COUNCIL AGENDA

 

Ordinary Council Meeting

26 June 2019

 

FRANCIS GREENWAY CENTRE

170 GEORGE STREET LIVERPOOL


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You are hereby notified that an Ordinary Council Meeting of Liverpool City Council will be held at the Francis Greenway Centre, 170 George Street, Liverpool on Wednesday, 26 June 2019 commencing at 6.00pm. Doors to the Francis Greenway Centre will open at 5.50pm.

 

Liverpool City Council Meetings are taped for the purposes of minute taking and record keeping.  If you have any enquiries please contact Council and Executive Services on 8711 7584.

 

 

 

 


Kiersten Fishburn

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

 

 

 


 

 

 


Order of Business

 

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Opening

Acknowledgment of Country and Prayer

National Anthem

Apologies 

Condolences

Confirmation of Minutes

Ordinary Council Meeting held on 29 May 2019..................................................................... 6

Declarations of Interest

Public Forum

Mayoral Report

NIL

Notices of Motion Of Rescission

NIL

City Economy and Growth Report

EGROW 01    Bathurst Street Ring Road.............................................................................. 76......... 1

EGROW 02    Proposed amendment to Liverpool Local Environmental Plan 2008 - Rezoning land subject to Basin 14 and Bernera Road, Edmondson Park............................ 86......... 2

EGROW 03    Proposed amendment to Schedule 1 Liverpool Local Environmental Plan 2008 - additional permitted use for 'Car Parks' at Collimore Park, Liverpool.......... 101......... 3

EGROW 04    Update on planning proposal to rezone land at 240 Governor Macquarie Drive, Warwick Farm............................................................................................... 108......... 4

EGROW 05    Draft Local Strategic Planning Statement (to be included in the Addendum             Book)

Chief Executive Officer Report

CEO 01           Ward Boundaries.......................................................................................... 114......... 5

CEO 02           Western Parkland City Liveability Fund: Round Two................................... 127......... 6

CEO 03           Revised 2019/20 Operating & Capital Budget............................................. 131......... 7

City Community and Culture Report

COM 01          Grants, Donations and Corporate Sponsorship........................................... 135......... 8

COM 02          Future Demands for Early Childhood Services in Liverpool........................ 145......... 9

COM 03          Disaster Relief Policy (to be included in the Addendum Book)

City Corporate Report

CORP 01        Investment Report May 2019....................................................................... 150....... 10

CORP 02        Local Government Remuneration Tribunal Annual Report and Determination under sections 239 and 241 of the Local Government Act 1993........................... 160....... 11

City Presentation Report

NIL

City Infrastructure and Environment Report

INF 01             Activating the Georges River........................................................................ 163....... 12

Committee Reports

CTTE 01         Minutes of the Liverpool Access Committee meeting held on 18 April 2019 176       13

CTTE 02         Minutes of the Liverpool Pedestrian, Active Transport and Traffic Committee Meeting......................................................................................................... 184....... 14

CTTE 03         Minutes of the Environment Advisory Committee Meeting held on 2 April 2019     188 15

CTTE 04         Minutes of the Civic Advisory Committee meeting held on Monday 3 June 2019   195 16

CTTE 05         Minutes of the Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee Meeting held on 3 May 2019.............................................................................................................. 202....... 17

CTTE 06         Minutes of the Liverpool Youth Council Committee Meeting held on 8 May 2019   217 18

Questions with Notice

QWN 01          Question with Notice - Clr Hadchiti - Mosquitoes......................................... 224....... 19

QWN 02          Question with Notice - Clr Hadchiti - Voluntary Planning Agreements (VPA's) 226    20

QWN 03          Question with Notice - Clr Hagarty - Buses in New Release Suburbs........ 229....... 21

QWN 04          Question with Notice - Clr Hagarty - Oversized Load Carrying Vehicles.... 231....... 22

QWN 05          Question with Notice - Clr Hadchiti - Occupation Certificates...................... 232....... 23

QWN 06          Question with Notice - Clr Hagarty - Smoking Kiosks.................................. 233....... 24  

Presentations by Councillors

 

Notices of Motion

NIL


 

 

Council in Closed Session

The following items are listed for consideration by Council in Closed Session with the public excluded, in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act 1993 as listed below:

 

CONF 01    Appointment of Community representatives on Civic Advisory Committee

Reason:     Item CONF 01 is confidential pursuant to the provisions of s10(A)(2)(a) of the Local Government Act because it contains personal matters concerning particular individuals (other than councillors).

 

CONF 02    Fire and Rescue NSW Referrals

Reason:     Item CONF 02 is confidential pursuant to the provisions of s10(A)(2)(g) of the Local Government Act because it contains advice concerning litigation, or advice that would otherwise be privileged from production in legal proceedings on the ground of legal professional privilege.

 

CONF 03    Acquisition of Lot 2 DP 1250846 being Part of 19-21 Enterprise Circuit, Prestons for drainage purposes.

Reason:     Item CONF 03 is confidential pursuant to the provisions of s10(A)(2)(c) of the Local Government Act because it contains information that would, if disclosed, confer a commercial advantage on a person with whom the Council is conducting (or proposes to conduct) business.  

 

Close

 


 

MINUTES OF THE Ordinary Meeting

HELD ON 29 May 2019

 

 

PRESENT:

Mayor Wendy Waller

Councillor Ayyad

Councillor Hadchiti

Councillor Hadid

Councillor Hagarty

Councillor Harle

Councillor Kaliyanda

Councillor Karnib

Councillor Rhodes

Councillor Shelton

Ms Kiersten Fishburn, Chief Executive Officer

Mr Tim Moore, Director City Economy and Growth / Deputy CEO

Mr Vishwa Nadan, Acting Director City Corporate

Ms Tina Sangiuliano, Acting Director City Community and Culture

Dr Eddie Jackson, Director City Deal

Mr Peter Patterson, Director City Presentation

Mr Raj Autar, Director City Infrastructure and Environment

Mr John Morgan, Director Property & Commercial Development

Mr Charles Wiafe, Service Manager Traffic and Transport,

Ms Margaret Diebert, Manager Operational Facilities, City Presentation

Mr Andrew Stevenson, Manager Communications

Mr Michael Knight, Acting General Counsel Manager Governance Legal

Mr David Petrie, Manager City Design and Public Domain

Ms Galavizh Ahmadi Nia, Manager Community Development and Planning

Mr George Georgakis, Manager Council and Executive Services

Ms Susan Ranieri, Coordinator Council and Executive Services (minutes)

 

 

The meeting commenced at 6.00pm.

PRAYER

ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF COUNTRY, The Prayer of the Council was read by Pastor 

PRAYER OF COUNCIL AND                  John Keane from West Hoxton Community Church.

AFFIRMATION TO BE READ BY

 

NATIONAL ANTHEM

The National Anthem performed and recorded by Rebekah Ferro was played at the meeting.

 

APOLOGIES     

                                               Moved Clr Shelton               Seconded Clr Ayyad

 

That leave of absence be granted for Clr Balloot for his absence from the meeting.

 

On being put to the meeting the motion was declared CARRIED.

 

CONDOLENCES                                     

Victims of Sri Lanka Terrorist Attacks (read by Mayor Waller)

 

On 21 April 2019, 250 lives were lost and hundreds injured in bombings at three churches and three hotels in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka.

 

The victims were ordinary people – men, women and children. To see hundreds of lives so brutally taken away by acts of terrorism is devastating.

 

Many people in Liverpool, particularly the Sri Lankan community, were deeply affected by this horrific act. It is important that we express our sympathies and solidarity with Sri Lankans around the world at this time.

 

I express my deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims at this difficult time. Everyone has a right to feel safe, included and respected, no matter where they live or the religion they follow.

 

On 21 March 2019, Liverpool City Council and the Western Sydney Migrant Resource Centre organised the signing of the Declaration of Cultural and Religious Harmony following the Christchurch terrorist attacks on 15 March 2019.

 

It pains our community to see unrest in the world around us – all because of intolerance and prejudice. However, let us not fall into despair, but instead remind ourselves to act with kindness and to reject hatred.

 

Motion:                                  Moved: Mayor Waller

 

That Council write to the Sri Lankan Consulate expressing our condolences, solidarity and condemnation of violence.

 

On being put to the meeting the motion was declared CARRIED.


 

Ken Dickinson (read by Mayor Waller)

 

Ken Dickinson passed away in May 2019 at the age of 89.

 

He was a valued member of Liverpool City Council’s Environment Volunteer Program and was the program’s most senior bushcare volunteer.

 

His years of volunteering for the Weaving Garden group in Casula were officially recognised when he received the Frazer Environment Award as part of Council’s 2018 Australia Day honours.

 

The Liverpool community is grateful for Ken’s invaluable contribution towards greening our city for future generations.

 

May his community spirit live on in all those who had the pleasure of knowing him.

 

On behalf of all at Liverpool City Council, I express my deepest condolences to Ken Dickinson’s family and friends at this difficult time.

 

May he rest in peace.

 

Motion:                                  Moved: Mayor Waller           Seconded: Clr Hadid

That Council writes to the family of Ken Dickinson expressing our condolences for their loss.

 

On being put to the meeting the motion was declared CARRIED.


 

Mark Wilson (read by Mayor Waller)

 

Mark Wilson passed away suddenly after being hit by car on 16 May 2019.

 

Mark trained as an architect and joined Council in mid-2006 and worked in a number of roles in Assets, Infrastructure & Environment and in Property.

 

In his most recent role, Mark worked on several Property projects. He helped the State Emergency Service relocate from the Rose St Depot to a purpose-built facility at Hoxton Park Rd. He also assisted in repurposing the existing State Emergency Service facility to accommodate the relocation of Liverpool Men’s Shed.

 

Prior to this, he helped to deliver the North Wing at Council’s Hoxton Park Rd offices and bring Macquarie Mall to life.

 

The news of Mark’s passing is shocking and distressing to staff at Liverpool City Council. Mark will be remembered for his lovely presence. He always had a smile and was willing to help. Even when he had complex projects to manage, he did it in good humour.

 

The Liverpool community is grateful for Mark’s significant contributions to our city and our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time.

 

May Mark rest in peace.

Motion:                                  Moved: Mayor Waller           Seconded: Clr Hadid

That Council writes to the family of Mark Wilson expressing our condolences for their loss.

 

On being put to the meeting the motion was declared CARRIED.

 

One minute silence was then observed for the victims of the Sri Lanka terrorist attacks, Ken Dickinson and Mark Wilson.


 

Confirmation of Minutes

 

Motion                                   Moved: Clr Harle                  Seconded: Clr Shelton               .

 

That the minutes of the Ordinary Meeting held on 17 April 2019 be confirmed as a true record of that meeting.

 

On being put to the meeting the motion was declared CARRIED.

Declarations of Interest                             

 

Clr Hagarty declared a non-pecuniary, less than significant interest in the following item: 

 

ITEM:         COM 02 Grants, Donations and Corporate Sponsorship.

 

REASON:  Clr Hagarty is the Chair of one of the organisations not recommended for a grant.

 

Clr Hagarty remained in the Chambers for the duration of this item. 

 

 

Clr Hadid declared a non-pecuniary but significant interest in the following items: 

 

ITEM:         CONF 05 Acquisition of part of Lot 1 DP 567321 being 2072 Camden Valley Way, Edmondson Park for open space/drainage purposes; and .

 

ITEM:         CONF 06 Acquisition of part of five properties at Edmondson Park for the construction of Basin 14.

 

REASON:  Clr Hadid is the President of the Australian Islamic House, the landowner of 2094 Camden Valley Way, Edmondson Park.

 

Clr Hadid left the Chambers for the duration of these items. 

 

 

Clr Ayyad declared a non-pecuniary, less than significant interest in the following item: 

 

ITEM:         CONF 08 The Voice.

 

REASON:  Clr Ayyad and her husband have financial dealings with the father of the individual named in the report.

 

Clr Ayyad remained in the Chambers for the duration of this item. 

 

 

 

 

Clr Rhodes declared a pecuniary interest in the following item: 

 

ITEM:         CONF 08 The Voice.

 

REASON:  Clr Rhodes had a financial dealing with the father of the individual named in the report.

 

Clr Rhodes left the Chambers for the duration of this item. 

 

 

Clr Harle declared a non-pecuniary, less than significant interest in the following item:

 

ITEM:         NOM 05 Warwick Farm.

 

REASON:  Clr Harle has family members in the Warwick Farm area.

 

Clr Harle remained in the Chambers for the duration of this item. 

 

Public Forum

Presentation – items not on agenda    

1.      Mr Ian Bailey addressed Council on the following item:

The Success of Podcasting Meetings.

 

Clr Hadchiti left the Chambers at 6.15pm.

Clr Hadchiti returned to the Chambers at 6.17pm.

2.      Ms Ellen Russell addressed Council on the following item:

Thanking Council for their service to Liverpool as part of the National Day of Thanksgiving.

3.      Mr Mauro Poletti addressed Council on the following item:

Warwick Farm South Precinct Rezoning.

 

Motion:                           Moved: Clr Shelton              Seconded: Clr Hadid

 

That a three minute extension of time be given to the speaker.

 

On being put to the meeting the motion was declared CARRIED.


 

 

4.      Mr Robert Storey addressed Council on the following item:

Vegetation Management Plan at Coopers Paddock, Warwick Farm.

 

Motion:                           Moved: Clr Rhodes              Seconded: Clr Shelton

 

That a three minute extension of time be given to the speaker.

 

On being put to the meeting the motion was declared CARRIED.

 

 

5.      Mr Stephen Matheson addressed Council on the following item:

The proposed relocation of Liverpool Central Library and incorporation into the proposed Liverpool Civic Centre.

 

Representation – items on agenda

Nil.

 

 

MAYORAL REPORT 

ITEM NO:       MAYOR 01

FILE NO:        128444.2019

SUBJECT:     Australian Local Government Women’s Association NSW Branch Annual Conference

 

Liverpool City Council hosted the Australian Local Government Women’s Association NSW Branch (ALGWA) Annual Conference from 4-6 April 2019. More than 100 women from all over the state gathered at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre to attend the networking forum.

This year’s theme was “Make your Mark” and inspiring guest speakers included TV journalist Jessica Rowe AM, Olympic gold medallist Chloe Esposito and author and leadership mentor Avril Henry. Guests also participated in workshops about resilience and communicating with credibility.  

Multiple units across Council were involved in organising this three-day conference. Congratulations to all staff members on their hard work.

 

The conference was a wonderful success and again put our city in the spotlight.

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION:

 

Motion:                                  Moved: Mayor Waller

 

1.      That Council receives and notes this minute; and

2.      Congratulate all staff involved.

 

On being put to the meeting the motion was declared CARRIED. 

 

ITEM NO:       MAYOR 02

FILE NO:        128465.2019

SUBJECT:     Celebrating Major Infrastructure Projects

 

In May, Liverpool City Council celebrated two big openings of major infrastructure projects– Casula Parklands and the Bernera Road Extension. More than 1000 people attended each event.

 

Casula Parklands is a state-of-the-art adventure playground featuring play equipment for visitors of all ages and abilities and off-leash parks for small and large dogs.

 

The Bernera Road Extension is a new four-lane road stretching 1.35km that provides users easy access through Edmondson Park to the train station.

 

The new playground and road will make Liverpool an even better place to live, work and learn.

 

Large-scale projects like these require effort across multiple Council units, from City Infrastructure and Environment to City Presentation, City Community and Culture to Property. Congratulations to all of the Council staff who worked hard to make these projects happen, and those who put together the opening events for the community to enjoy.

 

RECOMMENDATION:

Motion:                                  Moved: Mayor Waller

 

1.      That Council receives and notes this minute;

2.      Congratulate all staff involved.

 

On being put to the meeting the motion was declared CARRIED.


 

MOTION OF URGENCY

 

ITEM NO:  MOU O1

SUBJECT: Moorebank Intermodal - Meeting Planned for Tuesday 18 June at 10.30am

 

In accordance with Clause 16.6.2 of Council’s Code of Meeting Practice, the Chairperson, Mayor Waller ruled the following motion (from Clr Hadchiti) as urgent, and as such it was dealt with at this meeting.

 

Motion:                                  Moved: Clr Hadchiti             Seconded: Clr Rhodes

 

That Council:

 

Make urgent representations to the Independent Planning Commission forcefully requesting that the public meeting planned for Tuesday 18 June at 10.30am be changed to late afternoon as to allow residents to attend and make representations on the piece of infrastructure called the Moorebank Intermodal. 

On being put to the meeting the motion was declared CARRIED.

 

Councillors voted unanimously for this motion.

 

Notices of Motion Of Rescission

 

ITEM NO:       NOMR 01

FILE NO:        096962.2019

SUBJECT:     Rescission of NOM 01 Abolition of Office of the Local Government from the Council Meeting of 17 April 2019

 

NOTICE OF MOTION OF RESCISSION (submitted by Clrs Hadchiti, Rhodes and Harle)

 

We the undersigned move a rescission motion to rescind item NOM 01 Abolition of Office of the Local Government (as shown below) that was passed at the Ordinary Council Meeting held on Wednesday 17 April 2019.

 

That Council:

1.   Notes its opposition to the abolition of the Office of Local Government;

2.   Notes the functions of the former Office of the Local Government will be relegated in its importance and issues specifically relating to Local Government will not have a seat at the leadership table;

 

3.   Write to Premier and Minister for Local Government expressing its opposition to the    abolition of the Office of Local Government and seek clarification on how the OLG's          existing resources and functions will operate and be funded; and

 

4.   Write to local State and Federal MPs asking for their support of the above.”

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion                                   Moved: Clr Rhodes              Seconded: Clr Hadchiti

 

That Council rescind item NOM 01 Abolition of Office of the Local Government that was passed at the Ordinary Council Meeting on 17 April 2019.

 

On being put to the meeting the Rescission Motion was declared LOST.

 

Vote for:           Clr Ayyad    

                          Clr Hadchiti

                          Clr Hadid

                          Clr Harle

                          Clr Rhodes

 

Vote against:   Mayor Waller

                          Clr Hagarty

                          Clr Kaliyanda

                          Clr Karnib

                          Clr Shelton

 

The Rescission Motion was lost on the Mayor’s casting vote.

 

 


BRING ITEM FORWARD

 

                                               Moved: Clr Harle                  Seconded: Clr Shelton

 

That item no: NOM 05 Warwick Farm be brought forward and dealt with now.

 

On being put to the meeting the motion was declared CARRIED.

 

ITEM NO:       NOM 05

FILE NO:        119816.2019

SUBJECT:     Warwick Farm

 

Background

 

Warwick Farm has undergone a massive change since the opening of the William Inglis Hotel last year. Parking has become very difficult around the train station making it difficult for the horse training industry. Truck usage has increased and conflicts between horses and trucks are getting worse. The unique feeling of Governor Macquarie Drive has been lost with the removal of the beautiful trees that lined it.

 

This motion calls on council to address these issues.

 

NOTICE OF MOTION (submitted by Clr Ayyad)

 

That Council:

 

1.   Investigate parking restrictions on the streets of Warwick Farm near the horse trainers precinct and report back to council at our next meeting. This should include 4 hour parking or parking permits for residents;

 

2.   Investigate ways to improve, beautify, and increase maintenance in Warwick Farm acknowledging there has been a significant change in the last year and a half with the opening of the 5 star William Inglis Hotel and conference centre. Report this back to Council at our July meeting;

 

3.   Investigate ways to replant the large trees on Governor Macquarie Drive that were lost with the recent road widening and plant a boulevard of mature trees with a report to come back to Council in July; and 

 

4.   Conduct a count of truck usage with a report to come back to Council about solutions and strategies on how to minimise truck movements and improve safety for residents and horse trainers.

 

 

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion                                   Moved: Clr Ayyad                Seconded: Clr Hadchiti

 

That Council:

 

1.   Investigate parking restrictions on the streets of Warwick Farm near the horse trainers precinct and report back to Council at our next meeting. This should include 4 hour parking or parking permits for residents;

 

2.   Investigate ways to improve, beautify, and increase maintenance in Warwick Farm acknowledging there has been a significant change in the last year and a half with the opening of the 5 star William Inglis Hotel and conference centre. Report this back to Council at our July meeting;

 

3.   Investigate ways to replant the large trees on Governor Macquarie Drive that were lost with the recent road widening and plant a boulevard of mature trees with a report to come back to Council in July;  

 

4.    Conduct a count of truck usage with a report to come back to Council about solutions and strategies on how to minimise truck movements and improve safety for residents and horse trainers. Previous counts to be put forward also;

 

5.      Note the land acquisition funds are in the general reserves budget to be used to finalise the by-pass road for trucks travelling through Warwick Farm.  Note that Council is waiting on the RMS report and request a report to be submitted to the June 2019 Council meeting as to the progress.

 

6.      Council staff to consult with the Warwick Farm residents within the first two weeks in July 2019 on the Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS).

 

             A community meeting to also subsequently be convened with residents, landowners, and other stakeholders as soon as practicable on the future of the Warwick Farm        equine precinct.

 

7.      Bring any outstanding proposals to Council as soon as practicable with an update (which includes when information will be received) to be provided to the June 2019 Council meeting.

 

On being put to the meeting the motion was declared CARRIED.

 

Councillors voted unanimously for this motion.

 

 

 

 

 

RECESS OF COUNCIL

 

Mayor Waller called a recess of Council at 7.37pm.

 

Mayor Waller reopened the meeting at 7.49pm with all Councillors present except for Councillor Hadid.

 

Clr Hadid returned to the meeting at 7.50pm.   

 

Clr Ayyad left the Chambers at 7.50pm.

Clr Ayyad returned to the Chambers at 7.54pm.

 

 

City Economy and Growth Report

ITEM NO:       EGROW 01

FILE NO:        072850.2019

SUBJECT:     Heritage Incentives - Investigation of City of Perth and City of Adelaide.

 

RECOMMENDATION

That Council:

 

1.   Undertake further research and report back to Council on the viability (including the budget implications) of the following:

a.   Conservation grants (to fund minor and major conservation works);

b.   Conservation management grants (for technical advice and management documentation);

c.   Development of local heritage policies and procedures for heritage exemptions; and

d.   Development of guidelines for the use of conservation incentives including permissible development, FSR bonuses and height bonuses.

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion                                   Moved: Clr Hadchiti             Seconded: Clr Kaliyanda                                  

 

1.   Undertake further research and report back to Council on the viability (including the budget implications) of the following:

a.   Conservation grants (to fund minor and major conservation works);

b.   Conservation management grants (for technical advice and management documentation);

c.   Development of local heritage policies and procedures for heritage exemptions; and

d.   Development of guidelines for the use of conservation incentives including permissible development, FSR bonuses and height bonuses.

 

2.      That Council undertakes an expression of interest to determine market interest in operating Council’s heritage buildings such as Collingwood House.

 

On being put to the meeting the motion was declared CARRIED.


ITEM NO:       EGROW 02

FILE NO:        073089.2019

SUBJECT:     Proposed amendment to Schedule 1 Liverpool Local Environmental Plan 2008 - additional permitted use for vehicle sales or hire premises at Lot A and Lot B Kookaburra Rd, Prestons

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:

 

1.   Notes the advice of the Liverpool Local Planning Panel;

 

2.   Supports in principle the planning proposal to amend Schedule 1 of the Liverpool Local Environmental Plan 2008 to permit vehicle sales or hire premises as a land use permitted with consent at Lot A and B Kookaburra Road, Prestons (Lot A and B DP 408207);

 

3.   Delegates to the CEO to make any typographical or other editing amendments to the planning proposal if required;

 

4.   Forwards the planning proposal to the Department of Planning and Environment pursuant to Section 3.34 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, seeking a Gateway determination;

 

5.   Subject to Gateway determination, undertake public exhibition and community consultation in accordance with the conditions of the Gateway determination; and

 

6.   Receive a further report on the outcomes of public exhibition and community consultation.

 

COUNCIL DECISION

Motion                                   Moved: Clr Hadchiti             Seconded: Clr Hagarty                                 

 

On being put to the meeting the motion was declared CARRIED.

 

Councillors voted unanimously for this motion.

 


ITEM NO:       EGROW 03

FILE NO:        104249.2019

SUBJECT:     Adoption of International Trade Engagement Strategy

 

RECOMMENDATION

That Council:

1.      Adopt the International Trade Engagement Strategy;

 

2.      Directs the CEO to report to Council on the progress of this initiative including a review of resources and funding to implement the strategy.

