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Ordinary Council Meeting

20 September 2021

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 on Monday 20 September 2021 commencing at 6.30pm.  The business to be transacted at the meeting is included in this business paper.   To coincide with the messaging from the NSW Government and in the interests of public health, this meeting will be conducted online.  Councillors will be attending and participating in the meeting via video conference and the meeting will be webcast.   Members of the public who wish to address Council about items on the Meeting Agenda please refer to the below Council Meeting Procedures.

 

Yours faithfully

Craig - GM

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.    Council uses the online video conferencing platform Zoom for the Public Forum.   A link to the video conference, which will include all Councillors attending the Council meeting, will be made available for community members to participate.   

 

All speakers wishing to participate in the public forum must register by using the online form no later than midnight, on the day prior to the meeting (Sunday, 19 September) and a Zoom meeting link will be emailed to the provided email address. Please note that the time limit of three minutes per address still applies so please make sure your submission meets this criteria. Alternatively, members of the public can still submit their written address via email to service@lanecove.nsw.gov.au. Written addresses are to be received by Council no later than midnight, on the day prior to the meeting. (500 words maximum).

 

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. Should you require assistance to participate in the meeting due to a disability; or wish to obtain further information in relation to Council, please contact Council’s Executive Manager – Corporate Services on (02) 9911 3550.   


Ordinary Council 20 September 2021

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 

APOLOGIES

 

OPENING OF MEETING WITH PRAYER

 

ACKNOWLEDGMENT TO COUNTRY

 

NOTICE OF WEBCASTING OF MEETING

 

MATTERS RECOMMENDED BY THE GENERAL MANAGER TO BE CONSIDERED IN CLOSED COMMITTEE

 

1.      MAYORAL MINUTE - GENERAL MANAGER'S PERFORMANCE REVIEW FOR 2020/21

 

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

 

ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING - 16 AUGUST 2021

 

Orders Of The Day

 

Notices of Motion

 

2.       Notice of Motion - Blackman Park Skate Park.......................................... 5

 

3.       NOTICE OF MOTION - Vandalisation of Council Property......................... 8

 

Officer Reports for Determination

 

4.       Election of Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Councillor Representation on Council & External Committees until the Local Government Election in December 2021...................................................................................................... 10

 

5.       Planning Proposal 38 - 46 Nicholson Street, St Leonards - Post Exhibition.................................................................................................................... 14

 

6.       Tender for Supply of Electricity - 100% Renewable Energy............ 31

 

7.       Traffic Committee - August 2021...................................................................... 37

 

8.       2021 Australian Liveability Census - Place Score.................................. 38

 

9.       Proposed Voluntary Planning Agreement for Areas 7 to 11 - St Leonards South Precinct................................................................................... 45

 

10.     2021 Local Government NSW Annual Conference................................... 48

 

11.     EP&A Regulation 2021 - Proposed changes................................................. 52

 

12.     Annual Financial Statements for 2020/2021 -  Referral for Audit.. 64

 

13.     Veolia Woodlawn Eco-Precinct Recovery Peformance...................... 66

 

 

Officer Reports for Information

 

14.     COVID-19 Update - September 2021..................................................................... 88

 

15.     Council Snapshot August 2021......................................................................... 91

 

 

 

 


 

Ordinary Council Meeting 20 September 2021

Notice of Motion - Blackman Park Skate Park

 

 

Subject:          Notice of Motion - Blackman Park Skate Park    

Record No:    SU1222 - 58834/21

Division:         Lane Cove Council

Author(s):      Councillor Daniel Strassberg 

 

 

Executive Summary

                                                              

This Notice of Motion seeks Council support for an expansion of the skate park at Blackman Park

 

Background

 

The 2020 Tokyo summer Olympics saw the debut of a number of new, non-traditional sports. One of these sports being skateboarding. This sport had competitions in both men’s and women’s and offered two different types of contests, park and street. The sport attracted skaters from over 18 different countries.

 

The average age of the women's skateboarding medalists was just over 14 years old; four women aged 16 or younger, including a 12-year-old, who won a medal.  In the men’s park, Australia won the men’s finalist.

 

Skateboarding events winners at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021

 

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World Skate announced that skateboarding has been officially confirmed as part of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games program.

 

This excitement, popularity and the natural growth in this sport the facility at Blackman Park is starting to get too small and a little outdated.

 

Discussion

 

A group of regular skaters who use Blackman Park have sent a concept / idea drawings to Council showing what could be done in the area to expand and improve the facility.   These ideas are displayed in the attachment (At-1).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council investigate the expansion of the skate park at Blackman Park having regard to the options put forward by users. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Councillor Daniel Strassberg

Councillor

 

ATTACHMENTS:

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Ordinary Council Meeting 20 September 2021

NOTICE OF MOTION - Vandalisation of Council Property

 

 

Subject:          Noticeof Motion - Vandalisation of Council Property    

Record No:    SU5927 - 59131/21

Division:         Lane Cove Council

Author(s):      Councillor Scott Bennison; Councillor David Brooks-Horn 

 

 

 

We refer to the attached photograph of graffiti on Council property by what appears to have done by either Green’s candidate(s) and/or their supporters.

 

The removal of graffiti not only cost the ratepayers of Lane Cove financially but also takes time away from staff when their time could be spent serving the community.

 

It may not have occurred to the vandals that such graffiti is illegal and that these vandal(s) need to be educated on their inappropriate actions.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:

 

1.   Report the matter to the local Police.

 

2.   Write to the Green’s candidate(s) requesting:

a.   Reimbursement to Council for the cost of removal.

b.   Educate their supporters that graffiti on Council owner property is vandalism and illegal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Councillor Scott Bennison

Councillor

 

 

 

Councillor David Brooks-Horn

Councillor

 

ATTACHMENTS:

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Notice of Motion - Vandalism

 

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Ordinary Council Meeting 20 September 2021

Election of Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Councillor Representation on Council & External Committees until the Local Government Election in December 2021

 

 

Subject:          Election of Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Councillor Representation on Council & External Committees until the Local Government Election in December 2021    

Record No:    SU868 - 53592/21

Division:         Corporate Services Division

Author(s):      Stephen Golding 

 

 

 

Executive Summary

 

At the Ordinary Council meeting held on 16 September 2019 the Mayoral position was elected for a two (2) year term, ending September 2021.

 

At the Ordinary Council Meeting held on 21 September 2020 the Deputy Mayoral position was elected and Councillor representation on Council Committees and External Organisations were confirmed for a further one (1) year term, ending September 2021.

 

On 13 August 2021, the Office of Local Government (OLG) issued a circular (21-24 – Postponement of the local government elections to 4 December 2021) due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Councillors will continue to hold their civic offices until the rescheduled local government election date of Saturday 4 December 2021.  

 

For the period 21 September 2021 to 4 December 2021 (inclusive), this report seeks to:- 

 

1.         facilitate the election of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor,

2.         endorse continued representation by Councillors on Council Committees and External organisations; and,

3.         endorse continued representation by community members on Advisory Committees.

 

Background

 

The Hon. Shelley Hancock MP, Minister for Local Government, in conjunction with the OLG, recently announced under section 318B of the Local Government Act 1993 (the Act) that local government elections will be postponed and held on Saturday, 4 December 2021.

 

This announcement follows continuing concerns around the health and safety of candidates, voters and NSW Electoral Commission staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Election of Mayor and Deputy Mayor

 

Under section 230(1) of the Act, Mayoral elections conducted by Councillors hold office for two years with the Deputy Mayor, section 231(2) elected for the mayoral term or a shorter term, that term being for one year.

 

Council’s Mayoral position was elected in 2019 with the two-year tenure for the Mayoral position with the Deputy Mayoral position elected in 2020 with a one-year tenure with both positions expiring in September 2021.

 

Clause 2, Schedule 7, of the Local Government (General) Regulation (2005) provides that nominations for the Mayor and Deputy Mayor must be in writing signed by at least two (2) Councillors, one of whom may be the nominee. The nominee must consent in writing to the nomination and the Returning Officer will announce at the meeting the names of all nominees.

 

In adherence to the NSW Public Health Order, the interest of health and safety of the Councillors and in accordance with the Electronic Transaction Act (2000), Section 8 that states electronic communication is considered in writing, Councillors were provided with an e-mail-based nomination form for the positions of Mayor and Deputy Mayor for the period up to the council elections that will be held on 4 December 2021.

 

Completed nominations were returned to the Returning Officer, Mr Craig Wrightson, General Manager prior to the commencement of the Ordinary Council Meeting on 20 September 2021.

 

Schedule 7, of the Local Government (General) Regulation (2005) provides that if more than one Councillor is nominated, the Council is to resolve whether the election is to proceed by preferential ballot, by ordinary ballot (secret ballot) or by open voting (show of hands):Cl.3.

 

It should be noted that the OLG Circular 21-24 - Postponement of the local government elections to 4 December 2021 contained the following important points:

 

1.   Open ballots can be undertaken remotely where a council is conducting its meetings by audio visual link, and

 

2.   Ordinary and preferential ballots are secret ballots and Councillors will need to attend the meeting in person if the election is to be held by way of an ordinary or preferential ballot.

 

Where there is more than one nomination for either position, Council must determine the method of voting for the positions. Where the attendance of all Councillors is not possible or not advisable under current lockdown conditions, it is recommended that an open ballot be held.

 

Councillor Representatives on Advisory and External Committees  

 

At the Ordinary Council meeting held on 21 September 2020, it was resolved that:-

“…Council maintain existing Councillor representation and membership of the Advisory Committees until the end of the Council term in September 2021;

 

Due to the postponement of the Council elections to 4 December 2021, it is recommended the term of the current Council Committees and the current Councillor representation on Advisory and External Committees be extended to 4 December 2021.   

 

It is noted that in the previous Council election, Councillor appointments to Advisory and External Committees for the following year were made by the in-coming Council elect.  Therefore, it is recommended that a report on the status of all Council Committees be prepared for Councillors at a future meeting of Council to be held in early 2022.

 

Councillor representatives on Advisory Committees and External Organisations are attached as

AT-1.

 

A review of community representation on Council’s Advisory Committees has been recently undertaken. Pleasingly, this review reveals consistent level of attendance and participation by community representatives in Advisory Committee meetings and relatively low vacancy rates on Committees.

  

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That:-

1.   Council conduct the Election for the Mayor until 4 December 2021;

2.   If two (2) or more nominations are received for Mayor, Council resolve to proceed by open voting;

3.   Council conduct the Election for the Deputy Mayor until 4 December 2021;

4.   If two (2) or more nominations are received for Deputy Mayor, Council resolve to proceed by open voting;

5.   Council maintain existing Councillor representation and membership of the Advisory and External Committees until 4 December 2021.

6.   It be noted that the Mayor is an ex-officio on all Council Advisory Committees and any available Councillor may attend Internal Advisory Committees; and

7.   Council authorise all Councillor representatives on Internal Advisory Committees to arrange an alternate as required.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steven Kludass

Executive Manager - Corporate Services

Corporate Services Division

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

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Councillor Representatives - Advisory and External Committees September 2021

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ATTACHMENT 1

Councillor Representatives - Advisory and External Committees September 2021

 

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Ordinary Council Meeting 20 September 2021

Planning Proposal 38 - 46 Nicholson Street, St Leonards - Post Exhibition

 

 

Subject:          Planning Proposal 38 - 46 Nicholson Street, St Leonards - Post Exhibition    

Record No:    SU8044 - 57149/21

Division:         Environmental Services Division

Author(s):      Christopher Pelcz; Lara Fusco; Terry Tredrea 

 

 

Executive Summary

 

The purpose of this report is to outline the results of the consultation on Planning Proposal 38 – 46 Nicholson Street, St Leonard’s. The site was earmarked for a commercial office building as part of the State Government’s plans for the area.

 

In total, sixty-nine (69) written submissions were received in relation to the Planning Proposal. Of the total submissions, eleven (11) late submissions were received after the close of the exhibition period. Based on public comments, the plan is recommended for approval with the following amendments:

 

·    To maintain the site for commercial use, introduce a minimum non-residential floor space ratio of 15:1 – this is consistent with State Government plans,

·    Introduce a site-specific requirement in the Local Environmental Plan for this site to achieve a commercial office building with a 6 Star Green Star rating, 5.5 Star NABERS Energy rating and 4 Star NABERS Water rating, and

·    Amend the setbacks in the Development Control Plan to comply with Council’s Urban Design Analysis.

 

Background

 

The site (46 Nicholson Street) is located in the middle of the commercial office precinct of St Leonard’s. The final built form for this area (based on recent approvals and the State Government’s 2036 Plan) is shown below in Figure 1.

 

 

Figure 1: Future built form (in storeys) – includes 2036 Plan and recently approved 29-57 Christie Street application (with reduced northern building height from 25 to 18 storeys in the concept approval). PLEASE NOTE: the 26 storeys shown is inclusive of lift overrun.

 

In July 2021, a development application for 29-57 Christie Street was approved by the Sydney North Planning Panel (see AT-1) for a 18, 12 and 8 storey commercial office building.

 

Pilot Project approach

 

Council’s pilot project approach is articulated in its adopted Local Strategic Planning Statement. It involved targeting four sites for mixed use development based on their size and resulting capacity to enhance the public domain (i.e. Friedlander Place upgrade and Over-Rail Plaza) and stimulate the commercial Centre’s revitalisation while at the same time providing greater public benefit and amenity (i.e. public car parking, supermarket, public library).

 

Importantly:

 

Council’s targeted approach to expansion, involved leaving the remainder of the B3 Commercial Core area in Lane Cove LGA as currently zoned, avoiding isolation of commercial sites. Further, these pilot projects were to be monitored in terms of their effectiveness in stimulating the commercial sector in advance of any consideration of similar rezoning’s….

 

In its Draft 2036 Plan submission, Council proposed not pursuing any further mixed use rezoning’s (as proposed in the Draft 2036 Plan) and a development phasing plan reviewing the Plan in 2026 after delivery of the Sydney Metro project in 2024, to ensure opportunities for commercial development are maximised.

 

In terms of timing, Council’s final `pilot’ project is expected to be constructed between 2021 - 2022, with the St Leonard’s proposed over-rail plaza to be constructed and completed around about the same time. In addition to the Metro, the 2026 review would coincide with the half-way point of the Draft 2036 Plan and review of Council’s Local Strategic Planning Statement”.

 

In short, the review of Council’s pilot projects and their effectiveness on stimulating the commercial sector would be undertaken in 2026 which is the half way point of the 2036 Plan.

 

Public exhibition

 

The proposal was placed on public exhibition for six (6) weeks from 25th June to 6th August 2021, in accordance with planning regulations and Council’s Community Participation Plan, and included the following: -

 

·    A notification letter was sent to the Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications, prior to exhibition (in accordance with Gateway condition 2);

·    E-newsletter distributed to over 6,000+ (approximately) registered residents;

·    Notification Letters sent to:

Other Government Agencies,

adjoining Local Government Areas (North Sydney Council, Willoughby Council) and their affected residents,

Affected residents in Lane Cove LGA, and

·    Online exhibition on Council’s website. 

 

Sixty-nine (69) written submissions were received in relation to the Planning Proposal. Of the total submissions, twelve (12) late submissions were received after the close of the exhibition period. l: -

 

·    Forty-one (41) were from 486 Pacific Highway,

·    One (1) was an alternative proposal,

·    Eighteen (18} were from elsewhere, and

·    Nine (9) were from Government Agencies.

 

Comments and issues raised are summarised in the tables belowCopies of the full submissions have been circulated separately to Councillors. All other matters are addressed in AT-2.

 


 

Discussion

 

Government agency consultation

 

Submissions from Government agencies and organisations were generally in favour of the proposal, suggesting minor refinements and recommendations on identified issues. These are detailed in Table 1 below.

 

Table 1: Summary of Government Agency Submissions

Issues

Response

Willoughby Council raised no issues of concern with the Proposal

Noted.

Air services Australia identified no concerns with the Proposal. They noted it did not identify any potential issue impacting the performance of any Air services communications, surveillance or navigation support facilities and systems.

Noted.

Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has no objections to the development.

Noted.

While CASA, Air services Australia and Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications raised no objections to the Proposal, they said the matter should be referred to Sydney Airport Corporation Limited.

The Proposal was referred to Sydney Airport Corporation Limited during exhibition period - no response was received. LEP clause 6.7 requires Council to seek approval from the relevant authority before a development consent can be granted. This would form part of any future Development Application for this site.

