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Agenda

Ordinary Council Meeting

19 November 2018

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

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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 19 November 2018 commencing at 7:00pm. The business to be transacted at the meeting is included in this business paper.

 

Craig - GMYours faithfully

 

 

 

 

Craig Wrightson

General Manager

 

Council Meeting Procedures

 

The Council meeting is chaired by the Mayor, Councillor Pam Palmer. 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.

 

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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 19 November 2018

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 

APOLOGIES

 

OPENING OF MEETING WITH PRAYER

 

ACKNOWLEDGMENT TO COUNTRY

 

NOTICE OF WEBCASTING OF MEETING

 

public forum

 

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

 

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES

 

1.      ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING - 15 OCTOBER 2018 AND EXTRAORDINARY MEETING – 29 OCTOBER 2018

 

Orders Of The Day

 

Officer Reports for Determination

 

2.       Presentation of Annual Financial Statements - Year Ended 30 June 2018

 

3.       St Leonards and Crows Nest Draft 2036 Plans - Update

 

4.       Temporary Partial Road Closure Trial Karilla Avenue and Centennial Avenue Intersection

 

5.       Proposed Voluntary Planning Agreement for 56-60 Burns Bay Road (Existing Coles Site)

 

6.       Review of Single Use Plastic Policy in Relation to Balloons

 

7.       Sustainability Small Grants - Round 16

 

8.       Lane Cove Gift Card

 

9.       1st Quarter Review of the 2018-19 Delivery Program and Operational Plan

 

10.     1st Quarter Review of the 2018-2019 Budget

 

11.     Lane Cove Council Annual Report 2017-18

 

12.     Planning Breakfast - LGNSW

 

13.     Small Business Events

 

Officer Reports for Information

 

14.     Lane Cove Remembers - Armistice Centenary Commemorations

 

15.     Council Snapshot  

 


 

Ordinary Council Meeting 19 November 2018

Presentation of Annual Financial Statements - Year Ended 30 June 2018

 

 

Subject:          Presentation of Annual Financial Statements - Year Ended 30 June 2018    

Record No:    SU772 - 72896/18

Division:         Corporate Services Division

Author(s):      Geoff Banting 

 

 

Executive Summary

Following completion of the audit, Council’s Annual Financial Statements for the year ended 30 June 2018 and the Auditors Report, are presented to Council.  It is recommended that the report be received.

 

Discussion

 

Section 418 of the Local Government Act 1993, requires that as soon as practicable after a council receives a copy of the auditor's reports:-

 

a)   It must fix a date for the meeting at which it proposes to present its audited financial reports, together with the auditor's reports, to the public; and

 

b)   It must give public notice of the date so fixed. 

The audit of the Annual Financial Statements for the year ended 30 June 2018 has been completed by Council's Auditors – Audit Office of NSW, and a copy of their Audit Report is included with the Financial Statements. 

Notice was given in the North Shore Times on 8 November 2018 of the intention to present the Annual Financial Statements at this meeting.  The Statements have been available for inspection at the Civic Centre since 8 November 2018.  Written submissions were invited and at the time of writing this report, no submissions had been received.  The audited financial statements, together with the auditor's reports, are now formally presented to Council.

 

The major changes made during the Audit period and subsequent to the Draft Financial Statements tabled at the September Council Meeting included:

 

·    Increasing the prior year value of Operational Land to acknowledge the agreed value for the sale of Friedlander Place thus reducing profit on sale by $10m;

 

·    Moving the deposit of $1.5m for 266 Longueville Road from profit on sale to reflect a payment received in advance;

 

·    Transferring the value of 266 Longueville Road from Community Land to Operational Land in accordance with the Gazettal in July 2015; and

 

·    The Revaluation of Infrastructure Assets, largely due to an increase in Unit Prices adopted by Council in August 2017, with Roads increasing in value by $77.4m and Drainage increasing by $9.9m.

Council's Auditor will be in attendance at the meeting to present the Auditor's Report. A copy of the Annual Financial Statements for the year ended 30 June 2018 are attached as AT-1.

 


 

Conclusion

The results reflect Council’s ongoing strong financial position established and maintained over several years. Once again Council significantly exceeded industry benchmarks used in the Fit for the Future program, except the debt service cover ratio as Council has no borrowings.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council receive and note the Annual Financial Reports together with the Auditors Report for the year Ended 30 June 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

Craig Dalli

Executive Manager - Corporate Services

Corporate Services Division

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

AT‑1View

General Purpose Financial Statements for the Year Ended 30 June 2018

98 Pages

Available Electronically

 

 


 

Ordinary Council Meeting 19 November 2018

St Leonards and Crows Nest Draft 2036 Plans - Update

 

 

Subject:          St Leonards and Crows Nest Draft 2036 Plans - Update    

Record No:    SU6005 - 71358/18

Division:         Environmental Services Division

Author(s):      Christopher Pelcz; Terry Tredrea; Anthony Crichton 

 

 

Executive Summary

 

The purpose of this report is to provide an update on the community consultation for the State Government’s St Leonards and Crows Nest Draft 2036 Plan package.  Council has been continuously engaging with the Department of Planning and Environment with regard to Council’s previous resolutions for additional consultation sessions in the Lane Cove local government area and an extension to the overall period for submissions.

 

The Department has now confirmed that Council’s request for the extension of the consultation period has been supported and the exhibition period has been extended until Friday, 8 February 2019.  It is important to note that the consultation period for the proposed draft Crows Nest Metro (station) plans has not been extended and will conclude on 3 December 2018.

 

Further, the Department has also confirmed that they will conduct the two (2) additional community drop- in sessions in the Terrace Function Room at the Lane Cove Community Hub, 1 Pottery Lane, Lane Cove.  The proposed dates for these sessions are Saturday 24 November and the second session date is still to be confirmed. Council will be organising separately a third session which will be a facilitated session to examine in more detail issues raised in the Plan package.

 

It is recommended Council proceed with the consultation outlined in the report in respect of the St Leonards and Crows Nest Draft 2036 Plan package.

 

Background

 

In July 2018 Council resolved to request an extension of the exhibition period for the St Leonards and Crows Nest Draft 2036 Plans (then called the LUIIP).  Council wrote to the Department of Planning on 9 August 2018 requesting that any future exhibition period of the be extended to allow 12 weeks for community consultation and that two additional community consultation sessions be provided to outline the plan to the community.

 

Following the release of the Draft 2036 package on 15 October 2018, Council again resolved to write to both the Minister for Planning, the Hon. Anthony Roberts, and the Premier, requesting that the consultation period for the plans be extended, on this occasion for 16 weeks to February 2019 and calling for the additional consultation sessions.  Correspondence was prepared and sent on 25 October 2018. 

