Community Development and Services Advisory

Notice of Meeting

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

 

 

BUSINESS

Acknowledgement of Country

Apologies

Disclosures of Interest

Minutes of previous meetings

Agenda Items

General Business

 


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Ordinary Meeting

Summary of Items

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

 

Previous Minutes

MINUTES: Community Development and Services Advisory  - 17 April 2018

Community and Culture

CDS012-18       Multicultural Reference Group

(Report by Multicultural and Indigenous Development Officer)............................ 2

CDS013-18       Access and Inclusion Reference Group

(Report by Community Development Officer – Ageing and Disability)................ 8

CDS014-18       Aboriginal Reference Group

(Report by Multicultural and Indigenous Development Officer).......................... 13

CDS015-18       Community Grants Program

(Report by Community Development Officer, Cultural Services)........................ 25

CDS016-18       White Ribbon Walk 2018 Update

(Report by Community Development Officer – General)...................................... 31   

 


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Community and Culture

Item:                   CDS012-18        Multicultural Reference Group 

Author:              Multicultural and Indigenous Development Officer

Directorate:      Community and Culture

Matter Type:     Community and Culture

 

 

 

Recommendation:

 

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

 

2.      That the Committee provides feedback on the presentation of Community Days in community languages, either through live interpreting, on-screen translations, or a combination of the above.

 

 

Executive Summary

 

3.       The Multicultural Reference Group is comprised of 14 members representing a range of local multicultural communities and community organisations. The MRG meets on a quarterly basis to discuss a range of issues affecting people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in the local government area, and potential programs and activities to address these issues.

 

Background

 

4.      The last MRG meeting was held on Tuesday 1 May 2018. The agenda for the meeting included Council’s Place Making Program; feedback on the Festival of Harmony celebrations; a review of Council’s Language Aide Program; Council’s Open Day for the Chinese community; and the development of a community profile of an emerging community group.

 

5.      The minutes of the previous meeting of the Multicultural Reference Group held on 1 May 2018 are attached for the Committee’s consideration. 

 

Council’s Open Day for the Chinese Community

 

6.      On Friday 11 May 2018 Council held an Open Day for the Chinese community in order to build a strong relationship with the local Chinese community, provide information about how Georges River Council operates within the context of the three tiers of government in Australia.

 

7.      Approximately 200 individuals attended the session, with all presentations being translated into Mandarin and Cantonese by Council’s accredited interpreter. The Mayor provided a welcome to the attendees, and Council staff provided information on the functions of Council, available services and how to get support from Council and other government agencies. Attendees were also invited to participate in tours of the Hurstville Museum and Gallery, Customer Service Centre and Library.

 

8.      The event received positive feedback overall, however due to the number of attendees it is likely that future events targeting the Chinese community would be provided in only one language at a time (either Cantonese or Mandarin), as translation impacted on the topics being able to be covered. The next Council Open Day session will target the Nepalese community, which has experienced an exponential growth in Council’s area in the last five years.     

 

Financial Implications

 

9.      Within budget allocation.

 

Risk Implications

 

10.    No risks identified.

 

Community Engagement

 

11.     Community engagement was conducted including post-event surveys and feedback from participants and stakeholders, as well as through ongoing engagement with the MRG members.  

 

File Reference

D18/12029

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Minutes of Multicultural Reference Group 1 May 2018

 


Georges River Council - Ordinary Meeting - Tuesday, 19 June 2018

CDS012-18             Multicultural Reference Group

[Appendix 1]          Minutes of Multicultural Reference Group 1 May 2018

 

 

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Item:                   CDS013-18        Access and Inclusion Reference Group 

Author:              Community Development Officer – Ageing and Disability

Directorate:      Community and Culture

Matter Type:     Community and Culture

 

 

 

Recommendation:

 

(a)     That the Committee receives and notes the report presented in relation to activities undertaken by Council’s Access and Inclusion Reference Group.

