Community and Culture Committee

Notice of Meeting

Monday, 14 May 2018

 

 

 

A Community and Culture Committee meeting will be held at 7.00pm  on Monday, 14 May 2018 on Level 1, Georges River Civic Centre, corner Dora and MacMahon Streets, Hurstville.  The agenda and reports for this meeting are available on Council’s website at:

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

 

 

 

 

BUSINESS

1.      Apologies

2.      Disclosures of Interest

3.      Minutes of previous meetings

4.      Committee Reports

 


Community and Culture Standing Committee Meeting

Summary of Items

Monday, 14 May 2018

 

Previous Minutes

MINUTES: Community and Culture - 09 April 2018

Committee Reports

COM012-18       Major Events Advisory Committee - Community Representatives

(Report by Coordinator Events and Sponsorships)................................................. 2

COM013-18       Grants, Donations and Sponsorship Policy

(Report by Manager Community & Cultural Development).................................... 5

COM014-18       Sponsorship and Donation Requests

(Report by Administration Officer – Communications & Customer Service)..... 37

COM015-18       Re-establishment of Alcohol Free Zones

(Report by Coordinator Community Development)................................................ 40

COM016-18       Major Events Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes - 16 April 2018

(Report by Manager Communications, Customer Service and Events)............ 43

COM017-18       Community Development and Services Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes - 17 April 2018

(Report by Administration Officer)............................................................................. 58

COM018-18       Community Grants Program 2017-18 Round 2

(Report by Manager Community & Cultural Development).................................. 62   

 


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4.      Committee Reports

Item:                   COM012-18       Major Events Advisory Committee - Community Representatives 

Author:              Coordinator Events and Sponsorships

Directorate:      Community and Culture

Matter Type:     Committee Reports

 

 

 

Recommendation

(a)     That Council considers the Expressions of Interest received from those persons wishing to be considered as community representatives on the Major Events Advisory Committee.

(b)     That Council appoints three members to the Committee as outlined within this report.

(c)     That Council endorses the meeting dates for 2018.

 

 

Executive Summary

1.      This report informs Council that the Expressions of Interest for the Major Events Advisory Committee (MEAC) closed on 23 April 2018 with sixteen applications for membership being received by Council.

2.      A summary of the applicants is provided (confidentially) based on the criteria set out in the Expressions of Interest documentation.

3.      The report recommends to Council the appointment of three community members to the Committee in accordance with the Terms of Reference.

 

Background 

4.      At the Council meeting on 23 October 2017, it was resolved that Mr Dominic Sin, Ms Annie Tang and Mr David Dawson were to be urgently appointed as Community Representatives on the MEAC in order to immediately advise on the planning and delivery of Council’s major events:

NM003-17          Notice of Motion 3: Membership of Major Events Advisory Committee

(Councillor Wu)

Resolved:         Councillor Wu and Councillor Hindi

a)   That Council increase the Councillor membership of the Major Events Advisory Committee from four Councillors to five and include Councillor Vince Badalati as the fifth Councillor, and the Terms of Reference for the Major Events Advisory Committee be updated to reflect this change;

b)   That Council endorse the urgent and direct appointment of three experienced community members in order to obtain immediate community input and feedback on the planning and delivery of Council’s major community events (Magic of Christmas in Carss Bush Park, Australia Day Festival and Lunar New Year Festival) for the upcoming peak events period of November 2017 – March 2018 and that those community members be Mr Dominic Sin, Ms Annie Tang and Mr David Dawson; and

c)   That the appointment of the three community members be a temporary appointment only until 31 March 2018, after which time the usual publicly advertised Expression of Interest process will occur to seek new community members for appointment to the Advisory Committee.

 

5.      As per resolution (c) of this Motion, the Expression of Interest process to seek three new community members for the MEAC commenced at the end of March.

6.      Consistent with the EOI process for other Council Committees seeking community representatives, the EOI process required candidates to respond to set criteria regarding their suitability for the MEAC.

 

Expressions of Interest received

7.      Sixteen Expressions of Interest were received across the following four industry categories: Events, Hospitality, Finance and Community Development.

8.      A full analysis of the applications has been undertaken and is confidentially attached to this report (refer to Attachment 1).

