Economic Development Committee

Notice of Meeting

 

Monday, 10 July 2017

5 July 2017

 

Mr John Rayner

 

An Economic Development Advisory Committee meeting will be held on Monday, 10 July 2017 at 6.00pm in the Civic Theatre Foyer, 16 MacMahon Street, Hurstville for the consideration of the business available on Council's website at 

http://www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au/Council/Council-Meetings.

 

 

 

 

David Tuxford

Acting General Manager

 

 

BUSINESS

 

1.  Apologies

2.  Confirmation of Minutes of Previous Meeting

3.  Matters Arising from Previous Meeting

4.  Disclosures of Interest

5Agenda Items

6.  General Business


Ordinary Meeting

Summary of Items

Monday, 10 July 2017

 

Previous Minutes

MINUTES: Economic Development Committee - 24 April 2017

Council Reports

EDC015-17       Christmas Decorations

(Report by Coordinator Communications)................................................................. 2

EDC016-17       Georges River Employment Lands Study

(Report by Manager Strategic Planning)................................................................... 9

EDC017-17       Joint Georges River Council and St George Business Chamber Event

(Report by Economic Development Officer)............................................................ 13

EDC018-17       Home Sweet Hurstville-Kogarah Now! City Centre Activation Plan

(Report by Economic Development Officer)............................................................ 14

EDC019-17       Smart Cities Funding Application

(Report by Economic Development Officer)............................................................ 20

EDC020-17       Easy to do Business Update

(Report by Economic Development Officer)............................................................ 22

EDC021-17       Statement of Business Ethics

(Report by Economic Development Officer)............................................................ 23   

 


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 10 July 2017                                                                                  Page 2

Council Reports

 

Item:                   EDC015-17        Christmas Decorations 

Author:              Coordinator Communications, Anthea Gregory-Desmond

Directorate:      Community and Culture

 

Recommendation

(a)     That an increase in the use of Council’s communication channels occurs to promote the celebration of Christmas with the creation of two new events: Christmas Lights Decoration Competition for residents and also a Shop Window Christmas Decoration Award to encourage business participation.

(b)     That the renaming of the Magic of Christmas at Carss Bush Park event occurs, which will include a fireworks display, funded through the Christmas Decoration budget.

(c)     That ‘Project Give!’ Christmas Charity Appeal occurs to support not-for-profit organisations.

(d)     That the placement of static Christmas-themed decorations across all wards occurs with a traditional ‘Merry Christmas’ message using existing Council and other infrastructure including Ausgrid light poles across the local government area.

(e)     That the monthly flag infrastructure campaign occurs to help promote key events.

 

Executive Summary

The Christmas season is widely celebrated by the community across the Georges River Council area. Both the community and local businesses have expectations regarding Council’s role in providing Christmas decorations in the public domain. This report outlines mechanisms that will help create positive messaging around Council and its celebration of the festive season for 2017.

It is also recommended that Christmas Decorations are installed earlier than previous years, with installation commencing on 10 November 2017.

2017 APPROACH TO GEORGES RIVER COUNCIL CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS

·    Use of traditional Christmas colours for decorations, which the community identifies and relates to i.e. - red, gold, green.

·    A free community event to celebrate the festive season locally, including a fireworks display.

·    Christmas decorations that enhance the town centres by making them vibrant and attractive to help stimulate seasonal shopping.

·    Ensure Christmas decorations are placed only on Council infrastructure and will withstand inclement weather and vandalism so they don’t become a hazard to the public.

·    Decorations are to provide maximum visual impact and be evenly distributed throughout the local government area, including town centres.

 

 

 

2017 GEORGES RIVER COUNCIL CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS STRATEGY

The approach for 2017 Christmas decorations is designed to demonstrate that Council is encouraging Christmas cheer throughout the community in a variety of ways. These include the following:

1.   Launch of the inaugural Georges River Council Christmas Lights Competition – this will encourage residents to decorate their homes for the festive season.

2.   Shop Window Christmas Decoration Award to be facilitated to engage local businesses to dress their shop windows with Christmas-themed decorations and colours. 

3.   Magic of Christmas event – to be renamed Magic of Christmas at Carss Bush Park to place greater emphasis on this family-friendly event for everyone.

4.   Consistent traditional theming of Christmas decorations across the local government area, with an emphasis on providing decorations at high-traffic areas including parks, Hurstville and Kogarah CBDs and town centres.