 

(b)     That the Committee provides advice regarding the need for and benefits of establishing a working group to organise a local expo or forum highlighting employment opportunities in the disability and ageing sectors.

 

 

 

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 as 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. The community representatives in the Reference Group all have experience in access and inclusion area, either through lived experience or in a professional capacity.

3.      The Access and Inclusion Reference Group is scheduled to meet on Tuesday 12 June 2018. The minutes of that meeting will be discussed at the next Committee meeting.

4.      The agenda for the 12 June 2018 meeting includes the annual report to Council tabling the DIAP’s commitments and outcomes; online consultation for improving access to footpaths and bus stops; and the translation of Council documents in to Easy English.

5.      Council’s Community Development Officer - Disability has been collating supporting evidence and documentation on the actions completed against the DIAP’s commitments in 2017/18 financial year. This report is to be presented at the 12 June 2018 Access and Inclusion Reference Group meeting.

6.      The meeting minutes of the previous meeting of the Access and Inclusion Reference Group, held on 10 April 2018, are attached for the committee’s consideration.

 

 

 

Expo for Careers in the Disability and Ageing Sectors

 

7.      At the Committee’s last meeting held on Tuesday 17 April 2018, Ms Bishop raised the difficulties that local community organisations face in recruiting qualified staff to provide support to older people and people with disability.

 

8.      The challenges in finding the increasing number of workers that are required in the disability and ageing sectors are well documented, with shortages experienced locally and nation-wide due to the increases of funding through the National Disability Insurance Scheme and My Aged Care. Staff members with community language skills are in particular demand.

 

9.      Local organisations not being able to recruit qualified staff impacts local people with disability and older people, as they are not able to have their needs met through services. People in need for services may be required to seek services out of area, or not receive appropriate service levels.

 

10.    Council might be well placed to organise a working party which includes local disability services organisations, high schools, English classes providers to recently arrived migrants, and vocational training providers with the goal of organising a local forum or expo that highlights the opportunities and rewards of being employed in the ageing and disability sector, to be hosted by Council.

 

Financial Implications

 

11.    Within budget allocation.

 

Risk Implications

 

12.    No risks identified.

 

Community Engagement

 

13.    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

D18/120458

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Access and Inclusion Reference Group - Meeting Minutes -  10 April 2018

 


Georges River Council - Ordinary Meeting - Tuesday, 19 June 2018

CDS013-18             Access and Inclusion Reference Group

[Appendix 1]          Access and Inclusion Reference Group - Meeting Minutes -  10 April 2018

 

 

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Item:                   CDS014-18        Aboriginal Reference Group  

Author:              Multicultural and Indigenous Development Officer

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 10 members representing local Aboriginal people and services who inform Council on Aboriginal related issues and support the development and implementation of activities regarding Aboriginal people, culture and heritage. The ARG meets on a quarterly basis and items raised through this forum will be tabled at this Committee for the consideration of Council.

 

Background

 

2.      The last ARG meeting was held on Monday 7 May 2018. The agenda for this meeting included Council’s Historical Marker Program; Reconciliation Week celebration; NAIDOC Week program, and a presentation about the local Aboriginal community in light of the latest updated data from Council’s ID Community Profile. A discussion was held on Council’s program of activities to celebrate Aboriginal women’s achievements as part of the NAIDOC theme ‘Because of her we can’.   

 

3.      The minutes of the previous meeting of the Aboriginal Reference Group held on 7 May 2018 are attached for the Committee consideration. 

 

Reconciliation Week

 

4.      Reconciliation Week was celebrated on Thursday 24 May 2018 at the Hurstville Museum & Gallery, with the theme of ‘Don’t Make History a Mystery’. The program included a speech by the Mayor, a talk regarding history from an Aboriginal perspective, and stories of friendship and reconciliation between an Aboriginal and a non-Aboriginal person. The event was attended by over 60 people, including a large cohort of recently-arrived migrant students attending MTC Hurstville.    

