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Agenda

Ordinary Council Meeting

8 December 2014

The meeting commences at 6.30pm. If members of the public are

not interested in any business recommended to be considered in

Closed Session or there is no such business, Council will ordinarily

  commence consideration of all other business at 7pm.

 


 

Notice of Meeting

 

Dear Councillors

 

Notice is given of the Ordinary Council Meeting, to be held in the Council Chambers, 48 Longueville Road Lane Cove on Monday 8 December 2014 commencing at 6:30pm. The business to be transacted at the meeting is included in this business paper.

 

Yours faithfully

 

 

 

 

Craig Wrightson

General Manager

 

Council Meeting Procedures

 

The Council meeting is chaired by the Mayor, Councillor David Brooks-Horn. Councillors are entitled to one vote on a matter. If votes are equal, the Chairperson has a second or casting vote. When a majority of Councillors vote in favour of a Motion it becomes a decision of the Council. Minutes of Council and Committee meetings are published on Council’s website www.lanecove.nsw.gov.au by 5pm on the Thursday following the meeting.

 

The Meeting is conducted in accordance with Council's Code of Meeting Practice. The order of business is listed in the Agenda on the next page. That order will be followed unless Council resolves to modify the order at the meeting. This may occur for example where the members of the public in attendance are interested in specific items on the agenda.

 

Members of the public may address the Council Meeting on any issue for a maximum of 3 minutes during the public forum which is held at the beginning of the meeting. All persons addressing the Meeting must speak to the Chair. Speakers and Councillors will not enter into general debate or ask questions.

 

If you do not understand any part of the information given above; require assistance to participate in the meeting due to a disability; or wish to obtain information in relation to Council, please contact Council’s Manager Governance on 99113525.

 

Please note meetings held in the Council Chambers are recorded on tape for the purposes of verifying the accuracy of minutes and the tapes are not disclosed to any third party under the Government Information (Public Access)  Act 2009, except as allowed under section 18(1) or section 19(1) of the PPIP Act, or where Council is compelled to do so by court order, warrant or subpoena or by any other legislation.

 

 

 


Ordinary Council 8 December 2014

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 

APOLOGIES

 

OPENING OF MEETING WITH PRAYER

 

ACKNOWLEDGMENT TO COUNTRY

 

NOTICE OF WEBCASTING OF MEETING

 

Confidential Items

 

1.      Mayoral Minute - General Manager's Performance Review for 2013/14

It is recommended that the Council close so much of the meeting to the public as provided for under Section 10A(2) (a) of the Local Government Act, 1993, on the grounds that the matter will involve the discussion of personnel matters concerning a particular individual; it further being considered that discussion of the matter in open meeting would be, on balance, contrary to public interest by reason of the foregoing and as the report contains personal information about the performance of a staff member.

 

2.      Senior Staff Contracts

It is recommended that the Council close so much of the meeting to the public as provided for under Section 10A(2) (a) of the Local Government Act, 1993, on the grounds that the matter will involve the discussion of personnel matters concerning a particular individual; it further being considered that discussion of the matter in open meeting would be, on balance, contrary to public interest by reason of the foregoing and  as the report contains personal information about the performance of a staff member. 

 

public forum

 

Members of the public may address the Council Meeting on any issue for 3 minutes.

 

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES

 

3.      ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING - 27 NOVEMBER 2014

 

Mayoral Minutes

 

4.      Demerit Points for Abuse of Disabled Car Parking Spaces

 

5.      Enforcement of Construction Hours

 

6.      Additional Right Hand Turn Lane at Longueville Road

 

Orders Of The Day

 

Notices of Motion

 

7.      White Ribbon Day

 

8.      Lane Cove West Public School - School Traffic Safety Report

 

9.      Alcohol Free Zones

 

10.    'Fit for the Future' Community Representation

 

11.    Proposed Sale of Royal North Shore Hospital Land

 

Officer Reports for Determination

 

12.    St Leonards South Strategy Draft Master Plan

 

13.    St Leonards Public Domain Master Plan

 

14.    St Leonards Metered Parking

 

15.    Tender for the Construction of new Community Centre at 314 Burns Bay Road, Lane Cove

 

16.    Lane Cove Traffic Committee Held on 19 November 2014

 

17.    Indigenous Students Day 2014

 

Officer Reports for Information

 

18.    Anti-Bullying Program at Chatswood High School -Project Hero  

 

 

 

 

         


Ordinary Council Meeting 8 December 2014

Demerit Points for Abuse of Disabled Car Parking Spaces

 

 

Subject:          Demerit Points for Abuse of Disabled Car Parking Spaces    

Record No:     SU1362 - 73374/14

Division:         Lane Cove Council

Author(s):       Councillor David Brooks-Horn 

 

 

Executive Summary

 

Councillors will recall at the Council meeting of 27 October, 2014, Council resolved to:-

 

“..write to the Minister, The Hon Duncan Gay, thanking him for his swift response in support of the reform on this very important community issue and indicating Council looks forward to it being included in the Demerit Points list.”

 

The Minister for Roads and Freight, The Hon. Duncan Gay has announced the introduction of a demerit point penalty, on top of the existing fine for able bodied people found guilty of abusing disabled car parking spaces from 1 December, 2014.

Anyone caught parking in a disabled car park without holding a valid mobility parking sticker will not only get a $519.00 fine, the highest fine for this offence in the country, they’ll also receive a demerit point penalty. The penalty applies wherever disabled parking offences are currently enforced, whether on a public road or in a car park.

I have attached a copy of the Minister’s Press Release for information.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That:-

 

1.         the Mayoral Minute be received and noted.

 

2.         Council write to the Minister, The Hon Duncan Gay, MP thanking him for the swift implementation of Demerit Points penalty provisions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Councillor David Brooks-Horn

Mayor

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

AT‑1 View

Ministerial Press Release Reform of Disability Parking

1 Page

 

 

 


Ordinary Council Meeting 8 December 2014

Enforcement of Construction Hours

 

 

Subject:          Enforcement of Construction Hours    

Record No:     SU1761 - 73549/14

Division:         Lane Cove Council

Author(s):       Councillor David Brooks-Horn 

 

 

Executive Summary

 

Council has received a number of representations in relation to the regulation of Construction Hours of work with the current boom in development activity. At the last Council meeting Council resolved to include the approved construction hours and contact details to increase the accountability of developers.

 

Council has unfortunately seen a number of sites where the builders have shown little regard to the approved construction hours, which impacts on the amenity of the neighbourhood. Council’s Rangers issue fines in respect of all these breaches, however the existing amount of the fine, typically $3000, seems to provide little deterrent to some builders. The existing laws have no regard to the total amount of time outside of the approved hours, i.e. 10 minutes or 7 hours as was the case last week in relation to 1-5 Centennial Avenue. Similarly, there is no consideration given to how many fines for a particular offence have been issued to any one builder at a site. Clearly for repeat offenders the same fine is not appropriate, given it is not achieving the goal of the fine, that is, to be a deterrent to future breaches.

 

On this basis I believe it is appropriate for Council to lobby the State Government for changes to the penalties in respect of repeated breaches of conditions of Development Consent, by the fines providing a rising scale of penalties for repeated breaches. Similarly fines for working outside of hours should have regard to the length of time of the breach.

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That:-

 

1.   In order to provide an effective deterrent to builders breaching conditions of development consent, Council write to the Hon. Rob Stokes MP, Minister for the Environment, and the Hon. Pru Goward MP, Minister for Planning seeking changes to the penalties for breach of development consent, to provide a rising scale of penalties for repeated breaches and a rising scale of penalties that has regard to the length of time of the breach.

 

2.   Council seek the support of the local member the Hon. Anthony Roberts MP, Minister for Resources and Energy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Councillor David Brooks-Horn

Mayor

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

There are no supporting documents for this report.

 


Ordinary Council Meeting 8 December 2014

Additional Right Hand Turn Lane at Longueville Road

 

 

Subject:          Additional Right Hand Turn Lane at Longueville Road    

Record No:     SU5446 - 73561/14

Division:         Lane Cove Council

Author(s):       Councillor David Brooks-Horn 

 

 

 

The installation of the Traffic Signals at the corner of Birdwood and Longueville Road have proven to provide much improved pedestrian safety. Councillors will recall that after years of requesting the RMS to fund these lights, Council ultimately funded the installation. As part of the approval process the RMS assumed responsibility for phasing and the associated lane configurations.

 

Unfortunately, despite repeated requests to the RMS, the requests of Council staff to reconfigure the lanes at the intersection of Epping Road, to provide two full right turn lanes heading towards the city have been ignored. This results in the Birdwood Avenue/ Longueville Road intersection under performing with resultant queues, particularly in peak hours. As can be seen from the photo below, the kerbside lane remains empty, due to the large volume of cars wanting to turn right at the intersection of Longueville and Epping Road.

 

 

Given the impact this is having on our community, I believe it is appropriate we raise the matter directly with the Minister for Roads, the Hon. Duncan Gay to seek his assistance.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That:-

 

1.   In light of the lack of response to Council’s requests to provide two full right turn lanes from Longueville Road heading towards the city, Council write to the Hon. Duncan Gay MP, Minister for Roads seeking a review of the matter; and

 

2.   Council seek the support of the local member the Hon. Anthony Roberts MP, Minister for Resources and Energy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Councillor David Brooks-Horn

Mayor

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

There are no supporting documents for this report.

         


Ordinary Council Meeting 8 December 2014

White Ribbon Day

 

 

Subject:          White Ribbon Day     

Record No:     SU2631 - 73463/14

Division:         Lane Cove Council

Author(s):       Councillor Deborah Hutchens 

 

 

 

White Ribbon is Australia's only national, male led Campaign to end men's violence against women. The campaign’s vision is to ensure that all women live in safety, free from all forms of men's violence.  The program works through primary prevention initiatives involving awareness-raising and education, and programs with youth, schools, workplaces and across the broader community.