 

2017 PROPOSED CHRISTMAS COMMUNITY EVENTS

5.   Georges River Council Christmas Lights Competition (for residents)

This competition will target residents in the community to help create a festive atmosphere in the lead-up to Christmas. Residents would be encouraged to enter via an online form on Council’s website and also in hard copy format. A panel could be developed to award the following categories:

·    Overall residential winner Best Christmas Lights

·    Best Residential Home winner – awarded in each Council ward

Proposed prizes:

·    Overall residential winner Best Christmas Lights - $500.00 gift voucher i.e. Bunnings/Big W

·    Best residential home winner  - awarded in each Council ward - $500.00 x five wards gift voucher i.e. Bunnings/Big W

Competition launch: 1 November 2017

Competition closes: 30 November 2017

Judging occurs: Week commencing – 11 December 2017 – to be supported by Events

Winner announced: Week of 18 December 2017

A communications strategy will be developed surrounding this event and it is recommended that the event be managed by Council’s Community Engagement Officer, in conjunction with Communications.

6.   Shop Window Christmas Decoration Award

This competition will target local businesses in the community and encourage them to contribute to a festive atmosphere in the lead up to Christmas. Businesses would be encouraged to enter via on online form on Council’s website and also in hard copy format. Council could partner with St George Business Chamber. A panel would be developed to decide the business award winner.

Proposed prize: $1000.00 business mentoring training

Competition launch: 3 November 2017

Competition closes: 24 November 2017

Judging occurs: Week commencing 4 December 2017 – to be supported by Events

Winner announced: Week of 11 December 2017

A communications strategy will be developed surrounding this event and it is recommended this activity be managed by Council’s Economic Officer and the St George Business Chamber, in conjunction with Communications.

7.   Project Give!

Proposed Charity: St George Accommodation for Youth - not-for profit organisation

 

St George Accommodation for Youth assists young people aged 16-25 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. St George Accommodation for Youth specialise in Case Management and tenancy support and aim to fill the gap in working with young people who are managing their mental health, are newly arrived or have complex needs.

 

Council will host a community appeal to help people in need by requesting donations from the public to be collected at Council’s libraries and service centres. An internal charity drive will also be launched with collection points for staff donations.

 

Acceptable donations include:

•         Cereal, long-life milk, spreads

•         Tinned fruit and vegetables

•         Tinned and packet soup

•         Pasta, noodles, rice and flavouring sauces

•         Tampons and pads

•         Soap, deodorant and toothpaste and blankets

 

Council’s libraries and Service Centres will be the drop-off location for donations.

 

A communications strategy will be developed surrounding this event and it is recommended this project is managed by Council’s Manager of Library Services.

8.   Rename Magic of Christmas event to – Magic of Christmas at Carss Bush Park

The event will be a three-hour Christmas spectacular targeting young families and the wider community to celebrate the festive season in the surrounds of Carss Bush Park. Activities include: food/market stalls, children’s activities, carolling, and of course a visit from Santa.

This year it is recommended a fireworks display is included to help elevate the event and increase community participation. Historically, fireworks at this location attract a crowd of 25,000 people and it is estimated that attendance numbers could increase by more than 10,000 people.

Event Details

Proposed date: 2 December 2017
Location: Carss Bush Park, Carss Park
Time: 5.00-8.30pm
Free

2017 PROPOSED LOCATIONS FOR CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS

It is recommended that the 2017 Christmas decorations have a more visual presence with the inclusion of vinyl banners and flags.

The use of bollards attached to telegraph polls is not recommended this year due to negative community feedback from residents about their use in 2016.

Key message for vinyl banner

“Wishing you a Merry Christmas from Georges River Council”

9.   Proposed use of flag infrastructure across Council’s local government area promoting Christmas season and, more broadly, community events:


“Wishing you a Merry Christmas from Georges River Council”

Christmas Campaign – Flags using existing infrastructure

Hurstville CBD, along Forest Road, Hurstville – 23 flag position

Kogarah CBD, – 21 Flags

 

10. Kogarah City Centre

Located at Kogarah Town Square – 6 metre Christmas tree with commercial LED lighting, fully decorated – near the library witha picket fence to discourage onlookers from getting to close to the tree

Located at Kogarah Library and Service Centre – 1.5 metre Christmas wreath

Located at Oatley Clock – these decorations are installed by Council Depot staff

 

11. Georges River Service Centre

Merry Christmas – LED giant sign

Traditional garland x 3 – 2.7 metres, green with LED lighting each

3D LED Santa

3 flag pole locations outside Service Centre

 

12. Memorial Square Wall – Forest Road, Hurstville

Traditional giant Merry Christmas sign 2.5m

                                                                                              

13. Hurstville Transport Interchange

Christmas wreaths on posts 900 mm x 3

 

 

 

14. Georges River town centres – presence of static Christmas decorations

 

Each town centre will be decorated with Christmas wreaths on Ausgrid posts (900 mm).

 

It is proposed that Council purchase Christmas wreaths and Council depot resources be utilised to install the decorations to enable a greater presence of static decorations across the local government area. Approval will be required from Ausgrid for wreaths to be installed.

