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Community Development and Services Advisory

Notice of Meeting

 

Monday, 12 September 2016

 

8 September 2016

 

Mr John Rayner

 

A Community Development and Services Advisory Committee meeting will be held at Kogarah Civic Centre, on Monday, 12 September 2016 for consideration of the business available on Council's website at http://www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au/Agendas-and-Minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

Gail Connolly

General Manager

 

 

BUSINESS

1.      Apologies 

2.      Disclosures of Interest

3.      Reports from Council Officers


Ordinary Meeting

Summary of Items

Monday, 12 September 2016

 

Community and Culture

COM001-16       Community Safety Initiatives

(Report by Manager Community Services, David Linden)..................................... 2

COM002-16       Community Development - Youth - Report on Activities

(Report by Youth Services Officer, Angus Megarrity).............................................. 9

COM003-16       Community Grants

(Report by Coordinator Community Development, Nicolas Best)....................... 13

COM004-16       Multicultural Services - Community Development Initiatives

(Report by Multicultural and Indigenous Development Officer, Jamal Bassam) 15

COM005-16       Aged & Disability Activities and Programs

(Report by Aged and Disability Development Officer, Brenda Eggleton).......... 17

COM006-16       Cultural Development Activities and Events

(Report by Cultural Development Officer, Anne-Marie Wiles)............................. 19   

 


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AGENDA

 

1.      Apologies 

2.      Disclosures of Interest

3.      Reports from Council Officers


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Community and Culture

 

Item:                   COM001-16       Community Safety Initiatives 

Author:              Manager Community Services, David Linden and Community Development Officer – General, Daniella Oliveiro

Directorate:      Community and Culture

 

Recommendation

(a)     THAT the report be received and noted

 

Executive Summary

1.      This report provides an update on current Community Safety initiatives.

 

Background

CCTV Installation Project

2.      Prior to the amalgamation of Hurstville and Kogarah Councils on 12 May 2016 both Councils submitted applications to the Commonwealth Attorney General’s Department for the provision of CCTV cameras in various locations within the respective local government areas.

3       Subsequent to the amalgamation the Georges River Council has been advised that both applications were successful and funding will be made available for the provision of a total of 14 cameras to be located in the Hurstville CBD and a total of 11 cameras to be provided in 10 locations in the Kogarah town centre and in the suburbs of Allawah, Carlton and South Hurstville. Maps of proposed locations are attached.

4       The additional cameras will supplement Council’s current network of CCTV cameras throughout the former Hurstville Local Government Area. 

5       The Funding Agreements are in the process of being executed by Council and the Attorney General’s Department and the tender process for the purchase of CCTV equipment will follow thereafter.

6       It is anticipated that the report on the acceptance of the successful tender will be tabled at the Council meeting in December with the project commencing in the New Year.    

 

DV Project

7        Council and St George Domestic Violence (DV) Committee will engage with local youth organisations and school communities to participate in conversations about DV. The aim of the project is to start a conversation and raise awareness to reduce the incidence of domestic violence in the St George local community.   A workshop was conducted in conjunction with Shopfront Arts Co-op on 25 August 2016.   Another workshop is planned to be held in conjunction with 3 Bridges on 1 September 2016. Young people are being invited to submit artwork with a DV message. 

8        One artwork will be chosen by Council to be printed onto disposable coffee cups and distributed to local Cafes to coincide with 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women in November 2016

9       A community event is planned for 23 November 2016   to coincide with 16 Days of Activism in partnership with the St George Domestic Violence Committee and Rockdale Council and an official launch of the coffee cup messaging through St George cafes

 

Operational Plan Budget

10  No budget impact for this report.

 

 

File Reference

16/425

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment View1

Map of Allawah locations

Attachment View2

Map of Carlton locations

Attachment View3

Map of Hurstville locations

Attachment View4

Map of Kogarah locations

Attachment View5

Map of Sth Hurstville locations

 


Georges River Council – Community Development Advisory Committee meeting - Monday, 12 September 2016

COM001-16         Community Safety Initiatives

[Appendix 1]         Map of Allawah locations

 

 

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Georges River Council – Community Development Advisory Committee meeting - Monday, 12 September 2016

