COUNCIL AGENDA

 

Ordinary Council Meeting

27 May 2020

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You are hereby notified that an Ordinary Council Meeting of Liverpool City Council will be held at the Online on Wednesday, 27 May 2020 commencing at 6.00pm.

 

Liverpool City Council Meetings are livestreamed onto Council’s website and remain on Council’s website for a period of 12 months.  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

Apologies 

Condolences

Confirmation of Minutes

Ordinary Council Meeting held on 29 April 2020................... 6

Declarations of Interest

Public Forum

Mayoral Report

NIL

Notices of Motion of Rescission

NIL

Chief Executive Officer Report

CEO 01      Draft Delivery Program 2017-21, Operational Plan 2020-21 and Budget (including            Statement of Revenue Policy) to be included in Addendum Book

City Economy and Growth Report

EGROW 01    Update on development of the Warwick Farm Precinct Structure Plan, Planning Proposal and Developer Contributions Plan................................................................................................................. 77 1

EGROW 02    Destination Management Plan - First year review.............................................................................................................. 84 2

EGROW 03    Rebuilding Liverpool's Economy update............................................................................................................. 98 3

EGROW 04    Appointment of Councillors to the Intermodal Precinct Committee.................................................................................................... 104 4

EGROW 05    Rail Services West of Bankstown.................................................................................................... 106 5

EGROW 06    Public Arts Policy............................................................................................................ 116 6

City Community and Culture Report

COM 01          Post Public Exhibition Report - Social Impact Assessment Policy and Guidelines..................................................................................................... 126 7

COM 02          BMX Track Construction Funding......................................................................................................... 131 8

COM 03          Liverpool City Council Sporting Grants Program 2019/2020..................................................................................................... 144 9

COM 04          Grants, Donations and Corporate Sponsorship.................................................................................................. 150 10

City Corporate Report

CORP 01        Investment Report April 2020.............................................................................................................. 153 11

CORP 02        Reducing Red Tape.............................................................................................................. 164 12

CORP 03        Budget Review - March 2020.............................................................................................................. 174 13

 

City Presentation Report

NIL

City Infrastructure and Environment Report

INF 01             Clean Air for Liverpool....................................................................................................... 208 14

INF 02             Management of contaminated lands............................................................................................................. 213 15

INF 03             Managing Stray Cats............................................................................................................... 220 16

Committee Reports

CTTE 01         Notes of the Liverpool Access Committee meeting held on 20 February 2020.............................................................................................................. 230 17

CTTE 02         Minutes of Strategic Panel Meeting held on 17 April 2020.............................................................................................................. 238 18

CTTE 03         Minutes of the Extraordinary Meeting of the Heritage Advisory Committee on 17 March 2020.............................................................................................................. 245 19

CTTE 04         Minutes of the Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee Meeting held on 1 May 2020.............................................................................................................. 252 20

Questions with Notice

QWN 01          Question with Notice - Clr Hadchiti - Trees............................................................................................................. 269 21

QWN 02          Question with Notice - Clr Hagarty - Speed Camera Warning Signs............................................................................................................. 272 22

QWN 03          Question with Notice - Clr Harle - Compliance, Private Certifiers and Private Certifying Authorities..................................................................................................... 273 23  

Presentations by Councillors

 

Notices of Motion

NOM 01          Animal Shelter.......................................................................................................... 275 24

NOM 02          Hoxton Park Road Upgrade........................................................................................................ 277 25

NOM 03          COVID-19 and Major Planning Projects......................................................................................................... 279 26

NOM 04          Extending Support to People Seeking Asylum and Refugees...................................................................................................... 281 27

NOM 05          Response to COVID-19 restrictions – Update from South West Sydney Academy of Sport (SWSAS)...................................................................................................... 283 28  

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    RCL2860 - Provision of External Legal Services

Reason:     Item CONF 01 is confidential pursuant to the provisions of s10A(2)(d i) of the Local Government Act because it contains commercial information of a confidential nature that would, if disclosed prejudice the commercial position of the person who supplied it.


 

 

 

CONF 02    Tender ST2952 Receival and Processing of Bulky Waste

Reason:     Item CONF 02 is confidential pursuant to the provisions of s10A(2)(d i) of the Local Government Act because it contains commercial information of a confidential nature that would, if disclosed prejudice the commercial position of the person who supplied it.  

 

CONF 03    Animal Shelter and Koala Hospital Site Options

Reason:     Item CONF 03 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. 

 

Close

 


 

 

MINUTES OF THE Ordinary Meeting

HELD ON 29 April 2020

 

 

PRESENT VIA VIDEO CONFERENCING:

Mayor Wendy Waller

Councillor Ayyad (arrived at 6.15pm)

Councillor Balloot (arrived at 6.26pm)

Councillor Hadchiti

Councillor Hadid

Councillor Hagarty

Councillor Harle

Councillor Kaliyanda

Councillor Karnib (arrived at 6.19pm)

Councillor Rhodes

Councillor Shelton

Ms Kiersten Fishburn, Chief Executive Officer

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

Mr George Hampouris, Acting Director City Corporate

Dr Eddie Jackson, Director City Community and Culture

Mr Peter Patterson, Director City Presentation

Mr Raj Autar, Director City Infrastructure and Environment

Mr Andrew Stevenson, Chief Strategy and Engagement Officer

Ms Tina Sangiuliano, Strategic Organisational Change Manager

Mr David Maguire, Internal Ombudsman

Ms Elizabeth Espinosa, General Counsel, Manager Governance, Legal and Procurement

Mr John F Morgan, Director Property & Commercial Development

Mr Vishwa Nadan, Chief Financial Officer

Ms Nada Mardini, Manager Community Standards

Mr David Smith, Manager Planning and Transport Strategy

Mr George Georgakis, Manager Council and Executive Services

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

 

The meeting commenced at 6.00pm

 

of Country & Prayer of Council

STATEMENT REGARDING WEBCASTING OF MEETING

The Mayor reminded everyone that in accordance with Council’s Code of Meeting Practice (other than the Public Forum Section), the meeting is being livestreamed.

 

ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF COUNTRY, PRAYER OF COUNCIL AND AFFIRMATION TO BE READ BY

 

The prayer of the Council was read by the Chief Executive Officer, Ms Kiersten Fishburn.

 

APOLOGIES

Nil.

CONDOLENCES

Nil.

Confirmation of Minutes

 

Motion:                                   Moved: Clr Shelton              Seconded: Clr Harle

 

That the minutes of the Ordinary Meeting held on 25 March 2020 and Extraordinary Meeting held on 16 April 2020 be confirmed as a true record of that meeting.

 

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

Declarations of Interest

 

Clr Shelton declared a non-pecuniary, less than significant interest in the following items: 

 

Item: ........ CORP 02 - Response to NOM 05 - A Prominent Permanent Home for the City of Liverpool and District Historical Society s and property developers from civic office.

 

Reason:     Clr Shelton is an ordinary member of the Historical Society.  He holds no offices                         and will not participate in the discussions as he’s done in previous occasions.

 

Clr Shelton left the meeting for the duration of this item. 

Item:          CONF 01 - Independent Members of the Audit, Risk and Improvement                          Committee Term of Office Extension

Reason:     Clr Shelton is an ordinary member of the Audit Committee.  He knows some of                       the individuals involved only through their involvement in the Audit Committee. 

Clr Shelton remained in the meeting for the duration of this item. 

 

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

 

Item: ........ CORP 02 - Response to NOM 05 - A Prominent Permanent Home for the City of Liverpool and District Historical Society s and property developers from civic office

 

Reason:     Clr Kaliyanda is an ordinary member of the City of Liverpool and District          Historical Society.

 

Clr Kaliyanda left the meeting for the duration of this item. 

 

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

 

Item: ........ CORP 02 - Response to NOM 05 - A Prominent Permanent Home for the City of Liverpool and District Historical Society s and property developers from civic office

 

Reason:     Clr Hagarty is an ordinary member the City of Liverpool and District Historical                     Society.

 

Clr Hagarty left the meeting for the duration of this item. 

 

Public Forum

Nil.

 

MAYORAL REPORT

 

Nil.


 

Chief Executive Officer Report

 

ITEM NO:       CEO 01

FILE NO:        075692.2020

SUBJECT:     Draft Privacy Policy - recommendations for amendment by Information and Privacy Commission

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                   Moved: Clr Shelton              Seconded: Clr Hagarty

 

That Council adopt the Draft Privacy Policy attached to this report.

 

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

 


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ITEM NO:       CEO 02

FILE NO:        058398.2020

SUBJECT:     Response to QWN 15 Edmondson Park Commuter Car Parking from 5 February 2020 council meeting

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                   Moved: Clr Hagarty              Seconded: Clr Hadchiti

 

That Council receive and note the report and perform the necessary road repairs and construct a safe thoroughfare along Croatia Avenue (along the stretch of road where a pedestrian was hit on 22 April 2020 and passed away) and calls on the NSW Government to immediately fast track construction of the commuter carpark and have alternate parking arrangements in place during construction.

 

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

 


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ITEM NO:       CEO 03

FILE NO:        071117.2020

SUBJECT:     Mayoral Direction pursuant to Section 226(d) of the Local Government Act 1993

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                   Moved: Clr Shelton              Seconded: Clr Hadchiti

 

That Council note and endorse the Mayoral Direction dated 17 March 2020 attached to the report.

 

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

 

 


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Clr Ayyad arrived at 6.15pm

Clr Karnib arrived at 6.19pm

 

City Economy and Growth Report

 

ITEM NO:       EGROW 01

FILE NO:        052059.2020

SUBJECT:     LEP Review: Public Exhibition of draft Local Housing Strategy, draft Centres and Corridors Strategy & draft Industrial and Employment Lands Strategy

 

COUNCIL DECISION:

 

Motion:                                  Moved: Clr Shelton               Seconded: Clr Kaliyanda

 

That Council:

 

  1. Place the Draft Local Housing Strategy; Draft Centres and Corridors Strategy and Draft Industrial and Employment Lands Strategy on public exhibition for 42 days; and

 

  1. Receive a further report following the public exhibition period detailing submissions received and any amendments proposed.

  

Foreshadowed motion        Moved: Clr Hadchiti              Seconded: Clr Hadid 

 

That Council:

 

  1. Place the Draft Local Housing Strategy; Draft Centres and Corridors Strategy and Draft Industrial and Employment Lands Strategy on public exhibition for 42 days, subject to the following changes;

 

                                i.       Remove the key action in the draft Strategy (as shown on page 87 of the Council Agenda) and copied below:

 

“Develop an Affordable Housing Contributions Scheme in line with Greater Sydney Commission’s requirement for 5-10% affordable housing on up-zoned land”; and

 

                               ii.       To leave Middletown Centre as it is, as a Town Centre.

 

  1. Receive a further report following the public exhibition period detailing submissions received and any amendments proposed.

 

 

One being put to the meeting the Motion (moved by Clr Shelton) was declared LOST with the Mayor not using her casting vote.

Vote for:           Mayor Waller, Clr Hagarty, Clr Kaliyanda, Deputy Mayor Karnib and Clr Shelton.

Vote against:   Clr Ayyad, Clr Hadchiti, Clr Hadid, Clr Harle and Clr Rhodes.

 

 

The Foreshadowed motion (moved by Clr Hadchiti) then became the motion and on being put to the meeting was declared CARRIED, with the Mayor using her casting vote to vote for the motion.

Vote for:           Clr Ayyad, Clr Hadchiti, Clr Hadid, Clr Harle and Clr Rhodes.

 

Vote against:   Mayor Waller, Clr Hagarty, Clr Kaliyanda, Deputy Mayor Karnib and Clr Shelton.

 


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Clr Balloot arrived at the meeting at 6.26pm.

ITEM NO:       EGROW 02

FILE NO:        034212.2020

SUBJECT:     Report back - NOM 01 Feral Cats and Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) Program from 5 February 2020 Council meeting

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                   Moved: Clr Rhodes              Seconded: Clr Kaliyanda

 

That Council receives and notes this report.

 

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

 


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ITEM NO:       EGROW 03

FILE NO:        049640.2020

SUBJECT:     Draft Amendment to Liverpool Development Control Plan 2008 - Part 1 General Controls (Chapter 26 Outdoor Advertising and Signage)

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                   Moved: Clr Rhodes              Seconded: Clr Harle

 

That Council:

 

1.   Place the draft amendment to the Liverpool Development Control Plan 2008 – Part 1 General Controls (Outdoor Advertising and Signage) on public exhibition for a minimum period of 28 days in accordance with Clause 18 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000.

 

2.   Delegates to the CEO the finalisation of the DCP amendment should no submissions in opposition be received; or receive a further report outlining details of the submissions in opposition received at the conclusion of the exhibition period.

 

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

 

Vote for:           Mayor Waller, Clr Ayyad, Clr Balloot, Clr Hadchiti, Clr Hadid, Clr Hagarty, Clr Harle, Clr Kaliyanda, Deputy Mayor Karnib and Clr Rhodes.

Vote against:   Clr Shelton.

 


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ITEM NO:       EGROW 04

FILE NO:        050882.2020

SUBJECT:     Draft Amendments to Liverpool Contributions Plan 2009 and Liverpool Contributions Plan 2018 – Liverpool City Centre to ensure clarity around the payment of development contributions for complying development certificates

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                   Moved: Clr Hagarty              Seconded: Clr Shelton

 

That Council:

 

1.    Exhibits draft Liverpool Contributions Plan 2009 (April 2020 Amendment) and draft Liverpool Contributions Plan 2018 – Liverpool City Centre (April 2020 Amendment) in accordance with the requirements of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and regulations; and

 

2.    Delegates to the A/CEO authority to finalise Liverpool Contributions Plan 2009 (April 2020 Amendment) and Liverpool Contributions Plan 2018 – Liverpool City Centre (April 2020 Amendment) if no submissions opposing the changes are received.

 

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

Councillors voted unanimously for this motion.


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ITEM NO:       EGROW 05

FILE NO:        056459.2020

SUBJECT:     Draft Amendment 1 to Liverpool Contributions Plan 2018 – Existing Areas - Instalment Payments for Secondary Dwellings

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                   Moved: Clr Hagarty              Seconded: Clr Kaliyanda

 

That Council:

 

1.    Exhibits draft Liverpool Contributions Plan 2018 – Established Areas (Amendment 1) in accordance with the requirements of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and Regulations; and

 

2.    Delegates to the CEO authority to finalise Liverpool Contributions Plan 2018 – Established Areas (Amendment 1) if no submissions opposing the changes are received.

 

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

 

Councillors voted unanimously for this motion.


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ITEM NO:       EGROW 06

FILE NO:        052134.2020

SUBJECT:     Post Exhibition Report - Draft Liverpool Local Environmental Plan 2008 (Amendment 76) - Schedule 1 Amendment to permit vehicle sales or hire premises at 36-36A Kookaburra Rd, North Prestons

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                   Moved: Clr Hagarty              Seconded: Clr Karnib

 

That Council:

 

1.    Notes the Gateway determination for draft Liverpool Local Environmental Plan 2008 (Amendment 76) and the results of public exhibition and community consultation; and

 

2.    Approves Amendment 76 and delegates authority to the CEO to liaise with the NSW Parliamentary Counsel’s Office to finalise the amendment.

 

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

 

Councillors voted unanimously for this motion.

 


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ITEM NO:       EGROW 07

FILE NO:        054341.2020

SUBJECT:     Street Naming Request - Edmondson Park

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                   Moved: Clr Rhodes              Seconded: Clr Harle

 

That Council:

 

  1. Supports the naming of Macdonald Road;

 

  1. Forwards the name to the Geographical Names Board (GNB), seeking formal approval;

 

  1. Publicly exhibit the name in accordance with Council’s Naming Convention Policy, for a period of 28 days, following formal approval from the GNB; and

 

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

 

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

 

Councillors voted unanimously for this motion.

 


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ITEM NO:       EGROW 08

FILE NO:        056601.2020

SUBJECT:     Post Exhibition Report - Draft Liverpool Development Control Plan 2008 (Amendment 25)

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                   Moved: Clr Rhodes              Seconded: Clr Harle

 

That Council:

 

1.    Adopts draft Amendment 25 to the Liverpool Development Control Plan (Part 1 and Part 4) (Attachment 1 and 2) and authorises the CEO to finalise Amendment 25 including the correction of any minor typographical errors to come into effect upon the publication online; and

 

2.    Notifies those who lodged a submission of Council’s decision.

 

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

 

Councillors voted unanimously for this motion.

 


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ITEM NO:       EGROW 09

FILE NO:        057507.2020

SUBJECT:     Out of Office Hours Compliance Officers

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                   Moved: Clr Rhodes              Seconded: Clr Hadid

 

That Council,

 

  1. Trial an after-hours service (7am to 9am and 4pm to 10pm) at the expense of no more than $192,500 for 3 months commencing after the Covid lockdown ceases.

 

  1. Monitor the number of out of hour issues responded to and report back to Council.

 

  1. The out of hours shift to have the 2 officers work together.

 

  1. Council to promote the employment of out of hour Ranger and environmental Health Officers surveillance in the Liverpool LGA on Council Website and Social Media including the service contact access telephone number that is answered by the out of hours officers.

 

  1. Council receives a detailed briefing on compliance operations.

 

 

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

 

Clr Shelton asked that he be noted as having voted against the motion.

 

 


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City Community and Culture Report

 

ITEM NO:       COM 01

FILE NO:        070863.2020

SUBJECT:     Alcohol Free-Zones in the Liverpool Local Government Area

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                   Moved: Clr Rhodes              Seconded: Clr Shelton

 

That Council:

 

1.   Endorses the recommended sites for re-establishment of Liverpool Alcohol-Free Zones (AFZ);

 

2.   Places the recommended AFZs on public exhibition for a period of 30 days as required by the Ministerial Guidelines on Alcohol-Free Zones; and

 

3.    Delegates to the CEO the finalisation of the recommended AFZs if no submissions are received; or receive a further report outlining details of the submissions received at the conclusion of the exhibition period.

 

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

 


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ITEM NO:       COM 02

FILE NO:        082328.2020

SUBJECT:     Community Development and Planning Committee Charters

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                   Moved: Clr Rhodes              Seconded: Clr Harle

 

That Council:

 

  1. Receives and endorses the following updated charters:

 

·    Liverpool Access Committee;

·    Liverpool Community Safety and Crime Prevention Advisory Committee;

·    Aboriginal Consultative Committee; and

·    Liverpool Youth Council.

 

2.   Amends the Tourism Events and CBD Committee Charter so that:

 

·     Committee members who cannot attend a meeting may delegate a representative to attend the meeting on their behalf by notifying Council officers prior to the meeting. This representative would then be included in the quorum;

 

·     Change of the quorum requirements to a number of Committee members (4), rather than half-plus-one;

 

3.     Amends the Liverpool Access Committee Charter in 9.4.2 to add the words “Non Councillor” to Committee members so that it reads:

 

9.4.2  - Non Councillor Committee members who cannot attend a meeting may delegate a representative to attend the meeting on their behalf by notifying Council officers prior to the meeting.  This representative would then be included in the quorum.

 

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


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ITEM NO:       COM 03

FILE NO:        042967.2020

SUBJECT:     Response to NOM 2 - Ferrington Park

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                   Moved: Clr Harle                  Seconded: Clr Rhodes

 

That Council:

 

1.    Notes the alignment of revitalisation of pocket parks with Council’s Recreation, Open Space and Sports Strategy; and

 

2.     Notes the development of an Assessment and Planning Framework when working with the community on open space revitalisation projects.

 

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

 

Councillors voted unanimously for this motion.

 

 

 


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City Corporate Report

 

ITEM NO:       CORP 01

FILE NO:        095230.2020

SUBJECT:     Car parking options within 100 metres of Liverpool train station

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                   Moved: Clr Hagarty              Seconded: Clr Ayyad

 

That Council receive and note this report and that Council notes that most of the land is owned by the State and Council continues to lobby the State Government for a multi-storey carparking within a 600 metres radius of Liverpool train station and include the whole of Scott Street and Railway Street.

 

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

 

Clr Shelton and Clr Harle voted against the motion. 


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Clrs Shelton, Hagarty and Kaliyanda left the meeting for the duration of ITEM CORP 02

ITEM NO:       CORP 02

FILE NO:        300783.2019

SUBJECT:     Response to NOM 05 - A Prominent Permanent Home for the City of Liverpool and District Historical Society

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                   Moved: Clr Rhodes              Seconded: Clr Harle

 

That Council:

 

  1. Prepare a master plan for a Visitation Precinct that includes:

 

                            Collingwood House;

                            Liverpool Museum;

                            New Liverpool Historical Society building;

                            An Aboriginal Arts, Culture and Learning facility;

                            Café; and

                            Car and Bus Parking

 

            For the land bounded by the Hume Highway, Congressional Drive and Birkdale        Crescent Liverpool.

 

  1. Prepare the Visitation Concept Precinct Master Plan design and possible cost and Report back to July Council Meeting 2020 in order to further place on Exhibition for Community Consultation.

 

  1. Lobby State and Federal Governments for funding and include the Visitation Precinct Master Plan in the 10 year plan of Council.

 

  1. Consider the Government initiative for TCorp loans for Community projects could be applicable for this project at the next Budget Review Meeting.

 

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

 


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ITEM NO:       CORP 03

FILE NO:        055849.2020

SUBJECT:     Investment Report February 2020

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                   Moved: Clr Hadid                 Seconded: Clr Shelton

 

That Council receives and notes this report.

