NOTICE OF Council MEETING

PUBLIC SUPPLEMENTARY

AGENDA - B

 

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, 21 February 2022 at 6:30pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brett Newman

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Council                                                                                                        21 February 2022

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

ITEM                                                         SUBJECT                                               PAGE NO

 

 

8        Minutes of the Lord Mayor

8.1             International Women's Day 2022........................................................... 3

8.2             Long Hai Day 2022................................................................................... 6

8.3             Welcome West Phil................................................................................ 10

8.4             Lunar New Year 2022............................................................................ 12

8.5             Homelessness Street Count................................................................. 14

 

 


Council 21 February 2022                                                                                                   Item 8.1

MINUTE OF THE LORD MAYOR

ITEM NUMBER         8.1

SUBJECT                  International Women's Day 2022

REFERENCE            F2021/02779 - D08406077

REPORT OF              Lord Mayor, Councillor Donna Davis        

 

 

CSP THEME:           WELCOMING

 

PURPOSE:

 

The purpose of this Lord Mayor Minute is to note International Women’s Day 2022, and activities being delivered by Council. The minute also seeks support for the consideration of a broader International Women’s Day program in 2023.

 

 

Recommendation:

 

(a)     That Council note International Women’s Day 2022 is taking place on Tuesday, 8 March, and this year’s global United Nations Women theme is “Break the Bias” acknowledging the aim for a world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. A world that is diverse, equitable and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated, and how collectively we can all #BreakTheBias.

 

(b)     That Council note that to celebrate International Women’s Day in 2022, City of Parramatta Council is delivering a media and communications plan to raise awareness of the various Council activities happening within the community as part of International Women’s Day.

 

(c)     That Council note on Wednesday 9 March 2022, Council will be hosting an International Women’s Day pop-up at the Parramatta Farmer’s Market, encouraging our community to attend the Farmer’s Market, meeting the Lord Mayor and interested Councillors, and share via social media and comment cards how they are Breaking the Bias and sharing ideas about how we can all help to “Break the Bias”.

 

(d)     Further, that Council investigate opportunities for an International Women’s Day event to be delivered in March 2023 as part of the Major and Civic Events 2022/23 program, with Councillors to be consulted on the delivery and scope of this event, and report back to Council.

 

BACKGROUND

 

1.      International Women’s Day (IWD) is a celebration of women’s achievements. It is celebrated around the world on 8 March. This year’s global theme is “Break The Bias”.

 

2.      The theme acknowledges the aim for a world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. A world that’s diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated, and how collectively we can all #BreakTheBias.

 

3.      To celebrate International Women’s Day in 2022, City of Parramatta Council is highlighting various activities happening within the community as part of IWD, including focusing on the contributions of six women with deep connections to Parramatta who are leaders in their personal and professional lives, and celebrating the historic result of the local government elections which saw eight women elected to City of Parramatta Council for the first time.

 

4.      To draw awareness to these activities, a media and communications plan is being delivered that will:

a.    Draw together on Council’s website information on International Women’s Day, and the 2022 theme #BreakTheBias

b.    Further promote the profile series being delivered by the Community Capacity Building team on six local women who are leaders in their personal and professional lives

c.    Spotlight numerous Council activities being delivered in March 2022 with a female-identifying focus, including Riverside Theatres shows, Library Author Talks and the History and Heritage team’s research articles on historic women in Parramatta’s history

d.    Promote the International Women’s Day 2022 Parramatta Farmer’s Market Pop-Up on 9 March 2022

 

5.      On Wednesday 9 March 2022, Council will be hosting an International Women’s Day pop-up stall between 11am – 2pm at the Parramatta Farmer’s Market.

 

6.      The purpose of this pop-up will be to encourage City of Parramatta workers and residents to visit the Parramatta Farmer’s Market to celebrate International Women’s Day with the Lord Mayor and interested Councillors.

 

7.      The pop-up will include:

a.    Encouraging the community to stop by, meet the Councillors and take a photo to share to their social media striking the #BreakTheBias pose

b.    Contributing to our International Women’s Day message board, with a message on what International Women’s Day means to them or how they will help #BreakTheBias

 

8.   To encourage community attendance, the pop-up will be promoted through the Lord Mayor’s column and social media, with $15 Parramatta Farmer’s Market vouchers available to the first 200 people attending on the day who contribute by way of posting to social media or to our message board.