COM001-16         Community Safety Initiatives

[Appendix 2]         Map of Carlton locations

 

 

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Georges River Council – Community Development Advisory Committee meeting - Monday, 12 September 2016

COM001-16         Community Safety Initiatives

[Appendix 3]         Map of Hurstville locations

 

 

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Georges River Council – Community Development Advisory Committee meeting - Monday, 12 September 2016

COM001-16         Community Safety Initiatives

[Appendix 4]         Map of Kogarah locations

 

 

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Georges River Council – Community Development Advisory Committee meeting - Monday, 12 September 2016

COM001-16         Community Safety Initiatives

[Appendix 5]         Map of Sth Hurstville locations

 

 

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Item:                   COM002-16       Community Development - Youth - Report on Activities  

Author:              Youth Services Officer, Angus Megarrity and Community Development Officer – Youth, Amy Iheakanwa

Directorate:      Community and Culture

 

Recommendation

(a)     THAT the report be received and noted

 

Executive Summary

1          Council’s Youth Development Officers coordinate a range of community development activities for young people aged twelve to twenty-four years in the Georges River Local Government Area (LGA). Projects are developed in accordance with the needs and priorities identified in the Georges River Council’s Operational Plan. Recent and upcoming projects are outlined below.       

 

ScribbleInk Youth Literature Awards

2          Between April and August Council’s Youth Development Officer, in partnership with Hurstville Library’s Youth librarian, facilitated Council’s Annual Youth Literature Awards ScribbleInk, now in its third year. The awards are Council’s annual open themed literature awards that call for creative writing entries from students who live, study or play in the Georges River Council Local Government Area. ScribbleInk provides opportunities for High School aged writers to gain new skills and grow their craft. A creative writing workshop with young professional author Claire Zorn focusing on setting the scene attracted thirty high school aged participants with a significant number continuing on to enter works to the awards.

 

3          Forty nine works were submitted by our local youth community of authors across the junior and senior categories. A panel of industry professionals including AUGGIE Award winning playwright, Pat Cranney, Walkley Award winning journalist, Kavita Bedford, Shopfront Arts CEO, Daniel Potter and Georges River Council’s Children’s Librarian, Kate Campion judged the works and spoke to the quality of the body of works. 

 

4          Editing of a collected edition of the works submitted to the 2016 awards is currently underway with a limited print run of books to be printed for distribution to participants and inclusion to Council’s libraries collections in September. The book will be titled “Telling Tales, An Anthology. 2016 ScribbleInk Youth Literature Awards”.

 

Short Stuff Youth Film Festival        

5          Planning has been recently finalised for the 2016 Short Stuff Youth Film Festival. The festival is Council’s major skills, community and cultural development festival for young people aged 12-24 years focusing on storytelling and the highlighting of young people ambitions, hopes and fears through film. Two free skills development workshops: acting for screen and introduction to film making were held on Wednesday 31 August and Wednesday 7 September respectively to equip first time film makers with the fundamentals to create their first short film.

 

6          Following the skills development workshops teams of young people are set the challenge of creating a five minute (or less) short film within forty eight hours over the weekend of Friday 23 September to Sunday 25 September. Teams are given a list of mandatory inclusion items, dialogue lines and notable geographical locations within the LGA as evidence of their film being created during the event weekend.

 

7          Judging of the festival entries will be undertaken by a panel of industry professionals including Macedonian film maker Bebi Zekirovski, actor, writer and film maker Barton Williams and Shopfront Arts CEO Daniel Potter. The judging of the industry panel will be supplemented by a cohort of local young people including Georges River Youth Advisory Committee members and Council’s Youth Development Officers.

 

8          The festival culminates with a public screening of the entrant films at Event Cinemas Hurstville on Friday 11 November from 6.30pm – 8.30pm.

 

9          The Short Stuff Youth Film Festival is an initiative of Georges River Council with support from Shopfront Arts and headspace Hurstville.

 

Georges River Council High Schools Forum

10        On Thursday 8 September the Georges River Council High Schools Forum will be held at the Hurstville Entertainment Centre. The forum is a professional development forum for high schools based welfare staff and other key schools staff. The forum brings together representatives from the key youth service providers from across the St George region working in the areas of mental health and holistic wellbeing of young people and their families. These services host information stalls and speak with schools staff to highlight the support services available to students and families as well as in schools based programs.

