COUNCIL AGENDA

 

Ordinary Council Meeting

30 June 2021

 

 

Francis Greenway Centre, 170 George Street, Liverpool


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You are hereby notified that an Ordinary Council Meeting of Liverpool City Council will be held at the Francis Greenway Centre, 170 George Street, Liverpool on Wednesday, 30 June 2021 commencing at 6.00pm.

 

Due to the public health order social distancing requirements, there is a limit on the number of people who can attend. Please contact the Council and Executive Services team on 8711 7584 if you wish to register your interest to attend.

 

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.

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Dr Eddie Jackson

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

 

 

 


 

 

 


Order of Business

 

                                                                                                              PAGE     TAB

Opening

Acknowledgment of Country and Prayer

National Anthem

Apologies

Condolences

Confirmation of Minutes

Ordinary Council Meeting held on 26 May 2021..................................................................... 7

Declarations of Interest

Public Forum

Mayoral Report

NIL

Notices of Motion Of Rescission

NIL

Chief Executive Officer Report

NIL

Planning & Compliance Report

PLAN 01         Properties subject to acquisition in Liverpool LGA......................................... 57......... 1

PLAN 02         Draft Liverpool Contributions Plan 2021 - East Leppington........................... 70......... 2

PLAN 03         Post exhibition report - Liverpool Local Environmental Plan Amendment 83 - rezoning land and amending development standards at 1400-1480 Elizabeth Drive, Cecil Park........................................................................................................ 77......... 3

PLAN 04         Companion Animals........................................................................................ 90......... 4

PLAN 05         Development and Subdivision of Land Policy.............................................. 110......... 5

PLAN 06         Progress on implementing the Guidelines for the Assessment and Prioritisation of Parking along Narrow Streets....................................................................... 112......... 6

Community & Culture Report

COM 01          Grants, Donations and Corporate Sponsorship........................................... 118......... 7

COM 02          The 60th Anniversary of Australian Air League - Moorebank Squadron..... 126......... 8

Corporate Services Report

CORP 01        Investment Report May 2021....................................................................... 129......... 9

CORP 02        Community Strategic Plan 2022-2032 - Community Engagement Strategy 2021-2022.............................................................................................................. 138....... 10

CORP 03        Local Government Remunerational Tribunal Annual Report and Determination under sections 239 and 241 of the Local Government Act 1993................. 141....... 11

CORP 04        Mayoral Direction pursuant to Section 226(d) of the Local Government Act 1993  182 12

CORP 05        Endorsement of the Delivery Program 2017-2022, Operational Plan and Budget 2021-2022, including Revenue Pricing Policy, Fees and Charges (to be provided in Addendum Booklet)

City Presentation Report

PRES 01         Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) Report....................................... 185....... 13

Infrastructure & Environment Report

INF 01             Integrated Pest Management Policy and Strategy....................................... 207....... 14

INF 02             Feasibility of Establishing a Koala Hospital and Sanctuary......................... 217....... 15

Economy & Commercial Development Report

NIL

Committee Reports

CTTE 01         Minutes of the Environment Advisory Committee held on 12 April 2021.... 304....... 16

CTTE 02         Minutes of the Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee Meeting held on 30 April 2021.............................................................................................................. 311....... 17

CTTE 03         Minutes of the Liverpool Youth Council Meeting held Tuesday 11 May 2021 349      18

CTTE 04         Minutes of the Liverpool Pedestrian, Active Transport and Traffic Committee meeting held on 19 May 2021...................................................................... 359....... 19

CTTE 05         Minutes of Budget Review Panel 20 May 2021........................................... 392....... 20

Questions with Notice

QWN 01          Question with Notice - Clr Kaliyanda - Well-being at Liverpool Council...... 400....... 21

QWN 02          Question with Notice - Clr Kaliyanda - Study Tours..................................... 403....... 22

QWN 03          Question with Notice - Clr Hagarty - City Presentation................................ 405....... 23

QWN 04          Question with Notice - Clr Hagarty - Compliance Discretion....................... 406....... 24

QWN 05          Question with Notice - Clr Ayyad - Staff Payouts......................................... 409....... 25

QWN 06          Question with Notice - Clr Ayyad - Travel.................................................... 411....... 26

QWN 07          Question with Notice - Clr Hagarty - Animal Welfare................................... 412....... 27

QWN 08          Question with Notice - Clr Kaliyanda - Digitisation of Services................... 414....... 28

Presentations by Councillors

Notices of Motion

NOM 01          Bring the ABC to Liverpool........................................................................... 415....... 29

NOM 02          Use of ‘environmentally sensitive’ artificial turf............................................. 416....... 30

 

 

 

 

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    Question with Notice - Clr Rhodes - Moorebank Intermodal Development Special Levy

Reason:     Item CONF 01 is confidential pursuant to the provisions of s10(A)(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    Question with Notice - Clr Ayyad - Childcare in Civic Place

Reason:     Item CONF 02 is confidential pursuant to the provisions of s10(A)(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    Question with Notice - Clr Ayyad - 33 Moore Street, Liverpool

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

 

CONF 04    Liverpool City Centre Parking Meters

Reason:     Item CONF 04 is confidential pursuant to the provisions of s10(A)(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 05    ST2956 - Receival, Processing and Recycling of Civil Construction and Maintenance Waste

Reason:     Item CONF 05 is confidential pursuant to the provisions of s10(A)(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 06    Interim Heritage Order - 124 Moore Street, Liverpool

Reason:     Item CONF 06 is confidential pursuant to the provisions of s10(A)(2)(a) of the Local Government Act because it contains personal matters concerning particular individuals (other than councillors).

 

CONF 07    Transfer of Lot 50 DP 1261083 to Council for dedication as Public Road.

Reason:     Item CONF 07 is confidential pursuant to the provisions of s10(A)(2)(c) of the Local Government Act because it contains information that would, if disclosed, confer a commercial advantage on a person with whom the Council is conducting (or proposes to conduct) business.

 

CONF 08    Transfer/Dedication as Public Road of Lot 1 DP129675, Lot 1 DP996420, Lot 2 DP996420 and Lot 1 DP1230172 Elizabeth Drive, Badgerys Creek to Council.

Reason:     Item CONF 08 is confidential pursuant to the provisions of s10(A)(2)(c) of the Local Government Act because it contains information that would, if disclosed, confer a commercial advantage on a person with whom the Council is conducting (or proposes to conduct) business.

 

CONF 09    Further investigation of potential Surplus Properties

Reason:     Item CONF 09 is confidential pursuant to the provisions of s10(A)(2)(c) of the Local Government Act because it contains information that would, if disclosed, confer a commercial advantage on a person with whom the Council is conducting (or proposes to conduct) business.  

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MINUTES OF THE Ordinary Meeting

HELD ON 26 May 2021

 

 

PRESENT:

Mayor Wendy Waller

Councillor Ayyad

Councillor Balloot

Councillor Hadchiti

Councillor Hadid

Councillor Hagarty

Councillor Harle

Councillor Kaliyanda

Councillor Karnib

Councillor Rhodes

Councillor Shelton

Dr Eddie Jackson, Chief Executive Officer

Mr Raj Autar, Director City Infrastructure and Environment

Mr George Hampouris, Acting Director City Corporate

Ms Tina Bono, Acting Director City Community and Culture

Mr David Smith, Acting Director City Economy and Growth

Mr Peter Diplas, Acting Director City Presentation

Ms Jennifer Chenhall, General Counsel, Manager Governance, Legal and Procurement

Mr Vishwa Nadan, Chief Financial Officer

Mr George Georgakis, Manager Council and Executive Services

Ms Maree Stewart, Coordinator Council and Executive Services (minutes)

 

 

The meeting commenced at 6.00pm

 

 

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 Father Anthony Morgan from St George and Prince Tadros Coptic Orthodox Church.

 

 

NATIONAL ANTHEM

 

The National Anthem was played at the meeting.

 

APOLOGIES

 

Nil

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

CONDOLENCES

 

ITEM NO:

COND 01

SUBJECT:

Ms Estelle Lawler (read by Mayor Waller)

 

Tonight, we pause to honour the memory of the Secretary of the Liverpool City Netball Association, Estelle Lawler.

 

Estelle Lawler was born in 1941 and lived at Lurnea. She was a mother, grandmother, and friend to many. Affectionately known by many names - Mrs Lawler, Estelle, Aunty Ess or Mumma Ess - she was involved with the Liverpool City Netball Association for 47 years, including 20 years as Secretary.

 

Mrs Lawler joined the Liverpool City Netball Association after enrolling her seven-year-old daughter and watching her play. She subsequently took up umpiring and coaching before eventually playing netball herself. Mrs Lawler also worked closely with Liverpool City Council staff for several years to help with the continuing growth of the sport in our local government area.

 

In their tribute, Liverpool City Netball Association praised Mrs Lawler and said “her contribution and tenacity to ensure the success of Liverpool City Netball can be seen every Saturday around the courts when we are all participating in the sport she loved so dearly.”

 

She was further remembered by the association as a “strong, widely outspoken, funny woman who was compassionate and fiercely protective of all the people who she called a friend.”

 

During netball games on May 21 players paused to pay their respects to Mrs Lawler and on May 22 players and spectators participated in a loud cheer to celebrate her lifetime of service to netball.

 

In 2018 Estelle Lawler was recognised with a nomination for the Service to Sport Award as part of NewsLocal’s Liverpool Leader Local Sports Star competition.

 

A funeral service to celebrate the life of Estelle Lawler will be held on Friday 28 May at 11:30am at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park’s South Chapel at Leppington. Due to COVID-19 restrictions seating inside the chapel will be restricted to immediate family. However, there will also be TV screens and speakers on the lawn outside the chapel and the service will be livestreamed.

 

On behalf of Liverpool City Council, I express my deepest condolences to Mrs Lawler’s children, grandchildren and extended family members and friends during this difficult time.

 

 

 

Estelle Lawler’s contribution to netball and the wider Liverpool community was immense and she will be greatly missed.

 

May she rest in peace.

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                  Moved: Mayor Waller           Seconded: Clr Balloot

 

That Council observe a minutes silence in respect to Estelle Lawler and write to the family to express our condolences for their loss.

 

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

 

 

 

 


 

 

Confirmation of Minutes

 

Motion:                                  Moved: Clr Hadid                 Seconded: Clr Shelton

 

That the minutes of the Ordinary Meeting held on 28 April 2021 be confirmed as a true record of that meeting.

 

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

Declarations of Interest

 

Nil.

Public Forum

Presentation – items not on agenda

 

Nil.

Representation – items on agenda

 

1.      Ms Toni Walter on behalf of Urbis addressed Council on the following item:

 

EGROW 06 Planning Proposal Request - 193 Macquarie Street and 77 Moore Street, Liverpool

 

 

2.      Ms Vicki Andrews addressed Council on the following item:

 

NOM 04 - Harris Creek Bridge

 

Motion:                      Moved: Clr Shelton              Seconded: Clr Hagarty

 

That a three minute extension of time be given to Mrs Andrews.

 

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

 

 

3.      Mr Michael Byrne on behalf of the East Liverpool Progress Association addressed Council on the following item:

 

CONF 04 Council 2021-05-26 - Confidential Report - CONF 04 - Moorebank Intermodal Development possible negative impact on Liverpool residents

 

Motion:                      Moved: Clr Rhodes              Seconded: Clr Hadid

 

That a three minute extension of time be given to Mr Byrne.

 

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

 

City Economy and Growth Report

 

ITEM NO:       EGROW 01

FILE NO:        078627.2021

SUBJECT:     Business Resilience Grants - Final Report

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                  Moved: Clr Kaliyanda          Seconded: Clr Rhodes

 

That Council receive and note this report.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

ITEM NO:       EGROW 02

FILE NO:        097229.2021

SUBJECT:     Construction of enclosure for the Liverpool Animal Shelter at Rossmore Vet

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                  Moved: Clr Ayyad                Seconded: Clr Harle

 

That Council:

 

1.    Resolve, pursuant to Section 67(2)(b) of the Local Government Act 1993, to construct an enclosure at Rossmore Vet and it be completed at no cost to Rossmore Vet.

 

2.    Note the estimated cost to Council of constructing the enclosure is up to $10,000 and can be catered for in the current 2020/21 budget and through Council’s standard procurement processes.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

ITEM NO:       EGROW 03

FILE NO:        337300.2020

SUBJECT:     Reducing Red Tape - Revocation of Development and Subdivision of Land Policy

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                  Moved: Clr Hagarty              Seconded: Clr Harle

 

That Council:

 

1.      Update the Development and Subdivision of Land Policy; and

 

2.      Bring an updated policy to the next Council meeting.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

ITEM NO:       EGROW 04

FILE NO:        143691.2021

SUBJECT:     Proposed Planning Agreement in support of draft Amendment 88 to the Liverpool Local Environmental Plan at 1370 Camden Valley Way, Leppington

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                  Moved: Clr Ayyad                Seconded: Clr Kaliyanda

 

That Council:

 

1.      Endorse the draft Planning Agreement and direct the CEO to publicly exhibit the planning agreement and accompanying explanatory note for 28 days;

 

2.      Delegate authority to the CEO, subject to consideration of any changes following public exhibition, to execute the planning agreement in the form that is publicly exhibited or with minor modifications; and

 

3.      Notes that if changes, other than minor changes, arise from the public exhibition process these will be reported back to Council for endorsement.

 

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

 

The Councillors voted unanimously for this item.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


ITEM NO:       EGROW 05

FILE NO:        126847.2021

SUBJECT:     Planning Proposal to amend Part 7 of Liverpool Local Environmental Plan 2008 to prohibit Cemetries and Crematoria in Wallacia

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                  Moved: Clr Hagarty              Seconded: Clr Hadid

 

That Council:

 

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

 

2.    Supports in principle the planning proposal to amend Part 7 (Division 2) of the Liverpool Local Environmental Plan 2008 to prohibit cemeteries and crematoria in Wallacia;

 

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

 

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

 

5.    Subject to Gateway determination, undertake public exhibition and community consultation on the planning proposal in accordance with the conditions of the Gateway determination and Council’s Community Participation Plan;

 

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

 

7.    Collaborates with Penrith City and Wollondilly Shire Councils and the State Government to ensure that cemeteries and crematoria are only developed in appropriate locations.

 

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

 

The Councillors voted unanimously for this item.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

ITEM NO:       EGROW 06

FILE NO:        126878.2021

SUBJECT:     Planning Proposal Request - 193 Macquarie Street and 77 Moore Street, Liverpool

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                  Moved: Clr Hadid                 Seconded: Clr Ayyad

 

That Council:

 

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

 

2.    Endorses in principle the planning proposal request;

 

3.    Delegates to the CEO the preparation of the formal planning proposal including any typographical or other editing amendments if required;

 

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

 

5.    Subject to Gateway determination, undertake public exhibition and community consultation on the planning proposal in accordance with the conditions of the Gateway determination and Council’s Community Participation Plan; and

 

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

 

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

 

The Councillors voted unanimously for this item.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

ITEM NO:       EGROW 07

FILE NO:        127968.2021

SUBJECT:     Proposed amendment to Schedule 1 Liverpool Local Environmental Plan 2008 - additional permitted use for 'animal boarding or training establishment' at 40 Ramsay Road, Rossmore

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                  Moved: Clr Rhodes              Seconded: Clr Ayyad

 

That Council:

 

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

 

2.    Supports the planning proposal to amend Schedule 1 of the Liverpool Local Environmental Plan 2008 to permit ‘animal boarding or training establishment’ as a land use permitted with consent at 40 Ramsay Road, Rossmore;

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The Councillors voted unanimously for this item.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

ITEM NO:       EGROW 08

FILE NO:        132610.2021

SUBJECT:     Removal of Boarding Houses as a Permissible Use within the R2 Low Density Residential Zone

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                  Moved: Clr Ayyad                Seconded: Clr Rhodes

 

That Council:

 

1.    Supports the removal of ‘boarding houses’ as a permissible land use in the R2 Low Density Residential Zone within the Liverpool Local Environmental Plan 2008;

 

2.      Writes to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment advising of Council’s decision; and

 

3.      Direct the CEO to provide a further report to Council on the opportunity of including dual occupancy with development consent in R2 and R3 zones, including the pros and cons, and that the report be brought back in July 2021.

 

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

 

The Councillors voted unanimously for this item.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

ITEM NO:       EGROW 09

FILE NO:        134079.2021

SUBJECT:     Street Naming Requests - Luddenham and Bringelly

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                  Moved: Clr Ayyad                Seconded: Clr Rhodes

 

That Council:

 

1.    Supports the renaming of original sections of The Northern Road:

 

·      through Luddenham as Willmington Road;

·      between Bringelly Road and Thames Road as Wentworth Road.