 

At its Extraordinary Meeting of 29 October 2018 meeting, Council further resolved to write to both the Minister for Planning, the Hon. Anthony Roberts, and the Premier, the Hon. Gladys Berejiklian highlighting:

 

1.         Council considers the current 6 week exhibition period to be inadequate and consistent with its previous Council resolutions, requests the consultation period be extended given the impending Christmas period.  Council proposes to organise two consultation sessions as at this stage the only information sessions are in Crows Nest within the North Sydney LGA. In addition, the Draft Plan requires the St Leonards South Planning Proposal to be referred to an independent panel during the exhibition period, no detailed timing or information pack for the panel has been prepared.

2.         The inclusion of Significant Sites in the Lane Cove Local Government Area (LGA) and the associated criteria for their selection was not developed in consultation with the community and Council.

3.         The inclusion of the Significant Sites delivers additional residential capacity beyond Council’s required Residential Housing strategy. It fails to acknowledge the Greater Sydney Commission’s letter of 16 May 2018 that confirms Council can satisfy its 10 year housing strategy requirements via St the Leonards South Precinct and current pilot projects sites in St Leonards CBD.

4.         The Special Infrastructure Contribution (SIC) is not being equitably distributed across the area, with the Lane Cove LGA receiving approximately 9.5% of the proceeds to but is planned to accommodate up to 41% of the housing. Of key importance are high volume pedestrian linkages across the Pacific Hwy to both St Leonards Station and the proposed Metro Station, no new linkages (under or over the Highway) are funded.

5.         The Actions and Recommendations (on page 49 of the Draft 2036 Plan) state that “Council can still consider and progress planning proposals for individual sites and St Leonards South area while this plan is being finalised”. This conflicts with the related Objective which states “Allow Planning Proposals which are supported by councils to progress”. However, the Action could be misinterpreted to mean that other Planning Proposals can be progressed without Council’s support. To achieve consistency with the objective, the action should be amended to say “Planning Proposals supported or initiated by councils may be considered while this plan is being finalised”.

6.         Council has become aware that the applicant for the Planning Proposal for 2 Greenwich Road has formally requested that the Gateway Determination delete the condition requiring the Planning Proposal to be amended to make it consistent with the Draft 2036 Plan. This is strongly opposed as the Draft 2036 Plan establishes a lower height than what is proposed and retains the commercial focus rather than effectively allowing mixed use through ‘Shop Top’ housing; and

7.         Request that the independent planning commission assessment of the St Leonards South Master Plan, be conducted in public and commenced after the St Leonards and Crows Nest 2036 plan is finalised.

 

Correspondence was prepared and sent on 1 November 2018.

 

Discussion

 

In addition to the above correspondence, Council liaised frequently with staff from the Department of Planning and Environment to re-iterate Council’s resolutions and to provide indicative dates for the two (2) drop-in sessions in the Lane Cove Local Government Area.  It is pleasing to note that Saturday 24 November 2018 from 11 am – 2pm (at the Terrace Function Room in the Lane Cove Community Hub – 1 Pottery Lane, Lane Cove) has been agreed to. The second drop-in session will likely occur in early December. Council is awaiting confirmation from the Department.

 

These drop-in sessions will be staffed by Department of Planning staff who have display materials and can answer questions regarding the St Leonards and Crows Nest Draft 2036 Plans for the community.

 

In addition to the above, Council is intending to hold a separate facilitated workshop with an external consultant which will also be held in the Terrace Function Room at the Lane Cove Community Hub. Once the second drop-in session is confirmed, Council will confirm the date for this facilitated workshop. This session is designed to be interactive with participants to explore issues in or arising from the St Leonards and Crows Nest Draft 2036 Plans.

 

Of key importance also was the extension of the overall consultation period to allow the community and councils to understand the volume of material within the Planning package. Confirmation has now been received that the Minister has agreed to Council’s request and extended the exhibition period until Friday, 8 February 2019. It is important to note that the consultation period for the proposed draft Crows Nest Metro (station) plans has not been extended and will conclude on 3 December 2018.

 

Conclusion

 

Council’s position of calling for a longer period for submissions and additional consultation sessions in the Lane Cove local government area has now been supported by the state Government. This will provide a better opportunity for the community and councils to understand the volume of material within the Planning package and provide feedback on the Plan which will guide the future of St Leonards for 20 years.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:-

 

1.    Receive and note the report; and

 

2.    Proceed with the consultation process outlined in the report.

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Mason

Executive Manager

Environmental Services Division

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

There are no supporting documents for this report.

 


 

Ordinary Council Meeting 19 November 2018

Temporary Partial Road Closure Trial Karilla Avenue and Centennial Avenue Intersection

 

 

Subject:          Temporary Partial Road Closure Trial Karilla Avenue and Centennial Avenue Intersection    

Record No:    SU5751 - 71928/18

Division:         Open Space and Urban Services Division

Author(s):      Sashika Perera 

 

 

Executive Summary

 

At its meeting in September 2018 Council resolved to undertake consultation in the Lane Cove North Precinct, in particular residents of Karilla Avenue, Parklands Avenue, Kyong Street and Landers Road, in relation to the trial of a partial closure of Karilla Avenue for a period of six (6) or 12 months.

 

This report summarises the consultation results which indicate that the majority (53%) of consulted residents object to the temporary partial closure of Karilla Avenue.  The report recommends that no immediate traffic management actions be implemented in Karilla Avenue.

 

Background

 

During 2016 Council received a number of representations in regards to traffic safety and rat running issues through the Lane Cove North precinct. The matter was investigated and reported to the July 2016 Traffic Committee whereby Council undertook automated 24 hour number plate surveys to determine the extent of rat running. The surveys indicated that traffic volumes in the precinct were within the capacity for residential streets as specified in RMS Guide to Traffic Generating Developments 2002.

 

In addition, Council undertook extensive community Consultation with local residents in relation to three (3) possible traffic management options. One of the proposed traffic management options was the partial closure of Karilla Avenue at Centennial Avenue where all movements in and out of Karilla Avenue were restricted with the exception of the left turn out from Karilla into Centennial Avenue.

 

The consultation outcome indicated that the majority of affected residents objected to the partial closure of Karilla Avenue and wished to retain the existing conditions. Following the consultation, Council resolved not to implement any traffic management action in Karilla Avenue and committed to undertake further traffic counts in 2019 when the area was fully developed.

 

In 2018, Council received further representations from the residents in Lane Cove North.  As a result at the September 2018 Council meeting it was resolved that Council:-

 

“1.   Consult with the residents of Karilla Avenue, Parklands Avenue, Kyong Street and Landers Road or the same as the previous consultation (or whichever is the greater) regarding:-

a)   The commencement of a trial of a temporary traffic island at this intersection:-

i.   To stop vehicles exiting Karilla Avenue from turning right into Centennial Avenue to drive northbound;

ii.  To stop southbound travelling vehicles from Centennial Avenue turning left into Karilla Avenue; and

iii.  Provide that any traffic island should still allow access to the school bus route provided by Sydney Buses; and

b)   The length of time of the trial (i.e. 6 months or 12 months).