 

11        The forum will also host a number of presentations from key services including the Police Critical Incident Response Team. Council’s Youth Development officer will also present on Council’s Public Space presentation which is run in schools and discusses with young people how their actions and language in public spaces impact on other community members.

 

12        Over twenty services are registered to host stalls at the forum and over thirty schools based staff from over a dozen high schools have registered to attend.

 

Basketball Tournament and Open air film night

13     In April 2016, Council hosted a Basketball and open air film night as part of the annual Youth week celebrations. Due to the success of the event particularly the ability to involve hard to-reach target groups (young males aged 14-19), it was decided that Council would organize another similar event to coincide with the end of the September school holidays and “Exercise your mood month” (an initiative started by the Black Dog institute).

 

14     Council’s Youth Advisory Committee members were very enthusiastic about this event occurring again and offered suggestions as to the themes that could be linked in and food options that should be available. It was decided that the event would focus on physical activity paired with nutrition and its links to good mental health. Initiatives to involve Black Dog institute and headspace have been made to set up a stall on the day and interact with youth around the issue of mental health.

 

15     The day will consist of a Basketball tournament for youth aged 14-19 years followed by an open air film night for everyone. There will be a strong focus on physical activity and mental health with service providers such as Black Dog, St George Youth Services, 3 Bridges and Project Youth being present on the day. St George Basketball Association will also be partnering with Council for the Basketball portion of the event. Following several YAC meetings it was decided that the traditional BBQ Sausage sizzle would be replaced with a healthy smoothie truck.

 

Sexting Risk awareness working group

16     At the St George Youth Network Meeting on 3 August 2016, discussions were held around the current situation of sexting among many of our youth in the St George area. The lack of knowledge when it came to the possible legal, social, and professional ramifications for the young people who are involved in both sending and receiving sexts was highlighted by the St George Local Area Command. Sex texting, known as "sexting" for short, involves sending, receiving, or forwarding sexual photos or sexually suggestive messages through text message or email.

 

17     Points were raised during the meeting about sexting becoming an increasing issue not only for the St George Local area command (receiving sexting offences on a weekly basis) but also the wider community. The need for the incorporation of non – legal education and awareness creation around this topic for youth, parents and carers was agreed by those present at the meeting. It was determined that a possible option to resolve this issue within the community would be to establish a working group to explore the issue further and to develop events, activities or resources that address this issue in a holistic way. The group would work by complementing the resources already available (including the work that St George Local Area Command and the schools are currently involved in) and by trying to reach both the young people and their parents.

 

18     So far there have been 11 sector professionals interested in the working group including individuals from St George Local Area Command, Project Youth, 3 Bridges, SESLHD and Shopfront. The Working Group will meet on a bi-monthly basis, with expected representation to be made up of local youth organisations, Council, St George Local area command and NSW Health. The working group will decide upon three outcomes to which it will work towards. A chairperson will be elected at the first meeting.

 

Georges River Council Youth Advisory Committee Amalgamation

19        Members of the former Hurstville and Kogarah Youth Councils have commenced meeting as the amalgamated Georges River Council Youth Advisory Committee. Council’s Youth Development Officers, in consultation with the members of the Advisory Committee have recently finalised the terms of reference for the committee.

 

20        The committee is currently supporting the activities of Council’s Youth Development Officers and will have significant items to report moving forward.

 

21        Immediately prior to amalgamations eleven members of the former Hurstville Youth Council spent a day assembling birthing kits to be sent to developing nations to support birthing mothers in having a sterile birth and to prevent infections for both mother and child. This day was a highly positive team building day and the final project of the Hurstville Youth Council.

 

 

Operational Plan Budget

22     Within budget allocation.

 

File Reference

 

 

 

 

  


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Item:                   COM003-16       Community Grants 

Author:              Coordinator Community Development, Nicolas Best

Directorate:      Community and Culture

 

Recommendation

(a)     That the report on recent and upcoming community grants related activities be received and noted.

 

Executive Summary

1.      The Georges River Community Grants Program is intended to provide a basis for Council to allocate its funds to address priority community needs under Section 356 of the Local Government Act in an effective and equitable manner, based on the individual merits of each request. Applications for the 2016/17 grants program close Friday 16 September 2016.