 

NAIDOC Week

 

5.      Council will host a program of activities from Tuesday 10 to Friday 20 July 2018 to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal people as part of National NAIDOC Week.

6.      Highlights of the attached program include an Official Opening Ceremony to be held at Hurstville’s Civic Theatre, an Aboriginal Cultural Tour at Oatley Park, and a panel discussion to be held at Kogarah Library and Service Centre on the experiences and challenges faced as Aboriginal women, which will include the Hon. Linda Burney MP.  

 

Financial Implications

 

7.      Within budget allocation.

 

Risk Implications

 

8.      Operational risk/s identified and management process applied.

 

Community Engagement

 

9.      Community engagement was conducted through the Aboriginal Reference Group, through surveys undertaken at the 2017 Reconciliation and NAIDOC Week events, and through feedback gained from the Southern Sydney Koori Interagency meeting.

 

File Reference

D18/121099

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Aboriginal Reference Group - Meeting Minutes - 7 May 2018

Attachment 2

Georges River Council NAIDOC Week 2018 Program

 


Georges River Council - Ordinary Meeting - Tuesday, 19 June 2018

CDS014-18             Aboriginal Reference Group

[Appendix 1]          Aboriginal Reference Group - Meeting Minutes - 7 May 2018

 

 

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Georges River Council - Ordinary Meeting - Tuesday, 19 June 2018

CDS014-18             Aboriginal Reference Group

[Appendix 2]          Georges River Council NAIDOC Week 2018 Program

 

 

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Georges River Council - Ordinary Meeting - Tuesday, 19 June 2018

CDS014-18             Aboriginal Reference Group

[Appendix 2]          Georges River Council NAIDOC Week 2018 Program

 

 

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CDS014-18             Aboriginal Reference Group

[Appendix 2]          Georges River Council NAIDOC Week 2018 Program

 

 

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Item:                   CDS015-18        Community Grants Program 

Author:              Community Development Officer, Cultural Services

Directorate:      Community and Culture

Matter Type:     Community and Culture

 

 

 

Recommendation:

 

(a)     That the Committee receives and notes the funding allocated through Round 2 of Georges River Council’s Community Grants Program 2017-2018.

 

(b)     That the Committee provides recommendations on the focus and characteristics of Georges River Council’s Community Grants Program 2018-19.

 

 

 

Executive Summary

 

1.      The purpose of this report is to advise the Committee of funding allocated through Council’s Community Grants Program 2017-2018 Round 2. On 28 May, Council endorsed the funding of 31 Community Grants projects with a total funding allocation of $199,721.30.

 

2.      The report also seeks advice from the Committee on the focus of Council’s Community Grants Program for 2018-2019, and whether it should again include the Connected Communities category or focus on a different program.

 

Background

 

3.      In the 2017-2018 financial year, Round 1 of the Georges River Community Grants Program comprised four categories of: Community Development; Environment and Conservation; Arts and Culture; and Sport and Recreation with grants of up to $10,000 to a total of $200,000.

 

4.      Round 2 included a $10,000 Assets and Equipment category and introduced a new Major Programs category of up to $25,000 over two years entitled Connected Communities. This grant category aimed to harness the expertise of local community organisations to support and encourage connected and engaged communities, reducing social isolation and facilitating neighbour meetings to contribute to a vibrant, welcoming and inclusive local government area.

 

5.      Round 2 opened on 5 March 2018 and closed on 15 April 2018.

 

6.      A total of 61 applications were received for funding, with funding requests totalling $685,353.38. The budget allocation for Round 2 of the 2017-2018 Community Grants Program is $200,000.

7.      Applications for funding to not-for-profit community groups to address priority community needs were considered across two category areas: Community Assets and Equipment (up to $10,000) and Connected Communities – Major Programs (up to $25,000).

 

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.    On 28 May 2018, Council endorsed the funding of 31 applications with a total funding allocation of $199,721.30.

