AGENDA


Community and Culture Committee

 

Monday, 09 December 2019

6.00pm

 

Dragon Room

First Floor, Georges River Civic Centre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Georges River Council -         Community and Culture - Monday, 9 December 2019

COM049-19            Minutes of the Economic Development Advisory Committee Meeting Tuesday 5 November 2019

[Appendix 1]          Minutes of the Economic Development Advisory Committee Meeting Tuesday 5 November 2019

 

 

Page 4

 

 

          Community and Culture

ORDER OF BUSINESS

 

1.      Opening

2.      Acknowledgement of Country

3.      Apologies / Leave of Absence

4.      Notice of Webcasting

5.      Disclosures of Interest

6.      Public Forum

7.      Confirmation of Minutes of Previous Meeting  

MINUTES: Community and Culture - 11 November 2019

8.      Committee Reports

COM049-19       Minutes of the Economic Development Advisory Committee Meeting Tuesday 5 November 2019

(Report by Economic Development Officer).............................................................. 4

COM050-19       Outgoing Sponsorship and Donations

(Report by Acting Manager Customer Experience and Events).......................... 10

COM051-19       Stronger Communities Funding Update

(Report by Community Development Officer, Cultural Services)........................ 14

COM052-19       Adoption of Georges River Place Naming Policy 2019

(Report by Acting Manager, Library Services)........................................................ 19

COM053-19       2020 Cultural Activation Program

(Report by Multicultural and Indigenous Development Officer).......................... 33

COM054-19       Adoption of Hurstville Place Strategy - Heart of the City

(Report by Senior Project Officer)............................................................................. 38

COM055-19       Establishment of Volunteer Credit Bank Barter System in the Georges River Local Government Area

(Report by Economic Development Officer)............................................................ 73

COM056-19       Establishment of the Georges River Council Micro Grants Program

(Report by Manager Community & Cultural Development).................................. 78

COM057-19       Draft Georges River Council Public Art Policy

(Report by Coordinator Cultural Services)............................................................ 123  

 

 Committee Reports

Item:                   COM049-19       Minutes of the Economic Development Advisory Committee Meeting Tuesday 5 November 2019 

Author:              Economic Development Officer

Directorate:      City Strategy and Innovation

Matter Type:     Committee Reports

 

 

 

Recommendation:

That Council adopt the recommendations as noted in the Minutes of the Economic Development Advisory Committee Meeting held on Tuesday 5 November 2019.

 

Executive Summary

1.      The Minutes of the Economic Development Advisory Committee Meeting held on Tuesday 5 November 2019 are attached for the Community and Culture Committee’s consideration.

2.      There were three items considered by the Economic Development Advisory Committee requiring further action:

a.      EDC020-19 That the Building and Business Identification Signage Report be deferred to until Mr Andrew Spooner, the Manager Environment Health and Regulatory Services is available to present to the Economic Development Advisory Committee.

b.      EDC021-19 That the Economic Development Advisory Committee note the Kogarah Collaboration Area-Place Strategy and provide feedback during the public exhibition period.

c.       EDC023-19   That the Economic Development Advisory Committee note the Innovation Strategy and provide feedback if required.

 

Financial Implications

3.      No budget impact for this report.

 

Risk Implications

4.      No risks identified.

 

Community Engagement

5.     Community engagement was not required for the purpose of this report.

 

File Reference

D19/280210

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Minutes of the Economic Development Advisory Committee Meeting Tuesday 5 November 2019

 


 


 


 


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Item:                   COM050-19       Outgoing Sponsorship and Donations 

Author:              Acting Manager Customer Experience and Events

Directorate:      Community and Culture

Matter Type:     Committee Reports

 

 

 

Recommendation:

(a)     That Council approve the event sponsorship request of $2,713 ($2,574 financial value and $139 in-kind value) to support ‘Christmas Carols’ on Sunday 22 December 2019.

(b)     That Council approve the event sponsorship request of $687 ($0 financial value and          $687 in-kind value) to support ‘One Billion Rising’ on Friday 14 February 2020.

(c)     That Council approve the event sponsorship request of $612 ($0 financial value and $612 in-kind value) to support ‘Bard on the Beach at Carss Bush Park’ on Friday 14, Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 February 2020.

 

Executive Summary

1.      Each month Council receives requests from the community to support community events and initiatives. In accordance with the Georges River Council Grants, Donations and Sponsorship Policy, each application is then assessed using the Policy’s Funding Determination Model and recommendations are made to Council.

 

Background

2.      On 4 November 2019, Council received correspondence from the Ladies Auxiliary/Philoptohos of the Greek Church Resurrection of Christ, Lady of the Myrtles, St Elessa, requesting that Council approve an event sponsorship request of $2,713 ($2,574 financial value and $139 in-kind value) to support ‘Christmas Carols’ on Sunday 22 December 2019. The financial support of $2,574 would cover hiring 300 chairs, a PA system and technician for the night. The in-kind support of $139 would cover access to power. The Ladies Auxiliary/Philoptohos of the Greek Church Resurrection of Christ, Lady of the Myrtles, St Elessa, Belgrave St Kogarah have been holding the Christmas carols event in both English and Greek for the last 2 years to provide an enjoyable cultural event for residents and visitors in a safe and friendly environment.

3.      On 28 October 2019, Council received correspondence from Alison Ryan, Community Engagement Officer from Kogarah Community Services (KCS) requesting that Council approve an event sponsorship request of $688 ($0 financial value and $688 in-kind value) to support ‘One Billion Rising’ on Friday 14 February 2020. In kind support of $688 would cover venue hire of Kogarah Town Square, access to power and special event bins. Kogarah Community Services is a local not for profit community organisation, created in 1975 to provide support and information to local residents. One Billion Rising is an open air multicultural dance festival in Kogarah Town Square to say no to violence against women. It is an important event to unite the community to stand together with the police, the NSW Department of Justice, local domestic violence support services, the media, local businesses and Councils.

4.      On 18 October 2019, Council received correspondence from Patricia Rowling, Artistic Director from Bard on the Beach requesting that Council approve an event sponsorship request of $612 ($0 financial value and $612 in-kind value) to support ‘Bard on the Beach at Carss Bush Park’ on Friday 14, Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 February 2020. In-kind support of $612 would cover venue hire of Carss Bush Park and access to power. Bard on the Beach is a profit share theatre company. They provide high quality professional performers that travel to communities far and wide to produce shows with a great family-friendly atmosphere.