Traditional wreath 900mm (1 wreath)

Qty: 200 High quality UV material and trimmed with stable baubles (lifespan is approximately 5 years)

 

The wreaths will be distributed across the following centres as follows:

Ward

Location

Existing infrastructure

Hurstville

Kingsgrove, Hurstville

Light pole & other infrastructure locations to be determined.

Same as above

Beverly Hills – Taroonga Terrace

Light pole & other infrastructure locations to be determined.

Mortdale

Mortdale Town Centre (Morts Road and Pitt Street)

Light pole & other infrastructure locations to be determined.

Mortdale

Penshurst Town Centre, Penshurst Street

Light pole & other infrastructure locations to be determined.

Mortdale

Penshurst Town Centre The Strand

Light pole & other infrastructure locations to be determined.

Mortdale

Narwee Town Centre Mortdale

Light pole & other infrastructure locations to be determined.

Peakhurst

Lugarno Chivers Hill Lugarno

Light pole & other infrastructure locations to be determined.

Peakhurst

Park Street, Peakhurst

Light pole & other infrastructure locations to be determined.

Peakhurst

Ogilvey Street, Peakhurst

Light pole & other infrastructure locations to be determined.

Peakhurst

Forest Road, Peakhurst

Light pole & other infrastructure locations to be determined.

Peakhurst

Riverwood

Light pole & other infrastructure locations to be determined.

Kogarah Bay

Allawah Town Centre Kogarah

Light pole & other infrastructure locations to be determined.

Kogarah Bay

Carlton Town Centre Kogarah Bay

Light pole & other infrastructure locations to be determined.

Kogarah Bay

Kogarah City Centre Kogarah Bay

Light pole & other infrastructure locations to be determined.

Blakehurst

Carss Park Blakehurst - entrance

Light pole & other infrastructure locations to be determined.

Blakehurst

Oatley Clock

Light pole & other infrastructure locations to be determined.

Blakehurst

Todd Park

Light pole & other infrastructure locations to be determined.

 

15. Installation of Christmas decorations across Council’s Service Centres and libraries

Christmas decorations will also be installed across Council libraries and Service Centres, including festive trees. Front-line staff at these locations will be issued a festive polo shirt, to be worn for the first two weeks in December 2017.

16. Monthly Flag infrastructure campaign (12 months)

The use of existing flag infrastructure across Council’s local government area, specifically across the Hurstville and Kogarah CBDs, to be utilised on a monthly basis to help promote events such as: 

·    Australia Day – 26 January 2017

·    January/February/March – Lunar New Year (variable dates)

·    March – Seniors Festival

·    March (21) – Harmony Day

·    April – Youth Week

·    April (25) – ANZAC Day

·    May – Domestic Violence Remembrance Day

·    May/June – Reconciliation Week

·    June – Refugee Week

·    July – NAIDOC Week

·    October – Mental Health Month

·    Discovery Festival

·    October – White Ribbon Day

·    November – Georges River Art Prize

·    December (8) – International Day of People With Disability

 

Financial Implications

In order to implement the proposed Christmas Decorations Strategy and monthly flag infrastructure campaign, sufficient funding has been allowed in the 2017/18 adopted budget.

File Reference

17/182

 

 

 

  


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 10 July 2017                                                                                  Page 8

Item:                   EDC016-17        Georges River Employment Lands Study 

Author:              Manager Strategic Planning, Catherine McMahon

Directorate:      Environment and Planning

 

Recommendation

(a)     The Committee note the contents of the report.

 

 

Executive Summary

1.      This report provides an update on the exhibition of the Draft Employment Lands Study (ELS) which was previously reported to the Economic Development Advisory Committee on 24 April 2017.

2.      The draft ELS was placed on public exhibition from 1 May 2017 until 31 May 2017.

3.      Over 70 submissions have been received to date on the draft ELS.

 

Background

4.      In September 2016, JLL were appointed by Georges River Council to expand the application of the draft Hurstville Employment Lands Study to include land within the former Kogarah City Council LGA (now known as Blakehurst and Kogarah Bay Wards of the Georges River LGA).

5.      The key objectives of the ELS are to:

a.   Set a clear strategic direction for all employment lands within the Georges River LGA.

b.   Review all recent employment and economic studies for the Region.

c.   Undertake an analysis of the supply and demand for commercial, retail and residential floor space in the B1 - Neighbourhood Centres and B2 - Local Centres for the former Hurstville LGA and industrial floor space in industrial areas for the IN2 – Light Industrial precincts in the Georges River LGA.

d.   Ensure sufficient land is zoned to accommodate existing and potential growth across a range of employment types.

e.   Provide recommendations for the B1 - Neighbourhood Centres and B2 - Local Centres for the former Hurstville LGA and IN2 – Light Industrial Precincts in the Georges River LGA.

