AGENDA


Community and Culture Committee

 

Monday, 10 August 2020

6.00pm

 

ONLINE MEETING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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          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 - 13 July 2020

8.      COMMITTEE REPORTS

COM030-20       Quarterly Community Property Report 1 April to 30 June 2020

(Report by Community Property Officer).................................................................... 3

COM031-20       Connecting the Community with COVID-19 Safe Events

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

COM032-20       Hurstville City Centre Revitalisation Projects - Draft Concept Designs

(Report by Senior Project Officer)............................................................................. 16

COM033-20       Economic and Social Recovery Plan - August 2020 Update

(Report by Coordinator, Strategy and Innovation)................................................. 36  

 

 


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COMMITTEE REPORTS

Item:                   COM030-20  Quarterly Community Property Report 1 April to 30 June 2020 

Author:              Community Property Officer

Directorate:      Community and Culture

Matter Type:     Committee Reports

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION:

That Council receives and notes the Community Property Report for the period 1 April 2020 to 30 June 2020.

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

1.      This report details the current status of leases and licence agreements within Georges River Council’s Community Property portfolio for the period of 1 April 2020 to 30 June 2020.

BACKGROUND

2.      Council manages a portfolio of 58 community properties under a community lease or licence arrangement. The properties are spread cross 35 community land buildings with a further 17 community/sporting amenities buildings managed under community licence arrangements, comprising of approximately 23 hireable community spaces within those community/sporting amenities buildings.

3.      The Georges River Council Community Lease Policy was adopted in June 2020.

4.      Of the 35 community land buildings in the Community Property portfolio, currently 22 community properties are on existing leases or licences and 13 of properties are in the process of lease renewals and completions.

5.      Of the 23 hireable community spaces within sporting amenities buildings, two (2) of Council’s community/sporting amenities blocks are on existing licences, 17 are in the process of negotiating a licence agreement, with the final four (4) prioritised for action. 

6.      A list of community properties can be found in Attachment 1 of this report, and in the summary below:

 

No.

Community Leases

No. of Properties

Vacancies

Annual Rent

(excl. GST)

NOTE

 

Scouts and

Girl Guides

9

0

$66

Properties are under review in accordance with the Community Lease Policy.

 

 

 

 

Total:

 

 

$66

 

 

 

Community Centres

6

0

 

 

1.  

Jubilee Community Services
2B-2C Boundary Road, Mortdale

$0

Nil income due to 100% Council reimbursement of $68,903.80

2.  

Kingsgrove Community Aid
30 Morgan Street, Kingsgrove

$0

Nil income due to 100% Council reimbursement of $59,877.06

 

3.  

Kogarah Community Services
49 English Street, Kogarah

$10,920

 

4.  

Riverwood Community Centre,
31 Thurlow Street, Riverwood

$1

Nil income invoiced. Rental subsidy to be applied to new lease in line with Community Lease Policy.

5.  

3Bridges
Pole Depot,

Part 23 St Georges Road, Penshurst

$1

Nil income invoiced. Subsidised rental due to extensive capital investment by tenant.

6.  

Oatley Community Centre,

161 Hurstville Rd Oatley

$5,200

 

 

Total:

 

 

$16,122

 

 

 

Community Sports

5

0

 

 

7.  

Hurstville District Small Bore Rifle Club

100 Roberts Ave, Mortdale

$1

Nil income invoiced. To be reclaimed upon redevelopment of Depot.

8.  

Connells Point Sailing Club

$493

 

9.  

Blakehurst Men’s Bowling Club

$479

Rental subsidy of $4,721 to be applied in accordance with Community Lease Policy.

10.

Hurstville Oval

 

 

$2,000

Rental subsidy of $12,300 to be applied to be applied in accordance with Community Lease Policy.

11.

Olds Park Sports Club

 

 

$18,876

 

 

Total:

 

 

$21,849

 

 

 

Misc. Others

10

1

 

 

12.

Mens Shed

25 Cook St Mortdale

$479

Rental subsidy of $34,521 applied in accordance with Community Lease Policy.

13.

Carss Park Cottage

80 Carwar Avenue, Carss Park

$45

 

14.

Narwee Pre-School / Kindergarten

5 Bryant Street, Narwee

$14,625

Approved by Council 27 July 2020.