2.    Should the feedback received from the community support the trial, then Council commences this calendar year a trial of a temporary traffic island at the intersection of Karilla Avenue and Centennial Avenue.”

 

Discussion

 

Council undertook the consultation from Friday 14 September to Friday 6 September 2018 as outlined in the September resolution having delivered 375 letters which covered Karilla Avenue, Parklands Avenue, Kyong Street and Landers Road.  107 responses were received from residents within the consultation area.  Council also received nine (9) repeat responses and seven (7) responses from outside the consultation area which have not been included in the consultation analysis.

 

Results

 

Consultation results in relation to the proposed partial closure of Karilla Avenue are attached at AT-1

 

For the Lane Cove North area:-

·    53% of respondents objected to the temporary partial closure of Karilla Avenue;

·    47% of respondents were in support of the temporary partial closure of Karilla Avenue;

·    Landers Road had the highest number of respondents in the consulted area (44%) followed by Karilla Avenue (32%); and

·    82% of residents who supported the partial closure of Karilla Avenue preferred the 12 month trial whilst the remainder preferred the 6 month trial.

 

For Karilla Avenue:-

·    Karilla Avenue between Centennial Avenue and Kurri Street – 14 residents were in support of the temporary partial closure whilst nine (9) were against the proposal; and

·    Karilla Avenue between Kurri Street and the Cul-de-sac – four (4) residents were in support whilst eight (8) were against the proposal.

 

A summary of the comments made by residents are as follows:-

·    The proposed partial closure will limit access to Mowbray Public School, M2 and Chatswood. Accessing these areas via Epping Road would add an extra 10–15 minutes of travel time.

·    The partial closure will displace congestion to other streets.

·    The left turn restriction from Kurri into Parklands Avenue must be addressed if the proposed partial closure is implemented.

·    Access to Mowbray Road and Centennial Avenue is already limited from Landers Road.

·    Right turn restriction from Centennial Avenue into Epping Road must be addressed.

 

The 2018 consultation results and comments made by residents were consistent with that of 2016.

Conclusion

 

In addition to the key challenges of limiting access to and from the west and increasing the overall travel time for local residents, the proposal would also require regular monitoring and policing to be effective as maintaining the ability for the school bus to turn right into Centennial driveway provides the opportunity for cars to undertake illegal turns.. NSW Police have indicated that they have limited resources and local streets are generally of lower priority during peak hours, making enforcement difficult.

 

Taking into consideration the 2016 traffic surveys which indicated that the traffic volumes in the precinct were within the capacity for residential streets, and that the majority of consulted residents (53%) objected to the partial closure of Karilla Avenue, it is recommended no changes be made to the Karilla Avenue/ Centennial Avenue intersection.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That Council retain the existing conditions in Karilla Avenue, Lane Cove North.

 

 

 

 

 

Martin Terescenko

Executive Manager - Open Space and Urban Services

Open Space and Urban Services Division

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

AT‑1View

Consultation Results - Partial Closure of Karilla Avenue, Lane Cove North

2 Pages

 

 

 


 

Ordinary Council Meeting 19 November 2018

Proposed Voluntary Planning Agreement for 56-60 Burns Bay Road (Existing Coles Site)

 

 

Subject:          Proposed Voluntary Planning Agreement for 56-60 Burns Bay Road (Existing Coles Site)    

Record No:    SU5266 - 72127/18

Division:         General Managers Unit

Author(s):      David Stevens 

 

 

Executive Summary

 

Community consultation on the Proposed Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA) for 56-60 Burns Bay Road, Lane Cove concluded on Friday 2 November 2018.  The purpose of this report is to outline the results of the community consultation and recommends that Council enter into a Voluntary Planning Agreement with the proponent, Sun Property Lane Cove Pty Ltd.

 

Background

 

Sun Property Lane Cove Pty Ltd (SPLC) purchased the current Coles Site situated at 56-60 Burns Bay Road (Site) in November 2017 and is proposing to redevelop the Site. The land is currently zoned B2 Local Centre which permits shop top housing.

 

SPLC has made a request to acquire part of Council’s adjoining land (728sqm, part of Lot 21 DP1132641), which is currently known as the ‘Coles Car Park’, for integration into the redevelopment. The Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA) with SPLC will utilise the value of Council’s land ($3,000 per sqm as assessed by Savill’s Valuation and Advisory) to provide a public benefit in the form of community space, better pedestrian connections and public car parking. The community space will have a foyer of approximately 100sqm located on Burns Bay Road, with 750sqm located below street level. The VPA contribution is calculated below:

1.    $/Rate x Permissible GFA (m2) = $3,000 x 1,820 = $5.46M VPA contribution

2.    Estimated Cost of community space cold shell (pending Quantity Surveyor Report) = $ 3.8M

 

At the Ordinary Council Meeting of 23 July 2018, Council resolved to place the proposed Voluntary Planning Agreement on public exhibition for 28 days in conjunction with the proposed Development Application for this site. Council undertook community consultation on the proposed Agreement and communicated this to the public by an advertisement in the North Shore Times, e-newsletter to 6,082 subscribers, public exhibitions at Council’s Civic Centre and Libraries and providing information on the Agreement on Council’s website.

 

Discussion

 

Council received twenty seven (28) submissions, plus a petition from the Lane Cove Concert Band with eighty one (81) names attached in relation to the VPA. There were 23 submissions plus the petition supporting the VPA, whilst three were against. Broadly, the issues raised by the submissions were as follows:-

 

Use of the Community Space

 

A total of 24 submissions and petition with 81 names highlighted a preference for the proposed community space within the development to be a performing arts space. The final use of the space has not yet been determined, should Council proceed with the VPA further investigation will commence on possible suitable uses with potential users, including its use as a performance space. Once determined, work will be undertaken on design and fit out costs which will be partially offset by the value derived from Council’s land.

 

Two submissions raised the suitability of the site for a performance space. Council in recent years has delivered a variety of new community spaces based on the needs identified in the Council’s Cultural Plan and Social Plan, the key outstanding facility is a performance space. Council has previously considered a full scale performance space on the Rosenthal site and decided not to proceed, and is now the site of the Rosenthal Project. The only other potential site(s) within the CBD are the Community Centre and the Living and Learning Centre. Council is currently looking at options to consolidate the Central Avenue/Longueville Road property to regularise the larger site. Ultimately, any development on this site for a performance space will also need to accommodate the Living and Learning, Before and After School Care, Early Childhood Health Centre and Gallery Lane Cove + Creative Studios. The scale of the project would be significant and it is not funded within Council’s current 10 year Financial Plan.

 

Impact on Parking

 

The development includes 129 car spaces and ultimately will need to comply with Council’s DCP for the uses proposed, including the residential and commercial components. In addition, there will be demand generated by the community space, therefore Council will need to contribute some of the value derived under the VPA to meet those parking demands.

