AGENDA


Community and Culture Committee

 

Monday, 08 February 2021

 

Waratah Meeting Room

(Ground Floor, Georges River Civic Centre Hurstville)

 

And

 

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 MEETINGS

COM001-21      Confirmation of the Community and Culture minutes of the meeting held on 7 December 2020

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

8.     COMMITTEE REPORTS

COM002-21      St George Local Business Awards 2021 Sponsorship

(Report by Acting Coordinator Events and Sponsorship)................................................................................. 9

COM003-21      Community Property Report 1 October 2020 to 31 December 2020

(Report by Coordinator, Programming and Operations)............................................................................... 12

COM004-21      Economic Development Strategy (2018-2022) Mid-Term Review

(Report by Senior Project Officer).............................. 21  

 

 


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CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS

 

Item:                COM001-21  Confirmation of the Community and Culture minutes of the meeting held on 7 December 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 7 December 2020 be confirmed.

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Minutes of the Community and Culture Committee - 7/12/2020


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MINUTES


Community and Culture Committee

 

Monday, 07 December 2020

6.00pm

Waratah Meeting Room

(Ground Floor, Georges River Civic Centre Hurstville)

 

And

 

Skype Online Meeting

 

                                

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


PRESENT

Council Members

Councillor Sandy Grekas (Chair), Councillor Lou Konjarski, Councillor Kathryn Landsberry, Councillor Leesha Payor and Councillor Warren Tegg.

 

Council Staff

Director Community and Culture - Dr Rebekah Schulz, Director City Strategy and Innovation - Ms Sue Weatherley, Manager Library Services - Mr Thomas Koruth, Manager Community and Cultural Development - Mr Scott Andrew, Coordinator Programming and Operations - Mr Andrew Williams, Manager Infrastructure - Mr Glen Moody, Acting Coordinator Strategy and Innovation - Ms Rebecca Nelson, Research and Project Officer - Ms Ann-Marie Svorinic, Technology Systems Officer - Mr Garuthman De Silva, Executive Services Officer - Mr Neil Treadwell and EA to the Director Community and Culture - Ms Franziska Mintus (Minutes).

 

Opening

The Chair, Councillor Grekas, opened the meeting at 6.07pm.

 

Acknowledgement of Country

Councillor Grekas acknowledged the traditional custodians of the land, the Biddegal people of the Eora Nation.

 

Apologies/Leave of Absence 

RECOMMENDATION: Councillor Tegg and Councillor Landsberry

That an apology on behalf of Councillor Kastanias and Councillor Wu be accepted and a Leave of Absence granted.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

                                 

Notice of Webcasting

The Chairperson, Councillor Grekas, advised staff and the public that the meeting is being recorded for minute-taking purposes and is also webcast live on Council’s website, in accordance with Section 4 of Council’s Code of Meeting Practice. This recording will be made available on Council’s website.

 

Disclosures of Interest

There were no disclosures of interest made.

 

Public Forum

There were no registered speakers.

  

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS

COM049-20      Confirmation of the Minutes of the previous meeting held on 9 November 2020

(Report by Executive Services Officer)

RECOMMENDATION: Councillor Landsberry and Councillor Tegg

That the Minutes of the Community and Culture Committee Meeting held on 9 November 2020 be confirmed.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

  

COMMITTEE REPORTS

COM050-20      COVID-19 Georges River Library Debt Recovery and Management Plan

(Report by Manager Library Services)

RECOMMENDATION: Councillor Payor and Councillor Tegg

(a)    That Council notes the unrecoverable accumulated debt of library fines from the former  Hurstville City Council library management system of $310,863, and the former Kogarah City Council library management system of $221,098 and unidentified charges from both former Councils of $5,759.

(b)    That Council notes the actions taken by Council officers to recover the accumulated charges, as outlined in this report.