15.

Radio 2NBC

Level 1, 84 Railway Pde, Kogarah

$1

Nil income invoiced. Rental subsidy of $50,000 applied as per Council resolution.

16.

St George Arts & Crafts

Part 23 St Georges Road, Penshurst

$1,100

Rental subsidy of $20,900 applied in accordance with Community Lease Policy.

17.

Men’s Shed

76 Carwar Avenue, Carss Park

$300

 

18.

10 Bowns Rd, Kogarah (upstairs rooms)

$0

Licence to be negotiated in accordance with Community Lease Policy.

19.

Office space - 1a Allen St, South Hurstville

$0

Vacant. (located next to Baby Health Centre)

20.

Undisclosed location – crisis accommodation

$0

Nil Income. Annual rental subsidy of $50,000 applied as per Council resolution.

21.

Youth Outreach Kogarah
27 Railway Lands, Kogarah

 

 

$1,000

 

 

 

 

 

$17,550

 

 

Baby Health Centres

5

0

$1,000

Properties are under review in accordance with the Community Lease Policy and Commercial Property Strategy.

 

Total:

 

 

$1,000

 

 

 

Sport amenities

23

(within 17 amenities blocks)

2

 

Olds Park store room (netball) vacant.

Riverwood Park - Public amenities building store room vacant.

Licenses are currently being negotiated for the sporting amenities blocks with various clubs and associations.

 

The sporting amenities blocks are within the following Parks and Reserves:

Beverly Hills Park

Charles Pirie Reserve

Claydon Reserve

Lower Gannons Park

Upper Gannons Park

Harold Fraser Oval

Renown Reserve

Olds Park

Peakhurst Park

Poulton Park

Riverwood Park

22.

Hurstville All Breeds Dog Training Club

Lower Gannons Park amenities block

$479

Rental subsidy of $121 applied in accordance with Community Lease Policy.

23.

Connells Point Netball Club

Poulton Park – eastern amenities block

$479

Rental subsidy of $321 applied in accordance with Community Lease Policy.

 

Total

 

 

$958

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

7.      Council’s Community Property portfolio receives a total annual income of $57,454 (excluding GST).

8.      As part of the Community Property portfolio review, Council officers are utilising independent valuations to determine market rents, where applicable.

RISK IMPLICATIONS

9.      No risks identified.

 

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

10.    Community engagement is conducted through the legislatively required advertisement of all proposed leases and licences over community land for a minimum period of 28 days.

 

FILE REFERENCE

D19/260438

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Community Property Report: Community Properties Listing

 


Georges River Council -         Community and Culture - Monday, 10 August 2020

COM030-20            Quarterly Community Property Report 1 April to 30 June 2020

[Appendix 1]          Community Property Report: Community Properties Listing

 

 

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Item:                   COM031-20  Connecting the Community with COVID-19 Safe Events  

Author:              Manager Customer Experience and Events

Directorate:      Community and Culture

Matter Type:     Committee Reports

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION:

(a)     That Council approves the COVID-19 Safe Community Event Program as detailed in the report;

(b)     That Council reallocate $53,500 towards the COVID-19 Safe Community Event Program from the 2020/21 budget allocated for the sponsorship of community-run events;

(c)     That Council note the 2020/21 savings of $53,500 for the remainder of the sponsorship of community-run events; and

(d)     That the General Manager be authorised to undertake any necessary amendments to the ongoing Event Program arising from contingency planning and risk mitigation due to COVID-19 health advice or NSW Public Health Orders.

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

1.      This report details the proposed COVID-19 Safe Community Events Program to commence from September 2020.

BACKGROUND

2.      Council has played a key role in supporting the community with essential services and programs to navigate through the uncertainties and challenges presented by COVID-19.

3.      Council, at its meeting on 27 July 2020, resolved (NM060-20):

a.      That, having regard to the recent cancellation of the Lugarno Lions Spring Fair and the likely cancellation of similar Council-sponsored community-run events, the General Manager prepare a report with a view to developing a COVID-19 Safe Community Event Program to support the delivery of COVID-19 safe, small community events that connect our community to their local town centres across the Georges River area, reduce community isolation and support the local economy.

b.      That the report detail, amongst other things:

i.     Potential program inclusions, for example: streaming of online, live performances, drive-in events, and ticketed events;

ii.    Scalability of events in order to adapt to the changing nature of COVID-19 and the resultant physical distancing and hygiene practice requirements;

iii.   Implications of relevant NSW Public Health Order/s and associated COVID-19 Safety Plans; and

iv.   The reallocation of 2020/21 budgets to cover costs and potential additional funding sources for the Program.