Northern Sydney Local Health District advised that the Proposal may impact Ambulance Service of NSW’s RNSH flight path of rescue helicopters to RNSH.

According to the Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH) Helicopter Flight Path, the site (46 Nicholson Street) is located within the 'Exclusion Zone' and this Approach Path is 'NOT PREFERRED'. Any future Development Application for this site would be forwarded to RNSH and Ambulance Service of NSW for comment.

Sydney Water advised of the requirements for the site for potable water and waste water servicing, and potential for trade waste water.

Noted. These would form part of any future Development Application for this site.

Ausgrid raised no objection to the Proposal.

Noted.

Transport for NSW:

-    raised no objection to the Proposal but recommended that the proposed outcomes of this planning proposal should be consistent with the St Leonards and Crows Nest Masterplan 2036 as finalised in August 2020.

-    supported the reduced amount of car parking and detailed the servicing requirements for the site.

-    raised a number of questions about the assumptions in the proponent’s traffic and transport study.

 

The Planning Proposal is generally consistent with the St Leonard’s and Crows Nest 2036 Plans. However, the building setbacks have been varied in order to deliver a building of reduced bulk, scale and height in order to provide a better planning outcome. These variations are justified by Council’s Urban Design Analysis and are considered reasonable.

 

In terms of car parking and servicing this would form part of any future Development Application for the site.

 

Comments about the traffic study were forwarded to the proponent and have been addressed in their response (see AT-3).

 

Public consultation

 

Submissions from residences were generally not in support of the proposal, primarily view loss, solar access, privacy and other matters. These are detailed in Table 2 below.

 

Table 2: Summary of Submissions

Issues

Response

2036 Plans

 

Ten submissions:

 

·   questioned the entire 2036 Plan (including the process and consultation),

·   questioned why the site was increased to 30 storeys after exhibition,

·   stated cumulative impacts of 2036 Plans were not considered, and

·   requested that Council write to the Minister asking for a review of the 2036 Plans.

 

One submission supported the office building, but only if it was delivered for commercial office space.

 

 

The NSW Government's 2036 Plan for the precinct was exhibited from October 2018 to February 2019.

 

The Plan was adopted in August 2020 with amendments.

 

The exhibited plan identified 46 Nicholson St as having an increased commercial FSR and height of approximately 18 storeys. The adopted 2036 Plan increased this to 30 storeys with a floor space ratio of 15:1 due to viability concerns.

 

It should be noted that this Proposal is for 25 storeys.

 

The cumulative impacts have already been assessed by the proponent, Council and NSW Government.

 

The 2036 Plan was adopted in August 2020, with a  Section 9.1 Direction mandating to Lane Cove Council that the Plan be implemented when ever a Planning Proposal is lodged. Any variations can be considered if they are consistent with and will deliver the overall intent & outcomes of the Plan.

 

It should be noted that Council has no authority to excise or review any part of the 2036 Plan as it is both a NSW Government Plan and an action of the North District Plan which requires it to be implemented under Section 3.8 of the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

 

To ensure that commercial office space will be delivered, a non-residential floor space ratio of 15:1 will be introduced. This is explained further in Table 4.

Demand for Commercial offices

 

Fourteen submissions:

 

·   questioned the need (and merits) for further commercial office space in the precinct as well as vacancy rates,

·   stated that the current demand for office space is uncertain

·   stated that there is an overriding public interest against this commercial office building

·   questioned the economic benefits (i.e. number of jobs) of this proposal.

 

 

Under the North District Plan, St Leonard’s is considered one of the top commercial office precincts’ in all of Sydney.

 

As stated in the 2036 Plan, the demand for commercial office space is being driven by the impending delivery of the Crows Nest Metro Station in 2024.

 

The recent approval of the commercial office buildings (see AT-1) at 29-57 Christie St in July 2021 and the soon-to-be completed 88 Christie St office block demonstrated that there will be continued demand for office space.

 

The height and floor space ratio increase for 46 Nicholson Street is considered necessary in order to achieve a viable commercial office floor plate for a A-grade office building.

 

The increased floor space ratio will help to achieve the North District Plan’s higher jobs target for the precinct.

LEP Controls

 

Thirteen submissions made comments in relation to LEP controls, including:

 

·   Development can be done under current LEP controls;

·   The floor space ratio and height of the building should be reduced (particularly in relation to 29-57 Christie Street); and

·   Further refinement of built form is needed.

 

Feasibility analysis by both the NSW Government and the applicant has demonstrated that redevelopment of the site under the current LEP controls is not viable.

 

In fact, only an increase in the current LEP heights and FSRs will deliver the high jobs targets set by the North District Plan.

 

The subject Planning Proposal is for 25 storeys (excluding lift overruns) which is lower than the 2036 Plan’s 31 storeys {including lift overruns). The proposed increase in FSR is also consistent with the 2036 Plan.

 

The building massing has already been refined through Council's Urban Design Analysis (see AT-4). The revised building height of 25 storeys will provide a more appropriate transitional built form down towards 29-57 Christie St (18 storeys) and Oxley Street. Both buildings are lower than permissible under the 2036 Plan reducing impacts have been reduced.

 

Privacy

 

Twelve submissions raised issues relating to privacy and being overlooked by the development. However, other comments related to view sharing.

The proposed height of the building is less than the height proposed in the 2036 Plan of 31 storey (including lift overruns) commercial building.

 

The proposal is within a high-density commercial precinct, and it is anticipated that there may be some potential interface issues with existing residential buildings. View sharing and loss is to be expected from residential use in a central business district, where residential use is ancillary to the commercial function of the precinct.

 

The proposed setbacks are comparable to the existing built development within the precinct and are consistent with the building separation requirements of the Apartment Design Guide for privacy requiring a minimum of 18m between habitable and non-habitable spaces. Further details to reduce privacy impacts would form part of any future Development Application stage. 

Solar Access

 

Sixteen submissions stated that because of 46 Nicholson Street, their properties (at 486 Pacific Highway) would be completely overshadowed and reduce access to natural light.

 

Overshadowing of Newlands Park was also questioned.

 

Other nearby properties also stated that they would be overshadowed by 46 Nicholson Street.

 

The precinct is north facing and the proposed building would be located further south from the rear of the 486 Pacific Highway building. As a result of this orientation, there will be no shadow from 46 Nicholson Street being cast on the adjoining 486 Pacific Highway building.

 

This is confirmed by Council's Urban Design Analysis (see AT-4) which shows that the shadowing impacts from the proposed building will always be towards the south – see Figure 2.

 

Cumulative shadow modelling (shown in AT-4) indicates that this proposal is consistent with the 2036 Plan Solar Access maps and height planes for residential land uses.

 

The analysis indicates that there is no shadow cast on Newlands Park from this building. This also indicates the overshadowing of Oxley St residences doesn’t occur until 12pm mid-winter and is largely hidden within the shadow of the approved 29-57 Christie Street development.

Traffic

 

Twenty three submissions were received in relation to:

 

·   Traffic, access and parking impacts on Nicholson and Oxley Streets,

·   Parking elsewhere was also raised,

·   Due to the increased foot (pedestrian) traffic, this was also raised.

 

There were other comments about the proponent’s traffic study however they were mostly from Transport for NSW.

Council is currently investigating options to upgrade the Oxley Street/Nicholson Street intersection including the removal of parking on Nicholson Street to improve traffic flow.

 

As part of the Sydney Metro station development, the Pacific Highway/Oxley Street intersection will be upgraded with an additional signalised pedestrian crossing on the northern leg of the intersection. As part of this upgrade, TfNSW/Sydney Metro have indicated they will investigate giving priority to the Oxley Street approach of the intersection.

 

Traffic entry points would be addressed as part of any future Development Application for the site.

 

Council will also be undertaking a traffic and parking study for St Leonard’s which will investigate options to improve traffic flow on Nicholson Street. Further studies are to be conducted in the St Leonard’s South Precinct.

 

The St Leonard’s Transport and Accessibility study undertaken in September 2017 outlines the pedestrian and cycling infrastructure for the precinct. The study recommends the installation of new Shared User Paths (where appropriate) and footpaths including Nicholson Street. Council aims to make the Shared User Path a minimum of 3m where possible.

 

Transport for NSW comments about the traffic study were forwarded to the proponent and have been addressed in proponent’s response (see AT-3). Other comments are addressed in in AT-2.

Urban Design

 

Eleven submissions made comments in relation to Urban Design. They included:

 

·   Questioning the scale of the amendments (and position of the building);

·   Area being turned into concrete jungle;

·   This site is seeking the maximum building envelope whereas 29-57 Christie Street did not;

·   There should be a minimum of 24 metres separation between site and 486 Pacific Highway – consistent with Apartment Design Guide requirements.

This proposal is generally consistent with the NSW  Government's 2036 Plan and with Action 31 of the North District Plan which is to deliver and implement the Place Strategy for the St Leonards area.

 

The building position is limited due to the constraints of the site. Council's Urban Design Analysis indicated that a lower building height of 25 storeys could be achieved and comply with the intended outcomes of the 2036 Plan.

 

The proposal is generally consistent with the NSW Government's 2036 Plan requiring the precinct to have a mix of different land uses combined with tree-lined streets which each development will contribute to as part of the canopy cover target of 25.7%. The upgrading of Christie St reserve and the Over Rail Plaza connecting to the new open space in the St Leonard’s South area, there will be a new interconnected network of green spaces which all residents benefit from.

 

The building envelope has been minimized and is lower than the 2036 Plan. A building complying with the 2036 Plan setbacks would result in a taller (i.e. 31 storeys), bulkier building with a floor space ratio of 18.4:1. Council's Analysis (AT-4) concluded that variations to these setbacks were appropriate and resulted in a lower (i.e. 25 storeys), less bulkier building more consistent with the  intent of the 2036 Plans.

 

There is a 24m separation with increased upper level podium setbacks (additional 3 metres) along Nicholson Street. It should be noted that because this is a commercial building, the Apartment Design Guide is not relevant to this site – despite this, it is still consistent with the relevant separation distances. See further comments in Table 4.

 

Views

 

Twelve submissions, from 486 Pacific Highway, were severely concerned about potential cumulative view loss (ranging from moderate to catastrophic). One included a view loss assessment from their apartment on level 5 and requested an extension of Gateway timeframes.

 

A further two submissions (received from 599 Pacific Highway) were also concerned about view loss.

 

A recent Development Application for 29-57 Christie Street (adjoining property) for a commercial office building has been approved by the Sydney North Planning Panel (see AT-1). Based on that proponent’s cumulative view loss analysis, 29-57 Christie Street will have a bigger impact on ‘iconic’ City views than 46 Nicholson Street. This essentially confirms other cumulative view loss assessments undertaken by 46 Nicholson Street.

 

View sharing is to be expected from residential use in a central business district. Council’s preferred option for the subject site of RL 175.2m/25 storeys significantly increases the storeys in 486 Pacific with unimpeded views. It is concluded that Council’s preferred option has a more moderate impact on the residential amenity of these nearby B4 Mixed Use towers. 

 

The original analysis of impacts, when the proposal was 32 storeys, indicated that approximately 9 storeys had unimpeded views. With the amended proposal this improves to approximately 15 storeys. The modified proposal (26 storeys, including lift overrun) has a more moderate impact on the nearby residential amenity. This reduced impact is confirmed by Council’s Urban Design Analysis – see Figure 3.

 

Note that "View impact" is based on a comparison between existing views and views resulting from the proposal.

 

In relation to the 'Tenacity' [LEC Principle] analysis of view sharing, "impact" also depends on the value given to the object being viewed.

 

a.  Harbour & CBD Views: The nature of the valuable views considered here are the iconic views to the east of Sydney Harbour, the bridge and the Sydney CBD skyline. The proponent’s View Impact Analysis (see AT-5 and AT-6) indicates that at the Low Level, views are proposed of between 10% and 15%, whereas under the current LEP, views are between 5% and 25% - not a significant difference in view loss. At Mid-Level the proposed building blocks between 15% and 75% of the view, meaning a significant view loss only occurs at the western end of 486. Thirdly, at the Upper Level, the proposal blocks between 10% and 60% of views. Therefore, at all Levels the View Impact Analysis correctly concludes (7 June 2021) that over all "the view impact is considered moderate."

 

b.  Western Harbour Views (towards Blue Mountains) from the south-west face are however shown to be significantly blocked. (Woods Bagot page 60).

 

c.  Harbour Views from the north-west face of the building are somewhat impacted, but occupants must look 90 degrees left along the building face overlooking Friedlander Place. This can indicatively be seen in Figure 5.

 

While a view loss assessment was provided from a Level 5 apartment it does not cumulatively consider any other part of the building – compared to the proponent’s study and 29-57 Christie Street application. It also does not show the rear setbacks (to 29-57 Christie Street) mentioned in Council’s Urban Design Analysis and the Draft Development Control Plan (see Figure 6).

 

The Minister has imposed stricter timelines in the Gateway conditions on this Proposal than normal with the intent to fast-track the Planning Proposal. This is because the Gateway condition 8 states that this proposal is generally consistent with the State Government’s 2036 Plan. The proponent can also still apply to have the development fast-tracked.

 

In terms of 599 Pacific Highway, the greater articulation towards Nicholson Street of this modified design will reduce the potential visual impact for and maintain an important view corridor from the Abode building in North Sydney towards Friedlander Place. This was a key part of Council’s original ‘pilot project’ approach to the area.

 

 

 

 

Figure 2: Shadow modelling of 46 Nicholson Street.

 

Figure 3: Views from Level 27 of 486 Pacific Highway (Source: Council’s Urban Design Analysis).

 

 

Table 3: View loss comparison

 

Height of top of the building

(in RL metres)

No. of storeys

Council’s preferred option for 46 Nicholson Street

(RL 175.2; 26 storeys)

486 Pacific Highway 

(Rear Tower)

RL 204.46

35 levels + roof and plant

Approximately 9 storeys of unimpeded views

472 Pacific Highway (Front Tower)

RL 180.46

27 levels + roof and plant

Minimal impact

504 Pacific Hwy (Landmark)

RL 227.4

43 storeys

17 storeys of unimpeded views

88 Christie St (JQZ)

RL 227.31

47 storeys

21 storeys of unimpeded views

 

 

 

 

Figure 4: View Loss from Apartment 1206 in 486 Pacific Highway (taken from approved 29-57 Christie Street Development Application).

 

Figure 5: View Loss from Apartment 1702 in 486 Pacific Highway (taken from approved 29-57 Christie Street Development Application)

 

Figure 6: Building footprint (taken from Draft Development Control Plan)

 

Alternative Proposal

 

One late submission was received with an alternative proposal for the site. It included:

 

·    A maximum height of RL 174.95 metres (26 storeys including lift overrun),

·    A maximum floor space ratio of 12.03:1,

·    A reduced ceiling height of 3.6 metres,

·    A 4 storey podium height with remaining Tower (located to northern half of site), and

·    A 3 metre setback to Christie Street and 0 metres to Nicholson Street (additional 3 metres after podium) and rear boundary.

 

With the exception of a few minor variations for setbacks and floor space ratio (FSR), this alternative is very similar to the existing proposal.

 

It is important to note that the proposed FSR does not achieve a viable development (of 15:1). Notwithstanding that, even if this alternative built form was adopted, a more viable development (using the same building configuration) would likely be close to 30 storeys tall.

 

Overall, this alternative built form is not considered to be a better outcome because the viability (of the alternative) has not been analysed and would likely be higher than the current Planning Proposal height (of 26 storeys) – which would likely have a worse impact.

 

Proposed Amendments to the Plan

 

Feedback from the exhibition period is acknowledged and specific amendments have been made to the Proposal. The amendments are displayed in the table below.

 

 

 

 

Table 4: Summary of Submissions and Proposed Changes

Comments

Amendments

 

Potential change to residential

 

Three submissions expressed concern about the potential for this site to be later converted to residential.

 

One of these submissions stated that they would only agree to this commercial building if there was no possibility of it being converted into a residential building later.

 

Although the Proposal is for a commercial only building there is potential for this to be later converted into residential due to the NSW Government's recent Build-to-rent changes.  Council's focus on maintaining commercial land in St Leonard’s with no further mixed uses is clearly articulated in its Local Strategic Planning Statement.

 

The 2036 Plan identifies the subject property as a large scale commercial site with a non-residential floor space ratio of 15:1.

 

To address this concern, the Planning Proposal will be amended to nominate a non-residential FSR for the site of 15:1.

 

 

Public Benefit

 

Six submissions questioned the level of benefit and said that greater benefit was needed.

