HURSTVILLE CITY COUNCIL
CIVIC CENTRE, MACMAHON STREET, HURSTVILLE.
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SUMMARY OF ITEMS TO BE ADDRESSED AT
THE SERVICE DELIVERY CHILD CARE POLICY AND SENIOR CITIZENS POLICY MEETING
TO BE HELD ON 15TH NOVEMBER, 2006


Summary:


Item No: SD170 - 06 MINUTES OF THE HURSTVILLE TRAFFIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETINGItem No: SD170.01 - 06 MULGA ROAD, OATLEY - TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR CONCRETE WORKSItem No: SD170.02 - 06 MULGA ROAD, OATLEY - WORKS ZONE Item No: SD170.03 - 06 105 FOREST ROAD, HURSTVILLE - PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO DCP 4 (HURSTVILLE TOWN CENTRE)RESIDENTIAL / COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT Item No: SD170.04 - 06 INTERSECTION OF QUEENS ROAD & DORA STREET, HURSTVILLE - TRAFFIC SIGNALS Item No: SD170.05 - 06 BANNERMAN STREET, MORTDALE - REQUEST FOR TEMPORARY ROAD CLSOURE TO FACILITATE CHRISTMAS STREET PARTY Item No: SD170.06 - 06 RIVERWOOD SUB-BRANCH – AUSTRALIAN LEGION OF EX-SERVICEMAN & WOMENREMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICE – LITTLETON STREET, RIVERWOODSATURDAY 11TH NOVEMBER 2006 Item No: SD170.07 - 06 811-813 FOREST ROAD, PEAKHURST - REQUEST TO RELOCATE EXISTING BUS ZONEItem No: SD170.08 - 06 MASHMAN LANE, KINGSGROVE - REQUEST FOR LOADING ZONEItem No: SD170.09 - 06 INTERSECTION OF BOUNDARY ROAD & STATION STREET, MORTDALE - REQUEST FOR GIVE WAY SIGNAGE & LINEMARKING Item No: SD170.10 - 06 179-181 FOREST ROAD, HURSTVILLE - REQUEST FOR LOADING ZONEItem No: SD170.11 - 06 PATERSON AVENUE, KINGSGROVE - REQUEST FOR DESIGNATED DISABLED PARKING SPACES Item No: SD170.12 - 06 INTERSECTION OF MULGA ROAD & MYALL STREET, OATLEY - REQUEST FOR PARKING RESTRICTIONS Item No: SD170.13 - 06 148 BELMORE ROAD, RIVERWOOD - REQUEST FOR PARKING RESTRICTIONS FOR REAR LANEWAYItem No: SD170.14 - 06 MACMAHON STREET, HURSTVILLE - REQUEST FOR LOADING ZONE Item No: SD170.15 - 06 PITT STREET, MORTDALE - REQUEST FOR RESIDENT PARKING SCHEME Item No: SD170.16 - 06 YARRAN ROAD, OATLEY - REQUEST FOR "NO STOPPING" RESTRICTIONS Item No: SD170.17 - 06 LAWRENCE STREET, PEAKHURST - REQUEST FOR PARKING RESTRICTIONS Item No: SD170.18 - 06 NEXT HURSTVILLE TRAFFIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETINGItem No: SD170.19 - 06 DA205/06 – 20 AUSTRAL STREET, PENSHURST - PROPOSED CHILD CARE CENTREItem No: SD170.20 - 06 DA372/06 – 977 FOREST ROAD, LUGARNO - PROPOSED ALTERATIONS & ADDITIONS TO CHURCH Item No: SD170.21 - 06 DA483/06 – 24 OGILVY STREET, PEAKHURST - PROPOSED CHILD CARE CENTRE Item No: SD170.22 - 06 DA354/06 – 47 ISAAC STREET, PEAKHURST - PROPOSED CHILD CARE CENTRE Item No: SD170.23 - 06 DA464/06 – 22 TOORONGA TERRACE, BEVERLY HILLS - PROPOSED IGA SUPERMARKET Item No: SD171 - 06 QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE - Q46-06 BY COUNCILLOR J MORRIS RE: VANDALISM AT RIVERWOOD BOARDWALKItem No: SD172 - 06 QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE - Q47-06 BY COUNCILLOR J MORRIS RE: POSSIBLE HOMELESS PERSON IN RIVERWOOD PARKItem No: SD173 - 06 REMOVAL OF STREET TREE - 12 TRAFALGAR STREET, PEAKHURSTItem No: SD174 - 06 FESTIVAL OF ST GEORGE AT OLDS PARKItem No: SD175 - 06 CENTRE RUN BASKETBALL COMPETITION - HURSTVILLE AQUATIC LEISURE CENTREItem No: SD176 - 06 40KM/H SCHOOL SPEED ZONE ALERT SYSTEMSItem No: SD177 - 06 GREEN HANDS PROJECT - PLANTING WEEKEND IN BARRABAItem No: SD178 - 06 MINUTES OF COMMUNITY SAFETY COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON 10 OCTOBER 2006Item No: SD179 - 06 CLOSURE DATES FOR PENSHURST LONG DAY CARE CENTRE AND HURSTVILLE PRESCHOOL AND OCCASIONAL CHILD CARE CENTREItem No: SD180 - 06 LICENSING OF THE HURSTVILLE PRESCHOOL AND OCCASIONAL CHILD CARE CENTRE AND PENSHURST LONG DAY CARE CENTREItem No: SD181 - 06 DEVELOPMENT AND DISTRIBUTION OF INFORMATION ON STARTING SCHOOL RESOURCE KITSItem No: SD182 - 06 NOTIFICATION OF FUNDING RECEIVED FOR ST GEORGE ADVOCATES FOR CHILDREN INC. - PROJECTSItem No: SD183 - 06 APPLICATION FOR FUNDING UNDER THE NSW PRESCHOOL INVESTMENT AND REFORM PLANItem No: SD184 - 06 INFORMATION ON FAMILIES FIRST AND RELATED PROJECTS ROLLED OUT IN THE ST GEORGE AREAItem No: SD185 - 06 INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR PEOPLE WITH A DISABILITYItem No: SD186 - 06 HURSTVILLE YOUTH COUNCIL UPDATEItem No: SD187 - 06 MINUTES OF ETHNIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON 3 OCTOBER 2006Item No: SD188 - 06 OUTCOMES OF ABORIGINAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING HELD 9 OCTOBER 2006Item No: SD189 - 06 "SPYDUS" LIBRARY MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE IMPLEMENTATIONItem No: SD190 - 06 REQUEST FOR FREE USE OF THE ST GEORGE REGIONAL MUSEUM WORKSHOP AREA BY THE UNIVERSITY OF THE THIRD AGEItem No: SD191 - 06 MATTERS SUBMITTED FOR THE INFORMATION OF MEMBERSItem No: SD192 - 06 ESTABLISHMENT OF A RESIDENTIAL ELECTRONIC AND ELECTRIC WASTE COLLECTION WITH KOGARAH COUNCILItem No: SD193 - 06 WASTE PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT PAYMENTS


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Meeting No. 10 to be held on 15/11/2006







Meeting Date: 15/11/2006

SD170 - 06MINUTES OF THE HURSTVILLE TRAFFIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING

REPORT AUTHOR/S

Traffic Engineer, Mrs Michelle Whitehurst

FILE REFERENCE

06/178

REASON FOR REPORT

To seek Council approval for Traffic Committee Items.

DOES AN EXISTING POLICY COVER THIS MATTER?

No

IF "NO" - SHOULD A POLICY BE DEVELOPED?

No

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Nil

DOES THIS REPORT REFERENCE AN EARLIER REPORT? (If so, then indicate full report reference details)

No


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Please refer to the following individual traffic items from Traffic Committee meeting held on 2 November 2006.

RECOMMENDATION
THAT the information be received and noted.

REPORT DETAIL
The following is a list of Traffic Committee members present at the meeting held on 2 November 2006.

PRESENT:
Councillor V BadalatiHurstville City Council (Chair)
Councillor S GrekasHurstville City Council
Mr M LynchRepresentative for Mr Kevin Greene, MP
Member for Georges River
Sgt S StoneNSW Police Force
Mr L O’ConnorActing Director – Service Delivery
Mrs M WhitehurstTraffic Engineer
Mr N KhodrTraffic Engineering Officer
Mr K HindRTA
Mr G KellSt. George Cabs Co-operative Limited
APOLOGIES:
Councillor B GiegerlHurstville City Council
Mr V LampeActing General Manager
Ms. J PapadopoulosState Transit Authority
Mr. G TraversState Transit Authority
Mr. P De LucaPunchbowl Bus Company

CONFIRMATION OF THE MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON THURSDAY 5 OCTOBER 2006.

APPENDIX


COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION
THAT the information be received and noted.
(Moved Clr C Minns/Seconded Clr D Gillespie)
COUNCIL RESOLUTION
RESOLVED THAT the information be received and noted.
(Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)


Meeting Date: 15/11/2006

SD171 - 06QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE - Q46-06 BY COUNCILLOR J MORRIS RE: VANDALISM AT RIVERWOOD BOARDWALK

REPORT AUTHOR/S

Acting Director Service Delivery, Mr L O'Connor

FILE REFERENCE

06/1717

REASON FOR REPORT

Response to Councillor Morris' question re vandalism at Riverwood Boardwalk

DOES AN EXISTING POLICY COVER THIS MATTER?

No

IF "NO" - SHOULD A POLICY BE DEVELOPED?

No

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Nil

DOES THIS REPORT REFERENCE AN EARLIER REPORT? (If so, then indicate full report reference details)

No


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Response to Councillor Morris' question re vandalism at Riverwood Boardwalk.

RECOMMENDATION
THAT the information be received and noted.

REPORT DETAIL
The Acting Director Service Delivery advises that repairs have been carried out to Hurstville Council's section of the Boardwalk down to Riverwood, but there is a lot of additional vandalism on the Bankstown Council's side of the Boardwalk. We have written to Bankstown Council notifying them of the vandalism on their section of the Boardwalk and requesting that they take appropriate action.

APPENDIX


COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION
THAT the information be received and noted.
(Moved Clr D Gillespie/Seconded Clr C Minns)
COUNCIL RESOLUTION
RESOLVED THAT the information be received and noted.
(Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)


Meeting Date: 15/11/2006

SD172 - 06QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE - Q47-06 BY COUNCILLOR J MORRIS RE: POSSIBLE HOMELESS PERSON IN RIVERWOOD PARK

REPORT AUTHOR/S

Manager - Community Services, Mr D Linden

FILE REFERENCE

06/1719

REASON FOR REPORT

To provide a response to a Question Without Notice from Councillor Morris regarding a possible homeless person in Riverwood Park.

DOES AN EXISTING POLICY COVER THIS MATTER?

No

IF "NO" - SHOULD A POLICY BE DEVELOPED?

No

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Nil

DOES THIS REPORT REFERENCE AN EARLIER REPORT? (If so, then indicate full report reference details)

No


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
At the Council meeting held on 25 October 2006 Councillor Morris asked a question without notice regarding a possible homeless woman seen in Riverwood Park and asked if the Community Services staff could possibly refer her to the Riverwood Community Centre.

RECOMMENDATION
THAT the report be received and noted.

REPORT DETAIL
"Councillor Morris advised Council that a women has been seen spending a fair bit of time in Riverwood Park, who is possibly homeless and often distressed. Councillor Morris asked if Community Service Staff could keep an eye on her, and possibly refer her to the Riverwood Community Centre."

Councillor Morris asked if Community Services staff could keep an eye on a woman who is possibly homeless and had been seen spending time in Riverwood Park, and possibly refer her to the Riverwood Community Centre.

Upon investigation of the matter and after contacting the Riverwood Community Centre it was clear that the staff at the Centre were aware of the woman being in the park and had been endeavouring to make contact with her to offer assistance.

Inspection of the area did not readily disclose where the woman may be sleeping (if in fact she is sleeping there). It is also understood that she may be frequenting Peakhurst Park as well.

The Manager of the Riverwood Community Centre will continue to try to make contact with the woman to see what if any assistance she requires and to put her in contact with the relevant agencies. The Manager indicated that she will keep Council's Community Services staff informed of any development.