 

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

 


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ITEM NO:       CORP 04

FILE NO:        060049.2020

SUBJECT:     Amendment to Councils Investment Policy

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                   Moved: Clr Hadid                 Seconded: Clr Rhodes

 

That Council considers and adopts the amended Investment Policy.

 

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

 


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ITEM NO:       CORP 05

FILE NO:        084313.2020

SUBJECT:     Investment Report March 2020

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                   Moved: Clr Hadchiti             Seconded: Clr Hadid

 

That Council receives and notes this report.

 

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

 

 


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City Infrastructure and Environment Report

 

ITEM NO:       INF 01

FILE NO:        051729.2020

SUBJECT:     Upgrades to Whitlam Leisure Centre

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                   Moved: Clr Rhodes              Seconded: Clr Harle

 

That Council:

 

  1. Receives and notes this report with amendment to include the feasibility of solar panels on exhibition hall roof with the necessary power to run the Air Conditioning System.      

         

2.     Notes that identified works will be included in next year’s capital works program (if feasible) following completion of all required investigations and design be included in Council’s 2019/20 works program.

 

3.     Seek appropriate grants for the project.

 

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


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ITEM NO:       INF 02

FILE NO:        052678.2020

SUBJECT:     Roads in Middleton Grange and Western Sydney Parklands

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                   Moved: Clr Hadchiti             Seconded: Clr Hadid

 

That Council:

 

  1. Receives and notes this report; and

 

  1. Notes that a program of improvement works covering the identified rural roads will be included in Council’s 2019/20 works program.

 

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

 

Councillors voted unanimously for this motion.

 

 


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ITEM NO:       INF 03

FILE NO:        058439.2020

SUBJECT:     Conservation of Koala Habitat Corridors

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                   Moved: Clr Rhodes              Seconded: Clr Harle

 

That Council:

 

  1. Receives and notes this report;

         

  1. Investigate virtual fencing to mitigate road kill of Koalas at kill hotspots in Liverpool;

 

  1. Meet with Featherdale Wildlife Park in time to contribute the response to issues raised in:

 

a)      INF 04 Animal Holding Facility; and

b)      NOM 02 Animal Shelter.

 

  1. Notes that a further report will be provided following completion of investigations into the outcomes of the feasibility of provision of a koala hospital and sanctuary within the LGA by the May/June/July Council meeting 2020; and

 

  1. Negotiates with other councils bordering Liverpool.

 

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


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ITEM NO:       INF 04

FILE NO:        083909.2020

SUBJECT:     Animal Holding Facility

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                   Moved: Clr Rhodes              Seconded: Clr Hadchiti

 

That Council:

 

  1. Receives and notes this report.

         

  1. Identifies land that can accommodate a permanent animal shelter and possible Koala sanctuary in the Liverpool LGA (if the Koala Sanctuary is not provided for in the Western Sydney Parklands) and includes a possible animal training and exercise facility.    

 

  1. Prepare a report on costs to:

 

a)    build a temporary animal holding facility on the current site if a long term lease could be arranged with the current owner for a period necessary for Council to build its new permanent facility.       

 

b)    build a temporary holding facility on the Rossmore Grange site land while the permanent facilities are being built.

 

c)     time it would take to build temporary and permanent facilities.    

                  

d)    inclusive of concept designs, costing and funding strategy for the building of the proposed animal holding facilities both temporary and permanent that is comparative to the current facility.

 

e)    an option to include a possible Koala Sanctuary with a third party if interested in a joint venture and agrees to its management of the sanctuary operation.

 

f)      The report to be presented back to the May Council Meeting 2020.

 

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

 

Councillors voted unanimously for this motion.

 


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Committee Reports

 

ITEM NO:       CTTE 01

FILE NO:        081065.2020

SUBJECT:     Minutes of the Liverpool Community Safety and Crime Prevention Advisory Committee meeting held on 5 March 2020

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                   Moved: Clr Rhodes              Seconded: Clr Hadid 

 

That Council receives and notes the Minutes of the Liverpool Community Safety and Crime Prevention Advisory Committee Meeting held on 5 March 2020.

 

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

 


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ITEM NO:       CTTE 02

FILE NO:        081615.2020

SUBJECT:     Liverpool Sports Committee Minutes of meeting held 5 March 2020

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                  Moved: Clr Rhodes             Seconded: Clr Hadid

 

That Council receives and notes the Minutes of the Liverpool Sports Committee Meeting held on 5 March 2020.

 

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

 

 


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ITEM NO:       CTTE 03

FILE NO:        081925.2020

SUBJECT:     Meeting Notes of the Liverpool Youth Council meeting held on 12 February 2020 and Minutes of the Liverpool Youth Council meeting held on 4 March 2020

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                  Moved: Clr Rhodes              Seconded: Clr Hadid

 

That Council:

 

  1. Receives and notes the Meeting Notes of the Liverpool Youth Council meeting held on 12 February 2020; and

 

  1. Receives and notes the Minutes of the Liverpool Youth Council meeting held on 4 March 2020.

 

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

 


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ITEM NO:       CTTE 04

FILE NO:        082104.2020

SUBJECT:     Minutes of the Aboriginal Consultative Committee meeting held on 19 February 2020

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                  Moved: Clr Rhodes              Seconded: Clr Hadid

 

That Council receives and notes the Minutes of the Aboriginal Consultative Committee Meeting held on 19 February 2020.

 

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

 

 


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ITEM NO:       CTTE 05

FILE NO:        047601.2020

SUBJECT:     Minutes of the Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee Meeting held on 7 February 2020

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                   Moved: Clr Rhodes             Seconded: Clr Hadid

 

That Council receives and notes the Minutes of the Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee Meeting held on 7 February 2020.

 

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

 


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ITEM NO:       CTTE 06

FILE NO:        057499.2020

SUBJECT:     Minutes of the Tourism and CBD Committee meeting held on 11 February 2020

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                   Moved: Clr Shelton              Seconded: Clr Rhodes

 

That Council:

 

1.     Receive and note the Minutes of the Tourism and CBD Committee meeting held on 11 February 2020, noting that the first motion shown on page 337 of the Council Agenda (and shown below) has lapsed in the circumstances.

 

                   MOTION: Report from City Economy team if there are any ongoing impacts of                 the corona virus on Liverpool’s economy.

 

2.     Endorse the other recommendations and actions in the Minutes

 

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

 


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ITEM NO:       CTTE 07

FILE NO:        089335.2020

SUBJECT:     Minutes of the Liverpool Pedestrian, Active Transport and Traffic Committee meeting held on 18 March 2020

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                   Moved: Clr Rhodes             Seconded: Clr Hadid

 

That Council adopts the following recommendations of the Committee:

 

Item 1 - Jedda Road, Prestons - Proposed Line marking Scheme

 

·        Council approves separation ‘BB’ and ‘S1’ line marking, as well as ‘E1’ edge line marking on both sides of the Jedda Road section east of Joadja Road to provide a single traffic and parking lane in both directions.

 

Item 2 - George Street and Lachlan Street intersection, Liverpool – Proposed Roundabout

 

·        Council approves the construction of a single lane roundabout at the George Street and Lachlan Street intersection, Liverpool.

 

Item 3 - 365-405 Denham Court Road, Leppington – Proposed Roundabout and Signs and line marking Scheme for the subdivision

 

·        Council approves installation of a single lane roundabout and raised thresholds at three intersections and regulatory signs and line marking scheme in the new subdivision.

·        Detailed designs of the roundabout, raised thresholds and signs and line marking scheme addressing the Committee’s comments are to be submitted to TfNSW for endorsement prior to installation.

 

Item 4 - 68 Speed Street, Liverpool – Proposed Car Park

 

·        Council approves signs and line marking within the proposed carpark at the intersection of Speed Street, Mill Road and Shepherd Street, Liverpool.

·        Detailed design addressing the following comments are be submitted to the Committee Technical Members for endorsement prior to installation:

Raised threshold across the northern Speed Street approach to the Speed Street/Mill Road roundabout.

The proposed driveway design off Speed Street restricted to entry only.

The informal opening in the median island (in the Speed Street northern approach) being closed to form part of the splitter island.

Additional pedestrian access from the south west corner to Shepherd Street.

 

Item 5 - Stroud Avenue, Warwick Farm – Proposed Parking Restriction

 

·        Council approves in-principle 4P, 7am-6pm MON-FRI, 8am-1pm SAT restrictions, along a section of Stroud Avenue (opposite Rosedale Oval), subject to TfNSW’s endorsement.

 

Item 6 - Marsden Road, Liverpool - Proposed Raised Pedestrian Crossing

 

·        Council approves upgrade of the existing combined pedestrian crossing facility in front of Marsden Road Public School to a raised marked combined crossing and removal of the adjacent speed hump.

 

Item 7 - Cecil Hills Various Streets – Request for Traffic Calming Devices

 

·        Council undertakes community consultation with Lancaster Avenue, Spencer Road and Edinburgh Circuit residents, and if supported prepare and present detailed designs of speed humps to a future Committee meeting.

 

Item 9 - Ganeshotsava Special Event – Street Parade, Liverpool on 30 August 2020.

 

·        Council classify the ’Ganeshostsava Procession’ through the Liverpool city centre on 30 August 2020, as a Class 2 Special Event with all associated conditions including:

Submission of a Traffic Management Plan to TfNSW for endorsement

Police approval for the management of the associated rolling road closures

Advertisement of the event in local newspapers

Road Occupancy License to be obtained from Transport Management Centre.

 

Item 10 - Various Streets - Community Requests for Minor Traffic Facilities

 

·        Council approves Installation of a ‘Bus Zone’ along the southern side of Cabramatta Avenue, Miller, in front of Michael Wenden Aquatic Leisure Centre.

·        Council approves installation of separation (S1) and edge (E1) line markings in sections of Talana Hill Drive, between Bergendal Drive and Jardine Drive, Edmondson Park, as shown the report.

 

Item 11 - Bernera Road and Greenway Drive, Edmondson Park – Proposed traffic facilities

including signs and line marking

 

·        Council approves signs and line marking scheme along sections of Bernera Road and Greenway Drive, and installation of a roundabout at Bernera Road and Henderson Road intersection.

 

Item 12 - 220 McIver Avenue and 195 Southern Cross Avenue, Middleton Grange - Signs

and line marking

 

·        Council approves signs and line marking scheme along sections of Flight Circuit and McIver Avenue and associated intersections.

 

Item 13 - Items Approved Under Delegated Authority

 

·        Notes the traffic facilities approved under Delegated Authority between 9 January 2020 and 8 March 2020. 

 

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

 


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ITEM NO:       CTTE 08

FILE NO:        089598.2020

SUBJECT:     Minutes of the Strategic Panel Meetings held on 3 March and 9 March 2020

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                  Moved: Clr Rhodes              Seconded: Clr Hadid

 

That Council receives and notes the Minutes of the Strategic Panel Meetings held on 3 March and 9 March 2020.      

 

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

 


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ITEM NO:       CTTE 09

FILE NO:        089732.2020

SUBJECT:     Minutes of Budget Review Panel 20 March 2020

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                  Moved: Clr Rhodes               Seconded: Clr Hadid

 

That Council adopts the minutes of the Budget Review Panel meeting held on 20 March 2020.

 

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

 

 


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Questions with Notice

 

ITEM NO:       QWN 01

FILE NO:        065430.2020

SUBJECT:     Question with Notice - Clr Balloot - Cyber Security and Operating Expenditure

 

Please address the following:

  1. Does Liverpool council have its cyber security policies up to date to meet the current cyber security threats?

 

  1. Does Liverpool council have its IT policy for security and disaster recovery in place to meet the challenges in 2020 and beyond?

 

  1. Please advise if Liverpool council operating expenditure exceeds their operating revenue for 2020?

Response

 

  1. Does Liverpool council have its cyber security policies up to date to meet the current cyber security threats?

 

Liverpool City Council’s Cyber Security Standard was developed and implemented in December 2019. This is an important component in Council’s overall approach to manage cyber security threats across the organisation. The standard is designed to ensure Council is resilient, current and emerging risks are appropriately managed, mitigated and monitored and a level of expectation is established. Council has an extensive project list geared around cyber security which is led by the IT Business Unit such as;

 

o   complying with the ASD 8 which has been developed by the ACSC Australian Cyber Security Centre https://www.cyber.gov.au/publications/essential-eight-maturity-model

o   Upgrading of councils Firewalls which is currently being implemented with all the latest features

o   Adoption of Multifactor Authentication

o   Security patching of all councils’ systems

o   Annual Testing (which is currently being conducted)

§   Vulnerability Scanning of internal network

§   External Penetration testing

§   Internal penetration testing

o   Ensuring correct user permissions and delegations by auditing user access of corporate systems on a regular basis.

o   Running phishing campaigns across council

o   User awareness training programs

o   Keeping logs of cyber security threats

o   Upgrading councils Email security

o   Council system backups (Daily backups)

o   We are also register with the Cyber Security advisory board.

Attached in the Agenda is an extract from the “Report on Local Government 2019” by the NSW Audit Office which was published in March 2020 (Pages 41 to 46).  As shown in this extract, Council is well positioned and has a mature cyber security framework when compared to its peers in the Local Government Sector. Council’s program of works ensures that it keeps up to date with best practice and to protect the integrity of Council’s data and information.

 

 

  1. Does Liverpool council have its IT policy for security and disaster recovery in place to meet the challenges in 2020 and beyond?

 

Council has a Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) which aligns with Council’s BCP (Business Continuity Plan). The DRP was revised in October 2019. As part of this revision, the DRP was submitted to ARIC and subsequently endorsed prior to being finalised.

 

At a high level, the scope of the DRP is based on 2 possible scenarios for System Recovery:

 

1)    A catastrophic failure and/or unavailability of the entire production Virtual Datacentre infrastructure. This includes loss of power and access to the datacentre and its main buildings for a prolonged period of time.

 

2)    A system specific failure that would result in data loss if restored from a previous backup and the impact caused by the recovery time if data needs to be restored from backup Disks or Tapes.

This DRP details disaster recovery plans for various systems and infrastructure.  For instance, there is a DRP for each core application. The DRP does not replace the need for having a backup solution, but instead complements it by providing the ability to quickly recovery systems in the scenario of a data backup failure.

 

Council is committed to peer reviewing this towards the end of the calendar year to ensure it is up to date and all risks and best practices are considered. 

 

Council IT, as part of Audit Office requirements and internal best practice assessments, conduct on a cyclical basis, auditing of user permissions and access to core application and IT Systems. This is to ensure appropriate permissions and access along with maintaining data integrity.

 

  1. Please advise if Liverpool council operating expenditure exceeds their operating revenue for 2020?

 

The OLG Code of Accounting Practice and Financial Reporting requires Councils to include in its audited annual statements performance matrices, including “operating performance ratio” which measures the extent to which Council has succeeded in containing operating expenditure within operating revenue. The benchmark is greater than 0%.

 

Table below provided historical and projected results for 2019/20:

 

Actual

2015/16

Actual

2016/17

Actual

2017/18

Actual

2018/19

Original

Budget 2019/20

Revised

Budget

2019/20

Forecast

Post-Covid19

2019/20

 

-2.63%

 

 

2.40%

 

5.43%

 

6.39%

 

-4.07%

 

-4.01%

 

-4.92%

 

The negative result in 2015/16 is due to significant expenditure on asbestos waste remediation.

 


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ITEM NO:       QWN 02

FILE NO:        065448.2020

SUBJECT:     Question with Notice - Clr Balloot - Forum - National Redress Scheme of survivors of institutional child sexual abuse

 

Please address the following:

On Thursday 5th of March I attended the special briefing by New South Wales Attorney General the Honorable Mark Speakman regarding the National redress scheme is part of the federal government response to the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse.

Council, and Mayors specifically, have new obligations under these reforms, which the state government has committed to.

While historically cases of child abuse in councils and council-run institutions are expected to be rare, councils were signed up to the national redress scheme by the New South Wales government, which will underwrite any financial liability.

Does Liverpool council have a policy on child sexual abuse?

 

Response

The Children’s Guardian Act was passed on 21 November 2019 to implement the recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Under this Act, there are legal statutory requirements for all councils including:

  • Implementing the Royal Commission’s 10 Child Safe Standards;
  • The development of a Child Protection Policy that covers all Council departments;
  • A working group to consider and embed child safe practices across Council; and

·       A designated Child Safety Officer position/s from existing staff profiles to carry out the functions requiring regulatory compliance.

 

The Community Development and Planning team are leading Council's implementation of the Children's Guardian Act requirements, including the drafting of a Child Protection Policy. 

In accordance with the statutory requirements of the Act, Council has established a Child Safe Working Group. This working group includes representatives from each directorate and is leading the development of a Child Protection Policy. Although not all Council staff work directly with children, the child safe practices include measures for upholding children’s rights. These include: children’s participation in decisions that affect them; and ensuring anyone working with children in any capacity understands the child’s rights, child protection, safety and wellbeing. Some of the practical implications for Council include Council events, activities, surveys, workshops, community engagement, school engagement, recruitment of staff, ethical procurement (not using companies implemented in child exploitation) and competitions.

Council will be provided with regular updates of the implementation of the Children’s Guardian Act requirements.

 


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ITEM NO:       QWN 03

FILE NO:        065466.2020

SUBJECT:     Question with Notice - Clr Balloot - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

Please address the following:

We have over 100 Coronavirus cases confirmed in Australia, including three deaths up-to-date (11 March 2020).

We have 54 Confirmed cases in NSW up to date (11 March 2020).

 

What measures is Council taking to ensure the safety of our staff and residents from the spread of Coronavirus?

 

What measures is Council taking to ensure to the support of small business in our LGA?

 

Response

Council has undertaken extensive work to ensure the safety of our staff and residents from the spread of coronavirus. All staff who are able to are working from home; teams have been split to ensure business continuity; and additional safety precautions implemented on continuing worksites, including City Presentation. Regular and continuing updates on Council’s response, as well as Federal and NSW Government safety advice, have been communicated with residents. Councillors were provided with an extensive briefing by Council staff on Thursday 2 April and Wednesday 8 April. A comprehensive package of 19 initiatives was then endorsed by Councillors at an Extraordinary Council meeting on 16 April.

 


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ITEM NO:       QWN 04

FILE NO:        067198.2020

SUBJECT:     Question with Notice - Clr Hagarty - Brontos

 

Please address the following:

Previously the nearest Brontos were located at St Andrews and Parramatta. Is this still the case?

Response

Fire & Rescue NSW have informed Council that St Andrews does not have a Bronto but Parramatta does. They have also advised that if there is a fire at Liverpool it would be serviced by the Bronto at Parramatta.

Attached in the Agenda is a letter from the Minister for Police and Emergency Services to the Mayor dated 3 August from 2018 concerning the location of the Bronto.

 


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ITEM NO:       QWN 05

FILE NO:        069301.2020

SUBJECT:     Question with Notice - Clr Shelton - Event Cancellations

 

Please provide:

 

i.                A list of all Council events cancelled or postponed over the last twelve months due to extreme weather events;

 

ii.              A list of all Council events cancelled or postponed over the preceding twelve months due to extreme weather events; and

 

iii.             iii. An estimate as to the costs arising from item (i).

 

 

Response

 

A list of all Council events cancelled or postponed over the last twelve months due to extreme weather events

An estimate as to the costs arising from item (i).

 

A list of all Council events cancelled or postponed over the preceding twelve months due to extreme weather events

Major Events

No major events have been cancelled due to extreme weather events in the last twelve months (March 2019 - March 2020).

·       The NYE pyrotechnics display was cancelled, but the event proceeded.

Cost to Council was the $15,000 forfeited deposit, and a credit was issued for the pyrotechnic product to use at a future event.

In the preceding 12 months (March 2018 - March 2019) no Major Events were cancelled due to extreme weather events, and all events were executed in full.

City Economy

·       Movies in the Mall 4 October – Wind

 

$123.60

 

None

·       Movies in the Mall

4 December – Smoke

 

No cost

 

 

 

·       Love Livo Nights 5 March – Heavy rain

 

Still in cancellation process current costs $1343.32

 

 

 

·       Love Livo Nights 5 December – Postponed to January due to smoke

 

Cancellation cost was $3146.75

 

 

Library & Museum Services

·       Outdoor Cinema

2001: A Space Odyssey

(One Small Step Moon Landing exhibition)

 

High wind weather forecast

Cost to Council was $2,032.00. Hired furniture, heaters, barriers, toilets had been delivered onsite from Pillingers Hiring Service.

None

·       Outdoor Cinema

The Dish

(One Small Step Moon Landing exhibition)

 

Decided not to proceed due to potential weather risk

Cost to Council was the $312.75 for security

Community Development and Planning

·       Stop DV Day (6 December 2019). Postponed due to smoke    

Council provided a $10,000 Corporate Sponsorship Grant for this project. The group has been granted an extension of the funding to deliver the event at a later stage.

None

·       Christmas in Carnes Hill

(19 December 2019)

smoke hazard and excessive temperature (over 40 degrees)

Cost to Council was $10,780.41, $3,256.00 of which was issued as credit to use at a future event

 

 

·       Outdoor Cinema in Carnes Hill (6 March 2020) –

Heavy rain

Cost to Council was

$4,125.20, $2,550.00 of which was issued as credit to use at a future event.