4.      Further to this, at the Council meeting on 25 May 2020 (CCL035-20), Council adopted the Georges River Council Economic and Social Recovery Plan (ESRP) valued at approximately $47 million to support local businesses, residents, visitors and the broader community to recover from the impacts of COVID-19 and thrive in a changed environment.

5.      The proposed COVID-19 Safe Community Event Program aligns with Phase 2 of Council's adopted ESRP, the 'Revival' Phase. It is a flexible program with scalable events that can be adapted to the current and future NSW Public Health Orders and relevant COVID-19-Safety Plans. A scalable event means that the program can still continue with minor interruptions or delay should there be increased restrictions on public gatherings, or if restrictions ease, the program can be adapted to allow larger numbers of attendees.

6.      The Program is also consistent with key objectives of the Georges River Council Community Strategic Plan 2018-2028 to promote the local government area and celebrate community and cultural identity. Consistent with the adopted Georges River Council Events Strategy, the implementation of this Program will foster a sense of community connectedness to place and each other, and will inspire out local community to safely experience the offerings and activities within the Georges River area and support our local businesses.

7.      Whilst embracing a COVID-19 safe environment for events, scalability will be the key factor in all operational plans. Attendee numbers will be controlled using a ticketing system, and there will be hygiene and physical distancing measures in addition to COVID-19 safety marshals and COVID-19 plans for each event. Events will also be enabled virtually using innovative online platforms to reach a broad audience direct from their homes, workplace or schools. These virtual events allow Council to attract new audiences and expand the accessibility of Council’s events to attendees that traditionally may not have had the opportunity to participate.

8.      Council’s largest community event partners, the Lugarno and Oatley Lions, have recently cancelled their upcoming community fairs. Combined, these events have an attendance of over 45,000 patrons and are vital part of the annual event calendar. It is anticipated that more community event organisers will cancel their upcoming events which are traditionally scheduled for the spring-summer season, given the uncertainties with COVID-19 restrictions and due to community event organisers having limited resources and capacity to plan and deliver COVID-19 safe events.

9.      Similarly, the Council-run major events series for the 2020/21 summer period is unable to proceed in its traditional format of a mass gathering of people in one location this year due to NSW Public Health Order restrictions on public gatherings. These events traditionally attract between 8,000 to 45,000 attendees per event and comprise Magic of Christmas, Australia Day Festival and the Lunar New Year Festival. In undertaking a risk assessment of these events it is deemed, based on the current NSW Public Health Order, too great a risk to the safety of the community, local businesses, event partners and Council staff to move ahead with these events in their current format in 2020/21. Furthermore, anecdotally Council officers have been informed by community members that there is a limited appetite for major events at this time.

10.    To address this gap, the proposed COVID-19 Safe Community Events Program below aims to foster connectedness and celebrate local identity. Council officers will engage with community organisations to partner on the proposed program and revitalise local town centres during these unprecedented times. The program is proposed to begin in September 2020.

September 2020

a.      Get Connected: Online mental health awareness webinar series to be hosted in the newly built Media Lab at Hurstville Library. This COVID-19 Safe online event will support the mental health of the Georges River Community. The webinars will target a range of demographics including pre-school, primary school and high school students over multiple sessions. Council will also investigate a partnership with Westfield Hurstville for a mental health expo to expand the reach and demographics of this event.

b.      George River Council Food Markets:  A takeaway food and fresh food market where local businesses have the opportunity to sell food and fresh produce, helping to boost the local economy. The recent drive-through food truck activations saw over 700 cars in attendance at Kogarah, Blakehurst and Hurstville. The Food Markets can be gated to ensure crowd control in addition to security and COVID-19 Safety Marshals to ensure hygiene and physical distancing. The event can be scalable with the number of food stalls and food trucks participating, and should COVID-19 restriction tighten the event format can be adjusted to a drive-through format so that attendees can remain in the safety of their vehicles.

