Community Development and Services Advisory COMMITTEE

Notice of Meeting

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

 

 

Thursday 15 February 2018

 

 

A Community Development and Services Advisory Committee Meeting will be held at 4.00pm on Tuesday 20 February 2018 in the River Room, 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.

 

David Tuxford

Director Community and Culture

 

 

BUSINESS

·      Acknowledgement of Country

·      Apologies

·      Disclosures of Interest

·      Public Participation

·      Minutes of Previous Meetings

·      Agenda Items

 

 


COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND SERVICES ADVISORY COMMITTEE Meeting

Summary of Items

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Acknowledgement of Country

The Chair acknowledged the traditional custodians of the land, the Biddegal people.

Previous Minutes

MINUTES:   Community Development and Services Advisory COMMITTEE  01 November 2017

Community and Culture

CDS001-18       Calendar of Community Development Events

(Report by Coordinator Community Development).................................................. 2

CDS002-18       Access and Inclusion Reference Group

(Report by Coordinator Community Development).................................................. 5

CDS003-18       Youth Advisory Committee

(Report by Coordinator Community Development)................................................ 30

CDS004-18       Multicultural Reference Group

(Report by Coordinator Community Development)................................................ 79

CDS005-18       Aboriginal Reference Group

(Report by Coordinator Community Development)................................................ 80

CDS006-18       Grant Programs

(Report by Coordinator Community Development)................................................ 81

 


 


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Community and Culture

Item:                   Cds001-18        Calendar of Community Development Events 

Author:              Coordinator Community Development

Directorate:      Community and Culture

Matter Type:     Community and Culture

Recommendation

(a)     That the Committee receives and notes the Calendar of Community Development Events report.

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

(c)     That the Committee provides feedback on the suitability and amenity of the calendar as a means of promoting Council’s Community Development initiatives.

Executive Summary

1.      A printed calendar (attached) containing a summary of the upcoming events by Council’s Community Development team until the end of June 2018 has been developed.  

 

Background

2.      A range of community development programs and events are planned for the first half of 2018. In order to inform the community in a timely manner, a printed calendar has been developed with information on 16 upcoming events.

3.      Events covered in the calendar include Harmony Week celebrations, Rivers Rock - a free concert celebrating Youth Week, the Active Seniors Festival launch and a GRaB (Georges River and Bayside) Arts & Culture Forum to be held at the Civic Theatre. 

4.      It is proposed to produce and print the next calendar for programs and events taking place between July and December 2018 in May for distribution in June 2018.

 

Financial Implications

5.      Within budget allocation.

 

Community Engagement

6.        Community engagement was conducted including consultation with young people, senior citizens and relevant reference group members on the planned activities.

 

File Reference

D18/24246

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Community Development Team Calendar January - June 2018

 


Georges River Council - Ordinary Meeting - Tuesday, 20 February 2018

CDS001-18             Calendar of Community Development Events

[Appendix 1]          Community Development Team Calendar January - June 2018

 

 

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Item:                   Cds002-18        Access and Inclusion Reference Group 

Author:              Coordinator Community Development

Directorate:      Community and Culture

Matter Type:     Community and Culture

Recommendation

That the Committee receives and notes the report relating to activities undertaken by Council’s Access and Inclusion Reference Group.

Executive Summary

1.      The Access and Inclusion Reference Group was created in order to assist Council with the implementation of its Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP). Minutes from the Access and Inclusion Reference Group will be tabled through this Committee for consideration of Council. Items raised through this forum will be tabled at this committee for the consideration of Council.

 

Background

2.      The Access and Inclusion Reference Group meets every two months to discuss the implementation of Council’s DIAP (attached). The community representatives in the Reference Group all have experience in the access and inclusion area, either through lived experience or in a professional capacity.

3.      The DIAP contains 18 commitments from Council in the areas of Attitudes and Behaviours; Liveable Communities; Employment; and Systems and Processes.

4.      A notable highlight of the implementation of the DIAP is the commitment to install an accessible toilet facility with an adult changing table in Carss Park. This would be only one in approximately 20 sites in Australia to have one of these accredited facilities, which will allow all people with disability to enjoy Carss Park. The project is scheduled to be completed by December 2018.