(c)    That Council approves the clearing from the library management system of the unrecoverable library debt from the former Hurstville and Kogarah Councils to the amount of $537,694 in accordance with the recommendations from the Georges River Council Debt Management and Recovery Audit 2019-2020.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 

COM051-20      Food Delivery Cyclists - Safety Campaign

(Report by Road Safety Officer)

Recommendation: Councillor Konjarski and Councillor Landsberry

(a)    That Council writes to SafeWork NSW to advocate for access to Work Cover, as well as the provision of formalised training to support food delivery drivers in NSW;

(b)    That Council include a Food Delivery Bicycle Rider’s Safety campaign in the 2021/22 annual Road Safety Action Plan;

(c)    That Council partner with Transport for NSW to promote the ‘Go Together’ campaign to educate the local community on road safety rules to better protect bicycle riders and pedestrians.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 

COM052-20      Potential Multi-Purpose Community Hub in Riverwood/Peakhurst Park and Demolition of Scout Hall

(Report by Community Property Officer)

RECOMMENDATION: Councillor Konjarski and Councillor Tegg

(a)    That Council receive and note the condition assessment report for 7A Hedley Street Riverwood;

(b)    That, following surrender of the lease of 7A Hedley Street, Riverwood from Scouts Australia NSW, Council delegate to the General Manager the authority to take any necessary steps (including demolition of the building) to ensure that public safety is maintained at the site;

(c)    That Council seek grant funding opportunities for the future planning and development of 7A Hedley Street, Riverwood as a multi-purpose community hub designed to fulfil the future needs of the community.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 

COM053-20      Place Name Proposals for Beverly Hills, Penshurst and Hurstville

(Report by Coordinator, Library Operations)

Recommendation: Councillor Tegg and Councillor Konjarski

(a)    That the following names are submitted to the NSW Geographical Names Board for gazettal:

i.      Assign the name “Annie Twiss Reserve” to the currently unnamed reserve located between Gloucester Road to Illawarra Parade, informally known as “Gloucester Road Reserve No. 3”.

ii.      Assign the name “Alan Jock Marshall Reserve” to the currently unnamed reserve located between Gloucester Road and Cahill Street, informally known as “Gloucester Road Reserve No. 2”.

iii.     Assign the name “Rainbow Lorikeet Reserve” to the currently unnamed reserve located alongside Gloucester Road from the corner of Stoney Creek Road, informally known as “Gloucester Road Reserve No. 4”.

iv.     Assign the name “Dumbleton Lane” to the unnamed road between Edgbaston Road and Stoney Creek Road (running parallel to King Georges Road).

v.     Assign the name “McCready Lane” to the unnamed road between Edgbaston Road and Stoney Creek Road (running parallel to Melvin Street).

vi.     Assign the name “Rudduck Lane” to the unnamed road between Melvin Street and King Georges Road.

vii.    Assign the name “Kintail Street” to the eastern section of Princes Street between Grove Avenue and Laycock Road in Mortdale.

(b)    That following the Geographical Names Board gazettal of the names, the outcome is reported on Council’s website.

(c)    Council rescind its previous endorsement of the “Warwick Reserve” proposal to name the currently unnamed reserve located on the corner of Gloucester Road and Warwick Street, informally known as “Gloucester Road Reserve No. 5”.

(d)    That the following name is endorsed by Council and placed on public exhibition in accordance with the Georges River Place Naming Policy:

i.      Assign the name “Meryl Burton Reserve” to the currently unnamed reserve located on the corner of Gloucester Road and Warwick Street, informally known as “Gloucester Road Reserve No. 5”.   

(e)    That following community feedback to prioritise Aboriginal place names, Council consult with the Georges River Aboriginal Reference Group and the Local Aboriginal Land Councils to determine appropriate names for future naming opportunities.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 

COM054-20      Hurstville Revitalisation Project - Final Concept and Detailed Designs

(Report by Senior Project Officer)

Recommendation: Councillor Tegg and Councillor Konjarski

(a)    That Council endorse the four final concept designs attached to this report for the Hurstville Revitalisation Project.