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion                                   Moved: Clr Kaliyanda          Seconded: Clr Shelton                               

 

That Council:

1.      Adopt the International Trade Engagement Strategy;  

 

2.      Directs the CEO to report to Council every 12 months on the progress of this initiative including a review of resources and funding to implement the strategy; and

 

3.      Congratulate and acknowledge the work of the staff in preparing the strategy.

 

On being put to the meeting the motion was declared CARRIED.


ITEM NO:       EGROW 04

FILE NO:        108109.2019

SUBJECT:     Street Naming Request - Edmondson Park Town Centre

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:

 

1.       Notes the decision of the Geographical Names Board of NSW (GNB) to not support Clermont Street;

 

2.       Supports the replacement street names for the Edmondson Park Town Centre noted in this report, being:

 

·    Carnegie Street; and

·    State Street; and

 

3.       Authorises the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to undertake the process of gazettal, if there are no submissions received during public exhibition.

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion                                   Moved: Clr Harle                  Seconded: Clr Rhodes                                

 

That the recommendation be adopted.

 

On being put to the meeting the motion was declared CARRIED.

 


Chief Executive Officer Report

ITEM NO:       CEO 01

FILE NO:        105367.2019

SUBJECT:     Local Government NSW Annual Conference

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That:

 

1.    Any Councillors who wish to attend the 2019 Local Government NSW Annual Conference notify the Councillor Support Officer;

 

2.    Council determines its voting delegates for the conference; and

 

3.    A further report be submitted to Council dealing with:

 

a)    Any motions Council may wish to submit to the conference; and

b)    The conference program.

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion                                   Moved: Clr Rhodes              Seconded: Clr Shelton                                  

 

That:

 

1.    Any Councillors who wish to attend the 2019 Local Government NSW Annual Conference notify the Councillor Support Officer;

 

2.    Council nominates the Mayor and all Councillors except Clr Hadid as their voting delegates for the conference, noting that Clr Hadid already has a vote as he is a Director of the Association.  Should a Councillor not be able to attend, then Councillor Hadid to become the 10th voting delegate for the conference; and

 

3.    A further report be submitted to Council dealing with:

 

a)    Any motions Council may wish to submit to the conference; and

b)    The conference program.

 

On being put to the meeting the motion was declared CARRIED.


ITEM NO:       CEO 02

FILE NO:        106830.2019

SUBJECT:     Endorsement of Delivery Program 2017-2021 and Operational Plan and Budget 2019-20 (including Statement of Revenue Policy)

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:

 

  1. Adopt the Delivery Program 2017-21 and Operational Plan and Budget 2019-20;

 

  1. Adopt the Statement of Revenue Policy 2019-20;

 

  1. Place five (5) nominated amendments to the adopted Statement of Revenue Policy 2019-20 on public exhibition for 28 days; and

 

  1. Include the nominated amendments in the Statement of Revenue Policy 2019-20, subject to no opposing submissions being received, effective 1 July 2019.

 

 

UPDATED RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:

 

  1. Adopt the Delivery Program 2017-21 and Operational Plan and Budget 2019-20;

 

  1. Adopt the Statement of Revenue Policy 2019-20;

 

  1. Place eleven (11) nominated amendments to the adopted Statement of Revenue Policy 2019-20 on public exhibition for 28 days; and

 

  1. Include the nominated amendments in the Statement of Revenue Policy 2019-20, subject to no opposing submissions being received, effective 1 July 2019.

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                  Moved: Clr Hadchiti             Seconded: Clr Hadid

 

That Council:

 

  1. Adopt the Delivery Program 2017-21 and Operational Plan and Budget 2019-20 and the Statement of Revenue Policy 2019-20 with the following amendments:

 

(a)  No increase to any fees and charges that are specifically related to pensioners/senior citizens where possible;

 

(b)  Reduce any proposed fee increases above 10% to no greater than 10%;

 

(c)   Identify a line item that ensures Council is in a position to introduce on line bookings for services such as hall hire and garbage pick ups;

 

(d)  Identify a line item that ensures that garbage collections wait time is no greater than two weeks;

 

(e)  Identify a line item for the introduction of improved technology to monitor rubbish dumping across the LGA;

 

(f)    Removal of the anticipated Moorebank Intermodal Company ex gratia payments; and

 

(g)  Identify a line item that replaces the trees on Terminus Street and Pirie Street in Liverpool with mature plain trees. Also plant mature plain trees on Kurrajong Road.  The green fence along Kurrajong Road to also be covered with a crawler that is evergreen or with colour which flower in some seasons;

 

2.   Place eleven (11) nominated amendments to the adopted Statement of Revenue Policy 2019-20 on public exhibition for 28 days;

 

3.   Include the nominated amendments in the Statement of Revenue Policy 2019-20, subject to no opposing submissions being received, effective 1 July 2019;

 

4.   Provide a revised bottom line report at the next Council meeting; and

 

5.   Look at holding an additional briefing session to Councillors on Council’s annual budget prior to it being released for public exhibition.

 

On being put to the meeting the motion was declared CARRIED.


ITEM NO:       CEO 03

FILE NO:        110636.2019

SUBJECT:     Code of Meeting Practice - Post exhibition report

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:

 

  1. Adopt the Code of Meeting Practice as exhibited; and

 

  1. Write to those who made submissions, thanking them for their submission and advising them of the outcome.

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion                                   Moved: Clr Rhodes              Seconded: Clr Harle                                  

 

That Council adopts the Code of Meeting Practice with the alteration to place the video recording of Council Meetings onto the Council website for a period of no less than 12 months for full public access.

 

Therefore Clause 5.19 of the Code of Meeting Practice to read as follows:

 

Clause 5.19         A webcast recording of each meeting of the council and committee of the               council is to be retained on the council’s website for at least 12 months.               Recordings of meetings may be disposed of in accordance with the State           Records Act 1998.

 

 

Foreshadowed motion:         Moved: Clr Hagarty              Seconded: Clr Hadchiti 

 

That the recommendation be adopted.

 

On being put to the meeting the motion (moved by Clr Rhodes) was declared LOST.

 

The Foreshadowed motion (moved by Clr Hagarty) then became the motion and on being put to the meeting was declared CARRIED.


ITEM NO:       CEO 04

FILE NO:        112986.2019

SUBJECT:     Western Parkland City Liveability Fund: Round Two

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council endorse the River Connections – Lighthorse Park Precinct Improvement Program as the recommended project for submission under the second round of applications under the Western Parkland City Liveability Fund.

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion                                   Moved: Clr Shelton              Seconded: Clr Karnib                                 

 

That Council defer this matter and item no: INF 01 “Activating the Georges River” of this Council Agenda and discuss the matters at the Strategic Planning Workshop on 7 June 2019.  The items to then be reported to the June 2019 Council meeting.

 

On being put to the meeting the motion was declared CARRIED.

 


 

City Community and Culture Report

ITEM NO:       COM 01

FILE NO:        012871.2019

SUBJECT:     Review of the Grants and Donations and Corporate Sponsorship (Outgoing) Policies

 

RECOMMENDATION

That Council:

1.    Endorse the Grants, Donations, and Corporate Sponsorship as one policy and place it on public exhibition for a period of 28 days; and

2.    Endorse the Community Venues Fee Reduction Policy.

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion                                   Moved: Clr Shelton              Seconded: Clr Karnib

 

That the recommendation be adopted.

 

Foreshadowed Motion:       Moved: Clr Hadchiti             Seconded: Clr Ayyad

 

That Council:

 

  1. Endorse the Grants, Donations and Corporate Sponsorship as one policy and place it on exhibition for a period of 28 days with the following change:

 

·         Include an item which ensures that a group cannot apply for multiple funding programs/waivers for the same event.

 

  1. Endorse the Community Venues Fee Reduction Policy; and

 

  1. Not proceed with a Disaster Relief Program Policy noting that Councillors/Staff may at any time put forward to Council a request for such as in the past.

 

On being put to the meeting the motion (moved by Clr Shelton) was declared CARRIED and the Foreshadowed motion (moved by Clr Hadchiti) therefore lapsed. 

 


ITEM NO:       COM 02

FILE NO:        086589.2019

SUBJECT:     Grants, Donations and Corporate Sponsorship

 

RECOMMENDATION

That Council endorses the funding recommendation of $20,000 (GST exclusive) under the Corporate Sponsorship (Outgoing) Program for the following projects:

Applicant

Project

Recommended

Igbo Community Australia

African Cultural & Dinner Nite 2019

$10,000

South West Sydney Waratahs

Aboriginal Koori Knock Out Carnival 2019

$10,000

 

 

That Council endorses the funding recommendation of $31,500 (GST exclusive) under the Community Grants Program for the following projects:

Applicant

Project

Recommended

Cancer Patients Foundation

Look Good Feel Better

$5,000

The Junction Works Limited

Baby and Child CPR & First Aid

$5,000

Chipping Norton Public School P&C Association

Chess Tables for playground

$5,000

The Australian Foundation for Disability

Engaging Our People with Disabilities in Community Life

$5,000

The Shepherd Centre

Talk Together

$5,000

St Vincent de Paul Society NSW Sydney Archdioceses

Men’s Fresh Start Program

$5,000

Language Festival Association

Liverpool Language

$1,500

 

That Council endorses the funding recommendation of $105,000 (GST exclusive) under the Matching Grants Program for the following projects:

Applicant

Project

Recommended

Miracle Babies Foundation Ltd

NICU Graduate Bags for Families of Premature and Sick Newborn Babies

$15,000

Life Education NSW

‘Face the Facts’

$15,000

Child Abuse Prevention Service (CAPS)

Safe Children Safe Families for Children with Special Needs

$15,000

Sumer Association for Culture and Arts Incorporated

100 Souls, 100 Stories

$15,000

NSW Radio Controlled Racing Car Inc.

Field Lighting - New Options, New Future

$15,000

Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections

Backpack beds for Liverpool's Homeless

$15,000

Think & Do Tank Foundation

Wandering Books

$15,000

 

That Council endorses the funding recommendation of $48,500 (GST exclusive) under the Sustainable Environment Grants Program for the following projects:

Applicant

Project

Recommended

Warwick Farm Public School

Aboriginal Bush Tucker & Yarning Circle

$5,000

Nuwarra Public School

Sustainability Squad

$5,000

 

Cecil Hills Public School

School Gardening Group

$4,000

St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox College

School Agricultural Garden

$5,000

Malek Fahd Islamic School Limited

School Garden

$4,500

Cecil Hills High School

Chilled Water Stations (Reduce Single-Use Plastic)

$5,000

FoodFaith Ltd

Liverpool B and B Highway (Bed & Breakfasts for Birds, Bees and Biodiversity)

$5,000

Holsworthy Preschool

Native indigenous Garden

$5,000

SCRAP (School Communities Recycling All Paper) Ltd

Holsworthy Community Garden Biodiversity

$5,000

AFFORD

Creating a sustainable environment

 

$5,000

 

 

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion                                   Moved: Clr Shelton              Seconded: Clr Rhodes

 

That the recommendation be adopted.

 

On being put to the meeting the motion was declared CARRIED.                               

 

RECESS OF COUNCIL

 

Mayor Waller called a recess of Council at 9.01pm.

 

Mayor Waller reopened the meeting at 9.05pm with all Councillors present except Clrs Hadid, Hadchiti, Kaliyanda and Karnib.

 

Clrs Hadchiti and Clr Kaliyanda returned to the Chambers at 9.07pm

 

Clrs Hadid and Karnib returned to the Chambers at 9.08pm.

 


ITEM NO:       COM 03

FILE NO:        109637.2019

SUBJECT:     Helles Park Radio Control Car Racing Track Refurbishment

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:

 

1.   Provides direction on a position to take with the NSW Radio Control Racing Car Club in relation to potential improvements to the Helles Park racing track at Moorebank based on the options presented in this report; and

2.   In the event support is proposed, resolves to advertise the proposed payment or support for a period of 28 days under s.356 of the Local Government Act 1993, and if no submissions in objection are received, that the CEO be delegated authority to manage the working of this project into the capital works program.

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                  Moved: Clr Hadchiti             Seconded: Clr Hagarty

 

That Council:

 

  1. Note that Helles Park is owned by Council;

 

  1. Provide funding of up to $120,000 for the resurfacing and drainage works to the Radio Control Racing Track at Helles Park;

 

  1. Direct the CEO to manage payment of funds for the project should there be a cost benefit by allowing the NSWRCRCC to call for tenders;

 

4.    Report back to Council should funds be required to repair the state of the carpark in that location; and

 

5.    In the event support is proposed, should it be required, resolves to advertise the proposed payment or support for a period of 28 days under s.356 of the Local Government Act 1993, and if no submissions in objection are received, that the CEO be delegated authority to manage the working of this project into the capital works program.

 

On being put to the meeting the motion was declared CARRIED.


ITEM NO:       COM 04

FILE NO:        111360.2019

SUBJECT:     Green Valley Hotel Liquor Licence Application

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:

1.   Strengthen control mechanisms and sub-categories in the revised Social Impact Assessment Policy and Development Control Plan to ensure the protection of communities against the adverse impacts of gaming and liquor related developments, especially at vulnerable localities;

2.   Subject every development application relating to a premises that provides both liquor and gaming to a comprehensive SIA process, regardless of the nature of the proposed development;

3.   Continues to lobby L&G NSW on the adverse impacts related to the subject liquor licence;

4.   Undertake research into social and economic costs and impacts of alcohol consumption and gambling in Liverpool and introduce measures, including controls applied by other councils, to manage and mitigate the impacts on communities; and

5.   Receives a further report in November 2019 on the outcome and proposed directions of the research.

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion                                   Moved: Clr Shelton              Seconded: Clr Hadid

 

That the recommendation be adopted.

 

On being put to the meeting the motion was declared CARRIED.                                  


ITEM NO:       COM 05

FILE NO:        111548.2019

SUBJECT:     Liverpool City Council Sporting Grants Program 2018/2019

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council adopts the following recommendations for the allocation of sporting grants funding, as recommended by the Liverpool Sports Committee grants assessment panel:

 

Club

Project Description

Grant Amount Recommended

Liverpool Eagles Junior AFL Club

Installation of ball netting behind the goals.

$5,000.00

Prestons Hornets Cricket Club

Purchase a line marker to mark boundary lines and purchase of cricket kits, stumps, training equipment and cricket balls for junior cricket teams.

$4,703.55

Prestons Robins Little Athletics Centre

Installation of PA system at Ash Road Sporting complex for club and school athletics. 

$5,000.00

Hinchinbrook Hornets JRLFC

Purchase of first aid equipment for junior rugby league teams.

$3,490.80

Australian Barefoot Water Ski Club NSW Division

Purchase of junior barefoot jump equipment for the World Championships event to be hosted in 2020.

$4,486.00

Amity Football Club

Line marking machine and soccer equipment

$2,319.65

All Saints Liverpool JRLFC

Equipment to be purchased for use by the club including padding for goal posts, corner posts, new playing vests for kids and first aid medical bags.

$5,000.00

 

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion                                   Moved: Clr Shelton              Seconded: Clr Rhodes

 

That the recommendation be adopted.                                  

 

On being put to the meeting the motion was declared CARRIED.

 


City Corporate Report

ITEM NO:       CORP 01

FILE NO:        097797.2019

SUBJECT:     Investment Report April 2019

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council receives and notes this report.

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion                                   Moved: Clr Shelton              Seconded: Clr Karnib

 

That the recommendation be adopted.

 

On being put to the meeting the motion was declared CARRIED.                                   

 


ITEM NO:       CORP 02

FILE NO:        107897.2019

SUBJECT:     Lurnea Affordable Housing

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:

 

  1. Endorses the repurposing of the property at 75-77 Hill Road, Lurnea for affordable/community housing;

 

  1. Approves the key principles for the above site (Confidential Attachment A);

 

  1. Delegates authority to the Chief Executive Officer to invite Expressions of Interest and enter into subsequent negotiations to contract with a suitably qualified and competent Community Housing Provider to deliver the development in accordance with the  principles in Confidential Attachment A;

 

4.    Directs the CEO to include sufficient funds to implement the works in the 2019/20 budget; and

 

5.    Note that a further report will be provided, to seek Council approval to affect any necessary legal agreements to deliver the affordable/community housing.

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                  Moved: Clr Hadchiti             Seconded: Clr Hadid

 

That Council:

 

  1. Endorse the repurposing of the property at 75-77 Hill Road Lurnea for the purpose of Tennis Courts;

 

  1. Direct the CEO to commence planning to ensure that these courts are operational prior to the decommissioning of the courts in Phillips Park; and

 

  1. Directs the CEO to include sufficient funds to implement the works in the 2019/20 budget.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreshadowed motion:       Moved: Clr Hagarty              Seconded: Clr Kaliyanda

 

That Council:

 

1.      Endorses the repurposing of the property at 75-77 Hill Road, Lurnea for housing including community housing;

 

2.      Present Councillors with a financial options paper;

 

3.      Delegates authority to the Chief Executive Officer to invite Expressions of Interest and enter into subsequent negotiations to contract with a suitably qualified and competent Community Housing Provider to deliver the development in accordance with the principles in Confidential Attachment A;

 

4.      Directs the Chief Executive Officer to include sufficient funds to implement the works in the 2019/20 budget; and

 

5.      Note that a further report will be provided, to seek Council approval to affect any necessary legal agreements to deliver the affordable/community housing.

 

On being put to the meeting the motion (moved by Clr Hadchiti) was declared LOST.

 

The Foreshadowed motion (moved by Clr Hagarty) then became the motion and on being put to the meeting the motion was declared CARRIED.

 

Division called for the motion moved by (Clr Hadchiti):

 

Vote for:             Clr Ayyad

                            Clr Hadchiti

                            Clr Hadid

                            Clr Harle

                            Clr Rhodes

 

Vote against:     Mayor Waller

                            Clr Hagarty

                            Clr Kaliyanda

                            Clr Karnib

                            Clr Shelton

 

Note: the Motion (moved by Clr Hagarty) was carried on the Mayor’s casting vote.


ITEM NO:       CORP 03

FILE NO:        108786.2019

SUBJECT:     Budget Review - March 2019

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council approves the identified budget variations in accordance with this report.

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion                                   Moved: Clr Hadchiti             Seconded: Clr Hadid                                  

 

That Council approves the identified budget variations in accordance with this report subject to the removal of the anticipated Moorebank Intermodal Company ex gratia payments.

 

On being put to the meeting the motion was declared CARRIED.

 


 

City Infrastructure and Environment Report

ITEM NO:       INF 01

FILE NO:        099749.2019

SUBJECT:     Activating the Georges River

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council receives and notes this report.

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion                                   Moved: Clr Hadchiti             Seconded: Clr Ayyad

 

That Council defer this matter and item no: CEO 04 “Western Parkland City Liveability Fund: Round Two” of this Council Agenda and discuss the matters at the Strategic Planning Workshop on 7 June 2019.  The items to then be reported to the June 2019 Council meeting.

 

On being put to the meeting the motion was declared CARRIED.

 


 

Committee Reports

Clr Ayyad left the Chambers at 9.48pm.

Clr Ayyad returned to the Chambers at 9.51pm.

ITEM NO:       CTTE 01

FILE NO:        116535.2019

SUBJECT:     Minutes of the Intermodal Committee meeting held on 14 May 2019

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:

 

1.   Receives and notes the minutes of the Intermodal Committee meeting held on 14 May 2019;

 

2.   Endorse the recommendations in the minutes, except recommendation 1 which has a financial implication; and

 

3.   Requests the Independent Planning Commission carry out an independent traffic related peer review during the assessment and determination of the relevant development applications.

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion                                   Moved: Clr Hadchiti             Seconded: Clr Rhodes                                 

 

That Council:

 

1.   Receives and notes the minutes of the Intermodal Committee meeting held on 14 May 2019;

 

  1. Endorse the recommendations in the minutes, except recommendation 1 to be changed to read:

 

            Approve funds of up to $30,000 for a peer review of the traffic modelling on the   proviso that it can be used for future council submissions or be submitted and         completed in time for the current proposal.

 

3.   Requests the Independent Planning Commission carry out an independent traffic related peer review during the assessment and determination of the relevant development applications.

 

On being put to the meeting the motion was declared CARRIED.


ITEM NO:       CTTE 02

FILE NO:        093247.2019

SUBJECT:     Minutes of the Tourism and CBD Committee meeting held on 2 April 2019

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:

  1. Receives and notes the minutes of the Tourism and CBD Committee meeting held on 2 April 2019; and

 

  1. Endorses the recommendations and action in the minutes.

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion                                   Moved: Clr Hagarty              Seconded: Clr Kaliyanda

 

That Council:

  1. Receives and notes the minutes of the Tourism and CBD Committee meeting held on 2 April 2019; and

 

2.    Endorses the recommendations and action in the minutes.

 

3.    Nominate Clr Rhodes to be Clr Hadchiti’s replacement as Chairperson of the Eastern Forum as he is no longer able to attend.

 

On being put to the meeting the motion was declared CARRIED.


ITEM NO:       CTTE 03

FILE NO:        098364.2019

SUBJECT:     Meeting Notes of the Liverpool Youth Council Meeting held 6 March 2019 and Minutes of the Liverpool Youth Council Meeting held 3 April 2019

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:

 

  1. Receives and notes the Meeting Notes of the Liverpool Youth Council Meeting held 6 March 2019, and receives and notes the Minutes of the Meeting held on 3 April 2019;

 

  1. Endorse the motion raised by the Committee at the 3 April meeting that supports Council’s efforts to become single-use plastic item free; and

 

3.    Explore the implications of implementing this across Council committees, Council meetings and events with a report to come back to Council on the findings.    

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion                                   Moved: Clr Hagarty              Seconded: Clr Kaliyanda

 

That the recommendation be adopted.

 

On being put to the meeting the motion was declared CARRIED.


ITEM NO:       CTTE 04

FILE NO:        106991.2019

SUBJECT:     Minutes of the Liverpool Sports Committee Meeting held on 28 February 2019

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council receives and notes the Minutes of the Liverpool Sports Committee Meeting held on 28 February 2019.

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion                                   Moved: Clr Hagarty              Seconded: Clr Kaliyanda

 

That the recommendation be adopted.

 

On being put to the meeting the motion was declared CARRIED.

 


ITEM NO:       CTTE 05

FILE NO:        109201.2019

SUBJECT:     Minutes of the Strategic Panel Meeting 8 April 2019

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council receives and notes the Minutes of the Strategic Panel Meeting held on 8 April 2019.

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion                                   Moved: Clr Hagarty              Seconded: Clr Kaliyanda

 

That the recommendation be adopted.

 

On being put to the meeting the motion was declared CARRIED.


ITEM NO:       CTTE 06

FILE NO:        111223.2019

SUBJECT:     Minutes of Budget Review Panel 9 April 2019

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council adopts the minutes of the Budget Review Panel meeting held on 9 April 2019.

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion                                   Moved: Clr Hagarty              Seconded: Clr Kaliyanda

 

That the recommendation be adopted.

 

On being put to the meeting the motion was declared CARRIED.

 

 


 

Questions with Notice

ITEM NO:       QWN 01

FILE NO:        081484.2019

SUBJECT:     Question with Notice - Clr Hagarty - Realising Opportunity in the Transformation of Western Sydney

 

Introduction

 

Western Sydney is undergoing rapid transformation. The City Deal, Western Sydney Airport and the Aerotropolis are set to deliver unprecedented employment, education, social and cultural benefits to the region.

It's vitally important the people of Liverpool and Western Sydney, including the most disadvantaged, are the primary beneficiaries of these opportunities.

 

Please address the following:

1.   What percentage of the executive and boards of the Western City and Aerotropolis Authority and WSA Co. live in Western Sydney?

Western Sydney Airport Company was established in August 2017 to develop and operate Western Sydney Airport.  Its offices are in the Liverpool CBD.

Western Sydney Airport is a Government Business Enterprise incorporated under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) and operates under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (Cth). Western Sydney Airport is wholly owned by the Australian Government, represented by the Minister for Finance and the Minister for Urban Infrastructure as shareholder ministers.

An experienced Chair and Board have been appointed to govern Western Sydney Airport's work on the airport project.     A Board Charter sets out, amongst other things, conditions relating to the Governance Legal Framework, the role and responsibility of the Board, and the Board size, composition and independence. 