 

Ownership of the Land and Community Space

 

Council’s land (728sqm) to be incorporated into the development will be offset by Council gaining ownership of (850sqm) of community space plus car spaces within the development (currently approximately 7 spaces (96sqm)). Advice has been sought as to ownership, and given that no part of Council’s community space will be built over Council’s land it is not practicable to ‘retain ownership’ as a separate lot. Council’s legal advice has confirmed that, if in the future the strata scheme is wound up, Council would receive a financial return proportional to the volume in the strata scheme that it owns. Further, prior to receiving the actual space once construction commences, Council will receive a security amount equal to the VPA $ contribution that would be released upon the granting of an occupation certificate (clauses 10, 13 and Schedule 4 of the Draft VPA deal with this in greater detail).

 

Location of Pedestrian Link

 

The VPA has a requirement for through-site link between Sera Street and Burns Bay Road. One submission referred to this provision not being present in applicant’s submitted DA plans. Early versions of the plans discussed with staff about the VPA included it, however it is now evident that the submitted Development Application. plans did not include it. Council has since received assurance from SPLC that such a link will be made available via lift access during specified hours. A revised plan reflecting the through-site (DDA compliant) link between Sera Street and Burns Bay Road will be submitted as part of the Development Application.

 

Conclusion

 

On balance, it is considered that the community and future residents of the proposed development at 56-60 Burns Bay Road, will benefit from the dedication of facilities provided in the proposed VPA.  It is therefore recommended that Council receive and note the submissions received during the community consultation process and proceed with the proposed Voluntary Planning Agreement for 56-60 Burns Bay Road, Lane Cove.


 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That:-

1.      Council receive and note the report;

2.      Council enter into a Voluntary Planning Agreement with Sun Property Lane Cove Pty Ltd in respect of the development of 56-60 Burns bay Road Lane Cove;

3.      The General Manager be authorised to finalise the terms and conditions of the  proposed Voluntary Planning Agreement and sign the Agreement on behalf of Council; and

4.      Council commence a process to determine suitable uses and users of the community space, design options and a fitout budget.

 

 

 

 

 

Craig Wrightson

General Manager

General Managers Unit

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

There are no supporting documents for this report.

 


 

Ordinary Council Meeting 19 November 2018

Review of Single Use Plastic Policy in Relation to Balloons

 

 

Subject:          Review of Single Use Plastic Policy in Relation to Balloons    

Record No:    SU6943 - 70357/18

Division:         Environmental Services Division

Author(s):      Fiona McCleary 

 

 

Executive Summary

 

At its Ordinary Meeting of 15 October 2018 Council resolved to review the recently adopted single use plastic item recommendations in relation to balloons. The original recommendation was not intended to restrict balloon artist’s commercial opportunities in the local area, with the exception of the Lane Cove Plaza.

 

Council is currently identifying opportunities to show leadership in promoting the reduction of single-use plastics in our community. As part of this review, additional information was requested to distinguish between various types of balloon materials and their environmental impact.

 

Background

 

At Council’s Ordinary Meeting of 15 October 2018 Council resolved to:-

“1.   Review the Event Management Policy to distinguish between balloons release/giveaways and latex balloons used in balloon art.

2.    Provide a further report on the matter for Councils consideration.”

 

Discussion

 

Balloons Releases and Giveaways

 

The NSW Government banned the mass release of balloons in 1999 and it is illegal to release 20 or more gas-inflated balloons at or about the same time. Further, it is an offence to release more than 100 balloons (AT–1). Released balloons create litter, with the potential to harm the environment and animal life, in particular birds and marine animals.

 

At the September meeting Council adopted a report which strengthened the position on single-use plastics at Council run events to include “Balloons are not to be used, sold or distributed at outdoor events”.

 

The distribution of balloons in Lane Cove Plaza specifically is no longer permissible, however, from time to time local businesses may seek to distribute individual balloons as giveaways, or use balloons as part of an event or celebration in other Council locations.

 

Are Latex Balloons Used in Balloon art an Environmentally Responsible Option?

 

The majority of balloons are made from latex. The Pro Environment Balloon Alliance (PEBA) is an industry group which actively promotes responsible environmental practices pertaining to the use of balloons by balloon professionals. PEBA market latex balloons as biodegradable, however with the addition of chemicals and dyes they may breakdown eventually after many years (six to ten years), but they are not truly “biodegradable”. The “Balloons Blow” website proves that a latex balloon left to degrade on soil takes more than six years to breakdown.

 

Balloons have a likeness in shape and colour to jellyfish and squid – common prey to many marine species including sea turtles. Many animals mistake so-called “biodegradable” latex balloons as food, causing intestinal blockage and death. The ribbon or string that is sometimes tied to balloons, whether biodegradable or not, lasts for years and can entangle any animal that comes into contact with it.

 

Irrespective of good intentions, once balloons are in an uncontrolled environment, there is the probability that they become litter. To counter this issue, where balloons are used at indoor events they should be disposed of responsibly via the ‘pin it and bin it’ method.

 

Balloons at Council-Run Events

 

As part of the Single Use Plastic Report presented to Councils Ordinary Meeting on 17 September, 2018, it was noted that Council’s current Events Policy does not explicitly reference that balloons at outdoor events are not to be used, even though staff have been adhering to this for some time. Council adopted the recommendation that the Events Policy should be updated to reflect this practice (AT-2).

 

Council’s current Community Facility Hire Application form highlights that balloons are not to be distributed in the Lane Cove Plaza (AT-3). This is the only outdoor location where balloon artist’s activities would be restricted. Council has not used a balloon artist at any outdoor event in the past twelve months.

 

Event Management Policy

 

It is proposed to insert the following wording into both Councils Event Management Policy (Policy HS -02) and the Community Facility Hire Application form in order to affirm Council’s position. These amendments are minor variations and do not require public consultation as they clarify the policy, rather than changing it (the policy), purpose and or intent:-

 

4.2.2 Balloons

 

The following event requirements will apply to all Council run events:-

·   Balloons are not to be used, sold or distributed at Council run outdoor events;

·   Balloons used at Council run indoor events must be disposed of properly using the ‘pin it and bin it’ approach

·   No balloons are to be intentionally released into the environment within the LGA.

 

Conclusion

 

Balloon litter is a major pollution concern and can cause significant harm to animals through ingestion of balloon fragments or entanglement.

 

Given the number of parks and waterways in Lane Cove, a program of public awareness to highlight adverse issues associated with balloon releases, particularly with regard to injury to animals, is appropriate to raise awareness and engage the community in this initiative.