5.      A summary of the recommendations is provided below:

Sponsorships

Organisation

Event Date

Event

Requested Amount

Recommended Financial

Recommended In-kind

Recommended Amount

Greek Orthodox Parish & Community of Kogarah

22/12/19

Christmas Carols

$2,713

$2,574

$139

$2,713

Kogarah Community Services

14/02/20

One Billion Rising

$688

$0

$688

$688

Bard on the Beach

14/02/20

15/02/20

16/02/20

Bard on the Beach at Carss Bush Park

$612

$0

$612

$612

TOTAL

$4,013

$2,574

$1,439

$4,013

 

Financial Implications

6.      The total sponsorship request for Council’s approval is $4,013:

·    Total financial value: $2,574

·    In-kind value: $1,439

 

The approved 2019/20 budget for sponsorship of community run events is $104,870.

The remaining balance of the 2019/20 budget is $23,669.

The total financial request for Council approval is within the 2019/20 approved budget.

 

Risk Implications

7.      The events recommended for approval satisfy the criteria stated in the Events Strategy and the Grants, Donations and Sponsorship Policy. As part of the original Event Application Form, each event organiser provides and implements a risk assessment for their event.

 

Community Engagement

8.     Community engagement was undertaken in the development of the Georges River Council Grants, Donations and Sponsorship Policy and Events Strategy.

9.     The Georges River Council Grants, Donations and Sponsorship Policy was adopted by Council on 27 August 2018.

 

 

File Reference

D19/280531

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

December 2019 Sponsorship Register 2019-2020

 


Georges River Council -         Community and Culture - Monday, 9 December 2019

COM050-19            Outgoing Sponsorship and Donations

[Appendix 1]          December 2019 Sponsorship Register 2019-2020

 

 

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Item:                   COM051-19       Stronger Communities Funding Update 

Author:              Community Development Officer, Cultural Services

Directorate:      Community and Culture

Matter Type:     Committee Reports

 

 

 

Recommendation:

(a)     That Council receive and note the update on the remaining Stronger Communities Fund projects as listed in this report;

(b)     That Council continue to receive regular reports on the remaining Stronger Communities Fund projects still in progress;

(c)     That Council note that the total interest accrued between 1 July 2019 and 31 October 2019, of $45,490 is allocated to the Gannons Park Stage 3 works in accordance with the Stronger Community Fund Guidelines.

 

Executive Summary

1.      The Stronger Communities Fund was established by the NSW Government to provide merged councils with funding for the delivery of projects that improve community infrastructure and services.

2.      The program was divided into two categories:

a)      Community Grants Program – allocation of $1 million in grants to community organisations for projects that build vibrant local communities. These funds have already been allocated by Council to community organisations and were the subject of a report presented to Council at its meeting held on Monday 7 November 2016.

b)      Major Project Program – allocation of $9 million in Round 1 and $9.5 million in Round 2 to larger scale priority infrastructure and services that deliver long term economic and social benefits to communities.

Background

3.      Council’s commitment was to fund projects that delivered new or improved infrastructure or services to the community that met the following criteria:

·        a community consultation process undertaken;

·        demonstrate a social and/or economic benefit to the community;

·        consider sustainability and equity across the broader community;

·        demonstrate project feasibility and value for money, including full life cycle costs;

·        do not have funds allocated by the former Kogarah or Hurstville Councils;

·        consider the processes and procedures outlined in the capital expenditure review guidelines issued by the NSW Office of Local Government.

 

 

 

 

 

Community Grants Program

Stronger Community Grants projects – in progress

4.      $1,000,000 in funding was awarded to 27 community projects through the Stronger Communities Fund. 24 projects have been completed and three (3) projects are in progress and due for completion by 31 December 2019.

5.      Council officers are working closely with each of the community organisations to ensure that any grant funded projects completed in this period will be fully acquitted by the due date of 31 December 2019.

Funded organisation

Project name

Amount

Grant Fund Expenditure as at 28/10/2019

% completion

Kogarah Community Services

The Year of Yes (YOY)

$49,625

$16,258

76-99%

Final project “I am St George” will be launched on 29 November 2019.

Renown United Sports Club Inc

Renown Park Amenities Block

$50,000

$45,454

76-99%

(Overall Major Project will be completed mid-December 2019)

Olds Park Netball Association Inc

Olds Park Penshurst

$30,000

$27,600

76-99%

(Remaining work has been completed, invoice to be issued)

         

Major Project Program

Major Project Program – In Progress

6.      Projects under the Major Project Programs Round 1 and Round 2 adopted by Council to be built and funded by the Stronger Communities Fund meet the State Government’s criteria.

7.      In Round 1, $9,000,000 in funding was allocated to 12 Major Projects through the Stronger Communities Fund. Seven (7) projects have been completed and four (4) projects are in progress and due for completion by the Office of Local Government deadline of 31 December 2019. An extension has been requested from Office of Local Government for one (1) project, the Town Centres Place-Making and Economic Development Program, which will be completed by June 2020.

 

8.      In Round 2, $9,500,000 in funding was allocated to six (6) Major Projects through the Stronger Communities Fund. Three (3) projects will be completed by the Office of Local Government deadline of 30 June 2020. An extension has been requested from the Office of Local Government for three (3) projects (Hurstville Oval – Expansion of Booth Saunders Pavilion Building; Hurstville Golf Course – New Clubhouse; and Hurstville Golf Course – reconstruction of 6 new greens and new pathways) which will be completed by June 2021.

 

 

9.      The projects still to be completed as at 31 October 2019 are listed below:

 

Major Project Program – In Progress

Round 1

Project name

SCF Grant funding

Other funding

Total SCF expenditure as at 31/10/2019

Total Expenditure as at 31/10/2019

Status

Community Amenities Buildings - Peakhurst Park (Eastern End), Peakhurst

$800,000

$300,000

$800,000

$1,237,242

Completed.

Launched September 2019.

Waiting on November invoice to be received.

Community Amenities Building - Riverwood Park, Riverwood

$800,000

$400,000

$800,000

$816,845

SCF component complete. Total build is 75% complete, due for completion February 2020.

Community Amenities Building - Renown Park, Penshurst

$800,000

$1,261,427

$800,000

$1,576,276

Works are 90% complete on the football/sports amenities building with a completion date of mid-December 2019 for both buildings and launch in February 2020.

Community Pavilion and Amenities Building - Harold Fraser Oval, Kogarah Bay

$1,100,000

$1,400,000

$1,100,000

$2,626,967

Building due for completion December 2019, temporary carpark upgrade will be completed mid-December 2019.