 

11.    The draft Grants, Donations and Sponsorship Policy was endorsed by Council on 28 May 2018 for Public Exhibition. It is intended to align the Grants Program with the new Policy, which aims to make doing business with Council easier, whilst directing funding to where it can provide the most community benefit.

 

12.    Committee recommendations are sought regarding the possible format of the 2018-2019 Grants Program with consideration of, but not limited to, the following possibilities:

·    As the Connected Communities category is for projects to be completed over a 2-year period, a different format could be considered for Round 2 in the alternate year;

·    To explore options for alternative funding programs including:

o small grants (e.g. up to $1,000 or $2,000) for seed funding;

o cultural or individual artist grants;

o capacity building grants;

o community well-being grants;

o youth grants;

·    A grant round tied to supporting a particular community strategic priority identified in Council’s Community Strategic Plan, eg disability inclusion, community safety, social harmony or environmental sustainability.

 

Financial Implications

 

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

 

14.    $420,000 has been allocated towards the Community Grants program in the draft 2018-2019 financial year budget, including funds of $20,000 to provide an online grants application software system to enable a more streamlined and effective process for grant applicants, and $400,000 to be awarded in Community Grants.

 

Risk Implications

 

15.    Enterprise risks identified and management process applied.

 

Community Engagement

 

16.     Community engagement was conducted including: Community Grants information sessions held in March and April 2018 and feedback was supplied by previous grant applicants, and will be continued through an ongoing continuous improvement process utilising grantee progress reports and community surveys.

 

File Reference

D18/121956

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

2017-18 Georges River Community Grants Round 2 - Summary of Funding Allocations

 


Georges River Council - Ordinary Meeting - Tuesday, 19 June 2018

CDS015-18             Community Grants Program

[Appendix 1]          2017-18 Georges River Community Grants Round 2 - Summary of Funding Allocations

 

 

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Item:                   CDS016-18        White Ribbon Walk 2018 Update 

Author:              Community Development Officer – General

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 planned White Ribbon Walk.

 

(b)     That the Committee provides recommendations on how a wide section of the local community can be engaged in the White Ribbon Walk and associated activities relating to the increase in awareness and prevention of domestic violence.

 

 

 

Executive Summary

 

1.      This report provides an update on Council’s planned 2018 White Ribbon Walk.

 

Background

 

2.      Council is organising its second White Ribbon Walk event on Friday 23 November 2018, following the success of the inaugural event held in 2017. The aim of the event is to promote awareness of domestic violence and encourage men and boys to stand up and speak out against violence towards women.

 

3.      The organising committee is being led by Council’s Events team and includes representatives from Council’s Community Development team. The organising committee held its first planning meeting on 23 May 2018. This meeting included the attendance of St George Police Area Command, who provided feedback on the 2017 event and logistical advice for the successful operation of the 2018 event.

 

4.      The organising committee has agreed to bring forward the start of the walk to 10am so it concludes by 12pm, before the heat of the day; and to divert the walk route in one direction from Kogarah Park to Kogarah Town Square in order to alleviate traffic congestion around the hospital precinct. These decisions were based on feedback provided by the Police and from debrief notes from the 2017 event.

 

5.      Local community representatives from the St George Domestic Violence Committee and a school representative have been invited to attend the next planning meeting on 20 June 2018 and will contribute to the event planning process.

 

6.      While the inaugural event held in 2017 was very successful, with close to 1,300 community participants including representatives from schools and community organisations, the aim is to broaden community awareness of and participation in the event in coming years.

 

7.      The Community Development and Services Advisory Committee is encouraged to provide recommendations for inclusion of a more diverse cross-section of the community, including representatives from community groups and organisations, the health and education sectors and local businesses to participate as group attendees at the event.

 

Financial Implications

 

8.      Within budget allocation.

 

Risk Implications

 

9.      Operational risk/s identified and management process applied.

 

Community Engagement

 

10.    Community engagement will be conducted including the inclusion of community representatives to have a consultative role in planning the event.

 

File Reference

D18/122231