 

Globally, White Ribbon is the world’s largest male-led movement to end men's violence against women.  Originating in Canada in 1991, White Ribbon is now active in more than 60 countries.  White Ribbon began in Australia in 2003 as part of UN Women, formally becoming a Foundation in 2007.

 

White Ribbon observes the International Day of the Elimination of Violence against Women, also known as White Ribbon Day, annually on 25 November. White Ribbon Day signals the start of the 16 days of Activism to stop violence against women, which ends on Human Rights Day, 10 December. The campaign runs all year and is evident across the community through, for example, advertising and marketing campaigns, social media, community events and White Ribbon Night in July. 

 

The figures about violence in the Australian community are quite stark.

·      Women were more likely than men to be subjected to violence by a partner -17 per cent of all women and 5 per cent of men had experienced violence by a partner since the age of 15;

·      Both men and women were more likely to experience physical violence than sexual violence, however, women were much more likely to have experienced sexual assault than men. An estimated 17 per cent of women and 4 per cent of men had experienced sexual assault since the age of 15;

·      Men and women who had experienced sexual assault since the age of 15 were more likely to have been assaulted by someone they knew rather than by a stranger. An estimated 15 per cent of women had been sexually assaulted by a known person compared to 4 per cent who were assaulted by a stranger;

·      Women were more likely than men to have experienced emotional abuse by a partner since the age of 15-25 per cent and 14 per cent respectively; and  

·      Women were more likely to have experienced an episode of stalking during their lifetime -19 per cent of women and 8 per cent of men.

 

In our own community of Lane Cove, we have a women's refuge to help and support those escaping domestic violence. The research also proves that no section of the community is exempt.

 

The campaign is a worthwhile one for Council to become involved with. Council can play a leadership role by promoting the message and also by running and promoting events that raise awareness of the issue throughout the community.

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:-

1.    Shows initiative, leadership and support for the White Ribbon Campaign by appointing a male Ambassador to represent White Ribbon in our community chosen through our sporting clubs;

2.    Becomes a supporter for the Campaign through grassroots activities; and

3.    Receive a report listing what community events could be appropriate to support White Ribbon Day each year in November.

 

 

 

 

 

Councillor Deborah Hutchens

Councillor

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

There are no supporting documents for this report.

 


Ordinary Council Meeting 8 December 2014

Lane Cove West Public School - School Traffic Safety Report

 

 

Subject:          Lane Cove West Public School - School Traffic Safety Report    

Record No:     SU4925 - 73547/14

Division:         Lane Cove Council

Author(s):       Councillor Marc Gold 

 

 

 

Lane Cove West Public School has experienced increased demand over the years and the current road use design is not adequate to provide a safe environment for School Children. There have been a number of initiatives by Council including traffic reports and changes to parking restrictions however I believe that this is band aid approach and does not resolve the core issue of inadequate drop off zones for Children. What is needed is a redesign of the area with respect to drop off zones for Children that will ensure the safety of the Children and avoid unnecessary inconvenience to residents due to parking restrictions.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:-

1.       Council prepare a detailed report focusing exclusively at Lane Cove West Public School and the issue of student road-safety.

2.       Within the report, Council explore and recommend practicable and permanent opportunities including, but not limiting to, a review existing street signage around neighbouring streets, possible use of additional crossings, a 'Kiss and Ride' zone directly outside the school gates and / or any other initiatives targeted to significantly increase the well-being and safety of students as well as the parents and teachers of LCWPS.

3.       In preparing the report, Council refer to any prior traffic studies or reports on the matter, consult and obtain the views of local residents located in surrounding streets, the schools' P&C committee and individuals from the school's leadership team.

 

 

 

 

 

Councillor Marc Gold

Councillor

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

There are no supporting documents for this report.

 


Ordinary Council Meeting 8 December 2014

Alcohol Free Zones

 

 

Subject:          Alcohol Free Zones    

Record No:     SU3530 - 73515/14

Division:         Lane Cove Council

Author(s):       Councillor Deborah Hutchens 

 

 

 

Council has classified many parks and reserves as "Alcohol Free Zones", which has greatly deterred anti social behaviour through alcohol consumption after hours in these areas.

Alcohol Free Zones will shortly be reviewed and updated throughout Lane Cove.

 

Central Park is bounded by William Edward Street and Kenneth Street, Longueville.  This is a level grassed park, with holders swings, toilet facility, tennis practice wall and basketball ring.  Residents have been complaining of ongoing late night anti social behaviour, noise, and empty bottles being left behind in the park.  This park is not zoned "Alcohol Free".

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council review and update Alcohol Free Zones throughout Lane Cove parks and reserves, with the inclusion of Central Park, Longueville, to discourage disruptions to neighbours, and deter anti social behavior.

 

 

 

 

 

Councillor Deborah Hutchens

Councillor

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

There are no supporting documents for this report.

 


Ordinary Council Meeting 8 December 2014

'Fit for the Future' Community Representation

 

 

Subject:          'Fit for the Future' Community Representation    

Record No:     SU5558 - 73520/14

Division:         Lane Cove Council

Author(s):       Councillor Scott Bennison 

 

 

 

Councillors are aware of the 'Fit for the Future' and the Panel’s recommendation for fewer and more efficient councils.  While this Council does not agree with forced amalgamations, some of the concerns raised by the panel still need to be considered.

 

From our last community meeting on this issue it was clear that one of the community’s main concerns would be the lack of community representation if Council adopted the Panel’s recommendations.  The Mayor and myself have been meeting with a number of North Shore Councils to determine how best to respond to the ‘Fit for the Future’ document.

 

One of the issues that the Councils have been discussing is how best to respond to the Panel’s recommendations which would result in fewer Councillors, and therefore lower levels of representation. While the councils generally disagree with the Panel’s recommendation, this issue still needs to be addressed and an appropriate response provided to the Panel.

 

In addition to the above, wards within the Lane Cove Local Government Area have experienced a disproportionate increase in the number of residents due to increased development activity and will require boundary changes.

 

I would like the General Manager to model a number of scenarios of ward boundaries that is to also include the number of projected residents that best provides for community representation. This information will also assist Lane Cove Council in its submission to the Panel with respect to ‘Fit for the Future’.

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That:-

 

1.   A number of scenarios of ward sizes and boundaries be modelled including number of residents in each scenario; and

 

2.   A report be prepared for Council on the process of changing ward boundaries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Councillor Scott Bennison

Councillor

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

There are no supporting documents for this report.

 


Ordinary Council Meeting 8 December 2014

Proposed Sale of Royal North Shore Hospital Land

 

 

Subject:          Proposed Sale of Royal North Shore Hospital Land    

Record No:     SU4951 - 73627/14

Division:         Lane Cove Council

Author(s):       Councillor Karola Brent 

 

 

 

The State Government issued an Expression of Interest to sell the southern portion of the 1ha land which currently comprises the Royal North Shore Hospital. RNSH is the main provider of frontline and specialised health care services for not just Lane Cove but the entire lower north shore.  With an increase in ageing population as well as the overall population expansion of our area, it is an entirely shortsighted decision which could have costly and dire consequences to providing health services in the future.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That in light of our ongoing population expansion and growth in ageing population, Council writes to the Minister for Health, the Hon Jillian Skinner and to Premier Baird expressing its strong opposition to selling any of the land that comprises the Royal North Shore Hospital.

 

 

 

 

 

Councillor Karola Brent

Councillor

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

There are no supporting documents for this report.

   


Ordinary Council Meeting 8 December 2014

St Leonards South Strategy Draft Master Plan

 

 

Subject:          St Leonards South Strategy Draft Master Plan    

Record No:     SU5422 - 50814/14

Division:         Environmental Services Division

Author(s):       Christopher Pelcz 

 

 

 

Executive Summary

 

This report presents the draft St Leonards South Strategy Stage 2: Draft Master Plan, prepared for Council by urban planning consultants.

 

After extensive preliminary consultation undertaken with the local community, the draft Master Plan has been prepared in response to technical and community feedback received, and is divided into two sections:-

·          Section A contains a guiding set of planning principles that have been applied to this urban precinct.

·          Section B, applying these principles, provides options and recommendations on the site-specific implementation of Section A, in terms of location of zonings, densities, community infrastructure, streetscape improvements etc.

 

Key recommendations include:-

·          Residential growth should be focused at the eastern end of the precinct closest to St Leonards rail station and proposed Rail Plaza: This area is bounded by Marshall Avenue, Canberra Avenue, Berry Road (east side) and River Road (Marshall South Subprecinct).

·          Rezoning in or of this subprecinct should be entirely high density residential, having regard to its strategic location and economic viability.

·          A transitional built form scale would be produced by heights ranging from 15-20 storeys in the north-eastern corner down to 8-10 in the south and west at the interface with low density zones on Berry Rd (west side) and River Rd.

·          Buildings would be oriented north-south, with substantial landscaped separation distances of 20-30 metres, to create a central spine for private recreation and public view lines.

·          A single generic, equitable floor space ratio (FSR) would be provided across the subprecinct, proposed for exhibition to be 2.75:1.

·          Height 8 storeys. Bonus FSRs and heights to be offered on sites providing public benefits, proposals including a community facility/ child care centre, east-west pedestrian and cycle links and parks.

·          A community centre be centrally located within the precinct, adjacent to open space and readily accessible to residents from around the area including west of Berry Rd and Duntroon Ave.