The Authority’s Board was appointed in February 2019 by Federal Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population and the NSW Minister for Western Sydney.   Based on publically available information, the Board is comprised of a Chairperson and six Directors, two of whom are long-time residents of western Sydney.

The Board is responsible, subject to consultation with the Shareholder Ministers for the appointment, removal or replacement of the CEO.  Other Executive positions are appointed on the basis of the Australian Public Service Commission recruitment guidelines and must be based on merit.

The Western City and Aerotropolis Authority (WCAA) is a NSW Government Agency and was jointly established by the NSW and Australian Governments, under the Western Sydney City Deal, to facilitate the design and delivery of the Western Sydney Aerotropolis and support the growth of the Western Parkland City.

Based on publically available information, the Board is comprised of a Chairperson and four Directors, one of whom is a former CEO of a western Sydney Council and a long-time resident of western Sydney. 

The WCAA CEO was appointed in November 2018.  All other Executive appointments will be in accordance with the merit-selection rules under the Government Sector Employment Act 2013.

It should be noted that in August 2018, a skills matrix was endorsed by the Western Sydney City Deal Leadership Group, as a tool to guide nominations of directors to the Board of the WCAA, following earlier consideration by Mayors and General Managers and CEOs of the eight Councils.  Of the thirteen skills identified, two referred explicitly to “Local Government Expertise” and “Local Knowledge” (specifically a background or experience in western Sydney).

 

2.   What pathways from primary to high schools to TAFE and/or University are being provided for the people of Liverpool and Western Sydney as part of the City Deal, Western Sydney Airport and other related initiatives?

The Western Sydney City Deal has set an ambitious target of creating 200,000 new jobs within the Western Parkland City across a wide range of industries over the next 20 years.

 

The Western Sydney Airport and the adjoining Aerotropolis are central to the tri-government efforts to supercharge jobs creation in the region by acting as a catalyst for employment growth in the metropolitan centres of Liverpool, Penrith and Campbelltown as well as the broader region.


 

A suite of initiatives are planned or have commenced under associated commitments that seek to provide a comprehensive and integrated framework for maximising pathways from education and training through to employment in existing and emerging areas.  Examples are as follows:

·    With regard to the Aerotropolis, the NSW Government has stated its intent to achieve an integrated education system with good secondary/VET/University pathways. Giving effect to this is at a preliminary stage amongst the Aerotropolis foundation partners but already a Statement of Intent has been signed by the four members of a potential new STEM University (UNSW, University of Newcastle, UOW and WSU).  Other elements within the overall approach include a Vocational Education Training facility with a focus on construction, aviation and aeronautical-related engineering; and a new Public High School with vocational links to Western Sydney Airport and the aerospace and aviation industries, preparing students for future job opportunities.

·    Particular efforts are being placed on Indigenous, social and local participation targets through employment and procurement for construction projects.  WSA Co, for example, has committed a 2.4 percent Indigenous employment target during the airport’s construction, and a 3 percent Indigenous procurement target for construction projects.  More broadly, an Indigenous small business and skills package will be delivered across the region.

 

·    WSA Co have also committed to a 30 percent local workforce target during construction and 50 percent once operational.

·    Within Liverpool, Council officers continue to work with State and Federal colleagues around the establishment of a TAFE Skills Exchange located near the airport to provide local training for the workers needed to construct the airport and other major projects; and the opening of an Indigenous Opportunity Hub for young Aboriginal students to improve educational and training outcomes linked to job opportunities within Liverpool.

·    With regard to the Liverpool Innovation Precinct, education pathways was the subject of discussion within a recent workshop involving DET, TAFE, UNSW, WSU, UOW and the SWSLHD to explore issues and opportunities and start to map out a forward plan of action.  Across the region, the Department of Education are committed to learning pathways as a key element of its educational rationale.

 

·    Similarly, UOW offers a number of pathways to university through the UOW College. For example, the University Access Program provides an alternate pathway to UOW, and successful completion of college diplomas guarantees a spot on university courses.  UOW also has an Outreach and Pathways Team that delivers programs in 16 high schools in and around Liverpool to raise aspirations and support access to higher education (including university and TAFE).

 

TAFE NSW supports local school students through a number of pathways:

·    Providing courses for disengaged Youth through Community Service Obligation funding.  Courses are delivered over 45 hours in a variety of industry areas to give students an experience in Adult Learning, and to encourage re-engagement in education. There are 7 programs scheduled for delivery across Liverpool and Miller in Term 2 for over 100 students.

·    Training 243 students across nine TVET course offerings including Community Services, Construction, Electro technology, Plumbing, Screen and Media, Business Services, Financial Services, Retail Cosmetics and Salon Assistant.

·    Staff also host college tours, Career Advisor Days, Taste of TAFE days.  They attend Career Information Sessions and speak to student cohorts. TAFE also participate in local career expos to promote pathway options, such as the Making the Connection for Health Event at Liverpool Hospital.

 

·    TAFE NSW is an active member of the Liverpool Innovation Precinct, and chair for the Integrated Health High School Sub Committee for Liverpool, focused on student transition and pathway planning in partnership with local universities and health.

 

3.   What is being done to address the digital divide as part of the City Deal's 'Digital connectivity and smart technology' deliverable?

The stated vision for the new Western Parkland City is that it will be one of Australia’s most connected cities in which innovative public transport, aviation and digital infrastructure will bring residents closer to jobs, centres, and education.  Enhanced connectivity and accessibility for all are thus regarded as crucial outcomes to the collective efforts.

The City Deal set out four commitments to develop digital infrastructure and create one of Australia’s most connected cities: 

·    5G strategy which includes a trial of 5G technology in the Western Parkland City;

·    Western Sydney Digital Action Plan (led by local government);

·    Smart Western City Program to enable NSW agencies to embed interoperable smart and secure technology – such as transport and utility monitoring systems – into new infrastructure as it is rolled out;

·    Openly available data sets.

A steering group comprising Liverpool, Campbelltown and Wollondilly Councils, along with State and Federal government representatives has met regularly for the past six months to oversee and ensure integration of the four commitments.  A group of the eight councils was also formed last year to lead the Digital Action Plan and the Western Sydney Sensor Project (the roll-out of a Federally funded Smart City grant).

Last year a decision was made to run an industry-engagement process for the four commitments. The technology sector was invited to co-develop the digital Western Parkland City and build a world leading Smart City. The intention is to hear about the available technology that complements and enhances major development projects. The expectation is that connectivity, energy and utility management, smart phones, smart poles, personal applications and the issue of data to generate insight will be part of the digital Western Sydney Parkland City.

 

A briefing was held in February. The prospectuses are now being assessed and a selected number will be invited to pitch their solution and some will be invited to a co-development incubation process.

More information can be found here: https://launch.innovation.nsw.gov.au/DigitalWesternParklandCity

The tri-government approach will continue to drive the work under the four commitments, and will monitor progress regarding the use and provision of information and communication technologies within the Western Parkland City.

 

 

Motion:                                 Moved: Clr Hagarty              Seconded: Clr Hadchiti

 

That Council write to the relevant authority requesting that “Bridging the digital divide” be added as an additional commitment to the City Deal’s commitments to develop digital infrastructure. 

 

On being put to the meeting the motion was declared CARRIED.


ITEM NO:       QWN 02

FILE NO:        085670.2019

SUBJECT:     Question with Notice - Clr Hadchiti - Council Buildings Compliance

 

Please address the following:

 

1.   Do all Council buildings comply with The Building Code of Australia (BCA)?

 

            Council buildings are required to meet the prevailing building standards at the time of construction, in this respect Council buildings would have been required to have met        the Ordinance 70 or subsequent BCA regulations at the time of construction.    Although BCA standards and requirements may change over time, the obligation to          upgrade to the current BCA standards is only required upon any substantial building       upgrades or renovations being undertaken.  It is therefore considered that all Council             buildings meet the requirements of the BCA, though older facilities are not compliant   with the current building standards.

 

2.   Do all Council buildings comply with current fire standards?

 

            Council has a Fire Consultant engaged to undertake Annual Fire Safety Statement      (AFSS) certificates for Council buildings. Annual Fire Safety Statements are    maintained in order to ensure that subject buildings comply with relevant fire testing      standards. The Fire Consultant engaged by Council has undertaken inspections for       all buildings for which an AFFS is required. There are buildings where final     certificates have not been issued due to non-compliance or defects having been          identified at the time of inspection. Councillors have been supplied with ongoing and       updated lists of these facilities progressively over the past 6 months.  In order to      address necessary outstanding upgrades, buildings works are currently in progress       to ensure compliance, after which a final AFSS can be issued for those facilities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Clr Hadchiti left the Chambers at 10.02pm.

Clr Hadchiti returned to the Chambers at 10.05pm.

ITEM NO:       QWN 03

FILE NO:        085674.2019

SUBJECT:     Question with Notice - Clr Rhodes - Western Sydney Planning Partnership

 

Please address the following:

 

1.   Can Council please give details about Liverpool Council’s engagement in the Western Sydney Planning Partnership concerning the transition for planning the Western Sydney Aerotropolis from the Department of Planning and Environment to the Planning Partnership?

 

The Western Sydney Planning Partnership (WSPP) is one of the 38 commitments within the Western Sydney City Deal. This City Deal commitment has been promoted to:

 

·    Deliver better, more efficient planning outcomes within the regions;

·    Accelerate the transformation and development of the region; and

·    Maximise the benefit from the new Western Sydney Airport.

 

Liverpool Council is a representative of the WSPP, a new and collaborative approach to planning involving eight other council’s, the GSC, DPE, TfNSW, Syd Water and INSW.

 

Liverpool Council’s engagement in the WSPP has, to date involved:

·    Assisting with the establishment of the WSPP Project Office including recruitment of staff funded by State and Commonwealth resources with the Director administratively employed by Council (paid by State);

·    Identifying staff to work on secondment within WSPP project teams;

·    Liaison with DPE regarding funding to support WSPP operations and the scope of works for priority projects to be undertaken by the WSPP; and

·    Chairing of the WSPP Project Control Group (PCG) by our Director City Economy and Growth.


 

 

2.   What part will Liverpool Council be playing in the recommendation, determination and or delivery of plans for Zoning, Land Use, Infrastructure and Precinct Plans for the Aerotropolis and South Creek lands in the Liverpool LGA?

 

Stage 1 of the WS LUIIP was prepared by the DPE and exhibited for public comment from 21 August to 2 November 2018.

 

The Stage 1 LUIIP - a high-level structure plan for how development in the Aerotropolis could be arranged - identifies three initial precincts.

 

The Minister for Planning has requested that the WSPP prepare the next more detailed stage of the LUIIP and more detailed planning to rezone the three initial precincts.

 

Liverpool will play a role on this work via staff seconded to work within project teams and through the PCG.  The WSPP will then make recommendations to the Minister for Planning in relation to land use, zoning and infrastructure.

 

The Stage 2 LUIIP and detailed precinct plans will be subject to further detailed community engagement, ahead of any decision that the Minister for Planning will make in relation to these plans. The WSPP is working with the DPE and the Minister for Planning to confirm the timelines for when the Stage 2 LUIIP and detailed precinct plans will be completed.

 

 

3.   What is Liverpool Council’s community consultation process and how and when will it be addressed in the decision making process in regard to Liverpool Council’s engagement as a partner in the Planning Partnership?

 

Through council’s involvement the need for deep and regular engagement with the community has been tabled and the WSPP has acknowledged this.

 

A communications strategy will be prepared by the Partnership Office and endorsed by the WSPP PCG, and will form the basis of all communications over the life of the Planning Partnership.

 

Staff will keep councillors informed of any community engagement strategies to guide this work, as they are developed.

 

 

4.   Will the Western Sydney Planning Partnership still be in place if there is a change of Federal Government at the upcoming elections?

 

With the result of the federal election, this is no longer relevant.

 

For the record, on 14 August 2018 the Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development Anthony Albanese wrote to the Mayor and confirmed that a Federal Labor Government would continue with the work established with the City Deal, subject to some reform and renaming it City Partnerships.

 

The letter acknowledged the hard work that Western Sydney councils have put into the City Deal and that there would be no changes that diminish any of the benefits Local government has achieved.

 


ITEM NO:       QWN 04

FILE NO:        086194.2019

SUBJECT:     Question with Notice - Clr Shelton - Parking

 

Please address the following:

 

1.   A constituent has enquired as to whether the very modest provision of some dedicated motor scooter and motor bike parking areas within the CBD would go some small way toward alleviating parking congestion, that is, by not requiring a motor scooter or motor bike to occupy one whole space (acknowledging they do not always do this). At any rate, please advise whether there are any plans to create in a limited way such dedicated parking areas; and

 

2.   Whether also there is any research (even anecdotal) as to the likely impact of as much even if negligible on parking availability, and whether it is thought there is a benefit in addressing as much in a more detailed manner in the future.

 

Response

 

1.    Motorcycle parking provision

 

Council presently provides approximately eight dedicated motorcycle parking spaces in the Northumberland Street and Bathurst Street car parks.

 

In addition, on-street motorcycle parking is permitted where vehicle parking is permitted. In the Liverpool City Centre, motor cyclists are allowed to park without the need to display a parking meter ticket as a result of a Council resolution from the meeting of Council held on 23 July 2012.

 

The current motorcycle parking spaces are not fully occupied. As a result, Council has no immediate plans to increase the number of dedicated motorcycle parking space in the short term.

 

Council’s Development Control Plan (DCP) requires developers to provide at least 1 on-site motorcycle space per 20 car spaces in all developments in the Liverpool City Centre to ensure that adequate provision is made for motorcycle parking.

 

In addition, Council will be completing a review of the 2017 Liverpool City Centre Precinct Car Parking Strategy report prepared by GTA Consultants within the next 3 months to ensure alignment with the Liverpool City Centre Public Domain Master Plan. This review will include motorcycle parking demand in the City Centre and if required, recommend staged provision of additional spaces.

 

 

 

2.    Research - impact of motorcycle parking

 

There is no available information about motorcycle usage in the Liverpool Local Government Area and its impact on car parking demand. However, as a transport mode, it is recognised that motorcycle usage can reduce car parking demand. The advantage of motorcycle parking is that it occupies less parking area compared to a motor vehicle.  In general, one parallel car parking space can be linemarked to accommodate five motorcycles.

 


ITEM NO:       QWN 05

FILE NO:        119747.2019

SUBJECT:     Question with Notice - Clr Hadchiti - Mosquitoes

 

Please address the following:

 

1.       What progress has been made in relation to the Mosquito issue?

 

A response to this Question with Notice will be provided in the 26 June 2019 Council Business Papers.

 

 


ITEM NO:       QWN 06

FILE NO:        119752.2019

SUBJECT:     Question with Notice - Clr Hadchiti - Voluntary Planning Agreements (VPA's)

 

Please address the following:

 

1.       Are there current issues or issues looming with any VPA’s the Council has entered into?

 

A response to this Question with Notice will be provided in the 26 June 2019 Council Business Papers.

 

 


PRESENTATIONS BY COUNCILLORS

 

Nil.

 

Notices of Motion

ITEM NO:       NOM 01

FILE NO:        116853.2019

SUBJECT:     Emergency Services Levy

 

Background

 

Each year, the NSW Government collects payments from councils and insurers to fund emergency services agencies in NSW, with councils required to pay 11.7 per cent of the budget required by NSW Emergency Services. These charges are embedded in council rates and insurance premiums. 

 

From 1 July 2019 the NSW Government plans to collect an additional $160 million (in 2019/20) from NSW councils, communities and those paying insurance premiums to provide better workers’ compensation coverage for volunteer and career firefighters who are diagnosed with one of 12 specific work-related cancers.

 

Councils were sent bills with a letter from Revenue NSW in May 2019, saying NSW council contributions will increase by $19 million in 2019/20. The letter also foreshadowed increases in the following year, but not the amount.

 

The total emergency services levy contribution for Liverpool City Council for the 2019/2020 financial year will be $2,155,621.39. This is an increase of $292,095.51 on last year’s levy, or 16%. This will mean council will need to find additional funds and/or cut planned initiatives or services.

 

Council no doubt supports career and volunteer firefighters in NSW – as it does all emergency services workers and volunteers. Indeed, many council staff and councillors are volunteers.

 

However, the sector was at no point advised that it would be required to cover the cost via significant increases to the emergency services levy, or what this cost would be.

 

The extra $292,095.51 Liverpool is being asked to pay is a large amount and the impact of this unplanned cost will certainly be felt by the community.

 

It only fair that the NSW Government fund the first 12 months of this extra cost and work with local governments to ensure the implementation of the funding mechanism is fairer into the future.

NOTICE OF MOTION (submitted by Clr Hagarty)

That Council:

 

A.      Notes:

         

a.   That last December, the NSW Government enacted laws to provide better workers compensation coverage for firefighters who are diagnosed with one of twelve specific work-  related cancers.

 

b.   That in many areas of NSW, fire services are made up of elected and staff members of local government, and that local governments strongly support this expanded workers compensation scheme.

 

c.   That as a result of these changes, the State Government has decided to implement the new scheme by charging local governments an increased Emergency Services Levy, without consultation.

 

d.   That the expected increase in costs to local governments will be $19m in the first year alone, and that there is little or no time to enshrine this charge in Council’s 2019/2020 budgets.

 

e.   That Local Government NSW has long advocated for the Emergency Services Levy to be significantly modified to ensure it is transparent, equitable and accountable.

 

B.      That this Council supports Local Government NSW’s calls for:

 

a.    The NSW Government to cover the initial additional $19m increase to local governments for the first year; and

 

b.    the NSW Government to work with NSW local governments to redesign the funding mechanism for the scheme to ensure fairness into the future.

 

C.      Requests that the CEO liaise with Local Government NSW to provide information on:

 

a.    The impact on council budgets; and

 

b.    Council advocacy actions undertaken.

 

D.      Directs the CEO to:

 

          a.    Write to the NSW Premier and NSW Interim Opposition Leader, NSW Minister for             Customer Services, NSW Minister for Emergency Services, Minister for Local                 Government           and Shadow Minister for Local Government, and local state                           member/s to:

                 i.      call upon the NSW Government to fund the 12 months of this extra cost rather           than requiring councils to find the funds at short notice when budgets have           already been allocated.

                 ii.     explain how this sudden increase will impact council services / the local community.

iii.    highlight that councils were not warned of the increased cost until May 2019, despite the new laws being passed in November 2018.

iv.   explain that the poor planning and implementation of the increase is inconsistent with the Government’s commitment to work in partnership with the sector.

                 vi.    ask the Government to work with local governments to redesign the implementation of the scheme to ensure it is fairer for councils and communities into the future.

         b.    Copy the above letter to Local Government NSW.

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion                                   Moved: Clr Hagarty              Seconded: Clr Shelton                               

 

That the recommendation be adopted.

 

On being put to the meeting the motion was declared CARRIED.

 


ITEM NO:       NOM 02

FILE NO:        116935.2019

SUBJECT:     Wood Encouragement Policy

 

Background

Wood Encouragement Policies require responsibly sourced wood to be considered, where feasible, as the primary construction material in Government building and fit out projects.

 

Canada, Japan, France, Finland, Netherlands and the UK, over a dozen Councils across Australia and Tasmania have all adopted a Wood Encouragement Policy.

 

The use of wood as a building material has many benefits over other building materials. Amongst them:

·      faster to build, saving time and money

·      uses much less energy to produce 

·      tackles climate change through carbon sequestration

·      is naturally renewable and abundant

Recent examples of wooden public buildings include Melbourne City Council’s ‘Library at the Dock’, Bunjil Place in the City of Casey and Bold Park Aquatic Centre in WA.

 

With a large capital works program, including a number of notable public buildings, planned for Liverpool over the coming years, Council should have a Wood Encouragement Policy in place. This will ensure a cost effective, aesthetically pleasing and environmentally friendly building product is considered for these projects.

 

NOTICE OF MOTION (submitted by Clr Hagarty)

 

That Council:

1.   Commence work on a draft Wood Encouragement Policy and bring this back to Council by the November 2019 Council Meeting;

2.   Provide Councillors a briefing on:

·    the benefits of a Wood Encouragement Policy; and

·    examples of wooden public buildings that have been developed as a result of Wood Encouragement Policy.

 

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion                                   Moved: Clr Hagarty              Seconded: Clr Kaliyanda                                

 

That Council:

1.   Commence work on a draft Wood Encouragement Policy and bring this back to Council by the November 2019 Council Meeting;

2.   Provide Councillors a briefing on:

·    the benefits of a Wood Encouragement Policy; and

·    examples of wooden public buildings that have been developed as a result of Wood Encouragement Policy.

3.    Submit a motion to the Local Government Conference on this matter.

 

On being put to the meeting the motion was declared LOST.


ITEM NO:       NOM 03

FILE NO:        119763.2019

SUBJECT:     Compliance Levy

 

Background

 

Council has previously introduced a compliance levy payable at lodgement of all development applications.

The compliance levy is just another burden on home ownership and along with the increase in Section 94 (7/11) fees Council adopted recently the dream of owning your own home just seems to get further away.

Fast track development applications have been in effect for some time now and has reduced the time and work for a development application to be processed.

 

These applications are low risk in nature.

 

NOTICE OF MOTION (submitted by Clr Hadchiti)

 

That Council effective 1st July 2019 cease to apply the compliance levy on development applications that are submitted via Fast Track Lodgement.

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion                                   Moved: Clr Hadchiti             Seconded: Clr Hadid                              

 

That the recommendation be adopted.

 

On being put to the meeting the motion was declared LOST.


ITEM NO:       NOM 04

FILE NO:        119773.2019

SUBJECT:     Parking Meters

Background

 

Parking meters were introduced into the CBD some 8 years ago with the ultimate aim of building more car parking spaces via a multi storey parking station.

Since that time besides for some at grade parking no multi storey car park has been built or planned.

The Bathurst Street extension and the closure of Pirie Street which would have accommodated a car parking station seem to have stalled.

At the March 2019 Council meeting it was established that the monies from parking meters were being directed to general funds as the period that Council had initially set out had expired.

Given that Council has not delivered on building a multi storey parking station, visitors to the CBD should no longer be burdened with paying car parking fees until such time as Council starts construction on a new multi-level cark parking station.

 

NOTICE OF MOTION (submitted by Clr Hadchiti)

 

That Council:

1.   Effective 1st July 2019 switch of all parking meters currently in operation until such time that Council turns soil on a multi-level car parking station in the CBD; and

2.   Establish the amount of funds received in parking meters that went into general revenue and direct these funds back into the parking reserve.

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                  Moved: Clr Hadchiti            Seconded: Clr Rhodes

 

That Council:

 

  1. Acknowledges Liverpool has a Traffic and Parking problem in the CBD;

 

  1. Present a plan back to Council by the December 2019 meeting that: 

 

a)      Removes all parking along identified streets that serve as the major traffic flow routes in and out of the CBD  and have a look at all options;

 

b)      Has plans for a carpark at the southern end of the CBD that accommodates the maximum number of cars possible; and

 

  1. Should the above not be completed with concrete plans by the December meeting, all parking meters be switched off the day after the Council meeting in December.

 

On being put to the meeting the motion was declared CARRIED.


Mayor Waller advised that Council would move into Closed Session later at the meeting to deal with Items CONF 01 and CONF 08 pursuant to the provisions of S10(A)(2)(c) and S20(A)(2)(a) of the Local Government Act 1993.

 

Confidential Items

 

ITEM NO:       CONF 01

FILE NO:        096999.2019

SUBJECT:     Rescission of CONF 04 Liverpool City Council Pound Facility from the Council Meeting of 17 April 2019

 

This item was dealt with later in the meeting. 

 

ITEM NO:       CONF 02

FILE NO:        109231.2019

SUBJECT:     Confidential Items in the Minutes of the Strategic Panel 8 April 2019

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council receives and notes the Minutes of the Strategic Panel Meeting held on 8 April 2019.

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion                                   Moved: Clr Shelton              Seconded: Clr Rhodes

 

That the recommendation be adopted.

 

On being put to the meeting the motion was declared CARRIED.                                  

 


Clr Hadid left the Chambers at 10.30pm.

Clr Hadchiti left the Chambers at 10.32pm. 

Clr Rhodes left the Chambers at 10.32pm.

