AGENDA


Community and Culture Committee

 

Monday, 09 November 2020

6.00pm

 

 

Waratah Meeting Room (Ground Floor, Georges River Civic Centre, Hurstville)

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Skype 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

COM042-20      Confirmation of the Minutes of the Previous Meeting held on 12 October 2020

(Report by Executive Services Officer)................................. 3  

8.     COMMITTEE REPORTS

COM043-20      Adoption of the Georges River Council Interim Community Property Strategy 2020-2023

(Report by Community Property Officer)............................... 9

COM044-20      ChillOUT Hubs - Project Closure Report

(Report by Senior Project Officer)....................................... 64

COM045-20      Georges River Advocacy Program - Stimulation of Georges River Economy

(Report by Senior Project Officer)....................................... 69

COM046-20      Economic and Social Recovery Plan - Monthly Update

(Report by Senior Project Officer)....................................... 73

COM047-20      Georges River Night Time Economy Study

(Report by Senior Project Officer)....................................... 77

COM048-20      COVID-19: Maintaining and Enhancing Business Confidence Into 2021 and Beyond

(Report by City Marketing and Partnerships Officer).......... 154  

 

 


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CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS

Item:                COM042-20  Confirmation of the Minutes of the Previous Meeting held on 12 October 2020 

Author:            Executive Services Officer

Directorate:     Office of the General Manager

Matter Type:    Previous Minutes

 

 

RECOMMENDATION:

That the Minutes of the Community and Culture Committee Meeting held on 12 October 2020 be confirmed.

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The Minutes of the Community and Culture Committee Meeting held on 12 October 2020, as attached, be confirmed by the Committee as a true and correct record of that meeting.

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Minutes of the Community and Culture Committee - 12/10/2020


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COMMITTEE REPORTS

Item:                COM043-20  Adoption of the Georges River Council Interim Community Property Strategy 2020-2023 

Author:            Community Property Officer

Directorate:     Community and Culture

Matter Type:    Committee Reports

 

 

RECOMMENDATION:

That Council adopt the Georges River Council Interim Community Property Strategy 2020-2023.

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

1.     This report seeks Council adoption of the revised Interim Georges River Council Community Property Strategy 2020-2023 placed on public exhibition throughout October 2020.

2.     The Strategy aims to provide an interim direction from 2020 to 2023 for the management of the Community Property portfolio and future goals and actions for a longer term Strategy. The Strategy also refers to the Community Lease Policy which sets out the criteria and assessment process for subsidies in relation to community leases.

3.     The revised Strategy takes into account feedback received from community consultation on the draft Strategy.

4.     A copy of the Georges River Council Interim Community Property Strategy is attached to this report (Attachment 1).

BACKGROUND

5.     In March 2019, Council’s Commercial and Community Property portfolios were divided between the Business and Corporate Services and Community and Cultures directorates. The Community Property portfolio now sits within the Community and Culture directorate.

6.     Georges River Council has 59 community properties consisting of 6 Community centres; 28 Sporting facilities; 9 Scout and Guide halls; and 16 Service providers such as baby health centres, men’s sheds, crisis accommodation, youth outreach, community radio and office space for not-for-profit organisations.

7.     The Interim Community Property Strategy sets the future direction of Council’s Community Property portfolio by identifying key areas of focus, setting clear goals and the actions to achieve them. This ensures the Community Property portfolio has the right range of facilities and occupancies to support the diverse needs of the community.

8.     The Interim Community Property Strategy provides strategic direction to Council in relation to community property assets for a service model, stakeholder and community engagement, asset management and portfolio sustainability.

9.     The Interim Community Property Strategy complements the commercial property portfolio as articulated in the Georges River Council Property Portfolio Strategy, which was adopted on 25 November 2019 (FIN080-19). The Strategy will also work in conjunction with the Community Lease Policy which provides a framework through which Council can determine the eligibility of community groups to occupy properties in the Community Property portfolio in an equitable and transparent manner and in accordance with relevant legislative requirements.