 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council’s Event Management Policy and Community Facility Hire Application be amended to include the following:-

1.   Explicitly reference no use of balloons at Council run outdoor events;

2.   Balloons used at indoor events must be disposed of properly to ensure they do not become an environmental hazard; and

3.   No balloons are to be intentionally released into the environment.

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Mason

Executive Manager

Environmental Services Division

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

AT‑1View

NSW Legislation - Restrictions on Balloon Releases

2 Pages

 

AT‑2View

Updated Draft Events Management Policy - POL HS-02

4 Pages

 

AT‑3View

Community Facility Hire Application

3 Pages

 

 

 


 

Ordinary Council Meeting 19 November 2018

Sustainability Small Grants - Round 16

 

 

Subject:          Sustainability Small Grants - Round 16    

Record No:    SU7146 - 65816/18

Division:         Environmental Services Division

Author(s):      Fiona McCleary 

 

 

Executive Summary

 

Applications for Round 16 of the Sustainable Small Grants Program, funded by Councils Sustainability Levy, closed on 30 September 2018. Four (4) applications were received, two (2) projects are recommended for immediate funding, one (1) project is recommended for future funding pending a suitable location and one (1) project is not recommended for funding (AT-1).

 

Background

 

The purpose of the Sustainability Small Grants Program is to assist in the development of a range of initiatives that are of direct and practical benefit to a sustainable Lane Cove community. Organisations and community groups may apply for a grant of up to $5,000 to implement sustainability projects. The Sustainability Small Grants Selection Criteria (AT-2) is attached.

 

Discussion

 

Following promotion of Round 16 of the Sustainable Small Grants Program a total of four (4) applications were received for funding:-

 

·      Global Skills Education and Training – The Sustainable Village (25 Best St, Lane Cove) -  establish a composting site, engage and educate residents on waste and recycling, utilise onsite vacant garden beds to create vegetable gardens - $5,000;

 

·      Mirrarbrook Early Learning Centre – Mirrarbrook Creates an Envirostory Book – children enrolled at the centre create a book for their community based on the time they spend in the centre’s Nature Play space - $1,500;

 

·      St. Vincent de Paul Society – Vinnies Retail Lane Cove Energy Saving Project – replace the remaining 50% of energy inefficient lights in the retail store with new energy efficient LED lights; and

 

·      Wild Habitats – Labyrinth Park – creation of a 15m2 native garden labyrinth, interpretive signage and water feature at the base of the bush tucker nursery on Lloyd Rees Drive.

 

Following a review of the applications, it is recommended that two (2) projects receive funding as they are deemed to have direct and positive community based on outcomes and long-term environmental benefits:-

 

·     Global Skills Education and Training – The Sustainable Village (25 Best St, Lane Cove). Partial funding to the value of $2,500 for stage 1 of the project with an invitation to apply for additional funding once the project has become established to proceed with Stage 2; and

 

·     St. Vincent de Paul Society – Vinnies Retail Lane Cove Energy Saving Project – partial funding to the value of $2,500.

 

 

 

It is recommended Council not fund the following project in this round for the reason listed below:-

 

·     Wild Habitats – Labyrinth Park – it is recommended Council work with Wild Habitats to find a more ideal location that recognises the intended purpose. Once the location has been determined funding can be further considered.

 

It is recommended Council not fund the following project for the reasons listed below:-

 

·     Mirrarbrook Early Learning Centre – Mirrarbrook creates an Envirostory book. Funding is not recommended in this round as the project has limited benefits for Lane Cove residents generally.

 

Budget

 

There is currently $15,000 remaining in the budget for this financial year. Funding of the successful applications totals $5,000.

 

Conclusion

 

It is recommended that funding for the Global Skills Education and Training – The Sustainable Village and St. Vincent de Paul Society – Vinnies Retail Lane Cove Energy Saving Project be provided through the Sustainability Small Grants Program as these would result in energy savings and embed sustainable behaviour in the Lane Cove community.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:-

1.   Approve the funding for:-

a.   Global Skills Education and Training – The Sustainable Village - $2,500; and

b.   St Vincent de Paul Society – LED lighting upgrade - $2,500; and

 

2.   Give Public Notice of the proposed funding under Round 16 of the Sustainability Small Grants Program, and subject to no objections being received, grant the funds as outlined above.

 

 

 

 

Michael Mason

Executive Manager

Environmental Services Division

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

AT‑1View

Round 16 Sustainability Small Grant Recommendations

2 Pages

 

AT‑2View

Sustainability Small Grants - Information for Applicants - Round 16

7 Pages

 

 

 


 

Ordinary Council Meeting 19 November 2018

Lane Cove Gift Card

 

 

Subject:          Lane Cove Gift Card    

Record No:    SU840 - 72096/18

Division:         General Managers Unit

Author(s):      David Stevens 

 

 

Executive Summary

 

Opportunities to promote local businesses based in Lane Cove by creating a “Lane Cove Gift Card” or other suitable incentive scheme to encourage economic activity in the Village have been investigated.  It is recommended that Council consider the introduction of a Lane Cove Loyalty Card as a resident pilot program which can be implemented to gauge the level of support from residents and businesses alike before committing further resources to the development of an ongoing incentive scheme.   It is suggested that the expansion or further development of any incentive scheme consider inclusion of out of area visitors following the completion of the Rosenthal Parking and the provision of additional parking to support shopping in the Lane Cove Village.

 

Background

 

At the Ordinary Council Meeting 17 September 2018, Council resolved to show initiative and leadership by investigating the merits of a “Lane Cove Gift Card” or other suitable incentive scheme to encourage residents and out-of-area visitors to shop in the Lane Cove Village.  Council has held preliminary discussions with Redeem Your Gift Card, an Australian owned company specialising in digital e-gift cards from a variety of large retailers.

 

Options discussed included:-

1.   A gift card / voucher that can be purchased directly by residents;

2.   A loyalty card procured and distributed by Council which can be branded and personalised with resident’s name;

3.   EFTPOS cards supported by the Mastercard or Visa network(s); and

4.   Online app and / or QR coded registry to run parallel with point 3 above.

 

Discussion

 

When considering the above options, the following were considered:-

·    Value to small business owner;

·    Administration;

·    Funding;

·    Value to resident;

·    Ease of purchase;

·    Small business owner participation; and

·    Appropriateness of asking residents to “fund” the program by purchasing a card with a fixed $ amount to be consumed via ad hoc and / or discretionary spending.

 


 

It is recommended that Council initiate as a simple, cost effective pilot program with a Loyalty Card option. This type of program promotes a sense of community and inclusion and in contrast to the Gift Card option, incentivises shopping in the Village by delivery of value add opportunities and discounts to members as opposed to requiring a dollar amount investment by the resident.

 

Implicit in the benefits to local business owners is free publicity and marketing as Council promotes the incentive scheme.  This may include online promotion and communications material, such as quarterly newsletters and welcome flyers or an information pack.

 

The branded cards are cost effective at approximately 20 cents each, and administration requirements are minimal.  Interested residents may apply online to be mailed a loyalty card and could then simply present it at a participating retailer whereby they would receive a discount or value add offer.

 

This preliminary stage would allow Council to gauge the level of support from residents (via online applications) and businesses alike and assess the ongoing feasibility and future expansion of the scheme before committing further resources to the development of and investment in a technology based model from the outset (such as that of an EFTPOS card or App, which would be a costly and time consuming exercise to manage and implement).