October 2020

c.       Buy Local Campaign: A campaign encouraging residents to shop at their local stores.  All businesses across the local government area can opt-in to this campaign which forms part of the Georges River Council Economic and Social Recovery Plan (ESRP). Shoppers will provide Council with proof of purchase from a participating local business, and then go into a monthly prize draw for a cash voucher.

d.      ‘The Frightful Eighties’ Drive-in Movie Marathon for Halloween: Council to partner with a local school for an open space and host a free, ticketed drive-in movie marathon screening of ‘Stranger Things’. The theme will be Halloween and the 80s including a ‘best dressed’ competition for vehicles. The choice of location for this event aligns with the Department of Education’s “Share Our Space” campaign. Attendees will be in their own vehicles, allowing for physical distancing. Food offerings will also be made available with only a take away option and measured out for waiting space.

November 2020

e.      Mobile Musos: Local artists performing live music in town squares across the local government area, commencing November onwards.  As the live music industry is currently on hold, this program will give musicians the opportunity to perform in high foot traffic areas for those passing by, returning vibrancy to the town centres. Tailored to each location, the performance will be on the weekend, weekdays at lunch time or in the evenings to help boost the night time economy in café/restaurant districts. The COVID-19 Safety Plan will include physical distancing measures for the safety of the performers and the attendees watching or walking by. Should COVID-19 restrictions tighten, the performances can be recorded or streamed online for viewers whilst still supporting local musicians.

December 2020 – Christmas in Georges River        

f.       Christmas this year will bring much needed joy to the Georges River community. The proposed suite of activations in lieu of Council’s Magic of Christmas at Carss Bush Park is designed to bring Christmas cheer, colour and fun to the Georges River area in both public and virtual spaces, whilst still complying with the Public Health Order.

i.     Online story time with Santa Claus: Children across the local government area (LGA) will have the opportunity to interact digitally, in a COVID-19 safe way, with Santa and listen to their favourite stories.

ii.    Online digital photos with Santa Claus: Families will be able to pre-register to take online photos with Santa Claus this Christmas.

iii.   Decorations and Carollers throughout the LGA: This year all town centres will be transformed into a Christmas Wonderland with Christmas trees and festive decorations. Council will also partner with community groups to enlist carollers to perform throughout the town centres. This way, community organisations that traditionally would run their own Christmas Carols events in Council parks will still have an opportunity to bring joy and connect with their local community.

iv.   Christmas Lights Competition: Residents and local businesses will be encouraged once again to enter their home or business premise into the George River “Battle of the Lights”. As COVID-19 has re-shaped the year and more residents have been home, we strongly believe this campaign will bring a sense of pride to George River. All submissions will be made online and advertised though Council’s social media channels.

v.    Christmas Ice Rink: This year for the first time, all ages will be invited to attend a Christmas Ice Rink event to be held during the Christmas school holidays. This is a free, ticketed event for the community to ensure compliance within the NSW Public Health Order. Participant numbers will be controlled to ensure physical distancing with multiple sessions throughout the day. The event will be accompanied by Christmas music and traditional decorations. Council partner with a local school as part of the ‘Share Our Space’ campaign, or utilise a suitable Council park if that partnership is not feasible.

January-February 2021 – Reconnect with Georges River

g.      January is traditionally a time to connect with family and friends. With the uncertainties and restrictions associated with COVID-19 and curtailed inter-state and international travel, it is proposed that January is focussed on reconnecting to improve health and wellbeing. As January symbolises new beginnings and new opportunities, events in this month encourage community members to reconnect with family, friends and neighbours, with their local area and are encouraged to take on a new hobby or activity in the local area.

i.     Georges River Fun Run: A series of running/walking workshops and groups across the LGA to focus on building a sense of community and focus on health, culminating in a fancy-dress themed fun run for serious and casual walkers and runners. There will be sponsorship laps and relays so that participation is accessible to all. Council will look to partner with a community group to make this fun run a fundraiser for a worthy cause.

ii.    Community sports fan days: The St George Illawarra Dragons, Sydney FC and other professional and community sporting associations will be approached to partner with Council to deliver a series of sporting activations and make use of Council’s many sporting facilities. By showcasing the community sports on offer in the Georges River area, attendees can enrol into a new sport or club and commence 2021 with a healthy lifestyle. The events will be scalable to the location to control attendee numbers and ensure hygiene and physical distancing. Should COVID-19 restrictions tighten, Council will work directly with the professional or community sporting associations to promote and attract attendees to their smaller scale fan day events at the scheduled competition days.