 

Background

2.      In 2016/17 the Georges River Community Grants Program will provide a total of $200,000 which will be made available to local community groups to apply for grants of up to $10,000 each for community projects and assistance for capital works in the areas of community development, culture and arts development, environment and sports clubs.

3.      The Stronger Communities Fund has been established by the NSW Government to kick start the delivery of projects which will improve community infrastructure and services. The Stronger Communities Fund provides the newly formed Council with $10 million. Of this total, $1 million will be available to local community groups to apply for grants of up to $50,000.

4.      In 2016/17 Georges River Council will facilitate the Stronger Communities Fund and Council’s Community Grants Program in one streamlined process. The community grants programs have opened for applications on 26 August 2016 and will close for applications on Friday, 16 September 2016.

5.      A Community Grants Assessment Panel has been established to assess both the Stronger Communities Grants and annual Georges River Community Grants Program applications. The panel membership includes State Members of Parliament, former Kogarah and Hurstville Councillors and a Regional Coordinator form the Department of Premier and Cabinet, or their delegates. It is anticipated that the panel will meet early October 2016 to assess applications.

 

Information sessions

6.      On Friday 19 August 2016 Council hosted two grants information sessions for community organisations to be able to learn more information about Council grants programs. One information session was held at Jubilee Community Centre in the morning, while another session was held in the afternoon at the Hurstville Entertainment Centre.

7.      Both information sessions were well attended, with a total of 47 representatives from local community organisations attending the sessions. Organisations represented in the sessions had a range of target groups and focus, including areas such as domestic violence, supporting recently arrived migrants, local arts development, history, environmental conservation and sport.

8.      The information sessions provided attendees the opportunity to ask questions on the grants program, and the opportunity to network in a facilitated manner with other local organisations that had similar or complementing goals. 

 

Operational Plan Budget

9.      Within budget allocation.

 

File Reference

In Dataworks

 

 

 

  


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Item:                   COM004-16       Multicultural Services - Community Development Initiatives  

Author:              Multicultural and Indigenous Development Officer, Jamal Bassam

Directorate:      Community and Culture

 

Recommendation

THAT the information be received and noted.

 

Executive Summary

1       This report provides a summary of recent and proposed community development initiatives that promote understanding, respect and build social cohesion in the culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

 

2016 Refugee Week Event

2       Council celebrated Refugee Week this year on Thursday, 16 June with a day of activities that reflected the 2016 theme, ‘With courage let us all combine’. Council participated in Refugee Week with the aim of strengthening networks and relationships between various refugee populations in the area, building on understanding and acknowledging the contribution of people from refugee backgrounds.

3       Council partnered with Advance Diversity Services (formerly St George Migrant Resource Centre) and the Intensive English Centre at Beverly Hills.

4       There were several presentations, entertainment from Karifi, a traditional African cultural group and few people shared their stories which were both memorable and moving. The event attracted over 80 people.

 

Interfaith Event to Celebrate International Peace Day

5       Council in partnership with St George Women’s Interfaith Network (WIN) is organising an event to mark International Day of World Peace on Wednesday 21 September 2016 from 10.30am until 12.30pm at The Garden on Forest, Peakhurst.

6       Religious Leaders from Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu and Bahaâ faiths will be invited to the event to advance local interfaith dialogue and provide understanding of religious and spiritual diversity. It is also to promote peace, harmony and respect to the diverse cultural and religious groups within the region and the wider community.

 

St George Migrant Information Day

7       Council is a major sponsor to the annual St George Migrant Information Day. The Day will be held on Thursday, 27 October 2016 at Rockdale Town Hall from 10am until 2pm. The event is organised by St George Multicultural Network Interagency and supported by Council. 35 stalls have booked in to give information about services, facilities and support groups to newly arrived migrants and refugees in the area. It also includes a celebration of multicultural food and music.

 

 

 

Council Open Day    

8       The former Hurstville Council had in place an ongoing program to provide Open Days for members of the main multicultural community groups within the area as well as for members of small and emerging communities.

9       The Open Day events aim to welcome, educate and engage with the communities from diverse cultural backgrounds regarding Council’s role and services and to encourage community participation in local government.