 

The development will contribute:

 

·   A-grade commercial office space and jobs to the area,

·   Towards the North District Plan's high jobs target (of 16,400 new jobs),

·   A through-site link with some open space will also be provided – which is a long term goal of Council and expressed in its existing Development Control Plan, and

·   To the tree canopy cover target for Nicholson Street (25.7%).

 

The applicant has stated that this building would also achieve high environmental targets (6 star Green Star rating, 5.5 star NABERS energy target & 4 star NABERS water target). To ensure this is delivered, this will now form part of the LEP amendment as well. This is in line with Council’s declaration of a Climate Emergency.

 

The introduction of a non-residential FSR will ensure that the building is only used for commercial/retail uses.

 

Development Control Plan (DCP)

 

Although not raised in the submissions, some of setbacks in the exhibited Draft DCP do not align with Council’s Urban Design Analysis.

 

 

A review by staff has found that some of the setbacks (i.e. street wall height and tower) do not align with Council’s Urban Design Analysis.

 

The DCP has been amended (see AT-7) to align with this analysis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conclusion

 

In response to the submissions, it is recommended that Council approve the Planning Proposal and Draft Development Control Plan.

 

To address submissions concerned about this site potential being converted to residential development at a later time, a non-residential floor space ratio (of 15:1) is proposed instead of a maximum floor space ratio of 15:1. This is to ensure that the site is developed for a commercial office building and is consistent with the NSW Government’s 2036 Plan and recent approval of 29-57 Christie Street for a commercial office building. This amendment will not require re-exhibition as it is consistent with the 2036 Plan recommendations.

 

The proponent has stated in the Planning Proposal that the future commercial office building will achieve high sustainability targets. While this is in-line with Council’s declaration of a Climate Emergency, it is recommended that this be formalised in the Local Environmental Plan amendment to ensure its delivery.

 

The Development Control Plan has also been amended to better align with the controls recommended by Council’s Urban Design Analysis.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council:-

 

1.   Receive and note the report;

 

2.   Adopt Planning Proposal 38 for finalisation, with the following amendments:

·    To not proceed with the change to the maximum floor space ratio map of 15:1,

·    Apply a non-residential floor space ratio of 15:1 for the site,

·    Insert a site-specific requirement in the Local Environmental Plan for this site to achieve a commercial office building with a 6 Star Green Star rating, 5.5 Star NABERS Energy rating and 4 Star NABERS Water rating,

 

Reason: To ensure that any proposed future development is only for the purposes of a commercial office building (via a non-residential floor space ratio) which is consistent with the State Government’s 2036 Plan. The sustainability targets are also consistent with the proponent’s proposal and Council’s objectives to achieve reduced emissions in line with its declaration of a Climate Emergency.

 

3.   Adopt the amended site-specific Development Control Plan, as shown in AT-7; and

 

4.   Delegate Authority to Council’s General Manager to finalise the LEP amendments in accordance with the above.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Brisby

Executive Manager

Environmental Services Division

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

AT‑1 View

Approval of 29-57 Christie Street - Sydney North Planning Panel

5 Pages

Available Electronically

AT‑2 View

Additional Submissions Summary

15 Pages

Available Electronically

AT‑3 View

Proponent's response to Transport for NSW comments

10 Pages

Available Electronically

AT‑4 View

Council's Urban Design Analysis - Architectus

54 Pages

Available Electronically

AT‑5 View

Proponent's exhibited View Impact Analysis - prior to 29-57 Christie Street DA (updaye requested will be distributed if available)

22 Pages

Available Electronically

AT‑6 View

Proponent's exhibited Urban Design Report

63 Pages

Available Electronically

AT‑7 View

Amended Development Control Plan

3 Pages

Available Electronically

  


 

Ordinary Council Meeting 20 September 2021

Tender for Supply of Electricity - 100% Renewable Energy

 

 

Subject:          Tender for Supply of Electricity - 100% Renewable Energy    

Record No:    SU7193 - 56088/21

Division:         General Managers Unit

Author(s):      David Stevens 

 

 

Executive Summary

 

Council is one of 24 councils participating in the Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (SSROC) Tender for the Supply of Electricity and Renewable Energy to commence 1 July 2022, when the current SSROC contract expires. In line with Council’s declaration of a “Climate Emergency”, it is proposed that Council procure 100% of its electricity needs through renewable energy sources available under the contracts, which will be a fixed price long term contract until 2030. This combined with Council’s other energy savings and own solar power generation projects will see Council achieve a decrease of 73% in emissions, against the 80% 2036 target for reduced emissions.

 

Background

 

Over two thirds of participating councils in the Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (SSROC) Tender process have stated they wish to utilise 100% renewable energy.

 

To assist councils in determining the actual percentage of renewable energy they would like to contract, SSROC designed a two-stage tender process. Stage 1 of the tender incorporated indicative pricing for renewable energy at three different percentage levels to inform councils of any volume-based impact on pricing. A summary of the pricing has been circulated separately to Councillors in a confidential memo.  Once a renewable percentage is set by all councils and the total load is confirmed, a request for final pricing will be sought from shortlisted tenderers in Stage 2 of the tender process.

 

RFT Stage 1 –The RFT Stage 1 requested renewable energy pricing at 50%, 70% and 100% of the total electricity load requirements of the 24 participating councils, and the balance as regular grid electricity. As pricing is for the total combined load, this allows councils to request their own individual level of renewable energy which could be any percentage up to 100%.

 

RFT Stage 2 – Stage 2 involved councils confirming their final percentage of renewable energy; legal review of proposed contract terms and conditions, clarifications, probity and financial check of shortlisted tenderers. Best and Final Offers (BAFO) will then be requested from shortlisted tenderers in late September / early October. The offers will be analysed, presented to the Evaluation Panel for recommendation of the successful tender. Reports and contracts will then be prepared for councils.

 

BAFO and Market fluctuations - Due to the nature of electricity contracts and the volatile wholesale market that underpins their pricing, suppliers provide short validity periods for offer acceptance of 2-3 days. SSROC’s Specialist Energy Advisor will monitor the market to advise on the optimal timing to seek BAFO’s. Depending on the market this could be as soon as early September however, may be deferred for up to a month or longer depending on market activity. Once the BAFO (final pricing) is submitted, the General Manager will need to utilise his existing delegated authority to execute the contract in this short time frame.

 

 

 

 

Discussion

 

The inclusion of renewable energy in Council’s electricity contracts supports Council’s target of a 20% emissions reduction by 2024, and 80% (FY16/17 emissions baseline) by 2036. This target outperforms the NSW Government’s net zero emissions target by 2050 as well as the Net Zero Plan Stage 1: 2020–2030, to achieve 35% emissions reduction in New South Wales by 2030 (compared to 2005 levels). Specifically, by switching to 100% renewable energy supply, Council’s CO2 emissions (inclusive of the Aquatic Centre) would decrease by 73%, against the 80% 2036 target. Graphs indicating Council’s emissions profile and the benefits of the change are included as AT–1.

 

The Lane Cove Aquatic and Leisure Centre is Council’s largest electricity user site, representing approximately 34% of Council’s total electricity consumption. Under the lease agreement with Bluefit who operate the facility, they are responsible for the cost of electricity and are therefore free to procure electricity how they determine. Bluefit recognise and support Council’s desire to switch to 100% renewable energy and have agreed to break their existing fixed price (non-renewable energy) contract expiring in June 2023. This will be executed at Bluefit’s cost and enable the Lane Cove Aquatic and Leisure Centre to join the SSROC contract 1 July 2022.

 

Council’s strategy to date in relation to renewable energy has been to reduce energy use through more efficient lighting (all buildings and car parks utilise LED lighting) and plant (power correction devices, energy efficient air conditioning, pool filters etc) and install solar photovoltaic (PV) technology to generate renewable energy onsite. The following outlines the sites with solar PV, noting that additional capacity* is planned for FY 2021/22:

 

1.   The Canopy

2.   Council Depot*

3.   Civic Centre

4.   Lane Cove Library

5.   Kindy Cove

6.   2 Little Street

7.   Scout Hall, Blackman Park

8.   164 Longueville Road

9.   180 Longueville Road

10. Lane Cove Aquatic and Leisure Centre*

11. Tantallon Oval*

 

The Council Depot has an existing solar PV system which will expanded to a 60kW system with a 30kW battery. This has the potential to meet all the Depot’s day time energy use.

 

The Lane Cove Aquatic Centre included a 63kW solar PV on the new grandstand. Council will be utilising new light weight 88kW solar PV on the main roof of the indoor pool in the current final year, bringing the combined solar PV to 151kW.

 

The Civic Centre has an existing 16kW solar PV system which will be upgraded to a 59kW which will cover 30% of the Civic Centre’s energy needs. This project will conclude Council’s solar PV rollout on large sites.

 

The Tantallon Oval redevelopment includes a 60kW PV solar system and 2 batteries. It is anticipated that the solar PV and batteries will be able to completely power the needs of the oval for 9 months of the year. During the winter months the batteries may need to be topped up from the grid at off peak times and rates.

 

The imminent upgrade of the lighting at Bob Campbell Oval and Blackman Park to the latest LED flood lights will further reduce energy consumption. Once these projects are complete, all Council sporting fields with flood lights will utilise energy efficient lighting, which also delivers cost savings to local sporting clubs.

 

The cost of electricity is a standard recurrent cost reflected in Council’s annual budget The introduction of a long-term fixed price contract on Council’s largest utility cost will provide considerable cash flow management benefit particularly when recognising much of Council’s revenue is also on a fixed rate basis. Indicative Stage 1 pricing provided by SSROC (under confidential cover) that for 100% renewable energy in the upcoming tender, suggests a cost to Council of less than 1% on a worst-case scenario basis.

 

Council’s emissions currently total 2% of emissions across the LGA. With the procurement of 100% renewable energy (inclusive of the Aquatic Centre), Council’s emissions will reduce to 0.5% of the LGA’s emissions.

 

Next Steps

 

Given Council’s low contribution to overall emissions for the LGA, it is appropriate Council’s increase its focus on facilitating the residential and commercial communities to achieve similar emission reductions.

 

Projects funded by the sustainability levy provide residents in apartments with complimentary energy benchmarking assessments and an action plan through the Greener Apartments program. The Solar for Business program provides a complimentary solar feasibility report to assist businesses to make informed decisions when installing solar.

 

Given the significant progress made by Council in reducing emissions by switching to renewable energy, this strategy will be a prime focus going forward with the community. Council, alongside 33 other metropolitan Sydney Councils, has been a member of Resilient Sydney since 2018 with a shared focus on developing and implementing a city-wide resilience strategy. During this time we have built a strong and collaborative partnership with the Resilient Sydney team at the City of Sydney. Through our involvement with Resilient Sydney, Council is able to access educational and promotional materials created to promote GreenPower to residents and businesses. GreenPower is a government-managed program that guarantees the electricity used is coming from renewable energy sources that meet strict environmental criteria. Switching to GreenPower is easy and provides residents and businesses with the opportunity to both lower emissions and support Australia’s renewable energy industry. The materials target different audiences including renters, home owners and small businesses and will be a valuable resource for Councils toolkit. Currently data on GreenPower usage is only available at the State level and Resilient Sydney are advocating for this information to be available at an LGA level, with the aim of incorporating the data into the Resilient Sydney benchmarking platform in the future. This will enable Council to more effectively track our progress when promoting GreenPower.

 

Through the Resilient Sydney partnership, City of Sydney has invited Council to join the Cities Race to Zero, citiesracetozero.org. The Cities Race to Zero is a global campaign run by the COP26 Presidency and High-Level Climate Champions to rally leadership and support from businesses, cities, regions and investors for a healthy, resilient, zero carbon transition that prevents future threats, creates decent jobs, and unlocks inclusive, sustainable growth. The objective is to build momentum around the shift to a decarbonized economy ahead of COP26, where governments must strengthen their contributions to the Paris Agreement. By joining the Race to Zero, Council publicly endorses the following Principles:

 

 

 

 

 

·    We recognise the global climate emergency.

 

·    We are committed to keeping global heating below the 1.5°Celsius goal of the Paris Agreement.

 

·    We are committed to putting inclusive climate action at the centre of all urban decision-making, to create thriving and equitable communities for everyone.

 

·    We invite our partners – political leaders, CEOs, trade unions, investors, and civil society – to join us in recognising the global climate emergency and help us deliver on science-based action to overcome it.

 

·    Pledge to reach (net)-zero in the 2040s or sooner, or by mid-century at the latest, in line with global efforts to limit warming to 1.5°Celsius.

 

·    In advance of COP26, explain what steps will be taken toward achieving net zero, especially in the short-to medium-term. Set an interim target to achieve in the next decade, which reflects a fair share of the 50% global reduction in CO2 by 2030 identified in the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°Celsius.

 

·    Immediately proceed to planning at least one inclusive and equitable climate action as listed on citiesracetozero.org that will help to place Council on a resilient pathway consistent with the 1.5°Celsius objective of the Paris Agreement and begin implementation no later than 2022.

 

·    Report progress annually, beginning no later than 2022 to your usual or the recommended reporting platform.

 

The commitments outlined are consistent with Council’s declaration of a Climate Emergency commitments and targets. Joining would automatically qualify Council to be a part of the Cities Race to Zero run by the COP26 Presidency and High-Level Climate Champions, ensuring formal recognition for our efforts by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

 

Council has partnered with the Lane Cove Sustainability Action Group for the upcoming Climate Action Now event on 7 October. The event aims to encourage community leadership and individual actions to lower energy use. Council will be presenting on the emissions and water use targets and providing an overview of how residents can join our programs to lower their energy and water use.

 

If Council choses to join Cities Race to Zero additional strategies will be incorporated in the next Sustainability Action Plan is due to be updated in 2022.

 

Conclusion

 

Increasing the total amount of renewable energy purchased by Council for delivery of services including street lighting, will reduce the carbon footprint by 73%, against the 80% 2036 target. The procurement of 100% renewable energy is inextricably aligned with Council’s declaration of a Climate Emergency, at the same time there are financial management benefits (provisionally) of little to no cost for Council to switch with long term pricing security.

 

Through procuring 100% renewable energy and joining the Cities Race to Zero, Council recognises the importance of the role we play in reducing emissions to ensure global warming stays under 1.5°Celsius and builds upon previous achievements in emissions reduction and increased energy efficiency.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That:-

 

1.   The report be received and noted;

2.   Council authorise the General Manager to enter into a contract on behalf of Council with the preferred tenderer from the Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (SSROC) Request for Tender for the purchase of electricity utilising 100% renewal energy; and

3.   Council join Cities Race to Zero run by the COP26 Presidency and High-Level Climate Champions.

 

 

 

 

 

Craig Wrightson

General Manager

General Managers Unit

 

ATTACHMENTS:

AT‑1 View

Electricity by Population & Emissions Performance

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ATTACHMENT 1

Electricity by Population & Emissions Performance

 

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Ordinary Council Meeting 20 September 2021

Traffic Committee - August 2021

 

 

Subject:          Traffic Committee - August 2021    

Record No:    SU1326 - 58049/21

Division:         Open Space and Urban Services Division

Author(s):      Martin Terescenko 

 

 

Executive Summary

 

The Lane Cove Traffic Committee has met and has submitted recommendations for Council’s consideration. It is recommended that the recommendations of the Committee be adopted.

 

Background

 

The Lane Cove Traffic Committee is a requirement of Transport for NSW and is primarily a technical review committee, which provides advice the Council on matters referred to it by Council. These matters must be related to prescribed traffic control devices and traffic control facilities for which Council has delegated authority. The Committee makes has no decision-making powers, it makes recommendations for the Council to consider, but the Council is not bound by the advice.

 

Discussion

 

The Lane Cove Traffic Committee Meeting was held on Tuesday, 17 August 2021. The Agenda is included as AT-1. The Traffic Committee recommendations are shown in the Minutes of the Meeting, included as AT-2.