Town Centres' Place-Making and Economic Development Program

$1,100,000

$  -

$688,428

$805,785

Extension has been requested to allow for completion of Centre beautification improvements, Place-making strategy and Beverly Hills Master Plan by June 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Major Project Program – In Progress

Round 2

Project name

 

SCF Grant funding

Other funding

Total SCF expenditure as at 31/10/2019

Expenditure as at 31/10/2019

Status

Gannons Park Stage 3 - Irrigation, resurfacing of 8 fields, hold tanks, treatment plant and drainage works

$1,000,000

$2,400,000

$1,387,039 (includes interest re-allocation)

$2,829,180

Works are 80% complete and have been divided into 3 stages to ensure there are sufficient playing fields during the winter sports season. Stage 1 and Stage 2 have been completed. Stage 3 has commenced and ground works  (SCF component) will be complete December 2019, followed by establishment period prior to start of football season April 2020.

Gannons Park Sports Amenities Building

$800,000

$500,000

$132,691

$132,691

Tender awarded, contractor commencement November 2019. Work to be completed March 2020.

Hurstville Oval - Expansion of Booth Saunders Pavilion Building

$2,200,000

$  -

$  -  

$  -  

With architects. Construction contracts yet to be awarded. Due for completion June 2021. Extension has been requested.

Poulton Park Sports Amenities Buildings Football and Netball

 

 

 

Poulton Park new synthetic field

 

 

Poulton Park new netball court

$1,455,000

 

 

 

 

 

$1,455,000

 

 

 

$90,000

 

$ 100,000

 

 

 

 

 

$1,000,000

 

 

 

$588

$389,150

 

 

 

 

 

$1,455,000

 

 

 

$90,000

$389,150

 

 

 

 

 

$2,145,467

 

 

 

$90,588

Netball amenities are complete, and Football amenities will be complete 30 June 2020. 

 

Completion date February 2020.

 

 

Completed

Hurstville Golf Course - new clubhouse

$2,000,000

$  -  

$ -

$  -  

With architects. Construction contracts yet to be awarded. Due for completion June 2021. Extension has been requested.

Hurstville Golf Course - reconstruction of 6 greens and new pathways

$500,000

$ -  

$5,000

$5,000  

With architects. Construction contracts yet to be awarded. Due for completion June 2021. Extension has been requested.

 

Acquittal to the Office of Local Government

10.    Funding from Stronger Communities Fund - Round 1 projects is to be spent or committed by 30 June 2019, and all funding acquitted before 31 December 2019.

 

11.    Funding from Stronger Communities Fund - Round 2 projects is to be spent or committed by 31 December 2019, and all funding acquitted before 30 June 2020.

 

Financial Implications

12.    Interest accrued in the Stronger Communities Fund during the 2019/20 year between 1 July 2019 and 31 October 2019 totals $45,490.

 

13.    In accordance with the Stronger Communities Fund Guidelines and advice received from the Office of Local Government, accrued interest is allocated to Gannons Park Stage 3 works (SCF Round 2).

 

14.    The listed Major Projects are funded by the $9m Round 1 and $9.5m Round 2 Stronger Communities Grant Funding – Major Projects Program. Any additional funding will be funded from Council’s Asset Reserve.

 

Risk Implications

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

 

Community Engagement

16.    Community engagement was conducted to select the projects during the initial stages, which included the following: letters to community groups, Stronger Communities Fund Panel and the Implementation Advisory Committee; weekly advertisements in the local newspaper; Council’s website and social media platforms. The community consultation period was from 14 December 2016 to 17 February 2017.

 

17.    In accordance with the Stronger Communities Fund Guidelines, the Georges River Stronger Communities Fund Assessment Panel prioritised the suite of major projects.

 

File Reference

D19/255787

 


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Item:                   COM052-19       Adoption of Georges River Place Naming Policy 2019 

Author:              Acting Manager, Library Services

Directorate:      Community and Culture

Matter Type:     Committee Reports

 

 

 

Recommendation:

(a)     That the amended Georges River Place Naming Policy 2020 be adopted by Council.

(b)     That Council approve the allocation of $24,112.50 to fund the retrospective replacement of place naming plaques to ensure the inclusion of all Councillors’ names.

 

Executive Summary

1.      Pursuant to Council Resolution COM040-19 the amended Georges River Place Naming Policy was placed on public exhibition for a period of 21 days. No community feedback was received.

2.      Pursuant to the Community and Culture Committee Meeting of 14 October in discussion of COM040-19 and NM058-19, quotations for the cost of place naming plaques were obtained and included in this report.

3.      The amended Policy and a sample plaque are attached to this report.

Background

4.      On 26 August 2019 the resolution of Council required the compulsory inclusion of Councillors’ names on naming plaques for new buildings and facilities:

(a)     that all future plaques that are unveiled by the Mayor are to include all Councillors’ names in addition to the General Manager and Directors, effective immediately.

(b)     That Council staff review and update all plaques that have been unveiled during the current term of Council and update accordingly.

(c)     That where state government of other grant guidelines mandate plaque design, that an additional plaque be installed on each facility that contains all Councillors’ names in addition to the General Manager and Directors, effective immediately.

5.      The Georges River Place Naming Policy was amended to mandate the inclusion of all Councillors’ names.  For privacy reasons, the inclusion of the General Manager and Director’s names on plaques remains as a discretionary provision in the Policy.

6.      The amended Policy was placed on public exhibition for 21 days from 4 November to 25 November 2019. No feedback was received and therefore no further changes to the Policy are required. 

7.      The cost to purchase new or replace existing plaques is $1,607.50 (ex GST) per plaque.

8.      Fifteen plaques have been installed during this term of Council. Three plaques are required for projects that are currently in progress.

9.      The cost to acquire plaques for retrospective replacement of the fifteen existing plaques is $24,112.50 (ex GST).

10.    The cost to acquire new plaques for projects currently in progress is $4,822.50 (ex GST).

 

Financial Implications

11.    Additional non-budgeted funds of $24,112.50 from the Library Asset budget are required to acquire plaques for the retrospective replacement of existing plaques. The current remaining balance in that budget is $374,000.

12.    The cost of $4,822.50 to acquire new plaques for the three projects currently in progress is already allocated within the respective project budgets.

 

Risk Implications

13.    Enterprise risk has been identified. Retrospective alteration of plaques may be inconsistent with community expectations around the financial accountability of Council and be contrary to Pillar 6 of the Community Strategic Plan – Leadership and Transparency.  

 

Community Engagement

14.    Community engagement was conducted including public exhibition of the amended Policy, with hard copies available in the libraries and customer service hubs, as well as online via Your Say.