 

2.    Forwards the names to the Geographical Names Board (GNB), seeking formal approval;

 

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

 

4.      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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

ITEM NO:       EGROW 10

FILE NO:        134216.2021

SUBJECT:     Adoption of Urban Cat Management Plan 2021

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                  Moved: Clr Rhodes              Seconded: Clr Ayyad

 

That Council adopt the Urban Cat Management Plan and Action Plan 2021

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

City Community and Culture Report

 

ITEM NO:       COM 01

FILE NO:        090021.2021

SUBJECT:     Grants, Donations and Corporate Sponsorship

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                  Moved: Clr Shelton              Seconded: Clr Ayyad

 

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

 

Applicant

Project

Recommended*

Western Sydney Community Forum

2021 ZEST Community Awards

$10,000

Miracle Babies Foundation

NICU Survival Packs for families of babies born premature or sick

$10,000

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

ITEM NO:       COM 02

FILE NO:        107950.2021

SUBJECT:     Liverpool City Council Sporting Grants Program 2020/2021

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                  Moved: Clr Hadid                           Seconded: Clr Rhodes

 

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

Austral City Bears Incorporated

Purchase of playing equipment (Tackle bags, pads and cones)

$5,000.00

Fiji Football Australia Pty Ltd

Purchase of equipment

(kits, marquees)

$5,000.00

Hinchinbrook Hornets JRLFC

Purchase of playing equipment (Tackle bags, tackle rings, speed sleds, speed chute)

$2,570.00

Kemps Creek United Soccer Club

Costs associated with the start-up of a Walking Football Program

$5,000.00

Southern Districts Soccer Football Association Inc

Purchase and installation of VEO Sports Cameras to aid coaching and high-performance feedback

$ 2,430.00

Liverpool District Touch Association

Purchase of playing equipment and volunteer training

(balls, kits, training courses)

$5,000.00

Moorebank Liverpool District Hockey Club

Purchase of playing equipment

(cones, training singlets, coach white boards, helmets)

$5,000.00

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

City Corporate Report

 

ITEM NO:       CORP 01

FILE NO:        133621.2021

SUBJECT:     Budget Review - March 2021

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                  Moved: Clr Hagarty              Seconded: Clr Kaliyanda

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

ITEM NO:       CORP 02

FILE NO:        137239.2021

SUBJECT:     Investment Report April 2021

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                  Moved: Clr Shelton              Seconded: Clr Hadid

 

That Council receives and notes the report.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Committee Reports

 

ITEM NO:       CTTE 01

FILE NO:        103198.2021

SUBJECT:     Minutes of the Companion Animals Advisory Committee meeting held on 30 March 2021

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                  Moved: Clr Kaliyanda          Seconded: Clr Balloot

 

That Council receives and notes the minutes of the Companion Animals Advisory Committee meeting held on 30 March 2021.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

ITEM NO:       CTTE 02

FILE NO:        124312.2021

SUBJECT:     Minutes of the Liverpool Youth Council Meeting held Tuesday 13 April 2021

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                  Moved: Clr Kaliyanda          Seconded: Clr Balloot

 

That Council receives and notes the Minutes of the Liverpool Youth Council Meeting held on Tuesday 13 April 2021.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

ITEM NO:       CTTE 03

FILE NO:        134301.2021

SUBJECT:     Minutes of the Tourism and CBD Committee meeting held on 27 April 2021

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                  Moved: Clr Kaliyanda          Seconded: Clr Balloot

 

That Council:

 

1.    Receives and notes the minutes of the Tourism and CBD Committee meeting held on 27 April 2021; and

 

2.    Endorse the recommendations in the minutes.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


ITEM NO:       CTTE 04

FILE NO:        135511.2021

SUBJECT:     Minutes of Strategic Panel Meeting held on 12 April 2021

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                  Moved: Clr Kaliyanda          Seconded: Clr Balloot

 

That Council receives and notes the Minutes of the Strategic Panel Meeting held on 12 April 2021.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Questions with Notice

 

ITEM NO:       QWN 01

FILE NO:        120405.2021

SUBJECT:     Question with Notice - Clr Hagarty - Mice

 

Background

 

After drought, bushfires, COVID and floods, rural Australia is now being severely impacted by a mouse plague. There have also been recent reports of mice in Liverpool's own rural and new release areas.

 

Please address the following:

 

1.    Has Council received any recent complaints about mouse infestations?

 

Council has not received any complaints about mouse infestations within the LGA. Council receives the occasional complaint regarding reports of rodents associated with overgrown properties. In these cases, Council may undertake enforcement action, where justifiable.

 

2.    Does Council have any jurisdiction in controlling mouse populations? If not, who does?

 

Council does not have jurisdiction in controlling mouse populations. While there are no obligations for landholders to control mice, Local Land Services, a State Government Agency, can provide advice to landholders to assist them in managing mice numbers on their property.

 

 

 

 


 

ITEM NO:       QWN 02

FILE NO:        120410.2021

SUBJECT:     Question with Notice - Clr Hagarty - Towards Zero

 

Background

 

Each year over a thousand people die on Australian roads. Thankfully, these figures have decreased significantly over recent decades.

 

The NSW Government's "Toward Zero" initiative urges all of us to do everything in our power to push the number of deaths on NSW roads towards zero.

 

We absolutely must try new approaches to ensure road deaths continue to trend down. Any number higher than zero is unacceptable.

 

However, if an approach is poorly implemented or not working, it must be reassessed and potentially stopped.

 

Please address the following:

 

1.    When does the Transport for NSW's 30kmh trial in the Liverpool CBD finish?

 

Transport for NSW (TfNSW) has advised that the 30km/h zone in the Liverpool CBD precinct is a ‘pilot’ change to the speed limit rather than a trial with an end date. The 30km/h zone was implemented on 17 July 2020, with Transport for NSW (TfNSW) planning to complete an evaluation after twelve months, being in July this year.

 

TfNSW has advised that the intention of the evaluation is to inform future improvements to the Liverpool CBD 30km/h area, and other 30km/h areas, rather than deciding whether the 30km/h area will stay in place or be removed. 

 

2.    Who decides whether to continue or finish the trial?

 

Transport for NSW is responsible for speed management on NSW roads. As advised above, TfNSW will complete the evaluation after twelve months, being in July this year. TfNSW has advised that the intention of the evaluation is to inform future improvements to the Liverpool CBD 30km/h area and other 30km/h areas rather than deciding whether the 30km/h area will stay in place or be removed.

 

3.    What input does Council have into the future of the trial?

 

TfNSW has advised that it is happy to work with Council on the 30km/h zone in Liverpool, including the provision of any changes to traffic calming within the area to reinforce the lower speed limits and intends to engage with Council as part of the evaluation.

 

4.    What input do local residents and businesses have into the future of the trial?

 

Residents and businesses can continue to contact Transport for NSW through the online feedback form to submit an enquiry. The online feedback form can be found through the following link: https://roads-waterways.transport.nsw.gov.au/contact-us/feedback-form.html.

 

5.    How much revenue has the State Government raised from the speed camera on Bigge Street since the trial commenced?

 

TfNSW advised that the fixed speed camera on Bigge Street between Campbell Street and Elizabeth Street has been in warning mode since the lower speed zones of 30km/h were introduced on 17 July 2020. Warning letters have been sent to speeding motorists to encourage them to change their driving behaviour. However. motorists who exceeded the 30km/h speed limit by more than 30km/h were subject to penalties.

 

TfNSW has advised that the amount of revenue raised would need to be requested from Revenue NSW. Council has requested this information, and if received, will be included in a future CEO update.

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                  Moved: Clr Hagarty              Seconded: Clr Kaliyanda

 

That Council promote the TfNSW online feedback form through social media channels encouraging feedback on the 30km/hr speed zone in the Liverpool CBD.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

ITEM NO:       QWN 03

FILE NO:        137466.2021

SUBJECT:     Question with Notice - Clr Rhodes – Semi-detached housing engineering specifications in New Release Areas

 

Please address the following:

 

Does Liverpool Council have necessary engineering specifications for semi-detached housing opportunities permitted in the new development areas, that details when one side of the property is bought and built and that has to attach to a second dwelling as a part of the development conditions, but the second attached dwelling has yet to be built by a new and separated Development Application. Are engineering specifications submitted in the first development application done to acceptable specifications that is subject to the engineering needs that permits a second dwelling to be attached to the first dwelling built?

 

Or, are all the necessary engineering specifications only addressed and imposed on the second dwelling to attach to the first dwelling in order to comply with the condition of development for semi-detached developments when the adjoining Development Application is submitted?

 

Response

 

Council does not have engineering specifications for the construction of semi-detached housing development. However, the construction of buildings, including dwellings, is required to comply with the Building Code of Australia (BCA). The BCA specifies construction requirements for separating walls which include structural, fire rating and weather proofing. Each dwelling is required to comply with the BCA when it is built and attaching a dwelling to an existing dwelling will be for aesthetic purposes only, and will not affect the structural integrity of the existing dwelling or the subsequent dwelling to be attached to it.

 

While there have been instances where a dwelling needs to be attached to an existing dwelling in recent times, this will no longer occur. Development approvals will now include additional conditions which prevent semi-detached dwellings from being constructed at different times. They must be built at the same time.

 

 

 


 

ITEM NO:       QWN 04

FILE NO:        147940.2021

SUBJECT:     Question with Notice - Clr Hagarty - Macquarie Mall and Bigge Park

 

Background

 

Council has previously borrowed money to improve the public domain in the CBD. In 2015 Council borrowed money for the upgrade on Macquarie Mall and Bigge Park in 2015.

 

Please address the following:

 

1.    How much was borrowed to fund the upgrade of Macquarie Mall and Bigge Park?

 

Council borrowed $10m, on a 10-year fixed interest rate of 3.73%.

 

An interest subsidy of 3% was approved for this project under the NSW Governments Local Infrastructure Renewal Scheme (LIRS)

 

2.    What are the annual loan repayments?

 

Principal and interest repayment for this loan is $1.2m per year. Payments are made quarterly.

 

3.    How are those repayments funded?

 

Repayments for this loan are fully funded from the City Development Fund.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

ITEM NO:       QWN 05

FILE NO:        147924.2021

SUBJECT:     Question with Notice - Clr Kaliyanda - Well-being at Liverpool Council

 

The mental health and well-being impacts of COVID-19 and other natural disasters in the last 18 months have been highlighted in the media and other places. The NSW Government is due to release an updated version of its Mentally Healthy Workplaces Strategy this month.

 

Please address the following:

 

1.    What measures has Council undertaken to track the mental health and well-being on staff over this period?

 

2.    How does Council plan to implement the updated Strategy?

 

3.    Has well-being had an effect on staff retention or turnover in the last 18mths?

 

4.    What strategies are in place to manage workload to ensure sustainability?

 

 

A response to these questions with notice will be published in the 30 June 2021 Council Meeting Business Papers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

ITEM NO:       QWN 06

FILE NO:        147952.2021

SUBJECT:     Question with Notice - Clr Kaliyanda - Study Tours

 

Please address the following:

 

1.    What study tours have been undertaken in this term of Council?

 

2.    What outcomes/benefits have they delivered to Council and ratepayers?

 

3.    What has been the financial cost of these?

 

4.    How does this compare to the number, cost and outcomes/benefits to ratepayers undertaken in previous terms of Council?

 

 

A response to these questions with notice will be published in the 30 June 2021 Council Meeting Business Papers.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

ITEM NO:       QWN 07

FILE NO:        147963.2021

SUBJECT:     Question with Notice - Clr Hagarty - City Presentation

 

Please address the following:

 

1.    How many vacancies are there in City Presentation?

 

2.    When are these expected to be filled?

 

 

A response to these questions with notice will be published in the 30 June 2021 Council Meeting Business Papers.

 

 

 

 


 

ITEM NO:       QWN 08

FILE NO:        148015.2021

SUBJECT:     Question with Notice - Clr Hagarty - Compliance Discretion

 

Please address the following:

 

1.    Are compliance officers legally allowed to apply discretion?

 

2.    Is it Council policy to apply discretion?

 

3.    Does Council keep track of when discretion is applied?

 

4.    What training is given on the application of discretion?

 

5.    What checks and balances are in place for when discretion is applied?

 

 

A response to these questions with notice will be published in the 30 June 2021 Council Meeting Business Papers.

 

 

 

 


 

ITEM NO:       QWN 09

FILE NO:        148067.2021

SUBJECT:     Question with Notice - Clr Ayyad - Childcare in Civic Place

 

Please address the following:

 

1.    What is the cost of the childcare component proposed in Civic Place?

 

2.    How many children is it going to cater for?

 

3.    Who is going to run it?

 

4.    Did the original concept for Civic Place, as resolved in 2016, have a childcare centre?

 

5.    If no, why did this change?

 

6.    Who initiated this change?

 

7.    Who completed the business case to justify this change?

 

8.    How was the organisation that completed the business case chosen?

 

9.    What date was the business case completed?

 

10.  Who has seen the business case?

 

11.  Does the business case contain a feasibility study?

 

12.  Was any elected official consulted about a childcare in Civic Place before it was resolved by Council?

 

13.  How much extra is it going to cost to build this childcare centre? This figure is to include fit out and any parking requirements that need to be built for this childcare.

 

 

A response to these questions with notice will be published in the 30 June 2021 Council Meeting Business Papers.

 

 


 

ITEM NO:       QWN 10

FILE NO:        148095.2021

SUBJECT:     Question with Notice - Clr Ayyad - 33 Moore Street, Liverpool

 

Please address the following:

 

1.    In this term of Council, how much has been spent on 33 Moore Street?

 

2.    Can you please provide a breakdown of the costs? That is to include which levels the monies were spent on and for what purpose (as a minimum).

 

 

A response to these questions with notice will be published in the 30 June 2021 Council Meeting Business Papers.

 

 

 

 


 

ITEM NO:       QWN 11

FILE NO:        148108.2021

SUBJECT:     Question with Notice - Clr Ayyad - Staff Payouts

 

Please address the following:

 

1.    In this term of Council, how much has been spent to pay out staff through terminating their contracts (please provide as a total number)?

 

 

A response to these questions with notice will be published in the 30 June 2021 Council Meeting Business Papers.

 

 

 

 

 


 

ITEM NO:       QWN 12

FILE NO:        148126.2021

SUBJECT:     Question with Notice - Clr Ayyad - Travel

 

Please address the following:

 

1.    In this term of Council, how many flights has Council booked (both interstate and international)?

 

2.    How many hotel room nights have been booked in this term of Council?

 

 

A response to these questions with notice will be published in the 30 June 2021 Council Meeting Business Papers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Presentations by Councillors

 

Nil.

 

 

 

 


ADDENDUM

 

ITEM NO:       CORP 03

FILE NO:        147032.2021

SUBJECT:     For Public Exhibition – Draft Delivery Program 2017-2022 and Operational Plan and Budget 2021-2022, including Revenue Pricing Policy, Fees and Charges

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                  Moved: Clr Harle                  Seconded: Clr Rhodes

 

That Council:

 

1.      Place the draft Delivery Program 2017-2022 and Operational Plan and Budget 2021-2022, including Revenue Pricing Policy, Fees and Charges on Public Exhibition for 28 days;

 

2.      Include a table that indicates each Councillor’s attendance at all Council meetings, committee meetings, and briefing sessions for this term of Council, under the Your Council section of the Delivery Program 2017-2022 and Operational Plan and Budget 2021-2022.

3.      Receives a further report at the June 2021 Council meeting after a review of public submissions; and

 

4.    Notes the amendments to the Principal Activities in the 2021-2022 Operational Plan as tabled.

 

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

 

Clr Ayyad and Clr Hadchiti requested that they be recorded as voting against the motion.

 

 


Clr Ayyad left the Chambers at 7.01pm.

 

Notices of Motion

 

ITEM NO:       NOM 01

FILE NO:        146019.2021

SUBJECT:     Payment Plans for Liverpool Council Animal Shelter Fees

 

BACKGROUND

 

Liverpool LGA is a great animal loving community.

 

It is well documented that mental health outcomes are often improved through pet ownership.

 

During times of uncertainty and social threats such as the COVID pandemic, many people have turned more to the companionship that pets such as dogs provide to help cope with isolation and loneliness.

 

However, this is often done without considering all the ongoing responsibilities that come with pet ownership nor the different requirements that different breeds of animals might require.

 

Many of our citizens live either close to the poverty line and or below it, but they are pet owners as well and are people particularly prone to embarking on pet ownership for comfort and companionship and as such may need financial assistance should their new animal companion escape and be impounded in the Liverpool City Animal Shelter presenting them with an expense they never may have considered.

 

Constituents have told me that some people whose animals are impounded are reluctant to claim their dog when registered or unregistered for fear of the financial burden of paying the accumulated fees for the period of time their animal has been in the pound. This results in increased costs to the Liverpool Animal Shelter operations and in some cases great stress to dogs because their owner cannot afford the fees to reclaim their dog.

 

Greater education and information can assist not only Liverpool Constituents to be better informed as to what sort of dog might be best suited for them, but also make them more aware of the cost and responsibility of pet ownership. Such education and information could result in less cost to operations at the Council Animal Shelter and less dogs having to be impounded or at the very least being reclaimed sooner and by their original owner who may be currently unaware that payment options are available to them.

 

The promotion of Liverpool Council's payment plan options could lead to more animals being reclaimed from the pound also reducing the cost to operations of the Liverpool Council Animal Shelter.

 

NOTICE OF MOTION (Submitted by Clr Rhodes)

 

That Council:

 

1.    Provide a costing and report to June Council meeting for options to provide education material on the responsibilities of dog ownership that includes information on the different needs that different types of dogs may require, in regards to space, enclosures, exercise and approximate cost to feed; and

 

  1. Promote on the Liverpool Council's Animal Shelter fees and Council's payment plan options by placing information prominently on the Liverpool Council Website and on social media platforms.

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                  Moved: Clr Rhodes              Seconded: Clr Harle

 

That the recommendation be adopted. 

 

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

 

Clr Balloot and Clr Hadchiti requested that they be recorded as voting against the motion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Clr Ayyad returned to the Chambers at 7.05pm.

 

ITEM NO:       NOM 02

FILE NO:        146026.2021

SUBJECT:     Housing Diversity SEPP

 

BACKGROUND

 

The new Housing Diversity SEPP is intended to replace SEPPs currently in place which Council has submitted endorsement in principal including new definitions that include build to rent housing, student housing and co-living developments.