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council adopt the recommendations of the Lane Cove Traffic Committee Meeting held on Tuesday, 17 August 2021.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Martin Terescenko

Executive Manager - Open Space and Urban Services

Open Space and Urban Services Division

 

ATTACHMENTS:

AT‑1 View

Agenda August 2021 Traffic Committee

 

Available Electronically

AT‑2 View

Minutes August 2021 Traffic Committee

 

Available Electronically

  


 

Ordinary Council Meeting 20 September 2021

2021 Australian Liveability Census - Place Score

 

 

Subject:          2021 Australian Liveability Census - Place Score    

Record No:    SU8425 - 57038/21

Division:         Human Services Division

Author(s):      Susan Heyne 

 

 

Executive Summary

 

Between May and June 2021 Council acted as a ‘distribution partner’ in the 2021 Australian Liveability Census, which was undertaken by placescore.org utilising grant funding from the Australian Government.  The objective of the Census was to capture community values regarding neighbourhood liveability.  Lane Cove’s liveability score was 76 out of 100.  This score was the equal highest score (with Adelaide) across the nation, well above the Australian national average of 68. It is recommended the report be received and noted

 

Background

 

Council has conducted a Wellbeing survey every 2 years since 2015.  This year Council decided to participate in the Australian Liveability Census in place of the Wellbeing survey. Participation in the census was free of cost to Council.

 

Funded by the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, the aim of the Liveability Census was to capture the liveability of Australia’s suburbs, local government areas, states, and the nation from the perspective of the community. To do this, local councils were asked to assist in the distribution of the Census survey by becoming distribution partners.

 

Forty-nine Councils across Australia participated as ‘distribution partners’, including three NSROC member Councils – Hornsby Shire Council, Lane Cove Council and North Sydney Council.

 

Lane Cove residents were invited to participate in the online survey which was promoted through Council’s e-newsletters, online social media, posters in The Canopy lift and on the touchscreens.

 

Discussion

 

Lane Cove received an overall liveability score of 76 out of 100, with a 95% confidence level based on the sample size.  This is an excellent result being the equal highest score in the census (equal to Adelaide). The average score for NSW is 70, with the overall Australian average being 68.

 

Lane Cove’s top liveability strengths are:

-     sense of personal safety

-     local businesses that provide for daily needs

-     elements of the natural environment.

-     landscaping and natural elements

-     access to neighbourhood amenities

-     sense of belonging in the community

 

Lane Cove also scored highly against the national average in:

-     sustainable urban design

-     cultural and/or artistic community

-     evidence of community activity

-     unusual or unique buildings and/or public space design

-     evidence of recent public investment

 

Conclusion

 

The 2021 Australian Liveability Census provided an opportunity for Council to compare the Lane Cove’s Community perceptions of liveability, community values and attributes against neighbourhoods across Australia.  The result is extremely positive for Lane Cove and provides an external assessment and reference of the Community’s and Council’s efforts to create a “Liveable Lane Cove”, and to “Love Where You Live”.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That the report be received and noted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jane Gornall

Executive Manager - Human Services

Human Services Division

 

ATTACHMENTS:

AT‑1 View

State of Place - 2021 AUSTRALIAN LIVEABILITY CENSUS

26 Pages

Available Electronically

AT‑2 View

2021 Australian Liveability Census - Lane Cove

5 Pages

 

  


ATTACHMENT 2

2021 Australian Liveability Census - Lane Cove

 

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Ordinary Council Meeting 20 September 2021

Proposed Voluntary Planning Agreement for Areas 7 to 11 - St Leonards South Precinct

 

 

Subject:          Proposed Voluntary Planning Agreement for Areas 7 to 11 - St Leonards South Precinct    

Record No:    SU8233 - 58333/21

Division:         General Managers Unit

Author(s):      David Stevens 

 

 

Executive Summary

 

Council undertook community consultation on the proposed Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA) for Areas 7 to 11 at the St Leonards South Precinct during August and September 2021. The VPA seeks only to make the necessary equivalent s7.11 Developer Contributions in the absence of the precinct specific contributions plan and undertake works outlined in the DCP Part 7 Additional Local Provisions—St Leonards South Area, for which a partial 7.11 Contribution offset is available. No amendments to development standards are provided by this proposed VPA. The purpose of this report is to outline the results of the consultation and recommends that Council enter into a VPA with the proponent, Silver Pond Investments Pty Ltd ATF Silver Pond Unit Trust.

 

Background

 

At the Ordinary Council Meeting of 7 December 2020, Council resolved in part to grant delegated authority to the General Manage to exhibit in conjunction with relevant Development Applications, VPA’s received in respect of the precinct  whose incentives accord with Council’s previously adopted incentives contained in the DCP for each Area and then be reported to Council for consideration.

 

Silver Pond Investments Pty Ltd ATF Silver Pond Unit Trust propose to undertake a development on the land that comprises a multi-story residential flat building compliant with the Lane Cove LEP 2010 and Lane Cove Development Control Plan, Part C – Residential Localities - Locality 8. The Development utilises Part 7 Additional local provisions—St Leonards South Area under Lane Cove LEP 2010. No amendments to these development standards are provided by this proposed Voluntary Planning Agreement.

 

Subject to the granting of development consent for the Development, the VPA provides for:-

 

1.   the payment of monetary contributions equivalent to the section 7.11 Development Contributions proposed for the St Leonards South Precinct in the Draft Lane Cove Council, St Leonards South Contributions Plan, pending its approval by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal; and

2.   the construction and dedication to Council of Infrastructure supporting the St Leonards South Precinct as noted in Schedule 5 of the VPA for which a partial 7.11 Contribution offset is available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discussion

 

From a public benefit perspective, in addition to the S7.11 Developer Contributions to fund precinct wide community infrastructure, the Canberra and Holdsworth Avenue works will deliver the following in accordance with the “Specifications for Private Open Space in the St Leonards South Precinct”:-

 

1.   Expansion of Newlands Park to an area of 3,500m2 that includes new turf, planting, trees, bike racks, rubbish bins and picnic areas (inclusive of shelter, picnic tables, BBQ and bubblers);

2.   A pocket park at Holdsworth Avenue (area of 2,345m2 including the Berry Road pocket park) that includes new concrete footpaths, stairs and balustrades, retaining walls, new turf, planting, trees, rubbish bins, informal play equipment and seating;

3.   A 6m wide pedestrian and bicycle link (Area 11) connecting Canberra and Holdsworth Avenues; and,

4.   Broadly, the provision of appropriate building setbacks to facilitate shared communal space between buildings (green spines) with a positive covenant granting shared access in accordance with Section 88E of the Conveyancing Act 1919.

 

On 2 August the VPA was placed on public exhibition in parallel with the notification of the Development Application for community consultation, with submissions received until 14 September 2021. No submissions were received by Council pertaining directly to the community benefit of the draft planning agreement. However, one respondent did request that Council consider the following contractual matters before executing the VPA, namely:-

 

1.   Trustee assignment provisions

2.   Consideration of a Defects Liability Period

3.   Insurance of park features and equipment

 

Council accepts that a review of trustee assignment provisions is a matter for further consideration and will be negotiated directly with the developer prior to the VPA being executed.

 

In relation to a Defects Liability Period, the VPA requires the developer to obtain practical completion (free of major defects) prior to Occupation Certificate and a bond of 15% of the value of the works is retained by Council for the 12 month Defects Liability period. This is considered suitable security based on the complexity, risk and scale of the “in kind works” by the developer, in comparison to say the construction of a multi-story residential flat building, which would require a more complex defects contractual regime,

 

The proposed physical element(s) of the pocket park are features such as picnic areas, park benches and trees which in the normal course of events will be managed by Council from an insurance (public liability) and maintenance perspective(s) post-handover which may only occur upon the granting of an Occupation Certificate, which in turn confirms Council’s full satisfaction with the works. Further, the delivery of rolled kerb and guttering as part of the scope of works will be done to Australian Standards and falls within Council expertise in assessing the quality and suitability of the works.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conclusion

 

The proposed VPA will benefit the community and future residents of the proposed development of Areas 7 to 11 (21-41 Canberra Avenue and 18-32 Holdsworth Avenue St Leonards) at the St Leonards South Precinct via the delivery of additional open space, connectivity and amenity. It is therefore recommended that Council note the submission received during the community consultation process and proceed with the proposed Voluntary Planning Agreement for Areas 7 to 11 (21-41 Canberra Avenue and 18-32 Holdsworth Avenue St Leonards) at the St Leonards South Precinct.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That:-

 

1.   Council receive and note the report;

 

2.   Council enter into a Voluntary Planning Agreement with Silver Pond Investments Pty Ltd ATF Silver Pond Unit Trust in respect of the development of Areas 7 to 11 (21-41 Canberra Avenue and 18-32 Holdsworth Avenue St Leonards) at the St Leonards South Precinct; and

 

3.   The General Manager review of trustee assignment provisions of the VPA and be authorised to finalise the wording of the proposed Voluntary Planning Agreement and sign the Agreement on behalf of Council.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Craig Wrightson

General Manager

General Managers Unit

 

ATTACHMENTS:

There are no supporting documents for this report.


 

Ordinary Council Meeting 20 September 2021

2021 Local Government NSW Annual Conference

 

 

Subject:          2021 Local Government NSW Annual Conference    

Record No:    SU8070 - 53745/21

Division:         Corporate Services Division

Author(s):      Steven Kludass 

 

 

Executive Summary

 

The recent postponement of local government elections in NSW to Saturday 4 December 2021 has had a significant flow-on effect for Local Government NSW’s Annual Conference, previously scheduled to take place at the Hyatt Regency Sydney from 28 November 2021.

 

As a result, Local Government NSW has decided to split the premier annual event into two separate components: 

·      An Annual Conference - to present the annual report and financial reports, which will be conducted online from 9.30am (for one hour) on Monday 29 November 2021; and

·      A Special Conference – including the debate and resolution of motions setting the advocacy agenda for 2022, to be held in-person at the Hyatt Regency Sydney from Monday 28 February to Wednesday 2 March 2022.

A Board Election will be conducted prior to the Annual Conference, scheduled for 29 November 2021. Under Local Government NSW rules and the formula for calculating voting entitlements, Lane Cove Council is entitled to nominate three (3) voting delegates for voting on positions in the upcoming Board elections.

 

Given the upcoming Local Government Elections on 4 December 2021, the three (3) Councillor voting delegates for the Special Conference, held from 28 February 2022, will be determined by the new Council, noting the closing date for nomination of voting delegates for the Special Conference is 17 February 2022.

 

Included in this report are two (2) Motions that Council has previously resolved to submit to the Local Government NSW Conference (now Special Conference, scheduled to commence 28 February 2022).

 

Discussion

The previous timetable of 28-30 November 2021 would have placed the three-day event squarely in the last week of the election campaign period, a schedule considered inconvenient for all Councillors involved. Local Government NSW has had to navigate the complex interplay between the rules and regulations for registered organisations, while helping its members uphold the strict requirements of electoral law.

 

As a registered organisation, Local Government NSW is bound by a number of legal obligations, including the need to report back to its members on financial performance within six months of the end of the 2020-21 financial year. For this reason, an Annual Conference must be held within the relevant time period.

 

Local Government NSW’s Annual Conference has traditionally provided the opportunity for member councils to bring forward policy motions for debate and resolution, thus helping to set the Association’s advocacy agenda for the year to come.

Member feedback following the 2020 Online Conference experience indicated a strong preference for an in-person event at which more motions could be debated and resolved.

 

Local Government NSW considered it unreasonable to ask Councillors to interrupt their election campaigns for the length of time required for an in-person event in late November 2021. A one-hour online Annual Conference in November 2021, followed by a full Special Conference scheduled for 28 February to 2 March 2022, has been identified as the best way forward in order for Local Government NSW to fulfill its legal obligations as well as its accountability commitment to members.

 

Separate registrations are required to allow for potential attendance changes brought about by the local government election. Registrations for the Annual Conference online event on 29 November are now open and will close on Tuesday 5 October 2021. Attendance is free.

 

Registrations for the three-day Special Conference from 28 February to 2 March 2022 will carry a standard registration charge. Members will be advised of the registration opening for this event via direct email in due course. The deadline for accepting Motions to be debated and resolved at Local Government NSW’s Special Conference has been extended to Sunday 30 January 2022. This has the additional benefit of providing sufficient time for newly elected councils to finalise their submitted motions, should they so choose.

 

Local Government NSW Board Election

 

To avoid any election irregularities, Local Government NSW has asked the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) to conduct and finalise this election so it does not clash with the local government election. The following is a timetable for the Board Election:

 

 Date

Occurrence

7 September 2021

Nominations Open

5 October 2021

Nominations Close

12 October 2021

Nomination withdrawal period closes

12 October 2021

Organisation to provide details of the nominated voting delegates

12 October 2021

Member to submit the absentee voting form

27 October 2021

Postal Ballot Opens

24 November 2021

Postal Ballot Closes

 

Local Government NSW advise that discussions with the AEC are continuing, but it is expected COVID-related restrictions will require the election for the Local Government NSW Board to be undertaken via postal ballot.

 

Members are required to advise Local Government NSW of the names of their nominated voting delegates by the following dates:

·      Annual Conference online event (29 November 2021) by Tuesday 5 October 2021

·      Special Conference (28 February to 2 March 2022) by Thursday 17 February 202

Motions for the Local Government NSW Special Conference

 

Motions for the Local Government NSW Special Conference close 30 January 2022. This will enable elected representatives from the next Council term the opportunity to submit any Motions they feel are relevant and fit the criteria for eligibility. 

 

It should be noted that Council has previously resolved the following two Motions be considered at the next Local Government NSW Annual Conference (now Special Conference):

 

1.   State Government’s proposed changes to Clause 4.6 variations

Council resolved (19/04/2021), in part, to seek the support of LGNSW to oppose the retrospective dilution of council planning powers by removing from LEPs the clause which prohibits use of Clause 4.6.

 

2.   Accessible Parking

Council resolved (21/06/2021), in part, lodge a motion to the Local Government NSW Annual Conference in relation to supporting a change to the schedule of parking offences and/or an education program in NSW to permit a taxi or share ride to pick-up or drop-off a fare paying passenger in a disabled persons parking space or area who is in possession of Mobility Parking Scheme Permit.

 

Council has received interim responses to these matters through direct representation. The Motions will be held over to the new Council term and submitted to the conference should either of these proposed Motions not be resolved to Council’s satisfaction ahead of the Special Conference Motions deadline of 30 January 2022.

 

Conclusion

 

The 2021 Local Government NSW Annual Conference has now been split into two components:

·      An Annual Conference (1 hour) to present the annual report and financial reports, which will be conducted online from 9.30am on Monday 29 November 2021; and

·      A Special Conference – including the debate and resolution of motions setting the advocacy agenda for 2022, to be held in-person at the Hyatt Regency Sydney from Monday 28 February to Wednesday 2 March 2022.

 

A Board Election will be conducted by the Australian Electoral Commission prior to the Annual Conference. Council is entitled to nominate three (3) voting delegates for the Annual Conference.

 

Given the Special Conference is scheduled to commence 28 February 2022, the new Council formed post the 4 December 2021 Local Government Election will be required to authorise Councillor attendance and nominate three (3) voting delegates to consider motions put before the Special Conference.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That Council:-

1.    Authorise all available Councillors to attend the Local Government NSW Annual Conference, scheduled for 29 November 2021;

2.    Nominate Council’s three (3) voting delegates for the Local Government NSW Annual Conference, scheduled for 29 November 2021;

3.    Acknowledge that the Motions to be considered at the Local Government NSW Special Conference, scheduled for 28 February to 2 March 2022, be submitted to the conference should either of these proposed Motions not be resolved to Council’s satisfaction ahead of the Special Conference Motions deadline of 30 January 2022.

 

 

 

 

 

Steven Kludass

Executive Manager - Corporate Services

Corporate Services Division

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

There are no supporting documents for this report.

 


 

Ordinary Council Meeting 20 September 2021

EP&A Regulation 2021 - Proposed changes

 

 

Subject:          EP&A Regulation 2021 - Proposed changes    

Record No:    SU8439 - 56488/21

Division:         Environmental Services Division

Author(s):      Terry Tredrea 

 

 

Executive Summary

 

The purpose of this Report is to explain the proposed changes to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (the Regulation) in March 2022. The EP&A (Environmental Planning & Assessment) Regulation details controls for the day-to-day operation of the NSW planning system. The aim of the changes is to “reduce administrative burden and increase procedural efficiency” by removing outdated or overly complex rules. While most existing requirements will continue, changes are proposed to the regulation of fees, development applications, complying development, planning certificates, designated development, and infrastructure assessment. Many of these changes respond to issues raised during previous stakeholder consultations in 2017.

 

The stated aim is to provide simplicity and transparency, by “removing any rules that are outdated or overly complex and make the system hard to use”.

 

Submissions and comments are invited up until 22 September 2021. The following changes are proposed;

 

·    Planning Fees – will go onto a sliding scale to catch up with the rising cost of planning work.