 

9.   All Councillors are invited to attend, and information will be circulated by way of a Councillor calendar invitation.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATION FOR COUNCIL

 

10.    Activities being delivered to celebrate International Women’s Day 2022 are being funded from existing 2021/22 operational budgets as follows:

a.    Marquee, tables, and chairs provided by the Public Domain Activation team (Event & Festivals Support)

b.    Media and communications plan including social media promotion, printing of supporting collateral including vouchers and on-the-day signage funded by the Lord Mayor and Councillor Support team

c.    200 $15 Meal Vouchers funded by the Lord Mayor and Councillor Support team

 

11.    Financial implications for any proposed International Women’s Day 2023 activities should be advised as part of the consultation with Councillors and detailed in the report back to Council.

 

Lord Mayor, Councillor Donna Davis

 

 

Attachments:

There are no attachments for this report.

 

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Council 21 February 2022                                                                                                   Item 8.2

MINUTE OF THE LORD MAYOR

ITEM NUMBER         8.2

SUBJECT                  Long Hai Day 2022

REFERENCE            F2021/02779 - D08422725

REPORT OF              Lord Mayor, Councillor Donna Davis        

 

 

CSP THEME:           WELCOMING

 

PURPOSE:

 

The purpose of this Lord Mayor Minute is to respond to the request from the 8th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment Association for the installation of a plaque in honour of Lieutenant Bernard Garland at Epping Cenotaph.

 

 

Recommendation:

 

(a)     That Council note Long Hai Day is 28 February 2022, commemorating the actions in South Vietnam by forces of the 8th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (RAR), in 1970, and note that a memorial service is not taking place in 2022 due to COVID-19 considerations.

 

(b)     That Council note a request has been received from the 8th RAR Association to install a plaque in honour of Lieutenant Bernard Garland, who attended Epping Boys High School, who was killed in action during his tour of duty in South Vietnam on 22 April 1970, aged 23 years.

 

(c)     That Council note this plaque would complete the series of plaques at the Epping Cenotaph that honour those 8th Battalion members who made the ultimate sacrifice during their tour of South East Asia, including Sgt Alan William Ahearn, who also attended Epping Boys High School.

 

(d)     That Council approve this request, and provide assistance to the 8th RAR Association and Epping RSL sub-Branch on the installation and dedication of this plaque, proposed to take place as part of the Long Hai Day memorial service in 2023, including:

a.   Council approval of plaque and approval to fix to the Cenotaph

b.   Park Booking

c.   Event Risk Assessment

d.   Chairs at the event for guests (60 – 70)

e.   Wreaths of flowers for the Lord Mayor and Councillors who attend for laying at the service

f.    COVID Safe Plan (if required)

 

(e)     That Council allocate a budget of up to $5,000 to undertake the above, and that these funds be allocated from the Civic Program & Protocol 2022/23 operating budget.

 

(f)      Further, that Council write a letter to the family of the late Lieutenant Bernard Garland, and the Presidents of the 8th RAR Association, 101st Battery Association, 4th Field Regiment (Vietnam) Association and Epping RSL sub-Branch, confirming the installation of the plaque and in recognition of their service.

 

 

BACKGROUND

 

1.      8th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (8RAR) was raised in July 1966 as part of the expansion of the Australian Army. They served in Vietnam from November 1969 until November 1970, and were based at Nui Dat, Phuoc Tuy province.

 

2.      Although mainly involved in pacification operations, 8RAR was also involved in the reconnaissance operation Hammersley, fought in the dense Long Hai Hills of Vietnam. On 18 February 1970, 8RAR uncovered an enemy bunker system. It had been evacuated as a result of air raids. The battalion spent the rest of the operation patrolling the area to engage the enemy, primarily through ambushes.

 

3.      This operation earned 8RAR a Meritorious Unit Commendation from the government of South Vietnam. It was also during this operation that 8RAR sustained most of its fatal casualties, including 8 on a single day. In the year they were deployed, eighteen members of 8RAR lost their lives.

 

4.      Each year the 8RAR commemorates the anniversary of Operation Hammersley through a memorial service to acknowledge and remember the service and sacrifice of all those who took part during the Operation.

 

5.      Due to COVID-19 considerations, the 8RAR have advised that they will not be hosting a service at the Epping Cenotaph in 2022.

 

6.      A request has been received from the 8RAR regarding support for the installation of a plaque in honour of Lieutenant Bernard Anthony Garland who was killed in action in Phuoc Tuy Province, South Vietnam on Wednesday 22 April 1970, age 23 years.

 

7.      Lieutenant Garland was acting as a Forward Observer from 101st Field Battery supporting A Company, 6th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment / New Zealand (ANZAC). Lieutenant Garland was taking part in ‘Operation Townsville’ in Phuoc Tuy Province, which was an operation against D445 Local Force Viet Cong Battalion.