ITEM NO:       CONF 03

FILE NO:        111485.2019

SUBJECT:     Acquisition of an Easement for Shared Path over Part 2 Old Kurrajong Road, Casula

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:

 

  1. Approves the acquisition of the easement for Shared Path over Cnr Lot 200 DP 836713, Pt 2 Old Kurrajong Road, Casula for the price and terms outlined in the confidential report;

 

  1. Keeps this report confidential pursuant to the provisions of Section 10A(2)(c) of the Local Government Act 1993 as this information would, if disclosed, confer a commercial advantage on a person with whom Council is conducting (or proposes to conduct) business; and

 

3.    Authorises its Delegated Officer to execute any documents, under Power of Attorney, necessary to give effect to this decision.

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion                                   Moved: Clr Shelton              Seconded: Clr Hagarty

 

That the recommendation be adopted.

 

On being put to the meeting the motion was declared CARRIED.                                 


ITEM NO:       CONF 04

FILE NO:        113113.2019

SUBJECT:     Acquisition of part of Lot 1048 DP 2475 being 265 Sixth Avenue, Austral for drainage purposes

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:

 

1.    Approves the acquisition of proposed Lot 481 DP1251848, being part of Lot 1048 DP 2475 (part 275 Sixth Avenue, Austral and also known as 100 Sixth Avenue) on the terms outlined in this confidential report;

 

2.    Authorises the CEO or her delegated officer to execute any document, under Power of Attorney, necessary to give effect to this decision;

 

3.    Resolves to classify proposed Lot 481 DP1251848 as “operational” land in accordance with the Local Government Act, 1993; and

 

4.    Keeps confidential this report pursuant to the provisions of Section 10A(2)(c) of the Local Government Act 1993 as this information would, if disclosed, confer a commercial advantage on a person with whom Council is conducting (or proposes to conduct) business.

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion                                   Moved: Clr Hagarty              Seconded: Clr Kaliyanda                                 

 

That the recommendation be adopted.

 

On being put to the meeting the motion was declared CARRIED.


ITEM NO:       CONF 05

FILE NO:        113184.2019

SUBJECT:     Acquisition of part of Lot 1 DP 567321 being 2072 Camden Valley Way, Edmondson Park for open space/drainage purposes

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:

 

1.    Approves the acquisition of proposed Lot 6 DP 1249397, being part of Lot 1 DP 567321 (2072 Camden Valley Way, Edmondson Park) on the terms outlined in this confidential report;

 

2.    Authorises the CEO or her delegated officer to execute any document, under Power of Attorney, necessary to give effect to this decision;

 

3.    Resolves to classify proposed Lot 6 DP 1249397 as “operational” land in accordance with the Local Government Act, 1993; and

 

4.    Keeps confidential this report pursuant to the provisions of Section 10A(2)(c) of the Local Government Act 1993 as this information would, if disclosed, confer a commercial advantage on a person with whom Council is conducting (or proposes to conduct) business.

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion                                   Moved: Clr Shelton              Seconded: Clr Karnib                                 

 

That the recommendation be adopted.

 

On being put to the meeting the motion was declared CARRIED.


ITEM NO:       CONF 06

FILE NO:        113215.2019

SUBJECT:     Acquisition of part of five properties at Edmondson Park for the construction of Basin 14

 

RECOMMENDATION

That Council, in relation to:

·    Part Lot 2 DP 1228502, 10 Croatia Avenue, Edmondson Park;

·    Part Lot 4 DP 1228502, 30 Croatia Avenue, Edmondson Park;

·    Part Lot 304 DP 1238463, Lot 304 Dragoon Road, Edmondson Park;

·    Part Lot 164 DP 1218597, Lot 164 Manchuria Road, Edmondson Park; and

·    Part Lot 1 DP 1052613, 2094 Camden Valley Way, Edmondson Park.

as delineated in plans included in the report of staff (collectively, “the Properties”):

1.   Directs the CEO and her delegates to continue to negotiate with owners and occupiers of the Properties in an attempt to acquire the necessary parts by negotiation within the statutory periods outlined in the Land Acquisition (Just Terms Compensation) Act 1991;

 

2.   Delegates authority to, and directs the CEO and her delegates, in the event agreement cannot be reached, to proceed with all necessary steps to give effect to the compulsory acquisition of the Properties for open space and drainage purposes;

 

3.   Delegates authority to, and directs the CEO and her delegates to proceed with making the necessary application to the Minister for Local Government and the Governor in accordance with Section 187(2) of the Local Government Act 1993 to obtain approval to give an acquisition notice and commence compulsory acquisition of the abovementioned properties in accordance with the Land Acquisition (Just Terms Compensation) Act 1991;

 

4.   Delegates authority to the CEO and her delegates to negotiate with all the respective landowners, to acquire part of those lots required for open space and drainage purposes, up to the amount contained in this confidential attachment, without having to submit a further report to Council for approval;

 

5.   Upon finalising the purchase of each of the Properties, that the Properties be classified as “operational” land in accordance with the Local Government Act, 1993.

 

6.   Keeps confidential the information contained in the report of staff concerning the potential acquisition prices pursuant to the provisions of Section 10A(2)(c) of the Local Government Act 1993 as this information would, if disclosed, confer a commercial advantage on a person with whom the Council is conducting (or proposes to conduct) business; and

 

7.   Authorises its delegated officer to execute any document, under Power of Attorney necessary to give effect to this decision.

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion                                   Moved: Clr Kaliyanda          Seconded: Clr Karnib

 

That the recommendation be adopted.

 

On being put to the meeting the motion was declared CARRIED.                                    


Clrs Hadchiti, Rhodes and Hadid returned to the Chambers at 10.38pm.

ITEM NO:       CONF 07

FILE NO:        057844.2019

SUBJECT:     RMS Acquisition and Lease being Part of Lot 11 DP 115118 at Corner of Copeland Street and Hoxton Park Road, Liverpool being Crown Land managed by Council (Crown Land Manager)

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:

 

  1. Note the determination of compensation by the Valuer General as outlined in this report; and

 

  1. Authorises the execution of any document necessary to claim the payment of compensation under Power of Attorney, as required.

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion                                   Moved: Clr Shelton              Seconded: Clr Harle

 

That the recommendation be adopted.

 

On being put to the meeting the motion was declared CARRIED.                                


CLOSED SESSION

 

Mayor Waller advised that Council would now move into Closed Session to deal with Items CONF 01 and CONF 08 pursuant to provision of s10A2(c) and s10A2(a) of the Local Government Act 1993 as shown below:

 

Reason:     Item CONF 01 is confidential pursuant to the provisions of s10A(2)(c) of the Local Government Act because it contains information that would, if disclosed, confer a commercial advantage on a person with whom the Council is conducting (or proposes to conduct) business.

 

Reason:     Item CONF 08 is confidential pursuant to the provisions of s10A(2)(a) of the Local Government Act because it contains personal matters concerning particular individuals (other than councillors).  

 

ITEM NO:       CONF 01

FILE NO:        096999.2019

SUBJECT:     Rescission of CONF 04 Liverpool City Council Pound Facility from the Council Meeting of 17 April 2019

 

NOTICE OF MOTION OF RESCISSION (submitted by Clrs Hadchiti, Rhodes and Harle)

 

We the undersigned move a rescission motion to rescind item CONF 04 Liverpool City Council Pound Facility (as shown below) that was passed at the Ordinary Council Meeting held on Wednesday 17 April 2019.

 

That Council:

 

  1. Authorises the CEO to enter into a contract (Option B of the report) with Blacktown City Council to provide animal shelter services for a fixed term 5 year contract at a new Animal Rehoming Centre; and

 

2.    Bring back a report in 3 months on the long term feasibility of an animal shelter and boarding facility in the Liverpool LGA.”

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion                                   Moved: Clr Rhodes              Seconded: Clr Hadchiti                                

 

That Council rescind item CONF 04 Liverpool City Council Pound Facility that was passed at the Ordinary Council Meeting on 17 April 2019.

 

On being put to the meeting the motion was declared LOST.


Clr Rhodes left the Chambers at 10:40pm.

ITEM NO:       CONF 08

FILE NO:        119704.2019

SUBJECT:     The Voice

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion                                   Moved: Clr Ayyad                Seconded: Clr Hadchiti                                   

 

That Council:

 

1.    Congratulate local talent when appropriate;

 

2.   Support local talent through promotion including Council’s website, e-newsletter, billboard on the Hume Hwy near the Whitlam Centre, both sides of the screen in the mall, and all other ways and means the CEO determines. The goal is to improve civic pride by promoting the local talent; and

3.   Continue to assist local talent by getting them to perform at council events, such as Australia Day, to assist in their development.

 

On being put to the meeting the motion was declared LOST.

 

Motion                                   Moved: Clr Ayyad                Seconded: Clr Hadchiti 

 

That CONF 08 the Voice be resubmitted.

 

On being put to the meeting the motion was declared CARRIED.

 

Motion                                   Moved: Clr Ayyad                Seconded: Clr Hadchiti                                   

 

That Council:

 

1.    Congratulate local talent when appropriate;

 

2.   Support local talent through promotion including Council’s website, e-newsletter, both sides of the screen in the mall, and all other ways and means the CEO determines. The goal is to improve civic pride by promoting the local talent; and

3.   Continue to assist local talent by getting them to perform at council events, such as Australia Day, to assist in their development.

 

On being put to the meeting the motion was declared CARRIED.

 


OPEN SESSION

 

Council moved back into Open Session at 10.50pm

 

Clr Rhodes returned to the Chambers at 10.50pm. 

 

Mayor Waller advised of the outcome of the motions considered in Closed Session.

 

THE MEETING CLOSED AT 10.51pm.

 

 

<Signature>

Name: Wendy Waller

Title:    Mayor

Date:   26 June 2019

I have authorised a stamp bearing my signature to be affixed to the pages of the Minutes of the Council Meeting held on 29 May 2019. I confirm that Council has adopted these Minutes as a true and accurate record of the meeting.

 

    


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Ordinary Meeting 26 June 2019

City Economy and Growth Report

 

EGROW 01

Bathurst Street Ring Road – Design Investigation Update

 

Strategic Direction

Generating Opportunity

Advocate for, and develop, transport networks to create an accessible city

File Ref

127793.2019

Report By

Charles Wiafe - Service Manager Traffic and Transport

Approved By

Tim Moore - Director, City Economy and Growth / Deputy CEO

 

 

Executive Summary

 

At its meeting on 21 November 2018, Council resolved to allocate funding for the Bathurst Street extension project and to receive a report by June 2019, for funding determination to construct the project.

 

The project involves extension of Bathurst Street, from Macquarie Street to Terminus Street, to provide a direct road link between the two streets, instead of the current arrangement via Macquarie Street and Pirie Street. As part of the project, the section of Pirie Street, between Terminus Street and Macquarie Street, is proposed to be closed.

 

Council has engaged Cardno traffic consultants to develop a micro-simulation model using a Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) base traffic model, to assess traffic impacts and recommend lane configuration of the project.  RMS has endorsed the base micro-simulation model and it is being used to assess future traffic conditions.

 

Preliminary traffic modeling results indicate that with full road closure of the affected section of Pirie Street, the adjoining local intersections would operate with unacceptable traffic delays during the evening peak periods, due to the short queuing distances of less than 50m on the Bathurst Street extension between Terminus Street and Macquarie Street. 

 

An alternate configuration involving partial road closure of the affected section of Pirie Street, by banning right turn movement from Terminus Street into Pirie Street, would result in improved traffic conditions and will be considered as part of further strategic concept design investigations.

 

A proposed new signalised intersection of Bathurst/Terminus Street, and modified intersection treatments at Terminus/Pirie Street and Bathurst/Macquarie Street require RMS approval.  A strategic concept design layout based on the existing road layout including two right lanes into the extension of Bathurst Street and two left turn lanes into Terminus Street has been discussed with RMS representatives.

 

During the course of the design investigations, RMS has advised that it has a proposal to formalise and preserve a 6-lane road reserve along Macquarie/Terminus Street, between the Hume Highway and Newbridge Road. The road reservation will significantly affect the modelling to date and the design and function of the project. 

 

RMS cannot yet confirm the road reservation boundaries of the affected length of Terminus Street, to support widening. RMS is therefore not in a position to support the strategic concept design, until details regarding the potential 6-lane road reservation are confirmed.

 

RMS has also requested that the strategic concept design needs to address their concern that a new signalised intersection at Bathurst/Terminus would be too close to the existing Terminus/Pirie signals.  A formal RMS response to council’s letter on the strategic concept design remains outstanding.

 

Noting these constraints and the requirement for RMS endorsement, staff will continue to progress towards a final concept design through close engagement with RMS to address their concerns and will present an updated report to Council on the outcomes of this.

 

In the interim, the existing public car parking on the land for the Bathurst Street extension can continue, noting that works to improve its presentation and function would encourage greater occupancy and improve user experience.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:

 

1.       Notes the update on the design investigations for the Bathurst Street Extension project;

 

2.       Notes that a road layout which would operate with acceptable traffic conditions in the long term, may require partial rather than full road closure of the section of Pirie Street, between Terminus Street and Macquarie Street; and

 

3.       Receive an update report on the design investigations, following the RMS endorsement of a concept design for the project.

 


 

REPORT

 

At its meeting on 21 November 2018, Council considered a Notice of Motion report on the Bathurst Street Extension project and resolved to allocate funding and receive a report by June 2019, for funding determination to construct the project.

 

Despite Council’s ongoing engagement with RMS, they are not able to confirm their approval for the project, until the potential road reservation for widening of Terminus Street to 6 lanes is confirmed. 

 

This report provides an update on the strategic design investigations including the outcome of traffic modelling, strategic concept design investigations and consultation with the RMS.

 

Background

 

The Bathurst Street Extension project involves extension of Bathurst Street from Macquarie Street to Terminus Street.

 

The project would provide a direct link between Terminus Street and Bathurst Street instead of the current arrangement via Pirie and Macquarie Streets. Council has purchased land for the road extension.

 

The project includes the following:

 

·        Extension of Bathurst Street from Macquarie Street to Terminus Street;

·        New traffic control signals at Terminus /Bathurst Street intersection;

·        Modifications of the existing signals at Macquarie /Bathurst Street and Terminus/Pirie Street intersections;

·        Lane reconfigurations along the sections of Macquarie Street and Terminus Street; and

·        Localised road widening along the Terminus Street section between the proposed intersection with Bathurst Street and Pirie Street.

 

The original proposal included full road closure of the section of Pirie Street, between Terminus Street and Macquarie Street, for a public car park to be construed on this road section.  While this would be an outcome with far greater public benefits, traffic modelling indicates that full closure of Pirie Street would have unacceptable impact on traffic movements.

 


 

 

A locality map showing the Bathurst Street Extension and the surrounding road network is as shown in Figure 1 below:

 

Figure 1 – Locality Map

 

 

 

Update on Micro-simulation Traffic Modelling

 

Over the last three years the RMS has engaged two consulting engineering firms - Jacobs to develop a base traffic model, and GTA consultants to use the base model, to assess future traffic conditions and recommend improvement works required to facilitate or minimise traffic impacts of the Moorebank Intermodal Terminals and urban developments in the Sydney South West region.

 

Council has engaged Cardno traffic consultants, to refine and develop a micro-simulation model, using the RMS base model, to assess traffic impacts of the proposed Bathurst Street Extension project, including the proposed full road closure of the section of Pirie Street, between Terminus Street and Macquarie Street, as shown in Figure 2.


 

 

Figure 2 – Bathurst Street Extension with full road closure of Pirie Street

 

RMS has endorsed the base micro-simulation model and it is being used to assess future traffic conditions.

 

The modeling results indicate that with full Pirie Street closure, depending of the turning movements that are permitted at the Bathurst Street/Macquarie Street intersection, and maintaining the current four lane configuration along Terminus Street, the resulting Bathurst/Macquarie Street and Terminus/Bathurst Street signalised intersection would operate with unacceptable traffic delays, particularly during the evening peak periods.

 

This is due to the short storage distance of less than 100m compared to the current of approximately 135m along Pirie Street, and a change to the Bathurst/Macquarie Street intersection from a 3 to a 4-way intersection.

 

In addition, full road closure of the affected section of Pirie Street, will affect accessibility to the city centre from the southern portion of the city centre via Pirie Street (south of Terminus) which would need to access the city centre via the Bathurst Street extension or Bigge Street.

 

Hence, the following two additional options involving partial or no closure of the affected Pirie Street section, as shown in Figures 3 and 4, have also been assessed.

 

·        Option 1 - Extension of Bathurst Street with partial road closure of the affected Pirie Street road section.  This involves banning the right turn movements from Terminus into Pirie Street but maintaining the northbound movements from Pirie Street (South). In addition, the two right turn lanes from Macquarie into Pirie Street would also be reduced to a single lane.

 

·        Option 2- Extension of Bathurst Street with no change to the existing section of Pirie Street, between Macquarie Street and Terminus Street.

 

Figure 3 – Option-1: Bathurst Street Extension with partial road closure

Figure 4 – Option-2: Bathurst Street Extension without change to the existing Pirie Street

 

The modeling assessment suggests that partial road closure by banning right turn movements from Terminus Street into Pirie Street, would perform better than full road closure and could be considered in further design investigation.

 

 

 

 

 

Update on strategic concept design investigations

 

A strategic concept design layout as shown in Figure 5, with the following road configurations has been discussed with RMS representatives at a meeting on 12 April 2019. A follow-up letter was sent to the agency on 24 May 2019.

 

a.       Two right turn lanes from Terminus Street into Bathurst Street (Extension);

b.       Two left turn lanes from Bathurst Street (Extension) into Terminus Street;

c.       Bathurst Street (Extension) departure with a combined left/through and dedicated through lane and a single right turn lane; and

d.       Terminus Street approaches:

·      Two through lanes in each direction; and

·      Three westbound through lanes at the Terminus Street and Pirie Street intersection.

 

Figure 5 – A possible Strategic concept design

 

The above strategic concept design layout shows the additional land to accommodate the RMS 6-lane configuration for Terminus Street.  The design is being refined to include an options with either full or partial closure of Pirie Street or a relief lane to ensure acceptable traffic conditions at the modified Macquarie/Bathurst Street and new Terminus/Bathurst Street signalised intersections.

 

Council will continue to work with the RMS to refine the concept design including potential reduction of the required lanes along the affected sections of Pirie Street and Macquarie Street. The revised design taking into consideration the RMS 6-lanes configuration will be presented to Council following endorsement by RMS.

 

Road Classification and Required Approval

 

Due to current right turn restrictions from Macquarie Street into Hume Highway, the following road sections are classified regional roads:

 

·        Memorial Avenue, between the Hume Highway and Bathurst Street;

·        Bathurst Street, between Memorial Avenue and Macquarie Street;

·        Macquarie Street, between Bathurst Street and Pirie Street; and

·        Pirie Street, between Macquarie Street and Terminus Street.

 

The classified road status requires RMS approval prior to any changes to traffic management along these road sections.

 

In accordance with Section 138 of the Roads Act, the Bathurst Street connection to Terminus Street, being a State Road, requires RMS concurrence.  In addition, Section 87 of the Roads Act, specifies that RMS approval is required for the installation of new and modifications of existing signals. 

 

To address the RMS requirements, traffic modeling outputs and a strategic concept design have been discussed with RMS representatives. 

 

The RMS representatives have provided the following advice, to date.

 

a.       Any proposed works along Terminus Street must incorporate their proposed six (6) lane road configuration.

 

The RMS has not finalised the 6-lane road configuration and is seeking funding for the road reservation to be confirmed.  Until the road reserve boundaries are confirmed, the RMS is not in a position to support Council’s proposal.

 

b.       The proposed new traffic control signals at Terminus Street/Bathurst Street intersection at approximately 55m west of the existing Terminus Street/Pirie Street signalised intersection, will result in two signalised intersections at a close proximity (less than their minimum requirement of 120 m). 

 

The proximity will result in road safety and traffic efficiency concerns. Such arrangement is generally not supported along arterial roads.

 

c.       Should the proposed new signalised intersection be considered, the design needs to include a solution that will coordinate the two signalised intersections.

 

d.       The indicative Bathurst Street extension geometric layout does not align with the existing signalised intersection of Bathurst/Macquarie Street.

 

e.       The proposed road extension should not worsen traffic conditions along Terminus Street, at the new and existing signalised intersections.

 

The RMS representatives have also advised that the traffic movements along the Bathurst Street, Macquarie Street, Pirie Street to Terminus Street link is currently operating with acceptable level of service, but the RMS is open to consider Council’s proposal.

 

Conclusion

 

Micro-simulation modelling and intersection performance analysis, with full road closure of the affected section of Pirie Street, shows that the adjoining local intersections would be expected to operate with unacceptable traffic delays, during the evening peak periods.

 

Partial road closure of the affected section of Pirie Street (between Terminus Street and Macquarie Street) would permit more efficient traffic movements. Concept design options with provision for full road closure or a relief lane to ensure acceptable traffic conditions are being investigated in consultation with the RMS.

 

RMS require that any proposed road designs that intersect with Terminus Street must take account of it being potentially widened to provide a 6-lane carriage way, although the road reservation boundaries have not yet been confirmed.  This is preventing finalisation of a concept design.  When finalised, any concept design will require RMS approval, taking account of their advice provided to date.  Staff will continue to progress towards a final concept design through close engagement with RMS.

 

In the interim, the existing public car parking on the land for the Bathurst Street extension can continue, noting that works to improve its presentation and function would encourage greater occupancy and improve user experience.

 

CONSIDERATIONS

 

Economic

Provide efficient parking for the City Centre.

Deliver a high quality local road system including provision and maintenance of infrastructure and management of traffic issues.

Facilitate economic development.

Environment

Promote an integrated and user friendly public transport service.

Support the delivery of a range of transport options.


Social

Preserve and maintain heritage, both landscape and cultural as urban development takes place.


Civic Leadership

Deliver services that are customer focused.

Operate a well-developed governance system that demonstrates accountability, transparency and ethical conduct.

Legislative

NSW Roads Act 1993

NSW Road Rules

NSW Road Transport (Safety & Traffic Management) Act 1999

Roads and Maritime Service’s Traffic Management and Road Design Guidelines

Australian Standards

Austroads Technical Guidelines 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

 

Nil


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Ordinary Meeting 26 June 2019

City Economy and Growth Report

 

EGROW 02

Proposed amendment to Liverpool Local Environmental Plan 2008 - Rezoning land subject to Basin 14 and Bernera Road, Edmondson Park

 

Strategic Direction

Strengthening and Protecting our Environment

Exercise planning controls to create high-quality, inclusive urban environments

File Ref

135577.2019

Report By

Nancy-Leigh Norris - Strategic Planner

Approved By

Tim Moore - Director, City Economy and Growth / Deputy CEO

 

 

Executive Summary

 

A planning proposal has been prepared to amend the Liverpool Local Environmental Plan 2008 (LEP) to rezone land and amend development standards for certain land comprising proposed Basin 14 and Bernera Road, Edmondson Park (Attachment 1). In addition, to support the planning proposal, an amendment has been proposed to the Liverpool Development Control Plan 2008 Part 2.11 Land Subdivision and Development in Edmondson Park (DCP) (Attachment 2).

 

The area known as ‘Basin 14’ is to be acquired by Liverpool City Council for the purposes of stormwater infrastructure and flood mitigation measures. Basin 14 is situated within the bounds of Maxwell’s Creek North Riparian Park, as identified within Part 2.11 Land Subdivision and Development in Edmondson Park (the DCP). It has a secondary function of providing land for open space and recreation purposes.

 

The planning proposal seeks to facilitate the development of a revised design for Basin 14, which will provide much needed stormwater infrastructure and public open space to the rapidly growing suburb of Edmondson Park. The planning proposal seeks to enable the appropriate acquisition of land by Council as well as assist in the orderly development of land adjacent to the basin. The following matters have been addressed in the planning proposal:

 

·    The revised design extends Basin 14 further south, resulting in additional land to be acquired by Council. RE1 Public Recreation zone is to be extended to cover the new footprint of the basin. The extension of the basin has resulted in a long narrow parcel of residential zoned land that is unfeasible to develop due to its current size. As quality open space is in high demand in Edmondson Park due to rapid residential development, this land is to also be rezoned from R1 General Residential to RE1 Public Recreation and used as an area of public open space adjacent to the basin.

 

·    The revised design has identified land currently zoned R3 Medium Density Residential as being required for the basin footprint. This land is to be rezoned to RE1 Public Recreation. This includes approximately 150m2 of land at 10 Croatia Avenue (Lot 2 DP 1228502) which is too small to develop independently and approximately 250m2 of land at 30 Croatia Avenue (Lot 4 DP 1228502). This land has been removed from the outskirts of the R3 Medium Density Residential land and the remaining area is considered to contain an acceptable level of development yield.