APPENDIX


COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION
THAT the report be received and noted.
(Moved Clr D Gillespie/Seconded Clr C Minns)
COUNCIL RESOLUTION
RESOLVED THAT the report be received and noted.
(Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)


Meeting Date: 15/11/2006

SD173 - 06REMOVAL OF STREET TREE - 12 TRAFALGAR STREET, PEAKHURST

REPORT AUTHOR/S

Manager - Parks & Recreation, Mr A Sharp

FILE REFERENCE

06/1517

REASON FOR REPORT

Provision of information regarding a recent request for the removal of the street tree outside No. 12 Trafalgar Street, Peakhurst

DOES AN EXISTING POLICY COVER THIS MATTER?

No

IF "NO" - SHOULD A POLICY BE DEVELOPED?

No

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Nil

DOES THIS REPORT REFERENCE AN EARLIER REPORT? (If so, then indicate full report reference details)

No


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
This report provides information regarding a recent request for the removal of the street tree outside No. 12 Trafalgar Street, Peakhurst.

RECOMMENDATION
THAT the matter be referred to Council for consideration.

REPORT DETAIL
On the 21st September this year, correspondence was received from the office of the Hon Morris Iemma, MP, on behalf of a constituent residing at 10 Trafalgar Street, Peakhurst. It relates to a request from that resident to remove the mature tree located on the footpath outside No 12 due to the amount of leaf litter dropped throughout the year. This leaf litter apparently blows into the property at No 10 and causes some inconvenience to the resident. Council’s Senior Tree Management Officer has since consulted with the residents of both No 10 and No 12 and examined the tree in question (Eucalyptus microcorys – Tallowwood) and at the time all were in agreement that the tree should be removed. The complainant and the Iemma office were subsequently advised of this.

This tree, along with many others in the street, are potentially very large trees and are planted not only under low voltage (415v) exposed electricity mains, but also under 11kV lines at a higher level. Given it is unlikely that the overhead electricity supply lines will be removed in the foreseeable future, this species of tree is not suitable for this type of location. If the trees remain, they will demand significant levels of ongoing maintenance to maintain the required clearances around the overhead wires. This fact was highlighted in the early 1990’s during the preparation of Council's Street Tree Management Plan, and in fact the trees along this street were recommended for long term removal. Whilst Council doesn’t have the resources to fulfil all the recommendations of the Street Tree Management Plan in the immediate future, this was seen as an opportunity to meet the needs of a resident and undertake some long planned work. However, several residents of Trafalgar Street have now expressed an objection to the proposed removal.

Correspondence has also now been received from the resident of No. 23, supporting a proactive approach from Council in the removal of these trees suggesting they are organising a petition supporting their removal. They sight various concerns including the possible presence of white ants, trees being too big and potentially dangerous in storms, and the insurance implications in the case of damage caused to private property from the trees.

The matter is hereby referred to Council for it’s consideration to determine the most appropriate course of action.

APPENDIX


COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION
THAT the decision be deferred for a site inspection by Ward and interested Councillors.
(Moved Clr C Minns/Seconded Clr D Gillespie)
COUNCIL RESOLUTION
RESOLVED THAT the tree not be removed.
(Moved Clr P Sansom/Seconded Clr C Hindi)


Meeting Date: 15/11/2006

SD174 - 06FESTIVAL OF ST GEORGE AT OLDS PARK

REPORT AUTHOR/S

Sport & Recreation Officer, Mrs A Horne

FILE REFERENCE

06/297

REASON FOR REPORT

The Lions Club of Hurstville are seeking permission and support from Council to hold their Annual Festival of St George at Olds Park on 29 April 2007

DOES AN EXISTING POLICY COVER THIS MATTER?

No

IF "NO" - SHOULD A POLICY BE DEVELOPED?

No

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Loss of income
$ 300.00 (incl GST) - booking fee
$1,340.80 (incl GST) - supply of materials

DOES THIS REPORT REFERENCE AN EARLIER REPORT? (If so, then indicate full report reference details)

No


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
The Lions Club of Hurstville are seeking permission and support from Council to hold their Annual Festival of St George at Olds Parks on 29 April 2007. They would also like the booking fee of $300.00 waived for this event.

RECOMMENDATION
1. THAT the Lions Club of Hurstville be permitted to use Olds Park Fields Numbers 1 and 2 only on Sunday, 29 April 2007 from 6am to 7pm to hold their Annual Festival of St George.

2. THAT the Lions Club of Hurstville forward details of the amusement devices to be erected and evidence that the amusement device is registered under the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation 2001, as well as a copy of the Amusement Operators contract of insurance/and or indemnity which Indemnifies Council of any liability this should be in the amount of not less then $10millon. This information needs to be received prior to the event.

3. THAT Council waive the standard booking fee of $300.00 to support the community event, and impose a refundable cleaning deposit of $1000.00 to ensure the park is left clean and tidy.

4. THAT the Lions Club of Hurstville supply Council with a copy of their contract of insurance/and or indemnity which Indemnifies Council of any liability, this should be in the amount of not less then $10millon.

5. THAT the Lions Club of Hurstville take full responsibility for the displaying and removal of the advertising banners. The banners will need to be erected on Monday, 16 April 2007 and removed on Monday, 30 April 2007.

6. THAT Council provide the Lions Club of Hurstville with all requested materials.

7. FURTHER THAT the provision of the requested materials and services be on the condition that Council receives appropriate recognition on all promotional material and advertising associated with the event and that the Lions Club is notified of this requirement.

REPORT DETAIL
The Lions Club of Hurstville is requesting permission and support from Council to hold their Annual Festival of St George at Olds Parks on 29 April 2007. They would also like the booking fee of $300.00 waived to aid in this community event.

The following is a letter received by Council on 7 November 2006 from Mr Anton Bregovic of The Lions Club of Hurstville:

Mr Bregovic from Hurstville Lions Club has further advised that they will require approximately 10 barricades, 30 witches hats and 4 port-a-loos. They will also have 10 amusement rides, these ranging from a Jumping Castle to a steam roller train.

St George Australian Football Club and St George Soccer Football Association have advised that Olds Park will be available for use on Sunday, 29 April 2007 from 6am to 7pm for Hurstville Lions Club to hold their annual Festival of St George.

St George Australian Football Club has further advised that the AFL Pavilion will be made available for Hurstville Lions Club to use on the day of the event.

The banner sites that are available for use two weeks prior to the event include:
· The Commonwealth Bank site on Forest Road, Hurstville
· Dora Street car park fence in Hurstville
· Penshurst Library fence in Penshurst and
· Woodville Lane site in Hurstville.
A tentative booking has been placed on these, pending approval from Council.

It is the responsibility of the applicant, being The Lions Club of Hurstville to ensure that the banner is erected securely and is removed by the specified date. These dates are as follows: Erect Banner – Monday, 16 April 2007 and Removed – Monday, 30 April 2007.

APPENDIX


COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION
1. THAT the Lions Club of Hurstville be permitted to use Olds Park Fields Numbers 1 and 2 only on Sunday, 29 April 2007 from 6am to 7pm to hold their Annual Festival of St George.

2. THAT the Lions Club of Hurstville forward details of the amusement devices to be erected and evidence that the amusement device is registered under the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation 2001, as well as a copy of the Amusement Operators contract of insurance/and or indemnity which Indemnifies Council of any liability this should be in the amount of not less then $10millon. This information needs to be received prior to the event.

3. THAT Council waive the standard booking fee of $300.00 to support the community event, and impose a refundable cleaning deposit of $1000.00 to ensure the park is left clean and tidy.

4. THAT the Lions Club of Hurstville supply Council with a copy of their contract of insurance/and or indemnity which Indemnifies Council of any liability, this should be in the amount of not less then $10millon.

5. THAT the Lions Club of Hurstville take full responsibility for the displaying and removal of the advertising banners. The banners will need to be erected on Monday, 16 April 2007 and removed on Monday, 30 April 2007.

6. THAT Council provide the Lions Club of Hurstville with all requested materials.

7. FURTHER THAT the provision of the requested materials and services be on the condition that Council receives appropriate recognition on all promotional material and advertising associated with the event and that the Lions Club is notified of this requirement.
(Moved Clr D Gillespie/Seconded Clr C Minns)
COUNCIL RESOLUTION
RESOLVED 1. THAT the Lions Club of Hurstville be permitted to use Olds Park Fields Numbers 1 and 2 only on Sunday, 29 April 2007 from 6am to 7pm to hold their Annual Festival of St George.

2. THAT the Lions Club of Hurstville forward details of the amusement devices to be erected and evidence that the amusement device is registered under the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation 2001, as well as a copy of the Amusement Operators contract of insurance/and or indemnity which Indemnifies Council of any liability this should be in the amount of not less then $10millon. This information needs to be received prior to the event.

3. THAT Council waive the standard booking fee of $300.00 to support the community event, and impose a refundable cleaning deposit of $1000.00 to ensure the park is left clean and tidy.

4. THAT the Lions Club of Hurstville supply Council with a copy of their contract of insurance/and or indemnity which Indemnifies Council of any liability, this should be in the amount of not less then $10millon.

5. THAT the Lions Club of Hurstville take full responsibility for the displaying and removal of the advertising banners. The banners will need to be erected on Monday, 16 April 2007 and removed on Monday, 30 April 2007.

6. THAT Council provide the Lions Club of Hurstville with all requested materials.

7. FURTHER THAT the provision of the requested materials and services be on the condition that Council receives appropriate recognition on all promotional material and advertising associated with the event and that the Lions Club is notified of this requirement.
(Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)


Meeting Date: 15/11/2006

SD175 - 06CENTRE RUN BASKETBALL COMPETITION - HURSTVILLE AQUATIC LEISURE CENTRE

REPORT AUTHOR/S

Manager - Parks & Recreation, Mr A Sharp

FILE REFERENCE

03/601-2

REASON FOR REPORT

Provision of information regarding the operations of Hurstville Aquatic Leisure Centre and the establishment of Centre Run Basketball Competition

DOES AN EXISTING POLICY COVER THIS MATTER?

No

IF "NO" - SHOULD A POLICY BE DEVELOPED?

No

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Increased revenue generation for the Centre

DOES THIS REPORT REFERENCE AN EARLIER REPORT? (If so, then indicate full report reference details)

No


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
This report provides information regarding operations of the Hurstville Aquatic Leisure Centre and the establishment of a Centre-Run Basketball Competition.

RECOMMENDATION
THAT Council endorse the establishment of the In-house Centre-Run Basketball Competition, commencing in 2007 as proposed by Centre Management and detailed in this report.

REPORT DETAIL
The Johnny Warren Sports Centre, attached to Hurstville Aquatic Leisure Centre, is a well used facility and provides for a wide array of sporting and leisure activities throughout the year. Use of the facility, under the management of LeisureCo Pty Ltd, is growing steadily as new programs are introduced and new sports accommodated.

Generally program changes at the Centre would be introduced and managed by LeisureCo with my assistance without Council notification, however on this occasion it is brought to Council’s attention prior to its introduction.

As part of next year’s program, commencing in January 2007, it is intended that a Centre-run Basketball Competition will be established. Currently, St George Basketball Association has a contract with Centre Management up until 31st December 2006, for use of the Sports Centre on Thursday evenings. Following expiry of the existing Contract, Centre Management will not be offering St George Basketball a new contract for 2007. Instead, a Centre-run competition on Thursday & Friday evenings will be established and will have the following advantages:· Increased revenue and participation - compared to that currently being derived from St George Basketball Association. The main focus of this in-house basketball competition at HALC is to inject new growth into a great and very popular sport. Over the past 18 months of the stadium’s operations, the basketball competition has been in decline, with less teams participating in this externally run competition. The association has done little advertising within the Centre or during “open days” to promote basketball and have undertaken very limited promotions within the surrounding schools to encourage participation in the sport. As a result, the Centre will take the initiative and move basketball forward locally, as they have already done with other sports such as Badminton, Table Tennis & Indoor Soccer.

· Inter-competition Membership - this allows all people currently playing in other competitions at the Centre to join the in-house competition without having to pay extra registration fees. Currently players pay to join the Centres competitions as well as paying to join externally run competitions, as the fees go to two separate parties. Under the proposed In-house competition, one Membership (Registration) payment gives players access to any competition run by the Centre.