6.      The Study provides an assessment of all employment lands (excluding the Hurstville City Centre) within the former Hurstville City Council LGA and the IN2 – Light Industrial zoned land in the former Kogarah City Council LGA.  Due to the size of the draft study, a copy has been circulated under separate cover.

7.      The draft Study does not cover the B1 – Neighbourhood Centre and B2 – Local Centre zoned land within the former Kogarah City Council LGA.  The former Kogarah City Council had commissioned an Employment Lands and Economic Development Study (SGS Economic and Planning: 2013), and this informed the changes proposed in the recent amendments to Kogarah LEP 2012 (New City Plan), which is currently awaiting finalisation and gazettal by the Department of Planning.

8.      The draft Study will inform the preparation of other studies and will be used to inform and support the preparation of a future Planning Proposal for employment lands. Further work will be undertaken by staff to identify the key issues and considerations for each of the Precincts and this will be reported to Council as part of the post exhibition report.

 

Key findings & Recommendations of the Draft Study

9.      The key findings of the Draft Study are:

a.   Georges River LGA has a reasonable self-containment level for employment (BTS JTW, 2011).  Around 39,000 people come to work in the Georges River LGA from all around Sydney every day; 37% of these workers live in the LGA.

b.   The Georges River LGA is becoming increasingly more attractive as a location to live and work as Sydney’s centre of population shifts westwards (Western Sydney Airport and the Broader Western Sydney Employment Area).

c.   There is an opportunity to increase housing densities within walking distance of its eleven railway stations and attract young, knowledge based workforce, around the local centres.

d.   That the Georges River LGA, which is situated between the South West and the Central Subregions has the opportunity to be recognised as major player in future metropolitan plans given its strategic location and should be included within the Global Economic Corridor (GEC)

e.   A need to improve the retail facilities in the Hurstville centre and local centres along the railway corridor in order to make railway related centres more attractive for multi-unit housing.

f.    There are opportunities to locate a university campus in the Georges River LGA.

g.   The Georges River LGA would benefit from the development opportunity of a business park at Kingsgrove. This needs to be promoted as the primary opportunity for the South Sydney market to have a highly functioning and desirable business park, close to major transport connections and with direct access to the South West and Sydney Airport.

10.    The key general recommendations of the study include:

a.   Protect employment generating and urban services land (IN2 – Light Industrial) across the LGA.

b.   Review the height requirements for B1 – Neighbourhood Centre zoned land to allow realisation of the maximum FSR.

c.   Review the height and FSR requirements for land within the B2 – Local Centre zoned land, so as to encourage redevelopment.

d.   Review land uses in the IN2, B1 and B2 Zones to broaden the extent of permitted uses.

e.   Review the current on-site parking requirements for the B1 and B2 Zones to ensure that they are not an impediment to the viability of development.

f.    Review the requirement for non-residential floor space in the B1 and B2 Zones to assist in the feasibility of development, while at the same time ensuring that commercial centres retain some employment generating opportunities.

 

 

 

Overview of the Industrial Precincts

11.    Industrial zoned land comprises approximately 2.6% of all land in the Georges River LGA and provides opportunities for local employment and a range of light industries to service the local community including car and boat repair, panel beaters, council depots, and household trades, as well as providing opportunities for other economic facilitating development.

12.    The Georges River LGA contains nine (9) industrial precincts (zoned IN2 - Light Industrial zone) ranging from the largest, being the Peakhurst Industrial Precinct (56.1 hectares) to the Penshurst Industrial Precinct – Penshurst Lane (0.4 hectares).

13.    In total, the Georges River LGA has approximately 100ha of industrial zoned land, which equates to approximately 2.6% of zoned land across the LGA.

14.    The protection of employment generating and urban services land is a key outcome of the draft Study and is consistent with the recommendations of the draft South District Plan.

15.    The draft ELS recommends changes to the land use zoning of a number of the Precincts as well as changes to development standards (subdivision, building height, floor space ratios) and the importance of protecting the interface with residential areas. These are outlined in the PowerPoint to be presented to the Committee.

16.    The key recommendations for the majority of the IN2 – Light Industrial Precincts is to retain the existing IN2 – Light Industrial zoning and review the height from 10m to 13m to ensure that the 1:1 FSR can be achieved. For those Precincts adjacent to the residential zoned land, it is also recommended that a provision is incorporated into the DCP to address the residential interface.

 

Overview of the B1 – Neighbourhood Centre zone and B2 – Local Centre Zone (former Hurstville City Council LGA)

17.    The Study provides an assessment of the B1 – Neighbourhood Centre and B2 – Local Centre zoned land in the former Hurstville City Council LGA.