 

File Reference

D19/284486

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Place Naming Policy - revised November 2019 - following public exhibition

 


Georges River Council -         Community and Culture - Monday, 9 December 2019

COM052-19            Adoption of Georges River Place Naming Policy 2019

[Appendix 1]          Place Naming Policy - revised November 2019 - following public exhibition

 

 

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Item:                   COM053-19       2020 Cultural Activation Program 

Author:              Multicultural and Indigenous Development Officer

Directorate:      Community and Culture

Matter Type:     Committee Reports

 

 

 

Recommendation:

That Council receive and note the cultural activation program for the Georges River local government area for 2020.

 

Executive Summary

1.      In August 2019, Council revolved to undertake community consultation to determine priorities for town centre cultural activations in 2020 (COM021-19).

2.      In response to this resolution, a Cultural Needs Assessment is being undertaken to identify the current provision and projected future need for cultural infrastructure to support cultural activation throughout the Georges River area.

3.      Council has undertaken community consultation through the Your Say platform to determine the community’s expectations and aspirations for cultural activity in key town centres.

4.      This report outlines key programs to be delivered in 2020 to activate town centres across the local government area, as identified in the Create Georges River Cultural Strategy.

 

Background

5.      The Create Georges River Cultural Strategy identified a need to develop an inclusive Town Centres Activation Strategy which addresses accessibility, diversity and inclusion to ensure positive representation of First Nations peoples, the LQBTIQ community, people with disability and diverse multicultural groups.

6.      Council has developed a draft Hurstville Place Strategy, addressing priority projects to transform the Hurstville CBD through innovative, economic, cultural and infrastructure improvement projects. Further work is being undertaken to determine the community’s expectations and aspirations for night time activity in other key town centres, including Beverly Hills and Kogarah.

7.      A bi-annual What’s On booklet of cultural events and programs is printed and distributed across the local government area (for January to June and July to December) each year. The booklet is available in hard copy format across Council’s service centres, libraries and key cultural centres, as well as in a downloadable format on Council’s website.

8.      To complement this publication, a cultural activation program has been developed to ensure a diversity of programming is included across town centres throughout the local government area.

9.      The opening of Hurstville Plaza in April 2019 provided a much needed gathering space for local residents to congregate and reinforces the strategic direction provided in the Georges River Open Space, Recreation and Community Facilities Strategy 2019-2036 to “create places and spaces to meet and make connections”. This is further reinforced in the Create Georges River Cultural Strategy (2019) which states that “multicultural and multi-generational events, and flexible and accessible infrastructure are essential to allow the community a place to communicate their cultural practices and to forge shared identities.

10.    The 2020 cultural activation program will build upon the success of the 2019 activation of Hurstville Plaza, which will in turn help to build more local opportunities and strengthen cultural and economic growth across the local government area.

11.    Council’s major events program reaches an audience of over 70,000 attendees each year. Combined with Council-supported events, this number doubles to nearly 150,000. Through the 2020 cultural activation program, Council aims to create a platform wherein Georges River residents as well as those who reside within neighbouring Council areas will be attracted to further engage within their community at these events.

12.    Highlighted cultural programs for the 2020 calendar year include:


January:

·        Georges River Art Prize exhibition: Hurstville and Kogarah

·        Lunar New Year: Hurstville

·        Australia Day: Carss Park


February:

·        Starlight Cinema: Lugarno and Penshurst

·        Foodies and Craft Markets: Mortdale

·        Georges River Seniors Festival: various locations across the LGA

 

March:

·        Starlight Cinema: Carss Park and Kogarah

·        World of Busking: Hurstville 

·        Harmony Day celebration: Kogarah

·        International Women’s Day: Hurstville

·        Launch of Football Display: Penshurst

·        Eat Art Night Market: Hurstville


April:

·        Youth Week: various locations across the LGA

·        Eat Art Night Market: Kogarah

·        Easter markets: Kingsgrove

·        Sydney Writers’ Festival: Hurstville and Kogarah


May:

·        May the Fourth: Kogarah

·        Eurovision Song Contest: Hurstville

·        Simultaneous Story Time: Oatley, Penshurst, South Hurstville, Hurstville, Kogarah

·        Reconciliation Week: Hurstville

 

June:

·        Pride Month: various locations across the LGA

·        Refugee Week: various locations across the LGA


July:

·        NAIDOC week: various locations across the LGA


September:

·        Sydney Fringe Festival: Hurstville

·        Lugarno Spring Fair: Lugarno


October:

·        Oatley Village Festival: Oatley

·        Riverwood Fair: Riverwood


November:

·        Diwali: various locations across the LGA

·        Stories Alive Festival: Kogarah

·        No Domestic Violence Walk: Kogarah


December:

·        International Day of People With Disability: Kingsgrove

·        Magic of Christmas: Carss Park

·        Christmas markets: Hurstville

·        Santa visits: various locations across the LGA

 

Financial Implications

13.    The 2020 cultural activation program is costed at approximately $500,000 across the calendar year. Events and activations from January to June have been allocated within the 2019/20 financial year budget. Programs taking place within the 2020/21 financial year (July to December 2020) will be considered within the draft 2020/21 budget.

 

Risk Implications

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

 

Community Engagement

15.    Community engagement was conducted including targeted surveys through Your Say, as well as analysis of arts and cultural data contained within previous community consultation for the Hurstville Place Strategy; Create Georges River; Open Space, Recreation and Community Facilities Strategy 2019-2036; Community Strategic Plan 2018-2028; and Local Strategic Planning Statement 2040.

 

File Reference

D19/280310

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

2020 Cultural Activation Program - Event Locations

 


Georges River Council -         Community and Culture - Monday, 9 December 2019

COM053-19            2020 Cultural Activation Program

[Appendix 1]          2020 Cultural Activation Program - Event Locations

 

 

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Item:                   COM054-19       Adoption of Hurstville Place Strategy - Heart of the City  

Author:              Senior Project Officer

Directorate:      City Strategy and Innovation

Matter Type:     Committee Reports

 

 

 

Recommendation:

a)   That Council notes the outcome of the exhibition of the draft Hurstville Place Strategy – Heart of the City.

b)    That Council adopts the attached Hurstville Place Strategy – Heart of the City as amended in accordance with the details of this report.

 

Executive Summary

1.      The purpose of the Hurstville Place Strategy – Heart of the City is to provide a vision, priority projects and key actions to achieve the goal of Hurstville becoming the heart of the city.  The Strategy presents a guiding framework and a series of short, medium and long term priority projects to transform Hurstville CBD through innovative, economic, cultural and infrastructure improvement projects.