· Full control of all basketball programs at the Centre - this will allow development of the competition and growth of participant numbers, similar to the recent growth in indoor soccer (currently 80 teams on Monday / Wednesday nights). Currently the Centre runs “Learn 2 Play” which is a program catering for players in the 5–15yrs age group, educating participants on the game of Basketball and the skills needed. The Centre also runs “3 on 3” Men’s Open Basketball promotional days to encourage casual users to participate in the Centres’ competition. In addition Holiday Clinics, which are smaller versions of “Learn 2 Play”, encourage participants to be active and introduce them to the sport. Each of these programs would act as feeders to the In-House Competition for all ages.

· Lower initial out-lay for players - as court fees and membership fees will be lower than what is currently being charged. Currently the players pay a higher rate to St George Basketball Association as part of that fee goes to their governing body (NSW Basketball). With an in-house competition there are no fees payable to another governing body. Whilst all levels of competition will be refereed by Referees with the same qualifications required by NSW Basketball, the Centre will operate independently. St George Basketball currently pays $405 per night which, based on one night’s use per week, equates to $1620 per month. It is anticipated that the proposed Centre-run competition, operating two nights per week, would draw around $1620 per month initially, rising to $8,640 by the 4th month. The centre-run Competition would run from 6pm through to 10pm across two courts.

Centre-Run Basketball Budget - (Initial 4 Month Period)
Income
Wk1-4
Wk5-8
Wk9-12
Wk13-16
TOTALS
Memberships

Match Fees
$1,260
6 Teams
$ 960
$1,260
12 Teams
$1,920
$1,260
18 Teams
$2,880
$1,260
24 Teams
$3,840
TOTAL:
$2,220
$3,180
$4,140
$5,100
$14,640
Expenses
Wk1-4
Wk5-8
Wk9-12
Wk13-16
Ref Payments
Court Fees
$ 240
$ 360
$ 480
$ 720
$ 720
$1,080
$ 960
$1,440
TOTAL:
$ 600
$1,200
$1,800
$2,400
$ 6,000
Net Income
$1,620
$1,980
$2,340
$2,700
$ 8,640

It is important that this proposal receives the support of the Council as I believe there is a strong possibility that St George Basketball may express their displeasure with such a decision by contacting not only the Council members but potentially the media.

APPENDIX


COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION
THAT Council endorse the establishment of the In-house Centre-Run Basketball Competition, commencing in 2007 as proposed by Centre Management and detailed in this report.
(Moved Clr D Gillespie/Seconded Clr C Minns)
COUNCIL RESOLUTION
RESOLVED THAT consideration of the matter be deferred pending consultation between the parties involved with the previous and proposed Basketball Competitions.
(Moved Clr P Sansom/Seconded Clr S McMahon)


Meeting Date: 15/11/2006

SD176 - 0640KM/H SCHOOL SPEED ZONE ALERT SYSTEMS

REPORT AUTHOR/S

Traffic Engineer, Mrs Michelle Whitehurst

FILE REFERENCE

04/3 & 03/1255

REASON FOR REPORT

To receive and note

DOES AN EXISTING POLICY COVER THIS MATTER?

No

IF "NO" - SHOULD A POLICY BE DEVELOPED?

No

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

N/A

DOES THIS REPORT REFERENCE AN EARLIER REPORT? (If so, then indicate full report reference details)

No.


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
In May 2006, the NSW Government announced a comprehensive road safety package for NSW schools. This package included new electronic school speed zone alert systems. As part of the Minister’s commitment to fast track 100 school sites, two (2) sites have been selected in the Hurstville Local Government Area for the installation of this new technology prior to December 2006.

RECOMMENDATION
THAT the report be received and noted.

REPORT DETAIL
The RTA has selected two (2) sites in the Hurstville Local Government Area to install the 40km/h School Speed Zone Alert Systems. These sites are:
Forest Road, Penshurst (outside Georges River College – Penshurst Girls High School Campus); and
King Georges Road, Beverly Hills (outside Beverly Hills Girls High School & Beverly Hills Public School)

These sites were selected by the RTA based on a hazard index applied to all schools across New South Wales. The index incorporated accident history of the site, exposure measures for child pedestrians and any improvements already implemented in the school environment.

It is anticipated that the installation of these School Speed Zone Alert Systems will occur between 6th & 8th November 2006.

APPENDIX


COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION
THAT the report be received and noted.
(Moved Clr C Minns/Seconded Clr D Gillespie)
COUNCIL RESOLUTION
RESOLVED THAT the report be received and noted.
(Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)


Meeting Date: 15/11/2006

SD177 - 06GREEN HANDS PROJECT - PLANTING WEEKEND IN BARRABA

REPORT AUTHOR/S

Environmental Officer, Ms J McInnes

FILE REFERENCE

03/332-3

REASON FOR REPORT

To inform Council about the recent planting as part of the Green Hands Project.

DOES AN EXISTING POLICY COVER THIS MATTER?

No

IF "NO" - SHOULD A POLICY BE DEVELOPED?

No

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Travel expenses funded from Green Hands Budget Program Number 5511

DOES THIS REPORT REFERENCE AN EARLIER REPORT? (If so, then indicate full report reference details)

Yes - "Green Hands Program - Planting Weekend 14-15 October 2006" - Meeting of 20 September 2006


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
This report updates Council on the events and outcomes of the final planting weekend under the Environmental Trust funding for the Green Hands program, and recommends that those involved in the weekend be thanked for their participation.

RECOMMENDATION
THAT the information be received and noted.

THAT Mr Brian Sheedy of Tamworth Regional Council be thanked for organising a successful planting weekend.

THAT a copy of this report be forwarded to Tamworth Regional Council for information.

THAT letter of thanks be sent to members of the Hurstville Green Hands in appreciation of their time and contributions to the project.

FURTHER THAT the final project report for the Environmental Trust be prepared and finalised by 31 December 2006.

REPORT DETAIL
As you would be aware, the extended timeframe for the Environmental Trust funding of the Green Hands project concludes and the end of the calendar year. As such, the final stage of community planting for the Green Hands project was held in Barraba over the weekend of 14-15 October.

Members of Hurstville Council staff, and community volunteers took the opportunity to travel to Barraba to participate in the planting. Along with Tamworth Council representatives and a few associated volunteers, approximately eleven hundred (1100) trees were planted at Glenriddle Reserve, on the northern side of Split Rock Dam, in very hot and dry conditions. The holes were thankfully already prepared, and water crystals and a fertiliser tablet placed in each one. The species planted were a mixture of Eucalypts, Casuarinas and Paperbarks, local to the area and suitable for the growing conditions.

The weekend was expertly organised by Brian Sheedy, Senior Horticultural and Recreation Officer for Tamworth Regional Council. Brian not only took care of all the site preparations and operations on the day, but also made sure all the volunteers were very well catered for and that there were plenty of fluids available throughout the day to prevent anyone dehydrating. Brian also organised a water cart to distribute 1200 litres of much needed water to the new plants on the day, and John Way, a Hurstville Bushcare volunteer, had the most enviable job on the day of looking after the watering. Follow up watering was also to be arranged during the subsequent weeks, and Brian advises that small amounts of rain have fallen since the planting.

Unfortunately local volunteer turn out was disappointing despite print and radio publicity prior to the weekend. However, welcome contribution was received by two volunteers from Queensland who had been camping and bird watching at the reserve, and who stayed an extra day to help out after hearing about the planting on the radio.

On Sunday 15 October, a smaller planting session was undertaken at Cherry Street Park in Barraba township, adjoining the Manilla River which was at a very low level and flow. One hundred (100) trees were planted and staked by the Hurstville team in just over an hour using techniques learned and streamlined on the previous day. Again, the plants were watered in immediately and were promised more direct watering in following weeks to help them establish.

Before heading back to Sydney, the group of Hurstville volunteers took the time to inspect the status of previous Green Hands plantings. The volunteers were shown the Governor General’s tree and plaque, adjacent to the dam wall, to commemorate the project launch in 2001. It was pleasing to see the tree is now well established and has put on significant growth since the group last visited in April 2005.

Similarly, the plantings undertaken in 2003 at Split Rock Dam have also now established themselves. On our last visit it appeared that only a small number had survived the tough conditions. However, with improved rainfall since then the surviving trees have been able to increase their height and are now visible over the long grass surrounding them. In time, and with some ongoing rainfall (as these trees were planted without the benefit of water crystals), most of these trees should go on to establish an effective upper storey as originally envisaged.

Members of the group who were involved in the Manilla riverbank planting over the Anzac weekend last year (Julie McInnes, Heather Stolle and Sue Atkinson) were very pleased to revisit this site as it looks transformed. Although plants directly on the riverbank (Namoi River) were obscured by overgrowth of weedy fennel plants, most of the other plants had taken very well and increased in height and girth, including the clumps of trees planted on the barren hillside. They appear to have suffered very little vandalism and in time will provide much needed canopy for shade and fauna habitat.

The visit also offered the Hurstville visitors the opportunity to witness first hand the effects and ongoing hardships created by the drought conditions, something that in the urban area we are still comparatively detached from. The volunteers returned safely to Sydney late on Sunday evening, tired but satisfied with their contribution and experiences.

Photos from the various planting sites have been stored electronically in the Green Hands file for viewing through TRIM.

APPENDIX


COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION
THAT the information be received and noted.

THAT Mr Brian Sheedy of Tamworth Regional Council be thanked for organising a successful planting weekend.

THAT a copy of this report be forwarded to Tamworth Regional Council for information.

THAT letter of thanks be sent to members of the Hurstville Green Hands in appreciation of their time and contributions to the project.

FURTHER THAT the final project report for the Environmental Trust be prepared and finalised by 31 December 2006.
(Moved Clr C Minns/Seconded Clr D Gillespie)
COUNCIL RESOLUTION
RESOLVED THAT the information be received and noted.

THAT Mr Brian Sheedy of Tamworth Regional Council be thanked for organising a successful planting weekend.

THAT a copy of this report be forwarded to Tamworth Regional Council for information.

THAT letter of thanks be sent to members of the Hurstville Green Hands in appreciation of their time and contributions to the project.

FURTHER, THAT the final project report for the Environmental Trust be prepared and finalised by 31 December 2006.
(Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)


Meeting Date: 15/11/2006

SD178 - 06MINUTES OF COMMUNITY SAFETY COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON 10 OCTOBER 2006

REPORT AUTHOR/S

Manager - Community Services, Mr D Linden

FILE REFERENCE

04/1462

REASON FOR REPORT

For the information of Councillors

DOES AN EXISTING POLICY COVER THIS MATTER?

No

IF "NO" - SHOULD A POLICY BE DEVELOPED?

No

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Nil

DOES THIS REPORT REFERENCE AN EARLIER REPORT? (If so, then indicate full report reference details)

No


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Minutes of the Community Safety Committee meeting held on 10 October 2006 are submitted for the information of Councillors.

RECOMMENDATION
THAT the report be received and noted.

REPORT DETAIL

The minutes of the meeting of the Community Safety Committee held on 10 October 2006 are outlined below.

There were two items of interest arising from the Minutes, namely Item 6.1 the proposed alcohol free zone in Belmore Rd Riverwood, which has already been the subject of a report to the Council meeting held on 25 October 2006; and Item 6.2 in relation to the recent assault in Oatley Park where the recommendations of the safety audit included the provision of a safety fence around the playground area. This will be the subject of a budget bid for the 2007-08 draft budget.

MINUTES OF THE HURSTVILLE COMMUNITY SAFETY COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON TUESDAY, 10 OCOBER 2006 AT 6.00 PM


PRESENT

Councillors:

Clr C Minns (Chair)
Clr S Grekas

Council Staff:

Victor Lampe, Director Service Delivery
David Linden, Manager Community Services

Community Representatives:

Gay Gunning, Garry Hills, Insp Matt Hunt, Lee Jones, Carl Ku, Adrian Manson, Jan Magrath, Supt Adam Purcell, Snr Sgt Rick Simpson, Chief Inspector Jan Stirling and Gary White

1. APOLOGIES

Henry Alwert, Jennifer Burrell, Wayne Challino, Ian Todd and Ros Trussler

2. CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES OF MEETING HELD ON 18 AUGUST 2006

The Minutes of the meeting held on 18 August 2006 were confirmed.