 

8.      Lieutenant Garland was killed in action in the area of Nui Kho to South of Xuyen Moc, when an enemy mine detonated, killing him and wounding four soldiers. It is believed that the mine was a ‘Friendly’ M16 (Jumping Jack) anti-personnel mine, which had been dug up and relocated by the enemy.

 

9.      Lieutenant Garland died on the second last day of what was the last operation of 6th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment / New Zealand (ANZAC) in South Vietnam. Lieutenant Garland was to have returned to Australia on 9th May 1970.

 

10.    Lieutenant Garland grew up in Sydney, New South Wales and was educated at Epping Boys High School. He entered the Royal Military College, Duntroon on 24th January 1964 and graduated with a Diploma of Military Studies on 12th December 1967.

11.    This plaque would complete the series of plaques at Epping Cenotaph that honour the 8RAR, and former Epping residents who served in Vietnam.

 

12.    Council has previously provided assistance to the 8RAR and Epping RSL sub-Branch regarding the installation of plaques and Long Hai Day memorial services, with Council resolving on 8 February 2021 to:

(a)     That Council acknowledge the supreme sacrifice made by all those who served and remembered on Long Hai Day (Operation Hammersley) during actions in South Vietnam by forces of 8th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment that commenced February 1970 and ended March 1970.

(b)     That Council acknowledges that the 8th RAR Association members will be holding a service on Sunday 28th February 2021 commencing at 10.30am being the 51st anniversary of Long Hai Day at the Cenotaph at Epping.

(c)      That Council acknowledges and approves the request by the 8RAR Association to install a plaque in honour of Sergeant Alan William Ahearn, a solider of the 8th Battalion, Royal Australian regiment, who was killed in action during his tour of duty in South Vietnam on 14 May 1970. It is further acknowledged Allan was a local Epping boy who also attended Epping Boys High School.

(d)     That Council acknowledges and approves the request by the 8RAR Association to install a second plaque at the Cenotaph in honour of all those 8th Battalion members who made the supreme sacrifice during their service with the Battalion during its tour of South East Asia. It is further acknowledged that many members of 8RAR regard the Epping Cenotaph as their home Cenotaph.

(e)     That Council work with the Association and members of the Epping RSL Sub-branch to approve the above plaques.

(f)       That Council notes that the Lord Mayor and Ward Councilors have been invited to attend including local dignitaries.

(g)     That Council provide assistance to the 8RAR Association and Epping RSL Sub-branch to enable them to host a COVID-119 compliant service, (as was provided during Remembrance Day 2020).  This includes:

-        Council approval of plaques and approval to fix to the Cenotaph

-        Checking and Validation of both Plaque’s content.

-        Park Booking

-        COIVD Safe Plan

-        Risk Assessment

-        Chairs at the event for guests(60-70), spaced per COVID

-        Registration table and QR Code

-        Staffing Support on the event day – set up/ pack down/ registration

-        Wreaths of flowers for the Lord Mayor and councilors who attend for laying at the service.

(h)     That Council allocate a budget of $5,000 to undertake the above and that these funds be allocated from the Civic Events budget as discussed.

(i)       That the Lord Mayor write a letter in honour to the family of acknowledgement to the family of the late Sergeant Allan William Ahearn, late of Epping. That the Lord Mayor write to the President and members of the 8th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment acknowledging all those who served during Operation Hammersley.

(j)       Further, that the chamber hold a minutes silence as a mark of respect for all those who served during Operation Hammersley, 8th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment.

13.    This Lord Mayor Minute proposes that Council approve the request from the 8RAR to install a plaque in honour of Lieutenant Garland at the Epping Cenotaph and provide support for the dedication of this plaque and the Long Hai Day 2023 memorial service.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATION FOR COUNCIL

 

14.    If supported, there will be a financial implication for Council of up to $5,000 to be funded from the Civic Program & Protocol 2022/23 operating budget for the installation of the plaque and memorial service support.

 

 

Lord Mayor, Councillor Donna Davis

 

 

Attachments:

There are no attachments for this report.

 

REFERENCE MATERIAL

 


Council 21 February 2022                                                                                                   Item 8.3

MINUTE OF THE LORD MAYOR

ITEM NUMBER         8.3

SUBJECT                  Welcome West Phil

REFERENCE            F2021/02779 - D08424018

REPORT OF              Lord Mayor, Councillor Donna Davis        

 

 

CSP THEME:           THRIVING

 

PURPOSE:

 

The purpose of this Lord Mayor Minute is to welcome West Phil, Western Sydney Philharmonic, following their launch today, Monday 21 February 2022.