5.      The Access and Inclusion Reference Group is scheduled to meet on Tuesday 13 February 2018, after the publication of this report. The minutes of that meeting will be tabled at the Committee’s meeting on 20 February 2018.

 

Financial Implications

6.      Within budget allocation.

 

Community Engagement

7.        Community engagement was conducted including wide consultation on the priorities and commitments outlined in Council’s DIAP, and will continue through ongoing consultation with the Access and Inclusion Reference Group and their associated networks. 

 

File Reference

D18/24387

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Georges River Council Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2017-2021


Georges River Council - Ordinary Meeting - Tuesday, 20 February 2018

CDS002-18             Access and Inclusion Reference Group

[Appendix 1]          Georges River Council Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2017-2021

 

 

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Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Tuesday, 20 February 2018                                                                        Page 33

Item:                   Cds003-18        Youth Advisory Committee 

Author:              Coordinator Community Development

Directorate:      Community and Culture

Matter Type:     Community and Culture

Recommendation

That the Committee receives and notes the report presented in relation to the activities of Council’s Youth Advisory Committee.

Executive Summary

1.      The Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) is comprised of 10 young people aged between 12 and 24 years old who inform Council on youth issues, and support the development and implementation of activities for young people. Items raised through this forum will be tabled at this committee for the consideration of Council. 

 

Background

2.      The YAC meets on a monthly basis to discuss a range of issues affecting young people in the local government area and potential solutions to these issues. The YAC membership comprises young people from a range of backgrounds, with members attending local high schools, tertiary education institutions and engaged in the workforce.

 

Georges River Council Youth Strategy

3.      Council’s Youth Strategy 2018-2020 is currently in development. Considerable community engagement tools have been employed to ensure the strategy accurately represents the needs and aspirations of young people in the area. The Youth Strategy is being co-authored by Council’s Youth Development Officer and the Georges River Council Youth Advisory Committee. It is anticipated that the draft Strategy will be presented to Council in mid-2018.

NSW Youth Week – Rivers Rock

4.      Rivers Rock is a free concert showcasing some of Australia’s best pop punk and rock bands as well as local performers, and will be the signature Council-run event for 2018 Youth Week. The concert will take place in the Marana Auditorium on Friday 13 April 2018 from 5.30pm to 10.00pm, with an anticipated crowd of approximately 1000 young people. A live concert with wide popular appeal provides a soft-entry point of engagement for Council and associated community-run youth resource agencies to engage with their target demographic. Headspace Hurstville, St George Youth Services, 3 Bridges Community Youth Zone and Project Youth will each have their respective peer educator programs represented at the event to engage with young people on matters including mental health, sexual health, drug and alcohol misuse and racism. Council is working in close consultation with the Local Area Command Police to ensure that the event is run with participant and community safety at its forefront.

 

St George High Schools Forum

5.      The St George High Schools Forum showcases the services available in the St George region that work for the wellbeing of young people and their families. The forum will be held on Thursday 15 March 2018 in the Dragon Room from 8:30am and will be attended by Principals, Deputy Principals, Welfare Teachers and School Counsellors from high schools across the region. Local services have submitted expressions of interest to showcase their services.

Youth Employment initiative   

6.      Georges River Council’s Mayor Councillor Kevin Greene received an invitation from Cessnock City Council to consider implementing the Cessnock City Council Youth Employment Toolkit model (attached). 

7.      The toolkit was developed as a response to Cessnock City Council’s high youth unemployment (21.8%), and has reportedly been very successful in supporting local young people into their first employment. Youth unemployment in the Sydney Inner South West Statistical Area, which includes all of the St George area and Canterbury-Bankstown, is at 11.9%. This rate is equivalent to NSW’s youth unemployment rate, and marginally higher than that of the Sydney Metropolitan Area.