 

·    Development Applications – will be made on a standard approved form, to make clear and simple the information required for applications.

 

·    Complying Development – Private certifiers will have to establish that a decision is based on thorough evidence, including titles of reports, studies, plans and documentation.

 

·    Planning Certificates – will be shortened and re-ordered to focus on essential matters.

 

·    Part 5 Environmental Assessment – development, such as infrastructure undertaken by public authorities (that does not require consent) must consider relevant environmental issues before they proceed, and now includes Councils’ local strategic planning statements.

 

·    Designated Development – assessment of highly polluting developments and/or those near an environmentally sensitive area will include new categories of emerging technologies, such as geosequestration and desalination, while removing such uses as lower-risk solar generation, and small-scale poultry farms.

 

·    Administrative improvements – Shift to online publication and email correspondence, removing outdated requirements to make hard copies of documents available. Deliver documents electronically in simplified language.

 

The changes proposed in the draft Regulation are proposed to result in a simpler, more cost effective, and up-to-date system for land use planning in NSW. It is recommended that Council support the proposed changes.

 

 

 

Background

 

·    2017 – an issues paper released. Broad consultation with stakeholders on concerns that procedures were overly complex and outdated.

·    2017 / 2019 – analysis of 85 submissions (39% from councils) + development of proposed changes.

·    August 2021 – release of a draft Regulation for public comment.

·    March 2022 – projected legislation date.

 

Discussion

 

The proposed changes are briefly discussed here. For more detail, see the Fact Sheet (AT-1); and for the complete legal instrument, see AT-2.

 

Fees

 

·    The current Regulation sets the fees and charges for various planning related services offered by councils. It is considered that some current fixed fees don't cover the cost of planning work. Therefore, Consumer Price Index (CPI) adjustments will be made to all fixed fees.

 

Development Applications (DA)

 

·    The calculation of deemed refusal periods and ‘stop the clock’ timing will be simplified. Council will need to amend its calculations in these instances.

·    Authorities will now only begin assessments when the fee is paid. If incomplete, may be refused and fee refunded.

·    Simplify concurrence and referral provisions. See AT-1 for more detail.

·    DAs to be on a standard approved form, to “improve” requirements for information submitted with applications.

·    Modification applications – clarify that withdrawal or rejection may apply.

·    Consent authorities must notify submitters whether Council will internally review refusals.

·    Whenever a modification to the conditions of a consent is approved - usually as a result of a modification to the proposal - Council must provide a complete set of the revised conditions of consent, rather than only those conditions altered by the modification.

·    Post-determination notifications – to reduce administrative burden only notify:

the applicant, by publishing a notice of the determination on the NSW planning portal; and

submitter(s) of responses to the proposal, including submitters on designated development.

·    A large boarding house, seniors housing, group home or hostel, as Class 3 buildings, will no longer need to obtain a BASIX certificate. Council questions whether independent living units are not Class 2, and so should not be excluded.

 

Complying Development

 

For private certifiers:

·    A new list of documents for consideration i.e.site audit statement for contaminated land, details of site configuration and building envelope, and a scaled site plan.

·    There is often uncertainty around basis for decisions. Certifiers now required to establish that decisions are based on thorough evidence, including titles of reports, studies, plans and documentation relied upon to reach such decision.

·    Pre-approval notices – identify the relevant controls, including relevant code for complying development.

·    Contaminated land must comply with SAS conditions of approval.

·    Remove duplicate requirements for neighbour notification before the issue of a modified CDC (where neighbours were notified of the original application).

 

Planning Certificates

 

Considered by some to be too complex and/or include unnecessary information. Therefore, they:

·    Will be refined and re-ordered to focus on essential matters.

·    Should note relevant draft Development Control Plans (DCPs) and Section 7.11 Plans.

·    Should note State Environmental Planning Policies that zone the land, or additional permitted uses.

·    Should note key land use classifications (e.g. environmental heritage; conservation area) that affect potential for exempt development.  (Schedule 3)

·    Leave out draft Local Environmental Plans/DCPs still not made after 3 years.

·    List latest hazards: contamination; aircraft noise; salinity.

 

Part 5 Environmental Assessment

 

A Part 5 assessment is for development, such as infrastructure, undertaken by public authorities that does not require consent. The proposed changes are:

 

·    Department of Planning, Industry & Environment Secretary is to prescribe guidelines for Review of Environmental Factors (REF) documents.

·    Only relevant factors need be considered in an REF.

·    Must now consider local strategic planning statements, and regional and district plans.

·    Certain REFs must be published by the agencies (if >$5m; in ‘the public interest’).

 

Designated Development

 

Developments of high impact or are in or near an environmentally sensitive area. The proposed changes are:

·    Add new categories for emerging technologies. For example, Energy recovery facilities; Large-scale battery storage facilities; Geosequestration; Desalination.

·    Remove low-risk activities (e.g. lower risk solar generation; small-scale poultry farms).

·    Align categories with the Protection of the Environment (POEO) Act.

·    Update triggers for ‘environmentally sensitive areas of State Significant Development’.

·    Clarify provisions for alterations and additions (only if they significantly increase the environmental impacts of an existing or approved development).

 

Administrative improvements

 

·    Support for a shift to online publication and email correspondence. This includes the removal of outdated requirements to make hard copies of documents available.

·    Simplify language used.

·    Restructure and reorder the instrument to a more logical numbering system.

·    Remove building certificates and fire safety provisions to a separate regulation.

 

 

 

 

 

Conclusion

 

The proposed draft Regulation will update the day-to-day administration of land-use planning for Councils in NSW. The aim of the changes is to “reduce administrative burden and increase procedural efficiency” by removing outdated or overly complex rules.

 

While most existing requirements will continue, changes are proposed to the regulation of fees, development applications, complying development, planning certificates, designated development, and infrastructure assessment. These changes respond to issues raised during previous stakeholder consultations.

 

The legislative changes are part of a trend in NSW towards centralised and online planning, in response to critical changes in land development over the last 20 years.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council support the proposed changes in the draft Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2021, subject to raising opposition to any relaxation of the need for BASIX Certificates in relation to residential uses (large boarding house, seniors housing, group home or hostels) given the role BASIX plays in ensuring buildings have lower operational emissions footprints.

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Brisby

Executive Manager

Environmental Services Division

 

ATTACHMENTS:

AT‑1 View

Fact Sheet: Overview of proposed 2021 EP&A Regulation.

8 Pages

 

AT‑2 View

Draft full instrument

195 Pages

Available Electronically

  


ATTACHMENT 1

Fact Sheet: Overview of proposed 2021 EP&A Regulation.

 

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Ordinary Council Meeting 20 September 2021

Annual Financial Statements for 2020/2021 -  Referral for Audit

 

 

Subject:          Annual Financial Statements for 2020/2021 -  Referral for Audit    

Record No:    SU740 - 56537/21

Division:         Corporate Services Division

Author(s):      Steven Kludass 

 

 

Executive Summary

 

Council is required to prepare Financial Statements and have them referred to audit as soon as practicable after 30 June each financial year. This report is seeking the release of Council’s draft 2020/21 Financial Statements for external audit purposes. The audit is due to be completed by the end of September / early October 2021.

 

It is proposed that at its meeting on 18 October 2021, Council will resolve to sign the audited 2020/21 Financial Statements prior to placing them on public exhibition. A presentation of Council’s audited Financial Statements and Auditor’s Report will also be made at this meeting.

 

The signed Financial Statements will be forwarded to the Office of Local Government on or before the deadline date of 31 October 2021, and a further report attaching any public submissions will be tabled at the November Council meeting.

 

Discussion

 

The Auditor-General (Audit Office) is responsible for ensuring the audit is performed in accordance with Australian Auditing Standards and the Local Government Act, 1993.

 

The Auditor-General has engaged Grant Thornton to provide audit and/or assurance services on this engagement. However, the Auditor-General remains responsible for the audits, their performance and for issuing the Independent Auditor's Reports. The level of Audit Office involvement will vary depending on the size, nature, complexity and risk of the audit.

 

The following timeline is proposed to ensure that Council fulfils its legislative requirements in accordance with the Local Government Act and as agreed with the Audit Office:-

 

Action

Date

Council resolves to release Draft Financial Statements for Audit purposes (Council Meeting)

20 September

Audit is conducted by the Audit Office (via Grant Thornton)

September/October

Audit presentation on the conduct of the Audit (Audit Office) and signing of the audited Financial Statements and release for public exhibition (Council Meeting)

 

18 October

Submit audited Financial Statements and Audit Reports to the Office of Local Government

 

29 October

Release for Public Exhibition

Early November

Report to Council relating to the tabling of any public submissions received (Council Meeting)

 

15 November

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

That Council releases the draft 2020/21 Financial Statements for external audit purposes, pursuant to section 413 of the Local Government Act 1993.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steven Kludass

Executive Manager - Corporate Services

Corporate Services Division

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

There are no supporting documents for this report.

 


 

Ordinary Council Meeting 20 September 2021

Veolia Woodlawn Eco-Precinct Recovery Peformance

 

 

Subject:          Veolia Woodlawn Eco-Precinct Recovery Peformance    

Record No:    SU5393 - 55621/21

Division:         Environmental Services Division

Author(s):      Millie Saddleton 

 

 

Executive Summary

                                                              

Council is part of the Northern Sydney Councils Waste Services Alliance. This report provides an update on the diversion rate achieved from our putrescible waste collections (red bins) and the percentage diverted from landfill at the Veolia Woodlawn Eco- Precinct.

 

During 2020-2021, red bin waste processed through the Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) plant at Woodlawn resulted in 36% of processed waste diverted from landfill.

 

The NSW Government in June 2021 released the Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy 2041 which seeks to make Food Organics & Garden Organics (FOGO) collections mandatory. Council is participating with fellow Waste Alliance Councils in a three-month trial of separately collecting organic food waste. The trial will take place in early 2022 and will create important input for a comparative assessment of options for future waste management in the region.

 

It is recommended the report be received and noted.

 

Background

 

Council at its meeting of 16 August 2021 resolved in part:-

 

“Receive a report to the September 2021 Council meeting outlining the performance of the Veolia Mechanical and Biological Treatment facility since its inception.”

 

In 2013, five member councils of Northern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils formed the Northern Sydney Councils Waste Services Alliance (Waste Alliance) to procure disposal and processing of general waste (red lid bin) and clean-up waste, to increase the recovery of resources from waste and reduce waste sent to landfill. The Alliance group entered into a shared ten-year contract with Veolia commencing December 2015, achieving significant savings in waste management rates for all councils.

 

One of the services under the contract is a waste processing service to treat general waste to produce a soil additive known as Woodlawn Organic Output (WOO). The processing facility (which uses a process known as Mechanical Biological Treatment or MBT) commenced production in July 2017 with a licensed capacity of 143,000 tonnes per annum. An information brochure on the facility and process is included as AT-1.

 

Discussion

 

The MBT facility is located at Woodlawn, a former mining operation that is also the location of a landfill site which has been operating since 2004 and is now one of only two landfill sites servicing metropolitan Sydney.

 

The Woodlawn landfill was constructed in such a way as to allow Veolia to use landfill gas to create energy, a service that is not available from other landfill sites. The landfill gas extraction system is designed to maximise the capture of methane for electricity generation through a network of gas extraction wells, horizontal gas blankets and collection pipes buried deep within the waste mass. Landfill gas is extracted from the waste mass and transferred through the main pipeline to Woodlawn’s Bio Energy (WBE) facility. In the year 2020, the WBE produced over 49 million kWh of electricity, which under the contract delivers Greenhouse Gas benefits to the Alliance Councils.

 

At the time of the Waste Alliance’s contract commencement in 2015, a group of Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils had already contracted for up to 110,000 tonnes per annum of the facility’s processing capacity, leaving the Waste Alliance 33,000 tonnes per annum. This available capacity results in approximately 40% of all general waste from the five councils being subject to the MBT process, with the rest landfilled.

 

The Waste Alliance contract provides an option for the five councils to have first choice on utilising additional capacity should a second processing facility be constructed on the site. This would allow 100% of general waste to be processed.

 

Each council in the Waste Alliance is allocated a proportion of the contracted capacity in proportion to the volume of waste generated by each council. Lane Cove delivers around 9% of the total of the general waste volume from the five councils, and its waste processed and diverted from landfill is in that same share (which varies slightly from year to year).

 

Veolia’s performance requirement under the Waste Alliance contract is to turn 55% of each tonne processed in the MBT into useable material (WOO), with the remainder going to landfill. The contract provides at the end of each financial year for repayment of fees paid by councils if this ‘recovery rate’ is not reached in the previous year. That is, if the 33,000 tonnes of processing service does not result in 18,150 tonnes diverted from landfill, a portion of the fees paid during the preceding year is remitted to councils in the Waste Alliance.

 

In 2020-21 Veolia achieved 36% recovery from each tonne of processed waste, to make a useable soil product. Lane Cove’s share was 1,073 tonnes, plus 89 tonnes recovered from clean-up waste delivered to Veolia. The following outlines the overall contract performance of the MBT since its inception: -

 

·    2017-18 - 26,468 tonnes were processed and 9,183 tonnes recovered: 34.7% recovery rate

·    2018-19 5 months - 14,855 tonnes processed (plant malfunctions occurred) and 5,663 tonnes recovered: 38.1% recovery rate

·    2019-2020 – no production due to NSW Government’s ban.

·    2020-21 - 33,102 tonnes processed and 11,916 tonnes recovered: 36% recovery rate

 

In the near future, Veolia is expected to achieve increased operating capacity in 2021-22 and to further improve the recovery level, so that Council’s share of the recovered amount will be more than in 2020-21.

 

Unfortunately, without a second processing facility, there is no option for Council to improve its diversion from landfill by paying for additional waste to be processed and diverted through the WOO process.

 

The NSW Government in June 2021 released the Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy 2041 which seeks to make Food Organics & Garden Organics (FOGO) collections mandatory. Council has committed to participate with the other Waste Alliance Councils and NSROC in a three-month trial of a separately collecting organic food waste (FO) from households in early 2022. The NSROC/Waste Services Alliance Food Organics Research Project will create important input for a comparative assessment of options for future waste management in the region in particular a FOGO service.

 

It is unclear how much useable compost will be generated by collecting food from general waste, as there is relatively little data on such services in Metropolitan Sydney. While about 30% of general waste is food material, the level of uncontaminated food suitable for composting that can be collected from suburbs with a significant share of residents living in apartments is not known and may not allow for a result as good in recovery terms as the MBT process. The trial will allow for a comparison of food organics collection and treatment with current WOO production which relies on food remaining in the general waste bin.

 

FOGO is not a direct replacement for WOO in terms of volume, as on average only 30% of waste within the General Waste bin is FO. Even if there was zero contamination and all FO was diverted from landfill, it will be less than the current 36% diverted via the WOO contract. The WOO process requires the organic material in order for the process to work so they are mutually exclusive. WOO is currently distributed within the tailings dam on the site.

 

The FO trial will help to lay the groundwork for the future by creating a sound evidence base for Councils to rely on in planning for future waste management services. This requires that alternative approaches to the disposal of food organics are researched so that future services deliver the best possible environmental outcome from waste management.

 

Due to the need for extensive community education as part of the FO trial, the Alliance councils have postponed commencement of the trial until February 2022. The trial in the Lane Cove LGA will involve 800 single unit dwellings in part of the suburbs of Lane Cove North and Greenwich. Other member councils will conduct their trials in similarly-sized sample areas of low rise and high rise units.

 

Any permanent change to a separate food collection service would not commence until the end of the contract term with Veolia in December 2025.

 

Conclusion

 

Veolia are expected to achieve greater recovery rates at the Woodlawn facility in 2021-22 than previous years. In February 2022, Council is trialling a separate food organics collection in a sample of 800 households in Greenwich and Lane Cove North to investigate alternate waste diversion options in line with the State Government’s new Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy 2041.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That the report be received and noted.

 

 

David Wilson

Manager - Environmental Health

Environmental Services Division

 

 

 

Mark Brisby

Executive Manager

Environmental Services Division

 

ATTACHMENTS:

AT‑1 View

Woodlawn Information for Waste Services Alliance Councils

19 Pages

 

  


ATTACHMENT 1

Woodlawn Information for Waste Services Alliance Councils

 

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Ordinary Council Meeting 20 September 2021

COVID-19 Update - September 2021

 

 

Subject:          COVID-19 Update - September 2021    

Record No:    SU7888 - 58892/21

Division:         General Managers Unit

Author(s):      Craig Wrightson 

 

 

Executive Summary

 

This report provides an update on Council’s response activities in relation to the outbreak of novel coronavirus virus (COVID-19). Council has undertaken numerous initiatives in order to support the community and businesses through these difficult times which are outlined in this report. Council has continued to operate on a business as usual basis but has not been isolated from the impact of the virus which has resulted in a range of services and revenue being affected as a result of Public Heath orders. It is recommended the report be received and noted.