18.    The draft Study excludes the B1 – Neighbourhood Centre and B2 – Local Centre zoned land within the former Kogarah City Council LGA.  The former Kogarah City Council had commissioned an Employment Lands and Economic Development Strategy (SGS Economic and Planning: 2013) as part of the Background Work to the preparation of the amendments to Kogarah LEP 2012 (New City Plan). The Employment Lands and Economic Development Strategy was endorsed by the former Kogarah City Council in April 2013, and the recommendations included in the Strategy were incorporated into the recent amendments to Kogarah LEP 2012 (New City Plan), which is currently awaiting finalisation and gazettal by the Department of Planning.

19.    The draft Study identifies a number of key issues which are summarised below:

a.   High vacancy rates in some centres.

b.   Significant residential activity in some B1 – Neighbourhood Centre Zones is limiting the achievement of the key objective of the zone, which is to provide a range of small scale retail, business and community uses that serve the needs of people who live or work in the surrounding neighbourhood.

c.   The low intensity of development in a number of the B1 – Neighbourhood Centre Precincts.

d.   Fragmented land ownership in the B1 and B2 Zones make it difficult to secure appropriate sized development sites.

e.   Limited availability of on-site parking within developments.

f.    Difficulty to attract key retail stores, and particularly supermarkets, within the B2 – Local Centre Zones across the former Hurstville City Council LGA (it should be noted that this was a key issue identified in the Strategy prepared by SGS for the former Kogarah City Council LGA.

20.    The draft Study identifies 2 key barriers across all of the commercial centres (B1 and B2 Zoned Centres in the former Hurstville City Council LGA):

a.   The restrictive car parking requirements – currently high and are place constraints on the viability of development.

b.   Minimum non-residential floor space allocation – should be retained however consideration should be given to reducing the requirement (currently 0.5:1) so as to assist in the feasibility of development, while at the same time ensuring that commercial centres retain some employment generating opportunities.

 

Submissions & NEXT Steps

21.    Over 70 submissions have been received to the draft ELS.

22.    Council Officers are currently reviewing the submissions received.

23.    Council’s Officers are also in the process of undertaking a detailed analysis of each Precinct. This work will include the development of existing and future character statements and draft criteria for the assessment of the viability of the employment lands and there future employment generation potential.

24.    This work, along with the feedback received from property owners will inform the preparation of future recommendations for each of the Precincts, which may include recommendations for the future/ongoing rezoning of land, expansion of land uses, review of development standards and consideration of other appropriate development controls.

25.    A report on the draft ELS will be considered by Council at its meeting to be held on 7 August 2017.

 

Financial Implications

26.    No budget impact for this report.

 

File Reference

14/784

 

 

 

  


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 10 July 2017                                                                                  Page 12

Item:                   EDC017-17        Joint Georges River Council and St George Business Chamber Event 

Author:              Economic Development Officer, Craig Edmondson

Directorate:      Environment and Planning

 

Recommendation

(a)     That the Committee note the date of the joint St George Business Chamber/ Georges River Council Business Event to be held on Friday 11 August.

 

Executive Summary

1.      On Friday 11 August from 7.30am to 9.30am an event will be held for local businesses at Club Central in Cross Street Hurstville.

Background

2.      The event is part of the Deed of Agreement between Council and the Chamber which stipulated the eight events would be delivered by the Chamber for the local business community.

3.      The purpose of the event to be held on 11 August is to inform the local business community on the St George Business Chambers activities as well as provide an update on major development projects in the Georges River Local Government Area and report Council’s economic development initiatives such as the Draft Economic Development Strategy, the Employment Lands Study, the Central Plaza project and the Easy to do Business Program that has been implemented in partnership with Service NSW. 

 

Financial Implications

4.      Within budget allocation.

 

File Reference

15/831

D16/118860

 

 

 

  


Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Monday, 10 July 2017                                                                                  Page 13

Item:                   EDC018-17        Home Sweet Hurstville-Kogarah Now! City Centre Activation Plan 

Author:              Economic Development Officer, Craig Edmondson

Directorate:      Environment and Planning

 

Recommendation

(a)     That the Committee note and accept the report.

 

Executive Summary

1.   Council has become aware that there has been an increase in letters and other communications from the community raising concerns about anti-social behaviour in the Hurstville City Centre. These concerns include groups of young people mostly male gathering in Memorial Square from early afternoon until late in the evening. The activities mentioned include vandalism of private and public property, threating behaviour, begging, homelessness, and unauthorised selling of goods on the footpath, and unauthorised charity collections or promotional activities.   

2.   The Bank of China which is located at 213 Forest Road has reported that the shopfront glass has been vandalised on two occasions this year and has met with Council to discuss their concerns along with the building owner Dr Ahmed Mohammed and other tenants of the building which a retail store and  a Tax Agent. 

