Economic Development Committee

Notice of Meeting

 

Monday, 04 June 2018

 

 

An Economic Development Advisory Committee meeting will be held on Monday, 4 June 2018 at 6.00pm in the River Room, 1st Floor, Georges River Council, Hurstville for the consideration of the business available on Council’s website at:

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

 

 

 

 

 

BUSINESS

 

1.    Welcome and Introductions

2.    Apologies

3.    Adoption of the Minutes of the previous meeting held on 30 April 2018

4.    Disclosures of Interest

5.    Agenda Items

6.    General Business

a.    Mr Shane Coombs Health Representative  Affordable Housing Shortages for Skilled Staff in the local area

b.    Mr Allan Zreik, President St George Business Chamber – SGBC Update

 


Ordinary Meeting

Summary of Items

Monday, 04 June 2018

 

Previous Minutes

MINUTES: Economic Development Committee - 30 April 2018  

 

Reports

EDC006-18       Draft Economic Development Strategy

(Report by Economic Development Officer).............................................................. 2

EDC007-18       Big Wash and Kogarah Clean Update

(Report by Economic Development Officer)............................................................ 44

EDC008-18       Advertising and Signage Requirements for Local Business

(Report by Economic Development Officer)............................................................ 50

EDC009-18       Economic Development Advisory Committee Vacancy

(Report by Economic Development Officer)............................................................ 54

EDC010-18       Smart Cities Update

(Report by Economic Development Officer)............................................................ 55

EDC011-18       Night Time Economy

(Report by Economic Development Officer)............................................................ 56

EDC012-18       NSW Small Business Month 2018

(Report by Economic Development Officer)............................................................ 65   

 


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Reports

Item:                   EDC006-18        Draft Economic Development Strategy 

Author:              Economic Development Officer

Directorate:      Environment and Planning

Matter Type:     Council Reports

 

 

 

Recommendation

(a)     That the Committee notes the outcomes of the Economic Development Workshop; and

(b)     That the Committee endorses the draft Economic Development Strategy for the purpose of proceeding to the Environment and Planning Committee of Council and public exhibition.

 

Executive Summary

1.      Funding from the Stronger Communities Fund was allocated to the development and implementation of an Economic Development Strategy.

2.      The Draft Place Based Economic Development Strategy has been prepared and will be emailed to all Committee members on Friday 1 June 2018.

3.      The Draft Economic Development Strategy will be the subject of a PowerPoint to the Committee.

 

Background

4.      Key components of the evidence informing this work and the resulting ‘Place-Based’ approach to Economic Development were:

·    Available quantitative data including Census and ID profile data and projections;

·    Other jurisdiction’s strategy documents and approaches to economic development;

·    Strategic planning documents including the South District Plan;

·    Town Centre Care Factor Survey results;

·    Business Survey results;

·    ‘One on one’ consultations with key employers across the LGA, and

·    Targeted Economic Development Workshops.

5.      Specific to the drafting of the Strategy; objectives, principles and themes to frame the strategies and actions were tested at the four (4) Economic Development Workshops. The workshops were attended by:

·    The Youth Advisory Committee;

·    Business and Community Representatives (x2); and

·    EDAC and non EDAC Councillors.

6.      Over 70 community members took part in the workshops. Key outcomes from the workshops are in the attached summary report (Attachment 1).

7.      As a consequence of workshop feedback, the draft has been further developed and refined, in terms of its structure, length and framework. Workshop feedback has also allowed for the development of ‘Themes’ to which goals and measurable actions have been assigned.

 

8.      Key elements of the revised draft are as follows:

Framework:

A.   Provide the why and how to grow our local economy

B.   Outline opportunities and challenges for each centre as part of growing the local economy

C.   Provide meaningful themes and measurable actions for delivery

D.   Support employment and foster business growth, innovation and resilience

Themes:

A.   Building on local jobs for local people for a good lifestyle

B.   Attractive and healthy places to work, live and invest in – day and night

C.   Growing a progressive, diverse and productive local economy

9.      To align with Council’s other strategic plans, including Council’s draft Community Strategic Plan to which many of the actions align; it’s proposed this Strategy also has a life of four years.