·          The location of these components of the Master Plan would be confirmed upon satisfactory public feedback during exhibition.

·          Mixed use rezoning concepts may also be considered appropriate and are included for two commercial zones on Pacific Highway. Note: This proposal, however, would be the subject of a separate process with the Department, having regard to the importance of State policies on employment targets.

 

It is recommended that the draft St Leonards South Master Plan, attached at AT-1, be considered and endorsed by Council for public exhibition.

Background

 

Council’s approach to the preparation of a Master Plan for the St Leonards South precinct has been to divide the process into two separate stages:

 

(i)         Stage 1 – data collection: detailed analysis of the existing situation within the precinct and the wider locality, including the precinct’s physical opportunities and constraints, the implications of LEP 2009 zonings, surrounding suburbs, adjacent local government areas and the Royal North Shore Hospital and other matters.

 

(ii)        Stage 2 – growth scenarios: examine a range of scenarios which may possibly be considered appropriate by Council in this second stage at a future date for developing sustainable growth scenarios and infrastructure should additional targets be set by the State Government under the Metropolitan Plan for Sydney.

 

Council established a St Leonards Community Liaison Committee to assist with the development of the Master Plan. The Committee was actively considered in drafting the briefs for both stages of the proposed Master Plan.

 

Stage One was undertaken by David Lock Associates, urban planners, with consultation firm Straight Talk, to examine and collect existing data on this precinct. This process has now concluded and a report was submitted to Council and approved at its meeting on 17 March 2014.

 

The brief for Stage 2 of the Master Plan further divided this stage into Section A and B:

 

·          Section A – Principles: The theoretical planning framework: Report on the principles, best practice and planning standards appropriate to meeting the above Objectives in an inner-city area such as this, and

 

·          Section B – Locations: Site-specific proposals: Provide recommendations on the site-specific implementation of the above Objectives, identifying the block-by-block location of zones, densities, infrastructure, streetscape improvements etc. 

 

Both sections of the brief sought to address the following areas:

1.         Density potential;

2.         Financial viability;

3.         Sustainable urban design & amenity;

4.         Infrastructure; and

5.         Staging and transition management.

 

Expressions of Interest for consultants to undertake Stage 2 of the Master Plan were sought. The brief called for an urban planning consultancy only as Council had already engaged a separate traffic consultant which would also be liaising with the successful applicant. This brief also stated that a community consultation firm would be engaged later to assist the consultants with initial pre-consultation with the local community.

 

The brief to consultants called for the community to be involved at key stages throughout the master planning process.

 

Annand Associates Urban Design (AAUD) was the successful applicant based on how well they responded to the brief. Previous master planning experience, centered on the principles of transit orientated development, included such projects as Campsie Town Centre, Canterbury Road Corridor & Town Centre, North Penrith (Thornton) in Australia and other projects in America. 

Consultation So Far

 

AAUD held a series of meetings to engage the local community in the early stages of the draft Master Plan. They included:

 

·          A scoping workshop with Council staff and the Community Liaison Committee (held on 28 August 2014);

·          An enquiry by design workshop with staff and various government departments (on 16 – 18 September 2014);

·          A Information Session with the local community at the Greenwich Seniors Centre (from 10am to 3pm on Saturday 11 October 2014); and

·          A Community Workshop held at Council (from 6:30pm – 8:30pm on Thursday 16 October 2014).

 

To assist with the initial (and future) community consultation phase Council engaged the services of Cred Community Planning. To capture a wide range of options, a survey was used during the community sessions. In total 72 surveys and 37 submissions were received, a summary of these comments is provided in AT-2.

 

A significant number of residents present at these sessions indicated that they were supportive of rezoning (in principle) within the precinct and that such should happen within the next 5 years. Many residents supported the idea that any high density development should be located around and near St Leonards rail station.

 

However, most residents did not support the concept of staged rezonings across the precinct. The main comment was “do not stage rezoning – this would result in inequitable sale prices for residents, either do it all at once or don’t do it”, this is discussed further in the report (page 10).

 

Concerns (AT-3) expressed by residents during the community sessions included:

 

Validity of a Master Plan

 

Concerns have been expressed by Community Liaison Committee members, individually or as a group, as well as members of the general community regarding the potential validity of a Master Plan - what effect the final master plan would eventually have and whether future developers would be able to overturn the final master plan once completed.

 

Comment

 

A master plan, once adopted by Council, is considered to be a strategic study which guides development in the precinct.

 

As part of the NSW State Government’s A guide to preparing planning proposals, which outlines the existing LEP planning proposal process, one of the first questions is: “Is the planning proposal a result of any strategic study or report?”. The important controls over development would be in the subsequent LEP and DCP, which would provide legal certainty for property owners as to the permissible development based on the Master Plan’s framework.

 

Site Isolation

 

During the initial consultation process a small number of residents commented on possible site amalgamations leading to potential site isolation.

 

Comment

Under Council’s DCP, every effort must be taken by a developer to avoid the creation of isolated sites. Development applications which would isolate a site are required to provide written evidence that negotiations have been undertaken based on fair market value. The DCP states that if an isolated site does remain, then any potential development application for it will be assessed on its merits based on other applicable controls in Councils DCP.

 

Discussion

 

(i)         Principles

 

Section A of the study relates to the guiding principles underpinning the Master Plan.

 

The precinct’s proximity to the nearby St Leonards train station as well as Council’s proposed rail/bus interchange plaza makes the area a transit-orientated development (TOD). These developments are highly sustainable as well as having a strong focus on both maintaining and enhancing existing residential amenity of an area – this was considered to be a key element for any strategy by the Community Liaison Committee. It is heavily focused on design outcomes and land uses to promote and encourage use of other forms of transport.

 

The planning consultant team conducted informal & formal workshops with Council staff, government authorities, adjacent councils and members of the Community Liaison Committee and the local community as discussed above.

 

The purpose of these workshops was to outline the approach the consultant would be taking as well as identifying what the key constraints and opportunities facing the precinct which would inform the guiding principles.

 

The guiding principles of the St Leonards South Master Plan canvas a wide range of relevant issues including:-

·          Liveability – precinct with a high level of amenity for residents and workers;

·          Housing for all stages of life – includes diversity and affordability;

·          Maximizing walkability/cycling/access – making the precinct more enjoyable and safe to walk through;

·          Amenity – through built form and streetscape;

·          Public domain & open space – new parks and tree-lined streets;

·          Efficient traffic flow – minimal on-street parking, discourage ‘rat-runs’;

·          Community facilities – to create landmark places;

·          Appropriate lot sizes for amalgamation – minimum lot sizes, avoiding site isolation;

·          Appropriate infrastructure – identify need for additional infrastructure; and

·          Financial viability – determine minimum floor space ratio necessary for redevelopment.

 

The guiding principles have been tailored to St Leonards and are the basis for testing development options. The development options will be further refined through consultation with the community and staff, considering feedback during formal exhibition, as proposed in the consultation section of this report.




Draft Master Plan’s Key Features

 

Section B of the study focuses on the specific concepts proposed for the precinct. Those relating to the residential precinct are summarised below, and proposals are then discussed in detail in the following sections.

 

·          Zoning & Density Location:

o    Residential: High density residential development is proposed only between the area bounded by Marshall Avenue, Berry Road (east side), River Road and Canberra Avenue.

 

o    Other: Mixed use rezoning concepts are included for two commercial zones on Pacific Highway for discussion and may also be considered appropriate. Note: This proposal, however, would be the subject of a separate process with the Department having regard to its relationship with the State policies on employment targets.

 

·          Floor Space Ratio: ‘Blanket FSR’ control within this area of 2.75:1 allowing for 8 storeys – however developer bonuses are awarded for specific works (this could be done through a range of different mechanisms). This figure would be confirmed having regard to exhibition feedback.

 

·          Height:  25m height limit (8 storeys), subject to ‘developer bonuses’.

 

Developer bonuses in FSR and height should be achieved only through identified works relating to:

o    Pocket parks;

o    East-west links; and

o    Community facility/ childcare facility.

 

·          Setbacks: Front, side and rear setbacks of 4 metres – represents a possible building envelope, with actual building footprint to fit inside.

 

·          Landscaping:  Increased deep soil planting zones of 4-5 metres in front setback. This would encourage the creation of a wide central green spine with 20-30 metres building separation (i.e. 10-15 metres rear setbacks on each site).

 

·          Transitional Scale:

o    E-W = from Marshall Ave (station end) to Berry Rd – if ‘developer bonuses’ applied (20 down to 8); and

o    N-S = from Marshall Ave (station end) to River Rd - – if ‘developer bonuses’ applied (29, 20, 10-12, 8).

 

·          Community Facility: This would be provided at ground level of any potential building, close to Newlands Park and accessible to residents from the wider precinct via the new links.

 

·          Pedestrian / Cycle Links: East-West links would be provided by developers in return for ‘developer bonuses’, as above.

 

·          Dwelling Numbers and Infrastructure: Possible 1,500 new dwellings in the Marshall Subprecinct, at the current Section 94 developer contribution cap of $20,000, would provide approximately $30 million of funds for local infrastructure. Any shortfall to provide desired infrastructure is recommended to be provided by works in kind by developers via bonuses in scale. Additional amounts would be received if mixed use development is permitted along Pacific Highway.  All of these proposals would only be the subject of a separate Section 94 Plan to be developed after dwelling numbers have been endorsed by Council and the community.

 

·          Process:

o    No staged rezoning is proposed: The subprecinct would be rezoned in a single, site-specific LEP amendment, after which owners would be able to redevelop when they choose.

o    A site-specific Development Control Plan would be developed for the precinct.

o    A site-specific Section 94 Plan would be developed.

o    No compulsory acquisition of properties is proposed.

