Community Development and Services Advisory

Notice of Meeting

Monday, 14 August 2017

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

 

Mr John Rayner

 

A Community Development  and Services Advisory Committee  Meeting  will be held at 5.00pm. on Monday 14 August 2017, at Georges River Council Civic Centre, in the Powerful Owl Meeting Room, Level One, 16 McMahon Street, Hurstville, for the 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.      Acknowledgement of Country

2.      Apologies

3.      Disclosures of Interest

4.      Minutes of previous meetings

5.      Report from Council Officers

 


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Ordinary Meeting

Summary of Items

Monday, 14 August 2017

 

Previous Minutes

MINUTES: Community Development and Services Advisory  - 19 June 2017 (17/1451)

Community and Culture

COM021-17       Upcoming Projects and Events

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

COM022-17       Project and Events Report

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

COM023-17       Multicultural Reference Group

(Report by Coordinator Community Development, Nicolas Best)......................... 6

COM024-17       Disability Inclusion Action Plan

(Report by Coordinator Community Development, Nicolas Best)....................... 11

COM025-17       Grant Programs

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

 

AGENDA

1.      Acknowledgement of Traditional Custodians

Council acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land on which this meeting is being held as the Biddegal people of the Eora Nation.

2.      Apologies 

3.      Disclosure of Interest

4.      Minutes of previous meetings

Community Development and Services Advisory  - 19 June 2017


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5.      Community and Culture

 

Item:                   COM021-17       Upcoming Projects and Events 

Author:              Coordinator Community Development, Nicolas Best

Directorate:      Community and Culture

Matter Type:     Community and Culture

 

 

 

Recommendation

(a)     That the Committee receive the Upcoming Project and Events report.

(b)     That the Committee provide feedback to Council officers on any projects that may be in development for further consideration.

 

Executive Summary

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

Young People

2.                Council has invited psychologist and educator Jocelyn Brewer to facilitate a seminar for parents, carers and workers supporting children and young people to speak about ‘digital nutrition’.  Digital nutrition is Ms Brewer’s philosophy on technology addiction and how families can develop healthy technology habits. The seminar will be held on Tuesday 5 September 2017 at the Civic Theatre, Hurstville.

3.                Council’s Short Stuff Youth Film Festival filming weekend will take place from Friday 15 September to Sunday 17 September at Shopfront Arts Co-op. Now in its fourth year, the festival challenges teams of young people to create a short film within 48 hours. All films entered are shown on the big screen in a free public screening at Event Cinemas Hurstville on Friday 10 November 2017.

4.                Over 160 young people participated in Council’s Youth Consultation Survey. The survey provided Council with insight into what is important to young people locally and what issues are posing as barriers to their full social participation and health and wellbeing. Council’s Youth Development Officer will be conducting a series of forums later in 2017 exploring the key findings of the survey that will allow further exploration into how Council, in partnership with the local youth sector, can best address issues. These consultative practices will culminate in the development of Council’s Youth Strategy late in 2017 and help inform Council’s Community Strategic Plan.

Senior Citizens

5.                A Carers Week event has been organised on Wednesday 18 October 2017 in partnership with Nurses on Wheels, Beverly Hills Event Cinema and Calvary Hospital Care Services. At this free event local care givers will be able to watch a movie, have morning tea, receive blood pressure and blood sugar checks and gain information on available services. Georges River Council and Calvary Hospital Care Services have both been successful in receiving a grant from Carers NSW for the project.

6.                Georges River Council is planning a Grandparents Festival to be held across four weeks in October 2017. The program is being developed around senior services in the local area and will include a Nepalese Community Family Picnic Day at Carss Park; an arts and crafts project with the Spanish speaking community at Hurstville Museum & Gallery; a Movie Day at Beverly Hills Cinema with Council’s Children Services; and a number of other projects with local schools, nursing homes, and community organisations. Georges River Council has applied for a grant to assist in the funding of the proposed projects and is awaiting the outcome.

7.                Council is working in partnership with Kogarah Community Services to produce a booklet containing information on all of the recreational programs and support services available to seniors in the St George area. Kogarah Community Services will collate, gather and update information, which Council will design into a user friendly booklet and print. The booklet will be updated every year as part of the NSW Seniors Festival.

8.                Council is in the process of developing and finalising a varied seniors program in venues across the Georges River Council local government area. The aim is for a venue in the former Kogarah City Council area to accommodate seniors groups in a similar way that the Hurstville Seniors Citizen Centre operates in Hurstville. Existing seniors groups will be accommodated first, with new groups introduced as the needs arise.