3. MATTERS ARISING FROM MINUTES

3.1 Hurstville Liquor Accord

David Linden advised that the next meeting of the Liquor Accord was to be held on 11 October and it was expected that further discussions would be held on whether or not a formal Accord is necessary at this time. Supt Purcell indicated that a softly softly approach to the formation of the Accord was probably an appropriate approach under the circumstances.

3.2 Barratt St Toilets

3.3 Youth Protocols

David Linden advised that a further workshop was to be held at the Beverly Hills Girls High School on 27 October as part of a police crime prevention day being held at the school.

4. CRIME OVERVIEW AND UPDATE ON HOTSPOTS 5. COMMUNITY SAFETY PLAN STRATEGIES
6. GENERAL BUSINESS

6.1 Proposed Alcohol Free Zone – Belmore Rd Riverwood
6.2 Assault incident at Oatley Park6.3 Future meeting times of Committee
7. Members Forum

8. NEXT MEETING DATE: Tuesday 5 December 2006
TIME: 6.00 pm
VENUE: Council Meeting Rooms

APPENDIX


COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION
THAT the report be received and noted.
(Moved Clr C Minns/Seconded Clr D Gillespie)
COUNCIL RESOLUTION
RESOLVED THAT the report be received and noted.
(Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)


Meeting Date: 15/11/2006

SD179 - 06CLOSURE DATES FOR PENSHURST LONG DAY CARE CENTRE AND HURSTVILLE PRESCHOOL AND OCCASIONAL CHILD CARE CENTRE

REPORT AUTHOR/S

Children's Services Coordinator, Ms J Ribarovski

FILE REFERENCE

04/2077

REASON FOR REPORT

To inform Council of the proposed closure dates for Council's child care services

DOES AN EXISTING POLICY COVER THIS MATTER?

No

IF "NO" - SHOULD A POLICY BE DEVELOPED?

No

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Nil

DOES THIS REPORT REFERENCE AN EARLIER REPORT? (If so, then indicate full report reference details)

No


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Council is advised of the following closure dates for Council’s child care services over the Christmas holiday period. Councillors would be aware that these services do have a close down period over the Christmas break.

RECOMMENDATION
THAT the information be received and noted

REPORT DETAIL

Penshurst Long Day Care Centre

The last day for children to attend the Centre will be Thursday, 21st December 2006; with the last day for staff being Friday, 22nd December 2006. The centre will reopen on Monday, 15th January 2007; with the first day for children being Tuesday, 16th January, 2007.

Hurstville Preschool and Occasional Child Care Centre

The last day for children to attend the centre will be Thursday, 21st December 2006; with the last day for staff being Friday, 22nd December 2006. The centre will reopen on Tuesday, 16th January 2007; with the first day for children being Wednesday, 16th January, 2007.

Closure dates for both services will be widely advertised.

APPENDIX


COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION
THAT the information be received and noted

(Moved Clr D Gillespie/Seconded Clr C Minns)
COUNCIL RESOLUTION
RESOLVED THAT the information be received and noted.
(Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)


Meeting Date: 15/11/2006

SD180 - 06LICENSING OF THE HURSTVILLE PRESCHOOL AND OCCASIONAL CHILD CARE CENTRE AND PENSHURST LONG DAY CARE CENTRE

REPORT AUTHOR/S

Children's Services Coordinator, Ms J Ribarovski

FILE REFERENCE

06/751 & 06/752

REASON FOR REPORT

To advise Council of the successful relicensing of Hurstville Preschool and Occasional Child Care Centre and Penshurst Long Day Care Centre

DOES AN EXISTING POLICY COVER THIS MATTER?

No

IF "NO" - SHOULD A POLICY BE DEVELOPED?

No

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Nil

DOES THIS REPORT REFERENCE AN EARLIER REPORT? (If so, then indicate full report reference details)

No


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Members of Council are advised that the Hurstville Preschool and Occasional Child Care Centre and Penshurst Long Day Care Centres have recently undergone successful relicensing by the NSW Department of Community Services (DoCS).

RECOMMENDATION
THAT the information be received and noted.

REPORT DETAIL

Councillors may be aware that the NSW Children’s Services Regulation (2004) outlines the minium compliance requirements for child care services in order to be licensed to operate by DoCS.

Licenses are granted to services which meet these requirements for a maximum period of three years. Services are required to apply to DoCS for their licence to be renewed and provide extensive documentation to support this application.

In addition, a licensing inspection visit from a DoCS Children’s Services Adviser (CSA) takes place in order to assess the service in a number of areas, including policies and procedures, physical environment and the quality of programs provided. Following these visits, the services were required to make some very minor changes which have been completed and reported on to DoCS.

The services have subsequently been issued with their new licences and will therefore be due to reapply for licensing in 2009. A DoCS CSA will make annual unannounced visits to the services during the current licence period for ongoing monitoring and compliance purposes.

APPENDIX


COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION
THAT the information be received and noted.

(Moved Clr D Gillespie/Seconded Clr C Minns)
COUNCIL RESOLUTION
RESOLVED THAT the information be received and noted.
(Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)


Meeting Date: 15/11/2006

SD181 - 06DEVELOPMENT AND DISTRIBUTION OF INFORMATION ON STARTING SCHOOL RESOURCE KITS

REPORT AUTHOR/S

Children's Services Coordinator, Ms J Ribarovski

FILE REFERENCE

06/86

REASON FOR REPORT

To advise Council of the development of A Transition to School Resource Kit and its distribution to children's and family services throughout the Hurstville area

DOES AN EXISTING POLICY COVER THIS MATTER?

No

IF "NO" - SHOULD A POLICY BE DEVELOPED?

No

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Funded by existing Community Services budget

DOES THIS REPORT REFERENCE AN EARLIER REPORT? (If so, then indicate full report reference details)

No


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
This report advises Council of the development and distribution of a kit of resources providing information on starting school for parents and families in the Hurstville local government area.

RECOMMENDATION
THAT the information be received and noted.

REPORT DETAIL
Earlier this year the Children’s Services Coordinator undertook some work in collaboration with a Families First Transition to School project officer to develop a resource kit providing information to families with children prior to school entry. The kit was produced to address an identified need by the Department of Community Services' Families First strategy to provide families with information relevant to starting school. The kit was developed for distribution across the South Eastern Sydney region, and was developed in collaboration with relevant councils.

In order to provide information that was useful to the diverse range of families in the Hurstville area, the kit was designed to include translated information reflecting the community’s languages. It also provides visual images and text that enhances access to a broader range of community members.

The final copies of the kit were delivered by the Children’s Services Coordinator and Secretary, Community Services, to all children’s services in the Hurstville area, including long day care centres, preschools, occasional care centres, out of school hours care services and playgroups. The kit was also delivered to all early childhood health centres, community health centres, family support services and libraries in the Hurstville area. It is anticipated that the availability of the resource kit to families who access these services will provide valuable information that will assist in making a positive transition to school. The kit also supports the early intervention goal of increasing the community’s capacity to access relevant and appropriate services.

APPENDIX


COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION
THAT the information be received and noted.

FURTHER THAT the Officers involved be congratuled on their efforts.
(Moved Clr C Minns/Seconded Clr D Gillespie)
COUNCIL RESOLUTION
RESOLVED THAT the information be received and noted.

FURTHER, THAT the Officers involved be congratuled on their efforts.
(Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)


Meeting Date: 15/11/2006

SD182 - 06NOTIFICATION OF FUNDING RECEIVED FOR ST GEORGE ADVOCATES FOR CHILDREN INC. - PROJECTS

REPORT AUTHOR/S

Children's Services Coordinator, Ms J Ribarovski

FILE REFERENCE

06/1091

REASON FOR REPORT

To advise Council of the receipt of grant funding under the State government's Families First strategy for the St George Advocates for Children (Inc.).

DOES AN EXISTING POLICY COVER THIS MATTER?

No

IF "NO" - SHOULD A POLICY BE DEVELOPED?

No

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

No

DOES THIS REPORT REFERENCE AN EARLIER REPORT? (If so, then indicate full report reference details)

No


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
This report is to advise Council of the successful receipt of $50,000 in grant funding under the Families First strategy for the St George Child & Family Interagency and the St George Information to Parents projects.

RECOMMENDATION
THAT the information be received and noted.

REPORT DETAIL

The St George Advocates for Children (Inc) have operated as a Children's Services Interagency in the St George region for over a decade. Hurstville City Council has always played a critical role in the interagency by convening and resourcing Advocates' meetings and work program. The Advocates have now received funding from Families First for a two year term to support and enhance the work of the St George Child and Family Interagency, with potential for that funding to be made recurrent.

Families First is the NSW Government’s prevention and early intervention strategy to help parents give their children a good start in life; and was introduced in 1998 as a response to international research showing that the way that we support families in the early years of life will have a lasting influence. The strategy embraces a partnership approach which involves all tiers of government and the community sector. As such, Families First have targeted the St George Advocates for Children (Inc.) as an established and effective model interagency to support through funding to enhance the strengthening of a service network that can respond to the needs of children and parents and link families to appropriate sources of support when they need it.

The St George Advocates have received funding of $80,000 over a two year period and have developed project specifications and key outcomes to achieve the project goals. The current Executive Committee, comprising members of local service providers and Council’s Children’s Services Coordinator, will be responsible for the administration and governance of the project. The funding will be used to meet the project outcomes, and in order to do this, a part- time facilitator will be employed to be based in Council's Community Services Section. The St George Advocates for Children (Inc.) Executive Committee have advertised for an 18 hour per week interagency facilitator to run this project.

The St George Advocates for Children (Inc.) were also successful in receiving a $10,000 one-off grant to implement the St George Information to Parents project. The aim of this project is to increase the access families have to local services through the provision of information in an appropriate and timely manner. This strategy would be implemented by and coordinated across the Child and Family Interagency Project and will allow for localised approaches. Particular consideration will be paid to the specific cultural and language needs of the Hurstville and broader St George community in the delivery of the project outcomes.

The Children’s Services Coordinator and Manager - Library & Community Services have played a significant role in the development and progression of these projects, and will continue to have input on the executive management committee overseeing the delivery of project outcomes. It is envisaged that both the Child and Family Interagency and the Information to Parents project will increase both the knowledge of and access to local services for the Hurstville and St George communities.

APPENDIX


COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION
THAT the information be received and noted.

(Moved Clr D Gillespie/Seconded Clr C Minns)
COUNCIL RESOLUTION
RESOLVED THAT the information be received and noted.
(Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)


Meeting Date: 15/11/2006

SD183 - 06APPLICATION FOR FUNDING UNDER THE NSW PRESCHOOL INVESTMENT AND REFORM PLAN

REPORT AUTHOR/S

Children's Services Coordinator, Ms J Ribarovski

FILE REFERENCE

04/1264

REASON FOR REPORT

To advise Council of the submission of an application for preschool funding from the NSW Department of Community Services for Hurstville Preschool and Occasional Care Centre

DOES AN EXISTING POLICY COVER THIS MATTER?

No

IF "NO" - SHOULD A POLICY BE DEVELOPED?

No

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Potential for increased funding revenue

DOES THIS REPORT REFERENCE AN EARLIER REPORT? (If so, then indicate full report reference details)

No


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

This report is to advise Council of the recent submission to the NSW Department of Community Services (DoCS) for funds under the Preschool Investment and Reform Plan.

RECOMMENDATION
THAT the information be received and noted.

REPORT DETAIL

An application was made recently under DoCS' Preschool Investment and Reform Plan for additional funds to support families attending the Hurstville Preschool and Occasional Care Centre. The NSW State government has recently released $17.6 million dollars in 2006/2007 for viability funding for preschools as part of its Preschool Investment and Reform Plan.

The submission called for information providing a service overview, with basic information on current service delivery arrangements for Council’s preschool service. It also included information on the operating context including demographics, the need for preschool places in the Hurstville area of operation and other relevant business environment factors. Information was also submitted in relation to the rationale for the proposal for fee relief funding. The rationale was based on bringing the current preschool fees into line with the Sydney metropolitan average for DoCS funded preschools.

The amount of funding sought was $42,000; reflecting fee relief subsidy for the 20% to 25% of low income earners currently accessing the services at Hurstville Preschool and Occasional Care Centre.