In the preceding 12 months, there were two events at Carnes Hill that were cancelled due to extreme weather:

- Movie under the stars (October 2018) Heavy rain

 

- Summer holiday movie

  (January 2019) Thunderstorms

 

·       Memories in the Mall

(13 February 2020)

Cancelled due to rain.

 $1485 paid to performer. Artist is holding this amount as a deposit for a later event.

Civic and Citizenship

·       John Dwyer Bridge relaunch  (19 November 2019)

Cancelled due to extreme hot weather.

$2500 for infrastructure delivered on the day.

No citizenships or civic events cancelled from March 2018 to March 2019. All events were executed in full.

 

TOTAL:         $49,364.03

CREDITS:      $19,831.20

NET COST  $29,532.83

 


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ITEM NO:       QWN 06

FILE NO:        069345.2020

SUBJECT:     Question with Notice - Clr Balloot - Civic Place

 

 

Please address the following:

  1. Has council done an internal audit report in recent times?

 

  1. Did any of the Councillors view the signed contract between Liverpool Council and Buildcorp Australia for the construction of Civic Place?

 

  1. Can you advise why the cost for the Civic Place has risen from an estimated $75 million in 2016 to $195 million currently?

 

Response

  1. Has council done an internal audit report in recent times?

 

LCP has been subjected to probity and scrutiny by a number of independent probity advisors and the Council’s Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee. No Internal audits have been performed on the Liverpool Civic Place project until now.

 

The Head of Audit, Risk and Improvement has now prioritised an audit of LCP, after the QWN raised by Councillor Hadchiti. The audit scope for the proposed audit was presented at the 19 March 2020 Councillor briefing with no additional concerns noted at the time. An external audit firm has subsequently been appointed on 6 April 2020 to conduct this review.

 

  1. Did any of the Councillors view the signed contract between Liverpool Council and Buildcorp Australia for the construction of Civic Place?

 

No, Councillors have not yet viewed the signed contract. Council resolved on 29 October 2019, in relation to LCP, to amongst other things, “Delegate authority to the CEO to negotiate and execute any changes to the Project Development Agreement with Built Holdings Pty Ltd.....”. Councillors have been provided with access to the executed agreement.

 

  1. Can you advise why the cost for the Civic Place has risen from an estimated $75 million in 2016 to $195 million currently?

 

Liverpool Civic Place (LCP) was approved by Council in June 2016 with a Total Project Cost estimated at $87m. Since then, LCP has gone through many changes since the initial concept plan in 2016.

 

The key change has been an increase in the Council Works scope, from the initial 7,000 sqm of Council offices, 6,000 sqm Commercial /UoW office space and 3,000 sqm Library, for a total of 16,000 sqm to a now current total of 22,500 sqm.

 

This new Council Works scope represents a 41% increase in area and now includes 8,500 sqm Commercial/UoW space, 8,000 sqm Council offices, Council Chambers and Childcare and 5,000 sqm of City Library.

 

In addition to the above scope increase and associated additional building costs, it should be noted the cost escalation, increase in construction costs per annum, had been running at 4-5% pa and were forecast to continue at these rates for the term of the project i.e. 2-3 years.

 

It should also be noted, that the current LCP Total Project Cost at $195m now includes provision for this forecast escalation($4m), in addition to further design and project contingencies($16m) on advice of our consultants.

 

All of the above information, including the increase to the Council Works scope, has been presented in detail to Councillors and reported numerous times to Council, including the latest report and endorsement in October 2018.

 


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ITEM NO:       QWN 07

FILE NO:        098282.2020

SUBJECT:     Question with Notice - Clr Hadchiti - Trees

 

Please address the following:

1.     What progress has been made with the grant to plant trees across the City Centre?

 

  1. Some trees on Council owned land create issues for resident’s sewer and stormwater pipe systems. Besides leaving a hole in the ground when this occurs and waiting for Council to inspect pipes and confirm the roots are creating a problem, is there another solution for confirmation?

 

A response to these questions will be provided in the 27 May 2020 Council meeting business papers.

 

 

Motion:                                   Moved: Clr Hadchiti            Seconded: Clr Hagarty

 

That Council move into Closed Session at the end of this meeting to deal with this item pursuant to the provisions of s10A(2)(a) of the Local Government Act because it contains personal matters concerning particular individuals (other than councillors).   

 

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

 

Note: this item was dealt with later in the meeting in Closed Section as shown on page number 67 of these minutes.

 

 

PRESENTATIONS BY COUNCILLORS

 

Nil.


 

ITEM NO:       EGROW 10

FILE NO:        098127.2020

SUBJECT:     Timing of Section 7.11 & 7.12 Payments

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                   Moved: Clr Hadchiti             Seconded: Clr Hadid

 

That Council:

 

1.       Exhibit concurrently the amendments included in this report to:

1.1    Liverpool Contributions Plan 2009,

1.2    Liverpool Contributions Plan 2008 - Edmondson Park,

1.3    Liverpool Contributions Plan 2014 - East Leppington 2014,

1.4    Liverpool Contributions Plan 2014 - Austral and Leppington North,

1.5    Liverpool Contributions Plan 2018 - Liverpool City Centre and

1.6    Liverpool Contributions Plan 2018 - Established Areas

 

in accordance with the requirements of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and regulations;

 

2.       Delegates to the CEO authority to adopt the amendments to the Contributions Plans; and

 

3.       Endorse the interim approach to conditioning development approvals prior to formalising the amendment to the Contributions Plans.

 

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


Notices of Motion

 

ITEM NO:       NOM 01

FILE NO:        094925.2020

SUBJECT:     Wildlife Protection Special Levy

 

BACKGROUND

 

The recent devastation of Australian wildlife through drought, fire and floods has made it vitally important that everything possible is being done to protect and promote their survival in an environment that is becoming increasingly hostile to them.

 

Australia’s international identity and tourism that contributes $57.3 billon to the Australian economy has to be retained at all costs.

 

We can no longer, not consider the harm that the urban sprawl is doing to the habitats of our wildlife and all levels of government including local government must have a unified understanding of the issues and a unified approach to the solutions needed.

 

Liverpool Council has to do its part. It is no longer a question of identifying established wildlife corridors, it is now a necessity for Liverpool Council to create safe corridors. To plant koala feeder trees within these corridors and most important to connect all corridors with neighbouring LGA’s and with safe road crossings where they are necessary in linking the corridors.

 

It is important more than ever that Liverpool Council continues discussions with the Department of Defence to make available corridors through their land to protect and nurture Australian wildlife.

 

It is important the wildlife corridors are created, locally, throughout the State of NSW and Nationally in order to provide Australian wildlife with access to routes without fences to escape any future fire threats.

 

It is not acceptable that 800 million of Australia’s wildlife was impacted by the recent fires. It is not acceptable, that although Liverpool was not impacted in the recent fires, it is not acceptable that Liverpool does not respond to the warning and make sure we have done all that is possible to protect wildlife for not if it happens but when it happens in Liverpool.

 

NOTICE OF MOTION (submitted by Clr Rhodes)

 

That Council

 

1.    Recognises the importance of wildlife protection and the economic benefits that Australian wildlife continues to contribute through tourism to the local and national economies;

 

2.    Nominate a percentage proportion of the Environment Levy to be used to support wildlife protection through the Liverpool LGA; and

 

3.    Provides all reports and communications in relation to all the above work already carried out and/or implemented by Council to Councillors.

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                   Moved: Clr Rhodes              Seconded: Clr Harle

 

That Council provides a percentage of the Environment Protection Levy for the protection of Wildlife in the Liverpool LGA providing the Environment Protection Levy accepts the protection of habitat for wildlife as being one of its responsibilities.

 

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

 


 


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ITEM NO:       NOM 02

FILE NO:        097686.2020

SUBJECT:     Animal Shelter

 

NOTICE OF MOTION (submitted by Clr Ayyad)

 

That Council:

 

1.   Direct the CEO to prepare a planning proposal amending Schedule 1 (Additional Permitted Uses) of Appendix 8 – Liverpool Growth Centres Precinct Plan contained within State Environmental Planning Policy (Sydney Region Growth Centres) 2006 to permit with development consent an animal shelter, also known as an “animal boarding or training establishment” under the Standard Instrument LEP on the land bordered by Fourth Ave, Fifth Ave, Edmonson Ave, and Bringelly Rd. This includes WV Scott Memorial Park; and

 

2.   Notes that the advice of the Liverpool Local Planning Panel is required before Council considers whether or not to forward the planning proposal to Minister for a Gateway determination.

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                   Moved: Clr Ayyad                Seconded: Clr Hadid 

 

That Council defer this item to the next council meeting to be discussed as part of the Animal Shelter Location report.

 

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

 


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ITEM NO:       NOM 03

FILE NO:        098221.2020

SUBJECT:     Economic Development Committee Meetings

 

BACKGROUND

 

Liverpool Council has experienced an unprecedented situation as a cause of the Coronavirus.

 

It can be observed now that there are emerging demands and priorities for Council to be able to achieve the best outcomes both economically and socially for Liverpool’s recovery.

 

Experience can now show that there are State and Federal initiatives and changes made both National and in NSW on a daily to weekly basis that have enormous considerations on Councils decisions. The decisions made daily have impacts on the decisions of Council and the directions that Council has to take in order to deliver the most effective and expedient directions for Council and our constituents.

 

At the extraordinary meeting on the 16 April, it became more obvious than ever that business as usual by Council in holding meetings, even on a weekly basis, can and has put the decisions of Council one week behind the latest directives and initiatives by both the State and Federal Governments.

 

The issues considered at the Extraordinary meeting were issues raised by Council the previous week and by the time of the meeting a week later, the Federal Council was already announcing its intention to possibly move to a recovery stage in less than three weeks’ time.

 

The Recovery stage implementation was not the focus of the extraordinary meeting as Council was still focused on implementing measures to soften the economic hardships in the belief, as expressed one week before by the Federal Government and before the Council Extraordinary meeting, that we were in this for the long haul and that the lockdown measures may even be a part of the new normality.

 

Just one week later after the announcements we were in this for the long haul and actually on the night of the Extraordinary meeting the Federal Government announced a new direction that initiated plans for the recovery to begin in just three weeks.

 

The matters addressed at the Extraordinary meeting of Council discussed measures to enable Liverpool to be able to survive the possible ongoing pandemic for at least 3 months and possibly 18 months, this of course as we now know was not the directive from the Federal Government on the night of the Extraordinary meeting and it was announced that it was likely lockdown restrictions would begin being lifted in just three weeks’ time.


 

This has highlighted the need for Council to be more flexible than the business as usual approach in lead times for meetings. It has shown the need for the opportunity for the frequent changes to be discussed in open forums on a regular basis, in order for Council to be in step with the timing of and decisions made in this very volatile time.

 

The most significant department of Council to lead Liverpool in the recovery process is Economic and Development section of Council, they need councillor engagement as the representatives of the community to be a part of the very important flow of information from the community into that decision making.

 

The decisions have to be flexible and decisive to meet what might be a very fast moving bumpy ride as both the Federal and State Governments will no doubt be making their state and national directives on a daily basis.

 

Council and Councillors needs to do more to meet the demands of the situation in order to deliver the most effectual decisions and directions for the recovery of the Liverpool social order and economy.

 

I as a Councillor as I am sure all other Councillors want to do whatever is needed in their duty of care for the constituents who elected us to represent them.

 

Together we can lead the direction for Liverpool’s social and economic recovery by all working together with the department who is in charge of that recovery.

 

I ask for the opportunity as a councillor be able to contribute to the ideas, the constituent feedback and the discussion and reporting on measuring of the initiatives success through weekly meetings of the Economic and Development team of Council.

 

NOTICE OF MOTION (submitted by Clr Rhodes)

 

That Council hold weekly economic development committee meetings open to Councillors to address the changing needs in the recovery process for Liverpool as a result of Covid 19.

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                   Moved: Clr Rhodes              Seconded: Clr Hadchiti

 

That Council:

 

1.          Include in the monthly Briefing meeting agenda, a report addressing the: 

  

a)   Actions taken by Council to address the economic challenges as a result of the Covid Pandemic.

 

 

b)   The results of the actions taken by Council to address the economic challenges as a result of the Covid Pandemic.

 

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

 

 

Confidential Items

ITEM NO:       CONF 01

FILE NO:        072820.2020

SUBJECT:     Independent Members of the Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee Term of Office Extension

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                   Moved: Clr Shelton              Seconded: Clr Harle

 

That Council:

 

1.   Approve an extension of the current term of office for the Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee Chair and independent members for an additional 1-year term to September 2021; and

 

2.   Approve an optional 1-year option should the new OLG pre-qualification for ARIC members not be operational by August 2021.

 

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

 


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ITEM NO:       CONF 02

FILE NO:        277900.2019

SUBJECT:     Acquisition - Clermont Park, Lot 4601 in DP 1248502 - Edmondson Park, for open space purposes

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                   Moved: Clr Shelton              Seconded: Clr Kaliyanda

 

That Council:

 

1.    Approves the acquisition of Clermont Park, being Lot 4601 in DP 1248502, land bounded by Guillemont Road, Bezentin Ridge Road, Buchan Avenue and Faulkner Way, Edmondson Park, for the price and terms outlined in this report;

 

2.    Upon settlement of the acquisition, classifies Lot 4601 in DP 1248502 as ‘Community’ land;

 

3.    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 the Council is conducting (or proposes to conduct) business; and

 

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

 

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


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ITEM NO:       CONF 03

FILE NO:        070566.2020

SUBJECT:     Hammondville Park Leisure Precinct

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                  Moved: Clr Harle                  Seconded: Clr Hagarty

 

That Council deal with this item in Closed Session later in the meeting pursuant to the provisions of s10A(2)(c) (d i) 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; AND commercial information of a confidential nature that would, if disclosed prejudice the commercial position of the person who supplied it.

 

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

 

Note: this item was dealt with later in the meeting in Closed Section as shown on page number 68 of these minutes.

 


 


ITEM NO:       CONF 04

FILE NO:        088908.2020

SUBJECT:     Acquisition of Lot 1046 DP2475 and being 255 Sixth Avenue, Austral

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                  Moved: Clr Harle                  Seconded: Clr Karnib

 

That Council:

 

  1. Approves the acquisition of Lot 1046 DP2475, being 255 Sixth Avenue, Austral on the terms outlined in this confidential report;

 

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

 

  1. Resolves to classify Lot 1046 DP2475 as “operational” land in accordance with the Local Government Act, 1993; and

 

  1. 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.

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


69

ITEM NO:       CONF 05

FILE NO:        090824.2020

SUBJECT:     Legal Affairs Report - 1 January 2020 to 31 March 2020

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                  Moved: Clr Harle                  Seconded: Clr Hagarty

 

That Council move into Closed Session later in the meeting to deal with this item pursuant to the provisions of s10A(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.

 

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

 

Note: this item was dealt with later in the meeting in Closed Section as shown on page number 69 of these minutes.

 

 


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ITEM NO:       CONF 06

FILE NO:        093323.2020

SUBJECT:     Tender WT2892 - Phillips Park Redevelopment

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                   Moved: Clr Kaliyanda          Seconded: Clr Karnib

 

That Council: 

 

1.   Accepts the tender from HPAC Pty Ltd for Tender WT2892 - Phillips Park Redevelopment for a 52 week contract term at the corrected GST inclusive price of $13,634,393.30.

 

2.   Makes public its decision regarding Tender WT2892 - Phillips Park Redevelopment.

 

3.   Delegates the Chief Executive Officer to finalise all details and sign the Letter of Acceptance following publication of draft Minutes on Council website for the tender, giving it contractual effect, in accordance with delegated authority.

 

4.   This report has been brought to Council because the Chief Executive Officer’s instrument of delegation, approved by Council in accordance with the current provisions of section 377 of the Local Government Act 1993, only permits the Chief Executive Officer to accept tenders up to a value of $2 million.

 

5.   Keeps confidential the details supplied in this report containing information on the submissions received, pursuant to the provisions of Section 10A(2)(d)(i) of the Local Government Act 1993 as it contains commercial information of a confidential nature that would, if disclosed, prejudice the commercial position of the person who supplied it.

 

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

 

Vote for:           Mayor Waller, Clr Ayyad, Clr Balloot, Clr Hadchiti, Clr Hadid, Clr Hagarty, Clr Kaliyanda, Deputy Mayor Karnib and Clr Shelton.

Vote against:   Clr Harle and Clr Rhodes.

 


74

ITEM NO:       CONF 07

FILE NO:        057574.2020

SUBJECT:     Lurnea Council property - proposed sale

 

COUNCIL DECISION

                       

Motion:                                  Motion: Moved: Clr Harle    Seconded: Clr Hagarty

 

That Council move this item into Closed Session to be dealt with later in the meeting pursuant to the provisions of s10A(2)(c) (d ii) 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; AND commercial information of a confidential nature that would, if disclosed confer a commercial advantage on a competitor of the Council.’

 

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

 

Note: this item was dealt with later in the meeting in Closed Section as shown on page number 70 of these minutes.

 

CLOSED SESSION

 

Motion:                                  Moved: Clr Harle                  Seconded: Clr Hagarty

 

That Council move into Closed Session to consider QWN 07, CONF 03, CONF 05 and CONF 07 pursuant to the provisions of the Local Government Act 1993 shown below:

Item QWN 07 Question with Notice - Clr Hadchiti - Trees 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 CONF 03 - Hammondville Park Leisure Precinct is confidential pursuant to the provisions of s10A(2)(c) (d i) 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; AND commercial information of a confidential nature that would, if disclosed prejudice the commercial position of the person who supplied it.

 

Item CONF 05 Legal Affairs Report - 1 January 2020 to 31 March 2020 is confidential pursuant to the provisions of s10A(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.

Item CONF 07 Lurnea Council property - proposed sale  is confidential pursuant to the provisions of s10A(2)(c) (d ii) 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; AND commercial information of a confidential nature that would, if disclosed confer a commercial advantage on a competitor of the Council.

 

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

 

Recess

 

Mayor Waller called a 5 minute recess at 8.23pm.

 

Council moved into Closed Session at 8.28pm.

ITEM NO:       QWN 07

FILE NO:        098282.2020

SUBJECT:     Question with Notice - Clr Hadchiti - Trees

 

Please address the following:

  1. What progress has been made with the grant to plant trees across the City Centre?

 

  1. Some trees on Council owned land create issues for resident’s sewer and stormwater pipe systems. Besides leaving a hole in the ground when this occurs and waiting for Council to inspect pipes and confirm the roots are creating a problem, is there another solution for confirmation?

A response to these questions will be provided in the 27 May 2020 Council meeting business papers.

COUNCIL DECISION

Motion:                                  Moved: Clr Hadchiti            Seconded: Clr Balloot 

 

That Council

 

1.          Remove the small tree located on Council land in front of 10 Whelan Ave Chipping Norton (right hand side).

 

2.          Trim the larger tree located on Council land in front of 10 Whelan Ave Chipping Norton (left hand side) so that no branches overhang the side/back yard.

 

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

Mayor Waller, Clr Hagarty and Clr Shelton voted against the motion. 


ITEM NO:       CONF 03

FILE NO:        070566.2020

SUBJECT:     Hammondville Park Leisure Precinct

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                   Moved: Clr Hagarty              Seconded: Clr Karnib

 

That Council:

 

1.       Reject the current offer provided by the Moorebank Sports Club;

 

2.       Approve the development of a masterplan for Hammondville Park to enable the creation of a leisure precinct;

 

3.       Direct the CEO to provide sufficient funds for the proposed masterplan works in the 2020/2021 financial year budget;

 

4.       Seek State Government funding support for the creation of a commuter carpark at Hammondville Park to support the demand at Holsworthy Station;

 

5.       Seek State Government support for the creation of more frequent bus services to Holsworthy Train Station via Hammondville Park;

 

6.       Notes that Moorebank Sports Club is a major stakeholder in this process.

 

7.       Works constructively with Moorebank Sports Club on the development of a masterplan for Hammondville Park.

 

8.       Undertake community consultation.

 

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

Vote for:           Mayor Waller, Clr Ayyad, Clr Balloot, Clr Hadchiti, Clr Hadid, Clr Hagarty, Clr Kaliyanda, Deputy Mayor Karnib and Clr Shelton.

Vote against:   Clr Harle, Clr Rhodes.

 


 

ITEM NO:       CONF 05

FILE NO:        090824.2020

SUBJECT:     Legal Affairs Report - 1 January 2020 to 31 March 2020

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                   Moved: Clr Hadchiti             Seconded: Clr Hagarty

 

That Council receives and notes the report concerning the legal affairs of Liverpool City Council and note that the date of the DA lodged for item 13 attached to the Confidential report be corrected to 23 October 2019.

 

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

 


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ITEM NO:       CONF 07

FILE NO:        057574.2020

SUBJECT:     Lurnea Council property - proposed sale

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                   Moved: Clr Hagarty              Seconded: Clr Karnib

 

In light of Federal and State Government funding opportunities as a result of Covid-19, Council explore options to retain the site for public benefit.

 

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

 

Councillors voted unanimously for this motion.

 

OPEN SESSION

 

Council moved back into Open Session at 9.06pm.

 

Mayor Waller then read out the resolutions from the Closed Session.

 


 

 

THE MEETING CLOSED AT 9.09pm.

 

 

<Signature>

Name: Wendy Waller

Title:    Mayor

Date:   27 May 2020

I have authorised a stamp bearing my signature to be affixed to the pages of the Minutes of the Council Meeting held of 29 April 2020. I confirm that Council has adopted these Minutes as a true and accurate record of the meeting.