10.    Subject to EDAC’s endorsement the draft Place Based Economic Development Strategy will go before the July meeting of the Environment and Planning Committee of Council.

11.    Dependent on both Committees’ feedback, it’s anticipated the draft Strategy will go on public exhibition for a period of one month commencing 1 August.

12.    Once the Strategy is finalised and adopted, EDAC’s on-going role will be to oversee monitoring, implementation and review of the Strategy.

 

Financial Implications

13.    Within budget allocation.

 

Community Engagement

14.     Community engagement was conducted including a series of targeted workshops with Councillors, the Community, Youth and local businesses. 

 

File Reference

SF16/710

 

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Creating the 30 Minute City Final Report EDAC

 


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Item:                   EDC007-18        Big Wash and Kogarah Clean Update 

Author:              Economic Development Officer

Directorate:      Environment and Planning

Matter Type:     Council Reports

 

 

 

Recommendation

That the Committee receives and notes the report.

 

 

Executive Summary

1.      Following the inaugural Economic Development Advisory Committee meeting held on Monday 30 April the Committee asked for more detail regarding the Place Making Works Program with respect to the specific locations in which the `Big Wash Hurstville’ and the `Kogarah Clean’ occurred.

2.      The Committee also requested that all town centres be cleaned equally at least four times per year and that clear objectives be set that are to include specific key performance and sustainability indicators.

3.      This report provides the information as requested.     

 

Background

4.      A survey was conducted of local residents and businesses in September 2017.  The survey instrument that was used is known as Placescore and is regarded as an effective tool in measuring what the public values the most with regards to public spaces and town centres. The results of the survey revealed that the most important issue of concern from respondents was the cleanliness of public spaces.    

Hurstville Big Wash

5.      Following the survey, Council devised a program to clean the Hurstville City Centre. Quotes were obtained from Council’s contractors to undertake a thorough high pressure clean of footpaths, shop fronts, under awnings, street furniture, and bus stops – including the Hurstville Transport Interchange.

6.      Extensive consultations were held with local businesses to ensure that they played their part by removing posters and advertising materials from the exterior of their shopfronts prior to the wash.

7.      Prior to the clean Council outdoor staff cleaned and removed posters, stickers and graffiti from street poles, light poles traffic lights, street signs, transformers and other infrastructure.

8.      From 24-29 November the Big Wash Hurstville occurred over five nights from 12 midnight to 5.00am. The area that was cleaned included both sides of Forest Road between Queens Road and Hudson Street, the Hurstville Transport Interchange, Memorial Square and Interchange Park and the adjoining ramp. As part of this exercise, damaged street furniture was repaired and graffiti was also removed. Attachment 1 includes a map of the area covered by the Big Wash.

9.      In early January both sides of Ormonde Parade Hurstville between Woniora Road and Railway Parade were cleaned over two nights.

Kogarah Clean

10.    From 19 February until 9 March the Kogarah Clean occurred following a similar pattern of consultation with local businesses. The area that was cleaned included: both sides of Railway Parade and Kensington Street between Gray Street and Gladstone Street; Premier Street and Montgomery Street between Railway Parade and Kensington Street; as well as Post Office Lane and Wicks Lane. Attachment 2 contains the map of Kogarah Town Centre subject to the Kogarah Clean.

 

Cleaning program of Business Centres

11.    At the meeting the Committee requested that the cleaning of all town centres within the LGA is to occur at least four times per year and that there be clear objectives and performance and sustainability indicators devised. This request was forwarded to the Executive Manager Engineering Operations.

12.    The Executive Manager confirms that Council has an established budgeted cleansing schedule that involves essential services being delivered to twenty four (24) central business districts, town centres and key shopping districts across the local government area, 365 days per year.