10.   Council resolved to place the draft Georges River Council Interim Community Property Strategy on public exhibition at its meeting on 28 September 2020 (COM035-20).

11.   The draft Interim Community Property Strategy was placed on public exhibition between 2 October 2020 and 30 October 2020.

12.   One (1) submission was received during the public exhibition period advocating for prioritisation of community benefit and a preference to not co-locate within Carss Cottage. No changes were made to the Strategy in relation to this response.

13.   Whilst co-location is a best practice model, exemplified by the models in place with Kingsgrove Community Aid Centre in Kingsgrove Community Centre and Jubilee Community Services in Mortdale Community Centre, it is acknowledged that it may not be viable for every facility within the Community Property portfolio. Co-location will be considered on a case by case basis dependent upon utilisation of the facility and services provided.

14.   Minor typographical and formatting changes have been made to the report, including the updating of images within the draft Strategy to be more reflective of the properties within the portfolio.

15.   It is recommended to Council that the draft Georges River Council Interim Community Property Strategy 2020-2023 as attached to this report is adopted by Council.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

16.   The financial implications of any recommendations as a result of the Strategy will be presented for consideration in future reports to Council.

RISK IMPLICATIONS

17.   Georges River Council has an ageing Community Property portfolio. The Strategy addresses the need for effective asset management to ensure the ongoing sustainability of the portfolio, to further mitigate the operational and reputational risks of having insufficient quality facilities to service the community’s needs.

18.   In addition to the ageing portfolio, optimum utilisation of the properties under the portfolio may not be fulfilled to benefit the community if the Interim Community Property Strategy is not adopted.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

19.   Community engagement was undertaken in the form of public consultation through an online survey via Your Say and was promoted through St George Leader advertisements, Council’s website and social media channels and through direct contact with Council’s existing tenants in July and August 2020. Workshops with stakeholders, general public and Councillors were also conducted in July and August 2020 as reported in the 28 September 2020 report to Council (COM035-20).

20.   The draft Georges River Council Interim Community Property Strategy was placed on public exhibition to facilitate community feedback between 2 October 2020 and 30 October 2020.


 

 

FILE REFERENCE

D20/238912

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Interim Community Property Strategy 2020-2023

 


Georges River Council - Community and Culture - Monday, 9 November 2020

COM043-20            Adoption of the Georges River Council Interim Community Property Strategy 2020-2023

[Appendix 1]           Interim Community Property Strategy 2020-2023

 

 

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Item:                COM044-20  ChillOUT Hubs - Project Closure Report 

Author:            Senior Project Officer

Directorate:     City Strategy and Innovation

Matter Type:    Committee Reports

 

 

RECOMMENDATION:

(a)    That Council receive and note the successful project completion of the ChillOUT: Smart Social Spaces project (ChillOUT).

(b)    That Council thank the project partners Street Furniture Australia (SFA) and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) for their valuable contribution to the project.

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

1.     The ChillOUT hub was a unique collaborative project between University of New South Wales (UNSW), Street Furniture Australia (SFA) and Georges River Council (GRC). The ChillOUT hub project has now successfully completed with the results of the research captured in the details below.

BACKGROUND

2.     In November 2018, Georges River Council was awarded $380,507 in funding under Round two of the Australian Government’s Smart Cities and Suburbs Program to support projects that apply innovative technology-based solution to urban challenges.

3.     The project ChillOUT: Smart Social Spaces Creating Connected Green Places was initiated as a partnership between the UNSW, Georges River Council and SFA. The project is underpinned by a strong philosophical orientation towards supporting people + place + healthy urban living through smart technology.

4.     The ChillOUT project aimed to improve the use and amenity of public spaces within the Georges River Local Government Area (LGA). The project involved designing, producing, and testing smart open-air community spaces known as ‘ChillOUT Hubs.’