3.   Similar concerns have been raised by the St George Business Chamber executive, local businesses and residents. In addition, Council has also received communications regarding the lack of activity in the Kogarah City Centre after hours and concerns about the number of retail vacancies in Railway Parade and Regent Street. 

 

Background

This report acknowledges that both the Hurstville and Kogarah city centres contribute significantly to the economic well-being of the local economy through the provision of goods, services and jobs. However, recent population growth in both centres has contributed to increasing demands on public space, access and amenity.        

The report proposes that Council considers developing the following initiative:

Home Sweet Hurstville – Kogarah Now! : A program to improve public amenity, public safety and public perception of the Hurstville and Kogarah Town Centres 

Aim of the Program

To work cooperatively to improve public access, public amenity and the activation of the public domain in Hurstville and Kogarah City Centres so as to discourage anti-social behaviour and improve the centres appeal as a desirable place to live, work, visit and invest.

 

 

 

 

 

External Stakeholders

A program to be developed in partnership with key stakeholders including Georges River Council, Georges River Economic Development Advisory Committee, St George Business Chamber, Southern Sydney Chinese Association, Westfield Hurstville, Hurstville Central, Hurstville Local Area Command, South East Area Health, St George Bank, St George TAFE  and the University of New South Wales.

Internal Stakeholders

Strategic Planning, Building Compliance, Environment and Health, Community and Culture, Infrastructure Projects

Key Locations: Hurstville

·    Forest Road between Queens Road and Park Road

·    Ormonde Parade

·    Memorial Square

·    Interchange Park

·    Woodville Street

·    Cross Street

·    Crofts Avenue

·    Humphreys Lane

 

Program Details

The program will focus on implementing strategies to address issues that have been identified by Council staff and the community. 

Ten Priority Areas – Hurstville City Centre

1.   Reduce opportunities for anti-social behaviour - Review and improve the public domain, through:  additional lighting, CCTV, and smart technology, particularly in Memorial Square, and consider introducing a security presence funded by the Hurstville Town Improvement Rate.  Reduce clutter in the square and improve signage to make the public is aware that the area is an alcohol free zone. The University of NSW has approached Council to solicit interest in applying for funding under the federal government’s Smart Cities Program.  

2.   Improve Shop Frontages – Actively encourage property owners and businesses to comply with Council’s Development Control Plan and SEPP requirements regarding shop identification signage and street number signage. Consider developing an education program to encourage local business to reduce posters, redundant signage and advertising material in shop windows in order to improve visualisation of the products and services offered by that business to increase visibility and security. Audit Shop Awnings city centres and town centres and request owners repair defects. To assist food business with visualising the potential of their shop front, Council could consider running a competition with local High School/TAFE students who are studying design.  Have them digitally re-vamp a shop front of their choice along Forest Road (can be expanded) with criteria to govern practicality and costs. The final designs can be display in the CBD for a specified period of time to promote the students work and to educate the public on what Forest Road can become.  Winning categories can include “people’s choice award”, “retail choice award” and/or “Council choice award”.  Take this opportunity to promote Council’s DCP and SEPP requirements by including it in the criteria.   Alternatively, Council hire a graphic designer, re-vamp shop fronts along Forest Road and display as a promotional tool to get shop owners to clean up their shop front.  At the same time, we can also run a competition with the retail businesses along Forest Road (can be expanded) where they have a set timeframe to clean up their shop front and make it astatically pleasing.  Again putting parameters including requirements under DCP and SEPP thus promoting requirements.  A fact sheet simply stating DCP or SEPP requirements (i.e. language writing / open windows) would assist shop owners to understand requirements.  Panel of judges can include representatives from Council, St George Business Chamber, and Georges River Economic Development Advisory Committee. Council may also consider offering small grants to assist business owners to clean and improve their shop fronts.       

3.   Remove Posters and Signage from Council and Public Infrastructure Actively remove and discourage the placement of posters on public and private property and introduce two signage pylons – similar to the pylons that are located in Glebe and Newtown at suitable locations in the city centre where posters can be placed by the public then removed after two weeks.

4.   Discourage bird feeding by the public in the park adjacent to The Interchange Ramp- This location has become popular place for families with young children to feed pigeons. This practice has increased local pigeon populations, created negative perceptions and has also exacerbated pest problems for nearby food businesses in the form of rats and mice, cockroaches and ants. The practice of feeding the birds has also increased the need to clean the area. It is suggested that in conjunction with measures to reduce and control pigeon numbers, Council could develop an education program and improved signage to make the public aware of the health issues and other consequence of feeding the birds especially natives. – Support information can be abstracted from WIRES and Office of Environment & Heritage. Devise an activation program to engage the public to consider that other activities are possible. 