 

Discussion

 

Library Services

 

Council’s Library to your Door service continues to be popular.

 

Items lent

August 2021

July – August 2021

Lane Cove

851

1,498

LC Librarian’s Choice

850

850

Hunters Hill

36

60

HH Librarian’s Choice

82

82

Total

1,819

2,490

 

Council’s Home Library Service for residents who are unable to visit the Library due to age, illness, disability or lack of mobility. During COVID-19 Lane Cove has extended membership to anyone over 70 years of age.

 

On 13 September NSW Health approved libraries to re-commence click and collect services.  The Library recommenced click and collect services from 16 September.

 

Support for Local Business

 

Council continues to support www.shoplanecove.com.au, which highlights what's on offer from local businesses for home delivery, online shopping, video services and local pick-up. With nearly 200 businesses now listed, the site helps connect customers with businesses still operating during the Covid-19 pandemic. The website aims to support local businesses through these challenging times with public awareness campaigns utilising paid features on social media.

Council has also utilised the discounted advertising space it had booked for upcoming events to instead run the Shop Lane Cove message. The artwork, adapted to reflect the current public health orders, has appeared across 15 bus shelter locations within Lane Cove from 2 – 15 August and 13 – 26 September inclusive.

 

In recognition of the importance of mental health for local businesses and their staff, Council’s Small Business Breakfast event in October is being held in partnership with the Black Dog Institute. The free ‘Mental Health is Everybody’s Business’ event will take place online on Wednesday 13 October as part of a wider range of activities Council will run for Mental Health Month.

 

Community Support Initiatives

 

Council staff have been recommenced calling Lane Cove residents to check-in and offer support and assistance. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all members of the community in different ways and the health and safety of Lane Cove residents is a priority for Council. Council also used this opportunity to confirm contact details. Since mid-August Council staff have made 1421 calls to residents and have been able to provide assistance when requested.

 

Council is supporting a 'Wellness Pack' developed by Sydney Community Services to be distributed to their clients living in Lane Cove who are unable to leave their homes due to COVID-19.  The pack includes tips on how to stay well during the COVID-19 lockdown period including tips on nutrition, mindfulness, staying active and connected as well as puzzles to keep the mind active.  There is also a page on services available from Council

 

500 Wellness Packs will be distributed to Sydney Community Service's Lane Cove clients including seniors, people with disability and carers.

 

Lane Cove Council is contributing $1585 towards the Wellness Packs.  It is anticipated that this is the first round of Wellness Packs and future packs will be developed based on the response to this one.

 

Council also launched a campaign to support fellow Sydneysiders. Council has teamed up with Cumberland City Council to provide the opportunity for Lane Cove residents to support someone in need. Cumberland residents are able to register for support through the COVID-19 Community Support Exchange. This can include needing assistance buying their essential items such as groceries.

 

Lane Cove residents who would like to provide support are welcome to purchase a supermarket gift card online and email through to Lane Cove Council. This gift card will then be provided to a resident in need who has registered with Cumberland Council.

 

Customer Service Centre and Staffing

 

Council’s service provision continues to focus online and via the telephone. Given the lock down areas, there has been a greater impact on Council’s staffing levels with over 80 staff accessing the Local Government Splinter Award provisions which respond to the impact of COVID-19. The NSW government has reintroduced financial support for Council’s utilising the Award provisions where Council’s can demonstrate a 30% downturn in revenue in a business unit area, this will be monitored with a view to lodging a claim for assistance in October, 2021.

 

Greenwich Baths and Aquatic Centre

 

Council has worked with Bluefit in relation to Greenwich Baths to re-open it earlier than normal, with it reopening on Saturday 18 September to allow residents the option of using the Baths for exercise during lockdown. At this stage the Baths will be open for exercise only. This means swim-and-go only, no sunbaking or picnics.

 

The Aquatic Centre, Gym and Youth Centre remain closed under the Public Health Orders.

 

 

Kindy Cove Child Care Centre

 

Attendance levels at the centre have fluctuated based on the health advice issued. While overall revenue is down, the Federal Government has now entered into a funding agreement with councils to provide financial support where attendance falls below 50% capacity. Currently attendance levels at Kindy Cove are at 61% and increasing.

 

Council Projects

 

Construction of the Tantallon Oval amenities building and the two traffic signal projects have been impacted by multiple shutdowns due to COVID-19 exposures involving workers. Council continues to works to progress the projects.

 

The Lane Cove 12ft Skiff Club Boatshed and launching area has not been affected and remains on track for October 2021.

 

Financial Implications

 

Council ended the 2020/21 financial year with a historic high level of outstanding rates through implementation of Council’s hardship policy. This remains in place for the 2021/22 financial year to support residents.

 

Council has reintroduced rent relief for footpath dining licences, sporting groups who hire Council sports fields and commercial tenants in line with the National Code.

 

At this stage modelling has not been undertaken on the financial impact to Council. The longer duration and more severe restrictions suggest the impact will be greater. As a comparator the financial impact was $1.9M in the 2020/21 financial year.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That the report be received and noted.

 

 

 

 

 

Craig Wrightson

General Manager

General Managers Unit

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

There are no supporting documents for this report.

 


 

Ordinary Council Meeting 20 September 2021

Council Snapshot August 2021

 

 

Subject:          Council Snapshot August 2021    

Record No:    SU220 - 50200/21

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 August 2021.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That the report be received and noted.

 

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

AT‑1 View

August 2021 Snapshot on Council Activities

32 Pages

 

  


ATTACHMENT 1

August 2021 Snapshot on Council Activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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     Council Snapshot – August 2021


CORPORATE SERVICES

GOVERNANCE

Community Engagement

In August Council consulted with the community by public exhibitions regarding: -

1.         Draft Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA) - Local Infrastructure within a part of the St Leonards South Precinct (

2.         Draft Climate Resilience Plan

3.         Draft Dog Strategy; and

4.         Planning Proposal 46 Nicholson Street

 

GIPAs

Five formal access to information applications were received in August 2021. One internal review request was also being handled in August 2021.

Tenders

·          The Canopy - Facilities Management and Cleaning Services - Tender

·          Construction and Installation of Synthetic Sports Field and associated infrastructure – Bob Campbell Oval – Tender

·          Revenue Collection – Parking Meters and Parking Stations in Lane Cove

·          Tree Planting – Remnant Replacement Project

 

Formal Complaints

No formal complaints

Reports Pending

Date

Res. No.

Subject

Resolution

Dept

Target Date

15/02/21

16

Increasing Basix Targets

Council receive a further report on the revised Design and Place State Planning Policy (SEPP) upon its release.

ESD

The document is due to be released Mid 2022 by the NSW government

15/03/21

39

Community Gift Card - Love Where You Shop - 2 Year Update

Council extend the Community Gift Card – Love Where You Shop campaign for a further 12 months, with a further report to be submitted in 12 months’ time on the performance of the program.

GMU

This is now reported in the Snapshot Monthly

19/7/21

109

St Leonard’s Over Rail Plaza Project

A shortlist of names for the permanent name of the open space be prepared and be discussed at a future Councillor Workshop, prior to a further report being submitted to Council

GMU

March 2022

19/7/21

112

Draft Local Housing Strategy Post Exhibition

Report back to Council once a letter of conditional approval is received from Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

ESD

October 2021

19/7/21

114

NSW Government Waste Strategy Food Organics

A report on the findings of the food organics trial be presented to Council at the conclusion of the project.

ESD

September 2021

19/7/21

111

Golf Course Alternate Operating Model

Receive a further report at the end of the 12-month trial on the results from the alternate operating model. 

GMU

November  2022

19/7/21

110

Lane Cove Community Panel Report

Prepare a Response Document and commit to a Recall Day Session with the Community Panel to finalise Stage 1 of the Strategic Engagement Plan

CSD

October  2021


FINANCE

Investment as at 31 August 2021

Combined Bank Balance                    $ 10.33 M

Investment Holdings                           $ 76.04 M

Total Cash and Investments            $ 86.37 M

 

Return on Investments for the month of August 2021 was 1.35% (1.33% above the benchmark of .02% for the month)

                                                                      

Actual Interest return                          $ 41,179

 

Capital Gains (Tcorp & FRNs)           $ 46,976

 

Total                                                   $ 88,155

 

For the past 12 months, the portfolio returned 1.49%pa, exceeding the bank bill index benchmark (0.04%) by 1.45%pa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Matters

Legal costs for the month of August 2021 were as follows:

Firm/Matter

Previous Costs

Current

Total

Status

Category

Marsdens Law Group

Advice – Bob Campbell Oval Project – Approval of activity & assessment under part 5 of the EPAA 1979

Nil

$ 3,465.00

$ 3,465.00

Final

Legal

Advice

 

LECP -2020/258092 –

Freedom Development Group, 28 Longueville Road Lane Cove

Nil

$ 5,042.15

$ 5,042.15

On Going

Legal

Advice

 

Schmidt- Liermann Pty Ltd

General Advice

Nil

$ 21,668.90

$ 21,668.90

Ongoing

Legal Advice

                                  

                                      Total Legal Expenses: $ 30,176.05

General Ledger Account Details “Legal”

Budget

2021-2022

Actual

Expenses

2021-2022

Budget

Available

Environmental Operating Expenses

$ 250,000

$ 7,251

$ 242,749

Development and Health Operating Expenses

$ 15,000

$   111

$ 14,889

Corporate Services Operating Expenses

$ 100,000

$ 17,223

$ 82,777

Planning Operating Expenses

$ 1,500

$    -

$ 1,500

Human Services Operating Expenses

$ 7,900

$    -

$ 7,900

Urban Services Operating Expenses

$ 28,000

$     990

$ 27,010

 

HUMAN RESOURCES

Staff Establishment

Equivalent Full-time Staff

192

Total number of positions

215

Total Headcount

252

Note: There was no staff turnover during the month of August.

GENERAL MANAGER UNIT

 

St Leonards Plaza

 

Construction activities have commenced on site as part of planned early works to facilitate site mobilisation later this year in lead up to the engagement of a Head Contractor in mid-September 2021.

 

The Pacific Hwy Underpass has been temporarily closed for proposed upgrades and the eastern abutment works adjoining the JQZ development, Stage 1 Plaza.  

 

Design development for construction is currently 60% complete, Sydney trains approvals and processing remains ongoing. A complete project programme schedule will be developed with the onboarding of the Principal Head Contractor OCT-NOV 2021.

 

Lane Cove Sport & Recreation Precinct

 

Planners Ethos Urban on behalf of the Applicant/Council have finalised its response following questions raised during the Notice Period.

 

12FT Skiff Club

 

Work continues to progress on site with the deck completed.  The main structure fit out is well underway with painting already started.  The stairs have been installed.  Handover of the site is scheduled for early October 2021.  The installation of the boat lockers is due to commence late Sept/early October.

 

COMMERCIAL OPERATIONS

 

Leases

 

·          Greenwich Flying Squadron (GFS) – Council has agreed terms with TfNSW and the new lease is now ready for execution. Council has prepared a back-to-back lease for GFS, Asset Pacific Technology have completed the Asset Management Plan for the site. Council awaits TfNSW response before being able to proceed.

·          Macquarie University – Lease renewal pending for Boatshed in Tambourine Bay and lessee works required.  Agreement with Council and TfNSW pending.

·          VIVA Pipeline –Council’s Plan of Management (POM) approval delayed, documentation is complete waiting for Crown Land and Native Title approval of the POM. Corporate Services Division is in contact with Crown Lands to address their questions.

·          Sydney Community Services – Council has agreed terms in principal for the 25-27 Stokes St site, SCS has reviewed and provided a preliminary “Statement of Use” for the premises which is an integral component of the lease to ensure optimal activation and community participation in services delivered at the site.

·          Sun Property – Council is negotiating an AFL and lease for the car park on Sera St to the rear of the old Coles site at 56-60 Burns Bay Road for which $ terms have been agreed in principal. Negotiations remain in the final stages.

·          Council is in the process of negotiating a lease with the new operators at the Hughes Park Community Garden.

·          Five (5) new tenants for the Affordable Housing at 150 Epping Road are being sought, the five previous tenants have been in residence for greater than 3 years. Council will re-let at the subsidised market rent via Link Housing.

·          Council has negotiated and in large part agreed a Heads of Agreement with 12 Foot Skiff Club to enter into a new long-term lease. Council and the Club have agreed a tiered (transition) rent structure in recognition of a deterioration in membership numbers since 2018. The only matter for final consideration is the financial obligation (capital expenditure split) for the seawall.

·          The Request for Tender for Facilities Management and Cleaning Services at The Canopy closed on 4th June 2021 with nine (9) responses received. Council’s evaluation panel selected SOLO Services Group for a 3-year term (2 x 1 year options).

·          Council has provided rental relief to many commercial tenants in recognition of the COVID lockdown, particularly in the hospitality industry including a 100% waiver to ALL outdoor dining agreements until further notice. Council continues to observe the National Mandatory Code of Conduct as its baseline framework for rent waivers and deferrals.

·          Council has completed the assignment of lease for Tenancy 3 (formerly Peanut Butter Jelly) at The Canopy. The assignee has begun a program of fit out works for completion in mid-late September such that take-away service may begin.

·          The Lane Cove Gift Card has seen an increase in loadings with the total $ value now exceeding $50,000 from program inception (May 2019). The month of July alone saw over $10,000 loaded and Council eagerly awaits the August report. Commercial Operations and Communications staff are working hard to deliver a refreshed marketing strategy aimed at unlocking unredeemed cards and simultaneously penetrating the Lane Cove West Business Park market in advance of Christmas.

 

 

ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES

 

SUSTAINABILITY

 

Emission and Water Achievements

 

Council continues to monitor and report on energy and water performance across all of Council's facilities. Councils emissions in 2020/2021 have decreased 3.2% when compared with the baseline year of 2016/17. Recent gains in energy efficiency include the completion of the LED streetlighting upgrade, installation of extensive solar photo voltaic systems at the Aquatic Centre and The Canopy.

 

 

Councils water use has decreased by 15% compared with the baseline year of 2016/2017. Recent gains in water efficiency include improved water efficiency measures at the Aquatic Centre and Blackman Park.

 

 

Climate Resilience Plan

 

In August Council adopted the Climate Resilience Plan (CRP). The CRP sets goals and targets on the 5 resilient themes of ; resilient people, resilient buildings, resilient urban open spaces, resilient natural environment and resilient governance. The themes will guide the implementation of the 51 priority actions over the next five years to respond to the challenges posed by a changing climate.

 

Offsetting Fleet Emissions

 

In August Council partnered with GreenFleet to offset our vehicle and plant emissions. GreenFleet will plant native forests that are protected for 100 years to offset the emissions created in 2020/2021 by our vehicles and plant equipment. Fleet emissions total 9% of Councils emission and by offsetting these we are supporting reforestation projects in NSW and taking practical action on climate change.

 

 

ENVIRONMENTAL  SERVICES

 

DEVELOPMENT

 

Development Applications Determined and Outstanding for August 2021

 

 

 

 

 

It should be noted that 43 applications were received in August which is significantly higher than this time last year. Determination times are being maintained despite the increase in applications and having regard to the current COVID working conditions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lane Cove Local Planning Panel

 

There was no meeting of the Lane Cove Local Planning Panel in August 2021.

 

The Sydney North Planning Panel

 

There was no meeting of the Sydney North Planning Panel in August 2021.

 

Court Appeals as at July 2021

 

 

Address and DA number

Date Lodged

Solicitor

 

Type of Appeal

 

Issues

 

Stage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

13 Gore Street Greenwich

DA37/2020

28th

June

2020

HWL

Ebsworth

Appeal against Lane Cove determination

Large retainage walls.  Privacy changes to NGL

Listed for mention 15 July 2021SF&C being prepared. conciliation conference & hearing (s34AA) 31 August and 1 September.

2

NSW Farmers vs DPIE - LEC

December 2020

HWL Ebsworth

Third Party

Large retainage walls Privacy. Changes to NGL

Mediation held September 3 between NSW Farmers Assoc and DPIE. Awaiting outcome.