5.     These world-first multi-functional Hubs are fully IT-enabled, with smart furniture, solar power, charging points, and environmental sensors (which measure and monitor the microclimate, utility use, and use of the space). Ultimately, the Hubs will increase community connectivity, enable knowledge sharing, and provide flexible spaces for work and social activities.

Belgrave Street, Kogarah

Timothy Reserve, Hurstville

Macquarie Place, Mortdale

 

ChillOUT Hubs: Project and Survey Design

6.     The overarching aim of the ChillOUT Hubs project is two-fold:

·        Explore how technology can enable efficient and informed management of public space and its infrastructure in a local government precinct; and

·        Establish how technology can enable greater engagement by the community with everyday places and with each other.

7.     To address the second aim of the project and better understand how the ChillOUT hubs were being used in the community, a survey undertaken with over 400 people. The detailed results of the ChillOUT Hubs User Survey can be found in Attachments 2 and 3.

 

Survey Findings Summary

8.     ChillOUT Hub users were asked whether the ChillOUT Hub was valuable as a social space, specifically if it improved the local area and if it created a sense of community belonging. Fully 97.4% of respondents thought the Hub improved the local area—either a lot (55.1%), moderately (33.5%), or a little (8.8%). Only 0.5% of respondents indicated that the Hub did not improve the local area at all, while 2.1% were unsure. ChillOUT Hub users were also asked if the Hub made them feel they were part of the community. A total of 92.6% of respondents thought it did—either a lot (36.3%), moderately (41.5%), or a little (14.8%). Only 3.3% of respondents indicated that the Hub did not make them feel part of the community at all, while 4.2% were unsure.

9.     ChillOUT Hub users were asked if they would like to see Hubs in other places. Overwhelmingly, 93.1% of all ChillOUT Hub users would like to see additional Hubs. The top three choices for where Hub users would like to see other Hubs located were parks (24.0%), town squares (16.8%), and street corners (13.2%). These were followed by beaches (11.8%), bus stops (10.4%), and hospital grounds (10.3%). The least popular options were sport grounds (8.1%) and school grounds (5.3%). Additional suggestions included shopping areas, train stations, and an enthusiastic ‘everywhere.’

Learnings from data collection

10.   Urban Heat Island - The heat characteristics of Metropolitan Sydney and Georges River LGA reinforce the importance of initiatives to mitigate heat and create heatsensitive, healthy places for residents and visitors. The Georges River LGA is generally subject to the benefits of cooling sea breezes during hot months.

11.   However, the project sites and surrounds in Kogarah and, to a lesser degree, Hurstville are located within urban heat island ‘hotspots’ – that is, builtup areas with relatively low green cover. All project sites are characterised by relatively high heat vulnerability, while heat projections indicate the likelihood of increases in average temperatures and numbers of hot days (with maximum temperatures >35°C). For a detailed report, view Attachment 1.

        Highly Commended, Cross Sectoral Collaboration – 2019 Smart City Awards

12.   The smart cities partnership between Georges River Council, the UNSW Built Environment Team and Street Furniture Australia received a highly commended award by the Committee for Sydney in the 2019 Smart City Awards.

13.   Additional media articles highlighting Georges River Council’s participation and success in the project can be found in attachment 4, including the case study undertaken by the World Bank report featuring Georges River Council in “Intelligent Neighbourhoods” in attachment 5.

Conclusion

14.   The research revealed that ChillOUT Hubs are responsive to the needs of a wide range of users across a variety of age ranges and life circumstances, who reside within and outside of the Georges River Council LGA. Hubs improve the quality of urban places as social spaces by providing several welcoming amenities and smart technologies. A majority of Hub users (87.0%) liked the Hubs, fully 97.4% of respondents thought the Hub they used enhanced the local area, and 92.6% of users thought the Hub made them feel part of the local community. The perceived value of the Hubs is remarkable, considering 39.2% of survey respondents were visiting the Hub for the first time, although many others had already become regular Hub users in the first month after installation.