 

Card Type

Cost (per card)

Management Reporting

Pre-load $

ATM Access

Design Fee

Processing Fee

Loyalty

$0.20

N/A

N/A

No

N/A

N/A

EFTPOS

$5.95

$200

Yes

No

N/A

N/A

VISA

$6.95

$200

Yes

Yes

$575

0.20%

Mastercard

$9.85

$200

Yes

Yes

$725

0.20%

 

Note: Design and processing fees are one off. EFTPOS, VISA and Mastercard’s come pre-loaded at Council’s expense (minimum load $10 per card) and cannot be locked into the Lane Cove village retailers only. A gift card similar to Westfield (for example), would require technology changes at each retailer “point of sale” terminal to process real time balance reductions upon each purchase. This cost, along with online app and QR code, have not been quantified at this pilot stage.

 

Should the pilot program demonstrate substantial support from the local businesses and residents, then from the learnings, feedback and activity reports Council will be in a better position to determine which technology path to pursue (including online app and / or QR code). It is envisaged that following the completion of the Rosenthal Project and the delivery of additional parking in the Lane Cove Village the scheme could be further expanded to incentivise out-of-area visitors to shop in the Lane Cove Village.

 

It is noted that there are existing organisations such as The Entertainment Book, with a vast network of members and small businesses already working together. It was discussed whether The Entertainment book might brand and localise their product offering to Lane Cove, however it is not in their best interests as they market on a national (versus local) level.

 

The key to the success of any incentive scheme will be communicating the concept to the retailers and gaining their support and commitment to providing benefits to members. To this end, a handful of local business owners have been informally sampled (retail, restaurant and café), each of whom are open to the idea of providing a circa 10% discount upon presentation of the membership card.

 


 

Conclusion

 

Investigations into suitable incentive schemes to promote shopping in the Lane Cove Village have been undertaken.  It is recommended that the most cost effective and strategic way forward at this stage would to introduce a Lane Cove Membership Card, as opposed to a “gift card”.  Residents could opt in to receive a physical Lane Cove branded membership card allowing them to access discounts or value add offers from Lane Cove businesses.  The level of support for such a program and opportunities to further develop or expand the scheme could simultaneously be considered.   

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council determine how to proceed in regards to the introduction of an incentive scheme to encourage economic activity in the Village.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Craig Wrightson

General Manager

General Managers Unit

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

There are no supporting documents for this report.

 


 

Ordinary Council Meeting 19 November 2018

1st Quarter Review of the 2018-19 Delivery Program and Operational Plan

 

 

Subject:          1st Quarter Review of the 2018-19 Delivery Program and Operational Plan    

Record No:    SU238 - 71206/18

Division:         Corporate Services Division

Author(s):      Kirsty Beram 

 

 

Executive Summary

This report outlines the 1st Quarter progress towards achieving the projects listed in the adopted 2018-19 Delivery Program and Operational Plan.  It is recommended that the report be received and noted.

 

Discussion

Council’s adopted 2018-19 Delivery Program and Operational Plan details the projects proposed to be undertaken during the financial year in order to meet the goals and objectives of Community Strategic Plan, “Liveable Lane Cove: 2035”.  Council reports quarterly on the progress towards completing the projects and achieving the targets for the adopted performance measurements. The 1st Quarter Review of the 2018-19 Delivery Program and Operational Plan is shown attached as AT-1

 

The projects in the Quarterly Review are listed by the responsible Council Division and where the project has a completion date the ‘Action Status’ column graphically demonstrates the progress towards completion. The Review also includes a comment on the status of each project.

 

The Quarterly Review also provides a report on progress towards achieving the targets set for performance measurement for each Division of Council. A cumulative figure for performance measurement is shown so that performance can be tracked each quarter towards achieving the required target.

The highlights of the projects either commenced or completed for the 1st quarter include:-

·    Celebrating NAIDOC Week (July);

·    Hosting a range of twilight activities including the Gurrumul film screening, Judy Bailey at your Request concert and the popular Cult Classic Film Screening event (July – September);

·    Presentation of Financial Assistance Grants to 27 Community Groups for 2018-19 (August);

·    Celebrating the launch of the Lane Cove Festival (August);

·    Finalising lease agreement for commercial space at 1-5 Little Street with local business, Sydney Speech Clinic (August);

·    Completion of excavation works on the Rosenthal project (September);

·    Inviting Expressions of Interest for both the Redevelopment of the Recreation Precinct at Lane Cove Golf Course and for Specialty Retail Leasing Agents for food and beverage outlets within the Rosenthal Project (August);

·    Hosting Volunteer Expo to showcase volunteering opportunities available in Lane Cove (August);

·    Adoption of the Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plan (PAMP) (September);

·    Facilitating Sustainability Lane as part of the Rotary Fair (September);

·    Hosting an Annual Garden competition (September); and

·    Commencing Customer Journey mapping to improve the quality of customer experiences with Council (September).

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That the 1st Quarter Review of the 2018-19 Delivery Program and Operational Plan be received and noted.

 

 

 

 

 

Craig Dalli

Executive Manager - Corporate Services

Corporate Services Division

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

AT‑1View

1st Quarter Review of the 2017-18 Delivery Program and Operational Plan

73 Pages

 

 

 


 

Ordinary Council Meeting 19 November 2018

1st Quarter Review of the 2018-2019 Budget

 

 

Subject:          1st Quarter Review of the 2018-2019 Budget     

Record No:    SU757 - 61476/18

Division:         Corporate Services Division

Author(s):      Craig Dalli 

 

 

Executive Summary

The First Quarter 2018 - 2019 Budget Review involves a variety of variations in both income and expenditure. It is recommended that the Budget be varied in terms of the report.

 

Background

 

Council is required to prepare a Budget Review Statement each quarter, in accordance with Clause 203 of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005. This report is prepared in accordance with the clause for the period ending 30 September 2018. The Office of Local Government has issued a prescribed format for reviews which is included as an attachment to this report. The purpose of these reviews is to ensure that the impacts of financial variations are reflected in the forecast of Council’s global budgetary position to 30 June 2019, and the adopted Budget adjusted accordingly.

 

Discussion

The following is a summary of Council’s adopted Budget for 2018 - 2019 and the revised Budget following the adjustments included in this report:-

 

 

Original Budget

(000’s)

Adjustments

(000’s)

Revised Budget

(000’s)

Expenditure - Operating

$44,180

$124

$44,304

Income - Operating

$96,762

$142

$96,904

Surplus/ (Deficit)

$52,582

$18

 $52,600

Surplus/(Deficit) before

Capital Grants/Contributions

$31,063

$18

$31,081

 

Operating Expenditure

Adjustments are recommended to the operating expense accounts as per AT-1 for a total of $124,452. These adjustments are largely due to unspent grants being carried forward. In addition there are increased legal expenses and a smart cities internet trial.