 

 

Recommendation:

 

(a)     That Council note West Phil – western Sydney’s exciting new philharmonic orchestra, was launched today at Riverside Theatres.

 

(b)     That Council writes to founders Kristian Winther and Max Holzner, and the Board of West Phil, welcoming West Phil to Parramatta and Western Sydney, congratulating them on their successful launch, and inviting them to meet with Council to discuss their aims and explore opportunities in Parramatta and Western Sydney.

 

(c)     Further, that Council writes to Kim Williams AM, welcoming him as the inaugural Patron, commending him on his support for West Phil, and his commitment to supporting the cultural development of Western Sydney communities.

 

 

BACKGROUND

 

1.      Today, Monday 21 February at Riverside Theatres, West Phil – western Sydney’s exciting new philharmonic orchestra, was officially launched.

 

2.      West Phil, Western Sydney Philharmonic, has been established with the aim of giving the young people of Western Sydney an opportunity to learn and play extraordinary music from the best professional musicians available.

 

3.      Their mission is to bring students and top professional performers together in a unique space in Western Sydney, to learn from each other and in the process create thrilling, dynamic and memorable performances.

 

4.      Through West Phil programmes, young people will have the opportunity to learn from, practice with, and perform with, concert level musicians through educational programmes and performances, outreach opportunities at schools, and small group musical performances.

 

5.      Western Sydney is integral to who they are and what they want to do, which is to provide a vital service and opportunity that reflects the inclusivity and diversity of the region, to create professional music pathways in Western Sydney and which lifts the artistic and cultural profile of the region.

 

 

6.      I attended the official launch on behalf of City of Parramatta Council today, and had the opportunity to witness their inaugural performance, Mendelssohn Octet in E-Flat Major, performed by professional musicians Max Holzner (Violin), Kristian Winther (Violin), Beth Condon (Viola) and Jack Ward (Cello), with students Harry Wang (Violin), Jennifer Wang (Violin), India Culey (Viola) and Lawrence Wei (Cello).

 

7.      It was my honour to welcome them to Parramatta for this significant occasion, and wish them all the best as they progress their vision to give young people of Western Sydney first class music education opportunities.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATION FOR COUNCIL

 

8.      There are no new financial implications for Council as a result of this Lord Mayor Minute.

 

 

Lord Mayor, Councillor Donna Davis

 

 

Attachments:

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Council 21 February 2022                                                                                                   Item 8.4

MINUTE OF THE LORD MAYOR

ITEM NUMBER         8.4

SUBJECT                  Lunar New Year 2022

REFERENCE            F2021/02779 - D08424183

REPORT OF              Lord Mayor, Councillor Donna Davis        

 

 

CSP THEME:           WELCOMING

 

PURPOSE:

 

The purpose of this Lord Mayor Minute is to acknowledge Lunar New Year 2022 and the activities held by City of Parramatta Council.

 

 

Recommendation:

 

(a)     That Council note the Lunar New Year Festival, also known as the Spring Festival, took place in 2022 from 1 to 15 February 2022.

 

(b)     Further, that Council note a series of activities were delivered by Council to recognise Lunar New Year in 2022, further detailed in the Minute background.

 

 

BACKGROUND

 

1.      Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is recognised by many Asian cultures and is a key event in our City’s calendar. The festival begins on the first new moon and ends of the first full moon of the Lunar calendar, 15 days later.

 

2.      The name ‘Lunar’ symbolizes the first new moon of the lunisolar calendar, traditional to many East Asian countries including China, South Korea and Vietnam.

 

3.      There is no set date for the festival. The Lunar calendar is based on the phases of the moon, and therefor dates vary from year to year, with this year beginning on 1 February. The origins of the Lunar New Year festival are tens of thousands of years old and are steeped in ancient legends.

 

4.      2022 is the Year of the Tiger, starting from 1 February 2022 and ending on 21 January 2023. There are five elements in each of the Chinese Zodiac – wood, fired, earth, metal and water. This Year, it is the Year of the Water Tiger.

 

5.      City of Parramatta Council recognised the Year of the Tiger through a series of initiatives that varied from previous years due to COVID-19 considerations.

 

6.      This year, Council commissioned Chinese-Australian artist Louise Zhang to design an artwork to represent the special occasion.

 

7.      As a former artist-in-residence at Parramatta Artists’ Studios, Louise has strong ties to the City. Her colourful artwork, which is based on the water Tiger and its associate flowers of yellow lilies and cineraria, can be seen on street banners throughout the Parramatta CBD. Her beautiful designs were also included in the City of Parramatta Lunar New Year booklet.