 

 

Development Applications Determined for August 2021

 

 

DA/CDC No

Address

 

Description

DA176/11

27 Mann’s Avenue, Greenwich

S4.55 Modification of Consent

DA39/12

8-13 Waterview Drive, Lane Cove North

S4.55 Modification of Consent

DA212/15

500 Pacific Highway, St Leonards

S4.55 Modification of Consent

DA137/16

113A Northwood Road, Northwood

S4.55 Modification of Consent

DA154/16

12 Gay Street, Lane Cove North

S4.55 Modification of Consent

DA211/16

16B Brooks Street, Linley Point

S4.55 Modification of Consent

DA216/16

594 Mowbray Road, Lane Cove North

S4.55 Modification of Consent

DA135/17

35 Vista Street, Greenwich

S4.55 Modification of Consent

DA6/18

82 Christie Street, St Leonards

S4.55 Modification of Consent

DA76/19

85 William Edward Street, Longueville

S4.55 Modification of Consent

DA103/19

33 Greenwich Road, Greenwich

S4.55 Modification of Consent

DA159/19

82 Kenneth Street, Longueville

S4.55 Modification of Consent

DA11/20

26 Wisdom Road, Greenwich

S4.55 Modification of Consent

DA33/20

7 Robert Street, Greenwich

S4.55 Modification of Consent

DA92/20

42 Taleeban Road, Riverview

S4.55 Modification of Consent

DA158/20

8 Yarrandi Place, Longueville

S4.55 Modification of Consent

DA31/21

70 Kenneth Street, Longueville

New dwelling and pool

DA40/21

26 Seville Street, Lane Cove

S4.55 Modification of Consent

DA48/21

22 Vista Street, Greenwich

Front fence and carport

DA51/21

35 Parklands Avenue, Lane Cove North

Carport

DA67/21

20 Lucretia Avenue, Longueville

Alterations and Additions

DA74/21

14 Seville Street, Lane Cove

Charged stormwater system

DA75/21

98 Tambourine Bay Road, Riverview

Alterations and additions, secondary dwelling, pergola and carport

DA78/21

16 Panorama Road, Lane Cove

Alterations and Additions

DA82/21

82 Kenneth Street, Longueville

Carport

DA84/21

13 Yallambee Road, Riverview

Demolition of existing and construction of new dwelling house

DA87/21

27A Bellevue Avenue, Greenwich

Installation of Vergola louvered roof system (awning)

DA88/21

10 First Avenue, Lane Cove

Alterations and Additions

DA89/21

25 Currawong Avenue, Lane Cove West

Alterations and Additions

DA90/21

84 Northwood Road, Northwood

Alterations and Additions

DA91/21

10 Werona Road, Riverview

Alterations and additions to dwelling house including pool and carport

DA104/21

12 Kullah Parade, Lane Cove North

Alterations and Additions

DA106/21

16 River Road West, Longueville

Install gable patio cover at rear of house

 

Unauthorised Building Work

 

Address

Complaint

Action

450 Pacific Highway Lane Cove

Development not in accordance with consent (waste disposal)

Written Directions (Complied)

69 Bridge Street

 Lane Cove

Development without Consent, Unauthorised Building Work

 

Written Directions (BIC Lodged with Council)

 

42 Sutherland Street Lane Cove

Development not in accordance with consent (site conditions)

Written Directions (Complied)

 

1 Bridge Street

 Lane Cove

Construction without amended Construction Certificate

Written Directions (BIC Lodged with Council)

25 Wisdom Road Greenwich

Unauthorised Building Work - Deck

Written Directions (BIC Lodged with Council)

 

104 Burns Bay Road Lane Cove

Failure to comply with Demolition Order

Written Direction (BIC Requested)

 

55 Burns Bay Road

Lane Cove

Development not in accordance with consent (lighting)

Written Directions (Complied)

28 Ralston Street Lane Cove North

Unauthorised Building Work - Balcony

Written Directions (Complied)

 

165 Greenwich Road Greenwich

Damage to public land during construction

Written Directions (Withdrawn)

 

235 Burns Bay Road Lane Cove West

Public safety, broken metal fence

 

Written Directions & Notice of Intention

151 Burns Bay Road Lane Cove

Unauthorised Signage - Bowling Club

Refer to planning (Withdrawn)

 

91 Longueville Road Lane Cove

Fire Exit Obstruction - Class 2 Building

Written Directions (Complied)

 

88 Penrose Street Lane Cove West

Development not in accordance with consent

Written Directions (BIC Lodged with Council)

31B Osborne Road

Lane Cove

Development not in accordance with consent

Written Directions (Withdrawn)

82 Northwood Road Northwood

Unauthorised Building Work - Reminder of Written Directions

Written Directions - Notice of Intention

3 Landers Road

 Lane Cove North

Unauthorised Building work and tree removal

Written Directions (Withdrawn)

 

 

 

 

WASTE MANAGEMENT

 

During the month of August, Council has collected 621 tonnes of red bin waste, 160 tonnes of mixed containers (yellow bin) recycling, 105 tonnes of paper/cardboard (blue bin) recycling, 232 tonnes of vegetation (green bin) recycling, 78 tonnes of bulky clean up and 3 tonnes of metals recycling.

 

Monitoring of illegal dumping has seen a decrease in the number of incidents. Within the month of August there were a total of 12 illegal dumps reported to Council. 6 of these were self-removed after Council intervention and 6 were removed at Council's expense.

 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, the Community Recycling Centre in Artarmon is closed subject to the Public Health Order.

 

PARKING CONTROL

 

Council’s Rangers regularly monitor parking activities within the Local Government Area. The purpose of monitoring parking areas is to encourage safe parking practices and ensuring the efficient circulation and access to parking in high demand locations, such as the shopping areas and school zones.

 

Demand for parking during August has seen a significant reduction in patronage of the Lane Cove CBD, due to the Covid-19 Stay at Home Order. 200 penalty infringements notices were issued for the month.

 

 

 

Comparative Data (4 Years) Infringements Issued Per Month

 

 

Note: The data shows trends for the past 4 operational years. Enforcement activity has resumed as normal from

January 2021, as a result of the increased demand for on street and timed parking areas and the return of schools to full operation, and with workers returning to their workplaces following the extended Covid restrictions between April – December 2020.

 


STRATEGIC PLANNING

Planning Proposals - Snapshot

 

Summary of Current Projects

Project

Preparation of Plan and/or Report to Council

Advice from Local Planning Panel

Gateway Approval

Public Exhibition stage

Final decision by Council

Finalisation by NSW Planning & Environment

Section 7.11 Plan St Leonards South

ü

Not required

ü

ü

 

Not required

LEP (38) 46 Nicholson St

ü

ü

ü

ü

 

 

Draft Local Housing Strategy

ü

Not required

Not required

ü

ü

 

 

St Leonards South Precinct

 

The draft SLS Section 7.11 Plan was publicly exhibited until the end of February 2021.

 

Council at its April 2021 meeting resolved to forward the plan to the NSW Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) for assessment and review. The application was submitted to IPART for assessment on 27 May 2021.

 

Planning Proposal (38) - 46 Nicholson Street St Leonards

 

The proposal was submitted to the NSW Department of Planning for a Gateway Determination. Council received the Gateway determination on 9 April 2021.

 

The Planning Proposal was on public exhibition from 25 June to 6 August 2021. It will be considered at a future Council meeting.

 

Draft Local Housing Strategy

 

Council resolved to exhibit its draft Local Housing Strategy (LHS) at its 17 May 2021 meeting.

 

This LHS will provide an evidence-based framework with recommendations to guide the delivery of housing in the Lane Cove LGA to meet the needs of a growing and diverse population for the next 20 years.

 

At its July 2021 Ordinary meeting, Council resolved to endorse the Strategy with minor amendments. Following Council’s decision, it has been submitted to the NSW Department of Planning, Industry & Environment for final approval and implementation.

 

Section 10.7 Certificates (Property Certificates Stating Zoning etc)

 

The total number of Section 10.7 Certificates lodged with Council provides an on-going indicator for property sales and demand within the Local Government Area.

 

The total number of certificates processed was lower compared to the previous period last year, although the percentage of online certificates was higher. Approximately 98 per cent of all applications are processed within 2-3 working days. There is a continuing use of online certificate ordering.

HUMAN SERVICES

LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SERVICES BRANCH

 

COVID-19 measures

Lane Cove Libraries and The Yarn, Hunters Hill were closed throughout August due to a NSW Public Health Order.

 

The Library has been offering the following services:

-           eResources via the Shorelink Digital Library (all Shorelink members)

-           Library to Your Door service (Lane Cove and Hunters Hill residents only)

-           Lockdown Special for Children - Librarian’s Choice (LTYD) bags which contain up to ten items (Lane Cove and Hunters Hill residents only)

-           Home Library Service – eligibility expanded to include any resident 67+ years of age during lockdown (Lane Cove and Hunters Hill residents only)

-           Online Storytime and other programs

 

Library Loans

Items lent

August 2021

August 2020

July – August 2021

July – August 2020

Lane Cove Library

2,843

38,301

5,832

76,037

Lane Cove LTYD

851

 

1,498

N/A

LC Librarian’s Choice LTYD

850

 

850

N/A

Greenwich Library

98

1,225

159

2,129

The Yarn, Hunters Hill

1

 

5

N/A

Hunters Hill LTYD

36

 

60

N/A

HH Librarian’s Choice LTYD

82

 

82

 

eResource

5,985

5,286

11,313

10,751

Total

10,746

44,812

19,799

88,917

 

All service points were closed however, staff did visit Greenwich and The Yarn, Hunters Hill to collect reserves for Library to Your Door and Home Library service clients.

 

Outreach Services

The Home Library Service normally delivers items to 134 clients in the Lane Cove and Hunters Hill Local Government Areas. During lockdown an additional 97 residents (aged 67+ years) have joined the service on a temporary basis - this is an increase of 72.4%. However, the Home Library Service has not been able to visit residents living in Aged Care Facilities.

 

In August the Library Service delivered 1,819 Library to Your Door items and picked up 11 items – many residents continue to use the Library chutes when they leave their homes to shop or exercise. Library staff have requested borrowers to return LTYD bags in the Junior chute to avoid clogging the automated handling system.

 

Local Studies & Archives

The Council Archivist has been coordinating a project to scan older property files into Council’s Document Management System. The project commenced in 2020 and 8,147 files had been scanned with 395 archive boxes destroyed.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

 

Library Events

Date

Event

Sessions

Attendance

 

Children & Youth Programs - attendance includes carers

Online

Storytime - views

2

523

Online

Children’s Book Week Book Photograph Competition - entries

1

27

 

Sub Total

2

550

 

General Programs

5 August

NSW Public Libraries Online Talk – Meet Kyle Perry, The Deep

1

10

16 August

Shorelink Libraries Online Talk -Professor Mary Colyvan, Living in a Fine-tuned Universe: A User’s Guide (National Science Week)

1

19

19 August

NSW Public Libraries Online Talk - Meet Larissa Behrendt, After Story

1

14

20 August

Shorelink Libraries Online Talk – Sophie Scott, Overcoming Anxiety and Burnout in a Time of Change (National Science Week)

1

54

27 August

Shorelink Libraries Online Talk – Joyce Morgan, The Countess of Kirribilli

1

19

 

Sub Total

5

116

 

Total Library Programs

7

666

 

Upcoming Events

 

Library Events

Date

Event

 

Children & Youth Programs (dependent on COVID-19 restrictions)

Online

Storytelling

15 September

Koori Kinnections Storytime (Online)

 

General Programs (dependent on COVID-19 restrictions)

9 September

NSW Public Libraries Online Talk – Meet Tom Keneally, Corporal Hitler’s Pistol

15 September

NSW Public Libraries Online Talk – Meet Matt Murphy, Rum. A Distilled History of Colonial Australia

 

COMMUNITY SERVICES BRANCH

 

Community services Manager

Date

Event

Attendance

12 August

Lower North Shore Domestic Violent Network Meeting

 

18 August

-              Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee meeting

-              NSROC Social and Cultural Infrastructure Strategy Implementation Working Group

-              NSROC CSPOG meeting

 

19 August

Age-Friendly Advisory Committee meeting

 

20 August

Lane Cove Climate Resilience Plan meeting with Northern Sydney Local Health District

 

 

Seniors and Disability

Date

Event

Attendance

4 August

Different Degrees

A drama group for people of all abilities that meets to create self-devised theatre and learn many forms of dramatic skills

7 (ZOOM)

11 August

Different Degrees

7 (ZOOM)

9 August

Resilience Webinar: Staying Afloat & Staying Connected during COVID-19

Free webinar series that provide tips on how to cope with the challenges of COVID-19 and help seniors develop resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic.

55 (ZOOM)

13 August

Dying to Know Day

An end of life planning workshop that empowers participants with the knowledge and resources they need to plan well for themselves or their family members in the final stages of life.

17 (ZOOM)

16 August

LAN meeting

7 (ZOOM)

17 August

Resilience Webinar: Coping with Uncertainty during COVID-19

72 (ZOOM)

18 August

Different Degrees

6 (ZOOM)

23 August

Resilience Webinar: Caring for a Spouse or Family Member during COVID-19

46 (ZOOM)

25 August

Different Degrees

6 (ZOOM)

31 August

Resilience Webinar: Reframing COVID-19

78 (ZOOM)

 

The Different Degrees group continued meeting online for games, improvisation, and preparation to record scenes from Imaginarium. The average attendance dropped slightly this month as some participants were not able to join the virtual workshops. Although their performance night has been cancelled due to the lockdown, the group have worked tirelessly preparing for their performance recording, which will be done on 8 and 15 September.

 

The Men’s Community Cooking Group was again unable to meet in August due to the lockdown. The group’s facilitator has been in touch with the men on a regular basis to check in on them and stay connected. Council has started publishing Men’s Cooking Group newsletter, and it sent out the newsletter fortnightly along with new recipes for them to try at home. The group were encouraged to share photos of food that they tried or recipes they would recommend to try. As a result, the 2nd edition of the newsletter included a photo and a recipe sent from one of the men. The newsletters were well received by the group.

 

Lane Cove Council and other Northern Sydney Councils (Hornsby, Hunters Hill, Mosman, North Sydney, Northern Beaches, Ryde, Willoughby) hosted a series of free Resilience Webinars about coping with COVID-19.  The free webinar series, with presenters from The Resilience Centre, provided tips on how to cope with the challenges of COVID-19 and help participants develop resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinars proved popular with over 250 people attending in total. Councils received very positive feedback from the attendees who commented the webinars were timely, useful and practical.

 

A total of 17 people attended the Dying to Know Day workshop and learned from two presenters, Barbara Lewis from Northern Sydney Local Health District and Binal Patel from Right at Home, on topics such as Advance Care Directive and Palliative Care.

 

The Lane Cove Connection continues to be sent out in hard copy to over 300 individuals as well as via email and available on the Council website.   

 

Youth Services

Date

Event

Attendance

Every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon

Let’s Connect – online youth drop-in 

Average 2-3 people at each session.  Sessions limited to up to 5 young people.

4 August

Lower North Shore Youth Interagency

 

10 August

Ryde Hunters Hill Youth Interagency

 

 

Upcoming events

Date

Event

1 and 8

Self-Care During the pandemic – for Council staff provided by Sydney North Health Network

6,8,13,15

HIIT Me Up – High Intensity Interval Training program for young people ages 14-18.

 

CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT AND EVENTS REPORT

Events Held

Date

Event

Attendance

6 August

Fun Fridays: Online Disco

With everyone at home learning and playing, Council brought the school disco to the dining room this month for Fun Fridays. Presented on Council’s Facebook page and facilitated by Party Higher.

- Reached 646 people and had 51 engagements

2-6 August

Lane Cove Village Public Art Program

Artist Kim Siew successfully completed her artwork The Daily at the rear of Lane Cove Newsagency at Burns Bay Rd, Lane Cove facing onto the Canopy square. The artwork has been graffiti proofed to protect from tagging and interpretive signage installed at the site.

 

This is the first of a series of artworks to be completed in Birdwood Lane. The second location has been delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

- Facebook promotion reached 2723 people and had 219 engagements

 

27 August

Lane Cove Festival Launch

 

For the digital launch via Council’s Facebook group, SpinJoy facilitated an online hula hoop lesson. Aimed at the young and young at heart, the community could learn some fun new hula hoop tricks.

 

Across the month of September, there will be more than 20 online activities for the community to participate in, hosted by Council and local community groups. The program has launched on Council’s Festivals webpage and will feature updates to all activities as they become available from organisers.