5.   Reduce opportunities for littering - by installing more bins including recycling bins at the bus interchange and the park adjoining the Interchange and targeting illegal dumping and cigarette butts.

6.   Installing Smoke Free signs at Hurstville Transport Interchange and bus stops-Replace No Smoking signs and engage NSW Health to assist with education and compliance.

7.   Install Way Finding Signage in the City Centre – Also consider smart  technology applications and self-guided walking tours

8.   Improve cleansing and maintenance of Council footpaths and assets and the efficient repair and maintenance of assets belonging to energy and communication providers. Develop an MOU with Energy and utility providers to reporting and maintaining infrastructure.

9.   Harmonise the approval processes for outdoor dining, footway trading and use of footpaths and public spaces for nom commercial and commercial activities – to reduce instances of busking, begging, unauthorised activities such as ambush marketing, selling goods or soliciting donations without approval. It is also crucial to ensure that approval and compliance is resourced appropriately.

10. Introduce a program of Public Space Activation in specific locations in the Hurstville City Centre - which would include cultural and recreational activities, introducing planter boxes, exploring lighting initiatives, and public art.  

 

Ten Priority Areas – Kogarah City Centre

1.   Engage key stakeholders.

2.   Engage communities.

3.   Improve Wayfinding and street lighting.

4.   Maintain and repair public spaces and infrastructure.

5.   Ensure compliance with footpath approvals – particularly outdoor dining, retail trading and A Frames.

6.   Reduce smoking areas.

7.   Actively attract new businesses particularly new `fine grain’ food and entertainment enterprises to the Kogarah Town Centre to improve the offer for e.g. through a small grants program as pioneered by Parramatta City Council, develop on the partnership with Easy to do Business (Service NSW).

8.   Improve access for people with disabilities or people coming to the centre for medical appointments and treatment – think about the experience from their point of view.

9.   Upgrade the Kogarah Town Centre lift.

10. Activate public spaces such as Kogarah Town Square through place making activities such as events, planting, lighting or artwork.

 

Place Making Activities to be considered

Hurstville

·    Engage Place Score – to survey what people value in Hurstville and to assess  the issues that concern them

·    Interchange Park – removes pigeons and educates public and also introduces other activities to activate the space e.g.  install a public piano, or pop up playground, communicate vertical garden will be installed

·    Develop an activity for parents with young children e.g. bubbles , balloons, face painting, sand art,  or reptile show, puppet show, petting zoo.

·    Remove bikes from Interchange ramp – install bike locker or bike racks

·    Attach creative lighting to existing Council Posters to promote Council events

·    Digital art installations or performances in unexpected places e.g.  underneath Westfield Ramp

·    Memorial Square – install lights in the corners –Bank of China building  and Westpac  and more CCTV – install temporary flower gardens, herb gardens, or a large format chess set

·    Utilise Forest Road light poles for banners infrastructure - Bannerconda and introduce Suspended Flower Baskets

·    Improve Way-finding signage in city centre

·    Knit graffiti

·    Install outdoor ping pong table in Timothy Reserve and beside the Museum in Mac Mahon Street

·    Skate Park

·    Book Exchange

 

Kogarah

·    Engage Place Score – to survey what people value in Kogarah and to assess  the issues that concern them

·    Improve lighting outside the Kogarah Civic Centre to encourage Chinese dancers in Belgrave Street

·    Activate area in front of Kogarah Library e.g. Machine Atlas

·    Introduce Food Trucks in St George Hospital Carpark in Kensington Street

·    Dance O Mat

·    Encourage Pop up Futsal in TAFE carpark in Montgomery Street (already happening unofficially)

·    Introduce a `Book Exchange’ (one has appeared in Lugarno)

·    Knit Graffiti

·    Pop up mini golf

·    Pop up bowling

·    Outdoor table soccer

 

Financial Implications

4.      Proposed Budget – From the Stronger Communities Fund- Place Making ($250,000)

 

$26,500 – UNSW Smart Cities project contribution (2017-18)

$8000 – Place Score Evaluation Hurstville and Kogarah (2017-18)

$10,000- Place Making Activities Hurstville  (2017-18)

$10,000 – Place Making Activities Kogarah (2017-18)

$ 20,000 - Place Making Activities other Centres

$30,000 - Business Attraction Grants (2017-18)

$8000 – Capital or rental equipment (2017-18)

$2500 – Marketing and Promotion (2018-19)

$10,000 – Wayfinding and Compliance Signage (2018-19)

$125,000  Total

 

File Reference

16/921

 

Item:                   EDC019-17        Smart Cities Funding Application 

Author:              Economic Development Officer, Craig Edmondson

Directorate:      Environment and Planning

 

Recommendation

(a)     That the Committee note and accept the report.