Hurstville Preschool and Occasional Care Centre is currently experiencing a trend in regard to the high utilisation of occasional care places, which parents have reported as a method for accessing the centre's preschool program. The families have a strong understanding, as a result of much work from the centre staff, of the benefits of quality transition to school programs, but have identified that they are unable to afford to access permanent places at the centre. As a result, they utilise the occasional care places to access the preschool program, depending on their disposable income at any given time. Many families have reported that the commitment to fees on a regular basis prevents them from accessing the permanent places at the service. This trend formed the basis for the application for funds to provide fee relief to low income families, and therefore increase opportunities for access to programs for children.

Council's centre services a very culturally diverse community, and similarly, the diversity of economic backgrounds is significant. The centre has a number of children with disabilities at the service as well as a number of children from backgrounds that fit within both the Families First and DoCS criteria for early intervention support. There is much anecdotal and utilisation evidence to suggest that the current levels of fees are preventing or limiting access to our service by these families.

Currently, in the suburb of Hurstville, there is one other service that is providing a preschool program. However, this service will be moving to Bexley West in the first half of 2007, and the expectation would be that demand for our preschool program will increase as a result.

Therefore, application was made under the fee relief category in the Preschool Investment and Reform Plan viability funding in the hope that additional funds could be provided by DoCS to address this identified need.

APPENDIX


COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION
THAT the information be received and noted.

(Moved Clr C Minns/Seconded Clr D Gillespie)
COUNCIL RESOLUTION
RESOLVED THAT the information be received and noted.
(Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)


Meeting Date: 15/11/2006

SD184 - 06INFORMATION ON FAMILIES FIRST AND RELATED PROJECTS ROLLED OUT IN THE ST GEORGE AREA

REPORT AUTHOR/S

Children's Services Coordinator, Ms J Ribarovski

FILE REFERENCE

06/1091

REASON FOR REPORT

To advise Council of the range of Families First projects operating and in development in the St George region, and the Children's Services Coordinator's role in development and service delivery

DOES AN EXISTING POLICY COVER THIS MATTER?

No

IF "NO" - SHOULD A POLICY BE DEVELOPED?

No

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Nil

DOES THIS REPORT REFERENCE AN EARLIER REPORT? (If so, then indicate full report reference details)

No


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
This report is to advise Council of the range of Families First projects operating and in development in the St George area, and the Children’s Services Coordinator’s role in development and service delivery.

RECOMMENDATION

THAT the information be received and noted.

REPORT DETAIL

Families First is the NSW Government’s prevention and early intervention strategy to help parents give their children the best start in life, in response to international research demonstrating that the way in which we support families in the early years of their children’s lives can have a lasting influence. Families First recognises that a holistic approach to this support is necessary for optimal outcomes, and as such engages all tiers of government and the community sector. In South East Sydney Families First is delivered jointly by:


Several programs have been rolled out in the South East Sydney area, which incorporates the St George region. These programs include:

St George Supported Playgroup Service
Auspiced by Communicare Sydney and managed by a reference group of key service providers, including the Children’s Services Coordinator for Hurstville Council, this project aims to deliver supported playgroup services to marginalised community groups in the St George area. Currently groups are running for young Arabic mothers at Arncliffe, and for children at risk in the Mortdale area, with six additional playgroups to be implemented shortly. The Children’s Services Coordinator is a member of the reference group and has been involved in an advisory capacity, assisting in mapping existing service provision in the St George area. The reference groups meets on a monthly basis.

Parenting Support and Coordination
This is a South East Sydney wide project auspiced by the Benevolent Society of NSW and will implement a range of strategies and programs to support the dissemination of information and services to families with children. This project is in the early stages of implementation, and assessment is currently being undertaken as to the existing needs of the community and gaps in service provision. The Children’s Services Coordinator has been engaged in an advisory and management capacity to serve on the reference group for this project, which currently meets on a bi-monthly basis.

Strengths Based Practice in Children’s Services
This is a South East Sydney wide project auspiced by the Benevolent Society of NSW and will implement a range of strategies and programs to support the professional development of staff working with children and families. This project is in the early stages of implementation, and assessment is currently being undertaken as to the existing needs of the community and gaps in service provision. The Children’s Services Coordinator has been engaged in an advisory and management capacity to serve on the reference group for this project, which currently meets on a bi-monthly basis.

South East Sydney Project Management Group
This is a reference and advisory group that oversees the delivery of the full suite of Families First projects rolled out or due for implementation in the South East Sydney area. The Children’s Services Coordinator has been engaged in an advisory and management capacity to serve on the reference group for this project, which currently meets on a bi-monthly basis.

Kindergarten Union (KU) Inclusion Support Regional Advisory Group

KU were awarded the tender to be the new Inclusion Support Agency by the Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaCSIA). KU have been funded to provide a range of support to children’s services in seven regions of NSW, including the South East Sydney region, to assist with the inclusion of children with additional support needs. The Children’s Services Coordinator has been engaged in an advisory and management capacity to serve on the regional advisory group, which currently meets on a bi monthly basis.


The Children’s Services Coordinator for Council plays a key role in an advisory and management capacity for Families First regional projects and other funded early intervention support projects. The benefits of undertaking these roles are that the needs of the local community and local services providers are represented on these groups and those issues unique to the Hurstville community can be brought to the forefront in the consideration and design of service delivery.

APPENDIX


COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

THAT the information be received and noted.

(Moved Clr C Minns/Seconded Clr D Gillespie)
COUNCIL RESOLUTION
RESOLVED THAT the information be received and noted.
(Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)


Meeting Date: 15/11/2006

SD185 - 06INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR PEOPLE WITH A DISABILITY

REPORT AUTHOR/S

Community Worker - Aged and Disability Services, Ms V Field

FILE REFERENCE

06/1231

REASON FOR REPORT

For the information of Councillors

DOES AN EXISTING POLICY COVER THIS MATTER?

No

IF "NO" - SHOULD A POLICY BE DEVELOPED?

No

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Nil

DOES THIS REPORT REFERENCE AN EARLIER REPORT? (If so, then indicate full report reference details)

No


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

This report provides details regarding local events planned to celebrate the International Day for People with a Disability 2006.

RECOMMENDATION
THAT the report be received and noted.

REPORT DETAIL

INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR PEOPLE WITH A DISABILITY 2006

Members are advised that the 2006 International Day for People with a Disability will be celebrated officially on 3 December 2006. This date was announced by the United Nations General Assembly in 1992 as the International Day for Disabled Persons. In 1997, the current name was adopted to better reflect the principle of placing the individual before any real or perceived limitation. The purpose of the day is to promote the achievements of people with disability, and to create awareness of disability issues and the benefits gained by creating a fully inclusive society. An inclusive society is achieved when people with disability are involved in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

In 2000 the Australian campaign adopted the catchphrase "Celebration of Ability" and this has been the major theme of every subsequent year. The International Day for People with a Disability is an opportunity to unite disability and community organisations, people with disabilities, businesses, all levels of government and the wider community to promote the positive message of inclusion.

In 2006, Council will host two activities as part of the celebration:

1. ‘Intimate Encounters’ is an exhibition that will be on display at the St George Regional Museum from 10th November to 14th December.

2. On Friday December 1st, a day of fun and games will be celebrated at Olds Park. This event will acknowledge the installation of the new shade structure over the Liberty Swing. The occasion will also provide an opportunity to consider the recreation needs of people with a disability living in the St George region. A facilitated discussion will take place in the course of the afternoon. A panel comprising a parent/carer of a child with a disability, people with a disability, service providers, and a designer and builder of playgrounds and play equipment has been formed to lead discussion. The overall event is being coordinated by the St George Migrant Resource Centre with the majority funding provided by a grant recently approved under Council’s Community Grants program.

Some 20% of people living in Australia have a disability, which translates to around 15,000 Hurstville residents. The effect on the commmunity is significant with family members and carers also experiencing the impact of disability at close hand.

Recently disability awareness training was provided to some of Council's staff as part of the implementation of an action identified in Council’s Disability Action Plan. This training is also vital in enhancing the capacity of Hurstville City Council to contribute towards creating a fully inclusive society. The International Day allows the opportunity to further reflect upon the importance of every individual in our community, and to recognise achievements and contributions of people with disability and to highlight their needs, as well as those of families and carers.

APPENDIX


COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION
THAT the report be received and noted.

(Moved Clr D Gillespie/Seconded Clr C Minns)
COUNCIL RESOLUTION
RESOLVED THAT the report be received and noted.
(Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)


Meeting Date: 15/11/2006

SD186 - 06HURSTVILLE YOUTH COUNCIL UPDATE

REPORT AUTHOR/S

Community Worker - Youth Services , Mr M D'Astoli

FILE REFERENCE

06/495

REASON FOR REPORT

For the information of Councillors

DOES AN EXISTING POLICY COVER THIS MATTER?

No

IF "NO" - SHOULD A POLICY BE DEVELOPED?

No

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Nil

DOES THIS REPORT REFERENCE AN EARLIER REPORT? (If so, then indicate full report reference details)

Yes - Item SD124-06 Service Delivery, Child Care Policy and Senior Citizens Policy Committee meeting held on 16 August 2006


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Hurstville Youth Council continues to meet regularly.

As previously reported, Council has received a $2,000 grant to implement a youth community harmony project in 2006. Hurstville Youth Council has been working in partnership with youth committees and council officers from Bankstown, Sutherland and Rockdale local government areas to plan and stage a community harmony project called the “Peace Train”, which will take place on Saturday November 25, 2006.

Two members of the Youth Council recently attended the “yoUth INclusive” conference at Katoomba, which was run by the NSW Youth Action & Policy Association.

Two projects funded under Better Futures - the regional Youth Participation Project and research into the need for activities for 9-14 year olds in St George - are currently being finalised and reports should be available by the end of 2006.

RECOMMENDATION
THAT the report be received and noted.

REPORT DETAIL

PEACE TRAIN COMMUNITY HARMONY YOUTH PROJECT

As previously reported, Council has received a $2,000 grant to implement a youth anti-racism / community harmony project in 2006. In response to the public disturbances that occurred across south-east Sydney in December 2005, Hurstville Youth Council has been working in partnership with youth committees and council officers from Bankstown, Sutherland and Rockdale local government areas to plan and stage a community harmony project called the “Peace Train”, which will take place on Saturday November 25, 2006.

The objectives of the project are to promote examples of community harmony between young people from diverse cultural backgrounds across the St George, Sutherland and Bankstown regions; and to increase young people’s involvement and profile in existing or planned community harmony events in St George, Sutherland and Bankstown regions.

The Peace Train event will begin with local launches at Bankstown, Rockdale, Hurstville and Sutherland, to be held at sites adjacent to railway stations (Memorial Square in Hurstville). Participants will then board the train, which will travel from Bankstown via Sydenham to Cronulla. A parade will then travel by foot from Cronulla Station to Dunningham Park at North Cronulla Beach, where free performances and drumming workshops will take place throughout the afternoon, showcasing musical traditions and musicians from around the world. Members of the public will be invited to join in the workshops.

Hurstville Youth Council has hosted several project planning meetings and Youth Council members have also travelled to Bankstown Council, where the most recent meeting took place. Over the next few weeks, members will also travel to Cronulla for a site visit and undertake considerable promotion work, including media releases and distribution of flyers.

Councillors are invited to attend any or all of the day’s activities.


BETTER FUTURES YOUTH PROJECTS

Councillors will be aware that several projects have been funded by the NSW Department of Community Services as part of the Better Futures South East Sydney Regional Plan.

The regional Youth Participation Project, which aimed to improve the way young people access and participate in a range of agencies and institutions, has recently been completed. This project included the youth-led Council workshop held in July, where members of the Youth Council joined Councillors and Council officers to develop strategies for the organisation.

To date, implementation of these strategies has included a Youth Council workshop with Council’s Manager – Corporate Planning, focusing on Council’s planning process, including the Management Plan and Horizons; and members of Youth Council attending the recent “yoUth INclusive” conference at Katoomba. This conference was run by the NSW Youth Action & Policy Association and focussed on aspects of youth participation, including skills development in advocacy, planning, meeting procedure and communications.

St George Youth Services has also undertaken research into the needs of young people aged 9-13 years in the St George area, as this age group is rarely offered appropriate services and programs at either children’s or youth services. A draft report has now been completed and is currently being edited for release in the near future.

