy

Work with our communities to improve wellbeing and infrastructure in their neighbourhoods

Service Activity

Deliver projects that address local issues and improve the wellbeing of local communities

      

 

Executive Summary

This report provides an update on The Village Café project in both North St Marys and Kingswood. It also provides Council with an overview of the Neighbourhood Renewal Program’s progress in North St Marys.

 

Neighbourhood Renewal has made significant impact in North St Marys delivering positive outcomes with community through #NorthStMarysMatters, The Village Café, and the Robin Wiles Masterplan Co-design project.

 

The Village Café in North St Marys was developed within the context of Neighbourhood Renewal’s 3-year pilot program in the area. The project has generated significant outcomes for vulnerable older people in North St Marys, empowering residents to stay healthy, well, and socially connected. The Village Café is now being extended to Kingswood, where the Neighbourhood Renewal Program is currently active, to generate outcomes with socially vulnerable residents in an area experiencing significant change.

Background

Council’s Neighbourhood Renewal Program supports positive change in the City’s most disadvantaged communities by working with local residents to enhance the wellbeing of their neighbourhoods as healthy, safe and vibrant places. The program provides an integrated model of community engagement, and community cultural development that identifies local priorities and delivers high impact collaborative projects and infrastructure across the City’s 12 most disadvantaged neighbourhoods. Located in the Place Management Department, the Program responds to Council’s long-standing commitment to resourcing older established neighbourhoods and operates within a social justice and strengths-based framework.

In 2016, Neighbourhood Renewal undertook extensive engagement in North St Marys to identify local priorities for change and develop a Community Action Plan with residents.  #NorthStMarysMatters, a ‘local team’ of residents was also established to empower local people to drive change in their area. Based on engagement feedback from residents in North St Marys, a range of community events and projects have been delivered, including The Village Café.

 

The Village Café was originally developed as an innovative response to ageing, health and wellbeing for people aged over 50 and living in North St Marys. The project emerged through Neighbourhood Renewal’s engagement with North St Marys residents as part of #NorthStMarysMatters in 2016, and the Community and Cultural Development Department’s work on the Penrith Health Action Plan in 2017. The Village Café was developed as a 10-month pilot with funding provided in 2017 by the NSW Government’s Liveable Communities grants program. The project is spearheaded by Council’s Neighbourhood Renewal team and is supported by the Community Cultural Development Department. The project objectives align with the delivery of the Neighbourhood Renewal Program in North St Marys, Council’s Ageing Strategy, and the Penrith Health Action Plan.

 

The Village Café is a collaborative effort, actively supported by a Key Partner Working Group facilitated by Council and including the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District (NBM LHD), Wentworth Healthcare – Primary Health Network (NBM PHN), Community Junction, Uniting – Ability Links, Westcare, and Uniting Home and Community Care, and LikeMind.

 

The project operates as a collective impact model, recognising that a group of agencies have far greater capacity to influence and support change by working with residents rather than working alone.


The Village Café Model - North St Marys

The Village Café was designed as an intervention model aimed at creating energy and enthusiasm for staying well and socially connected. To date, over 28 sessions of The Village Café have popped up fortnightly at Parklawn Place, North St Marys. The project activates the local open space, providing a cafe like atmosphere, free coffee, and fresh produce for residents over 50.

 

Over the past year, older residents have accessed 25 community or health services, including Police, with over 800 fresh produce bags delivered through Westcare. They have participated in an arts project, shared their stories and experiences, and connected with old and new neighbours. Over 30 residents have participated in a series of Stability Walks with many of these reporting that they now continue to walk for exercise because of their participation. Referrals have also been made to a wide range of providers such as NDIS, Hearing Australia and the Men’s Shed to name a few and residents have also been provided with flu shots and diabetes testing.

 

In a period of 12 months, the project has generated significant outcomes, with some residents indicating the project has been a life changing experience. Numbers of residents attending grew at each session over the first 12 months with that number now plateauing with regular attendance between 40-50 people.

 

The project’s success is measured based on feedback from residents captured during an evaluation process, with participants reporting that the Village Café has had a powerful impact on their lives and experiences of their neighbourhood in terms of:

 

·    Social cohesion and community connectedness;

·    Resilience and confidence;

·    Wellbeing (including improved mental health, physical activity, and access to fresh produce).

