Community Development and Services Advisory

Notice of Meeting

 

Monday, 19 June 2017

14 June 2017

 

Mr John Rayner

 

A Community Development and Services Advisory Committee meeting will be held at 5.00pm on Monday, 19 June 2017 in the Foyer of the Civic Theatre, 16 MacMahon Street, Hurstville for consideration of the business available on Council’s website at  http://www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au/Council/Council-Meetings.

 

 

 

 

 

Gail Connolly

General Manager

 

BUSINESS

1.      Apologies

2.      Disclosures of Interest

3.      Reports from Council Officers

 


Ordinary Meeting

Summary of Items

Monday, 19 June 2017

 

Previous Minutes

MINUTES: Community Development and Services Advisory  - 10 April 2017

Community and Culture

COM015-17       Grant Programs

(Report by Coordinator Community Development, Nicolas Best)......................... 2

COM016-17       Disability Inclusion Action Plan

(Report by Coordinator Community Development, Nicolas Best)......................... 4

COM017-17       Multicultural Reference Group

(Report by Coordinator Community Development, Nicolas Best)......................... 5

COM018-17       Project and Event Reports

(Report by Coordinator Community Development, Nicolas Best)......................... 7

COM019-17       Upcoming Project and Events Reports

(Report by Coordinator Community Development, Nicolas Best)......................... 9

COM020-17       General Business

(Report by Manager Community and Cultural Development, Scott Andrew)... 11   

 


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AGENDA

1.     Apologies 

2.     Disclosure of Interest

3.     Minutes of Previous Meeting

MINUTES: Community Development and Services Advisory  - 10 April 2017

4.      Reports from Council Officers

 


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5.    Community and Culture

 

Item:                   COM015-17       Grant Programs 

Author:              Coordinator Community Development, Nicolas Best

Directorate:      Community and Culture

Matter Type:     Community and Culture

 

Recommendation

(a)     That the report presented to the committee in relation to Council’s grant programs be received and noted.

 

Executive Summary

1.      Council coordinates a range of grant programs whereby community organisations can apply for funding to run projects that benefit the local community. This report summarises recent and upcoming activities in relation to grant programs. 

 

Georges River Council 2017 ClubGRANTS Local Round

2.      ClubGRANTS is an initiative of the New South Wales (NSW) Government and Clubs NSW to provide funding for community development projects and services that have a direct impact on local communities.

3.      Georges River Council is the convenor of the local committee for the ClubGRANTS scheme. The Georges River Committee has amalgamated the former Hurstville and Kogarah committees and now incorporates 11 participating clubs. 

4.      Community organisations were invited to apply for funding from the Georges River Council ClubGRANTS Local Round from Monday 3 April until Friday 26 May, 2017. A total of 123 applications were received from 81 organisations, with funding requests totalling $1,881,179.

5.      The Georges River Council ClubGRANTS Local Round Committee will be assessing applications and notifying organisations if they were successful by 14 July, 2017.

 

Georges River Council 2017-2018 Venue Hire Grants Program

6.      The Georges River Council Venue Hire Grants Program aims to provide equitable distribution of Council subsidies to not-for-profit organisations that provide community services, activities, events and programs within Council facilities.

7.      The first round of the Venue Hire Grants Program for subsidised use of Council owned and managed facilities for the 2017-2018 financial year opened on Monday 10 April and closed on Friday 19 May, 2017. A total of 35 applications were received, which are currently being assessed. 

8.      Applications for the Venue Hire Grants Program for the 2017-2018 financial year will continue to be accepted and assessed on an ad hoc basis, pending availability of funding.

 

Georges River Council 2017 Community Grants Program

9.      The Georges River Community Grants Program is designed to enable community groups to partner with Council to help meet community needs. 

10.    Georges River Council has allocated $200,000 to the 2017 Community Grants Program. These funds will be made available to local not-for-profit community groups to apply for grants of up to $10,000 each for projects in the areas of Community Development, Arts and Cultural Development, Environment and Conservation and Sport and Recreation.