 

·    The revised design has resulted in RE1 Public Recreation zoned land at Lot 12 Camden Valley Way (DP 1239712) identified as surplus to Councils initial requirements for the basin footprint. As this land is no longer required for acquisition by Council, it is to be rezoned to R1 General Residential to assist in the orderly development of the area surrounding the basin.

 

·    The revised basin design has resulted in amendments to the Indicative Layout Plan (ILP) within Part 2.11 of the Liverpool Development Control Plan 2008 (LDCP 2008). This is to provide a new road layout and pedestrian access around the site. The amendment of development standards on a portion of land at 50 Croatia Avenue (Lot 6 DP 1228502) will rationalise standards in accordance with the ILP amendment. The height, floor space ratio and dwelling density standards are to be increased, and minimum lot size standards are to be reduced, to correspond with the current standards on the western part of this lot.

 

The Land Use Zoning, Minimum Lot Size, Floor Space Ratio, Maximum Height of Buildings, Land Reservation for Acquisition and Minimum Dwelling Density LLEP 2008 maps are to be amended as part of this proposal. 

 

Advice was sought from the Liverpool Local Planning Panel at its meeting on 27 May 2019 in accordance with the Local Planning Panel Direction – Planning Proposals dated 23 February 2018. Following an inspection of the site and considering the assessment report (Attachment 3), the Panel provided their advice (Attachment 4) that the proposal has both strategic and site-specific merit and supported the planning proposal proceeding to a Gateway determination.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:

 

1.   Notes the advice of the Liverpool Local Planning Panel;

 

2.   Supports in principle the planning proposal to amend the Liverpool Local Environmental Plan 2008 to rezone land and amend development standards for certain land subject to proposed Basin 14 and Bernera Road, Edmondson Park;

 

3.   Supports in principle the amendments to the Liverpool Development Control Plan 2008;

 

4.   Delegates to the CEO to make any typographical or other editing amendments to the planning proposal and Development Control Plan if required;

 

5.   Forwards the planning proposal to the Department of Planning and Environment pursuant to Section 3.34 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, seeking a Gateway determination;

 

6.   Subject to Gateway determination, undertake public exhibition and community consultation for both the planning proposal and Development Control Plan in accordance with the conditions of the Gateway determination; and

 

7.   Receive a further report on the outcomes of public exhibition and community consultation.

 

REPORT

 

Background

 

The Edmondson Park precinct was rezoned from 1(e) Rural – Future Urban to 2(e) Residential – Developing Communities by Amendment 83 to the Liverpool Local Environmental Plan 1997 on the 31st March 2006. Following the adoption of the Liverpool Local Environmental Plan 2008 the precinct was primarily zoned R1 (General Residential). Since the initial rezoning, the precinct has been undergoing urbanisation. This rezoning formed part of an extensive planning exercise, which was informed by numerous investigations including a variety of flooding studies, as discussed below. Since this time, the forecasted growth for Edmondson Park has increased, particularly with the development of Edmondson Park South under the State Environmental Planning Policy (State Significant Precincts) 2005. This has placed increased pressure on existing and proposed infrastructure in Edmondson Park.  

 

Flood Studies and Strategies for Edmondson Park


The rezoning of Edmondson Park was informed by several investigations including a variety of flood studies and strategies, as follows:

 

·      The Cabramatta Creek Basin Strategy was developed in the 1980s to ensure forecasted development would not increase flooding impacts to the creek and locality. This strategy included 19 flood detention basins across urban release areas within the catchment area, with Basin 12 and Basin 14 situated in Edmondson Park.

 

·    Edmondson Park is traversed by the upper reach of Cabramatta Creek, Maxwell’s Creek and its tributaries. The rezoning of Edmondson Park for urban development in 2006 included the provision of Basin 12 (adjacent to Cabramatta Creek near Jardine Drive) and Basin 14 (adjacent to a Maxwell’s Creek tributary). These basins are consistent with Council's strategy for Cabramatta Creek.

 

·    A number of flood studies were undertaken from early 2000 to 2008 to inform the rezoning of Edmondson Park for urban development. These studies included the Water Cycle Management Study (GHD 2003) and Edmondson Park Flood Study (Web McKeon 2007). Both of these studies prepared concept design proposals with different configurations for Basin 14.

 

·    The Cabramatta Creek Basin Strategy has been assessed through a number of flood studies and reviews undertaken by Bewsher Consulting for Council in 2004, 2006 and 2011. These studies concluded that the strategy was effective in achieving its flood mitigation objectives and confirmed the need for the construction of remaining basins identified in the strategy, including Basin 14.

 

·    In 2014, FloodMit and Storm Consultants developed concept designs for Basin 12 and Basin 14. Flood behaviour was assessed through 2D Tuflow hydraulic modelling to ensure increased flows from new development in Edmondson Park would not adversely impact the area. Subsequently, the detailed design and partial construction of Basin 12 has been completed.

 

·    In December 2017, Council engaged Storm Consulting to undertake the detailed design of Basin 14. This design is currently being finalised and will incorporate water quality measures such as rain gardens and recreational facilities such as foot paths and viewing platforms. Refer to Figure 1 below for the draft basin design. The scope of works are as follows:

 

a)   Stage 1: Feasibility Assessment

b)   Stage 2: Preliminary Concept Design

c)   Stage 3: Flood Impact Assessment

d)   Stage 4: Detailed Concept Design of the basin

e)   Stage 5: Detailed Design of the basin

f)    Stage 6: Environmental Assessment and Management

 

 

Figure 1: Draft design of Basin 14 

 

 

Sites affected by the Planning Proposal

 

The planning proposal relates to ten lots accessible from Camden Valley Way, Bernera Road and Croatia Avenue which are largely undeveloped. One of these lots forms part of the recently re-aligned Bernera Road and one lot is also accessible from Manchuria and Poziers Road.

 

The subject land contains a tributary of Maxwell’s Creek and also contains ‘Maxwell’s Creek North Riparian Park’, which is one of three riparian parks identified under Part 2.11 Edmondson Park of the Liverpool Development Control Plan 2008 (LDCP 2008). This park is forecasted to contain passive open space and a children’s play area in accordance with Items 10 and 11 within Section 6.4 of the Edmondson Park Contributions Plan 2008 (the Contributions Plan). It is noted that a transmission easement for electrical lines runs through the site. 

 

The addresses and legal descriptions of the subject lots are detailed within Table 1 below, and are identified in Figure 2. The planning proposal does not intend on rezoning the entirety of the subject lands, only part of some land parcels.

 

Land to be rezoned for the facilitation of Basin 14 include approximately 14,000m2 of R1 General Residential zoned land, 3,200m2 of RE1 Public Recreation zoned land and 400m2 of R3 Medium Density Residential zoned land. Miscellaneous zonings along Bernera Road, and development standards for a portion of land south of the basin are to also be amended.

 

It is noted that one of the subject lots (Lot 12 DP 1239712) is currently subject to two  development applications (DA-665/2018 and DA-561/2016/A), for the construction of a multi dwelling housing development comprising 11 dwellings and including strata subdivision and for the modification of stormwater easements and lot sizes, respectively. The planning proposal will not impact those applications.

 

Table 1: Subject lot addresses, legal descriptions and proposed changes

 

Address

Legal Description

Current Zoning* (with approx. size of land to be rezoned)

Proposed Zoning

N/A

Lot 1 DP 1129337

B6 (195m2)

SP2

Lot 1 Bernera Road

Lot 1 DP 1228502

B6 (365m2)

SP2

R3 (25m2)

SP2

No. 10 Croatia Avenue

Lot 2 DP 1228502

SP2 (180m2)

B6

SP2 (50m2)

R3

SP2 (240m2)

RE1

R3 (150m2)

RE1

No. 30 Croatia Avenue

Lot 4 DP 1228502

SP2 (400m2)

R3

SP2 (50m2)

RE1

R1 (3,300m2)

RE1

R3 (250m2)

RE1

No. 50 Croatia Avenue

Lot 6 DP 1228502

SP2 (15m2)

R1

No. 2072 Camden Valley Way

Lot 1 DP 567321

R1 (5,250m2)

RE1

No. 2082 Camden Valley Way

Lot 2 DP 567321

R1 (5,000m2)

RE1

Lot 12 Camden Valley Way

Lot 12 DP 1239712

RE1 (3,200m2)

R1

Lot 304 Dragoon Road

Lot 304 DP 1238463

R1 (215m2)

RE1

Lot 164 Manchuria Road

Lot 164 DP 1218597

R1 (220m2)

RE1

* Note: All lots subject to this planning proposal contain more than one land use zone. The ‘Current Zoning’ column of this table only relates to the portion of land within that lot to be rezoned.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lot 164 Manchuria Rd
DP 1218597
Lot 304 Dragoon Rd 
DP 1238463
Lot 12 Camden Valley Way DP 12397122082 Camden Valley Way Lot 2 DP 5673212072 Camden Valley Way
Lot 1 DP 567321
50 Croatia Ave Lot 6 DP 122850230 Croatia Ave
Lot 4 DP 1228502
10 Croatia Ave
Lot 2 DP 1228502
Lot 1 Bernera Rd
DP 1228502
Lot 1 DP 1129337

Figure 2: Aerial view of subject lots

 

 

Proposed Amendments to the Liverpool Local Environmental Plan 2008

 

The planning proposal seeks to facilitate the development of the revised design for Basin 14. The LEP zoning and development standards currently reflect Council’s preliminary conceptual design for Basin 14. Detailed designs have been developed by Storm Consulting and will be finalised in 2019.

 

This planning proposal seeks to amend the LLEP 2008 to facilitate the development of the revised basin design, as follows:

 

·    The revised design extends Basin 14 further south, resulting in additional land to be acquired by Council. RE1 Public Recreation zone is to be extended to cover the new footprint of the basin. The extension of the basin has resulted in a long narrow parcel of residential zoned land that is unfeasible to develop due to its current size. As quality open space is in high demand in Edmondson Park due to rapid residential development, this land is to also be rezoned from R1 General Residential to RE1 Public Recreation and used as an area of public open space adjacent to the basin.

 

·    The revised design has identified land currently zoned R3 Medium Density Residential as being required for the basin footprint. This land is to be rezoned to RE1 Public Recreation. This includes approximately 150m2 of land at 10 Croatia Avenue (Lot 2 DP 1228502) which is too small to develop independently, and approximately 250m2 of land at 30 Croatia Avenue (Lot 4 DP 1228502). This land has been removed from the outskirts of the R3 Medium Density Residential land and the remaining area is considered to contain an acceptable level of development yield.

 

·    The revised design has resulted in RE1 Public Recreation zoned land at Lot 12 Camden Valley Way (DP 1239712) identified as surplus to Councils initial requirements for the basin footprint. As this land is no longer required for acquisition by Council, it is to be rezoned to R1 General Residential to assist in the orderly development of the area surrounding the basin.

 

·    The revised basin design has resulted in amendments to the Indicative Layout Plan (ILP) within Part 2.11 of the Liverpool Development Control Plan 2008 (LDCP 2008). This is to provide a new road layout and pedestrian access around the site. The amendment of development standards on a portion of land at 50 Croatia Avenue (Lot 6 DP 1228502) will rationalise standards in accordance with the ILP amendment. The height, floor space ratio and dwelling density standards are to be increased, and minimum lot size standards are to be reduced, to correspond with the current standards on the western part of this lot.

 

The Land Use Zoning, Minimum Lot Size, Floor Space Ratio, Maximum Height of Buildings, Land Reservation for Acquisition and Minimum Dwelling Density LLEP 2008 maps are to be amended as part of this proposal. 

 


 

Figure 3 below summarises the land zoning amendments proposed:

 

4. Development standards to be rationalised in accordance with Draft ILP 1. R1 land to be rezoned RE1 (with approximate civil works line for basin shown in red)3. RE1 land to be rezoned R15. Various re-zonings along Bernera Road 2. R3 land to be rezoned RE1

Figure 3: Matters addressed within the planning proposal

 

Amendments to the DCP

 

The Indicative Layout Plan (ILP) is a map in the DCP which shows the future road network and the land uses in the precinct (e.g. residential, active open space etc.). The ILP provides Council, developers and land-owners with certainty as to how the land will be developed in a coordinated manner. Land developed in accordance with the ILP ensures optimal traffic flow and accessibility throughout the precinct.

 

As with the LEP, the proposed amendments to the DCP aim to reflect the revised design of Basin 14. This is achieved by amending a number of DCP maps, including the ILP, to reflect the footprint of the revised basin and the new road layout in the vicinity of the basin, as detailed below (refer to Figure 4).  

 

·    Footprint of Maxwell’s Creek North Riparian Park: The footprint has been extended to cover the extent of Basin 14 and incorporate all land to be acquired by Council for the development of this park. The portion of land at Lot 12 Camden Valley Way identified as part of the park has been removed as it is no longer being acquired by Council.  

 

 

 

·    Road layout in the vicinity of Maxwell’s Creek North Riparian Park

 

The local road previously situated south of the riparian park has been relocated further south. The proposed road is to be situated adjacent to the park, along the northern boundary of 50 Croatia Ave (Lot 6 DP 1228502), and has been identified as a fixed road. The location of this road will promote residential amenity and safety, as it will provide separation between the park and future dwellings to the south. These dwellings will front the local road, providing passive surveillance to the open space, instead of having the rear of dwellings backing onto the park. A cul-de-sac is to be constructed at the western end of this road, and access to and from Bernera Road is no longer proposed. This is due to the presence of a bus bay and light pole along Bernera Road where an intersection may have been possible. Temporary access to and from Bernera Road will be possible during the construction and development of the park and neighbouring residential development, until a time where the local road network has been sufficiently developed.   

 

In response to the relocation of this local road, a road link south of the park has been altered to rationalise street connections and manage traffic flow through the precinct.

 

·    Pedestrian access: Two 10m wide pedestrian access ways leading to Maxwell’s Creek North Riparian Park have been added to Figure 8: Street Types map, as discussed further below.

 

PROPOSEDEXISTING 

Figure 4: Existing and Proposed Indicative Layout Plan

 

Pedestrian Access Ways

 

It is vital that Maxwell’s Creek North Riparian Park is easily accessible to the public. The proposed DCP amendment includes the provision of two pedestrian access ways to the riparian park (shown hatched in Figure 5), as follows.

 

·    The western access way replaces the proposed local road link from Zepplin Road to Bernera Road with pedestrian access only; and

 

·    The eastern access way leads to the riparian park from Lot 12 Camden Valley Way (DP 1239712). This corridor is to be co-located with the stormwater easement leading from this lot to the basin, thereby optimising land and assisting in the overall development of this site. The current road layout has a small local road leading from this lot towards the house of worship on the neighbouring lot. This has been removed, as the pedestrian link will improve pedestrian permeability between the lots and this road is no longer required as the access driveway to Camden Valley Way is being retained.  

 

·    Part of a laneway adjacent to Camden Valley Way (circled in red in Figure 5), has been removed from this map, as it is not required for the effective development of the land it was originally intended to service. Its intersection would be too close to the Bernera Road intersection and an existing bus stop.

 

Figure 5: Existing and Proposed Street Types Maps

 

The proposed DCP amendment provides detail as to the design of these pedestrian access ways within Section 2.1 Street Network and Access, as follows: 

 

“Pedestrian Access Way

All pedestrian access ways are to be designed in accordance with the 10m wide access way detailed in Figure 18. Any other through site links, pedestrian access paths or overland flow paths that continue the desire line of a road corridor are to be the same width of that corridor.”  

 

The cross section in Figure 6 below indicates the proposed design solution which would be applied to these pedestrian access links, and is the new ‘Figure 18’ within the amended DCP. In conjunction with providing pedestrian access to public open space, the corridors will also improve pedestrian permeability and overland stormwater flow paths within Edmondson Park. Additionally, the corridor is sufficiently wide to provide for good sight lines, limiting opportunities for concealment and other crime related activities.  

 

 

 

Figure 6: Pedestrian Access - 10m

 

Miscellaneous Amendments to Edmondson Park Development Control Plan

 

The following maps in the DCP are to be amended to reflect the revised footprint of Maxwell’s Creek North Riparian Park and the new road layout in the vicinity of this park.

 

·    Figure 1: Land to which this part applies

·    Figure 2: Indicative Edmondson Park Layout Plan

·    Figure 3: Sub-precincts

·    Figure 5: Locations of Character Areas

·    Figure 6: Possible Public Transport Routes

·    Figure 7: Fixed Roads

·    Figure 8: Street Types

·    Figure 21: Bicycle Network

·    Figure 23: Open Space Network

·    Figure 24: Areas which may be filled with Council Consent

 

Figure 24 - ‘Areas which may be filled with Council Consent’, is to be amended to remove a minor marking that specified an area which may be filled with Council’s consent. This area is no longer required as the local road layout has been revised.

 

 

Advice of the Local Planning Panel

 

Pursuant to Clause 2.19(1)(b) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, a planning proposal must be submitted to the Local Planning Panel for their advice prior to consideration by the Council. Only the planning proposal was considered by the LPP, as the panel doesn’t have a statutory role in reviewing DCP amendments under the Act. The Local Planning Panel agreed that the proposal has strategic and site specific merit and supports the proposal proceeding to a Gateway determination. The advice of the LPP included in Attachment 4.

 

Next Steps

 

If the planning proposal is supported by Council, the proposal will be submitted to the Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) seeking Gateway determination. After any further technical studies are completed post Gateway, the planning proposal would then proceed to public authority consultation, followed by public exhibition of both the planning proposal and DCP amendment.

 

During public exhibition, landowners, developers, and other interested parties will be able to submit on the proposed changes. This provides an opportunity for land-owners to comment on how the changes would affect them, and/or suggest changes. Each submission will be considered and if required amendments made to the planning proposal and DCP amendments for Council’s further consideration.

 

Consultation

 

The planning proposal and DCP amendment have been prepared by Council’s Planning and Transport Strategy department. The requirement for a planning proposal to amend the LEP arose from the revised design of Basin 14 undertaken by Council’s City Infrastructure and Environment Department. Both the planning proposal and the DCP amendment have been prepared in consultation with the Floodplain and Water Management, Development Assessment, Property and Commercial Development and Community Development teams.

 

Community consultation will occur with a minimum exhibition period of 28 days. It is proposed that the land-owner of each property who is affected by changes to the LEP and/or DCP will be notified in writing via a letter to their postal address.

 

Financial Implications

 

The acquisition of land by Council for the purposes of Basin 14 and Maxwell’s Creek North Riparian Park will be subject to the Land Acquisition (Just Terms Compensation) Act 1991. The planning proposal was prepared to reflect the intended uses of the site, which will ensure the appropriate acquisition of land for future infrastructure. The removal of land acquisition requirements that are no longer needed for the development of the basin or Bernera Road, ensures that Council will not be burdened by unnecessary compulsory acquisition in the future.

 

The financial implications for landowners has been taken into consideration within Section 3.9 of the planning proposal. In summary, the development of the basin will enable the decommissioning of several temporary on-site detention basins on privately owned land, which will allow the land to be developed for its intended use. This includes the temporary basin at Lot 12 Camden Valley Way (DP1239712) which is to be rezoned to residential uses as it is no longer required for the development of Basin 14. The planning proposal also corrects mapping inconsistencies along Bernera Road, which will result in positive economic effects as the zoning will reflect the intended use of the lot.

 

The amendment to the DCP may result in an increased financial burden on the land owner of 50 Croatia Avenue. The indicative local road to be located south of the basin is now entirely situated within this lot, decreasing developable residential land and increasing the cost of future building works. This burden will be counteracted by increasing the minimum dwelling density standard and improving connectivity within the western part of this lot, which will improve development potential on this part of the lot.

 

The development of pedestrian access ways to the riparian park will present a lower up-front construction costs for developers as these are replacing corridors which were previously shown as roads. The maintenance costs for Council for a pedestrian access path will also be lower than that of a street. The value of improved connectivity within the area and accessibility to quality open space in the form of a well-designed access way should also be taken into consideration.    

 

CONSIDERATIONS

 

Economic

Deliver and maintain a range of transport related infrastructure such as footpaths, bus shelters and bikeways.

Deliver a high quality local road system including provision and maintenance of infrastructure and management of traffic issues.

Environment

Manage the environmental health of waterways.

Manage air, water, noise and chemical pollution.

Support the delivery of a range of transport options.


Social

Support policies and plans that prevent crime.


Civic Leadership

Encourage the community to engage in Council initiatives and actions.

Provide information about Council’s services, roles and decision making processes.

Legislative

Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

 

1.         Planning Proposal (Under separate cover)

2.         DCP Amendment - Part 2.11 Land Subdivision and Development in Edmondson Park (Under separate cover)

3.         Planning Assessment Report for Local Planning Panel (Under separate cover)

4.         Advice of the Local Planning Panel (Under separate cover)  


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Ordinary Meeting 26 June 2019

City Economy and Growth Report

 

EGROW 03

Proposed amendment to Schedule 1 Liverpool Local Environmental Plan 2008 - additional permitted use for 'Car Parks' at Collimore Park, Liverpool

 

Strategic Direction

Strengthening and Protecting our Environment

Exercise planning controls to create high-quality, inclusive urban environments

File Ref

136186.2019

Report By

Luke Oste - Strategic Planner

Approved By

Tim Moore - Director, City Economy and Growth / Deputy CEO

 

 

Executive Summary

 

Council resolved at the 13 December 2017 meeting to allocate funding to the design investigation for a multi-deck car park at the existing Collimore Car Park and to move the construction of the car park to the 0-5 year category.

 

Since the council resolution, planning investigations have been undertaken to ascertain land ownership, the optimum number of additional parking spaces, vehicular access arrangements, preliminary traffic impact assessment and environmental approvals.

 

The planning investigations identified that a multi-storey carpark is not currently permissible on the site under the provisions of the Liverpool Local Environmental Plan 2008 (LLEP 2008). A planning proposal is required to permit a multi storey car park on the site (Attachment 1).

 

An at-grade car park at Collimore Park is permissible under State Environmental Planning Policy (Infrastructure) 2007. The SEPP allows for the development of single storey car parks on a public reserve as exempt development.

 

The planning assessment report prepared for the Liverpool Local Planning Panel is included in Attachment 2. The report outlines that the planning proposal has strategic and site specific merit and recommends that the planning proposal be submitted to the Department of Planning & Environment for a Gateway determination.

 

Advice was sought from the Liverpool Local Planning Panel at its meeting on 27 May 2019 in accordance with the Local Planning Panel Direction – Planning Proposals dated 23 February 2018. Following an inspection of the site and considering the assessment report, the panel provided their advice (Attachment 3). The panel recommended that a concept plan for the proposed car park should be formulated for exhibition along with the planning proposal to provide the public with a greater understanding of the full range of issues relating to this proposal.

 

It is recommended that Council note the advice of the LPP, support in principle the planning proposal and submit the proposal to the Department of Planning and Environment seeking a Gateway determination and public exhibition.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:

 

1.       Notes the advice of the Liverpool Local Planning Panel

 

2.       Supports in principle the planning proposal to amend Schedule 1 of the Liverpool Local Environmental Plan 2008 to permit car parks as a land use permitted with consent at Collimore Park;

 

3.       Delegates to the CEO to make any typographical or other editing amendments to the planning proposal if required;

 

4.       Forwards the planning proposal to the Department of Planning and Environment pursuant to Section 3.34 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, seeking a Gateway determination;

 

5.       Subject to Gateway determination, undertakes public exhibition and community consultation in accordance with the conditions of the Gateway determination; and

 

6.       Receives a further report on the outcomes of public exhibition and community consultation.

 

Report

 

Site Description

 

This planning proposal (Attachment 1) is site specific and relates to Collimore Park which is legally identified as follows:

 

·  Lot 1 DP 1089398;

 

·  Lot 2 DP 1089398;

 

·  Lot 400 DP 1185131;

 

·  Lot 7009 DP 1027995; and

 

·  The creek corridor that traverses through the site.

 

 

The total area of the site is approximately 38,500m2. The site is bound by Elizabeth Drive to the north, Collimore Avenue to the east, Moore Street to the south and Brickmakers Creek to the west.

 

The site is currently zoned RE1 – Public Recreation and SP2 – Infrastructure (Electricity Transmission). Refer to Figure 2 below for the zoning map extract of the subject site.