 

There are 6 key partner agencies supporting the project each playing a specific role in the delivery including providing staff at each café. A Community Project Officer (part-time) position within the Neighbourhood Renewal team provides project support to the partner agencies and coordinates the logistics of the Village Café.

 

The Village Café has been recognised as an innovative project, winning the 2018 ZEST Award for Exceptional Community Partnership Project in a Local Government Area, and receiving Highly Commended for Great Community Collaboration at the 2018 Greater Sydney Commission Planning Awards.

 

The Village Café is a place-based model, designed to have maximum impact for residents whilst using the collective resources of Council and partner agencies effectively. The model seeks to get people involved in the first 12 months, bringing key resources, information and energy to a place, with the Café as an accessible and easy way to engage with Council and other agencies. Following the initial period, the approach is to build capacity of residents to access other services or create their own networks as required or appropriate. 

 

The Village Café has immense appeal to the older residents of North St Marys – it has become a great meeting place and touch point for people who have felt isolated or with spiralling health issues. The staff from Council and other services that attend do so with gusto and energetically engage with residents to provide targeted information and referrals. Many of the issues facing older residents have now been covered in the fortnightly sessions including:

·    Exercise

·    Falls prevention

·    Community safety 

·    Mental Health

·    Diabetes management

·    Immunisation and vaccination

·    Bowel screening

·    Healthy eating and cooking

·    Violence and family breakdown

·    Accessing government services through MyGov.

 

The model will continue to deliver targeted information, support and referral throughout the coming months with a focus on bringing in other local services that residents may wish to access once the Village Café ceases regular sessions in North St Marys.

 

Residents that attend the Village Café in North St Marys are currently being canvassed to seek their interest in becoming mentors in an intergenerational project, Parklawn Placemakers that is discussed further in this report. It is hoped that many of the Village Café regulars will express interest in this project and will continue to engage with staff as well as making connections with other members of the local community.

 

As the Village Café in North St Marys moves to monthly sessions, the Village Café Kingswood will commence with fortnightly sessions in October.  The demographic profile of Kingswood is significantly different, and the model will be tested to grow in different ways.

 

Funding

 

Funding from the NSW Liveable Communities grant for The Village Café ceased in March 2018. Council applied to the 2017 NSW Liveable Communities grant to fund The Village Café in North St Marys for a further 12 months and expand the project to Kingswood but unfortunately the funding had changed to one requiring projects to self fund through user contributions which was not feasible in this instance. Unfortunately the application made by Council was unsuccessful, and the funding program has ceased altogether.

                    

Council’s Place Management department have funded the project through a one off salary savings to continue in North St Marys until June 2019 and expand into Kingswood. Given the cost and staff resources required to deliver the project in North St Marys on a fortnightly basis, sessions will be held monthly starting in October 2018. The funds are used for the employment of a part time project officer, a coffee cart, an exercise physiologist, equipment hire and some incidental project costs. 

 

Neighbourhood Renewal have worked extensively with The Village Café participants to identify other opportunities for social connection in the area, and supported residents to broaden their social connections while at the project.

 

Place Management continue to seek funding opportunities to expand The Village Café. The Village Café will be considered within Council’s RAR process later this year as a two-year project but in the meantime other sources of funding are being sought including sponsorship.

 

Should Council secure further funding to continue the project after June 2019, it is recommended that the project continues to wind down in North St Marys, runs for a second year in Kingswood, and expands into a further Neighbourhood Renewal area for 12 months. Areas currently being investigated are Kingswood Park and Llandilo.

 

The Village Café provides a replicable model for creating positive change in other communities affected by disadvantage. Socially vulnerable residents across Penrith’s older, established neighbourhoods would benefit from participating in the project.

 

 

 

 

 

Village Café North St Marys residents at the screening of a film produced as part of the Digital Time Capture project.

 

The Village Café – Kingswood

The Village Café Kingswood is funded to operate until June 2019. The Neighbourhood Renewal Program is currently active in the area, undertaking extensive community engagement to identify local priorities and aspirations. The City Renewal team have similarly been engaging local business operators.