2.      The Hurstville Place Strategy was submitted to Council on 9 September 2019    (COM033-19) and was placed on public exhibition from 1 October to 4 November 2019.

3.      The final Strategy is attached to this report.

 

Background

4.      Council engaged JOC Consulting to develop The Hurstville Place Strategy. The Strategy works to consolidate actions from existing strategies while highlighting gaps that need to be addressed.

5.      In June 2018 Council endorsed the Hurstville City Centre Urban Design Strategy. As resolved by Council, as part of the Urban Design Strategy, the Place Strategy has been developed to support place management and future public upgrades to the Hurstville CBD.

6.      The Hurstville Place Strategy supports two Council resolutions:

·        Report provided to Council on the estimated cost to fund the preparation of a Master plan for Hurstville Memorial Square in Forest Road, Hurstville to facilitate a future upgrade of the existing Square.

·        Report be prepared to investigate options and funding sources to accelerate the conversion of the Palm Court car park into open space.

 

7.      The twelve priority areas identified in the Strategy include: 

·        Planning for a healthy community - Ensuring the 7,000 residents, and many more to come, experience a high quality of life.

·        A bustling night time economy - Proactively planning for and supporting the night-time economy.

 

·          A connected and walkable community- Reliable, frequent, easy and safe public and active transport. 

·          Create a green and open Hurstville- The provision of open space and greenery where the community can relax, socialize and play.

·          A transformed Civic Precinct- The redevelopment of the current Civic Precinct presents opportunities for commercial investment, office spaces, community areas, open space and creative facilities.

·          Expressing our culture - Showcasing the many cultures and backgrounds of Hurstville and ensuring the city is attractive and vibrant.

·          Brand and promote - Hurstville needs a brand to elevate its reputation and recognition within the wider Georges River area and Greater Sydney.

·          A Centre ahead of the curve - Georges River Council is committed to being a leader in innovation and supporting the South District Plan’s direction for job growth in Hurstville City Centre.

·          Place Governance Group - A collaborative and coordinated approach is needed to achieve the vision and actions for the Hurstville City Centre of tomorrow.

·          Hurstville Place Lead - A Place Lead will ensure that the strategic decisions made by the Governance Group are realised in the City Centre.

·          Engaging with our community and businesses- Meaningful, innovative, and accessible engagement will assist in the successful delivery of the many strategies, plans and projects planned for Hurstville, including this Place Strategy.

·          Enabling place making and activation – Creating conditions for Place making and city activation. 

8.      Council officers have commenced work on the planning and delivery of the following key projects which will be delivered in the 2019/2020 financial year:

·        Concept designs to be developed for the area from Palm Court car park, Forest   Road, Memorial Square and Miles Franklin Courtyard (Corner MacMahon and Dora Street).

·        Detailed design plan for Palm Court car park to be converted into high quality public open space.

·        Detailed design plan for Miles Franklin Courtyard to be transformed into useable public space with seating.

·        Public art installations in the city centre.

·        Internal Place Governance Group established with key stakeholders that form a network of leaders that inform an ongoing collaborative approach to the management and avocation for Hurstville. 

 

Community Engagement

9.      Extensive community engagement during the development of the Strategy was conducted from           8 June – 4 July 2019 in the following formats:

·        Three community pop ups located at “The Green” pop up park on 8 June and in Hurstville Plaza on 15 and 19 June 2019.

·        Surrounding centres survey carried out in Oatley, Mortdale, Penshurst and Allawah to ascertain bordering suburbs’ perception of Hurstville.

·        Library engagement, static engagement set up in Hurstville Library from 17-21 June.

·        Internal staff survey conducted from the 4 June – 19 June.

·        Youth Advisory Committee meetings on 4 July and 1 August 2019

10.    The draft Strategy was presented to the Economic Development Advisory Committee on 3 September 2019 to promote feedback.

11.    Targeted consultation with key external stakeholders including the St George Business Chamber and the Economic Development Advisory Committee were also individually notified that the draft was on exhibition and encouraged to provide comment.

Summary of feedback received from public exhibition

12.    Four submissions were received through Council’s Your Say platform during the public exhibition period.  Responses were noted but did not impact or alter the strategic direction of the Strategy. Responses focused on no development in response to the Civic Precinct Master plan and concerns about the cleanliness of the CBD. 

13.    The St George Business Chamber has provided feedback on the Strategy during exhibition. The Chamber expressed views on the importance of economic development and the promotion and development of a Night Time Economy. Council officers agree that engagement of the business community is key to successful implementation of the Strategy.  The implementation of the Hurstville Place Strategy will see the continued collaboration between Council and the Chamber for the benefit of the Hurstville City Centre.

14.    Based on community consultation the following action was added to the project priority ‘Create a green and open Hurstville’ - Review current city presentation standards with a focus on street furniture, cleansing and waste. Develop and implement innovative ways to make the city centre cleaner and more appealing to residents, workers and visitors. This action has been added to respond to community concerns regarding the cleanliness of the CBD.

 

Financial Implications

15.    Ongoing financial implications for the implementation of the Strategy are to be sourced from future operational and capital budgets, partnership programs, grants and other external funding sources.

16.    Operational funds of $135,500 were allocated in the 2019-20 budget for the development of the concept plan and the two detailed plans for Hurstville CBD.

         

Risk Implications

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

 

File Reference

D19/238819

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Hurstville Heart of the City Place Strategy

 


Georges River Council -         Community and Culture - Monday, 9 December 2019

COM054-19            Adoption of Hurstville Place Strategy - Heart of the City

[Appendix 1]          Hurstville Heart of the City Place Strategy

 

 

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Item:                   COM055-19       Establishment of Volunteer Credit Bank Barter System in the Georges River Local Government Area 

Author:              Economic Development Officer

Directorate:      City Strategy and Innovation

Matter Type:     Committee Reports

 

 

 

Recommendation:

That Council promote the NSW Volunteer Timebanking community platform as means of encouraging the exchange of services to support community connections, established and start-up businesses in the Georges River Local Government Area. Promotion will include but not be limited to Councils website, social media platforms and through Councils extensive partners and networks including the St George Business Chamber and various community connections. 

 

 

Executive Summary

1.      The purpose of this report is to promote the NSW Volunteer Timebanking community platform as a means of encouraging the exchange of services to support community connections, established and start-up businesses in the Georges River Local Government Area.

Background

2.      At the Council meeting held on 22 July 2019 Council resolved that the General Manager prepare a report on opportunities to establish a service exchange system similar to the Time Banking in the United Kingdom and Pollinators in Western Australia, which operate to support start-up businesses in the local government area (allowing businesses to exchange services, rather than make direct payment for services).