11.    Council is also inviting submissions from community organisations to apply for a 21-seat bus, with the condition of an agreement being signed that will ensure that the bus will continue to be used for community purposes for a period of at least three years. 

12.    The Georges River Council Community Grants Program is currently open and accepting applications until Sunday 25 June, 2017.

 

Financial Implications

13.    Within budget allocation.

 

 

 

 

 

  


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Item:                   COM016-17       Disability Inclusion Action Plan 

Author:              Coordinator Community Development, Nicolas Best

Directorate:      Community and Culture

Matter Type:     Community and Culture

 

Recommendation

(a)     That the report be received and noted by the committee.

 

Executive Summary

1.      Georges River Council’s Disability Inclusion Action Plan (2017-2021) was adopted by Council on 5 June 2017.

 

Background

2.      An official launch of Council’s new Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP) is being planned and will likely be held in July at Hurstville City Library. The event will include guest speakers, who will be presenting on various topics in relation to inclusion and the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

3.      As part of the commitments of Council’s DIAP, an Access Reference Group is presently being established. The Access Reference Group will lead the implementation of the DIAP. Invitations will be sent out to people with a disability and community organisations to request nominations to be part of the Access Reference Group.

4.      Council’s 2017/2018 Draft Budget has an additional $400,000 allocated to improve access and inclusion and to pursue the actions set out in the DIAP, including upgrades of Council services, programs and assets to meet access requirements outlined in the Disability Discrimination Act (1992), as well as $100,000 for the Bus Stop Accessibility Project.

 

Financial Implications

5.      Within budget allocation.

 

 

 

 

 

  


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Item:                   COM017-17       Multicultural Reference Group 

Author:              Coordinator Community Development, Nicolas Best

Directorate:      Community and Culture

Matter Type:     Community and Culture

 

Recommendation

(a)     That the Committee recommends to Council the following cultural/social community groups and community organisations nominations to be members of the newly formed Multicultural Reference Group:

Chinese; Greek; Italian; Macedonian; Indian; Nepalese; Kytherian Association of Australia (Greek); Indonesian; South Pacific Islander; Advance Diversity Services; NSW Police; Schools Engagement; Kogarah Community Services; and 3Bridges Community

 

Executive Summary

1.      Council received 16 nominations for consideration for the Georges River Council Multicultural Reference Group. The new Multicultural Reference Group will take a leading role in the consultation of issues that affect the lives of members of multicultural communities.

Background

2.      Georges River Council invited community members to nominate for membership in the new Multicultural Reference Group in April 2017.  

3.      Council received 16 nominations representing the following cultural/social community groups and community organisations: Chinese; Greek; Italian; Macedonian; Indian; Nepalese; Kytherian Association of Australia (Greek); Indonesian; South Pacific Islander; Advance Diversity Services; NSW Police; TAFE NSW, Schools Engagement; Kogarah Community Services; St George Women's Interfaith Network; and 3Bridges Community.

4.      The 16 nominations received by Council have been reviewed by the Community Development Team and all applicants have been assessed as being able to contribute to the reference group.

5.      However, the Draft Multicultural Reference Group Terms of Reference indicates that a maximum of 14 members can be on the Reference Group.

Recommendation for Membership

6.   The Committee is requested to endorse the recommendations to Council, as contained in          this report, to cull two nominations. The two suggested nominations are from the St George Women’s Interfaith Network and TAFE NSW as both organisations are already represented on Council Committees, being the Hurstville Seniors Centre Advisory Committee for the St George Women’s Interfaith Network and the Community Development and Services Advisory Committee for TAFE NSW.

 

 

Financial Implications

7.      Within budget allocation.

 

 

  


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Item:                   COM018-17       Project and Event Reports 

Author:              Coordinator Community Development, Nicolas Best

Directorate:      Community and Culture

Matter Type:     Community and Culture

 

Recommendation

(a)     That the Project and Events report is received and noted by the Committee.

 

Executive Summary

1.      This report provides a summary of recent major community development activities by Council’s Community Development Team. 