 

New definitions included in the new SEPP are Student Housing, Co-Living where Council has made recommendations to support standards to ensure quality of livability issues, but has made no comment regarding the continued threat that shared co-living type of housing poses to the spread of COVID-19 and or the professional opinion that there will be the continued threat of new or similar pandemics that will be the new reality into the foreseeable future.

 

Liverpool has a very culturally diverse population that brings more people from every corner of the world into our LGA and by doing so makes Liverpool more prone perhaps than other parts of Sydney to possible future outbreaks.

 

It is significant that the pandemic spreads predominantly in Australia through quarantine and share co-living situations, that are similar build to the new proposed Housing Diversity SEPP.

 

Before the Housing Diversity SEPP is endorsed there is a need for a full comprehensive reassessment of the current and proposed development controls that will ensure that all future housing development meets COVID safe legislation built into the Housing Diversity SEPPs.

 

NOTICE OF MOTION (submitted by Clr Rhodes)

 

That Council submit to DPIE Housing Diversity SEPP currently under consideration concerns about all shared living developments and the need for new legislation that addresses the needs to deliver COVID safe housing developments into the future, by calling for a review of all planning regulations specifically to address any form of share living COVID safe housing development.

 

 

 

 

 

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                  Moved: Clr Rhodes              Seconded: Clr Harle

 

That the recommendation be adopted. 

 

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

 

Division:

 

Vote for: Clr Ayyad and Clr Rhodes

 

Vote against: Mayor Waller, Clr Balloot, Clr Hadchiti, Clr Hadid, Clr Hagarty, Clr Harle, Clr Kaliyanda, Clr Karnib, Clr Shelton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Clr Balloot left the Chambers at 7.06pm.

 

ITEM NO:       NOM 03

FILE NO:        147976.2021

SUBJECT:     Warwick Farm DA-790/2020

 

BACKGROUND

 

Council has spent considerable time and effort consulting with residents, landowners and other stakeholders as part of the LEP review process. One outcome of this process was the concept of a comprehensive masterplan for Warwick Farm.

 

The Liverpool Place Strategy's Priority 4, Action 10 states:

Investigate the potential for master planned precincts (such as NSW Land and Housing Corporation properties in Warwick Farm and rezoned land) to improve and increase social and affordable housing above the targets set out in A Metropolis of Three Cities.

 

The Liverpool Local Strategic Planning Statement Action 7.3 states:

Partner with State Government to investigate the potential for master planned precincts (such as NSW Land and Housing Corporation properties in Warwick Farm and Green Valley) to improve and increase social and affordable housing (medium term)

 

Despite the above, DA-790/2020 for a has been lodged by NSW Land and Housing Corporation to consolidate 5 lots into 2, and construct a 6-storey building with 43 apartments in Warwick Farm.

 

NOTICE OF MOTION (Submitted by Clr Hagarty)

 

That Council write to the relevant State Minister asking why the State Government has ignored the principles set out in its own Council mandated strategic planning documents.

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                  Moved: Clr Hagarty              Seconded: Clr Kaliyanda

 

That the recommendation be adopted. 

 

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

 

 

 

 


Clr Balloot returned to the Chambers at 7.14pm.

 

ITEM NO:       NOM 04

FILE NO:        147997.2021

SUBJECT:     Harris Creek Bridge

 

BACKGROUND

 

The Heritage Council of NSW has given notice of its intention to consider listing the Harris Creek Rail Bridge on the State Heritage Register.

 

The Harris Creek Rail Bridge is likely to be of state heritage significance for its historical association with the German Concentration Camp in Holsworthy.

 

The rail bridge has a strong connection to local military history, in particular, the movement of troops and equipment in support of the military operations in the Liverpool area from WWI.

 

NOTICE OF MOTION (Submitted by Clr Hagarty)

 

That Council:

 

1.   Make a written submission in support of listing the Harris Creek Rail Bridge on the State Heritage Register; and

 

2.   Notes submissions close 26 May 2021.

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                  Moved: Clr Hagarty              Seconded: Clr Rhodes

 

That Council:

 

  1. Make a written submission in support of listing the Harris Creek Rail Bridge on the State Heritage Register;

 

  1. Bring a report to the Heritage Advisory Committee to consider including the ANZAC Creek Bridge on the State Heritage Register; and

 

  1. Notes submissions close 26 May 2021.

 

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

 

Councillors voted unanimously for this item.

 


Mayor Waller called a recess of Council at 7.17pm

 

Mayor Waller reopened the Council meeting at 7.24pm.

 

 

COUNCIL IN CLOSED SESSION

 

Council moved into closed session at 7.24pm pursuant to the provisions of:

 

·           s10(A)(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; and

 

·           s10(A)(2)(g) of the Local Government Act because it contains advice concerning litigation, or advice that would otherwise be privileged from production in legal proceedings on the ground of legal professional privilege.

 

 

ITEM NO:       CONF 01

FILE NO:        128057.2021

SUBJECT:     Rescission of CONF 03 - Bigge Park Cafes - Lot 702 DP 1056246, Bigge Street, Liverpool from 28 April 2021 Council meeting.

 

NOTICE OF MOTION OF RESCISSION

 

That Council rescinds the resolution relating to CONF 03 – Bigge Park Cafes – Lot 702 DP 1056246, Bigge Street, Liverpool from the 28 April 2021 Council Meeting.

 

That Council:

 

1.   Accepts the Tender from Stazi Group Pty Ltd for Tender ST2904 - Licensing of Pump House Café Bigge Park Liverpool for a term of five years as per the commercial terms outlined in the body of this report.

 

2.   Makes public its decision regarding tender ST2904 - Licensing of Pump House Café Bigge Park Liverpool.

 

3.   Notes that the Chief Executive Officer will finalise all details and sign the Letter of Acceptance and delegate for the License to be executed under the Power of Attorney following the publication of the draft Minutes on Council’s website for the tender, giving it contractual effect, in accordance with delegated authority.

 

4.   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.

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

The Rescission Motion which was lodged by Clrs Ayyad, Hadchiti and Rhodes was moved and voted on.

 

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

 

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

 

Vote against: Mayor Waller, Clr Balloot, Clr Hagarty, Clr Kaliyanda, Clr Karnib, Clr Shelton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

ITEM NO:       CONF 02

FILE NO:        120423.2021

SUBJECT:     Question with Notice - Clr Ayyad - Civic Place

 

Responses to the Questions with Notice were provided to Councillors.

 

 

 


 

ITEM NO:       CONF 03

FILE NO:        146091.2021

SUBJECT:     Question with Notice - Clr Rhodes - Moorebank Intermodal Development Special Levy

 

Responses to the Questions with Notice will be provided to Councillors at the June Council meeting.

 


 

 

ITEM NO:       CONF 04

FILE NO:        146069.2021

SUBJECT:     NOM from Clr Rhodes - Moorebank Intermodal Development possible negative impact on Liverpool residents

 

COUNCIL DECISION

 

Motion:                                  Moved: Clr Rhodes              Seconded: Clr Harle

 

That Council:

 

1.      Seek the waiver advice from the RAID solicitors for the appeal Class 1 Appeal Court Case 2020/0004407 so that the documents can be released, and Councillors can be further advised to the merit or otherwise for Council to consider a class 1 and class 4 appeal for the stage 3 and MPW Stage 2 of the Moorebank Intermodal Development. Including those documents that were paid for by ratepayers. Notwithstanding small portions of the traffic report have been redacted to confidentiality for Transport NSW;

 

2.      Receive a report back as soon as possible following receipt of the waiver advice; and 

 

3.      Provide this information to the Moorebank Intermodal Committee members on the provision of the waiver being received.

 

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

 

Mayor Waller and Clr Shelton requested that they be recorded as voting against the motion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Mayor Waller reopened the meeting at 7.47pm and read the resolution that was made in Closed Session, on the previous page of these minutes.

 

THE MEETING CLOSED AT 7.49pm.

 

 

 

<Signature>

Name: Wendy Waller

Title:    Mayor

Date:    30 June 2021

I have authorised a stamp bearing my signature to be affixed to the pages of the Minutes of the Council Meeting held on  26 May 2021. I confirm that Council has adopted these Minutes as a true and accurate record of the meeting.

 


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Planning & Compliance Report

 

PLAN 01

Properties subject to acquisition in Liverpool LGA

 

Strategic Direction

Generating Opportunity

Meet the challenges of Liverpool’s growing population

File Ref

095857.2021

Report By

Shaun Beckley - Coordinator Contributions Planning

Approved By

David Smith - Acting Director Planning & Compliance

 

Executive Summary

 

At its meeting of 3 February 2021, Council resolved, in part, to receive a report detailing all properties that need to be acquired by a government agency in the Liverpool Local Government Area.

 

There are 438 properties subject to land acquisition that are identified as such in the various planning instruments that apply across the Liverpool LGA. In accordance with the relevant planning instrument, Council is obligated to acquire all or part of these properties. Each of these property acquisitions has been costed and included in the relevant local contributions plan.

 

A list of properties to be acquired is included in Attachment 1. A series of maps showing the location of land acquisition in key growth areas of Edmondson Park, East Leppington and Austral/Leppington North is included in Attachment 2.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council receive and note this report.

 

REPORT

 

The purpose of this report is to provide Council with a list of all properties subject to acquisition and identified as such in an Environmental Planning Instrument (EPI) [either State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) or Local Environmental Plan (LEP)].

 

Council at its meeting of 3 February 2021 resolved, in response to a notice of motion, (NOM01) to:

 

“Receive a further report on the list of properties that need to be acquired through a government agency and also write to those affected landowners and advise them of the hardship policy”.

 

The acquisition of land is a fundamental element to the orderly development of land, especially in growth areas like Edmondson Park, Austral and Leppington. Land acquisition is used to enable the provision of a range of infrastructure to support new development.

 

To ensure that infrastructure can be provided, and land adequately serviced, the land reservation acquisition map in an environmental planning instrument identifies land required for the provision of public infrastructure. This land is usually zoned RE1 or SP2. This reservation not only identifies the necessary land but provides the mechanism for Council or the landowner to initiate the acquisition process.

 

There are 438 properties subject to land acquisition by Council or the NSW Government identified in the various planning instruments that apply to land in the Liverpool LGA. In accordance with the relevant EPI, Council is obligated to acquire all or part of these properties. Each of these acquisitions has been costed and included in the relevant local contributions plan.

 

A list of all outstanding acquisitions required is included in Attachment 1. The acquisitions have been arranged alphabetically by suburb for ease of reference. In addition to the list, maps have been included in Attachment 2 showing land acquisition in key growth areas.

 

The list of properties to be acquired in Attachment 1 includes changes resulting from Amendment 75 to the Liverpool Local Environmental Plan relating to the Austral/Leppington North precinct. There are 49 properties currently identified for acquisition that will no longer be required because of Amendment 75. These are highlighted yellow in the list. This amendment was approved by Council following exhibition at its 31 March 2021 meeting and is currently with DPIE for finalisation and gazettal.

 

There are several ways that land is transferred to Council, including:

·     Dedication as a part of development.

·     Voluntary acquisition; and

·     Compulsory acquisition.

 

Generally, owners will be advised of a proposed acquisition by Council in writing with a recommendation to obtain their own legal and valuation advice. As part of this process, Council will also request a copy of any recent contamination assessments or access for Council’s consultant to undertake a contamination assessment.

 

Subject to reaching agreement, a report is then submitted to Council for approval, or alternatively, approval to make an application to the Minister to proceed with a compulsory acquisition process.

 

CONSIDERATIONS

 

Economic

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

Environment

Manage the environmental health of waterways.

Support the delivery of a range of transport options.


Social

There are no social and cultural considerations.


Civic Leadership

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

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

Legislative

Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979

Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000

Local Government Act 1993

Land Acquisition (Just Terms Compensation) Act 1991

Risk

There is no risk associated with this report.

 

ATTACHMENTS

 

1.         Properties identified for acquisition

2.         Land acquisition in key growth areas - Maps


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Properties subject to acquisition in Liverpool LGA

Attachment 1

Properties identified for acquisition

 

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Properties subject to acquisition in Liverpool LGA

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Land acquisition in key growth areas - Maps

 

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Planning & Compliance Report

 

PLAN 02

Draft Liverpool Contributions Plan 2021 - East Leppington

 

Strategic Direction

Strengthening and Protecting our Environment

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

File Ref

114340.2021

Report By

Shaun Beckley - Coordinator Contributions Planning

Approved By

David Smith - Acting Director Planning & Compliance

 

Executive Summary

 

The East Leppington Precinct was rezoned in 2014 by the NSW Government as part of the South West Growth Centre and includes land in Camden, Campbelltown, and Liverpool local government areas. The Liverpool portion of the Precinct has a total net developable area of 75.59 hectares and is expected to support 1,128 new dwellings and 3,485 new residents.

 

The existing Liverpool Contributions Plan 2014 – East Leppington was prepared to collect development contributions on residential and non-residential development in East Leppington under Section 7.11 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act (EP&A Act).

 

Council has undertaken a review of this Plan and prepared the Liverpool Contributions Plan 2021 – East Leppington (Attachment 1), referred to as “the Plan” in this report.

 

The Plan has been reviewed in line with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s (DPIE) Practice Notes.

 

The January 2019 Practice Note states contributions can only be levied above the cap if the relevant Contributions Plan has been reviewed by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) and Council has implemented any advice given by the Minister. The review and assessment of this Plan allows Council to levy above the cap to avoid a further shortfall in contributions funding.

 

The July 2005 Practice Note recommends review of a Contributions Plan to ensure Council collects contributions in line with any changes to population growth and demand, as well as any changes in the amount and cost of works or land.

 

 

 

In line with these Practice Notes, the Plan has been reviewed by Council with a focus on the revision of Works and Land costs. These costs have been updated to reflect more detailed infrastructure design studies, the increased cost of materials and changes to the cost of acquiring land.

 

The review of the Plan has identified a need to increase costs for infrastructure based on changes to property prices, confirmation of design and increased cost of materials. This has resulted in an increase to the per lot contribution of approximately $14,000 (from the current $52,000 to $66,000 for a 450m2 lot). It is noted that contributions within the precinct are currently capped by NSW Government policy at $30,000 per lot.

 

It is important for Council to update the Plan accordingly to ensure that development is funding the cost of infrastructure and reducing the financial burden on Council, including any shortfall based on the cap on contributions.

 

Housekeeping amendments have also been made to improve the Plan’s readability and to make it consistent with recent changes in the development contributions framework. These are further detailed in Attachment 2.

 

Following Council’s endorsement, the Plan will be placed on public exhibition in accordance with Clause 28 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (EP&A Reg). After Council has considered any submissions and made any necessary amendments, the Plan will then be submitted to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) for assessment.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:

 

1.    Endorses draft Liverpool Contributions Plan 2021 – East Leppington for public exhibition in accordance with Clause 28 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000;

 

2.    Delegates to the CEO the authority to make any typographical and other minor amendments to the draft Contributions Plan following exhibition and submit the draft Plan to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) for assessment followed by consideration of IPART’s assessment by the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces (or nominee); and

 

3.    Receives a further report following IPART’s assessment and the Minister’s advice for adoption of Liverpool Contributions Plan 2021 – East Leppington as an ‘IPART Reviewed Contributions Plan.’

 

 

 

REPORT

 

In 2014, the NSW Government rezoned land within Campbelltown, Camden, and Liverpool LGAs as the East Leppington Precinct. The Precinct rezoning identified a total net developable area of 75.59 hectares and is expected to support 1,128 new dwellings and 3,485 new residents within the Liverpool LGA.

 

The Plan is being reviewed as part of a broad reform program to update Council’s Contributions Plans subject to the state government cap. The purpose of this review is to:

·     Prepare the plan for submission to IPART;

·     Ensure Council is collecting contributions in line with updated Works and Land costs; and

·     Improve the general readability of the Plan.

 

AEC Group Pty Ltd (AEC) have been engaged by Council to assist with updating the Plan by undertaking a current land costs assessment, revising work costs in line with updated designs and modelling the proposed contribution rates for the updated Plan. The consultant’s report is included as Attachment 3.

 

The key objective of the Plan review is to revise land and work costs. As the zoning and development controls have not needed revision, the underlying planning assumptions used to develop the original 2014 Contributions Plan did not need to be revisited.

 

Changes in infrastructure costs

 

Overall, there is a 22.77% increase in item costs between the 2014 and 2021 Plan, when indexed to the current quarter. The changes in costs are a result of:

·     The strong growth of land values in East Leppington and surrounding regions that have exceeded generic indexation assumptions;

·     A flood mapping review undertaken in August 2020. The mapping indicated that some of the land earmarked for acquisition is now considered flood prone; and

·     The detailed design of infrastructure works, particularly water management infrastructure, reflecting detailed design works undertaken to properly manage potential flooding identified in the Precinct.

 

The proposed changes will allow Council to move towards cost recovery for infrastructure required to support new development as a part of the IPART review/cap removal process.

 

The resulting infrastructure costs and contribution rates are outlined in Table 1.

 

The ‘base’ contribution cost per residential dwelling house is $27,020. Further to this base contribution rate, an additional charge is levied based on a $ per hectare of net developable area (NDA).

 

The reason contributions are calculated based on a ‘fixed base’ cost plus a ‘variable’ rate per hectare of NDA is essentially for fairness. The fixed base represents infrastructure like roads and open space which can be dependent on the number of new residents. On the other hand, the variable rate more accurately accounts for the difference in lot sizes (i.e. a lot of 400m² would require less drainage infrastructure compared with a larger lot of 650m²).

 

This approach ensures developers within the East Leppington Precinct pay an equitable contribution rate proportionate to the size of the lots being developed. Applying these proposed contribution rates to a 450m2 residential lot results in a contribution of $66,365 per lot. The existing rate for such a lot is $52,246 per lot, but Council only collects a capped amount of $30,000 as required by the Environmental Planning and Assessment (Local Contributions) Direction 2012.