15.   Most respondents used a ChillOUT Hub to rest, have lunch or coffee, wait for someone, or watch their kids, making good use of the Hub as a social space, whether they visited it alone or with friends or family. Yet the technologies the Hub offered were also valued and used by a considerable proportion of Hub users. The many suggestions for improving Hub technology indicates considerable interest in ways the Hub can expand what it provides to enable convenient connectivity in the community. Users also provided valuable insights into how ChillOUT Hubs could be improved in design, primarily related to providing additional shade, water taps, and plantings. Hubs could also cater to a larger group of users by adding mist machines or heaters, controlled lights, bike racks, and benches with backs.

16.   This initial study of ChillOUT Hub users provided high quality representative data on who uses the Hubs, how they  used the hubs, how often, and for how long. It gathered user perspectives to determine which amenities were most valued (which varied by Hub location), and the kinds of technologies that might enhance the Hubs in the future. In so doing, it has contributed to planning and design practices at the local scale to inform local governments on how to accommodate the needs and preferences of community members in the design and installation of ChillOUT Hubs as smart social places. Using the information from the research to modify, install, and scale-up ChillOUT Hubs in other spaces would provide an opportunity to collect additional user feedback, improve the public domain, increase connectivity, and continue on Council’s smart city journey.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

17.   No budget impact for this report.

RISK IMPLICATIONS

18.   No risks identified.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

19.   Community engagement was conducted as captured in Attachment 2 and 3.

FILE REFERENCE

D20/235449

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Heat Study Report - Smart Social Spaces - published in separate document

Attachment 2

ChillOUT Hub User Survey Report - published in separate document

Attachment 3

ChillOUT Hub_Non-User Survey Report - published in separate document

Attachment 4

Media Articles- Smart City - published in separate document

Attachment 5

World Bank Report- The Hidden Wealth of Cities - published in separate document

 


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Item:                COM045-20  Georges River Advocacy Program - Stimulation of Georges River Economy 

Author:            Senior Project Officer

Directorate:     City Strategy and Innovation

Matter Type:    Committee Reports

 

 

Recommendation:

That Council receive and note the actions and projects outlined in the report that assist with the stimulation of the Georges River Economy throughout the ongoing restrictions of COVID-19.

 

Executive Summary

1.     This report responds to Council’s resolution from its meeting on 28 September 2020:

(a)  That Council, to support local businesses during the ongoing restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic and to promote safe outdoor gatherings, create more temporary pop-up outdoor spaces and this should include.

i.    Use of parking spaces for outdoor dining/restaurants; and

ii.    Creation of pop up parks, such as the “parklets” proposed for Forest Road, Hurstville as part of the Streets as Shared Spaces grant funded project, temporary road closures or other underutilised public land (including land owned by the NSW government).

(b)    That these initiatives also include activities that better support a vibrant diverse night time economy for Georges River.

(c)    That the Economic and Social Recovery Plan be updated to include these initiatives and these initiatives be promoted to our community and businesses.

(d)    That a report be presented to Council on the implications and opportunities of the recently announced NSW Government’s 24 Hour Economy Strategy and how Georges River can be involved to help create a more diverse local economy.

(e)   That Council write to the Minister for Jobs Investment and Tourism and Western Sydney, The Hon. Stuart Ayres MP, to ask how Council can partner with them to promote a 24 hour economy in the Georges River Local Government Area.

2.     The following section outlines the current and proposed actions to respond to the Council resolution and includes:

a.     Creation of pop up parks in Kogarah and Hurstville

b.     A series of COVID-safe community events

c.     Finalisation of the Night Time Economy Study and accompanying action plan

d.     Council working with the State Government’s outdoor dining taskforce to improve opportunities for outdoor dining for Georges River.