8.      In order to assist local young people into their first employment, it is proposed that Council officers from the Community Development and People and Culture teams with TAFE NSW to review potential partnership opportunities for the development of a local Youth Employment initiative. While the demographics of the Georges River area are considerably different to those of Cessnock, some of the resources in the Cessnock City Council Youth Employment Toolkit may be of assistance in developing the program.  

 

Financial Implications

9.      Within budget allocation.

 

Community Engagement

10.     Community engagement was conducted through the Youth Advisory Committee, through surveys undertaken in conjunction with Youth Week 2017 events and through feedback from youth service providers within the local government area.

 

 

File Reference

D18/27479

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Representation - Cessnock City Council - Youth First Unemployment Toolkit

 


Georges River Council - Ordinary Meeting - Tuesday, 20 February 2018

CDS003-18             Youth Advisory Committee

[Appendix 1]          Representation - Cessnock City Council - Youth First Unemployment Toolkit

 

 

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Georges River Council – Ordinary Meeting -  Tuesday, 20 February 2018                                                                        Page 82

Item:                   Cds004-18        Multicultural Reference Group 

Author:              Coordinator Community Development

Directorate:      Community and Culture

Matter Type:     Community and Culture

Recommendation

That the Committee receives and notes the report presented in relation to the activities of Council’s Multicultural Reference Group.

Executive Summary

1.      The Multicultural Reference Group (MRG) is comprised of 14 individuals representing a range of local multicultural communities and community organisations. The MRG’s role is to provide Council with advice on the needs and priorities of local multicultural communities, and support the implementation of Council’s multicultural policies, programs and services. Items raised through this forum will be tabled at this committee for the consideration of Council.

Background

2.      The MRG meets on a quarterly basis, with the last meeting held on Tuesday 6 February 2018, when 10 members attended the meeting. A number of items of importance to multicultural communities were discussed at this meeting including information on the upcoming grants programs, the Local Government Multicultural Conference, Council’s Historical Markers Program and Neighbour Day.

English Class Directory

3.      The new English Class Directory (attached), which contains information on classes available in the St George and Sutherland Shire regions, was discussed at the meeting. This directory was produced by Council in partnership with the St George Sutherland Employment English Action Network. The aim of the Directory is to assist residents from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in accessing classes to improve their English language skills so they are more readily able to access mainstream services and fully participate within the local community. 

4.      Georges River Council Mayor Cr Kevin Greene will officially launch the English Class Directory on Tuesday 20 February 2018 at 10am at Navitas Hurstville (Level 7, 12 Ormonde Parade, Hurstville). Committee members are invited to attend the launch event.

Harmony Day

5.      Harmony Day will be celebrated on Wednesday 21 March 2018 with a public event in the Marana Auditorium. The event will build on last year’s program telling the migration stories of migrant groups in the Georges River area in chronological sequence, with the aim of showcasing the successes of our multicultural communities.

6.      The event will also include the screening of short films, and a workshop on ‘Living in Harmony’ to be led by leading sociologist and anthropologist Dr Astrid Perry.

Financial Implications

7.      Within budget allocation.

Community Engagement

8.      Community engagement will be conducted through post-event surveys of participants and audience members, and ongoing engagement with the Multicultural Reference Group and their associated community networks.

File Reference

D18/27795


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Item:                   Cds005-18        Aboriginal Reference Group 

Author:              Coordinator Community Development

Directorate:      Community and Culture

Matter Type:     Community and Culture

Recommendation

That the Committee receives and notes the report presented in relation to the activities of Council’s Aboriginal Reference Group.

Executive Summary

1.      The Aboriginal Reference Group (ARG) is comprised of Aboriginal people who live, work or have a connection with the Georges River Council area. The ARG’s role is to provide advice and input on the development and implementation of Council’s programs, policies, services and facilities that relate to the Aboriginal community, and advance reconciliation between the Aboriginal community and the wider community. Items raised through this forum will be tabled at this committee for the consideration of Council. 

Background

2.      Membership of the ARG comprises Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson (an Aboriginal person as nominated by members); Georges River Local Government Area Aboriginal residents; Aboriginal Service Providers/Community Workers; an Aboriginal youth representative; an Aboriginal Elders representative; and Council’s Coordinator Community Development (as Executive Officer) and Multicultural and Indigenous Development Officer.