Table 1 Proposed Updated Contribution Rate per Dwelling Lot (2021)

ESSENTIAL INFRASTRUCTURE

NON-RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT

RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT

Item

Item Cost apportioned to East Leppington

$ per hectare of equivalent NDA

$ per residential lot for a dwelling house

$ per attached dwelling, semi-attached dwellings and multi-dwelling housing

Open Space

 

 

 

Land

$10,339,325

 

$10,087

$7,714

Works

$5,519,476

 

$5,385

$4,118

Subtotal

$15,858,801

 

$15,472

$11,832

Roads 

 

 

 

Land

$2,650,368

$33,461

$2,533

$1,937

Works

$9,430,599

$119,061

$9,015

$6,894

Subtotal

$12,080,967

$152,522

$11,548

$8,831

Drainage

ALL DEVELOPMENT

$ per hectare of equivalent NDA 

Land

$15,999,950

$202,096

 

 

Works

$35,164,370

$444,163

 

 

Subtotal

$51,164,320

$646,259

 

 

Plan Administration

 

 

 

Allowance

$751,717

$9,495

 

 

Subtotal

$751,717

$9,495

 

 

TOTAL

$79,855,805

 

 

 

The total contribution cost has been apportioned based on the development detailed in the above table. However, other residential development, including secondary dwellings, seniors living and shop top housing will also generate demand for local infrastructure. As such, all other residential development will be calculated at a per person x average occupancy rate. This ensures that all future development within the precinct provides funding to deliver the local infrastructure that they will use.

 

Housekeeping amendments

 

The Plan has undergone some housekeeping amendments to ensure consistency with recent changes in the contribution’s framework. The amendments are also aimed to improve the Plan’s readability, transparency, and usability for all stakeholders.

 

Attachment 2 details the changes made to the Plan compared to the existing CP 2014. Examples of housekeeping amendments in the Plan include:

·     Part 1 has been updated to become a better guide / starting point to understanding and using the Plan;

·     Inclusion of sample calculations to enhance understanding of the Plan and how the contribution is determined;

·     Revision of administrative clauses to ensure consistency with recent changes to the contributions framework; and

·     Consolidation of the infrastructure required and the adopted costs. The equations for calculating these costs and resultant contribution rates have also been included.

 

Contributions shortfall

 

To date, approximately 412 lots have been approved within the Precinct. Contributions for each lot was capped at $30,000 in accordance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment (Local Contributions) Direction 2012. This policy of the NSW Government has resulted in a shortfall of approximately $18 million.

 

The subsequent Environmental Planning and Assessment (Local Infrastructure Contributions) Amendment Direction 2017 allows Council to collect contributions uncapped, provided their contributions plan has been reviewed by IPART. This is the main driver for Council reviewing this Plan and submitting it to IPART, as the uncapped amount can immediately be charged following Council’s adoption of the IPART reviewed Plan. This avoids an increase in any shortfall because of the cap on contributions.

 

Following IPARTs review and commencement of the Plan without a cap on contributions, Council will be seeking compensation grant funding from the New South Wales government to address the shortfall incurred to date.

 

 

 

Next steps

 

The Plan will continue to be processed in accordance with Figure 1 below, which illustrates the next steps and requirements in the plan review process.

Figure 1 The steps involved in reviewing a Contributions Plan

 

 

 

 

CONSIDERATIONS

 

Economic

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

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

Environment

Manage the environmental health of waterways.

Support the delivery of a range of transport options.


Social

Deliver high quality services for children and their families.


Civic Leadership

Deliver services that are customer focused.

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

Legislative

Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979

Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000.

Environmental Planning and Assessment (Local Contributions) Direction 2012

Environmental Planning and Assessment (Local Contributions) Direction 2017

Practice Note (July 2005) – Development contributions as a method of funding public infrastructure

Practice Note (January 2019) – Local Infrastructure Contributions

Risk

The risk is deemed to be High.

The collection of contributions in East Leppington being capped and remaining at $30,000 per dwelling caused by not undertaking a review of the precinct’s contributions plan results in insufficient funding to deliver community infrastructure in East Leppington.

The risk is considered outside Council’s risk appetite. Endorsing the Plan and moving towards removal of the cap will reduce this risk.

 

ATTACHMENTS

 

1.         Draft Liverpool Contributions Plan 2021 - East Leppington (Under separate cover)

2.         Overview of changes for CP 2021 (Under separate cover)

3.         Consultants report (Under separate cover)  


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Ordinary Meeting

30 June 2021

Planning & Compliance Report

 

PLAN 03

Post exhibition report - Liverpool Local Environmental Plan Amendment 83 - rezoning land and amending development standards at 1400-1480 Elizabeth Drive, Cecil Park

 

Strategic Direction

Strengthening and Protecting our Environment

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

File Ref

133563.2021

Report By

Masud Hasan - Senior Strategic Planner

Approved By

David Smith - Acting Director Planning & Compliance

 

Property

1400-1480 Elizabeth Drive, Cecil Park

Owner

Western Sydney Town Centre Pty Ltd

Applicant

Western Sydney Town Centre Pty Ltd

 

Executive Summary

 

At its meeting on 24 June 2020, Council resolved to support a planning proposal request to rezone land and amend development standards in the Liverpool Local Environmental Plan 2008 (LLEP) for land at 1400-1480 Elizabeth Drive, Cecil Park. A planning proposal, Draft Amendment 83 to the LEP was prepared in accordance with this resolution (Attachment 1). The planning proposal was then submitted to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) for a Gateway determination in accordance with Council’s resolution.

 

A Gateway determination was issued by DPIE on 31 August 2020 (Attachment 2). The planning proposal was publicly exhibited from 27 October 2020 until 23 November 2020 in accordance with the conditions of the Gateway determination and Council’s Community Participation Plan. One submission was received, supporting the planning proposal (Attachment 3).

 

During public authority consultation, Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) advised that a revised access arrangement to the site via Range Road was required due to the future upgrading of Elizabeth Drive (Attachment 4). This involves upgrading Range Road to an industrial road standard. The Western Sydney Parkland Trust (WSPT) is currently upgrading a section of Range Road to provide improved access to the Sydney International Shooting Centre.

 

The proponent has offered to upgrade the section of Range Road between the Elizabeth Drive/Range Road intersection and the section of Range Road currently being developed by WSPT. The draft Planning Agreement letter of offer (Attachment 5) will facilitate the upgrading of part of Range Road.

 

Since the planning agreement will not provide for the upgrading of the entire road, an amendment to the Liverpool Development Contributions Plan 2009 (Attachment 6) has been prepared (draft Amendment 3 to Liverpool Development Contributions Plan 2009 and will apply to the following properties:

·      Lot 1-7 and Part Lot 8, DP1054778

·      Part Lot 8 and Lot 9, DP1054778

·      Lot 11, DP1146142

·      Lot 90, DP 1101411

·      Lot 91 DP 1101411

·      Lot 12 DP 1065416

 

It is recommended that Council endorses Amendment 83 to the Liverpool LEP and delegates authority for the CEO to liaise with DPIE and the Parliamentary Counsel’s Office to finalise the amendment, subject to the exhibition and adoption of Amendment 3 to the Liverpool Development Contributions Plan 2009.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:

 

1.    Notes the Gateway determination for Liverpool Local Environmental Plan 2008 (Amendment 83) and the results of the public authority consultation and community consultation;

 

2.    Endorses Draft Amendment 3 to Liverpool Development Contributions Plan 2009 for public exhibition in accordance with Clause 28 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000;

 

3.    Delegates to the CEO the authority to adopt Amendment 3 to the Liverpool Development Contributions Plan 2009 following public exhibition;

 

4.    Proceeds with Amendment 83 to the Liverpool Local Environmental Plan 2008, following adoption of Amendment 3 to Liverpool Development Contributions Plan 2009;

 

5.    Delegates authority to the CEO to liaise with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and the Parliamentary Counsel’s Office to finalise Amendment 83 to the Liverpool Local Environmental Plan; and

 

6.    Delegates to the CEO to further negotiate the proposed Planning Agreement with the proponent.

 

Report

 

Background

 

The planning proposal relates to land located at 1400-1480 Elizabeth Drive, Cecil Park (Lot 1 to 9 in DP1054778). Refer to Figure 1 below.

Figure 1: Aerial view of the subject site (highlighted in red)

The site is in an area which is undergoing transformation. Key influences on the area include the construction of the new Western Sydney Airport (WSA) at Badgerys Creek located approximately 5km west of the site, and continued development of the broader Western Sydney Employment Area (WSEA). There is also the associated upgrading of supporting infrastructure including roads, rail, and utility services.

Figure 2: Surrounding land uses

The proposed M12 motorway corridor runs through the site dividing it into two parcels of land. This is visually evident in Figure 3.

 

Figure 3: Proposed M12 site acquisition

 

 

 

 

 

Planning Proposal

 

The key objective of the planning proposal is to allow a range of light industrial, warehouse and related land uses on the site with a maximum permissible floor space ratio of 1:1. The planning proposal will also recognise the future M12 motorway corridor through the site by reserving the land for acquisition by TfNSW.

 

To facilitate these objectives, the planning proposal proposes to amend the Liverpool Local Environmental Plan (LLEP) 2008 in the following ways:

·      Rezone part of the land from RU4 – Primary Production Small Lots to IN2 – Light Industrial and SP2 – Infrastructure;

·      Establish a maximum permissible Floor Space Ratio of 1:1;

·      Amend the minimum lot size development standard from 10ha to 2,000m2;

·      Amend the Land Reservation Acquisition Map for the site to facilitate acquisition of land for the M12 motorway corridor.

 

At its meeting on 24 June 2020, Council endorsed the planning proposal request and Amendment 83 was forwarded to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) for a Gateway determination.

 

Gateway Determination

 

DPIE issued a Gateway determination on 31 August 2020.The Gateway determination included the following conditions:

·      Prior to public exhibition, Council was required to consult with Transport for NSW (TfNSW) to determine the extent of the land acquisition as part of the M12 project and update the mapping that identifies the relevant acquisition authority;

·      Consult with the Rural Fire Service (RFS) in accordance with Section 9.1 Direction 4.4 Planning for Bushfire Protection;

·      Publicly exhibit the proposal and relevant documentation for a minimum of 28 days;

·      Provide a minimum of 21 days for the following public authorities to comment on the proposal:

o    TfNSW;

o    RFS;

o    Sydney Water;

o    Endeavour Energy; and

o    Environment, Energy and Science group (EES).

 

The Gateway determination also authorised Council as the local plan-making authority to make LEP Amendment 83.

 

Community Consultation

 

In accordance with the Gateway determination, the planning proposal and relevant documents were placed on public exhibition from 27 October 2020 until 23 November 2020. One submission was received which supported the planning proposal.

 

A copy of the submission is included in Attachment 3. No changes are proposed to the planning proposal resulting from community consultation.

 

Public Authority Consultation

 

Letters were sent to public agencies identified in Table 1 on 15 September 2020  requesting comments be received no later than 7 October 2020. No objections were raised by NSW RFS, Sydney Water, Endeavour Energy and EES in relation to the planning proposal.

 

Prior to public exhibition, Council consulted with TfNSW on two occasions regarding the future M12 motorway corridor through the site. TfNSW advised that the future upgrading of Elizabeth Drive by TfNSW would restrict direct vehicular access to the subject site from Elizabeth Drive and the proposed intersection with Mamre Road could not be supported. As a result, a revised access arrangement via the local road network (Range Road) was recommended.

 

Summaries of each submission received during the public authority consultation and the Council officer’s response are summarised in Table 1, and original copies are included in Attachment 4.

 

Table1: Public authority consultation

Agency

Comments

Council Staff’s response

RFS

The RFS did not raise any objection and advised that future developments on the site should address the requirements of Planning for Bushfire Protection 2019.

No changes to the planning proposal are deemed necessary as the existing planning framework requires development on bushfire prone land to consider the policy at the DA stage.

Sydney Water

No objection was raised. It was advised that the water and wastewater services were not available for the site and would not be available until 2022 and 2025/26 respectively.

Sydney Water recommended a feasibility study be undertaken to identify the need of potential upsizing of drinking water assets. It was further recommended that the proponent explore a range of temporary wastewater service options as wastewater servicing in the interim is not available. A temporary arrangement is needed until a connection to a wastewater treatment plant can be established in the future.

The proponent has provided a servicing plan for interim connections to the existing water and wastewater service network. The funding for the interim connections is proposed to be provided by the proponent under a service agreement with Sydney Water.

A feasibility study for infrastructure upgrades and a connection strategy are deemed necessary at the DA stage.

This will not materially affect the planning proposal but may impact the timing for future DAs.

The Environment, Energy and Science Group (EES) of DPIE

The EES Group did not object to the planning proposal, however it provided recommendations regarding the concept plan and the future development on the site. It recommended to avoid removing the existing native vegetation (where possible) and to make future development on the site consistent with the planning priority and objective of the Western City District Plan, by increasing urban tree canopy and delivering the Green Grid connection.

It was further recommended that the future developments should consider the flood affected area and flood depth under the 1% AEP.

Council staff deem that the planning proposal adequately addresses and complies with the biodiversity certification order applicable to the site.

The planning proposal does not include provisions related to delivering the Green Grid connection as the subject site is not included in the Green Grid Priority mapping. Any future developments on the site will be carried out as per the DCP requirements including landscaping and deep soil controls.

Future developments on the site are to follow the DCP guidelines for developments on flood-prone land.

 

Endeavour Energy

No objection raised.

Recommended conditions for development on site and to maintain the existing electricity easement on site.

The proposed conditions are standard practice that will be followed at the DA stage and do not materially affect the planning proposal.

Transport for New South Wales

It was advised that vehicular access to the subject site from Elizabeth Drive would be restricted due to the planned upgrading of Elizabeth Drive by TfNSW. A revised access provision via Range Road was required.

 

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An updated traffic impact assessment report and a revised concept plan have been submitted by the proponent that demonstrated the revised access provision to the site from Range Road and the resulting traffic impacts.

Council staff are of the view that the concept plan and the impact assessment did not adequately address the traffic impacts in the report and will need to be amended at the time of the actual development i.e. at the DA stage. This will not materially affect the planning roposal.

 

In relation to the Traffic Impact Assessment report and the proposed Concept Plan, Council staff identified the following key issues that will need to be addressed at the DA stage:

·     The location of the proposed access road off Range Road is in close proximity to the future Elizabeth Drive signalised intersection;

·     The access from Elizabeth Drive (allowed by TfNSW) should only be for a future service station and associated related development on the site but not for the industrial development;

·     An interim intersection treatment at the Elizabeth Drive/Range Road intersection is needed prior to the Elizabeth Drive upgrade by TfNSW;

·     Identification of an intersection treatment off Range Road to the development site and associated localised road widening to permit right movements or a U turn facility;

·     Unrealistic assumptions are made in the report in terms of traffic generation due to the development on site; and

·     The existing traffic volumes along Range Road should be based on a traffic survey data rather than estimated data.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Draft Amendment 3 to Liverpool Development Contributions Plan 2009

 

The proposed rezoning and the access arrangement off Range Road requires Range Road to be upgraded to an industrial road standard. This is to accommodate the additional industrial traffic and to provide safe and efficient access to the site. The Western Sydney Parkland Trust (WSPT) is currently upgrading a section of Range Road to improve access to the Sydney International Shooting Centre.

 

To ensure there is a suitable and equitable funding source for the upgrade of Range Road, and to allow the planning proposal to be finalised, an amendment to Liverpool Development Contributions Plan 2009 (the Contributions Plan) has been prepared (Attachment 6).

 

Figure 4 shows the delivery mechanism for various segments of Range Road. TfNSW is delivering the intersection with Elizabeth Drive (blue lines), and WSPT are delivering a portion adjacent to their property (orange lines). The cost for the remainder of the Range Road upgrade is approximately $3.9 million and is addressed in the Contributions Plan amendment.

 

Figure 4 Delivery mechanisms for various segments of Range Road

 

 

 

 

To allocate the costs of the Range Road upgrade equitably, Amendment 3 to the Liverpool Development Contributions Plan 2009 divides the Range Road precinct into north and south segments, as shown below in Figure 5. This approach aligns the funding of road upgrades to the properties that would directly benefit by the road upgrade.

Figure 5: Contributing development to Range Road north and south segments

The northern segment of Range Road has a contributing development of 1 property - a consolidated landholding owned by Western Sydney Town Centre Pty Ltd. Although it is anticipated that the development of the north segment will be covered by the draft Planning Agreement, this part of Range Road has been included in Amendment 3 to the Contributions Plan to ensure that there is a funding source, regardless of the outcome of the Planning Agreement negotiations. The total cost of construction for the north segment of Range Road is estimated at $1.8 million, based on the strategic cost estimate provided in Attachment 7.

 

The total cost of construction for the south segment of Range Road is estimated to be $2 million based on the strategic cost estimate provided in Attachment 8. This segment of Range Road has a contributing development of 5 properties owned by various landowners. Under the Contributions Plan, the cost of delivering the south segment is distributed proportionally among these properties, based on the length of each lot’s frontage to Range Road. This approach ensures that all properties adjacent to the south segment provide the funding as part of future development to complete the upgrade of the road as necessary.

 

An administration cost of 1.5% of works costs (approximately $60,000) has been included in Amendment 3.

 

Once the Contributions Plan is updated, Council will be able to upgrade the road as a part of the capital works program or have it delivered via a works in kind agreement by future developers.