APPENDIX


COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION
THAT the report be received and noted.

FURTHER THAT the Community Worker - Youth Services be congratuled for his efforts and Council wishes them well on the day.
(Moved Clr C Minns/Seconded Clr D Gillespie)
COUNCIL RESOLUTION
RESOLVED THAT the report be received and noted.

FURTHER, THAT the Community Worker - Youth Services be congratuled for his efforts and Council wishes them well on the day.
(Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)


Meeting Date: 15/11/2006

SD187 - 06MINUTES OF ETHNIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON 3 OCTOBER 2006

REPORT AUTHOR/S

Community Worker - Multicultural & Indigenous Services, Mrs J Bassam

FILE REFERENCE

06/774

REASON FOR REPORT

For the information of Councillors

DOES AN EXISTING POLICY COVER THIS MATTER?

No

IF "NO" - SHOULD A POLICY BE DEVELOPED?

No

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Nil

DOES THIS REPORT REFERENCE AN EARLIER REPORT? (If so, then indicate full report reference details)

No


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Minutes of the Ethnic Advisory Committee meeting held on 3 October 2006 are submitted for the information of Councillors.

RECOMMENDATION
THAT the report be received and noted.

REPORT DETAIL

The minutes of the meeting of the Ethnic Advisory Committee held on 3 October, 2006 are outlined below.

MINUTES OF HURSTVILLE ETHNIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING MEETING HELD ON TUESDAY 3 OCTOBER, 2006


1. WELCOME AND APOLOGIES

Present: Councillor Clifton Wong, David Linden, Li Lun (CASS), Jennifer Burrell, Alessandra Martino (Co.As.It), Angie Wong, Khalil Haragli (St George Lebanese Joint Committee), Rosaline Havea (South Pacific Islander Rep) and Jamal Bassam.

Apologies: Mayor Councillor Vince Badalati, Ivan Wong (CASS), Dragica Sinikoski and Helen Heng (St George TAFE).

2. CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES OF MEETING OF 6 JUNE 2006

The minutes of the Ethnic Advisory Committee meeting held on Tuesday, 6 June 2006 were moved by Khalil Haragli, and seconded by Jennifer Burrell.

For the meeting held on Tuesday, 8 August 2006 there were no minutes taken as only four people attended the Ethnic Advisory Committee meeting (all Council staff). Therefore, the decision was made to not proceed with the agenda items.

3. BUSINESS ARISING FROM THE PREVIOUS MEETING

. Hurstville Library Signage

Jennifer Burrell thanked all members for their feedback on the map of the library and she presented the Committee with a map where all suggestions were taken into account. For example, the arrows for ENTER and EXIT are big and clear, the names of the streets are indicated.

Jennifer explained that the placement of the map in large print version will be located at the entrance to the library and two smaller print versions will be located in visible areas inside the library.

Khalil Haragli indicated that the Arabic text on the map is not correct in context and some of the Arabic translations needed to be changed to give accurate meaning to the English version. Khalil gave an example of the translation for QUIET AREA. Jamal Bassam indicated that she is going to help the library staff to obtain corrections.

Jennifer stated that the next stage is to place a WELCOME sign in different languages at the entrance of the library.

. Update on Hurstville City Council referral card and brochure

Jamal Bassam passed around a draft of the referral card in colour and folded format and explained the steps the referral card is taking in terms of designing and printing. She indicated that the referral card will be ready by the end of next week.

The comments from the Committee included the following changes to the referral card:

Action:
Jamal to check if the changes recommended by the Committee can be endorsed, before printing.

Jamal handed out a copy of the draft of the Council brochure with the translation of ten languages, including Chinese, Arabic, Macedonian, Greek, Italian, Spanish, Filipino, Indonesian, Vietnamese and Croatian, in addition to English language. Jamal explained the process is taking place to get the translations ready including community consultations with the Sessional Workers at St George MRC and the Language Aid Program staff at the Council.

Jamal stated that she expects the Council brochure to be ready within the next few weeks so it can be distributed widely to the migrant communities during the St George Migrant Information Day, which will take place on 25 October 2006 at Rockdale Town Hall.

The comments from the Committee included the following changes to the draft Council brochure: Action:
. Jamal to email the Arabic translation to Khalil Haragli, and the Italian translation to Alessandra Martino for feedback.

. Jamal to make the changes recommended by the Committee to the Council brochure, before printing.

On a different note, Alessandra Martino indicated that the word WELCOME in Italian on the Council’s website was spelt incorrectly.

Action:
Jamal to bring the issue up with Council's web coordinator.

. Update on Language Aide Program

Jamal Bassam passed around copies of the Customer Data Collection Form for comments. Jamal explained that the forms are to be completed by Customer Service Officers with a focus on the Language Aide Program staff. Jamal stated the aim of the project is to capture information regarding the following:

. The main language groups receiving services
. Frequency of usage of the Language Aide Program and Translating and Interpreting Services (TIS)
. Assessing demand for a service/s
. Assessing the need for a particular language group e.g emerging communities
. Assessing if there is a decline in a community group receiving services

Jamal explained that she met with the Language Aide Program staff and went through the form and the aim of the project. Jamal stated that staff at the Customer Service area started completing the forms from Monday 18 September 2006. The project is for a trial of eight weeks and Jamal will collect the completed forms from staff on a weekly basis.
Action:
Jamal to compile the results of the Forms in a report and bring it to the Committee by the end of the project.

David Linden stated the form was simplified to ensure it suits the Customer Service staff and to be less time consuming.

David explained that Council encourages employment of bilingual staff in certain departments and encourages bilingual staff within the Council to come forward and receive assistance to be accredited to utilise their skills/languages to the benefit of their communities. David stated the issue is that staff sometimes do not have the right level in the Language Test Proficiency to enable them to be accredited formally, or some do not have the interest to be accredited. David stated as well that the Council is working on accreditation in the Macedonian language.

Khalil Haragli suggested having a sign in Council’s foyer indicating that 'assistance in languages is provided here'.

Khalil suggested also that Council congratulate the local Muslim/Arabic community in their celebration at the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. David commented that the Council had undertaken similar action in the past at the commencement of the celebration and perhaps the Committee should look at other significant cultural events as well.

Rosaline Havea suggested looking at the Council’s community Calendar and marking the major events, ceremonies of different communities.

Action:
Jamal to bring the Calender to the next Ethnic Advisory Committee meeting in December.

4. GENERAL BUSINESS

. Greek Open Day

Jamal stated that preparation for the “Getting to know Hurstville Council” for the Greek community is going well. The event will be held on Thursday, 2 November 2006 and will include a presentation of Council and its services, a tour of the library, Customer Service area and Council Chambers and will conclude with a lunch at the Museum. Jamal passed around the flier in both English and Greek.

. Review of Ethnic Access Action Plan

Jamal handed out copies of the Ethnic Access Action Plan and asked that the Committee review this document in light of projects achieved over 2006 and identify priorities for 2007.

In relation to Action Item 1, Jamal highlighted that the Penshurst Long Day Care Pamphlet is required to be translated into Chinese.

In relation to Action Item 5, David added that the Council organised five Open Days for migrant communities over the past two to three years.

In relation to Action item 7, David informed the Committee that an information sheet on how people address the Development Assessment Committee (DAC) was previously been translated into Chinese and perhaps we should look at a version in Arabic.

In relation to Item 14, Rosaline Havea suggested that more seminars on cross cultural awareness should be provided to staff and she recommended to target customer service staff. Rosaline commented that the cross cultural training organised by the St George MRC for Council’s staff in May 2006 lacked the presence of front line staff such as law enforcement, parks and gardens, and customer service areas.

David commented that the invitation was sent across all Council’s sections and there was good representation on the day from different sections. Mangers dealt with it as voluntary training and they had to weigh the need for staff to attend their services on the day, for example it was difficult for many customer service staff to attend at the same time.

In relation to Item 17, David commented that the Seniors Centre is well utilised by different community groups such as Chinese and Indian Sub-Continent communities. Council receives many requests from different groups to use the premises.

In relation to Item 18, Jennifer Burrell reported that the library’s loans of books and resources for culturally and linguistic diverse communities (CALD) totalled 159,000 items in the last quarter; 21% of loans were to CALD communities.

Jennifer added that the library recently advertised for a position and it was in the desirable criteria to speak/read a community language in order to reflect the cultural diversity of the library.

David summed up the priority projects of the Ethnic Access Action Plan for 2007 as follows:

. Organising an Open Day for the Indian Sub-Continent communities
. Organising a community consultation with Indian Sub-Continent communities to identify areas of needs
. Identifying small and emerging communities in the light of census data
. Developing signs in the foyer e.g. translation services, welcome in different languages
. Translation of Council’s pamphlets/material into different languages as required
. Translation into Arabic of information on how to address the Community Development Committee
. Identify bilingual staff at the library and encourage them to be accredited and to be part of the Language Aide Program

David added that most of the budget for the Ethnic Access Action Plan 2006/07 was spent on the translations and the development of Council’s brochure and the referral card, both of which were identified by the Committee as priorities in addition to Open Days for different communities.

5. NEXT MEETING

DATE: 28 NOVEMBER 2006
TIME: 5:30PM
VENUE: MEETING ROOM 2, HURSTVILLE CITY COUNCIL-CIVIC CETNRE

APPENDIX


COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION
THAT the report be received and noted.

(Moved Clr C Minns/Seconded Clr D Gillespie)
COUNCIL RESOLUTION
RESOLVED THAT the report be received and noted.
(Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)


Meeting Date: 15/11/2006

SD188 - 06OUTCOMES OF ABORIGINAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING HELD 9 OCTOBER 2006

REPORT AUTHOR/S

Community Worker - Multicultural & Indigenous Services, Mrs J Bassam

FILE REFERENCE

06/1331

REASON FOR REPORT

For the information of Councillors

DOES AN EXISTING POLICY COVER THIS MATTER?

No

IF "NO" - SHOULD A POLICY BE DEVELOPED?

No

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Nil

DOES THIS REPORT REFERENCE AN EARLIER REPORT? (If so, then indicate full report reference details)

No


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Outcomes of the Aboriginal Advisory Committee meeting held on 9 October, 2006 are submitted for the information of Councillors.

RECOMMENDATION
THAT the report be received and noted.

REPORT DETAIL

As a quorum was not present at the meeting of the Aboriginal Advisory Committee held on 9 October, 2006 the following outcomes are submitted for information.

Outcomes of the Aboriginal Advisory Committee meeting held on Monday 9 October 2006
________________________________________________________________

1. Introductions and Welcome

Attendance: Clr Beverly Giegerl, John Foster, John Lennis, Louise Durmush, Rebekah Schultz (St George Regional Museum Manager), Frank Gorrell (Kirinari Youth Hostel), David Linden and Jamal Bassam.

Apologies: Clr. Vince Badalati (Mayor), Victor Lampe, Marjorie Anderson and June Reimer.

2. Confirmation of Outcomes of meeting of 7 August 2006:

Confirmation was deferred to the next meeting as a quorum was not present to move the outcomes from the previous meeting.

3. Matters arising from the meeting held on 7 August 2006:

a. Museum Exhibition:

Rebekah Schultz indicated that the Museum has organised four (4) exhibitions in the past, Sydney-wide on Aboriginal culture and history. The first one was in 2000 and focused on the traditional life of Aboriginal people in Sydney, followed by an Art exhibition in 2001 for an Aboriginal Artist. In 2002 and 2003 the Museum organised a photographic exhibition about Aboriginal history.

Rebekah suggested two new ideas for the exhibition. The first one involves organising an Aboriginal exhibition with a new focus, getting five (5) artists to work on themes regarding Aboriginal contemporary history. Artists can create their own art and develop themes around the historical backgrounds of the local area. The exhibition can be a travelling exhibition around Sydney. The Museum would organise the exhibition during NAIDOC week in 2008.

The second option is an historical exhibition on the region's traditional Aboriginal culture and history, prior to Colonial contact. Both exhibitions are dependent on receiving grant funding.

Rebekah indicated that the Museum can only support a small part of the project financially and would be reliant on grant funding. Rebekah suggested that the Museum apply for funding from the Australia Council through Art Program in July 2007, and another grant from Arts NSW for the same purpose. The amount of funding for such a project could be over $30,000. A brief should be developed six months before the funding rounds.