(b)    That Council endorse the detailed designs for Palm Court and MacMahon Courtyard to enable, upon receipt of adequate grant funding, construction to proceed.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

 

 

COM055-20      Council Service Impact During the COVID-19 Pandemic

(Report by Director City Strategy and Innovation)

Recommendation: Councillor Landsberry and Councillor Konjarski

That Council receive and note the impact on Council services due to the COVID-19 pandemic and acknowledges the work, resilience and commitment of the staff during this period to continue to provide services in the rapidly changing and uncertain environment.

Record of Voting:

For the Motion: Unanimous

   

CONCLUSION

The Meeting was closed at 6.27pm

 

UNCONFIRMED

Chairperson

 

 

  


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COMMITTEE REPORTS

Item:                COM002-21  St George Local Business Awards 2021 Sponsorship 

Author:            Acting Coordinator Events and Sponsorship

Directorate:     Community and Culture

Matter Type:    Committee Reports

 

 

 

Recommendation:

That Council approve the allocation of $10,000 towards the 2021 St George Local Business Awards from the 2020/21 budget for the sponsorship of community-run events.

 

Executive Summary

1.     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 assessed using the Policy’s Funding Determination Model and recommendations are made.

Background

2.     At the 24 February 2020 meeting, Council resolved to provide sponsorship of the 2020 St George Local Business Awards to the value of $10,000 (CCL010-20).

3.     Council has provided sponsorship support for the St George Local Business Awards for over 10 years.

4.     Council received correspondence from Precedent Productions requesting that Council become a major sponsor for the 2021 St George Local Business Awards, valued at $10,000. The presentation night will be held Wednesday 5 May 2021. The venue is yet to be confirmed.

5.     In accordance with the Grants, Donations and Sponsorship Policy, Council’s Sponsorship Specialist, along with representatives from the Communications and City Strategy and Innovation team carried out a review of the major sponsorship benefits. In light of the financial climate and to continue to support local businesses and the annual business awards it is recommended that Council continue the partnership as a major sponsor, valued at $10,000.

Financial Implications     

6.     The original annual budget for sponsorship of community-run events was $107,000. Council at its meeting on 24 August 2020 resolved to reallocate $53,500 of this budget towards the COVID-19 Safe Community Event Program. As a result, the revised annual budget for sponsorship of community-run events is $53,500 (CCL044-20). Following previous resolutions of Council, the remaining balance of the budget stands at $50,513.

7.     Should Council resolve to proceed with the sponsorship recommendation, $10,000 will be funded within the 2020/21 budget allocation for sponsorship of community-run events.

 

 

 

Risk Implications

8.     The event recommended for approval satisfies the criteria stated in the Events Strategy and the Grants, Donations and Sponsorship Policy.

9.     The event recommended for approval will follow the NSW Public Health Order legislation and Council will ensure Precedent Productions will implement a COVID-19 Safety Plan.

Community Engagement

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

File Reference

D21/12022

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Donations, Sponsorship and Grants Register 2020- 2021

 


Georges River Council -            Community and Culture - Monday, 8 February 2021

COM002-21            St George Local Business Awards 2021 Sponsorship

[Appendix 1]           Donations, Sponsorship and Grants Register 2020- 2021

 

 

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Item:                COM003-21  Community Property Report 1 October 2020 to 31 December 2020 

Author:            Coordinator, Programming and Operations

Directorate:     Community and Culture

Matter Type:    Committee Reports

 

 

 

Recommendation:

That Council receives and notes the Community Property Report for the period 1 October 2020 to 31 December 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 October 1 July 2020 to 31 December 2020.

 

Background

2.     Council manages a portfolio of 59 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 24 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, 12 properties are in the process of lease renewals and completions and there is one (1) vacancy.

