NOTICE OF Council MEETING
An Ordinary Meeting of City of Parramatta Council will be held in the Cloister Function Rooms, St Patrick's Cathedral, 1 Marist Place, Parramatta on Monday, 24 February 2020 at 6.30pm.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
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1 Minutes of the Lord Mayor
1.1 Civic Flag Raising Ceremony Program................................................. 3
ITEM NUMBER 1.1
SUBJECT Civic Flag Raising Ceremony Program
REFERENCE F2019/03630 - D07292463
REPORT OF Lord Mayor, Councillor Bob Dwyer
The purpose of this Lord Mayor Minute is to seek the suspension of the civic Flag Raising Ceremony program, noting the removal of the flagpoles and erection of hoardings in Centenary Square, Parramatta.
(a) That the civic Flag Raising Ceremony program be suspended due to the erection of hoardings in Centenary Square, and removal of the existing flagpoles, while works are carried out related to Parramatta Square and Parramatta Light Rail;
(b) That Council Officers liaise with the key stakeholders involved in these ceremonies to advise them of this decision;
(c) That the budget for this program be re-allocated to assist with the delivery of the Ward Family Fun Days;
(d) Further, that following completion of these works and the re-installation of flagpoles, Councillors receive advice regarding the appropriateness of re-establishing this program, and that this advice include the origin of each ceremony, costs, historical attendance, and other relevant information.
1. Historically, City of Parramatta Council has held flag raising ceremonies for a number of communities within the Parramatta LGA, including the Indian, Lebanese, Greek and Filipino communities.
2. These ceremonies are hosted by City of Parramatta Council in the forecourt of Parramatta Town Hall, Centenary Square, Parramatta, with the national flag of the country raised together with the Australian national flag as a sign of respect for these communities.
3. Council’s City Events and Festivals team has been advised that Parramatta Town Hall closes this Friday, 28 February 2020, when it will commence its transition into a worksite. The erection of hoardings is expected to be completed by the end of March 2020, directly affecting the ability to deliver Flag Raising Ceremonies.
4. This Minute proposes that due to the inability to deliver the program in a key CBD location, that the program be suspended for the duration of works, with advice to be provided to Councillors once works are completed on the appropriateness of re-establishing this program.
5. Councillors should note that Sorry Day activities delivered by Council are not part of this civic Flag Raising Ceremony program, and are instead delivered as part of Council’s broader Reconciliation program. Council officers are already investigating alternatives for its annual delivery.
FINANCIAL IMPLICATION FOR COUNCIL
6. The budget for the annual civic Flag Raising Ceremony program is $20,000, delivered by Council’s City Experience – City Events and Festivals team.
7. This Minute proposes that this annual budget be re-allocated to the delivery of the Ward Family Fun Days, which are currently delivered by the City Events and Festivals team, in collaboration with Place Services. This will ensure that this money continues to deliver community focused events for the benefit of people across the local government area.
Lord Mayor, Councillor Bob Dwyer
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