 

Domestic Violence Remembrance Walk

 

2.      The St George Domestic Violence Committee worked in partnership with Council to establish a local Remembrance Ceremony, wherein the St George community could come together to reflect and remember women, children and men whose lives have been taken because of domestic violence.

3.      The event took place on the evening of Wednesday 3 May 2017, to coincide with National Domestic Violence Remembrance Day, being the first Wednesday in May each year.

4.      The St George Candlelight Walk and Vigil Ceremony commenced with a gathering at Kogarah Town Square of 60 people, despite inclement weather. The group took part in a candlelight walk from Kogarah Town Square to Hogben Park, Kogarah, to gather for the candlelight vigil ceremony.

5.      Guest speakers included Ms Gail Connolly, Georges River Council General Manager; David Coleman MP, Federal Member for Banks; Aunty Annette Webb, Aboriginal Community Elder; Ms Natalia Esdaile-Watts, George River Council 2017 Citizen of the Year recipient; Beti, a local survivor of domestic and family violence (full name withheld); and St George Local Area Commander Superintendent Mark Walton.

6.      Key partners supporting and organising the event included St George Domestic Violence Committee chair Jan Christie from Moving Forward and Stephen Williamson from Bayside Council.

7.      The St George Domestic Violence Committee have subsequently expressed their thanks to the organisers of the event and welcomed the suggestion of a similar event to be included in Council’s future calendar of events. 

 

Reconciliation Week

8.      Council joined the local community to celebrate National Reconciliation Week at an event on Monday 5 June, 2017 at the Gardens on Forest, Peakhurst.

9.      Over a hundred community members attended the event, including local Members of Parliament, former Councillors, Aboriginal Elders, Senior Council staff, representatives from diverse government agencies and community organisations, as well as students from local high schools.

10.    The program featured an Acknowledgement of Country by Aboriginal Elder Aunty Annette Webb; a Welcome in Language by Anneliese Joy, a year 6 student from Penshurst Primary School wearing her kangaroo-skin cloak; a didgeridoo performance by Aboriginal artist and musician Walangari Karntawarra; a choral performance of Aboriginal songs by Danebank Girls High School students; and traditional Aboriginal dance performances by young people from Georges River College, Peakhurst Campus.

11.    Key note speaker The Hon. Linda Burney MP reflected on the Reconciliation Week theme ‘Let’s Take the Next Steps’. The event also featured a presentation about the journey and the achievements of Council's Aboriginal Advisory Committee to date.

12.    The event has provided the community with a valuable opportunity to strengthen relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.

 

 

Financial Implications

13.    Within budget allocation.

 

 

 

 

 

  


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Item:                   COM019-17       Upcoming Project and Events Reports 

Author:              Coordinator Community Development, Nicolas Best

Directorate:      Community and Culture

Matter Type:     Community and Culture

 

Recommendation

(a)     That the Upcoming Project and Events report is received and noted by the Committee.

(b)     That the Committee provides feedback on any projects in development for further                                                         consideration by Council officers.

 

Executive Summary

1.      This is a summary of major upcoming community development activities by Council’s Community Development Team.

 

Refugee Week Celebrations

2.      Refugee Week will be celebrated on Thursday 15 June, 2017 with an event in the Civic Theatre, Hurstville. Council is working with key partners supporting the event: Advance Diversity Services, MTC Australia Hurstville, Beverly Hills Intensive English Centre, Kogarah Intensive English Centre, Settlement Services International and the Refugee Council of Australia.

3.      The program will present inspiring young guest speakers of refugee backgrounds and a ‘Welcome Refugee’ musical performance. In addition, winners of the Creative Writing Competition, run in partnership with the Intensive English Centres in Council’s area, will be announced.

4.      Council will announce Georges River Council as a Refugee Welcome Zone, and as a signatory to the Refugee Welcome Scroll. The Refugee Welcome Scroll is an initiative of the Refugee Council of Australia and includes Councils that have signed up as a Refugee Welcome Zone.