10     It is proposed to continue to hold these Open Days with the next event for recently arrived migrants and the new settlers in the area to be held in early November 2016.

 

Review of Council Language Assistance Program

11     Council is committed to improve service delivery to local residents who may have difficulty in communicating in English language. Council is currently reviewing the Program including Language Assistance Policy to make every endeavour to ensure that there are sufficient language aides available in the identified priority community languages in both Hurstville and Kogarah Service Centres and libraries.   

 

Information sessions for the Chinese community

12     On Friday, 12 August 2016, an event was held at the St George Community Centre in Kogarah to provide information on the Aged Pension. Approximately 60 people attended the presentation from Centrelink staff with the assistance of an interpreter. Attendees were able to learn about eligibility to the Aged Pension, rules regarding travelling overseas, as well as asking question to staff regarding their individual circumstances.

 

13     An information session on the new Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme was held immediately after the Aged Pension information session. Police and the Multicultural Communities Liaison Officer from the St George Local Area Command, through the assistance of an interpreter, provided information on what domestic violence is, who to contact if in need of support and how to participate in the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme. Attendees also had the opportunity to discuss with the police the issues attendees felt were affecting their community. Several questions were asked regarding intergenerational abuse, especially relating to the relationships between sons and daughters in law with their respective fathers and mothers in law.

 

 

Operational Plan Budget

14     Within budget allocation.

 

File Reference

16/2125

 

  


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Item:                   COM005-16       Aged & Disability Activities and Programs 

Author:              Aged and Disability Development Officer, Brenda Eggleton and Community Development Officer – Ageing and Disability, Maria Athanasopoulos

Directorate:      Community and Culture

 

Recommendation

(a)     That the report be received and noted.

 

Executive Summary

1.      Council’s Community Development Officers - Aged and Disability coordinate a range of community development activities for seniors and people with disability in the Georges River community.  The following is a summary of recent and upcoming events.

 

National Carers Week 2016

2.      Georges River Council in partnership with South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD) Carers Program, Nurses on Wheels and Westfield Hurstville will be providing an information stall on Wednesday 19 October 2016 at the community table in Westfield’s. The Nurses on Wheels will be providing a free sugar & blood level test. The stall will target carers who do not identify as carers and provide information on support services, keeping healthy and accessing services in the St George area. This event has been supported by Carers NSW with a grant.

National Carers Week Banner

3.      The Georges River National Carers Week Banner has been updated with the new Georges River logo and the new Carers NSW logo. The Banner will be displayed in Hurstville from mid-September to mid-October then in Kogarah from mid-October to mid-November, to help draw awareness to the Carers in the LGA. The SESLHD Carers Program has donated the cost for the new upgrade.

Aged Care Expo 2016

4.      The Aged Care Expo held in the Rockdale Town Hall on 24 August 2016 was organised to provide the local seniors with information on how to access information and stay independent at home and what services were available for them and was very well attended. Over 35 stalls were represented from organisations within the St George area. A total of 350 visitors attended on the day, consisting of a mixture of seniors, family members and carers. The expo consisted of information stalls for aged services, entertainment, lucky door prizes, and a light morning tea. The feedback collected from the day has been very positive.

International Day of People with Disability

5.      International Day of People with Disability (IDPWD) is celebrated on 3 December annually and aims to promote an understanding of people with disability, as well as promoting inclusiveness and raising awareness of disability and access issues.

 

6.      A working party is being formed with members from local organisations who are interested in partnering with Georges River Council for the event. Ideas will be discussed and a plan for the space and event details will be finalised.

 

7.      Suggestions have been to hold a disco and have students with disability from local schools to perform and with another suggestion to stage an exhibition of either photos or art work.

 

 

Disability Inclusion Action Plan

8.      New South Wales is currently undergoing a period of major reform in the disability sector which includes an ongoing commitment to improving inclusion for people with disability.

 

9.      Every NSW Local Government Council is required by the Disability Inclusion Act 2014 (DIA) to develop a Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP) by 1 July, 2017. The DIAP is to address four key focus areas.  These are:

 

·    Developing positive community attitudes and behaviours

·    Creating liveable communities

·    Supporting access to meaningful employment

·    Improving access to services through better systems and processes.