 

History

 

In 2011, Collimore Park was redeveloped by Council to provide additional commuter car parking spaces for workers accessing the Liverpool City Centre. This work involved the conversion of previous netball courts to an at-grade car park. This development was completed under State Environmental Planning Policy (Infrastructure) 2007 which allows for the development of single storey car parks on a public reserve as exempt development. Since the completion of this work, additional recreational facilities have been provided in the form of sporting courts, children’s play equipment and outdoor gym equipment.

 

Following the preparation of the Liverpool City Centre Traffic Study 2017, Council resolved at its 26 July 2017 meeting to receive a further report on implementation of the recommendations including car parking. At its meeting of 13 December 2017, Council considered this report. The recommended car parking strategies included the provision of additional commuter parking outside the City Centre at the Collimore car park, with a recommendation for scoping and design investigation to be carried out in the short-term (0-5 years).

 

Council resolved to allocate funding for design investigation for a multi-storey car park at the Collimore Car Park and to move the construction of the project to the 0-5 year category.

 

Since then Council has carried out the following activities:

 

·    A preliminary traffic impact assessment identified the need for approximately 1,200 car parking spaces, possible vehicular access arrangement and a footprint for the construction of such a multi-storey car park. The assessment provides information which can be used in the development of a strategic concept design.

 

·    A site constraints analysis has been completed addressing issues such as flooding, land ownership and environmental approval requirements. The site analysis has identified that the existing at-grade car park has an area of approximately 31,100m2 including an area approximately (4,450m2) leased from Epsilen, (Endeavour Energy)

 

·    The planning investigations have identified that a multi-storey carpark is not permissible on the site under the current provisions of the Liverpool Local Environmental Plan 2008 (LLEP 2008). Therefore a planning proposal has been prepared to permit such a car park on the site. 

 

·    At its meeting on 27 March 2019, Council considered a report on additional car parking and resolved that additional parking be provided in the short term at Woodward Park and Speed Street, Liverpool to increase car parking on the periphery of the CBD. This would provide increased parking for the next 5 years.

 

·    An update to the Liverpool City Centre Parking Strategy is underway and will be completed by end of 2019.

 

Proposed Amendment to Liverpool Local Environmental Plan

 

The objective of the planning proposal will be achieved through an amendment to Schedule 1 of the LEP to allow “car parks” as a land use permitted with development consent at Collimore Park, which is legally defined as follows:

 

·    Lot 1 and Lot 2 within DP 1089398;

 

·    Lot 7009 within DP 1027995;

 

·    Lot 400 within DP 1185131; and

 

·    The Brickmakers Creek Corridor (Crown Land) that traverses through the centre of the site and is bound by Elizabeth Drive to the north and Moore Street to the south.

 

This amendment to Schedule 1 would require an additional clause that applies specifically to the subject site (Clause 27).

 

Planning Assessment

 

The planning assessment report is contained in Attachment 2. It provides a detailed assessment of the merits of the proposal against the District and Region Plans and the Department of Planning’s ‘Guide to Preparing Planning Proposals’. The report’s conclusion is that the planning proposal has strategic and site specific merit and should proceed to a Gateway determination.

 

 

 

 

Local Planning Panel Advice

 

The proposal was considered by the Panel at its 27 May 2019 meeting and the minutes are included in Attachment 3.

 

The advice of the Panel is:

 

“The Panel supports a planning proposal to permit “car parks” as an additional permitted use on the site, however the Panel notes the specific purpose of this planning proposal is to enable a commuter car park which is not entirely consistent with the objectives of the RE1 Public Recreation zone. The Panel’s concern is that whilst car parking demands have been assessed and explained, the implications of the proposed parking on the future public recreational use of the park is not as clear. The Panel considers that in order to provide the public with greater understanding of the full range of issues relating to this proposal, prior to public exhibition of the planning proposal, a concept plan for Collimore Park and the proposed car parking should be formulated. Such a plan should demonstrate how the objectives of the zone will be achieved for any future proposal involving commuter car parking on the site.

 

The Panel agrees with Council officer’s assessment that the planning proposal request has strategic and site specific merit subject to the comments above.”

 

Response to Local Planning Panel Advice

 

Council officers concur with the advice of the Panel and the planning proposal has been amended to require a concept plan of the car park be exhibited with the planning proposal, should a Gateway determination be issued.

 

Consistency with Community Strategic Plan

 

Our Home Liverpool 2027

 

Council’s Our Home, Liverpool 2027 is a Community Strategic Plan (CSP) and provides strategic directions that have been identified by the community and the measures that will allow Council to determine progress towards achieving them. The four key directions are: creating connection, strengthening and protecting our environment, generating opportunity and leading through collaboration. The proposal aligns with the third direction (Generating Opportunity) which states:

 

Liverpool Council will

 

·    Advocate for, and develop, transport networks to create an accessible city

 

The proposal will support the function and growth of Liverpool’s CBD and promote employment generating activities through the provision of well-located commuter car parking.

 

Consultation

 

The Liverpool City Centre Traffic Study 2017 and the subsequent draft scoping and implementation plan were both considered by Council separately in 2017. Through the recommendations, Council has resolved to begin design investigations for a multi-storey car park at Collimore Park, to allocate funding for this project and move the construction timeline to the 0-5 year category.

 

Community consultation will be undertaken in accordance with the conditions of any Gateway determination.

 

CONSIDERATIONS

 

Economic

Further develop a commercial centre that accommodates a variety of employment opportunities.

Deliver and maintain a range of transport related infrastructure such as footpaths, bus shelters and bikeways.

Provide efficient parking for the City Centre.

Deliver a high quality local road system including provision and maintenance of infrastructure and management of traffic issues.

Facilitate economic development.

Environment

Support the delivery of a range of transport options.


Social

Preserve and maintain heritage, both landscape and cultural as urban development takes place.

Deliver high quality services for children and their families.


Civic Leadership

Encourage the community to engage in Council initiatives and actions.

Provide information about Council’s services, roles and decision making processes.

Legislative

Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

 

ATTACHMENTS

 

1.         Planning Proposal (Under separate cover)

2.         Planning Assessment Report (Under separate cover)

3.         LPP Advice (Under separate cover)  


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Ordinary Meeting 26 June 2019

City Economy and Growth Report

 

EGROW 04

Update on planning proposal to rezone land at 240 Governor Macquarie Drive, Warwick Farm

 

Strategic Direction

Strengthening and Protecting our Environment

Exercise planning controls to create high-quality, inclusive urban environments

File Ref

141244.2019

Report By

David Smith - Manager Planning & Transport Strategy

Approved By

Tim Moore - Director, City Economy and Growth / Deputy CEO

 

 

Executive Summary

 

At its meeting of 29 May 2019, Council resolved following a Notice of Motion (NOM 05 – Warwick Farm) that Council:

 

1.   Investigate parking restrictions on the streets of Warwick Farm near the horse trainer’s precinct and report back to Council at our next meeting. This should include 4 hour parking or parking permits for residents;

2.   Investigate ways to improve, beautify, and increase maintenance in Warwick Farm acknowledging there has been a significant change in the last year and half with the opening of the 5 star William Inglis Hotel and conference centre. Report this back to Council at our July meeting;

3.   Investigate ways to replant the large trees on Governor Macquarie Drive that were lost with the recent road widening and plant a boulevard of mature trees with a report to come back to Council in July;

4.   Conduct a count of truck usage with a report to come back to Council about solutions and strategies on how to minimise truck movements and improve safety for residents and horse trainers. Previous counts to be put forward also;

5.   Note the land acquisition funds are in the general reserves budget to be used to finalise the by-pass road for trucks travelling through Warwick Farm. Note that Council is waiting on the RMS report and request a report to be submitted to the June 2019 Council meeting as to the progress;

6.   Council staff to consult with the Warwick Farm residents within the first two weeks in July 2019 on the Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS). A community meeting to also subsequently be convened with residents, landowners, and other stakeholders as soon as practicable on the future of the Warwick Farm equine precinct;

7.   Bring any outstanding proposals to Council as soon as practicable with an update (which includes when information will be received) to be provided to the June 2019 Council meeting.

 

This report provides an update on the actions required by this resolution, notably resolution 5 relating to the proposed bypass road and resolution 7 relating to planning proposals.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:

 

1.   Notes the current status of the planning proposal seeking an amendment to the Liverpool Local Environmental Plan at 240 Governor Macquarie Drive, Warwick Farm; and

 

2.   Notes the current status of design work for the proposed bypass road and the update with respect to all other items of the 29 May 19 Council resolution in relation to NOM 05 - Warwick Farm.

 

 

REPORT

 

Status update – Resolution 7 from NOM 05 – Warwick Farm 29 May Council meeting - Planning Proposal at 240 Governor Macquarie Drive, Warwick Farm

 

Council is in receipt of a planning proposal at 240 Governor Macquarie Drive, Warwick Farm which seeks to amend the Liverpool Local Environmental Plan (LLEP) 2008 to:

 

·    Rezone the site from B5 Business Development to part B4 Mixed Use and part R4 High Density Residential;

·    Amend the floor space ratio (FSR) development standard from 0.75:1 to 3:1 and the height of building (HOB) development standard from 15 metres to 50 metres; and

·    Amend the minimum subdivision lot size from 2 hectares to 1,000m².

 

The planning proposal would facilitate development of the subject site to accommodate approximately 830 residential units in residential flat buildings varying from 4 to 15 stories in height. The development would include up to 5,000m² of commercial retail space and 7,000m² of open space.

 

This planning proposal presents an amended version of a planning proposal previously submitted by Warwick Farm Village Pty Ltd for the site. That planning proposal sought to similarly rezone the site to B4 Mixed Use and R4 High Density Residential with modifications to the FSR development standard from 0.75:1 to 3.5:1 and HOB development standard from 15metres to part 45metres and part 100metres. The previous planning proposal was considered by the Sydney Western City Planning Panel on 5 February 2018 where it was determined that the planning proposal should not proceed to a Gateway determination.

 

The current planning proposal has been assessed by an independent planning consultant on behalf of Council and was scheduled to be considered at the 27 May 2019 Local Planning Panel (for advice only) before being reported to the 26 June 2019 Council meeting.

 

The applicant requested on 20 May 2019 that further consideration of this planning proposal by the Local Planning Panel be deferred. Council granted a short deferral of 3 months in order for the applicant to receive additional information from Council under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009.

 

The applicant has since met with Council officers and the planning proposal will be considered at the June 2019 Local Planning Panel meeting for advice as required by Local Planning Panel Direction – Planning Proposals before being reported to the July 2019 Council meeting for a decision on whether the planning proposal should proceed to a Gateway determination.

 

Status update – Resolutions 1-6 from NOM 05 – Warwick Farm 29 May Council meeting

Resolution

Status

Resolution 1

Investigate parking restrictions on the streets of Warwick Farm near the horse trainer’s precinct and report back to Council at our next meeting. This should include 4 hour parking or parking permits for residents;

 

Investigations underway. A report will need to be prepared for consideration by the Liverpool Pedestrian, Active Transport and Traffic Committee before being reported to Council. The next meeting of the Committee is 27 July 2019 with a further report back to Council at the 28 August 2019 Council meeting.

 

Resolution 2

Investigate ways to improve, beautify, and increase maintenance in Warwick Farm acknowledging there has been a significant change in the last year and half with the opening of the 5 star William Inglis Hotel and conference centre. Report this back to Council at our July meeting

 

In progress

Resolution 3

Investigate ways to replant the large trees on Governor Macquarie Drive that were lost with the recent road widening and plant a boulevard of mature trees with a report to come back to Council in July;

 

 

 

In progress

Resolution 4

Conduct a count of truck usage with a report to come back to Council about solutions and strategies on how to minimise truck movements and improve safety for residents and horse trainers. Previous counts to be put forward also;

 

In progress. A report will need to be prepared for consideration by the Liverpool Pedestrian, Active Transport and Traffic Committee on any proposed road safety solutions before being reported to Council. The next meeting of the Committee is 27 July 2019 with a further report back to Council at the 28 August 2019 Council meeting.

 

Resolution 5

Note the land acquisition funds are in the general reserves budget to be used to finalise the by-pass road for trucks travelling through Warwick Farm. Note that Council is waiting on the RMS report and request a report to be submitted to the June 2019 Council meeting as to the progress.

 

 

Council has progressed the detailed design of the bypass road.  Traffic Control Signal (TCS) Design at the intersection of the new bypass road and Governor Macquarie Drive (GMD), including the subsequent RMS approval remains outstanding.

 

The intersection design of the bypass road and GMD is informed by the assumption that the intersection will be signalised, with the recently installed signals at Munday Street relocated to this new intersection after the construction of the bypass road. This assumption is in line with the preliminary strategic concept design of GMD.

 

A preliminary strategic concept design of GMD from Hume Highway to Epsom Road, Chipping Norton has also been completed, however intersection treatments along this road are yet to be validated with traffic modelling.

 

A land acquisition plan has been prepared based on the current design.

 

The design of the bypass road, although carefully considered has the potential to significantly impact the amenity of Rosedale Oval which, in contrast to the current open bushland outlook, would become enclosed by an elevated roadway.

 

 

Further progress with the bypass road has not proceeded for the following reasons.

-     Outstanding approval of traffic signal designs from RMS, mentioned above.

-     Uncertainties regarding potential development outcomes from the Masters site and other possible land rezoning in Warwick farm, all of which would increase traffic flows with related influence on lane capacity, and configuration and intersection treatments.

-     Comprehensive traffic and transport studies to be undertaken by TfNSW and RMS, as an action of the Liverpool Collaboration Area Place Strategy.

-     Potential new approaches arising from a potential road connection from Moore Point, south of the river, which is subject to a significant mixed use planning proposal.

 

As an alternative to the bypass road, solutions to the immediate pressures relating to parking, vehicle movements and pedestrian and horse trainer safety will be explored through further traffic counts and potential interventions to calm traffic and provide separated safe routes for pedestrians and trainers.  With the bypass road issues and uncertainties identified above, it is prudent to fully explore these options before any further progress toward construction of the bypass road.

 

In regards to budget for land acquisition, Council, at its meeting of 22 February 2017, resolved that funds be provided in the 2017/18 Operational Plan to progress land acquisitions to facilitate construction of the Manning Street bypass. An amount of $1.2 million was accordingly provided in the 2017/18 OP for land acquisitions. However, designs to inform land acquisition could not be completed due to uncertainties created by design and construction works that were being concurrently undertaken by the ATC.

 

Consequently, at the third quarter budget review (2017/18), all available funds were transferred back to general reserves.

 

The current project cost including some necessary works at GMD, intersection upgrade, civil works and land acquisition is estimated at approx. $12M.

 

Resolution 6

Council staff to consult with the Warwick Farm residents within the first two weeks in July 2019 on the Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS). A community meeting to also subsequently be convened with residents, landowners, and other stakeholders as soon as practicable on the future of the Warwick Farm equine precinct.

 

Community consultation with Warwick Farm residents will be undertaken during the public exhibition of the LSPS during July 2019. The engagement action plan has been updated accordingly.

 

CONSIDERATIONS

 

Economic

Facilitate economic development.

Environment

There are no environmental and sustainability considerations.


Social

Regulate for a mix of housing types that responds to different population groups such as young families and older people.


Civic Leadership

There are no civic leadership and governance considerations.

Legislative

Environmental Planning & Assessment Act, 1979

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

 

Nil  


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Ordinary Meeting 26 June 2019

Chief Executive Officer Report

 

CEO 01

Ward Boundaries

 

Strategic Direction

Leading through Collaboration

Strive for best practice in all Council processes

File Ref

077259.2019

Report By

George Georgakis - Manager Council and Executive Services

Ian Stendara - Executive Planner

Approved By

Kiersten Fishburn - Chief Executive Officer

 

 

Executive Summary

 

Section 211 of the Local Government Act (LGA) 1993 requires a Council to adjust its ward boundaries where the number of electors in one ward in its area differs by more than 10 per cent from the number of electors in any other ward. There is a difference of more than 10 per cent between the number of electors between Council’s North and South Wards.

 

A report on the matter was submitted to the 17 April 2019 Council meeting and Council resolved:

 

That Council:

 

1.   Resolves to continue with the current two ward system; and 

 

2.   Receives a further report at the 29 May 2019 meeting on the two ward system, taking into account projected future growth, to submit a draft ward boundary plan to place on public exhibition for comment.”

 

The report outlines the review undertaken and provides five options for a ward boundary adjustment. The preferred option or options are to be placed on public exhibition in accordance with the requirements of the LGA prior to a further report being submitted to Council to adopt the changes. All of the options will result in a less than 10 per cent variation between the number of electors in the two wards.

 


 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:

 

1.       Notes the proposed alterations to the draft ward boundary plan pursuant to the provisions of s211 of the Local Government Act 1993;

 

2.       Forward the draft ward boundary plan to the Electoral Commissioner and Australian Statistician for comment;

 

3.       Exhibit the proposed draft ward boundary plans subject to the concurrence of the Electoral Commission for a period of 42 days inviting public submissions; and

 

4.       Receive a further report at the completion of the advertising period in order to consider all submissions received and make a final determination.

 

 

REPORT

 

The Liverpool City local government area is divided into two wards: North and South wards. 

 

Section 211 of the Local Government Act deals with Ward Boundaries and states that:

 

(1)  The council of an area divided into wards must keep the ward boundaries under review.

 

(2)  If :

 

(a)  during a council’s term of office, the council becomes aware that the number of electors in one ward in its area differs by more than 10% from the number of electors in any other ward in its area, and

 

(b)  that difference remains at the end of the first year of the following term of office of the council,

 

the council must, as soon as practicable, alter the ward boundaries in a manner that will result in each ward containing a number of electors that does not differ by more than 10% from the number of electors in each other ward in the area.

 

(3)  Nothing in this subsection (2) prevents a council that has become aware of the discrepancy referred to in subsection (2) (a) from altering its ward boundaries before the end of the first year of the following term of office of the council.

 

At the time of the Council elections in September 2016, the number of electors between the North and South Ward differed by 10.28%. The greater than 10% variance has increased further with the latest figures (as at 23/5/19) showing a 13.83% variance:

 

Number of electors in North Ward  63,925; and

Number of electors in South Ward 74,188.

 

This means that Council must alter its ward boundaries in accordance with s211(2)(b) above. 

 

Section 210A of the Local Government Act deals with the process to be undertaken in reviewing and proposing changes to Council’s ward boundaries.

 

By way of background, the Liverpool local government area has had two wards since the  1995 elections. Before that, there were three wards (of four Councillors each) when there were 12 Councillors. (Note, the March 2019 report to Council incorrectly stated that Liverpool had five wards prior to 1995).

 

Council last adjusted its ward boundaries in 2007 by transferring four Statistical Areas (SAs) (the Cartwright area, involving 1,384 electors) from South Ward to North Ward. This resulted in a 5.96% variance of electors between the two wards. Since that time, no further boundary adjustments have been made.

 

 

Consultation, public notice and exhibition of proposals regarding ward boundaries

 

Section 210A states:

 

(1)  Before dividing a council’s area into wards or altering a council’s ward boundaries, the council must:

 

(a)  consult the Electoral Commissioner and the Australian Statistician to ensure that, as far as practicable, the proposed boundaries of its wards correspond to the boundaries of appropriate districts (within the meaning of the Elections Act 2017) and census districts, and to ensure that the proposed boundaries comply with section 210(7), and  

 

(b)  prepare and publicly exhibit a plan detailing the proposed division or alteration (the ward boundary plan).

 

(2)  The council must give public notice of the following:

 

(a)  the place at which the ward boundary plan may be inspected,

 

(b)  the period for which the plan will be exhibited (being a period of not less than 28 days), 

 

(c)  the period during which submissions regarding the ward boundary plan may be made

to the council (being a period of not less than 42 days after the dates on which the ward boundary plan is placed on public exhibition),

 

(3)  The council must, in accordance with its notice, publicly exhibit the ward boundary plan together with any other matter that it considers appropriate or necessary to better enable the plan and its implications to be understood.

 

(4)  Any person may make a submission to the council regarding the ward boundary plan within the period referred to in subsection (2) (c).

 

(5)  The council must consider submissions made in accordance with this section.

 

In consulting with the NSW Electoral Commission (NSWEC) in April 2019, staff were advised that the NSWEC were undertaking a review of the SAs which would be finalised by the end of May, and suggested this report be prepared for the June (rather than the May meeting as per the March 2019 Council resolution) 2019 meeting.

 

Methodology to be used to change the ward boundaries

 

All local government areas are comprised of a group of Statistical Areas (SAs) which are small sections of the area.

 

The Liverpool City Council area comprises 457 SAs.

 

Councils are requested to align their ward boundaries to SAs as far as practicable. It is best that ward boundaries correspond with SAs because they provide the only database for elector population statistics, this making it easier to determine the number of electors in each ward, by adding the total number of electors in each SA.

 

Proposed Ward Boundary change

 

Five options are put forward, all of which will result in a lower than 10% variance between electors in each ward. Council may wish to forward all of these options to the Electoral Commissioner and Australian Statistician for comment prior to exhibiting the plans and inviting submissions. Alternatively, it may wish to only forward a preferred option or options.  

 


 

Option 1:

 

-     All of Rossmore and all of Austral to be moved from South Ward into North Ward. This would involve the four SAs in Rossmore being SAs 1150510 (361 electors), 1150509 (392 electors), 1150507 (177 electors) and 1150508 (259 electors) and the five SAs in Austral being SAs 1150502 (265 electors), 1150501 (343 electors), 1150505 (376 electors), 1150504 (435 electors) and 1150503 (161 electors) being moved from South Ward into North Ward.

 

Option 1 will result in 2,769 electors being moved from South Ward into North Ward and the result in terms of electors in each ward would be:

 

-     North Ward                 66,694 electors; and

-     South Ward                71,419 electors

 

This would result in a 6.62% variance of electors between the two wards.

 

Option 1 will redress the current issue, but as the populations of Austral and Liverpool increase, this will likely result in the North ward having too high a population compared to the South Ward after about 2028. Another redistribution would then be necessary. All growth areas to the west of the Western Sydney Parklands would also be in the North Ward.

 

 

Option 2:

 

All of Rossmore and one SA of Moorebank (from the eastern end) to be moved from South Ward into North Ward. 

 

This would involve the four SAs in Rossmore being SAs 1150510 (361 electors), 1150509 (392 electors), 1150507 (177 electors) and 1150508 (259 electors) and one SA in Moorebank being 1152308 (2,144 electors) being moved from South Ward into North Ward.

 

Option 2 will result in 3,333 electors being moved from South Ward into North Ward and the result in terms of electors in each ward would be:

 

-     North Ward                 67,258 electors; and

-     South Ward                70,855 electors

 

This would result in a 5.08% variance of electors between the two wards.

 

Option 2 is likely to be a problem by 2028 as too much growth will have occurred in the South Ward growth areas of Austral and Edmondson Park (with relatively smaller growth occurring in Middleton Grange and Liverpool City Centre in the north). However, by 2032, the key growth areas somewhat shift towards Rossmore and areas such as Miller in the north ward, at the same time that development in Austral and Edmondson Park slow down growth of the South Ward. This may present the best way to avoid having to shift boundaries again, provided that the growth in Austral and Edmondson Park is slower than projected, or that growth in the City Centre or Miller occurs faster than predicted.

 

 

Option 3:

 

The northern portion of Moorebank to be moved from South Ward into North Ward.

 

This would involve 19 SAs in Moorebank (as shown below) being moved from South Ward into North Ward:

1152327 (338), 1152328 (258), 1152333 (5), 1152309 (6), 1152306 (328), 1152311 (410), 1152312 (341), 1152313 (226), 1152315 (210), 1152316 (434), 152322 (240), 1152302 (334), 1152304 (422), 1152305 (302), 1152308 (2144), 1152345 (266), 1152346 (170), 1152347 (261) and 1152314 (333).

 

Option 3 will result in 7,028 electors being moved from South Ward into North Ward and the result in terms of electors in each ward would be:

 

-     North Ward                 70,953 electors; and

-     South Ward                67,160 electors

 

This would result in a 5.35% variance of electors between the two wards.

 

Option 3 is similar to option 2. Given that a higher population is moved from the South Ward to the North Ward, this option fairs well in earlier years. However, it becomes problematic by 2032, as the growth in the City Centre, Miller, and Moorebank are not enough to counteract Austral and the Rossmore growth areas. This option could be more feasible if the Department of Planning delays the release of Rossmore, and instead concentrates housing more closely to the airport.