Background

3.     The following outlines the actions and projects in place to respond to each component of the Council resolution as follows:

Use of parking spaces for outdoor dining/restaurants; and Creation of pop up parks, such as “parklets” proposed for Forest Road, Hurstville as part of the Streets as Shared Spaces grant funded project, temporary road closures or other underutilised public land (including land owned by NSW government).

4.     Georges River Council recently received grant funding to activate and increase the vibrancy of the Kogarah and Hurstville CBDs under the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE)’s Streets as Shared Spaces program, which provides funding to quick-response demonstration projects and strategic pilots that temporarily adapt streets to support healthier, safer and more resilient communities.

5.     As part of these pilot projects, a pop-up park has been installed in the Kogarah Town Square until January, creating an urban oasis in the heart of the town centre. The Kogarah Town Square, in front of Clive James Kogarah Library, is a key public space, particularly as a lunchtime gathering point.

6.     Kogarah Town Square and surrounds are being transformed into a relaxing space for workers and patrons to linger and engage in the public realm. In addition to the pop-up park, additional colourful street furniture will be installed along with creative lighting. The project will activate the area into a better quality public space both during the day and into the night, injecting a lively energy into the area while allowing Council to experiment with more permanent public domain elements. At nearby Post Office Lane, public art is to be installed in November to increase pedestrian amenity where there is a high level of pedestrian activity, with the former Kogarah Civic Centre playing host to additional public art and colourful lighting.

7.     In Hurstville, focus will be on improving the functionality, safety and placemaking potential of Forest Road by adapting its layout and design in order to increase space for safe movement. This will be achieved through increased public amenity where there are high levels of pedestrian activity, the installation of parklets that will offer additional seating areas for passersby, as well as traffic calming measures, increased greenery and public art installations.

8.     The long term vision for Hurstville is to transform Forest Road into a green, shared space where people are given priority and low volume vehicle movements are slow. Council is progressing draft concept designs as part of a broader Hurstville Revitalisation project.

9.     A recent survey by the NSW DPIE shows a dramatic increase in activity in public spaces and local neighbourhoods, with 85% of people using their neighbourhood streets more and 45% spending more time in public places compared with pre-COVID-19 restrictions. This highlights the importance of Council creating vibrant local centres and urban environments people can enjoy.

Activities that better support a vibrant diverse night time economy for Georges River.

10.   The Community and Culture Directorate are continuing to develop and implement a COVID safe event and activation plan. This event plan sees a change from Council’s usual event calendar due to the restrictions surrounding the pandemic. The revitalised program will include a new program of events ranging from art and culture, activations within the LGA and potentially further food markets.

11.   This incorporated with the scheduled public domain improvements as part of the Streets as Shared Spaces grant will provide additional areas of activation and use for the community.


 

That the Economic and Social Recovery Plan be updated to include these initiatives and these initiatives be promoted to our community and businesses.

12.   The Economic and Social Recover Plan incorporates actions to activate and promote the Georges River area. Further actions to support this will be incorporated into the plan as identified.

13.   That a report be presented to Council on the implications and opportunities of the recently announced NSW Government’s 24 Hour Economy Strategy and how Georges River can be involved to help create a more diverse local economy.

14.   A Georges River Night Time Economy Study was largely developed pre COVID-19 but has recently been revisited to ensure alignment with the NSW Government’s 24 Hour Economy Strategy. The draft Georges River Councils Night Time Economy Strategy will be reported to Council in November in addition to the implications and opportunities of the NSW Government Strategy.

That Council write to the Minister for Jobs Investment and Tourism and Western Sydney. The Hon. Stuart Ayres MP to ask how Council can partner with them to promote 24 hour economy in Georges River Local Government Area.

15.   The Georges River Night Time Economy Study contains an action to work with the NSW government, relevant Ministers and Departments to ensure Georges River is an active partner in the promotion of the 24 Hour Economy Strategy. As part of the broader advocacy program for Council, correspondence has been drafted to Minister Ayres to ensure that Georges River is and active partner in the 24 Hour Sydney Economy Strategy.