     


78

Ordinary Meeting

27 May 2020

City Economy and Growth Report

 

 

EGROW 01

Update on development of the Warwick Farm Precinct Structure Plan, Planning Proposal and Developer Contributions Plan

 

Strategic Direction

Generating Opportunity

Meet the challenges of Liverpool’s growing population

File Ref

051181.2020

Report By

Graham Matthews - Senior Strategic Planner

Approved By

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

 

 

Executive Summary

 

At its meeting of 11 December 2019, Council resolved (EGROW 02) to direct the CEO to engage consultants to prepare a structure plan, planning proposal and developer contributions plan for the Warwick Farm precinct to support a rezoning of the precinct. The Council resolved that the structure plan, planning proposal and developer contributions plans were to be considered by Council at the 27 May 2020 meeting.

 

Owing to the dislocation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the finalisation of the above by the consultant team has been delayed by 2-3 months. This report provides an update on the development of the structure plan, planning proposal and developer contributions plan including a revised timetable to present the above to the August 2020 Council meeting. The additional time will allow for more thorough consultation with Councillors prior to the structure plan being presented to Council.

 

The Community Participation Plan (CPP) 2019 requires that major planning proposals be placed on public exhibition for 28 days, with a report prepared for Council responding to submissions received. This initial consultation process occurs prior to Council deliberating on whether the planning proposal should be forwarded to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) for a Gateway determination. 

 

It is recommended that Council consider the draft structure plan for the Warwick Farm precinct when finalised by the consultant team in August 2020. Pending Council consideration, the draft structure plan, draft planning proposal and draft contributions plan would then be placed on public exhibition for 28 days. This gives the community an opportunity to have their say on the draft plans before they are finalised and allows for any amendments to the draft plans to be made prior to a decision by Council on whether to forward the planning proposal to the DPIE for a Gateway determination.

Alternatively, Council may choose to forward the planning proposal to DPIE for a Gateway determination, at its first opportunity, in August. If a Gateway determination is issued, formal public consultation will occur at that stage.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:

 

1.   Receives and notes this report; and

 

2.   Receives a further report on the draft structure plan, draft planning proposal and draft contributions plan for the Warwick Farm precinct at the 26 August 2020 Council meeting.

 

 

Report

 

Background

 

At its ordinary meeting of 11 December 2019, Council resolved the following in respect of EGROW 02:

 

That Council

 

1.   Notes the Sydney Western City Planning Panel’s decision on the planning proposal to rezone 240 Governor Macquarie Drive, Warwick Farm;

2.   Notes that the Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) confirms Council’s commitment that the Warwick Farm precinct should be investigated for a mix of uses, including residential development in the short term;

3.   Notes that Council’s vision for the Warwick Farm precinct is inconsistent with the Greater Sydney Commission’s (GSC) adopted Liverpool Collaboration Area Place Strategy and that this position has been communicated to the GSC on multiple occasions, including through the LSPS assurance process;

4.   Notes that a request has been made to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment for LEP Review funding to be reallocated for the development of a structure plan for the Warwick Farm precinct to implement actions of the Local Strategic Planning Statement;

5.   Notes that if the LEP funding reallocation request is unsuccessful, refer to point 6 below to develop a structure plan that address:

·    the appropriate density of development in the precinct, including built form; and

·    building typologies including height and floor space ratio development standards for:

i.          the open space, community and recreation facilities to support urban renewal;

ii.         likely traffic and transport upgrades;

iii.         amenity issues;

iv.        flooding considerations; and

v.         development contributions.

 

6.   Directs the CEO to allocate funding from the unrestrictive reserve and to prepare a structure plan for the Warwick Farm Racing precinct and a planning proposal to support a rezoning of the Warwick Farm Precinct from Scrivener Street to Hume Highway to Governor Macquarie Drive relevant to B4 with mixed business noting that zoning is consistent with the State Governments planning advice to maximise densities close to rail stations and this precinct is immediate to the Warwick Farm Railway station; and

a)   notes the AEC Report June 2017 specifically 27.3

“27.3 should the horse training stabling functions of Munday Street Precinct be viably relocated to the racecourse, opportunities arise for Munday Street Precinct and Lot 1 to collectively deliver a masterplanned outcome that incorporates a range of housing types, required urban and retail amenity as well as meet social/community infrastructure need”, and

b)   noting that there is a local Warwick Farm School and 5 other Schools already within the Liverpool CBD that are all within walking distance of this precinct and

c)   that the precinct has the most expensive recreational park in the LGA that could be made open to the public and that this Precinct is also within walking distance to the open space surrounding the Georges River, and

d)   that existing jobs in this precinct will be supported by B4 zoning as training facilities will be relocated on track, and work force will still live in the area close to their employment through the B4 zoning, and

e)   that the area below Shrivener Street to Georges river is already zoned Industrial and is best situated to be renewed as a Hi-tec education hospital and technology park, which will also provide job opportunities to support the increase in density in the B4 zoning and

f)    that there is already employment opportunities in the hospital universities race track and the Inglis hotel and function precinct and in the industrial site, and also at a shopping centre less than 100 metres from the Warwick Farm Racing Precinct

g)   that Moore Point and Hargrave Park will be also be identified on the structure Plan as the River Precinct separate from the Warwick Farm Racing Precinct, and

h)   as the River Precinct plans for Moore Point and Hargrave Park already exist there is no need to allocate funding for new plans.

7.   Advise the Greater Sydney Commission of Council’s decision.

8.   That Council grant an exemption to the tender process under Section 55(3) of the Local Government Act to permit the direct appointment of a planning consultant from Council’s planning consultant panel, on account of the urgency of this matter.

9.   The report to be submitted to the May 2020 Council meeting.

 

At the same meeting (11 December 2019), Council also resolved to give in principle support to the planning proposal request to rezone 240 Governor Macquarie Drive from B5 Business Development to part B4 Mixed Use and part R4 High Density Residential. That planning proposal request was amended as per Council’s resolution and submitted to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) requesting a Gateway determination on 27 February 2020. As at the date of finalisation of this report, DPIE was still considering Council's submission.

 

It is noted that Council resolved to rezone the entire Warwick Farm precinct “from Scrivener Street to Hume Highway to Governor Macquarie Drive relevant to B4” according to point 6 of the above resolution. While 240 Governor Macquarie Drive falls within this precinct and forms part of the structure plan, it will be rezoned separately pursuant to Council resolution as draft Liverpool Local Environmental Plan (LLEP) 2008 (Amendment 81).

 

Allocation of LEP review funding

 

As noted in point 4 of the resolution, a request has been made to DPIE for LEP review funding to be allocated for the development of the structure plan, planning proposal and developer contributions plan for the Warwick Farm precinct in order to implement actions of the Local Strategic Planning Statement. While Council planning staff are following up this request on a regular basis, no response has been received from DPIE at the time of finalisation of this report. Council has made a budget allocation from general funds to progress the development of the structure plan, planning proposal and developer contributions plan as provided for by Council resolution point 6.

 

Preparation of the structure plan

 

Pursuant to points 6 and 8 of the resolution, Council staff issued a Request for Quotation to five consultant firms who are members of Council’s planning consultant panel for a quote to complete the project.

 

The Warwick Farm Structure Plan project will:

 

·    Identify appropriate urban character, land uses, built form and building typologies;

·    Identify appropriate development standards including height, floor space ratio and minimum lot size;

·    Quantify development yields by type (such as residential, retail, commercial, community) resulting from urban renewal;

·    Identify open space, community and recreation facilities required to support urban renewal, including reference to Council’s Recreation, Open Space and Sports Strategy “Places for People” policy (adopted by Council September 2017);

·    Identify likely traffic and transport upgrades required;

·    Identify precinct permeability, accessibility and linkage requirements, including pedestrian, active transport and traffic/transport;

·    Identify infrastructure and works required to address flooding, flood storage, and evacuation considerations;

·    Develop a planning proposal for the rezoning of the Warwick Farm precinct; and

·    Develop a Contributions Plan, accounting for all infrastructure works required to support the urban redevelopment of the Warwick farm precinct.

 

Conybeare Morrison International (the consultants) were selected as the lead consultant to undertake preparation of the Warwick Farm Structure Plan project. An inception meeting with the consultants was held on 24 February 2020.

 

Advice provided to the Greater Sydney Commission

 

Pursuant to point 7 of the resolution, Council staff notified the Greater Sydney Commission (GSC) of its decision to engage consultants to develop a structure plan, planning proposal and draft Contributions Plan as part of the process of the GSC providing assurance to Council's Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS), Connected Liverpool 2040.

 

Council resolved to amend Action 10.2 of the LSPS at its 25 March 2020 meeting. Action 10.2 of the LSPS now reads as follows:

 

Prepare structure plan and planning proposal to rezone the Warwick Farm racing precinct to a mix of uses, including B4 (short term)

 

Following that Council meeting, the GSC issued a letter of assurance which enabled the LSPS to be adopted and published on the NSW Planning Portal as required by the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act. The Warwick Farm structure plan is being prepared to be consistent with Action 10.2 of the LSPS.

 

Impact of COVID-19 pandemic

 

Point 9 of the resolution required a final report to Council for its 27 May 2020 meeting.

 

The dislocation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, including requirements for consultants to work from home in addition to impacts on traffic volumes (making the most recent traffic intersection counts unreliable), has necessitated a revision to the proposed timetable. The consultant's proposal for a revised timetable (attached) includes the following schedule:

 

·    Week beginning Monday, 29 June 2020: Structure plan options briefing for Councillors;

·    Monday, 27 July 2020: Merit assessment report to Liverpool Local Planning Panel (LPP);

·    Thursday, 20 August 2020: Councillor briefing for the report to Council on the draft Warwick Farm structure plan, planning proposal and contributions plan; and

·    Wednesday, 26 August 2020: Report to Council on planning proposal, seeking to rezone Warwick Farm precinct to a mix of uses including B4 Mixed Use

 

Should there be a need for changes to the structure plan, planning proposal or contributions plan following Councillor briefings, the report recommendation provides for an additional month to finalise the documents, for reporting to the 26 August 2020 Council meeting.

 

The report to Council in August, will include the planning proposal, the merit assessment report to the LPP, minutes of the LPP's advice, the Warwick Farm structure plan and a draft Contributions Plan for the Warwick Farm precinct as attachments.

 

Consultation

 

Council's Community Participation Plan (CPP) 2019 requires "large-scale" planning proposals to be placed on public exhibition prior to a decision being made by Council as to whether the planning proposal should be forwarded to DPIE for a Gateway determination.

 

This requirement is as follows:

 

For large scale planning proposals, Council will also exhibit the planning proposal for 28 days prior to a Council decision on whether to endorse the planning proposal for a Gateway determination. Feedback from the community will be incorporated into a report to Council.

 

The CPP does not differentiate between Council initiated and proponent-initiated proposals.

 

Following the requirements of the CPP, it is recommended that Council consider the draft structure plan for the Warwick Farm precinct, when finalised by the consultant in August 2020. Pending Council consideration, the draft structure plan, planning proposal and contributions plan would then be placed on public exhibition for 28 days. A further report that responds to submissions received would then be drafted for Council to consider when deciding whether to forward the planning proposal to DPIE for a Gateway determination.

 

Alternatively, Council may resolve to forward the planning proposal to DPIE for a Gateway determination, at its first opportunity, in August, noting community consultation will occur post the issuing of a Gateway determination or may resolve not to proceed.

 

Pending the issuing of a Gateway determination for the planning proposal, consultation with State and Commonwealth agencies and public consultation will be required. Details of consultation required by the Gateway determination will be provided to Council, once the Gateway determination is issued by DPIE.

 

Consultation conducted as part of the public exhibition of the Liverpool Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) has indicated strong support among local landowners for the rezoning of the precinct, as described in Council's 11 December 2019 resolution.

 

CONSIDERATIONS

 

Economic

Facilitate economic development.

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

Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

Risk

There is no risk associated with this report.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

 

Nil


94

Ordinary Meeting

27 May 2020

City Economy and Growth Report

 

 

EGROW 02

Destination Management Plan - First year review

 

Strategic Direction

Generating Opportunity

Create an attractive environment for investment

File Ref

036256.2020

Report By

Julie Scott - Manager City Economy

Approved By

David Smith - Acting Director City Economy and Growth

 

 

Executive Summary

 

The Destination Management Plan 2018/19 – 2022/23 (DMP) was adopted by Council in March 2019, with a review to take place within 12 months. This report provides a summary of DMP activities undertaken since its adoption, and a review of the DMP actions and their ongoing relevance.

 

A number of actions for the year 2019/20 were completed in the last 12 months. Highlights include:

·      Development of a visitor brand identity and marketing campaign

·      Development of Liverpool’s first official Visitor Guide

·      Promotion of Liverpool as a multicultural food destination

·      Promotion of Liverpool’s rich local heritage

·      Implementation of a student discount campaign with local businesses

·      Completed study to determine baseline visitation numbers

 

Upon review of the DMP, Council staff has determined that the Vision and Strategic Directions of the Plan remain consistent with Council’s Community Strategic Plan, Delivery Program and Operational Plan and vision for Liverpool LGA. As such, much of the DMP remains unchanged and all actions are current and ongoing. There are two additional actions, which are:

·      Support new street art each year throughout the local government area with a focus on the City Centre to create street art trails

·      Encourage business collaborations to create visitor experience precincts

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:

 

1.    Receive and note the report; and

 

2.    Receive a review of the DMP in March 2022.

 

 

REPORT

 

1.       BACKGROUND

The Destination Management Plan 2018/19 – 2022/23 (DMP) was adopted by Council in March 2019. The DMP is a five-year strategy detailing Council’s priorities for the development of the visitor economy in Liverpool.  Growing Liverpool’s visitor economy is part of Council’s broader vision to stimulate the local economy through the injection of new dollars, creation of employment opportunities and increased demand for local goods and services.

 

1.1     Vision

The vision for the DMP is, A place locals are proud to call home; celebrating and sharing our diversity, heritage and nature.

 

The DMP objective is to build a thriving visitor economy and increase the economic benefits that flow from tourism to local businesses and communities through unique visitor experiences.

 

1.2     Strategic Directions

The DMP has five strategic directions:

1.   Promote Liverpool as a core visitor destination through increased engagement and support from locals

2.   Support local businesses, groups and organisations to build and develop the visitor economy and their tourism products

3.   Celebrate Liverpool’s diversity and utilise it to grow and strengthen the visitor market base

4.   Attract new businesses, events and investment to engage locals and increase visitation to Liverpool

5.   Leverage existing and emerging assets to grow Liverpool’s visitor economy

 

This report provides a summary of DMP activities undertaken since its adoption, and a review of the DMP actions and their ongoing relevance.


 

1.3     Actions

An Action Plan was developed, that included 20 broad actions, to be completed over from 2018/19 to 2022/23 of the DMP. Each action addresses one or more of the DMP’s Strategic Directions.

 

2.       REVIEW OF DMP

 

2.1     Review of Vision and Strategic Directions

Upon review of the DMP, it has been determined that the Vision and Strategic Directions of the Plan are still consistent with Council’s CSP, DPOP and vision for Liverpool LGA. No changes are required to these components of the DMP.

 

2.2     Review of Actions from March 2019 – March 2020

It has been determined that the actions within the DMP are still consistent with its Vision and Strategic Directions. As such, all actions are current and ongoing.

 

The following actions were assigned for completion from March 2019 to June 2020. A brief review on their progress is provided below.

Action in Destination Management Plan

Review

1.     Develop a visitor brand identity and marketing campaign plan

1.1. Develop a brand identity and marketing plan which is consistent across different components of the visitor economy

The brand Love Liverpool was developed in collaboration with students from Western Sydney University. The brand was officially launched in May 2019, and is now present across the local government area.

The logo is utilised for:

·  Promotion of all community events (on uniform and marketing collateral)

·  Liverpool Regional Museum uniform

·  Liverpool Regional Museum road sign

·  Liverpool City Council profile picture on Instagram

·  Council flags and banners

·  All tourism campaigns, including promotions in external publications, tourism videos and the Liverpool Visitor Guide

·  Student campaigns

1.2. Develop and deliver a Love Local campaign

The Love Local campaign is based on the tourism brand, Love Liverpool. The campaign is called Love Livo.

The campaign commenced with a social media campaign using the hashtag #LoveLivo to encourage locals to photograph and share what they love about Liverpool on Instagram. To encourage organic engagement, Council held a postcard competition where the top photographs shared on social media using the #LoveLivo would become postcards distributed through local hotels for the next 12 months. This will now become an annual campaign held in the first quarter of each year.

The hashtag is now regularly used on Instagram with 1,395 public posts using it as of the start of February 2020.

The Love Livo campaign has also created an Instagram series called Livo Stories. These stories showcase Liverpool as a vibrant multicultural city with people from all walks of life. It highlights some of the unique stories of Liverpool’s residents and workers.

The Love Liverpool campaign is divided into three categories, see, taste and do. This allows locals and visitors to recognise the diversity of offerings in the region. Examples include ‘see’ Casula Sculpture Walk, ‘taste’ multicultural food in the city centre and ‘do’ archery at Liverpool City Archers.

The campaign will continue to grow throughout 2020 into 2021.

1.3. Create an annual visitor guide and promotional collateral which is available in print and online. Guide should advise what Liverpool has to offer and encourage local businesses to utilise it to increase their own marketing development

Liverpool’s first official Visitor Guide will debut on 28 March 2020. It will highlight the great things to see, taste and do in the local area.

The guide features paid advertising from local businesses, recipes, maps and editorials about Liverpool. 7,000 copies will be distributed through hotels in Sydney, real estate agents, Visitor Information Centres across NSW and local businesses in Liverpool.

The guide will continue to be utilised to inform ongoing digital campaigns to reach a broader audience. The guide will also be utilised as a sales tool when attracting tour companies and events to the local area.

The guide will be updated annually.

1.4. Communicate with neighbouring visitor information centres about featuring Liverpool’s Visitor Guide

The Liverpool Visitor Guide will be placed in at least three visitor information centres in 2020 such as Camden, Parramatta and Southern Highlands.

1.5. Enhance the existing What’s On page on the Council website to allow the incorporation of a tourism webpage

Love Liverpool (tourism website) is now live on Council’s What’s On website –  www.liverpool.nsw.gov.au/whats-on/love-liverpool

1.6. Investigate opportunities for Liverpool to feature in third party marketing publications

Liverpool has featured in third party marketing publications such as Time Out.

Council will continue to seek marketing opportunities for tourism campaigns.

1.7.  Produce a city-wide visitor map

The city map will be available in the Liverpool Visitor Guide.

1.8. Develop a social media campaign strategy to market Liverpool as a tourism precinct through organic content that creates a positive image

The social media campaign with the #LoveLivo hashtag generated a positive image of Liverpool and encouraged people to share what they love about the area. The #LoveLivo hashtag continues to be well used and respected across various social media platforms. It has publicly been utilised over 1,300 times by residents, visitors and local businesses. The social media campaign continues to grow with increased recognition of the hashtag.

1.9. Evaluate Liverpool’s online presence and develop a plan to improve digital profile

Evaluation and plan complete.

1.11. Review Liverpool presence on third party tourism and travel website

Complete.

1.12 Audit the accessibility of visitor information for Liverpool and develop easy to access information as recommended by the NSW Government

Ongoing.

2.     Position Liverpool as a multicultural hub

2.1. Integrate Liverpool’s cultural diversity into the Love Liverpool campaign

Liverpool’s cultural diversity is at the forefront of the branding campaign highlighted through the Livo Stories and the Visitor Guide.

2.2. Promote and celebrate Liverpool’s unique specialty and cultural stores, for example, become the ‘Sari Centre’ of Sydney, increase recognition of an Iraqi Gold Souk and support the proposed indigenous cultural centre

The Visitor Guide focuses on celebrating the unique specialty and cultural stores available in the city centre.

Promotion of Liverpool’s cultural stores is an ongoing project throughout the implementation of the DMP.

4.  Develop a way finding strategy which will assist visitors in the CBD and surrounds

4.1. Audit the signposting and wayfinding around Liverpool from a tourism perspective

Signage and wayfinding are addressed in the Liverpool City Centre Public Domain Master Plan, with a view to produce city centre and LGA-wide Signage Strategies that will take tourism needs into consideration.

4.2. Create a new strategy for signposting and wayfinding around Liverpool. This includes the gateways into Liverpool, such as motorways and public transport

Signage and wayfinding are addressed in the Liverpool City Centre Public Domain Master Plan, with a view to produce city centre and LGA-wide Signage Strategies.

 

 

 

 

6. Assist and support local businesses, groups and organisations in the development of the visitor economy whilst attracting new businesses for future growth

6.1. Develop a framework for Council to support businesses so they are prepared to support the growth of the visitor economy

Ongoing.

6.2. Conduct workshops with local businesses on the impacts and benefits of a visitor economy

Workshops to be conducted by June 2021.

6.3. Develop a tourism e-kit based on Tourism Australia’s kit to help local businesses attract visitors through information and communication technology

Ongoing.

6.4. Consult with the tourism sector in the region to receive feedback and understanding to assist growth

Connections have been made with stakeholders in the tourism sector, and relationships are ongoing.

7. Improve the visitor experience journey through a variety of trails

7.1. Develop a series of experience trails which can be utilised to promote the region, such as cultural, historical, indigenous, food and wine, biking and cycling

 

There are a series of trails featured in the Visitor Guide. These will continue to develop.