Community Safety

9.                In recent months local businesses and community members have raised concerns to Council regarding the sense of safety in the area around Memorial Square, Forest Rd, Hurstville. In response, Council is currently working with St George Police Local Area Command to hold a Coffee with Cops session at Memorial Square on Thursday 17 August 2017 from 10 am to 11am.

10.              This event will enable community members to get to know their local police over a cup of coffee or tea and provide an opportunity to have their safety concerns addressed in a friendly and informal way. Council’s Chinese Liaison Officer will be present to provide interpreting services as required.

White Ribbon Walk

11.              Council, along with the support of local domestic violence support services and the St George Police Local Area Command, is planning a local community awareness campaign to coincide with White Ribbon Day on Friday 24 November 2017. Community members will be invited to join a circuit walk from/to UOW Jubilee Stadium, Carlton. Attendees will also be able to participate in a formal ceremony, visit information stalls and enjoy an entertainment program, currently in development.

12.              Council is seeking community representatives involved with domestic violence support services to take part in the event and hold an information stall at Jubilee Stadium.

13.              Local high schools will be invited to participate in the walk and to design a banner with students’ messages against domestic violence. Council will then print the banners, which can be displayed at the school and at the White Ribbon Walk. Schools have been invited to register their interest to participate in the banner project until Friday 25 August 2017.

 

Financial Implications

14.    Within budget allocation.

 

 

  


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Item:                   COM022-17       Project and Events Report 

Author:              Coordinator Community Development, Nicolas Best

Directorate:      Community and Culture

Matter Type:     Community and Culture

 

 

Recommendation

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. 

 

NAIDOC Week

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

3.                The official NAIDOC Week Opening Ceremony was held on Tuesday 4 July at the Civic Theatre, Hurstville. The event included a Welcome to Country, young inspirational guest speakers, didgeridoo and Aboriginal cultural dance performances, and a performance by country music star Col Hardy. 

4.                Following the launch event, community members were able to enjoy a wide program of activities across NAIDOC Week 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.

5.                Community members and Council staff participated in a series of Cultural Awareness Training Sessions. These sessions included a talk about Aboriginal Protocols and Cultural Practices and Aboriginal art, and provided an opportunity for staff to ask questions regarding any protocols or particular information relating to Aboriginal culture and history.

Children of Parents with Mental Illness Symposium

6.                On Thursday 3 August 2017 Council, in partnership with St George and Sutherland Mental Health - South Eastern Sydney Local Health District, hosted a Children of Parents with Mental Illness (COPMI) symposium.

7.                Over 100 professionals working in the St George and Sutherland areas were able to listen to talks by guest speakers and experts in the field. Attendees were also able to join discussions with carers with a lived experience on how workers in the sector can best support families affected by parental mental illness in our community.

Disability Inclusion Action Plan Launch

8.                On Wednesday 12 July, Council unveiled its Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP) at the Hurstville Senior Citizens Centre. Minister for Multiculturalism and Disability Services, The Honourable Raymond Williams MP, was on hand to officially launch the plan, with Mr Mark Coure MP also in attendance. For further information please refer to Disability Inclusion Action Plan report.

 

 

Financial Implications

9.                Within budget allocation.

 

File Reference

17/1451

 

 

Item:                   COM023-17       Multicultural Reference Group 

Author:              Coordinator Community Development, Nicolas Best

Directorate:      Community and Culture

Matter Type:     Community and Culture

 

 

 

Recommendation

(a)     That the Committee receives and notes the Multicultural Reference Group report.

(b)     That the attached Multicultural Reference Group’s Terms of Reference be presented to Council for adoption.

 

 

Executive Summary

1.      This report details a summary of the activities of the newly formed Georges River Council Multicultural Reference Group.

Background

2.      Council’s newly formed Multicultural Reference Group had its inaugural meeting on Tuesday 1 August 2017. Eleven of the 14 nominated members were in attendance, covering a wide representation of the multicultural communities living in Council’s area.

3.      The Multicultural Reference Group comprises 14 members in total, representing diverse cultural communities in the local area. These include Chinese, Greek, Italian, Macedonian, Arabic, South Pacific Islander, Latin American, Indian, Nepalese and Indonesian communities as well as service providers of multicultural specialist programs, such as St George Area Local Command, Advance Diversity Services, 3 Bridges and Kogarah Community Services.

4.      At the meeting, the attendees reviewed and endorsed the draft Terms of Reference (attached), and elected a Chair and Deputy Chair for the reference group. Mr George Vardas was elected as Chair, and Mr Mark Yan was elected as Deputy Chair. Ms Ibtisam Hammoud and Ms Kim Fenwick also expressed their interest to be Deputy Chair, and will take on this role if the Chair and Deputy Chair are absent.