 

Zoning & Density

 

Residential

 

Based on initial community feedback, only a small portion of the entire precinct is proposed for rezoning to R4 High Density Residential.

 

The area (mentioned in key features) is 49, 337m2 or 4.9 hectares – this represents 25% of the entire 20 hectare precinct. The rest of the area is proposed to remain zoned as R2 Low Density Residential.

 

This approach would cluster the highest level of density within 200-400 metres of the existing railway station, which is a key component of transit orientated development. This would potentially result in 1,500 new dwellings, including the ‘developer bonus’ scheme. The clustering of high densities around railway stations is supported by the State Government and a key planning principle of NSW Planning & Environment.   

 

A single generic, equitable floor space ratio: FSR 2.75 would be provided across the subprecinct. This provides equity for property owners.  Properties receiving bonuses would do so only in return for providing public benefits in terms of identified infrastructure.

 

The generic building height is proposed to be 8 storeys (25 metres) high. This is one storey higher than the existing Duntroon Avenue development; however any individual buildings appearance at street level would vary due to the sloping topography. Development would transition down from the Marshall Avenue Loftex tower, which is to remain the tallest building within the precinct having regard to its location close to the Rail Plaza.

 

If developer bonuses are applied to this area, potential building heights could vary as mentioned above in return for community benefits; this would have the effect of providing visual variety between buildings. Detailed controls to ensure amenity between buildings of differing scales would be set out in any future DCP.

 

Other

 

Mixed use rezoning concepts are also included, for discussion, for two areas of Pacific Highway:-

(i)         from the rail line to Berry rd and (ii) from Berry Rd to Greenwich Rd and

(ii)        from Berry Rd to Greenwich Rd.

 

The scale is proposed at 5:1, comprising 4-storey retail/ commercial podium stepping up from the rear boundary (FSR  3:1) and 12-storey slim residential towers above (FSR 2:1). It is emphasised, however, that these concepts would require a separate planning process, comprising liaison with the Department regarding employment targets and, if any rezoning were then proposed, further community consultation on design scale and form and other matters.

 

Comment

 

Concentrating the highest density close to the station and scaling down further away fits with the principles of transit orientated development. This draft Master Plan proposes to contain high density development to the area bounded by Marshall Avenue, Berry Road (east), River Road and Canberra Avenue. This road network forms a strong zone boundary already in existence (compared with, for example, an east-west rezoning as in earlier discussions).

 

In every LEP, there have to be boundaries between zones and differing densities. The aim is to select the zone boundary having regard to minimising impacts for existing properties, in this case those from Berry Rd westwards of the subprecinct.

 

As described in the draft Master Plan, there are two different planning philosophies that can be applied here. The first is to use Berry Lane as the natural boundary of high density development: This is not recommended, having regard to issues of overlooking etc, as it would result in potential blocks of flats (8 storeys tall) close to the rear gardens of low density homes that are not proposed for rezoning, with less separation distance between buildings.

 

The first is to use Berry Road as the natural boundary of any proposed high density development:  This is considered to produce a better outcome. Existing low density houses are set back from the road, Berry Road is approximately 18 metres in width and any proposed building on the other side will also be set back, landscaped and screened with large mature trees, so that a larger separation distance of around 30 metres would be achieved. If the boundary is a lane, flats would be facing front gardens only. It would also comply with the character of the area when the approved 7-storey Loftex building is built across the road in Marshall Avenue. Additionally any proposed building would need to be carefully articulated      

 

Overall, as this boundary would be a key interface area between high and low density residential buildings, careful consideration would need to be demonstrated with potential designs. This would be discussed further with the residents in the subsequent preparation of a DCP and subject to comments made during public exhibition of the draft Master Plan.

 

Regarding the Mixed Use proposals along Pacific Highway, these would be subject to discussion with the Department having regard to its policy to date that this area remain solely commercial, however that the economic vitality of the area may in fact be improved by revitalisation resulting from mixed use rezoning. It would be important, however, to distinguish between the policies appropriate to the ageing building stock immediately west  of the rail line and the more modern buildings further to the west.

 

Built Form Planning Controls

 

It is proposed to reduce the front and side setbacks to 4-5 metres and having these predominantly as deep soil planting. This would push the building towards the street but be screened by a deep soil zone, which would allow for the planting of more mature trees adding to the existing streetscape. A substantial (about 20-30 metre) centre block strip is proposed at the rear of each site creating a central ‘green spine’ between buildings.

 

Consideration would be given in any future DCP to having minimal rear fences in order to maximise the area available for recreation and socialising; ground-floor units may have fences with gates opening on to the central open space. This concept, supported by SEPP 65, may be proposed for at least one half of the subprecinct to appeal to certain demographics, perhaps those with families wanting larger play areas, while the other half may have the conventional rear fencing format.

 

Buildings are to be orientated running north to south maximising solar access to apartments. After the 5th storey they are to be stepped in a further 3 metres and a further 2 metres after 9 storeys (if applicable).

 

Developer bonuses in exchange for specific works are also discussed in the draft Master Plan and are applied on a block by block basis. The level of the bonus depends on a site’s proximity to the train station. For example, the Marshall Avenue sites close to the station receive a higher height bonus if they provide a larger public green space. The height bonus decreases further away from the station.

 

Another example of a potential bonus would be, if a developer provided part of the proposed East-West link, incorporating communal open space and a community facility (on the Canberra Avenue lots), then they would receive a height bonus. The other site identified for the East-West link in the Holdsworth Avenue section would contain only the communal open space portion. This example would encourage potential developers to amalgamate 5 sites in return for floor space, reducing potential isolated sites.

 

A developer bonus would vary the level of building heights and form, as stated above, to ensure a visual hierarchy/transition down from the Marshall Avenue Loftex tower at the station and along Marshall Avenue towards the Berry Road end.

 

These proposed changes would need to be incorporated into a site-specific DCP.

 

Comment

 

The proposed building height and setbacks described above create a ‘building envelope’ control. A building envelope is a three-dimensional volume that defines the potential limits of a building. This envelope is the area within which a potential building could fit.

 

It is indicative only and would not represent the actual building that may eventually be built. Such envelopes are generally larger than the actual building to allow for variation and design flexibility.

 

Under NSW SEPP 65 a building must be ‘stepped in’ after the 5th and 8th storeys, thereby reducing the floor space of each potential storey affecting the viability. Subject to public consultation, Council’s DCP controls for this area would add further provisions e.g. relating to building articulation.

 

Open Space

 

Public open space: The use of a developer bonus scheme would allow for a small public park at the Marshall Avenue corner nearest the station. An East-West link would also provide additional open space, as well as pedestrian and cycle access. In the wider context, pocket parks would provide an extra 2,500m2 of open space. When combined with the proposed railway plaza, the broader locality would provide up to a total of 7,400m2 extra open space.

 

Private open space: The wide central spine of unfenced landscaped recreation area down the centre of each block would provide substantial private open space suitable to a wide range of demographics including families. A high level of landscaping and deep soil zones would also be required.

 

Comment

 

A substantial amount of deep soil planting has been suggested as part of this draft Master Plan. This would increase the number of mature trees lining the existing streetscape while allowing for larger deep soil planting at the rear of the buildings.

 

The proposed number of new dwellings in the Marshall Subprecinct could potentially equate to an extra 3,000 new residents. Initial community discussions led to the residents stating their preference for a large area of open space, possibly 1 hectare located centrally within the precinct. However, due to the cost of land this could only be achieved in a mid- to long-term timeframe. Indicative costing reveals that achieving a new 1 hectare park would result in the acquisition of 10 (500 sq m) lots at an average cost of $2 million each. This $20 million does not incorporate additional construction costs. It may be considered appropriate to explore this option if future rezonings of the precinct’s western portion are proposed by the community at a later stage. Meanwhile, while only one quarter of the precinct is proposed for rezoning currently, the pocket parks are proposed to provide about one quarter of this open space area, and in smaller configurations in view of the Marshall Subprecinct’s proximity to the existing Newlands Park.

 

To provide any more open space than this at present, the bonuses (height and FSR) would need to significantly increase to fund it, with resulting negative impacts on overshadowing, amenity and overall liveability.

 

The dedication of land for public open space (pocket parks) is a common practice that is allowable under the current NSW planning legislation. At the time of a development application, a Council can request that a developer dedicate land ‘free of charge’ or a monetary contribution (or both) under section 94 of the NSW EPA Act 1979.

 

Community Facility

 

Provision of a community facility is incorporated into the draft Master Plan. Any proposed community facility would be located close to Newlands Park with landscaped steps leading down to the park to deal with the level change between Holdsworth and Canberra Avenues.

 

A community facility of this nature would be made available to the general public and located at the ground level of the identified development, with the adjoining public open space located on the Holdsworth Avenue side. The communal open space would be dedicated to Council in return for additional floor space.

 

The east-west link would be continued through the site between Berry Road and the western side of Holdsworth Avenue with the provision of further public open space.

 

Comment

 

A community facility close to Newlands Park is recommended as it would provide community space close to existing and proposed open space.  A Council-operated childcare centre should be considered in this centre as well as a general-purpose community facility, rather than relying solely on the market to provide child care centres in the precinct.

 

An access lift to account for the level change from Holdsworth to Canberra Avenue would be expected to be factored into the proposed costs. The community facility would be likely to be dedicated to Council, although this would be further discussed in preparation of the Section 94 plan.

 

Infrastructure

 

Infrastructure costs in the study are indicative only, and would be clarified once dwelling numbers are confirmed in the master plan process. As background, funding through Council’s Section 94 plan at the current rate is $9,636 per person. Assuming each new dwelling has 2 people per dwelling: this would produce $19,272 per dwelling i.e. $28,908,000 in total S94 contributions, say, $30 million with developer bonuses for public benefits.