5.     Of the 24 hireable community spaces within sporting amenities buildings, 15 of Council’s community/sporting amenities blocks are on existing licences, six (6) are in the process of negotiating a licence agreement, three (3) are prioritised for future action, and there is one (1) vacancy.

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)

Notes

 

Scouts and

Girl Guides

9

0

$66

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

Current subsidy of $46,570.00 based on available market rental.

 

Total:

 

 

$66

 

Community Centres

6

0

 

 

1. 

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

$0

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

2. 

Kingsgrove Community Aid
30 Morgan Street, Kingsgrove

$0

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

 

3. 

Kogarah Community Services
49 English Street, Kogarah

$7,800

Lease renewal in progress. Rental subsidy to be applied in accordance with Community Lease Policy.

Current rental subsidy of $23,400 based on market rental.

 

4. 

Riverwood Community Centre,
31 Thurlow Street, Riverwood

$479

Variation to Lease registered 18 November 2020. Rental subsidy to be applied in accordance with Community Lease Policy.

Current rental subsidy of $10,792 based on market rental.

5. 

3Bridges
Pole Depot,

Part 23 St Georges Road, Penshurst

$1

Nil income received due to subsidised rental in exchange for extensive capital investment by tenant.

Current market rent unavailable.

6. 

3Bridges – Senior Citizens

161 Hurstville Rd Oatley

$5,200

Current market rent unavailable.

 

Total:

 

 

$13,480

 

 

 

Community Sports

5

0

 

 

7. 

Hurstville District Small Bore Rifle Club

100 Roberts Ave, Mortdale

$1

Nil income invoiced.

 

8. 

Connells Point Sailing Club

$493

Current market rent unavailable.

9. 

Blakehurst Men’s Bowling Club

$479

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

10.

Hurstville Oval

 

 

$2,000

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

Income received by Premium Facilities

11.

Olds Park Sports Club

 

 

$18,876

Rental subsidy to be applied in accordance with Community Lease Policy.

Current subsidy of $68,124 based on market rental.

 

Total:

 

 

$21,849

 

 

 

Misc. Others

10

1

 

 

12.

Mens Shed

25 Cook St Mortdale

$479

Rental subsidy of $34,521 applied as per Council resolution and Community Lease Policy.

 

13.

Carss Cottage

80 Carwar Avenue, Carss Park

$45

Current market rent unavailable.

14.

Narwee Pre-School / Kindergarten

5 Bryant Street, Narwee

 $14,625

Lease renewal approved by Council 27 July 2020; lease agreement in progress.

Proposed subsidy of $131,625 on finalisation of lease agreement.

15.

Radio 2NBC

Level 1, 84 Railway Pde, Kogarah

$1

Nil income invoiced. Rental subsidy of $50,000 applied as per Council resolution dated 4 November 2015.

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

Current market rent unavailable.

18.

10 Bowns Rd, Kogarah (upstairs rooms)

$0

Licence to be negotiated in accordance with Community Lease Policy.

Current market rent unavailable.

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

Current market rent unavailable.

 

Total:

 

 

$17,550

 

 

Baby Health Centres

5

0

$1,000

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

 

Total:

 

 

$1,000

 

 

 

Sport amenities

24

(within 17 amenities blocks)

1

$779

Olds Park store room (netball) vacant.

Riverwood Park - Public amenities building store room vacant – Short term tenancy in place with Medlab Pathology until 1 February 2021 for storage for drive through COVID-19 Testing Clinic. Income of $779 received.

Licenses are currently being negotiated for remaining 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.

SGFA Head Licence

Various Amenities Blocks

 

 

$5,824

Head Licence covers 12 x amenities blocks to be sub-licenced to community football clubs.

Rental subsidy of $32,145 applied in accordance with Community Lease Policy.

23.

Hurstville All Breeds Dog Training Club

Lower Gannons Park amenities block

 

 

$479

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

24.