9.      In summary the following Expressions of Interest were received:

 

Blakehurst Ward

1.      Mr John Perkins – Secretary Oatley Lions

2.      Ms Annie Siu Wing Tang – former MEAC Community Representative and former Councillor

3.      Ms Amanda Wyer – Community Liaison Officer, Blakehurst Aged Care

 

Hurstville Ward

4.      Mr Man Hang Bosco Chang – Executive Officer CASS

5.      Mrs Maree Gunn – Community Development Officer, 3Bridges

6.      Mr Dominic Sin – Proprietor Conveyancing firm, former MEAC Community 

representative and former Councillor

7.      Ms Yu Feng Wu – Business Owner (local seafood restaurants)

8.      Mr Allan Zreik – President St George Business Chamber and Member of Georges   

River Council Economic Advisory Committee

 

          Kogarah Bay Ward

9.      Ms Megan Barker – Business Owner (local florist)

10.    Mr David Dawson – former MEAC Community Representative, Kogarah Electorate Office (Chris Minns MP) representative on local traffic committee

11.    Mr Divesh Narayan – Multicultural Services Officer Department of Financial Services

12.    Ms Cathy Nisbet – Community Development Officer and Project Manager, Kogarah

13.    Ms Kellie Stout – Not stated

14.    Mr Jian Zhou – Electoral Officer and Community Relations Officer – Kogarah Electorate Office (Chris Minns MP)

 

Mortdale Ward

15.    Mrs Susan Szalay – Journalist, 2GB

16.    Ms Kate Young – Executive Officer, St George Community Transport

 

10.    Attachment 1 provides a confidential summary of the recommended applicants’ background for Council’s consideration.

11.    The above group will bring a broad range of qualifications, skills and experience to the Committee that will assist in developing Major Events for the Georges River Local Government area.

 

MEAC Meeting Dates

12.    MEAC meetings occur every 2 months on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, commencing at 5pm.  Scheduled dates for 2018 are; 15 May, 17 July, 18 September, 20 November.  Scheduled dates for 2019 meetings are; 15 January, 19 March, 21 May.

 

Financial Implications

13.    No budget impact for this report.

 

Community Engagement

14.     Community engagement was conducted by writing to the existing community representatives, members of the Community and Culture Reference Groups, advertising for Expressions of Interest on Council’s column in the St George and Sutherland Shire Leader which appeared on 28 March 2018 and 10 April 2018, and via Council’s website.

 

File Reference

SF:   D18/80470

Confidential Attachment

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

CONFIDENTIAL Major Events Advisory Committee Expressions of Interest Applications Summary (Confidential)

 


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Item:                   COM013-18       Grants, Donations and Sponsorship Policy 

Author:              Manager Community & Cultural Development

Directorate:      Community and Culture

Matter Type:     Committee Reports

 

 

 

Recommendation

(a)     That Council endorse the attached draft Grants, Donations and Sponsorship Policy to be placed on public exhibition for a period of not less than 28 days.

(b)     That submissions received during the public exhibition period be reported back to Council together with any recommended changes to the draft Grants, Donations and Sponsorship Policy.

 

Executive Summary

1.      This report is presented to Council to seek endorsement of the Grants, Donations and Sponsorship Policy for the purpose of public exhibition.

2.      This Policy will serve as a unified policy document for the implementation of Council’s grants programs, including Community Grants, Venue Hire Grants, Heritage Building Grants, Heritage Publication Grants, as well as how Council provides donations and sponsorship to community organisations, programs and events.

 

Background

3.      Following the amalgamation of the former Kogarah City Council and Hurstville City Council, Georges River Council has operated a range of different funding opportunities to the community through various formal and informal grants programs, sponsorship arrangements and the provision of ad hoc donations.

4.      In 2017-18, Council provided formalised grant programs including: the Community Grants Program (offered over two separate rounds); Venue Hire Grants Program (offered in one major round and allowing ad hoc submissions throughout the year); Heritage Grants Program and Heritage Publication Grants Program (both available through one single funding round).

5.      Council also delivers a Community Event Sponsorship Program, to deliver cash and in-kind funding support for community-run events.

6.      The existing Council Owned and/or Managed Facilities Policy - Venue Hire Grant Program was adopted by Council on 6 March 2017, via Council resolution CCL031-17. The Sponsorship and Donation Policy was adopted on 7 August 2017, via Council resolution CCL177-17. This Grants, Donations and Sponsorship Policy will supersede these two extant policies and provide a framework for the ways in which Council delivers funding support to the community.