 

Comment

 

If Council had to acquire any land within the area it may be at around $2 million per lot average. Instead, the proposed developer bonus scheme aims to allow FSR and height increases in return for dedication of land. Through this method it is possible to provide community infrastructure that is cost effective and needed.

 

This would be in addition to the general Section 94 contribution paid by all developments to Council to fund general local infrastructure, including traffic measures and drainage enhancements.

 

Equity

 

To ensure that equity is achieved across the sites, the areas marked for high density residential development have been designed with a floor space ratio of 2.75. This control ensures that residents receive a reasonable return for their land while still remaining economically feasible to redevelop at a later stage.

 

Comment

 

The ‘blanket’ control approach does not unreasonably constrain the development potential of any site with the proposed high density zone. Diagrams showing potential building footprints, as well as detailed financial feasibility studies are included in the draft Master Plan.

 

A developer bonus scheme would reward a developer, via floor space ratios and height bonuses, for achieving a high level of landscaping and works while still being financially viable. However this would need to be further discussed with the local wider community during the public exhibition period.

 

Staging

 

In the context of a master plan, staging generally refers to the timed staged release of land available for development within a precinct, generally large “greenfield” developments i.e. land not previously used for urban residential subdivision and often in only a few ownerships.

 

In a smaller inner-city area, however, as stated in the Master Plan report, “once an area is zoned there are very limited mechanisms to regulate development”, in the sense that development would occur at different rates in an unforeseeable pattern based on owners’ preferences.

 

Comment

 

Site amalgamations can be achieved by DCP controls for minimum lot sizes, but their timing is unknown. Based on this factor and considering the local community’s comments during the initial consultation phase, no staging plan has been incorporated into this draft Master Plan.

 


Transition      

 

The community is concerned that changing an area from low density to high density residential results in a number of impacts related to potential isolated sites and construction. These impacts may have an impact on existing residents who live nearby and intend to stay within the precinct.

 

Comment

 

A number of measures can be implemented to reduce the impacts on existing residents caused by construction works. These include:

 

·          Avoidance of isolated sites by minimum site areas for redevelopment and negotiation clauses in the current DCP.

·          Construction and Traffic Management Plans would be required at the Development Application stage to minimise impacts created by construction works.

·          If the draft Master Plan is agreed to by the community, a higher level of landscaping would also provide for public streetscape amenity, and importantly new community infrastructure and open space would be added progressively.

·          Communication, public education about the changes occurring – this would occur through the Master Plan process as residents would know which areas are being re-developed.

 

A number of these measures already exist within Council’s DCP and could be supplemented in the future site-specific DCP.

 

Further Comments

 

Traffic

 

Initial traffic modelling has shown that the precinct can accommodate a larger number of dwellings than are currently proposed, subject to traffic measures being undertaken. The RMS has endorsed Council’s traffic modelling system some months ago, and investigations continue into the appropriate traffic measures to be proposed subject to the dwelling numbers finalised in the Master Plan. The future Section 94 Plan for the area would then incorporate draft measures for consultation with the public.

 

Metropolitan Plan for Sydney

 

A revised draft Metropolitan Strategy for Sydney is expected to be released from NSW Planning and Environment within the next couple of months. This plan aims to set the direction for the Sydney Metropolitan area for the next 20-25 years. A number of these types of plans have come out previously.

 

The first Metropolitan Strategy of 2005 was later accompanied by a series of draft sub-regional strategies (based on LGAs), the Inner North Subregional Strategy of 2007 applying to Lane Cove LGA. Dwelling and employment targets were set for each Council within the sub-region. The Metropolitan Strategy was updated in 2010. A further draft Metropolitan Strategy update was issued in 2012 and it is the finalization of this latest document which is anticipated now.

 

Any subsequent Local Environmental Plans must have regard to these plans. Each Council must demonstrate to NSW Planning and Environment how dwelling and employment targets are to be achieved. Lane Cove’s LEP 2009 meet’s the LGA’s current targets.

 

The timing of the new Metropolitan Strategy’s release reinforces the importance of Council preparing a draft Master Plan now, to use as an evidence-based strategy in discussing dwelling numbers with the Department. At the same time the Metropolitan Strategy presents a challenge in terms of any rezoning which may be proposed as a result of the Master Plan. Sub-regional strategies with updated targets may not come out till late 2015, and so may delay any potential rezonings.

 

Assuming that the new Metropolitan Strategy for Sydney is available by early 2015, the final report after exhibition of the draft Master Plan would address the implications of such.  

 

Need for New School

 

The existing number of developments occurring in St Leonards across the three LGAs (Lane Cove, North Sydney, and Willoughby) may create the need for one or more new public schools in St Leonards. The draft Master Plan has considered a possible indicative location for a new public school in the various options within the precinct.

 

The NSW Department of Education & Communities has indicated that it is considering a range of options and welcomes the opportunity to examine any recommendations that the draft Master Plan may provide. This of course would be subject to the Department’s own independent analysis.  One concept that has been discussed is the conversion of commercial buildings on Pacific Highway.

 

Section 94 Plan & Infrastructure Capacity

 

All costs, as described in the draft Master Plan, are indicative at this stage. A further more detailed Section 94 contributions and infrastructure plan can be provided once the options are further tested and refined during the public exhibition period.

 

Next Steps

 

Subject to Council endorsement, the next step is for the draft Master Plan to go out to formal public exhibition (additional to the preliminary consultation conducted already), as outlined in the community consultation program below. Given the size of the precinct, and the coming holiday period, it is recommended that the draft be exhibited for a 2-month period from December to late February 2015, a further community drop-in session be held early in February and the precinct’s residents and non-residential owners and tenants be notified of these in writing.

 

A further community consultation report would be submitted to Council at its March or April meeting. Subject to Council endorsement, the draft Master Plan would then be finalized.

 

Council will be requested to determine whether and when it wishes to proceed to a rezoning. In that case a separate rezoning process occurs, by means of an amendment to the Local Environmental Plan (planning proposal), based on the Master Plan, prepared by staff for submission to Council. It would then proceed to the NSW Gateway Panel under a process outlined in the NSW State Government’s A guide to preparing planning proposals.

 

Generally this separate LEP rezoning process takes a considerable time depending on the complexity of the proposal. While the Master Plan would be its supporting document, this further process may take up to around 18 months for completion - that is, before any potential rezoning occurs. During that time, the DCP and Section 94 plans would be developed, exhibited and finalised.

 


Community Consultation

 

Statement of Intent

 

The consultation is designed to seek public opinion on the draft St Leonards South Master Plan attached.  Any comments received would be reviewed and tested thereby further refining the draft Master Plan.

 

Method

 

Level of Participation

Inform

Inform

Consult

Form of Participation

Open

Targeted

Open

Target Audience

Lane Cove community groups

·          Property owners in precinct in Lane Cove  LGA

·          Government authorities as required by NSW Gateway

·          North Sydney & Willoughby Councils

·          Property owners in NSC & WCC LGAs on those Councils’ advice

Owners and tenants within the St Leonards South precinct.

Proposed Medium

Advertisement and

eNewsletter

 

Notification Letters

 

Notification letters, Public Exhibition,

Website Exhibition,

Community drop-in session during public exhibition period, online survey.

Indicative Timing

2 month period

2 month period

2 month period

 

Conclusion

 

The purpose of this report is for Council to consider and endorse the overarching guiding principles for the St Leonards South Master Plan and proceed to the next phase of community consultation on site-specific proposals. 

 

The draft Master Plan proposes that redevelopment be considered as three separate proposals:-

 

(i)              Proposal 1 - the Marshall South Subprecinct (bounded by Marshall Av, Canberra Av, Berry Rd and River Rd) within approximately 400 metres of St Leonards rail station: High density residential at FSR 2.75:1 and 8 storeys height, with developer bonuses for identified community benefits,

 

(ii)              Proposal 2 – the area above plus the block along Pacific Hwy from the rail line to Berry Rd: Mixed use with 4-storey podiums and 12-storey residential towers above, at a total of FSR 5:1 and

 

(iii)             Proposal 3 - the above areas plus the area along Pacific Hwy from Berry Rd to Greenwich Rd as an extension of the same mixed use controls.

 

The detailed focus of the draft Master Plan is on the residential precinct south of Marshall Avenue. At the same time, concepts for two areas of the commercial zone on Pacific Hwy have been included, at an indicative level only, for mixed use. It is emphasized, however, that any rezoning of this area would require a separate process to determine the Department’s policy for achieving employment targets for St Leonards. It is recommended that if, after exhibition, Council supports the proposed residential precinct rezoning for the Marshall South Subprecinct, that should proceed as a stand-alone LEP planning proposal.

 

The draft Master Plan has been prepared by urban planning, urban design and economics consultants, in liaison with the community and key staff. The draft Master Plan is based on sustainable, transit-oriented planning principles relating to zoning and densities, built form, economic viability and community infrastructure to promote liveability and amenity in inner urban areas. The draft Master Plan has been reviewed by Council staff and is now considered appropriate for community exhibition.

 

Council staff, various government departments, Community Liaison Committee members, residents and local business owners would have a number of opportunities to contribute and consider planning options for the St Leonards South precinct. It is recommended that Council endorse the draft Master Plan and proceed to public exhibition.