 

10.    Council officers are currently developing a work plan that will outline the internal and external consultation required to be able to develop a draft DIAP.

 

11.    External consultation will be held with people with disability, carers and service providers. Internal consultation will be undertaken with all staff, with a focus on staff members that work in the areas of customer service, website development, human resources and assets and infrastructure.

 

12.    Once the consultation process is finalised a draft DIAP will be developed. This document is expected to be ready for review by the Community Development and Services Advisory Committee by February 2017. 

 

Operational Plan Budget

 

13.    Within budget allocation.

 

 

 

 

  


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Item:                   COM006-16       Cultural Development Activities and Events 

Author:              Cultural Development Officer, Anne-Marie Wiles and Community Development Officer – Cultural Services, Arabella Lee

Directorate:      Community and Culture

 

Recommendation

(a)     THAT the report be received and noted.

 

Executive Summary

This is a summary of recent and upcoming activities undertaken by Council’s Cultural Development staff.

 

Discovery Festival

1       The 2016 Georges River Discovery Festival of Community Arts is scheduled for 7 October – 6 November, 2016. The program includes eleven public events showcasing creative initiatives of local cultural and community groups developed during the year leading up to the festival period. These events reflect the vibrant multiculturalism of the Georges River community across various art forms and in venues in both the former Kogarah and Hurstville Council areas.  A Discovery Festival Program will soon be published in hard copy and on-line.

2        A detailed list of the Festival events and projects is attached.

 

REFUGEEZ! Art Exhibition – June 2016

3       To complement Council’s Refugee Week event in June, an Art Exhibition reflecting attitudes     to and experiences of refugees was presented at the Dragon’s Lair Gallery in the Hurstville Museum and Gallery 4 – 26 June, 2016. This project was conducted in partnership with Advance Diversity Services ( formerly St George Migrant Resource Centre) and St George and Sutherland Refugee Support Group.  16 Artworks were contributed by artists from across the St George region. A Popular Choice Award was presented to Jill Samera of Peakhurst for her work, “Unspeakable”, at the Council’s Refugee Week event on 16 June, 2016. The Exhibition Opening event was held on Saturday 4 June and was attended by 85 people.

 

Civic Theatre Projector Training DVD

4       A DVD has been produced to conserve the knowledge on how to operate and maintain the Council’s 35mm  film projector in the Civic Theatre. The DVD, features John Atkinson, the projectionist of the local film club, The Film Seen, who has over 40 years of experience as a projectionist and has operated and maintained Council’s film projectors since they were installed in 1984.  The DVD is also partly a documentary on Council’s Cinema and the history of screen projection. A launch of the DVD is tentatively scheduled for Sunday 20 November, 2016, as part of the Film Seen’s monthly screening event.

 

 

The Kogarah Art Prize

5       The Kogarah Art Prize is an annual national acquisitive prize for painting in any medium, with an open theme. There are prizes valued at $14,000 and the Finalists’ Exhibition is held at Kogarah Library and Cultural Centre

6       The 2016 judge was Dr Gene Sherman, Chair of Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation and from the 206 entries received, 39 Finalists were selected.

7       On 10 June 2016, the winners of the fifth Kogarah Art Prize were announced by Gail Connolly, Georges River Council’s General Manager. The winners were:

·    Kogarah Art Prize ($10,000): Vittoria Oriana Boundaries (acquired)

·    Place of Reeds Prize for a Local Artist ($3,000 + solo exhibition in Kogarah in 2017): Sabrina Martins Loule Rodriguez mi hombre (acquired)

·    Commended ($500): Steve Salo Romany Latham, Actor, Back to Back Theatre

·    Commended ($500): Yvonne Ferguson Relics

·    Packing Room Prize (Sponsored by Novotel Brighton Beach): Bronwen Bassett Clovelly Sea

·    People’s Choice Prize (Sponsored by Visual Art at Arncliffe): Cathy Butler Winston

8       The exhibition was held from Tuesday, 7 June until Sunday, 3 July 2016. The Kogarah Art Prize Facebook page continues to gain attention and now stands at 615 likes.