8. Leverage the Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport development and related visitor growth to further expand and develop the local visitor economy

8.1. Identify what we can do immediately to start to position WSIA for tourism growth

Council actively promotes the WSIA Experience Centre for general public, business and investor visitation. Further actions related to tourism growth are ongoing.

9. Investigate a potential site for a recreational vehicle holiday park within Liverpool LGA

9.1. Research the benefits of a holiday park to the LGA

Study currently being undertaken, due for completion in June 2020.

9.2. Identify a potential site for a holiday park within the LGA

Study currently being undertaken, due for completion in June 2020.

10. Grow Liverpool’s presence on guided holidays itineraries

10.1. Consult guided holiday and tour operators on the requirements to be a destination included in their itineraries

Ongoing.

11. Grow the local recreation tourism market.

11.1. Audit existing events and sports facilities located in Liverpool and their quality

Ongoing.

12. Establish Liverpool as a culinary tourism destination

12.3. Continue to enhance and promote culinary activities in the city through taste tours

Taste Cultural Food Tours conduct regular tours in the Liverpool city centre. In addition, Council conducts a regular program of corporate taste tours where Council invites a network of local businesses and workers to participate. Taste Tours are also advertised in the Visitor Guide.

13. Grow event-based visitation

13.1. Continue to support Casula Powerhouse to position itself as the leading Arts Centre in South Western Sydney

Ongoing throughout all major tourism campaigns.

13.2. Audit the existing business and events space and analyse whether they are meeting demand

Ongoing.

13.3. Investigate and study the requirements of a city to host major events through consultation with event organisations and comparative studies with other LGAs

Ongoing.

13.4. Explore opportunities to secure and attract iconic events which will attract people from across New South Wales including business, education, medical tourism, community and niche sectors in Liverpool

Council has attracted major events including, but not limited to, Australian Local Government Women’s Association Conference 2019, National Economic Development Conference 2020 and Iron Fest 2020. Council will continue to explore opportunities to attract major events in the future.

13.5. Develop a business and event guide to encourage the meeting, incentive, conference and events sector to utilise Liverpool as a host due to the variety of facilities available

Ongoing.

14. Establish Liverpool as a leading destination for medical tourism and events

14.3. Investigate existing visitation rates and yield value from the medical sector to Liverpool and activities participated outside of work

Investigation complete. The proportion of day-trip visitors to Liverpool (5%) for medical reasons is higher than Western Sydney (2) and Sydney (4%). The average length of stay for medical reasons is four days which is higher than business visitors. In the year 2018, there were approximately 15,500 visitors to Liverpool due to medical reasons.

15. Capitalise on Liverpool’s rich local heritage

15.2. Collaborate with the Museum of Army Engineering to promote the museum as a quality, iconic attraction for Liverpool and a focal point for military history within the LGA

Ongoing collaboration, including featuring in the Visitor Guide.

15.4. Enhance and promote the experience of Liverpool Regional Museum

The Liverpool Regional Museum features heavily in Council’s tourism campaigns. This includes featuring in the Visitor Guide and tourism videos.

The Museum is also an active user of #LoveLivo hashtag on social media and includes the Love Liverpool logo in their campaigns. The Love Liverpool logo is now included in the new museum street sign. 

 

 

16. Build a strong education based visitor economy

16.1. Engage local education facilities to attract the families of international students to explore and visit the area they are studying in

Ongoing.

16.2. Engage with local businesses to develop a student discount campaign

In 2019 Council developed a new student discount campaign. The campaign was promoted to students through Council’s website, the urban screen, social media and their universities.

Council received mixed reviews from participating businesses. Some businesses received new customers as a result of the campaign, but others did not.

Council is currently reviewing the student discount program to renew and launch an improved campaign in 2020.

17. Facilitate increased visitor economy investment

17.2. Create a Liverpool Destination Product Development Opportunities Plan

Ongoing.

18. Provide ongoing support to the accommodation sector

18.2. Encourage accommodation providers to promote Liverpool as a destination, both online and in-house

Accommodation providers are provided with collateral for major events, Visitor Guide, etc.

19. Position Liverpool as a shopping destination

19.1. Increase Liverpool’s recognition as a destination for diverse shopping, including malls, boutiques, specialty stores, factory outlets and home maker centres

Liverpool’s shopping diversity is featured in the new Visitor Guide. It will continue to be highlighted in future campaigns and guides.

The proposed Westfield expansion will increase Liverpool’s recognition as a shopping destination.

 

 

20. Determine baseline visitation figures

20.1. Conduct a research study to determine baseline visitation numbers and data to Liverpool

Study completed in 2019, to be repeated in 2021.

The study determined that in the year ending 2018 Liverpool received 904,142 visitors of which 658,747 were day trippers, 193,640 were domestic overnight and 51,755 international. This has been updated in the DMP.

 

2.3     Additional Actions

As a result of industry collaboration and ongoing tourism development, two additional actions have been added to the visitor guide. These actions contribute to existing strategic direction of, “Support local businesses, groups and organisations to build and develop the visitor economy and their tourism products”. The new actions are:

·  Support new street art each year throughout the local government area, with a focus on the city centre to create street art trails.

·  Encourage business collaborations to create visitor experience precincts.

 

3.       TESTIMONIALS

 

Liverpool City Council has received the following testimonials in relation to the existing DMP:

 

·      The Paper Mill

Paper Mill Food is a food precinct in Liverpool and we are proud to use the #lovelivo hashtag frequently on social media. We are not only a restaurant precinct for locals, but a Western Sydney destination for those to visit from all around Sydney. The Liverpool guide in which we have an ad, will assist in bringing both the locals and tourists to the Liverpool area. This will not only help local businesses but boost the economy for the region.”

- Lara Wilson, Marketing Coordinator, The Paper Mill 

 

·      Liverpool Foodies and Growers Market

“To whom it may concern:

It is with pleasure that I send this testimonial. The Liverpool Growers and Foodies Market has loved working with Council. Susana Freitas, Tourism Development Officer, support has help us to focus our plans for the future.  She has kept us up to date with developments and events happening in the area as well as sharing contacts with other local business so that we can work together for the future of the LCA.”

- Marilyn Biel, Market Manager, Liverpool Foodies and Growers Market

 

·      Liverpool Regional Museum

“Liverpool Regional Museum has been an active participant in the Liverpool City Council Destination Management Plan and attended the 2019 launch at the Liverpool Foodies and Growers Market. Audience development and a positive visitor experience is a primary objective of the museum which has previously been challenging due to its location, insignificant wayfinding signage and modest marketing which resulted in a low profile.

 

Council staff have actively invited and included the museum within the ongoing DMP strategy, which has improved the museum profile as a Cultural Facility of Liverpool City Council and has contributed to increased visitation from the LGA and beyond under the ‘Lovelivo’ brand.

 

Recent museum re-branding has included the ‘lovelivo’ brand which introduces a fresh and contemporary appeal as we market to new audiences. Liverpool Regional Museum looks forward to being profiled in the forthcoming Liverpool Tourism Guide publication which will enhance and promote Liverpool to the wider community and visitors. The consultation process has been uncomplicated with pragmatic management. The museum welcomes further strategic developments.”

- Tony Nolan, Coordinator Museum & Heritage, Library & Museum Services

 

·      Winner of #LoveLivo social media competition 2019

“When the #lovelivo competition appeared on Facebook I thought it would be a good way to see Liverpool in a different light. After using Google Maps to find some interesting locations to photograph I thought it would be good to see what other entries there were so I had a look at #lovelivo on Instagram. This led me to discover the Paper Mill Food precinct (which I now frequent on a regular basis), going for walks with my kids around Lake Moore/Chipping Norton Lake and also visiting the new Casula adventure playground area. In addition to all of this, the regular advertising and promotion of events on Facebook has seen my family trying to take advantage of the opportunities and activities provided by our local council.”

- Troy Nuske, local resident and winner of the #LoveLivo competition in 2019


 

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.

Encourage and promote businesses to develop in the hospital health and medical precinct (of the City Centre).

Facilitate economic development.

Facilitate the development of new tourism based on local attractions.

Culture and creative industries.

Environment

Protect, enhance and maintain areas of endangered ecological communities and high quality bushland as part of an attractive mix of land uses.


Social

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.

Deliver high quality services for children and their families.


Civic Leadership

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.

Deliver services that are customer focused.

Actively advocate for federal and state government support, funding and services.

Legislative

There are no legislative considerations relating to this report.

Risk

There is no risk associated with this report.

 

ATTACHMENTS

 

1.         Destination Management Plan - First year review and update 2020 (Under separate cover)  


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Rebuilding Liverpool's Economy update

 

Strategic Direction

Generating Opportunity

Attract businesses for economic growth and employment opportunities

File Ref

114007.2020

Report By

Julie Scott - Manager City Economy

Approved By

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

 

 

Executive Summary

 

At Council’s meeting on April 16, 2020 a package of measures was adopted to respond to the challenges local businesses are facing because of the COVID-19 crisis. The package is designed to meet the short-term issues being faced by the business community and to build resilience and capacity over the longer term. To ensure businesses receive financial support from Council as soon as possible, it is recommended the CEO approve Business Resilience Grants up to $5000.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:

 

1.     Receive and note the report; and

 

2.   Increase the CEO’s delegation to approve grants from $1000 to $5000 for the Business Resilience Grants.

 

REPORT

 

Small businesses in Liverpool have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and thousands of local jobs have been lost. In response Council adopted a $210,000 Rebuilding Liverpool’s Economy package, developed by Council’s City Economy (CE) team, at its Extraordinary meeting on April 16, 2020.

The package uses repurposed existing budget to not only address the short-term crisis but build long term capacity to withstand future shocks.

To deliver the package swiftly, the team has temporarily restructured to focus on delivering specific initiatives in the CBD, LGA and policy/communications. Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre front-of-house staff have also joined the team to assist with one-on-one communication with businesses.

Council’s package has received a positive response so far – for example:

“This is fantastic! We will definitely make use of this opportunity. The challenges of going from a B2B model to a B2C model are huge, particularly in the area of marketing. I actually have someone who has offered his marketing services and I have been so worried that we could really use the help but can’t afford him! This is really a blessing. Thank you!”

 

At time of writing, a number of initiatives were under way and a number were in development. A report in June will continue to update progress.

Business Resilience Grants

The Business Resilience Grants were developed with assistance from the Governance, Legal, Community Development, Digital and Design, and Communications teams. Guidelines, process and an application form were designed to minimise complexity and ensure transparency and probity. On 5 May 2020 , applications for grants of up to $5000 were opened for businesses across the LGA. To fund the grant, a portion of the City Development Fund (CDF) will be allocated to CBD businesses only. Businesses outside the CBD will have access to non-CDF funds.

The purpose of the grant is to meet the challenges of the pandemic and provide a boost to businesses that are looking to doing things differently to adapt to the current circumstances. For example, that could mean creating or increasing online presence through a new website.

The policy states (7.2.1) that recommendations for funding of $1000 or less will be approved the CEO. Funding over this amount is approved by the elected Council.

The application process closed on May 22, 2020 and recommendations by an internal working group comprising CE and Community Development staff will be made a week later on May 28. To comply with the policy the recommendations would go to the June 24 Council meeting. This would mean the grants could not be released until July. Due to the unprecedented situation for businesses created by COVID-19 it is recommended the CEO approve the recommendations so the funds can be released in June, ensuring Council is supporting businesses before the end of the financial year.

Support and Buy Local campaign

 

A Support and Buy Local campaign is under way that includes monthly online #LoveLivo Live events, a local open-for-business business directory, the creation of digital assets for business and community use and the development of a Love Local campaign.

 

#LoveLivo Live

The first #LoveLivo Live online was held on Thursday 30 April. The event featured four local performers and a local MC who consistently pushed the message to shop local. Around 3,500 people were reached during the event which is now available on Council’s YouTube channel.

 

Still Open for Business

This has been developed in-house and around 40 businesses have signed up to date.

Promotions to encourage residents to shop locally have included:

·    Daily Telegraph three-quarter page on 29 April

·    Promotion in Liverpool Life (full page) in print newsletter and tiles in e-newsletter

·    Creating and sharing digital assets and campaign material with Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, key influencers and with Council’s social media followers

Love Local campaign

This is in development and is likely to focus on new ways the community is experiencing their city during lockdown. The campaign will draw on the work of the Destination Management Plan and deliver on the key messages: Taste, See, Do. For example, what residents are eating, seeing and doing that is different in the current conditions. The campaign will encourage community engagement and enable residents to promote great experiences in Liverpool.

 

Facilitating solutions on major projects (shovel-ready)

 

City Economy staff are assisting with the facilitation of more than 10 major “shovel-ready” type projects. For example:

·    Staff have sourced suitably skilled workers for the contractor at Apex Park

·    Facilitated scoping exercise for Casula Shareway at CPAC

·    Promoting the Lighthorse Park redevelopment to encourage organisations to establish or grow in Liverpool CBD

·    Turf Club contacted about land acquisition on Governor Macquarie Drive

·    Engaging stakeholders to progress the Railway St upgrade and further develop the project with the City Design team

 

Unlocking international supply chain problems and disruptions for local businesses engaged in international trade

 

City Economy staff are facilitating connections and unlocking supply chains for local businesses engaged in international trade– some examples include:

·    Assisted biomedical team from the University of Sydney to design and develop a safe low-cost life-support ventilator which has been shortlisted by the NSW Premier as one of two prototypes to go into pre-production

·    Identified local manufacturers and connected them with health sector opportunities

·    Introduced the Southern Strength manufacturing network to Northrop Grumman and the Australian Space Agency

·    Shared immediate export needs of local businesses to relevant State and Federal government agencies

·    Regional Development Australia Sydney has offered to fund a defence sector round-table with local manufacturers to broaden access to new supply chain opportunities

 

Communications

 

More than 350 businesses have now been contacted by Council and around 80 have undertaken a survey to understand the existing situation. CPAC staff who have been redeployed to the CE team are using phone contacts for a more personal approach with an average talk time of 20 minutes. The response to Council calls and assistance has been positive. Four e-newsletters have been distributed to businesses over the last four weeks.

 

Business-to-consumer marketplace

 

City Economy staff identified that there are gaps in the economy that could support and enable businesses to diversify their delivery models using new online tools. Staff are exploring online hosting and delivery to connect businesses, that usually work directly with other business, with consumers. For example, a business that usually supplies retailers, and now shifting to supply customers directly, may be looking for a delivery/logistics service.

A potential solution will be trialed shortly. Several local businesses, in addition to other adjoining Councils, have expressed interest in registering.

 

Business Resilience Program

 

Staff are developing a Business Resilience Program to build long-term resilience and capacity for businesses hard hit by the crisis. The purpose of the program is to strengthen the Liverpool economy so it can prepare for and overcome future disruptions.

In April a series of three webinars were delivered for local businesses to quickly learn how to get their business online. The webinars are now available on Council’s YouTube channel.

 

Local jobs Talent portal

 

The Local Jobs for Local People Talent Portal will connect local people with local jobs. It will provide a place for businesses with vacancies to post jobs and connect with local redeployed and displaced workers. Discussions have been held with the Greater Sydney Commission and City Deal partners to consider a Western Sydney Parkland City approach, at the same time as developing the Liverpool model.

 

Working with procurement to prioritise local suppliers

 

CE staff are working with Council’s procurement team on how to prioritise local suppliers to Council, to ensure local money supports the local economy.

 

The Rebuilding Liverpool’s Economy package will continue to roll out initially to the hardest hit sectors of retail and hospitality then with a longer term objective of building up resilience across a number of other sectors. The purpose is to meet the immediate needs of the economy and build resilience and capacity for the future and withstand unforeseen disruption.

 

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.

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

Facilitate economic development.

Facilitate the development of new tourism based on local attractions, culture and creative industries.

Environment

There are no environmental and sustainability considerations.


Social

There are no social and cultural considerations.


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

Section 356 of the Local Government Act relating to approval of grants.

Risk

The risk is deemed to be Medium.

 

ATTACHMENTS

 

Nil


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Strategic Direction

Generating Opportunity

Attract businesses for economic growth and employment opportunities

File Ref

121670.2020

Report By

David Smith - Manager Planning and Transport Strategy

Approved By

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

 

 

Executive Summary

 

At its meeting of 26 February 2020 Council adopted the Intermodal Precinct Committee Charter and revoked the Intermodal Committee Charter.

 

Clause 7.1 of the Charter provides for two Councillors to be members of the committee.

 

This report seeks a Council resolution on the appointment of two Councillors to the committee.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council determine the Councillor representation on the Intermodal Precinct Committee.

 

 

REPORT

 

At its meeting of 26 February 2020 Council adopted the Intermodal Precinct Committee Charter and revoked the Intermodal Committee Charter.

 

Clause 7.1 of the Charter provides for two Councillors to be members of the committee.

 

This report seeks a Council resolution on the appointment of two Councillors to the committee.

 

CONSIDERATIONS

 

Economic

There are no economic and financial considerations.

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

There are no legislative considerations relating to this report.

Risk

There is no risk associated with this report.

 

ATTACHMENTS

 

Nil


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Strategic Direction

Generating Opportunity

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

File Ref

114812.2020

Report By

David Smith - Manager Planning and Transport Strategy

Approved By

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

 

 

Executive Summary

 

Council at its meeting on 26 February 2020 resolved:

 

That Council:

 

1.   Makes a submission to Transport for NSW:

·     Endorsing Option 2, the restoration of the City via Regents Park Line, as its preferred option;

·     Requesting peak services for Option 2 are genuine express services;

·     That Option 2 be implemented, not in 2024 when the Metro opens, but as soon as the existing Bankstown line is closed; and

·     That the route be named ‘City via Regents Park’ line.

 

2.   Continues to advocate for:

·    Genuine express services from Liverpool to the City Circle; and

·    Better public transport service in Liverpool.

 

3.   Immediately make a submission to Transport NSW to:

·     Lobby for an express service from Liverpool to Bankstown.

·     For this express service to be put in place before 2024 (opening of the South West Metro)

 

4.   Commission a study to assist the express service from Liverpool to Bankstown, identifying what infrastructure is required.

 

5.   Congratulate the NSW Government on the construction of the South West Metro and its commitment to bring it to Liverpool in the long-term master plan.

 

6.   Continue to lobby for the South West Metro to be extended to Liverpool and to Western Sydney Airport.

 

7.   Make a submission to the relevant bodies advising them of Council’s position.

 

This report provides an update on the actions required to give effect to the 26 February 2020 Council resolution.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:

 

1.     Receives and notes this report; and

 

2.     Not proceed with the commissioning of a study to assist the express service from Liverpool to Bankstown noting that this project is being undertaken by Transport for NSW.

 

 

REPORT

 

This report provides an update on the actions required to give effect to the 26 February 2020 Council resolution.

 

A submission has been lodged with Transport for NSW (TfNSW) as required by resolution point 1 and point 3. This submission is included in Attachment 1.

 

Correspondence was sent to the Minister for Transport and Roads as required by resolution point 2, 5, 6 and 7. This correspondence is included in Attachment 2.

 

Resolution point 4 requires Council to “commission a study to assist the express service from Liverpool to Bankstown, identifying what infrastructure is required”. It is not considered necessary for Council to commission a study as Transport for NSW is the agency responsible for the provision of public transport services in NSW.

 

TfNSW prepared an options paper in February 2020 (Attachment 3) that details options for train services west of Bankstown. Council supported option 2 which provides a direct link to the City from Liverpool via Regents Park. The NSW Government Future Transport 2056 strategy identifies the potential for the Sydney City and South West Metro to be extended from Bankstown to Liverpool as a visionary longer-term project. However, the Government has committed to bringing forward the investigations for this project and in so doing, will be commissioning studies relevant to this Council resolution.

 

It is therefore recommended that Council not proceed with the commissioning of a study to assist the express service from Liverpool to Bankstown noting that this project is being undertaken by Transport for NSW.

 

CONSIDERATIONS

 

Economic

Commissioning a study will have a financial impact that is not budgeted for in the 2019/20 Annual Plan.

Environment

Support the delivery of a range of transport options.


Social

There are no social and cultural considerations.


Civic Leadership

Actively advocate for federal and state government support, funding and services.

Legislative

There are no legislative considerations relating to this report.

Risk

There is no risk associated with this report.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

 

1.         Submission to Transport for NSW (Under separate cover)

2.         Correspondence to Minister for Transport and Roads

3.         Transport for NSW Options Document - Rail Services West of Bankstown


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Attachment 2

Correspondence to Minister for Transport and Roads

 

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Attachment 3

Transport for NSW Options Document - Rail Services West of Bankstown

 

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City Economy and Growth Report

 

 

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Public Arts Policy

 

Strategic Direction

Creating Connection

Create a dynamic, inclusive environment, including programs to support healthy living

File Ref

126770.2020

Report By

David Petrie - Manager City Design and Public Domain

Approved By

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

 

 

Executive Summary

 

The draft Public Arts Policy outlines how Liverpool City Council will support, encourage, promote, guide and assist with the planning, development, implementation and on-going care for Public Art across the Liverpool Local Government Area (LGA). This policy will inform council’s Public Art Strategy and provide Council a framework for a coordinated, strategic approach to Public Art.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:

 

1.   Place the draft Public Arts Policy on exhibition for a period of 28 days; and

 

2.   Delegate to the CEO the finalisation of the Public Art Policy if no submissions are received; or receive a further report outlining details of the submissions received at the conclusion of the exhibition period.