 

Executive Summary

1.      Georges River Council has endorsed an application by Dr Christian Tiez who is a Senior lecturer in the Industrial Design faculty at the University of NSW under the Federal Government’s Smart Cities Program. Council has previously been involved with senior students regarding a public space design project through an invitation from EDAC Committee member Mr Laurie Debono.

Background

2.   Dr Tiez is interested in applying for a grant under the Smart Precincts Priority Area with the aim of making community precincts more liveable, productive, sustainable and safe.

3.   Dr Tiez and his proposed project team which would include Industrial Designers, Architects and urban planners as well as senior students aim to structure the project application to focus on design solutions that improve the comfort, amenity, security and management of public facilities, assets and spaces. 

4.   Solutions may include integrated and intelligent systems which provide automated responses to real-time environmental and usage data.

5.   For the application to be viable it requires UNSW to partner with either a LGA or a private enterprise.

6.   As the previous UNSW student project regarding BBQ areas with council involving Council worked out well, they believe that it would be beneficial to have Council as a project partner.

7.   Dr Tiez required a letter of in principle support from Council. This letter has been provided by Council’s General Manager. The funding application was lodged on 30 June. Grants will be announced in October and it is envisaged that the project would commence in early 2018.

8.   The team are proposing a Place Activation Proposition and they are considering two pilot projects at locations that are yet to be finalised.  The team will behaviour map, social media map and sensor map a the location before, during and after a temporary place making initiative or street furniture to see if there is any difference as a result of the intervention.

9.   A possible outcome could be that they might discover that new and innovative ‘smart’ street furniture can support public health (i.e. bubblers that also enable hand washing, washing of fruits etc., new and innovative BBQ’s or other similar facilities) and can contribute towards activating public spaces, leading to an increased sense of social wellbeing. This could be enabled through new and innovative ‘smart’ street furniture (public health hardware), with embedded sensors that provide use and user data and real-time feedback to council and other organisations (street furniture company) about what is going on in parks and public spaces, how the products are used and if they are in working order or not. The sensors could provide water and power use data, to communicate if the bins are full, if the lights are on or if here is too much noise in the park/plaza.

 

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An example of Smart Technology – Canada Bay Council’s Big Belly Solar Self Compacting bins.

 

Financial Implications

10.    Within budget allocation subject to the funding application being successful.

 

File Reference

17/1723

D17/95875

 

 

 

  


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Item:                   EDC020-17        Easy to do Business Update 

Author:              Economic Development Officer, Craig Edmondson

Directorate:      Environment and Planning

 

Recommendation

(a)     That the Committee note and accept the report.

 

Executive Summary

1.      The NSW Government through Service NSW has implemented the Easy to do Business Program in order to assist businesses in gaining the necessary approvals to operate and meet their statutory requirements. The program has focused on assisting people who want to open restaurants, cafes and small bars in the local area as well as existing businesses. Georges River Council joins Parramatta City Council, Dubbo Regional Council, and Northern Beaches Council as part of the program. 

Background

2.      To date four Georges River businesses have signed up to the program with a further 16 businesses contemplating taking part. The businesses that have signed up are located in Oatley, Penshurst, Mortdale, and Hurstville.  As the Easy to do Business program expands Service NSW recommends that Council continues to promote and communicate the benefits of the program as part of its offerings regarding assistance to small business. 

 

Financial Implications

3.      No budget impact for this report.

 

File Reference

16/1282

 

 

 

  


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Item:                   EDC021-17        Statement of Business Ethics 

Author:              Economic Development Officer, Craig Edmondson

Directorate:      Environment and Planning

 

Recommendation

(a)     That the Committee note and accept the report and provide comment on the Draft Georges River Council Statement of Business Ethics by Tuesday 25 July.

 

Executive Summary

1.      Council conducts a range of business with a range of private, public and non-profit sectors to deliver services to the community. Council has a responsibility to achieve the best possible outcome in the interests of the community which includes ensuring that all of our business relationships are honest, ethical, fair and consistent. 

Background

2.      Council has developed a Draft Statement of Business Ethics to provide guidance for all sectors of the community when conducting business with Council. The Statement outlines Council’s expectations and provides guidelines on subjects such as Gifts and Benefits, Conflicts of Interest, Lobbying, Confidentiality, Secondary and Post Separation Employment, Sponsorship, Contracted Employees, Intellectual Property Rights, Workplace Safety, Political Donations, and Use of Council’s Equipment and Resources.   

 

Financial Implications

3.      No budget impact for this report.

 

File Reference

17/1410

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

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DRAFT Statement of Business Ethics

 


Georges River Council - Ordinary Meeting - Monday, 10 July 2017

EDC021-17          Statement of Business Ethics

[Appendix 1]         DRAFT Statement of Business Ethics

 

 

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