 

A diverse range of people in Kingswood have shared significant concerns around community safety, and lack of opportunities for community connection. In response, The Village Café will be delivered fortnightly to build trust within the community, improve perceptions of safety, and build energy around staying well and connected. It is targeted toward people at risk of social isolation, including older people, culturally and linguistically diverse community, and Aboriginal residents.

 

To date, 3 pop-up, ‘trial’ sessions of The Village Café have been delivered in Kingswood to promote the project and hear more from local people about their wellbeing challenges. Feedback from residents is that there are many socially vulnerable people in the area who will benefit from attending. Given the low levels of trust within the community, it may take time to engage people with the project. Council staff are currently interviewing local residents to learn more about their lived experiences and how The Village Café can best serve the local community.


Kingswood residents make new connections at a Village Café pop-up on Joseph St.

 

Neighbourhood Renewal are currently engaging with a range of services to develop a new Key Partner Working Group for The Village Café in Kingswood. The group will help steer the project’s delivery and respond to the needs of the community.

 

Update on other Neighbourhood Renewal activities in North St Marys

In 2015, Council endorsed the pilot of a new Neighbourhood Renewal approach in Colyton, North St Marys and Kingswood. The pilot seeks to generate outcomes for vulnerable communities by working with residents and services over a 3-year period in each place to increase local capacity for driving positive change. Team Colyton was the first group established as part of the pilot in 2015, followed by #NorthStMarysMatters in 2016.

#NorthStMarysMatters

#NorthStMarysMatters was launched in October 2016 after a period of extensive community engagement in North St Marys. Since then, Neighbourhood Renewal has supported the local team to host monthly community meetings, discuss local challenges and plan events and projects. Over 25 meetings have been held, with support from Community Junction, including several outdoor meetings hosted in local parks to broaden the group’s reach in the community.

 

Over 2016-17, Neighbourhood Renewal worked with #NorthStMarysMatters to develop a Community Action Plan based on local priorities and aspirations. Significant progress has been made on the delivery of the Community Action Plan. The plan encapsulates the vision residents have for their neighbourhood. Outcomes include the delivery of 6 community led events, Community Action Training, 2 resident led community safety walks, and a Magnetic Places project to activate Maple Lane with artwork. In 2018, #NorthStMarysMatters received recognition for the group’s contribution to the City at Council’s annual Australia Day Awards event, which greatly boosted the group’s sense of pride.

 

Local residents run the BBQ at the #NorthStMarysMatters 2017 Community Christmas Event.

 

While residents have demonstrated great enthusiasm for taking action, there have been challenges engaging local services to directly respond to community priorities, mainly due to restricted flexibility in terms of funding requirements. Due to significant social disadvantage and vulnerability, there have also been challenges in supporting the residents to run #NorthStMarysMatters independently of Council. While Community Junction have been supportive, they have not been in the position to lead #NorthStMarysMatters given the complexities of working with vulnerable people to deliver outcomes. This has resulted in Neighbourhood Renewal leading #NorthStMarysMatters. Neighbourhood Renewal are currently working with the residents to host regular community events focused on themes within the Community Action Plan in order to connect residents with a greater number of services.

 

Parklawn Place-Makers

In response to significant community safety concerns in North St Marys, identified within the Community Action Plan, Place Management’s Community Safety team successfully received funding from Justice NSW to deliver a multi-disciplinary project to improve the amenity of Parklawn Place and help improve perceptions of safety in the area.

 

Parklawn Place-Makers aims to connect at risk youth with older residents who will provide mentorship, working with the young people on projects that will contribute to the enhancement of the local shopping strip. The mentorship project will build intergenerational connections and foster a greater sense of trust in the community. The project will also deliver new pedestrian lighting treatments to the laneways around Parklawn Place. Neighbourhood Renewal’s Local Charm project will also be delivering upgrades to the Council owned spaces around the shops in tandem with Parklawn Place-Makers. As part of this, an artist will work with local people to install artworks in the area.

 

Workshops will commence in October 2018 and offer a range of residents, including Village Café participants, the opportunity to participate in the project and contribute to improvements at Parklawn Place.