 

 

REPORT

 

Background

Public Art is a critical element for a city that engages the local community, visitors and stakeholders. It is an economic and cultural commodity that increases lived experiences and enlivens the public domain.  The creative and cultural life of Liverpool is supported by Council, and Council understand how this contributes significantly to the vibrancy of Liverpool. 

 

 

 

Draft Public Arts Policy

The draft Public Art Policy will enable Council to provide a coordinated and strategic approach to support, encourage, promote, guide and assist with the planning, development, implementation and on-going care for Public Art across the LGA.

 

The Public Art Policy is guided by Council’s core directions:

·    Creating Connection;

·    Strengthening and Protecting our Environment;

·    Generating Opportunity; and

·    Leading through Collaboration.

 

The core directions enable the policy to set a framework to be used to guide the development of a Public Arts Strategy.  The policy guides Council on how to successfully manage public art procurement, providing a commitment to best practice approaches for public art. The return to Council and the community through this approach will result in increased patronage and enjoyment, provide engagement and educational opportunities, celebrate our diverse communities, increase economic opportunities and investment and celebrate shared narratives, cultures, histories and aspirations.

 

Finance and Budget

The policy has no direct budget implications for Council.

 

Public Exhibition

To ensure the policy best meets the needs of the community now and into the future, Council is seeking the community to have input on the policy through a public exhibition period.  This report requests the draft policy be placed on public exhibition for a period of 28 days to capture community input on the draft policy. 

 

CONSIDERATIONS

 

Economic

By increasing engagement and comfort within urban places for residents and visitors there will be increased economic benefits.

Increase tourism based on successful and celebrated public sites and places.

Increase engagement of thoroughfare traffic.

Creation of attractive environment for investment.

Assist in delivering a more comfortable, accessible and engaging CBD and whole LGA.

 

Environment

Raise community awareness and support action in relation to environmental issues.

Increase activation of outdoor spaces.

Engage narratives of environment and sustainability with accessible storytelling, innovative design and aspirational partnerships with industry and creatives.

Increase people friendly urban sites.

Celebrate and highlight the natural environment.


Social

Provide public spaces where connection is encouraged for the community.

Provide and increase accessibility and diverse narratives.

Increase active engagement between communities and visitors and public spaces.

Celebrate rich cultural heritage.

Celebrate shared aspirations.

Increase awareness and knowledge of council and communities shared directions and values.


Civic Leadership

Will increase collaborations.

Increases stakeholder engagement with Council and therefore community.

Provides innovative and best practice urban design.

Well managed use of resources. Leading to increased access, awareness and celebration.

Legislative

Local Government Act 1993

Risk

There is no risk associated with this report.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

 

1.         Draft Public Art Policy


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Draft Public Art Policy

 

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City Community and Culture Report

 

 

COM 01

Post Public Exhibition Report - Social Impact Assessment Policy and Guidelines

 

Strategic Direction

Strengthening and Protecting our Environment

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

File Ref

067079.2020

Report By

Galavizh Ahmadi Nia - Manager Community Development and Planning

Approved By

Dr Eddie Jackson - Director City Community and Culture

 

 

Executive Summary

 

Council at its meeting on 20 November 2019 resolved to:

 

1.      Endorse in principle the draft Social Impact Assessment Policy and Guidelines for public exhibition for a period of six weeks;

 

2.    Receive a report at the completion of the public exhibition period noting feedback received and any changes made to the draft policy in line with community feedback; and

 

3.    As part of the regular internal cycle of review of the Social Impact Assessment Policy (every two years), Council is to engage a recognized independent industry expert to undertake a peer review to ensure that the policy promotes best practice and is kept up to date and in line with changes to relevant planning guidelines. 

 

The draft Social Impact Assessment Policy and Guidelines was placed on Public Exhibition via Council’s website for six weeks from 18 January until 29 February 2020. No submissions were received during the public exhibition period.

 

Council also engaged an independent industry expert to undertake a peer review of the draft Social Impact Assessment Policy and Guidelines; and subsequently provided Council with a report in February 2020.  The peer review identified substantial feedback on the policy content and recommendations within the guidelines. A summary of the peer review outcome is highlighted in the report.

 

The draft Social Impact Assessment Policy and Guidelines have been revised as per feedback from the peer review, and submitted for Council’s endorsement.

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council endorses the Social Impact Assessment Policy and Guidelines.

 

 

REPORT

 

Background

Building on the previous version and in accordance with the bi-annual policy review, the Social Impact Assessment (SIA) Policy and Guidelines have been developed following a comprehensive review of national and international best practice guidance, emerging trends in the field of social impact assessment, and an analysis of Liverpool’s local context relating, in particular, to specific issues arising from the city’s rapid growth.

The draft SIA Policy and Guidelines were presented to Council at its meeting on 20 November 2019 to be placed on public exhibition. As per the Council resolution, the draft SIA Policy and Guidelines were placed on Public Exhibition for a period of six weeks from 18 January until 29 February 2020.  The documents were placed on Council’s Liverpool Listens website page and circulated to key internal and external stakeholders. There were no submissions received during the public exhibition period.

In line with the Council resolution item 3, Council engaged a recognised and independent industry expert to undertake a peer review of the draft SIA Policy and Guidelines. The review was undertaken during the pubic exhibition period. The consultant provided a detailed report to Council in February 2020 which included commentary on the policy content, and section- based feedback and recommendations on the Guidelines.

 

 

Rationale for Social Impact Assessment Policy and Guidelines

The Social Impact Assessment (SIA) Policy and Guidelines are the primary mechanisms for Council to identify and manage the likely social impacts of proposed developments, policies, projects and planning instruments. When undertaken as part of a Development Application (DA) process, a SIA is prepared to assist the relevant consent authority in its decision-making. Its primary purpose is to comprehensively and consistently consider wider social and economic issues and impacts in its planning policy and decision-making; and to generate balanced and better outcomes for the Liverpool community.

The SIA Policy and Guidelines are grounded in the principles of sustainability, access, equity, participation and human rights and is supported by Council’s Social Justice Policy. The SIA Policy determines when a SIA is required, how it is to be undertaken and how the outcomes arising from the assessment are to be implemented and managed. The Policy is accompanied by Guidelines which provide specific triggering thresholds for various types and/or sizes of developments, provides guidance on the minimum requirements of community participation in the decision-making process and provides data sources for the applicants, to assist with assessments. 

Within the local context, the rationale for Council to have a stronger and more comprehensive SIA Policy and related mechanisms in place include, but are not limited to, the exponential growth within the Liverpool LGA and the positioning of Liverpool as the third CBD of Sydney. Further, it is necessary to align with emerging national and international trends on incorporating impact analysis and community participation in decision-making processes. It assists Council to ensure:

a)   Positive impacts emerging from policies, programs and projects are maximised;

b)   Community opinions and or needs are considered in an equitable and inclusive way through a genuine engagement process;

c)   Social, environmental and economic qualities of the local area are enhanced as a result of permitted development; and

d)   Increased trust in Council by the Liverpool community through enhanced consistency and transparency in Council’s decision-making processes.

 

Summary of Key Findings of the Peer Review

A summary of comments and key findings of the peer review are highlighted below:

 

·    It is very positive that Liverpool City Council has had a dedicated Social Impact Assessment (SIA) Policy and set of SIA Guidelines since 2015.

·    Despite the clear obligation of councils (and consent authorities in NSW) under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (the Act) to integrate social considerations into decision-making about environmental planning and assessment, including considering the likely social and economic impacts in the locality with regard to development assessment, not all councils have a clear Policy position and guidelines for applicants and the community with regard to SIA.

·    Overall, the Policy proper contains the main elements that would be expected to be in such a Policy, is sound in its underlying philosophy, and reasonable in its requirements of preparers of an SIA. Nonetheless, there are some things that could be improved with clarity of intention and legibility; and also to provide applicants and the community with greater clarity about how SIA practically feeds into the different processes presented in the Policy (Development Assessment, Council’s Strategic Planning process, etc.) and the roles and requirements of relevant parties (applicants, community, Council, others) involved in the various processes.

 

Recommendations for improving the existing Policy include:

·    A ‘hard edit’ of the Policy with regard to formatting, consistency in numbering, and in terminology throughout;

·    Enhancement of certain Sections of the Policy, particularly the first Section;

·    Expanding/introducing some legal concepts relevant to SIA, including those of  ‘locality’ and ‘reasonableness’; and

·    Aim to simplify complex topics and processes with more and/or enhanced diagrams, flow charts and tables to improve legibility of the Policy by readers, particularly applicants and community members.

With regard to the various appendices, which generally seek to set out processes, rationale, or more detail or relevant matters referred to in the Policy proper, again these are generally useful. However, these appendices would benefit from the following:

·    Numbering (for example, Appendix A, Appendix B, etc.), which can then be referenced as relevant in the Policy proper;

·    A review of some substantive matters in the various Appendices;

·    Use of diagrams or flow charts where possible for the sake of clarity and legibility of more complex processes or concepts; and

·    Additional appendices to fill gaps, in particular, the inclusion of an appendix that sets out the process for conducting a Comprehensive Social Impact Assessment, noting that a Social Impact Comment has a specific and quite detailed form even though the implications of proposals requiring such a SIC would likely be less serious than those requiring a CSIA.

 

The draft SIA Policy and Guidelines has been revised in accordance with feedback from the peer review. The revised draft Social Impact Assessment Policy and Guidelines are submitted for Council’s endorsement.

 

CONSIDERATIONS

 

Economic

There are no economic and financial considerations.

Environment

There are no environmental and sustainability considerations.


Social

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.


Civic Leadership

Encourage the community to engage in Council initiatives and actions.

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

Legislative

Local Government Act. 1993

Gaming Machines Act. 2001

 

Liquor Act. 2007

Liverpool Development Control Plan (DCP) 2008

State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009

Liverpool Social Justice Policy 2018

Connected Liverpool 2040 - Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS)

Risk

The risk is deemed to be Low.

 

ATTACHMENTS

 

1.         Draft Social Impact Assessment Policy and Guidelines 2020 (Under separate cover)  


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City Community and Culture Report

 

 

COM 02

BMX Track Construction Funding

 

Strategic Direction

Creating Connection

Provide community facilities which are accessible to all

File Ref

092663.2020

Report By

Mark Westley - Manager Recreation and Community Outcomes

Approved By

Dr Eddie Jackson - Director City Community and Culture

 

 

Executive Summary

 

 

The Liverpool BMX Club (LBMXC) was located at Powell Park until 2016, when the facility was closed due to the discovery of asbestos in the fill that had been introduced to the site. Council has been taking the appropriate actions to make the site safe, however the Powell Park track site can no longer be used as a sporting venue.  Since the closure, Liverpool BMX Club members seeking to continue their sport have needed to travel to venues in neighbouring Councils such as Camden and Penrith.

 

The development by Transport for NSW of the M12, which will extend from the M7 and Elizabeth Drive intersection to the airport, has required encroachment into the Western Sydney Parklands and, as a result, the Wylde off-road bike track must be relocated.   This relocation was identified by Council officers as an opportunity to achieve a high quality and cost-effective re-establishment of a BMX facility within the LGA by partnering with the Western Sydney Parklands Trust (the Trust) to create a facility that will be unique in Australia.

 

The Trust’s design proposal for the Wylde Bike Park (Attachment 1) includes mountain bike trails, an informal BMX suitable track known as a “Pump track”, surrounding amenity structures including car parking and toilets, and following Council’s input and engagement, a position has been identified for a formal BMX racing track. The Trust has now completed the detailed design for the broader Wylde Bike Park and have commenced their procurement process for a civil contractor to undertake the works.  

 

It is at this phase that the Trust has invited Liverpool City Council to Council fund the development of the BMX track component that has been added to the project.  Subject to the agreement of funding by Liverpool City Council the Trust is open to providing further investment into complementary BMX Infrastructure for the facility that will further support the track as a high quality BMX venue.

 

Council has no budget provision or funds set aside for this project in current and forward years. As such, support for the project would need to be considered in light of competing budget priorities, especially under the current economic situation.

 

As the track will be on the Western Sydney Parklands Trust land and owned by the Trust, if supported, the expenditure would be accounted for as “operating grants and contributions” and funded from general reserves in absence of any grant opportunities.

 

This report considers the financial and operational issues regarding this proposal and presents a range of options for Council’s consideration.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:

 

1.       Considers options A to E and provides direction on a position to take with the Western Sydney Parklands Trust in relation to funding of the BMX racing track development at the Wylde bike park; 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 allocation of funding towards this project.

 

 

REPORT

 

The Liverpool BMX Club (LBMXC) was located at Powell Park until 2016, when the facility was closed due to the discovery of asbestos in the fill introduced to the site.  Council has been taking the appropriate actions to make the site safe, however, the Powell Park track site can no longer be used as a sporting venue. 

 

At the time of its closure the LBMXC had a local membership of around 80 members and in an average year would run 35 club meetings, 1 state level event and weekly training sessions from Powell Park. Since the closure Liverpool BMX Club members seeking to continue their sport have needed to travel to venues in neighbouring Councils such as Camden and Penrith.  The potential for future participation levels at a new BMX facility is illustrated by the fact that the Camden based BMX club has over 300 members.

 

History of Wylde Bike Park Opportunity

 

The development of land at Badgerys Creek as the site for Sydney’s second airport has precipitated the development of new road infrastructure including the M12 which will extend from the M7 and Elizabeth Drive intersection to the airport.  This development has required Transport for NSW to encroach into the Western Sydney Parklands and the Trust has been required to move their Wylde off-road bike track to another position within the parklands. 

 

Council’s support of re-establishing BMX facilities within the Liverpool LGA is guided by Council’s Recreation Open Space and Sports Strategy which advocates for provision of diversity in sports through the strategic objectives of:

 

·    Creating Places for People: Investment in higher order/quality of open spaces which multi-use and promote opportunity of integration of sports; and

·    Improving Play Opportunities: integrating play spaces with nature and adventure play.

 

The examination of opportunities for the establishment of a BMX Track on existing Council managed parkland identified several potentially problematic issues, including potential local resident objection, risk of contamination on available land, risk of contamination in introduced fill, and most significantly the high cost of track, amenities and car parking development.

 

Council’s Recreation Services team, when made aware of the relocation of the Wylde Bike Park, began exploring the concept of including a BMX racing track in the redesigned facility as a way of once again supporting the sport of BMX within the LGA.  However, the view was taken that Council’s appetite to contribute financially to a new BMX track and the required infrastructure, in such a short timeframe after the expense of closing the Powell Park track was low.  It was also considered that Council’s appetite for developments that require the introduction of soil onto Council land are also low.  Nevertheless, Recreation Services assessed the opportunity the Trust’s redesign of the Wylde Bike Park presented as the most timely and cost-effective solution to the LGA’s BMX needs and the Trust reacted positively to this possibility.

 

Whilst Recreation Services made no commitments to the Trust or Liverpool BMX Club (LBMXC) to contribute in any way to the funding of the BMX racing track, the Trust agreed to allow space for a BMX racing track in the Wylde design and involved the LBMXC in the preliminary design process.  Feedback received by Council from active members of the LBMXC is that they are excited and engaged by this opportunity and are supportive of the design developed by the Trust. 

 

Details of WSP Proposal and Wylde Park development.

 

The Trust’s design proposal for the Wylde Bike Park (Attachment 1) includes mountain bike trails, an informal BMX suitable track known as a “Pump track”, surrounding amenity structures including car parking and toilets, and now, an unbudgeted formal BMX racing track.

 

The Trust has completed the detailed design for the broader Wylde Bike Park and have commenced their procurement process for a civil contractor to undertake the majority of the works.  The designs for the BMX racing track portion of the park are advanced to a level just below the detailed design stage that will allow the Trust to include this track construction as a separable portion in the tender documents.

 

It was at this phase that the Trust invited Liverpool City Council to a meeting on 21 February 2020 to present the BMX racing track design and discuss the possibility of Council funding the development of this track.  This meeting was attended by Council’s Director City Community and Culture and Manager Community Recreation and resolved to report to Council for a decision on financial contribution to this project.

 

As an expression of goodwill and support for this BMX Track concept raised by Council, the Trust has invested $48,000 in design works to prove the concept can work on this site including provision of the site within the Wylde MTB precinct, amenities building, carparking, track management and long-term maintenance.  Subject to the agreement of funding by Liverpool City Council the Trust is open to working with Council staff on naming of the BMX Track, joint signage and providing investment into complementary BMX Infrastructure for the facility.  The minimum cost of this complementary infrastructure is estimated at over $950,000.

 

 

Wylde BMX Racing Track and Project Costs

 

The proposed BMX racing facility will comprise an Olympic level BMX track and start hill, facilities for race events from community club level to international, floodlighting, and multiple spectator viewing points.  Located within the Wylde Bike Park it will take advantage of the toilets and amenities and ample parking for participants and spectators being developed by the Trust.

 

The Trust has provided Council with a costing from Quantity Surveyors, Wilde and Woollard, which identifies the allowance for the BMX track including track earthworks, track floodlighting, start hill mechanics, and track surface works as $1,020,000.  The Trust has forecast that Council’s commitment of $1,020,000, plus $56,000 (required in the current financial year) for detailed design completion and a 20% contingency for completion of core landscape grading works, gravel finish pathway, gabion retaining walls, hydro-mulching and lawn areas is required.

 

In summary up to a total of $1,280,000 will be required to deliver a fully functional BMX track.  The operation of the track will be supported by the Wylde MTB amenities being funded by the Trust including carparking area, picnic lawn area, shelters, BBQs and toilets which will be available by August 2021.

 

The Trust’s QS report further identifies the allowance for the new facility, judging and starting shelters as $995,000 and the allowance for all hardscape, softscape, furniture, services etc. as $2,081,000.  The total cost of the BMX facility would therefore be $4,096,000. The future provision of these additional facilities is currently unfunded and will likely be delivered via a mixture of future funding opportunities by the Trust, Liverpool Council and grants funding.  There is however no commitment by Council, in funding the initial construction of the BMX racing track, to provide any future funding to this facility.

 

The Trust has a history of entering into arrangements with local government to assist with the provision of community sporting opportunities.  Most prominent are the developments of sporting facilities and social infrastructure by Blacktown City Council within the northern sector of the parklands, which were funded and delivered by the Council, including liability for development costs, ongoing maintenance and operational costs. 

 

This model differs from agreements with Blacktown Council in that that the ongoing maintenance and operational costs of the BMX facility will be 100% funded by the Trust.

 

Constraints on establishment of BMX Facility on Council Land

 

As a point of comparison between the opportunity to partner with the WSPT and the provision of a BMX facility by Council on Council land, on existing land or acquired land in the growth areas of the LGA, the following constraints are identified:  

 

Constraint

Description

Flooding impact

Most Council recreational land is flood affected to some degree.  Flood affected land is not suitable for BMX racing track development due to the change to retention capacity and flood behaviour that would result from the introduction of fill to a flood affected site.  The priority for development of non-flood affected recreation land is higher standard playing fields.

Resident Impact

The development of a BMX track on new or existing Council land will need to consider the impact on existing residents neighbouring the new facility.

Contaminated sites

Council continues to encounter issues with contaminated soil on recreation land being developed for sporting facilities.  The cost of any clean up can add significantly to the project cost.

Contaminated fill

Whilst all precautions will be taken by Council during the construction of a BMX track it is not possible to 100% eliminate the possibility of contamination within introduced soil.

Project delay

Where Council needs to purchase land to develop a BMX track it can be expected there would be a 5 to 15-year delay to purchase land, plan and finance the project.  Where Council developed the BMX track on land it already owns it can be expected there would be a 2 to 10-year delay to plan and finance the project.

 


 

Cost to Council to Develop an Equivalent BMX Facility on Council Land.

 

As a point of comparison, the estimated costs for Council to establish a new BMX Facility on existing Council land or new land purchased by Council are set out below:  

 

 

Cost if established on existing Council owned land

Cost if Established on future purchased land

Cost of land purchase

$0

$5.4M to $6.7M **

Pathways & access (400 lineal metres 1.5m wide) 600m2 x $90

 

$54,000

 

$54,000

Car parking Costs ($70 per m2) 100 spaces 2650m2

$185,500

$185,500

Project Design costs

$270,000 Estimated 10% of project costs

$270,000

Estimated 10% of project costs

Track construction & associated Track costs + contingency

$1,224,000 + additional costs if spectator provision cannot be achieved using the contours of the site

$1,224,000 + additional costs if spectator provision cannot be achieved using the contours of the site

Amenities Costs (10m x 20m) 200m2 @ $6,000 m2

$1,200,000

$1,200,000

Utilities Connection Costs

 

·   Electricity run in lineal metre rate;  $150/m

·   Water supply in lineal metre rate; $100/m

·   Stormwater drainage lineal metre rate; $200/m

·   Sewer lineal metre rate; and $150/m

·   Substation upgrade cost. Upgrade $150k new substation up to $350k

 

 

200 lineal metres

 

 

 

 

 

 

$120,000



$150k - $350k

 

200 lineal metres

 

 

 

 

 

 

$120,000



$150k - $350k

Contaminated Soil remediation Costs

 

Remediation costs will depend on the results from the detailed site investigation.  Assume: $200,000. But not added to cost estimate.