 

Planning Agreement Offer

 

The proponent has offered to upgrade the section of Range Road (north segment) between the Elizabeth Drive/Range Road intersection and the section of the road currently being upgraded by WSPT. They proposed to upgrade the road (approximately 233m) under a Planning Agreement for a 4-lane road running north to south adjacent to their property. Attachment 5 provides details of the Planning Agreement letter of offer received from the proponent.

 

The proponent has offered to complete the following works under the Planning Agreement:

 

1.    Upgrade 233m of Range Road from the proposed pedestrian crossings at the proposed signalised intersection of Range Road and Elizabeth Drive (signalised intersection to be built by TfNSW) to the WSPT developed road section.

 

2.    Carriageway width of approximately 12.8m and as a B-Double route.

 

3.    Industrial Road with pavement design to the industrial pavement standard.

 

4.    Other requirements of industrial roads including landscaping, kerb/guttering and footpath paving in accordance to the Western Sydney Uniform Engineering Design Manual.

 

5.    Median strip to the section of Range Rd up to the access road of the land.

 

6.    Landscaping of the road reserve on the western side of Range Road and Elizabeth Drive to the access road of the land.

It is proposed that the works will be undertaken within Council’s road reserve and will be completed prior to the issuing of an Occupation Certificate for the proposed development on the site.

Should the proponent withdraw its offer to enter into a Planning Agreement, as offered at this stage, the proposed amendment to Liverpool Development Contributions Plan 2009 as outlined above, will ensure that the entire road (except for the part currently being upgraded by WSPT) is upgraded to an industrial road standard.

 

Conclusion

 

The Gateway requirements for Amendment 83 have been satisfied, and submissions received have been addressed. The planning proposal has addressed all matters raised by public authority agencies. Other issues raised by these agencies will be considered as part of a future DA process.

 

It is recommended that Council endorses Amendment 83 to the Liverpool LEP and delegates authority for the CEO to liaise with DPIE and the Parliamentary Counsel’s Office to finalise the amendment, subject to the exhibition and adoption of Amendment 3 to the Liverpool Development Contributions Plan 2009.

 

CONSIDERATIONS

 

Economic

Facilitate economic development.

Environment

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

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


Social

There are no social considerations.


Civic Leadership

Encourage the community to engage in Council initiatives and actions.

Legislative

Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979  

Risk

Gazettal of Amendment 83 to the LEP prior to adopting Amendment 3 to Liverpool Development Contributions Plan 2009 has a risk that public infrastructure (the upgrade of Range Road) will not be completed to support future industrial development. Adopting the amendment to the Liverpool Contributions Plan 2009 prior to gazettal of Amendment 83 to the LEP will remove this risk.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

 

1.         Planning Proposal - Amendment 83 (Under separate cover)

2.         Gateway determination (Under separate cover)

3.         Submission on planning proposal (Under separate cover)

4.         Public Authority Submissions (Under separate cover)

5.         Letter of Offer to enter into a Planning Agreement (Under separate cover)

6.         Draft Amendment 3 to Liverpool Contributions Plan 2009 (Under separate cover)

7.         Strategic Cost Estimate - Range Road upgrade (North segment) (Under separate cover)

8.         Strategic Cost Estimate - Range Road upgrade (South segment) (Under separate cover)

9.         Western Sydney Town Centre - ASIC - Current Extract (Under separate cover) - Confidential


1

Ordinary Meeting

30 June 2021

Planning & Compliance Report

 

PLAN 04

Companion Animals

 

Strategic Direction

Leading through Collaboration

Increase community engagement

File Ref

173471.2021

Report By

Nada Mardini - Manager Community Standards

Approved By

David Smith - Acting Director Planning & Compliance

 

Executive Summary

 

Council resolved on 26 May 2021 to receive a report on companion animals, specifically, education materials for residents on the needs of different types of dogs in relation to space, food, exercise and cost, and promoting the Liverpool Animal Shelter’s release fees on Council’s website.

 

Council officers have prepared educational material for residents covering the various needs of different size dogs, which is available on Council’s website, as is the Liverpool Animal Shelter’s release fees.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council receive and note this report.

 

REPORT

 

Council resolved at its 26 May 2021 meeting to:

 

1.    Provide a costing and report to June Council meeting for options to provide education material on the responsibilities of dog ownership that includes information on the different needs that different types of dogs may require, in regards to space, enclosures, exercise and approximate cost to feed; and

 

2.    Promote on the Liverpool Council's Animal Shelter fees and Council's payment plan options by placing information prominently on the Liverpool Council Website and on social media platforms.

 

Council officers have prepared educational material for residents covering the various needs of different size dogs, including cost, which is available on Council’s website, as is the Liverpool Animal Shelter’s release fees - https://www.liverpool.nsw.gov.au/services/liverpool-animal-shelter.

 

This information includes:

·      Food needs;

·      Activity requirements;

·      Yard requirements; and

·      Medical requirements.

 

A copy of this information is also included in Attachment 1.

 

Council has also prepared an “Animal Adoption Guide” which is given to those adopting a pet from the Liverpool Animal Shelter (Attachment 2).

 

The fees for releasing impounded animals from the Liverpool Animal Shelter are listed in Council’s fees and charges schedule, which is available on Council’s website - https://www.liverpool.nsw.gov.au/services/liverpool-animal-shelter/release-fees (Attachment 3).

 

Council waives impound fees on grounds of financial hardship on a case by case basis. This requires the owner of the animal to submit a request with supporting documents. However, if the animal is not registered, the animal will be required to be registered and the registration fee paid, as it is a State Government fee.

 

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

Act as an environmental leader in the community.

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

Encourage the community to engage in Council initiatives and actions.

Deliver services that are customer focused.

Legislative

Companion Animals Act 1998.

Risk

There is no risk associated with this report.

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

 

1.         Council website educational material - adopting a dog

2.         Animal Adoption Guide

3.         Liverpool Animal Shelter Release Fees


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Companion Animals

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Council website educational material - adopting a dog

 

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Animal Adoption Guide

 

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Liverpool Animal Shelter Release Fees

 

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Ordinary Meeting

30 June 2021

Planning & Compliance Report

 

PLAN 05

Development and Subdivision of Land Policy

 

Strategic Direction

Strengthening and Protecting our Environment

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

File Ref

183574.2021

Report By

George Nehme - Manager Development Assessment

Approved By

David Smith - Acting Director Planning & Compliance

 

Executive Summary

 

Council at its meeting of 26 May 2021 considered a report on the Development and Subdivision of Land Policy. That report recommended Council revoke the Development and Subdivision of Land Policy and note that the Development and Subdivision of Land Standard will be adopted by the CEO consistent with the Policy Drafting Standard.

Council resolved that Council:

 

1.      Update the Development and Subdivision of Land Policy; and

 

2.    Bring an updated policy to the next Council meeting.

 

The draft Development and Subdivision of Land Standard has been reworked into an updated Development and Subdivision of Land Policy (Attachment 1) as required by Council’s resolution.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council adopt the updated Development and Subdivision of Land Policy.

 

REPORT

 

Council at its meeting of 26 May 2021 considered a report on the Development and Subdivision of Land Policy. That report recommended Council revoke the Development and Subdivision of Land Policy and note that the Development and Subdivision of Land Standard will be adopted by the CEO consistent with the Policy Drafting Standard.

 

 

 

Council resolved that Council:

 

1.      Update the Development and Subdivision of Land Policy; and

 

2.    Bring an updated policy to the next Council meeting.

 

The draft Development and Subdivision of Land Standard has been reworked into an updated Development and Subdivision of Land Policy (Attachment 1) as required by Council’s resolution.

 

It is recommended that Council adopt the updated Development and Subdivision of Land Policy.

 

CONSIDERATIONS

 

Economic

Enhance the environmental performance of buildings and homes.

Facilitate economic development.

Environment

Manage the environmental health of waterways.

Manage air, water, noise and chemical pollution.

Enhance the environmental performance of buildings and homes.

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


Social

There are no social and cultural considerations.


Civic Leadership

Act as an environmental leader in the community.

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

Legislative

Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act)

Risk

There is no risk associated with this report.

 

ATTACHMENTS

 

1.         Updated Development and Subdivision of Land Policy (Under separate cover)  


1

Ordinary Meeting

30 June 2021

Planning & Compliance Report

 

PLAN 06

Progress on implementing the Guidelines for the Assessment and Prioritisation of Parking along Narrow Streets

 

Strategic Direction

Generating Opportunity

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

File Ref

184230.2021

Report By

Charles Wiafe - Service Manager Transport Management

Approved By

David Smith - Acting Director Planning & Compliance

 

Executive Summary

 

At its meeting on 31 March 2021, Council resolved that:

 

Council receive a report in June 2021 on the progress of the Guidelines for the Assessment and Prioritisation of Parking along Narrow Streets resolution that was passed by Council in December 2019. The report is to include information on the costs of appropriate sign posting or painting of roads.

 

This report is in response to the above resolution and provides information on the progress of implementing the Guidelines, design options and delivery plans for installation of indented parking bays along narrow streets.   

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council receive and note this report. 

 

REPORT

 

NSW Road Rule, Regulation 197 prohibits parking on a bicycle path, footpath, shared path or dividing strip, or a nature strip adjacent to a road in built-up areas, unless signposted otherwise.

 

Council has been receiving representations to consider arrangements that would permit on-street parking and safe two-way traffic movements, along narrow streets. 

 

To address this issue, at its meeting on 27 October 2020, Council discussed concerns about parking along narrow streets and on nature strips and resolved to make representations to the State Government to amend the relevant regulations to allow discretion for parking on verges.

 

In response to the resolution, representations were made to the Minister for Transport and Roads, with a request to consider a change to the Roads Act 1993 or the Transport for NSW (TfNSW) Technical Direction (TTD 2014/004) - Off-road parking provision on narrow roads.

 

The Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Roads has since advised that:

·     Road Rule Regulation 197, which prohibits parking on a nature strip is in place to protect safety and amenity of pedestrians. There are no plans to amend the road rule or the Transport Technical Direction.

·     Council may establish parking areas on verges and nature strips within its Local Government Area. These parking areas would need to be marked by appropriate parking control signage.

 

A discussion as to whether parking control signs can be used to permit parking on road verges and nature strips has taken place with TfNSW representatives and at the Liverpool Pedestrian, Active Transport and Traffic Committee at its 19 May 2021 meeting.

 

TfNSW representatives have advised that:

·     Technical Direction (TTD 2014/004) - Off-road parking provision on narrow roads, outlines requirements to accommodate on-street parking along narrow streets.

·     A sign such as “Park in Bays Only” can be installed to permit parking on road verges and nature strips, however demarcation of parking spaces and pedestrian paths, and permanent treatment such as paving of parking areas is required.

 

Taking the above into consideration, the most appropriate treatments as identified in the Guidelines for the Assessment and Prioritisation of Parking along Narrow Streets, involves paving a portion of road verges. This has been undertaken by several Councils and is in place on road sections in parts of the Liverpool LGA, including Prestons and Cecil Hills.

 

‘Park in Bays Only’ are used where parking bays are marked. Such signs would increase signs in residential areas and may result in confusion where bays are not signposted as occurs along many streets.

 

The treatments now being considered include:

·     Paving nature strips (with permanent material such as concrete, asphalt or flexible material such as paving mesh) along one or both sides to provide parking bays as shown in Figures 1(A) and 1(B).

·     Signposting along road sections to permit on-street parking on only one side of a street as shown in Figure 2.

 

To enable such treatments, the 2020/21 financial year’s budget includes $200,000 for the installation of indented parking bays. The draft 2021/22 financial year’s budget also includes a further $200,000.

 

The use of this financial year’s budget allocation has been delayed while seeking approval for an adopted treatment plan from Transport for NSW and the Pedestrian, Active Transport and Traffic Committee. Unspent budget allocation from this financial year will be rolled over to next financial year’s budget for the installation of indented parking bays on prioritised streets.

 

Figure 1a – Paving within nature strip to permit on-street parking

 

Figure 1b – Paving within nature strip to permit on-street parking

 

Figure 2 – Parking restrictions along on-side of the street to permit two-way traffic flow and on-street parking along one side of the street.

 

An initial list of streets where indented/verge parking bays can be installed has been identified using the below criteria, and was considered by the Traffic Committee at its meeting on 18 November 2020:

a)    On-street parking demand versus supply.

b)    Impact of on-street parking on through traffic (where a street carries moderate traffic volume of more than 100 vehicles per hour or 1000 vehicles per day.

c)    Sufficient verge area is available to pave a portion to accommodate on-street parking spaces of 2.1m-2.3m and pedestrian footpaths of 1.5m-2.4m

d)    The parking spaces can be accessed without driving on the footpath or nature strip.

e)    The parking spaces within the road verge, including access to and from spaces, can be provided without affecting or requiring utilities or streetscape relocation.

f)     Sight distance would not be affected by the proposed indented parking including at intersections and driveways.

g)    Street length and width.

 

In addition, design layouts have been prepared and discussed with the Traffic Committee and with TfNSW representatives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The initial list of identified streets is as follows:

Street

Suburb

Flame Tree Street

Casula

Athlone Street

Cecil Hills

Tulich Avenue

Casula

William Buckely Drive

Carnes Hill

Stone Quary Way

Cartwright

Flame Tree Street

Casula

Bugong Street

Prestons

Athlone Street

Cecil Hills

Sarah Place

Cecil Hills

Jervis Street

Prestons

Moruya Close

Prestons

Termeil Place

Prestons

Wagonga Close

Prestons

Carmichael Drive

West Hoxton

Mannow Avenue

West Hoxton

Solander Avenue

West Hoxton

Bellerive Close

West Hoxton

Solander Avenue

West Hoxton

Elyard Circuit

West Hoxton

Ringarooma Circuit

West Hoxton

Mitchell Drive

West Hoxton

Scottsdale Circuit

West Hoxton

Brooman Street

Prestons

Durras Street

Prestons

Greenway Drive

West Hoxton

First Avenue

Hoxton Park

Macksville Street

Carnes Hill

Woolgoolga Avenue

Hoxton Park

Chapman Street

West Hoxton

Mullumbimby Avenue

Hoxton Park

Bellerive Street

West Hoxton

Nineteenth Avenue

Hoxton Park

Graziers Way

Carnes Hill

Monkton Avenue

Middleton Grange

Bellingen Way

Hoxton Park

Riddell Street

West Hoxton

Binnaway Avenue

Hoxton Park

Helena Road

Cecil Hills

Davina Crescent

Cecil Hills

9 Kitchen Place

West Hoxton

Minnamurra Circuit

Prestons

Haerse Avenue

Chipping Norton

Edinburgh Circuit

Cecil Hills

 

 

Council’s design and investigation team is progressively investigating and assessing the feasibility of providing indented/verge parking along the above streets. Subject to the outcome of the investigations and budget availability, the prioritised implementation program will be developed for staged delivery.

 

Implementation Plan

 

Community consultation is being carried out with residents along the first three streets - Flame Tree Street, Casula; Athlone Street, Cecil Hills and Tulich Avenue, Casula, between 15 June and 25 June 2021. Subject to the outcome of the community consultation, a contract will be awarded for the installation of indented parking bays along sections of the three streets, to be carried out in July 2021.

 

These spaces will be installed at a cost of approximately $4,000-$6,000 a space. The total funding allocation of $400,000 (FY 2021/22 and 2021/22) can provide approximately 70-100 spaces.

 

CONSIDERATIONS

 

Economic

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

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

Environment

Support the delivery of a range of transport options


Social

There are no social and cultural considerations.


Civic Leadership

Encourage the community to engage in Council initiatives and actions.

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

Legislative

Roads Act

Road Rules 

Risk

There is no risk associated with this report.

 

ATTACHMENTS

 

Nil


1

Ordinary Meeting 30 June 2021

Community & Culture Report

 

COM 01

Grants, Donations and Corporate Sponsorship

 

Strategic Direction

Creating Connection

Implement access and equity for all members of the community

File Ref

126985.2021

Report By

Galavizh Ahmadi Nia - Manager Community Development and Planning

Approved By

Tina Bono - Acting Director Community & Culture

 

 

Executive Summary

 

Council is committed to building strong and resilient communities in the Liverpool Local Government Area (LGA) and to maximising social wellbeing. Council helps achieve these goals by providing financial support through grants and sponsorships to develop leadership skills, increase participation in community activities and address identified social issues.

 

Impacts from COVID-19 and respective social distancing requirements continue to limit the capacity and eligibility of programs, projects, or events. To ascertain community safety, demonstrate compliance with NSW Health guidelines, and demonstrate evidence of proactive and measurable program governance, all applicants have been requested to provide information on their compliance with COVID-19 safety guidelines.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council endorses the recommendation of $10,000 (GST exclusive) under the Corporate Sponsorship Program for the following project:

 

Applicant

Project

Recommended*

Turbans 4 Australia Inc.

Unity Walk Liverpool Birth of Guru Nanak

$10,000

 

That Council endorses the recommendation of $15,000 (GST exclusive) under the Matching Grant Program for the following project:

 

Applicant

Project

Recommended*

Royal Life Saving NSW

 Diverse Community Adult Swim Safety and Swimming Lessons Liverpool

$15,000

 

That Council endorses the recommendation of $9,410 (GST exclusive) under the Sustainable Environment Grant Program for the following projects:

 

Applicant

Project

Recommended

Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections

Our Garden

$4,410

Georges River Environmental Education Centre

Science in a box

$5,000

 

REPORT

 

Corporate Sponsorship

 

The Corporate Sponsorship Program received one application which met the eligibility criteria and is recommended for funding as follows:

 

Applicant 

Turbans 4 Australia Inc.