7.      Council has received feedback from the community that the processes for applying for community funding are at times onerous and complicated. Some community groups have an expectation from former Council programs that they should receive free or low cost access to Council facilities without any justification of their support. The implementation of a single policy to govern the allocation of Council funds will help to alleviate some of these concerns, whilst ensuring that Council allocates its resources in a fair, equitable and transparent manner to groups and programs that best benefit the community.

8.      The formalised Funding Programs are designed to provide subsidy or financial support to community groups and not for profit organisations providing services, activities, events or programs that deliver benefits to the local community. The programs aim to provide community groups with equitable access to Council financial support and/or facilities in order to enable community participation, city activation and a sense of belonging in the local government area.

 

Financial Implications

9.      Within budget allocation.

 

Community Engagement

10.    Community engagement has been conducted including: representation of community views through the Community Development and Services Advisory Committee; grants information workshops held throughout March and April 2018; the incorporation of community feedback from previous grant applicants.

11.    Further community engagement will be undertaken when the draft Policy is placed on public exhibition and public submissions are sought for feedback on the Policy.

 

File Reference

17/1031

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

DRAFT Grants, Donations and Sponsorship Policy

 


Georges River Council - Community and Culture Standing Committee Meeting - Monday, 14 May 2018

COM013-18            Grants, Donations and Sponsorship Policy

[Appendix 1]          DRAFT Grants, Donations and Sponsorship Policy

 

 

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COM013-18            Grants, Donations and Sponsorship Policy

[Appendix 1]          DRAFT Grants, Donations and Sponsorship Policy

 

 

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Item:                   COM014-18       Sponsorship and Donation Requests 

Author:              Administration Officer – Communications & Customer Service

Directorate:      Community and Culture

Matter Type:     Committee Reports

 

 

 

Recommendation

(a) That Council retrospectively approves the in-kind sponsorship request of $1,205 to Club Rivers and Georges River Life Care for its ‘Sleep Out’ event held on Thursday 19 April in the lower level of the council car park in Littleton Street, Riverwood.

(b) That Council approves the in-kind sponsorship request of $106 to the Lugarno FC for its U8 Gala Day event to be held on Sunday 3 June at Gannons Park, Peakhurst.

 

(c)  That Council approves the donation request to purchase a group booking (table of 10) totalling $3,500 for The Biaggio Signorelli Asbestos Foundation 10th Anniversary Autumn Gala Dinner to be held on Wednesday 30 May at Doltone House, Eveleigh.

 

(d) That Council retrospectively approves the donation of $200 to the Recreation, Sports and Aquatics Club (RSAC) for its major fundraiser the 31st RSAC Charity Sports Lunch event which was held on 4 May at Bankstown Sports Bowls, Bankstown.

 

(e) That Council include the approved donation/sponsorship on its Donations and Sponsorship register on the Council website.

 

Executive Summary

1.   On Thursday 5 April 2018, Council received correspondence from the CEO of Club Rivers for the event Club Rivers and Georges River Life Care Sleep Out. The organisation requests an in-kind sponsorship of $1,205.

2.   On Monday 12 March 2018, Council received correspondence from the Liaison Officer of Lugarno FC for the event Lugarno FC U8 Gala Day. The organisation requests an in-kind sponsorship of $106.

3.   On Monday 7 May 2018, Council received correspondence the Executive Chairman of Doltone House Group requesting support for The Biaggio Signorelli Asbestos Foundation 10th Anniversary Autumn Gala Dinner. A financial donation to purchase a group booking (table of 10) for the event of $3,500 is recommended.

4.   On Monday 26 March 2018, Council received correspondence the President of the Recreation, Sports and Aquatics Club requesting support for the 31st RSAC Charity Sports Lunch. A financial donation of $200 is recommended, similar to the donation provided last year.

5.   As per section 356 of the Local Government Act 1993, Council may grant financial or in-kind assistance to individuals or organisations for the purpose of exercising its functions.