 

Carss Park Artist in Residence Program

9       The Carss Park Artist in Residence Program was established as a pilot project in September 2014 to develop cultural activity and promote the cultural profile of the Georges River area (formerly Kogarah City Council area) as part of Council’s wider cultural development strategy. The program aims to bring a range of artists working across different art forms to the area and introduce new opportunities and experiences to the community through Council’s arts and cultural programs.

10     The Artist in Residence Program will continue as an ongoing Georges River Council cultural program and promotional material and guidelines are currently in development.

11     Council’s first Artist in Residence at the Carss Bush Park Artist’s Cottage, Takis Kozokos,   a sculptor of extraordinary skill and expertise has completed his residency and returned to his role at the University of Thrace in Greece.

12     During his residency Takis completed three major artworks for Kogarah City Council: the  magnificent marble sculpture ‘The Book of St George’, ‘The Powerful Owl’, sculpted in Sydney sandstone for Carss Bush Park’s new children’s playground and the large scale bronze Commemorative Statue commemorating the role of nurses in Australian theatres of war which will be installed in Kogarah Town Square in late 2016. Takis has held two exhibitions at Kogarah Library and Cultural Centre: ‘The Book of St George’ in March 2015 and ‘Two Worlds’ in July 2016, in collaboration with local artist Tracey Levett.

13     Takis has also collaborated with local arts and cultural groups through exhibitions, lectures, workshops and in person to share his love and skill of sculpture, art history and education.

 

St George Arts and Cultural Network Forum

14     The St George Arts and Cultural Network Forum is a twice-yearly joint initiative between Georges River Council and Rockdale City Council which aims to connect artists, share information and resources and promote the diversity of cultural activities across the St George Region.

15     On Thursday 5 May 2016 the second St George Arts and Cultural Network Forum was held at The Guild Theatre in Rockdale. It was partnership between the former Kogarah and Hurstville City Councils and Rockdale City Council. Speakers at the forum included: Minna Muhlen-Schulte, Program Officer in Visual Arts, Literature and Museums at Arts NSW; Christina Mimmocchi, composer, producer and choir director, Sofia Carvajal who presented a social media session, Chris Searle from the Guild Theatre and local singer/songwriter UC Brigante. The forum concluded with a preview of ‘When Dad Married Fury’ by David Williamson performed by the Guild Theatre. 

16     The third Forum will have a visual arts theme at Kogarah Library and Cultural Centre on Friday 7 October from 5.30-8.30pm.

17     Speakers at the forum include: Cigdem Aydemir, from the National Association of the Visual Arts (NAVA); Peter Rudd, local Kogarah artist who will give a floor talk of his exhibition, Dr Bob Jansen, whose projects, in collaboration with his wife, artist Yvonne Boag, include Rockdale’s Turtle Lane Studios, artist in residence programs and Cultural Conversations – a living archive of cross cultural exchange between Australian and South Korean visual artists. The evening will conclude with an Artists’ Salon inviting local artists and performers to share their work with each other.

18     The St George Arts and Cultural Network Forum is free and registrations are now open.

 

Carss Bush Park Public Art

19     Carss Bush Park’s Children’s Playground is currently undergoing a comprehensive and  exciting refurbishment. As part of the process, three pieces of public art reflecting the local flora and fauna will be incorporated into the new design:            

1)   A sculptural wall designed by Leanne Tobin in collaboration with Architectural Graphics Pty Ltd. The design incorporates the ancestral tracks linked across the landscape between the Darug-speaking Kameygal clans, the estuarine environment of the mangrove and the freshwater reeds, and the black cormorant which is indicative of a healthy sustainable environment.

2)   The Powerful Owl sculpture by artist in residence Takis Kozokos

3)   Stencil artworks created in collaboration between local Out Of School Hours Care children from Kogarah Community Services and artist Peter Strong decorating the shade cloth poles.

20     These artworks will be installed within the Carss Park Playground timeframes for completion.

 

Operational Plan Budget

21        Within budget allocation.

 

File Reference

 

D2016/102216

 

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment View1

LIST OF EVENTS - 2016 Discovery Festival of Community Arts

 


Georges River Council – Community Development Advisory Committee meeting - Monday, 12 September 2016

COM006-16         Cultural Development Activities and Events

[Appendix 1]         LIST OF EVENTS - 2016 Discovery Festival of Community Arts

 

 

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