The Committee suggested applying for both grants, possibly combined funding, and trying to organise both exhibition ideas. Rebekah indicated that she can develop an outline of the project and d a brief by December, but she indicated as well the importance of receiving support from the Committee, such as providing a support letter indicating that the Committee agrees with the idea of the exhibition and is willing to provide the necessary support to the project.

Rebekah indicated that she is willing to seek input from Committee members and feedback on the brief. Rebekah can be contacted on 9330.6444 or rschulz@hurstville.nsw.gov.au for any suggestions. Rebekah works Monday to Thursday.

Clr Giegerl asked what the funding would cover. Rebekah responded that the Museum either pays the artists and then the artists can sell their artworks, or artists can be commissioned to develop artworks, then the Museum can purchase the artworks.

Action:
Rebekah to develop a brief for the exhibition, to be presented at the December meeting.

b. Protocols for working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities:

John Lennis reported that he had no chance to catch up with Marjorie Anderson to discuss the Protocols since last meeting. John indicated that he looked at the Protocols of Western Australia developed by Community Cultural Development (CCD) and believes that they were put together well. John Foster asked if John Lennis can email the Protocols for adoption.

Action:
John Lennis to email the protocol to Jamal Bassam if soft copy is available otherwise will pass on a hard copy.

c. Local Government Aboriginal Network Conference:

John Lennis, John Foster and Jamal Bassam will attend the Conference at Gunnedah. The Conference will commence on 15 October and conclude on 17 October. Jamal has organised accommodation bookings and passed on confirmation to both Johns. Council is to reimburse for petrol expenses.

e. Update Logo Design competition:

Jamal Bassam presented the Committee with a draft schedule for the competition. Anne-Marie Wiles (Cultural Development Worker), Marjorie Anderson and Jamal Bassam are on the Steering Committee and other Committee members are welcome to join. The competition is designed to attract Aboriginal artists to develop a letterhead design for the Aboriginal Advisory Committee.

Committee members suggested sending out the Expression of Interest to the wider Aboriginal community, including students, and not to be limited to the artists. John Lennis indicated that it is a great opportunity to recognise skills and talents of young Aboriginal people. John Foster referred to previous experiences with similar competitions where many Aboriginal artists were not able to participate for a variety of reasons.

Jamal reported that Anne-Marie is working on a brief for the project and drafting letters to secure sponsorships for the competition. The winner will receive a first prize from $500 - $1,000 which will be announced during the Launch of the letterhead design and take place during NAIDOC Week 2007. All designs will be displayed in the Dragon’s Lair in the Museum during July 2007.

John Foster indicated his interest to be on the selection panel of the art works.

e. Aboriginal Cultural Landscape Mapping:

John Lennis reported that he had a meeting with Holroyd Council and organised a presentation about Cultural Mapping. John had spoken to Liverpool Council in that regard and both Councils are in favor of the idea. John suggested forming a joint committee from interested Councils, setting up a joint account and identifying a lead agent, group or person.

Clr Giegerl suggested drawing a map to identify different projects the groups are undertaking and identify the similarity among the vast majority of the projects to indicate how this project is different from the others. It was suggested John invites Kevin Andrews to the February Committee meeting to present the Cultural Mapping Project.

John explained the aim of the project is to develop a broad model that a few councils can adopt then other Councils can use it as a successful model. John reported that Blue Mountains Council did a similar project but many issues arose around it.

John Lennis gave a brief description of Cultural Landscape Mapping and explained the aim of project as the following:

. Cultural mapping includes physical landscaping
. The purpose is all councils are about local environmental plans and take into consideration the aboriginal cultural heritage
. it is not about stones only, it includes rivers, plants, contemporary mapping in addition to the past
. to put those historical marks on the map,
. it is not looking only for buildings, it is about people and place.

Action:
John Lennis is to invite Kevin Andrews to the February meeting to make a presentation on Cultural Mapping and indicate its significance to Aboriginal people.

f. Lime Kiln Bay walk:

It was recommended by members of the Committee to organise more visits due to its popularity last year. David Linden reported that the Mayor sent a letter to the Minister for Parks & Wildlife to obtain their services free of charge. The Council has not received any response yet. John Foster commented on how these visits are very popular among the wider community.

4. General Business:

a. NAIDOC WEEK 2007:

Jamal Bassam presented the program from last year’s activities and asked the Committee for suggestions for next year. Committee members suggested organising similar activities such as:

. the opening at Westfield Shopping Centre
. art workshops for younger children in the Museum, morning activity
. art workshops for adults in the afternoon
. organise Lim Kiln Bay Walk
. story telling in the Library
. launch the letterhead design and display of all art entries

John Lennis suggested a performance group that combined Aboriginal music and story. Clr Giegerl suggested organising a theatre function on Sunday night or evening activity.
Action:
John to forward to Jamal their contact details so booking can be organised early.

b. DADCHC Aboriginal Employment Information Day:

Louise Durmush reported that DADHC, Metro South Regional Office has organised the day on 28 September 2006. The aim was to attract young Aboriginal people to work with the Department and examine ways to maximise opportunities and reduce barriers to employment. Jamal Bassam distributed a list of jobs advertised by the Department.

c. Kirniria Youth Hostel Open Day:

Frank Gorrell indicated that Kirniria Youth Hostel will celebrate their 40th Anniversary on 26 May, 2007. Frank explained that the hostel was officially opened on 7 July 1967, but the Committee decided to celebrate before due to school holidays during July. John Lennis indicated that 26 May may conflict with another major event planned to take place on Sorry Day, being “Stolen Generation”. Frank to take this matter to the committee to explore possible options.

d. Exhibition on Stolen Generation:

Louise Durmush indicated that an Exhibition on the stolen generation, in Botanic Gardens, Circular Quay was opened 3 weeks ago and will be open till early next year.

e. Commemorative Plaque:

David Linden indicated that the Plaque will be launched during Reconciliation Week. Discussion will be held at the December meeting in relation to positions where the Plaque can be placed.


Meeting closed: 7:45pm
Next Meeting is on Monday 4 December, 2006
6-8pm Meeting Room 2
First Floor, Hurstville Civic Centre

APPENDIX


COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION
THAT the report be received and noted.

(Moved Clr C Minns/Seconded Clr D Gillespie)
COUNCIL RESOLUTION
RESOLVED THAT the report be received and noted.
(Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)


Meeting Date: 15/11/2006

SD189 - 06"SPYDUS" LIBRARY MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE IMPLEMENTATION

REPORT AUTHOR/S

Manager - Library and Information Service, Ms J Burrell

FILE REFERENCE

06/1355

REASON FOR REPORT

To advise Council of progress and of amended wording to Library Fees & Charges Schedule

DOES AN EXISTING POLICY COVER THIS MATTER?

No

IF "NO" - SHOULD A POLICY BE DEVELOPED?

No

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Nil

DOES THIS REPORT REFERENCE AN EARLIER REPORT? (If so, then indicate full report reference details)

Yes - SD147-06 held on 20 September 2006


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

This report is provided to advise Council of progress in the implementation of the Library's new software system, 'Spydus', and of a change of wording in the Library's Fees & Charges Schedule from 'Document Delivery' to 'Item Not Held'.

RECOMMENDATION
THAT the report be received and noted.

REPORT DETAIL

Implementation Progress Report
Technical issues have been resolved to date and the test system is working well. Library staff are currently testing system parameters and data conversion. Training has been effective and on-training of all Library staff is in progress. Library staff are generally positive and are looking forward to the new system’s go-live in early December.

Go-Live is scheduled in two stages:

1. During Stage 1, all Library technical functions will cease while data conversion is updated. A book sale will be held during this period to clear dilapidated and outdated items.

2. During Stage 2, the Library will be offline for all public functions, including loans and catalogue access. A Fines & Charges Amnesty is scheduled from 20 November – 11 December inclusive and will be widely publicised to maximise return of overdue items.

Councillors will be invited to an official launch of the new system in the new year.

Change in Wording of Library Fees & Charges Schedule

Library staff have worked hard to identify changes in business practices required due to the new software. As the old system, ‘BookPlus’, was developed in the 1980s, there have been a number of changes required to match processes and procedures to the new system. Some examples include changes in wording of overdue notices (Spydus will be able to send email notices), differences in processing magazines and other serials, etc.

One major difference is the way in which Spydus manages requests for books and other items that the Library does not already hold, ie items not listed in the catalogue. Spydus has a simpler and more user-friendly interface than BookPlus: patrons can enter their own request for an item not held by the library to be obtained and reserved for them, and as a backroom process Library staff determine the most effective method of filling the customer’s request within their nominated timeframe.

The Library’s 2006-2007 Fees & Charges Schedule lists this service, ie obtaining and reserving items not held by the Library, as ‘Document Delivery’ and lists the ‘Per item request charge (Inter Library Loan)’ at $2.20. It is not proposed to alter this adopted charge. Instead, the heading will be changed to ‘Requests for Items Not Held’ and the line item re-worded to ‘Per item request charge’.

Patrons will still be able to recommend items to the Library for purchase free of charge. In accordance with the Library Act 1939, there is no charge for this service where the items are not specifically obtained and reserved for the individual patron.


APPENDIX


COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION
THAT the report be received and noted.

(Moved Clr D Gillespie/Seconded Clr C Minns)
COUNCIL RESOLUTION
RESOLVED THAT the report be received and noted.
(Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)


Meeting Date: 15/11/2006

SD190 - 06REQUEST FOR FREE USE OF THE ST GEORGE REGIONAL MUSEUM WORKSHOP AREA BY THE UNIVERSITY OF THE THIRD AGE

REPORT AUTHOR/S

Curator/Manager - St George Regional Museum, Ms R Schulz

FILE REFERENCE

06/921

REASON FOR REPORT

Request from the Endeavour Region University of the Third Age for free use of the St George Regional Museum’s workshop area twice a month in 2007.

DOES AN EXISTING POLICY COVER THIS MATTER?

No

IF "NO" - SHOULD A POLICY BE DEVELOPED?

No

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

No income from hire of workshop area.

DOES THIS REPORT REFERENCE AN EARLIER REPORT? (If so, then indicate full report reference details)

No


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
A request from the Endeavour Region University of the Third Age has been received, requesting free use of the St George Regional Museum’s workshop area during 2.30pm to 4.30pm on the first and third Tuesday of each month, commencing in February 2007.

RECOMMENDATION
THAT the matter of allowing free access to the Endeavour Region University of the Third Age for the use of the St George Regional Museum workshop area on the first and third Tuesday of each month from February 2007 be referred to Council for its consideration.

REPORT DETAIL

Background

The President of the Endeavour Region University of the Third Age (ER-U3A) has written to the General Manager requesting that they be provided free use of the St George Regional Museum’s workshop area in 2007, as follows:

The President of the ER-U3A has asked for free access to the Museum’s workshop area on the first and third Tuesday, 2.30pm-4.30pm, starting on February 20, 2007.

The “University” of the Third Age (U3A) is a worldwide educational movement for older people who are in the third age (post-retirement stage of life).

Sydney U3A, a part of that movement, is a self-help association of almost 5,000 members in seven regions across the Sydney metropolitan area. It offers more than 200 daytime courses on a wide range of subjects, including history, literature, art, music, science, languages, theatre and current affairs.

The Sydney U3A do not charge for their workshops. Rather, they have an annual membership fee that entitles each member to participate in any workshop organised by U3A across Sydney.

Financial Considerations

The scheduled fee for use of the Museum’s workshop area is $55.00 per day for subsidised groups. However, the ER-U3A have indicated that they are a not-for-profit organisation with all volunteer support staff, and can not afford the scheduled fee.

Currently, the Museum has no group bookings for the workshop area on Tuesday afternoons in 2007. Further, the Museum has only one in-house program booked for one of the proposed times on Tuesday, July 3, 2007. Tuesday afternoons are generally a quite time for the Museum and bookings beyond 1.30pm are rare on these days.

The Museum is currently open every Tuesday from 10am to 4pm, with staff scheduled to work until 4.30pm. As such, there will be no additional cost to the Museum or Council for the ER-U3A to utilize the workshop area between 2.30pm and 4.30pm on Tuesdays.