Robin Wiles Masterplan


Community engagement undertaken in North St Marys indicated a significant community priority for the greater provision of quality local recreation space, a theme of the area’s Community Action Plan. Robin Wiles was identified by the local community as a site for enhancement. In early 2018, Neighbourhood Renewal engaged consultants JOC and Sprout to undertake community engagement and deliver a Masterplan for the Robin Wiles site that responded to local input.

 

The consultants were able to reach a broad range of North St Marys residents who shared their ideas and priorities for the Masterplan. Over 230 local people were engaged in the process, and further 700 people were informed. Landscape designers, Sprout, created a series of Masterplan design options reflecting feedback from the community, and hosted an outdoor twilight event asking residents to indicate their preferred design. Feedback from the community about the process was overwhelmingly positive, and residents have indicated their enthusiasm for the project.

 

Funding to deliver the Robin Wiles Masterplan is identified within Council’s Section 7.11 plan for the area. Neighbourhood Renewal have undertaken significant collaboration across departments to finalise the Masterplan and prepare for the delivery of the capital works.

 

Conclusion

The Neighbourhood Renewal Program has undertaken significant work in North St Marys as part of a 3-year local impact pilot. A number of positive community outcomes have been generated through projects such as The Village Café, and #NorthStMarysMatters. A tender is currently being prepared to request works to upgrade Robin Wiles based on the Masterplan developed in collaboration with local residents. The new Parklawn Place-Makers project will provide further opportunities for resident connection, including for those residents currently attending The Village Café.

 

The Village Café in North St Mays has made a difference in the lives of many older residents. It is an innovative partnership project, bringing together a range of community and health services to improve connections with services and provides a replicable model for creating positive change in other communities affected by disadvantage. The project has now been expanded into Kingswood, where the Neighbourhood Renewal Program is currently active, responding to priorities identified by the local community.

 

Place Management will continue to seek funding for The Village Café to be delivered as a 2-year model in priority Neighbourhood Renewal suburbs. The Village Café has proven to be a successful model for connecting the community and improving the wellbeing of local residents in disadvantaged areas. There is now an opportunity to build on the project’s success, and reach a greater number of vulnerable residents across the City.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That the information contained in the report on The Village Cafe - North St Marys and Kingswood Progress  be received.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

There are no attachments for this report.


Policy Review Committee Meeting                                                                  8 October 2018

 

 

 

6

St Marys Town Centre Annual Report 2017-2018 and Business Plan 2018-2019   

 

Compiled by:               Rebekah Elliott, City Engagement Officer

Authorised by:            Jeni Pollard, Place Manager  

 

Outcome

We have safe, vibrant places

Strategy

Help make our major centres and important community places safe and attractive

Service Activity

Support the revitalisation of Penrith City Centre, St Marys Town Centre and other key centres in the City

      

 

Presenters:        Alex Karavas, Chairperson, St Marys Town Centre Corporation – St Marys Town Centre Corporation 2017-2018 Performance; and

Sue Fryer, Business Development Manager, St Marys Town Centre Corporation – Penrith CBD Business Plan 2018-2019

 

Executive Summary

The St Marys Town Centre Corporation has submitted their Annual Report and Audited Financial Statements for 2017-2018 and their proposed Business Plan and budget for the remainder of 2018-2019 for Council’s consideration.

 

This report describes the features and provides commentary on the documentation submitted. The annual Business Plan is considered to support the interests of all stakeholders in the St Marys Town Centre. The report is accompanied by a presentation from the Board of the Corporation.

 

Attached to this report is the is the Annual Report and Audited Financial Statement for 2017-2018 and the proposed Business Plan and budget for 2018-2019.

 

This report recommends that Council receive the information on the Annual Report and Audited Financial Statement for 2017-2018 and endorse the proposed Business Plan and budget for 2018-2019. 

Background

Penrith City Council works with the St Marys Town Centre Corporation and the Penrith CBD Corporation to jointly manage the centres to support their ongoing vitality and viability. Council collects rates from non-residential properties in the city centre and returns these to the Corporations. In 2018-2019, $319,799.00 will be paid to the St Marys Town Centre Corporation to undertake the proposed activities as outlined in their Business Plan 2018-2019. 