 

The Draft St Leonards South Master Plan provides Council and the community with a means to setting the built form of the St Leonards South precinct in a measured and logical manner that protects existing amenity while recognising and encouraging more compact housing located close to existing transit nodes which is a key feature of transit-orientated development.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That Council:-

1.           Receive and note the report;

2.           Endorse the Draft St Leonards South Master Plan as attached at AT-1 for public exhibition as referred to in the community consultation section of this report;  

3.           Receive a further report following the public exhibition and determine whether to adopt the Master Plan; and

4.           Acknowledge the input and role of consultants, staff and the community in this project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Mason

Executive Manager

Environmental Services Division

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

AT‑1 View

Draft St Leonards South Master Plan

112 Pages

 

AT‑2 View

Summary: St Leonards South Engagement Report

1 Page

 

AT‑3 View

Relevant Court Cases

2 Pages

 

 

 


Ordinary Council Meeting 8 December 2014

St Leonards Public Domain Master Plan

 

 

Subject:          St Leonards Public Domain Master Plan    

Record No:     SU4559 - 73381/14

Division:         Open Space and Urban Services Division

Author(s):       Simon Fenton 

 

 

Executive Summary

 

The Draft St Leonards Public Domain Master Plan was developed by Council staff in order to provide a clear, strategic framework for the provision of major public domain spaces in St Leonards.  The Draft Master Plan was first presented to Council on 18th August 2014 and was then placed on public exhibition for 60 days, between 3rd September and 3rd November 2014.

 

The responses from the community (550 respondents) have been compiled in the Consultation Report, provided as AT-1. Overall the vast majority of respondents were in favour with the framework and the key strategies proposed in the draft Master Plan. There were many suggestions for inclusion into the Master Plan, which have been integrated where possible.

 

There were 16 responses against the Plan. Arguments against related to uncertainty in the process of developing the public domain, including the funding method that relies on Voluntary Planning Agreements (VPAs).

 

It is recommended that Council adopt the St Leonards Public Domain Master Plan, incorporating the recommendations from the Consultation Report. The St Leonards Public Domain Master Plan has been prepared with these changes highlighted and provided as AT-2.

 

Background

 

In 2006, Council adopted the St Leonards Strategy that had been developed with the Department of Planning, Willoughby City and North Sydney Councils. Amongst other public domain initiatives, the Strategy introduced the idea of a bus interchange and widened walkway over the rail corridor.

 

The Plan identified the need to improve public transport usage through provision of a Bus Interchange on the southern side of the Pacific Highway, opposite the Forum and over the rail corridor. This included providing a widened footpath area adjacent to the bus interchange. The Strategy also identified the need to improve the public domain, particularly within the areas of St Leonards within the Lane Cove LGA.

 

In response to this, Council adopted a new LEP in 2009 (gazette in 2010) with rezoning of the dilapidated areas within St Leonards. The rezoning encouraged two developers to pursue major redevelopments in Marshall Avenue & Christie Street. Loftex proposed a series of high density residential apartment blocks for 1-25 Marshall Avenue, whilst Winten Properties pursued a commercial development on the ex-Nature Care College site at 88 Christie Street (and 75-79 Lithgow Street). While the Marshall Avenue development has proceeded, the Christie Street development hasn’t, primarily due to the low demand for commercial space in the precinct.

 

Based on the St Leonards Strategy proposal for a Bus Interchange with widened footway, and the proposed major redevelopments in Marshall Avenue and Christie Street, Council identified a “once in a lifetime” opportunity to supplement the bus interchange with a major public domain plaza area. This plaza area would span the rail corridor providing great east west connectivity and could also provide significantly improved connectivity to St Leonards Rail Station by providing either escalators/ lifts/ stairs beneath the Pacific Highway to link directly with the station platforms or via an elevated pedestrian overpass that would link through the Forum development again to the station.

 

Council commenced a lengthy process in mid-2011 (that continues until this day) with the State Government, including a number of its Ministers and departments to espouse the idea of the Bus Rail Interchange & Plaza.  In September 2013 Council commenced a series of meetings with Transport for NSW (TfNSW) as landowner of the rail corridor regarding their requirements to proceed with the project.

 

Following Council’s initial QS estimate being significantly (50%) less that the TfNSW estimates, two leading suitably qualified Quantity Survey (QS) companies were engaged by Council to prepare updated estimates for the project.. Weekly meetings between Council and TfNSW officers have now commenced to help resolve the estimated financial difference to allow the viability of the project to be better assessed.

 

TfNSW in September agreed to Council undertaking further detailed investigation, planning and preparation of preliminary designs, necessary to confirm the viability of the project and ensure the proposal does not interfere with the proposed expansion of St Leonards Station as part of Sydney’s rail future. This involves an extension of the North-West rail corridor through St Leonards and North Sydney, with a second harbour crossing that will then link through the city and out to Bankstown.

 

While the approval process has taken considerably longer than first envisaged, the opportunities to fund the project through development activity within St Leonards have progressed quickly. With the lodgment of the planning proposals at 472-520 Pacific Highway, there is the need to formalise a comprehensive public domain master plan that considers a broader area, inclusive of Friedlander Place and the pedestrian desire lines between that space and the proposed rail plaza.

 

Discussion

 

It is now becoming evident through recent development activity that St Leonards will develop as a major commercial and mixed-use centre, that will need to be supported with new and diverse housing and retail offerings. Council will need to make provision for convenience shopping, cafes, bars, entertainment venues, community facilities, and a high quality public domain environment. This public domain will need to be able to meet the following objectives:-

 

(a)   To provide public space that contributes to the identity and enjoyment of an area;

(b)   To provide street furniture, landscaping works, water features, utilities, etc that contribute to the community’s enjoyment of the public domain, but does not impede pedestrian movement and safety or reduce visual quality;

(c)  To provide venues for public entertainment and expression of community identity;

(d)  To provide areas for public art that contributes to the cultural life and enjoyment of the centre, and allows for community self expression; and

(e)  To provide pedestrian surfaces that are safe for all users, clearly demarcated and constructed from materials that provide continuity and consistency of streetscape.

 

The draft St Leonards Public Domain Master Plan, provides a document that espouses key public domain principles with the likely future public spaces that will create an identifiable ‘sense of place’ for the community. The Plan attempts to provide the strategic framework required to inform and support future Council decisions in relation to the provision of public domain and community connectivity in St Leonards. It is acknowledged individual public domain projects will be of interest to the specific neighborhoods as well as to the wider community. 


Community Consultation

 

On the 18 August, Council resolved to place the draft St Leonards Public Domain Master Plan on exhibition for public comment. The Master Plan was on public exhibition for 60 days, between 3rd September 2014 and 3rd November 2014.

 

The community consultation was carried out in accordance with the consultation strategy included in the original Council report, and included:-

·    Newspaper Advertisements;

·    eNewsletter;

·    Notification Letters;

·    Public Exhibition;

·    Website Exhibition;

·    Online Survey; and

·    A Deliberative Poll.

In addition, two community drop-in sessions were held at 504 Pacific Highway on 4 September and 6 September 2014. A video presentation by the Developers provided their vision for the renewed urban public domain. They also provided numerous perspectives of their development proposals and how they would look in relation to the public domain and surrounding area.

 

In response to the community consultation, Council received 63 written submissions, 68 on-line surveys and 419 deliberative poll surveys, giving a total of 550 participants.

 

There was widespread support for the intent of the Public Domain Master Plan.  Most submissions saw the public exhibition as an opportunity to raise issues that could be included in the Master Plan, or could be an outcome of development guided by the Master Plan.  The public consultation feedback is detailed in the separate Public Consultation Report, provided as AT-1.

 

There was a strong consensus that emerged from the 550 responses, in relation to a number of general themes. These themes are discussed below:-

 

Public Amenity

 

Suggestions urged the public domain to accommodate a diversity of people by providing a range of facilities that can be accessed by all. The diverse users mentioned were cyclists, children, the elderly, families, workers and residents. The types of facilities that people would like to see included are facilities for cyclists, more green space, and play spaces.

 

Accessibility

 

Suggestions urged for an improved cycling network, better way finding signage, more parking, accessible design for disabled users, and better security.

 

Community Needs

 

Many respondents thought St Leonards should be developed as a hip, urban environment that is family friendly.  Suggestions supported the staging of events and places that attract people to the area to contribute to its vibrancy. Other suggestions included providing facilities that support the local residents such as artists, youth and parents.

 


Security

 

Respondents wanted the public domain to be a safe environment, particularly at night.

A small proportion of the responses (16) did not support aspects of the Public Domain Master Plan and there were two main themes that came out of these submissions:

 

Uncertainty

 

A number of submissions pointed out that there was uncertainty with the way the Public Domain improvements are going to be funded (by Voluntary Planning Agreements), there was uncertainty on the costs of the plaza, and uncertainty with any State Government endorsement.

 

Design Strategy

 

Some submissions did not see the concept of the bus interchange and public plaza as visionary. Others believed these elements shouldn’t be in the proposed location.  A revised St Leonards Public Domain Master Plan has been prepared, indicating changes to the original Master Plan highlighted in yellow, and provided as AT-2.

 

The Public Consultation Report recommended that the Master Plan be amended to reflect community suggestions where possible, and this is reflected in the revised version.  The Public Consultation Report addressed concerns raised by directing respondents to other relevant Council documents that have addressed the issues at hand.

 

Conclusion

 

The consultation indicated broad community acceptance that the Plan encapsulates the community’s aspirations for the St Leonards Public Domain.  Many of the suggestions aligned with the philosophy and approach outlined in the St Leonards Master Plan.  Amendments have been made to the Plan to reflect the feedback received, and the amended Plan is recommend for adoption.