Project 

Unity Walk Liverpool Birth of Guru Nanak

Amount Requested

$10,000

Total Project Cost

$55,000

Location

Bigge Park, Liverpool

Date

14 November 2021

About the Applicant

Turbans 4 Australia is a Sydney based not-for-profit organisation supporting community members with natural disaster relief, promote multiculturism, religious tolerance and education, generate awareness of important social justice issues, and create fundraising opportunities for numerous causes. Since its establishment, Turbans 4 Australia has grown beyond its original Sydney area to helping people across Australia.

Description 

A multicultural celebration for the Liverpool LGA and wider Sydney Metropolitan Area, engaging local retail, food, hospitality and event sectors. The event will consist of a street parade through Liverpool CBD and a celebration held at Bigge Park. It will consist of live entertainment and cultural performances, on site business and service stalls, and representation and advocacy for local volunteer and community groups. Various multicultural, religious and community leaders will also be invited to be part of the celebrations.

 

Objectives:

·     Provide an open, community-focused and family friendly event celebrating multiculturalism in Liverpool;

·     Engage a wide variety of local suppliers and services to promote and support Liverpool’s economy and reputation; and

·     Showcase the diverse landscape of Liverpool’s cultural, retail, and hospitality sectors.

Outcomes:

·     Increased economic, visitation and tourism opportunities for local businesses and venues leading up to and during the event; and

·     Increased knowledge and awareness of Liverpool’s diversity through sharing and promoting cultural dialogue.

COVID-19 Safety Plan

Turbans 4 Australia Inc. have provided a COVID Safe Plan in line with NSW Health Guidelines for public gatherings over 200 people. COVID Marshalls and security guards will also be engaged to adhere to NSW Health Guidelines during the event.

Beneficiaries 

·     2,000 community members; and

·     Local businesses and services.

Assessment 

Recommended for Funding - $10,000

The project aligns with the Community Strategic Plan Direction 1 Creating Connection and meets the Corporate Sponsorship Program’s funding priorities.

 

Expected program outcomes 7.7.1 a); b); d); and e).

 

Matching Grant

 

The Matching Grant Program received one application which met the eligibility criteria and is recommended for funding as follows:

 

Applicant 

Royal Life Saving NSW

Project 

 Diverse Community Adult Swim Safety and Swimming Lessons Liverpool

Amount Requested

$15,000

Total Project Cost

$98,600

Location

Michael Wenden Aquatic Leisure Centre, Miller

Date

July 2021 – September 2021

About the applicant

Royal Life Saving NSW is the leader in drowning prevention and water safety education in the state, working towards providing education and training opportunities for community and key resources regarding water safety. Royal Life Saving NSW provides several training opportunities for organisations to participate in training qualifications (such as first aid, Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), lifeguard and pool teacher trainings) through partnerships with local aquatic centers in the Liverpool LGA.

Description 

The project will invite 120 local women to participate in two 10-week swimming programs where participants will learn the foundations of swimming and water safety skills as well as CPR.

 

Objectives:

·     Deliver a swimming program that qualifies participants in Swim Safety and CPR;

·     Encourage familiarisation with the experience of visiting a public swimming pool, swimming fundamentals, and an understanding of different aquatic environments; and

·     Develop skills to safely participate in aquatic recreation.

Outcomes:

·     Address and break down common barriers which prevent community members from accessing pools and swimming lessons;

·     Reduce risk of drowning and increase water safety knowledge; and

·     Improved physical health and wellbeing, increased confidence in swimming ability, and generate a sense of belonging and community with a shared goal.

COVID-19 Safety Plan

Royal Life Saving NSW has provided a preparedness checklist which details organisational actions and responses to COVID-19 health risks. Facilitators will also operate to the NSW Health Guidelines in place at the Michael Wenden Aquatic Leisure Centre.

Beneficiaries 

·     120 female participants and their families.

Assessment 

The applicant’s event aligns with the Community Strategic Plan Direction 1 Creating Connections and meets the Matching Grant Program’s funding priorities and outcomes. Diverse Community Adult Swim Safety and Swimming Lessons Liverpool provides a platform for introducing and educating participants of the importance of water safety in a practical environment, and represents value for money through partnership contributions.

Expected program outcomes 7.6.1 b); d); and f).

 

 

Sustainable Environment Grant

 

The Sustainable Environment Grant Program received two applications which met the eligibility criteria and are recommended for funding as follows:

 

Applicant 

Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections

Project 

Our Garden

Amount Requested

$4,410

Total Project Cost

$4,410

Location

Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections, Warwick Farm

Date

September 2021-

August 2022

Description 

Establish a herb, vegetable and produce garden for a cohort of 25 women to teach and implement sustainable gardening practices at the Centre and to continue at home. The program is designed to address how women living in high density housing can make effective changes to their health and impact on the environment by learning from garden experts in a community-driven activity.

 

Objectives:

·     Educate participants on how to plant, cultivate, compost and apply water minimisation methods to grow a sustainable garden area;

·     Engage with disadvantaged and isolated community members to contribute in a community-driven setting using gardening as a common platform; and

·     Collaborate with garden experts to maximise the use and application of the garden space.

Outcomes:

·     Develop an ongoing educational corridor that will enable future groups to learn from the first cohort and garden experts;

·     Address health and wellbeing concerns related to dependence on store-bought produce through an improved understanding of growing and cooking fresh fruit and vegetables; and

·     Establish community connection through shared learning experiences and contributions to the garden space.

COVID-19 Safety Plan

All groups are required to sign in on an attendance sheet and will also require QR code registration on arrival. Social distancing and participant numbers will be monitored to ensure adherence with NSW Health Guidelines. 

Beneficiaries 

25 women and their families

Assessment 

Recommended for Funding - $4,410

The project aligns with the Community Strategic Plan Direction 2 Strengthening and Protecting Our Environment and meets the Sustainable Environment Grant Program’s funding priorities.

 

Expected program outcomes 7.5.1 a); b); e); and f).

 

Applicant 

Georges River Environmental Education Centre

Project 

Science in a box

Amount Requested

$5,000

Total Project Cost

$5,000

Location

Georges River Environmental Education Centre, Chipping Norton

Date

June 2021 -  December 2021

Description 

Create five Science in a Box kits including: Ant Box; Bird Box; Bee Box; Bug Box, and a Sustainability Box to lend out to our local schools for teachers to use to deliver authentic citizen science investigations in school grounds. Suggestions on how to improve the school habitats will also be included so students can raise more sustainable actions in their school and home environments.

 

Objectives:

·     Assemble and distribute five Science in a Box Kits to lend to local schools, including tools and resources for students to conduct and actively participate in experiments and investigations on school grounds;

·     Provide an innovative learning experience direct to schools where COVID-19 restrictions limit excursion and incursion opportunities;

·     Reduce barrier for teachers and schools without science backgrounds or equipment to deliver real hands-on science in school grounds; and

·     Generate prospects for students to improve school habitats through follow-up lessons, such as planting local flowers to promote native bee species.

Outcomes:

·     Increase the usage of specialist learning tools and the number of students who have an opportunity to conduct hands on investigations;

·     Conduct projects to improve the biodiversity in participating school’s gardens and recreation areas; and

·     Create an easily maintainable and ongoing resource that will benefit education networks beyond the funding period.

COVID-19 Safety Plan

The ‘Science in a Box’ project is primarily providing resources and specialised science teaching tools and equipment to schools to use in their own classrooms. It will be a suggestion to schools using the resources to wipe any equipment with alcohol-based wipes before and after it is used at the school, and between student use as a precaution. Georges River Environmental Education Centre staff will also sanitise the equipment on its return to the Centre. Schools using the equipment will also be provided with a copy of the NSW Department of Education’s guidelines on preventing the spread of COVID-19

Beneficiaries 

·     50 Department of Education Primary Schools in the Liverpool LGA;

·     Catholic and Independent Schools in the Liverpool LGA; and

·     Teachers, teacher’s aides and families of participating schools.

Assessment 

Recommended for Funding - $5,000

The project aligns with the Community Strategic Plan Direction 2 Strengthening and Protecting Our Environment and meets the Sustainable Environment Grant Program’s funding priorities

 

Expected program outcomes 7.5.1 a); c); e); and f).

 


 

 

CONSIDERATIONS

 

Economic

CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP

Budget

Balance

Recommended funding in this report

Remaining

$100,000

$30,130

10,000

$20,130

COMMUNITY GRANTS

Budget

Balance

Recommended funding in this report

Remaining

$102,000

$92,000

Nil

$92,000

MATCHING GRANTS

Budget

Balance

Recommended funding in this report

Remaining

$200,000

$185,000

$15,000

$170,000

SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT GRANTS*

Budget

Balance

Recommended funding in this report

Remaining

$75,000

$59,150

$9,410

$49,740

COMBINED FUNDING BALANCE

Combined Budget

Combined Balance

Total recommended funding in this report

Remaining

$477,000

$366,280

$34,410

$331,870

* Sustainable Environment Grants funding is via a rate levy and is only eligible to be used for the Sustainable Environment Grants Program.

Environment

Support schools and community groups to play an active role in reducing their impact on the environment and implementing environmentally sustainable actions.

Social

Support community organisations and groups to deliver services.

Civic Leadership

Role model to applicants, residents, and general public COVID-19 safe practices and procedures when supporting funding requests.

Legislative

Local Government Act 1993 - s356.

Risk

Risk of supporting these activities is considered low. Applicants have provided information on their compliance with COVID-19 safety guidelines published by NSW Health.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

 

1.       Grants, Donations and Corporate Sponsorship Policy (Under separate cover) 

 


1

Ordinary Meeting

30 June 2021

Community & Culture Report

 

COM 02

The 60th Anniversary of Australian Air League - Moorebank Squadron

 

Strategic Direction

Creating Connection

Celebrate diversity, promote inclusion and recognise heritage

File Ref

181854.2021

Report By

Alyson Infanti - Civic Officer

Thomas Wheeler - Heritage Officer

Approved By

Tina Bono - Acting Director Community & Culture

David Smith – Acting Director Planning & Compliance

 

Executive Summary

 

On 18 July 2021, the Australian Air League Moorebank Squadron celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the Australian Air League within the Liverpool Local Government Area. The Australian Air League first established the City of Liverpool Squadron in February 1961 and would meet at the Memorial School of Arts, and later at the Liverpool Public School. Moorebank Squadron was formed in 1998 and after a period of inaction was re-formed in 2010.

The Squadron approached Council at the end of 2020 seeking support for the 60th Anniversary celebrations and at the Ordinary Meeting of Council on 24 February 2021, Liverpool City Council resolved to:

 

1.      Congratulate the Australian Air League Moorebank Squadron on their 60th Year Anniversary of active service to the Liverpool and the South West Sydney Area;

 

2.      Support the celebration of their 60th Year Anniversary in any means possible, including delegating to the CEO the ability to provide support (staffing etc);

 

3.      Provide $20,000 from funds which were previously budgeted for the New Zealand business event and redirect to the Commemoration event that they plan for Sunday 18th July 2021, so that Liverpool City and its residents can participate in celebrating and acknowledging their achievements with them; and .

 

4.    Investigate the opportunity for the Australian Air League Moorebank Squadron to be granted the Keys to the City as part of the Commemoration event.

 

 

This report back to Council is in response to Item No.4 and ongoing discussions with the Australian Air League Moorebank Squadron and the progress they are making with NSW Police and other relevant local organisations for the holding of a Freedom of Entry on 18th July 2021.

 

The granting of Freedom of Entry by a Local Government Authority is a recognition of a military organisation’s role within the community and the gaining of trust with the community by the organisation. There is a precedent to granting Freedom of Entry to the Australian Air League and this report indicates that there are no barriers to Council granting Freedom of Entry to the Australian Air League – Moorebank Squadron.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:

 

1.    Grant Freedom of Entry to the Australian Air League Moorebank Squadron on 18 July 2021; and

 

2.    Bestow on the Australian Air League Moorebank Squadron a scroll signed by the Mayor and CEO granting Freedom of Entry.

 

REPORT

 

What is a Freedom of Entry?

 

The granting of Freedom of Entry is the highest accolade a town or city can bestow upon a group or individual and it is no less readily won or lightly given today than it was centuries ago.

 

The origins of the act date to the medieval period, where in Continental Europe and the British Isles, fortress walls afforded cities protection from incursions by outlaw bands and attacks by feudal lords. The citizens of those walled cities wisely refused to allow entry to armed groups, including troops, unless they were sure that those arms would not be used against them.

 

As cities and towns were invariably situated on main roads and at principal road junctions, denial of entry imposed great hardship on troops ‘on the march’. Food and arms could not be replenished and it became necessary to take long detours over difficult terrain to reach a given destination or objective. Troops soon saw the merit in establishing good relations with the Corporations and citizens of walled cities and by good conduct earned the privilege of entry and passage. This privilege, not readily won and highly prized, was known as Freedom of Entry.

 

Hence the granting of permission to a formed body of armed men to enter a city became the mark of trust and confidence in which that body was held by its citizens.

 

Freedom of Entry customary relates to military organisations with the more civil Key to the City for civilian organisations or individuals.

 

Request for Freedom of Entry by Australian Air League – Moorebank Squadron

 

A formal request from the Australian Air League – Moorebank Squadron to be granted Freedom of Entry by Council was received by the Mayor on 9 June 2021.

 

The Australian Air League is recognised as a paramilitary organisation which as per its definition means to be “organised similarly to a military force” with a paramilitary rank structure and drill program.

 

Further, up until 1941, the Australian Air League had a selective stream of cadets which went through intensive flying training and in partnership with the Royal Australian Air Force had a direct entry into the armed forces. This provided the impetus for the creation of the Royal Australian Air Force Cadets.

 

Finally, precedent for the granting of Freedom of Entry to an Australian Air League squadron was set by the City of Sydney in 1994 with the granting of Freedom of Entry to the Australian Air League on the 60th Anniversary of the organisation.

 

It is recommended that Council grant Freedom of Entry to the Australian Air League – Moorebank Squadron and for the organisation to enact its right to march through the city.

 

CONSIDERATIONS

 

Economic

The cost of the freedom of entry including the scroll is being met by the $20,000 already allocated by Council through a Grant.

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

The risk is deemed to be Low.

 

ATTACHMENTS

 

Nil


1

Ordinary Meeting

30 June 2021

Corporate Services Report

 

CORP 01

Investment Report May 2021

 

Strategic Direction

Leading through Collaboration

Seek efficient and innovative methods to manage our resources

File Ref

137529.2021

Report By

Chi Nguyen - 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 31st May 2021:

·      Council held investments with a market value of $304 million.

·      The economic environment globally, including Australia, suffered significantly from the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. The market value of Council’s investment in Floating Rate Notes (FRN) has since improved;

·      RBA has decided to lower the cash rate to 0.10% with an indication to keep it at this level for next three years. This will have significant impact on Council’s interest earnings;

·      The portfolio yield was 116 basis points above the AusBond Bank Bill index;

 

AusBond Bank Bill Index (BBI)

Benchmark

0.06%

Portfolio yield

1.22%

Performance above benchmarks

1.16%

 

·      Return on investment was $2.4m lower than the original budget. This does not take into account $1.1m capital gain on FRN’s;

·      Council’s investment advisor, Amicus Advisory, has completed its review of Emerald Mortgage Backed Securities and recommends Council continue to hold its investments in the “Class A” and both “Class C” securities given current poor market pricing. MBS Securities are now not rated;

·      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 19.68% 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 31st May 2021, Council held investments with a market value of $304 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-21

Jun-20

Senior Debts (FRN's ,TCD's & FRB)*

101.35%

100.75%

MBS (Reverse Mortgage Backed Securities)

75.94%

62.11%

T-Corp Unit Trusts

103.19%

102.81%

 

*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) into 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.

 

·     Floating Rate Note (FRN) - returns an aggregate of a fixed margin and a variable benchmark (usually BBSW).

 

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 19.68% of its portfolio in ADI’s rated BBB and below.

 

Emerald – Mortgaged Backed Securities

 

Council’s new investment advisor, Amicus Advisory, was asked on appointment to review Council’s investments in “grandfathered” mortgage backed securities. Amicus has completed its review and recommends Council continue to hold its investments in the “Class A” and both “Class C” securities given current poor market pricing. Notwithstanding this recommendation, Amicus has assessed that both “Class C” securities are likely to eventually default. However, Council will continue to receive interest up until default which is likely to be many years away. Fitch Rating Agency has decided to withdraw its rating on mortgage backed securities and as a result, Council investments in these securities are now classed non-rated.

 


 

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 31st May 2021 exceeded the AusBond Bank Bill index by 116 basis points (1.22% against 0.06%)

 

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 May 2021 is lower than the original budget by $2.4m. This does not take into account $1.1m capital gain on FRN’s.

 

 

 

Investment Portfolio at a Glance

 

 

Portfolio Performance

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The portfolio yield to 31st May 2021 exceeded the AusBond Bank Bill index by 116 basis points (1.22% against 0.06%).

Annual Income vs. Budget

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Council’s investment interest income is lower than the original budget by $2.4m as at 31st May 2021 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

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Fully Compliant

Overall Portfolio Credit Limits

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Fully Compliant

Term to Maturity Limits

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Fully Compliant

 

 

Economic Outlook – Reserve Bank of Australia

 

The Reserve Bank has left the official cash rate on hold at 0.10 per cent in its meeting on 1st June 2021.  The current 0.10 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.

 

CONSIDERATIONS

 

Economic

Council’s investment interest income is lower than the original budget by $2.4m as at 31st May 2021 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.

Market interest is expected to stay at its lowest rate for a long period and will continue to put pressure on Council’s budget.