 

Council provides a guiding structure for their activities that acknowledges and respects the transparent management of public funds whilst enabling responsive decision making. Council and the Corporations have a Deed of Agreement that requires the Corporations to develop a Triennial Business Plan to articulate their direction with an annual report to Council on progress.

 

In accordance with the Deed of Agreement an independent review of the performance of the corporation in achieving their business plans is undertaken every three years to support good governance. This review is due to be undertaken in the second half of the current financial year.

 

On the 13 November 2017 at the Policy and Review Committee, Council endorsed the St Marys Town Centre Corporation’s Triennial Business Plan 2016-2019. The activities described in the Triennial Business Plan are consistent with the needs of the St Marys Town Centre Corporation to continue to build their profile with the local businesses and explore opportunities to promote the St Marys Town Centre to local residents, visitors and potential new business operators and property investors.

 

The Triennial Business Plan involves six pillars of governance to support their management and improve reportable outcomes.  The Corporation’s six pillars are:

 

1.   Business activity and mix

2.   Strong respected brand

3.   Engaged business owners

4.   Supportive landlords

5.   Stakeholder engagement

6.   Effective governance

 

In the 3 year period, the Corporation has been gearing its actions towards the growth of business activity in and around the town centre with the expected increase in population, and the opportunities that arise for local businesses as a result of this growth.

 

Whilst the Triennial Business Plan 2016-2019 was endorsed in November 2017, Council raised concerns regarding the surplus funds the Corporation was holding and requested that a plan was put forward as to how this surplus would be expended. At the 30 July 2018 Councillor Briefing, a report was received on how the St Marys Town Centre Corporation planned to use their accumulated unspent funds of $549,123.24 as at 30 June 2017. It is noted that no work had commenced on the expenditure of the unspent funds in the 2017-2018 financial year.

 

The 2017-2018 Audited Financial Statements indicate an increase of $60,517.97 to $608,874.32 of unspent funds. It is acknowledged that some of this saving may be attributed to the Business Development Manager position vacancy from December 2017 to May 2018.

Annual Report and Audited Financial Statement 2017-2018

The Corporation has prepared an annual report on their activities during the 2017-2018 financial year. The report provides an overview of the initiatives and events held during the year from the Spring Festival through to more day to day activities supporting businesses with marketing and building networks.

 

Notable, the Corporation delivered a successful events program including the Spring Festival, Halloween Trick or Treat, Christmas and Easter Egg Hunt. These events collectively saw approximately 28,000 people visit the St Marys Town Centre. The business networking events are continuing to grow and their first facades program was delivered with a number of businesses participating in the program as of June 2018.

 

The Annual Report (Attachment 1) and Audited Financial Statement 2017-2018 (Attachment 2) are attached to this report for Council’s consideration.

Financial Services Manager’s Comment

St Marys Town Centre Corporation operates under a Deed of Agreement that secured ongoing funding for a term of 3 years and is subject to mutually agreed performance outcomes.

 

The Corporation was required to prepare a draft Triennial Business Plan, including an annual plan which outlines their key activities and strategic directions for the period. Following endorsement of the Triennial Plan, the annual Business Plan is presented to Council for endorsement which then triggers the payment of funds by the Council. A payment of $319,799.00 will be made in 2018-19 to the Corporation, which excludes 3% of CBD rates income that has been retained by Council as per the agreement.

 

A formal, independent review of the performance of the corporation in achieving their business plans will be undertaken in the third year of their agreement and prior to any new agreement being entered in to. To this end, Council utilises 3% of the annual operating funds of the St Marys Town Centre Corporation for the purpose of undertaking the review and also to support any training that Council requires the Board to attend.

 

The St Marys Town Centre Corporation seems to be in a sound financial position. There has been an increase in Assets over the financial year ($608,874.32 in 2018, $548,356.35 in 2017) and an increase in the Corporations Equity position ($588,085.67 in 2018, $539,789.42 in 2017). There has also been an increase in Revenue of $79,517 between financial years, offset by a slight increase in Expenditure of $21,886.93.

Business Plan 2018-2019

The Annual Business Plan of the Corporation is an opportunity for the board to assess progress on their Triennial Business Plan and identify priority and ongoing projects for the year ahead. The endorsement of the plan is an opportunity for Council to hear from the Corporation and to seek alignment to Council’s strategic vision for the St Marys Town Centre.