Connells Point Netball Club

Poulton Park – eastern amenities block

$479

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

25.

St George District Cricket Club

Harold Fraser Oval

 

 

$479

Rental subsidy of $2,211 applied in accordance with Community Lease Policy.

 

Total

 

 

$8,040

 

 

Financial Implications

7.     Council’s Community Property portfolio receives a total annual income of $61,985 (excluding GST).

8.     Council’s Community Property portfolio applies annual rental subsidies of $616,531 (excluding GST) based on available market rental.

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

 

Risk Implications

10.     No risks identified.

Community Engagement

11.   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

D21/13874

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Community Property Listing

 


Georges River Council -            Community and Culture - Monday, 8 February 2021

COM003-21            Community Property Report 1 October 2020 to 31 December 2020

[Appendix 1]           Community Property Listing

 

 

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Item:                COM004-21  Economic Development Strategy (2018-2022) Mid-Term Review 

Author:            Senior Project Officer

Directorate:     City Strategy and Innovation

Matter Type:    Committee Reports

 

 

 

Recommendation:

a)  That the report be received and noted. 

b)  That Council endorse the Economic Development Strategy – Business First Amendment as attached to this report.

 

 

Executive Summary

1.     The Georges River Economic Development Strategy was adopted by Council in December 2018.

2.     The Strategy:

· sets out the why and how to grow the local economy

· outlines the key characteristics, opportunities and challenges across the LGA

· provides meaningful themes, goals and actions; and

· supports employment and fosters business growth, innovation and resilience.

3.     Two years on, and mid-way through its implementation, it is appropriate to undertake a mid-term review in order to ascertain the progress made towards achieving the goals set as part of the delivery plan.

4.     In May 2020, Council adopted a $42 million Economic and Social Recovery Plan (ESRP) in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The ESRP is aligned to the Economic Development Strategy and became for focus for supporting and growing local businesses during the pandemic.

 

5.     This report responds to the Council resolution of 25 November 2019 that “Council undertake a mid-term review of the Economic Development Strategy 2018-2022 to include a Business First appendix as discussed in this report.”

 

6.     The report in November 2019, identified the following elements of the Business First Appendix.

To support, encourage and attract new investment and bolster high quality local jobs the Business First 2020 appendix will consider:

·     The introduction of a fast-track approval system for the establishment of small businesses and other opportunities to reduce red tape.

·     A city marketing and advocacy program and the development of strategic partnerships that will position Georges River as a leading council in Greater Sydney.

·     An attraction program targeting government investment in infrastructure and re-location of government jobs.

·     Focus on the City’s night time economy and how Council can support future activation.

 

Background

7.     The Georges River Economic Development Strategy (2018-2022) takes a place-based approach to setting out a plan for local economic development where Georges River Council enables and facilitates economic growth in a way that responds to and respects the character of the local government area’s centres.

8.     The Strategy’s vision is to deliver responsive and progressive places for investment, working and lifestyle. The delivery plan for the Strategy identifies three themes:

Theme 1: Building on local jobs for local people for a ‘local’ lifestyle

Theme 2: Attractive and healthy places to work, live and invest in – day and night

Theme 3: Growing a progressive, innovative, diverse and productive economy

9.     Goals, actions and outcomes have been identified under these themes and this report provides an update on the progress made to date and outlined in detail in the attached Business First Amendment.

10.   The Business First Amendment reveals Council is well on the way to achieving the outcomes specified in the Delivery Plan with highlights including:

a.  Employment Lands Study (December 2018)

b.  Community Centres Strategy – Part 1 Centres Analysis (February 2020)

c.  Community Centres Strategy – Part 2 Master planning of Beverly Hills and Mortdale local centres (current)

d.  Local Housing Strategy and Inclusive Housing Strategy (August 2020)

e.  Night Time Economy Strategy (public exhibition completed 30th January 2021)

f.   Digital community www.georgesriverbusiness.com.au launched in July 2020 as an online portal for local businesses, allowing them to connect with each other and their marketplace.