13.    Cleansing crews are configured across four (4) dedicated quadrant zones, totalling twenty (20) Council staff members.  Each crew is comprised of:

a.   1 x Operations Leader – Cleansing Maintenance

b.   3 x Operators – Cleansing

c.   1 x Operations Specialist – Heavy Plant (Large Mechanical Sweeper)

14.    The standardised equipment associated with each crew includes:

a.   Large Mechanical Sweeper

b.   Hino dual-cab aluminium tray truck

c.   Hako pavement sweeper

d.   Hand-held blowers, brooms, shovels, weed sprayers, pesticide, litter pick devices

15.    The Central Business Districts, town centres and key shopping districts that are serviced on a daily basis, nominally between the hours of 4.00am and 8.00am include: 

a.   Cleansing Zone 1

i. Hurstville CBD

ii.  Beverly Hills

iii. Beverly Hills / Kingsgrove (Kingsway Shopping Centre)

iv. Kingsgrove shopping district

v.  Penshurst Shopping district

b.   Cleansing Zone 2

i. Riverwood

ii.  Peakhurst shopping district

iii. Peakhurst West shopping district

iv. Peakhurst Heights

v.  Lugarno shopping districts (1&2)

vi. Baker Street shopping district

c.   Cleansing Zone 3

i. Kogarah CBD

ii.  Carss Park shopping district

iii. Kogarah Bay

iv. Blakehurst shopping district (Princes Hwy 1&2)

v.  Carlton

vi. Beverly Park shopping district (Rocky Point Rd)

d.   Cleansing Zone 4

i. Mortdale

ii.  Oatley West

iii. Oatley shopping district

iv. Hurstville Grove (Hillcrest and Waitara)

v.  Kyle Bay shopping district

 

16.    It is noted that each Cleansing crew is also responsible for maintaining weekly, fortnightly and three to four week cycles associated with residential areas within their dedicated cleansing maintenance zone.  This is performed on a cyclic basis directly following the daily commitments as listed above. Additionally, Council also provides the following services:

a.   Daily servicing, 365 day per year, of ALL amenities in central business districts, town centres, shopping centres and parks across the local government area involving three (3) dedicated staff members

b.   Dedicated cleansing of Hurstville CBD involving one (1) staff member at 76 hours per fortnight to cover the day shift and one (1) staff member at 60 hours per week to cover the afternoon shift.  Duties involve litter pick, bin surrounds and general housekeeping

c.   Two (2) Drainage Crews comprised of one (1) Operations Leader and (1) Operator, two (2) Hino dual cab aluminium tray trucks and a ‘Jetter’ unit for high pressure clearing of any blocked or potential hazards.  These crews systematically ensure drains across the local government area are cleared on a cyclic basis as well as responding to community concerns and emergency situations

17.    Council also introduced the new service of Deep Pressure Cleansing in November 2018.  This service operates during the night shift between the hours of 10pm and 7am to minimise disruption to local business and residents, and involves mechanical sweeping of major arterial roads as well as pressure cleaning of pavements, cleaning of shop front surfaces (as permitted) and scrubbing of pavements in central business districts, town centres and key shopping districts. 

18.    This new services has been established to further enhance the aesthetics of central business districts and town centres, providing additional cleansing services on a cyclic basis of 1-3 weeks based on need and priority.  The crew includes:

a.   1 x Operations Leader – Cleansing Maintenance

b.   2 x Operations Specialists – Heavy Plant

c.   1 x Large Mechanical Sweeper

d.   1 x Roshmech pavement scrubber fitted with hard bristle brushes and biodegradable detergent dispenser

e.   1 x high pressure cleaning unit

 

Financial Implications

19.    It is noted that the initiatives delivered by Georges River Council in 2017/18 that included the Hurstville Big Wash, Kogarah Clean and Hurstville Makeover Month were funded by the Stronger Communities grant funding and included a significant one-off contribution from Council relating to the resources required to appropriately consult and involve the community, scope and plan associated activities, deliver essential cleansing activities and the engagement of specialist contractors to pressure clean all surfaces.