 

The St Marys Town Centre Corporation have committed to an activation program during the next 12 months that focuses on positive opportunities for businesses and the community in the St Marys Town Centre. They will continue the implementation of a facades improvement program and monthly networking catch-ups.

 

The Business Plan for 2018-2019 has identified that the Corporation want to actively work to:

·    Increase their business profile and presence through social media.

·    Have a clear, informative, interactive and interesting website.

·    Create a new logo to give strong brand identity.

·    Improvements to the Streetscape for a more appealing environment for existing and new businesses to St Marys through facade upgrades, signage upgrades and public art.

·    Increase community impact through involvement in community events, volunteering programs with local youth service organisations, and working with the Western Sydney University on internships and volunteer programs.

It is noted that another focus for this financial year will be continuing the implementation of initiatives from the 3 year Surplus Funds Expenditure Plan.

 

Council continues to work with the Corporation to support their work beyond an events program to present St Marys as a positive and vibrant city centre, with public art, niche shopping and dining opportunities.  This approach will capitalise on the significant investment already made by Council via the streetscape works and prepare Queen Street to reposition its offer in line with the upcoming growth, change and development.

 

The presentation from the CBD Corporation that accompanies this report will go into further detail on proposed activity for 2018-2019. A summary of the Corporation’s Annual Business Plan (Attachment 3) and the 2018-2019 (Attachment 4) budget is attached to this report for Council’s consideration

Conclusion

The St Marys Town Centre Corporation has submitted its Annual Report and Audited Financial Statements from 2017-18 and a Business Plan for the remainder of 2018-19 for Council’s consideration.

 

This report describes the features and provides commentary on the documents as presented from the St Marys Town Centre Corporation.  The Annual Business Plan is considered to support the interests of all stakeholders, businesses, property owners and residents in the St Marys Town Centre. The implementation of strategic activities and initiatives to expend surplus funds will continue to be monitored. 

 

An independent review of the operation and impact of the St Marys Town Centre Corporation and Penrith CBD Corporation will be undertaken in the second half of 2018-19, the findings from the review will be presented to Council prior to the end of July 2019.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.    The information contained in the report on St Marys Town Centre Annual Report 2017-2018 and Business Plan 2018-2019 be received.

2.    Council receive information on the Annual Report and Audited Financial Statement for 2017-2018 of the St Marys Town Centre Corporation.

3.    Council endorse the St Marys Town Centre Corporation’s Annual Business Plan 2018-2019.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

1.

St Marys Town Centre Annual Report 2017-2018

24 Pages

Attachments Included

2.

St Marys Town Centre Corporation Audited Financial Statement

20 Pages

Attachments Included

3.

St Marys Town Centre Business Plan 2018-2019

11 Pages

Attachments Included

4.

St Marys Town Centre Budget 2018-2019

1 Page

Attachments Included

   


 

 

Outcome 5 - We care about our environment

 

 

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Outcome 6 - We are healthy and share strong community spirit

 

 

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Outcome 7 - We have confidence in our Council

 

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Policy Review Committee Meeting                                                                  8 October 2018

 

 

 

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Penrith Whitewater Annual Report 2017-2018   

 

Compiled by:               Jack  Hodge, Venue Manager - Penrith Whitewater Stadium

Authorised by:            Brian Steffen, Executive Manager - City Assets  

 

Outcome

We have confidence in our Council

Strategy

Be open and fair in our decisions and our dealings with people

Service Activity

Provide advice to assist the organisation in meeting its lawful obligations

      

 

Executive Summary

Each year, following the Annual General Meeting of the Company, a report is presented to the Council on the year’s activities of the Penrith Whitewater Stadium (PWS), including the financial performance.

 

The reports from both the Chairman and the Stadium Manager highlight the major activities of the Stadium over the last year. The venue has continued throughout the year to attract professional athletes, sporting championships and casual users, the participation rates in each activity are detailed in the report.

Annual Report

The Twentieth Annual General Meeting of the Company was held on 27th September 2018 for the period ended 30th June 2018.

 

The Chairman of the Board and Stadium Manager will be in attendance tonight to make a short presentation which will focus on:

 

·    The Past year – highlights, financial position and issues arising; and

·    The Year ahead.