Detailed Site Investigation for 1.5 ha site as per guidelines - $30,000.00

 

Hazardous Materials Building Inspection and Report - $4,000.00

 

Detailed Site Investigation for 1.5 ha site as per guidelines - $30,000.00

 

Hazardous Materials Building Inspection and Report - $4,000.00

 

Spectator shade & Shelter provision

5 Shelters @ $16,600 each $83,000

5 Shelters @ $16,600 each $83,000

Operational Costs

Unknown (Electricity and Water consumption, Site mowing vandalism repairs.)

Unknown (Electricity and Water consumption, Site mowing vandalism repairs.)

Future Track refurbishment costs

Unknown

Unknown

Total Estimated costs excluding unknown costs

$3,170,500

$8,570,500 - $9,870,500

Additional costs for pump track

$350,000

$350,000

 

** Council’s Property Directorate advise that in relation to land purchase (acquisition) costs for land required for the development of new sporting facilities, Council will generally be purchasing the land based on its zoning or if already zoned for a public purpose its underlying zoning having regard to the characteristics of the land.

 

In order to provide a new sporting facility within the growth areas, it is estimated that to acquire an unconstrained site that a range of $360 to $450 per square metre plus disturbance costs would apply for the purchase of englobo residential development land. These estimates do not include the value of any potential existing DAs or legal costs if compulsory acquisition was required.

 

Land Function

Estimated Area Required

Low Range Estimated Cost

High Range Estimated Cost

Sporting area

1.0 hectares

$3.6M

$4.5M

Amenities and surrounds

0.3 hectares

$1.08M

$1.35M

Car parking

0.2 hectares

$0.72M

$0.9M

Total

1.5 Hectares

$5.4M

$6.75M

 

Adopting the above range, it is anticipated that land purchase costs for a 1.5ha residential zoned site in the growth areas, would cost in the range of $5.4 to $6.7M subject to the location, plus disturbance and compulsory acquisition costs if required.

 

BMX Facility Management

 

The proposed model of operation of the track would be based on the model used at the Sydney BMX track in Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush.  The LBMXC would enter into a licence agreement arrangement directly with the Trust and all day-to-day management issues regarding the LLBMXC’s use of the facility, including all ongoing maintenance of the track, facilities maintenance, floodlighting maintenance, utilities costs and rubbish management would be managed by the Trust.  This represents a good outcome for Council in terms of ongoing operational and capital expenditure on this facility.

 

WSP Trust Construction and Decision Timeframe.

 

The reason that this proposal is being brought to Council at this time is that the Trust are well advanced in their preparations for the procurement of a contractor to construct the broader Wylde Bike Park as shown in the project program milestones table below.

 

The Trust have indicated that if Council confirms a contribution commitment up to the $1,280,000, as identified by their quantity surveyors, the 100% detailed design and construction of the BMX track can be completed then included as a separable portion of the request for tender issued by the Trust.  It has been suggested by the Trust that the inclusion of the BMX track in the Wylde Tender process may achieve up to a 20% reduction in the pricing of the track reducing the funding Council will need to provide due to factors such as the reuse of clean fill from the other project features.  The accuracy of this suggestion however can only be determined after the tender process is complete.

 

The project milestones below identify that the tender package for the Wylde Bike Park is due for release on for 6 July 2020 to allow the completion of the project prior to the commencement of the early works construction of the M12 Motorway in Sept 2021.  Council would need to provide $56,000 in the current financial year to complete the detailed design for the BMX track for inclusion in the tender package.

 

The project milestones are as follows:

 

Project Milestone

Current Programmed Date

95% detailed design

08/05/2020

100% detailed design documentation

29/05/2020

Tender package compiled

22/06/2020

Release of tender

06/07/2020

Tender close

17/08/2020

Contract awarded / site establishment

20/09/2020

Construction commencement (10-month construction period)

09/10/2020

Practical completion

13/08/2021

Facilities reopened & commissioning (2wks)

31/08/2021

 


 

Neighbouring BMX facilities

 

To participate in BMX activities the residents of Liverpool currently need to use facilities at either Penrith or Camden Councils.

 

Camden Council is currently completing construction of stage 1 of a new BMX Facility at Kirkham Park, Elderslie, 24 kilometers (30 minutes) from the old Powell Park BMX site.  The new BMX Facility was constructed on a site previously used for netball and estimated to cost $1.6 million.  It should be noted that car parking and amenities buildings were already established on this site, therefore this cost is only track related. 

 

The Camden Stage 1 works include the construction of a 5-metre-high start hill, ramps and a main racetrack. The construction involved bulk earthworks, track pavements, stormwater drainage, relocation of services, floodlighting, timing and scoring system, landscaping, and structural and electrical works.  Discussions with representatives at Camden Council indicate that the facility can only cater for a small percentage of elite riders who can handle a 5 metre start ramp, and that the track is unable to accommodate spectators and includes no pathways or spectator areas that can look into the track.  Significant additional costs are expected should the Council seek to improve the spectator vantage points. The advantage of the proposed Wylde track is that it is designed into the contours of the site allowing natural spectator vantage points for the $1,280,000 contribution proposed. 

 

The Penrith BMX Club are based 28km (30 minutes) from the Powell park site.  The site is an older style BMX track with more basic facilities than that of Camden.

 

Tourism and economic outcomes from the proposed facility

 

The establishment of the Wylde Bike Park with mountain biking, the pump track for social BMX and the BMX racing track will establish this facility as unique in Australia.  Only in Liverpool will riders be able to participate in these three cycling activities at the one venue.

 

The development of a BMX track with the potential to host competition from grass roots to state, national and Olympic levels opens the venue to significant attraction of sport related tourism to Liverpool.  BMX Australia figures indicate that for BMX events the average ratio of participants to spectators is 1:3 meaning that a 100-participant event would on average attract 300 spectators.

 

Whilst the attraction of larger events cannot be guaranteed, BMX NSW runs approximately 11 major events in NSW each year which this track would be in the running to host.

 

The recent 2019 National BMX Championships hosted by the northern Victorian town of Shepparton, attracted more than 1,265 individual competitors, alongside 3,000 family and supporters.  The welcoming of over 4,000 visitors from across the country was estimated by independent consultants to generate in excess of $6 million in economic stimulation to the region through the city’s accommodation, eating establishments, and retail.

 

The Wylde BMX track proposal including a 3 metre start hill, spectator vantage points and car parking availability will make it an attractive venue for the hosting of significant events up to Olympic level.  The venue would be in competition for events in the region with the new Camden track however, the Wylde proposal has a distinct advantage in term of spectator vantage points, which would therefore not rule it out of contention in the bidding to host significant events. 

Council could also expect to take advantage of promotional and other opportunities associated with such events, as part of a package of incentives in recognition of Council’s financial support for the project.

 

Other Considerations

 

If supporting this project with a contribution, Council is endorsing the expenditure of Council funds to create an asset on land not owned or controlled by Council. 

By partnering with Western Sydney Parklands, the project allows for co-investment in a range of cycling sports and for the long-term management and governance for the facility by the Parklands Trust.

The site may appear somewhat remote at this point in time, but the location of the Wylde Bike Park venue will be on the doorstep of the Austral growth area which is expected to reach a population of 50,000 to 60,000 over the next 10 years.  The site’s access from suburbs within the Liverpool LGA is supported by its proximity to the M7 motorway.

 

All project management of this project and future maintenance will be provided by the Western Sydney Parklands Trust.

 

The Wylde BMX facility would be the LGA’s centre for BMX, enabling Council to consider future “pump” style BMX tracks at other smaller sites within the LGA to spread the provision of BMX related opportunities that service the recreational side of BMX riding.

 

 

Financial Considerations

 

Council has no budget provisions and funds set aside for this project in current and forward years. As such, support for the project would need to be considered in light of competing budget priorities, especially under the current economic situation.

 

As the track will be on the Western Sydney Parklands Trust owned land and owned by the Trust, if supported, the expenditure will be accounted for as “operating grants and contributions” and funded from general reserves in the absence of any grant opportunities.

 

 

Funding Options for the Wylde BMX Track

 

In terms of Council contributing to the quantity surveyor’s identified cost estimate of $1,280,000 to construct the BMX racing track, there is no obligation on Council to support the proposal.  However, if Council is minded to offer financial support, Council has a number of broad options on how to proceed.  These include:

 

Option A

Council resolves to commit to funding up to the full $1,224,000 ex GST identified, plus the 2019/2020 financial year funding up to $56,000 ex GST to complete the detailed design work for the BMX track, whilst pursuing this same amount via the Covid-19 stimulus package process, which if successful, would cover or reduce Council’s commitment.

Option B

Council resolves to provide 2019/2020 financial year funding up to $56,000 ex GST to complete the detailed design work for the BMX track, rejects any Council contribution to the project, then relies wholly on the Covid-19 stimulus package process, which if successful, would cover or reduce Council’s commitment. (The timeframe for funding announcements is unknown at this stage, therefore this approach could result in Council missing the tender package deadline forgoing the possibility of any reduction of project costs that may be available as part of a larger works tender. There is no guarantee that Council will receive the full amount required to complete the project.)

 

Option C

Council resolves to delay any decision regarding the funding of this BMX racing track. (This would likely delay the project beyond the Trust’s tender process therefore this approach would mean Council would be forgoing the possibility of any reduction of project costs that may be available as part of a larger works tender.)  

Option D

Option D Council resolves to commit to providing 50% (or another percentage) of the full $1,224,000 ex GST identified, including the 2019/2020 financial year provision of funding up to $56,000 ex GST to complete the detailed design work for the BMX track, and encouraging the BMX club to lobby for grants for the remaining percentage of funding. (This would likely delay the project indefinitely therefore this approach would mean Council would be forgoing the possibility of any reduction of project costs that may be available as part of a larger works tender.)  

Option E

Council resolves to reject all requests for funding of this BMX racing track.

 

 

At the same time that this project is being presented to Council for consideration of a $1,280,000 contribution it has also been included in the fiscal stimulus package submission endorsed by Councilors and submitted to the NSW Treasury for consideration as part of the governments Covid-19 response.

 

Information released by the NSW Office of Local Government on 28 April indicates that the COVID-19 Local Government Economic Stimulus Package does not at this point offer grants to Councils but rather includes support for loans through TCorp and commercial loans.

 

This does not rule out the possibility that grants will be part of future updates to this stimulus package and Council continues to prepare for this opportunity. It should be noted that there is no guarantee that this stimulus package will prove to be suitable for the purposes proposed in this report.

 

CONSIDERATIONS

 

Economic

This project will facilitate the development of tourism based on local attractions enabling the hosting of regional, state, national and international events within the Liverpool LGA.

Council has no budget provisions and funds set aside for this project in current and forward years. As such, support for the project would need to be considered in light of competing budget priorities, especially under current economic situation.

 

As the track will be on the Western Sydney Parklands Trust owned land and owned by the Trust, if supported, the expenditure will be accounted for as “operating grants & contributions” and funded from general reserves in absence of any grant opportunities.

This proposal achieves a high-quality facility at a reduced price compared to construction of a BMX facility by Council on Council land.

Environment

The project eliminates the risk of the introduction of contaminated fill onto Council land.

This project eliminates the risk of needing to rehabilitate Council land should construction of a BMX track be considered on Council land.


Social

This project supports community organisations, groups and volunteers to make available a diversity of sporting and recreational opportunities to the community.


Civic Leadership

There are no civic leadership and governance considerations.

Legislative

Compliance with section 356 and sections 21 – 23 of the Local Government Act. Advertising of the proposed financial assistance for a period of 28 days is required under s.356 of the Local Government Act 1993.

Risk

Failure to support the Wylde BMX Track project may result in a lost opportunity to support community development, deliver on sporting diversity, and may negatively impact stimulus funding.

 

Delay of funding this project now will increase Council’s future financial commitment should they choose to invest in BMX infrastructure.

The risk is within Council’s current financial risk appetite which states that, Council has a medium appetite for financial impacts of between $1m and $3m, one off.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

 

1.         WSPT Wylde MTD - BMX Track Presentation (Under separate cover)  


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City Community and Culture Report

 

 

COM 03

Liverpool City Council Sporting Grants Program 2019/2020

 

Strategic Direction

Creating Connection

Create a dynamic, inclusive environment, including programs to support healthy living

File Ref

100453.2020

Report By

Mark Westley - Manager Recreation and Community Outcomes

Approved By

Dr Eddie Jackson - Director City Community and Culture

 

 

Executive Summary

 

At its meeting held on 15 February 2010, Council established the Liverpool City Council Sporting Grants Program to provide sporting grants to the sporting clubs of Liverpool.

 

The total amount of available grant funds for the 2019/2020 financial year is $30,000 with $5,000 of this total targeted at applications that support sports participation by people with a disability. This report recommends the allocation of sporting grants totalling $30,000 in line with the recommendations of the Liverpool Sports Committee grants assessment panel.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:

 

1.   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

FC Bossy Liverpool Youth Inc

Purchase of playing equipment (Balls, goals flags, nets)

$2,940.03

Australian North Cyprus Friendship Association (Green Island FC)

Purchase of playing equipment (first aid kits, field markers, balls)

$3,716.89

Casula Lakers Baseball Club

Purchase of playing equipment (Balls, bases, safety signs, ball buckets)

$2,000.00

Liverpool City Robins Soccer Club

Purchase of playing equipment (Balls and kit bags)

$2,100.00

 

 

 

Werriwa All Breeds Dog Training Club

Purchase of equipment (fridge, office desk, heavy duty shelving)

$1,800.00

Moorebank Baseball Softball Club

Purchase of L frames and training equipment

$4,689.93

Southern Districts Softball Association Inc

Purchase of playing equipment (kit bags, balls, safety bases, first aid kits)

$4,873.15

Fairfield Liverpool Cricket Association

Purchase of playing equipment (stumps, balls and pads)

$4,880.00

Liverpool City Little Athletics Centre

Purchase of ride on mower

$3,000.00

 

REPORT

 

A total of $30,000 has been allocated within Council’s 2019/2020 budget for distribution to sporting clubs through the Liverpool City Council Sporting Grants program. The maximum grant is limited to $5,000 per applicant.

 

Applications are assessed against the following criteria:

 

·    Clubs must be located in Liverpool Local Government Area and provide activities for Liverpool residents;

·    Grants must be spent within 12 months of receiving funds;

·    Proof of costs must be provided;

·    Applications must be received before the closing date;

·    Applications must be signed by Club Office Bearers;

·    Clubs must not have received funding under the previous year’s grants program;

·    Projects must meet Council’s construction and safety standards; and

·    Projects must address one of the following six categories:

 

1)   Sports Development - e.g. Coaching clinics, sports camps, training and development;

2)   Ground Development - e.g. Minor capital improvements;

3)   Maintenance Equipment - e.g. Line marking and ground maintenance equipment;

4)   Sporting Equipment – e.g. Kits, bags, balls etc., first aid and safety equipment; (Note:  equipment must remain the property of the club to be eligible)

5)   Education – e.g. First aid training, coaching education programs, safe play; and

6)   Club diversity – e.g. Introduction of additional sports, expansion of club to include greater community involvement.

 

In this year’s program Council received 21 applications from 14 sporting organisations requesting a total of $71,247 inclusive of GST in grants assistance. 

 

Applications were assessed by a panel of three sporting delegates from the Liverpool Sports Committee and Council’s Recreation Officer. The following allocation of grants were recommended by the panel:

 

Club

Project Description

Grant Amount Recommended

FC Bossy Liverpool Youth Inc

Purchase of playing equipment (Balls, goals flags, nets)

$2,940.03

Australian North Cyprus Friendship Association (Green Island FC)

Purchase of playing equipment (first aid kits, field markers, balls)

$3,716.89

Casula Lakers Baseball Club

Purchase of playing equipment (Balls, bases, safety signs, ball buckets)

$2,000.00

Liverpool City Robins Soccer Club

Purchase of playing equipment (Balls and kit bags)

$2,100.00

Werriwa All Breeds Dog Training Club

Purchase of equipment (fridge, office desk, heavy duty shelving)

$1,800.00

Moorebank Baseball Softball Club

Purchase of L frames and training equipment

 

$4,689.93

Southern Districts Softball Association Inc

Purchase of playing equipment (kit bags, balls, safety bases, first aid kits)

$4,873.15

Fairfield Liverpool Cricket Association

Purchase of playing equipment (stumps, balls and pads)

 

$4,880.00

Liverpool City Little Athletics Centre

Purchase of ride on mower

 

 

$3,000.00

 


 

The details of eleven applications that were not recommended for funding by the assessment panel are as follows:

 

Club

Project Description

Requested Grant Amount

Panel Assessment

Hinchinbrook Hornets JRLFC

Purchase of playing equipment (balls, pads, hit bags)

$5249.77

This club received funding from the 2018/2019 grants program and are therefore not eligible.

Casula Lakers Baseball Club

Purchase of playing equipment (Balls, bases, safety signs, ball buckets)

$5,000.00

This application was withdrawn by the club.

Casula Lakers Baseball Club

Purchase of line marking equipment.

$1,174.80

The application did not provide adequate pricing information and was given a low funding priority.

Casula Lakers Baseball Club

Coaching accreditation course.

$400.00

The application did not provide adequate pricing information and was given a low funding priority.

Liverpool City Robins Soccer Club

Purchase of signage for fields, seating areas and car parks

$2,145.00

The requested funding was given a lower priority due to other strong applications.

Southern Districts Soccer Football Association

Purchase of training equipment

$5,000.00

The requested funding was given a lower priority due to other strong applications.

Moorebank Baseball Softball Club

Purchase of turf for field repairs

$1,345.00

The application did not provide adequate pricing information and was given a low funding priority.

Moorebank Baseball Softball Club

Purchase of drag mat

$ 1,169.99

The requested funding was given a lower priority due to other strong applications.

Sporting Rovers Inc

Advertising and subsidize registration fees

$5,000.00

The supporting information provided with this application was poor making it a low priority for funding.

Liverpool City Robins Soccer Club

ASR Football training (skills)

$5,000.00

 

The application did not provide adequate pricing information and was given a low funding priority.

Kemps Creek United Soccer Club

Purchase of aluminum seating and concrete pads

$5,000.00

The project the club is seeking funding for has not been submitted to Council for review and assessment. Club encouraged to reapply in next year’s program where the project concept has approval.

 

The following application was made under the disability category of the grants program. This application was not recommended by the assessment panel:

 

Club

Project Description

Requested Grant Amount

Panel Assessment

Icare Community Services

Purchase of playing equipment and indoor sports equipment

$5,000.00

Application was received 2 weeks after the closing deadline. The supporting information provided with this application was poor making it a low priority for funding and did not improve despite a number of contacts by the grants convener.

 

CONSIDERATIONS

 

Economic

Funding of $30,000 has been allocated within the 2019/2020 operation plan to fund the Liverpool Sporting Grants Program.

Environment

There are no environmental and sustainability considerations.


Social

Support community organisations, groups and volunteers to deliver coordinated services to the community.


Civic Leadership

There are no civic leadership and governance considerations.

Legislative

There are no legislative considerations relating to this report.

Risk

There is no risk associated with this report.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

 

Nil


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COM 04

Grants, Donations and Corporate Sponsorship

 

Strategic Direction

Creating Connection

Implement access and equity for all members of the community

File Ref

115402.2020

Report By

Galavizh Ahmadi Nia - Manager Community Development and Planning

Approved By

Dr Eddie Jackson - Director City Community and Culture

 

 

Executive Summary

 

At its extraordinary meeting held on 16 April 2020, Council resolved to:

 

·    Establish a ‘COVID-19 Emergency Response Program’ to action timely requests for Council support toward critical and essential services for vulnerable community groups in Liverpool, including allocation of funds for provision of food, accommodation and PPE; and

 

·    Allocate funds toward essential relief services in Liverpool.

 

 

Council has received a request from St Vincent de Paul (Vinnies) which is recommended for funding.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That Council endorses the recommendation of $16,500 (GST exclusive) from the funds available in the Grants, Donations and Corporate Sponsorship Program budget to the following project:

Applicant

Project

Recommended

St Vincent de Paul (Vinnies)

Liverpool Night Patrol van

$16,500

 

 

 

 

 

REPORT

 

St Vincent de Paul Society NSW (Vinnies) Liverpool Night Patrol

 

For many years Vinnies have provided services to rough sleepers and vulnerable community members in Liverpool including the Night Patrol – a mobile service offering meals, blankets, toiletries, snacks, hot beverages and companionship to people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. This service is available to all community members, though is specifically aimed at supporting vulnerable community members who are sleeping rough, living in insecure or overcrowded accommodation. This service is delivered at no cost to the community.

 

 

Due to COVID-19 Vinnies are facing serious funding issues as their main source of income, their charity stores, have been closed.

 

 

At the same time, the demand for services and support is growing. Vinnies are requesting funding to continue the operation of their Liverpool Night Patrol van for a 10-week period.

 

 

The funding required to support the Liverpool Night Patrol van to continue its service for 10 weeks is outlined below:

 

 

 

 

Item

Quantity

Weekly Cost

Total Funding

Sandwiches

50 per day x 5 days/week

$250.00

$2500.00

Snack packs

50 per day x 5 days/week

$1250.00

$12,500.00

Toiletry packs

50 per fortnight

$150.00

$1500.00

Total for 10 weeks

 

 

$16,500.00

 

 

Recommendation

 

The request aligns with the Community Strategic Plan Direction 1 Creating Connections and meets the criteria of Initiative 2 of Council Resolution to allocate funds toward essential relief services in Liverpool.

 

It is recommended that Council provide funding of $16,500 to Vinnies to ensure the ongoing operation of the Liverpool Night Patrol van. The funding will be allocated from the available funds in Council’s Grants, Donations and Corporate Sponsorship budget.