20.    The Executive Manager Engineering Operations has advised that an expansion of this initiative to involve all town centres at least four times per year would require the approval of significant unbudgeted operational expenditure by Council and/or the attainment of additional grant funding.  The original cleansing initiative was aimed at centre beautification and place making in key areas as part of the grant funding application, and to enable more efficient cleansing maintenance services in line with current service standards on an ongoing basis.

 

Community Engagement

21.     Community engagement was conducted including face to face consultations with local businesses in Hurstville and Kogarah. 

 

File Reference

SF18/135 & D18/113957

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Big Wash Hurstville Map

Attachment 2

Kogarah Clean Map

 


Georges River Council - Ordinary Meeting - Monday, 4 June 2018

EDC007-18             Big Wash and Kogarah Clean Update

[Appendix 1]          Big Wash Hurstville Map

 

 

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Item:                   EDC008-18        Advertising and Signage Requirements for Local Business 

Author:              Economic Development Officer

Directorate:      Environment and Planning

Matter Type:     Council Reports

 

 

 

Recommendation

(a)     That the Committee notes and accepts the report. 

 

Executive Summary

1.      At the previous Committee Meeting held on 30 April the Committee recommended that Council continue to educate local businesses about Council’s requirements regarding shopfront signage.

 

Background

2.      As part of the second stage of the Big Wash Council produced and distributed an information flyer entitled ‘Fact Sheet: Building and Business Signage’. A copy of the fact sheet is available as Attachment 1.

3.      Following the distribution of this fact sheet there has been feedback from the local Chinese business community suggesting that a condensed version of this flyer be produced that includes a translation in simplified Chinese.

4.      This translation and production of this flyer in production and will be available for distribution in mid-June.

 

Financial Implications

5.      A compliance audit of signage within our centres in currently being investigated by the Manager of Environment, Health and Regulatory Services in terms of budget and resourcing implications. A further report will be provided to the Committee at its next meeting.

 

Community Engagement

6.      Community engagement will be conducted including educating local businesses about Council’s requirements regarding shopfront signage.

 

File Reference

SF18/135

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Fact sheet Building and Business Signage

 


Georges River Council - Ordinary Meeting - Monday, 4 June 2018

EDC008-18             Advertising and Signage Requirements for Local Business

[Appendix 1]          Fact sheet Building and Business Signage

 

 

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Item:                   EDC009-18        Economic Development Advisory Committee Vacancy  

Author:              Economic Development Officer

Directorate:      Environment and Planning

Matter Type:     Council Reports

 

 

 

Recommendation

That the Committee notes and accepts the report.

 

Executive Summary

1.      At the meeting of 30 April the Committee resolved to appoint Mr Andrew Eldridge – Strategic Planner and Business Partner TAFE NSW to fill the vacancy of Education representative. The recommendation went to the Environment and Planning Committee meeting on 14 May and was adopted at the Council meeting on 28 May 2018.

2.      Mr Andrew Eldridge will attend this meeting of the Committee on 4 June 2018.

3.      Also at the meeting Councillor Katris proposed that Council Officers approach S.Abelas and Company Business Brokers Carlton to consider becoming the Retail representative on the Committee. Councillor Katris proposed that S. Abelas and Company would be a suitable representative as small business brokers they would have a detailed understanding of the issues facing small business.

Action Taken

4.      Mr Abelas has been contacted and is interested in joining the Committee. It is hoped that further information on this matter will be available by the Committee meeting to be held on 4 June. 

5.     The Committee is to note that that an additional member of the Economic Development   

   Advisory Committee is a decision of Council.

 

Financial Implications

6.      No budget impact for this report.

Community Engagement

7.        Community engagement is not required for the purpose of this report. 

 

File Reference

SF18/2528

 

 

 

  


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Item:                   EDC010-18        Smart Cities Update 

Author:              Economic Development Officer

Directorate:      Environment and Planning

Matter Type:     Council Reports

 

 

 

Recommendation

That the Committee note and accept the report.