3.      Council, rather than establish its own service exchange network can work to promote the already established Timebanking system which was introduced to NSW in 2012.

 

4.      Timebanking is an established framework supported and run by the NSW government. Timebanking is a community program that allows the voluntary exchange of services between members. The aim of Timebanking is to build a network of support within a community through skill sharing. The system also allows credits for giving time and sharing your skills, which can then be used to receive services.

 

5.      Council will promote the NSW Volunteer Timebanking community platform as means of encouraging the exchange of services to support community connections. Promotion will include but not be limited to Councils website, social media platforms and through Councils extensive partners and networks including the St George Business Chamber.

 

6.      To further support community connections and economic outcomes Council in partnership with Regional Development Australia is leading an entrepreneurship roundtable for southern Sydney councils. The meeting in February 2020 has been organised to discuss councils’ roles in identifying and supporting local entrepreneurship discussions with Canterbury-Bankstown, Sutherland, Bayside and Wollongong Councils.

7.      Council will continue to investigate other programs that support community connections and city prosperity.

 

8.      Further details on Timebanking and other services are available for Council’s information in Attachment 1.

 

Financial Implications

9.      No budget impact for this report.

 

Risk Implications

10. No risks identified.

 

Community Engagement

11.   Community engagement was not required for the purpose of this report.

 

File Reference

D19/265894, D19/48005

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Establishment of a Volunteer Credit Bank/Barter System in the Georges River LGA

 


Georges River Council -         Community and Culture - Monday, 9 December 2019

COM055-19            Establishment of Volunteer Credit Bank Barter System in the Georges River Local Government Area

[Appendix 1]          Establishment of a Volunteer Credit Bank/Barter System in the Georges River LGA

 

 

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Item:                   COM056-19       Establishment of the Georges River Council Micro Grants Program 

Author:              Manager Community & Cultural Development

Directorate:      Community and Culture

Matter Type:     Committee Reports

 

 

 

Recommendation:

(a)     That Council approve the establishment of a Georges River Council Micro Grants Program;

(b)     That Council approve the allocation of $9,000 of unspent funds from the 2019/20 Community Grants Program for the Micro Grants Program to be run in the 2019/20 financial year;

(c)     That Council seek sponsorship and partnership opportunities from local businesses to fund the 2020/21 Micro Grants Program;

(d)     That, should there be no sponsorship opportunities, Council approves $10,000 to be allocated to the Micro Grants Program from the 2020/21 Community Grants program budget;

(e)     That, the updated Georges River Council Grants, Donations and Sponsorship Policy be placed on public exhibition for a period of no less than 28 days commencing from 20 January 2020 to seek community feedback; and

(f)      That the updated Georges River Council Grants, Donations and Sponsorship Policy be presented to Council for approval following public exhibition.

 

 

Executive Summary

1.      This report details the establishment of a Georges River Council Micro Grants Program to empower individual community members in the Georges River local government area to support community well-being, innovation and social change.

Background

2.      At the Council Meeting on 23 September 2019, Council resolved that following the success of the 2019 Dragon’s Den Seed Funding program, the General Manager prepare a report to Council regarding the establishment a Micro Grant program to empower individual community members in the Georges River local government area to support community well-being, innovation and social change.

 

Existing funding opportunities for residents  

3.      Georges River Council's Grants, Donations and Sponsorship programs support initiatives and projects that build the social, cultural, environmental and economic life of the Georges River area. Through these programs, Council partners with the community and businesses to further the actions, strategic directions and vision of Council's Community Strategic Plan. The existing funding program is comprised of:

 

Funding Program

Maximum available amount per organisation

Program application

Total budget available in 2019/20

Community Grants

$25,000 – Major Projects category

$10,000 – Community Development category

Two bi-annual rounds of funding

$400,000

Heritage Grants

$10,000

One annual funding round

$50,000

Heritage Publication Grants

$5,000

One annual funding round

$5,000

Venue Hire Grants

Up to $30,000

 

One main round of funding, plus ad hoc applications assessed throughout the year, pending availability of remaining funds

$420,000

Event Sponsorship

 

Tier 1 - $30,000

Tier 2 - $20,000

Tier 3 - $5,000

 

On application

$104,870

Quick Response Donations

$2,000

(or no limit if done directly through Council outside of Quick Response program)

On application

$50,000

Councillor Ward Discretionary Fund

$1,500 per Councillor, up to $4,500 per Council Ward – project funding

On application

$150,000 – projects;

$170,000 per ward ($850,000 total) – Minor Capital Works

 

4.      Council is also the convenor of the Local Committee for the ClubGRANTS scheme, which provides grants to not-for-profit community groups from local gaming machine profits through an annual program. Council manages applications for the ClubGRANTS scheme; however Council does not contribute financially to this fund.

Funding is provided to a range of projects including services for:

·           Community welfare and social services;

·           Community development;

·           Community health services;

·           Employment assistance activities, including social enterprise.

 

Through the ClubGRANTS scheme, in 2019 eleven participating clubs in the Georges River area awarded funds totalling $1,009,112 for 74 projects.

5.      Federal and State government agencies provide opportunities for grant funding including community infrastructure projects that deliver positive social, environmental and recreational outcomes, while promoting community participation, inclusion and cohesion. Community groups, clubs and sporting groups in the Georges River area have the opportunity to receive grant funding from government agencies for projects, infrastructure and programs.

6.      Individual businesses and banks also provide funding for not-for-profit groups. Funding can assist with grassroots projects and to local community organisations delivering educational opportunities, employment pathways or improving the quality of life for people in need. These opportunities can assist local groups in the Georges River area providing valuable assistance.


Benefits of a Micro Grants program

7.      Micro Grants can provide opportunities for the community to actively participate in developing innovative approaches to addressing immediate, locally-identified needs. They may include seed funding for a social enterprise or support to develop a quick response community engagement initiative.

8.      The proposed Micro Grants Program will provide grants of up to $1,000 to applicants within the Georges River local government area to design or deliver a short term community project to achieve positive change in the local community.

9.      Through a streamlined application process, the Micro Grants Program will decrease barriers to access for individuals and small unincorporated groups, who are otherwise ineligible to apply for other community grants. The targeted funding amount available will encourage individuals or smaller groups to apply, allowing for diversification of funding, seed funding opportunities, and improved access and equity in the provision of community services.

10.    The Program is designed to stimulate community action and achieve the goals established in the Georges River Council Community Strategic Plan by engaging with community, creating civic pride and promoting wellbeing.