 

Georges River Art Prize

5.      The Georges River Art Prize brings together the former Kogarah Art Prize and the St George Art Awards with categories for painting, sculpture, local artists and young people.

6.      There will be seven categories, ranging from an acquisitive painting prize of $10,000 to a $100 Georges River Favourite Young Artist Prize. The seven categories will have a total prize value of $20,100.

7.      Entries for all categories will open on Monday 3 July, 2017 and close Friday 15 September, 2017. Winners will be announced at the opening night event to be held at Hurstville Museum & Gallery on Friday 3 November, 2017.

 

NAIDOC Week

8.      Council’s National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week celebrations will take place between Tuesday 4 and Monday 10 July, 2017. 

9.      The official NAIDOC Week Opening Ceremony will be on Tuesday 4 July at 10am at the Civic Theatre, Hurstville. The event will include a Welcome to Country, young inspirational guest speakers, didgeridoo and Aboriginal cultural dance performances, and a performance by country music star Col Hardy. 

10.    Following the launch event, there will also be a program of activities across NAIDOC Week celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture including an Aboriginal Cultural Tour in Oatley Park, Indigenous Stargazing at Hurstville Oval, Aboriginal art sessions at the Hurstville Museum & Gallery and Story Reading in Bunganditj at Council’s childcare centres.

 

Financial Implications

11.    Within budget allocation.

 

 

 

 

 

  


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Item:                   COM020-17       General Business 

Author:              Manager Community and Cultural Development, Scott Andrew

Directorate:      Community and Culture

Matter Type:     Community and Culture

 

Recommendation

(a)     That the following items be tabled for the Committee’s consideration and feedback.

(i)      Georges River Council Strategic Planning – presentation by Jessica Lee, Senior Corporate Planner

(ii)     Penshurst Park Youth Centre – draft venue plans for review

(iii)    White Ribbon Day – march against Domestic Violence proposed event

(iv)    Anti-Poverty Week event proposal – 15 to 21 October 2017

(v)     Inclusivity Terms of Reference

(b)     That the recommendations of the Committee be recorded and presented to Council for consideration and adoption.

 

Executive Summary

1.      The Committee is requested to provide feedback and advice on the attached tabled items.  The Committee recommendations will be recorded within the Committee Minutes which will then be presented to Council for consideration and adoption.

 

Background

2.      The tabled items for the committee’s consideration include:

i)       Georges River Council Strategic Planning – presentation by Jessica Lee, Senior Corporate Planner

ii)      Penshurst Park Youth Centre – draft venue plans for review

iii)     White Ribbon Day – march against Domestic Violence proposed event

iv)     Anti-Poverty Week event proposal – 15 to 21 October 2017

v)      Inclusivity Terms of Reference

 

Financial Implications

3.      No budget impact for this report.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment View1

DRAFT Penshurst Park Youth Centre plans

Attachment View2

The Australian Standard for Welcoming Cities - Public Draft Version 1

Attachment View3

Checklist of Essential Features of Age-friendly Cities

Attachment View4

Request for Council Involvement in Poverty Week - 15 October - 21 October 2017

Attachment View5

Georges River Inclusive Community Terms of Reference

 


Georges River Council - Ordinary Meeting - Monday, 19 June 2017

COM020-17         General Business

[Appendix 1]         DRAFT Penshurst Park Youth Centre plans

 

 

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Georges River Council - Ordinary Meeting - Monday, 19 June 2017

COM020-17         General Business

[Appendix 2]         The Australian Standard for Welcoming Cities - Public Draft Version 1

 

 

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COM020-17         General Business

[Appendix 3]         Checklist of Essential Features of Age-friendly Cities

 

 

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Georges River Council - Ordinary Meeting - Monday, 19 June 2017

COM020-17         General Business

[Appendix 4]         Request for Council Involvement in Poverty Week - 15 October - 21 October 2017

 

 

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COM020-17         General Business

[Appendix 5]         Georges River Inclusive Community Terms of Reference

 

 

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