 

Promotion for the Festival commenced in August with the delivery of 18,000 programs to local homes, street banners, large fabric banners, bus shelter advertisements and a dedicated Arts & Cultural e-newsletter.

- Facebook post reached 3,340 people and had 531 engagements

 

31 August

Get Gig Ready: Sounds Good – Radio 101 Digital Workshop

This workshop provided an overview of the various radio formats that exist and the types of audience that each cater for. Attendees learnt about the difference between community, commercial and public radio, and got advice on how to pitch your music and score airplay and interviews. The workshop was facilitated by Steph Liong, Music Director at 2SER.

- 41 registrations with 26 attendees the workshop

 

August

Get Gig Ready: Radio Segment on 2SER

Four episodes of the Get Gig Ready radio segment featuring local artists aired on 2SER in August. Artists featured included JËVA, Safford, Nicholas Ng and Rotaris.

21,000 listeners per segment

August

Street Libraries Puzzles

Council produced and distributed Lane Cove-themed word searches and crosswords via its network of Street Libraries to help keep locals entertained during lockdown.

- More than 500 copies distributed to 11 street libraries

COVID-19 UPDATE:

Lane Cove Art Award Opening Night

Opening Night and Art Award cancelled for 2021 following liaison with the Lane Cove Art Society.

 

Rotary Fair

The Rotary Club of Lane Cove confirmed the cancellation of the 2021 Rotary Fair and Sustainability Lane.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meetings Held

August

Rotary Fair Meeting

Rotary met with Council staff to continue planning the 2021 Fair

August

Lane Cove Village Public Art Program

Correspondence with artists and property owners to finalise delivery of Lane Cove Newsagency artwork.

August

Lane Cove Art Award

Council has been working with the Lane Cove Art Society on the 57th Art Award

10 August

NSROC Arts and Cultural POG Meeting

The group met to discuss opportunities for region-wide collaboration in the Arts and Cultural sector and shared Council updates.

August

St Leonards South Public Art

Staff have reviewed documentation related to public art contained within the St Leonards South precinct.

 

Upcoming Events

September

Children’s Art Project, Lane Cove Plaza

 September

Online event: Aboriginal Education with Koori Kinnections

6 September

Aboriginal Art with Dreamtime Connections

17 September

What Day Is It? with Lane Cove Youth Orchestra

24 September

Creative Workshop with Hotbed Designs

13 October

Lane Cove Business Breakfast: Mental Health is Everyone’s Business

 

 

KINDY COVE

With Greater Sydney in lockdown since 26 June, we have averaged 76% utilisation of the service since then.  We have implemented the gap fee waiver option for families from 23 August.  The Commonwealth Government has made Business Continuity Payments (BCP) available for service who meets various criteria, including utilisation being less than 50%.  We have not achieved that lower level of utilisation and are not likely to, so we cannot claim the BCP at this time.

 

Occupancy is at 98%.  It has dropped slightly as some families’ circumstances have changed with COVID and no families currently wish to start their children in care.  Tours for prospective families have again been cancelled due to Covid-19 lockdown.

 

The staff and children have been exploring many areas of learning. Green Room recently wrote to the Premier to express their appreciation for all she is doing to protect us.  They were delighted to get a letter back from Gladys Berejiklian.  Our Blue Room facilitated some group zoom session with children who have been at home during lockdown.

 

August also saw much exploration and discussion around the Olympics.  We learned about many of our athletes and the sports they were competing in.  We saw how many people with different abilities were competing and achieving wonderful personal bests, and some medals too.  We cheered on our athletes and wore our national colours with pride. Our children supported many different countries of origin.

 

The Olympics also prompted further exploration of inclusion and cultural pride across all age groups.

 

We embraced Book week this month and the children delighted in sharing their favourite books.  Some staff and children dressed up as their favourite characters.

 

FACILITIES

 

August month in lockdown there were no major jobs undertaken by Facilities. All no-essential trades could not work.

 

All Buildings

·         Essential services inspections to fire panels, emergency, and exit lighting.

·         Beaver Williams a/c carried out repairs and scheduled service.

 

Council Offices

·         Getting quotes to replace 9 rotting timber windows.

·         Getting quotes to upgrade staff kitchen.

·         BMS, quoted work and service.

·         Fitted GSM units 4G SIM cards to lift for incoming NBN. 

 

Blackman Park Guide Hall

·         Triaxial Engineers conducted their regular inspections to cracks to walls and floor.

 

Lane Cove Tennis Club

·         Triaxial Engineers conducted their regular inspections to cracks to walls and floor.

 

Blackman Park Scout Hall

·         Looking alternate heat in replacement of defective gas heating system.

·         Fit new door to store area

 

Aquatic Centre

·         Triaxial Engineers are preparing a report and recommendations to carry out remedial repairs.

 

Lane Cove Library

·         Upgrading the security system on to the Protégé system to be in line with all the other buildings.

 

Greenwich Baths

·         Getting quote to replace boom around shark net and the replacement of two piles.

·         Quotes carry out the annual sand shifting.

·         Repair work to the timber paling boundary fence.

 

Tantallon Oval

·         Project is on hold due to lockdown

·         The new pavilion will consist of:

·         A community room

·         Toilets

·         Change rooms

·         A kiosk

·         Storage areas

·         An umpire room

·         A BBQ area

·         A water station

·         A covered viewing area of the Oval.

 

 

Fire compliance work undertaken during June 2021

 

164 Longueville Rd

L2 Annual Ext Dry chem ABE1.0kg Service PASS

L2 Annual Ext CO2 3.5kg Service PASS

L4 Pressure test ( 5 yrly) Pass

Emergency lighting test:

Fitting 27 – Ground Entry Door failed replaced.  

Fitting 42  – Lower Ground Floor Carpark Exit  failed replaced.  

 

Youth Centre

L2 Annual Ext CO2 3.5kg Service PASS

L2 Annual Fire Hydrant Service PASS

L2 Annual Fire Hose Reel Service PASS

L2 Annual Fire Blanket Service PASS

L2 Annual Anti Tamper Seal Service PASS

 

Centre House 

L2 Annual Fire Hose Reel Service PASS

L2 Annual Fire Blanket Service PASS

L2 Annual Anti Tamper Seal Service PASS

L2 Annual Ext CO2 3.5kg Service PASS

L2 Annual Air/Water 9ltr Service PASS

 

Greenwich Community Centre

L2 Annual Fire Hose Reel Service PASS

L2 Annual Fire Blanket Service PASS

L2 Annual Anti Tamper Seal Service PASS

L2 Annual Ext CO2 3.5kg Service PASS

L2 Annual Air/Water 9ltr Service PASS

 

Waterview

Emergency lighting test:

Fitting 14 – Unisex Toilet failed replaced.  

Fitting 17 –Toilet Corridor failed replaced. 

 

 

 

 

Living and Learning

Emergency lighting test:

Fitting 1a – outside failed replaced.  

Fitting 3  – Near FIP failed replaced.  

Fitting 6  – Behind FIP failed replaced.  

Fitting 14 – Kitchen Area failed replaced.

 

Lane Cove Library

Emergency lighting test:

Fitting 19 – Fire Stairs failed replaced.  

Fitting 27 – Main Entry failed replaced.  

Fitting 32 – Toilet Corridor failed replaced.  

Fitting 3 – Lift Corridor failed replaced.

Fitting 5 – Near Fire Exit failed replaced.

Fitting 6 –Fire Exit failed replaced.

 

Civic Centre

Emergency lighting test:

Fitting 1 – Cove Room Entrance failed replaced.  

Fitting 7 – Cove Room Fire Stairs failed replaced.  

Fitting 13 – Chambers failed replaced.  

Fitting 29 – Kitchen Exit failed replaced.

 

Kindy Cove

Emergency lighting test:

Fitting 10 – Blue Room Corridor failed replaced.  

Fitting 14 – Blue Room Entry failed replaced.  

 

 


 

Lane Cove Aquatic Centre – Managed by BLUEFIT, July 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

OPEN SPACE AND URBAN SERVICES

OPEN SPACE

 

Rainfall

·          There was 81mms of rain recorded in Lane Cove during August.

 

St Leonards South Precinct

·          Pre DA-submissions have been received.

·          Ongoing feedback provided to applicants.

 

Bob Campbell Oval

·          Successful tenderer awarded the contract.

·          Discussions underway at the possibility of an earlier construction start date.

·          Preparation of REF based on preferred Tender solution underway

 

Helen St Reserve and Tantallon Oval playground

·          Community consultation underway.

 

Sports Fields

·          All winter sport has been cancelled, leaving Council time to renovate. Fields are still getting plenty of casual use and severe damage from dogs digging up the fields.

 

Bushland General:

 

Lovetts Reserve – Contaminated area

Council has submitted a draft Remediation Action Plan (RAP) and a Voluntary Management Plan (VMP) to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) for their comment.  The RAP is a planning document that lists the contaminants and a general plan of how the site would be remediated.  The VMP sets out a timetable to oversee the remediation works according to the Remediation Action PlanOnce signed off, the VMP becomes a legally binding document.

 

Bushland Activities

Outcomes for August 2021

Bushcare volunteer hours (no volunteers due to Covid 19)

·          Bushcare hours = 0

·          Bushcare sites worked = 0

·          Bushcare sites are being maintained by staff

Community Nursery activities (no volunteers due to Covid 19)

·          Number of volunteers = 0

·          Number of volunteer hours = 0

Community Nursery production (production halted due to Covid 19)

·          Number of seed trays prepared = 0

·          Number of plants potted = 0

·          Number of outgoing plants = 767


Backyard Habitat

·          7 consultations conducted and weed management/planting suggestion reports.

·          2 follow up consultations.

·          235 Native plants planted in wildlife corridors on private land.

Bush Friends

·          Number of supervised Bush Friends sessions = 0 (due to COVID lockdown)

·          Number of Bush Friends field hours (incl. nature strips) = 11

·          New Bush Friends volunteers signed up = 3

·          Worked across 4 different bushland reserves and 2 verges/parks.

·          No plants installed in August.

Bushcare Events

·          Living with Brush Turkeys: 92 attendees to this online presentation by Ann Goeth, very engaged audience with lots of great questions and discussion at the end.

·          Two National Tree Day events and a plant propagation workshop cancelled due to COVID lockdown.

·          Schools Tree Day: cancelled due to extended closure of schools.

Bush Kids Program

·          6 activities during August had to be cancelled due to COVID and the Sydney wide stay-at-home order.

·          Instagram and the Lane Cove Bush Kids Facebook page is being utilised to keep our families connected and engaged with the program. We currently have 1237 FB Followers and 162 Instagram Followers.

Every Child a Bush Experience

·          No excursions undertaken this month.

HarbourCare

·          1 Harbourcare event (land-based) cancelled due to COVID lockdown

·          1 Individual HarbourCare collection at Batten Reserve (whilst out bushwalking)

·          2 HarbourCare participants

·          37kg of litter was collected, 5kg of which was recycled.

 

Trees

·          The tree assessment process is currently running on a one/two week turnaround from application to inspection.  There were 0 referrals to Independent Tree Review Expert Arbiter (ITREA) in August.

 

Applications Processed

August

Total Number of applications processed             

32

Total Number of ‘Fast Track’ applications processed (included in figures above)

9

Total Number of trees processed within the applications

77

Total number of trees processed for removal

32

Total number of trees processed to be pruned

45

Number of trees permitted to be removed (including additional trees requested at time of inspection)

23

Number of trees permitted to be pruned (including additional trees requested at time of inspection)

51

Number of trees refused removal and/or pruning

11

Number of removals processed as ‘Fast Track’ (included in figures above)

6

Number of pruning’s processed as ‘Fast Track’ (included in figures above)

5

Number of non-compliant ‘Fast Track’ applications

0

Street & park trees trimmed

35

Street & park trees removed 

4

Street trees planted (Connecting Street Canopy Corridors, Longueville)

0

Other plantings - trees and shrubs (taken from Community Nursery output)

767

 

August Public Tree Vandalism / Damage

Vegetation

Address

Damage Type

Result

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

 

 


URBAN SERVICES

Schedule for Road Maintenance

Road Name

Segment

Area

Time Frame

Completed

Comments

O'Connell Street

Albert St to Victoria St

 

 

1st

 

Gordon Crescent

Elizabeth Pde to Girraween Ave

 

 

1st

 

River Road

Wararoon Rd to Austin St

 

 

2nd

 

Mowbray Road

Linvale Close to Pacific Hwy

 

 

2nd

Heavy Patch

Mowbray Road

Ralson St to Roslyn St

 

 

3rd

Heavy Patch

Mowbray Road

Girraween Ave to Mindarie St

 

 

3rd

Heavy Patch

Sam Johnston Way

Epping Road to Orion Rd

 

 

4th

 

Tambourine Bay Road

River Road to Riverview St

 

Aug-21

1st

Heavy patch - chicane sections

Orion Road

Sam Johnston Way Sirius Rd

 

 

4th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rothwell crescent

kerb and gutter sections

 

 

1st

 

 

 

 

Schedule for Footpath Maintenance

Road Name

Segment

Side

Time Frame

Completed

Comments

Balfour Street

Innes Road to Lansdowne Street

Both

4th

 

 

Bent Street

Ford Street to Seaman Street

R

4th

 

 

Cliff Road

Private Road to Cliff Road

L

3rd

 

new footpath

College Rd South

Sofala Ave to Riverview St

L

1st

Aug-21

new

George Street

Manns Ave to victoria Street

Both

2nd

 

 

Greenwich Road

River Road to Pacific Hwy

L

1st

Aug-21

SUP - new

Innes Road

Wisdom Road to Balfour Street

R

2nd

 

 

Innes Road

Balfour Street to Hinkler Street

R

3rd

 

 

Kingslangley Road

Greenwich public School, Hinkler St to Kingslangley(44-48)

R

3rd

 

widen path in front of hand rail adjacent to water booster near entrance on St Vincents Road

Longeville Road

Richardson St West to Zeta Rd

R

1st

Aug-21

 

Mafeking Avenue

Gatacre Ave to Kimberley Ave (8 makeking to Kimberley)

L

3rd

 

new footpath

Mars Road

Woodcock place to Banksia Close

R

1st

Aug-21

Maintenance

Molesworth Lane

Arabella S to Kenneth St

L

2nd

 

walkway

Norton Lane

Pacific Hwy to Helen St

L

2nd

 

 

Richardson St West

Longueville Rd to dead end

R

1st

Aug-21

 

River Road

St Vincents Rd to Greenwich Road

R

1st

 

SUP - new

Ronald Ave

Innes Road to Crowther Street

Both

4th

 

 

Sofala Ave

Pengilly Street to Tambourine Bay Road

L

1st

Aug-21

new

St Vincents Road

Dead end to Gore Street

L

1st

 

SUP - new

St Vincents Road

Gore Street to River Road

R

3rd

 

SUP

Tambourine Bay Road

River Road West to Yallambee Rd

L

 

 

 

 

 

Schedule for Stormwater Maintenance

 

 

Time Frame

Completed

Comments

Road Name

Description

 

1st

 

 

28 Austin Street, Lane Cove

Install dish drain to direct water into existing pit. Remove existing fence blocking easement

 

1st

 

 

69 Greenwich Road, Greenwich

Water ponding on footpath

 

2nd

 

 

Wood Street & Yarrandi Place

Construct a dish drain across the intersection and K&G

 

2nd

 

 

Stormwater Infrastructure Condition Assessment

Mid Lane Cove Catchment

 

1st

 

 

Buller Lane

Install kerb n gutter and a sag pit and connect to the existing pit on the other side of the road

 

1st

Jul-21

 

Graham Street and Burns Bay Road

Construct a converter at the corner of Graham and BBR

 

3rd

 

 

20 Pengilly Street

Reconstruct existing stormwater pipe and converter

 

4rd

 

 

Stringybark Reserve

Construct a new GPT

 

4rd

 

 

Central Ave and Pottery Lane

Reconstruct existing dish drain at the intersection

 

1st

 

 

1 Mitchell Street

Connect the existing outlet to the downstream pit at Robert St

 

1st

Jul-21

 

Kenneth Street

Reconstruct existing Kerb & Gutter between Dunios St and Staurt St

 

4rd

 

 

New Street and Lorna Leigh Lane

Reconstruct existing collapsed stormwater pipe

 

3rd

 

 

6 First Avenue

Stormwater pipe patch works

 

1st

Aug-21

Rectification works at Council's stormwater pipe