16.   Georges River Council has also been approached by the Office of Local Government (OLG) to contribute to the NSW Government’s taskforce involving councils and businesses to increase opportunities for outdoor dining. Another way of activating our community spaces and ensuring we have a vibrant COVID safe summer. OLG will be producing guidelines for councils and Department of Planning will be exhibiting proposed SEPP changes in the coming weeks.

Financial Implications

17.   No budget impact for this report as the activities described are being funding within the existing budget or grants provided by others. As other opportunities are identified reports will be provided to council where additional funding is required.

18.   Council at its meeting on 26 October 2020 considered a report on the advocacy program       and resolved to support the program by;

a)     Calling upon the NSW Government to develop a Southern Sydney Transport Plan which includes the fast tracking of the ‘River Rail’ (the Kogarah to Parramatta rail link).

b)     Providing in-principle support for the City of Canterbury Bankstown Council’s  Unlocking the Potential of the Central City report and the three identified short term projects:

i.      Central City Transport Plan

ii.      Central City Employment and Economic Activation Plan

iii.     Central City River Amenity Plan

19.   This advocacy also seeks to support the growth of local business through appropriate private and public investment and complements the projects, activities and programs discussed within this report.

Risk Implications

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

Community Engagement

21.   Community engagement will be conducted including:

i.       The continued promotion of the waiving of outdoor dining fees for local business

ii.      Community engagement and promotion of the Streets as Shared Spaces Grant funding for Kogarah and Hurstville

iii.     Public Exhibition of the Georges River Night Time Economy Study following endorsement from Council

iv.     The continued promotion of Councils revitalised COVID-safe event and activation program. 

File Reference

D20/256614

 

 

 

  


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Item:                COM046-20  Economic and Social Recovery Plan - Monthly Update 

Author:            Senior Project Officer

Directorate:     City Strategy and Innovation

Matter Type:    Committee Reports

 

 

Recommendation:

That Council receive and note the attached Economic and Social Recovery Plan update for the September – October period.

 

Executive Summary

1.     The attached report summarises the organisations progress implementing the Economic         and Social Recovery Plan (ESRP) for the September – October Period.

Background

2.     Key Highlights for the implementation of the ESRP from September – October period include;

·        Inclusion of three new actions to be added to the ESRP endorsed by Council in August;

i.  Business attraction program.

ii.  Investigation of business stimulus package.

iii. Seeking partnership/s to create a precinct of superfast internet speed.

·        Buy Local

The platform for local suppliers to register their business is ready and functioning.

List of local suppliers from LGP/Tenderlink and Georges Rive Council has been extracted and is now accessible to internal staff.

·        Night Time Economy Study

Night Time Economy Study and accompanying action plan has been amended to align with Sydney 24 hour Economy Strategy will be considered by the Committee tonight.  If adopted by Council will go on public exhibition.

Financial Implications

3.     No budget impact for this report.

Risk Implications

4.     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.

5.     There is a reputational risk to Council not communication our support for the Georges   River Community.

Community Engagement

6.     Community engagement is undertaken by project managers on a project by project basis as required.

 

File Reference

D20/258831

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

ESPR Actions (September 2020 - October 2020)

 


Georges River Council - Community and Culture - Monday, 9 November 2020

COM046-20            Economic and Social Recovery Plan - Monthly Update

[Appendix 1]           ESPR Actions (September 2020 - October 2020)

 

 

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Item:                COM047-20  Georges River Night Time Economy Study 

Author:            Senior Project Officer

Directorate:     City Strategy and Innovation

Matter Type:    Committee Reports

 

 

Recommendation:

(a)    That Council approve the draft Night Time Economy Study to be placed on public exhibition for 60 days to facilitate community consultation.

(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 Night Time Economy Strategy prior to adoption.