11.   Additionally, adoption of the ESRP resulted in a number of initiatives that were complementary to the Economic Development Strategy, including:

a.  A Buy Local initiative

b.  Public domain improvements through Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s Streets as Shared Spaces grant (Kogarah and Hurstville)

c.  Mentoring program for local businesses

d.  Business grants program as part of COVID-19 recovery

e.  Council implementing faster payments for local suppliers

f.   Assessment of commercial tenants for rent/licence waiver, deferral or refund

g.  72 food businesses in the LGA promoted on Council’s website

h.  Restaurants previously with no consent for delivery/takeaway allowed, with relaxation of parking enforcement to allow for restaurant takeaway

i.   Establishment of the Expert Recovery Panel, to assist in the promotion of and advocacy for Georges River

j.   Council resolution to prepare an advocacy strategy

12.   Monitoring of the Economic Development Strategy will continue, with the next review scheduled at the end of its tenure.

 

 

 


 

Financial Implications

13.   No budget impact for this report.

The development to the Economic and Social Recovery Plan in response to COVID-19 saw the allocation of $47 million invested into the LGA as a stimulus and support for our community and business. A portion of this funding was allocated to economic development and business support initiatives.

14.   Council’s ongoing commitment to the delivery of the economic development strategy has seen budget allocations across the organisation such as;

·     Development of the Night Time Economy Study

·     Development of a City Marketing Plan

·     Development of the Kogarah Investment Prospectus

·     Employment Lands study adopted by Council February 2020

·     Accelerated Assessment Program

·     Commercial Centres Strategy development

·     Local Housing Strategy and Inclusive Housing Strategy were endorsed by Council in August 2020

·     Continued sourcing of grant funding to implement projects associated with public domain improvements including Councils successful application for the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment Streets as Shared Spaces program totalling funding of $465,000

·     Development of Master Plan processes continuing for centres

·     Implementation of the Open Space, Recreation and Community Facilities Strategy (2019-2036) prioritising short and medium term capital works across key centres

·     Continued implementation of the Hurstville Place strategy and progression of the Hurstville Revitalisation project

·     Business support and initiatives including the development and launch of www.georgesriverbusiness.com.au and the Business mentoring program

·     Amended events program in response to COVID to stimulate activity in centres

·     Deep cleansing programs for the key centres

 

Risk Implications

15.   No risks identified.

 

Community Engagement

16.   Community engagement Community engagement was not required for the purpose of this report. Council has convened a Leadership Group and Expert Recovery Panel comprising leaders in the below broad areas to advise council in the recovery of the local government area from the economic shock suffered due to the COVID-19 pandemic:

·     Economic development and growth

·     City Planning and place making

·     Health and Medical Research

·     Arts and culture

·     Tourism

·     Education

·     Entertainment, retail and hospitality

·     Infrastructure planning and delivery

·     Smart cities and innovation

·     Local business community

·     In addition, the Kogarah Collaboration Area governance group comprising Council, the Greater Sydney Commission, Bayside Council and key state government stakeholders are actively working towards increasing economic development opportunities in Kogarah.

·     Local businesses were engaged and invited to apply for grant funding under the Georges River Council Recovery Grants program which launched in August 2020. Council’s business database, Georges River Business, launched in July 2020, is a platform for Council to engage with businesses around opportunities and events such as the Springboard Program and mentoring program run by the St George Business Chamber. Since its launch, Georges River Business has had fastest uptake in business registrations out of any council currently using the platform. Council continues our ongoing relationship with the St George Business Chamber to engage and support local business.

 

 

File Reference

D21/19128

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Business First 2020 Update

 


Georges River Council -            Community and Culture - Monday, 8 February 2021

COM004-21            Economic Development Strategy (2018-2022) Mid-Term Review

[Appendix 1]           Business First 2020 Update

 

 

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