 

ATTACHMENTS

 

1.         Investment Report May 2021  


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Investment Report May 2021

Attachment 1

Investment Report May 2021

 

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Ordinary Meeting

30 June 2021

Corporate Services Report

 

CORP 02

Community Strategic Plan 2022-2032 - Community Engagement Strategy 2021-2022

 

Strategic Direction

Leading through Collaboration

Encourage community participation in decision-making

File Ref

075940.2021

Report By

Hiba Soueid - Manager Corporate Strategy and Performance

Approved By

George Hampouris - Acting Director City Corporate

 

Executive Summary

 

The Local Government Act (1993) requires all councils to have a Community Strategic Plan, Delivery Program, Operational Plan and Resourcing Strategy in place.

 

The Act also states that each council must have in place a Community Engagement Strategy based on the principles of social justice in developing the Community Strategic Plan. The purpose of the Community Engagement Strategy is to demonstrate how Council intends to communicate with the community in the development of Liverpool’s Community Strategic Plan.

 

This report presents the Community Engagement Strategy 2021 – 2022 for consideration and endorsement.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council endorses the Community Engagement Strategy 2021 – 2022.

 

REPORT

 

The Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework, which was amended into the Local Government Act (1993) in 2009 replaced previous planning and reporting requirements with:

·      A minimum 10-year Community Strategic Plan

·      A four-year Delivery Program

·      A one-year Operational Plan

·     A Resourcing Strategy comprising of a 10-year Long Term Financial Plan, a 10-year Asset Management Plan and a four-year Workforce Management Plan.

 

The current Community Strategic Plan, Our Home, Liverpool 2027, was endorsed by Council on 26 April 2017. Newly appointed Council members must complete a review of the Community Strategic Plan by 30 June in the year following the election and roll forward the planning period for the term of Council to adhere to the minimum 10-year period of the Community Strategic Plan.

 

To guide the new Community Strategic Plan, Council is required to develop a Community Engagement Strategy that describes how Council will involve the community in planning for the future of Liverpool.

 

The Community Engagement Strategy must be based on the principles of social justice which are aimed at giving all members of the community an opportunity to be involved and have their views heard.

 

The Office of Local Government (OLG) outlines the principles of social justice as being:

·      Equity – There should be fairness in decision making, prioritising and allocation of resources, particularly for those in need. Everyone should have a fair opportunity to participate in the future of the community. The planning process should take particular care to involve and protect the interests of people in vulnerable circumstances;

·      Access – All people should have fair access to services, resources and opportunities to improve their quality of life;

·      Participation – Everyone should have the maximum opportunity to genuinely participate in decisions which affect their lives; and

·      Rights – Equal rights should be established and promoted, with opportunities provided for people from diverse linguistic, cultural and religious backgrounds to participate in community life.

 

The Community Engagement Strategy aims to:

·     Ensure the consultation process is underpinned by the quadruple bottom line and encompasses the social, environmental, economic, and civic leadership priorities for Liverpool;

·     Seek a broad range of community values, priorities and needs;

·     Provide the community with adequate information to assist in decision making;

·     Engage with the community on the basis of equality and fairness, to ensure active participation in the community engagement process; and

·     Capture and evaluate community feedback to inform Liverpool’s future priorities and decision making.

 

The Community Engagement Strategy describes the key stakeholders in the community and the proposed methods of engagement to be used to connect with different groups. The Community Engagement Strategy will be implemented from July 2021 to March 2022.

 

CONSIDERATIONS

 

Economic

A total of $65,640 has been budgeted for 2021/2022.

Environment

There are no environmental and sustainability considerations.


Social

Raise awareness in the community about the available services and facilities.


Civic Leadership

The community engagement strategy addresses several areas of civic leadership including:

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

·    Encourage the community to engage in Council initiatives and actions;

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

·    Deliver services that are customer focused.

Legislative

The Community Engagement Strategy addresses Council’s responsibilities under section 402 (4) of the Local Government Act 1993 which stipulates:                                                

(4) “The council must establish and implement a strategy (its
"community engagement strategy"), based on social justice principles, for engagement with the local community when developing the community strategic plan.”

Risk

Failure to operationalise the community engagement strategy with Council’s strategic plans and activities may result in lost opportunities to address community concerns leading to ratepayer dissatisfaction, and / or reputational damage.

 

ATTACHMENTS

 

1.         Final Community Engagement Strategy 2021 - 9 June 2021 (Under separate cover)  


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Ordinary Meeting

30 June 2021

Corporate Services Report

 

CORP 03

Local Government Remunerational Tribunal Annual Report and Determination under sections 239 and 241 of the Local Government Act 1993

 

Strategic Direction

Leading through Collaboration

Strive for best practice in all Council processes

File Ref

164430.2021

Report By

Jessica Saliba - Acting Coordinator Governance

Approved By

George Hampouris - Acting Director City Corporate

 

Executive Summary

 

On 23 April 2021 the Local Government Remuneration Tribunal (the Tribunal) produced their Annual report and Determination under sections 239 and 241 of the Local Government Act 1993 (the Act).

 

It is recommended that Council notes this report and resolves to set the fees payable to the Mayor and Councillors within the limits as determined by the Local Government Remuneration Tribunal.

 

The tribunal has determined a 2 per cent increase in the minimum and maximum fees applicable.

 

As part of this standing annual report to Council, the Civic Expenses and Facilities Policy is reviewed annually for completeness. Council has made adjustments to this Policy to eliminate duplication, reflect current practices and adjust certain allowance categories (mailing and stationary) to reflect reasonableness and historical usage.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:

 

1.      Receives and notes the 2021 Annual Report and Determination – LGRT;

 

2.      Resolves to set the fees payable to the Mayor and Councillors for the period 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022 to an amount equal to the maximum allowable under the determination of the Local Government Remuneration Tribunal, dated 23 April 2021; and

 

3.    Endorse the updated Civic Expenses and Facilities Policy.

REPORT

 

The requirements governing the Mayor and Councillors’ annual remuneration is outlined in Council’s adopted Civic Expenses and Facilities Policy.

 

On 23 April 2021 the Local Government Remuneration Tribunal (the Tribunal) produced their Annual Report and Determination under sections 239 and 241 of the Local Government Act 1993 (the Act).  The Tribunal determines the categories by which each council is classified, and the maximum and minimum amounts of fees to be paid to mayors and councillors.

 

There has been no change to the Council categories, Liverpool City Council remains in the Metropolitan large category.

 

The Tribunal has categorised “Metropolitan Large” councils as typically having a minimum population of 200,000 and may include features such as:

·      Total operating revenue exceeding $200M per annum;

·      The provision of significant regional services to greater Sydney including, major education, health retail sports and other recreation and cultural facilities;

·      Significant industrial, commercial and residential centres and development corridors; and

·      High population growth.

 

Councils that are categorised as “Metropolitan Large” are considered to have a sphere of economic influence and provide regional services considered to be greater than those of other metropolitan councils.

 

The Local Government Remuneration Tribunal has determined (effective 1 July 2021) that:

 

1.    Pursuant to Section 239 of the Act that Liverpool City Council will be categorised a “Metropolitan Large” council; and

 

2.    Pursuant to Section 241 of the Act, the annual fees to be paid to Councillors and Mayors in a Metropolitan Large Council, be a minimum of $18,800 and a maximum of $31,020. An additional fee is to be paid to the Mayor at a minimum of $39,940 and maximum of $90,370. These fees represent a 2 per cent increase which is consistent with the government’s policy on wages.

 

In recognition of the increasing workload and time commitments required by the Mayor and Councillors, and noting that almost all metropolitan councils have adopted the tribunal maximum, it is recommended that Council set the fees payable to the Mayor and Councillors for the period 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022 to the maximum allowable within the above limits.

The Civic Expenses and Facilities Policy has been updated to eliminate duplication, reflect current practices and adjust certain allowance categories to reflect reasonableness and historical usage. An outline of the changes have been itemised below. The amendments are also reflected in the Policy as “tracked changes”. The Policy can be viewed in Attachment 3.

·      Defined IT consumables;

·      Reduced the amount of allowance per calendar year for mailing and stationary from $6,000 to $1,000 per Councillor;

·      Updated clause 4.5.1 (e) to include meeting rooms at 52 Scott Street Liverpool;

·      Updated clause 4.6.2 to add a new subsection to reflect that Council will reimburse the cost of associated IT consumables for Council issued and owned equipment up to an amount of $500;

·      Updated Information Technology details in clause 4.6.3;

·      Deleted clause 4.6.3 as it was a duplicate;

·      Updated clause 4.7.2 to be consistent with clause 4.7.1; and

·      Added a subclause (f) under clause 4.8.2 to reflect the allowance for attending the Sydney Western City Planning Panel meeting.

 

CONSIDERATIONS

 

Economic

The fees to be paid have been included in the 2021-2022 budget

Environment

There are no environmental and sustainability considerations.


Social

There are no social and cultural considerations.


Civic Leadership

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

Legislative

Section 239 and 241 of the Local Government Act 1994 (LG Act)

Risk

There is no risk associated with this report.

 

ATTACHMENTS

 

1.         Local Government Remuneration Tribunal - Annual Report and Determination

2.         OLG Circular 2021

3.         Updated Civic Expenses and Facilities Policy (changes tracked)  


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CORP 03

Local Government Remunerational Tribunal Annual Report and Determination under sections 239 and 241 of the Local Government Act 1993

Attachment 1

Local Government Remuneration Tribunal - Annual Report and Determination

 

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Local Government Remunerational Tribunal Annual Report and Determination under sections 239 and 241 of the Local Government Act 1993

Attachment 2

OLG Circular 2021

 

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Local Government Remunerational Tribunal Annual Report and Determination under sections 239 and 241 of the Local Government Act 1993

Attachment 3

Updated Civic Expenses and Facilities Policy (changes tracked)

 

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Ordinary Meeting

30 June 2021

Corporate Services Report

 

CORP 04

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

 

Strategic Direction

Leading through Collaboration

Increase community engagement

File Ref

191082.2021

Report By

George Georgakis - Manager Council and Executive Services

Approved By

George Hampouris - Acting Director Corporate Services

 

Executive Summary

 

To report to Council on one instance where the Mayor, pursuant to Section 226(d) of the Local Government Act 1993 exercising in cases of necessity, the policy-making functions of the governing body of the Council between meetings of the Council.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council note and endorse the Mayoral Direction dated 9 June 2021 attached to the report.

 

REPORT

 

Section 226 of the Local Government Act 1993 outlines the role of the Mayor and Section 226(d) states that the role includes the following:   

 

“To exercise, in cases of necessity, the policy-making functions of the governing body of the Council between meetings of the Council”.

 

On 9 June 2021 the Mayor made a determination/direction as outlined below pursuant to the policy-making responsibilities under s.226(d) of the Act:

 

1.    Council commits to approving and releasing funds from existing savings in the current financial year Events budget to put towards the Thank You Gala Dinner being held on 17 July 2021 before the 30 June 2021 Council meeting; and

 

2.    Council commits to allocating a production budget to the annual charity event in 2022 to assist with the delivery of the event as the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the sponsorship environment is continuing and will likely remain for subsequent years.

 

The determination/direction was necessary and could not be delayed until the June 2021 Ordinary Meeting of Council for the reasons as outlined in the Mayoral Direction which is attached to this report.

 

CONSIDERATIONS

 

Economic

Costs associated with carrying out the Mayoral Direction.

Environment

There are no environmental and sustainability considerations.


Social

Raise awareness in the community about the available services and facilities.

Provide cultural centres and activities for the enjoyment of the arts


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.

Legislative

Section 226(d) of the Local Government Act 1993. 

Risk

The risk is deemed to be low and is considered to be within Council’s risk appetite.

 

ATTACHMENTS

 

1.         Mayoral Direction dated 9 June 2021  


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CORP 04

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

Attachment 1

Mayoral Direction dated 9 June 2021

 

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Ordinary Meeting

30 June 2021

City Presentation Report

 

PRES 01

Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) Report

 

Strategic Direction

Strengthening and Protecting our Environment

Manage the community’s disposal of rubbish

File Ref

177026.2021

Report By

Tim Pasley - Manager Waste and Cleansing

Approved By

Peter Diplas - Acting Director City Presentation

 

Executive Summary

 

At the Council meeting held on the 24th February 2021, item NOM06 Food and Organic Waste, Council resolved to:

 

“Provide a report on the nature of food and organic waste in Liverpool, by the June meeting of Council.”

 

Based on the report, Council is asked to consider a number of recommendations as set out below.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:

 

1.    Adopt FOGO collection as the way of recovering food organics from the red lid bin;

 

2.    Undertake a request for tender (RFT) process for the receival and processing of FOGO;

 

3.    Undertake a RFT for the receival and process if residual mixed solid waste with a view of converting the residual mixed solid waste to energy if the technology and facility is available within the contract term;

 

4.    Act on the option for collection of FOGO in the current waste collection contract to introduce FOGO collection when the FOGO processing and mixed solid waste contract is in place;

 

5.    Undertake a detailed FOGO implementation plan and education program; and

 

6.    Apply for further NSW EPA Grants that are available for FOGO implementation.

 

REPORT

 

Liverpool City Council has engaged “ProLead Plus” to undertake a review of Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) in the context of Liverpool City Council and NSW government’s policy and operational environments.

 

This study looks at FOGO as a waste collection and processing option and explains the process including:

·            FOGO as an option for Councils;

·            Other Councils’ approaches on FOGO;

·            NSW Government’s position on FOGO; and

·            Options available to Liverpool Council to implement FOGO.

 

The report prepared by ProLead Plus titled “Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO)”, dated June 2021 is included in the below attachment and will be supported by a presentation at the Councillor Briefing session that will explain the contents of the report.

 

CONSIDERATIONS

 

Economic

There are no economic and financial considerations.

Environment

Minimise household and commercial waste.


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

 

1.         Prolead Plus - FOGO Report


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Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) Report

Attachment 1

Prolead Plus - FOGO Report

 

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Ordinary Meeting

30 June 2021

Infrastructure & Environment Report

 

INF 01

Integrated Pest Management Policy and Strategy

 

Strategic Direction

Strengthening and Protecting our Environment

Develop, and advocate for, plans that support safe and friendly communities

File Ref

167828.2021

Report By

Michael Zengovski - Manager City Environment

Approved By

Raj Autar - Director Infrastructure & Environment

 

Executive Summary

 

Council, at its meeting held on 30 September 2020, resolved that an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Policy and Strategy be prepared.

 

This report provides the draft IPM Policy and an update on the development of the associated Strategy.

 

The draft IPM Policy and draft scope for the IPM Strategy were presented to the Environment Advisory Committee (EAC) at its meeting held on 12 April 2021 for their feedback.  The feedback received from the EAC primarily related to matters that will be considered during the development of the IPM Strategy

 

It is now proposed to progress the development of the IPM Strategy.  It is anticipated that the Policy and Strategy will be placed on public exhibition concurrently once the Strategy has been developed. 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:

 

1.    Receives and notes this report;

 

2.    Endorses the draft Integrated Pest Management Policy; and

 

3.    Receives a further report upon finalisation of the Integrated Pest Management Policy and Strategy, with the view to placing them on public exhibition.

 

 

 

 

 

REPORT

 

Background

 

At its meeting held on 30 September 2020, Council resolved to:

 

1.   Develop an Integrated Pest Management Policy and Strategy for the Liverpool LGA and report back to Council by the first February 2021 meeting, with the strategy to follow subsequently; and

 

2.   Include a plan for community awareness and engagement of the policy and strategy within the LGA.

 

Update on the Integrated Pest Management Policy and Strategy

 

The draft Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Policy aims to guide the effective management of priority pests in a way that minimises potential harm to human health and the environment. It primarily applies to priority pests (animals and plants) on Council land, but also recognises community awareness and engagement, biosecurity matters, and health related regulatory roles on private land. A copy of the draft policy is attached to this report.

 

The draft IPM Policy and draft scope for the IPM Strategy were presented to the Environment Advisory Committee (EAC) at its meeting held on 12 April 2021 for their feedback. 

 

A summary of the comments received from the EAC is provided as an attachment to this report.  The feedback received from the EAC primarily related to matters that would be the subject of the Integrated Pest Management Strategy, rather than the Policy.  This feedback will be considered during the development of the Strategy. No points specific to the Policy were raised other than minor formatting and wording suggestions.

 

Next steps

 

It is now proposed to progress the development of the associated Strategy.  Council will engage a suitable consultant to prepare the Strategy.

 

The Strategy will provide detailed information on IPM matters, including pertinent principles, practices and strategic framework.  It will provide an overview of pest related issues for the Liverpool City Council Local Government Area, and identify priority pests (animals and plants) and actions. Collaborative opportunities will be identified, and community education and engagement initiatives will be explored.

 

Ongoing consultation with the EAC and other stakeholders will be undertaken throughout the development of the Strategy.

 

It is anticipated that the Policy and Strategy will be placed on public exhibition concurrently once the Strategy has been developed.  The Strategy development is likely to take approximately six months to ensure appropriate stakeholder engagement.

 

CONSIDERATIONS

 

Economic

 

The Integrated Pest Management Policy and Strategy aim to identify pest control measures that are cost effective.

 

Environment

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

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

 


Social

 

Community education and awareness will form a key element of the Integrated Pest Management Strategy.

 


Civic Leadership

 

Act as an environmental leader in the community.

 

Legislative

 

Compliance with the Biosecurity Act 2015 (NSW).