iii.   The wellness collective: A month-long program in February 2021 helping community members become aware of and make choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life in the areas of physical, mental, social and financial/legal health. Some activities include facilitating health checks and health education sessions in person and virtually and supporting a RSPCA-run pet adoption drive for people seeking companion animals. Council will partner with local community groups to promote their activities and causes and make it easier for new members to join a new activity, new social or cultural group or learn a new skill with the view of then continuing throughout the year. The events will be scalable to the location to control attendee numbers and ensure hygiene and physical distancing. Should COVID-19 restrictions tighten, Council will work directly with the health providers and community groups to promote and attract attendees to a series of smaller scale events and/or conduct the events virtually.

iv.   Australia Day Award Ceremony and Citizenship Ceremony: Traditionally held on stage at Council’s Australia Day Festival in Carss Bush Park, these two ceremonies give important recognition to our local citizens and new Australians. These two ceremonies will be delivered at Hurstville Entertainment Centre’s Marana Auditorium, if deemed safe to do so under the Public Health Order, and streamed online. Attendance would be free, ticketed and seated to ensure COVID-19 distancing measures. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and in recognition of the outstanding efforts by individuals within our community during these unprecedented times, the ‘Georges River COVID-19 Hero’ is a proposed new award category introduced for the 2021 Australia Day Awards. This Award category would recognise individuals in the local government area who have significantly supported vulnerable members of the Georges River community as a result of COVID-19 and the resulting restrictions to limit the virus’ spread.

11.    To ensure all events are COVID-19 safe, each event is scalable and easily adapted to the changing restrictions made necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 has proven to be restrictive for live performances involving live audiences. Therefore, event organisers are being imaginative and flexible in the manner in which these events are delivered.

 

12.    The proposed COVID-19 safe events are both live and online to ensure accessibility and reach across the LGA. It sees Council working closely with community groups, local businesses, schools, not-for-profits and other government agencies to deliver COVID-19 safe events in 2020/21 that respond to the current needs of the Georges River community.

 

13.    Many councils have cancelled their major events. As at the end of July 2020, Parramatta City Council and Inner West Council have cancelled some or all their major events. Bayside Council, Sutherland Shire Council, City of Sydney and Willoughby Council have yet to release details regarding their Christmas and flagship events.

 

14.    The Georges River Council summer flagship events will need to be re-imagined and re-invented to become COVID-19 safe whilst delivering the key objections of those celebrations. These events include Magic of Christmas, Australia Day and Lunar New Year. Council aims to deliver unforgettable experiences, cultural education, boost the local economy, promote local businesses and, most of all bring, a sense of community to the Georges River area. The COVID-19 Safe Community Event Program is the starting point for this re-imagination.

 

15.    In order to adapt in a timely manner to the changing implications of COVID-19, it is proposed that amendments to the Program are approved under the Council-approved Instrument of Delegation to the General Manager, and included by the General Manager in a consolidated report once a month to all Councillors specifying any actions taken under this delegation as adopted by Council.

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

16.    Within the 2020/21 budget allocation of $107,000 for sponsorship of community-run events comprising:

a.      The reallocation of $53,500 towards the COVID-19 Safe Community Event Program from the annual budget allocated for the sponsorship of community-run events;

b.      Savings of $53,500 for the remainder of the sponsorship of community-run events.

17.    The Christmas component of the Program is funded within the budget allocation of $47,400 for the Magic of Christmas event.

18.    The Reconnect component of the Program is funded within the budget allocation of $126,750 for events such as the Australia Day Festival.

19.    Further event budget savings are anticipated as detailed event planning for the COVID-19 Safe Community Event Program is undertaken following adoption of this Program by Council. Event budget savings are also dependent on the scale of event delivered as a result of COVID-19 restrictions.