 

CONSIDERATIONS

 

Economic

CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP

Budget

Balance

Recommended funding in this report

Remaining

$100,000

$-7,500

Nil

-$7,500

GRANTS AND DONATIONS

Budget

Balance

Recommended funding in this report

Remaining

$302,000

$194,560

$16,500

$178,560

SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT GRANTS*

Budget

Balance

Recommended funding in this report

Remaining

$75,000

$60,000

Nil

$60,000

COMBINED FUNDING BALANCE

Combined Budget

Combined Balance

Total recommended funding in this report

Remaining

$477,000

$247,060

$16,500

$231,060

* 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 and sustainability considerations.


Social

Support community organisations, groups and volunteers to deliver coordinated services to the community.


Civic Leadership

There are no civic leadership and governance considerations.

Legislative

There are no legislative considerations relating to this report.

Risk

There is no risk associated with this report.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

 

1.         Grants, Donations and Corporate Sponsorship Policy (Under separate cover)   


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City Corporate Report

 

CORP 01

Investment Report April 2020

 

Strategic Direction

Leading through Collaboration

Seek efficient and innovative methods to manage our resources

File Ref

108659.2020

Report By

John Singh - Accountant - Investments & Treasury Management

Approved By

Vishwa Nadan - Chief Financial Officer

 

 

executive summary

 

This report details Council’s investment portfolio and its performance for the month ended 30th April 2020:

·    Council held investments with a market value of $292 million;

·    The economic environment globally, including Australia, suffered significantly from the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March. The market value of Council’s investment in FRN’s has since improved;

·    Council held $42m in its current account. Term deposits maturing in next few months will not be reinvested to maintain liquidity;

·    The portfolio yield was 117 basis points above the AusBond Bank Bill index;

 

 

AusBond Bank Bill Index (BBI)

Benchmark

1.12%

Portfolio yield

2.29%

Performance above benchmarks

1.17%

 

·    Return on investment was $1.2m lower than the budget;

·    Council’s investments and reporting obligations fully complied 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 complied with limits set out in its current Investment Policy; and

·    Council is committed to NSW TCorp’s balanced investment framework and held 19.60% of its portfolio in ADI’s rated BBB and below.

 

 

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 30th April 2020, Council held investments with a market value of $292 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

Apr-20

Jun-19

Senior Debts (FRN's ,TCD's & FRB)*

100.25%

100.76%

MBS (Reverse Mortgage Backed Securities)

55.08%

59.48%

T-Corp Unit Trusts

104.65%

103.65%

 

 

*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.

 

The economic environment globally, including Australia, suffered significantly from the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March. The market value of Council’s investment in FRN’s has since improved. Council has sufficient funds in its current account and has no plans at this stage to sell off any of its FRN’s to meet its short-term cashflow requirements.

 

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.

 

Council is committed to NSW TCorp’s balanced investment framework and held 19.60% of its portfolio in ADI’s rated BBB and below.

 

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 30th April 2020 exceeded the AusBond Bank Bill index by 117 basis points (2.29% against 1.12 %).

 

Council portfolio continues to perform at above benchmark rates 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 April 2020 is lower than the budget by $1.2m.

 

 

Investment Portfolio at a Glance

 

 

Portfolio Performance

 

 

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The portfolio yield to 30th April 2020 exceeded the AusBond Bank Bill index by 117 basis points (2.29% against 1.12%).

Annual Income vs. Budget

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Council’s investment interest income is lower than the budget by $1.2m as at 30th April 2020 and will be closely monitored.

 

Investment Policy Compliance

 

Legislative Requirements

 

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Fully Compliant

Portfolio Credit Rating Limit

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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 has left the official cash rate on hold at 0.25 per cent in its meeting on 5th May 2020.The current 0.25 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 confirmation on investment to February 2020 is provided as an attachment to this report.

 

CONSIDERATIONS

 

Economic

Council’s investment interest income is lower than the budget by $1.2m as at 30th April 2020 and will be closely monitored.

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.

Risk

The capital value and return on investment is subject to market risks. Investment limits prescribed in Council’s policy framework is aimed to mitigate these risks.

 

ATTACHMENTS

 

1.         Investment Portfolio - April 2020

2.         ARIC Certification of Investment Portfolio    


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Investment Report April 2020

Attachment 1

Investment Portfolio - April 2020

 

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Investment Report April 2020

Attachment 2

ARIC Certification of Investment Portfolio

 

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27 May 2020

City Corporate Report

 

 

CORP 02

Reducing Red Tape

 

Strategic Direction

Leading through Collaboration

Strive for best practice in all Council processes

File Ref

114401.2020

Report By

Jessica Saliba - Senior Governance & Probity Officer

Approved By

George Hampouris - Acting Director City Corporate

 

 

Executive Summary

 

On 28 October 2019, Council endorsed the Development of Policies, Standards, Charters, Procedures and Strategies Framework (Framework), and directed the CEO to commence a process of workshopping existing policies with councillors, with a view to assessing each existing policy’s status under the framework by December 2020.

 

The following Council adopted policies for review were presented at the May Councillor Briefing and are now referred to Council.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:

 

1.    Rescind the following policies:

1.1    Signage on Council Land Policy;

1.2    Use of Public Address (PA) Systems on Council Owned Properties Policy;

 

 

REPORT

 

The Framework identifies five tiers of policy and procedural documents and defines the features of each type of document. This will allow the policy burden on Council to be reduced, and mandates operational processes to be managed by the CEO.

 

It is recommended that Council rescind the above polices in question as they are now covered under legislation. These include the Local Government Act 1993 and Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

 

CONSIDERATIONS

 

Economic

There are no economic and financial considerations.

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

Local Government Act 1993

Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979

Risk

There is no risk associated with this report.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

 

1.         Signage on Council Land Policy

2.         Use of Public Address (PA) Systems on Council Owned Properties Policy


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Attachment 1

Signage on Council Land Policy

 

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Reducing Red Tape

Attachment 2

Use of Public Address (PA) Systems on Council Owned Properties Policy

 

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The Use of Public Address (PA) Systems on Council Owned Properties Policy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Definitions

 

§ Authorised officer means a Council officer holding a Delegation.

§ Council means Liverpool City Council  

§ NSW OEH means NSW Office of Environment and Heritage

§ Delegation means the legal instrument whereby powers are conferred on an authorised officer by the General Manager to act for and on behalf of Council as its agent where Council has been given those powers by legislation.

§ DA means Development Application.

§ EPA means Environment Protection Authority

§ EPA Act means the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

§ The Use of Public Address (PA) Systems on Council Owned Properties means this policy.

§ LG Act means the Local Government Act 1993 (NSW).

§ Notice means a statutory notice issued under the POEO Act, the EPA Act, the LG Act or any other Act.

§ POEO Act means the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 (NSW).

§ Penalty notice means a penalty notice which is used for offences prescribed by legislation whereby a fine is given.  The value of the fine is also prescribed by legislation.

 

 

Background

 

Council has determined that guidelines are needed that can be implemented and enforced to minimise the impact of noise emanating from Council owned recreation areas and public halls/community centres, on nearby residential properties. The guidelines (policy) are to establish the applicable standards that are to be enforced, and include details of the fines for breaches of those standards.

 

 

Policy Statement

 

Liverpool City Council's Use of Public Address (PA) Systems on Council Owned Properties Policy establishes standards for Council officers to act promptly, consistently and effectively in response to allegations of excessive noise complaints made by members of the public.

Organisers of events will need to undertake measures to ensure that the sound levels will not exceed the maximum level recommended by the EPA/NSW OEH and described in this policy.

All authorised officers with enforcement duties, functions and responsibilities must act at all times in good faith and within their powers of delegation.

Council will take enforcement action when it is deemed that noise levels have been exceeded.  Authorised officers should apply standards of reasonableness, common sense and good judgment, whilst remaining firm and maintaining the ability to put in place effective resolutions.


 

Objectives

The aim of this policy is to:

§ Provide clear guidelines for the management of Council’s enforcement actions in response to complaints relating to excessive noise in the use of public address (PA) systems on Council owned properties.

§ Provide a consistent approach to the investigation of complaints relating to excessive noise in the use of public address (PA) systems on Council owned properties.

§ Ensure the principles of procedural fairness and natural justice are followed.

§ Provide an effective process of community education, awareness and consultation.

§ Determine whether complaints relating to excessive noise in the use of public address (PA) systems on Council owned properties warrants investigation

§ Determine whether complaints relating to excessive noise in the use of public address (PA) systems on Council owned properties warrants enforcement action.

 

Noise Standards

 

This policy seeks to outline the point at which generation of noise at a public event becomes unacceptable and the means that Council will undertake to enforce non-compliance with these standards.

 

Council provides access to Council’s parks and halls on the following basis:

 

§ Noise is to be controlled by the Hirer and is not to create a nuisance to other park users.  Therefore, the use of public address systems, large sound systems and other activities that generate excessive amounts of noise cannot be used without the written permission of Council.

 

§ The number of annual events held will not exceed an amount deemed reasonable by Council and will be dealt with on a case by case basis, where PA systems are used on or within Council owned recreation areas and public halls/community centres. Organisers of these events will need to undertake all necessary measures to ensure that the ambient background noise level (LA90) in any octave band centre frequency (31.5Hz to 8KHz inclusive) is not exceeded by more than 5dB. It is their responsibility to ensure that this does not occur.

 

Approval is also obtained, in certain circumstances, through Council’s Development Application (DA) process in order to undertake an event. In these circumstances the DA will stipulate the specific regulations that need to be adhered to for each event. A typical condition of DA consent provides the following:

 

§ The LA10 noise level emitted while entertainment is being provided (as determined in accordance with Australian Standard AS 1055.1-1997, Acoustics - Description and measurement of environmental noise, Part 1: General procedures) must not exceed the ambient background noise level (LA90) in any octave band centre frequency (31.5Hz to 8KHz inclusive) by more than 5dB:

 

(a)     At the boundary of a lot on which any residential accommodation is located, and

 

(b)     If the existing building is on the same lot as (but not in) a building containing any residential accommodation - on the outside wall of the building containing that accommodation, and

 

(c)     If the existing building contains any residential accommodation - within the residential premises concerned.

 

Subclause (a) does not apply in relation to any boundary of the lot on which the existing building is located unless that boundary is shared with another lot on which residential accommodation is located.

 

It should also be noted that Musical instruments and sound equipment (radios, TVs, tape recorders, record or compact disc players, public address systems, computer games) can be used on the days and between the times stipulated below. The sound generated can not exceed the ambient background noise level (LA90) in any octave band centre frequency (31.5Hz to 8KHz inclusive) by more than 5dB at the locations (a), (b), and (c) above. The times and days when this equipment can be used is as follows:

 

§ Monday to Thursday and Sunday from 8am to 10pm

 

§ Friday, Saturday or the day immediately before a public holiday from 8am to 12 mid night but can not exceed the ambient background noise level (LA90) in any octave band centre frequency (31.5Hz to 8KHz inclusive) by more than 5dB as stated above.

 

Outside of the hours stated, restrictions can be placed on using these articles, if they cause offensive noise.  Offensive noise is defined as:

 

§ Noise that, by reason of its level, nature, character or quality, or the time at which it is made, or any other circumstance, is harmful to (or is likely to be harmful to) a person who is outside the premises from which it is emitted, or interferes unreasonably with (or is likely to interfere unreasonably with) the comfort or repose of a person who is outside the premises from which it is emitted.

 

The POEO Act 1997 gives Council Officers the power to investigate and/or fine noise polluters. Council officers can issue Noise Abatement Orders, Noise Abatement Directions and Noise Control Notices.

 

Should the user breach the noise standards listed within this policy, users will be fined and owners consent to use Council land/property will not be given for a period of 12 months. 

 

Issuing Fines

 

As stated previously, all users of Council owned recreation areas and public halls/community centres that breach noise levels allowed under the relevant acts will be fined an amount that is allowable under the relevant legislation applicable at the time the fine is issued. That user will also be informed that owners consent to use or hire Council land/property will not be given for a period of 12 months. 


Authorised By

 

Council

 

Effective From

 

23 May 2011

 

Department Responsible

 

Executive Services

City Services

City Planning

 

Review Date

 

May 2013

 

This Policy has been developed after consultation with

Councillors

Executive Services

City Services

City Planning

 

Attachments

 

Nil

 

References

 

Prevention of Environment Operations Act 1997

Prevention of Environment Operations (Noise Control) Regulation 2008

NSW Office of Environment & Heritage – Noise Guide for Local Government


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Ordinary Meeting 27 May 2020

City Corporate Report

 

CORP 03

Budget Review - March 2020

 

Strategic Direction

Generating Opportunity

Meet the challenges of Liverpool’s growing population

File Ref

116503.2020

Report By

Earl Paradeza - Senior Management Accountant

Approved By

Vishwa Nadan - Chief Financial Officer

 

 

Executive Summary

 

In June 2019 Council adopted its 2019/20 operating budget with projected revenue of $305.8m and expenditure of $205.0m. In terms of the net operating result before grants and contributions provided for capital purposes, the Council budgeted for an operating deficit of $2.178m.

 

For the two quarters ended 31 December 2019, Council approved adjustments through resolutions and the budget review process, resulting in a revised revenue target of $293.9m and expenditure of $204.5m. This translated to a net operating deficit before grants and contributions provided for capital purposes of $2.102m.

 

The review of Council’s budget at 31 March 2020 identified further adjustments and if approved will result in a $5.490m net operating deficit before grants and contributions for capital purposes for 2019/20 (Ref attachment 1 – Note D). The adjustments include the impact of COVID 19 situation on Council’s budget.

 

The Quarter 3 budget review for 2019/20 has also resulted in a net $32.1m (Ref attachment 1 – Note E) decrease in Council’s capital expenditure program, primarily owing to deferrals of s7.11 property acquisitions, and the delayed delivery of anticipated developer works-in-kind.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

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

 

 


 

REport

 

Legislative Requirements

Clause 203(1) of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 requires the Responsible Accounting Officer to provide a quarterly budget review not later than two months after each quarter's end. The Office of Local Government has given one-month extension to Councils to present Q3 budget review allowing Council Staff to focus more on responding to the COVID 19 situation. This report provides an overview of the results on the financial review for the quarter ended 31 March 2020.

 

Commentary

 

Operating Budget

 

In June 2019, Council adopted its 2019/20 operating budget with projected revenue of $305.8m and expenditure of $205.0m. In terms of the net operating result before grants and contributions provided for capital purposes, the Council budgeted for an operating deficit of $2.178m.

 

For the two quarters ended 31 December 2019, Council approved adjustments through resolutions and the budget review process, resulting in a revised revenue target of $293.9m and expenditure of $204.5m. This translated to a net operating deficit before grants and contributions provided for capital purposes of $2.102m.

 

A comprehensive budget review conducted at 31 March 2020 has resulted in further budget adjustments, as detailed in Attachment 2. As part of the Budget Review, managers have conducted a review of their programs with a view to providing a revised forecast for the financial year ended 30 June 2020. Managers take into consideration events that have occurred to date and/or information that has become available since the adoption of the original budget and the impact of which provides the basis for the budget adjustments.

 

The review has resulted in $35.525m (Ref attachment 1 – Note A) decrease in total revenue mainly attributable to the following:

 

A.  Due to COVID 19

·    - $15.0m  reduction in anticipated S7.11 contributions;

·    - $10.0m  delays in Developer Works-In-Kind;

·    - $1.5m   decrease in environmental compliance levy and principal certifying inspection fees;

·    - $1.1m    decrease in investment revenue due to decline in market value of investments;

·    - $835k     decrease in development application assessment fees and pre-DA meetings;

·    - $500k     decrease in parking fines revenue;

·    - $401k     decrease in property lease rentals;

·    - $400k     decrease in car parking fees revenue;

·    - $368k     decrease in revenue from hall hire venues;

·    - $107k     decrease in rezoning fees revenue;

 

B.  General Business

·    - $1.5m    anticipated net gain on sale of assets will not be realised by 30 June 2020;

·    - $1.5m    FAST grants received in last financial year;

·    - $1.0m    developer contribution relating to Civic Place deferred next financial year;

·    - $900k    Edmondson Ave grants received in last financial year;

·    - $567k    reversal of sub-lease rental (35 Scott Street);

·    - $500k    decrease in revenue due to refunds of prior years' levies for refused or withdrawn applications;

·    - $400k    Lighthorse Park grant is not expected this financial year due to delay in project commencement;

·    - $200k    City Centre Urban Forest grant is not expected this financial year due to delay in project commencement;

·    + $1.0m   increase rates & domestic waste charges based on actual levied;

·    + $300k   increase revenue on sale recycling materials;

 

Decrease in income from child care fees is expected to be maintained by increased grant from the NSW State Government.

 

Total expenditure is projected to decrease by net $4.151m (Ref attachment 1 – Note B), mainly comprising:

 

A.  Due to COVID 19

·    - $1.4m    savings from recruitment freeze;

·    - $546k     decrease in horticultural materials;

·    - $446k     decrease in expenditure due to cancellation of various events and programs;

·    - $339k     decrease in anticipated professional services and contractor expenses;

·    - $178k     decrease in trainee expenses;


 

 

B.  General Business

·    - $750k     decrease of land under road write-offs factored in original budget;

·    - $150k     decrease in expenditure in other legal expenses;

 

The proposed budget changes will increase the budgeted operating deficit before grants and contributions for capital purposes to $5.490m (Ref attachment 1 – Note D).

 

Capital Budget

 

In June 2019, Council approved its $156.3m capital works program for 2019/20. Council subsequently approved carry over of projects valued $17.3m that were planned but not completed in 2018/19.

 

The third quarter budget review has resulted in $32.1m decrease to Council’s capital expenditure program (Ref attachment 1 – Note E). The budget adjustments include the following:

·    - $5.5m    Construction of Liverpool Civic Place project deferred to commence construction next financial year;

·    - $3.2m    RC37-Main Street Town Centre (Park Frontage) - Edmondson Park works have not yet commenced;

·    - $3.2m    Construction of Basin 14 - Edmondson Park land acquisition is unlikely to progress before end of financial year;

·    - $2.9m    Prestons Industrial Local Drainage-Catchment F-West of M7 Developer’s claim is not expected this financial year;

·    - $2.5m    Road Closure 24 Scott Street project deferred next financial year;

·    - $1.9m    Cirillo Reserve - Design and Construction of Sports Field delay in project commencement;

·    - $1.2m    RMN6-Main Neighbourhood-Edmondson Park works have not yet commenced;

·    - $1.2m    CLB2-Bio-Retention Basin-East Leppington acquisition unlikely to occur this financial year;

·    - $1.1m    Georges River Foot Bridge Voyager Point works unlikely to commence this financial year;

·    - $1.0m    Reduction of anticipated tipping fees for disposed asset;

·    + $1.9m   Edmondson Ave - Detailed Design funding towards land acquisition to accommodate the road widening concept design.


 

 

At 31 March 2020, Council has a capital expenditure program of $125.8m as detailed in Attachment 3.

 

The YTD capital expenditure to 31 March 2020 was $48.2m.

 

The Table 1 below provides summary of the budget results:

 

 

Details of the proposed budget changes are provided in the attachments.

 

Attachments 1 - Quarter 3 Budget Review Summary (QBRS): This report presents a summary of Council's budgeted financial position at end of the quarter. The key indicators include:

1.   The revised budgeted income and expenditure for the year against the original estimate of annual income and expenditure as shown in Council’s Operational Plan

2.   Changes following Quarter 3 budget review

3.   The proposed revised budget for 2019/20 financial year


 

 

Attachments 2 – This report provides details of operating budget adjustments

 

Attachments 3 – This report provides details of capital budget adjustments

 

Attachment 4 & 5 – Grants Status Report: Has two components, first listing all annual grant submissions and second, listing all grants that have been applied for during the quarter detailing the project title, amount sought, funding body and status of the application. Council officers are continually seeking alternate sources of funding as opportunities arise.

 

Attachment 6 - Cash and Investments Statement: Providing a reconciliation of restricted and unrestricted funds to the level of Cash and Investments held as at 31 March 2020

 

Attachment 8 - Consultancy and Legal Expenses

 

Attachment 9 - Contracts and Other Expenses

 

Attachment 10 - City Development Fund and Environment Levy

 

This Report recommends that Council receives and notes the report and votes the budget variations in accordance with this report.

 

CONSIDERATIONS

 

Economic

The revised budget net operating result before Grants and Contributions following Quarter 3 Budget Review and Council resolutions to 31 March 2020 will be a deficit of $5.490m.

Environment

There are no environmental and sustainability considerations.


Social

There are no social and cultural considerations.


Civic Leadership

Deliver services that are customer focused.

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

Risk

Clause 203(1) of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 requires the Responsible Accounting Officer to provide a quarterly budget review not later than two months after each quarter's end. Breach of legislation if not done.

 


 

 

ATTACHMENTS

 

1.         QBRS - Consolidated Financial Results

2.         Operating Budget Adjustments

3.         Capital Budget Adjustments

4.         Grant Status Report - Applications

5.         Grant Status Report - Received

6.         Cash & Investment Report

7.         Key Performance Indicators

8.         Consultancy & Legal Expenses Budget Review Statement

9.         Contracts & Other Expenses Statements

10.       City Development Fund & Environment Levy Reserves   


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CORP 03

Budget Review - March 2020

Attachment 1

QBRS - Consolidated Financial Results

 

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