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:-

1.   Receive and note the amended Draft St Leonards Public Domain Master Plan dated December 2014 provided as AT-2; and

2.   Adopt the amended Draft St Leonards Public Domain Master Plan dated December 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wayne Rylands

Executive Manager

Open Space and Urban Services Division

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

AT‑1 View

St Leonards Public Domain Master Plan - Consultation Report

98 Pages

AT‑2 View

Amended St Leonards Public Domain Master Plan - December 2014

21 Pages

 

 


Ordinary Council Meeting 8 December 2014

St Leonards Metered Parking

 

 

Subject:          St Leonards Metered Parking    

Record No:     SU5639 - 72775/14

Division:         Open Space and Urban Services Division

Author(s):       Tim Sullivan 

 

 

Executive Summary

 

In recent months there have been several significant changes to the metered parking in St Leonards, including removal of credit card payments, introduction of PayStay pay by phone parking and tariff increases across all zones. As a result of these changes, parking occupancy has declined, in particular in the 4P zone. This report recommends converting the 4P parking on Lithgow Street to ALL DAY to improve utilisation of these spaces, deliver additional commuter parking which is in high demand and boost revenue for Council.

 

Discussion

 

Anecdotal evidence and data from Council’s Parking Management System reveals that the least utilised of all the metered spaces are the 4P zones at the northern end of Lithgow St. Figure 1 shows 4P space utilisation for a typical three-week period in November. During signposted hours (8am-6pm Monday-Saturday) the average occupancy for these spaces was a maximum of 31% and on the three Tuesdays during the survey period the occupancy was only 10%. Figure 2, taken on Tuesday 25 November at 11.17am, backs up the sensor data.

 

Figure 1 – Parking Occupancy 4P zone – Lithgow Street, St Leonards

Figure 2 – Lithgow 4P zone, Tuesday 25/11/14 11:17am (ALL DAY parking zone in background)

 

 

As there are no sensors installed in the ALL DAY parking spaces on Lithgow Street there is no sensor data to quantify exact utilisation rates of ALL DAY parking. However, anecdotal evidence from Council Rangers indicates that ALL DAY parking is in higher demand, as shown in Figure 3.

 

 

Figure 3 – Lithgow ALL DAY zone, Thursday 13/11/14 11:53am

 

 

Conclusion

 

It is recommended that the 39 x 4P parking spaces at the northern end of Lithgow Street be converted to ALL DAY parking, and that the hourly rate for the zone be changed from $2.80 per hour to $2.30 per hour, consistent with the rest of the ALL DAY parking on Lithgow Street. Local residents and businesses are to be notified of the change by letter drop and signage on site.


 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That:-

1.   39 x 4P parking spaces at the northern end of Lithgow Street be converted to ALL DAY parking at the relevant hourly rate; and

2.   Local residents and businesses be notified of the change by letter drop and signage on site

 

 

 

 

 

Wayne Rylands

Executive Manager

Open Space and Urban Services Division

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

There are no supporting documents for this report.

 


Ordinary Council Meeting 8 December 2014

Tender for the Construction of new Community Centre at 314 Burns Bay Road, Lane Cove

 

 

Subject:          Tender for the Construction of new Community Centre at 314 Burns Bay Road, Lane Cove     

Record No:     SU5580 - 72930/14

Division:         Human Services Division

Author(s):       Jane Gornall 

 

 

 

Executive Summary

Council called for tenders in accordance with Council’s Tender and Quotation Procedure for the provision of Building Services to construct a new Community Centre at 304-314 Burns Bay Road, Lane Cove.  This report provides details on the tender process conducted and recommends that the tender from Michael Camporeale Pty Ltd be accepted.

Discussion

Tenders for the construction works closed on November 7, 2014.  The tenders were advertised in the Sydney Morning Herald, the North Shore Times and via Tenderlink. An optional site visit was held on-site on Tuesday October 21, 2014. Representatives from ten builders attended the site visit. The visit allowed the builders to examine the site in detail and to ensure that they factored in all of the specific site issues.

The work will be let using “AS 4000:1997, General conditions of contract”, as amended by Schmidt-Liermann Lawyers to meet Council’s preferences.  Tender specifications were prepared detailing the schedule of work, hours of work, safety requirements and reporting requirements.  The specification outlined that the tender submissions would be assessed based on the following weighted criteria:-

(a)       Pricing:    40%

·      Best value to Council.

The bids were scored based on a pro rata difference in prices submitted, with the lowest price receiving 40 points. 

(b)   Capacity & Capability:     20%

·      Past record and/or demonstrated ability to provide good/services;

·      The Tenderer's technical expertise; resource and financial management skills including; and

·      Proposed methods of service delivery.

To achieve the maximum score the tenderer is to have the capability to provide the goods and perform the services required, provide full details of personnel and equipment to carry out the work, management structure of the company and contingency plans to cover downtime and other unforeseen circumstances. 

(c)        Experience:     25%

·      The relevant experience of the Tenderer and key personnel and the extent of skills/qualifications of the people who will be engaged to carry out the contractor's obligations under the Contract;

·      Contracts of similar nature with other NSW Councils;

·      Demonstrated financial capability to provide the Work/Services at both a financial and operational level with a clearly identifiable management structure; and

·      Referees responses.

Reference checks were counted into this element of the assessment. A financial assessment was also conducted by Corporate Scorecard.

(d)       Work, Health & Safety:     10%

·      Work, Health and Safety policies and procedures;

·      Quality Assurance Programs;

·      Insurances; and

·      Work Method Statements.

Sustainability and Environment Assessment refers to the manner in which environmental issues are to be appropriately addressed, including commitment to due diligence and the principles of ecologically sustainable development (ESD) in regard to environmental legislation and documentation outlining past performance in regard to environment protection and enhancement initiatives. Occupational Health and Safety refers to the tenderer’s commitment to and compliance with current Work, Health and Safety legislation.

To achieve the maximum score the tenderer is to have fully documented and certified Quality Assurance procedures to ISO 9001 along with OH&S certification to AS 4801.

 

(e)        Environment and Sustainability:     5%

·      Response to Council’s Environmental Questionnaire; and

·      Environmental policies and procedures.

To achieve the maximum score the tenderer is to provide details of an environmental policy and answer yes to all applicable questions in the Environmental Survey included in the tender specification and to provide details in their submission that they have an OHS Management Plan and work method statements.  Additional points are awarded for accreditation to AS 14001:2004.

Council advertised the tender in the Sydney Morning Herald on, October 11, 14 and 15, 2014, the North Shore Times on October 10, 2014 and on the Tenderlink website. Tenders closed at 2:00 p.m. on Friday November 7, 2014 and Council received 8 submissions. 

The tender evaluation panel consisted of Council’s Executive Manager – Human Services, Manager – Facilities and the Infrastructure Planner – Human Services. The architect, David Melocco from Melocco and Moore also assessed the submissions.

Each tender was assessed based on the above weighted criteria and ranked accordingly:-

 

Company

Price (40%)

Capability & Capacity (20%)

Experience (incl References) (25%)

Environmental & OH&S Programs (15%)

 

Overall

Avant Constructions Pty Ltd

 

 

= Preferred

 

 

Cerberus Construction Services

 

 

 

 

 

Deltabuild Contractors Pty Ltd

 

= Preferred

= Preferred

= Preferred

 

GW Building Pty Ltd

 

 

 

= Preferred

 

Keystone Projects Group Pty Ltd

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Camporeale Pty Ltd

Preferred

 

= Preferred

 

Preferred

Momentumbuilt Pty Ltd

 

 

 

= Preferred

 

Projectcorp Australia Pty Ltd

 

= Preferred

 

 

 

Reference and Financial checks were conducted on the recommended tenderer and were positive.

Council Workshop

The tender panel’s recommendation was presented to Councillors at a meeting of the Council Selection Committee on Monday 8th December. This allowed Councillors to more closely examine the process and the proposed recommendation of the Tender Panel.
Conclusion

A confidential memorandum has been circulated separately to Councillors detailing the prices submitted by each tenderer, how each of the weighted criteria was assessed and details of the reference checks undertaken of the recommended tenderer.

 Having recorded the highest score across the weighted criteria and positive reference checks were received about the quality and reliability of their work, the Tender Panel recommends:-

1.   The tender for the provision of building services to construct a new community centre at 304-314 Burns Bay Road be awarded to Michael Camporeale Pty Ltd for an amount of $1,012,372.90; and

2.   The General Manager be authorised to enter into contract with them

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That:-

1.   Council accept the tender from Michael Camporeale Pty Ltd for the provision of building services to construct a new community centre at 304-314 Burns Bay Road, Lane Cove for an amount of $1,012,372.90 ; and

2.   The General Manager be authorised to enter into contract with Michael Camporeale Pty Ltd.

 

 

 

 

 

Jane Gornall

Executive Manager - Human Services

Human Services Division

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

There are no supporting documents for this report.

 


Ordinary Council Meeting 8 December 2014

Lane Cove Traffic Committee Held on 19 November 2014

 

 

Subject:          Lane Cove Traffic Committee Held on 19 November 2014    

Record No:     SU1326 - 72735/14

Division:         Open Space and Urban Services Division

Author(s):       Sashika Young 

 

 

Executive Summary

 

The Lane Cove Traffic Committee Meeting was held on Wednesday, 19 November 2014.  The Agenda and Minutes are included as AT-1 and AT-2. 