 

Executive Summary

1.     The Night Time Economy Study provides an insight into the current standing of the Georges River Council area night time economy and investigates opportunities and initiatives to enhance the night time economy in the Georges River LGA over the next four years. The actions in the study outline short, medium and long term actions across various Council units.

2.     The action plan is broken down into five strategic pillars;

·        Strategic Pillar One – Integrated Planning and Place Making

·        Strategic Pillar Two – Diversification of Night Time Activities

·        Strategic Pillar Three - Industry and Cultural Development

·        Strategic Pillar Four – Mobility and Improved Connectivity

·        Strategic Pillar Five – Changing the Narrative

3.     The Night Time Economy Study and proposed initiatives outlined in the Action Plan have been aligned with the Sydney 24 Hour Economy Strategy, released by NSW Government in September 2020. This is to ensure synchronicity and follow through as part of the plan to enhance night life in Georges River and Greater Sydney.

Background

3.     Globally, cities aspire to provide well-managed, safe, diverse and vibrant urban environments that appeal to a broad cross-section of their communities, both day and night.  In Australia, night time activity plays an important and diverse role in our community, valued at over $134 billion and employing over 1.1 million people in 2018 (Measuring the Australian Night Time Economy 2018 (September 2019) – Council of Capital City Lord Mayors).

4.     In Georges River, the Night Time Economy has long been ‘on the radar’ citing mention in strategies including the Economic Development Strategy, Create Georges River Cultural Strategy 2019, Hurstville Heart of the City Place Strategy (2019), Kogarah Collaboration Area Place Strategy and Kogarah Investment Attraction Strategy (2019) and Beverly Hills Town Centre Draft Master Plan (2020). 

5.     With a limited local offering, there is enormous potential to grow our night time economy, particularly in this post COVID-19 period, through re-setting outdated views and taking advantage of the opportunities outlined by the NSW Government in the recently released ‘Sydney 24 Hour Economy Strategy’ – a vision to activate Greater Sydney.

Financial Implications

6.     No budget impact for this report.

Risk Implications

7.     Operation risk for this project is alignment and collaboration with other key Government agencies and documents. This will be managed by Council staff with increased advocacy.

Community Engagement

8.     Community engagement will be conducted including the placement of the Night Time Economy Study on Georges River Councils engagement platform “Your Say” for 60 days following endorsement from Council.

File Reference

D20/258875

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Draft Night Time Economy Study

 


Georges River Council - Community and Culture - Monday, 9 November 2020

COM047-20            Georges River Night Time Economy Study

[Appendix 1]           Draft Night Time Economy Study

 

 

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Item:                COM048-20  COVID-19: Maintaining and Enhancing Business Confidence Into 2021 and Beyond 

Author:            City Marketing and Partnerships Officer

Directorate:     City Strategy and Innovation

Matter Type:    Committee Reports

 

 

Recommendation:

(a)    That Council continues to promote COVID-safe practices to businesses as required and in accordance with the Public Health Order and the directions of the NSW Government.

(b)    That Council continues to optimise the use of all communication channels that include but are not limited to social media, print media and Georges River Business to provide information to businesses and the broader community to help their business thrive and support them in the learning of new skills.

(c)    That Council continues to enhance its Economic and Social Recovery Plan as identified to promote and support local business.

 

Executive Summary

1.     This report responds to Council’s resolution from its meeting on  24 August:

(a)    That Council continue to enhance its COVID-19 Economic Social Recovery Plan and introduce a program to promote and encourage local business to become “COVID safe” and survive during the current pandemic and into 2021.

(b)    That the “COVID safe” program provides information to businesses and the broader community on:

i.      financial support available from the all levels of government for business;

ii.      how Council is supporting “buy local” and what the local community can do to support local businesses;

iii.     keeping your business running and the community COVID Safe; and

iv.    how to promote your business and learn new skills to survive and thrive.