 

Following are their reports that have been extracted from the Annual Report of Penrith Whitewater Stadium Limited (PWS).

 

Chairman’s Report

It gives me much pleasure to present the Chairman’s Report to the 20th Annual General Meeting of Penrith Whitewater Stadium Limited.

Patronage for whitewater rafting and canoeing based activities remains healthy, despite challenging economic conditions. Revenue for the year was $1,145,530 which is 6.6% less than $1,227,097 for 2017. The financial outcome for the year ended 30 June 2018 resulted in a deficit before other income, depreciation, amortisation and interest of $131,375, an increase of $81,056 when compared to the deficit achieved in 2017 of $50,319.  During the year some $47,952 was spent on capital improvements. 

 

The Stadium continues to contribute to the overall Penrith economy and to the advancement of the sport of canoe slalom both locally and internationally. It is pleasing to note the continuing national and international success of paddlers based in Penrith, particularly Jessica Fox.

 

Penrith Whitewater Stadium continues to generate a great deal of publicity both nationally and internationally, adding to its reputation as one of the world’s premier sporting facilities. The venue continues to successfully host local, national and international competitions and attract a significant number of international athletes who see the Stadium as their preferred off-season training venue.

 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Venue Manager, Jack Hodge and his management team (Simonetta, Jeff, and Morgen) for leading the organization throughout the year.  Penrith Whitewater staff continues to show great dedication and commitment to the business. The underlying enthusiasm and commitment of staff is fundamental to the venue’s continuing success.

 

I would also like to thank my fellow Directors for their continuing commitment and input to the operations of Penrith Whitewater Stadium.  Last year saw the reappointment of Helen Brownlee, Andrew Pearce, Kevin Crameri and the resignation of Cr Ben Price. I would like to wish Ben all the very best for the future.

 

Finally, I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate the members of the Australian Canoe Slalom Team and coaches on their results throughout the year.

 

 

Stadium Manager’s Report

Overall participation in the activities offered by PWS decreased in 2017-18.  Rafting decreased by 13%, Canoe/Kayak decreased by 3% and Swiftwater Rescue courses increased by 10%.

 

Whitewater rafting remains the most popular activity and the highest revenue earner for PWS.  Rafting participation decreased from 7,619 to 6,651.  Total revenue for rafting decreased by 18% from $630,104 to $515,039

 

Total PWS income decreased by 5.7% from $1,210,630 in 2016-17 to $1,145,530. Total expenses decreased by 1.6% from $1,412,137 to $1,389,478 resulting in a decrease in operating profit of $105,637 from -$138,311 to -$243,948. 

 

PWS maintained its strong support for the sport of canoeing throughout the year.  In 2017 -18 PWS was the host of the Australian Open International, the Australian, NSW State and Southern Zone Canoe Slalom Championships.  PWS facilitated over 522 hours of slalom training and competitions for Australian and International paddlers.  This included 195 hours for the Australian team as part of the Canoe Slalom National Centre of Excellence (NCE) Agreement between PWS, the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), the New South Wales Institute of Sport (NSWIS) and Australian Canoeing.  The value of PWS’s contribution to the agreement was approximately $89,347

 

PWS continued its support of various charitable and community organisations.  This included hosting the annual Rotary Club Duck Race and the donation of 287 gift certificates to the value of $26,978.

 

Thanks to all PWS staff for their assistance during the year.  Thanks also to the PWS Board of Directors for their ongoing dedication and support. The successful operation of PWS relies upon the support of the general public and a network of companies and organisations.  PWS would like to thank the general public, suppliers, venue stakeholders and neighbouring organisations for their support and looks forward to working together more closely in the future to maximise the ongoing success of PWS and Penrith Lakes.

 

 

 

Board of Directors

The Constitution of the Company provides, in part, that:

 

1.   To provide continuity the members of the Board shall resign on a rotating basis. At the First Annual General Meeting, three (3) Directors (including one (1) Councillor) shall resign. At the Second Annual General Meeting, three (3) members shall resign (including one (1) Councillor). Thereafter, the members of the Board, except the Council Officer, shall resign after they have served on the Board for three (3) years after appointment or re-appointment to the Board.