If Council agrees to free use of the workshop area, the following conditions are recommended for the ER-U3A booking:

1. With the exception of 3 July 2007, ER-U3A have access to the workshop area from 2.30pm to 4.30pm on the first and third Tuesday of each month from February 20, 2007 until June 19, 2007, at which time, if no other paid bookings are forthcoming and the Museum staffing budget is not reduced, the ER-U3A will have further access to the space until the end of 2007.

2. The exclusion to point 1 is on July 3, 2007 when the Museum has a NAIDOC Week activity planned for the workshop area.

3. The Museum will supply only those table and chairs already furnishing the workshop area.

4. All other equipment and supplies must be supplied by ER-U3A.

5. ER-U3A will be solely responsible for setting up their workshops and returning the room to its original state, at the beginning and end of each session.

6. Due to staffing costs, all members of the ER-U3A must vacate the building by 4.45pm, as staff are not rostered beyond this time.

7. If the ER-U3A wishes to book the space in 2008, then other paid bookings and the Museum’s staffing budget will be considered again before the booking is finalised. Any free booking in 2008 will be subject to the same conditions, as stipulated above.

Clearly, allowing the ER-U3A access to the workshop area on two Tuesdays per month has benefits for both U3A members and the Museum. U3A members gain an extra workshop in the Hurstville area, easily accessible by public transport. They would also have access to the latest exhibitions and programs at the Museum. Further, granting the ER-U3A request would increase awareness of the St George Regional Museum to members of U3A across Sydney, while having no additional financial implications for the Museum or Council.

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COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION
THAT the matter of allowing free access to the Endeavour Region University of the Third Age for the use of the St George Regional Museum workshop area on the first and third Tuesday of each month from February 2007 be referred to Council for its consideration.

(Moved Clr C Minns/Seconded Clr D Gillespie)
COUNCIL RESOLUTION
RESOLVED THAT the application be approved subject to the seven (7) conditions recommended in the report.
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(Moved Clr C Minns/Seconded Clr C Hindi)


Meeting Date: 15/11/2006

SD191 - 06MATTERS SUBMITTED FOR THE INFORMATION OF MEMBERS

REPORT AUTHOR/S

Acting Minute Secretary, Ms C Hobson

FILE REFERENCE

C/00122

REASON FOR REPORT

For the information of Members

DOES AN EXISTING POLICY COVER THIS MATTER?

No

IF "NO" - SHOULD A POLICY BE DEVELOPED?

No

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Nil

DOES THIS REPORT REFERENCE AN EARLIER REPORT? (If so, then indicate full report reference details)

Report to Council PPE070-04 15th December, 2004.


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
To review the Environmental Services Legal Report.

RECOMMENDATION
THAT the information be received and noted.

REPORT DETAIL
Council at its meeting on 15th December, 2004 (PPE070 - 04) resolved that the Environmental Services Legal Report be removed from the Policy, Planning and Environment Report and be incorporated into a standing report in the Service Delivery Committee.

Accordingly the subject reports are now attached as appendices for the information of members.

A Member, should he or she so desire, wish to discuss a particular item included in this section, has the right to exclude the matter under this item and to have the matter debated in Council.



APPENDIX
Environmental Services Legal Report

Environmental Services Legal Report 27102006pdf.pdf

COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION
THAT the information be received and noted.
(Moved Clr D Gillespie/Seconded Clr C Minns)
COUNCIL RESOLUTION
RESOLVED THAT the information be received and noted.
(Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)


Meeting Date: 15/11/2006

SD192 - 06ESTABLISHMENT OF A RESIDENTIAL ELECTRONIC AND ELECTRIC WASTE COLLECTION WITH KOGARAH COUNCIL

REPORT AUTHOR/S

Manager - Environmental Services, Mr G Dickens

FILE REFERENCE

06/1614

REASON FOR REPORT

For the endorsement of Council

DOES AN EXISTING POLICY COVER THIS MATTER?

No

IF "NO" - SHOULD A POLICY BE DEVELOPED?

No

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

$10,000 to be funded by Domestic Waste Reserve (if approved by Council)

DOES THIS REPORT REFERENCE AN EARLIER REPORT? (If so, then indicate full report reference details)

No


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
In conjunction with Kogarah Council, Hurstville Council’s Waste Services Department has submitted an application for a Grant under Round 2 of the SSROC Regional Resource Recovery Grant Programme to conduct an awareness and collection program for an electronic and electrical waste (e-waste) across both the Hurstville and Kogarah LGAs in association with SIMS E-Recycling Pty Ltd. The grant is for $20,000 ($10,000 per Council) and projects are required to be completed by December 2007.

The purposes of such collections are primarily to:
- reduce waste sent to landfill and continue to reach 66% diversion rate by 2014
- prevent toxic leachate chemicals from landfilled e-waste from contaminating the water system
- raise awareness to the community of the importance of disposing of e-waste safely and recycling the components
- contribute to the recycling of e-waste to minimise the strain on scarce raw materials and to further ‘close the loop’ with buying recycled products

Conditions of the grant are that Council funding matches SSROC on a dollar-for-dollar basis hence $10,000 is sought for expenditure from the Council waste reserve.

RECOMMENDATION
THAT Council endorse the proposed application.

FURTHER THAT subject to the approval of the Grant an amount of $10,000, funded from the Domestic Waste Reserve, be allocated to the Project in accordance with SSROC guidelines.

REPORT DETAIL
Members are advised that 51% (1.1 million items) of portable e-waste is disposed of in Australian household garbage bins annually while an average of 15% (1.2 million items) of televisions and computer screens and boxes were left out for Australian Council clean up collections each year. With the frequent change in technology and the shorter lifecycles of electronic products, e-waste has never been such an issue as it is in this era and in order to conserve the raw materials used to produce electronic goods, a recycling program must be entered into to primarily raise community awareness on the issue and prevent environmental damage.

Under the Hazardous Waste Act 1989, used electronic products are defined as hazardous waste and as such e-waste has become a problem of crisis proportions due to:

- the toxic substances contained within which harm the environment through leaching processes in landfill which infiltrate the groundwater system.
- the rate at which e-waste is generated due to increasing obsolescence (corporations update equipment every 2 years with consumers updating as often as every 12 months).

Substances of concern found in e-waste include lead, mercury, beryllium, cadmium, lithium, bromine, phosphor, antimony and barium amongst others. When these electronic products are dispersed to landfill, leaching occurs in the anaerobic environment which releases toxic and hazardous substances into the surrounding aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems causing both health and environmental problems. Similarly, incinerating these products can result in the emission of toxic dioxins and furans to the atmosphere.

In response to this, Council’s Waste Department on behalf of both Hurstville and Kogarah Councils has applied for a Grant from Round 2 SSROC Regional Resource Recovery Grant Programme to run a pilot program to conduct a series of electronic waste collection days across the Hurstville and Kogarah LGAs utilising the services of SIMS E-Recycling Pty Ltd. Underpinning this project will be the development of a community awareness program aimed at encouraging community participation.

The aims and objectives of this project are to:-

- reduce waste sent to landfill and continue to reach 66% diversion rate by 2014;
- prevent toxic leachate chemicals from landfilled e-waste from contaminating the water system;
- raise awareness to the community of the importance of disposing of e-waste safely and recycling the components; and
- contribute to the recycling of e-waste to minimise the strain on scarce raw materials and to further ‘close the loop’ with buying recycled products

At this point in time the recycling and reprocessing of E-waste is very much in its infancy in Australia and currently the costs associated with the recycling of E-waste products significantly outweighs associated landfill costs. Notwithstanding, it is considered that there are significant environmental and social benefits that are attached to E-waste recycling. A project of this type is therefore considered to be highly valuable in terms of providing the foundation needed to realise beneficial and tangible environmental and social outcomes on a waste product that has serious health, safety and financial implications if not addressed.

SIMS are participating in this project as they not only provide a high yield, zero-product-to-landfill program ensuring all product recovered is recycled (the only facility of its type in the Sydney Metropolitan area), but also are one of the few organisations in NSW who specialise in this field. Additionally, they offer logistic services for the collection of e-waste from designated drop off and collection sites to the recycling facility through fully sealed and lockable containers which have walk-in facilities to meet OH&S compliance requirements. SIMS also guarantees:-

- secure disposal of the product with no sale of units or sub units;
- detailed report on product received (type and weight);
- certificate of destruction; and,
- knowledge that product has been processed securely and environmentally friendly.

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COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION
THAT Council endorse the proposed application.

FURTHER THAT subject to the approval of the Grant an amount of $10,000, funded from the Domestic Waste Reserve, be allocated to the Project in accordance with SSROC guidelines.
(Moved Clr C Minns/Seconded Clr D Gillespie)
COUNCIL RESOLUTION
RESOLVED THAT Council endorse the proposed application.

FURTHER, THAT subject to the approval of the Grant an amount of $10,000, funded from the Domestic Waste Reserve, be allocated to the Project in accordance with SSROC guidelines.
(Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)


Meeting Date: 15/11/2006

SD193 - 06WASTE PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT PAYMENTS

REPORT AUTHOR/S

Manager - Environmental Services, Mr G Dickens

FILE REFERENCE

04/2565

REASON FOR REPORT

For the information of Council

DOES AN EXISTING POLICY COVER THIS MATTER?

No

IF "NO" - SHOULD A POLICY BE DEVELOPED?

No

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Yes - an amount of $61,300.68 received by Council in the form of a rebate from the NSW DEC.

DOES THIS REPORT REFERENCE AN EARLIER REPORT? (If so, then indicate full report reference details)

No


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
As part of a waste reform package, the NSW Government recently increased its Domestic Waste Levy by $7.00 per tonne for all waste material disposed of to landfills by all Councils in the Greater Sydney Metropolitan Region. This program also offered Councils a ‘recycling rebate’ conditional upon the meeting of a number of performance criteria complying with the governments stated ‘waste collection and resource recovery standards’.

On October 13, 2006 Council received a cheque from the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) in the amount of $61,300.68 as its Waste Performance Improvement Payment (Recycling Rebate) for the Financial Year 2006/07. This is substantially more than the $24,000 that was estimated in the 06/07 Budget.

RECOMMENDATION
THAT the information be received and noted.

REPORT DETAIL
At the commencement of the current Financial Year the NSW State Government introduced a waste reform package, which included an increase in the Waste Levy of $7.00 per tonne for all material disposed of to landfills on all Councils in the Greater Sydney Metropolitan Region. This was introduced to:-

- send a powerful economic signal to drive major change in the way we think about waste – by making waste avoidance and recycling cheaper than landfilling; and,
- provide new funding to drive an unprecedented environmental program and other key government priorities.

As part of this program the government also offered Councils a performance payment in the form of a ‘recycling rebate’ conditional upon Councils meeting a number of performance criteria complying with the governments stated ‘waste collection and resource recovery standards’. These standards included:-

- delivering an established kerbside recycling system;
- achieving appropriate levels of diversion from landfill;
- providing the DEC with specific waste and recycling information as required under the National Environment Protection Measure by August 31, 2006; and,
- collecting and providing the DEC with baseline data on tonnages for dry recyclables and garden organics by August 31, 2006.

Although Hurstville’s waste management operations satisfied all of the above criteria, it was difficult to assess exactly the amount of the rebate we would receive as the DEC had not provided Councils with any methodology in terms of a formula for calculating rebates. Accordingly, an amount of $24,000 was budgeted for, which was based on $3.00 per tonne for dry recyclables in the 05/06 Financial Year (Council’s Dry Recyclable tonnage was approximately 8,000 tonnes).

Members are advised that on October 13, 2006 Council received a cheque from the DEC in the amount of $61,300.68 as its Waste Performance Improvement Payment (Recycling Rebate) for the Financial Year 2006/07. This is an excellent result and is an indicator that Council has a good record in relation to its waste management and minimisation initiatives.

It should also be noted that in the Financial Year of 05/06 Council disposed of approximately 17,424 tonnes of waste to landfill. This Levy therefore had the potential to add in excess of $120,000 to Council’s waste disposal costs. However, given the amount of the recycling rebate received this amount has been reduced by 51.08%.

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COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION
THAT the information be received and noted.
(Moved Clr C Minns/Seconded Clr D Gillespie)
COUNCIL RESOLUTION
RESOLVED THAT the information be received and noted.
(Moved Clr C Hindi/Seconded Clr P Sansom)