 

Background

6.   This year will mark the 5th year of the ‘Sleep Out’ event to raise awareness and funds for those affected by Domestic Violence. Proceeds go directly to Georges River Life Care to help provide counselling, food and emergency housing and accommodation to victims of Domestic Violence. Council’s in-kind sponsorship consisted of cleaning and utilisation of equipment to the value of $1,205.

7.   Lugarno FC will host their annual U8 Gala Day at Gannons Park, Peakhurst on Sunday, 3 June 2018. The event includes the set-up of 9 mini sized football fields with the games running from 9am till 2.30pm. This event provides opportunity for community participation and connection for youth players and their families. Council’s in-kind sponsorship consisted of additional rubbish bins to the value of $106.

8.   The Biaggio Signorelli Asbestos Foundation was established after the Founder of Doltone House Group Mr Biaggio Signorelli passed away from Mesothelioma (Asbestos Cancer), on the 30 May 2008. This year marks the 10th Anniversary of his passing. To mark the Foundation’s achievements, and in Biaggio’s memory, they will be hosting the 10th Anniversary Autumn Gala Dinner on Wednesday 30 May 2018. A financial donation of $3,500 is recommended, to purchase a table of 10 tickets.

9.   The Recreation, Sports and Aquatics Club is undertaking a major fundraising campaign to support its services for people with disabilities and their families. The RSAC supports over 500 people from 4 to over 70 years of age, who have cognitive and/or physical disabilities. All funds raised go to supporting quality lifestyle choices for people with disabilities such as sport and recreational options, social outings, educational sessions and camps. The RSAC Charity Sports Lunch on Friday 4 May 2018 was their major fundraiser.

10. An assessment of these donations and sponsorship requests occurred using Council’s Sponsorship and Donations Policy and Events Strategy, as per the decision making criteria in section 4.3 Funding Determination Model of the Strategy.

Financial Implications

 

11. The 2017/18 budget allocation for community-run events/donations is $119,780.   If these sponsorship requests are approved by Council there will be $26,530 remaining for this financial year. Approval of this request is within the budget allocation (Refer Attachment 1).

 

Community Engagement

12. Community engagement was undertaken in the development of the Sponsorship and Donations Policy and Events Strategy.

 

File Reference

D18/74265, D18/68544, D18/69692

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Sponsorship for Community Run Events tracking budget 2017-18 as at 8 May 2018

 


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COM014-18            Sponsorship and Donation Requests

[Appendix 1]          Sponsorship for Community Run Events tracking budget 2017-18 as at 8 May 2018

 

 

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Item:                   COM015-18       Re-establishment of Alcohol Free Zones 

Author:              Coordinator Community Development

Directorate:      Community and Culture

Matter Type:     Committee Reports

 

 

 

Recommendation

(a)     That Council endorse the re-establishment of the existing Oatley Shopping Centre, Penshurst Shopping Centre, Kogarah CBD, Hurstville CBD and Riverwood Town Centre Alcohol Free Zones until 28 August 2022 in accordance with sections 644, 644A and 644B of the Local Government Act 1993, for the purpose of public exhibition;

(b)     That Council adopt the public consultation process that needs to occur to re-establish the           existing Alcohol Free Zones in accordance with Section 644A of the Act for a period of no           less than 14 days;

(c)     That any submissions received during the public exhibition period be reported back to           Council together with any recommended changes to Council’s Alcohol Free Zones for           adoption. 

 

Executive Summary

1.      The extant Kogarah CBD, Hurstville CBD and Riverwood Town Centre Alcohol Free Zones (AFZs) are due to expire on 28 August 2018. The Oatley Shopping Centre and Penshurst Shopping Centre AFZs are due to expire on 30 June 2019.

2.      Consultation with St George Local Area Command police has indicated that they support the re-establishment of the AFZs as it has assisted in reducing the number of disturbances as a result of the consumption of alcohol in Council’s town centres.

3.      It is proposed that all of Council’s five AFZs are re-established at the same time for a period of up to four (4) years, with the five AFZs to expire on 28 August 2022.

 

Background

4.      Sections 644, 644A and 644B of the Local Government Act (1993) enable Council to establish, re-establish and operate an Alcohol Free Zone (AFZ).

5.      In accordance with section 644A of the Act, a public consultation process must be undertaken, including advertising of the proposal in a local newspaper (the St George and Sutherland Shire Leader) and inviting submissions from the public to be provided within 14 days of the notice and 644B of the Act enables Council to establish, re-establish and operate an AFZ.