 

8.      The booklet includes information on the origins of Lunar New Year, the 12 zodiac signs, common greetings, a selection of recipes and more. Copies were made available for pick up at our libraries and other venues across the City, including the Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre and Riverside Theatres. A digital version can also be downloaded from the At Parramatta website.

 

9.      A special lantern display was installed in Centenary Square, where it remained until 15 February. Lunar Blossom trees and decorations were also displayed in each lobby in Parramatta Square.

 

10.    On 11 February, roaming Lion and Dragon dancing were held in the Parramatta CBD, at Church Street and Valentine Avenue at 7pm and at LILYMU in Parramatta Square at 7.30pm with an eye-dotting ceremony and crackers.

 

11.    The lion dance is one of the most important traditions during Lunar New Year to bring prosperity and good luck for the year ahead, and the performance included the God of Fortune who was roaming with an Empress assistant.

 

12.    At Parramatta also promoted Chinese, Korean and South East Asian cuisines found across Parramatta, with locals being encouraged to support these great local gems by dining in or ordering takeaway.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATION FOR COUNCIL

 

13.    There are no new financial implications for Council as a result of this Lord Mayor Minute.

 

 

Lord Mayor, Councillor Donna Davis

 

 

Attachments:

There are no attachments for this report.

 

REFERENCE MATERIAL

 


Council 21 February 2022                                                                                                   Item 8.5

MINUTE OF THE LORD MAYOR

ITEM NUMBER         8.5

SUBJECT                  Homelessness Street Count

REFERENCE            F2021/02779 - D08425127

REPORT OF              Lord Mayor, Councillor Donna Davis        

 

 

CSP THEME:           FAIR

 

PURPOSE:

 

The purpose of this Lord Mayor Minute is to note the City of Parramatta’s annual Homelessness Street Count is taking place this week and to recognise the support provided by staff and local volunteers in conducting the count.

 

 

Recommendation:

 

(a)     That Council note City of Parramatta’s annual Homelessness Street Count is taking place tonight, Monday 21 February into the morning of Tuesday 22 February 2022.

 

(b)     That Council note the aim of the count is to collect accurate data on the number of people sleeping rough or in emergency or crisis accommodation in the City of Parramatta local government area, and is a positive example of our community working collaboratively to support the extensive work that is undertaken to improve the wellbeing of vulnerable and disadvantaged communities.

 

(c)     Further, that Council acknowledge and thank the staff conducting the count, and write to and thank the local organisations and volunteers who support the annual Homelessness Street Count, whose support is vital to Council, not-for-profit and intergovernmental agencies in supporting our vulnerable and disadvantaged communities.

 

 

BACKGROUND

 

1.      City of Parramatta’s annual Homelessness Street Council is taking place tonight, Monday 21 February into the morning of Tuesday 22 February 2022. The aim of the count is to collect accurate data on the number of people sleeping rough in emergency or crisis accommodation in the City of Parramatta local government area (LGA), to measure progress towards practical initiatives to reduce homelessness.

 

2.      The previous Homelessness Street Count in early 2021 identified a total of 177 people experiencing homelessness, comprising 32 people sleeping rough (primary homelessness) and 145 people sleeping in emergency and crisis accommodation (secondary homelessness). This was a decrease from 2020, which identified a total of 263 people experiencing homelessness, comprising 94 people sleeping rough and 169 people sleeping in emergency and crisis accommodation.

 

3.      Results from the previous eleven (11) counts over the past twelve (12) years have provided valuable data for Council and local community service providers, to track whether homelessness has increased or decreased in the LGA. It has assisted stakeholders in advocating, planning for and providing local services, including the allocation of resources and funding to the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) Department of Housing.

 

4.      The count will be conducted by a small team made up of three (3) Council employees from City Strategy, three (3) volunteers from local community services, and two (2) volunteer DCJ employees. The three local community service volunteers are experienced in homelessness service provision, knowledgeable on local matters and take the role of homelessness advisors.

 

5.      The Parramatta Homelessness Street Count is a positive example of our community working collaboratively to support the extensive work that is undertaken to improve the wellbeing of vulnerable and disadvantaged communities.

 

6.      On behalf of Council, I thank the Council staff, volunteers and DCJ representatives who will be carrying out the count this evening, as their participation and commitment is critical to its success.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATION FOR COUNCIL

 

7.      There are no new financial implications for Council as a result of this Lord Mayor Minute.

 

 

Lord Mayor, Councillor Donna Davis

 

 

Attachments:

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