 

Executive Summary

1.      The Smart Cities initiative has progressed since the last Economic Development Advisory Committee meeting on 30 April. All street furniture has been removed on the southern side of Memorial Square in readiness for the installation. 

Next Steps

2.      Smart street furniture and Healthy Living Hardware will be installed at Memorial Square and Olds Park from Monday the 4th of June. The smart furniture will include:

a.   Bins with fire and fill sensors that are networked to a central motoring point  

b.   PowerMe tables that allow for GPO, USB and wireless charging and inbuilt power monitoring

c.   Park tables with charging features

d.   Ash cylinder with a temperature sensor

3.        The healthy living hardware is piece is exclusive to the smart social spaces project and includes the following features:

a.   WIFI, GPO, USB and power charging

b.   A timed tap with grate for drainage

c.   2 times side tables for preparation

4.        To accompany these unique pieces of street furniture Council will be installing more traditional items to help activities these spaces.

 

Financial Implications

5.      No budget impact for this report.

 

Community Engagement

6.      Community engagement is not required for the purpose of this report.

 

File Reference

17/1723

 

 

  


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Item:                   EDC011-18        Night Time Economy 

Author:              Economic Development Officer

Directorate:      Environment and Planning

Matter Type:     Council Reports

 

 

 

Recommendation

That the Committee notes and accepts the report.

 

 

Executive Summary

1.      At the meeting of 30 April the Committee resolved to consider developing a Night Time Economy Discussion Paper.

2.      On the 8 May the Senior Project Officer attended a Night Time Economy Master Class organised by Local Government NSW that was attended by representatives from local Councils.

3.      This report seeks to update the Committee about the outcomes of the workshop. 

 

Background

4.      The first section of the Night Time Economy Discussion Paper focussed on setting the scene by asking the question ‘Why develop a Night Time Economy?’ Participants were invited to consider a number of key points, including why one might be needed and what is the problem to be addressed.

5.      The workshop then provided a series of guidelines on how to understand the part played by the Night Time Economy in the local area, and provided guidelines on how to gather evidence from the community, businesses and stakeholders.

6.      The engagement process, preparation of the document, implementation and evaluation were also addressed in the workshop.

7.      A full report on further steps can be viewed in Attachment 1.

 

Financial Implications

8.      No budget impact for this report.

 

Community Engagement

9.      Community engagement is not required for the purpose of this report.

 

Next Steps

10.    Council Officers will further refine the Night Time Economy Discussion Paper by continuing to gather evidence on the existing Night Time Economy in Georges River and neighbouring local government areas.

 

File Reference

SF16/710

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Night Time Economy Masterclass - LGNSW

 


Georges River Council - Ordinary Meeting - Monday, 4 June 2018

EDC011-18             Night Time Economy

[Appendix 1]          Night Time Economy Masterclass - LGNSW

 

 

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Item:                   EDC012-18        NSW Small Business Month 2018 

Author:              Economic Development Officer

Directorate:      Environment and Planning

Matter Type:     Council Reports

 

 

 

Recommendation

(a)     That the Committee note and accept the report.

 

Executive Summary

1.      The NSW Department of Industry recently announced the launch of Small Business Month which will run from Monday 1 to Wednesday 31October 2018.

2.      Council was invited to apply for funding of $5000 to host an event to celebrate and recognise the contribution of small to medium businesses in the local area.    

Action Taken

3.      Council has applied to participate in Small Business Month and will shortly receive marketing materials to assist in planning activities and for the placement of activities on the NSW Department of Industry website.

4.      Planning for the event is about to begin and more details will be available at the next Committee meeting on 6 August.

 

Financial Implications

5.      No budget impact for this report.

Community Engagement

6.      Community engagement is not required for the purpose of this report.

File Reference

TRIM 18/1109