5.      The group discussed Council’s current Multicultural Operational Plan, and agreed to discuss the development of Council’s Multicultural Strategy and related future projects at the next meeting. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 7 November at 4pm. 

 

Financial Implications

6.      Within budget allocation.

 

File Reference

17/1451

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment View1

Multicultural Reference Group Terms of Reference 2017

 


Georges River Council - Ordinary Meeting - Monday, 14 August 2017

COM023-17            Multicultural Reference Group

[Appendix 1]          Multicultural Reference Group Terms of Reference 2017

 

 

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Item:                   COM024-17       Disability Inclusion Action Plan 

Author:              Coordinator Community Development, Nicolas Best

Directorate:      Community and Culture

Matter Type:     Community and Culture

 

Recommendation

(a)     That the committee receive and notes the Disability Inclusion Action Plan report.

 

Executive Summary

1.      This is a summary of the activities regarding the implementation of Council’s Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP). The DIAP outlines how Council will make the Georges River area a more liveable place for everyone, but especially for people with a disability.  

Disability Inclusion Action Plan Launch

2.      On Wednesday 12 July, Council unveiled its Disability Inclusion Action Plan at the Hurstville Senior Citizens Centre. Minister for Multiculturalism and Disability Services, The Honourable Raymond Williams MP, was on hand to officially launch the plan, with Mr Mark Coure MP also in attendance.

3.      Approximately 100 people attended the event, which included a forum of speakers from Ability Links, the National Disability Insurance Agency and the Department of Premier and Cabinet. Attendees were also able to get information from local service providers at a number of stalls.

Access Reference Group

4.      To date, Council has received six nominations to become part of Council’s Access Reference Group. Community members have been given the opportunity to submit nominations for the reference group until Friday 11 August 2017. Nominations will be reviewed and a recommendation on the reference group’s membership will be presented for consideration by this Committee at the next meeting.

5.      The first meeting of the Access Reference Group is proposed to be held in the first week of September, pending new member availability. The objective of the Access Reference Group is to:

·    Assist Council with the implementation of the Disability Inclusion Action Plan;

·    Provide Council with advice on the needs and priorities of people with disability, their carers and families in the local community;

·    Assist Council with communication, consultation and engagement with people with disability, through a two way information exchange;

·    Strengthen partnerships and promote collaboration among the range of groups and services that work with people with disability in the local community; and

·    Celebrate the achievements of people with disability in the Georges River Council Local Government Area.

 

Financial Implications

6.      Within budget allocation.

 

File Reference

17/1451

 

 

  Item:        COM025-17       Grant Programs 

Author:              Coordinator Community Development, Nicolas Best

Directorate:      Community and Culture

Matter Type:     Community and Culture

 

 

 

Recommendation

(a)     That the Committee receives and notes the report presented in relation to Council’s grant programs, including the 2017 ClubGRANTS, Venue Hire Grants and Community Grants programs.

 

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, including the 2017 ClubGRANTS, Venue Hire Grants and Community Grants 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.      On Thursday 3 August 2017 the Georges River Council ClubGRANTS Local Round Committee held a cheque presentation to congratulate all successful applicants. A total of $850,410 was provided through the Committee to 83 projects.

 

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

8.      As of 31 July 2017 a total of 41 applications had been received, out of which 39 were successful in receiving a grant between 20% and 100% of the cost associated with venue booking fees. To date, the subsidised amount of funds that Council has allocated for the 39 successful applications is $159,612.

 

 

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. Georges River Council has allocated $400,000 to the 2017/2018 Community Grants Program, with two programs of $200,000 to occur during the 2017/2018 financial year. These funds will be made available to local not-for-profit community groups to apply for grants of up to $10,000.00 each for projects in the areas of Community Development, Arts and Cultural Development, Environment and Conservation and Sport and Recreation.

10.    Council also invited submissions from community organisations to apply for a 21-seat bus; with the condition that an agreement is signed ensuring that the bus will be used for community purposes for a period of at least three years. The opportunity to submit an application for round one of the 2017/2018 Georges River Council Community Grants Program, including the community bus, closed on Sunday 25 June, 2017.

11.    Round one of the Community Grants Program for 2017/2018 saw a total of 73 applications being received for funding requests totalling $539,012. Five applications were also received for the community bus.

12.    An assessment panel, comprising of a delegate designated by Council’s General Manager and one former Councillor from each of the former Kogarah and Hurstville City Councils, assessed the applications and provided recommendations to Council for the Council meeting held on Monday 7 August 2017.

Financial Implications

13.    Within budget allocation.

 

File Reference

17/1451