 

 

Option 4:

 

Option 4 involves moving from a North and South Ward to a West and East Ward.

 

The attached map shows the boundary and the electors in each ward would be: 

 

-     West Ward        66,421; and

-     East Ward         71,692

 

This would result in a 7.35% variance of electors between the two wards.

 

The east west option will require re-distributions in future due to population growth in western areas outstripping eastern areas. As a result, most of the 2168 district would have to move from west to east around 2030, whilst by 2040 areas such as Green Valley and Hinchinbrook would probably need to start shifting from west to east too. After this period is relatively unknown, but the amount of residential development to the west will likely slow due to noise restriction by the airport and re-development in areas such as Moorebank and Warwick Farm are likely to balance growth between east and west a little better.

 

The demographic profile, views and issues in older established areas are typically different to that of greenfield release areas The east-west distribution is probably more aligned to these factors. The 2168 district is well established and the Green Valley and Hinchinbrook areas will be some 50 years old by the time that these areas would be moved into the eastern (more established) ward.

 

 

Option 5:

 

Option 5 involves moving all of the suburb of Liverpool into the North Ward; currently it is divided into the north and south wards with Hoxton Park Road, Macquarie Street, Terminus Street and Newbridge Road being the boundary.

 

Option 5 will result in 5,308 electors being moved from South Ward into North Ward and the result in terms of electors in each ward would be: 

-     North Ward       69,233; and

-     South Ward       68,880

 

This would result in a 0.5% variance of electors between the two wards.

 

This option involves moving a large number of electors in higher density areas around Liverpool into the North Ward, which provides a needed boost to the North Ward population. Given that these areas are already developed, there is less likely to be additional in-fill development to counteract further growth in release areas which would still be part of the South Ward. As such, there may be too much growth in the South Ward for this option to be viable beyond 10 years.

 

Of all the options tabled, only option 5 is not projected to have the residential population in each ward vary by more than 10% up to 2040. However, it is clear from baseline data that population distribution and elector numbers are not correlated, so it is entirely possible that all options could perhaps need redistribution earlier than predicated based on residential growth patterns and the number of residents on the electoral roll moving into each ward.

 

It is recommended that the proposed alterations to the ward boundaries be forwarded to the Electoral Commissioner and Australian Statistician for comment; and subject to their concurrence, advertise the options for 42 days inviting public submissions. Following the advertisement period, a further report will be submitted to Council outlining any submissions received and for a final determination.


 

 

CONSIDERATIONS

 

Economic

There will be a cost of notification of affected residents of the proposed ward boundary plan. Costs will be mainly for printing, postage and advertising charges which can be financed from Council’s existing budget for Options 1, 2, 3 or 5.

Environment

There are no environmental and sustainability considerations.


Social

There are no social and cultural considerations.


Civic Leadership

Undertake communication practices with the community and stakeholders across a range of media.

Encourage the community to engage in Council initiatives and actions.

Provide information about Council’s services, roles and decision making processes.

Operate a well-developed governance system that demonstrates accountability, transparency and ethical conduct.

Legislative

Sections 201A and 211 of the Local Government Act 1993.

 

ATTACHMENTS

 

1.         Option 1

2.         Option 2

3.         Option 3

4.         Option 4

5.         Option 5  


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Option 1

 

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Option 2

 

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Option 3

 

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Option 4

 

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Option 5

 

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Ordinary Meeting 26 June 2019

Chief Executive Officer Report

 

CEO 02

Western Parkland City Liveability Fund: Round Two

 

Strategic Direction

Leading through Collaboration

Seek efficient and innovative methods to manage our resources

File Ref

112986.2019

Report By

Dr Eddie Jackson - Director City Deal

Approved By

Kiersten Fishburn - Chief Executive Officer

 

 

Executive Summary

 

The Western Parkland City Liveability Fund is a key commitment of the Western Sydney City Deal.  The Program is designed to enhance local character, well-being and belonging in each of the participating Councils through the provision of new or enhanced community infrastructure.  Under the program, each Council is eligible to apply for a maximum of $15m.

 

In January 2019, the Australian and NSW governments confirmed that under the Program, they had jointly approved funding of up to $12,960,000 (GST exclusive) over four years (2018-2021/22) to Liverpool City Council.

 

A further round of funding is scheduled for mid-2019 where Council can apply for its remaining allocation of $2.04m.  A report taken to the May meeting of Council was deferred pending further consideration of the matter at the Strategic Planning Workshop held on the 7th June 2019.  At that workshop, Councillors expressed their desire to be consulted as part of the design process, prior to its finalisation.

 

Assuming that similar criteria will apply, namely that projects must be a capital project or work (including necessary preliminary studies) that will inform and contribute to new or existing infrastructure, Councillors are asked to endorse the River Connections – Lighthorse Park Precinct Improvement Program as the recommended project for submission under the second round of applications.  Councillors will be provided with an opportunity to participate in a further round of consultation as part of the design process.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council endorse the River Connections – Lighthorse Park Precinct Improvement Program as the recommended project for submission under the second round of applications under the Western Parkland City Liveability Fund.

 

 

 

REPORT

 

The Western Parkland City Liveability Fund is a key commitment of the Western Sydney City Deal.  The Program is designed to enhance local character, well-being and belonging in each of the participating Councils through the provision of new or enhanced community infrastructure. 

 

In effect, the Fund is comprised of the following contributions: $60m Federal; $60m State; and a minimum of $30m (in combined total) from the eight local Councils.  The combined contribution from Federal and State governments is to be divided equally amongst the Councils, with each eligible to apply for $15m.

 

With a further round of funding scheduled for mid-2019, and based on the assumption that similar selection criteria will apply, it is considered appropriate to seek the endorsement of Council for a proposed project.  The identification of the project below has been informed by the workshops held in advance of the first round of funding.

 

Prior to the first application round, officers were asked to identify several projects that met the eligibility criteria and considered also several additional variables, including the delivery timeframe associated with each of the proposed projects, their strategic merit and alignment with Council’s priorities, and their potential impact as a demonstration of the practical benefits of the City Deal at the local level.

 

Through that process, the regeneration of Phillips Park and the Lurnea Community Hub was selected as the preferred project for submission under round one.  The River Connections Lighthorse Pedestrian Bridge and Lighthorse Park redevelopment were also considered as having significant merit.

 

Since then, an additional component, the Liverpool Station Vertical Access and Railway Overpass, has been introduced to an amalgamated concept, now referred to as the Lighthorse Park Precinct Improvement Program.   The precinct program now comprises the three elements of the Lighthorse Park redevelopment, the Georges River Pedestrian and Cycleway Crossing, and the Liverpool Station Vertical Access and Railway Overpass.

 

The program will be undertaken as part of the proposed capital works program commencing in financial year 2019/20 and will be phased over time.  Preliminary cost estimates indicate that total design costs will amount to some $2,556,400 and will take some 18 months to complete.  Clearly, total construction costs will represent a further and substantive financial investment.

 

Under the Liveability Fund criteria, Council is obliged to contribute a minimum figure of 20% of the total project cost.  Based on the figure of $2.04m, that represents an amount of $408,000.  Taken together, the overall sum is $2,448,000. 

 

 

 

Under the first round of funding, project submissions for reasonable studies that informed and contributed to new or existing infrastructure were deemed eligible.  It is recommended, therefore, that the Lighthorse Park Precinct Improvement Program be endorsed as Council’s preferred project under round two, and that the $2.04m be used to contribute towards design costs.  Should there be substantive changes to the selection criteria, a further report will be brought back to Council.

 

In this instance, the funding of the necessary preliminary design costs would thus give impetus to the planning process for a program that is ambitious, highly visible, and transformative in terms of improving the accessibility and liveability of critical elements of Liverpool’s community infrastructure.

 

CONSIDERATIONS

 

Economic

Utilise the Western Sydney City Deal Agreement to create Jobs for the Future.

Utilise the Western Sydney City Deal agreement to provide opportunities for residents in the LGA to enhance skills and education.

Further develop a commercial centre that accommodates a variety of employment opportunities.

Deliver and maintain a range of transport related infrastructure such as footpaths, bus shelters and bikeways.

Encourage and promote businesses to develop in the hospital health and medical precinct (of the City Centre).

Provide efficient parking for the City Centre.

Facilitate economic development.

Environment

Utilise the Western Sydney City Deal agreement to enhance liveability and environment of the LGA.

Utilise the Western Sydney City Deal agreement to facilitate Planning and Housing in the LGA.

Manage the environmental health of waterways.

Protect, enhance and maintain areas of endangered ecological communities and high quality bushland as part of an attractive mix of land uses.

Raise community awareness and support action in relation to environmental issues.

Promote an integrated and user friendly public transport service.

Support the delivery of a range of transport options.


Social

Utilise the Western Sydney City Deal agreement to provide connectivity across the LGA through infrastructure and social initiatives.

Raise awareness in the community about the available services and facilities.

Provide cultural centres and activities for the enjoyment of the arts.

Support policies and plans that prevent crime.

Preserve and maintain heritage, both landscape and cultural as urban development takes place.

Regulate for a mix of housing types that responds to different population groups such as young families and older people.

Support community organisations, groups and volunteers to deliver coordinated services to the community.

Promote community harmony and address discrimination.

Support access and services for people with a disability.

Deliver high quality services for children and their families.


Civic Leadership

Implementation and Governance of the Western Sydney City Deal agreement.

Act as an environmental leader in the community.

Undertake communication practices with the community and stakeholders across a range of media.

Foster neighbourhood pride and a sense of responsibility.

Facilitate the development of community leaders.

Encourage the community to engage in Council initiatives and actions.

Actively advocate for federal and state government support, funding and services.

Legislative

There are no legislative considerations relating to this report.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

 

Nil


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Ordinary Meeting 26 June 2019

Chief Executive Officer Report

 

CEO 03

Revised 2019/20 Operating & Capital Budget

 

Strategic Direction

Leading through Collaboration

Strive for best practice in all Council processes

File Ref

142042.2019

Report By

Melissa Mallo - Corporate Planner

Approved By

Kiersten Fishburn - Chief Executive Officer

 

Executive Summary

 

At its meeting on 29 May 2019, when considering the report on the Delivery Program 2017-2021 and Operational Plan and Budget 2019-20, including the Statement of Revenue Policy 2019-20, Council resolved (in point 4 of the resolution) to receive a revised bottom line report at the next Council meeting. The information requested is provided in this report.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council receive and note this report.

 

REPORT

 

At its meeting on 29 May 2019, Council considered a report on the Delivery Program 2017-2021, Operational Plan and Budget 2019-20 and Statement of Revenue Policy 2019-20 and resolved to:

 

1.    Adopt the Delivery Program 2017-21 and Operational Plan and Budget 2019-20 and the Statement of Revenue Policy 2019-20 with the following amendments:

 

a.       No increase to any fees and charges that are specifically related to pensioners/senior citizens where possible;

b.       Reduce any proposed fee increases above 10% to no greater than 10%;

c.       Identify a line item that ensures Council is in a position to introduce on line bookings for services such as hall hire and garbage pick ups;

d.       Identify a line item that ensures that garbage collections wait time is no greater than two weeks;

e.       Identify a line item for the introduction of improved technology to monitor rubbish dumping across the LGA;

f.       Removal of the anticipated Moorebank Intermodal Company ex gratia payments; and

g.       Identify a line item that replaces the trees on Terminus Street and Pirie Street in Liverpool with mature plain trees. Also plant mature plain trees on Kurrajong Road. The green fence along Kurrajong Road to also be covered with a crawler that is evergreen or with colour which flower in some seasons;

2.    Place eleven (11) nominated amendments to the adopted Statement of Revenue Policy 2019-20 on public exhibition for 28 days;

3.    Include the nominated amendments in the Statement of Revenue Policy 2019-20, subject to no opposing submissions being received, effective 1 July 2019;

4.    Provide a revised bottom line report at the next Council meeting; and

5.    Look at holding an additional briefing session to Councillors on Council’s annual budget prior to it being released for public exhibition.

 

This report addresses point 4 of the resolution which requested a revised bottom line report to be presented at the next Council meeting. The 11 nominated amendments to the Statement of Revenue Policy are currently on public exhibition and submissions close at 5pm, Thursday 27 June 2019.

 

The financial implications are tabulated below and a budget summary is attached as Attachment 1.

                                                                                     2019/20

Line Items                                                                   Budget          Comments

OPERATING

$

Proposed Net Operating Results before Grants & Contribution for Capital Purposes

 

298,199

 As exhibited

Amendments:

 

(a) No increase to any fees and charges that are specifically related to pensioners/senior 
citizens where possible;

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Change has negligible budget impact
(22 pensioner related fees were changed)

(b) Reduce any proposed fee increases above

10% to no greater than 10%;

0

Change has negligible budget impact
(62 fees with over 10% variance were changed)

(d) Identify a line item that ensures that garbage collections wait time is no greater than
two weeks;

(190,000)

- $140k Additional FTE to staff truck/compactor
- $50k Depreciation for additional truck/compactor

 (f) Removal of the anticipated Moorebank Intermodal Company ex gratia payments; and

(2,285,940)

 

Revised Net Operating Results before Grants & Contribution for Capital Purposes

 

(2,177,741)

 

 

 

CAPITAL                                                           $

Proposed Capital Works Program

 

155,067,859

 As exhibited

Amendments:

 

(c) Identify a line item that ensures Council is in a position to introduce on line bookings
for services such as hall hire and garbage pick ups;

150,000

$150k Provision for online booking system

(d) Identify a line item that ensures that garbage collections wait time is no greater than two weeks;

720,000

Purchase of an additional truck/compactor

(e) Identify a line item for the introduction of improved technology to monitor rubbish dumping across the LGA;

50,000

$50k Surveillance cameras for illegal dumping

(g) Identify a line item that replaces the trees on Terminus Street and Pirie Street in
Liverpool with mature plain trees. Also plant mature plain trees on Kurrajong Road.  The green fence along Kurrajong Road to also be covered with a crawler that is evergreen or with colour which flower in some seasons;

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Grant funded through 5 million Trees for Greater Sydney initiative

Revised Capital Works Program

 

156,287,859

 

 

CONSIDERATIONS

 

Economic

To deliver Council services within approved budget.

Environment

There are no environmental and sustainability considerations.


Social

There are no social and cultural considerations.


Civic Leadership

Undertake communication practices with the community and stakeholders across a range of media.

Deliver services that are customer focused.

Operate a well developed governance system that demonstrates accountability, transparency and ethical conduct.

Legislative

The Local Government Act (1993) requires the Operational Plan and Budget to be adopted by 30 June in any year before the coming Financial Year.

 

ATTACHMENTS

 

1.         2019-20 Consolidated Financial Results


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Revised 2019/20 Operating & Capital Budget

Attachment 1

2019-20 Consolidated Financial Results

 

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Ordinary Meeting 26 June 2019

City Community and Culture Report

 

COM 01

Grants, Donations and Corporate Sponsorship

 

Strategic Direction

Creating Connection

Implement access and equity for all members of the community

File Ref

136417.2019

Report By

Galavizh Ahmadi Nia - Manager Community Development and Planning

Approved By

Tina Sangiuliano - Acting Director City Community and Culture

 

 

Executive Summary

 

Council is committed to building strong and resilient communities in the Liverpool Local Government Area (LGA) and to maximising social wellbeing. Council helps achieve these goals by providing financial support through grants and sponsorships to develop leadership skills, increase participation in community activities and address identified social issues.

 

This report presents the funding recommendations for the Corporate Sponsorship Program for Council’s consideration.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That Council endorses the funding recommendation of $28,900 (GST exclusive) under the Corporate Sponsorship Program for the following projects:

Applicant

Project

Recommended

Liverpool Community Kitchen Hub

Liverpool Community Kitchen and Hub

$10,000

NSW Barefoot Waterski Club

2020 Barefoot Waterski World Championship

$10,000

Headspace Liverpool

Share the Journey Living Library Event

$4,900

Thomas Hassall Anglican College

South West Festival

$4,000

 


 

REPORT

 

Corporate Sponsorship

The Corporate Sponsorship Program received four applications, all of which met the eligibility criteria and are recommended for funding as below:

 

Applicant

Liverpool Community Kitchen Hub

Location

Liverpool

Project

Liverpool Community Kitchen Hub

Amount Requested

$10,000

Description

Objectives

Liverpool Community Kitchen and Hub works to combat the growing need for food security and accommodation and assist those facing financial difficulty. The hub provides free breakfast and lunch five days a week to the Liverpool community, as well as food hampers, access to showers and laundry facilities, haircuts and referrals to local government and community outreach services.

 

Outcomes

·     Provide nutritious meals daily;

·     Provide a safe environment to connect with other community members;

·     Provide referrals to government and local agencies;

·     Provide aid to those that are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless; and

·     Support partner organisations to deliver services such free showers, free laundry service, free haircuts, handout free sanitary items and provision of outreach services.

 

Beneficiaries

§ Up to 1,000 attendees to the hub per month; and

§ Over 15 local organisations who engage with clients in a holistic service provision.

 

Assessment

Recommended for funding - $10,000

 

The applicant’s project aligns with the Community Strategic Plan Direction 1: Creating Connection and meets the Corporate Sponsorship (Outgoing) Program’s funding benefits and outcomes.

 

4.2.2    Community, cultural, and social benefit: a); b); and c);

·     Provides an innovative opportunity to meet community needs and promote Liverpool’s cultural diversity and celebrate our City’s uniqueness;

·     Enhances Liverpool’s profile and reputation as an outward looking, creative and connected city; and

·     Creates opportunities for education and information exchange between Council, the community and the sector.

5.1 Expected program outcomes: a); b); c); d) and e);

·     Provide an opportunity for measurable economic, social, environmental and/or cultural benefits to Council and the Liverpool LGA;

·     Provide opportunities for the community to participate and contribute in activities/events in the Liverpool LGA;

·     Create a valuable strategic alliance for Council;

·     Provide extensive coverage and promotional/publicity opportunities across a range of media outlets; and

·     Promote Council’s reputation as a great place to live, visit, work, and invest.

 

Applicant

NSW Barefoot Waterski Club

Location

Moorebank

Project

2020 Barefoot Waterski World Championship

11 April 2020

Helles Avenue, Helles Park Moorebank

Amount Requested

$10,000

Description

Objectives

Competitors and spectators from across the world will converge on Liverpool for the 2020 World Championship. This event will promote Liverpool and Sydney's western suburbs from the beautiful and picturesque waterfront of the Georges River.

 

A World Championship is rarely secured within Australia. It is even rarer that the event be held in Liverpool twice within a 5-year period. Should this event prove successful there is a great possibility of Liverpool hosting again in the future.

 

Outcomes

·     Deliver the 2020 Barefoot Waterski World Championships;

·     Increase awareness of the Barefoot Waterski Club and opportunities for the local community to participate; and

·     Promote Liverpool as a destination for such activities.

 

Beneficiaries

§ 500+ competitors and spectators;

§ Local businesses; and

§ Liverpool City Council.

 

Assessment

Recommended for funding - $10,000

 

The applicant’s event aligns with the Community Strategic Plan Direction: 1 Creating Connection and meets the Corporate Sponsorship (Outgoing) Program’s funding benefits and outcomes. The event delivers a community event, accessible to all members of the community and by celebrating diversity.

 

 

4.2.1 Economic benefit: a); b); and d);

·     Delivers significant economic benefit to the Liverpool LGA;

·     Delivers benefit to tourism, hospitality and retail sectors through the attendance of regional, national, or international delegates at events; and

·     Attracts national or international attention to Liverpool as a place to reside, visit, work and/or invest.

 

4.2.2    Community, cultural, and social benefit: a); b); and e);

·     Provides an innovative opportunity to meet community needs and promote Liverpool’s cultural diversity and celebrate our City’s uniqueness;

·     Enhances Liverpool’s profile and reputation as an outward looking, creative and connected city; and

·     Attracts a major program to Liverpool that has South West-Sydney region, state or national significance.

5.1 Expected program outcomes: a); b); c); d); and e);

·     Provide an opportunity for measurable economic, social, environmental and/or cultural benefits to Council and the Liverpool LGA.

·     Provide opportunities for the community to participate and contribute in activities/events in the Liverpool LGA.

·     Create a valuable strategic alliance for Council.

·     Provide extensive coverage and promotional/publicity opportunities across a range of media outlets.

·     Promote Council’s reputation as a great place to live, visit, work, and invest.

 

Applicant

Headspace Liverpool

Location

Liverpool

Project

Share the Journey Living Library Event

30 September 2019

Liverpool Library

Amount Requested

$4,900

Description

Objectives

The Living Library allows real people to share their unique experience and story with readers. Rather than borrowing a book, a story is borrowed and verbally shared. This provides an opportunity for individuals to connect with those who might not normally have the opportunity to engage with in the community.

 

This event will be held during Mental Health Month and uses storytelling to share the journey and raise awareness and understanding of mental health and wellbeing; and to normalise help-seeking behaviours. The event will include a series of short videos of the 2018 Living Library speakers that highlight their help-seeking protective factors, showcase strengths in recovery and include a clinical perspective of living with mental health.

 

 

Outcomes

·     Delivery of the 2019 Living Library event;

·     Creation and distribution of the short video series to the Liverpool Community; and

·     Contribution to reducing the stigma of mental illness within the diverse Liverpool community.

 

Beneficiaries

·     Up to 100 attendees at the event; and

·     The wider community who can access the video series online.

 

Assessment

Recommended for funding - $4,900

 

The applicant’s event aligns with the Community Strategic Plan Direction: 1 Creating Connection and meets the Corporate Sponsorship (Outgoing) Program’s funding benefits and outcomes. The event delivers a community event, accessible to all members of the community and by celebrates diversity.

 

4.2.2    Community, cultural, and social benefit: a); b); and c);

·     Provides an innovative opportunity to meet community needs and promote Liverpool’s cultural diversity and celebrate our City’s uniqueness;

·     Enhances Liverpool’s profile and reputation as an outward looking, creative and connected city; and

·     Creates opportunities for education and information exchange between Council, the community and the sector.

 

5.1 Expected program outcomes: a); b); c); d); and e);

·     Provide an opportunity for measurable economic, social, environmental and/or cultural benefits to Council and the Liverpool LGA;

·     Provide opportunities for the community to participate and contribute in activities/events in the Liverpool LGA;

·     Create a valuable strategic alliance for Council;

·     Provide extensive coverage and promotional/publicity opportunities across a range of media outlets; and

·     Promote Council’s reputation as a great place to live, visit, work, and invest.

 


 

 

Applicant

Thomas Hassall Anglican College

Location

Middleton Grange

Project

South West Festival

24 August 2019

125 Kingsford Smith Ave. Middleton Grange

Amount Requested

$4,000

Description

Objectives

A community festival with a large variety of market and business stalls, international food trucks, carnival rides, children's entertainment, live musical performances and a Motor Show. The aim of the South West Festival is to bring the community of South West Sydney together for a day of fun and family activities.

 

Outcomes

·     Deliver the South West Festival community event;

·     Provide a platform for local businesses to engage with the community; and

·     Provide an opportunity for local services including Council to engage with the community in a fun and inviting setting.

 

Beneficiaries

§ 9000 attendees to the festival;

§ Local and international businesses and services; and

§ Liverpool City Council.

 

Assessment

Recommended for funding - $4,000

 

The applicant’s event aligns with the Community Strategic Plan Direction 1 Creating Connection and meets the Corporate Sponsorship (Outgoing) Program’s funding benefits and outcomes. The event delivers a community event, accessible to all members of the community and by celebrating diversity.

 

4.2.1 Economic benefit: a); and d);

·     Delivers significant economic benefit to the Liverpool LGA; and

·     Attracts national or international attention to Liverpool as a place to reside, visit, work and/or invest.

 

4.2.2    Community, cultural, and social benefit: a); b); and c);

·     Provides an innovative opportunity to meet community needs and promote Liverpool’s cultural diversity and celebrate our City’s uniqueness;

·     Enhances Liverpool’s profile and reputation as an outward looking, creative and connected city; and

·     Creates opportunities for education and information exchange between Council, the community and the sector.

 

5.1 Expected program outcomes: a); b); c); d); and e);

·     Provide an opportunity for measurable economic, social, environmental and/or cultural benefits to Council and the Liverpool LGA;

·     Provide opportunities for the community to participate and contribute in activities/events in the Liverpool LGA;

·     Create a valuable strategic alliance for Council;

·     Provide extensive coverage and promotional/publicity opportunities across a range of media outlets; and

·     Promote Council’s reputation as a great place to live, visit, work, and invest.