2.   All retiring Directors shall be eligible for re-appointment.

 

Council should note that the positions of Chairman, Deputy Chairman were declared vacant. Elections were held for the vacant positions at the twentieth Annual General Meeting.

 

Councillor Ross Fowler OAM was re-appointed to the position of Chairman, Helen Brownlee OAM was re-appointed to the position of Deputy Chair.

It was resolved that Penrith City Council be requested to endorse the reappointment of Councillor Ross Fowler and Patrick Sheehy as continuing Director of Penrith Whitewater Stadium Ltd and the resignation of Councillor Ben Price.

 

Business Support Accountant

Penrith Whitewater Stadium Limited reported a net profit for the 2017/18 Financial Year of $898,269, due to the write off of an internal loan with Penrith City Council. This is an increase of $715,634 over their 2016-17 deficit of $182,635.

As per the audited consolidated Financial Statements of Penrith City Council, total Penrith Whitewater Stadium income decreased by 5.37% from $1,210,630 in 2016-17 to $1,145,350. Total expenses decreased by 1.60% from $1,412,137 to $1,389,478 resulting in a decrease in operating profit of $105,637 from -$138,311 to -$243,948. Income from rafting remains the highest revenue earner, however decreased by $115,065 (18%) from 2016-17.

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:

1.    The information contained in the report on Penrith Whitewater Annual Report 2017-2018 be received

2.    Council agree to underwrite the operation of the Penrith Whitewater Stadium Limited until the presentation to Council of the Penrith Whitewater Stadium Limited Annual Report for 2018-19.

3.    Council note and support the appointment and re-appointment of the persons named in the report to the Board of Directors of Penrith Whitewater Stadium Ltd. 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS/APPENDICES

There are no attachments for this report.  



 

ATTACHMENTS  

 

 

Date of Meeting:     Monday 8 October 2018

Report Title:            LEP Review Report

Attachments:           LEP Review Report



Policy Review Committee Meeting                                                                                8 October 2018

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ATTACHMENTS  

 

 

Date of Meeting:     Monday 8 October 2018

Report Title:            Planning Proposal - 92,94 and 96 Victoria Street Werrington

Attachments:           Aerial photograph of the site (92, 94 & 96 Victoria Street, Werrington)

                                Discussion Paper



Policy Review Committee Meeting                                                                                8 October 2018

Attachment 1 - Aerial photograph of the site (92, 94 & 96 Victoria Street, Werrington)

 

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ATTACHMENTS  

 

 

Date of Meeting:     Monday 8 October 2018

Report Title:            Australian Arms Hotel Planning Proposal, 351 and 359 High Street, Penrith

Attachments:           Australian Arms Hotel - Draft LEP Maps

                                Australian Arms Hotel - Conservation Management Plan



Policy Review Committee Meeting                                                                                8 October 2018

Attachment 1 - Australian Arms Hotel - Draft LEP Maps

 

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ATTACHMENTS  

 

 

Date of Meeting:     Monday 8 October 2018

Report Title:            RZ18/0008 - Planning Proposal to amend Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2010 - Reclassification of four (4) sites in St Marys and Penrith from Community to Operational land.

Attachments:           Planning Proposal RZ18/0003

                                Details of sites 1 to 4

                                Local Planning Panel Advice



Policy Review Committee Meeting                                                                                8 October 2018

Attachment 1 - Planning Proposal RZ18/0003

 

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ATTACHMENTS  

 

 

Date of Meeting:     Monday 8 October 2018

Report Title:            St Marys Town Centre Annual Report 2017-2018 and Business Plan 2018-2019

Attachments:           St Marys Town Centre Annual Report 2017-2018

                                St Marys Town Centre Corporation Audited Fianncial Statement

                                St Marys Town Centre Business Plan 2018-2019

                                St Marys Town Centre Budget 2018-2019



Policy Review Committee Meeting                                                                                8 October 2018

Attachment 1 - St Marys Town Centre Annual Report 2017-2018

 

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Attachment 2 - St Marys Town Centre Corporation Audited Financial Statement

 

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Attachment 3 - St Marys Town Centre Business Plan 2018-2019

 

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Attachment 4 - St Marys Town Centre Budget 2018-2019

 

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