Risk

 

Improved management of pest related risks is a key aim of the Integrated Pest Management Policy and Strategy.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

 

1.         Draft Integrated Pest Management Policy

2.         Feedback received from Environment Advisory Committee


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Integrated Pest Management Policy and Strategy

Attachment 1

Draft Integrated Pest Management Policy

 

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Integrated Pest Management Policy and Strategy

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Feedback received from Environment Advisory Committee

 

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30 June 2021

Infrastructure & Environment Report

 

INF 02

Feasibility of Establishing a Koala Hospital and Sanctuary

 

Strategic Direction

Strengthening and Protecting our Environment

Protect and enhance bushland, rivers and the visual landscape

File Ref

167850.2021

Report By

Michael Zengovski - Manager City Environment

Approved By

Raj Autar - Director Infrastructure & Environment

 

Executive Summary

 

Council, at its meeting held on 27 May 2020, determined that a detailed business case be developed for the establishment of a koala hospital and sanctuary in the LGA, including its viability and estimated costs.

 

Council engaged a consultant that specialises in koala related matters to undertake this study, which has now been completed.

 

This report presents the findings of the koala hospital and sanctuary business case, and feedback received from the Environment Advisory Committee (EAC).

 

The study concluded that there is a relatively low number of animals requiring care within the likely catchment area (an average of approximately 26 koalas per year).  This would not justify the considerable costs that would be incurred by the establishment and ongoing management of a koala hospital or sanctuary.

 

Based on the study findings and EAC feedback, it is recommended that a koala specific hospital or sanctuary is not pursued.  An alternative option is to offer support to the existing veterinary care network, such as sponsoring the existing Sydney Metropolitan Wildlife Services (Sydney Wildlife) mobile wildlife clinic. 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:

1.      Receives and notes this report;

 

2.    Notes the recommendation not to pursue the establishment of a koala hospital or sanctuary in the LGA; and

 

3.    Explores ways to support the existing veterinary care network for wildlife.

REPORT

 

Background

 

Council, at its meeting held on 27 May 2020, resolved that a detailed business case be developed.  The intent of the business case was to assess the demand for a koala hospital and sanctuary within the LGA, including its viability and estimated costs.

 

Council engaged a consultant (Biolink Ecological Consultants Pty Ltd) that specialises in koala related matters to undertake this study, which has now been completed.  The Environment Advisory Committee (EAC) has been consulted, with the findings of the Biolink study being presented at their meeting on 12 April 2021. A copy of the business case is attached.

 

Business case for a koala/wildlife hospital and sanctuary

 

Needs analysis

 

The Biolink study provides a needs analysis for both a koala specific hospital, as well as a general wildlife hospital that could cater for a broad range of native animals. 

 

The analysis concludes that an average of approximately 26 koalas are likely to require veterinary care annually across a catchment that extends beyond the Liverpool LGA.  In contrast, other koala hospitals treat much larger numbers of koalas annually (approximately 250 at Port Macquarie Koala Hospital and 350 at Lismore Koala Care and Research Centre).

 

The analysis indicates that there were other native animal species, such as flying foxes, that require care in much larger numbers. Veterinary care for wildlife across south west Sydney is currently provided by an informal network of vets, including the Camden Avian, Reptile & Exotic Pet Hospital. 

 

Feasibility analysis including financial implications

 

The feasibility of a wildlife hospital and sanctuary was also assessed, examining licencing requirements, land zoning and likely expenditure (both establishment and ongoing costs).  This assessment considered both a standard static facility model, and a mobile hospital model.

 

The establishment cost for a mobile wildlife hospital can vary greatly (approximately $200,000 - $700,000 based on the cost of establishing existing facilities).  Ongoing costs are variable, depending on the size and scope of the venture.  Running costs for existing koala facilities range from approximately $450,000 (Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary and Hospital) to $1 million (Port Macquarie Koala Hospital) per annum. 

 

Cost estimates for new wildlife facilities are summarised in the following table.

 

Facility type

Establishment cost

Ongoing cost (per annum)

Mobile hospital

$200,000 - $700,0001

>$250,0002

Static hospital

$3M3

$450,000-$1M4

 

1. Estimate is based on cost of the Sydney Wildlife Mobile Care Unit (a modified motorhome) and Byron Bay Mobile Wildlife Hospital (a modified semitrailer).

2. Estimate is based on anticipated running cost of the Byron Bay Mobile Wildlife Hospital. 

3. Estimate is based on cost to establish the Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary and Hospital.  Cost excludes property acquisition, contingency and feasibility studies.

4. Estimate is based on ongoing costs for the Port Stephens ($450,000 pa) and Port Macquarie Koala Hospital ($700,000 to $1 million pa).

 

The funding models for existing facilities were examined, noting that most were reliant on a combination of donations (including crowd funding) and tourism revenue.  Some have been reliant upon grants that are not currently available.  It has been reported that Taronga Zoo recently received approximately $30 million from the NSW State Budget to expand their wildlife hospital (due to open in 2024).

 

A sanctuary or wildlife-tourism venture would need to be a separate enterprise to a wildlife hospital as animals undertaking treatment cannot be displayed and there are different licencing requirements.

 

Study conclusions

 

The establishment of a koala specific hospital or sanctuary was not recommended by the study given the relatively low number of animals requiring care within the likely catchment area (an average of approximately 26 koalas per year). 

 

Biolink identified alternative options for Council to consider to support wildlife care, including for species such as flying foxes.  Of the options presented in the study, it is considered that supporting the existing network of veterinary clinics treating wildlife is a measure that could generate environmental benefits. 

 

Environment Advisory Committee (EAC) consultation

 

Biolink presented the findings of their study to the EAC meeting on 12 April 2021. A copy of the study was distributed to committee members after the meeting for feedback.

 

A summary of the feedback received from the EAC is attached to this report.  The EAC feedback consistently expressed support of the study’s conclusions that a koala specific hospital would not be viable, and that a wider wildlife care approach could be considered.

 

 

Inquiry into koala populations and habitat in NSW

 

A parliamentary inquiry into koalas was established in 2019.  A series of recommendations were made, including that the NSW Government support local councils to conserve koala habitats.  It was also recommended that the NSW Government support the establishment of a well-resourced network of wildlife hospitals in key areas of the state, including south west Sydney.  These recommendations were raised in the feedback received from the EAC.

 

The support identified by the NSW Government in response to these inquiry recommendations is of limited applicability to the establishment of a facility within the Liverpool LGA.  The NSW Government support for partnerships with local councils for veterinary care is limited to locations on the north and mid-north coast of NSW, and their support for wildlife hospitals within Sydney is limited to Taronga Zoo. 

 

Recommendations

 

Based on the Biolink study and EAC feedback, it is recommended that a koala hospital or sanctuary is not pursued.  The considerable costs involved (both establishment and ongoing management) would not be justified by the small number of koalas requiring care. 

 

Potential partnerships would not influence the feasibility of a koala hospital or sanctuary.  The study is based on a catchment area that covers the neighbouring local government areas that may reasonably be serviced by the facility.  The estimated 26 koalas per year that require treatment across the catchment area would not justify a koala specific facility.  Council has contacted Campbelltown City Council to gauge their interest in a joint koala or wildlife care facility and was informed that there was currently limited interest.

 

An alternative option could be to offer support to the existing veterinary care network, such as through donations or sponsorship.  Sydney Metropolitan Wildlife Services (Sydney Wildlife) currently operates a mobile wildlife clinic within the region, which is currently under-utilised.  The provision of sponsorship and/or a suitable location to regularly set up the clinic may improve the availability of this service.

 

CONSIDERATIONS

 

Economic

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.

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


Social

There are no social and cultural considerations.


Civic Leadership

Act as an environmental leader in the community.

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

Legislative

Local Government Act 1993, Section 36

Companion Animals Act 1998, Sections 14 and 30

Risk

There are potential financial risks associated with some facility models presented within the business case associated with this report.

 

ATTACHMENTS

 

1.         Biolink Pty Ltd (June 2021) Business Case for a Koala/Wildlife Hospital and Sanctuary in the Liverpool Local Government Area (Under Separate Cover)

2.         Summary of feedback received from Environment Advisory Committee


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Feasibility of Establishing a Koala Hospital and Sanctuary

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Summary of feedback received from Environment Advisory Committee

 

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Minutes of the Environment Advisory Committee held on 12 April 2021

 

Strategic Direction

Leading through Collaboration

Encourage community participation in decision-making

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Report By

Michael Zengovski - Manager City Environment

Approved By

Raj Autar - Director Infrastructure & Environment

 

Executive Summary

 

This report is tabled in order to present the Minutes of the Environment Advisory Committee Meeting held on 12 April 2021.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council receives and notes the Minutes of the Environment Advisory Committee Meeting held on 12 April 2021.

 

REPORT

 

The Minutes of the Environment Advisory Committee held on 12 April 2021 are attached for the information of Council.

 

The minutes contain the following key matters:

1.    The feasibility of establishing a koala hospital and sanctuary in the Liverpool LGA. Following input from the Committee, this matter has been submitted for Council consideration at the 30 June 2021 Council meeting.

2.    The development of an Integrated Pest Management policy and strategy for Liverpool City Council. Following input from the Committee, this matter has been submitted for Council consideration at the 30 June 2021 Council meeting.

         

CONSIDERATIONS

 

Economic

There are no economic and financial considerations.

Environment

Minimise household and commercial waste.

Manage the environmental health of waterways.

Manage air, water, noise and chemical pollution.

Enhance the environmental performance of buildings and homes.

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

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


Social

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

Support community organisations, groups and volunteers to deliver coordinated services to the community.


Civic Leadership

Act as an environmental leader in the community.

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

Foster neighbourhood pride and a sense of responsibility.

Facilitate the development of community leaders.

Encourage the community to engage in Council initiatives and actions.

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

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.         Minutes of the Environment Advisory Committee Meeting held on 12 April 2021  


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Minutes of the Environment Advisory Committee held on 12 April 2021

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Minutes of the Environment Advisory Committee Meeting held on 12 April 2021

 

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Minutes of the Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee Meeting held on 30 April 2021

 

Strategic Direction

Leading through Collaboration

Strive for best practice in all Council processes

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Report By

Chris Van Zyl - Acting Head of Audit, Risk and Improvement

Approved By

Dr Eddie Jackson - Chief Executive Officer

 

Executive Summary

 

This report is tabled in order to present the Minutes of the Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee Meeting held on 30 April 2021.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council

 

1.    Receives and notes the Minutes of the Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee Meeting held on 30 April 2021;

 

2.    Adopt the revised draft Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee Charter; and

 

3.    Adopt the revised draft Internal Audit Charter.

 

REPORT

 

The Minutes of the Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee held on 30 April 2021 are attached for the information of Council. The Minutes identify a number of actions that require Council staff to undertake, none of which will have any financial impact on Council.

 

The committee endorsed the revised draft ARIC Charter and Internal Audit Charter. The Charters are attached under separate cover for adoption by Council.

 

ARIC Charter (Terms of Reference)

 

The objective of the Audit, Risk and Improvement Committees is to provide independent assistance to Liverpool City Council by monitoring, reviewing and providing advice about the organisation’s governance processes, risk management and control frameworks and its external accountability obligations. 

 

The operation of sections 428A and 428B of the Local Government Act 1993, will be supported by new regulations. These will prescribe the requirements that councils are to comply with when appointing their Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee and establishing their internal audit function.

 

The Local Government Regulation will also prescribe a Model Internal Audit Charter and Model Terms of Reference for Audit, Risk and Improvement Committees which all councils must adopt and comply with. The key requirements that will ultimately be prescribed by the Local Government Regulation under the new framework is:

(a)   each council is to have an independent Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee

(b)   the Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee is to operate according to terms of reference, based on model terms of reference, approved by the governing body of the council in consultation with the Committee

(c)   the Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee is to comprise of three to five independent members who are prequalified via the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation’s Prequalification Scheme: Audit and Risk Committee Independent Chairs and Members

(d)   Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee members and the Chair are to serve a three to five-year term. A member’s term cannot exceed eight years and the Chair’s term cannot exceed five years

(e)   the Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee is to meet quarterly, with the ability to hold extra meetings if required. A council’s general manager and Chief Audit Officer should attend except where excluded by the Committee

(f)   Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee members are to comply with council’s Code of Conduct and the conduct requirements of the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation’s Prequalification Scheme: Audit and Risk Committee Independent Chairs and Members

(g)   disputes between the Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee, the general manager and/or the Chief Audit Officer are to be resolved by the governing body of the council, and

(h)   the general manager is to nominate a council employee/s to provide secretariat support to the Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee. Minutes must be recorded for all committee meetings.

 

 

 

Liverpool City Council’s ARIC Charter (Terms of Reference) has been reviewed and aligned with the NSW Treasury Model Charters (TPP20-08). The main changes in the revised ARIC Charter for Liverpool City Council is:

(i)    Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee members and the Chair are to serve a three to five-year term. A member’s term cannot exceed eight years and the Chair’s term cannot exceed five years

(j)    disputes between the Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee, the general manager and/or the Chief Audit Officer are to be resolved by the governing body of the council.

 

The proposed framework further increases the number of independent members on the committee and excludes Councillors as voting members and attendees.

 

Liverpool City Council Mayor and the ARIC Chair have provided written submissions to the Office of Local Government in November 2019, expressing concerns that if proposed changes to Liverpool City Council’s, Audit, Risk and Improvement Committees current membership composition (currently being 3 independent members, the Deputy Mayor and a nominated Councillor) were to proceed, resulting in the exclusion of Councillors, it would dilute the Committee’s ability to communicate to Council in a meaningful way.

 

Council understands that the OLG have received similar submissions and this provision is likely to change. It is therefore proposed to maintain the current membership of the committee. A further review of membership will be included in a future review of the ARIC Charter.

 

Internal Audit Charter

 

Liverpool City Council has an established Internal Audit function as a key component of Council’s governance framework. The Internal Audit Charter provides the framework which guides how internal audit is conducted.

 

The Internal Audit Charter has been reviewed and aligned with the NSW Treasury Model Charters (TPP20-08). The Treasury Model Charter aligns with the existing Charter and that of which is proposed under the new audit and risk framework for local councils in NSW.

 

There are no significant changes to the Internal Audit Charter other than minor alignments.

 

Actions

 

The minutes contain the following actions that will be managed through the regular reports and resolution tracking document:

·           Liverpool Civic Place

Receive LCP updates tabled at Council meetings, to enhance transparency and consistency of reported information.

·           Chain of Responsibility - Gap Audit

Receive a further update on the actions taken by management to address the reported findings and recommendations.

·           City Deals Open Data Project

Receive a response on whether the information is available for people with a disability and those with English as a second language.

·           Outstanding Training

Receive a report on all training outstanding across Council, to enhance oversight over Council’s governance and risk management frameworks. The report should include but not be limited to Code of Conduct, Fraud and Corruption, Conflicts of Interest and the risk of non-compliance.

·           City Deal Risk Rationale

Receive a further update on the City Deals risk on the rationale used in rating the risk.

·           Key Strategic Project Risks

Receive future summary reports on key strategic projects such as LCP, asbestos rehabilitation and City Deals.

·           Litigant Policy

Receive confirmation on whether Council has a current litigant policy.

 

 

·           Long-term Property Acquisitions / Hardships

Receive clarification on whether the properties identified under the Moorebank Voluntary Acquisition Scheme was included in the report.

·           ICAC Operation Dasha - Gap Analysis

Receive updates on the implementation of any corrective actions identified in the corrective actions through Internal Audit’s normal tracking system.

·           Process Mapping Way Forward

Receive future updates on the conversion progress of process maps into Policies, Procedures and Standards within RelianSys.

    

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

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

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

Legislative

Local Government Act 1993, sections 8B and 23A

Risk

The committee reviewed several reports, including Council’s Top 10 strategic risks, full risk register, chain of responsibility audit findings, Liverpool Civic Place, and the IP&R performance update.

 

ATTACHMENTS

 

1.         ARIC Final Minutes 30 April 2021

2.         Draft Audit Risk and Improvement Committee Charter 2021

3.         Draft Internal Audit Charter 2021  


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ARIC Final Minutes 30 April 2021

 

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Draft Audit Risk and Improvement Committee Charter 2021

 

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Draft Internal Audit Charter 2021

 

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Minutes of the Liverpool Youth Council Meeting held Tuesday 11 May 2021

 

Strategic Direction

Leading through Collaboration

Encourage community participation in decision-making

File Ref

170964.2021

Report By

Galavizh Ahmadi Nia - Manager Community Development and Planning

Approved By

Tina Bono - Acting Director Community & Culture

 

Executive Summary

 

This report is tabled in order to present the Minutes of the Liverpool Youth Council Meeting held on Tuesday 11 May 2021.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:

 

1.    Receives and notes the Minutes of the Liverpool Youth Council Meeting held on Tuesday 11 May 2021; and

 

2.    Endorse the recommendations in the Minutes.

 

REPORT

 

The Minutes of the Liverpool Youth Council held on Tuesday 11 May 2021 are attached for the information of Council.

 

The minutes contain the following actions or Committee recommendations:

·     Youth Liaison Simbarashe Zimbudzana to contact the Manager of Headspace Liverpool and Child and Adolescent Family (CAFS) to seek support regarding co-branding stationery resources with Liverpool Youth Council.

·     The Community Development Worker (Youth) to liaise further with Youth Council members to book in dates and a meeting venue for the Mental Health First Aid Training.

·     Youth Council members are invited to support and mentor the students of the 2168 Children’s Parliament. A mentoring session is planned for Wednesday 2 June from 11.30am – 2.00pm at the Liverpool Council Chambers.

 

The training and stationery costs mentioned above will be allocated from the Youth Council’s operating budget for the 2020/21 financial year.

         

CONSIDERATIONS

 

Economic

There are no economic and financial considerations.

Environment

There are no environmental and sustainability considerations.


Social

Support community organisations, groups and volunteers to deliver coordinated services to the community.


Civic Leadership