6.      In addition, Council must provide a copy of the proposal to re-establish the AFZs to each of the following persons, indicating that submissions must be made within 30 days after the date on which the copy of the proposal is given:

a)   the officer in charge of the police station within or nearest to the proposed alcohol free zone; and

b)   each holder of a license in force under the Liquor Act, 2007 for premises that border on, or adjoin or are adjacent to, the proposed alcohol-free zone.

7.      In addition, secretary holders of any registered club as defined under the Registered Clubs Act 1976 will be provided a copy of the proposal and the opportunity to make a submission.

8.      The locations of the five Alcohol Free Zones are bounded by the streets as follows:

Kogarah Alcohol Free Zone:

·    Gray Street (Corner Princes Highway and Railway Parade);

·    Railway Parade (Corner Gray Street and Gladstone Street);

·    Gladstone Street (Corner Railway Parade and Princes Highway); and

·    Princes Highway (Corner Gray Street and Gladstone Street).

Hurstville Alcohol Free Zone:

·    Greenbank Street (between Woniora Rd and Ormonde Pde)

·    Ormonde Parade (between Greenbank St and Railway Pde)

·    Forest Road (between Cnr of Forest Rd and Queens Rd and corner of Forest Rd and Durham St)

·    Diment Way (between Forest Rd and Crofts Ave)

·    Forest Road Bus interchange

Riverwood Alcohol Free Zone:

·    Belmore Road (between Josephine St, corner of Shenstone Rd and Belmore Rd)

·    Short Road (between Belmore Rd and Keppel Ave)

·    Keppel Avenue (between Short Rd and Webb St)

·    Webb Street (between Belmore Rd and Keppel Ave, including the Webb St Car Park)

Oatley Alcohol Free Zone:

·    Letitia St (between Neville St and Wonoona Pde East)

·    Frederick St (between Letitia St and Oatley Ave)

·    Frederick Lane (including the public car park)

·    Oatley Ave (bounded by corner of Frederick St and corner of Hurstville Rd)

Penshurst Alcohol Free Zone:

·    The Strand (corner of Laycock Rd and Railway Pde and corner of Bridge St and The Strand)

 

Financial Implications

9.      Within budget allocation.

 

Community Engagement

10.    Community engagement will be conducted including contacting the St George Local Area Command and all liquor licensees that border on, or adjoin or are adjacent to, the proposed alcohol-free zone.

11.    The proposal will be advertised in the St George and Sutherland Shire Leader and submissions from the public will be invited. 

 

 

File Reference

D18/74837

 

 

 

  


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Item:                   COM016-18       Major Events Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes - 16 April 2018 

Author:              Manager Communications, Customer Service and Events

Directorate:      Community and Culture

Matter Type:     Committee Reports

 

 

 

Recommendation

That Council adopts the recommendations contained within the Minutes of the Major Events Advisory Committee meeting held on Monday 16 April 2018.

 

Executive Summary

1.   Minutes of the Major Events Advisory Committee meeting held at 4:30pm on Monday 16 April 2018 are attached for Council’s consideration and adoption (Attachment 1).

 

Background                              

2.      In accordance with the adopted Terms of Reference, items considered by the Major Events Advisory Committee will be presented to the Community and Culture Standing Committee then to Council for their adoption and posted to Council’s website.

 

Financial Implications

3.      The Financial Statements for Council’s Major Events are attached for Council’s consideration and adoption (Attachment 2).

 

File Reference

D18/78300

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Major Events Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes - 16 April 2018 pdf version

Attachment 2

Financial Statements Major Events April 2018

Attachment 3


Terms of Reference - Major Events Advisory Committee

 


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COM016-18            Major Events Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes - 16 April 2018

[Appendix 1]          Major Events Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes - 16 April 2018 pdf version

 

 

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[Appendix 3]          Terms of Reference - Major Events Advisory Committee

 

 

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Item:                   COM017-18       Community Development and Services Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes - 17 April 2018  

Author:              Administration Officer

Directorate:      Community and Culture

Matter Type:     Committee Reports

 

 

 

Recommendation

That Council adopt the recommendations contained with the minutes of the Community Development and Services Advisory Committee meeting held on Tuesday 17 April 2018.