2.     The creation of programs such as the Spring Board Program and the COVID-19 Recovery Grants has addressed many of the activities to support the local business community not only to providing financial support but free educational webinars.

 

3.     The business platform Georges River Business (georegesriverbusiness.com.au) gives Council the opportunity to communicate directly with our local business community on support programs and COVID safe practices.

 

Background

4.     The following outlines the actions and projects in place to respond to each component of the Council resolution.

5.     To communicate access to funding across all levels of government Council has adopted the following methods of communication;

·        Georges River Business the online business platform

·        Promoting on Council’s website and social media platforms

·        Connecting with the St George Business Chamber and the NSW Southern Region Business Association and requesting they share information with their neighbours.

COVID SAFE

6.     City Strategy and Innovation is working with Council’s Environmental Health Officers to ensure we connect with the local and business community to ensure that they are kept up to date with COVID Safe procedures. This includes promoting the relevant government websites where businesses can download free resources on COVID Safe practices along with promotional material they can download which is relevant to their business. Furthermore when permissible, Health Inspectors met with businesses and boarding house operators face to face to ensure COVID Safe compliance by providing fact sheets. In addition, contact with businesses was made via email and provided with the COVID-19 clinic location and information in over 10 languages.

7.     The Environmental Heath team offered assistance to businesses to help them understand the COVID-19 safe plan and will continue to liaise with SES LHD on COVID issues within the GRC LGA and ensure businesses comply with COVID safe plans during the course of routine inspections.

8.     The programs that Council has in place within the Social and Economic Recovery plan to support the small business community are;

·        COVID Recovery Grants Program – two of the four grant types on offer directed at business support. The total amount awarded within the COVID recovery grants was $140,317 and $43,385 awarded to six business applicants.

·        Springboard Program – Consists of four free webinars hosted by Council and the St Georges Business Chamber during small business month (October).

·        Mentor program run by the St George Business Chamber (supported by Council).

Resources to help business learn new skills to thrive and survive.

9.     All free resources that are made available by Government and Non-Government bodies are made available on the Georges River Business platform. A link has been set up to connect the relevant section on the Council website directly to the Georges River Business platform. This ensures ease of communication for our business community. Moreover the Springboard program saw additional promotional support and is being promoted for the entire month of October across all media channels available to Council and the St George Business Chamber. This includes ads placed in The Leader Newspaper and all the digital screens council owns including the large screen in Hurstville Plaza.  The cost associated with the Springboard program for Council totalled $5,500 to secure a keynote speaker for the first webinar. However, Council was awarded $2,000 from the Department of Treasury towards our Spring Board Campaign.

10.   The St George Business Chamber’s Buy Local Campaign is supported by Council through installation of the Buy Local street banners. These have been placed across the LGA as a reminder for our community to buy local. Community and Culture will be running a 12 week Shop Local promotion encouraging our local community to support local business. In return for this support the shopper is eligible for go into the weekly draw to win a gift voucher.

11.   To promote business through the Christmas period new banners will be erected throughout the LGA with both a Christmas message and a reminder that it in these very challenging times we need to look after each other.

12.   To further promote and support local business, in recent community engagement to the proposed new rates for 2021, all community participants were offered as a token of appreciation for their participation which was an opportunity to choose a gift voucher from a local retailer.

13.   Council is also adopting a revised procurement strategy whereby priority consideration will be given to a local supplier wherever feasible.

Financial Implications

14.   Within budget allocation as all projects and programs are funded by existing budgets.

Risk Implications

15.   No risks identified.

Community Engagement

16.   Community engagement was conducted including: newspaper ads, posting on Georges River Business, social media posts including both Facebook and LinkedIn. Using Council’s business database, emails were sent out to promote the Springboard program.

17.   Once all programs have been completed, a review into their execution and effectiveness will be conducted with recommendations will be made or whether or not some of the activities continue or need to be modified.

 

File Reference

D20/258411