Operating Income

Adjustments to operating income relate to increased investment income due to the size of the portfolio and some supplementary rates from completion of new unit developments.

Capital Expenditure

Additional improvements to Blackman Park fields 3 and 4 were deemed necessary as they fields were in poor condition. The purchase of additional solar smart bins for the plaza and Blackwater Park to be funded from the Sustainability Levy.

 

Capital Income

 

Transfer from reserves are required to fund the Capital Expenditure adjustments.

 

Conclusion

The following statement is made in accordance with Clause 203(2) of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005.

It is my opinion that the quarterly Budget Review Statement for Lane Cove Council for the quarter ended 30 September 2018 indicates that Council's projected financial position will be satisfactory at year end 30 June 2019, having regard to the projected estimates of income and expenditure and the original budgeted income and expenditure.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That the 2018 – 2019 Budget be varied as follows:-

 

 

Original Budget

(000’s)

Adjustments

(000’s)

Revised Budget

(000’s)

Expenditure - Operating

$44,180

$124

$44,304

Income - Operating

$96,762

$142

$96,904

Surplus/ (Deficit)

$52,582

$18

$52,600

Surplus/(Deficit) before

Capital Grants/Contributions

$31,063

$18

$31,081

 

 

 

 

 

 

Craig Dalli

Executive Manager - Corporate Services

Corporate Services Division

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

AT‑1View

Budget Review for Quarter ended 30 September 2018

6 Pages

 

 

 


 

Ordinary Council Meeting 19 November 2018

Lane Cove Council Annual Report 2017-18

 

 

Subject:          Lane Cove Council Annual Report 2017-18    

Record No:    SU245 - 72190/18

Division:         Corporate Services Division

Author(s):      Kirsty Beram 

 

 

Executive Summary

 

The Local Government Act requires all NSW Councils to prepare an Annual Report for the previous financial year by 30 November each year. Lane Cove Council’s Draft Annual Report for 2017-18 has been produced and this report recommends that Council adopt this document as the finalised Annual Report and send a copy to the Minister for Local Government as required by the Local Government Act.

 

Discussion

 

Council’s Draft Annual Report for 2017-18 is attached electronically as AT-1 and covers all of the matters listed in the Local Government Act to be addressed, in particular the financial information included in the Audited Financial Statements and the progress on achieving the projects and activities listed in the 2017-18 Operational Plan.

 

In order to maintain consistency amongst Council’s Corporate Planning documents, the Draft Annual Report is organised into Council’s Six Strategic Planning Themes in the same way as the Lane Cove 2025 - Community Strategic Plan and the annual Operational Plan. This helps to reflect Council’s achievements across the key themes rather than by Council’s internal organisational structure.

 

The Draft Annual Report contains an introduction by the Mayor and General Manager for this reporting period. The highlights for 2017-18 as described in their introduction has been reproduced below for the Councillors and community’s information:-

 “From celebrating the rich history of the local area to delivering projects that reflect the diverse needs of a growing community, Lane Cove Council has once again had a productive 12 months.

The largest project ever undertaken by Council is now well and truly underway with construction of the Rosenthal Project commencing in September 2017. Council provided a range of additional initiatives to help visitors and businesses adjust to the temporary removal of on-site parking as we transform the former 170 space car park into 500 underground spaces accompanied by anchor tenants Coles and ALDI. The jewel in the crown is a brand new park and open space at ground level surrounded by food and beverage retailers. Business parking schemes, a large public art project and retail support initiatives were rolled out in time for the changes to the previous car park site and Council continues to provide support to the local community while construction progresses in 2018/19 into 2020.

Another brand new park is a step closer with the space for Mindarie Park in Lane Cove North now acquired. This year Council adopted the landscape plans and name for the 6,300m2 open space which includes play equipment, a multi-sports court, informal play spaces and amenities. The highly anticipated construction is imminent with residents in the local area to benefit from the new space early in 2019. An extensive stormwater and assets review has also been undertaken across the local government area to ensure Council continues to prioritise infrastructure upgrades to stormwater, foothpaths, roads and other assets.

Also out and about Council has been working to upgrade a number of walking tracks in particular the Epping Road underpass to Stringybark Creek. Staff have taken cuttings from azaleas along Epping Road to commence cultivation of new plants for an upcoming rejuvenation project along the road.

A splash of colour has also been added to some of our local parks through the installation of our first Street Libraries at Yorks Corner and Helen Street Reserve. The libraries are adorned with colourful artworks to help encourage locals to swap their books with their neighbours. Speaking of neighbours, Council presented its first Neighbour Day Awards at this year’s Citizenship Award Presentation Evening with five recipients recognised for their efforts.

Locals can now learn more about their community with the help of Council’s first On the Streets Where You Live Audio Guide launched as part of Sunset in the Village. In addition, locals have also put forward their stories of Lane Cove in a special Memories of Lane Cove publication.  The newly-named Lane Cove Festival successfully took place throughout September while in November we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the much-loved Lane Cove Plaza.

Over the past 12 months Council has continued to invest in community facilities with a brand new Creative Studios space opening in June 2018 to house activities run by Centrehouse. Within the same building Council also refurbished the Lane Cove Child and Family Health Centre, providing a welcoming, updated environment for young families. Other community facilities have become more accessible through the introduction of an online booking system to allow the community the opportunity to view the availability and resources of a range of Council’s community venues.

A Council election was held in September 2017 resulting in a three year term for the nine Councillors elected across Lane Cove’s three wards. Mayor Pam Palmer was elected for a two year term with Deputy Mayor Karola Brent elected for a one year term. The Council adopted the new Community Strategic Plan “Liveable Lane Cove: 2035” to help guide the longer term vision and operational deliverables of Council.

 In addition Council will continue to utilise the findings of the recent Community Wellbeing Survey and newly adopted Disability Inclusion Action Plan to inform a range of important activities in the coming 12 months. With a strong financial base and solid planning processes in place, Council is set to deliver another busy year of projects to the Lane Cove community.”

 

Conclusion

 

The Draft Annual Report has been prepared to meet the requirements of the Local Government Act.  Upon adoption of the Report, a copy will be forwarded to the Minister as required by the Act and will be publicly accessible via Council’s website www.lanecove.nsw.gov.au.


 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That:-

 

1.  Council adopt the Draft Annual Report at AT-1 for 2017-18;

 

2.  The adopted Annual Report be forwarded to the Minister for Local Government; and

 

     3.  The Annual Report be published on Council’s website.

 

 

 

 

 

Craig Dalli

Executive Manager - Corporate Services

Corporate Services Division

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

AT‑1View

Lane Cove Council Annual Report 2017-18

158 Pages

Available Electronically

 

 


 

Ordinary Council Meeting 19 November 2018

Planning Breakfast - LGNSW

 

 

Subject:          Planning Breakfast - LGNSW    

Record No:    SU203 - 71892/18

Division:         Corporate Services Division

Author(s):      Simon Cole 

 

 

Executive Summary

 

Council has received an invitation from Local Government NSW encouraging participation in a Planning Breakfast entitled: Where will the children play? This event is for Councils and is part of a series of talks by Local Government NSW on current planning issues.  This report seeks to authorise the attendance of Councillors interested in attending this event.