 

Funding models for a Micro Grants program

11.    The Program is proposed to be run in the 2019/20 financial year utilising savings of up to $9,000 from the 2019/20 Community Grants Program. Up to $1,000 will be made available for each application.

12.    Following the 2019/20 Program, the ongoing Micro Grants Program will aim to be funded through sponsorship or philanthropic support. If successful, new corporate or philanthropic partnerships will allow Council to diversify its relationship with local businesses and promote corporate responsibility within the Georges River business community.

13.    Two possible funding models are proposed for the Micro Grants Program:

a.      Sponsorship through local business; or

b.      Council-funded through the Community Grants Program budget.

14.    Option (a) Micro Grants funded through sponsorship by local business:

Collaboration between businesses and Council will achieve improved community outcomes by allowing businesses to invest in opportunities that will achieve their corporate social responsibility and marketing outcomes. This is an opportunity for Council to broaden its incoming funding stream.

15.    The newly appointed Sponsorship Specialist will develop a sponsorship prospectus to attract sponsors and outline the benefits of involvement in the Micro Grants Program. Expressions of interest will be sought from local businesses to wholly or partially sponsor the program.

16.    Option (b) Micro Grants funded by Council:

Funding through the Community Grants Program budget for 2020/21 financial year to be allocated if no sponsorship opportunities are received. $10,000 will be allocated from the 2020/21 Community Grants Program budget specifically for the Micro Grants Program.

 

Funding criteria for a Micro Grants program

17.    The funding criteria for the Micro Grants program will be strategically aligned with Pillar 5 of Council’s Community Strategic Plan (CSP): “a harmonious and proud community with strong social services and infrastructure” to ensure that “the community is socially and culturally connected” (CSP goal 5.3).

18.    Successful applicants will be required to demonstrate that their project can develop, support and promote activities that foster social participation, inclusion and wellbeing. There is a growing trend for the development of social enterprises and grassroots campaigns to build capacity and celebrate a community’s inherent strengths. Individual residents will be empowered to apply for funding through the Micro Grants program for unique and innovative ideas that will provide an opportunity to support the community and increase social participation.

19.    The Georges River Council Grants, Donations and Sponsorship Policy has been updated to include the objectives, eligibility, implementation and assessment process of the Micro Grants Program (Attachment 1). The Program addresses the Policy’s key principles:

·           Priority

·           Impact

·           Community wellbeing

·           Equity and inclusion

·           Responsiveness

·           Accountability

·           Governance

·           Eligibility and Procedure

 

20.    Some administrative changes have been updated within the Policy to ensure that it is consistent with current practice and Council resolutions that have been enacted since the Policy was adopted in August 2018.

21.    If approved, the amended Georges River Council Grants, Donations and Sponsorship Policy will be placed on public exhibition to seek further community feedback. The amended policy is consistent with Section 356 of the NSW Local Government Act 1993, which outlines the parameters within which councils may provide financial assistance to others. 

22.    If approved, Program guidelines, selection criteria and an application form for the Micro Grants Program will be developed in accordance with the updated Georges River Council Grants, Donations and Sponsorship Policy.

23.    The proposed community consultation and Micro Grants implementation program is as follows:

 

 

 

 

Community consultation and implementation schedule

Public Exhibition of  the amended Georges River Council Grants, Donations and Sponsorship Policy

 January – February 2020

Sponsorship Specialist to seek sponsorship and partnership opportunities to fund the 2020/21 Micro Grants Program

January 2020 – June 2020

2019/20 Micro Grants program to commence and seek applications

February – March 2020

Community workshops to promote and outline the program and application process

February – March 2020

Updated Georges River Council Grants, Donations and Sponsorship Policy  to Council for approval

March 2020

2019/20 Program grants to be assessed and awarded

April 2020

2020/21 Micro Grants Program applications open 

August 2020

 

Financial Implications

24.    Council’s Sponsorship Specialist will seek potential sponsors under Council’s sponsorship program. Should there be no sponsorship opportunities, $10,000 will be allocated from the 2020/21 Community Grants Program budget. 

25.    If approved, the 2019/20 Program to be run within the 2019/20 financial year will be funded from savings of up to $9,000 not awarded in the 2019/20 Community Grants Program.

 

Risk Implications

26.    Operational risk/s identified and management process applied. There may be limited or no applications received for the program.  Workshops will be held from February 2020 to promote the program and communication through media releases, social media and Council’s website will be activated from January 2020.

27.    Governance of the Micro Grants will be managed in accordance with Council’s Grants, Donations and Sponsorship Policy, with acknowledgement of the guiding principle that application forms and acquittal requirements will be proportionate to the size of the funds awarded and the expected outcomes of the relevant program. As the grant funds provided under the Micro Grants Program are under $1,000, it is not expected that successful grantees would require an auspicing body to manage the funds or the project. The capacity to manage the project and expend and acquit the grant funds will form part of the selection criteria. In some circumstances, if required, a prospective grantee may be recommended to partner with a not-for-profit organisation to auspice their grant to ensure the projects viability.

 

 

 

 

Community Engagement

28.    Community engagement will be conducted including:

(a)     The amended Georges River Council Grants, Donations and Sponsorship Policy will be placed on public exhibition to seek community feedback for no less than 28 days from 20 January 2020;

(b)     Community workshops will be held to promote the program to potential applicants;

(c)     Information about the Micro Grants Program will be promoted through Council’s website, social media and hard copy publications, and distributed through Council’s database of grant applicants.

 

 

File Reference

D19/270094

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Draft updated Grants, Donations and Sponsorship Policy December 2019

 


Georges River Council -         Community and Culture - Monday, 9 December 2019

COM056-19            Establishment of the Georges River Council Micro Grants Program

[Appendix 1]          Draft updated Grants, Donations and Sponsorship Policy December 2019

 

 

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Item:                   COM057-19       Draft Georges River Council Public Art Policy 

Author:              Coordinator Cultural Services

Directorate:      Community and Culture

Matter Type:     Committee Reports

 

 

 

Recommendation:

(a)     That Council approve the draft Georges River Council Public Art Policy to be placed on public exhibition for a period of no less than 28 days commencing from 20 January 2020;

(b)     That a further report be submitted to Council detailing feedback from any public submissions made during the exhibition period, together with any recommended changes to the draft Georges River Council Public Art Policy prior to adoption.

 

 

Executive Summary

1.      The draft Georges River Council Public Art Policy aims to provide a framework for the acquisition, assessment, development and management of public art in the Georges River local government area.

 

Background

2.      Council adopted the Create Georges River Cultural Strategy on 23 September 2019 (COM034-19). This Strategy highlighted the need to create a Public Art Policy to guide the development of public art throughout Georges River local government area.