 

CONSIDERATIONS

 

Economic

 

CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP

Budget

Balance

Recommended funding in this report

Remaining

$100,000

-$37,272

$28,900

-$66,172*

COMMUNITY GRANTS

Budget

Balance

No recommended funding

Remaining

$102,000

$58,000

 

$58,000

MATCHING GRANTS

Budget

Current balance

No recommended funding

Remaining

$200,000

$53,200

 

$53,200

SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT GRANTS**

Budget

Balance

No recommended funding

Remaining

$75,000

$104.00

 

$104.00

COMBINED FUNDING BALANCE

Combined Budget

Combined Balance

Total recommended funding

Remaining

$477,000

$74,032

$28,900

$45,132

*   Any deficit realised through the Corporate Sponsorship Program will be covered through excess fund available in the Community Grants budget.

** Sustainable Environment Grants funding is via a rate levy and is only eligible to be used for the Sustainable Environment Grants Program.

Environment

There are no environmental considerations.

Social

Support community organisations and groups to deliver services.

Civic Leadership

There are no civic leadership and governance considerations.

Legislative

Local Government Act 1993 - s356.

 

ATTACHMENTS

 

1.         Corporate Sponsorship Criteria


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Grants, Donations and Corporate Sponsorship

Attachment 1

Corporate Sponsorship Criteria

 

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City Community and Culture Report

 

COM 02

Future Demands for Early Childhood Services in Liverpool

 

Strategic Direction

Generating Opportunity

Meet the challenges of Liverpool’s growing population

File Ref

136912.2019

Report By

Karyn Worlledge - Manager Children's Services

Approved By

Tina Sangiuliano - Acting Director City Community and Culture

 

 

Executive Summary

 

At the Council meeting on 28 March 2018, a Notice of Motion was received that requested a report detailing the ways in which Council can actively plan and respond to the early childhood and education needs of its growing population.

 

Council engaged Semann and Slattery's research and consultancy services to produce a report on the current and future provision of early childhood services in the Liverpool Local Government Area (LGA). This report reviews long day care, preschool, and outside school hours care (OSHC) service provision and includes a focus on service provision for children with additional needs.

 

The report identifies:

·    Projected future demand for early childhood services in the LGA;

·    The extent to which strategies are in place or being developed by Council and other providers to address such changes in demand;

·    The extent to which such services are available for children with additional needs in the LGA; and

·    Any relevant anticipated changes to the regulatory environment.

 

The data contained within the report will assist Council in its responsibility to plan for the early childhood needs of all children within the LGA.

 

This report is presented for the information of Council. 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council receives and notes the Future Demands for Early Childhood Services in Liverpool Report.

 

 

REPORT

 

Introduction

High quality early childhood services play a vital role in the community allowing children and their families to create social connections. For children, the early years are paramount and lay a foundation for success throughout all stages of life. Council is a lead early childhood education and care provider and benchmark service for the LGA. Council currently operates six early education and care services and one preschool, providing education and care to over 550 children. Services currently record utilisation rates of 99.8% and there are approximately 1200 children on the waitlist to receive a placement at existing services.

 

Liverpool is one of the fastest growing LGAs in Australia with the population doubling in just 20 years. Population projections estimate that the residential population of Liverpool LGA will reach 331,000 by 2036 – a 60% increase on current population levels. To manage this population increase and provide high quality services to the community, Council is committed to continually improve service provision to the community. 

 

Background

In response to a Notice of Motion from 28 March 2018, Semann and Slattery were engaged to produce a report on the current and future provision of early childhood services in the Liverpool LGA. The report will assist the council in its responsibility to plan for the early childhood needs of all children within the LGA.

 

The report identifies:

·    Projected future demand for early childhood services in the LGA;

·    The extent to which strategies are in place or being developed by Council and other providers to address such changes in demand;

·    The extent to which such services are available for children with additional needs in the LGA; and

·    Any relevant anticipated changes to the regulatory environment.

 

Methodology

In order to gain an accurate reflection of the current and future needs of early childhood services within the LGA, data from surveys, online research methods and Liverpool Council documentation was collected and analysed.

 

Two surveys aimed at gathering data on utilisation, waitlists, fees, and additional needs service provision were conducted with 131 long day care, preschool, and outside school hours care services across the Liverpool LGA between July and September 2018.

 

Online research collected publicly available information relating to:

 

·    Existing childcare services, such as the scope of services for inclusion, service contact details, including addresses for mapping, and assessment and rating results for centres as listed on the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACEQCA) National Register;

·    Fees and vacancies, as published on mychild.gov.au, careforkids.com.au, and the  services’ own websites and social media pages; and

·    Demographic information, such as population and SEIFA statistics.

 

The above information supplemented survey data and was reviewed and analysed with extensive information supplied by Council including:

 

·    Council services’ fees and vacancies data;

·    Current childcare services’ development approvals;

·    Population forecasting data; and

·    Scope of services, service contacts, service locations, assessment and rating information sourced from ACECQA.

 

Report findings

 

Council position in the sector 

Council is a lead early childhood education and care service provider and benchmark service for the LGA. The report identifies that there is a preference for Council operated services over community-based and private services within the community. This is evidenced by comparisons of utilisation data across the local sector and lengthy waitlists for Council services. The consistent high quality of Council operated services, as evidenced by assessment and rating data, is unmatched in the local area and is likely the main driver for demand.

 

Growth potential

Whilst an assessment of the current provision of long day care and preschool services indicated an oversupply of approved places across the LGA, the situation is expected to change remarkably within the next few years. Driving this growth is the addition of dwellings to the housing stock, affordability of the area and an increasing number of young families residing in the LGA, particularly within newly developed areas such as Austral, Liverpool City Centre, and Edmondson Park. Without additional supply of child care services, a shortage of nearly 2000 approved places is predicted within a 10-year period. 

 

Consideration of options for areas in deficit

In addition to the shortage of approved places for long day care and preschool services, the report highlights the increasing demand for outside school hours care (OSHC) places within the LGA. There is an existing unmet demand of approximately 805 OSHC approved places within the LGA, where approximately half of this unmet demand exists in the City Centre and emerging suburbs such as Carnes Hill, Austral and Edmondson Park. Therefore, Council is exploring ways to address this shortage of OSHC places and continues to advocate for greater OSHC provision.

 


 

Varying models of service provision

In the broadest of terms, a wide range of services are provided under the umbrella of child and family services. Integrated service delivery is now common practice within the child and family services sector. Designed to co-locate a variety of services the integrated services hub model is widely acclaimed through international and national research as having tangible benefits for children and families. The model of service delivery should be guided by and be responsive to community strengths and needs, aiming to provide ease of access to a range of educational, health and support services that work to improve the wellbeing of children and their families within a local community.

 

While recognised as supporting a range of child/family/community needs, the integrated approach is seen to promote social connectedness and increase awareness of where to go to seek assistance. A key benefit of which is to lessen the anxiety often experienced by families when seeking assistance for children with special needs. To meet the diverse needs of the community across the Liverpool LGA, Council’s approach to social infrastructure provision is through adopting an integrated hub model.

 

Conclusion

Semann and Slattery’s report provides extensive information into the current and future demands for early childhood services in the Liverpool LGA. This information will be critical to understanding community needs and making informed decisions when planning future early childhood services in Liverpool.

 

CONSIDERATIONS

 

Economic

Further develop a commercial centre that accommodates a variety of employment opportunities.

Facilitate economic development.

Environment

There are no environmental and sustainability considerations.


Social

Raise awareness in the community about the available services and facilities.

Support access and services for people with a disability.

Deliver high quality services for children and their families.


Civic Leadership

Encourage the community to engage in Council initiatives and actions.

Provide information about Council’s services, roles and decision making processes.

Deliver services that are customer focused.

Operate a well-developed governance system that demonstrates accountability, transparency and ethical conduct.

Actively advocate for federal and state government support, funding and services.

Legislative

There are no legislative considerations relating to this report.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

 

1.         Future Briefing Report for Early Childhood Services Within Liverpool April 10 2019 (Under separate cover)   


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City Corporate Report

 

CORP 01

Investment Report May 2019

 

Strategic Direction

Leading through Collaboration

Seek efficient and innovative methods to manage our resources

File Ref

136112.2019

Report By

John Singh - Accountant - Investments & Treasury Management

Approved By

Vishwa Nadan - Chief Financial Officer

 

 

executive summary

 

This report details Council’s investment portfolio.

 

As at 31 May 2019, Council held investments with a market value of $273 million.

 

The portfolio yield to the end of May 2019 is 114 basis points above the AusBond Bank Bill index.

 

 

AusBond Bank Bill Index (BBI)

Benchmark

1.99%

Portfolio yield

3.13%

Performance above benchmarks

1.14%

 

Return on investment for May 2019 was $1.96 million higher than budget, however, the favorable variance is expected to be around $2m at 30 June 2019.

 

Council’s investments and reporting obligations fully comply with the requirements of section 625 of the Local Government Act 1993 and clause 212 of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005.

 

Council’s portfolio also fully complies with limits set out in its Investment Policy. NSW TCorp however has recommended that Council progressively reduce its exposure to lower-rated financial institutions to below 25% of its investment portfolio by 2021.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council receives and notes this report.

 

 

 

REPORT

 

Clause 212 of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 requires that the Responsible Accounting Officer must provide Council with a written report setting out details of all money that Council has invested under section 625 of the Local Government Act 1993.

 

Council’s Portfolio

 

At 31 May 2019, Council held investments with a market value of $273 million. Council’s investment register detailing all its investments is provided as an attachment to this report. In summary, Council’s portfolio consisted of investments in:

 

 

The ratio of market value compared to face value of various debt securities is shown in the table below.

Asset Class

May-19

Jun-18

Senior Debts (FRN's ,TCD's & FRB)*

100.71%

100.22%

MBS (Reverse Mortgage Backed Securities)

59.48%

59.26%

T-Corp Unit Trusts

103.48%

101.26%

 

*Definition of terms

·      Transferrable Certificate of Deposit (TCD) - security issued with the same characteristics as a Term Deposit however it can be sold back (transferred) in to the market prior to maturity. A floating TCD pays a coupon linked to a variable benchmark (90 days BBSW).

·      Fixed Rate Bond (FRB) – returns Fixed Coupon (interest) Rate and is tradeable before maturity.

 

Council is fully compliant with the requirements of the Ministerial Investment Order including the grandfathering provisions. The grandfathering provisions state that Council may continue to hold to maturity, redeem or sell investments that comply with previous Ministerial Investment Orders. Any new investments must comply with the most recent Order. Council continues to closely monitor the investments in its portfolio to ensure continued compliance and minimal exposure to risk.

 

NSW TCorp has recommended that Council progressively reduce its exposure to lower rated financial institutions to below 25% by 2021. Council staff are working with investment advisors to meet this requirement.

 

Portfolio Maturity Profile

 

The table below shows the percentage of funds invested at different durations to maturity.


 

 

Market Value by Issuer and Institution Policy limit as per Investment Policy

 

Overall Portfolio Credit Framework compliance to Investment Policy

 

 

Portfolio performance against relevant market benchmark.

 

Council’s Investment Policy prescribes the AusBond Bank Bill Index (ABBI) as a benchmark to measure return on cash and fixed interest securities. The ABBI represents the average daily yield of a parcel of bank bills. Historically there has been a positive correlation between changes in the cash rate and the resulting impact on the ABBI benchmark.

 

The portfolio yield to 31 May 2019 exceeded the AusBond Bank Bill index by 114 basis points (3.13% against 1.99 %).

 

Council continues to achieve a solid outcome despite ongoing margin contraction and significantly lower market term deposit yields. Comparative yields for the previous months are charted below:

 

 

 

Performance of Portfolio Returns against Budget

 

Council’s investment income for May 2019 exceeded budget by $1.96 million mainly due to higher actual monthly average portfolio holdings compared to budgeted monthly average portfolio holdings for the period. The trend is expected to continue and investment income is expected to be $2m higher than budget at year end.

 

 

Investment Portfolio at a Glance

 

 

Portfolio Performance

 

 

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The portfolio yield to 31 May 2019 exceeded the AusBond Bank Bill index by 114 basis points (3.13% against 1.99%).

Annual Income vs. Budget

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Council’s investment interest income exceeded budget by $1.96 million as at 31 May 2019 mainly due to higher actual monthly average portfolio holdings compared to budgeted monthly average portfolio holdings.

 

Investment Policy Compliance

 

Legislative Requirements

 

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Fully Compliant

Portfolio Credit Rating Limit

MCWB01114_0000[1]

Fully Compliant

Institutional Exposure Limits

MCWB01114_0000[1]

Fully Compliant

Overall Portfolio Credit Limits

MCWB01114_0000[1]

Fully Compliant

Term to Maturity Limits

MCWB01114_0000[1]

Fully Compliant

 

Economic Outlook – Reserve Bank of Australia

 

The Reserve Bank decided to lower the cash rate by 25 basis point in its meeting on 4 June 2019, to the official cash rate of 1.25 per cent. The current 1.25 per cent cash rate is at a historically low level and impacts returns on investment.


 

 

Certificate of Responsible Accounting Officer

 

The Chief Financial Officer, as Responsible Accounting Officer, certifies that the investments listed in the attached report have been made in accordance with section 625 of the Local Government Act 1993, clause 212 of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 and Council’s Investment Policy at the time of their placement. The previous investments are covered by the grandfathering clauses of the current investment guidelines issued by the Minister for Local Government.

 

Independent verification by Head of Audit, Risk and Improvement (HARI)

 

Council has requested an on-going independent review of its investment portfolio by the Audit Risk and Improvement Committee (ARIC) or its representative under delegated authority. The ARIC has agreed for its Chairperson to provide a certificate on a quarterly basis – the next certificate will be presented to Council on 31 July 2019.

 

CONSIDERATIONS

 

Economic

Council’s investment interest income exceeded budget by $1.96 million as at 31 May 2019 mainly due to higher actual monthly average portfolio holdings compared to budgeted monthly average portfolio holdings

Environment

There are no environmental and sustainability considerations.


Social

There are no social and cultural considerations.


Civic Leadership

There are no civic leadership and governance considerations.

Legislative

Council is fully compliant with the requirements of the Local Government Act 1993 – Investment Order (authorized investments) and with reporting requirements under clause 212 of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005.

 

ATTACHMENTS

 

1.         Investment Portfolio - May 2019  


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Investment Report May 2019

Attachment 1

Investment Portfolio - May 2019

 

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City Corporate Report

 

CORP 02

Local Government Remuneration Tribunal Annual Report and Determination under sections 239 and 241 of the Local Government Act 1993

 

Strategic Direction

Leading through Collaboration

Encourage community participation in decision-making

File Ref

142382.2019

Report By

Ellen Whittingstall - Coordinator Governance

Approved By

Chris White - Director City Corporate

 

 

Executive Summary

 

On 15 April 2019 the Local Government Remuneration Tribunal (the Tribunal) produced their Annual report and Determination under sections 239 and 241 of the Local Government Act 1993 (the Act).

 

It is recommended that Council notes this report and resolves to fix the fees payable to the Mayor and Councillors within the limits as determined by the Local Government Remuneration Tribunal.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council pursuant to Section 248 and 249 of the Act, resolves to fix the fees payable to the Mayor and Councillors for the period 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020 to an amount equal to the maximum allowable under the determination of the Local Government Remuneration Tribunal, dated 15 April 2019.

 

 

REPORT

 

Council’s adopted Civic Expenses and Facilities Policy states that the purpose of the policy is to ensure that there is accountability and transparency in the reimbursement of expenses incurred or to be incurred by Councillors. The policy also ensures that the facilities provided to assist Councillors to carry out their civic duties are reasonable.

 

On 15 April 2019 the Local Government Remuneration Tribunal (the Tribunal) produced their Annual Report and Determination under sections 239 and 241 of the Local Government Act 1993 (the Act).  The Tribunal determines the categories by which each council is classified, and the maximum and minimum amounts of fees to be paid to mayors and councillors.

 

The Tribunal has categorised “Metropolitan Large” councils as typically having a minimum population of 200,000 and may include features such as:

 

·    Total operating revenue exceeding $200M per annum;

·    The provision of significant regional services including, major education, health retail sports and other recreation and cultural facilities;

·    Significant industrial, commercial and residential centres and development corridors; and

·    High population growth.

 

Councils that are categorised as “Metropolitan Large” are considered to have a sphere of economic influence and provide regional services considered to be greater than those of other metropolitan councils.

 

The Local Government Remuneration Tribunal has determined (effective 1 July 2018) that:

 

1.   Pursuant to Section 239 of the Act that Liverpool City Council will be categorised a “Metropolitan Large” council; and

 

2.   Pursuant to Section 241 of the Act, the annual fees to be paid to Councillors and Mayors in a Metropolitan Large Council, be a minimum of $18,430 and a maximum of $30,410. An additional fee is to be paid to the Mayor at a minimum of $39,160 and maximum of $88,600. These fees represent a 2.5 per cent increase which is consistent with the government’s policy on wages.

 

In recognition of the increasing workload and time commitments required by the Mayor and Councillors, and noting that almost all metropolitan councils have adopted the tribunal maximum, it is recommended that Council fix the fees payable to the Mayor and Councillors for the period 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020 to the maximum allowable within the above limits.

 

CONSIDERATIONS

 

Economic

The fees to be paid have been included in the 2019 - 20209 budget.

Environment

There are no environmental and sustainability considerations.


Social

There are no social and cultural considerations.


Civic Leadership

Operate a well developed governance system that demonstrates accountability, transparency and ethical conduct.

 

Legislative

Section 248, 249 of the Local Government Act 1994 (LG Act)

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

 

1.         2019-Annual Determination-LGRT (Under separate cover)

2.         OLG Circular 19-07 Determination of the Local Government Remuneration Tribunal (Under separate cover)

3.         Civic Expenses and Facilities Policy adopted by Council 6 February 2019 (Under separate cover)    


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City Infrastructure and Environment Report

 

INF 01

Activating the Georges River

 

Strategic Direction

Strengthening and Protecting our Environment

Protect and enhance bushland, rivers and the visual landscape

File Ref

099749.2019

Report By

Madhu Pudasaini - Manager Technical Support

Approved By

Raj Autar - Director City Infrastructure and Environment

 

 

Executive Summary

 

Council, at its meeting on 29 August 2018, considered a Notice of Motion regarding the need to activate Lighthorse Park and the adjoining Georges River. At the meeting, it was resolved that Council investigate and provide a report on the full range of issues that require consideration to enable recreational use and enjoyment of the river and adjoining parklands.

 

This report was presented to Council at its meeting held on 29 May 2019, however Council resolved to defer the report to the Strategic Planning Workshop for discussion and for the report to then be presented to the June Council meeting.

 

The Georges River and associated parklands are key assets and destinations in Liverpool, which will play a major role in supporting the urban renewal and revitalisation of the City Centre and adjoining lands. This report discusses the range and complexity of issues that currently affect the management and utilisation of the river, and provides a way forward to achieving, over time, Council’s goal of transforming areas of the Georges River and associated parklands into vibrant and active public spaces.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council receives and notes this report.

 

REPORT

 

1.   BACKGROUND

 

At its meeting held on 29 August 2018, Council resolved that the CEO:

a)   Bring a report back to Council outlining requirements of collaborating with the various State Government agencies that have control of the Georges River in order to have it revitalised to a standard that would be suitable for community use;

b)   Inform Councillors on ways Council can revitalise the Georges River before water gets into the River;

c)   Investigate water activities or sports and other short and long term options for activation of Lighthorse Park and report back to Council with cost; and

d)   Make representations to all bodies involved in the revitalisation of the Georges River, including Ministers.

 

This report was presented to Council at its meeting held on 29 May 2019, however Council resolved to defer the report to the Strategic Planning Workshop for discussion and for the report to then be presented to the June Council meeting.

 

2.   MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES OF GEORGES RIVER

 

The Georges River is one of the major river systems in the Sydney Basin and is a significant natural asset for the Liverpool community. Due to its environmental value and recreation potential, numerous State Government agencies, councils and community groups play key roles in the ongoing management of the Georges River, as shown in the table below.

Who manages Georges River?

Roles and responsibilities

a)   Liverpool City Council

§ Council plays a vital role in the management of the river, which includes the significant sub-catchment of Cabramatta Creek. Council manages stormwater and flooding, and undertakes creek restoration and revegetation of riparian areas throughout the Local Government Area (LGA).

§ Council is the regulatory authority on development and pollution incidents such as those caused by ineffective sediment and erosion control, both of which may have detrimental effects on waterway and riparian conditions.

§ Council currently monitors the aquatic ecosystem health of the river and its tributaries.

§ In addition, Council is currently undertaking an LGA-wide assessment of riparian vegetation conditions, which will inform the development of an LGA-wide plan of management for riparian areas and a vegetation management plan for the Cabramatta Creek catchment.

b)   Georges Riverkeeper - formerly the Georges River Combined Councils' Committee (GRCCC), which consists of eight local councils, as well as government agencies and community representatives within the Georges River catchment 

§ The Georges Riverkeeper Program services the GRCCC's eight member councils to identify key rubbish hotspots and areas for primary bush regeneration and weed control activities on the river's foreshores, creeks and tributaries. 

§ It coordinates the removal of rubbish and waste from the river catchment, and monitors the ecological health of the river.

§ The Riverkeeper helps to facilitate a coordinated approach to the management of the Georges River.

c)   Sydney Water

§ Sydney Water manages the delivery of potable water and disposal of waste water across the LGA. Occasional discharge from Sydney Water infrastructure may degrade water quality and elevate bacteria levels.

d)   Local Councils - the Georges Riverkeeper consists of eight councils including Bayside, City of Canterbury Bankstown, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool City Council, and Sutherland and Wollondilly Shire Councils

§ The local councils within the George River catchment are responsible for the management of the riparian corridors, bushlands and stormwater within their respective LGA boundaries.

§ This includes the responsibility for the management of stormwater quality through managing and controlling developments within the catchment area to ensure stormwater runoff are appropriately treated prior to discharging into natural waterways.

e)   NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH)

§ The primary role of the OEH involves administering the Local Land Services Act 2013, Bio-diversity Conservation Act 2016, and the Rivers and Foreshores Improvement Act 1948. The OEH has developed the Georges River Estuary Management Plan and it provides funding assistance to local councils for foreshore protection and water quality improvement of the Georges River.  

§ The National Parks and Wildlife Service are part of the OEH and own and manage a significant portion of land along the river - the Georges River National Park. 

f)    NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS)

 

§ NSW Maritime is responsible for marine safety, regulation of commercial and recreational boating, including boating licences.

§ It controls the dredging of the river and relevant maritime activities including routine environmental inspections of construction and maintenance activities to ensure legislative compliance.

g)   Greater Sydney Local Land Services

 

§ Under the Sydney Water Catchment Management Act 1998 the Local Land Services (former Sydney Metropolitan Catchment Management Authority) is responsible for the management and protection of the Georges River. Council has limited jurisdiction over foreshore works and approvals rest with the State Government.

h)   NSW Office of Water

 

§ The NSW Office of Water is primarily responsible for the control and protection of river riparian corridors under the Water Management Act.

i)    NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Fisheries 

§ The DPI Fisheries is responsible for regulating controlled activities in waterways under the Fisheries Management Act 1994 for the management of fish and their habitats.  

j)    Environmental Protection Authority (EPA)

§ The EPA regulates polluters such as Sydney Water regarding the discharge of waste water.

k)   Australian Defence Force (ADF)

§ The ADF owns and manages vast tracts of the upper catchment, which includes many minimally disturbed creeks such as Punchbowl Creek. These creeks recharge the river with clean waters and provide refuge for a vast array of native plants and animals.

 

As can be seen, the roles and responsibilities relating to the Georges River are wide-ranging, with state agencies performing predominantly statutory and compliance functions, while the Georges Riverkeeper, in conjunction with the councils, plays an active role in planning and implementing on-ground measures to improve the amenity and water quality of the Georges River. However, with so many stakeholders and agencies having broad and overlapping responsibility for the river, unless a clear governance structure is developed, any improvement efforts are likely to be fragmented and uncoordinated.

 

3.   GEORGES RIVER – WATER QUALITY ISSUES AND MITIGATION

 

3.1 The broader context