3.      The ARG meets on a quarterly basis, with the next meeting to be held on Monday 19 February 2018.

4.      The agenda for the February ARG meeting will include a review of Council’s Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week programs; Council’s involvement in the Eora Elders Olympics; renewed discussion regarding the accepted nomenclature of the Biddegal/ Bidjigal/ Bedegal people in line with Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council protocol; and a review of the borders of Biddegal and Kameygal land within the Georges River Council local government area borders. 

5.      As the Aboriginal Reference Group meeting will be held one day prior to this Committee, a verbal report will be provided on the discussions and actions determined at the meeting.


Financial Implications

6.      Within budget allocation.


Community Engagement

7.      Community engagement will be conducted through consultation with the Aboriginal Reference Group and their associated networks.

 

File Reference

D18/27877

 

 

 

  


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Item:                   Cds006-18        Grant Programs 

Author:              Coordinator Community Development

Directorate:      Community and Culture

Matter Type:     Community and Culture

Recommendation

That the Committee receives and notes the report presented in relation to Council’s grant programs, including the 2018 ClubGRANTS Georges River Council Local Round.

Executive Summary

1.      Council coordinates a range of grant programs wherein community organisations can apply for funding to run projects that benefit the local community. This report summarises recent and upcoming activities in relation to the following grant programs: Community Grants Program, Venue Hire Grants Program and ClubGRANTS Program.

 

Georges River Council 2018 ClubGRANTS Local Round

2.      ClubGRANTS is an initiative of the NSW Government and Clubs NSW to provide funding for community development projects and services that have a direct impact on local communities. Georges River Council is the convenor of the local committee for the ClubGRANTS scheme.

3.      The first Committee meeting for the 2018 Round will be held on Friday 16 February 2018. At this meeting the local priorities will be agreed upon, and the timetable for the 2018 Round will be confirmed.

4.      The 2018 Round is expected to open in March and close in April, with community organisations being advised of the outcome in July.

5.      In 2017, the Georges River Council Local Committee incorporated 11 participating clubs, which donated a total of $850,410 to 83 projects.

 

Venue Hire Grants Program

6.      The Venue Hire Grants Program for the 2017-18 financial year continues to be open. Council assessed four new applications in February 2018, with a total $5,238.50 provided in venue hire grants. A total of 55 applications have been assessed under the Venue Hire Grants Program for 2017-18, with the Council allocating $167,522.40 rental subsidy to community organisations. 

7.      The Venue Hire Grants Program for bookings in the 2018-19 financial year is scheduled to open on 24 April 2018, with organisations being notified by Monday 4 June 2018. Information on how to apply will be provided through Council’s website and advertised widely, including through local media. 

8.      The Council Owned and or Managed Facilities Policy – Venue Hire Grants Program is currently under review, alongside a number of policies relating to Council’s grants, donations and sponsorships. The revised policy will incorporate community feedback received since the inception of the program. 

 

Community Grants Program

9.      Georges River Council allocates $400,000 annually to the Community Grants Program. The funds are distributed to community groups and organisations in two rounds, with each round having a combined funding pool of $200,000.

10.    Round 1 of the 2017-18 Georges River Council Community Grants Program closed on Sunday 25 June 2017, with the 34 successful grant recipients announced on Friday 11 August 2017.

11.    The draft Guidelines and timetable for Round 2 of the 2017-18 Georges River Council Community Grants Program will be tabled for adoption at the Monday 26 February 2018 Council meeting. Under the draft Round 2 Program Guidelines, the applications will open on Monday 5 March and close on Sunday 15 April 2018. It is also planned for two grant categories to be available – one category supporting the procurement of assets and equipment, and another category supporting larger community development initiatives focusing on connected communities. 

 

Financial Implications

12.    Within budget allocation.

 

Community Engagement

13.     Community engagement was conducted including a survey of organisations that applied for a grant with Council and the incorporation of feedback gained through previous grants workshops and information sessions.

 

File Reference

D18/25282