3.      Public art refers to ephemeral, temporary and permanent art of any medium that is situated, performed or staged in the public domain.

4.      The draft Public Art Policy aims to provide a diverse range of public art projects, including Council initiated, developer initiated or community driven artworks.

 

Methodology

5.      In developing this Policy, Council officers have worked with Overton Creative to review best practice policies and to create a Public Art Policy unique to the Georges River community.

6.      Key internal strategic documents have been reviewed when forming this Policy, such as the Georges River Community Strategic Plan, Georges River Local Strategic Planning Statement, and Create Georges River, along with key external strategic documents including Create NSW’s NSW Cultural Infrastructure Plan 2025+, the Greater Sydney Commission’s South District Plan, and the NSW Government’s Better Placed.

 

Community Engagement

7.      Initial community consultation was undertaken to guide the direction of the Public Art Policy. Throughout August 2019, Cred Consulting and Overton Creative held three public pop-up engagement sessions and one staff workshop. A survey was also made available online through Council’s Your Say portal. Community feedback highlighted a preference for murals and sculptural artworks of a high artistic standard. The community wanted to see art that was thought provoking and has meaning to the LGA, and also expressed a desire to see interactive/participatory artworks and functional public art (i.e. bike racks, benches, etc). Councillor workshop briefing sessions also provided guidance in developing the Policy.

8.      The results of these consultation sessions, along with research and benchmarking conducted by the consultants, has formed the basis for draft Georges River Council Public Art Policy.

9.      Further community consultation will be undertaken during the public exhibition period to gather feedback on the draft Policy and seek direction on the key themes that the community would like explored in public art throughout the LGA. These themes will be incorporated into the Public Art Implementation Plan and future artist briefs.

 

Key findings

10.    As a result of community consultation, four overarching guiding principles have been formulated, aimed at making public art part of daily life within the Georges River area. These are:

i.        Reflect and empower our local community;

ii.       Enhance the liveability and distinctiveness of our area;

iii.      Create key partnerships and collaborations to produce high quality public art;

iv.      Support artists and recognise the depth and breadth of contemporary public art practice.

 

11.    These guidelines will be the driving force behind Council’s approach to public art and used in conjunction with the evaluation criteria to assess public art proposals.

12.    Evaluation and approval of all public artworks proposed by Georges River Council, the private sector, other public authorities, individuals and other groups within the LGA will be based on the following criteria:

i.        Reflects excellence in contemporary art practice and standards of high quality;

ii.       Presents creative, original and innovative ideas;

iii.      Appropriateness to the context of the project brief, site and community;

iv.      Technical feasibility and ability to successfully realise the proposal/work;

v.       Consideration of public safety and the public’s access to and use of the public domain;

vi.      Relevance to the strategic objectives and actions of Georges River Council;

vii.     Consistency with current Georges River Council plans and procedures;

viii.    Maintenance and durability requirements; and

ix.      Value for money.

 

13.    These criteria also identify the focus areas that will be applied when commissioning future public artworks, giving clear guidance and expectations to both internal and external parties involved throughout the public art process (e.g. Council officers, developers, artists etc).

14.    This Policy commits Council to a best practice approach when planning, implementing and delivering public art. It encourages the creation of high quality and original public art projects in order to embed public art in community life, including integrating public art into new developments via the implementation of statutory planning controls. Public art will be recognised as a Council asset and maintained accordingly.

15.    Council commits to valuing the contribution of artists and their role in creating innovative approaches and responses to public places, promoting civic engagement and community interaction.

16.    In order to grow and maintain a public art collection, this Policy commits Council to securing adequate resources through Council’s capital works program and operational budgets; private sector contributions; and grant funding.

 

Governance

17.    This Policy recommends the establishment of a Public Art Advisory Panel to provide expert advice on the implementation of the Public Art Policy.

18.    The Public Art Advisory Panel will consist of up to seven members and be governed by a Terms of Reference. Public Art Advisory Panel members will be selected based on professional art expertise; knowledge of contemporary public art applications and issues; experience in art, art curatorship, art policy, architecture and/or design disciplines; and where appropriate, advisers (internal/external) with specialist expertise relevant to the project brief will be temporarily co-opted to the panel to assist decision making.

19.    Public art project briefs will guide artists in the development of public artworks. These project briefs will outline overarching themes, timeframes and site requirements that public art proposals must respond to. Community consultation will take place as part of the development of a public art project brief, in order to inform any overarching themes for the public art project.

20.    Councillors will provide input into the determination for public art via the:

i.        Approval of the Georges River Council Public Art Policy;

ii.       Approval of the annual operational budget allocated to public art projects, as part of the annual budget review process;

iii.      Approval of the Public Art Advisory Panel members;

iv.      Approval of public art projects over $250,000.

 

21.    An independent assessment process through the Public Art Advisory Panel allows for those with the curatorial and artistic expertise to inform decision making from a best-practice standpoint. 

22.    Decision making in relation to the Georges River Council Public Art Policy will be determined in accordance with the Georges River Council Procurement Policy.

23.    The Public Art Advisory Panel will not have the power to commit Council to any decisions: however will make recommendations to Council staff based on the guiding principles and evaluation criteria noted above.

 

Next Steps

24.    Council approval is now requested to place the draft Georges River Council Public Art Policy on public exhibition from 20 January to 16 February 2020, with further consultation conducted during this period, both face-to-face and online.

25.    Following the public exhibition and community consultation period, feedback received will be considered, and where appropriate, incorporated into the Georges River Council Public Art Policy.

26.    The final revised Policy will return to Council for adoption in March 2020.

 

Financial Implications

27.    An allocation of $30,000 has been allocated to the 2019/20 Financial Year operational budget for the delivery of minor public art programs. A total of $298,000 has been allocated to the 2019/20 Financial Year operational budget for the implementation of the Create George River Cultural Strategy, which includes some public art components.

28.    A budget in relation to the Public Art Advisory Panel will be considered as part of the 2020/21 Financial Year budget process.

29.    Funding for future public art projects will also be considered through Section 7.11 and Section 7.12 development contributions and planning agreements, as well as grant funding, philanthropic and sponsorship opportunities.

 

 

Risk Implications

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

 

 

File Reference

D19/279054

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

DRAFT Public Art Policy - for Council Meeting - 16 December 2019

 


Georges River Council -         Community and Culture - Monday, 9 December 2019

COM057-19            Draft Georges River Council Public Art Policy

[Appendix 1]          DRAFT Public Art Policy - for Council Meeting - 16 December 2019

 

 

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