RISK IMPLICATIONS

20.    Operational risk/s identified and management process applied. In addition to the standard event risk assessments to take place for every event, COVID-19 safe plans will be applied to each event.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

21.    Community engagement will be conducted including:

a.      Opportunities will be provided at each event to give feedback in order to continuously improve the COVID-19 Safe Community Event Program.

b.      Community organisations such as Oatley and Lugarno Lions, as well as local businesses, schools and sporting associations will be approached to participate in the COVID-19 Safe Community Event Program, in the event that the recommendations in this report are adopted by Council.

FILE REFERENCE

D20/181453

 

 

 

  


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Item:                   COM032-20  Hurstville City Centre Revitalisation Projects - Draft Concept Designs 

Author:              Senior Project Officer

Directorate:      City Strategy and Innovation

Matter Type:     Committee Reports

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION:

a)      That Council endorse the draft Hurstville City Centre Revitalisation public domain concept designs as attached to this report for community consultation.

 

b)      That the General Manager actively seek appropriate grant funding for the construction of the key elements of the public domain identified in the draft concept designs.

 

c)      That the General Manager write to the Member for Oatley and the Member for Banks to seek their support for funding for the construction of the key elements of the public domain identified in the draft concept designs.

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

1.      The draft Hurstville Revitalisation concept designs, attached to this report, are focused on improvements to public domain and walkability in four key areas within the Hurstville CBD including:

·        Palm Court Car Park

·        MacMahon Street Courtyard

·        Memorial Square

·        Forest Road

 

2.      The final concept designs will be used for further community consultation and to develop the detailed designs for the sites. The first two sites for detailed design are Palm Court Car Park and MacMahon Street Courtyard.

 

3.      The Hurstville Revitalisation project supports the strategic direction of the Hurstville ‘Heart of the City’ Place Strategy and the following Council resolutions;

 

·        25 March 2019:

That the General Manager prepare a report to investigate options and funding sources to accelerate the conversion of the Palm Court public car park in Forest Road, Hurstville to open space/recreation area, consistent with the recommendations contained in the Hurstville City Centre Urban Design Strategy 2018. Report to be prepared to investigate options and funding sources to accelerate the conversion of Palm Court car park into public open space.

 

·        24 June 2019:

That the General Manager provide a report to Council on the estimated cost to fund the preparation of a masterplan for Hurstville Memorial Square in Forest Road, Hurstville to facilitate a future upgrade of the existing Square.

BACKGROUND

4.      Group GSA has been engaged to prepare concept designs include the following areas:

·        Palm Court Car Park – Providing open space for the community with seating, tree plantings and elements of play.

·        MacMahon Street Courtyard – Improving the existing space to provide an uplifted area for the community to meet and relax with improved accessibility to the site, shade and seating. Area also will have potential to be an activation space.

·        Memorial Square – A space to relax and reflect within the city centre with additional seating, plantings and shade structures.

·        Forest Road - A connected green spine with widened footpaths, seating, plantings and improved pedestrian access. Potential for further outdoor dining opportunities with additional footpath width further activating the centre.

 

5.      Following community consultation the draft concept designs will be finalised and Group GSA will develop detailed designs to be used to progress to tender for capital works for Palm Court and the MacMahon Street Courtyard.

 

6.      It is expected that detailed designs for the remaining sites, Forest Road and Memorial Square, will commence in early 2021.

 

7.      A report to the Local Traffic Advisory Committee will be submitted for the proposed changes to Palm Court and MacMahon Street Courtyard when detailed designs are received.  A previous Traffic Committee Report was submitted in relation to traffic changes required for the ‘Streets as Shared Spaces’ Department of Planning, Industry and Environment grant opportunity which aligns to the strategic direction of the Hurstville Revitalization Concept Designs:

 

2 June 2020 TAC084-20 recommendation:

 

That the temporary changes in parking along Forest Road, between Palm Court Car Park and Memorial Square Hurstville  (plan TC2116) be approved in principal subject to, community consultation and Council’s success in application for grant funding from NSW Government Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, “Streets as Shared Spaces” Grant Application.       

 

Council adopted the recommendation.

 

8.      The conversion of Palm Court into a temporary open space ‘The Green’ in June 2019 did not require Local Traffic Advisory Committee approval, however significant business notification as well as signage in the carpark in the lead up to the closure was recommended and carried out.  A road and lane closure application was submitted along with traffic control plans for the event.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

9.      Design process as discussed in this report is within budget allocation from City Strategy and Innovation for the 20/21 financial year.