 

Executive Summary

1.      Minutes of the Community Development and Services Advisory Committee meeting held at 4.00pm on Tuesday 17 April 2018 are attached for Council’s consideration and adoption (attachment 1).

 

Background

2.      In accordance with the adopted Terms of Reference, the Community Development and Services Advisory Committee meets bi-monthly and items considered by the Committee are presented to Council via the Community and Culture Standing Committee for adoption and posted to Council’s website.

 

Financial Implications

3.      There is no budget impact for this report.

 

Community Engagement

4.        Community engagement was conducted including the inclusion and input of community representatives on the Committee.

 

 

File Reference

D18/81181

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

MINUTES - COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND SERVICES ADVISORY 17 APRIL 2018

 


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COM017-18            Community Development and Services Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes - 17 April 2018

[Appendix 1]          MINUTES - COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND SERVICES ADVISORY 17 APRIL 2018

 

 

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Item:                   COM018-18       Community Grants Program 2017-18 Round 2 

Author:              Manager Community & Cultural Development

Directorate:      Community and Culture

Matter Type:     Committee Reports

 

 

 

Recommendation

That the funding allocations for the Georges River Council Community Grants Program 2017-18 Round 2, as listed within Attachment 1, be adopted.

 

Executive Summary

1.      The purpose of this report is to seek approval for the allocation of up to $200,000 in grant funding to not-for-profit community groups to address priority community needs in the Georges River Local Government Area.

2.      The Community Grants Panel has assessed the 61 applications received for funding and has recommended the funding of 31 applications with a total funding allocation of $199,721.30.

 

Background

3.      The Georges River Community Grants Program allocates funds to address priority community needs under Section 356 of the Local Government Act in an effective and equitable manner, based on the individual merits of each request.

4.      The Georges River Community Grants Program 2017-18 Round 2 opened on 5 March 2018 and closed on 15 April 2018.

5.      Council received 61 applications for funding, with funding requests totalling $675,353.38.

6.      Applications for funding were considered across two category areas: Connected Communities – Major Programs (up to $25,000) and Community Assets and Equipment (up to $10,000).

7.      Applications were assessed against a range of criteria including the social, cultural, economic and environmental benefits of each project, and their capacity to contribute towards a vibrant, welcoming and inclusive local government area. Consideration was also given to the projects’ alignment with identified community needs and strategic alignment with Council’s Operational Plan and draft Community Strategic Plan.

8.      The Community Grants Panel met on 30 April 2018 to review and assess the applications. The panel comprised: five Councillors; the Acting Director Community and Culture (as delegated by the General Manager) as Chair; and an independent probity advisor.

9.      The recommendations of the Community Grants Panel were tabled at a Councillor Workshop on 7 May 2018.

10.    For a list of recommended applications please refer to Attachment 1: 2017-18 Georges River Community Grants Round 2 – Summary of Funded Applications, which will be tabled at the May Council meeting for adoption. 

11.    One application recommended by the Panel for funding does not meet one of the eligibility criteria. The Penshurst RSL Sub-branch’s application requesting $3,000 for the partial funding of a tap to clean the Penshurst War Memorial does not meet the criterion that projects cannot be retrospective, as the work has already been completed. As the work was carried out recently on the expectation of other external funding which had not been delivered, the fact that the grant is of a comparatively small amount, and the community benefits for this project are valuable, the Panel felt that on the basis of materiality, the application should be approved.

12.    The Panel agreed that, should any successful grantee be unable to carry out their funded project or decline the allocated funding, the Panel should re-convene to review the remaining applications to allocate the unfunded amount to the next suitable applicant.

 

Financial Implications

12.    Within budget allocation of $200,000. The Community Grants Panel recommends 31 applications totalling $199,721.30.

 

Community Engagement

13.     Community engagement was conducted including: Community Grants information sessions held in March and April, and applied feedback from previous grant applicants.

 

 

File Reference

D18/81643

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

2017-18 Georges River Community Grants Round 2 - Summary of Funded Applications

 


Georges River Council - Community and Culture Standing Committee Meeting - Monday, 14 May 2018

COM018-18            Community Grants Program 2017-18 Round 2

[Appendix 1]          2017-18 Georges River Community Grants Round 2 - Summary of Funded Applications

 

 

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