 

Background 

 

At this event, speakers will address State planning issues as they relate to communities and the need for open spaces to meet the population growth, increased housing densities and apartment living for families.  The speakers at the planning breakfast include:-

·    The Hon. Anthony Roberts MP, Minister for Planning;

·    Ms Fiona Morrison, Open Space and Parklands Commissioner, Department of Planning and Environment; and

·    Associate Professor Linda Corkery, Landscape Architecture in the Faculty of Built Environment, University of NSW.

 

The event will be held from 7.30 am - 9.00am Tuesday, 27 November 2018 at the Stranger's Function Room, NSW Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney.

 

Discussion

 

The cost for attendance is $99.00 for LGNSW members.  Funds are available for attendance by Councillors as part of their Councillor Professional Development Program.  Further details about this event may be found at the Local Government NSW website at http://lgnsw.org.au.

 

Conclusion

 

This event presents Councillors with an opportunity to update their knowledge and discuss emerging planning issues, opportunities and challenges regarding provision of open space.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That interested Councillors be authorised to attend the Local Government NSW Planning Breakfast on Tuesday 27 November 2018.

 

 

 

 

Craig Dalli

Executive Manager - Corporate Services

Corporate Services Division

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

There are no supporting documents for this report.


 

Ordinary Council Meeting 19 November 2018

Small Business Events

 

 

Subject:          Small Business Events    

Record No:    SU4985 - 71923/18

Division:         Human Services Division

Author(s):      Corinne Hitchenson 

 

 

Executive Summary

In October Council ran a Small Business Breakfast as part of Small Business Month.  The event was well received by local businesses and it suggested that Council consider running a further two sessions in 2019.

Background

Council received funding assistance to run a local business event in October 2018 under the State Government’s NSW Small Business Month campaign. Feedback from local businesses earlier in the year helped to determine that a digital marketing focus would be a welcomed topic for future workshops and seminars.

The event held on 23 October was entitled ‘Digital Marketing – Everyone’s Business’ and featured key note speaker Danielle Di-Masi.  Close to 70 individuals registered to attend the breakfast session with over 50 turning up on the day to hear from Danielle and to network with other local businesses.  Feedback from the post-event survey confirmed the success of the event as well as suggestions for potential topics for future small business events.  Council continues to offer a range of support to local businesses including public events, Love Where You Shop initiatives and free parking schemes. The cost to Council for running the event was approximately $3,500.

Discussion

The Small Business Breakfast provided an opportunity for Lane Cove businesses to understand the importance of digital marketing in a small business context with many participants also taking up the opportunity to network with other businesses as part of the event.  Given the diversity of local businesses in our community, this event format provides a different style of support for local business operations than previously provided. Information can be supplied across a range of business interests/needs which cannot often be met from events or promotions.

It is suggested that Council trial hosting two (2) Small Business events in 2019, one in the first half of the year and the second during Small Business Month. Based on their success this could be an ongoing commitment offered by Council. The aim of each event will be to provide local businesses with an opportunity to strengthen their local business through deeper understanding of key small business principles that can be applied in Lane Cove. It was also clear that local businesses appreciated the opportunity to network and that this should form a more significant part of the event format.

Conclusion

Council provides support to local businesses in a range of different formats and this most recent Small Business Month event has shown the potential to provide a more regular Small Business Event series.

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council endorse two (2) Small Business Events to be held in Lane Cove in 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

Jane Gornall

Executive Manager - Human Services

Human Services Division

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

There are no supporting documents for this report.

  


 

Ordinary Council Meeting 19 November 2018

Lane Cove Remembers - Armistice Centenary Commemorations

 

 

Subject:          Lane Cove Remembers - Armistice Centenary Commemorations    

Record No:    SU4985 - 70943/18

Division:         Human Services Division

Author(s):      Corinne Hitchenson 

 

 

Executive Summary

 

Council has been participating in the ANZAC Centenary commemorations from 2014 – 2018.  Earlier this year Council applied for and was granted funding through the Armistice Centenary Grants Program run by the Department of Veteran Affairs. As a result Council has coordinated a range of commemorative activities which have taken place in Lane Cove this November.

 

Background

 

Crowds have continued to grow at the local ANZAC and Remembrance Day services during the 2014 – 2018 ANZAC Centenary commemorations.  In the lead up to the Armistice Centenary in November 2018 Council identified a number of additional activities that could help to recognise the significance of this milestone. Council received funding under the Armistice Centenary Grants Program to assist with 50% of the cost of these activities.

 

Discussion

 

In addition to the Remembrance Day Plaza Service held on Sunday 11 November, Council arranged the following activities under the title ‘Lane Cove Remembers’:-

 

·    Poppy Street Signs/Audio Guide – A red aluminium poppy has been affixed to 20 street signs and locations throughout Lane Cove to acknowledge their connection to World War 1. A specially prepared audio guide has been prepared to provide the history of each street/place prompting residents to learn more about this part of our community’s local history.    

 

·    Plaza Installation – Everyone has been invited to share their message of remembrance with 2018 paper poppies available to be contributed to the large red poppy centrepiece in the Plaza.  

 

·    New Signal Box Artwork - A new artwork now adorns the signal box on the corner of Burns Bay Road and Centennial Avenue. The piece completed by artist Matthew McLarty reflects the community’s connection to wars, conflict and peace operations.

 

·    Free History Talk – Lane Cove Library again hosted a history talk led by Lane Cove RSL Sub Branch with this particular talk discussing the Armistice and the implications it would have on a brave new world.

 

A number of these activities provide legacy pieces available for community contemplation beyond the Armistice Centenary this month.  In addition to the promotions at the time of the activities, the audio guide and signal box artwork will continue to be promoted via www.lanecove.nsw.gov.au/lanecoveremembers

 


 

Conclusion

 

Council has provided a number of ways in which the Lane Cove community can remember the local connection with the end of World War 1.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That the report be received and noted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jane Gornall

Executive Manager - Human Services

Human Services Division

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

There are no supporting documents for this report.

 


 

Ordinary Council Meeting 19 November 2018

Council Snapshot

 

 

Subject:          Council Snapshot    

Record No:    SU220 - 70372/18

Division:         General Managers Unit

Author(s):      Craig Wrightson 

 

 

Executive Summary

 

Attached for the information of Councillors is a review of Council’s recent activities.  This report provides a summary of the operations of each Division for October 2018.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That the report be received and noted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Craig Wrightson

General Manager

General Managers Unit

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

AT‑1View

Council Snapshot - October 2018

46 Pages