 

10.    Council officers are currently exploring funding opportunities to fund the capital construction of this project, this could include developer contributions (VPA) and grant funding. An application for the Department of Planning Industry and Environment “Streets as Shared Spaces” grant has been lodged for Forest Road and the MacMahon Street Courtyard.

RISK IMPLICATIONS

10.    Operational risk/s identified and management process applied through business and community engagement to provide information and gain support of the project.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

11.    Community engagement has been conducted including:

·        During the development of the Hurstville Place Strategy via face to face community pop ups on site in the city centre and online engagement through Councils ‘Your Say’ platform.

·        Pop up park ‘The Green’ that was held over the 2019 June long weekend at Palm Court Car Park, community consultation was carried out by Georges River staff and JOC consulting.

·        Community engagement stall was held at the 2020 Lunar New Year Festival with Group GSA.

·        On site consultation at Palm Court Car Park conducted on 20 November to 1 December 2019 by WoolCott Research and Engagement to determine the community and business use of the existing car park.

12.    Further community engagement will be conducted including:

·        Concept designs presented on Council’s Your Say platform for feedback.

·        Individual meetings will be held with key external stakeholders including but not limited to; Local RSL clubs, St George Business Chamber, Local Members of Parliament and key businesses within Hurstville Centre.

·        A report to the Local Traffic Advisory Committee will be submitted for the proposed changes to Palm Court and MacMahon Street Courtyard when detailed designs are received.

 

FILE REFERENCE

D20/176101

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Hurstville City Centre Revitalisation Project Draft Concept Designs

 


Georges River Council -         Community and Culture - Monday, 10 August 2020

COM032-20            Hurstville City Centre Revitalisation Projects - Draft Concept Designs

[Appendix 1]          Hurstville City Centre Revitalisation Project Draft Concept Designs

 

 

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Item:                   COM033-20  Economic and Social Recovery Plan - August 2020 Update 

Author:              Coordinator, Strategy and Innovation

Directorate:      City Strategy and Innovation

Matter Type:     Committee Reports

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION:

That the report be received and noted.

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

1.      The attached report summarises Council’s progress in implementing the Economic and Social Recovery Plan (ESRP) for the June – July period.

2.      The ESRP is Council’s response to this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic and will allow Council to act swiftly and strategically to manage and make changes to operations in order to assist the community and deliver ongoing services.

3.      The ESRP was adopted by Council on 26 May 2020 and is valued at approximately $47 million. 

BACKGROUND

4.      The ESRP comprises of three key phases;

i.     Immediate Support - programs that provide immediate support to the Georges River Community;

ii.    Revival - initiatives that either prepare Georges River for a relaxing of restrictions and a full re-opening; and

iii.   Discover Georges River - Celebrating the re-opening of Georges River and re-launching our city.

5.      Some key highlights from the June 2020 – July 2020 period include;

·        Launch of Georges River Business – 84 businesses registered. The St George Business Chamber is a key partner supporting the success of this project. The Chambers recent newsletter highlighted the key benefits of the platform This will help you find local providers, market and grow your business, develop your employees and capitalise on local revenue opportunities’ – July 23rd Newsletter.

·        Outdoor Dining – 5 new businesses have applied for outdoor dining.

·        Small scale activations - In the Month of June, take away food truck activations where undertaken, whereby 700 vehicles attended over a series of 5 weekends.

6.      This update of the ESRP includes the addition of the Night Time Economy Study. The Night Time Economy Study was originally delayed due to COVID-19. The Study has been added to this Plan for delivery in October as key to the re-opening and marketing of the Georges River Area.

7.      Council is currently investigating the creation of a dashboard of information on Council’s website to demonstrate to the community progress of these initiatives.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

8.      No budget impact for this report.

RISK IMPLICATIONS

9.      Failing to make progress on the implementation of the ESRP is both a social and economic risk to the future of the Georges River area which could have major impacts in the years to come.

10.    There is a reputational risk to Council not communicating our support for the Georges River community.

FILE REFERENCE

D20/180249

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

ESRP UPDATE

 


Georges River Council -         Community and Culture - Monday, 10 August 2020

COM033-20            Economic and Social Recovery Plan - August 2020 Update

[Appendix 1]          ESRP UPDATE

 

 

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