Assets and Infrastructure Standing Committee

Notice of Meeting

Monday, 13 November 2017

 

 

Tuesday, 07 November 2017

 

 

 

An Assets and Infrastructure Committee Meeting will be held at 7.00pm on Monday

13 November 2017 in the Dragon Room Level 1, Georges River Civic Centre, corner

Dora and MacMahon Streets, 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.      Apologies

2.      Disclosures of Interest

3.      Minutes of previous meetings

4.      Committee Reports

 


Assets and Infrastructure Standing Committee Meeting

Summary of Items

Monday, 13 November 2017

 

Previous Minutes

MINUTES: Assets and Infrastructure - 09 October 2017 (17/1831)

Committee Reports

ASS001-17        Georges River Traffic Advisory Committee Meetings - 17 October 2017 and 7 November 2017

(Report by Traffic Engineer)......................................................................................... 2

ASS002-17        Tooronga Terrace, Beverly Hills - Proposed Pedestrian Crossing Removal

(Report by Manager Infrastructure)........................................................................... 11   

 


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Committee Reports

Item:                   ASS001-17        Georges River Traffic Advisory Committee Meetings - 17 October 2017 and 7 November 2017 

Author:              Traffic Engineer

Directorate:      Assets and Infrastructure

Matter Type:     Committee Reports

Recommendation

That the recommendations contained within the minutes of the Georges River Traffic Advisory Committee Meetings held on 17 October 2017 and 7 November 2017 be adopted by Council.

Executive Summary

 

1.      The Minutes of the Georges River Traffic Advisory Committee Meeting held on 17 October 2017 and 7 November 2017 are submitted to the Assets and Infrastructure Committee for consideration and to Council for adoption.

Background

 

2.      The Traffic Advisory Committee Meetings of 17 October 2017 and 7 November 2017 were held at Georges River Civic Centre.

 

Financial Implications

 

3.      Budget allocation

a.   RMS Traffic Facilities Grant       $384,080

b.   LATM Projects                               $40,000

 

4.      Balance to date

a.   RMS Traffic Facilities Grant       $176,274

b.   LATM Projects                               $3,692

 

5.      Estimated cost of works recommended by the Traffic Advisory Committee Meeting of 17 October is $11,880.  Dissection: $3,800 has been allocated from the RMS Traffic Facilities Grant and $8,000 from Council’s Events Budget for the “White Ribbon Walk” and “Australia Day” Events.

 

6.      Estimated cost of works recommended by the Traffic Advisory Committee Meeting of 7 November is $62,100.  Dissection: $32,100 has been allocated from the RMS Traffic Facilities Grant and $30,000 to be allocated from Capital Works Budget 2018/19.

 

File Reference

16/148

 

ATTACHMENTS

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Minutes - Traffic Committee - 17 October 2017

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Minutes - Traffic Committee - 7 November 2017


Georges River Council - Assets and Infrastructure Standing Committee Meeting - Monday, 13 November 2017

ASS003-17             Georges River Traffic Advisory Committee Meetings - 17 October 2017 and 7 November 2017

[Appendix 1]          Minutes - Traffic Committee - 17 October 2017

 

 

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ASS003-17             Georges River Traffic Advisory Committee Meetings - 17 October 2017 and 7 November 2017

[Appendix 2]          Minutes - Traffic Committee - 7 November 2017

 

 

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Item:                   ASS002-17        Tooronga Terrace, Beverly Hills - Proposed Pedestrian Crossing Removal

Author:              Manager Infrastructure

Directorate:      Assets and Infrastructure

Matter Type:     Committee Reports

Recommendation

      That Council remove the pedestrian crossing and undertake the associated safety works in accordance with the resolution of Council dated 3 July 2017.

 

Executive Summary

1.      At the meeting of Council on 3 July 2017, Council resolved as follows in relation to the Tooronga Terrace pedestrian crossing:

 

a.   “That considering the safety and technical issues associated with the pedestrian crossing in Tooronga Terrace the recommendation (TAC057-17) be endorsed subject to:

 

·    The RMS extending the green time for pedestrians of the signalised crossing at the intersection of King Georges Road and Tooronga Terrace;

 

·    The Police working with schools to ensure students and teachers are aware of the potential changed road crossing arrangements and safe practices;

·    A pedestrian fence be installed to prevent jaywalking and encourage use of signalised pedestrian crossing.

 

b.   The crossing not be removed prior to November 2017.

 

c.    That the Police be requested to increase their presence in Tooronga Terrace to discourage jaywalking and to assist with encouraging use of the signalised pedestrian crossing.”

 

2.      A report was presented at the 9 October 2017 meeting of the Assets and Infrastructure Standing Committee where it was recommended (ASS002-17):

 

a.   “That Councillors conduct a site meeting at the pedestrian crossing on Tooronga Terrace, Beverly Hills prior to its proposed removal.

 

b.   That a site meeting be held on Monday 16 October 2017, at 5pm at the Tooronga Terrace pedestrian crossing.”

 

3.      These recommendations were reported to the Council meeting of 23 October 2017, where it was resolved (CCL223-17):

 

a.   “That item ASS002-17 – Tooronga Terrace, Beverly Hills – Proposed Pedestrian Crossing Removal, be deferred in order to obtain legal advice.”

 

Background

4.      Legal advice was requested relating to the potential liability of Georges River Council as an organisation as well as the potential personal liability of Councillors should a claim arise against Council in relation to the Tooronga Terrace pedestrian crossing in circumstances where Council has declined to remove the crossing in the face of expert advice that the cross is not safe.

5.      Legal advice was sought from Local Government NSW and Council’s insurers, Statewide Mutual/Jardine Lloyd Thompson.  This advice has been received and both are provided as confidential attachments to this report.

6.      The insurer’s advice has confirm that Council’s insurer would be likely to decline indemnity in the event of a damages claim made in circumstances where Council was aware of the likely risk of harm at the crossing and had refused to remove the crossing.

7.      The legal advice has confirmed that it is incumbent upon Council, including individual Councillors, to act in accordance with available expert advice regarding the applicable regulations and safety concerns in this matter.  This means making a decision to remove the crossing.  Failure to do so may, in the event of an accident at the crossing, lead to Council as an organisation and Councillors individually, being personally liable to pay damages and legal costs in the event of a claim by an individual alleging loss or damage as a result of the defective crossing.

 

 

Financial Implications

8.      No budget impact for this report.

 

File Reference

D17/189976

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

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JLT Insurance Advice - Tooronga Terrace crossing (Confidential)

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LGNSW Advice - Tooronga Terrace (Confidential)