 

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council adopt the recommendations of the Lane Cove Traffic Committee Meeting held on Wednesday, 19 November 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wayne Rylands

Executive Manager

Open Space and Urban Services Division

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

AT‑1 View

AGENDA - Traffic Committee - November 2014

17 Pages

 

AT‑2 View

MINUTES - Traffic Committee - November 2014

12 Pages

 

 

 


Ordinary Council Meeting 8 December 2014

Indigenous Students Day 2014

 

 

Subject:          Indigenous Students Day 2014    

Record No:     SU5096 - 72887/14

Division:         Corporate Services Division

Author(s):       Craig Dalli 

 

 

Executive Summary

 

On Thursday 27 November 2014 Council hosted the inaugural Indigenous Students Day for 16 Indigenous Students from St Ignatius Riverview, St Joseph’s College Hunters Hill and Christian Brothers Lewisham. The purpose of the event was to encourage the students to become active in community and political affairs and to become future leaders. The day was considered a success by the participants and teachers and it will be recommended that Council consider supporting the program again next year.

 

Discussion

 

Council entered into a Memorandum of Understanding Council entered into with St Ignatius Riverview in 2013, discussions were initiated involving Riverview’s Indigenous Program Coordinator Anthony Reilly, Julia Bennison and Council staff to develop a program for indigenous students at Riverview encouraging them to become actively involved in community and political affairs as well as to assist them in developing leadership skills. Following the initial discussions, it was decided to encourage other schools to participate in the program, particularly those schools with Indigenous Students programs. As a result, St Joseph’s Hunters Hill and Christian Brothers Lewisham accepted the invitation to also become involved, with a total of 16 years 10 and 11 students participating.

 

The Program for the day included presentations from inspirational leaders in the Aboriginal community such as Constance Chatfield – Aboriginal Liason Officer with LGNSW and Malarndirri McCarthy journalist and presenter with NITV and former member of the Northern Territory Parliament. Aboriginal Advisory Committee members Aunty Margret Campbell and Kaleb Taylor who also works with the students at Christian Brothers Lewisham also provided inspirational messages for the students. To get the students engaged, a mock Council Meeting was staged to consider a fictitious scenario for the future development of Tambourine Bay Reserve which was selected due to its familiarity with the Riverview students and the evidence of Aboriginal rock paintings on the site. The scenario was as follows and involved the students breaking up into groups to debate the merits of each issue;

 

Fictitious Scenario

 

Council is considering options for the development of Tambourine Bay Reserve which adjoins Riverview College. Options being considered by Council include:-

·    Preserving the site for its current passive recreational uses including walking trails and access to the bay and various boating facilities;

·    Developing an Aboriginal Cultural Centre on the site noting there are Aboriginal rock paintings present on the site;

·    Selling off the site for waterfront housing and using the proceeds to provide other community facilities including an Aboriginal Cultural Centre in another location in Lane Cove; and

·    Developing the site for other recreational and commercial purposes including a public marina, water front restaurants, shops and other commercial activities.

 

Students are to be broken up into 4 groups of 4-5 students with each group assigned the role of supporting and putting the case forward for one of the 4 scenarios. In presenting their position, students need to take into consideration the following issues:-

·    The local community is opposed to any development of the site other than its current use and would like to see more funds spent on the walking trails and seating;

·    It is an environmental wetland that is home to many birdlife and marine species which need to be protected;

·    There is evidence of aboriginal rock art on the site which needs to be preserved;

·    Council has a limited budget so would rely on sale or rental proceeds to further develop the site or develop an Aboriginal Cultural Centre on the reserve or elsewhere in Lane Cove; and

·    Other residents in Lane Cove wish for the site to be developed for access to the waterways for dining, boating and fishing purposes.

 

As a result of the debate which involved Councillor Bennison chairing the mock Council Meeting, the students formally resolved:-

 

That the General Manager be requested to prepare a report to the next Council Meeting on the cultural significance of Tambourine Bay Reserve, Riverview.

 

Summary

 

Feedback from the students, teachers, presenters, organisers and of the members of the Aboriginal Advisory Committee present was that the day was an overwhelming success. The program assisted the students in understanding the political process and the need to protect their culture as leaders into the future. It was agreed that the program could be developed further to assist other indigenous students in the future.

 

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That:-

 

1.   The Report be received and noted; and

 

2.   Council host another Indigenous Students Day again during 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Craig Dalli

Executive Manager - Corporate Services

Corporate Services Division

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

There are no supporting documents for this report.

  


Ordinary Council Meeting 8 December 2014

Anti-Bullying Program at Chatswood High School -Project Hero

 

 

Subject:          Anti-Bullying Program at Chatswood High School -Project Hero    

Record No:     SU129 - 72904/14

Division:         Human Services Division

Author(s):       Carol Sinclair 

 

 

Executive Summary

 

Council’s Youth Services Team partnered with 2Realise and the Rotary Club of Lane Cove to provide an anti-bullying program for Year 7 at Chatswood High School. The program ran over two (2) days and has received fantastic feedback from students and teachers.  The main impetus for organising the program were the alarming reports and statistics about extent and harm caused to children and young people by bullying. It is recommended the report be received and noted.

 

Background

 

The National Safe Schools Framework is supported by all Australian Ministers and education jurisdictions and provides a vision and a set of guiding principles for safe, supportive and respectful school communities that promote student wellbeing. The framework defines bullying as repeated verbal, physical, social or psychological behaviour that is harmful and involves the misuse of power by an individual or group towards one or more persons.  Cyberbullying refers to bullying through information and communication technologies, (e.g. the internet or mobile devices).

 

The three (3) major national organisations for mental health The Reachout Foundation, Beyond Blue and Headspace all emphasise that everyone involved is affected by bullying, including people who witness it. It can have serious and long-term emotional or psychological consequences in addition to the immediate harmful effects. Beyond Blue have identified that people being bullied often feel powerless and alone, or worried about what the bully might do next. The impact of bullying often lasts much longer than the bullying itself. Bullying can affect every part of a person’s life, including relationships with their friends and family. It can affect a person’s confidence and performance at school, in a sports team or at work. The person being bullied might change how they look or act to try to avoid being bullied further. They may also withdraw from social activities or use unhelpful coping strategies, like drugs and alcohol or self-harming, to manage painful feelings.

 

Experiencing bullying can increase a person’s chances of developing anxiety or depression. The Daily Telegraph reported on 7 September that according to Department of Education statistics, two school children per week in NSW are self harming or threatening to injure themselves as a result of bullying and mental health problems. With these facts and the ongoing statistics in mind a partnership project was developed between Lane Cove Council, 2Realise and the Rotary Club of Lane Cove to provide education to young people in our area regarding the effect bullying is having on their peers and to empower those being bullied to triumph over tough times.  The program was provided at a reduced rate by ID-ologies and was jointly funded by the Rotary Club of Lane Cove ($1,000), 2Realise ($1,095) and Council ($760).

 

Discussion

 

On Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 3 September 2014 all year 7 students at Chatswood High School participated in an anti bullying program called Project Hero. The program was facilitated by ID-ologies.

Chatswood High School was chosen for this project as a significant number of their students live in the Lane Cove LGA and these students make up a large proportion of the young people that attend the Synergy Youth Centre.

 

Project Hero is designed to unite and empower students utilising a combination of learning strategies covering the different types of learning styles. Students are engaged in an experiential ‘Hero’s Journey’ of storytelling and discovery that enhances communication skills, awakens a sense of community and encourages a greater appreciation of diversity. Using techniques that create empathy and teaching strategies to triumph over tough times, they encourage the journey towards self-discovery to unfold. As participants gain clarity as to their strengths and natural abilities, they gain a stronger sense of identity which builds confidence and enhances decision making capabilities.

 

The key outcomes of the workshops are to build a sense of connectedness and appreciation of diversity, increasing performance and decreasing absenteeism and disengagement.

 

Council’s Community Development Officer – Youth Services went along to the first of the workshops and was overwhelmed at how the young people’s attitudes seemed to change in just a few minutes of being in the room. By way of example of an activity, the young people watched as flowers from a beautiful bouquet of flowers where cut with gardening shears for being too short, too tall, too pink, too smelly, two blue. The young people identified that this is what we as a society do to each other we cut people off for being different.

 

The activities throughout the day empowered the young people to make change and to have confidence. The difference that Project Hero made in the lives of the young people who were able to attend these sessions can only be demonstrated through their own words.

 

The following quotes are taken directly from the student feedback forms:-

 

Project Hero made a difference in my life because:-

·    It allowed me to express my feelings to all in the room;

·    It helped me realize how important it is to respect others for who they are;

·    It helped me stop bullying others;

·    It taught me about how one action can change someone’s life;

·    It encouraged me to think positively about myself; and

·    I realised it is okay to have a voice.

 

I would describe the experience of participating in PROJECT HERO as:-

·    An amazing, fun, fantabolicious, cool, enriching, interesting experience; and

·    A once in a lifetime opportunity.

 


After the workshops, the following feedback was received from the teachers we worked with at Chatswood High School

 

I just wanted to say thank you to you ... for providing our students with such a wonderful opportunity. The Project Hero workshop was a huge success ...

The kids thoroughly enjoyed themselves and learnt some valuable life lessons. I have heard some fantastic things around school from my colleagues about the relevance and level of engagement achieved in the workshop. Many have said that it was the best welfare based workshop they have ever seen! We cannot thank you enough and are so grateful that you enabled us to host Project Hero at our school.

 

Conclusion

 

Bullying can happen to anyone and the effects can be devastating. Therefore, giving young people the opportunity to be educated on the effects bullying and strategies for dealing with bullying is imperative.  Element 7 in the National Safe Schools Framework focuses on student wellbeing and student ownership. This means providing opportunities for promoting student wellbeing that build on students' strengths and engages them in developing personal identity and in decision-making. The Project Hero partnership project enabled the promotion of student wellbeing and student ownership for the year 7 students of Chatswood High School. Council’s Youth Team will examine the options for running the program again in 2015.

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council receive and note the report.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jane Gornall

Executive Manager - Human Services

Human Services Division

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

There are no supporting documents for this report.